Coca-Cola adds life to latest release

| Mar 24, 2015

Coca-Cola adds life to latest release

Coca-Cola Co’s latest carbonated creation, Coca-Cola Life, launched in Japan earlier this month with the promise of fewer calories and less sugar via the use of stevia leaf extract, a sweetener that’s apparently better for the body. All of this is just slick branding, ...

A healthier approach to doughnuts at Floresta

| Mar 17, 2015

A healthier approach to doughnuts at Floresta

Offering delicious organic desserts across Japan since 2002, including at several Tokyo stores, Floresta is perhaps best known for its “animal doughnuts.” From cats and dogs to chickens, each edible animal comes in different flavors and offered in limited runs, including blueberry-flavored penguin or ...

Yamayoshi beefs up its range of chips

| Mar 10, 2015

Yamayoshi beefs up its range of chips

Potato chips might not ever be able to fully take the place of a night grilling up juicy meat, but the Yamayoshi snack companies’ limited-edition “salty green onion and beef tongue” flavor comes close. Originally released for a short time last year — minus ...

AKB48 'Koko ga Rhodes da, Koko de Tobe!'

| Feb 17, 2015

AKB48 "Koko ga Rhodes da, Koko de Tobe!"

Idol group AKB48 elicits extreme reactions from people. The unit has nurtured a rabid fanbase who are willing to buy multiple copies of a single CD to show their devotion. On the other hand, critics despise the group’s brand of by-the-book pop and the ...

Monarch Cupcake makes regal entrance to Tokyo

| Feb 17, 2015

Monarch Cupcake makes regal entrance to Tokyo

The neighborhood of Omotesando already has a surplus of trendy pancake, chocolate and sugared-up popcorn shops. But the area became even sweeter with the opening last Saturday of Monarch Cupcake (3-24-5 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo; www.monarchcupcake.com). Founded by British-born Furva Saleem, the speciality shop, which ...

Fujiya Co. adds fizz and sparkle with macaron set

| Feb 10, 2015

Fujiya Co. adds fizz and sparkle with macaron set

Confectionary chain Fujiya Co. has added a little pop to their macaron selection with the introduction of a Sparkling Macaron set (¥500) featuring three soda-flavored sweets. The trio of cola, ramune (soda) and lemon squash flavors come with a creamy center of crackling candies ...