Cheap Candy Store “Shop Tirol Choco” Opens in Akihabara
19.March.2018 | SPOT
TIROL-CHOCO CO. LTD opened their store “Shop Tirol Choco” in Akihabara, Tokyo on March 12.
Tirol Choco are cheap chocolates sold in Japan (anime fans will know them by the name ‘dagashi’). At a time when chocolate was still expensive back in the ‘60s, it is said that Tirol Choco began sales for children to be able to buy chocolate with small change at an affordable price – for just \10. There’s a variety of different flavours, and they are popular with both kids and adults.
The newly-opened Shop Tirol Choco is stocked with collaborative drinks, ice creams and even curry, as well as miscellaneous bits, products limited to certain regions of Japan and more. It’s an outlet filled with cheap, affordable goodies.
If you’re heading to Akihabara, then make sure to drop by and pick up some Dagashi Kashi!
Mister Donut Collaborates with Belgian Royal Chocolate Brand Wittamer
20.January.2022 | FOOD
Mister Donut locations nationwide are now selling products from the ‘misdo meets Wittamer’ collection, developed in collaboration with the Belgian royal patisserie brand Wittamer. These tasty treats will be available at participating shops until late February.
Since 2017, under the brand slogan “Good Things Come to Mister Donut,” the brand has collaborated with a number of companies from around the world to invigorate its already delicious selection of sweets. To start 2022, the beloved donut chain is teaming up with Wittamer to bring their ‘Chocolat Samba’ and ‘Praline Chocolat’ to customers throughout Japan.
The newly-developed chocolate donut batter is made by applying the same method to make cakes to donuts, creating a light mouthfeel very much like taking a bite of chocolate cake. By combining it with ganache cream and whip, the flavor becomes even richer. It might be difficult to take a bite of something so beautiful, but if you’re near a Mister Donut, you should give these a try before they’re gone!
misdo meets Wittamer Collaboration
Chocolat Samba: ¥200 (Without Tax)
The donut’s chocolate dough is covered with ganache cream and filled with ganache whip. Pay close attention to the glossy texture inspired by the Chocolat Samba cake.
Chocolat Hazlenut: ¥200 (Without Tax)
Covered in graham cracker hazelnut cream and filled with ganache whip, the cocoa powder on top takes the flavor to new heights.
Chocolat Caramel: ¥200 (Without Tax)
Caramel mocha cream and ganache blend together with caramel chocolate and nuts for a decadent and luxurious treat.
Chocolat Blueberry: ¥200 (Without Tax)
Chocolate dough and blueberry jam blend seamlessly with ganache cream. Topped with raspberry-flavored chocolate flakes, this is a showstopper.
misdo meets Wittamer Collaboration
Running: January 7 – Late February
Available at Participating Mister Donut Locations Nationwide
Official Site: https://www.misterdonut.jp
Chocolate Specialty Shop Minimal Offering Rare Strawberry and Chocolate Treats
17.January.2022 | FOOD
Japan-based chocolate specialty store Minimal is now offering a limited-edition set of gateau chocolates with fresh strawberries from Mei Strawberries in Kagawa Prefecture. These are available for preorder and are perfect for Valentine’s Day!
These sweets were a huge hit last year, selling out immediately. The rare variety of strawberries used is only found in 1 percent of Japanese strawberry farms, and these are blended with milk cream and specialty chocolate.
The strawberry jam found on the top of each chocolate piece is made from these rare Nyohou strawberries. Originally a small-grained variety, the Nyohou varietals send from Mei Strawberries in Kagawa Prefecture are larger with a beautiful dark-red color. Fragrant, juicy, and sweet, they also have a slight acidity that provide a more complex flavor.
To maximize the natural strawberry flavor, the chocolate is made from Madagascar cocoa beans with a more berry-like flavor. Only slightly roasted, the graininess is intact, leaving a more powerful and rich flavor. A milky sweet cream has also been added to the center to provide a better balance.
This is the second year that the company has worked with these strawberries from Mei, and after making a number of prototypes, Minimal has found the best possible way to express these unique flavors in harmony.
Fresh Gateau Chocolate & Strawberries featuring Mei Strawberries
Price: ¥3,510 (Tax Included)
Online Store/LINE Preorders: December 24, 2021~
Yoyogi Ueno Store: January 15, 2022
Sales Period: Until the End of February 2022
Official Site: http://mini-mal.tokyo
Akihabara Maid Cafe Idol Group Maidin! to Release Major Debut Single
03.November.2021 | MUSIC
One of the most popular maid cafes in Akihabara, @home cafe is celebrating 17 successful years. With eight stores in both Tokyo and Osaka, a collection of maids have come together to form a new idol group, Maidin! The girls have announced that they will make their major music debut under the Purple One Star label on December 22, 2021.
Maidin! Debut Single – Kimi to Hareruya!
The group’s first track Kimi to Hareruya is available on streaming platforms now, and the girls announced their major debut during a live stream on October 23. They also let fans know that the CD will include three songs, and a huge 51-day release event will also be taking place!
Kimi to Hareruya is a bright and cheerful song, and the music video features the members dancing in their maid outfits while showing off their skills. The First Edition single will include a Blu-ray featuring the making-of video for the music video, as well as one random trading card (17 varieties) featuring one of the members.
Snow White with the Red Hair Celebrates 15th Anniversary with Akihabara Cafe
The popular manga series Snow White with the Red Hair is celebrating 15 years with its first-ever collaboration cafe, opening October 22, 2021. The series began serialization in 2006 and has sold over 5.4 million copies to date, also inspiring a two-season anime series released in 2015 and 2016.
Reservations will be open on October 8 at 19:00, and visitors can expect a fully-themed menu and a number of original items only available at the cafe during the event period!
For each food or dessert order, guests will receive a random original postcard (3 varieties)
15th Anniversary Snow White with the Red Hair Collaboration Cafe Original Postcard
15th Anniversary Snow White with the Red Hair Collaboration Cafe Original Postcard
15th Anniversary Snow White with the Red Hair Collaboration Cafe Original Postcard
For each drink order, guests will receive a random original coaster (5 varieties)
15th Anniversary Snow White with the Red Hair Collaboration Cafe Original Coasters
*All bonuses will be given at random.
*Available while supplies last.
Menu at a Glance
Fancy Briouat: ¥650 (Tax Included)
Meat Dumplings and Mochi Soup from Lilias: ¥1,000 (Tax Included)
Shirayuki’s Special Quiche: ¥1,000 (Tax Included)
Lilias-style Grilled Tomatoes on Bread: ¥1,100 (Tax Included)
Crepes from Lilias: ¥1,000 (Tax Included)
Apple Parfait: ¥1,000 (Tax Included)
Delicious-looking Sweets from Lata: ¥850 (Tax Included)
Snow White’s Apple Pie: ¥1,000 (Tax Included)
Clear Folders, Set of 2: ¥880 (Tax Included)
Framed Magnets (5 varieties): ¥880 (Tax Included)
Character Board: ¥6,600 (Tax Included)
Acrylic Diorama: ¥4,400 (Tax Included)
Postcard Set: ¥2,640 (Tax Included)
Tapestry: ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
Premium Art Reproductions (10 varieties): 24,200 each (Tax Included)
15th Anniversary Snow White with the Red Hair Collaboration Cafe
Running: October 22 – December 28, 2021
First Run: October 22 – November 24, 2021
Second Run: November 25 – December 28, 2021
Address: Hakusensha Cafe, B1F (1-4-1, Kanda Awaji-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)
Reservations for First Run Open on October 8, 2021, at 19:00.
*If open seats are available, guests without a reservation will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis.
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/hakusensha_cafe
Official Site: https://clarines-kingdom.hakusensha-cafe.com/
Cafe Opens to Celebrate 10th Anniversary of Hatsune Miku’s Song ‘Senbonzakura’
Manga cafe Akihabara Nagomido will hold a limited-time collaboration cafe to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Vocaloid Hatsune Miku’s popular song Senbonzakura! The event will run from September 30 until November 7, 2021.
Menu at a Glance
Drinks (with coaster and muddler) *Muddler can be taken home.
Senbonzakura Rice Curry: ¥1,390 (Tax Included)
Full-Bloom Sakura Parfait: ¥1,390 (Tax Included)
Collaboration Cafe Limited Gacha Goods
Limited-edition Pins (8 varieties): ¥400 per spin (Tax Included)
Gacha Lottery Prize: B2 Poster
Senbonzakura Mug: ¥1,500 (Tax Included)
Senbonzakura Bag: ¥1,500 (Tax Included)
Senbonzakura B2 Tapestry: ¥3,000 (Tax Included)
Senbonzakura Acrylic Stand: ¥1,900 (Tax Included)
Senbonzakura Light-Up Acrylic Stand: ¥2,500 (Tax Included)
Senbonzakura x Akihabara Nagomido Castella (Plain): ¥1,000 (Tax Included)
Senbonzakura x Akihabara Nagomido Castella (Cherry Blossom): ¥1,000 (Tax Included)
Kurousa-P Acrylic Keychain: ¥700 (Tax Included)
Kurousa-P Acrylic Stand: ¥800 (Tax Included)
Lacquered Chopsticks: ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
Lacquered Bookmark: ¥770 (Tax Included)
WAKUPITA Mask (2 varieties, Miku Crest & Butterfly and Sakura): ¥1,000 each (Tax Included)
Guests can enjoy various cherry blossom displays throughout the event space, so be sure to stop by if you’re in the area!
Senbonzakura 10th Anniversary x Akihabara Nagomido Collaboration Cafe
Running: September 30, 12:00 – November 7, 2021, 18:00
*The store is open 24 hours a day, but the collaboration menu will only be available from 12:00-20:00 (last order at 19:30.)
Address: Akihabara Nagomido (Sakai Suehiro Building B1F, 6-14-2 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)
Official Site: https://whiteflame.jp/10th-senbonzakura/
Kuroko’s Basketball Pop-Up Shop in Akihabara to Features New Illustrations
BANDAI NAMCO Amusement is hosting a character pop-up store for anime ‘Kuroko’s Basketball,’ featuring new illustrations of the characters dressed in trad style. The shop will be open from September 16 2021 at the Atre Akihabara Store, stocking original goods using the new artwork.
Kuroko’s Basketball Acrylic Stand trad style ver. (7 types): ¥1,980 each (Tax Incl.)
Kuroko’s Basketball Can Badge trad style ver. (7 types): ¥540 each (Tax Incl.)
Kuroko’s Basketball A4 Acrylic File trad style ver.: ¥550 (Tax Incl.)
Kuroko’s Basketball Cloth Poster trad style ver.: ¥1,800 (Tax Incl.)
Kuroko’s Basketball Spoon trad style ver. (7 types): ¥1,200 each (Tax Incl.)
Kuroko’s Basketball Fork trad style ver. (7 types): ¥1,200 each (Tax Incl.)
Kuroko’s Basketball Acrylic Board trad style ver. (7 types): ¥530 per lottery ticket, A Prize
Kuroko’s Basketball Jacket Style Acrylic Keychain trad style ver. (7 types): ¥530 per lottery ticket, B Prize
Kuroko’s Basketball Can Badge trad style ver. (7 types): ¥530 per lottery ticket, C Prize
Kuroko’s Basketball Die-cut Illustration Sheet trad style ver. (7 types): ¥530 per lottery ticket, D Prize (random)
Be sure to check out this limited shop to immerse yourself in the world of Kuroko’s Basketball!
©Fujimaki Tadatoshi / Shueisha, Kuroko’s Basketball Production Committee
SEGA Taiyaki Ikebukuro, Akihabara Stores Reveal Second Collaboration with Chiikawa
07.September.2021 | Uncategorized
GENDA SEGA Entertainment’s SEGA Taiyaki Ikebukuro and Akihabara stores have announced a second Chiikawa collaboration, the ‘ChiiKawayaki’ Taiyaki. The series will feature a Bunny and ChiiKawa design, in addition to the reversible Tuxedo design from the first collaboration. Customers who purchase any of the ‘ChiiKawayaki’ products will receive a free collaboration badge! (※Random design)
ChiiKawayaki: Premium Cream or Chocolate:¥600 each (Tax Incl.)
※Shown images are samples.
Original Can Badge 2nd Series: 6 Designs (Random)
※Limited in quantity.
※Shown images are samples and may differ from the final product.
ChiiKawa is a popular manga that is serialized on Twitter by illustrator NAGANO. The comic depicts the daily life of the ChiiKawa’s and has become known for its soft artwork, heartwarming story, and occasionally, some contrasting darkness.
SEGA Taiyaki stocks popular food products from the Taiyaki brand Yokohama Kuriko-An, which has 31 stores throughout the Kanto region. They also collaborate with games and characters to produce Collaboration Taiyaki.
The second ChiiKawayaki collaboration will satisfy both your eyes and your stomach!
SEGA Taiyaki ChiiKawayaki
Release Date: September 4 2021
Available Stores: SEGA Taiyaki Ikebukuro, SEGA Taiyaki Akihabara
Ikebukuro: 11:00 ~ 20:00
Akihabara: 11:00 ~ 20:00
Available Products: Premium Cream, Chocolate Taiyaki: ¥600 (Tax Incl.)
Store Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/SEGA_taiyaki（@SEGA_taiyaki）
Official Site: https://chiikawa-info.jp/
Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid to Collaborate with At Home Maid Cafe
Maid cafe At Home in Akihabara is collaborating with Kyoto Animation’s new anime series Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S for a limited-time crossover cafe starting September 1. Original menu items and special merch will be on sale during this month-long period.
I love you, Miss Kobayashi! Tohru’s Omurice: ¥1,400 (Tax Included)
Let’s play together! Mogu Mogu Lunch: ¥1,200 (Tax Included)
Eat while you game! Jet-black Sweet Curry: ¥1,200 (Tax Included)
The more we fight, the closer we get? Let’s have seconds Parfait: ¥1,100 (Tax Included)
Magic power up?! Secret Apple Pie: ¥1,100 (Tax Included)
Classic Candies a la mode: ¥1,100 (Tax Included)
Special Drinks: Tohru/Kanna/Elma/Lucoa/Ilulu: ¥800 each (Tax Included)
Original Collaboration Uniforms
Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S Uniform (Tohru Color)
Kanna and Elma Color Uniforms
First Release: September 1, 2021
B2-size Tapestry: ¥5,500 (Tax Included)
Luggage Tag: ¥1,430 (Tax Included)
Second Release: September 18, 2021
Tote Bag: ¥4,400 (Tax Included)
At Home Cafe, celebrating its 17th anniversary this month, has been collaborating with a number of characters and properties. Kyoto Animation’s Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S began airing in July, and has amassed legions of fans both in Japan and abroad with its collection of adorable characters and hilarious universe.
For this new maid cafe collaboration, Kyoto Animation provided new illustrations of the show’s five main characters: Tohru, Kanna, Elma, Lucoa, and Ilulu. World-famous designer Keita Maruyama designed the staff’s new uniforms, inspired by the characters!
Customers who order a special food and drink set during the event period will get a limited-edition placemat. Those who order a character’s drink will receive a coaster featuring that character’s face. The shop will feature various tapestries and visuals from Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S throughout the space.
All goods will be sold at the At Home Cafe Shop Akihabara and the At Home Web Shop. Maids at the cafe will wear one of three special uniforms each day–Tohru, Kanna, and Elma–so guests will want to come back to see them all!
(C)Coolkyousinnjya・Futabasha／Dragon Maid Production Committee
At Home Cafe x Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S
Running: September 1 – September 30, 2021
Location: At Home Cafe Main Store (7F)
Address: 7F Mitsuwa Building, 1-11-4 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Weekdays 11:00 – 22:00
Weekends: 10:00 – 22:00 (Last orders at 21:20)
*Hours of operation are subject to change. Please check the official website for details.
Japanese Snack Company Meiji Announces Collaboration to Celebrate 5th Anniversary of Pop Group SutoPuri
09.August.2021 | FOOD
Snack company Meiji has announced a collaboration between the popular six-member pop group Strawberry Prince (shortened to SutoPuri) and their newest sweets, Strawberry & Chocolate Kinoko no Yama and Strawberry & Chocolate Takenoko no Sato! While these sweets are celebrating their one-year anniversary, Strawberry Prince has already been putting out catchy songs for five years! Can you believe it?
The Kinoko no Yama/Takenoko no Sato Super Strawberry Festival is happening for a limited-time, from August 3, 2021 to October 2, 2021.
Strawberry & Chocolate Kinoko no Yama
Strawberry & Chocolate Takenoko no Sato
How to Play
Campaign Prize: Kinoko Takenoko Super Strawberry Festival Set
How to Enter the Photo Campaign
Special Collaboration Video
A popular name on streaming sites, SutoPuri currently has more than 1.48 million followers on their official YouTube channel, with over 4 million views between its six members. Their third full-length album ‘Strawberry Prince’ was released in November 2020, and reached #1 on the Oricon Weekly Album Ranking chart on November 23, 2020. They also hit the top of the Yahoo Kids People’s Search Ranking in 2020! It seems that their popularity won’t end any time soon.
A special AR Fireworks Display will also be held, where you can celebrate these two exciting anniversaries from the comfort of your own home! Just hold your smartphone over the package of your favorite participating Meiji sweets, and SutoPuri will appear in front of your eyes, with fireworks launching to the tune of ‘Strawberry Color Summer Fireworks!’ Not enough? You’ll also be able to take pictures of SutoPuri while you chat with the members! Using just one of the participating products will summon a member of SutoPuri at random, but using two will invite all six to enjoy the event together with you! Depending on the product, the fireworks will change, so be sure to experience them all!
Be sure to follow Kinoyama-san (@kinoko_meiji), the Takesato Brothers (＠takenoko_meiji), and Apollo (@meiji_apollo_pr) on Twitter! During the event, post your favorite AR fireworks photos on Twitter with the tag #KinokoTakenokoSuperStrawberryFestival (#きのこたけのこ超いちご祭り), and 450 people will be selected at random to receive the original goods set!
With many fireworks displays cancelled this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic, this is a way to still create some happy summer memories at home with SutoPuri!
Kinoko no Yama/Takenoko no Sato Strawberry Festival AR Fireworks Display
Running: August 3, 2021, 10:00-October 2, 2021, 23:59
Products: Strawberry and Chocolate Kinoko no Yama/Strawberry and Chocolate Takenoko no Sato/Kinoko no Yama/Takenoko no Sato/Apollo (Products subject to change.)
Period: August 3, 2021, 10:00-September 3, 2021, 23:59
Possible Winners: 450
Official Site: https://www.meiji.co.jp/
Hololive x Atre Akihabara Merchandise Collection Revealed
Virtual YouTuber talent agency Hololive Production is set to release a new exclusive collection at Atre Akihabara in Tokyo on August 1.
Acrylic Panel / B2 Tapestries / Acrylic Chibi Figures
Big Silhouette T-Shirts / Holostars T-Shirt / Key Visual Graphic T-Shirt
Key Visual Acrylic Panel
Chibi Character Illustration Acrylic Figures
hololy Photo Contest
Hololive fans can get their hands on merchandise of all their favourite VTubers with this collection that will be sold exclusively at Atre Akihabara. To promote the collection, giant poster will be plastered up outside and around Atre Akihabara, with a giant one at the north entrance 3D illustrations at the south entrance. And for every ¥500 spent in a single transaction on the items, fans will receive a free character card.
Hololive Summer Festival x Atre Akihabara
Running: August 1, 2021 – August 15, 2021
Locations: Atre Akihabara 1 (1-17-6 Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo) / Atre Akihabara 2 (1-9 Kanda Hanaokucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)
Book Slot: http://hololive-summerfes.com/
Lotte’s Craft Sake Chocolate brand YOIYO Releases Yakushima Flavour
12.July.2021 | FOOD
YOIYO is a chocolate brand created by confectionery company that fuses chocolate with sake. Online pre-orders for its second release opened on June 6, and it’s scheduled to release on June 13. This chocolate is made with Single Malt Komagatake Yakushima Aging, a whisky made at the Shinshu Mars Distillery in Miyada, Nagano.
YOIYO YAKUSHIMA NEW
限定TASING SET KOMAGATAKE×YAKUSHIMA
YOIYO uses specially-selected sake from across Japan and infuses it with the brand’s own smooth and tasty milk chocolate. One bites makes it feel as if you have visited the region in which the sake is produced thanks to the combination of pure water, ingredients rooted in the land, and the use of traditional techniques. The brand’s name YOIYO is Japanese for ‘good evening’ as Lotte wants people to enjoy indulging in the chocolate at dusk or after dinner.
Single Malt Komagatake Yakushima Aging is a whisky that is aged for 5+ years, and Lotte picks only from the best barrels. A bite into the chocolate first invites the full flavour of the whisky before the sweet and rich beckon of the chocolate arrives.
Lotte is also releasing a limited-edition tasting set which includes a bar of their first YOIYO release so chocoholic and sake-lovers out there can enjoy taste testing both.
Touken Ranbu -ONLINE- Themed Cafes Open in Akihabara and Osaka Nipponbashi
Two branches of Animate Cafe, Good Smile x Animate Cafe Akihabara and Good Smile x Animate Cafe Osaka Nipponbashi, are collaborating with Touken Ranbu -ONLINE- from June 23 to August 2, serving up food, drinks, and desserts inspired by the game as well as selling exclusive merchandise.
Utage no Maku no Nai Bento | ¥1,100 (Tax Included)
Kasyuu Kiyomitsu’s Stylish Tomato Stew w/Focaccia | ¥1,100 (Tax Included)
Kasen Kanesada’s Elegant Sea Bream Chazuke | ¥1,100 (Tax Included)
Honmaru Elegance ~Everyday Garden~ | ¥900 (Tax Included)
Honmaru Elegance ~Spring Garden~ | ¥900 (Tax Included)
I Discovered a New Sword! | ¥800 (Tax Included)
Kebiishi Subjugation | ¥650 (Tax Included)
Special Investigation: Tenpou Edo | ¥650 (Tax Included) | Suishinshi Masahide & Kyomaro Minamoto Versions
Fully Bloomed Cherry Blossoms ~Touken Ranbu~ | ¥650 (Tax Included)
Special Investigation Jurakudai | ¥650 (Tax Included)
Freebies for ordering from the menu
Coasters (42 Designs) | Available: June 23-July 13
Coasters (43 Designs) | Available: July 14-August 2
Acrylic Keyrings (42 Designs) | ¥700 Each (Tax Included)
Pins (42 Designs) | ¥700 Each (Tax Included)
Acrylic Stand Keyrings (43 Designs) | ¥700 Each (Tax Included)
Pins (43 Designs) | ¥700 Each (Tax Included)
©2015 EXNOA LLC/Nitroplus
Touken Ranbu -ONLINE- x Animate Cafe
Running: June 23, 2021 – August 2, 2021
Address: Good Smile x Animate Cafe Akihabara / Good Smile x Animate Cafe Osaka Nipponbashi
Official Website: https://cafe.animate.co.jp/