Just an hour’s ride from Tokyo on Shinkansen. Tea-picking tour will be held in Shizuoka Prefecture
05.March.2018 | SPOT
Oyaizu Seiichi Shoten has started accepting reservations for the tea-picking event called, “Shin Chatsumi Taiken Tour.” The tea fields are located very near Shizuoka Station, just 15 minutes away. The tour will be held from the 20th of April to the 30th of June.
“Shin Chatsumi Taiken Tour” is a rare experience-based event which both adults and children can enjoy.
Many kinds of activities such as, a tea-picking experience, tempura-eating experience where you can eat fresh tea leaf tempura, touring of tea-processing/packing and sweets items producing factories, purchasing matcha desserts/gelato in the antenna shop “Gashoan” and participating in the “tea leaves – all-you-can-stuff-in-the-bag” event.
In addition, reservations for the “factory-observing/experiencing tour” can now be made. In this tour, you can observe the tea factory/storage room and learn all about the varieties of Japanese teas.
Let’s participate in these experienced-based green tea events!
Chiikawa Themed Cafe to Open for Limited Time at Shizuoka PARCO
Twitter-famous character Chiikawa is coming to Shizuoka PARCO starting September 16! Guests can enjoy a cafe on the first floor of the facility serving specially-crafted treats, and can head to the fourth floor for a shop selling original Chiikawa cafe goods.
Hachiware Cream Soda / Chiikawa Cream Soda / Usagi Cream Soda: ¥990 each (Tax Included)
Fluffy Cloud Latte with Character Sugar: ¥1,100 (Tax Included)
Yoroi-san’s Strawberry Milk: ¥990 (Tax Included)
Best Friends Cookie Set (3 cookies): ¥880 (Tax Included, takeout only)
Each drink order will come with a random coaster (15 designs total).
Mug: ¥1,540 (Tax Included)
Cafe Chef Plushies: ¥1,430 (Tax Included)
Cafe Employee Plushies: ¥1,430 (Tax Included)
Bowl: ¥2,200 (Tax Included)
Random Acrylic Keychain (8 designs): ¥660 (Tax Included)
*Limit 2 items per person per type of merchandise. For random items, the limit is 10 items per person per type.
*Images are for reference only. Not all products are shown.
*Contents are subject to change.
4th Floor Shop Special Goods
Guests spending ¥4,400 or more (including tax) will receive an original cork coaster!
The Chiikawa manga, created by Japanese illustrator nagano, is extremely popular on Twitter for its cute illustrations and heartwarming stories. In August, the second Chiikawa book was released.
Who is your favorite Chiikawa character?
Chiikawa Cafe Drink Stand
Running: September 16 – October 3, 2021
Hours: 10:00-20:00 (last food order at 19:00, last drink order at 19:30)
Location: Shizuoka PARCO 1F (6-7 Koyamachi, Aoi-ku, Shizuoka)
Chiikawa Cafe Shop
Running: September 16 – October 3, 2021
Location: Shizuoka PARCO 4F
Official Site: https://shizuoka.parco.jp/
Three PEANUTS Collaboration Tea Cans Available From Senchado Tokyo
21.August.2021 | FOOD
Single-origin Sencha speciality store Senchado Tokyo will be collaborating with PEANUTS for the PEANUTS ~Look To Tomorrow~ limited event, held between August 11 and 24, 2021.
“We’re All Friends” Theme
“We’re All friends” is the theme of the PEANUTS ~Look to Tomorrow~ collab, with PEANUTS & Friends themed goods available to purchase. Senchado Tokyo offers “teatime with friends” and “a solo teatime.”
The collaboration has been produced and designed to offer a fun teatime at home, with joy in every option.
The collaboration item designs feature Snoopy reading while drinking tea, Snoopy relaxing in an empty cup, and Charlie Brown enjoying some tea while listening to records.
PEANUTS Collaboration Single-Origin Sencha Can: ¥1,977 (Tax Included)
PEANUTS Collaboration Hojicha Can: ¥1,836 (Tax Included)
PEANUTS Collaboration Genmaicha: ¥1,944 (Tax Included)
The Sencha is made using single-origin blend Uji Midori from Kyoto, while the Hojicha is made with stems shallowly roasted in far-infrared to bring out a dazzling fragrance. The Genmaicha blend uses single-origin Saemidori and brown rice.
Whether you’re relaxing with a cup of tea or enjoying a toast with somebody precious, why not invite Snoopy to join your teatime?
PEANUTS ~Look to Tomorrow~
Availability: August 11 ~ August 21 (From 18:00 on August 3 online)
Official Site: https://h.hankyu-dept.jp/honten/h/peanuts/index.html
Sendagaya’s Japanese Tea Cafe Hachiya Reopens After Renovations
07.July.2021 | FOOD
Hachiya, a Japanese tea cafe located in Setagaya, Tokyo, reopened on June 28 after undergoing renovations.
Handmade onigiri rice balls
Seasonal fruit anmitsu with Japanese tea set
Hachiya offers a new way to enjoy Japanese tea, serving it in a range of styles such as carbonated, as a tea latte, in smoothies, and more. It’s located in Setagaya, a stylish and relaxed part of Shibuya that’s surrounded by trees and plants and has become more talked about in recent years. Alongside the cafe’s reopening, it has also introduced new items to the menu such as onigiri and animitsu which can be enjoyed together with a cup of tea.
Matcha with confections
Ice cream available in four flavours: vanilla, nanko-ume, sobacha, and kusa mochi
Other new menu items include a set of matcha and confections as well as four different ice cream flavours, all of which go perfect with Japanese tea.
The cafe has incorporated a new lightning system and has also introduced a special coating that uses photocatalysis which can eliminate up to 99% COVID-19, allowing for guests to enjoy their time there safely.
Reopening: June 28, 2021
Address: 3-2-10 Setagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 8:30-18:30 (Last Orders 18:15)
Closed: Weekends / National Holidays/ New Year
Acccess: 2-minutes on foot from Kita-Sando Station / 8-minutes on foot from Harajuku Station
Hachiya Official Website: http://8ya.jp/
Kirin Announces Restoration Project With Gogo no Kocha Milk Tea
01.June.2021 | FOOD
Kirin Beverage launched the Gogo Tea Happiness Project on June 1, 2021. The project will donate the proceeds made from select products to locations in Japan that require support in restoration efforts. The first product to launch is the ‘Gogo no Kocha for HAPPINESS Kumamoto Strawberry Tea’ which released in limited quantities in Japan on Tuesday.
Kirin Group launched a similar project in 2011 called the ‘Kirin Bond Project.’ in 2016, they began efforts to support the people of Kumamoto after the earthquake that struck there that year – to ‘bind’ them to the future. From then until 2018, they also shot commercials for their Gogo no Kocha milk tea brand at Miharashidai Station, Shirakawa River, and other places around Kumamoto, as well as promoted the village of Minamiaso to showcase its beautiful natural environment.
The Gogo Tea Happiness Project takes Kirin back to Kumamoto to continue helping to support restoration efforts, something the company has been doing since July 2011 after the Great East Japan Earthquake struck. For every bottle of Gogo no Kocha for HAPPINESS Kumamoto Strawberry Tea sold, not only does 3.9 yen of the proceeds go towards supporting Kumamoto, it also gives people around Japan the chance to try a type of strawberry grown in Kumamoto called yuubeni. The project also ties in with the 35th anniversary of Kirin’s Gogo no Kocha tea.
Gogo no Kocha for HAPPINESS Kumamoto Strawberry Tea
Japanese Product Name: キリン 午後の紅茶 for HAPPINESS 熊本県産いちごティー
Released: June 1, 2021
Price: ¥140 (Before Tax)
Official Website: https://www.kirin.co.jp/
Cinnamoroll’s Warm & Fluffy Dessert Party to Grace Hilton Osaka This Summer
22.May.2021 | Uncategorized
Hilton Osaka’s second floor restaurant Folk Kitchen has announced a collaboration with Sanrio to serve up Cinnamoroll’s Warm & Fluffy Dessert Party, a food menu themed on Sanrio’s popular character Cinnamoroll who took home the number one spot in the 2020 Sanrio Character Ranking. He was born up on a cloud in the sky, and that’s where guests are invited to dine with him: on his dessert wonderland, featuring around 25 dreamy-cute items, atop a fluffy cloud. The restaurant will take on special decorations for the menu’s duration, and guests might even spot some other familiar Sanrio faces too like Hello Kitty, My Melody, and more.
Raindrop & Dance Yogurt Ring Cake
Kuru Kuru Coffee Cup Peach Mousse
Warm & Fluffy Cloud Mousse
Cafe Cinnamoron Cream-Loaded Pastries /Brown Sugar Chocolate Flower Tarts
I Dropped My Ice Cream – Chocolate Mousse & Blackcurrant Cake
This is Hilton Osaka’s third summer dessert buffet in a row held in collaboration with Sanrio’s characters. Focusing on the greatly loved Cinnamoroll, whose fandom is mostly made up of those in their teens and 20’s, guests can look forward to tucking into a deliciously kawaii menu. The restaurant’s pastry chef Hyaku, also known as the wizard of smell and texture, recommends the ‘Raindrop & Dance Yogurt Ring Cake’ which is made with a fruity mango cream that melts into a creamy sour mousse. The raindrops are represented by chocolate, and the fluffy cloud is actually crunchy meringue. The dessert captures the bright and sparkly world of Cinnamoroll.
The ‘Kuru Kuru Coffee Cup Peach Mousse’ is loaded with peach compote and vanilla mousse for an exquisite balance of flavours. It’s topped off with Sanrio characters made of chocolate.
The ‘Warm & Fluffy Cloud Mousse’ has a gorgeous pink gradation. Inside the honey mousse is a refreshing layering of sudachi citrus jelly, fresh orange, and pistachio biscuit.
There’s also the ‘Cafe Cinnamoron Cream-Loaded Pastries’ and ‘Brown Sugar Chocolate Flower Tarts’ which capture the cuteness of Cinnamoroll.
There’s also a refreshing dessert-in-a-glass for cooling down over the summer: the ‘Marshmallow Truffle’ which is inspired by unicorns. It has alternating layers of raspberry and lychee cream which when mixed create all-new delights for your taste buds.
Another fun item on the menu is the ‘I Dropped My Ice Cream – Chocolate Mousse & Blackcurrant Cake.’ Now that’s a mouthful! The ice cream cake is steeped in elderflower foam which goes amazingly well with the chocolate mousse. Other bites include the hibiscus-scented ‘Almond Panna Cotta White Peach Compote’ and the ‘Rainbow Agar-Agar’ among other things.
Cinnamoroll’s Warm & Fluffy Dessert Wonderland – Sanrio Characters Collaboration Afternoon Tea Set
There’s even a special afternoon tea set served in a cute little jewellery box!
There are many kawaii moments to be had in Japan, and this is one of many!
Cinnamoroll’s Warm & Fluffy Dessert Wonderland – Sanrio Characters Collaboration Tea Party
Japanese Name: シナモロールのふわもこスイーツワンダーランド ～サンリオキャラクターズ コラボティーパーティー～
Running: June 4, 2021 – September 12, 2021
Where: Folk Kitchen (Hilton Osaka Floor 2F)
Serving Times: Everyday 15:00-16:30
Price: [Weekdays] ¥4,900 Per Person / [Weekends] ¥5,300 Per Person
Afternoon Tea Set
Running: June 4, 2021 – September 12, 2021
Where: MYPLACE Cafe & Bar (Hilton Osaka Floor 1F)
Serving Times: 12:00 until daily limited stock runs out
Price: ¥4,500 Per Person
Enjoy a Cup of High Quality Japanese Tea in the Morning at This New Cafe in Nagoya
Mirume Shinryoku Sabo is a new cafe and tea-lover paradise that opened in Nagoya on May 10, 2021, serving high quality bottled Japanese tea, desserts, and other delicious delights.
Daifuku : Eat-In ¥250 (Tax Included)
Ise Tea Sweet Bean Jelly: Eat-In ¥250 / Store ¥500 (Tax Included)
Ise Tea Cheesecake: Eat-In ¥350 / Store ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
Mirume Shinryoku Sabo is the newest cafe to be opened by Shinryoku Sabo, an award-winning tea company in Mie Prefecture. The cafe’s tea experience includes using a kyuusu, which is a type of small teapot, to brew Isecha green tea. Customers can learn the best way to prepare tea from an in-house instructor of Japanese tea, who will also provide backstory on the tea leaves used. Their deliciously brewed cup can be paired with a variety of desserts like daifuku, maju, cheesecake, and more.
The cafe also sells the “Morning Bottle,” its signature bottled cold-brew tea which is prepared on the day in the early morning. Bottles can be returned to the cafe to be reused, allowing for no waste. Since the tea is cold-brewed, it also contains little caffeine.
Mirume Shinryoku Sabo
Address: 1-36-57 Nagono, Nishi Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 451-0042, Japan
Opening Hours: [8:00-10:00] Morning Bottle only / [11:00-22:00] Cafe & Store
PROJECT ATAMI Launches to Promote Artists in Atami
The all-new PROJECT ATAMI has been launched by AKAO ART RESIDENCE and artist support group ATAMI (ASIAN) ART GRANT.」
PROJECT ATAMI comes as a way to shine the light on the art of creators in Atami, a city in Shizuoka. It’s a chance to learn about the city and experience it using all five senses so people walk away never forgetting their Atami experience.
©️Ichiro Endo, Wall Art Festival
little hong kong; a little rooftop, 2020
1. AKAO ART RESIDENCE
At AKAO ART RESIDENCE, 20 artists get to stay at Hotel New Akao each year and have free reigns to create. Artists communicate with coordinators and hotel staff about their work from beginning to end throughout a period of a month. The program sees artists leaving their work bit by bit in the hopes that the hotel guests will be able to enjoy it.
HIRO TANAKA, Maki Ohkojima, Mitsuoka Koichi, Taira Ichikawa (Term 1: March-April)
Ichiro Endo, Akio Suzuki, Hiromi Miyakata, 花坊 (Term 2: May-June)
2. ATAMI (ASIAN) ART GRANT
ATAMI (ASIAN) ART GRANT is providing 30 artists with funds raised through sponsorship, donations, and crowdfunding, and will invite them to Atami in November. There, they will be asked to draw murals which will be installed around the city.
・AKAO ART RESIDENCE
Running: April 2021 – December 2021
Location: Akao Resort Park
Address: 1993-250 Atami, Atami-shi, Shizuoka
Running: November 2021
Location: Akao Resort Park, around Atami
PROJECT ATAMI Official Website: https://projectatami.com
Experience an Indoor Hanami Cherry Blossom Flower Viewing at Ofuro Cafe Bijinyu
28.March.2021 | SPOT
Ofuro Cafe Bijinyu is now hosting its “Air Hanami” event where customers can enjoy a safe and socially-distanced Hanami flower viewing experience this spring.
Ofuro Cafe is a relaxing space that feels like you’ve been invited to a friend’s house. You can enjoy coffee, magazines, the massage chair, rent a PC, and more, all for free.
In the middle of the cafe is a 3-meter tall cherry blossom tree to recreate that Japanese springtime feel. There are also some cherry blossom-themed souvenirs available for purchase.
With social gatherings and outdoor picnics being restricted in Japan for this year’s Hanami season, Ofuro Cafe offers a space where people can do it safely. They can chat, read a book, play board games, and more beside the cherry tree for a tranquil flower-viewing experience.
Ofuro Cafe Bijinyu
Address: 15-15 Kagoue, Aoi Ward, Shizuoka
Ofuro Cafe Bijinyu Official Website: https://ofurocafe-bijinyu.com/
Tokyo’s Pixar Exhibition ‘PIXAR! PIXAR! PIXAR!’ to Open in Spring 2021
A Japan-original Pixar exhibition by the name of PIXAR! PIXAR! PIXAR! is set to run from April 8-19 at Seibu Ikebukuro in Tokyo. The exhibition is a celebration of all things Pixar Animation Studio and Walt Disney Japan where fans will have the opportunity to glimpse never-before-seen concept art, learn about the secrets of the studio’s office building, hear interviews with Japanese staff who work at the animation studio, and much more.
Pixar fanatics can expect to see all their favourite characters from the filmography such as Monsters Inc., Toy Story, Wall-E, Coco, Finding Nemo, and more. There will be plenty of merchandise to add to the collection too—around 200 pieces in fact—including items with official artwork that has never been made into merch before.
New official artwork illustrated by Pixar Animation Studios for ‘PIXAR! PIXAR! PIXAR!’
The artists at Pixar Animation Studios have created an original collection of artwork for the exhibition which will be displayed around the site itself as well as on merchandise sold there. There will also be a behind-the-scenes video showing at the exhibition where you can see the staff drawing the pieces.
A historical lookback at Pixar’s filmography
The exhibition will pay homage to everything Pixar has to offer, from their roots of animation shorts to their critically acclaimed full length animated features. If you have a favourite from any of these, you’re sure to find merchandise of it at the exhibition.
Feel like you’ve been invited to Pixar Animation Studios
The exhibition will have an area decorated with a gallery of posters, the famous Pixar lamp and ball, Woody and Buzz statues made from Lego, and more, as well as a photo gallery from pictures taken inside the studio.
Learn all there is to know about Pixar
Learn all the trivia about Pixar from what kind of Japanese people work at the studio, what characters are hidden throughout their films, and more.
Fans can sift through around 200 pieces of original merchandise.
Movie Poster Collection
The posters released for each of Pixar’s films have been shrunk down into a collection of postcards.
Final frame merchandise
A line-up of merchandise featuring the final frames taken from all 23 of Pixar’s feature length animations.
Early concept art
The exhibition will sell an array of merchandise featuring artwork that has never been turned into merch before, such as early concept art.
There will also be merchandise featuring fun Easter eggs hidden throughout Pixar’s films.
Pixar Animation Studios
A line-up of merchandise that makes you feel like you’re part of the Pixar office.
Visitors that spend over ¥3,000 (tax included) on merchandise at the exhibition will receive one of 8 possible pins. These are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Additionally, spending over ¥6,000 will get fans an original bottle too.
The exhibition will also be moving around Japan after its Tokyo run. Check the locations below.
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PIXAR! PIXAR! PIXAR!
Running: April 4, 2021 – April 19, 2021
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
Where: Seibu Ikebukuro Annex Bldg. Floor 2F
Price: General ¥800 / Children ¥500
Running: April 21, 2021 – May 5, 2021
Where: Daimaru Kyoto Museum Floor 6F
Running: July 21, 2021 – August 12, 2021
Where: Matsuzakaya Nagoya Floor 7F
Running: December 29, 2021 – January 16, 2021
Where: Matsuzakaya Shizuoka Floor 8F
Where: Fukuoka PARCO Floor 5F
Running: April 17, 2021 – May 9, 2021
Official Website: https://www.ntvs.co.jp/ppp-official/
Sanrio Releases Tea Gift Set in Collaboration With World Tea Brand LUPICIA
World tea brand LUPICIA launched its 7th collaboration with Sanrio on Thursday (February 25) featuring a range of tea gift sets. Every year, LUPICIA releases a wide variety of rea-related gift sets for White Day, the spring season, Mother’s Day, and more.
Four Fruit Fruity Tea With Lidded Mug
Hello Kitty LUPICIA Mug & Flavoured Tea | ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
My Melody LUPICIA Mug & Flavoured Tea | ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
Cinnamoroll LUPICIA Mug & Flavoured Tea | ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
Kuromi LUPICIA Mug & Flavoured Tea | ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
This year adds the dearly beloved Kuromi to the new collaboration which features a variety of fresh and fruity teas together with a mug that comes with a lid to keep your tea hot.
Will you be having tea with Hello Kitty, My Melody, Cinnamoroll, or Kuromi?
（c）’21 SANRIO 著作（株）サンリオ
Sanrio Characters x LUPICIA 7th Collaboration
Released: February 25, 2021
Where: Sanrio stores in Japan and online
Collab Details: https://www.sanrio.co.jp/goodsinfo/mx-lupicia-202102/
Sanrio Online Shop: https://shop.sanrio.co.jp/
PayPay Mall: https://paypaymall.yahoo.co.jp/store/sanrio/top/
Sanrio Official Website: https://www.sanrio.co.jp/
teamLab Serves a Forest Sauna, Ruins Art, and Tea Experience at Mifuneyama Rakuen Hotel
If you visit Mifuneyama Rakuen Hotel in Saga Prefecture, you’ll discover teamLab’s permanent exhibition teamLab Ruins and Heritage: Rinkan Spa & Tea Ceremony. On Friday (February 19), the exhibition began serving EN TEA, a new brand of tea grown in Hizen.
The exhibition is an art and sauna experience by teamLab and the Mifuneyama Rakuen Hotel Rakan Bath, the winner of SAUNACHELIN in 2019 and 2020. There, visitors can clear their minds, feel the ever-expanding space through their bodies, and immerse themselves in the art and the forest dotted with ruins. After their sauna experience, they can enjoy a cup of EN TEA to wind down.
EN TEA is a brand of tea made in collaboration with tea master Shunichi Matsuo and Maruwakaya, a brand that focuses on Japanese traditional culture and brings together artisans. It’s brewed at a low temperature for 15 minutes which lowers the amount of caffeine inside. After enjoying the sauna, visitors can visit the EN TEA HOUSE at Mifuneyama Rakuen Hotel for their cup.
CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice Releases Valentine’s Day Chocolate CoCo Dinosaur Beverages
08.February.2021 | FOOD
Tastea Trustea Japan released two new beverages on Friday (February 5) for Valentine’s Day at CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice in Japan: the CoCo Dinosaur and Tapioca CoCo Dinosaur.
CoCo Dinosaur ¥520 / Tapioca CoCo Dinosaur ¥580
The two teach beverages are made with a rich chocolate sauce and fresh milk. They are topped with chocolate and brown sugar syrup for a sweet combination of flavours and textures. An enjoyable beverage that is both refreshing and Instagram-worthy for Valentine’s Day.
CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice
Serving: February 5, 2021 – End of February 2021
Where: All 12 branches of CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice in Japan
CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice Japan Official Website: https://cocofreshtokyo.amebaownd.com/