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!
Tokyo Neko Neko: Cat Shaped Desserts and Pastries Served at Ginza’s New Bakery
28.July.2020 | FOOD
ALL HEARTS COMPANY, a Japanese company that develops bakeries and patisseries across Japan, opened its new bakery and confectionery shop Tokyo Neko Neko in Ginza, Tokyo on July 22, 2020. The shop has replaced Heart Bread ANTIQUE, another bakery also run by ALL HEARTS COMPANY, which was previously at this location.
At Tokyo Neko Neko, they are serving cat-shaped pastries and desserts including Tokyo-exclusive products from their Neko Neko Bread brand and Neko Neko Cheesecake shop. This is the second branch to open following the opening of Kyoto Neko Neko last month.
A stylish bakery
Tokyo Neko Neko’s pastries and interior design takes on a completely different look from Kyoto Neko Neko, with the walls acting as a canvas to display their food like an art museum. The bakery’s line-up centres on seeing as well as eating, adding an extra level of deliciousness to the products. If you’ve visiting Tokyo, you don’t want to pass up on the opportunity to visit Tokyo Neko Neko.
Tokyo Neko Neko Bread
Tokyo Neko Neko’s cat-shaped bread is palm-sized and so is a perfect gift and takeaway snack. The outside is crunchy while the middle is kept nice and moist. The secret behind the bread’s tastiness is the use of fermented butter which they get from France. The use of lots of almond cream adds a tasty kick too.
Tokyo Neko Neko Bread – Plain: ¥1,000 (Before Tax)
Made using croissant pastry and loaded with fermented butter.
Tokyo Neko Neko Bread – Caramel Almond: ¥1,200 (Before Tax)
Caramel almonds and almond slices are added to this version, also made with lots of fermented butter.
Tokyo Neko Neko Bread – Praline Rose: ¥1,200 (Before Tax)
This flvour is filled with praline rose, a traditional French confection of caramelised sugar-coated almonds.
Tokyo Neko Neko has lots of other tasty foods to offer too, like their Neko Neko Cheesecake, Neko Neko Butter Sandwiches, and more.
Tokyo Neko Neko Ginza
Address: OPTICA 1F, 3-4-17 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
No Fixed Holidays (Except New Year)
Official Website: https://nekoshoku.jp
Tokyo Banana’s New Disney Sweets Collection Looks Delicious
Japan’s popular confectionery souvenir shop Tokyo Banana is collaborating with Disney for one week from July 29 to August 7 at the Hankyu Umeda branch of Tokyo Banana in Osaka.
Officially named the “Disney SWEETS COLLECTION by Tokyo Banana,” the line-up brings together the iconic Disney characters and centres them around the company’s brand concept which is to bring happiness to all who see and taste their products.
Mickey Mouse Pancake Sandwich: ¥1,080 for 4 / ¥1,382 for 6 (Tax Inclusive)
A box of “Mickey Mouse Pancake Sandwiches” contains baked, deliciously fluffy treats filled with soft cream. They come in two shapes: Mickey’s face and the iconic Tokyo Banana. The Mickey ones contain caramel cream and roasted almonds while the Tokyo Banana designs are filled with banana milk cream and chocolate chips.
Mickey Mouse Chocolate Sandwich: ¥1,080 for 12 / ¥2,160 for 24
The “Mickey Mouse Chocolate Sandwich” are crunchy cat tongue biscuits which have Tokyo Banana’s distinct milky flavour. They are made to be like a delicious banana milkshake you can eat and contain rich chocolate.
Mickey Mouse Pancake Sandwich / Mickey Mouse Chocolate Sandwich
Running: July 29, 2020 – August 4, 2020
Available: Tokyo Banana Hankyu Umeda
Official Website: https://www.tokyobanana.jp/disney/
Japan’s Anime Theme Park Nijigen no Mori Has Naruto, Boruto & Other Exciting Events This June
Nijigen no Mori is an anime theme park located on Awaji Island in Hyogo Prefecture. Here’s a list of the latest events running at the park in June.
NARUTO & BORUTO SHINOBIZATO
NARUTO & BORUTO SHINOBIZATO is an area of Nijigen no Mori with attractions and more based on Naruto and his son Boruto. The area celebrated its 1st anniversary on April 20, 2020. The park is currently selling anniversary merchandise as well as other exclusive items. Guests who buy a ticket to the park online will receive a free 1st anniversary postcard.
Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00 (Reception Closes 20:00)
Price: Adults ¥1,800 / High & Junior High School Students ¥1,800 / Children (Elementary School Students & Younger) ¥500
*Free entry for those aged 3 and below
Price: ¥1,280 Each (Before Tax) *6 flavours
There are also beverages inspired by characters from the series.
Price: ¥1,050 (Before Tax)
There is also a special ramen dish you can order inspired by the Akatsuki, the biggest threat to the Hidden Leaf Village.
GRAND CHARIOT Hokutoshichisei 135°, a hotel and glamping facility located in the area, also opened its new Naruto-themed room on June 1, 2020.
The room, called “Hokage no Bessou” (Hokage’s Villa), is renovated from one of the resort’s buildings, and aims to plunge guests into the world of ninjas. The room takes inspiration from the Hidden Leaf Village and its characters, with references to the series and recreated scenes littered throughout. It also offers exclusive amenities for guests to enjoy.
Guests who stay in the Naruto room receive a free ticket to NARUTO & BORUTO SHINOBIZATO at Nijigen no Mori.
ⒸMasashi Kishimoto Scott / Shuiehsa・TV Tokyo・Pierrot
Crayon Shin-chan Adventure Park
Over at the Crayon Shin-chan shop in Nijigen no Mori, they’re selling limited quantities of a “Happy Bag” full of Shin-chan merchandise, from picnic cushions to towels and more for a total of six items.
And for the summer season, the last entries to all attractions at Crayon Shin-chan Adventure Park have been extended. It’s a chance to work your body while enjoying the green outdoors.
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00 (Last Entries 19:30)
Price: Adults ¥4,480 / High & Junior High School Students ¥2,880 / Children (Elementary School Students & Younger) ¥1,180 / Seniors ¥1,440
*Free entry for those aged 4 and below. Please check the official website for weekend and national holiday prices.
Phoenix Night Walk
June 21 is Father’s Day, and to celebrate Nijigen no Mori is holding an event on the day based on Osamu Tezuka’s manga Phoenix. Dads can attend the event for free. The park is holding a birthday campaign for June for those whose birthdays were in March, April, and May since they were unable to go out due to isolation, as well as for those whose birthdays are in June.
Date: June 21, 2020
Price: General ¥3,300 (Junior High School Students & Older) / Children ¥1,200 (Aged 5-12)2020年6月21日（日）
*Free entry for those aged 3 and below.
Nijigen no Mori
Official Website: https://nijigennomori.com/
Tokyo Station’s White Day Fair Loaded With Loving Gifts and Souvenirs
Tokyo Station’s two shopping centresーGRANSTA, which is inside the ticket gates, and GRANSTA Marunouchi, which is outside themーare holding a White Day Fair which started the day after Valentine’s Day and will run until March 14, 2020.
In Japan, Valentine’s Day usually sees girls and women giving chocolate to guys and men, which can be for both friendship or love. On White Day, the opposite happens, where guys and men are expected to repay the favour. GRANSTA and GRANSTA Marunouchi have the perfect assortment of gifts and accessories that are sure to please any girls this White Day.
Tasty treats to return the favour
These visually-appealing picks are perfect for expressing your thanks to friends and coworkers.
Tokyo Station Exclusive: Mini Pigeon & Heart Biscuits – ¥880 @ Fairycake Fair (GRANSTA Floor B1F) / Available: From February 15, 2020
These cute tiny tins from Fairycake Fair are packed with crunchy and milky pigeon and heart biscuits and mini lemon yoghurt-flavoured meringues. They’re a brand new product from the confectionery shop.
Tokyo Station Exclusive: Strawberry Pie Burger – ¥864 @ Kyobashi Senbikiya (GRANSTA Floor B1F) / Available: February 20, 2020 – March 14, 2020 (*30 served per day)
Adorably cut into love hearts, these pies are lovingly filled with cream, which has a subtle eggy flavour, and cream cheese
White Day Selection – ¥3,672 (Contains 9) @ Pierre Marcolini (GRANSTA Floor B1F) / Available: From March 1, 2020 while supplies last
An assortment of chocolates from popular chocolate brand Pierre Marcolini, named after the famous Belgian chocolatier, which is sure to make anyone happy. It includes a new chocolate called the “Gradation Cool.”
Impress with these little gems
Here’s a selection of gifts other than sweets that are great for those seeking something unique that no one else will buy.
Truffle Salt – ¥1,296 – @ DEAN & DELUCA (GRANSTA Floor B1F) / Available: Now on sale
This blended salt is a mix of summer truffle and natural sea salt. The absolute perfect gift for someone who loves cooking.
Dashi Stock – ¥1,080 @ Kayanoya (GRANSTA Marunouchi Floor B1F) / Available: Now on sale
An assortment of Kayanoya’s popular “Kayanoya Dashi” and their flavour-packed “Kiwami Dashi.” A great pick for those who want to return the favour with something out of the ordinary.
uka nail oil 13:00 – ¥3,300 @ FruitGATHERING (GRANSTA Floor B1F) / Available: Now on sale
Scented with refreshing mint and lemon and keeps your nails and skin nice and moist.
ecoffee cup-WILLIAM MORRIS – ¥2,310 Each @ Neue (GRANSTA Marunouchi Floor B1F) / Available: Now on sale
These beautifully stylish, textile-design cups are reusable, so you can take your coffee with you wherever and whenever.
Address: 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo (JR Tokyo Station Floor B1F-1F / Inside Ticket Gates)
Opening Hours: 8:00-22:00 (Until 21:00 on Sundays and the final day of consecutive public holidays)
*Opening hours differ from store to store
*GRANSTA’s new area is open 9:00-22:00 (Until 21:00 on Sundays and the final day of consecutive public holidays)
Address: 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo (JR Tokyo Station Floor B1F / Outside Ticket Gates)
Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00 (Until 21:00 on Sundays and the final day of consecutive public holidays)
*Opening hours differ from store to store
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Turns Voice Actress in Upcoming New Crayon Shin-chan Movie
Crayon Shin-chan: Crash! Rakuga Kingdom and Almost Four Heroes is the 28th and newest anime film to enter the beloved Crayon Shin-chan series, which is set to release in Japan on April 24, 2020.
Crayon Shin-chan is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yoshito Usui. It was first serialised in Weekly Manga Action in 1990, and subsequently received its first anime adaptation in 1992. Since then, it has become one of the most recognisable and loved series in Japan.
The story of Crayon Shin-chan: Crash! Rakuga Kingdom and Almost Four Heroes is as follows: 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. Shin-chan’s three drawings jump right out of the sketch book and right into action in an attempt to save the day.
Voicing the part of the princess, who entrusts Shin-chan with saving the Rakuga Kingdom, is none other than Kyary Pamyu Pamyuーwho herself is a huge fan of Crayon Shin-chan.
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s song Kimi ni 100 Percent (2013) was used as the 15th opening theme for the Crayon Shin-chan anime series, and maintains the record for being used the longest out of all of the series’ opening themes. It was also used as the opening theme for the 2014 film Crayon Shin-chan: Intense Battle! Robo Dad Strikes Back. Kyary even appeared in the series as herself. Her history with the series has led her to being recognised as a member of the Shin-chan family.
Kyary received the offer to voice the princess in the upcoming new film after the production team heard her voice work for the character Mecchaka in the NHK Educational TV series u&i. They were impressed by the voice work, and initially didn’t know it was Kyary. After finding out it was, they sent her the offer.
Kyary is a huge fan of Crayon Shin-chan and read the manga religiously. She is now taking this opportunity to challenge herself to some real seiyū anime voice acting. But it doesn’t stop there either, as she will also perform the opening theme for the film too. Titled Rakugaki Ouen Taishi (“Support Ambassador for Rakugaki”), the song is centred around the Rakuga Kingdom.
Kyary and Shin-chan released some words of their own regarding this dream collaboration. Read them below.
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu | Comment
“I appeared as myself in the anime series once before, but this time I’m challenging myself to some authentic voice acting as the princess, so I hope everyone enjoys seeing a completely different side to me. I’ve been collecting and reading the Shin-chan manga since elementary school. Whenever I scored 100 in a test my dad would buy me a volume. I was bad at studying, but Shin-chan helped me work hard. He’s like the hero who scooped me up and saved me! As a fan I’m super happy too, since this movie is based on a part from the manga series. I hope everyone who loves Shin-chan will look forward to it too!” *Translated from Japanese
Shinnosuke Nohara | Comment
“Kyary-chan, I’m super happy I get to see you again! So you’re gonna be the princess who trusts me with the Rakuga Kingdom treasure, the ‘Miracle Crayon,’ right? I’ll make sure to catch your love baton. And you’re gonna be the Rakugaki Support Ambassador with me too. I’m way too excited. We’re a dream combination! Enjoy yourself at the cinema.”
©Yoshito Usui / Futabasha・Shinei・TV Asahi・ADK 2020
Crayon Shin-chan: Crash! Rakuga Kingdom and Almost Four Heroes
Release Date: April 24, 2020
Official Website: http://www.shinchan-movie.com/
Japanese Travel Website Jalan Set To Launch Tokyo Station Fair As Cat Stalks Closer
Japanese travel website Jalan, which has been running for 30 years, is collaborating with Tokyo station’s shopping centre GRANSTA for their third collaboration fair, which will run from February 15 – March 1, 2020. Travelling in Japan will be even more fun as the travel website’s adorable mascot Nyalan takes to the scene in a variety of delicious foods – just what every cat person kneads!
Even more shops are participating for the third fair, which is now stretching to cover shops at Ecute Tokyo and Ecute Keiyo Street. Everything at the fair cannot be purchased from anywhere else or at any other time. From bento lunches and sweet treats to merchandise, everything is based on Jalan’s adorable cat mascot Nyalan. The fair is full of the essentials to enhance the fun factor in your spring travels around Japan – fur real.
Nyalan Caramel Cream: ¥490 (Fairy Cake Fair) *Only at GRANSTA
A fluffy whipped cream Nyalan sits on top of a delicious fairy cake. Grinning from cheek to cheek, the expressions on these hand-decorated mini cake are packed with detail. The adorable Nyalan cupcake is filled with velvety homemade caramel sauce for a rich sweetness.
Nyalan Paw-Shaped Bento: ¥880 *Only at GRANSTA
Dried katsuobushi and salmon are mixed with rice to create two different coloured paw-shaped sushi rolls. Enjoy the adorable round rolls and sides of simmered bamboo shoots and sakura mochi – pawfect for a spring outing!
Amaou Strawberry Macaron and Nyalan Print Macaron: ¥648 (Pack of 2) *Only at DALLOYAU, GRANSTA
Nyalan print macarons were a big hit last year and now the adorable macarons are making a comeback for a limited time. The set of two macarons includes the popular amaou strawberry macaron and a vanilla macaron. This is great as a souvenir, however there are only 400 sets available so be quick if you want one!
Nyalan Doughnuts: ¥420 Each, Shiretoko Doughnut, available at Ecute Keiyo Street only
You won’t be able to stop yourself from gasping at how adorable these doughnuts are. The moment you feast your eyes on the doughnuts, you won’t be able to stop smiling. These sweet doughnuts are bursting with the delicious flavours of Hokkaido and would make the puurrfect quick munch when on a shopping break or a wonderful souvenir.
Nyalan no Otetechirashi (1 pack: Approx. 12cm diameter)
【Uoriki Kaisen Sushi】 *Available only at Ecute Keiyo Street
On top of this cake-shaped sushi lies a paw made from negitoro (minced tuna). The sushi cake is made of up layers of the finest seafoods including crab and salmon. Only 20 are sold per day.
Nyalan Hand Towel: ¥880 Each, Handkerchief: ¥550 Each 【Hamamonyo】 *Available at Ecute Tokyo only
This cute Nyalan hand towel and handkerchief are just what you need for your hot spring trip and are bound to add a sprinkle of fun to your everyday life. Enjoy spotting the different facial expressions of Nyalan in this Yokohama print design. Once you make a habit of using it every day, you won’t be able to stop because it feels so nice.
If you love cats, spice up your life with Nyalan!
Tokyo Station and Jalan Fair
Running: February 15, 2020 – March 1, 2020
Participating Shops: 10 Shops in GRANSTA, 3 Shops at Ecute Tokyo and 2 Shops at Ecute Keiyo Street
More Information (Japanese Only)
Jalan News: https://www.jalan.net/news/article/422076/
Ecute Tokyo: https://www.ecute.jp/tokyo/campaign/900
Ecute Keiyo Street: https://www.ecute.jp/keiyostreet/campaign/901
Valentine’s Day 2020 Gift Recommendations: Chocolates and Treats at Tokyo Station
If you’re in Tokyo in the run up to Valentine’s Day, and are in in need of some ideas to bestow your loved one, then you’ll want to head to Tokyo Station City where they are never short of great ideas when the season of love rolls around.
From little gifts under ¥500 to more indulgent delights over ¥1,000, Tokyo Station has it all. We’ve picked out some recommendations ranging from chocolates to sweets and other great ideas for those without a sweet tooth.
【Under ¥500】Little gifts to hand out
Heart de Katsu Burger – ¥237 @ Tonkatsu Maisen (GRANSTA) *Available until February 14, 2020
For a limited time only, Tonkatsu Maisen’s popular katsu burgers are being served in the shape of a heart up right now until Valentine’s Day. If you’re with your loved one in Tokyo until then, then how about enjoying one of these together?
Heart Senbei (3 Included) @ Fujimido (GRANSTA) *Available until February 14, 2020
Senbei are Japanese rick crackers, and these heart-shaped ones come as a set in black pepper, tuna mayo, and ume katsu (plum pulp and bonito flakes) flavours. Perfect for those who don’t like sweet things, and great with a cup of Japanese sake.
Shizuko Chocolate (1 Included) – ¥378 @ Naruto Kintoki Honpo Kurio (GRANSTA) *Available until February 14, 2020
Kurio’s potato sweet bean jelly is made from the store’s sweet potato bean paste which is set and thus has the original flavour maintained. It’s mixed with dark chocolate for that luxury feel as well as sweet potato skin.
Coffee Bean Chocolates (50g) – ¥432 @ Marche du Chocolat (GRANSTA)
For those with more of an adult flavour palate, these coffee beans are coated in milk chocolate. A must-have for all coffee lovers out there!
[¥500-¥1,000] Show your love with prices too good to overlook
Jelly in Puree Chocolatey in Sachinoka Strawberry & Dark Chocolate (24g) – ¥500 @ Hitotsubu Kanro (GRANSTA) *Available until March 14, 2020
Part of Hitotsubu Kanro’s popular “Jelly in Puree Chocolatey” series, this limited edition flavour is made with sachinoka strawberries. Pick from four different designs.
Orangette (1 Box) – ¥680 @ Fairycake Fair (GRANSTA) *Available until February 14, 2020
Those who love a mix of chocolate and fruit will want a box of these orangettes, which exquisitely combine the bitterness of orange peel with chocolate. Exclusive to GRANSTA.
Hazelnuts & Puffs (1 Box) – ¥680 @ Fairycake Fair (GRANSTA) *Available until February 14, 2020
Two types of chocolate, hazelnut and puff, fill up a box of these treats, each with their own crunchy textures. Also exclusive to GRANSTA.
USHIO CHOCOLATL (1 Included) – ¥810-¥864 @ SHARED TOKYO (GRANSTA)
These chocolates are made simply from cocoa beans and salt. The packaging is super stylish too making them a great gift. They are limited in stock, so if you like the look of them, you’d best get in there quick.
[Over ¥1,000] High quality and luxurious indulgence
Cher Milieu – ¥1,404 @ le billet (Ecute Tokyo)
Made with rich Belgian sweet chocolate, sharp and bitter dark chocolate, and orange-flavoured sake, these raw chocolates are a welcome melt-in-the-mouth experience for Valentine’s Day.
Raw Chocolate (9 Included) – ¥1,500 @ Quatre (Ecute Keiyo Street)
Each and every one of these raw chocolates is handmade with the chef’s specially-selected chocolate and lots of fresh cream from Hokkaido. Every bite is a trip to chocolate paradise.
Dassai Matcha Truffles (4 Included) – ¥1,620 @ Waraku Beniya (Ecute Tokyo)
Waraku Beniya’s Dassai Matcha Truffles are made with high quality Uji matcha from Kyoto, an original blend of white chocolate, and a special brand of Japanese sake.
Tokyo Station is the place to go this Valentine’s Day, and there’s plenty more to see in addition to what’s on this list. Now is the time to give back to your loved one with a Valentine’s treat.
*All listed prices include tax
Tokyo Station City Official Website: http://www.tokyostationcity.com/en/
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.
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Tokyo Station City Official Website: http://www.tokyostationcity.com/en/