5 Recommended Confectionery & Drink Gifts to Buy From GINZA SIX in Ginza!

13.November.2017 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

Ever since GINZA SIX opened in spring this year it has become a hugely popular new location for the district of Ginza. Not only can you find all the fashion and lifestyle stores you could ever hope for in one place, but rows of food shops too selling foods and drinks that people are going crazy for. From the procession of shops you can find in Ginza we have carefully picked 5 worth checking out where you can get your hands on presents we guarantee people will be happy with. Bookmark this page too – you’ll be happy you did.

1. “Yamagata Masamune – Kimoto Junmai 1898” (Imadeya Ginza)

This is a limited edition Japanese sake from Imadeya to be enjoyed together with a meal.

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Imadeya Ginza is a sake brewer that stocks and ships close to 600 brands of local sake, authentic shochu, Japanese wine. If you’re looking to buy Japanese alcohol then this is the place to go. The Yamagata Masamune Kimoto Junmai 1898 is produced by Mitobe Shuzo in Yamagata Prefecture. It’s made with high quality sake rice  from Okayama Prefecture and omachi rice Akaiwa. As well as maintaining Yamagata Masamune’s original flavours – a “sharp” flavour delivered by the firm taste of the rice and hard mineral water – the drink also has multiple layers of flavour thanks to the processing methods.

 

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Yamagata Masamune Kimoto Junmai 1898

Store Name: Imadeya

Address: Imadeya, GINZA SIX B2, 6-10-1 Ginza, Chūō, Tokyo

Open: 10:30-20:30
Price: ¥1,600 (tax excl.) (720ml)
Website:  http://www.imadeya.co.jp/

 

2. “Hokkaido Fresh Cream Pudding” (Marlowe – GINZA SIX branch)

A high quality dessert boasted by a restaurant that was established in 1984.

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Marlowe is a café & restaurant located in front of “Tateishi” in Akiya, Yokosuka that is famous for its evening sun and as being selected as one of Kanagawa’s 50 places of scenic beauty. The city’s first expanding shop, Marlowe is a place where you can enjoy popular take-out sweets. The most popular sweet is a handmade baked pudding that comes in a beaker made with fresh cream from Hokkaido. It’s popular for its velvety, rich flavour thanks to its ingredients that include high quality milk and fresh cream from Hokkaido, as well as eggs and vanilla means.

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Hokkaido Fresh Cream Pudding

Store Name: Marlowe (GINZA SIX branch)
Address: Marlowe, GINZA SIX B2, 6-10-1 Ginza, Chūō, Tokyo
Open: 10:30-20:30
Price: ¥750 (tax excl.) (180gl)
Website:  http://www.marlowe.co.jp/

 

3. “Tokiba” (KUROGI CHACHA)

KUROGI CHACHA is a shop that preserves tradition while also challenging itself to create new flavours for Japanese wagashi (confectioneries)

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“Kurogi” is said to be one of the hardest restaurants to reserve a place for in Japan. To maintain the same spirit as the original restaurant, “KUROGI CHACHA” is a collaboration with the Kyoto tea shop “Fukujuen.” The delectable to look out for is the Tokiba, a mix of arrowroot and cream cheese from Japan. You can enjoy the delicious Uji matcha flavour together with the Japanese ‘purin-like’ texture. They also come in wooden boxes so they are perfect to give as a gift.

 

■Information
Tokiba

Store Name: KUROGI CHACHA
Address: KUROGI CHACHA, GINZA SIX B2, 6-10-1 Ginza, Chūō, Tokyo

Open: 10:30-20:30 (eat-in last orders at 20:00)
Price: ¥2,700 (tax excl.)

 

 

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    L-size compartment

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    Dinner: 5:30 pm ー 11 pm

     

    You might think that a hotel this clean and in close proximity to a station would be expensive, but you can stay at a cabin for just ¥3,900 and treat yourself to a compartment room for ¥10,600 which I think is reasonable.

     

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    Writer:Sayuri Mizuno(ASOBISYSTEM)

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    *The afternoon tea set shown above is for 2 people.

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    “Delicious!” says a satisfied Yukarun as she takes her first bite from the bottom row appetisers.

    The variety of sweets is diverse, from jelly to tarts, mousse and beyond. “The sweets come in cute mini sizes! And they’re all super delicious!” comments Yukarun.

    “The tea I chose is really tasty too! I don’t think I’ve ever had tea this good before!”

    Then it was time for the crowning jewel of the afternoon tea set: the strawberry mille-feuille. It is a recreation of the legendary mille-feuille sold at Maxim’s de Paris, a much-loved French restaurant in Ginza that closed in 2015. This sandwich-like dessert takes crunchy pie and stuffs fat strawberries and custard cream between them. It’s a popular dessert ordered by itself too. The version of it that comes with the afternoon tea is half-sized.

    “So good! This is true happiness♡” says Yukarun who is clearly enjoying herself. The mille-feuille can also be ordered for takeout.

    How was your first ever afternoon tea experience, Yukarun?

     

    “It felt elegant and sophisticated being in a place like this. There are lots of bite-sized appetisers and sweets so it’s fun to try them one by one. It’s fun thinking about where to eat from too, and I was really glad you get to choose your own tea. I definitely want to come here again in my own time! I want to dress up and come with my girlfriends.”

    The items that come with the afternoon teas at THE GRAND LOUNGE change with each season, and right now it’s all about strawberries. Head to THE GRAND LOUNGE yourself and treat yourself and others to a luxurious afternoon tea―at any time of the day.

     

    Model: Yukako Kurosaka(SILENT SIREN)

    Photographer: Haruka Yamamoto

    Writer: Sayoko Ishii

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

     

    ■PROFILE

    SILENT SIREN is a four-member all-female band consisting of vocalist & guitarist Sumire “Suu” Yoshida, drummer Hinako “Hinanchu” Umemura, bassist Aina “Ainyan” Yamauchi, keyboardist Yukako “Yukarun” Kurosaka. The band were founded in 2010 by Umemura and Yoshida who are former models. In 2015, they performed their first solo concert at Nippon Budokan, making them the fastest Japanese all-female band in history to perform there after their major debut. Their new album 31313 is now on sale. The band are currently on their “31313” tour in support of the album. An additional date was added to the tour which will take place on June 10 at Zepp DiverCity in Tokyo.

     

    Check their official website for the latest details: http://silent-siren.com/

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