【Tokyo Stroll】The cafe that you want to visit to see someone #5: “café Benisica” – The Birthplace of Pizza Toast

21.February.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

“A café that has continued to be loved for 60 years”

 

In this entry to my café series, I visited the familiar Yurakucho, the center of modern Tokyo culture. This year, long-standing café Benisica turned 61-years-old. I stopped by to have my fill of their amazing pizza toast. The café is a 2-minute walk from Hibiya Station via Tokyo Metro lines, and 4-minutes on foot from Yurakucho Station via JR lines, making it an easy place to get to.

 

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The café opened all those years ago in response to the large number of cinemas and theatres dotted around Yurakucho. They wanted to create place where people could relax on their way back from seeing a show.

 

Upon arrival, you can still observe stylish older ladies strolling into the café. The scene hasn’t changed one bit which I found to be wonderful.

 

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Café Benisica is famous for being the birthplace of original pizza toast. They even have a sign at the entrance telling you that! Eye-catching!!!

 

Without further ado, let’s head on in♪

 

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I take one step into the café, and… Huh? What’s this?!

 

That’s right. At Benisica, you can enjoy vacuum brewed coffee. This was the first time I had seen a vacuum coffee maker up close, so I gazed at them with a keen interest.

 

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Inside, I gazed at the café décor and objects scattered around of Hibiya, a town which changes with the times. You can feel the weight of the times instore – all the wonderful items look stylish simply by being placed in there! The café interior is a collection of warm colours. It’s a place where you can relax and feel comfortable.

 

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This is Benisica’s famous pizza toast, costing ¥950 (tax included). They have plenty of set menus, and drink menus are ¥1,350. The story behind the pizza toast was how if you didn’t go to an Italian restaurant back then, you couldn’t eat pizza. So, they took pizza and turned it into something you can eat casually – toast. Since then, it has continued to be a much-loved menu item with customers for almost half a century.

 

 

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After hearing the story, I took no time at all ordering my own pizza toast! To drink, I chose a strawberry shake. Just so you know, the shake doesn’t come in set orders, so be careful.

 

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Thick servings of cheese and put onto chunky slices of toast. “The soul of the pizza toast is in the cheese!” is what you’ll be saying at its presence on the toast. Its generous serving makes this pizza toast suitable not just as a light meal, but even a whole lunch. As well as the standard ingredients like salami, onion and bell peppers, I was happy that there were mushrooms too.

 

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The bread’s texture is fluffy! I was hungry, so I made short work of it. Thank you for the meal.

 

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This is the owner of Benisica, Setsuko Murakami, who told me the story of the café. She’s a very wonderful person who loves her husband very much. Not only did she tell me about the café – I got to hear about her husband’s way of living and thoughts too. The words of people that have walked the road of life longer than me are deep and enlightening.

 

I stored the owner’s story safely onto the shelves in my heart. The next time something happens, I’ll rely on those special words she graciously taught me and work hard.

 

■Information

Café Benisica

Address: 1-6-8 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

Opening Hours: 9:30-23:45 (Open from 9:00 on Weekends & Holidays)

No Fixed Holidays.

Access: 2-minutes on foot from Hibiya Station via the Hibiya Line, Chiyoda Line, and Toei Mita Line / 4-minutes on foot from Yurakucho Station via JR Lines

Webpage:https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1301/A130102/13002146/

 

Model : Ema Tanioku

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Profile: “Emaeri” is the nickname for models Ema and Eri Tanioku, who are Aomoji fashion model twins. Ema and Eri Tanioku specialise in twin fashion coordination. Over the years their fanbase has increased due to their cute looks. Ema Tanioku spreads Harajuku culture within Japan as well as overseas and works as a Harajuku Tourism Ambassador. Starting off as a model, Ema has broadened her talent range from fashion magazines to TV, and from playing the lead role in dramas to movies.

Instagram:@ematanioku

 

Photographer:Haruka Yamamoto

Editor&Writer:Ryoichi Komaba

Design:Yuko Abe (ASOBISYSTEM)

Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

 

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  • 【Tokyo Stroll】 The café that you want to visit to see someone #4 Cats working at Shinjuku-sanchome’s Café Arles

    21.December.2017 | FEATURES / FOOD

    “Good service, a jolly owner and cute cats – this café is sure to heal you!”

     

    I’m Ema Tanioku and today I’ll be introducing you to yet another café in Tokyo as the fourth edition of my series “The café that you want to visit to see someone”. Today I’ll be reporting about my visit to Café Arles which can be found at Shinjuku-sanchome. Ever since hearing that there were cats at this café, I’ve been set on going 〜♪♪

     

    The café is very easy to access. To get to there, you can take the Toei Shinjuku line to Shinjuku-sanchome. From here, you can get to the café within a five-minute walk. Walking around the Shinjuku Suehirote theatre, the café soon came into sight. Somehow, I could sense the presence of cats just from the atmosphere…

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    There it was! The entrance to the café was decorated with many ornaments of cats and dogs. I don’ know why but I was filled with excitement before even having entered.

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    As soon as I entered, I immediately spotted a cat.

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    I was then greeted by the cat’s master who had a sweeping grin across his face and was wearing a hat with a cat broach. I could really feel his love for cats ♪♪

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    I took a sweeping glance over the café – cats, cats and more cats – there were so many cat-themed goods everywhere! Apart from cats goods, the master also collects clown goods and displayed everything all huddled together to decorate the café.

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    Although this was my first time at Café Arles, I immediately felt right at home as a warm feeling grew within me. I asked the master what got him into the café business and I was surprised by his response. It all started when the master was working at a mahjong parlour, where a person they knew asked them to start up a café.

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    The master then thought about the numerous paintings he had collected and how he was in search of a place to display them. The idea of choosing his own music, menu and decorating a café interior to his own taste really struck a chord with him.

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    There are many paintings displayed in the café. Amongst these are some by modern artist Tomomi Kondo, who made the paintings “please your master” and “cool your thighs”, which feature the kaban neko (café cats) Ishimatsu and Jirocho, who are “working hard” by lazing around.

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    Café Arles is fun and draws in even more fun. The atmosphere is filled with the love and enjoyment of the customers. That’s why I immediately felt so at home as soon as I entered. You can easily spend a long time here.

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    I asked the master what he recommends from his menu. His response? “My recommendation is what you want to eat the most!” he said wisely. I felt like eating Napolitan spaghetti and so that is what I ordered! (Price: ¥720 including tax)

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    It came with banana and giant corn ❤ – this excellent service made me so happy!

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    The gentle flavour of this homemade dish was delicious and I could really taste the Showa-retro Napolitan flavour to it. The drink, soup and salad services available gives this meal a perfect score for portion size satisfaction!

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    The master allowed me to take his café cat Jirocho-kun out for a walk. This was the first time I’d ever walked a cat – a new, fresh experience!

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    Jirocho-kun is a very calm and obedient cat, so we had a lovely stroll together. Speaking of which, Jirocho-kun loves his owner so much that he runs to meet him whenever he hears his car pull up at the shop.

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    This year marks the 40th anniversary of the café. “I enjoyed every minute of it” explained the master happily. The master created a place where everyone can be happy and in return everyone supports him. Perhaps this cycle is the motivational force that has kept and will continue to push this café to live and thrive.

     

    I’m glad I came to this café today and met such a special person.

    I want to come here again and have another chat with the master!

     

     

     

    ■Information

    Cafe Arles

    Address:1st floor, 5-10-8, Shinjuku, Tokyo

    Opening h0urs: 11:30 〜 22:00

    Regular holidays days: Sundays, New Year’s period holiday period

    Access:398 metres from Shinjuku Sanchome station (reach via Toei-Shinjuku line/ Tokyo Metro Marunouchi line

    URL:https://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1304/A130401/13087540/

     

     

    Model & Writer: Ema Tanioku

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    Instagram:@ematanioku

     

    Photographer:Haruka Yamamoto

    Editor:Ryoichi Komaba

    Design:Yuko Abe (ASOBISYSTEM)

    Translated by: Samantha Fernandes

     

  • Eight cafes in Tokyo with an at home and retro feel to them

    24.October.2017 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    The objective of going to a Japanese “kissaten” (tea/coffee house) or a “cafe” is basically the same – to go to drink a cup of tea or a cup of coffee. However, there is something different. In Japanese “kissatens” of course, they are particular about how their tea and coffee tastes, but they also pay particular attention to the eating and drinking utensils and the décor of the shop. They often have a very retro and Showa Era feel to them. “Kissatens” in Japan have been in business for a long period of time and so they have a very down to earth and comfortable atmosphere. Here, we are highlighting eight such “kissatens” in Tokyo.

     

    1.“Nanatsu no mori” in Koenji

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    From the outside, it looks like a Showa, retro-style coffee shop. Upon entering, you can see the interior of the café has weathered. It has an atmosphere reminiscent of the Showa era, like you’ve just stepped back in time. Inside, is filled with Showa era ornaments and goods. The highly recommended menu item is “Omu gohan” (rice omelet). The flavor of the rice is not ketchup but rather Japanese broth. The rice was mixed with beef, burdock, and enoki mushrooms, as well as a salty-sweet seasoning that tasted like shigureni.

    Time passes slowly and restfully at “Nanatsumori,” with its retro atmosphere. You can spend a happy time here surrounded by the shop’s gorgeous interior that makes it seem as if you’ve stepped back in time.

    Detailed information:【Tokyo Stroll】The cafe that you want to visit to see someone #2 “Nanatsumori”—An Attractive Cafe in Kōenji

    ■Information

    Nanatsumori

    Address: 2 Chome-20-20 Kōenjiminami, Suginami, Tokyo

    Business Hours: 10:30-24:00 (Last orders at 23:30)

    Holidays: None

    Access: 3-minutes’ walk from Shin-Kōenji Station / 7-minutes’ walk from Kōenji Station

    URL:https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1319/A131904/13000675/

     

     

     2.“Sabouru” in Jinbocho

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     “Sabouru” is a café we could say is a representative retro cafe. This 62 years historical café was established in 1955. The shop is multi-floored, first floor, semi basement and mezzanine inside. It is a little dark inside, but you can still enjoy reading books.

    Sabouru’s most popular menu item is Spaghetti Neapolitan. It is cooked with many ingredients including mushrooms, onions and bacon. It is cooked quite simply with ketchup.

     

    Detailed information:【Tokyo Stroll】The cafe that you want to visit to see someone #1 The popular cafe in Jinbo-cho called “Sabouru” that has retro interior and nostalgic food.

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    Sabouru

    Address:1-11 Kanda Jimbocho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

    Hours:9:00AM to 11:00PM

    Holiday:Sundays & Holiday Irregular

    Access:

    0 minutes’ walk from A7 exit of Jimbocho train station, Toei Subway Shinjuku Line • Mita Line

    0 minutes’ walk from A7 exit of Jimbocho train station, Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line.

    URL:https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1310/A131003/13000609/

     

     

    3. “Kissa Housekibako” in Chitose Karasuyama

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    Here is a shop which displays items related to the 1970s and 1980’s pop idols. Many girls from all over Japan come here to get “drinkable jewelry.” It is a space which overflows with nostalgic items from this time.

    The most popular item on the menu here is their “drinkable jewelry” as known as “cream soda” which was everyone’s favorite food when they are little. The standard color of cream soda is supposed to be green, but the ones in “Kissa Housekibako” appear in very girly colors. They are offered in cute and shiny spring colors. This shop is popular not only with Japanese guests but also with tourists from abroad.

    Detailed information:【Tokyo Cafe】Visit the café which has a menu that gives you great impact Vol,6 “Kissa Housekibako”

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    Kissa Housekibako

    Address:4-18-18 Oyama Mansion102, Minorakuyama Setagaya-ku, Tokyo

    Tel:03-5969-8577

    Hours:10:00AM to 6:30PM

    URL:http://housekibako.wixsite.com/2009

     

     

    4.“Kissa You” in Ginza

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    “Kissa You” which is located in Ginza, next to Kabukiza has been making kabuki actors’ stomach full for the last forty-seven years. “Kissa You” which is located next to Kabukiza is now a part of the Kabukiza scene. Many gourmet actors who crave for the food in this café are always waiting in line before the café opens. The main reason why most people come here is to order their “soft and melty omelet-rice” which represents Japanese food nowadays.

     It is a very good combination of creamy and rich tasting omelet and simply cooked rice. You can hardly encounter this type of omelet-rice which is so smooth and light in texture. In one word it could be described as being like a “soup.”

     

    Detailed information:【Tokyo cafe】Visit the café which has a menu that gives you great impact Volume5 Ginza”You”

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    Kissa You

    Address: Takano Build. 1F 4-13-17 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

    Hours: 10:00 (meal start time 11:30~) ~ 21:00 (L.O. 20:00)

    Holiday: none

    URL:https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1301/A130101/13002318/

     

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  • From Kabuki to Shopping: 7 Must-Visit Spots Around Ginza

    21.February.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Ginza is a district in Tokyo lined with sophisticated stores and countless shopping spots. It’s a famous town for not only delivering Western style cuisine and fashion, but for continuing to hand down Japanese tradition from Kabuki-za to Tsukiji. We have compiled a list of recommended spots to visit during your trip to Ginza.

     

    Tokyu Plaza

     

    If it’s Japanese souvenirs and mementos you’re looking for then Tokyu Plaza is a very location. This shopping complex is filled with shops and famous brands selling items made in Japan, from “SAKE LABO” where shelves are lined with Japanese alcohol, to stores selling traditional Japanese crafts. You should also check out the duty free “LOTTE DUTY FREE GINZA” on the 8F and 9F.

     

    ■Information

    Tokyu Plaza

    Address: 5-2-1 Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo

    Telephone: 03-3571-0109

    Homepage: http://ginza.tokyu-plaza.com

     

     

    UNIQLO

    UNIQLO has branched out and made its name around the globe now, but the Ginza branch is the world’s biggest, boasting a staggering 12 floors. There are English, French, Spanish, Chinese and Korean speaking staff there, so you can enjoy your shopping free of worry.

     

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    UNIQLO (Ginza Branch)

    Address: Ginza Komatsu 1F-12F, 6-9-5 Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo

    Open: 11:00-21:00

    Telephone: 03-6252-5181

    Webpage: https://www.uniqlo.com/jp/store_news/store.php?poi=10101397

     

     

    Dover Street Market

    Dover Street Market is a cutting-edge store that was first brought to London by Comme des Garçons founder Rei Kawabuko. Ginza now has its own branch in “ZOZOTOWN” and towers 6 floors lined with an array of brands from LOUIS VUITTON to Celine, Thom Browne, and even Comme des Garçons themselves.

     

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    Dover Street Market

    Address: 6-9-5 Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo

    Open: 11:00-20:00

    Telephone: 03-6228-5080

    Homepage: http://ginza.doverstreetmarket.com

     

     

     GINZA SIX

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    GINZA SIX recently opened on April 20th earlier this year as Ginza’s biggest shopping complex. The building is elegantly dotted with 241 individual stores both domestic and international offering a range of cuisines, fashion and lifestyle brands and more. It’s a fantastic spot for overseas visitors who can also enjoy seeing a traditional Noh performance and gazing at Ginza’s gorgeous scenery from the rooftop.

     

    More Information: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/39111

     

    ■Information

     GINZA SIX

    Address: 6-10-1 Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: Shops – 10:30-20:30 / Restaurants – 11:00-23:30

    *Select shops have different opening and closing hours.

    Telehone: 03-6891-3390

    Homepage: https://ginza6.tokyo/

     

     

    Kabuki-za

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    Kabuki is a traditional form of Japanese theatre with a history spanning more than 400 years. One location still thriving is the Kabukiza Theatre in Ginza. If you purchase a copy of a play’s outline there’s an English explanation at the end along with an English subtitle guide. If you want to enjoy a short session of kabuki then you can purchase a special ticket called “hitomakumiseki” (一幕見席) that enables you to see just one part of the play, since kabuki plays tend to be quite long.

     

    ■Information

    Kabukiza

    Address: 4-12-15 Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo

    Telephone: 03-3545-6800

    Website: http://www.kabuki-za.co.jp

     

     

    Tsukiji Fish Market

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    The Tsukiji Fish Market is the kitchen of Tokyo. Out of all 11 wholesale markets in Chuo, Tokyo the Tsukiji Fish Market is the oldest. It’s a hugely popular tourist spot for its fresh seafood and souvenirs. There’s plenty to see including the famous Tuna Auction as well as a chance to experience making nigiri sushi.

     

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    Tsukiji Fish Market

    Address: 5-2-1 Tsukiji, Chuo, Tokyo

    Telephone: 03-3542-1111

    Homepage: http://www.tsukiji.or.jp

     

     

    Hibiya Park

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    If you’re exhausted from all the shopping and sightseeing then we recommend stopping by Hibiya Park just a 10-minute walk from Ginza. The park was made more than 100 years ago and is home to two outdoor music domes – one big and one small – as well as a public hall and more. There are also flower beds bloomed with various flowers that change with the seasons. There’s also a Japanese-style garden tucked away in the park where you can experience a Japanese aesthetic.

     

    ■Information

    Hibiya Park

    Address: Hibiya Park, Chiyoda

    Open: 24 hours, 365 days a year.

    *The service centre and other establishments in the park will be closed during New Year’s.

    *Please contact the service centre for business hours and further information.

    Telephone: 03-3501-6428

    Webpage: https://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/park/format/index037.html

     

    We hope you liked our recommendations and hope you enjoy your Ginza sightseeing to the very fullest.

  • How about some pancakes during your shopping spree! 7 recommended cafes which sell pancakes in Ginza

    04.January.2018 | SPOT

    There must be many people who want to eat something sweet after enjoying shopping in the Ginza.

    In this article, I will introduce to you some recommended pancake shops in Ginza.

     

     

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    Shiawase no Pancake Ginza Shop

    This pancake shop located in Omotesando, Tokyo which always has long waiting lines, will open a new store in Ginza on the 23rd of December 2017. The shop is located in front of the A5 Exit of Tokyo Metro Ginza Line’s Gina Station. The décor inside the shop has a relaxing atmosphere. They have an open kitchen in front of the shop so that customers can observe the cooking process. It will no doubt be exciting to seeing the making process of their pancakes.

     

    ■Information

    Shiawase no Pancake Ginza Shop

    Address: 5-8-5, Ginza, Chuoku, Tokyo – 7F, New Ginza Building 10th Building

    Business hours: weekdays 10:00 to 20:00 (L.O. 19:15) / Saturday, Sunday and holidays 10:00 to 20:30 (L.O. 19:40)

    Fixed holiday: random

    TEL:03-6255-1111

    URL:http://magia.tokyo

     

     

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    Yukino Shita Ginza

    Yukino Shita is a shop which uses strictly selected ingredients and makes hand-made pancakes. The sweet scent of the pancakes and the scent of coffee fills the natural-styled interior of the shop. Their popular pancake, “Yotsuba Cream Cheese Jikasei Rennyu (home-made condensed milk) Ice wo Soete” is a simple pancake without any topping so you can taste the rich texture of the dough. The coffees they offer goes well with their pancakes.

     

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    Yukinoshita Ginza

    Address: 3F, Tomato Building, 1-20-10, Ginza, Chuoku, Tokyo

    Business hours: Tuesday to Friday / 11:00 to 21:00 (L.O. 20:20), Saturday / Sunday and holidays 11:00 to 19:00 (L.O. 18:20)

    TEL:070-5517-9506

    URL:http://yukinosita.net/

     

     

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    Eggs ‘n Things Ginza Shop

    You can enjoy some “old-fashioned” pancakes topped with lots of raw cream inside this open-air, bright shop. Sitting on their terrace on a warm day is recommended. The pancake is not too sweet although it uses lots of raw cream and is recommended for women. You can enjoy eating at this shop since they sell a la carte breakfast/lunch menus and dinner menus (from 18:00).

     

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    Eggs ‘n Things Ginza Shop

    Address: 4F, Kiraritoginza, 1-8-19, Ginza, Chuoku, Tokyo

    Business hours: 9:00 to 23:00 (L.O. 22:00)

    Fixed holiday: None

    TEL:03-6264-4949

    URL:https://www.eggsnthingsjapan.com/store/ginza.html

     

     

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    DAVID MYERS CAFÉ

    This café introduces Californian-style, body/environment-friendly menu items. You can enjoy a dessert which uses wheat flour produced in Hokkaido with bananas and bitter caramel sauce put on top of a soft dough. It is a thick-flavored pancake using caramel sauce with the scent of bourbon and fresh bananas. This pancake is recommended for women.

     

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    DAVID MYERS CAFÉ

    Address: 6F, Ginza Mitsukoshi, 4-6-16, Ginza, Chuoku, Tokyo

    Business hours: 10:30 to 20:00 (L.O. 19:30)

    TEL:03-3561-7052

    URL:

    http://www.ginzadining.com/restaurant/detail/davidmyers/index.html

     

     

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    MOKUOLA DexeeDinerUILANI

    This shop has a Hawaiian atmosphere and their standard menu pancakes use lots of yoghurt inside the dough. Their crispy pancakes are created by pouring the dough into a frypan and then baking it in an oven for a long period of time.

     

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    MOKUOLA DexeeDinerUILANI

    Address: 8F, Yurakucho Marui, 2-7-1, Yurakucho, Chiyodaku, Tokyo

    Business hours: Monday to Saturday 11:00 to 21:00, Sunday and holidays 10:30 to 20:30

    Fixed holiday: randam

    TEL:03-6269-9554

    URL:http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1301/A130102/13157140/

     

     

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    café & books bibliotheque

    They sell more than 10 kinds of home-made desserts and their most popular item is their pancakes which are very healthy since they use yoghurt. You can put lightly bitter coffee sauce on top of the pancake which has a topping of tiramisu cream made with mascarpone and cream cheese, so the product is recommended for those of you who are not familiar to sweet desserts.

     

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    café & books bibliotheque

    Address: 3F, LUMINE, LUMINE Yurakuchoten, 2-5-1, Yurakucho, Chiyodaku, Tokyo

    Business hours: weekdays 11:00 to 21:30 (L.O. 21:00), Saturday, Sunday and holudays 11:00 to 21:00 (L.O. 20:30)

    Fixed holiday: None

    TEL:03-5222-1566

    URL:http://www.cporganizing.com/bibliotheque/tokyo/

     

     

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    Ginza Coffee Shop Ginza Sukiyabashi Shop

    A coffee shop located on the second floor of the building where BIGECHO is located. The building is located at the Sukiyabashi Intersection. The interior of the shop is chic with stylish decorations so this shop is recommended for not only women but also men. Their original maple butter pancake is very soft although the dough is thin so that customers can enjoy a unique texture.

     

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    Ginza Coffee Shop, Ginza Sukiyabashi Shop

    Address: 2F Ginza Building, 4-2-14, Ginza, Chuoku, Tokyo

    Business hours: Monday to Friday 11:00 to 23:00, lunchtime 11:00 to 16:00, Saturday, Sunday and holidays 10:00 to 23:00, lunch time 10:00 to 16:00

    Fixed holiday: None

    TEL: 03-3562-7232

    URL:http://www.clubdam.com/dkdining/shop/ginza_coffee/index.html

     

     

     

    How did you like our introduction to some cafes and shops which sell wonderful pancakes. Why not relax and enjoy some pancakes in the Ginza area.

  • Five highly recommended shops in Ginza to have lunch and/or have a sweets break at

    28.October.2017 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    While shopping complexes such as Tokyu Plaza and GINZA SIX are on the rise, Ginza itself is a city that has been bustling with energy for a long time. It’s packed full of traditional and new shops and brings in people from all ages, young and old, and prides itself as the place to go during everyone’s days off. In this article we want to introduce to you some highly recommended shops and restaurants in Ginza.

     

     

    Soft and “melty” omelet-rice “Kissa You”

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    “Kissa You” is located in Ginza, famous for Kabuki. The main reason most people come here is the soft and “melty“ omelet-rice which represents Japanese food nowadays. 29892-170207_ks_00071

    You can hardly encounter this type of omelet-rice which is this smooth and light in texture. I recommend you drink “Kobu-tea” after the meal as the “Japanese way.”

    Related article:http://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/34449

     

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    Kissa You

    Address: Ginza 4-13-17 Chuo-ku, Tokyo

    Hours: 10:00(food order 11:30)~21:00(L.O.20:00)

    Holiday:New Year’s holiday

    TEL:03-6226-0482

    URL:https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1301/A130101/13002318/

     

     

    A wonderful meat cutlet burger at “Ginza Sato”

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    “Ginza Sato” is famous for a circular “meat cutlet burger”. They are offering an “original meat cutlet” from Kichijoji, dipped in special sauce then made into a burger.

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     They make only 50 of these burgers a day. (¥380 for one) You can choose either a sweet or spicy sauce. You can enjoy the meat juice on a very soft bun.

    Related article:http://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/37898

     

    ■Information

    Ginza Sato

    Address: Ginza 1−14−1 Chuo-ku Tokyo

    Opening period:11:00〜

    Holiday:Sunday / public holiday

    URL:http://shop-satou.com/shop/ginza/index.html

     

     

    If you want to try one of Japan’s “soul foods” go to “Kommeraku”

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    Dashi Chazuke (rice in soup stock) is one of Japan’s soul foods. It is an easy and simple meal, but the soup or tea in this dish is sure to warm you up.

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    Komeraku’s set menu includes either soup and rice ball or rice in the soup stock and rice bowl. You can get the soup and rice ball set as a takeout. Just one mouthful of this dish and your whole body will be warmed. If you want to enjoy Japanese food in Ginza, you should go to “Komeraku.”

    Related article:http://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/26438

     

    ■Information

    Komeraku

    Address: Ginza 5-2-1 Chuo-ku Tokyo, Tokyu Plaza Ginza B2F

    Hours: 11:00~23:00(L.O.22:00)

    TEL:03-6264-5222

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

     

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  • Top 13 Cream Sodas in Tokyo: Cool Yourself Down This Summer with Classic Drinks & Modern Beverages

    17.August.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Hey, MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON readers! I’m Banako of MOSHI MOSHI FRIENDS.

     

    It’s safe to say that most long-standing, older cafés in Japan serve cream soda. It’s a drink that bellows with nostalgia, topped cutely with a dollop of ice cream and sparkling bright with vivid colour like some rare jewel.

     

    It’s a rather simple drink, but the number of people intrigued by its unique appearance are evidently on the rise. And I’m one of those people! I’ve had times where if it’s available on the menu I want to order it-and further still I’ve gone out of my way to a café solely because I’ve wanted some cream soda.

     

    Depending on the vibe and atmosphere of a café, the appearance of the cream soda will be different, which also means a different flavour. This is all part of the enjoyment of cream soda: it’s fun to compare the different tastes.

     

    I have made a long list of my most recommended cream sodas in Tokyo, all of which I have actually tried!

     

    To make it easier to picture each drink I have also given a rating out of 5☆ stars for the strength of the fizziness, the sweetness of the soda, and sweetness of the ice cream. Use this as reference when picking your drink of choice. Enjoy this specially curated selection of drinks in cafés that you’re going to want to snap lots of pictures of♡

     

    ①CAMPUS TOY cafe&bar

    CAMPUS TOY is located in the Jinbocho district of Tokyo. This exciting little place has gone for an American pop vibe. They sell toys too.

     

    The extra goodies they put in the cream soda here is influenced by the US too. The owner is a really interesting person, so much so that you end up losing track of the time as you get lost in conversation with them.

    Fizziness:★★★★☆

    Soda Sweetness:★★☆☆☆

    Ice Cream Sweetness:★★★☆☆

    CAMPUS TOY cafe&bar

    Address: 2-10 Kanda-Jinbocho, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: [Mon-Fri] 18:00-22:00

    Closed: Weekends & Public Holidays

    Access: 2-minutes on foot from Jinbocho Station’s A2 Exit

    TEL: 03-3261-7383

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/campustoy_matz/?hl=ja

     

     

    ②Café Negura

    This little-known-good-spot can be found in Shimokitazawa. The café interior has relaxed and retro décor. Their cream soda is served with two stacks of ice cream and a crown of whipped cream topped off with a cherry. What a cute-looking drink!

    Fizziness:★★★☆☆

    Soda Sweetness:★☆☆☆☆

    Ice Cream Sweetness:★★★★☆

     

    ▶︎ Café Negura

    Address: PACKAGE ONE Floor 1F (North Side), 2-26-13 Kitazawa, Setagaya Ward, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 11:30 ー 20:00

    Closed: Mondays & Tuesdays

    Access:152m walk from Shimokitazawa Station

    Twitter:https://twitter.com/neguracafe_mi

     

     

    ③Sepia

    Another retro-style café, except this one is specifically influenced by the Showa period . Situated in Shibamata, everything about this café, from the outside to the interior, breathes retro-Showa. On the second floor is the Candy Candy Museum.

     

    Their cream soda is the quintessential classic cream soda…but with a twist. It has mikan in it, a type of orange, which is very rare with cream sodas. That gives off a retro-ness too. Another cute beverage!

    Fizziness:★★★☆☆

    Soda Sweetness:★★☆☆☆

    Ice Cream Sweetness:★★★☆☆

    ▶︎ Sepia

    Address: 7-4-11 Shibamata, Katsushika Ward, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 10:00-18:30 (Last Orders 18:00

    Closed: Tuesdays & Wednesdays

    Access: 2-minutes on foot from Shibamata Station (Accessed via the Keisei Line)

    Instagram: https://instagram.com/sepiamama?igshid=1urnwdix23qbx

     

     

    ④ALL C’S CAFE

    ALL C’S CAFE is in Koenji, the retro hub of Tokyo. Decorations of cute bears are what this café is all about. There are enormous life-sized bears everywhere, so you can get ready to snap some seriously kawaii pictures.

     

    The café itself, as well as the adorable smiley bear on your cream soda, is sure to elicit some high-pitched “Aww’s.”

    Fizziness:★★★☆☆

    Soda Sweetness:★★☆☆☆

    Ice Cream Sweetness:★★★★☆

     

    ▶︎ALL C’S CAFE

    Address: Miyake Bldg. 2F, 3-25-24 Koenji, Suginami Ward, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 12:00-22:00

    Closed: No Fixed Holidays (except Obon and New Year’s Holidays)

    Access: 5-minutes on foot from the north exit of Koenji Station (Accessed via the JR Chuo Line)

    Website: http://www.allcscafe.com

     

     

    ⑤Café Hosekibako

    Hosekibako, which means ‘jewelry box’ in Japanese, is right next to Chitose-Karasuyama Station. Retro vibes waft their way throughout this cozy little hideaway with the littering of Showa manga and other miscellaneous odds and ends.

     

    This café too has the signature classic cream soda. It has a transparent appearance in its truly beautiful colour.

    Fizziness:★★★☆☆

    Soda Sweetness:★★★☆☆

    Ice Cream Sweetness:★★★☆☆

     

    ▶︎ Café Hosekibako

    Address: Koyama Mansion 102, 4-18-18 Minamikarasuyama, Setagaya Ward, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 12:00-18:30 (Last Orders 18:00)

    Closed: Wednesdays

    Access: 5-minutes on foot from the east exit of Chitose-Karasuyama Station (Accessed via the Keio Line)

    Website: https://housekibako.wixsite.com/2009

     

     

    ⑥THE GREAT BURGER STAND

    This hamburger shop sells an American-style cream soda, topped with swirly ice cream rather than cream soda’s classic dollop. That, together with the huge glass it’s served in, is enough to get you excited before you even take a sip. The café can be found in Shibuya Stream, meaning you can stop by for a breather after shopping.

    Fizziness:★★★★☆

    Soda Sweetness:★★☆☆☆

    Ice Cream Sweetness:★★★★☆

     

    ▶︎THE GREAT BURGER STAND

    Address: Shibuya Stream 1F, 3-21-3 Shibuya, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo

    Access: 1-minute on foot from Shibuya Station via the JR Yamanote Line 

    Opening Hours: 11:00 ー 23:00 (Last orders:  22:30)

    Closed when Shibuya Stream is closed.

    Access: Approx. 1-minute walk from Shibuya Station (JR Yamanote Line)

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/the_great_burger/

     

     

    ⑦Coffee Shop Galant

    Right beside Ueno Station you’ll find Galant, a coffee shop also with an air of retro-Showa to it during the bubble economy period. You’ll feel like you’ve been transported back in time when you see the dazzling décor and the staff uniforms. Peeking through the see-through liquid is a cute red cherry♡

    Fizziness:★★★★☆

    Soda Sweetness:★★☆☆☆

    Ice Cream Sweetness:★★★☆☆

     

    ▶︎ Coffee Shop Galant

    Address: 6-14-4 Ueno, Taito Ward, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 8:00-23:00

    No Fixed Holidays

    Access: Directly behind the toy store Yamashiroya (山城屋), just a two minute walk from JR Ueno Station. Also 1-minute on foot from exit 5b of Ueno Station (accessed via the Tokyo Metro Line and Hibiya Line)

    Tabelog: https://www.google.co.jp/amp/s/s.tabelog.com/tokyo/A1311/A131101/13039759/top_amp/

     

    ⑧bio ojiyan cafe Harajuku

    Ojiya, also known as zosui, is a type of Japanese rice-based vegetable soup. In my opinion, the ojiya served here is the tastiest in the world! Their cream soda comes in a large round cup and is a nice refreshment after a spot of ojiya.

    Fizziness:★★★★☆

    Soda Sweetness:★★☆☆☆

    Ice Cream Sweetness:★★★★☆

     

    ▶︎bio ojiyan café

    Location: 4-26-28 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00

    No Fixed Holidays

    Access: 10-minutes on foot from JR Harajuku Station / 3-minutes on foot from the Jingumae Crossing ticket gate elevator exit of Meiji-Jingumae Station (Accessed via the Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line)

    Website: http://mfs11.com/brand/bio-ojiyan-cafe-harajuku/

     

    ⑨PEPPERS DRIVE IN

    The main dish at this Kanagawa-based restaurant is curry. Every single thing about PEPPERS DRIVE IN is influenced by retro US elements, from the car park to the nooks and crannies inside and even the trays. You can take some really cute photos literally anywhere in the restaurant. The cream soda portion stays true to the American taste too with a generous serving.

    Fizziness:★★★☆☆

    Soda Sweetness:★★☆☆☆

    Ice Cream Sweetness:★★★☆☆

    ▶︎PEPPERS DRIVE IN 

    Address: 1129-1 Kidokoro, Hiratsuka, Kanagawa

    Opening Hours: Lunch 11:30-15:00 (Last Orders 14:45) / Dinner 18:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:30)

    Closed: Wednesdays (Except on public holidays, in which case closed the following day)

    Access: 6-minutes by taxi from south exit of Isehara Station (Accessed via the Odakyu Odawara Line) / 16-minutes by taxi from the north exit of Hiratsuka Station (Accessed via the JR Tokaido Main Line)

    Official Website: http://www.peppers.co.jp

     

     

    ⑩BRIDGE

    I reviewed the melon bread pancakes at this Ginza-based café earlier this year. It’s located inside a long-standing department store meaning the cream soda here has been around for a long time too, offering a more traditional taste. They are served on coasters which you can take home with you. It’s a great place to stop off for a break when strolling around Ginza.

    Fizziness:★★☆☆☆

    Soda Sweetness:★★★★☆

    Ice Cream Sweetness:★★★☆☆

     

    ▶︎BRIDGE

    Address: NISHIGINZA Floor B1F, 4-1 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo

    Business Hours: [Monday-Saturday] 11:00-20:30 (Last Orders 20:00) / [Sunday & Holidays] 11:00-20:00 (Last Orders 19:30)

    Closed: When NISHIGINZA Department Store is closed.

    Website: http://www.nishiginza.co.jp/page/shopguide/detail/?id=33

     

     

    ⑪HIROMAN’S COFFEE

    Another snug hideout, situated in the backstreets and surrounded by trees, is HIROMAN’S COFFEE. This cute café has lots of antique picture frames, rabbit ornaments, and other tidbits. Their melon soda arrives in a cute round and plump glass. They plenty of other Instagrammable drinks too including one topped with cotton candy. This one is one to keep coming back to!

    Fizziness:★★★★☆

    Soda Sweetness:★★☆☆☆

    Ice Cream Sweetness:★★★☆☆

     

    ▶︎ HIROMAN’S COFFEE

    Address: 3-18-12 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 11:00-19:00 (Last Orders 18:30)

    No Fixed Holidays

    Access: 10-minutes on foot from Meiji-Jingumae Station

    Instagram: https://instagram.com/hiromans_coffee?igshid=oumb3g7aergo

     

     

    ⑫ blikje button

    ⑫blikje button

    blikje button in Shimokitazawa, which offers both a café and dining experience, has a vintage vibe to it with decorations that have a handcrafted feel to them.  The glasses the cream sodas come in match that aesthetic. The stroking colours of the sodas are something beautiful to behold!

    Fizziness:★★★★☆

    Soda Sweetness:★★☆☆☆

    Ice Cream Sweetness:★★★☆☆

    ▶︎blikje button

    Address: Shimokitazawa Central Bldg. 2F, 2-14-7 Kitazawa, Setagaya Ward, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 12:00-23:00 (Lunch 12:00-16:00/Café 12:00-18:00/Dinner 17:00-23:00) *Food last orders 22:00, drink last orders 22:30

    No Fixed Holidays

    Access: 2-minutes on foot from Shimokita Station via the Odakyu Line / 2-minutes on foot from the south-west exit of Shimokitazawa Station via the Keio Inokashira Line

    Website: http://www.blikje-button.com/

     

     

    ⑬CAROLINE DINER

    CAROLINE DINER is a famous café in Harajuku inspired by American diners. The cream sodas sold here are striking and nothing short of Instagram-worthy! They go perfectly with the stylish interior of the café that you’ll no doubt find yourself taking photos.

    Fizziness:★★★☆☆

    Soda Sweetness:★★★☆☆

    Ice Cream Sweetness:★★★☆☆

    ▶︎CAROLINE

    Address: 2-14-11 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 12:00-18:30 (Last Orders 18:00)

    Closed: Thursdays

    Access: 10-minutes on foot from Meiji-Jingumae Station / 10-minutes on foot from Kita-Sando Station / 10-minutes on foot from Setagaya Station

    Website: http://caroline1.theshop.jp/

     

    And that’s all from me Banako and my must-try recommendations for Tokyo cream soda. Do you have a favourite from this list?

     

    Tokyo’s summer is nowhere near over yet. How about treating to yourself to a nice refreshing cream soda to cool yourself down from the scorching heat?

  • A Date With Yutaro: Soaking Up the Japanese Summer Sun & Visiting the Art Aquarium | Tokyo Stroll

    16.August.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    It’s been a while since our last date with Yutaro. He’s been very busy with film shoots. He had some spare time today so we paid a visit to Nihonbashi for our next date. “ECO EDO Nihonbashi: Enjoy Cool Edo With All Five Senses” is an event held every year in the Nihonbashi area which takes the Edo period cultural idea of “coolness”―an in, to enjoy being cool during the summer-and puts a modern spin on it. There are many exciting things to look forward to, including the art aquarium which proves massively popular every year.

     

    We gave ourselves more time to arrive at the meeting place to be in the safe side, but it seems Yutaro-kun was already there waiting for us!

    Nihonbashi Information Center | IPPIN CAFÉ “Sparkling Herb Tea” – ¥518 (Tax Included)

    “Here, you must be boiling.” Yutaro-kun kindly offers a cup of IPPIN CAFE’s limited-edition sparkling herb tea. It’s a delicious mix of fizzy soda and lemon, a perfect refreshment for the summer. Since he ordered takeout the drink came with a goldfish straw. Goldfish are a staple sight during Japanese summer festivals so it’s very fitting for the occasion! 

     

    With our drinks in hand, it’s time to head to Nihonbashi for our Edo summer date!

    Wind-Chime Forest Path

    Lining the path between Fukutoku Shrine and Fukutoku Garden is the Wind-Chime Forest Path where around 200 Edo-style wind chimes dangled. This year, during the evenings, the path is illuminated with beautiful lighting. 

    When the breeze rolls past the wind chimes ring one by one-a cool and refreshing sound.

    “I hear each one of these Edo wind chimes are individually handmade by craftsmen.”

    When you hear the sound of the wind chimes it makes you feel cool like a gentle breeze of the wind.

     

    After strolling along the Wind-Chime Forest Path we make our way towards this year’s ECO EDO Art Aquarium event.

    The moment we step instead Yutaro is already dazzled by all the goldfish: “Wow! I knew about this place from what I’d seen online, but this my first time here! This art aquarium really is something!”

     

    The full title of the event is “ECO EDO Nihonbashi ART AQUARIUM 2019 ~Edo, Coolness of Kingyo~ & Night Aquarium.”  Goldfish were a huge part of the common culture in Nihonbashi during the Edo period. This event recreates that and brings that “coolness” aspect while combining it with contemporary art by having people observe the fish in lots of different artistic environments.

    Super Oiran

    “This is the biggest fish tank, apparently it has 3,000 fish swimming inside!”

    “Seeing the light reflect on the water from the illuminations lets you see the fish in a different light, doesn’t it?”

    Looks like Yutaro-kun is having a lot of fun taking photos.

    He’s equally interested in just about every fish tank!

    These other fish tanks have a different aesthetic to them. Their Japanese-style designs make for great photos.

    Kaleidorium 3D

    “This one’s beautiful, it’s like a kaleidoscope.”

    It really does look like one. When you take a peek instead you can glimpse all kinds of colourful fish gently swimming around.

    Ceiling Kingyo

    “There’re goldfish swimming on the ceiling too. So cool! This aquarium is incredible. It brings together the great culture of Edo and contemporary art.”

     

    The Art Aquarium bustles every single year with visitors, but this year will mark its last run. It’s being held at Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall, so if you have the chance to go then please do.

    We of course checked out some local Nihonbashi treats too! We stopped by morozoff for some cheesecake after the aquarium.

    morozoff Kamadashi Cheesecake (Goldfish) – ¥270 Each (Tax Included)

    These cute cheesecakes with their goldfish designs are available for a limited time only. They’re filled with sweet red bean paste. They perfect with iced tea.

    “Got some! Let’s eat them while we head back.”

    Goldfish Lantern Walkway

    Our first date in Nihonbashi was so much fun. While on the date Yutaro-kun spoke about the new live-action film he’s in, Kaguya-sama: Love Is War.

     

    “It’s a romance film with mind games to try and make the other person confess their love. I play the character Tsubasa. His number one highlight scene is the kabedon scene. That was my first day shooting, so I was super nervous, but I got along well with the other actors, and the atmosphere on set was harmonious, so I was able to relax for the shoots. Tsubasa is a genuine guy who will believe things that have been said to him in earnest. You’ve definitely gotta check out all his scenes throughout the film!”

     

    “A lot of the cast are the same age as me, so we were all energetic together in the waiting room. There’s a scene at the end where all the cast get together. It took 3 days to shoot so we ended up getting along really well.”

     

    “This film has made me realise that love comes in many shapes, and that mind games happen in a variety of ways between guys and girls. There’s cute scenes that express that small bit of pride that teenagers have, the embarassment they feel, when they get butterflies, scenes that will warm your heart. The film has various elements to it so I thoroughly enjoyed watching it myself. I hope that couples in love in their teens and twenties watch it, and I also hope that married couples watch it and crack up laughing too.”

     

    “In the film it’s summer break, and they go and see fireworks and stuff. It’s definitely one to watch durnig the summer. You’re gonna come watch it too, right? Shall we go?”

     

    An offer we cannot refuse! We’ll definitely go and see it with you, Yutaro-kun! 

     

    Model: Yutaro

    Writer: Yuki Yokoo

    Photographer: Kayo Sekiguchi

    TALENT PROFILE

    Yutaro

    Yutaro was born in Hiroshima on June 3rd 1998. His modeling career has earned him lots of attention as a fashion icon of the new generation. The famous model also works as a “charisma” shop assistant. Yutaro has gained his reputation as a “mysterious and handsome guy” from his appearance on Japanese variety shows. His debut was made on the show “Gyoretsu no Dekiru Horitsu Sodanjo” and has since then appeared on numerous different TV shows. He challenged himself to appear on stage for the very first time in March this year and is gaining popularity by the day for his diverse work.

  • Tokyo Stroll: The Café That You Want to Visit to See Someone #11 – ‘Hatoya’ in Asakusa

    16.August.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    In this edition of The Café That You Want to Visit to See Someone, I visited Hatoya which is located in Asakusa Shin-Nakamise Arcade.

     

    The streets of Tokyo’s historical district of Asakusa are packed to end with cafés. You can be spoiled for choice, but Hatoya stood out to me in particular as it’s an especially old café. Business there began back in 1927 but the actual building was built back in the Taisho period, meaning its history spans more than 90 years ago!

     

    The outside appearance of the shop is smart and chic so it’s very easy to spot. I couldn’t tell by looking from the outside, but the inside is full of old decorations and odds and ends which make you feel the history of the café.

    One reason why I wanted to visit this place so much is because I was drawn to their logo. It’s really retro-kawaii so I just couldn’t resist!

    You should take some photos too if you visit.

    It was time to head inside. It’s really comfy and cozy in there; the atmosphere was nice and relaxed.

    Framed on the wall is a map of the Asakusa area during the Taisho era. Hatoya became famous back then because people could buy coffee for a mere 5 sen (a single sen is one-hundredth of a yen).

     

    When business first began at Hatoya, because the café was opposite the stage door of a theatre, all of the famous actors and actresses would pop in. Some include famous Japanese comedian Roppa Furukawa and film actor Kiyoshi Atsumi who played Tora-san in the film series Otoko wa Tsurai yo.

    I ordered the café’s popular hotcakes which cost ¥600. They have been making these same hotcakes since before the war.

    They were nice and fluffy and had a deliciously gorgeous brown colour. The flavour was out of this world when the butter melted from the heat of the hotcakes and mixed together with the syrup.

     

    The portion might look like a lot but they are fluffy and have a light flavour so can be finished with no problem.

    And is the café’s signature milkshake (¥500).

     

    It’s so refreshing that you can knock it back all in one go. It has a simple flavour but it tasted so good!

    I also ordered the ¥600 cream soda, my favourite beverage.

    I’ve been to many cafés, and have covered many in this series, but this is the first I have dined at with such a deep history. I found myself enthralled by the stories of the owner who has continued to treasure the café and maintained it all the same since it opened. I feel like I have learned about a world I never knew about. The next time I go to Hatoya with a friend I’ll be sure to let them in on its history. I encourage you to visit too!

     

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

    TALENT PROFILE

    Ema Tanioku

    “Emaeri” is the nickname for models Ema and Eri Tanioku, who are Aomoji fashion model twins. Ema and Eri Tanioku specialise in twin fashion coordination. Over the years their fanbase has increased due to their cute looks. Ema Tanioku spreads Harajuku culture within Japan as well as overseas and works as a Harajuku Tourism Ambassador. Starting off as a model, Ema has broadened her talent range from fashion magazines to TV, and from playing the lead role in dramas to movies.

  • Mango Drinks Cafe CAFE MANGOSIX Opens First Japan Branch in Okinawa

    15.August.2019 | FOOD

    MANGOSIX Japan opened its first ever CAFE MANGOSIX branch in Naha, the capital of Okinawa, on August 10.

     

    CAFE MANGOSIX is a hugely popular cafe in South Korea which serves healthy drinks and desserts themed on its 6 S’s concept: Sensual, Slim, Sweet, Social, Sexy, and Style.

    Their must-try beverage is the Mango & Coconut Juice which combines rich mango with sweet coconut milk. The cafe even has some drinks exclusive to Japan so you won’t find them anywhere else!

    The popular Blue Lemonade from South Korea is also being sold.

     

    Cool yourself off after sunbathing on the beaches of Okinawa by grabbing a drink from the new CAFE MANGOSIX!

  • Popular Tokyo Café Bakery BREAD, ESPRESSO & to Open in Fukuoka

    09.August.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Bakery café BREAD, ESPRESSO &  has made quite a reputation in Omotesando, Tokyo for its stylish interior and delicious coffee and bread. The bakery café is now opening a new branch in Fukuoka called BREAD, ESPRESSO & HAKATA & on September 25th, 2019.

     

    To commemorate 10 years in business, BREAD, ESPRESSO & will be opening their first ever branch in Hakata, Kyushu. The café bakery will be nestled between Hakata Station and CANAL CITY HAKATA. Whether you are a busy commuter looking for a heartwarming cup of coffee or a traveling tourist, the location is ideal for anyone looking for a quick rest stop. 

    The new café bakery is approximately 165 m² in size, making it the largest branch. The shop is decorated with a pure white base theme and has the perfect comfortable environment to enjoy a coffee. 

    Mu: ¥330 (after tax)

    French Toast: ¥750 (after tax)

    BREAD, ESPRESSO &’s popular Mu and French Toast will be on the menu along with Hakata-limited goods. If you are searching for some delicious bread in Hakata, please make your way to BREAD, ESPRESSO &.

  • Enjoy a Meal While Gazing Across the Rice Fields Of Kamimomi at Momian

    06.August.2019 | BUSINESS / FOOD / SPOT

    A new cafe called Momian opened by the Kakimomi Terraced Rice Fields in the Kamimomi area of Kumenan, a town in Okayama Prefecture, on August 3. The terraced rice fields of Kamimomi were selected by Pasona as one of Japan’s top 100 rice fields.

     

    Momian’s menu promotes the local region by using locally sourced and produced ingredients as well as rice from the rice fields.

     

    Kumenan has the highest rate of ageing in Okayama Prefecture. As of October 2018, over 44.3% of the population is over the age of 65. As a result, the region is facing a serious ageing population and consequential population decline. As well as this, more and more rice fields in Kamimomi have been abandoned in recent years and are no longer cultivated, leading to a serious maintenance problem with Satoyama which share resources in the region.

     

    Pasona has aided in tackling Kamimomi’s farming issue and is working to help revitalise the local community. They also revamped and reopened the Kumenan Rest Area in 2016 through their subsidiary company Pasona Okayama.

    There’s also where Momian comes in. The new cafe uses a refurbished old Japanese house and offers a gorgeous view of the rice fields and natural environment from its windows.

    To help support and build a deeper connection with its local farmers, the cafe will serve up original dishes made using ingredients grown in the area throughout the year.

  • Night Party at Harajuku’s Conveyor-Belt Dessert Cafe Ron Ron for 20 Year Olds Only

    03.August.2019 | FASHION / FOOD

    MAISON ABLE Cafe Ron Ron is a popular conveyor-belt dessert cafe in Harajuku. We visited the cafe last year when it had just dropped, so be sure to check out our cover story if you want more information.

     

    The cafe has just announced a night party that is exclusive to those in their 20’s. Titled “Cafe Ron Ron 20ty’s Night Party -PINK FRIDAY- supported by MAISON ABLE,” the event began yesterday and will run every night up to September 27.

    Customers can enjoy all-you-can-eat unlimited snacks for just ¥500 with no time restrictions. For an additional fee, you can also pick from the food menu which features 5 dishes and order from the drinks menu which includes alcohol.

    Everything on the food and drinks menu is ¥500 too, making it a delicious bargain!

    Desserts are served at varying time slots from 19:00. Depending on what time you arrive or decide to start eating the menu will change which is all part of the fun!

    The cafe has also teamed up with the fashion rental shop airCloset next door so customers can enjoy dining at Cafe Ron Ron while wearing a yukata.

    You can even continue wearing the kimono after you’ve eaten so you can stroll the streets of Harajuku, go to nearby festivals and more for an exciting day out in Japan’s youth and culture hub. The yukata can be rented by people of all ages – full details on the websites below.

  • Snoopy Themed PEANUTS HOTEL Celebrates 1st Anniversary

    03.August.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    To celebrate the 1st anniversary of the PEANUTS HOTEL, which opened on August 1, 2018, the hotel has released a collection of original commemorative merchandise.

    The PEANUTS hotel is home to 18 rooms each with its own unique design. The merchandise collection is themed on each of these rooms.

    PEANUTS HOTEL “Happiness is a warm puppy..” (Room 64) – ¥3,500

    The theme of Room 64 is “Happiness is a warm puppy,” so the PEANUTS HOTEL has made that a reality by creating a huggable Snoopy plush toy which is so cute and soft you’ll never want to let him go. He is a smaller version of the big Snoopy you can hug in Room 64, meaning you can take him anywhere with you!

    PEANUTS HOTEL 1ST ANNIVERSARY Postcards (5 Designs / 2 Included With Each) – ¥2,200

    The hotel’s postcard sets are popular with guests, and to celebrate the 1st anniversary, it is selling limited edition designs. Using special manufacturing methods, the hotel has released sets themed on Rooms 44, 57, 61 and 62. They are packaged in a beautiful box that looks like the outside of the hotel and its windows. They are great for both sending to someone with a message or for simply using them as decoration in your own room.

    PEANUTS HOTEL x tegoto “solarsystem” (Room 42) – ¥49,000 (Only 30 Available)

    PEANUTS HOTEL has teamed up with the internationally popular product brand tegoto to release mobiles inspired by Astronaut Snoopy which is the theme of Room 42. Each mobile is handcrafted individually and features Snoopy, Woodstock and the planetary system. Perfect for both kids and adults alike!

    *Only 30 available. Each comes with its own unique handwritten serial number.

     

    PEANUTS Cafe Nakameguro and PEANUTS DINER Yokohama are also joining in the celebration with their own pop-up corner which will run for the whole month of August. For this limited time only, they will sell items which are usually exclusive to the PEANUTS HOTEL.

    “Lila” Aroma Essential Oils – ¥2,300 / Aroma Air Mist – ¥2,200 / Aroma Stone Diffuser – ¥2,200 / PEANUTS HOTEL Bath Towel – ¥3,200, Face Towel – ¥1,800, Amenity Set – ¥3,400 / Compression Bag (Contains 5) – ¥1,500

    These items are also available over on the PEANUTS Cafe Online Shop. Join Snoopy and his friends in celebrating the 1st anniversary of the PEANUTS HOTEL by picking up some cute merch!

     

    *All listed prices are pre-tax.

    © 2019 Peanuts Worldwide LLC

  • Vegan Bubble Tea Arrives at Harajuku’s BOTANIST Tokyo Tea Stand

    30.July.2019 | FOOD

    For the whole month of August, the BOTANIST Tokyo tea stand in Harajuku is serving two different tapioca bubble tea beverages. Just 100 of each will be sold each day.

    The two delicious drink flavours include “Butterfly Pea Soy Milk Tea” and “Matcha Milk Tea.” Both beverages are made with high quality tapioca pearls from bubble tea store Bull Pulu who serve up Taiwanese pop culture with their tasty menu.

     

    Vegans shopping in Tokyo’s Harajuku and Omotesando areas will be excited to try the vegan-friendly Butterfly Pea Soy Milk Tea. Both of the drinks are also sold in eco cups and come with paper straws.

    Tapioca Butterfly Pea Soy Milk Tea – ¥600 (Tax Included)

    The vegan-friendly option is a combination of bright and colourful butterfly pea tea and soy milk. It’s laced with a tropical coconut syrup for enhanced flavour.

    Tapioca Matcha Milk Tea – ¥600 (Tax Included)

    The matcha milk tea is a combination of rich and smooth matcha foam and milk. It’s mixed with a fragrant hazelnut syrup.

    Both drinks are takeout only and are available to buy on the first floor. If you fancy a little refreshing drink while strolling through Harajuku then be sure to visit BOTANIST Tokyo.

  • Office Lady Higashi’s Nonchalant Shibuya Diary #2: “BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR COFFEE KIOSK” – Harajuku

    29.July.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Hey. I’m Higashi.

     

    When I was at university I worked a salon model job which started early in the morning. Everyday after my photo shoots at the salon, I enjoyed walking back from Omotesando to Shinjuku. On that route there was a coffee stand called “BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR COFFEE KIOSK.”

     

    The friendly staff working there would call out to me with a smile: “Good morning! Where are you returning from today?” My usual course home would be to go there, order a takeout coffee, and walk back to Shinjuku while cheerfully listening to music.

     

    But one day I became a working adult and full-fledged member of society. My new workplace was faraway from the coffee shop and so I could no longer visit it. But I would casually wonder to myself what the guys and girls who worked there and would always chat to me cheerfully and friendly were up to now.

     

    So, yeah. I went to visit them.

     

    BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR COFFEE KIOSK is about a 7-minute walk from Harajuku Station’s Takeshita Exit.

    Follow Meiji Dori street.

    Make a turn at the corner of The DECK COFFEE and PIE, and you’ll see the sign.

     

    THERE IT IS!

    I was greeted by a stylish looking guy who looked great with facial hair. He was so cool!

     

    I took no time at all ordering a coffee.

     

    I found myself remembering how much I loved the gentle atmosphere brought about by the staff here and the smell of the coffee that flows in the air.

    Latte art is his forte!

    Time to try it.

    Oh… this was just pure bliss!!

     

    The coffee had slight acidic notes to it which permeated my body. It was really tasty and warmed by body to the core that day because it was raining!

     

    “Was this shop built in 2010?” I asked him.

     

    “To be precise, a furniture company called Landscape Products was set up here in 1997. It was converted into a corporation in 2000 and made a furniture shop called Playmountain over in Jingumae. The company then moved to Sendagaya in 2002.”

     

    “Oh, so it started as a furniture shop.”

     

    “That’s right. When making the company, our representative wrote a summary of all the projects that the company wishes to fulfill. Some of the projects on the list are coffee shops, publication and event planning. Based on that list, we opened a cafe called TAS YARD in Sendagaya in 2004.”

    “The company office and the cafe were close to each other. They were in Sendagaya along the road I would take everyday. We’d have lunch and meetings in the cafe and then work at the company office. There used to be a tobacco shop smack in the middle of the road I would come and go along. Lots of people would stand at this postbox just in front of the shop. They used it almost like a resting spot from their busy [working] days. Seeing that, our representative thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be good if there was a coffee shop here?’ A while later the owner of the tobacco shop left that place and we immediately went to rent the building.”

     

    He carried on explaining that they researched opening the shop, but at first it wasn’t a hit with the locals. They continued to explore for a solution and eventually the locals came to love the place. I never knew that this coffee shop was so earnestly in tune with the people of the town.

    He continue: “I hope this becomes a place where people can take a bread, whether it’s sitting on the benches outside the shop or putting their coffee on the postbox when they come to make an invoice. Our shop’s name BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR comes from us wanting to become good neighbours with the locals and for us to make a comfortable and relaxing place together.”

    If you’re looking for something new in your everyday life then please be sure to pay a visit here.

    You’re sure to be warmed by the delicious coffee and the face of the handsome shop owner!

  • You Will Need All 10 Fingers to Challenge These American Style Burgers

    29.July.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Burgers are becoming a big sensation in Japan. In the country’s current burger boom, some very unique burgers have been whipped up. From the atmosphere to the wallpaper, at TEN FINGERS BURGER in Sangenjaya, you will feel like you are in an American Diner.  

    If that isn’t enough to excite you, then the menu sure will. The burgers come in three different sizes: 10 Fingers, 8 Fingers and 6 Fingers to represent how many fingers you will need to hold the burger.

    We all love a filling burger, but TEN FINGERS BURGER has taken this to a whole new level, commemorating their one-year anniversary in June with the release of a seriously huge burger which stirred a drooling sensation. 

     

    We recommend you demolish this burger with a cream soda to enjoy a wonderful flavour combination. 

    Inviting your friends to challenge this burger with you surely would be fun. And afterwards, you can all treat yourselves to this tempting and colourful banana split.

     

    This burger is not only huge, but also delicious. Come challenge your 10 fingers (and possibly toes) to this impossibly massive burger!

  • Q-pot Reveals Summery Peach Themed Food and Accessory-Inspired Desserts

    26.July.2019 | FASHION / FOOD

    Q-pot is an accessory brand whose products are made to look just like delicious desserts. They also have their own cafe in Omotesando where they flip that concept, making desserts that look exactly like real accessories. The cafe has just unveiled its new refreshing peach themed drink and dessert line-up for summer.

    Peach Pink Plate w/ Drink – ¥2,060 (Tax Included)

    Available this summer only, Q-pot Cafe’s peach pink plate is sure to tickle the fancy of girls out there. The peach mousse is a luxurious mix of peach puree and elderflower which give off a positively permeating fragrance. A sumptuous harmony of flavours is brought together when you locate the layers of the mousse which include a jelly centre containing sliced peaches, and an almond crunch bottom.

     

    You also get the choice of one of four fancy macarons which contain refreshing peach sherbet and peach syrup.

    Peach Pink Soda Float – ¥750 (Tax Included)

    The refreshing peach pink soda float contains a peach syrup that allows the full-bodied fragrance of the peaches to come through as well as a satisfyingly sour pink grapefruit syrup, a dollop of salted milk ice cream, and a topping of peach. The drink sparkles like jewellery, and you’re sure to shine beautifully too with just a sip.

     

    Of course, Q-pot being Q-pot means that they have some peach-inspired accessories too.

    Peach Whipped Cream Earring Set – ¥10,000 (Before Tax) / Little Peach Cake Necklace – ¥9,500 (Before Tax) / Peach Ice Cream Ring – ¥5,200 (Before Tax) / Peach Key Ring – ¥15,000 (Before Tax)

    Express your love for peaches with this glamorously fruity line-up. They will make for perfect additions to your summer look!

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