Chibi Maruko-chan Themed Cafe Heading to Tower Records Cafe Omotesando

23.August.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Chibi Maruko-chan anime series, Tower Records Cafe in Omotesando is collaborating with the franchise to turn its establishment into all things Maruko-chan for a limited time from September 5 to 29. Also, 22 branches of Tower Records as well as the Tower Records online store will sell collaborative merchandise.

Maruko-chan’s Hamburger Plate – ¥1,500

The hamburger plate will be served throughout the entire collaboration. Hamburgers are Maruko-chan’s favourite meal, and this one is served with vegetables and a rice ball with her adorable face on it.

 

The collaboration will be split into two different periods with different food and merchandise line-ups. The food in the second period has yet to be unveiled, so we will take a look at some of the things for the first period.

 

Collaboration Period ①

Nagasawa-kun’s Onion Soup Pasta – ¥1,500

Served with a whole onion, this soup seeped vongole pasta is inspired by the onion-head himself Nagasawa-kun.

Chi Chicken Sandwich – ¥1,500

This dish is  inspired by the scene in the anime series when Maruko fights with her sister over who gets to have a notebook as there is only one of them. When her sister claims ownership, Maruko proceeds to write “idiot” on the front cover while she’s asleep and slips it back onto her bookshelf. This tuna mayo packed sandwich comes with a sandwich bag featuring the design of the notebook.

Noguchi-san’s Birthday Cake – ¥1,200

Celebrate Noguchi-san’s birthday (September 9) with this very special blueberry and milk crepe birthday cake.

30th Anniversary Melon Soda Float – ¥800

Topped with a dollop of ice cream and a cherry, the melon soda comes with a special 30th anniversary straw tag.

Chibi Maruko-chan Lattes – ¥700

The character lattes will have different character designs for each period as pictured above with the top row being the first collaboration and the bottom the second.

For every menu item ordered, customers will receive a random postcard. The postcards above feature the designs from the first collaboration period.

And the ones above here are those in the second.

And if you order a set of three items (food, drink and dessert), you’ll receive an exclusive lunch mat. All of these items are first-come, first-served so you’ll want to get to the cafe ASAP when it opens.

The exclusive merchandise takes on a music theme with original designs, from a towel to a tote bag and more.

Three t-shirts and a hoodie will also be sold exclusively at Tower Records Shibuya, Tower Records Shinjuku, Tower Records Cafe Omotesando, and the Tower Records online store.

 

Full information can be found on the official website below.

 

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

*Please enquire with shop staff about any food allergies.

ⒸSakura Production/Nippon Animation

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    Menu ①

    Osomatsu’s Hot Berry Chocolate | ¥1,290 (Before Tax)

    Karamatsu’s Blue Glass Parfait | ¥1,290 (Before Tax)

    Choromatsu’s Matsu Matcha Pancake | ¥1,290 (Before Tax)

    Ichimatsu’s Purple Cabbage Peperoncino | ¥1,490 (Before Tax)

    Jyushimatsu’s Pumpkin Gratin | ¥1,490 (Before Tax)

    Totty’s Roast Beef Tortilla Bouquet | ¥1,490 (Before Tax)

    Cafe Bonus Items

    This marks Tower Record’s third collaboration with Mr. Osomatsu, the last two being held in 2016 and 2017. The stores will also sell a special selection of collaborative merch, and seven major Tower Records stores will also have Mr. Osomatsu promos and displays on show. Fans can get their hands on a range of bonus items by dining at the cafe too, where you can order to eat-in or take out.

     

    ©赤塚不二夫/おそ松さん製作委員会

  • Tower Records x Jujutsu Kaisen Anime Collaboration Features Limited Edition Merch and More

    07.January.2021 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Tower Records is promoting the release of the first DVD and Blu-ray volume from the ongoing TV anime series Jujutsu Kaisen with the launch of a celebratory campaign on January 19, 2021 as part of their “NO ANIME, NO LIFE.” brand. The campaign will run at Tower Records and TOWERmini stores, as well as the official Tower Records online store, in Japan.

     

    Before the official launch of the campaign, Jujutsu Kaisen fans in Japan can head to one of 15 major Tower Records branches as well as their online shop from January 16 to get their hands on some limited-edition collaborative merchandise. There will also be an exhibition at SpaceHACHIKAI on the 8th floor of Tower Records Shibuya.

     

    NO ANIME, NO LIFE. x Jujutsu Kaisen Collaboration Campaign

    1. Special collab poster

    A special collab poster will be displayed at Tower Records stores featuring the main Jujutsu Kaisen characters playing instruments.

     

    2. In-store announcements by the characters

    When the shops open, in-store announcements will be made by the three main characters of the anime series: Yūji Itadori (voiced by Junya Enoki), Megumi Fushiguro (Yuma Uchida), and Nobara Kugisaki (Asami Seto).

     

    3. Life-Size Character Cutouts

    Life-size cutouts of various characters will be displayed at the following Tower Records branches:
    ・Nobara Kugisaki @ Tower Records Sapporo PIVOT
    ・Ryomen Sukuna @ Tower Records Sendai PARCO
    ・Yūji Itadori @ Tower Records Shibuya
    ・Panda @ Tower Records Ikebukuro
    ・Maki Zen’in @ Tower Records Urawa
    ・Satoru Gojō @ Tower Records Nagoya Kintetsu Passe
    ・Megumi Fushiguro @ Tower Records Umeda NU Chayamachi
    ・Toge Inumaki @ Tower Records Kyoto

     

    4. Signed promo poster

    The following Tower Records branches will display a signed poster by Junya Enoki, the voice actor for the Jujutsu Kaisen protagonist Yūji Itadori, along with some comments.

     

    Running: January 19, 2021, – February 1, 2021
    Participating Branches: Sapporo PIVOT, Sendai PARCO, Shibuya, Nagoya Kintetsu Passe, Umeda NU Chayamachi

     

    5. Win a special collab poster on Twitter

    10 lucky fans in Japan have the chance to win the special collab poster. To sign up, participants must take a photo of themselves next to the collab poster in one of the participating Tower Records stores, follow Tower Records on Twitter @TOWER_Anime, and post the photo with the Japanese hashtag #呪術廻戦_tower. Winners will be DM’d by the official Tower Records account.

     

    Collab Poster Campaign
    Tower Records Anime Twitter: https://twitter.com/TOWER_Anime
    Running: January 19, 2021 – February 1, 2021

     

    6. Extra bonus items at Tower Records

    10 more lucky fans in Japan have the chance to get their hands on the special collab poster by pre-ordering the first volume of the DVD or Blu-ray of Jujutsu Kaisen by the campaign cut-off date. Winners will be selected randomly.

     

    1st volume bonus

    An A4 folder will be included with purchases of the first volume of the DVD or Blu-ray of Jujutsu Kaisen for a limited time.

     

    All volumes bonus

    All volumes of the Jujutsu Kaisen DVD and Blu-ray will feature an original A3 poster.

     

    Jujutsu Kaisen x Tower Records Collab Merch

    Jujutsu Kaisen x Tower Records Collab Visual

     

    Merch Line-Up

    Jujutsu Kaisen x Tower Records Acrylic Stands

    Jujutsu Kaisen x Tower Records Hoodie

     

    Jujutsu Kaisen x Tower Records exhibition

    Tower Records Shibuya Exhibition Main Visual

     

    Running: January 16, 2021 – February 14, 2021
    Opening Hours: 12:00-15:00 / 16:00-20:00 (Last Entries 19:30)

    *Closed 15:00-16:00 for ventilation, entry prohibited during this time
    Location: SpaceHACHIKAI (Tower Records Shibuya Floor 8F)
    Entry: Free (But you must book a slot)

    Online Ticket Registration: January 6, 2021

    Online Ticket Booking: January 8, 2021 at noon (JST)
    Ticket Info: http://towershibuya.jp/news/2021/01/04/150866

     

    Limited-Edition Merch

    Tower Records Shibuya Exclusive T-Shirt

    Jujutsu Kaisen x Tower Records Shibuya Exclusive OSMO Stamp (14 Designs)

     

    Bonus items

    Cards (15 Designs)

    For every ¥2,000 spent (tax included) on merchandise at the exhibition you can receive one of 15 possible business card-size cards.

    Numbered tickets

    For every ¥5,000 spent (tax included) you can get a numbered ticket.

    Jujutsu Kaisen Quiz

    Those who answer all questions correctly on the quiz given to them upon entering Tower Records you can win a free postcard, but you have to follow Tower Records Shibuya on Twitter @TOWER_Shibuya as one of the conditions.

     

    ©芥見下々/集英社・呪術廻戦製作委員会

  • SHIRO’s Omotesando Cosmetic and Beauty Store Gets Museum-Like Makeover

    22.December.2020 | FASHION / SPOT

    The flagship store of cosmetic brand SHIRO, SHIRO Omotesando, received a makeover on Friday last week (December 18). The shop, which has moved to the building’s second floor, has increased in size by 30%, allowing for SHIRO to display its 70 or so skincare and cosmetic products like a museum.

     

    Ingredients Showcase

    The many ingredients used in SHIRO’s products are now on display—something which customers don’t normally get to see―such as extract of gagome kombu, tamanu, pot marigold, and more. The line-up is packed solely with high quality ingredients by trusted producers and is a chance for people to get to know about the products they are buying even more.

     

    The Edible Display

    A special display of edibles, which will change depending on the harvesting seasons, can be enjoyed including ginger, yuzu, aloe, and more.

     

    8 Drawers

    Underneath the displayed ingredients are eight drawers which reveal the actual size of the ingredients before they are turned into products. It also reveals when they are produced, information about the producers, and so on.

     

    Store Design

    The store has of course undergone a full revamp, with the walls layered with gravel and soil, further adding to the display of the raw materials and ingredients. The wall design incorporates a traditional Japanese architecture method which results in it looking like something straight out of nature.

     

    Limited Edition Products

    To celebrate the renovations at SHIRO Omotesando, the store will be selling a limited-edition SHIRO PERFUME as well as a selection of products available at only select stores like SHIRO LIFE and SHIRO HOME items.

     

    SHIRO BEAUTY (B1F)

    SHIRO BEAUTY is a salon on floor B1F that manages SHIRO Omotesando. It’s set to close on December 31 and will reopen in mid-February next year to bring in haircut, hair colouring, head spa, and other services as well as facials, body treatments, and more.

     

    SHIRO PERFUME

    SHIRO PERFUME will be sold in limited quantities and is exclusive to SHIRO Omotesando.

    SHIRO PERFUME – WISHING WELL | ¥10,500 (Before Tax)

    SHIRO PERFUME – WISHING WELL Fragrance
    A warm and cosy fragrance with fresh berry notes on top and bitter orange for accent.

     

    TOP: Bitter Orange, Berries, Redcurrants
    MIDDLE: Jasmine, Rose
    LAST: Wood, Cedarwood, Musk

  • Gintama Themed Cafes to Open in Shibuya and Sapporo in Collaboration With Tower Records

    11.December.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    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.

     

    Merch Collab

    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.

    Cafe Collab

    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!

     

    Takeout-Only Menu

    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.

     

    Bonus Items


    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.

     

    ©空知英秋/劇場版銀魂製作委員会
    ©空知英秋/集英社・テレビ東京・電通・BNP・アニプレックス

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