Popular Character Cafés in Japan: July 2018
The popularity of character cafés in Japan never lets up, where cafés transform their menu and interior design to fit the theme of popular characters from anime, games and so on.
Here are some of the best character cafés hitting Japan in July 2018.
Gudetama Café x Keroppi
The Gudetama Café is a character café themed on the hugely popular Sanrio character Gudetama. To celebrate his 5th anniversary, Keroppi is stopping by too, another character from the franchise. The menu will be transformed into kawaii dishes inspired by the two lovable characters, something fans absolutely can’t afford to miss out on.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/110060
Gudetama x Pom Pom Purin Café
The Yokohama and Nagoya branches of the Pompompurin Café―themed on the popular Sanrio character Pompompurin―is teaming up with Gudetama to introduce a collaborative cute summer menu. It includes lots of kawaii dishes like the ‘Wahhoi! Summer Festival Bibimbap Don’ which features Pompompurin surrounded by beef karubi, kimchi, three kinds of namul, and a soft boiled Gudetama egg for a perfectly complete bibimbap don.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/111621
Keroppi x Pompompurin Café
This is a collaborative menu being introduced at the Harajuku and Umeda branches of the Pompompurin Café. The menu is a revamped version of a menu that was seen back in March which was praised as being ‘way too cute.’ There’s plenty to choose from, like the adorable ‘Sleeping Together♪ Keema Curry’ which has both characters sleeping soundly under a bed made of egg.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/110315
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Café
Based on the internationally beloved children’s picture book of the same name, this café in Ginza has introduced all-new menu items. Everything on there is refreshing and perfect for the season. Not only is it all delicious, they really went far to get every little detail on the plate. Once you see the menu you’ll become very hungry yourself!
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/107654
Gudetama Café – 5th Anniversary Space Theme
Gudetama is celebrating his 5th anniversary by launching into space. The menu and décor at the café will take on this theme, offering plenty of great photo opportunities for Instagram. There’s so many fun things on the menu. Better yet, customers who dine in the café will receive presents. Those who eat there will get a fan, and those who order a drink will get a coaster. Be sure to get yours quick as they won’t be available again!
Did you enjoy this list? There’s lots of fun character cafés to stop by in Japan this July, so pick your favourite and go!
Kaori’s Easy Recipe – Learn how to make “Hello Kitty mille-feuille”
With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s recipe series! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.
This time you’ll learn to make “Hello Kitty mille-feuille” using bar chocolate.
1 frozen pie sheet
some fresh cream
①Take out a frozen pie sheet from the freezer and after thawing for about 3 minutes, cut into 3 parts.
②Bake ①in the over at 180℃ for 15~20 minutes.
③After ② has cooled, divide the baked pie sheet into 2 using a knife.
④Place fresh cream and strawberries on ③. (as much as you like)
3：Shape the chocolate bar
Flatten out the white chocolate and using the Hello Kitty cookie cutter cut out a Hello Kitty face. Cut out the ears, nose and eyes after you have colored the white chocolate.
4：After it is finished, cool it for a while in the fridge. (By cooling it the chocolate will become hard and this makes it easier to decorate.)
5：Place the Hello Kitty on top of the mille-feuille. Viola! Your “Hello Kitty mille-feuille” is now complete.
It’s easy to use chocolate-bar chocolate to form various shapes so it is very suitable to make “character-sweets.” A simple mille-feuille can be transformed into a cute and fancy sweets item just by decorating it with a Hello Kitty.
There’s plenty more character-themed dishes on the way from Kaori! In the mean time, please check out her Instagram page where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes.
Kaori’s Easy Recipe – Learn How to Make Pompompurin Pumpkin Tarts
With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s recipe series! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.
For this recipe, you’ll learn how make mini Pompompurin pumpkin tarts! This is a simple recipe you can make with just a blender.
12 Tart shells
150g Pumpkin (deseeded, skin taken off and made soft)
50ml Fresh cream (In this recipe I used soy milk)
20-30g Sugar (Depending on the sweetness of the pumpkin)
1 Egg yolk (small egg)
Tinned yellow peach
2: Steam and make the pumpkin soft in the microwave. Place the softened pumpkin, sugar, fresh cream (or soy milk) and egg yolk into a blender.
3: Blitz until it’s mixed like in the photo above.
4: Pour the mixture from Step 3 into the tart shells and place into a 180℃ preheated oven. Lower the temperature to 140-150℃ and cook for 10-15 minutes. (You don’t want to brown anything, so we cook it on a low heat.)
If it looks like it’s about to start browning, cover with aluminium foil as this will prevent it from burning.
5: Once your cooked tarts have fully cooled down, use a round cutter to make a hat out of chocolate and a tear-drop cutter to make ears out of the yellow peach. The round ball on top of the hat can be made by breaking off some sliced chocolate and rolling it with your fingers.
Finally, drawn on the eyes, nose and mouth with a warmed chocolate pen!
The crunchy tart shells and moist pumpkin paste go pair together wonderfully! And the sourness from the yellow peach is perfect, making is really tasty♡
Kaori invites you into her world of character-themed food dishes in her recipe series!
Please check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!
Top 7 Places to Eat Curry in Harajuku Not Known by Many People
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.
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!
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♡
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
Drooling yet? You’ve absolutely got to try the exquisite curry hidden away in Harajuku. Tuck in during lunchtime or dinnertime!
Top Picks for BBQs & Beer Gardens in the Kanto Region for 2018
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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♡
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!
Popular Character Cafes in Japan: May 2018 – Part 2
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
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
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
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!
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.
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.
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
6 places you can get Instagram-worthy rainbow treats in Tokyo!
Rainbow sweets are now trending. As well as being very popular overseas, a large variety of shops that sell rainbow sweets have also been opening in Japan. Today we’ll be looking at rainbow sweets that you can eat in Tokyo! The impact of their vivid colours makes them perfect for an Instagram shot!
LE SHINER (Takeshita Street, Harajuku)
This shop has appeared many times on TV for its Instagram-worthy aesthetics. The pink bear is a real eye-catcher! The exterior is also cute ♡
The shop’s speciality is the rainbow soft serve ice cream. Colourful rainbow ice cream spirals around the base of pink ice cream.
Their colourful menu also includes rainbow cake sticks, rainbow sandwiches and much more!
Further information: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/ja/93444
Totti Candy Factory (Takeshita Street, Harajuku)
Totti Candy Factory has cute petit cakes, cotton candy and much more. There must be so many people who have tried this! Whatever you may have heard about this place, their showstopper is definitely the huge colourful cotton candy!
If you’re looking for a present or souvenir, we recommend you get one in a cup!
The KAWAII MONSTER CAFE is a new famous spot in Harajuku that has attracted many from all over the world.
One of their specialities is the colourful poison parfait, which is a photogenic masterpiece that is topped with ice cream, fruit, and even a piece of roll cake.
There are even rainbow cakes, rainbow pasta dishes, and much more!
Further information: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/ja/64096
LOLA’S Cupcakes (Roppongi, Harajuku)
It is possible to say that LOLA’S Cupcakes are the instigators for the rainbow sweets trend. Their cupcakes may be famous, but their rainbow cakes are also a popular choice!
Seven different colour layers of cake are sandwiched together with buttercream.
A WORKS (Gakugei-daigaku Station)
What makes this cafe appear so Instagram-worthy is its resemblance to a traditional Japanse-style house. In this popular cafe, all the cakes are made by hand. Sales end once all the cakes are gone.
This place has more to offer than just a rainbow-coloured cheesecake — there are also unicorn cakes, Cheshire cat cakes and much more ♡
NEW NEW YORK CLUB (Azabu-Jūban/ Jiyūgaoka station)
This shop was built for those who want to experience and taste New York culture in a New York atmosphere. Their signature treat is the rainbow-coloured bagel. However, they are only available on the weekends!
What are you waiting for? Get your hands on some rainbow sweets!
Mr. Fullswing Manga Celebrates 20th Anniversary With Themed Cafe in Ikebukuro
In celebration of Mr. Fullswing‘s 20th anniversary, Animate are collaborating with the manga series to serve up a themed menu at their own Animate Cafe in Ikebukuro from June 23 to July 26. The entire menu including the meals, drinks, and desserts are all inspired by the series, and fans can get their hands on some exclusive merchandise too.
Mr. Fullswing is a baseball manga series written and illustrated by Shinya Suzuki which was serialised in Weekly Shonen Jump from 2001 to 2006. This year marks 20 years since it was first released.
Menu item names have been translated from Japanese.
A peek at the manga-themed menu
Is That Rice? No, It’s Curry | ¥1,000
Rations From Shiba | ¥1,000
Gou’s Secret Batting Form ~Hachiku~ | ¥800
Sei’s Secret Batting Form ~Utsusemi~ | ¥800
Terrible Tatsuragawa’s Glasses | ¥600
A peek at the merch
CoLotta Acrylic Plate Key Rings | 15 Designs | ¥800 Each
Acrylic Character Key Rings | 14 Designs | ¥800 Each
Acrylic Uniform Key Rings | 14 Designs | ¥650 Each
Campaign to win a free photo card
24 photo cards based on the manga volume front covers
Win a birthday bromide photo
For every ¥2,000 spent at the cafe on menu items or merchandise, customers will receive one free photo card. There is also a birthday campaign being held from July 19 where you can win a free birthday bromide for every ¥2,000 spent.
Mr. Fullswing x Animate Cafe
Running: June 23, 2021 – July 26, 2021
Where: Animate Cafe Ikebukuro 2
Event Details: https://cafe.animate.co.jp/event/mrfullswing2106/
Mizkan Launches Gudetama Egg on Rice Collaboration With Sanrio
10.June.2021 | FOOD
Mizkan launched a social media campaign last Tuesday in collaboration with Sanrio’s popular character Gudetama. As part of the campaign, the lazy egg character is featuring on the packaging for Mizkan’s ‘Tamago Shoyu Tare,’ an egg soy sauce topping for rice. There are eight designs in total, and all limited in stock.
The campaign invites foodies to make their best version of N-TKG, that’s an abbreviation of natto tamago kake gohan, or natto egg on rice. 30 lucky people have the chance to win an original Quo card featuring a Gudetama design. All they need to do is follow Mizkan on Twitter and post their creation along with the Japanese hashtag ＃マイベストNTKG (“My Best NTKG”) while quoting the campaign tweet.
N-TKG Recipe Maker
Mizkan have created a special N-TKG maker where you can make your own digital natto egg on rice. You enter six alphabetical letters which will give you a variety of toppings to creating your own dish. You can then use this as reference for actually making it in real life.
How to Make
1. Enter 6 letters into the recipe maker
2. Make your own original N-TKG using the toppings chosen by the letters you pick
3. Try making the dish yourself!
Submission Period: June 1, 2021 – July 31, 2021
Official Website/N-TKG Recipe Maker: https://mizkan-ntkg.com/
Hetalia World★Stars Themed Cafe to Open at Tower Records
Tower Records has announced a collaboration with the Hetalia World★Stars anime series which will take place at three TOWER RECORDS CAFÉ branches: in Shibuya and Umeda NU Chayamamachi from June 9 and Nagoya Sakae SKYLE from June 22.
The cafe collaboration will see two different menus served across two periods. See the Information section at the bottom for more details.
The cafe collaboration’s main visual
Menu ① Line-Up
Gutentag! Assorted Germany Plate / Dobrý den! Czech Style Goulash / Ahoj! Slovakian Kapustnica Set – ¥1,500 Each (Tax Included)
Buono! Panna Cotta & Tiramisu Set / Anmitsu Parfait – ¥1,300 Each (Tax Included)
Italy’s Bicerin / Germany’s Spezi / Japan’s Matcha Milk / Czech’s Berry Lemonade / Slovakia’s Honey Wine-Style Apple Juice – ¥800 Each (Tax Included)
Menu ② Line-Up
C’est bow! Big Brother’s Special Pot-au-feu / Hello! England’s Meat Pie / Здравствуйте! Our Beef Stroganoff – ¥1,500 Each (Tax Included)
Hi! Hero’s Special Muffins / Hào chī! Sesame Seed Dango & Annin Tofu – ¥1,300 (Tax Included)
America’s Cherry Cola Float / England’s Biscuit Tea / France’s Rose Ginger Ale / Russia’s Varenye Tea / China’s Floral Jasmine Tea – ¥800 Each (Tax Included)
Available in Menus ① and ②
Pochi-kun’s Latte | ¥800 (Tax Included)
Takeout Bottle Drink | ¥972 (Tax Included)
Menu Order Bonus Items
Menu ① Postcard
Menu ② Postcard
Menu ① Business Card Set (3 Included)
Menu ② Business Card Set (3 Included)
Menu ① Sticker (You must book a table in advance to receive)
Menu ② Sticker (You must book a table in advance to receive)
Pins | ¥440 Each or Full Set ¥4,400 (Tax Included)
Key Rings | ¥880 Each (Tax Included)
Mini Character Acrylic Stands | ¥990 Each (Tax Included)
Folder Set (2 Included) | ¥990 (Tax Included)
Acrylic Diorama | ¥3,850 (Tax Included)
Hetalia World★Stars is a manga series by Hidekaz Himaruya that’s serialised in Jump Comics+. In promotion of the new original net anime series which began airing on April 1, Tower Records has teamed up with the popular franchise to create a themed cafe experience with food, drinks, and desserts.
Fans can also get their hands on a selection of cafe-exclusive merchandise featuring their favourite characters including Italy, Germany, America, England, France, Russia, China, Czech, and Slovakia. These items are also available at Tower Records’ online shop in Japan.
Since you have a time limit of 80 minutes to dine at the cafe, you can book a table in advance, which also earns you some freebie merch. Tickets are now available. Additionally, if there is a free table on the day, you can also go straight in. Same-day tickets are available in limited quantities.
Hetalia World★Stars x TOWER RECORDS CAFÉ
TOWER RECORDS CAFE Shibuya
Menu ①: June 9, 2021 – June 21, 2021
Menu ②: June 22, 2021 – July 4, 2021
Address: Tower Records Shibuya (Floor 2F), 1-22-14 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
TOWER RECORDS CAFE Nagoya Sakae SKYLE
Menu ①: June 22, 2021 – June 28, 2021
Menu ②: June 29, 2021 – July 4, 2021
Address: SKYLE (Floor 9F), 3-4-5 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi-ken
TOWER RECORDS CAFE Umeda NU Chayamachi
Menu ①: June 9, 2021 – June 14, 2021
Menu ②: June 15, 2021 – June 20, 2021
Address: NU Chayamachi (Floor 6F), 10-12 Chayamachi, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
*There are two menus available with different food and bonus merch
Buy Merch Online: https://tower.jp/hetalia
*The merch will be available both online and in-store at TOWER RECORDS CAFE Shibuya and Umeda NU Chayamachi on June 9 and subsequently TOWER RECORDS CAFE Nagoya SKYLE on June 22
Receive a Sweet Kiss From Snoopy With PEANUTS Cafe’s New Merchandise Series
Six branches of PEANUTS Cafe in Japan, including PEANUTS Cafe Nakameguro, released a new collection of products and pouches on May 26.
The colourful line-up is made from TPU, a material that’s lightweight, waterproof, and has high wear resistance, making it a convenient pick when a sudden downpour of rain erupts when you’re out.
The collection features a kissing-Snoopy design along with the line “WE’D VOTE SWEETIE!”
TPU Daily Shopper Bags | ¥3,740 Each (Tax Included)
These shopping bags are handy to take out when popping to the shop. They are durable, can fit inside a handbag or other bag, and can carry 5kg of items.
TPU Daily Pouches | ¥1,650 Each (Tax Included)
These zipped pouches are perfect for storing little everyday items like lipstick, earphones, and so on. Since they’re see-through, they’re great for putting cosmetics in when you’re out so you can see exactly what you want to take out. You can even use it for coins and money. Perfect for the summer leisure season too as they’re durable against rain and dirty.
Tyvek x PVC
These bags look like paper – the inside is made from Tyvek and the inside from PVC. These too are water and dirt resistant.
These hour glasses make as beautiful room decorations whether for yourself or as a gift to someone. Sit back and watch the relaxing sand and feel the tiredness of the day slip away.
Triple Pouch Set | ¥2,970 (Tax Included)
A collection of three pouches featuring Flying Ace Snoopy and the Peanuts Gang. Each one is of a different size which you can use for storing various items, like earphones, cords, and so on. You could even use them for bagging up a gift for someone. The pouches also have the PEANUTS Cafe logo on them.
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gelato pique café Begins Serving Desserts Made With American Cherries
gelato pique café is now serving up a selection of three desserts topped with seasonal American cherries. The items are available on the menu until July 15.
American Cherry Crepe: Have In ¥980 / Takeout ¥970
American Cherry Soft Cream: Have In ¥580 / Takeout ¥570
American Cherry Soda: Have In ¥580 / Takeout ¥570 (Photo for illustrative purposes only – served in a takeout cup)
American Cherry Crepe & Soda Set: Have In ¥1,380 / Takeout ¥1,370
Plain Crepe & American Cherry Soda Set: Have In ¥980 / Takeout ¥970
The American Cherry Crepe is filled with sweet and velvety royal milk gelato and seasonal American cherries. The sweetness of the gelato, sour kick of the cherries, and rich chocolate ganache cream make for a tasty combination, complemented by the range of textures including the soft fruit and crunchy granola.
The American Cherry Soft Cream contains a cherry sauce made with fresh cherries – and the whole thing is topped off with a cute cherry.
The beautifully red American Cherry Soda is made completely out of sweet cherries. The cherry syrup adds a gorgeous gradation to the drink as well as a refreshing after taste. There are two ways to enjoy this special drink: as it is, which offers a feeling of refreshment, or mixing the milk-flavoured gelato in for sweetness and creaminess.
AMERICAN CHERRY SPECIAL
Serving: May 25, 2021 – July 17, 2021
Where: gelato pique café (Participating Branches: Atre Ebisu, Lumine Ikebukuro, Mitsui Outlet Park Makuhari, Mitsui Outlet Park Kisarazu, Mitsui Outlet Park Jazz Dream Nagashima, Gotemba Premium Outlets, Mozo Wonder City, Namba Marui, Mitsui Outlet Park Hokuriku Oyabe, Kanazawa Forus, Tamagawa Takashimaya S.C)
*Tamagawa Takashimaya S.C is now serving the soft cream
*Opening hours subject to shortening depending on COVID-19
Official Website: https://pique-cafe.com/
Japan’s Capcom Cafe Releases Ace Attorney Themed Menu
The Capcom Cafe located inside AEON Lake Town in Saitama is now serving up an Ace Attorney themed menu until July 8.
1. Keema Curry | ¥1,738 (Tax Included)
A keema curry inspired by the hoodie worn by Phoenix Wright. It features the Japanese word kurae! (くらえ！) which in the English version of the series is the quote “Take that!”
2. Tonosaman Tacos Plate | ¥1,958 (Tax Included)
A plate of tacos themed on Miles Edgeworth and Steel Samurai, the latter known as Tonosaman in Japanese. It includes two tortillas, one with a picture of Steel Samurai and the other with his name in Japanese.
3. Godot’s Cafe Coffee Break Set | ¥1,408 (Tax Included)
A rich coffee jelly with accompanying biscuits and gateaux chocolate. Based on Godot.
4. Blue Hawaii Parfait | ¥1,408 (Tax Included)
A parfait with motifs of Franziska von Karma. It captures her cool and stylish look. A perfect drink for a hot summer’s day.
5. Chocolate Banana Drink | ¥880 (Tax Included)
A drink inspired by the yukata worn by Maya Fey. Comes with a chocolate banana like the one she is holding in the illustration drawn of her for this cafe collab.
6. Fruit Sangria | ¥880 (Tax Included)
A fruity and refreshing non-alcoholic sangria inspired by Apollo Justice.
7. Rock Soda | ¥880 (Tax Included)
A non-alcoholic cocktail on the rocks inspired by Klavier Gavin. Served with a bottle and glass.
For an extra ¥3,000, customers can get the Kurae! plate as a set with the keema curry
Get some free original novelties
Get a free lunch mat (pictured left above) when you order any dish or dessert or a free coaster (pictured right above) when getting a drink.
And if you spend over ¥3,000 on the cafe menu, you get one of these free postcards.
Fans need to book a table in advance to dine at the Capcom Cafe.
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Ace Attorney Collab Menu
Running: May 21, 2021 – July 8, 2021
Location: Capcom Cafe AEON Lake Town
Address: 4-21-1 Azumacho, Koshigaya, Saitama 343-0826, Japan
Capcom Cafe Official Website: http://www.capcom.co.jp/amusement/capcomcafe/
Japan is home to many official Moomin establishments including the Moomin Shop, Moomin Cafe, and Moomin Stand. Located up and down the country, each brand began the Snufkin Fair on Friday last week.
Moomin Cafe: Snufkin Fair Menu
Camping Feast: Hot Skillet Chicken on the Bone | ¥1,700 (Tax Included)
Camping Feast: Hot Skillet Grilled Salmon | ¥1,700 (Tax Included)
Northern Europe Blueberry Coffee Jelly | ¥550 (Tax Included)
Snufkin Hat Cream Soda | ¥1,100 (Tax Included)
Snufkin Coffee Smoothie | Regular ¥580 – Large ¥700 – 2 Hattifattener Cookies +¥70 (Tax Included)
Snufkin Fair: New Merchandise
Kalita Coffee Mill | ¥9,020 (Tax Included) – Kalita Hasami Ware Dripper | ¥3,850 (Tax Included)
Kalita Vintage Snufkin & Moomin Mugs | ¥1,540 Each (Tax Included)
Kalita Measuring Spoon | ¥1,650 (Tax Included)
Kalita Stock Bag | ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
Wall Mug (Mustard Moomin – Red Little My – Olive Snufkin) | ¥2,200 Each (Tax Included)
Robert Bowling Coffee (Coffee Beans – Coffee Powder) | ¥2,036 Each (Tax Included)
Harmonica Charm (Ivory – Red – Black) | ¥2,310 Each (Tax Included)
Embroidered Handkerchiefs (Snufkin – Hattifatteners – Moomin) | ¥1,100 Each (Tax Included) *Moomin Shop exclusive
Outdoor Snufkin Hat | ¥3,520 (Tax Included) *Moomin Shop exclusive
Polo Shirts (Navy Moomin & Shadow – Black Moominpappa) | Sizes: S, M, L, XL | ¥4,290 Each (Tax Included) *Moomin Shop exclusive
Bonus Items | Left: Moomin Shop, Right: Moomin Cafe (Limited Stock)
The Snufkin Fair is centred on Snufkin, a character who appears in the Moomin series. He’s a wanderer, explorer, and philosopher. The fair is being held at six Moomin Shop branches, three Moomin Cafe branches, 11 Moomin Stand branches, and the Moomin Japan online shop.
At the Moomin Cafe, fans can tuck into one of two camping-style skillet dishes along with some coffee desserts and more. Over at the Moomin Shop, there’s plenty of items to get your hands on including apparel such as polo shirts and hats. There’s even a cafe mill, dripper, vintage mugs, measuring spoons, and more all made in collaboration with Katila which are all available both at Moomin Cafe and Moomin Shop. Roll up to the Moomin Stand for Snufkin and Hattifattener inspired drinks. Have your coffee smoothie topped with some Hattifattener cookies. And if you spend over ¥4,400 on select Snufkin Fair items, you’ll get a free bonus item: a coffee bag-style jute pouch. There are two designs available depending where you spend – at Moomin Shop and Moomin Cafe.
Don’t miss your chance to enjoy some Moomin goodies at the Snufkin Fair this spring.
Running: May 14, 2021
Participating Branches: Tokyo/LUMINE Kita-Senju/Futakotamagawa/LAZONA Kawasaki Plaza/Naogya LACHIC/LUCUA Osaka/Online Shop
Branch List: https://benelic.com/moominshop/
Official Website: https://moomin-shop.jp/
Participating Branches:Tokyo Dome City LaQua/Tokyo Skytree Town Solamachi/Canal City Hakata
Branch List: https://benelic.com/moomin_cafe/
Participating Branches: See Below (11 Branches)
Branch List: https://benelic.com/moominstand/list
Sanrio Character Themed Afternoon Tea and Cafe Items Arrive at EGG & SPUMA
The Shinjuku branch of EGG & SPUMA is now hosting “Sanrio Characters CAFE,” a menu of food and drink themed on Sanrio’s beloved characters. Running until August 31, the cafe has also been decorated in colourful and cute Sanrio designs.
Receive a free coaster with your order
The menu line-up features lots of fruits, including the Cinnamoroll crème brûlée which is served on weekdays only, fruit sandwiches which will include My Melody themed ones this month and June, Hello Kitty and Keroppi ones in July, and Little Twin Stars in August. There’s also fruity jelly and more.
If you’re a Sanrio fan look to indulge a little more, then there is also a two-tiered afternoon tea set. The upper plate includes Kiki & Lala sandwiches, a Keroppi tart, the Cinnamoroll crème brûlée, and more. On the bottom plate there is Hello Kitty apple jelly, My Melody strawberry caprese salad, Kuromi canapé, and so on. There will also be special pancakes and a jelly dessert arriving in June which must be booked in advance.
Which of these Instagram-worthy delights do you want to tuck into?
Sanrio Characters CAFE
Address: EGG & SPUMA Shinjuku Lumine EST (Floor 8F), 3-38-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 160-0022
Running: May 15, 2021 – August 31, 2021
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00 (Last Orders 19:00)
Official Website: http://www.salt-inc.co.jp/egg-and-spuma/
AMAZAKE STAND to Open its Second Branch in Sendai Serving Rice-Malt Sweet Sake
AMAZAKE STAND opened its first branch in Kamakura a year and a half ago as the first store in Japan serving homemade rice-malt amazake sweet sake. The cafe has announced that its second branch will open in Sendai on June 10, 2021. It hopes to promote the delicious taste of amazake to more people and pass it down to the next generation.
Homemade Amazake – Plain (Small Size) | ¥390 (Tax Included)
Strawberry Chocolate Amazake – Blueberry Cheesecake Amazake – Apple Pie Amazake | From ¥600 Each (Tax Included)
Amazake is a great alternative for those who can’t handle the taste of ordinary strong sake. The cafe makes it with koji and rice from Tohoku and offers it in a range of different flavours. All beverages are made without granulated sugar and include a range of ingredients that have beautifying effects on the skin and help with recovering from fatigue such as grape powder, amino acids, and Vitamin B.
AMAZAKE STAND Sendai
Address: Okuda Bldg Floor 3F, 1-6-15 Kokubuncho, Aoba-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi
Access: 3-minutes on foot from Aoba-dori Ichibancho Station / 5-minutes on foot from Hirose-dōri Station
Official Instagram/Opening Hours: https://www.instagram.com/amazake_stand/ (＠amazake_stand)
Enjoy a Cup of High Quality Japanese Tea in the Morning at This New Cafe in Nagoya
Mirume Shinryoku Sabo is a new cafe and tea-lover paradise that opened in Nagoya on May 10, 2021, serving high quality bottled Japanese tea, desserts, and other delicious delights.
Daifuku : Eat-In ¥250 (Tax Included)
Ise Tea Sweet Bean Jelly: Eat-In ¥250 / Store ¥500 (Tax Included)
Ise Tea Cheesecake: Eat-In ¥350 / Store ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
Mirume Shinryoku Sabo is the newest cafe to be opened by Shinryoku Sabo, an award-winning tea company in Mie Prefecture. The cafe’s tea experience includes using a kyuusu, which is a type of small teapot, to brew Isecha green tea. Customers can learn the best way to prepare tea from an in-house instructor of Japanese tea, who will also provide backstory on the tea leaves used. Their deliciously brewed cup can be paired with a variety of desserts like daifuku, maju, cheesecake, and more.
The cafe also sells the “Morning Bottle,” its signature bottled cold-brew tea which is prepared on the day in the early morning. Bottles can be returned to the cafe to be reused, allowing for no waste. Since the tea is cold-brewed, it also contains little caffeine.
Mirume Shinryoku Sabo
Address: 1-36-57 Nagono, Nishi Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 451-0042, Japan
Opening Hours: [8:00-10:00] Morning Bottle only / [11:00-22:00] Cafe & Store
Retro Looking Tram Turns Into Cafe in Fukuoka’s City of Omuta
Tram No. 204, a tram that used to run in the city of Omuta, Fukuoka, has been placed in front of the west entrance of Omuta Station as a symbol and turned into ‘hara harmony coffee,’ a new cafe.
The cafe opened on March 28, 2021.
A little look at the menu
Fruit Sandwiches (Kiwi/Pineapple/Strawberry/Strawberry & Anko)
hara harmony coffee serves coffee, fruit sandwiches, and other items from Coffee Salon Hara, a now-closed cafe that was loved by the people of Omuta for many years. They will also introduce alcohol to the menu as well as a night-time service in the near future. The cafe even sells souvenirs.
Roll up to the retro tram for a nostalgia trip and cup of coffee.
hara harmony coffee
Address: 2-300 Kubotamachi, Omuta, Fukuoka 836-0045, Japan
Opening Hours: 09:00- 18:00
Closed: Tuesdays (or Wednesdays if the Tuesday falls on a national holiday)
Tokyo’s New Museum Cafe is a Haven For Fans of Architecture
Japanese company Banc, which specialises in setting up hotels and other sites, held the grand opening of the new Architecture Cafe Sumika, a new museum/cafe in Shinjuku, Tokyo, on April 28.
A peek inside
A recreation of Fallingwater, a house designed by the architect Frank Lloyd Wright
Painting by chalk artist Misuzu Wakai
Architectural designs recreated at the new museum cafe
Villa Savoye (Le Corbusier)
Fallingwater (Frank Lloyd Wright)
Casa Ligornetto (Mario Botta)
Sky House (Kiyonori Kikutake)
Maison a Bordeaux (Rem Koolhaas)
Malin Residence “chemosphere” (John Lautner)
Eames House (Charles and Ray Eames)
Silver Hat (Toyo Ito)
Fisher House (Louis Kahn)
Mailam House (Paul Rudolph)
The Glass House (Lina Bo Bardi)
Steel House (Kengo Kuma)
A little look at the menu
<Miho Chef Chocolatier> Premium Gateau Chocolate: ¥1,200 / Raw Marble Chocolate: ¥1,000 / Raw Dami Chocolate ¥450
<Ten no Ya> Egg Sandwich: ¥750
Architecture Cafe Sumika aim sto be a cosy space for architecture lovers who can enjoy thinking about their ideal home, talking about their favourite architect, and thinking about how architecture changes with the times. The cafe has recreated 12 architectural marvels from 12 different renowned architects, each at which sits at a different table.
The cafe, which is located in Shinjuku Sanchome, employs a spacious cafe area with high ceilings that can be enjoyed by both lovers of architects and cafe enthusiasts where they can relax with a cup of tea, coffee, a soft drink, or even alcohol, the latter of which is served at bar hours from 18:00, completely changing the atmosphere into a night museum. There’s also a tasty food menu to tuck into.
If you’re looking to speak to someone about architecture and real estate, Architecture Cafe Sumika also houses its own resident experts. Customers can also enjoy a range of other works by architects and interior designers.
In celebration of the cafe’s opening, a competition is being held to create a jungle gym for children where entrees can win cash prizes, the top being ¥300,000. More details below.
Architecture Cafe Sumika
Address: 6th Sanwa Bldg Floor 4F, 3-6-7 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: Cafe 10:00-18:00 / Bar 18:00-04:00 (Last Orders 03:00)
No Fixed Holidays
Official Website: https://sumika-shinjuku.com/
1st Architect Contest
Submission Period: June 20, 2021 – June 27, 2021
Winner Announcement: June 28, 2021
Winning Work Display Period: July 1, 2021 – August 30 2021
Submission Entry: Children’s Jungle Gym
Size: Max 60cm x 60cm x 40cm
Cash Prizes: Winner ¥300,000 (1 Person) / Runner-Ups ¥100,000 (7 People)
Submissions: Must be made by June 19, 2021
How Winners Are Selected: Entrants will be posted on the cafe’s official Instagram – the most popular from the votes will be selected