Top 12 Character Cafés in Japan: November 2018 – Part 2
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.
This is part two. For part one, click here.
Cardcaptor Sakura x Cafe THE SUN (October 26 – January 3)
Cardcaptor Sakura Exhibition: Magical Art Museum is an ongoing event taking place at the Mori Arts Center Gallery on the 52nd floor of Roppongi Hills Mori Tower. As part of the event, a cafe by the name of SAKURA Cafe & Parlor is serving food and drinks themed on the Cardcaptor Sakura series including the “Star Burger,” “Suppi’s Manpuku Curry” and more in addition to non alcoholic cocktails.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/135915
BT21 x BOX CAFE & SPACE (November 1 – January 14)
The BT21 café is based on the BT21 character brand, a collaboration between South Korean boy band BTS and LINE FRIENDS, and it’s back again in Tokyo and Osaka. The café is reservation-only. Customers who make a reservation can get their hands on a free clear file. The menu includes “RJ’s Coconut Red Curry,” “TATA’s Hot Sandwich” and more as well as a line-up of 8 drinks based on each member’s character.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/135570
Usamaru x BOX CAFE & SPACE (November 2 – January 27)
Three cafes based on the hugely popular LINE stamp character Usamaru are opening in Tokyo (Harajuku), Osaka (Umeda) and Aichi (Nagoya) for a limited time. The menu features a range of meals, desserts and beverages such as curry, shortcake and matcha latte.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/136258
Pikachu & Eevee x The Guest Café & Diner (October 27 – January 29)
PARCO are opening five Pokémon themed cafés from October 27 at five The Guest Café & Diner branches across Japan in collaboration with the upcoming Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! You’ll struggle to choose which adorable item to go for on their menu, whether it’s the Pikachu and Eevee doria or Pikachu and Eevee iced latte. There’s plenty more to choose from too, so who will you pickーPikachu or Eevee?
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/136711
The Very Hungry Caterpillar x J.S. PANCAKE CAFE (October 3 – January 31)
Japanese pancake shop J.S. PANCAKE CAFE are now collaborating with the internationally beloved picture book The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle at 12 of its J.S.PANCAKE CAFE branches and 1 of its J.S. FOODIES branches. The cafés are running for four months from October to January next year during which they will serve sweet pancakes depicting the growth and tale of the caterpillar. This month, customers are enjoying fried apple pancakes which represent the caterpillar growing as he eats more fruits. It recreates the scene of him crawling out of the apple. The dish is also mixed with autumn-time ingredients like nuts and figs. Don’t miss this chance to crawl into the world of The Very Hungry Caterpillar!
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/129909
Kirby Café x Tokyo Solamachi (Septeber 27 – February 17)
The new Kirby Café finally hit Tokyo Solamachi last month. The food menu includes the Kirby’s Inhaled Capresse which recreates Kirby’s ability to inhale anything, as well as Waddle Dee’s Afternoon Nap Omurice which features little Waddle Dee sleeping soundly under a blanket of omelette. There’s drinks and desserts too, so this is one for kids and adults to both enjoy.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/129077
We hope you enjoyed the second part of this month’s collaborative cafes. Which will you be visiting?
Look forward to next month’s line-up!
TV Anime Series ‘Star-Myu’ To Get Its Own Themed Cafés in Tokyo & Osaka
In the run up to the premiere of season three of the musical comedy anime series Star-Myu on October 5, two cafés based on the franchise will open in Tokyo (October 31-November 27) and Osaka (November 2-November 27) with the theme of a school festival.
Nayuki’s Yakisoba Plate With Spicy Map Sauce – ¥1,180 (Pre-Tax)
The café menu will features 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.
You must book in advance to enter the café. Those who do book will receive one of five possible stickers selected randomly. Those who order from the themed menu will also receive one of twenty-five possible coasters also chosen randomly.
[Top Left] Hoshitani’s Hamburger Curry – ¥1,280 (Pre-Tax) / [Top Right] Tengenji’s Sajiki Bento – ¥1,580 (Pre-Tax)
[Bottom Left] Tsukigami’s Stawberry Milk Parfait – ¥1,180 (Pre-Tax) / [Bottom Right] Colour Drinks (Team Otori, Hiragi, Yuzuriha & Sazanami) – ¥800 (Pre-Tax)
[Top Left} Acrylic Key Rings (25 Designs, Random) – ¥600 (Pre-Tax) / [Top Right] Pin Badge (5 Designs) – ¥400 (Pre-Tax)
[Bottom Left] Scene Photos (24 Designs, Random) – ¥350 (Pre-Tax) / T-Shirt (5 Designs) – ¥3,500 (Pre-Tax)
Immerse yourself in the world of Star-Myu at the official themed cafés!
@home cafe Maid Cafe to Collaborate With Cinnamoroll
Akihabara’s famous maid cafe ‘@home cafe’ is collaborating with Sanrio’s popular character Cinnamoroll from November 2 with a range of cute and original dishes and merchandise.
The maids at @home are no strangers to joining hands with the cast at Sanrio. They teamed up with Hello Kitty in 2015, Gudetama in 2017 and My Melody in 2018.
A special illustration has been drawn for this collaborative cafe featuring Cinnamoroll and two new maids, Mocha and Chiffon, who are also part of the Cinnamoroll universe. We get to see Cinnamon in a different light with pink as the main colour. This will be seen in the cafe decor, menu and merchandise, all which has been laced with a touch of moe, a characteristic synonymous with maid cafes.
Original Menu: Food
Cinnamon Goshujin-sama’s Japanese-Style Omurice ~With Certification Card~: ¥1,400
Maid Ja Naimon! Cinnamon’s Fuwa Fuwa Sandwich: ¥1,300
Original Menu: Desserts
Cinnamon’s Moe Moe Parfait: ¥1,000
Flying in the Sky With Moe Power♡Home-Welcoming à la mode: ¥1,100
Customers arriving at the cafe will receive one of two of the above lunch mats for free. One of three original coasters will also be chosen randomly for customers who order a drink.
Become a goushujin-sama or ojou-sama and enjoy a maid cafe experience at @home, Cinnamoroll style!
Address: @home Cafe Floor 4, 1-11-4 Sotokanda, Chiyoda, Tokyo
Running: November 2, 2018 – December 27, 2018
Opening Hours: Weekdays 11:00-22:00 / Weekends 10:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:20)
No Fixed Holidays.
*Changes may be made to opening hours to be sure to check the cafe’s official homepage.
Official Website: http://www.cafe-athome.com/
Kapibara-san Character Cafe to Open in Collaboration With 5 Hands Cafe Branches
24.October.2018 | FOOD
The adorable Kapibara-san is joining paws with five Hands Cafe branches in Japan from November 5 to December 25.
This is in fact Hands Cafe’s 4th collaboration with Kapibara-san. The key visual for the cafes takes on a Japanese-style design. Six different dishes will be sold.
Kapibara-san’s Tsurun Udon Gozen: ¥1,320 (Tax Included) *Not sold at Shibuya branch
This meal includes a cute fried Kapibara-san atop a bed of sanuki udon noodles. It also comes with inari sushi to emphasise that Japanese feel.
White-san’s Lovely Steak Gozen: ¥1,390 (Tax Included) *Not sold at Shibuya branch
This dish includes a chicken steak drizzled in Japanese-style sauce and is served with green salad and rice made into the shape of White-san, a friend of Kapibara-san.
Kapibara-san Dorayaki Set (Tax Included): ¥1,160
For dessert, tuck into a Kapibara-san dorayaki red-bean pancake and cream rice flour dumplings and wafer cake. There are three original wafer cake designs to enjoy which are chosen randomly, so look forward to seeing which you get!
The following two Christmas items will also be available from November 26 making for a total of 8 items to choose from.
Kapibara-san & Kokapi’s Nosu Nosu Christmas Tree: ¥1,380 (Tax Included) *Available from November 26
The cute baby capybara Kopapi is riding on Kapibara-san’s head in this dessert. They are both thick-friend pancakes. Next to them is a strawberry cream puff tower and matcha powder tree.
Kapibara-san’s Christmas Houjicha Latte: ¥800 (Tax Included) *Available from November 26
Warm yourself up with this hot houjicha lattte topped with a Kapibara-san marshmallow. The whipped cream Christmas tree is sure to make you feel cosy too.
There’s even five pieces of limited edition merchandise to get your hands on too, all with Japanese-style designs including a mug, pin badges and more.
OTONA Kapibara-san Mamezara
Finally, as a gift to customers, if you order one item from the menu you’ll receive an original coaster, and if you order two an original mamezara, a tiny Japanese plate. These will change to Christmas designs from November 26.
Enjoy a fun and cute Japanese-style Christmas with Kapibara-san and his friends.
Kapibara-san x Hands Cafe
Running: November 5, 2018 – December 25, 2018
*Select menu items available from November 26
Participating Cafe List
Hands Cafe Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku (Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku 5F, 4-30-3 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo)
Hands Cafe Shibuya (Tokyu Hands Shibuya 7F, 12-18 Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo)
Hands Cafe etomo Chuorinkan (2F, 4-6-3 Chuorinkan, Yamato, Kanagawa Prefecture)
Hands Cafe Umeda (Tokyu Hands Umeda 10F, 3-1-1 Umeda, Kita Ward, Osaka)
Hands Cafe Piole Akashi (Piole Akashi West Building 1F, 1-1-23 Oakashicho, Akashi, Hyogo Prefecture)
*The menu is subject to change without prior announcement.
*The items shown are still in development and may differ from the finished product.
Kapibara-san Official Website: https://tryworks.jp/
Hands Cafe Official Website: https://www.handscafe.jp/
Korilakkuma Cafe Opens in Harajuku With Projection Mapping Incorporated Dishes
11.December.2019 | FOOD
The all-new “HARAJUKU AR BOX -table projection mapping cafe-” will open in Harajuku, Tokyo on December 21, 2019. This permanent cafe incorporates “interactive tabletop projection mapping” technology developed by Sony. The cafe runs in a “pair seating” system and so tables must be occupied by two people.
The first collaboration to hit the cafe for its grand opening is with Korilakkuma. The collaboration is titled “Korilakkuma Cafe: Inside The Mirror.” Customers will be able to enjoy their meals while playing together with the characters as they walk around their plates and tables through projection mapping technology.
The theme of the cafe is “Korilakkuma inside a mirror,” which sees Korilakkuma meeting another Korilakkuma inside the mirror in a world of cats and cosmetics.
Customers will be able to get their hands on a range of exclusive merchandise with original art illustrated for the cafe, as well as enjoy themed meals which come in the form of courses made to share between two people. They are free to choose an appetizer, main dish and dessert. *Course menu only – items not available to order separately
Menu item names are translated from Japanese.
Appetizers: Soup and Salad
Welcome to the World Inside the Mirror! Soup & Salad
There are two soups to choose from: clam chowder and minestrone. As a pair you can also order one of each.
Omurice – Let’s Draw Together
Chicken and Mushroom Cream Pasta Made Delicious With Magic!
Friendly Twin Korilakkuma Burger (Available December 21 – January 19 only)
There are five main dishes in total to choose from including those above.
Crème Brûlée & Magic Mirror (Available December 21 – January 19 only)
Heart-Filled Fondant Chocolate (Available January 20 to February 16 only)
There are five desserts in total to choose from including those above.
Korilakkuma Cafe au Lait – ¥890 (Served Hot Only)
Korilakkuma Cocoa – ¥890 (Served Hot Only)
Twin Korilakkuma Strawberry Milk – ¥990
When you order a drink, you’ll get an original coaster too.
Pin Badge (6 Designs) – ¥400
Folder Set – ¥500
Sliding Mirror (Pink or Purple) – ¥1,200 Each
There are lots of other exclusive pieces of merchandise to get your hands on too. Every customer will also receive one of two dolomite crystals.
*All listed prices include tax. Photos are for illustrative purposes only.
©2019 San-X Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
Korilakkuma Cafe: Inside 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)
Grand Opening: December 9, 2019 at 16:00
Reservations: Now Open
*This cafe serves course menus for two people to share only
*Drinks ordered separately
Table Projection Mapping Seats: ¥2,500 per person (Before Tax)
*Reservations for two people only
*Course menu charged separately
Official Website: https://korilakkumacafe.jp/
Seven Days War Anime Film Release Promoted With Themed Cafe in Shinjuku
To celebrate the December 13th release of the upcoming anime film Seven Days War, a themed cafe will open at EJ Anime Theater in Shinjuku, Tokyo. The cafe will collaborate with popular creator Pantovisco who has over 680,000 followers across his social media.
The collaboration was born from Pantovisco’s being able to relate to the theme of Seven Days War which focuses on the heart of today’s youth.
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.
And for every food item ordered on the collaboration menu, you’ll receive an original sticker selected randomly from several designs.
And if you order a drink, you’ll get a special card introducing various characters from both Seven Days War and the world of Pantovisco.
©2019 Osamu Souda・KADOKAWA / Seven Days War Production Committee
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)
*Please check the EJ Anime Theater website for details on the menu items and more
・All customers using the cafe during this collaboration must each order at least one item
・Entry restrictions and time limits may be implemented during very busy hours
・Photography allowed including posting online. Post with the hashtag #EJアニメシアター and let them know how you liked it!
*Photography is prohibited for certain displays which will be marked in Japanese with “撮影禁止”
Seven Days War Official Website: http://7dayswar.jp/
Cafe Webpage: https://ej-anime-t.jp/cafe_and_gallery/perochi_7dayswar/
Gintama Diner: Tokyo’s Gintama Themed Cafe Heads to Animate Branches Across Japan
Animate Cafe, a chain of cafes that collaborate with popular anime and game franchises, is teaming up with Gintama to open the Gintama Diner for a limited time at the following branches: Ikebukuro 3, Kobe Sannomiya, and Nagoya 2.
The cafe will be inspired by American diners, and will run from December 19 to January 7 next year. Each cafe has its own system for being able to dine there. The Ikebukuro 3 and Kobe Sannomiya branches are all reservation-only, with each daily reservation going through a lottery system for a chance to have a place allocated. The Nagoya 2 branch has the same system for December 19-20 only, otherwise it is first-come, first-served.
Thick-Cut Bacon Burger – ¥850
Yorozuya Gin-chan’s Sakata Parfait – ¥850
Gin’s Strawberry☆Milk – ¥600
The menu features dishes, desserts and drinks inspired by the characters of the series. The bacon burger comes with a side menu item of your choice, with each being based on a specific character’s favourite side menu item. The parfait too is bright and vivid like the Yorozuya members.
When fans order from the themed menu, they’ll receive one of eight possible coasters featuring original designs.
Big Acrylic Stands (Diner ver.)
Squishy Trading Pin Badges
Trading Acrylic Keyrings (Diner ver.)
Fans will also be able to pick up some exclusive cafe merchandise they won’t find anywhere else, including acrylic stands, pin badges, key rings, and moreーall featuring a diner design.
©️Hideaki Sorachi/Shueisha・TV Tokyo・Dentsu Inc.・BNP・Aniplex
*All listed prices include tax
Gintama x Animate Cafe
Running: December 19, 2019 – January 7, 2020
・Animate Cafe Ikebukuro 3
・Animate Cafe Kobe Sannomiya
・Animate Cafe Nagoya 2
How to Enter
You must reserve a place for dining at Animate Cafe Ikebukuro 3 or Animate Cafe Kobe Sannomiya where you will be entered into a lottery and randomly allocated a slot. This applies to Animate Cafe Nagoya 2 for only December 19-20, weekends and public holidays, otherwise this branch is first-come, first-served.
Cafe Website: https://cafe.animate.co.jp/event/gintama1912
KIRBY CAFÉ: The World’s First Permanent Kirby-Themed Café to Open in Tokyo
The KIRBY CAFÉ is set to open on the 4th floor of Toyko Solamachiーthe shopping, dining and entertainment complex under Tokyo Skytreeーon December 12, 2019 as the world’s first permanent Kirby-themed café.
Though we still have a week to wait until Kirby inhales us whole into his café, the official website is already live, showcasing a new line-up of food and merchandise different from that held at the pop-up Kirby cafés (which we have covered extensively in Fukuoka and even Tokyo Solamachi, the latter of which has seen the most pop-ups).
Some of the menu items are served in a Kirby lunch box, on a Kirby plate, and more. Let’s take a look. Menu items below are translated from Japanese.
KIRBY CAFÉ’s Stone Baked Pizza ~Maximum Tomato Margherita~ – ¥1,380 (Before Tax)
KIRBY CAFÉ’s Stone Baked Pizza ~Greedy Half ‘n’ Half~ – ¥3,980 (Before Tax)
Served on an original plate, the half ‘n’ half comes served with two pizza flavours of your choice. Perfect for those times when you can’t decide because all the options are too good!
Kirby’s Munching Loco Moco Bowl – ¥1,980 (Before Tax)
Munch and chew on this tasty serving of loco moco just like Kirby is adorably doing on the lunch box it comes in.
Whole Egg Plant & Meat Pasta: Say Your Wish to the Galaxy – ¥1,380 (Before Tax)
Meta Knight’s Precious Matcha Mousse – ¥780 (Before Tax)
Doctor Kirby’s Secret Lab Soda – ¥1,280 (Before Tax)
As well as these incredible-looking dishes, there’s lots of other cute ones you can order for takeout too.
If you visit the KIRBY CAFÉ, you’ll have to pay a visit to KIRBY CAFÉ THE STORE as well which is located on the 2nd floor of Solamachi. There’s around 200 pieces of Kirby merchandise including exclusives as well as KIRBY CAFÉ-themed items.
The KIRBY CAFÉ has its own soundtrack which you can actually buy at the store too. It will be released on December 12. We did an article about it here.
Customers can received a specially-made sticker with the CD design when they buy something at the café or store.
The KIRBY CAFÉ gives priority to reservations, so if you’re hoping to get sucked into the world of Kirby, be sure to book in advance.
KIRBY CAFÉ TOKYO
Grand Opening: December 12, 2019
Address: Tokyo Skytree Town Solamachi Floor 4F (1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida, Tokyo)
Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:00)
*No fixed holidays except where Tokyo Solamachi is closed
Reservations & Website: https://kirbycafe.jp/tokyo/
*Reservations for February 2020 onward will open on Christmas Day at 18:00 (JST)
*Reservations can only be made via the official website – phone reservations not available
*The merchandise corner at the café is limited to café customers
*Depending on how busy the café is, customers may be permitted entry on the day without a reservation
*There is an allocated 85-minute time limit for using the café, and a group limit of up to 8 people
KIRBY CAFÉ THE STORE
Address: Tokyo Skytree Town Solamachi East Yard Floor 2F (1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida, Tokyo)
Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00
PEANUTS Cafes and Diners Across Japan Release Christmas-Limited Snoopy Courses
04.December.2019 | FOOD
If you’re a Peanuts fan, you can’t miss out on the gorgeous Christmas menu which will served up at the PEANUTS Cafe Nakameguro, PEANUTS DINER Yokohama and PEANUTS DINER Kobe from December 2 – 25.
Order the Christmas Dinner course for a large angus beef steak drizzled with a sweet and tangy sauce made of berries and raspberry vinegar.
After your dinner enjoy the luxurious Christmas desserts plate of bite-sized treats such as a soft and tender canelé and sweet madeleine. The plate is decorated with a Christmas Snoopy pick where Snoopy’s face can be seen peeking through a wreath.
You don’t have to book in advance but we recommend you do. This can be done via the links in the information section below.
Order the Salmon Cheese Gratin Christmas Plate for a luxurious course of mains, salad and dessert all on one tray. The sautéd salmon is the steal of the show as it sits in a bath of creamy stew and is topped with a generous layer of cheese. This is served alongside fluffy bread branded with Christmas designs that will definitely put you in the Christmas spirit. A Snoopy pick replaces the traditional cherry on the sundae that will leave you with a sweet aftertaste after your meal.
The White Hot Chocolate is the perfect way to ward off the cold of winter. Like a white blanket of snow, white chocolate milk fills the cup and is topped with the traditional colours of Christmas. Allow yourself to be soothed by the drink’s mild sweetness.
Make the most of your Christmas with Snoopy and friends.
© 2019 Peanuts Worldwide LLC
Christmas Dinner Course
Price: ¥3,900 (Before Tax) Per Person
Locations: PEANUTS DINER Yokohama and Kobe
PEANUTS DINER Yokohama: http://www.peanutsdiner.jp/christmas_2019
PEANUTS DINER Yokohama and Kobe: http://www.peanutsdiner.jp/christmas_2019_kobe
* Reservations can also be made on the day.
Salmon Cheese Gratin Christmas Plate
Price: ¥2,500 (Before Tax)
Location: PEANUTS Cafe Nakameguro
White Hot Chocolate
Price: ¥800 (Before Tax)
Location: PEANUTS Cafe Nakameguro
PEANUTS Cafe Nakameguro
Address: 2-16-7 Aobadai, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Official Website: http://www.peanutscafe.jp/
PEANUTS DINER Yokohama
Address: MARINE & WALK YOKOHAMA 2F, 1-3-1 Shinko, Naka Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa
Official Website: http://www.peanutsdiner.jp/
PEANUTS DINER Kobe
Address: PEANUTS HOTEL 1F, 1-22-26 Nakayamatedori, Chuo Ward, Kobe, Hyogo
KIRBY CAFÉ to Release 15 More Café-Style Arrangements of Kirby Songs on CD
The KIRBY CAFÉ will be releasing its second CD soundtrack called Sound of Kirby Café 2 on December 12. The soundtrack will be available to purchase from the KIRBY CAFÉ and KIRBY CAFÉ THE STORE in Japan.
The KIRBY CAFÉ has only ever been a temporary café that makes an appearance now and again. However, it is finally sticking around for good from December 12. To celebrate, the café has a whole lineup of new songs.
HAL Laboratory, Inc. is the official sound team behind the Kirby’s Dream Land game series They have carefully selected 15 original songs from the game and arranged them specifically for use in the café.
A team of six musicians, some of which are new, got together to create a variety of Kirby song arrangements. From sophisticated yet relaxing cafe-style songs to cute songs which represent the pop colours of the mains and desserts, each song perfectly preserves the catchy features of the original. From the careful song selection, the sound direction was done by Kirby’s Dream Land’s general director Shinya Kumazaki from HAL Laboratory, Inc.
The KIRBY CAFÉ and store are also giving away free stickers decorated with the special design on the CD. These stickers are in limited supply and can only be obtained by purchasing the soundtrack from the café or official store. Information on general sales and online sales will be announced in the future.
Whether you’re cosying up on the couch or on the way to work, let the KIRBY CAFÉ’s official soundtrack create the perfect atmosphere for you.
© 2019 HAL Laboratory, Inc. /Nintendo
Sound of KIRBY CAFÉ 2
Release Date: December 12, 2019
Price: ¥2,200 (Before Tax)
Contents: 1 CD, Card Jacket, 6-Page Leaflet
Catalog Number: KBCI-00014
Sound of KIRBY CAFÉ 2 Special Website (Japanese Only)
Pompompurin Cafe Reveals Christmas Menu For Harajuku, Yokohama & Umeda Branches
The Harajuku, Yokohama and Umeda branches of the Pompompurin Cafeーthe cafe chain centred on Sanrio’s popular character Pompompurinーis serving up two cute Christmas menu items this year from December 1 to 25.
*Food names below are translated from Japanese
Hurry Up Santa – Pompompurin Cheese Keema Curry – ¥1,290 (Before Tax)
This rich and spicy keema curry is made with Parmesan cheese, cheddar cheese, and natural cheese. The colourful stars are made from carrot and paprika, while the spiralled Christmas cheese is a combination of spinach and mashed potato. Purin is made of rice and is waiting in anticipation for Santa to deliver his present. You’ll see he’s holding a stocking which is a made from bread and walleye pollack mayo. A hearty dish that is both delicious and adorable
Snowman Pompompurin – Snow Covered Chocolate Tart ¥1,190 (Before Tax)
Pompompurin has turned into a vanilla ice cream snowman and is standing next to a pistachio cream Christmas tree. They are both atop a rich chocolate tart. This cute dessert is like a Christmas garden straight out of a children’s picture book.
If you decide you want to spend your Christmas with Pompompurin this year, then you’ll receive a free lunch mat when you order food and a free coaster when you get a drink. These are both limited in quantity, so don’t miss out!
©1996, 2019 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO.S603310
■Pompompurin Cafe Harajuku
Address: CUTE CUBE HARAJUKU 3F, 1-7-1 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 (Food Last Orders 20:00 / Drinks Last Orders 20:30)
Access: 3-minutes on foot from the Takeshita Exit at Harajuku Station
■Pompompurin Cafe Yokohama
Address: Yokohama Sotetsu Square, 2-1-5 Minamisaiwai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama-shi
Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00 (Last Orders 20:30)
Access: 5-minutes on foot from West Exit at Yokohama Station via JR
■Pompompurin Cafe Umeda
Address: Hankyu Sanbangai South Wing B2F, 1-1-3 Shibata, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi
Opening Hours: Weekdays 11:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:30) / Weekends & Holidays 10:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:30)
Access: 3-minutes from Osaka Station via JR
Official Website: http://pompom.createrestaurants.com
Devil May Cry 5: Capcom Cafe Ikebukuro Collaborates With DMC5 Again Featuring New Menu & Merch
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.
The cafe will feature various menu items and merchandise that was sold at the Laketown branch of Capcom Cafe, as well as a new meal and two new desserts. For new merchandise, they have introduced a Vergil perfume.
New Menu Items
Devil Breaker “Overture” Potato – ¥880 (Before Tax)
These fries are inspired by the Overture Devil Breaker used by Nero. They are served with two kinds of sauce: ketchup and bagna càuda. Enjoy this simple but delicious dish based on the first Devil Breaker available in the game.
My Strawberry Sundae – ¥1,100 (Before Tax)
Piled to the top with sweet strawberries, now fans can enjoy Dante’s favourite dessert too.
Demon World Mont Blanc – ¥980 (Before Tax)
Dive into the Demon World with this mont blanc, made with black cocoa and mixed berries for a rich and deep flavour.
These are the new food items introduced, but there are lots of others you can order too.
Vergil Perfume – ¥4,800 (Before Tax)
This perfume captures everything about the DMC character Vergil including his path to seeking the truth and his superiority. The first smell to hit your nose is the cool and piercing mint, followed by the waft of cedarwood, and finally amber for an oriental finish.
The cafe also has plans to reproduce the Nero, Dante and V perfumes for the cafe too, all of which originally sold out.
©CAPCOM CO., LTD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
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/
Adorable Sanrio Character My Melody Gets Her First Permanent Character Café in Osaka
24.November.2019 | FOOD
A new character café themed around the sweet and adorable Sanrio character My Melody will open on the 7th floor of HEP FIVE, which is just a three-minute walk from HANKYU Umeda Station in Osaka. The café is set to open on December 5 and will be Japan’s first permanent My Melody Café.
Once you enter the café, you will be immersed in a world of pink, green and white pastel colours. Take a seat in the pleasant British garden-themed café surrounded by roses. Sanrio friends My Melody, My Sweet Piano and Kuromi are relaxing in the garden, enjoying afternoon tea together in the soothing atmosphere.
My Melody European-Style Curry ¥1,490 ＋ tax
Kuromi’s Green Flower Prawn and Avocado Doria: ¥1,390 ＋ tax
My Sweet Piano’s Fluffy and Foamy Pollock Roe Pasta ♪ ¥1,390 ＋ tax
My Melody’s Hide-And-Seek in the Strawberry Mountain Parfait: ¥1,690 ＋ tax
Kuromi’s Tiramisu Flower Pot: ¥1,490 ＋ tax
Giant Blooming Flower Pancake: ¥1,490 ＋ tax
The café’s original menu is bursting with the cuteness of My Melody and her friends. You won’t be able to resist posting your photos of the interior and food on Instagram.
Make sure to take a photo with My Melody and friends at one of the photo spots in the café and check out the large variety of My Melody café-limited goods which cannot be purchased anywhere else. The above photo shows just a small selection of the cute goods that are available.
Customers who enjoy a meal in the My Melody Café will receive a free placemat and sticker. If you order a drink, you will receive a free drink coaster. These are in limited stock so if you want them, make sure to visit the café as soon as you can.
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My Melody Café, Umeda
Address: HEP FIVE Floor 7, 5-15 Kakudacho, Kita Ward, Osaka
Opening Hours: 11:00 ー 22:30 (Food/Drinks Last Orders: 22:00)
Closing times depend on HEP FIVE closing times.
HEP FIVE Official Website: https://www.hepfive.jp/
The Frozen 2 Café is An Open Door to Magical Food, Autumn Adventures and Much More
Frozen 2 will premiere on November 22 in Japan and America at the same time and to celebrate, the Frozen 2 café will open in OH MY CAFE Omotesando, Tokyo from November 15, Osaka and Nagoya from November 16, Hokkaido from November 21, Futakotamagawa from November 29, Fukuoka from December 5 and Kyoto from December 6. Each café will be open for a limited period only.
We at the MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON team were as excited as Anna was for Coronation Day and so we headed to the Frozen 2 Café in Omotesando as fast as we could. Today we’ll be showing you the cafés cool decorations, delicious food and original merchandise.
Stepping into the café was like entering the autumn world of Frozen 2. A few more steps in and Anna was there to greet us. Seeing the awe-inspiring figure of Anna stood nobly before us made us feel that she has matured since the first Frozen film. Customers are free to stand next to the life-sized Anna and have a photo with her.
The central area of the café is full of icy decorations and the walls are covered in illustrations of autumn leaves. Wander deeper into the café and you will immediately notice the life-sized Elsa. If you look closely, Elsa doesn’t seem to be smiling. Seeing her hardened expression played on our minds. Is the reason for this elaborated in the film?
The food menu consisted of five original dishes and each dish was themed around one character from the film, representing them in a cute way.
Anna’s Impulsive Sandwiches and Tomato Soup: ¥2,390/with Soup Bowl: ¥3,990
Order Anna’s special meal and you and your friends will be finishing each other’s sandwiches in an instant. The chicken and cheese sandwiches are served alongside a tomato soup which will warm you up right away.
Elsa’s Magical Muffin Sandwich and Pasta Soup: ¥2,390/with Soup Bowl: ¥3,990
A muffin sandwich hugs prosciutto and a white omelette. This is accompanied by a mushroom and pasta soup. The dish is decorated with a dusting of snowflakes and Elsa.
Olaf’s Fun Snowball-Rolling Meatball Plate: ¥2,190
This plate contains a generous serving of vegetables and meatballs. Seeing Olaf’s lively face will instantly put a smile on yours. The blueberry sauce coating the meatballs contributes an interesting flavour to the meal.
Kristoff and Sven: Two Pals on an Adventure Bagel: ¥2,190
Kristoff has been best pals with Sven since he was a child. There’s no separating the two – even when they’re a meal! You’re in for a treat with chunky vegetables and Sven’s favourite: a carrot.
Salamander’s Surprise Bright Red Tomato Curry: ¥2,190
It seems that café-goers have the opportunity to encounter Frozen 2’s new character: a salamander. Pour the curry over the Salamander and something magical happens! The curry is not very spicy so it can be enjoyed by anyone.
There are four drinks on the drinks menu which are themed on characters and themes from the film.
Left: Elsa’s Refreshing Lemon Smoothie, Centre: Anna’s Refreshing Very Berry Tea
Right: Frozen 2 Magical Blue Mallow Tea: ¥990/with Drink Coaster: ¥1,690
While Elsa’s smoothie takes on the appearance of her elegant wintery dress, the sweet and tangy berry drink reflects the cute appearance of Anna. If you’re curious to discover the taste of Disney magic then order the Frozen 2 Magical Blue Mallow Tea. Add the lemon to the drink and watch what happens.
Frozen 2 Warm and Frothy Cheesecake Milk Tea: ¥990/with Cup: ¥2,490
All your favourite Frozen characters have united in the form of a heart-and-body-warming milk tea. After just one sip, you won’t be able to stop.
You definitely cannot miss out on range the OH MY CAFE-limited original goods. Today we’ll be introducing our top picks:
Frozen 2 Decorations (5 Designs): ¥950
Acrylic Magnets (5 Designs): ¥500
The decoration is sealed in a bag so there is no way of knowing which one you get until you purchase it. Every available design is so cute that you would want to collect them all.
Picture Book-Style Notebook (3 Designs): ¥950 each
From the style to the cover, this notebook looks just like a picture book. Open it up and you will discover the Frozen 2 characters frolicking together on the right side of the page.
Crunchy Chocolate (2 Varieties): ¥980 each
This crunchy chocolate comes in a beautiful tin that you will want to keep after finishing the chocolate. Seeing the happy, smiling faces of Anna and Elsa is very reassuring.
Anna and Elsa Cartoon Merchandise
From cushion covers to smartphone cases, there is a large variety of everyday-use merchandise covered with character-like illustrations of Anna and Elsa.
As part of a special promotion event, those who reserve in advance (¥650) will receive a placemat. Customers who spend more than ¥3,000 (before tax) on café limited goods will be presented with a free ballpoint pen, and those who spend more than ¥1,000 (before tax) will receive a shopping bag (first-come, first-served).
These promotion goods are in limited stock so if you are eager to get something, make sure to head to the café as soon as possible. In addition, Olaf fans will be thrilled to know that the special winter-limited event “OLAF in HOLIDAY” will be running from December 20 and will see the release of merchandise and fun events.
No matter how many times you visit the café, there will always be lots to enjoy and discover. Make sure to stop by for your fill of fantastical Disney magic!
Writer：Sayuri Mizuno（MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON）
Frozen 2 OH MY CAFE
■Tokyo: OH MY CAFE TOKYO, Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku
Running: November 15, 2019 – January 13, 2020
■ Osaka: kawara CAFE&DINING, Shinsaibashi
Running: November 16, 2020 – January 13, 2020
■Nagoya: kawara CAFE&KITCHEN, Nagoya PARCO
Running: November 16, 2019 – January 19, 2020
■ Hokkaido: Cafe Interlude
Running: November 21, 2019 – January 19, 2020
■Fukuoka: kawara CAFE & DINING KITTE, Hakata
Running: December 5, 2019 – January 19, 2020
■Tokyo: gelato pique cafe, Tamagawa Takashimaya S.C.
Running: November 29, 2019 – January 26, 2020
■Kyoto: gelato pique cafe, Kyoto The CUBE
Running: December 6, 2019 – February 2, 2020
Frozen 2 OH MY CAFE Official Website: https://snow.ohmycafe.jp/
Release in Japan: November 22
Official Website: https://disney.co.uk/movies/frozen-2
Make Your Own Matcha Drink and Try Black Bean Butter Toast in Nakameguro, Tokyo
13.November.2019 | FOOD
If you’re looking for a cool café experience in Tokyo then head to Nakameguro for a goldmine of craft beer taprooms, coffee roasters and restaurants. One café to consider adding to your list of must-go places is music café and wine bar epulor. The café has added a number of exquisite and unique items to its menu this November including a matcha drink, black bean paste and butter toast and craft cola.
Take a seat and admire the walls of old records which create a soothing artistic atmosphere while sipping your cup of the café’s specialty hand drip coffee or sommelier-selected wine as the music of old records fills the air. When you have finished, feel free to take a gander at the gallery corner to appreciate the cafés art.
The November menu introduces a high-quality matcha by UK brand Matchæologist®, providing the opportunity to make and enjoy your own matcha drink. From the high-quality rich flavour to the contemporary design of the tea vessel, Matchæologist® lives up to its reputation as artisanal matcha green tea specialists.
Fans of epulor’s popular Red Bean Paste and Butter Toast are in for a treat as the café is now serving up the Black Bean Paste and Butter Toast. The bread is a charcoal bread from the bakery Lotus baguette, which uses only natural yeast, Japan-produced wheat and no additives. The binchotan charcoal used to prepare the bread is a traditional charcoal which has been used since the Edo period. The appearance is just as striking as its taste.
The café has also started to sell Japan’s craft cola TOMO COLA. The cola is spiced with flavours from around the world including kola nut, nutmeg, Japanese herbs and Japanese citrus fruits. This natural cola contains no additives so you can indulge in the taste of nature and enjoy a unique flavourful experience of Japan.
epulor is the perfect spot to enjoy a luxurious moment of relaxation during your busy day while immersing yourself in an artistic and cultural experience.
Address: ESCENARIO AOBADAI Floor 1, 1-19-10,Aobadai, Meguro, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00 – 24:00
Sanrio Characters Get Together for the Last EGG&SPUMA Collaboration Cafe in Tokyo
Sanrio is collaborating with EGG & SPUMA cafe which is located on the 8th floor of the shopping centre Lumine EST Shinjuku. The Sanrio Characters Cafe is set to open on November 15 and will remain open for a limited time only.
This will be the last time that Sanrio will collaborate with EGG & SPUMA and to really make it special, the menu is grander and packed with even more of your favourite Sanrio Characters. If you are a Sanrio fan, you definitely won’t be able to resist the adorable atmosphere.
From dinner to dessert to drinks, the menu will leave you spoilt for choice. If you’re looking for something to fill you up, then the Pompompurin Cheese Burger is for you. Pompompurin sits on the plate in burger form wearing a cute beret. Kiki and Lala’s themed dish is a tower of soufflé pancakes made to resemble a cute tree, and My Melody’s dish is a Melty Strawberry Soufflé Pancake garnished with a pink ribbon.
Of course, EGG & SPUMA Collaboration Cafe will be whisking up their highly popular Tea Party Set again but this time, the Sanrio presence is very intense.
The special Sanrio-style Tea Party Set is a grand three-tier course full of intricate design. The fun feast on the first tier features a colourful jelly treat which takes on the appearance of a capsule toy machine, and playful pup Pochacco in the form of a panna cotta dessert. The second tier serves up EGG&SPUMA’s popular soufflé pancakes covered in an irresistible berry sauce. The third tier will treat you to a ribbon-shaped strawberry milk crêpe and mini chocolate cakes with My Melody and Kuromi playing on top.
Order from the collaboration menu to receive a cafe-limited drink coaster.
*There are eight possible designs. Each customer will receive one coaster upon their order and they are unable to choose the design they receive.
Make sure to stop by for a top up on your kawaii levels!
Sanrio Characters Cafe
Location: EGG&SPUMA, Floor 8 Shinjuku Lumine EST, 3-38-1, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Cafe Running Period: November 15, 2019 – Mid January, 2020
Opening Hours: 11:00 – 22:30 (Last Orders: 21:45)