The Harajuku & Umeda Pompompurin Cafés Reveal New Menus for Halloween

27.August.2018 | FOOD

The Harajuku and Umeda branches of the Pompompurin Café, which is based on the popular Sanrio character Pompompurin, have unveiled their Halloween menus which will be served from September 1 to October 31.

 

Pompompurin, who came second in the 2018 Sanrio Character Awards, is joined by his best hamster friend Muffin in this special themed menu.

 

Purin the Mage’s Magical Stew: ¥1,290 (+Tax)

 

This magical and mellow tasting stew contains three different Halloween colours, orange, black and purple, each with their own distinct flavours. The orange is carrot, the black is squid ink, and the purple is sweet potato paste. Purin looks so cute dressed as a mage!

 

Black Cat Muffin Trick Pasta: ¥1,390 (+Tax)

 

Muffin went and turned this pasta completely black with his magic abilities! The pasta is made with squid ink and is topped with tomato sauce. It features a Muffin as a black cat made of mashed potato. The dish also comes with cute monsters made of zucchini and a salad mixed with pumpkin.

 

Happy Halloween Purin: ¥600 (+Tax*)

 

This rich pumpkin purin is crowned lavishly with purple sweet potato cream. It’s filled with the flavours of fall, and when you pour over the caramel sauce it becomes even tastier. It also comes with monster made from gateau chocolate. This dessert is great if you’ve still got room in your belly after a meal.

 

*When you order this as a set the price of the set becomes ¥300 (+tax).

 

 

When you order from the Halloween menu you will receive a shiori and lunch mat with original designs. If you order a drink you’ll also receive an original coaster. These items are limited edition and will no longer be available following the end of the menu’s run.

 

Get in the Halloween spirit with this special menu at the Pompompurin Café♪

 

■Information

Pompompurin Cafe Harajuku

Address: CUTE CUBE HARAJUKU 3F, 1-7-1 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 (Food Last Orders 20:00 / Drinks Last Orders 20:30)

Access: 3-minutes on foot from the Takeshita Exit at Harajuku Station

TEL: 03-5786-0770

 

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

 

Pompompurin Cafe Official Website: http://pompom.createrestaurants.com

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  • Pompompurin x BOYS AND MEN Collaborative Café Opens in Nagoya

    22.August.2018 | FOOD

    The Pompompurin Café in Nagoya themed on the popular character Pompompurin from the Sanrio franchise is teaming up Japanese variety show Boy Boy Mugendai by BOYS AND MEN. The collaborative menu will be available for a limited period from August 21 to September 30.

    BOYS AND MEN are an entertainment group that was formed in 2010 by people who were born and live in the Tokai region of Japan. They have many members who are regulars on TV and radio shows in the the Tokai area.

    The collaboration is based on a skit by BOYS AND MEN titled Family (‘Usuika no Hitobito’).

    “Pompompurin x Usuika no Hitobito” – Showa-Style Noodle Set

    Price: ¥1,490 (+Tax)

     

    This surreal dish is made in the image of the father’s wig from the Usui family. It includes classic soba noodles with sauce and omelette as well as mayonnaise and seaweed.

    “Pompompurin x BM / YanKee5” – Red Hot Espuma Ramen Set

    Price: ¥1,490 (+Tax)

     

    This fiery red hot ramen packs a punch thanks to the cayenne pepper and chili oil. It’s topped with potato espuma which creates a mild balance with the heat of the dish.

    “Pompompurin x BM / Makoto” – Cotton Candy Pancake

    Price: ¥1,290 (+Tax)

     

    The pink colour fluffy cotton candy is inspired by the theme colour of Makoto’s leader. When you pour over the accompanying milk syrup it reveals a pancake of the other three members’ colours together with vanilla ice cream and Pompompurin. There are 3 different flavoured pancakes to choose from.

     

    Limited Edition Original Design Merchandise

     

    You can get your hands on one postcard per food item you order from the menu. You can also get a coaster when you order a drink. When you order both a drink and food you’ll receive a lunch mat. These items will no longer be available once the collaboration ends.

     

    Be sure to head on over to the Pompompurin Café in Nagoya whether you’re a fan of Pompompurin or BOYS AND MEN to enjoy this collaboration for yourself!

     

    ■Information

    Pompompurin Café Nagoya
    Address: BECOME SAKAE 2F, 3-32-6 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya
    Open: April 17, 2018
    Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00 (Last Orders 19:30)
    Access: 10-minutes on foot from Sakae Station via the Meijo Line
    TEL: 052-249-8320

    Pompompurin Café Official Website: http://pompom.createrestaurants.com/

    ©2018 “Boy Boy Mugendai” Production Team

    ©1996, 2018 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO.S591691

     

  • Popular Character Cafés in Japan: August 2018

    07.August.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

    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

     

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    LINE Stamp “Over Action Rabbit” Character Café

    Running: July 21, 2018 – August 26, 2018

    Location: VANDALISM Shibuya

    Address: B1F Ota, 26-9 Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 11:00am-9:00pm

    Official Homepage: http://dk311.jp/Extremely-Rabbit/cafe/

     

     

    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

     

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    The Very Hungry Caterpillar Café

    Address: Sunday Brunch, Marione Gate Ginza 1 (4F), 2-2-14 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

    Running: January 18, 2018 – August 31, 2018

    Opening Hours: 11:00am-9:00pm

    *Reservations must be made for those who want to visit the cafe before 5:30pm. Making reservation is unnecessary for those who are planning to visit the café after 5:30pm.

    TEL: 03-3567-3366

    Website: http://www.harapecocafe.com

     

     

    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

     

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    Gudetama Café – Ikebukuro

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

    Running: June 26, 2018 – September 4, 2018

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

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

    No fixed holidays except where Seibu Ikebukuro is closed.

    TEL: 03-5949-5675

    ©2013, 2018 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO.S590710

     

     

    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!

     

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    Chiitan☆ x Harajuku Kawaii-ya (Produced by Animate Cafe)

    Running: August 8, 2018 – September 9, 2018

    Location: Harajuku Kawaii-ya (CUTE CUBE HARAJUKU 3F, 1-7-1 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo)

    Official Page: http://kawaiiya.jp/collabo-chitan.html

     

     

    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

     

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    Cinnamoroll Café

    Sapporo PARCO 4F・THE GUEST cafe&diner

    Address: Sapporo PARCO 4F – THE GUEST Cafe&Diner, 1-3-3 Minami, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido

    Running: July 27, 2018 – September 10, 2018

    Opening Hours: 10:00am-8:00pm (Food Last Orders 7:00pm / Drinks Last Orders 7:30pm)

    Official Website: http://the-guest.com

     

     

    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

     

    ■Information
    Sakura Fantasy Cafe

    Tokyo: Harajuku Box Cafe&Space

    Osaka: DELASOUL CHARBON

    Saitama: Koshigaya Box Cafe&Space

     

    Dates

    Tokyo: July 12, 2018 – September 2, 2018

    Osaka: July 27, 2018 – August 28, 2018

    Saitama: September 6, 2018 – September 30, 2018

     

    Opening Hours

    Tokyo: 11:00am-9:40pm

    Osaka: 11:00am-9:20pm

    Saitama: 11:00am-8:00pm (Last Orders 7:00pm)

     

    Entry

    Online reservations must be made (¥600 + tax) to access the Tokyo and Osaka cafes. 80 minutes allowed.

    Reservations not taken for Saitama cafe.

     

    Reservation Bonuses

    Free luncheon mat randomly selected from 3 designs.

     

    Menu Order Bonus

    Those who order from the themed menu will receive an original coaster randomly selected from 9 designs.

     

    Official Website: https://sakura-fantsy-cafe.jp

     

     

    Did you enjoy this list? Be sure you get a chance to visit a character café while you’re in Japan.

  • Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn How to Make a Pompompurin Parfait

    08.July.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

    With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s recipe series! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.

     

    In this recipe you’ll learn how to make a cute Pompompurin Parfait

    It’s something you can make at home and is topped with a Pompompurin made out of sweet potato.

    1. Ingredients

    Store bought roll cake

    Fruits of your choice (fresh or canned)

    Fresh cream

    Sweet potato powder

    Milk

    Butter

    2. First things first, sorting out the sweet potato.

    ①Dissolve the sweet potato powder into the milk, add the butter ans mix

    ②Form Pompompurin’s face.

    ③The size will depend on the size of the parfait glass you are using.

    ④Mix in part cocoa to make the hat, and roll hands into little balls.

    ⑤Add a little bit of water to some egg yolk then brush onto the surface. Making sure not to brown your mix, cook at 140-150℃ for around 10 minutes.

    ⑥Leave to fully cool down then drawn on the face with a chocolate pen or melted cocoa.

    3. Cut fruits of your choice into bite-size chunks. Add a touch of kawaii by cutting banana or kiwi into flower shapes.

    4. Arrange the fruits neatly around the side of the glass and add alternating layers of any leftover fruit, roll cake and fresh cream.

    5. Cap everything off with a slice of roll cake so that the sweet potato Pompompurin sits nicely on top.

    Place him on top and you’re all done♡

    Kaori invites you into her world of character-themed food dishes in her recipe series!

     

    Please check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!

     

    ■Profile
    Kaori Kubota (@kaopan27)
    I live in Hokkaido and I love to make character-shaped meals, desserts and breads.
    I enjoy making character foods because I want to see my family smiling.
    My character foods and character bento boxes are introduced on my Instagram page→@kaopan27

     

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  • Review: The 30 Year Old Cafe Chatei Hatou in Shibuya

    18.September.2020 | FOOD

    Hi, everyone. It’s Banako of MOSHI MOSHI FRIENDS. Today I’m reviewing Chatei Hatou, a long-standing cafe in Shibuya, Tokyo.

     

    Shibuya is a place that bustles with youth culture and fashion. It’s also home to many eateries, but there aren’t many places around that you can go to to get away from the busy streets for a quiet break.

    Chatei Hatou opened in 1989 at Miyamasuzaka Shita in Shibuya, where it has gone unchanged and welcomed customers for the past 30 years. It’s very easy to get to, being just a 3-minute stroll from the Hachiko Exit of Shibuya Station.

     

    When opening the door to the cafe and stepping inside, the first thing to jump out at you are the rows of coffee cups lined up along shelves behind the counter.

    The coffee cup collection features a selection of works by many different makers. There’s even a cup in there valued at ¥200,000!

    The antiques littered here and there around the cafe elevate the vibe of the cafe. There’s a number of seating areas, including the counter seats as well as tables for two, four, or big groups.

     

    I felt the faint tasty scent of the Japanese pudding calling to me so I went and ordered a pumpkin pudding along with a hot chocolate.

    Cafe Chocolat (Hot) ¥950 / Pumpkin Pudding ¥500

    The pumpkin pudding was nice and moist and rich in flavour. Nothing short of delicious. It’s made even sweeter when eaten together with the fluffy whipped cream―which also elevates the flavour of the pumpkin too.

    I was inspired by the cafe owner to go for the cup I chose for my hot chocolate. There is so much variety between the cups; it’s fun getting to see rare ones. Be sure to check their Instagram page where they have more detailed write-ups about their coffee cups and coffee varieties.

     

    The cafe has a selection of original coffee blends which they make fresh with the utmost care and consideration. You can buy their coffee beans, take cake away from you, and even order whole cakes, so you can enjoy their delights at home.

     

    Chatei Hatou has stood together with Shibuya these past 30 years. According to the owner, the most important thing about running a cafe is making sure its doors are always open. It’s been tough as a result of the pandemic this year, but the cafe is still there as a part of people’s lives.

     

    The next time you’re in Shibuya, why not enjoy a drink and a sit down at Chatei Hatou?

  • Halloween Doughnuts Creep Their Way Into Krispy Kreme Doughnuts in Japan

    18.September.2020 | FOOD

    Halloween arrived at Krispy Kreme Doughnuts in Japan on September 16 with the “monster HARVEST” collection of themed doughnuts. Available until November 1, the spooky lineup incorporates a selection of Japanese autumn flavours like pumpkin and purple sweet potato.

    The doughnut collection is here to put us in the Halloween spirit nice and early. Krispy Kreme Japan’s popular jack-o’-lantern doughnuts are back this year, as are the new black cat doughnuts which first arrived last year. A completely new purple sweet potato flavour was also introduced to the menu on September 1.

    Pumpkin Pudding Jack-o’-lantern | ¥240 (Before Tax)

    The jack-o’-lantern doughnuts have been made even more delicious for Halloween 2020 by using pumpkins from Hokkaido and filling them with velvety pumpkin Japanese-style pudding. Add to that the chocolate facial features and you’ve got yourself a tantalising treat for the spooky season.

    Black Cat Caramel | ¥250 (Before Tax)

    A black cat made with big white chocolate eyes and a dark chocolate face topped with crunchy almond pieces and stuffed with caramel cream.

    Muchimochi Purple Sweet Potato Mont Blanc | ¥240 (Before Tax)

    The tasty, chewy, and hot purple sweet potato doughnut is made with sliced sweet potato and coated in powdered sugar. It’s served hot which makes the flavour even more intense.

    Halloween Dozen (12 Doughnuts) | ¥2,000 (Before Tax)

    Share a dozen with friends this Halloween which includes not only two of each of the ones already shown, but Krispy Kreme’s popular “Chocolate Sprinkle” and “Original Glazed®” too.

    Halloween Mini Box (20 Doughnuts) | ¥2,000 (Before Tax)

    There’s also a colourful box of 20 mini versions of the doughnuts too.

  • Tokyo Stroll: The Café That You Want to Visit to See Someone #14 – ‘Kayaba Coffee’ in Yanaka

    17.September.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    In this edition of The Café That You Want to Visit to See Someone, I visited Kayaba Coffee, a coffee shop in Yanaka, Tokyo, which is a perfect example of the old and traditional shitamachi neighbourhoods.

    Kayaba Coffee is just a 10-minute walk from both Nezu Station and Nippori Station.


    This is a place I’ve visited in my private time out of work and I’m always excited to go. Kayaba Coffee was established in 1938, and actually closed in 2006. But due to public demand, the cafe reopened just two years later in 2008. It’s a popular coffee shop loved by people of all generations.

     

    Time to head on in.

     

    The first floor houses the counter and table seats, while the seating on the second floor is traditional zashiki style on tatami flooring. Although it’s a cafe, you I feel so relaxed in there that it’s like I’m visiting my grandma’s house. The sun shines through the big windows, making you all warm and want to take a nap.

    I ordered their super popular egg sandwich! The menu was changed in May this year, and a new and improved version of their egg sandwich was put on there. It’s made using sourdough bread from VANER, a local bakery in Uenosakuragi not far from the cafe.

    Breakfast Menu – Egg Sandwich | ¥1,000

    The chewy, sour bread is the perfect combination with the fluffy eggs.

    Lemon Squash | ¥600

    The lemon squash has a cinnamon aftertaste. Everything on the menu is made with love and perfection; before I realised it, I was hooked on going there.

    Strawberry Shaved Ice | ¥800

    This was my first shaved ice of the year! I went with the classic strawberry flavour. The syrup is super juicy and nearly collapsed the fluffy shaved ice the moment I put it on. It has a syrupy texture and the strawberry juice has a sweet and sour kick that’s just simply delightful♡

     

    And you can make it even sweeter by pouring over your desired amount of condensed milk. It was really tasty.

    Kayaba Coffee is the same as it was back in the day, and continues to be loved dearly. I think even people who visit it for the first time will feel a sense of nostalgia. If you have a place you can go to relax on bad days or when you’re feeling down, it’s sure to give you the strength to work hard again. This cafe is a wonderful place that’s close to people’s hearts.

     

    I want to visit there again already.

     

    Writer/Model: Ema Tanioku
    Photographer: Haruka Yamamoto
    Design: Yuko Takayama (ASOBISYSTEM)

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

  • Kyoto’s Female-Only Hotel CAFETEL Kyoto Sanjo for Ladies Reveals Halloween Room

    17.September.2020 | SPOT

    CAFETEL Kyoto Sanjo for Ladies, a hotel in Kyoto exclusive to female guests, is offering a new Halloween room plan between October 1 and November 1. There is just one room and it can only be booked for one day between that period. This plan was offered last year and was a resounding success amongst guests.

    Last year’s Halloween room took on a more cute and bright theme, but they’re going for something darker this time. The theme this year is “The Secret Witches-Only Get-Together,” with all ideas and designs conceived and handmade by the hotel staff themselves.

    Guests will find decorations all around the room, such as bats on doors and walls who will listen in on the witches’ gossip to creepy crawly spiders in the bed. Candles are provided in the room to set the Halloween mood, and there’s even witch and devil costumes and props for guests to dress up in.

     

    Free goodies for the witch get-together

    Guests can enjoy a gorgeous view of the Kamogawa River from their room. They are also presented with a free Halloween drink exclusive to those who stay in this room.

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