Tag Archives: Kyoto

Matcha Goodies from Mister Donut For Japan

In keeping with the current matcha theme that’s active in Japan, Mister Donut is jumping into the fray with their offering of matcha goodness products and yummy things to eat!

 

Mister Donut collaboration with Gion Tsujiri, a tea company.

How good does that donut look? Gion Tsujiri is a green tea specialist from Kyoto who have been around for over 150 years. They’re also known for their matcha lip balms and delicious parfaits and are now turning their talents to donuts. There’s no less than six donuts to be given the matcha treatment and as you can see from the image below, they all look extremely delicious!

Matcha au lait and Matcha au Lait Soy Milk Whip round out the treats!

Let’s have a look at each one in closer detail. (All in the name of research, of course).

Warabi Mochi Matcha

Shiratama Matcha

Adzuki Matcha Whip

 

Matcha Soy Milk Whip

 

Premium Matcha Fashion

 

Pon de Ring Premium Matcha

 

Matcha au Lait

 

Matcha au Lait Soy Milk Whip

These awesome matcha treats will be available from April 7th through to about mid May so the only question that remains is, is there any chance of Mister Donuts coming to Australia pretty please?

Danganronpa Goods Hit Kyoto

In yet another reason why Japan is the ultimate haven for cool and exclusive stuff, a Kyoto department is now host to some sweet Danganronpa swag.

The Kyoto Marui department store is now holding a Danganronpa Hope’s Peak Academy’s Co-op until May 18th with some nice merch and more. Here’s a look at what you can expect.

Danganronpa clear file ¥199  or in a box of 12 as well.
Danganronpa clear file ¥199 or in a box of 12 as well.

Danganronpa 1-2 high school pins ¥324. Limited to 10 per customer.
Danganronpa 1-2 high school pins ¥324. Limited to 10 per customer.

Danganronpa sake ¥2, 160
Danganronpa sake ¥2, 160

Another sake shot
Another sake shot

Custom Monokuma
Custom Monokuma

Anything catch your eye?

One of the coolest capsule hotels to close in Japan

Capsule hotels are completely synonymous with Japan. Those tiny sleeping quarters resembling a futuristic coffin which served many a salaryman can be found dotted across Japan. There are differences in each hotel but undoubtedly one of the coolest and more distinctive one is Nine Hours situated in Kyoto. So it’s with sadness that we hear news of its impending closure. Surprisingly, there wasn’t a reason given for the closure which will be happening on October 31st. If you want to get in before it closes, best you be quick as they are taking bookings but on a good day you can squeeze in without prior notice.

9 hours 1

Easy instructions on how to use 9 Hours
Easy instructions on how to use 9 Hours

A clean and spotless environment
A clean and spotless environment

Sterile bathroom conditions
Sterile bathroom conditions

Have a bath, time to get ready for bed
Have a bath, time to get ready for bed

...Or a shower
…Or a shower

Your PJ's for the night
Your PJ’s for the night

Time to crawl in
Time to crawl in

The view that greets you, inside the capsule
The view that greets you, inside the capsule

The pillow. With instructions.
The pillow. With instructions.

Built in alarm clock to wake you up the next day
Built in alarm clock to wake you up the next day

For more info, head on over to the hotel’s official site which also caters for English.

Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair: 1st report

The past weekend saw the 2nd Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair after the huge success it turned out to be last year. The event is also known “Kyomafu” for short and was held on September 6 (business day) and September 7th (public day). The venue chosen for the event was the Miyako Messe (Kyoto International Exhibition Hall) and it was all put together by the City of Kyoto.

The idea of the event is to provide an avenue for young creators of manga and to create a greater awareness of both anime and manga for tourists and fans alike. Conditions weren’t the best for the event with Mother Nature turning on the rain but nonetheless, more 20,000 fans flocked to see some amazing manga and the odd anime thrown in.

All the pics below were taken by Mikikazu Komatsu 

[AFG_gallery id=’320′]

Japan invaded by the Megaburgerpizza

Have you ever come across lunchtime and been in a dilemma as to what eat? What about if you can’t make up your mind between a burger or a pizza? Well now thanks to an enterprising pizza parlour in Kyoto, that choice is no longer a burden.

The parlour called Pizza Little Party have just taken their covers off their latest monstrosity or culinary delight, if you will. They have created the Megaburgerpizza, it’s so big it doesn’t even need spaces between the words. It tips the scales at a heaving 1.2 kilograms, big for a pizza or a burger. So what we’re looking at are 2 pizza pies encasing 400 gram meat patties with the pizzas measuring at 27cm or 11″.

megaburgerpizza

Topping it all off is some original meat sauce with a special cheese blend. You’ll have the option of traditional burger toppings as well ranging from onions through to pickles and mustard. This tasty treat will set you back ¥2,580 and will be served up in the pizza parlour from September 1 through to November 22. If you happen to be in Kyoto and have some time and friends on your hands, give it a try!

New Nintendo Offices Are Under Construction

Here’s a few pics now of the new Nintendo building under construction in Kyoto. The pics come courtesy of Blogtendo and the plans for the new office space came after the reveal of the Wii U in 2011. This is costing Nintendo around ¥16.5 billion which is roughly $US204 million. That’s a lot of Wii U’s and 3DS’s sold.

When it’s completed, the building is expected to hold 1,500 workers which will unite the portable consoles and engineering departments. The completion date is scheduled to be around the end of 2013.

[AFG_gallery id=’227′]

New video service for the 3DS

And yet another dose of gaming goodness only available to the lucky 3DS owners in Japan, Nintendo have announced that they’ll be launching a new video service for their fans. Mind you there already is a 3D service like this for the 3DS whereby users can watch different offerings from Fuji TV and Nippon TV. This new service though will be updated frequently with 2D and 3D clips and first off the ranks there’s a tour of Kyoto, Japanese comedians and varying clips from fashion show, the Tokyo Girls Collection. Meanwhile in Australia, we get E3 clips…which is no where near as cool 🙁

Nintendo Video (official site)