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Shinjuku—Situated in the heart of Tokyo, the most populated metropolitan area in the world, and absolutely packed with travelers and tourists. It’s a pivotal ward in Tokyo connected via many transportation services including the JR Line, subway, private railways, rapid bus lines and more. Shinjuku is an absolute must-visit when sightseeing in Tokyo.

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In today’s entry to “Tokyo Stroll,” Rinko Murata stopped by Ken’s Cafe Tokyo in Shinjuku, a shop specializing in Gateau au Chocolat that’s made with the best quality ingredients.

Ken’s Cafe Tokyo is very easy to get to, located just 3-minutes on foot from Exit 2 of Shinjuku-Gyoemmae Station via the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line.

0Q0A4142The Special Gateau au Chocolat is one of the desserts served by the shop’s owner, Kenji Ujiie. Full sales of this dessert began due to strong demand from customers for it being so delicious. The word got out and immediately led to high praise that spread far and wide, and this year, the shop is celebrating its 20th anniversary!

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The Special Gateau au Chocolat comes in at ¥3,000 (tax included), with reservations in abundance up to a month. When it’s freshly cooked, the outside is crispy, and the outside is creamy like fondue chocolate, making a perfect melt-in-the-mouth combined texture!

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The secret to its deliciousness is in the thoroughness to use only the best ingredients. The chocolate used in the photo is from an Italian brand called “Domori.” The founder of Domori, Gianluca Franzoni, was deeply impressed with the quality taste of the Special Gateau au Chocolat, and so personally created his first and only chocolate mix called “KEN’S” to be used at the shop.

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To draw out the good flavour of the chocolate, it’s made with gluten-free chocolate. Although the flavour is rich and full-bodied, the result of the taste is that makes it simple to eat.

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300 gateau chocolates are made in a single day! And because each and every one of them are handmade with the utmost care and detail, it’s difficult to make any more than this, so there’s always an abundance of reservations. But if you can’t wait and need to try one straight away, limited quantities are being specially sold at Matsuya Ginza and Tobu Department Store in Ikebukuro, so be sure to check those places out.

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Rinko couldn’t control her excitement at the sweet smell of the chocolate. She took no time at all to begin tasting the Special Gateau au Chocolat.

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When eaten at room temperature, it tastes like terrine chocolate. Depending on what temperature you eat it at, the taste and texture will change, so with one gateau chocolate you can enjoy trying three completely different flavours. Also, the balance between the sweetness and bitterness is fine-tuned every time. If you buy one now, the bitterness of the cocoa has increased every so slightly compared to 10 years ago.

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Rinko gave it her seal of approval. “The moment I took a bite, the aroma of the cocoa hit me, and the soft texture just melted inside my mouth! The balance between the bitterness and sweetness is exquisite. This delicious chocolate hit me in the head right away. Happiness is running around inside my brain. I can’t get enough of how it feels!”

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You can go back via Shinjuku-Gyoemmae Station, but you should take a stroll towards Shinjuku Station instead – it’s just a 17-minute walk. Plus, Shinjuku Gyoen – Shinjuku’s imperial garden – is close by Ken’s Cafe Tokyo, so you might enjoy getting lost in your own thoughts while taking a walk through nature.

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The Special Gateau au Chocolat is a perfect present for yourself or someone special. They are always waiting on orders, so if you’re interest, check out the shop’s website below and make a reservation.

 

■Information

Ken’s Cafe Tokyo

Address: 1-23-3 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

Access: 3-minutes on foot from Exit 2 of “Shinjuku-Gyoemmae Station” via the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line

Opening Hours: 10:00-19:00

Closed: Weekends & Holidays

Website: http://www.kenscafe.jp

 

 

Model: Rinko Murata @rink0_

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Rinko Murata appears in fashion magazines and is active on radio and TV. Sales of her first style book were so successful that it required extra printing during its first week. She also has a rapidly growing following across her social media profiles. As well as modelling at big fashion events, she also has her own column online at “She magazine,” and receives much attention for her work in the areas of culture and lifestyle.

Photo & Writer: Haruka Yamamoto

Editor: Sayuri Mizuno(ASOBI SYSTEM)

Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

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    Honey Mascarpone Drinkable Cheesecake | ¥600 (Before Tax)


    Brown Sugar Syrup & Soy Flour Drinkable Cheesecake | ¥600 (Before Tax)

    The signature iced Honey Mascarpone and Brown Sugar Syrup & Soy Flour flavours are also must-tries. Honey Mascarpone has been popular since it was first release for its subtly sweet taste. The Brown Sugar Syrup & Soy Flour dessert drink is topped with soy flour warabimochi and rice flour dumplings. This latter flavour is very Japanese, combining the sweetness of the syrup with cream cheese.

     

    If you’re in Tokyo this winter then stay warm with a cup of cheesecake!

  • Sanrio Themed Cafe Celebrates Characters’ Monthly Magazine ‘Ichigo Shimbun’

    23.October.2020 | FOOD

    Sanrio is once again collaborating with the EGG & SPUMA cafe located on the 8th floor of Shinjuku Lumine EST to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Ichigo Shimbun, a monthly magazine published by Sanrio which includes information about the latest character merchandise, the Sanrio Character Awards, and more. The limited-time cafe will run from November 1, 2020 to late January 2021.

    Sanrio fans can expect a very special menu line-up of food, drinks, and desserts based on their favourite characters from the Sanrio roster.

    There will in fact be two different menus served on separate occasions. The first menu will welcome a soufflé omelette topped with a potato salad Pochacco while the second will see an adorably pink My Melody cream stew.

    There will also be an incredibly cute two-tiered afternoon tea set with desserts and savoury items.

    For drinks, there is a Hello Kitty strawberry milk, Cinnamoroll milk, and milk caramel pudding Pompompurin.

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    And everyone who orders from the collaborative menu will receive one of eight possible coasters as thanks for visiting.

  • Dr. Stone Collaborates With Snickers® Chocolate Bar On TV Commercial

    07.October.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    Popular global chocolate brand Snickers® joined hands with the the TV anime series Dr. Stone on Monday for a special collaboration.

     

    Dr. Stone is a hugely popular manga series written by Riichiro Inagaki and illustrated by Boichi and serialised in Weekly Shonen Jump. The manga has over 7 million copies in circulation. The first season of the anime series aired in 2019, with a second slate to begin broadcasting in January 2021.

     

    For the collaboration, the voice actor for Senku in the anime series voiced character lines for a Snickers® commercial.

    In the commercial, we see Kusanagi of the Japanese comedy duo Miyashita Kusanagi turned to stone in the Stone World. If you’ve watched or read Dr. Stone, you’ll know that Senku always knows what to do, and is ten billion percent sure that his plans will work, so of course in this there was only a single answer: to feed Kusanagi a Snickers® bar! Check out the results in the commercial below.

    Snickers Japan is also holding a Twitter campaign for the collaboration. 40,000 lucky people in Japan who answer the page’s quiz questions correctly will get to win a Snickers coupon. Additionally, 100 people will be randomly selected to win a special prize.

    Are you looking forward to season two of Dr. Stone next year? Follow us know on Twitter or Facebook and let us know!

     

    ©米スタジオ・Boichi / Shueisha・Dr.STONE Production Committee

  • Winnie the Pooh Themed Cafe ‘Hunny’s Cafe in Strange Dreams’ to Open in Shinjuku

    02.October.2020 | FOOD

    LEGS COMPANY is set to open a Winnie the Pooh themed cafe called “HUNNY’S CAFE in STRANGE DREAMS” in Shinjuku, Tokyo, on October 14, 2020. This date is particularly special because October 14, 1926 is the date in which the first volume of stories about the titular character, Winnie-the-Pooh, was released.


    The cafe is being produced by OH MY CAFE and is themed on sending customers into a strange world of dreams, perfect for the long autumn nights.

    The Grand Menu

    The menu line-up features a whole range of cute drinks, dishes, and desserts inspired by the adorable bear, such as the dream Pooh has of Heffalump and Woozle in Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day, food with his face on, and much more.

    Pooh’s Strange Dream Chicken Burger | ¥1,890, with plate ¥3,480

    A healthy steamed chicken burger with a Pooh burger bun and served with a side of edamame potage.

    Pooh’s Strange Dream Curry Rice | ¥1,590

    The secret ingredient of this curry rice is, of course, Pooh’s favourite honey. An authentic curry packed full of spices.

    Heffalump & Woozle Honey (?) Cream Pasta | ¥1,590, with bowl ¥2,990

    A cream pasta made to look like honey that contains vegetables and cream. A dish definitely out of the mind of Pooh bear.

    The dishes we have shown so far are available for a limited time from November 20 to December 27 as part of the cafe’s “Hunny Fair.”

    Piglet’s Rolling Salad | ¥990

    The tiny, cute, and beloved piglet has been turned into a tomato and beetroot salad served in a glass.

    Tigger’s Hopping Salad | ¥890

    The energetic hop, skimp, and jumper Tigger too has his own salad made from pumpkin and carrot.

    Eeyore’s Grape Yoghurt Drink | ¥890, with coaster ¥1,490

    A grape yoghurt drink inspired by Eeyore’s colours.

    HUNNY’S CAFE Honey au Lait ¥790, with mug ¥2,290

    A hot honey beverage to send you into the land of nod and dreams.

     

    Original Merchandise

    Pooh fans can get their hands on a selection of different merchandise series, like the cafe logo series, Strange Dreams series, and honey series.

    Cafe Logo Series: A4 Folder ¥350 / Sticker Set ¥1,000


    Strange Dreams Series: Tote Bags ¥2,200 Each / T-Shirts ¥2,500 Each


    Honey Series: Acrylic Key Ring ¥480 / Plush Toy ¥3,600 (Available from November 20)

     

    Bonus Items


    Original Lunch Mat (4 Designs)

    Customers who book a table in advance and order something from the menu will receive one of four possible lunch mats. And if they spend over ¥2,500 (before tax) on cafe and cafe logo series merchandise, they’ll receive one of two possible small mamezara plates too.

     

    © Disney. Based on the “Winnie the Pooh” works by A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepard.

  • TOKYO MYSTERY CIRCUS Announces Escape Game Based On J-Pop Group Perfume

    23.September.2020 | SPOT

    TOKYO MYSTERY CIRCUS, the world’s first and Japan’s biggest puzzle-themed theme park, has announced a new escape game centred on the Japanese pop group Perfume. Titled “Escape From The Room Next To Perfume,” the game is set to hit the indoor theme park on September 22, 2020.

    An escape game is a real-life interactive experience that has players solving puzzles to escape a room. The story of the Perfume game puts players on the same team as Perfume. As players wait in anticipation, an LED display made to look like a window opens to reveal the Perfume members, who greet players and encourage them on their escape. And so begins the game.

    There are various items and pieces of information in the room for players to solve the puzzle, including dance poses by Perfume which give hints for the next step. It’s an interactive experience that makes it feel like Perfume are really there with you.

    Perfume fans can get their hands on a range of exclusive merchandise too, like a sticker set, folder, and message cards. These items will be sold at the TMC GOODS SHOP at Tokyo Mystery Circus as well as the online stores SCRAP GOODS SHOP and Perfume’s own A!SMART.

  • Art and Lifestyle Come Together at Isetan Shinjuku’s ‘Living with ART’ Event

    18.September.2020 | FASHION

    Isetan Shinjuku is now hosting its “Living with ART” event on the 5th floor of the main building until September 29, 2020.

    Living with ART brings together collections of artistic products by designers from both inside and outside Japan, from unique items to add accent to your daily life to more daily-use bits and bobs.

     

    STUDIO THE BLUE BOY comes to Isetan Shinjuku for the first time

    <STUDIO THE BLUE BOY> Wavy Gradient rug – Orange × Yellow | ¥289,000 (Before Tax)

    Keisuke Shoda is a Tokyo-based designer and art director whose name is known both in Japan and overseas. He creates products for his art studio, STUDIO THE BLUE BOY, all of which are sold exclusively online from rugs to interior products and more. Exhibiting at Isetan Shinjuku for the first time, STUDIO THE BLUE BOY’s lineup will include their popular rugs, fragrances, bags, and more.

    <STUDIO THE BLUE BOY> Zen Garden Collection (Left: Charcoal Grey, Right: Matcha Deep Green) | ¥329,000 Each (Before Tax)

    Visitors will also be able to order the Charcoal Grey and Matcha Deep green rugs early from the studio’s new Zen Garden Collection line.

     

    Valeria Vasi showcases their new range in Japan for the first time

    <Valeria Vasi> Vases | ¥12,000-¥75,000 Each (Before Tax)

    Barcelona-based designer Valeria Vasi is showcasing her iconic and eye-catching handcrafted vases. Her designs are simple, but have their own beauty and quality, giving room for a single flower to express its own beauty. She will be selling around 40 items.

    <Valeria Vasi> Vases | ¥34,000-¥45,000 (Before Tax)

    As well as her ceramic vases, which have a beautiful glossy finish, Valeria Vasi is also selling her newest glass-type vases in Japan for the first time.

     

    Young artists’ pictures turned into blankets

    <Slowdown Studio> Blanket | ¥32,000 (Before Tax)

    Slowdown Studio’s products are available in 16 countries worldwide. It is a home product brand that makes items using pictures and illustrations created by young artists around the world. At the event, they will be selling 10 different kinds of blankets, including three from their new TOKYO COLLECTION together with Japanese artists.

    <Slowdown Studio> Blanket | ¥32,000 (Before Tax)

    The blankets can even be used as wall art.

     

    This is just a snippet of what will be on show at Living with ART. If you’re in Tokyo this month, don’t miss out on the event.

  • Tokyo Stroll: The Café That You Want to Visit to See Someone #14 – ‘Kayaba Coffee’ in Yanaka

    17.September.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    In this edition of The Café That You Want to Visit to See Someone, I visited Kayaba Coffee, a coffee shop in Yanaka, Tokyo, which is a perfect example of the old and traditional shitamachi neighbourhoods.

    Kayaba Coffee is just a 10-minute walk from both Nezu Station and Nippori Station.


    This is a place I’ve visited in my private time out of work and I’m always excited to go. Kayaba Coffee was established in 1938, and actually closed in 2006. But due to public demand, the cafe reopened just two years later in 2008. It’s a popular coffee shop loved by people of all generations.

     

    Time to head on in.

     

    The first floor houses the counter and table seats, while the seating on the second floor is traditional zashiki style on tatami flooring. Although it’s a cafe, you I feel so relaxed in there that it’s like I’m visiting my grandma’s house. The sun shines through the big windows, making you all warm and want to take a nap.

    I ordered their super popular egg sandwich! The menu was changed in May this year, and a new and improved version of their egg sandwich was put on there. It’s made using sourdough bread from VANER, a local bakery in Uenosakuragi not far from the cafe.

    Breakfast Menu – Egg Sandwich | ¥1,000

    The chewy, sour bread is the perfect combination with the fluffy eggs.

    Lemon Squash | ¥600

    The lemon squash has a cinnamon aftertaste. Everything on the menu is made with love and perfection; before I realised it, I was hooked on going there.

    Strawberry Shaved Ice | ¥800

    This was my first shaved ice of the year! I went with the classic strawberry flavour. The syrup is super juicy and nearly collapsed the fluffy shaved ice the moment I put it on. It has a syrupy texture and the strawberry juice has a sweet and sour kick that’s just simply delightful♡

     

    And you can make it even sweeter by pouring over your desired amount of condensed milk. It was really tasty.

    Kayaba Coffee is the same as it was back in the day, and continues to be loved dearly. I think even people who visit it for the first time will feel a sense of nostalgia. If you have a place you can go to relax on bad days or when you’re feeling down, it’s sure to give you the strength to work hard again. This cafe is a wonderful place that’s close to people’s hearts.

     

    I want to visit there again already.

     

    Writer/Model: Ema Tanioku
    Photographer: Haruka Yamamoto
    Design: Yuko Takayama (ASOBISYSTEM)

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

  • KUROMI♡MY MELODY CAFE to Open at Shinjuku Lumine EST in Tokyo This Summer

    17.August.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    Sanrio’s beloved characters Kuromi and My Melody are taking over EGG&SPUMA in Shinjuku this summer with the new KUROMI♡MY MELODY CAFE which will open for a limited time from August 1, 2020 to October 31, 2020 and be split into two separate phases.

     

    This is the second run of the cafe, returning from the success of last April. This year, however, the food and themes will be different. The first phase will see Kuromi and My Melody surrounded by all things kawaii and girly like hearts while the second phase will take on a Halloween theme.

    The menu line-up will be different for both the first and second phases. For the first phase, Sanrio fans can look forward to tucking into “My Melody’s Heart Full Burger” which has a cute pink bun, or “My Melody & Kuromi’s Fluffy Milk Shaved Ice,” perfect for the hot summer weather.


    The second phase includes the “Lovely Piano Moko Moko Meringue Rice” which has a hamburger inside of a hot meringue inside, the “My Melody & Kuromi Strawberry Piano Pancake Parfait” which is topped with EGG&SPUMA’s super popular souffle pancakes, and some Halloween exclusives.

    There is also a two-tiered afternoon tea set with lots of sweet treats, like waffles and ice cream, all topped with Kuromi and My Melody.

    Customers will receive one of four possible exclusive coasters when they order from the menu.

     

    © 1976,  2020 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. L611679

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