TEMPURA KIDZ Collaborate With Moe Shop to Release New Song ‘UKIYO’

19.June.2019 | MUSIC

News photos of dance and vocal unit TEMPURA KIDZ have been released. The photos were taken under the supervision of the leader of Harajuku’s kawaii culture Sebastian Masuda.

 

It has also been announced that the group are set to perform at the KAWAII MONSTER CAFE in Harajuku every Wednesday for a new event aimed at foreign and locals tourists entitled TOKYO POP CULTURE NIGHT ~HARAJUKU CELEBRATION~.

The theme of this event is “Harajuku Tribe” which sees TEMPURA KIDZ dressed up in colourful tribe-like Harajuku wares in which they will put on a new performance called “Harajuku Celebration.” The group teamed up with French DJ and producer Moe Shop to create original music for the performance.

Both artists will release their collaborative track UKIYO on June 18. The song features a “Future Funk,” a genre which sees Moe Shop as its spearhead. It is a colourful pop anthem that fuses with TEMPURA KIDZ and the members’ personalities.。

 

With the Tokyo 2020 Olympics right around the corner, TEMPURA KIDZ continue their mission to spread Japanese culture around the world.

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    31.July.2020 | FASHION / SPOT

    Sebastian Masuda, the leader of Japan’s culture of kawaii, released his first art book Masuda Sebastian Artworks PAINT IT, COLORFUL on July 31, 2020.

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    Printed in full colour, the art book covers Masuda’s art direction from 2010 to 2019 in the form of photos of his actual works, design sketches, and plenty of other content for fans to soak up.

    It also includes photos of an installation that has been visited by over 20,000 people which was created during Masuda’s time overseas in places like New York and Amsterdam, as well as his art exhibit currently on display at World Disney World Florida.

     

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  • Harajuku’s KAWAII MONSTER CAFE Serves Up a Special Summertime 5th Anniversary Lunch Menu

    26.July.2020 | FOOD / SPOT

    KAWAII MONSTER CAFE HARAJUKU is celebrating its 5th anniversary this year with a special limited-time summer lunch menu which is now being served until September 30.

    KAWAII MONSTER CAFE opened its crazy doors on August 1, 2015. Since then, it has become an iconic must-visit spot of Tokyo’s youth fashion hub Harajuku, serving Harajuku-esque food, drinks, and desserts. And they haven’t held back on their colourful anniversary lunch either.

     

    *Menu names have been translated from Japanese. The main dishes listed are an excerpt from the full menu.

     

    MAIN DISHES

    KAWAII Cold Noodles ~5 Years Begun~ | ¥980

    This gorgeously colourful KAWAII MONSTER CAFE-style serving of cold noodles looks just like a parfait. The rainbow of ingredients is made to look like the goldfish scooping game seen at Japanese festivals.

    Colourful Pop Burger – Froggy Looking Back Over 5 Years | ¥1,480

    This frog burger has been seen at the cafe before, but this one celebrates 5 years of KAWAII MONSTER CAFE. It’s a filling combination of bacon, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, and of course the patty, all topped with BBQ sauce. It’s served with both shoestring potato chips and lattice-cut potato chips.

     

    SWEETS


    Choppy Macaron Ice Cream | ¥950

    The popular “tunkaron” macarons make their way to the KAWAII MONSTER CAFE in this ice cream dessert which is a combination of vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate ice cream made to look like the cafe’s mascot Choppy. He’s surrounded by a bed of sweet cotton candy.

    Colourful Rainbow Ice Cream Cake (Quarter) | ¥800

    KAWAII MONSTER CAFE’s popular “Poison Cake” dessert arrives in an ice cream version for thr 5th anniversary. The marshmallow ice cream is filled with chocolate chips and the whole thing is coated in cream cheese. It’s topped off with a rainbow made entirely from chocolate.

    Melty Ice Cream Chocolate Banana Pie: ¥1,300

    A custard pie topped with an upside down ice cream and adorned with a kaleidoscope of fresh cream, chocolate, sweets, and more. As you eat through the dessert, you’ll find a chocolate coated banana – a classic sweet treat sold at Japanese summer festivals.

     

    DRINK

    Shake Hip Shake Chocolate Banana / Harajuku Decora Smoothie / Frozen Lemonade Ginger

    Shake Hip Shake Chocolate Banana | ¥900

    A shake that mixes cocoa and banana to create that Japanese summertime chocolate banana flavour.

     

    Harajuku Decora Smoothie | ¥900

    This peach smoothie is subtly sweet and has a satisfying texture that feels good when it goes down the throat. It’s topped with fresh peach and nata de coco.

     

    Frozen Lemonade Ginger | ¥850

    A combination of sour lemon and fragrant ginger makes this a healthy beverage. Topped with lemon and ginger sherbet, it’s a frozen, non-alcoholic cocktail.

    Briana Gigante Shake: ¥950

    This shake is a collaboration with Briana Gigante, a YouTuber. It’s also inspired by her, mixing together coffee jelly, berry sauce, and brown cane sugar. It’s finished with a topping of fresh strawberry, Oreo, and chocolate lips.

     

    KIDS MENU

    Kids Pop Mini Sliders w/Drink: ¥780

    A colourful slider dish that’s sure to be adored by kids. It comes with both a mini cheeseburger and fried shrimp burger with a side of nuggets and fries.

    Kids Kiss Parfait: ¥850

    The cafe’s “Poison Parfait” has been turned into a kids version, layered with strawberry sauce, milk sauce, Japanese pudding, vanilla and strawberry ice cream, gummies, marshmallows, fresh berries, and chocolate lips.

  • See KAWAII MONSTER CAFE HARAJUKU’s New MONSTER X Girls

    25.June.2020 | FOOD

    KAWAII MONSTER CAFE HARAJUKU has announced MONSTER X, a new roster of characters who are like sisters to the cafe’s MONSTER GIRLS and are personifications of popular areas in the cafe: Mushroom Disco, Bar Experiment, and the Mel-Tea Room.

     

    The theme and decor of KAWAII MONSTER CAFE HARAJUKU imagines customers inside the belly of a monster. But this is no ordinary digestion, as customers are pulled into a crazy and vivid world of colours. The cafe is split into various areas where you’ll find the new MONSTER X girls: the colourful mushroom forest Mushroom Disco welcomes MUSH, the bewitching jellyfish Bar Experiment says hello to JELLY, and the candy-filled Mel-Tea Room beckons MELTY. Let’s take a look at who these MONSTER X girls are.

     

    MUSH

    MUSH’s theme is “Cheer.” Her dress and hairstyle is fitted with lots of round mushrooms. She’s here to cheer everybody up with the power of her vivid, Harajuku-esque colours.

    Area: Mushroom Disco

    Mushroom Disco is a giant forest of colourful, poisonous mushrooms and plants from outer space.

     

    JELLY

    JELLY’s theme is “Deep.” Her dress and hairstyle personifies the bar which take son the image of a luminous deep sea jellyfish. Her glittery cool beauty will captivate all who see her.

    Area: Bar Experiment

    An enormously bright, glistening jellyfish has wrapped itself around this bar which also couples as a laboratory where people can experiment with different drinks.

     

    MELTY

    MELTY’s theme is “Sugary.” Her name speaks for her droopy dress and hairstyle which looks like it’s melting. She will heal all with her sweet and overwhelming aura.


    Area: Mel-Tea Room

    Follow the ants along the sugar trail and you’ll find the tea party room adorned with ice cream, chocolate, and macarons.

     

    Fashion x Entertainment x Virus Precautions

    KAWAII MONSTER CAFE HARAJUKU will continue to entertain customers while taking all the necessary COVID-19 precautions. The staff will coordinate masks to their outfits fitting of the KAWAII MONSTER CAFE while still paying respect to the spirit of Harajuku’s fashion style which encourages people to enjoy fashion however they like. When you look back at the history of Harajuku’s street fashion, decorative masks and gas masks have always been around, so it will be business as usual at the KAWAII MONSTER CAFE.

     

    Jokin Dance (Bacteria Elimination Dance)

    Before your meal at the KAWAII MONSTER CAFE, the MONSTER GIRLS will pay a visit to your table and invite you to join in doing the Jokin Dance (Bacteria Elimination Dance). KAWAII MONSTER CAFE HARAJUKU is an entertainment restaurant, and so it can make even taking precautions against something like COVID-19 a fun time.

  • KAWAII MONSTER CAFE HARAJUKU Re-Opens Just As Colourful As Ever

    14.June.2020 | FOOD

    KAWAII MONSTER CAFE HARAJUKU finally reopened with reduced hours on June 13 after its temporary closure as a result of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. For the first time ever, the colourful cafe and restaurant will be offering takeout options, as well as opening its secret room where one group of people per day, if it’s someone’s birthday, can enjoy a birthday meal plan.

     

    Harajuku Kawaii Birthday Party Set

    The birthday set is available to order for takeout or delivery. The jaw-dropping line-up includes one of three main courses, such as the fat and juicy “MANGA MEAT,” a vibrant chopped jelly salad, sliders with colourful buns, and more. For dessert, there’s enjoy the symbol of the KAWAII MONSTER CAFE: the “Colourful Poison Cake (Chemical)” which can be customised to come with a birthday message. Order for takeout, delivery, or even enjoy it at the KAWAII MONSTER CAFE.

    Harajuku KAWAII Birthday Party Set (Serves 3-4): ¥12,000 (Before Tax)

    Chopped Jelly Salad

    Served in a cup, this root vegetable salad is dressed with a ginger Caesar dressing.

    Colourful Pop Slider

    Colourful buns (Red, Blue, Yellow Green) topped with multifarious ingredients.
    Red: Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese Slider
    Yellow: Egg Salad Sandwich-Style Slider
    Green: Lemon Dressed Tomato, Cucumber & Avocado Vegetable Slider
    Blue: Roast Beef & Marble Cheese Slider

    Apple Pie Sweets Pizza

    This dessert pizza is topped with cheese, sliced apple, and jam and sprinkled with cinnamon before being baked. It’s finished with honey and cream cheese.

    Party Monster (Hors d’oeuvre)

    A monster volume of finger food including onion rings, chicken nuggets, fried potatoes, and popcorn shrimp.

     

    Choose Your Main

    or MANGA MEAT

    Mozerella cheese and minced meat wrapped in pork belly, lathered in teriyaki sauce, and served on the bone. The kind of meat you drool at in manga and cartoons!

    or MEAT MEAT MEAT

    A popular main at the KAWAII MONSTER CAFE with beef, pork, and chicken combined with vegetables and wrapped up.

    or Roast Chicken (1 Whole Chicken)

    The chicken is stuffed with colourful tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and potatoes before being baked in the oven.

    Colourful Birthday Cake (Chemical)

    An original sponge cake created by the KAWAII MONSTER CAFE filled with strawberries and chocolate chips and lathered in multicoloured bites of cheese cream. You can add a message on the cake for free too.

     

    Harajuku KAWAII Home Party Set (Takeout/Delivery Only)

    This home party set will take the world of KAWAII MONSTER CAFE into your very own home.

    Harajuku KAWAII Home Party Set (Serves 3-4): ¥10,000 (Before Tax)

    Chopped Jelly Salad

    Colourful Pop Sliders

    Apple Pie Sweets Pizza

    Party Monster (Hors d’oeuvre)

    MEAT MEAT MEAT (Teriyaki Sauce or Basil Sauce)

    *For an extra ¥1,080, you can add the Roast Chicken (1 Whole Chicken) or MANGA MEAT

     

    The set also comes with 4 plates, chopsticks, hand wipes, a box of issues, and 4 balloons. You can also check out a video of one of the cafe’s Monster Girls how to make some cute balloon art at home.

     

    Other Takeout Options

    As well as sets, the KAWAII MONSTER CAFE has plenty of individual menu items you can order for takeout too. Let’s take a look.

    MONSTER Box Sandwich: ¥3,500 (Smoked Salmon & Teriyaki Chicken/Tuna Mayo & Potato Salad/Ham & Cheese With Fresh Lettuce)

    This box of sandwiches is nothing short of colourful, packed full of tasty healthy ingredients.

     

    Colourful Poison Cake Chemical Whole Size: ¥4,000 (Before Tax)

    Party Party Monster: ¥3,000 (Before Tax)

    MANGA MEAT (60g): ¥4,000 (Before Tax)

    Colourful Pop Sliders: ¥2,500 (Before Tax)

     

    Pink Cat Room: Children’s Birthday Plan in the Secret Room

    The secret Pink Cat Room is loved by customers of KAWAII MONSTER CAFE, both Japanese and foreign. They are now offering a children’s birthday plan for one group per day.

     

    Children’s Birthday Plan: Adults ¥4,000 / Kids ¥2,000 (Before Tax)

    Cold Dish: Duck Carpaccio
    Appetiser: Smoked Salmon Carpaccio
    Fried Dish: Fried Assortment (Fries/Nuggets/Onion Rings/Popcorn Shrimp)
    Hot Dish: Colourful Mini Pop Burger
    Pasta: Colourful Rainbow Pasta
    Dessert: Colourful Poison Cake Birthday Style
    *Reservation only

  • Stay Home With TEMPURA KIDZ: Polish Your Skills And Look to the Future During the Lockdown

    16.April.2020 | FEATURES

    Here at MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON, we post news and information about Japan in six languages. Our aim is to deliver a variety of content related to Japan for those who love and enjoy Japanese culture.

     

    Right now, people across the globe are in self-isolation as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The same goes for Japan too, so we’ve taken this opportunity to create a new series on the website to show how we’re spending time at home here in Japan. The future is yet uncertain, and we hope for normality to return for all of us soon. We created a new articles series called Stay Home with which we hope to take your mind off the situation, even for just a little bit, to help you feel calmer. It might give you some tips on what you can do while spending time at home.

     

    Today, we are joined by all four members of Japanese dance and vocal group TEMPURA KIDZ who have shared with us what they have been doing at home recently.

     

    Stay Home With AO

    1: Watching movies

    I’ve been sipping on nice hot drinks while cosied up watching movies. One that I want to recommend that makes me cry is The Green Mile. For comedy is would be A Story of Yonosuke!

     

    2: Reading

    Reading at home! I don’t make a lot of progress with reading, but I can concentrate better setting time aside to read at home alone rather than when I usually would on trains or in my spare time. So I’ve developed the ability to read a lot quicker now! I want to use this time to read lots and lots!

     

    What’s your secret to spending time at home?

    It’s all about putting the time in right now! I usually don’t get this kind of time to enjoy chilling at home, so I’m consuming lots of media like movies, dramas, anime, and books. I think it’s great time spent to power up my power as a human, by laughing and crying while increasing my knowledge and sensibility!

     

    Please give a message to those reading this article

    With more time spent at home because of the lockdown period, you might feel a sense of loneliness or anxiety, but it’s important to increase your immunity, even a little, and make your mind and body strong! I hear that tears and laughter are a way of de-stressing and upping your immunity. Let’s immerse ourselves in some kind of media and laugh and cry so we can eliminate stress, increase our immunity, and level ourselves up.

     

    Stay Home With KARIN

    1: Feeling better with candied fruit!

    I’m lifting my mood at home by making candied fruit! It’s super simple, you just need fruit, sugar, and water.

    Though I’m at home indoors, it makes me feel like I’m at a stall at a Japanese festival, so it makes me happy!

     

    It’s really easy to do, so why not give it a go yourself?

     

    What’s your secret to spending time at home?

    If you use your time at home wisely to try out things you normally don’t have time for you’re bound to discover something new. I think that’s important.

     

    Please give a message to those reading this article

    Wash your hands, be aware that each and every person is a potential danger, and make the right decision until the fun days return. Let’s all get through this together!

     

    Stay Home With YU-KA

    1: Dancing on TikTok at home!

    I started using TikTok just recently. Since the lockdown means being at home everyday, I’m posting dance videos everyday as part of my daily routine!

     

    They’re super easy to make and post, I think it’s the best kind of content to enjoy with everyone. Plus, you feel refreshed after moving your body about, and it lifts your mood!

     

    2: I can’t meet with the other members, but…

    I’m also doing duet dances in my videos too! When the lockdown finally ends and I get to meet with everyone again, my happiness won’t feel incomplete anymore.

     

    Doing this means you can stay connected with people even if you’re at home. It made me realise again what a convenient time we live in. I’m posting everyday, so I hope it kills a bit of time for everyone at home!

     

    Check out my videos here: https://www.tiktok.com/@yuka_tempurakidz

     

    What’s your secret to spending time at home?

    This period we’re in now might actually be a great opportunity to do those things you’ve been neglecting everyday, or to challenge yourself to something new! You might also realise something you didn’t before because of this very situation. It’s made me reconsider the peaceful life I took for granted, so let’s think of it as a plus because of the good time we’ve been granted!

     

    Please give a message to those reading this article

    Our want for the lives we loved together to continue will ensure that they return quicker. Let’s pray for things to turn back to normal and work hard to get through this together!み

     

    Stay Home With P→☆

    1: Making music and editing YouTube videos

    I’m set on making music and editing YouTube videos, and other things too. I’m using my time at home to do the things I normally wouldn’t be able to because it takes time. I’m also absorbing myself in a lot of research and making things. Keeping myself busy by looking up the things I love relieves my stress and makes me feel great.

     

    What’s your secret to spending time at home?

    Feeling positive trying out things you normally can’t!

     

    Please give a message to those reading this article

    Make sure to properly self-isolate at home, and let’s all look forward to and work towards when we can enjoy outdoors again! I’ll work hard to deliver entertainment to everyone from home too!

  • Harajuku’s KAWAII MONSTER CAFE Begins Spring Fair ‘KAWAII×Sakura×Easter 2020’

    16.March.2020 | FOOD

    If you’ve never heard of the KAWAII MONSTER CAFE in Tokyo, then you’re going to want to visit by the time you see what they’re cooking up for spring.

     

    This year, the cafeーwhich is based on the idea of customers being inside the stomach of a giant monster that’s eaten Harajuku wholeーis holding a spring fair entitled “KAWAII×Sakura×Easter 2020” which is running from March 13 to April 26. The menu line-up incorporates elements of Japanese spring with a colourful Harajuku twist, from Easter to cherry blossoms.

     

    *Menu item names have been translated from Japanese

    Colourful Pop Burger Cock-A-Doodle-Doo Monster – ¥1,680

    This new chicken monster burger is stuffed full of delicious goodness, including sukiyaki.

    Cherry Blossom Bloom Rice – ¥1,300

    The year is 2020, and spring has arrived in Japan. This Earth-inspired blue rice has cherry blossom coloured cheese fondue dolloped on top of it which is sat on a bed of black curry. The spicy curry has delicious burnt caramel inside it.

    Tropical Bibimbap – ¥1,200

    Bibimbap, the soul food of South Korea. This colourful version is topped with edible flowers and cherry blossom wheat-gluten bread, giving it that springtime feeling. The specially-made monster furikake gives the dish a real spicy kick.

    UFO Doughnut Pancakes – ¥1,200

    These chewy in-house made doughnuts are filled fat with strawberries, mikan, lemon mousse, and strawberry ice cream. Doughnut pancakes are the latest gourmet indulgence in Harajuku.

    Sakura Mousse Piyo Piyo Cake – ¥980

    Aka-chan is the name of this newborn monster chick, whose cute face is made from cherry blossom mousse.

    Pastel Easter Sakura Rabbit Parfait – ¥2,400

    Wearing a cute pointy hat and a colourful dress, this sakura Easter bunny is caked in strawberry, orange, and melon flavoured cream, strawberry ice cream, panna cotta, Japanese pudding, fresh strawberries, and raspberry sauce.

     

    A trip to Harajuku this spring isn’t complete without a visit to the KAWAII MONSTER CAFE, so don’t miss out on their spring fair.

  • Limited Booking For Sebastian Masuda’s Artistic Kawaii Room Opens Soon

    29.October.2019 | SPOT

    Booking.com is one of the world’s largest accommodation booking websites that connects people from all over the world with many unique places to stay. For the first time ever, Booking.com has announced a very special stay at ‘KAWAII Japanese Room – Addicted to Tokyo.’ Designed in collaboration with no other than art director and icon of Japan’s kawaii pop culture Sebastian Masuda. The stay is available exclusively through Booking.com with only a handful of  booking dates available which are: November 13-14, 14-15 and 15-16. 

     

    One significant pattern which can be seen in the room is that of a traditional jūnihitoe, which is a set of formal kimono garments worn by court-ladies in Japan. The designs and patterns have been fused with a vivid pop colour scheme and created in a modern graphics style for a new form of experimental art. The main concept of the room is “Addicted to TOKYO”. Once you step into the room, you will be immersed in a world of vivid colours and patterns where abstract wonder is fused with traditional features. A stay here is bound to be stay you will never forget. The room is located at the MIMARU TOKYO AKASAKA apartment hotel and was remodeled specifically for this purpose. Reservations will open worldwide at 7pm JST (11am in Amsterdam). Only three reservations – one for each night – will be accepted and it is first-come, first-served.  

    The room is filled with Japanese-style room features such as tatami flooring, sliding doors, zabuton floor cushions, and a raised tatami-floored seating area. There are two beds and a large open space in the room. Once you enter, you will be immersed in a world of patterns.  Using Japanese celebratory culture as a starting point, Masuda has created a space which reflects the atmosphere of an exciting Japanese celebration. Although there are many traditional features to the room, there are also animal patterns and patterns that make the word “TOKYO”, creating a room full of impact. One of the most iconic decorations in the room is the bear which rests on the pink tatami flooring. The bear’s unique design resembles origami, reflecting the cute yet edgy culture of Tokyo fashion. 

    In the room you’ll find KAWAII Japanese Room-limited design yukata. These unisex yukata are designed with a range of patterns and colours that can be seen around the room. You can use them as pyjamas and can even take them back home with you.

     

    You cannot leave the accommodation without checking out the giant mushroom display located on the MIMARU TOKYO AKASAKA roof. Those staying in any room at MIMARU TOKYO AKASAKA during the limited period as well as those staying in the KAWAII Japanese room both have access to see this glorious masterpiece

     

    If you are not one of the lucky few who get a chance to stay at the KAWAII Japanese Room- Addicted to TOKYO, you could book another room in the hotel during the same period to witness Masuda’s iconic mushroom masterpiece. This is the perfect place to experience a full-on kawaii experience right in the centre of Tokyo. The first 100 people to visit the rooftop between 3pm and 9pm on each day between November 13 and 15 will receive an original hand towel. 

     

    Be sure to check it out.

  • KAWAII MONSTER CAFE Halloween 2019: Vampires, Werewolves, Frankenstein’s Monster & More On the Menu

    29.September.2019 | FOOD

    Harajuku hot spot the KAWAII MONSTER CAFE will hold a Halloween event entitled “KAWAII HARAJUKU Halloween PARTY 2019” for the entire month of October.

    The Halloween season is almost upon us in Japan, where the spooky season’s festivities often begin a little earlier in October as cafes, restaurants and shops start serving up their own unique Halloween-themed menus.

     

    This year at the KAWAII MONSTER CAFE, the Monster Girls are inviting you to their kaleidoscopic Halloween party. From vampires to werewolves, Frankenstein’s monster and beyond, prepare to encounter a Halloween like no other with a line-up of colourful dishes.

    Colourful Pop Burger: Frankenstein’s Monster – ¥1,580 (Before Tax)

    The cafe’s mascot character Mr. Choppy has been turned into Frankenstein’s monster! This fat and juicy burger is filled with salsa sauce and melted cheese. Even the bun is cute and colourful too!

    Choppy Baron’s Dark Curry – ¥1,400 (Before Tax)

    This time, Mr. Choppy has turned into a vampire for this pitch-black curry, laced with other Halloween colours too like purple and orange. This vivid plate isn’t just tasty, its appearance has life to it too.

    Nameless Cemetery Cheese Glutton – ¥3,200 (Before Tax) *Recommended for 3+ people

    This surreal dish is a giant breaded coffin filled with gratin, rainbow-coloured cheese, and white sauce. Surrounding it are bats, eyeballs, and gravestones.

    Monster Bongo Bongo Tiramisu – ¥1,080 (Before Tax)

    An assortment of ice creams like matcha and houjicha all coated in Halloween-coloured chocolate. Hidden underneath the ghoulish pile is colourful cereal.

    Midnight Pumpkin Chiffon Cake – ¥1,580 (Before Tax)

    A fluffy chiffon cake topped with black sesame ice cream and a pumpkin lathered in pumpkin-flavoured fresh cream. The trickling bloody chocolate completes that Halloween look.

    Bark At The Moon – ¥980 (Before Tax)

    This adorable wolf dessert appeared during a full moon. It includes a crunchy doughnut on top of which is sat a sweet black sesame mousse werewolf.

    Non-Alcoholic Basil Seed Jelly Cocktail – ¥900 (Before Tax) / Shake Hip Shake Chocolate – ¥950 (Before Tax)

    There are two drinks to pick from this Halloween: a dark chocolate shake with a pumpkin floating on top and a cocktail filled with basil seed and jelly for an enjoyable texture. The cocktail can be served non-alcoholic or alcoholic.

     

    There’s plenty to look forward to at the KAWAII MONSTER CAFE this Halloween, so if you’re in Harajuku this October, don’t miss out!

     

    *The food menu is limited to lunch time hours
    *The drinks menu is available at all times

  • TEMPURA KIDZ Collaborate With Moe Shop to Release Tapioca-Themed Song ‘Tapi Tapi’

    28.August.2019 | MUSIC

    Dance and vocal unit TEMPURA KIDZ―who have taken their boisterous personalities to 13 countries around the world―have just dropped a new song entitled Tapi Tapi in collaboration with French DJ and music producer Moe Shop.

     

    This marks their second collaboration with Moe Shop, the first being the release of UKIYO back in June.

    The bubble tea-inspired song takes on a future funk sound, a genre which Moe Shop is at the forefront of. The lyrics were written by singer-songwriter Aoi Yamazaki. It’s a colourful pop dance anthem littered with the TEMPURA KIDZ members’ unique character.

    You’re sure to be humming the words “tapi tapi” along to this catchy tune in which the members sing positive things like, “Let’s drink tapioca and be happy” and “Something good’ll happen if you live life smiling.”

     

    With the Olympics right around the corner, TEMPURA KIDZ are looking to continue their global activities to help spread Japanese culture to the world. Be sure to give Tapi Tapi a listen which is also available now on Spotify.

  • Disney Store Announces Merchandise Collaboration With Sebastian Masuda

    20.August.2019 | FASHION

    The Disney Store has announced its first ever collaboration with artist and art director Sebastian Masuda. Titled “ARTIST COLLECTION by Sebastian Masuda,” this merchandise line-up will hit Disney Stores across Japan and on the online shop on August 27.

     

    Masuda’s second “ARTIST COLLECTION,” this time he is using items from the Toy Story film series that have been sold at the Disney Store and has re-designed them through his unique lens of cute and colourful pop art.

    T-Shirt – ¥3,900 (Before Tax)

    Makeup Brush Set – ¥1,900 (Before Tax)

    The line-up spans from a Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear plush toy to key chains, notebooks, pencil cases, wristwatches, t-shirts and much more.

    Waist Bag – ¥4,900 (Before Tax)

    Backpack – ¥7,900 (Before Tax)

    As well as stationery and fashion items, the collection also includes outdoor products: namely, the waist bag and backpack which not only look gorgeous but are superior when it comes to functionality.

    The product designs are created in the same way that Sebastian Masuda makes all of his iconic projects: by using lots of different vivid items and materials.

    Don’t miss out on this toy box-like Disney Store exclusive line-up filtered through Masuda’s colourful world.

     

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  • Come Witness The Hello Kitty X KAWAII MONSTER CAFÉ HARAJUKU Collaboration

    21.July.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Sanrio and Harajuku’s KAWAII MONSTER CAFÉ have set out on a two-month collaboration which will run until September 1. Sitting at the heart of Harajuku, which is the home of kawaii culture, the KAWAII MONSTER CAFÉ is topping up its kawaii powers with the release of Hello Kitty collaboration meals and merchandise that you cannot obtain from anywhere else.

    For the collaboration, Hello Kitty has transformed her look, turning into a kawaii Harajuku girl. 

    Once you enter the café, you will immediately notice the giant cake-shaped merry-go-round called the SWEETS GO ROUND. This time, you will notice that Hello Kitty’s head garnishes the top of the cake.

    Make your way through the cafe and you will eventually come across the Mel-Tea Hello Kitty Room, which is a special room that must be reserved in order to experience. On pink tatami flooring sits multiple low tea tables, representing the traditional culture of Japan in a colouful pop style. Foreigners would  just love to spend some time in this room. Looking around the room, the macarons and strawberries remain in their usual places. 

    You will notice Hello Kitty’s ribbon and even many Hello Kitty stuffed toys also decorating the room. This entire new kawaii world locked in this room was created by Sebastian Masuda. Surrounded by a world of pastel colours and kawaii decorations, you just have to take photos. 

    Reservations

    If you wish to book the Mel-Tea Hello Kitty Room, please talk to a member of staff. 

    Tel: 03−5413−6142

    Reservation Times

    Weekdays: 11:00, 13:00, 15:00

    Sundays/ Weekends: 11:00, 13:00, 15:00, 17:00, 19:00

    ※ Two-hour time slots ※ Number of seats is limited

     

    This is a unique opportunity to taste only the most kawaii of menus as Hello Kitty teams up with the KAWAII MONSTER CAFÉ. Let’s check out the menu!

    Colourful Pop Hello Kitty Burger: ¥1,680 (before tax) 

    Hello Kitty Harajuku Rainbow Curry: ¥1,580 (before tax)

    Harajuku X KAWAII X Hello Kitty SWEETS GO ROUND Cake: ¥1,480 (before tax)

    Harajuku KAWAII 原宿 KAWAII Poison Parfait: ¥2,480 (before tax )

    There are also many Harajuku-style Hello Kitty goods that you should check out. The biscuits and stickers would make the perfect souvenirs.

    Not only has the food been given a Hello Kitty upgrade, but the MONSTER CAFÉ’s iconic Monster Girls have also transformed their look for the Hello Kitty collaboration. If you are a fan of Hello Kitty or kawaii culture, you absolutely must check this out. 

     

    If you ever find yourself in Harajuku, please consider stopping by the KAWAII MONSTER CAFÉ to witness the Hello Kitty collaboration project. 

  • Sebastian Masuda And Other Phenomenal Artists Create Outstanding Doraemon Exhibition

    17.July.2019 | SPOT

    28 artist groups and individuals have created artistic pieces to represent Japan’s favourite animated character Doraemon. From July 12 to September 23, 2019, you can see these magnificent creations at the Doraemon Exhibition Osaka 2019 which will take place at Osaka Culturarium at Tempozan.

    The Doraemon Exhibition Osaka 2019 features a range of artists who exhibit their works in Japan and even in foreign countries. This is a fantastic chance to meet a range of new Doraemon that the world has never seen. This event covers a range of genres through modern art that is overflowing with creativity and dedication for the anime character that has grasped the nation. 

    On July 11, the day before the opening of the exhibition, there was a special opening ceremony and private viewing event held exclusively for staff and the press, which was a massive success. 

     

    Press releases of the event reveal that artists Yasumasa Morimura and Sebastian Masuda were present at the ceremony for photos and greetings. 

    Yasumasa Morimura commented with deep emotion: “I am so happy to have finally taken part in the Doraemon Exhibition. For this creation, I used lots of paper to make the costumes. I collaborated with Junko Koike, collecting lots of Doraemon manga as raw materials for the dress. As Doraemon has the power to manipulate time and space, and has the ability to create a door that leads to anywhere he desires, I thought a grey dress would be appropriate. In fact, the entire exhibition venue is just like the inside of Doraemon’s pocket ー it is packed with the work of 28 solo artists and groups. What a fun experience it is. I hope that many people in the Kansai region come see this,” he explained.

    Sebastian Masuda commented: “I’m actually the same age as Doraemon and I share the same birthday as Noby; the main character from the series. I was born with a love for Doraemon.”

     

    He then commented on his art piece: “I actually wanted to make it as big as the Budha statue at Todaiji Temple in Nara, but we wouldn’t be able to fit it in the venue so I made it two metres tall instead”, he laughed. “I collected materials from markets from all around the world, so the final piece is literally made up of the colours of the world,” he continued. 

     

    His message to the people of Osaka is: “I would love it if lots of children came to see this. It would really make my day to hear reactions from them like “whoa, it’s huge” or “that’s so cool!””

     

    Please come stop by to visit your favourite Doraemon!

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