Nestlé Japan to release sake-flavored Kit Kats this February

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RocketNews 24 (by Oona McGee):

Now you can enjoy a break with a Kit Kat and a shot of Japanese rice wine all rolled into one.

Japan is well-known for its huge variety of Kit Kats, with flavors ranging from wasabi to soybean and purple sweet potato to red bean sandwich. While most are developed as regional souvenirs, representing delicacies of the area, there’s one particular variety that says “Japan” like no other, and appears at the top of the must-buy souvenir list for many foreign visitors: the Green Tea Kit Kat.

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Nestlé Japan says the exclusive variety remains a popular choice with foreign tourists, with sales for 2015 up by 20 percent over the previous year. The product’s huge popularity encouraged the company to develop another Japan-exclusive flavour, this time based on the country’s well-known traditional brew, nihonshuu, or sake as it’s known internationally.

▼ Aimed at the foreign tourist market, the packaging features a beautiful pink sakura cherry blossom design, along with an image of the well-known liquor.

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The new Kit Kats contain sake powder which has been kneaded into the white chocolate-encased wafers, giving the chocolates all the flavor and aroma of a top-quality rice wine, while providing a light and refreshing aftertaste. Available from 1 February this year, the new variety will come in three-pack boxes for 150 yen (US$1.24) at convenience stores, while the specially designed nine-piece box will be available for 700 yen from souvenir stores around the country.

▼ The nine-piece packs feature a beautiful package in the shape of an Isshobin, 1.8-litre bottle.

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If you’re in Japan and would like to try a sample, Nestlé Japan will be featuring the sake Kit Kats at a booth at the upcoming event, which will  be held from February 5-14 at Roppongi Hills in Tokyo.

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Massive Warhol exhibit visits Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, over 600 works on display

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Even before his first visit in 1956, Andy Warhol had been largely well-received by people in Japan. Pieces like “Campbell’s Soup I” are just as easily recognized here as anywhere along with other pieces of the artist’s highly prolific and vast range of work. But with this massive collection stored far away in The Andy Warhol Museum in America it’s been hard for his Japanese fans to experience it all until now.

The museum is taking its collection on a tour of Asia including a three-month stay at the Mori Art Museum in Roppongi Hills, Tokyo. The exhibit titled Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes Eternal boasts nearly 700 pieces of art and film as well as some other exhibits designed to take visitors deep into his world as it existed decades ago.

Of course many of Warhol’s signature works from the “Campbell’s Soup”, “Flowers” and “Death and Disaster” series are there along with his famous celebrity portraits such as Michael Jackson, Marilyn Monroe, and Ryuichi Sakamoto. Works he did with Jean-Michel Basquiat are also on display.

Twenty-five pieces of Warhol’s film work will also be on display including his eight-hour epic “Empire” which is a stationary camera pointed at the landmark for the entire run-time.

This is still only a part of everything going on at the Mori Art Museum. Inside you’ll find a recreation of Warhol’s studio, “The Factory and some of his Japanese time capsules containing items he collection while visiting will be opened during symposiums. Meanwhile outside of the venue you can grab a bite from the Andy Warhol Café serving parfaits with yellow sunglasses and burgers with huge dollar signs charred into the bun.

You may also stumble across the BMW M1 he painted in 1975.

There’s also a gift shop featuring heaps of Andy Warhol merchandise, because like the man said, “good business is the best art.” And while we’re on the topic of Warhol quotes, the name of the exhibit is clearly in reference to his famous line: “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.

Love him or loathe him, I think even Warhol himself would have been surprised at how incredibly well he predicted this reality-TV and YouTube-filled culture many of us now live in.

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Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes Eternal
1 February – 6 May
Mori Art Museum
53F Roppongi Hills Mori Tower
6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
10:00am – 10:00pm seven days a week
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Source: Twitter – moriartmuseumentabe

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In Tokyo? Go check out the new “Melty Go-Round” tree in Roppongi Hills!

The “Melty Go-RoundChristmas tree – which will be on display until Christmas day – is part of the Roppongi HillsChristmas in the Sky 2013 – SKY ILLUMINATION”. The tree is located at Tokyo City View, an observation deck at the top (52nd floor) of Roppongi Hills. Tokyo City View offers a panoramic view of Tokyo from above.

Masuda’s theme for the Melty Go-Round Christmas tree is “Dreams spinning on board a merry-go-round.

The tree features animated merry-go-round horses (see the video below) as well as lots of colorful lights and cute items melted directly into the tree. Sebastian Masuda’s brand, 6%DOKDIOKI, also has a popup shop at Tokyo City View with many kawaii Christmas-themed items.