Introducing the Top 5 Most Popular Items at the Official “Crayon Shin-chan” Shop!
03.August.2017 | SPOT
At First Avenue Tokyo Station, you will find the “Tokyo Character Street,” an area with numerous shops themed around well-known popular characters. The world’s first permanent Crayon Shin-chan shop opened there on July 25th. The store thrived after just one week of its opening and is always crowded with people.
Tokyo Station is a place that always becomes even more packed than it already is during summer as people are returning home for the holidays. We are going to show you the top 5 most popular items sold at the official Crayon Shin-chan shop, a place that is lined with limited edition items, and items that are perfect as a gift or souvenir. This one’s a must-see for all Shin-chan fans out there!
No. 1 – Folder (clear file)
A very affordable item with a great design. People often buy these in bulk; you can use them for yourself or even as a souvenir for someone. The folder designs are taken from visuals from the Crayon Shin-chan movies that have been released thus far. They are sure to bring a sense of nostalgia to fans of the time!
Price: ￥200 each (pre-tax)
No. 2 – Confections
If we’re talking a standard souvenir gift, then it’s gotta be sweets! The line-up of Shin-chan treats here are delectable. From the familiar “Chocobi” to the canned choco crunch, which you can enjoy using even after eating, and even assortments of treats which is sure to be a hit with the kids, there’s lots to choose from. The most popular item, however, are the ‘print’ cookies which have Shin-chan, Himawari and Shiro printed on it. Each one has its own individual packaging – perfect as a souvenir! This is one that you can only buy at the Shin-chan shop.
Price: ￥700 (pre-tax)
No. 3 – Tokyo Station Limited Edition Acrylic Keyholder
These limited-edition Tokyo Station art keyholders are made of acrylic and feature Shin-chan & Shiro playing train, as well as Kazama-kun, Nene-chan, Masao-kun, and Bo-chan. You can fit it just about anywhere – on your eyes, your bag or purse. Try collecting the entire cast!
Price: ￥480 each (pre-tax)
No. 4 – Socks
These sneaker-length socks are a must-have in your stylish everyday outfit. Their size is perfect and their design is great, so you can try matching them with your friend, parent or kid. The Tokyo Station limited-edition design is most recommended, with its fresh watercolour touch.
Price: ￥380 each (pre-tax)
No. 5 – Tokyo Station Limited Edition Storage Box
Toys, clothes, you name it – this big box fan fit just about anything. The “toybox” design can only be found at Tokyo Station. Its incredibly fun design is taken directly from the series itself, a replica of the one that Shin-chan uses to store his toys away.
Price: ￥2,500 each (pre-tax)
There is of course plenty more merchandise available at the shop. T-shirts, card cases, coin cases, limited-edition Tokyo Station sponge cake and more. There’s no shortage of everything and anything Shin-chan in-store!
Whether a souvenir to yourself or a present to your friend, you will most definitely find something you want at the Shin-chan shop!
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu x Crayon Shin Chan! A dream collaboration comes together in the form of cute LINE stamps now on sale!
18.August.2016 | Uncategorized
Japan’s pop princess Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has collaborated with national treasure and popular comic “New Crayon Shin-chan” for a new series of LINE stamps which went on sale Tuesday August 16th.
The stamps contain Kyary in illustrations together with Crayon Shin-chan himself on images such as those on the manga’s front covers. To celebrate Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s 5-year anniversary as well as the 25th anniversary of “Crayon Shin-chan”, the Shin-chan author Yoshito Usui himself along with UY Studio drew these illustrations specially for this occasion. The stamps are themed around many of Kyary’s songs such “PON PON PON”, “Kimi ni 100%”, “Sai & Co”, “Tsukema Tsukeru”, “Nanda Collection” and more, which include song lyrics, dance poses and lots of Kyary’s outfits. This is a very special collaboration that you won’t see anywhere else. Moreover, a stamp including Shin-chan together with Shiro has also been specially produced! These are some absolutely amazing stamps that you can use in your everyday conversations.
Get your hands on these stamps now and have a crazy talk with your friends ♪
■Kyary Pamyu Pamyu x Crayon Shin-chan
On Sale: Tuesday August 16th, 2016
Contents: 1 set, 40 stamps
Price: ￥240 (tax included) or 100 coin
How to Buy: Purchase the set from the “Stamp Shop” on the “LINE” application, or purchase directly from the “LINE STORE”
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu x Crayon Shin-chan Store Page
Another official shop of “Crayon Shinchan” will be opened in Umeda, Osaka.
17.October.2017 | SPOT
The second official shop of “Crayon Shinchan” called “Crayon Shinchan Official Shop ～Action Depart Osaka Shop～” will be opened in Umeda, Osaka HEP FIVE.
“Crayon Shinchan” marked its 25th anniversary this year and is loved by people all around the world. Since the official shop was opened in “Tokyo Character Street,” many people including fans, users of Tokyo Station and tourists from abroad are visiting the shop.
The shop in Osaka has an interior created based on the “Action Department Store” which the Nohara family (the main character’s family) visit often. The walls, floor and decorations of the shop are created based on the world of Crayon Shinchan and thus the shop is a place where customers can feel like they have entered the world of the Crayon Shinchan animation.
They will sell many first-ever items and Osaka shop-limited goods.
Acrylic key holder (Osaka shop limited design / six kinds) 480 yen ＋ tax
Cute acrylic key holders. They can be attached to anywhere such as on a rucksack, not just keys.
Postcards (Osaka shop limited design / six kinds) 170 yen ＋ tax
Preppy postcards which are gold-colored have Osaka shop limited art work on them. It is suitable for putting up on your wall or giving it to your friend as a gift.
Moreover, in commemoration of the open of this shop, a novelty present campaign will be held.
An original bill-shaped decal will be handed out to persons who purchase a product.
As a second amenity, a 3cm high original mini can badge will be given to persons who spend more than 1,000 yen (tax included)!
※The quantity of the two goods noted above is limited.
※The pattern of the second amenity cannot be chosen.
It is a shop you will want to visit many times since it has many items that are suitable as gifts.
LINE FRIENDS & Hello Kitty Release New Kawaii Collaborative Merchandise!
06.August.2017 | FASHION
It has been announced that official LINE characters, known as the “LINE FRIENDS,” will team up with the internationally loved Hello Kitty to release a line of new collaborative merchandise. To celebrate, ‘Greeting Events’ will be held at stores and events around Japan.
This newly announced series is officially titled LINE FRIENDS & HELLO KITTY and was revealed on August 3rd, and features a cute line-up of merchandise and items that you can use in your everyday routine – t-shirts, phone cases, towels and much more.
The greeting events are a special, one-time only opportunity to give people the chance to meet Brown of LINE FRIENDS and Hello Kitty to have their photo taken with them. There will also be limited edition merchandise available at the selected stores where the event will be held.
This is a must-see for fans of LINE FRIENDS and Hello Kitty who will now be able to meet the kigurumi (costume character) versions of Brown and everyone’s favourite kawaii kitty. There are two Hello Kitty designs to see – the above classic design, and her “Hello Kitty Town” look which is made to look like Hello Kitty art from the 70s.
Fans out there, be sure to check out this dream collaboration.
Kaori’s easy recipe – learn how to make a “Minions Cup Omelet Rice”!
With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s recipe series! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.
Let us introduce to you, “Minions Cup Omelet Rice”.
・2 cups of rice （to make the chicken rice）
・Some green peppers
・Ketchup 3 tablespoons
・A little black pepper
・Two eggs（one whole egg, one egg yolk only）
・Sliced cheese –one slice
・Sliced cheddar cheese-one slice
・Fried pasta（please look at Purin-chan instructions）
・Circle cookie cutter
・Punch for laver
・corn starch（to make thinly fried omlet）
・Circular containers to put the omelet rice in（for this recipe, paper cups purchased at a ￥100 shop were used）
2: First, make the chicken rice. Cut carrots and green peppers into small pieces and fry them with some corn. When the carrots become soft, add the rice and fry some more. Next, add some ketchup and black pepper.
☆Add other ingredients to your liking
☆Add enough ketchup to make the chicken rice to give it a strong flavor
3: Put the chicken rice into the cups.
4: Fly the eggs to make a thin omelet. In order to make the omelet the bright yellow, use one whole egg and one egg yolk. Next, add cornstarch blended with water and filter it through a strainer.
☆The reason cornstarch blended with water is added is to avoid the omelet from tearing.
Next, pour the egg mixture into a fry pan and make the omelet. Be careful that the omelet is not burn.
Fry over a low heat and when the surface consolidates, turn the heat off and wait until it cools. When it can be touched, pull away the egg omelet with your hands. Place the fried surface so that it faces top.
5: Next, turn the circular cup over and cut out some circular pieces of omelet. Be careful that it does not tear.
6: Place these circular pieces of omelet on top the cup-filled chicken rice.
7: Now, let’s make the character parts. Cut the laver as is shown in the photo. Cut out some circular pieces of cheese and cut a sheet of laver so that it is a larger circle than the cheese. Next, cut a sheet of laver into some circular shapes which are smaller than the cheese.
Place a dab of mayonnaise to make the center of the eyes. For one of the eyes, place the mayonnaise at the bottom of the eye lid.
8: Use the laver punch and to make the mouth parts.
Use the pieces of deep fried pasta to make the hair as shown in the photo. Finally, place a dab of ketchup on the cheeks to make them red.
Kaori also invites you into her world of character-themed rice dishes in her recipe series! Please check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!
7 Lucky Foods and Items From Tokyo Station To Push You Towards Success
13.January.2020 | FOOD
You’ve studied as much as you can for your exams and prepared as much as you can for that mid-term presentation but the nerves are still getting to you. How about some lucky items to help you succeed? As the exam season is approaching, Tokyo Station’s shopping centre GRANSTA is holding a fair from January 13 to February 14, selling a variety of lucky items and foods to fill you with the courage and strength you need to calm your nerves and boost your confidence.
As “katsu” also means “win”, a crunchy and juicy “winning” sandwich is the perfect way to boost your confidence and energy levels.
Kinokuniya Katsu Sandwiches (3 Sandwiches): ¥430 (After Tax)/KINOKUNIYA Entrée GRANSTA Marunouchi Floor B1 (Outside ticket barriers)
A crunchy katsu sandwich with a thick slice of juicy Japanese pork – This popular katsu sandwich will provide you with the stamina you need to do that presentation.
Katsu Fillet Sandwich (4 Sandwiches): ¥880 (After Tax) / Nagoya Meibutsu Misokatsu Yabaton: GRANSTA Floor B1 (Inside ticket barriers)
A soft southern Kyushu katsu meat fillet drizzled with Yabaton’s special sauce. Enjoy the juicy flavour with every bite.
Egg and Shrimp Katsu Sandwich (1 Full Sandwich): ¥388 (After Tax) /Kyo no Gohan Wasai no Kuni: GRANSTA Marunouchi Floor B1 (Outside ticket barriers)
This pack includes a tender shrimp sandwich and a rich-flavoured egg sandwich. (Limited number sold per day)
Sangenton Katsu Sandwich Eat-In: ¥396, Take Away: ¥388 (After Tax)/ BOULANGERIE ASANOYA, GRANSTA Floor 1 (Inside Ticket Barriers)
The Sangenton Katsu Sandwich is a hearty meal that consists of pork of three origins. This is perfect to fuel up on energy before your big moment. (Limit of 40 sold per day)
Chestnut-Flavoured Talisman of Victory
Silver Bell Pancake Sandwich: ¥378 Each (After Tax)/ Colombin GRANSTA Floor B1 (Inside ticket barriers)
Chestnut-based foods as a victory treat date back to the end of the 15th century during the Warring States period of Japanese history. In this pancake sandwich, two fluffy pancakes hug a filling of delicious cream and chestnuts, creating the perfect victory snack. *Sold from January 13 – February 14, 2020
Lucky Iyokan Mikan Vinegar
Lucky Iyokan Mikan Vinegar (1:5 Dilution, 150ml): ¥1,296/ Drinking Vinegar expre・su Tokyo GRANSTA Floor B1 (Inside ticket barriers)
This mikan orange-flavored drinking vinegar is made from Iyokan mikan oranges, which is said to bring luck. “Iyokan” also means “good premonition”, which is sure to provide both an energy and confidence boost. *Limited sales: From January 13, 2020 while stocks last.
Lucky Pentagonal Chopsticks Set
Lucky Pentagonal Chopsticks Set: ¥3,300/ Nihonbo GRANSTA Floor B1 (Inside Ticket Barriers)
These lucky pentagonal (gokaku) chopsticks are a play on words with the word “gokaku”, which also means success. They are pentagonal right to the tip, making it easy to grip your food. This is the perfect present for your friend who is going to take an exam. Limited Selling Period: Until the beginning of March.
Tokyo Station GRANSTA is full of lucky items and foods to help you and your friends prepare for success.
Location: JR Tokyo Station Floor B1/1 (Inside Ticket Barriers)
Address: 1-9-1, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 22:00 (Open until 21:00 on Sundays and the last days of consecutive holidays)
Location: JR Tokyo Station Floor B1/1 (Outside Ticket Barriers)
Address: 1-9-1, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00 (Open until 21:00 on Sundays and the last days of consecutive holidays)
*Opening hours of some shops may vary
Official Website: https://www.tokyoinfo.com/shop/mall/gransta/
Furoshiki-Wrapped Matcha and Strawberry Sandwich Biscuits Released at PRESS BUTTER SAND
15.December.2019 | FOOD
PRESS BUTTER SAND released two new sandwich biscuit products on December 13. PRESS BUTTER SAND Kyoto Station will release the Tsutsumi Uji Matcha and PRESS BUTTER SAND Hakata Station the Tsutsumi Amaou Strawberry. Both are limited in stock.
Both boxes of these delicious treats contain five of the store’s famous “PRESS BUTTER SAND” sandwich biscuits, and they come gift-wrapped in an original furoshikiーa type of Japanese wrapping cloth. The appearance of both products in their packaging maintain an artisanal aesthetic and capture the vibe of their respective cities.
The furoshiki were designed by Yumiko Kakizaki (BAKE Inc.), the creative director at PRESS BUTTER SAND, and several creators active around Kyoto and Fukuoka. Each design was made to represent the characteristics of Kyoto and Hakata.
Also available is the Tsutsumi Black, a set each of 5 original and black flavoured butter biscuit sandwiches.
PRESS BUTTER SAND boasts over 2.5 million sales a year on average. If you’ve get to try their scrumptious biscuit sandwiches then don’t pass up the opportunity to try these new flavours.
Tsutsumi Uji Matcha (Includes 5 Uji Matcha and 5 Original Biscuit Sandwiches)
Available: PRESS BUTTER SAND Kyoto Station
Running: December 13, 2019 until stock sells out
Tsutsumi Amaou Strawberry (Includes 5 Amaou Strawberry and 5 Original Biscuit Sandwiches)
Available: PRESS BUTTER SAND Hakata Station
Running: December 13, 2019 until stock sells out
Official Website: https://buttersand.com
Souvenirs at Tokyo Station’s GRANSTA Shopping Complex Abundant For the New Year
Tokyo Station’s GRANSTA and GRANSTA Marunouchi shopping complexes are holding a New Year’s from December 26, 2019 to January 5, 2019 where sweets and souvenirs will be sold to beckon the new year. The items are based on the Year of the Rat in the Chinese zodiac for 2020.
Sweets and Souvenirs
Baked New Year 2020 (Contains 5) – ¥1,600 @ Fairycake Fair (Available from December 26)
Tuck into these adorable baked cookies with various celebratory designs including rats, flowers and the year 2020. They are egg flavoured and are made with caramel to create a taste similar to Japanese purin (a type of custard pudding).
High Grade Fresh Japanese Confection Assortment (Contains 6) – ¥1,848 @ Ginza Kanra (Available Mid-December to Mid-January)
Ginza Kanra’s assortment of fancy confections are so pretty they almost seem a waste to eat, each with a variety of motifs such as a rat as well as “Gin no Suzu”ーa silver bell inside Tokyo Station that’s famous as a meeting spot.
Ginza Kikunoya Fukiyose Kaiune Shikan (200g) – ¥1,998 @ Jimbocho Ichi no Ichi (Now on sale until all sell out)
This tin of assorted small sweets includes around 30 types of baked wheat bran treats and more. There’s plenty to keep you going through the New Year celebrations.
Left: Eto Kokeshi Rat – ¥2,090 / Right: Mame Kokeshi Rat – ¥880 @ SHARED TOKYO (Now on sale)
Available in limited quantities only, these cute rat kokeshi dolls would look good even as decorations in small spaces. Their red and white colours add to the festive vibe as these are celebratory colours in Japan.
New Year’s Card Shrimp Senbei Rice Crackers (Contains 11) – ¥1,080 @ Keishindo (Now on sale until all sell out)
Forget regular Christmas cards, hand someone one of these rice crackers instead which feature messages like “Here’s to another great year” in Japanese as well as other New Year motifs.
Osechi and New Year’s Bento
Houjou – ¥8,000 @ Asakusa Imahan (Available January 1 only)
Osechi is food prepared for the New Year in Japan, and this bountiful harvest includes Asakusa Imahan’s famous wagyu black beef, red rice, rice with minced sea bream, and more. These are limited to 10 sets only.
Osechi Shoufuku Suzen – ¥1,800 @Sasahachi (Available January 1-3)
Another delicious mix of osechi like fish wrapped in kombu seaweed, hand-rolled sushi, and more—all of which goes down best with a cup of sake. Limited to 20 servings per day.
This is just a peek into what’s available this New Year at Tokyo Station, so if you’re using the station this year, be sure to stop by.
*All listed prices include tax
New Year’s Fair
Running: December 26, 2019 – January 5, 2020
TOKYO STATION GUIDE Official Website: https://www.tokyoinfo.com/
Top 10 Most Popular Souvenirs to Pick Up at Tokyo Station’s HANAGATAYA Store | 2019 Edition
HANAGATAYA is a souvenir variety shop that opened in Tokyo Station’s central passage back in July. After over 5 months of sales, the store has revealed its Top 10 most popular products based on sales.
The line-up features a selection of HANAGATAYA exclusives, as well as products from elsewhere which have received pre-sales at HANAGATAYA. You will be spoilt for choice with this selection, all of which are perfect for ringing in the New Year when travelling back home. Let’s take a look.
Banana Custard Cream – Tokyo 2020 Olympic Emblem Design (Tokyo 2020 Official Licensed Product) – Contains 8 – ¥1,134 (Tax Included)
Officially licensed by the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, these chewy cakes are made from domestic Japanese rice, and are filled with deliciously creamy banana custard.
Tokyo Banana Butter Madeleine (Tokyo Banana World) – Contains 4 – ¥560 Tax Included)
Exclusive to HANAGATAYA come these all-new butter madeleine’s created by famous confectionery company Tokyo Banana. These baked treats feature a buttery fragrance and taste, and are made with a banana confiture and finished with fresh lemon.
*Exclusive to HANAGATAYA GRANSTA Tokyo Central Street
Toro One Press Chocolate Chick (Tokyo Hiyoko) – Contains 3 – ¥648 (Tax Included)
This year marks 107 since the company Hiyoko was established. The “Toro One Press Chocolate Chick” is a new confection from them: an adorable skyward-looking chick made up of three chocolate layersーeach with their own distinct flavour. At the heart of the chick is a moist chocolate paste.
*Exclusive to Tokyo Station
Cheese Wich – Contains 5 – ¥594 (Tax Included)
These light and refreshing cheese cookies, called Cheese Wiches, are filled with a chocolate-coated melted cheese sauce. Three layers means an enjoyable amalgamation of flavours and textures.
*Exclusive to Tokyo Station
Chocolate Chestnut Eggs (Ginza Tamaya) – Contains 4 – ¥800 (Tax Included)
“Goma Tamago” is a popular bite-sized egg-shaped confection. This chestnut flavour was created for HANAGATAYA, a mix of dark chocolate and vanilla flavoured chestnut paste.
*Exclusive to Tokyo Station
Strawberry Cookie Sandwich (Berry UP!) – Contains 8 – ¥1,296 (Tax Included)
Berry UP! is a cute confectionery brand which creates baked strawberry sweets. Keeping with that theme, they have created a crunchy quintuple-layered cookie sandwich filled with sweet and sour strawberry chocolate.
Shinjuku Curry Ebi (Shinjuku Nakamuraya) – Contains 6 – ¥600 (Tax Included)
If you’re looking for something more savoury, then this one’s for you: Shinjuku Nakamuraya’s light, fluffy and melt-in-the-mouth ebi, coated in curry spices. One nibble is enough to get you instantly hooked.
Strawberry Polvorón (Berry UP!) – Contains 6 – ¥1,296 (Tax Included)
Another entry from Berry UP!, these polvorón shortbreads are made from lots of fresh strawberries mixed with condensed milk and mascarpone, creating a subtle sweetness that’s enough to have your mouth watering.
BLUE MELTIN SAND (Tokyo Campanella) – Contains 8 – ¥1,200 (Tax Included)
What if herbal tea and cookies became its own snack? That’s what Tokyo Campanella asked too, and so make it a reality. Their BLUE MELTIN SANDs are cat’s tongue cookies stuffed with a herbal tea sauce that has a natural blue colour.
Premium Cacao Full Sablé (Mary Chocolate) – Contains 18 – ¥1,350 (Tax Included)
Finally, we have a premium edition of chocolate company Mary Chocolate’s Cacao Full Sablés. This one’s for the adults, a sophisticated combination of bittersweet chocolate and berries.
*Exclusive to HANAGATAYA GRANSTA Tokyo Central Street
Did you enjoy this list? Which one takes your fancy the most? Whether as a souvenir for the folks back home, or as a treat to yourself to celebrate 2020, if you’re in Tokyo this year then be sure to give HANAGATAYA a visit.
Official Website: https://www.j-retail.jp/hanagataya/
Tokyo Station’s Top 10 Edible Winter Souvenirs as Chosen by Station Staff
There is just a month and a half left of 2019, with Christmas, the winter holidays and New Year celebrations right around the corner.
Tokyo Station City has compiled a list of must-grab food-related souvenirs and gifts at Tokyo Station. If you’ve ever visited Tokyo Station, you’ll know that you can be spoilt for choice from the amount of goodies you can get your hands on. The list is based on the votes of 305 station staff members working at Tokyo Station who have voted on their Top 10 most recommend souvenirs to pick up this winter.
The staff members went around the shopping area and taste-tested different edible souvenirs across an 8-day period. Their early thoughts as they went down the list were how delicious or unique things were, but they soon began to take it more seriously to consider things like price, how easy an item was to carry and transport, and what certain people might like in particular.
If you’re travelling to or from Tokyo Station during the holiday season, be sure to bookmark this list so you know what to buy for on the flight back home!
Rakumadoka @ Terra Saison (GRANSTA) – 5 Set ¥1,080 (Tax Included) / 8 Set ¥1,728 (Tax Included)
This cheesecake is like a cream cheese-stuffed souffle-like sandwich. Branded with the words “Gin no Suzu” (a place in Tokyo Station) and “Tokyo,” this seasonal product is exclusive to Tokyo Station. In December last year, they sold over 1,500 in a day.
Mount Baum Kuchen @ Nenrinya (Meihinkan) – ¥1,080 (Tax Included)
With its French bread texture, this delightful treat has a fragrant scent, is moist, and is simply delicious. It has a rich buttery taste and is baked slowly to perfection.
Shinjuku Curry Arare Ebi @ HANAGATAYA (GRANSTA) – 6 Set ¥600 (Tax Included)
This rich curry snack is made by Shinjuku Nakamuraya, and has a light melt-in-the-mouth texture with spicy curry seasoning and shrimp flavour. The shrimp flavour comes from a mix of shrimp powder and shrimp oil. The mix of curry powder and spices gives it a really authentic curry taste.
Tokyo Vegetable Rice Crackers @ nomono (GRANSTA Marunouchi) – 12 Set ¥950 (Tax Included) / 18 Set ¥1,598 (Tax Included)
An assortment of rice crackers with three different flavours: great burdock, onion, and pumpkin. They have a set of 18 too which is perfect for handing out to lots of people.
Maple Pie Sandwich @ The Maple Mania (GRANSTA) – 8 Set ¥1,944 (Tax Included)
Coated in caramel, this crunchy pie is made with a cream laced with maple sugar. Exclusive to Tokyo Station, the packaging design for this dessert is made with souvenirs in mind as it’s made so it’s easy to carry and take around with you.
Kuzumochi @ Funabashiya Koyomi (ecute Tokyo) – 24 Cut (Serves 1-1.5) ¥790 (tax Included) / 36 Cut (Serves 2-3) ¥895 (Tax Included) / 48 Cut (Serves 4-5) ¥1,200 (Tax Included)
Funabashiya’s kuzumochi is made with wheat starch that is fermented over a 450 day period before being cooked. It claims to be “the only fermented Japanese wagashi confection.” Since it is fermented over such a long period of time, it takes on a unique flavour and elasticity.
Cheddar Cheese Pie Sandwich @ Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory (ecute Keiyo Street) – 6 Pack ¥1,620 (Tax Included)
A crunchy pie filled with an addictive cheddar cheese cream. Exclusive to ecute Keiyo Street.
8th Place (Joint)
Premium Cacao Full Shortbread @ HANAGATAYA (GRANSTA) 8 Set ¥648 (Tax Included) / 18 Set ¥1,350 (Tax Included) / 27 Set ¥2,052 (Tax Included)
This is a premium edition of the store’s Cacao Full Shortbread, made using the methods used to make the chocolate brand Merry Chocolate. The crunchy texture and full-bodied flavour of the cacao has been left as it is, while a few things have been added to make it a little more luxurious: French sour cream butter, strawberries, and raspberries.
8th Place (Joint)
Yaoki Senbei @ Mankaso (Meihinkan) – 16 Set ¥1,080 (Tax Included)
These plump senbei rice crackers are made with 100% domestic rice and come in six different delicious flavours: agodashi soy sauce, salted, shrimp, seaweed, plum and coarse sugar, and chirimen pepper.
Tartlette Neuf @ le billet (ecute Tokyo) – 6 Pack ¥1,728 (Tax Included) / 9 Pack ¥2,592 (Tax Included)
la billet make their own tarts, and this assortment comes in a variety of flavours. Exclusive to Tokyo Station. A great option as a gift for meeting a business in Japan.
Which of these looks most tempting to you? Let us know on Twitter or Facebook!
Tokyo Station City Official Website: http://www.tokyostationcity.com/en/
Japanese Souvenir Diary: Tokyo Strawberry Whipped Langue-de-chat
You’re going on holiday to another country, but there’s someone special back at home that can’t go with you. What’s the best way to make them feel like they haven’t been left out completely? Souvenirs, of course! Picking out the perfect souvenir for the right person or people, whether friends or family, is a lot of fun as you consider what each person might like and appreciate.
We’ve condensed that thrill of souvenir searching into an article series. We will showcase products that the MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON editorial team have actually tried and recommend as souvenirs.
Tokyo Ichigo Whipped Langue-de-chat (Includes 6) – ¥650 (Tax Included)
Today, we will take a look at Tokyo Strawberry Whipped Langue-de-chat. This whipped chocolate cat tongue biscuit is nothing short of delicious. It’s a fact.
And the cute packaging makes it even better, both the box and individual packs when you open it up.
And since they are individually packaged, you can share them amongst multiple people.
Whipped chocolate is sandwiched between the cat tongue biscuits.
Time to try one.
The biscuit itself has a buttery, exquisite flavour. Though they’re stuffed with whipped chocolate, the chocolate itself is light on the belly. You get those sweet and sour notes from the strawberry too.
The combination of the lightly baked and delicate biscuits with the soft texture and subtle taste of the whipped chocolate is to die for. Your taste buds are tantalised by a flurry of strawberry.
I showed the 6 pack of biscuits, but they also sell a 12 pack (¥1,080) and 18 pack (¥1,620) too, so cater it to how many you need to share out (or enjoy to yourself!) They have a best before date of 30 days too, so don’t have to worry if there’s still some time left before you return home.
If you love strawberries, you won’t be able to rest the Tokyo Strawberry Whipped Langue-de-chat. Be sure to check them out if you’re looking for a Japanese souvenir from Tokyo.
Writer: Sayuri Mizuno (MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON Editorial Team)
Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga
Tokyo Strawberry Whipped Langue-de-chat
Available: At major stations in the Kanto region of Japan, department stores in Japan, and elsewhere
Best Before: 30 Days
Official Website: http://www.oraikan.jp/ih.html
Get Advanced Tickets to Watch the new Shin-chan movie: Crash! Rakuga Kingdom and Almost Four Heroes
Since 1990, Crayon Shin-chan has been published in Manga Action and made its debut as an anime series in 1992. Shin-chan has wooed the hearts of the entire country and even overseas. Every Crayon Shin-chan movie has become a big hit, capturing the hearts of the young and elderly, boys and girls.
Following in the footsteps of its predecessors, next year will see the release of the 28th Crayon Shin-chan movie: Crash! Rakuga Kingdom and Almost Four Heroes on April 24, 2020. Advanced tickets with an unmissable bonus as well as movie teasers have been unveiled.
For many years, a giant kingdom fuelled by doodles created by humans has been peacefully floating in the sky. As time has gone by, less and less people have been doodling, resulting in fuel supplies running critically low. As the kingdom crumbles, doodles have been falling from the sky. As the kingdom starts to face the threat of complete collapse, the kingdom’s forces soon get on the case, forcing the innocent people of earth to produce more doodles to save the kingdom. The kingdom just happens to be floating above the city of Shin-chan’s residence: Kasukabe.
Knowing that the lives of many are at stake, the princess of the Rakuga Kingdom entrusts the Kingdom’s sacred Miracle Crayon to a hero – the five-year-old, mischievous and carefree Shin-chan. Shin-chan harnesses the power of the miracle crayon, drawing up a superhero team to save the world. The first hero: some briefs that haven’t been changed in two days. He then attempts to draw up the love of his life: Nanako Ohara. Unfortunately, she doesn’t quite look the same. Shin-chan then draws his hero Brave Pig, who Shin-chan fans will recognise from the series as the shy pig who is defeated by his shyness every time he has to save anyone. Shin-chan’s three drawings jump right out of the sketch book and right into action in an attempt to save the day.
In the film, the princess proclaims Shin-chan to be the only hero able to use the Miracle Crayon in the entire world. She hands the sacred tool to Shin-chan, entrusting him with the critical duty of serving the royal family as the court painter. The Rakuga Kingdom’s Minister of Defense also makes a strong impression in the film with his masterplan to save the kingdom. As chaos unfolds on earth, it is up to Shin-chan to restore peace and order. Shin-chan joins forces with his three drawings and as troubles get knee-deep, some Shin-chan fans will be betting on the odds that Brave Pig ditches the scene like he usually does, in which case Shin-chan’s odds of saving the world will be looking slimmer and slimmer.
The teaser trailer presents our favourite childhood anime in a colourful way. Crayons and coloured pencils are both the theme of the movie and the style in which the movie was made, adding a sweet finishing touch. As the Rakuga Kingdom is on the brink of destruction, Shin-chan gets to work, freely doodling away destruction with his superhero team consisting of smelly briefs, a badly-drawn dream girl, and the shy Brave Pig.
Illustrator and manga artist Yoko Kuno, who was in charge of the character design for the Crayon Shin-chan movie Invasion!! Alien Shiriri and Burst Serving! and the animation for the ending scenes for Kung Fu Boys ~Ramen Rebellion~, is on the concept design team for this movie.
Shin-chan joining forces with a group of doodles is an unexpected dream team collaboration that has got everyone excited. Those who purchase advanced tickets have the chance to get a limited edition Shin-chan crayon themed around the Crash! Rakuga Kingdom and Almost Four Heroes film. Look closely and you will realize that his hat is a red crayon. Just by looking at this bonus gift keyring will leave you with the sudden urge to start doodling.
©Yoshito Usui/Futabasha Publishers Ltd./ SHIN-EI Animation・TV Asahi・ADK 20120.
Crayon Shin-chan movie: Crash! Rakuga Kingdom and Almost Four Heroes
Release Date: April 24, 2020
Premiering at TOHO Cinemas across Japan.
Official Website: http://www.shinchan-movie.com/
★Advanced Ticket Bonus Keyring
Promotion Event: Uki uki kaki kaki ♪ Ora ga Crayon Shin-chan!
There are a total of 75,000 Shin-chan keyrings to be given to those who purchase advanced tickets. Advanced tickets will be sold at cinemas across Japan from November 22. Only one Shin-chan keyring will be given per advanced ticket. The keyrings are limited to purchases made from movie theatres and cannot be purchased separately or resold. There are a limited number of Shin-chan keyrings available.
Advanced tickets are not available at all cinemas. Please visit the cinema’s official website to find out whether it is selling advanced tickets.
Butter Sandwich Shop PRESS BUTTER SAND Releases Uji Matcha Flavour at Tokyo Station
11.November.2019 | FOOD
The butter sandwich specialists over at PRESS BUTTER SAND are bringing their famous Uji matcha flavour butter sandwiches to their Tokyo Station branch on November 13.
Known as the Uji Matcha Butter Sand, this tasty snack was developed to celebrate the grand opening of the Kyoto Station branch of PRESS BUTTER SAND. Due to high demand, they’ve decided to take the product to Tokyo for a limited time.
The exterior is made with butter cream and carefully selected Uji matcha. You get the full rich flavour of the matcha and delicious taste of the butter at once. The sandwich itself is filled with bitter matcha butter cream and sweet caramel butter for a sumptuously smooth combination that marries temptingly with the crunchy cookie exterior.
The sandwich biscuits come in packaging that features navy Kyoto-esque artwork inspired by the characteristic cultivation method for Uji matcha which blocks out sunlight. The sandwiches themselves are individually packaged in matcha green packets to contrast with the box.
Don’t miss out on a chance to enjoy the flavours of Kyoto while in Tokyo. Available at Tokyo Station only.
Uji Matcha Butter Sand
Price: Box of 5 – ¥1,150 (Tax Included) / Box of 9 – ¥2,070 (Tax Included)
Shop: PRESS BUTTER SAND Tokyo Station
Available: November 13, 2019 – November 30, 2019
Official Website: https://buttersand.com
Tokyo Station’s Best Rice Bowl & Noodle Dishes as Voted by Commuters
Tokyo Station and surrounding facilities are currently holding the “Tokyo Station Rice Bowl vs. Noodles Grand Prix 2019” tournament from October 7 to November 24 to find out people’s favourite rice bowl and noodle dishes at the station.
The past three tournaments have focused only on rice bowls, but this year sees the introduction of noodles too, with past restaurants in Kitchen Street and GRANSTA competing once again as well as new ones in ecute Tokyo and KITTE for a total of 13 participating station areas. 92 dishes are in the line-up, the biggest list to date.
The current rankings for the rice bowl and noodle categories have finally been unveiled, so let’s take a look at the Top 3 of each to see which is leading the race.
Category Is: Rice Bowl
Ultimate Japanese Spiny Lobster Bowl – ¥2,200 (Tax Included) @ Tsukiji Sushiko (GRANSTA Marunouchi)
Tsukiji Sushiko was the victory of last year’s grand prix. This year, they’ve whipped up a hearty seafood bowl made with a whole Japanese spiny lobster and 11 other delicious critters from the ocean.
Premium Wagyu & Uni Otsukimi Date – ¥2,530 (Tax Included) @ Uniya no Amagokoro (Kitchen Street)
Served with sliced premium brand wagyu, this bowl is topped with uni sea urchin eggs and ikura salted salmon roeーa luxurious combination you won’t find anywhere else.
Ura Ooedo Tempura Bowl – ¥1,800 (Tax Included) @ Tenkiyo (Grand Roof)
This is an alternate version of the restaurant’s famous Ooedo Tempura Bowl, served with delicious tempura.
Category Is: Noodles
MISO JIRO – ¥1,000 (Tax Included) @ Tokyo Style Miso Ramen Do Miso (KITTE GRANCHE)
A super-filling bowl piled with pork char siu and a mountain of vegetables.
Lanzhou Wagyu Noodles – ¥950 (Tax Included) @ Mazilu Lanzhou Beef Noodles
Authentic Lanzhou ramen served by the Halal-certified Mazilu Lanzhou Beef Noodles, customers can choose between nine different thicknesses for their noodles to satisfy their palate.
Dehydrated Hamburger Bolognese – ¥1,190 (Tax Included) @ HAMBURG WORKS
Enjoy the full flavour of the hamburger meat made from Japanese black wagyu beef and served with pasta.
Be sure to use this list as reference if you’re looking to eat while travelling through Tokyo Station!
Tokyo Station Rice Bowl vs. Noodles Grand Prix 2019
Running: October 7, 2019 – November 24, 2019
Locations: Kitchen Street, Kurobei Yokocho, Kitamachi Dining, Grand Roof, Grand Roof Front, GranAge, GRANSTA, GRANSTA Marunouchi, KITTE, ecute Tokyo, ecute Keiyo Street
Participating Restaurants: 91
Menu Items: 92 (79 of which are exclusive to Tokyo Station)
5 Christmas Desserts to Buy at Tokyo Station | Christmas 2019
04.November.2019 | FOOD
Shops in and around Tokyo Station are starting to roll out their Christmas products this month. We’ve select our Top 5 must-buy Christmas cakes and desserts if you’re travelling in Tokyo or passing through Tokyo Station this year.
Christmas Koisuru☆Kumagoron – ¥980 (Tax Included) @ Siretoco Donuts (ecute Keiyo Street)
The perfect, most adorable doughnut treats to pick up this Christmas to share with friends and familyーor to enjoy yourself!
*Exclusive to the ecute Keiyo Street branch. Online orders available.
Suica Penguin Waffle Cake – ¥540 (Tax Included) @ RL waffle cake (GRANSTA)
Inspired by the adorable Suica penguinーthe mascot for Suica travel cardsーthis mini cake is a fluffy waffle rolled into whipped cream and yellow peach and is coated in chocolate.
*Only 100 to be sold. Sales begin from November 5 and is are first-come, first served. Reservation-only. Online reservations available.
*Delivery Window: December 20-25, 2019.
*Exclusive to GRANSTA.
©︎Chiharu Sakazaki/East Japan Railway Company/DENTSU by East Japan Railway Company
Suica is a registered trademark of East Japan Railway Company
Christmas Box (4 Included) – ¥1,940 (Tax Included) @ Fairycake Fair
Cute cupcakes decorated for Christmas. Also available in boxes of 6 and 9.
*Reservation Window: November 5 – December 20, 2019
*Delivery Window: November 30 – December 25, 2019
*Available for direct purchase in-store between November 30 – December 25, 2019
*Online reservations available. Exclusive to GRANSTA.
Chestnut Yule Log – ¥3,780 (Tax Included) @ le billet (ecute TOKYO)
This Christmas yule log is a mix of chestnuts and hazelnuts and contains a rich tiramisu-style chestnut cream.
*Online reservations available.
Noel – ¥6,200 (Tax Included) @ Tokyo Station Hotel
This chestnut cake is inspired by the pine pillars that supported the Tokyo Station Marunouchi station building until it was restored. It has a chestnut and sweet potato base and is layered with chestnut mousse and coffee mousse to recreate the rings of a tree which are used to tell a tree’s age.
*10 served per day
*Reservation Window: November 5 – December 17, 2019
*Delivery Window: December 22-25, 2019
*Online reservations available. Exclusive to GRANSTA.
Eat all of the cute treats you can this Christmas and holiday season.
Tokyo Station City Official Website: http://www.tokyostationcity.com/en/
Tokyo’s Newest Bubble Tea Shop PEARL LADY CHA BAR Opens at Tokyo Station
18.October.2019 | FOOD
Bubble tea chain PEARL LADY opened a new tea and tapioca beverage cafe called PEARL LADY CHA BAR at GRANSTA Marunouchi in Tokyo Station on October 17.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of CHA BAR, a Japanese tapioca drink chain that serves different types of tea from around the world. The chewy tapioca pearls added to the drinks are made in the company’s own factory and delivered fresh everyday to stores.
They boast a large drink line-up for tea-lovers, such as their specially-made rich milk tea latte, rock salt cream cheese made with mascarpone, seasonal fruit beverages, and more. The menu offers new and original ways of enjoying tea.
If you’re passing through Tokyo Station during your travels to the capital, be sure to pick up a drink from PEARL LADY CHA BAR.
PEARL LADY CHA BAR GRANSTA Marunouchi
Address: JR East Tokyo Station Floor B1F (Outside Ticket Gates), 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00
Access: 1-minute on foot from the Marunouchi F central ticket gates at Tokyo Station
Official Website: http://www.pearllady.jp/chabar/
Cute Pikachu, Mew, Eeevee and Snorlax Blush & Powder Release in Pokémon Cosmetic Series
The next set of beauty items in the popular Pokémon Cosmetic Series has finally been revealed: the Pokémon Cheek and Pokémon Pressed Powder will be released on September 10. The line-up includes Pikachu, Eevee, Mew, and Snorlax.
Pokémon Cheek – ¥1,300 (Before Tax)
The Pokémon Cheek is a cream-type blush that spreads smoothly on your skin without any stickiness. It’s comfortable on the skin and is durable. It also contains micropearls and so gives your skin a natural shine.
It comes in four colours: Pikachu Milky Pink, Eevee Rose Pink, Snorlax Coral Pink, and finally Mew Pearl White which brightens your natural skin tone. The blush comes as a stick and so is ncie and easy to apply and carry around.
Pokémon Pressed Powder – ¥1,500 (Before Tax)
The pressed powder comes with its very own powder puff featuring a cute original design. The powder is mixed with minerals that are gentle on the skin as well as collagen. It leaves your face looking smooth and natural without any unwanted shiny patches.
Pick from four different colours: Pikachu Pink which brightens natural skin colour, Eevee Mint which elevates transparency, Snorlax Yellow which conceals blemished, and Mew Purple which brings out transparency and shimmer.
When out there in the wild catching Pokémon, why not look good at the same time? Be sure to check out the Pokémon Cosmetic Series, and stay tuned for any new products that are released.
Pokémon Cosmetic Series – Pokémon Cheek / Pokémon Pressed Powder
Release Date: September 10, 2019
Available: Pokémon Center, ITS’DEMO, Tokyu Hands, Village Vanguard, and elsewhere
Official Website: https://lovisia.jp/pokemon/