MOSHI MOSHI BOX staff recommends Osaka souvenirs!

18.February.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

Osaka is known as a popular sightseeing spot in Japan. So, when you visit Osaka, of course, you will want to buy some souvenirs. But you may wonder, what souvenir is a good souvenir to buy in Osaka.

In his article, the staff of MOSHI MOSHI BOX who love to travel, will introduce to you some recommended souvenirs which can be bought in and around Osaka Station.

 

 

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“Nakanoshima Caramel Scotch recommended by our Spanish staff, Ruki.
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It looks like a cookie but it is a snack which includes caramel and almonds.
The crunchy texture of scotch is superb. The blue box is very cute too.

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Nakanoshima Caramel Scotch
Available store: Entrée Marche Osaka
Address: 3-1-1, Umeda, Kitaku, Osakashi, Osaka
Business hours: 6:00 to 13:00
TEL:06-6440-1122

 

 

 

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“batondor” recommended by our Hong Kong staff Minimal

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A special stick dessert with only eight sticks in a box.
The taste of the product is very thick compared to “Pockies” which can be bought at convenience stores and it has the flavor of butter. It is a great match with alcohol!

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batondor Hankyu Umeda Store
Address: B1F, Umeda Honten, 8-7, Kakutacho, Kitaku, Osaka
Business hours: Friday, Sutarday – 10:00 to 21:00
Sunday to Thursday – 10:00 to 20:00
TEL:06-6361-1381
URL:http://www.glico.co.jp/batondor/index.html

 

 

 

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“Fueki Pudding” recommended by our Chinese-speaking staff, Banako


A pudding using the motif of the good-old Fueki paste container. The container can be used as an accessory case or interior. I am planning to buy it for my friends when I visit Osaka next time.

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Fueki Pudding
Available venue: Inside Osaka Station
Price: 700 yen – two pieces (tax not included), three pieces – 1,200 yen (tax not included)
TEL:06-6648-4678

 

 

 

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“Tenten Hitokuchi Gyoza” recommended by the Miss ID Semi-Finalist Midori

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I always buy this product when I visit Osaka. I don’t cook at all but this gyoza (dumpling) is very easy to make.
It is recommended to put it into a pot during the cold season!

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Tenten Hitokuchi Gyoza

Available stores:
Entrée Marche Osaka
Available hours: 8:00 to 24:00

Seven-Eleven Heart in  JR Osaka Station North Store
Available hours: 7:00 to 24:00

Seven-Eleven Heart in  JR Osaka Station Access Bridge Store
Available hours: 7:00 to 23:00

Seven Eleven Heart in JR Osaka Station Midosuji South Entrance/Exit Store
Available hours: 7:00 to 23:00

Seven-Eleven Heart in JR Osaka 11th Gate Store
Available store: 7:00 to 21:00

URL:http://www.tenten.co.jp/

 

 

 

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“Jagariko Takoyaki Aji” recommended by English-speaking staff, Ellie

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Takoyaki is one of the most famous foods of Osaka. As you might know, Jagariko is a very popular snack among Japanese people but this flavor has a thick flavor of takoyaki.
It is fairy cheep and it is a very “Osaka-like” product which is suitable to be bought as a gift for your friends!

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Jagariko Takoyaki Aji
Available stores: Convenience stores souvenir stores throughout Japan.
Price: 864 yen per box (tax included)
URL:http://www.calbee.co.jp/shohinkensaku/product/?p=20090928135716

 

 

 

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“Rikuro Ojisanno Omise – Yakitate (freshly baked) Cheese Cake” recommended by the curator of MOSHI MOSHI BOX Shiota.

A tasteful cheese cake famous in Osaka. You can watch the staff of the shop making cheese cakes! It is recommended to warm this cake up before you eat it. Of course, you can also enjoy the product after cooling it down inside a refrigerator.

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Rikuro Ojisan no Omise Daimaru Umeda Store
Address: 3-1-1, Umeda, Kitaku, West Osaka / Japanese/Western dessert floor, B1F of Daimaru Umeda Store
TEL:0120-57-2132
URL:http://www.rikuro.co.jp/

 

 

 

How did you like our MOSHI MOSHI BOX staff recommended Osaka souvenirs? Please refer to this article when you are not sure which souvenir to buy. Let’s have fun in Osaka, a city which has lots of delicious food and unique items.

 

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  • 【Kyoto Stroll】 Two travellers, one day of tourist spots, gourmet food and activities in Kyoto!

    04.October.2017 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Welcome back to MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON’s “Tokyo Stroll” series that recommends you travel destinations! Today, Hikari Shibata and Yuri Suganuma are leaving Tokyo and heading to the old capital Kyoto.

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    Together, Hikari and Yuri took the 07:00AM shinkansen train to Kyoto, arriving at 10:00AM. The first thing on their list was to fill up on some Kyoto gourmet! Sifting through Instagram and other SNS sites for the most popular spots, they decided to try some rare Kyoto confectionary at “Otabe Honkan”.

     

     

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    Having set their hearts on eating before sightseeing, they visited “Otabe Honkan”, a place they researched prior to their trip. After taking the subway to Jujo Station then walking for about nine minutes, they arrived.

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    They ordered according to what was popular online – “Kuchidoke Aisu” ( melt-in-the-mouth ice cream, ¥500 including tax), and the “Soufflé Sandwich” (¥162), which is new on the menu.

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    The melt-in-the-mouth “Kuchidoke Aisu” is an adzuki bean and milk shaved ice dessert which is topped with fluffy fresh cream and matcha. The Japanese word “ookini” (meaning “thank you” Kansai dialect) was written in matcha on the dessert – how cute! ♡

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    Hikari: The fresh cream wasn’t too sweet. Yummy!! Every now and then, I got a mouthful of adzuki beans. I really liked the variety of flavours ◎.

     

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    The new soufflé sandwich was made by adding velvety cream cheese to the bread dough.

     

    Yuri: The soufflé was soooo fluffy! The cream cheese flavour and the sandwich is a match made in heaven!

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    Otabe Honkan works with a factory as a joint establishment. The factory produces a variety of popular brand confectionaries from different parts of Kyoto. Fresh Yatsuhashi is one of the famous products made by Otabe.

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    The factory also holds handmade sweet-making classes and allows visitors to the view the factory, so if you’re interested, check the link to the website below.

     

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    Otabe Honkan

    Adress:35,2, Nishikujo Takahatacho, Minami Ward, Kyoto,

    Opening hours: 09:00 〜 18:00

    URL:http://www.otabe.kyoto.jp/2013_new/store/honkan.html

     

     

    Off to Kyoto Tower – the symbol of Kyoto!

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    Stomachs full, the girls return to Kyoto Station and make their way to Kyoto Tower, which is the tallest building in Kyoto. The observation room is elevated 100 metres above the ground, and offers a stunning view of the streets. The many souvenir shops make it all the more popular with tourists.

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    On the 3rd floor of Kyoto Tower, there is a Makizushi sample-making event! (Makizushi: sushi rolled in seaweed with a filling). There are many classes running here that allow visitors to experience Japan to the full. Yuri and Hikari decided to try out something very unique to Kyoto. They headed to the Otabe dojo to learn how to make fresh Yatsuhashi sweets by hand.

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    Before preparation, they got changed into specialist clothing and then took a commemorative photo…but what is this photo really for?

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    To make these fresh Yatsuhashi by hand, the girls made a steamed flour dough, stuffed it with anko red bean paste et voila! The thick and chewy texture of the mochi made the kneading process hard work! Yuri and Hikari were silently working all the way through, kneading and kneading and kneading until their work was approved by their sensei.

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    Here’s a picture of their highly praised Yatsuhashi. Our confectionary chefs made plain Yatsuhashi, matcha Yatsuhashi and Murasaki Imo (purple sweet potato) Yatsuhashi! Now it’s time to enjoy the snacks with a tea ceremony!

     

    Yuri: We made these ourselves and to no surprise, they’re delicious!

    Hikari: The dough is chewy and has a gentle flavour!

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    At the end, the girls received a souvenir gift and a certificate, and with that, class had ended. Inside the souvenir package, there was the photo taken at the start of the class! This put a smile on their faces.

     

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    Kyoto Tower Sando Otabe Taiken Dojo (京都タワーサンド おたべ体験道場)

    Address:Kyoto Tower Building floor 2, 721-1, Higashishiokojicho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto

    Reservations: https://otabe-ktt.dt-r.com/

    *Reservation possible for up to the previous day at 15:00

     

     

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  • Six recommended “made in Japan” gifts you can buy in Tokyo

    27.October.2017 | FEATURES / SPOT

    “I want to buy a good “made in Japan” gift!” No doubt there are many tourists to Japan who think like this. In this article we want to introduce to you six gift items that MMN highly recommends.

     

     “H TOKYO” – A handkerchief specialty store where Japanese designs are popular

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    “H TOKYO” is the handkerchief specialty store which is located on the 3rd floor of KITTE.  From illustrators to novelists, these handkerchiefs are the result of many artist collaborations. The handkerchiefs line the shop, filling up the display areas. Patterns and traditional Japanese designs such as these can only be found in Tokyo. You can also purchase badges and uchiwa fans, small items made from the fabric of the handkerchiefs and many KITTE limited items that cannot be obtained anywhere else.

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    You can also purchase personalized handkerchiefs with initials, messages and even embroidery. Many foreign visitors and other tourists who are staying in Tokyo for a while choose to order their designs and then collect them before returning home.

     

    Detailed information:http://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/54580

     

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    “H TOKYO” Marunouchi store

    Address:3rd floor KITTE, 2-7-2, Marunouchi, Chiyoda, Tokyo

    Access: Approx. 1 min walk from JR/Marunouchi line (Tokyo Station), approx. 2 min walk from Chiyoda line (Nijubashimae Station)

    Opening hours 11:00-21:00 (Open until 20.00 on national holidays)

    Fixed holidays:Decided by KITTE

    Telephone number:03-6256-0811

    URL:http://htokyo.com/

     

     

    Chopstick specialty store, Morita” in Asakusa

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    The chopstick specialty store called Morita,” a popular store on Nakamise Street, has variety of chopsticks from the reasonable ones to luxurious ones. They have a great variety of chopsticks along with many original items.

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    Chopsticks are an item that represents Japanese culture. They  also have cute chopstick rests. They are tiny and easy to carry around so they made for a great souvenir.

     

    Detailed information:http://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/ja/37162

     

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    Morita

    Address:1-30-1  Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo

    Hours:10:00AM to 6:00PM

    Holiday:Open 7 days a week

    URL:http://asakusanioideyo.com/detail/30_73_%E9%81%8A%E8%86%B3%20%E3%83%A2%E3%83%AA%E3%82%BF/

     

     

    “Coci la elle” in Daikanyama where you can get your very own colorful umbrella!

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    “Coci la elle” originally stocked only one type of umbrella when it opened, a type made for protecting you from the sun. They now own a second shop in Daikanyama which opened in April this year in addition to the main shop and studio in Kiyosumi-shirakawa.

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    The closest station is Daikanyama Station via the Tōkyū Tōyoko Line.  The station is only 1 stop from Shibuya and so is conveniently accessible.

    Coci la elle offers vibrant umbrellas in all types of colours and designs to brighten your day when those rainy days get you down. They also have umbrellas that will protect you from the blistering sun on those scorching days while also making you feel elegant at the same time.

    Coci la elle doesn’t just stock umbrellas either. They also offer cute raincoats designed just like a classic raincoat, high quality big-sized scarves made from 100% silk, fun handkerchiefs with an original Coci la elle design, sun umbrellas all handmade by the staff, and more.

     

    Detailed information:http://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/48470

     

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    Coci la elle Swan

    Address: 14-5 Hachiyama-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

    Access: 8-minute walk from the front entrance of Daikanyama Station via the Tōkyū Tōyoko Line / 13-minute walk from the West Exit of Shibuya Station / 1-minute walk from the JR

    Business Hours: 12:00-20:00

    Holidays: No holidays

    URL:http://www.cocilaelle.com/

     

     

     

    Ginza Gekko-so Art Supply Store” where you can purchase original stationaries

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    Ginza Gekko-so Art Supply Store” is located In Hanatsubaki Street, Ginza 8 Chome. It is a historical art supply store that was established in 1917. This store only carries original art supply products.

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    The products include colors, brushes and sketch books made by the craftsman and have a horn emblem that signature “call good friends.” They have been creating high quality art supplies, and so many colorful paintings such as oil colors, water colors and gouache placed all over the wall can be seen.

     

    Detailed information:http://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/37898

     

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    Address:8-7-2 Eiju Building 1F・B1F, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

    Hours:11:00AM to 7:00PM.

    Holiday:Year end and New Year Holidays.

    Only 1st floor painting material department is closed on Wednesday.

    (The following day if it falls on a public holiday)

    URL: http://gekkoso.jp/

     

     

    “Wa-no Utsuwa Dengama” – a shop specializing in Japanese pottery located in Kappabashi

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    The owner of this shop stockes pottery directly from pottery producers from all over Japan.  At this shop, Kutani, Mino, Shigaraki, Arita, Masuko and other Japanese traditional dishes are available.

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    The shop has an extensive lineup from daily-use dishes to masterpieces of well-known pottery producers.  You can find daily-use dishes on the first floor, and high-quality one-of-a-kind items, which are made by pottery artists, on the second floor.

    Dishes that make your life more vivid await you at “Wa-no Utsuwa Dengam.”  Come find a special pottery item for yourself, or get one as a present for your loved one.

     

    Detailed information:http://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/41748

     

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    Wa-no Utsuwa Dengama

    Address:1-4-3 Nishi-Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo

    Hours:10:00AM to 7:00PM

    Holiday:Open 7 days a week(Closed on January 1st – 3rd only)

    URL:http://www.dengama.jp/

     

     

     MOSHI MOSHI BOX in Harajyuku offers “Made in Japan” – KENDAMA

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    Harajuku fashion and culture reporters ASOBISYSTEM and culture creating shop BEAMS have teamed up to create a new project called “ASOBEAMS”. They will be producing all new Tokyo souvenirs, starting with their first item, “KENDAMA TOHOKO”, the classic kentama toy.

     

    Designed by a Harajuku artist, the kendama are being made by the worldwide respected kentama firmament Yamagata Workshop. These kendama are now being sold at MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Information Center locate very near Harajuku’s Takeshita Street.

     

    Detailed information:http://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/11654

     

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    MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Information Center

    Address: 1F 3-23-5 Jingu-mae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

    Hours: 10:00〜18:00

    Holidays: None

    URL:http://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/ja/box

     

    We wish you luck in finding a Japan-limited, “Made in Japan” souvenir to your liking!

     

     

  • Kyoto’s most popular confectionery souvenir “yatsuhashi” is now on sale in cake form!

    12.November.2017 | FOOD

    Hi everyone, Shiota here from the MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center.

     

    “Yatsuhashi” is a well-recognised traditional Japanese confectionery in Kyoto. It’s delicious whether eaten raw or baked and is a popular souvenir item from there.

     

    Today I’d like to show you a newly released product from Bijuu, a company known for its yatsuhashi, called “Kyo-Machiya Cake – Kokuto Kinako”!

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    Kyo-Machiya Cake is a new kind of sweet. It is made with yatsuhashi that has been kneaded with brown sugar and sponge cake made with soy flour. The cake is filled with soy flour ganache mixed with brown sugar red bean paste.

     

    It comes in packs of four (¥760) and six (¥1,080) so they are perfect as a souvenir or gift to somebody.

    *both prices do not include tax

     

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    They’re small making them nice and easy to eat. They also look like Western style cakes and come in stylish packaging.

     

    When you open the package you are instantly hit with the sweet-smelling aroma of soy flour. And because the soy flour is dark roasted with domestic soya beans the smell is much more fragrant.

     

    Let’s have a taste.

     

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    Mmm! Raw yatsuhashi is so chewy!

     

    There’s lots of different flavours of yatsuhashi you can get your hands on nowadays like matcha and chocolate. But this is my first time eating brown sugar flavour. The fluffy texture of the sponge together with the chewy yatsuhashi is irresistible. I’ve never tasted anything like it.

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    Ellie: “So sweet! The aroma of the soy flour is to die for, it’s mouth-watering. The soy flour ganache between the sponge is sweet and very tasty. Plus the outside layer is yatshashi so your hands don’t get messy.”

     

    People who aren’t too good with cinnamon or who can’t eat yatsuhashi might be able to get through one of these. You can enjoy eating it cold or try warming it up a little too!

     

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    If you find yourself in Kyoto and in need of a souvenir, then how about settling on a Kyo-Machiya Cake?

     

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    Kyo-Machiya Cake – Kokuto Kinako

    Website: http://www.otabe.kyoto.jp/2013_new/sweets/kyo_machiya.html

     

  • Seven recommended spots where autumn leaves will be lit up at nighttime【Kyoto/Kobe/Nara】

    26.October.2017 | FEATURES / SPOT

    For those of you who are planning to visit the Kansai area this autumn, here are some recommended autumn color spots. Many of these spots will be lit up at night after November so why not visit some temples at nighttime. In this article, I will introduce to you some recommended autumn color spots.

     

     

    Kyoto Kiyomizu Temple

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    Kiyomizu Temple in Otowa Mountain holds a viewing event (three times per year – spring, summer and autumn).  They will hold a viewing event at nighttime from the 11th of November (Sat.) to the 3rd of December (Sun.). You can enjoy the wonderful autumn view where thousands of maple leaves are lit up along with the temple. Jojuin which usually cannot be seen is open for viewing during this season. The quiet night view of Jojuin’s garden (the garden is known as one of the best gardens in Kyoto) which is also called “the moon garden” is a must-see.

     

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    Kiyomizu Temple / Akino Yoru no Tokubetsu Haikan

    Address: 294m 1st street, Kiyomizu, Higashiyamaku, Kyoto

    Date: 2017,11,11 (Sat) to 12,03 (Sun.)

    Time: 17:30 to 21:00

    Fee: Adult (older than high school) 400 yen, elementary/junior high school 200 yen, Younger than elementary school – free

    Access: http://www.kiyomizudera.or.jp/access.php

    URL:http://www.kiyomizudera.or.jp/

     

     

     

    Kyoto Ruri Kouin

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    Ruri Koin will hold a special viewing event at nighttime. The light up event called “Momiji (maple tree) komichi” (third time to be held) will be held at the same time as the viewing event is held. The light up event will be held at “Cable Hiei Station” where the city of Kyoto can be viewed. I am sure that you will be able to enjoy the autumn colors as you catch a fresh, cold breeze, something you cannot feel in the big cities.

     

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    Ruri Koin / special viewing event at nighttime

    Address: 55, Higashiyamacho, Kamitakano, Sakyoku, Kyoto

    Date:2017,11,11 (Sat.), 12 (Sun.), 18 (Sat.), 19 (Sun.), 23 (Thurs/holiday), 25 (Sat.), 26 (Sun), 12,02 (Sat.), 03 (Sun.) -9 days in total.

    Time: 19:00 to 20:30 (Last reception 19:45)

    Fee: 5,000 yen per person (including the round trip ticket for Eizan Cable Car) ※up tp 100 persons (reservation must be made / first-come-first-served-basis)

    Viewing method: Make a reservation from the website of Eizan Cable Car / Ropeway (  HYPERLINK “http://eizan.keifuku.co.jp/” http://eizan.keifuku.co.jp ) Tickets will be handed out at Cable Yase Station on the day you ride the cable/ropeway.

    Access: Eizan Train / 5 minutes on foot from Yase Hieizanko / 8 minutes on foot from Eizan Cable Car, Cable Yase Station and Momiji no Komichi

     

     

    Kyoto Kakuyuzan Rokuoin

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    From the 26th of November (Sun.) to the 9th of December (Sat.), a special viewing event at nighttime will be held this year too. Rokuoin is famous for its autumn colors and Kosansui Garden which is known as the first plane garden in Japan was designated as one of the official beauty spots of Kyoto. In the viewing event, a 300m long stone path, Shariden and the garden will be lit up. The number of the visitors who can enjoy this event is limited (100 persons). Let’s enjoy the night view of the Zen temple.

     

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    Kakuyu Mountain Rokuoin

    Address: 24, Kitaboricho, Saga

    Date: 11,26 (Sun.) to 12,09 (Sat.)

    Time: 17:30 to 19:30 (reception office will closed at 19:00)

    Fee: 1,500 yen (snacks to go with tea and a commemorative gift will be offered) ※100 persons per day (first-come-first-served-basis)

    Method of participating in the event: Make a reservation from the event application website of Randen’s website (randen.keifuku.co.jp)

    Access: 4 minutes on foot from Randen / Rokuoin Station

    TEL: 075-277-2877 (Kyofuku Denki Testudo / railway office)

     

     

    Kyoto “Toji” ×  Keihan Hotels & Resorts

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    Keihan Hotels & Resorts (Kyoto, Shimogyoku, CEO: Toshihiko Inaji) will collaborate with “Toji (Kyoo Gokokuji) and sell Keihan Hotels & Resorts-limited premium plan where you can view the important cultural properties including Toji and stay at the hotel. The plan comes with a ticket to enter the venue of the light up event where you can enjoy the autumn views of Toji such as a mysterious five-story tower surrounded by vivid colored autumn leaves lit up at nighttime. You can enjoy the night in Kyoto thinking about the Heian Era 1,200 years ago.

     

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    Kyoto “Toji” × Keihan Hotels & Resorts Toji Aki no Light Up Nyujoken Tsuki Plan

    Date: 2017,10,28 (Sat.) to 12,10 (Sun.)

    Time: 18:30 to 21:30 <last entrance 21:00>

    Touring: the venue can be toured within the time noted above.

    URL:http://www.keihanhotels-resorts.co.jp/toujiplan/

    * this plan does not include a guided tour by a priest

     

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  • 5 hotels to stay at during your trip to Kyoto/Osaka to immerse yourself in the culture

    07.November.2017 | FEATURES / SPOT

    If you’re planning a trip to Kyoto/Osaka and need a place to stay, you may as well go for something that will give you the full experience of this haven of tradition. We’ve compiled a list of 5 hotels a little different from the norm for you to check out. We guarantee they will make your holiday that much more special.

     

    Experience shukubo temple lodging at “Waqoo Shitaderamachi”

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    “Waqoo Shitaderamachi” a ‘shukubo’ temple lodging located in Shitaderamachi where around 80 temples are situated. ‘Shukubo’ refers to temple lodging for worshippers who are visiting shrines and temples. With the cooperation of neighbouring temples, “Waqoo Shitaderamachi” offers overnight plans where one can experience cultural activities such as tracing, zazen and morning work. If you’re looking for something that is hands-on traditional then look no further at Shitaderamachi’s new popular spot for experiencing ascetic practices.

    Full Article: http://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/39570

     

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    Waqoo Shitadera
    Website: http://waqoo-shitadera.com/

    Enjoy Kyoto’s gorgeous seasons and culture to the max at “Kiyomizu Sannenzaka-An”

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    “Kiyomizu Sannenzaka-An” is special as it is built and catered for guests to make them feel like they are living there while on their trip. Kyoto’s first ever condominium hotel lodging, this unique location fuses together our modern-day style of living with the beautiful old-style Kyoto way. The rooms offered at Kiyomizu Sannenzaka-An maintain that traditional style thanks to the warm of wood and the paper sliding doors. But it’s also equipped with induction heating kitchens and up-to-date technology, making it ideal for both short and long stays.

     

    Full Article: http://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/27484

     

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    Kiyomizu Sannenzaka-An
    Address: 2-257-5 Kiyomizu, Higashiyama-ku, Tokyo

    Website: http://machiya-inn.net/

    Toss aside your phone and computer and indulge in Kyoto’s beautiful nature at HOSHINOYA Kyoto

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    “HOSHINOYA Kyoto” is an in located on Arashiyama where every room has a river view. The accommodation holds a program by the name of “Datsu Digital Taizai” where guests can get away from everyday electronics such as smart phones and computers, which we have become dependent on, and throw themselves into the culture and nature of Kyoto. This program also offers a massage, as well as the opportunity for riverside meditation and more for you to revitalize and refresh your mind, body and soul.

     

    HOSHINOYA Kyoto offers lots of fun and interesting programs with the changing seasons, so be sure to see what’s on before you book.

    Full Article: http://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/62197

     

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    HOSHINOYA Kyoto

    Address: Hoshinoya Kyoto, 11-2 Ganrokuyama, Arashiyama, Nishikyoku, Kyotoshi, Kyoto, 616-0007

    Website: http://hoshinoyakyoto.jp/

     

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  • 5 of the best restaurants & hotels in Kyoto listed by the Michelin Guide

    16.November.2017 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    The Michelin Guide is an internationally known reference guide that lists the best hotels and restaurants by rating everything from the ingredients to the service and even cost performance. In this article, we take a look at several hotels and restaurants in Kyoto that are listed by Michelin.

     

    Hotel Grand Bach Kyoto Select

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    This hotel has featured in the Michelin Guide four years in a row since its opening including this year’s “Michelin Guide Kyoto & Osaka 2018.” The name of the hotel comes from German composer Johann Sebastian Bach as they aim to create the same comfortable and soothing music that Bach was known for, offering a “Bach” (“brook” in German) hospitality that promises a soothing atmosphere. The hotel is conveniently located near Shijō Station along Shijō Street where the Gion Festival is held, as well as Kawaramachi Station via the Hankyu Kyoto Line. The hotel also has concierge service in addition to a super healthy and delicious breakfast menu created by expert nutritionists, free nighttime chazuke, large public baths and more. It is renowned for its attentive service and is the perfect location for travelers.

     

    ■Information

    “Hotel Grand Bach Kyoto Select”

    Address: 363 Naramono-cho, Shijo Teramachi Nishiiri, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto 600-8004 (京都府京都市下京区四条通寺町西入奈良物町363)

    TEL: 075-221-2211

    Website: http://www.grandbach.com/kyoto/

     

     

     

    HOSHINOYA Kyoto

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    Hoshinoya Kyoto won the highest rank “5 Red Pavilion” (“the most gorgeous and high-quality accommodation”) in the accommodation branch of Michelin Guide Kyoto & Osaka 2018, making it the 6th time the hotel has made the rankings. The accommodation facility is located in Oku-Arashiyama which your arrive at by riding a small boat from “Togetsukyo,” a popular tourist location, for ten minutes and tracing back up the river. You can view the river from the 100-year-old rooms created as a “personal waterside residence” while enjoying the seasonal views of Kyoto’s beautiful nature. Hoshinoya Kyoto also holds different events for each season.

     

    Full Details: http://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/75673

     

    ■Information

    “Hoshinoya Kyoto”

    Address: 11-2 Ganrokuzancho, Arashiyama, Nishikyoku, Kyotoshi, Kyoto,  616-0007 (〒616-0007 京都府京都市西京区嵐山元録山町11-2)

    Access: 10 minutes on foot from Hankyu Arashiyama Station / 30 minutes by car from Kyoto South IC

    TEL: 0570-073-066 (Hoshinoya reservation)

    Number of rooms: 25 (check in from 15:00 / check out by 12:00)

    Fee: ¥81,000 (one night per room, fees for meals are not included, tax and service fee are included)

     

    Homepage:  http://hoshinoyakyoto.jp/

    Hoshino Resort: http://www.hoshinoresort.com/

     

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  • Yellow Coloured Minnie Mouse Cafes to Open in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya & Fukuoka

    17.February.2020 | FOOD / SPOT

    A new line of Minnie Mouse cafes are set to open in Tokyo and Osaka from February 28, 2020 and Nagoya and Fukuoka from February 29, 2020 for a limited time. Named “OH MY! MINNIE MOUSE,” the cafes are an official collaboration between Disney and the Japanese cafe chain OH MY CAFÉ.

    The cafe takes on the theme of Minnie Mouse being a living, breathing icon of today with a positive lifestyle. This is represented through the yellow colouring of the cafe, which features her iconic polka dots as well as ribbon taking on a yellow colour. Tuck into a cute menu line-up and get your hands on some cafe-exclusive Minnie Mouse merchandise.

     

    Original Menu

    Cheerful Burger – ¥1,990

    This healthy burger is packed full of vegetables with a black bun made in the image of Minnie’s silhouette. Feel as energised as Minnie with one bite of this tasty burger.

    Beef Hash Ribbon Rice – ¥1,390

    Inspired by Minnie Mouse’s iconic ribbon, this hearty dish is a beef stroganoff plated with rice and veg. The ribbon is so cute it almost seems a waste to eat!

    Fruit Sandwich – Single ¥990/ With Plate ¥2,790

    An absolute must-order if you’re wanting a dessert. This sandwich is piled with fresh fruits creamy yoghurt, sprinkled with poppy seeds, and doused in lemon juice.

    Fizzy Lemon Squash – Single ¥690 / With Coaster ¥1,390

    Charge yourself up with this fizzy lemonade and its refreshing aftertaste.

    Relaxing Chamomile Tea – Single ¥490 / With Mug ¥2,090

    Kick back and relax after your meal with a cup of chamomile tea♡

     

    Original Merchandise

    Heart Badge (8 Designs/Chosen Randomly) – ¥500

    Folder – ¥350

    Lunch Mat (6 Designs/Chosen Randomly) – ¥650 (*Table reservation required)

    Those who book a table in advance will be given one of six possible lunch mats chosen randomly.

     

    If you’re in Japan for the spring, then why not stop by the OH MY! MINNIE MOUSE cafe for a Disney treat?

     

    ©Disney

  • Sanrio to Open Official My Melody Shops in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya to Celebrate Character’s 45th Anniversary

    11.February.2020 | FASHION

    Sanrio has announced that it is opening an official My Melody store to commemorate the popular character’s 45th anniversary this year. It will open for a limited time on the first floor of Takashimaya Shinjuku in Tokyo from February 12 to 25.

    The store is a must-visit for fans of Sanrio’s kawaii white rabbit where they can get their hands on a huge assortment of merchandise, including exclusives, so adorable you’ll want to add everything to your collection.

    The line-up looks back at My Melody’s 45 years in the business. The first 4,000 people to visit the store will be given a limited-edition shopping back, and the first 1,000 people who spend over ¥2,000 (tax included) will receive a free card.
    *One card per person, per transaction

    The store will also feature interactive projection mapping showcasing My Melody’s 45-year history which when touched reacts. On February 15, the designer for the store will be drawing illustrations as well as doing signings for people.

     

    As well as Takashimaya Shinjuku, the shop is set to hit Nagoya’s Takashimaya Gate Tower Mall Nagoya and Osaka Takashiyama. Check the dates below, and help My Melody commemorate her 45th anniversary!

     

    ©’76, ’20 SANRIO 著作(株)サンリオ

  • 3 Delicious, Mouthwatering Desserts in Osaka Perfect For Instagram

    10.February.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Our news website has already touched on a number delicious cafés in Japan’s Kansai region. For those of you who are struggling with their itineraries for their upcoming trip to Osaka, we’ve got a sweet treat for you: a list of cafés serving up irresistible desserts in Osaka that you must try. 

     

    All the cafés in this article were recommended by Instagram expert Tiara who knows everything there is to know about desserts in the Kansai region. Today we’ll be using Tiara’s mouthwatering photos to entice you that little bit more. 

    Chihiro Sweets Shop/Nishiohashi

    This shop belongs to desserts reporter Chihiro, whose reports have even been broadcasted on TV. The financier almond cakes and chocolate cakes here are very popular. You can also order to take out. 

    Neoclassic Purin Set (Comes with financier almond cake and hot coffee)

    This set includes a Neo Custard Purin topped with homemade vanilla ice cream full of rich vanilla flavour straight from the pod. The firm yet jiggly purin enjoys a rich eggy flavour which harmonises perfectly with the vanilla ice cream. The freshly baked financier almond cake is incredibly tasty . Chihiro’s sweets shop opens from 12:00 but the café opens at 13:00 so if you’re planning a  trip, make sure to not mix up the times.

     

    ▼Chihiro Sweets Shop (ちひろ菓子店)

    Address: Floor 1, 1-25-13, Shinmachi, Nishi Ward, Osaka

    Opening Hours:
    Chihiro Sweets Shop: 12:00 – 19:00
    Café: 13:00 – 19:00
    No Fixed Holidays
    Website: https://chihiroshop.thebase.in

     

     

    Futsu ni Fruits Tosabori Parlor/ Higobashi

    We’ve covered Futsu ni Fruits Tosabori Parlor in detail because it’s just so good. The first floor serves takeout desserts while the second floor is used as an eat-in space. The café menu varies according to the time of day. For example, the morning menu includes toasts with a variety of toppings including fruit. The lunchtime menu introduces Futsu ni Fruits’ main eye-catcher: the fruit sandwich. 

    Seasonal Fruits Sandwich

     The rich flavour of the fresh cream perfectly embraces the fruity flavours and will leave you feeling refreshed. If a fruit sandwich isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other ways to enjoy delicious fruits here. 

     

    ▼Futsu ni Fruits Tosabori Parlor

    Address: 1-1-30, Tosabori, Nishi Ward, Osaka

    Opening Hours:
    Floor 1 Takeout: 10:00 – 16:00

    Floor 2 Eat-In: 10:00 – 19:00
    Closed: Mondays
    Website: https://www.instagram.com/futsuunifuruutsu_cafe/

     

     

    Fukushima Sugar/ Fukushima

    Each dessert at this cake shop is handmade. This is the perfect place to enjoy the flavours of the season. Only 10 groups can eat-in per day so if you want to eat in, make sure to reserve in advance. 

    Fig Chiffon cake/ Grape Tarts Assortment of 2/ Choux Pastry with Chestnut Cream Filling

    The fig chiffon cake is soft and just one bite will fill you with happiness. The cakes are served on the most beautiful wooden plate. The cake menu changes according to the season so if you’re interested, check out their Instagram. The showcase is lined with a variety of takeout desserts – you’ll be spoilt for choice.

     

    ▼Fukushima Sugar

    Address: 6 Chome-22-11 Fukushima, Fukushima Ward, Osaka

    Opening Hours:
    Takeout: From 13:00

    Eat-In: 14:00 – 17:00 (Reservation Required)  

    *It is possible to get a seat without reservation after 17:00

    Closed: Mondays and Tuesdays

    Website: https://www.instagram.com/sugar_fukushima/

     

     

    All of Tiara’s recommendations are just so mouthwatering – can you resist?

     

    Tiara’s Instagram is full of the most gorgeous cafés. If you’re looking for a dessert in the Kansai region, make sure to check out Tiara’s Instagram and you’re bound to find your dream destination in no time. 

    Original Text and Photos: @happy_pinkrose_tiara

     

    *As cafés are constantly updating their menus, please check the official website or social media accounts of the cafés mentioned in this article for the most accurate information. 

  • Solve the Puzzles Of Osaka Metro and Reach the Goal With New Subway Game

    26.January.2020 | SPOT

    Osaka Metro is currently holding a puzzle-solving game for passengers which will run until March 31, 2020. As of January 24, over 12,000 people have participated in this exciting endeavour.

     

    The game requires people to ride with Osaka Metro and travel around Osaka while solving various puzzles to reach the goal. This style of escape game has proven incredibly popular in the subway around Tokyo and Nagoya, but this marks the first time it has been held in Osaka. The course is designed in such a way as to enable people to discover or rediscover the wonders of Osaka, allowing them to enjoy the many sights.

     

    Participants must purchase a puzzle-solving kit, which comes with a 1-day train ticket to use Osaka Metro, and follow the instructions to complete the course. Once a puzzle is solved, they are granted knowledge of the next location to head to.

    There is also a giant 4-meter long photo spot at Morinomiya Station which can be accessed via Osaka Metro’s Chuo Line and Nagahori Tsurumi-ryokuchi Line. Snap a photo of yourself with the colourful train carriage handles, and also take a photo together with Osaka Metro’s official mascot character Nyanbarou.

     

    After completing the event, head to the photo spot so you can add to your Osaka travel album.

     

    *”リアル脱出ゲーム” and “ナゾトキ街歩きゲーム” are registered trademarks of SCRAP Co., Ltd.

  • Star Wars Theme Cafe Opens in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Hokkaido & Fukuoka

    25.January.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    With The Rise of Skywalker concluding the Skywalker saga of the Star Wars film franchise, fans are left craving more from the galaxy far far away.

     

    If you’re one of those people, and need a fix before season two of The Mandalorian, which is coming in late 2020, then you’ll want to hit up the all-new Star Wars-themed cafes now open for a limited time at branches of OH MY CAFE across Japan in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Hokkaido, and Fukuoka.

     

    We visited the Tokyo branch of the cafe which is located inside Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku. Here’s our report of this must-see cafe for Star Wars fans, a museum-like space chock-full of concept art.

    Ready to greet you as you walk into the cafe is none other than Darth Vader. This life-size recreation of the Sith Lord is really striking, but don’t worryーthough he is realistic, he won’t use his Force choke on you, he only wishes for you to have a nice meal.

    Plastered across the cafe walls are pieces of concept art used during the production of the Star Wars film series.

    Here’s a galactic showcasing of the cafe’s menu. There are 7 food items and 5 drinks to choose from, all inspired by the franchise and its characters.

    <STAR WARS> Far Far Away Galaxy Black Curry – ¥1,590

    A signature dish of the cafe, this black curry features the Star Wars logo which is actually an edible wafer. The space design is bamboo charcoal-cooked rice which is mixed with spicy sauce and topped with peanuts for stars.

    <BB-8> Seafood BB-8 Gratin – ¥1,690

    Fans of BB-8 won’t be able to resist this delicious gratin, served with salad and French bread for a full belly.

    <Yoda> Root Leaf Stew – ¥1,590

    This stew is inspired by Yoda living his final years in his little shack in Dagobah during Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back. It’s packed full of vegetables and will no doubt be enjoyed by both kids and adults alike.

    <R2-D2 & C-3PO> Buddy Burger Plate – ¥1,990

    This set of two chicken burgers comes with an R2-D2 seasoned with béchamel sauce and a C-3PO burger seasoned with meat sauce. You can take the flags home with you too. We recommend sharing this between two people.

    Portion Bread – ¥500

    This is the one I was most interested in personally, because I was curious to know from its appearance how it would taste. It’s the portion bread that Rey tries eating in the film. At first glance it looks crunchy, but to my surprise it was soft with a subtle sweet flavour.

    Lightsaber Drinks – ¥600 Each (w/ Coaster ¥1,300)

    From the left, the flavours are Darth Vader blood orange, Luke Skywalker ramune, and Yoda melon. When you draw your straw from the paper wrapping, it turns into a lightsaber!

    <STAR WARS > Jet Black Coffee – ¥600 (w/Bottle ¥1,750)

    These limited edition bottles of black coffee feature the famous Star Wars opening crawl credits. Which one you get is randomーa must-have for all fans!

    After enjoying some Star Wars food and drink, it’s time to check out the cafe’s exclusive merchandise. There are 13 types of merch in total all bearing artwork from across the film series.

    Folder – ¥350

    I recommend picking up one of these folders made in collaboration with the cafe. It has illustrations of the food and drinks being sold there.

    Tote Bag – ¥3,500

    This tote bag has illustrations of characters from Star Wars and how they are all connected.

    There’s plenty of other must-grab merch too, from music to stationery and more.

    Customers who spend over ¥1,000 (excluding tax) on any of these exclusive items will receive the above-pictured limited edition bag. These are limited in stock so are available while supplies last.

    There’s plenty of places inside for fans to take great photos, so make sure you snap lots.

    Also, if you book a table in advance and order something from the menu, you’ll receive one of these 25 possible A5 folders, so be sure to book before you go!

     

     

    © & TM Lucasfilm Ltd.

    *All listed prices are pre-tax. Photos are for illustrative purposes only.

  • 7 Lucky Foods and Items From Tokyo Station To Push You Towards Success

    13.January.2020 | FOOD

    You’ve studied as much as you can for your exams and prepared as much as you can for that mid-term presentation but the nerves are still getting to you. How about some lucky items to help you succeed? As the exam season is approaching, Tokyo Station’s shopping centre GRANSTA is holding a fair from January 13 to February 14, selling a variety of lucky items and foods to fill you with the courage and strength you need to calm your nerves and boost your confidence.

     

     Katsu Sandwiches

    As “katsu” also means “win”, a crunchy and juicy “winning” sandwich is the perfect way to boost your confidence and energy levels.

    Kinokuniya Katsu Sandwiches (3 Sandwiches): ¥430 (After Tax)/KINOKUNIYA Entrée GRANSTA Marunouchi Floor B1 (Outside ticket barriers)

    A crunchy katsu sandwich with a thick slice of juicy Japanese pork – This popular katsu sandwich will provide you with the stamina you need to do that presentation.

    Katsu Fillet Sandwich (4 Sandwiches): ¥880 (After Tax) / Nagoya Meibutsu Misokatsu Yabaton: GRANSTA Floor B1 (Inside ticket barriers)

    A soft southern Kyushu katsu meat fillet drizzled with Yabaton’s special sauce. Enjoy the juicy flavour with every bite. 

    Egg and Shrimp Katsu Sandwich (1 Full Sandwich): ¥388 (After Tax) /Kyo no Gohan Wasai no Kuni: GRANSTA Marunouchi Floor B1 (Outside ticket barriers)

    This pack includes a tender shrimp sandwich and a rich-flavoured egg sandwich. (Limited number sold per day)

    Sangenton Katsu Sandwich Eat-In: ¥396, Take Away: ¥388 (After Tax)/ BOULANGERIE ASANOYA, GRANSTA Floor 1 (Inside Ticket Barriers)

    The Sangenton Katsu Sandwich is a hearty meal that consists of pork of three origins. This is perfect to fuel up on energy before your big moment. (Limit of 40 sold per day)

     

    Chestnut-Flavoured Talisman of Victory

    Silver Bell Pancake Sandwich: ¥378 Each (After Tax)/ Colombin GRANSTA Floor B1 (Inside ticket barriers)

    Chestnut-based foods as a victory treat date back to the end of the 15th century during the Warring States period of Japanese history. In this pancake sandwich, two fluffy pancakes hug a filling of delicious cream and chestnuts, creating the perfect victory snack. *Sold from January 13 – February 14, 2020

     

    Lucky Iyokan Mikan Vinegar

    Lucky Iyokan Mikan Vinegar (1:5 Dilution, 150ml): ¥1,296/ Drinking Vinegar expre・su Tokyo GRANSTA Floor B1 (Inside ticket barriers)

    This mikan orange-flavored drinking vinegar is made from Iyokan mikan oranges, which is said to bring luck. “Iyokan” also means “good premonition”, which is sure to provide both an energy and confidence boost. *Limited sales: From January 13, 2020 while stocks last.

     

    Lucky Pentagonal Chopsticks Set

    Lucky Pentagonal Chopsticks Set: ¥3,300/ Nihonbo GRANSTA Floor B1 (Inside Ticket Barriers)

    These lucky pentagonal (gokaku) chopsticks are a play on words with the word “gokaku”, which also means success. They are pentagonal right to the tip, making it easy to grip your food. This is the perfect present for your friend who is going to take an exam. Limited Selling Period: Until the beginning of March.

     

    Tokyo Station GRANSTA is full of lucky items and foods to help you and your friends prepare for success.

  • Irresistible Fruit Sandwich Shop “Futsu ni Fruits” Opens in Osaka

    30.December.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Popular Tokyo fruit sandwich shop “Futsu ni Fruits” has opened a branch in Osaka called “Futsu ni Fruits Tosabori Parlor”. With the help of Kansai’s expert dessert Instagrammer Tiara, we’ll be taking a closer look at the shop’s irresistible menu.

     

    Futsu ni Fruits is a sister branch of Omotesando’s popular café & bakery “Bread, Espresso &,”. Futsu ni Fruits at Tosabori Parlor in Osaka sells takeout sandwiches on floor 1 and has an eat-in café space on floor 2. 

    Fruit Sandwich

     The café menu varies according to the time of day. There’s a toast menu in the morning which sells toast with various fruit toppings. Futsu ni Fruits’ classic Fruit Sandwiches are available from lunchtime and onwards. The rich whipped cream embraces the flavour of the fruit filling perfectly, leaving a refreshing aftertaste. 

     

    The teatime menu is served from 3 pm which is your chance to try the Tosabori Parlor-limited Purin à la mode, parfaits and much more. 

    Seasonal Fruits Drink

    Purin à la Mode, Strawberry Milk and Coffee Milk

    The Tosabori Parlor-limited purin à la mode is a luxurious mountain of delicious fruit and purin. 

    If you’re curious to try a Japanese fruit sandwich then Futsu ni Fruits is guaranteed to give you an enjoyable experience. 

     

    If you’re a dessert-lover in Japan then you just have to check out Tiara’s Instagram which is a library of the most delicious desserts in the Kansai region. 

     

    Article Contents and Photos by: @happy_pinkrose_tiara

     

    *The information on the desserts mentioned in this article are subject to change at any time. For the latest updates, please refer to the links provided in this article.

  • Pokémon Sword and Shield Themed Food to be Served at the Pokémon Cafes in Tokyo and Osaka

    17.December.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    The Tokyo (Nihonbashi) and Osaka (Shinsaibashi) branches of the Pokémon Cafe are releasing their second batch of menu items in collaboration with Pokémon Sword and Shield which will be served between January 18 and March 19 next year.

     

    Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield are the latest games in the Pokémon video game franchise and were released for the Nintendo Switch on November 15, 2019. The two new menu items fans can hope to enjoy based on Weezing and Morpeko. Also, due to popular demand, the serving period for the first collaborative menu which featured Grookey, Scorbunny, and Sobble has been extended to March 19, 2020.

    Weezing’s Chemical Change Gas Pancakes – ¥1,628

    Try pouring the accompanying blueberry sauce over Weezing’s cotton candy gas clouds and you might just see an actual chemical change yourself!

     

    Ingredients: Pancakes, Matcha Whipped Cream, White Chocolate Sauce, Blueberry Sauce

     

    Morpeko’s Hungry W Sauce Omurice – ¥1,628

    Just like Morpeko can change between two forms via its Hunger Switch ability, this omurice too is served with two different flavoured sauces.

     

    Ingredients: Omurice, Demi Glace Sauce, Tomato Cream Sauce

     

    If you’ve yet to visit the Pokémon Cafe in Japan be sure to put it on your list of things-to-do, and expect to enjoy a whole range of Pokémon-themed treats!

     

     

    *All listed prices include tax

    ©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..

  • Furoshiki-Wrapped Matcha and Strawberry Sandwich Biscuits Released at PRESS BUTTER SAND

    15.December.2019 | FOOD

    PRESS BUTTER SAND released two new sandwich biscuit products on December 13. PRESS BUTTER SAND Kyoto Station will release the Tsutsumi Uji Matcha and PRESS BUTTER SAND Hakata Station the Tsutsumi Amaou Strawberry. Both are limited in stock.

    Both boxes of these delicious treats contain five of the store’s famous “PRESS BUTTER SAND” sandwich biscuits, and they come gift-wrapped in an original furoshikiーa type of Japanese wrapping cloth. The appearance of both products in their packaging maintain an artisanal aesthetic and capture the vibe of their respective cities.

    The furoshiki were designed by Yumiko Kakizaki (BAKE Inc.), the creative director at PRESS BUTTER SAND, and several creators active around Kyoto and Fukuoka. Each design was made to represent the characteristics of Kyoto and Hakata.

     

    Also available is the Tsutsumi Black, a set each of 5 original and black flavoured butter biscuit sandwiches.

    PRESS BUTTER SAND boasts over 2.5 million sales a year on average. If you’ve get to try their scrumptious biscuit sandwiches then don’t pass up the opportunity to try these new flavours.

  • Top 10 Most Popular Souvenirs to Pick Up at Tokyo Station’s HANAGATAYA Store | 2019 Edition

    30.November.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    HANAGATAYA is a souvenir variety shop that opened in Tokyo Station’s central passage back in July. After over 5 months of sales, the store has revealed its Top 10 most popular products based on sales.

     

    The line-up features a selection of HANAGATAYA exclusives, as well as products from elsewhere which have received pre-sales at HANAGATAYA. You will be spoilt for choice with this selection, all of which are perfect for ringing in the New Year when travelling back home. Let’s take a look.

     

    1st Place

    Banana Custard Cream – Tokyo 2020 Olympic Emblem Design (Tokyo 2020 Official Licensed Product) – Contains 8 – ¥1,134 (Tax Included)

    Officially licensed by the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, these chewy cakes are made from domestic Japanese rice, and are filled with deliciously creamy banana custard.

     

    2nd Place

    Tokyo Banana Butter Madeleine (Tokyo Banana World) – Contains 4 – ¥560 Tax Included)

    Exclusive to HANAGATAYA come these all-new butter madeleine’s created by famous confectionery company Tokyo Banana. These baked treats feature a buttery fragrance and taste, and are made with a banana confiture and finished with fresh lemon.

    *Exclusive to HANAGATAYA GRANSTA Tokyo Central Street

     

    3rd Place

    Toro One Press Chocolate Chick (Tokyo Hiyoko) – Contains 3 – ¥648 (Tax Included)

    This year marks 107 since the company Hiyoko was established. The “Toro One Press Chocolate Chick” is a new confection from them: an adorable skyward-looking chick made up of three chocolate layersーeach with their own distinct flavour. At the heart of the chick is a moist chocolate paste.

    *Exclusive to Tokyo Station

     

    4th Place

    Cheese Wich – Contains 5 – ¥594 (Tax Included)

    These light and refreshing cheese cookies, called Cheese Wiches, are filled with a chocolate-coated melted cheese sauce. Three layers means an enjoyable amalgamation of flavours and textures.

    *Exclusive to Tokyo Station

     

    5th Place

    Chocolate Chestnut Eggs (Ginza Tamaya) – Contains 4 – ¥800 (Tax Included)

    “Goma Tamago” is a popular bite-sized egg-shaped confection. This chestnut flavour was created for HANAGATAYA, a mix of dark chocolate and vanilla flavoured chestnut paste.

    *Exclusive to Tokyo Station

     

    6th Place

    Strawberry Cookie Sandwich (Berry UP!) – Contains 8 – ¥1,296 (Tax Included)

    Berry UP! is a cute confectionery brand which creates baked strawberry sweets. Keeping with that theme, they have created a crunchy quintuple-layered cookie sandwich filled with sweet and sour strawberry chocolate.

     

    7th Place

    Shinjuku Curry Ebi (Shinjuku Nakamuraya) – Contains 6 – ¥600 (Tax Included)

    If you’re looking for something more savoury, then this one’s for you: Shinjuku Nakamuraya’s light, fluffy and melt-in-the-mouth ebi, coated in curry spices. One nibble is enough to get you instantly hooked.

     

    8th Place

    Strawberry Polvorón (Berry UP!) – Contains 6 – ¥1,296 (Tax Included)

    Another entry from Berry UP!, these polvorón shortbreads are made from lots of fresh strawberries mixed with condensed milk and mascarpone, creating a subtle sweetness that’s enough to have your mouth watering.

     

    9th Place

    BLUE MELTIN SAND (Tokyo Campanella) – Contains 8 – ¥1,200 (Tax Included)

    What if herbal tea and cookies became its own snack? That’s what Tokyo Campanella asked too, and so make it a reality. Their BLUE MELTIN SANDs are cat’s tongue cookies stuffed with a herbal tea sauce that has a natural blue colour.

     

    10th Place

    Premium Cacao Full Sablé (Mary Chocolate) – Contains 18 – ¥1,350 (Tax Included)

    Finally, we have a premium edition of chocolate company Mary Chocolate’s Cacao Full Sablés. This one’s for the adults, a sophisticated combination of bittersweet chocolate and berries.

    *Exclusive to HANAGATAYA GRANSTA Tokyo Central Street

     

    Did you enjoy this list? Which one takes your fancy the most? Whether as a souvenir for the folks back home, or as a treat to yourself to celebrate 2020, if you’re in Tokyo this year then be sure to give HANAGATAYA a visit.

  • Hotel Royal Classic Osaka: A Museum & Hotel Fusing Tradition and Innovation in an Art Museum-Style Space

    30.November.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Shin Kabuki-za is an old theatre in Osaka that has been loved by locals since it opened in 1926. The theatre is set to find new life as Hotel Royal Classic Osaka, a new hotel developed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma which is set to open on December 1, 2019. The MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON editorial team received exclusive access to view the hotel before it opens to report on it and showcase how it differs completely from other hotels with its characteristic charms.

     

    Its direct connect to Namba Station means super easy access

    Hotel Royal Classic Osaka is situated in the central part of Osaka Minami. Direct access to the hotel from the Osaka Metro section of Namba Station will be made available from March 2020, allowing for easy access and the reassurance that you won’t get lost wandering the streets trying to find your accommodation. Its location means easy access for tourists and travellers with a lot of luggage, working professionals who want to shorten the distance between commutes as much as possible, and pretty much any other scenario where accessibility is a priority.

     

    An iconic building exterior combining tradition and modern innovation

    Shin Kabuki-za is known by the locals who live in the area for its magnificent karahafu roof gables. The hotel will inherit this symbolic part of the theatre’s design and restore the lower part of the building. The upper part makes use of multiple layers of aluminium to create a dynamic and intricate design, resulting in a unique appearance that fuses both the traditional formation of the original theatre with a modern touch. Thanks to Kengo Kuma’s skillful architectural work, the building merges effortlessly with the surrounding buildings while retaining the local culture.

     

    It’s as much of an art museum as a hotel

    Olympic Girl 100m by Ay-O (Takao Iijima)

    The hotel also stands tall and proud as an art museum. As you walk down its corridors, your eyes will meet a plethora of gorgeous pieces of artwork which serve to lay guests into a sense of calmness and tranquility. These works are scattered throughout the hotel, both at the front desk, guest rooms, and elsewhere, making it feel like you have really stepped into a museum of art. High-class pieces also line the walls nonchalantly, so give yourself time to appreciate the many masterpieces you’ll find there.

      

    High ceilings create spaceーspace which is nothing less than relaxing

    There are 150 guest rooms in total, consisting of Standard Rooms, Premium Rooms, and Suite Rooms. Not only does each and every room boast a beautiful and panoramic window view of Osaka’s nightscape, they also enjoy high ceilings, creating a sense of space and freedom.

    Wood is the base of all the rooms, giving them a natural and relaxed feeling. The furniture is simple which gives the rooms a minimalist design, again adding to the space and sense of luxury. We stayed in one of the Standard Rooms. Don’t let going for Standard make you feel inferior, however, as we felt the room was incredibly spacious with plenty of space to store luggage.

    Room lighting is controlled with a tablet located next to the bed. The tablets are compatible in four languages. Each icon on them also has universally easy-to-recognise pictures for easy use.

    Also, the bathtubs in Standard Rooms have a little window that looks into the main bedroom. If you’re with someone you’re on good terms with, whether friends, family or a loved one, you can communicate back and forth while you take a soak. (There is of course a sliding door so you can close it off too!)

    We were also shown around one of the Suite Rooms which are fitted with a living room and spacious washroom. It really is penthouse-level extraordinary.

    The bathrooms have a window that looks out across the city nightscape, allowing for an indulging soak with a breathtaking view. It’s not one we could afford every single time we book a hotel, on a special occasion one time it’s an absolute definite.

     

    Amenities galore to pamper your hair and body

    The rooms come with a long line-up of fantastic amenities, like comfy cotton PJs, fluffy slippers, and our personal favourite: a compressed bag for your clothing. 

    The amenities in the washroom were bountiful too, from shampoo to conditioner, shower gel and body gelーall of which, by the way, are by the Thai organic brand Panpuri. They all smelled incredible and filled the bathroom with their gorgeous scent.

    They have all your ordinary must-haves too like a hair comb, cotton buds, toothbrush, and so on.

     

    KUMO KUMO: The bar and lounge with comfy sofas

    The hotel building has a total of twenty floors. After enjoying our time in the hotel portion, we headed up to the bar and lounge KUMO KUMO on the 20th floor. Inside the elevator, piano music plays while you gaze at the several pieces of art fitted inside. There was even a piece by Yayoi Kusama, so be sure to take a look.

    When entering KUMO KUMO, there’s not only seats at the counter, but lots of sofas too with a window view.

    Jazz music flowed through the bar and lounge, which is best enjoyed with a cup of delicious sake while staring out over nighttime Osaka.

     

    HAFU is a restaurant for guests only that serves breakfast.

    Their menu consists of lots of healthy options, from fruits to salads.

    The chef will also prepare fresh hotel-grade egg and meat dishes too, amongst other delicious delights. There’s also a range of slim-friendly menu items made with foreign guests in mind. The assortment was truly incredible, we can’t recommend this place enough.

    Of course, there’s yogurt, mini sweets and other dessert-like morning treats to indulge in too. It was a breakfast for the gods.

     

    YURAYURA: A restaurant that combines Japanese and Western cuisine

    The team enjoyed lunch at YURAYURA too, a buffet-style restaurant that also seats non-guests. Their menu is an amalgamation of the Japanese and Western palate, serving carefully-selected ingredients from countries around the world.

    They had various foods from around Asia too like nasi goreng from Indonesia, as well as Korean japchae, and more.

    Other things we spotted were pincho and small-cut sweets too.

    For Japanese food there were things like freshly-fried tempura, and large cuts of roast beef which were cut there and then by the chef.

     

    What I was personally happy about was their cafe menu, with things like cafe latte and other hot drinks. It was a satisfying 90-minutes spent, wolfing down food and then enjoying some sweets with a cafe latte.

     

    5 spaces that can be used for weddings, parties & more

    The hotel building even houses two chapels, as well as banquet halls, which can be used for weddings, parties and more. The chapels have large windows that let in plenty of natural sunlight. The use of natural wood also gives the room a warm feeling to it.

    Floor 8’s HANAEMI

    There are five banquet halls in total each on a different floor and each with their own concept. Those on floors 7, 8 and 9 even have terraces for parties too. Whether you’re having a party, a wedding, or a conference, there is a room for you.

    Hotel Royal Classic Osaka’s speciality is its inclusion of leaving a part of traditional Japan in there while still letting you feel the Japan of today. Whether you’re travelling to Osaka for some sightseeing and fun, or you’re in the business scene and need a regular-use hotel, look no further. We felt connected to Osaka in our experience there, so if you’re planning a trip to Osaka, be sure to book with Namba’s newest landmark.

  • Pompompurin Cafe Reveals Christmas Menu For Harajuku, Yokohama & Umeda Branches

    27.November.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    The Harajuku, Yokohama and Umeda branches of the Pompompurin Cafeーthe cafe chain centred on Sanrio’s popular character Pompompurinーis serving up two cute Christmas menu items this year from December 1 to 25.

    *Food names below are translated from Japanese

    Hurry Up Santa – Pompompurin Cheese Keema Curry – ¥1,290 (Before Tax)

    This rich and spicy keema curry is made with Parmesan cheese, cheddar cheese, and natural cheese. The colourful stars are made from carrot and paprika, while the spiralled Christmas cheese is a combination of spinach and mashed potato. Purin is made of rice and is waiting in anticipation for Santa to deliver his present. You’ll see he’s holding a stocking which is a made from bread and walleye pollack mayo. A hearty dish that is both delicious and adorable

    Snowman Pompompurin – Snow Covered Chocolate Tart ¥1,190 (Before Tax)

    Pompompurin has turned into a vanilla ice cream snowman and is standing next to a pistachio cream Christmas tree. They are both atop a rich chocolate tart. This cute dessert is like a Christmas garden straight out of a children’s picture book.

    If you decide you want to spend your Christmas with Pompompurin this year, then you’ll receive a free lunch mat when you order food and a free coaster when you get a drink. These are both limited in quantity, so don’t miss out!

     

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