Ruki from MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON visits Pop Team Epic collaboration café at Sweets Paradise Harajuku
Japanese anime is a big hit all over the world. Lately, a new one has been climbing the rankings. Have you heard of Pop Team Epic?
Pop Team Epic (Poptepipic) is a digital manga series that uses punchy images and snappy phrases. It has become increasingly popular as a surreal visual gag manga. Now, it’s not only turning into a big hit in Japan, but all over the world!
We heard that Harajuku’s dessert café Sweets Paradise is opening a collaboration café with Pop Team Epic, and as big anime fans ourselves, we immediately set off with MOSHI MOSHI BOX staff member Ruki to check it out.
To get there, exit Harajuku station (JR Yamanote line) from Takeshita exit and walk straight. On your left, you will notice the shopping centre SoLaDo Takeshita Street (SoLaDo竹下通り) . You will find “Sweets Paradise on the 3rd floor.
To eat at Sweets Paradise, first you need to purchase a ticket from the machine at the entrance and then enter the café.
There are two courses available:
1 collaboration meal + drink + sweets banquet set ¥1950 (price including tax)
1 collaboration dessert + drink + sweets banquet set ¥2150 (price including tax)
You can also add foods and drinks from the Pop Team Epic collaboration menu to your chosen meal plan for ￥500. To do this, buy the appropriate ticket from the machine at the entrance.
There are Pop Team Epic decorations all around the café!
There is even a small set where you can destroy the Takeshobo publishing office, which comes up in the manga!
There are two types of seats inside the café: “anti-sama/ Takeshobo company employee seats” and the “believers’ seats” . The “anti-sama” tables are decorated very simply. In contrast, the “believers’” tables are draped with beautiful table cloths and are near a large screen that is showing episodes from the Pop Team Epic anime.
Being slightly peckish, Ruki did not waste time in scooping up the menu. This dish is called “Aaaaah ichimen no Kusomidori Pasta” （Aaahh a plate of gross green pasta）. The random words of countryside-raised Pop Team Epic character Popuko, has been made into a pasta dish.
Ruki: “Spinach, edamame and broccoli – this truly is a green dish! The basil sauce is very simple yet delicious! Is this the true taste of nature?!
This is the “Konna kao ni naru lemon Juice” (Lemon juice that makes you pull this face). Although a bold move, half the lemon is cut and placed as it is in the glass. Whatever the menu, the names of the foods are crazy! Just what you would expect from Pop Team Epic.
Riku’s reaction to the sour drink was predicted by the name of the drink!
This is the “Haken Parfait” (Hegemony parfait) You can even order one that is the size of Ruki’s head! This is one filling dessert! The word “覇権” (hegemony) is written on a macaron that sits on top of a pile of fruits and strawberry sherbet. At the foot of the parfait lies a wafer with a picture of a ladder on it.
The parfait is an original art piece that depicts a ladder which leads to the top of the parfait to have been toppled over. After looking up the word “覇権” and realizing its meaning, Ruki laughed a lot.
The last item Ruki ordered arrived. The Imi ga wakarimasu ka? Café latte. (Do you know what this means? Café latte) As you can imagine, it was quite difficult to say this name to the waiters and waitresses when ordering. There’s a pie chart drawn on the latte, but 90% of it is filled in with the answer “no”.
Ruki: It goes well with the desserts because it isn’t sweet!
If you order from the collaboration menu, you will receive a novelty 2019 New Year’s card… even though we have just started 2018…
Pop Team Epic goods are also selling at the cash register! The variety of goods stretched from stickers, keyrings and manga to toilet paper with scenes from the manga printed on it!
The café is only open until 13th March. Opening times vary depending on the café, so make sure you check the opening times before turning up. Don’t miss out on your chance to eat at the Pop Team Epic collaboration café because the manga is becoming more and more popular!
Check out this link for more information:
“Eddy’s Ice Cream”—A Booming Ice Cream Shop With a Colourful Selection in Harajuku
Hi everyone, my name is Shiota and I am the Director at the MOSHI MOSHI BOX, the official Harajuku Tourist Information Center.
Today, I am tackling an enquiry that we have been receiving more of at the MOSHI MOSHI BOX recently. And that is, where is ‘that’ ice cream shop “Eddy’s Ice Cream” with the really photogenic-looking ice cream? Let’s take a look!
That Pink Building in Ura-Harajuku
Exit Takeshita Street and head towards the street opposite between “Murasaki Sports” and “New Balance,” down Meiji-dori, and make a right at Family Mart. Take a right at the first turn and you’ll be able to see the 1F of the pink building on your left. There must be a lot of you out there that know where to find the first floor of the second-hand clothes shop Santonibunoichi, right?!
If in doubt, or you get lost finding your way, then be sure to come and see us at the MOSHI MOSHI BOX.
It’s called “Eddy’s Ice Cream.” It was born in Harajuku and is a super-duper cute ice cream shop. The staff in there are really cute and stylish too in their matching uniform t-shirts♡
360° of Pure Photogenic Décor
The interior of the shop is pasted in pink and white. The colour of the walls is particularly something to highlight – the paint job is beautiful! It’s the same with the choice of lighting in the shop, white makes the surface of the wall look white. The shop manager even gives them the stamp of approval as “the best walls in Harajuku.”
Lots of Photo Spots to Snap Pictures
The décor in the shop was designed in such as way as to make taking photos fun. No matter what spot you choose to take your photo at when in Eddy’s Ice Cream, it will look gorgeous.
The most popular spot is by the pink phones. You can even hold the receivers of each telephone.
Ice Cream at Eddy’s—An Inevitable Heartthrob
There are already ice creams to pick from on the grand menu of Eddy’s Ice Cream where the toppings and everything are decided for you, but you can also customise to your liking – by picking from 10 different varieties of cones, 3 types of ice cream, and 13 toppings.
“I’ll take one the most popular ice cream, and one of the manager’s recommendations.” Upon ordering them…
My heart skipped a beat. I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to declare these ice creams as the personifications of kawaii. They should be the standard ice cream, with their toppings you can’t find anywhere else!
I’ve never seen an ice cream pursuing the true essence of kawaii as much as these!
This is the most popular ice cream on the menu – the “Unicorn” (￥1,200).
The milk ice cream is covered in pastel coloured cotton candy, and it even has a chocolate flavoured unicorn in the middle. If you eat the cotton candy and ice cream together they mix to create a satisfying and thick taste. It was a texture I have never experienced before. I highly recommend this one to people with a sweet tooth!
This is the manager’s recommendation, the milk flavoured ice cream – with the MOSHI MOSHI BOX initials made out of chocolate and much more. A truly customised MMB original ice cream!!! (￥1,150).
The flavour of the milk is both firm and refreshing, and the balance between the sweetness of the cookie and chocolate was perfect. We’d love for you to try the MOSHI MOSHI BOX ice cream yourselves too!
There’s also extra chocolate sauce on hand if you want to change up the flavour of you ice cream some more. It’s really nice that they’ve thought of everything.
Unmissable Popular Drinks!
The drinks at Eddy’s Ice Cream are pink too♡
The beverage on the left is strawberry milk (￥500) which has strawberry paste with bits to give it that fruity punch. The sweet milk that comes with it makes the perfect combination. The beverage on the right is lemon squash (￥500) which contains lemon peel and lemon juice. You can also choose from two colours – blue and pink.
The shop gets seriously crowded in the afternoon, so if you’re wanting to take some photos or do a photo shoot then you should aim for the morning or just before closing time.
Be sure to check out Eddy’s Ice Cream on your next trip to Harajuku!!
A visit to ROLL ICE CREAM FACTORY in Harajuku
Hi everyone, Midori Blackmore here. I’m a staff person at MOSHI MOSHI BOX.
It’s just too hot these days, isn’t it? This is summer in Japan for you.
Have you ever had the experience where you don’t want to eat anything other than ice cream during summer? All I want to eat is ice cream in summer but the problem is, it makes me fat.
But waistline aside, I went to the new ice cream shop, ROLL ICE CREAM FACTORY and I want to report about this.
Here is some information concerning the location of this ice cream shop. It takes 5 minutes by foot from Tokyo Metro, Meijiingumae Station. It takes 10 minutes by foot from Harajuku Station, Omotesando exit.
This “factory” is located near the No.1 elevator of Meijijingumae Station. After you get off the elevator go straight and then turn at Lawson. It is very near the pancake shop, “Eggs’n Things.”
First, I ordered at the cash register. You can order both from the basic menu or you can order a “custom item” yourself.
They mixed together both the liquid ice cream and some ingredients on a cool plate and stretched it out thinly.
This was very interesting to look at. I was so impressed, I tried to do this when I made Okonomiyaki that evening but I failed. It was very difficult. Maybe these young ladies have had vigorous training.
Yes, it’s very photogenic. I could even make an Instagram account only for this item. It makes for a wonderful photo.
The taste is very rich and it was very filling.It doesn’t melt as easily as other ice creams,So it doesn’t make your fingers sticky. Accordingly, it makes for a great take out item.
What a face I made.
The next time you visit Harajuku, you should try this!
Thank you for your kind attention, from Midori Blackmore.
The Korean shaved ice shop,“SULBING HARAJUKU” –a report by MOSHI MOSHI BOX, staff person, Midori
Hello, everyone. My name is Midori Blackmore and I am a staff person of MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center.
Do you like strawberries? I love strawberries so, I feel happy during this spring season because many desserts using strawberries are released every year.
This time, I visited the very popular shaved ice specialized shop, “SULBING HARAJUKU” from Korea.
The shop is always crowded in summer, but you don’t have to wait to get into the shop during the winter season.
It might sound weird to eat ice cream during winter, but I think it is nice to eat something cold inside a warm room, for some reason.
Eating a shaved ice inside a warm shop is the same!
The shop is located on the 2nd floor of the building where the sports store, SKECHERS is located, near the Takeshita Exit of Harajuku Station (make a right turn after getting out of the exit). The sign of the shop is small so be careful not to miss it.
The inside of the shop is spacious and warm. Many of the customers are women but I saw some groups of men as well. A wide generation of people visit the shop.
Secure a table first before making an order at the counter. The product I ordered was a winter-limited, “Nama Ichigo SULBIN”(fresh strawberry shaved ice)!
After ordering, take a buzzer and wait at your seat.
When the buzzer rings, go to the counter and receive your shaved ice.
“Nama Ichigo SULBIN”(fresh strawberry shaved ice) 1,400 yen (tax included)
The product was bigger than I thought. Look at the size of it!
You will realize that it is not a normal shaved ice as soon as you put it into your mouth.
The ice is very fine and has a soft texture. Even when it is cold out, the ice will not result in a “rush to the head”and you will be able enjoy the fresh ice texture.
Also, the shaved ice of this shop has the flavor of milk! The combination of the milk-flavored shaved ice and lots of strawberries goes very well.
Red bean jam paste is inside the shaved ice so you will never get tired of eating this sweets item.
SULBIN HARAJUKU sells many kinds of menu items.
One popular menu item is“Mango Cheese SULBIN” 1,500 yen (tax included)
A popular item that is not a sweets is (food menu)“Mozzarella Toppogi Toast” 1,100 (tax included)
For those of you who do not have “a sweet tooth,”I recommend that you share an ice shaving dish with your friends or with your boyfriend.
6 Recommended Cafés for Pancakes in Harajuku—A Change From Crepes!
Hi, everyone. Ellie here from the MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center.
Recently at the MOSHI MOSHI BOX we’ve had a lot of people, guys and girls, come in saying that they want to eat some tasty pancakes in Harajuku.
So today, I’m here to recommend some shops that sell pancakes around Harajuku.
“Café Casa” is a long-standing shop whose flavours have remained the same, serving to parents and children through the generations. Everything from the signboard to the illustrated menu and stained glass window created by the owner will leave you feeling cozy. The colour green envelops the café against other vivid colours. Due to customer demand the hot cakes sold there (￥750) have been a familiar item on the menu for almost 20 years. The contrast between the crunchy outside and fluffy inside is exquisite. They’re different from your usual pancakes and have a nostalgic feel to them. Combine them with maple syrup and you’ve got yourself a truly delicious treat.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/29317
This stylish café can be found by walking from Harajuku Station down Takeshita Street for about 5-minutes. When you reach the end, turn right and look for the green signboard. The main food on the menu is pancakes, all of which are made with the best ingredients and made one-by-one after an order comes in. The most popular and recommended item on the menu is the fluffy “Premium Pancake” (￥950). The soft pancake wobbles as the waiter brings it over – it looks like it will collapse just by being placed on the table. Eat this to experience the fluffiest and softest texture you have ever eaten.
Full Article: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/23455
Bills Tokyo Plaza Omotesando
Bills serve the world’s most famous breakfast and were responsible for causing Japan’s pancake boom. Located in Tokyo Plaza Omotesando Harajuku, the shop’s Australian Ricotta Pancakes. Spread underneath the thick pancake are slices of fresh banana which you eat together with honey comb butter and maple syrup. The marriage between the salty ricotta cheese and sweet syrup is to die for.
“Jinguen” is a gallery café located in Ura-Harajuku. Recommended from their menu are their thick homemade hot cakes. The outside of the hot cake is crisp while the middle is silky smooth. Of course, they go really well with maple syrup. You can also add vanilla icing, whipped cream, and chocolate or strawberry sauce.
Working Holiday Connections – Harajuku Omotesando YM Square Branch
This café is just a one-minute walk from Meiji Jingu Station via Tokyo Metro on the second floor of YM Square. It has tall glass windows which open up the shop and give you a sense of space. Their original “Manly Pancakes” draw a line between standard pancakes and the recent emerging thick and fluffy pancakes to unveil an original and unique texture. The subtle flavour of the eggs make the pancakes melt-in-the-mouth and match perfectly with syrup and fresh cream.
Sunday Jam – Harajuku Branch
This place’s specialty menu item is their Honolulu Pancakes. They’re incredibly thick, with a crumbly outside and soft middle. These luxurious pancakes have a special flavour made for adults. They are drizzled with butter and fresh cream, and you can choose sausages or bacon to go with them. Eating them with your choice of honey or maple syrup is simply irresistible!
Did you like this list? Try and find your favourite pancakes while in Harajuku!
7 Filling Burger Joints in Harajuku for Lunch & Dinner
Hi, everyone! I’m Ellie, and I work over at the MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center.
Have you ever had it when you’re hungry and the only thing you want to pig out on is hamburgers? Did you know, there’s actually a bunch of hamburger shops in Harajuku that not many people know about yet? The burger there are really filling, so they’re great for either lunch or dinner.
Let’s take a look at some of these Harajuku hamburger shops.
This hamburger shop is located just behind the MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center. They have open half-terrace seats where the sun shines in, and the stylish, relaxed interior is a characteristic feature. The buns are specially made using natural yeast. Their flavour is so rich you could even eat them without any ingredients. The chewy meat patty that sits between the fluffy bun is simply irresistible.
THE GREAT BURGER
It goes without saying that this is a famous hamburger shop. Even in the big city, it stands out as one of the best, bustling with customers every single day. They are praised for the perfect compatibility between the seriously juicy patty and the buns, which are specially made from natural yeast. They are recognised for their stylishly arranged American-style store, and of course the flavour of their burgers.
CNN, the biggest television channel in the US, chose E・A・T as one of the best new restaurants in Tokyo in 2010. It offers authentic Californian dining, made possible by French chef Michi, who was selected as one of the top 10 chefs in Los Angeles twice between 1997-2008. The burgers at plump and fat but don’t sit heavy on your stomach, so you’ll make short work of them in no time at all.
ZipZap is one for adults, designed around the concept of ‘resort & relax’. You can expect to enjoy a relaxing time here, allow you to break away from the tumult of the busy city. You won’t tire of the flavour of their New York style hamburgers, no matter how many times you go to eat them. And if you go during dinner time, you can stuff your cheeks with a burger in one hand and alcohol in the other.
Teddy’s Bigger Burgers – Omotesando Branch
Countless TV programs have covered this hugely popular burger chain. It has been voted Hawaii’s best burger since 2001. The owner is particular about every ingredient on the menu, and you’ll be able to tell once you sink your teeth into a burger there. The restaurant is spacious, giving a sense of liberation, and the interior decor is styled in a Hawaiian fashion. When you enter, you’ll think you’ve just stepped into Hawaii.
GOLDEN BROWN classic-style burgers that can be enjoyed in a vintage environment. The outside is reminiscent of 1950s America, and the soft orange lights, together with the relaxing wooden decor, offers a comfortable atmosphere. The burgers are loved for having that authentic New York taste.
San Francisco Peaks
San Francisco Peaks is famous as being like Ura-Harajuku’s west coast. It’s a modern shop that serves mainly pancakes and hamburgers, complete with retro furniture and chic walls that present a calm ambiance. I recommend this one for people that want to enjoy a hamburger in peace at lunchtime on their day off. Their buns are made from specially made natural yeast and are cooked brown. They’re to die for!
Are you feeling hungry now from this reading list? Make use of it and master all the burger shops in Harajuku!
6 Hidden Cafés in Harajuku Away from the Busy Streets
Hi, everyone! Ellie here, I work at the MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center.
A question we’ve been getting a lot at the MOSHI MOSHI BOX recently is about cafés where you can sit down – ones with free spaces. Harajuku is particularly crowded on weekends and holidays, so you do need a little courage when heading to a café there, right?
So today, I’m going to show you some little-known good cafés in Harajuku!
Shuu – Harjauku Omotesando Branch
“Shuu” is a café just one minutes’ walk from Harajuku Station. It has a really relaxed and retro atmosphere. The seats are roomy, and they even have lots of sofas, so you can spend a super chill time there. There’s also spacious VIP seats which may be relief to some adults out there. As well as the regular set menu, the café also serves up seasonal menus, so be sure to check it out.
This small café can be found along Meiji-dori which neighbours the traffic lights at the exit of Takeshita Street. It’s on the 3rd floor of a mixed residence building, so I reckon there’s not a lot of people who know of this place. It has a retro-decorated interior. They’re known for their omurice! The mild cheese and gentle flavour of the Japanese style dashi is to die for.
This café is about 3-minutes by foot from Harajuku Station towards the lanes. I recommend their handmade sandwiches which come absolutely stuffed with fresh vegetables and juicy chicken. The interior décor is wooden, giving it a calm vibe where you can spend a relaxing time. If you love bread, then this café will be irresistible for you.
Enseigne d’angle is a 5-minute walk from Harajuku Station via the Takeshita Exit. It’s a coffee shop that stands still and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of Harajuku’s crowded streets. They’re famous for their “Kohaku Jouou” beverage and “Croque-monsieur.” They serve up authentic coffee and meals in a relaxed, calm environment.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/55919
Just a 1-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station or Meiji-Jingumae Station lies the Meiji Shrine. Just before the first torii gate you will find Café Morinoterasu, a tranquil place enveloped in nature. You can feel the warmth of the trees inside the café. The counters and chairs were made from old, withering trees on the shrine grounds. I recommend the eclairs and croissants prepared every day, or the tofu milk gelato. Not many people know about this hidden gem yet.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/51035
You’ll know you’ve found “sorama gallery+coffee” once you see its red doors. To find it, leave the 5th exit of Meiji Jingumae Station and head past the nearby McDonalds and Senbikiya. If you then turn left just before the Ukiyo-e Ōta Memorial Museum of Art, you’ll find it there. The cafè is small and compact with just a wooden bench for about 3 people to sit on as well as a number of individual stools. The sunlight pours through into the shop, and because of its wooden interior, you can stay nice and warm. It’s so relaxing there that you won’t even see the time fly by.
Did you enjoy this list? If you’re out in Harajuku and need a breather from the crowds, then please be sure find one of these hidden cafés and take some time to relax. And if you’re not sure how to get to any of these places, then pop into the MOSHI MOSHI BOX and we’ll help.
Cherry Blossom Themed Menu to be Served at InterContinental Tokyo Strings in Spring 2020
15.December.2019 | FOOD
InterContinental Tokyo Strings has revealed adelightful cherry blossom-themed menu line-up that is set to hit the hotel in spring 2020. They will be served at the hotel’s Rhythmos Café and Bar and from March 1 to April 30 next year.
Sakura Strawberry Afternoon Tea
This cherry blossom afternoon tea set can be found at Rhythmos, a cafe and bar in InterContinental Tokyo Strings. Hanami, or ‘flower viewings,’ is a fundamental part of Japanese culture during the spring when people go out to see the cherry blossoms. This custom has been recreated with this afternoon tea set, with which customers can enjoy hanami on their plate in a mix of strawberries and cherry blossom Japanese sweets.
The green colours add accent to the overall presentation, and represent the young budding leaves of springtime. The tempting selection of cherry blossom pink bites are not only mouthwatering to look at but have a cute appearance to them, one that you want to keep gazing at like the cherry blossoms during hanami. The flavours are a combination of strawberry and cherry blossom, inviting you on board for some early spring vibes. Even better is that both the sweets and savoury items, which look like spring in full bloom, are made with high quality, in-season ingredients for maximum tastiness.
The fraisier is a strawberry cake said to represent the coming of spring in France. At Rhythmos, it’s served in a glass so you can see all the delicious insides, from the round-sliced strawberries to the beautiful green pistachio mousseline cream. The pure white crémet d’Anjou has a fluffy texture and is mixed with refreshing and sour strawberry and raspberry sauce which elevates the flavour of the fromage blanc.
Other treats to pick from include the cherry blossom ganache tart which has a faint cherry blossom fragrance, cherry blossom and strawberry cream-stuffed macarons, strawberry daifuku, and more―all with spring flavours and colours.
The savoury line-up too offers some elegant and unique items. There’s the sandwich wraps which include cherry blossom leaf-topped grilled chicken with a lining of shredded dried plum, strawberry ceviche with grilled scallops, and much more.
▶︎Sakura Strawberry Afternoon Tea
Running: March 1, 2020 to April 30, 2020
Location: Rhythmos Café and Bar (InterContinental Tokyo Strings)
Time: 14:00-18:00 (Last Orders 16:30)
Price: ¥4,800 per person
“The Breath of Spring” Cocktail
Rhythmos will also serve a very special and oriental cocktail called “The Breath of Spring” which uses cherry blossom and chai tea as its base. It arrives served in a ceramic cup and captures the Japanese spirit and love of cherry blossoms and their joy at the arrival of spring. It mixes a cherry blossom vodka made in-house with chai tea and a dash of maple syrup for an added subtle sweetness. It’s topped with a milk foam made with cherry blossom bean jam which is sure to not only elicit a kind of nostalgic taste to the Japanese palate, but offer an oriental flavour too with the addition of chai tea. This is the perfect drink to enjoy on an evening after observing the cherry blossoms during Hanami.
▶︎The Breath of Spring
Running: March 1, 2020 to April 30, 2020
Location: Rhythmos Café and Bar (InterContinental Tokyo Strings)
Time: 17:00-Midnight (Last Orders 23:30)
Indulge in the culture of cherry blossoms in Japan at InterContinental Tokyo Strings next spring.
InterContinental Tokyo Strings
Address: 2-16-1 Konan, Minato Ward, Tokyo
Official Website: https://intercontinental-strings.jp/?updatelang=yes
Kimono IN LAFORET 2020: Kimono Brands Galore to Gather at Event in Harajuku
Laforet Harajuku has announced that its next “Kimono IN LAFORET” kimono and furisode pop-up shop will run from January 4 to 22 next year.
Iroca Kimono “Leopard Gecko” – ¥63,800 (Tax Included) / Half-Width Obi – ¥26,400 (Tax Included)
Pure Silk Butterfly Black Cloth Furisode – ¥132,000 (Tax Included)
Light Blue Dove Print Polyester Furisode – ¥128,150 (Tax Included)
Eight brands will line the shelves of the annual pop-up shop, with kimono, furisode, accessories and more available for purchase, including new items.
Model and actress Shen Tanaka features as the star of the main visual for Kimono IN LAFORET 2020, mixing colourful kimono with western clothing to create a unique look. Marie Higuchi, who was the stylist for the visual, has also released some dress advice for those who love kimono or those who are beginners and newcomers to the scene.
Mixing kimono with the kind of regular clothing that screams you
Marie Higuchi is a stylist who also writes columns in Nylon Japan and Sozen. Her advice can be used by both beginners and experts alike: by mixing kimono with some of your own clothing, you can simply and easily create a stylish look that’s you. This makes for a perfect outfit for a special occasion.
This outfit combines fishnet tights with sandals that have thick metallic soles to create an edgy kimono style. Using thick sandals makes them really stand out when wearing kimono, so you can easily incorporate them with any kimono you wear.
Obi Clip: conoco
The gorgeous flower head dress brings a strikingly elegant touch to the overall look of this outfit. Whether used with kimono or in your regular day-to-day outfits, it’s sure to bloom beauty with whatever style you go with.
Kimono: MIKI SAKURA
Head Dress: Atelier Senka
One Piece Shirt: Ank Rouge (Laforet Harajuku Floor 4F)
Coloured turtlenecks are in right now for the current season in Japan, and this kimono look incorporates one underneath the kimono. The mix of loose socks and thick-sole sneakers really adds to the flavour of this style, even more so with the addition of personal items like the vinyl record headband and lip clutch bag which make it unique.
Kimono/Obi: Tamao Shigemune
Headband/Clutch Bag: SINZ (Laforet Harajuku Floor B0.5F)
Other: Personal items
If you’re looking for kimono and furisode when visiting Japan in January, be sure to hit up Kimono IN LAFORET at Laforet Harajuku, located in Tokyo’s fashion central: Harajuku.
WITH HARAJUKU: Shiseido to Open Beauty Parlour, Hair & Makeup Academy and More in Harajuku’s New Shopping Complex
Shiseido has announced that it will open three new facilities in WITH HARAJUKU—a shopping complex currently in development by NTT URBAN DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION in front of Harajuku Stationーin April 2020. This includes the new beauty parlour Beauty Square, the hair & makeup academy and studio SABFA*, and the restaurant and lounge SHISEIDO PARLOUR THE HARAJUKU managed by Shiseido Parlour.
*SABFA is a school managed by Shiseido for training professional hair and makeup artists
Beauty Square will be located in the first floor as a place to discover beauty, have fun, and share experiences. As well as selling cosmetics, the facility will offer various beauty experiences using digital technology, and there will be a hair and makeup salon where customers can receive high quality service for a short period of time. By combining real experience with digital tech, Beauty Square hopes to bring in people of all ages and backgrounds from inside and outside Japan so that they can discover the fun of beauty and unlock their inner charm.
SABFA on the second floor will be home to an all-new lecture and training facility as well as a photo studio. It will train educate and support the next generation of hair and makeup artists who will challenge the ideas of beauty and revolutionise the industry.
SHISEIDO PARLOUR THE HARAJUKU is on the eighth floor where customers will be able to dine on French cuisine and indulge in line-up of wines carefully chosen by sommeliers. The restaurant overlooks Meiji Jingu, and its interior was designed by Kazuya Ura who designed the Twilight Express Mizukaze, a multiple unit sleeping-car excursion train operated by West Japan Railway Company.
Be sure to visit WITH HARAJUKU when it opens in April next year.
Grand Opening: April 2020
Address: 1-14-30 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Souvenirs at Tokyo Station’s GRANSTA Shopping Complex Abundant For the New Year
Tokyo Station’s GRANSTA and GRANSTA Marunouchi shopping complexes are holding a New Year’s from December 26, 2019 to January 5, 2019 where sweets and souvenirs will be sold to beckon the new year. The items are based on the Year of the Rat in the Chinese zodiac for 2020.
Sweets and Souvenirs
Baked New Year 2020 (Contains 5) – ¥1,600 @ Fairycake Fair (Available from December 26)
Tuck into these adorable baked cookies with various celebratory designs including rats, flowers and the year 2020. They are egg flavoured and are made with caramel to create a taste similar to Japanese purin (a type of custard pudding).
High Grade Fresh Japanese Confection Assortment (Contains 6) – ¥1,848 @ Ginza Kanra (Available Mid-December to Mid-January)
Ginza Kanra’s assortment of fancy confections are so pretty they almost seem a waste to eat, each with a variety of motifs such as a rat as well as “Gin no Suzu”ーa silver bell inside Tokyo Station that’s famous as a meeting spot.
Ginza Kikunoya Fukiyose Kaiune Shikan (200g) – ¥1,998 @ Jimbocho Ichi no Ichi (Now on sale until all sell out)
This tin of assorted small sweets includes around 30 types of baked wheat bran treats and more. There’s plenty to keep you going through the New Year celebrations.
Left: Eto Kokeshi Rat – ¥2,090 / Right: Mame Kokeshi Rat – ¥880 @ SHARED TOKYO (Now on sale)
Available in limited quantities only, these cute rat kokeshi dolls would look good even as decorations in small spaces. Their red and white colours add to the festive vibe as these are celebratory colours in Japan.
New Year’s Card Shrimp Senbei Rice Crackers (Contains 11) – ¥1,080 @ Keishindo (Now on sale until all sell out)
Forget regular Christmas cards, hand someone one of these rice crackers instead which feature messages like “Here’s to another great year” in Japanese as well as other New Year motifs.
Osechi and New Year’s Bento
Houjou – ¥8,000 @ Asakusa Imahan (Available January 1 only)
Osechi is food prepared for the New Year in Japan, and this bountiful harvest includes Asakusa Imahan’s famous wagyu black beef, red rice, rice with minced sea bream, and more. These are limited to 10 sets only.
Osechi Shoufuku Suzen – ¥1,800 @Sasahachi (Available January 1-3)
Another delicious mix of osechi like fish wrapped in kombu seaweed, hand-rolled sushi, and more—all of which goes down best with a cup of sake. Limited to 20 servings per day.
This is just a peek into what’s available this New Year at Tokyo Station, so if you’re using the station this year, be sure to stop by.
*All listed prices include tax
New Year’s Fair
Running: December 26, 2019 – January 5, 2020
TOKYO STATION GUIDE Official Website: https://www.tokyoinfo.com/
Häagen-Dazs Releases Strawberry Brownie Parfait and Fondant Chocolate Ice Creams
11.December.2019 | FOOD
Häagen-Dazs Japan released two new mini cup flavours of ice cream on December 10 which will be available for a limited time only: the “Strawberry Brownie Parfait” and “Fondant au Chocolate.”
The strawberry and brownie parfait ice cream is a mix of rich vanilla custard ice cream and chocolate brownie finished with a glaze of sweet and sour strawberry sauce. Enjoy a combination of three different flavours and textures.「
The “Fondant au chocolat” is a crispy sandwich filled with rich dark chocolate ice cream and chocolate sauce. It’s sold in packaging that looks like a high-quality gift box.
If you’re in Japan for the winter then be sure to pick up these two holiday season delights!
Häagen-Dazs Mini Cup Strawberry Brownie Parfait (Limited Edition)
Price: ¥295 (Before Tax)
Release Date: December 10, 2019
Available: At supermarkets, convenience stores, department stores and elsewhere across Japan
Häagen-Dazs Mini Cup Fondant Au Chocolat (Limited Edition)
Price: ¥295 (Before Tax)
Release Date: December 10, 2019
Available: At supermarkets, convenience stores, department stores and elsewhere across Japan
Product Page: https://www.haagen-dazs.co.jp/fondant_au_chocolat_2019/
Korilakkuma Cafe Opens in Harajuku With Projection Mapping Incorporated Dishes
11.December.2019 | FOOD
The all-new “HARAJUKU AR BOX -table projection mapping cafe-” will open in Harajuku, Tokyo on December 21, 2019. This permanent cafe incorporates “interactive tabletop projection mapping” technology developed by Sony. The cafe runs in a “pair seating” system and so tables must be occupied by two people.
The first collaboration to hit the cafe for its grand opening is with Korilakkuma. The collaboration is titled “Korilakkuma Cafe: Inside The Mirror.” Customers will be able to enjoy their meals while playing together with the characters as they walk around their plates and tables through projection mapping technology.
The theme of the cafe is “Korilakkuma inside a mirror,” which sees Korilakkuma meeting another Korilakkuma inside the mirror in a world of cats and cosmetics.
Customers will be able to get their hands on a range of exclusive merchandise with original art illustrated for the cafe, as well as enjoy themed meals which come in the form of courses made to share between two people. They are free to choose an appetizer, main dish and dessert. *Course menu only – items not available to order separately
Menu item names are translated from Japanese.
Appetizers: Soup and Salad
Welcome to the World Inside the Mirror! Soup & Salad
There are two soups to choose from: clam chowder and minestrone. As a pair you can also order one of each.
Omurice – Let’s Draw Together
Chicken and Mushroom Cream Pasta Made Delicious With Magic!
Friendly Twin Korilakkuma Burger (Available December 21 – January 19 only)
There are five main dishes in total to choose from including those above.
Crème Brûlée & Magic Mirror (Available December 21 – January 19 only)
Heart-Filled Fondant Chocolate (Available January 20 to February 16 only)
There are five desserts in total to choose from including those above.
Korilakkuma Cafe au Lait – ¥890 (Served Hot Only)
Korilakkuma Cocoa – ¥890 (Served Hot Only)
Twin Korilakkuma Strawberry Milk – ¥990
When you order a drink, you’ll get an original coaster too.
Pin Badge (6 Designs) – ¥400
Folder Set – ¥500
Sliding Mirror (Pink or Purple) – ¥1,200 Each
There are lots of other exclusive pieces of merchandise to get your hands on too. Every customer will also receive one of two dolomite crystals.
*All listed prices include tax. Photos are for illustrative purposes only.
©2019 San-X Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
Korilakkuma Cafe: Inside The Mirror
Running: December 21, 2019 – March 22, 2020 (Not running December 30, 2019 to January 3, 2020)
Location: HARAJUKU AR BOX -table projection mapping cafe- (4-28-28 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo)
Grand Opening: December 9, 2019 at 16:00
Reservations: Now Open
*This cafe serves course menus for two people to share only
*Drinks ordered separately
Table Projection Mapping Seats: ¥2,500 per person (Before Tax)
*Reservations for two people only
*Course menu charged separately
Official Website: https://korilakkumacafe.jp/
Artist FUKI Collaborates with LINE MUSIC to Make Romantic Bubble Tea at Tai Parfait Cafe
LINE MUSIC-Bu is LINE MUSIC’s research team that studies popular music trends among teen girls. LINE MUSIC-Bu teamed up with love song-writer FUKI, who is releasing one love per month for 12 months, in order to produce a new bubble tea drink and tapioca dessert especially for couples. The drink and dessert is being sold at Tai Parfait Cafe, Yokohama World Porters. FUKI will also perform at a free live gig at Yokohama World Porters on December 25, which is the last day of collaboration drink and tapioca dessert sales.
The collaboration pair-tapi contains two different drinks in a twin split cup. One side of the cup is filled with cafe au lait and the other with a strawberry-flavoured drink. Both sides are stuffed with yummy tapioca pearls and are topped with a mountain of cream. This cute drink sees the perfect opportunity to get closer to your partner.
The second collaboration treat is the Tai Parfait Tapi which is stuffed with strawberries and tapioca pearls. The adorable tai fish is made from sweet dough – and it has cute eyelashes too. The fish’s enormously wide mouth can be seen chomping down on the delicious dessert.
Enjoy a romantic bubble tea and make sure to check out FUKI’s love song LOVE and CRY, which is based on a true story. The song is currently available on a number of digital music services.
Teen girls full of love problems find FUKI’S songs highly relatable. As Yokohama World Porters will be lit up for Christmas, you just can’t miss FUKI’s performance on December 25.
LOVE and CRY / FUKI
Digital Release: November 11, 2019
Tai Parfait Cafe
Selling Until: December 25, 2020
Location: Tai Parfait Cafe, Yokohama World Porters (Floor 5)
Address: 2 Chome-2-1 Shinko, Naka Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa
Opening Hours: 11:00 ー 22:00
Christmas Free Live Gig
Event Name: FANTASTIC CHRISTMAS
Dates: November 8 ー December 25
FUKI’s Performance Date: December 25
Times: 14:00 ー 14:30 and 16:00 ー 16:30 (Stage 2)
Location:Yokohama World Porters Kishamichi Promenade, 2nd Floor Stage
Seven Days War Anime Film Release Promoted With Themed Cafe in Shinjuku
To celebrate the December 13th release of the upcoming anime film Seven Days War, a themed cafe will open at EJ Anime Theater in Shinjuku, Tokyo. The cafe will collaborate with popular creator Pantovisco who has over 680,000 followers across his social media.
The collaboration was born from Pantovisco’s being able to relate to the theme of Seven Days War which focuses on the heart of today’s youth.
The cute menu line-up features Seven Days War-inspired food and desserts with Perochi and his friends joining in with the fun.
There’s also a drinks menu with a line-up of colourful beverages and lattes which you can get various latte art drawings on.
And for every food item ordered on the collaboration menu, you’ll receive an original sticker selected randomly from several designs.
And if you order a drink, you’ll get a special card introducing various characters from both Seven Days War and the world of Pantovisco.
©2019 Osamu Souda・KADOKAWA / Seven Days War Production Committee
Cafe de Perochi with Seven Days War
Running: December 13, 2019 – January 12, 2020
Location: EJ Anime Theater Shinjuku Floor 5F (Shinjuku Bunka Bldg., 3-13-3 Shinjuku, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo)
*Please check the EJ Anime Theater website for details on the menu items and more
・All customers using the cafe during this collaboration must each order at least one item
・Entry restrictions and time limits may be implemented during very busy hours
・Photography allowed including posting online. Post with the hashtag #EJアニメシアター and let them know how you liked it!
*Photography is prohibited for certain displays which will be marked in Japanese with “撮影禁止”
Seven Days War Official Website: http://7dayswar.jp/
Cafe Webpage: https://ej-anime-t.jp/cafe_and_gallery/perochi_7dayswar/
Kirby Pop-Up Shop ‘PLAYFUL KIRBY’ to Open in Laforet Harajuku in Tokyo
LEGS is opening a Kirby-themed pop-up shop named ‘PLAYFUL KIRBY’ for a limited time in Laforet Harajuku, a landmark of Tokyo’s fashion hub Harajuku.
The shop has invited popular Japanese illustrator Shogo Sekine on board, who is known for its distinct typography work which mixes fashion with messages written in English, to create an original line of Kirby apparel and miscellaneous fashion items.
PLAYFUL KIRBY is also teaming up with Converse. Kirby has inhaled a few too many Converse Stars and has turned into a truly fashionable pink blob. The line-up is unisex so can be enjoyed by anyone and everyone. It will include items also available to purchase at Converse Stars branches as well as Laforet Harajuku exclusives.
Witness Nintendo’s Dream Land hero in an all-new light as he becomes a fashion icon at Laforet Harajuku this month from December 16 to 26.
©Nintendo / HAL Laboratory, Inc.
*Photos are for illustrative purposes only
Running: December 16, 2019 – December 26, 2019
Location: Laforet Harajuku’s 2nd Floor CONTAINER (1-11-6 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo)
Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 (Until 19:00 on December 26, 2019)
PLAYFUL KIRBY Official Website: http://playfulkirby.jp
Laforet Harajuku Official Website: https://www.laforet.ne.jp/
Gintama Diner: Tokyo’s Gintama Themed Cafe Heads to Animate Branches Across Japan
Animate Cafe, a chain of cafes that collaborate with popular anime and game franchises, is teaming up with Gintama to open the Gintama Diner for a limited time at the following branches: Ikebukuro 3, Kobe Sannomiya, and Nagoya 2.
The cafe will be inspired by American diners, and will run from December 19 to January 7 next year. Each cafe has its own system for being able to dine there. The Ikebukuro 3 and Kobe Sannomiya branches are all reservation-only, with each daily reservation going through a lottery system for a chance to have a place allocated. The Nagoya 2 branch has the same system for December 19-20 only, otherwise it is first-come, first-served.
Thick-Cut Bacon Burger – ¥850
Yorozuya Gin-chan’s Sakata Parfait – ¥850
Gin’s Strawberry☆Milk – ¥600
The menu features dishes, desserts and drinks inspired by the characters of the series. The bacon burger comes with a side menu item of your choice, with each being based on a specific character’s favourite side menu item. The parfait too is bright and vivid like the Yorozuya members.
When fans order from the themed menu, they’ll receive one of eight possible coasters featuring original designs.
Big Acrylic Stands (Diner ver.)
Squishy Trading Pin Badges
Trading Acrylic Keyrings (Diner ver.)
Fans will also be able to pick up some exclusive cafe merchandise they won’t find anywhere else, including acrylic stands, pin badges, key rings, and moreーall featuring a diner design.
©️Hideaki Sorachi/Shueisha・TV Tokyo・Dentsu Inc.・BNP・Aniplex
*All listed prices include tax
Gintama x Animate Cafe
Running: December 19, 2019 – January 7, 2020
・Animate Cafe Ikebukuro 3
・Animate Cafe Kobe Sannomiya
・Animate Cafe Nagoya 2
How to Enter
You must reserve a place for dining at Animate Cafe Ikebukuro 3 or Animate Cafe Kobe Sannomiya where you will be entered into a lottery and randomly allocated a slot. This applies to Animate Cafe Nagoya 2 for only December 19-20, weekends and public holidays, otherwise this branch is first-come, first-served.
Cafe Website: https://cafe.animate.co.jp/event/gintama1912
KIRBY CAFÉ: The World’s First Permanent Kirby-Themed Café to Open in Tokyo
The KIRBY CAFÉ is set to open on the 4th floor of Toyko Solamachiーthe shopping, dining and entertainment complex under Tokyo Skytreeーon December 12, 2019 as the world’s first permanent Kirby-themed café.
Though we still have a week to wait until Kirby inhales us whole into his café, the official website is already live, showcasing a new line-up of food and merchandise different from that held at the pop-up Kirby cafés (which we have covered extensively in Fukuoka and even Tokyo Solamachi, the latter of which has seen the most pop-ups).
Some of the menu items are served in a Kirby lunch box, on a Kirby plate, and more. Let’s take a look. Menu items below are translated from Japanese.
KIRBY CAFÉ’s Stone Baked Pizza ~Maximum Tomato Margherita~ – ¥1,380 (Before Tax)
KIRBY CAFÉ’s Stone Baked Pizza ~Greedy Half ‘n’ Half~ – ¥3,980 (Before Tax)
Served on an original plate, the half ‘n’ half comes served with two pizza flavours of your choice. Perfect for those times when you can’t decide because all the options are too good!
Kirby’s Munching Loco Moco Bowl – ¥1,980 (Before Tax)
Munch and chew on this tasty serving of loco moco just like Kirby is adorably doing on the lunch box it comes in.
Whole Egg Plant & Meat Pasta: Say Your Wish to the Galaxy – ¥1,380 (Before Tax)
Meta Knight’s Precious Matcha Mousse – ¥780 (Before Tax)
Doctor Kirby’s Secret Lab Soda – ¥1,280 (Before Tax)
As well as these incredible-looking dishes, there’s lots of other cute ones you can order for takeout too.
If you visit the KIRBY CAFÉ, you’ll have to pay a visit to KIRBY CAFÉ THE STORE as well which is located on the 2nd floor of Solamachi. There’s around 200 pieces of Kirby merchandise including exclusives as well as KIRBY CAFÉ-themed items.
The KIRBY CAFÉ has its own soundtrack which you can actually buy at the store too. It will be released on December 12. We did an article about it here.
Customers can received a specially-made sticker with the CD design when they buy something at the café or store.
The KIRBY CAFÉ gives priority to reservations, so if you’re hoping to get sucked into the world of Kirby, be sure to book in advance.
KIRBY CAFÉ TOKYO
Grand Opening: December 12, 2019
Address: Tokyo Skytree Town Solamachi Floor 4F (1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida, Tokyo)
Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:00)
*No fixed holidays except where Tokyo Solamachi is closed
Reservations & Website: https://kirbycafe.jp/tokyo/
*Reservations for February 2020 onward will open on Christmas Day at 18:00 (JST)
*Reservations can only be made via the official website – phone reservations not available
*The merchandise corner at the café is limited to café customers
*Depending on how busy the café is, customers may be permitted entry on the day without a reservation
*There is an allocated 85-minute time limit for using the café, and a group limit of up to 8 people
KIRBY CAFÉ THE STORE
Address: Tokyo Skytree Town Solamachi East Yard Floor 2F (1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida, Tokyo)
Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00
Hilton Tokyo Bay Tips Over the Toy Box to Reveal Playful Pink Strawberry Dessert Buffet
05.December.2019 | FOOD
Tokyo Disney Resort® ‘s official hotel Hilton Tokyo Bay will be serving up a strawberry dessert buffet called Strawberry Playroom from December 28 at lounge O. The buffet will be served exclusively on weekends and national holidays excluding New Year’s Day.
Hilton Tokyo Bay has tipped over the toy box, creating a dessert buffet which is like the playroom of every little girl’s dreams. The interior decor of the buffet room is a nostalgic throwback to the Vaporwave days of dial-up internet, bulky CRT TVs and retro games, however, everything is transformed with a pop pink filter.
If you think the decor is playful, just wait until you see the desserts. Slice into the heart-shaped Very Berry Cream Cake and a strawberry and heart-shaped chocolate filling will come bursting out like a jack-in-the-box. This is the dessert to go for if you want a slice of fun.
Delving deeper into the world of toys, you will discover the Berry Brownie Toys dessert, which is garnished with chocolate robot toys.
The MELTY or NOT Mousse Cake is the only time you won’t feel disappointed seeing a dropped ice cream. This vanilla mousse cake is topped with a “melting ice cream” and is freshly baked from the fantasy oven.
When you need a break from all the sugar intake or are looking for a late lunch, make sure to check out the 15 savoury dishes. Some savoury dishes include the Infinite Coleslaw Tower, which is made of purple cabbage and crunchy fried noodles, the Peachy Pink Beetroot Scattered Sushi (Chirashizushi) which is made from purple sushi rice and the Macaroni Gratin Treasure Hunt which challenges you to find the macaroni with a unique shape.
All together, the buffet includes approximately 40 varieties of fun savoury mains and desserts for you to enjoy and are bound to get lots of likes on your Instagram.
Strawberry Dessert Buffet: Strawberry Playroom
Location: Hilton Tokyo Bay Lobby “Lounge O”
(1-8 Maihama, Urayasu, Chiba)
Running: December 28, 2019 – April 12, 2020
*Open only on weekends and national holidays. Closed on New Year’s Day.
Opening Hours: 3:00 ー 15:00/ 15:30 ー 17:30 (Two sessions per day, each runs for two hours each)
Price**: Adult: ¥3,100, 4 – 8 y/o: ¥1,200, 9 -12 y/o: ¥1,800
*Drinks bar access included (Approx. 15 drinks)
** Prices Before Tax and Service Charge
Reservation Tel: 047-355-5000 (Restaurant Extension Number)