Top Picks for BBQs & Beer Gardens in the Kanto Region for 2018

06.May.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

The warm spring season is almost over, and summer is coming soon. BBQ parties and beer gardens are the two most exciting events of the hot summer season. In this article, I will introduce to you some recommended BBQ parties and beer gardens.

 

Top Picks for BBQs & Beer Gardens in the Kansai Region for 2018

 

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Saitama Prefecture – Light & Music Beer Garden
The theme of the event is a “Japanese summer festival” (Natsumatsuri) and it will take place in a traditional Japanese-style beer garden. As you come through the bamboo lantern-lit entrance, you will be engulfed by soft lights in a wide, open green space.

Ordering the special offer Roast Beef Sushi (1 person 3 pieces) gives you the chance to see the expert chef put on a fiery flambe show. There’s also a buffet with a mix of around 20 Japanese and Western foods such as skewered and grilled food, savory egg custard, sushi wrapped in fried tofu, juicy sausages and much more as well as a line-up of close to 15 drinks served free flow style including beer and Japanese cocktails.

 

Detailed information:https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/102961

 

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Light & Music Beer Garden (Japanese: 光と音のビアガーデン~彩涼夏舞~)
Running: July 6, 2018―August 31, 2018 (*Reservations to be made 3 days in advance)
Time: 1st Slot 17:00-19:00 / 2nd Slot 19:00-21:00
Price: ¥6,000 (Price includes consumption tax and service charge)
Location: Omiya Rikyu Guest House
Address: 1-816-7 Uetakechō, Kita-ku, Saitama-shi, Saitama Prefecture
Access: 9-minutes walk from Toro Station via the JR Line.
TEL: 048-614-0811
Website:http://www.bestbridal.co.jp/guestparty/saitama/rikyu_omiya/beer-9/

 

 

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Tokyo- ARK HILLS SOUTH TOWER ROOFTOP LOUNGE ~ROPPONGI BBQ BEAR GARDEN~
A beer garden serving authentic BBQ cuisine was opened on top of Ark Hills South Tower where a luxurious rooftop garden sits. Despite being in the middle of the big city, the garden has a freeing, spacious feeling with plenty of greenery and even sofa seats. Food includes filling T-bone steak that uses carefully selected Iwanaka roasted pork shoulder, as well as a selection of seafood and vegetables. In addition, downstairs in the same building, you can buy meat to take to the BBQ too. Choose your favorite ingredients and enjoy cooking it on the barbeque yourself.

Detailed information:https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/103521

 

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ARK HILLS SOUTH TOWER ROOFTOP LOUNGE ~Roppongi BBQ Beer Garden~
Address: Ark Hills South Tower Sky Park, 1-4-5 Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo
*Please use the direct elevator on the path behind the B1F Ark Kitchen ‘Etsubo’ (笑壷)
Running: April 23, 2018 – September 30, 2018
Opening Hours: 17:00-23:00
*[April-June] Saturdays 12:00-23:00 / Sundays & Holidays 12:00-22:00
*[July-August] Saturdays 15:00-23:00 / Sundays & Holidays 15:00-22:00
*[September] Saturdays 12:00-23:00 / Sundays & Holidays 12:00-22:00
TEL: 03-5549-1550 (*Reception opens April 20)
No Fixed Holidays. (Except during bad weather.)

Website: http://arkhills.beergardens.jp/
Booking: https://www.tablecheck.com/shops/

 

 

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Tokyo – LUGAR HA AMOR
LUGAR HA AMOR is a beer garden where you can enjoy an extraordinary space, foods, videos and music on the rooftop of MACHIDA MODI. The word LUGAR HA AMOR means “a place filled with love” in Portuguese. The space created under the key word of “luxury beer resort” has three kinds of comfortable sofas that are couple sofa, bed sofa and low table sofa. You can also enjoy the video show projected on the wall of the building and project a message to your precious person.

 

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LUGAR HA AMOR
Address: 6th Avenue, 2-6, Haramachida, Machidashi, Tokyo
Period: 2018/4/27 (Fri.) to 9/30 (Sun.)
Price: 3,000 yen~

Website:https://www.lugar-ha-amor.com

 

 

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TOKYO – Hono no Bulgogi Densetsu β
The rooftop beer garden, Hono no Bulgogi Densetsu β was opened on the 16th floor of Tobu Hyakkaten Ikebukuro Honten. The theme of 2018’s bear garden is “wellness.” Healthy spinach and pea sprouts are added to the Bulgogi pot as well as vegetables. The spiciness of the bulgogi pot including eight kinds of vegetables, meat, bean starch vermicelli, kimchi, toppogi can be adjusted at your own will. They also offer beer/sour/whisky servers and a gin server!

 

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Hono no Bulgogi Densetsu βAddress: 1-1-25, Nishiikebukuro, Toshimaku, Tokyo (16th floor (rooftop) of Tobu Hyakkaten Ikebukuro Honten)
Period: 2018/4/25 (Wed.) to 9/2 (Sun.)
※The whole building will be closed on 8/22 (Wed.)
※The beer garden will be closed when the weather condition is bad
Business hours: (Mon. to Thurs.) 17:00 to 23:00 (Fri., Sat., Sun. and holidays) 16:00 to 23:00
※Last order (a la carte and drink) – 22:00
※Please note that the business hours noted above might be changed
TEL: (direct) 03-6912-5955

Website:http://www.tobu-dept.jp/ikebukuro/

 

 

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Kanagawa Prefecture – Umi no Mieru Beer Garden Hama Beer!
Yokohama Grand Intercontinental Hotel opened their popular beer garden, Umi no Mieru Beer Garden Hama Beer! The terrace is very close to the ocean, so you can enjoy eating and drinking in the beer garden while feeling the breeze from the ocean.

The theme of the dishes this year is “American-style BBQ.” Gorgeous meat dishes and American-style dishes using special spices and sauces which go well with beer, are offered. As a main dish, you can enjoy a big steak (100g.). Let’s enjoy full-fledged hotel dishes at this beer garden♡

 

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Umino Mieru Beer Garden Hama Beer!
Period: 2018/6/15 (Fri.) to 9/17 (Mon, holiday)
※Except the days when events are held such as the fireworks festival
Reservation: 2018/5/15 (Tue.) 10:00~
Address: 1-1, 1st Avenue, Minatomirai, Nishiku, Yokohamashi, Kanagawa Prefecture
Business hours: Mon. to Thurs. 18:00 to 21:30 (L.O.)
Fri. to Sun, holidays 17:00 to 21:30 (L.O.)
Fees: 6,000 yen (same day) / 5,500 yen (pre-sold ticket)
(free drink – 120 minutes, table foods)

Website:http://www.interconti.co.jp/yokohama/

 

 

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Kanagawa Prefecture – BAYSIDE BEER GARDEN 2018
Three kinds of BBQ beer gardens are offered at tables cook & LIVING HOUSE in Yokohama. The first BBQ is NEW YORK BBQ where you can enjoy juicy and thick smoked pork with a special BBQ sauce. You can also make your own customized burger at your own will! They are also offering many countries’ BBQs including seafood BBQ and grilled steak! Fruits cocktails and plum wines are also available!

 

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BAYSIDE BBQ BEER GARDEN 2018 NEW YORK/MEXICO/GERMANY
Address: NEW YORK: 20184/16 (Mon.) to 2018/6/30 (Sat.)
MEXICO: 2018/7/1 (Sun.) to 2018/8/31 (Fri.)
GERMANY: 2018/9/1 (Sat.) to 2018/10/31 (Wed.)
BBQ – business hours: 17:00 to 23:00 (last entrance 20:00)
TEL:045-620-8970

Website:https://www.tablescook-livinghouse.com

 

 

Top Picks for BBQs & Beer Gardens in the Kansai Region for 2018

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  • Top Picks for BBQs & Beer Gardens in the Kansai Region for 2018

    05.May.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    The warm spring is rolling through and bringing us closer to the hot summer, and you know what that means in Japan? Barbeques and beer gardens!

    In this article we take a look at some BBQ and beer garden events taking place in the Kansai region this year.

     

    Top Picks for BBQs & Beer Gardens in the Kanto Region for 2018

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    “Kyoto Tower Beer Garden” – Kyoto
    Kyoto Tower Beer Garden is located on the 10th floor rooftop of Kyoto Tower Hotel and recently underwent renovation. At the drink counter, people can make their own Instagram-worthy drinks, and a new chef’s corner has also been built where you can watch the chef prepare food right in from of you.

    There’s close to 50 drinks to choose from, and a huge menu spanning cuisine from Japan, the West and China. They also have tents prepared in case of rain or if customers wish to stay out of the hot sun. The beer garden is in perfect view of the Kyoto Tower too, so why not make a trip?

     

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    Kyoto Tower Beer Garden
    Address: Kyoto Tower 10F, 721-1 Higashishiokojicho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto
    Running: April 28, 2018 – September 24, 2018
    *Reservations only. Reserve by 12:00 the previous day.
    Opening Hours: 12:00-15:00 (Last Orders 14:30)
    Price: Adults ¥3,900 / Elementary School Students ¥2,400 / Children (Aged 3+) ¥1,500
    TEL: 075-343-9090
    Website: https://www.keihanhotels-resorts.co.jp/kyoto-tower/

     

     

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    “Daimaru Beer Garden Kyoto” – Kyoto
    The beer garden as an amusement spot is a summer pastime that has continued for over 100 years and always bustles with happy faces. Daimaru Beer Garden Kyoto brought it back to life last year where it was held on a rooftop, and once again this year, it will be held on the roof of Daimaru Kyoto. It was a hit last year and will be bigger and better this year, returning as a ‘traditional’ style of BBQ. The buffet will also feature obanzai, which is a traditional type of Kyoto cuisine. It’s also open during the day, so it’s a perfect place to stop by during your Kyoto sightseeing.

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/106189

     

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    Daimaru Beer Garden Kyoto
    Location: Daimaru Kyoto rooftop
    Address: 79 Shijo Street Takakura Nishiiri Tachiurinishimachi, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto
    Running: May 22, 2018―September 24, 2018
    *The event will close if it rains.
    *Closed on August 16.
    Time: 5pm-10pm (Last Orders 9:30pm)
    *Open from 4pm on Weekends & Holidays

    Telephone Booking: 075-746-5067
    *Phone bookings being taken from 1pm-8pm on May 16. Bookings taken from 11am-8pm from May 17 onwards.

    Website Booking: https://www.daimaru.co.jp/kyoto/
    *Website bookings available on the Daimaru Kyoto homepage from May 9 at 1pm.

     

     

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    “Riverside Beer Garden 2018: Matsuri BBQ” – Osaka
    This BBQ festival is aimed at adults and takes place in a spacious private area. It is currently serving food and drinks themed on Hokkaido and will switch to Kyushu & Okinawa later in August. For the Hokkaido slot, they are offering 3 plans that includes food such as juicy beef and pork, ramen salad which originates in Hokkaido, buttered jacket potatoes from Hokkaido, and more.

    For drinks, they recommend yubari king melon sour and haskap berry sour. For the Kyushu & Okinawa slot, look forward to tucking into some tartar chicken which is a famous food of Miyazaki, amongst a range of dishes and ingredients from both Kyushu and Okinawa. For drinks they are also serving sweet potato shochu, strong Okinawa liquor, mango sour and flat lemon sour.

     

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    Riverside Beer Garden 2018: Matsuri BBQ
    Running:
    Hokkaido Cuisine: May 1, 2018 to July 31, 2018
    Kyushu & Okinawa Cuisine: August 1, 2018 to September 30, 2018
    *Will close temporarily or fully in case of bad weather or natural disasters.
    *The rooftop seats (120 seats) will be open even during rain.
    Address: Keihan City Mall Rooftop, 1-1 Tenmabashikyomachi, Chuo, Osaka
    Opening Hours: 16:00-22:30 (Last Entry 20:30)
    TEL: 06-6450-6640 (Reception 12:00-22:00)
    Website: https://www.matsuri-bbq.com

     

     

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    “Beer 300” – Abeno Harukas Beer Garden – Osaka
    Abeno Harukas is the tallest skyscraper in Japan. The beer garden on the Harukas 300 observation deck has been held three times, and this year will be the fourth. It has received praise for its tall view atop 300m, as well as its immensely satisfying menu. On this year’s “BBQ Menu” you can tuck into thick-cut beef harami, roast pork shoulder, and spicy piri chicken (which goes perfect with beer), each of which can be matched with a variety of different ingredients. Drinks are self-service, so there’s no obligation to wait around, so you can enjoy the beer garden to its fullest!

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/100551

     

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    Harukas 300
    Address: 1-1-43
    Abenosuji, Abeno Ward, Osaka
    Opening Hours: 09:00-22:00
    TEL: 06-6621-0300
    Website: https://www.abenoharukas-300.jp

     

     

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    “Poolside Beer Garden” – Osaka
    The Poolside Beer Garden will open at Senri Hankyu Hotel on June 1. This year, they’re serving freshly made pizza and pasta which you can see made in front of you! The drink’s menu is leveling up to 34 beverages, includes local Hokusetsu sake, and colourful cocktails that remind you for being a resort.

    There’ll even be performances like samba to enhance the resort atmosphere. Enjoy this cool, refreshing beer garden by the poolside!

     

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    Poolside Beer Garden
    Running: June 1, 2018 – September 30, 2018
    Address: 2-1 Shinsenri Higashimachi, Toyonaka-shi, Osaka (Senri Hankyu Hotel Poolside)
    Opening Hours:
    [Monday-Saturday] 17:30-21:00 (Last Orders 20:30)
    [Sunday & Holidays] 17:30-20:30 (Last Orders 20:00)
    Price: Adults ¥4,500 / Children (3+) ¥2,000
    TEL: 06-6871-2416
    Website: https://www.hankyu-hotel.com/hotel/hh/senrihh/

     

     

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    “Sorairo Kitchen in Tenshiba: Terrace BBQ Beer Garden” – Osaka
    ‘Sorairo Kitchen in Tenshiba’ is a casual Italian restaurant where they have open a BBQ beer garden on the terrace, which looks out onto the lawn.

    The roast beef shoulder, thick cut roast pork and organic vegetables with the BBQ can come with rotisserie chicken cooked on the terrace or an all-you-can-eat buffet!

     

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    Sorairo Kitchen in Tenshiba
    Address: Tenshiba Entrance Sequare, 住所:5-55 Chausuyamacho, Tennoji-ku, Osaka
    Opening Hours: 11:00-23:00 (Food Last Orders 22:00 / Drinks Last Orders 22:30)
    *Lunch menu available until 16:00
    No Fixed Holidays.
    TEL: 050-5286-3794
    Website: http://www.iconet.co.jp/shop/brand/06.html

     

     

    Are you hungry yet? Make sure to try a Japanese BBQ and beer garden during your trip this summer and make some nice memories!

     

    Top Picks for BBQs & Beer Gardens in the Kanto Region for 2018

  • Top 7 Places to Eat Curry in Harajuku Not Known by Many People

    08.May.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Did you know that there are lots of places to eat irresistibly delicious curry in Harajuku, but not that many people know about them yet? Now you can get in on the secret.

    From standard Japanese-style curry to more unique flavours, here’s our list.

     

     

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    YOGORO

    This spinach-based chicken curry (¥900) is a reputable item on YOGORO’s menu, made in a tetsunabe pot! There are two types to choose from: one with spicy tomato as the base and fresh cream, and a milder version made with spinach. You can pick from pork and chicken for the meat to enjoy an original combination. We also recommend it topped with the soft-boiled egg!

     

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    Address: Komatsu Bldg. 1F, 2-20-10 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
    Opening Hours:
    [Monday-Friday] 11:30-16:00 / 18:00-20:00
    [Saturday] 11:30-16:00
    Closed: Sundays & Public Holidays
    TEL: 03-3746-9914
    Webpage: https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1306/A130601/13076645/

     

     

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    Minoringo

    This Keema curry (¥900) looks just like a decorative cake. The top of the curry is flooded with cheese. Its rich flavour is simply irresistible! We also recommend the standard Keema curry without the cheese too♡

     

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    Minoringo
    Address: West Bldg. 1F, 1-22-7 Jingumae, Shibuya, Toyko
    Opening Hours:
    [Tuesday-Friday] 11:30-15:00 / 18:30-21:30
    [Weekends & Holidays] 11:30-19:00
    Closed: Mondays
    TEL: 03-6447-2414
    Website: http://www.minoringo.jp

     

     

    Curry Up
    This curry house is produced by ‘A Bathing Ape’ founder NIGO. The beef & butter chicken curry (¥1,100) has a distinct mild yet rich taste to it. It’s enjoyable to enjoy two different flavours in one as seen in the picture. You can also combine your own flavours to your liking.

     

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    Curry Up
    Address: 105, 2-35-9 Jinguae, Shibuya, Tokyo
    Opening Hours:
    [Monday-Saturday] 11:30-21:00 (Last Orders 20:30)
    [Sunday & Holidays] 11:30-20:00 (Last Orders 19:30)
    No Fixed Holidays.
    TEL: 03-5775-5446
    Website: http://www.curryup.jp

     

     

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    SHANTi
    If we’re talking soup curry, then where else to go than SHANTi. The spice is on point and there’s a hearty serving of vegetables. There’s also many varieties of curry to choose from, so expect to be spoilt for choice. During lunchtime you can get a large serving of rice for free, and you’re free to enjoy a second helping, so if you’re a big eater, look no further.

     

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    SHANTi
    Address: Honorary Harajuku Bldg. 2F, 3-26-11 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
    Opening Hours: 11:30-00:00 (Last Orders)
    No Fixed Holidays.
    TEL: 03-5772-6424
    Website: http://www.shanticurry.com

     

     

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    BRITISH INDIAN CAFE 1930
    You wouldn’t think that this is a curry house, with its landmark stylish red wall. They serve Indian curry made the way the British do. Their popular butter chicken curry mixes together honey and fresh cream to give it its distinct sweet flavour. The faint spiciness and milk sweetness has made it a particularly popular dish with female customers. The softness of the tandoori chicken is great too. Being British-style, the curry goes well together with black tea.

     

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    BRITISH INDIAN CAFE 1930
    Address: 3-27-7 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
    Opening Hours: 11:30-21:00
    No Fixed Holidays.
    TEL: 050-5590-0486
    Website: http://cafe-1930.com

     

     

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    HENDRIX
    You could call the chefs at HENDRIX spice masters. They’re extremely thorough and attentive with the timing of when they put their spices in the curry. A popular dish on their menu is their pork curry. It’s cooked gradually with a large amount of spice and has a deep flavour that doesn’t just simply scream ‘hot.’ They’re also particular about their saffron rice which complements the curry. They use only koshihikari rice from the city of Inzai in Chiba Prefecture. The fact they’re even particular about the rice means you can look forward to some truly layered flavours!

     

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    Address: 2-13-2 Jingumae, Shibuya Tokyo
    Opening Hours: 11:30-14:30 / 18:00-23:00
    Closed: Sundays & Public Holidays
    TEL: 03-3479-3857
    Webpage: https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1309/A130901/13007422/

     

     

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    MOKUBABZA

    This keema curry restaurant is located on the corner of a secluded street. It originally used to open only as a night bar, but keema curry became the talk of the town for being delicious, so it came to be open during lunchtime too. The most popular item on their menu is undoubtedly their ‘Cheese Keema Curry.’ It offers a large serving of rice topped with keema curry and melty mozzarella cheese. Placed again on top of that is a perfectly round egg yolk, giving it a unique appearance. This exquisite dish is cooked thoroughly with carefully selected spices.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/38757/2

     

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    CURRY & BAR – “MOKUBAZA”

    Address: 2-28-12 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 11:00-15:00 (Lunch Time) / 19:30-23:30 (Bar Time)

    Closed: Sundays & Holidays (Only closed for lunch on Sundays)

    TEL: 03-3404-2606

    Website: www.mokubaza.com/

     

    Drooling yet? You’ve absolutely got to try the exquisite curry hidden away in Harajuku. Tuck in during lunchtime or dinnertime!

     

  • The character cafe is a unique experience in Japan where a cafe collaborates with a well-known character from an anime series, games and so on and themes the decor and menu on that character. Here are some of the collaborative cafes open in May this year.

     

    Click here for part two:https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/106411

     

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    “Care Bear™ Cafe” – Harajuku Box Cafe & Space

    The popular Care Bear™ characters are getting their first ever collaborative cafe which will open at Harajuku Box Cafe & Space on May 20. Expect to see a photogenic and themed menu as well as plenty of perfect places to snap photos. There’ll also be an opportunity to take a picture with Care Bear™ plush toys♡ Look forward to getting your paws on the cute limited edition merchandise too available only at this cafe.

     

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    Care Bear™ Cafe

    Address: Harajuku Box Cafe & Space, Lucessimo Building 2F, 4-28-28 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 11:00-21:40 (*80 minutes max)

    Entry: Reservations only.

    *Entry permitted on the day if there are available seats.

    Website: https://carebears-cafe.jp

     

     

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    Rilakkuma×Seibu Ikebukuro

    The ‘Rilakkuma Town Cafe’ has opened as part of Rilakkuma’s 15th anniversary exhibition ‘Welcome to Rilakkuma Town’ and will be open for a limited time only. There’s lots of menu items you’ll want to take pictures of, as well as limited edition merchandise. The interior decor is decorated in kawaii Rilakkuma illustrations drawn specially for the cafe, as is the merchandise.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/101347

     

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    Rilakkuma Town Cafe

    Running: April 25, 2018 to June 19, 2018

    Address: Gourmet Museum II, Dining Park Ikebukuro, Seibu Ikebukuro Hoten 8F (1-28-1 Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima, Tokyo)

    Opening Hours: Weekdays 11:00-21:50 / Holidays 11:00-21:20 (*80 minutes max stay time)

    Entry: ¥500 (Tax Excluded)

    *Reservations only, but entry is permitted on the same day if seats are available.

    Website:  http://rilakkumacafe.jp/

     

     

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    Neko no Gohanya-san×Cute Cube Harajuku

    On the third floor of Cube Cube Harajuku is Kawaiiya which isn’t collaborating with a character, but with a hugely popular capsule toy series by the name of Neko no Kaburi Mono, which translates to ‘cats with things on their heads.’ There is even a photo exhibition with super cute pictures of cats in hats taken by cat photographer Sakura Ishihara. There isn’t any actual cats at the event, so even those who are allergic can enjoy the event.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/99802

     

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    Neko no Gohanya-san

    Running: From April 1 until further notice

    *This is not a cat cafe. There are no actual cats.

     

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    Kawaiiya – Cute Cube Harajuku 3F

    Address: 1-7-1 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00

    No Fixed Holidays.

    TEL: 03-6463-7833

    Website: www.cutecubeharajuku.com

     

     

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    Sailor Moon×My Melody Candy Parlour

    This character cafe is open in Osaka, Sapporo, Tokyo and Nagoya for a limited period. Bishojo Senshi Sailor Moon and Sanrio’s popular character My Melody have come together to inspire an array of food, sweets and drinks you can only get at this cafe.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/90049

     

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    Sapporo PARCO (Sapporo)

    Address: THE GUEST cafe & diner, Sapporo PARCO 4F, 1-3-3 Minami, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido

    Running: April 6, 2018 – May 14, 2018

    Opening Hours: Sunday-Friday 10:00-20:00 (food last orders 19:00 / drinks last orders 19:30) / Saturdays 10:00-20:30 (food last orders 19:30 / drinks last orders 20:00)

     

    Ikebukuro PARCO (Tokyo)

    Address: THE GUEST cafe & diner, Ikebukuro PARCO Honkan 7F, 1-28-2 Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo

    Running: April 20, 2018 – May 21, 2018

    Opening Hours: Café 10:00-22:00 (food last orders 21:00 / drinks last orders 21:30) / Merchandise Shop 10:00-21:00

     

    Nagoya PARCO (Nagoya)

    Address: THE GUEST cafe & diner, Nagoya PARCO West Building 8F, 3-29-1 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi Prefecture

    Running: April 6, 2018 – May 21, 2018

    Opening Hours: Café 10:00-21:30 (food last orders 20:30 / drinks last orders 21:00) / Merchandise Shop 10:00-21:00

     

    Shinsaibashi 161 (Osaka)

    Address: THE GUEST cafe & diner, 2F, 1-6-1 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka Prefecture

    Running: February 17, 2018 – April 15, 2018

    Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 (food last orders 20:00 / drinks last orders 20:30)

    *Café will close at 18:00 on April 15th (food last orders 17:00 / drinks last orders 17:30)

     

    THE GUEST café&diner Official Website: http://the-guest.com

     

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    The Very Hungry Caterpillar×MARRONNIER GATE GINZA

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar is one of the most popular children’s picture books in the world, and it’s been turned into a cafe in Ginza. The colourful and vivid mind of illustrator and children’s book writer Eric Carle has been brought to life through food. The items on the menu excite the fun aspect of eating. Expect to tuck into everybody’s favourite French toast, omurice, hamburgers, pasta and more, all themed on the wonderful world of the world’s beloved caterpillar.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/84934

     

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    Harapeko Aomushi Café

    Date: January 18, 2018 – August 31, 2018 (*closed February 19th)

    Address: MARRONNIER GATE GINZA 1 (4F), Sunday Brunch, 2-2-14 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00

    *Reservation required before visiting the café by 17:30. You can sit at any seat after 17:30

    Homepage: www.harapecocafe.com

     

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    There are so many collab cafes open this month, so if you’re in Japan right now, then why not take a trip with a friend?

     

    Click here for part two:https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/106411

  • The character cafe is a unique experience in Japan where a cafe collaborates with a well-known character from an anime series, games and so on and themes the decor and menu on that character. Here are some of the collaborative cafes open in May this year.

     

    This part two. Click here for part one:https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/106286

     

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    Little Twin Stars × Voice Actress Shouta Aoi
    A café in collaboration with voice actress Shouta Aoi and Sanrio mascots Kiki and Lala, aka the Little Twin Stars, will open at Omotesando Box Cafe & Space on May 11, 2018. With pastel coloured food and desserts that’ll have you reaching for your camera over and over, why not dive into the world of the Little Twin Stars yourself?

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/103772

     

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    Shouta Aoi × Little Twin Stars Café
    Address: Omotesando Box Cafe & Space, Pine Under Flat B1F, 5-13-2 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
    Running: May 11, 2018―June 10, 2018
    Opening Hours: 11:00-21:40 (80 minutes permitted)
    Reservations: ¥500 (with original sticker)
    Website:https://shoutaaoi-littletwinstars-collab-cafe.jp

     

     

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    Popular Manga ‘Grappler Baki’ × Village Vanguard
    A café themed on the popular manga series Grappler Baki is now open at the Village Vanguard Café in Lumine EST Shinjuku until June 3. Baki is a famous manga with a second anime season adaptation slated for summer this year. There are 19 items on the menu in total, all of which are inspired by the original manga, including the 14 Kilo Satoumizu. There’s also original merchandise on sale to commemorate the café.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/102844

     

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    Village Vanguard Café Lumine EST Shinjuku
    Address: Lumine EST Shinjuku 5F, 3-38-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
    TEL: 03-6457-7651
    Opening Hours: Weekdays 11:00-22:00 / Weekends & Holidays 10:30-21:30
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    Grappler Baki Collaboration Café
    Running: April 17, 2018 – June 3, 2018
    https://www.village-v.co.jp/news/item/2473

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    The Greatest Showman × Tower Records Café
    The Tower Records Café is paying homage to the hit musical The Greatest Showman with a collaborative café running from May 9 to 27. There you will find costume displays of characters that appear in the story such as Barnum, a specially crafted menu inspired by the film, and even a 360° VR experience where you can watch the performers rehearsing.

    Additionally, special promotional videos will play each day, and there’ll even be events you can participate in on weekends. This café truly captures the world of The Greatest Showman!

     

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    The Greatest Showman × Tower Records Café
    Running: May 9, 2018 to May 27, 2018
    Location: Tower Records Café Omotesando
    Address: Ido Harajuku Building 2F, 6-3-9 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
    Opening Hours: 11:00-22:00 (Last Orders)
    Webpage: http://tower.jp/restaurants/cafe/omotesando

     

     

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    Crayon Shin-chan Movie × CHEZ MADU TV Asahi
    CHEZ MADU has partnered up with the Crayon Shin-chan movie Crayon Shin-chan: Burst Serving! Kung Fu Boys ~Ramen Rebellion~ and opened a café at Roppongi TV Asahi for a limited period. There, you can enjoy the black panda ramen which appears in the film, as well as a curry inspired by the ‘burst’ part of its title that comes with karaage, gyoza, steamed dumplings and more. This one’s a must-see for fans of Crayon Shin-chan.

     

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    CHEZ MADU TV Asashi
    Address: TV Asahi Atrium 1F, 6-9-1 Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo
    Opening Hours: 10:00-19:00 (Last Orders 18:30)
    No Fixed Holidays.
    TEL: 03-6406-2188
    Website: http://www.tv-asahi.co.jp/hq/cafe/index.html

     

     

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    My Little Pony × Sweets Paradise
    Roll up to the My Little Pony Pinkish Cafe which is open at Sweets Paradise in Shijo Kawaramachi until May 15 and Shinjuku Mylord until May 21. At the Kyoto branch they’re serving ‘Pinkie Pie’s Matcha Cupcakes,’ a flavour representative of Kyoto. The matcha green is decorated with colourful sugar which brings to mind the vibrant world of My Little Pony, as well as strawberries, to make a ‘pop-like’ kind of matcha. There’s also ‘Twilight’s Magical Ice Parfait’ which features the purple pony on top of some ice cream, as well as drinks. Enjoy any of the 13 items on the collaborative menu.

     

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    MY LITTLE PONY Pinkish Cafe in Sweets Paradise

    Shinjuku Mylord, Tokyo – April 16 to May 21
    Shijo Kawaramachi, Kyoto – April 16 to May 15

    Price: Adults ¥1,300 / Children ¥860 / Free for those aged 3 and below
    *The collaborative café is \650 on top of the buffet price.
    *Sweets Paradise is expected to be very busy during this event. Please make a reservation in advance.
    Website: http://www.mylittlepony.jp/

     

     

    There are so many collab cafes open this month, so if you’re in Japan right now, then why not take a trip with a friend?

    Check out part one here:https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/106286

     

  • Introducing AFURI—Harajuku’s Michelin-Starred Ramen Restaurant

    25.April.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Hi, everyone. I’m Shiota, the Director of the MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center.

     

    Foreigners coming to Japan love ramen, as shown in our questionnaire where it ranked 2nd place. I’m sure there’s a lot of you reading those who like it too.

     

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    Did you know, there’s actually a famous ramen place in Harajuku listed by Michelin? Today, I’ll introduce you to AFURI Harajuku, a ramen shop recognised worldwide.

     

    It’s easy to get to. Just take the JR Yamanote Line to Harajuku Station and it’s a 3-minute walk from there. Head left out of Takeshita Exit and make a right when you come to Nescafe Harajuku. You’ll be able to see it on your left.

     

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    The restaurant itself has a very stylish and modern exterior. You’ll actually wonder whether it’s really a ramen shop when you see it. It has a welcoming atmosphere even if you go by yourself. When we went, despite it being 3pm on a weekday, most of the seats were taken up. And half of the customers were non-Japanese! As expected of such a popular restaurant.

     

    The smell of citrus hits your nose upon entering the restaurant, something you wouldn’t expect in a place that sells ramen.

     

    The inner section of the U-shaped counter is in fact an open kitchen, giving the whole restaurant a feeling of openness, and the background music that plays is calm. It feels like you’re in a fancy café.

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    I ordered the Yuzu Salt Ramen (¥980).

     

    The toppings are simple. It comes with juicy mizuna, a boiled egg, bamboo shoots, char siu chicken fillet, and refreshing yuzu skin. You can choose from a boiled char siu packed with the chicken’s good flavour or a light and healthy chicken char siu.

     

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    The noodles are thin and a healthy mix of wholewheat flour from Hokkaido and rye. The soup is made with carefully selected ingredients such as roast chicken,  seafood and potherbs that have been carefully cooked in natural spring water from Mount Afuri. The flavour is both full-bodied and light and will have anybody who’s tasted it addicted.

     

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    There’s also a vegan ramen (¥1,350) option too made with seasonal vegetables for vegans, vegetarians and healthy eaters. It’s made with freshly-harvested Kamakura vegetables. No animal products are used in the dish, whether that’s in the noodles, soup or toppings. The salted soup goes perfectly with the vegetables. This option is also recommended for people who aren’t good with thick ramen.

     

    AFURI in Harajuku is celebrated not only by worldwide fans of ramen, but healthy eaters and vegetarians too. There’s no doubt you’ll become hooked once you give their food a try.

     

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    AFURI Harajuku

    Address: Grande Foresta 1F, 3-63-1 Sendagaya, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 10am-3am (following day)

    No Fixed Holidays.

    3-minutes on foot from Takeshita Exit for Harajuku Station

    TEL: 03-6438-1910

    Website: http://afuri.com/

    MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center

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    MOSHI MOSHI BOX is a tourist information center located at the cross road of Takeshita Street, Meiji Street, and Harajuku Street. The staff there are experts on the Harajuku area. You can get the most up-to-date news of Harajuku from the site.

     

    Services:

    Service list

    ・free wi-fi

    ・free water

    ・free PC & charge

    ・baggage room

    ・gift shop

    ・currency exchange

    Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00

    Closed: The year-end and New Year holidays

    Contact: 03-2225-6447

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  • Travel Q&A: 10 Rules & On-the-House Services at Japanese Restaurants

    19.April.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Restaurants in Japan have a very different list of rules, on-the-house services and etiquette standards compared to other countries. If you enter a restaurant when in Japan without knowing some of these things you might make a mistake!

     

    We’ve put together a list of 10 important points to learn before dining out in Japan.

     

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    1.Don’t give tips

    The fact that you don’t need to give tips as restaurants in Japan can be bewildering to some foreign tourists. In Japan, there’s normally no service charge, unless it’s a high-end restaurant, in which case it’s possible that a service charge will be added. If you force a tip on the staff, they will get told off by their superiors later, so keep that in mind.

     

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    2.Watch out for ‘Otooshi’

    Otooshi, also known as tsukidashi, are small appetizers served at bars and establishments that sell alcohol, particularly izakaya. They will be served event if you didn’t order them, and you can be charged for them. There are numerous reasons they give for serving ootoshi, such as ‘proof that we have taken your first order’ and ‘something to eat while you wait for the first food to come out.’ Lots of tourists not accustomed to this practice have felt cheated.

     

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    3.Water is free

    When you sit down at a restaurant in Japan, you’ll be served water. Many tourists are surprised at the fact that cold water is served all year round the majority of the time in Japan. There are also establishments that serve free hot green tea instead of water.

     

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    4.The unexpected things are expensive (or cheap)

    It’s not rare for things like delivery pizza or Korean pork belly BBQ, which are extremely cheap and common foods in other countries, to be expensive in Japan. On the other hand, you can eat Japanese foods like sushi, tempura and ramen at a very cheap price.

     

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    5.You order alcohol first at an izakaya

    It’s not a set rule, but generally when you go to an izakaya, ordering a drink gives you plenty of time to read through the menu. Beer is often ordered before anything else. There’s even a set phrase for it, toriaezu biiru (‘[I’ll have] beer for now’). Try saying it in Japanese when you’re at an izakaya.

     

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    6.All-you-can services

    Restaurants in Japan often have all-you-can-eat and all-you-can-drink services. If you pay a set price, you can eat or drink as much as you like. Many places offer this service, including, but not limited to, izakaya, yakiniku restaurants, and sushi bars. We recommend this to people who want to pay a little to get a lot!

     

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    7.Oshibori are free

    Oshibori, or moistened towels, are given for free at Japanese restaurants. They are wet towels used to wipe your hands and face before a meal. Depending on the restaurant, you may be given a cold or hot towel. Staff at izakaya will also hand them to you. A lot of tourists praise this service as high quality.

     

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    8.Rules and menus are different at fast food restaurants

    International restaurant chains like McDonald’s and Subway are of course in Japan too. If you’re a tourist bored of Japanese food, you’ll probably want to eat something familiar like fast food. In those times, you’ll be baffled by the differences between a fast food joint in your own country and in Japan. For example, in the case of McDonald’s, the Japanese large-sized drinks are smaller than the medium-sized drinks in the US. There’s also no self-service. Instead, the staff will pour the drink for you.

     

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    9.You cannot take food into restaurants (though there are exceptions)

    One rule that puzzles a lot of people from Asia that come to Japan is the rule that states you cannot enter a place with food or drink. However, select establishments, such as food courts in large shopping malls, will permit you to do so. Be sure to do some research beforehand.

     

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    10.Take your shoes off on tatami

    At izakaya and traditional Japanese restaurants, they implement customary Japanese style seating and tatami flooring. If you’re dining at a place with tatami mats, you must take your shoes off before stepping on it. The table seats and tatami are split into different areas even if it’s the same restaurant, so even if it’s OK to wear your shoes at table seats, you’ll need to take off your shoes when using tatami in most cases.

     

     

    Did you learn something new? Sit alongside the locals when you come to Japan and enjoy some delicious Japanese cuisine!

     

    If you have any questions you want answering about Japan, then please be sure to get in touch with us on the MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON Facebook page!

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  • This Week’s Dessert: Savouring Autumntime Matcha Sweets at ATELIER de GODIVA in Ikebukuro

    16.October.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    One thing I do at least once a week without fail is treat myself out to some delicious food or dessert. It’s very important time well spent to ensure happiness.

    I’ve been working relatively hard as of late. I had some spare time before a business meeting, so I took advantage of the occasion to treat myself to some desserts. My destination: ATELIER de GODIVA located inside Seibu Ikebukuro.

    GODIVA has numerous stores throughout Tokyo, but Ikebukuro’s concept store branch has an eat-in space that’s perfect for that tea or coffee break.

     

    ATELIER de GODIVA boasts that same level of quality when it comes to their desserts, some of which are exclusive to this branch. There are only three branches: this one in Seibu Ikebukuro (Tokyo), another in Daimaru Kyoto (Kyoto), and the last in Hakata Hankyu (Fukuoka). The cake I am showing you today is a special dessert sold only in these three branches (and is takeout only at Hakata Hankyu).

     

    The first delight I ordered was the Mousse Matcha Cherry.

    Mousse Matcha Cherry: Eat in ¥980 / Takeout ¥780 (*Matcha Ice Cream is eat-in only)

    Available: Until November 26, 2019 while supplies last

    The shiny cake is served on a round white plate with a dollop of matcha ice cream. The pink berry sauce is drizzled around the plate to make the plating even cuter.

    Time to tuck in. This extravagant cake is supported by a fluffy matcha mousse topped with a crunchy chocolate sable. On top of that still are juicy cherries, adding a hint of freshness to the cake. The matcha glaze on the mousse has just the right amount of bitterness, which when coupled with the subtly sweet matcha mousse makes for a heavenly balance of flavours. Lined around the base of the mousse are sweet and sour dried raspberries which elevated the matcha-ness of the matcha mousse.

    The matcha ice cream which it comes with when you order to eat in is rich and creamy.

    I was full up after my dessert, but since I’d taken the time to come here I wanted to order a drink too… so I got a takeout Chocolixir Uji Matcha Kiwami from a shop adjoining ATELIER de GODIVA.

    Chocolixir Uji Matcha Kiwami – ¥602 (*Takeout only at the GODIVA Seibu Ikebukuro branch)

    This new drink is part of GODIVA’s chocolate and tea pairing series. The chefs at GODIVA have carefully selected the best varieties of tea to combine with chocolate. This one is an iced drink made with white chocolate and matcha.

    It’s a mix of GODIVA’s popular smooth and sweet white chocolate and rich Uji matcha. It’s crowned with a sprinkling of bitter Uji matcha powder. All of the flavours are highlighted in this sweet drink. The crunchy white chocolate pieces you sip up as you drink are delicious. It’s the kind of drink where you’re sure to find something new each time you take a drink.

     

    My 30-minute tea break is my little self-indulgence for the day. Spare minutes in my daily schedule affords me the chance to go and enjoy some delicious desserts. You should treat yourself to some special autumntime sweets too.

     

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    Matcha Adzuki ATELIER Tablet – ¥800

    It’s important to share the happiness between family and colleagues on when you get the chance to enjoy something tasty. The present I bought today was a tablet chocolate handmade in the shop. The matcha white chocolate has almonds in it as well as Japanese-style chocolate mixed with adzuki. It has a strong matcha flavour and isn’t overly-sweet. You can also request for a ribbon to be tied around it for gift-giving. It’s a chocolate that’s sure to bring anyone joy.

     

    Writer:Sayuri Mizuno(MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON)

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

  • Tobu Zoo Winter Illuminations 2019-2020: A Fusion Of Lights & Music

    03.October.2019 | SPOT

    Tobu Zoo is set to turn on 3 million LED lights for its winter illumination event that will run from October 26 to February 11 next year.

    Tobu Zoo has lots of surprises lined up for this year’s event, including an illumination installation made in collaboration with male Japanese singer Amatsuki, which will bring together lights and music. This will include a giant LED display showing music videos from Amatsuki in addition to exclusive and original videos, a 50 meter long light tunnel with Amatsuki-inspired decorations and his music playing, and more. Full details are to be announced in the coming weeks.

    “Illumination Show” Giant LED Display (Location: In front of Heartful Garden)

    The “Illumination Show” will make use of the biggest LED display in Japan’s Kanto region, combining music with CG visuals, and illuminated decorations will twinkle in front of it. This year, the display will also feature new full-colour lasers. Three magical and dynamic shows will light up the area, including the Amatsuki Live Illumination show.

    Heartful Garden (Location: Heartful Garden)

    The zoo’s Heartful Garden spans 8,000 m², and it’s here that bright and beautiful flower topiary installations will be set up.

    Theatrical Projection Mapping (Location: Tobu Zoo HOLA! Event Stage) *Running from November 30, 2019

    The zoo’s 1,300 capacity event stage HOLA! will make use of breathtaking ‘theatrical projection mapping’ which will be projected onto the stage and the ceiling

     

    The theme of this year’s projection mapping event is an animal musical which will serve up an incredible entertainment show for the audience. Various animals will make an appearance in the form of projection mapping to tell a story with dance and music.

    Cherry Blossom Illuminations (Location: East Gate, Swan Pond)

    Gorgeous cherry blossom-coloured lights will be strung on the Yoshino cherry trees lining the Swan Pond, creating a pink panorama right before your eyes.

    Amusement Park Illuminations (Location: Around the amusement park)

    Lights will also twinkle around the attractions in the amusement park, creating a different atmosphere than daytime, and there will also be various photo areas themed on fairy tale worlds including Cinderella, Princess Kaguya, The Little Mermaid and more.

    Enjoy a romantic evening with the warm, cosy lights at Tobu Zoo.

  • Netflix Anime Series ‘Beastars’ Promotional Event to Take Place at Tobu Zoo in Saitama

    02.October.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Tobu Zoo is set to collaborate with the upcoming drama anime series Beastars from November 2 to December 29.

    Beastars is a manga series written and illustrated by Paru Itagaki. It is serialised in Weekly Shōnen Champion which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

    Beastars is set in a world of herbivores and carnivores. The story follows Legoshi, a quiet and gentle grey wolf and student at Cherryton Academy. His world is turned upside down when one of his fellow students is brutally murdered.

     

    The collaboration event will see Tobu Zoo decorated with illustrations drawn specifically for the event. There will also be exclusive and original merchandise on sale, as well as themed food and more.

     

    Beastars will premiere in Japan on Fuji TV’s +Ultra programming block on October 9. It will also be streamed exclusively on Netflix.

     

    ©板垣巴留(秋田書店)/BEASTARS制作委員会

  • Embark on An Aquatic Adventure to The Little Mermaid OH MY CAFE in Tokyo

    01.October.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    It has been 30 years since Disney’s The Little Mermaid came to theatres. To celebrate, The Little Mermaid cafe has dropped its anchor in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Hokkaido and will be around for a limited time only.  Curious travellers are sure to fall in love with this world filled with Disney magic.

    As a big Disney fan, curious model Kanako just could not miss the opportunity to visit, so we headed over to Tokyu Plaza, Omotesando (Tokyo) to create a tongue-tantalizing report just for you. 

    The entrance was a treasure trove of exciting 30th anniversary celebratory designs.

    Venturing deeper, we came across illustrations of the exciting underwater world. 

    Seeing all the images of the characters, memories of the film will come floating into your mind. Just how many wonders can one cafe hold?

    There are five delicious meals and five delicious drinks on the menu. Everything was so cute that it was difficult to decide what to order. Time to dive in!

    Ariel Vegetable Pasta with Genovese Sauce: ¥1990

    This dish particularly caught Kanako’s eye. A graceful print made of powdered spices and sauce depicts Ariel gliding through the sea. It went perfectly with the salad. Feel free to take the beautiful paper mat home with you as a souvenir. 

    Cream Beach Risotto: ¥1,990

    This creamy risotto depicts a beautiful beach. Look closely and you will spot Ariel’s most prized treasure: a dinglehopper.  Feel free to take the dinglehopper home with you and add it to your collection of treasure. A layer of shrimp sauce lies hidden between the rice and mountain of salad. Can you spot Sebastian keeping a careful eye on Ariel? 

    Seven Princesses of Atlantica Colourful Tartine Plate: ¥2,290

     This plate of tasty tartines depicts the seven sisters and will send you on an exciting flavour journey. The fruity tartine will fill your mouth with a fresh fruity burst of blueberries and strawberries. Next on the plate is a luxurious cream cheese tartine, followed by a chunky vegetable tartine and finally, a filling boiled egg and potato salad tartine. The tartines are surrounded by colourful sauces such as blueberry sauce, pumpkin sauce and carrot sauce. 

     Sebastian’s Strawberry Smoothie: ¥890 (with themed drink coaster: ¥1,790)

    This yoghurt smoothie is dedicated to King Triton’s royal court composer Sebastian. Mix in the strawberry sauce before tucking in to enhance the flavour. You can also take the decoration on the glass back home with you. 

    Upon noticing the coaster that came with her drink, Kanako’s eyes were sparkling with desire. The drink coaster is a sure way to add some magic to all your drinks at home. Unfortunately, they are in limited supply, so make sure to get one before they are all sold out.

    Next, the curious Kanako explored the merchandise corner. The illustrations on the merchandise have been specifically designed for this special cafe.

    Canvas Art A/B  (two designs): ¥3,500

    Now you can decorate your room with your own collection of whose-its, whats-its, and thingamabobs.

    Letter Writing Set with Case (1 design): ¥800

    BIC Ballpoint Pen (2 designs): ¥500 each (Flounder/Seahorse)

    The pink-themed gadgets and gizmos are very cute too.

    Spend over ¥1000 (before tax) in the merchandise corner and you will receive a special Little Mermaid 30th anniversary shopping bag. There are a limited number of these and they are available on a first-come-first-serve basis, so we recommend you go to the cafe as soon as possible if you want one.

    This cafe is a whole world waiting to be discovered. Reservations cost ¥500 per person (before tax). Just ordering from the menu will grant you the special gift of an A5 clear file and you can even pick your favourite from 30 designs. Make sure to reserve your spot in advance and get ready to plunge straight into the fun!

     

    ©️Disney

  • 6 Sailor Moon Cafes Opening Across Japan Including Tokyo and Osaka

    01.October.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD / SPOT

    LEGS COMPANY, LTD. has announced that it will open six Sailor Moon cafes for its Sailor Moon Cafe 2019 event across Japan this year. The opening dates differ from branch to branch, but the first two will open in Tokyo and Osaka on October 3. See all the opening dates in the Information section below.

     

    LEGS held the Sailor Moon Cafe 2017 event back in September 2017 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Sailor Moon. The event’s theme focused around adulthood imbued with a hint of cuteness. The cafes were so popular that they had a second “encore” run in December of the same year.

     

    This year, LEGS has created an entirely new concept.

    The theme this year is “Girls Night Out,” and the menu line-up stays true to it, featuring food and drinks all ladies are sure to enjoy on a night out.

    5 Sailor Tortilla Wrap Sandwiches – ¥1,590 (Not available at the Saitama cafe)

    Pretty Girl’s Brunch Pancakes – ¥1,590 (Available at lunchtime only)

    Girls Night Out (Chicken Steak Plate) – ¥1,990 (Available at dinnertime only)

    Cosmic Heart Berry Sandwich – ¥1,690

    Moon Night Parfait – ¥1,490 (Available at dinnertime only)

    Girls Night Out Drinks (10 Flavours) – ¥890 Each (Usagi Tsukino/Ami Mizuno/Rei Hono/Makoto Kino/Minako Aino/Chibiusa/Haruka Tennou/Michiru Kaiou/Setsuna Meiou/Hotaru Tomoe)

    This is just a select look at what’s on the menu―there are many other themed foods and desserts too!

    Acrylic Key Ring (12 Designs Chosen Randomly) – ¥650

    Clear Bag (1 Design) – ¥1,800

    Plate (1 Design) – ¥2,200

    The artwork for select cafe-exclusive merchandise was done by popular creator Etoile et Griotte who makes items for girls who love cute things, and Japanese illustrator Jenny Kaori, who creates cute, fashionable and alternative works.

    Every person who books a seat in advance (¥650 before tax) at the cafe will receive one of the 5 above-pictured ticket holders chosen randomly.

    If you dine at the cafe, you’ll get one of the 4 above-pictured lunch mats chosen randomly.

    And if you order a drink, you’ll get one of the 10 above-pictured coasters chosen randomly.

     

    *All prices are pre-tax prices. Photos are for illustrative purposes only.

    ©Naoko Takeuchi・PNP・Toei Animation

  • Tokyo Disney Resort to Unlock A Whole New World in 2020: New Area, New Attractions, New Adventures

    30.September.2019 | SPOT

    Tokyo Disney Resort will be telling the guards to open up the gates to an enormous number of brand new attractions, events and much more all at once on April 15, 2020. Over the course of the year, there will be so many exciting events and programs all over the resort that you will be wanting to waltz into Disney Resort® every day. This is the perfect chance to experience your perfect Happily Ever After. 

     

    In short, Alongside the numerous seasonal programs and events, Tokyo Disneyland will be expanding Fantasyland. A new area will be built inside it called New Fantasyland, which is dedicated to the Disney film Beauty and the Beast. There will even be a new attraction called ‘Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast’, an indoor theatre called ‘Fantasyland Forest Theatre’, and much more. Along with the new Fantasyland developments, Tomorrowland will be home to the new ride ‘The Happy Ride with Baymax’ and Toontown is getting an attraction called Minnie’s Style Studio. 

     

    New Disneyland Attractions to Open on April 15, 2020

    New Attraction: Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast

    There will be a brand new large-scale attraction dedicated to the Disney classic Beauty and the Beast. Enter the picturesque village of medieval France where Belle resides. Embark on a journey through the film in a dancing teacup and become part of famous scenes as the nostalgic movie music embraces you. You will want this beautiful moment to last forever.

     New Indoor Theatre: Fantasyland Forest Theatre

    This is the first ever full-scale indoor theatre to ever be built at Disneyland and it will reside in Fantasyland. The theme of the theatre is travelling the wonderful world of music with your favourite Disney characters. The live performances to take place on the stage will be undoubtedly dynamic and intense. 

    Minnie Mouse Meet and Greet Facility: Minnie’s Style Studio

    For the first time in forever, Tokyo Disneyland is setting up a greeting facility for Minnie Mouse to greet guests. Head to Toontown to meet fashion designer Minnie Mouse in her beautiful costumes. Make sure to get a picture with her! 

    *Toontown, where Minnie’s Style Studio is located, will be presented by Kodansha Ltd.

    The Happy Ride with Baymax

    If you’re a fan of Big Hero 6 then this ride is for you. Your favourite personal medical healthcare companion Baymax will pull you along on a thrilling and rather unpredictable journey. 

    * The Happy Ride with Baymax is presented by Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd.

     

    Seasonal Events

    Tokyo DisneySea ‘Disney Easter’ Special Event

    March 27- June 12, 2020

    Tokyo DisneySea has some incredibly exciting news: The Usapiyo chicks are due to hatch in time for Easter! These mysterious chicks with bunny ears are sure to have your heart hopping with happiness. They will be taking part in a show held at the Mediterranean Harbor. The Usapiyo will be joining Mickey Mouse and the gang to celebrate spring and fill your heart with excitement and fun. 

     

     

    Tokyo Disneyland Special Program: ‘Happy Fair with Baymax’

    June 4 – November 1, 2020

    This program will take place in Tomorrowland and will see the park filled with decorations, photo spots, merchandise and menu items themed on Big Hero 6. Your excitement levels are bound to inflate dramatically!

     

    These are just a few exciting events that 2020 holds in store. Be Prepared for some fun!

     

    *All images in this article are illustrations. 

    ©Disney

  • Taiwanese Bookstore Chain Eslite Opens New Outlet in Nihonbashi, Tokyo

    27.September.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Eslite Bookstore is one of the prominent bookstore chains in Taiwan that opened an all-new outlet in Nihonbashi, Tokyo on September 27, 2019 that promotes reading, culture and lifestyle.

    This will be the first Eslite Spectrum shopping mall to open outside Greater China. Its concept is “a cultural wonderland for reading and living” under wh ich Eslite has curated Nihonbashi’s rich history and culture to promote to the people of Tokyo.

     

    Eslite Spectrum is always in the front row when it comes to the latest in Taiwanese trends, and it’s a place I never fail to visit when I travel to Taiwan. When I heard they would be expanding to Tokyo, I couldn’t wait for the day of the grand opening to arrive. I made my merry way there, excited and eager to see what kind of place it would be, and what kind of items they would stock.

    The outlet is split into 4 different zones: the bookshop zone, the stationery zone, the miscellaneous item and workshop zone, and the restaurant zone. The bookshop features a line-up of carefully selected reading material and book recommendations.

    One hundred brands from around the world make up the miscellaneous and eating areas. Half of the brands are Taiwanese, meaning you can get your hands on authentic goods from Taiwan itself.

    The building was designed by leading Taiwanese architect Kris Yao, whose concept for the design was “interweaving the old and new.” It’s a stylish, welcoming building with elements of the traditional Japanese aesthetic in there. The store front has indigo blue noren entry curtains, which is both stylish and quintessentially Japanese.

     

    This new branch of Eslite Spectrum is home to stores setting up shop in Japan for the very first time. There are also many shops here selling items exclusive to Nihonbashi. I’m going to showcase four of the places I was particularly interested in.

     

    Kuo Yuan Ye

    Kuo Yuan Ye is a confectionery shop based in Shinlin, Taipei. Since opening, they have continued to use traditional confectionery-making methods, serving sweets with deep, rich flavours.

    As well as having maintained tradition, they have also released products in collaboration with rising designers. I encourage you to try their beautiful line-up yourself to taste their long, delicious history.

     

    Sarutahiko Coffee

    We have covered Sarutahiko Coffee on MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON in the past when we visited the branch in Ebisu.

    The first thing that struck me upon visiting this new branch is how different the interior design is to other places. The design and its concept of “coffee and words” were created by book director Yoshitaka Haba. Quotes pulled from the books can be found written all around the cafe. There is also a space underneath the chairs for storing books. No matter where you look in the cafe, it’s nothing less than stylish.

    The cafe has their own special hot cakes and original coffee blends exclusive to Nihonbashi. The hot cakes are topped lavishly with mont blanc, giving it an extremely rich taste and one reminiscent of autumn-time. Both the hot cakes and this original coffee blend are limited-time menu options available until November 14, so you’ll want to get in there quick.

     

    Wonder Chuan

    For the first time ever, long-standing Taiwanese tea store Wonder Chuan arrives on the shore of Japan. The shop takes great care in the growing and brewing of its tea leaves, pouring their heart and soul into every cup.

    The Taiwanese oolong tea drank was a similar colour to matcha. It had a sweet flavour and a much smoother taste compared to Japanese oolong. The shop also serves a selection of cocktails made with oolong tea as well as perform traditional tea-making methods for customers. They even have plans to host their very own Taiwanese tea workshops in the future.

     

    Fujin Tree

    The last place I want to introduce is Fujin Tree, also a first in Japan. This is another one of my favourites, so I was thrilled when this one was coming to Tokyo too!

     

    It’s uncommon to be able to drink wine in restaurants in Taiwan, but the popular Fujin Tree serves Taiwanese cuisine and champagne in style.

    Their dishes are packed full of fresh vegetables and fruit. One of their popular picks is their springstar and century egg with spicy minced pork. It’s a tasty dish with full, rich flavours that goes well with sake. It’s also great with rice. There are many amazing options on the menu, but if you’re spoilt for choice then I recommend this one.

     

    Eslite is the bridge between Japanese and Taiwanese that aims to become a hub for Asian culture. Centred around reading, there are countless experiences to look enjoy here. Discover a new side of Nihonbashi by paying a visit.

     

    Writer: Sayuri Mizuno (MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON)

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

  • ROPPONGI HILLS HAPPY HALLOWEEN 2019: Monster Desserts, Horror Film Parade & More

    25.September.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Roppongi Hills has announced this year’s Halloween festival. Titled “ROPPONGI HILLS HAPPY HALLOWEEN 2019,” it will take place from October 1 to 31, packed full of spooky fun from a Halloween costume parade to a ghoulish gourmet menu line-up, featuring an always-unique array of food and drink.

    Halloween Cupcakes – ¥638 Each @ LOLA’S Cupcakes Tokyo (Available from October 5)

    LOLA’S Cupcakes has baked up an assortment of cute monster motif cupcakes, with flavours including pumpkin, purple sweet potato and more. Whichever one you pick, it’s sure to give you a smile and delight your taste buds.

    Halloween Mixed Berry Cake – ¥530 @ Roasted coffee laboratory

    Creepy eyeballs adorn this cake, which is topped with blackberries and blueberries while drizzled in bloody blackcurrant jam. The cake is layered with sponge, fresh cream and a sweet and sour strawberry jelly.

    Happy Monster – ¥980 @ Cafe Crepe

    Delight in this cute pumpkin and fresh cream crepe, filled with pumpkin ice cream and snug in an orange crepe wrap. Housed inside is an adorable purple sweet potato mont blanc monster wearing a witch’s hat.

    A movie-themed parade will take place on Saturday October 26 at the event in line with the 2019 Tokyo International Film Festival. Children and adults can take part in the parade if they dress up. The 1km parade will last 25 minutes.

    Gift bags will be given to all kids who get involved!

     

    ▼Halloween Parade

    Date: October 26, 2019

    Time: 10:30-13:30 (subject to change)

    Location: Roppongi Hills Arena

    Participation Conditions: Anybody who dressed up can join (the theme is “Movies”)

    Participation: Free

    Enquiries: 03-6406-6000 (Roppongi Hills Information)

     

     

    Halloween will hit Roppongi Hills for the entire month of October. Be sure to visit if you’re in Japan next month!

  • TOKYO CACAO: 20,000 Bars Of Tokyo-Made Chocolate to be Released

    24.September.2019 | FOOD

    Hiratsuka Confectionery Co., Ltd. began the Tokyo Cacao Project in 2003, where it began planting cacao beans on the island of Hahajima, the second largest of the Ogasawara Islands in Tokyo. The project’s aim was to produce chocolate made in Tokyo.

     

    That chocolate is finally ready for consumption, as the first-ever batch of chocolate using the beans will be released on November 1. The chocolate is called “TOKYO CACAO,” and a limited stock of just 20,000 will be sold.

    These plentiful domestic cacao beans are described as having a gentle flavour. The harvested raw cacao beans are fermented and then dried, creating a rich aroma and mild taste. A bite of this chocolate promises the deep, original taste of the cacao beans.

    The chocolate design takes on an Edo Kiriko glass style so it can be a chocolate that symbolises Tokyo. Its carefully-crafted shapely design elevates the delicate flavour of the cacao beans and the chocolate’s smooth texture. Hiratsuka Confectionery’s facility has its own “TOKYO CACAO LAB” so that the chocolate is made “from bean to bar” within Tokyo. This is where the fermentation and drying process takes place and subsequent bar production. It has taken over 10 years to create this authentic Tokyo-made chocolate.

    To ensure this chocolate can be treasured and enjoyed, it is carefully packaged and sleeved in a tin like a jewel. This exclusive, limited-edition chocolate from Tokyo is sure to be a welcomed gift to someone special.

    Hiratsuka Confectionery is planning to release some TOKYO CACAO at select stores ahead of the November release. If you’re in Tokyo this November, make sure you get your hands on some of this very special chocolate.

  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Sanrio Slime Fair Opens at Three KIDDYLAND Stores

    14.September.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    From September 21 to October 11, three KIDDYLAND stores will be holding a fair dedicated to the anime That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, which has become a big hit overseas. 

     

    The series, which was created by Fuse, aired two seasons from October 2018 to March 2019. It has been confirmed that a sequel will be made in the year 2020. Following the anime’s successful reception, a novel version of the anime series which goes by the same name was produced by GOT A CHANCE novel. More than 14 million copies have been sold so far.

     

    The story follows an extraordinary event which happened to a normal man. The main character Satoru Mikami died to random knife attack and was reincarnated as a monster called a slime. The series became massively popular once the adorable figure of the main character as a slime was revealed.

     

     

    That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Sanrio Slime: Slime Keyring (5 designs): ¥1,200 each (before tax)

    All your favourite characters have been reincarnated in a cute Sanrio-style! Head to the KIDDYLAND fair to get your hands on a KIDDYLAND-limited Slime Keyring. A large variety of new goods are being sold here ahead of any other shop and online service.

     

    That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Sanrio Slime: Cuddly Characters Badge (5 designs): ¥680 each (before tax)

     

    Come explore all your favourite characters in their adorable Sanrio form!

     

    ©川上泰樹・伏瀬・講談社/転スラ製作委員会

  • My Hero Academia Themed Cafe to Open at SEGA Ikebukuro GiGO in Tokyo

    14.September.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    A cafe based on the hit TV anime series My Hero Academia will open at SEGA Ikebukuro GiGO on October 12.

     

    Drinks Menu

     

    Drinks – ¥600 Each (Before Tax)

    Original Latte Art (11 Designs) – ¥700 Each (Before Tax) *Choose your own

     

    Food Menu

    Menu ①: October 12, 2019 – November 1, 2019

    Katsu-Lover Midoriya’s Pork Rib Noodles / Eijiro Kirishima’s Crunchy Kakiage Don – ¥1,200 Each (Before Tax)

     

    Menu ②: November 2, 2019 – November 24, 2019

    Katsuki Bakugo’s Spicy Mapo Doufu / Shoto Todoroki’s Fire & Ice Tomato Cheese Pasta – ¥1,200 Each (Before Tax)

     

    Dessert Menu

    Menu ①: October 12, 2019 – November 1, 2019

    Ochaco Uraraka’s Japanese-Style Dessert Set with Matcha Milk – ¥1,200 (Before Tax) / Tenya Iida’s Source of Strength Orange Parfait – ¥900 (Before Tax)

     

    Menu ②: November 2, 2019 – November 24, 2019

    U.A. Dessert Plate – ¥1,200 (Before Tax) / Tsuyu Asui’s Kero Kero Parfait – ¥900 (Before Tax)

    Enjoy a fun selection of food, drinks and desserts inspired by the My Hero Academia character cast. You can only pick between one meal and/or dessert when ordering.

     

    Bonus Merch

    When ordering from the drinks menu or one of the latte art coffees, you will receive one drinks coaster selected randomly from the following designs during the following dates.

     

    Coaster Line-Up ①: October 12, 2019 – November 1, 2019

    Coaster Line-Up ②: November 2, 2019 – November 24, 2019

     

    And when ordering from the food or dessert menu, you will receive one of the below-pictured original bromide pictures chosen randomly. All of these bonus items are first-come, first-served.

     

    Merchandise Shop

    The cafe will also have its own merchandise corner selling exclusive items in collaboration with SEGA.

     

    Available From October 12

    Holographic Pin Badge (7 Designs) – ¥500 Each (Before Tax) *Chosen randomly, up to 10 allowed per person in one transaction 

    Acrylic Key Ring with Stand – ¥1,200 Each (Before Tax) *Chosen randomly, up to 10 allowed per person in one transaction

     

    Available From November 2

    Mini Card (7 Designs) – ¥600 Each (Before Tax)

    There are lots of other pieces of merchandise to get your hands on too. The cafe-exclusives are available only to those who use the cafe.

    You must book a table in advanced if you want to visit, so be sure to get yours in quick.

     

     

    ©Kohei Horikoshi / Shueisha・My Hero Academia Production Committee ©SEGA

    *Photos are for illustrative purposes only. Actual product may differ.

  • Sanrio-Style Sarazanmai Café to Steal the Scene at Tokyo and Osaka

    13.September.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD / SPOT

    A café based on the popular anime Sarazanmai is coming to Tokyo on September 19 and Osaka on September 26 and will run for a limited time only. The café designs were produced by Sanrio. 

    Sarazanmai is a TV anime which was produced by animation studios MAPPA and  Lapin Track. The anime became incredibly popular when it aired between April and June 2019 on the Fuji TV programming block Noitamina. The last episode was met by an undying stream of grateful messages from fans and even those involved in the creation of the series. 

     

    Sanrio produced Sarazanmai designs which are perfect for the traditional coffee shop theme and the retro Asakusa atmosphere of the series. The collaboration cafés will open in Ikebukuro in Tokyo and Nipponnbashi in Osaka.

     

    Menu

    Football Curry of Youth: ¥1,380 (before tax)

    Football is what connects the three main characters Kazuki, Kuji and Enta. Come taste the delicious flavour of budding friendship in the form of a delicious curry at the café.   

    Pudding a la Mode of Friendship: ¥1,280 (before tax)

    The three middle schoolers are represented in the form of colourful fruit. This is a delicious dish easily enjoyed by anybody. 

    Sparkling Jelly Juice (Kazuki/Kuji/Enta): ¥650 each (before tax)

    These jelly drinks are also themed around Kazuki, Kuji and Enta. The jelly lurking at the bottom of the cup adds a wonderful accent to the flavour.  

     

    Original Goods

     

     

    Badge (10 random designs): ¥450 (before tax)

    Mug (one design only): ¥1,500 (before tax) 

    Special Bonus Goods

    Those who book seats in advance (¥500 + tax) and order from the menu will receive an original design sticker. You will be presented with one of four designs at random. 

    For each item ordered from the menu, you will receive an original design drink coaster. One of six designs will be given to you at random. 

     

    This café is the perfect place to relax at your own pace this autumn. 

     

     

    © イクニラッパー/シリコマンダーズ

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