Weston Miyako Hotel Kyoto and Okuratouen Release Strawberry & Blue Rose Afternoon Tea
From February 1 until February 28, 2022, visitors to the Weston Miyako Hotel Kyoto can enjoy a leisurely Strawberry & Blue Rose Afternoon Tea courtesy of a new partnership with Okuratouen.
Okura Pottery is known for its exquisite Blue Rose tableware which features heavily in this collaboration.
The menu features the special Blue Rose Macaroon with its distinctive high-quality taste along with a variety of sweets and savory dishes surrounded by strawberries and roses. Guests can enjoy this three-tiered selection of goodies from 12:00-16:00 during the event period at the hotel’s Mayfair Tea Lounge.
Strawberry & Blue Rose Afternoon Tea
Running: February 1 – February 28, 2022
Address: Weston Miyako Hotel Kyoto 2F, Mayfair Tea Lounge
Hours: 12:00-16:00 (2-hour block) *Reservations required by previous day at 17:00
Anniversaire Cafe Minatomirai Yokohama to Start Strawberry Garden Sweets Fair
Anniversaire Cafe Minatomirai Yokohama, a popular location for anniversary celebrations, is holding a limited-time Strawberry Garden fair for a limited time, from January 7 until February 6, 2022. Guests can enjoy a collection of strawberry sweets and pink drinks to start the new year in style.
Limited-Time Dessert Menu *Limited Quantities
Strawberry Plate: ¥1,870 (Tax Included)
Strawberry Caramel Pain Perdu: ¥1,870 (Tax Included)
Strawberry Mont Blanc: ¥1,980 (Tax Included)
Limited-Time Drink Menu
Strawberry Tiramisu Latte, Hot (Left)/Iced (Right): ¥1,100 (Tax Included)
Sparkle Berry Soda (Center): ¥990 (Tax Included)
Limited-Time Afternoon Tea Plan *Limited Quantities/By Reservation Only
Strawberry Stand Afternoon Tea: ¥3,800 (Tax Included)
Strawberry Plate Afternoon Tea: ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
Limited-Time Sweets for Takeout *Limited Quantities
Petit Fleur (5 pieces): ¥1,300 (Tax Included)
Running: January 7 – February 6, 2022
Address: Anniversaire Cafe Minatomirai Yokohama (2-1-4 Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa)
Hours: Weekdays 11:00-17:00 (Last Order 16:00) / Weekends & Holidays 11:00-21:00 (Last Order 20:00) *Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Hours are subject to change.
Official Site: https://cafe.anniversaire.co.jp/minatomirai/
The St. Regis Osaka Launches Strawberry Afternoon Tea for a Limited Time
The St. Regis Osaka Hotel is offering a special strawberry-themed afternoon tea set until May 2022.
Strawberry Afternoon Tea ‘5th Avenue Collection’
Strawberry Parfait ‘The New York Gallery’
Strawberry Afternoon Tea ‘5th Avenue Collection’ to GO!
The St. Regis New York Hotel was founded in 1904, and is located on 5th Avenue, one of the most famous shopping streets in the world. This new afternoon tea set features a gorgeous three-tiered array of colorful savory and sweet dishes inspired by the many fashion items that line the shop windows of the NYC street.
The Strawberry Heel Panna Cotta shows a woman’s leg peeking out from the dessert clad in a fancy high heel, while the Berry Opera is made to look like a designer bag. Many of the available dishes are made using seasonal strawberries sourced from around Japan.
The French Bistro Ruedor on the first floor is also offering ‘The New York Gallery,’ a strawberry parfait set of three inspired by the art of New York City. This set also comes with an assorted plate of six savory and sweet items.
The WOW Strawberry, with its pop-art motif, will surprise guests with its massive strawberries and variety of different textures from mousse to jelly. The LOVE Strawberry mixes juicy, sweet, and sour strawberries with pistachio mousse and was inspired by Banksy’s ‘Balloon and Girl’ painting. The Banana & Chocolate parfait pulls from the colorful wall art seen all around the famous city streets.
For those wanting something less sweet, hamburgers, hot dogs, and bagels, all popular on the streets of Manhattan, will be served alongside these strawberry delights. For those wary about the current pandemic conditions, the Fifth Avenue Collection can also be taken home!
Strawberry Promotion ‘Strawberry at the Best Address -55th Street, 5th Avenue-
Strawberry Afternoon Tea ‘5th Avenue Collection’
Running: January 8 – May ~
Available Time Slots: ①12:00～ ②12:15～ ③12:30～ ④14:30～ ⑤14:45～ ⑥15:00～
Location: St. Regis Bar 12F
*Welcome drink, dress cookie, and glass dessert are not included.
*Reservations are required at least one day in advance.
Strawberry Parfait Set ‘The New York Gallery’
Available: January 8 – May ~ (15:00~ / 15:30~) *Only 5 seatings per day.
Location: Ruedor French Bistro 1F
Alice in Wonderland’ Inspired Afternoon Tea Served at Aoyama St. Grace Cathedral for Seven Days Only
For seven days only from January to April 2022, the Aoyama St. Grace Cathedral wedding hall will open its doors to those wanting their fill of Alice in Wonderland-inspired sweets! ‘Alice’s Tea Party’ will be an afternoon tea experience you’ll never forget, and reservations are required.
The limited-time-only afternoon tea will feature a variety of adorable sweets that look like they popped out of a picture book, from Berry and Pistachio Bunny Ears Mousse to the Queen’s Chandelier Butter Sandwich Cookies decorated like playing cards. Each sweet makes use of seasonal ingredients like strawberries, perfect with chocolate dips, petite tarts, and macaroons.
Sweets Palette Afternoon Tea ‘Alice’s Tea Party’
January 19, 2022
February 2, February 9
March 2, March 9, March 16
April 6 *Reservations Required
First Seating 12:15-13:45（Open at 12:00)
Second Seating 14:45-16:15（Open at 14:30)
Price: ¥4,500 per person (Tax and Service Charge Included)
Address: Aoyama St. Grace Cathedral Guest House (3-9-14 Kita-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo)
Access: 3-minute walk from Omotesando Station Exit A1 on Ginza Line / Chiyoda Line / Hanzomon Line
Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo Offering Traditional Japanese Afternoon Tea Service
28.December.2021 | FOOD
Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo is now accepting reservations for the Kubota Afternoon Tea service, a collaboration with the sake brewer Kubota. The service will be held at Kinsui, a traditional Japanese restaurant on-site from December 21, 2021, until January 11, 2022.
In addition, a take-out menu will also be available for couples wanting to experience the plan at home starting January 11, 2022.
The first afternoon tea service was held in October 2021 and was fully booked within a week after reservations began. Comments began flowing in, with many wanting to experience the menu again. Those who don’t typically enjoy sake were surprised at how well it paired with the sweets on the special menu, and to keep up with consumer demand, the event is back for a limited time–and with new additions to the menu as well!
Sake x Sweets Menu
The upper tier includes six varieties of sweets, including tiramisu paired with a traditional Kubota Junmai Daiginjo sake, which has a subtle sweetness and acidity perfect for pairing. The lower tier includes savory items like pufferfish and Fukusayaki, both can be enjoyed with sake between sweets.
On a separate plate, guests can enjoy a number of previously popular items, with some made to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the hotel’s opening in 2022.
For the welcome drink, each guest will be served a warm cup of Kubota Koji Amazake boiled with yogurt and ginger as an accent.
The upcoming take-out menu also includes a two-tiered selection of dishes and a bottle of Kubota Senju Junmai Ginjo sake.
Both the traditional and take-out plans also include a special sake that can be added to your bath!
KUBOTA Afternoon Tea
Running: Each afternoon from January 11 – February 28, 2022
*Reservations required by 18:00, 2 days in advance
Hours: 12:00-15:00 (Last Entry at 13:00)
Location: Traditional Japanese Restaurant ‘Kinsui’
Tokyo Revengers Collaboration Event to be Held at Toei Kyoto Studio Park
Toei Kyoto Studio Park will hold a special collaboration event with Tokyo Revengers from December 25, 2021 until February 13, 2022. Exclusive illustrations of the main cast will appear around the park, and a stamp rally will be set up around the entire city of Kyoto. Collaborative merchandise and food will also be available during the event period.
Photo Spot #1
Photo Spot #2
Target Shooting Game Prizes
First Prize: Background Panel (6 varieties)
Second Prize: Acrylic Coaster (6 varieties)
Third Prize: Sticker (12 varieties, random)
Baji and Chifuyu’s’ Yakisoba (Includes a Baji or Chifuku Card): ¥800 (Tax Included)
Takemichi and HIna’s Parfait: ¥950 (Tax Included)
Tokyo Revengers Meetup Drink (Coffee Float): ¥700 (Tax Included)
Business Card Style Cards (Featuring Original Illustrations, Life-size)
Business Card Style Cards (Featuring Original Illustrations, Mini)
Stamp Rally Special Postcard
Special Gift: Towel with Purchase of Ticket to Toei Kyoto Studio Park
Manjiro Sano announces a meetup in Kyoto, but Mikey and takemichi have their own agenda. After a number of hijinks, can visitors solve the slapstick happenings going on around Kyoto?
Tokyo Revengers Tokyo Meetup ~I Wanna Eat Dorayaki~
Running: December 25, 2021 – February 13, 2022
Location: Toei Kyoto Studio Park
Movie Village Padios 2F Event Exhibition Hall / Animate Kyoto / Kyoto Tower Observatory (Free area on 11F) / Sanjo Station on Keihan Electric Railway / Shugakuin Station on Eizan Electric Railway / Arashiyama Station on Randen Railway
Event Details: https://www.toei-eigamura.com/tokyo-revengers/
Official Site: https://www.toei-eigamura.com/
Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto to Hold Strawberry Fair in 2022
15.December.2021 | FOOD
From January 4 until April 30, 2022, Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto will hold a special Strawberry Fair at its cozy lounge.
Those who love strawberries enough to want to drown in them won’t want to miss this limited-time event featuring four unique desserts and an afternoon tea set.
Strawberry Parfait ‘Drowning Strawberries’
Guests can enjoy pouring warm homemade confiture made from Kyoto strawberries from Uesugi Farm in Yawata City over thin chocolate hidden beneath strawberry ice cream. This is recommended by the patisserie.
‘Strawberry Shortcake ~Buried in the Glass~’
This limited-edition version of the hotel’s strawberry shortcake is filled with white meringue and soft sponge, with cherry brandy flavoring making it light and easy to eat.
‘Strawberry Afternoon Tea Set’
Strawberry Stack Option
The popular ‘Afternoon Tea Set’ is served in a bamboo box made by Kochousai Kosuga, a bamboo craft manufacturer in Kyoto. This special strawberry version features nine sweet and nine savory items, including strawberry shortcakes and cream puffs. For a limited time until March, guests can add a pile of strawberries to the third tier. Using the special scoop spoon, you’ll feel as though you’re harvesting strawberries of your own! Be sure to take pictures.
Overflowing Strawberry Gift Box
Although it looks like a present, this dessert is meant to be enjoyed on-site! Overflowing with strawberry mousse, strawberry jelly, and pistachio brulee, raspberry sorbet, and streusel are hidden beneath the white chocolate box. Now that’s luxury!
Strawberry Fair ~Drown, Overflow, Indulge~
Location: Lounge (1F at All Day Dining Kaza)
Hours: 10:00-21:00 (Last Order: Dessert 18:00 / Other 20:30)
Running: January 4 – April 30, 2022
*The Strawberry Afternoon Tea Set, Strawberry Layer Cake, and Strawberry Shortcake are only available until March 31, 2022.
Official Site: https://www.rihga.co.jp
Adorable Hamster-shaped Cakes from Kyoto Now on Sale
13.December.2021 | FOOD
Aoki Koetsudo, a 129-year-old confectionery shop in Kyoto, and 2:00, a Kyoto-based company specializing in unique products, have come together to create some incredibly cute hamster-shaped cakes. These pastries are called monaka, and feature azuki bean jam filling sandwiched between two crisp wafers made from mochi. Each set includes 6 wafers, six helpings of bean jam, and a bag of nuts, so customers can enjoy creating the pastries themselves!
How to Enjoy Hamster Monaka
Fill the Hamster-shaped monaka with as much azuki jam as you like.
Cover the monaka with the wafer and add one of the nuts provided.
Paint the eyes and ears with chocolate to give each pastry some personality!
NAKED to Open Immersive Night Experience at Heian Jingu in Kyoto
Creative company NAKED has released the details of an upcoming immersive night experience at Kyoto’s Heian Jingu, one of the most well-known temples in Japan. The event will take place from December 15 until December 30, and will fill the temple grounds with colorful lights and new experiences as the new year approaches. The first of these Yoru Mo-de experiences took place at Toyokawa Inari, and the event attracted over 20,000 people in its 10-day run.
Given the state of the world and the current pandemic, NAKED has found a way to attract people to a new kind of night worship that provides a safe and secure way to visit shrines and temples. By using their projection mapping technology and art installations to highlight the beauty of these Japanese locales, guests can experience something truly special in the midst of these difficult times.
The popular NAKED Flower Cleansing, which broadcasts realistic flower projections into guests’ hands, will have a Heian Jingu update for the event. Guests will also be able to hold the NAKED Distanced Lanterns, which will illumate the ground as people explore the grounds. Sounds and light will combine to create an entirely new world, and visitors will also be shown the history of Heian Jingu through a new projection mapping show. NAKED’s DANDELION PROJECT will also be installed at the site, inviting visitors to send wishes of love and peace to other installations around the world.
The Illuminated Outenmon Gate, an Important Cultural Property
NAKED Flower Cleansing
NAKED Distanced Lanterns
Illuminated Grounds -Echoes of Light-
Projection Mapping –Hanamusubi–
Taiheikaku -Corridor of Light-
DANDELION PROJECT Heian Jingu
13th Kyoto Historica International Film Festival to Screen All 5 Rurouni Kenshin Films
09.December.2021 | MOVIE
The 13th Kyoto Historica International Film Festival has announced its screening lineup and will be held both in-person and online. In addition to all five live-action Rurouni Kenshin films being screened, five carefully-selected historical films from around the world have been chosen from over 200 applicants. These will be screened at the Japanese event and can only be seen during the festival.
Italian film Inferno, produced in 1911 and shown at Il Cinema Ritrovato in Bologna in 2021, will make its Japanese premiere along with a piano accompaniment. Oshuraga: Land of Souls will also be screened in commemoration of the fifth anniversary of the Kyoto-Quebec Friendship and Collaboration Agreement.
41 films will also be available to stream on the MIRAIL streaming service, with tickets going on sale on January 22, 2022.
13th Kyoto Historica International Film Festival
Running: January 22 – January 30, 2022
Location: The Museum of Kyoto 3F Film Theater
Pre-order Tickets Starting December 25, 2021 at Ticket Pia
*Advance Tickets are available for Historica Special only. All other tickets will be sold at the door.
Available on MIRAIL Video Streaming Service
How to Watch: Purchase tickets from MIRAIL on or after January 22, 2022
Official Site: https://historica-kyoto.com/
Canada Goose×CONCEPTS×BAPE® Release Collaboration Collection
08.December.2021 | FASHION
Long-time partners CONCEPTS and BAPE® have launched collaboration collection which is now available at Canada Goose Sendagaya branch and Ron Herman Kyoto ‘Canada Goose’ shop in shop.
The collection includes 6 pieces inspired by the heritage of Canada Goose featuring the iconic BAPE® ABE Camo and Snow Camo to take streetwear to the next level.
Nijo Castle Light-Up Event Streaming Tickets Now Available
One of seventeen Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto is currently being illuminated in a sea of otherworldly lights. Nijo Castle in Kyoto is the location for the One to Ten: Evening Party, using projection mapping to bring out the beauty of this magnificent locale. For those who can’t visit in person, an event on December 7 is inviting people to watch the lights online, including the illumination of the Karamon Gate and the Ninomaru Garden. Tickets for the online event go on sale on December 3, 2021.
To capture the feeling of being on-site and to convey the incredible atmosphere, a camera will guide viewers along the normal route through the castle grounds with audio commentary. The popular ‘Special Performance,’ which only allows a limited number of people each day due to space constraints, will be available to view in its entirety during the stream.
The live event will air on December 7 at 10:00 PM JST, and will be archived until December 26 at midnight. Tickets to watch are available from December 3 until December 26.
One to Ten: Evening Party at Nijo Castle
Running: November 5 – December 12, 2021 *Closed December 8
Hours: 18:00-21:20 (Grounds close at 22:00)
*The event may be canceled due to inclement weather. Content may be changed at the discretion of the organizer.
Official Site: https://yakai.1-10.com/nijojo/
Yokohama Spaghetti & Cafe Offering Afternoon Tea with Cute Miniatures
If you’re looking to feel like a kid again, Yokohama Spaghetti & Cafe is offering a chance to have afternoon tea with some adorable miniatures in a dollhouse atmosphere. The popular set will be reimagined during December to feature a Christmas motif, and is the perfect backdrop for Twitter or Instagram pictures!
‘Afternoon Tea for ‘me’ and ‘my friends,’ drink included: ¥1,380 per person (Tax Included)
The set includes seven beautiful desserts crafted by a pastry chef and features seasonal fruit. Whether you enjoy tea and cakes by yourself or with friends, feel free to take pictures of the miniatures for a jolt of cuteness.
Yokohama Spaghetti & Cafe
‘Afternoon Tea for ‘me’ and ‘my friends’
Available: Daily after 15:00
No reservations needed
Address: Tokyu Square 1 B1F, 2-3-2 Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama (Connected to Minatomirai Station)
Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hama.spa/