5 Character Themed Cafés Running in March 2019

01.March.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

Our lists of character cafés opening in Japan continue as we approach March.

 

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.

 

Before continuing this article be sure to check out our February 2019 list of characters cafes as some are still running.

 

Jin Akanishi & Gudetama Collaborative Café (Permanent Café)

Japanese musician and singer-songwriter Jin Akanishi and popular Sanrio character Gudetama opened a collaborative cafe on January 4 in the Sangenjaya area of Tokyo. There are lots of fun dishes to enjoy such as the “Jin & Gudetama’s Sleeping-In Omurice” and “Mango Jin-kun’s Treat Parfait,” as well as a selection of exclusive merchandise. Reservations are very crowded right now so be sure to book ASAP!

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/167180

 

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Jin x Gudetama Café

Address: 1-40-5 Sangenjaya, Setagaya Ward, Tokyo

Opening Hours: 9:00-21:30

No Fixed Holidays.

Official Website: http://jingudetamacafe.com/

Reservations: https://www.tablecheck.com/shops/jingudetamacafe/reserve

 

Pop Team Epic & Sanrio Collaboration Cafe (February 7 – April 14)

Internationally beloved anime series Pop Team Epic has joined hands with the Sanrio cast to open a limited time themed cafe at Dining Park Ikebukuro which is located on the 8th floor of Seibu Ikebukro. Enjoy themed meals such as the “Badtz-Maru VS Popuko Noodles” and “Popuko & Pipimi’s Hello Kitty Burger Set” as well as desserts and drinks which are also inspired by both franchises. Of course, there’s plenty of cute original merch to grab too♡

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/167253

 

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Pop Team Epic x Sanrio Characters Cafe Ikebukuro

Address: Gourmet Stadium II, Seibu Ikebukuro Floor 8F, 1-28-1 Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo

Running: February 7, 2019 – April 14, 2019

Opening Hours: 11:00-23:00 (open from 10:300 on weekends and holidays)

Last Orders: Food – 21:30 / Drinks – 22:00

TEL: 03-5949-5675

 

Pop Team Epic Official Website: http://hoshiiro.jp/

Sanrio Official Website: https://www.sanrio.co.jp/

 

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©’76,’84,’93,’96,’01,’05,’19 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO.S593879

 

The Prince of Tennis x Namja Town (March 1 – April 14)

The theme park Namja Town is set to hold an event in collaboration with the anime series The New Prince of Tennis. As well as tasty themed food and desserts, there will also be a limited time birthday menu to celebrate the birthdays of the characters Shūsuke Fuji and Kuranosuke Shiraishi. A free illustration will be given to each item bought on this menu. There will even be mini games so everyone from kids to adults can have a fun time.

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/174696

 

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The Prince of Tennis 2 Sweets Party in Namja Town

Location: Namco Namja Town, World Import Mart Bldg, 3-1-3 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo

Running: March 1, 2019 – April 14, 2019

Event Page: https://event.bandainamco-am.co.jp/namja/tenipuri_sweet_party/

Namja Town Official Website: https://bandainamco-am.co.jp/tp/namja/

© Takeshi Konomi / Shueisha Inc, NAS, The Prince of Tennis Project

 

BT21 Café (March 2 – April 21)

Four branches of the BT21 Café are set to open in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Hokkaido. The BT21 Café is based on the BT21 character brand, a collaboration between South Korean boy band BTS and LINE FRIENDS. To celebrate 1 year since arriving in Japan the cafés will be decorated with 1 year anniversary art. Fans can get their hands on exclusive limited edition merchandise, character themed toast, pancakes and more. The cafés are reservation-only and tables are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations opened on February 15.

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/171283

 

◼︎Information
Tokyo
Location: OMOTESANDO BOX CAFE & SPACE
Running: March 2, 2019 – April 21, 2019
Address: PINE UNDER FLAT Floor B1F, 5-13-2 Jingumae, Shibuya, TokyoOsaka
Location: TOWER RECORDS CAFE Umeda NU Chayamachi
Running: March 7, 2019 – April 14, 2019
Address: NU Chayamachi Floor 6F, 10-12 Chayamachi, Kita Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture

Nagoya
Location: NAGOYA BOX CAFE&SPACE
Running: March 8, 2019 – March 26, 2019
Address: LACHIC Floor B1F, 3-6-1 Sakae, Naka Ward, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture

Hokkaido
Location: TOWER RECORDS CAFE Sapporo Pivot
Running: March 12, 2019 – April 14, 2019
Address: Pivot Floor 5F, 4 Chome Minami 2 Jonishi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido

Reservation Fee: ¥650 (Before Tax)

Café Website (Reservations): https://box-cafe.jp

 

Detective Conan Café (March 26 – June 2)

To celebrate the release of Detective Conan: The Fist of Blue Sapphire coming on April 12, 2019, a string of themed cafés are set to open in Tokyo, Osaka, Hokkaido, Sendai, Saitama, Chiba, Nagoya, Hiroshima and Fukuoka. “Party” is the theme of this year’s café which will be inspired by Singapore, the setting of the film. Tuck into “Kaito Kid’s Illusion Pasta” served in a white top hat, sip on “Conan Edogawa’s Necktie Cream Soda” and more. The menu is an absolute must for fans of the series!

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/ja/170838

 

◼︎Information

Detective Conan Café 2019

Pre-bookings for users of the Detective Conan app are now open until February 19. General bookings open on February 27 at 10:00AM (JST).

*Bookings will close once all seats have been taken.

 

Locations

Tokyo ①: March 26, 2019 – June 2, 2019 @ SHIBUYA BOX CAFE & SPACE (Shibuya BOX/Shibuya LOFT)

Tokyo ②: April 4, 2019 – June 2, 2019 @ THE GUEST Cafe & Diner Ikebukuro PARCO

Osaka ①: March 26, 2019 – June 2, 2019 @ Abeno Contact (Abeno Q’s Mall Floor 4F)

Osaka ②: March 28, 2019 – June 2, 2019 @ DEL SOLE (Osaka Station City)

Nagoya: March 30, 2019 – June 2, 2019 @ NAGOYA BOX CAFE&SPACE (LACHIC Floor B1F)

Fukuoka: April 2, 2019 – June 2, 2019 @ 4TOWER RECORDS CAFE Fukuoka Tenjin (Solaria Stage)

Hiroshima: April 4, 2019 – June 2, 2019 @ TRATTORIA CACCiNU (SOGO Hiroshima Floor 10F)

Sendai: April 6, 2019 – June 2, 2019 @ SENDAI BOX CAFE&SPACE (Sendai BOX/Sendai LOFT)

Chiba: April 6, 2019 – June 2, 2019 @ Character Cafe SOGO Chiba

Hokkaido: April 9, 2019 – June 2, 2019 @ Cafe Interlude, Coach and Four Shinkawa

Saitama: April 9, 2019 – June 2, 2019 @ BOX CAFE&SPACE (Aeon Lake Town)

 

Detective Conan Café Website: https://conan-cafe.jp/

 

There are many collaborations to look forward to this spring break. Which café do you want to dine at most next month?

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    Official Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/INITIAL.sapporo/

     

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    ▼Gohanya Cafe Miyabi

    Address: E-COUR24 1F, 3-Chome-1-1 Kita 24 Jonishi, Kita Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido
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    Official Website: https://miyabi-sapporo.shopinfo.jp/

     

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    ▼TSURU CAFE

    Address: 5-Chome-2-8 Miyanomori 2 Jo, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido
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    Closed: Wednesdays
    Access: 500 meters from Nishi-Nijūhatchōme Station
    Official Blog: http://tsurucafe.jugem.jp/

     

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    ▼KAJITSU_CLUB

    Address: PARCO B2F, 3-Chome-3 Minami 1 Jonishi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido
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    No Fixed Holidays
    Access: Directly connected to the Ōdōri Station subway
    Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kajitsu_club/

     

    SHIRAYUKI in Tanukikoji Shopping Street


    Momomo – ¥600

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    SHIRAYUKI

    Address: Sapporo Aiseikan Bldg., 5-Chome Minami 1 Jonishi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido
    Opening Hours: 12:30-19:00
    No Fixed Holidays
    Access: 5-minutes on foot from Ōdōri Station
    Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shirayuki.hokkaido/

     

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    Depending on the stock of the bakery’s peaches sales of this dessert may end earlier. You can also make a reservation for one which I recommend, so don’t miss out!

     

    ▼Pâtisserie LEEMO

    Address: 6-Chome-2-21 Shinkotoni 2 Jo, Kita Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido
    Opening Hours: 10:00-19:00 (Parfait served at 12:00-18:00)
    No Fixed Holidays
    Access: Approximately 1km from Shinkawa Station
    Official Website: http://patisserieleemo.jp/

     

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    ▼Cake and bake HACHI CAFE

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    Closed: Wednesdays & Thursdays
    Access: 550m from Hachiken Station
    Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hachicafe8/

     

     

    Did you enjoy this list? Make sure to wolf down all of the tempting peach desserts you can in Japan before summer ends.

     

    Kei’s Instagram page is a wealth of recommendations for meals and desserts in Hokkaido, so be sure to check out their page if you’re planning to travel there.

     

    Photo & Text: Kei (@607keih)

    Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

  • Tokyo’s Pokémon Cafe Unveils Halloween Themed Menu Line-Up

    19.August.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    The Pokémon Cafe in Nihonbashi, Tokyo has revealed its Halloween food and drink line-up for the spooky season which will arrive early on September 7 be served until October 31.

     

    The cafe is known for always having a cute selection of meals and beverages inspired by each season. So, what do they have in store for Halloween 2019?

    Pikachu’s Greedy Halloween Plate 2019 – ¥1,706 (w/ Plate ¥2,894)

    This year’s Halloween plate features Pikachu wearing a witch’s hat. This filling plate features a pumpkin salad, spaghetti and more. Plenty to keep you going until the late-night candy snacking!

    Discovering Celebi!? Oak Forest Pesto Pasta – ¥1,706

    This adorable and healthy, vegetable-packed Celebi dish includes basil flavoured short pasta and a cute.

    Zorua’s Halloween Roast Beef Burger – ¥1,706

    This hearty burger is packed with a generous serving of roast beef. You’d best not leave a crumb or Zorua might play a trick on you!

    When ordering a drink at the cafe you’ll receive one of six possible coasters. One of the designs is being kept a secret!

    And for the duration of the Halloween event, there’s also a limited-edition lunch mat and clear coaster to get your hands on. These are limited in stock so you’ll want to catch ’em all quickly! And don’t forget, you have to book a table in advance to dine at the Pokémon Cafe.

     

    © 2019 Pokémon.©1995-2019 Nintendo/Creatures Inc./GAME FREAK inc.

    Pokémon, ポケットモンスター and ポケモン are registered trademarks of Nintendo, Creatures Inc. and GAME FREAK inc.

  • Cute Halloween Sweets Spook Their Way Into Tokyo’s The Capitol Hotel Tokyu

    18.August.2019 | FOOD

    For this year’s Halloween season, The Capitol Hotel Tokyu in Tokyo has announced that it will serve up its Halloween Sweets Selection again this year at the hotel’s pastry boutique ORIGAMI located on floor B2F. The confectionery chefs have spun some spooky fun into this collection of 10 cute treats.

    Frankenstein – ¥1,760 / Phantom – ¥1,760 / Cyclops – ¥1,760

    The Phantom is a popular confection every year at the hotel, but this year he’s had two new freaky friends carved out for him: Frankenstein’s monster and a Cyclops. These white chocolate monsters are filled with chocolate-covered almonds, macadamia nuts and other hidden delights.

    Witch Hat – ¥715

    Dressed in a milk chocolate mousse is ganache and a rich and bitter crème brûlée made with bitter orange. It also contains a mandarin orange liqueur for deeper flavours. The mix of orange notes is refreshing on the palate.

    Cross – ¥715

    The orange and black Cross is a mousse cake made from pumpkin puree beneath which lies a cinnamon flavoured crème brûlée and coffee flavoured ganache. The bitter coffee elevates the exquisite sweetness of the pumpkin for a delicious combination.

    Evil Eye – ¥715

    Enter at your own risk with the grotesque-looking (but delicious tasting) Evil Eye mousse cake. It’s made with fragrant biscuit and caramel as well as blonde chocolate from France and inside is a smooth pear jelly.

    There are lots of other Halloween treats besides these coming to the hotel too, so if you’re in Tokyo this October then be sure to stop by for a Happy Halloween.

     

    *All listed prices include tax

  • TV Anime Given Themed Cafe Opens in Tokyo, Osaka Nagoya & Sapporo

    15.August.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    Six branches of CAFFÈ & BAR PRONTO in Japan are set to collaborate with the ongoing yaoi anime series Given from September 13 to 23.

    The theme of the collaboration is “After Band Practice.” The cafes will serve up food inspired by the series as well as sell exclusive merchandise. The voice actors for the four main characters also recorded lines for the cafes which will play during your time there.

     

    Fans who book a table in advance, whether as part of the pre-sale booking or ordinary booking, will receive one of two voice recorded mail reminders for their digital device. Chosen randomly, it will either be from Mafuyu and Ritsuka or Haruki and Akihiko.

    Bright Red Tomato Pasta – ¥1,296 (Tax Included)

    Pancake Of The Day – ¥1,296 (Tax Included) *Served during performances only

    Hot Cafe Latte – ¥864 (Tax Included)

    Acrylic Muddler (4 Designs, Chosen Randomly) – ¥864 Each (Tax Included)

    Acrylic Glass Key Ring (4 Designs, Chosen Randomly) – ¥864 Each (Tax Included)

     

    Pre-sales for tables and merchandise are now available over at Enter Bell until August 20.

     

    ©︎Natsuki Kizu・Shinshokan / Given Production Committee

  • STRAWBERRY MANIA: Harajuku’s Cutest & Tastiest Strawberry Ice Cream | Food Review

    13.August.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Hey, readers. It’s Midori again, from MMN’s editorial team.

     

    Summertime in Harajuku means the cafes and ice cream shops start serving up some seriously kawaii and tasty ice creams. It’s always nice to grab a cone to enjoy while walking around shopping, but relaxing in a cafe to enjoy it is fun too♡

     

    If the latter sounds like your kind of thing, then I’ve got a new recommendation for you. I visited STRAWBERRY MANIA recently, cafe located along Takeshita Street in Harajuku that specialises in strawberry desserts.

    You’ll find it right above the 7-Eleven on Takeshita Street. Look for the strawberries!

    There’s also a sign outside showing a few of the desserts. Go up the staircase right next to it and you’ll come to the cafe entrance.

    No matter where you turn while you’re here, your eyes will be met with strawberries. It looks so cute♡

    The shopfront showcase is shelved with lots of succulent strawberry treats. The chef whips up other desserts to order besides these too. Everything’s almost too cute to eat!

     

    For the strawberry soft serve ice cream you can pick between three flavours: milk, strawberry or mixed. I couldn’t pick between them so I went for mixed.

    The combination of the bright red strawberry ice cream and pure white milk ice cream makes for a beautiful colour contrast.

    It’s also topped with a huge fresh strawberry.

     

    I took no time at all in taking a spoonful. The strawberry ice cream has a really rich flavour. It’s sweet but has that sour kick too, like you’re eating a real strawberry. The milk ice cream has a milder sweetness and a real milky taste, the kind you’d imagine if it was sold at a farm with cows.

    Everything is packed snug into the cone right down to the bottom, making it a filling treat. It can be ordered for takeout if you like, and if you do that you can get your ice cream straight away so you don’t have to wait for seats.

     

    They serve other things besides soft serve too, like shaved ice and parfaits. There’s so much to choose from, I think you’ll be spoiled for choice! Be sure to visit if you’re in Harajuku.

  • Love Live! & Sanrio Open Collaborative Cafes in Tokyo and Osaka

    12.August.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    Multimedia project Love Live!―which has spawned an anime series, manga, game, movie and more―is teaming up with Sanrio to open themed cafes in Tokyo and Osaka on August 16 and September 27 respectively.

    The cafe will see 20 characters from the Love Live! series music groups μ’s, Aqours and Saint Snow and 20 characters from the Sanrio cast come together at the cafe, with decorations, themed food, and merchandise.

     

    The menu features a bounty of flavourful food and drink which incorporates popular flavours, luscious taste, and hearty servings. Menu item names below are translated from Japanese.

    An Unlucky Combination Food Plate – ¥1,390 (Before Tax)

    An interesting assortment of a mini omurice, soy sauce ramen, and a fresh tomato caprese salad. It also comes with the pictured postcard which features a blackboard design.

    Deliciousness Ensemble! Invigorating Dessert Plate – ¥1,390 (Before Tax)

    This dessert set is one fit for the gods, adorned with an apple topped castella, mini pancake laced with salted caramel ice cream, an tea-flavoured jelly. This also comes with the pictured postcard featuring different characters.

    If you decide to buy a drink at the cafe you’ll be treated to one of the three coasters chosen randomly. They are topped with fine fruits. There are many more menu items in addition to these, so be sure to check the official website to see the full listing.


    Fans of both franchises can pick up plenty of exclusive merchandise too, featuring the characters from Love Live! dressed like the Sanrio cast. There are bonus items for customers who book a table in advance too. Don’t miss this first ever collaboration between Love Live! and Sanrio♡

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