Sebastian Masuda teams up with Lotte to release Halloween-Kawaii fusion treats!
31.August.2017 | FOOD
LOTTE have teamed up with art director Sebastian Masuda, aka the top dog in Japan’s kawaii culture, to release a new series of products in their “Enjoy Halloween” series! These goodies were released on August 29th in order for people to enjoy Halloween in Japan even more.
The collaboration features a list of 9 LOTTE snacks in limited packaging from made up of 7 popular items in their range, including “Koala’s March,” “Toppo” “Ghana,” “Pai no Mi” and more. Each snack is a fusion of Halloween and kawaii so you can enjoy a health balance of both to have an even more fun Halloween. Sebastian Masuda is responsible for the packaging and Halloween Family characters. Each packaging of the snack boxes, party packs and share packs feature kawaii-fied packaging for you to enjoy, and the individual treats inside the party and share packs are perfect to hand out to friends and Trick-or-Treaters.
And for a limited time only, you can look forward to 4 new collaborative menu items at the Kawaii Monster Cafe in Harajuku from September 4th.
The line-up includes the “Koumori Chocotto Monster,” a bat made from Lotte’s choco pie; the “Kemukujara Chocotto Monster,” a hairy monster also hiding choco pie; “Dark Koala Burger,” a black bun koala burger; and the “Ghana Banana Shake,” a hot chocolate made using Ghana chocolate.
Enjoy your Halloween this year with Lotte’s “Enjoy Halloween” series! Pick up some tasty treats or head on over to the Kawaii Monster Cafe!
Sebastian Masuda x Felissimo Launch KAWAII COMPANY
02.December.2020 | FASHION
Felissimo and Sebastian Masuda have collaborated to launch the all-new KAWAII COMPANY.
KAWAII COMPANY opened its website on November 16, 2020. It is a project for those who love the kawaii side of life, aiming to add spice to everyday normality and expand everyone’s inner-kawaii. KAWAII COMPANY’s website will house a whole range of original items, such as the “Roomy Monster” outfit which lets you transform into a colourful monster.
Roomy Monster | ¥12,000 (Before Tax)
With many people working from home now, online meetings are the new norm, which can be a stress for a lot of us. But KAWAII COMPANY has come up with a way to bring smiles to fellow colleagues with their “Roomy Monster” outfit which is sure to elicit surprise and smiles when everyone sees a colourful monster on the webcam. The design is inspired by a monster that Sebastian Masuda conceived as a child, and now the colourful and fluffy beast has come to life.
Monster Multi Pouch | ¥3,400 (Before Tax)
This monster multi pouch is like a plush toy, featuring fluffy fur, colourful hair, sparkly eyes, and a flowing, frilly dress. Its enormous mouth is closed with a zip which when opened reveals a place for storing all your bits and bobs.
Mini Eco Bag | ¥1,500 (Before Tax)
These colourfully kawaii eco-bags may only be 19cm long they’re more reliable than they look. They can be wrapped up small for easy storage and unravelled for when you need to do a bit of shopping.
Double Gauze Mask | ¥1,600 (Before Tax)
Anti-bacterial Mask Case (Set of 3) | ¥1,400 (Before Tax)
Add some fun to your routine face mask wearing with a super cute mask and mask case for storage. They’re not just for show either – made with double gauze, the material is of high quality and feels soft on the face. The masks are pleated and so curve to fit the face nice and snug. The cases are also made so that they are anti-bacterial, keeping your mask hygienic.
Kawaii Tansan Senbei (5 Included) | ¥2,000 (Before Tax)
The Kawaii Tansan Senbei is the first entry to the KAWAII TANBO series in which items that KAWAII COMPANY discover while travelling Japan are made into ‘kawaii versions.’ These senbei rice crackers are light, crunchy, and have great flavour. They are tinned and wrapped in cute packaging too making for a perfect gift.
Discover and enhance your love of kawaii with Sebastian Masuda’s new project.
Official Website: http://feli.jp/s/pr201117/10/
Sanrio Puroland Halloween Makeup Developed in Collaboration With POLA
POLA INC. is collaborating with Sanrio Entertainment’s amusement park Sanrio Puroland for their ongoing PURO HALLOWEEN PARTY event which is being held both at the park and online. The company has developed cute and sophisticated Halloween makeup inspired by the looks being worn by the Sanrio characters at Puroland for Halloween.
Halloween is a time to dress up as your favourite spooky figure, and POLA has jumped on board by creating a range of makeup looks to support Halloween outfits this year that anyone can do at home. Each look has a step-by-step visual guide as well as a video to help you along the way.
All the products used for the looks are by POLA and can all be bought at their nearly 4,000 stores including the 670 POLA THE BEAUTY branches and their flagship store POLA GINZA. Select branches in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Macao, and Singapore are also stocking the items.
PURO HALLOWEEN PARTY
Running: September 11, 2020 – October 31, 2020
Opening Hours: [Weekdays] 10:00-17:00 / [Weekends] 9:00-19:00
Online Event: October 24, 2020 (Opens 19:30/Starts 20:00)
Online Price: ¥2,000
Requirement for Online Participation: Use of the Zoom app
Sanrio Puroland Official Website: https://www.puroland.jp/liveshow/online_2020_halloween_part
POLA Halloween Makeup Site: https://net.pola.co.jp/ec/closeup/puroland/index.html
Cute Halloween Confections Make Their Way to Ginza Cozy Corner This October
25.October.2020 | FOOD
Ginza Cozy Corner released a new collection of Halloween confections on October 19.
JOYJOY Halloween Party (9 Included) | ¥2,400 (Before Tax) | Available: October 19, 2020 – October 31, 2020
The tasty line-up features a collection of playful ghouls and ghosts partying at a haunted house. Bites include an eyeball tart, orange-flavoured Jack-o’-lantern roll cake, and lots more. Plus, the box they come in can be cut out and used as a photo prop for snapping cute Halloween pictures.
Imp’s Trickster Mont Blanc | ¥580 (Before Tax) | Serving: October 19, 2020 – October 31, 2020
There’s also a colourful mont blanc layered with four different creams: strawberry, lemon, melon, and blueberry, and inside—a mouth-watering tangy orange sauce surprise.
Ginza Cozy Corner Official Website: https://www.cozycorner.co.jp/
Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Jack Skellington Stained Glass Cookies
With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s Easy Recipe! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.
I have the perfect Halloween recipe for you this time. If we’re talking Halloween, then who else but Jack Skellington is the man for the job? Here’s my recipe to make Jack Skellington Stained Glass Cookies.
70g unsalted butter
50g icing sugar (or high quality white sugar if you don’t have)
A pinch of salt
110g weak flour
10g black cocoa
1 white chocolate pen
Hard candy of your choice crushed into small pieces
*To crush the candy, you can put into a zip lock bag and use a rolling pin
Place all ingredients except the egg into a food processor and blitz. After, place the egg into the blitzed mix and blitz once again. Once combined, wrap with cling film and place into the refrigerator for 1+ hours until set.
Use a rolling pin to roll out circles of equal thickness for Jack’s head. Use a cutter to cut out the eyes, and place into the refrigerator one more to set.
Bake in the oven at 180°C for 10 minutes and take out again.
Place your crushed candy into the eye holes and bake for a further 5 minutes.
*The candy will melt into place and even out, so feel free to pile on the pieces
*Be careful not to overcook the candy as it will turn brown
Allow to cool. Be very careful handling and placing down the cookies as the eyes will be delicate. Decorate Jack’s nose and mouth with the chocolate pen and he’s ready for your Halloween party!
Kaori invites you into her world of character-themed food dishes in her recipe series. Be sure to check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!
Shibuya’s L’OCCITANE CAFE Reveals Spooky Parfait For Halloween 2020
18.October.2020 | FOOD
L’OCCITANE CAFE Shibuya is getting ready for Halloween with the reveal of its sweet potato and apple parfait which will be served from October 21 to 31. The Tokyo-based cafe is centred on the food culture and lifestyle of Provence in southern France.
Sweet Potato and Apple Parfait | ¥1,280 (Tax Included)
The seasonal treat is a mix of purple sweet potato and regular sweet potato, baked apples, apple sherbet, and vanilla ice, all topped off with whipped cream, roasted nuts, and almond tuile biscuits in the shape of ghosts and a pumpkin.
Sweet Potato and Apple Parfait
Serving: October 21, 2020 – October 31, 2020
L’OCCITANE CAFE Shibuya
Address: 2-3-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya, Tokyo
[Sun-Thur] 11:00～22:00 (Last Orders 21:00)
[Fri-Sat] 11:00-23:00 (Last Orders 22:00)
Access: Straight ahead of Shibuya Station’s 5th Exit (Inokashira Exit)
L’OCCITANE Japan Official Website: https://jp.loccitane.com/
Halloween Food Served Up at Meiji Jingu Shrine’s Constitution Memorial Hall
Meiji Kinenkan, also known as Constitution Memorial Hall, has announced that its beer terrace Sekirei will open up for October to serve up a Halloween themed menu.
Meiji Kinenkan is a unique and premium venue at Meiji Jingu Shrine that serves as a host to many different kinds of gatherings. It was designated as an important cultural property of Tokyo for its architecture in March of this year.
Sekirei normally opens during the summertime each year, but this year they’ve decided to open up for business for the autumn season too. Guests can enjoy a line-up of over 40 different food items in the beautiful autumn-kissed gardens along with beer and a selection of other beverage.
The Halloween menu arrived on Monday and features a colour arrangement of tasty bites, with an original line-up of foods and desserts conceived by Meiji Kinenkan’s chef who specialises in French cuisine at the site.
Other Autumn Options
Autumn is a very pleasant season in terms of weather, and so as well as the Halloween menu, Sekirei has cooked up a separate seasonal assortment too including Japanese roast beef with vegetables, fried masutake mushroom and salmon, and more.
Sekirei has a special indoor all-you-can-drink plan as well in case it rains, so guests don’t have to worry about the weather and can keep warm indoors if the occasion calls for it.
Running: Until October 30, 2020 (Weekdays Only)
Times: 17:00-22:00 (Last Food Orders 21:00 / Last Drink Orders 21:30)
*From 18:00 on August 16, 19, and 20
Official Website: https://www.meijikinenkan.gr.jp/restaurant/sekirei.html
Online Bookings: https://www.tablecheck.com/shops/meijikinenkan-sekirei/reserve
Address: 2-2-23 Moto-Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
3 minutes from Shinanomachi Station (JR Chuo-Sobu Line)
6 minutes from Aoyama-itchome Station (Ginza, Hanzomon, Oedo subway line)
6 minutes from Kokuritsu-kyogijo Station (Oedo subway line)
Official Website: https://www.meijikinenkan.gr.jp/english/
Cute Cinnamoroll Halloween Doughnuts to be Sold at Floresta in Japan
06.October.2020 | FOOD
Floresta Nature Doughnuts, a chain of shops that sell delicious doughnuts that are healthier to your body than regular doughnuts, is collaboration with popular Sanrio characters Cinnamoroll and Cappuccino for some adorable Halloween doughnuts.
Cinnamoroll / Cappuccino – ¥450 Each (Before Tax)
Donning their snug Halloween hats, which are made from purple sweet potato, Cinnamoroll and Cappuccino sit atop their doughnut that’s covered in white chocolate spider web and topped with a star made from pumpkin.
The doughnuts will be released at Floresta on October 17, just two weeks before Halloween, at 12:00am in Japan. They are sold individually or as part of the Cinnamoroll Hallloween Doughnuts Box which contains two of each.
Cute, colourful, and a healthier option. If you’re in Japan this Halloween, join Cinnamoroll and Cappuccino for the holiday season.
Cinnamoroll Hallloween Doughnuts
Serving: October 17, 2020 – October 31, 2020
Release Date: October 17, 2020 at 12:00am (JST)
Floresta Oraganic Store: https://floresta-ec.jp
*Product is limited in stock. Only orders only.
Experience Shinjuku’s Famous Halloween Event Online at Virtual Shibuya
03.October.2020 | SPOT
The Virtual Halloween Committee has announced that it will host an online Halloween event inside Virtual Shibuya as a result of the pandemic and to mitigate crowded streets in Shibuya, a place which becomes a sea of people during the spooky holiday season.
The event, titled Virtual Shibuya au 5G Halloween Fes, will begin on October 26 and run up to Halloween Day. It is being promoted with the hashtag #StayVirtual.
Shibuya 5G Entertainment Project launched its new digital platform “Virtual Shibuya” back in May of this year. Officially recognised by Shibuya City, Virtual Shibuya comes in response to the effects of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) which has brought tight restrictions to the economy and people’s way of life. It will enable people to continue enjoying entertainment from the comfort of their homes by participating in a whole host of virtual events and activities. The project aims to deliver content from Shibuya with live performances from artists, art exhibitions, talks, and more. The use of 5G and the latest cutting edge technology will connect the real Shibuya to a virtual space, combining the realms of the digital and real world.
The Halloween event is inviting a host of Japanese artists and comedians to perform inside the virtual space, which itself will be littered with all things Halloween like Jack-o’-lanterns, bats, and more. Users will also be able to dress their avatars in the appropriate clothing in line with the holiday season of scares. All of this aims to deliver the famous Shibuya Halloween experience that the people of Tokyo are so used to.
Virtual Shibuya au Halloween Fes
Virtual Shibuya is evolving and will be updated for the upcoming Halloween event. Users can look forward to a host of music events and talk events during this age of the ‘new normal.’
au 5G Presents Kyary Pamyu Pamyu: Virtual Mini Live
Virtual Shibuya will host its very first virtual live concert to open the Halloween festival. Japanese pop star Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is included in the performance line-up, who will be serving a very special one-night-only Halloween themed show inspired by horror movies. Titled “Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Online Halloween Live 2020 THE FAMILY 10.31,” you can find out more about the concert here.
au 5G Presents BiSH: Virtual Live
Japanese idol group BiSH will also be playing a special Halloween show at the event.
au 5G Presents “Everyone’s 5G” – Comedy Duo Wagyu Perform
Japanese comedy duo Wagyu will perform live using 5G technology which will render them in high-speed, high quality holograms.
The rest of the line-up and more details about the event will be announced in the coming weeks.
Virtual Shibuya au 5G Halloween Fes
Running: October 26, 2020 – October 31, 2020
Official Website: https://virtualhalloween.cluster.mu
KAWAII MONSTER CAFE HARAJUKU Collaborates With Alice’s Fantasy Restaurant For Halloween Fair
22.September.2020 | FOOD
KAWAII MONSTER CAFE HARAJUKU is set to collaborate with Tokyo’s three branches of Alice’s Fantasy Restaurant to serve up a Halloween themed menu. It will be served from September 19 to October 31.
The Halloween season is right around the corner, and the KAWAII MONSTER CAFE is once again joining in with the spooky festivities. This year, the cafe has joined hands with Alice’s Fantasy Restaurant to create a collaborative Halloween menu lineup.
Colourful Rainbow Pasta With Halloween Cream | ¥1,400
Colourful pasta served in rich pumpkin sauce and with a variety of different ghost creams.
Singing Alice’s Caesar Salad | ¥1,360
Alice’s Fantasy Restaurant’s popular Caesar salad heads to KAWAII MONSTER CAFE, an assortment of purple carrots, pumpkin, and other tasty delights. Alice is also hidden in the pasta somewhere as a black witch.
Kingpin Choppy & Henchman Humpty Dumpty Curry | ¥1,300
KAWAII MONSTER CAFE’s mascot is served wearing a silk hat and comes with his fellow henchman Humpty Dumpty.
Cheshire Cat Splatter Ice Cream | ¥1,100
Soft serve ice cream topped with crunchy cereal, cotton candy, and chocolate, all drizzled in a splattered sweet strawberry sauce.
Customers who post a photo of their foot onto social media with the hashtag #tokyohalloweencollection can enter for a chance to win some Halloween merchandise.
KAWAII MONSTER CAFE HARAJUKU
Address: YM Square Bldg. 4F, 4-31-10 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:30-19:00
No Fixed Holidays
Access: 5-minutes on foot Harajuku Station via JR / 1-minutes on foot from Meiji-Jigumae Station via Chiyoda Line and Fukutoshin Line
Official Website: https://kawaiimonster.jp/day/pc/
Halloween Doughnuts Creep Their Way Into Krispy Kreme Doughnuts in Japan
18.September.2020 | FOOD
Halloween arrived at Krispy Kreme Doughnuts in Japan on September 16 with the “monster HARVEST” collection of themed doughnuts. Available until November 1, the spooky lineup incorporates a selection of Japanese autumn flavours like pumpkin and purple sweet potato.
The doughnut collection is here to put us in the Halloween spirit nice and early. Krispy Kreme Japan’s popular jack-o’-lantern doughnuts are back this year, as are the new black cat doughnuts which first arrived last year. A completely new purple sweet potato flavour was also introduced to the menu on September 1.
Pumpkin Pudding Jack-o’-lantern | ¥240 (Before Tax)
The jack-o’-lantern doughnuts have been made even more delicious for Halloween 2020 by using pumpkins from Hokkaido and filling them with velvety pumpkin Japanese-style pudding. Add to that the chocolate facial features and you’ve got yourself a tantalising treat for the spooky season.
Black Cat Caramel | ¥250 (Before Tax)
A black cat made with big white chocolate eyes and a dark chocolate face topped with crunchy almond pieces and stuffed with caramel cream.
Muchimochi Purple Sweet Potato Mont Blanc | ¥240 (Before Tax)
The tasty, chewy, and hot purple sweet potato doughnut is made with sliced sweet potato and coated in powdered sugar. It’s served hot which makes the flavour even more intense.
Halloween Dozen (12 Doughnuts) | ¥2,000 (Before Tax)
Share a dozen with friends this Halloween which includes not only two of each of the ones already shown, but Krispy Kreme’s popular “Chocolate Sprinkle” and “Original Glazed®” too.
Halloween Mini Box (20 Doughnuts) | ¥2,000 (Before Tax)
There’s also a colourful box of 20 mini versions of the doughnuts too.
Running: September 16, 2020 – November 1, 2020
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Official Website: https://krispykreme.jp
Kyoto’s Female-Only Hotel CAFETEL Kyoto Sanjo for Ladies Reveals Halloween Room
17.September.2020 | SPOT
CAFETEL Kyoto Sanjo for Ladies, a hotel in Kyoto exclusive to female guests, is offering a new Halloween room plan between October 1 and November 1. There is just one room and it can only be booked for one day between that period. This plan was offered last year and was a resounding success amongst guests.
Last year’s Halloween room took on a more cute and bright theme, but they’re going for something darker this time. The theme this year is “The Secret Witches-Only Get-Together,” with all ideas and designs conceived and handmade by the hotel staff themselves.
Guests will find decorations all around the room, such as bats on doors and walls who will listen in on the witches’ gossip to creepy crawly spiders in the bed. Candles are provided in the room to set the Halloween mood, and there’s even witch and devil costumes and props for guests to dress up in.
Free goodies for the witch get-together
Guests can enjoy a gorgeous view of the Kamogawa River from their room. They are also presented with a free Halloween drink exclusive to those who stay in this room.
CAFETEL Kyoto Sanjo for Ladies
Running: October 1, 2020 – November 1, 2020
Rooms: 1 (up to 3 people)
Price: From ¥10,650
Official Website: https://cafetel.jp/
Pastel Coloured Halloween Served Up at Grand Nikko Tokyo Bay Maihama’s Happy Halloween Sweets Buffet
17.September.2020 | FOOD
Grand Nikko Tokyo Bay Maihama is a new hotel which opened on July 1 this year. Easily spotted by its pink exterior, the hotel offers Grand Nikko’s brand concept of guests releasing all of their sense to enjoy a relaxing and sophisticated time while providing a refreshing resort-like experience.
This Halloween, the hotel’s all-dining restaurant Le Jardin will serve up its “Happy Halloween Sweets Buffet” from October 10 to 16.
There will be 20 different desserts to pick from all in pastel colours, offering a different kind of Halloween vibe. Desserts are decorated with cute Halloween motifs like Jack-o’-lanterns, ghosts, and pumpkins. The chefs will also be certain desserts in front of guests like pumpkin mont blanc, praline mille-fuille, and pavlova.
There will also be a savoury menu too like roast beef in onion sauce, seafood acqua pazza, bread, salad, soups, and more, as well as soft drinks and non-alcoholic cocktails.
The restaurant will be restricting the number of people allowed in the dining area at once to protect diners during the pandemic.
Happy Halloween Sweets Buffet
Location: Le Jardin – Grand Nikko Tokyo Bay Maihama Floor 3F
Running: October 10, 2020 – October 16, 2020
Time: 12:00-14:30 (Last Orders 14:00)
Prices: General ¥4,500 / 9-12 years old ¥2,780 / 4-8 years old ¥1,580 / 3 years old and below – Free
Enquiries/Bookings: 047-711-2427 (10:00-18:00)
Official Website: https://bit.ly/325uwjt
Grand Nikko Tokyo Bay Maihama
Address: 1-7 Maihama, Urayasu, Chiba
Official Website: https://tokyobay.grandnikko.com