The Leo Lionni Cafe in Ginza Extended Its Running Period and Refreshed Its Menu
19.July.2019 | FOOD
The Leo Lionni cafe located at Sunday Brunch, MARRONNIER GATE GINZA 1 is remaining open for a longer period due to popular demand. The limited-time cafe will now be open until September 29. This cafe is themed around the world of Leo Lionni; a famous children’s picture book author whose illustrated stories include Swimmy and Frederick. Some of his works have even featured in school textbooks. After much anticipation, the cafe has released a brand new menu.
The renewed menu includes three new items which are based on Frederick; the story which has been praised as Lionni’s best and most popular by both children and adults. A new Frederick-themed meal, cake and drink will be made available from July 20. When you order the Frederick-themed meal, the world of Frederick will unfold before you as if it has been cut straight out of the book and served up on a plate. There is no doubt that you will find these dishes so cute that you will not want to eat them.
Frederick’s Sunny Soup and Rice: ￥1,480
This is a corn, pumpkin and minced chicken dish served with a cold soup and brown rice. This depicts the image of Frederick collecting the sun as he does in the story. The rice is served hot.
“I know it” Cheesecake: ￥1,250 (price with drink set)
This is a baked cheesecake made using rhubarb and summer berries sourced from Hotaru Noen Tatsuno Farm, Nagano. This delicious cheesecake depicts the scene right at the end of the story where the mice praise Frederick saying: “but Frederick! You are a poet,” to which Frederick replies: “I know it”.
Frederick Cheese Tea: ￥900
This is a pineapple iced tea with cream cheese and a Frederick biscuit perched on the top. The pineapple flavour is sweet yet slightly sour. This is bound to leave you feeling refreshed, making it the perfect summer drink.
From July 13 to September 29, 2019, there will be a special discount campaign running at the Minna no Leo Lionni Ten; an exhibition dedicated to Lio Lionni which is currently running at the Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art. Please consider stopping by.
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Leo Lionni Cafe
Running: April 3 ー September 29, 2019
Opening Hours: 11:00 ー 21:00
Last orders: Food: 20:00, cakes/drinks: 20:30
Reservations can be made for until 5 pm. Customers without reservations will be served on a first-come-first-served basis after 5 pm.
Running at: Sunday Brunch MARRONNIER GATE GINZA 1 (4th floor)
Address: 2 Chome-2-14 Ginza, Chuo City, Tokyo
＊ New menu will be released on July 20
Official Website: http://leolionnicafe.com/
Minna no Leo Lionni Ten Exhibition (Tokyo)
Location: Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art
Running: July 13 ー September 29, 2019
Opening Hours: 10:00 ー 18:00 (Last entries accepted until: 17:30)
Closed: Mondays (Exceptions: July 15, Aug 12, September 16, 23)
Minna no Leo Lionni Ten Exhibition X Leo Lionni Cafe Reciprocal Discount Scheme
If you attend the Minna no Leo Lionni Ten Exhibition held in Shinjuku and retain your ticket or ticket stub, you can exchange it at the Leo Lionni Cafe for a ￥100 discount off your meal. Likewise, if you attend the Leo Lionni Cafe, you will be presented with a ￥100 discount for entry to the Minna no Leo Lionni Ten Exhibition.
※ ￥100 will be taken off your meal price at the Leo Lionni cafe for every exhibition ticket presented.
※ Please be aware that ￥100 discounts for the Leo Lionni Exhibition will no longer be available once stocks have been fully depleted.
Tokyo Disneyland’s Hot Jungle Summer Event Offers Up Flames, Drenching Water & Delicious Food
Hi, everyone! It’s Midori from MMN’s editorial team.
Donald Duck is the star of Tokyo Disneyland right now with his Hot Jungle Summer festival that is running right now until September 1. It is packed full of events, limited time food and exclusive goodies all themed around summer.
The limited time food is taking on water and fire motifs with restaurants serving up both cool and refreshing looking items and hot summery items. I paid a visit to the festival together with Kanako so we could try out these seasonal meals and drinks.
Sparkling Drink (Blue Syrup) – ¥380
We headed over to Boiler Room Bites located inside Adventureland and tired out their blue coloured “sparkling drink.” Blue syrup is added to the cup inside which chewy pieces of jelly bob up and down in the soda. Its appearance alone is enough to cool you down, it’s really pretty!
They sell other sparkling drinks too, including a red coloured one with raspberry syrup and a yellow one with lemon syrup. It’s cute and fun for you and your friends to get different coloured ones♡
For an extra ¥350 you can also get this huge yellow souvenir straw with Donald on the front. Simply kawaii♡
Cream Shaved Ice (Tropical Fruits) – ¥550 (Tax Included)
The tropical fruits flavour of Tokyo Disneyland’s popular cream shaved ice is available for the festival only. It’s a mix of shaved ice and soft serve ice cream.
It’s sold at Troubadour Tavern in Fantasyland and comes with huge pieces of pineapple. It’s not too sweet and is the perfect refreshment for the hot summer weather.
Special Set: ¥960 (Tax Included)
You can get this special set at the refreshment corner of World Bazaar. It comes with a bright red hot dog topped with cheese and a vegetable sauce packed full of veggies. The sauce is spicy and will whet your appetite!
It also comes with a drink and fries so you’re sure to get your lunchtime fill.
Special Set: ¥1,080 (Tax Included)
Camp Woodchuck Kitchen in Westernland is popular for its turkey legs. This mouthwatering set comes with a tasty hamburger seasoned with curry sauce and topped with cheese. Even in the hot summer this one is a must-try. It also comes with fries and a drink.
The restaurant sells a whole load of other bites too like the onigiri burger, waffle sandwiches and more, all ideal for lunch. Sift through the menu and make your choice♡
Mango Milk Soft Serve Ice Cream w/ Raspberry Sauce – ¥400 (Tax Included)
If you want ice cream then you’ll want to head to Squeezer’s Tropical Juice Bar in Adventureland where they’re selling mango and milk flavoured soft serve ice cream drizzled in raspberry sauce. The sweetness of the ice cream and sourness of the raspberry sauce go together really well. It’s available for a limited time only so don’t miss out!
That goes for everything else listed here, it’s all limited-time-only, so if you’re in Tokyo this summer then be sure to head on over ASAP!
Hot Jungle Summer
Running: July 9, 2019 – September 1, 2019
Bring Back Childhood Memories At The Lisa and Gaspard Afternoon Tea Collaboration Café
15.July.2019 | FOOD
From July 25 to August 28, four Afternoon Tea shops will be collaborating with the French picture book Gaspard and Lisa to celebrate the book’s 20th anniversary. The collaboration will only be running at the following branches: AEON Lake Town kaze, Koshigaya, LaLaport Yokohama, Terrace Mall Shonan and Nagoya LACHIC.
Tomboy Lisa Katsu Curry Plate (Drink included): ￥1,491 (after tax)
Lisa’s Tomato Chicken Curry (Kids Drink included) : ￥1,005 (after tax)
The Tomboy Lisa Katsu Curry Plate consists of a European-style curry with a crispy chicken cutlet and carrot marinade. There is also a sweet apple and honey tomato chicken curry which is limited to kids only.
Peach Peach Clown Parfait Straight Out of the Picture Book: ￥1,404 (after tax)
Lisa and Gaspard Strawberry/ Melon Sundae Sodas: ￥864 (after tax)
The menu also includes desserts and drinks from the picture book. For example, the peach peach clown parfait and two flavours of Lisa and Gaspard Sundae Soda. Make sure you order one of these drinks to go with one of the five delicious collaboration meals.
During the collaboration period, the tea shop will be decorated with a special Lisa and Gaspard theme. There will be photo spots and even a book corner with 20 Lisa and Gaspard books (limited to Nagoya LACHIC only).
This is the perfect place to enjoy a special summer meal with your family so please check it out!
©2019 Anne Gutman & Georg Hallensleben / Hachette Livre
Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Mickey Mouse Gratin Pie
With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s easy recipe! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.
Today, I will show you the perfect recipe for using the Mickey Mouse bread warmer you can buy online at Belle Maison. The warmer can be used for bread, pies and more. They will keep your food from going cold and drying out so it’ll still be as delicious as when you put it in!
Frozen pie sheets
2. Leave the pie sheets to come to room temperature for 5-10 minutes and then roll out slightly.
3. Cut out two large circles for the face. If you don’t have a cutter you can substitute it with a cup or something similar
4. Take one of the circles and cut a smaller size circle like below.
5. Using egg yolk, stick the hollow circle from Step 4 onto the circle from Step 3. For the ears, check the size of the face you have cut out and cut them accordingly. Affix to the face with egg yolk.
6. Layer egg yolk over the years and the outside of the face and then pierce holes with a fork all over.
7. Add the frozen gratin to the middle and bake at 200℃ for 13-15 minutes.
The recipe may be simple but looks just like something sold at Mamma Biscotti’s Bakery in Tokyo Disneyland! You can add mint sauce to the middle or even make it a meat pie. Whatever you do it’s sure to be delicious!
Pop into your bread warmer for cute presentation. These make for great nibbles to share with people!
Kaori invites you into her world of character-themed food dishes in her recipe series. Be sure to check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!
Price: ¥1,080 (Tax Included)
Catch Your Favourite Pokémon at the Pokémon Café in Nihonbashi
Hello, everyone. I’m Ren Koseki.
Whether it’s the anime series, Pokémon Go or one of the many other games, the Pokémon franchise is loved by kids and adults alike. There was even the recent Detective Pikachu movie which was a huge hit as well! Obviously I went to see it too. That fluffy Pikachu was just too cute. Check out my Detective Pikachu hat in the photo.
I absolutely adore Pokémon and find myself often dining together with them at the Pokémon Café. Today, I’d like to show you all what it’s like there!
The Pokémon Café is located inside the Pokémon Center (a merchandise shop) on the 5th floor of Nihombashi Takashimaya S.C.. It’s important to keep in mind that the café is reservation-only. You must book a specific time slot before going. You can do this by heading to the café’s official website.
Pokémon roam all around the café – it’s like a dream come true for all fans! Trying to spot them all is another part of the fun of coming here.
There’s a photo spot inside with two Pikachu in the background wearing cute staff uniforms. Expect to see Pikachu in many different forms like this which you won’t find anywhere else.
Of course, the food and drinks on the menu are all Pokémon-themed too. Here is the drink I ordered:
Choose-Your-Own-Pokémon Latte: ¥756 (Tax Included)
The café’s classic latte. You can choose to have latte art from all Pokémon up to No. 251 in the Pokédex. I ordered the Detective Pikachu version of Jigglypuff. I didn’t want to ruin the beautiful art so it was hard to drink!
And for food…
Eevee Teriyaki Chicken Burger: ¥1,598 (Tax Included)
I ordered the Eevee burger which is available for a limited time until September 6. The café menu has regular options as well as limited-time-only items too so you’re bound to see something new every time you visit.
Most importantly however is that you can expect a visit to your table from a real Pokémon!
Whoa, so fluffy! Eevee came to visit me this time around. You will get a visit from either Pikachu or Eevee. This was my 4th or 5th time at the café but the first time I got to encounter Eevee!
The Pokémon are led to each table by the staff to strike cute poses for you, and you’re free to take as many photos and videos are you like!
This is my personal recommendation, but it’s fun to take a photo together with your latte art and plush toy of your favourite Pokémon.
It looks like my Squirtle is enjoying itself too.
And that’s the Pokémon Café, a dreamland for any Pokémon lover. Be sure to visit♡
Address: 2-1-2 Nihombashi | Nihombashi Takashimaya SC East Bldg. 5F, Chuo 103-0027, Tokyo Prefecture
Business Hours: 10:30-22:00
Access: 5-minutes on foot from Tokyo Station’s Yaesu North Exit via JR Line / 5-minutes on foot from Nihonbashi Station’s B2 Exit via Tokyo Metro Ginza Line and Tozai Line / 4-minutes on foot from Nihonbashi Station via Toei Asakusa Line
Official Website: https://www.pokemoncenter-online.com/cafe/
Earns charismatic support as a model from young girls. She appears in a variety of media with her cute appearance which says things you cannot imagine and speaks the opinions of a generation. She also films, edits and posts videos on her YouTube channel, ‘Ren Channel.’
Pompompurin Cafe Collaborates With Bonobono To Release Cute Summer Menu
08.July.2019 | FOOD
Pompompurin cafe Harajuku, Umeda and Yokohama will be collaborating with much-loved manga and anime character Bonobono. The collaboration will see a new menu make its way to the three Pompompurin cafes from July 11 to September 1, 2019.
The theme of the collaboration is Bonobono and Pompompurin on a fun trip to the beach. The collaboration menu includes four meals that are both cute and delicious enough to fully satisfy both Bonobono and Pompompurin fans.
Two friends swimming in white curry: ￥1,290 (before tax)
Order the white curry dish and you will see the two pals are wearing matching mushrooms as hats. Pompompurin has come prepared to swim in the curry with a lifering made from a crispy mochi wafer (monaka). The two friends seem to be having lots of fun on their beach trip. The dish is decorated with large and colourful vegetables, shellfish-shaped ham and starfish-shaped bell pepper. This healthy dish is both filling and beautiful.
Pompompurin English Muffin and Bonobono Doria (Doria: rice casserole dish with a creamy white sauce) ￥1,390 (before tax )
In the English muffin and doria meal, a slice of English muffin is topped with vegetables and a burger. Pompompurin’s face is drawn on a slice of cheese that is placed on top. The meat doria is a casserole topped with a creamy white sauce, decorated with Bononono’s face. Both the pals are seen expressing their friendship by wearing matching berets. This comes as a set with a salad topped with shellfish-shaped ham and chips. What a filling meal.
Pompompurin Pancake Featuring Bonobono : ￥1,090 (before tax)
The pancake dessert plate features a Pompompurin pancake alongside a Bonobono sherbet that is ramune flavoured. The sherbert might be your first time tasting the unique Japanese flavour of ramune. Ramune is a Japanese soft drink that is blue in flavour and perfect for the summer. Make sure to leave enough room for dessert!
Good Pals in a Fluffy Soda ♪: ￥900 (before tax)
Order the fluffy soda and you will be served with an ocean blue drink. Blue curaçao liqueur and grapefruit syrup are mixed with soda and topped with whipped cream. On top of the drink sits a mango ice cream-flavoured Pompompurin and a marshmallow Bonobono. This refreshing drink depicts the image of the two friends enjoying a swim in the blue ocean.
Customers who order from the limited-time collaboration menu will receive a free postcard.
All customers who dine in the café will receive a free table mat. Those who order a drink will receive a free drink coaster.
※ These will no longer be given to customers when stock runs out.
Fill yourself with delicious and cute meals and drinks.
© Mikio Igarashi /Takeshobo, Fuji TV, Eiken © 1996, 2019 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO.S601363
Pompompurin Cafe, Harajuku
Address: CUTE CUBE HARAJUKU (floor 3), 1-7-1, Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00 ー 21:00 (Last orders: 20:00) / (Drinks last orders: 20:30)
Pompompurin Cafe, Umeda
Address: Hankyu Sambangai South Bldg. Basement floor 2, 1-1-3 Shibata, Kita-ku, Osaka
Opening Hours: Weekdays: 11:00 ー 22:00（Last orders: 21:30), Weekends/national holidays: 10:00 ー 22:00 (last orders: 21:30)
Pompompurin Cafe, Yokohama
Address: YOKOHAMA SOTETSU SQUARE, 2 Chome-1-5 Minamisaiwai, Nishi Ward, Yokohama,
Opening Hours: 10:00 ー 21:00 (Last orders: 20:30)
Bonobono Official Website: http://www.bonoanime.jp/
Pompompurin Cafe Official Website: http://pompom.createrestaurants.com
FANCL Ginza Square Opens Onsen Hot Spring That You Can Walk Into Wearing Your Clothes
22.January.2021 | SPOT
FANCL has brought the hot spring experience to its flagship site FANCL Ginza Square for a limited time with a variety of content that makes visitors feel like they’ve come to a Japanese onsen. The experience, named Tabi Suru Square Yu, is running until February 11, 2021.
Café au Lait / Fruit au Lait / Soy Milk Aojiru – ¥300 Each
Reiwa Honzen (FANCL Ginza Square Floor 9F)
Lunch Sana Winter Seafood Bento | ¥3,500
Winter Dinner Seafood Course | From ¥9,000
FANCL BROWN RICE MEALS (FANCL Ginza Square Floor B1F)
Hiroshima Oyster & Spinach Risotto Parmesan Cheese Galette Lunch Set | ¥1,850
Tomato Cream Pasta Lunch Set ¥1,850
Original Hand Towel
FANCL Ginza Square Onsen Essentials Set | ¥3,668
Breathing exercises at SUU-HAKU
At Tabi Suru Square Yu, visitors can enter a room that fully recreates the experience of being in a hot spring. The room is set at the same temperature, is filled with the same aromas, and is decorated in the same way. Visitors sit on one of the relaxation sheets to soak up the experience – effectively getting into a hot spring without having to change their clothes.
A variety of classic drinks and dishes sold at hot springs in Japan will also be sold, and visitors can get involved in the breathing exercises on offer.
SNOOPY MUSEUM TOKYO’s PEANUTS Cafe Serves Up New Menu Items Inspired by the Comics
18.January.2021 | FOOD
The PEANUTS Cafe at SNOOPY MUSEUM TOKYO rolled out new menu items on Saturday (January 16) as part of a new exhibition called “Snoopy to Kyoudai” (Snoopy and Siblings) featuring a sandwich and desserts inspired by scenes from the beloved Peanuts comics.
The New Menu Line-Up
Snoopy Flower Basket Sandwich | ¥1,400 (Before Tax)
This flower basket is based on a scene when Snoopy meets with his siblings who pay him a visit after he recovers from being unwell and they eat sandwiches together. The tasty sandwiches are stuffed with pastrami beef and veg so you too can get your fill like Snoopy. The basket also comes with mini corn dogs and crispy fries. This is one to share (or hog all to yourself!)
Olaf’s Pancakes | ¥1,200 (Before Tax)
These pancakes are inspired by Olaf, who was first introduced in the ocmics as the winner of the Ugly Dog Contest. They are loaded with ice cream, fruit, a whole Japanese custard pudding, fresh cream, and a drizzle of caramel sauce.
Belle’s Raspberry Milkshake | ¥900
A doughnut-topped raspberry milkshake like the one that appears in the comics. It’s a nod to Belle, Snoopy’s only sister.
©2021 Peanuts Worldwide LLC (短縮形 ©2021 Peanuts)
PEANUTS Cafe SNOOPY MUSEUM TOKYO
Running: January 16, 2021 – July 11, 2021
Address: Minami-Machida Grandberry Park Park-Life Site, 3-1-1 Tsuruma, Machida, Tokyo
PEANUTS Cafe Official Website: http://www.peanutscafe.jp/snoopymuseum-tokyo/
Tokyo’s Kirby Café Whips Up Chocolate and Fruit Loaded Limited-Time Menu
The Kirby Café in Tokyo, which is based entirely around the popular Kirby video game series, will release a new limited-time menu on January 15 called ‘Chocolate de PUPUPU’ which will be served until February 28. The fruit and chocolate-packed line-up features three items. Item names are translated from Japanese by MMN.
The ‘Chocolate de PUPUPU’ Menu
Kirby Café’s Stovetop Dessert Pizza ~Looking Out the Chocolate Train Window~ | ¥1,380 (Before Tax)
Waddle Dee Also Loves Chef’s Chocolate Pan Stew! | ¥1,480 (Before Tax)
Old Odyssey | ¥780 (Before Tax)
Which of these delightfully cute treats do you want to inhale?
Running: January 15, 2021 – February 28, 2021
Official Website/Table Reservations: https://kirbycafe.jp
discord Yohji Yamamoto x HUNTER Pet Accessories Drop in Tokyo
08.January.2021 | FASHION
discord Yohji Yamamoto, a luxury accessory brand spearheaded by Yohji Yamamoto, has launched a collaboration with German pet brand HUNTER to release a collection of dog collars, leads, and other accessories like bags and wallets.
HUNTER was established in 1980 and has gone on to mark its territory across the world as a provider of high quality pet goods, praised for for the design, functionality, and safety of its products.
Black Dog Collar & Lead
The dog collars are fitted with studs as part of the collaboration. Both the collar and lead feature the same colouring as discord Yohji Yamamoto’s products, arriving in the brand’s signature black as well as beige, the latter of which is often used for its bags and small leather products. They are also clipped with a signature charm which has a design symbolising the collaboration.
Beige Dog Collar & Lead
The accessories are made from elk leather which is soft and made extra durable with double layering. Having the collar and lead the same colours also adds a sophistication to the design when fitted on a dog.
The collection will be released at discord Yohji Yamamoto stores in GINZA SIX, Shibuya PARCO, and Isetain Shinjuku, as well online. More details can be found on the official website here.
discord Yohji Yamamoto Black / Beige Selection
Y BACKPACK Nylon Studs | ¥148,000
ORIGAMI Tote | ¥98,000
Triple Clutch | ¥58,000
Diagonal Bag | ¥45,000
Y SERIES Studs
Y BODYBAG Studs | ¥138,000
Y BACKPACK Studs | ¥158,000
Small Leather Goods
Card Mini Wallet | ¥17,000
Key Wallet | ¥20,000
discord Yohji Yamamoto x HUNTER
discord Yohji Yamamoto GINZA SIX
Address: GINZA SIX Floor 2F, 6-10-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Product Page: https://www.yohjiyamamoto.co.jp/shopinfo-detail/?id=6545
discord Yohji Yamamoto Shibuya PARCO
Address: Shibuya PARCO Floor 1F, 15-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo
Product Page: https://www.yohjiyamamoto.co.jp/shopinfo-detail/?id=6545
discord Yohji Yamamoto Isetan Shinjuku
Address: Isetan Shinjuku Main Building Floor 1F (Handbags), 3-14-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Product Page: https://www.yohjiyamamoto.co.jp/shopinfo-detail/?id=6523
discord Yohji Yamamoto Official Website: https://theshopyohjiyamamoto.jp/shop/c/c50/
Harajuku’s BOTANIST Tokyo Reveals its Spring 2021 Menu
06.January.2021 | FOOD
BOTANIST’s flagship shop BOTANIST Tokyo is set to begin serving up its spring season menu for the new year at its second floor BOTANIST Cafe from January 8 to March 31.
Quinoa Teapot Salad & Potage (Vegan-Friendly) | ¥1,500 (Tax Included)
A sophisticated salad of quinoa, crunchy carrot and red onion, tomato, and more, all served in a cute teapot.
Salmon Salad & Waffles | ¥1,500 (Tax Included)
Naturally sweet vegan waffles with lime-drizzled vegetables and served with slightly salted salmon and cream cheese. Pour over the maple syrup to make the cream cheese even richer and enjoy a completely different flavour.
Cherry Blossom Jelly & Fromage Mousse (Vegan-Friendly) | ¥50 (Tax Included)
Refreshing cherry blossom flavoured jelly made with rich and velvety soy cream. The cherry blossom petal topping and sparkly appearance of the jelly makes this a luxurious looking dessert.
Cherry Blossom Chiffon Cake | ¥800 (Tax Included)
A fluffy cherry blossom chiffon cake dusted with cherry blossom powder. It’s a sweet and subtly salty mix topped with fresh cream.
Left: Three Berry Smoothie, Right: Strawberry & Raspberry Sweet Sake Smoothie (Vegan-Friendly) | ¥850 Each (Before Tax)
The Three Berry Smoothie incorporates the chunky texture of strawberries, sweetness of blueberries, and tangy taste of raspberries, creating a rich but not overly-sweet beverage. The Strawberry & Raspberry Sweet Sake Smoothie is one to go for if you love amazake.
Strawberry Decoration Hot Chocolate (Collaboration Drink) | ¥800 (Tax Included)
This luxurious strawberry hot chocolate is made in collaboration with Dari K, a craft chocolate maker who uses high quality cacao beans from Indonesia.
Select items on the spring menu are available for takeout as well as via Uber Eats in Japan, perfect for enjoy an indoor hanami this year.
BOTANIST Tokyo’s first floor shop will also release its spring series of products, such as the limited edition Botanical Spring Hair Perfume.
Address: 6-29-2 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
TEL: Floor 1F Shop: 03-5766-3777 / Floor 2F Cafe: 03-5766-3778
Opening Hours: 11:00-19:30 (Currently operating on decreased hours)
Official Website: https://shop.botanistofficial.com/
Tuck Into a Strawberry and Herb Full Fruit Course at Fruits Salon in Ginza
01.January.2021 | FOOD
Fruits Salon, a cafe inside Beauty Connection Ginza that serves full courses of fruit, has introduced a new strawberry and herb course to its menu which is being served until February 1, 2021.
Fruits Salon opened in November last year and garnered much attention for its full course fruit dishes. In August, the cafe served up the “Peach Full Course” which proved super popular. Last month, they offered a menu centred on juicy and sweet grapes. For December and January, the course features four items that combine the taste of seasonal strawberries and fragrant herbs.
Strawberry & Herb Full Course | ¥4,400 (Tax Included)
1st Plate: Shortcake
The first plate is a strawberry herb shortcake which contrasts beautiful red strawberries with white cream. It contains a jam made with milk sauce and gin, resulting in a harmonious balance between sweet and sour.
2nd Plate: Soup
The second plate is a hot strawberry and elderflower soup, combined with a mix of creamy yogurt, pistachio salt, and red wine reduction.
3rd Plate: Parfait
The third plate is the main: a milk gelato parfait with sorbet and chamomile. It also contains granita and champagne. The glass is completely stuffed to the brim and overflowing with sweet treat delights.
This extravagant full course is booking-only and lasts 90 minutes. That’s 90 minutes of pure indulgence.
Beauty Connection Ginza Fruits Salon
Address: GINZA gCUBE 2F, 7-9-15 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00
Official Website: https://www.beauty-connection.jp/fruits/
Japan’s Kirby Cafe to Celebrate the Near Year With a Special 2021 Menu Addition
The Kirby Cafe in Tokyo has announced a seasonal dish for the new year as part of the cafe’s “Sweet NEW YEAR 2021” celebration which it will begin serving from January 1, 2021.
Kirby Burger & New Year Dessert | ¥1,980 (Before Tax)
The dish comes with a miniature version of Kirby Cafe’s popular burger on a teeny-tiny plate measured at just 10cm in circumference.
The mini dish looks super cute lined up next to the cafe’s plush toys.
The plate that the food is served on comes as a free souvenir which you can take home with you after eating. These will be limited in stock so will be available while supplies last for the New Year.
Sweet NEW YEAR 2021
Kirby Burger & New Year Dessert
Serving: January 1, 2021 – January 31, 2021
Kirby Cafe Official Website/Table Reservations: https://kirbycafe.jp
KAWAII MONSTER CAFE HARAJUKU Collaborates With Ty On Photo Room and Food
18.December.2020 | FOOD
The KAWAII MONSTER CAFE in Harajuku is celebrating its 5th anniversary with a special collaboration with the multinational toy company Ty. The collaboration is running from December 18, 2020 to January 17, 2020.
©︎Ty Inc.Oak Brook,IL USA
Photo Spot: “My Ty Room”
©︎Ty Inc.Oak Brook,IL USA ©︎KAWAII MONSTER CAFE
KAWAII MONSTER CAFE’s iconic Mel-Tea-Room has been transformed into the “My Ty Room” with fluffy plush toys adoring a bed and making for a truly kawaii photo spot. There are also panels detailing more about Ty for people to get to know the brand more. If you’re in Japan for the kawaii experience, then look no further than this room for some Instagram-worthy shots.
©︎Ty Inc.Oak Brook,IL USA ©︎KAWAII MONSTER CAFE
All of Ty’s toys have their own birthdays, so to celebrate everyone’s at the same time, KAWAII MONSTER CAFE’s popular “Sweets-Go-Round” area, which features a giant moving cake stage in the middle, has been turned into the “Ty Gift Stage.” Guests will find plush toys inside and dangling out of present boxes. There will also be an appearance of a mascot of a Ty toy that has never been showcased in Japan before.
Beanie Boos Reagan the Kitty (M) / Beanie Boos Enchanted the Owl (L) / Beanie Boos Tasha Leopard (KC)
If there’s a plush toy you’re interested in you can buy it at the cafe, including toys in Christmas colours for the holiday season. The toys come in three sizes, and there’s other merch to pick up too like key rings, pencil cases, and more.
Ty x KAWAII MONSTER CAFE Collab Menu
Six menu items combine Ty’s toys with KAWAII MONSTER CAFE’s kaleidoscopic world. This includes some of Ty’s most popular characters as well as the cafe’s own character Mr Choppy.
Collab Food Menu Excerpt
Colourful Dotty Curry | ¥1,300
A colourful vegetable curry inspired by Dotty the Leopard filled with carrots, daikon radishes, beets, and more.
Colourful Pop Buger – Mr Choppy | ¥1,480
A burger based on KAWAII MONSTER CAFE’s own Mr Choppy. It’s filled with sautéed chicken and covered in a honey mustard sauce.
Gilda the Flamingo Cake | ¥950
A fresh cream-filled cake made with chocolate mousse and sat on a fluffy pancake. It also has a cute rainbow just like the one in the cafe’s Ty room.
Fantasia Cupcake | ¥900
Fantasia the Unicorn has turned into a cute cupcake with an adorable marshmallow nose.
Colourful Christmas Heather Parfait | ¥2,400 (Available until December 25)
The cafe’s popular “Colourful Poison Parfait” has been turned into Heather the Unicorn Cat, topped with strawberry, lemon, and ramune ice cream.
Ty x KAWAII MONSTER CAFE Collaboration
Location: KAWAII MONSTER CAFE HARAJUKU
Address: YM Square Bldg. 4F, 4-31-10 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:30-19:00
No Fixed Holidays
Access: 5-minutes on foot Harajuku Station via JR / 1-minutes on foot from Meiji-Jigumae Station via Chiyoda Line and Fukutoshin Line
Official Website: https://kawaiimonster.jp/day/pc/
Ginza’s Italian Restaurant FARO Earns Michelin Star
15.December.2020 | FOOD
FARO, an innovative Italian restaurant in Ginza, Tokyo, has earned itself a Michelin Star in Michelin Guide Tokyo 2021 which went on sale on December 10, 2020.
Located on the 10th floor of the Tokyo Ginza Shiseido Building, the restaurant offers a taste of contemporary Italy, fusing tradition and innovation with a menu that incorporates Japanese ingredients and culture for an original dining experience.
Chef’s Special: Potato spaghetti
The individual credited with the creation of a new food culture is FARO’s executive chef Kotaro Noda who is the only Japanese person to own two Michelin-starred restaurants in Italy. He has been at the forefront of the Italian cooking world for the past 20 years.
Vegan Menu: Daikon Mochi [Winter Season Item]
FARO puts a lot of work into its array of colourful vegan courses. These courses aren’t only aimed at vegans either – they are available to anyone wanting to eat delicious and healthy food.
The restaurant is also a display of Japanese craftsmanship, with all cutlery, crockery, table accessories, and more made using traditional Japanese methods, like the lattice work on the doors from Niigata Prefecture, the Tajimi and Arita ware, fabrics from Imabari, Edo kiriko cut glasses, and more.
The decor of FARO is an elegant and stylish fusion of both Japanese and western tastes, with a colour gradation representing the earth, sea, and sky. This colouring offers a completely different dining in both the daytime or during evening hours.
Address: 8-8-3 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: [Lunch] 12:00-13:30 / [Dinner] 18:00-20:30
Closed: Sundays/Mondays/Mid August/New Year Holidays
TEL: 0120-862-150 / 03-3572-3911
Official Website: https://faro.shiseido.co.jp/
Gintama Themed Cafes to Open in Shibuya and Sapporo in Collaboration With Tower Records
Tower Records is promoting the upcoming release of the anime film Gintama The Final by turning two of its own Tower Records Cafe branches in Sapporo and Shibuya into Gintama-themed spaces serving inspired dishes and selling exclusive merchandise.
Gintama x Tower Records Trading Acrylic Key Rings (6 Designs) | ¥800 (Before Tax)
Gintama x Tower Records Towel | ¥2,500 (Before Tax)
Get your hands on a Gintama x Tower Records key ring or towel featuring the main cast wearing Tower Records aprons just like the real-life staff at the music store chain. These items are available to pick up at 41 Tower Records stores, three Tower Records Cafes, and their official website.
Tower Records Cafe has collaborated with numerous anime series before, but this will be its first with Gintama. Two menus will be rolled out, the first being served from January 1, 2021 to January 14, 2021 and the second from January 15, 2021 to January 24, 2021. The first menu is themed on the series’s six main characters while the second menu will be based around Gintama The Final as well as the two-part anime special Gintama The Semi-Final.
Menu ① (Excerpt)
Kagura’s Tenshidon With Kombu Salad | ¥1,480 (Before Tax)
Inspired by the heroine of Gintama, Kagura, and served with her favourite vinegar kombu salad.
Toshiro Hijikata’s Mayo Chicken Nanban | ¥1,480 (Before Tax)
Hijikata is known for his love of mayo, so it was only right that this mayo chicken nanban be served with three types of mayonnaise.
Gintoki’s Week’s Worth Of Sugar Parfait | ¥1,380 (Before Tax)
A strawberry-loaded parfait with plenty of sugar content, just how Gitoki likes it.
Kotaro Katsura’s Elizabeth Dessert | ¥1,380 (Before Tax)
An Elizabeth crepe with something hidden inside…
Gintoki’s Perm Drink | ¥750 (Before Tax)
A cotton candy dessert drink inspired by Gintoki’s luscious natural perm.
Shinsuke Takasugi’s Blueberry Smoothie | ¥750 (Before Tax)
A cool blueberry smoothie whose delicious flavour comes from it being chilled in the refrigerator.
Menu ② (Excerpt)
Yorozuya’s Special Curry | ¥1,480 (Before Tax)
Inspired by the friendship between the three members of Yorozuya, with the white rice representing Gintoki, the pink (sakura denbu) Kagura, and the blue (powdered cheese) Shinpachi.
Sadaharu’s Pancakes | ¥1,280 (Before Tax)
Inspired by the pet of Yorozuya, served with three sides representing the three members.
Shinpachi’s Ramune | ¥750 (Before Tax)
A ramune based on Shinpachi, topped with a cherry to express his cherry boy-ness!
Gintama Quote Omurice | ¥1,280 (Before Tax)
Classic Japanese omurice served with one of six famous quotes in Japanese from the series. Not available at the Nagoya Sakae SKYLE or Umeda NU Chayamachi branches.
Yorozuya Gin-chan’s Takeout Drink | ¥900 (Before Tax)
A takeout drink based on Yorozuya Gin-chan with two different coloured jellies at the bottom to represent Shinpachi and Kagura with the white Calpis drink being Gintoki.
Coasters (6 Designs)
Those who reserve the bonus item ticket at Ticket Pia machines will receive one of six possible Tower Records x Gintama coasters.
Menu ① Postcards (6 Designs)
Menu ② Postcards (6 Designs)
For every item ordered on the menu, you’ll get a free postcard. This includes takeout items.
Set of 3 Bookmarkers (6 Designs)
Those who order a food item, dessert, and a drink all together will get a set of three bookmarkers.
Lunch Mat (During Menu ② Servings Only)
Those who dine at the cafe during the second menuy serving will receive a free lunch mat featuring the key visual for Gintama The Semi-Final.
Gintama x Tower Records Merch Collab
Pre-Orders: December 10, 2020
Release Date: December 24, 2020
Merch Collab Page: https://tower.jp/gintama/
Gintama x Tower Records Cafe Collab
TOWER RECORDS CAFE Shibuya
Address: Tower Records Shibuya Floor 2F, 1-22-14 Jinnan, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:45-20:50
Menu ①: December 24, 2020 – January 7, 2021
Menu ②: January 8, 2021 – January 17, 2021
*Closes at 17:20 on December 31 and closed for the day on January 1 and 2
TOWER RECODRS CAFE Sapporo PIVOT
Address: PIVOT Floor 5F, 4 Chome Minami 2 Jonishi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido
Opening Hours: 11:20-20:00
Menu ①: January 5, 2021 – January 21, 2021
Menu ②: January 22, 2021 – February 7, 2021
TOWER RECODRS CAFE Nagoya Sakae SKYLE (Takeout Menu Only)
TOWER RECORDS CAFE Umeda NU Chayamachi (Takeout Menu Only)
Menu ①: January 5, 2021 – January 14, 2021
Menu ②: January 15, 2021 – January 24, 2021
Cafe Collab Website: https://tower.jp/gintamacafe
Gintama The Final
Release Date: January 8, 2021
Official Website: https://wwws.warnerbros.co.jp/gintamamovie/
Gintama The Semi-Final (dTV Japan Only)
Episode 1: January 15, 2021
Episode 2: January 20, 2021
Official Website: https://pc.video.dmkt-sp.jp/ft/s0007147?campaign=sgm100149
Sailor Moon Eternal Cafes to Open in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Elsewhere in Japan
To promote the release of Sailor Moon Eternal, Japanese company LEGS is opening up six limited-time cafes themed on the film in five cities across Japan, beginning with Tokyo and Nagoya on December 24, 2020.
Sailor Moon Eternal is an upcoming two-part anime film set to release in 2021, with the first part dropping on January 8 and the second on February 11. The cafes, which are inspired by the films, were designed in collaboration with popular art director WATARU LINDA IGARASHI.
“Eternal Memories” is the name of the concept for the cafes which will transport customers into a magical and elegant world.
The cafe menu features an enchanting line-up of food, desserts, and drinks based on characters and references in the films.
Food & Dessert
Usagi’s Moon Floating Yogurt Bowl | Ami’s Aqua Sparkling Parfait | Rei’s Vivid Salmon Chirashi Sushi – ¥1,399 Each
Luna’s Black Sesame Paste Doughnut – ¥899 | Moon Crisis Milk Crepe!! – ¥1,599
Usagi’s Eternal Soda | Ami’s Eternal Soda | Rei’s Eternal Soda | Makoto’s Eternal Soda | Minako’s Eternal Soda – ¥899 Each
Chibiusa’s Eternal Soda Jelly | Hotaru’s Eternal Soda Jelly – ¥999 Each
The cafes will also sell their own original and exclusive merchandise to get fans excited for Sailor Moon Eternal.
Customers who book a table in advance (¥650 per person before tax) will receive one of six possible face mask faces, and for every drink ordered, one of 11 original paper coasters.
©Naoko Takeuchi・PNP / Sailor Moon Eternal Production Committee
Tokyo: TOKYO BOX cafe&space Tokyo Solamachi
Running: December 24, 2020 – February 21, 2021
Aichi: NAGOYA BOX cafe & space
Running: December 24, 2020 – March 7, 2021
Osaka: Abeno contact
Running: January 7, 2021 – February 21, 2021
Tokyo: SHINJUKU BOX cafe&space Lumine EST Shinjuku
Running: January 8, 2021 – February 28, 2021
Okinawa: Okinawa BOX cafe&space
Running: January 8, 2021 – February 28, 2021
Hokkaido: Coach & Four Shinkawa-Dori Cafe Interlude
Running: January 29, 2021 – March 14, 2021
Pretty Guardians Official Fan Club Pre-Bookings: December 4, 2020 – December 8, 202
General Pre-Bookings: December 17, 2020 at 18:00 (JST)
Cafe Official Website: https://sailormoon-cafe.jp/
Banana Fish Anime Series Gets Themed Cafe in Ikebukuro This Winter
Japanese company LEGS is opening up ‘BANANA FISH Cafe and Bar – galleries -‘ in Ikebukuro, Tokyo for a limited time from December 17, 2020 to January 24, 2021. The cafe will serve up food, drink, desserts, and merchandise based on New York, which is the setting of the Banana Fish series, and the series characters.
Banana Fish is a manga series written and illustrated by Akimi Yoshida. It was serialised in Bessatsu Shojo Comic from 1985 to 1994. An anime series aired in 2018 on Fuji TV’s Noitamina programming block and other channels which garnered the series many fans of all ages.
The cafe comes as a follow up to the 2018 and 2019 limited-time Banana Fish cafes which were also opened by LEGS. This year takes on an ‘art gallery’ theme, in which diners can immerse themselves in with a line-up of artwork to decorate the cafe.
The Menu (Excerpt/Pre-Tax Prices)
Ohashinokuni Breakfast | ¥1,399
A stylish assortment of individual foods such as natto garnished with olives and salt, zakkoku millet, fried mackerel, and more.
N.Y. HOTDOG STAND | ¥1,499
A hot dog set menu with two different hot dogs to choose from, served with a choice of a side such as fries and a drink. Comes with one of two Banana Fish paper napkins.
N.Y. Style Pancakes | ¥1,299
Classic New York-style buttermilk pancakes loaded with ice cream and banana, finished with a squirt of whipped cream, and drizzled in maple syrup.
N.Y. Style Doughnut Set | ¥999
Choose from three different doughnuts topped with pistachios and nuts together with a drink such as coffee for a classic American cafe-stop break. Comes with one of two Banana Fish paper napkins.
nori² Christmas Set ¥1,099 | nori² New Year Set ¥1,099
The nori² Christmas Set is a parfait made like a Christmas cake with sponge and strawberries. Available December 17, 2020-December 25, 2020 only.
The nori² New Year Set is a Japanese-style parfait filled with anko red bean paste, rice flour dumplings, and peach. Drizzling the mitarashi sauce over the parfait is a must! Available January 5, 2021-January 11, 2021 only.
From Left: Ash / Eiji / Shorter / Shin / Lee | ¥799 Each
Fruity and colourful drinks inspired by four characters from Banana Fish.
Customers who book a visit to the cafe in advance (¥650 per person before tax) will receive one of six possible face mask cases. Visitors will also get one of 15 replica tickets.
Additionally, for every drink ordered, they can get a free coaster from 7 possible designs.
Original Merchandise (Pre-Tax Prices)
Character Acrylic Badge (7 Designs) ¥650 Each / Memory Acrylic Badge (10 Designs) ¥650 Each
Clear Multi Case (3 Designs) ¥1,000 Each / Towel Handkerchief Set (Contains 2) ¥1,550 Each
The cafe will sell a range of original and exclusive merchandise both at the cafe and via their online shop too, so don’t miss out.
Availability Period: December 17, 2020 at 10:00 – January 24, 2021 at 23:59
Early Bird Bonus Item: One replica ticket (15 designs) *Available until December 31, 2020
Lose yourself in the world of Banana Fish at this very special limited-time cafe.
©Akimi Yoshida・Shogakukan / Project BANANA FISH
BANANA FISH Cafe and Bar – galleries –
Running: December 17, 2020 – January 24, 2021
Location: IKEBUKURO BOX cafe＆space
Address: Matsumotokiyoshi Ikebukuro Part2 Floor 4F, 1-22-8 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Closed: December 30, 2020 – January 4, 2021
Bookings: Open from November 30, 2020 at 18:00 (JST)
Booking Price: ¥650 (Before Tax) *Comes with free novelty
Cafe Official Website: https://bananafish-cafebar.jp/