“Hinamatsuri” festival is coming soon. 7 recommended food and drinks for this year’s festival!

22.February.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

Hinamatsuri is a festival in Japan which is held on the 3rd of March to wish for the health and happiness of a girl child and each house displays a set of Hina Dolls on the 3rd of March. Hina dolls (girl-dolls called Onnabina and boy-dolls called Otokobina) are displayed in each home.

 

In this article, I will introduce to you some food and drinks that match the Hinamatsuri festival.

‘スヌーピー’ひなだんかざり

 

“’Snoopy’ Hinadan Kazari” 31 Ice Cream (Baskin Robbins)

Baskin Robbins in Japan are holding an event titled “Girls Festival 2018” from February 15th to March 3rd, the day of Hinamatsuri. This year, Baskin Robbins are introducing the cute character Snoopy onto hinadan – doll stands for hina dolls. Each ice cream is topped with sugary faces of Snoopy and Belle to represent a male doll and female doll respectively. There are also three chocolate Woodstock designs. Celebrate a fun and exciting Hinamatsuri with your family!

 

Detailed information:https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/91474

 

■Information

Snoopy Hinadan Kazari

Price: ¥1,740 (tax included) -price may vary between shops

Running: February 15, 2018 – March 3, 2018

*Product sales will be discontinued once all are sold out

Baskin Robbins Japan: https://www.31ice.co.jp

 

 

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“Hina Roll” Takarazuka Hotel

Takarazuka Hotel will sell “Hinamatsuri Cake” which decorates the Hinamatsuri season gorgeously for three days from the 1st of March 2018 (Thurs.) at “Lobby Shop” (1F) of the East Building. Two varieties are available – “Onnabina” using strawberry cream and “Otokobina” using chocolate cream and strawberries. Let’s enjoy Hinamatsuri by eating this hotel’s cake.

 

■Information

 

Product name: Hina Roll / (1) Onnabina / (2) Otokobina

Available period: 2018/03/01 (Thurs.) to 2018/03/03 (Sat.)

Price: 400 yen each / pair – 750 yen

 

Available store: Takarazuka Hotel East Building 1F “Lobby Shop”

Address: 1-46, Umenocho, Takarazukashi, Hyogoshi

Business hours: 8:00 to 21:00 (cakes will be sold from 9:00)

Reservation/contact: 0797-85-2615 (direct)

URL:https://www.hankyu-hotel.com/hotel/hh/takarazuka/

 

サクラサク

“Sakurasaku” Furumachi Koji Seizojo

The koji (rice malt) amazake (sweet fermented rice drink) specialized store, “Furumachi Koji Seizojo” will sell a renewed version of the spring-limited amazake “Sakurasaku” (the quantity of the product has been increased from 300ml to 500ml) to meet their customers’ demands. This koji amazake has a cherry blossom leaf taste like sakuramochi (cherry blossom flavored mochi with bean jam inside).

 

■Information

 

Price: 1,296 yen (tax included)

Content: 500ml

Ingredients: rice (made in Japan), rice koji (made in Japan), cherry blossom leaf-paste, red koji’s color matter

Available stores: “Furumachi Koji Seizojo” official online shopping site

“Furumachi Koji Seizojo” Furumachi main store / Kurazashiki Store

Official online shopping site: http://www.furumachi-kouji.net/

 

 

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“Hina Chirashizushi” Washoku Mendokoro Sagami

Washoku Mendokoro (Japanese noodle restaurant) Sagami will sell Hina Chirashizushi (scattered sushi) as a Hinamatsuri limited menu from the 1st of March to the 3rd of March. The menu includes vinegar rice, snow crab, tuna, salmon, a thick omelet, cherry blossom denbu (pink fish flossed) and shrimp. It is a custom in Japan to eat chirashizushi when the Hinamatsuri festival is held. Japanese people eat this dish with the wish that their children will not go hungry in the future and it is thought that shrimp extends longevity.

 

■Information

 

Available period: 2018/03/01 to 03/03

Available restaurant: Washoku Mendokoro Sagami (128 restaurants)

Prices:

Nameko Soba to Chirashi Wappa Meshi – 1,390 yen + tax

Hina Chirashizuhi (for two to three persons) – 1,200 yen + tax

Take-out Chirashizushi (for two to three persons) – 1,200 yen + tax

 

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

 

 

 ひな祭りケーキ

“Hinamatsuri cakes.” An online shopping site specializing in cakes Cake.jp

The online shopping site specializing in cake “Cake.jp” started selling Hinamatsuri cakes from the 15th of February. Many cute cakes that have decorations of Hina Dolls will be sold including cute standard round-shape cakes and diamond/fan-shaped cakes. The cakes they sell are suitable to be bought as a gift since they can be shipped.

 

■Information

 

Release Date: 02/15 (Mon.) to 03/05 (Mon.)

Hinamatsuri Cake 2018:

https://cake.jp/category/%E3%81%B2%E3%81%AA%E7%A5%AD%E3%82%8A%E3%82%B1%E3%83%BC%E3%82%AD/

 

Cake.jpサイト:https://cake.jp/

 

 

ディズニーガールズコレクション

“Disney Girls Collection” Ginza Cozy Corner

Ginza Cozy Corner will sell small cake sets using the designs of Disney characters from the 15th of February 2018 to the 3rd of March. “Disney Girls Collection” is a box that includes cakes using the motifs of “Minnie Mouse,” “Alice,” “Tinker Bell,” “Disney Marry,” “Miss Bunny,” “Lady” and “Clarice” and each piece has a different taste.

 

■Information

 

Price: 2,100 yen (tax included price – 2,268 yen)

Available period: 2018/02/15 to 03/03

Ginza Cozy Corner official site: http://www.cozycorner.co.jp/index.html

 

 

ひなまつりMIX

“Hinamatsuri MIX” papabubble

The “art candy” shop from Spain, Barcelona “papabubble” will sell “Hinamatsuri MIX” from the 10th of February 2018 (Sat.) to the 4th of March (Sun.). Five cute patterns including a peach flower pattern, sakuramochi pattern and bonbori (paper lantern) will be sold and a very popular apricot peach flavor will be added.

 

■Information

 

Prices:BAG40g/580 yen、 JAR(S)50g/800 yen、JAR(M)170g/2300 yen ※全tax included

Available period:2018/02/10(Sat.)~03/04(Sun.)

Available stores:PAPABUBBLE stores – Nakano Store, Shibuya Store, GINZA SIX Store, Yokohama Store, Daimaru Tokyo Store, Lumine est Shinjuku Store, LUCUA Osaka Store, Osaka Funabashi Store, Fukuoka Tenjin Chikagai Store, Sendai Parco 2 Store, Chiba Sogo JUNNU Store

 

URL:http://www.papabubble.jp/

 

 

 アビエント

“Hinamatsuri Image no Gentei Lunch Menu” Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu

Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu will sell limited lunch menu items using the motif of Hinamatsuri at the Japanese cuisine restaurant, “Shunsai” and “A bientot” located on the 25th floor from the 1st of February 2018 (Thurs.) to the 3rd of March (Sat.). Original chirashizushi, clam, hishimochi (star-shaped rice cake) and arare (cubic rice crackers) which bring luck will be served. Let’s enjoy eating the special menu items while viewing the view of Tokyo from the floor 100 meters, above ground.

 

■Information

 

Date: 2018/02/01 (Thurs.) to 03/03 (Sat.)

Time: 11:30 to 15:00 (L.O. 14:00)

Venue: Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu 25F

Address: Shibuya Mark City, 1-12-2, Dogenzaka, Shibuyaku, Tokyo

 

Official website

Hinamatsuri Gozen

https://www.shibuya-e.tokyuhotels.co.jp/ja/restaurant/shop02/plan/1416096379771.html

 

Hinamatsuri Lunch

https://www.shibuya-e.tokyuhotels.co.jp/ja/restaurant/shop01/plan/1416096399805.html

 

 

Why not celebrate Hinamatsuri with you family.

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  • A “hinamatsuri” (doll festival) event is being held at Hotel Gajoen Tokyo

    27.January.2018 | SPOT

    Hotel Gajoen Tokyo is holding “Hyakudan Hinamatsuri (traditional doll festival) Omi/Mino/Hida Hina Kiko” at “Hyakudan Kaidan” which is Tokyo’s designated cultural property, until the 11th of March (Sun.).

     

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    “Hinamatsuri” is an occasion to pray for young girls’s growth and happiness. Hinaningyo are dolls which are put on display before and on the 3rd of March, the day the Hinamatsuiri festival is held.

     

     

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    An ohinasama (traditional doll) of Kachoan, Honjin Hiranoya, Hidatakayama and an ohinasama of Dono Family (Gyosho no Ma)

     

    This exhibition where hinaningyos from all over Japan are gathered is the largest exhibition in Tokyo. It has been held 8 times and more than 470 thousand people in total have visited. The exhibition counts it’s 9th time this year and about 500 dolls from Gifu Prefecture and Shiga Prefecture (from 9 areas in total) will be gathered.

    Gorgeous dolls from Shiga and Gifu Prefectures including wedding goods of Daimyo Clans, expensive goods of Omi’s old wealthy merchants, Goden Kazari’s (a culture which was created in the Western-side of Japan) goods and tiny traditional toys will be gathered at the venue.

    You can enjoy the gorgeous collaboration of the cultural property and hina ningyos.

     

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    You can take photos at this exhibition! Local doll collections which were enrolled in Guinness.

    Nihon Doreikan located in Shiratoricho, Gujoshi, Gifu Prefecture is a museum that gathers local toys from all over the world as well as dorei (bells made of soil) and local hina ningyos.

    The number of the works exhibited which are enrolled in Guinness exceeds 100 thousand.

     

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    Let’s play with the local toys! The local toys-exhibiting room of Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten is available

    The holder opened the 8th room of Hyakudan Kaidan and created a collaboration room with a popular sundry store Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten called “Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten no Kyodo Gangu no Hinadan.” The precise works have been gathering popularity and the exhibition was held 7 times.

    This time, they are exhibiting local toys like kokeshi and daruma in addition to “Nihon Zenkoku Mame Kyodo Gangu Shushu” exhibited on the lacquer hinadan (stairway to exhibit hina ningyos).

     

     

    The hotel is filled with excitement! A plan where you can enjoy eating and lodging is available

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    “Ohinasama Room” is recommended for those of who want to stay at a comfortable room.

    Each room has its own decorations including hina ningyos produced by Asakusa’s established brand “Harakoshu” and cute hanging decorations. A part of the room uses Ryukyu tatami flooring. Up to four persons can enjoy this room.

     

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    The restaurants are offering limited menus. A Japanese cuisine restaurants which offers beautiful dishes are offering hina matsuri-limited tea ceremony dishes. The content of the plan is suitable to enjoy hinamatsuri where you can enjoy soup that looks like hishi mochi (Japanese traditional mochi), yurine (lily bulbs) that looks like a flower petal and sashimi dish that looks like a snow cave.

     

    The room also has some decorations such as hina nigyos produced by Harakoshu and uchikakes (a kind of kimono worn by women). The fairly cheap plan that comes with a lunch menu of each restaurant inside the hotel and an entrance ticket of the hinamaturi exhibition, is highly recommended.

     

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    Why not enjoy these gorgeous hina ningyos which you cannot normally be seen at Hotel Gajoen Tokyo.

     

     

     

    ■Information

    Hyakudan Hinamatsuri / Omi, Mino, Hida Hina Kiko

    Address: 8-1, 1st Street, Shimomeguro, Meguroku, Tokyo

    Hotel Gajoen Tokyo, “Hyakudan Kaidan,” the designated cultural property of Tokyo

    Period: 2018,01,19 (Fri.) to 2018,03,11 (Sun.)

    Time: 10:00 to 17:00 (last entrance 16:30)

    Entrance fee: 1,500 yen (students – 800 yen ※student card is needed) ※ students of elementary school and small children – free

    TEL:03-5434-3140

    Access: 3 minutes on foot from Meguro Station (JR Yamanote Line, Tokyu Meguro Line, Tokyo Metro Nanboku Line, Toei Mita Line)

     

    Ohinasa Room

    Available date: 2018,01,19 (Fri.) to 03,10 (Sat.)

    Price: up to 4 persons per room – 18,528 yen ~ (per person)

    ※the price differs depending on the day

    Reservation/contact: 03-5434-3837

     

    Hina Menu

    Date: 2018,01,19 (Fri.) to 2018,03,11 (Sun.)

    Venue: Japanese cuisine “Hafutei” Hinamatsuri Kaiseki Zen

    Price: one person – 3,600 yen (tax and service fee are not included)

    ※please note that you must share a table with other people

    ※Hinamatsuri Tokubetsu Zen (an upgraded version – 5,600 yen) is also available

     

    RISTORANTE“CANOVIANO”:¥4,900

    New American Grill“KANADE TERRACE”:大人/¥4,900、シニア¥4,600

    Cafe&Bar結庵:¥3,800

    Lunch plans that comes with an entrance ticket

    Japanese cuisine “Hafutei”: 4,900 yen

    Chinese cuisine “Shunyuki”: weekdays – 3,900 yen / Saturday, Sunday and holidays – 5,700 yen

    RISTORANTE“CANOVIANO”: 4,900 yen

    New American Grill“KANADE TERRACE”: adult/4,900 yen, senior/4,600 yen

    Café & Bar Yuian: 3,800 yen

    ※All prices noted above include tax and service fee

    ※Please take a look at the homepage regarding business hours.

     

    URL:http://www.hotelgajoen-tokyo.com/

  • The Korean shaved ice shop,“SULBING HARAJUKU” –a report by MOSHI MOSHI BOX, staff person, Midori

    16.February.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Hello, everyone. My name is Midori Blackmore and I am a staff person of MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center.

     

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    Do you like strawberries? I love strawberries so, I feel happy during this spring season because many desserts using strawberries are released every year.

    This time, I visited the very popular shaved ice specialized shop, “SULBING HARAJUKU” from Korea.

    The shop is always crowded in summer, but you don’t have to wait to get into the shop during the winter season.

    It might sound weird to eat ice cream during winter, but I think it is nice to eat something cold inside a warm room, for some reason.

    Eating a shaved ice inside a warm shop is the same!

     

    ソルビン原宿 外観
    The shop is located on the 2nd floor of the building where the sports store, SKECHERS is located, near the Takeshita Exit of Harajuku Station (make a right turn after getting out of the exit). The sign of the shop is small so be careful not to miss it.

    The inside of the shop is spacious and warm. Many of the customers are women but I saw some groups of men as well. A wide generation of people visit the shop.

     

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    Secure a table first before making an order at the counter. The product I ordered was a winter-limited, “Nama Ichigo SULBIN”(fresh strawberry shaved ice)!

    After ordering, take a buzzer and wait at your seat.

    When the buzzer rings, go to the counter and receive your shaved ice.

     

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    “Nama Ichigo SULBIN”(fresh strawberry shaved ice) 1,400 yen (tax included)

     

    Boom!

    The product was bigger than I thought. Look at the size of it!

    You will realize that it is not a normal shaved ice as soon as you put it into your mouth.

    The ice is very fine and has a soft texture. Even when it is cold out, the ice will not result in a “rush to the head”and you will be able enjoy the fresh ice texture.

    Also, the shaved ice of this shop has the flavor of milk! The combination of the milk-flavored shaved ice and lots of strawberries goes very well.

     

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    Red bean jam paste is inside the shaved ice so you will never get tired of eating this sweets item.

    SULBIN HARAJUKU sells many kinds of menu items.

     

     

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    One popular menu item is“Mango Cheese SULBIN” 1,500 yen (tax included)

     


    A popular item that is not a sweets is  (food menu)“Mozzarella Toppogi Toast” 1,100 (tax included)

    For those of you who do not have “a sweet tooth,”I recommend that you share an ice shaving dish with your friends or with your boyfriend.

     

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    “Nama Ichigo SULBIN” will be sold until February for sure but it might not be sold in March. Let’s go to the shop as soon as possible!!

     

    ◼︎Information

    SULBING HARAJUKU

    Address: 2F, Green Oak Harajuku, 1-14-34, Jingumae, Shibuyaku, Tokyo

    Business hours: 10:30 – 20:00(LAST ORDER 19:30)

    Fixed holiday: undecided

    Access: 58m from the Takeshita exit of JR Yamanote Line – Harajuku Station

    1 minute on foot from the 2nd exit of Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line – Meiji Jingu Station
    TEL:03-6721-0404

    URL:http://www.sulbing.jp/

    MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center

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    MOSHI MOSHI BOX is a tourist information center located at the cross road of Takeshita Street, Meiji Street, and Harajuku Street. The staff there are experts on the Harajuku area. You can get the most up-to-date news of Harajuku from the site.

     

    Services:

    Service list

    ・free wi-fi

    ・free water

    ・free PC & charge

    ・baggage room

    ・gift shop

    ・currency exchange

    Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00

    Closed: The year-end and New Year holidays

    Contact: 03-2225-6447

    Twitter・Instagram @mmb_harajuku

     

  • Top 10 Character Cafés in Japan: February & March 2018

    12.February.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Collaborative character cafés and menus in Japan are becoming more and more popular, where cafés team up with popular character franchises from various media including anime, games and brands to serve up themed menus. Let’s take a look at some of the collaborations you can look forward to in February and March this year.

     

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar×Marronnier Gate Ginza

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    The world of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, one of the most loved picture books in the world, has been brought to life in the form of a café. The café opened in Ginza on January 18th and will will be open for a limited time only. The colourful and vivid mind of illustrator and children’s book writer Eric Carle is brought to life through food. The items on the menu promise to excite the fun aspect of eating. Expect to tuck into everybody’s favourite French toast, omurice, hamburgers, pasta and more, all themed on the wonderful world of the world’s beloved caterpillar.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/84934

     

    ◼︎Information

    Harapeko Aomushi Café

    Date: January 18, 2018 – August 31, 2018 (*closed February 19th)

    Address: MARRONNIER GATE GINZA 1 (4F), Sunday Brunch, 2-2-14 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00

    *Reservation required before visiting the café by 17:30. You can sit at any seat after 17:30

     

    Homepage: www.harapecocafe.com

    TM & © 2018 Eric Carle LLC.

     

     

    Monchhichi×Asakusabashi

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    The plus secret café underneath JR Asakusabashi Station held its grand opening in collaboration with Monchhichi, a line of stuffed toy monkeys from Japan, on January 20th. The café is filled with limited edition goodies and there’s even be a workshop space. Monchhichi is an internationally loved character that first appeared in 1974. JR Asakusabashi Station is a bustling location situated nearby Asakusa and Akihabara. Enjoy your time together with Moncchichi underneath the station in a cute and stylish space.

     

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    plus secret
    Address: 1-17-5 Asakusanashi, Taito, Tokyo
    Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00 (last orders 19:30)
    Closed: Wednesdays

    Website: https://plussecret.shopinfo.jp/
    ©2018 sekiguchi Co.,Ltd.

     

     

    Jalan×Hands Cafe

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    Travel information website Jalan’s official cat mascot Nyalan has made his way to Hands Cafe branches around Japan. A total of 8 Hands Cafe branches, including Omotesando Harajuku and Umeda, are now serving up a Nyalan themed menu. Six tasty and original meals and beverages are available including omurice, hamburgers, paw-style parfait, café au lait with cute art and more. The cafes have been completely turned into Nyalan’s world with decorations and a photo spot.

     

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    Jalan × Hands Cafe

    Running: January 17, 2018 – February 25, 2018

    *Please note that store times and holidays vary across branches.

     

    Hands Cafe Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku

    Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku 5F, 4-30-3 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

     

    Hands Cafe Shibuya

    Tokyu Hands Shibuya 7A, 12-18 Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo

     

    Hands Cafe etomo Chuorinkan

    etomo 2F, 4-6-3 Chuorinkan, Yamato, Kanagawa

     

    Hands Cafe Umeda

    Tokyu Hands Umeda 10F, 3-1-1 Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka

     

    Hands Cafe Morinomiya Q’s Mall

    Morinomiya Q’s Mall BASE 2F, 2-1-70 Morinomiyachuo, Osaka-shi, Osaka

     

    Hands Cafe Piole Akashi

    Piole Akashi West 1F, 1-1-23 Oakashi, Akashi, Hyogo

     

    Hands Cafe Hiroshima

    Tokyu Hands Hiroshima 2F, 16-10 Hatchobori, Naka-ku, Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture

     

    Hands Cafe San-A Naha Main Place

    San-A Naha Main Place 1F, 4-4-9 Omoromachi, Naha, Okinawa Prefecture

     

    Hands Cafe Website: https://www.handscafe.jp/event.html

     

     

    Sailor Moon×My Melody Candy Parlour

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    Bishojo Senshi Sailor Moon and My Melody are teaming up to open a collaborative café called Sailor Moon × My Melody Candy Parlour for a limited period in Osaka, Sapporo, Tokyo and Nagoya. See everybody’s favourite magical girls and Sanrio’s popular character come to life in the form of food, sweets and drinks served only at this café.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/90049

     

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    Sailor Moon × My Melody Candy Parlour

     

    Sapporo PARCO (Sapporo)

    Address: THE GUEST cafe & diner, Sapporo PARCO 4F, 1-3-3 Minami, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido

    Running: April 6, 2018 – May 14, 2018

    Opening Hours: Sunday-Friday 10:00-20:00 (food last orders 19:00 / drinks last orders 19:30) / Saturdays 10:00-20:30 (food last orders 19:30 / drinks last orders 20:00)

     

    Ikebukuro PARCO (Tokyo)

    Address: THE GUEST cafe & diner, Ikebukuro PARCO Honkan 7F, 1-28-2 Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo

    Running: April 20, 2018 – May 21, 2018

    Opening Hours: Café 10:00-22:00 (food last orders 21:00 / drinks last orders 21:30) / Merchandise Shop 10:00-21:00

     

    Nagoya PARCO (Nagoya)

    Address: THE GUEST cafe & diner, Nagoya PARCO West Building 8F, 3-29-1 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi Prefecture

    Running: April 6, 2018 – May 21, 2018

    Opening Hours: Café 10:00-21:30 (food last orders 20:30 / drinks last orders 21:00) / Merchandise Shop 10:00-21:00

     

    Shinsaibashi 161 (Osaka)

    Address: THE GUEST cafe & diner, 2F, 1-6-1 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka Prefecture

    Running: February 17, 2018 – April 15, 2018

    Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 (food last orders 20:00 / drinks last orders 20:30)

    *Café will close at 18:00 on April 15th (food last orders 17:00 / drinks last orders 17:30)

     

    THE GUEST café&diner Official Website: http://the-guest.com

     

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    ©1976, 2018, SANRIO CO., LTD.

     

     

    Pompompurin Cafe Yokohama×Gudetama

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    The Yokohama branch of Pompompunrin Cafe, a café themed around the popular Sanrio character Pompompurin, will collaborate with the “lazy-egg” character Gudetama. The collaborative menu is available from February 6th. The worlds of these two popular characters can be enjoyed at this café with its cute interior.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/89912

     

    ■Information
    Pomupomu Purin Café Yokohama Store

    Address: Yokohama Sotetsu Square, 2-1-5, Nanko, Nishiku, Yokohamashi

    Opening Date: February 6, 2018

    Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00 (last orders 20:30)
    TEL: 045-311-6750

    Homepage: http://pompom.createrestaurants.com/

    ©1996, 2013,2018 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO.S584328

     

     

    Pop Team Epic×Sweets Paradise

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    Collaborative cafés paying homage to Okawa Bukubu’s four-panel manga series POP TEAM EPIC, which has become recognised worldwide, are now open in Sweets Paradise branches throughout Japan. The café will offer original menu items such as “Poptepi Manma,” “A Ichimen no Kusomidori Pasta” and “Sekihotai de Tsuchikatta Sekihan,” as well as an all-you-can-eat option. They are also serving amusing named drinks such as “Imi ga Wakarimasuka? [Do you understand?] Café Latte” and “Shogakusei Level no Drink [low-quality drink made by an elementary school student].”

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/89750

     

    ■Information
    POP TEAM EPIC Café

     

    Sweets Paradice SoLaDo – Harajuku Branch
    Running: February 2nd – March 15th
    Address: SoLaDo Takeshita Street 3F, 1-8-2, Jingumae, Shibuyaku, Tokyo
    TEL: 03-6661-8671
    Opening Hours: <Weekdays> 11:00 to 20:30, <Weekends & Holidays> 10:30 to 21:00

     

    Sweets Paradise – Tennoji Branch
    Running: February 2nd – February 27th
    Address: Tennoji Mio 11F, 10-39 Hidenincho, Tennoji-ku, Osaka-shi
    TEL: 06-6775-4180
    Opening Hours: 11:00-23:00 (last orders 22:30)

     

    Sweets Paradise – Machida modi Branch
    Running: February 2nd – March 15th
    Address: Machida modi 9F, 6-2-6 Haramachida, Machida-shi, Tokyo
    TEL: 042-728-8506
    Opening Hours: 11:00-23:00

     

    Sweets Paradise – Hiroshima Parco Branch
    Running: February 2nd – February 25th
    Address: Hiroshima Parco Main Building B1F, 10-1 Hondori, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi
    TEL: 082-249-0141
    Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00

     

    Sweets Paradise – Nagoya Parco Branch
    Running: March 9th – April 8th
    Address: Nagoya Parco West Building 8F, 3-29-1 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi Prefecture
    TEL: 052-263-0401
    Opening Hours: 10:30-22:30 (open from 10:00 on Weekends & Holidays)

     

    Sweets Paradise – Fukuoka Parco Branch
    Running: March 3rd – March 31st
    Address: 6F, 2-11-1, Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka Prefecture
    TEL: 092-235-7253
    Opening Hours: 10:00-20:30

     

     

    Sanrio Characters×Dining Park Ikebukuro

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    Sanrio Characters Lovely Café where popular Sanrio characters from back in the 80’s will gather, is now open at Dining Park Ikebukuro, located on the eight floor of Seibu Ikebukuro Honten, close to the east exit of Ikebukuro Station. From meals to desserts, step back in time with dishes celebrating the good-old characters from Sanrio.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/88086

     

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    Sanrio Characters Lovely Café

    Running: January 31, 2018 – April 17, 2018

    Address: Gourmet Stadium II, Seibu Ikebukuro Honten 8F, 1-28-1 Minami Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, 171-0022

    Opening Hours: 11:00-23:00 (open from 10:30 on Weekends & Holidays) *last orders 22:00

    No fixed holidays except when specified by Seibu Ikebukuro.

    TEL: 03-5949-5675

    Website: https://www.sogo-seibu.jp/ikebukuro/

     

     

    アニメ「銀魂」×OMOTESANDO BOX CAFE & SPACE

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    Anime and manga series Gintama is set to gets it own themed cafe, “Gintama CAFÉ Host Club Takamagahara,” later this month. Gintama is a science fiction series written by manga author Hideaki Sorachi. The interior design of the The interior design of the café is an original creation based on the host club that appears in the story,  “Takamagahara.”

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/87388

     

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    Gintama CAFÉ Host Club Takamagahara

    Address: OMOTESANDO BOX CAFE & SPACE B1F, Pine Under Flat, 5-13-2 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Running: February 15, 2018 – March 16, 2018

    Opening Hours: 11:00-21:40 (80 mins stay max.)

    Reservations: https://gintama-cafe.jp

    *reservations must be made in advance before visiting Host Club Takamagahara

     

     

    ドラゴンボール×ナチュラルキッチン

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    Renowned anime and manga series Dragon Ball, a franchise loved all over the world, has also gotten its own character themed café. Natural Kitchen are very particular in their selection of ingredients for their meals, only picking the best. The talented chefs there have conceived a unique and original fun-packed menu completely themed around Dragon Ball.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/86377

     

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    Dragon Ball Café & Diner Tokyo

    Address: Natural Kitchen Omotesando, GYRE B1F, 5-10-1 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Running: January 15, 2018 – February 28, 2018

    Opening Times: 11:00-22:00 (last orders 21:00)

    Contact: 03-6805-0772

    *No smoking

     

    Website: http://dragonball-cafe-diner.jp

     

     

    マイメロディ&クロミ×お好み焼き

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    Japanese okonomiyaki restaurant chain Okonomiyaki Dohtonbori are holding a special campaign in collaboration with popular Sanrio characters My Melody and Kuromi. Titled My Melody & Kuromi wo Tsukurou, the campaign began on February 1st. The My Melody Okonomiyaki contains rice cake and cheese and is mixed with ketchup. It’s complete with a wafer ribbon and a decorated face made from soya beans. The Kuromi Okonomiyaki is cooked with pork and black coloured batter. Like the My Melody okonomiyaki, this one’s also decorated with a soya bean sheet for a face, as well as a wafer skull accessory. There’s a whole list of other delicious meals featured on this collaborative menu to tuck into too.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/87507

     

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    My Melody & Kuromi×Dohtonbori Collaboration Campaign

    Running: February 1, 2018 – March 31, 2018

    Location: Select Dohtonbori branches around Japan

    Campaign Webpage: https://www.dohtonbori.com/campaign/mymelody/

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    Did you enjoy this list? You can expect to find cafes around Japan collaborating with popular characters all the time. If you’re there this month or March, then be sure to check out any of the above!

  • Cherry Blossom Inspired Food & Drink in Japan: Spring 2018 Edition

    02.February.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

    As the cold winter continues to freeze forward, we’re all waiting in anticipation for spring’s warmth to break through. Did you know, there are places in Japan where the cherry blossoms bloom as early as the end of January? Keep that in mind as we introduce you to some cherry blossom inspired food and drink hitting Japan very soon.

     

    “Cherry Blossom Drink” – Lindt

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    Lindt is an established premium chocolate brand from Switzerland founded in 1845 loved all over the world. The company will release some limited edition, early-springtime items including the “Lindt White Chocolate Sakura Ice Drink” and the “Lindt Delice Sakura” on February 16th. Enjoy this refreshing cherry blossom drink and feel the vibe of spring early.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/88257

     

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    Lindt White Chocolate Sakura Ice Drink

    Available: Lindt Chocolate Cafés throughout Japan

    Date: February 16, 2018 – April 1, 2018 (*limited stock available)
    Price: Ginza Branch – Eat-In (served in a glass) – ¥1,388 / Other Branches – Take Out – ¥772

    (The Jiyugaoka branch also offers an eat-in option)

     

    Lindt Delice Sakura

    Available: Lindt Chocolate Café except stores in outlets

    Date: February 16, 2018 – April 1, 2018 (*limited stock available)

    Price: 1 Piece – ¥302 yen

     

    Lindt Delice Set

    Available stores: Lindt Chocolate Café except at Ginza stores and outlet stores

    Date: February 16, 2018 – April 1, 2018 (*limited stock available)

    Price: ¥1,080-¥1,296 (includes one drink and two delices of your choice)

     

    *all prices include tax

     

    Lindt Japan: http://www.lindt.jp/

     

     

    “Sakura Mini Bon” – Cinnabon

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    Cinnamon roll specialist store “Cinnabon” are selling a limited edition cherry blossom flavoured cinnamon roll, the “Sakura Mini Bon,” from February 1st to March 31st. The roll is topped with a gracious amounts of cherry blossom flavoured cream cheese frosting and a crunchy decoration. Enjoy an exquisite balance of subtle cherry blossom and specially made cinnamon.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/88270

     

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    Sakura Mini Bon

    Available: February 1, 2018 – March 31, 2018

     

    Prices / Available Branches:

    Sakura Mini Bon (1 roll) – ¥390

    Branches: Roppongi / Futakotamagawa Rise S.C. / COCOON CITY/ atre Kichijoji

     

    Sakura Mini Bon (3 rolls) – ¥1,170

    Sakura Mini Bon Combo (6 rolls) – ¥1,850  (includes 3 “Sakura Mini Bon” and 3 “Mini Bon”)

    Branches: Roppongi Store / Futakotamagawa Rise S.C. / COCOON CITY

     

    Sakura Mini Bon Combo (3 rolls) – ¥1,100 yen (includes 2 “Sakura Mini Bon” and 1 “Mini Bon”)

    Branches: Tokyo Station / atre Kichijoji

     

    Official Website: http://www.cinnabon-jp.com/

     

     

    “Spring Coloured Veggie Pota Soba” – Cafe & Bar BW CAFE

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    SOBA (buckwheat noodles) CAFE & BARU BW CAFE which sells original soba dishes serve up their new menu “Haruiro Vege Pota Tsuke Soba” from February 1st. Their new menu “Haruiro Vege Pota Tsuke Soba” uses lots vegetables such as fresh potatoes and corn and one can eat soba with a warm dipping soup that tastes like potage. The dipping soup and ground vegetables go well with soba since it uses a Japanese-style broth. Also, the baked cheese used as a topping adds a mildness and special aroma to the dish. Enjoy this pink-coloured soba that brings to mind cherry blossoms.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/87477

     

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    SOBA CAFE & BARU BWCAFE

    Address: 2-7-5 Okubo, Shinjukuku, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 11:30-23:00 (last orders 22:00)

    Closed: Sundays

    Contact: 03-6278-9658

    Webpage: http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1304/A130401/13177140/

     

    Haruiro Vege Pota Tsuke Soba

    Price: ¥850 yen (tax incl.)

     

     

    “Matcha Milk Sakura Flavour” – Tsujiri

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    CAFE & BARU BW CAFETsujiri Online Shop will sell a seasonally limited product of an established store in Kyoto, Tsujiri’s “Tsujiri Matcha Milk – Sakura Flavor” with only a limited supply. “Tsujiri Matcha Milk -Sakura Flavor,” is a matcha milk which has the scent of cherry blossoms and the soft flavors of Ujimatcha and milk. It is a seasonally limited flavor which uses matcha from “Tsujiri,” an established store in Uji, Kyoto. The tea masters of Tsujiri selected the Uji Matcha that goes well with milk by blending two kinds of matcha to draw out the flavor of matcha. A cherry blossom leaf powder produced in Japan is added to the soft flavor of milk to give the product its cherry blossoms flavour.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/84872

     

    ◼︎Information
    Tsujiri Matcha Milk – Sakura Flavor

    Released: January 1, 2018 (limited stock available)

    Price: ¥513 (tax included)

    Homepage: http://kataoka-online.jp/nr-sakura

     

     

    “Spring Bouquet Salad Set” – BOTANIST café

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    “BOTANIST Tokyo,” the flagship store in Omotesando, is serving a spring themed menu on the 2nd floor “BOTANIST café” from February 1st to March 31st. The “Spring Bouquet Salad Set” uses lots of fruit and vegetables reminiscent of springtime to look like a botanical bouquet. They’re selling a range of other foods and sweets too which taste great and are fun to look at. Everything on the menu is available for this spring only!

     

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    BOTANIST Tokyo

    Address: BONTANIST Tokyo 1F & 2F, 6-29-2 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00

    No fixed holidays.

    Homepage:  http://botanistofficial.com/

     

    Feel the warm breeze of spring early with these cherry blossom inspired foods and drinks.

  • 6 Cafés Open Early in Harajuku—Begin Your Day Luxuriously with Breakfast

    13.February.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Hi, everyone. I’m Ellie, and I work at the MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center.

     

    Relaxing in a café with a cup of coffee in the early morning – days off like these are true happiness, aren’t they? The truth is, shops in Harajuku open a little late, so there aren’t many places that open in the early hours.

     

    I’m going to recommend to you several cafés in Harajuku that open in the morning and serve breakfast. Be sure to stop by any of them before you begin your day’s shopping.

     

    BURN SIDE ST CAFÉ

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    This café is a 6-minute walk from Harajuku Station and is filled with an American-style atmosphere. They don’t have a morning menu, but they’re open at 9:30 on weekdays and 8:30 on weekends and holidays, so you can still enjoy your morning with their regular menu. A popular item on the menu are their soufflé pancakes. They’re fluffy and just melt in your mouth. There’s a range of different types you can choose from, from pancakes with seasonal fruits to a tiramisu-style pancake. Why not try finding your favourite?

     

    Information

    BURN SIDE ST CAFE

    Address: 4-29-9 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: Weekdays 9:30-21:00 / Weekends & Holidays 8:30-21:00

    No Fixed Holidays.

    TEL: 03-3403-0660

    Website: http://b-s-s-cafe.com

     

     

    Réfectoire

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    This Harajuku bakery & café is open from 8:30. They have Free Wi-Fi and electrical outlets, making it a great spot for getting some work done in the morning. The bakery serves lots of take-out food, and the breakfast menu has an assortment of toast, French toast and bread. You can get any of these as a set with a drink and salad. With its bright, Southern France style interior, this is a nice place to enjoy your morning.

     

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    Réfectoire

    Address: Takeokikuchi Bldg. 3F, 6-25-10 Jingumae, Shibuya, Toyko

    Access: 8-minutes on foot from Harajuku Station

    Opening Hours: 8:30-19:30 (Bakery open until 20:00)

    No Fixed Holidays.

    TEL: 03-3797-3722

    Website: http://lepetitmec.com/location/refectoire/

     

     

    Bills – Tokyo Plaza Omotesando Harajuku

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    Bills serve the world’s most famous breakfast. This branch can be found about 5-minutes’ walk from Harajuku Station on the seventh floor of Tokyo Plaza. Tokyo Plaza is closed in the morning times, but the elevator up to bills is functional. They have a big selection on their breakfast menu. I recommend the ricotta cheese pancake. The honeycomb butter smells sweet on the fluffy and moist pancake. Their specially-made scrambled egg is also exquisite and just melts on your tongue. The world’s best is right here, so be sure to experience it.

     

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    Bills Tokyo Plaza Omotesando Harajuku

    Address: Tokyo Plaza Omotesando Harajuku 7F, Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 8:30-23:00

    No Fixed Holidays.

    TEL: 03-5772-1133

    Website: http://omohara.tokyu-plaza.com/shopguide/detail_138.html

     

     

    Bread, Espresso &

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    “Bread, Espresso &” is a café and bakery 5-minutes’ walk from Omotesando Station and 15-minutes’ walk from Harajuku Station. This place has immense popularity and has people lining up outside in the morning before it opens. Their popular menu item is the French toast they serve, which is only available on weekdays in the morning and at teatime. The French toast is thick, the outside is crunchy, and the inside is soft. It’s known to even sell out very quickly, so you’d best be up early if you want a bite.

     

    Information

    Bread, Espresso &

    Address: 3-4-9 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 8:00-20:00

    Closed: Every 2nd Monday of the month (If this falls on a holiday, the shop will close the following day)

    TEL: 03-5410-2040

    Website: http://www.bread-espresso.jp

     

     

    Eco Farm Cafe 632

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    This café and bakery has earned a reputation for its menu which uses vegetables grown at the company’s own plantation. Seating 150 people, this place is spacious, and offers a calm and quiet environment that will have you forgetting the tumult of Harajuku. Their breakfast menu includes croissants, toast and pancakes, all of which you can have with fruit and salad, and depending on what you order, you can also get bacon, sausages and other things too. You can also choose a drink to make a set at ¥630, such as their own blend of coffee. Their breakfast menu is great because you get at a cheap price.

     

    Information

    Eco Farm Cafe 632

    Address: 6-32-10 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 9:00-23:00 / Sunday & Holidays 9:00-21:30

    No Fixed Holidays.

    TEL: 03-3498-0632

    Website: https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1306/A130601/13010652/

     

     

    Revive Kitchen Three Aoyama

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    Enjoy healthy cold pressed juice made with carefully selected organic ingredients and nutrient-rich meals made with original recipes at this place. They also have things like gluten-free pancakes, so this one’s recommended for people looking to be healthy.

     

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    Revive Kitchen Three Aoyama

    Address: 3-12-13 Kita-Aoyama, Minato, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 7:00-21:00 / Weekends & Holidays 10:00-20:00

    Closed: Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month / New Year’s Holidays

    TEL: 0120 898 003

    Website: http://aoyama.threecosmetics.com/dining-menu/

     

     

    I hope you enjoyed this list. Start your wonderful day with a nice breakfast.

  • Harajuku Lunch Guide: Cafés & Restaurants Recommended by MOSHI MOSHI BOX Staff (Part 1)

    12.February.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Hi, everyone. I’m Shiota, and I’m the Director at the MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center. Are you ever stuck on where to eat lunch in Harajuku because everywhere’s too busy? I’m always unsure.

     

    So today, the knowledgeable staff at the MOSHI MOSHI BOX will recommend some great locations for lunch they have been to where you can enjoy a bite to eat.

     

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    Natural Stance
    Head down the road located between Murasaki Sports and New Balance along Meiji-dori. You’ll find a clothes store called WOMB on the left. Head up the stairs next to it to find Natural Stance. It has a welcoming atmosphere and is very relaxing. You can go there just for a drink or you can fill your belly with a meal. The desserts are delicious too!

     

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    Natural Stance
    Address: Field One Bldg. B1F, 3-21-10 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
    Opening Hours: 11:00-24:00
    Closed: New Year’s Day
    Access: 5-minutes walk from Harajuku Station via the JR Yamanote Line / 5-minutes walk from Meiji-Jingumae Station via the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line
    TEL: 03-3402-1855
    Website: https://cafeandbarnaturalstance.on.omisenomikata.jp/

     

     

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    cafe STUDIO
    cafe STUDIO can be found in the same building as the Adidas shop along Meiji-dori. Kick your feet up and relax on one of the sofas inside, or if you’re in a rush, you can order for takeout. Best of all, they even have Free Wi-Fi!

     

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    cafe STUDIO
    Address: YM Square Harajuku 1F, 4-31-10 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
    Opening Hours: 11:00-23:00 (Food Last Orders 22:00 / Drinks Last Orders 22:30)
    No fixed holidays.
    Access: 1-minute walk from Meiji-Jingumae Station via the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line / 5-minute walk from Harajuku Station via the JR Yamanote Line
    TEL: 050-5570-7944
    Website: http://www.cafe-studio.jp

     

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    Kunsei Maruho
    Kunseu Maruho is an izakaya that can be found along “Tonchan-dori” behind the MOSHI MOSHI BOX. This hidden gem offers a hearty traditional Japanese lunch at a reasonable price.

     

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    Kunseu Maruho
    Address: Tobita Bldg. B1F, 3-21-21 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
    Opening Hours: Lunch 11:30-14:00 (until 15:00 on Weekends) / Izakaya Service 17:30-24:00 (last order 23:30)
    No fixed holidays.
    Access: 7-minutes walk from Harajuku Station via the JR Yamanote Line / 5-minutes walk from Meiji-Jingumae Station via the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line
    TEL: 03-6459-2674
    Website: http://www3.ocn.ne.jp/~maruho/

     

     

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    bills – Omotesando Harajuku
    “bills” needs no introduction – they serve the world’s best breakfast. The lines to get in get particularly busy in the afternoon, but you won’t have to wait long if you go in the morning. You can find it on the seventh floor of Tokkyu Plaza at Harajuku crossing. Their famous pancakes are definitely delicious, but they have a hefty selection to choose from on the food menu. And the terrace seats feel great when it’s sunny!

     

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    bills Tokkyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku
    Address: Tokkyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku 7F, 4-30-3 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
    Opening hours: 8:30-23:00
    No fixed holidays.
    Access: 1-minute walk from Meiji-Jingumae Station via the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line
    TEL: 03-5772-1133
    Website: http://billsjapan.com/jp

     

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    Bio Ojiyan Cafe
    Walk down the street between Murasaki Sports and New Balance near the MOSHI MOSHI BOX and make a right at the Family Mart convenience store. There, you’ll find Bio Ojiyan Cafe on your right. All the items shown the signboard look amazing, but even with the standard, set items on the menu, you’ll be spoiled for choice since there’s so much to choose from.

     

    Check out Shiota and Ellie’s trip to this cafe for more details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/67375

     

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    Bio Ojiyan Cafe
    Address: 1F, 4-26-28, Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
    Opening Hours: 12:00-21:00
    No fixed holidays.
    Access: 8-minute walk from Meiji-Jingumae Station via the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line
    TEL: 03-3746-5990
    Webpage: https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1306/A130601/13003318/

    Did you enjoy this list? If you’re planning a trip to Harajuku, keep it with you so you can find great a place to eat lunch.

     

    And if you’re unsure of how to get to any of these places, just pop into the MOSHI MOSHI BOX. We’d be glad to help!

     

    MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center

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    MOSHI MOSHI BOX is a tourist information center located at the cross road of Takeshita Street, Meiji Street, and Harajuku Street. The staff there are experts on the Harajuku area. You can get the most up-to-date news of Harajuku from the site.

     

    Services:

    Service list

    ・free wi-fi

    ・free water

    ・free PC & charge

    ・baggage room

    ・gift shop

    ・currency exchange

    Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00

    Closed: The year-end and New Year holidays

    Contact: 03-2225-6447

    Twitter・Instagram @mmb_harajuku

     

    Writer: Nao Shiota (MOSHI MOSHI BOX)

     

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    These limited-time soup recipes are the latest to join GREEN SPOON’s menu of 15 soups which was first released in November 2020. The line-up features three potages packed full of superfoods and nutrients.

     

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    14.February.2021 | SPOT

    Kumamon is a Japanese mascot many are sure to have seen. It was created in 2010 as a way to promote Kumamoto Prefecture in Kyushu, Japan.

     

    Each year, Kumamon brings fans together at an event called “Kumamon Fan Gratitude Festival in TOKYO.” This year, for the safety of fans, it will be held digitally—from Tokyo rather than in Tokyo—with an online stream via Kumamon’s official YouTube channel Kumamon TV on February 12 at 20:00 (JST). Kumamon is currently in the last stages of preparing what is sure to be an equally fun event for fans.

    You can follow Kumamon on social media at the links below. Be sure to tune in for the stream this Friday.

  • Cat Shaped Bread Releases at Neko Neko Shokupan For Hinamatsuri Festival

    09.February.2021 | FOOD

    Neko Neko Shokupan is celebrating Japan’s annual Hinamatsuri festival, also known as Doll’s Day, by releasing a set of three limited-edition flavours of its popular cat-shaped bread. It is now available via their online store until March 3, 2021.

    Strawberry / Plain / Matcha – ¥4,600 (Tax & Shipping Included)

    Neko Neko Shokupan Hinamatsuri Strawberry

    Neko Neko Shokupan Hinamatsuri Plain

    Neko Neko Shokupan Hinamatsuri Matcha

    Neko Neko House

    The cute set includes pink-coloured strawberry, white-coloured plain, and green-coloured matcha breads which are available for delivery at addresses in Japan. They arrive in a cute house-shaped box.

  • CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice Releases Valentine’s Day Chocolate CoCo Dinosaur Beverages

    08.February.2021 | FOOD

    Tastea Trustea Japan released two new beverages on Friday (February 5) for Valentine’s Day at CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice in Japan: the CoCo Dinosaur and Tapioca CoCo Dinosaur.

    CoCo Dinosaur ¥520 / Tapioca CoCo Dinosaur ¥580

    The two teach beverages are made with a rich chocolate sauce and fresh milk. They are topped with chocolate and brown sugar syrup for a sweet combination of flavours and textures. An enjoyable beverage that is both refreshing and Instagram-worthy for Valentine’s Day.

  • LEMONADE by Lemonica Releases Sweet Spring Lemon Version of its Signature Freshly Squeezed Drink

    30.January.2021 | FOOD

    LEMONADE by Lemonica, a shop in Japan that serves lemonade made with its own original recipe, is now serving its “Sweet Spring” version of its freshly-squeezed Namashibori Squeezy lemonade as the best season for citrus fruits in Japan has arrived.

    Namashibori Squeezy: Regular Size ¥444 / Large Size ¥509 (Before Tax)

    The Namashibori Squeezy is one of LEMONADE by Lemonica’s most popular menu items, made with freshly-squeezed citrus fruits. The shop uses only the best picks of each season, and right now is the ideal season for citrus fruits which calls for the return of the “Sweet Spring” edition of its signature beverage. Sweet Spring is actually the name given to a specific variety of Japanese citrus fruit which is a combination of mikan and hassaku orange. It has a naturally high sugar content and is rich in flavour, adding pure sweetness and a tangy kick to the beverage without being bitter. It’s known for being a rare fruit due to the difficulty of growing and harvesting it, so it’s not often seen in the markets in Japan. They are normally shipped in January and February and are mostly grown in Kyushu as the island enjoys a lot of sun.

     

    LEMONADE by Lemonica doesn’t make its lemonade by adding syrup to lemon juice. It uses whole lemons to create its own original recipe. It highlights how lemons have a lot of different parts which when combined can provide many different flavours including the lemon flesh, juice, peel, white sponge, and stem.

     

    And for the winter season, LEMONADE by Lemonica is introducing some limited-time desserts to its menu made with sweet strawberries.

    Snowberry Lemo Pina / Snowberry Hot Lemonade

  • Calpis Soda Announces Blissful New Beverage Series For Adults

    17.January.2021 | FOOD

    Asahi Soft Drinks has announced the release of a new drinks series called Calpis Soda Shifuku no Jikan (“Blissful Time”) with the first flavour, lemon, to hit shelves in Japan on January 26, 2021.

     

    The new milky, carbonated soft drink series is aimed at grown-ups looking to wind down and relax with a nice chill drink. The lemon flavour is made with lemon peel extract, adding a citrusy refreshing kick to the bubbly and smooth experience.

     

    If you’re in Japan then be on the lookout for this blissful new beverage.

    “カルピス,” “カルピスソーダ,” and “CALPIS SODA” are registered trademarks of Asahi Soft Drinks Co., Ltd.

  • Brown Sugar Syrup Matcha Latte Arrives at Tully’s Coffee in Japan On Christmas Eve

    12.December.2020 | FOOD

    Tully’s Coffee Japan is adding a new seasonal drink to its menu on December 26: the “Brown Sugar Syrup & Soy Flour Matcha Latte.”

    Brown Sugar Syrup & Soy Flour Matcha Latte (Hot/Iced) | Tall ¥520 (Before Tax)

    Matcha beverages at Tully’s Coffee are all made with Uji matcha from Kyoto. The powder is prepared in-house at Tully’s Coffee, ensuring that the original taste and fragrance of the matcha is fresh. Their new seasonal beverage takes their classic Uji Matcha Latte and sweetens it with brown sugar syrup and Hokkaido soy flour.

    Brown Sugar Syrup & Soy Flour Matcha Suwakuru® (Frozen) | Tall ¥540, with tapioca +¥100 (Before Tax)

    Adding tapioca pearls creates a perfect combination with the syrup and soy flour, creating a taste and texture that’s like the traditional Japanese confection warabimochi.

    Uji Matcha Kouign-amann | ¥290 (Before Tax)

    Tully’s Coffee is also baking up some seasonal treats, like a Japanese-style Kouign-amann and red bean paste-filled doughnuts.

    Milk Red Bean Paste Doughnuts | ¥300 (Before Tax)

    The doughnuts are also made with milk from Hokkaido.

    2021 Year of the Ox Mug | ¥1,500 (Before Tax)

    And to celebrate the upcoming Year of the Ox, the coffee chain is also rolling out a cute ox-themed mug.

  • Rapeseed Flower Festival Offers a View of 100,000 Plants With Mount Fuji in the Background

    12.December.2020 | SPOT

    The Rapeseed Flower Festival is set to bloom on Soleil Hill, a park in Yokosuka, Kanagawa, from December 18 when around 100,000 bright yellow rapeseed flowers will shine across the flower beds.

    Turnip Rape (Photo taken December 1, 2020)

    Soleil Hill is a 5,000㎡ rolling expanse in the Miura Peninsula in Yokosuka, Kanagawa. The turnip rape is an early springtime flower that is blooming around a month earlier this December due to there not having been many typhoon disasters in the area this year, which will welcome the flower’s peak blossom.

    Photo taken last year with 100,000 turnip rapes, Sagami Bay, and Mount Fuji in the shot

    The flowers bloom for a long period from December to March, around 100 days, and the incredible view can be enjoyed with Sagami Bay and Mount Fuji in the background.

     

    Rapeseed Flower Festival

    Photo taken last year at the of December with the rapeseeds in full bloom

    The Rapeseed Flower Festival will run from December 18, 2020 to March 31, 2020 in line with the turnip rape’s peak blossom. Visitors can enjoy a selection of food inspired by the flower beds and view as well as take part in a variety of programs.

    Mount Fuji & Rapeseed Curry | ¥1,000 (Before Tax)

    The Mount Fuji & Rapeseed Curry is inspired by the view of Mount Fuji and the flower beds during a sunset as represented by the red curry.

    Rapeseed Herbarium Workshop | ¥1,600 (Tax Included)

    Visitors can try making their own rapeseed herbarium in a bottle at the crafts workshop too.

  • Online Shonen Jump Festival ‘Jump Festa 2021’ Opens App Download and Announces Schedule

    10.December.2020 | ANIME&GAME

    Shueisha announced last month that JUMP magazine’s annual festival JUMP Festa is heading online for ‘Jump Festa 2021 ONLINE’ which will run from December 19, 2020 to December 20, 2020. The application needed to access the festival was finally made available on Wednesday (December 9), as was the timetable.

     

    Concept Movie

     

    Jump Festa 2021 ONLINE App

    The festival can be attended either by download the Jump Festa 2021 ONLINE app (ジャンプフェスタ2021 ONLINE) or by going on the event’s official website. However, certain content is restricted on the website. The festival takes place on Jump Festa Island, a virtual space where visitors can access content related to Jump-related media from the free-to-access library to the theatre, an online shop, and more. There’s also a zoo area, photo spots, and mini games. If visitors use the ‘attend with a friend’ function or chat function, they can also take a special commemorative photo as well as watch the stage performances.

     

    22 Original Art Pieces

    Jump Festa is a celebration of five manga magazine publications by Shueisha: Weekly Shonen Jump, Shonen Jump+V JumpJump SQ., and Saikyo Jump. Each of the five publications have had 22 of their own original characters drawn with original artwork for this online event which people can use as their avatar to roam around Jump Festa Island.

     

    2-Day Stage Events

    42 stage performances will take place on December 19 and 20. Content will include live streams from special guests at Makuhari Messe, videos, and more. There are three virtual stages to watch: the Jump Super Stage, Jump Studio, and Jump Amusement Tower.

     

    Jump Super Stage

    The Jump Super Stage is centred on anime and media adaptations of Jump manga. Performances will be streamed like from Makuhari Messe.

     

    December 19, 2020

    10:00-10:30 / Dr.STONE
    11:30-12:00 / World Trigger
    13:00-13:30 / Jujutsu Kaisen
    14:30-15:00 / Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
    16:20-16:50 / My Hero Academia

     

    December 20, 2020

    10:00-10:30 / World’s End Harem
    11:30-12:00 / Black Clover
    13:00-13:30 / The New Prince of Tennis
    14:30-15:00 / Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai
    16:10-16:50 / One Piece

     

    Jump Amusement Tower

    This stage is centred on V Jump and Saikyo Jump. It will give the latest information on Jump games live from Makuhari Messe.

     

    December 19, 2020

    9:30~ / Jump Festa 2021 ONLINE Introduction Stage – Presented by V Jump Play
    11:00~ / One Piece Bounty Rush Jump Festa 2021 Battle Stage ONE PIECE
    12:20~ / Naruto & Boruto Game New Information
    14:00~ / Yu-Gi-Oh! New Information JF 2021 Stage
    15:50~ / JUMP FORCE Special Stage

    December 20, 2020

    9:30~ / Jump Festa 2021 ONLINE Introduction Stage – Presented by V Jump Play
    11:00~ / Dragon Ball App Stage
    12:30~ / Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai Cross Blade Special Stage
    14:00~ / Yu-Gi-Oh! New Information JF 2021 Stage
    15:00~ / Super Dragon Ball Heroes Ultimate Stage

     

    Jump Stage

    This stage is centred on Weekly Shonen Jump, Shonen Jump+, and ,Jump SQ. It will feature video footage.

     

    December 19, 2020

    9:10~ / Digital DJ Special Program
    9:45~ / Kemono Jihen
    10:30~ / Hell’s Paradise: Jigokuraku
    11:05~ / Haikyu!!
    12:00~ / Super HxEros
    12:35~ / Bōkyaku Battery
    13:30~ / Blue Exorcist
    14:05~ / Chainsaw Man
    14:40~ / “Platinum End” Special
    15:05~ / Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
    15:50 / Gintama

     

    December 20, 2020

    9:10~ / Weekly Shonen Jump New Hero Stage
    9:45~ / Hetalia World☆Stars
    10:30~ / Rurouni Kenshin: The Hokkaido Arc
    11:10~ / Moriarty the Patriot
    12:00~ / 2.5D no Yuuwaku
    12:35~ / Blood Blockade Battlefront Back 2 back
    13:10~ /  SPY x FAMILY
    13:45~ / Showa Otome Otogibanashi
    14:30~ / 2nd Nationwide One Piece Knowledge King Battle Final Stage
    15:05~ /  BLEACH/BURN THE WITCH
    15:50~ / The Promised Neverland

     

    JF Coins From 24 Jump Series

    On Jump Festa Island, visitors can collect JF Coins from 24 different Jump series from across the five magazines which they can spend on mini games to earn limited-edition items, enjoy the Capsule Character Tower, and more. Some spots also give Rare Coins.

    There and three original mini games to play. Gain a high score and earn one of twelve stamps.

     

    Jump Photo Spots From 24 Series

    Take a photo at one of the many photo spots that recreate famous scenes from 24 different Jump series. Have your character avatar look like they’re part of the scene.

     

    TikTok x Jump Festa Special Collaboration

    This year, Jump Festa is collaborating with TikTok with its own official account as well as original video effects. There will also be a special TikTok LIVE stream in collaboration with the festival before the start date on December 18 at 19:00 (JST).

     

    © SHUEISHA Inc. All rights reserved.

  • Neon Genesis Evangelion to Collaborate With Mt. Rainier Caffe Latte On Limited-Edition Coffee Cups

    07.December.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    The popular chilled coffee beverage Mt.RAINIER Caffè Latte is teaming up with the popular anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion to release limited-edition coffee cup designs from December 15, 2020.。

    Mt.RAINIER launched in February 1993 as a pioneering brand of chilled coffee in a cup. Since then, the company has introduced countless flavours which retain the authentic quality of a drink you would sip on in a cafè.

     

    Neon Genesis Evangelion is a mecha anime series that was first broadcast in 1995. The latest entry to its film franchise, Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time, will be released on January 23, 2021. The franchise’s collaboration with Mt.RAINIER serves as promotion for the highly-anticipated film.

     

    The collaborative coffee cup designs will feature on three different beverages: the Mt.RAINIER Caffè Latte, Mt.RAINIER Caffè Latte Espresso, and Mt.RAINIER Caffè Latte Non-Sugar, all of which have two designs each for a total of six possible designs.

     

    Mt.RAINIER is hosting a special campaign over on its Japanese website where 1,995 Evangelion fans can win some exclusive merchandise.

  • Sarutahiko Coffee Releases Pistachio and Mixed Berry Coffee Beverage For Christmas

    03.December.2020 | FOOD

    Sarutahiko Coffee released a Christmas-exclusive seasonal flavour of its popular Jellatte dessert drink on Tuesday (December 1) which it’s calling the “Maroron Merry Pudding Jellatte.”

    Maroron Merry Pudding Jellatte | ¥750 (Before Tax)

    The beverage is the second in this year’s Christmas themed drinks to be released by Sarutahiko Coffee. It uses a coffee jelly base made from Ethiopian coffee beans and contains layers of mascarpone cheese from Italy, a chocolate sauce made from Cacao Hunters chocolate, milk pudding, four kinds of mixed berry jellies, pistachio milk pudding, milk foam, and to top it all off, chocolate pieces and pistachios.

     

    The pistachio and mascarpone bring a richness to the dessert drink which blends deliciously with the freshness of the berries and full-bodied coffee for a combination that’s like a warm and cosy Christmas hug.

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