Experience Local Cuisine From Around Japan at “Oishii Nippon Restaurant Fair” in Ikebukuro
21.January.2018 | Uncategorized
The Oishii Nippon Restaurant Fair will be held in Ikebukuro’s Sunshine City from February 2nd to March 11th where you can get your teeth into a selection of original menus using local ingredients from different areas around Japan.
39 restaurants will participate in the fair including those in Sunshine City Alpa, the Sky Restaurant zone, and Sunshine Aquarium. You will be spoilt for choice with the wide selection of menus containing meals that use local ingredients from across Japan, including “yamagata-gyu” (beef) from the Tohoko area, “Kamakura yasai” (vegetables) from the Kanto area, “uzu-kacho” from the South-west region of Honshu and Shikoku area, “Japanese Black” from Okinawa, and more.
Kyoto Yoghurt Espuma (￥850) – Kinki Region
Restaurant: Ajio (Alpa 3F)
Pork Escalope (￥1,058) – Hokkaido
Restaurant: Hokkaido Tokachi Yuutaku (Alpa B1)
*limited to 15 servings per day between 11am-3pm
Vegetable & Tofu Hot Pot (￥1,490) – Kansai Region
Restaurant: Chuka Shunsai Ryori Hinabe Shu [Alpa 3F]
*Please order together with the hot pot. The hot pot costs a separate fee.
Yamagata-Gyu Roasted Steak (￥2,160) – Kansai Region
Restaurant: Sendai Gyutan Kyodo Ryori Mori no Mi Tasuke [Alpa 3F]
*Limited servings from 5pm.
Those who eat at restaurants from 3 of the seven areas available (Hokkaido, Tohoku, Kanto, Chubu/Hokuriku, Kansai, Chugoku/Shikoku, Kyushu, Okinawa) can also join in the “Gurutto Nippon Stamp Rally” to win local ingredients.
Taste local cuisines from all over Japan at the Oishii Nippon Restaurant Fair.
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Sanrio Slime Fair Opens at Three KIDDYLAND Stores
From September 21 to October 11, three KIDDYLAND stores will be holding a fair dedicated to the anime That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, which has become a big hit overseas.
The series, which was created by Fuse, aired two seasons from October 2018 to March 2019. It has been confirmed that a sequel will be made in the year 2020. Following the anime’s successful reception, a novel version of the anime series which goes by the same name was produced by GOT A CHANCE novel. More than 14 million copies have been sold so far.
The story follows an extraordinary event which happened to a normal man. The main character Satoru Mikami died to random knife attack and was reincarnated as a monster called a slime. The series became massively popular once the adorable figure of the main character as a slime was revealed.
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Sanrio Slime: Slime Keyring (5 designs): ￥1,200 each (before tax)
All your favourite characters have been reincarnated in a cute Sanrio-style! Head to the KIDDYLAND fair to get your hands on a KIDDYLAND-limited Slime Keyring. A large variety of new goods are being sold here ahead of any other shop and online service.
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Sanrio Slime: Cuddly Characters Badge (5 designs): ￥680 each (before tax)
Come explore all your favourite characters in their adorable Sanrio form!
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Sanrio Slime Fair IN KIDDYLAND
Location: KIDDYLAND (Harajuku, Ikebukuro Sunshine City, Sannomiya)
Running: September 21 ー October 11,2019
More Information: https://www.kiddyland.co.jp/event/ten-sura/
My Hero Academia Themed Cafe to Open at SEGA Ikebukuro GiGO in Tokyo
A cafe based on the hit TV anime series My Hero Academia will open at SEGA Ikebukuro GiGO on October 12.
Drinks – ¥600 Each (Before Tax)
Original Latte Art (11 Designs) – ¥700 Each (Before Tax) *Choose your own
Menu ①: October 12, 2019 – November 1, 2019
Katsu-Lover Midoriya’s Pork Rib Noodles / Eijiro Kirishima’s Crunchy Kakiage Don – ¥1,200 Each (Before Tax)
Menu ②: November 2, 2019 – November 24, 2019
Katsuki Bakugo’s Spicy Mapo Doufu / Shoto Todoroki’s Fire & Ice Tomato Cheese Pasta – ¥1,200 Each (Before Tax)
Menu ①: October 12, 2019 – November 1, 2019
Ochaco Uraraka’s Japanese-Style Dessert Set with Matcha Milk – ¥1,200 (Before Tax) / Tenya Iida’s Source of Strength Orange Parfait – ¥900 (Before Tax)
Menu ②: November 2, 2019 – November 24, 2019
U.A. Dessert Plate – ¥1,200 (Before Tax) / Tsuyu Asui’s Kero Kero Parfait – ¥900 (Before Tax)
Enjoy a fun selection of food, drinks and desserts inspired by the My Hero Academia character cast. You can only pick between one meal and/or dessert when ordering.
When ordering from the drinks menu or one of the latte art coffees, you will receive one drinks coaster selected randomly from the following designs during the following dates.
Coaster Line-Up ①: October 12, 2019 – November 1, 2019
Coaster Line-Up ②: November 2, 2019 – November 24, 2019
And when ordering from the food or dessert menu, you will receive one of the below-pictured original bromide pictures chosen randomly. All of these bonus items are first-come, first-served.
The cafe will also have its own merchandise corner selling exclusive items in collaboration with SEGA.
Available From October 12
Holographic Pin Badge (7 Designs) – ¥500 Each (Before Tax) *Chosen randomly, up to 10 allowed per person in one transaction
Acrylic Key Ring with Stand – ¥1,200 Each (Before Tax) *Chosen randomly, up to 10 allowed per person in one transaction
Available From November 2
Mini Card (7 Designs) – ¥600 Each (Before Tax)
There are lots of other pieces of merchandise to get your hands on too. The cafe-exclusives are available only to those who use the cafe.
You must book a table in advanced if you want to visit, so be sure to get yours in quick.
©Kohei Horikoshi / Shueisha・My Hero Academia Production Committee ©SEGA
*Photos are for illustrative purposes only. Actual product may differ.
SEGA Collabo Cafe My Hero Academia
Running: October 12, 2019 – November 24, 2019
Location: SEGA Collabo Cafe Ikebukuro GiGO (SEGA Ikebukuro GiGO Floor B2F, 1-21-1 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo
Menu ①: October 12, 2019 – November 1, 2019
Menu ②: November 2, 2019 – November 24, 2019
*Menu items and coaster designs will change for each menu
*More details can be found on the SEGA Collabo Cafe official website
Cafe Website: https://sega-collabocafe.com/ikebukuro/heroaca02.html
My Hero Academia Official Website: https://heroaca.com/
Sanrio-Style Sarazanmai Café to Steal the Scene at Tokyo and Osaka
A café based on the popular anime Sarazanmai is coming to Tokyo on September 19 and Osaka on September 26 and will run for a limited time only. The café designs were produced by Sanrio.
Sarazanmai is a TV anime which was produced by animation studios MAPPA and Lapin Track. The anime became incredibly popular when it aired between April and June 2019 on the Fuji TV programming block Noitamina. The last episode was met by an undying stream of grateful messages from fans and even those involved in the creation of the series.
Sanrio produced Sarazanmai designs which are perfect for the traditional coffee shop theme and the retro Asakusa atmosphere of the series. The collaboration cafés will open in Ikebukuro in Tokyo and Nipponnbashi in Osaka.
Football Curry of Youth: ￥1,380 (before tax)
Football is what connects the three main characters Kazuki, Kuji and Enta. Come taste the delicious flavour of budding friendship in the form of a delicious curry at the café.
Pudding a la Mode of Friendship: ￥1,280 (before tax)
The three middle schoolers are represented in the form of colourful fruit. This is a delicious dish easily enjoyed by anybody.
Sparkling Jelly Juice (Kazuki/Kuji/Enta): ￥650 each (before tax)
These jelly drinks are also themed around Kazuki, Kuji and Enta. The jelly lurking at the bottom of the cup adds a wonderful accent to the flavour.
Badge (10 random designs): ￥450 (before tax)
Mug (one design only): ￥1,500 (before tax)
Special Bonus Goods
Those who book seats in advance (￥500 + tax) and order from the menu will receive an original design sticker. You will be presented with one of four designs at random.
For each item ordered from the menu, you will receive an original design drink coaster. One of six designs will be given to you at random.
This café is the perfect place to relax at your own pace this autumn.
Sarazanmai Café (Designs Produced by Sanrio)
・Ikebukuro, Tokyo: September 19 ー October 27, 2019
・Nipponnbashi, Osaka: September 26 ー November 5, 2019
Advanced reservations accepted from 7pm on September 6, 2019
Reservation Fee: ￥500 (comes with a bonus for reserving)
Official Website: https://sarazanmai-sanrio-cafe.jp/
The Fanciest Egg and Rice Dish You’ve Ever Seen Will Be Sold at Grand Hyatt Tokyo
09.September.2019 | FOOD
Towering over the bustling city of Tokyo is the capital’s luxury hotel Grand Hyatt Tokyo. Starting from October 1, the hotel’s restaurant Shunbou, which serves Japanse-style cuisine, is introducing an all-new exquisite serving of TKG, or tamago kake gohan (“egg on rice”).
The dish will be made with shinmai, or “new rice,” which refers to the new rice harvested for the current year. It’s topped with rich egg―a simple combination but incredibly delicious and loved by people in Japan. Normally TKG stops there, but Grand Hyatt Tokyo is taking it to the next level with a topping of caviar to create the most exquisite egg on rice you have ever seen.
Rice: The best of the best
The rice served at the hotel is harvested in the city of Nanyō in Yamagata Prefecture. It’s a special kind of rice known as Tsuyahime, and the hotel makes strict selections of the harvested rice, ensuring they serve the best possible rice to guests. This rice is served only at Grand Hyatt Tokyo making it even more special.
Nanyō is blessed with rich soil. The farms have been using organic fertiliser for well over 10 years, meaning their beautiful harvests are reduced in agricultural chemicals and chemical fertilisers unlike many other farms. The rice’s taste quality value has also been listed as over 80, much higher than your average rice.
The caviar used in this dish is from the Sturgeon fish from Kagawa prefecture. Everything from the food to the temperature of the water for the fish is considered from when they are a young age, allowing for the best possible caviar. They are seasoned with the perfect salt quantity and are additive free, allowing for a creamy and velvety taste and texture that just melts in your mouth the moment it hits your tongue.
Rich Egg Yolk
The eggs served on the rice are from what is known as one of the country’s best egg specialist shops in Kyoto. To ensure the perfect egg, the shop takes great care in the fodder and water given to the chickens from the time they are chicks. This takes away the unpleasant raw smell characteristic of eggs, and is also a healthier lifestyle for the chickens themselves. The eggs are also packed with nutrients that are said to be lacking in the people of today including vitamins, DHA, niacin, and so on.
To top it all off, the hotel has created their own original blend of dashi soy sauce just for this dish.
Shunbou’s Special New Rice Tamago Kake Gohan
・Freshly boiled new rice
・Caviar (15 grams)
・Specially-made dashi soy sauce
*From December onward the dish will be served with Shunbou Original Caviar
Restaurant: Shunbou, Grand Hyatt Tokyo
Available: From October 1, 2019
Serving Times: Lunch 11:30-14:00 (Until 15:00 On Weekends & Holidays) / Dinner 18:00-21:30
Price: ¥20,000 (before tax and service charge)
Official Website: https://www.tokyo.grand.hyatt.co.jp/en/restaurants/shunbou-restaurant/
Experience Tasting Mount Koya’s Famous Sesame Tofu at ONAKA PECO PECO in Tsukiji
ONAKA PECO PECO by Rurubu Kitchen is a cafe located in Tsukiji, a district in Chuo, Tokyo. They serve rice balls filled with locally sourced ingredients from various locations in Japan. In the evenings, the rice balls can be enjoyed with delicious sake.
If you visit the cafe right now you’ll be able to try sesame tofu (goma tofu) made by the long-running restaurant Kadohama. Sesame tofu is a meibutsu―or “local speciality”―of Mount Koyo.
While it is possible to buy sesame tofu on Kadohama’s online store, the only places you can eat them out at is at their restaurant on top of Mount Koya or at select branches of department stores such as Mitsukoshi or Isetan. We visited ONAKA PECO PECO by Rurubu Kitchen for a taste of this exquisite collaboration.
Mount Koya is located in the Ito district of northern Wakayama Prefecture and is home to the town of Koya. The region is encased an abundant mountainous landscape. The Japanese Buddhist monk Kūkai opened the sacred mountain around 1,200 years ago. In 2004, Mount Koya which was registered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2004 under the “Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range” category. It has since become a popular tourist destination with Japanese and foreign travellers alike.
Here is the heavenly menu lineup at ONAKA PECO PECO which is packed full of Kadohama’s sesame tofu.
There are five items which are made with the sesame tofu: an onigiri rice ball, crab soup, cold tofu, pork shabu shabu, and a drink.
Time to tuck in and try this famous food which has been enjoyed for many years!
White Vegetables & Steamed Pork Shabu w/ Koji Sesame Tofu Sauce – ¥800
This dish is garnished with a generous serving of fresh white vegetables and succulent meat. It includes lotus root, enoki mushrooms, cauliflower, and pork. It also comes with a white sauce made with sesame tofu, shio koji, and sesame oil. The sauce has a mild flavour in which you can get the full glorious taste of the tofu. It’s smooth and refreshing so is a perfect pick for the hot summer.
Sesame Tofu & Plum Cheese-Loaded Rice Ball – ¥250
This rice ball is a flavourful combination of a sesame tofu and plum paste and lots of cheese.
This fat rice ball is wrapped in paper like a hamburger. The rich taste of the tofu and cheese reduces the sourness of the plum, giving it a gentler flavour.
Sesame Tofu & Egg Crab Soup – ¥400
The soup is an amazing combination with the rice ball. It has a miso soup base filled with green onion, enoki mushrooms, and crab. The elastic-y tofu is cut into big satisfying chunks. Its rich, creamy flavour combined with the crab is to die for.
Sesame Tofu & Sweet Sake Jelly Drink – ¥350
The cute white-coloured beverage is a healthy mix of sesame tofu paste and sweet sake. It retains the pulpy texture of the tofu and the aftertaste is super refreshing.
You can order the drink for takeout so you can take a stroll around the streets of Tsukiji.
Kadohama Sesame Tofu – Eat In: ¥300 / Takeout: From ¥240
If you’re looking to enjoy the sesame tofu on its own then you’ve got to try it with either the wasabi and soy sauce or brown sugar. You can also order this to take away too. Each box contains one piece of tofu.
The cafe is also selling exclusive merchandise as part of the collaboration. The collection includes a t-shirt, sacoche bag, and cap. Each item has a simple design making them easy to incorporate into looks.
Easy access to Kadohama’s sesame tofu―which is made using traditional cooking methods that have been passed down generations at Mount Koya―can only be enjoyed at ONAKA PECO PECO by Rurubu Kitchen. If you’re in Tokyo this summer, then take a trip to Tsukiji district to try this healthy and nutrient-packed tofu.
Model: Ririka Satsuki
Writer: Sayuri Mizuno (MMN Editorial Team)
Photographer: Haruka Yamamoto
Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga
ONAKA PECO PECO by Rurubu Kitchen
Address: 4-7-3 Tsukiji, Chuo Ward, Tokyo (Along Harumi-dori)
Opening Hours: 10:00-14:00 / 17:00-22:00 (Last orders at 22:00)
Access: 10-minutes on foot from Ginza Station / 7-minutes on foot from Higashi-Ginza Station / 5-minutes on foot from Tsukiji Station
Official Website: http://onakapecopeco.com/
The Helpful Fox Senko-san Anime Themed Food & Drink Served Up in Ikebukuro
The Ikebukuro South Entrance branch of Danmaya Suisan is collaborating with the TV anime series The Helpful Fox Senko-san to served up a range of themed food and drinks from July 30 to August 30.
The story of The Helpful Fox Senko-san follows Kuroto Nakano, a salary man completely exhausted from his mundane routine of simply going back and forth to and from work. One day, an 800-year-old fox girl by the name of Senko appears to him to take care of him. Senko’s food has a cosy homemade feel to it that serves to heal the heart and soul of her salary man. The food at Danmaya Suisan serves to bring this idea to life.
Ordering the Senko-san Set will get you all the food Senko-san serves in the anime series including meat and potatoes, sashimi and inarisushi. You’ll also receive a free original lunch mat and rock glass designed by Senko-san. These items are available in limited supply.
For drinks, there are two alcoholic and two nonalcoholic, both inspired by Senko-san and Shiro.
If you decide to order a drink you’ll receive one of four possible coasters.
Keep in mind that you need to book a table in advance to dine at the cafe, so if you’re looking for some personal attention and hospitality from Senko-san, be sure to book ASAP!
The Helpful Fox Senko-san x Danmaya Suisan Ikebukuro South Entrance
Reservations: 070-6407-4611 (Weekdays 10:00-22:00 / Weekends & Holidays 15:00-22:00)
*Please note that due to the high number of people expected, dining will be limited to 90 minutes per table to accommodate more customers
*If you want to order the Senko-san Set then please book this over the phone too
Senko-san Set: ¥1,080 (Tax Included)
Senko-san Set (With Rock Glass): ¥2,138 (Tax Included) *Limited supply
・Senko-san’s Rum Ginger: ¥518 (Tax Included)
・Shiro’s Beer Shake: ¥518 (Tax Included)
・Senko-san’s Mango Smoothie: ¥518 (Tax Included)
・Shiro’s Calpis Smoothie: ¥518 (Tax Included)
Danmaya Suisan Ikebukuro South Entrance
Address: Yoronotaki Ikebukuro Bldg. Floor B1F, 1-10-15 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo
Business Hours: Weekdays 16:00-Midnight / Weekends & Holidays 15:00-Midnight
Official Website: https://www.yoronotaki.co.jp/search/detail.html?CN=2793
Ojamajo Doremi Anime Themed Cafe to Open in Tokyo & Osaka
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of TV anime series Ojamajo Doremi, two themed cafes named Ojamajo Doremi Cafe&Kitchen will open in Tokyo and Osaka from July 12 and August 29 respectively.
Ojamajo Doremi is an original magical girl created by Toei Animation that ran from February 1999 to January 2003. The series was a huge hit with young girls in Japan when it was released, sending them into a magical daze and further spreading the love for magical girl series. The Cafe&Kitchen is aimed at today’s young girls and the girls from back then who have now turned into women. The cafe promises to be kawaii through and through.
Doremi’s Adoration! Steak Sandwich Plate: ¥1,490と
Steak is Doremi’s favourite so there was no way the cafe was going to leave it off the menu. This steak sandwich is served in a baguette and is served with cheese sauce to make the steak even more delicious.と
Momoko’s New York Memories… Meat Ball Pasta Salad: ¥1,290
This dish is inspired by Momoko’s memories of how New York tasted back when she lived there as a young girl. The salad pasta bowl is colourful and filled to the brim, representing Momoko’s overflowing energy and liveliness. Pour the saffron flavoured cream cheese over to make it look and taste even more American.
Ojamajo Doremi’s 20th Birthday Cake: ¥1,190
The Cafe&Kitchen is a celebration of the series’s 20th anniversary, so they whipped up a birthday cake fitting for a magical girl. It’s a combination of roll cake and sponge cake so you’re sure to never tire of the flavour. Help celebrate Doremi’s 20th by tucking into this whipped cream covered birthday cake!
Magical Girl Apprentice’s Rainbow Pancakes: ¥1,190
Based on the iconic colours of the magical girls, this stack of cute pancakes are shaped like hearts. Scoop up the anglaise sauce and eat together with the pancakes for an even sweeter flavour.
Onpu’s Purple Tapioca Milk: ¥790
The famous idol Onpu gets her very own brown sugar bubble tea with tapioca pearls. Served in her image colour, the drink is whipped with whipped cream and showered with rainbow sprinkles♡
Aiko’s Blue Lemonade Float: ¥890
You’re sure to cool yourself down in the summer heat with Aiko’s blue lemonade topped with deliciously refreshing ice cream, lime and mint.
Acrylic Key Ring (6 Designs): ¥600
Clear Pouch (1 Design): ¥1,500
With art director by popular creators Etoile et Griotte, who are popular with lovers of kawaii things, the Cafe&Kitchen will also sell a selection of cute and exclusive merchandise.
Customers who book a table in advance (¥500 per person, excluding tax) and order from the menu will receive one of the six above-pictured original clear stickers chosen randomly.
Those who dine at the cafe will also receive one of these two possible original lunch mats.
Finally, customers who order a drink will receive one of six possible character coasters.
Visit the Ojamajo Doremi Cafe&Kitchen this summer to celebrate 20 years since the series first aired.
*All prices listed are pre-tax prices. Photos are for illustrative purposes only
Ojamajo Doremi Cafe&Kitchen
Location: Gourmet Stadium II, Dining Park Ikebukuro, Seibu Ikebukuro Floor 8F
Address: 1-28-1 Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo
Running: July 12, 2019 – August 31, 2019
Location: Abeno contact
Address: Abeno Q’s Mall Floor 4F, 1-6-1 Abenosuji, Abeno Ward, Osaka
Running: August 29, 2019 – September 29, 2019
Booking Price: ¥500 (Comes with booking present, up to 4 people per booking)
Cafe Website: https://ojamajodoremi-cafe-and-kitchen.jp
Mogu Mogu Nippon | Indulging in Oniku no Osushi’s Matsusaka Beef Don in Asakusa
Asakusa is located in Tokyo and is home to many famous tourist and sightseeing spots such as Sensō-ji Temple and the Kaminarimon Gate. It’s also a place lined with restaurants serving up an array of gourmet dishes.
We have covered many popular cafés and local specialties in Asakusa in MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON. Today, we will take a look at a sushi restaurant called Oniku no Osushi which opened recently where customers can eat sushi served with Japanese wagyu beef. It is the first big name restaurant from the Gion district of Kyoto to arrive in the country’s Kanto region. Since opening its doors, it has been much-talked-about and has enjoyed the hustle and bustle of hungry customers.
The restaurant is about an 8-minute walk from Akasaka Station via the subway and just a 2-minute walk via Tsukuba Express. You’ll know the restaurant when you see it as the outside of it incorporates a wooden design. Inside, too, wooden planks and pillars decorate the interior.
Matsusaka beef is a brand of beef in Japan made from the meat of Japanese Black cattle that are reared under strict conditions in Matsusaka, Mie. At Oniku no Osushi, customers are able to eat this beef in the form of sushi marbled and with a rare texture.
I dined together with Chinese model and talent Etsuna. She loves eating out but this was her first time eating rare meat on sushi. We ordered the restaurant’s popular Oniku no Osushi platter and the Gyusen Don (served only at lunchtime).
Oniku no Osushi Platter (8 Pieces): ¥5,000
The meat sushi platter comes with eight pieces including two pieces each of lean beef, salted beef, roast beef, and fatty gunkan beef. Excluding the gunkan beef it’s recommended eating each piece from the left as pictured above. Everything is already flavoured so you can eat them as they are.
The gunkan beef is best enjoyed while it is still frozen so I started with that. The cold beef just melts as it enters you mouth. It tastes sweet and has a fatty texture to it. The egg yolk mixes together with the beef on your tongue and gives it an even smoother taste.
The meat of the lean beef, salted beef and roast beef sushi is soft and each is layered with refreshing grated lemon and daikon. When you bite into the succulent meat your taste buds are treated to the sweetness of the fat and the meats’ rich flavours. I was able to taste the distinct qualities of each type.
Gyusen Don (w/ Cold Miso Soup): ¥2,480
The Gyusen Don is served at lunchtime only. It contains Matsusaka Gyusen® flakes and Kyoto-style tsukemono pickled vegetables, condiments and bite-sized meat pieces. The presentation of the dish is beautiful! You add soy sauce to it and mix with the egg yolk, and it’s simple irresistible! We made sure to snap a final photo before tucking in.
The beef of this dish melts in your mouth just like the gunkan beef and blends well with the egg yolk to create a velvety flavour. The dish also has condiments and pickled vegetables too adding to the variety of tastes. If you add wasabi or ginger the flavours are elevated even further, especially when eaten with the Kyoto-style pickled vegetables which creates a spicy tang.
The miso soup that the dish is served with is also Kyoto-style. Wheat starch and pickled vegetables are added to the sweet white broth to create a mellow flavour that goes well with the dish.
Etsuna gave high praise to the dish too: “It was so delicious. I think there are still a lot of foreigners that don’t know about meat sushi yet, so I think it’ll get popular soon. It’s a bit pricey there are a lot of foreign travelers who want to eat tasty Japanese food, so I recommend it to them.”
Asakusa is famous for its takeaway food to be eaten while walking, but Oniku no Sushi serves up an Asakusa-exclusive gourmet experience too.
Steamed Rice & Meat: ¥500
If you’re walking around Asakusa and are feeling peckish, then you should go for steamed rice and meat (おにくの飯蒸し). It’s packed full of beefy flavour.
What did you think of this little Asakusa lunch trip? Of course, Oniku no Osushi has an evening slot for dinner too, so if you’d like to try some Matsusaka beef then be sure to pay a visit.
Writer: Sayuri Mizuno (MMN Editorial Department)
Oniku no Osushi (Asakusa Branch)
Address: 2-6-14 Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo
Business Hours: 11:30-15:00 / Dinner 18:00-21:00
Access: 7-minutes on foot from Sensō-ji’s Kaminarimon Gate / 2-minutes on foot from Asakusa Station via Tsukuba Express
Hatsune Miku Magician Themed Merchandise Releasing in Collaboration With Rascal
Hatsune Miku is collaborating with Rascal the Raccoon for the third time to release a string of merchandise for Magical Mirai 2019 in August.
The theme this year is “magician” and features illustrations of Miku, Rin, Len, Luka, Kaito and Meiko. The drawings were designed by Tama who was the illustrator for the second collaboration. Designs will also include superdeformed characters.
The items will also go on sale at ANi★CUTE in Ikebukuro, Tokyo on August 30.
©N.A. ©S.P./N.A. ©G.J.
Magical Mirai 2019
Running: August 9, 2019 – August 11, 2019
Venue: INTEX Osaka Hall 4/5 (Address: 1-5-102 Nankōkita, Suminoe Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture)
Running: August 30, 2019 – September 1, 2019
Venue: Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Hall 1-2 (2-2-1 Nakase, Mihama Ward, Chiba, Chiba Prefecture)
Event Website: https://magicalmirai.com/2019/
Address: Sunshine City Alpa Floor 2F, 3-1-2 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo
Merchandise Release Date: August 30, 2019
Business Hours: 10-00-20:00
Hatsune Miku Website: http://piapro.net/
Rascal the Raccoon Website: http://www.araiguma-rascal.com/
Come Try These Tasty Matcha Meals and Desserts at OMATCHA SALON ー Coming Soon to Ikebukuro PARCO, Tokyo
From June 20, a new matcha tea shop will open on 8th floor of Ikebukuro PARCO Main Building (the restaurant floor). The OMATCHA SALON uses uji matcha green tea purchased from an old and traditional Kyoto shop called Kitagawa Hanbee Syouten.
Their famous Matcha Soba Seiro comes in 14 varieties. (Seiro is a cold noodle dish served with a warm dipping sauce). Along with the grand opening, OMATCHA SALON also announced the release of a curry and uji matcha soba noodle menu that is bound to be loved by everybody. The curry is to be served risotto-style with cheese and cha soba* made with Japanese-style dashi stock and then cooked in a porcelain dish.
*Cha soba is thin Japanese soba noodles that are infused with green tea.
The menu also features a detox salad cha soba which is served with a range of vegetables and assorted grains that are high in nutrients which are good for detoxing.
Other kinds of cha soba include the thick-sliced bacon carbonara cha soba which is made with a rich and creamy sauce, aromatic bacon and an onsen egg, which has a thicker yolk and runnier egg white.
There are also five tongue-tantalizing desserts, bubble tea made with fresh tapioca pearls, and much more. The desserts menu includes the Kitagawa Hanbee Syouten Mitarashi Dango which is a skewered rice dumplings in a sweet soy glaze and served with tiramisu which is made from mascarpone cream and uji matcha. There is also a tiramisu served with strawberry daifuku (rice cake stuffed with bean jam).
You should also check out the Ikebukuro-limited menu that serves Kogashi flour muscovado shaved ice.
As soon as you enter the OMATCHA SALON, you will notice a teakettle in the “CHASHITSU” where you can watch the finest selection of matcha tea being made before your very eyes. If you are looking for a place to take a relaxing break from your busy day, look no further than the OMATCHA SALON, Ikebukuro, PARCO.
OMATCHA SALON Ikebukuro PARCO
Location: 8th floor Ikebukuro PARCO main building
Address: 1-28-2, Ikebukuro, Minamiikebukuro, Toshima City,
Opening Hours: 11:00 ー 23:00 (Last orders: food: 22:00, drinks: 22:30)
OMATCHA SALON Official Website: https://omatcha-salon.jp/
Tokyo Ghoul Cafe: Touka Actress Maika Yamamoto Gives Food Report
In the run up to the release of Tokyo Ghoul S on July 19―the sequel to the live-action adaptation of Tokyo Ghoul―an official themed cafe based on Tokyo Ghoul:re will open at Ikebukuro PARCO on June 6 for a limited time.
Before the official opening of the cafe, however, actress Maika Yamamoto who plays Touka Kirishima in the upcoming movie attended a pre-opening on June 4 which was held for the press. She tried and commented on the menu and also gave a talk.
Yamamoto wore the same uniform that Touka wears in the film when working at the Anteiku Cafe. The first item from the eye catching menu she tried was the Kaneki Sekigan Curry, a curry rice dish inspired by Kaneki’s red ghoul eye. Notwithstanding its frightening appearance, Yamamoto commented on the tantalising aroma of the curry and its delicious taste.
She then took a sip from the Touka Jelly Drink, a beverage based on the character she plays. She admired its gorgeous blue hue, describing it as cute and Instagram-worthy.
The final dish she tried was the Gourmet Tsukiyama Roast Beef which is of course based on the film’s antagonist and Gourmet himself, Shuu Tsukiyama. Before taking a bit, Yamamoto said, “This reminds me of when Tsukiyama eats in the movie!”
She summed up her thoughts on the cafe menu: “I was suspicious of how everything would taste at first, but I’m surprised at how delicious it all was. It was fun to be photographed too. I feel like I can eat all of this as a ghoul. I’m relieved.”
Yamamoto was also questioned about her role in the film. She responded: “The film is bigger and better than the last, and both the action and CG is really well done too. The visuals are incredibly cool. Kubota [Masataka], Shota [Matsuda] and all the cast are really wonderful too, so please be sure to watch it!”
She also left a message for fans looking forward to the film, saying: “The last 20 minute ghoul versus ghoul scene is of course a highlight, but the drama between the humans and ghouls is amazing too, so I want people to take note of that aspect as well. And the music is beautiful, so make sure to take in everything until the credits roll!”
“Before seeing the movie please come to this cafe and immerse yourself in the world of ghouls and then go and see the movie. You might get an affinity [with the ghouls!]” she concluded with a smile.
The cafe will run from June 6 to July 15. The menu is packed with drinks and dishes inspired by the unique and memorable characters from the series. A selection of new official merchandise of the manga will also be sold.池
©2019 Tokyo Ghoul S Production Committee ©Sui Ishida / Shueisha
Tokyo Ghoul:re Cafe
Location: Ikebukuro PARCO (1-28-2 Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo)
Running: June 6, 2019 – July 15, 2019
Tokyo Ghoul:re Cafe Official Website: http://the-guest.com/
Tokyo Ghoul S
Based On: Tokyo Ghoul (Young Jump Comics, Shueisha) by Sui Ishida
Directors:Hiramaki Kazuhiko / Takuya Kawasaki
Screenwriter: Chūji Mikasano
Distributed by: Shochiku
Release Date: July 19, 2019 (Japan)
Official Website: http://tokyoghoul.jp/
Japan’s Devil Onigiri Return Tastier Than Ever & New Gyoza Onigiri Announced
01.June.2019 | FOOD
Japanese convenience store chain Lawson Store 100 has announced that it will begin selling its new White Devil Onigiri and Black Devil Onigiri rice balls on June 5. It also unveiled its new Gyoza Onigiri, a whole fried dumpling wrapped in rice, which will be released on June 19.
Lawson Store 100’s “Akuma no Onigiri” (The Devil’s Rice Balls) first hit the convenience store’s shelves back in September 2018 and were a huge hit with people of Japan with around 200,000 being sold in the first four weeks alone. The rice is cooked in a noodle soup base and is packed with simple ingredients like spring onions, tenkasu (deep-fried flour batter), and green laver seaweed. The new releases take it to the next level and are promised to be even better.
White Devil Onigiri: ¥108 (Tax Included)
The rice of the White Devil Onigiri is cooked in white dashi stock and is laced with spring onions, sea lettuce, and white sesame seeds. It’s also drizzled in sesame oil for added flavour.
Black Devil Onigiri: ¥108 (Tax Included)
On the other side of the coin is the Black Devil Onigiri. This rice is made with extra sweet okonomi sauce and sour Worcester sauce. These rice balls are filled with tenkasu, sea lettuce and spring onions.
Gyoza Onigiri: ¥108 (Tax Included)
The Gyoza Onigiri was first seen on the market all the way back in October 2017. This hugely popular food snack sold around 300,000 in the first three days and over 500,000 over a week. This will be the third time it’s sold. Since stock is so limited, sales have ended after just three weeks, making it a rare sight. It was released again in November 2018 with a different recipe which proved to tickle the palate of consumers too. The new version includes soy sauce and egg fried rice.
White Devil Onigiri / Black Devil Onigiri
Release Date: June 5, 2019
Release Date: June 19, 2019
Find the closest Lawson Store 100 to you here: https://www.e-map.ne.jp/p/lawson/