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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    Photography: 佐藤里奈

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    Q-pot. Accessories

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

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    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

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    Moon Twilight Soda

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    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.

     

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    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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    PLAY! DIVERSITY SHIBUYA and Airbnb launched a new website on July 2 which lets people experience Shibuya tourism and all things Shibuya online.

    The online project comes in response to the economic slump that Shibuya has faced as a result of COVID-19 which has meant less tourism. The website will feature a host of unique content that captures the essence of the Shibuya experience.

    The first entry to the website will see KABA taking users on a virtual walk through the city of Shibuya. KABA, an activist for the LGBTQ community in Japan, was appointed as an official Tourism Ambassador of Shibuya this year. As well as this, the energetic Akkun, another Shibuya Tourist Ambassador and influencer amongst Shibuya’s youth, will also be hosting a “Shibuya Sake School.” There is much more content to enjoy right now too, and the website is set to expand even more.

     

    Other features include the “WANDER COMPASS” which lets users learn about Shibuya’s history and visit local spots through a virtual tour, and Shibuya TSUTAYA O-EAST’s own DJ Bar “AZUMAYA” is showcasing how to make Japanese cocktails using various Japanese ingredients and spices.

     

    Visit Shibuya from the comfort of your own home using Airbnb and PLAY! DIVERSITY SHIBUYA’s special new website.

  • New York Ramen Bar Kuro-Obi to Open First Japanese Branch in Shibuya

    05.July.2020 | FOOD

    New York-based ramen bar Kuro-Obi has announced that it’s opening it first Japanese branch in the food hall of Shibuya’s new shopping centre RAYARD MIYASHITA PARK on August 4, 2020.

    Kuro-Obi was established in New York back in 2014. To date, it has opened 6 branches across the US as well as one branch in Singapore. It specialises in “tori paitan”, a silky chicken-base broth. The new Japanese ramen bar will serve many different tori paitan ramen dishes takeout style, which is common in the US. All ramen served here is served in paper cups rather than bowls, so it can be eaten both in the food hall or taken away.


    Added to the rich soup broth and noodles is moist chicken char siu, soft-boiled egg, negi spring onion, and fried onion chips. The black pepper used adds a kick to the overall flavour. Thick noodles are also used.

    “Ramen is Freedom” is the theme of Kuro-Obi’s brand in Japan, with which they aim to challenge the new possibilities of ramen.

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