CUTE HALLOWEEN PUMPKIN FOOD! TOKYO KAWAII RECIPES, KABOCHA PIZZA & ICE CREAM CAKE, SEASONAL HOLIDAY MEALS IN JAPAN.


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I love how in Japan, everything is seasonally themed to the max. I ate so much kabocha (Japanese pumpkin) around Halloween that my mother was genuinely concerned I’d turn orange!

Big hair bow barrette: gifted from And Devour
Lace Lolita bracelet: gifted from Broken Velcroe
Vampire cape: Black Peace Now
Purple and black dress: Algonquins, from Ragtag Harajuku. Got it used for 1500 yen!
Black tights with holes: a DIY project.
Shoes: John Fluevog

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Here I am with my adored pumpkin pizza — only 200 yen from Sunpierrot. Yukiro and I were devastated when the Japanese bakery stopped offering our favorite snack. Thankfully, it’s come back as “Halloween pizza”.

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Naomi convinced the Norway TV crew to pick up Halloween-themed breads and cakes for lunch. The cute ghost has cheesy custard inside; the pumpkin face is filled with anpan (red bean paste).

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What other kabocha (Japanese pumpkin) delights did we devour? At the convenience store, we found Häagen-Dazs pumpkin ice cream with a jam swirl. G-suS tried the kabocha pizza for the first time and loved it.

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Pasela Karaoke had a special Halloween menu. (Remember when we filmed karaoke singing for Dutch Pepsi TV?)

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The offerings included a witch cocktail, kabocha pizza, and this ridiculous “toast cake” with an ice cream and candy witch.

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If we hadn’t walked all over Tokyo for the Norway TV shoot, I’d have gained so much weight!

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The restaurants in Lumine East Shinjuku offered kabocha pasta, among other goodies.

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Godiva sold witchy boxes of chocolates. The restaurants near Meguro station had specials; there was a long lineup for the Halloween sushi.

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Behold, my other love: yuzu (a small Japanese citrus)! I had a strong yuzu cocktail and kabocha appetizer at the new Samurai theme restaurant. (Video and photos from this restaurant coming up.)

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Ohh, if only it were Halloween every day of the year…

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Life would be so spooky and sweet!

For more about cute food and weird theme restaurants, please take a peek at my books.

Are you a fan of eating pumpkin? Out of the Halloween dishes above, which one would you ravage?


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  • Jeff

    thanks for sharing that post…it was awesome! i wonder how all that cold stone stuff tasted…certainly don’t have that at the ones here in the states!

  • Cutelittlevamp

    I love how you guys go all out for #Halloween ;-; man… I soo wish I was there >.< I especially love those themed restaurants<33

  • Richard K.

    You look amazing! Your outfit is super cute too, the bow looks perfectly brilliant on you. The food looks soooo delicious and creative as well, yummy! This is why fall is the best season. Hope it was lots of fun, sure it was!

  • Holly

    Yum yum yum! I’d eat the pumpkin pizza.

  • Jrockonhigh

    It all looks so good (this is one of many reasons fall and winter are two of my favorite seasons). However, I’d gain so much weight eating all that.

  • Angel

    Looks so delcious hahah

  • Felintan

    The “toast cake” looks great! And all those pumpkin-ed foods, OMG.

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Mmm mmm…. the ice cream on the toast cake melted fast, turning the face into a mushy mess!

  • http://twitter.com/Sephiroth21682 (*≧▽≦)オハツでっす♪

    wow, the ice cream looking food on the autumn festival sign looks soooo yummy :D

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      I was horrified when all the pumpkin foods and decorations were taken away the day after Halloween! We ran around to convenience stores to get the last of the kabocha ice cream.

  • Rashro

    I bought my boots at algonquins when I was in ikebukuro :0 I love them to bits!!! :.0

  • Greta

    …MmMmM!!!

  • Kat

    Are you still in Tokyo? I’ll be there on Thursday.

  • http://twitter.com/RisaZirakchi Audriana Zirakchi

    I’m so hungry now…(>w<) That all looks so good!

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      If only the food were available all year round!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HUQCULGBH5VT7AAGJIXJQXBKVU Ashley Nations

    so cool

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      So delcious… :)

  • Tomomi

    OMG !!! looks fantastic !!! i really really wish i was there !!!!! you looked awesome. xoxox and those yummy things….

  • http://twitter.com/BBxWASxHERE Susan Byrnes

    They all look so delicous!!!!!!!!!!! My Faveourite would be ever the Yuzu Cocktail or Kaboha pasta!

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Mmmm I love yuzu so much… I bought 8 bottles of yuzu juice the moment I arrived!

  • http://www.myspace.com/shadowpal2 shadowpal2

    Actually…I’ve never eaten pumpkin *DRAMATIC MUSIC EFFECT: DUN DUNNNN!!!!!!!!!*

    No…seriously I didn’t even know that pumpkin was a food until I was like 12 *Tarento gallery: EEEEEEEEEHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!*

    I really ought to try it one time. Especially kabocha; that sounds unbelievably yummy. I’m not a big food guy though. But I have a deadly sweet tooth. Oh boy…I’d eat anything sweet. Just nothing tooooo sweet. I love sweet stuff and sour stuff. That’s just how I am.

    But having red bean paste inside a pumpkin – NOTHING CAN GO WRONG WITH THAT HAHA.

    Boy I just gotta try more stuff besides different tea! Wonder what new snack I’ll have soon.

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Ahhhhh! Nooooo! Haha. Kabocha is slightly sweet, and yuzu is slightly sour, so both might be amenable to your taste buds.. ;)

  • Anonymous

    Joined the mailing list! :)(: and this is such a cute thing to read about xD it’s like being back in japanese class again!

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Thanks lovely! <3

  • Magnales

    I don’t really eat pumpkins because both my parents detest it. They say it’s bitter and disgusting. I ate it a few times only. On time was back in 1997 on holiday in the US. Someone baked me pumpkincakes. They were delicious, I still don’t have that recipe :( An other time was at the home of our Turkish housecleaner. We got some pumpkin with our coffee. It was very soft and sweet and had chopped almond on it. That was really good too. I guess the secret of cooking pumpkin is to make it sweet and use it for snacks, cakes and deserts. (I understand my parents completely in their opinion when it goes for pumpkinsoup <.<)

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Kabocha is very different from Halloween standard pumpkins… yum yum!! I recently had a delicious fresh organic kabocha soup at a Tokyo veggie cafe – will post pics!

  • Ildiko

    i want to make cute food now =D

  • http://twitter.com/Dravarious Yukiro Dravarious

    PUMP for FUCK PUMP-KING pumpkin<3

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Darling, that language got your comment held up in spam!

      • http://twitter.com/Dravarious Yukiro Dravarious

        ohh, I just got a little over-exictied thinking about all those kabochas ^^
        (and my preformance last year)

  • Dee

    oh you look so cute here! ^ ^ and love love love the leggings ;D

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CFV2URNXQU6SXU3PBH2WO72KOI Jennifer Affleck

    All it looks

  • Anonymous

    Pumpkin pizza sounds amazing, does it have tomato sauce under it or something else?

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      It’s like normal pizza – tomato sauce, cheese, oregano. Then slices of kabocha on top. :)

      • Anonymous

        Sounds yummy :) is kabocha the kind of pumpkin that is small and green on the outside?

  • Rash_boug

    I want pumpkin!!

    Lol I remember having something at my hosts home in Tokyo that had pumpkin in it lol
    My host mom asked what it tastes like ..
    .-. I said sweet potato!!! >:D

    Lol Halloween everyday of the year omfg !!!!
    Why can’t it be that way :(

    Oh so sad D.:

    Thanks la La ♥

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Mmmmm Halloween is every day of the year for me!