Tokyo Stroll: The Café That You Want to Visit to See Someone #7 – Garden Café & Bar ‘Urara’ in Daikanyama

15.August.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

The place I am showcasing today is ‘Urara,’ a garden café and bar located in Daikanyama. Their shaved ice is super popular in summer. It’s somewhere I love and often go to in my private time.

It’s an old Japanese-style house so it has a much different atmosphere to that of stylish Daikanyama. The outside of it has a warm and welcoming feel to it that will have you wanting to see what kind of place it is.

Upon entering through the shop sign curtain, you arrive in the courtyard which is surrounded by trees. You can hear the sounds of birds from somewhere, and when the wind blows you also hear the rustling of tree leaves. You completely forget you’re in Tokyo as you feel like you’ve come to a grandma’s house in the countryside. It’s very relaxing.

Hm? What’s this odd looking thing?

These unique ornaments were scattered all around the courtyard ready to greet us!

This sign makes for a great photo spot. It says ‘Urara’ just like the name of the café. Its nostalgic design is so cute!

When you really look, it says tissue paper on it! There’s lots to be discovered on the posters and signs that make up the interior, it’s a lot of fun!

I ordered the Uji adzuki bean shaved ice topped with condensed milk! It cost ¥600 for the shaved ice and ¥100 for the topping. The matcha used is from Uji in Kyoto. Such a big portion of shaved ice is enough to cool you down by just looking at it.

Let’s eat!

Where have I tasted this before…

 

The matcha seeped all the way to the middle of the shaved ice. The refreshing sweetness was so tasty. The adzuki beans are from Tokachi in Hokkaido. They were a perfect combination with the condensed milk. The ice used is natural ice from Nikko. It’s fluffy, tastes great, and doesn’t give you brain freeze!

 

Natural ice is different from regular ice. It’s frozen slowly so the crystals have high density, and it takes longer for it to melt. The cool part was how it didn’t crumple instantly when I poured the syrup on it!

This is blueberry syrup (¥600). The blueberries used are from Nagano. They make it from jam in the café. Isn’t the colour just beautiful?

It has that sour flavour that blueberries have and a refreshing, lip-smacking sweetness.

I normally don’t drink alcohol, but since Urara is a café and a bar I will show you a mojito (¥600). The mint is so refreshing!

On a hot summer’s day it seems like there are people who order both shaved ice and beer together. They’re seasonal items so will satisfy and cool you down.

I also got to meet Tama-chan, the cat who comes to play at Urara. One time when I came before Tama was out walking so I didn’t get to meet him.

Lastly, I snapped a photo with Arai who’s in charge of promoting Urara!

We’re roughly the same height and have a similar interest in clothes so I grew an affinity with her.

Coffee shops and cafés in old style Japanese houses tell you something about the people associated with them.

Urara feels natural thanks to SELIN & Co., an apparel maker who make things that feel one with nature. The staff at Urara all love living things, so the big hearted atmosphere there was really wonderful.

If I was to set up a shop I wonder what it would be like…

I think I’d want to put out something warm like Urara.

 

■Information

Urara

Address: 20-10 Sarugakucho, Shibuya, Tokyo

Opening Hours: Weekdays 11:30am-7:00pm / Weekends & Holidays 11:30am-7:30pm

*Closed during rainy weather.

Access: 4-minutes on foot from Daikanyama Station via the Tokyu Tokoyo Line

Website: http://www.hrm.co.jp/news/2016/04/garden-cafe-bar-urara

 

Photographer:Haruka Yamamoto

Editor:Ai Watanabe

Design:Yuko Abe(ASOBISYSTEM)

Translater:Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

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Ema Tanioku

“Emaeri” is the nickname for models Ema and Eri Tanioku, who are Aomoji fashion model twins. Ema and Eri Tanioku specialise in twin fashion coordination. Over the years their fanbase has increased due to their cute looks. Ema Tanioku spreads Harajuku culture within Japan as well as overseas and works as a Harajuku Tourism Ambassador. Starting off as a model, Ema has broadened her talent range from fashion magazines to TV, and from playing the lead role in dramas to movies.

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    21.February.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    “A café that has continued to be loved for 60 years”

     

    In this entry to my café series, I visited the familiar Yurakucho, the center of modern Tokyo culture. This year, long-standing café Benisica turned 61-years-old. I stopped by to have my fill of their amazing pizza toast. The café is a 2-minute walk from Hibiya Station via Tokyo Metro lines, and 4-minutes on foot from Yurakucho Station via JR lines, making it an easy place to get to.

     

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    The café opened all those years ago in response to the large number of cinemas and theatres dotted around Yurakucho. They wanted to create place where people could relax on their way back from seeing a show.

     

    Upon arrival, you can still observe stylish older ladies strolling into the café. The scene hasn’t changed one bit which I found to be wonderful.

     

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    Café Benisica is famous for being the birthplace of original pizza toast. They even have a sign at the entrance telling you that! Eye-catching!!!

     

    Without further ado, let’s head on in♪

     

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    I take one step into the café, and… Huh? What’s this?!

     

    That’s right. At Benisica, you can enjoy vacuum brewed coffee. This was the first time I had seen a vacuum coffee maker up close, so I gazed at them with a keen interest.

     

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    Inside, I gazed at the café décor and objects scattered around of Hibiya, a town which changes with the times. You can feel the weight of the times instore – all the wonderful items look stylish simply by being placed in there! The café interior is a collection of warm colours. It’s a place where you can relax and feel comfortable.

     

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    This is Benisica’s famous pizza toast, costing ¥950 (tax included). They have plenty of set menus, and drink menus are ¥1,350. The story behind the pizza toast was how if you didn’t go to an Italian restaurant back then, you couldn’t eat pizza. So, they took pizza and turned it into something you can eat casually – toast. Since then, it has continued to be a much-loved menu item with customers for almost half a century.

     

     

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    After hearing the story, I took no time at all ordering my own pizza toast! To drink, I chose a strawberry shake. Just so you know, the shake doesn’t come in set orders, so be careful.

     

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    Thick servings of cheese and put onto chunky slices of toast. “The soul of the pizza toast is in the cheese!” is what you’ll be saying at its presence on the toast. Its generous serving makes this pizza toast suitable not just as a light meal, but even a whole lunch. As well as the standard ingredients like salami, onion and bell peppers, I was happy that there were mushrooms too.

     

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    The bread’s texture is fluffy! I was hungry, so I made short work of it. Thank you for the meal.

     

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    This is the owner of Benisica, Setsuko Murakami, who told me the story of the café. She’s a very wonderful person who loves her husband very much. Not only did she tell me about the café – I got to hear about her husband’s way of living and thoughts too. The words of people that have walked the road of life longer than me are deep and enlightening.

     

    I stored the owner’s story safely onto the shelves in my heart. The next time something happens, I’ll rely on those special words she graciously taught me and work hard.

     

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    Address: 1-6-8 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 9:30-23:45 (Open from 9:00 on Weekends & Holidays)

    No Fixed Holidays.

    Access: 2-minutes on foot from Hibiya Station via the Hibiya Line, Chiyoda Line, and Toei Mita Line / 4-minutes on foot from Yurakucho Station via JR Lines

    Webpage:https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1301/A130102/13002146/

     

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  • 【Tokyo Stroll】 The café that you want to visit to see someone #4 Cats working at Shinjuku-sanchome’s Café Arles

    21.December.2017 | FEATURES / FOOD

    “Good service, a jolly owner and cute cats – this café is sure to heal you!”

     

    I’m Ema Tanioku and today I’ll be introducing you to yet another café in Tokyo as the fourth edition of my series “The café that you want to visit to see someone”. Today I’ll be reporting about my visit to Café Arles which can be found at Shinjuku-sanchome. Ever since hearing that there were cats at this café, I’ve been set on going 〜♪♪

     

    The café is very easy to access. To get to there, you can take the Toei Shinjuku line to Shinjuku-sanchome. From here, you can get to the café within a five-minute walk. Walking around the Shinjuku Suehirote theatre, the café soon came into sight. Somehow, I could sense the presence of cats just from the atmosphere…

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    There it was! The entrance to the café was decorated with many ornaments of cats and dogs. I don’ know why but I was filled with excitement before even having entered.

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    As soon as I entered, I immediately spotted a cat.

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    I was then greeted by the cat’s master who had a sweeping grin across his face and was wearing a hat with a cat broach. I could really feel his love for cats ♪♪

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    I took a sweeping glance over the café – cats, cats and more cats – there were so many cat-themed goods everywhere! Apart from cats goods, the master also collects clown goods and displayed everything all huddled together to decorate the café.

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    Although this was my first time at Café Arles, I immediately felt right at home as a warm feeling grew within me. I asked the master what got him into the café business and I was surprised by his response. It all started when the master was working at a mahjong parlour, where a person they knew asked them to start up a café.

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    The master then thought about the numerous paintings he had collected and how he was in search of a place to display them. The idea of choosing his own music, menu and decorating a café interior to his own taste really struck a chord with him.

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    There are many paintings displayed in the café. Amongst these are some by modern artist Tomomi Kondo, who made the paintings “please your master” and “cool your thighs”, which feature the kaban neko (café cats) Ishimatsu and Jirocho, who are “working hard” by lazing around.

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    Café Arles is fun and draws in even more fun. The atmosphere is filled with the love and enjoyment of the customers. That’s why I immediately felt so at home as soon as I entered. You can easily spend a long time here.

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    I asked the master what he recommends from his menu. His response? “My recommendation is what you want to eat the most!” he said wisely. I felt like eating Napolitan spaghetti and so that is what I ordered! (Price: ¥720 including tax)

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    It came with banana and giant corn ❤ – this excellent service made me so happy!

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    The gentle flavour of this homemade dish was delicious and I could really taste the Showa-retro Napolitan flavour to it. The drink, soup and salad services available gives this meal a perfect score for portion size satisfaction!

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    The master allowed me to take his café cat Jirocho-kun out for a walk. This was the first time I’d ever walked a cat – a new, fresh experience!

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    Jirocho-kun is a very calm and obedient cat, so we had a lovely stroll together. Speaking of which, Jirocho-kun loves his owner so much that he runs to meet him whenever he hears his car pull up at the shop.

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    This year marks the 40th anniversary of the café. “I enjoyed every minute of it” explained the master happily. The master created a place where everyone can be happy and in return everyone supports him. Perhaps this cycle is the motivational force that has kept and will continue to push this café to live and thrive.

     

    I’m glad I came to this café today and met such a special person.

    I want to come here again and have another chat with the master!

     

     

     

    ■Information

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    Address:1st floor, 5-10-8, Shinjuku, Tokyo

    Opening h0urs: 11:30 〜 22:00

    Regular holidays days: Sundays, New Year’s period holiday period

    Access:398 metres from Shinjuku Sanchome station (reach via Toei-Shinjuku line/ Tokyo Metro Marunouchi line

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  • 【Tokyo Stroll】The cafe you that you want to visit to see someone #3 “Galant” —a retro café in Ueno

    15.November.2017 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    “It’s a mysterious café vacuum sealed with an energy that feels like it’s the time of the Japanese economic miracle”

     

    We’re at the third installment of this series where we take a stroll to old-fashioned cafes filled with a sense of nostalgia.

    I, Ema Tanioka, will be introducing to you another retro café that I am in love with. Today, we go to “Galant” in Ueno, a town where the Showa mood still lingers.

     

    Galant has continued to be loved by many people since it opened its doors back in 1977. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the popular café. “Galant” sounds a little space-y, don’t you think? It’s a little different from the norm. When I enquired to the staff about the origin of the café’s name, they told me that it comes from the Mitsubishi Galant as the owner is a fan of cars. To think that a car’s name became the name of a café! But it has a ring to it and is easy to remember, so it might actually be a huge success.

     

    Anyway, without further ado, let’s make our way there!

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    Galant is on the 2nd floor of this building. As you head up the stairs, it no longer felt like I was in the real world. A completely different world opened before me. Because of the entrance’s chic brickwork, I was surprised by the dazzling lights floating inside.

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    And here!

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    Here too! There was so much sparkle.

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    The first thing to peak my interest was the uniform the staff were wearing. So cute… You don’t see that red & yellow combination much these days. It helped amplify that retro mood of the café even more.

     

    The male staff wore red & black! Black was the base colour and had that well defined, guy-like feel to it. Together with the checkered vests, it completed that retro look. It was wonderful. The café was also playing popular Showa era songs. I really felt like I had stepped back in time.

     

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    And then… and then! The menu arrived!

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    The most popular item on the menu is the chocolate parfait (¥900 tax incl.). It was absolutely stuffed with cream all the way to the middle. For people who love sweet things this is an irresistible delight. By the way, I must ask, what do you do when it comes to the cherry on top of the parfait? The truth is, I absolutely love parfaits, but I’m really not into the cherry – I usually leave it until the end. Even though it looks so cute on the parfait…

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    Another item is the cream soda (¥750 tax incl.). When going to a café, you just have to get a cream soda!! It’s because you don’t see them around much besides at cafes and family restaurants, so I’m the person that ends up ordering one unintentionally when if I see it on the menu.

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    There’s a nice fat serving of ice cream in there. It’s a drink you can enjoy that has the aesthetic of a dessert. The melon soda is crystal clear like a precious gem. The best part about cream soda is how the ice cream slowly melts into the drink. It’s pretty fun to watch!

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    Galant is the kind of café where the more you get to know it, the more you start to love it. Its fans have been supporting it for many years, and even when I become a grandma in the future, I reckon it’ll still be bustling all the same.

     

    ■Information

    Galant (ギャラン)

    Address: 6-14-4 Ueno, Taitō, Tokyo

    Open: 8:00-23:00

    Open all week.

    Access: 2-minutes’ walk from Ueno Station via the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line / 1-minutes’ walk from Exit 5b at Ueno Station via the Hibiya Line

    URL:https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1311/A131101/13039759/

    Model&Writer:Ema Tanioku

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  • 【Tokyo Stroll】An old café and beauty spots – Ema and Eri’s recommended day out in Harajuku!

    09.August.2017 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Harajuku, the capital of “Kawaii” (cute) culture, is a popular tourist spot for the Japanese as much as it is for foreigners. From unique youth culture to the latest trends, take your fill of cute culture! Today, Ema and Eri Tanioku will be taking a walk to show you the must-see spots of Harajuku!

     

     

    Starting at the café: Enseigne d’angle

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    The start of the adventure begins just a 5-minute walk away from JR Harajuku station’s Takeshita entrance. “Enseigne d’angle” is secluded from the hustle and bustle of Harajuku. This is an old café located in a still and quiet place.

     

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    Their specialties include the “Kohaku no Jou”(Queen of Amber) and “Croque-monsieur”. The uniquely-named “Kohaku no Jou” is an ice coffee with fresh cream. Special glasses have been used for the drinks, so rather than using a straw, you can enjoy the sensation of the glass on your lips.

     

     

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    Besides the delicious food and drinks, please also consider a visit to experience the pleasant atmosphere.

     

    ▼Café information

    Enseigne d’angle, Harajuku

    Address:Basement floor 1, Komashin Building, 3-61-11, Sendagaya, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening hours:10:00 ~ 23:00

    Closing days: None

     

     

     

    Heading down to beauty Spot “TERRARIUM Omotesando”

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    Next up: The beauty lifestyle shop “TERRARIUM Omotesando”! The shop contains a lineup of natural cosmetics, beauty goods and much more. This shop is popularly known as a place where all your five senses feel soothed and pure.

     

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    “TERRARIUM Omotesando” is a place where you can experience organic culture at your own pace. On the first floor, you can enjoy a relaxing footbath with bath essence for free. How about dropping by here after work or to take a break from shopping?

     

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    The second floor has a where you can try out Refreshing facial spa by natural cosmetics “IN FIORE” for free.

     

    ▼Shop information

    TERRARIUM OMOTESANDO

    Address:3-8-5, Kitaaoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo

    Opening hours:11:00~20:00

    Closed:Mondays

    HP:http://www.terrarium-omotesando.jp/

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  • 【Tokyo Stroll】The cafe that you want to visit to see someone #2 “Nanatsumori”—An Attractive Cafe in Kōenji

    26.July.2017 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    “A coffee lounge where you can step back in time and spend it in luxury.”

     

    Showa, retro-style coffee shops that are comfortable and echo a sense of nostalgia. I, Ema Tanioka, love going to these kinds of cafés. I hope to make you want to visit a place like this, the kind of place where you want to meet with someone.

     

    For today’s stroll, I went to Kōenji, a conveniently accessible location from the city just one stop from Shinjuku on the Chūō Line. When you think of Kōenji, you think of its plentiful second hand clothes shops and shops selling miscellaneous goods, among others, all with their individual traits. It’s the kind of town where you’re sure to discover something new each time you visit.

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    This time around, I went to “Nanatsumori,” a café that has a retro look to it from the outside. It was built in Showa 53 (the year 1978). I heard that the building was originally used as a tea house.

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    At the front of the café is an old-fashioned shaved ice machine. I couldn’t help turning it.

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    Upon entering, you can see the interior of the café has weathered. It has an atmosphere reminiscent of the Showa era, like you’ve just stepped back in time. No matter where you take a photograph in the café it will look beautiful.

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    There were lots of mysterious ornaments inside; I couldn’t help but reach my hands out to touch everything♪

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    But, in the end, I didn’t know what any of the things I’m holding in the photos were. How on earth do you use this stuff…?!

     

    While pondering that, just simply gazing around the interior of the café filled me with a feeling of excitement.

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  • 【Tokyo Stroll】The cafe that you want to visit to see someone #1 The popular cafe in Jinbo-cho called “Sabouru” that has retro interior and nostalgic food.

    02.June.2017 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    “Although there are many great things about chain stores, the café has their own dream.”

     

    The café that reminds me of Showa era is somehow nostalgic and comfy inside.

    I, Emma Tanioku, who love to visit the new café restaurants is going to introduce the café that will make you want to see particular person in their café.

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    Today, I came to Jinbo-cho that is good access from middle of Tokyo, and you don’t have to change the train line from Shibuya station.

    Jinbo-cho is socially known as the town which has many secondhand bookstores, it is actually the town for gourmets as well.There are many hidden old-established restaurants in this great town.

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    I want to introduce this café that I was especially curious about.

    “Sabouru” which you can say its representative retro cafe. It locates right there from the exit A7 in Jinbo-cho train station.This 62 years historical café has established in 1955.

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    In front of this café which appears to look like small mountain hut, there is a red public telephones surrounded by some flowers, plants and a totem pole.This makes me want to take a picture in front of there.This public phone is actually functional, so I heard some people are still using it.

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    There are floor first, semi basement and mezzanine inside. It is little dark inside, but you can still enjoy reading books.Either if you come here alone or with your friends, you can spend the relaxed time.

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    The miscellaneous goods that decorated inside the café were donated by customers.

    Even though they are all different kinds of souvenirs from all over the world, they look like it’s coordinated perfectly.I bet the customers who are big fan of this café decide to buy the good souvenirs which are going to match with this store’s atmosphere. For your information, you can decorate your souvenirs inside the cafe even if you are not regular customer.

     

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    29.July.2021 | FOOD

    Bubble tea shop XIE XIE PEARL is collaborating with San-X and their popular corner-dwelling characters Sumikko Gurashi with a line-up of drinks and merch until August 23.

     

    Fruit is the theme of the collaboration which arrives in a line-up of colourful beverages served in limited-time cups. Each character’s drink is loaded with toppings.

    Shirokuma’s Peach Milk | ¥756 (Tax Included)

    Neko’s Jewel Berry Lemonade | ¥756 (Tax Included)

    Tonkatsu’s Caramel Banana Milk | ¥756 (Tax Included)

    Penguin’s Jewel Mint Lemonade | ¥756 (Tax Included)

     

    Original collab goods

    Large Stickers | 4 Designs | ¥330 (Tax Included)

     

    Mini Tote Bag | ¥990(Tax Included)

     

    Mirrors | 5 Designs | ¥550 (Tax Included)

     

    Re-release of previous collab merch

     

     

    Free novelty stickers and pouch

    If you order one of the collab drinks you’ll receive a free sticker, and if you order all four drinks, you get an original Sumikko Gurashi pouch. All you need is your receipt to show at the register.

    ©︎2021 San-X Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

     

  • Showa Summer Dessert Drinks Get Served Up at AWESOME STORE & CAFE IKEBUKURO in Tokyo

    22.July.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

    AWESOME STORE & CAFE IKEBUKURO is now serving up two new summer-exclusive dessert drinks inspired by the Japanese Showa era. The ‘Imitation Gold’ and ‘Blue Light Awesome’ are both available now until September 26.


    Imitation Gold: ¥467 (Tax Included) / Blue Light Awesome: ¥467 (Tax Included) *both served in plastic cups (see below)

    The Imitation Gold’s flavour is reminiscent of an energy drink. It’s topped with vanilla ice cream and colourful gummies. The Blue Light Awesome is a Blue Hawaiian syrup-infused pineapple juice topped with vanilla ice cream and a cherry. Both of these cute dessert drinks are the perfect refreshments for the summer.

    Those who buy both drinks will also receive an original black straw to make the drinks even more Instagrammable. These are available while supplies last.

     

    Some other popular must-tries

    Other classics on the menu to try include soft and chewy bagels, coffees, and more.

    Chocolate High | ¥396 (Tax Included)

    Ebi Avocado | ¥396 (Tax Included)

    Fuwa Toro Bacon Omelette | ¥396 (Tax Included)

    AWESOME Organic Coffee (Hot/Iced) | From ¥217 (Tax Included)

  • Key Coffee Releases Limited Edition 1920’s Blend

    20.July.2021 | FOOD

    Key Coffee has recreated its coffee from 1920’s when the cafe chain first opened. Named the Yokohama 1920 Founding Blend, the coffee was released on July 20 and will be available at their 54 branches up and down Japan until August 24, the same date when the coffee shop first opened.

    Yokohama 1920 Founding Blend

    A picture of Key Coffee’s Yokohama branch in 1936 when it was known as Kimura Coffee

    Retro Showa-style espresso con panna

    Milk Brûlée

    Yokohama 1920 Founding Blend recreates the same flavour of coffee that the cafe served in 1920 when it first opened in Yokohama, an area bustling with restaurants serving both Asian and Western cuisine. It uses Brazilian coffee beans at its base, a type which was circulated a lot at the time. It has a distinct sweet fragrance and goes well with milk and sugar.

     

    Back them, coffee was a commodity yearned for by the people of Japan. After releasing their hit coffee syrup in 1921, Key Coffee began serving coffee in a way that was simple, tasty, and accessible to everyone such as drip coffee and their Noi coffee-making series. In the 1930’s their products began to line the shelves of department stores as they began to develop as a spearhead for the emergence of coffee culture in Japan. They also began selling TOARCO TORAJA in 1978, a highly-regarded premium coffee. Today, the chain continues to be a hub for coffee lovers, and is creating new coffees and techniques.

     

    Japan has been a boom in junkissa in recent years, a classic cafe which blends the atmosphere of the Meiji and Showa periods. Key Coffee is showcasing two coffees on their recipe page which capture this flair including an espresso con panna and milk brûlée.

  • BT21 Cafe to Open in Five Japanese Cities For Summer 2021

    17.July.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

    The BT21 Cafe is set to see its 9th run in Japan when six of them begin opening in Tokyo, Yokohama, Nagoya, Osaka, and Okinawa from July 22. The theme this time around is “MY LITTLE BUDDY.”

    Main Visual

    Uchiwa Fans (7 Designs) / Coasters (8 Designs)

    Customers who book a table in advance will receive a free fan, and if they buy a drink, a free coaster.

     

    The Menu

    KOYA Gapao Rice | ¥1,870 (Tax Included)

    RJ Omelette Stew | ¥1,870 (Tax Included)

    SHOOKY Loco Moco Don | ¥1,870 (Tax Included)

    MANG Coconut Green Curry | ¥1,870 (Tax Included)

    CHIMMY Chicken Over Rice | ¥1,870 (Tax Included)

    TATA Bibimbap | ¥1,870 (Tax Included)

    COOKY Sushi Bowl | ¥1,870 (Tax Included)

    Parfaits (Mango/Melon/Grapefruit) | ¥1,540 (Tax Included)

    Mini Parfaits | ¥550 (Tax Included)

    Milk Drinks (Strawberry/Mango/Blueberry) | ¥990 (Tax Included)

    Shuwa Shuwa Fruit Tea | ¥990 (Tax Included)

    Fuwamoko Latte | ¥990 (Tax Included)

     

    Original Merchandise

    Pins | ¥660 (Tax Included)

    Acrylic Keyrings | ¥770 (Tax Included)

    Folders ¥440 (Tax Included) / Clear Pouches ¥1,320 (Tax Included)

    Pin Case | ¥1,320 (Tax Included)

    Stickers ¥770 (Tax Included) / Acrylic Coasters ¥1,320 (Tax Included)

    Milk Caramels | ¥1,080 (Tax Included)

    The menu line-up is based on Asian cuisine and features cute dishes, drinks, and dessert combined with the BT21 characters. There’s also a collection of exclusive merchandise for fans to get their hands on.

     

    ©BT21

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Themed Cafe in Japan Celebrates Film’s 20th Anniversary

    15.July.2021 | FOOD / MOVIE / SPOT

    In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, two Harry Potter Cafes are set to run for a limited time in Tokyo and Nagoya from July 22 and 23 respectively, serving magical food, drink, and dessert straight from the wizarding world.

     

    Freebies for customers who dine at the cafe or spend a certain amount on merchandise

    Gryffindor OBENTO BOX

    Slytherin OBENTO BOX / Hufflepuff OBENTO BOX / Ravenclaw OBENTO BOX

    Herbology Salad

    Shepherd’s Pie

    Owl Post Snack Plate

    HAPPEE BIRTHDAE Cake

    Golden Snitch Parfait

    スムージー グリフィンドール/スリザリン/ハッフルパフ/レイブンクロー/ホグワーツ特急カフェラテ

    Hot Tea / Hot Coffee

    Lunch Boxes / Teacup

    Cafe Original Merchandise

     

    Acrylic Magnets Design A / Folders Design A / Letter Set

    Stickers Design A / Acrylic Charms

    Eco Bag / Satin Pouch / Bandana Handkerchief

    Mirror / Masking Tape Design A / Oversized T-Shirt

    Fantastic Beasts Menu & Cafe Original Merchandise

    Niffler Orange Tart

    Magical Trunk Cake

    Stickers Design B / Acrylic Magnets Design B / Folders Design B / Masking Tape Design B

    The film series adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter fantasy series ran from 2001-2011 with eight movie total. Fans gather together to celebrate 20 years of movie magic and the release of the internationally beloved series’ first entry, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

    WIZARDING WORLD characters, names, and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros.
    Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s21)

  • Japan’s Snoopy Museum Reveals New Merchandise, Workshops, and More

    14.July.2021 | FASHION / FOOD

    The Snoopy Museum has announced a sports themed event which is set to run from July 17, 2021 to January 10, 2022. Fans of the Peanuts series can look forward to new merchandise, workshops, and a themed menu at the PEANUTS Cafe.

    Joe Cool 50th Anniversary Merchandise

    Othello

    Make Your Own PEANUTS | Running: August 5, 2021 – August 9, 2021

    Snoopy Brass Charm Workshop | Running: August 12, 2021 – August 16, 2021

    Charlie Brown’s Pitcher Mound Hamburger

    Snoopy’s Longboard Surf Pizza Toast

    KLOP! Baseball Maritozzo

     GOOD GRIEF! Sliding Smoothie

    Inside the PEANUTS Cafe Snoopy Museum

    PEANUTS Cafe Original T-Shirts – “Lifting”

    PEANUTS Cafe Cooler Bag

    Official App – “Find Snoopy! by Snoopy Museum Tokyo”

    At the Snoopy Museum’s shop, the Browns’ Store, which sells exclusive Snoopy merchandise, they will sell a collection of items in celebration of Joe Cool’s 50th anniversary such as a cushion and pin, an original Othello game set, and more.

     

    Inside the museum’s workshop room, fans will be able to make their very own Joe Cool design Peanuts tote bag, as well as engrave their own necklace, keying, or tag.

     

    At the Snoopy Museum branch of PEANUTS Cafe, they’ll serve up a sports themed menu with food and drink inspired by the characters from the Peanuts comic strip. The cafe will even have its own exclusive merchandise, and a new official app called “Find Snoopy!” will be released.

     

    (C) Peanuts Worldwide LLC(短縮形 (C) Peanuts)

  • Kyoto’s eXcafe Gion Reopens Weekday Hours

    12.July.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

    eXcafe Gion, a cafe in Gion, Kyoto is now open for business on weekdays again.

    eXcafe Gion

    Cat-shaped bread by Neko Neko Shokupan

    The cafe is located near Tatsumihashi

    eXcafe’s famous Hoku Hoku Dango Set

    eXcafe Gion opened in November 2019 following the opening of the popular eXcafe Arashiyama. Gion is a major sightseeing spot of Kyoto for its fusion of traditional and contemporary Kyoto culture. One of its longest and most quintessential traditions of that of Chayamachi, also called Hanamachi, where maiko and geisha live and work.

     

    eXcafe Gion is situated near Tatsumihashi where the relaxing sounds of the Shirakawa River can be heard. The cafe incorporates elements of a traditional Japanese teahouse with tatami flooring and wooden structures, ready to welcome guests with open arms who have been strolling around to see the historical architecture of the local area.

     

    The summer season sees locals and sightseers dressed in yukata, the sound of geta shoes clacking on the floor. Summertime is also when the cafe serves their famous Hoku Hoku Dango, a must-try if visiting Gion.

  • Hololive VTuber Sakura Miko Gets Themed Cafe in Akihabara to Celebrate 3rd Anniversary

    11.July.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    In celebration of her 3rd anniversary, Hololive virtual YouTuber Sakura Miko is set to collaborate with STELLAMAP Cafe (located on floor 7F of Sofmap Tokyo AKIBA ④ Store) from July 29.

     

    Food Menu

     

    Drinks Menu / Latte Art

     

    Merchandise

     

    Sakura Miko to serve as the cafe manager

    Sakura Miko will attend virtually as the cafe manager via a monitor. See her work hours below:



    1. August 7, 2021 @ 11:00 / 12:30 / 14:00

    2. August 8, 2021 @ 15:30 / 17:00 / 18:30

    3. August 14, 2021 @ 11:00 / 12:30 / 14:00

    4. August 15, 2021 @ 15:30 / 17:00 / 18:30

     

    Table bookings run through a lottery system

    Book for a day when Sakura Miko is attending
    Booking Window: July 5, 2021 – July 9, 2021

    Winner Announcements: July 12, 2021

    Book for a day when Sakura Miko isn’t attending
    Booking Window: July 13, 2021 – July 16, 2021

    Winner Announcements: July 20, 2021

     

    Sakura Miko fans can enjoy a range of dishes, drinks, and desserts based on the VTuber, receive a free coaster and lunch mat when ordering from the menu, and get their hands on official and exclusive merchandise.

     

    ⓒ2016 COVER Corp.
    ⓒCopyright 2019 STELLAMAP CAFE

  • Minerva Cafe to Open at The Promised Neverland Jailbreak Arc Museum Exhibition

    09.July.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD / SPOT

    Roppongi Museum is set to open its The Promised Neverland exhibition on July 17 where it will run until December 30. The exhibition covers the Grace Field House Jailbreak Arc, where guests can feel like they’re really walking through the house.

     

    Cafe Logo

    As part of the exhibition, a themed cafe called the Minerva Cafe will open inside the museum serving food and drink inspired by the anime series.

    BLT Sandwich & Salmon Cream Cheese | ¥1,740 (Tax Included)

    Minerva & Phil’s Chocolate Banana Pancakes | ¥1,600 (Tax Included)

    The Minerva Cafe menu includes the mysterious William Minerva who Emma, Norman, and Ray are pursuing, chocolate banana pancakes with Minerva and Phil designs, and more, including a range drinks.

    Latte Art | ¥770 (Tax Included)

    Isabella’s Brown Sugar Milk Tea | ¥540 (Tax Included)

    The Emma, Norman, and Ray lattes also come with a coaster you can take home, and there’s a special Isabella milk tea you can buy at THE ALLEY, a food truck at Roppongi Musuem that’s popular for its Taiwanese milk teas.

     

    ©白井カイウ・出水ぽすか/集英社・約束のネバーランド製作委員会

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