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♪
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!
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.
Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn How to Make a Pompompurin Parfait
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.
Store bought roll cake
Fruits of your choice (fresh or canned)
Sweet potato powder
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!
Hello Kitty Collaborates With Japanese Ramen Restaurant Kourakuen
29.September.2020 | FOOD
Kourakuen Holdings Corporation launched a collaboration campaign together with Sanrio’s popular character Hello Kitty on September 26 which is set to run to October 25.
Hello Kitty takes over Kourakuen
For the duration of the collaboration, the Roppongi and Dogenzaka branches of Kourakuen will be decorated in all things Hello Kitty
Free folder with child meal sets
A free and exclusive A4 size folder will be given to all who order the children’s meal set. This is available at select branches only and the folders are limited in stock.
Kourakuen original merchandise
Kourakuen x Hello Kitty Soy Sauce Plate | ¥200 (Tax Included)
Kourakuen x Hello Kitty Folder | ¥100 (Tax Included)
A special line-up of original and exclusive merchandise will also be sold at all Kourakuen branches including soy sauce plates, folders, and more.
Kourakuen Official Website: https://www.rakuten.co.jp/kourakuen-hd/
Sanrio Releases 2020 Autumn and Winter Cosmetic Series
27.September.2020 | FASHION
Sanrio has released a colourful new line-up of heart-focused cosmetic items—lip cream, hand cream, and lip tint—for the autumn and winter season. The packaging features everyone’s favourite Sanrio characters such as Hello Kitty, My Melody, Little Twin Stars, and many more. Additionally, they have released cute heart marks for people to put on their face.
Heart Marks (3 Designs) | ¥1,430 Each (Tax Included)
Use the heart-shaped sponge to dip into the cheek cream and stamp a cute heart on your face.
Hand Cream (10 Designs) | ¥605 Each (Tax Included)
Keep your hands moist during the colder seasons. There are five different scents to choose from.
Lipstick (9 Designs) | ｜715 Each (Tax Included)
Heart-shaped scented lipstick, each capped off with an adorable character from Sanrio’s roster.
Lip Tint (6 Designs) | ¥770 (Tax Included)
Tint your lips and keep them moisturised at the same time. Pick from red, coral pink, or pink.
Other items in the line-up include hand cream and mini towel sets, lip cream and hand cream sets, and more. Autumn and winter’s chilly months can be beaten with a little self-care, so be sure to check this collection out.
©’76, ’85, ’89, ’93, ’96, ’01, ’05, ’20 SANRIO
©’15,’20 SANRIO S/F・G
Available: Sanrio stores in Japan and select department stores stocking Sanrio Products
Sanrio Online Shop: https://shop.sanrio.co.jp/
Kirby Café Launches Autumn Menu in Tokyo and Fukuoka
The Kirby Café in Tokyo and Fukuoka released three new dishes for autumn last Friday (September 18).
The menu items are made with seasonal flavours like pumpkin, sweet potato, and chestnut.
Filling Autumn Plate – Salmon Cream Pasta & Pumpkin Salad Sandwich | ¥1,480 (Before Tax)
One plate packed with fall flavours including a rich salmon cream pasta and pumpkin salad sandwich. If you look closely, you’ll spot cute pieces of Waddle Dee cheese.
Fallen Leaf Waterfall☆Mont Blanc and Baumkuchen With Friends | ¥1,280 (Before Tax)
Rick, Kine, and Coo feature on this tasty-looking dessert plate which is a baumkuchen piled with a chestnut mont blanc cream.
Kirby’s Hot Sweet Potato Sticks | ¥1,080 (Before Tax)
Crunchy on the outside, hot in the middle, and seasoned with fresh rosemary. Kirby is a pro at inhaling food, but don’t burn yourself with these!
Kirby Café TOKYO
Address: Tokyo Skytree Town Solamachi Floor 4F (1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida, Tokyo)
Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:00)
Kirby Café HAKATA
Address: Canal City Hakata North Bldg. B1F, 1-2-1 Sumiyoshi, Hakata, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture
Opening Hours: 11:00-23:00 (Last Orders 22:00)
Book Here: https://kirbycafe.jp
Kirby Café Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/kirbycafe.jp
Review: Miffy Café at Tokyo Solamachi®
In commemoration of Miffy’s 65th anniversary, the new Miffy Café opened on the first floor of Tokyo Solamachi on September 11, 2020 and will remain open for a limited time. The café is also collaborating with Japanese illustrator Shogo Sekine.
We visited the café to check out the themed menu, merchandise, and other fun things on show to see.
Stepping into the café is like stepping into a picture book world. It’s really colourful in there. My mother read Miffy to me when I was a child, so I was hit with a real sense of nostalgia when I entered the café. No matter your age, you’re sure to enjoy your time there – that’s the kind of fun atmosphere they have created.
Terrine-Style Open Miffy Sandwich | ¥1,499
I ordered the terrine-style open Miffy sandwich and Miffy orange float from the themed menu.
The open sandwich arrives in the shape of Miffy, so it almost seems a waste to eat, but it was really cute and delicious. Simply the best. It’s filled with potato salad, an avocado sauce, and salmon.
Miffy Orange Float | ¥899
The ice cream that tops the orange float is made to look like Miffy too!
Snapping a photo while drinking the float is pretty Instagrammable, so it’s a must when visiting.
All of the items on the menu have Miffy somewhere on them, meaning anything you order is guaranteed to be kawaii. They have takeout too, which is great if you don’t have much time to hang around or just don’t want to dine inside.
Speaking of which, each table in the café is separated with an acrylic board to protect customers during the pandemic, and all of them have super cute designs. Another photo opportunity for sure!
The café sells original merchandise too. The fashion items and illustrations with English on them were designed by popular Japanese illustrator Shogo Sekine. There’s a whole range of different goodies, from plush toys to fashion and more.
Don’t you feel happy just looking at all these colours? You’ll find yourself spoilt for choice on what to buy.
The Miffy Café is open until October 18. You can book a table too, so if you’re in Japan during this time, be sure to visit the café website below.
Illustrations Dick Bruna © copyright Mercis bv, 1953-2020 www.miffy.com
Model & Writer：Eri Tanioku
Photo: Haruka Yamamoto
Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga
Address: TOKYO BOX cafe&space, Tokyo Solamachi 1F, 1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
Running: September 11, 2020 – October 18, 2020
Reservation Fee: ¥500
Official Website: https://miffy-skn-65.cafe.jp/
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
Tokyo’s Pokémon Café Adds Eevee Frappe to the Menu
Eevee Apple Pie Frappe
The sweet tang of the apple combines with the caramel to create a tasty dessert drink, topped with whipped cream, crunchy piece bits, and a cute Eevee tail cookie.
Buy the separate Eevee sleeve to put on your drink to make a fully complete and adorable Eevee frappe♡
© 2020 Pokémon.©1995-2020 Nintendo/Creatures Inc./GAME FREAK inc.
Pokémon, ポケットモンスター and ポケモン are registered trademarks of Nintendo, Creatures Inc. and GAME FREAK inc.
Pikachu Sweets by Pokémon Café
Address: Sunshine City Specialty Shop Area Alpa Floor 2, 3-1-2 Higashiikebukuro, Toshima City, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
Official Website: https://www.pokemoncenter-online.com/cafe/pikachu_sweets/
KAWAII MONSTER CAFE HARAJUKU Collaborates With Alice’s Fantasy Restaurant For Halloween Fair
22.September.2020 | FOOD
KAWAII MONSTER CAFE HARAJUKU is set to collaborate with Tokyo’s three branches of Alice’s Fantasy Restaurant to serve up a Halloween themed menu. It will be served from September 19 to October 31.
The Halloween season is right around the corner, and the KAWAII MONSTER CAFE is once again joining in with the spooky festivities. This year, the cafe has joined hands with Alice’s Fantasy Restaurant to create a collaborative Halloween menu lineup.
Colourful Rainbow Pasta With Halloween Cream | ¥1,400
Colourful pasta served in rich pumpkin sauce and with a variety of different ghost creams.
Singing Alice’s Caesar Salad | ¥1,360
Alice’s Fantasy Restaurant’s popular Caesar salad heads to KAWAII MONSTER CAFE, an assortment of purple carrots, pumpkin, and other tasty delights. Alice is also hidden in the pasta somewhere as a black witch.
Kingpin Choppy & Henchman Humpty Dumpty Curry | ¥1,300
KAWAII MONSTER CAFE’s mascot is served wearing a silk hat and comes with his fellow henchman Humpty Dumpty.
Cheshire Cat Splatter Ice Cream | ¥1,100
Soft serve ice cream topped with crunchy cereal, cotton candy, and chocolate, all drizzled in a splattered sweet strawberry sauce.
Customers who post a photo of their foot onto social media with the hashtag #tokyohalloweencollection can enter for a chance to win some Halloween merchandise.
KAWAII MONSTER CAFE HARAJUKU
Address: YM Square Bldg. 4F, 4-31-10 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:30-19:00
No Fixed Holidays
Access: 5-minutes on foot Harajuku Station via JR / 1-minutes on foot from Meiji-Jigumae Station via Chiyoda Line and Fukutoshin Line
Official Website: https://kawaiimonster.jp/day/pc/
Review: Meeting Pixar Characters in Japan at PIXAR FEST in Omotesando
OH MY CAFE, a chain of cafes in Japan, is now running a special Pixar-themed food event called ‘PIXAR FEST’ which will run in Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya.
“Keep On Smiling” is the the concept of the event, which will serve up a whole range of different foods including a Lightning McQueen exclusive on September 5, a special drink inspired by Disney Pixar’s Onward which released earlier this year, a collection of strawberry desserts centred on Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear to celebrate Toy Story’s 25th anniversary, and more. There’s lots to see, so we follow MIOCHIN to the Tokyo event in Omotesando.
PIXAR FEST at OH MY CAFE is packed full of exciting things for both kids and adults alike. Here’s our report.
The fun begins even before you enter the cafe, as at the entrance, you are met with a wall poster of numerous popular Pixar characters.
The moment you step inside, Sully is there ready to greet you! You can even take a picture with him, so if you visit, don’t miss the chance.
You’ll find familiar faces scattered all around the cafe, like Woody, Buzz, Mike, Nemo. The decorations and designs are really wonderful.
The original menu has a cute lineup too, with dishes, drinks, and desserts inspired by characters from the animated movies.
The food tastes really good too, so be sure to pick out a menu item based on your favourite movie.
Until October 9, you can order the special Onward and Lightning McQueen menu items. This includes ‘Ian & Barley’s Pink Sunset Blue Mallow Tea’ and ‘Lightning McQueen’s Kachow Lightning Hamburger Sandwich.’ You can see the full menu lineup here. It makes you want to watch Pixar movies all day then grab some Pixar food!
Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear from Toy Story 3 will have his own special menu items too: the ‘Lots-o’s Strawberry Chicken Hamburger’ and ‘Lots-o’-s Strawberry Drink.’ These will be served from October 10 to November 24.
The cafe has its own collection of PIXAR FEST merchandise in three different types: the “PIXAR FEST Series” which uses the cafe’s main visual for its design, the “Vintage Series” which uses a cute purple, and the “Alien Mix” which has a pop design with the Little Green Men from Toy Story.
Customers can also receive a limited-edition OH MY CAFE sticker if they order something from the menu, buy some merchandise, and post their thoughts about the cafe and their items on Twitter with the hashtags #キャンペーン #PIXAR FESTカフェで最高の思い出を作ろう #OHMYCAFE. Be sure to get involved if you’re in Japan this summer and autumn.
PIXAR FEST at OH MY CAFE is a dreamland for Pixar fans, and is best experienced in person.
PIXAR FEST OH MY CAFE
OH MY CAFE TOKYO / August 28, 2020 – November 15, 2020
Address: Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku (Floor 3F), 4-30-3 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
kawara CAFE&DINER Shinsaibashi / August 28, 2020 – November 17, 2020
Address: Shinsaibashi OPA (Floor 9F), 1-4-3 Nishishinsaibashi, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture
kawara CAFE&KITCHEN Nagoya PARCO / September 4, 2020 – November 24, 2020
Address: Nagoya PARCO South Building (Floor 5F), 3-29-1 Sakae, Naka Ward, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture
Pixar Fest OH MY CAFE Official Website: https://pf2020.ohmycafe.jp/
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?
Address: 1-15-19 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-23:30 (Last Orders 22:30)
No Fixed Holidays (But may be closed during the New Year Holidays)
Access: 3-minutes on foot from Shibuya Station’s Hachiko Exit
Official Instagram: https://instagram.com/hatou_coffee_shibuya?igshid=9ubwybwvpktb
*The cafe is cash-only and has an outdoor smoking area
Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga
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.
Running: September 16, 2020 – November 1, 2020
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Official Website: https://krispykreme.jp
Tokyo Stroll: The Café That You Want to Visit to See Someone #14 – ‘Kayaba Coffee’ in Yanaka
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
Address: 6-1-29 Yanaka, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: [Tue-Fri] 8:00-18:00 (Last Orders 17:30) / [Weekends] 8:00-19:00 (Last Orders 18:30)
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.
CAFETEL Kyoto Sanjo for Ladies
Running: October 1, 2020 – November 1, 2020
Rooms: 1 (up to 3 people)
Price: From ¥10,650
Official Website: https://cafetel.jp/