Top 11 Character Cafés in Japan: December 2018 – Part 1

06.December.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.

 

There are lots of themed collaborations happening this month, including Christmas ones. So many in fact that we’ve had to split the list into two parts! This is part one.

 

Pompompurin x Muffin Christmas Menu (November 1 – December 25)

Christmas has fallen on the Pompompurin Cafés in Harajuku and Umeda this month with a Pompompurin and Muffin Christmas themed menu being served. The menu includes a cream stew is topped with potato potage and fresh whipped cream that’s uneven to make it look like white snow, a yule log on top of which sits a mango ice cream Pompompurin and vanilla ice cream Muffin who are both wearing raspberry winter hats while enjoying Christmas together, and much more. There’s plenty of cute Christmas celebrations to be had at the Pompompurin Café this year.

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/137629

 

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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

TEL: 03-5786-0770

 

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
TEL: 06-6292-7140

 

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

©1996, 2018 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO.S592650

 

Pompompurin x Gudetama Christmas Menu (December 1 – December 25)

Four Christmas food items have arrived to the Yokohama and Nagoya branches of the Pompompurin Café, two of which are collaborations between Pompompurin and Gudetama! One of these is the “Purin Santa & Gude Reindeer’s Xmas Beef Tongue Stew” which has been delivered to warm up both your heart and stomach this Christmas. This dish is a slowly cooked beef tongue stew cutely topped with our favourite Pompompurin who is wearing a Santa hat made from a walleye pollack roe mashed potato. Next to him his his trusty pal Gudetama the Reindeer who has lotus roots for antlers. Surrounding them are star shaped potatoes, carrots and assorted vegetables. A very special plate!

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/147566

 

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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

TEL: 045-311-6750

 

Pompompurin Cafe Nagoya

Address: BECOME SAKAE 2F, 3-32-6 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya-shi

Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00 (Food Last Orders 19:30 / Drinks Last Orders 19:30)

Access: 1-minutes on foot from Sakae Station via the Meijo Line

TEL: 052-249-8320

 

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

©1996, 2018 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO.S592650

 

Gudetama Café x Tuxedosam Christmas Menu (December 1 – December 25)

Over at the Gudetama Café in Umeda, Osaka they are serving up a collaborative menu with the popular Sanrio character Tuxedosam. On the menu customers can look forward to tucking into a white stew featuring a Santa Tuxedosam sleeping under a fluffy Gudetama omelette. For dessert there are Gudetama pancakes crowned with ramune flavoured Tuxedosam sherbet. The sweet and sour mix of the colourful fruits and berry sauce match perfectly. There’s other options too, and all of them are a must-have for Instagram feeds!

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/146662

 

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Gudetama Cafe HEP FIVE

Running: December 1, 2018 – December 25, 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

 

 

Cardcaptor Sakura x Cafe THE SUN (October 26 – January 3)

Cardcaptor Sakura Exhibition: Magical Art Museum is an ongoing event over at the Mori Arts Center Gallery which is located on the 52nd floor of Roppongi Hills Mori Tower. As part of the exhibition which celebrates the popular manga series, a themed cafe called “SAKURA Cafe&Parlor” has been set up where they are selling a range of original dishes inspired by the series including the Star Burger, Suppi’s Manpuku Curry and more. Non-alcoholic cocktails are also being served with motifs of the Cards from the series.

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/135915

 

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SAKURA Cafe & Parlor
Location: Cafe THE SUN (Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 52F)
Running: October 26, 2018 – January 3, 2019
Opening Hours: 11:00-22:00 (Last Food Orders 21:00 / Last Drink Orders 21:30)

*Open 7 days a week.
TEL: 03-3470-5235 (http://www.thesun-themoon.com/sun/)

 

 

Evangelion x Ikebukuro 46 Shokudou (November 16 – January 6)

EVANGELION STORE TOKYO-01 is celebrating its 7th anniversary and to celebrate, they have opened an Evangelion themed izakaya in Ikebukuro, Tokyo. The concept of the bar is an “izakaya for everyone.” Fans of the series will instantly recognise the red entrance curtain and lamps in the bar as representing NERV from Evangelion. They can also enjoy some very reasonable prices on the menu. The bar has over 30 drinks and meals for fans to enjoy, and affordable lunch sets which are served until 4pm. Everything on the menu is packed with references to Evangelion.

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/141872

 

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Evangelion Sakaba

Location: 46 Shokudou (Ikebukuro, Tokyo)

Address: Narita Bldg. Floor 4F, 1-29-4 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo

Running: November 16, 2018 – January 6, 2019 (Closed December 31 – January 1)

Opening Hours: 11:30-23:30 (Last Orders 23:00)

Entry: Free Seating (Reservations Possible)

TEL: 070‐6407‐4611

Reservation Period: November 8, 2018 – January 6, 2019 (Except December 31 – January 1)

Reservation Times: 11:30-23:30 (11:30-21:30 from November 8 to 15)

 

Evangelion Sakaba Official Website: https://www.evasakaba.jp

 

 

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

 

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Tokyo Location

SHIBUYA BOX CAFE & SPACE

Address: 2F Shibuya LOFT, 21-1 Udagawacho, Shinjuku, Tokyo

Open: November 1, 2018 – January 14, 2019

 

Osaka Location

UMEDA BOX CAFE & SPACE

Address: 1F Umeda LOFT, 16-7 Chayamachi, Kita Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture

Open: November 1, 2018 – December 2, 2018

 

Bookings: https://box-cafe.jp/

Booking Price: ¥650 (Pre-Tax)

*Those who purchase a drink will receive one of eight possible coasters chosen randomly.

 

Did you enjoy part one of this list? There are plenty of cute cafes to enjoy in Japan this winter. Look forward to part two!

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  • Entering the Magical Art Museum of Cardcaptor Sakura in Roppongi Hills

    29.November.2018 | ANIME&GAME / FEATURES / SPOT

    Hi, everyone. Minimaru here from the MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center!

     

    I went to check out the Cardcaptor Sakura Exhibition in Roppongi Hills. I was born in Hong Kong, and the Cardcaptor Sakura anime series aired there too. When I was a kid I would imitate Sakura everyday. I’m reading the new serialisation and watching the new anime too so I was really looking forward to visiting the exhibition.

    The exhibition is located on the 52nd floor of Roppongi Hills Mori Tower in the Mori Arts Center Gallery and has been running since October 26. It is split into two different periods and is ongoing until January.

     

    Without further ado, let’s head into the world of Cardcaptor Sakura!

    The moment you enter the exhibition you’re met with an enormous book! This area is called The Library of Beginnings which is home to works by prominent artists from all fields. Each of them showcases the reason why Cardcaptor Sakura is such a popular series.

    Next I entered the Flower Room. You’re allowed to take your favourite flower stickers here and stick them anywhere you like.

    We look lots of photos of the artistic flower-bloomed room.

     

    The next area I entered was the Maze of Original Pictures. Photography here is off-limits. Be sure to visit the exhibition yourself too so you can see this area with your own eyes. There’s around 200 original illustrations spanning across the series from the Clow Card arc to the Sakura Card and Clear Card arcs. I stayed in this area alone for half an hour!

     

    Moving on, I visited the Tomoyo’s Sieged Atelier area. All of Sakura’s outfits are made by her best friend Tomoyo – she always appears wearing something different. This area is filled with all the different outfits made by Tomoyo across the series.

    This one is of course my favourite!

    A gigantic Cerberus was in the next area! He’s so much bigger in the flesh, the picture doesn’t do him justice!

    You’re allowed to take a photo with him so be sure you get one if you visit!

     

    There’s another important thing you need to know about. On weekdays until December 21 at 16:00-19:00 you’re allowed to borrow Sakura’s wand and magical outfit. Transform into a magical girl and take a photo with Cerberus!

    The final area is the Card Room where Clow Cards, Sakura Cards and Clear Cards are on display.

    It’s an overwhelming experience seeing all of the cards lined up.

     

    When you come out of the exhibition there is a Cardcaptor Sakura museum shop. They sell lots of exclusive and original merchandise you can’t get anywhere else. Being a fan myself I couldn’t contain myself and bought lots of things.

    The exhibition really felt like Sakura had cast her magic on it. You’re sure to enjoy your time there no matter how many times you go back, so don’t miss out while it’s still running!

  • Tokyo Stroll: Indulge at Harajuku’s Conveyor Belt Dessert Cafe ‘MAISON ABLE Cafe Ron Ron’

    29.November.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

    MAISON ABLE Cafe Ron Ron is a new hot spot in Harajuku that has been popping up all over Japanese social media. It’s so popular that it’s common to see lines of people waiting outside to get in, and that’s due to the fact that this is the world’s first-ever all-you-can-eat conveyor belt dessert cafe!

     

    MMN decided to visit the cafe to see what all the fuss was about. Unfortunately, it was raining on the day, but that didn’t stop the smiles on girls’ faces waiting outside for it to open which gleamed like a clear summer’s day.

     

    We visited the cafe with Japanese model Rinko Murata who has a weakness for sweet things and whose anticipation for this place was growing.

    Upon entering the cafe you must first buy a ticket from the ticket machine. It costs ¥1,800 (tax included) for all-you-can-eat desserts and a drink.

    This is the drink shelf. You can choose your favourite from a selection of colourful beverages that come in original bottles.

    Rinko-chan picked out a photogenic-looking drink too!

    If you stand against the pastel pink walls you can snap a cute photo from any angle!

     

    Rinko-chan was quick in wanting to snap one. There are messages written over the walls too. It makes you want to take your dessert in hand and take lots of pictures.

    The dessert lane stretches a sweet 38 meters. There are over 25 delights to choose from which appetisingly pass by one by one. They arrive crowning pastel coloured plates looking like precious gems and jewels. There’s even light savoury food in addition to the sweet stuff.

     

    You’re allowed 40 minutes. Heaven begins as you sit down: pick, take a photo, tuck in and repeat.

    Is this one an ice cream? It actually isn’t – underneath the cone hides potato salad! This is one of the non-dessert light foods and is perfect for cleansing your palate. There’s a meat ball burger, nikuman meat bun, popcorn and others too. (And keep in mind that items change depending on the season!)

    All the sweets are bite-sized meaning you can enjoy lots of different kinds one after the other.

    “Eating something this cute feels such a waste!” commented Rinko-chan.

     

    Piling up the plates after you’ve finished is kinda fun too!

    The shortcake dessert with the black cat wafer is the most popular. Only 10 of them come by in an hour. Rinko-chan was lucky enough to get her hands on one.

    The cat has an iconic presence in the cafe. In fact, the “Ron Ron” in the cafe’s name comes from French and refers to the purring sound a cat makes when it’s happy.

    There’s a super cute girly powder room up on the second floor.

    They have hair straighteners, makeup and other bits and bobs that customers are free to use. Use of the powder room isn’t included within the time restriction of the all-you-can-eat service, so once you’ve filled your belly with treats you can hit it up, touch up your makeup and head out shopping.

    If you’re in Harajuku why not enjoy lots of desserts and a girly time over at MAISON ABLE Cafe Ron Ron?

     

    MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON Social Media Campaign

    Running: November 29, 2018 – December 4, 2018

    We are giving away chekki photographs of Rinko Murata randomly to 2 lucky people who follow us on either our Instagram, Twitter or Weibo pages and share this article (or hit ‘Like’ on Instagram). Anyone from around the world can participate in this campaign, so get involved!

     

    Writer: Ai Watanabe

    Photographer: Haruka Yamamoto

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

  • 7 Christmas Desserts From Japan to Enjoy This Year♡

    14.November.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Christmas is fast approaching, which in Japan means that lots of festive cakes, drinks and other delectables are starting to pop up for the holiday season.

     

    Here’s our 7 recommendations to check out for Christmas 2018.

    Christmas Fair 2018 Tokyo Xmastation

    Christmas has arrived early at Tokyo Station’s Gransta and Gransta Marunouchi malls with Christmas Fair 2018 Tokyo Xmastation which is running until December 25. They are selling a range of delicious Christmas cakes including one made in the image of the Tokyo Station building, another inspired by the Suica IC card penguin and much more. They are all a must-see♡

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/141020

     

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    Christmas Fair 2018 Tokyo Xmastation

    Location: Gransta (inside ticket gates) and Gransta Marunouchi (outside ticket gates)

    Running: November 12, 2018 – December 25, 2018

    Website: http://www.net-ekinaka.com/shop/r/r101003/

    ©Chiharu Sakazaki/ East Japan Railway Company /DENTSU Suica by East Japan Railway Company

    *Suica is a registered trademark of East Japan Railway Company.

     

    Afternoon Tea – “Strawberry Christmas Cake Parfait”

    Afternoon Tea is set to release a string of new desserts for Christmas, beginning with the two apple desserts based on the apple Christmas tree ornaments which were released on November 6. This will be followed by a Strawberry flavoured “Christmas cake parfait” that is layered strawberries, pistachio cream, strawberry jam, chocolate sponge and berries. It’s also mixed with a cream cheese gelato and elderflower jelly and is said to go perfectly with black tea!

     

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    Afternoon Tea

    ・Apple Sweet Potato Pudding a la Mode

    Available: November 6, 2018 – December 25, 2018

    ・Afternoon Tea Apple Pie Parfait

    Available: November 6, 2018 – November 28, 2018

    ・Strawberry Christmas Cake Parfait

    Available: November 29, 2018 – December 25, 2018

    Available at most Afternoon Tea TEAROOM branches. Prices vary at each branch. Limited quantity available of each so will discontinue once all have sold.

    Afternoon Tea Official Website: https://www.afternoon-tea.net/tearoom

     

    Grand Hyatt Tokyo – 2018 Christmas Cakes

    The luxury Grand Hyatt Tokyo hotel is now selling a line-up of exquisite Christmas cakes for a limited period. The menu features 9 cakes including 4 new entries to this year’s range. The ‘Sparkle’ cake features an extravagantly adorned cake with a scrumptious row of eclairs on top that have been sprinkled with sparkly decorations. The ‘Crystal Fruits Shortcake’ has a beautifully and intricately crafted dome inside which sit jewels of colourful fruits. There’s plenty more mouth-watering delectables where that came from too, so check the link below.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/139223

     

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    Sparkle with Joy

    Reservation Windows

    In-Store/Telephone: November 1, 2018 – December 16, 2018

    Online: November 1, 2018 – December 17, 2018 at 11:00am

     

    How to Order

    Reservation Number: 0570-012-025 (9:00am-10:00pm)

    Fiorentina Pastry Boutique: 03-4333-8713 (9:00am-10:00pm)

    Online: www.tokyo.grand.hyatt.co.jp/christmascake-JP

     

    Pick-Up Window: December 20, 2018 – December 25, 2018 (11:00am-9:00pm)

     

    Fiorentina Pastry Boutique

    Address: Grand Hyatt Tokyo (1st Floor Lobby), 6-10-3 Roppongi, Minato Ward, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 9:00am-10:00pm (Cakes & Tarts available 10:00am-10:00pm)

    TEL: 03-4333-8713

    Grand Hyatt Tokyo Website: https://www.hyatt.com/ja-JP/hotel/japan/grand-hyatt-tokyo/tyogh

    Harajuku & Umeda Pompompurin Café Christmas Menu

    The Harajuku and Umeda branches of the Pompompurin Café are celebrating Christmas with a Pompompurin and Muffin character themed menu that is being served all the way up to Christmas Day. The menu items featured extravagant names such as “I’ll Give You a Present ♪ Fluffy Snow Cream Stew,” a cream strew topped with potato potage and fresh whipped cream that’s uneven to make it look like white snow with Purin Claus and his little reindeer helper Muffin are handing out presents atop their Christmas sleigh. There’s exclusive merchandise to get your hands on too.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/137629

     

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    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

    TEL: 03-5786-0770

     

    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
    TEL: 06-6292-7140

     

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

    (c)1996, 2018 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO.S592650

     

    Starbucks Christmas Beverages

    The Starbucks holiday season began on November 1. The first line of Christmas drinks hitting the coffee chain this year are the Christmas Strawberry Cake Frappuccino® and Christmas Strawberry Cake Milk. To ensure you get that full strawberry texture, both delicious drinks are made with a sweet ‘n sour strawberry sauce that leaves in plenty of the strawberry pieces. The standout feature of both is their gentle flavour which has that feeling of comfort milk has. They are also made to look like sponge cake. An enjoyable texture is also made by adding well-baked biscuits.

     

    Be sure to check out the other Christmas treats you can enjoy at Starbucks this year too.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/137601

     

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    STARBUCKS® THE Blend IS THE MAGIC

    Running: November 1, 2018 – December 25, 2018

    *First line of drinks available until December 4, 2018.

    Available: At most Starbucks branches across Japan

     

    Starbucks Japan Official Website: www.starbucks.co.jp

     

    Krispy Kreme Christmas Doughnuts

    Krispy Kreme released five Christmas themed doughnuts in Japan on November 14: Santa, Reindeer, Snowman, Milk Tea Box and Sprinkle Wreath. The Santa and Reindeer doughnuts take on a cute square shape as does the Milk Tea Box which is made to look like a Christmas present. These make for a perfect gift to hand out♡

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/135400

     

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    Holly Jolly Holiday

    Release Date: November 14, 2018

    Website: http://krispykreme.jp/app/

     

    Hilton Tokyo Odaiba – “Girls’ Sweets Coffret Christmas Buffet”

    Hilton Tokyo Odaiba brings a Christmas buffet this year called the “Girls’ Sweets Coffret.” It’s inspired by the “Christmas Coffret” cosmetic sets that are sold during the Christmas season only which tickle the hearts of girls across Japan. The buffet is overlooked by a bright pink Christmas tree under which are all presents a girl could hope for including a dress, jewel box, flowers and more―all edible. A cute Santa Claus, reindeer and snowmen also decorate the table in all their delicious dessert glory. The colour palette is girly but stylish, with pink as the main colour and blacks and whites everywhere else. An absolute must-post on Instagram!

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/134994

     

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    Girls’ Sweets Coffret Christmas Dessert Buffet

    Address: Hilton Tokyo Odaiba, 1-9-1 Daiba, Minato Ward, Tokyo
    Location: Seascape Terrace・Dining (Floor 2F)
    Running: November 1, 2018 – December 28, 2018
    Time: Slot 1 – 15:00-16:30 (90 minutes) / Slot 2 – 16:45-17:30 (Express Buffet – 45 minutes)

    Price

    Slot 1 – Weekdays: General ¥3,500, Children ¥2,100 / Weekends: General ¥3,900, Children ¥2,340

    Slot 2 – Weekdays: General ¥2,400, Children ¥1,440 / Weekends: General ¥2,800, Children ¥1,680

    *Listed prices do not include tax or service charge.

    *Children prices are for those aged between 6-11 years.

     

    Website: https://www.hiltonodaiba.jp/plans/restaurants/5263

     

    Did you enjoy this list? If you’re in Japan this year be sure to eat all of the Christmas goodies you can find.

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  • Hamtaro Cafe 2020 to Open in Tokyo, Saitama, and Osaka

    05.July.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    LEGS COMPANY has announced that it will open three cafes based on the popular Japanese character Hamtaro in Tokyo and Saitama on July 30 and Osaka on July 31.

     

    Hamtaro is a manga and storybook series created and illustrated by Ritsuko Kawai. The series began serialisation in 1997 and an anime adaptation first broadcast back in 2000. More than 20 years later, Hamtaro continues to enjoy much popularity in Japan.

    Hamtaro Cafe 2020 will be themed around sunflowers and the sea, and will serve up a fun experience perfect for the hot summer. The Ham-Hams have come out of their Clubhouse to pay a visit to the seaside and enjoy the sun. There will be sunflower and ocean themed food, drinks, and desserts for everyone to munch on.

    Yakisoba On Beach Hut Sunflower Bread: ¥1,499

    A plate of yakisoba and egg arranged to look like a sunflower, with Hamtaro sat right in the middle.

    Cone Cappy Hide and Seek Ice Cream Parfait: ¥1,399

    Cappy is wearing a cone on his head and is hiding amongst the ice cream, chocolate banana, and fresh mint.

    Ham Ham Glass Drinks: Drink Only – ¥789 Each / With Glass – ¥1,789 Each

    There are two drinks to choose from: the orange flavoured Hamtaro and the yogurt flavoured Bijou.

    Vinyl Pouch: ¥1,300


    Mascot Keyring Hamtaro: ¥1,550

    The cafe will also sell a range of exclusive merchandise too, which is scheduled to be available for online purchase as well in Japan.

    Ham-Ham Fans (14 Designs)


    Original Coasters (15 Designs)

    Those who dine at the cafe will receive a free Ham-Ham fan, and if you order a drink you’ll get a coaster too.

     

    ©Ritsuko Kawai / Shogakukan

  • Chocolate-Piled Shaved Ice & Other Summer Season Delights at BEL AMER Kyoto Villa

    04.July.2020 | FOOD

    Kyoto-based chocolate bar BEL AMER Kyoto Villa is serving up the perfect line of new chocolatey bites for summer 2020.


    The entire line-up is a delight to look at, from a mountain of chocolate piled on top of shaved ice, a summertime mango and melon dessert, and more.

    Chocolate Noir Shaved Ice x Matcha: ¥1,540 (Tax Included)

    Shaved ice is the quintessential summertime dessert in Japan, and since this one is being served at a shop specialising in chocolate, what better way to serve it than drizzled in a mountain of the stuff? The shaved ice is covered in rich chocolate cream and chocolate sauce and is topped with chocolate nibs. It’s also served with a side of matcha sauce which you can pour over yourself, creating a delicious harmony of flavours.


    Mille-Feuille au Chocolat Exotic With 196℃ Chocolate Ice Cream: ¥1,650 (Tax Included)

    This summertime dessert is made with lots of mango and melon. In the centre of it all is even more mango, as well as pineapple and coconuts, for a flavourful layered experience. Served on the side is ice cream made from BEL AMER Kyoto Villa’s own original couverture chocolate.

    Summer Pavlova: ¥1,320 (Tax Included)

    This piece of art of a dessert is a must for lovers of matcha and melon. It’s made from fluffy meringue topped with white chocolate, matcha mousse, and chocolate cream, which itself is then topped with refreshing melon and grapes for a refreshing kick.


    Chocolate Croquette Sandwich: ¥990 (Tax Included)

    BEL AMER Kyoto Villa is also serving up a very unique dish indeed which mixes together chocolate and croquette—a flavour that actually works, combining sweetness and bitterness. The croquette is made from potatoes. The brioche sandwich also contains cheese and bacon.

     

    These are just some of the delights on show at BEL AMER Kyoto Villa this summer. If ever you’re in Kyoto, be sure to stop by, especially in the summer.

  • 3 Gourmet Cheesecakes From Popular Cheesecake Shops in Japan

    04.July.2020 | FOOD

    The cheesecake—a popular dessert with a flavour that is both rich and refreshing. The number of shops in Japan specialising in cheesecakes has been on the rise recently, all of whom are baking up their own unique versions. Here are three summertime cheesecakes available online in Japan from three popular cheesecake shops.

     

    Mr. CHEESECAKE

    This summer, Mr. CHEESECAKE has whipped up a seasonal “Hirami Lemon” flavoured cheesecake which they are selling in limited quantities via their official LINE account from July 12 to 19. The cheesecake is packaged in a special box featuring an illustration of the summertime ocean.

    Made with refreshing hirami lemons, the cheesecake has a sour and slightly bitter kick to it. By combining Japanese sansho pepper and olive oil, the sourness of the hirami lemon is elevate to new heights. Mint is also added to up the refreshing flavour, and salt from Okinawa heightens the sweetness of the cheesecake.

     

    Mr. CHEESECAKE hirami lemon

    Price: ¥5,400 (Tax Included)
    Official Website: https://mr-cheesecake.com/

     

    Neko Neko Cheesecake

    Neko Neko Cheesecake, a cheesecake shop which opened in Tokyo in May, serves cat-shaped cheesecakes. This summer-only cheesecake is made using setonai lemons. It was released on Friday and will be sold in limited quantities only.

    ​The cheesecake has lemon jelly in the middle and is topped with sliced lemons grown in the Seto Inland Sea area that are baked together with the cake. It’s finished with a smear of lemon jam and cream, making for a real summertime treat.

     

    Neko Neko Cheesecake ~Setonai Lemon~
    Online

    Release Date: July 1, 2020

    Price: Single ¥3,800 / Lemon & Plan ¥5,980

    Online Store: https://hbantique.official.ec

     

    In-Store

    Release Date: July 3, 2020

    Price: Single ¥2,200

    Available: Neko Neko Cheesecake in Jiyugaoka, Tokyo

     

    LeTAO

    Confectionery shop LeTAO has released their popular “Melon Double” cheesecake again this summer.

    A popular cheesecake released every year by LeTAO, the Melon DOuble is a sweet baked cheesecake made with individual layers of melon puree and mascarpone cream cheese. The refreshing sweetness of the melon goes hand in hand with the cheese.

     

    Melon Double ~Hokkaido Melon~
    Price: ¥1,728 (Tax Included) *Shipping fee ¥890
    Available: Until August 31, 2020
    Product Details: https://shop.letao.jp/item/F695.html

  • Gourmet Shaved Ice Served Up at the New VERMICULAR PREMIUM SHAVED ICE SALON in Nagoya

    03.July.2020 | FOOD

    For this summer only, a limited-time gourmet shaved ice shop called “VERMICULAR PREMIUM SHAVED ICE SALON” is opening up inside VERMICULAR VILLAGE in Nagoya from July 2 to September 13.

     

    The exquisite shaved ice options are topped with fruit confitures which are made without any water involved, allowing for the original flavour of the fruits to come through, as well as adzuki beans cooked with Vermicular cookware, and more. The shaved ice is served inside Vermicular’s high quality mini pots, which have been kept cool, meaning the ice doesn’t melt when it’s put inside, meaning it stays nice and fluffy until the end.

     

    There are three to pick from, and underneath each the shaved ice is a blancmange which goes hand in hand with the shaved ice flavours.

    Strawberry, Pistachio, & Condensed Milk: ¥1,300 (Before Tax)

    This ice pot is topped with a strawberry jam which was made using no water, and pistachios—which go really well with the fruity confiture. At the very bottom is a condensed milk blancmange, making it delicious down to the last spoonful.

    Nishio Matcha, Adzuki Beans, Brown Cane Sugar Warabimochi, & Houjicha: ¥1,500 (Before Tax)

    Next is a matcha flavoured shaved ice pot made with adzuki beans and matcha grown in Nishio, Aichi. Sat at the bottom of the pile is a houjicha tea blancmange and brown cane sugar warabimochi.

    Mango, Passion Fruit, & Coconut: ¥1,300 (Before Tax)

    Lastly is a mango and passion fruit sauce covered shaved ice with coconut milk and a topping of fresh mango. At the bottom is a coconut blancmange.

  • Summer 2020 Parfait Fair Begins at Shiseido Parlour in Tokyo

    03.July.2020 | FOOD

    Shiseido Parlour began its annual “Midsummer Parfait Fair” at its Ginza, Tokyo branch on Wednesday which will run until August 30 and be divided into two different slots serving different parfaits. The cafe is serving up a selection of parfaits made from ice cream and local seasonal fruits under the trust that the chefs and farmers have built over the years.

    2020 Midsummer Parfait Fair: Slot ① July 1, 2020 – July 31, 2020


    Furano, Hokkaido – Furano Melon Parfait: ¥2,100 (Tax Included)

    This parfait is made using Furamon melon which is grown in Hokkaido’s city of Furano between the mountains where there is a major temperature difference. The melon is ripened after being harvested and so make it nice and soft, giving a sweet and juicy flavour and fragrance.

    Sakai Nouen, Wakayama – Arakawa Peach Parfait: ¥2,300 (Tax Included)

    The “Arakawa” peach is a brand of peach grown in Wakayama Precture. The peaches are grown until their nearly completely ripe while in the tree, giving them a soft texture. Inside the sweet flavour is a sour kick, both of which explode with the juiciness of the peach in the parfait.

    Yaeyama Islands, Okinawa – Apple Mango Parfait: ¥2,700 (Tax Included)

    The “apple mango” is a type of mango grown in the hot climate of Okinawa. The mango has a super soft, melt-in-the-mouth texture and a sour tinge which elevates its rich sweetness.

    Hatake Kobo, Nagano Prefecture – Koihime Strawberry Parfait: ¥2,000 (Tax Included)

    The “koihime” is a type of summer strawberry grown in-house by Shiseido Parlour. The strawberries get plenty of water, air, and sunlight so they grow into red jewels packed full of sweetness.

     

    The second slot of the 2020 Midsummer Parfait Fair will run from August 1 to August 30.

  • Hello Kitty Cafe to Open in Narita Airport’s Anime Deck This July

    02.July.2020 | FOOD / SPOT

    KADOKAWA is set to open a Hello Kitty themed cafe on the Narita Anime Deck—which is located on the Main Building second floor of Narita International Airport Terminal 2—for a limited time from July 3, 2020 to October 2, 2020.

     

    The Narita Anime Deck

    The Narita Anime Deck opened inside Narita International Airport Terminal 2 in November 2019. It’s an entertainment facility where travellers from around the world can experience and enjoy Japanese anime culture in various forms such as with character merchandise, food, events, and a variety of photo spots.

     

    Hello Kitty Cafe

    The facility has collaborated with numerous anime series to open up limited-time cafes since it opened. This time around it is joining paws with Hello Kitty, a face known to all across the globe. As well as themed food, drinks and merchandise, customers can take a Hello Kitty quiz, learn the history behind Hello Kitty, and more.

     

    An Original Food Menu


    Hello Kitty’s Lovely♡ Pink Curry: ¥1,500


    Hello Kitty’s Gurakoro Burger: ¥1,500


    Hello Kitty’s Strawberry Pancake: ¥1,400


    Hello Kitty’s Strawberry Parfait: ¥1,200

     

    An Original Drinks Menu

    The incredible drinks menu is diverse, including lattes where you can get 46 different latte art designs of Hello Kitty from 1974-2019. It could be fun to pick your birth year, or a year where you have fond memories.

    Hello Kitty’s Colourful Tapioca Drinks (Matcha Milk/Strawberry Milk/Milk Tea): ¥720 Each

     
    Hello Kitty’s Marshmallow Coffee: ¥800


    Hello Kitty’s Latte (46 Designs): ¥720 Each

     

    Novelties

    For every item you order from the collaboration menu, you can also receive one of 46 possible original coasters once again featuring a different design of Hello Kitty between the years 1974-2019.

     

    1st Line-Up: July 3, 2020 – August 2, 2020


    2nd Line-Up: August 3, 2020 – September 2, 2020


    3rd Line-Up: September 3, 2020 – October 2, 2020

    If you’re travelling through Narita Airport anytime this year up to October, then be sure to head on up to the Narita Anime Deck to dine at the Hello Kitty Cafe.

     

    © 1976, 2020 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. L611439

  • Mobile Game BanG Dream! Girls Band Party Gets Themed Cafe in Tokyo, Osaka, & Nagoya

    02.July.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    LEGS COMPANY is opening three cafes in Tokyo (Ikebukuro), Osaka (Umeda), and Aichi (Nagoya) based on the popular mobile game Game BanG Dream! Girls Band Party for a limited time from July 31, 2020.

     

    Game BanG Dream! Girls Band Party is a rhythm and adventure mobile game that was released in Japan in 2017. It is part of Bushiroad’s “BanG Dream!” music media franchise which is centred on all-female bands.

     

    Since summer 2017, LEGS COMPANY has opened themed cafes based around the game every year. 2017 saw the cafes focus on the vocalists of the bands in the game. In 2018, it was the keyboardists and DJs, and last year the drummers. Each theme brought with it illustrations and decorations created specifically for the cafes, as well as a food menu inspired by the characters, original merchandise, and more.

     

    This year marks the 4th run of the annual summer cafe which will hit Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka. The theme this time around focuses on the seven main bands from the game. Seven characters from the bands, including one from a new band, will welcome fans in the form of kawaii-packed dishes, drinks, and desserts.

    Yamabuki Bakery’s Mini Croissant Plate (Poppin’party): ¥1,590 (Before Tax)


    Kitazawa Butcher’s Stamina Croquette Curry (Hello, happy world!): ¥1,490 (Before Tax)

    All of the main dishes on the menu are colourful and vivid, plated with hearty portions of delicious and nutritional goodies.

    Strawberry Rock Parfait (Afterglow): ¥1,290 (Before Tax)


    Colourful Doughnut Sandwich (Pastel*Palettes): ¥1,290 (Before Tax)

    This gourmet dessert is topped with fruit, so gorgeous it seems a waste to eat.

    Grape: ¥890


    Ramune: ¥890

    There are colourful drinks too with each colour representing a different band. Support your favourite band by getting a glass!

    Pin Set 2020 ver. (7 Designs): ¥3,100


    Canvas Art (7 Designs): ¥3,500 Each


    Birthday Pins (4 Designs): ¥650 Each

    Fans can get their hands on plenty of exclusive merchandise too, and there’s even birthday items and food available too.

    Online Birthday Cake (4 Designs): ¥3,850 Each (+¥950 shipping fee)


    Cushions (22 Designs): ¥3,800 Each

    You can even order your own special birthday cake in Japan from the cafe, and they’re not short on exclusive merchandise.

     

    ©BanGDream! Project ©Craft Egg Inc. ©bushiroad All Rights Reserved.

  • Support Japan’s Cherry Farmers During Lockdown by Eating Q-pot CAFE.’s Cherry Parfait

    02.July.2020 | FOOD

    Q-pot. and Q-pot CAFE. introduced a special cherry parfait to its menu on June 27 to help support cherry farmers whose work has been affected by COVID-19.

     

    Due to less people travelling and sightseeing around Japan as a result of the lockdown and self-isolation practices, orders for cherries are being cancelled, and many festivals across Japan too are being cancelled, all of which is having a huge affect on the country’s cherry industry.

    The current season is the best time to enjoy Japan’s juicy cherries, and so Q-pot CAFE. has teamed up with a cherry farm in Yamagata, a prefecture famous for its cherries.

    Cherry Cherry Parfait (w/Drink): ¥1,850 (Tax Included)

    The “Cherry Cherry Parfait” is topped with snow-white whipped cream, crunchy meringue, and cherries for a gorgeous contrast of red and white.

    The cherries used are considered a high-grade type called “satonishiki” which has been dubbed the “King of Cherries.” They sit gracefully atop their kingdom of sweet ingredients including salt milk ice cream, chocolate, cherry jam, sponge cake, and panna cotta.

    The cherry farmers are taking all the necessary safety precautions against COVID-19 while they continue to delivery delicious cherries to the people of Japan.

  • New Kaguya-sama: Love Is War Themed Menu Arrives in Akihabara

    01.July.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    Royal Host, a family restaurant in Akihabara, is collaborating with the popular TV anime series Kaguya-sama: Love Is War to serve two different menu line-ups. The first is currently running right now until July 5, which we covered recently. This time we’ll be taking a look at the upcoming second menu which will be served from July 6.

    Kaguya-sama: Love Is War is a romantic comedy manga series written and illustrated by Aka Akasaka. A 12-episode anime adaptation premiered in January. The series’s collaboration with Royal Host last year was such a success that the restaurant chain decided to bring it back again.

     

    2nd Collaboration Menu


    Five items make up this second Kaguya-sama: Love Is War x Royal Host menu.

    ~I Wanna Feed Miyuki Shirogane~ Kaguya Shinomiya’s Handmade Pasta: ¥1,800 (Before Tax)

    A tomato cream pasta topped with salted salmon roe and seafood, and served with a side of salad and garlic bread.

    ~Save the Student Council~ Student Council Member’s Bonding Curry: ¥1,800 (Before Tax)

    Butter rice topped with curry, spinach, melted cheese, boiled egg, and spicy onion rings. Served with a side of salad and mango dessert.

    ~Kaguya Shinomiya is Happy~ Kawaii Strawberry Parfait: ¥800 (Before Tax)

    Bright-red sweet and sour strawberry sorbet topped with fresh strawberries.

    ~I Wanna Befriend Kei Shirigane~ Blue Lychee: ¥500 (Before Tax)

    Lychee-flavoured soda topped with whipped cream.

    ~I Wanna Make Ai Hayasaka Feel Better~ Lonely Person’s Cheesecake: ¥580 (Before Tax)

    A slice of cheesecake drizzled in blueberry sauce.

     

    When you order from this second collaboration menu you will receive a free and exclusive coaster.

    Mug: ¥1,580 (Before Tax)


    Before Tax: ¥3,500

    There’s also a selection of exclusive merchandise for fans to get their hands on too, like a mug, cushion, or acrylic stand.

     

    ©Aka Akasaka / Shueisha・Kaguya-sama: Love Is War Production Committee

  • Brown Bear & Other Tasty Shaved Ice Recipes Arrive at Tokyo’s Terrace Dining TANGO for Summer

    01.July.2020 | FOOD

    For this year’s summer season only, Tokyo-based Italian restaurant Terrace Dining TANGO is serving three original shaved ice desserts from July 1 to August 31.

    Terrace Dining TANGO is a restaurant located in The Place of Tokyo, a wedding venue that faces Tokyo Tower. Every summer, the restaurant serves special limited-time shaved ice. They use water with absolutely no impurities that is frozen slowly over a period of 48 hours. This is turned into fluffy shaved ice which the restaurant’s patissiers drizzle in specially-made sauces. This year includes their popular brown sugar syrup-drizzled brown bear shaved ice which is always well received for its cute appearance, as well as their regular strawberry milk flavour, and a new apricot kernel and mango sauce shaved ice.

    Brown Bear w/Brown Sugar Syrup: ¥950 (Before Tax/Service Charge)

    An original shaved ice conceived by Terrace Dining TANGO which never fails to put smiles of the faces of its customers every year. This year they are adding a Japanese taste to it with a houjicha tea syrup sauce. Inside the fluffy shaved ice is condensed milk and chewy tapioca. If you let the shaved ice melt it becomes like bubble tea with the tapioca pearls.

    Strawberry Milk: ¥850 (Before Tax/Service Charge)

    A classic serving of TANGO’s strawberry milk shaved ice, doused in a specially-made strawberry syrup and rich condensed milk. Hidden in the centre is a condensed milk cream, strawberry jelly, and fresh strawberries.

    Apricot Kernel Milk w/Mango Sauce: ¥850 (Before Tax/Service Charge)

    This shaved ice is topped with melt-in-the-mouth apricot kernel cream and lots of fruity mango sauce for a sweet and sour punch.

     

    Terrace Dining TANGO is a great place to visit after going to Tokyo Tower, so if you’re in Tokyo this summer then cool yourself off with some refreshing shaved ice.

  • Cute Bear Pancakes Whipped Up at IMADA KITCHEN in Tokyo’s SHIBUYA109

    30.June.2020 | FOOD

    IMADA KITCHEN in SHIBUYA109 has teamed up with Hattendo Cafe to co-create the new “Torokeru Kuma-san Pancakes” (Melty Mr. Beat Pancakes) which will be served from July 1, 2020 to August 30, 2020.

     

    IMADA KITCHEN is a food project that aims to create original food in Shibuya. Together with Hattendo, a Hiroshima brand known for its incredible cream pastries, they have created a super cute bear design pancake. Bear designs are popular with young girls in Japan.

    Torokeru Kuma-san Pancake: ¥450 (Before Tax)

    The fluffy pancakes are filled with melt-in-the-mouth, handmade custard cream, meaning a single bite lets you enjoy both the moist texture of the pancake and the melty drizzle of the custard cream. Your mouth is instantly filled with flavours of maple syrup and egg, which when combined with the accompanying berries makes for a sweet amalgamation of deliciousness.

    Torokeru Koro Tama Kuma Sandwich: ¥450 (Before Tax)

    Normally, you would have to go to Hiroshima to try Hattendo Cafe’s “Torokeru Koro Tama Kuma Sandwich,” but now it will be available to try at IMADA KITCHEN. Made with the cafe’s “cream bread,” this moist sandwich is filled with egg salad, korokke, and cabbage for a hearty meal.

  • 4 Refreshing Matcha Shaved Ice Flavours Released at Itohkyuemon in Kyoto

    30.June.2020 | FOOD

    Kyoto’s famous tea shop Itohkyuemon began serving four new Uji matcha and shaved ice mixed desserts on its menu yesterday (June 29). Itohkyuemon was founded in 1832 in the latter period of Edo. Ujitawara, the place in Kyoto where the shop is located, is famous for the tea served by Itohkyuemon which has been harvested by the Ito family for years.

    Uji Matcha Parfait Ice: ¥1,490 (Tax Included) | Serving: Until Late September 2020 | Avaialble: Itohkyuemon JR Uji Station/Itohkyuemon Gionshijo

    The Uji Matcha Parfait Ice uses a blend of matcha and milk-infused ice as its base. It’s then topped with sweet treats like rice flour dumplings, red bean paste, ice cream, matcha jelly, and more to turn it into a parfait.

    Uji Matcha Daifuku Ice: ¥1,290 (Tax Included) | Serving: Until Late September 2020 | Avaialble: Itohkyuemon JR Uji Station/Itohkyuemon Gionshijo

    This Uji Matcha Daifuku Ice is an upgrade of the one Itohkyuemon served last year. It has a creamy custard base with matcha daifuku hidden in the shaved ice.

    Fluffy Uji Kindokei Vanilla Ice Cream: ¥990, Matcha Ice Cream ¥1,090 (Tax Included) | Serving: Until Late September 2020 | Avaialble: Itohkyuemon JR Uji Station/Itohkyuemon Gionshijo


    Fluffy Uji Kindokei Rice Flour Dumpling: ¥850, Rice Flour Dumpling & Vanilla Ice Cream ¥970, Rice Flour Dumpling Matcha Ice Cream ¥1,090 Serving: Until Late September 2020 | Avaialble: Itohkyuemon Uji Main Branch

    These two “Kindokei” (Gold Watch) servings use more ice. At the main branch of Itohkyuemon they’re more crunchy, while at the JR Uji Station and Gionshijo branches they’re more fluffy.

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