BT21 Collaboration Cafés to Open in Omotesando, Shinjuku & Shinsaibashi

22.June.2018 | FOOD / SPOT

BT21 is a character brand made in collaboration with LINE FRIENDS and BTS, a South Korean boy band.

 

It’s been announced that the brand will get its own themed cafes in Omotesando, Shinjuku and Shinsaibashi serving food inspired by each character in BT21.

CHIMMY YELLOW CAFE  ¥2,090(tax exclude)

TATA BURGER  ¥1,990(tax excluded)

MANG DANCE STEW RICE  ¥2,190(tax excluded)

KOYA PARFAIT  ¥1,590(tax excluded)

COOKY PROTEIN PANCAKE  ¥1,990(tax excluded)

RJ COTTON CANDY DESSERT  ¥1,690(tax excluded)

SHOOKY CHOCOLATE FONDUE  ¥1,690(tax excluded)

VAN SPACE PLATE ¥2,290(tax excluded)

BT21 DRINKS ¥790(tax excluded) 

 

They also plan to sell original merchandise you can’t get anywhere else.

If you want to go any of the cafes, you need to sign up in advance for a chance to be selected from a lottery draw. As a bonus for signing up (and being chosen), you can receive a sticker randomly selected from a possible 8 designs.

Additionally, if you order from the drink’s menu, you’ll get a coaster selected from a possible 6.

 

Registration is now open, so you’d best be quick if you want to go!

 

■Information

Registration Windows:

Tokyo (Omotesando, Shinjuku): June 20, 2018 – June 25, 2018

Osaka (Shinsaibashi): June 29, 2018 – July 3, 2018

 

Tokyo Café Locations

 

Omotesando – OMOTESANDO BOX CAFE&SPACE

Address: Pine Under Flat B1F, 5-13-2 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

Open: July 20, 2018 – September 2, 2018

 

Shinjuku – SHINJUKU BOX CAFE&SPACE

Address: Shinjuku Southern Terrace, 2-2-1 Yoyogi, Shinjuku, Tokyo

Open: July 26, 2018 – September 2, 2018

 

Osaka Location

Shinsaibashi – contact

Address: 1-6-24 Kitahorie, Nishi-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka Prefecture

Open: July 20, 2018 – September 2, 2018

 

Reservations: Made via the official café website

Reservation Price: ¥650 (Pre-Tax)

Reservation Bonus: Stickers (randomly selected from 8)

Drink Menu Bonus: Order from the drink’s menu to receive a coaster randomly selected from a possible 6.

Official Website: https://box-cafe.jp

 

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    The flagship LINE FRIENDS character merchandise stores has just re-opened in Harajuku Zero Gate.

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    There are currently 100 LINE FRIENDS stores open worldwide, stocking merchandise from popular LINE stamp characters such as Brown, Choco and Cony.

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    Upon arriving at LINE FRIENDS, you’ll also be greeted by a giant plush of Brown the bear.

     

    Head to LINE FRIENDS and get your hands on some super cute merch!

     

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    LINE FRIENDS Flagship Store in Harajuku

    Address: 4-31-12 Shibuya, Tokyo

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    No Fixed Holidays.

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    31.May.2018 | Uncategorized

    The Pompompurin Cafe is inspired by one of Sanrio‘s most popular characters, a Golden Retriever named Pompompurin. Two of its branches―in Harajuku and Umeda―are being hit with the second collaboration with another popular character from the company, Keroppi the frog. Check out the first one coming in July here.

    The second collaboration will run from June 12 to August 31 and will see the return of a certain menu from March this year which was praised as being ‘way too cute.’

     けろっぴ ポムポムプリン キーマカレー

    Sleeping Together♪ Keema Curry

    Price: ¥1,390 + Tax

    This relaxing-looking keema curry has both characters sleeping soundly under a blanket made of egg.

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    Mug Jambalaya w/ 4 Coloured Tomatoes

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    Floating at the Sea♪ Rubber Ring Doughnuts

    Price: ¥1,190 + Tax

    For dessert, doughnuts made to look like the rubber rings that you take to the beach. There’s whipped cream and the characters are coated with chocolate.

     けろっぴ ポムポムプリン パフェ

    Beach Vacation Tropical Parfait

    Price: ¥1,250 + Tax

    This delicious parfait is made with two different kinds of jelly and whipped yogurt, fruit and is topped with parasols for that summertime vibe.

     けろっぴ ポムポムプリン ランチョンマット

    Customers who dine at the Pompompurin Cafe in either Harajuku or Umeda while this collaboration is going on will receive a lunch mat with an original design. Those who order from the collaborative menu will also receive a postcard with an original design, and a coaster if you order a drink. Keep in mind that supplies are limited, so you’d best get there quick.

     

    Head to the Pompompurin Cafe this summer and cool yourself with one of the refreshing items on the new Pompompurin and Keroppi menu!

    ■Information
    Pompompurin Cafe Harajuku
    Address: CUTE CUBE HARAJUKU 3F, 1-7-1 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
    Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 (Food Last Orders 20:00 / Drinks Last Orders 20:30)
    Access: 3-minutes on foot from the Takeshita Exit at Harajuku Station
    TEL: 03-5786-0770

     

    Pompompurin Cafe Umeda
    Address: Hankyu Sanbangai South Wing B2F, 1-1-3 Shibata, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi
    Opening Hours:
    – 10:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:30) Until March 27th
    – After March 28th 11:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:30)
    – Weekends & Holidays 10:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:30)
    Access: 3-minutes from Osaka Station via JR
    TEL: 06-6292-7140

     

    Website: http://pompom.createrestaurants.com

     

  • Join Gudetama in Space at the Gudetama Café Opening in Ikubukuro on June 26

    16.June.2018 | Uncategorized

    The new Gudetama Café will open in Ikebukuro from June 26 to September 4, themed entirely around Gudetama, one of Sanrio’s most popular characters.

     

    The concept behind the café is Gudetama launching into to space to celebrate his 5th anniversary. The menu too will take on this theme – Gudetama in space – offering plenty of unique items perfect for Instagram feeds.

    Gudelien Mars Pasta – ¥1,390 + Tax

    Nicknamed ‘Gudelian’ (Gudetama + Alien), we have a mysterious mashed potato Gudetama embarking to Mars with his a tomato sauce body and red paprika legs.

     

    GUFO – ¥1,390 + Tax

    The GUFO, or Gudetama Unidentified Flying Object. Here we have Gudetama made from egg, monaka and mini tomatoes floating atop mousse-like purple sweet potato. Hidden underneath is tomato flavoured pho.

     

    Gudetama’s Butt Discovery! Black Curry – ¥1,190 + Tax

    Gudetama’s butt has become a huge star centered in the middle of a black curry. Nisetama-san marks his discovery with a flag. Orbiting the giant butt are meatballs, cabbage and mushrooms.

     

    Zero Gravity Gudetama Burger – ¥1,290 + Tax

    This dessert is made to look like a burger, with an apricot Gudetama, mango custard, chocolate ice cream, strawberry sauce and French toast.

     

    Black Hole Jar Parfait – ¥1,190 + Tax

    The icing on the doughnut creates a galaxy design. Inside the jar is chocolate sponge cake, blackcurrant, mint cream, berries, chocolate ice cream and more.

     

    Gudetama Planet Tea – ¥990 + Tax

    When you pour the herbal butterfly pea tea over the giant cotton candy Gudetama, something mysterious happens… Add the peach syrup to add another refreshing layer to the taste. Perfect for the season.

     

    Gudetama Lightbulb Soda – ¥850 Each + Tax

    Choose from three flavours: strawberry, mango or blue Hawaii. You can take the lightbulb bottles away with you too.

     

    Customers who dine in the café will receive an original novelty present. Those who eat there will also get a fan, and those who order a drink will get a coaster. Each item will discontinue once all are sold.

     

    Join Gudetama on his mission to space at the Gudetama Café in Ikebukuro.

     

    ■Information

    Gudetama Café – Ikebukuro

    Address: Gourmet Stadium II, Seibu Ikebukuro Main Store 8F, 1-28-1 Minami Ikebukuro, Toshima, Tokyo

    Running: June 26, 2018 – September 4, 2018

    Opening Hours: 11am-11pm (Open from 10:30am on weekends & holidays)

    *Last Food Orders: 9:30pm / Last Drink Orders 10pm

    No fixed holidays except where Seibu Ikebukuro is closed.

    TEL: 03-5949-5675

    (c)2013, 2018 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO.S590710

     

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    *All listed merchandise items include tax

    *Photos are for illustrative purposes only

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  • The New Prince of Tennis Themed Cafes to Open in Akihabara & Osaka

    04.November.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    The Akihabara (Tokyo) and Nanbasennichimae (Osaka) branches of the Sega Collabo Cafe are set to collaborate with the TV anime series The New Princess of Tennis from December 6.

    Fans can look forward to tucking into food, drinks and desserts inspired by characters in the series. There will also be exclusive Sega Collabo Cafe merchandise on sale in collaboration with the series, as well as other goodies like an original coaster which you get when ordering a drink.

     

    The collaboration will run from December 6, 2019 to January 26, 2020. During that time, there will be three different slots, each featuring different menu options.

     

    Drinks Menu (All 3 Periods) – ¥600 Each (Before Tax)

    ・Seigaku

    ・Hyoutei

    ・Rikkaidai

    ・Higa

    ・Shitenhoji

     

    *Photo is for illustrative purposes only. May differ from actual product.

     

    Food Menu – ¥1,200 Each (Before Tax)

    Slot ①: December 6, 2019 – December 20, 2019

    ・Taka-san’s Specially-Made Mille-Feuille Sushi

    ・Higa Soba

     

    Slot ②: December 21, 2019 – January 10, 2020

    ・Invincible Rikkaidai Soy Ramen

    ・Ryoma’s American SABA Burger

     

    Slot ③: January 11, 2020 – January 26, 2020

    ・Hyoutei Truffle Pasta

    ・Okonomiyaki

     

    Only one of each of these dishes will be sold each day per slot, and it will be determined by whichever is ordered during the first order of that day.

     

    Dessert Menu – ¥1,000 Each (Before Tax)

    Slot ①: December 6, 2019 – December 20, 2019

    ・Hyoutei’s Victory Parfait

    ・Shitenhoji Parfait

     

    Slot ②: December 21, 2019 – January 10, 2020

    ・Higa Parfait
    ・Karupin Parfait

     

    Slot ③: January 11, 2020 – January 26, 2020

    ・Seigaku Parfait

    ・Rikkaidai Parfait

     

    Food, Drink & Dessert Menu Bonus Items

    For every meal, drink or dessert ordered at the cafe, customers will receive an original coaster. Designs are given randomly, and there are 11 different ones for each slot as pictured above in respective order.

     

    Sega Collabo Cafe Exclusive Merchandise

    Releasing: December 6, 2019

    Hologram Pin Badges (11 Designs) – ¥500 Each (Before Tax)

    Superdeformed Pin Badges (11 Designs) – ¥400 Each (Before Tax)

     

    There is much more merchandise for fans to get their hands on too. Both cafes are reservation-only, so book your table now on the official website below.

     

    ©Takeshi Konomi / Shueisha・NAS・The New Prince of Tennis Project

    ©SEGA

  • The Pompompurin Cafe’s New Autumn Dessert Will Warm & Fill You Up

    26.October.2019 | Uncategorized

    If you’ve not yet been to the Pompompurin Cafe, or this is your first time hearing about itーthemed entirely on Sanrio’s popular character Pompompurinーthen their two new menu items, available this autumn for the entire month of November, is sure to pull you in.

     

    As the leaves turn red and gold and people order pumpkin spiced lattes for takeout, the Harajuku, Yokohama and Umeda branches of the Pompompurin Cafe want to get in on the autumnal action too. So they have created a special chicken stew and fruit gratin, served as colourful as the season itself is and perfect during any time of the day when your belly is calling for nutrition.

    Chicken Brown Stew: Strolling Along While Looking at the Autumn Colours – ¥1,290 (Before Tax)

    This chicken stew features Pompompurin and his best friend and hamster Muffin. The dish depicts a scene of both of them strolling and getting along while looking at the autumn leaves. Purin is made from rice and sits inside the rich stew while a mashed potato Muffin perches on top of him wearing his hat.  They are surrounded by carrots and other veggies made to look like the vibrant leaves of Japan’s maple and ginkgo trees.

    Fruit Gratin: Hot Spring Warm-Up – ¥1,090 (Before Tax)

    If you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth but also want to warm up then look no further than at Pompompurin and Muffin relaxing together in the hot spring that is this fruit gratin dessert. Purin is made from pumpkin flavoured ice cream while Muffin is of the vanilla kind. They are warming themselves up in a fruit-packed custard cream sauce. The fruit is drizzled in sauce and cooked to make the fruit even sweeter and intensify its flavour. Did you see the cute towels on their heads too? Many people do this in Japan when getting into the hot spring (or “onsen”), and you might have seen it if you watch anime too.

     

    The fall fun doesn’t stop there however, as all people who dine at the cafe will receive the lunch mat pictured below, and everyone who orders a drink will get a coaster. Available while supplies last.

    Lunch Mat (3 Designs)


    Coaster (1 Design)

     

    Stay warm while its cold at the Pompompurin Cafe this autumn.

     

    ©1996, 2019 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO.S602780

  • Experiencing Japan: Dining at Denkiya Hall in Asakusa Wearing a Retro and Antique Kimono

    25.October.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Hi, MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON readers! Banako here again from the MOSHI MOSHI Friends group.

     

    I have a question to ask you all. If you’ve been to Japan, did you ever dress up in a kimono or yukata to go sightseeing? It’s become common to see not only Japanese people, but foreign travellers and tourists clad in traditional Japanese ware snapping photos in the country’s historical locations. Dressing up in a kimono and walking the streets really immerses you in that Japanese spirit and transforms your experience entirely.

     

    I visited kesatokyo in Asakusa which rents out kimono that are somewhat different from the norm, got myself a kimono, and took a trip to Denkiya Hall, a long-standing cafe in Asakusa.

    Denkiya Hall is located along Senzoku-dori Shopping Street which is a 10-minute walk from the Tsukuba Express side of Asakusa Station. The street is quiet and peaceful since it’s away from the hustle and bustle of the station front.

    The kimono at kesatokyo are renowned through the town as they give off cute retro-antique vibes with their combination of things like lace necks, head dresses and berets.

     

    You can get some romantic co-ords which you won’t find with other kimono by matching with your friend in terms of design and accessories. I headed into the cafe excited with my kimono choice which matches the old-fashioned design of the cafe exterior.

    A standout feature of this cafe is that some of the tables have arcade games attached to them. If there’s a free seat at one of them, pick your favourite-looking, slot in a coin and start playing! Be sure to ask the staff to switch it on for you beforehand.

    While gazing through the nostalgic games, I ordered the cafe’s popular omumaki (¥700) and cream soda (¥650) while my friend got hot cakes.

    Stuffed and wrapped inside the omelette is a hearty serving of fried noodles. The noodles themselves are on the thicker side and have a rich seasoning like that from the Showa period. You can also pick between different noodles.

    The cream soda had deliciously sweet syrup and vanilla ice cream inside it.

    Your kimono will match the atmosphere of the cafe really well, so you can take some really great pictures at any time.

    Denkiya Hall opened over 100 years ago and incorporates styles from three different historical periods: Meiji, Taisho and Showa, giving it a nostalgic feeling.

    Another one of Denkiya Hall’s specialities is their boiled adzuki, the perfect treat to warm yourself up as the weather gets colder.

     

    It was fun strolling around Asakusa after our cafe visit, as well as searching for more modern towns like Ginza and Omotesando.

     

    We returned our kimono to kesatokyo at 18:40, right before the final return time. The basic rental plan for one person is ¥6,050 and it even includes hair styling! You can make reservations either via DMs on the store’s official Instagram or by telephone. You’re certain to get a reply on Instagram so it’s recommended going that route. The shop has more details on their plans on their website.

     

    Wearing a beautiful kimono and warming up inside a cafe during wintertime. How does that sound?

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