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
Official Website: http://pompom.createrestaurants.com
■Pompompurin Cafe Harajuku
Address: CUTE CUBE HARAJUKU 3F, 1-7-1 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 (Food Last Orders 20:00 / Drinks Last Orders 20:30)
Access: 3-minutes on foot from the Takeshita Exit at Harajuku Station
■Pompompurin Cafe Yokohama
Address: Yokohama Sotetsu Square, 2-1-5 Minamisaiwai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama-shi
Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00 (Last Orders 20:30)
Access: 5-minutes on foot from West Exit at Yokohama Station via JR
■Pompompurin Cafe Umeda
Address: Hankyu Sanbangai South Wing B2F, 1-1-3 Shibata, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi
Opening Hours: Weekdays 11:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:30) / Weekends & Holidays 10:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:30)
Access: 3-minutes from Osaka Station via JR
6 Must-Visit Character Themed Cafés Running in October & November 2019
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 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.
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.
A cafe based on the hit TV anime series My Hero Academia will open at SEGA Ikebukuro GiGO on October 12.
Drinks – ¥600 Each (Before Tax)
Original Latte Art (11 Designs) – ¥700 Each (Before Tax)
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)
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.
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 – ¥1,490The 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 – ¥790There are lots of other gorgeous-looking menu items and merchandise available too. For more information, check our full article here.
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.
Inspired by Larson’s popular cat character Mikey, this healthy dish includes almond milk rice with a side of greens.
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.
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.
How did you like this list? Be sure to enjoy all of the café collaboration cafes this October and November!
5 Places to Celebrate Halloween in Tokyo | 2019 Edition
Halloween is right around the corner, and in Tokyo, the spooky celebrations are beginning early. If you’re in the capital this month, here are 5 places you must check out this Halloween.
Plain Clothes Halloween 2019 @ Shibuya
Worried about what to wear for Halloween this year? No need to panic. If you’re spending your Halloween in Shibuya this year, which is known the world over for its incredible Halloween festivities, then head to Tokyo Culture Culture on October 27 where a very unique event is taking place.
Jimi (“Plain”) Halloween is an event that takes out the stress of having to go all out for Halloween as people go dressed as ordinary people. It has been held annually since 2014, with the number of attendees growing each year. Over 800 people took part last year, all clad in their plain clothes.
This year’s event will be split into three slots, with a capacity of 200 people per slot. Sign-up has already started, so if you’re interested, check the times below and book ASAP.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/263176
Date: October 27, 2019 (3 Slots / 200 People Per Slot)
Slot ①: 11:00-14:00
Slot ②: 15:00-18:00
Slot ③: 19:00-22:00
★Places are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the website below
Venue: Tokyo Culture Culture (cocoti SHIBUYA 4F, 1-23-16 Shibuya, Tokyo)
Entry: Free (Apply at the link below)
MAX UNKO HALLOWEEN @ Odaiba
Unko Museum Tokyo, a poop-themed (unko in Japanese) museum located on the second floor of DiverCity Tokyo Plaza in Odaiba, opened its Halloween event “MAX UNKO HALLOWEEN ~Unko & Dancing Halloween~” last Friday which will run all the way up to October 31. They are serving “max unko kawaii-ness” in this all-new Halloween event.
At the Unko Museum this Halloween, expect to see nnko idol monsters, unko mummies, and lots of other cute and fashionable unko critters. All of them will be part of a spooky parade together with the museum’s mascot character Umberto.
Also, if you go up to one of the museum staff members and say, “Trick or Unko?” you’ll receive a special Halloween gift. There’s lots of other unko-fying entertainment to be enjoyed, so if you’re looking for a different kind of Halloween experience, be sure to find out more about MAX UNKO HALLOWEEN.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/262397
▶︎MAX UNKO HALLOWEEN ~Unko & Dancing Halloween~
Location: Unko Museum Tokyo
Address: DiverCity Tokyo Plaza Floor 2F, 1-1-10 Aomi, Koto Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00 (Last Entries 20:00)
No Fixed Holidays (Except when DiverCity Tokyo Plaza is closed)
Ticket Reservations: https://reserve.ale-box.com/reserve/169
Official Website: https://unkomuseum.com/tokyo
ROPPONGI HILLS HAPPY HALLOWEEN 2019 @ Roppongi
Roppongi Hills has announced this year’s Halloween festival. Titled “ROPPONGI HILLS HAPPY HALLOWEEN 2019,” it will take place from October 1 to 31, packed full of spooky fun from a Halloween costume parade to a ghoulish gourmet menu line-up, featuring an always-unique array of food and drink.
Halloween Cupcakes – ¥638 Each @ LOLA’S Cupcakes Tokyo (Available from October 5)
LOLA’S Cupcakes has baked up an assortment of cute monster motif cupcakes, with flavours including pumpkin, purple sweet potato and more. Whichever one you pick, it’s sure to give you a smile and delight your taste buds.
Happy Monster – ¥980 @ Cafe Crepe
Delight in this cute pumpkin and fresh cream crepe, filled with pumpkin ice cream and snug in an orange crepe wrap. Housed inside is an adorable purple sweet potato mont blanc monster wearing a witch’s hat.
There’s plenty of other Halloween-themed menu treats besides these too in addition to numerous spine-chilling events.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/257307
▶︎ROPPONGI HILLS HAPPY HALLOWEEN 2019
Running: October 1, 2019 – October 31, 2019
Official Website: https://www.roppongihills.com/en/
PURO HALLOWEEN PARTY ~KAWAII MASQUERADE~ @ Tama
Sanrio Puroland is currently holding its “PURO HALLOWEEN PARTY ~KAWAII MASQUERADE~” Halloween festival will until October 31. This is the park’s first mask-themed festival, with each day split into two slots: Day and Night. During the daytime, guests are invited to the park’s “Cute Masked Party” string of events. But when night falls, the monsters creep their way out for the “Beautifully Scary Masquerade Party.”
With the release of IT Chapter Two―the sequel to one of the biggest horror hits in years―Sanrio Puroland is collaborating with the film. This includes Hello Kitty taking Pennywise’s place in the movie poster amongst other special content.
A ball mask parade is taking place on the first floor Puro Bridge. The Sanrio cast is dressed up in ballroom attire with masks and dance elegant dances, pulling onlookers into a frightening yet beautiful world.
As part of the Halloween celebrations, if you arrive at the park in full Halloween dress you can get a discount on Passport Tickets. Be sure to go clad in your best outfit to have the most fun!
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/249600
▶︎PURO HALLOWEEN PARTY ～KAWAII MASQUERADE～
Running: September 13, 2019 – October 31, 2019
DAY: Weekdays – Until 14:30 / Weekends – Until 15:00
NIGHT: Weekdays – From 14:30 Until Closing / Weekends – From 15:00 Until Closing
*Weekday closing hours during the Halloween period is 6:00pm. Times subject to change.
Event Page: https://www.puroland.jp/2019_halloween/
VISION HALLOWEEN PARTY 2019 @ Shibuya
VISION HALLOWEEN PARTY 2019 @ Shibuya
The annual Halloween event at SOUND MUSEUM VISION, a club in Dogenzaka, Shibuya, will take place again this year on October 31.
Look forward to seeing live DJ performances from Yasutaka Nakata and SHINTARO with special guest acts from Kuro-chan and Ringo-chan of Yasuda Dai Circus as well as live performances from Yayoi Daimon and Rei©hi.
Dress up in your fanciest Halloween dress and club all night this Halloween!
VISION HALLOWEEN PARTY 2019
Date: October 31, 2019
Time: Open – 21:00
Price: Dress-Up Discount ¥2,500 / Door ¥3,500
Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Pompompurin Gomaku Onigiri
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.
In this recipe, you’ll learn how to make Pompompurin gomaku rice balls that’s perfect for picnics and lunch boxes. Gomaku is a mix of minced meat and vegetables with rice. These rice balls can be made easily with ingredients found in stores or at the market.
Store bought gomaku rice mix (五目ごはん)
Rice (I used 2 cups)
Pasta (cooking instructions below)
2. Mix the gomaku rice mix into the rice.
3. Divide your rice mix into two portions, shape into a head for Pompompurin’s face, and leave to cool.
I made a video for you to follow the next steps!
1. Frying the egg
①Whisk the egg and then strain through a strainer, using a fork to push through any remains.
②Add the starch which has been dissolved in water into the strained mix.
✩By adding watered starch it makes the egg less likely to break and easier to wrap later on.
③Lower the temperature of the pan from medium down to a low heat.
④Once the temperature has fully come down add the egg and ensure it covers the entirety of the pan.
⑤After turning the pan around lower the heat again. Once the egg has fully set, turn off the stove and put on a lid to let the egg cook with the heat of the pan.
2. Place the cooked egg onto some cling film, add the rice mix, and wrap into a ball until fully sealed.
3. Use the leftover egg from the seal to cut out some ears for Pompompurin.
4. Use half of a store-bought meatball and fix to the top of Pompompurin’s head with fried pasta to make a hat.
To make fried pasta, add the length of pasta required to a frying pan without oil and cook by starting on a low heat and slowly bringing to a medium heat. Turn off the stove once the pasta has coloured slightly.
Use the remaining heat of the pan to cook until browned like in the photo below. Fried pasta is a useful ingredient for various recipes where you need to fix decorations onto food, so be sure to try it out with other things too.
5. Use seaweed to make his eyes and nose and ham for the cheeks.
And your Pompompurin is finished!
The fried egg can be prepared the day before meaning you can make up your lunch box nice and quickly in the morning. It’s super convenient learning to make a good use of the ingredients you have at home♡
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!
Kaori Kubota (@kaopan27)
I live in Hokkaido and I love to make character themed foods, desserts and pastries♡
I want to see my family smile, so I enjoy putting in a bit of effort to make character foods and changing food into something cute♡
You can see more of my character foods and character bento boxes on my Instagram page→@kaopan27
Hello Kitty Collaborates With Japanese Ramen Restaurant Kourakuen
29.September.2020 | FOOD
Kourakuen Holdings Corporation launched a collaboration campaign together with Sanrio’s popular character Hello Kitty on September 26 which is set to run to October 25.
Hello Kitty takes over Kourakuen
For the duration of the collaboration, the Roppongi and Dogenzaka branches of Kourakuen will be decorated in all things Hello Kitty
Free folder with child meal sets
A free and exclusive A4 size folder will be given to all who order the children’s meal set. This is available at select branches only and the folders are limited in stock.
Kourakuen original merchandise
Kourakuen x Hello Kitty Soy Sauce Plate | ¥200 (Tax Included)
Kourakuen x Hello Kitty Folder | ¥100 (Tax Included)
A special line-up of original and exclusive merchandise will also be sold at all Kourakuen branches including soy sauce plates, folders, and more.
Kourakuen Official Website: https://www.rakuten.co.jp/kourakuen-hd/
Sanrio Releases 2020 Autumn and Winter Cosmetic Series
27.September.2020 | FASHION
Sanrio has released a colourful new line-up of heart-focused cosmetic items—lip cream, hand cream, and lip tint—for the autumn and winter season. The packaging features everyone’s favourite Sanrio characters such as Hello Kitty, My Melody, Little Twin Stars, and many more. Additionally, they have released cute heart marks for people to put on their face.
Heart Marks (3 Designs) | ¥1,430 Each (Tax Included)
Use the heart-shaped sponge to dip into the cheek cream and stamp a cute heart on your face.
Hand Cream (10 Designs) | ¥605 Each (Tax Included)
Keep your hands moist during the colder seasons. There are five different scents to choose from.
Lipstick (9 Designs) | ｜715 Each (Tax Included)
Heart-shaped scented lipstick, each capped off with an adorable character from Sanrio’s roster.
Lip Tint (6 Designs) | ¥770 (Tax Included)
Tint your lips and keep them moisturised at the same time. Pick from red, coral pink, or pink.
Other items in the line-up include hand cream and mini towel sets, lip cream and hand cream sets, and more. Autumn and winter’s chilly months can be beaten with a little self-care, so be sure to check this collection out.
©’76, ’85, ’89, ’93, ’96, ’01, ’05, ’20 SANRIO
©’15,’20 SANRIO S/F・G
Available: Sanrio stores in Japan and select department stores stocking Sanrio Products
Sanrio Online Shop: https://shop.sanrio.co.jp/
Ojamajo Doremi Cafe 2020 ~FRUITS PARLOR~ to Open in Tokyo, Osaka & Aichi
Japanese company LEGS has announced the opening of the limited-time Ojamajo Doremi Cafe 2020 ~FRUITS PARLOR~. The themed cafes will open in Tokyo on October 29, Osaka on October 30, and Aichi on October 23.
Ojamajo Doremi is an original magical girl created by Toei Animation that ran from February 1999 to January 2003. To celebrate the series’s 20th anniversary last year, LEGS opened a different Ojamajo Doremi limited-time themed cafe in collaboration with Cafe&Kitchen which welcomed lots of magical girl fans.
This year once again welcomes Etoile et Griotte as the art director for the fruit parlor-inspired cafe.
Ojamajo Doremi Cafe 2020 ~FRUITS PARLOR~ celebrates the 20th anniversary of Ojamajo Doremi Sharp is the second series in the Ojamajo Doremi series. Fans will be able to get their hands on a range of exclusive magical merchandise as well as tuck into pastel coloured fruity food.
Doremi’s Cheese Steak Doria in Cherry Sauce | ¥1,699
Steak is Doremi-chan’s favourite food, so it was a must-have on the menu. The cream cheese is coloured like Doremi, and there’s a cute musical note topping too. It comes with a cute lunch mat that looks like Doremi’s skirt.
Hazuki’s Omurice in Porcino & Orange Cream Sauce | ¥1,399
The omelette is made to look like Hazuki’s yellow skirt. Enjoy together with the delicious porcino sauce and orange combination.
Onpu’s Waffles With Crepe & Mascarpone | ¥1,299
Blueberry sauce-drizzled and mascarpone-topped waffles served with a mashed potato skirt. The sweet and sour mix is to die for.
Aiko’s Blueberry Float | ¥999
A fresh blueberry float inspired by Ai-chan. Mix everything together to create a different flavour.
Momoko’s Lemon Cheesecake Parfait | ¥1,399
A fresh lemon cheesecake packed parfait with lots of enjoyable flavours and textures.
Rhythm Tap Tart | ¥1,300
Inspired by the Rhythm Taps seen in the series, the tart imagines Doremi’s transformation scene in Ojamajo Doremi Sharp.
Onpu Melody Drink (5 Flavours) | ¥1,099
A rainbow line-up of colourful Onpu drinks available for takeout.
Movie Theater Menu
Girls Meet Sushi | ¥1,299
Inspired by the meat sushi that Sora and the gang eat in the animated film Majo Minarai wo Sagashite. Comes with an original postcard.
Acrylic Keyrings (6 Designs) – ¥600 Each
Letter Set (1 Design) – ¥1,200 | Folder Set (2 Designs) – ¥700
A selection of super kawaii cafe-original merchandise is available for fans to grab.
Those who book a table in advance, order a drink, or spend more than ¥2,000 at the cafe will receive one of six possible A5 folders.
Become a magical girl like Doremi at the Ojamajo Doremi Cafe 2020.
Ojamajo Doremi Cafe 2020
Running: October 29, 2020 – December 6, 2020
Location: SHIBUYA BOX cafe&space
Address: Shibuya LOFT 2F, 21-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo
Running: October 30, 2020 – November 23, 2020
Location: Abeno Q’s Mall 4F
Address: Abeno Contact, 1-6-1 Abenosuji, Abeno Ward, Osaka
Running: October 23, 2020 – November 23, 2020
Location: NAGOYA BOX cafe&space
Address: LACHIC B1F, 3-6-1 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya, Aichi
KAWAII MONSTER CAFE HARAJUKU Collaborates With Alice’s Fantasy Restaurant For Halloween Fair
22.September.2020 | FOOD
KAWAII MONSTER CAFE HARAJUKU is set to collaborate with Tokyo’s three branches of Alice’s Fantasy Restaurant to serve up a Halloween themed menu. It will be served from September 19 to October 31.
The Halloween season is right around the corner, and the KAWAII MONSTER CAFE is once again joining in with the spooky festivities. This year, the cafe has joined hands with Alice’s Fantasy Restaurant to create a collaborative Halloween menu lineup.
Colourful Rainbow Pasta With Halloween Cream | ¥1,400
Colourful pasta served in rich pumpkin sauce and with a variety of different ghost creams.
Singing Alice’s Caesar Salad | ¥1,360
Alice’s Fantasy Restaurant’s popular Caesar salad heads to KAWAII MONSTER CAFE, an assortment of purple carrots, pumpkin, and other tasty delights. Alice is also hidden in the pasta somewhere as a black witch.
Kingpin Choppy & Henchman Humpty Dumpty Curry | ¥1,300
KAWAII MONSTER CAFE’s mascot is served wearing a silk hat and comes with his fellow henchman Humpty Dumpty.
Cheshire Cat Splatter Ice Cream | ¥1,100
Soft serve ice cream topped with crunchy cereal, cotton candy, and chocolate, all drizzled in a splattered sweet strawberry sauce.
Customers who post a photo of their foot onto social media with the hashtag #tokyohalloweencollection can enter for a chance to win some Halloween merchandise.
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/
Hotel New Otani Tokyo, Osaka & Makuhari Now Serving Rich Chestnut Pancakes For Autumn
20.September.2020 | FOOD
The Tokyo, Osaka, and Makuhari branches of Hotel New Otani are now serving seasonal autumn versions of their specially made pancakes at their coffee shop and all-dining restaurant SATSUKI until November 30, 2020
Fantastically fluffy pancakes
Hotel New Otani has been serving its special pancakes for the past 10 years which have become a favourite amongst guests.
The hotel’s pastry chefs have whisked up a variety of flavours in line with the changing seasons this past decade using strictly-selected ingredients including strawberry, melon, mango, chestnut, and more.
A marriage of rich chestnut and fluffy pancake
Hotel New Otani Specially Made Chestnut Pancakes 2020 | ¥2,800 (Before Tax/Service Charge)
Chestnuts are the flavourful theme for autumn 2020’s pancakes, made with strictly-selected chestnut astringent skin, sweet bean jelly, and topped with a chestnut macaron.
The pancakes are served with melt-in-the-mouth Italian ricotta. There are two different doughs, one made from coffee flour which has high nutritional value, and the hotel’s original “White Cereal” which is a combination of millets and amaranth.
The pancakes are cooked on a low heat for about 5 minutes on each side so they rise to a fluffy 5cm thickness and become startlingly smooth.
Strawberries for winter
For this year’s winter, the hotel will be serving strawberry pancakes.
Enjoy a selection of seasonal pancakes when staying at Hotel New Otani.
Hotel New Otani Tokyo
Location: SATSUKI, Hotel New Otani Tokyo Main Lobby
Address: 4-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Bookings/Enquiries: 03-5275-3177 (10:00-21:00)
Official Website: https://www.newotani.co.jp/tokyo/restaurant/satsuki/
Hotel New Otani Makuhari
Location: SATSUKI, Hotel New Otani Makuhari
Address: 2-120-3 Hibino, Mihama-ku, Chiba, Chiba Prefecture
Bookings/Enquiries: 043-299-1848 (07:00-21:00)
Official Website: https://www.newotani.co.jp/makuhari/restaurant/satsuki/
Hotel New Otani Osaka
Location: SATSUKI, Hotel New Otani Osaka
Address: 1-4-1 Shiromi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture
Bookings/Enquiries: 06-6949-3234 (07:00-20:00)
Official Website: https://www.newotani.co.jp/osaka/restaurant/satsuki/
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/
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
Anime Film Crayon Shin-chan: Crash! Rakuga Kingdom and Almost Four Heroes Promoted With Themed Cafe in Saitama
Crayon Shin-chan: Crash! Rakuga Kingdom and Almost Four Heroes was released on September 11, 2020 as the 28th animated feature film in the Crayon Shin-chan series. To promote the film, a themed cafe is set to open at BOX cafe&space in the city of Koshigaya in Saitama Prefecture from October 1 to November 1.
The cafe originally opened at TOKYO PARADE inside Shibuya PARCO back in March for a limited time, and now it’s headed north of Tokyo to Saitama.
Shin-chan fans can look forward to a menu lineup of dishes, drinks, and desserts inspired by the film’s theme of “drawing.”
Rakuga Kingdom Cafe Crayon Shin-chan Curry | ¥1,390 (Before Tax)
The Shin-chan curry is a spicy yellow curry combined with coconut milk. The white sauce is inspired by the light blue colour of the smocks worn at Futaba Kindergarten in the series.
Rakuga Kingdom Cafe Buriburizaemon Curry | ¥1,390 (Before Tax)
This one’s a spicy black masala curry centred on Buriburizaemon.
Uki Uki Da Zo Crayon Shin-chan Pancakes | ¥1,390 (Before Tax)
Pancakes toped with cream and a cute Shin-chab illustration. It’s served with a wafer featuring pictures of other characters from the film.
Minna Suki ni Kakeba? Rakugaki Pudding Plate | ¥1,390 (Before Tax)
Two pudding tarts and a crepe which you can draw on with a chocolate pen to create your own cute illustrations like Shin-chan.
Shin-Chan’s Miracle Colourful Jelly Soda ¥890 | Shiro’s Cotton Candy Strawberry Milk ¥990 (Before Tax)
A soda served with jelly in five different colours and a strawberry milk topped with Shiro who’s made from cotton candy. It becomes a sweet strawberry milk as soon as the cotton candy hits and melts into the drink.
Pin Badges (8 Designs) | ¥400 (Before Tax)
Canvas Art | ¥3,500 (Before Tax) *Limited edition
The merchandise lineup features items with original artwork. There’s also bonus items for customers who book a table in advance as well as order a drink.
Enter the Rakugaki Kingdom of drawing at the limited-time Crayon Shin-chan cafe.
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Uki Uki Kaki Kaki Rakugaki Kingdom Cafe
Location: BOX cafe&space
Address: AEON LakeTown kaze LakeTown Gate 1F, 4-2-2 LakeTown, Koshigaya, Saitama
Running: October 1, 2020 – November 1, 2020
Table Reservations: ¥500 (Before Tax) *includes free merch
Cafe Official Website: https://shinchan-movie2020-cafe.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/
Sanrio’s Cute Face Mask Bags Keep Your Mask Safe With Hello Kitty and Cinnamoroll
11.September.2020 | FASHION
Pre-sales for Sanrio’s new face mask bags opened on Wednesday (September 9) on Asunarosha’s online shop. There are two bag designs, one with Hello Kitty and another with Cinnamoroll.
Hello Kitty Face Mask Bag ¥700 (Before Tax) / Cinnamoroll Face Mask Bag ¥700 (Before Tax)
Now you can store your masks safely and hygienically wherever you go and make it look cute.
The bags are made from TPU plastic and combines the strength of plastic with the lightweightness of silicone, so your mask won’t get dusty and even if the bag gets wet or dirty, the face mask stays safe and in tact.
The bags also take on an adorable rainbow colour when the light hits them, adding a bit of fun to the face mask routine.
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Hello Kitty Face Mask Bag / Cinnamoroll Face Mask Bag
Pre-Sales: September 9, 2020
Shipping: From September 14, 2020
Grand Front Osaka Opens New Cafe PANCAKE&books bibliotheque
11.September.2020 | FOOD
Grand Front Osaka opened its new cafe PANCAKE&books bibliotheque on September 11, 2020, serving a wide variety of fresh pancakes made with high quality ingredients.
Special Fruit Genmai Guilt-Free Pancakes | ¥1,500
These pancakes are made using gluten-free brown rice flour which creates a delicious fragrance and delightfully chewy texture to the pancakes. The pancakes are made even more chewier thanks to the incorporation of silken tofu, an ingredient which is also said to be good for dieting and the intestinal tract. The pancakes are topped with nuts and dried fruits, making them a very nutritional option.
Strawberry & Marshmallow Brûlée | ¥1,300
A hybrid pancake of two different desserts. It’s loaded with fluffy caramelised custard sauce to create a brûlée-like appearance and texture and is topped with sliced strawberries and roasted marshmallows. The caramel sauce drizzled on top adds a sweet and slightly bitter edge, bringing everything together.
Whole Peach & Fromage Blanc Cream Pancake | ¥1,500
Served with a whole juicy peach, these pancakes are combined with refreshing fromage blanc. The peach adds an ambrosial sweetness that melts perfectly with the fluffy pancakes. Complete the pancakes with a drizzle of the accompanying mint anglaise sauce.
Kyoho Grape, Blackcurrant, & Mascarpone Cream Pancakes | ¥1,700
A special combination of seasonal fruits including Kyoho grapes and blackcurrants. The mascarpone cream adds sweetness and the blackcurrant sauce a sour kick. If you’re wanting to taste autumn, then this one’s for you.
Mont Blanc & Praline Cream Pancakes in Caramel Sauce | ¥1,400
These pancakes make you feel summer changing to autumn with its fat dollops of rum-infused chestnut cream and praline cream. The chestnut cream brings a rich sweetness to your taste buds and the caramel sauce an appetising bitterness.
Pancake Burger | ¥1,300
bibliotheque’s incredible pancakes have also turned into hamburgers stuffed with a hand-rolled patty, melted cheddar cheese, sunny-side up egg, tomato, and lettuce.
Eggs Benedict Pancakes | ¥1,500
Pancakes towered with bacon, tomato, salad, and poached egg. The runny egg is a match made in heaven when combined with the homemade hollandaise sauce.
Salmon & Ricotta Cheese Pancakes | ¥1,500
Salad pancakes of smoked salmon, ricotta cheese, and poached egg. They are finished with rich Gruyère cheese.
Original Milkshake “Mixed Shake” | ¥700
A hybrid drink of authentic milkshake and Osaka’s speciality “Mixed Juice” beverage, this shake contains sakura tamago egg from Awaji Island and premium grade milk from Hamanaka in Hokkaido. It’s also made with vanilla cream and is topped with an apricot compote.
Grand Opening: September 11, 2020
Address: Grand Front Osaka Shops & Restaurants (South Bldg. 1F), 4-Ofukacho, Kita-ku, Osaka
Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00
Official Website: http://www.bibliotheque.ne.jp/pancake/