Top 6 Spring Only Matcha Sweets for 2018

27.March.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

As winter dies down and the heat of spring begins to bear its warm embrace, all the matcha sweets start hitting shelves in Japan. It’s the best time for matcha lovers across the country.

 

Today, we take a look at 6 matcha goodies set to hit Japan this year.

The Westin Tokyo Hotel to Hold its First Matcha Dessert Buffet

“Matcha Dessert Buffet” at The Westin Tokyo

The matcha desserts extravagantly use a range of different matcha, including Uji and Nishio. There are 20 all-you-can-eat confectioneries to choose from, each of which draw our the delectable flavour of matcha.

 

From a Matcha Fondant that made with a mix of matcha and fresh thyme that evokes fresh verdure to the “Strawberry & Raspberry Truffle,” The Westin Tokyo has a line-up of original, unique sweets.

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/95101

 

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Matcha Dessert Buffet
Location: The Westin Tokyo, International Restaurant “The Terrace” 1F
Address: Ebisu Garden Place, 1-4-1 Mita, Meguro, Tokyo
Available: May 1st, 2018—June 29th, 2018 (Weekdays Only)
Time: 15:00-17:00
Price: ¥3,900 Per Person (doesn’t include tax or service charge)
TEL: 03-5423-7778

Website: http://www.theterrace.westin-tokyo.co.jp/jp/dessert_buffet

 

 

“Eggs’n Things” will sell Kyoto-limited “Ujimatcha Pancakes” in their stores throughout Japan

“Uji Matcha Pancakes” at Eggs ’n Things

The Kyoto Shiji branch of Eggs ’n Things will sell its limited edition Uji matcha pancakes at its other branches across Japan.

 

These are a new Japan-Western fusion of pancake that use matcha custard made from carefully selected matcha custard and matcha cheese. They are guaranteed to satisfy your belly with a generous serving of whipped cream and sweet, high-quality adzuki beans.

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/95714

 

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Kaoru, Uji Matcha Pancake

Available: March 27, 2018 ― April 26, 2018

Price: ¥1,500 (tax excl.)

Sold at Eggs ’n Things stores across Japan.

Website: https://www.eggsnthingsjapan.com/

 

 

“Gion Tsujiri’s” spring-limited take out menu items

Spring Takeout Menu at Gion Tsujiri

Gion Tsujiri have released a springtime-only menu at their main branch in Gion, as well as their Hachijoguchi and Saryo Tsujiri Kodaiji branches.

 

There are three items available: the matcha “Nene Float” soft-serve ice cream that sits on top of green tea, as well as two different cherry blossom ice creams, all of which will make you smile just looking at them.

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/95747

 

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Gion Tsujiri Spring Takeout Menu

Running March 9, 2018 ― TBA

Website: www.giontsujiri.co.jp

 

 

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White Chocolate & Matcha Iced Drink at Lindt

Matcha beverages are a hit at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Japan every year. But this year they’re kicking it up a notch and doubling the amount of matcha used last year, giving a richer and deeper matcha taste.

 

The fusion of white chocolate and matcha ganache makes this drink neither too sweet nor too bitter. It also comes with a macaron.

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/97548

 

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Lindt White Chocolate Koi Matcha Ice Drink
Running: April 2, 2018 to May 31, 2018 (*Sales will end once all have been sold)
Available: Lindt Chocolat Cafes around Japan

Website: http://www.lindt.jp/

 

 

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“Matcha Mania” Buffet at Hyatt Regency Osaka

“Matcha Mania” is an immensely popular buffet that’s difficult to get places for. It’s enjoyed across people of all ages, not just matcha sweet lovers. This time they’re amping things up by adding a sweets menu for popular teas houjicha, Jasmine tea and Earl Grey. You can also order sandwiches, baguettes and more.

 

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“Matcha Mania: Spring” at Hyatt Regency Osaka

Address: Hyatt Regency Osaka 1F Lobby Lounge, 1-13-11 Nankokita, Suminoe, Osaka-shi, Osaka Prefecture

Running: April 14, 2018 ― July 1, 2018

Opening Hours: 12:00-16:00 (Weekends & Holidays only)

Closed: Weekdays

TEL: 06-6612-1234

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

 

 

ヨックモック青山本店 BLUE BRICK LOUNGE 「モワルーショコラ 抹茶仕立て」

“Moelleux Chocolat Matcha Shitate” at BLUE BRICK LOUNGE in Yoku Moku Aoyama

BLUE BRICK LONGUE is situated in Yoku Moku Aoyama Honten where they are currently selling a matcha dessert for spring only.

 

The subtly bitter matcha ganache is irresistible, and spills forth as you push your knife into it. This luxurious looking plate is reminiscent of a Japanese-style garden with fresh verdure. You can enjoy the cold ice cream together with hot matcha.

 

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Yoku Moku Aoyama Honten BLUE BRICK LONGUE – “Moelleux Chocolat Matcha Shitate”

Address: 5-3-3 Minamiaoyama, Minato, Tokyo

Available: March 15, 2018 ― Mid June 2018

Opening Hours: 10:00-23:00 (Sundays & Holidays 10:00-19:00)

Price: ¥1,400 (w/ tax ¥1,512)

TEL: 03-5485-3340

Website: https://www.yokumoku.co.jp/

 

 

Did you like our picks?

 

Each of these delicious desserts is available during springtime only. Enjoy Japan’s spring matcha sweets this year too ♡

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  • 5 New ‘Houjicha’ Sweets & Drinks – The Next Best Thing After Matcha

    24.January.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Recently, ‘houjicha,’ a type of roasted Japanese tea, has become popular among people of all ages in Japan. Right now, there are lots of different stores selling various houjicha beverages. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most popular, newly-released houjicha drinks!

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    Hachiya (Sendagaya)

    “Houjicha Smoothie” (S¥500 / L¥600)

    This houjicha smoothie is special for its aromatic fragrance. It uses white bean paste instead of sugar meaning you can enjoy an elegant sweetness together with a faint touch of anko.

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/81322

     

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    Hachiya (Sendagaya branch)

    Address: 4-1-8 Sendagaya, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 9:00-19:00

    Closed: Weekends, National Holidays and New Year’s Holiday

    Access: 20-minutes by foot from Harajuku Station / 2-minutes by foot from Kita-sando Station

    Hachiya (Daikanyama branch)

    Address: 1-16-9 Ebisunishi, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 9:00-19:00

    Closed: Never (with the exception of New Year’s Holiday)

     

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    Tsujiri (Ginza)

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    The Ginza branch of Uji, Kyoto tea shop “Tsujiri” are currently serving a limited edition winter menu. This rich houjicha hot chocolate is mixed with flavoursome Vanhouten chocolate and Tsujiri’s own fragrant houjicha tea.

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/79035

     

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    “Tsujiri Ginza” Winter Menu

    Available: December 1, 2017 to end of February 2018

     

    Tsujiri – Ginza Branch

    Address: GINZA SIX B2, 6-10-1 Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo

    Open: 10:30-20:30

    TEL: 03-6263-9988

    URL:http://www.tsujiri.jp

     

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    Nanaya (Aoyama)

    Nanaya in Aoyama sells sweet and refreshing matcha gelato. As well as the regular matcha flavour, they also sell a houjicha flavour too, which has a subtle fragrance of tea embedded in the sweetness!

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/58538

     

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    Nanaya Aoyama

    Address: Nanaya 1F, 2-7-12 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

    Tel: 03-6427-9008

    Hours: 11:00〜19:00

    Closed: Tuesdays (except national holidays)

    WEB: http://nanaya-matcha.com

     

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    Oyaizu Seicha (Fukuoka, Main Branch)
    Oyaizu Seicha is a producer of green tea, with its main branch in Fukuoka. They are now selling 7 varieties of gelato with tea as the main focus. They also sell a unique “houjicha rum raisin” flavour.

     

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    Oyaizu Seicha Main Branch

    URL:http://www.gasho-an.com/

     

     

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    Sanpi Ryoron Yorimichi (Shibuya)

    Sanpi Ryoron (‘Pros & Cons’) is a sweets shop selling sweets, dashi and houjicha. They have beverages, soft cream, purin and more on their houjicha menu.

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    Sanpi Ryoron Yorimichi

    Address: 5-17-4 Hiroo, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00 (last orders 20:30)

    Contact: 03-6409-6855

    Access: 5-minutes’ walk from Hiroo Station via the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line

    Closed: Mondays

     

     

    Heal your soul with the indulging fragrance of houjicha.

     

  • 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.

     

    「いちごのタラバ蟹バーガー」東京インターコンチネンタル

    “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

     

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    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!”

  • 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

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    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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    Patisserie Kihachi
    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.”

     

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    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.

     

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    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!

     

  • Top 10 Character Cafés in Japan: February & March 2018

    12.February.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Collaborative character cafés and menus in Japan are becoming more and more popular, where cafés team up with popular character franchises from various media including anime, games and brands to serve up themed menus. Let’s take a look at some of the collaborations you can look forward to in February and March this year.

     

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar×Marronnier Gate Ginza

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    The world of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, one of the most loved picture books in the world, has been brought to life in the form of a café. The café opened in Ginza on January 18th and will will be open for a limited time only. The colourful and vivid mind of illustrator and children’s book writer Eric Carle is brought to life through food. The items on the menu promise to excite the fun aspect of eating. Expect to tuck into everybody’s favourite French toast, omurice, hamburgers, pasta and more, all themed on the wonderful world of the world’s beloved caterpillar.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/84934

     

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    Harapeko Aomushi Café

    Date: January 18, 2018 – August 31, 2018 (*closed February 19th)

    Address: MARRONNIER GATE GINZA 1 (4F), Sunday Brunch, 2-2-14 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00

    *Reservation required before visiting the café by 17:30. You can sit at any seat after 17:30

     

    Homepage: www.harapecocafe.com

    TM & © 2018 Eric Carle LLC.

     

     

    Monchhichi×Asakusabashi

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    The plus secret café underneath JR Asakusabashi Station held its grand opening in collaboration with Monchhichi, a line of stuffed toy monkeys from Japan, on January 20th. The café is filled with limited edition goodies and there’s even be a workshop space. Monchhichi is an internationally loved character that first appeared in 1974. JR Asakusabashi Station is a bustling location situated nearby Asakusa and Akihabara. Enjoy your time together with Moncchichi underneath the station in a cute and stylish space.

     

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    Address: 1-17-5 Asakusanashi, Taito, Tokyo
    Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00 (last orders 19:30)
    Closed: Wednesdays

    Website: https://plussecret.shopinfo.jp/
    ©2018 sekiguchi Co.,Ltd.

     

     

    Jalan×Hands Cafe

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    Travel information website Jalan’s official cat mascot Nyalan has made his way to Hands Cafe branches around Japan. A total of 8 Hands Cafe branches, including Omotesando Harajuku and Umeda, are now serving up a Nyalan themed menu. Six tasty and original meals and beverages are available including omurice, hamburgers, paw-style parfait, café au lait with cute art and more. The cafes have been completely turned into Nyalan’s world with decorations and a photo spot.

     

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    Jalan × Hands Cafe

    Running: January 17, 2018 – February 25, 2018

    *Please note that store times and holidays vary across branches.

     

    Hands Cafe Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku

    Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku 5F, 4-30-3 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

     

    Hands Cafe Shibuya

    Tokyu Hands Shibuya 7A, 12-18 Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo

     

    Hands Cafe etomo Chuorinkan

    etomo 2F, 4-6-3 Chuorinkan, Yamato, Kanagawa

     

    Hands Cafe Umeda

    Tokyu Hands Umeda 10F, 3-1-1 Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka

     

    Hands Cafe Morinomiya Q’s Mall

    Morinomiya Q’s Mall BASE 2F, 2-1-70 Morinomiyachuo, Osaka-shi, Osaka

     

    Hands Cafe Piole Akashi

    Piole Akashi West 1F, 1-1-23 Oakashi, Akashi, Hyogo

     

    Hands Cafe Hiroshima

    Tokyu Hands Hiroshima 2F, 16-10 Hatchobori, Naka-ku, Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture

     

    Hands Cafe San-A Naha Main Place

    San-A Naha Main Place 1F, 4-4-9 Omoromachi, Naha, Okinawa Prefecture

     

    Hands Cafe Website: https://www.handscafe.jp/event.html

     

     

    Sailor Moon×My Melody Candy Parlour

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    Bishojo Senshi Sailor Moon and My Melody are teaming up to open a collaborative café called Sailor Moon × My Melody Candy Parlour for a limited period in Osaka, Sapporo, Tokyo and Nagoya. See everybody’s favourite magical girls and Sanrio’s popular character come to life in the form of food, sweets and drinks served only at this café.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/90049

     

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    Sapporo PARCO (Sapporo)

    Address: THE GUEST cafe & diner, Sapporo PARCO 4F, 1-3-3 Minami, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido

    Running: April 6, 2018 – May 14, 2018

    Opening Hours: Sunday-Friday 10:00-20:00 (food last orders 19:00 / drinks last orders 19:30) / Saturdays 10:00-20:30 (food last orders 19:30 / drinks last orders 20:00)

     

    Ikebukuro PARCO (Tokyo)

    Address: THE GUEST cafe & diner, Ikebukuro PARCO Honkan 7F, 1-28-2 Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo

    Running: April 20, 2018 – May 21, 2018

    Opening Hours: Café 10:00-22:00 (food last orders 21:00 / drinks last orders 21:30) / Merchandise Shop 10:00-21:00

     

    Nagoya PARCO (Nagoya)

    Address: THE GUEST cafe & diner, Nagoya PARCO West Building 8F, 3-29-1 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi Prefecture

    Running: April 6, 2018 – May 21, 2018

    Opening Hours: Café 10:00-21:30 (food last orders 20:30 / drinks last orders 21:00) / Merchandise Shop 10:00-21:00

     

    Shinsaibashi 161 (Osaka)

    Address: THE GUEST cafe & diner, 2F, 1-6-1 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka Prefecture

    Running: February 17, 2018 – April 15, 2018

    Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 (food last orders 20:00 / drinks last orders 20:30)

    *Café will close at 18:00 on April 15th (food last orders 17:00 / drinks last orders 17:30)

     

    THE GUEST café&diner Official Website: http://the-guest.com

     

    ©Naoko Takeuchi ・ PNP ・ Kodansha ・ Toei Animation

    ©1976, 2018, SANRIO CO., LTD.

     

     

    Pompompurin Cafe Yokohama×Gudetama

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    The Yokohama branch of Pompompunrin Cafe, a café themed around the popular Sanrio character Pompompurin, will collaborate with the “lazy-egg” character Gudetama. The collaborative menu is available from February 6th. The worlds of these two popular characters can be enjoyed at this café with its cute interior.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/89912

     

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    Pomupomu Purin Café Yokohama Store

    Address: Yokohama Sotetsu Square, 2-1-5, Nanko, Nishiku, Yokohamashi

    Opening Date: February 6, 2018

    Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00 (last orders 20:30)
    TEL: 045-311-6750

    Homepage: http://pompom.createrestaurants.com/

    ©1996, 2013,2018 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO.S584328

     

     

    Pop Team Epic×Sweets Paradise

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    Collaborative cafés paying homage to Okawa Bukubu’s four-panel manga series POP TEAM EPIC, which has become recognised worldwide, are now open in Sweets Paradise branches throughout Japan. The café will offer original menu items such as “Poptepi Manma,” “A Ichimen no Kusomidori Pasta” and “Sekihotai de Tsuchikatta Sekihan,” as well as an all-you-can-eat option. They are also serving amusing named drinks such as “Imi ga Wakarimasuka? [Do you understand?] Café Latte” and “Shogakusei Level no Drink [low-quality drink made by an elementary school student].”

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/89750

     

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    Sweets Paradice SoLaDo – Harajuku Branch
    Running: February 2nd – March 15th
    Address: SoLaDo Takeshita Street 3F, 1-8-2, Jingumae, Shibuyaku, Tokyo
    TEL: 03-6661-8671
    Opening Hours: <Weekdays> 11:00 to 20:30, <Weekends & Holidays> 10:30 to 21:00

     

    Sweets Paradise – Tennoji Branch
    Running: February 2nd – February 27th
    Address: Tennoji Mio 11F, 10-39 Hidenincho, Tennoji-ku, Osaka-shi
    TEL: 06-6775-4180
    Opening Hours: 11:00-23:00 (last orders 22:30)

     

    Sweets Paradise – Machida modi Branch
    Running: February 2nd – March 15th
    Address: Machida modi 9F, 6-2-6 Haramachida, Machida-shi, Tokyo
    TEL: 042-728-8506
    Opening Hours: 11:00-23:00

     

    Sweets Paradise – Hiroshima Parco Branch
    Running: February 2nd – February 25th
    Address: Hiroshima Parco Main Building B1F, 10-1 Hondori, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi
    TEL: 082-249-0141
    Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00

     

    Sweets Paradise – Nagoya Parco Branch
    Running: March 9th – April 8th
    Address: Nagoya Parco West Building 8F, 3-29-1 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi Prefecture
    TEL: 052-263-0401
    Opening Hours: 10:30-22:30 (open from 10:00 on Weekends & Holidays)

     

    Sweets Paradise – Fukuoka Parco Branch
    Running: March 3rd – March 31st
    Address: 6F, 2-11-1, Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka Prefecture
    TEL: 092-235-7253
    Opening Hours: 10:00-20:30

     

     

    Sanrio Characters×Dining Park Ikebukuro

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    Sanrio Characters Lovely Café where popular Sanrio characters from back in the 80’s will gather, is now open at Dining Park Ikebukuro, located on the eight floor of Seibu Ikebukuro Honten, close to the east exit of Ikebukuro Station. From meals to desserts, step back in time with dishes celebrating the good-old characters from Sanrio.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/88086

     

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    Sanrio Characters Lovely Café

    Running: January 31, 2018 – April 17, 2018

    Address: Gourmet Stadium II, Seibu Ikebukuro Honten 8F, 1-28-1 Minami Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, 171-0022

    Opening Hours: 11:00-23:00 (open from 10:30 on Weekends & Holidays) *last orders 22:00

    No fixed holidays except when specified by Seibu Ikebukuro.

    TEL: 03-5949-5675

    Website: https://www.sogo-seibu.jp/ikebukuro/

     

     

    アニメ「銀魂」×OMOTESANDO BOX CAFE & SPACE

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    Anime and manga series Gintama is set to gets it own themed cafe, “Gintama CAFÉ Host Club Takamagahara,” later this month. Gintama is a science fiction series written by manga author Hideaki Sorachi. The interior design of the The interior design of the café is an original creation based on the host club that appears in the story,  “Takamagahara.”

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/87388

     

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    Gintama CAFÉ Host Club Takamagahara

    Address: OMOTESANDO BOX CAFE & SPACE B1F, Pine Under Flat, 5-13-2 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Running: February 15, 2018 – March 16, 2018

    Opening Hours: 11:00-21:40 (80 mins stay max.)

    Reservations: https://gintama-cafe.jp

    *reservations must be made in advance before visiting Host Club Takamagahara

     

     

    ドラゴンボール×ナチュラルキッチン

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    Renowned anime and manga series Dragon Ball, a franchise loved all over the world, has also gotten its own character themed café. Natural Kitchen are very particular in their selection of ingredients for their meals, only picking the best. The talented chefs there have conceived a unique and original fun-packed menu completely themed around Dragon Ball.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/86377

     

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    Dragon Ball Café & Diner Tokyo

    Address: Natural Kitchen Omotesando, GYRE B1F, 5-10-1 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Running: January 15, 2018 – February 28, 2018

    Opening Times: 11:00-22:00 (last orders 21:00)

    Contact: 03-6805-0772

    *No smoking

     

    Website: http://dragonball-cafe-diner.jp

     

     

    マイメロディ&クロミ×お好み焼き

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    Japanese okonomiyaki restaurant chain Okonomiyaki Dohtonbori are holding a special campaign in collaboration with popular Sanrio characters My Melody and Kuromi. Titled My Melody & Kuromi wo Tsukurou, the campaign began on February 1st. The My Melody Okonomiyaki contains rice cake and cheese and is mixed with ketchup. It’s complete with a wafer ribbon and a decorated face made from soya beans. The Kuromi Okonomiyaki is cooked with pork and black coloured batter. Like the My Melody okonomiyaki, this one’s also decorated with a soya bean sheet for a face, as well as a wafer skull accessory. There’s a whole list of other delicious meals featured on this collaborative menu to tuck into too.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/87507

     

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    My Melody & Kuromi×Dohtonbori Collaboration Campaign

    Running: February 1, 2018 – March 31, 2018

    Location: Select Dohtonbori branches around Japan

    Campaign Webpage: https://www.dohtonbori.com/campaign/mymelody/

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    Did you enjoy this list? You can expect to find cafes around Japan collaborating with popular characters all the time. If you’re there this month or March, then be sure to check out any of the above!

  • Cherry Blossom Inspired Food & Drink in Japan: Spring 2018 Edition

    02.February.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

    As the cold winter continues to freeze forward, we’re all waiting in anticipation for spring’s warmth to break through. Did you know, there are places in Japan where the cherry blossoms bloom as early as the end of January? Keep that in mind as we introduce you to some cherry blossom inspired food and drink hitting Japan very soon.

     

    “Cherry Blossom Drink” – Lindt

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    Lindt is an established premium chocolate brand from Switzerland founded in 1845 loved all over the world. The company will release some limited edition, early-springtime items including the “Lindt White Chocolate Sakura Ice Drink” and the “Lindt Delice Sakura” on February 16th. Enjoy this refreshing cherry blossom drink and feel the vibe of spring early.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/88257

     

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    Lindt White Chocolate Sakura Ice Drink

    Available: Lindt Chocolate Cafés throughout Japan

    Date: February 16, 2018 – April 1, 2018 (*limited stock available)
    Price: Ginza Branch – Eat-In (served in a glass) – ¥1,388 / Other Branches – Take Out – ¥772

    (The Jiyugaoka branch also offers an eat-in option)

     

    Lindt Delice Sakura

    Available: Lindt Chocolate Café except stores in outlets

    Date: February 16, 2018 – April 1, 2018 (*limited stock available)

    Price: 1 Piece – ¥302 yen

     

    Lindt Delice Set

    Available stores: Lindt Chocolate Café except at Ginza stores and outlet stores

    Date: February 16, 2018 – April 1, 2018 (*limited stock available)

    Price: ¥1,080-¥1,296 (includes one drink and two delices of your choice)

     

    *all prices include tax

     

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

     

     

    “Sakura Mini Bon” – Cinnabon

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    Cinnamon roll specialist store “Cinnabon” are selling a limited edition cherry blossom flavoured cinnamon roll, the “Sakura Mini Bon,” from February 1st to March 31st. The roll is topped with a gracious amounts of cherry blossom flavoured cream cheese frosting and a crunchy decoration. Enjoy an exquisite balance of subtle cherry blossom and specially made cinnamon.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/88270

     

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    Sakura Mini Bon

    Available: February 1, 2018 – March 31, 2018

     

    Prices / Available Branches:

    Sakura Mini Bon (1 roll) – ¥390

    Branches: Roppongi / Futakotamagawa Rise S.C. / COCOON CITY/ atre Kichijoji

     

    Sakura Mini Bon (3 rolls) – ¥1,170

    Sakura Mini Bon Combo (6 rolls) – ¥1,850  (includes 3 “Sakura Mini Bon” and 3 “Mini Bon”)

    Branches: Roppongi Store / Futakotamagawa Rise S.C. / COCOON CITY

     

    Sakura Mini Bon Combo (3 rolls) – ¥1,100 yen (includes 2 “Sakura Mini Bon” and 1 “Mini Bon”)

    Branches: Tokyo Station / atre Kichijoji

     

    Official Website: http://www.cinnabon-jp.com/

     

     

    “Spring Coloured Veggie Pota Soba” – Cafe & Bar BW CAFE

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    SOBA (buckwheat noodles) CAFE & BARU BW CAFE which sells original soba dishes serve up their new menu “Haruiro Vege Pota Tsuke Soba” from February 1st. Their new menu “Haruiro Vege Pota Tsuke Soba” uses lots vegetables such as fresh potatoes and corn and one can eat soba with a warm dipping soup that tastes like potage. The dipping soup and ground vegetables go well with soba since it uses a Japanese-style broth. Also, the baked cheese used as a topping adds a mildness and special aroma to the dish. Enjoy this pink-coloured soba that brings to mind cherry blossoms.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/87477

     

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    SOBA CAFE & BARU BWCAFE

    Address: 2-7-5 Okubo, Shinjukuku, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 11:30-23:00 (last orders 22:00)

    Closed: Sundays

    Contact: 03-6278-9658

    Webpage: http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1304/A130401/13177140/

     

    Haruiro Vege Pota Tsuke Soba

    Price: ¥850 yen (tax incl.)

     

     

    “Matcha Milk Sakura Flavour” – Tsujiri

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    CAFE & BARU BW CAFETsujiri Online Shop will sell a seasonally limited product of an established store in Kyoto, Tsujiri’s “Tsujiri Matcha Milk – Sakura Flavor” with only a limited supply. “Tsujiri Matcha Milk -Sakura Flavor,” is a matcha milk which has the scent of cherry blossoms and the soft flavors of Ujimatcha and milk. It is a seasonally limited flavor which uses matcha from “Tsujiri,” an established store in Uji, Kyoto. The tea masters of Tsujiri selected the Uji Matcha that goes well with milk by blending two kinds of matcha to draw out the flavor of matcha. A cherry blossom leaf powder produced in Japan is added to the soft flavor of milk to give the product its cherry blossoms flavour.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/84872

     

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    Tsujiri Matcha Milk – Sakura Flavor

    Released: January 1, 2018 (limited stock available)

    Price: ¥513 (tax included)

    Homepage: http://kataoka-online.jp/nr-sakura

     

     

    “Spring Bouquet Salad Set” – BOTANIST café

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    “BOTANIST Tokyo,” the flagship store in Omotesando, is serving a spring themed menu on the 2nd floor “BOTANIST café” from February 1st to March 31st. The “Spring Bouquet Salad Set” uses lots of fruit and vegetables reminiscent of springtime to look like a botanical bouquet. They’re selling a range of other foods and sweets too which taste great and are fun to look at. Everything on the menu is available for this spring only!

     

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    BOTANIST Tokyo

    Address: BONTANIST Tokyo 1F & 2F, 6-29-2 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00

    No fixed holidays.

    Homepage:  http://botanistofficial.com/

     

    Feel the warm breeze of spring early with these cherry blossom inspired foods and drinks.

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    The “Matcha Berry” shaved ice is paired with rich Uji matcha ice cream and berry sauce. It’s also topped with a wafer cake shaped like a flower and filled with white bean paste, rice flour dumplings, and fruit.

    Uji Tea White Peach Soda / Uji Tea Lemon Soda: ¥650 Each (Before Tax)

    Full-bodied kabusecha tea from Uji made into a soda with fresh fruit pieces and jelly for a refreshing combination. Pick from super refreshing lemon or subtly sweet white peach.

    Uji Matcha Float / Houjicha Float: ¥700 Each (Before Tax)

    These floats are made using the best tea leaves selected by FUKUJUEN which are used to make a rich and frothy tea latte. Added to that is a dollop of soft serve ice cream topped with red bean paste and dried wheat gluten. Choose between authentic Uji matcha or aromatic houjicha.

     

    Takeout Menu

    Strawberry Flower Wafer Cake / Chestnut Houjicha Wafer Cake: ¥350 Each (Before Tax) 

    Fruit wafer cakes are a popular dessert at Saryo FUKUCHA, and for the first time ever they are making them available for takeout so customers can enjoy them at home too. Pick from the strawberry flower flavour made with white bean paste or the chestnut and houjicha with chocolate cream.

    Cream Anmitsu (Matcha/Houjicha): ¥700 (Before Tax)

    FUKUCHAs specially-made anmitsu, or syrup-covered anko bean jam, is the perfect way to cool down on a hot summer’s day. It’s mixed with Uji tea honey and topped with various toppings like milk agar-agar, black soybeans, rice flour dumplings, white peach, raspberry, and mizu manju.

  • Ginza’s Legendary Strawberry Mille-Feuille Dessert Arrives to Japan’s Kansai Region

    28.May.2020 | FOOD

    VMG HOTELS & UNIQUE VENUES is now serving a certain strawberry mille-feuille at several locations across Japan’s Kansai region. Available from May 26 to 31, t’s a recreation of the legendary dessert “Napoleon Pie” from Ginza in Tokyo.

    In 1966, Sony co-founder Akio Morita opened a restaurant called Maxim’s de Paris with the idea in mind to create a place for adults to meet and socialise over food. Since opening, it has tickled the taste buds of customers with its authentic French cuisine and dazzled them with its deep crimson decor. The “Napoleon Pie” is an especially popular dessert that has gained a legendary status. The custard is laced with fragrant cointreau, and the thick pastry is stuffed with strawberries. The dessert gets its name from how it looks like Napoleon’s hat.

     

    This strawberry mille-feuille is now being sold at select locations in Kyoto and Hyogo for just six days. It’s the first time for the dessert to be served in Kansai.
    The dessert is available for takeout so customers can enjoy an at-home cafe experience.

  • 3 New Limited-Edition Botanical Drinks to Arrive This Summer at BOTANIST Tokyo

    27.May.2020 | FOOD

    BOTANIST Tokyo, the flagship shop of BOTANIST in Omotesando, has announced a new collection of limited-edition drinks will be served on the second floor BOTANIST Cafe from July 12, 2020. BOTANIST Tokyo is currently closed but it scheduled to reopen on June 1.

     

    There are three new refreshing drinks to choose from, all of which can be ordered for takeout. From apple mint to grapefruit, each beverage us the perfect accompaniment for cooling you down in Japan this summer.

     

    REFRESH MENU


    Refresh Soda: ¥600 (Tax Included)

    A combination of grapefruit jelly and fizzy soda water make this one of those drinks that you go “Ahh!” afterwards on a hot summer’s day. There’s also a hint of sweet green apple.

    Botanical Melon Soda: ¥800 (Tax Included)

    This is a smoothie which blends together two types of melon soda and adds melon jelly and a dollop of ice cream. It’s like a dessert in a cup!

    Banana & Avocado Refresh Smoothie: ¥720 (Tax Included)

    Enjoy the sweetness of banana and sugar beet together with the smoothness texture of the avocado in this smoothie which has apple and mint mixed into it for that refreshing summertime kick.

     

    The cafe’s regular menu has also been revised to add three new desserts.

     

    REGULAR MENU


    Vegan Waffles w/Drink: ¥800 (Tax Included)

    These vegan waffles are healthier for the body if you’re looking for some guilt-free indulgence. It’s topped with soy whipped cream, maple syrup, and fruits of your choice.

    Lemon Cheesecake w/Drink: ¥1,000 (Tax Included)

    A crunchy cookie base, a creamy cheese top, and a lemon to top it all off. The combination of the salty flavour with the sour hit is a match made in heaven.

    Homemade Rich Pudding: ¥500 (Tax Included)

    An in-house made purin, which is a type of Japanese custard pudding. It’s a delightful mix of rich egg and subtly sweet soy whipped cream.

     

    Customers who spend over ¥4,000 (tax included) on items in the Refresh Series will also be entered in for a chance to win a “Refresh Soda.” The soda is available while supplies last.

  • Tropical Flavoured Pikachu Puré Gummies Dropping This Summer

    27.May.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    Japanese confectionery company Kanro has revealed its new limited-edition, tropical flavoured Pikachu gummies which it developed in collaboration with Pokémon for its Puré gummy range. They will be released in Japan on June 2, 2020.

    The sweet and chewy tropical gummies are made with pineapple juice which is the main flavour, mango juice, and banana juice. They also added a soda flavour for that Pikachu thunderbolt kick (and to balance the flavours!)

     

    They come in limited-edition Pikachu shapes

    A packet of these gummies includes the classic heart-shaped Puré gummy sweets as well as Pikachu-shaped ones. There are also four packet designs all featuring original and exclusive Pikachu illustrations.

    Additionally, for a limited time, the regular lemon, grape, and muscat grape Puré gummy packaging feature Pikachu’s paw prints on the front and back. There are even hidden Pikachu-shaped gummies inside these regular packets.

     

    Pikachu online promotion

    The product is being promoted over on the official Puré Twitter page. Pikachu is set to take over the page this June with promotional videos.

  • Famous Japanese Matcha Company Collaborates With Japan’s Convenience Stores

    26.May.2020 | FOOD

    With shops and businesses temporarily closed as a result of lockdown measures in Japan, Japanese convenience store chain FamilyMart decided that since people can’t as easily get their hands on authentic matcha right now, they would collaborate with the famous matcha company Kanbayashi Shunsho Honten to stock some authentic matcha treats on its shelves. They were released at FamilyMart branches across Japan on May 19, 2020.

     

    Umami Matcha Parfait

    The parfait begins with a soft sponge bottom and is then layered with milk mousse and matcha mousse before being topped with matcha jelly, red bean paste, and other tasty accompaniments.

     

    Umami Matcha Cheesecake Baumkuchen

    The matcha baumkuchen is made using authentic Uji matcha and is baked to look like a cheesecake. You get the full rich matcha kick with this one.

     

    Hidetoshi Kanbayashi (Kanbayashi Shunsho Honten) | Comment

    “We use a blend of first-grade Uji matcha and top it with jelly and matcha mousse. We have made it in such a way that you can enjoy the full flavour and aroma of the matcha itself. Please enjoy.”

  • Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Pompompurin Cheese Tarts

    17.May.2020 | 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.

     

    In today’s recipe, I’ll be showing you how I made a batch of Pompompurin cheese tarts made using store-bought tart cups.

     

    Ingredients (Makes 9-10)

    9-10 store bought tart cups
    200g cream cheese (brought to room temperature)
    20-30g sugar
    1 egg yolk
    50ml fresh cream
    8g potato starch (katakuriko)
    Vanilla beans to taste (can be substituted for vanilla extract)
    1 tbsp lemon juice

     

    Step 1


    Pour the following ingredients into a bowl in this order: cream cheese→sugar→egg yolk→vanilla beans→fresh cream→potato starch. Mix well. Make sure when you put the potato starch in last that you sprinkle it thinly.

     

    Step 2
    Bake the tart cups in an oven at 180℃ for 15-20 minutes. If you don’t have store-bought cups, you can use small cocotte dishes.

     

    Step 3

    Leave to cool. Now you can start drawing the face.

    For the hat I used sliced chocolate, for the ears sliced cheese, and for the facial features a chocolate pen.

    Once you’ve drawn the face, it’s time to tuck in!

     

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

     

    Kaori Kubota (@kaopan27

    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 → @kaopan72

  • Tokyo’s New Cat Shaped Cheesecake Shop ‘Neko Neko Cheesecake’ Opening in May 2020

    15.May.2020 | FOOD

    ALL HEARTS COMPANY, a Japanese company that develops bakeries and patisseries across Japan, is launching an all-new cheesecake shop called Neko Neko Cheesecake which will open in Jiyugaoka, Tokyo on May 20, 2020. Serving cat-shaped cheesecakes, the shop will also take online orders.

     

    Neko Neko Cheesecake is a sister brand of Neko Neko Kuu Pan from the same company which serves cat-shaped bread. Online deliveries will make for the perfect opportunity to bring that cafe experience to your own home.

    Neko Neko Cheesecake – ¥1,800 (Before Tax) / Size: 11cm, 475g

    The cake is made from the luxurious French brie cheese Brie de Meaux which is mixed with a homemade apricot jam to create rich, deep flavour. This means the cheesecake not only looks cute, but is the real deal too.

     

    Their secret to bringing about amazing flavour and not just adorable looks can be broken down into four simple steps.

    ①They use the king of cheeses, Brie de Meaux.
    ②Although baked, the cheesecake is so soft it has a similar texture to a no-bake cheesecake.
    ③The sweet and sour homemade apricot jam elevates the overall flavour.
    ④The combination of mature cheese and the apricot jam changes the flavour to create a completely new kind of cheesecake.

    The cheesecakes are boxed in box that has a simple yet chic design with two cats sat side by side.

     

    The store will open on May 20, and online orders will launch on ALL HEARTS MALL on the same day.

  • Mister Donut Japan Launches Another New Matcha Doughnut Series

    13.May.2020 | FOOD

    Mister Donut Japan is set to release yet another new limited line of matcha doughnuts in collaboration with Gion Tsujiri and Toshi Yoroizuka at all branches in Japan from May 15, 2020.

     

    Last month, Mister Donut collaborated with Gion Tsujiri and Toshi Yoroizuka to release the “Matcha Itadaki Series.” This time around, they’re joining their sticky baking hands to bring the “Matcha Odoroki Series.” The triple team’s matcha creations are the fitting way to celebrate Mister Donut’s 50th anniversary as Gion Tsujiri brings the best Uji matcha from Kyoto and Uji-born pastry chef Toshihiko Yoroizuka brings his creative ideas.

     

    There are four treats in the line-up: the “Crisp Double Uji Matcha” and “Crisp Uji Match Chocolate” feature cookie and bagel dough bases, creating a crunchy and chewy mix, while the “Pon de Pie Uji Matcha” and “Pon de Pie Chocolate” feature Mister Donut’s classic chewy Pon de Rings combined with a crunchy pie texture.

    Crisp Double Uji Matcha – ¥230 (Before Tax)

    A chewy and crunchy base laced with Uji matcha and topped with Uji matcha whipped cream and chocolate.

    Crisp Uji Match Chocolate – ¥230 (Before Tax)

    A chewy and crunchy base laced with Uji matcha and topped with Uji matcha chocolate and chocolate chips.

    Pon de Pie Uji Matcha – ¥200 (Before Tax)

    Enjoy both a chewy base and crunchy pie mix at the same time, topped with Uji matcha whipped cream.

    Pon de Pie Chocolate – ¥200 (Before Tax)

    Enjoy both a chewy base and crunchy pie mix at the same time, decorated with chocolate whipped cream.

     

    The Matcha Odoroki Series sees the chefs’ ideas shine through to create desserts that not only taste amazing but look gorgeous too, as well as taking into the account texture.

  • Teeny Tiny Disney Cupcakes to be Baked Up by Ginza Cozy Corner in Japan

    10.May.2020 | FOOD

    Ginza Cozy Corner is introducing nine new Disney “sports festival” themed cupcakes to cake shops through Japan on May 11, 2020.

     

    Cute mini cupcakes with a sports theme

    Nine cupcakes make up the collection which feature motifs from popular Mickey Mouse & Friends characters including Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, and Goofy. One look at the picture below is enough to have you thinking what a waste these nearly seem to eat because of how adorable they are.

    Disney Sports Festival Cupcakes (Box of 9) – ¥2,500 / Available: May 11, 2020 – June 21, 2020

    The designs take inspiration from different sports like tennis, rugby, skateboarding, and more. All nine come in a box so it’s going to be difficult picking which one to start with!

    Disney sports design box

     

    Box Line-Up

    Top Row From Left
    Daisy Duck Rhythmic Gymnastics: Cheese Cream Roll Cake
    Mickey & Friends Basketball: Chocolate & Vanilla Cream Roll Cake
    Pluto Running: Chocolate Cream Cake

     

    Middle Row From Left
    Mickey & Friends Rugby: Sweet Adzuki Bean Paste Cream Matcha Cake
    Mickey & Friends Cheerleader: Strawberry Cream Tart
    Goofy Soccer: Orange & Chocolate Cream Tart

     

    Bottom Row From Left
    Minnie Mouse Tennis: Lemon Cream & Strawberry Cream Tart
    Donald Duck Swimming: White Peach & Lychee Cream Shortcake
    Mickey Mouse Skateboard: White Chocolate Cream & Raspberry Puree Tart

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