6 recommended “White Day” desserts!

26.February.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

This year’s Valentine’s Day has ended, and White Day is coming soon (March 14th)! Have you heard of “White Day” before?

 

White Day is a day when a man who has received gifts on Valentine’s Day, pays back the girl he received the present from by giving white chocolate or some snacks to show his feeling of thankfulness. White Day was first celebrated in 1978 in Japan. It was started by the National Confectionery Industry Association as an “answer day” to Valentine’s Day, Now however, this custom has spread to some East Asian countries such as China, Taiwan and Korea.

 

In this article, I will introduce to you some desserts which are suitable to be used as a present on White Day.

 

 

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 “Zaku Zaku Blanc” Cream puff specialist shop CROQUANTCHOU ZAKUZAKU

The cream puff specialist shop, CROQUANTCHOU ZAKUZAKU have announced that they will release two new sweets items for Japan’s two romantic seasons: the dark chocolate clad Zaku Zaku Noir for Valentine’s Day and white chocolate Zaku Zaku Blanc for White Day. Zaku Zaku Blanc is the White Day dream, splashed with pure white chocolate. The white chocolate itself is sweetly rich and creamy and will dazzle your palate.

Detailed information:https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/85146

 

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Limited Edition Valentine’s Day Product: “Zaku Zaku Noir” – Price: ¥290 each (tax incl.)

Release date: 2018/02/16 (Fri.) to 03/18 (Sun.)

Stores: Two branch stores (Harajuku and Higashi Ikebukuro) ※Kamata branch not participating

 

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 “Sacoche” Yokohama Bay Hotel Tokyu

The new White Day gift, “Sacoche” is a cute chocolate, shaped like a hand bag using the motifs of polka dot and button. Colorful macarons (4 flavors – vanilla, chocolate, caramel, pistachio raspberry) are included inside the case made with chocolate! The standard dessert of White Day called “White Day Millle-Feuille o Phrase” is also recommended.

 

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Hand bag-shaped White Day gift “Sacoche” (75 pieces limited)

Available period: 2018/03/05 (Mon.) to 03/14 (Wed) 11:00 to 19:00

  • Reservation can be made from 02/15 (Thurs.)
  • Please note that the quantity of the product is limited

Venue: 2F lounge “Somar House” Pastry Corner

Price: 3,000 yen (tax included)

 

White Day dessert “White Day Mille Feuille o Phrase”

Available period: 2018/03/05 (Mon.) to 03/14 (Wed.) 11:00 to 19:00

Venue: 2F lounge “Somar House” pastry corner

Price: take out – 3,600 yen / eat in – 3,960 yen (tax and service fee are included)

※Please note that the quantity of the product is limited.

 

Yokohama Bay Hotel Tokyu:https://ybht.co.jp

 

 

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 “Ichigo no Truffle” Gin no Budo

The most popular White Day dessert of Gin no Budo “Ichigo (strawberry) no Truffle” was renewed. The product is a spring-limited product produced by Gin no Budo. The product is colored a strawberry pink and is known as one of the first photogenic desserts. The sweetness and sourness of this sweets item is superb!

 

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Prices: 3 pieces – 561 yen (520 yen), 5 pieces – 864 yen (800 yen), 6 pieces – 1,080 yen (1,000 yen), 9 pieces – 1,620 yen (1,500 yen), 12 pieces – 2,160 yen (2,000 yen)

Available stores: Gin no Budo (Daimaru Tokyo Tokyo Store, Keio Shinjuku Store, Seibu Ikebukuro Store, Isetan Fuchu Store, Sogo Yokohama Store, Lazona Kawasaki Store, Hankyu Umeda Store, JR Nagoya Tatkashimaya Store), Ginza Budo no Ki/Budo no Ki &Kamakuraza Asagaya Store, Pagu to Mogu Odakyu Machida Store

  • The product might be available at some other stores related to Gin no Budo which are not noted above.

Official online shop:http://www.paqtomog.com

 

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 “White Day Cookie Tsumeawase” Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory

The sweets item comes with two cookies, Salt & Camembert, using thick camembert cheese and grand salt and Honey & Gorgonzola Cookie using gorgonzola cheese and honey made of rosemary flowers. The product is suitable to be used as a gift for persons who love to drink alcohol. Let’s get this product as soon as possible since the quantity is limited.

 

■Information

Available period: 2018/02/15 (Thurs.) ~

  • The product will no longer be available after stock runs out

Price: 1,000 yen (tax included)

Available stores: Haneda Airport 1st Terminal, Haneda Airport 2nd Terminal, Tokyo Station/Keiyo Street Store, Shibuya Tokyu Food Show Store, Lumine Shinjuku Store, Lumine Tachikawa Store, atre Kichijoji Store, Tokyo Soramachi Store, Lumine Ogikubo Store, EQUiA Kitasenju Store

 

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 “PAPOTER PAPOTER” Ginza Cozy Corner

The “PAPOTER PAPOTER” series which was released this Valentine’s Day will be renewed (White Day limited design). Cookies, madeleines and chocolates are included in the newly designed package using the motifs of cute animals. Message cards of animals’ illustrations and messages will surely make everybody smile!

 

■Information

Available period: 2018/02/15 to 03/15 (plan)

Available stores: Cozy Corner throughout Japan

URL:https://www.cozycorner.co.jp/special/papotepapote/index.html

 

ベリーホワイトチョコレートパンケーキ

 “Berry White Chocolate Pancake” Sarabeth

This menu item is an original pancake of Sarabeth created under the keyword of “pure love.” The product uses Sarabeth’s special pancake dough including white chocolate so it has a sweet and kind scent and you can also enjoy the soft texture. The combination of the pancakes and custard cream/strawberry sauce is excellent. It might be a good idea to eat this sweets item with your boyfriend/girlfriend or friends.

 

■Information

 “Berry White Chocolate Pancake” 1,550 yen (tax included)

Available period/: 2018/02/16 (Fri.) to 03/14 (Wed.)

Available stores: Lumine Shinjuku Store / Shinagawa Store / Tokyo Store / Nagoya Store / Osaka Store

URL:http://www.sarabethsrestaurants.jp/

 

 

How did you like our White Day gift recommendations? Please refer to this article when you are not sure which sweets item to buy as a White Day gift.

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  • 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!

     

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    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!!

     

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    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

     

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    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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    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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    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

     

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    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

     

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    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

     

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    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.

  • 5 Recommended Winter Buffets in Japan 2018: From Desserts to Seafood!

    31.January.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

    We recently covered the springtime strawberry buffets being held in Japan right now, but today we’re going to take a look at some healthier buffet options that use nutritional ingredients like seafood and warm vegetables. But we might throw some desserts in there too.

     

    Strawberry Field

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    Did you know that Hilton Tokyo Bay is an official Tokyo Disney Resort® Hotel? Well, from January 13th to July 1st this year, a dessert buffet lusciously listed as “Strawberry Field” will make an appearance at the hotel’s “lounge O.”

    Scrumptious strawberry desserts will be lined up ready for savouring in a dreamily cute space that will look like it has been taken straight out of a fairy-tale. 35 gorgeous items will grace the menu, including regular desserts and light food, all of which will have you grabbing your phone to take a snapshot without even realizing to share before relishing in the moment. Look forward to enjoying your time as the heroine of a fairy-tale story in curious surroundings.

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/84449

     

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    Dessert Buffet “Strawberry Field”

    Location: Hilton TOKYO BAY “lounge O” (Lobby Floor)

    Date: Weekends & Holidays – Two buffets (13:30-15:30 / 16:00-18:00)

    Price: Adult – ¥2,800 / Child (4 to 12 years old) – ¥1,600

    *Drink bar included

    *Above mentioned prices do not include service fee or tax.

     

    Reservations: 047-355-5000

    Website: http://www.hilton.com/

     

     

     

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    This café opened in Ebisu in April 2017. Since December, they have been serving up their “One Shot Buffet” for customers looking to enjoy meal and dessert time even more. Food is served in a buffet style – something unique for a café. They offer freshly baked bread, special cakes crafted by dedicated patissiers, fresh seasonal fruits and more.

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/80942

     

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    essence café

    Address: Eigen Building 1F/B1F, 3-25-7 Higashi, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 8:00 to 21:00 (flower corner – 11:00 to 20:00)

    Fixed Holidays: None

    TEL: 03-5422-8739

    Website: http://essence-cafe.jp

     

     

     

    Onkatsu Buffet

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    SALVATORE CUOMO & BAR began serving a limited edition winter lunch buffet from January 17th. This warm veggie menu aims to warm the bodies of its customers in the cold winter by serving warm-coloured veggies, from red to black and brown, as well as fiery ingredients such as ginger and red peppers. They also serve meals made with soy milk and red beans as well as spicy dishes containing curry powder, cumin and chilies, all of which will warm you up and are also good for dieting and skincare support.

     

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    Running: January 17th – February 28th

     

    Participating Branches:

    SALVATORE CUOMO & BAR: Ningyouchou, Ikebukuro (Higashiguchi), Asakusa, Mahcida, Nishiarai, Ōimachi, Kamata, Sapporo, Sendai, Katamachi (Kanazawa), Kashiwa, Kashiwanoha, Chiba, Kanayama, Tenjin, Kumamoto

    PIZZA SALVATORE CUOMO: SUBNADE, Seiseki-Sakuragaoka, Mitsui Outlet Park Hokuriku Oyabe, LaLaport TOKYO-BAY, Tama Plaza, Fushimi

    PIZZA SALVATORE CUOMO & BAR: Shinjuku

    PIZZA SALVATORE CUOMO & GRILL: Kawasaki

     

    Homepage: http://www.salvatore.jp

     

     

    Winter Seafood Fair

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    InterContinental Yokohama Grand Hotel are holding a seafood fair where you can get your fill of luxurious winter flavours including crab, ebi and scallops. The lunchtime live kitchen offers a range of dishes using seasonal seafood and vegetables, including the “Sakura Shrim & Winter Vegetable Risotto” which is dressed in giant cheese balls, and the “Grenoble Style Wakazaki Meunière”.

     

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    Winter Seafood Fair

    Location: “Ocean Terrace” Buffing & Dining (1F)

    Running: January 15, 2018 – February 28, 2018

    Times: Lunch – 11:30-15:00 / Dinner – 17:00-21:30 *90 mins max (120 mins on Weekends & Holidays)

    Price: Lunch – ¥3,800 (Weekends & Holidays ¥4,500) / Dinner – ¥6,500 (*tax & service charge incl.)

    Homepage: http://www.interconti.co.jp/yokohama/

     

     

    “Hokuriku Buffet” – Enjoy the flavours of winter

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    Karuizawa Prince Hotel West is serving up meals with traditional Kaga-yasai vegetables, Koto pork and more, as well as seafood from the Sea of Japan that faces the three prefectures of Hokuriku: Fukui, Ishikawa and Toyama. This Hokuriku style winter buffet will be available for two days on February 10th and 11th.

     

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    Hokuriku Buffet

    Running: February 10th-11th at 17:30-21:00 (last orders 20:30)

    Location: Karuizawa Prince Hotel West, Asama Banquet Hall

    Price: Adults – ¥6,500 / Children (7-12 years) – ¥3,800 / Infants (4-6 years) – ¥1,500

    Homepage: http://www.princehotels.co.jp/karuizawa-west/

     

     

    Fill up your belly this winter with a delicious and healthy buffet.

  • 5 New ‘Houjicha’ Sweets & Drinks – The Next Best Thing After Matcha

    24.January.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Recently, ‘houjicha,’ a type of roasted Japanese tea, has become popular among people of all ages in Japan. Right now, there are lots of different stores selling various houjicha beverages. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most popular, newly-released houjicha drinks!

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    Hachiya (Sendagaya)

    “Houjicha Smoothie” (S¥500 / L¥600)

    This houjicha smoothie is special for its aromatic fragrance. It uses white bean paste instead of sugar meaning you can enjoy an elegant sweetness together with a faint touch of anko.

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/81322

     

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    Hachiya (Sendagaya branch)

    Address: 4-1-8 Sendagaya, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 9:00-19:00

    Closed: Weekends, National Holidays and New Year’s Holiday

    Access: 20-minutes by foot from Harajuku Station / 2-minutes by foot from Kita-sando Station

    Hachiya (Daikanyama branch)

    Address: 1-16-9 Ebisunishi, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 9:00-19:00

    Closed: Never (with the exception of New Year’s Holiday)

     

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    Tsujiri (Ginza)

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    The Ginza branch of Uji, Kyoto tea shop “Tsujiri” are currently serving a limited edition winter menu. This rich houjicha hot chocolate is mixed with flavoursome Vanhouten chocolate and Tsujiri’s own fragrant houjicha tea.

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/79035

     

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    “Tsujiri Ginza” Winter Menu

    Available: December 1, 2017 to end of February 2018

     

    Tsujiri – Ginza Branch

    Address: GINZA SIX B2, 6-10-1 Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo

    Open: 10:30-20:30

    TEL: 03-6263-9988

    URL:http://www.tsujiri.jp

     

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    Nanaya (Aoyama)

    Nanaya in Aoyama sells sweet and refreshing matcha gelato. As well as the regular matcha flavour, they also sell a houjicha flavour too, which has a subtle fragrance of tea embedded in the sweetness!

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/58538

     

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    Nanaya Aoyama

    Address: Nanaya 1F, 2-7-12 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

    Tel: 03-6427-9008

    Hours: 11:00〜19:00

    Closed: Tuesdays (except national holidays)

    WEB: http://nanaya-matcha.com

     

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    Oyaizu Seicha (Fukuoka, Main Branch)
    Oyaizu Seicha is a producer of green tea, with its main branch in Fukuoka. They are now selling 7 varieties of gelato with tea as the main focus. They also sell a unique “houjicha rum raisin” flavour.

     

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    Oyaizu Seicha Main Branch

    URL:http://www.gasho-an.com/

     

     

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    Sanpi Ryoron Yorimichi (Shibuya)

    Sanpi Ryoron (‘Pros & Cons’) is a sweets shop selling sweets, dashi and houjicha. They have beverages, soft cream, purin and more on their houjicha menu.

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    Sanpi Ryoron Yorimichi

    Address: 5-17-4 Hiroo, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00 (last orders 20:30)

    Contact: 03-6409-6855

    Access: 5-minutes’ walk from Hiroo Station via the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line

    Closed: Mondays

     

     

    Heal your soul with the indulging fragrance of houjicha.

     

  • 7 Springtime Strawberry Sweet Buffets in Japan

    18.January.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Spring draws close, and in Japan, that means all the delicious strawberry sweets and confectioneries make an appearance.

     

    Droves of delectable and dreamy sweet products using Japanese-grown strawberries are currently being announced. Let’s take a peek!

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    Hilton Tokyo Bay

    Did you know that Hilton Tokyo Bay is an official Tokyo Disney Resort® Hotel? Well, from January 13th to July 1st this year, a dessert buffet lusciously listed as “Strawberry Field” will make an appearance at the hotel’s “lounge O.”

     

    Scrumptious strawberry desserts will be lined up ready for savouring in a dreamily cute space that will look like it has been taken straight out of a fairy-tale. 35 gorgeous items will grace the menu, including regular desserts and light food, all of which will have you grabbing your phone to take a snapshot without even realizing to share before relishing in the moment. Look forward to enjoying your time as the heroine of a fairy-tale story in curious surroundings.

     Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/84449

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    Dessert Buffet “Strawberry Field”

    Location: Hilton TOKYO BAY “lounge O” (Lobby Floor)

    Date: Weekends & Holidays – Two buffets (13:30-15:30 / 16:00-18:00)

    Price: Adult – ¥2,800 / Child (4 to 12 years old) – ¥1,600

     

    *Drink bar included

    *Above mentioned prices do not include service fee or tax.

     

    Reservations: 047-355-5000

    Website: http://www.hilton.com/

     

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    Quil Fait Bon

    The fruit tart specialist shop Quil Fait Bon will hold their immensely popular annual event “Strawberry Week!” again this year from January 25th to January 31st.

     

    A tantalising total of 10 treats will be available this year. Decorated with delicious strawberries, loved by kids and adults alike, this one-week showcase of full-bodied strawberry goodness will feature goodies only available at this event and more.

     

    Full Details:https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/85001

     

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    Quil Fait Bon – “2018 Strawberry Week!”

    Running: January 25, 2018 – January 31, 2018

    Event Page: http://www.quil-fait-bon.com/mtr/2018_sw.php

     

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    Hyatt Regency Osaka

    A city resort hotel in Osaka located near the bay, Hyatt Regency Osaka is bringing back their strawberry dessert buffet “Strawberry Mania ~kiss to berry~” which has been gaining popularity every year. They will serve up cute and sophisticated desserts containing bountiful strawberries, raspberries and blueberries.

     Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/80612

     

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    Strawberry Mania ~kiss to berry~

    Date: January 6, 2018 – April 1, 2018 on Weekends and Holidays only at 12:00-16:00

    Location: 1F Lobby Lounge

    Price: ¥4,900

    Event Page: http://www.hyattregencyosaka.com/restaurant/ll/strawberry_mania.html

     

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    Sunshine City Prince Hotel

    Sunshine City Prince Hotel will hold their “Strawberry Sweets Fair” again this year, an event that never fails to be well-received. Expect to sink your teeth into one of their 15 strawberry sweets that change with each season, as well as freshly made waffles and pancakes.

     

    Every 3 weeks, five event-only sweets will be available, as well as dinner menus containing a line-up of meals made with quality obtainable only at Sunshine City Prince Hotel.

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    Strawberry Sweets Fair

    Location: Chef’s Palette, Cafe & Dining 1F

    Running:

    Season 1 – January 13, 2018 to February 28, 2018

    Season 2 – March 1, 2018 to April 15, 2018

    Season 3 – April 16, 2018 to May 31, 2018

     

    Sweets Buffet

    Time: Weekdays 3pm-5pm / Saturdays & Holidays 12pm-2pm & 3pm-5pm

    Price: Adults (middle school and above) ¥3,000 / Children (3rd year elementary school and below) ¥1,500 / Children (1st & 2nd year elementary school) ¥900

     

    Sweets & Dinner Buffet

    Time: All week 6pm-9pm (last orders 8:30pm)

    Price: Adults (middle school and above) ¥3,700 / Children (3rd year elementary school and below) ¥1,400 / Children (1st & 2nd year elementary school) ¥900

     

    *Prices include consumption tax.

    *Please note that you may be refused entry during busy periods. Please make a reservation beforehand.

    *Photos are concepts only.

    *Ingredients and items on the menu are subject to change depending on stock conditions.

    *Please let staff know if you are allergic to anything (including ebi, crab, wheat, soba, eggs, milk, peanuts and so on).

     

    Website: http://www.princehotels.co.jp/sunshine/

     

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    Hotel La Suite Kobe Harborland

    This hotel is offering up an afternoon tea set on their second floor lounge & bar. Titled “Strawberry Afternoon Tea ~La Sweet de Ichigo Kari~,” the set is loaded with strawberries from Hyōgo Prefecture.

     

    From welcome drinks to sweets, scones, savoury snacks and more, the menu is so lavish with strawberries you’ll almost think you’re in a strawberry field yourself. If you’re in need to feel the springtime early, then look no further.

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    Strawberry Afternoon Tea La Sweet de Ichigo Kari

    Location: Hotel La Suite Kobe Harborland, 2F Lounge & Bar

    Available: January 1, 2018 – March 31, 2018

    Serving: 13:00-16:00

    Contact: 078-371-1188

     

    Afternoon Tea Set – 3,800

    w/ Sparkling Wine (50ml) – 4,300

    w/ Champagne (50ml) – 4,700

    *Separate consumption tax and an additional 10% service fee will be charged.

     

    Website: https://www.l-s.jp/event/detail.php?id=1090

     

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    Ginza Cozy Corner

    For a limited time only, Ginza Cozy Corner are introducing 8 brand-new sweets bountiful with fresh seasonal strawberries.

     

    So that the strawberries can be enjoyed even tastier, the store will combine their strawberries products with cream again this year.

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    Ginza Cozy Corner Official Website: http://www.cozycorner.co.jp/index.html

     

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    Powdered Snow Rich Strawberry Chocolate

    Bourbon have released a velvety, winter-only delight. This product is dusted with strawberry powder and fresh cream – an exquisite chocolate indulged with strawberry sensation.

     

    Because of the ganache, it proves mouth-watering, which can be enjoyed together with the rich flavour of the strawberries. With its snow-dusted surface, it has a subtle, almost fleeting image to it, fitting for a limited edition snack.

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    Powdered Snow Rich Strawberry Chocolate (Japanese: 粉雪ショコラ濃苺)

    Released in Japan on January 9, 2018

    Price: ¥220 (tax excl.)

     

    Did you enjoy the list? Is your mouth watering yet? It may still be cold, but that’s all the more reason to warm up your spirit with Japanese sweets infused with scrumptious strawberries, available this season only!

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  • OIMON: The New Local Kagoshima Sweets Brand Established by BAKE

    25.February.2020 | FOOD

    BAKE Inc., a confectionery company that manages the freshly-baked cheese tart chain BAKE CHEESE TART and cream puff chain CROQUANTCHOU ZAKUZAKU, has announced the launching of a new brand.

     

    Named “OIMON,” the brand will specialise in creating sweets made from local sweet potatoes, with the first branch opening at the new Gohobi Street zone inside Amu Plaza Kagoshima, a shopping complex connected directly to the JR side of Kagoshima-Chūō Station, on March 13, 2020.

    What is OIMON?

    OIMON is a new shop specialising in sweet potato confectionery whose concept is “Tradition x Innovation.” Its first branch is opening in Kagoshima, a prefecture that produces sweet potatoes and shochu from its warm climate. These traditional ingredients and methods will be combined with both Kagoshima’s contemporary food and food culture and BAKE Inc.’s design, flavours and preparation methods to create a new kind of local Kagoshima confectionery

     

    Sweet potato cakes aplenty with Kagoshima flavour

    Freshly-Baked Mini Mikan Sweet Potato Cake: Single Serving – ¥237 / Box of 5 – ¥1,188 / Box of 10 – ¥2,376 (Tax Included)

    Freshly prepared in-store, you can pick from a single serving as well as a box of 5 or 10. The mini sweet potato cakes are inspired by gane, something taken from traditional Kagoshima cuisine. Gane refers to julienned sweet potatoes, but it also means “crab” in the Kagoshima dialect because the way it’s cut looks like a crab. The sliced sweet potatoes are wrapped and baked in a sweet potato paste to bite-size pieces.

    The cakes are also soaked in caramel sauce, and their surface lathered in “Kosama Gin,” a craft gin made using lots of mikan oranges grown on Sakurajima in Kagoshima. Enjoy the delicious milky taste of the caramel coupled with the crunchy gane texture. The sweet potato paste is laced with powder made from the mikan oranges, adding a fresh and fruity flavour.

     

    OIMON will promote Kagoshima to the rest of Japan

    The brand colouring is a mix of beige and pink, reminiscent of Japanese sweet potatoes. OIMON went for a minimalist design to convey the simplicity of sweet potatoes. The logo is made up of round slices, also like round slices of sweet potato. The entire design conveys the fact that this is something from and exclusive to Kagoshima.

  • Van Gogh & Monet Inspired Tarts to be Released by Qu’il Fait Bon in Japan

    23.February.2020 | FOOD

    Japanese fruit tart masters Qu’il Fait Bon is promoting the upcoming London National Gallery Exhibition, which is set to arrive at Tokyo’s National Museum of Western Art on March 3, 2020, with the release of two new art-inspired tarts, which will be available at Qu’il Fait Bon from the same day.

    The National Gallery in London is a world famous art museum that houses countless artworks from across the generations. The museum is well-known for its collection of high quality European paintings, and the first time ever, it’s taking 61 these works for large scale exhibitions in Tokyo and Osaka this year.

     

    Orange & Mango Tart – “Sunflowers”

    One Piece – ¥736

    Whole Tart (25cm) – ¥7,365

    This first tart is inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s famous Sunflowers series. The beautifully layered floral dessert contains matcha and honey flavoured almond cream, mango pudding, fresh orange and mango pieces, and meringue. The honey used is Bulgarian sunflower honey. Together with the beautiful, swirling meringue and the cross-section of the sliced cake, the tart strongly depicts Gogh’s gorgeous Sunflowers work.

     

    Available:

    Qu’il Fait Bon (Grand Maison Ginza) / Serving: March 3, 2020 – Mid April 2020

    Qu’il Fait Bon (Grand Front Osaka) / August 11, 2020 – Mid September 2020

     

    Green Fruit & Peach Mousse Tart – “The Water Lily Pond”

    One Piece – ¥732

    Whole Tart (25cm) – ¥7,322

    The second tart is themed on Claude Monet’s The Water Lily Pond. A lily bed of fresh fruits sip atop a peach mousse, which has a gentle fragrance.

     

    Available:

    Qu’il Fait Bon (Grand Maison Ginza) / Serving: April 8, 2020 – Mid May 2020

    Qu’il Fait Bon (Grand Front Osaka) / July 7, 2020 – Mid August 2020

     

    Make a day of art by heading to the London National Gallery Exhibition and finishing it off with a delicious artistic tart at Qu’il Fait Bon.

  • Disney Princess Inspired Cupcakes Released at Ginza Cozy Corner in Japan

    22.February.2020 | FOOD

    Disney princesses around the world won’t be able to resist the nine new cupcakes released at Ginza Cozy Corner last week in Japan.

     

    The cupcake collection is being released to celebrate Hinamatsuri, a festival held annually in Japan on March 3, which prays for the well-being and healthy maturity of girls. The line-up can be enjoyed by child and adult Disney fans alike, and includes not only Disney princesses, but other female characters in the Disney cast. This includes Minnie Mouse, Belle, Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Jasmine, and more.

    Disney Girl’s Collection (Contains 9) – ¥2,700 (Tax Included)

    These cute cupcakes look like they have come straight out of a Disney character toy box. They not only look pretty, but sound delicious too, like the raspberry Minnie cupcake, lemon-flavoured Belle cake, cheesecake Cinderella, and more.

     

    Celebrate Hinamatsuri in Disney-style by picking up a box of these cupcakes at Ginza Cozy Corner.

  • This Week’s Dessert: Indulging in a Seasonal Parfait at Kinoshita Chaen in Ise

    18.February.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    One thing I do at least once a week without fail is treat myself out to some delicious food or dessert. I find it very important time well spent in order to live a happy, fulfilling life.

     

    This week, a business trip took me out of Tokyo to the city of Ise in Mie Prefecture. When the trip was over, I had some spare time to kill before my train arrived, so I went inside a cafe called Kinoshita Chaen which is close to Ise Grand Shrine.

    You can arrive at Kinoshita Chaen in just three minutes on foot is walking from Ise Grand Shrine, or five mintues from Ise Station. The exterior design of the building takes on a Western style, which I found to be both cute and retro. You can feel the warm and welcoming atmosphere of the cafe as soon as you step inside. The decor is decked out with all things wooden.

    The cafe has been around since the Meiji Period. It serves drinks and desserts all made using tea, and offers both eat-in and takeout services.

     

    I ordered their seasonal-exclusive parfait. 90% of the people in there were ordering it, so I thought it must be popular!

    Strawberry & Parfait Puree Parfait w/ Japanese Black Tea – ¥1,300 (Tax Included)

    This super cute parfait is completely stuffed to the top with strawberries♡

    You can snap cute photos of it no matter the angle♡

    When I spooned the caramel puree, soft custard reveal itself. You get a delicious pairing of the bitter flavour and crunchy texture of the caramel with the subtly sweet custard.

     

    The next ingredient to show itself was the mascarpone cream, which combines with the rest of the flavours perfectly. Once your mouth is satisfied with the sweetness of the flavour combinations, you’re next met with Ise matcha gelato.

    The matcha gelato is a great palate cleanser for the sweet ingredients when eaten on its own. When eaten together with the sweet puree, you get a completely different kind of delicious flavour. I recommend trying it together with the puree, mascarpone cream, and the crunchy pie which is the next layer.

     

    Moving on from the sweetness and bitterness, the next layer is fresh strawberry sherbet, which is a combination of sweet and sour. To finish, you’re brought back to the subtle sweetness once more with white chocolate mousse, strawberries, and mixed berry jelly.

     

    The final bites of a parfait can generally be hard to get down because you grow tired of the flavour, but the ones sold at Kinoshita Chaen are on another level. The various flavours and textures mean you won’t grow tired as you spoon through the many layersーyou’ll find yourself savouring every last bite.

    The Japanese black tea that came with it was luxurious. The cafe actually caters the type of tea they serve to each seasonal parfait. Enjoy a cup together with your parfait.

    Matcha Soy Flour Dumpling Cream – ¥830

    I didn’t get to order them this time, but I’m really taken by the matcha soy flour shiratama dumplings… The dumplings are made in-house and are topped with brown sugar syrup from Okinawa and Ise matcha. The bitterness of the matcha together with the rich sugar syrup is sure to be delicious with some chewy dumplings. I’ll definitely be trying them when I next visit.

     

    I cannot recommend a trip to Kinoshita Chaen enough. Offering an exemplary menu of Ise flavours, their drinks and sweets maintain the culture and tradition of Japanese tea while keeping up to date with current trends in the world of sweets.

     

     

    Today’s Souvenir

    Houjicha Teabags – ¥400 (1 Pack) 

    On the days you get to eat delicious sweets, you’ve got to share the happiness with friends and family. I bought some houjicha tea bags made with tea leaves grown in Mie Prefecture. They have various other teas too, and the packaging is really cute, so they’re perfect as gifts for friends and family.

  • Grab Tokyo Souvenirs at Roppongi Hills’ New Food & Gift Area

    16.February.2020 | FOOD / SPOT

    The new “Food & Gift Area” at Roppongi Hills is set to open in the North Tower on Floor B1F on April 10 where you can get your hands on a huge range of exclusive gifts and souvenirs, as well as quick and delicious food. It will house a total of 19 stores; that’s 12 shops selling Japanese confections and other picks perfect as gifts to yourself or someone else, and 7 eateries offering takeout and eat-in options.

    In the gift area, 12 storesーa mix of new establishments as well as well-known businesses setting up shop in Tokyo for the first timeーwill open their doors, such as the New Style Ginza Sembikiya cafe, Kashi no Kirokujo which sells exquisite cakes that are hard to get your hands on, and more. And there’s a whole range of Roppongi Hills exclusives too, like artistic yokan sweet bean jelly inspired by Tokyo’s streets, castella with the Roppongi Hills logo on it, senbei rice crackers, assorted sliced mochiーthe list goes on.

     

    Gift Area – Roppongi Hill Exclusives

    Tokyo Enbo – ¥4,320 (Tax Included) @ Wagashi Yui

    Recreated are the landmarks of Tokyo in the morning sun, with the beautiful silhouettes of the city’s skyrise buildings formed into sweet bean jelly. Try and find Roppongi Hills in this picturesque perfection.

    Ukeian Castella Wasanbon – ¥2,160 (Tax Included) @ Ukeian

    This castella cake is made rich and moist thanks to the eggs laid by specially-bred chickens. It’s made with wasanbon fine-grained Japanese sugar,  which gives it a tantalizing smell. The logo stands out too, giving it a beautiful appearance in addition to the delicious flavour.

    Roppongi Hills Sanmaido (5 Included) – ¥702 (Tax Included) @ Ginza Matsuzaki Senbei

    The senbei rice crackers have a gentle flavour, handcrafted one by one by the shop’s master chefsーincluding the Roppongi Hills logo design of these tile-shaped rice crackersーby adding eggs and sugar to wheat flour.

    Kinanomiya Sando (Exclusive Packaging/3 Included) – ¥540 (Tax Included) @ KISSHOKARYO

    KISSHOKARYO Japan Premium “Miyabi” – ¥1,870 (Tax Included) @ KISSHOKARYO

    Munch down on these delicious chocolate cookies made with high quality soy flour, almonds, and oat milk.

     

    They’re also serving a special Japanese parfait for eating-in, made with specially-selected Uji matcha from Kyoto and homemade soy flour.

    Sankaku Box Sando – ¥1,080 (Tax Included) @ New Style Ginza Sembikiya

    Roppongi Hills Exclusive Melon Parfait – ¥2,700 (Tax Included) @ New Style Ginza Sembikiya

    Added to the thick and fluffy bread is fresh fruit and subtly sweet cream to make a refreshing sandwich. The chocolate sandwich in the left of the picture is exclusive to Roppongi Hills.

     

    The must-try is the melon parfait, which is made with melons grown in Shizuoka that have been specially selected by the shop.

    Cake Shop Miracle Collaboration Set – ¥3,456 (Tax Included) @ Kashi no Kirokujo

    This set is an assortment made by four long-standing cake makers: Akasaka Kakiyama, Obusedo, Ganyudo, and Nanohana.

    Roppongi Lingotto – ¥3,240 (Tax Included) @ Bicerin

    Caffe mocha al Bicerin – ¥660 (Tax Included) @ Bicerin

    Served in a limited-edition Roppongi Hills box, the “Roppongi Lingotto” bears the shopping complex’s logo, and is a popular gift that was even served to members of the Japanese government at the G7 Ise-Shima and G20 Osaka summits.

    When dining in, you can order a rich bicerin which is a mix of espresso, milk, and chocolate sauce topped with whipped cream that’s shaped to look like a hill.

    Raw Pound Cake Assortment – ¥1,700 (Tax Included) @ Pavlov

    Choose from seven adorable small-size cakes, including cream vanille, pistachio fruits rouges, chocolate orange, very berry, Kyoto matcha, caramel nuts, and mont blanc.

    Roppongi Exclusive GIFT – ¥918 (Tax Included) @ Jiichiro

    Wrapped in special Roppongi Hills packaging, this box contains an assortment of Jiichiro treats from their popular baumkuchen to rusk, gateau chocolat, and more.

     

    In the Food Area, seven restaurants will open serving quick, authentic food. A number of popular restaurants are also making an appearance, like Kyu Yamutei which is famous for its Osaka spice curry, as well as THAI STREET FOOD by KRUNG SIAM. The menu line-ups will include dishes exclusive to Roppongi Hills.

     

    Food Area – Roppongi Hill Exclusives

    Curry-Gear MAX – ¥1,650 (Tax Included) @ Kyu Yamutei

    This curry combines unique ingredients and spices. The ingredients and roux are switched up every month, and you can pick from one to four rouxs.

    Khao Soi No-Broth Mazemen Noodle Curry – ¥1,200 (Tax Included) @ THAI STREET FOOD by KRUNG SIAM

    This mazemen noodle curry is a spin on the hugely popular khao soi Chiang Mai ramen, made without any broth. It has the full-bodied aroma and spiciness that comes with Thai-style curry. Change up the flavour with a topping of homemade pepper.

    Fisherman’s Seafood Spaghetti alla Pescatora – ¥1,848 (Tax Included) @ Pasta & Pizza Uota

    Piled with plenty of seafood, this luxurious and specially-made tomato pasta wastes no flavour of the fish used for its rich sauce.

    Brioche Vendée N – ¥864 (Tax Included) @ Boulangerie Bonheur

    A traditional brioche from Vendée in France. It’s combined with orange flower water and contains raisins soaked in Kirsch. The center is moist and just melts in your mouth.

    Seafood & Eel Dashi Chazuke – ¥1,320 (Tax Included) @ Dashi Chazuke En

    Another exclusive to Roppongi Hills is this chazuke, filled with all the flavours and sea like tuna, porgy, eel, and more. Try it as it is first and then pour over the broth.

    Spring Vegetables & Fried Fish Lunch Box – ¥900 (Tax Included) @ Dexee Deli

    A set of seasonal vegetables like edible chrysanthemums, asparagus, and cabbage, combined with fried fish, rice, and bamboo shoots.

     

    Find a whole world of food, desserts and gifts at Roppongi Hills’ new Food & Gift Area.

  • 5 Must-Eat Cherry Blossom Foods & Desserts at Hotels in Tokyo

    15.February.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    We’re keeping the cherry blossom theme running here on MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON as we approach spring. Today, we’re showcasing something for those planning a trip to Tokyo for the cherry blossom and Hanami season: 5 must-try cherry blossom foods and desserts served at hotels across Tokyo.

     

    Sakura Strawberry Afternoon Tea at InterContinental Tokyo Strings


    Sakura Strawberry Afternoon Tea – ¥4,800

    The fraisier is a strawberry cake said to represent the coming of spring in France. At Rhythmos, a cafe and bar at InterContinental Tokyo Strings, it’s served in a glass so you can see all the delicious insides, from the round-sliced strawberries to the beautiful green pistachio mousseline cream. The pure white crémet d’Anjou has a fluffy texture and is mixed with refreshing and sour strawberry and raspberry sauce which elevates the flavour of the fromage blanc.

     

    Other treats to pick from include the cherry blossom ganache tart which has a faint cherry blossom fragrance, cherry blossom and strawberry cream-stuffed macarons, strawberry daifuku, and more―all with spring flavours and colours.

     

    The savoury line-up too offers some elegant and unique items. There’s the sandwich wraps which include cherry blossom leaf-topped grilled chicken with a lining of shredded dried plum, strawberry ceviche with grilled scallops, and much more.

     

    ▶︎Sakura Strawberry Afternoon Tea

    Running: March 1, 2020 to April 30, 2020

    Location: Rhythmos Café and Bar (InterContinental Tokyo Strings)

    Time: 14:00-18:00 (Last Orders 16:30)

    Price: ¥4,800 per person

    Official Website: https://intercontinental-strings.jp/?updatelang=yes

     

    InterContinental Tokyo Strings

    Address: 2-16-1 Konan, Minato Ward, Tokyo

    Official Website: https://intercontinental-strings.jp/?updatelang=yes

     

    For more details, check out our previous article here: Cherry Blossom Themed Menu to be Served at InterContinental Tokyo Strings in Spring 2020

     

     

    Cherry Blossom Afternoon Tea at Hotel Chinzaso Tokyo


    Cherry Blossom Afternoon Tea

    On the top plate is a collection of four pink and white desserts. This includes some tempting macarons which are filled with a cherry blossom ganache. The macarons themselves are vanilla flavoured, packed with cherry blossom cream, and have prints of delicate cherry blossom flowers on them.

    On the lower tier are crunchy pie sandwiches filled with a cream cheese that is laced with cherry blossom leaves, while the bottom tier is an assortment that includes refreshing shrimp, grapefruit and asparagus sandwiches, and more.

     

    Cherry Blossom Afternoon Tea

    Running: February 17, 2020 – April 12, 2020
    Time: 12:00-18:00
    *On weekdays between January 6, 2020 to February 28, 2020, the afternoon tea will be served from 14:30-18:00 due to the holding of the sweets buffet
    Location: Le Jardin at Hotel Chinzaso Tokyo
    Prices: Cherry Blossom Afternoon Tea ¥4,000 / With Welcome Drink ¥4,500

     

    Hotel Chinzaso Tokyo

    Address: 2-10-8 Sekiguchi, Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo

    Official Website (English): https://www.hotel-chinzanso-tokyo.com/

     

    For more details, check out our previous article here: Cherry Blossom Afternoon Tea in Japan: Hotel Chinzaso Tokyo’s Beautiful Floral Menu

     

     

    Sakura Picnic Basket at Grand Hyatt Tokyo’s Steak House “The Oak Door”


    Sakura Picnic Basket – ¥5,500

    The Oak Door is noted for its use of high quality ingredients prepared in a dynamic way. This spring, they have the perfect pick to give you that feeling that the Japanese Hanami season is here with a cherry blossom picnic basket. This stylish selection has the lot: food, dessert, glasses, and cutlery. The burgers bear pink buns which are stuffed with prime beef patties, pastrami beef, and veg. They also have skewered vegetables too like radishes. Seeking that springtime sensation? Then order your very own Sakura Picnic Basket!

     

    ▼Sakura Picnic Basket at Grand Hyatt Tokyo’s Steak House “The Oak Door”

    Running: March 1, 2020 – Mid April 2020
    Time: 9:00〜22:00

    Price: ¥5,500

    Location: The Oak Door (Grand Hyatt Tokyo Floor 6F)

     

    Grand Hyatt Tokyo

    Address: 6-10-3 Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo

    Official Website (English): https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/japan/grand-hyatt-tokyo/tyogh/offers

     

    Gorgeous Springtime Cherry Blossom Set at Keio Plaza Hotel

    At eight of Keio Plaza Hotel’s restaurantsーwhose menus span traditional Japanese dishes, French food, Chinese cuisineーthey are cooking up their own unique cherry blossom servings.


    “Kadode” Lunch & Dinner – ¥15,500 @ Soujuan

    A traditional kaiseki-style Japanese course consisting of a bounty of luxury ingredients like Japanese Black wagyu beef, caviar, and more.


    “contente” French Lunch – ¥9,000 @ Duo Fourchettes

    You need only look at the dishes served at Duo Fourchettes to understand the level of quality and beauty that goes into their dishes. This French lunch line-up is packed with plenty of seasonal spring ingredients, and there’s even a succulent strawberry-packed dessert to indulge in.

     

    ▼Gorgeous Springtime Cherry Blossom Set at Keio Plaza Hotel

    Running: March 1, 2020 – April 30, 2020
    Prices:
    “Kadode” Lunch & Dinner – ¥15,500 @ Soujuan
    “contente” French Lunch – ¥9,000 @ Duo Fourchettes

     

    Keio Plaza Hotel
    Address: 2-2-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo

    Official Website (English): https://www.keioplaza.com/

     

     

    Spring Sakura Sweets & Pastries at Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba

    At the “Bakery & Pastry Shop,” which is managed directly by the hotel, they have a beautiful choice of desserts perfect for Hanami flower-viewing.


    Sakura Opera – ¥610

    This three-layered cake is made up of matcha joconde biscuit, adzuki and cherry blossom butter cream, and strawberry jelly. It’s also topped with white chocolate by French premium chocolate company Valrhona.


    Spring Milk Cream – ¥320

    The pastry of these eclairs are made with plenty of milk and are filled with a homemade cherry blossom milk cream. The cherry blossom petals on top are pickled in salt to give a slight salty bite, contrasting deliciously with the sweetness of the cream.

     

    ▼Spring Sakura Sweets & Pastries at Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba

    Running: March 1, 2020 – April 30, 2020
    Time: 10:00-20:00
    Location: Bakery & Pastry Shop at Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba
    Prices:
    Sakura Opera – ¥610
    Spring Milk Cream – ¥320

     

    Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba
    Address: 2-6-1 Daiba, Minato Ward, Tokyo
    Official Website (English): https://www.tokyo.grandnikko.com/eng/

     

     

    Which of these picks has your mouth watering the most? If you’re travelling to Tokyo for the springtime cherry blossoms, why not book at one of these hotels and start your trip with a delicious sakura treat?

  • Garrett Popcorn Reveals Cherry Blossom Pink Strawberry & White Chocolate Popcorn Flavour

    14.February.2020 | FOOD

    American gourmet popcorn brand Garrett Popcorn Shops® has revealed its new cherry blossom pink coloured, strawberry and white chocolate flavoured popcorn “Very Berry White Chocolate,” along with the new “Garrett Sakura Tin”ーboth of which will be released tomorrow on February 15 in limited quantities.

    Very Berry White Chocolate: Small ¥580/Medium ¥1,030/Large ¥1,670/Jumbo ¥3,300/Quarter Tin ¥1,700/1 Gallon Tin ¥4,300/2 Gallon Tin ¥8,250

    Also released for spring last year to overwhelming popularity, the “Very Berry White Chocolate” popcorn takes Garrett Popcorn’s fruity, sweet and sour “Strawberry Caramel Crisp™” flavour, coats it in sweet white chocolate, and sprinkles it with strawberry flakes to create a truly succulent strawberry treat, which is made even more delicious with the milk white chocolate. Its pink colour also brings to mind images of Japan’s cherry blossoms.

    Garrett Sakura Tin/Quarter Tin: From ¥1,130

    The Garrett Sakura Tin has been sold every spring since 2014, and makes a return once again for 2020, covered in beautiful cherry blossoms in full bloom.

     

    The pink-on-pink combination is a great Valentine’s Day present, for a springtime movie nightーwhatever takes your fancy!

  • Tokyo’s GINZA SIX Reveals Colourful Spring Dessert Line-Up

    13.February.2020 | FOOD / SPOT

    GINZA SIXーthe largest shopping complex in Ginzaーhas unveiled some of the incredible desserts arriving for this spring only.

     

    Ginza is famous for its host of restaurants which serve up gorgeously gourmet food throughout the four seasons, and so you can expect GINZA SIX’s line-up to be something special. Let’s take a look.

    Strawberry Sweet Afternoon Tea – ¥4,200 (Before Tax) @ THE GRAND GINZA

    “Shun’un” pecial Make Maruto Parfait – ¥2,300 (Before Tax) @ Nakamura Tokichi Honten Ginza

    Strawberry Mix Candy – ¥593 (Before Tax) @ Candy Art Museum by PAPABUBBLE

    The line-up of delectable treats at GINZA SIX won’t just satisfy your sweet tooth, but your eyes too due to their delightful appearanceーlike the strawberry and roses littered afternoon tea, or the strawberry candy which is made using only the best available strawberries. The shops and restaurants at GINZA SIX have ensured to prepare sweets that will bring spring to mind Japanese springtime and the pink cherry blossoms.

    Matcha Ganache – ¥1,800 (Before Tax) @ Tsujiri

    Matcha & Tamba Azuki Bean Cake – ¥2,600 (Before Tax) @ Marlowe

    Kurozu Vinegar Raw Chocolate – ¥1,500 (Before Tax) @ Shoubunsu Vinegar Brewery

    Other tantalising treats include more Japanese-tasting selections, like cookies injected with a rich matcha ganache, raw chocolate doused with kurozu vinegar, gluten-free pound cake made with freshly-made Uji matcha, and more.

     

    Of course, since this is a spring line-up, there are flowery fusions to find too, like candy topped with edible flowers and rose flavoured frozen fruit bars.

    Rose & Raspberry – ¥520 (Before Tax) @ PALETAS

    Spring Edible Flower Lollipops – ¥555 (Before Tax) @ Candy Art Museum by PAPABUBBLE

    Aya Farm Saku Mango Selection – ¥3,800 (Before Tax) @ Aya Farm

    If you’re in Tokyo for spring, the cherry blossoms and hanami, then be sure to stop by GINZA SIX to indulge yourself this season.

  • Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Unveil Fruity Barbapapa Doughnut Line-Up

    12.February.2020 | FOOD

    Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Japan has announced its second doughnut collaboration with internationally popular French character Barbapapa, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Three new doughnuts are being released as part of the “Fruity Barbapapa” series on February 26.

     

    Barbapapa x Strawberry: ¥290

    The shape-shifting Barbapapa comes in a strawberry flavour. The fluffy doughnut is coated in a sweet and sour strawberry chocolate and is filled with fresh strawberry pieces.

    Barbapapa x Apple: ¥290

    Barbabravo is one of Barbapapa’s sons, and he comes in a bright-red apple flavour.  He’s coated with caramel and is filled with a tangy apple nappage and smooth, rich apple cream.

    Barbazoo x Mango: ¥290

    The nature-loving Barbazoo, another one of Barbapapa’s sons, comes in a bright yellow colour and is mango flavoured. It’s made from delicious alphonso mango and filled with a rich cream puree for a tropical treat.

    Recommended Dozen (12 Included): ¥2,000

    Recommended Half Dozen (6 Included): ¥1,250

    Recommended Box (3 Included): ¥840

    Get them in a box of three, six, or twelve, and enjoy the cute and wonderful world of Barbapapa in doughnut form!3

    *Limited-edition box available while supplies last. Mercedes me Tokyo HANEDA branch of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts not participating.

  • 5 Must Try Strawberry Desserts in Fukuoka – MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON

    07.February.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    If you thought we hadn’t covered enough desserts and food from Fukuoka already here on MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON, never fearーwe’ve got you covered with another tasty line-up for you. This time we’re looking at a list of 5 must-try strawberry desserts from Kyushu’s northern island, and we’re joined by Instagrammer moe who has provided us with some mouth-watering photos of each pick.

    COFFEE COUNTY | Kurume

    Amaou Strawberry Pie
    COFFEE COUNTY is a famous coffee shop in the city of Kurume. It has a chill and relaxing atmosphere which is wrapped with the delicious smell of freshly-brewed coffee and desserts. Their strawberry pie, which is made with amaou strawberries from Fukuoka, blends together harmoniously the sourness of the strawberries with the sweetness of the cake.
    Also, if you love coffee and happen to buy some coffee beans from the cafe, you’ll receive a free cup of coffeeーwhich goes great with the pie.
    ▼COFFEE COUNTY
    Address: 1-21-21 Takasago, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture
    Opening Hours: 11:00-19:00
    Closed: Wednesdays
    Official Website: http://coffeecounty.cc

    Kurasukoto | Hirao

    Strawberry Parfait
    Kurasukoto is another relaxing cafe, decked out with wooden tables and shelves. They also sell a range of miscellaneous items in addition to the food menu too, like clothes and accessories. Their strawberry parfait was incredibly popular last year, and is back again this year. It’s loaded with handmade fresh cream and custard which sits on a pile juicy jam made from fresh strawberries. The top layer is subtly sweet while the bottom is sweet and sour. Combined, they make the ultimate balance of flavours.
    ▼Kurasukoto
    Address: 1-11-21 Hirao, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture
    Opening Hours: 11:30-18:00
    Closed: Mondays & Sundays
    Official Website: https://www.kurasukoto.com/

    DAIMYO SOFT CREAM | Hakata

    Strawberry x Strawberry Ice Cream
    DAIMYO SOFT CREAM is an incredibly popular ice cream shop which sells around 10,000 ice creams a day. During the daytime, there are lines of people waiting outside for a scoop. It’s close to Hakata Station so is easy to get to.
    Their ice cream is really soft and rich, and the flavours change with each passing season. They have an eat-in space too if you want to sit and relax to enjoy your cone.
    ▼DAIMYO SOFT CREAM
    Address: 1-11-4 Daimyo, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture
    Opening Hours: 11:00-22:00
    Official Website: http://daimyosoftcream.com

    Pinsirio | Kuromon

    Strawberry Forest
    Pinsirio’s parfaits get you excited by just looking at them. Their parfaits are made with fresh in-season fruits. The cafe has an open kitchen, so you can enjoy watching your parfait being made.
    The “Strawberry Forest” is served in a glass and absolutely overflows with strawberries. Every mouthful down to the last bite is strawberry flavoured. The rich taste of the salted butter sable cookies and the light sourness of the cheesecake are to die for too.
    ▼Pinsirio
    Address: 8-15 Kuromon, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture
    Opening Hours: 11:00-18:00
    Closed: Tuesdays

     

     

    yorimichi | Kasuya

    Shrimp & Egg / Strawberry Chocolate Chip
    yorimichi is famous for being a bakery with a unique custom where customers must take their shoes off to enter. It’s customary in Japan to take your shoes off when entering someone’s home, as well as in certain restaurants and izakaya, but it’s pretty much unheard of for a bakery.
    The bakery makes a limited batch of 600 breads a day, meaning that most of the time they sell out their stock by evening time. The strawberry chocolate chip bread is filled with a homemade chocolate chip cream which is a match made in heaven when paired with the sweet strawberries. Try eating it together with one of the savoury sandwiches for a real treat.
    ▼yorimichi
    Address: 1-10-43 Chōjabaruhigashi, Kasuya District, Fukuoka Prefecture
    Opening Hours: 7:30-15:00
    Closed: Tuesdays

    Did you enjoy this list? If you’re in need of more cafe recommendations in Fukuoka, then be sure to follow moe on Instagram.

     

    Original Text & Photos: moe

    Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

     

    *Information written in this article is correct at the time of publishing. For more details on each shop, please visit their official websites and social media pages.

  • Cherry Blossom Afternoon Tea in Japan: Hotel Chinzaso Tokyo’s Beautiful Floral Menu

    07.February.2020 | FOOD / SPOT

    Spring is set to blossom early at Hotel Chinzaso Tokyo, where they will begin serving their “Cherry Blossom Afternoon Tea” at Le Jardin, a lobby lounge, from February 17. Three new cherry blossom sweets will also be sold for the spring season only from March 1 at the hotel’s Pastry & Cheese Shop, which bakes up fresh bread, cheese, desserts, and more.

    Cherry Blossom Afternoon Tea

    The Cherry Blossom Afternoon Tea returns to Hotel Chizanso Tokyo after its huge reception last year. This cute pink assortment is stacked high with cherry blossom flavours and seasonal ingredients.

    On the top plate is a collection of four pink and white desserts. This includes some tempting macarons which are filled with a cherry blossom ganache. The macarons themselves are vanilla flavoured, packed with cherry blossom cream, and have prints of delicate cherry blossom flowers on them.

    On the middle tier are crunchy pie sandwiches filled with a cream cheese that is laced with cherry blossom leaves, while the bottom tier is an assortment that includes refreshing shrimp, grapefruit and asparagus sandwiches, and more.

    Cherry Blossom Roll Cake

    Baked fresh in the Pastry & Cheese Shop are these incredible cherry blossom roll cakes that look almost ornamental. They are part of the “Seasonal Cake ~SAKURA~” series of three desserts being sold at the shop for a limited time. The roll cakes are stuffed with fresh cream which is filled with black beans and cherry blossom paste. They are also finished with a little salt. This is an absolute must-eat during spring in Japan this year, a treat that reminds one of the cherry blossoms during the Hanami (flower-viewing) season.

    Cherry Blossom Cube

    The second dessert is the cute checked Cherry Blossom Cube, a pink and white sponge laced with strawberry and cherry blossom syrup. The butter cream is also made with cherry blossom, and the whole thing is topped with almond and white chocolate.

    Cherry Blossom & Pistachio Panna Cotta

    Finally, we have the white vanilla and cherry blossom panna cotta which is made with a rich pistachio bavarois and cherry blossom jelly. It’s topped with a pickled cherry blossom bud, and the bavarois has sliced strawberries on it made to look like petals.

     

    But that’s not all for springtime at  Hotel Chinzaso Tokyo. A walk through their gardens gifts your eyes to a variety of different cherry trees, like the kawazu-zakura and Taiwan cherry, which bloom early, as well as the Yoko cherry, miyabi-zakura, and Yoshino cherry, which blossom between February and April. There are 120 trees to see spanning 20 types of cherry blossom; enjoy them during the early hours when they are basked in the morning light, or at night when they are lit up with beautiful illuminations. And don’t forget the row of cherry trees that line Kandagawa from Edogawabashi Stationーthe closest station to the hotel.

  • Stay at Miyazaki Prefecture’s Phoenix Seagaia Resort For the Ultimate Springtime Experience

    07.February.2020 | FOOD / SPOT

    Spring is the season for relaxationーa time for kicking back and letting your mind and body chill in its cool embrace. If you’re looking for the ultimate relaxation this spring, say, to be treated like a princess, then look no further than Phoenix Seagaia Resort.

     

    Located in Japan’s Miyazaki Prefecture, this resort offers the perfect springtime experience, with an all-you-can-eat dessert buffet, a walk through the flower-filled garden, massages, a bath with an ocean view, and much more.

     

    All-you-can-eat dessert buffet with 50 different treats – Available Spring Only

    The pastry chefs at Sheraton have poured their hearts and souls into this ambrosial line-up. Fifty beautifully colourful delights make up this all-you-can-eat dessert buffet, which features a bountiful of berries such as strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries. The line-up will change for the second month of this limited-time service to introduce a different fifty items. That makes 100 options over the course of two months. Even better, all the soft drinks are all-you-can-drink too.

     

    Sheraton Sweets Buffet” Very Very Berry”

    Running: March 1, 2020 – April 30, 2020 (Except March 22, 2020)

    Time: 14:00-15:30

    Location: “Pine Terrace” Garden Buffet at Sheraton Grande Ocean Resort (Floor 1F)

    Price: Ages 13+ ¥2,500 / Ages 4-12 ¥1,250

    Information Page: https://seagaia.co.jp/article/641

    *Members of the Segaia Premium Members Club receive a discount: Ages 13+ ¥2,300 / Ages 4-12 ¥1,150

    *Those looking to eat lunch at the Sheraton restaurant can pay the following price on the day only: Ages 13+ ¥1,000 / Ages 4-12 ¥625

     

    Drink tea and feel like a princess around the pool

    “THE LIVING GARDEN” is a garden area attached to Sheraton Grande Ocean Resort, where guests can enjoy a “springtime garden party” in a gorgeous, Instagrammable-looking space. Purchase a “Picnic Basket” set for takeout and enjoy some well-deserved princess teatime either on one of the sofas surrounding the pool or in a gazebo, the latter of which you can rent.

     

    FLOWER LIVING ~Spring Garden Party~
    Running: February 21, 2020 – May 24, 2020
    Price: Free (For Sheatron guests only)
    Information Page: https://seagaia.co.jp/article/641

     

    Hog that breathtaking ocean view all to yourself

    Sheraton Grande Ocean Resort’s favourable location places it by the sea, meaning all rooms guests stay in enjoy an ocean view. There are also two very special rooms called “Corner Suites” which boast a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean from the bathtub. The blue sea and sky can be enjoyed from every part of the room too, not just the bath, meaning everyone can enjoy their own private little resort experience without being intruded upon by anyone else.

     

    Special Club Suite – Grand View Bath

    Location: Sheraton Grande Ocean Resort – Club Floor (Floors 39/41) 109㎡

    No. of People: 2

    Information Page: https://seagaia.co.jp/hotel/sgor/club-floor/20

     

    Unwind at the spa

    Experience true luxury at the Banyan Tree Spa, a pioneering Asian spa brand that was established in Phuket, Thailand. Enjoy nature and beauty come together in your treatment with quiet music, natural light from the towering windows, and the scent of original essential oils.

     

    Banyan Tree Spa

    Location: Sheraton Grande Ocean Resort (Floor 39)

    Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00 (Reservation Only)

    Information Page: https://seagaia.co.jp/hss/254

     

    Eye-catching artisanal cocktails to complete your spring evenings

    Left: Berry Rose Bouquet / Right: Cherry Blossom Tonic

    The KURO BAR offers an unbroken view of the lit-up garden area. Sip on one of their delicious and expensive-looking cocktails, like the “Berry Rose Bouquet,” a full-bodied beverage made with a tea liqueur, rose syrup and cranberry juice. Or you can order the “Cherry Blossom Sonic” at Pacifica, a cocktail lounge with live music. This drink is fragrant with cherry blossom and mixes together cherry blossom liqueur and gin.

     

    Flower Cocktails

    Available: March 1, 2020 – April 30, 2020

    Prices: Berry Rose Bouquet ¥1,300 / Cherry Blossom Tonic ¥1,600

     

    Taste the flavours of a Miyazaki Prefecture spring

    At the resort’s main restaurant, Pine Terrace, they are serving a buffet-style menu with seasonal springtime ingredients. Enjoy a line-up of typical Miyazaki flavours, like shimaura sea bream and steamed kumquat white wine, spring cabbage and sakura shrimp spaghetti aglio e olio, tempura, and more.

     

    Pine Terrace’s Spring Dinner Buffet

    Available: March 1, 2020 – April 30, 2020

    Time: 17:30-22:00 (Last Orders 21:30)

    Prices: Ages 13+ ¥4,500 / Ages 4-12 ¥2,250

    *Prices for the dinner buffet will change from the start of April to: Ages 13+ ¥4,600 / Ages 4-12 ¥2,300

    Information Page: https://seagaia.co.jp/article/641#paragraph_1557

     

    Make some springtime memories this year at the incredible Seagaiaシーガイアで春の楽しい思い出を作ろう!

     

    *Listed prices include tax. Photos are for illustrative purposes only.

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