TV Anime ‘Yowamushi Pedal: Glory Line’ Themed Café to Open in Ikebukuro

07.December.2018 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD / SPOT

Fans of the bicycle racing anime series Yowamushi Pedal will be excited to hear that a themed café produced by Sanrio will open at 46 Shokudou in Ikebukuro on January 9, 2019.

 

21 characters from the series will make an appearance in the form of cute food and merchandise.

Sohoku High School Sandwich and Corn Soup Set: ¥1,390 (Pre-Tax)

Sohoku High School Jersey Parfait: ¥990 (Pre-Tax)

 

You must book a table at the café in advance, but if there are seats available on the day then customers are allowed to enter. Those who book will receive one of for possible A4 stickers selected randomly. You won’t get this special gift if you show up on the day without booking however so make sure to reserve a place!

Acrylic Key Rings (21 Designs, Chosen Randomly): ¥650 (Pre-Tax)

Clear Folder (LEGEND): ¥400 (Pre-Tax)

 

There are lots of other menu items and merchandise to look forward to, so hop on your bike and cycle down to Shokudou 46 in January!

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  • 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

     

    ◼︎Information

    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

     

    ◼︎Information

    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

     

    ◼︎Information

    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

     

    ■Information

    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

     

    ◼︎Information

    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

     

    ■Information

    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!

  • Pompompurin Café Introduces Christmas Menu at Yokohama & Nagoya Branches

    28.November.2018 | FOOD

    Having already shown off the first line-up of Christmas food at the Harajuku and Umeda branches, the Pompompurin Café has unveiled an all-new cute Christmas menu arriving to the Yokohama and Nagoya branches on December 1.

    Purin Santa & Gude Reindeer’s Xmas Beef Tongue Stew: ¥1,490 (Pre-Tax)

    Warming up both your heart and stomach this Christmas is a slowly cooked beef tongue stew which is topped cutely 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.

     

    Purin Santa’s Xmas Basket: ¥1,290 (Pre-Tax)

    Also on the menu is an absolutely adorable burger featuring a Pompompurin design bun which is filled with a delicious patty, cheese, avocado, red onion, tomato and lettuce. It comes in a cute basket with chicken fillets and shoestring fries. This sure is one filling set!

     

    Gift Giving♪ Chimney Honey Toast: ¥1,290 (Pre-Tax)

    For dessert, you can look forward to tucking into a danish spread with honey butter and made to look like a chimney. On top of that is Pompompurin Claus made from vanilla ice and next to him Gudetama’s marshmallow butt. It is all sat on top of a French floating island dessert inspired by Santa’s present sack and served with an anglaise sauce which is best enjoyed together with the danish.

     

    Purin Santa’s Tiramisu Parfait: ¥990 (Pre-Tax)

    Wrapping up the Christmas dessert menu is this tiramisu parfait which combines chocolate sponge cake and espresso. It’s topped with tiramisu cream and decorated with vanilla ice cream Pompompurin, gateau chocolate, ladyfingers, fruits and more.

    Of course, there’s exclusive Christmas themed merchandise to get your hands on too at the Yokohama and Nagoya branches. Those who dine at the café will receive the above original lunch mat and postcard.

    And if you order a drink you’ll get the coaster pictured above. These are all available in limited supply.

     

    Feel the Christmas spirit with a cute holiday season menu at the Pompompurin Café!

  • Usamaru Cafe Now Taking Reservations for Special Christmas Course

    17.November.2018 | FOOD

    Three cafes themed on the popular LINE stamp character Usamaru opened in Harajuku, Umeda and Nagoya on November 2. The cafes are now taking limited reservations for a special Christmas course and pair seats.

    Projection mapping is used on the table in collaboration with Sony Japan’s latest technology. Once your meal is placed on the table characters will appear in front of you and perform animations.

    The animations are synced to whichever item you pick on the menu whether it be Christmas cake, non-alcoholic sparkling wine or something else. Customers can purchase a meal plan that features special Christmas projection mapping along with a special Christmas course.

    Those who do make a reservation will receive the pair of original acrylic coasters pictured above.

    Customers will also receive an original lunch mat upon entry selected randomly from a possible 4 designs.

    There are also stickers, muddlers and more to get your hands on, so be sure to roll up to the Usamaru Cafe this holiday season.

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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

  • 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

  • Akihabara’s popular maid Café @Home Cafe Teams up with Hello Kitty

    08.January.2020 | FOOD / SPOT

    Akihabara’s popular maid café @Home Cafe is partnering up with the world’s favourite Sanrio character Hello Kitty, creating a beautiful collaboration café that will open on January 21 and run for a limited time. The new café will see a new original menu, café-limited goods and much more.

    @Home Cafe collaborated with Sanrio characters My Melody and Cinnamoroll in 2018, and with Pompompurin in 2019. Each year, the collaboration café was very popular. As 2020 marks the year of the Tokyo 2020 Games, Sanrio has stepped up their game, sending in their legendary Hello Kitty to the café to ensure that 2020 is celebrated to the max.

    The collaboration café features illustrations of Hello Kitty and her twin sister Mimmy dressed as maids and serving customers in the café. The collaboration café will see the walls dressed in pink and yellow gingham checkered patterns and lots of sweet and cute illustrations.

    Hello Kitty’s KAWAII ♡ Pink Curry (Comes with Certificate Card): ¥1,400

    Hello Kitty and Mimmy’s Moe Moe Ribbon Pasta Plate: ¥1,300

    Hello Kitty’s Lovely Sandwich with Sweet and Sour Soup: ¥1,300

    Hello Kitty’s Moe Moe Parfait: ¥1,000 Mimmy’s Kyun Kyun Parfait: ¥1,000

    Bright Red Apple Okyumuka Cake: ¥1,000

    As the café’s main theme is “moe” (feeling of strong affection),  Hello Kitty and Mimmy are sure to enhance your moe experience to the max.

    Masters and mistresses who visit the café will also be presented with one of two designs of free collaboration placemat.

    There are three varieties of original drink coasters at the café too. Masters and mistresses who order a drink will be given one for free.

    Lunch Tote Bag: ¥1,500

    Acrylic Keyings (Three Varieties): ¥600 Each

    The café is also full of a wide range of collaboration merchandise so make sure to check them out after filling up on some delicious kawaii food.

    The maids at the café will also be wearing original Hello Kitty and Mimmy-themed maid outfits that you just cannot miss if you are a Hello Kitty fan.

     

    *All prices stated above are prices before tax.

    *The English names of the dishes and merchandise mentioned above have been translated.

    ©1976,2020 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO.S603899

  • 6 Popular Character Collaboration Cafés to Open in January 2020

    01.January.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Every month, Japan sees numerous collaboration cafés opening all over the country featuring the world’s most favourite characters, artists and much more. We’ve summed up the ones to look out for in January 2020.

     

    Cafe de Perochi with Seven Days War, Shinjuku

    To celebrate the anime film Seven Days War which premiered on December 13, a themed café opened at EJ Anime Theater in Shinjuku, Tokyo. The café opened in collaboration with popular creator Pantovisco who has over 680,000 followers across his social media.

     The cute menu line-up features Seven Days War-inspired food and desserts with Perochi and his friends joining in with the fun. There’s also a drinks menu with a line-up of colourful beverages and lattes which you can get various latte art drawings on.

     

    Cafe de Perochi with Seven Days War

    Running: December 13, 2019 – January 12, 2020

    Location: EJ Anime Theater Shinjuku Floor 5F (Shinjuku Bunka Bldg., 3-13-3 Shinjuku, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo)

    Official Website: http://7dayswar.jp/

    More Information: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/280643

     

    BT21 Café, Shibuya, Tokyo and Abeno, Osaka

    The BT21 collaboration café is currently running for the fifth time. The café opened in Shibuya, Tokyo and Abeno, Osaka on November 21, 2019 and will close on January 13, 2020. This there are more BT21 family members and friends featuring in the foods and drinks as part of the BT21 UNIVERSE series’ first-ever menu. There is lots of menu and café-limited merchandise to get your hands on too. 

    Korean Burger: ¥1,490

    Double Yangnyeom Chicken Rice: ¥1,490

     

    BT21  Café, Shibuya, Tokyo Abeno, Osaka

    Location: Shibuya BOX CAFE&SPACE (Shibuya BOX109)

    Running: November 21, 2019 to January 13, 2020
    *Closed January 1

     

    BT21  Café, Abeno, Osaka

    Location: Abeno, Abeno contact

    Running: November 21, 2019 – January 13, 2020
    Official Website: https://www.bt21.com/relations

     

    Devil May Cry 5 x Capcom Cafe Ikebukuro

    The Capcom Cafe is collaborating with the action-adventure hack and slash video game Devil May Cry 5 once again at the Ikebukuro, Tokyo branch from December 5, 2019 to January 15, 2020.

    Devil Breaker “Overture” Potato – ¥880 (Before Tax)

    Demon World Mont Blanc – ¥980 (Before Tax)

    The cafe will feature various menu items and merchandise that was sold at the Laketown branch of Capcom Cafe, as well as new meals, drinks and even more merchandise.

     

     Devil May Cry 5 x Capcom Cafe Ikebukuro

    Running: December 5, 2019 – January 15, 2020

    Address: Capcom Cafe Ikebukuro, 1-30-3 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00 (Last Orders: 21:00)

    Official Website: http://www.capcom.co.jp/amusement/capcomcafe/ikebukuro/

    More Information: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/276074

     

    Pokémon Sword and Shield: Nihombashi, Tokyo and Shinsaibashi, Osaka

    The Tokyo (Nihonbashi) and Osaka (Shinsaibashi) branches of the Pokémon Cafe are releasing their second batch of menu items in collaboration with Pokémon Sword and Shield which will be served between January 18 and March 19 next year.

    Weezing’s Chemical Change Gas Pancakes – ¥1,628

    Morpeko’s Hungry W Sauce Omurice – ¥1,628

    Pokémon Sword and Shield was released on Nintendo Switch on November 15 so if you’re a Pokémon fan in Japan, this is the perfect way to celebrate.

     

     Pokémon Sword and Shield

     Pokémon Cafe (Nihombashi, Tokyo)

    Address: Nihombashi Takashimaya SC East Bldg. 5F, 2-1-2 Nihombashi, Chuo Ward, Tokyo

    Business Hours: 10:00-22:00

    No Fixed Holidays (Except when Nihombashi Takashimaya SC is closed)

    Reservations: https://www.pokemoncenter-online.com/cafe/reservation.html

     

    Pokémon Cafe (Shinsaibashi, Osaka)

    Address: Daimaru Shinsaibashi Honkan 9F, 1-7-1 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture

    Business Hours: 10:00-21:30

    No Fixed Holidays (Except when Daimaru Shinsaibashi is closed)

    Reservations: https://www.pokemoncenter-online.com/cafe/reservation.html

    More Information: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/283263

     

    Korilakkuma Cafe: another me in the mirror, Harajuku

    “Korilakkuma Cafe: another me in the mirror” opened in Japan’s hub of kawaii culture Harajuku on December 21 and will run until March 22 next year. The cafe is the perfect spot to relax with Korilakkuma and be entertained by projection mapping.

    Table Projection Mapping Seats: ¥2,500 per person (Before Tax)

    Twin Korilakkuma Strawberry Milk – ¥990

    The cafe incorporates “interactive tabletop projection mapping” technology developed by Sony, which allows customers to enjoy their meals while playing together with the characters as they walk around their plates and tables.

     

    Korilakkuma Cafe: another me in the mirror

    Running: December 21, 2019 – March 22, 2020 (Not running December 30, 2019 to January 3, 2020)

    Location: HARAJUKU AR BOX -table projection mapping cafe- (4-28-28 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo)

    Official Website: https://korilakkumacafe.jp/

    More Information: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/284456

     

    MARUKO&COJICOJI CAFE, Ginza

     The MARUKO & COJICOJI CAFE is set to open in Marronnier Gate Ginza, Tokyo on January 31, 2020 where it will run until July 31. It is a 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 dream collaboration picture book. Customers can look forward to joining the two characters on their adventures as they are vividly recreated on their plates.

     

    MARUKO & COJICOJI CAFE

    Location: Sunday Brunch, Marronnier Gate Ginza 1 Floor 4F (2-2-14 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo)

    Running: January 31, 2020 – July 31, 2020 (Subject to change)

    Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00

    Reservations: Opening on the official website from mid-January 2020

    More Information: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/284763

     

     

    How about kicking off New Year in Japan at a cute collaboration café?

  • The World’s First Living Siren Displayed at Ikebukuro’s Sunshine Aquarium to Spook Visitors

    31.December.2019 | SPOT

    From January 23 to March 8, 2020, the family-friendly Sunshine Aquarium is getting a horror makeover by haunted house producer Hirofumi Gomi. From sight to sound, the aquarium’s unique characteristics have been transformed to trigger your senses. The aquarium will even display a legendary siren.

     

    The horror aquarium debuted in 2016 as the Noroi no Mizugushi (Curse of the water comb). Following its great response, it returned in 2017 as Ayakashi no Ningyo (Ghost Mermaid) and again in 2018 as Shichinin Misaki (Themed on the legendary seven ghosts spotted in lakes and oceans). The horror aquarium has raked in a total of 65,000 visitors. This year’s Siren is bound to bring as much of a scare as its predecessors.

    A siren is a creature that takes on the appearance of a beautiful woman. Known to lurk in the depths of the sea, they lure in sailors with their beautiful singing to sink their ships. Stories of sirens have been told throughout the years in countries all over the world. The seductive and simultaneously deadly creature has aroused our curiosity for decades, leading to Sunshine Aquarium actually capturing one to display to the public. This one is particularly terrifying. Nobody knows what it is capable of.

    Note: Sirens are not real creatures and the displayed siren is not real either.

     

    What was once a relaxing and soothing atmosphere has taken a complete turn. Goosebumps will raise on your skin as you delve deeper into the unknown depths of the aquarium with family and friends.

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