Cherry Blossom Inspired Food & Drink in Japan: Spring 2018 – Part Two

04.March.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

Spring can already be seen on our calendars, but it’s sure still chilly, isn’t it?

Today, we’re taking another look at cute spring-inspired sweets which can’t wait for the Hanami season.

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Patisserie Kihachi
Patisserie Kihachi will sell all kinds of cherry blossom sweets at select branches in Japan starting February 28th for a limited period. Look forward to tucking into some kawaii springtime delights such as their “Mont Blanct Sakura” that has a faint smell of cherry blossoms, and the cherry blossom leaf inspired “Verrine Sakura.”

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/90609

 

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Patisserie Kihachi
Website: http://www.kihachi.jp/patisserie/

 

 

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Pie Face
Pie Face is a pie shop that originates from Australia. Stores in Japan are set to release two new items: the “Mochi Mochi Warabi Mochi” and “Funwari Sakura Latte.” The former comes in the shop’s signature pie face pie with a cherry blossom flavour, while the latte is topped with cherry blossom flakes, evoking the call of spring.

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/88796

 

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Happy Spring Pie Face (Japan only)
Mochi Mochi Warabi Mochi (¥345) – Available from 1 February 2018
Funwari Sakura Latte (¥421) – Available from 1 February 2018 to early April
*New products are limited in stock apart from the “Sakura Latte.”
*Above prices include tax.
Branches: Pie Face Shibuya MODI / Maihama Ikspiari / Ekimaru Osaka

Website: http://www.duskin.co.jp/service/pieface/

 

 

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Starbucks Coffee
Starbucks chains in Japan are currently selling cherry blossom flavoured coffee and beverages as well their ‘sakura season’ tumblers and mugs that are popular every year. There are 3 drinks to look forward to sipping, all inspired by cherry blossoms: a latte, frappuchino and tea! The secret ingredient added to the drinks are sake lees, making them very elegant drinks indeed.

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/90669

 

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“Sakura Strawberry Pink Mochi Frappuccino®”
Tall 580 yen (other sizes are not available)

“Sakura Strawberry Pink Milk Latte”
Short ¥430 / Tall ¥470 / Grande ¥510 / Venti® ¥550

“Sakura Strawberry Pink Tea”
Short ¥430 / Tall ¥470 / Grande ¥510 / Venti® ¥550
*Prices above do not include tax.

Available: 15 February 2018 – 14 March 2018
Available at select Starbucks chains across Japan.
*Limited supply.

Website: http://www.starbucks.co.jp

 

 

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YOKU MOKU Aoyhama Honten BLUE BRICK LOUNGE
Yoku Moku’s line-up features crème brûlée, a cake and a tea set that include cherry blossom and strawberry toppings to excite the mood of spring. These sweets are sure to tickle the fancy of girls.

 

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YOKU MOKU Aoyhama Honten BLUE BRICK LOUNGE
Available: 20 February 2018 – 19 April 2018

Sakura Crème Brûlée
Price: ¥1,300円 (w/ tax ¥1,404)

Blue Brick Tea Set
Price: ¥2,400 for one person (w/ tax ¥2,592)

Sakura
Price: ¥580 (Shop) / ¥680 (Lounge)
With Tax: ¥626 (Shop) / ¥734 (Lounge)

YOKU MOKU Aoyhama Honten
Address: 5-3-3 Minamiaoyama, Minato, Tokyo
TEL: 03-5485-3330 (SHOP) / 03-5485-3340 (LOUNGE)
Opening Hours: SHOP 10:00-19:00 / BLUE BRICK LOUNGE 10:00-23:00 (Sundays & Holidays 10:00-19:00)
Website:  https://www.yokumoku.co.jp/

 

 

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Afternoon Tea
The theme of the new spring menu coming to Afternoon Tea is “Once Upon A Spring Day.” Available from March 6th, the menu includes a range of sweets, drinks and merchandise, such as a cherry blossom parfait filled with rice flour dumplings and syrup-covered anko, and a Hanami inspired tea set.”

 

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Afternoon Tea TEAROOM/BAKERY/Love&Table/TEASTAND
Available: 6 March 2018 – 28 March 2018 *”Flower version” available early from 1 March.
Spring Menu Details: https://www.afternoon-tea.net/article/seasonal-menu/spring-menu-180221/

 

 

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Gin no Budo
Located in Ginza, Tokyo, Gin no Budo has a long history. Their longtime spring seller “Ooki na Sakura no Hanabira no Pai” will be available this year too. They are crunchy pies shaped like big cherry blossom leaves. They smell buttery and are coated with shiny pink sugar and sprinkled with shredded cherry blossom leaves. Enjoy their crunchy, fried texture.

 

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Sakura Pai
Price: ¥500 for 6 (w/ tax ¥540) / ¥1,000 for 12 (w/ tax ¥1,080) / ¥1,500 for 18 (w/ tax ¥1,620)
Available: 8 February 2018 to early April
*Sets of 6 and 12 are also sold specially during New Year’s for a limited period.
Sold at Gin no Budo stores across Japan (and select sister stores).

Official Online Shop: http://www.paqtomog.com
Official Homepage: http://www.ginnobudo.jp/

 

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  • 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.

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

    22.February.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

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

     

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

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

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

     

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

     

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    Snoopy Hinadan Kazari

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

    Running: February 15, 2018 – March 3, 2018

    *Product sales will be discontinued once all are sold out

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

     

     

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    “Hina Roll” Takarazuka Hotel

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

     

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

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

    Price: 400 yen each / pair – 750 yen

     

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

    Address: 1-46, Umenocho, Takarazukashi, Hyogoshi

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

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

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

     

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    “Sakurasaku” Furumachi Koji Seizojo

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

     

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    Price: 1,296 yen (tax included)

    Content: 500ml

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

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

    “Furumachi Koji Seizojo” Furumachi main store / Kurazashiki Store

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

     

     

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    “Hina Chirashizushi” Washoku Mendokoro Sagami

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

     

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

    Available restaurant: Washoku Mendokoro Sagami (128 restaurants)

    Prices:

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

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

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

     

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

     

     

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

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

     

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

    Hinamatsuri Cake 2018:

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    Cake.jpサイト:https://cake.jp/

     

     

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    “Disney Girls Collection” Ginza Cozy Corner

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

     

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

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

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

     

     

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    “Hinamatsuri MIX” papabubble

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

     

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

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

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

     

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

     

     

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

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

     

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

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

    Venue: Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu 25F

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

     

    Official website

    Hinamatsuri Gozen

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

     

    Hinamatsuri Lunch

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

     

     

    Why not celebrate Hinamatsuri with you family.

  • Experience Tokyo’s Illuminated Cherry Blossoms at Night: 7 Recommended Spots

    09.February.2018 | Uncategorized

    Japan’s cherry blossom season is almost here! While it’s most definitely a beautiful sight to see the flowers during the day, we also recommend making a trip to see them at nighttime too.

     

    Here’s a list of 7 spots you should stop by in Tokyo to see the illuminated cherry blossoms this year.

     

    Chidorigafuchi Moat

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    Chidorigafuchi is known as one of the best locations to see cherry blossoms in Tokyo. When the Yoshino Cherry trees are in full bloom along the grand moat, many people turn up to see the spectacle whether it’s a weekday or weekend. You can rent a boat and sail along the moat while gazing at spring’s awakening.

     

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    Address: 2 Kudanminami, Chiyoda, Tokyo

    Best Cherry Blossom Viewing Time: End of March – Beginning of April

    Illumination Time: Sunset (around 6pm) to 10pm *subject to change or cancellation in case of bad weather

     

     

    Rikugien Garden

    The lush Rikugien Garden is a 7-minute walk from Komagome Station. It’s a typical example of a garden from the Edo period where the daimyo lords would stroll, and is famous for its Shidarezakura, or “Cheal’s Weeping Cherry” trees. There is a tea house in the garden where you can enjoy snacking on traditional Japanese wagashi and drinking tea. The Bunkyo Green Court and other commercial facilities also neighbour the garden, making it a fun day out for the family.

     

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    Address: 6 Honkomagome, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo

    Best Cherry Blossom Viewing Time: Middle of March – Beginning of April

    Website: https://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/park/format/index031.html

     

    Rikugien Garden “Shidarezakura & Daimyo Garden Illuminations”

    Running: March 16th to April 6th
    Time: 9:00-21:00  (illuminations from sunset onwards)
    *The park closing time is extended to 21:00 for the event.

    *For safety reasons, entry will be limited from 16:30 onwards.

     

     

    Meguro River

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    Meguro River is a famous cherry blossom location in Tokyo, where cherry blossom trees line almost 4km along the river. Simply take a stroll and take in scene, and take some photos at the hugely popular photo spot along the bridge.

     

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    Address: 3-1 Higashiyama to 2-9 Shimomeguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo

    Best Cherry Blossom Viewing Time: End of March – Beginning of April

    Illumination Time: Sunset – 21:00

     

     

    Ueno Park

    Ueno Park is just 2-minutes on foot from Ueno Station. As well as having an art gallery, museum, and zoo, Ueno Park is one of the most popular cherry blossom spots in Tokyo, with both locals and tourists gathering to soak up the mesmerizing foliage.

     

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    Address: 3 Ikenohata, Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo

    Best Cherry Blossom Viewing Time: End of March – Beginning of April

    Illumination Time: 17:30-20:00 (March 18th – April 9th scheduled – will begin from the day on which the park’s full bloom is announced)

     

     

    Tokyo Midtown

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    Head on over to Toshimaen, an amusement park, for a fun day out and stay after-hours to experience their "Sakura Nights" where a fantastic display of 500 cherry blossom trees will be lit up from sundown. Enjoy a hanami where the cherry blossoms turn even more enchanting at night. Immerse yourself in the experience even more by snuggling under a kotatsu with the park's "Enkai Plan."

     

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    Address: 3-25-1 Koyama, Nerima-ku, Tokyo

    Best Cherry Blossom Viewing Time: End of March - Beginning of April

    Illumination Time: Sunset to 20:00 (March 24th - April 5th)

    Website: http://www.toshimaen.co.jp

     

     

    Yaesu Sakura-dori, Nihonbashi

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    Spanning the length from Tokyo Station's Yaesu North Exit to Kayabacho are 150 cherry blossom trees. The area from Sotobo-dori to Showa-dori will become pedestrian paradise as it will be lit up once night falls. Whether you roll up during the day or at night, you'll get your fill of springtime while you're in the center of Tokyo metropolis. What's better is that you can walk there from Tokyo Station.

     

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    Address: 1 Chome Yaesu / 2 Chome & 3 Chome Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

    Best Cherry Blossom Viewing Time: End of March - Beginning of April

    Illumination Time: 17:00-23:00 (end of March - April 9th)

     

     

    Did any of these cherry blossom spots peak your interest? Make sure you get to experience multiple illuminated locations if you're in Tokyo this spring.

     

  • Seven “experience spring” plans of “Hoshinoya” throughout Japan

    29.January.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Hoshino Resort is an accommodation brand which has more than 30 accommodations throughout Japan including “onsen” accommodations called, “Kai,” resort hotels called, “Resonale,” and Japanse-style resort hotels called “Hoshinoya.” In this article, I will introduce to you some experience-based plans to enjoy the spring season produced by “Hoshinoya.”

     

    Hoshinoya Karuizawa “Datsu Digital Taizai 2018”

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    “Hoshinoya Karuizawa” located it Nagano Prefecture, Karuizawa will hold a three-day and two-night program of enjoying the nature in Karuizawa without carrying any digital gadgets called “Datsu Digital Taizai 2018” from the 1st of March, 2018 to the 20th of July. Most people in this modern age are using PCs and smartphones daily and some of them are building up stress inside their mind. This program offers an experience of enjoying the nature of Karuizawa and playing with horses so as to release the stress of the participators.

     

    Detailed information:

    https://hoshinoya.com/karuizawa/experience/datsudigital-2018/

     

     

     

    Hoshinoya Tokyo “Tokyo / Yozakura Fune Asobi”

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    “Hoshinoya Tokyo” will hold an activity titled, “Tokyo Yozakura Fune Asobi” where participators can enjoy the night view of cherry blossoms while riding on a boat and going on a night cruise from the 25th of March to  the 10th of April. The boat will depart from Nihonbashi (bridge) which is 5 minutes by car from Hoshinoya Tokyo and pass Sumida River, Tajima Coast and Oyokogawa where they can view beautiful cherry blossoms. This is a 60- minute boat tour. The contrast between cherry blossoms and the night view of Tokyo is magical and superb. Also, participators can wear light-colored clothes and do up their hair. Let’s enjoy the night view and the cherry blossoms viewed from a boat while eating a bento box-lunch of “Shin Kaika” and drinking nihonsyu (Japanese sake).

     

    Detailed information:https://hoshinoya.com/tokyo/

    Detailed information:https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/86754

     

     

     

    Hoshinoya Fuji “Haru no Syuryoniku Dinner”

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    “Hoshinoya Fuji” located in Yamanashi Prefecture will offer “Haru no Syuryoniku Dinner” which is an experience based on a “Dutch-oven dinner” course from the 16th of March 2018 to the 30th of June. This dinner is a spring version of the dinner course that uses “venison” and “brawn” and other spring ingredients. The course is very healthy since it uses lots of wild vegetables and spring vegetables.

     

    Detailed information:https://hoshinoya.com/fuji/dining/

     

     

     

    Hoshinoya Kyoto “Takeno Yusan”

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    “Hoshinoya Kyoto,” an accommodation located in Arashiyama, Kyoto with a beautiful river-view, will hold a program called, “Takenoko Yusan” where you can harvest takenokos (bamboo sprouts), then learn how to cook them and eat them from the 25th of March 2018 to the 15th of April. In this program, you can enjoy harvesting takenokos in mountain bamboo groves where you cannot normally enter. After harvesting takenokos, you can enjoy eating dishes using the takenokos you harvested at your evening meal at Hoshinoya Kyoto. Then, on the next day, you can participate in the workshop held by the head chef of Hoshinoya Kyoto and learn how to cook takenoko. It is a program where you can enjoy learning about the harvesting of takenoko which is a standard ingredient of Kyoto cuisine.

     

    Detailed information:https://hoshinoya.com/kyoto/experience/takenoko/

     

     

     

    Hoshinoya Kyoto “Okuarashiyama no Hanami Toryu”

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    This is also a program offered by Hoshinoya Kyoto. Four cherry-blossom viewing activities will be held from the 25th of March 2018 to the 15th  of April. You can enjoy the view of Okuarashiyama by participating in the event called, “Harutsuyu no Noyusan,” an early-morning hiking where you can enjoy the view of Okuarashiyama from the observation deck, “Sakurabune” where you can enjoy the view of cherry blossoms while riding on a boat, “Sakura Chakai” where you can enjoy a tea party in front of Yamazakura and “Yozakura Dinner” where you can enjoy eating dinner in front of the lit up cherry blossoms of Okuarashiyama.

     

    Detailed information:https://hoshinoya.com/kyoto/

     

     

     

    Hoshinoya Kyoto “Mizube no Kojitsu / Haru”

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    They will hold an accomodation-based spa program “Mizube no Kojitsu / Haru” from the 1st of March 2018 to the 31st of May. “Mizube no Kojitsu” is a two-day and one-night personal spa program” based on Eastern medicine. Also, this program includes another program of learning how to make healthy Japanese desserts from artisans. Moreover, they will offer a time where the  participants can refresh their body and mind by offering herb roots/tree bark teas, acupuncture treatment and a lecture on body exercise.

     

    Detailed information:http://hoshinoyakyoto.jp/#/spa/spa01

     

     

     

    Hoshinoya Taketomijima “Iriomote Jungle Butler / Haru”

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    “Hoshinoya Taketomijima” located on Taketom Island, Okinawa will hold an activity tour which a jungle guide of Iriomote Island (a person who knows well about the island” will guide the participants around the island. The content and schedule of the tour can be decided at will with the jungle guide. You can experience the tropical jungle of Iriomote Island while staying at Taketomi Island where the traditional culture of Okinawa still remains such as red tile, shiisa (lion shaped monuments) and white sand roads.

     

    Detailed information:https://hoshinoya.com/taketomijima/

     

     

     

    Let’s enjoy the gorgeous accommodation plans of Hoshino Resort.

     

     

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    Hoshino Resort:http://www.hoshinoresort.com/

     

  • Japanese Hanami Reference Guide: 2018 Edition

    27.January.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Wintertime closure draws close, and soon the cherry blossoms (sakura in Japanese) will be in full bloom in Japan.

     

    Today, we will take a look at last year’s regional data for Japan’s cherry blossom front.

    *Source: Japan Meteorological Agency

     

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    Visit Okinawa to see the cherry blossoms bloom early from January
    Okinawa’s cherry blossom season runs from January through February. The hikanzakura flower is one different from the Japan’s mainland cherry blossom and glares a deep pink colour like peaches and Japanese ume. Its characteristic is its tendency to bloom downwards.

     

    Hanami in Okinawa is celebrated differently than mainland Japan. You won’t see people setting up chairs to eat picnics and drink sake in Okinawa. Enjoy your Hanami in Okinawa by strolling through the tunnels of cherry blossom trees and taking photos.

    2016 – First Bloom: January 14th | Full Bloom: February 8th
    2017 – First Bloom: January 18th | Full Bloom: February 4th

     

     

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    The nation-wide peak bloom time in Japan is March.

    Fukuoka
    The Kyushu region of Japan has warm weather, so fully bloomed cherry blossoms appear earlier there than in Tokyo. “Nishi Park” in Fukuoka is a recommended spot by locals to enjoy Hanami where almost 1,300 cherry blossom trees stand beautifully. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that every Fukuoka citizen has been to Nishi Park at least once.

    2016 – First Bloom: March 25th | Full Bloom: April 5th
    2017 – First Bloom: March 23rd | Full Bloom: April 1st

     

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    Kyoto
    Kyoto is generally more crowded during the sakura season because of tourists and sightseers. The streets of Kyoto have a deep-rooted history, and the spectacular view of them lined with cherry blossom trees is a popular sight to see. You can also enjoy the cherry blossoms at night, a completely different Hanami experience, as temples and such are lit up as night falls.

    2016 – First Bloom: March 31st | Full Bloom: April 7th
    2017 – First Bloom: March 28th | Full Bloom: April 5th

     

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    Osaka
    Each year, the cherry blossoms in Osaka bloom around the same time as in Kyoto. Osaka Castle Park was chosen as one of the 100 best places to see cherry blossoms in Japan, where you can encounter a fascinating sight of both a castle and cherry blossoms in the same place.

    2016 – First Bloom: March 30th | Full Bloom: April 6th
    2017 – First Bloom: March 28th | Full Bloom: April 5th

     

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    Nagoya
    There are many Hanami spots to visit in Nagoya, from inner-city parks to tree-lined streets and avenues. There are also food stalls set up so you can enjoy food and flowers to your heart’s content.

     

    2016 – First Bloom: March 28th | Full Bloom: April 6th
    2017 – First Bloom: March 26th | Full Bloom: April 3rd

     


    Tokyo
    Tokyo is absolutely brimming with fantastic Hanami spots, a lot of which are very close to train stations, making them easily accessible. The hugely popular Meguro River and Inokashira Park are always bustling with people around this season.

     

    2016 – First Bloom: March 21st | Full Bloom: April 2nd
    2017 – First Bloom: March 26th | Full Bloom: April 3rd

     

     

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    Flowers bloom from early April in the Tohoku region
    The cherry blossoms come out much later in the Tohoku Region compared to other regions around Japan. In places where the sea level is high, you can also enjoy the flowers in May. One of the most famous locations is Miharu Takizakura in Fukuoka Prefecture. Recognized as one of Japan’s 3 biggest cherry trees and a designated national treasure, the tree stands at a towering 12 meters tall, and the cherry blossom bloomed branches stick out almost double that on each side. This 1,000 year old tree is a must-see.

     

    2016 – First Bloom: April 10th | Full Bloom: April 14th
    2017 – First Bloom: April 11th | Full Bloom: April 16th

     

     

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    Cherry blossoms appear late April in Hokkaido
    In Hokkaido, you can look forward to seeing a variety of different sakura, from the nation-wide Yoshino Cherry to the deep-pink Sargent’s cherry and chishimazakura, whose colour changes across the cherry blossom season from the first bloom to full bloom. And if you’re lucky enough to be there when snow falls out of season, you’ll have the amazing opportunity to see a magical scene of snowy sakura.

     

    2016 – First Bloom: April 28th | Full Bloom: May 3rd
    2017 – First Bloom: May 3rd | Full Bloom: May 7th

     

     

    Did you enjoy this list? If you’re travelling to Japan for Hanami then be sure to use this article for reference.

  • 6 Best Hanami Spots in Japan: March 2018 Edition

    25.January.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

    ‘Hanami,’ the Japanese tradition of flower-viewing, is a must-do when visiting Japan in springtime. Today, we’re taking an early look at some of the best spots to see Japan’s cherry blossoms during the hanami season in March.

     

     

    Mitsuike Park (Kanaga Prefecture)

     

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    Covering an area of 29.7 hectares, this huge park is also known as “Hyakuju no Mori” for its lush greenery. The trees are surrounded by three ponds, which is where the park gets it name “mitsuike” from (3 ponds), and Yoshino Cherries bloom flowers, gorgeously decorating the waterside. The beauty of Mitsuike Park made it one of the 100 most famous locations for cherry blossoms in Japan. There are 70 varieties of cherry blossoms that flower the environment, from campanulata, which bloom from the start of February, to rarer types such as the yellow ‘ukon’ sakura and yokohamahizakura.

     

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    Mitsuike Park

    Address: 1-1 Mitsuike Park, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa Prefecture

    Webpage: http://www.kanagawaparks.com/mitsuike/

     

     

    Kawazuzakura (Shizuoka Prefecture)

     

    The ‘kawazuzakura’ is a natural crossbreed of campanulata and the early-blooming Oshima cherry. This breed has a reputation for flowering before other cherry blossoms. Almost 8,000 trees decorate the Kawazu River around town. The kawazuzakura was also chosen as Shizuoka Prefecture’s number 2 cherry blossom, making this a popular spot for hanami.

     

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    Kawazuzakura

    Address: Around the region of – Hama, Kawazu, Kamo District, Shizuoka Prefecture

    Webpage: http://www.kawazuzakura.net

     

     

    Sakuma Dam Park (Chiba Prefecture)

     

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    Sakuma Dam is a place of relaxation and refreshment upstream Sakuma River where you can enjoy hiking and camping amongst daffodils, ume and azalea. Many cherry blossoms bloom there including the early-bloomer kawazuzakura, Yoshino cherry, shidarezakura, and yaedazakura, making a great spot for hanami and a location where you can enjoy the cherry blossoms over a long period.

     

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    Sakuma Dam Park

    Address: 39 Okuzure, Awagunkyonanmachi, Chiba Prefecture

    Webpage: http://sakumadam.com

     

     

    Kyunakagawamizube Park (Tokyo)

     

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    This park is maintained as a place for relaxation where cherry blossom loving locals plant cherry trees. This one’s also home to the kawazuzakura, and since a wide variety of trees are planted, you can enjoy the cherry blossom season even longer. It’s popular as a hidden, tucked-away gem of a location as it rarely appears on maps.

     

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    Kyunakagawamizube Park

    Address: 1-2 Higashisumida, Sumida-ku, Tokyo住所:東京都墨田区東墨田1~2丁目ほか

    Webpage: http://www.city.sumida.lg.jp/sisetu_info/kouen/kunai_park_annai/sumida_park/tac04000201104011347.html

     

     

    Hirano Shrine (Kyoto)

     

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    Hirano Shrine is famous for its cherry blossoms, a symbol of the enshrined gods’ vitality, which have been around since the Heian Period. It’s home to 400 trees comprised of 60 types of cherry blossoms. Expect to see the ‘momozakura’ which comes out at the beginning of March, as well as the famous ‘sakigake-sakura.’ The Yoshino will bloom at the end of April, followed by rare varieties that will flower one after the other. Hirano Shrine is Kyoto’s 5th most popular hanami spot.

     

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    Hirano Shrine

    Address: 1 Hirano, Miyamotocho, Kita-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

    Opening Hours: 6:00-17:00 (flowering period until 21:00)

    Homepage: http://www.hiranojinja.com

     

     

    Rokugi-en (Tokyo)

     

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    Kigugi-en is a representative garden of the Edo period and designated ‘special place of scenic beauty’ as specified by the Japanese government. When the end of March rolls in, the heart of the garden is in full bloom with shidarezakura, a spectacular view that looks like a running waterfall. The shidarezakura can normally be seen before the Yoshino cherries and are truly a sight to see at nighttime.

     

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    Rokugi-en

    Address: 6-16-3 Honkomagome, Bunkyo, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 9:00-17:00 (last entries 16:30)

    Webpage: https://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/park/format/index031.html

     

     

    Did you enjoy our special selection? For full details on the various locations at the cherry blossoms, be sure to visit the webpages (Japanese). ‘Hanami’ is an important tradition in Japan – the magnificent cherry blossoms absolute must-see, so don’t miss out.

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  • See Tokyo’s Cherry Blossoms at the SAKURA FES NIHONBASHI/OFF TO MEET Event

    17.January.2020 | SPOT

    SAKURA FES NIHONBASHI/OFF TO MEET is set to take place in the Nihonbashi, Yaesu and Kyobashi areas of Tokyo from March 15 to April 5 this year.

    This marks the 7th run of the event. Naoki Ono, the chief editor of Kohkoku magazine, was invited on board as creative director for this year’s event, which promises plenty of cherry blossom-themed activities and content which you won’t experience anywhere else.

     

    Running alongside the festival will be the Kengai・NIHONBASHI event which will take place on March 28 and 29. This two-day event encourages people to turn off their smartphones and spend some quality time in the real world away from the digital world. There will be a food market run by local famous restaurants of Nihonbashi, which is known for its incredible food, who are preparing some special bites to eat. There will also be live performances, a book market, and much more.

     

    SAKURA FES NIHONBASHI/OFF TO MEET Schedule

    The Tree Of Light –Akari Sakura-

    This cherry blossom art display will see around 100,000 LED lights bloom their beautiful radiance.

     

    Running: March 16, 2020 – March 31, 2020

    Location: COREDO Muromachi Terrace Main Roof

     

    Nihonbashi Art Street -Kotobana Mik

    Inspired by the weeping cherry trees that blossom in Nihonbashi during springtime, this art installation will react to people’s voices as they walk and talk around it, causing the trees to bloom.

     

    Running: March 16, 2020 – March 31, 2020

    Location: Naka-dori Street

     

    Sakura Menu Walk

    Around 120 participating restaurants and eateries will serve up special cherry blossom-inspired menus for the season. When you order any  of these menu items, you’ll receive a special novelty gift exclusive to the SAKURA FES NIHONBASHI/OFF TO MEET event.

     

    Running: March 15, 2020 – April 5, 2020

    Location: Restaurants in the Nihonbashi area

     

    Sakura Light Up

    The town’s major facilities and establishments will be adorned and lit up beautifully with cherry blossom pink, as well the rows of cherry trees along Edozakura-dori Street.

    Running: March 15, 2020 – April 5, 2020

    Location: Edozakura-dori Street / Facilities along Chuo-dori Street

     

    Kengai・NIHONBASHI Schedule

    Kengai・SACOCHE

    10,000 bags will be given away for free for locking your smartphone inside. This will enable attendees to enjoy the here and now of the event without being distracted by technology

     

    Location: Handed out around Fukutoku Shrine

     

    Kengai・BOOK MARKET

    The book market is offering a new way to encounter books. The stock will include those featured at the Eslite Spectrum Nihonbashi pop-up shop from September 2019, as well as a selection of books from around Japan.

     

     

    This is just a small look at what to look forward to at this year’s event, there is lots more planned. More details are to be announced in the coming months, so stay tuned.

  • Delicious Valentine’s Desserts and Drinks All Over Japan For You and Your Sweetheart

    12.January.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    As Valentine’s fever slowly sets in across Japan, for many of us, thoughts turn to what we could give to our lovers. For the rest of us, how about a  bit of self-love with a romantic dessert for one? Whether it’s for just yourself or that special someone, if you’re in Japan, you got to try one of these Valentine’s-limited desserts.

     

    Eggs ‘n Things

    Fondant Chocolate Strawberry Pancakes: ¥1,580 (Before Tax)

    Eggs ‘n Things Fondant Chocolate Strawberry Pancakes will be love at first bite. Hazelnut gianduia chocolate pancakes are topped with a luxurious mountain of fruity strawberries and drizzled with chocolate sauce for an overall mellow flavour. The pancakes come with a generous tower of whipped cream – a sweet treat perfect for you and your sweetie. 

     

    ▼Eggs ‘n Things

    Fondant Chocolate Strawberry Pancakes 

    Price: ¥1,580 (After Tax)
    Selling: January 16 – February 27, 2020
    Available At: Most Eggs ‘n Things restaurants across Japan

    Not Available At:
    ・EGGS’N THINGS Lalaport Nagoya minato AQULS
    ・EGGS’N THINGS Coffee OPA Takasaki
    ・EGGS’N THINGS Coffee Kashiwa Takashimaya Station Mall

    Official Website: https://www.eggsnthingsjapan.com/

     

    nana’s green tea

    Choco Orange Latte/Hōjicha Chocolate Brownie Parfait

    nana’s green tea is serving up a gorgeous Valentine’s latte and parfait topped with orange zest and gold leaf. The Choco Orange Latte is full of chocolatey goodness. The orange zest contributes a tangy kick to the sweet yet bitter chocolate latte. The Hōjicha Chocolate Brownie Parfait is topped with Valentine’s limited hōjicha chocolate brownie and hōjicha ice cream, drizzled with chocolate sauce and sprinkled with gold leaf. nana’s green tea is the perfect place to enjoy a sip of luxury with your lovebird. 

     

    ▼nana’s green tea

    Choco Orange Latte/Hōjicha Chocolate Brownie Parfait

    Selling: January 6 – February 14, 2020
    Available At: All nana’s green tea restaurants

    Please check the official website for pricing.

    Official Website: http://www.nanasgreentea.com/

     

    Sarabeth’s

    Choco Pudding French Toast: ¥1,600 (Before Tax)

     Sarabeth’s Choco Pudding French Toast is made with their special challah bread. The bread is toasted and topped with their popular Chocolate Pudding dessert. The beauty of this Valentine’s-limited dessert is captivating. Enjoy a moment of pure bliss with this luxury treat.

     

    ▼Sarabeth’s

    Choco Pudding French Toast

    Price: ¥1,600 (Before Tax)
    Selling: January 14 – February 14, 2020
    Available At: Sarabeth’s LUMINE Shinjuku, Shinagawa, Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka

    Official Website:http://sarabethsrestaurants.jp/

     

    Segafredo Zanetti Espresso

    Chocolat Peach Melba: ¥560 (After Tax)

    White chocolate is poured over a peach melba sauce made from peaches and raspberries. The barrister then seals the drink under a thick lid of their unique, smooth foam. The sweetness of the chocolate enjoys a fruity accent and the rich flavour of the milk will warm your body and your heart.

     

    ▼Segafredo Zanetti Espresso

    Chocolat Peach Melba

    Price: ¥560 (After Tax)
    Selling: January 7 – February 14, 2020
    Available At: All Segafredo Zanetti Espresso Cafés in Japan

    Official Website:https://www.segafredo.jp/

     

    Give yourself and/or your loved ones a wonderful treat this Valentine’s Day.

  • Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make My Melody Strawberry Purin

    12.January.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s easy recipe! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.

     

    As strawberries are currently in season in Japan, today we’ll be looking at an easy recipe for delicious strawberry purin. All you have to do is mix the ingredients and you’re done! In previous recipes, we’ve looked at purin recipes that involve decorating the inside of the glass. Many people commented that this is quite difficult so today we’ve got a recipe that is easy enough for even kids.

     

    Ingredients (For 2 Portions)

    Two small jars (this recipe uses Weck jars)

    200g Strawberries with stems and leaves removed (approximately one small pack)

    20g Sugar

    20ml Fresh Cream (or milk to substitute)

    5g Gelatin (dissolved in a tablespoon of water)

    ½ Teaspoon Lemon Juice

     

    To Decorate

    Premade Chocolate Decorations or Chocolate Slices (as you like)

    Strawberries to Decorate (as you like)

    Fresh Cream (As you Like)

    Chocolate Pen

     

    2: After removing the leaves and stems from the strawberries, blend them in a mixer.

     

    3: Heat the mixture in a microwave on 600w for 50 seconds. Afterwards, add the sugar, gelatin solution and lemon juice in that order. Finally, mix in the fresh cream.

    4: Meanwhile, press the premade chocolate decorations or sliced chocolate (white) into the inside wall of your jar.

    5: Use the chocolate pen to draw the face, strawberries and ribbons from the outside of the glass. If you make a mistake, wipe it off using kitchen paper and try again.

    6:Put the jar into the fridge for the chocolate to harden. Once the chocolate does not sink when the jar is placed upright, slowly add your strawberry mixture into the jar and put it back in the fridge until hard. After your dessert solidifies, you can add the finishing touches of whipped cream and strawberries.

    And you’re done!

     

    Kaori invites you into her world of character-themed food dishes in her recipe series. Be sure to check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!

     

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    I live in Hokkaido and I love to make character-themed foods, desserts and pastries♡I want to see my family smile, so I enjoy putting in a bit of effort to make character foods and changing food into something cute♡You can see more of my character foods and character bento boxes on my Instagram page→ @kaopan27

  • Check Out The New Desserts in The Strawberry World of Ichigo BonBonBerry This Season

    10.January.2020 | FOOD / SPOT

    Strawberry Shop Izunokuni Shizuoka Michi-no-Eki Izu no Heso ichigo BonBonBerry Izunokuni factory will be celebrating “ii ichigo no hi” (Good Strawberry Day) on January 15 by releasing new strawberry purin desserts which are full of strawberry goodness. 

    Committed to increasing love for strawberries, Michi-no-Eki Izu no Heso Ichigo BonbonBERRY Izunokuni factory sells a wide range of delicious strawberry-based foods as well as cute merchandise throughout the year. For example, strawberry-themed merchandise, jams, seasoning containing strawberries, desserts and much more. 

     

    Strawberry Parfaits

    Toge Toge Bonbon: ¥1800 (After Tax)

    The Toge Toge Bonbon parfait is full of impact and full of strawberries. The glass is filled with homemade no-bake cheesecake, milk purin, homemade strawberry jam and much more. As strawberries are currently in season, the parfait currently enjoys a sweeter flavour. The fruitiness balances out with the mildness of the cheesecake and leaves a refreshing aftertaste.

     

    Mix and Enjoy – Strawberry Pouch Pudding

    Strawberry Pouch Pudding: ¥650 (After Tax)

    A smooth strawberry purin is layered with slices of strawberry and fluffy whipped cream. The adorable purin pouch is packed with dried, crispy strawberry granola mix. Mix up the granola to enjoy a range of different textures. This can also be enjoyed on the go. 

     

    As strawberries are in season, this is the perfect time to treat yourself to one of Japan’s sweet and beautiful strawberry desserts.

  • Matcha Desserts in Sapporo You Just Have To Try

    06.January.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    We’ve previously covered the best spots to try delicious matcha desserts in Kyoto. Now, with the help of expert dessert Instagrammer Kei, we are going to introduce you to some of the most delicious spots to try matcha desserts in Sapporo, Hokkaido.

     

    If you want to discover more delicious cafés, desserts and drinks in Hokkaido, make sure to check out Kei’s Instagram (@607keih).

     

    KotoniSand, Nishi Ward

    Macchan French Toast: ¥1200

     From dinners to desserts, this café serves up lots of meals based on their delicious thick-sliced bread. Bread flavours include plain, matcha and even coffee. You can order to go or enjoy the eat-in-limited menu. This fluffy french toast is soaked in matcha liqueur and is full of flavour even before trying it with the toppings. Take a bite of it with the red bean paste for a flavour adventure. A limited number of these are sold per day so if you want to try it, make sure to get there early. 

     

    ▼KotoniSand

    Address: 1-1-1 Yamanote 5 Jō, Nishi-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido

    Opening Hours: 11:00-18:00
    Closed: Tuesdays
    Official Website: https://kotonisand.business.site

     

    Ame no hi to yuki no hi, Minami Ward

    Gelato Futatsu: ¥450

    Located before Jozankei’s onsen hotspot is a café called Ame no hi yuki no hi. It serves delicious pizzas and a variety of gelato flavours depending on the season. Their matcha ice cream is delicious. They even allow you to order two or three flavours at once so you can enjoy a mix and match of combinations. 

    ▼Ame no hi to yuki no hi

    Address: 2-4-1, Jozankeionsennishi, Minami Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido 

    Opening Hours: 10:00-17:30
    Closed: Thursdays
    Official Website: https://www.amenohitoyukinohi.com

     

    KANON pancakes, Shiroishi Ward

    Matcha Tiramisu Pancake: ¥1500

    This is a famous pancake shop in Kikusui. Tuck into a stack of fluffy pancakes inside the relaxing and soothing restaurant. The Matcha Tiramisu Pancakes are soaked with liqueur, creating a texture that is softer and moister than their standard pancakes. In addition to the matcha liqueur, the pancake is also dusted with matcha powder for a richer matcha flavour. Finally, they are drizzled with delicious brown sugar syrup and topped with walnuts.

     

    ▼KANON pancakes

    Address: 5-5-18 Kikusui 3 Jo, Shiroishi Ward, Sapporo,

    Opening Hours: 10:00-17:00 (Last Orders: 16:00)
    No Regular Holidays
    Official Website: https://kanon-pancakes.com

     

    Any cafe, Kita Ward

    Matcha Kintoki: ¥1350

    This shop uses gluten-free ingredients in their food. This pancake dish is made using unpolished rice powder, three pieces of Turkish delight, red bean paste, rice flour dumplings, and cream made from Hokkaido-produced mascarpone and fresh cream. The cream is full of the bitter and delicious flavour of matcha, making the pancake sweet and very delicious. 

     

    ▼Any cafe

    Address: 3-2-24 Kita 18 Jonishi, Kita Ward

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

    Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/any_cafe_sapporo/

     

    If you are looking for delicious matcha desserts in Sapporo, let this article help you decide where to go. When your food cravings kick in, make sure to visit Kei‘s Instagram which is full of the most delicious meals, drinks and desserts in Hokkaido. 

     

    Original Article Contents and Photos by: Kei (@607keih )

  • Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Japan to Release Cute Doughnuts that Look and Taste Like America

    05.January.2020 | FOOD

    Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Japan is set to release their new SWEET SURPRISE BOX from January 15, 2020 which is bursting with the delicious flavours of America. The box contains three doughnuts that are topped with a series of delicious treats such as cookies, marshmallows, chunky chocolate and popcorn. KKDJ will also release two banana drinks that are sure to become popular. These are available for a limited time only.  

    The SWEET SURPRISE BOX contains a happy and colourful world of American treats. The doughnuts were born from the concept of a doughnut packed with everybody’s favourite treats and then turned inside-out.

    The “Happy Chunky Choco” doughnut is coated with bitter chocolate and then sprinkled with five different toppings including chunky chocolate chips, two kinds of chocolate puff and crunchy chocolate biscuit crumbs to balance out the sweetness with a bitter flavour. Chocoholics just won’t be able to resist.

    The “White Caramel Carnival” is a fluffy doughnut topped with milky white chocolate cream and five different toppings. From caramel popcorn too lightly salted pretzels, this doughnut is packed with the flavours of America. The variety of textures and fun appearance are sure to make your mouth water instantly. Chunky white chocolate chips and white chocolate puffs are sprinkled on top and drizzled with a sweet caramel sauce. If you love white chocolate, this doughnut is perfect for you.

    You won’t be able to take your eyes off the cute “Sweet Strawberry Magic” doughnut, which is a strawberry chocolate doughnut garnished luxuriously with a wide range of unique sweet toppings. The sweet and tangy strawberry chocolate coating is studded with five luxurious toppings including chocolate chip cookies, marshmallows, chocolate puffs and colourful sprinkles.

    Purchase the SWEET SURPRISE DOZEN (Box of 12) to enjoy all three of the new American treat-filled doughnuts as well as KKDJ’s no.1 Original Glazed Doughnuts and Choco Sprinkles Doughnuts.

    KKDJ will also release their “Hot Caramel Banana” drink which is flavoured with a thick and fruity banana sauce mixed with caramel sauce and heated with milk. With each gulp, you can feel the fruity texture and feel the warmth.

     KKDJ will also release the Krispy Frozen Banana Caramel Pretzels drink which fuses their caramel milk frozen drink with their banana fruit sauce and crunchy pretzels.

     

    The moment you open the SWEET SURPRISE BOX you will be filled with the exciting feeling of an American carnival. Treat yourself and your friends to a special KKDJ doughnut and drink experience this winter.

  • Warm Food and Succulent Seasonal Strawberries Served at Ginza Six For Winter

    05.January.2020 | FOOD

    GINZA SIX—officially the biggest shopping complex in Tokyo’s high-end Ginza district—is home to a host of restaurants now serving some seriously luxurious and gourmet winter food.

     

    For the winter season only, the shopping centre’s cafes and restaurants have cooked up menus of food to warm both the heart and body. The extravagant line-up is made up of carefully-selected seasonal ingredients that’s sure to warm you to the core. Let’s take a select look at some of the things on offer.

    JASMINE Specially-Made Hotpot Plan – ¥7,800 (Before Tax) @ JASMINE Washinkansai

    This hot pot is made with a broth of chicken bones and collagen boiled in water and a broth of mala sauce. Both broths have a deep and nourishing taste and are filled with carefully-chosen ingredients as well as nine condiments for complex flavours. As well as that seen in the photo above, it is served as a set with an appetiser, fried gyoza, Chinese-style noodles, and almond tofu.

    Matsusaka Beef Sukiyaki Gozen Hotpot – ¥3,400 @ Sukiyaki Gyu-shabu Matsuju

    Warm yourself up with this hot pot which is made sukiyaki-style and contains high-quality Matsusaka beef picked out by Asahiya, a shop specialising in Matsusaka beef. The beef is soft, tender, and has a rich sweet taste and fragrance. It’s served with a red miso soup seasoned with Japanese pepper which complements the salty-sweetness of the sukiyaki.

    Homemade Sausage and Potato Raclette Cheese Melt – ¥2,400 (Before Tax) @ Bistro AUX AMIS

    Raclette cheese is a staple food in France during the winter. This delicious dish is served with juicy homemade sausages made from yoshidabuta pig from Saitama, bacon, potato, and warm veg, all covered in a hot melted cheese. It’s sure to warm you up and goes even better with a glass of wine.

     

    Once you’ve had a fill of lunch or dinner, you should go and check out the in-season strawberry takeout treats and desserts that are being sold on the booth floor where the latest in culinary trends gather.

    Strawberry Chocolate Sandwich – ¥300 (Before Tax) @ Patisserie Sembikiya Ginza Six

    Coated in white chocolate, this biscuit sandwich is made with a strawberry ganache that squeezes every last delicious drop out of the fresh strawberries. Combined with he raspberry sablé cookies and chocolate, it’s a strawberry match made in heaven.

    Real Strawberry Gummies – ¥1,050 for 3 @ Candy Art Museum by PAPABUBBLE

    These gummy candies are made as big as real large strawberries. They are coated in chocolate and made with lots of real strawberry juice, and when bitten into, taste fresh and juicy.

    Strawberry Matcha Daifuku – ¥400 Each @ Kurogi Chacha

    Kurogi Chacha’s Strawberry Matcha Daifuku are filled with a whole fresh strawberry and coated in a matcha-laced white bean paste and gyūhi, a form of Japanese confection. The rich taste of the matcha comes together with the sweet and sour strawberry to create a delicious combination. They are hand-wrapped fresh as soon as your order is put in to retain their freshness.

     

    Enjoy the full course winter has to offer at GINZA SIX, from soul-warming hotpot dishes to strawberry delights and more.

  • 5 Must-Eat Succulent Strawberry Desserts in Kyoto That Are Simply Kawaii

    31.December.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Winter is here, which means that the season of strawberries has finally fallen upon Japan. Today we are joined by Instagrammer Tiara, who enjoys posting their adventures around Japan’s Kansai region to try out all of the sweets and desserts. We are taking a look at must-visit locations in Kyoto for a taste of their tempting strawberry delights.

     

    LITT UP.KYOTO in Gion-Shijō

    At LITT UP.KYOTO, their “ichigoame” lets you enjoy strawberries in their original cute form.

    They are coated in sweet strawberry candy and served on sticks in cups reminiscent of something from a Japanese festival. Part of their allure is how perfect they are as a tasty treat for walking around with. There’s even popping candy attached to the strawberries for an even sweeter textural treat.

     

    ▼LITT UP.KYOTO Gion

    Address: 533 Gionmachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto

    Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00

    Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/litt_up_kyoto/

     

    Kissa Zou in Imadegawa

    The “Kisetsu no Babaroa” (Seasonal Baravois) at Kissa Zou has an springy texture and sits in a sweet and sour strawberry sauce.

    I recommend ordering one of the separate elephant cookies to place on top too to make this an even cuter dessert.

     

    ▼Kissa Zou

    Address: 440-3 Santeicho, Kamigyo, Kyoto

    Opening Hours: 9:00-18:00 (Last Orders 17:00)

    No Fixed Holidays

    Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kissa_zou/

     

    Chounohane in Fushimi

    At Chounohane they are serving strawberry barquettes as well as mini versions of them. The dessert itself is of course beautiful, but is made even more so by the antique plate♡

     

    ▼Chounohane

    Address: 791 Nishishujakucho, Fushimi Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

    Opening Hours: [Tues/Sat/Sun] Shop & Cafe 11:00-17:00 / [Fri] Shop Only 11:00-17:00

    Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chounohane/

     

    Utanekodo in Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae

    Utanekodo was renovated from a 100+ year old building and has its own cat cafe. The cafe space is located on the first floor.

    Their “Nyanko Strawberry Milk” speaks for itself, topped with adorable kitty ice cream and delicious with its subtly sweet taste.

     

    ▼Utanekodo

    Address: 155-4 Tachibanayanagicho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

    Opening Hours: 13:00-20:00 (Last Orders 19:00)

    No Fixed Holidays

    Official Website: http://utanekodo.com/

     

    MASHOLA in Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae

    Finally we have the “Strawberry Tiramisu Cube Cake” served at MASHOLA, a Korean-style cafe. This cake is made with refreshing homemade tiramisu cream, delightful sponge, and is packed full of sweet and sour strawberries which complement the entire thing.

     

    ▼MASHOLA

    Address: 1-A MOVIX, 406 Sakuranocho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

    Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00

    Official Website: https://mashola.business.site/

     

    All of these cafes are wonderful, so if you’re in Kyoto for the strawberry season, be sure to visit as many as you can.

     

    Tiara has plenty of other recommendations over on their Instagram page, so if you’re a sweet tooth looking for something sweet to indulge in around the Kansai area, be sure to give them a follow.

     

    Text & Photos: @happy_pinkrose_tiara

    Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

  • Irresistible Fruit Sandwich Shop “Futsu ni Fruits” Opens in Osaka

    30.December.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Popular Tokyo fruit sandwich shop “Futsu ni Fruits” has opened a branch in Osaka called “Futsu ni Fruits Tosabori Parlor”. With the help of Kansai’s expert dessert Instagrammer Tiara, we’ll be taking a closer look at the shop’s irresistible menu.

     

    Futsu ni Fruits is a sister branch of Omotesando’s popular café & bakery “Bread, Espresso &,”. Futsu ni Fruits at Tosabori Parlor in Osaka sells takeout sandwiches on floor 1 and has an eat-in café space on floor 2. 

    Fruit Sandwich

     The café menu varies according to the time of day. There’s a toast menu in the morning which sells toast with various fruit toppings. Futsu ni Fruits’ classic Fruit Sandwiches are available from lunchtime and onwards. The rich whipped cream embraces the flavour of the fruit filling perfectly, leaving a refreshing aftertaste. 

     

    The teatime menu is served from 3 pm which is your chance to try the Tosabori Parlor-limited Purin à la mode, parfaits and much more. 

    Seasonal Fruits Drink

    Purin à la Mode, Strawberry Milk and Coffee Milk

    The Tosabori Parlor-limited purin à la mode is a luxurious mountain of delicious fruit and purin. 

    If you’re curious to try a Japanese fruit sandwich then Futsu ni Fruits is guaranteed to give you an enjoyable experience. 

     

    If you’re a dessert-lover in Japan then you just have to check out Tiara’s Instagram which is a library of the most delicious desserts in the Kansai region. 

     

    Article Contents and Photos by: @happy_pinkrose_tiara

     

    *The information on the desserts mentioned in this article are subject to change at any time. For the latest updates, please refer to the links provided in this article.

  • Food Review: Q-pot CAFE.’s Afternoon Tea in Omotesando is a New Year’s Treat

    25.December.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    The afternoon tea is the perfect way to treat yourself to a little indulgence as you tuck into tea and sweets in the latter half of the day. It’s something surely everybody wants to try at least once.

     

    Q-pot. is known for its accessory brand, which features jewellery made to look like sweets and desserts. It is also known for the Q-pot CAFE. which flips that concept, instead making sweets and desserts that look just like real accessories.

     

    We recently covered the Christmas afternoon tea at Q-pot CAFE., so what on earth could be so special about this option that we just had to report on it?

    2020 is the Year of the Rat in the Chinese zodiac, and so I was seated in the cheese area based on mice and rats’ favourite food.

    Seated with me at the table was Q-chan, a rat character created by Q-pot. which looks like a real rat eating cheese. The afternoon tea set I ordered is in fact based on this Q-chan character.

    “CHEESE” Afternon Tea Set w/ One Drink – ¥2,400 (Tax Included)

    The joyous and auspicious-looking afternoon tea set was adorned with a golden rosetta, fittingly festive for the New Year.

    The upper tier of the set is plated with servings of no-baked mousse, cupcakes, cherry scones, and lemon-flavoured cream macarons. Each and every piece was a work of art so beautiful they almost seemed a waste to eat!

    The red velvet cupcakes are topped with chocolate cream made in the image of our Q-chan. The flavours were a perfect match with the sweet and sourness of the red velvet and the subtly sweet chocolate.

    The no-bake mousse was in its own league: sensuously smooth and topped with crunchy streusel. Every mouthful was a treat to the senses―delicious with an incredible smell.

    The lower tier was packed full of filling savoury foods including a roast beef, tomato and broccoli croissant. There was also a rich potage made with onions, potatoes and melted cheese, as well as skewered baby tomatoes, olives and pickles which were perfect as a palate cleanser after the sweets.

    Hot “CHEESE” Tea – ¥750

    The afternoon tea set comes with one drink, so you can pick your favourite from the menu, but for an extra ¥100 you can get the New Year’s-exclusive drink: a hot cheese tea made with Q-pot CAFE.’s luxurious “Sweet Weekend” black tea . It has a smooth texture and a gorgeous subtle cheese scent.

    “CHEESE” Parfait w/ Drink – ¥1,850 (Tax Included)

    This parfait is also a New Year’s exclusive. It’s made formed of cute orange apricot layers, salty cookies, chocolate sponge, and topped off with cheesecake. Sat on the cheesecake having a munch is none other than Q-chan.

     

    Apricot and cheese is a rare combination, but it results in this parfait being like a refreshing no-bake cheesecake. As you delve lower into the depths of the parfait you can enjoy an assortment of scrumptious flavours.

    Q-chan’s tail is actually shaped like the letter “Q” too, and hidden behind him is a pile of nuts and at either side of him cookies with “2020” written on them. It really is a filling parfait.

     

    It was a very satisfying meal, from the sweets and drinks to the afternoon tea!

    Q-pot CAFE. Happy Bag 2020 – ¥3,000 (Before Tax)

    Q-pot CAFE. is also selling fukubukuro in a cute cheese colour. This is the cafe’s first time selling fukubukuro lucky bags with rat motifs.

     

    Award-winning Japanese writer Mizuki Tsujimura also posted a story about Q-chan on the cafe’s website which can be read below in Japanese.

     

    ▼The Adventures of the Little Rat Known as “Q”

    http://www.q-pot.jp/news/2019/12/1159.html

    There are several other fukubukuro lucky bags you can get your hands on too filled with accessories centred around cheese. The items are limited-edition and exclusive and come in ¥10,000 (Before Tax) and ¥30,000 (Before Tax) options.

     

    If you’re in Japan for the New Year, why not spend it with Q-chan and a side of cheese at the Q-pot Cafe.?

  • Granny Smith Apple Pie & Coffee and Dandelion Chocolate Release Chocolate and Cherry Apple Pie

    22.December.2019 | FOOD

    Granny Smith Apple Pie & Coffee—a cafe chain in Japan—has teamed up with bean to bar chocolate company Dandelion Chocolate to release a special new dessert. The “Chocolate and Cherry Holiday Apple Pie” is now available to enjoy until January 13, 2020.

    This lovingly-made ambrosial temptation is made with kougyoku apples from Aomori Prefecture which have a luscious sour kick to them. It’s combined with dark and sour cherries, which give a fruity flavour, and chocolate made from chocolate beans sourced in Guatemala. It’s held together by a crunchy pie pastry which is topped with velvety chocolate custard and ganache. The richness of the chocolate together with the apple makes for a delicious marriage of flavours.

     

    The Guatemala bean chocolate too matches perfectly with the apples and cherries, which have a full-bodied flavour reminiscent of wine. There’s also chocolate nibs for added texture. This is truly a dessert for the gods, so don’t miss out.

  • Kiyomizu Cheese Kobo: Kyoto’s Dessert House Releases Matcha Tiramisu and New Cheese Products

    20.December.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Kiyomizu Cheese Kobo opened in Kiyomizu Gojozaka, Kyoto in July this year as the first place in Kyoto to specialise in “bottled cheesecakes.” This month, they are releasing four new products to continue the cheese craze right to the end of 2019.

    The first is a revamp of their number one most popular soft serve cheese ice cream: the “Chocolate Mont Blanc Cheese Soft.” The soft serve ice cream is a mix of refreshingly sweet milk and rich cheese topped with a full-bodied mont blanc-style chocolate—a welcome addition during the winter months when you want to stay in and indulge in some chocolate. The ice cream is finished with crushed chocolate pieces and a crowning raspberry to create a chocolate cake in a cone. You’re sure to become a frequent customer after a bite of this.

    And for the Christmas season only, between December 18th-25th the shop is also selling another special soft serve that’s made to look like a Christmas tree. The cheese soft serve is covered with a sprinkling of Uji matcha powder and adorned with chocolate pearls and stars.

    Kiyomizu Cheese Kobo is also releasing hot versions of its “Kiyomizu Cheese Drink” and “Matcha Cheese Tea,” the iced versions of which were greatly enjoyed in summer. The Matcha Cheese Tea can also now be ordered with tapioca topping, creating a delicious combination between the expertly crafted rich matcha cheese tea and the chewy and sugary tapioca pearls.

    Also released this month is the “Homemade Matcha Tiramisu” when is served in a traditional masu box and served only on the second floor eat-in section. This irresistible delight is made with flavourful mascarpone cheese and bitter Uji matcha from Kyoto to create a dessert that’s perfect during a trip or day out in Kyoto. Because of the hard labour that goes into creating this dessert, only 5-10 are served per day, so be sure to arrive early to not miss the opportunity.

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