Kawaii video released for Halloween candy and snack collaboration between Sebastian Masuda and LOTTE!
09.September.2017 | FOOD
Sebastian Masuda, leader of Japan’s kawaii culture, has teamed up with LOTTE to produce Halloween candy as part of their “Enjoy Halloween” series so that you can enjoy yourself a kawaii Halloween this year.
Seven of LOTTE’s most popular snack and treat brands including “Koala’s March,” “Toppo,” “Ghana” and “Pai no Mi” are now on sale, with 9 to choose from, all in limited edition Halloween packaging. The products and individual packaging feature small dress-up items for you to do some tiny Halloween fancy dress! There are lots of designs to get your hands on and enable you to enjoy creating kawaii Halloween fancy dress easily.
A movie for the “ENJOY HALLOWEEN KAWAII” project has also been released! It features Yutaro and MANON making use of their kawaii dress-up accessories from the snack packaging.
Dress up your face, eyes and ears with the packaging, take photos and post them online with #カワイイハロウィン (#kawaiihalloween)!
Enjoy a kawaii Halloween party this year with the new range of LOTTE’s Enjoy Halloween series!
Make Your Own Original KitKat at Tokyo’s KitKat Chocolatory Miyashita Park Shibuya
31.July.2020 | FOOD
Nestlé Japan is opening a new branch of KitKat Chocolatory inside Shibuya’s new shopping mall Miyashita Park on August 4, 2020.
KitKat Chocolatory is a direct-to-consumer chain, serving premium, handcrafted KitKats made with top quality ingredients and production methods under full direction by Takagi Yasumasa―the owner and chef of LE PATISSIER TAKAGI. Its product line-up features a range perfect as gifts to friends, family and co-workers, or as a treat to yourself.
Japan is home to eight KitKat Chocolatory branches. The new Miyashita Park Shibuya branch will open as the fourth in Tokyo, as well as the first where you can create your own KitKat products.
My KITKAT: ¥2,000 (Before Tax)
“My KITKAT” comes as the world’s first KitKat service where consumers can create their own original chocolate bars.
KitKat Waffle: ¥1,000 (Before Tax)
KitKat Chocolatory Sublime Soft Cream: ¥630 (Before Tax)
KitKat Chocolatory Miyashita Park Shibuya will also sell a variety of unique and exclusive KitKat desserts, like luxurious soft serve ice cream topped with couverture chocolate. It will also offer a cafe menu created by Nespresso, where customers can pair Chocolatory desserts with seasonal coffee menus, and more.
Shibuya-esque wall art will decorate the interior of the shop, making for plenty of photo opportunities.
KitKat Chocolatory Miyashita Park Shibuya
Grand Opening: August 4, 2020
Address: Miyashita Park South 2F, 6-20-10 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 (Last Orders 20:00)
Official Website: https://nestle.jp/brand/kit/chocolatory/
Sebastian Masuda’s New Art Book Covers Everything From Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s ‘PONPONPON’ to Today
Sebastian Masuda, the leader of Japan’s culture of kawaii, released his first art book Masuda Sebastian Artworks PAINT IT, COLORFUL on July 31, 2020.
The scope of Sebastian Masuda’s influence is unrivalled. His touch can be seen all across Japanese kawaii culture, ranging from his work on Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s viral hit music video PONPONPON which skyrocketed her career, to Harajuku’s famous concept restaurant KAWAII MONSTER CAFE, the Miracle Gift Parade at Sanrio Puroland, as well as countless work on TV, commercials, advertisements, characters, stage, concerts, and more.
Printed in full colour, the art book covers Masuda’s art direction from 2010 to 2019 in the form of photos of his actual works, design sketches, and plenty of other content for fans to soak up.
It also includes photos of an installation that has been visited by over 20,000 people which was created during Masuda’s time overseas in places like New York and Amsterdam, as well as his art exhibit currently on display at World Disney World Florida.
Sebastian Masuda’s career as an artist spans over 30 years. Get your hands on a copy of his first art book to see his success over the past decade.
Masuda Sebastian Artworks PAINT IT, COLORFUL
Released: July 31, 2020
Price: ¥3,200 (Before Tax)
Size: A4 (Sleeve Included)
Laforet Harajuku’s Midsummer Takeaway Desserts Include Cinnamoroll Goodies
31.July.2020 | FOOD
Eight shops inside Laforet Harajuku are participating in the shopping mall’s midsummer takeout dessert event which is taking place from August 1 to 31. This includes the new milk dessert shop “MILK MILK MILK” which opened as the first branch in Japan on July 17 this year. Desserts and merchandise of Sanrio’s popular character Cinnamoroll, who won this year’s 2020 Sanrio Character Ranking, will also be sold.
café de paris | Floor B1F
Many Many Fruits Sandwich: Mango ¥626 / Green Grape ¥561 (Tax Included) *Takeout only
Fresh fruit is packed onto these adorable looking sweet sandwiches.
CAFE CREPE | Floor 1F
Honey Summer Orange: ¥730 (Tax Included) *Takeout only
Another cute summer dessert finished with swirls of fresh cream, fresh orange, and a round dollop of ginger ice cream.
MILK MILK MILK! | Floor 2F
Milk Bottle Smoothie: ¥880 (Tax Included) *Takeout and have-in
Served in a cute milk bottle, what better way to cool down than with a cool strawberry smoothie?
Cinnamoroll Milk Pudding: ¥1,078 (Tax Included) *Takeout and have-in
Cinnamoroll Sky Beaker Parfait: ¥1,048 (Tax Included) *Have-in only
There are two tasty Cinnamoroll desserts to choose from, including the milk pudding made with Hokkaido milk and a parfait with a gradient or jelly and chocolate mint ice cream, topped with mint, and served in a beaker.
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Laforet Harajuku Summer Takeout Menu
Running: August 1, 2020 – August 31, 2020
Official Website: https://www.laforet.ne.jp/
4 Must-Try Colourful & Kawaii Cream Sodas in Kyoto
The rainy season in Japan, known as Tsuyu, is finally coming to a close, which means the real summer is right around the corner. And what better way to stay cool in Japan during the summertime than with a glass of coo, refreshing cream soda?
We’ve compiled a list of 4 must-try cream sodas in Kyoto recommended by Tiara on Instagram, who posts photos on her Instagram of drinks and desserts she tries around the Kanto region of Japan, and who has kindly provided us with photos on this occasion too.
and C Kyoto | Kita-ku
Yellow Cream Soda / White Cream Soda / Red Cream Soda / Blue Cream Soda
and C Kyoto is a stylish bar, cafe, and second hand clothes store located right by Hirano Shrine. They serve four different colours of their cream soda which look super cute when lined up in a row.
and C Kyoto
Address: 30 Hirano Kamihatchōyanagichō, Kita-ku, Kyoto
Opening Hours: 12:00-23:00
BABBI GELATERIA KYOTO | Gion Shijo
Mango Passion / Classic Blue / Amaou Strawberry
BABBI GELATERIA KYOTO is located along the Kamo River and is famous for its gelato. They also sell some super refreshing cream sodas topped with their tasty gelato.
BABBI GELATERIA KYOTO
Address: 134 Saitocho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto
Opening Hours: 13:00-20:00 (Temporary hours due to COVID-19)
Official Website: http://www.babbi.co.jp/showcase/gelateria-kyoto/
Kissa Zou | Imadegawa
Pudding a la Mode / Lemon Squash & Elephant Cookie
This cute cream soda comes with an elephant-shaped cookie. The custard pudding has a rich eggy flavour.
Address: 440-3 Santeichō, Kamigyō-ku, Kyoto
Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00 (Last Orders 17:00)
No Fixed Holidays
Bread, Espresso & Arashiyama Garden | Arashiyama
Cherry Blossom Cream Soda
This old cafe is renovated from an old family estate which was built at the end of the Edo Period and is designated as a cultural property of Kyoto. This beautiful cafe coincides with the gardens and has gorgeous thatched roofing.
Bread, Espresso & Arashiyama Garden
Address: 45-15 Sagatenryuji Susukinobabacho, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto
Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00 (Last Orders 17:00)
Official Website: https://bread-espresso.jp
Tiara has lots of other delicious dessert recommendations over on her Instagram, so be sure to follow her if you’re travelling in the Kansai region and are in need of a sweet treat.
Original Text & Photo: ＠happy_pinkrose_tiara
Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga
*The information about the items on this list are correct at the time of publishing. For the latest information, please visit each cafe’s official websites and social media pages.
Dragon Ball Confections Kamehameha Into FamilyMart Convenience Stores in Japan
Character-inspired Japanese confectionery series Tabemas has revealed that its next batch of sweet treats are Dragon Ball Super inspired. The sweets were released at FamilyMart convenience stores in Japan on July 28, 2020.
‘Tabemas’ is an abbreviation of the Japanese words taberareru masukotto, meaning ‘mascots that you can eat.’ It is a Japanese confectionery series that combines well-known characters and Japanese sweets made from ingredients like red bean paste, sugar and rice flour. The sweets are also made with a dough called “nerikiri” which is used in making traditional Japanese wagashi sweets.
Tabemas Dragon Ball Super: ¥369 Before Tax | 1 set of 2
The confection designs include the iconic Dragon Balls from the series up to Seven-Stars, as well as Shenron.
Shenron is matcha-flavoured. Using nerikiri dough, Tabemas has brought the dragon god to life with his iconic red gaze, whiskers, and tail. Each of the seven Dragon Balls are filled with custard cream. One set of these confections comes with both Shenreon and one of the Dragon Balls, so fans can enjoy both flavours.
As well as all of the seven Dragon Balls, there are two secrets ones too. What exactly they are requires a trip to FamilyMart.
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Tabemas Dragon Ball Super
Released: July 28, 2020
Available: At the chilled desserts section of FamilyMart convenience stores in Japan
*Available while supplies last
*Stock date may differ from branch to branch
*Select stores not participating
Official Website: https://www.bandai.co.jp/candy/tabemas/dragonball/
Tokyo Banana’s New Disney Sweets Collection Looks Delicious
Japan’s popular confectionery souvenir shop Tokyo Banana is collaborating with Disney for one week from July 29 to August 7 at the Hankyu Umeda branch of Tokyo Banana in Osaka.
Officially named the “Disney SWEETS COLLECTION by Tokyo Banana,” the line-up brings together the iconic Disney characters and centres them around the company’s brand concept which is to bring happiness to all who see and taste their products.
Mickey Mouse Pancake Sandwich: ¥1,080 for 4 / ¥1,382 for 6 (Tax Inclusive)
A box of “Mickey Mouse Pancake Sandwiches” contains baked, deliciously fluffy treats filled with soft cream. They come in two shapes: Mickey’s face and the iconic Tokyo Banana. The Mickey ones contain caramel cream and roasted almonds while the Tokyo Banana designs are filled with banana milk cream and chocolate chips.
Mickey Mouse Chocolate Sandwich: ¥1,080 for 12 / ¥2,160 for 24
The “Mickey Mouse Chocolate Sandwich” are crunchy cat tongue biscuits which have Tokyo Banana’s distinct milky flavour. They are made to be like a delicious banana milkshake you can eat and contain rich chocolate.
Mickey Mouse Pancake Sandwich / Mickey Mouse Chocolate Sandwich
Running: July 29, 2020 – August 4, 2020
Available: Tokyo Banana Hankyu Umeda
Official Website: https://www.tokyobanana.jp/disney/
Positively Peachy Desserts Whipped Up at Cafe Comme Ca’s Second Peach Fair
27.July.2020 | FOOD
Cafe Comme Ca has announced that its second “Peach Blossom Spring Story” fair will run at several branches (see below) from August 1, 2020 to August 26, 2020. Sweet-tooths and peach lovers won’t be able to resist this fruity dessert line-up, including a cake made using a type of peach known as the “Miss Peach” from Fukushima Prefecture.
Cafe Comme Ca is a chain of cafes in Japan known for its artistic cakes which are made using fresh and specially selected fruits from across Japan.
Peach & Raspberry Cream Shortcake: Single Slice ¥1,100 (¥1,200 at the Ginza Branch) *Tax inclusive
An immaculate combination of fresh, sweet peaches and fluffy sponge. Enjoy together with the sweet and sour kick from the raspberry cream.
Miss Peach Cake: Single Slice ¥1,100 (¥1,400 at the Ginza Branch) *Tax inclusive
Made with rich, sweet Miss Peach peaches from Fukushima Prefecture, this cake has a fromage blanc base.
*The following branches will serve with white peaches from Okayama instead: Kyoto, Keihan City Mall, Sanyo Department Store, Fukuya Hatchobori, Fukuya Hiroshima Station, MITSUKOSHI Matsuyama, Fukuoka VIORO, and Izutsuya Kokura. Price: Single Slice ¥1,200.
Peach & Grape Cake: Single Slice ¥900 (Tax Included)
Laced with fresh peach juice and decorated beautifully with super sweet grapes. The mascarpone base is a match made in heaven.
*The Ginza branch will use peaches and grapes from Nagano Prefecture. Price: Single Slice ¥1,100.
Peach & Mango Cake: Single Slice ¥990 (Tax Included)
A sweet and fruity combination of peaches and soft mango with a cheese cream base.
*The Ginza branch will use peaches from Nagano Prefecture and mangoes from Mexico. Price: Single Slice ¥1,100.
Peach Blossom Spring Story 2
Running: August 1, 2020 – August 26, 2020
Official Website: http://www.cafe-commeca.co.jp/
Flower Miffy Juice Garden Asakusa Now Open and Serving Adorable Drinks
22.July.2020 | FOOD
The new “Flower Miffy Juice Garden” opened as a permanent addition to Flower Miffy Asakusa on July 21, 2020. Flower Miffy is a Miffy-themed flower and merchandise shop.
Colourful Jelly Soda – Gerbera/Tulip/Sunflower/Lavender: ¥580 Each (Before Tax)
Four new Miffy drinks are being served for the opening of Flower Miffy Juice Garden. Each is a soda beverage is filled with colourful jelly, elderflower syrup made from real flowers, and a soft, bouncy kind of jelly. Each drink itself looks like a colourful bouquet.
Miffy Cream Soda: ¥680 (Before Tax)
Flower Miffy Juice Garden will also introduce the “Miffy Cream Soda” on Saturday August 1 which is a colourful jelly soda topped with ice cream, a Miffy wafer, and flower-shaped chocolate.
Lemonade: ¥480 (Before Tax)
Apple Juice: ¥480 (Before Tax)
Other available drinks include sweet and sour lemonade made using lemons grown in the Seto Inland Sea, 100% apple juice, and other cute delights.
Flower Miffy Juice Garden Asakusa
Address: Aiso Bldg. 1F, 2-19-7 Kaminarimon, Taito-ku, TOkyo
Opening Hours: [Weekdays] 11:30-18:00 / [Weekends & Holidays] 10:30-18:00
Official Website: https://www.benelic-flower.com/
*Please note that the opening hours of Flower Miffy Asakusa and Juice Garden Asakusa are different
McDonald’s Japan will release their new “Mango Creamy Frappe” and “Muscat Creamy Frappe” at McCafé by Barista branches on July 22, 2020.
Mango Creamy Frappe: Regular ¥470 / Large ¥540
The Mango Creamy Frappe is made with Alphonso mangoes, which is considered by some at the king of mangoes. The beverage is a combination of McDonald’s regular “Mango Smoothie” topped with whipped cream for a sweet and tropical flavour explosion.
Muscat Creamy Frappe: Regular ¥470 / Large ¥540
The new whipped cream-topped Muscat Creamy Frappe uses fresh and fruity muscat grapes for a sweet and sour kick.
Mango Creamy Frappe / Muscat Creamy Frappe
Running: July 22, 2020 – Late August 2020
McDonald’s Japan Official Website: https://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/
Gourmet Flower Doughnuts Released at gmgm in Tokyo’s Koenji District
18.July.2020 | FOOD
gmgm released a new collection of “Cold Flower Doughnuts” on July 17 for the summer season which you need to scoop up to eat.
gmgm is a cosy cafe and doughnut shop in Koenji, Tokyo which serves beautiful doughnuts topped with edible flowers.
Scoopable “Cold Flower Doughnuts” – ¥450 (Before Tax)
Combined with refreshing summertime lemon jelly is a creamy panna cotta filled with lumps of fresh fruit.
On the surface of the jelly is colourful and elegant seasonal edible flowers.
The bottom layer is the super soft panna cotta which enjoys the richness of the fresh cream and the juiciness of the fruits.
Address: 3-60-10 Koenjiminami, Suginami-ku, Tokyo
Open: Fridays, Weekends, National Festival Days
Business Hours: 12:00〜19:00
*Flower doughnuts available online 7 days a week
Official Website: https://www.gmgm.info/shop
Harajuku’s New Chocolate Dessert Shop SÔ CÔ La Now Open For Business
16.July.2020 | FOOD
The first Tokyo branch of the chocolate dessert shop SÔ CÔ La opened in Harajuku on July 15, 2020. Together with Harajuku Milk & Mot Tram—a shop which opened in collaboration with bubble tea shop Mot Tram and fresh cream shop Milk—SÔ CÔ La serves to further cement Harajuku as the number one place to go for desserts.
SÔ CÔ La Soft Serve Ice Cream: ¥550
SÔ CÔ La Soft Serve Ice Cream Sundae: ¥550
SÔ CÔ La will serve a range of desserts using ruby chocolate—the officially-recognised fourth type of chocolate alongside milk, dark, and white—the cocoa beans of which have a natural pink colour. It has a sweet, sour, and fruity taste. Customers can look forward to trying a range of rich desserts made with this rare type of chocolate and blended with dark chocolate.
The crunchiness of the shop’s handmade “Aragosta Cones” goes perfectly with the rich chocolate blend ice cream.
SÔ CÔ La Harajuku
Address: THE SHARE 1F, 3-25-18 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00
New Summertime Drinks and Desserts Released at Atami Purin in Japan
16.July.2020 | FOOD
Japanese dessert shop Atami Purin introduced its Summer 2020 menu on July 7. Atami Purin is known for the visual aspect of desserts which it serves up at its four shops, all located in Atami, Shizuoka.
Midsummer Mango Pudding: ¥400 (Tax Included)
Enjoy that tropical vibe with the Midsummer Mango Pudding, a mix of rich mango Japanese-style pudding known as purin, and sweet and sour blood orange.
Atami Pudding Ice Cream: ¥450 (Tax Included)
Atami Colourful Soda: ¥500 (Tax Included)
Other treats on the menu include an ice cream that looks just like a Japanese purin dessert, colourful sodas made with lychee and salt, and plenty of other refreshing picks.
Atami Purin 1
Address: 3-14 Tawarahonchō, Atami, Shizuoka Prefecture
Atami Purin Cafe 2nd
Address: 10-22 Ginzachō, Atami, Shizuoka Prefecture
Nagisa no Atami Purin
Address: ATAMI BAY RESORT KORAKUEN, 10-1 Wadahamaminamichō, Atami, Shizuoka Prefecture
Drive-In Atami Purin Shokudo
Address: 10-1 Kamitaga, Atami, Shizuoka