The strawberry season is not over yet! 6 recommended strawberry food items and drinks

18.March.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

Sweets, foods and drinks using the motif of “strawberry” have been released since January, so in this article I will introduce to you some recommended strawberry items.

 

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“Ichigo (strawberry) no Tarabagani (king crab) Burger” Tokyo Intercontinental Hotel

 “The Dining Room,” the restaurant & bar inside Strings Hotel Tokyo Inter Continental, is now selling “Ichigo no Tarabagani Burger” as their third burger of their “high class burger” series. The buns were originally developed to look and taste like strawberries in line with their “15th”anniversary. Strawberry powder and strawberries were used to make the buns along with the best quality flour produced in Canada. Let’s enjoy this seasonal burger using strawberries and king crab.

Detailed information:https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/89723

 

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 “The Dining Room” Ichigo no Tarabagani Burger

Address: Shinagawa East One Tower 26F, 2-16-1, Konan, Minatoku, Tokyo

Available period: 02,01 to 04,30

TEL:03-5783-1258

URL: https://intercontinental-strings.jp/restaurant/dining_room/

 

 

 

「パティスリー キハチ」いちごのブランロール

“Ichigo Sweets” Patisserie Kihachi

“Patisserie Kihachi” shops, excluding some, are now selling cherry-blossom desserts and strawberry desserts such as strawberry roll cake/tiramisu for a limited time offer. Ichigo no Blanc Roll uses sweet/sour strawberry and raspberry jam, one whole strawberry and thick fresh cream including mascarpone are all wrapped in a soft chiffon cake. The dough of the chiffon cake is made with special eggs where the egg yolk turns white when heated so as to highlight the strawberries’ vivid red color.

Detailed information:https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/90609

 

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Patisserie Kihachi – home page:

http://www.kihachi.jp/patisserie/

 

 

 

DOU-いちご

The “dorayaki” specialized store, “DOU”

Dorayaki is a Japanese dessert where red bean-jam is sandwiched between two “castella” sponge cakes. It is loved by many Japanese people as a snack/dessert. “DOU” is a dorayaki-specialized store that offers new types of dorayakis. The new flavored item “Nama Dorayaki Ichigo” uses the strawberry variety, Tochiotome produced in Tochigi Prefecture.

Detailed information:https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/90250

 

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Products:

Nama Dorayaki – 270 yen (one piece) (tax included)

Nama Dorayaki <matcha> 270 yen (one piece) (tax included)

Nama Dorayaki <strawberry> 324 yen (one piece) (tax included)

URL:https://namadorayaki.com

 

 

 

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“Ichigo-daifuku” (strawberry-rice cake) specialized store, “Ichigo An”

The “ichigo-daifuku” (strawberry-rice cake) specialized store, “Ichigo An” was opened in Akihabara on the 1st of March. Roots Co., Ltd. opened an “ichigo”(strawberry) “daifuku” (a soft round rice cake stuffed with sweet bean-jam) specialized shop which will sell this sweets item produced in collaboration with their affiliated farms throughout Japan and the strawberries they use are directly sent from various production areas. The harmony of the straberries’ sourness, bean-jam’s sweetness and the chewy rice cake, is excellent!

Detailed information:https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/93946

 

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Ichigo Daifuku no Senmonten Ichigo An

Address: 6-4-2, Sotokanda, Chiyodaku, Tokyo

Business hours: 12:00 to 19:30

Fixed holiday: None

TEL:03-6803-0097

URL:https://ichigoan.root-s.com/

 

 

 

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“Ichigo Daifuku making experience” Ibaraki Prefecture Yukueshi

Namegata Farmers Village is an experience-based agricultural theme park located in the city of Namegata in Ibaraki Prefecture. The site is currently holding a strawberry picking event where you can try picking Japan’s best strawberries. You can also have a go at making your own strawberry daifuku, a popular Japanese confection, until April 8th. You have a choice of 2 anko pastes to fill your daifuku with: the classic red bean ‘tsubuan’ and the sweet potato ‘imoan’. Pick your favourite to make a daifuku that you love.

Detailed information:https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/95189

 

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Make Your Own Daifuku – Summary

Location: Namegata Farmers Village Club House & Namegata Strawberry Farmers’ Strawberry House

Date: Weekends & Holidays between March 3, 2018–April 8, 2018

Time: 11:00-13:00 / 14:00-16:00 (2 Slots Per Day)

TEL : 0299-87-1130

URL:  http://www.namegata-fv.jp/event/ichigodaifuku/

 

 

「糀・木苺」甘酒専門店 古町糀製造所

“Koji/Kiichigo” amazake specialty store / Furumachi Koji Seijojo

The amazake (sweet fermented-rice drink) specialty store “Furumachi Koji Seijojo (factory)” is now selling spring-limited amazake using koji (rice malt) “Koji/Kiichigo.” This product is made with rice produced in Niigata Prefecture, the amazake of the koji created in a storehouse in Niigata Prefecture and to this strawberries/raspberries are added. The product is sweet and sour at the same time and goes well with yogurt. It is recommended to mix it with yogurt using a mixing machine to make a yogurt drink.

 

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Koji/Kiichigo

Price: 1,296 yen (tax included)

Content: 500ml

Ingredients: rice (produced in Japan), rice malt (produced in Japan), strawberry powder, raspberry powder

Available stores: “Furumachi Koji Seizojo” official mail order site

“Furumachi Koji Seizojo” Furumachi Main Store / Kurazashi Store

 

<Furumachi Main Store>

Address: 533, Nibancho, Furumachi, Chuoku, Niigatashi, Niigata Prefecture

Business hours: 11:00 to 18:00

Fixed holidays: Tuesday

 

<Kurazashi Store>

Address: 3, 44, 2nd Street, Akashi, Chuoku, Niigatashi, Niigata Prefecture

Business hours: weekdays 10:00 to 17:00, Saturday, Sunday and holidays 10:00 to 18:00

Fixed holiday: Tuesday

 

Official mail order site: http://www.furumachi-kouji.net/

 

 

Let’s enjoy the spring season with food items using the motif of “Strawberry!”

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  • 7 Springtime Strawberry Sweet Buffets in Japan

    18.January.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Spring draws close, and in Japan, that means all the delicious strawberry sweets and confectioneries make an appearance.

     

    Droves of delectable and dreamy sweet products using Japanese-grown strawberries are currently being announced. Let’s take a peek!

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    Hilton Tokyo Bay

    Did you know that Hilton Tokyo Bay is an official Tokyo Disney Resort® Hotel? Well, from January 13th to July 1st this year, a dessert buffet lusciously listed as “Strawberry Field” will make an appearance at the hotel’s “lounge O.”

     

    Scrumptious strawberry desserts will be lined up ready for savouring in a dreamily cute space that will look like it has been taken straight out of a fairy-tale. 35 gorgeous items will grace the menu, including regular desserts and light food, all of which will have you grabbing your phone to take a snapshot without even realizing to share before relishing in the moment. Look forward to enjoying your time as the heroine of a fairy-tale story in curious surroundings.

     Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/84449

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    Dessert Buffet “Strawberry Field”

    Location: Hilton TOKYO BAY “lounge O” (Lobby Floor)

    Date: Weekends & Holidays – Two buffets (13:30-15:30 / 16:00-18:00)

    Price: Adult – ¥2,800 / Child (4 to 12 years old) – ¥1,600

     

    *Drink bar included

    *Above mentioned prices do not include service fee or tax.

     

    Reservations: 047-355-5000

    Website: http://www.hilton.com/

     

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    Quil Fait Bon

    The fruit tart specialist shop Quil Fait Bon will hold their immensely popular annual event “Strawberry Week!” again this year from January 25th to January 31st.

     

    A tantalising total of 10 treats will be available this year. Decorated with delicious strawberries, loved by kids and adults alike, this one-week showcase of full-bodied strawberry goodness will feature goodies only available at this event and more.

     

    Full Details:https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/85001

     

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    Quil Fait Bon – “2018 Strawberry Week!”

    Running: January 25, 2018 – January 31, 2018

    Event Page: http://www.quil-fait-bon.com/mtr/2018_sw.php

     

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    Hyatt Regency Osaka

    A city resort hotel in Osaka located near the bay, Hyatt Regency Osaka is bringing back their strawberry dessert buffet “Strawberry Mania ~kiss to berry~” which has been gaining popularity every year. They will serve up cute and sophisticated desserts containing bountiful strawberries, raspberries and blueberries.

     Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/80612

     

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    Strawberry Mania ~kiss to berry~

    Date: January 6, 2018 – April 1, 2018 on Weekends and Holidays only at 12:00-16:00

    Location: 1F Lobby Lounge

    Price: ¥4,900

    Event Page: http://www.hyattregencyosaka.com/restaurant/ll/strawberry_mania.html

     

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    Sunshine City Prince Hotel

    Sunshine City Prince Hotel will hold their “Strawberry Sweets Fair” again this year, an event that never fails to be well-received. Expect to sink your teeth into one of their 15 strawberry sweets that change with each season, as well as freshly made waffles and pancakes.

     

    Every 3 weeks, five event-only sweets will be available, as well as dinner menus containing a line-up of meals made with quality obtainable only at Sunshine City Prince Hotel.

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    Strawberry Sweets Fair

    Location: Chef’s Palette, Cafe & Dining 1F

    Running:

    Season 1 – January 13, 2018 to February 28, 2018

    Season 2 – March 1, 2018 to April 15, 2018

    Season 3 – April 16, 2018 to May 31, 2018

     

    Sweets Buffet

    Time: Weekdays 3pm-5pm / Saturdays & Holidays 12pm-2pm & 3pm-5pm

    Price: Adults (middle school and above) ¥3,000 / Children (3rd year elementary school and below) ¥1,500 / Children (1st & 2nd year elementary school) ¥900

     

    Sweets & Dinner Buffet

    Time: All week 6pm-9pm (last orders 8:30pm)

    Price: Adults (middle school and above) ¥3,700 / Children (3rd year elementary school and below) ¥1,400 / Children (1st & 2nd year elementary school) ¥900

     

    *Prices include consumption tax.

    *Please note that you may be refused entry during busy periods. Please make a reservation beforehand.

    *Photos are concepts only.

    *Ingredients and items on the menu are subject to change depending on stock conditions.

    *Please let staff know if you are allergic to anything (including ebi, crab, wheat, soba, eggs, milk, peanuts and so on).

     

    Website: http://www.princehotels.co.jp/sunshine/

     

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    Hotel La Suite Kobe Harborland

    This hotel is offering up an afternoon tea set on their second floor lounge & bar. Titled “Strawberry Afternoon Tea ~La Sweet de Ichigo Kari~,” the set is loaded with strawberries from Hyōgo Prefecture.

     

    From welcome drinks to sweets, scones, savoury snacks and more, the menu is so lavish with strawberries you’ll almost think you’re in a strawberry field yourself. If you’re in need to feel the springtime early, then look no further.

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    Strawberry Afternoon Tea La Sweet de Ichigo Kari

    Location: Hotel La Suite Kobe Harborland, 2F Lounge & Bar

    Available: January 1, 2018 – March 31, 2018

    Serving: 13:00-16:00

    Contact: 078-371-1188

     

    Afternoon Tea Set – 3,800

    w/ Sparkling Wine (50ml) – 4,300

    w/ Champagne (50ml) – 4,700

    *Separate consumption tax and an additional 10% service fee will be charged.

     

    Website: https://www.l-s.jp/event/detail.php?id=1090

     

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    Ginza Cozy Corner

    For a limited time only, Ginza Cozy Corner are introducing 8 brand-new sweets bountiful with fresh seasonal strawberries.

     

    So that the strawberries can be enjoyed even tastier, the store will combine their strawberries products with cream again this year.

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    Ginza Cozy Corner Official Website: http://www.cozycorner.co.jp/index.html

     

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    Powdered Snow Rich Strawberry Chocolate

    Bourbon have released a velvety, winter-only delight. This product is dusted with strawberry powder and fresh cream – an exquisite chocolate indulged with strawberry sensation.

     

    Because of the ganache, it proves mouth-watering, which can be enjoyed together with the rich flavour of the strawberries. With its snow-dusted surface, it has a subtle, almost fleeting image to it, fitting for a limited edition snack.

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    Powdered Snow Rich Strawberry Chocolate (Japanese: 粉雪ショコラ濃苺)

    Released in Japan on January 9, 2018

    Price: ¥220 (tax excl.)

     

    Did you enjoy the list? Is your mouth watering yet? It may still be cold, but that’s all the more reason to warm up your spirit with Japanese sweets infused with scrumptious strawberries, available this season only!

  • Kaori’s easy recipe -Learn how to make “HELLO KITTY Strawberries Mousse”

    11.March.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

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

     

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    Ingredients

    Strawberries (wash and hull the strawberries) – 250g

    Fresh cream – 100g

    Sugar – 30g

    Lemon juice – one teaspoon

    Powder gelatin – 5g

    Water – 3 tablespoons

     

    HELL KITTY ’s silicon cut out

    Chocolate (white, yellow, black)

     

    Decorations:

    Strawberries

    Fresh cream

    Your favorite fruit

     

     

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    2:  add water (3 tablespoons) to the gelatin (5g) and heat it in a microwave oven(15 to 20 seconds).

     

     

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    ①Put strawberries, sugar and lemon juice into a mixer and mix them well. Part of the sauce (80g) will be used as a topping sauce. Set this aside.

    ➁Put fresh cream and the gelatin/water into ① and mix them well.

     

     

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    4:

    ①Put the contents of 3 into a container and cool it in the refrigerator.

    ➁Decorate the topping sauce (3:①) on top of ①.

    ③Put sliced strawberries on top of ➁.

     

     

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    Make HELLO KITTY’s chocolate.

    Pour red chocolate into the cut out (ribbon) and yellow chocolate in to the same cut out (nose).

     

     

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    6:

    After the chocolate hardens, pour white chocolate (bottom) and then regular chocolate (top) on top.

    After all the chocolate get hard, draw the facial parts including eyes and whiskers using chocolate.

    ☆It is recommended that you make the chocolate a day earlier.

     

     

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    Place fresh cream, the fruit of your choice and KITTY Chan’s chocolate on the top of your sweets item.

     

    By using strawberries, you can enjoy the fresh sweet/sour flavor!

     

    Kaori also invites you into her world of character-themed rice dishes in her recipe series! Please check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!

     

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    My character foods and character bento boxes are introduced in my Instagram page→@kaopan27

  • 7 recommended cute “Easter sweets items 2018”

    08.March.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

    “Easter Day” is a festival that commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This year’s Easter Day will be held on the 1st of April (Sun.). The custom of celebrating Easter is slowly becoming establishing in Japan.

    In this article, I will introduce to you some colorful sweets items related to Easter Day.

     

    “Lindt Gold Bunny” Lindt

    リンツゴールドバニー Lindt

    The spring-like sweets item, “Lindt Gold Bunny” is a symbol of Easter Day produced by Lindt. This gold-colored bunny uses high quality milk chocolate and the history of this sweets item dates back to 1952. 6 sizes (1kg, 500g, 200g, 100g, 50g and 10g) are available and two flavors; “dark chocolate with a brown ribbon” and “white chocolate with a white ribbon” are available.

     

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    Gold Bunny – milk (red ribbon)

    50g – 520 yen, 100g – 820 yen, 200g – 1,540 yen. 500g – 5400 yen, 1kg – 10,800 yen (all prices include tax)

     

    Gold Bunny Dark (Brown ribbon)

    100g – 820 yen (tax included)

     

    Gold Bunny White (white ribbon)

    100g – 820 yen (tax included)

     

    Lindt Japan website: http://www.lindt.jp/

     

     

     

    “HAPPY COLORFUL EASTER” Odakyu Hyakkaten Shinjuku Store

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    Odakyu Hyakkaten will hold the event titled, “HAPPY COLORFUL EASTER” from the 5th of April (Wed.) to the 16th (Sun.) in shopping areas inside their Shinjuku store. In addition to popular sweets items using the motif of rabbit, many food items which are suitable to be eaten at parties like meat loaf with “Torowaguro” boiled eggs and “Tonkatsu Maisen ” fillet cutlet using eggs will be sold.

     

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    “HAPPY COLORFUL EASTER”

    Date: 04/05 (Wed.) to 04/16 (Sun.)

    Venue: Odakyu Hyakkaten Shinjuku Main Building / Halk shopping areas

    Address: 1-1-3, Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

    TEL: 03-3342-1111 (CEO)

    URL:http://www.odakyu-dept.co.jp/

     

     

     

    “Easter Campaign” Café Kaila

    「イースターキャンペーン」カフェ・カイラ

    “Café Kaila” is now holding the event titled, “Easter Campign” at both their Omotesando Store and Maihama Store (until the 16th of April, 2017). They will sell limited-time-offer items using lots of eggs. One Easter-limited item will be discounted (50%) if you say, “Happy Easter” when making an order.

     

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    Omotesando Store

    Address: 〒150-0041 Shibuya Modi 9F, 1-21-3 Shibuya-ku, jinnan, Tokyo

    Business hours: <weekdays> 9:00 to 20:00 (L.O. 19:20)

    <Saturday, Sunday and holidays> 8:00 to 20:00 (L.O. 19:20)

    Fixed holidays: undecided

     

    Maihama Store

    Address: 〒279-8529, IKSPALI, Tokyo Disney Resort Commercial Facility, 1-4, Yokohama, Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture

    Business hours: <weekdays> 9:00 to 22:00 (L.O. 21:30>

    <Saturday, Sunday, holiday> 8:00 to 22:00 (L.O. 21:30>

    Fixed holiday: undecided

     

    Detailed information:http://www.cafe-kaila.com/campaign_easter/

     

     

    “The Capitol Easter 2018” at The Capitol Hotel Tokyu

    「ザ・キャピトル イースター2018」ザ・キャピトルホテル 東急

    The Capitol Hotel Tokyu will sell two kinds of original sweets items under the event name of “The Capitol Easter” at the pastry boutique, “ORIGAMI” from the 15th of March 2018. The “Easter Egg Chocolate” series has 10 varieties of animal-patterns. Caramel-coated nuts can be found inside the egg-shaped white chocolate. “Easter Egg Cookie” uses powdered vanilla beans and fermented butter.

     

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    The Capitol Easter 2018

    Available store: Pastry Boutique “ORIGAMI” B2F

    Address: 2-10-3, Nagatacho, Chiyodaku, Tokyo

    Available period: 2018/03/15 (Thurs.) to 04/01 (Sun.)

    URL:

    https://www.capitolhoteltokyu.com/ja/restaurant/shop06/plan/1416181603364.html

     

     

     

    “Easter Egg Hunt Sundae” PEANUTS Café

    「イースターエッグハントサンデー」PEANUTS Café

    This is a sundae using the motif of “SNOOPY offering Easter eggs to his friends.” Marshmallows and edible flowers are place on top of whipped cream. The ingredients of this sweets item are banana, kiwi, “Tochiotome strawberries” (strawberry variety) ice cream, strawberry whip and strawberry ice cream. A truly delicious sundae!

     

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    Easter Egg Hunt Sundae – 980 yen (tax not included)

     

    PEANUTS Cafe

    Business hours:OPEN/10:00 – CLOSE/22:00

    Address: 2-16-7, Aobadai, Meguroku, Tokyo

    TEL:03-6455-1541

    URL:http://www.peanutscafe.jp/

     

     

     

     

     “Easter Cup” Ginza Cozy Corner

    「イースターカップ」銀座コージーコーナー

    Ginza Cozy Corner will sell four kinds of “Easter” sweet items designed by Masuda Sebastian. These items will be sold at Ginza Cozy Corner from the 4th of March 2018 to the 1st of April. “Easter Cup” is a cupcake which uses rich-flavored cream and custard-flavored sponge cake. Four varieties (strawberry, banana, melon, blueberry) are available. The cupcakes with a unique-looking Easter pattern is cute and delicious at the same time!

     

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    Easter Cup

    Available period: 2018/03/04 to 04/01

    Price: 250 yen (270 yen – tax included)

    Available stores: Ginza Cozy Corner’s stores selling fresh cakes

    URL:https://www.cozycorner.co.jp

     

     

     

    “Easter Egg” Joel Robuchon

    「イースターエッグ」ジョエル・ロブション

    “Le Boutique du Joel Robuchon” and “Le Pain de Joel Robuchon” will sell 2 kinds of Easter eggs (quantity limited – 70). The two Easter eggs are made of white chocolate colored red and green and it has a white spring flower as a decoration. Crunchy colorful chocolate with various textures are placed inside the sweet items and white chocolate is used as the foundation. The white flower is made with sugar.

     

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    Easter Egg

    Available period: 2018/03/22 (Thurs.) to 04/01 (Sun.) (quantity limited)

    Price: 2,300 yen (tax not included)

    Available stores: Le Boutique du Joel Robuchon stores throughout Japan: http://www.robuchon.jp/laboutique

    (Ebisu Garden Place Store: 03-5424-1345 / Roppongi Hills Store: 03-5772-7507 / Marunouchi store: 03-3217-2877)

     

    Le Pain de Joel Robuchon stores: http://www.robuchon.jp/lepain

    (Shibuya Hikarie ShinQs store: 03-6434-1837 / NEWoMan Shinjuku Store: 03-5361-6950

     

     

    Let’s have wonderful Easter Day with these cute sweet items!

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

    04.March.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

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

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

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

     

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

     

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

     

     

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

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

     

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

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

     

     

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

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

     

     

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

     

     

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

     

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

     

     

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

     

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

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

     

    Did you like this list? Get a taste of spring early with these cherry blossom inspired foods and drinks!

     

  • The Korean shaved ice shop,“SULBING HARAJUKU” –a report by MOSHI MOSHI BOX, staff person, Midori

    16.February.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Hello, everyone. My name is Midori Blackmore and I am a staff person of MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center.

     

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    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!

     

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    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.

     

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    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.

     

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    “Nama Ichigo SULBIN”(fresh strawberry shaved ice) 1,400 yen (tax included)

     

    Boom!

    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.

     

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    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.

     

     

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    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.

     

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    “Nama Ichigo SULBIN” will be sold until February for sure but it might not be sold in March. Let’s go to the shop as soon as possible!!

     

    ◼︎Information

    SULBING HARAJUKU

    Address: 2F, Green Oak Harajuku, 1-14-34, Jingumae, Shibuyaku, Tokyo

    Business hours: 10:30 – 20:00(LAST ORDER 19:30)

    Fixed holiday: undecided

    Access: 58m from the Takeshita exit of JR Yamanote Line – Harajuku Station

    1 minute on foot from the 2nd exit of Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line – Meiji Jingu Station
    TEL:03-6721-0404

    URL:http://www.sulbing.jp/

    MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center

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    MOSHI MOSHI BOX is a tourist information center located at the cross road of Takeshita Street, Meiji Street, and Harajuku Street. The staff there are experts on the Harajuku area. You can get the most up-to-date news of Harajuku from the site.

     

    Services:

    Service list

    ・free wi-fi

    ・free water

    ・free PC & charge

    ・baggage room

    ・gift shop

    ・currency exchange

    Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00

    Closed: The year-end and New Year holidays

    Contact: 03-2225-6447

    Twitter・Instagram @mmb_harajuku

     

  • Harajuku Lunch Guide: Cafés & Restaurants Recommended by MOSHI MOSHI BOX Staff (Part 1)

    12.February.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Hi, everyone. I’m Shiota, and I’m the Director at the MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center. Are you ever stuck on where to eat lunch in Harajuku because everywhere’s too busy? I’m always unsure.

     

    So today, the knowledgeable staff at the MOSHI MOSHI BOX will recommend some great locations for lunch they have been to where you can enjoy a bite to eat.

     

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    Natural Stance
    Head down the road located between Murasaki Sports and New Balance along Meiji-dori. You’ll find a clothes store called WOMB on the left. Head up the stairs next to it to find Natural Stance. It has a welcoming atmosphere and is very relaxing. You can go there just for a drink or you can fill your belly with a meal. The desserts are delicious too!

     

    ◼︎Information
    Natural Stance
    Address: Field One Bldg. B1F, 3-21-10 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
    Opening Hours: 11:00-24:00
    Closed: New Year’s Day
    Access: 5-minutes walk from Harajuku Station via the JR Yamanote Line / 5-minutes walk from Meiji-Jingumae Station via the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line
    TEL: 03-3402-1855
    Website: https://cafeandbarnaturalstance.on.omisenomikata.jp/

     

     

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    cafe STUDIO
    cafe STUDIO can be found in the same building as the Adidas shop along Meiji-dori. Kick your feet up and relax on one of the sofas inside, or if you’re in a rush, you can order for takeout. Best of all, they even have Free Wi-Fi!

     

    ◼︎Information
    cafe STUDIO
    Address: YM Square Harajuku 1F, 4-31-10 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
    Opening Hours: 11:00-23:00 (Food Last Orders 22:00 / Drinks Last Orders 22:30)
    No fixed holidays.
    Access: 1-minute walk from Meiji-Jingumae Station via the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line / 5-minute walk from Harajuku Station via the JR Yamanote Line
    TEL: 050-5570-7944
    Website: http://www.cafe-studio.jp

     

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    Midori’s Recommendations – Miss ID Semifinalist

     

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    Kunsei Maruho
    Kunseu Maruho is an izakaya that can be found along “Tonchan-dori” behind the MOSHI MOSHI BOX. This hidden gem offers a hearty traditional Japanese lunch at a reasonable price.

     

    ◼︎Information
    Kunseu Maruho
    Address: Tobita Bldg. B1F, 3-21-21 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
    Opening Hours: Lunch 11:30-14:00 (until 15:00 on Weekends) / Izakaya Service 17:30-24:00 (last order 23:30)
    No fixed holidays.
    Access: 7-minutes walk from Harajuku Station via the JR Yamanote Line / 5-minutes walk from Meiji-Jingumae Station via the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line
    TEL: 03-6459-2674
    Website: http://www3.ocn.ne.jp/~maruho/

     

     

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    Shiota’s Recommendations – Director of MOSHI MOSHI BOX

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    bills – Omotesando Harajuku
    “bills” needs no introduction – they serve the world’s best breakfast. The lines to get in get particularly busy in the afternoon, but you won’t have to wait long if you go in the morning. You can find it on the seventh floor of Tokkyu Plaza at Harajuku crossing. Their famous pancakes are definitely delicious, but they have a hefty selection to choose from on the food menu. And the terrace seats feel great when it’s sunny!

     

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    Address: Tokkyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku 7F, 4-30-3 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
    Opening hours: 8:30-23:00
    No fixed holidays.
    Access: 1-minute walk from Meiji-Jingumae Station via the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line
    TEL: 03-5772-1133
    Website: http://billsjapan.com/jp

     

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    Ellie’s Recommendations – English-Speaking Staff

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    Bio Ojiyan Cafe
    Walk down the street between Murasaki Sports and New Balance near the MOSHI MOSHI BOX and make a right at the Family Mart convenience store. There, you’ll find Bio Ojiyan Cafe on your right. All the items shown the signboard look amazing, but even with the standard, set items on the menu, you’ll be spoiled for choice since there’s so much to choose from.

     

    Check out Shiota and Ellie’s trip to this cafe for more details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/67375

     

    ■Information
    Bio Ojiyan Cafe
    Address: 1F, 4-26-28, Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
    Opening Hours: 12:00-21:00
    No fixed holidays.
    Access: 8-minute walk from Meiji-Jingumae Station via the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line
    TEL: 03-3746-5990
    Webpage: https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1306/A130601/13003318/

    Did you enjoy this list? If you’re planning a trip to Harajuku, keep it with you so you can find great a place to eat lunch.

     

    And if you’re unsure of how to get to any of these places, just pop into the MOSHI MOSHI BOX. We’d be glad to help!

     

    MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center

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    MOSHI MOSHI BOX is a tourist information center located at the cross road of Takeshita Street, Meiji Street, and Harajuku Street. The staff there are experts on the Harajuku area. You can get the most up-to-date news of Harajuku from the site.

     

    Services:

    Service list

    ・free wi-fi

    ・free water

    ・free PC & charge

    ・baggage room

    ・gift shop

    ・currency exchange

    Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00

    Closed: The year-end and New Year holidays

    Contact: 03-2225-6447

    Twitter・Instagram @mmb_harajuku

     

    Writer: Nao Shiota (MOSHI MOSHI BOX)

     

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    18.August.2019 | FOOD

    For this year’s Halloween season, The Capitol Hotel Tokyu in Tokyo has announced that it will serve up its Halloween Sweets Selection again this year at the hotel’s pastry boutique ORIGAMI located on floor B2F. The confectionery chefs have spun some spooky fun into this collection of 10 cute treats.

    Frankenstein – ¥1,760 / Phantom – ¥1,760 / Cyclops – ¥1,760

    The Phantom is a popular confection every year at the hotel, but this year he’s had two new freaky friends carved out for him: Frankenstein’s monster and a Cyclops. These white chocolate monsters are filled with chocolate-covered almonds, macadamia nuts and other hidden delights.

    Witch Hat – ¥715

    Dressed in a milk chocolate mousse is ganache and a rich and bitter crème brûlée made with bitter orange. It also contains a mandarin orange liqueur for deeper flavours. The mix of orange notes is refreshing on the palate.

    Cross – ¥715

    The orange and black Cross is a mousse cake made from pumpkin puree beneath which lies a cinnamon flavoured crème brûlée and coffee flavoured ganache. The bitter coffee elevates the exquisite sweetness of the pumpkin for a delicious combination.

    Evil Eye – ¥715

    Enter at your own risk with the grotesque-looking (but delicious tasting) Evil Eye mousse cake. It’s made with fragrant biscuit and caramel as well as blonde chocolate from France and inside is a smooth pear jelly.

    There are lots of other Halloween treats besides these coming to the hotel too, so if you’re in Tokyo this October then be sure to stop by for a Happy Halloween.

     

    *All listed prices include tax

  • Top 13 Cream Sodas in Tokyo: Cool Yourself Down This Summer with Classic Drinks & Modern Beverages

    17.August.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Hey, MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON readers! I’m Banako of MOSHI MOSHI FRIENDS.

     

    It’s safe to say that most long-standing, older cafés in Japan serve cream soda. It’s a drink that bellows with nostalgia, topped cutely with a dollop of ice cream and sparkling bright with vivid colour like some rare jewel.

     

    It’s a rather simple drink, but the number of people intrigued by its unique appearance are evidently on the rise. And I’m one of those people! I’ve had times where if it’s available on the menu I want to order it-and further still I’ve gone out of my way to a café solely because I’ve wanted some cream soda.

     

    Depending on the vibe and atmosphere of a café, the appearance of the cream soda will be different, which also means a different flavour. This is all part of the enjoyment of cream soda: it’s fun to compare the different tastes.

     

    I have made a long list of my most recommended cream sodas in Tokyo, all of which I have actually tried!

     

    To make it easier to picture each drink I have also given a rating out of 5☆ stars for the strength of the fizziness, the sweetness of the soda, and sweetness of the ice cream. Use this as reference when picking your drink of choice. Enjoy this specially curated selection of drinks in cafés that you’re going to want to snap lots of pictures of♡

     

    ①CAMPUS TOY cafe&bar

    CAMPUS TOY is located in the Jinbocho district of Tokyo. This exciting little place has gone for an American pop vibe. They sell toys too.

     

    The extra goodies they put in the cream soda here is influenced by the US too. The owner is a really interesting person, so much so that you end up losing track of the time as you get lost in conversation with them.

    Fizziness:★★★★☆

    Soda Sweetness:★★☆☆☆

    Ice Cream Sweetness:★★★☆☆

    CAMPUS TOY cafe&bar

    Address: 2-10 Kanda-Jinbocho, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: [Mon-Fri] 18:00-22:00

    Closed: Weekends & Public Holidays

    Access: 2-minutes on foot from Jinbocho Station’s A2 Exit

    TEL: 03-3261-7383

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/campustoy_matz/?hl=ja

     

     

    ②Café Negura

    This little-known-good-spot can be found in Shimokitazawa. The café interior has relaxed and retro décor. Their cream soda is served with two stacks of ice cream and a crown of whipped cream topped off with a cherry. What a cute-looking drink!

    Fizziness:★★★☆☆

    Soda Sweetness:★☆☆☆☆

    Ice Cream Sweetness:★★★★☆

     

    ▶︎ Café Negura

    Address: PACKAGE ONE Floor 1F (North Side), 2-26-13 Kitazawa, Setagaya Ward, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 11:30 ー 20:00

    Closed: Mondays & Tuesdays

    Access:152m walk from Shimokitazawa Station

    Twitter:https://twitter.com/neguracafe_mi

     

     

    ③Sepia

    Another retro-style café, except this one is specifically influenced by the Showa period . Situated in Shibamata, everything about this café, from the outside to the interior, breathes retro-Showa. On the second floor is the Candy Candy Museum.

     

    Their cream soda is the quintessential classic cream soda…but with a twist. It has mikan in it, a type of orange, which is very rare with cream sodas. That gives off a retro-ness too. Another cute beverage!

    Fizziness:★★★☆☆

    Soda Sweetness:★★☆☆☆

    Ice Cream Sweetness:★★★☆☆

    ▶︎ Sepia

    Address: 7-4-11 Shibamata, Katsushika Ward, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 10:00-18:30 (Last Orders 18:00

    Closed: Tuesdays & Wednesdays

    Access: 2-minutes on foot from Shibamata Station (Accessed via the Keisei Line)

    Instagram: https://instagram.com/sepiamama?igshid=1urnwdix23qbx

     

     

    ④ALL C’S CAFE

    ALL C’S CAFE is in Koenji, the retro hub of Tokyo. Decorations of cute bears are what this café is all about. There are enormous life-sized bears everywhere, so you can get ready to snap some seriously kawaii pictures.

     

    The café itself, as well as the adorable smiley bear on your cream soda, is sure to elicit some high-pitched “Aww’s.”

    Fizziness:★★★☆☆

    Soda Sweetness:★★☆☆☆

    Ice Cream Sweetness:★★★★☆

     

    ▶︎ALL C’S CAFE

    Address: Miyake Bldg. 2F, 3-25-24 Koenji, Suginami Ward, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 12:00-22:00

    Closed: No Fixed Holidays (except Obon and New Year’s Holidays)

    Access: 5-minutes on foot from the north exit of Koenji Station (Accessed via the JR Chuo Line)

    Website: http://www.allcscafe.com

     

     

    ⑤Café Hosekibako

    Hosekibako, which means ‘jewelry box’ in Japanese, is right next to Chitose-Karasuyama Station. Retro vibes waft their way throughout this cozy little hideaway with the littering of Showa manga and other miscellaneous odds and ends.

     

    This café too has the signature classic cream soda. It has a transparent appearance in its truly beautiful colour.

    Fizziness:★★★☆☆

    Soda Sweetness:★★★☆☆

    Ice Cream Sweetness:★★★☆☆

     

    ▶︎ Café Hosekibako

    Address: Koyama Mansion 102, 4-18-18 Minamikarasuyama, Setagaya Ward, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 12:00-18:30 (Last Orders 18:00)

    Closed: Wednesdays

    Access: 5-minutes on foot from the east exit of Chitose-Karasuyama Station (Accessed via the Keio Line)

    Website: https://housekibako.wixsite.com/2009

     

     

    ⑥THE GREAT BURGER STAND

    This hamburger shop sells an American-style cream soda, topped with swirly ice cream rather than cream soda’s classic dollop. That, together with the huge glass it’s served in, is enough to get you excited before you even take a sip. The café can be found in Shibuya Stream, meaning you can stop by for a breather after shopping.

    Fizziness:★★★★☆

    Soda Sweetness:★★☆☆☆

    Ice Cream Sweetness:★★★★☆

     

    ▶︎THE GREAT BURGER STAND

    Address: Shibuya Stream 1F, 3-21-3 Shibuya, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo

    Access: 1-minute on foot from Shibuya Station via the JR Yamanote Line 

    Opening Hours: 11:00 ー 23:00 (Last orders:  22:30)

    Closed when Shibuya Stream is closed.

    Access: Approx. 1-minute walk from Shibuya Station (JR Yamanote Line)

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/the_great_burger/

     

     

    ⑦Coffee Shop Galant

    Right beside Ueno Station you’ll find Galant, a coffee shop also with an air of retro-Showa to it during the bubble economy period. You’ll feel like you’ve been transported back in time when you see the dazzling décor and the staff uniforms. Peeking through the see-through liquid is a cute red cherry♡

    Fizziness:★★★★☆

    Soda Sweetness:★★☆☆☆

    Ice Cream Sweetness:★★★☆☆

     

    ▶︎ Coffee Shop Galant

    Address: 6-14-4 Ueno, Taito Ward, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 8:00-23:00

    No Fixed Holidays

    Access: Directly behind the toy store Yamashiroya (山城屋), just a two minute walk from JR Ueno Station. Also 1-minute on foot from exit 5b of Ueno Station (accessed via the Tokyo Metro Line and Hibiya Line)

    Tabelog: https://www.google.co.jp/amp/s/s.tabelog.com/tokyo/A1311/A131101/13039759/top_amp/

     

    ⑧bio ojiyan cafe Harajuku

    Ojiya, also known as zosui, is a type of Japanese rice-based vegetable soup. In my opinion, the ojiya served here is the tastiest in the world! Their cream soda comes in a large round cup and is a nice refreshment after a spot of ojiya.

    Fizziness:★★★★☆

    Soda Sweetness:★★☆☆☆

    Ice Cream Sweetness:★★★★☆

     

    ▶︎bio ojiyan café

    Location: 4-26-28 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00

    No Fixed Holidays

    Access: 10-minutes on foot from JR Harajuku Station / 3-minutes on foot from the Jingumae Crossing ticket gate elevator exit of Meiji-Jingumae Station (Accessed via the Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line)

    Website: http://mfs11.com/brand/bio-ojiyan-cafe-harajuku/

     

    ⑨PEPPERS DRIVE IN

    The main dish at this Kanagawa-based restaurant is curry. Every single thing about PEPPERS DRIVE IN is influenced by retro US elements, from the car park to the nooks and crannies inside and even the trays. You can take some really cute photos literally anywhere in the restaurant. The cream soda portion stays true to the American taste too with a generous serving.

    Fizziness:★★★☆☆

    Soda Sweetness:★★☆☆☆

    Ice Cream Sweetness:★★★☆☆

    ▶︎PEPPERS DRIVE IN 

    Address: 1129-1 Kidokoro, Hiratsuka, Kanagawa

    Opening Hours: Lunch 11:30-15:00 (Last Orders 14:45) / Dinner 18:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:30)

    Closed: Wednesdays (Except on public holidays, in which case closed the following day)

    Access: 6-minutes by taxi from south exit of Isehara Station (Accessed via the Odakyu Odawara Line) / 16-minutes by taxi from the north exit of Hiratsuka Station (Accessed via the JR Tokaido Main Line)

    Official Website: http://www.peppers.co.jp

     

     

    ⑩BRIDGE

    I reviewed the melon bread pancakes at this Ginza-based café earlier this year. It’s located inside a long-standing department store meaning the cream soda here has been around for a long time too, offering a more traditional taste. They are served on coasters which you can take home with you. It’s a great place to stop off for a break when strolling around Ginza.

    Fizziness:★★☆☆☆

    Soda Sweetness:★★★★☆

    Ice Cream Sweetness:★★★☆☆

     

    ▶︎BRIDGE

    Address: NISHIGINZA Floor B1F, 4-1 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo

    Business Hours: [Monday-Saturday] 11:00-20:30 (Last Orders 20:00) / [Sunday & Holidays] 11:00-20:00 (Last Orders 19:30)

    Closed: When NISHIGINZA Department Store is closed.

    Website: http://www.nishiginza.co.jp/page/shopguide/detail/?id=33

     

     

    ⑪HIROMAN’S COFFEE

    Another snug hideout, situated in the backstreets and surrounded by trees, is HIROMAN’S COFFEE. This cute café has lots of antique picture frames, rabbit ornaments, and other tidbits. Their melon soda arrives in a cute round and plump glass. They plenty of other Instagrammable drinks too including one topped with cotton candy. This one is one to keep coming back to!

    Fizziness:★★★★☆

    Soda Sweetness:★★☆☆☆

    Ice Cream Sweetness:★★★☆☆

     

    ▶︎ HIROMAN’S COFFEE

    Address: 3-18-12 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 11:00-19:00 (Last Orders 18:30)

    No Fixed Holidays

    Access: 10-minutes on foot from Meiji-Jingumae Station

    Instagram: https://instagram.com/hiromans_coffee?igshid=oumb3g7aergo

     

     

    ⑫ blikje button

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    blikje button in Shimokitazawa, which offers both a café and dining experience, has a vintage vibe to it with decorations that have a handcrafted feel to them.  The glasses the cream sodas come in match that aesthetic. The stroking colours of the sodas are something beautiful to behold!

    Fizziness:★★★★☆

    Soda Sweetness:★★☆☆☆

    Ice Cream Sweetness:★★★☆☆

    ▶︎blikje button

    Address: Shimokitazawa Central Bldg. 2F, 2-14-7 Kitazawa, Setagaya Ward, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 12:00-23:00 (Lunch 12:00-16:00/Café 12:00-18:00/Dinner 17:00-23:00) *Food last orders 22:00, drink last orders 22:30

    No Fixed Holidays

    Access: 2-minutes on foot from Shimokita Station via the Odakyu Line / 2-minutes on foot from the south-west exit of Shimokitazawa Station via the Keio Inokashira Line

    Website: http://www.blikje-button.com/

     

     

    ⑬CAROLINE DINER

    CAROLINE DINER is a famous café in Harajuku inspired by American diners. The cream sodas sold here are striking and nothing short of Instagram-worthy! They go perfectly with the stylish interior of the café that you’ll no doubt find yourself taking photos.

    Fizziness:★★★☆☆

    Soda Sweetness:★★★☆☆

    Ice Cream Sweetness:★★★☆☆

    ▶︎CAROLINE

    Address: 2-14-11 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 12:00-18:30 (Last Orders 18:00)

    Closed: Thursdays

    Access: 10-minutes on foot from Meiji-Jingumae Station / 10-minutes on foot from Kita-Sando Station / 10-minutes on foot from Setagaya Station

    Website: http://caroline1.theshop.jp/

     

    And that’s all from me Banako and my must-try recommendations for Tokyo cream soda. Do you have a favourite from this list?

     

    Tokyo’s summer is nowhere near over yet. How about treating to yourself to a nice refreshing cream soda to cool yourself down from the scorching heat?

  • Kyoto’s Sweet and Salty Matcha Cheese Tea is an Enlightening Flavour Discovery

    15.August.2019 | FOOD

    Kiyomizu Cheese Kobo opened at Kiyomizu Gojozaka at the foot of the famous Kiyomizudera Temple as Kyoto’s first ever cheesecake shop to sell its delicious cheesecakes in a cute jar. On August 13, they released a mouthwateringly rich Matcha Cheese Tea which will enlighten you with a new way to enjoy matcha.

    The Matcha Cheese Tea harnesses Kyoto’s unbeatable Uji matcha which is full of rich and fresh flavour. A light cloud of fluffy cheese foam floats on top of the drink, adding a salty accent to the overall flavour. A traditional tea combined with a sweet and salty cheese flavour ー this brand new flavour discovery will leave you feeling refreshed and enlightened. The recipe for the cheese foam consists of cream cheese carefully selected by the cheesecake shop’s specialists. This is then blended with a small amount of salt to accent the flavour. 

     

    If you mix the matcha milk tea with the cheese foam, the rich matcha mixes with the saltiness of the cream cheese, creating a sweet salty flavour that you will not be able to get enough of. As the flavour is not too overpowering, you can enjoy this drink endlessly and will feel refreshed even on a hot summer’s day. 

    Matcha Cheese Tea: ¥460

    Kiyomizu Cheese Kobo recommends three different ways to drink the Matcha Cheese Tea to enjoy three different levels of flavour combinations. 

    ① First off, drink just the matcha milk tea so you can experience the true authentic flavour of Kyoto’s famous rich Uji matcha tea. 

    ② Next, move your straw so that you taste just the cheese foam on its own. The fluffy foam will gently slide over your tongue and spread a mild and sweet flavour all over your mouth. 

    ③ Finally, it’s time to mix everything. The saltiness of the cheese foam and the sweetness of the matcha milk will create a new salty sweet flavour that you will want to try again and again.

     

    Whether you are a Japanese local or a foreigner, this drink is a fun new way to enjoy matcha. If you are new to matcha, this is a good way to try the flavour without being too overwhelmed. 

  • STRAWBERRY MANIA: Harajuku’s Cutest & Tastiest Strawberry Ice Cream | Food Review

    13.August.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Hey, readers. It’s Midori again, from MMN’s editorial team.

     

    Summertime in Harajuku means the cafes and ice cream shops start serving up some seriously kawaii and tasty ice creams. It’s always nice to grab a cone to enjoy while walking around shopping, but relaxing in a cafe to enjoy it is fun too♡

     

    If the latter sounds like your kind of thing, then I’ve got a new recommendation for you. I visited STRAWBERRY MANIA recently, cafe located along Takeshita Street in Harajuku that specialises in strawberry desserts.

    You’ll find it right above the 7-Eleven on Takeshita Street. Look for the strawberries!

    There’s also a sign outside showing a few of the desserts. Go up the staircase right next to it and you’ll come to the cafe entrance.

    No matter where you turn while you’re here, your eyes will be met with strawberries. It looks so cute♡

    The shopfront showcase is shelved with lots of succulent strawberry treats. The chef whips up other desserts to order besides these too. Everything’s almost too cute to eat!

     

    For the strawberry soft serve ice cream you can pick between three flavours: milk, strawberry or mixed. I couldn’t pick between them so I went for mixed.

    The combination of the bright red strawberry ice cream and pure white milk ice cream makes for a beautiful colour contrast.

    It’s also topped with a huge fresh strawberry.

     

    I took no time at all in taking a spoonful. The strawberry ice cream has a really rich flavour. It’s sweet but has that sour kick too, like you’re eating a real strawberry. The milk ice cream has a milder sweetness and a real milky taste, the kind you’d imagine if it was sold at a farm with cows.

    Everything is packed snug into the cone right down to the bottom, making it a filling treat. It can be ordered for takeout if you like, and if you do that you can get your ice cream straight away so you don’t have to wait for seats.

     

    They serve other things besides soft serve too, like shaved ice and parfaits. There’s so much to choose from, I think you’ll be spoiled for choice! Be sure to visit if you’re in Harajuku.

  • Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Steamed Minnie Mouse Cocoa Cakes

    11.August.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

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

    Today, I will show you the perfect recipe for making chocolate Minnie Mouse cakes using the Mickey Mouse Tezukuri Okazu Maker kit which you can buy on Belle Maison.

     

    1. Ingredients

    About 3-4 prep bowls

    1 large egg

    40g sugar

    Oil or 10g melted unsalted butter

    15ml milk

    50g weak flour (sifted)

    10g cocoa

    5g baking powder

    2.

    ①Crack the egg into a mixing bowl, add the sugar and whisk well.

    ②Add a drizzle of oil or melted butter and milk and whisk again.

    ③Add the sifted flour and stir in gently with a rubber spatula.

    3.

    Oil the silicone cake moulds and spoon in your mix.

    4.

    Steam on a high heat for about 10 minutes.

     

    5.

    Now it’s time to make Minnie’s ribbon. I got this ribbon mould from Daiso. Place it onto some baking paper and outline the shape with a pen. Fill the outline with red-coloured chocolate and leave to set in the fridge. Once it has completely set, add the polkadots.

    6.

    Once the cake has finished steaming, stick her onto a lollipop stick so it the cake be eaten like a lollipop, and fix the ribbon onto the top of Minnie’s head.

    And she’s finished! It looks cute when you put a Mickey and Minnie one together side by side. You can make a lot of cute recipes using the Okazu Maker, so get your hands on one and try making your own!

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

     

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    I live in Hokkaido and I love to make character themed foods, desserts and pastries♡

    I want to see my family smile, so I enjoy putting in a bit of effort to make character foods and changing food into something cute♡

    You can see more of my character foods and character bento boxes on my Instagram page→@kaopan27

     

  • Sold Out On Day One―Itohkyuemon’s Matcha Parfait Bars Release at Gion Shijo Store

    10.August.2019 | FOOD

    Kyoto-based Uji tea store Itohkyuemon released its new Matcha Parfait Bars at its new branch in Gion Shijo on August 7.

     

    The bars proved so popular that all 1,500 in stock sold out on the first day. The store is currently being piled with orders for future sales. There are five flavours to enjoy: the classic matcha parfait flavour as well as cherry blossom, tropical, mont blanc, and strawberry.

    Matcha Parfait Bar – Matcha

    The matcha flavoured bar retains the original rich flavour of the Uji matcha, which has been passed down since the Muromachi period, and combines it with a delicious assortment of parfait toppings including raw matcha chocolate, mini daifuku, coarse sweet red bean paste, and more.

     

    Matcha Parfait Bar – Sakura (Cherry Blossom)

    For another traditional Japanese twist there is the springtime sakura parfait bar which is made with cherry blossom pink rice flour dumplings and ice cream. It’s also topped with cherry blossom cream and salted cherry blossom petals for a cute finish.

     

    Matcha Parfait Bar – Tropical

    Tropical flavours like pineapple and mango blend together in this bar which is drizzled in a sweet, sour and refreshing tropical sauce. Topped with fresh tropical fruits, this is the ultimate summertime luxury.

     

    Matcha Parfait Bar – Mont Blanc

    This bar incorporates a sense of autumn with its mix of candied chestnut, astringent chestnut skin, and melt-in-the-mouth mont blanc cream.

     

    Matcha Parfait Bar – Strawberry

    Strawberry lovers will delight in the handmade strawberry sauce and strawberry meringue of this bar. The meringue elevates the sumptuous flavours of the parfait even more, including the fresh strawberry, raspberry and blueberry toppings which provide a sweet and sour kick.

     

    Which of these Matcha Parfait Bars do you want to try the most?

  • Ice Cream Lovers’ Paradise: Over 100 of Japan’s Best Ice Creams Unite at Ice Cream Fair in Hokkaido

    08.August.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    For six days only, The most mouthwatering ice cream flavours from all over Japan are heading to Sapporo Kita 3-jo Plaza AKAPLA for the regional ice cream fair Aipaku Hokkaido in Sapporo 2019. The ice cream fair will start on August 15 and end on August 20, 2019. 

     

    The concept of Aipaku® is to make everyone’s childhood dream into a reality; a paradise park where visitors are surrounded by the most delicious ice cream flavours that are found countrywide.  The Japan Ice Mania Association carefully selected heart-melting ice cream flavours from all over Japan to sell at this event. The event has been running since 2015 and has so far welcomed approximately 2 million satisfied ice cream lovers, making it the largest ice cream event in Japan. Visitors can tuck in to their ice creams straight away or buy cooler bags and dry ice at the venue to take it back home as a souvenir.

     

    This time, Aipaku Hokkaido in Sapporo 2019 is completely changing its lineup. Compared to when it was last run in 2017, this year will see many ice creams and ice cream brands that are new to Hokkaido making their debut. If you are an ice cream lover, this is a paradise world you just cannot miss out on. 

    Kikyou Shingen Soft/KIKYOUYA (¥500)

    Since being launched in 2015, this ice cream has become the star of the show at Aipaku. This ice cream is otherwise only available in Yamanashi prefecture. The beautiful scent of the soft serve ice cream’s kinako roasted soy bean will be the first thing to reach your nose. This ice cream is made with the original, rich-flavored brown sugar syrup of Yamanashi prefecture. 

    Manhattan Roll Ice Cream/ Manhattan Roll ¥850

    Roll Ice Cream is currently a big hit in Japan, so naturally it has infiltrated into this ice cream fair. This ice cream is not made using eggs like conventional ice creams. It is made with a unique combination ratio of milk, fresh cream and syrup. The result is a smooth ice cream which is rich but not overpoweringly sweet. 

    Double Ruby Fantasy/ MAISON GIVRÉE/¥600

    This is an Aipaku-limited ice cream. Its rise to fame occurred as a result of the World Championship of Pastry Ice Cream and Chocolate which took place in Milan in 2015. This Aipaku-limited soft serve ice cream was created by Team Japan’s captain and world champion pâtissier Hiroyuki Emori. It is covered in sugar-coated ruby chocolate and decorated luxuriously with almonds, hazelnuts and pistachios. The pink colour is enough to melt your heart. 

     

    Aipaku Original Häagen-Dazs Sundae/ Aipaku Official ¥800

    This is an original sundae flavour that can only be obtained from Aipaku. The ice cream is made using Häagen-Dazs vanilla ice cream with a generous layer of luxurious whipped cream. This is drizzled with a rich caramel sauce. Crispy feuillantine, which is made by smashing baked crêpe batter, accents the flavour and adds texture. Chunky slices of banana and salty vanilla-roasted peanuts are placed on top. This is a special sundae that ice cream-lovers will not be able to resist. 

     

    These are just a few of the vast range of ice creams you could be trying. There are just so many that you will be frozen for choice. The venue is also easy to access from Sapporo station. This is a wonderful way to leave the house and enjoy a Japanese summer whilst staying refreshed. 

     

    *Prices after tax stated above

    * The ice creams at the event may differ to the images above.

  • Snoopy, Joe Cool & Charlie Brown Confections by Tabemas Are Coming to Lawson Convenience Stores

    08.August.2019 | FOOD

    Character-inspired Japanese confectionery series Tabemas has unveiled its new Snoopy, Joe Cool and Charlie Brown wagashi confections that will go on sale at Lawson convenience stores across Japan on August 20.

    The characters are made from a type of dough called “nerikiri” which is used in making traditional Japanese wagashi sweets. Each of their charm points have been recreated, including Snoopy’s collar, Joe Cool’s shades and folded arm pose, and Charlie Brown’s instantly-recognisable outfit.

    Their cute designs make it hard to decide where to start eating from, with Snoopy’s beady eyes, Joe Cool’s composed manner, and Charlie Brown’s smiley face.

    Each character is filled with different flavoured bean pastes, maintaining that traditional wagashi touch. Snoopy is chocolate flavoured, Joe Cool is salted vanilla, and Charlie Brown is custard. The three of them line up perfectly for a cute Instagrammable photo. They are limited in stock so if you’re in Japan this summer be sure to stop by a Lawson store.

     

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  • Best Kyoto Souvenirs to Pick Up This Summer at Daimaru Kyoto

    08.August.2019 | FOOD

    Are you planning to shop for souvenirs in Kyoto this August? Daimaru Kyoto has the perfect lineup for the summer season, from cool and refreshing wagashi confections to sweets made with matcha grown in Kyoto and more―all packaged in gorgeous in packaging exclusive to the Kyoto branch of Daimaru. Here’s our top picks for summer 2019!

    Ryo no Seifuu (Contains 8) @ Sasaya Iori, Floor B1F Wagashi Marketplace – ¥2,160 (Tax Included) *Available until Mid-August

    Inspired by cool springs, this tasty Japanese-style confection comes in 4 different refreshing and fruity flavours.

    Kuzu Nagashi (Contains 3) @ Oimatsu, Floor B1F Wagashi Marketplace – ¥1,339 (Tax Included) *Available until Mid-August

    Indulge in two different flavours of arrowroot: one made with brown sugar from the island of Hateruma and another with sweet apricot juice. The brown sugar arrowroot is also mixed with honey and the apricot with apricot honey.

    Kakitsubata (Contains 6) @ Shogoin Yatsuhashi Sohoten, Floor B1F Wagashi Marketplace – ¥540 (Tax Included)

    Yatsuhashi is a classic Japanese confection and is a famous souvenir sweet in Kyoto. These uncooked yatsuhashi have a faint cinnamon aroma and are formed in a way similar to dango.

    Salted Lemon Pound Cake (1 Cake) @ Adachi Otoemon, Floor B1F Wagashi Marketplace – ¥2,160 (Tax Included)

    Laced with tangy lemon skin, this refreshing pound cake is topped with rock salt which elevates the flavours to delicious new heights.

     

    Raw Uji Matcha Chocolate (Contains 8) @ ATELIER de GODIVA [Kyoto Branch Only], Floor B1F Wagashi Marketplace – ¥2,916 (Tax Included) *Available until Mid-August

    Luxurious, rich and melt-in-your-moth raw chocolate made lavishly with bitter Uji matcha.

    Kyo Chafure (Contains 5) @ Kyoto Tsuruya, Floor B1F Wagashi Marketplace – ¥810 (Tax Included)

    These soft doughy sablés made with rich Uji matcha.

    Koto no Natsu @ Nomura Kyotsukidani, Floor B1F Tsukudani Marketplace – ¥1,080 (Tax Included)

    If you’re looking for something a little more savoury then you’ll absolutely want to check out the popular chirimen sansho, dried whitebait seasoned with pepper. It comes packaged in beautiful summery Kyoto packaging.

     

    Did you enjoy this list? Be sure to pick up as many tasty edible Kyoto souvenirs while exploring the ancient city.

  • Night Party at Harajuku’s Conveyor-Belt Dessert Cafe Ron Ron for 20 Year Olds Only

    03.August.2019 | FASHION / FOOD

    MAISON ABLE Cafe Ron Ron is a popular conveyor-belt dessert cafe in Harajuku. We visited the cafe last year when it had just dropped, so be sure to check out our cover story if you want more information.

     

    The cafe has just announced a night party that is exclusive to those in their 20’s. Titled “Cafe Ron Ron 20ty’s Night Party -PINK FRIDAY- supported by MAISON ABLE,” the event began yesterday and will run every night up to September 27.

    Customers can enjoy all-you-can-eat unlimited snacks for just ¥500 with no time restrictions. For an additional fee, you can also pick from the food menu which features 5 dishes and order from the drinks menu which includes alcohol.

    Everything on the food and drinks menu is ¥500 too, making it a delicious bargain!

    Desserts are served at varying time slots from 19:00. Depending on what time you arrive or decide to start eating the menu will change which is all part of the fun!

    The cafe has also teamed up with the fashion rental shop airCloset next door so customers can enjoy dining at Cafe Ron Ron while wearing a yukata.

    You can even continue wearing the kimono after you’ve eaten so you can stroll the streets of Harajuku, go to nearby festivals and more for an exciting day out in Japan’s youth and culture hub. The yukata can be rented by people of all ages – full details on the websites below.

  • Shop in Harajuku & Omotesando With a Takeout Dessert From Q-pot CAFE

    03.August.2019 | FOOD

    The real summer is here now, and what better way to cool yourself off during your shopping spree in Harajuku and Omotesando than with a cool and refreshing takeout dessert from Q-pot CAFE?

    Melty Mousse (Peach x Apricot Seed) – ¥500 (Tax Included)

    Q-pot CAFE’s Melty Mousses are encased in an adorable jar. This one is a heavenly mix of fruity peach mousse and a smooth apricot kernel milk mousse. Laced in the peach mousse is a divine blend of raspberries and lychees. The subtle sweetness of the peach coupled with the sourness of the raspberries and refreshing taste of the lychees make this dessert a perfect summer pickup. Also hidden within the delicious mix are pieces of fresh and juicy peach.

    Melty Mousse (Mint x Chocolate) – ¥500 (Tax Included)

    This summer sees the return of Q-pot CAFE’s popular mint chocolate mousse. Chocolate and mint are always an exquisite combination, and this mousse mix proves it, fusing rich chocolate with a cool mint kick. The cute melty-looking mint chocolate at the top also gives it an appetising appearance.

    Cat Ice Creams – ¥600 Each (Tax Included)

    Also returning once more this summer are Q-pot CAFE’s adorable cat ice creams, a mix of ice cream and various toppings. Choose from strawberry, vanilla or chocolate.

     

    All of these desserts will be available to buy from August 5. They are all super cheap and are perfect for getting for takeout and walking around Harajuku and Omotesando. Be sure to stop by if you’re planning a shopping trip there this summer break.

  • Moomin Stand in Asakusa Releases Strawberry Daifuku Milk Drink

    01.August.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    On July 16 this year, a new branch of Moomin Stand―a drinks shop inspired by the Finnish children’s books The Moomins―opened in Asakusa, one of the most popular tourist spots in Tokyo.

     

    Moomin Stand serves original fruity beverages, drinks with rich milk bases and more, all with chewy tapioca-like pearls.

    Moonmin Stand is produced by Moomin Café. The first branch opened in Kichijoji and proved popular with women in their 20s and 30s, high school and university students, and families with children. It continues to enjoy flurries of customers; you’re guaranteed to be lining up on weekends.

    Strawberry Daifuku Milk – ¥700 (Before Tax)

    The newly-released Strawberry Daifuku Milk drink is exclusive to the Asakusa branch. Its mix of sweet and sour strawberry flavour with the chewy pearls gives a texture reminiscent to daifuku, a traditional Japanese confection which takes mochi and stuffs it with a sweet filling. The drink has a delicious white bean paste base and is topped off with fresh pieces of strawberry.

    The café interior is decorated with beautiful illustrations from The Moomins making for plenty of great photo opportunities. There is also a bar to lean on as well as spaces on the wall to rest your back on to relax with your drink after walking around.

    All drinks also come with a cute Hattifattener straw toy that bites onto straws and pens which you can take home with you.

     

    After you’ve taken a stroll around Asakusa and seen the Kaminari gate, Nakamise Shopping Street and Sensō-ji temple, why not stop off at Moonmin Stand for refreshments?

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