New Pokémon Centre DX and West Japan’s First Pokémon Café to open in Osaka

13.June.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD / SPOT

A new official Pokémon Centre DX and a new Pokémon Café will open in Osaka on September 20, 2019 in Daimaru Shinsaibashi’s Main Building.

 

This will be the second Pokémon Centre to open in Osaka. The Pokémon café will adjoined to the shop and will be the first ever branch of the Pokémon café to have ever opened in West Japan. This is also the second permanent Pokémon café to open in Japan besides the Pokémon café in Nihombashi.

The new Pokémon Centre DX and Pokémon Café will be situated in a bustling tourist hotspot. On your visit, you can also take a gander around the Shinsaibashi shopping district or  the American Village (America-mura) which is full of entertainment. This area is thriving with department stores, special shops, big brands and so much more. Tourists from other parts of Japan and all over the world are constantly flocking to this giant marketplace.

As the worldwide exhibition event Expo 2025 will be held in Konohana Ward, Osaka, there is no doubt that Osaka is becoming more and more of a Tourist hotspot!

 

Osaka is a wonderful tourist destination. If you decide to visit, don’t forget to include the Pokémon Centre DX and Pokémon Café on your itinerary!♪

 

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  • Pokémon cafe celebrates release of new Pokémon movie Detective Pikachu with new limited menu!

    24.April.2019 | FOOD

    The Pokémon cafe is celebrating the release of the new movie Pokémon: Detective Pikachu with the release of a limited menu only available from Saturday 27th April to Sunday 30th June!

     

    The movie is based on the Nintendo 3DS game Detective Pikachu, which is focussed around Pikachu, who is loved across the world and across generations of people. The film is the first ever live action Hollywood Pikachu film! Pikachu is voiced by Ryan Reynolds, who starred in the American hit film Deadpool. Justice Smith, who starred in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom plays the role of Pikachu’s partner Tim, and the role of Detective Yoshida is played by Ken Watanabe.

    Detective Pikachu & Psyduck collaboration ¥2,570 (price after tax)  

    Psyduck from the movie stands by Pikachu!

    Detective Pikachu Thunderbolt!? Float drink ¥1,274 (price after tax) 

    There’s popping candy inside! What a shocking surprise!

    Detective Pikachu: Choose your Pokémon latte!  ¥756 each (price after tax) 

    The Pokémon from the movie make a comeback in latte form and their designs look so accurate!

    For every drink you order, you will receive an original Pokémon cafe clear coaster! The limited edition designs are only available from Saturday 27th April ー Friday 31st May. You can either pick a limited edition design or be given one in a lottery draw!

    Celebrate the release of the film during this special time at the Pokémon cafe!

     

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  • Pokémon Cafe celebrates 1 year anniversary with new limited edition menu!

    03.March.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD / Uncategorized

    Nihombashi’s Pokémon Cafe will be celebrating its one-year anniversary from Thursday 14th March to Friday 26th April with the release of a special limited edition menu!

     

    From the moment the Pokémon Cafe first opened, it was bustling with Japanese people and foreigners from all around the world. 14th March 2019 will mark a year since the cafe first opened. The special menu includes the “Eraberu Pokemon Latte”, where you can choose from 151 varieties of limited edition designs for your latte art! There is also a campaign that fans just cannot miss out on!

    Sakura Afro Pikachu Marshmallow Cake  ¥1,706 (price including tax)

     

    A fluffy cake with a generous serving of marshmallows which goes perfectly with the strawberries!

    Bulbasaur Vegetable Burger ¥1,490 (price including tax)

    This is a rather hearty serving and is full of vegetables and nutrition!

    Choose your own Pokémon Latte! Sakura Afro Pikachu ¥756 (price including tax)

    Limited edition latte art! Enjoy cherry blossom-viewing with this cute Pikachu latte.♡

     

    If you order a drink, you will receive a Pokémon Cafe original clear drink coaster with a special design! There are six designs but it seems that one is a secret rare design that you could be lucky enough to get!

     

    Between Wednesday 14th March and Friday 26th April 2019, there will be a campaign to celebrate the cafe’s one-year anniversary. This will be held at both the Pokémon Cafe and Pokémon Center Tokyo DX.

     

    During the campaign, you can buy “Sakura Afro Pikachu Candyfloss” or the “Sakura Afro Pikachu Smoothie” to take out. You can purchase these even if you haven’t booked a table at the Pokémon Cafe.

     

    Join in the one-year commemoration and enjoy the new limited edition menu ♪

  • Disney’s Aladdin Film Celebrated in Japan With Themed Cafes in Tokyo & Osaka

    05.June.2019 | FOOD / MOVIE / SPOT

    Disney’s new live-action Aladdin film is set to be released in Japan on June 7. To celebrate, two branches of OH MY CAFE in Tokyo and Osaka are set to collaborate with the movie from June 14 and 15 respectively.

    “LOVE” is the concept of this collaboration, with everything from the cafe decor to the menu line-up steeped in the essence of romance.

    Customers who book a table in advance will randomly receive one of the two above-pictured original Aladdin lunch mats.

    Aladdin’s Magic Lamp Curry: ¥1,790 (Before Tax)

    Receive a magical lamp of your own with this black curry which is accompanied with a fluffy meringue salad topped with your own Genie.

    Magic Carpet’s Special Wrap Salad: ¥1,790 (Before Tax)

    One of many Instagrammable choices on the menu, this plate comes with fried bread made in the image of Carpet and an assortment of ingredients to wrap in the bread.

    Jafar’s Evil Chicken Cream Plate: ¥1,790 (Before Tax)

    This chicken cream plate is inspired by Jafar and is served with a generous portion of delicate saffron rice.

    Aladdin & Jasmine’s Fruit Drink (Yoghurt Flavour): With Bottle – ¥1,750 (Before Tax) / Without Bottle – ¥750 (Before Tax)

    Enjoy this refreshing yoghurt drink poured on top of an assortment of delicious fresh fruits.

    A Whole New World Grape Flavoured Starry Sky Drink: ¥1,290 (Before Tax)

    Experience a whole new world in the starry night sky with this cloud-inspired shaved ice drink.

     

    The cafes will also sell a range of exclusive merchandise.

     

    Acrylic Key Ring (Aladdin & Jasmine): ¥1,200 (Before Tax)
    Acrylic Key Ring (Genie): ¥950(Before Tax)

     

    Charm Set (3 Charms): ¥1,200 (Before Tax)

    Enter the world of Disney’s Aladdin in Tokyo and Osaka this summer.

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  • Osaka’s Universal Studios Japan to open three new attractions!

    15.April.2019 | SPOT

    Universal Studios Japan is in the midst of its large-scale programme Universal Cool Japan that started on Friday 18th January 2019. For this programme, six of Japan’s global influential works have been turned into eight attractions! From Friday 31st May to Sunday 25th August, three more attractions will open for the summer time!

    The Attack on Titan The Real attraction is based on the 3D live-action version of the anime Attack on Titan. This attraction is making a return to the park! Watch the serious faces of Erin and Levi as they prepare for attack throughout the night. Eren and Levi’s clonoids in the exhibition look so realistic you would think they are real! As season 3 part 2 is airing this month, fans will be even more hyped up! 

    A movie featuring both Godzilla and Evangelion is an ultimate dream that has finally been made into reality. Universal Studios will open a 3D special effects movie theatre attraction called Godzilla vs Evangelion The Real 4-D which features a battle between the two giants in the 3rd Shin-Osaka City. This original park movie features a clash of the strongest of the strong and will leave you trembling with excitement for more!

    The third new attraction is called Sailor Moon the Miracle 4-D Moon Palace and features the 10 Sailor Guardians and Super Sailor Moon! Watch the Sailor Guardians transform right before your very eyes! This whimsical and miraculous experience will leave your heart thudding in your chest. The girls the world has been longing for have finally come to life! You’re bound to get emotional!

     

    All we can do is wait in excitement for Universal Studios Japan to open their overwhelmingly thrilling attractions!

     

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  • New Cardcaptor Sakura exhibition to open at Hirakata Park, Osaka!

    28.May.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    From Saturday 8th June to Sunday 15th September 2019, Hirakata Park, Osaka will be hosting The Cardcaptor Sakura Exhibition: Magical Art Museum. Popular manga Cardcaptor Sakura has captured the hearts of people of all ages all over the world! Now you can enter the world of Cardcaptor Sakura!

     

    At this magical exhibition, many original works from the manga have been reproduced. The exhibition is also a place where you can experience the magic of the cards that appear in the series.

     

    Looking for spoilers? This is what the Roppongi Hills exhibition was like: Entering the Magical Art Museum of Cardcaptor Sakura in Roppongi Hills

    Illustrations drawn specifically for the exhibition by the series’ authors and illustrators CLAMP are featured in the original artwork zone of the exhibition. Make sure to look out for a photospot! This is your chance to get a picture with your favourite character!

    Still wanting more? Dive into a world of fun! There’s a Kero-themed ball pit decorated with Kero’s special stickers!

     There will also be a giant, fluffy Kero on display along with giant takoyaki* props to complete the attraction Osaka-style! Not only can you enjoy a giant hug from Kero, but you can take a fun picture to commemorate your trip! How about taking a picture holding the giant takoyaki for a very Osaka-like photo! There is also a magic circle photo spot that you just can’t miss!

     

    *Takoyaki is a ball of wheat flour-based batter that is typically filled with diced octopus, cooked in a moulded pan, and then topped with various sauces and toppings. Osaka is famous for its takoyaki.

     

    This Osaka exhibition is bound to be loads of fun! Please come visit!

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  • Yellow Coloured Minnie Mouse Cafes to Open in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya & Fukuoka

    17.February.2020 | FOOD / SPOT

    A new line of Minnie Mouse cafes are set to open in Tokyo and Osaka from February 28, 2020 and Nagoya and Fukuoka from February 29, 2020 for a limited time. Named “OH MY! MINNIE MOUSE,” the cafes are an official collaboration between Disney and the Japanese cafe chain OH MY CAFÉ.

    The cafe takes on the theme of Minnie Mouse being a living, breathing icon of today with a positive lifestyle. This is represented through the yellow colouring of the cafe, which features her iconic polka dots as well as ribbon taking on a yellow colour. Tuck into a cute menu line-up and get your hands on some cafe-exclusive Minnie Mouse merchandise.

     

    Original Menu

    Cheerful Burger – ¥1,990

    This healthy burger is packed full of vegetables with a black bun made in the image of Minnie’s silhouette. Feel as energised as Minnie with one bite of this tasty burger.

    Beef Hash Ribbon Rice – ¥1,390

    Inspired by Minnie Mouse’s iconic ribbon, this hearty dish is a beef stroganoff plated with rice and veg. The ribbon is so cute it almost seems a waste to eat!

    Fruit Sandwich – Single ¥990/ With Plate ¥2,790

    An absolute must-order if you’re wanting a dessert. This sandwich is piled with fresh fruits creamy yoghurt, sprinkled with poppy seeds, and doused in lemon juice.

    Fizzy Lemon Squash – Single ¥690 / With Coaster ¥1,390

    Charge yourself up with this fizzy lemonade and its refreshing aftertaste.

    Relaxing Chamomile Tea – Single ¥490 / With Mug ¥2,090

    Kick back and relax after your meal with a cup of chamomile tea♡

     

    Original Merchandise

    Heart Badge (8 Designs/Chosen Randomly) – ¥500

    Folder – ¥350

    Lunch Mat (6 Designs/Chosen Randomly) – ¥650 (*Table reservation required)

    Those who book a table in advance will be given one of six possible lunch mats chosen randomly.

     

    If you’re in Japan for the spring, then why not stop by the OH MY! MINNIE MOUSE cafe for a Disney treat?

     

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  • 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.

     

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  • Sanrio to Open Official My Melody Shops in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya to Celebrate Character’s 45th Anniversary

    11.February.2020 | FASHION

    Sanrio has announced that it is opening an official My Melody store to commemorate the popular character’s 45th anniversary this year. It will open for a limited time on the first floor of Takashimaya Shinjuku in Tokyo from February 12 to 25.

    The store is a must-visit for fans of Sanrio’s kawaii white rabbit where they can get their hands on a huge assortment of merchandise, including exclusives, so adorable you’ll want to add everything to your collection.

    The line-up looks back at My Melody’s 45 years in the business. The first 4,000 people to visit the store will be given a limited-edition shopping back, and the first 1,000 people who spend over ¥2,000 (tax included) will receive a free card.
    *One card per person, per transaction

    The store will also feature interactive projection mapping showcasing My Melody’s 45-year history which when touched reacts. On February 15, the designer for the store will be drawing illustrations as well as doing signings for people.

     

    As well as Takashimaya Shinjuku, the shop is set to hit Nagoya’s Takashimaya Gate Tower Mall Nagoya and Osaka Takashiyama. Check the dates below, and help My Melody commemorate her 45th anniversary!

     

    ©’76, ’20 SANRIO 著作(株)サンリオ

  • 3 Delicious, Mouthwatering Desserts in Osaka Perfect For Instagram

    10.February.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Our news website has already touched on a number delicious cafés in Japan’s Kansai region. For those of you who are struggling with their itineraries for their upcoming trip to Osaka, we’ve got a sweet treat for you: a list of cafés serving up irresistible desserts in Osaka that you must try. 

     

    All the cafés in this article were recommended by Instagram expert Tiara who knows everything there is to know about desserts in the Kansai region. Today we’ll be using Tiara’s mouthwatering photos to entice you that little bit more. 

    Chihiro Sweets Shop/Nishiohashi

    This shop belongs to desserts reporter Chihiro, whose reports have even been broadcasted on TV. The financier almond cakes and chocolate cakes here are very popular. You can also order to take out. 

    Neoclassic Purin Set (Comes with financier almond cake and hot coffee)

    This set includes a Neo Custard Purin topped with homemade vanilla ice cream full of rich vanilla flavour straight from the pod. The firm yet jiggly purin enjoys a rich eggy flavour which harmonises perfectly with the vanilla ice cream. The freshly baked financier almond cake is incredibly tasty . Chihiro’s sweets shop opens from 12:00 but the café opens at 13:00 so if you’re planning a  trip, make sure to not mix up the times.

     

    ▼Chihiro Sweets Shop (ちひろ菓子店)

    Address: Floor 1, 1-25-13, Shinmachi, Nishi Ward, Osaka

    Opening Hours:
    Chihiro Sweets Shop: 12:00 – 19:00
    Café: 13:00 – 19:00
    No Fixed Holidays
    Website: https://chihiroshop.thebase.in

     

     

    Futsu ni Fruits Tosabori Parlor/ Higobashi

    We’ve covered Futsu ni Fruits Tosabori Parlor in detail because it’s just so good. The first floor serves takeout desserts while the second floor is used as an eat-in space. The café menu varies according to the time of day. For example, the morning menu includes toasts with a variety of toppings including fruit. The lunchtime menu introduces Futsu ni Fruits’ main eye-catcher: the fruit sandwich. 

    Seasonal Fruits Sandwich

     The rich flavour of the fresh cream perfectly embraces the fruity flavours and will leave you feeling refreshed. If a fruit sandwich isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other ways to enjoy delicious fruits here. 

     

    ▼Futsu ni Fruits Tosabori Parlor

    Address: 1-1-30, Tosabori, Nishi Ward, Osaka

    Opening Hours:
    Floor 1 Takeout: 10:00 – 16:00

    Floor 2 Eat-In: 10:00 – 19:00
    Closed: Mondays
    Website: https://www.instagram.com/futsuunifuruutsu_cafe/

     

     

    Fukushima Sugar/ Fukushima

    Each dessert at this cake shop is handmade. This is the perfect place to enjoy the flavours of the season. Only 10 groups can eat-in per day so if you want to eat in, make sure to reserve in advance. 

    Fig Chiffon cake/ Grape Tarts Assortment of 2/ Choux Pastry with Chestnut Cream Filling

    The fig chiffon cake is soft and just one bite will fill you with happiness. The cakes are served on the most beautiful wooden plate. The cake menu changes according to the season so if you’re interested, check out their Instagram. The showcase is lined with a variety of takeout desserts – you’ll be spoilt for choice.

     

    ▼Fukushima Sugar

    Address: 6 Chome-22-11 Fukushima, Fukushima Ward, Osaka

    Opening Hours:
    Takeout: From 13:00

    Eat-In: 14:00 – 17:00 (Reservation Required)  

    *It is possible to get a seat without reservation after 17:00

    Closed: Mondays and Tuesdays

    Website: https://www.instagram.com/sugar_fukushima/

     

     

    All of Tiara’s recommendations are just so mouthwatering – can you resist?

     

    Tiara’s Instagram is full of the most gorgeous cafés. If you’re looking for a dessert in the Kansai region, make sure to check out Tiara’s Instagram and you’re bound to find your dream destination in no time. 

    Original Text and Photos: @happy_pinkrose_tiara

     

    *As cafés are constantly updating their menus, please check the official website or social media accounts of the cafés mentioned in this article for the most accurate information. 

  • 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.

  • Solve the Puzzles Of Osaka Metro and Reach the Goal With New Subway Game

    26.January.2020 | SPOT

    Osaka Metro is currently holding a puzzle-solving game for passengers which will run until March 31, 2020. As of January 24, over 12,000 people have participated in this exciting endeavour.

     

    The game requires people to ride with Osaka Metro and travel around Osaka while solving various puzzles to reach the goal. This style of escape game has proven incredibly popular in the subway around Tokyo and Nagoya, but this marks the first time it has been held in Osaka. The course is designed in such a way as to enable people to discover or rediscover the wonders of Osaka, allowing them to enjoy the many sights.

     

    Participants must purchase a puzzle-solving kit, which comes with a 1-day train ticket to use Osaka Metro, and follow the instructions to complete the course. Once a puzzle is solved, they are granted knowledge of the next location to head to.

    There is also a giant 4-meter long photo spot at Morinomiya Station which can be accessed via Osaka Metro’s Chuo Line and Nagahori Tsurumi-ryokuchi Line. Snap a photo of yourself with the colourful train carriage handles, and also take a photo together with Osaka Metro’s official mascot character Nyanbarou.

     

    After completing the event, head to the photo spot so you can add to your Osaka travel album.

     

    *”リアル脱出ゲーム” and “ナゾトキ街歩きゲーム” are registered trademarks of SCRAP Co., Ltd.

  • 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.

  • adidas Teams Up With Pokémon to Release First Generation Pixel Graphic Collection

    22.January.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    adidas Japan and Pokémon have collaborated to create a new apparel collection featuring the Pokémon games’ first generation graphics. The items dropped today in Japan at adidas store branches and its online shop, Sports Authority, G-FOOT, and Pokémon Centre.

    PKM PXL Unisex T-Shirt – ¥3,490 / Released: January 22, 2020

    PKM PXL Unisex T-Shirt – ¥3,490 / Released: January 22, 2020

    The collection includes adidas tracksuits, t-shirts, pants, short pants, and three types of footwearーwhich kids and adults alike can get behind.

    ADIHOOPS MID 2.0 PKM Kids – ¥5,490 / Released: January 22, 2020

    ADVANCOURT PKM Kids – ¥4,990 / Released: January 22, 2020

    PKM Kids Tracksuits – ¥6,990 / Rolling out March 2020

    For the kids sneakers, the adidas Advantage and Hoops Mid 2.0 uppers feature Pokémon pixel graphics, redefining the adidas shoes to give them a retro feel.

    ADVANCOURT PKM Unisex – ¥7,990 / Released: January 22, 2020

    PKM TRAINER Unisex T-Shirt – ¥2,990 / Released: January 22, 2020

    For the adults, they can enjoy the adidas Phosphere running shoes, which feature a distinct pixel design.

    You Pokémon Trainers out there that pick up an item from this collection in Japan will receive one of five possible A5-size stickers. They are limited in stock, so catch ’em all before they run out!

     

    ©2020 Pokémon. ©1995-2020 Nintendo/Creatures Inc. /GAME FREAK inc.

  • 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

  • 7 Lucky Foods and Items From Tokyo Station To Push You Towards Success

    13.January.2020 | FOOD

    You’ve studied as much as you can for your exams and prepared as much as you can for that mid-term presentation but the nerves are still getting to you. How about some lucky items to help you succeed? As the exam season is approaching, Tokyo Station’s shopping centre GRANSTA is holding a fair from January 13 to February 14, selling a variety of lucky items and foods to fill you with the courage and strength you need to calm your nerves and boost your confidence.

     

     Katsu Sandwiches

    As “katsu” also means “win”, a crunchy and juicy “winning” sandwich is the perfect way to boost your confidence and energy levels.

    Kinokuniya Katsu Sandwiches (3 Sandwiches): ¥430 (After Tax)/KINOKUNIYA Entrée GRANSTA Marunouchi Floor B1 (Outside ticket barriers)

    A crunchy katsu sandwich with a thick slice of juicy Japanese pork – This popular katsu sandwich will provide you with the stamina you need to do that presentation.

    Katsu Fillet Sandwich (4 Sandwiches): ¥880 (After Tax) / Nagoya Meibutsu Misokatsu Yabaton: GRANSTA Floor B1 (Inside ticket barriers)

    A soft southern Kyushu katsu meat fillet drizzled with Yabaton’s special sauce. Enjoy the juicy flavour with every bite. 

    Egg and Shrimp Katsu Sandwich (1 Full Sandwich): ¥388 (After Tax) /Kyo no Gohan Wasai no Kuni: GRANSTA Marunouchi Floor B1 (Outside ticket barriers)

    This pack includes a tender shrimp sandwich and a rich-flavoured egg sandwich. (Limited number sold per day)

    Sangenton Katsu Sandwich Eat-In: ¥396, Take Away: ¥388 (After Tax)/ BOULANGERIE ASANOYA, GRANSTA Floor 1 (Inside Ticket Barriers)

    The Sangenton Katsu Sandwich is a hearty meal that consists of pork of three origins. This is perfect to fuel up on energy before your big moment. (Limit of 40 sold per day)

     

    Chestnut-Flavoured Talisman of Victory

    Silver Bell Pancake Sandwich: ¥378 Each (After Tax)/ Colombin GRANSTA Floor B1 (Inside ticket barriers)

    Chestnut-based foods as a victory treat date back to the end of the 15th century during the Warring States period of Japanese history. In this pancake sandwich, two fluffy pancakes hug a filling of delicious cream and chestnuts, creating the perfect victory snack. *Sold from January 13 – February 14, 2020

     

    Lucky Iyokan Mikan Vinegar

    Lucky Iyokan Mikan Vinegar (1:5 Dilution, 150ml): ¥1,296/ Drinking Vinegar expre・su Tokyo GRANSTA Floor B1 (Inside ticket barriers)

    This mikan orange-flavored drinking vinegar is made from Iyokan mikan oranges, which is said to bring luck. “Iyokan” also means “good premonition”, which is sure to provide both an energy and confidence boost. *Limited sales: From January 13, 2020 while stocks last.

     

    Lucky Pentagonal Chopsticks Set

    Lucky Pentagonal Chopsticks Set: ¥3,300/ Nihonbo GRANSTA Floor B1 (Inside Ticket Barriers)

    These lucky pentagonal (gokaku) chopsticks are a play on words with the word “gokaku”, which also means success. They are pentagonal right to the tip, making it easy to grip your food. This is the perfect present for your friend who is going to take an exam. Limited Selling Period: Until the beginning of March.

     

    Tokyo Station GRANSTA is full of lucky items and foods to help you and your friends prepare for success.

  • Check Out The ASOKO de POKÉMON Series – Original Pokémon Pouches, Bags and More

    09.January.2020 | FASHION

    ASOKO is a general merchandise store which sells fun items based on the concept of enjoying a good surprise. ASOKO has teamed up with Pokémon and is set to release the ASOKO de POKÉMON merchandise series on January 18, 2020.

    Items designed by Kazuhiko Ifuku 
    ○ Deep Pouch: ¥440 ○ Shallow Pouch: ¥330 ○Lunch Bag: ¥440 ○2WAY Tote Bag: ¥550 ○Canvas Pouch: ¥330 ○ 2P Kinchaku Drawstring Bag: ¥330 (and much more)*

    Items designed by buggy

    ○Tote Bag: ¥660 ○Lunch Bag: ¥440 ○Pouch: ¥330 ○Pencil Case: ¥275 ○Tissues Case: ¥330 ○Shopping Bag (Two Designs): ¥220 Each ○ Folding Eco Bag: ¥330 (and much more)*

     

    The series includes 84 different items from fashion accessories such as bags and pouches to kitchen utensils and even stationery. Now you can enjoy your favourite Pokémon friends on original-design ASOKO items. 

    As well as being sold at ASOKO stores, there will be additional pop-up shops opening in Sapporo, Nagoya, Osaka and Kōchi which will also sell the series. These items are perfect for kids and adults alike – you’ll soon be wanting to get them all!

     

    *Prices After Tax

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