Cherry blossoms × illumination! “Kichijoji Yozakura 2018”
25.February.2018 | SPOT
The dining bar, “Kichijoji SUN Tama Bar” is now holding a spring-limited event “Kichijoji Yozakura 2018 – Hikari no Kawa-“ where the interior of the bar is decorated with 8,000 cherry blossoms and 1,500 illuminations.
This will be the 3rd time for the event,“Kichijoji Yozakura (night-viewing of cherry blossoms)”to be held.
Until last year on the cherry blossoms were lit up but this year they are going to install 1,500 gold-colored LED illuminations representing a “a river of light.”
Horoyoi Parfait (strawberry) 1,300 yen (tax included)
※The product will be served from the 1st of March
A new type of dessert item, “Horoyoi Parfait” will be sold. For those of you (especially girls) who like taking photos of sweets, this café is a “must visit.” The café has many photogenic interior spaces and menu items. A cocktail menu “CAFÉ Style Cocktail” which is popular among women was renewed. Strawberries have been added to this parfait to boost its charm!
TOKYO SENTO Festival: Connecting People With Art Through Japanese Bathhouses
TOKYO SENTO Festival 2020 is taking place as part of Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL, an initiative that’s hosting a diverse selection of of cultural programs in the run up to the Tokyo Olympics, promoting its appeal as a city of arts and culture.
The project launched on May 26 at 500 sento in Tokyo. It covers many forms of Japanese art from manga, to Art Brut (outsider art), contemporary art, popular characters,
and more, all of which are serving to create artistic bathhouses. Two artists to look out for are their Art Brut to Haginoyu in Tokyo.
Art Brut is an art based on original methods and ideas that are not confined to existing expression methods. “Abundance comes from human connections” will be performed by Takeru Aoki and Kiyomi Hoshi.
If you’re in Tokyo this spring and summer, don’t miss out on the Tokyo Sento Festival.
TOKYO SENTO Festival 2020
Running: May 26, 2021 – September 5, 2021
Where: Bathhouses in Tokyo
Art Brut Special Hand Towel Exchange Period: August 5, 2021 – September 5, 2021
Official Website: https://tokyosentofestival.jp/
*Content subject to change depending on COVID-19
Peter Luger Steak House Opens First Japanese Branch at Ebisu Garden Place
Hailing originally from Brooklyn, the 130-year-old Peter Luger Steak House has announced the opening of its first-ever Japanese branch which will welcome customers at Ebisu Garden Place in Tokyo this September with its 3-storeys of red brick.
Peter Luger is credited with spreading the mouth-watering wonder of dry-aged beef steak to the world which has made the restaurant’s name globally famous. The restaurant of course wields a Michelin Star and has been featured high on the Zagat Survey for over 30 years.
The secret behind Peter Luger’s signature ingredient
The restaurant’s beef fillet and New York strip are signature items on the menu, both of which are made from porterhouse steak. Their steak is also made from USDA Prime beef which is dry-aged by hand to intensify the flavour and aroma.
The porterhouse is placed directly onto the broiler and seasoned solely with salt. The steak is flipped only once during the broiling process. A knob of melted butter is added to a serving platter and the steak is sliced atop it. It’s then placed back into the broiler for a few minutes depending on the doneness requested by the customer. It’s this process that gives Peter Luger’s steaks their deliciousness.
Brooklyn red brick building and theatre decor
The Japanese branch takes inspiration from the Brooklyn restaurant with its red brick exterior.
The first floor is home to the bar where customers can enjoy food and cocktails. There’s also a takeout shop with gifts and other items.
The second floor is the spacious dining space which is home to Peter Ruger’s first-ever open kitchen. The third floor is another seating area with balcony-like seats so you can look out over the city.
There are seven private dining rooms of varying sizes for those looking a little more intimacy and privacy. The restaurant’s lighting was also designed by a New York designer.
Peter Luger Steak House Tokyo
Grand Opening: September 9, 2021
Address: 4-19-19 Ebisu, Shibuya, Tokyo
Bookings: From August 2021
Peter Luger Steak House Japan Official Website: https://peterluger.co.jp/
Cherry Blossom Chocolate and Soda Releases From MAISON CACAO
27.March.2021 | FOOD
Japanese aromatic raw chocolate brand MAISON CACAO is launching a new Kamakura-based brand called Shiki to Maison (“Four Seasons & Maison”) which will feature chocolates that capture the events and culture found throughout the four seasons in Japan.
The first entries to the series are cherry blossom chocolates which are available from March 26 to April 4, as well as cherry blossom drink which can be enjoyed on March 27 and 28.
Aroma Raw Chocolate SAKURA ¥2,200 / Cacao Vinegar Soda SAKURA ¥550 (Before Tax)
Aroma Raw Chocolate SAKURA
Indulge in a box of these luxury cherry blossom chocolates which are made with 100% cacao powder which have a refreshing white chocolate aftertaste. The chocolates are made with cherry blossom as well as a fresh cream laced with salt-pickled cherry blossom. They also include a paste made from liquid drawn from cherry blossom petals. It’s a taste of Japanese spring with every bite.
Cacao Vinegar Soda SAKURA
This springtime beverage includes a cacao vinegar made from cacao pulp and is coupled with fragrant cherry blossom. This one is available at the Komachi and Cacao Hanare branches as well as at CHOCOLATE BANK.
Shiki to Maison Sakura Sweets
Japanese Product Name: 四季とメゾン 桜スイーツ
Serving: March 26, 2021 – April 4, 2021
MAISON CACAO Official Website: https://onlineshop.maisoncacao.com/
Japanese Springtime Flowers Bloom a Delicious Menu at TREE by NAKED Yoyogi Park
Spring has arrived at TREE by NAKED Yoyogi Park, a cafe run by NAKED that’s located in Yoyogi Park in Shibuya, Tokyo. On Monday, the cafe launched a seasonal menu which incorporates a variety of spring flowers like cherry blossoms, showy’s baby breath from Kumamoto, keiou-zakura from Yamagata, and more.
TREE by NAKED Yoyogi Park first opened in July 2017. It’s an experience-based art restaurant where customers can enjoy Japan’s latest cutting edge technology and next-generation gastronomy. Its popularity has risen rapidly, earning itself a reputation for offering an experience that stimulates all five of the senses, as well as for its photogenic interior decor.
With the pandemic restricting travel in Japan, people are unable to visit places far away across the country, and so the cafe is bringing a little bit of different places around Japan, namely their flowers, in collaboration with JA Kumamoto Uki and JA Yamagata.
Kumamoto is the only place in Japan that grows show’s baby breath. They are raised with the prefecture’s rich water and soil to blossom beautiful white and pink. These flowers can not only be enjoyed at TREE by NAKED Yoyogi Park as decorations, but customers can actually buy a bouquet of them too. Thanks to the skills of producers, the flowers can be grown out of season over a long period running from December to April, allowing people to enjoy their gorgeous springtime hues even if it’s not spring.
Açaí Lemonade – Eat In ¥825 / Takeout ¥810
Cherry Blossom & Strawberry Nicecream – Eat In ¥770 / Takeout ¥756
“Power & Healthly” are the concepts for the lunch and cafe-time menu which includes both food and drink. The cafe’s popular homemade açaí lemonade has been turned into a springtime version with fresh cherry blossom petals. There’s also a vegan-friendly ice cream made with banana, avocado, soy milk, and a blend of strawberry and cherry blossom. It has a slight salt tang to it.
Vegan Cherry Blossom Latte – Eat In ¥770 / Takeout ¥756
Vegan Avocado & Sprout Sandwich – Eat In ¥1,100 / Takeout ¥1,080
The cafe’s popular cherry blossom latte from last year returns with a soy milk base. There’s also sandwiches, including a vegan one fried in coconut oil.
Strawberry Mille-Feuille – Eat In ¥1,650
The cafe’s strawberry mille-feuille is so popular that they have to make a limited batch each day. It’s even been featured on Instagram. With the strawberry season here, customers can enjoy fresh whole strawberries topping their dessert.
The cafe will also be running an evening cafe and bar experience with a range of desserts, food, and alcohol.
Released: March 15, 2021
Where: TREE by NAKED Yoyogi Park
Address: 1-10-2 Tomigaya, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00 (EVENING CAFÉ & BAR TIME from 16:00) *Last orders at 19:00
TREE by NAKED Yoyogi Park Official Website: https://tree.naked.works/yoyogi/
Snoopy Cherry Blossom Marshmallow Latte and Lemonade Serve Up at PEANUTS Cafe Nakameguro This Spring
PEANUTS Cafe Nakameguro is now serving up two new cherry blossom beverages for the spring season: the Sakura Lemonade and Sakura Charred Marshmallow Latte, both of which are now available to order until April 11.
Sakura Charred Marshmallow Latte ¥700 (Before Tax) / Sakura Lemonade ¥650 (Before Tax)
PEANUTS Cafe Nakameguro serves limited-time drinks every cherry blossom season in Japan, and this year is no different. Both beverages capture the cute pink tones of the country’s national flower which invite feelings of springtime walks and Hanami flower viewing.
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PEANUTS Cafe Nakameguro Spring 2021 Drinks
Serving: March 20, 2021 – April 11, 2021
Address: PEANUTS Cafe Nakameguro, 2-16-8 Aobadai, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Official Website: http://www.peanutscafe.jp/
Kirby Café Begins Serving its Spring Picnic Themed Menu
The Kirby Café branches in Tokyo and Hakata rolled out their Spring 2021 menu on Friday which is set to run until June 6. Themed on a springtime picnic, the line-up includes three items: six siz different temari-zushi servings, cherry blossom mochi, and a cherry blossom latte, all inspired by the Kirby video game series.
Cherry Blossom Temari-zushi: Eat In ¥2,178 / Takeout ¥2,138
A serving of six sushi rolls perfect for a spring picnic. Each roll features designs that will be instantly-recognisable to Kirby fans.
Souvenir – Lunchbox (4 Designs)
Kirby’s Spring Search | ¥1,078 (Tax Included)
Kirby is playing hide and seek under the cherry blossom tree in this cute dish which is adorned with shiny coloured candy.
Cherry Blossom Latte | ¥968 (Tax Included)
A light pink-coloured cherry blossom latte with a touch of salt. Mix everything together for a tasty sipping experience.
Kirby’s Spring Picnic Fair Menu
Japanese Menu Name: 春のまんまるピクニック フェア
Running: March 19, 2021 – June 6, 2021
Where: Kirby Café TOKYO / Kirby Café HAKATA
Table Reservations: Book at the links below
・Kirby Café TOKYO https://kirbycafe-reserve.com/guest/tokyo/
・Kirby Café HAKATA https://kirbycafe-reserve.com/guest/hakata/
Kirby Café Official Website: https://kirbycafe.jp
Cherry Blossom Loungewear Collection by gelato pique Arrives in Time For Spring
18.March.2021 | FASHION
Japanese luxury loungewear brand gelato pique is readying itself for spring with its new pink cherry blossom-inspired ‘SAKURA COLLECTION,’ set to release at gelato pique stores and its online store on March 19.
‘Smoothie Light’ Scallop Cardigan ¥6,820 (Tax Included) / ‘Smoothie Light’ Scallop Long Cardigan ¥7,480 (Tax Included)’
The ‘Smoothie’ cardigans are made of light material that’s smooth to the touch and come in cute designs.
Petal Motif Satin Shirt ¥6,820 (Tax Included) / Petal Motif Satin Short Pants ¥4,620 (Tax Included)
Pink satin loungewear adorned with gorgeous petals.
Tiered Dress ¥8,140 (Tax Included)
An airy cotton dress with a beautiful feminine silhouette.
Organdy Eco Bag ¥2,640 (Tax Included) / Mask Pouch ¥2,420 (Tax Included) / Mesh Mini Pouch ¥2,640 (Tax Included) / Mesh Pouch ¥2,640 (Tax Included) / Mesh Vanity Pouch ¥3,520 (Tax Included)
Sort your cosmetics and bits ‘n’ bobs with this heart-filled collection of pouches, and store your face mask away safely with the mask pouch.
Hair Mist ¥1,870 (Tax Included) / Hand Soap ¥1,034 (Tax Included)
gelato pique’s popular hair mist and hand soap arrive in spring season limited-edition packaging.
Nenrinya to Appear at SOGO Hiroshima’s Baumkuchen Exhibition
Famous Japanese baumkuchen confectionery brand Nenrinya is set to appear at the upcoming baumkuchen exhibition that will take place at SOGO Hiroshima from March 18 to 23.
Nenrinya is a Ginza-based baumkuchen brand known for its iconic white noren entry curtain. Its high quality cakes are loved by the people of Tokyo, and now, the people of Hiroshima will get to tuck into their delights. The brand are serving their signature Mount Baum Firm Sprout, Straight Baum Soft Sprout, and their famous spring season Cherry Blossom Country Mount Baum.
Mount Baum Firm Sprout – Single Bag ¥756 / Whole ¥1,080
Nenrinya’s Mount Baum Firm Sprout is a butter-filled delight that’s crunchy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. This cake is baked over a long period of time to elevate its delicious flavour.
Straight Baum Soft Sprout – ¥1,080
This softer version has been described as a ‘castella-like baumkuchen.’ It’s a juicy cake made with lots of eggs.
Cherry Blossom Country Mount Baum – Slice ¥756
Each and every layer of this cherry blossom flavoured baumkuchen is carefully cooked to perfection. Its fragrance and colour is reminiscent of the Japanese cherry blossoms season and Hanami.
Running: March 18, 2021 – March 23, 2021
Where: SOGO Hiroshima Floor 9F
Nenrinya Official Website: https://www.nenrinya.jp/
Enjoy Japanese Cherry Blossoms From Your Home With teamLab’s ‘Sakura Bombing Home’
16.March.2021 | FASHION
Japanese art collective teamLab launched their new Sakura Bombing Home experience on March 10 which lets people enjoy Japanese cherry blossoms from the comfort of their own home using digital devices. The service is running until April 30, 2021.
Sakura Bombing Home
How to Participate
Firstly, download drawing paper at teamLab’s official website. There are numerous cherry blossom designs to choose from and colour in either on your smartphone or by printing and colouring by hand.
Next, upload your completed cherry blossom illustration.
Your submitted cherry blossom art and other people’s from around the world will be compiled into a single art piece to be showcased on YouTube Live.
Finally, you can download your flower art after submission. This is a great opportunity to enjoy Japanese cherry blossom without being in Japan, as well as to stay safe during the spring season if you are in Japan.
teamLab is represented by Pace Gallery, Martin Browne Contemporary and Ikkan Art International.
Mister Donut Japan Releases Limited-Edition Cherry Blossom and Matcha Doughnuts
15.March.2021 | FOOD
Mister Donut Japan released a tasty collection of limited-edition doughnuts in collaboration with Japan’s famous tea shop Gion Tsujiri on Friday (March 12).
Sakura Mochi Doughnut With Cherry Blossom Bean Paste
Sakura Mochi Doughnut With Uji Matcha Chocolate
Sakura Mochi Doughnut With Uji Matcha Whipped Cream
Warabimochi With Cherry Blossom Bean Paste & Uji Matcha Whipped Cream
Warabimochi With Uji Matcha Whipped Cream
The doughnuts are a springtime mix and match of cherry blossom and matcha, the latter of which comes from Gion Tsujiri who have chosen the first picks of Uji matcha leaves for the collaboration. Pick between classic doughnuts as well as warabimochi-style ones glazed with lots of sweet treats.
misdo meets Gion Tsujiri – 1st Doughnut Collection: Blossoming Matcha
Serving: March 12, 2021 – Mid April 2021
Official Website: https://www.misterdonut.jp
This One Plate Cherry Blossom Dessert is Like a Work of Art
Lounge South Court, a restaurant located inside Hotel Century Southern Tower in Tokyo, is now serving up an extremely beautiful one-plate dessert for the spring season which it has called “Ichi-go Ichi-e,” the same words for the Japanese proverb that translates to “once in a lifetime.” It’s being served until May 31.
The dessert is plated in such a way as to represent a cherry blossom flower, assorted with an ambrosial ensemble of cherry blossom rice pudding, uguisu-mochi red bean paste-filled rice cake dusted with green soy flour, blackcurrant and vanilla mousse, fresh fruit, and more. It’s also served with green tea made using chagusaba, a traditional method of tea-making that is recognised as a “Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System.”
Ichi-go Ichi-e ¥2,000 / With Green Tea ¥2,500 (Tax Included)
Between April 16 and May 31, the flower pattern will be changed from being adorned with cherry blossom petals to fresh verdure.
The Dessert Ensemble
・Cherry blossom rice pudding
・Red bean paste and chocolate uguisu-mochi
・Strawberry ice cream wafer
・Matcha and mascarpone cheese chiffon cake
・Blackcurrant and vanilla kuzu-mochi
Japanese Dish Name: シェフパティシエ特製 和風スイーツ “一期一会”
Running: March 1, 2021 – May 31, 2021
Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00 (Food Last Orders 20:00 / Drink Last Orders 20:30)
Where: Lounge South Court (Hotel Century Southern Tower Floor 20F)
Official Website: https://www.southerntower.co.jp/restaurant_lounge/southcourt/menu/
Cat Day 2021: Japan Celebrates the Day of Cats With Pop-Up Shops and Events
06.February.2021 | FASHION
BS TV Tokyo is celebrating Japan’s Cat Day, which falls on February 22, by opening pop-up shops at ten Book1st stores and two Marui stores which will run from February 1 to 28.
The pop-up shops will feature a feline-filled wealth of reading material and merchandise based on popular cat characters in Japan, like Tom & Jerry, Kuroro, Nanana, and more. And if you head to the Nakano branch of Book1st and visit their 2nd floor cafe “Cafe nota nova,” there’ll be some decorative cat-themed displays on show. During the pop-up shops’ openings, all who buy goods and books related to the event will receive a free folder too.
If you love cats, and are in Japan this month, then don’t miss out on this special event in the run up to Cat Day!
Cat Day Pop-Up Shops
Running: February 1, 2021 – February 28, 2021
Book1st Participating Branch List
Locations: Shinjuku, Nakano, Aobadai, LUMINE Kita-Senju, LUMINE Kagagoe, Mosaic Mall Kohoku, Shapo Ichikawa, Bono Sagamiono, Hankyu Nishinomiya Gardens, Ebista Nishinomiya
Running: February 1, 2021 – February 28, 2021
Marui Participating Branch List
Marui Kichijoji (February 16 – 28)
Shinjuku Marui Annex (February 22 – 28)
Event Details: https://www.bs-tvtokyo.co.jp/catday2021/