KAWAII MONSTER CAFE Collaborates with Anime Series Captain Tsubasa

23.June.2018 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD / SPOT

The KAWAII MONSTER CAFE in Harajuku has been holding an out-the-box collaborative campaign since last year under the name “Dream Collaboration Cafe.” As part of the campaign, the cafe it teaming up with ongoing anime series Captain Tsubasa from June 26 to July 13 as a way to promote Japan’s anime culture to both Japanese people and foreigners.

 

They will serve up a Captain Tsubasa themed menu, hand out novelty items related to the series and put up life-sized cardboard cutouts.

This year is a special year for soccer which comes once every four years. Harajuku is about to get in on the excitement with this special collaboration.

The menu will include dishes inspired by the characters of Captain Tsubasa. Those who order from the menu will receive an original limited-edition novelty present.

Menu

Nankatsu Golden Combi Burger – ¥1,680

BLACK Tako Rice – ¥1,200

Colourful Rainbow Pasta ~Red Cap~ – ¥1,450

Captain Tsubasa x Colourful Pop Macaron Ice Cream – ¥850 each

Ball wa Tomodachi! Colourful Tart – ¥950

SGGK Strawberry Mousse – ¥900

Captain Tsubasa x Fruity Heavenly ~Fruit Mix~ – ¥800 each

*Prices listed are pre-tax.

 

The KAWAII MONSTER CAFE will take these seven menu items themed centred around Captain Tsubasa and add their colourful twist to them. There’ll also be cute desserts and drinks to choose from, meaning plenty of photo opportunities.

Fans of Captain Tsubasa won’t want to miss out on this very special collaboration!

 

■Information

KAWAII MONSTER CAFE Harajuku
Address: YM Square Bldg. 4F, 4-31-10 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Access: 5-minutes on foot Harajuku Station via JR / 1-minutes on foot from Meiji-Jigumae Station via Chiyoda Line and Fukutoshin Line
TEL/FAX: 03-5413-6142/03-5413-6143

 

Opening Hours
Weekdays & Saturday:
[Lunch] 11:30-16:30 (last entry 15:30 / last orders 16:00 – 90 min stay max)
[Dinner] 18:00-22:30 (last orders 22:00)

Sundays & Holidays:
11:00-20:00 (last orders 19:30)

*During busy times, a may stay time of 2 hours may be implemented.

 

KAWAII MONSTER CAFE: http://kawaiimonster.jp

Portal Site ‘Ball wa Tomodachi’: http://ball-ha-tomodachi.com

Captain Tsubasa 2018: http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/captaintsubasa2018/

 

©Yoichi Takahashi / Shueisha・Captain Tsubasa 2018

 

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    © & TM Lucasfilm Ltd.

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    Chocomoo Interview

     

    “I’ve loved drawing ever since I was a kid. I’d draw in notebooks, sketchbooks. When I went to New York for the first time, too, I kept a sketch diary and would draw in the park. I was later asked by a guy who managed a gallery if I’d put my work on at his site.”

     

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    “When I create a piece, I incorporate a lot of positive words into it in the hopes that it lifts people up.”

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    This will be Chocomoo’s biggest exhibition. She is currently working on new material and looking into the details of the exhibition. Speaking about it, she said: “I want to try evolving in a way that’s me. I’m aiming to stimulate the people who come to see my work in a different kind of way.”

    She also commented on the ‘OUR SECRET PARTY’ part of the exhibition title. “It’s an exhibition of my work, but I want everyone to enjoy it like they would a party. There’s also new things to be discovered which you won’t no about unless you visit, so I put ‘secret’ in there.”

     

    Chocomoo was asked to give a comment on her future plans and goals. She said, with a smile: “I want to steadily keep doing what I’m best at without changing what I already have, but I also want my work to reach lots of children too. I’d be happy for them to colour in my work, and I want to challenge myself to making some kind of video format aimed at kids. After that, since I’ve already painted a car, I want to go bigger and paint an aeroplane!”

     

    Interview/Original Text: Naho Sotome (五月女菜穂)

    Photos: 大黒屋 Ryan 尚保

    English Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

     

    As Chocomoo looks to expand her portfolio and reach, we look forward to seeing what she has in store for her exhibition in Harajuku.

     

    ©2020 Chocomoo

  • Tokyo’s MARUKO & COJICOJI CAFE Food Menu is Just Too Kawaii to Eat

    19.January.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD / SPOT

    Fans of Japanese mangaka Momoko Sakura won’t be able to resist the new MARUKO & COJICOJI CAFE which is set to open at Sunday Brunch in Tokyo on January 31, 2020 for six months. It’s collaboration between the manga series Chibi Maruko-chan and Coji-Coji, both by Momoko Sakura.

    The cafe is opening to promote the release of the Chibi-Maruko-chan and Coji-Coji picture book. Customers can look forward to joining the two characters on their adventures as they are vividly recreated on their plates, with food and drink inspired by the beautiful scenes seen throughout the four seasons, cherry blossoms, Mount Fuji, and more. The menu line-up is an homage to Momoko Sakura’s iconic work.

     

    Today, we finally get to take a peek at what’s on the menu at the cafe. Keep in mind this is just a small selection of what will be served.

    *Menu item names are translated from Japanese

    Homage Menu: Coji-Coji Came To Visit- ¥1,850 (Before Tax)

    Both Marko-chan and Coji-Coji are made from cookies and are flying through the air together. Below them is Mount Fuji, made from rice and adorned with cherry blossoms. It’s sat in a lake of cod roe cream sauce littered with tea leaves.

    Summer Menu: King of Sun Kingdom – ¥2,000 (Before Tax)

    Enjoy this healthy keema curry packed full of nutritious vegetables as well as a piece of French toast made from fresh eggs and milk. The individual suns are made from pumpkin flavoured mashed potato, while the two pals have written a letter that says “To the King.”

    Winter Menu: Three’s Company – ¥1,880 (Before Tax)

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    Sweets: Coji-Coji Came to Visit Baked Cheese Cake – 1 Slice w/Drink ¥1,380 (Before Tax)

    This baked cheese cake celebrates the two’s meeting. You get one slice which will contain Mount Fuji and either Maruko-chan or Coji-Coji. Which will you be given?

    Sweets: A Chat in the Cold Morning Chocolate Cake – 1 Slice w/Drink ¥1,380 (Before Tax)

    Layered with sumptuous mango custard cream, this cute gateaux chocolate cake is moist and delicious.

    Parfait Drink: Onigiri People & Star Festival – ¥1,700 (Before Tax)

    Inspired by the Milky Way in the Tanabata festival, this parfait drink includes jelly under which hides an assortment of fruits, cream, and vanilla ice cream. The juice itself has a squirt of cheese cream in it too.

    Special Drink: What’s The Rainbow Invitation? – ¥980 (Before Tax)

    A glass of lemonade that comes with a cafe-exclusive charm. There’s jelly inside the glass which dances and sparkles as you stir.

     

    The cafe itself will also be decorated in picture book art in the form of tapestries and other things. There will also be a display of Momoko Sakura’s work, as well as Maruko-chan and Coji-Coji merchandise up for sale.

     

    ©️Momoko Sakura ©️Sakura Production

  • Akihabara’s popular maid Café @Home Cafe Teams up with Hello Kitty

    08.January.2020 | FOOD / SPOT

    Akihabara’s popular maid café @Home Cafe is partnering up with the world’s favourite Sanrio character Hello Kitty, creating a beautiful collaboration café that will open on January 21 and run for a limited time. The new café will see a new original menu, café-limited goods and much more.

    @Home Cafe collaborated with Sanrio characters My Melody and Cinnamoroll in 2018, and with Pompompurin in 2019. Each year, the collaboration café was very popular. As 2020 marks the year of the Tokyo 2020 Games, Sanrio has stepped up their game, sending in their legendary Hello Kitty to the café to ensure that 2020 is celebrated to the max.

    The collaboration café features illustrations of Hello Kitty and her twin sister Mimmy dressed as maids and serving customers in the café. The collaboration café will see the walls dressed in pink and yellow gingham checkered patterns and lots of sweet and cute illustrations.

    Hello Kitty’s KAWAII ♡ Pink Curry (Comes with Certificate Card): ¥1,400

    Hello Kitty and Mimmy’s Moe Moe Ribbon Pasta Plate: ¥1,300

    Hello Kitty’s Lovely Sandwich with Sweet and Sour Soup: ¥1,300

    Hello Kitty’s Moe Moe Parfait: ¥1,000 Mimmy’s Kyun Kyun Parfait: ¥1,000

    Bright Red Apple Okyumuka Cake: ¥1,000

    As the café’s main theme is “moe” (feeling of strong affection),  Hello Kitty and Mimmy are sure to enhance your moe experience to the max.

    Masters and mistresses who visit the café will also be presented with one of two designs of free collaboration placemat.

    There are three varieties of original drink coasters at the café too. Masters and mistresses who order a drink will be given one for free.

    Lunch Tote Bag: ¥1,500

    Acrylic Keyings (Three Varieties): ¥600 Each

    The café is also full of a wide range of collaboration merchandise so make sure to check them out after filling up on some delicious kawaii food.

    The maids at the café will also be wearing original Hello Kitty and Mimmy-themed maid outfits that you just cannot miss if you are a Hello Kitty fan.

     

    *All prices stated above are prices before tax.

    *The English names of the dishes and merchandise mentioned above have been translated.

    ©1976,2020 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO.S603899

  • 6 Popular Character Collaboration Cafés to Open in January 2020

    01.January.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Every month, Japan sees numerous collaboration cafés opening all over the country featuring the world’s most favourite characters, artists and much more. We’ve summed up the ones to look out for in January 2020.

     

    Cafe de Perochi with Seven Days War, Shinjuku

    To celebrate the anime film Seven Days War which premiered on December 13, a themed café opened at EJ Anime Theater in Shinjuku, Tokyo. The café opened in collaboration with popular creator Pantovisco who has over 680,000 followers across his social media.

     The cute menu line-up features Seven Days War-inspired food and desserts with Perochi and his friends joining in with the fun. There’s also a drinks menu with a line-up of colourful beverages and lattes which you can get various latte art drawings on.

     

    Cafe de Perochi with Seven Days War

    Running: December 13, 2019 – January 12, 2020

    Location: EJ Anime Theater Shinjuku Floor 5F (Shinjuku Bunka Bldg., 3-13-3 Shinjuku, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo)

    Official Website: http://7dayswar.jp/

    More Information: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/280643

     

    BT21 Café, Shibuya, Tokyo and Abeno, Osaka

    The BT21 collaboration café is currently running for the fifth time. The café opened in Shibuya, Tokyo and Abeno, Osaka on November 21, 2019 and will close on January 13, 2020. This there are more BT21 family members and friends featuring in the foods and drinks as part of the BT21 UNIVERSE series’ first-ever menu. There is lots of menu and café-limited merchandise to get your hands on too. 

    Korean Burger: ¥1,490

    Double Yangnyeom Chicken Rice: ¥1,490

     

    BT21  Café, Shibuya, Tokyo Abeno, Osaka

    Location: Shibuya BOX CAFE&SPACE (Shibuya BOX109)

    Running: November 21, 2019 to January 13, 2020
    *Closed January 1

     

    BT21  Café, Abeno, Osaka

    Location: Abeno, Abeno contact

    Running: November 21, 2019 – January 13, 2020
    Official Website: https://www.bt21.com/relations

     

    Devil May Cry 5 x Capcom Cafe Ikebukuro

    The Capcom Cafe is collaborating with the action-adventure hack and slash video game Devil May Cry 5 once again at the Ikebukuro, Tokyo branch from December 5, 2019 to January 15, 2020.

    Devil Breaker “Overture” Potato – ¥880 (Before Tax)

    Demon World Mont Blanc – ¥980 (Before Tax)

    The cafe will feature various menu items and merchandise that was sold at the Laketown branch of Capcom Cafe, as well as new meals, drinks and even more merchandise.

     

     Devil May Cry 5 x Capcom Cafe Ikebukuro

    Running: December 5, 2019 – January 15, 2020

    Address: Capcom Cafe Ikebukuro, 1-30-3 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00 (Last Orders: 21:00)

    Official Website: http://www.capcom.co.jp/amusement/capcomcafe/ikebukuro/

    More Information: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/276074

     

    Pokémon Sword and Shield: Nihombashi, Tokyo and Shinsaibashi, Osaka

    The Tokyo (Nihonbashi) and Osaka (Shinsaibashi) branches of the Pokémon Cafe are releasing their second batch of menu items in collaboration with Pokémon Sword and Shield which will be served between January 18 and March 19 next year.

    Weezing’s Chemical Change Gas Pancakes – ¥1,628

    Morpeko’s Hungry W Sauce Omurice – ¥1,628

    Pokémon Sword and Shield was released on Nintendo Switch on November 15 so if you’re a Pokémon fan in Japan, this is the perfect way to celebrate.

     

     Pokémon Sword and Shield

     Pokémon Cafe (Nihombashi, Tokyo)

    Address: Nihombashi Takashimaya SC East Bldg. 5F, 2-1-2 Nihombashi, Chuo Ward, Tokyo

    Business Hours: 10:00-22:00

    No Fixed Holidays (Except when Nihombashi Takashimaya SC is closed)

    Reservations: https://www.pokemoncenter-online.com/cafe/reservation.html

     

    Pokémon Cafe (Shinsaibashi, Osaka)

    Address: Daimaru Shinsaibashi Honkan 9F, 1-7-1 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture

    Business Hours: 10:00-21:30

    No Fixed Holidays (Except when Daimaru Shinsaibashi is closed)

    Reservations: https://www.pokemoncenter-online.com/cafe/reservation.html

    More Information: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/283263

     

    Korilakkuma Cafe: another me in the mirror, Harajuku

    “Korilakkuma Cafe: another me in the mirror” opened in Japan’s hub of kawaii culture Harajuku on December 21 and will run until March 22 next year. The cafe is the perfect spot to relax with Korilakkuma and be entertained by projection mapping.

    Table Projection Mapping Seats: ¥2,500 per person (Before Tax)

    Twin Korilakkuma Strawberry Milk – ¥990

    The cafe incorporates “interactive tabletop projection mapping” technology developed by Sony, which allows customers to enjoy their meals while playing together with the characters as they walk around their plates and tables.

     

    Korilakkuma Cafe: another me in the mirror

    Running: December 21, 2019 – March 22, 2020 (Not running December 30, 2019 to January 3, 2020)

    Location: HARAJUKU AR BOX -table projection mapping cafe- (4-28-28 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo)

    Official Website: https://korilakkumacafe.jp/

    More Information: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/284456

     

    MARUKO&COJICOJI CAFE, Ginza

     The MARUKO & COJICOJI CAFE is set to open in Marronnier Gate Ginza, Tokyo on January 31, 2020 where it will run until July 31. It is a collaboration between the manga series Chibi Maruko-chan and Coji-Coji, both by Momoko Sakura. The cafe is opening to promote the release of the Chibi-Maruko-chan and Coji-Coji dream collaboration picture book. Customers can look forward to joining the two characters on their adventures as they are vividly recreated on their plates.

     

    MARUKO & COJICOJI CAFE

    Location: Sunday Brunch, Marronnier Gate Ginza 1 Floor 4F (2-2-14 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo)

    Running: January 31, 2020 – July 31, 2020 (Subject to change)

    Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00

    Reservations: Opening on the official website from mid-January 2020

    More Information: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/284763

     

     

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