KAWAII MONSTER CAFE Halloween 2019: Vampires, Werewolves, Frankenstein’s Monster & More On the Menu
29.September.2019 | FOOD
Harajuku hot spot the KAWAII MONSTER CAFE will hold a Halloween event entitled “KAWAII HARAJUKU Halloween PARTY 2019” for the entire month of October.
The Halloween season is almost upon us in Japan, where the spooky season’s festivities often begin a little earlier in October as cafes, restaurants and shops start serving up their own unique Halloween-themed menus.
This year at the KAWAII MONSTER CAFE, the Monster Girls are inviting you to their kaleidoscopic Halloween party. From vampires to werewolves, Frankenstein’s monster and beyond, prepare to encounter a Halloween like no other with a line-up of colourful dishes.
Colourful Pop Burger: Frankenstein’s Monster – ¥1,580 (Before Tax)
The cafe’s mascot character Mr. Choppy has been turned into Frankenstein’s monster! This fat and juicy burger is filled with salsa sauce and melted cheese. Even the bun is cute and colourful too!
Choppy Baron’s Dark Curry – ¥1,400 (Before Tax)
This time, Mr. Choppy has turned into a vampire for this pitch-black curry, laced with other Halloween colours too like purple and orange. This vivid plate isn’t just tasty, its appearance has life to it too.
Nameless Cemetery Cheese Glutton – ¥3,200 (Before Tax) *Recommended for 3+ people
This surreal dish is a giant breaded coffin filled with gratin, rainbow-coloured cheese, and white sauce. Surrounding it are bats, eyeballs, and gravestones.
Monster Bongo Bongo Tiramisu – ¥1,080 (Before Tax)
An assortment of ice creams like matcha and houjicha all coated in Halloween-coloured chocolate. Hidden underneath the ghoulish pile is colourful cereal.
Midnight Pumpkin Chiffon Cake – ¥1,580 (Before Tax)
A fluffy chiffon cake topped with black sesame ice cream and a pumpkin lathered in pumpkin-flavoured fresh cream. The trickling bloody chocolate completes that Halloween look.
Bark At The Moon – ¥980 (Before Tax)
This adorable wolf dessert appeared during a full moon. It includes a crunchy doughnut on top of which is sat a sweet black sesame mousse werewolf.
Non-Alcoholic Basil Seed Jelly Cocktail – ¥900 (Before Tax) / Shake Hip Shake Chocolate – ¥950 (Before Tax)
There are two drinks to pick from this Halloween: a dark chocolate shake with a pumpkin floating on top and a cocktail filled with basil seed and jelly for an enjoyable texture. The cocktail can be served non-alcoholic or alcoholic.
There’s plenty to look forward to at the KAWAII MONSTER CAFE this Halloween, so if you’re in Harajuku this October, don’t miss out!
*The food menu is limited to lunch time hours
*The drinks menu is available at all times
KAWAII HARAJUKU Halloween PARTY 2019
Running: October 1, 2019 – October 31, 2019
Address: YM Square Bldg. 4F, 4-31-10 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Access: 5-minutes on foot Harajuku Station via JR / 1-minutes on foot from Meiji-Jigumae Station via Chiyoda Line and Fukutoshin Line
Weekdays & Saturday:
[Lunch] 11:30-16:30 (last entry 15:30 / last orders 16:00 – 90 min stay max)
[Dinner] 18:00-22:30 (last orders 22:00)
Sundays & Holidays:
11:00-20:00 (last orders 19:30)
*During busy times, a max stay time of 2 hours may be implemented.
Official Website: http://kawaiimonster.jp
Halloween Doughnuts Creep Their Way Into Krispy Kreme Doughnuts in Japan
18.September.2020 | FOOD
Halloween arrived at Krispy Kreme Doughnuts in Japan on September 16 with the “monster HARVEST” collection of themed doughnuts. Available until November 1, the spooky lineup incorporates a selection of Japanese autumn flavours like pumpkin and purple sweet potato.
The doughnut collection is here to put us in the Halloween spirit nice and early. Krispy Kreme Japan’s popular jack-o’-lantern doughnuts are back this year, as are the new black cat doughnuts which first arrived last year. A completely new purple sweet potato flavour was also introduced to the menu on September 1.
Pumpkin Pudding Jack-o’-lantern | ¥240 (Before Tax)
The jack-o’-lantern doughnuts have been made even more delicious for Halloween 2020 by using pumpkins from Hokkaido and filling them with velvety pumpkin Japanese-style pudding. Add to that the chocolate facial features and you’ve got yourself a tantalising treat for the spooky season.
Black Cat Caramel | ¥250 (Before Tax)
A black cat made with big white chocolate eyes and a dark chocolate face topped with crunchy almond pieces and stuffed with caramel cream.
Muchimochi Purple Sweet Potato Mont Blanc | ¥240 (Before Tax)
The tasty, chewy, and hot purple sweet potato doughnut is made with sliced sweet potato and coated in powdered sugar. It’s served hot which makes the flavour even more intense.
Halloween Dozen (12 Doughnuts) | ¥2,000 (Before Tax)
Share a dozen with friends this Halloween which includes not only two of each of the ones already shown, but Krispy Kreme’s popular “Chocolate Sprinkle” and “Original Glazed®” too.
Halloween Mini Box (20 Doughnuts) | ¥2,000 (Before Tax)
There’s also a colourful box of 20 mini versions of the doughnuts too.
Running: September 16, 2020 – November 1, 2020
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Official Website: https://krispykreme.jp
Harajuku’s New Carbonara Restaurant Serves Pasta Japanese Style
17.September.2020 | FOOD
A new spaghetti carbonara restaurant by the name of Nama Carbonara opened in Harajuku, Tokyo on September 17, 2020.
The restaurant opened in the same building as Harajuku’s popular fresh cream shop MILK and bubble tea shop Mot Tram. The restaurant makes its own fresh flat pasta everyday and uses fresh, rich cream sourced from Hokkaido.
The current menu lineup consists of six dishes, from classic carbonara to Japanese twists. Let’s take a look at some of them.
Classic Carbonara | ¥790
Walleye Pollack Roe Japanese Carbonara | ¥1,090
Freshly Grated Cheese & Bacon Carbonara | ¥1,090
Seafood, Avocado & Basil Carbonara | ¥1,190
Discover a brand new world of carbonara like never before at Nama Carbonara in Harajuku.
Nama Carbonara (生カルボナーラ専門店 原宿店)
Grand Opening: September 17, 2020
Address: THE SHARE 1F, 3-25-18 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-19:00 (Last Orders 18:30)
Official Website: http://www.opefac.com/
Kyoto’s Female-Only Hotel CAFETEL Kyoto Sanjo for Ladies Reveals Halloween Room
17.September.2020 | SPOT
CAFETEL Kyoto Sanjo for Ladies, a hotel in Kyoto exclusive to female guests, is offering a new Halloween room plan between October 1 and November 1. There is just one room and it can only be booked for one day between that period. This plan was offered last year and was a resounding success amongst guests.
Last year’s Halloween room took on a more cute and bright theme, but they’re going for something darker this time. The theme this year is “The Secret Witches-Only Get-Together,” with all ideas and designs conceived and handmade by the hotel staff themselves.
Guests will find decorations all around the room, such as bats on doors and walls who will listen in on the witches’ gossip to creepy crawly spiders in the bed. Candles are provided in the room to set the Halloween mood, and there’s even witch and devil costumes and props for guests to dress up in.
Free goodies for the witch get-together
Guests can enjoy a gorgeous view of the Kamogawa River from their room. They are also presented with a free Halloween drink exclusive to those who stay in this room.
CAFETEL Kyoto Sanjo for Ladies
Running: October 1, 2020 – November 1, 2020
Rooms: 1 (up to 3 people)
Price: From ¥10,650
Official Website: https://cafetel.jp/
Pastel Coloured Halloween Served Up at Grand Nikko Tokyo Bay Maihama’s Happy Halloween Sweets Buffet
17.September.2020 | FOOD
Grand Nikko Tokyo Bay Maihama is a new hotel which opened on July 1 this year. Easily spotted by its pink exterior, the hotel offers Grand Nikko’s brand concept of guests releasing all of their sense to enjoy a relaxing and sophisticated time while providing a refreshing resort-like experience.
This Halloween, the hotel’s all-dining restaurant Le Jardin will serve up its “Happy Halloween Sweets Buffet” from October 10 to 16.
There will be 20 different desserts to pick from all in pastel colours, offering a different kind of Halloween vibe. Desserts are decorated with cute Halloween motifs like Jack-o’-lanterns, ghosts, and pumpkins. The chefs will also be certain desserts in front of guests like pumpkin mont blanc, praline mille-fuille, and pavlova.
There will also be a savoury menu too like roast beef in onion sauce, seafood acqua pazza, bread, salad, soups, and more, as well as soft drinks and non-alcoholic cocktails.
The restaurant will be restricting the number of people allowed in the dining area at once to protect diners during the pandemic.
Happy Halloween Sweets Buffet
Location: Le Jardin – Grand Nikko Tokyo Bay Maihama Floor 3F
Running: October 10, 2020 – October 16, 2020
Time: 12:00-14:30 (Last Orders 14:00)
Prices: General ¥4,500 / 9-12 years old ¥2,780 / 4-8 years old ¥1,580 / 3 years old and below – Free
Enquiries/Bookings: 047-711-2427 (10:00-18:00)
Official Website: https://bit.ly/325uwjt
Grand Nikko Tokyo Bay Maihama
Address: 1-7 Maihama, Urayasu, Chiba
Official Website: https://tokyobay.grandnikko.com
Sanrio Puroland Begins Halloween 2020 Event ‘PURO HALLOWEEN PARTY’
16.September.2020 | SPOT
Sanrio Puroland’s Halloween event “PURO HALLOWEEN PARTY” is now on and is set to run up to Halloween Day, with everyone’s favourite characters dressed in their spooky attire ready to greet guests, themed food and decorations, Halloween illuminations, and more.
Sanrio characters greet guests in their Halloween costumes
Masquerade Party is the theme of this year’s Halloween event at Puroland.
“Miracle Light” Halloween illuminations
The event welcomes a new illumination show to the beat of Halloween tunes as well as a photo spot that combines cute pastel and stylish dark themes for the Masquerade Party theme.
Meet characters dressed in Masquerade Party outfits
There’s also a chance to meet your favourite characters dressed in Masquerade Party attire for one minute by yourself.
There’s plenty of pastel and dark inspired food and merchandise too, available both at the park and the Sanrio Puroland Online Shop. The park is also carrying out video calls for visitors who can meet the Sanrio characters online using talkport.
Pastel & Dark food menu
The spooky menu includes the “Hello Kitty & Dear Daniel Dark Masquerade Beef Curry,” “Sleepy Pompompurin’s Halloween Beef Ramen,” and more.
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PURO HALLOWEEN PARTY
Running: September 11, 2020 – October 31, 2020
Sanrio Puroland Official Website: https://www.puroland.jp
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s Halloween Look Decorates Shiseido Beauty Square in Harajuku
14.September.2020 | FASHION
Following her firework-inspired summer promotion look for Shiseido Beauty Square, Japanese pop icon Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has returned to the beauty facility with an all-new Halloween look, first revealed on Friday.
Kyary is serving a dark romantic world in Harajuku this Halloween, with Gothic hair and makeup that delivers us spook fantasy mixed with a bewitching, fairy tail-like sweetness. The look was brought to life thanks to Shiseido’s top hair and makeup artist Tadashi Harada.
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu became the ambassador for Shiseido Beauty Square when it opened back in June. The concept of the beauty facility is centred on having people discovering their beauty, having fun, sharing experiences, and learning the latest in the scene
Shiseido Beauty Square
Opened: June 18, 2020
Address: WITH HARAJUKU Floor 1F, 1-14-30 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00
No Fixed Holidays
Official Website: https://beautysquare.tokyo/
*Website available in English, Japanese, and Chinese
LUSH Harajuku Revamps With New ‘Slow Bath’ Concept
13.September.2020 | FASHION
The Harajuku branch of UK cosmetics retailer reopened after a revamp on Friday with its all-new ‘Slow Bath’ concept. The branch first opened to the people of Tokyo in November 2018.
Since opening, LUSH Harajuku has delivered a LUSH-esque bath product lineup experience, since Japan is known for being a nation of bath lovers. That is now being taken to the next level with the Slow Bath revamp which will stock a wide variety of items for self care and indulgence.
Throw away the needless and make way for mind and body reconnection
LUSH Harajuku is a place that helps you discover new ways to design your daily routine, with face masks to refresh your skin, products to care for your hair, scents for your well-deserved bath time, and more.
Well-being is also a big part of the brand, teaching you to be kind to yourself while you’re working everyday, and to look after your mind and body. LUSH Harajuku stocks not only bath bombs and bubble bars, but a selection of items to use while you’re in the bath too for some much-needed self care.
Naked items are environmentally friendly
About 60% of LUSH’s products are sold ‘naked’ without packaging in order to reduce on waste in the environment. This also lets the essential oils and natural smells of the products seep throughout and outside the doors of their stores, beckoning people with the pleasant fragrances.
LUSH’s “Lush Labs” app also has a function called “Lush Lens.” This lets customers scan any naked item which brings up information about that particular item such as what ingredients are used, as well as videos on how to use products and bath bombs fizzing.
If you’re ever in Harajuku, be sure to stop by LUSH.
Address: 1-13-11 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: [Weekdays] 12:00-20:00 / [Weekends] 11:00-20:00
Official Website: https://jn.lush.com/
Tokyo’s Miniature Theme Park SMALL WORLDS TOKYO Begins Halloween Event
10.September.2020 | SPOT
SMALL WORLDS TOKYO, the world’s ‘biggest’ miniature theme park in Tokyo, opened its Halloween event on Thursday (September 10) which is set to run all the way up to Halloween Day.
Visitors will experience Halloween on a miniature scale this year at SMALL WORLDS TOKYO. Halloween Party 2020 is taking place in the Global Village Area where ghosts and monsters have taken to the tiny streets. You yourself can become part of that world too. Visitors who dress up in Halloween costumes and purchase the “Figure Program Plus Resident Rights” will have themselves scanned using a 3D scanner to create a miniature figure of themselves to put into the town.
There’s also an entry fee discount to ¥1,000 (tax included) for those who wear Halloween attire and visit after 5:00pm. The theme park is also holding a variety of Halloween themed workshops like making your own Jack-o’-lantern and more.
SMALL WORLDS TOKYO is taking all necessary precautions against the spread of COVID-19 so that people can experience Halloween like never before.
KUROMI♡MY MELODY CAFE Reveals Halloween Themed Menu
10.September.2020 | FOOD
Sanrio’s beloved characters Kuromi and My Melody have taken over EGG&SPUMA in Shinjuku this summer with the KUROMI♡MY MELODY CAFE which is open for a limited time until October 31, 2020.
The cafe has been split into two separate themes, with the second theme arriving on September 16, turning the cafe into a cute Halloween experience.
The menu, including the popular afternoon tea set, will transform into spooky Halloween inspired food, with Jack-o’-lanterns and bats decorating the plates.
The Kuromi Kimagure Omelette Curry will be sold in limited quantities on weekends at dinnertime. This cute plate features a pink curry topped with Kuromi’s favourite leeks as well as seafood, souffle omelette, and Kuromi herself who is made out of rice.
There’s also cute pancakes drizzled in berry sauce, My Melody and Kuromi drinks, and more.
Customers who order anything from the Halloween menu will receive one of these coasters free too!
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KUROMI♡MY MELODY CAFE
Address: Shinjuku Lumine EST 8F, 3-38-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Running: August 1, 2020 – October 31, 2020
Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 (Last Orders 20:00)
Official Website: http://salt-group.jp/shop/egg-spuma/
Spooky Halloween Dessert Buffet to be Served at Conrad Tokyo
08.September.2020 | FOOD
Conrad Tokyo has unveiled its upcoming Halloween and autumn inspired sweet and savoury buffet which will be sold at its Cerise restaurant from September 5, 2020.
Cerise’s Halloween dessert buffet is popular every year, delighting customers with its array of Halloween motif bites. The theme this year is “Witch’s Castle,” so the restaurant’s chefs have cast some spooky culinary magic to create a tasty lineup of sweet and savoury food fitting for the occasion and to put customers in the Halloween mood. This year, the chefs will also be holding the buffet’s first ever live station where they will prepare food in front of people too.
The dessert lineup includes velvet cupcakes inspired by a witch’s pointy hat, a black cat-topped purple pistachio cream cheesecake, a pistachio cream-loaded pavlova covered in bats, a rose and strawberry mousse, a blackcurrant ganache made with a skeletal white chocolate mousse, and other fun witch treats. There’s also a selection of general Halloween and autumn desserts too like chocolate tarts that look like coffins, pumpkin mont blanc, chocolate cream puffs with ghouls on them, raspberry jelly fromage blanc mousse, and more.
On the savoury side of things there’s raisin-topped quiche made with butternut squash, smoked salmon tarts with basil and tomato, egg sandwiches with chopped truffles, and more.
The chefs have whipped up a true Halloween feast to enjoy this autumn.
Halloween Sweet Buffet
Running: September 5, 2020 – September 31, 2020
Closed: Weekends & Public Holidays
Slot 1: 12:00-13:30 / 12:30-14:00
Slot 2: 14:00-15:30 / 14:30-16:00
*90 mins allotte
Location: Cerise, Conrad Tokyo Floor 28F
Official Website: https://www.conradtokyo.co.jp/plans/restaurants/sweets/cerise_2009
Universal Studios Japan Announces Halloween 2020 Event
07.September.2020 | SPOT
Halloween at Universal Studios Japan (USJ) is set to begin on September 18, 2020 when guests will see each area around the park transformed into Halloween mode with decorations, a spooky soundtrack, and more. Popular characters at USJ will also be dressed up in their Halloween outfits ready to greet guests.
The “Minion Monster Greeting” will be a must-see as the cheeky Minions make an appearance for some mischief. The popular annual “Universal Monsters Live: Rock and Roll Show” will also return and see familiar faces like Dracula, Beetlejuice, and other creepers perform song and dance. This year will also see a special show called “Monster de Dance” where monsters and performers will take to the street in masses and perform the ‘rat-tat-tat’ dance with guests. This dance originates from Sandaime J Soul Brothers from Exile Tribe’s song and music video Rat-tat-tat, and this year will be performed in a special “social distancing” version.
EXILE NAOTO | Comment
“We are returning again to Universal Studios Japan this Halloween to perform Sandaime J Soul Brother’s ‘Rat-tat-tat’ once more! This year, we’ve evolved the dance into the ‘Social Distancing Rat-tat-tat’ so that people can still enjoy the dance while keeping a distance from other people. It would make me happy to see people get involved!”
Kenjiro Yamashita | Comment
“I’m aware that due to the coronavirus pandemic, the number of places that people can have a good time have become few in number across the world. I’m thankful to the many people who joined in with our ‘Rat-tat-tat’ dance last Halloween. This year, we’ve powered up the dance and kept social distancing in mind so that everyone can feel safe, so please be sure to give it a go!”
At USJ, which is known as the ‘holy ground for costumes and dress-up,’ they are continuing to provide exciting entertainment for people during the new normal to ensure that anyone can participate and feel safe.
Halloween food and merchandise
The Minions, Sesame Street characters, and others will be dressed up in their Halloween best. There will also be a special Halloween art display of the Minions and Snoopy at the 42nd Street Greeting Gallery.
Halloween Event 2020
Running: September 18, 2020 – November 8, 2020
Official Website: https://www.usj.co.jp/web/en/us
Spooky Halloween Doughnuts Served Up at Mister Donut in Japan
07.September.2020 | FOOD
Mister Donut Japan began holding its “Ouchi de MISDO HALLOWEEN” Halloween event on Friday which features five different doughnuts.
The event has its own story which imagines five cute Halloween creatures who have jumped out of their Jack-o’-lantern home and into Mister Donut to bring smiles to everyone on Halloween. Let’s take a look at each doughnut.
Ouchi de MISDO HALLOWEEN | ¥150 per doughnut (Before Tax)
Coated in white chocolate, topped with shaved coconut, and finished with cute eyes, this ghost scared itself when it looked into the mirror.
Coated in a purple sweet potato glaze and finished with chocolate eyes and bat wings. This is the boss bat with a following of bat minions. It loves children and desserts more than anything.
Black Cat French
This is a French Cruller doughnut coated in chocolate and topped with eyes and ears. This black cats appears when the witch uses her magic. Its charm point is its nimble feet; it walks like walking on a cloud.
Swirly Pink Mummy
A chewy fruit stick coated in strawberry chocolate and made to look like a mummy. This character is a smart and cute idol in the mummy world. she has a good fashion sense and people look up to her.
Swirly Chocolate Mummy
A Pon de Ring doughnut covered in chocolate with chocolate eyes. It has cute chubby cheeks, and admires his older sister, the pink mummy.
Ouchi de MISDO HALLOWEEN
Running: September 4, 2020 – October 31, 2020
Available: Mister Donut shops in Japan
Official Website: https://www.misterdonut.jp