What's Trending in Japan?! Weekly Digest (9/24 - 9/28, 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 is all about food: the revival of the Kirby Cafe, cute Halloween-themed bear cup sleeves sold by Tully's Coffee, and... a new triple patty burger by McDonald's Japan?!
Sep 28 2018 (Jul 04 2019)
1. The Popular Kirby Cafe is Back!
The first official Kirby Cafe opened in Japan a few years back, but only for a limited time. Thanks to popular demand, Nintendo finally decided to bring it back!
It'll be open until February 17, 2019, so if you plan to be in Japan around then, drop by to admire the adorable and delicious Kirby-inspired food and drinks!
Make an online reservation: https://yoyaku.toreta.in/kirby-cafe/ (Japanese Only)
*You can also directly show up to the cafe to make a reservation or dine there.
Next to the cafe, you can also find a Kirby goods store! Now you can keep this cute and pink game character all to yourself by purchasing an official Kirby plushy or shirt!
*Note that this store is also open for a limited time, closing on November 11, 2018.
Make an online booking: https://yoyaku.toreta.in/kirby-cafe-the-store/#/ (Japanese Only)
If you're into themed cafes and looking for something equally as cute, we highly recommend visiting a cat cafe like the one in the article below!
2. Japan Has Done It Again: Cute (and Cheap) Halloween Bear Cup Sleeves!
We all know that Japan is the holy land of all cute things, so this comes as no surprise. From October 3, 2018, you can purchase the adorable Halloween cup sleeves in the above image from Tully's Coffee, a popular coffee chain in Japan.
All you need to do is pay an extra 350 yen on top of ordering a Caramel Pumpkin Latte or Apple Caramel Tea!
They've been selling seasonal variations of this product - named "Bearful Sleeve" - for a while now. The cherry blossom (sakura) version was particularly popular for its lovely pink color and cute design!
Each variation is only available while stocks last and until the end of the specified time period. If you've missed out, check your nearest store anyway, as sometimes leftover stock will be sold for a short period of time.
While we're on the topic of Halloween: Have you decided on your Halloween decorations or outfits yet? We recommend making some pumpkin origami! If you're not sure how, check out the article below (comes with a step-by-step video explanation)!
3. A Japan-Only Variation of McDonald's Triple Cheeseburger!
On September 21st, McDonald's Japan released another new autumn-only burger: the Moonlight Burger (Gekko Burger). Unlike your regular Triple Cheeseburger, it comes with bacon and an egg!
As we all know, McDonald's menu differs by country. In Japan, triple patty burgers are limited time items, which is why locals always rush to order them before they sell out. Do pick one up before it's too late!
There are a ton of other McDonald's menu items that can only be found in Japan. Have you tried any of the ones listed in the article below? Tell us how many you've crossed out on our Facebook or Twitter!
Bonus: 3 Japanese Festivals in Tokyo That You Can't Miss in October 2018!
Are you planning to visit Japan in October 2018? Looking for something to do? Lucky for you, there are still plenty of Japanese festivals to attend in October, even in Tokyo! We've arranged our top picks for you in an easy-to-read manner, so do have a look.
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.