“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.
Tokyo’s Craft Chocolate Shop nel Releases Cacao Kintoki Shaved Ice Desserts
nel craft chocolate tokyo, a craft chocolate shop located in Nihonbashihamacho, Tokyo, released two chocolate shaved ice desserts last Wednesday for the hot summer season. The desserts are also being sold at Saryo Tsukikage, a restaurant inside the hot spring ryokan Yuen Bettei Daita in Setagaya.
Left: Cacao Kintoki | Right: White Cacao Kintoki
Cacao kintoki is a type of shaved ice made with specially-selected cacao beans from Vietnam. It uses a ‘bean to bar’ method where the shaved ice is made from scratch, roasting the beans fresh to create the dessert.
The two new treats at nel use a chocolate base and add cacao pulp to the mix, adding a natural fruity flavour derived from the bean. Each is also served with a special cacao sauce for extra flavour. The white cacao version is made by combining with in-house white chocolate. It also comes with an Okinawan passion fruit and cacao pulp sauce, resulting in a sour kick and refreshing taste.
The open-air baths at Yuen Bettei Daita
A special matcha version of this shaved ice can also be enjoyed while bathing in the open-air baths at Yuen Bettei Daita. It’s made with nel’s homemade white chocolate as well as dark chocolate, cacao pulp, and specially-selected yame matcha from Shimokita Chaen Ōyama, a cafe in Setagaya.
nel CRAFT CHOCOLATE TOKYO
Address: HAMACHO HOTEL 1, 3-2-2 Nihonbashihamacho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Official Website: https://nel-tokyo.jp/
Yuen Bettei Daita
Address: 2-31-26 Daita, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
Official Website: https://www.uds-hotels.com/yuenbettei/daita/restaurant/#saryo
Gaspard and Lisa Themed Menu to be Served in Tokyo
The popular French characters Gaspard and Lisa are getting their own themed menu at Le Cafe la Boutique du Joel Robuchon in Tokyo. The menu will be served from April 24 to May 9 and takes inspiration from Anne Gutman and Georg Hallensleben’s children’s book series.
Gaspard and Lisa One Plate & Cocktail Set | ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
Non-Alcoholic Strawberry & Lychee Cocktail | ¥990 (Tax Included)
Strawberry Galette (With Coffee or Tea) | ¥2,420 (Tax Included)
The first 500 customers who order something from the menu will receive a free coaster, and those who spend over ¥5,000 will get a special pouch.
Enter the charming world of Gaspard and Lisa with this cute themed menu.
(C) 2021 Anne Gutman & Georg Hallensleben / Hachette Livre
Le Cafe la Boutique du Joel Robuchon x Gaspard and Lisa
Running: April 24, 2021 – May 9, 2021
Where: Le Cafe la Boutique du Joel Robuchon (Nihonbashi Takashimaya S.C. Floor 2F)
Opening Hours: 10:30-19:30 (Last Orders 18:30)
Official Website: https://www.robuchon.jp/
Cherry Blossom Chocolate and Soda Releases From MAISON CACAO
27.March.2021 | FOOD
Japanese aromatic raw chocolate brand MAISON CACAO is launching a new Kamakura-based brand called Shiki to Maison (“Four Seasons & Maison”) which will feature chocolates that capture the events and culture found throughout the four seasons in Japan.
The first entries to the series are cherry blossom chocolates which are available from March 26 to April 4, as well as cherry blossom drink which can be enjoyed on March 27 and 28.
Aroma Raw Chocolate SAKURA ¥2,200 / Cacao Vinegar Soda SAKURA ¥550 (Before Tax)
Aroma Raw Chocolate SAKURA
Indulge in a box of these luxury cherry blossom chocolates which are made with 100% cacao powder which have a refreshing white chocolate aftertaste. The chocolates are made with cherry blossom as well as a fresh cream laced with salt-pickled cherry blossom. They also include a paste made from liquid drawn from cherry blossom petals. It’s a taste of Japanese spring with every bite.
Cacao Vinegar Soda SAKURA
This springtime beverage includes a cacao vinegar made from cacao pulp and is coupled with fragrant cherry blossom. This one is available at the Komachi and Cacao Hanare branches as well as at CHOCOLATE BANK.
Shiki to Maison Sakura Sweets
Japanese Product Name: 四季とメゾン 桜スイーツ
Serving: March 26, 2021 – April 4, 2021
MAISON CACAO Official Website: https://onlineshop.maisoncacao.com/
Japanese Springtime Flowers Bloom a Delicious Menu at TREE by NAKED Yoyogi Park
Spring has arrived at TREE by NAKED Yoyogi Park, a cafe run by NAKED that’s located in Yoyogi Park in Shibuya, Tokyo. On Monday, the cafe launched a seasonal menu which incorporates a variety of spring flowers like cherry blossoms, showy’s baby breath from Kumamoto, keiou-zakura from Yamagata, and more.
TREE by NAKED Yoyogi Park first opened in July 2017. It’s an experience-based art restaurant where customers can enjoy Japan’s latest cutting edge technology and next-generation gastronomy. Its popularity has risen rapidly, earning itself a reputation for offering an experience that stimulates all five of the senses, as well as for its photogenic interior decor.
With the pandemic restricting travel in Japan, people are unable to visit places far away across the country, and so the cafe is bringing a little bit of different places around Japan, namely their flowers, in collaboration with JA Kumamoto Uki and JA Yamagata.
Kumamoto is the only place in Japan that grows show’s baby breath. They are raised with the prefecture’s rich water and soil to blossom beautiful white and pink. These flowers can not only be enjoyed at TREE by NAKED Yoyogi Park as decorations, but customers can actually buy a bouquet of them too. Thanks to the skills of producers, the flowers can be grown out of season over a long period running from December to April, allowing people to enjoy their gorgeous springtime hues even if it’s not spring.
Açaí Lemonade – Eat In ¥825 / Takeout ¥810
Cherry Blossom & Strawberry Nicecream – Eat In ¥770 / Takeout ¥756
“Power & Healthly” are the concepts for the lunch and cafe-time menu which includes both food and drink. The cafe’s popular homemade açaí lemonade has been turned into a springtime version with fresh cherry blossom petals. There’s also a vegan-friendly ice cream made with banana, avocado, soy milk, and a blend of strawberry and cherry blossom. It has a slight salt tang to it.
Vegan Cherry Blossom Latte – Eat In ¥770 / Takeout ¥756
Vegan Avocado & Sprout Sandwich – Eat In ¥1,100 / Takeout ¥1,080
The cafe’s popular cherry blossom latte from last year returns with a soy milk base. There’s also sandwiches, including a vegan one fried in coconut oil.
Strawberry Mille-Feuille – Eat In ¥1,650
The cafe’s strawberry mille-feuille is so popular that they have to make a limited batch each day. It’s even been featured on Instagram. With the strawberry season here, customers can enjoy fresh whole strawberries topping their dessert.
The cafe will also be running an evening cafe and bar experience with a range of desserts, food, and alcohol.
Released: March 15, 2021
Where: TREE by NAKED Yoyogi Park
Address: 1-10-2 Tomigaya, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00 (EVENING CAFÉ & BAR TIME from 16:00) *Last orders at 19:00
TREE by NAKED Yoyogi Park Official Website: https://tree.naked.works/yoyogi/
Snoopy Cherry Blossom Marshmallow Latte and Lemonade Serve Up at PEANUTS Cafe Nakameguro This Spring
PEANUTS Cafe Nakameguro is now serving up two new cherry blossom beverages for the spring season: the Sakura Lemonade and Sakura Charred Marshmallow Latte, both of which are now available to order until April 11.
Sakura Charred Marshmallow Latte ¥700 (Before Tax) / Sakura Lemonade ¥650 (Before Tax)
PEANUTS Cafe Nakameguro serves limited-time drinks every cherry blossom season in Japan, and this year is no different. Both beverages capture the cute pink tones of the country’s national flower which invite feelings of springtime walks and Hanami flower viewing.
(C) 2021 Peanuts Worldwide LLC
PEANUTS Cafe Nakameguro Spring 2021 Drinks
Serving: March 20, 2021 – April 11, 2021
Address: PEANUTS Cafe Nakameguro, 2-16-8 Aobadai, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Official Website: http://www.peanutscafe.jp/
Kirby Café Begins Serving its Spring Picnic Themed Menu
The Kirby Café branches in Tokyo and Hakata rolled out their Spring 2021 menu on Friday which is set to run until June 6. Themed on a springtime picnic, the line-up includes three items: six siz different temari-zushi servings, cherry blossom mochi, and a cherry blossom latte, all inspired by the Kirby video game series.
Cherry Blossom Temari-zushi: Eat In ¥2,178 / Takeout ¥2,138
A serving of six sushi rolls perfect for a spring picnic. Each roll features designs that will be instantly-recognisable to Kirby fans.
Souvenir – Lunchbox (4 Designs)
Kirby’s Spring Search | ¥1,078 (Tax Included)
Kirby is playing hide and seek under the cherry blossom tree in this cute dish which is adorned with shiny coloured candy.
Cherry Blossom Latte | ¥968 (Tax Included)
A light pink-coloured cherry blossom latte with a touch of salt. Mix everything together for a tasty sipping experience.
Kirby’s Spring Picnic Fair Menu
Japanese Menu Name: 春のまんまるピクニック フェア
Running: March 19, 2021 – June 6, 2021
Where: Kirby Café TOKYO / Kirby Café HAKATA
Table Reservations: Book at the links below
・Kirby Café TOKYO https://kirbycafe-reserve.com/guest/tokyo/
・Kirby Café HAKATA https://kirbycafe-reserve.com/guest/hakata/
Kirby Café Official Website: https://kirbycafe.jp
Cherry Blossom Loungewear Collection by gelato pique Arrives in Time For Spring
18.March.2021 | FASHION
Japanese luxury loungewear brand gelato pique is readying itself for spring with its new pink cherry blossom-inspired ‘SAKURA COLLECTION,’ set to release at gelato pique stores and its online store on March 19.
‘Smoothie Light’ Scallop Cardigan ¥6,820 (Tax Included) / ‘Smoothie Light’ Scallop Long Cardigan ¥7,480 (Tax Included)’
The ‘Smoothie’ cardigans are made of light material that’s smooth to the touch and come in cute designs.
Petal Motif Satin Shirt ¥6,820 (Tax Included) / Petal Motif Satin Short Pants ¥4,620 (Tax Included)
Pink satin loungewear adorned with gorgeous petals.
Tiered Dress ¥8,140 (Tax Included)
An airy cotton dress with a beautiful feminine silhouette.
Organdy Eco Bag ¥2,640 (Tax Included) / Mask Pouch ¥2,420 (Tax Included) / Mesh Mini Pouch ¥2,640 (Tax Included) / Mesh Pouch ¥2,640 (Tax Included) / Mesh Vanity Pouch ¥3,520 (Tax Included)
Sort your cosmetics and bits ‘n’ bobs with this heart-filled collection of pouches, and store your face mask away safely with the mask pouch.
Hair Mist ¥1,870 (Tax Included) / Hand Soap ¥1,034 (Tax Included)
gelato pique’s popular hair mist and hand soap arrive in spring season limited-edition packaging.
Nenrinya to Appear at SOGO Hiroshima’s Baumkuchen Exhibition
Famous Japanese baumkuchen confectionery brand Nenrinya is set to appear at the upcoming baumkuchen exhibition that will take place at SOGO Hiroshima from March 18 to 23.
Nenrinya is a Ginza-based baumkuchen brand known for its iconic white noren entry curtain. Its high quality cakes are loved by the people of Tokyo, and now, the people of Hiroshima will get to tuck into their delights. The brand are serving their signature Mount Baum Firm Sprout, Straight Baum Soft Sprout, and their famous spring season Cherry Blossom Country Mount Baum.
Mount Baum Firm Sprout – Single Bag ¥756 / Whole ¥1,080
Nenrinya’s Mount Baum Firm Sprout is a butter-filled delight that’s crunchy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. This cake is baked over a long period of time to elevate its delicious flavour.
Straight Baum Soft Sprout – ¥1,080
This softer version has been described as a ‘castella-like baumkuchen.’ It’s a juicy cake made with lots of eggs.
Cherry Blossom Country Mount Baum – Slice ¥756
Each and every layer of this cherry blossom flavoured baumkuchen is carefully cooked to perfection. Its fragrance and colour is reminiscent of the Japanese cherry blossoms season and Hanami.
Running: March 18, 2021 – March 23, 2021
Where: SOGO Hiroshima Floor 9F
Nenrinya Official Website: https://www.nenrinya.jp/
Enjoy Japanese Cherry Blossoms From Your Home With teamLab’s ‘Sakura Bombing Home’
16.March.2021 | FASHION
Japanese art collective teamLab launched their new Sakura Bombing Home experience on March 10 which lets people enjoy Japanese cherry blossoms from the comfort of their own home using digital devices. The service is running until April 30, 2021.
Sakura Bombing Home
How to Participate
Firstly, download drawing paper at teamLab’s official website. There are numerous cherry blossom designs to choose from and colour in either on your smartphone or by printing and colouring by hand.
Next, upload your completed cherry blossom illustration.
Your submitted cherry blossom art and other people’s from around the world will be compiled into a single art piece to be showcased on YouTube Live.
Finally, you can download your flower art after submission. This is a great opportunity to enjoy Japanese cherry blossom without being in Japan, as well as to stay safe during the spring season if you are in Japan.
teamLab is represented by Pace Gallery, Martin Browne Contemporary and Ikkan Art International.
Mister Donut Japan Releases Limited-Edition Cherry Blossom and Matcha Doughnuts
15.March.2021 | FOOD
Mister Donut Japan released a tasty collection of limited-edition doughnuts in collaboration with Japan’s famous tea shop Gion Tsujiri on Friday (March 12).
Sakura Mochi Doughnut With Cherry Blossom Bean Paste
Sakura Mochi Doughnut With Uji Matcha Chocolate
Sakura Mochi Doughnut With Uji Matcha Whipped Cream
Warabimochi With Cherry Blossom Bean Paste & Uji Matcha Whipped Cream
Warabimochi With Uji Matcha Whipped Cream
The doughnuts are a springtime mix and match of cherry blossom and matcha, the latter of which comes from Gion Tsujiri who have chosen the first picks of Uji matcha leaves for the collaboration. Pick between classic doughnuts as well as warabimochi-style ones glazed with lots of sweet treats.
misdo meets Gion Tsujiri – 1st Doughnut Collection: Blossoming Matcha
Serving: March 12, 2021 – Mid April 2021
Official Website: https://www.misterdonut.jp
This One Plate Cherry Blossom Dessert is Like a Work of Art
Lounge South Court, a restaurant located inside Hotel Century Southern Tower in Tokyo, is now serving up an extremely beautiful one-plate dessert for the spring season which it has called “Ichi-go Ichi-e,” the same words for the Japanese proverb that translates to “once in a lifetime.” It’s being served until May 31.
The dessert is plated in such a way as to represent a cherry blossom flower, assorted with an ambrosial ensemble of cherry blossom rice pudding, uguisu-mochi red bean paste-filled rice cake dusted with green soy flour, blackcurrant and vanilla mousse, fresh fruit, and more. It’s also served with green tea made using chagusaba, a traditional method of tea-making that is recognised as a “Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System.”
Ichi-go Ichi-e ¥2,000 / With Green Tea ¥2,500 (Tax Included)
Between April 16 and May 31, the flower pattern will be changed from being adorned with cherry blossom petals to fresh verdure.
The Dessert Ensemble
・Cherry blossom rice pudding
・Red bean paste and chocolate uguisu-mochi
・Strawberry ice cream wafer
・Matcha and mascarpone cheese chiffon cake
・Blackcurrant and vanilla kuzu-mochi
Japanese Dish Name: シェフパティシエ特製 和風スイーツ “一期一会”
Running: March 1, 2021 – May 31, 2021
Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00 (Food Last Orders 20:00 / Drink Last Orders 20:30)
Where: Lounge South Court (Hotel Century Southern Tower Floor 20F)
Official Website: https://www.southerntower.co.jp/restaurant_lounge/southcourt/menu/
New Limited-Edition Sakura Cherry Blossom Beauty Face Masks Released by LuLuLun
04.February.2021 | FASHION
Japanese face mask and beauty brand LuLuLun released its new limited-edition cherry blossom scented face masks on Monday (February 1) to welcome in the Spring 2021 season early.
Spring 2021 Premium LuLuLun (Cherry Blossom Scent) | ¥1,600
Combined with springtime’s beauty ingredient
Spring is the season when flare ups can happen and we need to be careful of UV light, humidity, and pollen. LuLuLun’s products pride themselves on their moisturising properties, and their new cherry blossom face masks are no exception. They are combined with cherry blossom petal extract, lending a fragrant scent while leaving the skin smooth and beautiful.
Rape blossom oil for even smoother skin
The rape blossom is another of Japan’s popular flowers as they blossom and transform fields into rolling carpets of bright yellow. The face masks contain oil extracted from rape blossom seeds for an extra blanketing of smooth skin.
Coltsfoot extract equals healthy texture
Also in the ingredient list is extract from the coltsfoot flower, a strong plant that is able to withstand winters to make it into the spring where it can finally reveal its delicate form. It serves to create a healthy complexion on the skin.
Spring 2021 Premium LuLuLun (Cherry Blossom Scent)
Released: February 1, 2021
Product Page: https://lululun.com/premium/spring2021/