Wait… isn’t crepe a french desert? Yes, you’re right… but here’s 2 things I’ve learnt from experience, A) the Japanese folks really really love their deserts and B) with this love and ‘kaizen’ the Japanese folks ALWAYS take it up to another level!!
So What’s This About? Marion Crepes is the most famous Harajuku Crepe in Japan. They started their crepe revolution in 1976 as one of the only crepe shops in Harajuku. YES, 40 years ago!! To me that 1976 is a special year!! huhu ^^ Since then Marion Crepes has been lovingly passed down over three generations from grandmother, to mother to daughter, and to date it has over 80 outlets throughout Japan plus 2 in Hawaii.
This first branch in Malaysia, Plaza Mont Kiara (Kuala Lumpur), is also the first ever outlet in the whole of Asia!! Now that’s a pretty BIG STAT-FACT for us Malaysians. Mr. Tsutomu Yumoto (CO Malaysia) shared a little heart warming testimony on why he pushed for the selection of Malaysia on being the FIRST country in Asia to have the privilege of getting one of Harajuku’s finest deserts. He said during the opening speech, “I really like Malaysia because of the people. I really remember them (people impression) well as they were always very helpful and caring (concerned). (Often) At the airport when I am in a hurry or not sure (of something / or somewhere), people will stop to ask me if I am ok, or if I need help. Some (would) also speak to me in Japanese”. *Malaysia airport -__- You know, I know lah ya haha*
I don’t know about you all, but to me that is very heart warming and honest. Even more when it’s being told by Japanese man of high position, in a language and a land foreign to him. Those who are familiar with Japanese culture and protocol will know what I mean. Personally, I have been to many concerts and countless events and I can’t remember the last time I’ve heard such an honest, concise and touching testimony.
And to all you folks out there who just honestly and quietly (without bragging / complaining) help tourist or just our fellow humans – This one is for you! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK! Most of the time, we don’t who we help but after hearing today, let this be an encouragement to all of us! Little little things go along way!
Here’s the full album of the events of the day! Let the photos and your eyes be the deciding factor if you should go all the way to Plaza Mont Kiara to get a taste of Harajuku’s famous Crepe!
Here is the official press release!
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KUALA LUMPUR, 2 March 2018: The most famous and the pioneer brand for Harajuku crepe, MARION CREPES from Japan is opening its irst branch in Malaysia, at Plaza Mont Kiara, with its grand opening on Thursday, 1st March 2018 with popular Malaysian actress Koe Yeet who is the big fan of Japanese crepe to join the opening with the fun and carnival ska band FAZZ to add the entertainment. Several campaigns are lined up ahead, including the [Ambassador of the month] contest, which is to be selected from the Harajuku Themed Cosplayers, with exciting prizes (a portrait printed crepe, the Ambassador poster at the outlet, and up to 100 crepes at 50% off) attached. There will also be other campaigns to introduce Harajuku and Japanese cultures.
MARION CREPES originated from Japan and started the crepe revolution in 1976 as one of the only crepe shops in Harajuku. It has evolved over generations and have become the most famous crepe shop in Japan with 82 locations nationwide and 2 branches in Hawaii, serving delicious delicacies. MARION CREPES is illed with carefully selected ingredients like Chantily cream, chocolate and ice cream. Japanese youth love to walk around Harajuku with a crepe in hand while shopping. To date, there are still long que of fans lined up daily even in the winter!
In addition to its widely popular hot crepes, MARION CREPES offers a rich array of fruits and other illings for your tasting pleasure. They combine their unique dough, still true to its Parisian roots, with over 60 unique and original crepe options. In addition, the limited edition for Malaysia will be prepared. With tastes, lavors and fragrances for all seasons and moods, drawing customers to come back for more crepes. This irst outlet in Malaysia (and only outlet in Asia!) has carefully prepared the pork free ingredients and the recipes of the crepes true to the original taste from Japan. There are dedicated Japanese staffs all the way from Japan joining the local team ready to serve.
MARION CREPES (Malaysia)
Lot D-G-2A, Block D, Plaza Mont Kiara,
No.2 Jalan Mont’ Kiara,
50480 Kuala Lumpur.
Here’s what went down on opening day!
02:00 pm Arrival of Guests & Media
02:30 pm Arrival of Dato’ Seri Azman Ujang (Chairman, Bernama TV News)
02:35 pm Introduction of Marion Crepes
02:40 pm Speech by Marion Crepes Malaysia Rep – Mr. Tsutomu Yumoto
02:45 pm Special Guest – Koe Yeet
02:50 pm Speech by Dato’ Seri Azman Ujang (Chairman, Bernama TV News)
02:55 pm Ribbon Cutting
03:00 pm Demonstration of Making Crepe, Japanese Green Tea and Butterfly Pea
03:10 pm Band Performance – FAZZ
03:40 pm Food Tasting
04:00 pm Event Ends. Koe Yeet photo session with public begins.