Character cafés are an exciting 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.
These cafés attract public attention every month. There are many collaborations happening this month, so we have split the list into two parts. Here’s part one!
Due to an enthusiastic reception, the popular cafe themed on the anime series Cells at Work! has made a return and is now open at 46 Shokudo in Ikebukuro, Tokyo for a limited time. All the food, drinks and desserts on the menu are autumn themed and take inspiration from the characters in the series including the Killer T Cell Squid Ink Fried Rice and White Blood Cell Cheese Risotto. There’s a whole range of exclusive limited edition merch to get your hands on too, so don’t miss out!
Two cafés inspired by the hugely popular school music anime series Star-Myu are heading to Tokyo and Osaka on October 31 and November 2 respectively. The café menus feature dishes inspired by the characters from the show. You can even order the legendary yakisoba nisuto from the series. There’s merchandise to get your hands on too, and the café interior will be decked out with school festival decorations to you can feel part of the festive fun. The café is reservations only, so book your table ASAP!
Gudetama and Pompompurin are two popular characters from Sanrio who have joined hands at the Pompompurin Cafe in Yokohama. Four cute menu items are available to choose from, all celebrating the 5th anniversary of Gudetama, the theme of which is space.
The Gudetama Cafe in Osaka, located in the HEP FIVE shopping center just a 3-minute walk from Hankyu Umeda Station, has teamed up with the Sanrio character Badtz-Maru in a new collaborative menu. There are 4 cute dishes to choose from as well as novelties with original designs.
Two cafés based on the popular TV anime series Nintama Rantaro are opening in Osaka and Tokyo for a limited time. The Osaka café will open at ‘contact’ in Shinsaibashi from October 12 and the Tokyo café will open at ‘Omotesando Box Cafe&Space’ from October 25. The menu includes udon, hitsumabushi, hamburgers, parfaits, a matcha latte and more, all themed on the characters Rintaro, Kirimaru and Shinbei from the show who are told that to become fully-fledged ninja they must be able to cook.
The adorable Kapibara-san is joining paws with five Hands Cafe branches in Japan from November 5 to December 25. The key visual for the cafes takes on a Japanese-style design. Six different dishes will be sold including the Kapibara-san’s Tsurun Udon Gozen and the Kapibara-san Dorayaki Set. You can enjoy the Christmas season at the café too with two Christmas items available from November 26 – making for a total of 8 items to choose from.
That does it for part one, stay tuned for the second half! Satisfy your autumn appetite this season in Japan by visiting all the different kinds of collaborative cafés.
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