Banana Fish Café & Bar to Open in Shinjuku on October 5

25.September.2018 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

A café and bar themed on the popular ongoing anime series Banana Fish will open in Shinjuku, Tokyo on October 5 for a limited time.

 

Like the setting of the anime series, the café and bar too are based on New York. Waiting there to serve customers will be the show’s main characters Ash Lynx and Eiji Okumura.

 

There will also be voice announcements by both characters chatting back and forth for customers to listen to. The first floor will feature a takeout menu and an exhibition of illustrations from the series while the second floor will be home to the café where fans can also get their hands on merchandise.

Customers who book a place at the café will receive an A3 poster randomly selected from 4 possible designs, all of which feature café original artwork.

Customers who go to the café will also receive one of 7 possible film-style bookmarkers as pictured above which collect iconic scenes from the story.

If you order a drink you’ll also receive one of 6 possible coasters with super deformed art – the first super deformed art to come out of the series.

The menu will include ramen rice which Ash is seen to eat in the manga, an Eiji style healthy sandwich, and more.

There will also be an original bar menu with plenty to choose from.

Once you’ve finished your meal get your hands on some of the merchandise including clear files, key rings, stands, jumpers, iPhone cases and more.

 

Immerse yourself in the world of Banana Fish this autumn!

 

■Information

Banana Fish Café & Bar

Address: Shinjuku Southern Terrace, 2-2-2 Yoyogi, Shinjuku, Tokyo

Running: October 5, 2018 – December 2, 2018

Opening Hours: 11:00am-9:20pm (80-minutes max. allowed)

*Bookings taken. If there is a seat free on the day however you are permitted entry without booking.

Booking Price: ¥650 (Pre-Tax)

Booking Bonus: A3 Clear Poster (selected randomly from 4 designs)

Other Bonuses: Receive a film style bookmarker for dining at the café. (+more)

Official Website: http://bananafish-cafebar.jp/

©Akimi Yoshida・Shogakukan / Project BANANA FISH

 

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  • Top 10 Character Cafés in Japan: September 2018

    13.September.2018 | ANIME&GAME / FEATURES / FOOD

    Character cafés are a unique experience in Japan which sees a café collaborate with well-known anime series, game series and various franchises by decorating the café interior with designs and illustrations based on them and meals and drinks inspired by them.

     

    Here’s a compilation of collaborative cafés you can look forward to in September 2018.

     

     

    Howacolo Club x Hands Cafe (August 22 – September 17)

    The hugely popular characters of Howacolo Club―a Japanese web comic―have are teaming up with five Hands Cafe branches around Japan until September 17. There are 5 different foods and drinks themed on the characters in Howacolo Club including the popular puppy Howacolo-chan. The cafe interior, too, has been be transformed into the world of Howacolo Club with illustrations, plushies and more. Enjoy a fun café time with your pals at Howacolo Club♡

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/122234

     

    ■Information

    Howacolo Club x Hands Cafe

    Running: August 22, 2018 – September 17, 2018 (*Shibuya branch opens on August 23)

    Branch List

    ・Hands Cafe – Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku

    5F Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku, 4-30-3 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    ・Hands Cafe – Shibuya

    7F Tokyu Hands Shibuya, 12-18 Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo

    ・Hands Cafe – Etomo Chuorinkan

    2F Etomo, 4-6-3 Chuorinkan, Yamato-shi, Kanagawa Prefecture

    ・Hands Cafe – Umeda

    10F Tokyu Hands Umeda, 3-1-1 Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka Prefecture

    ・Hands Cafe – Piole Akashi

    1F Piole Akashi West Building, 1-1-23 Oakashicho, Akashi-shi, Hyogo Prefecture

     

    Hands Cafe Official Website:  https://www.handscafe.jp/

    Howacolo Club Official Website: http://howacoloclub.com/

     

    Cardcaptor Sakura x SAKURA Fantasy Cafe (July 12 – September 30)

    The Sakura Fantasy Cafe is themed on the latest entry to the Cardcaptor series, Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card, with three branches that were opened in Tokyo (Harajuku), Osaka (Abeno) and Saitama (Koshigaya). The Saitama branch is the last branch open. It has a line-up of photogenic food as well as a photo spot and more, all with original illustrations drawn specially for this collaboration. There’s also a range of original Cardcaptor merchandise you can’t get anywhere else. The menu includes 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

     

    Pompompurin x BOYS AND MEN (August 21 – September 30)

    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 until September 30. The collaboration is based on a skit by BOYS AND MEN titled Family (‘Usuika no Hitobito’), with food taking inspiration from the characters such as the Showa style noodle set pictured above that’s made in the image of the father’s wig from the Usui family and more.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/123124

     

    ■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

     

    2PM Members x ZooPM (August 31 – October 8)

    ZooPM Café, which was first opened in 2016 for a limited time, has gotten a revamp has reopened. Each dish on the menu is inspired by the ZooPM characters such as the Pan. K half-cooked pancakes,  Pi Young cheese curry, emperor penguin and more, as well as a range of ZooPM drinks. You must book in advance and spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis so if you’re interested be sure to get in there quick.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/123052

     

    ■Information
    ZooPM Café

    Tokyo
    Location: SHIBUYA BOX CAFE & SPACE
    Address: 2F Shibuya LOFT, 21-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo
    Running: August 31, 2018 – October 8, 2018
    Opening Hours: 10:20am-8:40pm

     

    Osaka
    Location: UMEDA BOX CAFE & SPACE
    Address: 1F Umeda LOFT, 16-7 Chayamachi, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka Prefecture
    Running: August 31, 2018 – October 8, 2018
    Opening Hours: 10:30am-8:50pm

     

    Reservations: https://zoopmcafe.jp/

     

    Grand Blue x 46 Shokudo (September 3 – October 8)

    46 Shokudo has joined hands with popular anime series Grand Blue is teaming up with to open a collaborative café called Grand Blue Shokudo which is open until October 8. The theme of the café is ‘a house by the sea.’ The menu is packed with themed food and meals including Food Stall Snacks, Ramen, Nanaka & Chisa’s Sisterly Curry, Kebako’s Keba Keba Waffle, and more. Enjoy the last summer of Japan’s Heisei Period with the members of Grand Blue!

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/125006

     

    ■Information

    Grand Blue Shokudo

    Location: 46 Shokudo, 4F Narita Bldg., 1-29-4 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo

    Running: September 3, 2018 – October 8, 2018

    Opening Hours: 10:30am-9:30pm

    Bookings:http://grandblue-shokudo.jp/

    Booking Present: Original coaster (1 design)

    Booking Fee: ¥300 (Pre-Tax)

    Order Present: Customers who order a drink at the café will receive a coaster selected randomly from a possible 10 designs.

     

    Natsume’s Book of Friends: Tied to the Temporal World x BOX CAFE&SPACE (September 14 – October 14)

    To celebrate the release of the Natsume’s Book of Friends movie on September 29, two themed cafes will open in Tokyo and Saitama as well as a character café booth at the Kyoto International Manga & Anime Fair 2018. They will serve a variety of themed dishes tied to autumn as well as merchandise with an autumn-time theme. Those who book at the Tokyo café in advance will receive one of four randomly selected original stickers pictured above. The menu items will differ at all three cafés, so be sure to try them all!

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/125852

     

    ■Information
    Café Dates
    Tokyo: September 14, 2018 – October 14, 2018
    Saitama: October 4, 2018 – October 28, 2018
    Kyomaf: September 15, 2018 – September 16, 2018

     

    Café Opening Hours

    Tokyo: 11:00am-9:40pm

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

    Kyomaf: 9:00am-5:00pm (until 4:00pm on September 16

     

    Café Locations

    Tokyo: Omotesando Box Cafe&Space

    Saitama: BOX CAFE&SPACE

    Kyomaf: Kyoto International Manga & Anime Fair (Kyomaf) 2018 Character Café Booth

    *For access details check each café’s official website.

     

    Entry

    Tokyo: Booking costs ¥500 online. 80 minutes stay max.

    Saitama/Kyomaf: No booking necessary.

     

    Café Official Website: https://natsume-movie-cafe.jp

    Natsume’s Book of Friends Movie Website: http://natsume-movie.com/

    ©Yuki Midorikawa・Hakusensha / Natsume’s Book of Friends Project

     

    Fate/Grand Order x Sanrio (September 20 – October 28)

    Sanrio are collaborating once more with the hugely popular online free-to-play RPG mobile game Fate/Grand Order―which is based on Type-Moon’s Fate/stay night franchise―to open three themed cafés. They will open in Tokyo and Osaka alongside Sendai for the first time with newly drawn Heroic Spirits. All the food, drinks and merchandise available at the cafés are inspired by the Servants of Fate/Grand Order who have been drawn with cute designs. Enjoy a Fate experience you can’t get anywhere else.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/123977

     

    ■Information

    Fate/Grand Order Design produced by Sanrio Collab Café
    Booking Price: ¥650 (Pre-Tax)

     

    Tokyo Café
    Address: B1F Fujiwara Bldg., 1-3-24 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo
    Running: September 20, 2018 – October 28, 2018
    Opening Hours: 10:00am-9:20pm

     

    Osaka Café
    Address: 2F/3F KUS Nipponbashi Bldg., 4-8-16 Nipponbashi, Naniwa Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture
    Running: September 27, 2018 – October 30, 2018
    Opening Hours: 10:00am-9:20pm

     

    Miyagi Café
    Address: 8F Sendai LOFT, 1-10-10 Chuo, Aoba Ward, Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture
    Running: September 22, 2018 – October 21, 2018
    Opening Hours: 10:20am-8:40pm

     

    Bookings can be made via the official website below.
    http://fgo-sanrio-cafe.jp/

     

    The Pokémon Cafe x Limited Edition Autumn Menu (September 8 – October 31)

    The Pokémon Cafe in Nihonbashi released a new menu for autumn which is being served until October 31. The cute menu is inspired by different Pokémon including Gastly’s Menchi Katsu Burger, Tangela’s Halloween Mont Blanc, Golbat’s Poisonous Float Drink and more. The cafe are serving their regular grand menu too, so whether it’s your first time or you’re a regular you’re sure to have a lot of fun!

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/126707

     

    ■Information

    The Pokémon Cafe
    Address: Nihonbashi Takashimaya SC East Bldg. 5F, 2-11-2 Nihonbashi, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
    Opening Hours: 10:30am-11:00pm
    Seats: 140

    Official Website: https://www.pokemoncenter-online.com/cafe/

    © 2018 Pokémon. ©1995-2018 Nintendo/Creatures Inc./GAME FREAK inc.

    ポケットモンスター, ポケモン and Pokémon are registered trademarks of Nintendo Creatures, Inc.

     

    Shouta Aoi × Little Twin Stars Café (September 12 – November 4)

    The collaboration between Japanese voice actress Shouta Aoi and the Sanrio mascots Kiki and Lala, aka the Little Twin Stars, was so popular in Omotesando that they’ve teamed up once more to bring people the new Shouta Aoi×Little Twin Stars Café ~Halloween Party~ event. As well as serving the much praised collaborative themed food from last time, there will be a new range of Halloween themed food too, as well as merchandise, all with cute illustrations and designs for a fun Halloween. The cute line-up of Halloween merchandise features rare designs you won’t find anywhere else, so don’t miss out!

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/126272

     

    ■Information

    Shouta Aoi×Little Twin Stars Café ~Halloween Party~

    Dates

    Tokyo: September 12, 2018 – October 14, 2018

    Osaka: September 19, 2018 – November 4, 2018

     

    Locations

    Tokyo: 8F Yurakucho Marui, POP-UP-BOX

    Osaka: 4F Hankyu Department Store Umeda

     

    Opening Hours

    Tokyo:

    [Monday-Saturday] 11:00am-9:00pm (Last Orders 8:00pm)

    [Sunday & Holidays] 10:30am-8:30pm (Last Orders 7:30pm)

    Osaka:

    [Monday-Thursday] 10:00am-8:00pm (Food Last Orders: 7:00pm / Drinks Last Orders 7:30pm)

    [Friday & Saturday] 10:00am-9:00pm (Food Last Orders 8:00pm / Drinks Last Orders 8:30pm)

     

    Official Website: https://shoutaaoi-littletwinstars-collab-cafe.jp

     

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar x J.S. PANCAKE CAFE (September 12 – November 4 *depending on branch)

    J.S. PANCAKE CAFE have joined hands with The Very Hungry Caterpillar to turn their cafés into the world of Eric Carle’s internationally beloved picture book. The four month duration the cafés will be open from September to December will reflect both the growth of the caterpillar as well as the story of the book. The first month, September, will represent the sun on the day that the caterpillar was born. In October, he will eat fruits and grow. In November he will enter his cocoon. Finally, in December, he will turn into a butterfly. All of this will be illustrated on the pancakes each month. Don’t miss out on this chance to fully immerse yourself in the world of The Very Hungry Caterpillar!

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/124618

     

    ■Information

    J.S. PANCAKE CAFE x The Very Hungry Caterpillar

    Starting: Mid-September 2018 (Subject to change)

    Full branch list below.

     

    J.S. PANCAKE CAFE

    Shibuya Branch

    Address: 2F, 1-20-17 Jinnan, Shibuya, Tokyo

    TEL: 03-3461-2177

     

    Nakano Central Park Branch

    Address: 1F Nakano Central Park East, 4-10-1 Nakano, Nakano Ward, Tokyo

    TEL: 03-5345-7360

     

    Lumine Tachikawa Branch

    Address: 4F Lumine Tachikawa, 2-1-1 Akebonocho, Tachikawa, Tokyo

    TEL: 042-528-4622

     

    Machida MODI Branch

    Address: 1F Machida MODI, 6-2-6 Haramachida, Machida, Tokyo

    TEL: 042-812-2886

     

    Terrace Mall Shonan Branch

    Address: 2F Terrace Mall Shonan, 1-3-1 Tsujidokandai, Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture

    TEL: 0466-38-2147

     

    MARK IS Minato Mirai Branch

    Address: 1F MARK IS Minato Mirai, 3-5 Minatomirai, Nishi Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture

    TEL: 045-228-2105

     

    LaLaport Fujimi Branch

    Address: 2F LaLaport Fujimi, 1-1313 Yamamuro, Fujimi, Saitama Prefecture

    TEL: 049-275-1360

     

    KUZUHA MALL Branch

    Address: Honkan Hanano Mall 1F Kuzuha Mall, 15-1 Kuzuhahanazonocho, Hirakata, Osaka Prefecture

    TEL: 072-866-0400

     

    Tennoji Mio Branch

    Address: 2F Tennoji Mio Plaza Building, 10-48 Tennoji Hidenin, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture

    TEL: 06-6773-3016

     

    Sapporo Stellar Place Branch

    Address: 3F Sapporo Stellar Place East, 2 Chome Kita 5 Jonishi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido

    TEL: 011-209-5121

     

    Kanazawa Hyakubangai Rinto Branch

    Address: 1F Kanazawa Hyakubangai Rinto, 1-1Kinoshinbomachi, Ishikawa Prefecture

    TEL: 076-222-2050

     

    J.S. FOODIES

    S-PAL Sendai Branch

    Address: 3F S-PAL Sendai, 1 Chome Central 115-1, Aoba Ward, Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture

    TEL: 022-791-3410

     

    J.S. PANCAKE CAFE Official Website: http://pancake.journal-standard.jp

    J.S. FOODIES Official Website: http://foodies.journal-standard.jp

     

     

    Which of these cafés has piqued your interest the most? There’s a lot of great ones to choose from this month, so if you’re in Japan be sure to go to as many as you can!

  • TV Anime Grand Blue Themed Café to Open in Ikebukuro

    02.September.2018 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    Popular anime series Grand Blue is teaming up with 46 Shokudo to open a collaborative café called Grand Blue Shokudo themed on the series. The café will open on September 3 and run until October 8.

    Food Stall Snacks

    Kebako’s Keba Keba Waffle

     

    The theme of Grand Blue Shokudo is ‘a house by the sea.’ The menu will be packed with themed food and meals including Food Stall Snacks, Ramen, Nanaka & Chisa’s Sisterly Curry, Kebako’s Keba Keba Waffle, and more.

    For merchandise, they will be selling two sets of pin badges.

    The café is expected to be bustling with fans, so you must make a reservation in advance. Those who make a reservation will receive an original coaster as a gift. Those who order at the café will receive another coaster selected randomly from a possible 10 designs per order they make.

     

    Enjoy the last summer of Japan’s Heisei Period with the members of Grand Blue!

     

    ■Information

    Grand Blue Shokudo

    Location: 46 Shokudo, 4F Narita Bldg., 1-29-4 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo

    Running: September 3, 2018 – October 8, 2018

    Opening Hours: 10:30am-9:30pm

    Bookings:http://grandblue-shokudo.jp/

    Booking Present: Original coaster (1 design)

    Booking Fee: ¥300 (Pre-Tax)

    Order Present: Customers who order a drink at the café will receive a coaster selected randomly from a possible 10 designs.

     

  • Fate/Grand Order x Sanrio Character Cafés to Open in Tokyo, Osaka & Sendai

    28.August.2018 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    Sanrio have teamed up once more with the hugely popular online free-to-play RPG mobile game Fate/Grand Order―which is based on Type-Moon’s Fate/stay night franchise―to open three collaborative cafés.

     

    This collaboration first took place at the beginning of this year where cafés opened in Tokyo and Osaka. They are returning again to Tokyo and Osaka alongside Sendai for the first time.

    Gilgamesh’s Golden Curry – ¥1,480 (Pre-Tax)

     


    Edmond Dantès & Sherlock Holmes’ Mont Blanc Parfait – ¥1,180 (Pre-Tax)

     

    All the food, drinks and merchandise available at the cafés are inspired by the Servants of Fate/Grand Order who have been drawn with cute designs.

     

    Pin Badges (16 Designs) – ¥450 (Pre-Tax)

     

    Pouch – ¥850 (Pre-Tax)

     

    16 Servants will make an appearance at the cafés which is even more than last time. The decorations and designs have also been made even cuter and more fun.

    Coasters

    Stickers

     

    You must book in advance to enter any of the cafés. Those who do book will receive a set of stickers, and those who order any item from the menu will receive one coaster randomly selected from a possible 16!

     

    ■Information

    Fate/Grand Order Design produced by Sanrio Collab Café
    Booking Price: ¥650 (Pre-Tax)

    Tokyo Café
    Address: B1F Fujiwara Bldg., 1-3-24 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo
    Running: September 20, 2018 – October 28, 2018
    Opening Hours: 10:00am-9:20pm

    Osaka Café
    Address: 2F/3F KUS Nipponbashi Bldg., 4-8-16 Nipponbashi, Naniwa Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture
    Running: September 27, 2018 – October 30, 2018
    Opening Hours: 10:00am-9:20pm

    Miyagi Café
    Address: 8F Sendai LOFT, 1-10-10 Chuo, Aoba Ward, Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture
    Running: September 22, 2018 – October 21, 2018
    Opening Hours: 10:20am-8:40pm

    Bookings can be made via the official website below.
    http://fgo-sanrio-cafe.jp/

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  • Detective Conan Cafes to Open to Promote the Release of ‘The Scarlet Bullet ‘ Anime Movie

    14.February.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    To celebrate the release of the upcoming Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet movie on April 17, 2020, twelve official themed cafes will roll out in nine cities across Japan from March 25 in Tokyo, Osaka, Hokkaido, Saitama, Chiba, Nagoya, Hiroshima, Fukuoka, and Okinawa.

     

    *Menu item names have been translated from Japanese

    APTX4869 Beef Curry (Apoptoxin Curry) – ¥1,490

     

    Young Detective’s Exciting Children’s Plate – ¥1,690

     

    Ai Haibara’s Healthy Sweets Basket – ¥1,690

     

    Conan’s Voice-Changing Butterfly Necktie Cream Soda – ¥890

    An incredible line-up of 100 items will feature on the menu, from food to drinks, all inspired by the characters and actual dishes that appear in the franchise. The theme of the cafe is “A Home Party at Hiroshi Agasa’s House”ーhim being of course the next door neighbour of the titular protagonist.

     

    Acrylic Badges (8 Designs/Randomly Chosen) – ¥520

     

    Mugs – ¥1,800

     

    Jump into the world of Detective Conan and uncover every secret of Detective Conan Cafe 2020.

     

    ©Gosho Aoyama/Shogakukan・Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation・TMS 1996

  • Sanrio to Open Official My Melody Shops in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya to Celebrate Character’s 45th Anniversary

    11.February.2020 | FASHION

    Sanrio has announced that it is opening an official My Melody store to commemorate the popular character’s 45th anniversary this year. It will open for a limited time on the first floor of Takashimaya Shinjuku in Tokyo from February 12 to 25.

    The store is a must-visit for fans of Sanrio’s kawaii white rabbit where they can get their hands on a huge assortment of merchandise, including exclusives, so adorable you’ll want to add everything to your collection.

    The line-up looks back at My Melody’s 45 years in the business. The first 4,000 people to visit the store will be given a limited-edition shopping back, and the first 1,000 people who spend over ¥2,000 (tax included) will receive a free card.
    *One card per person, per transaction

    The store will also feature interactive projection mapping showcasing My Melody’s 45-year history which when touched reacts. On February 15, the designer for the store will be drawing illustrations as well as doing signings for people.

     

    As well as Takashimaya Shinjuku, the shop is set to hit Nagoya’s Takashimaya Gate Tower Mall Nagoya and Osaka Takashiyama. Check the dates below, and help My Melody commemorate her 45th anniversary!

     

    ©’76, ’20 SANRIO 著作(株)サンリオ

  • Food Review | Going On An Adventure With Maruko & Coji-Coji at Ginza’s MARUKO & COJICOJI CAFÉ

    05.February.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    When I was a kid, I found myself relating to Maruko-chan a lot. I was bad at studying, I loved just kicking back and relaxing, was sly, was always spoiled by my mother. I’ve always thought I was just like Maruko. I spent my childhood together with her, reading Ribon magazine, reading manga, and watching anime. I love her so much that even to this day, when I’m at home on Sundays, I never fail to watch the show.

     

    Then there was Coji-Coji, who has a mellow and laid-back outlook, whose lines are sharp and quick, and who, if you see him, is sure to get a surprised reaction out of you. I was raised reading Chibi Maruko-chan, meaning I was of course a fan of the author Momoko Sakura, so it was only natural that I loved Coji-Coji which she wrote too.

    With that long introduction out of the way, it’s time for the main event. Combining the best of both worlds and my two favourites, the new MARUKO & COJICOJI CAFÉ opened at Ginza Marionette Gate 1 on January 31 and it’s set to run until July 31.

     

    I form part of the editorial team here at MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON, and loving Maruko-chan as much as I do, I of course had to make a trip to the cafe. I was joined by Chinese model and talent Etsuna.

    Artwork from the Markuko-chan and Coji-Coji picture book Ehon Maru Koji. The pictures have a gentle touch to them and are enough to make you feel at ease at the first glance.

    You feel warm and fluffy seeing the two of them getting along together like this.

    There’s huge pieces of artwork too like this one Etsuna is standing next to.

    The tables have these lunch mats on them. There’s two designs; one of Maruko and Coji-Coji walking across a field of grass and another with them swimming in the ocean amongst the fishes. Both are just too precious♡ I feel happy seeing the two of them having fun together. Boy, am I glad I came here.

     

    The menu line-up is overflowing with originality too, each like its own little art piece. I ordered the baked cheesecake with a drink and Etsuna got the parfait drink.

    Coji-Coji Is Here Cheesecake (w/Drink) – ¥1,380 (Before Tax)

    The cheesecake is topped with Coji-Coji and Mount Fuji cookies. You can get a Maruko-chan cookie instead of Coji-Coji too, but I went for the Coji-Coji one. The cheesecake has a refreshing taste with cream that’s not overly sweet. And when you add the berry sauce, it becomes a completely different delicious flavour.

    I ordered a hot black coffee as part of the set, and the mug it was serve in had an original design on it in line with the cafe’s theme. You can buy these mugs new there too.

    Onigiri Aliens & The Star Festival Parfait – ¥1,700 (Before Tax)

    This drink is inspired by the Milky Way of Tanabata. It’s topped with Maruko-chan, Coji-Coji, and alien cookies.

    Etsuna was spellbound by its gorgeous purple colour too♡

    The parfait and drink come in separate vessels、so I recommend enjoying them one at a time. After tucking into the subtly sweet fruits, vanilla ice cream, and cream of your parfait, feel even more refreshed with a sip of your cream cheese-filled drink.

    The Three Of Us Get Along – ¥1,880 (Before Tax)

    There are plenty of colourful options to choose from the menu, but the one that struck my attention the most was this tomato cream and pumpkin sauce mix which contains seafood.

    You get an edible Maruko-chan and Coji-Coji on the side too with tears in their eyes… what a melancholic expression. I feel sad just looking at this one.

    The character cookies aren’t just printed on – each and every one is hand drawn carefully. Which means the both of them have lots of different expressions! And they seem such a waste to eat (though of course I ate them all…)

    If you want to see what else is on the menu, check out our other article here: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/ja/289822

     

    Mug: ¥1,200 (Before Tax)

    The cafe sells its own exclusive merchandise too, like the mug I got when my coffee and cake arrived.

    Masking Tapes – ¥350 Each / Ballpoint Pens – ¥600 Each

    B6 Notebooks – ¥280 Each

    I picked up a notebook, pen and some masking tape. Perfect for when the cherry blossom season starts.

    Hand Towel: ¥400 (Before Tax)

    Etsuna got her hands on a hand towel. Everything they have in stock is cute, so I urge you to get lost in the wares of the MARUKO & COJICOJI CAFÉ if you visit! It’s possible to book a table in advance, but the weekends are particularly busy, so if you have a day in mind don’t forget to book.

    The MARUKO & COJICOJI CAFÉ is packed full of Momoko Sakura’s world. It was a mix of fun, cute, sad, and relaxing.

     

    When I’m looking at Chibi Maruko-chan, I think of Sakura, and my chest feels tight and painful. But coming to this cafe made me think that when I look at Maruko-chan and her radiating personality, not just in the world of anime but in various different places, I feel that even if I’ve become an adult, I can always live my life together with Maruko-chan and Momoko Sakura, and that makes me happy. If you love Maruko-chan, Coji-Coji, and Momoko Sakura too, then be sure to jump into the picture book world of Ehon Maru Koji at MARUKO & COJICOJI CAFÉ.

     

    ©️Momoko Sakura ©️Sakura Production

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar Cafe to Crawl and Munch Its Way to Tokyo’s Kichijoji Area

    31.January.2020 | FOOD / SPOT

    A cafe themed on Eric Carle’s internationally beloved children’s picture book The Very Hungry Caterpillar Cafe is set to open at Sunday Branch in Kichijoji PARCO in Tokyo on April 1, 2020 where it’s set to run for an entire year, ending on March 31, 2021.

     

    The picture book has seen its fair share of themed cafes, with the first having taken place in Ginza back in 2018, which was so popular that customers had to book a month in advance to dine there. The cafe was always fully booked.

    The franchise also collaborated with multiple branches of J.S. Pancakes from October 2018 to January 2019, and again at Cafe Cucina in Shibuya from March to April last year.

     

    Now returning once again, the Kichijoji cafe is set to see a completely new menu.

    “Fruit parlour” is the concept of this cafe, which will have a menu line-up centred on the caterpillar’s favourite fruits. The menu will change for each season, ensuring that the fruits themselves are in-season and therefore at their most delicious. It will bring to life the colourful and vivid world of Eric Carle right onto your plate.

     

    The menu will also sell “art cookies” which will derive their colour from natural ingredients.

     

    The cafe decorations will make for Instagram-worthy posts, the caterpillar himself will be ready to greet customers at tables in the form of plush toys. It will be like stepping into the world of the picture book and will absolutely be enjoyed by kids and adults alike.

     

    Sunday Brunch has teamed up with The Very Hungry Caterpillar before, as well as Shaun the Sheep, to open limited-time cafes that were hugely successful. Now the caterpillar is heading to Kichijoji. If you’re travelling to Tokyo between April this year and March this year, don’t miss out on a visit!

     

    TM & © 2020 Eric Carle LLC.

  • Star Wars Theme Cafe Opens in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Hokkaido & Fukuoka

    25.January.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    With The Rise of Skywalker concluding the Skywalker saga of the Star Wars film franchise, fans are left craving more from the galaxy far far away.

     

    If you’re one of those people, and need a fix before season two of The Mandalorian, which is coming in late 2020, then you’ll want to hit up the all-new Star Wars-themed cafes now open for a limited time at branches of OH MY CAFE across Japan in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Hokkaido, and Fukuoka.

     

    We visited the Tokyo branch of the cafe which is located inside Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku. Here’s our report of this must-see cafe for Star Wars fans, a museum-like space chock-full of concept art.

    Ready to greet you as you walk into the cafe is none other than Darth Vader. This life-size recreation of the Sith Lord is really striking, but don’t worryーthough he is realistic, he won’t use his Force choke on you, he only wishes for you to have a nice meal.

    Plastered across the cafe walls are pieces of concept art used during the production of the Star Wars film series.

    Here’s a galactic showcasing of the cafe’s menu. There are 7 food items and 5 drinks to choose from, all inspired by the franchise and its characters.

    <STAR WARS> Far Far Away Galaxy Black Curry – ¥1,590

    A signature dish of the cafe, this black curry features the Star Wars logo which is actually an edible wafer. The space design is bamboo charcoal-cooked rice which is mixed with spicy sauce and topped with peanuts for stars.

    <BB-8> Seafood BB-8 Gratin – ¥1,690

    Fans of BB-8 won’t be able to resist this delicious gratin, served with salad and French bread for a full belly.

    <Yoda> Root Leaf Stew – ¥1,590

    This stew is inspired by Yoda living his final years in his little shack in Dagobah during Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back. It’s packed full of vegetables and will no doubt be enjoyed by both kids and adults alike.

    <R2-D2 & C-3PO> Buddy Burger Plate – ¥1,990

    This set of two chicken burgers comes with an R2-D2 seasoned with béchamel sauce and a C-3PO burger seasoned with meat sauce. You can take the flags home with you too. We recommend sharing this between two people.

    Portion Bread – ¥500

    This is the one I was most interested in personally, because I was curious to know from its appearance how it would taste. It’s the portion bread that Rey tries eating in the film. At first glance it looks crunchy, but to my surprise it was soft with a subtle sweet flavour.

    Lightsaber Drinks – ¥600 Each (w/ Coaster ¥1,300)

    From the left, the flavours are Darth Vader blood orange, Luke Skywalker ramune, and Yoda melon. When you draw your straw from the paper wrapping, it turns into a lightsaber!

    <STAR WARS > Jet Black Coffee – ¥600 (w/Bottle ¥1,750)

    These limited edition bottles of black coffee feature the famous Star Wars opening crawl credits. Which one you get is randomーa must-have for all fans!

    After enjoying some Star Wars food and drink, it’s time to check out the cafe’s exclusive merchandise. There are 13 types of merch in total all bearing artwork from across the film series.

    Folder – ¥350

    I recommend picking up one of these folders made in collaboration with the cafe. It has illustrations of the food and drinks being sold there.

    Tote Bag – ¥3,500

    This tote bag has illustrations of characters from Star Wars and how they are all connected.

    There’s plenty of other must-grab merch too, from music to stationery and more.

    Customers who spend over ¥1,000 (excluding tax) on any of these exclusive items will receive the above-pictured limited edition bag. These are limited in stock so are available while supplies last.

    There’s plenty of places inside for fans to take great photos, so make sure you snap lots.

    Also, if you book a table in advance and order something from the menu, you’ll receive one of these 25 possible A5 folders, so be sure to book before you go!

     

     

    © & TM Lucasfilm Ltd.

    *All listed prices are pre-tax. Photos are for illustrative purposes only.

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

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

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

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

     

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

    *Menu item names are translated from Japanese

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

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

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

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

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

    Delicious butterfly pea and spinach purees sit atop a bed of shrimp tomato cream and pumpkin soup, creating an eye-popping mixture of colours.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

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

     

    ©️Momoko Sakura ©️Sakura Production

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

    08.January.2020 | FOOD / SPOT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Bright Red Apple Okyumuka Cake: ¥1,000

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

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

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

    Lunch Tote Bag: ¥1,500

    Acrylic Keyings (Three Varieties): ¥600 Each

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

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

     

    *All prices stated above are prices before tax.

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

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

  • 6 Popular Character Collaboration Cafés to Open in January 2020

    01.January.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

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

     

    Cafe de Perochi with Seven Days War, Shinjuku

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

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

     

    Cafe de Perochi with Seven Days War

    Running: December 13, 2019 – January 12, 2020

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

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

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

     

    BT21 Café, Shibuya, Tokyo and Abeno, Osaka

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

    Korean Burger: ¥1,490

    Double Yangnyeom Chicken Rice: ¥1,490

     

    BT21  Café, Shibuya, Tokyo Abeno, Osaka

    Location: Shibuya BOX CAFE&SPACE (Shibuya BOX109)

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

     

    BT21  Café, Abeno, Osaka

    Location: Abeno, Abeno contact

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

     

    Devil May Cry 5 x Capcom Cafe Ikebukuro

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

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

    Demon World Mont Blanc – ¥980 (Before Tax)

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

     

     Devil May Cry 5 x Capcom Cafe Ikebukuro

    Running: December 5, 2019 – January 15, 2020

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

     

     Pokémon Sword and Shield

     Pokémon Cafe (Nihombashi, Tokyo)

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

    Business Hours: 10:00-22:00

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

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

     

    Pokémon Cafe (Shinsaibashi, Osaka)

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

    Business Hours: 10:00-21:30

    No Fixed Holidays (Except when Daimaru Shinsaibashi is closed)

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

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

     

    Korilakkuma Cafe: another me in the mirror, Harajuku

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

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

    Twin Korilakkuma Strawberry Milk – ¥990

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

     

    Korilakkuma Cafe: another me in the mirror

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

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

    Official Website: https://korilakkumacafe.jp/

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

     

    MARUKO&COJICOJI CAFE, Ginza

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

     

    MARUKO & COJICOJI CAFE

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

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

    Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00

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

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

     

     

    How about kicking off New Year in Japan at a cute collaboration café?

  • Enjoy a Succulent Grilled Lamb Yakiniku Experience in Kabukicho, Shinjuku

    26.December.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    On December 18, yakiniku restaurant LAMB ONE, which specialises in succulent matured lamb, opened in Kabukicho, Shinjuku. The restaurant provides the perfect opportunity for guests to grill their own light and healthy meal with friends and family. The high-quality meat is low in calories and high in protein. Each seat is at a counter and there are even single grill seats for the perfect dinner treat alone. 

    The restaurant offers Japanese-style set meals which include meat, fried vegetables, rice, soup and kimchi . Some of the more basic set meals include the shio koji marinated lamb shoulder roast and the sesame miso lamb shoulder roast. For customers who are really looking for a luxury treat, there is a set that includes three different kinds of matured lamb and a set that includes Spring Lamb Chop Steak where you can enjoy both the shio koji and sesame miso marinades. You can swap your fried vegetables for caesar salad or your white rice for mixed grain rice. Just seeing this beautiful and balanced meal before your eyes will leave you feeling satisfied. After your meal, enjoy the small warabimochi dessert. 

    When most people think of a yakiniku restaurant, the general impression is a large number of friends gathering together, merrily tucking in to meat and sides while the table fills with empty beer glasses. LAMB ONE, however, is the perfect place to enjoy a delicious Japanese-style meal in your own way without being disturbed by others. If you’re travelling around Tokyo, this would be the perfect hearty dinner to finish your day. 

  • Chibi Maruko-chan and Coji-Coji Join Hands at the MARUKO & COJICOJI CAFE in Tokyo

    21.December.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    The MARUKO & COJICOJI CAFE is set to open at Sunday Brunch in Tokyo on January 31, 2020 where it will run until July 31. It is a collaboration between the manga series Chibi Maruko-chan and Coji-Coji, both by Momoko Sakura.

     

    Sunday Brunch has collaborated with numerous franchises in the past including Shaun the Sheep and The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

     

    The cafe is opening to promote the release of the Chibi-Maruko-chan and Coji-Coji picture book. Customers can look forward to joining the two characters on their adventures as they are vividly recreated on their plates. From dishes to drinks and desserts, everything on the menu is original and exclusive to Sunday Brunch.

     

    The cafe will be decorated with tapestries featuring artwork in the style of the picture book, and fans can expect to purchase some exclusive merchandise too. More information is TBA, so stay tuned.

     

    ©️Momoko Sakura ©️Sakura Production

  • Pokémon Sword and Shield Themed Food to be Served at the Pokémon Cafes in Tokyo and Osaka

    17.December.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

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

     

    Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield are the latest games in the Pokémon video game franchise and were released for the Nintendo Switch on November 15, 2019. The two new menu items fans can hope to enjoy based on Weezing and Morpeko. Also, due to popular demand, the serving period for the first collaborative menu which featured Grookey, Scorbunny, and Sobble has been extended to March 19, 2020.

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

    Try pouring the accompanying blueberry sauce over Weezing’s cotton candy gas clouds and you might just see an actual chemical change yourself!

     

    Ingredients: Pancakes, Matcha Whipped Cream, White Chocolate Sauce, Blueberry Sauce

     

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

    Just like Morpeko can change between two forms via its Hunger Switch ability, this omurice too is served with two different flavoured sauces.

     

    Ingredients: Omurice, Demi Glace Sauce, Tomato Cream Sauce

     

    If you’ve yet to visit the Pokémon Cafe in Japan be sure to put it on your list of things-to-do, and expect to enjoy a whole range of Pokémon-themed treats!

     

     

    *All listed prices include tax

    ©2019 Pokémon. ©1995-2019 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..

  • Winners Announced For 4th Gemstone Animation Creator Contest

    12.December.2019 | ANIME&GAME

    GEMSTONE is an audition project created by TOHO CO., LTD. and ALPHABOAT which seeks to find the best creators. The 4th GEMSTONE project was announced in August and sought submissions of short animations themed on Shinjuku.

     

    The judge line-up for the contest included anime film and television director Kobun Shizuno, who worked on the Detective Conan film series from 2011-17 as well as the Godzilla CG kaiju film series from 2017-18. It also included animator Yasuhiro Kimura who worked on Three Leaves, Three Colors and the Golden Wind arc of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. After several months of submissions and judging, the winners and their prizes have finally been announced.

    “GEMSTONE” refers to the talent selected by TOHO and ALPHABOAT for the audition project, which ranges from animators to illustrators, composers, singers, actors, and so on. The two companies will help open doors to winners’ career paths.

     

    The first competition was themed on Godzilla, and asked for video or illustration submissions. The theme of the second was “With Japan!” and requested submissions for an original character, and the third asked for video submissions to promote Nisio Isin’s 100th story Veiled Man Kasetsu.

     

    Let’s take a look at the winners of Gemstone Creators Audution Vol. 4.

    First Place Prize – 1 Million Yen

    Title: kaijushojo / Creator: Yosuke Tani

    Story: A spirit resides in Shinjuku. A girl in the city challenges herself to battle with the spirit.

     

    Judge Comments

    Kobun Shizuno said: “It’s visually stunning. For someone like me, who was raised in Shinjuku, I felt I wanted the theme in the much more at points, but when I considered that this had to be made in such a short time frame, it’s incredible. If he’s making these by himself, he’s got a bright future ahead of him. I think all the praise from everyone comes from the overwhelming quality of the visuals.”

     

    Yasuhiro Kimura said: “It has the highest level of quality out of all the submissions. I chose this one for both that and how interesting it was to watch. It was so much fun watching the characters’ animation. I felt it was a work with a high level of completion and of satisfaction.”

    Runner-Up Prize – 700,000 Yen

    Title: Dramatic / Creator: 作田綾乃

    Story: A lone street musician singing in Shinjuku whose voice reaches somebody.

     

    Judge Comments

    Kobun Shizuno said: “This wasn’t made by just one person, but the overall package is woven together incredibly skilfully. I personally feel this work surpasses all the rest. In terms of the visual quality, there’s a lot that could be cleaned up and there are many points still to be learned, but the drama is on point with music as the core focus. The development is solid throughout, and I admire how well put together everything us right to the end.”

     

    Yasuhiro Kimura said: “I have to give credit to them having created an animation centred around an original song at just 19 years-old. Amongst all the other many works which all used Shinjuku as the location, it feels like a realistic piece of drama which covers musicians visiting Tokyo. And even though it’s 5-minutes long, it by no means felt long; it was a seamless watch.”

    Runner-Up Prize – 300,000 Yen

    Title: tellphone / Creator: 亀井樹

    Story: Where’s my lost smartphone? “The ending of a story is a beginning.”

     

    Judge Comments

    Kobun Shizuno said: “I was impressed by the amazing quality of the visuals, but the structure of the story lost me. We see the characters line up, and you think something interesting is about to unfold, but the older brother’s cheeks turn red and that’s the end. It was a weak conclusion. If they did away with the part in the middle and made the ending stronger, I think it would have been an incredible piece of work worthy of being higher up in the list.”

     

    Yasuhiro Kimura said: “I liked the concept of this one the most. The joke about finding a lost smartphone with location information was amusing. It was very relevant of the current times. But the disappointing part was when we meet the shopkeeper at the end, and then it just ends. I wanted to see what unfolded after we met them too. Since they went ahead and included something that can track something’s location, it would have been even more interesting if they’d tied in locations in Shinjuku and developed the story more.”

     

    Judges’ Overall Comments On The Competition

    Kobun Shizuno said:

    “I was so surprised at the level of quality in the submissions, as people had such a short amount of time to create their works when the submissions opened.”

     

    Yasuhiro Kimura said: “It was really refreshing and a lot of fun to get to see the works of such a young generation.”

     

    Kazutaka Yamanaka, producer at TOHO, praised the line-up of works as wonderful considering the short time they were given. He felt however that the dramatic elements of most works could have been enrichened had they added a little more references to Shinjuku in them, like including people of different races walking the streets, or the low-lying parts of Shinjuku.

     

    The winning submissions and worthy mentions can all be watched over on the official GEMSTONE YouTube channel here.

     

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