Chow down on a cute menu at Rilakkuma Town Cafe! Coming soon to Abeno Q’s Mall, Osaka ♡
This year marks the 15th anniversary for Rilakkuma. The Rilakkuma Town Cafe (リラックマタウンカフェ) that was a great success earlier this year in spring is making a comeback in Osaka this summer! The cafe will be open at DELASOUL CHARBON in Abeno Q’s Mall from Friday 31st August and will close on the national holiday Monday 8th October.
Citron Melon Cream Soda — (￥990 + tax)
Three-coloured Rilakkuma Stew — (￥1,490 +tax)
Korilakkuma’s Fluffy Curry Udon — (￥1,190 +tax)
From the Citron Melon Cream Soda to the Three-coloured Rilakkuma Stew and Korilakkuma’s Fluffy Curry Udon, the Osaka-limited edition menu is full of photogenic treats!
Cafe-limited clear file — (￥350 +tax)
Cafe-limited acrylic keyring — (2 designs available,￥600 each)
The cafe is also selling limited edition goods specifically designed for this occasion, including clear files, keyrings and much more!
A special gift will be presented to those who make advanced reservations — an extra large badge with an original design (one of three designs will be chosen at random and presented to you)
This special gift will be presented to customers who dine without reservations — an original lunch mat (one of four designs will be selected at random)
You can reserve your spot at the Rilakkuma Town Cafe. For those of you who do, you will receive an original large badge as a thank you. Those of you who turn up without making a reservation will receive a lunch mat with an original design. If you order one item off the special menu, you will also receive an original postcard! For all free giveaways, the designs presented to you will be chosen at random. Which design will you receive? You’ll have to wait and see! ♪
Let’s celebrate Rilakkuma’s 15th anniversary together! ♪ Don’t forget to reserve in advance!
Let’s check out the menus of cafés located in Arashiyama, Kyoto”Japanese style x Rilakkuma”
A Japanese style café created under the theme of “Wa×Rilakkuma” “Arashiyama Rilakkuma Sabo” will be opened in Arashiyama, Kyoto. The opening ceremony will be held on the 28th of October (Sat.) from 10:30.
A take-out shop that offers desserts and drinks, dessert/food shop which introduces the concept of the café “honey” and Japanese style collaborative sundries created using the ideas of the Japanese style small goods series, Nishijinori (traditional crafts of Kyoto) and Shimizuyaki (a bowl/vessel making brand in Japan). A goods shop that offers many Rilakkuma licensed goods and limited products will be sold too. Moreover, the backyard has an eat-in-space and is a suitable area to take photos.
Various drink menus, arranged Japanese desserts based on Japanese desserts and Western desserts, healthy meals using fresh vegetables using the images of characters such as Rilakkuma, Korilakkuma and Kiiroitori will be offered at the “sabo” (tea room) located on the 2nd floor.
Detailed information: http://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/ja/60634
Below are examples of the goods and menu items.
Yaki Koyo / 8,800 yen (tax not included)
Issyoni Goron♪ Temarizushi to Omusubi Bento / 1,650 yen (tax not included)
Rilakkuma no Goyururi Kyo Chazuke / 1,580 yen (tax not included)
Jibun de Tsukureru? Korilakkuma no Fuwafuwa Hachimitsu Roll / 980 yen (tax not included)
Rilakkuma to Chikurin no Michi Maccha Parfait / 1,180 yen (tax not included)
Why don’t you spend a nice time at this collaborative café of Japanese style and Rilakkuma?
Sanrio Character Pochacco to Collaborate With Gudetama at the Gudetama Cafe in Osaka
27.July.2018 | FOOD
The floppy-eared white dog will celebrate his 30th anniversary next year. In the meantime, to celebrate Gudetama’s 5th anniversary, he’s heading to the Gudetama Cafe in Umeda, Osaka. This is the first time the two have collaborates. There will be four cute menu items to choose from.
Gudetama & Pochacco Getting-Along Hamburger – ¥1,250 (+Tax)
Hugging these hamburgers are a white Pochacco bun with his iconic floppy ears and hair made from wafers, and a Gudetama carrot bun. Both come as a set with a side of salad and fries.
Pochacco Catching Some Zzz’s Under a Gudetama Blanket in a Bed of Hashed Beef – ¥1,100 (+Tax)
Rice Pochacco is sleeping soudnly tucked under a Gudetama omelette blanket atop a bed of hhashed beef. He’s wearing a night cap and surrounded by stars. This meal screams ‘kawaii’!
Gudetama x Pochacco Summer Parfait – ¥1,150 (+Tax)
Pochacco is made of refreshing vanilla ice cream and sat comfortably on top of an overflowing parfait. There’s a perfect mix of sweetness from the whipped cream and sponge and and sourness from the mangoes, kiwi and berries. At the bottom is Blue Hawaii jelly to complete that summertime feel. Don’t forget the tiny Gudetama marshmallows diving in the cream!
Gudetama & Pochacco Very Berry French Toast – ¥1,100 (+Tax)
The thick-cut French toast is topped with colourful fruits and drizzled with a dark berry sauce. Vanilla ice cream Pochacco has marshmallow paws and Gudetama is made of mango ice cream. This delicious dish has lots of flavours to enjoy – just looking at it is enough to satisfy your tummy!
To further get in on the celebrations, if you dine from this menu at the Gudetama Cafe or purchase any of the merchandise you’ll get a free sticker. Additionally, when ordering food from the menu, you’ll get a free luncheon mat, and when ordering a drink, you’ll get a coaster. All of these are limited in quantity so you’d best be quick!
Also, the first 500 people who take their Gudetama Cafe receipts during the campaign to the Sanrio store on the 4th floor of HEP FIVE and buy something will get a pin badge. And if you take one of the leaflets being handed out at the Sanrio store to the Gudetama Cafe, you’ll get a postcard.
Popular Character Cafés in Japan: August 2018
Each month, a new themed café or menu is introduced in Japan in collaboration with popular characters. There’s a whole list of kawaii ones that make an appearance every time.
Let’s take a look at some character cafés you can look forward to in August 2018.
‘Over Action Rabbit’ x VANDALISM Shibuya
Over Action Rabbit is a popular stamp series used on the LINE and Kakao Talk messenger apps that has gained much attention in Japan and particularly with young people in South Korea. The cute and lovable rabbit is getting his own themed café that will be open for a limited period between July 21 and August 26. This is the first time a café has collaborated with Over Action Rabbit in Japan. The kawaii café will take the form of his surreal world and be decorate in pastel-coloured decor. They also have a takeout menu.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/118092
The Very Hungry Caterpillar x Marione Gate Ginza
The internationally beloved children’s picture book The Very Hungry Caterpillar has its own café in Japan, and they’ve introduced some eye-catching new menu items for the summer. Everything delicious thing on the menu recreates the wonderful world of the story down to the finest of details that are sure to leave you smiling!
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/107654
Gudetama x Dining Park Ikebukuro
To celebrate Gudetama’s 5th anniversary, he’s launched into space to bring us a very special space-themed menu packed with dishes perfect for Instagram feeds, such as the Zero Gravity Gudetama Burger, Black Hole Jar Parfait, and much more. Drink and dine at the café to receive a limited edition Gudetama fan and coaster. Keep in mind these are limited in quantity, so you’ll want to visit quick!
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/112954
Chiitan☆ x Harajuku Kawaii-ya
Located down Takeshita Street, Harajuku’s iconic shopping spot, is Harajuku Kawaii-ya, a café that has teamed up with the kawaii otter mascot Chiitan☆. Running until September 9, the menu is filled with dishes with very unique names in Japanese which translate to things like “I’m Chiitan, the One Who Destroyed the Trampoline Someone Bought For Me… Hot Pie.” You don’t need to make any reservations. It’s first-come, first-served all day making it an easy place to get into if you’re unsure how to book in Japanese. Experience the world of Chiitan☆ in Harajuku!
Cinnamoroll x Sapporo PARCO
Sanrio’s popular character Cinnamoroll recently won the 33rd Sanrio 2018 Character Awards so to celebrate, he received his very own themed café which is open at Sapporo PARCO until September 10. Enjoy the Soratobu Cinnamoroll Curry featuring Cinnamoroll flying through a green curry sky with his big ears. The dish is topped with cotton candy clouds which, when mixed with the curry, creates a unique flavour of sweet and spicy. There’s a whole list of cute dishes on the menu. Cinnamoroll and his pals will also be there to greet you as staff.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/116613
Cardcaptor Sakura x Sakura Fantasy Cafe
The Sakura Fantasy Caf is a new collaborative café themed on the latest entry to the Cardcaptor series, Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card, now open for a limited time in Tokyo (Harajuku), Osaka (Abeno) and Saitama (Koshigaya). The cafés have a photogenic themed menu as well as a photo spot and more, all with original illustrations. There’s even a line-up of original Cardcaptor merchandise you can’t get anywhere else. The menu includes a selection of cheese toast, roast beef, smoothies, pancakes and more.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/116035
Did you enjoy this list? Be sure you get a chance to visit a character café while you’re in Japan.
Pokémon Cafe and Pikachu Sweets by Pokémon Cafe Reveal New Desserts Including Polteageist Tea Set
Pokémon Cafe and Pikachu Sweets by Pokémon Cafe are releasing a new teatime menu at their respective branches on October 24, 2020.
Polteageist & Sinistea Tea Party! Fruit Tea Set ~Apple Flavoured~ | ¥1,188 (Tax Included)
Polteageist & Sinistea Tea Party! Fruit Tea Set ~Strawberry Flavoured~ | ¥1,188 (Tax Included)
Pokémon Cafe is serving up two different fruit tea sets based on the Ghost-type Pokémon Polteageist and Sinistea. Customers are free to pour in their desired amount of fruit syrup which changes the colour of the tea. The sets come with a cute cookie too.
Pikachu Sweets by Pokémon Cafe
Left: Polteageist’s Tea Party! Fruit Tea ~Mixed Berry Flavour~ / Right: Polteageist’s Tea Party! Fruit Tea ~Peach Orange Flavour~ | ¥700 Each (Before Tax)
Pikachu Sweets by Pokémon Cafe is also going to serve up some Polteageist themed fruit teas as well as a selection of desserts like macarons and financier almond cakes which have Pokémon tail and ear designs.
After ordering one of the Polteageist fruit teas, customers can place their cups under the Polteageist tea pot as pictured above and activate the pot to dispense their drink, so it’s like Polteageist really pouring tea for you.
Left: Swirlix Strawberry Macaron | Middle: Pikachu Vanilla Macaron | Right: Galarian Ponyta Pistachio Macaron – ¥500 Each (Before Tax)
Treat yourself to one of the super cute Swirlix, Pikachu, or Ponyta macarons each with designs that tell you instantly which Pokémon they’re inspired by.
Polteageist Fruit Tea and & Pikachu Macaron Set
Customers can order a tea and macaron combination set too.
Pikachu Glass Parfait Set | ¥1,500 (Before Tax)
An adorable set of Pikachu parfaits, one being caramel banana flavoured and the other chocolate.
Pikachu Tea Party Assortment – Pika Pika Pikavee Set | ¥2,800 (Before Tax)
Another set to share between friends and family, this time with two Pikachu glass desserts as well as Pikachu and Eevee cupcakes.
Pikachu Tea Party Assortment – Ghost Type Set | ¥2,800 (Before Tax)
This set comes with the Pikachu glass desserts as well as Ghost-type Gengar and Litwick mousse cakes.
The Polteageist teapot and Sinistea teacup used at the Pokémon Cafe and Pikachu Sweets by Pokémon Cafe will also be released at Pokémon Center Online in Japan on December 5, 2020.
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Pokémon Cafe (Nihombashi, Tokyo)
Address: Nihombashi Takashimaya SC East Bldg. 5F, 2-1-2 Nihombashi, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Business Hours: 10:30-22:00
No Fixed Holidays (Except when Nihombashi Takashimaya SC is closed)
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)
Pikachu Sweets by Pokémon Café
Address: Sunshine City Alpa Floor 2F, 3-1-2 Higashiikebukuro, Toshima City, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
Official Website: https://www.pokemoncenter-online.com/cafe/pikachu_sweets/
*Opening hours subject to change, please check in advance before travelling.
*Food served and duration subject to change without notice.
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*Seat reservations are taken online only – phone reservations not available.
World’s First Mario Cafe and Shop Opens at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka
Universal Studios Japan (USJ) announced earlier this month that its new Nintendo-themed area SUPER NINTENDO WORLD will open in spring 2021. While the grand opening of SUPER NINTENDO is still a while away yet, USJ has everyone covered, as the new and first of its kind Mario Cafe & Store officially opened inside the park’s Hollywood Area on October 16, 2020.
The cafe and shop is dream come true for fans of the Mario bros as they enter into a world inspired by the video game series with Mario and Luigi and level decorations in every corner. It can be easily spotted thanks to the red and green “M” and “L” letters on the windows symbolising Mario and Luigi as well as the Mario and Luigi hats. Gamers can enjoy this exciting space while they wait for the official opening of SUPER NINTENDO WORLD.
Themed food and merchandise line-up
Decorations are instantly recognisable with Question Blocks and Pipes on the walls, Mario Mushroom-coloured tables, and more.
The food line-up includes dishes, drinks, and desserts like pancake sandwiches made to look like Mario and Luigi’s hats, fruit dream soda inspired by the brothers’ moustaches, and a selection of original merchandise which reads “WHOSE CAP?” on it like T-shirts and more. You can see more of what’s on the menu here.
SUPER NINTENDO WORLD
Grand Opening: Spring 2021
Official Website: https://www.usj.co.jp/web/en/us
Disney: Twisted-Wonderland Mobile Game Gets Themed Cafes in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya
LEGS, INC. has announced that it will open three cafes themed on the mobile game Disney: Twisted-Wonderland at OH MY CAFE branches in Tokyo and Osaka on November 20 and in Nagoya on November 27.
Disney: Twisted-Wonderland is a Japanese mobile game that was released on March 18, 2020. The concept, character designs, and scenario for the adventure rhythm game were conceived by Yana Toboso, the creator of the popular Black Butler manga series. The game is centred on the villains of Disney.
The cafe’s theme places customers in the food hall of Night Raven College, the magic training school where the game is set. It will be adorned in decorations inspired by the game’s food hall, and coupled with that, the cafe will serve up food and drink that actually appear in the game. There’s also exclusive merchandise for players to get their hands on.
There are four different lunches to pick from, all of which are low in salt content and so are a healthy option for wizards and witches flying into the cafe.
<Lunch Option A>
Deluxe Menchi Katsu Sandwich | ¥1,990, with plate ¥4,290 (Before Tax)
The most popular item on the food hall’s menu is the non-fried menchi-katsu meat cutlet sandwich.
<Lunch Option B>
Salmon Cream Stew | ¥1,990, with plate ¥4,290 (Before Tax)
A cream stew packed with salmon and vegetables and served with slices of baguette for dipping.
<Lunch Option C>
Tomato Base Squid Ink Pasta | | ¥1,990, with plate ¥4,290 (Before Tax)
A colourful tomato-based veggie pasta in squid ink and served with fruity yoghurt.
<Lunch Option D>
Four Mushroom Risotto | ¥1,990, with plate ¥4,290 (Before Tax)
A creamy, mild-flavoured risotto served with four different kinds of mushrooms.
Character Drinks (7 Flavours) – Heartslabyul, Savanaclaw, Octavinelle, Scarabia, Pomefiore, Ignihyde, Diasomnia | ¥890 with coaster ¥1,790 (Before Tax)
A selection of colourful tinted waters inspired by seven different characters seen in the game.
Superdeformed Series Art Example
Pattern Series Art Example
Magic-wielding players can get their hands on a selection of merchandise both at the cafes, and from November 20, via the OH MY CAFE STORE website. There are two different designs for the merch line-up as pictured above.
Customers who book a table in advance (¥650 before tax per person) at the cafe will receive one of 22 possible lunch mats, and if they order a drink, one of 22 coasters.
Disney: Twisted Wonderland @ OH MY CAFE
OH MY CAFE TOKYO
Address: Tokyu Plaza Omotesando, 4-30-3 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Running: November 20, 2020 – January 31, 2021
kawara CAFE&DINING Shinsaibashi
Address: Shinsaibashi Opa Floor 9F, Nishi-Shinsaibashi, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture
Running: November 20, 2020 – February 2, 2021
kawara CAFE&KITCHEN Nagoya PARCO
Address: Nagoya PARCO, 3-29-1 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi
Running: November 27, 2020 – February 9, 2021
Official Website: http://twst.ohmycafe.jp
Rilakkuma Book Cafe Themed Afternoon Teas in Osaka Will Serve Bear-Huggingly Kawaii Food
17.October.2020 | FOOD
Major bookstores across Japan are rolling out the Rilakkuma Book Fair where fans can get their hands on short Rilakkuma fairy tails, exclusive merchandise, and more.
In line with the event, Fruits Parlor & Bakery Season & Co., a cafe in Umeda, Osaka, is serving up a special menu with the theme “Rilakkuma Book Cafe” from October 30 to November 30. This includes a afternoon teas which also celebrates the cafe’s 1st anniversary, more exclusive merchandise, and novelties for customers who order from the Rilakkuma menu.
Rilakkuma Zukin Afternoon Tea | ¥4,000 (Before Tax) *Reservation-only
A special afternoon tea featuring 13 different goodies from desserts to a sandwich, quiche, and more. It comes with a fruit iced tea welcome drink too.
Rilakkuma Yuki Hime Afternoon Tea | ¥4,000 (Before Tax) *Reservation-only
A different afternoon tea that serves up 12 items. This also comes with a fruit iced tea.
Rilakkuma’s Honey Apple Smoothie | ¥800 (Before Tax)
A honey apple smoothie topped with refreshing vanilla ice cream, smooth fresh cream, and a Rilakkuma jelly candy.
Rilakkuma’s Royal Chocolate Milk Tea | ¥1,200 (Before Tax)
Classic royal milk tea served with chocolate Rilakkumas. Eat on their own or dip into your tea!
The cafe is now taking reservations for the afternoon teas. Bookings must be made two days in advance by telephone or the official website.
Rilakkuma Book Cafe
Running: October 30, 2020 – November 30, 2020
Fruits Parlor & Bakery Season & Co.
Address: LINKS UMEDA 1F, 1-1 Ofukacho, Kita-ku, Osaka
Opening Hours: 9:30-22:00 (Last Orders 21:30)
Official Website: https://season-co.shop
Shaun the Sheep Themed Food Served Up in Japan to Celebrate 25th Anniversary
15.October.2020 | FOOD
To celebrate 25 years since the screen debut of the beloved clay animated Shaun the Sheep, a new shop and cafe called “Shaun the Sheep Farm Cafe Stand” is opening up in Kanagawa serving up themed food, drink, and desserts.
Shaun the Sheep Farm Cafe Stand
Shaun the Sheep Farm Cafe Stand will open on October 15, 2020 in Kamiooka, Kanagawa, as a takeout cafe stand inspired by Shaun the Sheep. Customers can look forward to a selection of coffees and desserts based on the adorable sheep himself. And to celebrate the cafe’s grand opening, a special free show will take place there from October 15-18, 2020.
Shaun Soft Cream | ¥500 (Before Tax)
Subtly sweet soft serve ice cream topped with a Shaun the Sheep cookie.
Shaun Cafe Latte | ¥700 (Before Tax)
A foamy latte with a cute Shaun marshmallow sat on top.
Shaun the Sheep Farm Cafe Stand
Location: mioka LIST (Floor 6F)
Access: Directly connected to Kamiōoka Station via the Tokyu Line and Yokohama City Blue Line
Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 (Last Orders 20:45)
Shaun the Sheep Village Shop & Cafe
The Shaun the Sheep Village Shop & Cafe in Minami Machida Grandberry Park, which opened in November 2019, introduced a limited-time autumn menu last month which is still being served.
Shaun’s Special Meatball Spaghetti | ¥1,580 (Before Tax)
A hot meatball spaghetti served with a Shaun the Sheep waffle which can be enjoyed together with fresh cream, maple syrup, and the meat sauce.
Baby Shaun’s Forest Grape Trifle w/ Drink | ¥1,480 (Before Tax)
A towering trifle topped with seasonal grapes, vanilla ice cream, grape sherbet, custard, and grape jelly for a sweet and sour autumntime mix.
Fluffy Baby Shaun Custard or Caramel | ¥250 for one, ¥1,000 for five (Before Tax)
An adorable confection enjoyed by both child and grown-up customers. The cafe has now introduced a new caramel flavour.
Shaun the Sheep Village Shop & Cafe
Location: Grandberry Park Central Court Wonder Theatre (Floor 1F)
Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00 (Food Last Orders 21:00 / Drinks Last Orders 21:30)
Shaun the Sheep Farm Cafe: Halloween Menu
Shaun the Sheep Farm Cafe, a permanent cafe located inside Prime Tree Akaike Shopping Mall in Aichi, is serving up a special Halloween menu this year.
Shaun’s Happy Halloween Plate 2020 | ¥1,380 (Before Tax)
A bright-red tomato sauce hamburger served with pumpkin cream soup and salad.
Shaun’s Happy Halloween Dessert Assortment | ¥1,180 (Before Tax)
A sweet combo of pumpkin mont blanc and a pumpkin tart.
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Shaun the Sheep Japan Official Website: https://www.aardman-jp.com/shaun/25th/
BT21 Cafe to Open in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya For Autumn 2020
13.October.2020 | FOOD
The 7th run of the popular BT21 Cafe is set to open in Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya starting from October 17, 2020.
BT21 are the LINE messenger app characters created by K-pop group BTS. The cafe has seen six runs in Japan until now, and has proven immensely popular amongst fans for the selection of original dishes and drinks as well as exclusive merchandise. The 6th run ran back in February and March with a spring theme.
The theme of the 7th edition is centred on having a pyjama party in the long autumn evenings. The cafe artwork as well as food and merchandise is all themed on the autumn season.
The food menu is a choice of a main, such as pasta or paella, and a side like clam chowder which is served up a cute character mug of your choice.
Fish Ragu Fusilli Pasta Set Menu Example | ¥1,490
A fusilli pasta dish served with a seafood tomato sauce.
Eggplant & Zucchini Lasagne Set Menu Example | ¥1,490
A lasagne served with the summer vegetables eggplant and zucchini as the main ingredient.
Seafood Paella Set Menu Example | ¥1,490
A Spanish dish containing Paella made with a seafood stock and served with potato wedges covered in a bravas sauce.
Margherita Pizza Set Menu Example | ¥1,490
The staple takeout pizza topped with tomatoes, mushrooms, and basil.
A selection of cakes served in different mugs with BT21 character designs.
Shortcake / Chocolate Cake / Mont Blanc / Cheesecake – ¥1,290 Each
Drinks are self-service and include carbonated water, milk, and other beverages all of which can be topped with a dollop of character ice cream. This is a new kind of drink to be introduced at BT21 Cafe.
Character Drinks: KOYA／RJ／SHOOKY／MANG／CHIMMY／TATA／COOKY – ¥990 Each
Glass Drinks: KOYA／RJ／SHOOKY／MANG／CHIMMY／TATA／COOKY – ¥500 Each
TAKEOUT DRINK | 1,690
The takeout drink is a blueberry milk combination.
Fans can get their hands on a selection of original and exclusive miscellaneous merchandise all with the stay-at-home pyjama party theme.
Heart Pins | ¥600 Each (Design Chosen Randomly)
Card File | ¥1,300
Cafe Original Cards
Cafe Original Coasters
Customers who book a table in advance will receive a free cafe original card, and those who order a drink a free coaster.
Running: October 17, 2020 – November 23, 2020
Address: PINE UNDER FLAT B1F, 5-13-2 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Running: October 17, 2020 – November 27, 2020
Address: TOWER RECORDS CAFE UMEDA NU CHAYAMACHI, 10-12 Chayamachi, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Running: October 17, 2020 – November 27, 2020
Address: TOWER RECORDS CAFE Nagoya Sakae SKYLE, 3-4-5 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi
Price: ¥650 (Before Tax)
BT21 Cafe Official Website: https://box-cafe.jp/
SUPER NINTENDO WORLD Will Open at Universal Studios Japan in Spring 2021
Universal Studios Japan (USJ) has announced that its new Nintendo-themed area SUPER NINTENDO WORLD will open in spring 2021. The park was originally scheduled to open last year, the year of the Tokyo Olympics, but the date was postponed due to COVID-19.
SUPER NINTENDO WORLD: A Nintendo Fan’s Dream
SUPER NINTENDO WORLD will be the first-ever multilevel Nintendo-themed area at USJ, and the first of its kind in the world. Fans of the internationally beloved games can expected to see a whole host of rides and attractions dedicated to their favourite characters, from Mario Kart to Yoshi and beyond, as well as themed restaurants, merchandise shops—the list goes on. There is endless amount of fun for fans to feel a part of the Nintendo world as they take up the role of Mario and hit blocks to receive coins, collect items, and much more.
While the grand opening of SUPER NINTENDO is still a while away yet, USJ has everyone covered. The new and first of its kind Mario Cafe & Store will officially open inside the park’s Hollywood Area on October 16, 2020. Let’s take a closer look.
Mario Cafe & Store
Mario Cafe & Store’s location inside the Hollywood Area
This Mario themed space will serve up food and drink inspired by everybody’s favourite plumber as well as sell merchandise.
The cafe and shops’ exterior designs
The cafe and shop can be easily spotted thanks to the red and green “M” and “L” letters on the windows symbolising Mario and Luigi as well as the Mario and Luigi hats. Gamers can enjoy this exciting space while they wait for the official opening of SUPER NINTENDO WORLD.
Mario & Luigi themed food
The food and drink line-up pays tribute to the beloved Mario video game franchise with instantly-recognisable motifs.
①Strawberry Shortcake Mario Hat Pancake Sandwich ②Grape Cheesecake Luigi Hat Pancake Sandwich ③Mario’s Strawberry Cream Fruit Cream Soda ④Luigi’s Apple Cream Fruit Cream Soda ⑤Soft Drinks (Super Mushroom, comes with drinks bottle)
Everything on the menu is sure to have you snapping some photos for Instagram.
Exclusive Mario merchandise
The shop is located next to the cafe and offers a whole range of exclusive merchandise with references to the Mario games like the brothers’ hats, Princess Peach’s crown, and more.
There’s also a special “WHOSE CAP?” series of goods to grab.
Stay tuned for future updates on SUPER NINTENDO WORLD.
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SUPER NINTENDO WORLD
Grand Opening: Spring 2021
Official Website: https://www.usj.co.jp/web/en/us
Visit Osaka This Christmas For the Grand Wish Christmas 2020 Illuminations
04.October.2020 | SPOT
Grand Front Osaka has announced a Christmas event this year called ‘Grand Wish Christmas 2020’ which will run from November 11 to December 25. ‘Winter Voyage’ is the theme for the event which will switch on host of dazzling illuminations to warm up the cockles of everyone’s heart this coming winter.
Winter Voyage: A journey of hope to connect the world
The ball-draped Winter Voyage Tree was created by Japanese designer Kimi Hasegawa and will be placed inside the mall’s Knowledge Plaza. Guests will also be welcomed by the Champagne Gold Illumination which has been fitted with 400,000 balls, and there will also be a photo exhibition made in collaboration with travel culture magazine TRANSIT that showcases beautiful sights around the world.
*Please note that parts of the event are subject to change or cancellation depending on the situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
Winter Voyage Tree: The main Christmas tree
The balloons that adorn the tree each represent a continent and how the world is connected to the same sky. The Winter Voyage Tree is a magical Christmas tree to deliver wishes this winter, with the balloons each having motifs of animals, buildings, and plans from each place around the world. See them illuminated with the ‘Lighting Show’ this winter.
Running: November 11, 2020 – December 25, 2020
Lighting Show: [Weekdays] 17:00-Midnight / [Weekends] 16:00-Midnight
Location: Knowledge Village, Grand Front Osaka North Building Floor 1F
Champagne Gold Illumination
126 trees around the 1 hectare-wide Umekita Plaza in front of Osaka Station will glow with 400,000 champagne gold lights.
Running: November 11, 2020 – February 23, 2021
Illumination Time: Everyday 17:00-Midnight
Locations: Umekita Plaza, Keyaki Namiki, West Side of Grand Front Osaka’s North Building
TED HYBER -Ugly Christmas Sweater-
Ted Hyber is a giant teddy bear created by French contemporary artist Fabrice Hybert. A symbol of Grand Front Osaka’s Umekita Plaza, he will be dressed up in an “Ugly Christmas Sweater” this year.
Running: November 11, 2020 – December 25, 2020
Location: Grand Front Osaka South Building
TRANSIT Photo Exhibition – “It’s a beautiful planet”
Travel culture magazine TRANSIT will be showcasing a selection of photos taken by a number of artists such as Yayoi Arimoto, who works for the magazine, taken around the world. It’s a great opportunity for those unable to travel in the current climate.
Running: November 11, 2020 – December 25, 2020
Location: Grand Front Osaka North Building Floors 3F-6F
Grand Wish Christmas 2020
Grand Front Osaka Official Website: https://www.grandfront-osaka.jp/
Winnie the Pooh Themed Cafe ‘Hunny’s Cafe in Strange Dreams’ to Open in Shinjuku
02.October.2020 | FOOD
LEGS COMPANY is set to open a Winnie the Pooh themed cafe called “HUNNY’S CAFE in STRANGE DREAMS” in Shinjuku, Tokyo, on October 14, 2020. This date is particularly special because October 14, 1926 is the date in which the first volume of stories about the titular character, Winnie-the-Pooh, was released.
The cafe is being produced by OH MY CAFE and is themed on sending customers into a strange world of dreams, perfect for the long autumn nights.
The Grand Menu
The menu line-up features a whole range of cute drinks, dishes, and desserts inspired by the adorable bear, such as the dream Pooh has of Heffalump and Woozle in Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day, food with his face on, and much more.
Pooh’s Strange Dream Chicken Burger | ¥1,890, with plate ¥3,480
A healthy steamed chicken burger with a Pooh burger bun and served with a side of edamame potage.
Pooh’s Strange Dream Curry Rice | ¥1,590
The secret ingredient of this curry rice is, of course, Pooh’s favourite honey. An authentic curry packed full of spices.
Heffalump & Woozle Honey (?) Cream Pasta | ¥1,590, with bowl ¥2,990
A cream pasta made to look like honey that contains vegetables and cream. A dish definitely out of the mind of Pooh bear.
The dishes we have shown so far are available for a limited time from November 20 to December 27 as part of the cafe’s “Hunny Fair.”
Piglet’s Rolling Salad | ¥990
The tiny, cute, and beloved piglet has been turned into a tomato and beetroot salad served in a glass.
Tigger’s Hopping Salad | ¥890
The energetic hop, skimp, and jumper Tigger too has his own salad made from pumpkin and carrot.
Eeyore’s Grape Yoghurt Drink | ¥890, with coaster ¥1,490
A grape yoghurt drink inspired by Eeyore’s colours.
HUNNY’S CAFE Honey au Lait ¥790, with mug ¥2,290
A hot honey beverage to send you into the land of nod and dreams.
Pooh fans can get their hands on a selection of different merchandise series, like the cafe logo series, Strange Dreams series, and honey series.
Cafe Logo Series: A4 Folder ¥350 / Sticker Set ¥1,000
Strange Dreams Series: Tote Bags ¥2,200 Each / T-Shirts ¥2,500 Each
Honey Series: Acrylic Key Ring ¥480 / Plush Toy ¥3,600 (Available from November 20)
Original Lunch Mat (4 Designs)
Customers who book a table in advance and order something from the menu will receive one of four possible lunch mats. And if they spend over ¥2,500 (before tax) on cafe and cafe logo series merchandise, they’ll receive one of two possible small mamezara plates too.
© Disney. Based on the “Winnie the Pooh” works by A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepard.
Winnie the Pooh – HUNNY’S CAFE in STRANGE DREAMS
Running: October 14, 2020 – January 31, 2020
Location: STORY STORY, Odakyu Department Store Shinjuku Floor 10F
Address: 1-1-3 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Official Website: https://honey.ohmycafe.jp/
*Photos are for illustrative purposes only
Taiko-en: Osaka’s Oasis in the City Begins 2020 Autumn Illumination Event
01.October.2020 | SPOT
Taiko-en is an enormous site spanning 250,000 square feet and is home to a breathtaking garden, restaurant, and more. This year, the site is giving host to a special illumination event for autumn this year which began on Saturday.
Since July 2019, Taiko-en has been lighting up its garden with illuminations for people to enjoy the beautiful garden in the evening, bringing together nature with the history of the site.
The illuminations begin with projection mapping at the entrance of the garden which rolls out an autumn colour carpet. As visitors walk along the projected path, the lights and colours dance beneath their feet.
Further in they will come to the “Night Museum” area where they will find stone statues collected by Denzaburō Fujita lit up, as well as paper lanterns, and more, offering a magical atmosphere different from that during the daytime. There’s also a path home to moso bamboo as well as acrylic bamboo with LED lights in it which lead visitors into a mystical world of dazzling radiance. In the main area, there’s a lake with a sea of clouds above it, and the trees of the garden coloured bright red.
The restaurant and banquet area are open for business, so after enjoying a gourmet meal, visitors are encouraged to go and see the light show.
Taiko-en 2020 Autumn Garden Illuminations (Japanese: からくれないに染まる夜～2020 秋～)
Running: From September 26, 2020 everyday from 19:00
Price: Adults ¥500 / Children ¥300
*Price subject to change depending on the season
Ojamajo Doremi Cafe 2020 ~FRUITS PARLOR~ to Open in Tokyo, Osaka & Aichi
Japanese company LEGS has announced the opening of the limited-time Ojamajo Doremi Cafe 2020 ~FRUITS PARLOR~. The themed cafes will open in Tokyo on October 29, Osaka on October 30, and Aichi on October 23.
Ojamajo Doremi is an original magical girl created by Toei Animation that ran from February 1999 to January 2003. To celebrate the series’s 20th anniversary last year, LEGS opened a different Ojamajo Doremi limited-time themed cafe in collaboration with Cafe&Kitchen which welcomed lots of magical girl fans.
This year once again welcomes Etoile et Griotte as the art director for the fruit parlor-inspired cafe.
Ojamajo Doremi Cafe 2020 ~FRUITS PARLOR~ celebrates the 20th anniversary of Ojamajo Doremi Sharp is the second series in the Ojamajo Doremi series. Fans will be able to get their hands on a range of exclusive magical merchandise as well as tuck into pastel coloured fruity food.
Doremi’s Cheese Steak Doria in Cherry Sauce | ¥1,699
Steak is Doremi-chan’s favourite food, so it was a must-have on the menu. The cream cheese is coloured like Doremi, and there’s a cute musical note topping too. It comes with a cute lunch mat that looks like Doremi’s skirt.
Hazuki’s Omurice in Porcino & Orange Cream Sauce | ¥1,399
The omelette is made to look like Hazuki’s yellow skirt. Enjoy together with the delicious porcino sauce and orange combination.
Onpu’s Waffles With Crepe & Mascarpone | ¥1,299
Blueberry sauce-drizzled and mascarpone-topped waffles served with a mashed potato skirt. The sweet and sour mix is to die for.
Aiko’s Blueberry Float | ¥999
A fresh blueberry float inspired by Ai-chan. Mix everything together to create a different flavour.
Momoko’s Lemon Cheesecake Parfait | ¥1,399
A fresh lemon cheesecake packed parfait with lots of enjoyable flavours and textures.
Rhythm Tap Tart | ¥1,300
Inspired by the Rhythm Taps seen in the series, the tart imagines Doremi’s transformation scene in Ojamajo Doremi Sharp.
Onpu Melody Drink (5 Flavours) | ¥1,099
A rainbow line-up of colourful Onpu drinks available for takeout.
Movie Theater Menu
Girls Meet Sushi | ¥1,299
Inspired by the meat sushi that Sora and the gang eat in the animated film Majo Minarai wo Sagashite. Comes with an original postcard.
Acrylic Keyrings (6 Designs) – ¥600 Each
Letter Set (1 Design) – ¥1,200 | Folder Set (2 Designs) – ¥700
A selection of super kawaii cafe-original merchandise is available for fans to grab.
Those who book a table in advance, order a drink, or spend more than ¥2,000 at the cafe will receive one of six possible A5 folders.
Become a magical girl like Doremi at the Ojamajo Doremi Cafe 2020.
Ojamajo Doremi Cafe 2020
Running: October 29, 2020 – December 6, 2020
Location: SHIBUYA BOX cafe&space
Address: Shibuya LOFT 2F, 21-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo
Running: October 30, 2020 – November 23, 2020
Location: Abeno Q’s Mall 4F
Address: Abeno Contact, 1-6-1 Abenosuji, Abeno Ward, Osaka
Running: October 23, 2020 – November 23, 2020
Location: NAGOYA BOX cafe&space
Address: LACHIC B1F, 3-6-1 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya, Aichi
Hotel New Otani Tokyo, Osaka & Makuhari Now Serving Rich Chestnut Pancakes For Autumn
20.September.2020 | FOOD
The Tokyo, Osaka, and Makuhari branches of Hotel New Otani are now serving seasonal autumn versions of their specially made pancakes at their coffee shop and all-dining restaurant SATSUKI until November 30, 2020
Fantastically fluffy pancakes
Hotel New Otani has been serving its special pancakes for the past 10 years which have become a favourite amongst guests.
The hotel’s pastry chefs have whisked up a variety of flavours in line with the changing seasons this past decade using strictly-selected ingredients including strawberry, melon, mango, chestnut, and more.
A marriage of rich chestnut and fluffy pancake
Hotel New Otani Specially Made Chestnut Pancakes 2020 | ¥2,800 (Before Tax/Service Charge)
Chestnuts are the flavourful theme for autumn 2020’s pancakes, made with strictly-selected chestnut astringent skin, sweet bean jelly, and topped with a chestnut macaron.
The pancakes are served with melt-in-the-mouth Italian ricotta. There are two different doughs, one made from coffee flour which has high nutritional value, and the hotel’s original “White Cereal” which is a combination of millets and amaranth.
The pancakes are cooked on a low heat for about 5 minutes on each side so they rise to a fluffy 5cm thickness and become startlingly smooth.
Strawberries for winter
For this year’s winter, the hotel will be serving strawberry pancakes.
Enjoy a selection of seasonal pancakes when staying at Hotel New Otani.
Hotel New Otani Tokyo
Location: SATSUKI, Hotel New Otani Tokyo Main Lobby
Address: 4-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Bookings/Enquiries: 03-5275-3177 (10:00-21:00)
Official Website: https://www.newotani.co.jp/tokyo/restaurant/satsuki/
Hotel New Otani Makuhari
Location: SATSUKI, Hotel New Otani Makuhari
Address: 2-120-3 Hibino, Mihama-ku, Chiba, Chiba Prefecture
Bookings/Enquiries: 043-299-1848 (07:00-21:00)
Official Website: https://www.newotani.co.jp/makuhari/restaurant/satsuki/
Hotel New Otani Osaka
Location: SATSUKI, Hotel New Otani Osaka
Address: 1-4-1 Shiromi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture
Bookings/Enquiries: 06-6949-3234 (07:00-20:00)
Official Website: https://www.newotani.co.jp/osaka/restaurant/satsuki/