Edo Cat Cafe Combines the Worlds of Ukiyo-e and Cats

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An Edo-style cat café will bring to life the world of ukiyo-e with real cats you can play with. The Edo Cat Cafe will run from June 15 to August 31 this year at the event space outside the West Entrance at JR Ryogoku Station.

江戸ねこ茶屋 浮世絵世界  JR両国駅西口イベント広場「両国駅広小路」

 

江戸ねこ茶屋 浮世絵世界  JR両国駅西口イベント広場「両国駅広小路」

The concept behind this event is: “A rumour between the residents of an Edo ‘nagaya’ and cats. Travellers from across the country catch sound of the rumour and come to get a glimpse.”

 

The nagaya was a type of living quarters in the Edo period made like a row of houses. The cat café building is made to look like one of these. Ukiyo-e paintings and models will decorate inside and bring to life the street and atmosphere of the Edo period. There will also be entrances, streets and staircases for cats to use. You’ll be able to enjoy a unique experience and take photos while playing with cats in what will really feel just like the world of Edo.

 

江戸ねこ茶屋 浮世絵世界  JR両国駅西口イベント広場「両国駅広小路」江戸ねこ茶屋 浮世絵世界  JR両国駅西口イベント広場「両国駅広小路」

 

 

There will be several zones inside building, including the cat tea room, cat ‘red light district,’ cat bath, cat nagaya, and cat plaza. Each area will be furnished with ukiyo-e that fit the scene, bringing to life the world of Edo. As well as being able to take photos with the cats anywhere inside the café, you’ll also have the chance to learn about the deep relationship between the people of Edo and cats through the commentaries of each ukiyo-e piece. There’ll even be a merchandise corner to purchase original goods related to cats.

 

江戸ねこ茶屋 浮世絵世界  JR両国駅西口イベント広場「両国駅広小路」

江戸ねこ茶屋 浮世絵世界  JR両国駅西口イベント広場「両国駅広小路」

But it doesn’t stop there. There will also be a chance to enjoy Edo’s food culture at -Ryogoku- Edo NOREN, join in a campaign being held in collaboration with Sumida Hokusai Museum, and more. Part of the proceedings made at the café will go towards tackling the problem of homeless cats. Cat-loving artists are also set to cooperate in the event and they will produce original ema plaques.

 

江戸ねこ茶屋 浮世絵世界  JR両国駅西口イベント広場「両国駅広小路」

江戸ねこ茶屋 浮世絵世界  JR両国駅西口イベント広場「両国駅広小路」

If you’re also a cat-lover then don’t miss out on this unique Edo and cat café mashup!

 

■Information

Edo Cat Cafe

Location; Ryogoku Station West Exit Event Space (Sumida-ku, Tokyo)

Date: June 15, 2018―August 31, 2018

Time: 11:00-20:00 (Last Entries 19:00)

Access: 1-minute on foot from West Exit of Ryogoku Station via the JR Sobu Line

*Event subject to date changes in case of natural disasters or other unpredictable causes.

*Please refrain from picking up the cats, speaking in a loud voice, chasing cats and other such behaviour.

 

Entry Price (60 Minutes / Tax Included)

*Same-day tickets. Prices in brackets denote tickets bought in advance.

Adults: ¥1,500 (¥1,000)

High School / Junior High School Students: ¥1,200 (¥800)

Extension: ¥500 per 20 minutes

Advance Tickets Sales Window: May 10, 2018―June 14, 2018

 

 

*It is advised you do not enter the café if you are allergic to cats.

*Those at elementary school age and below are not permitted entry.

*Please do not use flash on your cameras.

*Please do not take food or drink into the café.

*Please do not take your pets in with you.

 

Lawson Tickets (Sold at all Lawson stores and Mini Stop Loppi in Japan)

http://l-tike.com/edonekochaya

 

Official Event Website

https://edonekochaya.com

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    ▼Salon de thé François (フランソワ喫茶室)
    Address: 184 Nishikiyamachi-dori-Shijo-kudaru; Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto.
    Opening Hours: 11:00-22:30(L.O 22:0)
    No regular holidays
    Official Instagram: http://www.francois1934.com
    NOTTA CAFE, Saiin
    Custard Purin: ¥500
    This deceiving purin may appear to look like a cake and avoid jiggling like a true purin would, however, once you take a bite, the rich custard flavour will flood your mouth. The flavour is perfect for those of you who cannot handle very sweet flavours and are looking for something more refined. To fully enjoy your experience, order this purin with the oiri sweets cream soda.
    NOTTA CAFE (ノッタカフェ)
    Address: 37 Saiinkitayakakecho, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto
    Opening Hours:
    Tuesdays-Sundays: 11:30-20:00
    Wednesdays: 11:30-21:00
    Closed: Mondays
    Official Website: http://nottacafe.com

    So, how about it? For those of you who are in desperate need of a sweet fix in the Kansai region, Kyoto café life tiara’s Instagram will swoop in to rescue you.

     

    Research for article contents and photos provided by: @happy_pinkrose_tiara

  • This Week’s Lunch: Peach & Yoghurt at dotcom space Tokyo in Harajuku

    29.September.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 in order to live a happy life.

     

    Today, I went and got my lunch early ahead of my morning work. I visited dotcom space Tokyo, a café in Harajuku where you can indulge in a laid-back experience.

    ©️photo Takumi Ota

    The café is just a 4-minute walk from the Takeshita Street exit of Harajuku Station. Its atmosphere is so peaceful and related that you wouldn’t believe it’s right next to noisy and busy Takeshita Street. It’s a spacious place with simple and stylish furniture and furnishings. I fancied something sweet this time, so I went and ordered the Peach & Yoghurt bread.

    ©️photo Takumi Ota

    ©️photo Takumi Ota

    The interior decorating scheme is based on wood; you can feel how particular they were about the furniture. It’s easy to wind down at this café due to its spacious interior. It’s common to see workers scattered throughout too. It’s a nice place to leave your desk for a little bit for lunch for a change of pace.

    Peach & Yoghurt ¥680 / Iced Café Latte ¥550

    The bread is piled with a generous serving of yoghurt cream and shiny peach which the light shines on.

    I feel happy just looking at this delicious treat. Just spellbinding!

    I sliced my first piece and popped it into my mouth. The bread is deliciously chewy, and the refreshing yogurt cream and sweet peach filled my mouth. The bread itself is a thick-cut slice and made by Pelican, a bakery in Asakusa. It has a chewy and moist texture you can’t find anywhere else.

     

    The yogurt cream isn’t overly sweet, instead having a more refreshing flavour to it. When eaten together with the sweet ripened peach, the gorgeous mix blends together around your taste buds and melts in your mouth. Depending on the season, you can pick fruits other than peach too. They always have seasonal choices. I’m looking forward to their autumn and winter line-up.

    The iced latte has a slight acidity to it, my favourite kind of flavour. It went really well with the Peach & Yogurt bread. The café is also particular about its coffee bean selection; one of its baristas is noted to be a past “Japan champion” when it comes to coffee. I’ve got to try the hot coffee the next time I visit.

     

    A set meal, burger or the likes would have been good too, but I had my eyes set on a sweet dessert lunch. Getting a moment to chill out and enjoy something sweet made me happy today. I recommend enjoying some autumn fruit-topped bread too as the seasons change.

     

    Today’s Presents

    Apple Juice ¥450

    I’s important to share the happiness between family and colleagues on when you get the chance to enjoy something tasty. I bought them some apple juice, which is poured into a cup with a smiling face on the side. It’s made from 100% apples from Nagano. The straw is made from environmentally-friendly sugarcane.

     

     

    Writer:Sayuri Mizuno(MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON)

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