What is the MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL? Get the 3 themes down now
16.October.2015 | MUSIC
It seems like we can finally say our farewells to the sun-drenched, scorching hot summer days of Japan, and say hello to cool, breezy Autumn. Which also means “MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2015 IN TOKYO” is just around the corner! The fes runs under a “matsuri” theme, but what exactly is a “matsuri”?
Matsuri exists under the “Hare” culture of Japan, a word that emerged in the late Meiji period to the early Showa period by Mr. Kunio Yanagida, which got the Japanese to celebrate events that don’t happen on the daily. In the farming areas, people have celebrated “Gokoku Hojo” (huge harvest) from years back, to pray to be gifted with plentiful crops during the harvest season.
MOSHI MOSHI NIPPPON FESTIVAL aka MOSHI FES keeps this “matsuri” spirit close to the heart of the event, combining elements of a traditional “matsuri” along with elements of the “festival” that we’ve come to know in the modern day and age.
With food stands that are sure to make your stomachs grumble, MOSHIFES is also ready to offer a dance-ready, star-studded lineup that will front the stage all throughout the 3-day-fest. Bringing you every dimension of “KAWAII” from Tokyo to the world, this festival is ready to serve you a whole platter of KAWAII madness.
Conquer the Fresh & the Best of Nippon’s Pop Culture! 〜3 missions〜
With our previous post, you probably got an idea of what the MOSHI FES is all about. Here we take a closer look into the 3 themes that mark each day of the fest!
Nov. 6（Fri）《MOSHI ANI》
〜From the 2D screen 2 U. Feel the Japan ANIME culture in your bones〜
Day 1 of the festival kicks it off with a whole load of anime songs (aka anisongs)! Along with Kabuki, the amazing food, and sumo, anime has also been a huge staple to Japan’s culture. MOSHI ANI (with ANI entailing “ANIME”) brings May’n to the stage, known widely for her role on “Macross Frontier.” as well as Runa Haruna, singer/model off of magazine “KERA.”
Nov. 7（Sat.）《MOSHI POP》
~Models and idols GALORE~
Day 2 welcomes leading representatives, both bands and models, of the J-pop culture to the stage. Japan pop culture has become somewhat of a social phenomenon in recent years – let’s just say it’s not easy to make it to the top in the “war amongst idols.” These are the ones who’ve survived the feat – and you’re about to witness it all on one stage.
From Dempagumi.inc to Silent Siren, as well as Mito Natsume who made her fantastic debut when she “cut her bangs too short (Maegami Kirisugita)” will be lighting up the stage. Don’t miss all the “Aomoji-kei” models that’ll also make it on stage this day.
Nov. 8（Sun.）《MOSHI COOL》
〜An edgy twist to the KAWAII we’ve come to know〜
Although KAWAII plays a huge role in the J-pop culture that’s been heating up as we speak, day 3 proves that it’s not all about being KAWAII – you gotta be edgy if you want to make the cut. Watch Yasutaka Nakata’s massively popular unit CAPSULE, the world’s KAWAII icon Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, and Lady Gaga’s perennial fashion director-produced color-code. This stage is sure to be one you can’t keep your eyes off so make sure you enter with a full stomach!
MOSHI FES has so far taken place in major cities across the world including New York, London, Los Angeles and more – with the 3 themes assigned for each Tokyo date, MOSHI FES delivers the best of J-pop culture to the world with this three-day-event.
Are you a local that’s infatuated with Japan’s hugely entertaining culture? Or are you from a different country being in constant awe of what you witness out in the city? Whichever category you fall into, this event’s sure to keep all eyes entertained, and all ears and bellies satisfied. Don’t miss out on Tokyo’s hottest event of the year.
◼︎ Event information
《MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2015 in TOKYO》
Dates: Nov. 6 (Fri) – 8 (Sun)
Nov. 6 (Fri) Doors open: 16:00 / Doors open (Main Stage): 17:00 / Starts: 18:00
Nov. 7 (Sat), 8 (Sun) Doors Open: 12:00 (Main Stage Opens: 12:00 / Show Starts: 14:00)
Venue: Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium (1-17-1 Sendagaya, Shibuya, Tokyo)
Ticket: Presale tickets ¥4,320 (6th) / ¥4,860 (7th, 8th)
Two-day ticket (7 & 8) ¥8,100 / Three-day ticket ¥10,800
※ Foreign passport holders may enter for free upon bringing passport and registration
▼ MAIN ACTS
Nov. 6 (Fri) 《MOSHI ANI》
drop、Hachioji P、Runa Haruna、Kamiyado、LinQ、May’n、TEMPURA KIDZ、Yanaginagi、Yoshida Rinne、Yun*chi
Nov. 7 (Sat) 《MOSHI POP》
Artists：Dempagumi.inc, Golden Bomber, Iwasa Misaki, Lisa Melody, Lovely★DOLL, Natsume Mito, Nijino Conquistador, 9nine, PIIIIIIIN, Silent Siren, Shiina Pikarin, Rina Tanaka
Models：Fumiko Aoyanagi, Misa Kimura, MANON, Okuhira Tetsuko, Ryucheru, Seto Ayumi, Tanaka Rina, Yura, YuRi
Nov. 8 (Sun) 《MOSHI COOL》
AMIAYA, CAPSULE, color-code, CTS, DAISHI DANCE, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, m-flo, RAM RIDER, Suiyoubi no Kampanera, TeddyLoid, Una, WORLD ORDER
※ Photos are from MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2014
Fermented Food Cafe ‘Tsuke x Koji Haccomachi’ to Open in Kyoto’s Sanjo Area
19.February.2020 | FOOD
Tsuke x Koji Haccomachi is a new cafe opening in the Sanjo area of Kyoto on February 22, 2020, that is centred entirely on fermented foods.
The name “Haccomachi” derives from the Japanese word Hakko (Hacco), meaning fermented, and Komachi (Comachi), meaning a beautiful woman. The cafe hopes for people to incorporate fermented foods into their livesーsomething which is rooted in Japanese food cultureーand live comfortably.
The cafe’s logo showcases the making of kōjiーa type of mould used in the fermentation process of certain food products in Japan, like soybeans. The logo hope to pass down this long upheld tradition.
Hakko fermentation is a major part of Japan’s food culture. Since ancient times, the sweetness and umami brought about by the enzymes in the fermentation process have served to accompany many foods in the country, such as miso, soy sauce, mirin, rice vinegar, and so onーall traditional condiments used in the Japanese kitchen that are still fundamental today.
The menu at Tsuke x Koji Haccomachi features a line-up of fermented foods made in Kyoto, including those from Kyoto-based soybean makers Fujiwara Shokuhin, Sawai Shoyu Honten which has produced the same high quality soy sauce for decades, sake brewery Kitagawa Honke which has been around since the Edo Period, and more.
A Small Look at the Menu
Haccomachi Special – Fermented Lunch Plate: ¥1,690
This lunch plate is an assortment of hors d’oeuvre made with fermented condiments, tandoori chicken that has been pickled to elevate the umami, marlin fish, soup, and more.
Spare Ribs On The Bone in Miso Yuan Yaki: ¥1,490
This hearty portion of spare ribs are marinated in a miso, mirin, and soy sauce mix. Taste the full umami flavour of the juicy meat.
Namerō Miso Salmon in Yoghurt Sauce: ¥770
The salmon is served namerō style, a type of tataki or pounding method, in miso. The yoghurt has both a refreshing and rich flavour.
Homemade Komekoji Rice Malt Sweet Sake Yoghurt: ¥470
The splitting of the sour yoghurt serves to elevate the sweetness of the sake. This is a drink that even those who don’t like sweet sake are sure to enjoy.
Miso Pound Cake w/ Vanilla Ice Cream: ¥550
The miso pound cake is a collaboration with Japanese confectionery company Sarasa, which has 6 branches of cafes and shops in Kyoto. It’s made using komekoji rice malt powder provided by an old-fashioned Japanese shop (菱六もやし). The umami of the miso is intensified, and the cake stays moist thanks to the powder. It’s served with a dollop of refreshing vanilla ice cream.
Blackcurrant & Vanilla Sweet Sake Affogato: ¥550
A unique spin on the affogato dessert which has you pouring hot sweet sake over tangy and refreshing blackcurrant sherbet and rich vanilla ice cream. Enjoy the mix of the hot sake and the cool ice cream.
Discover the Japanese tradition of fermentation at Tsuke x Koji Haccomachi, opening February 22, 2020.
Tsuke x Koji Haccomachi
Grand Opening: February 22, 2020
Address: 78-1 Masuyacho, Shitagaru Yanaginobamba Sanjo-dori, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto,
Opening Hours: [Weekdays] 11:00-15:00 & 17:00-22:00 / [Weekends & Holidays] 11:00-22:00
Official Website: https://haccomachi.jp/
Tokyo Revengers Manga Gets Live-Action Film Adaptation in Fall 2020
A live-action film adaptation has been green-lit for Wakui Ken’s popular supernatural manga series Tokyo Revengers, and it will release in Japan this fall.
Tokyo Revengers has sold over 30 million copies. When it was first serialised in Weekly Shonen Jump, it was lauded for its super-cool characters, Takemichi as a protagonist who grows as he time leaps, the strong bonds between characters, and the many moving lines that are said throughout the story.
The story follows Takemichi Hanagaki, who lives in a run-down apartment and is treated like a fool by his boss who is younger than him. While watching the news, Takemichi learns that his girlfriend from way back from middle school, Hinata Tachibana, has been killed by a villainous group known as the Tokyo Manji Gang. One day, he finds himself transported back 10 years to his middle school days where he must save Hinata, turns his life around, and chase down the Kanto region’s most evil gang.
Wakui Ken, the writer and illustrator of the Tokyo Revengers manga, said of the live-action adaptation: “The moment I heard the names of the people cast for the film, I could picture them all on screen in my head!”
The film is being produced by Shota Okada, who also commented: “I remember I would always read magazines and think to myself, ‘I want to make a really cool film that’d get anyone pumped!’ The moment serialisation of Tokyo Revengers began, I was ecstatic, and thought, ‘This is it! This is the one!’ I ask all of the people waiting to see who’s cast as which character to wait just a little bit longer. We’ve got an incredible cast and staff line-up, and we’re knee-deep in production. For now, you’ll have to use your imaginations while you wait for the next announcement!”
A manga page made in promotion of the live-action film was released, which we have translated below.
Manga Panel Translation:
This just in, breaking news about the hugely popular manga series ‘Tokyo Revengers,’ serialised in Weekly Shonen Jump
“You’re kidding, right? Are you serious?”
A live-action film adaptation will be released in fall 2020
“A live-action film? Wait, so what means…”
“He’s going to play the part of Takemichi Hanagaki”
Official Twitter and Instagram pages for the adaptation are now live. Just who’s going to be playing the role of Takemichi? Stay tuned for more information
©2020 “Tokyo Revengers” Production Committee
“Tokyo Revengers” Live-Action Movie
Release Date: Fall 2020 (Japan)
Official Website: tokyo-revengers.jp
This Week’s Dessert: Indulging in a Seasonal Parfait at Kinoshita Chaen in Ise
One thing I do at least once a week without fail is treat myself out to some delicious food or dessert. I find it very important time well spent in order to live a happy, fulfilling life.
This week, a business trip took me out of Tokyo to the city of Ise in Mie Prefecture. When the trip was over, I had some spare time to kill before my train arrived, so I went inside a cafe called Kinoshita Chaen which is close to Ise Grand Shrine.
You can arrive at Kinoshita Chaen in just three minutes on foot is walking from Ise Grand Shrine, or five mintues from Ise Station. The exterior design of the building takes on a Western style, which I found to be both cute and retro. You can feel the warm and welcoming atmosphere of the cafe as soon as you step inside. The decor is decked out with all things wooden.
The cafe has been around since the Meiji Period. It serves drinks and desserts all made using tea, and offers both eat-in and takeout services.
I ordered their seasonal-exclusive parfait. 90% of the people in there were ordering it, so I thought it must be popular!
Strawberry & Parfait Puree Parfait w/ Japanese Black Tea – ¥1,300 (Tax Included)
This super cute parfait is completely stuffed to the top with strawberries♡
You can snap cute photos of it no matter the angle♡
When I spooned the caramel puree, soft custard reveal itself. You get a delicious pairing of the bitter flavour and crunchy texture of the caramel with the subtly sweet custard.
The next ingredient to show itself was the mascarpone cream, which combines with the rest of the flavours perfectly. Once your mouth is satisfied with the sweetness of the flavour combinations, you’re next met with Ise matcha gelato.
The matcha gelato is a great palate cleanser for the sweet ingredients when eaten on its own. When eaten together with the sweet puree, you get a completely different kind of delicious flavour. I recommend trying it together with the puree, mascarpone cream, and the crunchy pie which is the next layer.
Moving on from the sweetness and bitterness, the next layer is fresh strawberry sherbet, which is a combination of sweet and sour. To finish, you’re brought back to the subtle sweetness once more with white chocolate mousse, strawberries, and mixed berry jelly.
The final bites of a parfait can generally be hard to get down because you grow tired of the flavour, but the ones sold at Kinoshita Chaen are on another level. The various flavours and textures mean you won’t grow tired as you spoon through the many layersーyou’ll find yourself savouring every last bite.
The Japanese black tea that came with it was luxurious. The cafe actually caters the type of tea they serve to each seasonal parfait. Enjoy a cup together with your parfait.
Matcha Soy Flour Dumpling Cream – ¥830
I didn’t get to order them this time, but I’m really taken by the matcha soy flour shiratama dumplings… The dumplings are made in-house and are topped with brown sugar syrup from Okinawa and Ise matcha. The bitterness of the matcha together with the rich sugar syrup is sure to be delicious with some chewy dumplings. I’ll definitely be trying them when I next visit.
I cannot recommend a trip to Kinoshita Chaen enough. Offering an exemplary menu of Ise flavours, their drinks and sweets maintain the culture and tradition of Japanese tea while keeping up to date with current trends in the world of sweets.
Houjicha Teabags – ¥400 (1 Pack)
On the days you get to eat delicious sweets, you’ve got to share the happiness with friends and family. I bought some houjicha tea bags made with tea leaves grown in Mie Prefecture. They have various other teas too, and the packaging is really cute, so they’re perfect as gifts for friends and family.
Kinoshita Chaen (Ise Branch)
Address: 1-1-31 Iwabuchi, Ise, Mie Prefecture
Opening Hours: 10:30-17:30 (Last Orders 17:00)
Closed: Wednesdays (Except Obon, New Year’s, and public holidays)
Official Website: https://www.kinoshitachaen.com/
‘Fate’ Anime Series Fairs to be Held at Animate Stores in Japan
18.February.2020 | ANIME&GAME
Two fairs for the popular Fate anime series are set to be held at Animate branches across Japan: the “Fate/Grand Order – Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia Climax Fair” and the “Fate/stay night Movie: Heaven’s Feel – III. Spring Song Release Fair.”
Fate/Grand Order – Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia
Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel
The Fate series began in 2004 with the release of the PC game Fate/stay night. This was the start of things to come to what would be turned into a franchise, eventually spawning anime series, animated movies, books, games, and more. The series continues to grow in popularity and is lauded the world over.
Special Clear Cards (5 Designs)
The “Fate/Grand Order – Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia Climax Fair” will be held in conjunction with the TV anime series Fate/Grand Order – Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia, which is set to begin airing on March 7, 2020. Fans who purchase or pre-order related merchandise will be gifted one of the above-pictured cards, including one of Ereshkigal and Kingu. Merchandise with these illustrations will be sold at Animate stores from March 7 onward, including folders, acrylic stands, and more.
Illustrations used on merchandise at the fair
The other fair will be held in promotion of the upcoming film Fate/stay night Movie: Heaven’s Feel – III. Spring Song, the third and final movie in the Heaven’s Feel trilogy. Fans will also get special cards at this fair when purchasing or pre-ordering merchandise. Like with the other fair, all-new character merchandise will be available to pick up using the above illustrations, like folders, acrylic stands, and more, from April 4.
©TYPE-MOON / FGO7 ANIME PROJECT
TV Anime Fate/Grand Order – Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia Climax Fair
Running: March 7, 2020 – April 3, 2020
Location: Animate stores in Japan
Details (Japanese): https://www.animate-onlineshop.jp/contents/fair_event/detail.php?id=103537
Fate/stay night Movie: Heaven’s Feel – III. Spring Song Release Fair
Running: April 4, 2020 – May 6, 2020
Location: Animate stores in Japan
Details (Japanese): https://www.animate-onlineshop.jp/contents/fair_event/detail.php?id=103539
Spring’s Arrived Early in Chiba as the Strawberry Picking Season Begins
Chiba Prefecture is one of the leading places in Japan for growing strawberries. Thanks to its warm climate, the prefecture enjoys hearty a strawberry harvest, which it celebrates with strawberry-picking events and markets across the prefecture. The true fun in strawberry picking in Chiba is that you get to taste a variety of different types, all ripe, there and then, so you can compare flavours.
To further promote the wonderful world of its succulent strawberries, Chiba Prefecture has set up a special website, and is also hosting a photo campaign entitled “Chiba Strawberry Fair 2020.” This is also the season to try an original type of strawberry grown in Chiba Prefecture called the “Chi-Ba Berry.”
Check out Strawberry Fields Chiba’s special website
The Strawberry Fields Chiba website has a wealth of information on strawberry varietiesーincluding the “Chi-Ba Berry”ーas well as places to pick strawberries in the prefecture, places selling strawberries, and more. If you’re interested in finding out more about strawberries in Chiba, then check out their website below.
Strawberry Fields Chiba Official Website: https://chiba-ichigo.jp
Chiba Strawberry Fair 2020
People who post a photo on Instagram of their time in Chiba enjoying the strawberries with the hashtag #ちばいちごフェア2020 (“Chiba Strawberry Fair 2020”) have the chance to win the above-pictured Chi-Ba Berry-kun plush toy. The campaign is running until February 29, 2020.
Strawberry picking season in Chiba runs until May, so if you’re planning a trip there this year, make sure you don’t leave without trying the prefecture’s famous strawberries.
Chiba Prefecture Official Website: https://www.pref.chiba.lg.jp/
McDonald’s Japan Reveals White Chocolate Strawberry Latte and Frappe
18.February.2020 | FOOD
McCafé by Barista branches of McDonald’s in Japan are set to release three new drinks on February 26, 2020, for a limited time: the “White Chocolate Strawberry Frappe,” “White Chocolate Strawberry Latte,” and “Iced White Chocolate Strawberry Latte.”
White Chocolate Strawberry Frappe – ¥490
The White Chocolate Strawberry Frappe is built up of a sauce made using fresh slices on strawberry and whipped cream, on top of which rests a refreshing milk base also mixed with strawberry sauce. Topping it all off is a squirt of fluffy whipped cream, a drizzle of strawberry sauce, and a sprinkling of white chocolate nibs. The aftertaste of this tasty dessert beverage leaves you feeling refreshed while satisfying your taste buds with its sweet flavour.
Iced White Chocolate Strawberry Latte – ¥390
White Chocolate Strawberry Latte – ¥390
The strawberry sauce and strawberry syrup used in the hot and iced versions of the White Chocolate Strawberry Latte are mixed together with fluffy foamed milk and cold milk to create a succulent strawberry milk. This is finished with whipped cream, more strawberry sauce, and plenty of white chocolate bits. Containing no coffee, these drinks enjoy the subtle sweetness of the white chocolate and the tangy-ness of the strawberry milk.
Refresh yourself this spring in Japan with a cup of McDonald’s new White Chocolate Strawberry drinks.
Tokyo Cherry Blossoms 2020: Hotel Gajoen Tokyo Reveals Cherry Blossom Food Menu
Hotel Gajoen Tokyoーwhich is both a museum and hotelーhas announced its plans to serve up cherry blossom themed food at its numerous restaurants this spring beginning in March.
Hotel Gajoen Tokyo is situated along Meguro River, which is one of the most famous cherry blossom spots in Tokyo during springtime and Hanami season. To chime in this year’s sakura season, the hotel’s restaurants are preparing a selection of gourmet cherry blossom food and desserts.
Sakura Dining – From ¥7,000 (Before Tax/Service Charge) @ RISTORANTE “CANOVIANO” / Serving: March 20, 2020 – April 5, 2020
Dine in style at RISTORANTE “CANOVIANO” where they’re serving up their ‘Sakura Dining’ course. Based on the idea of a cherry blossom bento meal, the heapfuls of veggies conjure up the image of the budding flowers of springtime.
Sakura Lunch – ¥5,000 (Before Tax/Service Charge) @ RISTORANTE “CANOVIANO” / Serving: March 16, 2020 – April 10, 2020
An assortment of hors d’oeuvres such as the “Cherry Blossom Carpaccio,” “Sakura Ebi Pasta,” and other spring-inspired delights.
Sakura Afternoon Tea – ¥4,000 (Before Tax/Service Charge) @ New American Grill “KANADE TERRACE” / Serving: March 14, 2020 – April 12, 2020
Treat yourself to a luxurious afternoon tea with cherry blossom bon bon chocolates, panna cotta, and moreーand wash it all down with a cup of floral cherry blossom tea. Available this spring only.
SAKURA LADY – ¥1,200/ Shizuku Sakura drops – ¥1,000
KANADE TERRACE also has two cherry blossom cocktails: the “SAKURA LADY” (¥1,200) and “Sakura Drops” (¥1,000). These drinks are inspired by blooming cherry blossoms and dancing cherry blossom petals. The “SAKURA LADY” is a gin-based White Lady cocktail.
Sakura – ¥600 (Tax Included) @ PATISSERIE Lien 1928 / Serving: From March 1, 2020
This luxurious dessert is surrounded by white chocolate and is made up of strawberry biscuit topped with strawberry jam and cherry blossom cream, creating a tempting and extravagant fragrance of strawberries and cherry blossom flowers. It also contains a bit of jelly with Japanese sake in it which adds a full-bodied flavour to the overall dessert.
Experience Japanese spring in luxury this year at Hotel Gajoen Tokyo.
Hotel Gajoen Tokyo
Address: 1-8-1 Shitameguro, Meguro Ward, Tokyo
Official Website: https://www.hotelgajoen-tokyo.com/en/
Kame to Yamapi Announce New Album and Tokyo & Osaka Dome Concerts
17.February.2020 | MUSIC
Kame to Yamapi have announced a two-venue mini tour which will see them perform in front of 200,000 fans at Kyocera Dome Osaka on May 9 and 10 and Tokyo Dome on June 13 and 14. In the run up to the shows, the duo will also release a new album. The title have details have yet to be announced for the record.
Kame to Yamapi is a pop duo that was formed by KAT-TUN member Kazuya Kamenashi and NEWS member Tomohisa Yamashita in 2017 for the 2017 drama series they star in Boku, Unmei no Hito desu.
At the end of 2019, during the Japanese Countdown 2019-2020 event held at Tokyo Dome to chime in the New Year, Kame to Yamapi made a surprise appearance to perform their song Seishun Amigo.
2020/5/9 @ Kyocera Dome Osaka
2020/5/10 @ Kyocera Dome Osaka
2020/6/13 @ Tokyo Dome
2020/6/14 @ Tokyo Dome
(2 Venues/4 Concerts/200,000 People Estimated)
Release Date: Spring 2020
Label: Sony Music Label
Track-list: Songs released to date including singles Seishun Amigo (Released November 2, 2005) and Senaka Goshi no Chansu (Released May 17, 2017)
Official Website: https://www.sonymusic.co.jp/artist/kametoyamap
Plum Blossom Festival 2020: See the Plum Blossoms Of Odawara Flower Garden
The plum blossoms of Odawara Flower Garden, which is located in Odawara, Kanagawa, are at the height of their blossom right now. The park’s Keiryu no Baien (“Mountain Stream Plum Garden”) area boasts the largest collection of plum blossoms in Japan’s Kanto region, with 480 trees spanning 200 species.
This year’s Plum Blossom Festival at the park is now running until March 8, 2020, and is the perfect time to witness these beautiful flowers.
Home to 480 trees spanning 200 types of plum blossom treeーfrom early bloomers to late bloomersー, the Keiryu no Baien is a true spectacle to behold and a must-visit for any plant-lovers out there visiting the Kansai region of Japan. Every year, the Plum Blossom Festival takes on a unique theme, with 2020’s titled “Rare Plum Blossoms ~Uncommon Plum Blossoms in the Auspicious Months of Early Spring~”.
As the theme suggests, the Keiryu no Baien is home to many rare types of plum blossoms you won’t see anywhere else, such as the ougonbai (黄金梅), which has distinct thin, pale yellow petals. This year’s festival shines the spotlight on many more of these uncommon speciesーan unmissable chance for horticulturalists.
Plum Blossom Festival Soba Noodles – ¥600 (Tax Included) / With Drink ¥700 (Tax Included)
The Odawara Flower Garden cafe, Cafe Hibiscus, is serving a selection of plum blossom themed meals and drinks for the festival. This includes the above-pictured new soba noodle dish, which is topped with plum pulp grown in Odawara as well as kamaboko fish cake, shrimp fritters, and spring onion. The broth in particular is worth of note which the staff went to great lengths to create. There’s also plum blossom ice cream too made with nanko plums, as well as other delicious bites.
Entry to Odawara Flower Park as well as use of the car park are completely free. The festival runs until early March, but to fully enjoy the early and mid bloomers in their height, now is the best time to go. Don’t miss out.
Odawara Flower Garden
Address: 3798-5 Kuno, Odawara-shi, Kanagawa Prefecture
Garden Opening Hours: 9:00-17:00 (Last entries to the Tropical Dome – 16:30)
Entry: Free (Fee charged to enter the Tropical Dome – Adults ¥200/Children ¥100)
Closed: Mondays (Or the following day if the Monday falls on a National Holiday) / National Holidays / New Year Holidays (December 29-January 3)
①Board the Izuhakone Bus towards “Flower Garden” (フラワーガーデン・県立諏訪の原公園) from Platform 2 of Odawara Station’s East Exit and get off at “Flower Garden”.
②20 minutes on foot from Iidaoka Station via the Daiyūzan Line
Plum Blossom Festival
Running: January 25, 2020 – March 8, 2020
Official Website: https://www.seibu-la.co.jp/odawarafg/
Hanami in Japan 2020: Bite-Size Sushi Hanami Bento Lunch Box Releasing in Ginza
SHARI and SHARI THE TOKYO SUSHI BAR in Ginza, as well as CRAFT in Ariake, are releasing the perfect accompaniment to your hanami flower-viewing experience in Japan this spring: the “Hanami Roll Sushi Bento” lunch box, which consists of 36 bite-size sushi pieces made up of 12 different kinds of sushi. It will be available February 18 to April 30.
Hanami Roll Sushi Bento (36 Pieces/Serves 3-4): ¥4,500 (Tax Included)
As soon as your take the lid off this colourful assortment of rolled sushi, you’ll find yourself reaching for your camera to snap a photo for Instagram. Each piece is 3cm in diameter and so is deliciously bite-sized. The line-up includes four new kinds of sushi rolls conceived for this release which use seasonal spring ingredients, like sakuradai cherry blossom sea bream, sakura ebi, rape blossoms, fuki giant butterbur, green beans, and moreーas well as eight other types of sushi that are popular classics at each of the three restaurants.
From the four new rolls, we have the sakura ebi shrimp roll, which is served with a gorgeous cherry blossom colour. It’s made with shibazuke pickles and vinegared rice, which gives it its colour, and contains, rape blossoms, okra, Chinese yam, and egg. The rape blossoms add a springtime bitterness to the sweetness of the sakura ebi, creating a wonderful combination of flavours.
Beef Butterbur Miso Roll
Then there’s the sakuradai roll is wrapped with vinegared tobiko flying fish roe, okra, and cucumber, which is topped with sashimi-style sakuradai cherry blossom seam bream and salty cherry blossom leaves. The spring vegetable and tempura roll has shrimp and green bean tempura mixed with yuzu kosho paste; and finally, the beef butterbur miso roll, which contains beef rib seasoned in a sukiyaki style, finished with sesame seeds, and seasoned with butterbur miso.
The eight popular classics include the wagyu roll sushi seasoned with luxurious truffle oil, Italian roll, duck roll, salmon roll, spider roll (soft shell crab), and more. All of these varied picks go great with wine or champagne.
Hanami Roll Sushi Bento (9 Pieces): ¥1,200 (Tax Included)
The “Hanami Roll Sushi Bento” comes in various sizes. As well as the 36 pieces of 12 sushi types, there’s also 18 pieces of 9 types (serves 1-2), and the 9 pieces of 9 types (serves 1).
Reservations are available until 15:00 the previous day. Order yours for your Hanami cherry blossom flower-viewing this year in Japan.
Hanami Roll Sushi Bento
SHARI (TEL: 050-5357-5354) (Address: Mitsui Garden Hotel Ginza Gochome Floor 2F, 5-13-15 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo)
SHARI THE TOKYO SUSHI BAR (TEL: 050-5212-7574) (Address: ALBORE GINZA Floor 8F, 2-4-18 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo)
CRAFT (TEL: 050-5357-5353) (Address: CRAFT Floor 2F, 3-7-2 Ariake, Koto Ward, Kyoto)
36 Pieces/12 Types (Serves 3-4 People): ¥4,500
18 Pieces/9 Types (Serves 1-2 People): ¥2,400
9 Pieces/9 Types (Serves 1 Person): ¥1,200
Reservations can be made via telephone or in-store until 15:00 the previous day.
*Reservation Window: Telephone 10:00-20:00 / In-Store 12:00-22:30
*Depending on the ingredient stock, reservations may be made on the same day
*The Hanami Roll Sushi Bento is for takeaway only and cannot be eaten in the restaurant
Yellow Coloured Minnie Mouse Cafes to Open in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya & Fukuoka
A new line of Minnie Mouse cafes are set to open in Tokyo and Osaka from February 28, 2020 and Nagoya and Fukuoka from February 29, 2020 for a limited time. Named “OH MY! MINNIE MOUSE,” the cafes are an official collaboration between Disney and the Japanese cafe chain OH MY CAFÉ.
The cafe takes on the theme of Minnie Mouse being a living, breathing icon of today with a positive lifestyle. This is represented through the yellow colouring of the cafe, which features her iconic polka dots as well as ribbon taking on a yellow colour. Tuck into a cute menu line-up and get your hands on some cafe-exclusive Minnie Mouse merchandise.
Cheerful Burger – ¥1,990
This healthy burger is packed full of vegetables with a black bun made in the image of Minnie’s silhouette. Feel as energised as Minnie with one bite of this tasty burger.
Beef Hash Ribbon Rice – ¥1,390
Inspired by Minnie Mouse’s iconic ribbon, this hearty dish is a beef stroganoff plated with rice and veg. The ribbon is so cute it almost seems a waste to eat!
Fruit Sandwich – Single ¥990/ With Plate ¥2,790
An absolute must-order if you’re wanting a dessert. This sandwich is piled with fresh fruits creamy yoghurt, sprinkled with poppy seeds, and doused in lemon juice.
Fizzy Lemon Squash – Single ¥690 / With Coaster ¥1,390
Charge yourself up with this fizzy lemonade and its refreshing aftertaste.
Relaxing Chamomile Tea – Single ¥490 / With Mug ¥2,090
Kick back and relax after your meal with a cup of chamomile tea♡
Heart Badge (8 Designs/Chosen Randomly) – ¥500
Folder – ¥350
Lunch Mat (6 Designs/Chosen Randomly) – ¥650 (*Table reservation required)
Those who book a table in advance will be given one of six possible lunch mats chosen randomly.
If you’re in Japan for the spring, then why not stop by the OH MY! MINNIE MOUSE cafe for a Disney treat?
OH MY！MINNIE MOUSE
Tokyo: OH MY CAFE TOKYO (Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku Floor 3F, 4-30-3 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo)
Running: February 28, 2020 – April 12, 2020
Osaka: kawara CAFE&DINER Shinsaibashi (Shinsaibashi OPA Floor 9F, 1-4-3 Nishi-Shinsaibashi, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture)
Running: February 28, 2020 – April 19, 2020
Nagoya: kawara CAFE&KITCHEN Nagoya PARCO (Nagoya PARCO South Building Floor 5F, 3-29-1 Sakae, Naka Ward, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture)
Running: February 29, 2020 – April 26, 2020
Fukuoka: Kawara CAFE & KITCHEN KITTE Hakata (KITTE Hakata Floor 9F, 9-1 Hakataekichuogai, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka)
Running: February 29, 2020 – March 28, 2020
“OH MY! MINNIE MOUSE” OH MY CAFE Booking Website: https://mm.ohmycafe.jp/
J-Pop Group Perfume to Open Fashion Pop-Up Shop ‘Perfume Closet’ at Laforet Harajuku
Worldwide famous Japanese pop group Perfume are taking their fashion project “Perfume Closet” to Laforet Harajuku where it will run in a pop-up shop from February 20-26 this year.
Perfume Closet is a fashion project helmed by Perfume which aims to connect with fans through Perfume’s music by making outfits. This is the fourth time Perfume Closet has opened, and will feature a line-up entitled “Perfume Closet 2020SS” which is part of what Perfume are calling “Phase 2,” which started in January this year and centres on clothing. It follows on from “Phase 1” which featured a line-up of miscellaneous items.
SATIN COMBI TRENCH COAT – ¥49,500 (Tax Included) / FLOWER PLEATS DRESS – ¥44,000 (Tax Included)
SHEER COMBI KNIT ¥17,600 (Tax Included) / 2 WAY PLEATS SKIRT ¥35,200 (Tax Included)
RELAX WEAR (LADIES) – ¥16,500 (Tax Included) / PLEATS SLEEVE TEE (WHITE) – ¥9,900 (Tax Included) / SHEER COMBI RELAX PANTS – ¥22,000 (Tax Included)
The pop-up shop will stock a plethora of items made by the Perfume members, who worked on the designs, chose the materials, and crafted the silhouettes. It includes everything from coats to one pieces, blouses, bottoms, as well as unisex items men can wear too like pants, shirts, and more.
Fans of Perfume and fans of Japanese fashion aren’t going to want to miss out on the new Perfume Closet, open for one week only starting next Thursday!
Running: February 20, 2020 – February 26, 2020
Location: Laforet Harajuku (Floor 2F CONTAINER)
Laforet Harajuku Official Website: https://www.laforet.ne.jp/