Of all the cherry blossom products that are unleashed in Japan over the spring season, the most hotly contested category may be the various sakura-inspired beverages on offer.

From famous coffee chains like Starbucks, to the many bubble tea joints dotted around the cities, they all get in on the act, to try and come up with the most perfect spring drink possible.

In order to stand out, the Japanese arm of Tully’s Coffee has enlisted the help of some iconic cartoon characters. It has been announced that their seasonal lineup, including drinks and food, will feature none other than Tom and Jerry.

In terms of drinks, there’s actually two in the lineup to choose from, one coffee-based and one tea-based. There’s a strawberry cafe latte (693 yen), made with condensed milk, coffee, a sakura-flavoured sauce, and strawberry chocolate curls that look like cherry blossom petals.

Next up is a peach tea au lait (693 yen) with white peach sauce, black tea, and sakura sauce. Both drinks are available as either hot or iced versions.

For food, there’s a veritable feast of Tom and Jerry-themed offerings. A hot dog dripping in mature cheddar and cheese sauce is inspired by Jerry's love of cheese, and it's topped off with fried onion (495 yen).

On the dessert menu, there’s another cheesy creation. A cheese mousse cake with strawberry accents, which is even shaped like a slice of cheese (517 yen).

The release of the treats on 10th February coincided with the anniversary of when Tom and Jerry first appeared in a cartoon, back in 1940.

Some extra menu items will be released from the 24th February, such as a Tom and Jerry sandwich (539 yen).

And a sakura chocolate souffle cake complete with seasonally-appropriate Tom and Jerry decoration (792 yen).

Some of the items even come with a QR code which allows you to witness a special Tom and Jerry AR experience on your smartphone.

Various merchandise drops will also be taking place throughout the season.

The exclusive items can be picked up in-store or via Tully Japan’s online shop.

By - grape Japan editorial staff.