Monday, April 30, 2018

Aipaku 2018 - Ice Cream World Expo at Ginza Mizukoshi

It's soon going to be summer in Japan!
Although I'm not really looking forward to the summer season, the Japanese people are generally excited about it. As of now, the temperature in Tokyo is not as extreme as in Malaysia. We still get around 16°C ~ 17°C here sometimes at night.

On the first day of Golden Week in Japan, me and two of my housemates from Hong Kong went to the Ice-Cream Expo 'Aipaku Tokyo 2018' at Ginza Mitsukoshi.

The expo gathered more than 100 kinds of nationwide local and special limited ice-creams. It's definitely a must-go event for ice-cream lovers.

There were so many of the ice-creams that we wanted to try! We even thought of "tapau" a few back to enjoy it over a movie. But sadly, even though the ice-creams are nice but we can't fit everything into one stomach :'(

After looking at the event flyers, we decide to go for the Nagasaki Kasutera Raw Soft-Served Ice Cream from New York Do, an ice cream that will make you drool just by looking at its image.
Due to its popularity, the queue was crazy long when we were there. However, a big salute to the Japanese queuing system, we only waited around 10 minutes in the queue.

This is what we called, a taste of heaven! Definitely worth every penny spent.
After finishing our first ice-cream, we went hunting for another one...

and we just can't say no to this beauty~!

Kikyoya Shingen Soft-Served Ice Cream is the expo's all-time favorite. It won the gold medal of Aipaku Award 2016 and has fans from around the country. Featuring the authentic 'Made in Japan' matcha soft-served ice cream which is also complementary to its 'Shingen mochi', topped with generous amount of flavorful soybean powder and rich black sugar for the perfect indulgence.

After our second ice cream of the day, we were really full and our wallets are "bleeding" (the sad part about living in Tokyo especially if you are a poor cheapo like me). Hence, we went back to Ikebukuro for girl's all-time favorite activity in Japan, Purikura aka photo booth!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Cinnamoroll Cafe in Marui Annex Shinjuku review

Since me and my boyfriend did not get to celebrate this year's Valentine's Day together, we made a deal to re-celebrate it in Japan. Among so many cafe choices that we have, we decided to go to the Cinnamoroll Cafe at Shinjuku Marui Annex. Mainly because:

- We never tried or experienced any character collaboration cafe in Japan before. 
- My boyfriend is a big fan of Cinnamoroll, a popular mascot/character by Sanrio Japan.
- Whereas for me, not exactly a big fan but I enjoy anything as long as it is cute. 

This photo was taken from our last Japan trip. Look how happy he is for winning both of the Cinnamoroll plushies from the UFO Catcher for only 500 yen. BEST DEAL EVAR!