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

06.August.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Pokémon, ポケットモンスター and ポケモン are registered trademarks of Nintendo, Creatures Inc. and GAME FREAK inc.

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  • Third Pokémon Smart Device Collaboration Launched by CASETiFY

    04.August.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

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

     

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

     

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

     

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

  • Pokémon Design Manholes to Begin Appearing All Across Japan

    02.August.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    The Pokémon Company has announced its plans to begin placing more Poké Lid manholes across Japan. To date there have been appearances of them in Ibusuki in Kagoshima Prefecture and within 13 towns and villages of Iwate Prefecture, but that number is about to skyrocket.

     

    Hokkaido, Fukushima Prefecture, Tottori Prefecture and Kanagawa Prefecture are all participating in the Pokémon Local Acts programme which will see an increase of Poké Lids this fall and winter. But it doesn’t stop there as there are plans to expand the number even further going into 2020. This is the first nationwide manhole design project of its kind to ever hit Japan.

    Each lid features completely original Pokémon designs making each individual one the only one in the world. The Pokémon Company plans to make each one of them PokéStops for Pokémon GO in the future.

    In line with the upcoming Pikachu Outbreak event in the Minato Mirai area of Yokohama, which is taking place from August 6, five Pikachu manhole covers will be placed around Yokohama on August 5. Only one of the designs has been revealed as pictured above, and this one will be placed in front of Sakuragichō Station. The remaining four will only be placed for a limited time―until September 1 this year―around Minato Mirai. The locations will be announced on the official website.

     

    Most of the Poké Lids are cast iron and are carefully handcrafted by artisans in a factory in Saga Prefecture. The use of craft iron allows room for intricate detail from the thickness of the lines to the angles and colours.

     

    Make sure to be on the lookout for Poké Lids when visiting in Japan in the future. Their locations will be posted on the official website once they have been placed.

     

    ©2019 Pokémon. ©1995-2019 Nintendo/Creatures Inc. /GAME FREAK inc.
    Pokémon, ポケットモンスター and ポケモン are registered trademarks of Nintendo, Creatures Inc. and GAME FREAK inc.

  • Baskin-Robbins Releases Pokémon Ice Creams, Sorbets and Cakes

    01.August.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD / Uncategorized

    Whether you’re exploring Japan with your adult pals or on a family holiday with young kids, Pokémon fans from all generations cannot deny that treating yourself to Pokémon ice cream is the golden razz you need in this heat. 

    From August 1 to 30, 2019, Baskin-Robbins will run a collaboration scheme with Pokémon to celebrate the release of the new Pokémon movie Mewtwo Strikes Back: Evolution. This involves the release of BR’s first ever Pokémon-themed ice creams.

    Pikachu Thunderbolt: Fruit Mix (price for single scoop, regular size: ¥390 after tax) *prices may vary,

    Mewtwo Strikes Back: Evolution was released earlier this summer and there is no better opportunity to maximise your Pokémon experience than to indulge in the luxurious taste of Baskin-Robbins ice cream that has been combined with your favourite Pokémon with a beauty that no Pokémon fusion generator is possible of producing!

    Pokémon Double Cup

    Pikachu has arrived at Baskin Robins in the form of a sorbet, which is appropriately coloured yellow. The fruity sorbet flavours include pineapple, yellow peach, banana, apple and orange. This is decorated with bright red studs of delicious popping candy which look like Pikachu’s cheeks. This is the first ever Pikachu sorbet to ever be sold at Baskin-Robbins.

     

    BR also introduced a promotion scheme where those who purchase a Small Double-size ice cream (¥490 after tax)  can upgrade it to a Regular Double size for just an extra ¥100. Your ice cream will be served in a Pokémon-themed cup and you can even pick your favourite cup design out of the three available to maximise your ice cream experience.

     

    Customers who order the Double Cup will receive a Pikachu spoon for each cup ordered. There are three different Pokémon spoon designs. Which one will you get? Hurry over to your nearest Baskin-Robbins to collect them all!

    Pokémon Variety Pack

    Small 6 pack: ¥1,550 Small 12 pack : ¥2,990 Regular six pack: ¥2,130 Regular 12 pack: ¥4,140 *All prices tax included and are subject to change. 

    Want them all? The variety pack is perfect for those of you who want a selection to eat while on the go. The Pokémon-themed box is filled with rainbows of colours and all your favourite Pokémon, however, it is only available for a limited time. When you and your friends need a break from catching Pokémon, this is the perfect way to get refreshed.

    Finally, don’t miss out on BR’s legendary Pikachu and Eevee ice cream cakes. The Pikachu Cake features BR’s popular “Popping Shower” ice cream, which is a fusion of white chocolate and popping candy. This is wrapped in yellow strawberry-flavoured whipped cream. Pikachu’s rounded chocolate eyes and red cheeks are enough to charm you. 

    Pokémon Ice Cream Cake (Pikachu/ Eevee): ¥3,300 after tax *prices may vary, a variety of sizes are available

    The Eevee Cake will stare at you with cute chocolate eyes. Eevee is wrapped in milk chocolate whipped cream and is wearing a caramel ribbon. Complete your cakes by placing the ears on by yourself. 

     

    Maximise your Pokémon experience by watching the new Pokémon movie and indulging in Baskin-Robbin’s legendary Pokémon ice creams.

     

    ©Nintendo・Creatures・GAME FREAK・TV Tokyo・ShoPro・JR Kikaku ©Pokémon ©2019 ピカチュウプロジェクト

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  • Sanrio Characters Get Together for the Last EGG&SPUMA Collaboration Cafe in Tokyo

    12.November.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Sanrio is collaborating with EGG & SPUMA cafe which is located on the 8th floor of the shopping centre Lumine EST Shinjuku. The Sanrio Characters Cafe is set to open on November 15 and will remain open for a limited time only.

    This will be the last time that Sanrio will collaborate with EGG & SPUMA and to really make it special, the menu is grander and packed with even more of your favourite Sanrio Characters. If you are a Sanrio fan, you definitely won’t be able to resist the adorable atmosphere.

    From dinner to dessert to drinks, the menu will leave you spoilt for choice. If you’re looking for something to fill you up, then the Pompompurin Cheese Burger is for you. Pompompurin sits on the plate in burger form wearing a cute beret. Kiki and Lala’s themed dish is a tower of soufflé pancakes made to resemble a cute tree, and My Melody’s dish is a Melty Strawberry Soufflé Pancake garnished with a pink ribbon. 

    Of course, EGG & SPUMA Collaboration Cafe will be whisking up their highly popular Tea Party Set again but this time, the Sanrio presence is very intense.

    The special Sanrio-style Tea Party Set is a grand three-tier course full of intricate design. The fun feast on the first tier features a colourful jelly treat which takes on the appearance of a capsule toy machine, and playful pup Pochacco in the form of a panna cotta dessert. The second tier serves up EGG&SPUMA’s popular soufflé pancakes covered in an irresistible berry sauce. The third tier will treat you to a ribbon-shaped strawberry milk crêpe and mini chocolate cakes with My Melody and Kuromi playing on top.

    Order from the collaboration menu to receive a cafe-limited drink coaster. 

    *There are eight possible designs. Each customer will receive one coaster upon their order and they are unable to choose the design they receive.

     

    Make sure to stop by for a top up on your kawaii levels!

  • Star Wars Themed Cafe Opens at Tokyo’s Marunouchi Cafe

    09.November.2019 | FOOD / MOVIE

    To celebrate the upcoming release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker this Christmas, a promotional event entitled “STAR WARS Marunouchi Bright Christmas 2019 – Precious for you-” is taking place in the Marunouchi area of Tokyo from November 7 to December 25.

     

    As part of the promotion, a cafe named “RISE CRYSTAL CAFE” themed on the film will open at the Marunouchi Cafe on the first floor of the Marunouchi Building skyscraper, with meals, drinks and desserts inspired by the movie.

     

    *Menu item names listed below are translated from Japanese.

    Dark Side Pasta – ¥1,650 (Tax Included)

    If you’re of the Dark side of the Force, then you’ll devour this pitch-black squid ink pasta served with an eggplant and bacon tomato sauce. If you sink into the darkness low enoughーor just fork far enough into your pastaーyou’ll find some delicious mascarpone cheese.

    Holiday Wreath Taco Rice – ¥1,650 (Tax Included)

    Featured on this round Christmas wreath are familiar faces from the Star Wars franchise including C-3PO, R2D2, and BB-8. It’s made with assorted rice and topped with various vegetables like tomato and avocado, as well as cheese.

    Galaxy Present Sandwich – ¥1,650 (Tax Included)

    A present delivered from space, this tall sandwich is layered with ham, tomatoes, and vegetables, and is served with a side of R2D2 soy milk cream cheese.

    Starry Christmas Chicken (Serves 1-2) – ¥1,980 (Tax Included) *Available at dinner only

    Served succulently on the bone, this gorgeous piece of chicken is served with four different kinds of sauces based on the far far away stars of the night sky.

    Light Side Soy Milk Parfait – ¥1,320 (Tax Included)

    If you lean towards the Light side of the Force, then you’ll love this subtly sweet parfait made with soy milk soft serve ice cream and soy milk cream. It’s also topped with chocolate mint ice cream and agar-agar that gets its blue colour from natural ingredients.

    Dark Side Soy Charcoal Parfait – ¥1,320 (Tax Included)

    This chocolate parfait is crowned with black bamboo charcoal soy milk cream and agar-agar. The gentle sweetness of the soy milk ice cream mixed with the sweet and sour blackcurrant sorbet makes for a delicious pairing.

    Light & Dark Fizz – ¥880 (Tax Included)

    This one’s for both Light and Dark seekers, a refreshing tea drink coupled with the common mallow herb. See what happens when you pour the elderflower and lemon syrup into the beautiful blue beverage.

    Blue Milk – ¥880 (Tax Included)

    Chewy blue jelly floats around in this drink which is made with low-fat almond milk.

    Black Ginger Ale – ¥880 (Tax Included)

    This jet-black ginger ale is made with bamboo charcoal and a ginger syrup that’s made in-house. Its refreshing flavour makes it the perfect meal accompaniment.

     

    Commemorate the final film in the Skywalker saga with a Star Wars-inspired meal!

     

     ©2019 & TM Lucasfilm Ltd.  

  • Idol Group Keyakizaka46 Themed Cafes to Open in Harajuku, Osaka & Nagoya

    07.November.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    The new cafe TOKYO BOX CAFE&SPACE will open in Omotesando, Harajuku on November 21, 2019.

    The cafe will serve as a space to promote artists, franchises and more by collaborating with them. For the grand opening, the cafe’s first collaboration will be with Japanese idol group Keyakizaka46 which will run for a limited period from November 21, 2019 to January 13, 2020. The collaboration will subsequently move to Osaka and Nagoya where it will open on November 22 and 28 respectively.

     

    The names of cafe menu dishes below are translated from Japanese.

     

    Cafe Menu

    Break the Cheese! – ¥1,690

    This cheesy pasta dish is made with crispy cheese, the spaghetti is bathed in a rich cheese sauce, and the plate is finished with delicious seafood. Break the cheese up and tuck in!

    Black Vegetable Curry – ¥1,590

    The quirk of this veggie-packed meal is the black colour of the curry. Topped with okra, tomatoes, Japanese mustard greens, sunny-side up egg and more, this nutritional dish is sure to fill your belly.

    2 People Season Pancakes – ¥1,790

    For the sweet-tooths out there, they can look forward to forking into some chocolatey pancakes lathered sweetly in blueberry sauce and blueberry cream. Between the pancakes are fruits and chocolate to create a pancake sandwich, and adorning the plate is more chocolate, fruit, and blue dragées.

    Humility! Kindness! Bonds! Shining Brightly, Keyakizaka46 Parfait – ¥1,690

    Named after one of the group’s catchphrases, this matcha parfait is green which is a colour that symbolises Keyakizaka46. It’s piled with chocolate, macarons, ice cream, warabimochi and more for a truly hearty and mouth-watering dessert.

    Late-Night Herb Tea – ¥890

    During those nights when you can’t fall asleep, there’s nothing better than some refreshing herbal tea.

    Matcha Milk That Stays Hot Even When It Blows In The Wind – ¥890

    Nothing beats a cup of hot matcha milk during the cold weather. Coloured green like the group’s iconic colour, this gorgeous, garden-like beverage is sure to warm up your mind and body.

     

    Exclusive Merchandise

    T-Shirt (White) – ¥3,100

    Acrylic Keyring – ¥900

    Tote Bag – ¥1,800

     

    Bonus Items

    Those who book a table in advance  (¥650 per person, tax excluded) and order something from the menu will randomly receive one of 26 possible trading cards pictured above.

    If you order something from the food or dessert menu, you’ll also receive one of 26 possible signed mini cards, chosen randomly.

    Finally, if you get a drink, you can get one of these 8 possible coasters, also chosen randomly.

     

    This is just a small peek into what’s to come at the cafesーthere are more drinks, dishes and merchandise to get your hands on, so don’t miss out.

     

    *All listed menu item prices do not include tax

    *All listed merchandise items include tax

    *Photos are for illustrative purposes only

    ©Seed & Flower LLC.

  • Popular Anime Magical DoReMi Gets Collaboration Cafe and Shop in Tokyo Solamachi

    06.November.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    Popular TV anime Magical DoReMi is celebrating 20 years of its broadcast and the release of its upcoming 2020 film Majo Minarai o Sagashite by opening a cafe and shop in the TV Station official shop Tree Village, which is located in Tokyo Solamachi. The cafe and shop will be open for a limited period only from November 2 to December 1. 

    Head to the shop for limited merchandise featuring dessert-themed illustrations.

    After browsing the merchandise, stop by the collaboration cafe to immerse yourself in the world of Magical DoReMi and treat yourself to character-themed meals and drinks.

    The Magical DoReMi merchandise and meals are unique to this shop and cafe. This is the ideal place to get your anime fix for the day so don’t miss out.

     

    © Toei Animation

  • Frozen 2 Cafe to Open in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Hokkaido, Fukuoka and Kyoto

    05.November.2019 | FOOD / MOVIE / SPOT

    OH MY CAFE is home to limited period collaboration cafes featuring the world’s favourite characters. The OH MY CAFE chain, operated by LEGS COMPANY, LTD., is soon launching a collaboration with Frozen 2. The Frozen 2 cafe will open in OH MY CAFE Omotesando, Tokyo from November 15, Osaka and Nagoya from November 16, Hokkaido from November 21, Futakotamagawa from November 29, Fukuoka from December 5 and Kyoto from December 6. Each cafe will be open for a limited period only. 

     

    Frozen 2 is the sequel to Disney’s global hit film Frozen and will be released in Japan at the same time as its release in America on November 22.  The cafe is themed around the world of Disney’s highly anticipated film Frozen 2. The cafe will feature an original menu, merchandise and even free goodies that were inspired by the characters from the film including everyone’s favourites: Elsa, Anna and Olaf. 

     

    Menu

    Anna’s Impulsive Sandwiches and Tomato Soup: ¥2,390/with Soup Bowl: ¥3,990

    Order Anna’s special meal and you and your friends will be finishing each other’s sandwiches in an instant. The chicken and cheese sandwiches are served alongside a tomato soup which will warm you up right away.

    Elsa’s Magical Muffin Sandwich and Pasta Soup: ¥2,390/with Soup Bowl: ¥3,990

    A muffin sandwich hugs prosciutto and a white omelette. This is accompanied by a mushroom and pasta soup.   

    Olaf’s Fun Snowball-Rolling Meatball Plate: ¥2,190

    This plate contains a generous serving of vegetables and meatballs. Seeing Olaf’s lively face will instantly put a smile on yours. The blueberry sauce contributes an interesting flavour to the meal. 

    Frozen 2 Magical Blue Mallow Tea: ¥990/with Drink Coaster: ¥1,690

    Add the lemon to the drink and watch it transform into a different colour. If you are looking for some Disney magic, this drink is for you. The drink also contains colourful jelly. 

    Frozen 2 Heart-Warming Cheesecake Milk Tea: ¥990/with Cup: ¥2,490

    All your favourite Frozen characters have united in the form of a heart-and-body-warming milk tea. Take a sip and enjoy the yummy cheesecake syrup flavour.

    Olaf on Holiday: Crispy Pie Dessert Plate: ¥2,190

    This Pie Plate is only available from December 20 to January 13. It contains a generous portion of fruit and sweet potato paste which is full of natural sweetness. The pie and crunchy pieces are the perfect flavour combination.

     

    Original Merchandise

    Decorative Picture Tags (5 Random Designs): ¥950

    Drawstring Bag (2 available patterns: Anna/Elsa): ¥850 each

    Crunchy Chocolate (2 Different Designs): ¥980 each

    Hot Drink Cup with Sleeve: ¥2,100

     

    Free Goodies

    Those who reserve a spot in advance (¥650 per person) will receive a placemat as a special gift upon ordering off the menu. There are four different placemat designs available. Customers are not allowed to choose the placemat they receive. These will be presented to the customer by the staff at random. 

     

    Purchase more than ¥3,000 worth of cafe goods (before tax) to receive a free Frozen 2 ballpoint pen. Spend more than ¥1,000 (before tax) for a free Frozen 2 shopping bag. Both these are presented to customers on a first-come, first-served basis and are in limited supply. 

    This is just a small selection of the wintery merchandise and meals at the Frozen 2 cafe. If the cold is bothering you this winter, be sure to step into the picturesque world of Frozen 2 for some heart-warming meals and drinks. 

     

    ©Disney

  • The New Prince of Tennis Themed Cafes to Open in Akihabara & Osaka

    04.November.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    The Akihabara (Tokyo) and Nanbasennichimae (Osaka) branches of the Sega Collabo Cafe are set to collaborate with the TV anime series The New Princess of Tennis from December 6.

    Fans can look forward to tucking into food, drinks and desserts inspired by characters in the series. There will also be exclusive Sega Collabo Cafe merchandise on sale in collaboration with the series, as well as other goodies like an original coaster which you get when ordering a drink.

     

    The collaboration will run from December 6, 2019 to January 26, 2020. During that time, there will be three different slots, each featuring different menu options.

     

    Drinks Menu (All 3 Periods) – ¥600 Each (Before Tax)

    ・Seigaku

    ・Hyoutei

    ・Rikkaidai

    ・Higa

    ・Shitenhoji

     

    *Photo is for illustrative purposes only. May differ from actual product.

     

    Food Menu – ¥1,200 Each (Before Tax)

    Slot ①: December 6, 2019 – December 20, 2019

    ・Taka-san’s Specially-Made Mille-Feuille Sushi

    ・Higa Soba

     

    Slot ②: December 21, 2019 – January 10, 2020

    ・Invincible Rikkaidai Soy Ramen

    ・Ryoma’s American SABA Burger

     

    Slot ③: January 11, 2020 – January 26, 2020

    ・Hyoutei Truffle Pasta

    ・Okonomiyaki

     

    Only one of each of these dishes will be sold each day per slot, and it will be determined by whichever is ordered during the first order of that day.

     

    Dessert Menu – ¥1,000 Each (Before Tax)

    Slot ①: December 6, 2019 – December 20, 2019

    ・Hyoutei’s Victory Parfait

    ・Shitenhoji Parfait

     

    Slot ②: December 21, 2019 – January 10, 2020

    ・Higa Parfait
    ・Karupin Parfait

     

    Slot ③: January 11, 2020 – January 26, 2020

    ・Seigaku Parfait

    ・Rikkaidai Parfait

     

    Food, Drink & Dessert Menu Bonus Items

    For every meal, drink or dessert ordered at the cafe, customers will receive an original coaster. Designs are given randomly, and there are 11 different ones for each slot as pictured above in respective order.

     

    Sega Collabo Cafe Exclusive Merchandise

    Releasing: December 6, 2019

    Hologram Pin Badges (11 Designs) – ¥500 Each (Before Tax)

    Superdeformed Pin Badges (11 Designs) – ¥400 Each (Before Tax)

     

    There is much more merchandise for fans to get their hands on too. Both cafes are reservation-only, so book your table now on the official website below.

     

    ©Takeshi Konomi / Shueisha・NAS・The New Prince of Tennis Project

    ©SEGA

  • The Pompompurin Cafe’s New Autumn Dessert Will Warm & Fill You Up

    26.October.2019 | Uncategorized

    If you’ve not yet been to the Pompompurin Cafe, or this is your first time hearing about itーthemed entirely on Sanrio’s popular character Pompompurinーthen their two new menu items, available this autumn for the entire month of November, is sure to pull you in.

     

    As the leaves turn red and gold and people order pumpkin spiced lattes for takeout, the Harajuku, Yokohama and Umeda branches of the Pompompurin Cafe want to get in on the autumnal action too. So they have created a special chicken stew and fruit gratin, served as colourful as the season itself is and perfect during any time of the day when your belly is calling for nutrition.

    Chicken Brown Stew: Strolling Along While Looking at the Autumn Colours – ¥1,290 (Before Tax)

    This chicken stew features Pompompurin and his best friend and hamster Muffin. The dish depicts a scene of both of them strolling and getting along while looking at the autumn leaves. Purin is made from rice and sits inside the rich stew while a mashed potato Muffin perches on top of him wearing his hat.  They are surrounded by carrots and other veggies made to look like the vibrant leaves of Japan’s maple and ginkgo trees.

    Fruit Gratin: Hot Spring Warm-Up – ¥1,090 (Before Tax)

    If you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth but also want to warm up then look no further than at Pompompurin and Muffin relaxing together in the hot spring that is this fruit gratin dessert. Purin is made from pumpkin flavoured ice cream while Muffin is of the vanilla kind. They are warming themselves up in a fruit-packed custard cream sauce. The fruit is drizzled in sauce and cooked to make the fruit even sweeter and intensify its flavour. Did you see the cute towels on their heads too? Many people do this in Japan when getting into the hot spring (or “onsen”), and you might have seen it if you watch anime too.

     

    The fall fun doesn’t stop there however, as all people who dine at the cafe will receive the lunch mat pictured below, and everyone who orders a drink will get a coaster. Available while supplies last.

    Lunch Mat (3 Designs)


    Coaster (1 Design)

     

    Stay warm while its cold at the Pompompurin Cafe this autumn.

     

    ©1996, 2019 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO.S602780

  • Pokémon Shirts Original Stitch Collection Gets Overhaul

    20.October.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    Back in February, American custom shirt brand Original Stitch, which offers over one billion design customisations, launched a collaboration with the Pokémon franchise. That very same Pokémon Shirts collection has received a product overhaul

    The line-up offers two options: either a shirt featuring one of the original 151 Pokémon, or a plain shirt which you can fully customise. Orders are made online and delivered to your home.

     

    The collection is launching in the US this time around. To celebrate and help promote the collaboration, you’ll find four Pokémon Shirts designs in the Pokémon GO style shop: Snorlax, Vileplume, Lickitung, and Magikarp.

     

    There are three styles of this short-sleeved shirts to choose from just as before: the Dress Shirt, Casual Shirt, and Relax Shirt. To ensure that each shirt matches  any occasion, all the patterns for each style have been revamped.

    Dress Shirt

    Made to fit the body line, the dress shirt is made for the business scene. It works best as an inner to a suit or other formal dress. The shirt retains the same high level of quality as before, with the bust line and space around the arm length being altered. Its revision has made it so it caters to more people’s needs.

    Casual Shirt

    The casual shirt is of course made for everyday wear. The waist line has no shape and the shirt has been made more roomy to create a more overall loose fit. By wearing the shirt untucked you can create an even more stylish silhouette. The collar is also now more compact.

    Relax Shirt

    The relax shirt has more of a box silhouette than the casual shirt, as well as an open collar. This style is perfect for trips and travel. The body line has been made more loose and they have gotten rid of the waist line shape. The lining of the collar has been changed too, resulting in a more relaxed look.

     

    Larger sizes have also been added to the collection including 3XL, 5XL, and 7XL. Full details can be found on the Original Stitch Support Centre page.

    There are also now 10 colours to choose from, including colours from before as well as redesigned ones, meaning there’s plenty of customisable options.

    Even the buttons have been improved. They are still as colourful as ever but have been made into more of a pop style to match what you’d expect from a Pokémon shirt. There are 11 colours to choose from, but for an extra ¥500 you can get one of 8 marble buttons as pictured in the lower row above.

     

    Try designing your very own Pokémon shirt!

     

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

    Pokémon, ポケットモンスター and ポケモン are registered trademarks of Nintendo, Creatures Inc. and GAME FREAK inc.

  • New Pokémon Anime OP Theme be Performed by Mafumafu and Soraru

    19.October.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    The all-new Pokémon anime series is set to begin airing on TX Network on November 17. It has been revealed that Mafumafu, a talented creator and music producer active online, is producing the series’ new opening theme in addition to writing the lyrics, composing the song, and arranging the music.

     

    Mafumafu is known for getting a diverse range of artists on board to sing the vocals, and this time they have paired up with Soraru to form the collaborative duo “After the Rain.”

     

    The two artists have a big online presence, with Mafumafu having over 850 million views on YouTube and 1.6 million followers on Twitter, and Soraru having over 180 million views and 1.4 million followers. They were chosen to perform the opening theme to create that sense of partnership, like Ash and Gou, Ash and Pikachu, or Gou and Scorbunny.

    The song title and release details will be announced right before the anime airs. We look forward to hearing how it ties in to and plays up to the Pokémon discography.

  • TOKYO BOX cafe&space to Hit Tokyo’s Hottest Tourist Spot with Sailor Moon Cafe

    12.October.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    On October 25, 2019 LEGS COMPANY, LTD. and TRANSIT GENERAL OFFICE INC. will open a brand new collaboration cafe space called TOKYO BOX cafe&space in one of Tokyo’s hottest tourist spots: Tokyo Solamachi®. 

    LEGS COMPANY, LTD. is the driving force for multiple collaboration cafes across the country. Each collaboration cafes sees a fusion of an aspect of Japanese popular culture, such as a game franchise or anime, with a delicious dining experience. Customers can enjoy meals, decor, merchandise and entertainment themed on their favourite characters. Collaboration cafes produced by LEGS COMPANY, LTD. are full of a variety of contents which stay true to the work they are based on while providing the opportunity for fans to fully embrace it. 

     

    The brand new cafe will be located in Tokyo Solamachi: a commercial complex located in a tourist hotspot at the foot of Tokyo’s famous tower Tokyo Skytree. The cafe is fitted with the latest projectors which will project videos a grand size of 200 inches across the walls to transform the space into a dynamic atmosphere. Once customers step foot into the cafe, they will immediately be immersed in the world of their favourite characters.  Being located in a tourist hotspot, this cafe is sure to draw even more people to the area. 

     

    The first franchise to have its name glorified within the walls of the brand new cafe will be one of the world’s favourite anime: Sailor Moon. The Sailor Moon Cafe 2019 will be running from October 10, 2019 to January 13, 2010. Some merchandise and menu items from the Sailor Moon 25th anniversary exhibition held in 2017 will be making a comeback. The cafe’s interior will be decorated in the same style as the Sailor Moon Cafe 2017.  

     

    More details on this special cafe will be posted on the official website in a few days. 

  • Visiting the Weathering With You Cafe Now Open in Tokyo and Osaka

    10.October.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD / MOVIE

    LEGS COMPANY opened two cafes themed on the hit anime film Weathering with You in Tokyo and Osaka on October 8 and October 10 respectively. The cafes will run for a limited time only.

    We paid a visit to the Tokyo branch which opened inside OMOTESANDO BOX CAFE & SPACE which is only a 7-minute walk from Omotesando Station.

     

    The new blockbuster hit from internationally-acclaimed animator and film director Makoto Shinkai Weathering with You dropped back on July 19 and has since amassed over 13 billion yen (approximately US$131 million) in the box office. It was seen by 7.5 million people in the first 34 days of its release, and over 10 million after 75 days. Its huge success has cemented itself in the Japanese animated film industry as another monumental masterpieces from Shinkai. The film has also been nominated for Best International Feature Film for the upcoming 92nd Academy Awards set to take place on February 9, 2020.

    While sat in the cafe you can watch scenes from the film on the giant screens while the main songs performed by RADWIMPS play.

     

    The cafe menu features a line-up of drinks, dishes and desserts inspired by the characters and moments in the series, including the chahan set prepared by Hina for Hodaka, the Hodaka Welcome Party Set, and more.

    Teru Teru Omurice – ¥1,490

    This is the dish I ordered to eat. I couldn’t resist how cute it was. It’s inspired by the teru teru bōzu that Nagi makes, a traditional Japanese doll used to prevent rain and bring good weather. The doll’s head is made of mashed potato. He’s sat on a bed of ketchup rice filled with vegetables and bathed in a delicious sauce. This one’s too cute it almost seems a waste to eat♡

    Nagi’s Teru Teru Bōzu À La Mode – ¥1,490

    For dessert I ordered another teru teru bōzu treat. This one is made from gyūhi, a type of Japanese confection made from rice flour. Its head is filled with vanilla ice cream, and if you turn it over, you’ll find Japanese pudding underneath, and under that granola. It’s finished with a lining of bright blue lychee jelly around the outside for a hint of freshness.

     

    The cafe offers plenty of other dishes that will leave any Weathering with You fans spoiled for choice.

    Hina’s Handmade Sesame Oil Infused Pea Sprout Potato Chahan Set – ¥1,490

    A chahan set lovingly prepared by Hina for Hodaka. Chop up the spring onions that come on the side and add them to the soup just like Hina does in the film! This is a hearty set sure to fill you up.

    Hodaka’s Welcome Party Set – ¥1,590

    This one-person set was made lovingly by Natsume when Hodaka comes to work at the same company as her, K&A. If you’re looking for a healthy green meal packed with veggies then you’ll love this one.

    Clearing Up Weather Tiramisu – ¥1,490

    This refreshing matcha tiramisu is inspired by the scene when Hina and Hodaka reunite, with the sauce representing the sunlight and the cotton candy the rainy clouds. Pour the sauce over the cotton candy and watch the clouds clear up.

    Acai Bowl of the World’s Secrets – ¥1,390

    Enjoy the main key visual of the film right on top of your plate. The mild flavour of the yogurt coupled with the refreshing kiwi is a mouth-watering combination. The colours are really beautiful, too.

    Swirling Snow Whipped Latte – ¥990

    Inspired by the immense snow that spirals around Tokyo in the film, a cup of this whipped cream latte is perfect as a post-meal wind-down.

    Left: The Fine Weather That Day (Grapefruit) – ¥1,690 / Right: The Sunset That Day (Cranberry) – ¥1,690

    These two drinks are for takeout, and are based on iconic scenes in the film, specifically when the turns fine and the sunset. They are served in exclusive cafe-original bottles. Both flavours are sweet, sour and refreshing. Plus, you can reuse the bottles.

    If you order one of the many drinks from the menu you’ll receive one of six possible coasters chosen randomly.

    The cafe has plenty of exclusive merchandise on their shelves too.

    Sparkly Rain Smartphone Case (7/8 Ver. & X Ver.) – ¥3,900 Each

    When you shake these iPhone cases, it looks like the rain is falling.

    Raindrop Stickers (10 Designs) – ¥400

    Don’t you just want to collect all of these cute raindrop stickers?

    If you book a seat in advance (¥650 before tax per person) you will receive one of six possible bromide pictures chosen randomly, so don’t forget to reserve in advance.

     

    Plunge yourself into the world of Weathering with You at either one of these cafes, now running until November 17.

     

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

    ©️2019 “Weathering with You” Production Committee

  • Character cafés are an exciting experience in Japan which sees a café collaborate with well-known anime series, game series or other franchise by decorating the café interior with designs and illustrations based on them and meals and drinks inspired by them.

     

    Before continuing this article be sure to check out our September 2019 list of character cafés as some of them are still running.

     

    Ariel Heads to Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya & Hokkaido for The Little Mermaid Cafe

    Ariel is swimming to Japan this September as four branches of OH MY CAFE turn into cafes inspired by The Little Mermaid. The Tokyo and Osaka branches will open on September 21, the Hokkaido branch on September 22, and the Nagoya branch on September 27. The collaboration is being carried out by LEGS COMPANY, LTD.

    Disney’s The Little Mermaid was released back in 1989 as the 28th Disney animated feature film. It tells the story of the internationally-beloved Disney mermaid princess Ariel and her curiosity about the world above the sea.
    The cafes celebrate 30 years since the film’s release. The cafe’s concept is “independent girl.” Each cafe will take on a stylish look and be inspired by Ariel’s unwavering heart and her strength to make her dreams come true.

    <Ariel> Veggie-Packed Pesto Pasta – ¥1,990

    If you’re vegetarian, you won’t be disappointed with this healthy, vegetable-packed pasta dish. The plate it is served on features an illustration of Ariel swimming elegantly in the ocean.

    Seaside Cream Risotto – ¥1,990

    Based on sandy beaches is this creamy risotto. If you look closely you’ll see one of Ariel’s priceless treasures from her endless collection of whose-its, whats-its, and thingamabobs. Sebastian is hiding on the plate too, can you spot him?

    <Flounder> Stripey Yogurt Drink – ¥1,090 / With Coaster – ¥1,890

    Flounder is Ariel’s closest friend, so he had to be included on the menu. This cute yogurt-flavoured smoothie takes on the same colours as our stripey fish companion.

    <Sebastian> Strawberry Smoothie – ¥890 / With Coaster – ¥1,790

    There are lots of other character-themed food and drinks to be enjoyed at the cafes besides these ones too. For more information, check our full article here.

     

    ▼The Little Mermaid OH MY CAFE

    Locations/Dates
    ・Tokyo: OH MY CAFE TOKYO (Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku) / September 21, 2019 – November 9, 2019

    ・Osaka: kawara CAFE&DINING Shinsaibashi / September 21, 2019 – November 10, 2019

    ・Nagoya: kawara CAFE&KITCHEN Nagoya PARCO / September 27, 2019 – November 10, 2019

    ・Hokkaido: Cafe Interlude / September 22, 2019 – October 14, 2019

    Official Website: https://mermaid.ohmycafe.jp/

     

     

    Sarazanmai Cafe Designed & Produced by Sanrio Opens in Ikebukuro and Osaka

    Two cafés based on the popular anime series Sarazanmai have arrived in Tokyo and Osaka. The café designs were produced by Sanrio.

    Football Curry of Youth: ¥1,380 (Before Tax)

    Football is what connects the three main characters Kazuki, Kuji and Enta. Come taste the delicious flavour of budding friendship in the form of a delicious curry at the café.

    Pudding a la Mode of Friendship: ¥1,280 (Before Tax)

    The three middle schoolers are represented in the form of colourful fruit. This is a delicious dish easily enjoyed by anybody.

    Sparkling Jelly Juice (Kazuki/Kuji/Enta): ¥650 Each (Before Tax)

    These jelly drinks are also themed around Kazuki, Kuji and Enta. The jelly lurking at the bottom of the cup adds a wonderful accent to the flavour.

     

    This café is the perfect place to relax at your own pace this autumn. For more information, check out our full article here.

     

    Sarazanmai Café (Designs Produced by Sanrio)

    Open:

    ・Ikebukuro, Tokyo: September 19 ー October 27, 2019

    ・Nipponnbashi, Osaka: September 26 ー November 5, 2019

    Advanced reservations accepted from 7pm on September 6, 2019

    Reservation Fee: ¥500 (comes with a bonus for reserving)

    Official Website: https://sarazanmai-sanrio-cafe.jp/

     

     

    My Hero Academia Themed Cafe Opening at SEGA Ikebukuro GiGO in Tokyo

     

    A cafe based on the hit TV anime series My Hero Academia will open at SEGA Ikebukuro GiGO on October 12.

     

    Drinks Menu

    Drinks – ¥600 Each (Before Tax)

    Original Latte Art (11 Designs) – ¥700 Each (Before Tax)

     

    Food Menu

    Menu ①: October 12, 2019 – November 1, 2019

    Katsu-Lover Midoriya’s Pork Rib Noodles / Eijiro Kirishima’s Crunchy Kakiage Don – ¥1,200 Each (Before Tax)

     

    Menu ②: November 2, 2019 – November 24, 2019

    Katsuki Bakugo’s Spicy Mapo Doufu / Shoto Todoroki’s Fire & Ice Tomato Cheese Pasta – ¥1,200 Each (Before Tax)

     

    Dessert Menu

    Menu ①: October 12, 2019 – November 1, 2019

    Ochaco Uraraka’s Japanese-Style Dessert Set with Matcha Milk – ¥1,200 (Before Tax) / Tenya Iida’s Source of Strength Orange Parfait – ¥900 (Before Tax)

     

    Menu ②: November 2, 2019 – November 24, 2019

    U.A. Dessert Plate – ¥1,200 (Before Tax) / Tsuyu Asui’s Kero Kero Parfait – ¥900 (Before Tax)

    Enjoy a fun selection of food, drinks and desserts inspired by the My Hero Academia character cast. There’s a whole bunch of merchandise to get your hands on too. For more information, check our full article here.

     

    ▼SEGA Collabo Cafe My Hero Academia

    Running: October 12, 2019 – November 24, 2019

    Location: SEGA Collabo Cafe Ikebukuro GiGO (SEGA Ikebukuro GiGO Floor B2F, 1-21-1 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo

     

    Schedule

    Menu ①: October 12, 2019 – November 1, 2019

    Menu ②: November 2, 2019 – November 24, 2019

    *Menu items and coaster designs will change for each menu

    *More details can be found on the SEGA Collabo Cafe official website

     

    Cafe Website: https://sega-collabocafe.com/ikebukuro/heroaca02.html

    My Hero Academia Official Website: https://heroaca.com/

     

     

    Weathering with You Anime Film Themed Cafes Opening in Tokyo & Osaka

    Two cafes filmed based on the hit blockbuster anime film Weathering with You will open in Tokyo and Osaka on October 8 and 10 respectively for a limited time. The cafes are being opened by LEGS COMPANY.

     

    The cafes have a beautiful menu lined up inspired by the world of Weathering with You. In addition to the themed decorations set to line the cafes, fans can also get their hands on a range of exclusive cafe merchandise and bonus items.

    The Most Delicious Dinner in Your Life – ¥1,590

    This dish is a complete recreation of the dinner Hodaka eats in the film which he describes as the most delicious he has ever eaten in his 16 years of living. Enjoy a hearty burger together with clam chowder soup and fries.

    Hodaka’s Welcome Party Set – ¥1,590

    This one-person set was made lovingly by Natsume when Hodaka comes to work at the same company as her, K&A. Complete the set together with one of the “Dreamy” beverages from the drinks menu.

    Nagi’s Teru Teru Bōzu À La Mode – ¥1,490
    The teru teru bōzu is a traditional Japanese doll used to prevent rain and bring good weather. This assortment includes candy, fruits, and the doll itself holding a cute umbrella.
    Dreamy Peach Soda – ¥790
    There are lots of other gorgeous-looking menu items and merchandise available too. For more information, check our full article here.

     

    ▼Weathering with You Cafes

    Locations/Dates:
    ①OMOTESANDO BOX CAFE&SPACE (Pine Under Flat B1F, 5-13-2 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo) @ October 8, 2019 – November 17, 2019

    ②Osaka Shinsaibashi contact (1-6-24 Kitahorie, Nishi Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture) @ October 10, 2019 – November 17, 2019

     

    Table Reservations:

    Price: ¥650 (Before Tax) *Includes bonus item

    *Advance table reservations opened on September 24, 2019

     

    Weathering with You Cafe Website: https://tenkinoko-cafe.jp/

     

     

    ‘LISA LARSON Fika TOKYO’ Cafe Opens in Collaboration With Swedish Ceramicist Lisa Larson

    Sunday Branch Marronnier Gate Ginza is a cafe in Ginza that has collaborated with a number of different characters and artists, including Shawn the Sheep since 2017, The Very Hungry Catterpillar in 2018, and Leo Lionni since 2019.

    Mikey Plate

    ​Inspired by Larson’s popular cat character Mikey, this healthy dish includes almond milk rice with a side of greens.

    Lion Plate

    The adorable round Lion looks like he has been taken right out of Larson’s works and put onto a plate.

    Baby Mikey Gateau Chocolate

    These baby Mikey chocolates take on a ceramic appearance like Larson’s work and are filled with sesame and cocoa powder.

     

    Enjoy food and art come together at LISA LARSON Fika TOKYO. Keep in mind that reservations get priority, so be sure to book a table in advance. For more information, check our full article here.

     

    ▼LISA LARSON Fika TOKYO

    Running: October 4, 2019 – January 27, 2020 (Closed January 1, 2020)

    Location: Sunday Branch Marronnier Gate Ginza 1 Floor 4F (2-2-14, Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo)

    Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 (Last Orders 20:00)

    Website/Reservations: https://www.marronniergate.com/topic/detail/115

    6 Sailor Moon Cafes Opening Across Japan Including Tokyo and Osaka

    LEGS COMPANY, LTD. held the Sailor Moon Cafe 2017 event back in September 2017 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Sailor Moon. The event’s theme focused around adulthood imbued with a hint of cuteness. The cafes were so popular that they had a second “encore” run in December of the same year.

     

    This year, LEGS has created an entirely new concept. The theme this year is “Girls Night Out,” and the menu line-up stays true to it, featuring food and drinks all ladies are sure to enjoy on a night out.

    5 Sailor Tortilla Wrap Sandwiches – ¥1,590 (Not available at the Saitama cafe)

    Pretty Girl’s Brunch Pancakes – ¥1,590 (Available at lunchtime only)

    Cosmic Heart Berry Sandwich – ¥1,690

    Moon Night Parfait – ¥1,490 (Available at dinnertime only)

    Enter the kawaii world of the Sailor Moon Cafe again in 2019. For more information, check our full article here.

     

    ▼Sailor Moon Cafe 2019

    Dates/Locations

    ▶︎Tokyo・Shibuya: SHIBUYA BOX CAFE&SPACE SHIBUYA 109

    Running: October 3, 2019 – November 17, 2019

    ▶︎Osaka・Abeno: Abeno contact

    Running: October 3, 2019 – November 17, 2019

    ▶︎Aichi・Nagoya: NAGOYA BOX CAFE&SPACE

    Running: October 10, 2019 – November 24, 2019

    ▶︎Hokkaido・Sapporo: Coach & Four Shinkawa-Dori (Hokkaido Branch)

    Running: October 18, 2019 – November 17, 2019

    ▶︎Kyushu・Fukuoka: kawara CAFE & DINNING KITTE (Hakata Branch)

    Running: October 26, 2019 – December 1, 2019

    ▶︎Saitama・Koshigaya: BOX CAFE&SPACE

    Running: November 14, 2019 – January 13, 2019

     

    Reservations: Opened September 26, 2019

    *¥650 per reservation. Up to 4 people per reservation. Includes bonus item.

     

    Sailor Moon Cafe 2019 Official Website: https://sailor-moon-cafe2019.jp/

     

     

    How did you like this list? Be sure to enjoy all of the café collaboration cafes this October and November!

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