Round 2: Easter! “Bonobono X Tower Records Cafe” at Omotesando and Sapporo!
Tower Records are launching round two of their collaboration project with popular anime “Bonobono” which is currently broadcasted by the television station Fuji TV.
Being themed around the children’s generation of Bonobono, this spin-off theme is a collaboration with “Bono-chan”. The collaboration will take place at Tower Records Café in Omotesando and Sapporo PIVOT for a limited period.
The cute collaboration menu is themed around Easter. There are 11 collaboration goods and extras for customers to enjoy. Now let’s take a look at a few items on the menu!
Bono-chan Maru Seafood Egg Curry ¥1,204 +tax
Bono-chan Donuts Plate ￥1,111 + tax
Puka Puka Bono-chan Parfait ￥1,000 + tax
As a special treat, every customer at the café will receive a luncheon mat! Customers who order a drink will receive a coaster, and those who order food and drink will also receive a sticker!
Please note that the collaboration goods will be sold at Tower Records Café Omotesando, Sapporo PIVOT and online at the Tower Records’ special collaboration goods website: http://tower.jp/bonochang/
Warm up your heart with this cute café menu and the special goods available at the “Bonobono X Tower Records Café” collaboration. ♡
BiSH Collab Poster Available in Tower Records Monthly Push Campaign!
04.August.2021 | MUSIC
Tower Records have been promoting artists in-store with their Monthly Tower Push campaign, and the next group to be getting the big Tower Push will be BiSH as they promote their 4th major album, GOiNG TO DESTRUCTION, releasing on August 4, 2021.
Monthly Tower Push August | BiSH Collab Poster
Tower Records Limited Bonus: Jigsaw Puzzle *Not available with HAKAI-BAN (AVCD-96749).
Between August 1 and 31, these special collaboration posters will be available at all Tower Record and TOWERmini store. Each store will be promoting the release alongside a commemorative panel exhibit to mark the release of GOiNG TO DESTRUCTiON, BiSH’s first full-length album in over 2 years.
10 lucky customers who purchase the album, available from August 4, enter the draw between August 3rd and 9th at participating stores, will win a free Monthly Tower Push A2 poster.
Those who purchase the album in store can enter the lottery on the Tower Record website using a QR code on the receipt, while customers buying online can enter the draw using the special lottery page.
A limited edition receipt will also be provided to customers who purchase BiSH’s GOiNG TO DESTRUCTiON during the promotion period.
This special campaign celebrating the groups 4th anniversary is a a must-visit for any BiSH fan!
BiSH x Tower Records
Availability: August 1 ~ August 31, 2021
Official Site: https://tower.jp/
Evolutionary Japanese Sweets That Combines the Essence of Ohagi and Western Confectionary
04.August.2021 | FOOD
Niigata prefecture is known for being a treasure trove of gastronomy, specializing in rice and sake products. Locals will be familiar with the long running Japanese sweet stores in the area, most of which incorporate the areas speciality rice and sake into their products.
“We want to let people know about Niigata’s amazing sweets and spread the word about our local produce.”
With this in mind, a new “evolutionary” style of Japanese confectionary (Wagashi) was created, combining the traditional taste of Japan with the essence of the modern era to invoke both newness and nostalgia.
Mandai Bean Paste is the signature treat from the new Evolutionary Wagashi selection, made with the ever-popular Ohagi in mind. The mochi is made in partnership with a long-established Niigata confectionary store with over 200 years of experience in the prefecture.
The mochi is made using Shinnosuke, a new Niigata-based rice brand known for it’s rich taste, while the Bandai-an bean paste filling is created by a long-standing local Anko store.
Each Ohagi is hand wrapped in store, with 12 delicious flavors available, including some seasonal fruits.
Unlike any normal Ohagi, this Evolutionary Wagashi is combined with seasonal fruits, nuts, and mascarpone cheese, adding an essence of Western flavoring to the traditional Japanese confectionary.
The new store will be opening in the center of Niigata city, with a concept of “Long-established modern.”
Just like their modern twist on timeless Japanese sweets, Bandai-an has created a fitting space that combines the dignified image of a traditional store with modern sensibilities.
These modern sweets can be enjoyed in all kinds of settings, so why not try them for yourself?
Niigata Anko Bandai-an
Location: 2-2-9, Higashi Ōdoori, Chuo-ku, Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture
Opening Hours: 10:00~ 18:00
Official Site : http://bandaian.com
Long-Standing Kyoto Tea Wholesaler Yamamasa Koyamaen Opens Cafe in Tokyo
TZEN, a company dedicated to promoting traditional Japanese culture around the world, has teamed up with Yamamasa Koyamaen, a tea wholesaler in business since the Edo period, to open a new matcha cafe in Tokyo!
ATELIER MATCHA, a quick walk from Ningyocho station, is harnessing the concept of ‘the third wave of matcha,’ serving up premium matcha in a cozy atmosphere.
MATCHA Cookies & Cream Shake: ¥748 (Tax Included)
MATCHA with Warabimochi and Red Bean Topping: ¥748 (Tax Included)
MATCHA Jelly Cider: ¥660 (Tax Included)
MATCHA Granola and Yogurt Latte: ¥715 (Tax Included)
MATCHA Cotton Candy Milkshake: ¥748 (Tax Included)
MATCHA Affogato: ¥660 (Tax Included)
MATCHA Shot (Espresso Style): ¥220 (Tax Included) / MATCHA Water: ¥275 (Tax Included) / MATCHA Green Tea: ¥330 (Tax Included)
Supreme MATCHA Terrine: ¥660 (Tax Included)
(This is a partial menu, all prices are for those dining in.)
Matcha is becoming popular around the world. ATELIER MATCHA was created to offer customers a unique experience which showcases the true taste and culture of this beloved tea grown in Japan.
Yamamasa Koyamaen is a Kyoto institution, cultivating and grinding matcha tea leaves for 160 years. Over 1,000 tea retailers, department stores, domestic and international trading companies and hotels stock their high-grade matcha, gyokuro, sencha, and other specialty teas, making them one of the most recognized and respected names in this traditional Japanese art. The company even prefers to call themselves a ‘studio’ rather than a ‘factory’, using the 800-year history of tea cultivation in Uji, Kyoto as a starting point to create their masterpieces.
ATELIER MATCHA is Yamamasa Koyamaen’s first cafe, and also the company’s first experience selling directly to consumers.
Blending the highest-grade matcha with locally made sweets, the cafe hopes customers will enjoy these original creations while surrounded by the relaxing aroma of tea.
The matcha used in the cafe includes signature Yamamasa Koyamaen blends, including Ogurayama and Tennozan, both varieties often used in tea ceremonies. For a limited time, the cafe is offering a single-origin blend with one rare variety of matcha, as well as a beverage made with tencha, which are the leaves used to make matcha before being ground down in a stone mortar. Visitors can also enjoy gyokuro and hojicha teas, made from carefully selected leaves.
Pulling recipes from Yamamasa Koyamaen’s book ‘Kyoto Uji-Koyamaen: Simple Matcha Drinks to Enjoy at Home,’ the menu features refreshing drinks blending the traditional with the modern, with unexpected combinations of soda, fruit and yogurt. Seasonal drinks will also be making an appearance, including shaved ice in summer and chocolate drinks in winter.
The name MATCHA SHOT packs a punch, using matcha instead of espresso for a needed pick-me-up. MATCHA WATER, a refreshing cup of watered-down tea, offers a way to fully enjoy the fullness and more hidden flavors of this popular Japanese tea.
As expected, ATELIER MATCHA also has a sweets menu set to impress: these sweet treats feature only the best, created with the top 0.03% of total national matcha production. This insanely high-quality matcha is a part of Yamamasa Koyamaen’s ultimate matcha experience project, titled “ALL FOR ONE,” which provides these rare leaves to some of the country’s top professionals in various fields.
At opening, only limited qualities of the Supreme MATCHA Terrine, made by well-known pâtissier Toshi Yoroizuka, will be available.
These authentic matcha creations are perfect for a hot summer’s day, or as a gift for a friend. When in Tokyo, don’t miss it!
Address: 1-5-8 Nihonbashi Ningyocho, Chuo Ward, Tokyo 103-0013, Japan
Access: 30-second walk from Ningyocho Station/5-minute walk from Suitengumae Station
Open Date: August 2, 8:00
Hours of Operation: 8:00-19:00 (Last order 18:30)
Closed on Tuesdays (Open daily throughout August)
Phone Number: 03-3667-7277
Official Site: https://ateliermatcha.com/
Pretty Boy Detective Club Anime Themed Cafe Menu to be Served in Osaka
As part of their AniCook project which gets people to enjoy anime through cooking, CookpadTV have announced that the 7th series they are collaborating with is Pretty Boy Detective Club. The collaboration includes a food menu inspired by the series that will be served on the 5th floor of Shinsaibashi PARCO in Osaka from August 19 to September 5.
Trump Demi Hamburger / Hagoita Chirashi Chahan
Starry Sky Cream Pancakes / Yubiwa Academy Middle School Gateau Chocolate / Auditorium Cheesecake
Manabu’s Assam Blue Moon Tea / Nagahiro’s English Breakfast Sesame Tea / Michiru’s Earl Grey Acerola Tea / Hyota’s Ceylon Mango Tea / Sosaku’s Darjeeling Hazelnut Tea
Get 1 of 5 stickers with every food and dessert order, and 1 of 5 postcards when ordering a drink
Acrylic Stands | 5 Designs
Acrylic Keyrings | 5 Designs
Acrylic Coasters | 5 Designs
Pins | 5 Designs
The dishes and drinks on the menu were created to get people enjoying food more. The cafe is also selling a range of exclusive merchandise both at the cafe and online.
cookpadLive cafe x Pretty Boy Detective Club
Running: August 19, 2021 – September 5, 2021
Location: Shinsaibashi PARCO Floor 5F, 1-8-3 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00
CookpadTV Official Website: https://www.cookpad.tv/
Life Lessons with Uramichi Oniisan Anime Themed Cafe to Open in Ikebukuro
Animate Cafe Stand Hareza Ikebukuro has announced a collaboration with the ongoing TV anime series Life Lessons with Uramichi Oniisan which will see the cafe served up a themed menu, sell exclusive merchandise, and decorate the interior with original illustrations from August 25 to September 27.
Animate Cafe exclusive illustrations
Animate Cafe exclusive chibi illustrations
Collab Menu (Excerpt)
Parfait | ¥700 (Tax Included)
Latte | ¥600 (Tax Included)
Soda | ¥650 (Tax Included)
Big Acrylic Stand Keyrings | 3 Designs | ¥1,600 Each (Tax Included)
Cookies | ¥1,000 (Tax Included)
Acrylic Stand Keyrings | 6 Designs | ¥700 (Tax Included)
Rubber Keyrings | 10 Designs | ¥700 Each (Tax Included)
Life Lessons with Uramichi Oniisan is a dark comedy manga series by Gaku Kuze that’s been serialised in Comic POOL since 2017. An anime adaptation began airing on July 6, 2021.
Life Lessons with Uramichi Oniisan x Animate Cafe
Running: August 25, 2021 – September 27, 2021
Location: Animate Cafe Stand Hareza Ikebukuro
Booking Window: August 25, 2021 – August 29, 2021 (Online Booking)
*Booking not required from August 30 onwards
Animate Cafe Official Website: https://cafe.animate.co.jp/
Miffy x studio CLIP Merchandise Collection Revealed
Lifestyle brand ‘studio CLIP’ is collaborating with children’s author Dick Bruna’s popular character Miff with a cute merchandise collection that’s set to drop at all studio CLIP branches in Japan and the online webstore .st on August 1.
Limited-edition shopping bags
Fruit Soda & Soft Serve Ice Cream Parfait
studio CLIP collaborates with Miffy every year, and this year is no different, with a special line-up of character goods themed on friends and family. Boris makes an appearance this time too. Items include hand gel holders, vinyl umbrellas, tote bags, and more. There’s also exclusive shopping bags for Miffy fans who buy any of the collab merch, as well as themed drinks and desserts at studio CLIP CAFE.
studio CLIP x Miffy
Release Date: August 1, 2021
Locations: studio CLIP / studio CLIP Webstore
Running: August 1, 2021 until sold out
Location: 3 studio CLIP CAFE branches (Grand Tree Musashikosugi/Yume Town Hiroshima/Yume Town Hikarinomori)
Sumikko Gurashi Bubble Tea Released by XIE XIE PEARL
29.July.2021 | FOOD
Bubble tea shop XIE XIE PEARL is collaborating with San-X and their popular corner-dwelling characters Sumikko Gurashi with a line-up of drinks and merch until August 23.
Fruit is the theme of the collaboration which arrives in a line-up of colourful beverages served in limited-time cups. Each character’s drink is loaded with toppings.
Shirokuma’s Peach Milk | ¥756 (Tax Included)
Neko’s Jewel Berry Lemonade | ¥756 (Tax Included)
Tonkatsu’s Caramel Banana Milk | ¥756 (Tax Included)
Penguin’s Jewel Mint Lemonade | ¥756 (Tax Included)
Original collab goods
Large Stickers | 4 Designs | ¥330 (Tax Included)
Mini Tote Bag | ¥990(Tax Included)
Mirrors | 5 Designs | ¥550 (Tax Included)
Re-release of previous collab merch
Free novelty stickers and pouch
If you order one of the collab drinks you’ll receive a free sticker, and if you order all four drinks, you get an original Sumikko Gurashi pouch. All you need is your receipt to show at the register.
©︎2021 San-X Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
XIE XIE PEARL x Sumikko Gurashi
Running: July 22, 2021 – August 23, 2021
Official Website: https://www.krg-inc.com
Rilakkuma x Tower Records Collaboration Includes Exclusive Merchandise and Themed Cafe Menu
Tower Records has announced Rilakkuma x Tower Records Campaign 2021, an event set to run from August 4 to August 29. The retail music chain is joining paws with Rilakkuma and company for a campaign with the theme “Wow, what a surprise!” at Tower Records stores, their online shop, and Tower Records Cafe.
Merch collab line-up
Tower Records has collaborated with Rilakkuma every year since 2009. This year sees the arrival of brand new original merchandise, a CD, and themed cafe.
The merchandise will be available at 27 Tower Records stores, Tower Records Cafe Omotesando, and online. Enjoy adorable original artwork of Rilakkuma, Korilakkuma, Chairokoguma, and Kiiroitori. There’s lots of freebies to get your hands on too – check out the line-up below.
Available at 27 Tower Records stores, Tower Records Cafe Omotesando, and the online shop
Available at Tower Records Shibuya, Tower Records Cafe Omotesando, and the online shop
Free character cards with every purchase
Red Rilakkuma zabuton floor cushion
For this year’s campaign, Rilakkuma fans can win themselves a zabuton floor cushion too. For a chance to win, you need to sign up online.
Tower Records x Rilakkuma CD cover
Postcard included with CD
The eighth Tower Records x Rilakkuma CD includes background music for doing yoga. There are 15 popular J-pop tracks in total which can be enjoyed for just chilling out to as w2ell.
Themed cafe menu
The cafe collaboration at Tower Records Cafe Omotesando takes on an American diner theme. Takeout drinks will also be available at the Nagoya Sakae SKYLE and Umeda NU Chayamachi branches too.
At Tower Records Omotesando
Table mats at Tower Records Omotesando
Rilakkuma, Korilakkuma, Chairokoguma, and Kiiroitori themed dishes, drinks, and desserts
Receive a free fan when you book a table in advance
Receive a free postcard when you order from the collab menu
Set of 3 original stickers
Free postcard when ordering from the Special Menu
Free postcard when you order a takeout bottle
Collect all six stamps in the stamp rally to win a poster
During the campaign, for every piece of merchandise ordered, you’ll receive one of four possible character cards. 20 people who also scan the QR codes included on the cards by September 12 will be randomly chosen to win either a white Rilakkuma zabuton cushion or a ¥3,000 Tower Records gift card.
©2021 San-X Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
Rilakkuma x Tower Records Campaign 2021
Running: August 4, 2021 – August 29, 2021
Zabuton Cushion Applications
Submission Page: Tower Records Online
Submission Period: July 15, 2021 – August 29, 2021
Pre-Orders: July 15, 2021
Release Date: August 4, 2021
Locations: Tower Records Cafe Omotesando / Tower Records Cafe Nagoya Sakae SKYLE (Takeout Drinks Only + Closed August 17) / Tower Records Cafe Umeda NU Chayamachi (Takeout Drinks Only + Closed August 16)
Menu ①: August 4, 2021 – August 13, 2021
Menu ②: August 14, 2021 – August 22, 2021
*Table bookings mandatory
Showa Summer Dessert Drinks Get Served Up at AWESOME STORE & CAFE IKEBUKURO in Tokyo
AWESOME STORE & CAFE IKEBUKURO is now serving up two new summer-exclusive dessert drinks inspired by the Japanese Showa era. The ‘Imitation Gold’ and ‘Blue Light Awesome’ are both available now until September 26.
Imitation Gold: ¥467 (Tax Included) / Blue Light Awesome: ¥467 (Tax Included) *both served in plastic cups (see below)
The Imitation Gold’s flavour is reminiscent of an energy drink. It’s topped with vanilla ice cream and colourful gummies. The Blue Light Awesome is a Blue Hawaiian syrup-infused pineapple juice topped with vanilla ice cream and a cherry. Both of these cute dessert drinks are the perfect refreshments for the summer.
Those who buy both drinks will also receive an original black straw to make the drinks even more Instagrammable. These are available while supplies last.
Some other popular must-tries
Other classics on the menu to try include soft and chewy bagels, coffees, and more.
Chocolate High | ¥396 (Tax Included)
Ebi Avocado | ¥396 (Tax Included)
Fuwa Toro Bacon Omelette | ¥396 (Tax Included)
AWESOME Organic Coffee (Hot/Iced) | From ¥217 (Tax Included)
AWESOME STORE & CAFE IKEBUKURO
Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00 (Currently operating on reduced hours – closes at 20:00)
Address: Q Plaza IKEBUKURO 1F, 1-30-3 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Official Website: https://www.awesomestore.jp/store/pages/cafe.aspx
Jambuka Pancakes Get Tossed and Loaded With Fresh Cream and Fruits in Osaka
21.July.2021 | FOOD
Jambuka Abeno Q’s Mall is the only place in Osaka where locals can enjoy the incredible pancakes created by the fresh cream desserts specialist shop MILK. This summer, they are now serving a new seasonal treat: the ‘Sweet Summer Mikan & Lemon Pancakes.’
Sweet Summer Mikan & Lemon Pancakes | ¥1,089 (Tax Included)
Fresh Cream Milk Pancakes | ¥858 (Tax Included)
Fresh Cream Strawberry Milk Pancakes | ¥1,089 (Tax Included)
Fresh Cream Chocolate Banana Milk Pancakes | ¥979 (Tax Included)
All pancakes are made-to-order and are covered in a rich, creamy sauce made from fresh cream from Hokkaido. Enjoy them plain or topped with fresh fruit.
Sweet Summer Mikan & Lemon Pancakes
Running: July 15, 2021 – August 31, 2021
Location: Jambuka Abeno Q’s Mall
Address: Abeno Q’s Mall Floor 4F, 1-6-1 Abenosuji, Abeno Ward, Osaka, 545-0052, Japan
Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00
Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jambuka_abeno/
Key Coffee has recreated its coffee from 1920’s when the cafe chain first opened. Named the Yokohama 1920 Founding Blend, the coffee was released on July 20 and will be available at their 54 branches up and down Japan until August 24, the same date when the coffee shop first opened.
Yokohama 1920 Founding Blend
A picture of Key Coffee’s Yokohama branch in 1936 when it was known as Kimura Coffee
Retro Showa-style espresso con panna
Yokohama 1920 Founding Blend recreates the same flavour of coffee that the cafe served in 1920 when it first opened in Yokohama, an area bustling with restaurants serving both Asian and Western cuisine. It uses Brazilian coffee beans at its base, a type which was circulated a lot at the time. It has a distinct sweet fragrance and goes well with milk and sugar.
Back them, coffee was a commodity yearned for by the people of Japan. After releasing their hit coffee syrup in 1921, Key Coffee began serving coffee in a way that was simple, tasty, and accessible to everyone such as drip coffee and their Noi coffee-making series. In the 1930’s their products began to line the shelves of department stores as they began to develop as a spearhead for the emergence of coffee culture in Japan. They also began selling TOARCO TORAJA in 1978, a highly-regarded premium coffee. Today, the chain continues to be a hub for coffee lovers, and is creating new coffees and techniques.
Japan has been a boom in junkissa in recent years, a classic cafe which blends the atmosphere of the Meiji and Showa periods. Key Coffee is showcasing two coffees on their recipe page which capture this flair including an espresso con panna and milk brûlée.
Yokohama 1920 Founding Blend
Running: July 20, 2021 – August 24, 2021
Price: ¥648 (Tax Included) / 100
Recipe Page: https://www.keycoffee.co.jp/store/direct/2021foundedblend_recipe
Official Website: https://www.keycoffee.co.jp/
Milkshake Shaved Ice and Milk Frozen Desserts Served Up at Motosue in Hyogo
20.July.2021 | FOOD
The new Motosue Hanare has opened next to Motosue Kurakuen in Hyogo where they are selling a range of desserts including the Milkshake Shaved Ice and Milk Frozen.
Milkshake Shaved Ice Pudding | ¥1,290 (Tax Included)
Milkshake Shaved Ice Sweet Potato | ¥1,350 (Tax Included)
Milkshake Shaved Ice Matcha Adzuki | ¥1,200 (Tax Included)
Milk Frozen Chocolate Banana | ¥650 (Tax Included)
Milk Frozen Strawberry | ¥720 (Tax Included)
Eggy Bread | ¥750 (Tax Included)
Using milkshake as the base ingredients, the shave ice line-up gets its super fluffy texture from free range eggs. There are three flavours to enjoy, such as the pudding one which is topped with a whole Japanese pudding, adding a smooth and velvety texture to the fluffy shaved ice. Each is a perfect pick for cooling down during the summer season.
The ‘Milk Frozen’ desserts use frozen milk for the base and are topped with fruit. Each is made carefully handmade one by one, and they are even more refreshing than the shave ices. The eggy breads also come in a range of flavours including plain and custard.
Japanese Shop Name: 本巣ヱ 離れ
Address: 1-28 Kikutanichō, Nishinomiya, Hyogo 662-0078, Japan
Access: 3-minutes from Kurakuenguchi Station
Opening Hours: 10:00-19:00 (Last Orders 18:30)
Closed: Every 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month
Official Website: https://supertamago.com/