“Nihonbashi Sakura Festival” will be held in Nihonbashi, Tokyo
08.February.2018 | SPOT
“Nihonbashi Sakura Festival Planning Committee” will hold an early cherry-blossom viewing event called “Nihonbashi Sakura Festival ～Aratani Deau, Nihonbashi, Yaesu, Kyobashi～” in the Nihonbashi Area of Tokyo from the 16th of March 2018 (Fri.) to the 15th of April (Sun.).
Nihonbashi has many beauty spots where cherry blossoms can be viewed such as Edozakura Street and Hamamachi Ryokudo. The event counts the 5th time this year and this year it will be held with the theme of “Artistic ni Tanoshimu Haru (enjoying spring in an artistic manner).” An artistic cherry-blossom viewing experience using the motifs of Edo Period’s art paper cutouts, an eating binge program with the theme of cherry blossoms and some linkage art events like music festivals and exhibitions will be held.
A 25m-long cherry blossom road using the motifs of Edo Period’s paper cutouts will be made and it will be called, “SAKURA TUNNEL.”
“SAKURA TUNNEL” will be created on the street of Fukutoku Shrine as a new sightseeing spot. The road is 25 meters long and it will be decorated with the petals of cherry blossoms using the motifs of a traditional craft called “Edo Kirie (paper cutouts).” The design of this venue will be supervised by the “space designer” Miki Hasegawa who has produced many illuminations such as Omotesando Illumination. Moreover, such events as “Sakura Light Up” which lights up important cultural properties like Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Honten, Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Tower and the facilities along the central street and “Nihonbashi Takarasagashi” which is a problem-solving event which will be set up all around the Nihonbashi Area, will be held.
Photogenic cherry blossom desserts and limited-time-offer established cherry blossom food stalls will be available.
“Nihonbashi Sakura Menu Walk” where cherry blossom menu items of 150 stores inside the Nihonbashi, Yaesu and Kyobashi areas will be held. You can enjoy desserts, gorgeous foods and buy daily products. Also, “Nihonbashi Sakura Yatai” will be available at Nakadori and Ukiyokoji from the 31st of March (Sat.) to the 1st of April (Sun.) where limited-time-offer original menus of established stores, hotels and commercial facilities in Nihonbashi can be enjoyed.
“Haru Ranman! Sakura Saku Nishikie” will also be held.
Various kinds of art events where you can enjoy the charms of the Nihonbashi area will be held too. On the 19th of March (Mon.), a concert titled, “Sakurano Machi no Ongakukai in Nihonbashi” produced by “Tokyo / Haru / Ongakusai” will be held. (Performances of violin, piano and sax will be held in many places in the Nihonbashi Area.) Also, The Bank of Japan Currency Museum will hold an exhibition titled, “Haru Ranman! Sakura Saku Nishikie – Nihonbashi / Edozakura Dori e Yokoso – 2018” from the 13th of March (Tue.) to the 15th of April (Sun.) where paintings of cherry blossoms like “Tokyo Shinkei Zue Nihon Hashi no Hanei” can be viewed.
Let’s enjoy these early cherry-blossom viewing events.
Cherry Blossom Themed Menu to be Served at InterContinental Tokyo Strings in Spring 2020
15.December.2019 | FOOD
InterContinental Tokyo Strings has revealed adelightful cherry blossom-themed menu line-up that is set to hit the hotel in spring 2020. They will be served at the hotel’s Rhythmos Café and Bar and from March 1 to April 30 next year.
Sakura Strawberry Afternoon Tea
This cherry blossom afternoon tea set can be found at Rhythmos, a cafe and bar in InterContinental Tokyo Strings. Hanami, or ‘flower viewings,’ is a fundamental part of Japanese culture during the spring when people go out to see the cherry blossoms. This custom has been recreated with this afternoon tea set, with which customers can enjoy hanami on their plate in a mix of strawberries and cherry blossom Japanese sweets.
The green colours add accent to the overall presentation, and represent the young budding leaves of springtime. The tempting selection of cherry blossom pink bites are not only mouthwatering to look at but have a cute appearance to them, one that you want to keep gazing at like the cherry blossoms during hanami. The flavours are a combination of strawberry and cherry blossom, inviting you on board for some early spring vibes. Even better is that both the sweets and savoury items, which look like spring in full bloom, are made with high quality, in-season ingredients for maximum tastiness.
The fraisier is a strawberry cake said to represent the coming of spring in France. At Rhythmos, it’s served in a glass so you can see all the delicious insides, from the round-sliced strawberries to the beautiful green pistachio mousseline cream. The pure white crémet d’Anjou has a fluffy texture and is mixed with refreshing and sour strawberry and raspberry sauce which elevates the flavour of the fromage blanc.
Other treats to pick from include the cherry blossom ganache tart which has a faint cherry blossom fragrance, cherry blossom and strawberry cream-stuffed macarons, strawberry daifuku, and more―all with spring flavours and colours.
The savoury line-up too offers some elegant and unique items. There’s the sandwich wraps which include cherry blossom leaf-topped grilled chicken with a lining of shredded dried plum, strawberry ceviche with grilled scallops, and much more.
▶︎Sakura Strawberry Afternoon Tea
Running: March 1, 2020 to April 30, 2020
Location: Rhythmos Café and Bar (InterContinental Tokyo Strings)
Time: 14:00-18:00 (Last Orders 16:30)
Price: ¥4,800 per person
“The Breath of Spring” Cocktail
Rhythmos will also serve a very special and oriental cocktail called “The Breath of Spring” which uses cherry blossom and chai tea as its base. It arrives served in a ceramic cup and captures the Japanese spirit and love of cherry blossoms and their joy at the arrival of spring. It mixes a cherry blossom vodka made in-house with chai tea and a dash of maple syrup for an added subtle sweetness. It’s topped with a milk foam made with cherry blossom bean jam which is sure to not only elicit a kind of nostalgic taste to the Japanese palate, but offer an oriental flavour too with the addition of chai tea. This is the perfect drink to enjoy on an evening after observing the cherry blossoms during Hanami.
▶︎The Breath of Spring
Running: March 1, 2020 to April 30, 2020
Location: Rhythmos Café and Bar (InterContinental Tokyo Strings)
Time: 17:00-Midnight (Last Orders 23:30)
Indulge in the culture of cherry blossoms in Japan at InterContinental Tokyo Strings next spring.
InterContinental Tokyo Strings
Address: 2-16-1 Konan, Minato Ward, Tokyo
Official Website: https://intercontinental-strings.jp/?updatelang=yes
Hokkaido Confectionery Makers Ishiya Open New Cafe in COREDO Muromachi Terrace
30.September.2019 | FOOD
COREDO Muromachi Terrace is a new shopping complex in Nihonbashi, Tokyo that opened its doors on September 27, 2019. Confectionery company Ishiya, which is known for its Shiroi Koibito cookers that are considered a souvenir and speciality of Hokkaido, opened its first ever cafe outside Hokkaido entitled ISHIYA NIHONBASHI at the shopping centre.
ISHIYA NIHONBASHI is the first cafe managed by Ishiya outside of Sapporo, Hokkaido. The cafe’s concept is to treat the people of Tokyo to the wonderful flavours of Hokkaido. This includes a selection of popular sweets and desserts, including the Shime Parfait―a common accompaniment to the end of any drinking party in Sapporo.
During the day, the establishment offers a sumptuous cafe menu whipped up by the chefs, such as pancakes and parfaits. Let’s take a look.
Strawberry Ishiya Pancake (Fluffy) – ¥1,400 (Tax Included)
The Ishiya Pancakes are fluffier than clouds, made lavishly with cream cheese and fresh cream. They’re topped with even more fresh cream and strawberries and are finished sweetly with condensed milk and a sweet and sour raspberry sauce. The pure white cream and raspberry sauce make these pancakes look cute and tempting♡
Shiroi Koibito Blend Coffee – ¥400 (Tax Included)
This original blend of coffee was crafted so it goes perfectly with a Shiroi Koibito biscuit. When you order a cup of this coffee you get one biscuit to enjoy with it.
During the evening and late night, the cafe serves snacks made to pair with alcohol as well as exclusive parfaits drizzled in Japanese sake. They also sell the “Shime Parfait,” a classic post-drinking dessert in Sapporo.
Parfait Nihonbashi – ¥1,600 (Tax Included)
This Nihonbashi-exclusive parfait is topped with alcohol which you drizzle sake over. The parfait includes rich jelly. You can create even more delicious flavours with the accompanying matcha pudding or brown sugar syrup.
The cafe also sells Saqu, colourful high-class biscuits normally only sold in Hokkaido. They make for a perfect souvenir.
Taste the flavours of Hokkaido in Tokyo at Nihonbashi’s newest hot spot.
Address: COREDO Muromachi Terrace 1F, 3-2-1 Nihonbashimuromachi, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-23:00
No fixed holidays except when COREDO Muromachi Terrace is closed.
Taiwanese Bookstore Chain Eslite Opens New Outlet in Nihonbashi, Tokyo
Eslite Bookstore is one of the prominent bookstore chains in Taiwan that opened an all-new outlet in Nihonbashi, Tokyo on September 27, 2019 that promotes reading, culture and lifestyle.
This will be the first Eslite Spectrum shopping mall to open outside Greater China. Its concept is “a cultural wonderland for reading and living” under wh ich Eslite has curated Nihonbashi’s rich history and culture to promote to the people of Tokyo.
Eslite Spectrum is always in the front row when it comes to the latest in Taiwanese trends, and it’s a place I never fail to visit when I travel to Taiwan. When I heard they would be expanding to Tokyo, I couldn’t wait for the day of the grand opening to arrive. I made my merry way there, excited and eager to see what kind of place it would be, and what kind of items they would stock.
The outlet is split into 4 different zones: the bookshop zone, the stationery zone, the miscellaneous item and workshop zone, and the restaurant zone. The bookshop features a line-up of carefully selected reading material and book recommendations.
One hundred brands from around the world make up the miscellaneous and eating areas. Half of the brands are Taiwanese, meaning you can get your hands on authentic goods from Taiwan itself.
The building was designed by leading Taiwanese architect Kris Yao, whose concept for the design was “interweaving the old and new.” It’s a stylish, welcoming building with elements of the traditional Japanese aesthetic in there. The store front has indigo blue noren entry curtains, which is both stylish and quintessentially Japanese.
This new branch of Eslite Spectrum is home to stores setting up shop in Japan for the very first time. There are also many shops here selling items exclusive to Nihonbashi. I’m going to showcase four of the places I was particularly interested in.
Kuo Yuan Ye
Kuo Yuan Ye is a confectionery shop based in Shinlin, Taipei. Since opening, they have continued to use traditional confectionery-making methods, serving sweets with deep, rich flavours.
As well as having maintained tradition, they have also released products in collaboration with rising designers. I encourage you to try their beautiful line-up yourself to taste their long, delicious history.
We have covered Sarutahiko Coffee on MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON in the past when we visited the branch in Ebisu.
The first thing that struck me upon visiting this new branch is how different the interior design is to other places. The design and its concept of “coffee and words” were created by book director Yoshitaka Haba. Quotes pulled from the books can be found written all around the cafe. There is also a space underneath the chairs for storing books. No matter where you look in the cafe, it’s nothing less than stylish.
The cafe has their own special hot cakes and original coffee blends exclusive to Nihonbashi. The hot cakes are topped lavishly with mont blanc, giving it an extremely rich taste and one reminiscent of autumn-time. Both the hot cakes and this original coffee blend are limited-time menu options available until November 14, so you’ll want to get in there quick.
For the first time ever, long-standing Taiwanese tea store Wonder Chuan arrives on the shore of Japan. The shop takes great care in the growing and brewing of its tea leaves, pouring their heart and soul into every cup.
The Taiwanese oolong tea drank was a similar colour to matcha. It had a sweet flavour and a much smoother taste compared to Japanese oolong. The shop also serves a selection of cocktails made with oolong tea as well as perform traditional tea-making methods for customers. They even have plans to host their very own Taiwanese tea workshops in the future.
The last place I want to introduce is Fujin Tree, also a first in Japan. This is another one of my favourites, so I was thrilled when this one was coming to Tokyo too!
It’s uncommon to be able to drink wine in restaurants in Taiwan, but the popular Fujin Tree serves Taiwanese cuisine and champagne in style.
Their dishes are packed full of fresh vegetables and fruit. One of their popular picks is their springstar and century egg with spicy minced pork. It’s a tasty dish with full, rich flavours that goes well with sake. It’s also great with rice. There are many amazing options on the menu, but if you’re spoilt for choice then I recommend this one.
Eslite is the bridge between Japanese and Taiwanese that aims to become a hub for Asian culture. Centred around reading, there are countless experiences to look enjoy here. Discover a new side of Nihonbashi by paying a visit.
Writer: Sayuri Mizuno (MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON)
Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga
Eslite Spectrum Nihonbashi
Address: COREDO Muromachi Terrace 2F, 3-2-1 Nihonbashimuromachi, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00 (Fuji Tree is open 11:00-23:00)
No Fixed Holidays
Official Website: http://www.eslitespectrum.jp
COREDO Muromachi Terrace: Shops and Exclusive Gourmet Treats to Arrive at Nihonbashi’s New Hot Spot
COREDO Muromachi Terrace is a new shopping facility set to open on September 27, 2019. Connected directly to Mitsukoshimae Station via the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line and Tokyo Metro Hanzōmon Line, like its neighbouring facilities COREDO Muromachi 1, 2 and 3, it is set to incorporate the halcyon days of Japanese culture while hailing as the latest must-visit spot delivering the charm and appeal of Nihonbashi.
The facility has been gathering stark attention in the run up to its grand opening, so we have compiled a list of store and restaurant chains setting up shop in the Kanto region for the first time, and products exclusive to COREDO Muromachi Terrace.
Hakata NEW COMATSU (Floor B1F)
With its at-the-counter-seat style setup, Hakata NEW COMATSU sets foot in Japan’s Kanto region for the very first time, ready to serve up a gorgeous menu made with ingredients from Kyushu. Whether it’s lunch, dinner or just a little drink, their menu line-up caters to the needs of all of its customers.
Agodashi Kyushu Soy Sauce Motsunabe – ¥1,380 (Before Tax)
Motsunabe is a staple hot pot dish of Hakata. The deep-fried tofu is filled with yuzukoshō―a seasoning made from chili peppers, yuzu peel and salt―for a refreshing kick.
Hakata Chicken Skin Skewers With Sansho Black Pepper – ¥165 Each (Before Tax)
The people of Tokyo will now get to enjoy Hakata NEW COMATSU’s most popular menu item: chicken skin skewers, seasoned with soy sauce and sansho black pepper
Dashi Inari Kaiboku (Floor 1F)
Kaiboku is a restaurant located along Watanabedori in the city of Fukuoka. This one too is set to take a spot in Kanto for the first time, serving freshly-made dashi inari sushi.
You can order them for takeout, including sets of 4 (¥1,296) and 8 (¥2,592). Or you can sit at the stylish counter seats and order the set of 2 with miso soup (¥1,296).
Dashi-soaked inari sushi is fluffy and has a completely different texture to Kanto-style inari.
Ferme La Terre Biei (Floor 1F)
This will be the first branch of Ferme La Terre Biei outside Hokkaido. Everyday, the bakery cooks up over 100 different types of bread, with over 30 different types of wheat flour used.
Hokkaido Jersey Milk Loaf – ¥600 (Before Tax)
Made with milk from Jersey cattle, Biei’s popular Jersey Milk Loaf has been made even more delicious, and feels extremely soft and fluffy from the moment you take it in your hands.
Hokkaido Butter Croissants – ¥1,000 (Before Tax)
Biei’s beautiful and buttery croissants are made over the course of 3 days, resulting in a crunchy texture and a lusciously buttery flavour.
Hokkaido Matured Cheese Bread – ¥450 (Before Tax)
The cheese bread is made with fresh mascarpone cheese and cream cheese, both from Hokkaido. It’s also rounded in the shape of a cheese wheel.
Butter Cheese Sandwiches – ¥300 Each (Before Tax)
These butter cheese sandwiches are carefully handmade one by one by Biei’s expert bakers. They are layers of thin, crunchy sablé biscuits and cream. They sell them individually and in sets, so they would make as great gifts.
Gino Sorbillo Artista Pizza Napoletana (Floor 1F)
With a history spanning over 80 years, immensely popular pizzeria Gino Sorbillo arrives in Japan for the very first time.
Margherita – ¥1,180 (Before Tax)
The margherita pizza is loaded with organic ingredients, made classically with tomato sauce, oregano, garlic, olive oil and basil. The pizza dough is cooked thin so it’s nice and easy to eat.
Minamiaso Tea House (Floor 1F)
Established in the village of Minamiaso in Kumamoto, Minamiaso Tea House is a herbal tea house arriving in Tokyo for the very first time. The cafe creates their own original tea blends made from herbs grown by the cafe themselves and others carefully selected from around the world.
Limited Edition First-Pick Lemongrass (50g) – ¥1,620 (Tax Included)
Their lemongrass is a seasonal exclusive, with each bag made up of only the best first-picks. Once all bags have been sold, it will discontinue, so you’ll want to get in there quick! Perfect for tea time, eliminating strong odours from fish when cooking, and many other things.
365 DAYS HERB (180g) – ¥1,944 (Tax Included)
This is one of the shop’s most popular products. It uses Rooibos as the base blended with lemongrass, rose hip which is known for its beautifying effects, and peach leaves. It’s a flavour that even those not familiar with herbs can enjoy.
ISHIYA (Floor 1F)
Ishiya Co., Ltd., a confectionery maker which is known for its Shiroi Koibito cookies, is setting up its ISHIYA cafe outside Hokkaido for the first time.
Parfait Nihonshu – ¥1,600 (Tax Included)
This parfait is exclusive to the new Nihonbashi branch, made with Japanese sake and cotton candy. It comes with a side of honey and matcha pudding for an amalgamation of flavours.
Saqu LANGUE DE CHAT (12 Included) – From ¥1,296
Packaged in six different flavours, their Language de Chat biscuits are crunchy and melt in your mouth. Their packaging is cute too, making them perfect gifts!
Did you enjoy our picks? There are countless other restaurants and shops to look forward too when COREDO Muromachi Terrace opens its doors on September 27.
COREDO Muromachi Terrace
Address: 3-2-1 Nihonbashimuromachi, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Grand Opening: September 27, 2019
Official Website: https://www.nihonbashi-tokyo.jp/muromachiterrace/
A Date With Yutaro: Soaking Up the Japanese Summer Sun & Visiting the Art Aquarium | Tokyo Stroll
It’s been a while since our last date with Yutaro. He’s been very busy with film shoots. He had some spare time today so we paid a visit to Nihonbashi for our next date. “ECO EDO Nihonbashi: Enjoy Cool Edo With All Five Senses” is an event held every year in the Nihonbashi area which takes the Edo period cultural idea of “coolness”―an in, to enjoy being cool during the summer－and puts a modern spin on it. There are many exciting things to look forward to, including the art aquarium which proves massively popular every year.
We gave ourselves more time to arrive at the meeting place to be in the safe side, but it seems Yutaro-kun was already there waiting for us!
Nihonbashi Information Center | IPPIN CAFÉ “Sparkling Herb Tea” – ¥518 (Tax Included)
“Here, you must be boiling.” Yutaro-kun kindly offers a cup of IPPIN CAFE’s limited-edition sparkling herb tea. It’s a delicious mix of fizzy soda and lemon, a perfect refreshment for the summer. Since he ordered takeout the drink came with a goldfish straw. Goldfish are a staple sight during Japanese summer festivals so it’s very fitting for the occasion!
With our drinks in hand, it’s time to head to Nihonbashi for our Edo summer date!
Wind-Chime Forest Path
Lining the path between Fukutoku Shrine and Fukutoku Garden is the Wind-Chime Forest Path where around 200 Edo-style wind chimes dangled. This year, during the evenings, the path is illuminated with beautiful lighting.
When the breeze rolls past the wind chimes ring one by one－a cool and refreshing sound.
“I hear each one of these Edo wind chimes are individually handmade by craftsmen.”
When you hear the sound of the wind chimes it makes you feel cool like a gentle breeze of the wind.
After strolling along the Wind-Chime Forest Path we make our way towards this year’s ECO EDO Art Aquarium event.
The moment we step instead Yutaro is already dazzled by all the goldfish: “Wow! I knew about this place from what I’d seen online, but this my first time here! This art aquarium really is something!”
The full title of the event is “ECO EDO Nihonbashi ART AQUARIUM 2019 ~Edo, Coolness of Kingyo~ & Night Aquarium.” Goldfish were a huge part of the common culture in Nihonbashi during the Edo period. This event recreates that and brings that “coolness” aspect while combining it with contemporary art by having people observe the fish in lots of different artistic environments.
“This is the biggest fish tank, apparently it has 3,000 fish swimming inside!”
“Seeing the light reflect on the water from the illuminations lets you see the fish in a different light, doesn’t it?”
Looks like Yutaro-kun is having a lot of fun taking photos.
He’s equally interested in just about every fish tank!
These other fish tanks have a different aesthetic to them. Their Japanese-style designs make for great photos.
“This one’s beautiful, it’s like a kaleidoscope.”
It really does look like one. When you take a peek instead you can glimpse all kinds of colourful fish gently swimming around.
“There’re goldfish swimming on the ceiling too. So cool! This aquarium is incredible. It brings together the great culture of Edo and contemporary art.”
The Art Aquarium bustles every single year with visitors, but this year will mark its last run. It’s being held at Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall, so if you have the chance to go then please do.
We of course checked out some local Nihonbashi treats too! We stopped by morozoff for some cheesecake after the aquarium.
morozoff Kamadashi Cheesecake (Goldfish) – ¥270 Each (Tax Included)
These cute cheesecakes with their goldfish designs are available for a limited time only. They’re filled with sweet red bean paste. They perfect with iced tea.
“Got some! Let’s eat them while we head back.”
Goldfish Lantern Walkway
Our first date in Nihonbashi was so much fun. While on the date Yutaro-kun spoke about the new live-action film he’s in, Kaguya-sama: Love Is War.
“It’s a romance film with mind games to try and make the other person confess their love. I play the character Tsubasa. His number one highlight scene is the kabedon scene. That was my first day shooting, so I was super nervous, but I got along well with the other actors, and the atmosphere on set was harmonious, so I was able to relax for the shoots. Tsubasa is a genuine guy who will believe things that have been said to him in earnest. You’ve definitely gotta check out all his scenes throughout the film!”
“A lot of the cast are the same age as me, so we were all energetic together in the waiting room. There’s a scene at the end where all the cast get together. It took 3 days to shoot so we ended up getting along really well.”
“This film has made me realise that love comes in many shapes, and that mind games happen in a variety of ways between guys and girls. There’s cute scenes that express that small bit of pride that teenagers have, the embarassment they feel, when they get butterflies, scenes that will warm your heart. The film has various elements to it so I thoroughly enjoyed watching it myself. I hope that couples in love in their teens and twenties watch it, and I also hope that married couples watch it and crack up laughing too.”
“In the film it’s summer break, and they go and see fireworks and stuff. It’s definitely one to watch durnig the summer. You’re gonna come watch it too, right? Shall we go?”
An offer we cannot refuse! We’ll definitely go and see it with you, Yutaro-kun!
Writer: Yuki Yokoo
Photographer: Kayo Sekiguchi
ECO EDO Nihonbashi 2019 ~Enjoy Cool Edo With All Five Senses~
Running: July 5, 2019 – September 23, 2019
Location: Nihonbashi Area
TEL: 03-3242-0010 (Nihonbashi Information Center)
Event Page: https://www.nihonbashi-tokyo.jp/en/ecoedo2019/
ECO EDO Nihonbashi ART AQUARIUM 2019 ~Edo, Coolness of Kingyo~ & Night Aquarium
Running: July 5, 2019 – September 23, 2019
Location: Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall Floor 5F (Entrance at 4F), COREDO Muromachi 1, 2-2-1 Nihonbashimuromachi, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: Art Aquarium 11:00-19:00 / Night Aquarium From 19:00
[Sun-Fri] 11:00-22:00 (Last Entries 22:00) [Sat & days prior to public hoiday] 11:00-23:30 (Last Entries 23:00)
Access: Directly connected to Exit A6 of Mitsukoshimae Station, accessible on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line and Hanzomon Line / Directly connected to Shin-Nihombashi Station / 8-minutes on foot from East Exit of Kanda Station JR 8-minutes on foot from Nihonbashi Exit of Tokyo Station
Kaguya-sama: Love Is War Film
Release Date: September 6, 2019
Adapted from the manga of the same name by Aka Akasaka (Shueisha/Weekly Young Jump)
Cast: Sho Hirano (King & Prince), Kanna Hashimoto, Hayato Sano, Natsumi Ikema, Nana Asakawa, Mayu Hotta, YUTARO, Takashima Masahiro, Jiro Sato
Official Website: https://kaguyasama-movie.com/
Yutaro was born in Hiroshima on June 3rd 1998. His modeling career has earned him lots of attention as a fashion icon of the new generation. The famous model also works as a “charisma” shop assistant. Yutaro has gained his reputation as a “mysterious and handsome guy” from his appearance on Japanese variety shows. His debut was made on the show “Gyoretsu no Dekiru Horitsu Sodanjo” and has since then appeared on numerous different TV shows. He challenged himself to appear on stage for the very first time in March this year and is gaining popularity by the day for his diverse work.
New Snorlax & Poké Ball Meals Arriving at the Pokémon Cafe in Nihonbashi
The Pokémon Cafe in Nihonbashi is introducing a new Snorlax plate―inspired by the huge Snorlax that is sitting outside Pokémon Center Tokyo DX―and Poké Ball dessert bowl to its menu on August 10. These will be served with certain dishes in the cafe and can also be bought as merchandise there too so you can use them at home.
Snorlax’s Stomach-Filling Afternoon Nap Lunch Plate – ¥1,922 (Tax Included)
If you want a satisfied belly like Snorlax then you’ll want to order the hearty lunch plate. And after that you can take a nice afternoon nap. Just make sure not to block any routes or anything!
I Choose You!! Poké Ball Dessert Bowl – ¥1,706 (Tax Included)
What does it look like inside the Poké Ball? It’s being kept a secret by the Pokémon Cafe so you can only know if you visit! What kind of Pokémon could be sleeping inside…?
Ingredients: Berry flavoured jelly, strawberry spongecake, strawberries, wafers, whipped cream, crepe, mint
Pokémon Café Snorlax Plate – ¥2,160 (Tax Included)
Pokémon Café Poké Ball Donburi Bowl – ¥2,160 (Tax Included)
If you want your own Snorlax plate or Poké Ball bowl then keep in mind that supplies at the cafe are limited. And don’t forget that you must make a reservation at the cafe if you want to dine there.
© 2019 Pokémon.©1995-2019 Nintendo/Creatures Inc./GAME FREAK inc.
Pokémon, ポケットモンスター and ポケモン are registered trademarks of Nintendo, Creatures Inc. and GAME FREAK inc.
Address: 2-1-2 Nihombashi | Nihombashi Takashimaya SC East Bldg. 5F, Chuo 103-0027, Tokyo Prefecture
Business Hours: 10:30-22:00
Access: 5-minutes on foot from Tokyo Station’s Yaesu North Exit via JR Line / 5-minutes on foot from Nihonbashi Station’s B2 Exit via Tokyo Metro Ginza Line and Tozai Line / 4-minutes on foot from Nihonbashi Station via Toei Asakusa Line
Official Website: https://www.pokemoncenter-online.com/cafe/
ECO EDO Nihonbashi 2019: Nihonbashi Readies For Annual Summer Event
06.June.2019 | SPOT
The 12th annual ECO EDO Nihonbashi event is set to take place across the Nihonbashi area of Tokyo again this year from July 5 to September 23.
ECO EDO Nihonbashi sees lots of events take place through the town that give a modern spin on the lives of those in the traditional Edo period. “Cool and refreshing” is the theme of the event and something that was born from Nihonbashi during this period. It encourages people to use of all five senses: to feel the coolness as they observe the goldfish, lanterns and fireworks, to feel it by wearing a yukata, to hear the refreshing sounds of the wind chimes by means of the wind, to taste and smell the refreshing gourmet food prepared, and so on.
Goldfish Lantern Road
The Goldfish Lantern Road returns again this year, a path imbued with that Edo atmosphere that leads up to Fukutoku Shrine. The giant goldfish lanterns will be strung up once again to bring that summertime vibe. Digital lighting will also be used to illuminate the path for an even better experience. The lighting performance this year was created by Nihonbashi-based creative company flapper3.
Running: July 5, 2019 – September 23, 2019
Light-Up Time: 19:00-23:00
Location: Nakadori Street (Between Coredo Muromachi 1 and 2)
Little Path in the Wind Chime Forest
The little path that connects Fukutoku Shrine to Fukutoku Forest will be draped with around 20 little Edo-style wind chimes. The sound of the chimes as they are brushed by the wind will allow you to enjoy the cool air. For the first time this year, the area will also be lit up in the evening. Be transported into a magical world as the wind chimes are illuminated by the beautiful lights.
Running: July 5, 2019 – September 23, 2019
Light-Up Time: 19:00-23:00
Location: Little path at Fukutoku Forest, right beside Fukutoku Shrine
Goldfish Sweets & Bar Crawl
110 shops and restaurants in the Nihonbashi area, from those in shopping malls to individual stores, will serve up a selection of goldfish themed goodies once again which proved very popular last year. Tuck into goldfish inspired Instagrammable sweets, bar food, and alcohol.
Running: July 5, 2019 – September 23, 2019
Kyorakutei Yukata Station (*Booking required)
Rent out a yukata or have your own fitted onto you in a Japanese-style room with this yukata service.
Running: Every Saturday from July 5, 2019 – September 21, 2019 (Except August 31)
Business Hours: 10:00-18:00 (Rentals from 10:30-17:30)
Location: Kyorakutei (Coredo Muromachi 3 Floor 3F)
Price: Yukata Fitting ¥3,000 / Yukata Rental ¥5,500
TEL: 03-5652-5403 (Shinnichiya) (Weekdays 10:00-17:00)
ECO EDO Nihonbashi Art Aquarium 2019: Cool Edo & Goldfish Night Museum
The Art Aquarium is an aquatic art museum managed by aquarium artist Hidetomo Kimura which fuses art, design and entertainment. The beautiful fish tanks are inspired by traditional Japanese design and focus on goldfish, combining sound, visuals, music and smell for an completely new and unique art experience. To date, over 9.45 million people have paid to enter this exhibition which is held only during ECO EDO Nihonbashi.
Running: July 5, 2019 – September 23, 2019
Location: Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall (Coredo Muromachi 1 Floor 5F. Entrance accessed via Floor 4F.)
Art Aquarium Natsumatsuri Summer Festival
Celebrating its third year, the Art Aquarium Natsumatsuri Summer Festival returns for 2019. A host of events will take place every weekend including Bon Odori dancing, goldfish scooping and more. This year, visitors will be able to experience Bon Odori dancing from various locations across Japan.
Running: Every weekend from July 20, 2019 – September 1, 2019
Location: Fukutoku Forest
Entry: Free (A fee is required for the goldfish scooping however)
*Subject to cancellation during rainy weather.
*Please check here to see the days when the Bon Odori and goldfish scooping are taking place.
Lots of other fun events are taking place besides these ones too, so if you’re in Tokyo this summer be sure to get involved.
Royal Park Hotel Releases Luxurious Afternoon Tea Set to Celebrate 30th Anniversary
Since opening 30 years ago in Ningyocho, Nihombashi, business has been great for Royal Park Hotel. Rather than celebrating alone, they are stretching their feelings of gratitude to their customers by releasing the Celebration Afternoon Tea Set which they will serve for a limited period at the Lobby Lounge FONTAINE located on the first floor.
The concept of the afternoon tea set has been clearly depicted by the eye-catching desserts. The chocolate high-heeled shoes represent the hotel’s strive to “walk” towards success, improvement and their ambition to achieve their goals, for example. The luxury chocolate room keys contribute to the hotel theme!
The middle tier contains a variety of elegant treats including cherry tarts, scones, macarons, and more. Each of these eloquent desserts are dainty with refined flavour. Tasting so many exquisite desserts all at once will be enough to bring a tear of happiness to your eye. ♪
The bottom tier consists of a luxurious assortment of sandwiches including tuna and potato, broccoli filling, dry-cured ham with cheese, and much more. Each tier is delicious and beautiful, adding to the celebratory mood! ♪
※ Photo shows a two-person portion.
Royal Park Hotel Lobby Lobby Lounge FONTAINE
Address：2-1-1 Nihonbashi-Kakigara-cho, Chuo-ku. Tokyo
Open：National holiday Weds May 1 ー Sun June 30 2019
Opening hours：11:00 ー 17:00
Price：￥4,752 per person（￥4,000）
※ The price shown above includes the 10 % service fee and tax. The price in the brackets shows the original price.
Enjoy cherry blossoms from theme park rides at Osaka’s Hirakata Park! ♡ Over 300 trees about to bloom!
18.March.2019 | SPOT
From the end of March to the beginning of April, sakura will bloom at Hirakata amusement park. There are approximately 300 sakura trees and eight varieties of tree including Yoshino cherry blossoms. Amongst the park attractions is the “Skywalker”; a giant ferris wheel that overlooks the park. The path to the ride is hilly and lined with sakura trees, so during full bloom, the path is completely covered in a bed of pink petals!
This theme park is unique in that you can enjoy the cherry blossom view and the rides simultaneously! The roller coaster ride “Red Falcon” is also located near a road lined with sakura trees, so you can enjoy an even more wonderful sakura-viewing experience! Plus, you can take your cherry blossom viewing to a whole new level on the “Skywalker” as the carriages of the ride overlook the park from the sky and remain in mid-air for approximately 10 minutes. ♡
Thanks to the arrival of spring, you can enjoy Hirakata Park sakura to the max!
Weekdays: 10:00 ー 17:00
Weekends & national holidays:
・ Monday 25th March ー Friday 5th April 10:00 ー 18:00
Saturday 27th April ー holiday Monday 6th May: 10:00 ー 19:00
Entry prices: Adults: (Middle school+) ￥1,400, children: (2 y/o ー elementary school): ￥800
Sakura Sweets Released at Daimaru Tokyo
06.March.2019 | FOOD
Daimaru Tokyo becomes extremely busy during the hanami season due to being connected directly to Tokyo Station and having easy access.
The department store can sell up to 30,000 sweets in a single day, and with the cherry blossom season drawing close, it is now selling a selection of sakura inspired sweets. There are around 70 to choose, all dotted with cherry blossom motifs from pink coloured mont blancs to pies and cookies decorate with cherry blossom petals.
Here are just nine of those sweets flower-viewers can look forward to enjoying.
Japanese Style Sakura Roll Cake: ¥1,080 @ TOPS (Floor 1F)
Fork into a soft and beautiful roll cake filled with pink cream and decorated with cherry blossom shaped gold leaf.
Sakura Mont Blanc: ¥594 @ ANTENOR (Floor 1F)
Formed into a dacquoise dessert cake made with cherry blossom cream and strawberry jam and cream.
Kamakura Sakura Cha Hantsuki (Box of 10): ¥1,080 @ Kamakura Goro (Floor 1F)
A half-moon shaped osenbei wafer filled with slightly sweet cream with a cherry blossom tea fragrance.
Sakura Mont Blanc: ¥584 @ Patisserie KIHACHI (Floor 1F)
This sakura delight is coloured and flavoured with the bloom of cherry blossoms.
Palet Chocolate (Box of 5): ¥1,728 @ Bel Amer (Floor B1F)
Beautifully decorated round chocolates adorned with flowery flakes and cherry blossom shaped chocolates.
Sakura Pie (Box of 12): ¥1,080 @ Gin no Budo (Floor 1F)
Shaped like sakura petals, these luxurious pies are flavoured with cherry blossoms and butter.
Sakura Kudzu (Box of 3): ¥1,026 @ Ginza Suzuya (Floor 1F)
The bean paste floating inside this kudzu is laced with cherry blossom leaves.
Sakura Hitohira (Box of 18): ¥1,130 @ Ginza Tamaya (Floor 1F)
Petal-shaped cookie sandwiches filled with cherry blossom leaves and white chocolate.
Ohanami Anmitisu: ¥572 @ Funabashiya (Floor 1F)
Assorted fruit served with a seasonal syrup made with cherry blossoms.
Enjoy all the sakura sweets you can this flower-viewing season.
Address: 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo
Official Website: https://www.daimaru.co.jp/tokyo/
Springtime Strawberry Desserts & Drinks Arriving in Japan This Year
The calendar says spring is already here, but it sure doesn’t feel like it yet. It’s freezing out.
So you can feel more like the season has arrived we have compiled a list of cute cherry blossom flavoured desserts and succulent strawberry sweets and drinks that can be enjoyed in Japan this year.
Sakura Matsuri 2019
Tokyo Prince Hotel is set to hold a cherry blossom festival this year where they will serve a range of cherry blossom inspired menus. This includes hanami lunch boxes, sakura inspired cocktails and many other beautiful selections. Enjoy a luxurious Japanese cherry blossom spring this year while gazing at Tokyo Tower.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/174931
Sakura Matsuri 2019
Running: March 16, 2019-April 14, 2019
*Will run March 16 to April 25 at Porto and from March 22 to April 14 at Garden Island.
Participating Restaurants: Tower View Terrace, Porto, Garden Island, Shimizu, Maronie, Pikake, Windsor, Petrea Karaoke Room
Official Website: https://www.princehotels.co.jp/tokyo/
Itohkyuemon – Uji Matcha Sakura Nama Chocolate
Uji Matcha Sakura Nama Chocolate is a new cherry blossom flavoured raw chocolate released by Itohkyuemon, a well-established Japanese green tea store in Kyoto. A spring-like pink powder is sprinkled over the Uji matcha chocolate. After the flowery flavour of sakura spreads through your mouth, you will be struck with a milky flavour along with a moderate salty touch. It even comes packaged in a cute pink Japanese-style paper decorated with a woven cherry blossom pattern♡
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/173633
Uji Matcha Sakura Nama Chocolate (Package of 16 chocolates)
Released: February 15, 2019 (Sales will end once stock is fully depleted)
Price: ¥1,296 (Tax Included)
Available: Online Shop / Uji Main Store/ JR Uji Station Branch / Kyoto Station Branch / Ekimae store
*You can purchase these chocolates in advance from the online store. The chocolates will be purchasable from stores from 1st March.
Product Page: https://www.itohkyuemon.co.jp/fs/ujicha/090151
GODIVA – Shokorikisa White Chocolate Sakura Lala
GODIVA’s “Shokorikisa White Chocolate Sakura Lala” beverage is available this White Day only. The mild and fluffy texture along with the sweet aroma of cherry blossoms and cherries is melted together with white chocolate. The pink frozen drink is layered with sakura jelly and whipped cream. It both looks and tastes like spring.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/172469
GODIVA Official Website: https://www.godiva.co.jp/
Fuji-Q Highland’s Strawberry Festival
Lisa & Gaspard Town in Fuji-Q Highland―which became free to enter last year―is now hosting its strawberry themed event. Strawberry derived snacks, drinks, cookies and more line the town stores while on weekends and national holidays at Les Rêves Salon de Thé a strawberry dessert buffet fills the bellies of customers.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/170337
Lisa & Gaspard Town Strawberry Festa
Running: February 25, 2019 – April 19, 2019
Welcome to Lisa & Gaspard’s Mirror Maze Magic Show
Opening: March 8, 2019
Fuji-Q Highland – Lisa & Gaspard Town
Address: 5 C-6-1 Shinnishihara, Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi Prefecture
Opening Hours: Weekdays 9:30-17:00 / Weekends & Holidays 9:30-18:00
*Lisa & Gaspard Town is open 30 minutes before Fuji-Q’s opening hours and closes 30 minutes after Fuji-Q’s closing hours
No Fixed Holidays.
Free Pass: Adults ¥5,700 / Junior High School Students ¥5,200 / Children ¥4,300
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McDonald’s Japan – 3 White Chocolate & Strawberry Beverages
McDonald’s Japan is now selling three white chocolate and strawberry drinks at McCafé by Barista branches for a limited time: the white chocolate strawberry smoothie, latte and iced latte. The combination of sweet white chocolate and sweet and sour flavour of the strawberries is simply irresistible!
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/171227
White Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie / Latte / Iced Latte
Running: February 20, 2019 – Early April 2019 (subject to change)
Available: At McCafé by Barista branches of McDonald’s (approx. 94 branches as of February 20, 2019)
Official Homepage: http://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/menu/barista
Lindt Chocolat Cafe – Lindt White Chocolate Sakura Ice Drink
Premium Swiss chocolate brand Lindt is now selling three new cherry blossom inspired drinks at the Lind Chocolat Cafe: the Lindt White Chocolate Sakura Ice Drink, Lindt Delice Sakura and Lindt Sakura Leaf. The sweet iced drink brings together the sweetness of Lindt’s creamy white chocolate and the sourness of cherries. Its spring vibe appearance is cute too!
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/166171
Lindt White Chocolate Sakura Ice Drink / Lindt Delice Sakura / Lindt Delice Sakura Leaf
Running: February 16, 2019 – March 31, 2019
Lindt Dome Chocolat Sakura / Lindt Chocolat Parfait Sakura
Running: March 1, 2019 – March 31, 2019
Lindt Official Website (Japanese): http://www.lindt.jp/
Starbucks Japan – Sakura Season
Springtime has arrived at Starbucks in the form of two new beverages: the Sakura Full Milk Latte and Sakura Full Frappuccino®. Both drinks use cherry blossoms and strawberries as their base flavour, warm and cosy ingredients that call to spring. They are inspired by the dancing leaves fallen from cherry trees in full bloom.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/168843
Starbucks Sakura Season
Running: February 15, 2019 – February 27, 2019
Available: At most Starbucks branches across Japan
*The Sakura Full Milk Latte will be sold until March 19, 2019.
Starbucks Japan Official Website: www.starbucks.co.jp/
Mister Donut is releasing six cherry blossom flavoured doughnuts in Japan on March 1.
Three of these doughnuts are chewy and made in the image of a cherry blossom petal while the other three are made with Mister Donut’s popular and old fashioned dough recipe released in 2013, sprinkled with pink cherry blossom powder.
Cherry Blossom Flower Doughnut – Cherry Blossom Flavoured: ¥129 (Tax Included)
Inspired by the beautiful petals of the cherry blossoms, this doughnut has a distinct chewy texture and is coated with a bright pink cherry blossom glaze.
Cherry Blossom Flower Doughnut – Soy Flour Flavoured: ¥129 (Tax Included)
Just as chewy as the above doughnut, this version is sprinkled with soy flour sugar.
Cherry Blossom Flower Doughnut – Adzuki Red Bean Paste: ¥140 (Tax Included)
Another chewy choice, this sandwich-like doughnut is filled with adzuki red bean paste and sprinkled with icing sugar.
Cherry Blossom Fashioned: ¥129 (Tax Included)
Mister Donut’s old fashioned crunchy doughnut turns cherry blossom flavoured.
Cherry Blossom Fashioned Chocolate: ¥140 (Tax Included)
This version of the crunchy old fashioned doughnut comes with a delicious chocolate coating.
Cherry Blossom Fashioned Honey: ¥140 (Tax Included)
And this one is glazed with sumptuous honey.
Feel the springtime early by getting your fingers on a tasty cherry blossom doughnut at Mister Donut.
Cherry Blossom Donuts
Running: March 1, 2019 – Early April 2019
Available: At most Mister Donut branches in Japan
Official Website (Japanese): https://www.misterdonut.jp/