Sailor Moon Show Restaurant To Open in Azabu Juban, Tokyo

18.July.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

Dining on Sailor Moon-themed food while being entertained by a live Sailor Moon musical is a dream come true for many. On August 15, 2019, a show restaurant called Sailor Moon-SHINING MOON TOKYO will open in Azabu Juban, Tokyo. 

 

Japan has already surprised many with the release of a Sailor Moon 2.5D Musical. This is a type of modern Japanese musical theatre based on anime where the characters are brought into the real world. This new show restaurant is aiming even higher, offering a completely new form of live entertainment. 

There isn’t a better place for the restaurant to open than Azabu Juban, where the Sailor Moon characters are often seen in the anime. In fact, Azabu Juban is a holy land for all Sailor Moon fans, attracting fans from all over Japan and even from overseas. Once fans heard the news of the show restaurant, excitement spread like wildfire.

 

There is no doubt that this original show is a fantastic opportunity to delve deep into the world of Sailor Moon. There will also be the opportunity to try meals and drinks that are based on the anime which is not sold anywhere else. Of course, there will also be an area dedicated to the sale of original goods. 

 

The official website was published ahead of the grand opening of the restaurant. General ticket sales will be launched at 10 am on July 21. Enjoying Sailor Moon-themed meals and drinks while being entertained by a Sailor Moon stage show is a completely unique experience that many are curious about.

 

©️Naoko Takeuchi

©️Naoko Takeuchi, PNP, Sailor Moon  –SHINING MOON TOKYO –

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    The Sailor Moon themed event USAGI BIRTHDAY SPECIAL PARTY 2019 was held at Laforet Museum Harajuku on June 30. This event has become an annual celebration in recent years to honour the birthday of Usagi Tsukino, the main character of the series. The venue was packed by countless fans.

    It began with a video of the opening for the Sailor Moon musical “Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon” The Super Live after which its cast appeared on stage to open the event: Tomomi Kasai (Sailor Moon/Usagi Tsukino), Momoko Kaechi (Sailor Mercury/Ami Mizuno), Kyoko Ninomiya (Sailor Mars/Rei Hino), Kanna Matsuzaki (Sailor Jupiter/Makoto Kino), and Yu Nakanishi (Sailor Venus/Minako Aino).

    They were followed by Kotono Mitsuishi (Sailor Moon/Usagi Tsukino) and Misato Fukuen (Sailor Chibi Moon/Chibiusa), voice cast from the TV anime series Sailor Moon Crystal. The two of them did a rerun of a radio show previously presented by Mitsuishi for members of the official Sailor Moon fan club “Pretty Guardians” where they answered questions from fans.

     

    Legendary Sailor Moon composerAkiko Kosaka was then invited on stage to answer questions from listeners. She performed La Soldier and Tuxedo Mirage from the franchise’s 400+ track discography.

     

    The event didn’t end here however, things were just getting started as a string of announcements were about to commence. New information for the Sailor Moon 25th Anniversary Project was announced.

    Firstly, it was revealed that the Sailor Moon manga series will be released digitally worldwide in 10 languages. It began rolling out on July 1.

    To celebrate this, t-shirts with illustrations from Sailor Moon author will are being released exclusively at UNIQLO through their graphic t-shirt brand UT.

    It was also announced that the franchise will celebrate with Japanese jewellery company Samantha Thavasa this fall and that this year will see the return of the popular Sailor Moon Cafe from 2017 with the new theme “Girls Night Out” this October.

    An event will also be held to commemorate the 45th anniversary of Akiko Kosaka titled “Sailor Moon x Akiko Kosaka 45h Anniversary Music History Supported by Pretty Guardians.” The line-up includes an appearance from ANZA, the first person to play Sailor Moon and Usagi in the Sailor Moon musicals back in the 90s. This two-day event will be held at Harajuku Quest Hall on November 9 and 10 with the first day focusing on piano performances and a talk and the second with a full backing band.

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    Medvedeva released the following video where she commented on the forthcoming performance.

     

     

    Pre-sale tickets for the ice skating show and Akiko Kosaka’s 45th anniversary event are now on sale over at the official Pretty Guardians fan club for 2019 members only.

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    The films are set to be released sometime next year and will be overseen by Naoko Takeuchi.

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    Photography: 佐藤里奈

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    ©Naoko Takeuchi・PNP/”Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon” The Super Live Production Committee

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  • Sailor Moon & Q-pot.’s 5th Accessory and Food Collaboration Begins June 30

    28.June.2019 | FASHION / FOOD

    Every year, dessert-inspired accessory brand Q-pot. collaborates with Sailor Moon, and this year will mark their fifth.

    Macarons are the theme this year. The collaboration will begin on June 30, the birthday of the titular character Usagi Tsukino, with the release of various accessories and menu items.

     

    Q-pot. Accessories

    Transformation Brooch Macaron: Necklace ¥15,000 (Before Tax) / Key Ring ¥13,000 (Before Tax)

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    Sailor Ribbon Macaron: Necklace ¥9,500 (Before Tax) / Bag Charm ¥7,500 (Before Tax)

    These mini macarons are inspired by each Sailor’s costume, with the pâte de fruits part representing the ribbon on each character’s breast and the macaron itself their collars. The colours too are in line with each character’s costume.

    Luna Macaron & Artemis Macaron: Necklace ¥10,000 (Before Tax) / Bag Charm ¥8,000 (Before Tax)

    Luna and Artemis who support the Sailors on their adventures have been turned into delicious-looking macaron accessories. The gem colour of the Luna accessory is based on Sailor Moon while Artemis’s is based on Sailor Venus.

    All of these accessories are packaged in this beautiful round box. Their elegant presentation makes them look like luxurious sweets.

     

    Q-pot. Cafe’s Collaboration Menu

    Transformation Brooch Macaron Cake (w/ Plate) + Drink Set: ¥3,900 (Before Tax) *Contains milk, eggs and wheat

    This gorgeous cake is made to look just like the transformation brooch macaron. It contains apricot which glistens just like when the Sailors transform and a rich mango mousse. The fancy ribbon plate it is served on can be taken away with you.

    Crystal Star Macaron Cake (w/ Plate) + Drink Set: ¥3,900 (Before Tax) *Contains milk, eggs and wheat

    Another beautiful cake, this time based on the Crystal Star Compact macaron. It contains a peach and strawberry mousse which glistens just like when the Sailors transform. This ribbon plate too can be taken away with you.

     

    Sailor Ribbon Macaron Parfait (w/ Coaster) + Drink Set: ¥2,500 (Before Tax) *Contains milk, eggs and wheat

    These parfaits topped with cute macarons are inspired by the Sailors’ costumes. They include refreshing cream cheese, milk tea mousse and different sauces depending on the character such as peach or kiwi. If you line all five up on the table it will feel like casting Sailor Planet Power!

    Sailor Afternoon Tea Set / Drink Set for 1 Person: ¥2,600 (Tax Included) *Contains milk, eggs and wheat

    If you’re looking for a little more luxury why not indulge in this tea set? It’s packed full of fruits and other delights representative of the Sailor Moon world.

    Moon Twilight Soda

    Also on the menu is the apple and lemon flavoured Moon Twilight Soda which captures the romantic instant when the sky turns a light pink colour just before it’s completely wrapped in night.

     

    There are lots of other accessories and menu items in addition to these too so be sure to check out the collaboration.

     

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  • Sailor Moon Charms, Accessories & More Merchandise Coming to Casselini This Summer

    21.June.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    Clothing and accessories shop Casselini is set to collaborate with Sailor Moon for its second time starting on July 5 when it will drop a whole array of Sailor themed accessories and items.

     

    The tote bag series―which featured designs taken from the anime series―and was popular during the first collaboration round has been revived and all-new designs. The hugely-popular cat charms are also making a return with a total of six new designs to look forward to.

    Sailor Moon Princess Serenity Cat Charm ¥6,480 (Before Tax) Release: July 5, 2019

    The “Sailor Moon Cat Charms” were a huge hit with fans in the first collection. Fans won’t be able to resist this second collection either. This time, Princess Serenity is also making an appearance. They will make for a super cute bag charm or key chain.

    Sailor Moon Crystal Star Compact Earrings ¥3,132 (Before Tax) Release Date: July 5, 2019

    These earrings have the same pattern as the Crystal Star Compact that Sailor Moon and the other Sailors use to transform. These large earrings will sway gently in the summer breeze. The colours too are also very summery, making them a perfect summertime accessory.

    Sailor Moon Choker ¥3,132 (Before Tax) Release Date: July 5, 2019

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    Sailor Moon Quilted Shoulder Bag ¥8,100 (Before Tax) Release Date: July 5, 2019

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    03.June.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    A special press preview and opening ceremony was held at Universal Studios Japan (USJ) in the run up to the park’s Universal Cool Japan 2019 event.

     

    Universal Cool Japan is an annual event held at USJ where Japanese entertainment brands and companies who promote Japan’s “cool” culture to the world come together and turn the worlds they create into attractions. This year’s event will see attractions from “6 big franchises” including the first ever Lupin the Third attraction as well as Detective ConanAttack on TitanGodzilla, Neon Genesis Evangelion and Sailor Moon. A total of eight attractions have arrived, the most in the event’s history.

     

    The opening ceremony was held at USJ’s 4D cinema theatre in the park’s Hollywood area. Japanese actor Yukiyoshi Ozawa, who has played roles in both the Japanese and Hollywood film industry, appeared as a special guest. The event was attended by a small selection of just 100 fans of the entertainment franchises introduced to this year’s Universal Cool Japan.

    When Yukiyoshi Ozawa stepped onto the dark stage donning a very stylish outfit, the crowd erupted with surprise and a flurry of cheers. When asked about struggles that have been important to him, the San Francisco-born actor responded: “When I was accepted for the Hollywood film audition, I was trembling with excitement. I thought to myself, ‘This will help me grow, and I will be able to express myself to the world.’ On the first day of shooting [the Hollywood film], I was so nervous I was shaking, but when the first day ended, I realised that the entire system for shooting films was all the same, the only difference being whether it’s in English or Japanese. That relieved my tension and I was able to concentrate on the film shoot thereafter. You only have to step outside to see, but I think that more and more of the wonderful brands and works of Japan want to be received well around the world, and I believe that Universal Studios Japan is making that big chance possible.”

     

    Dramatic music played as gigantic visuals of Attack on TitanGodzillaNeon Genesis Evangelion and Salior Moon appeared. Ozawa spoke of his experience seeing three 4D attractions that are running for the event for a limited time, praising their high quality.

     

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  • Tokyo Stroll: The Café That You Want to Visit to See Someone #11 – ‘Hatoya’ in Asakusa

    16.August.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    In this edition of The Café That You Want to Visit to See Someone, I visited Hatoya which is located in Asakusa Shin-Nakamise Arcade.

     

    The streets of Tokyo’s historical district of Asakusa are packed to end with cafés. You can be spoiled for choice, but Hatoya stood out to me in particular as it’s an especially old café. Business there began back in 1927 but the actual building was built back in the Taisho period, meaning its history spans more than 90 years ago!

     

    The outside appearance of the shop is smart and chic so it’s very easy to spot. I couldn’t tell by looking from the outside, but the inside is full of old decorations and odds and ends which make you feel the history of the café.

    One reason why I wanted to visit this place so much is because I was drawn to their logo. It’s really retro-kawaii so I just couldn’t resist!

    You should take some photos too if you visit.

    It was time to head inside. It’s really comfy and cozy in there; the atmosphere was nice and relaxed.

    Framed on the wall is a map of the Asakusa area during the Taisho era. Hatoya became famous back then because people could buy coffee for a mere 5 sen (a single sen is one-hundredth of a yen).

     

    When business first began at Hatoya, because the café was opposite the stage door of a theatre, all of the famous actors and actresses would pop in. Some include famous Japanese comedian Roppa Furukawa and film actor Kiyoshi Atsumi who played Tora-san in the film series Otoko wa Tsurai yo.

    I ordered the café’s popular hotcakes which cost ¥600. They have been making these same hotcakes since before the war.

    They were nice and fluffy and had a deliciously gorgeous brown colour. The flavour was out of this world when the butter melted from the heat of the hotcakes and mixed together with the syrup.

     

    The portion might look like a lot but they are fluffy and have a light flavour so can be finished with no problem.

    And is the café’s signature milkshake (¥500).

     

    It’s so refreshing that you can knock it back all in one go. It has a simple flavour but it tasted so good!

    I also ordered the ¥600 cream soda, my favourite beverage.

    I’ve been to many cafés, and have covered many in this series, but this is the first I have dined at with such a deep history. I found myself enthralled by the stories of the owner who has continued to treasure the café and maintained it all the same since it opened. I feel like I have learned about a world I never knew about. The next time I go to Hatoya with a friend I’ll be sure to let them in on its history. I encourage you to visit too!

     

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    15.August.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FEATURES / FOOD

    Azabu-Juban is a district in Tokyo and considered a holy ground amongst Sailor Moon fans as it is where the Sailors reside in the series. That fact is about to be set in stone as the all-new show restaurant SHINING MOON TOKYO is set to open in Azabu-Juban on August 15.

     

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    3rd place: My Captain Cheese Set (Tokyo Station-limited)

    Price: ¥1,080 (box of 8 packets)  Shop: MY CAPTAIN CHEESE TOKYO 

    Although having just opened in April 2019, this shop quickly made the rankings. From the outer packaging to the flavour, the efforts put into the making of this souvenir are clear. This brand new sweet cheese-flavoured treat is a new GRANSTA-limited souvenir.

     

    ▶︎ General Souvenirs

    1st place: Karuizawa Royal Blend

    Limit of 30 made per day 

    Price: ¥1,122 (whole loaf)/ ¥ 561 (half loaf) Shop: BOULANGERIE ASANOYA 

    The recipe used to bake this bread was deeply loved by the Kazoku; the rich and noble family class that existed during the Showa Era of Japan. This thick and fluffy loaf is made with lots of fresh cream for a rich flavour.

     

    2nd place: Suica Penguin Mamegui Wrapping Cloth and Suica Baumkuchen cake (Tokyo Station-limited)

    Prices: Mamegui Wrapping Cloth: ¥648/ Baumkuchen: ¥ 540  Shop: Mamegui (まめぐい)

    The Suica penguin, who is the mascot on the Suica smart travel card, is printed on this round Baumkuchen cake. Wrap it in the hankerchief-sized tenugui cloth and it will be the perfect petit present for your friend.  

     

    3rd place: Lemon and Shiikuwasha Lemon Vinegar (Tokyo Station-limited)

    Price: ¥1,728 (250ml) Shop: Nomusu Ekisupuresu Tokyo (飲む酢エキスプレ・ス・東京)

    This dessert vinegar has a refreshing lemon flavour. The slight bitterness of the Shiikuwasha vinegar makes it a wonderful dessert flavour. 

     

    If you are overwhelmed by the vast selection of bento lunches or souvenirs, referring to these rankings is a safe option. Have fun shopping at Tokyo Station!

  • Experience Tasting Mount Koya’s Famous Sesame Tofu at ONAKA PECO PECO in Tsukiji

    07.August.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    ONAKA PECO PECO by Rurubu Kitchen is a cafe located in Tsukiji, a district in Chuo, Tokyo. They serve rice balls filled with locally sourced ingredients from various locations in Japan. In the evenings, the rice balls can be enjoyed with delicious sake.

     

    If you visit the cafe right now you’ll be able to try sesame tofu (goma tofu) made by the long-running restaurant Kadohama. Sesame tofu is a meibutsu―or “local speciality”―of Mount Koyo.

     

    While it is possible to buy sesame tofu on Kadohama’s online store, the only places you can eat them out at is at their restaurant on top of Mount Koya or at select branches of department stores such as Mitsukoshi or Isetan. We visited ONAKA PECO PECO by Rurubu Kitchen for a taste of this exquisite collaboration.

    Mount Koya is located in the Ito district of northern Wakayama Prefecture and is home to the town of Koya. The region is encased an abundant mountainous landscape. The Japanese Buddhist monk Kūkai opened the sacred mountain around 1,200 years ago. In 2004, Mount Koya which was registered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2004 under the “Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range” category. It has since become a popular tourist destination with Japanese and foreign travellers alike.

     

    Here is the heavenly menu lineup at ONAKA PECO PECO which is packed full of Kadohama’s sesame tofu.

    There are five items which are made with the sesame tofu: an onigiri rice ball, crab soup, cold tofu, pork shabu shabu, and a drink.

    Time to tuck in and try this famous food which has been enjoyed for many years!

    White Vegetables & Steamed Pork Shabu w/ Koji Sesame Tofu Sauce – ¥800

    This dish is garnished with a generous serving of fresh white vegetables and succulent meat. It includes lotus root, enoki mushrooms, cauliflower, and pork. It also comes with a white sauce made with sesame tofu, shio koji, and sesame oil. The sauce has a mild flavour in which you can get the full glorious taste of the tofu. It’s smooth and refreshing so is a perfect pick for the hot summer.

    Sesame Tofu & Plum Cheese-Loaded Rice Ball – ¥250

    This rice ball is a flavourful combination of a sesame tofu and plum paste and lots of cheese.

    This fat rice ball is wrapped in paper like a hamburger. The rich taste of the tofu and cheese reduces the sourness of the plum, giving it a gentler flavour.

    Sesame Tofu & Egg Crab Soup – ¥400

    The soup is an amazing combination with the rice ball. It has a miso soup base filled with green onion, enoki mushrooms, and crab. The elastic-y tofu is cut into big satisfying chunks. Its rich, creamy flavour combined with the crab is to die for.

    Sesame Tofu & Sweet Sake Jelly Drink – ¥350

    The cute white-coloured beverage is a healthy mix of sesame tofu paste and sweet sake. It retains the pulpy texture of the tofu and the aftertaste is super refreshing.

    You can order the drink for takeout so you can take a stroll around the streets of Tsukiji.

    Kadohama Sesame Tofu – Eat In: ¥300 / Takeout: From ¥240

    If you’re looking to enjoy the sesame tofu on its own then you’ve got to try it with either the wasabi and soy sauce or brown sugar. You can also order this to take away too. Each box contains one piece of tofu.

    The cafe is also selling exclusive merchandise as part of the collaboration. The collection includes a t-shirt, sacoche bag, and cap. Each item has a simple design making them easy to incorporate into looks.

    Easy access to Kadohama’s sesame tofu―which is made using traditional cooking methods that have been passed down generations at Mount Koya―can only be enjoyed at ONAKA PECO PECO by Rurubu Kitchen. If you’re in Tokyo this summer, then take a trip to Tsukiji district to try this healthy and nutrient-packed tofu.

     

    Model: Ririka Satsuki

    Writer: Sayuri Mizuno (MMN Editorial Team)

    Photographer: Haruka Yamamoto

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

  • Beautiful Sailor Moon T-Shirts Released by UNIQLO’s UT Brand

    06.August.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    UNIQLO’s graphic t-shirt brand UT it collaborating with Sailor Moon to release a collection of t-shirts at UNIQLO stores across Japan and their online store on June 23.

    The original Sailor Moon manga series written and illustrated by Naoko Takeuchi was the biggest shojo manga series of the 1990’s. It has been translated into 17 languages and the anime series has been made available in over 40 countries. The Sailor Moon 25th Anniversary Project began in 2017 and has brought about new anime series, a musical and more. In July this year, the manga series was released digitally and simultaneously worldwide for the first time.

     

    To celebrate and help promote the digital distribution of the manga series, the t-shirt collection was made in collaboration with Naoko Takeuchi herself. The designs are enough to make the hearts of fans out there throb.

    This design features Sailor Moon’s iconic pose when she declares, “In the name of the moon, I’ll punish you!”

    This design showcases the classic scene when the Sailors send in their power to the Holy Grail. The dialogue has been translated into 10 languages in celebration of the international digital distribution of the manga.

    The front of this t-shirt features the series logo while the back has the Sailors and Luna each with their respective colours.

    The back of this t-shirt features Sailor Moon’s birthday scene. It comes with trendy tie-dye colouring.

    This final design has a pocket with a picturesque scene of Azabu-Jūban, a district in Tokyo where the Protagonists live. There is also a cute embroidering of Luna above it.

     

    From longtime readers to more recent fans, this is a collection you’re sure to enjoy!

     

    ©Naoko Takeuchi

  • Lolita Singer Luna Haruna Announces Surprise Solo Live Performance at Most Recent Concert

    05.August.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    Tokyo singer and lolita fashion model Luna Haruna finished her premium solo summer concert at SHIBUYA TAKE OFF7 on August 4. The concert title Lupa and Aries no gastronomie was named after her single Lupa to Aries which was released earlier this year in June and is so far only available on streaming services. Haruna performed once in the afternoon and once in the evening with a live band. She performed a total of 28 songs, including some brand new hits.

     She launched into her concert with her hit songs Stertear, Kimi Iro Signal, Stella Breeze and Overfly. She then performed her two new fairytale-themed songs Lupa to Aries and Kaiten Mokuba live for the first time. 

    Afterwards, she turned to her fans and said:

    “I challenged myself to something completely new this time. I want to show you all a side of me you have never seen before.”

    What the fans heard next was an unexpected surprise. 

    She announced that she will be performing at Mt.RAINIER HALL SHIBUYA PLEASURE PLEASURE, Tokyo on November 16. The venue, packed with fans, could not contain their excitement, responding to the glorious news with cheers of joy that echoed throughout the entire room. 

    Her recent release Kaiten Mokuba follows the same fairytale theme as Lupa to Aries. The beautiful harmonies created by the strings pierce through the strong and pressing beat of the song. This gothic fairytale song is appropriately titled Kaiten Mokuba (Carousel) to further emphasise the distorted feeling of being spun around in endless circles. Luna is an artist who represents the lolita scene for lolita fans worldwide. This fairytale video is where her true self comes alive. Her new, mysterious visuals are a fusion of lolita fashion and Alice in Wonderland themes. 

     

    Luna Haruna Music Video: Kaiten Mokuba 

    The head-spinning music video shows Luna in different lolita fashion outfits. Each outfit explores the depths of a different character from Alice in Wonderland. Watch Luna spin her way through five Alice in Wonderland-themed lolita dresses including the White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter and of course, Alice.  

    Luna will also be singing the theme song for the upcoming anime film Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Fine, which will premiere on October 26. This isn’t the first time Luna has been involved in the Saekano anime series. She performed the theme songs Kimi Iro Signal and Stella Breeze, which were the TV anime’s first and second anime openings respectively. 

     

    The anime film opening will be written by Miku Sawai, who wrote the lyrics for the TV anime’s first and second ending theme songs Colourful and Sakura Iro Diary respectively. Miku Sawai and Luna Haruna have become massive sensations in the news for their anime hits. Just what kind of chemical reaction will unfold when these two heroines collaborate on the anime film’s opening theme song? Please keep your eyes peeled for future updates. 

     

    Photos: ©美澄

  • Night Party at Harajuku’s Conveyor-Belt Dessert Cafe Ron Ron for 20 Year Olds Only

    03.August.2019 | FASHION / FOOD

    MAISON ABLE Cafe Ron Ron is a popular conveyor-belt dessert cafe in Harajuku. We visited the cafe last year when it had just dropped, so be sure to check out our cover story if you want more information.

     

    The cafe has just announced a night party that is exclusive to those in their 20’s. Titled “Cafe Ron Ron 20ty’s Night Party -PINK FRIDAY- supported by MAISON ABLE,” the event began yesterday and will run every night up to September 27.

    Customers can enjoy all-you-can-eat unlimited snacks for just ¥500 with no time restrictions. For an additional fee, you can also pick from the food menu which features 5 dishes and order from the drinks menu which includes alcohol.

    Everything on the food and drinks menu is ¥500 too, making it a delicious bargain!

    Desserts are served at varying time slots from 19:00. Depending on what time you arrive or decide to start eating the menu will change which is all part of the fun!

    The cafe has also teamed up with the fashion rental shop airCloset next door so customers can enjoy dining at Cafe Ron Ron while wearing a yukata.

    You can even continue wearing the kimono after you’ve eaten so you can stroll the streets of Harajuku, go to nearby festivals and more for an exciting day out in Japan’s youth and culture hub. The yukata can be rented by people of all ages – full details on the websites below.

  • Vegan Bubble Tea Arrives at Harajuku’s BOTANIST Tokyo Tea Stand

    30.July.2019 | FOOD

    For the whole month of August, the BOTANIST Tokyo tea stand in Harajuku is serving two different tapioca bubble tea beverages. Just 100 of each will be sold each day.

    The two delicious drink flavours include “Butterfly Pea Soy Milk Tea” and “Matcha Milk Tea.” Both beverages are made with high quality tapioca pearls from bubble tea store Bull Pulu who serve up Taiwanese pop culture with their tasty menu.

     

    Vegans shopping in Tokyo’s Harajuku and Omotesando areas will be excited to try the vegan-friendly Butterfly Pea Soy Milk Tea. Both of the drinks are also sold in eco cups and come with paper straws.

    Tapioca Butterfly Pea Soy Milk Tea – ¥600 (Tax Included)

    The vegan-friendly option is a combination of bright and colourful butterfly pea tea and soy milk. It’s laced with a tropical coconut syrup for enhanced flavour.

    Tapioca Matcha Milk Tea – ¥600 (Tax Included)

    The matcha milk tea is a combination of rich and smooth matcha foam and milk. It’s mixed with a fragrant hazelnut syrup.

    Both drinks are takeout only and are available to buy on the first floor. If you fancy a little refreshing drink while strolling through Harajuku then be sure to visit BOTANIST Tokyo.

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