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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  • Chibi Maruko-chan Themed Cafe Heading to Tower Records Cafe Omotesando

    23.August.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Chibi Maruko-chan anime series, Tower Records Cafe in Omotesando is collaborating with the franchise to turn its establishment into all things Maruko-chan for a limited time from September 5 to 29. Also, 22 branches of Tower Records as well as the Tower Records online store will sell collaborative merchandise.

    Maruko-chan’s Hamburger Plate – ¥1,500

    The hamburger plate will be served throughout the entire collaboration. Hamburgers are Maruko-chan’s favourite meal, and this one is served with vegetables and a rice ball with her adorable face on it.

     

    The collaboration will be split into two different periods with different food and merchandise line-ups. The food in the second period has yet to be unveiled, so we will take a look at some of the things for the first period.

     

    Collaboration Period ①

    Nagasawa-kun’s Onion Soup Pasta – ¥1,500

    Served with a whole onion, this soup seeped vongole pasta is inspired by the onion-head himself Nagasawa-kun.

    Chi Chicken Sandwich – ¥1,500

    This dish is  inspired by the scene in the anime series when Maruko fights with her sister over who gets to have a notebook as there is only one of them. When her sister claims ownership, Maruko proceeds to write “idiot” on the front cover while she’s asleep and slips it back onto her bookshelf. This tuna mayo packed sandwich comes with a sandwich bag featuring the design of the notebook.

    Noguchi-san’s Birthday Cake – ¥1,200

    Celebrate Noguchi-san’s birthday (September 9) with this very special blueberry and milk crepe birthday cake.

    30th Anniversary Melon Soda Float – ¥800

    Topped with a dollop of ice cream and a cherry, the melon soda comes with a special 30th anniversary straw tag.

    Chibi Maruko-chan Lattes – ¥700

    The character lattes will have different character designs for each period as pictured above with the top row being the first collaboration and the bottom the second.

    For every menu item ordered, customers will receive a random postcard. The postcards above feature the designs from the first collaboration period.

    And the ones above here are those in the second.

    And if you order a set of three items (food, drink and dessert), you’ll receive an exclusive lunch mat. All of these items are first-come, first-served so you’ll want to get to the cafe ASAP when it opens.

    The exclusive merchandise takes on a music theme with original designs, from a towel to a tote bag and more.

    Three t-shirts and a hoodie will also be sold exclusively at Tower Records Shibuya, Tower Records Shinjuku, Tower Records Cafe Omotesando, and the Tower Records online store.

     

    Full information can be found on the official website below.

     

    *All prices are tax-inclusive. Photos are for illustrative purposes only.

    *Please enquire with shop staff about any food allergies.

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  • Hatsune Miku Music Cafe Opening in Tokyo & Fukuoka

    21.August.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD / MUSIC

    The Hatsune Miku Music Cafe is set to return for the third time this month. It will open in Akihabara, Tokyo on August 23 and in Hakata, Fukuoka on August 28.

     

    The music cafe will be supported by VOCALOID music label KARENT. VOCALOID fans can look forward to dining while listening to music from their favourite characters―Miku, Luka, Rin, Len, MEIKO and KAITO―on high quality speakers and giant monitors.

    Customers are able to request songs be played by picking from the record shelf. The huge discography will include the cafe’s official theme song and music video Jazz Chorus no Natsu Takenawa which is written and composed by buzzG.

     

    Fans can look forward to character-inspired food and drinks and can get their hands on a range of exclusive merchandise with designs illustrated by Kisaragi Yuu.

    And if you gather enough stamps on your stamp card―one per visit―you’ll be able to get priority access to a DJ event on October 6.

     

    Merch

    Leek Bag – ¥1,500 (Tax Included)

    Multi Pouch (6 Designs) – ¥2,800 (Tax Included)

     

    Food Menu

    Miku’s Leek Record Curry – ¥1,200 (Tax Included)

    “Jazz Chorus no Natsu Takenawa” Summer Sky Jelly From the Starry Heavens – ¥600 (Tax Included)

     

    When ordering something from the food menu you can receive one of 18 possible mini acrylic stands, chosen randomly.

     

    Drinks Menu

    Rin & Len’s Yellow Mango Milk – ¥750 (Tax Included)

    Luka’s Pink Peach Soda – ¥750 (Tax Included)

     

    There’s lots more merchandise, food and drinks as well as this too. You can see the full line-up on the official website.

     

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  • Baskin-Robbins Extends Pokémon Collaboration and Releases Free Goods Scheme

    20.August.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    As we know, Baskin-Robbins released their first ever Pokémon-themed ice creams to celebrate the brand new Pokémon movie Mewtwo Strikes Back: Evolution. The collaboration, which is currently taking place, was going to end on August 30th. However, the collaboration period has been extended to September 13th, 2019 due to popular demand.

     

    Find out more here: Baskin-Robbins Releases Pokémon Ice Creams, Sorbets and Cakes

    Furthermore, from September 1 they are introducing a new scheme where those who purchase the Pokémon Double Cup will receive an original BR Pokémon-themed clear file for free. 

    The clear file comes in two very cute designs. There are a limited number of these files, so get your hands on them before they run out.

    * The current size upgrade discount scheme (Turn your Small Double into a Regular Double for an extra ¥100) will end on August 30th. 

     

    Enjoy a never ending Pokémon summer with Baskin-Robbins! 

     

     

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  • 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.

     

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  • 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.

     

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  • Gundam Artist Yuji Kaida Exhibition Announced For Osaka Umeda LOFT

    13.August.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    To celebrate 40 years of Yuji Kaida’s illustration artwork for the Gundam series, an exhibition entitled Yuji Kaida Gundam Gallery will take place on the fifth floor LOFT Forum of Umeda LOFT in Osaka from August 23 to September 8.

     

    Yuji Kaida is known for his longtime work on box art for Gunpla model kits. The exhibition will feature a gorgeous collection of his iconic Gundam artwork, covering traditional art from Mobile Suit Gundam to Mobile Suit Gundam Wing to digital art in Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans.

    Over 70 pieces illustrated by Kaida will be displayed, each categorised into one of four themes. Many of these will include artworks being shown to the public for the first time such as the Gwazine-class battleship.

     

    There will also be enormous towers of piled-up Gunpla boxes, a showcasing titled “Maiking of Hi-νGUNDAM” the process of digital art, and more.

     

    The exhibition is an absolute must-visit for all fans of the Gundam franchise.

     

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  • 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♡

  • Fate/Grand Order Themed Cafe to Open in Omotesando

    10.August.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD / SPOT

    The third run of the Fate/Grand Order themed cafe, with designs produced by Sanrio, will take place at OMOTESANDO BOX CAFE&SPACE from September 5 to 29.

     

    Fate/Grand Order is a popular online free-to-play RPG developed by Delightworks for smartphones and is based on the Fate/stay night franchise by Type-Moon. The story has continued to evolve since its released in July 2015, and as of July 2019, it has been downloaded more than 1.7 million times. A TV anime adaptation is slated for release in October 2019 and an anime film is in production for 2020.

    This marks the third opening of this limited-time cafe, the previous two having taken place in December 2017 and August 2018 respectively. This year sees the introduction of new Servants as well as an all-new menu with the theme “Autumn tea room.” Exclusive merchandise featuring designs of the Servants will also be available for fans to pick up.

    When you book a table in advance (¥650 before tax per person) and order from the menu you’ll receive one of the above possible 16 lunch mats.

    And if you order a drink you’ll get one of the 16 coasters. You’ll get one of either piece of this original merchandise per item you order from the menu.

     

    Menu Line-Up

    Master & Mash Snow Field Meatballs – ¥1,490

    This dish is piled with filling sauteed meatballs and mushrooms. The cream sauce is made to look like a snowy field. It’s served with a side of jam for a succulent sweet and sour kick.

    Romani & Vinci Waffle Sandwiches – ¥1,590

    Waffles turned from desserts into a real meal, packed plump with chicken and cheese and served with a side of fries.

    Gilgamesh & Merlin Afternoon Tea Set – ¥1,690

    This gorgeous assortment of finger food includes cute cupcakes topped with Gilgamesh and Merlin. Enjoy together with a nice cup of tea.

    Brynhildr & Sigurd Croquembouche Parfait – ¥1,390

    Croquembouche is often served at weddings in Italy at France. Here, it has been turned into an easy-to-eat parfait. It’s topped with salt ice cream, yogurt mousse and more, all in refreshing colours.

    Fruit Tea (5 Flavours) – ¥790 Each (Male Master / Female Master / Mash / Romani / Da Vinci)

    Matcha Milk Float (3 Flavours) – ¥790 Each (Okita / Ryoma / Izo)

     

     

    Original Merchandise

    Acrylic Key Rings (16 Designs – Chosen Randomly) – ¥650

    Folder Set of 2 – ¥750

     

     

    There are even more items on the menu as well as merchandise to look forward to at the cafe. Head to Omotesando and enjoy a beautiful autumn with the Servants!

     

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  • Pikachu Outbreak 2019: Day One Report Of This Year’s Event – MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON

    08.August.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FEATURES / SPOT

    The Pikachu army has returned again this year for Pikachu Outbreak 2019 which is running from August 6 to 12 in Minato Mirai, Yokohama. This year, the event also features an evening show which takes advantage of Minato Mirai’s gorgeous nightscape and couples it with exciting lighting technology.

     

    We visited the first day of the event with Chinese talent Etsuna and 7-year-old Yuugo-kun. Here’s our report!

    Upon arrival at Minato Mirai Station we were immediately met by lots of Pikachu decorations and event advertisements. And when you go through the ticket gate it plays Pikachu’s cry! If you’re visiting the event this year then be sure to listen out.

    There are lots of Pikachu to spot after leaving the ticket gates, so be sure to try finding them all.

    We alighted at Minato Mirai Station and headed straight to Rinko Park.

    When we hit the park we were greeted by a huge balloon Pikachu!

    There’s lots of other Pokémon to catch too, such as Lapras, Psyduck, and many other popular names.

    This tiny Pikachu was so cute.

     

    There are food trucks set up by the Pokémon Cafe for the event at Rinko Park so you can get your hands on some food, drinks, and ice pops.

    The Pikachu designs on the trucks are super kawaii♡

    Pikachu Pineapple Ice Bar – ¥500 (Tax Included)

    The ice pops they sell comes with one of four possible Pikachu facial expressions. They’re given randomly.

    They’re so cute they seem a waste to eat!

    Pikachu Orange Lemonade Soda – ¥500 (Tax Included)

    The drink cups have Pikachu designs too, even the lids.

    Wherever you look there’s a Pikachu, so you can take pictures literally everywhere.

     

    After we had strolled around Rinko Park, we headed to Nippon Maru Memorial Park. Usually when you visit this park they have huge boats on display but for Pikachu Outbreak, the Pikachu have swarmed the area.

    There are lots of walls with various Pokémon illustrations on them around Nippon Maru Memorial Park, such as Ho-Oh’s wings and a Pikachu balloon. They are scattered here and there, so make sure to find all of these too!

     

    Below is where you can watch the Pikachu march wearing illuminating LED costumes.

    Even the Ferris wheel at Yokohama Cosmo World was lit up with Pokémon motifs―the Pikachu and Poké Ball ones in particular were beautiful.

    After a little while, several Pikachu arrived on a boat to greet everyone. And then…

    …out came the LED Pikachu! Their synchronised pattering walk was beyond adorable. They even danced.

    But the fun doesn’t stop there. If you head to Queen’s Square Yokohama right next to Nippon Maru Memorial Park then you’ll catch the Eevee march too. Their cute pattering walks too are enough to heal your soul♡

     

    What we’ve shown you is just a snippet of the fun happening this year―there are many other exciting events happening for Pikachu Outbreak 2019.

    Photos: CHIHIRO (@chiicd5)

     

    These last photos were taken at the show in Grand Mall Park at Yokohama Art Museum which makes stunning use of projection mapping. The Pikachu don their LED costumes and perform an incredible light show for the crowd.

     

    For more details on each event check out the official website. Pikachu Outbreak is a fun day out for kids and adults alike, so enjoy this year’s event and be careful not to catch heatstroke.

  • Character cafés are an exciting experience in Japan which sees a café collaborate with well-known anime series, game series or other franchise 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 June 2019 list of character cafés as some of them are still running!

     

     

    Sanrio x Ichigo Shimbun Collaboration – Ichigo Shimbun Dinder (July 11-September 30)

    Ichigo Shimbun is a monthly magazine published by Sanrio which includes information about the latest character merchandise and much more. Sanrio has opened a café themed on their magazine at EGG & SPUMA which located on the 8th floor of Shinjuku Lumine EST. “Vacation” is the theme of the café where Sanrio fans can enjoy a summery food menu. Enjoy a fun summer together with the Sanrio characters♡

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/230790

     

    ▼Ichigo Shimbun Diner
    Location: EGG & SPUMA, Shinjuku Lumine EST Floor 8F, 3-38-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo
    Running: July 11, 2019 – September 30, 2019
    Business Hours: Weekdays 11:00-23:00 (Last Orders 22:00) / Weekends & Holidays 11:00-22:30 (Last Orders 21:30)
    TEL: 03-6273-0255
    Website: http://salt-group.jp/shop/egg-spuma/

     

    AAA CITY SUMMER PARTY – AAA Cafés in Tokyo & Osaka (July 19-September 1)

    AAA’s collaborative café is themed on midsummer city pop. Their seasonal menu features drinks, desserts and more inspired by each respective colour of the group members. If you dine at the café you’ll get yourself a special lunch mat, and if you order a drink, you’ll get an original drink coaster. There’s plenty of other exclusive AAA café merchandise too, so if you’re a fan of the pop group then this is one you won’t want to miss out on this summer!

     

    ▼AAA CITY SUMMER PARTY

    Running

    Omotesando (Tokyo): July 19, 2019 – September 1, 2019

    Shinsaibashi (Osaka): July 19, 2019 – September 1, 2019

     

    Location

    Tokyo: OMOTESANDO BOX CAFE&SPACE (Pine Under Flat B1F, 5-13-2 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo)

    Osaka: Shinsaibashi contact (1-6-24 Kita-Horie, Nishi Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture)

     

    Reservations

    ・Table reservations for August 1 to September 1 opened on July 12 at 18:00 (JST)

    ・Reservation Price: ¥650 (Before Tax) *Comes with bonus merchandise

    AAA CITY SUMMER PARTY Official Website: https://aaa-cafe-2019.jp

    AAA Official Website: https://avex.jp/aaa/

     

    Bonobono & Pompompurin’s First Ever Café Collaboration (July 11-September 1)

    The Harajuku, Umeda and Yokohama branches of the Pompompurin Café have teamed up with the beloved anime character Bonobono to release four menu items themed on playing together at the beach.

     

    Both Bonobono and Pompompurin fans alike won’t be able to resist the cute and delicious dishes being served at the cafes this summer.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/231395

     

    Pompompurin Café 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)

    Pompompurin Café 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)

    Pompompurin Café Yokohama

    Address: Yokohama Sotetsu Square, 2-1-5 Minamisaiwai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama-shi

    Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00 (Last Orders 20:30)

     

    Bonobono Official Website: http://www.bonoanime.jp/

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

    ©Mikio Igarashi /Takeshobo, Fuji TV, Eiken © 1996, 2019 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO.S601363

     

    Astronaut Snoopy Soars Up Tokyo Skytree (July 18-October 14)

    Tokyo Skytree is now holding the FIRST BEAGLE IN SKYTREE® event in collaboration with the astronaut version of Snoopy which appeared in the original comic 50 years ago.

     

    Every astronaut needs a good meal to keep them going. Head to the SKYTREE CAFE on the Tembo Deck on floor 340F and enjoy a selection of themed desserts, drinks and more. Astronaut Snoopy decorations line the cafe where you can get limited-edition novelties too. Soar into and learn all about space this summer with your pal Snoopy♡

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/232293

     

    FIRST BEAGLE IN SKYTREE®

    Running: July 18, 2019 – October 14, 2019

    Location: Tokyo Skytree Tembo Deck and Tembo Galleria

    *A separate fee must be paid to to enter the Tokyo Skytree Tembo Galleria

    Tokyo Skytree Official Website: http://www.tokyo-skytree.jp/en/

    Snoopy Japan Website: http://www.snoopy.co.jp/

    ©2019 Peanuts Worldwide LLC

    ©TOKYO-SKYTREE

     

    Gaspard & Lisa x Afternoon Tea TEAROOM (July 25-August 28)

    The Koshigaya Laketown kaze, LaLaport Yokohama, Terrace Mall Shonan, and Nagoya LACHIC branches of the Afternoon Tea TEAROOM have joined hands with the French picture book series Gaspard and Lisa to celebrate its 20th anniversary.

     

    The tea shops have been decorated with a special Gaspard and Lisa theme. There are photo spots at each cafe, and in the Nagoya LACHIC branch there is even a book corner with 20 books from the series. This is the perfect place to enjoy a special summer meal with your family, so don’t miss out!

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/233786

     

    ▼Lisa and Gaspard Collaboration

    Running: July 25, 2019 – August 28, 2019

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

    Lisa and Gaspard Official Website: http://www.lisagas.jp/

    ©2019 Anne Gutman & Georg Hallensleben / Hachette Livre

     

    Koupen-chan Café in Shinjuku & Shinsaibashi (August 8-September 23)

    The baby emperor penguin Koupen-chan, who is often the go-to sticker for many Twitter and LINE users in Japan, is illustrated by the well-known RURUTEA. Many of these social media users turn to the relaxing, soft and cuddly penguin to send soothing words of encouragement and a fuzzy hug to their loved ones. No wonder our adorable penguin has over 300,000 followers on Twitter.

     

    The café returns from 2017 with a refreshed image which plunges deeper into the depths of Koupen chan’s affectionate world. There are even more features packed into this year’s collaboration menu. No matter what you order, your table will be overflowing with adorable penguin love.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/241560

     

    ▼Koupen-chan Café 2019 Summer

    Tokyo Cafe

    Location: SHIBUYA BOX CAFE&SPACE (Shibuya LOFT Floor 2F, 21-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo)

    Running: August 8, 2019 – September 23, 2019

     

    Osaka Café

    Location: Shinsaibashi contact (1-6-24 Kita-Horie, Nishi Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture)

    Running: September 5, 2019 – October 6, 2019

     

    Reservation Price: ¥500 (includes a complementary souvenir for making the reservation)

    *A limit of 4 seats can be reserved through 1 reservation.

    Official Website: https://koupenchan-cafe2019.jp/

    ©RURUTEA

     

    Did you enjoy this list? Be sure to visit a character café while in Japan this summer.

  • New Snorlax & Poké Ball Meals Arriving at the Pokémon Cafe in Nihonbashi

    06.August.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    The Pokémon Cafe in Nihonbashi is introducing a new Snorlax plate―inspired by the huge Snorlax that is sitting outside Pokémon Center Tokyo DX―and Poké Ball dessert bowl to its menu on August 10. These will be served with certain dishes in the cafe and can also be bought as merchandise there too so you can use them at home.

    Snorlax’s Stomach-Filling Afternoon Nap Lunch Plate – ¥1,922 (Tax Included)

    If you want a satisfied belly like Snorlax then you’ll want to order the hearty lunch plate. And after that you can take a nice afternoon nap. Just make sure not to block any routes or anything!

    I Choose You!! Poké Ball Dessert Bowl – ¥1,706 (Tax Included)

    What does it look like inside the Poké Ball? It’s being kept a secret by the Pokémon Cafe so you can only know if you visit! What kind of Pokémon could be sleeping inside…?

    Ingredients: Berry flavoured jelly, strawberry spongecake, strawberries, wafers, whipped cream, crepe, mint

    Pokémon Café Snorlax Plate – ¥2,160 (Tax Included)

    Pokémon Café Poké Ball Donburi Bowl – ¥2,160 (Tax Included)

    If you want your own Snorlax plate or Poké Ball bowl then keep in mind that supplies at the cafe are limited. And don’t forget that you must make a reservation at the cafe if you want to dine there.

     

    © 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.

  • Third Pokémon Smart Device Collaboration Launched by CASETiFY

    04.August.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    CASETiFY is a global lifestyle brand established in LA that has enjoyed hugely popularity with celebrities and influences around the world for their services that enable you to customise your digital devices from smartphones to Apple Watches and more.

     

    The company launched its “Day & Night” themed collaboration with Pokémon back in May. The third collection in the line has finally been unveiled which will be released worldwide on August 15 at 10:00pm (JST).

     

    1st Collaboration: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/206562

    2nd Collaboration: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/229807

    For the third collection, CASETiFY has New York and London-based artist duo Craig & Karl. Titled “The Icons by Craig & Karl,” the new collection incorporates the two artist’s signature style and shines the spotlight on four Pokémon―Pikachu, Charmander, Bulbasaur and Squirtle―and three Poké Balls.

    Pokémon Trainers out there can choose from CASETiFY’s signature Impact Case, the DTLA Case, and for this third collaboration, the Floaty Glitter Case, and there’s a bunch of cool tech accessories too with limited-edition designs. You also have the option to put your name on your case.

     

    Back when the second drop launched on July 10, CASETiFY set up a waiting list which gave people priority access to purchase these limited edition items before they sold out. The waiting list surpassed a whopping 90,000 people. The waiting list has returned for the third drop which you can sign up to right now.

    As a fan of the Pokémon franchise, Craig Redman of the artist duo spoke about how enjoyable it was to be able to collaborate with Pokémon on this project and implement their signature style. He also praised the customisable aspect of the collection which he said can bring you closer to Pokémon.

    This marks the final drop of the CASETiFY & Pokémon Day & Night collection which you can also catch at pop-up shops in Tokyo, London, Paris, Los Angeles, and the Landmark shopping mall in Hong Kong.

     

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

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