The curry bun event, “Kobe Currypan Marche 2018”will be held
Here is a curry bun event where only the Currypan Grand Prix winners gather. Titled, “Kobe Currypan Marche 2018”the event will be held over the 2 days of January 27th and 28th in Kobe.
What is a “currypan”or curry bun? This is a bun with curry sauce inside. The bun is either baked or deep-fried. There is a great variety of different curry sauces that are used as the filling of the bun, some have a kima curry inside, others a beef curry and still others come with a boiled egg inside. This bun is a very popular “delicatessen bun”in Japan and such buns are sold in bakeries, supermarkets and at convenience stores. Curry buns are considered to be a very Japanese delicatessen bun and they are gaining much popularity with foreign visitors to Japan.
Here we will introduce to you some of the curry buns which will be offered at “Kobe Currypan Marche 2018”
2017 East Japan Deep-fired Bread category Golden Award
2016 East Japan Deep-fired Bread category Special Golden Award
Store name： Boulangerie Shima
A curry bun with an authentic spice curry which has big pieces of chicken in it.
2017 East Japan Baked Currypan category Golden Award
Store name: Kimuraya Seipan – Fuchu, Tokyo
The balanced flavor between the bun and the curry inside is superb. One can experience their secret recipe of 50 years.
“Curry gratin pan”
2017 East Japan Deep-fried Bread category Golden Award
Store name: Boulangerie Niko
A very unique square-shaped curry bun. For the filling of this bun they use their homemade curry of which they are very proud of. As a topping for this bun they add a white-sauce and cheeze.
2017 West Japan Baked Currypan category Golden Award
2016 West Japan Baked Currypan category Golden Award
Store name: Long-established natural yeast bread / stone-oven bakery: Simon
A curry bun they take pride in making. They use homemade curry, natural apple yeast and the buns are baked in a stone oven.
2017 West Japan Baked Currypan category Golden Award
Store name: Mere Pere
Filled with a spicy and slightly hot keema curry, the bun has a chewy texture.
Many other special“currypans” will be offered. Why not come and get a taste of this very Japanese delicatessen item – curry buns.
Pastel Easter Sweets and Bakery Items Coming to Grant Hyatt Tokyo
The luxury hotel Grand Hyatt Tokyo will offer Easter sweets and baked goods at the on-site Fiorentina Pastry Boutique from April 1 until Easter, April 17, to celebrate the arrival of spring.
Easter Egg Macaroon
Easter Cookies with Icing
Easter Bunny Brioche
This year, in addition to the new Easter Bunny and Easter egg macaroons, cookies with icing, lollipop chocolates, brioche in the shape of the Easter Bunny, and other sweets and bakery items will be available. Don’t miss it!
Fiorentina Pastry Boutique
Available: April 1 – April 17, 2022
Location: Grand Hyatt Tokyo
Official Site: https://www.tokyo.grand.hyatt.co.jp/restaurants/
Patisserie Antenor in Kobe Releases Limited-Time Halloween Cakes
Antenor, a beloved patisserie located in Kobe, began selling limited-time Halloween-themed cakes on October 1, 2021. The exciting lineup will have guests ready for the scariest day of the year, offering sweets made with purple sweet potato, Mont Blanc, and pumpkin.
Halloween Petit Four – Available from October 16 until October 31
Pumpkin Mont Blanc – Available from October 1 until October 31
Halloween Cheesecake – Available from October 1 until October 31
Gateau Chocolat Classic Cake – Available from October 1 until October 31
Halloween Assortment (M) – Available from September 1 until October 31
The Halloween Assortment (M) includes three types of popular cookies and is available now ahead of the October holiday. It would make a perfect gift, so snag one of these festive boxes before they’re gone!
Limited-Time Halloween Cake
Official Site: https://www.antenor.jp
Sarutahiko Coffee to 5-Day Event at MERICAN GOODSTAND Restaurant in Kobe
MERICAN GOODSTAND, a brunch restaurant in Kobe, will host a 5-day pop-up event by specialty Ebisu-based coffee shop Sarutahiko Coffee starting October 6, 2021. This marks the first event for Sarutahiko Coffee in Kobe, and visitors can enjoy a wide range of delicious drinks including espresso, original drip coffee, and iced coffee. T-shirts and bags commemorating 10 years of Sarutahiko Coffee will also be available for purchase!
10th Anniversary Drip
Crisp Black Coffee
Sarutahiko ‘Coffee Dude’ T-Shirt
The event itself is sponsored by MERICAN BARBERSHOP, a barbershop with a neo-classic concept that has been sharing diverse cultures through fashion, music, and art since opening in 2015. In addition to Sarutahiko’s drink menu, five different sweets will also be on sale to enjoy with your beverage. The entire concept of the event is ‘enjoying a cup of coffee with something sweet while having some pleasant conversation,’ which sounds like heaven!
anytee, a shop specializing in vintage t-shirts, will also be on-site selling coffee and sweets-themed apparel that they personally selected, so be sure to check it out!
MERICAN GOODSTAND KOBE
Address: Sannomiya Denden Building 1F, 64 Naniwamachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe
Running: October 6 – October 10, 2021, 11:00-19:00
Enjoy Contemporary Art in Nature with the ‘Rokko Meets Art -Art Walk 2021-‘
14.September.2021 | SPOT
The Kobe Tourism Bureau will be opening the limited time ‘Rokko Meets Art -Art Walk 2021-‘ tour on Kobe City’s Rokko Sanjo between September 11 and November 24 2021.
Rokko Mountain was developed as a leisure spot by foreign residents during the Meiji Era, and is still beloved to this day for its magnificent views and abundant nature.
The ‘Rokko Meets Art -Art Walk-‘ tour opened in 2010 in order to convey the charms of Mt. Rokko to as many people as possible while introducing them to contemporary art. Over 400 artist groups have exhibited since its opening, with visitors being able to enjoy the innovative works and scenery which changes with the art.
The ‘Rokko Meets Art -Art Walk-‘ is not only for art fans but also for those who wish to visit Mt. Rokko for sightseeing and leisure, allowing each visitor to experience art with their five senses as the seasons change.
Some pieces are modified by the artist throughout the exhibition period, allowing you to feel the changes of the works each time you visit. Due to the Covid-19 travel restrictions, opportunities to come into contact with nature and art have greatly decreased. In response, the ‘Rokko Meets Art -Art Walk-‘ has started a variety of projects, including online exhibitions and workshops.
Experience this fun combination of nature and contemporary art for yourself at the ‘Rokko Meets Art -Art Walk 2021-!’
Rokko Meets Art -Art Walk 2021-
Duration: September 11 ~ November 23 2021
Opening Hours: 10:00 ~ 17:00
Location: 12 spots throughout Rokko Sanjo
Satellite Venue: Arima Onsen Area
JR Sannomiya Station Square Special Exhibition: ‘Rokko Meets Art -Art Walk-‘ Selection
Tickets・Official Site: https://www.rokkosan.com/art2021/
‘átoa,’ Part Art Museum and Part Aquarium, Opening in Kobe
12.August.2021 | SPOT
Blending living creatures with art, átoa, a new urban aquarium, will open in Kobe’s Shinkocho on October 29, 2021. New images have just been revealed, and we now have an idea of what the interior will look like!
‘átoa’ comes from a combination of the words ‘aquarium’ and ‘art,’ and as the name suggests, the space will blend over 100 pieces of digital and performance art with 3,000 ocean creatures to provide a never-before-seen experience.
The exterior of the Kobe Port Museum looks like a contemporary art gallery
The stairway leads guests to a cave entrance, making the visit feel more like an adventure
‘MARIN NOTE – The Movement of Life’ embodies underwater life
‘ELEMENTS – The Forest of Spirits’ welcomes you to a foggy sea of trees
Light cutout show by famed cutout artist Atsumi Sakai
A mysterious walk through a traditional Japanese garden
‘PLANETS,’ a journey through the darkness of outer space and the deep sea
Food & drink offerings worthy of posting on social media
A spectacular view of the Kobe Bay area
átoa original products on sale
Rokko, the land on which Kobe City sits, is said to have been formed over one million years ago by the upheaval of the Earth and consistent water erosion. The Kobe Port Museum (KPM), where átoa is located, has long attracted visitors with its unique exterior, embodying the ancient origins of the surrounding lands.
átoa will be divided into eight different zones, each with its own theme and distinctive presentation. Visitors will first enter the ‘Cave of Beginnings,’ where fish-shaped lights reflected on the walls and floor lead you deeper into the space, as if through a kaleidoscope.
After emerging, ‘MARIN NOTE – The Movement of Life,’ a visual embodiment of underwater life, will greet you. The sound and scents of the sea will surround guests, with a cylindrical water tank at the center of the room filled with zebra sharks, spotted garden eels, and many more underwater creatures.
On the second floor, enter ‘ELEMENTS – The Forest of Spirits,’ a foggy sea of trees straight out of a fairy tale. This is where you can find freshwater fish, amphibians, and adorable tree-dwelling animals not typically found in aquariums, like woodchucks! This is another highlight of átoa: you might find more animals you wouldn’t expect!
The third floor houses both ‘MIYABI’ and ‘PLANETS,’ where guests can enjoy a ‘theatrical aquarium experience.’ Discover Atsumi Sakai’s famed cutout art in the ‘MIYABI’ area, meant to simulate a Japanese garden. Enjoy the magical experience of fish swimming just beneath your feet as you stroll along a glass-covered floor.
The ‘PLANETS’ area houses AQUA TERRA, one of Japan’s largest spherical water tanks, with a diameter of 3 meters. Guests are welcome to ponder the vastness of both outer space and the deepest stretches of the sea. The area is bathed in the light of countless stars thanks to optical fibers embedded in the floor, while mist will continuously pour from above.
Housed on the fourth floor, an outdoor exhibit, the ‘SKYSHORE Sky Garden,’ will soothe your soul as you play with only the most adorable marine life, from penguins to otters. This is also where visitors can enjoy the átoa cafe, offering a lineup of Instagram-worthy food and drink.
The observation deck ‘ROOF TOP’ also provides a breathtaking view of Kobe. Whether you visit during day or night, take in the views of Kobe Harborland and Meriken Park to your heart’s content. A full museum shop will be stocked with adorable plushies and other original products.
Address: 7-2, Shinkocho, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo
Open Date: October 29, 2021
Hours: 10:00-21:00 (Open Every Day)
Official Site: https://atoa-kobe.jp
Pâtissier-Inspired Shaved Ice Flavors Available at Kobe Minato Onsen Ren for Limited Time
There’s no better way to combat a heat wave than enjoying a cool bowl of shaved ice! Natural hot spring resort Kobe Minato Onsen Ren, overlooking Kobe Port, is releasing a gorgeous new style of this popular summer treat. Called Fluffed Ice, it offers a slightly more sophisticated flavor, and serves as the perfect way to cool off for adults escaping the hustle and bustle of the sweltering city.
Fluffed Ice, uniquely designed by a pastry chef: ¥900 each (Tax Included)
Fukuju (Nada’s Famous Sake)
Uji Green Tea and Hokkaido Azuki
By filtering the water and freezing it at a slower rate, the shaved ice is completely pure and free of any and all impurities. Visitors can enjoy four different flavors: Setouchi Lemon, a refreshing blend of acidity and white chocolate; Fujuku, which contains locally-sourced sake and sweet syrup; Strawberry, offering a mix of sweet and sour; and, finally, Uji Matcha and Hokkaido Azuki, elegantly mixing flavors from both northern and southern Japan. The syrup used is made from scratch, and was developed by the pâtissier of Le Pan Kobe Kitano, a bakery and sweets shop nearby.
During this incredibly hot summer, give this new Fluffed Ice a try!
Location: Ocean Spa ‘Poolside Bar,’ Restaurant Suiren
Available Until: September 30, 2021
Official Site: https://ren-onsen.jp/event/fuwakoori/
Heidi, Girl of the Alps Anime Fair to Open at Rokko Garden Terrace in Kobe
Rokko Garden Terrace has announced an event set to take place this summer. Titled “Mount Rokkō Swiss Fair ~Surrounded by Heidi, Girl of the Alps~,” is set to run from July 16 to August 31.
Heidi, Girl of the Alps Decorations / Themed Stamp Rally / Merchandise
Heidi, Girl of the Alps themed food
Swiss-Style Cordon Bleu Alpen Macaroni | ¥2,200 (Tax Included)
Zuger Kirschtorte Gateau | ¥900 (Tax Included)
Roast Beef Lunch With Alpen Macaroni | ¥1,600 (Tax Included)
Yōichi Kotabe Art Exhibits / Cheese Plate / Illustrations
Mount Rokkō and Switzerland have a lot in common, especially when it comes to both locations being home to towering mountains with cable cars that run up them. At the top of Mount Rokkō, visitors can get a real feel for Switzerland. Rokko Garden Terrace sits up the mountains and has its own observation deck which offers a panoramic view of the Rokkō mountains. It’s here that the event themed on the anime series Heidi, Girl of the Alps will take place, with decorations, art exhibits, photo spots, themed food, merchandise, and more. Fans can also win a plush toy of Josef of the anime series. There will also be an art exhibition of works from the series character designer Yōichi Kotabe and more.
Mount Rokkō Swiss Fair ~Surrounded by Heidi, Girl of the Alps~
Running: July 16, 2021 – August 31, 2021
Location: Rokko Garden Terrace
Opening Hours: 9:30-21:00
*Opening hours subject to change depending on weather
*Subject to closure depending on COVID-19
Heidi, Girl of the Alps Official Website: http://www.heidi.ne.jp
Kumamon Promotes Strawberry and Whipped Cream Pastry For Pasco Kumamoto Project
The Pasco Kumamoto Prefecture Project is a collaboration between the Japanese pastry company Pasco and Kumamoto Prefecture which has appointed Kumamon, the mascot of Kumamoto, as its head to promote local foods.
The project was started as a reconstruction and restoration effort to help support Kumamoto after the devastating earthquake that struck in 2016 and the 2018 Japan floods. For every select product sold, 0.5 yen is donated to the relief effort to aid victims of the disasters.
The Pasco Kumamoto Prefecture Project is set to run until end end of September this year. It released two items on April 1 as part of the project. It is now releasing two new products: the “Strawberry Jam & Milk Whipped Cream” pastry and “Pancake Omelette Custard & Milk Whipped Cream.” The milk, strawberries, and eggs used for these confections are all sourced from Kumamoto
The pastry recipe creates whipped cream from milk and layers it with a strawberry jam made from yuubeni, a popular brand of strawberry grown in Kumamoto, before baking. The pancake omelette is a combination of Jersey milk, eggs, and custard cream to create a fluffy dessert.
Pasco carefully selects ingredients as part of Kumamon’s promotional products
The ingredients used in the recipes for these food products are all carefully selected to go deliciously well with Pasco’s bread. This includes milk, eggs, and yuubeni strawberries. Pasco plans to used Kumamoto-grown rice for a new product in August.
Scan the code on the packaging and meet Kumamon!
A special Kumamon AR service has also been created as part of the project. If you scan the code on the packaging of these products using a smart device, you can take a photo together with Kumamon as pictured above. He has the same design as on the packets.
Pasco Kumamoto Prefecture Project – 2nd Release
Running: June 1, 2021 – July 31, 2021
Available: Supermarkets and shops in Japan
Pasco Official Website: https://www.pasconet.co.jp/
Japanese patisserie ANTENOR, whose roots begin in Kobe, began its summer Lemon Festa on Thursday which is set to run until August 31 for the season of warm weather, serving up a special lemon-themed menu.
The Refreshing Line-Up
Lemon Cream Sandwich | ¥864 (Tax Included)
A refreshing lemon cream sandwich biscuit stuffed with sweet and sour lemon cream and dacquoise. Lemon peel is added for a slightly bitter bite.
Lemon Cream Sandwich Assortment | ¥1,620 (Tax Included)
An assortment containing the lemon cream sandwich as well as a lemon-flavoured white chocolate sandwich biscuit.
Summer Baked Goods Set | ¥2,268 (Tax Included)
This set includes the two above-mentioned desserts along with another chocolatey type of lemon sandwich biscuit.
Lemon Tarts | Small ¥519 – Whole ¥2,106 (Tax Included)
The lemon tarts are all handmade with lemon cream and lemon peel. The tarts are topped with a flower for a touch of elegance. This dessert is refreshing and satisfying like fresh lemon so is perfect for the summer season.
Setonai Lemon Cheesecake | ¥540 (Tax Included)
This cheesecake is made with cream cheese from Hokkaido and a jam made from lemons from the Seto Inland Sea. Moist, fluffy, and delicious.
Don’t miss ANTENOR’s Lemon Festa in Japan.
ANTENOR Lemon Festa
Running: May 20, 2021 – August 31, 2021
ANTENOR Official Website: https://www.antenor.jp
Neko Neko Shokupan x Samansa Mos2 Clothing Collaboration Released
Fashion brand Samansa Mos2 joined paws with the cat-themed bread and pastry store Neko Neko Shokupan to release their first collection together at Samansa Mos2 stores and the online store CAN ONLINE SHOP on May 14.
Half-Sleeve Photo Print T-Shirts
Price: ¥3,190 (Tax Included)
Half-Sleeve Monogram Print T-Shirts
Price: ¥3,190 (Tax Included)
Half-Sleeve Back Print T-Shirts
Price: ¥3,190 (Tax Included)
Back print tee design
Shokupan Print Hoodie
Price: ¥4,290 (Tax Included)
Photo Print T-Shirt
Price: ¥2,530 (Tax Included)
French Flare T-Shirts
Price: ¥2,530 (Tax Included)
Embroidered Canvas Tote Bag
Price: ¥3,850 (Tax Included)
Price: ¥660 (Tax Included)
Reversible Shoulder Pouch
Price: ¥3,190 (Tax Included)
Price: ¥2,750 (Tax Included)
Mobile Ring Holder
Price: ¥1,650 (Tax Included)
Neko Neko Shokupan are known for their rich and milky cat-shaped bread which uses milk and zero water. They’re a hugely popular bakery brand who often find themselves across social media pages including Instagram. This marks their first collaboration with Samansa Mos2 who celebrate their 35th anniversary this year.
The collection features key visuals taken from the Neko Neko Shokupan brand. Items include a variety of tees and hoodies as well as other miscellaneous must-grabs like tote bags, handkerchiefs, bottle holders, and more. There’s even a children’s line-up as part of Samansa Mos2’s kid brand Samansa Mos2 Lagom so parents and their children can coordinate cute matching outfits.
Look felinely-fashionable this summer with the Samana Mos2 x Neko Neko Shokupan collection.
Snoopy Town Shop to Open in Kobe
Peanuts fans will be excited to know that KIDDYLAND is set to open the new Snoopy Town Shop in Kobe on April 29, 2021.
The theme of the new shop is “Happiness is…a warm puppy” which will be echoed in its cute decor and line-up of merchandise. The shop is incorporating a farmhouse style which combines traditional Kobe designs with a contemporary taste that elicits a sense of nostalgia. Inside, shoppers will find the Peanuts gang relaxed and chilling around the shop along the shelves and up the official gallery wall where scenes from the comics trip will be depicted.
This Japan-official shop will also sell an exclusive line-up of items with the theme “Welcome Home” which features Snoopy and his friends relaxing at home.
Freebie for fans
The first 1,000 people to spend over ¥3,000 (tax included) in the shop will receive a free face towel.
A small look at some of the limited-edition line-up
The following items will be sold on the opening day only and will be limited to one piece per customer, per transaction.
Pin Set | ¥1,518 (Tax Included)
Bandana | ¥1,100 (Tax Included)
Glasses | ¥1,650 (Tax Included)
Tote Bag | ¥2,530 (Tax Included)
The following items will be sold on the opening day only and will be limited to two pieces per customer, per transaction.
From Left: Buffer Knife ¥660 / Small Spoon ¥660 / Small Fork ¥660 / Medium Spoon ¥770 / Medium Form ¥770 (Tax Included)
Left: Folder ¥308 / Right: Set of 2 Art Cards ¥330 (Tax Included)
Left: Wash Towel ¥1,100 / Right: Flat Pouch ¥1,100 (Tax Included)
T-Shirt | ¥2,420 (Tax Included)
© 2021 Peanuts Worldwide LLC
Snoopy Town Shop Kobe
Opening Day: April 29, 2021
Address: Kobe Harborland umie Mosaic (Floor 2F), 1-6-1 Higashikawasakicho, Chuo Ward, Kobe, Hyogo
No Fixed Holidays
Official Website: https://town.snoopy.co.jp/item/original/koube_limited.html
Chibi Maruko-chan x Coji-Coji Pop-Up Shop to Open in Tokyo and Hyogo
Nippon Animation has announced the Maruko & Coji-Coji Fest, two pop-up shops that will open at Kita-Senju Marui in Tokyo and Kobe Harborland umie in Hyogo on April 20 and 29 respectively.
Inside the Kita-Senju Marui store
Acrylic Key Rings | ¥880 Each (Tax Included)
Sticker | ¥385 (Tax Included)
Postcard | ¥275 (Tax Included)
Mugs | ¥2,200 Each (Tax Included)
Bonus Item: Wrapping paper bag
The Maruko & Coji-Coji Happy Fest welcomes an all new series of original artwork themed around snacks and sweets. Fans will be able to enjoy pre-sales of new merchandise, and all who spend over ¥2,000 (tax included) will be given a free wrapping paper bag.
Maruko & Coji-Coji Happy Fest
Running: April 20, 2021 – May 6, 2021
Where: Kita-Senju Marui Floor 2F
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
Running: April 29, 2021 – July 18, 2021
Where: Kobe Mosaic Floor 2F
Opening Hours: 11:00-19:00
Official Website: https://www.nippon-animation.co.jp/