Pom Pom Purin & Tower Records to Open Collaborative Cafes in Sapporo & Fukuoka!
The Tower Records Cafe, managed by the music retail chain Tower Records, is teaming up with everybody’s favourite Sanrio puppy Pom Pom Purin to release a collaborative food menu for their new limited time cafe Pom Pom Purin×TOWER RECORDS CAFE -Purin-kun no Jazz Time-.
The collaborative cafe will open at both the Tower Records Cafes at PIVOT in Sapporo (September 13th-October 15th) and in Tenjin in Fukuoka (September 12th-October 15th). Collaborative merchandise will also be available at all Tower Records stores (including Towermini) and over on the official Tower Records online store from September 12th.
You can look forward to enjoying chilling out and listening to some sweet jazz music together with Pom Pom Purin at the cafes.
The cafes will also be decorated completely in everything Pom Pom Purin. The special menu will feature a list of Pom Pom Purin themed foods to look forward to, and you’ll even be able to get your hands on limited edition merchandise too.
But it doesn’t stop there, as the cafes will also serve up a special Halloween themed Pom Pom Purin plate too during their “Halloween Week” from October 7th to October 15th!
So how about enjoying eating at this cute Pom Pom Purin cafe while listening to some jazz, courtesy of Tower Records?
Japanese Sweets Brand Minamoto Kitchoan to Open Cafe Restaurant K. MINAMOTO in Ginza
16.October.2019 | FOOD
Japanese confectionery brand Minamoto Kitchoan will open a new cafe and restaurant called “K. MINAMOTO” on October 19.
K. MINAMOTO will be located on floors 2-5 at THE HOUSE, Minamoto Kitchoan’s new company building which it just moved to on October 3. The cafe-restaurant’s menu concept is dubbed “Ginza Sunny Fruits.” It takes into consideration how daily fruit consumption has greatly decreased today by serving up a luxurious fresh fruit-packed line-up.
Minamoto Kitchoan is a company that has made full use of fruits since its establishment, including the suikanshuku, a Japanese wagashi confection made of whole dried domestic persimmons. We can trust then that K. MINAMOTO will provide us with our 5-a-day.
Roast Beef Sandwich w/ Fruit Soup – ¥2,420 (Tax Included)
Seafood Lemon Cream Fedelini w/ Fruit Soup – ¥1,650 (Tax Included)
Each and every dish on the menu has fruit, all grown in Japan to ensure the a high level of quality. Since the dishes have fruity flavours, prepping them is simple, and they enjoy the colours and textures of each fruit.
Drinks haven’t been left out either. They are made with fruit purees and syrup, or are tossed in as they are, allowing for maximum fruity goodness.
Smoked Salmon, Fruit Salad & Potato Galette w/ Fruit Soup – ¥1,980 (Tax Included)
Autumn Fruit Almond Pudding – ¥1,760 (Tax Included)
All the staff at K. MINAMOTO have a wealth of knowledge about the menu and the fruits used in each dish. Their service creates a comfortable atmosphere, and though they are polite they are incredibly friendly, so you can call out to them without worry.
Get your fill of fruit from the all-new K. MINAMOTO, opening October 19.
Grand Opening: October 19, 2019
Address: Minamoto Kitchoan Shinhonsha Bldg. “THE HOUSE” (Floors 2F-5F), 6-9-8 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: [Mon-Sat] 11:30-20:30 / [Sun & Holidays] 11:30-19:00
No Fixed Closures
Minamoto Kitchoan official website: https://www.kitchoan.co.jp
Visiting the Weathering With You Cafe Now Open in Tokyo and Osaka
LEGS COMPANY opened two cafes themed on the hit anime film Weathering with You in Tokyo and Osaka on October 8 and October 10 respectively. The cafes will run for a limited time only.
We paid a visit to the Tokyo branch which opened inside OMOTESANDO BOX CAFE & SPACE which is only a 7-minute walk from Omotesando Station.
The new blockbuster hit from internationally-acclaimed animator and film director Makoto Shinkai Weathering with You dropped back on July 19 and has since amassed over 13 billion yen (approximately US$131 million) in the box office. It was seen by 7.5 million people in the first 34 days of its release, and over 10 million after 75 days. Its huge success has cemented itself in the Japanese animated film industry as another monumental masterpieces from Shinkai. The film has also been nominated for Best International Feature Film for the upcoming 92nd Academy Awards set to take place on February 9, 2020.
The cafe menu features a line-up of drinks, dishes and desserts inspired by the characters and moments in the series, including the chahan set prepared by Hina for Hodaka, the Hodaka Welcome Party Set, and more.
Teru Teru Omurice – ¥1,490
This is the dish I ordered to eat. I couldn’t resist how cute it was. It’s inspired by the teru teru bōzu that Nagi makes, a traditional Japanese doll used to prevent rain and bring good weather. The doll’s head is made of mashed potato. He’s sat on a bed of ketchup rice filled with vegetables and bathed in a delicious sauce. This one’s too cute it almost seems a waste to eat♡
Nagi’s Teru Teru Bōzu À La Mode – ¥1,490
For dessert I ordered another teru teru bōzu treat. This one is made from gyūhi, a type of Japanese confection made from rice flour. Its head is filled with vanilla ice cream, and if you turn it over, you’ll find Japanese pudding underneath, and under that granola. It’s finished with a lining of bright blue lychee jelly around the outside for a hint of freshness.
The cafe offers plenty of other dishes that will leave any Weathering with You fans spoiled for choice.
Hina’s Handmade Sesame Oil Infused Pea Sprout Potato Chahan Set – ¥1,490
A chahan set lovingly prepared by Hina for Hodaka. Chop up the spring onions that come on the side and add them to the soup just like Hina does in the film! This is a hearty set sure to fill you up.
Hodaka’s Welcome Party Set – ¥1,590
This one-person set was made lovingly by Natsume when Hodaka comes to work at the same company as her, K&A. If you’re looking for a healthy green meal packed with veggies then you’ll love this one.
Clearing Up Weather Tiramisu – ¥1,490
This refreshing matcha tiramisu is inspired by the scene when Hina and Hodaka reunite, with the sauce representing the sunlight and the cotton candy the rainy clouds. Pour the sauce over the cotton candy and watch the clouds clear up.
Acai Bowl of the World’s Secrets – ¥1,390
Enjoy the main key visual of the film right on top of your plate. The mild flavour of the yogurt coupled with the refreshing kiwi is a mouth-watering combination. The colours are really beautiful, too.
Swirling Snow Whipped Latte – ¥990
Inspired by the immense snow that spirals around Tokyo in the film, a cup of this whipped cream latte is perfect as a post-meal wind-down.
Left: The Fine Weather That Day (Grapefruit) – ¥1,690 / Right: The Sunset That Day (Cranberry) – ¥1,690
These two drinks are for takeout, and are based on iconic scenes in the film, specifically when the turns fine and the sunset. They are served in exclusive cafe-original bottles. Both flavours are sweet, sour and refreshing. Plus, you can reuse the bottles.
If you order one of the many drinks from the menu you’ll receive one of six possible coasters chosen randomly.
The cafe has plenty of exclusive merchandise on their shelves too.
Sparkly Rain Smartphone Case (7/8 Ver. & X Ver.) – ¥3,900 Each
When you shake these iPhone cases, it looks like the rain is falling.
Raindrop Stickers (10 Designs) – ¥400
Don’t you just want to collect all of these cute raindrop stickers?
If you book a seat in advance (¥650 before tax per person) you will receive one of six possible bromide pictures chosen randomly, so don’t forget to reserve in advance.
Plunge yourself into the world of Weathering with You at either one of these cafes, now running until November 17.
*Photos are for illustrative purposes only. All listed prices are pre-tax prices.
©️2019 “Weathering with You” Production Committee
Weathering with You Cafes
①OMOTESANDO BOX CAFE&SPACE (Pine Under Flat B1F, 5-13-2 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo) @ October 8, 2019 – November 17, 2019
②Osaka Shinsaibashi contact (1-6-24 Kitahorie, Nishi Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture) @ October 10, 2019 – November 17, 2019
Price: ¥650 (Before Tax) *Includes bonus item
*Advance table reservations opened on September 24, 2019
Weathering with You Cafe Website: https://tenkinoko-cafe.jp/
Hiroo’s Cafe CANVAS TOKYO Turns Into a Pure White Canvas in New Monochrome Theme
CANVAS TOKYO is a cafe and open concept store based in Hiroo, Tokyo produced and managed by BLANCA ASSOCIATION. The cafe has announced that it is taking on a new monochrome theme on October 10 where the entire cafe will be decked out in white like a blank canvas. They will also sell new products as part of the transformation.
The idea behind this concept is to make the overall look simple while putting great care and attention into the little details. Everything from the cafe exterior to its interior, cups, cutlery and so on have been dyed black and white to give a plain yet sophisticated appearance.
The cafe will also stock a new range of merchandise under the same concept, like coats and bags, allowing the cafe’s stylish look to extend into the outside world too. As well as this, the cafe is introducing some new menu items, including a tea latte, bao, and more.
Black & White Sweaters – ¥12,000 (Before Tax) *One size
Made into a loosely tailored size with wide ribbed sleeves, these sweaters have a design that makes them easy to coordinate, meaning you can pair them with countless outfits.
London Fog – ¥500 (Before Tax)
CANVAS TOKYO’s original London Fog beverage is an Earl grey tea mixed with natural maple syrup from Canada, warm milk and fluffy foamed milk, effectively creating a tea latte.
Left: Fresh Salsa & BBQ Pork – ¥430 (Before Tax) / Right: Coriander & TERIYAKI Pork – ¥430 (Before Tax)
These Chinese-style steamed meat buns, known as “bao,” are a popular snack item with people around the world. New York and London are known for having several stores specialising in bao.
This is just a small peek into the monochrome heaven of CANVAS TOKYO. To see it in all it’s black and white glory, head to the trendy district of Hiroo in Tokyo.
Address: 5-19-6 Hiroo, Shibuya, Tokyo
[Weekdays] 08:45-18:00 (Last Orders 17:30) *2nd floor until 17:00
[Weekends & Holidays] 10:45-19:00 (Last Orders 18:30) *2nd floor until 18:00
No Fixed Holidays
Official Website: www.canvas-tokyo.com
Pink Ribbon Raises Breast Cancer Awareness with Pink Drinks and Pink Ribbon Smile Walk
04.October.2019 | FOOD
Pink Ribbon aims to spread knowledge about breast cancer and conveys the importance of breast cancer screening. In order to reach out to more people, Pink Ribbon has released special drinks for the month of October that are dyed completely pink. This limited edition series debuted at Cafe & Dining Zelkova which is located on the first floor of THE STRINGS in Omotesando.
The White Chocolate Strawberry Cappuccino consists of hot milk blended with white chocolate and strawberry syrup. The beautiful blend creates a pure pink-coloured cappuccino. The Pink Lemonade is a cocktail which consists mainly of refreshing grapefruit juice. Both these beautiful drinks are Instagram-worthy.
Those who order a drink will receive a free book which is full of essential information about breast cancer. There are also donation boxes for the Japanese Foundation For Cancer Research which provides customers with the opportunity to contribute towards research that saves lives.
On October 5, there will be the Pink Ribbon Smile Walk Tokyo event where part of the terrace area will be lit up with pink illumination in order to raise awareness for Pink Ribbon’s breast cancer campaigns. Make sure to get involved.
White Chocolate Strawberry Cappuccino
Available: October 1 ー 31, 2019
Available at Cafe & Dining Zelkova (THE STRINGS, Omotesando Floor 1)
Opening Hours: Weekdays: 11:30 – 22:00, Weekends and national holidays: 11:00 – 22:00
White Chocolate Strawberry Cappuccino: ¥970
Pink Lemonade (with/without alcohol): ¥780
* The prices stated above do not include tax or service charge.
Enquiries: 03-5778-4566 (Cafe & Dining Zelkova)
GODIVA Releases New Heavenly Chocolixir Tea and Chocolate Pairing Drink
03.October.2019 | FOOD
As the almighty creator of the chilled chocolate drink called the Chocolixir, GODIVA has now transcended to a whole new level with its Tea Magic Series which pairs luxurious GODIVA chocolate with a specially made tea. The fourth and final heavenly Chocolixir drink for the Tea Magic Series has now been revealed to be called the Chocolixir Uji Matcha Kiwami. This is a pairing of GODIVA white chocolate and Uji matcha. A limited number of these will be released for sale from October 1, 2019 to November 30, 2019.
The GODIVA Tea Magic Series is made using the finest GODIVA chocolate. The chocolatier considers the most appropriate tea to enhance the flavour of the chocolate and only uses the finest tea leaves to make the drink. The result is a chilled chocolate tea which is filled with a flavour that will enlighten you. Hojicha Chocolate tea was the first tea of the series and was released on July 1st.
Chocolixir Uji Matcha Kiwami (270ml): ¥602 (before tax)
GODIVA’s mildly sweet and velvety white chocolate is blended with rich uji matcha tea and then chilled to a perfectly refreshing temperature. A light cloud of whipped cream floats on the surface and is sprinkled with carefully made uji matcha powder. Matcha chocolate sticks garnishe the drink.
From your first sip to your last, your mouth will be filled with a rich and luxurious matcha flavour. From time to time, your tongue will discover the exciting texture of small pieces of smashed white chocolate pieces.
This is the perfect opportunity to indulge in the luxurious flavour of mild white chocolate blended with rich uji matcha.
GODIVA Tea Magic Series: Chocolixir Uji Matcha Kiwami (Final Drink)
Available: October 1, 2019 – November 30, 2019
Only available at GODIVA shops
Branch search: https://www.godiva.co.jp/boutique/?view=map&store_list_id=50
Black Clover’s New ED Theme ‘Jinsei wa Senjō da’ Performed by Kalen Anzai
Kalen Anzai made her debut with her single Sekai no Subete Teki ni Kanjite Kodoku Sae Ai Shiteia which was released across digital music platforms on May 1 this year. Since then, her music has been picked up by major music media services, like MTV and MUSIC ON! TV in Japan, who have played her songs countless times.
Since her debut, she has been lauded as a next-generation icon, earning the nickname Posu Gyaru (“Post-Millennial Girl”). Her popularity has spread across Japan: she was featured on the front cover of online and physical Shibuya culture magazine POSTOKYO.JP, was the first female solo artist to feature in the promotional visual for cosmetic brand M·A·C, and more.
Her new single, Jisei wa Senjō da (“Life is a Battleground”), was released digitally on October 1. The song will be used as the new ending theme for the ongoing TV anime series Black Clover.
She has been a longtime fan of the manga series, which has sold over 9 million copies. It is written and illustrated by Yūki Tabata and serialised in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine.
Speaking about her involvement with the series, Anzai commented: “Everyone in the Black Bull squad is straightforward when it comes to their feelings, and they believe in their friends. It’s something that always gives me courage. I’m honoured to have the opportunity to sing the ending theme for a series I love so much.”
She continues: “This song is akin to Asta, [touching on things like] the pain felt in the face of adversity, and sewing courage, so I’d be overjoyed if it gets across to people in some way when it plays in the series.”
The official music video was posted on avex’s YouTube channel and can be seen below.
The music video is Anzai’s third in a series of three, following on from Sekai no Subete Teki ni Kanjite Kodoku Sae Ai Shiteia and Dareka no Raise no Yume Demo ii. It’s set in a fictional world called “Immersive Society 3.0,” based on a near-future created by advanced AR technology. It considers the worry of losing sight of our real selves to create a virtual version.
Anzai teamed up with some of Japan’s leading Sci-Fi creators to make this crazy virtual reality feel more real, including acclaimed Japanese CG studio Cafe Group, and Yuki Tsujimoto who has received huge praise for his futuristic visuals.
Anzai’s outfit was created by RISA “ribbon” KATO―who is known for her unique style and as a spearhead of street fashion―while her hair and makeup in the video was done by TORI. who is also known for her work as a collage artist. All of the people involved with the music video have helped to elevate its cyberpunk, vaporwave, and avant-garde aesthetic.
Anzai has also teamed up with Tower Records for their Ki ni Naru Ano Ko (“We’re Curious About That Artist”) promotion for Tower Records Members. The above-pictured poster is now plastered across all Tower Records branches. Anzai is dressed in the music store’s red and yellow colours and is serving that post-millennial girl makeup.
With the hype around her surging, we look forward to seeing what Kalen Anzai has in store next. Stay tuned for updates.
©Yūki Tabata / Shueisha・TV Tokyo・Black Clover Production Committee
Jinsei wa Senjō da
Released: October 1, 2019
Streaming Links: https://avex.lnk.to/anzaikaren_jinsei
3-Part Single Release: ①Sekai no Subete Teki ni Kanjite Kodoku Sae Ai Shiteia (Debut Single)
Streaming Links: https://avex.lnk.to/kalenanzai_sekai
3-Part Single Release: ②Dareka no Raise no Yume Demo ii
Streaming Links: https://avex.lnk.to/anzaikaren_darekano
Kalen Anzai Official Website: http://kalenanzai.com/
Black Clover Official Website: https://bclover.jp/
Tower Records Members Official Website: https://tower.jp/site/memsp
6 Sailor Moon Cafes Opening Across Japan Including Tokyo and Osaka
LEGS COMPANY, LTD. has announced that it will open six Sailor Moon cafes for its Sailor Moon Cafe 2019 event across Japan this year. The opening dates differ from branch to branch, but the first two will open in Tokyo and Osaka on October 3. See all the opening dates in the Information section below.
LEGS held the Sailor Moon Cafe 2017 event back in September 2017 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Sailor Moon. The event’s theme focused around adulthood imbued with a hint of cuteness. The cafes were so popular that they had a second “encore” run in December of the same year.
This year, LEGS has created an entirely new concept.
The theme this year is “Girls Night Out,” and the menu line-up stays true to it, featuring food and drinks all ladies are sure to enjoy on a night out.
5 Sailor Tortilla Wrap Sandwiches – ¥1,590 (Not available at the Saitama cafe)
Pretty Girl’s Brunch Pancakes – ¥1,590 (Available at lunchtime only)
Girls Night Out (Chicken Steak Plate) – ¥1,990 (Available at dinnertime only)
Cosmic Heart Berry Sandwich – ¥1,690
Moon Night Parfait – ¥1,490 (Available at dinnertime only)
Girls Night Out Drinks (10 Flavours) – ¥890 Each (Usagi Tsukino/Ami Mizuno/Rei Hono/Makoto Kino/Minako Aino/Chibiusa/Haruka Tennou/Michiru Kaiou/Setsuna Meiou/Hotaru Tomoe)
This is just a select look at what’s on the menu―there are many other themed foods and desserts too!
Acrylic Key Ring (12 Designs Chosen Randomly) – ¥650
Clear Bag (1 Design) – ¥1,800
Plate (1 Design) – ¥2,200
The artwork for select cafe-exclusive merchandise was done by popular creator Etoile et Griotte who makes items for girls who love cute things, and Japanese illustrator Jenny Kaori, who creates cute, fashionable and alternative works.
Every person who books a seat in advance (¥650 before tax) at the cafe will receive one of the 5 above-pictured ticket holders chosen randomly.
If you dine at the cafe, you’ll get one of the 4 above-pictured lunch mats chosen randomly.
And if you order a drink, you’ll get one of the 10 above-pictured coasters chosen randomly.
*All prices are pre-tax prices. Photos are for illustrative purposes only.
©Naoko Takeuchi・PNP・Toei Animation
Sailor Moon Cafe 2019
▶︎Tokyo・Shibuya: SHIBUYA BOX CAFE&SPACE SHIBUYA 109
Running: October 3, 2019 – November 17, 2019
▶︎Osaka・Abeno: Abeno contact
Running: October 3, 2019 – November 17, 2019
▶︎Aichi・Nagoya: NAGOYA BOX CAFE&SPACE
Running: October 10, 2019 – November 24, 2019
▶︎Hokkaido・Sapporo: Coach & Four Shinkawa-Dori (Hokkaido Branch)
Running: October 18, 2019 – November 17, 2019
▶︎Kyushu・Fukuoka: kawara CAFE & DINNING KITTE (Hakata Branch)
Running: October 26, 2019 – December 1, 2019
▶︎Saitama・Koshigaya: BOX CAFE&SPACE
Running: November 14, 2019 – January 13, 2019
Reservations: Opened September 26, 2019
*¥650 per reservation. Up to 4 people per reservation. Includes bonus item.
Sailor Moon Cafe 2019 Official Website: https://sailor-moon-cafe2019.jp/
Pretty, Palatable and Pleasant: A Purin Expert’s Top 6 Purin Picks in Kyoto
Here at MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON, we have never failed to provide you with the essentials: updates on the best bubble teas around Kyoto. However, today we have a special sweet treat for you. After consulting expert Instagrammer kyoto cafe life tiara, we have compiled a list of Kyoto’s top purin that will fill you with satisfaction and as well as nostalgia. Purin is a type of Japanese custard pudding loved by the Japanese for generations. When it comes to searching for the best desserts in the Kansai region, kyoto cafe life tiara leaves no stone unturned .
Cafe Yamamoto, Higashiyama
Pudding (Set): ¥750
The bitter and fragrant caramel sauce of this purin is to die for. This purin has a rich eggy flavour and is stiffer than a traditional purin. Enjoy your purin served in a silver plate which will fill you with the nostalgia of the retro Showa Era.▼Cafe Yamamoto (やまもと喫茶)Address：307―2 Ishibashicho, KyotoOpening Hours: 7:00-17:00 (L.O.16:30)Closed: TuesdaysOfficial Instagram: ＠yamamoto_kissaKissa Zou, ImadegawaPudding: ¥450The purin here is rich in flavour and garnished with a scrumptious biscuit. It is too cute to eat.▼Kissa Zou (喫茶ゾウ)Address: 440-3 Santeicho, Kamigyo Ward, KyotoOpening Hours: 9:00-18:00 (Last Orders: 17:00)No regular holidaysOfficial Instagram: @kissa_zouBAR Tantei, MototanakaPudding a la Mode ¥700This fancy pudding is topped with seasonal fruit, ice cream or even cake. The retro atmosphere of the bar is the perfect place to enjoy a fancy moment to yourself.▼BAR Tantei (喫茶探偵)Address: 26 Tanaka Satonouchicho, Sakyo Ward, KyotoOpening Hours: 12:00-17:00, 19:00-02:00Closed: Sundays, additional irregular holidays.Official Instagram: https://kyoto.bartantei.comTakagi Coffee Takashiji Honten, Shijo StreetHomemade Purin Set: ¥ 800Takagi Coffee is known for the unique shape of their purin, which looks very similar to a slice of cake. This purin is slightly stiffer than your usual purin and has a lovely accent of rum which adults love. This is best enjoyed with a cup of coffee.
▼Takagi Coffee Takashiji Honten, Shijo Street (高木珈琲店 高辻本店)Address: 175 Honeyacho, Shimogyo Ward, KyotoOpening Hours: 7:00-19:00 (Closes at 18:00 on Sundays)Closed: January 1-3Official Instagram: http://takagi-coffee.jugem.jp/Salon de thé François, Gion ShijoPurin a la Mode: ¥850This purin is bigger than you expect it to be. Although the flavour is simple, it will send you on a trip to old traditional Kyoto. This purin is stiffer than usual and sweet with a gentle touch of bitter caramel sauce. This is topped with ice cream and garnished with tangy yet sweet strawberries. This purin is on a slightly more luxurious level which makes it perfect for adults.▼Salon de thé François (フランソワ喫茶室)Address: 184 Nishikiyamachi-dori-Shijo-kudaru; Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto.Opening Hours: 11:00-22:30（L.O 22:0）No regular holidaysOfficial Instagram: http://www.francois1934.comNOTTA CAFE, SaiinCustard Purin: ¥500This deceiving purin may appear to look like a cake and avoid jiggling like a true purin would, however, once you take a bite, the rich custard flavour will flood your mouth. The flavour is perfect for those of you who cannot handle very sweet flavours and are looking for something more refined. To fully enjoy your experience, order this purin with the oiri sweets cream soda.▼NOTTA CAFE (ノッタカフェ)Address: 37 Saiinkitayakakecho, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto
Opening Hours:Tuesdays-Sundays: 11:30-20:00Wednesdays: 11:30-21:00
Closed: MondaysOfficial Website: http://nottacafe.com
So, how about it? For those of you who are in desperate need of a sweet fix in the Kansai region, Kyoto café life tiara’s Instagram will swoop in to rescue you.
Research for article contents and photos provided by: ＠happy_pinkrose_tiara
This Week’s Lunch: Peach & Yoghurt at dotcom space Tokyo in Harajuku
One thing I do at least once a week without fail is treat myself out to some delicious food or dessert. It’s very important time well spent in order to live a happy life.
Today, I went and got my lunch early ahead of my morning work. I visited dotcom space Tokyo, a café in Harajuku where you can indulge in a laid-back experience.
©️photo Takumi Ota
The café is just a 4-minute walk from the Takeshita Street exit of Harajuku Station. Its atmosphere is so peaceful and related that you wouldn’t believe it’s right next to noisy and busy Takeshita Street. It’s a spacious place with simple and stylish furniture and furnishings. I fancied something sweet this time, so I went and ordered the Peach & Yoghurt bread.
©️photo Takumi Ota
©️photo Takumi Ota
The interior decorating scheme is based on wood; you can feel how particular they were about the furniture. It’s easy to wind down at this café due to its spacious interior. It’s common to see workers scattered throughout too. It’s a nice place to leave your desk for a little bit for lunch for a change of pace.
Peach & Yoghurt ¥680 / Iced Café Latte ¥550
The bread is piled with a generous serving of yoghurt cream and shiny peach which the light shines on.
I feel happy just looking at this delicious treat. Just spellbinding!
I sliced my first piece and popped it into my mouth. The bread is deliciously chewy, and the refreshing yogurt cream and sweet peach filled my mouth. The bread itself is a thick-cut slice and made by Pelican, a bakery in Asakusa. It has a chewy and moist texture you can’t find anywhere else.
The yogurt cream isn’t overly sweet, instead having a more refreshing flavour to it. When eaten together with the sweet ripened peach, the gorgeous mix blends together around your taste buds and melts in your mouth. Depending on the season, you can pick fruits other than peach too. They always have seasonal choices. I’m looking forward to their autumn and winter line-up.
The iced latte has a slight acidity to it, my favourite kind of flavour. It went really well with the Peach & Yogurt bread. The café is also particular about its coffee bean selection; one of its baristas is noted to be a past “Japan champion” when it comes to coffee. I’ve got to try the hot coffee the next time I visit.
A set meal, burger or the likes would have been good too, but I had my eyes set on a sweet dessert lunch. Getting a moment to chill out and enjoy something sweet made me happy today. I recommend enjoying some autumn fruit-topped bread too as the seasons change.
Apple Juice ¥450
I’s important to share the happiness between family and colleagues on when you get the chance to enjoy something tasty. I bought them some apple juice, which is poured into a cup with a smiling face on the side. It’s made from 100% apples from Nagano. The straw is made from environmentally-friendly sugarcane.
Writer:Sayuri Mizuno（MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON）
dotcom space Tokyo
Address: 1-19-19 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-19:00
No Fixed Holidays
Official Website: https://www.instagram.com/dotcomspacetokyo/
Taste Different Japanese Teas in Wine Glasses in Fukuoka
27.September.2019 | FOOD
Neworld has teamed up with Asakura, Fukuoka-based tea manufacturing company Seichajo Yamashina to offer an all-new tea-tasting course. Reservations opened on September 25 and can be made via telephone call.
Yamashina Tea Stall first opened its doors to the public back in 1947 in the city of Asakura, Fukuoka. This long-standing tea shop oversees every aspect of their original blends, from the tea leaf selection to the roasting.
The shop’s representative, Koya Yamashina, is a tea professional, having worked as an instructor on Japanese tea as well as an established Japanese tea critic. He has travelled up and down Kyushu―one of the five main islands of Japan where Fukuoka sits―which has enabled him to select only the best tea for the shop, considering the taste, smell, season, place of production, and growers themselves.
Yamashina Tea Stall promises a fun and authentic experience when it comes to Japanese tea, for the very fact that it has had its hands on so many different types. That’s where their new program comes in to play, where they will pair different Japanese teas into different wine glasses―provided by Tokyo glass makers Kimura Glass―for tasters to get the best out of the tea, including the flavours and fragrance.
Let’s take a look at the course.
Piccolo 6oz Flute & Yama no Asatsume
This brand of tea is called Chiran Yama no Asatsume and it comes from Kagoshima Prefecture. It’s grown in Ushirodake, an area in Kagoshima with a high altitude, the only place it can be grown. It has a distinct fresh and sweet fragrance. The tea is served in a 6oz Piccolo glass which is a popular glass for champagne. Its delicate rim and form makes it the perfect shape to enjoy the full taste of the tea.
Garson 3oz Grappa & Yame Gyokuro
Yame Gyokuro is known as one of the most luxury teas in Japan. Served in a Garson glass, it has a thin, long shape, making it ideal for smelling the gentle aromas of the gyokuro tea and for enjoying its smooth, sweet taste.
Pivo Orthodox 63224-210 & Sun Rouge
Sun Rouge is an extremely rare variety of tea grown on the distant island of Tokunoshima which is south of Kagoshima. It is served in a classic champagne glass, much different from the flute-type champagne glasses. The liquid is allowed to spread over a wider surface, letting you take in the distinct beautiful purple colour of the tea while enabling the fragrance to dance around the elegant glass.
This is just a snapshot of the many drinks this course has to offer. If you’re looking to experience Japanese tea in style, then why not try out this course? They even sell sets of glasses and tea so you can take them home with you!
Yamashina Tea Stall
Address: 1635 Amagi, Asakura, Fukuoka
Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00
Course Name: CRAFT STORE x Seichajo Yamashina Japanese Tea Course (5 Types)
Reservations: Telephone (Limited number of places, please enquire ASAP)
Blue Grotto Fukuoka Illuminations 2019: Exquisite Food & Enchanting Lights
Blue Grotto FUKUOKA is an illumination event that opened at Nakasu Bridge in Fukuoka on September 16 and will run until October 6.
Nakasu Bridge is located in the shopping district Nakase, where two exhibits are taking place: “Blue Grotto” and “Blue Waterfall.” They are also offering a very special romantic and magical 30-minute boat cruise which takes passengers from Nakasu Bridge to Canal City Hakata and Hakata Bay.
As well as the breathtaking lights, passengers can look forward to a specially-prepared Blue Grotto Bolognese meal made by Nisshin Foods. Passengers will also receive an original Blue Grotto postcard courtesy of their boarding.
During the illumination event, there will be multiple food booths around Nakase Bridge serving an assortment of delicious food, including some made using Blue Grotto brand ingredients in collaboration with Nisshin Foods.
Blue Grotto FUKUOKA
Running: September 16, 2019 – October 6, 2019
Location: Nakasu Bridge (中洲懸橋), Fukuoka
Illumination Times: 18:30-22:00 (subject to change)
Access: 6-minutes on foot fromNakasu-Kawabata Station / 7-minutes on foot from Tenjin-Minami Station
Official Website: http://shibuya-aonodokutsu.jp/
Miyako Hotel Hakata Opens With Instagram-Worthy Pool, Michelin-Led Restaurant Menu & More
24.September.2019 | SPOT
Miyako Hotel Hakata will have its grand opening on September 22, 2019. To help spread word of the luxurious secrets behind its doors, an official report was released detailing everything there is for guests to look forward to.
Its metropolitan exterior is inspired by the spectacular natural landscapes of Kyushu
Miyako Hotel Hakata can be found by taking the Tsukushi Exit of Hakata Station where it stands directly in front, towering above the surrounding buildings. The basement floor of the hotel is directly connected to the station for ease of access. This floor is also home to a convenience store, restaurants and more and can be used by non-guests too.
The building is a gorgeous eye-catching glass cube which offers an abundance of natural light during the day. At night, the hotel exterior is illuminated with 168 LED lights, giving it an metropolitan appearance. The building rooftop has a running ‘waterfall’ which is inspired by the majestic rural environments of Kyushu. Its iconic design makes it instantly-recognisable, with hopes in mind that this will make it a new landmark of Hakata.
The lobby houses a gorgeous cafe lounge serving food and drink
Up on the 3rd floor is the clean, bright and spacious front lobby where staff are waiting to greet guests warmly. In addition to the reception desk, there is CAFÉ EMPATHY, a cafe and lounge which can be used by both guests and non-guests. The cafe is produced by Transit General Offiice which is known for having produced the The Rail Kitchen Chikugo―a restaurant train―amongst a host of shared offices, hotels and more.
The spectacular menu line-up includes an array of delicious drinks from herbal teas to flavoured lattes, as well as an assortment of light meals made using ingredients from around Kyushu. They also serve an original afternoon tea that’s served from 14:30. Everything on the menu is nothing short of Instagrammable and perfect for those who love to wine and dine on drinks and food that is both cute and fancy.
The colourful flavoured lattes come in four flavours and can also be ordered for takeout. One of them is the Beets Latte which is a pink colour which comes from the beetroot used to make it. It has a subtle sweetness and smooth flavour.
The stocked teas include those made by Paris-based tea company KUSMI TEA, such as the Anastasia which is a mix of standard black tea and citrus, as well as an array of decaffeinated fruit teas.
Spend your time in luxury in your room
Floors 5 through 12 are all lined with guest rooms. There are four types of rooms, all large, including Twin and Double. Each and every room has been given the same level of care and attention to create the most comfortable experience for guests.
The Deluxe room is the perfect package if you’re looking to indulge in a little extravagance, whether as a treat to yourself or together with that special someone. The room design is stylish and simple, allowing for optimal relaxation. The bed is roomy and is ideal for watching the television or chatting.
All guest rooms are also equipped with tablets from which you can control the air con, lights and so on. The TV can even tell you whether the restaurant is full or not which is a super convenient feature.
A restaurant and bar menu created by a Michelin-starred chef & dreamy terrace pool
On floor 13―the top floor―you will find Miyako Hotel Hakata’s must-see feature: the SOMEWHERE RESTAURANT & BAR. This all-dining restaurant’s concept is “A Beautiful Place Somewhere.” Its dinner menu was conceived by Michihoro Haruta, the chef at Crony, a Michelin 1-starred restaurant in Nishi-Azabu, Tokyo. The innovative menu is made with local ingredients from Fukuoka and across Kyushu. The wine menu was created by Kazutaka Ozawa, a sommelier at Crony. The restaurant enjoys a laid-back atmosphere that isn’t overly formal or strict, with a glass exterior including the roof, allowing diners to enjoy the romantic evening atmosphere.
Breakfast is served to both guests and non-guests and is served as a western-style buffet packed full of assorted foods such as freshly-baked bread, omelette, Eggs Benedict, and more. They serve an original Japanese-style breakfast too for those who fancy Japanese food. The tall windows allow natural light to pour into the restaurant.
Right next to the restaurant is the hotel’s very own spa, offering a natural hot spring pool, jet bath, footbath and more. As part of the hotel’s grand opening, the spa is free for all guest until March 31, 2020. The hotel offers rental swimsuits too so you can freely and easily enjoy a nighttime dip. And when night truly sets in, you can gaze an unbroken view of Hakata from the roof, and the ‘waterfall’ next to the pool will also be lit up.
There’s even a special poolside menu so you can order cocktails and light food from the terrace. With everything illuminate in beautiful lighting, your cocktail in hand, you can certainly snap some Instagram-worthy shots. And if you’re looking for a warm bath, there is a large public bath and even a sauna indoors.
Miyako Hotel Hakata
Address: 2-1-1 Hakataekihigashi, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka
Official Website: https://www.miyakohotels.ne.jp/hakata/english/index.html/