CUTE HALLOWEEN PUMPKIN FOOD! TOKYO KAWAII RECIPES, KABOCHA PIZZA & ICE CREAM CAKE, SEASONAL HOLIDAY MEALS IN JAPAN.
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
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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
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”.
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).
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.
Pasela Karaoke had a special Halloween menu. (Remember when we filmed karaoke singing for Dutch Pepsi TV?)
The offerings included a witch cocktail, kabocha pizza, and this ridiculous “toast cake” with an ice cream and candy witch.
If we hadn’t walked all over Tokyo for the Norway TV shoot, I’d have gained so much weight!
The restaurants in Lumine East Shinjuku offered kabocha pasta, among other goodies.
Godiva sold witchy boxes of chocolates. The restaurants near Meguro station had specials; there was a long lineup for the Halloween sushi.
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.)
Ohh, if only it were Halloween every day of the year…
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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Song of the Day: Nightmare Before Christmas – This Is Halloween