“Hinamatsuri” festival is coming soon. 7 recommended food and drinks for this year’s festival!
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.
“’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!
“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.
“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).
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
Why not celebrate Hinamatsuri with you family.
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.).
“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.
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.
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.
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
“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.
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.
Why not enjoy these gorgeous hina ningyos which you cannot normally be seen at Hotel Gajoen Tokyo.
The Korean shaved ice shop,“SULBING HARAJUKU” –a report by MOSHI MOSHI BOX, staff person, Midori
Hello, everyone. My name is Midori Blackmore and I am a staff person of MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center.
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!
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.
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.
“Nama Ichigo SULBIN”(fresh strawberry shaved ice) 1,400 yen (tax included)
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.
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.
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.
Top 10 Character Cafés in Japan: February & March 2018
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
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
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.
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.
Sailor Moon×My Melody Candy Parlour
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
Pompompurin Cafe Yokohama×Gudetama
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
Pop Team Epic×Sweets Paradise
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
Sanrio Characters×Dining Park Ikebukuro
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
アニメ「銀魂」×OMOTESANDO BOX CAFE & SPACE
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
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
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
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
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
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
“Sakura Mini Bon” – Cinnabon
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
“Spring Coloured Veggie Pota Soba” – Cafe & Bar BW CAFE
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
“Matcha Milk Sakura Flavour” – Tsujiri
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
“Spring Bouquet Salad Set” – BOTANIST café
“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!
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
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
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?
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.
Bills – Tokyo Plaza Omotesando Harajuku
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.
Bread, Espresso &
“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.
Eco Farm Cafe 632
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.
Revive Kitchen Three Aoyama
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.
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)
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.
Ruki’s Recommendations – Spanish Staff
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!
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!
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!
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
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!
Hinamatsuri Festival Celebrated by Japan’s Leading Cake Website For 2021
21.February.2021 | FOOD
Japanese cake website Cake.jp is celebrating Japan’s annual Hinamatsuri festival this year by stocking a range of themed cakes and sweets by famous confectionery stores in the country.
Hinamatsuri, also known as Doll’s Day, is an annual Japanese festival to pray for the health and wellbeing of female children. Cake.jp has a very special line-up of around 100 sweet treats ready for enjoyment with cute motifs like unicorns and traditional Hinamatsuri dolls.
Hinamatsuri 2021: Hinamatsuri Unicorn
Hinamatsuri 2021: Hinamatsuri-Exclusive Chiffon Cakes
Hinamatsuri 2021: Yogurt Cake
Hinamatsuri 2021: Hinamatsuri-Exclusive Flower Cupcakes
This is just a select look at some of the delicious cakes on offer – visit Cake.jp to see the full line-up!
GREEN SPOON Releases New Limited-Edition Superfood Potages
GREEN SPOON is a Japanese company whose mission is to promote a fun and healthy eating lifestyle and culture to people in the form of fruits and vegetables that are delivered to consumers every month. This year, the food brand is releasing a new series of three soups for the spring season which will be served on March 1, March 29, and April 26 respectively.
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.
“Like the Sun” is a nutty, butternut squash potage that will release on March 1. This will be followed by the beetroot and red onion sour potage “Toriko” on March 29. Finally, “See the sea” is an avocado potage made with olives and will arrive on April 26. Each can be ordered to any address in Japan via GREEN SPOON’s official website. A maxium of two can be ordered each month per person.
“Like the Sun” Butternut Squash Nutty Potage
The butternut squash in “Like the Sun” brings a smooth sweetness to the potage. This is layered with various spices as well as almonds and hazelnuts for a nutty fragrance.
The result is a rich potage with a distinct moist texture and melon-like flavour. The squash is as velvety as butter and combines deliciously with the nut assortment.
“Toriko” Beetroot & Red Onion Sour Potage
“Toriko” is a sour potage that mixes together beets, mini tomatoes, red onions, and apple cider vinegar for a refreshing, tangy kick. The combination of ingredients also makes for a colourful presentation and healthy pack of nutrients.
“See the sea” Olive Avacado Potage
“See the sea” is a creamy Mediterranean-style potage packed full of umami flavour made with avacado, anchovies, green olives, and dried tomato. Avocado is a superfood containing rich vitamins and minerals. It’s also rich in oleic acid, a healthy fat.
Price Plan (Before Tax)
8 Monthly Plan: ¥7,200 in Total (¥900 per delivery)
12 Monthly Plan: ¥10,500 in Total (¥875 per delivery)
20 Monthly Plan: ¥16,800 in Total (¥840 per delivery)
Stay warm this winter with one of GREEN SPOON’s special soups.
GREEN SPOON Spring Limited Soups
Release Dates: March 1, 2021 / March 29, 2021 / April 26, 2021
GREEN SPOON Official Website: https://greenspoon.co.jp/
Iconic Japanese Mascot Kumamon Takes Annual Festival Online to Thank Fans
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.
Kumamon Fan Gratitude Festival 2021 from TOKYO
Japanese Event Title: くまモンファン感謝祭2021 from TOKYO 特別映像だモン！
When: February 12, 2021 @ 20:00 (JST)
Kumamon Official YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/KumamonTV
Kumamon in Tokyo Blog: http://www.kumamon-tokyo.com/
Kumamon Tokyo Staff Official Twitter: @KumamonStaff
Kumamon Official Website: https://kumamon-official.jp/
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.
CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice
Serving: February 5, 2021 – End of February 2021
Where: All 12 branches of CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice in Japan
CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice Japan Official Website: https://cocofreshtokyo.amebaownd.com/
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
LEMONADE by Lemonica
Official Website: http://www.lemonade-by-lemonica.com/
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.
Calpis Soda Shifuku no Jikan
Japanese Name: 「カルピスソーダ」至福の時間レモン
Release Date: January 26, 2021
Price: ¥140 (Before Tax)
Official Website: https://www.asahiinryo.co.jp/
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.
Brown Sugar Syrup & Soy Flour Matcha Latte
Release Date: December 26, 2020
Official Website: https://www.tullys.co.jp
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.
Rapeseed Flower Festival
Running: December 18, 2020 – March 31, 2021
Location: Yokosuka Soleil Hill
Address: 4 Chome Nagai, Yokosuka, Kanagawa
Opening Hours: [March-November] 9:00-18:00 / [December-February] 9:30-17:00
Official Website: https://www.seibu-la.co.jp/soleil/
*Event is subject to postponement or cancellation depending on the pandemic
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.
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 Jump, Jump 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
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).
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JUMP Festa 2021 ONLINE
Running: December 19, 2020 – December 20, 2020
JUMP Festa Official Website: https://www.jumpfesta.com/
JUMP Festa 2021 ONLINE App
Neon Genesis Evangelion to Collaborate With Mt. Rainier Caffe Latte On Limited-Edition Coffee Cups
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.
Mt.RAINIER x Evangelion
Release Date: December 15, 2020
Available: Convenience stores in Japan
Mt.RAINIER Official Website: https://www.mtrainier.jp/
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.
Maroron Merry Pudding Jellatte
Serving: December 1, 2020 – December 25, 2020
Available: Sarutahiko Coffee in Japan
Official Website: https://sarutahiko.co