Sailor Moon x Monster Strike Collaborative Cafés to Open in Shibuya and Shinsaibashi

10.November.2018 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD / SPOT

XFLAG™ Studios are holding a campaign in collaboration with the strategy RPG hunting mobile game Monster Strike and the Sailor Moon Crystal anime series. This is the first time the two franchises have teamed up together.

Sailor Moon Crystal (2014) is an anime adaptation of Naoko Takeuchi’s internationally-beloved hit shojo manga series Sailor Moon which was first serialised in 1991.

 

There’s much to look forward to with this collaboration, including capsule toys of the five Sailors, the original anime theme song Moonlight Densetsu playing in the cafés and more.

Users who interacts with the campaign website’s numerous activities will unlock the Moon Power Meter. As they collection Moon Power they will earn items that can be used in the game.

Tsuki ni Wakatte Oshioki yo! Sailor Moon’s Prism Hot Cocoa: ¥700 (Pre-Tax)

To celebrate this collaboration, XFLAG will also sell four Sailor Moon themed drinks and desserts at their permanent stores in Shibuya and Shinsaibashi. Those who order from the menu will receive one of eight possible postcards chosen randomly. These are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Usagi-chan Henshin yo! Moon Prism Power Transform Dessert: ¥1,000 (Pre-Tax)

Exclusive merchandise will also be sold including premium charm key rings, 12 differently designed pin badges and much more.

 

Whether you’re a fan of Sailor Moon, or Monster Strike, or even both, don’t miss out on this very special collaboration.

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  • Sailor Moon Collaborates With Prostyle Hair Styling Foam

    22.October.2018 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    Prostyle are teaming up with the Sailor Moon series to release their product with five limited edition Sailor Moon designs on October 25. An early look of the designs was unveiled on October 19 via Prostyle’s official website.

     

    This is the second collaborative between Sailor Moon―which has captured girls hearts the world over―and Prostyleーwhich is the number one selling brand of hair mousse and foam in Japan*. The first design collaboration back in May this year was so popular that they decided to do another.

    *Figures taken from Intage SRI. Sales between January 1997 to June 2017.

    There are five products being release each with two characters from Sailor Moon on them. On the Prostyle website the characters recommend why you should choose the product in their own words so you can bring out a hairstyle that is you.

    Prostyle Kukkuri Wavy Foam (150g)
    Super Sailor Moon & Super Sailor Chibi Moon’s Recommendation
    Create beautiful and elegant wavy hair with no water at all, just the foam itself which has plenty of moisture in it.

    Pro Style Super Hard Stylish Foam (150g)
    Super Sailor Mercury & Super Sailor Jupiter’s Recommendation
    This foam keeps your hair in place, ensuring it isn’t affected by the wind or the rain. Your hair will retain its natural feel without becoming hard and sticky. Can easily be used with updo hairstyles too.

    Prostyle Natural Wavy Foam Wax (130g) 
    Super Sailor Mars & Super Sailor Venus’ Recommendation
    This is a glossy foam of whipped wax which can be applied lightly to even loose perms, all the way down to the tips.

    Prostyle Super Straight Foam (150g)
    Sailor Uranus & Sailor Neptune’s recomenndations
    Permeates straight essence in your hair, keeping it silky and straight down to the ends throughout the day.

    Prostyle Wet Style Foam (150g)
    Sailor Pluto & Sailor Saturn
    This foam permeates you with ‘moist essence,’ looking after damaged hair and ensuring it isn’t dry and brittle so you can shape your hair elegantly.

  • 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/

  • Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: The Miracle 4-D to Receive Run Extension at Universal Studios Japan

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

    This year’s Universal Cool Japan event has been running since January 19, bringing together the some of the best of Japan’s contemporary pop culture.

     

    The first ever Sailor Moon 4D attraction, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: The Miracle 4-D, made its debut at the park earlier this year which has the audience build trust with the sailors and overcome a difficult situation with them.

     

    Due to demand from guests who have actually experienced the showing, the run time for the attraction has been extended to September 30. The original schedule was from March 16 to June 24.
    大阪・USJ「美少女戦士セーラームーン・ザ・ミラクル4-D」
    The 4D attraction throws people into the world of Sailor Moon which feels so realistic you can almost touch it with your hands. It has been highly praised not only by fans of the original work, but guests of all ages alike.

     

    The author of Sailor MoonNaoko Takeuchi, has also spoken highly of it: “I want to watch it everyday! I want to feel part of the Sailors cutely jumping around the place and part of their fight everyday. Everything about it is the best! I’m glad to be alive!” (*Translated from Japanese)

     

    It’s recommended for those who want a smooth experience with the attraction to get their hands on an express pass. Additional passes go on sale from May 25 and are available until June 24. They’ve been selling like hot cakes so don’t miss out!

    大阪・USJ「美少女戦士セーラームーン・ザ・ミラクル4-D」

    There’s also the Sailor Moon Special Express Pass which comes with lots of special bonuses. As well as a smoother experience, you’ll get to see the Tuxedo Mask Miracle Greeting set. The entry day for this pass lasts until August 31, 2018.
    大阪・USJ「美少女戦士セーラームーン・ザ・ミラクル4-D」
    Of course, there’s plenty of Sailor Moon themed sweets too, as well as a photo opportunity where you can get your picture framed like below.
    大阪・USJ「美少女戦士セーラームーン・ザ・ミラクル4-D」
    Enjoy the dreamy world of Sailor Moon at Universal Studios Japan!

     

    ■Information
    Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: The Miracle 4-D
    https://www.usj.co.jp/universal-cool-japan2018/sailormoon/

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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.

  • Sailor Moon Nail Oil Set Released to Promote the Upcoming ‘Sailor Moon Eternal’ Movie

    28.March.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    Bandai has developed a new Super Sailor Moon and Super Sailor Chibi Moon “Fragrance Nail Oil Set” on its online store Premium Bandai as part of its cosmetics brand Miracle Romance. Released on March 26, the set is inspired by the upcoming animated film Sailor Moon Eternal which will be released in September this year.

    Miracle Romance Fragrance Oil Nail Set – ¥4,400 (Tax Included) *Shipping & handling fees not included

    Both nail oils are made in the image of Super Sailor Moon and Super Sailor Chibi Moon who will appear in the upcoming Sailor Moon Eternal movie.

    The Super Sailor Moon nail oil has an “Eternal Lemon” fragrance which is locked away inside its gorgeous bottle featuring yellow and blue coloured nail oilーthe same colours as the character’s skirt.

    Super Sailor Chibi Moon’s skirt is yellow and pink, as represented by the colour nail oil for this bottle. It has a cute and sweet-smelling fragrance, and contains three ingredients that are great for the skin: jojoba oil, rose hip, and grapeseed oil. The oil can be used on the skin, where it’s not sticky and is soaked up easily, as well as the nails and cuticles to moisturise them, leaving them nice and smooth.

    The bottles are crafted with the finest details that showcase motifs of their respective characters. They are chic and made from glass which allow for the oils’ colours to glisten through. They are also both branded with the sentence “Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal.”

     

    These aren’t just made to look cuteーthey are expertly-made cosmetics for those who want to be a Pretty Guardian too.

     

    ©Naoko Takeuchi・PNP / “Bishojo Senshi Sailor Moon Eternal” Movie Production Committee

    ©Naoko Takeuchi

  • 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.

  • Sailor Moon Body Soap Releasing in Collaboration With LUX

    01.March.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    LUX is collaborating with Sailor Moon to release its popular body soap series with Sailor Moon packaging, which will roll out across Japan for a limited time from March 2, 2020.

     

    LUX is a total beauty brand managed by Universal Japan Customer Marketing.

    LUX’s message with this collaboration is for girls to “Shine With No Limits.” Like the Sailors, they want the beauty of girls to shine on both the inside and outside.

     
    The packaging designs feature one for each of the five Sailors. Bearing each characters’ silhouettes, the LUX body soap fragrances are as follows: “Soft Rose” for Sailor Moon, “Satin Soap” for Sailor Venus, “Musky Floral” for Sailor Mercury, “Violet Floral” for Sailor Mars, and “White Garden” for Sailor Jupiter.


    LUX will also hold a Twitter campaign from March 2 where you can receive an assortment of these limited edition packaged products by posting a photo of your purchased product with the hashtag #ラックス美少女戦士セーラームーン (“LUX Bishojo Senshi Sailor Moon”).


    Wrap yourself in the new fragrances of LUX, which were revamped in October 2019, and smell as good as the Sailors after a tiring day of being a magical girl.

  • 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.

  • Sailor Moon Ice Show ‘Prism On Ice’ to Feature World Class International Figure Skaters

    16.February.2020 | ANIME&GAME

    A press conference was held detailing information about the upcoming Sailor Moon: Prism On Ice ice skating show, for which it had already been unveiled that Russian figure skater Evgenia Medvedeva would play the role of the titular character, Sailor Moon/Usagi Tsukino.

    At the press conference, Medvedeva expressed her love for the Sailor Moon anime series, calling it her favourite and being thankful to not only be a part of it, but also to be playing the main character. She said she will work hard with lots of practice in the run up to the ice show for her role.

    The official logo for the Prism On Ice show was also revealed, as well as the rest of the figure skating cast which includes Satoko Miyahara as Sailor Mercury/Ami Mizuno, Mirai Nagasu as Sailor Mars/Rei Hino, Alissa Czisny as Sailor Jupiter/Makoto Kino, Becky Bereswill as Sailor Venus/Minako Aino, Andrew Poje as Tuxedo Mask/Mamoru Chiba, Jason Brown as Kunzite, Takahito Mura as Jadeite, Dylan Moscovitch as Nephrite, and Seiya Hashimoto as Zoisite.

     

    Japanese singer and actress ANZA will also make a special appearance as Queen Serenity.

    Providing the voice acting will be the cast from the voice cast from the upcoming two-part anime film Sailor Moon: Eternal, which includes Kotono Mitsuishi as Sailor Moon/Usagi Tsukino, Hisako Kanemoto as Sailor Mercury/Ami Mizuno, Rina Sato as Sailor Mars/Rei Hino, Ami Koshimizu as Sailor Jupiter/Makoto Kino, and Shizuka Ito as Sailor Venus/Minako Aino.

     

    ©Naoko Takeuchi

  • 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

  • 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

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