Purin specialist shop “Nikko Purin Tei” releases new Nikko-standard souvenir – the gold leaf purin
16.September.2017 | FOOD
“Nikko Purin Tei,” a shop located in Nikko in Tochigi Prefecture specialising in Japanese ‘purin’ or ‘pudding,’ are now selling soft cream topped with gold leaf to commemorate 4 years since the gorgeous “Yomeimon” of Nikkō Tōshō-gū, a Shinto shrine in Nikko, underwent renovation and opened to the general public.
Renovation of “Yomeimon,” the main gate of Nikkō Tōshō-gū started 4 years ago as part of the Heisei Renovations. It reopened this year in March.
The ‘kinpaku’ or ‘gold leaf’ purin is designed around the spectacular Yomeimon. The traditional full-bodied purin is made using milk and eggs from Nikko and is on top of which sits a refreshing yet rich soft cream topped with gold leaf. The gold leaf turns it into a luxury soft cream purin. Priced at an affordable ￥500, only 10 will be sold each day.
As well as the purin, they are also selling sweets and smoothies using strawberries picked in Tochigi Prefecture and more. They are stocked with plenty of delectable perfect as a souvenir from Nikko. The shop itself was renovated from an old Japanese residence and now also has a café space. If you’re sightseeing around Nikko then it’s a great place to stop by and relax to let the fatigue of travel melt away.
If you’re heading to Nikko, then make sure to arrive at the shop early to get one of the 10-a-day gold leaf purin soft creams.
The Perfect Valentine’s Day Treats in Japan Can Be Found at Tokyo’s Hotel Metropolitan Edmont
Hotel Metropolitan Edmont, a hotel situated in Chiyoda, Tokyo, will celebrate Valentine’s Day with an angelic line-up of sweet treats that will be sold from February 1 to 14.
Truffle au Chocolat – Box of 4: ¥1,200 (Before Tax) / Box of 6: ¥1,800 (Before Tax) / Box of 10: ¥3,000 (Before Tax)
Indulge in a luscious assortment of four chocolates: the citrus-filled ‘Grand Marnier,’ the slightly bitter ‘Rum,’ the full-bodied and tangy ‘Raspberry,’ and the Uji-matcha packed ‘Matcha.’
Orangette (Contains 15) | ¥2,000 (Before Tax)
If you love chocolate combined with fruit, then the Orangette will be your poison, filled with fresh and bitter orange peel and coated in chocolate. It has a distinct refreshing fragrance to it which expands across the taste buds with every bite.
Raisin Chocolat | ¥1,200 (Before Tax)
Love rich, full-bodied flavour? These raisins are soaked in French Sauternes wine and covered in dark chocolate. Their fruity flavour makes them a perfect accompaniment to a glass of whisky or bourbon.
The Cakes & Pastries
Eme | ¥600
A perfect pick for Valentine’s Day: a heart-shaped mousse containing rich, velvety chocolate that’s jam-packed with fresh raspberry jelly.
Brioche Chocolat | ¥260
Enjoy taking a bite out of this brioche made from butter and egg that’s laced with custard cream and chocolate.
Edmont Valentine’s Collection 2021
Running: February 1, 2021 – February 14, 2021
Where Patisserie Edmont (Hotel Metropolitan Edmont East Wing Floor 1F)
Serving Times: Chocolates @ 8:00-19:00 / Cakes & Pastries @ 10:00-19:00
TEL: 03-3237-1111 (Patisserie Edmont)
Official Website: https://edmont.metropolitan.jp/restaurant/list/patisserie_edmont/patisserie/Valentine2021.html
Popular Japanese Tart Bakery Tartine Launches Valentine’s Day 2021 Products
Tartine, a tart shop in Japan which enjoys long lines of customers from its opening hours, revamped its website for an early Valentine’s Day celebration on Friday (January 22). For the next two weeks, it will serve up a special selection of items for the loving holiday.
VALENTINE’S DAY 2021
Nikoru Chocolate Biscuit Tin
The brand’s name Tartine, is a portmanteau of the Japanese kanakana words for ‘tart’ and ‘twin.’ The Valentine’s Day line-up is inspired by the Tartine twin sisters and their everyday lives. There’s also a special biscuit tin with a design of the brand’s handsome bear Nikoru.
Check out Tartine’s official website for the full line-up. A new batch will be added over the next few days.
Tartine Valentine’s Day 2021
Valentine’s Day Special Site: Running from January 22, 2021 for 2 weeks
Official Website: https://www.tartine.jp
Japan’s New Snack Collection Box snaq.me Baked With Assorted Cookies
Japanese confectionery company snaq.me released a new assorted box of cookies on Thursday (January 21).
Cooked up for the winter season, the box contains 11 of snaq.me’s most popular baked cookie treats in the 5 years they have been running. These subtly sweet delights are made in Japan by Japanese patissiers and will go well with a hot cup of coffee or tea on those cold winter days.
snaq.me Winter Happiness Cookie Tin | ¥2,980 (Tax Included)
Cookies include the Boule de Neige Rich Vanilla, which is made with a fragrant vanilla extract drawn from organic vanilla beans, and tasty butter. This exquisite treat was voted No. 1 favourite by snaq.me users. There’s also the Royal Milk Tea Cookie, which has been one of the most popular items on the company’s confectionery menu since it first established. This cookie is perfect for those who aren’t sweet-tooths, packed with earl grey tea leaves which lend a fresh taste. They are crunchy and thick so you’ll be able to savour them – not eat them all at once! Best of of all, they are made with rice-bran oil so they’re not fatty or too rich.
Another must-mention is the Cocoa Marble Cookie, a marbled morsel made with organic cocoa and plain flour. Each is handmade which results in unique marbling effects for each one. Unrefined sugar and cane sugar is used when baking this cookie which is a healthier option for the body, and the cocoa beans are 100% organic, meaning less fat.
snaq.me’s mission is to make snack time that much more enjoyable which I think we can agree they have done with this ensemble of baked goods.
snaq.me Fuyu no Shiawase Cookie Tin
Japanese Product Name: 冬のしあわせクッキー缶
Released: January 21, 2021
Contents: 11 Cookies (Croquem Chocolat/Maple Chouqette/Cocoa Marble Cookie/Boule de Neige Rich Vanilla/Donguri Cookie Cacao Nib/Donguri Cookiei Ginger/Garitto Biscuit Brown Sugar/Biscotti Almond Chocolate/Rasberry Jam Cookie/Unsalted Butter & Okinawan Sugar Sable/Royal Milk Tea Cookie)
Order Here (Japan): https://chat.snaq.me/store/cookie2021
snaq.me Official Website: https://snaq.me/
Disney Princess Cakes at Ginza Cozy Corner Tickles the Hearts and Taste Buds of Princesses
Ginza Cozy Corner will open orders for its new Disney Princess Cakes on January 29.
The Little Mermaid Cake (Serves 5-6) | ¥3,500 (Before Tax)
Decorate the cake yourself with the accompanying parts
Beauty and the Beast Collection (9 Cupcakes) | ¥2,500 (Before Tax)
Rapunzel Princess Cake | ¥450 (Before Tax)
Ariel Princess Cake | ¥450 (Before Tax)
Tangled Dress Cake (Serves 5-6) | ¥3,500 (Before Tax)
Pick from a variety of cakes inspired by popular Disney Princess like Rapunzel and Ariel. The cake based on The Little Mermaid is limited to just 3,000 cakes. There’s also a special selection of Beauty and the Beast cupcakes.
Ginza Cozy Corner Disney Design Cake
Orders: Open January 29, 2021
Available: Ginza Cozy Corner stores in Japan
Product Page: https://www.cozycorner.co.jp/campaign/DisneyHinamatsuri/42756.html
Official Website: https://www.cozycorner.co.jp/
Loving Valentine’s Day Chocolates Tempt at The Peninsula Boutique & Café in Tokyo
Peninsula Merchandising Limited is set to capture hearts this Valentine’s Day with the announcement of a desiring new collection of chocolates which will be served at two branches of The Peninsula Boutique & Café in Shin-Marunouchi Building and Isetan Shinjuku from February 1.
Sweetheart | ¥3,400 (Before Tax)
Macarons (6 Included) | ¥2,860 (Before Tax)
Truffle Truffle | ¥1,500 (Before Tax)
Strawberry Bear Ruby Chocolate Bar | ¥1,750 (Before Tax)
Eponge | ¥560 (Before Tax)
Croquembouche | ¥720 (Before Tax)
Rose Rouge | ¥1,500 (Before Tax)
Love Lock Key Ring | ¥5,000 (Before Tax)
The romantic line-up features an assortment of lovingly-crafted confections, from ruby chocolate to colourful macarons, a rose-topped chocolate, and more—all available for the season of love. The boutique cafes will also sell a special heart-shaped key ring for lovers to express to their special someone that they complete them.
The Peninsula Boutique & Café – Valentine’s Collection
Running: February 1, 2021 – March 14, 2021
Locations: The Peninsula Boutique & Café Shinmaru / The Peninsula Boutique & Café Isetan Shinjuku
Shinmaru Branch: https://www.peninsula.com/ja/tokyo/hotel-fine-dining/the-peninsula-boutique-cafe-shinmaru
Isetan Shinjuku Branch: https://www.peninsula.com/ja/tokyo/hotel-fine-dining/the-peninsula-boutique-cafe-isetan
Disney’s Mickey and Minnie Mouse Feature on Lotte’s Choco Pie Chocolate Treats
27.January.2021 | FOOD
Japanese confectionery company Lotte is joining white gloves with Mickey and Minnie Mouse to collaborate on their popular chocolatey Choco Pie treats. The tie-up will roll out in Japan from January 26.
Lotte Choco Pie Heartful W Strawberry
Lotte Choco Pie Heartful W Chocolate
Try and find the Mickey head on the packaging
Get your hands on one of 10 packaging designs
Line up these two to make it look like Mickey and Minnie kissing
Handmade Choco Pie Art
This marks Choco Pie’s first collaboration with Disney’s characters with Mickey and Minnie appearing in ten different designs. Each design has a hidden Mickey head to find (like in Kingdom Hearts III). Lotte is has also showcased some unique designs you can make for Valentine’s Day with the Choco Pies, so get creative!
Lotte Choco Pie Mickey & Minnie Design
Release Date: January 26, 2021
Official Website: https://www.lotte.co.jp/
K Confect released a batch of its new ‘SNOW SAND’ chocolate sandwich cookies for the winter season on Wednesday (January 20) made with ingredients from Hokkaido and within just 30-minutes the online stock sold out. The company has now been launching a new limited batch every day since January 21st. All orders come with an original polar bear postcard.
Front and back of polar bear postcard
The SNOW SAND sandwich cookie brings some warm and cosy love this cold winter season with its delicious combination of butter made in Hokkaido, wheat flour, and sugar. The cookie packaging comes in two designs based on two works of art by Japanese painter Otani Kazuyoshi.
Japan declared a state of emergency on January 5, 2021 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and so those unable to make it to the company’s pop-up shops at Daimaru Sapporo and Daimaru Tokyo, which will open on January 27, can order the cookies online too.
SNOW SAND Raw Chocolate Sandwich Cookie
Online Orders: From January 20, 2021
Buy Here: https://www.snowsand.jp/
Daimaru Pop-Up Shop Orders: January 27, 2021 to February 14, 2021
Daimaru Official Website: https://www.daimaru-matsuzakaya.jp/valentine/
Daimaru Pop-Up Shops
Daimaru Tokyo: Available on Floor 1F’s sweets section
Daimaru Sapporo: Available on Floor 1F’s Valentine’s section
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
*Those who spend over ¥3,160 (Tax Included) will receive an original mini tote bag – available while supplies last
“Emaeri” is the nickname for models Ema and Eri Tanioku, who are Aomoji fashion model twins. Ema and Eri Tanioku specialise in twin fashion coordination. Over the years their fanbase has increased due to their cute looks. Ema Tanioku spreads Harajuku culture within Japan as well as overseas and works as a Harajuku Tourism Ambassador. Starting off as a model, Ema has broadened her talent range from fashion magazines to TV, and from playing the lead role in dramas to movies.
Valentine’s Day Treats Cooked Up at The St. Regis Osaka
26.January.2021 | FOOD
The St. Regis Osaka, a hotel located in Chuo, Osaka, is seducing couples with the reveal of its luxurious Valentine’s Day dessert line-up which will be sold at the hotel’s Italian restaurant La Veduta from February 1 to 14.
2021 Valentine’s Collection Line-Up
Valrhona Chocolate Bark | Single Bag: ¥1,200 (Before Tax)
A bag of irresistible chocolates made using chocolate by the French premium chocolate brand Valrhona. It’s available in three flavours: Milk (Hazelnut/Miso), Dark (Almond/Soy Sauce), and White (Macadamia/Sake Lees).
Extra Dark Chocolate Gateau Chocolat | ¥2,800 (Before Tax)
A truly full-bodied chocolate experience made with 61% chocolate that can be indulged chilled or warmed up.
Valentine’s Edition Valrhona Guanaja & Jivara Lactee Chocolate Éclairs | ¥750 (Before Tax)
A chocolate cake strip loaded with thick ganache and topped with chocolate-covered hazelnuts to create a bite-sized éclair.
St Regis Signature Brioche | Set of 3: ¥1,000 (Before Tax)
A set of three of St Regis’s signature brioches: the extra dark Valrhona chocolate “Danish,” the Valrhona Guanaja & Jivara Lactee chocolate “Ganache,” and the Valrhona “Passion Fruit Inspiration.”
La Veduta’s Italian Valentine’s Day Menu
Dinner For Two | ¥32,000 (Before Tax)
The menu line-up at La Veduta features a dinner for two which includes an amuse-bouche, marinated Japanese amberjack, heart-shaped ravioli capresi, Tournedos Rossini beef fillet with tai sea bream, a strawberry tiramisu, and tea snacks.
This is a real indulgence for couples looking for a romantic dining experience or treat.
The St. Regis Osaka Valentine’s Day
Running: February 1, 2021 – February 14, 2021
Address: 3-6-12 Honmachi, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Opening Hours: [Mon] 8:00-14:00 / [Tue-Sun] 8:00-18:00
Running: February 10, 2021 – February 14, 2021
Opening Hours: 17:30-21:00 (Last Orders 19:30) *Closures at 20:00 until February 7
Enquiries: 06-6105-5659 (10:00-19:00)
The St. Regis Osaka Official Website: https://www.marriott.co.uk/hotels/travel/osaxr-the-st-regis-osaka
Delicious Parfait and Smoothie Made With Strawberries From Fukuoka Serving at Ginza Cozy Corner
25.January.2021 | FOOD
Ginza Cozy Corner released a new parfait and smoothie made with amaou strawberries from Fukuoka Prefecture at its 12 cafes and restaurants on Saturday (January 23).
The amaou strawberry is known for its plump form, rich sweetness, and refreshing flavour. Ginza Cozy Corner has taken this delicious fruit to whip up a parfait topped with strawberry gelato, vanilla ice cream, and fresh cream, as well as a smoothie made from a whole bunch of blended amaou strawberries and milky ice cream.
Left: Fukuoka Amaou Parfait – ¥1,380 (Tax Included) | Right: Fukuoka Amaou COZY Smoothie – ¥1,000 (Tax Included)
The parfait is loaded with four deluxe-size strawberries so you can enjoy their fresh, soft texture together with the ice cream, gelato, and fresh cream combo, while a straw-sip of the ice-mixed smoothie will tickle taste buds sweetly with the sherbet hidden at the bottom.
Ginza Cozy Corner Amaou Parfait & Smoothie
Serving: January 23, 2021 – Early March 2021
Ginza Cozy Corner Official Website: https://www.cozycorner.co.jp/
Hello Kitty Valentine’s Day Chocolates by Bicerin Are Sure to Surprise Your Lover
25.January.2021 | FOOD
Café Al Bicerin released a special collection of chocolates in Japan for Valentine’s Day on Wednesday (January 20) in collaboration with Hello Kitty.
Café Al Bicerin is a cafe in Torio, Italy, that first opened back in 1763. It has a long history and is a place that was enjoyed by the likes of Friedrich Nietzsche and Ernest Hemingway.
Bicerin × Hello Kitty Love Assortment | ¥2,160 (Tax Included)
Bicerin × Hello Kitty Love Assortment | ¥2,160 (Tax Included)
Valentine’s Baci di Dama (Includes 5) | ¥1,350 (Tax Included)
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Bicerin x Hello Kitty Valentine’s Collection
Released: January 20, 2021
Available: Bicerin Japan (Ginza SIX, Takashimaya Shinjuku, Midland Square, Hankyu Umeda, Roppongi Hills, Tokyo Midtown Hibiya)
Official Online Store: https://shop.bicerin.co.jp/
Official Website: http://www.bicerin.co.jp/
McDonald’s Japan is teaming up with Nestlé next week to bring back last years’ customer-favourite McFluffy® KitKat® for a limited time starting on January 27.
McFlurry KitKat | ¥290
The delicious dessert combines McDonald’s tasty soft service ice cream with crushed KitKat and finishes it with a drizzle of special sauce made with couverture chocolate. Mix everything together for pure chocolatey heaven goodness.
McFlurry Oreo | ¥290
McDonald’s Japan also serves the McFlurry Oreo, a regular item on the menu, and right now is the only time you can enjoy comparing the tastes and textures between both the Oreo and KitKat McFlurries.
Which one has you drooling more?
Running: January 27, 2021 – Late March 2021
Available: McDonald’s Japan (Select branches not participating)
Serving Times: 10:30 until closure
Official Website: http://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/
*KitKat is a registered trademark of Nestlé Group.
Luxury Japanese Gateau Chocolate Infused With Sake Made From Famous Yamada Nishiki Rice
24.January.2021 | FOOD
Japanese sweets and dessert brand KAKERI opened pre-orders for its new luxury chocolate “Nihonshu Gateau Chocolat” on Monday (January 18) which is made in collaboration with Inami Shuzo, a distillery based in Miki, Hyogo, a city known for a type of rice called Yamada Nishiki. Pre-order opened exclusively on Makuake.
Daigin Koshu – Bronze Award winner in the Sake category at IWC2020
The chocolate is infused with Daigin Koshu, a sake made by Inami Shuzo which won a Bronze award at the International Wine Challenge for Japanese Sake in 2020. The chocolate is also best paired with a cup of strong sake too. Online orders are shipped in freezer refrigeration and can be eaten frozen too, giving it an ice cake-like texture. If left to defrost in the fridge, the taste and fragrance of the infused sake increases, so sake-lovers can pick how they best want to enjoy their gateau treat.
What makes this chocolate so special is that it enjoys the combination of ingredients and a workforce all from the city of Miki where the distiller is located. The sake is made with a rice called Yamada Nishiki which is grown in Miki and is famous for being used to make sake. The consumption amount of this rice has decreased as a result of the pandemic and so the chocolate was developed to help spread word of the rice and ensure it doesn’t go to waste.
Nihonshu Gateau Chocolat
Pre-Orders: January 18, 2021
Makuake Online Store: https://www.makuake.com/project/nihonshu-gateau-chocolat