‘Onegai My Melody Café’ to Open in Ikebukuro

09.November.2018 | FOOD

The popular anime series Onegai My Melody produced by Studio Comet and based on Sanrio’s popular character My Melody is getting its own themed café that will hit Dining Park Ikebukuro on November 13, 2018 and run to January 31, 2019. Dining Park Ikebukuro is located on the 8th floor of Seibu Ikebukuro which is just outside Ikebukuro Station’s east exit.

 

The café menu will bring to life the fantastic world painted by the unique characters in the series.

Hiiragi-shama Loving Kuromi Omurice: ¥1,490 (Pre-Tax)

This omurice is based on My Melody’s rival Kuromi. The pitch-black colour comes from the squid ink in the tamagoyaki that contains squid. Her face is made from bread made with cheese sauce, creating an additional layer of flavour.

Usamimi Kamen’s Dark Power Curry: ¥1,290 (Pre-Tax)

This eye-catching dish is a mild black-coloured curry packed with plenty of minced meat. Keiichi Hiiragi transforms into Usamimi Kamen (Rabbit Ear Mask) in the series. His face is recreated in this dish and made from who sliced cheese, a wafer cakes and rice.

Pink Justice! Usamimi Kamen Cup Parfait: ¥1,190 (Pre-Tax)

This cute dessert contains layers of sponge cake, strawberry sauce and other goodies to create a trifle in a cup. Crowning the top is a strawberry ice cream Usamimi Kamen. Surrounding him is a bed of white chocolate and silver dragees for extra sparkle.

My Melody’s Melody Takt Strawberry Milk: ¥890 (Pre-Tax)

This strawberry-based beverage is inspired by the Melody Takt, a weapon used by My Melody to defeat Kuromi and her nightmare magic.

Customers who dine at the café will receive one each of the above lunch mat and card calendar.

Those who order a drink will also receive the above Usamimi Kamen coaster. All of these items will discontinue once all have been given out so be sure to visit the café quick.

A range of other exclusive and original merchandise will also be sold including t-shirts, a lunch bag and more.

 

The café will feature illustrations of characters in the series drawn in the style of American comic books. Dive into the world of Onegai My Melody at the official café!

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  • Sailor Moon & My Melody Candy Parlour Opens in Fukuoka PARCO for a Limited Time

    30.May.2018 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD / SPOT

    The Sailor Moon and My Melody collaborative café Sailor Moon×My Melody Candy Parlour opened for a limited period of time in Osaka, Sapporo, Tokyo and Nagoya and proved very popular. The Tokyo and and Nagoya branches are still open until May 21.

     

    Another branch was recently opened in Fukuoka PARCO on May 11 and will run until June 25.

     

    「セーラームーン×マイメロディ キャンディパーラー」福岡パルコ

    Those who purchase something at the café will receive a limited-edition Sailor Moon and My Melody paper lunch mat with an original pastel coloured design.

    *One per person.

     

    「セーラームーン×マイメロディ キャンディパーラー」福岡パルコ

    Let’s take a small peek at some of the cute food and desserts we can look forward to♡

     

    「セーラームーン×マイメロディ キャンディパーラー」福岡パルコ

    Sailor Moon & My Melody Peeking Face☆Burger – ¥1,490

    This is a cute doughnut-style burger with Sailor Moon and My Melody bobbing their heads up. My Melody‘s food burger has avocado in it while Sailor Moon‘s snack burger has berries. The place comes with cupcake-style mashed potatoes that complement the dish.

     

    「セーラームーン×マイメロディ キャンディパーラー」福岡パルコ

    We Can’t Wait Any Longer! Sailor Chibi Moon & My Melody Purin à la Mode – ¥1,390

    This is a pink purin à la mode and Sailor Chibi Moon is holding a spoon as if to ask whether it’s okay to start eating already!

     

    「セーラームーン×マイメロディ キャンディパーラー」福岡パルコ

    Welcome to Candy Parlour! Bottled Soda – ¥790

    All the characters are gathered together on the front of this bottle. The drink is a refreshing strawberry flavour.

     

    They will also sell these popular menu items again.

     

    There will of course be plenty of original merchandise sold of the two characters at the shop set up in the café. The shop can also be entered by those who can’t get into the café. The items are all limited in stock, so be sure to check them out quick!

    「セーラームーン×マイメロディ キャンディパーラー」福岡パルコ

     

    Acrylic Key Chain – ¥400

    They will sell 8 different key chain designs: the six sailors, Luna and My Melody. Look forward to seeing who you get.

     

    Die-Cut Stickers – ¥380

    Stickers will also be sold for the sailors, Luna and My Melody.

     

    「セーラームーン×マイメロディ キャンディパーラー」福岡パルコ「セーラームーン×マイメロディ キャンディパーラー」福岡パルコ

    Why not visit the Sailor Moon and My Melody collaborative café while you’re in Fukuoka?

     

    ■Information

    Sailor Moon×My Melody Candy Parlour @ Fukuoka PARCO

    Address: Fukuoka PARCO 5F THE GUEST cafe&diner, 2-11-1 Tenjin, Chuo, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture

    Running: May 11, 2018―June 25, 2018

    Opening Hours: 10:00-20:30 (Food Last Orders 20:00)

    TEL: 092-235-7182

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

  • Top 12 Character Cafés in Japan: November 2018 – Part 1

    02.November.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

    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!

    Cells at Work! x 46 Shokudo (October 10 – November 13)

    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!

     

    ■Information

    Cells at Work! Cafe Encore

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

    Running: October 10, 2018 – November 13, 2018

    Opening Hours: 10:30-21:30

    Reservation Fee: ¥650 (Pre-Tax)

    Reservation Gift: A3 Clear Poster (1 Design)

    Reservations can be made via the cafe’s official website: https://hataraku-saibou-cafe.jp

     

    ©Akane Shimizu / Shueisha・Aniplex・davidproduction

     

    Star-Myu x School Festival (October 31 – November 27)

    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!

     

    ◼︎Information

    Tokyo Café

    Location: Fujiwara Bldg. B1F, 1-3-24 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo

    Running: October 31, 2018 – November 27, 2018

    Opening Hours: 10:00am-9:20pm

     

    Osaka Café

    Location: KUS Nipponbashi Bldg. 2F/3F, 4-8-16 Nipponbashi, Naniwa Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture

    Running: November 2, 2018 – November 27, 2018

    Opening Hours: 10:00am-9:20pm

     

    Reservation Bonus: Free Sticker (chosen randomly from 5 designs)

    Reservation Price: ¥500 (Pre-Tax)

    Menu Order Bonus: Free coaster (chosen randomly from 25 designs)

     

    Reservations: https://hstar-mu-cafe.jp

     

    Gudetama x Pompompurin (September 5 – November 30)

    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.

     

    ◼︎Information

    Pompompurin Café – Yokohama Store

    Address: Yokohama Sotetsu Square, 2-1-5 Nanko, Nishi Ward, Yokohama, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00 (Last Orders 20:30)

    Access: 5 minutes on foot from the west exit/entrance of JR “Yokohama Station”

    TEL: 045-311-6750

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

     

    Badtz-Maru x Gudetama Cafe (October 1 – November 30)

    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.

     

    ◼︎Information

    Gudetama Cafe HEP FIVE

    Running: October 1, 2018 – November 30, 2018

    Address: HEP FIVE 7F, 5-15 Kakudacho, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka Prefecture

    Opening Hours: 11:00am-10:30pm (Last Orders 10:00pm)

    No Fixed Holidays. (*Except when HEP FIVE is closed)

    TEL: 06-6366-3694

    Gudetama Cafe Official Website: http://gudetama.createrestaurants.com/

    ©1993, 2013, 2018 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO.S592279

     

    Nintama Rantaro x Chaya (October 12 – December 2) *Dates depend on branch

    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.

     

    ◼︎Information

    Nintama Rantaro Chaya

    Tokyo Café

    Location: Omotesando Box Cafe&Space

    Address: B1F Pine Under Flat, 5-13-2 Jingumae Shibuya, Tokyo

    Running: October 25, 2018 – December 2, 2018

    Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00

     

    Osaka Café

    Location: contact, 1-6-24 Kitahorie, Nishi Ward, Osaka

    Running: October 12, 2018 – November 25, 2018

    Opening Hours: 11:00-21:20

     

    Reservation Price: ¥650 (Pre-Tax)

    Official Website: https://nintama-cafe.jp/

    ©Amako Sobei / NHK・NEP

     

    Kapibara-san x Hands Cafe (November 5 – December 25)

    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.

     

    ■Information

    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/

    ©TRYWORKS

     

    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.

  • @home cafe Maid Cafe to Collaborate With Cinnamoroll

    28.October.2018 | FOOD / SPOT

    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!

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  • Harajuku’s Rilakkuma Fruits Cafe Entertains Customers With Projection Mapping

    28.March.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    “HARAJUKU AR BOX -table projection mapping cafe-,” a cafe in Harajuku whose name speaks for itself, has announced its second collaboration with Rilakkuma to bring the new Rilakkuma Fruits Cafe which will open for a limited time from April 3, 2020 to June 28, 2020.

     

    The cafe’s first collaboration with Rilakkuma was in December last year. It was called “Korilakkuma Cafe: another me in the mirror” and earned itself many fans for its cute food and decor, but especially for its interactive tables which used projection mapping technology to have Rilakkuma and friends running around people’s tables.

     

    Harajuku’s Korilakkuma Cafe: another me in the mirror | Food Review: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/284456

     

    Fruit is the theme of the new Rilakkuma Fruits Cafe, which follows that Chairoikoguma and the other characters have gathered lots of nutritious fruit to fill up the belly of hungry Rilakkuma.

     

    Food

    Rilakkuma’s Fruit Salad – ¥1,590

    Get your fill of refreshing fruit from this fruit salad plate which has Rilakkuma poking his cute face out from behind it all. When you order this dish, you’ll need to touch the fruits that appear on the table to give them to Rilakkuma.

    Korilakkuma’s Apple Cheese Gratin – ¥1,690

    A combination of hot apple and melted cheese, you’ll find yourself addicted to the sweet and sour mix of flavours. Pick lots of apples with Rilakkuma and company with the projection mapping game. (*Serving April 3, 2020 – May 17, 2020 only)

    Chairoikoguma’s Orange Burger – ¥1,690

    The bun of this hearty burger is branded with Chairokoguma’s cute bear face. But what happens when you squeeze Rilakkuma’s orange? (*Serving May 20, 2020 – June 28, 2020 only)

     

    Desserts

    Rilakkuma’s Maku Maku Fruit Tree Parfait – ¥1,590

    Korilakkuma’s Maku Maku Strawberry Tree Parfait – ¥1,590 (Serving April 3, 2020 – May 17, 2020 only)

    Kiiroitori’s Maku Maku Peach Tree Parfait – ¥1,590 (Serving May 20, 2020 – June 28, 2020 only)

    For dessert, you have a selection of fruit-topped parfaits to choose from featuring Rilakkuma, Korilakkuma, and Kiiroitori.

     

    Drinks

    Rilakkuma & Friends Maku Maku Drinks – ¥790 / With Glass – ¥1,990

    Warm & Fluffy With Everyone Cafe Latte – ¥890

    Pick between one of the cold beverages, or if it’s a cold day, warm up with a hot drink. Feel warm and fluffy like Rilakkuma and his friends with a warm beverage after your parfait.

     

    Exclusive Merchandise & Bonus Items

    Pin Badges (9 Designs/Chosen Randomly) – ¥400

    Acrylic Key Rings (8 Designs/Chosen Randomly) – ¥500

    Get your hands on a selection of original merchandise too, including pin badges, acrylic key rings, and more.

    Stickers (4 Designs/Chosen Randomly)

    Coasters (4 Designs/Chosen Randomly)

    Book a table online in advance and receive one of four possible stickers. Order a drink at the cafe and get one of the four coasters!

     

    You’re sure to get your five-a-day when you dine at the Rilakkuma Fruits Cafe, opening for spring on April 3, 2020 in Harajuku.

     

    ©2020San-X Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

  • Pompompurin Celebrates 24th Anniversary With Birthday Menu at the Pompompurin Cafe

    27.March.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    Sanrio’s popular character Pompompurin is celebrating his 24th anniversary at three branches of the Pompompurin Cafe in Harajuku, Yokohama, and Umeda with a special birthday menu that will be served for the whole month of April.

     

    A special celebratory menu for the floppy-eared golden retriever

    The official date for Pompompurin’s birthday is April 16. The birthday menu line-up includes two food items, a drink made in collaboration with popular Japanese picture book author Yukako Ohde, and some novelty gifts.

     

    Birthday Menu

    Happy Birthday Flower Bouquet Bisque – ¥1,590 (Before Tax)

    This cute bisque soup has Pompompurin and Muffin holding a colourful boquet made from broccoli and mashed potatoes made to look like roses. It has a rich but mild flavour, and is both adorable and filling.

    Happy Birthday Strawberry Mousse – ¥790 (Before Tax)

    The strawberry mousse has a fluffy texture and refreshing, sweet taste. It can be eaten as it is or drizzled with the accompanying raspberry sauce.

    Yukako Ohde x Pompompurin Lemonade – ¥550 (Before Tax)

    Take a sip from this delicious lemonade from a straw adorned with a cute, warm illustration of Pompompurin by Yukako Ohde.

     

    Exclusive Anniversary Novelty Gifts

    Lunch Mat Design

    Customers who dine at any of the three cafes during the anniversary celebration will receive a free lunch mat.

    Coaster Designs

    And those who order the lemonade will receive a coaster with designs illustrated by Yukako Ohde. The designs are different at each branch of the Pompompurin Cafe. You can also receive another special coaster if you spend over ¥1,000 each (tax included) at Pompompurin Cafe Umeda and KIDDY LAND Osaka Umeda. Simply show your receipts at the cafe.

     

    ©1996,2020 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO.S605291

  • Fruit Parlour is the Theme Of Kichijouji’s New ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ Cafe

    04.March.2020 | FOOD

    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. Today, we finally get a look at the cafe’s menu line-up.

     

    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.

     

    The concept for the new cafe opening in Tokyo’s Kichijouji district is “Fruit Parlour.” Look forward to munching your way through an assortment of fruit-filled sandwiches, pudding
    à la mode, and moreーall of which are packed full of The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s favourite fruits.

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Fruit Curry (*Price TBA)

    Very Hungry Plate (*Price TBA)

    Meals on the menu are inspired by the fruits the caterpillar ate each dayーwhich have been recreated using rice! The fruit curry is made with lots of apple, mango, and tomato. It’s a pork curry that has a fruity flavour and a subtle sweetness. If you don’t like spicy curries, then this dish is the one for you.

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Kid’s Plate (w/Drink) (*Price TBA)

    The menu is also packed with food for kids, like this kid’s plate which comes with a chicken and broccoli tomato pasta, mini pancakes, and a side of fruit. There’s also baby food, like a thin rice porridge made with soft rice and vegetables.

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Fruit Sandwich (*Price TBA)

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Cheesecake (*Price TBA)

    Of course, this tasty menu wouldn’t be complete without a long list of drinks and desserts. There’s the adorable fruit sandwich which recreates the caterpillar’s body, and a New York-style cheesecake topped with artistic cookies made with vegetables and spicesーand all with natural colourings.

     

    This is just a small teaser of what’s to come at The Very Hungry Caterpillar Cafe in Kichijouji; they have promised there will be even more. Their website will go live on March 18, but you can follow them at their social media with the links below.

  • BT21 Cafe to Open in Tokyo and Osaka With a Spring Theme

    27.February.2020 | FOOD / MUSIC / SPOT

    The 6th run of the popular BT21 Cafe is here. The cafes will open at TOKYO BOX cafe&space Tokyo Solamachi on February 28, 2020, and at TOKYO BOX cafe&space Omotesando and UMEDA BOX cafe&space on March 5, 2020.

    BT21 are the LINE messenger app characters created by K-pop group BTS. The cafe has seen five runs in Japan, and has proven immensely popular amongst fans for the selection of original dishes and drinks as well as exclusive merchandise.

     

    TOKYO BOX cafe&space Omotesando & UMEDA BOX cafe&space

    Kobu Salad & Baguettes – ¥1,690

    Chef’s Crepe – ¥1,690

    Drinks – ¥990 Each

    “Springtime” is the theme this time around. TOKYO BOX cafe&space Omotesando and UMEDA BOX cafe&space will be based around a spring party, and customers will be able to order a set menu with food or dessert.

     

    TOKYO BOX cafe&space Tokyo Solamachi

    SHOOKY’s Brown Burger — ¥1,690

    TATA’s Very! Berry! Sandwich – ¥1,690

    Drinks – ¥990 Each

    TOKYO BOX cafe&space Solamachi’s menu will be centred on the BT21 Baby Series, where all the characters have been turned into babies.

    TOKYO BOX cafe&space Omotesando & UMEDA BOX cafe&space – “Let’s Party With You” Original Stickers and Coasters

    TOKYO BOX cafe&space Tokyo Solamachi – “BABY” Original Stickers and Coasters

    Customers can also get their hands on some original merchandise and bonus items too. Book a table and receive one of seven stickers, and order a drink to receive one of seven coasters.

  • 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.

  • Sanrio Gift’s New Shop in Ueno Welcomes Hello Kitty Panda Merchandise & More

    25.January.2020 | FOOD / SPOT

    Sanrio opened a new gift shop called Sanrio Gift Gate in Ueno on January 24, 2020. This is the 107th branch of the gift shop to open in Japan, following the openning of the Asakusa branch which opened in Asakusa last year. Aimed at tourists both Japanese and foreign, it sells merchandise of Sanrio’s popular cast of characters.

    You can’t miss the shop as a giant Pompompurin embracing a panda suit-clad Hello Kitty are waiting to greet you at the entrance. The panda is a symbol of Ueno due to Ueno Zoo housing giant pandas.

    The souvenir shop features a range of Ueno exclusives, including a line-up of six popular Sanrio characters wearing panda outfits.

    Plush Toys (6 Designs) – ¥2,200 Each / Small Plush Toys (6 Designs) – ¥1,760 Each

    Who could resist one of these cute toys? The bigger ones at 16cm tall and the small ones 11cm. The line-up includes fan favourites Hello Kitty, Pompompurin, Cinnamoroll, My Melody, Kuromi, and Pochacco.

     

    There’s also pop-up cards with a variety of designs, including one that opens up into Ameya-Yokochō open-air market, another that turns into Hello Kitty and a panda sat down, and more.

    Edo-Tamagawaya x Hello Kitty Pink Tonkotsu Ramen – ¥390

    Budoonoki Sanrio Character Baumkuchen – ¥594 Each (Hello Kitty/My Melody/Pompompurin/Cinnamoroll)

    The Salt Industry Center of Japan x Hello Kitty Table Salt – ¥248

    There’s also food and snacks amongst a whole range of other goodies, all perfect as gifts and souvenirs.

     

    Be sure to stop by Sanrio Gift Plaza the next time you’re in Ueno.

     

    ⓒ 1976, 1996, 2020 SANRIO CO.,LTD. TOKYO, JAPAN  Original Text: SANRIO CO.,LTD.

    *All listed prices include tax. Sold items receive stock turnovers.

  • 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

  • Chat With My Melody Via Text Message Everyday With Sanrio’s Official New App

    19.January.2020 | FASHION

    My Melody’s birthday was yesterday (January 18), and in the run up to it, Sanrio released a new smartphone app on Friday named “Itsudemo Issho ni My Melody” (Together Always With My Melody). Described as a “healing app,” the app is My Melody’s way of cheering on those who are working hard every day; it continues her support of healing people on Twitter and radio with her personality.

     

    This app was developed together with fans, with 300 of them participating in a questionnaire for it. It has three major functions including “Text Chat,” “Schedule,” and “Alarm,” all of which incorporate everybody’s favourite bunny.

     

    Receive texts from My Melody with Talk Chat

    The Talk Chat function enables you to chat with My Melody via text messages. Replies are given 24 hours a day, so you can send her a text at any time, whether it’s idle chit-chat or telling her a secret you can’t tell anyone else. Whatever it is you want to talk to her about, her words are sure to leave you feeling warm and fluffy.

    The messaging service has 12 special stamps which can only be used on the app. If you send a certain stamp, you’ll even receive a call from My Melody. You can also customise the chat backgrounds as you please.

     

    My Melody keeps your days organised with the Schedule

    Using the app’s cute calendar, you can enter your schedule for each month.

    My Melody will even send you reminders of upcoming plans in the chat too, even if the app is closed, so you won’t miss a thing.

    There are 10 “Schedule Seals” you can use depending on what kind of reminder you are setting. Depending on which seal you use, My Melody will send you a different message. Setting a schedule has never been so much fun!

     

    Look forward to waking up to My Melody’s voice with the Alarm

    The Alarm function makes use of My Melody’s voice, which is sure to support you during your busy days. There are six voice functions you can set, from waking up in the morning to break time and more.

     

    Additional convenient functions to be released in the future

    More functions are set to be released in the future, including the Weather function in March which will have My Melody informing you what the weather will be like outside. If you ask her about the weather in the chat room, she’ll tell you the weather type, temperature, and more to help you prep for each day.

    Download the My Melody app and make your days even more fun♡

     

    ©’76,’20 SANRIO

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