The concept is straight forward. In main cities many people live in small units and don’t have enough space for pets. Cat cafes have proven popular with locals by providing that pet-owner intimacy otherwise unattainable to some. And now owl cafes are meant to offer a similar sort of experience – except that the owls can’t be touched. In fact, the owls (like most owls) get scared easily so customers have to behave.
According to Tokyo Times owl cafes like Fukurou no Mise (Owl Shop) and Tori no Iru Cafe (The Cafe with Birds) began gaining popularity in Japan late last year and this summer saw more owl cafes open. Currently there are owl cafes like Fukurou Sabou (Owl Teahouse) in Tokyo, Owl Family in Osaka, and Crew, another owl cafe in Osaka, among others.
Inspired by the ancient recipe of Hiroemon Takeda, the renowned Samurai and Japanese Sake connoisseur, Hiro is crafted by our own Toji (Master Brewer) using only specially polished rice from the Murakami plain in the Niigata Region.
Hiro Blue is a new super premium Japanese Sake
that bridges the heritage of the past with the way we drink today.
Hiro Blue, Junmai Ginjo Sake, has the character and body to be enjoyed chilled, over ice or in your favorite cocktail. Try it as a Super Hiro (the Hiro Sake-tini).
Japanese Sake dates back to over 2,000 years ago, even before the first Japanese written books ever recorded… Lore has it that Japanese Sake’s origin occurred when some natural airborne yeast landed in an open container of rice producing a slightly fermented liquid that gave some lucky farmers a pleasant buzz.
The rich, tart citrus taste of hibiscus, rosehips and pomegranate are balanced by fruity and sweet flavors of apple and cherry.
Flash Iced Tea Beverage System
Now you can make hand crafted, artisan iced tea beverages right in your own home. The Takeya Flash Chill Iced Tea Beverage System is dedicated to providing everything you need to make fast, fresh and healthy iced tea beverages.
The “flash chill” iced tea beverage system includes the Flash Chill Iced Tea Maker and Flash Chill pre-measured T-PACs. Together you can make the perfect glass of tea in minutes.
For added flavor, customize and enhance your beverages with naturally sweetened infusions of fresh fruit and citrus juice using our fruit infuser and juicer
Company: Takeya Brand: Takeya Slogan: Make. Life. Refreshing Category: Ice Tea Origin: Japan Claims: Caffeine Free Packaging: Box of 6 Price: $7.99 USD Website: takeyausa.com
Atlanta-based Coca-Cola is launching a first among its scores of beverage selections: a heated carbonated drink.
After four years of development, Coca-Cola Japan is putting a “hot” Canada Dry Ginger Ale in vending machines beginning Oct. 21. The company managed to maintain the carbonation during the heating process.
The company said spiced hot drinks are popular in Japan, especially during colder months. Coca-Cola’s new offering features a ginger extract combined with apple and cinnamon flavors.
While Coke’s new product will come out heated, new hot can technology for drinks and soups is also gaining popularity in this country.
Hot Can Inc. is one of the companies behind the technology, according to Gizmag.com, which described the company’s heat-activation process:
“The double-chambered aluminum Hot Can contains the beverage or soup in its outer chamber, and a mix of water and calcium oxide in its inner chamber. When activated, the water and calcium oxide mix, causing an exothermic reaction that heats the beverage. A polypropylene outer shell insulates the beverage for about 45 minutes and protects the hands from burns.” A button on the can pressed, the can is shaken and then it is placed upright until it heats up.
The 180-milliliter, heated Canada Dry Ginger Ale will sell for 120 Japanese yen, or about $1.20.
The folks at KFC Japan have recently announced they will be offering a deep-fried soup product this month.
According to RocketNews24, one of the current items that sits as a “common fixture in Japanese cafes” is a creamy soup corn potage. The result apparently includes KFC launching a deep-fried corn potage fritter, describing their process in a frighteningly nonchalant manner, “We bread the corn potage and cook it to a crisp.”
The deep fried soup will be available for a limited time only at KFC locations across Japan starting September 5th.
The Takeru-kun is a new in-car rice cooker capable of making two bowls of rice for white grain-lovers on the go.
Designed by Japan Professional Network, the TK plugs into any 12-volt electrical car socket and is fitted with special insulation that not only lets the rice cook in just 25 minutes and but also keeps it warmer longer, according to Rocket News.
‘Course, the instructions say not to use the Takeru while the car is in motion, so you’ll probably wanna hang onto those chips for long drives up to Yosemite. But that hour you spend totally not moving on your way into work? Go ahead and rice it up*. Just watch out for the steam.
These are Japanese animal doughnuts, which according to Kotaku are called “doubutsu doonatsu” (どうぶつドーナツ) in Japanese. They are simultaneously adorable and absolutely insane, so here, without comment, the facts about animal doughnuts: animal doughnuts are the creation of a woman named Ikumi Nakao, who developed them while working at a bakery in Kansai called Floresta. Nakao has sinced moved to Kawasaki, where she opened a bakery called Animal Doughnut of Ikumimama in June. The Kawasaki bakery and select Floresta locations are the only places in the world you can get Japanese animal doughnuts.
The package was designed in a minimalist style based on the flag of Japan to convey the essence of traditional oriental culture. The names of fruits in Japanese written in calligraphy style and hieroglyphs duplicating them serve as product markers. Simple image of a fruit on a white background does not dissipate attention. Colors of fruits and lids visually differentiate flavors from each other and allow to find required product on a shelf with ease.
A nostalgic taste of the regular guys can drink coffee with milk.
We love the simplicity of this product. The design is very rustic and brings us back to earlier times. Today on many packages there are so many images and colors you have a hard time understanding what you are even looking at. There is something to be said about simple design which has started to make a mini comeback in some of these canned products, particularly in beer.