A gelato artisan from Kyoto won two prizes in the “2018 International Gelato Contest”
“Nyu Seihin Issai Fushiyo no Gelato (a gelato that does not use any dairy products)” created by the Japanese gelato artisan, Nobuo Nakagawa (Premarché Gelateria) won two awards in the“2018 International Gelato Contest” held in Italy/Rimini on the 21st / 23rd of January 2018.
This contest is the largest international gelato contest in Italy and is known to be a prestigious award.
▶︎Works that received awards
SORBETTI DAL MONDO (Sorbetti of the World)
1) Bee-gan Yuzu to Mikan (Japanese citrus fruit), Orange no Sorbetti, Himawari (sun flower) Honey to tomoni – 3rd place
MILLE IDEE PER UN NUOVO GUSTO (New ideas)
2) Bee-gan Hojicha (roasted green tea) to Matcha (green tea) no Mileage – 10th place
※ Bee-gan is a made-up word based on the word “vegan” and the word
means a vegan food that includes honey.
The Japanese gelato artisan, Nobuo Nakagawa opened Premarché Gelateria which sells “guilt-free” gelato using natural ingredients in April 2017. He has been running Prema Co., Ltd. which sells natural ingredients for 18 years.
The gelatos of Premarché Gelateria are all gluten-free and use organic ingredients as much as possible.
Let’s enjoy high quality gelatos.
MIMARU SUITES Kyoto Shijo rolled out its MIMARU Tool Shop on July 22. The new hotel service was made in collaboration with the 109-year-old Kawataki Kyoto Kitchen Shop and Kura Daily Store and gives guests the chance to rent out items from these shops to use in their hotel rooms, everything from cooking and sake sets to tea sets, kitchenware, and more. Best of all, the service is completely free.
The service aims to let guests feel like they’re actually living at their hotel room, adding an extra layer of relaxation and comfort.
A selection of antique and modern rentable items can be found in the top floor room of the hotel where they are displayed like a shop. Guests are invited to pick and choose as they please. There are also shops, supermarkets, cafes, and more right next to the hotel so you can pick up bites to eat and drink to enjoy in your room like cooking ingredients, sushi, and so on.
MIMARU Tool Shop
Official Website: https://goods.mimaruhotels.com/
Jambuka Pancakes Get Tossed and Loaded With Fresh Cream and Fruits in Osaka
21.July.2021 | FOOD
Jambuka Abeno Q’s Mall is the only place in Osaka where locals can enjoy the incredible pancakes created by the fresh cream desserts specialist shop MILK. This summer, they are now serving a new seasonal treat: the ‘Sweet Summer Mikan & Lemon Pancakes.’
Sweet Summer Mikan & Lemon Pancakes | ¥1,089 (Tax Included)
Fresh Cream Milk Pancakes | ¥858 (Tax Included)
Fresh Cream Strawberry Milk Pancakes | ¥1,089 (Tax Included)
Fresh Cream Chocolate Banana Milk Pancakes | ¥979 (Tax Included)
All pancakes are made-to-order and are covered in a rich, creamy sauce made from fresh cream from Hokkaido. Enjoy them plain or topped with fresh fruit.
Sweet Summer Mikan & Lemon Pancakes
Running: July 15, 2021 – August 31, 2021
Location: Jambuka Abeno Q’s Mall
Address: Abeno Q’s Mall Floor 4F, 1-6-1 Abenosuji, Abeno Ward, Osaka, 545-0052, Japan
Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00
Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jambuka_abeno/
Milkshake Shaved Ice and Milk Frozen Desserts Served Up at Motosue in Hyogo
20.July.2021 | FOOD
The new Motosue Hanare has opened next to Motosue Kurakuen in Hyogo where they are selling a range of desserts including the Milkshake Shaved Ice and Milk Frozen.
Milkshake Shaved Ice Pudding | ¥1,290 (Tax Included)
Milkshake Shaved Ice Sweet Potato | ¥1,350 (Tax Included)
Milkshake Shaved Ice Matcha Adzuki | ¥1,200 (Tax Included)
Milk Frozen Chocolate Banana | ¥650 (Tax Included)
Milk Frozen Strawberry | ¥720 (Tax Included)
Eggy Bread | ¥750 (Tax Included)
Using milkshake as the base ingredients, the shave ice line-up gets its super fluffy texture from free range eggs. There are three flavours to enjoy, such as the pudding one which is topped with a whole Japanese pudding, adding a smooth and velvety texture to the fluffy shaved ice. Each is a perfect pick for cooling down during the summer season.
The ‘Milk Frozen’ desserts use frozen milk for the base and are topped with fruit. Each is made carefully handmade one by one, and they are even more refreshing than the shave ices. The eggy breads also come in a range of flavours including plain and custard.
Japanese Shop Name: 本巣ヱ 離れ
Address: 1-28 Kikutanichō, Nishinomiya, Hyogo 662-0078, Japan
Access: 3-minutes from Kurakuenguchi Station
Opening Hours: 10:00-19:00 (Last Orders 18:30)
Closed: Every 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month
Official Website: https://supertamago.com/
McDonald’s Japan Releases Strawberry and Banana Frappes at McCafe by Barista®
15.July.2021 | FOOD
McDonald’s Japan released its new Strawberry & Condensed Milk Frappe and Banana Caramel Frappe beverages at McCafe by Barista® branches up and down the country on July 14. The fruity frappes and the perfect choice for the hot summer season.
Strawberry & Condensed Milk Frappe | Regular: ¥490
The strawberry frappe is made with a sweet and tangy strawberry sauce that has fresh strawberry pieces in it as well as juice taken from amaou strawberries grown in Fukuoka which are known for their fresh and sweet taste. Added to the cup is rich condensed milk along with a squirt of whipped cream for a milky and velvety finish.
Banana Caramel Frappe | Regular: ¥490
The banana frappe is filled with a banana puree sauce, banana syrup, and a crème brûlée syrup. It’s topped with smooth whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce. The banana and caramel make for a delicious combination.
Strawberry & Condensed Milk Frappe / Banana Caramel Frappe
Released: July 14, 2021
Official Website: https://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/campaign/banana-strawberry-frappe/
Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make a Rilakkuma Banana Cake
With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s Easy Recipe! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.
In this recipe, I’ll show you how to make a delicious banana cake that is tasty even if refrigerated!
Makes a 18cm pound cake
2 ripe bananas
100g unsalted butter
50g granulated sugar
100g weak flour
Bring the butter to room temperature and mix it with the sugar until it becomes white. I used unsalted margarine for this.
Gradually add both the egg whites and yolks and pour slowly into the mixture while mixing. Mash the banana with a fork, add to the bowl, and mix.
Sieve in the flour and mix lightly.
Bake at 160℃ for 40-45 minutes and it’s ready! I used a 15cm pound cake tin and muffin tin to make mine. If using a muffin tin, bake for 30 minutes.
Leave to cool and use the edge of the pound cake tin to cut ears. Finish by using a chocolate pen to draw on Rilakkuma’s face.
Kaori invites you into her world of character-themed food dishes in her recipe series. Be sure to check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!
Toy Story Inspired Ice Cream Cakes Release at Baskin-Robbins Japan
13.July.2021 | FOOD
Baskin Robbins released a new collection of ice cream cakes inspired by the characters from the Pixar film Toy Story. There are 15 delicious flavours to enjoy, so let’s take a look.
Popping Candy / Chocolate Chips / Strawberry / White Sponge
Love Potion / Chocolate / Chocolate Sponge
Matcha Cookie / Vanilla / Chocolate Sponge
Ducky & Bunny
Very Berry Strawberry / Chocolate Chips / White Sponge
Dark Chocolate / Chocolate Bits / Milk Chocolate / Chocolate Sponge
Little Green Men
Popping Candy / Melon / White Sponge
Strawberry Cheesecake / Strawberry / White Sponge
Caramel Ribbon / Chopped Chocolate / Chocolate Sponge
The ice cream cakes include designs based on everyone’s favourite toys such as Woody and Buzz, as well as their new friends Forky, Ducky, and Bunny.
Baskin-Robbins Japan’s Toy Story/Palette 8
Released: July 9, 2021 (Available all year)
Price: ¥4,200 (Tax Included)
*Price different by branch
Size: 18.5cm x 5cm
Baskin-Robbins Japan Official Website: https://www.31ice.co.jp/
Mister Donut x BAKE Release Crispy Cream Puffs
12.July.2021 | FOOD
BAKE CHEESE TART has teamed up with Mister Donut to release CROQUANTCHOU ZAKUZAKU, a crispy cream puff by BAKE CHEESE TART’s sister company of the same name. They are being served from July 2 to August 1.
CROQUANTCHOU ZAKUZAKU is a crispy cream puff with a custard cream filling made from Hokkaido milk. It was first produced in Hokkaido. They are stick shaped and covered in almond crunch and ‘ZAKUZAKU,’ a coating combination of egg white and sugar.
Don’t miss the chance to enjoy both BAKE CHEESE TART and CROQUANTCHOU ZAKUZAKU’s tasty treats at the same time.
Price: ¥250 Each (Tax Included)
Serving: July 2, 2021 – August 1, 2021 (Fridays, Weekends, Public Holidays Only)
Where: 17 branches of BAKE CHEESE TART in Japan
*Available while supplies last
More Details: https://cheesetart.com/news/zaku2021/
Lotte’s Craft Sake Chocolate brand YOIYO Releases Yakushima Flavour
12.July.2021 | FOOD
YOIYO is a chocolate brand created by confectionery company that fuses chocolate with sake. Online pre-orders for its second release opened on June 6, and it’s scheduled to release on June 13. This chocolate is made with Single Malt Komagatake Yakushima Aging, a whisky made at the Shinshu Mars Distillery in Miyada, Nagano.
YOIYO YAKUSHIMA NEW
限定TASING SET KOMAGATAKE×YAKUSHIMA
YOIYO uses specially-selected sake from across Japan and infuses it with the brand’s own smooth and tasty milk chocolate. One bites makes it feel as if you have visited the region in which the sake is produced thanks to the combination of pure water, ingredients rooted in the land, and the use of traditional techniques. The brand’s name YOIYO is Japanese for ‘good evening’ as Lotte wants people to enjoy indulging in the chocolate at dusk or after dinner.
Single Malt Komagatake Yakushima Aging is a whisky that is aged for 5+ years, and Lotte picks only from the best barrels. A bite into the chocolate first invites the full flavour of the whisky before the sweet and rich beckon of the chocolate arrives.
Lotte is also releasing a limited-edition tasting set which includes a bar of their first YOIYO release so chocoholic and sake-lovers out there can enjoy taste testing both.
eXcafe Gion, a cafe in Gion, Kyoto is now open for business on weekdays again.
Cat-shaped bread by Neko Neko Shokupan
The cafe is located near Tatsumihashi
eXcafe’s famous Hoku Hoku Dango Set
eXcafe Gion opened in November 2019 following the opening of the popular eXcafe Arashiyama. Gion is a major sightseeing spot of Kyoto for its fusion of traditional and contemporary Kyoto culture. One of its longest and most quintessential traditions of that of Chayamachi, also called Hanamachi, where maiko and geisha live and work.
eXcafe Gion is situated near Tatsumihashi where the relaxing sounds of the Shirakawa River can be heard. The cafe incorporates elements of a traditional Japanese teahouse with tatami flooring and wooden structures, ready to welcome guests with open arms who have been strolling around to see the historical architecture of the local area.
The summer season sees locals and sightseers dressed in yukata, the sound of geta shoes clacking on the floor. Summertime is also when the cafe serves their famous Hoku Hoku Dango, a must-try if visiting Gion.
Address: 57-1 Motoyoshicho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, 605-0087, Japan
Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00
Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/excafe.official/
Kyoto’s National Museum of Modern Art Announces ‘Modern Crafts’ Exhibition
09.July.2021 | SPOT
The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto has announced a new exhibition. A Chronicle of Modern Crafts: Works from the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto Collection will run from July 9 to August 22.
Crafts are one of the pillars of the activities at the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, a facility that opened in 1963. This emphasis has helped form one of Japan’s premiere collections of crafts. Moreover, they have on occasion presented exhibitions such as the International Exhibition of Contemporary Ceramic Art, Contemporary Ceramic Art: Canada, U.S.A., Mexico and Japan, Fiber Works: Europe and Japan, and Contemporary Glass: Europe and Japan, which introduced and compared crafts from other countries with Japanese works, and exerted a strong influence on the Japanese art and crafts scene.
In this exhibition, the museum takes a look back at some of these events from the past based on works from the museum collection while retracing the development of modern crafts. This includes the exhibiting of 305 pieces, 231 from Japanese craftsmen and 74 from those overseas.
A Chronicle of Modern Crafts: Works from the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto Collection
Running: July 9, 2021 – August 22, 2021
Venue: National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
Opening Hours: 9:30-17:00 (Until 20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays)
Closed: Mondays (but open August 9) and August 10
Price: General ¥1,200 / University Students ¥500 / Free for those aged 18 and below
*Opening hours subject to change depending on COVID-19
Vegetable Shaved Ice Arrives On Honjitsuno’s Menu For Summer
Honjitsuno is a cafe based in Takeyacho, Kyoto, which introduced its new vegetable shaved ice desserts to the menu on July 1. Every month will see a different vegetable used.
Strawberry & Fruit Tomato | ¥1,600 (Tax Included)
Made with strawberry sauce, fruit tomato jam, and milk pudding. Hidden inside is soft cheesecake.
Peach & Corn | ¥1,600 (Tax Included)
Made with peach sauce, sweetcorn, custard cream, and caramel sauce. You can really taste the original sweet taste of the corn.
Matcha & Edamame | ¥1,600 (Tax Included)
Made with Mashed green soybeans, seaweed salted red bean paste, mango, and matcha sauce.
All of the sauces and jams are homemade. Combining vegetables with fruits on shaved ice creates a whole new delicious eating experience.
Address: 371 Sashimonoyachō, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, 604-0095, Japan
Opening Hours: 9:00-18:00 (Currently operating on reduced hours)
No Fixed Holidays
Official Website: http://www.bread-espresso.jp/
Matcha Republic Takes Kyoto’s Uji Matcha to Tokyo For the First Time
Uji-based matcha tea shop Matcha Republic is taking their menu to Tokyo for the first time with a pop-up shop inside Shibuya Hikarie which will run from July 15-28.
Matcha Ink Hikarie Exclusive Version Premium Matcha Latte | ¥681 (Tax Included)
Original Clear Shopping Bag
Matcha Republic’s ink bottle matcha lattes are super popular on Japanese social media. For their Tokyo pop-up shop, their premium matcha latte arrives in an exclusive design. The dirnk is made from only the best picked matcha leaves to make a smooth, milky beverage. The bottle is also sold in an original shopping bag.
Matcha Panna Cotta Hikarie Exclusive Version | ¥681 (Tax Included)
The brand’s popular panna cotta set also arrives in a Hikarie exclusive design. The delicious dessert is made with fragrant Uji matcha.
PREMIUM GOLDEN UJI MATCHA CASTELLA | ¥2,381 (Tax Included)
Matcha Republic’s moist matcha castella is sprinkled delicately with gold leaf, creating a luxurious dessert.
Location: Shibuya Hikarie ShinQs B2 Food Stage
Running: July 15, 2021 – July 28, 2021
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00
Official Website: https://www.matcha-republic.com