Japanese Sweets Brand Tohouen Offers Cherry Blossom & Cat-Inspired Spring Manju
09.March.2022 | FOOD
Tohouen, a Japanese confectionary maker in Gifu Prefecture, has begun selling a springtime version of its popular cat-inspired manju. Inspired by the many cats that like to stroll around the shop’s headquarters, the new release includes cherry blossom-colored cat paws.
A traditional sweet in Japan, Manju is made from flour, rice powder, and buckwheat, with a tasty sugar and anko (red bean paste) filling.
Do you think these are too cute to eat?
Cherry Blossom Cat
Release Date: March 2, 2022
Where to Buy: Tohouen Stores, Tohouen Online Shop
Felissimo’s Cat Club Collaborates with f winery for Special Event
19.August.2022 | FOOD
Felissimo’s small-scale urban winery f winery is teaming up with Cat Club! From August 11 until September 25, guests can enjoy three original wines, chocolates, bread, and other unique merchandise featuring everyone’s favorite kitties. This is the first collaboration between the portside winery and the popular cat collection.
Brown-and-White Sailor Cat (Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot)
Tuxedo Sailor Cat (Sauvignon Blanc)
Grey Tabby Passenger Cat (Japanese Muscat Berry A)
Orange and Bitter Chocolate / Coffee and Bitter Chocolate / Matcha Chocolate
Chocolate Plate with Wine (Example)
Blue Sky White Wine Jelly / Morning Sunrise Orange Jelly / Evening Sunset Red Wine Jelly
Chocolate Latte / Tea Latte / Tea Soda
The collaborative menu with Cat Club Parlor includes a wine set and a lineup of non-alcoholic drinks that everyone can enjoy. The original label wines will be available on the Felissimo website starting August 18, and one percent of the proceeds will be donated to the company’s foundation supporting dogs and cats and helping them to find foster homes, as well to prevent cat overpopulation.
Be sure to check out these adorable products–they’ll make great gifts!
Matsuzaki Shoten to Hold First Collaboration Between Ginza’s Matsuzaki Senbei and Cat’s ISSUE
Matsuzaki Shoten will hold a special collaboration event between Ginza’s Matsuzaki Senbei and Cat’s ISSUE starting on August 6, 2022. The Cat’s Festival 2022 will be an incredible event for cat lovers, and guests will be able to grab some special hand towels and bowls produced exclusively for the festival. In addition, there will be an exhibition of works by Ayako Ishiguro, a picture book artist associated with Cat’s ISSUE.
Ginza’s Matsuzaki Senbei x Cat’s ISSUE
This Japanese-style hand towel features illustrations of unique cats based on the concept color of Matsuzaki Shoten, the main Matsuzaki Senbei shop in Ginza.
Ginza’s Matsuzaki Senbei x Cat’s ISSUE
Matsuzaki Senbei’s flagship product has been decorated with cat illustrations, each painted by hand. During the event, customers can choose four of their favorite pieces from a total of nine different patterns and pack them in a box wrapped with beautiful paper with a special design. Guests can also purchase these goods separately.
Collaboration with Ayako Ishiguro, a Picture Book Artist Specializing in Monster Art
This comical cat scroll created by Ayako Ishiguro will be on display during the exhibition. Hand towels made in collaboration with Ishiguro will also be on sale. These have previously been sold to huge fanfare.
If you love cats and classic Japanese art, this is the event for you!
MATSUZAKI Cat’s ISSUE – Cat Festival 2022
Running: August 6 – August 21, 2022
Venue: Matsuzaki Shoten (4-13-8 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo)
Nagoya City Museum to Hold Special Exhibition Featuring Ukiyo-e Prints of Anthropomorphic Cats
Have you ever wondered what it would be like if cats could talk? Anthropomorphization is when a non-human creature is depicted in a way that imitates humans.
The Moshimo Neko Exhibition, which focuses on anthropomorphic cat artworks by the ukiyo-e artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi, will be held at the Nagoya City Museum from July 2 to August 21, 2022.
Popular Cat’s Juggling Act – Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Private Collection)
New Cat’s Balancing Act – Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Private Collection)
Piece from Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Private Collection)
This exhibition presents 135 works featuring humanized cats, with a focus on the fun of Edo-era anthropomorphic expression centered on the works of Utagawa Kuniyoshi. Those who love cats and ukiyo-e will be in heaven here, and these charming cats are sure to make you giggle.
From around 1841, the ukiyo-e artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi released numerous works featuring anthropomorphized cats and portraying actors as cats.
The Hazy Moon Cat’s Writings – Kyozan Santo・Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Private Collection)
Popular Cats in a Noh Play – Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Private Collection)
Guests can also take part in a quiz to more deeply understand the works found in the exhibition and an AR component will make it seem like the cats are jumping out of the paintings.
Moshimo Neko Ten (What If We Were Cats Exhibition)
Running: July 2 – August 21, 2022
Venue: Nagoya City Museum
Closed July 4, 11, 19, 25, 26 / August 1, 8
Official Site: https://www.ctv.co.jp/nekoten/
Pocky on the Rocks, Popular Since the 1970s, Reimagined for Modern Tastes
13.June.2022 | FOOD
Pocky is one of the most popular Japanese snacks around the world, and a new way to enjoy it is here. Since the 1970s, Pocky on the Rocks has been a popular way to enjoy the tasty treats during the summer. A modern version has just been unveiled, and six special boxes with exclusive designs will be released on June 14 along with a new campaign, recipe submission contest, and a collaboration with select cafes around Japan.
Pocky on the Rocks was first introduced in an ad campaign in 1976. People began putting Pocky sticks in a cool glass filled with ice or using the sticks as muddlers for alcoholic drinks. This stylish summer snack has been reimagined for 2022, and customers are inspired to pair the sticks with their favorite drink, stick them into ice cream, or add them to a cup of seasonal fruit!
Pocky on the Rocks in the 1970s
Pocky on the Rocks Today
Collaboration with 5 Cafes in Tokyo and Kansai
Cafe Roman – Takadanobaba, Tokyo
Cafe Negura – Shimokitazawa, Tokyo
Dark Cherry Soda
DORSIA – Sannomiya, Kobe
Heart Strawberry Milk
Sunshine Cafe – Higashi-Umeda, Osaka
Almond Mixed Juice
Poem Cafe – Motomachi, Kobe
Pocky’s limited edition packaging, coming June 14, will feature a recipe for the 2022 Pocky on the Rocks. A recipe submission contest will also be held on Instagram, and anyone can participate. On the campaign website, fans can find collaboration recipes made in conjunction with five different cafes around Tokyo and the Kansai region. Of course, you can also grab these treats at each shop!
Fans can win retro goods in another ongoing campaign simply by snapping a picture of a Pocky receipt.
You’ve probably tried Pocky before, but have you ever tried Pocky on the Rocks?
Cat Illustration Series mofusand Inspires Themed Cafes in Tokyo and Osaka
Popular on LINE and other texting apps and illustrated by Jyuuno, mofusand is a curious collection of cute and slightly surreal cats. As with most things that go viral in Japan, these adorable characters will be featured in a themed cafe for a limited time! The Tokyo location will open on May 19 and the Osaka location will welcome visitors starting May 26, 2022.
Cafe Visitor Bonus: Sticker (6 varieties)
Drink Order Bonus: Coaster (6 varieties)
Fried Shrimp Sandwich Plate
Grilled Vegetable Curry
Salmon Mentaiko Cream Pasta
Black Cat Pancake
Nyan Lime Nata de Coco
Green Nyanko Float / Yello Nyanko Float / Blue Nyanko Float
Nyanko Cafe Latte / Nyanko Milk Tea
All menu items draw inspiration from the many mofusand characters and are perfect for posting on social media! Special bonuses will be given to those visiting the cafe and making select purchases, and a merchandise corner will be selling limited-edition goods featuring new artwork!
BOX cafe&space Shinjuku Mylord #2
May 19 – July 10, 2022
Shinjuku Mylord 7F (1-1-3 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo)
kawara CAFE&DINING Shinsaibashi
May 26 – June 19, 2022
Shinsaibashi Opa 9F (1-4-3 Nishishinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka)
Reservations / Official Site: https://mofusand-cafe.jp
mofusand cafe Official Twitter: @mofusand_cafe
NIJISANJI EN to Offer Spring Goods at EN Store and NIJISANJI Store
English VTuber group NIJISANJI EN will appear in a collection of spring goods! The Sakura Bloom Goods & Voice 2022 lineup will be available to purchase at the NIJISANJI EN Official Store on April 22 and at the NIJISANJI Official Store on April 27, 2022.
This collection will see the first items inspired by the male VTuber unit Noctyx. In addition, fans can grab goods featuring new illustrations featuring members of Luxiem and Elira Pendora, Selen Tatsuki, and Nina Kosaka.
Sakura Bloom Goods 2022
Clear Folder (Set of 3)
Sakura Bloom Voice 2022
The new lineup includes a clear file set, acrylic keychains, and pins, all completely made to order.
For Sakura Bloom Voice 2022, 19 NIJISANJI members will participate to bring fans a relaxed spring chat, making it feel as if you were out enjoying the weather with some of your favorite VTubers. Each voice product also includes a special smartphone wallpaper!
Sakura Bloom Voice 2022 Participants
Pomu Rainpuff, Elira Pendora, Finana Ryugu, Selen Tatsuki, Rosemi Lovelock, Petra Gurin, Reimu Endou, Nina Kosaka, Enna Alouette, Ike Eveland, Luca Kaneshiro, Mysta Rias, Shu Yamino, Vox Akuma, Yugo Asuma, Sonny Brisko, Fulgur Ovid, Alban Knox, Uki Violeta
*Sakura Bloom Voice 2022 may be made available again in the future.
Sakura Bloom Goods & Voice 2022
Sales Period: April 22 – May 8, 2022 at 23:59
NIJISANJI EN Official Store
NIJISANJI Official Store
Japanese Confectionary Series Tabemas Releases Chiikawa Sweets at FamilyMart Stores
12.April.2022 | FOOD
Bandai’s Japanese confectionary project Tabemas has been transforming popular characters into tasty treats for years. Starting April 5, over 16,600 FamilyMart stores nationwide will offer sweets inspired by illustrator nagano’s popular characters Chiikawa and Usagi!
This is the first time these characters have been featured in the Tabemas series. Fans can grab Chiikawa with sparking eyes or smiling with red cheeks, a sparkly-eyed Usagi, and the adorable cat Hachiware. It will be difficult to eat something so painfully cute, but each is sure to taste delicious! The Chiikawa sweets are milk and custard flavored, Usagi is sweetened with caramel, and Hachiware offers the taste of strawberry milk.
(C)nagano / chiikawa committee
Chiikawa & Usagi Tabemas
Price: ¥398 each (Tax Included)
Release Date: April 5 ~
Where to Buy: Chilled Dessert Corners at 16,600 participating FamilyMart Stores Nationwide
*Limited quantities available.
*May not be available at all locations.
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)
Cherry Blossom Menu Appears at Cafe Accueil Ebisu for a Limited Time
Cafe Accueil Ebisu is currently offering a limited Sakura-themed menu featuring pancakes, afternoon tea, and drinks until April 10, 2022.
Sakura & Strawberry Pancakes
Sakura Afternoon Tea
Special Latte with Cherry Blossoms
The seasonal menu includes Sakura & Strawberry Pancakes with pale pink and strawberry red accents, and savory items such as a croissant with cherry cheese cream. Guests can also enjoy Sakura Afternoon Tea, a colorful 12-item menu featuring cherry and strawberry delights. Come enjoy the coming of spring at this gorgeous Tokyo cafe!
Cafe Accueil Ebisu Sakura Season Special Menu
Available until April 10, 2022
Address: 2-10-10 Ebisunishi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 11:00-22:00 (Last Order at 21:00)
Official Site: http://accueil.co.jp/ebisu/
Wakayama’s Adventure World Opens Spring ‘Picnic with Animals’ Event
Adventure World, located in Shirahama, Wakayama Prefecture, has opened its 2022 Spring Festival until April 10, 2022. The event includes a limited-time picnic menu inspired by adorable animals, with desserts made using fresh local fruits.
Kannonyama Fruits Garden Collaboration Menu
Adventure World Original Menu
2022 Spring Festival
Running: March 19 – April 10, 2022
Address: Adventure World, Shirahama, Wakayama
Fujiya Celebrates 111th Anniversary with Milky Sweet Retro Accommodation Plan
04.April.2022 | SPOT
Fujiya is celebrating 111 years with a special collaboration with Hoshino Resort! The sweets company is well-known for ‘Milky,’ one of the most popular candies in Japan, and now, fans of these sweets can surround themselves completely with retro vibes. To inspire younger generations to travel again, a Milky-inspired room plan is now available to book.
Four Unique Features of the Milky Sweet Accommodation Plan
１. A Milky Sweet Room with a Retro Feel!
This sweet room is completely covered with retro Milky style! The candy’s mascot Peko-chan takes center stage in Taisho clothing, and guests can enjoy a Milky snack set and Milky bath salts to complete this one-of-a-kind experience.
2. Become Peko-chan with Adorable Costumes!
Dress up as Peko-chan with your best friend and take some hilarious pictures! These tops and overalls are included with the room, but feel free to wear them out and about.
3. Milky-flavored Popcorn Available in Collaboration with TAMARIBA!
Popcorn sweetened with Milky powder is now available at TAMARIBA. Enjoy this tasty treat as you explore the grounds, and enjoy the special bag featuring Peko-chan.
Location: TAMARIBA / Available: 15:00-19:00 / Price: Free
*Available while supplies last
4. Enjoy Special Experiences at BEB5 Karuizawa and BEB5 Tsuchiura
Find Retro Peko-chan in Karuizawa Hoshino!
All-you-can-eat French Toast with Milky Sauce
Make a Milky Smoothy on a Bike!
Peko-chan Retro Photo Cycling Tour in Tsuchiura!
Milky Sweet Room Plan
Available: April 1 – June 30, 2022
Reservations Now Open
*Reservations required at least 4 days in advance
NAKED Sakura Pilgrimage Event Comes to Kanda Myojin Shrine in Tokyo
People flock to Kanda Myojin to pray for good luck at the start of the new financial year, surrounded by beautiful pink blooms. The shrine offers beautiful sights during the day, and this year, it’s collaborating with digital art collective NAKED to host a beautiful light-up event every evening from March 26 until April 10, 2022.
Kanda Myojin is a hidden cherry blossom viewing spot in Tokyo. This spring-only event is held in the hope that people will pray at Kanda Myojin, one of the most popular power spots in Tokyo, for a great start to the new year.
Guests will be able to see cherry blossom trees lit up in iridescent lights with pink petals projected on the ground. Some of the digital sakura are interactive and change shape and color when you’re nearby. Digital art is even incorporated at the hand sanitizing station, where you’ll see vivid pink sakura projected onto your palms. Visitors will also be handed a special Naked Distance Lantern, which naturally creates distance between others as you hold it up.
NAKED Sakura Pilgimage
Location: Kanda Myojin Shrine
Running: March 26 – April 10, 2022
Official Site: https://myoujin-sakura.com/