What's Trending in Japan?! Weekly Digest (12/24 - 12/28, 2018)
Are you sick of getting late news on the newest hot topics in Japan? Here's a quick and easy weekly digest that'll give you the scoop on the top 3 trends making waves on Japan's social media platforms! This week we have a photogenic and cheesy hot pot, an extraordinary blue "cave" in the heart of Tokyo, and a DIY ice cream that's been causing quite a stir on social media lately.
Dec 28 2018 (Sep 09 2020)
The Hot Pot of Dreams
This dreamy hot pot, Yume-fuwa Cappuccino Nabe, is available from the Alice in Wonderland-themed restaurants - Alice in the Country of Labyrinths in Ginza and Alice in the Country of Castles in Ikebukuro. It is a milky hot pot with mild spices, topped with a blended-up unicorn (we kid, it's just "unicorn colored" cream). Once you've eaten the contents of the nabe, diners can enjoy the remaining soup as cheese fondue. One hot pot, twice the fun!
Don't worry if hot pot isn't your cup of tea, as the restaurants have an extensive menu, complete with Alice in Wonderland themed desserts!
Both restaurants have unique interiors that will sweep you off your feet and transport you to the magical world of Alice in Wonderland. So why not step into this place that lies between a dream and reality, and order yourself a comforting, cheesey hot pot?
Were you hoping for something with a more Japanese feel? Check out these cafes serving traditional Japanese treats!
Explore the Blue Cave of Shibuya
Nestled in the bustling district of Shibuya is an enchanting blue cave. The trees that line the street from Yoyogi Park all the way along Shibuya Koen Street are covered in blue lights, dying everything blue. The extraordinary scene created by the lights is perfect for snapping a photo or two for your social media.
The Blue Cave is only around until December 31, so don't miss your chance!
Your night doesn't have to end there! Check out this article on some fun pubs in Shibuya and decide where to go next!
The Art of Ice Cream Arrangement
This is something that's been trending continuously in Japan for sometime now. People are buying Taberu Bokujo Milk (literally translates to "farm milk that you eat." Available from Family Mart), dressing it up with their choice of toppings and posting their creations on social media.
You could always play it safe and jazz it up to an instangram-worthy creation like the one pictured above, or use regular old toppings like Oreos, strawberries or chocolate sprinkles.
Some people, though, have come up with some outrageously brilliant toppings for their ice cream. Let's take a look!
What's better than ice cream? More ice cream, of course!
This person had the right idea, and topped their ice cream with cappuccino and matcha ice cream!
Your favorite topping doesn't fit? No problem, shove it on anyway!
Let's call this one the grab-everything-in-the-convenience-store-and-shove-it-on-top-of-the-ice-cream extravaganza.
Try something healthy, and top it with lots and lots of fruit. You just might fool yourself into thinking that your diet is going splendidly.
Find even more fun arrangements on social media, or try your hand at creating you own personalized ice cream!
Too cold for ice cream? There are plenty more treats to be found at the convenience store!
Bonus: The Ultimate Guide on How to Spend the Winter in Japan!
A lot of peole like to come to Japan in the spring or autumn, but there are plenty of things to do, see, and eat in winter, too! Check out our latest guide on all that Japan has to offer in the winter, from traditional festivals and hot springs to some unusual foods, beautiful scenery, and much, much more!
And that's that! The trends are always quickly changing, so there will always be something new from week to week. Check back in once a week and see if anything catches your eye!
Check out the weekly trends from the past 5 weeks!
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The information in this article is accurate at the time of publication.