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.

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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)

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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)

 

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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!

 

■Information

Grand Opening: July 25, 2017

Business Hours: 10:00-20:30

Address: Tokyo Character Street (First Avenue Tokyo Station 1F, 1 Chome-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)

Telephone: 03-6259-1919

 

 

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    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”

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    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu x Crayon Shin-chan Store Page
    https://line.me/S/sticker/6901

  • 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.

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    “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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

     

    ■Information

    Crayon Shinchan official shop ~Action Department Store Osaka shop~

    Open date: 2017,10,27 (Fri.).

    Address: 〒530-0017 4F, 5-15 HEP FIVE, Kakutacho, Kitaku, Osakashi, Osaka

    Business hours: 11:00 to 21:00

    Holidays: the shop will be closed when the facility is closed.

    TEL:06-6366-3994
    URL:http://www.smallplanet.co.jp/

     (C) Yoshito Usui / Futabasha / Shinei / Television Asahi ADK

  • 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.

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    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.

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    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.

     

    ■Information

    LINE FRIENDS & HELLO KITTY – Character Greeting Events

     

    1. Takashimaya Yokohama Store 6F (at Kids Patio)

    Date: Sunday August 6th – 10:30 / 13:00 / 14:30 / 16:00 (max. 30 people per slot)

    Address: 1 Chome-6-31 Minamisaiwai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa

    ※Tickets for each slot will be handed out at the 1F Sagami Railway (or Sotetsu) Entrance from 9:30am-9:55am on the day of event. From 10:00am onwards they will be available at the 6F Sanrio counter. (https://www.sanrio.co.jp/shop/sh013111m/)

    ※Tickets are numbered and given on a first-come, first-served basis. 1 ticket per person.

    ※Photos with the characters are taken with your own personal camera.

     

    2. LINE FRIENDS STORE Harajuku

    https://www.linefriends.jp/offline

    Date: Tuesday August 8th – 13:30 / 16:30 (max. 20 people per slot)

    Address: JPR Jingumae 432 Bldg, 4-32-13 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

     

    3. sanrio vivitix HARAJUKU

    https://www.sanrio.co.jp/shop/sh6669100/

    Date: Tuesday August 8th – 12:00 / 15:00 (max. 20 people per slot)

    Address: CUTE CUBE HARAJUKU 1F, 1-7-1 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    ※Those who spend more than ¥1,080 (including tax) on Sanrio merchandise on the day of the event are eligible to receive a ticket for a photo with Hello Kitty and Brown upon payment. Only the people with a slot ticket are eligible.

    ※Please prepare your own camera for taking the photo.

    ※Those who do not hold a photo ticket are still free to watch.

     

    4. LaLaport TOKYO-BAY (central stage in 1F North Building)

    Date: Thursday August 10 – 11:00 / 13:30 / 15:00 (max. 30 people per slot)

    Address: 1F LaLaport TOKYO-BAY North Building, 2-1-1 Hamacho, Funabashi, Chiba

    ※Those who spend more than ¥1,080 (including tax) on Sanrio merchandise at Sanrio Gift Gate in LaLaport TOKYO-BAY (https://www.sanrio.co.jp/shop/sh3641100) on the day of the event are eligible to receive a ticket for a photo with Hello Kitty and Brown upon payment. Only the people with a slot ticket are eligible.

    ※Please prepare your own camera for taking the photo.

    ※A stage event will be held called “Hello Kitty to Brown to Tanoshiku Odorou!” (Dance With Hello Kitty and Brown!)

    ※Those who do not hold a photo ticket are still free to watch.

     

    5. LINE FRIENDS CAFE & STORE Fukuoka

    https://www.linefriends.jp/offline

    Date: Saturday August 26th – 14:00 / 16:00 (max. 20 people)

    Address: 2-4-18 Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka

     

    Shop Campaign – Limited Edition Ticket Holder

    You can receive a “LINE FRIENDS & HELLO KITTY” design ticket holder if you have your receipts from purchasing at both LINE FRIENDS STORE and sanrio vivitix. There are two designs to choose from. You may pick your favourite one.

    ※Please note that the ticket holders are limited in quantity so will not be available after all have been bought.

    ※Your receipts will be stamped when receiving the item.

     

    【Campaign Shhops】

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    LINE FRIENDS STORE Harajuku (JPR Jingumae 432 Bldg, 4-32-13 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo / Tel: 03-3434-0597)

    sanrio vivitix HARAJUKU (CUTE CUBE HARAJUKU 1F, 1-7-1 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo / Tel: 03-5786-1500)

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    LINE FRIENDS CAFE & STORE Fukuoka (2-4-18 Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka / Tel: 092-406-3674)

    sanrio vivitix Tenjin Chikagai (2 Chome Tenjin, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka / Tel: 092-726-3091)

     

    Sanrio Official Homepage: https://www.sanrio.com

     

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  • Kaori’s easy recipe – learn how to make a “Minions Cup Omelet Rice”!

    09.August.2017 | FEATURES / FOOD

    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”.

     

    ■1: Ingredients

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    ・2 cups of rice (to make the chicken rice)

    ・Some carrots

    ・Some green peppers

    ・Some corn

    ・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

    ・Some laver

    ・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

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    3: Put the chicken rice into the cups.

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    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.

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    5: Next, turn the circular cup over and cut out some circular pieces of omelet. Be careful that it does not tear.

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    6: Place these circular pieces of omelet on top the cup-filled chicken rice.

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    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.

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    8: Use the laver punch and to make the mouth parts.

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    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.

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    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!

     

    ■Profile

    Kaori Kubota(@kaopan27)

    Kaori lives in Hokkaido and enjoys making dinners, sweet treats and character food using bread ♡

    Kaori also loves to experiment with small tricks to crate easy character-themed sweets @kaopan27

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    09.August.2019 | Uncategorized

    Tokyo Station is a hive of thriving shops and restaurants. If you are wondering where to start, exit the ticket barriers and head to GRANSTA Marunouchi to discover a new world of bento lunches, souvenir gifts and much more. Still stuck on where to go? Lucky for you, GRANSTA Marunouchi shoppers have voted for their favourite bento meals, sweet souvenirs and general souvenirs. We have summarised the top three winners of each category.

     

    A total of 69 shops have risen to the challenge, submitting a total of 73 of their top items. This year, a total of 4,500 voters took part in the survey, which is 2,000 more than last year. There were 10 winners in each of the three categories of Bento Meals, Sweet Souvenirs, and General Souvenirs. Today, we are presenting you with the top three of each category. (The prices below are the prices after tax has been applied)

     

    ▶︎Bento Meals Category

    1st place: Asakusa Imahan Sukiyaki (Tokyo-limited)

    Asakusa Imahan was founded in the 28th year of the Meiji era (1895) and still serves delicious traditional Japanese food. The Sukiyaki Bento is filled with a range of nutritious vegetables and luxurious Japanese Black wagyu beef, which is a shop specialty. Enjoy the wonderful sukiyaki flavouring of the vegetables and meat. 

    Price: ¥1,450 Shop: Asakusa Imahan (浅草今半)

     

    2nd place: Salted Salmon Roe and Salmon Belly Bento 

    *Limit of 150 sold per day.

    Price: ¥1,280 Shop: Ekibenya Matsuri (駅弁屋 祭 )

    Salmon belly flavoured with natural fat is fried and topped with salmon roe coated in a soy sauce dressing. This exquisite bento is full of flavours that go well together.

     

    3rd place: Shoro Sando

    *Limit of 200 sold per day 

    Price: ¥648 Shop: Tsukiji Shoro (つきぢ松露 )

    The faintly sweet flavour of the tamagoyaki seasoned and flavoured egg is the perfect match with the mayonaise.

     

    ▶︎ Sweet Souvenirs Top 3 

    1st place: Maple Pie Sandwich Biscuit (Tokyo Station-limited)

    Price: ¥1,944 (box of 8) Shop: The Maple Mania  

    Maple cream is combined with maple sugar and sandwiched between two delicious and crispy pie crusts. The box takes on the appearance of a red brick, making it the perfect Tokyo Station souvenir. 

     

    2nd place: Tokyo chocolate Sablé (Tokyo Station-limited)

    Price: ¥1,080 (box of 12) Shop: Marché du Chocolat 

    The packaging features a beautiful illustration of Tokyo Station. There are two chocolate sablé flavours: raspberry and hazelnut.

     

    3rd place: My Captain Cheese Set (Tokyo Station-limited)

    Price: ¥1,080 (box of 8 packets)  Shop: MY CAPTAIN CHEESE TOKYO 

    Although having just opened in April 2019, this shop quickly made the rankings. From the outer packaging to the flavour, the efforts put into the making of this souvenir are clear. This brand new sweet cheese-flavoured treat is a new GRANSTA-limited souvenir.

     

    ▶︎ General Souvenirs

    1st place: Karuizawa Royal Blend

    Limit of 30 made per day 

    Price: ¥1,122 (whole loaf)/ ¥ 561 (half loaf) Shop: BOULANGERIE ASANOYA 

    The recipe used to bake this bread was deeply loved by the Kazoku; the rich and noble family class that existed during the Showa Era of Japan. This thick and fluffy loaf is made with lots of fresh cream for a rich flavour.

     

    2nd place: Suica Penguin Mamegui Wrapping Cloth and Suica Baumkuchen cake (Tokyo Station-limited)

    Prices: Mamegui Wrapping Cloth: ¥648/ Baumkuchen: ¥ 540  Shop: Mamegui (まめぐい)

    The Suica penguin, who is the mascot on the Suica smart travel card, is printed on this round Baumkuchen cake. Wrap it in the hankerchief-sized tenugui cloth and it will be the perfect petit present for your friend.  

     

    3rd place: Lemon and Shiikuwasha Lemon Vinegar (Tokyo Station-limited)

    Price: ¥1,728 (250ml) Shop: Nomusu Ekisupuresu Tokyo (飲む酢エキスプレ・ス・東京)

    This dessert vinegar has a refreshing lemon flavour. The slight bitterness of the Shiikuwasha vinegar makes it a wonderful dessert flavour. 

     

    If you are overwhelmed by the vast selection of bento lunches or souvenirs, referring to these rankings is a safe option. Have fun shopping at Tokyo Station!

  • Tokyo Souvenirs Galore at Tokyo Station’s New Gift Kiosk

    02.August.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Tourists and travellers using Tokyo Station this summer will be excited to hear that the all-new Gift Kiosk Tokyo souvenir shop will open at the Tokyo Station Shinkansen Yaesu Central Exit on August 7.

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    Tokyo Chocolate Tokyo Souvenir :  ¥756 (Tax Included) 

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    Nakamuraya’s Raw Mooncake: Set of 5 – ¥756 (Tax Included) / Set of 8 – ¥1,188 (Tax Included)

    Nakamuraya’s chewy raw mooncake is made using traditional Japanese wagashi confection baking methods and is filled with sumptuous red bean paste. The paste is a blend of rich adzuki beans from Hokkaido and black sesame paste which has a strong flavour when combined with the beans. This is the first time it has been sold at Tokyo Station so all sweet tooths’ eyes will be on this one.

    As well as sweet treats, the store is full of drinks, bento boxes, sandwiches and other sundries. If you’re passing through Tokyo Station, particularly if you’re heading to another part of Japan using the Shinkansen, then be sure to stop by Gift Kiosk Tokyo.

  • 2019 Top 10 Souvenirs Available at Daimaru Department Store, Tokyo

    27.July.2019 | FOOD

    Looking for some delicious, well presented Japanese souvenirs? Head to Daimaru department store which is adjoined to Tokyo Station. On the first floor and basement floor lies a Japanese-style desserts and sweets area which contains approximately 70 delicious brands. Every day, approximately 30,000 desserts are sold to customers who are looking for souvenirs to bring to their family and friends. 

    Now we have arrived at the summer holidays, there are many tourists who will soon reach the stage of panic where they are unsure of what souvenirs to bring back to their loved ones. Luckily, Daimaru Department store is a goldmine of beautifully presented Japanese-style sweet snacks made by top brands. Today, we present you with a list of the 10 fastest-selling souvenirs that were sold from July 2018 to June 2019. There is still plenty of time to get your hands on these souvenirs!

     

    1st Place: N.Y.C. SAND: Caramel Sandwich Biscuits (box of 8) ¥1,080 (1st floor)

     As you take a bite, you will notice that the biscuit, chocolate and caramel will balance in perfect harmony just for a brief glorious moment. 

    2nd place: Fukusaya: Fukusaya Cube (Cut into two) ¥270 (1st floor)

    Have a small slice of luxury with this traditional recipe castella sponge cake which was specially made by experienced bakers. This is presented in a small, cute box. 

     

    3rd place: Kamakura Toshimaya: Hato Sable (box of 10) ¥1,080 (1st floor)

    This is a crispy dove-shaped shortbread biscuit which has a rich buttery flavour. This was first produced in the early 1900’s during the Meiji period and is a souvenir limited to Tokyo.

     

    4th place: Asakusa Mangando: Imokin ¥129 each (1st floor)

    This baked treat is packed with the delicious flavour of sweet potatoes. The freshly baked scent is enough to draw you in. 

    5th place: TOKYO BANANA STUDIO: Panda Banana Yoghurt (Box of 4) ¥515 (1st/basement floor) 

    Children would just love to see the cute panda design. Wrap yourself in the mild banana yoghurt-flavoured cream.

    6th place: Noix: Walnut cookie (Box of 4) ¥648 (1st floor)

    This crunchy cookie is topped with a generous amount of caramelised walnuts.

     

    7th place: Nenrinya: Mount Baum Shikkarime ¥756 (1st floor)

    The outside of this baumkuchen is fragrant and crispy whilst the inside is soft and spongy. Take a bite to experience the wonderful texture of this European-style baked good. 

    8th place: Azabujuban Agemochi-ya: Panchetta Agemochi (40g) ¥442 (1st floor)

    The flavour of this baked mochi dough is like eating bacon cooked in an Italian style. This new flavour is a wonderful discovery that you should also try.

    9th place: Sugar Butter Tree: SUGAR BUTTER SAND TREE (Box of 10) ¥690 (1st floor)

    The crispy biscuit and melty white chocolate is a sublime combination that you will want to try again and again.

    10th place:  Kanou Shoujuan: Ikkoten ¥270 each (1st floor)

    A whole Japanese chestnut is smothered in a thick layer of Tamba Dainagon adzuki bean mix that is simmered lightly. This is especially delicious when eaten with tea. 

     

    What do you think? When in desperate need of a souvenir for your family, friends or work colleagues back home, how about choosing one of the souvenirs listed above?

  • Most Popular Sweets & Chocolate Sold at Tokyo Station

    24.July.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Summer is here, and if you’re travelling around Japan, chances are you’ll be using Tokyo Station station at some point.

     

    We recently covered 6 must-buy souvenirs at Tokyo Station. Today we’ll be looking at the most popular Japanese and western sweets you can pick up there as ranked by sales.

     

    Western Sweets & Snacks

    1st Place: Maple Butter Cookie (Contains 18) – ¥1,900 (Tax Included) / Sold @ The Maple Mania

    These cookies are made from maple sugar and fermented butter and baked with dark chocolate in the middle to make a crunchy cookie sandwich. They have been the most popular treat since they were released♡

    2nd Place: Tokyo Station Waffles (10 Included) – ¥1,300 (Tax Included) / Sold @ R.L waffle cake

    A flagship product of R.L. Waffle Cake, their fluffy waffles contain cream and fruit. These Tokyo Station exclusives have been improved this year and are now made with bamboo charcoal. This set of 10 plain waffles are available for a limited time only.

    3rd Place: Tokyo Gianduja Chocolate Pie (Contains 8) – ¥1,080 (Tax Included) / Sold @ Caffarel

    Chocoholics are going to love Caffarel’s chocolate pies which are made lusciously with their gianduja chocolate. The pies enjoy repeat purchases from people who enjoy the crunchy outside of the pie and rich chocolate centre. They are enjoyed by people of all ages.

    4th Place: Tokyo Kaminariya (Contains 8) – ¥1,062 (Tax Included) / Sold @ Tokyo Kaminariya

    Tokyo Kaminariya is known for its sweet cone puffs which topped with fluffy cream, nuts and sesame seed bean paste. They are shaped like the god of thunder’s horn and are cat tongue biscuits containing fragrant rice flour.

    5th Place: Tokyo Station Assorted Cookies (Contains 20) – ¥1,965 (Tax Included) / Sold @ Tokyo Milk Cheese

    This cookie assortment features the classic Salt & Camembert and Honey & Gorgonzola flavours. A perfect souvenir from Tokyo with its cute packaging!

     

    Japanese Sweets & Snacks

    1st Place: Kinpira Gobo (1 Bag) – ¥350 (Tax Included) / Sold @ Nishikihonrin

    This crispy snack retains the original flavour of the ingredients and is made using 100% domestic wheat flour. It contains great burdock and spicy finely chopped vegetable flavours. It’s a perfect little treat to yourself or someone you know and is a hit with foreign customers!

    2nd Place: Mame Daifuku: ¥206 (Tax Included) / Sold @ Ginza Kanra

    A hallmark product of Ginza Kanra, these soft daifuku contain whole adzuki beans grown by contracted farmers. Their simple flavour has transcended generations and is a beloved traditional Japanese dessert with all ages.

    3rd Place: Panda no Tabi (Contains 5) – ¥1,080 (Tax Included) / Sold @ Keishindo

    Keishindo’s senbei shrimp rice cookies have various designs on them including cute pandas as well as famous sites in Tokyo such as Tokyo Tower and Kaminarimon. Exclusive to Tokyo Station, these are a fun and delicious choice.

    4th Place: Wasanbon (Contains 9) – ¥756 (Tax Included) / Sold @ Kurio Shoten Gransta

    Wasanbon is a type of traditional Japanese sugar. This product is made with traditional molasses which has been used since the store first opened. Using high quality sugar, Kurio Shoten has created a sweet and simple delicious snack.

    5th Place: edocco Nami Ningyo Yaki – ¥1,080 (Tax Included) / Sold @ Hattendo & edocco

    Ningyo yaki are little baked doll cakes, and these ones have a “raw” texture to them which is both moist and chewy, a texture enjoyed by Japanese people.

     

     

    Did you enjoy this list? Be sure you get to try all the sweets and snacks you can in Japan and share them as souvenirs when you travel back home!

  • Tokyo Station’s Pokémon Store & Tokyo Gourmet Zone Announce Collaborative Event

    04.July.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Tokyo Gourmet Zone in Tokyo Station’s First Avenue shopping complex turned 1 year old on June 28. To celebrate its 1st anniversary, the station’s Pokémon Store located along Tokyo Character Street is teaming up with Tokyo Gourmet Zone to host a Pokémon-themed event where you can meet Pikachu, get your hands on original merchandise, and more.

    From July 13th to 15th at 11:00-15:00, if you order a soft drink or dessert at participating restaurants in Tokyo Gourmet Zone you can receive the above-pictured 1st anniversary lunch mat with a Pikachu design. These are limited to 1,000 per day on a first-come, first-served basis.

    You can also get a photo with Pikachu on the same three days. Your photo will be printed with an original photo frame.

    Over at the photo spot, you can get your photo taken next to 278 Pokémon plush toys. This is running right now until September 1 and includes Pokémon No. 001-251 in the Pokédex and all 28 forms of Unown.

    Several restaurants at Tokyo Gourmet Zone are also serving special meals in celebration of the 1st anniversary. These are available now until July 31.

     

    Head to Tokyo Gourmet Zone and help Pikachu in celebrating their first year!

     

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  • Hotel Ryumeikan Tokyo: A Michelin-Recognised Modern Ryokan in Front of Tokyo Station

    28.June.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    The area surrounding Tokyo Station is home to many different types of hotels. One standout location is Hotel Ryumeikan Tokyo. This hotel, which featured in Michelin Guide Tokyo 2017, renovated 30% of its guest rooms as part of its 10th anniversary. Its concept is a modern-style ryokan (a traditional Japanese in) and it stands just so as the closest to Tokyo Station. Today, we will take a look at the hotel’s design rooms.

    Of its 38 rooms, 33 of them take on a ryokan style design. The rooms are fitted with small tatami flooring spaces where guests must take their shoes off on which sits a small chabudai, a short-legged table, on a raised floor. These elements have a nostalgic quality to them with Japanese guests and an inherently Japanese feel to them for foreign guests.

    The carpet is decorated with a chrysanthemum design in a traditional Japanese dusky purple colour.

    There are also kendama toys, books on Japanese confections and more to elevate that feeling of Japanese culture. There is plenty of space for tired bodies to relax after a long day trip.

    The other 5 rooms are “Office Rooms” made with business workers in mind. They come with a big sofa and whiteboards to create a lounge-type space.

     

    All of the bed mattresses are the highest quality models provided by long-standing bed makers Nishikawa. They aren’t excessively soft which I really liked and ensure a long, deep and natural sleep.

     

    Rooms come with three types of original tea blended by the staff so you can pick whichever caters to your mood that day.

    The feature you must absolutely try however is the hotel’s breakfast. It’s served in a buffet style so there is plenty to choose from with everything from Japanese-style food to Western-style. The buffet is packed with vegetables too so you can get your daily intake nice and early.

     

    All of the new rooms are double rooms and are priced from ¥27,000 per night. The price changes depending on the season to be sure to check the official website for more details.

     

    If you’re looking for a taste of Japan with that ryokan feel then be sure to check out Hotel Ryumeikan Tokyo.

  • New Pokémon Centre DX and West Japan’s First Pokémon Café to open in Osaka

    13.June.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD / SPOT

    A new official Pokémon Centre DX and a new Pokémon Café will open in Osaka on September 20, 2019 in Daimaru Shinsaibashi’s Main Building.

     

    This will be the second Pokémon Centre to open in Osaka. The Pokémon café will adjoined to the shop and will be the first ever branch of the Pokémon café to have ever opened in West Japan. This is also the second permanent Pokémon café to open in Japan besides the Pokémon café in Nihombashi.

    The new Pokémon Centre DX and Pokémon Café will be situated in a bustling tourist hotspot. On your visit, you can also take a gander around the Shinsaibashi shopping district or  the American Village (America-mura) which is full of entertainment. This area is thriving with department stores, special shops, big brands and so much more. Tourists from other parts of Japan and all over the world are constantly flocking to this giant marketplace.

    As the worldwide exhibition event Expo 2025 will be held in Konohana Ward, Osaka, there is no doubt that Osaka is becoming more and more of a Tourist hotspot!

     

    Osaka is a wonderful tourist destination. If you decide to visit, don’t forget to include the Pokémon Centre DX and Pokémon Café on your itinerary!♪

     

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  • 3 New Shops Open In Tokyo Station selling Curry Buns, Souvenirs, Bentos and More

    13.June.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    From 2012, East Japan Railway has been developing the shopping area in the north eastern part of Tokyo station. As part of this project, three new shops will be added to this shopping area from July 10, 2019. The shops include a highly praised bakery, which is adored by bread-lovers, and even a shop that sells a wide range of Japan’s finest desserts, sweets, souvenirs and much more.

    Zopf Curry bun shop (First Tokyo shop)

    In a quiet remote part of Matsudo, Chiba lies what is known to many as the “sacred home of delicious bread”. This shop is called Zopf, and it brings in masses of customers daily, selling up to 700 delicious breads every single day. Zopf’s original recipe curry bun cannot be shaken from its holy heights. They are all deep fried at the station so your first bite is always crunchy and delicious.

    HANAGATAYA, Gransta Tokyo Chuo Line area  ※New brand

    HANAGATAYA Gransta Tokyo located in the Chuo Line passage contains a variety of carefully chosen popular Tokyo souvenirs, limited edition goods that cannot be purchased elsewhere, specially selected souvenirs and carefully-made bento lunches. The storefront will sell special branded goods which will regularly changed, displaying the latest and finest of Tokyo goods.

    NewDays Gransta Tokyo Chuo Line Area

    NewsDays convenience store never fails to serve the various needs of the busy people at the station. From food to items to services, quickly pop in here to solve all your last-minute problems!

     

    Come explore the new souvenirs, delicious bento lunches and much more at Tokyo Station!

  • Pyokotama♪ Releases Doraemon, Hello Kitty, Pikachu & Shin Chan Soft Balls

    26.May.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    Sega Toys Co., Ltd. will launch a new lineup of large, round character-themed balls called Pyokotama♪ Character series! The lineup includes four designs; Crayon Shin Chan, Doraemon, Hello Kitty, and Pikachu! These characters are famous in Japan and all over the world! The lineup will reach stores on Thursday 26th September 2019.

     

    The cloth ball is approximately 13 cm in diameter. The faces of Crayon Shin Chan, Doraemon, Hello Kitty and Pikachu decorate the surface of the cushions…but what’s on the other side…? Make sure you take a look! Turn on the switch on the ball and and then throw it around as much as you like! When you do, it will play the character’s theme song or a famous song when you throw it!

     

     

    Crayon Shin Chan

    Make sure to check out the “backside” of the ball! As you throw the ball around, it will play the nostalgic melody of the Shin Chan theme song I’m Popular (Ora wa ninkimono).

     

    Doraemon

    His four-dimentional pocket is on the front of the ball and on the back is his small, red, circular tail! As you throw him around, he will play the anime opening song Yume o Kanaete Doraemon.

     

    Hello Kitty

    Her left ear is decorated with her signature large ribbon. When you throw this ball, a famous melody by Tchaikovsky will fill the air!

    Pikachu

    This ball is especially cute because of the ears! Throw this ball, and Pikachu will sing his own anime ending theme song”

     

    These cute and round balls are perfect to enjoy the outdoors with your family and friends!

     

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  • Over 30 Matcha Desserts to be Sold at Daimaru Tokyo’s Green Sweets Fair

    14.May.2019 | FOOD

    Matcha is a huge part of Japanese food culture that has earned much love around the world. Its bitter taste is enjoyed in both traditional Japanese desserts and delicacies as well as those in the west too.

     

    Daimaru Tokyo is currently holding the Green Sweets Fair until May 31 where you can enjoy over 30 different matcha desserts. Let’s take a look at some of them.

     

    <Nenrinya> Matcha Mound Baum: ¥1,836

    This baumkuchen cake is left to mature after cooking over a long period of time. It’s made with Uji matcha from Kyoto and has a strong matcha fragrance.

     

    <YOKUMOKU> Cigar au Matcha (8 Pieces): ¥1,080

    The round cigars are made with lots of Hokkaido butter and filled with matcha chocolate.

     

    <Funabashiya> Matcha Rice Flour Dumpling Anmitsu: ¥583 (1 Pot)

    Enjoy an assorted pot of rich matcha agar, specially-made strained bean paste, and rice flour dumplings.

     

    <Ginza Mamehana> Soy Cream Animitsu Daifuku (Matcha/Brown Sugar Syrup): ¥1,029 (Box of 6)

    These daifuku rice cakes come in two different flavours: one with brown sugar syrup soy cream and sliced agar and another with matcha, bean paste and agar.

     

    There are plenty more where that came from, so head to Daimaru Tokyo for the Green Sweets Fair.

  • Going on a cinema trip during Golden Week? Here’s 5 films perfect for kids and adults!

    01.May.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FEATURES / MOVIE / Uncategorized

    Hey everyone! It’s Midori again from Moshi Moshi Nippon’s Editorial Department!

     

    As this Golden Week holiday is especially long, some people are going on holiday! As the weather is pretty unpredictable, it’s the perfect opportunity to get your hands on cinema tickets ー it shouldn’t be crowded either! Here’s five of our film recommendations. Adults as well as kids are bound to love these films and they’re all showing during April and May!

     

    Crayon Shin-chan: Honeymoon Hurricane ~The Lost Hiroshi~

    Every year, there’s a new Shin-chan movie! In this movie, the Nohara family explore an unknown region during their trip to Australia! The Nohara couple have never celebrated their honeymoon, so what better time than now, they thought! Father Hiroshi, however, was kidnapped by a masked figure who wants to get their hands on some treasure! The masked figure, treasure hunters and the Nohara family are against each other to retrieve Hiroshi! As the final silly adventure of the Heisei era, it’s something you just can’t miss! Aimyon is in charge of the theme song for this movie, so this is your chance to hear her song “Haru no Hi”!

    Aimyon to Perform Crayon Shin-chan: Honeymoon Hurricane ~The Lost Hiroshi~ Main Theme

     

    Crayon Shin-chan: Honeymoon Hurricane ~The Lost Hiroshi~

    Release: Fri 19th April 2019

    Official website: http://www.shinchan-movie.com/

    © Yoshito Usui / Futabasha / Shinei / Television Asahi ADK

    2019 ©U/F・S・A・A 2019

     

    Detective Conan: The Fist of Blue Sapphire

    The film Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer which was released last year was the highest grossing film out of the entire Detective Conan series. In its opening weekend, The Fist of Blue Sapphire managed to top the revenue of Zero Enforcer, and we are expecting this to rise up to become the highest grossing film in the Japanese box office! The film is set in Singapore where Kaito Kid steals the blue sapphire! Kaito Kid is a popular character even in the original series and with Makoto Kyogoku added to the mix, we’ve got a recipe for mayhem! Adults and children are bound to love this Detective Conan movie!

     

    Detective Conan: The Fist of Blue Sapphire

    Release: 12th April 2019

    Official website: https://www.conan-movie.jp

    ©1997-2019 Gosho Aoyama/Detective Conan Design by Committee

     

    Pokémon Detective Pikachu

    This world-famous anime has finally become a movie! Former Pokémon trainer Tim discovers that his father has gone missing and embarks on a quest to find him. He heads to Ryme City;  a city where Pokémon and people live together in harmony. Upon his arrival, he meets his father’s partner Detective Pikachu,  who surprisingly seems to be able to talk to him! Tim is still uncertain whether his father is even still alive, and so the pair search for Tim’s father and protect Ryme City against the terrible incidents that occur during their visit! Will Tim ever be reunited with his father?! This is your chance to see Pikachu feature in a Hollywood film!

     

    Pokémon Detective Pikachu

    Released first in Japan on 3rd May.

    Official website: https://meitantei-pikachu.jp/

     

    © 2019 Legendary and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.

    © 2019 Pokémon.

     

    Kakegurui

    This popular adult manga/anime is becoming a movie! The movie is set at Hyakkaou Private Academy; a school for rich kids. Here, the social hierarchy is determined by the strongest gambler.  The movie features obsessive gambler Yumeko; a natural gambler who gets a thrill from taking risks and has plunged into game with sweaty clenched fists. The series currently on air is a massively popular drama series. With Minami Hamabe playing the leading part, Taishi Nakagawa, Elaiza Ikeda and many other young actors and actresses have joined forces for this! The original author and director of the series created this version of film too, and so it is a completely original story! Whether you’ve always been a fan or whether this is your first encounter with the series, you’re bound to enjoy it!

     

    Kakegurui

    Release: 3rd May

    Official website: https://kakegurui.jp/

     

    Aladdin

    Disney’s classic movie Aladdin is now a live-action film! The poor, young Aladdin meets the rich princess Jasmine, and through fate, they encounter a magical genie in a lamp! The genie, who can grant three wishes, sets them on an adventure to seek what they really desire! Not only can you enjoy the movie’s signature song “A Whole New World”, but the live-action film features new songs created by the music teams behind La La Land and the Greatest Showman. Disney’s high movie quality reputation and Will Smith’s appearance as the Genie in the film are quite big topics in the news right now!

     

    Aladdin
    Release: 7th June
    Official website: https://www.disney.co.jp/movie/aladdin.html

     

    All these films were quite big in the news even before Golden Week! If you’re tired of the crowds of tourists, how about popping to the cinema for a break?

  • Cute Honey Flavoured Bear Banana Confections Released by Tokyo Banana at Haneda Airport

    21.April.2019 | FOOD

    Tokyo souvenir brand Tokyo Banana World will release a new set of honey flavoured Tokyo Banana sweets at Haneda Airport on April 26, 2019.

    Box of 4: ¥560 / Box of 8: ¥1,080 / Box of 12: ¥1,595 (Listed Prices Tax-Inclusive)

    These cute confections have a bear cub illustrated printed on them, the theme of which is that the bears have flown in from Haneda Airport. The fluffy sweets contain sweet honey and banana flavoured cream. When you open the box, all the cubs are standing at attention as if to say “We have an important delivery for you.”

    If you’re going to be heading through Haneda Airport later this month then be sure to be on the look out for a box of these new Tokyo banana treats.

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