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!
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“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.
New Open Fruit Sandwich Shop ‘Fruits Panda by bekkaku’ Opens at Kyoto Tower
04.June.2020 | FOOD
Kyoto-based confectionery company Bijuu opened its new shop “Fruits Panda by bekkaku” inside Kyoto Tower on June 4, 2020.
Premium sandwiches made with high quality bread
Fruits Panda by bekkaku serves colourful and Instagrammable open sandwiches made from bread baked by Kyoto-based luxury bread company bekkaku which is topped with a variety of fresh fruits and one of the shop’s rich creams. The in-house made creams, whether it be the caramel cream, condensed milk cream, or another, all bring out the delicious taste of both the fruit and bread.
Strawberry Panda (Strawberries/Red Bean Paste/Condensed Milk Cream): ¥350 (Tax Included)
Topped with fresh strawberries and sweet red bean paste, this open sandwich is served with a side of velvety condensed milk cream for a harmony of flavours.
Kiwi Panda (Kiwi/Honey Cream): ¥350 (Tax Included)
Sweet and sour kiwis coupled with sweet honey is a match made in heaven that creates a refreshing aftertaste.
Banana Panda (Banana/Chocolate Cream): ¥350 (Tax Included)
Subtly sweet fried bananas and rich chocolate cream are a classic combination which create a full-bodied aroma and delicious aftertaste.
The shop will also be selling bekku’s “Tanabiki” bread, so if you visit the shop, use this opportunity to try out their luxurious loaves.
Fruits Panda by bekkaku plans to serve seasonal combinations too so customers can enjoy their open fruit sandwiches all year round.
Fruits Panda by bekkaku
Location: Kyoto Tower (Floor 1F), 721-1 Higashishiokojicho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, 600-8216
McFlurry® Black Thunder Make its Delicious Return to McDonald’s Japan
03.June.2020 | FOOD
McDonald’s Japan is collaborating with the hugely popular Japanese chocolate bar “Black Thunder” to release the “McFlurry® Black Thunder” at all McDonald’s branches across Japan for a limited time from June 10, 2020.
The McFlurry® is known to every McDonald’s customer. Made from delicious soft serve ice cream, it is mixed with various toppings and sauces and then blitzed at high speed to create a smooth, velvety dessert. The dessert has seen many collaborations with other products in Japan in the past, and it’s been 2 years since it has been mixed with Black Thunder.
McFlurry® Black Thunder: ¥290 (Tax Included)
The McFlurry® Black Thunder sees the rich, velvety ice cream combined with crumbly Black Thunder so you get the crunch of the cocoa cookie and biscuit. It’s also drizzled in a chocolate sauce that has been frozen for added crunchiness. You get the bitterness of the cocoa cookie and the sweetness of the chocolate come through.
The dessert will be served in a limited edition Black Thunder cup too. These are available while supplies last.
If you’re in Japan, don’t miss out on the delicious return of the McFlurry® Black Thunder.
McFlurry® Black Thunder
Serving: June 10, 2020 – Mid July 2020 (Subject to change)
Available: Most McDonald’s branches in Japan
Stunning Hydrangea Parfait Now Being Served at Itohkyuemon’s Cafe in Kyoto
02.June.2020 | FOOD
Kyoto-based tea company Itohkyuemon is now serving its gorgeous new “Hydrangea Parfait” at each of its cafes.
Hydrangea Parfait: ¥1,290 (Tax Included) / With Drink ¥1,690 (Tax Included)
In Kyoto’s city of Uji, where Itohkyuemon’s cafes are based, lies Mimuroto Temple which is famous for its hydrangeas. The temple bustles with tourists and sightseers during Japan’s rainy season who flock to see the gorgeous gardens. During this season, wait times for the cafe can last up to three hours.
The Hydrangea Parfait is made with mashed sweet matcha hydrangea, hydrangea-coloured crushed jelly, tea leaf-shaped matcha cookies, blueberries, and more.
Itohkyuemon will also be serving a special “Hydrangea Chakai” tea set for ¥1,900 (tax included) which sees the parfait topped with warabimochi. You also get a drink of your choice.
Serving: From May 19, 2020 until stock sells out
Available: Itohkyuemon Uji Honten / Itohkyuemon JR Uji Station / Itohkyuemon Gion-Shijo
Official Website: https://www.itohkyuemon.co.jp/corporate/
Kyoto Neko Neko: Cat Shaped Desserts and Pastries Served at Kyoto’s New Bakery
02.June.2020 | FOOD
ALL HEARTS COMPANY, a Japanese company that develops bakeries and patisseries across Japan, opened its new bakery and confectionery shop Kyoto Neko Neko in Shijo, Kyoto on June 1, 2020. There, they are serving cat-shaped pastries and desserts including Kyoto-exclusive products from their Neko Neko Bread brand and Neko Neko Cheesecake shop.
Kyoto Neko Neko Danish Bread: ¥1,200 (Before Tax)
This butter-loaded Danish pastry is folded into a braid shape and baked which keeps the pastry moist. It’s topped with a sprinkling of sugar, leaving it glistening. It’s recommended that you first try the pastry as it is—soft and moist. You can then try lighting toasting it which gives it a crispy texture and brings out the delicious aroma of the butter.
Products are packaged in a cute box making them a great gift idea.
Kyoto Neko Neko Cheesecake (On sale from mid-June 2020)
This cheesecake is made with Brie de Meaux cheese and is laced with black cocoa. The luxurious cheese combined with black soy beans and brown sugar syrup jelly makes for a marriage between Japanese and Western flavours. You get an extra layer of deliciousness too with a dusting of soy flour.
Kyoto Neko Neko Bread (Plain): ¥550 (Before Tax)
This Kyoto version of the Neko Neko Bread is still made without water, but rather than using only milk, Kyoto Neko Neko has added soy milk made using soy beans from a tofu shop in Kyoto, lending a smooth and rich flavour to the bread. And instead of mascarpone cheese, Kyoto Neko Neko uses soybean cream, and instead of dairy butter a soy cream butter.
Kyoto Neko Neko Bread (Houjicha): ¥680 (Before Tax)
Kyoto Neko Neko Bread (Matcha): ¥680 (Before Tax)
There’s also a houjicha flavour made with houjicha tea and white chocolate, as well as a matcha flacvour combined with black soybean.
Kyoto Neko Neko Shioji
Address: 578 Obiyamachi, Tachiuri Nakanocho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto
Grand Opening: June 1, 2020
Opening Hours: 10:30-18:00
No Fixed Holidays (Closed: New Year’s Holidays)
Official Website: https://nekoshoku.jp/
Brown Sugar Syrup Dorayaki to be Sold at FamilyMart Convenience Stores in Japan
30.May.2020 | FOOD
With shops and businesses temporarily closed as a result of lockdown measures in Japan, Japanese convenience store chain FamilyMart is currently collaborating with famous shops around Japan. They recently teamed up with famous matcha company Kanbayashi Shunsho Honten to stock some authentic matcha treats on its shelves.
For its 5th collaboration, FamilyMart is collaborating with Eitaro Sohonpo, a Japanese confectionery store that has been around since 1818, to bring the company’s brown sugar syrup dorayaki to their own shelves from May 29, 2020. Since being released in December 2018, the dessert has been sold over 1 million times.
The dorayaki is made with Eitaro Sohonpo’s brown sugar syrup and coarse sweet red bean paste. Each and every ingredient is chosen with care to create this luxurious dessert. The adzuki beans are soaked in a brown sugar syrup made from sugar from Okinawa Prefecture. It’s also made with whole soybean soy sauce and a whipped cream that’s made from a blend of fresh Hokkaido cream and 26% milk.
The dorayaki pastry is soaked in brown sugar syrup which when eaten with the whipped cream and coarse sweet bean paste makes it truly a dessert for the gods.
Eitaro Sohonpo – Brown Sugar Syrup Dorayaki (Japanese Name: 黒みつしみうま生どら焼)
Price: ¥298 (Tax Included)
Release Date: May 29, 2020
Available: Japan (Except Okinawa)
FamilyMart Official Website: https://www.family.co.jp/
Beauty Connection Ginza’s Fruits Salon Reveals Mango Menu Line-Up
30.May.2020 | FOOD
Beauty Connection Ginza and its second floor fruit course cafe Fruits Salon have been closed since April 8, 2020 as a result of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. But that hasn’t stopped Fruits Corner wanting to deliver its tasty treats to customers as it reveals its new mango themed menu which is set to run for the whole month of June. It will be taking online orders.
Following the pear, citrus fruits, and strawberry line-ups, the new mango course is made up of four different vitamin-packed and refreshing accompaniments, all made with fresh mangoes from Miyazaki Prefecture.
Mango Full Course: ¥4,400 (Tax Included)
1st. plate “Terrine”
2nd. plate “Airy Tart”
Each of the four plates, packed full of rich and sweet mangoes, offers refreshing taste to give you that early summertime vibe.
3rd. plate “Parfait”
4th. plate “Dried Fruits/Mignardises/After-Meal Drink)
The third plate is a gorgeous, eye-catching parfait centred on mango gelato and made up of delicious ingredients that all come together harmoniously. Mix everything together to create new flavours. The full course is 90 minutes, and beckons you to use all five of your senses to enjoy it.
Beauty Connection Ginza Fruits Salon
Address: 2F, 7-9-15 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00
Matcha and Fruit Shaved Ice & Other Desserts Arriving to Saryo FUKUCHA in Kyoto This Summer
28.May.2020 | FOOD
Saryo FUKUCHA is a cafe that was opened by FUKUJUEN in Kyoto Station in April 2019. A new batch of seasonal summertime menu items are set to arrive this June, including shaved ice drizzled in Uji tea and fruit sauce, a refreshing Uji matcha soda made with fresh fruit and jelly, and floats. These items will be served from June 1 to September 30 with a takeout option available.
Uji Matcha & Fruit Shaved Ice
Matcha Berry Shaved Ice: ¥950 / Strong Matcha Berry Shaved Ice: ¥1,100 / Houjicha Banana Shaved Ice: ¥950 (All Before Tax)
The “Matcha Berry” shaved ice is paired with rich Uji matcha ice cream and berry sauce. It’s also topped with a wafer cake shaped like a flower and filled with white bean paste, rice flour dumplings, and fruit.
Uji Tea White Peach Soda / Uji Tea Lemon Soda: ¥650 Each (Before Tax)
Full-bodied kabusecha tea from Uji made into a soda with fresh fruit pieces and jelly for a refreshing combination. Pick from super refreshing lemon or subtly sweet white peach.
Uji Matcha Float / Houjicha Float: ¥700 Each (Before Tax)
These floats are made using the best tea leaves selected by FUKUJUEN which are used to make a rich and frothy tea latte. Added to that is a dollop of soft serve ice cream topped with red bean paste and dried wheat gluten. Choose between authentic Uji matcha or aromatic houjicha.
Strawberry Flower Wafer Cake / Chestnut Houjicha Wafer Cake: ¥350 Each (Before Tax)
Fruit wafer cakes are a popular dessert at Saryo FUKUCHA, and for the first time ever they are making them available for takeout so customers can enjoy them at home too. Pick from the strawberry flower flavour made with white bean paste or the chestnut and houjicha with chocolate cream.
Cream Anmitsu (Matcha/Houjicha): ¥700 (Before Tax)
FUKUCHAs specially-made anmitsu, or syrup-covered anko bean jam, is the perfect way to cool down on a hot summer’s day. It’s mixed with Uji tea honey and topped with various toppings like milk agar-agar, black soybeans, rice flour dumplings, white peach, raspberry, and mizu manju.
Address: 901 Higashi Shiokojicho, Karasumadori Shiokoji Sagaru,, Shimogyo-Ku Kyoto Station Bldg. 2F, Kyoto 600-8216 Kyoto Prefecture
Opening Hours: 8:30-21:00 (Last Orders 20:30)
*The cafe is currently running on reduced opening hours as of May 26, 2020. Hours are now 10:00-19:00 (Last Orders 18:30). Times are subject to change.
Official Website: https://fukucha-fukujuen.com/
Ginza’s Legendary Strawberry Mille-Feuille Dessert Arrives to Japan’s Kansai Region
28.May.2020 | FOOD
VMG HOTELS & UNIQUE VENUES is now serving a certain strawberry mille-feuille at several locations across Japan’s Kansai region. Available from May 26 to 31, t’s a recreation of the legendary dessert “Napoleon Pie” from Ginza in Tokyo.
In 1966, Sony co-founder Akio Morita opened a restaurant called Maxim’s de Paris with the idea in mind to create a place for adults to meet and socialise over food. Since opening, it has tickled the taste buds of customers with its authentic French cuisine and dazzled them with its deep crimson decor. The “Napoleon Pie” is an especially popular dessert that has gained a legendary status. The custard is laced with fragrant cointreau, and the thick pastry is stuffed with strawberries. The dessert gets its name from how it looks like Napoleon’s hat.
This strawberry mille-feuille is now being sold at select locations in Kyoto and Hyogo for just six days. It’s the first time for the dessert to be served in Kansai.
The dessert is available for takeout so customers can enjoy an at-home cafe experience.
Kyoto: LE UN FUNATSURU Kyoto Kamogawa Resort (TEL: 075-351-8541)
Kobe: LE UN Kobe Geihinkan (TEL: 078-739-7600)
Half Size (8cm x 11cm x 12cm): ¥3,240 (Tax Included)
Full Size (16cm x 11cm x 12cm): ¥6,480 (Tax Included)
Kyoto (FUNATSURU Kyoto Kamogawa Resort, 180 Minoyachō, Shimogyō, Kyoto) [Serving: May 26, 30, 31]
Hyogo (Kobe Kitano Ijinkan-Gai, 2-9-3 Kitanochō, Chūō Ward, Kobe, Hyogo) [Serving: May 27-29]
*Available for takeout at THE GRAND GINZA following the Kansai sales
*Delivery available in the city until June 20, 2020
3 New Limited-Edition Botanical Drinks to Arrive This Summer at BOTANIST Tokyo
27.May.2020 | FOOD
BOTANIST Tokyo, the flagship shop of BOTANIST in Omotesando, has announced a new collection of limited-edition drinks will be served on the second floor BOTANIST Cafe from July 12, 2020. BOTANIST Tokyo is currently closed but it scheduled to reopen on June 1.
There are three new refreshing drinks to choose from, all of which can be ordered for takeout. From apple mint to grapefruit, each beverage us the perfect accompaniment for cooling you down in Japan this summer.
Refresh Soda: ¥600 (Tax Included)
A combination of grapefruit jelly and fizzy soda water make this one of those drinks that you go “Ahh!” afterwards on a hot summer’s day. There’s also a hint of sweet green apple.
Botanical Melon Soda: ¥800 (Tax Included)
This is a smoothie which blends together two types of melon soda and adds melon jelly and a dollop of ice cream. It’s like a dessert in a cup!
Banana & Avocado Refresh Smoothie: ¥720 (Tax Included)
Enjoy the sweetness of banana and sugar beet together with the smoothness texture of the avocado in this smoothie which has apple and mint mixed into it for that refreshing summertime kick.
The cafe’s regular menu has also been revised to add three new desserts.
Vegan Waffles w/Drink: ¥800 (Tax Included)
These vegan waffles are healthier for the body if you’re looking for some guilt-free indulgence. It’s topped with soy whipped cream, maple syrup, and fruits of your choice.
Lemon Cheesecake w/Drink: ¥1,000 (Tax Included)
A crunchy cookie base, a creamy cheese top, and a lemon to top it all off. The combination of the salty flavour with the sour hit is a match made in heaven.
Homemade Rich Pudding: ¥500 (Tax Included)
An in-house made purin, which is a type of Japanese custard pudding. It’s a delightful mix of rich egg and subtly sweet soy whipped cream.
Customers who spend over ¥4,000 (tax included) on items in the Refresh Series will also be entered in for a chance to win a “Refresh Soda.” The soda is available while supplies last.
Serving: June 1, 2020 – July 12, 2020
Serving: From June 1, 2020
Address: 6-29-2 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo (1st Floor – Shop / 2nd Floor – Cafe)
TEL: 1st Floor: 03-5766-3777 / 2nd Floor: 03-5766-3778
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00
Official Website: https://shop.botanistofficial.com/
Tropical Flavoured Pikachu Puré Gummies Dropping This Summer
Japanese confectionery company Kanro has revealed its new limited-edition, tropical flavoured Pikachu gummies which it developed in collaboration with Pokémon for its Puré gummy range. They will be released in Japan on June 2, 2020.
The sweet and chewy tropical gummies are made with pineapple juice which is the main flavour, mango juice, and banana juice. They also added a soda flavour for that Pikachu thunderbolt kick (and to balance the flavours!)
They come in limited-edition Pikachu shapes
A packet of these gummies includes the classic heart-shaped Puré gummy sweets as well as Pikachu-shaped ones. There are also four packet designs all featuring original and exclusive Pikachu illustrations.
Additionally, for a limited time, the regular lemon, grape, and muscat grape Puré gummy packaging feature Pikachu’s paw prints on the front and back. There are even hidden Pikachu-shaped gummies inside these regular packets.
Pikachu online promotion
The product is being promoted over on the official Puré Twitter page. Pikachu is set to take over the page this June with promotional videos.
Puré Gummy Pokémon Dengeki Tropical Flavour
Release Date: June 2, 2020
Official Website: https://www.kanro.jp/pure/
Famous Japanese Matcha Company Collaborates With Japan’s Convenience Stores
26.May.2020 | FOOD
With shops and businesses temporarily closed as a result of lockdown measures in Japan, Japanese convenience store chain FamilyMart decided that since people can’t as easily get their hands on authentic matcha right now, they would collaborate with the famous matcha company Kanbayashi Shunsho Honten to stock some authentic matcha treats on its shelves. They were released at FamilyMart branches across Japan on May 19, 2020.
Umami Matcha Parfait
The parfait begins with a soft sponge bottom and is then layered with milk mousse and matcha mousse before being topped with matcha jelly, red bean paste, and other tasty accompaniments.
Umami Matcha Cheesecake Baumkuchen
The matcha baumkuchen is made using authentic Uji matcha and is baked to look like a cheesecake. You get the full rich matcha kick with this one.
Hidetoshi Kanbayashi (Kanbayashi Shunsho Honten) | Comment
“We use a blend of first-grade Uji matcha and top it with jelly and matcha mousse. We have made it in such a way that you can enjoy the full flavour and aroma of the matcha itself. Please enjoy.”
Kanbayashi Shunsho Honten Umami Matcha Parfait
Price: ¥298 (Tax Included)
Released: May 19, 2020
Available: FamilyMart convenience stores across Japan (except Okinawa)
Kanbayashi Shunsho Honten Umami Matcha Cheesecake Baumkuchen
Price: ¥298 (Tax Included)
Released: May 19, 2020
Available: FamilyMart convenience stores across Japan (except Okinawa)
FamilyMart Official Website: https://www.family.co.jp/
Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Pompompurin Cheese Tarts
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.
In today’s recipe, I’ll be showing you how I made a batch of Pompompurin cheese tarts made using store-bought tart cups.
Ingredients (Makes 9-10)
9-10 store bought tart cups
200g cream cheese (brought to room temperature)
1 egg yolk
50ml fresh cream
8g potato starch (katakuriko)
Vanilla beans to taste (can be substituted for vanilla extract)
1 tbsp lemon juice
Pour the following ingredients into a bowl in this order: cream cheese→sugar→egg yolk→vanilla beans→fresh cream→potato starch. Mix well. Make sure when you put the potato starch in last that you sprinkle it thinly.
Bake the tart cups in an oven at 180℃ for 15-20 minutes. If you don’t have store-bought cups, you can use small cocotte dishes.
Leave to cool. Now you can start drawing the face.
For the hat I used sliced chocolate, for the ears sliced cheese, and for the facial features a chocolate pen.
Once you’ve drawn the face, it’s time to tuck in!
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!