Sweets Decoration Pioneer Osamu Watanabe Opens ‘Strawberry Museum’ Exhibition at Hanshin Umeda
Contemporary artist Osamu Watanabe creates works made from lifelike resin sweets. The ‘Strawberry Museum,’ an exhibition of these works unique to Valentine’s Day, will be held at the Hanshin Umeda flagship store from February 9 until February 15, 2022.
The main themes of ‘strawberries’ and ‘Valentine’ will make guests feel nothing but love during this snowy season. Don’t these pieces look good enough to eat?
Osamu Watanabe ~Strawberry Museum~
Address: Hanshin Umeda Main Store 8F Hello Culture
Running: February 9 – February 15, 2022 (Closes at 17:00 on February 15)
Official Site: https://www.hankyu-dept.co.jp/
Creepy-Cute Halloween Sweets Available for a Limited Time at Hyatt Centric Kanazawa
Halloween is on the way, and the Hyatt Centric Kanazawa hotel is prepping some spooky sweets to celebrate! From October 1 until October 31, a Monster Halloween Cake Set will be available at the hotel’s restaurant FIVE – Grill and Lounge. Guests can also enjoy a Halloween lunch and dinner menu featuring a chic menu filled with black, red, and purple dishes. Visitors who come in costume will gain access to some special offers as well!
Halloween Lunch / Dinner Course
Poached Eggs with Black Chaudfroid Sauce
Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Beet Variation
The courses were inspired by an adult Halloween party and will be available for four days only. Each dish contains colors perfect for the season, like haunting black and bloody red punctuated with a purple-tinted memory of moonlight. While the dishes may look strange, they are made with the finest ingredients.
Monster Halloween Cake Set
Witch’s Mont Blanc Pudding
Jack-o’-Lantern Cream Puff
Spider Web Mousse
GO FOR KOGEI 2022 Collaboration 5×5 Cake Set
A special cake set featuring everything from Frankenstein to spider webs will get you in the Halloween mood. The lineup includes Witch’s Mont Blanc Pudding topped with purple sweet potato cream, and the adorable Jack-o’-Lantern cream puff filled with–you guessed it–pumpkin cream. Come enjoy some other playful treats like the Mummy Macaron filled with apricot and the Denture Parfait with berries and marshmallows. On weekdays from October 3 until October 21, the cakes will be served on a special Kutani ware in collaboration with GO FOR KOGEI 2022. This 5×5 set will be limited to five servings per day. Kutani ware is a style of traditional Japanese porcelain found in Ishikawa Prefecture.
This year’s Halloween cocktail is the rock-themed Back in Black. With a tequila base, you’re sure to have some extra fun after downing this classy beverage.
Come enjoy some spooky and cute Halloween sweets while you can!
Hyatt Centric Kanazawa
FIVE – Grill & Lounge
Address: Hyatt Centric Kanazawa 3F (1-5-2 Hirooka, Kanazawa, Ishikawa)
Official Site: http://fivegrillandlounge.jp
Lunch / Dinner Menu
Available: October 28 – October 31, 2022
Lunch: 11:30-14:30 (Last Order at 14:00)
Dinner: 17:30-21:00 (Last Order at 20:30)
Monster Halloween Cake Set
Available: October 1 – October 31, 2022
*On weekdays from October 3 to October 21, the 5×5 cake set, made in collaboration with GO FOR KOGEI 2022, will only be offered in a limited number of 5 per day. (Advance reservations required.)
Hours: 12:00-17:00 (Last Order at 16:30)
Available: October 24 – October 31, 2022
Hours: 17:00-24:00 (Last Order at 23:30)
*Menu subject to change depending on availability.
Sanrio Characters Autumn Sweets Buffet to be Held at Hilton Nagoya
From August 18 until November 3, visitors to the Hilton in Nagoya will be able to enjoy a special autumn buffet featuring the popular Sanrio characters Kuromi, Cinnamoroll, and Hello Kitty.
These three characters are some of Sanrio’s most loved. Kuromi is the self-proclaimed rival of My Melody, while the fluffy Cinnamoroll won first place in this year’s Sanrio Character Awards. Hello Kitty has been beloved by audiences worldwide for decades, and her iconic ribbon really shines in this buffet collaboration. Themed around an autumn harvest festival in a dark forest, the event includes 27 varieties of sweets and seven savory items. From sweet potatoes and pumpkins to chestnuts and apples, guests will be able to taste the fall season!
Kuromi’s Dark Forest Cake
Autumn Cinnamoroll Cake
Hello Kitty’s Ribbon Cake
Crazy Mushrooms / Praline and Gianduja Truffles / Tonka Bean & Chocolate Caneles
Kuromi’s Dark Forest Cake is a traditional German black forest cake featuring decorations inspired by the character’s black hood and a pink skull. The Autumn Cinnamoroll Cake is made with rice flour and is inspired by the adorable puppy’s fluffy appearance. Hello Kitty’s Ribbon Cake is topped with apple compote simmered with strawberries and red wine.
At the popular Live Station, guests can also enjoy an artistic performance by the chef himself. Visitors can also find and harvest their own Crazy Mushrooms and Truffles.
Kuromi’s Autumn Soup
Pumpkin Mont Blanc
Hello Kitty’s Apple
Pastry Chef Mamoru Watanabe’s specialty autumn sweets and Sanrio Characters-inspired goodies will invite you into a cute and dark forest world. Kuromi’s Autumn Soup is made with Japanese chestnuts and chicken consomme poured over panna cotta made with purple sweet potatoes. The Pumpkin Mont Blanc includes four layers of milk chocolate cream, chocolate crumble, pistachio cream, and pumpkin Mont Blanc cream.
Hojicha Basque Cheesecake
Green Tea Tiramisu
Come enjoy the taste of autumn with your favorite Sanrio characters!
© ’22 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPR. NO. L632215
Kuromi, Cinnamoroll, and Hello Kitty’s Autumn Festival ~Dark Forest Harvest Festival~
Venue: Hilton Nagoya 1F, IN PLACE 3-3
Running: August 18 – November 3, 2022 (Thursday-Sunday & Holidays Only)
Fruit-Filled Afternoon Tea Inspired by Japanese Folktale Momotaro Announced
Kawagoe Prince Hotel, located in an Edo-period castle town in northwest Tokyo, will begin offering a special afternoon tea set starting July 1, 2022. Inspired by the Japanese folktale Momotaro, the summer fruit-filled tower of treats will be available until August 31, 2022.
The top plate of the three-tiered set features tasty peach and cheese mousse, peach meringue, macadamia nut chocolate, and Kibi Dango put together to resemble the hero of the story, Momotaro. On the middle tier, visitors will find sweets inspired by the many animals found in the story, from the monkey and dog to the pheasants. Guests can enjoy many summer fruits including mango and kiwi.
Those who come to the store in a yukata (summer kimono) and follow the official Kawagoe Prince Hotel Instagram will receive a special fruit platter.
Come enjoy the world of Momotaro as you wander around this historical Japanese town!
Japanese Folk Tale Afternoon Tea ~Momotaro~
Available: Weekdays from July 1 – August 31, 2022
Times: 2 90-minute seatings a day *Limited to 10 groups each day
Seating 1: 11:30-13:00
Seating 2: 13:15-14:45
Venue: Etoile Buffet Restaurant (9F)
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Collaborates with Famous Poeme Sweets in Ehime Prefecture
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu made waves with music lovers around the world last month when she performed at Coachella, one of the largest and most famous music festivals on Earth. On May 28, Kyary will perform in Ehime, and the artist has released details about another collaboration as part of the LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project, launched to energize Japan through the appeal of regional towns and cities.
In Ehime Prefecture, Kyary is teaming up with Poeme, a famous sweets shop in Setouchi close to the Seto Inland Sea. The shop itself opened in 1950 with a different name and quickly became popular for its Butter Manju. The buns, baked in a buttery biscuit dough with red bean paste, were an extravagant confectionary at the time. In the late 1950s, a friend of the founder Okada Kazutarou tasted the Butter Manju and said “This is a poem,” hence the current name of the location. After 76 years, the name of the shop still reflects Poeme’s mission that has been present since the company’s founding just after WWII.
The collaboration logo for the project was inspired by Kyary’s 2018 album Japamyu, which was released after four successful overseas tours. The album cemented the artist as one of Japan’s top talents, and the logo combines Poeme with Japamyu to make Poemyu.
A collaborative T-shirt is also on sale featuring the new logo and the singer’s 10th-anniversary logo. The shirt is only available until June 8 on the official LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project website.
Ehime’s Poeme x LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project
Price: ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
Where to Buy:
LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project Online Shop
Available until June 8 at 23:59
Official Site: https://localpowerjapan.com
*Please allow two weeks to one month from order completion to product shipment.
*A portion of T-shirt sales will be donated to local projects and social programs.
Kyoto Sweets Shop Otabe Rereleases Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Snacks with New Designs
Otabe, one of the most popular sweets souvenir shops in Kyoto, Otabe, is known for its delicious matcha and mini-desserts. Starting May 12, the company has released nine uniquely packaged sweets inspired by Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. The limited-edition packaging will feature popular characters from the series. Previously, the company released matcha cakes for the crossover–this time, fans can enjoy choco-an flavor!
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Choco-an
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Matcha
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Otabe (with Original Sticker)
Original Sticker: 15 varieties, 1 given at random
Focusing on the hashira from the series, fans will want to be on the lookout for their favorite character. These sweets can be bought at select stations in the Kyoto and Osaka area, major Kyoto tourist attractions, and online. In addition, matcha flavored treats will also be on sale featuring Tanjiro Kamado, Nezuko Kamado, Zenitsu Agatsuma, Hashibira Inosuke, Kagaya Ubuyashiki, and Muzan Kibutsuji.
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Choco-an
Release Date: May 12, 2022
Price: ¥432 (Tax Included)
Where to Buy: Train station in Kyoto & Osaka area, Major Kyoto tourist attractions, online.
Fruit Cakes from Patisserie Giraud Available at Gotanda Station for a Limited Time
Those passing through Gotanda Station in Tokyo might want to keep an eye out for some tasty treats on sale for a limited time. Patisserie Giraud has opened a limited-time pop-up location inside the aptly-named shop Have You Eaten This Before? The pop-up will be open until May 31, 2022.
Have You Eaten This Before? features a rotating selection of products perfect as gifts, souvenirs, or as a treat for yourself. Along with six cakes made to look just like fruits, a selection of other baked goods will also be available.
While it might be difficult to eat these beautiful cakes, you’ll never forget the way the juice-filled mousse and crispy pastry fill your mouth. Which one would you like to bring home?
Patisserie Giraud Limited-Time Shop
Open: May 16 – May 31, 2022
Hours: Weekdays 10:00-22:00 / Weekends & Holidays 10:00-21:00
Location: JR East Gotanda Station
Official Site: https://www.giraud.co.jp
Hilton Osaka to Hold Cinnamoroll and Sanrio Character Sweets Buffet
Folk Kitchen, a restaurant on the second floor of Hilton Osaka, will hold the Sanrio Characters Sweets Buffet ~Joyful Summer Festival~ from May 20 until September 11, 2022. The event is being held to celebrate Cinnamoroll, Pompompurin, and Pochakko coming in first, second, and third in the Sanrio Character Awards. A lineup of 25 different sweets will be available, including those filled with summer fruits like mango, peach, and watermelon! In addition, a “Zero Leftovers Campaign” will be implemented–so be sure to clear your plate!
Happy Festival Heart Mousse
Joyful Pink Cake / Lime & Raspberry
Fluffy and Crunchy Mango Pavlova
Decorated with chocolate and adorable character designs, the Happy Festival Heart Mousse is a scrumptious dish blending the flavor of banana, caramel, and rum. The Joyful Pink Cake will be a smash-hit with Sanrio lovers, featuring the soft taste of white mousse and raspberry compote with a fresh lime flavor. Tons of other original sweets will be available, including everything from gingerbread to orange tarts.
Visitors can also find plenty of vegan sweets. Summer Blue Sky Jello features contrasting colors of pineapple pulp and soymilk cream that look like clouds floating against a summer sky. Be sure to try the Almond & Watermelon Jello and Grapefruit and Lychee Jello too!
Sanrio Characters Sweets Buffet ~Joyful Summer Festival~
Venue: Hilton Osaka 2F / Folk Kitchen
Running: Every Day from May 20 – September 11
Official Site: http://www.hiltonosaka.com
Tapioca and Crepe Store ‘Pearl Lady’ Collaborates with Sanrio Character Cogimyun
13.April.2022 | FOOD
Pearl Lady, a tapioca and crepe specialty shop, will begin selling a special crepe inspired by the Sanrio character Cogimyun starting April 8, 2022! These gorgeous treats will be available at participating Pearl Lady locations while supplies last.
Cogimyun’s Sparkling Strawberry Crepe
Cogimyun’s Sparkling Strawberry Crepe, topped with a Cogimyun cookie, includes sweet and sour strawberry cream.
The dough, made with tapioca flour, offers a slightly chewy texture with a rich milk and butter flavor. Customers will also receive a special sticker as a purchase bonus. Be sure to enjoy the new Cinnamoroll drink available at Pearl Lady’s sister shop CHABAR!
CHABAR x Cinnamoroll Collaboration Drink
Pearl Lady x Cogimyun Crepe
Available: April 8 ~ While Supplies Last
Where to Buy: Pearl Lady Locations Nationwide (Sales period may differ depending on the store.)
CHABAR x Cinnamoroll Collaboration Drink
Official Site: http://www.pearllady.jp/
Upcoming ‘Crayon Shin-chan: Mononoke Ninja Chinpuden’ Film Inspires Collab Cafe in Osaka
To commemorate the upcoming release of the film ‘Crayon Shin-chan: Mononoke Ninja Chinpuden,’ a special collaboration cafe is scheduled to open at Seasons & Co Fruits Parlor & Bakery at Osaka LINKS UMEDA! The cafe will be open from April 4 until May 15, and will feature a number of film-inspired dishes and bonus goods for fans to enjoy!
Collaboration Cafe Menu
Shin-chan’s Roll Cake
Silly Ninja! Strawberry, Vanilla & Black Currant Cake
Ninjas love it too?! Matcha Parfait
Shinnosuke’s Birthday Blue Soda
Ninja Child Matcha Frappe
Bonus: Sticker and Coaster
The upcoming film is a gag-filled ninja action blockbuster featuring everyone’s favorite boisterous youth. Shinnosuke will be transformed into a ninja this time around to defeat a mysterious ninja army! Along with the collab menu, fans can also grab some new merchandise and bonuses at the cafe, so don’t miss out!
©臼井儀人／双葉社・シンエイ・テレビ朝日・ＡＤＫ 2022 ※短縮：©U／F・S・A・A 2022
Mononoke Ninja Chinpuden
Running: April 4 – May 15, 2022
Location: Osaka LINKS UMEDA, Season & Co. Fruits Parlor & Bakery
Official Site: https://season-co.shop
Kyo Hayashiya and Hayashiya Shinbei Offering Special Parfaits Perfect for Spring
Hibiya Hayashiya Shinbei in Tokyo Midtown Hibiya is now offering a scrumptious Strawberry Matcha Parfait until April 24, 2022! If that’s not up your alley, four Kyo Hayashiya locations in Shinjuku, Omiya, Yokohama, and Ikebukuro will begin offering a Matcha and Berry Mascarpone Parfait from April 1 until May 8, 2022.
Strawberry Matcha Parfait
The Strawberry Matcha Parfait is an eye-catching mix of green and pink, reminiscent of cherry blossoms and bright green grass. Green tea blends with rose jelly and lychee sorbet, offering a refreshing taste with a hint of bitterness. The sweet accent of crunchy chocolate feuillantine gives each bite a little kick.
Matcha and Berry Mascarpone Parfait
The Matcha and Berry Mascarpone Parfait mixes the deep, bitter taste of Uji matcha, the sweet and sour taste of berries, and the gentle sweetness of mascarpone cream. The berry sauce is blended with crunchy chocolate feuillantine, a layer of whipped cream, green tea jelly, green tea ice cream, and milk panna cotta. To finish, it’s garnished with refreshing raspberry sorbet, bittersweet matcha ice cream, and fresh strawberries.
Strawberry Matcha Parfait
Price: ¥1,650 (Tax Included) / with Tea: ¥2,090 (Tax Included)
Available: March 18 – April 24, 2022
Available at Hibiya Hayashiya Shinbei (Tokyo Midtown Hibiya 2F)
Matcha and Berry Mascarpone Parfait
Price: ¥1,430 (Tax Included) / with Tea: ¥1,870 (Tax Included)
Available: April 1 – May 8, 2022
*Available until April 30 at the SOGO Yokohama location.
Available at the following 4 Kyo Hayashiya locations.
・Takashimaya Times Square (Shinjuku Takashimaya Times Square Main Building 2F)
・Seibu Ikebukuro (Seibu Ikebukuro Main Building 8F)
・SOGO Omiya (SOGO Omiya Main Building 9F)
・SOGO Yokohama (SOGO Yokohama 10F)
McDonald’s ‘McCafe by Barista’ to Offer Uji Matcha Sweets for Spring
10.April.2022 | FOOD
McDonald’s Japan locations with ‘McCafe by Barista’ areas will begin selling special spring treats for a limited time starting April 6, 2022. Customers will be able to grab the ‘Strawberry Uji Matcha Frappe’ and the ‘Uji Matcha Mont Blanc Tart.’
McCafe by Barista invites guests to enjoy high-quality frappes and smoothies. The Uji Matcha Frappe was added to the regular product lineup in June 2021, and features a mellow matcha flavor. The Strawberry variant is coming back for the first time in three years. The Mont Blanc Tart is a new addition, and is a perfect treat to enjoy with this popular frappe!
Strawberry Uji Matcha Frappe: ¥490
The Strawberry Matcha Frappe mixes together the full-bodied flavor of matcha together with sweet and sour strawberries. It includes both a strawberry paste made from whole strawberries and a strawberry whipped cream at the bottom. The drink is topped with more strawberry whipped cream and a sprinkling of matcha powder. The refreshing taste of the strawberry sauce coupled with the whipped cream serves to elevate the great flavor of the Uji Matcha even more.
Uji Matcha Mont Blanc Tart: ¥390
The Uji Matcha Mont Blanc Tart is made with Uji Matcha batter, Uji Matcha whipped cream, white bean paste, and green tea cream. The refined sweetness is complemented by the mellow aroma and slight bitterness of Uji Matcha.
How would you like to enjoy these treats beneath the cherry trees?
Strawberry Uji Matcha Frappe
Uji Matcha Mont Blanc Tart
Available: April 6 – Mid-May, 2022
Available at Participating McDonald’s Japan Locations with ‘McCafe by Barista’
Official Site: https://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/
St. Regis Hotel Osaka Offering Updated Strawberry Afternoon Tea Menu
The St. Regis Hotel Osaka’s current strawberry-themed afternoon tea set has been updated as of March 7, 2022!
The Fifth Avenue Collection, a strawberry afternoon tea set inspired by the hottest trends in New York fashion, is now available at the St. Regis Bar. The St. Regis New York Hotel was founded in 1904, and is located on 5th Avenue, one of the most famous shopping streets in the world. This new afternoon tea set features a gorgeous three-tiered array of colorful savory and sweet dishes inspired by the many fashion items that line the shop windows of the NYC street.
The Spring Collection features brand new items, including six sweet items, four savory items, two scones, and three pass-around glass desserts.
The legs extending from the Strawberry Heels glass dessert give a nod to the classiest scenery in New York, while the Strawberry & Mango Shortcake adds a vibrant touch of yellow, popular on the runway this season.
The desserts include lime and strawberry macaroons and plenty of chocolate for cocoa lovers. Those wanting something savory can enjoy meat-filled crepes and the spring vegetable and smoked salmon rolls. This bright and colorful set is sure to brighten up anyone’s mood!
Strawberry Afternoon Tea ‘Fifth Avenue Spring Collection’
Available: March 7 until May
Location: The St. Regis Bar, 12F
Reservations/Official Site: https://www.stregisbar.stregisosaka.com/