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.

 

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    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/

     

     

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    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/

     

     

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    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

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    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.

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    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.

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    Nagi’s Teru Teru Bōzu À La Mode – ¥1,490
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    Dreamy Peach Soda – ¥790
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    ▼Weathering with You Cafes

    Locations/Dates:
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    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/

     

     

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    Lion Plate

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    Baby Mikey Gateau Chocolate

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    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.

     

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    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

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    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!

  • 5 Places to Celebrate Halloween in Tokyo | 2019 Edition

    23.October.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    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

     

    ▶︎Jimi Halloween

    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)

    Sign-Up: https://dailyportalz.jp/kiji/jimihalloween2019

     

    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

    Event Page: http://www.vision-tokyo.com/event/vision-halloweenparty-2019

     

     

    Which of these events takes your fancy? Let us know on Twitter @moshi_moshi_glb or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/msmsnippon/

  • Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Pompompurin Gomaku Onigiri

    19.May.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    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.

     

    1. Ingredients

    Store bought gomaku rice mix (五目ごはん)

    Rice (I used 2 cups)

    2 eggs

    Starch

    1/2 meatball

    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!

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    12.July.2020 | FASHION / SPOT

    A new summer key visual was released on July 10, 2020 for Shiseido Beauty Square, a beauty facility in front of Harajuku Station, featuring Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, who is an ambassador for the establishment.

    Beauty Square’s concept aims to have people discovering their beauty, having fun, sharing experiences, and learning the latest in the scene. Visitors will be able to purchase cosmetics and makeup products, participate in interactive digital content, experience the salon where hair and makeup artists will beauty up customers, and more. Focused on younger customers, Beauty Square is a place to find your inner beauty, and what better place to do it than in Harajuku—Tokyo’s hub for youth fashion, beauty, and culture?

    The new key visual conceives Harajuku’s night sky lit up by bright and vivid fireworks, with Kyary’s hair and makeup an expression of the balance and harmony of beauty. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu conveys the sense of beauty and transience of Japanese fireworks and a midsummer night’s dream. Kyary will continue to collaborate with “Beauty Diversity” focused company Shiseido’s top hair and makeup artist Tadashi Harada on a variety of beauty projects that will stimulate people’s curiosity when it comes to beauty.

  • Sanrio Characters Come Together at Tokyo’s New POWDER ART CAFE HARAJUKU

    10.July.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    The new limited-time character cafe POWDER ART CAFE HARAJUKU is set to open in Harajuku, Tokyo from July 15, 2020 to mid-January 2021.

    From July 15 to mid-October, the cafe will be centred on the Top 10 characters of this year’s Sanrio Character Ranking, an annual event where fans around the world can vote for their favourite Sanrio characters. The cafe will subsequently celebrate the 45th anniversaries of both My Melody and Little Twin Stars until mid-January next year.

    At POWDER ART CAFE HARAJUKU, where the customers can draw their own designs on their orders, like latte art, Sanrio fans can look forward to a super cute menu line-up inspired by the adorable character roster.

    My Melody Sweet & Sour Strawberry Shaved Ice


    Tuxedo Sam Seafood Coquille Plate

    If you’re visiting Harajuku any time up to January next year, be sure to stop by POWDER ART CAFE HARAJUKU to make your own kawaii Sanrio character dishes.

  • Osaka’s Hirakata Park Announces After-Hours Horror Event

    09.July.2020 | SPOT

    Hirakata Park has announced the horror-themed event “Yamibiraki no Yoru” which will be held at the Osaka amusement park during the night from August 26 to September 13.

     

    Two Japanese horror entertainment companies are coming together to set up spooky spots around the park for the event. For the event, visitors will need to clear a mission to reach the goal which will involve the use of a smartphone or tablet.

     

    Yamibiraki no Yoru – Synopsis

    “There is a rumour that once a year, Hirakata Park opens up during the middle of the night. And though it’s open in the middle of the night, the only staff that can be spotted around are those with vacant looks in their eyes. What’s more is that there aren’t any visitors around. At some point, this rumour came to be called Yamibiraki no Yoru, ‘Open in Darkness.’ And this summer, an event is being held, on the same day that rumour was named, and with the same name…”

     

    Scary School Stories VR x Real Scary Experience

    Hirakata Park is also holding a haunted house event during the daytime from July 17, 2020. Themed on Kokkuri-san, a Japanese supernatural game, the event will combine the use of VR technology and real interactive scares.

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    08.July.2020 | FOOD

    Japanese black tea brand Lipton is opening two pop-up tea stands this summer called “Lipton TEA STAND Fruits in Tea.” They will open in Daikanyama and Osaka from July 10 and Kichijoji from July 22.

    Lipton opened its two permanent tea stands “Lipton TEA STAND” in Nagoya and Hakata in winter 2018 in an effort to make black tea more accessible to people. The drinks menus at these stands are diverse, ranging from simple black tea to their “Fruits in Tea” range which are teas filled with fresh fruits, royal milk tea, desserts, and more.

     

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    Passion Fruits: ¥1,200 (Tax Included) (+¥150 for honey milk) / Strawberry: ¥1,200 (Tax Included) (+¥150 for condensed milk)

    Lipton’s “Fruits in Tea” opened as a new way for people to enjoy black tea in summertime. With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Lipton has decided to whip up some refreshing “Happy!” new iced parfaits for beating the hot weather. Their popular custom menu lets you a variety of vitamin-packed fruits, herbs, and more to your iced tea.

    Frozen tea is the base of the iced parfait and retains the original flavour of the black tea. Added to that is ice and fruits inside a tumbler, all of which is layered to look like a parfait with a shaved iced quality to it. The “Passion Fruits” flavour is topped with passion fruit syrup and frozen lemon, orange, and kiwi, while the sweet and sour “Strawberry” is a mix of strawberry syrup and frozen strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries. Both options are sure to keep you cool during the hot Japanese summer.

    Original Iced Tea “Fruits in Tea”: Tumbler ¥1,000 (Tax Included) / Cup ¥600 (Tax Included)

    Lipton’s popular custom menu lets you choose from four tea bases, like Earl Grey and green tea. You can then pick your base fruits, like pineapple or strawberry, topping fruits such  as kiwi and mango, and then a special flavour like mint. Finally, choose your syrup, such as lemon, and you’v got your own custom beverage for the summertime.

  • Harajuku’s Fresh Cream Shop MILK Releases Milky Soft Serve Parfaits For Summer

    08.July.2020 | FOOD

    MILK, a fresh cream shop in Harajuku, is set to hold a new summertime fair this year called “Milky Soft Fair” which will begin on July 8, 2020.

    From Left: Kiwi ¥650 / Peach ¥650 / Strawberry ¥650 / Mango ¥650 / Condensed Milk Coffee Jelly ¥630

    MILK’s “Milky Soft Serve Parfait” usually only comes in one simple flavour, but for the Milky Soft Fair, they are serving up juicy mango, strawberry, and kiwi flavours, fruity peach, and bitter coffee jelly. The summery parfaits are made with fresh cream, fresh fruit, and rich soft service ice cream. The perfect dessert for keeping cool in the hot Japanese summer!

  • Hamtaro Cafe 2020 to Open in Tokyo, Saitama, and Osaka

    05.July.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    LEGS COMPANY has announced that it will open three cafes based on the popular Japanese character Hamtaro in Tokyo and Saitama on July 30 and Osaka on July 31.

     

    Hamtaro is a manga and storybook series created and illustrated by Ritsuko Kawai. The series began serialisation in 1997 and an anime adaptation first broadcast back in 2000. More than 20 years later, Hamtaro continues to enjoy much popularity in Japan.

    Hamtaro Cafe 2020 will be themed around sunflowers and the sea, and will serve up a fun experience perfect for the hot summer. The Ham-Hams have come out of their Clubhouse to pay a visit to the seaside and enjoy the sun. There will be sunflower and ocean themed food, drinks, and desserts for everyone to munch on.

    Yakisoba On Beach Hut Sunflower Bread: ¥1,499

    A plate of yakisoba and egg arranged to look like a sunflower, with Hamtaro sat right in the middle.

    Cone Cappy Hide and Seek Ice Cream Parfait: ¥1,399

    Cappy is wearing a cone on his head and is hiding amongst the ice cream, chocolate banana, and fresh mint.

    Ham Ham Glass Drinks: Drink Only – ¥789 Each / With Glass – ¥1,789 Each

    There are two drinks to choose from: the orange flavoured Hamtaro and the yogurt flavoured Bijou.

    Vinyl Pouch: ¥1,300


    Mascot Keyring Hamtaro: ¥1,550

    The cafe will also sell a range of exclusive merchandise too, which is scheduled to be available for online purchase as well in Japan.

    Ham-Ham Fans (14 Designs)


    Original Coasters (15 Designs)

    Those who dine at the cafe will receive a free Ham-Ham fan, and if you order a drink you’ll get a coaster too.

     

    ©Ritsuko Kawai / Shogakukan

  • Tell the Time With the Kawaii New Hello Kitty KAORU Wristwatches

    05.July.2020 | FASHION

    Japanese watchmakers MARUZEKI released a new collection of Hello Kitty wristwatches as part of their KAORU model series on June 27, 2020.

    KAORU x Hello Kitty Sweets Collaboration: ¥4,180 (Tax Included)

    MARUZEKI’s “KAORU” watches are inspired by aromatherapy, implementing a world-first concept that lets the wearer enjoy their favourite fragrances on the go. Designed and created with Japan’s state-of-the-art materials and technology, the Hello Kitty collection of 3 watches come with vanilla, strawberry, and coconut scents.

    The ‘Vanilla White’ fragrance is like a waft of sweet candy. It’s a popular scent seen in products, and uses a mix of aroma oils and perfumes to create the uplifting fragrance. The watch face has an illustration of Hello Kitty enjoying a cup of tea.


    ‘Strawberry Pink’ is inspired by strawberry milk and strawberry shakes. They recommend this one if you’re wanting a change of pace. This clock face has Hello Kitty enjoying some apple pie and talking on the phone.


    ‘Coconut Mint Green’ is a relaxing blend of coconut and passion fruit. Hello Kitty is dressed adorably as a mother making an apple pie for this design.


    The watches are packaged in special boxes with a cute pop-up Hello Kitty inside like that of a picture book. This itself serves as kawaii decoration, and makes for a great gift to someone (or yourself!)

  • Little Twin Stars 45th Anniversary Celebrated at Tokyo Tower

    03.July.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    To celebrate the 45th anniversary of Sanrio’s popular characters Kiki & Lala, also known as the Little Twin Stars, Tokyo Tower is now hosting an event called “Twinkle color miracle☆” which began on July 1.

    A special projection mapping display called “TOKYO TOWER CITY LIGHT FANTASIA ~Twinkle color miracle☆~” by NAKED, INC. is being shown on the second floor main deck of Tokyo Tower. This three-minute video covers the entire 30-meter long north window of the tower, showing a cluster of fireworks, the ocean, Tanabata, and other designs featuring Kiki & Lala’s iconic pastel colouring. The video can be enjoyed with the gorgeous Tokyo nightscape in the background from the window.

     

    TOKYO TOWER CITY LIGHT FANTASIA ~Twinkle color miracle☆~

    Schedule
    Dates: July 1, 2020 – July 31, 2020 / Time: 19:30-22:50
    Dates: August 1, 2020 – August 26, 2020 / Time: 19:30-22:50
    Dates: August 27, 2020 – September 22, 2020 / Time: 18:30-22:50
    Location: Tokyo Tower Main Deck (150cm) Floor 2F, North Side
    Price: Adults ¥1,200 / High School Students ¥1,000 / Children (Elementary & Junior High School Students) ¥700 / Aged 4+ Years ¥500

    Tokyo Tower’s first floor cafe “Cafe La Tour” is also serving some exclusive Little Twin Stars menu items, like ice cream and drinks. If you order one of the Kiki & Lala drinks, you’ll get one of the above-pictured coasters which feature the various Little Twin Stars designs from over the years.

     

    Cafe La Tour x Kiki & Lala Collaboration
    Running: July 1, 2020 – September 30, 2020
    Time: 10:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:30)
    Location: Tokyo Tower Main Deck (150cm) Floor 1F

  • Universal Studios Japan’s ‘We are One’ Summer Festival Begins This July

    02.July.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE / SPOT

    Universal Studios Japan (USJ) reopened on June 19, 2020 after temporary closure as a result of COVID-19. The park is now running with strict measures in place to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, including practicing the 2m social distancing rule, making it mandatory to wear face masks, and so on. The park has posted a full video demonstration of the rules on their official website.

    That means summertime is set to shine on USJ once again this year. The new ‘Universal Summer Parade: We are One’ event will begin on July 23 as the first parade held by the park since its reopening. Guests will be able to enjoy a fun and exciting summer at USJ with all the necessary precautions in place to ensure their safety.

    Many familiar faces will gather at USJ to celebrate summer with guests, including the Minions, Elmo, Snoopy, Hello Kitty, and more. Each of them will board colourful floats for the parade during the parade, which will open with the fittingly-titled “Opening Float” followed by a flurry of unique floats like the flashy “Latin Float,” cute European-inspired “Europe Float,” the mysterious “Indian Float,” and the finale “America Float,” amongst many others. There will be music to entertain guests for laughs, smiles, and fun energy while characters and entertainers ride the floats and serve summertime vibes.

     

    The peak moment of the parade will be when confetti rains down on guests in huge quantities. Flags can also be bought for the parade for the first time in this year. Performers and the park characters will be able to entertain guests at a distance while still connecting with them through the fun performances. A special “social distance” performance created in cooperation with the Osaka Prefectural Board of Education will also be part of the parade. This year’s parade plans to have guests dancing and smiling even more than previous years to lift some of that stress away and give them the fight and energy to continue into tomorrow.

     

    Universal Summer Parade: We Are One

    Put your hands into the air as the sun beats down and the floats arrive to a lively rhythm. ‘We are One’ is the catchphrase, so get your boogie on and explode with excitement together with the entertainers and park characters for a heated summer parade!

     

    Running: July 23, 2020 – August 27, 2020

    Location: Parade Route

    Time: One per day from 11:00am (approx 40 mins) 

    Buy yourself a parade flag for ¥500 and wave it around to the beat of the festival!

     

    Cool yourself off with some summer merch

    Get your hands on some merch for cooling off, including the must-have summer “Handy Fan,” a “UV Poncho” which keeps you cool in the heat of the sun, a classic “Sensu” folding fan, and more.

     

    Feel the Japanese festivities with the Universal Market

    The Universal Market will give that Japanese ‘matsuri’ festival vibe. Enjoy some cool desserts, spicy food, and more.

    Left: Super Hot! Turkey Leg ¥1,000 / Centre: Peach Jelly Soda: ¥650 / Right: Frappe Sundae ~Strawberry & Blue Hawaii~ ¥750

    Since guest safety is the number one priority this summer, the park will not be holding its famous splash performance where guests are soaked with water by water shooters.

     

    Additionally, the parade will also not stop in any of the usual designated places and will instead keep on moving, meaning the parade can be enjoyed from anywhere along the parade route. Guests will be able to keep plenty of distance from others as they watch the parade.

     

    The park also released a statement on its ‘enhanced sanitation in park operations’ on its official website so you can find out more about what USJ is doing to tackle the COVID-19 spread.

     

    If you’re in Osaka this year, you can still enjoy summer at Universal Studios Japan with all the necessary precautions in place.

  • Hello Kitty Cafe to Open in Narita Airport’s Anime Deck This July

    02.July.2020 | FOOD / SPOT

    KADOKAWA is set to open a Hello Kitty themed cafe on the Narita Anime Deck—which is located on the Main Building second floor of Narita International Airport Terminal 2—for a limited time from July 3, 2020 to October 2, 2020.

     

    The Narita Anime Deck

    The Narita Anime Deck opened inside Narita International Airport Terminal 2 in November 2019. It’s an entertainment facility where travellers from around the world can experience and enjoy Japanese anime culture in various forms such as with character merchandise, food, events, and a variety of photo spots.

     

    Hello Kitty Cafe

    The facility has collaborated with numerous anime series to open up limited-time cafes since it opened. This time around it is joining paws with Hello Kitty, a face known to all across the globe. As well as themed food, drinks and merchandise, customers can take a Hello Kitty quiz, learn the history behind Hello Kitty, and more.

     

    An Original Food Menu


    Hello Kitty’s Lovely♡ Pink Curry: ¥1,500


    Hello Kitty’s Gurakoro Burger: ¥1,500


    Hello Kitty’s Strawberry Pancake: ¥1,400


    Hello Kitty’s Strawberry Parfait: ¥1,200

     

    An Original Drinks Menu

    The incredible drinks menu is diverse, including lattes where you can get 46 different latte art designs of Hello Kitty from 1974-2019. It could be fun to pick your birth year, or a year where you have fond memories.

    Hello Kitty’s Colourful Tapioca Drinks (Matcha Milk/Strawberry Milk/Milk Tea): ¥720 Each

     
    Hello Kitty’s Marshmallow Coffee: ¥800


    Hello Kitty’s Latte (46 Designs): ¥720 Each

     

    Novelties

    For every item you order from the collaboration menu, you can also receive one of 46 possible original coasters once again featuring a different design of Hello Kitty between the years 1974-2019.

     

    1st Line-Up: July 3, 2020 – August 2, 2020


    2nd Line-Up: August 3, 2020 – September 2, 2020


    3rd Line-Up: September 3, 2020 – October 2, 2020

    If you’re travelling through Narita Airport anytime this year up to October, then be sure to head on up to the Narita Anime Deck to dine at the Hello Kitty Cafe.

     

    © 1976, 2020 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. L611439

  • Mobile Game BanG Dream! Girls Band Party Gets Themed Cafe in Tokyo, Osaka, & Nagoya

    02.July.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    LEGS COMPANY is opening three cafes in Tokyo (Ikebukuro), Osaka (Umeda), and Aichi (Nagoya) based on the popular mobile game Game BanG Dream! Girls Band Party for a limited time from July 31, 2020.

     

    Game BanG Dream! Girls Band Party is a rhythm and adventure mobile game that was released in Japan in 2017. It is part of Bushiroad’s “BanG Dream!” music media franchise which is centred on all-female bands.

     

    Since summer 2017, LEGS COMPANY has opened themed cafes based around the game every year. 2017 saw the cafes focus on the vocalists of the bands in the game. In 2018, it was the keyboardists and DJs, and last year the drummers. Each theme brought with it illustrations and decorations created specifically for the cafes, as well as a food menu inspired by the characters, original merchandise, and more.

     

    This year marks the 4th run of the annual summer cafe which will hit Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka. The theme this time around focuses on the seven main bands from the game. Seven characters from the bands, including one from a new band, will welcome fans in the form of kawaii-packed dishes, drinks, and desserts.

    Yamabuki Bakery’s Mini Croissant Plate (Poppin’party): ¥1,590 (Before Tax)


    Kitazawa Butcher’s Stamina Croquette Curry (Hello, happy world!): ¥1,490 (Before Tax)

    All of the main dishes on the menu are colourful and vivid, plated with hearty portions of delicious and nutritional goodies.

    Strawberry Rock Parfait (Afterglow): ¥1,290 (Before Tax)


    Colourful Doughnut Sandwich (Pastel*Palettes): ¥1,290 (Before Tax)

    This gourmet dessert is topped with fruit, so gorgeous it seems a waste to eat.

    Grape: ¥890


    Ramune: ¥890

    There are colourful drinks too with each colour representing a different band. Support your favourite band by getting a glass!

    Pin Set 2020 ver. (7 Designs): ¥3,100


    Canvas Art (7 Designs): ¥3,500 Each


    Birthday Pins (4 Designs): ¥650 Each

    Fans can get their hands on plenty of exclusive merchandise too, and there’s even birthday items and food available too.

    Online Birthday Cake (4 Designs): ¥3,850 Each (+¥950 shipping fee)


    Cushions (22 Designs): ¥3,800 Each

    You can even order your own special birthday cake in Japan from the cafe, and they’re not short on exclusive merchandise.

     

    ©BanGDream! Project ©Craft Egg Inc. ©bushiroad All Rights Reserved.

  • New Kaguya-sama: Love Is War Themed Menu Arrives in Akihabara

    01.July.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    Royal Host, a family restaurant in Akihabara, is collaborating with the popular TV anime series Kaguya-sama: Love Is War to serve two different menu line-ups. The first is currently running right now until July 5, which we covered recently. This time we’ll be taking a look at the upcoming second menu which will be served from July 6.

    Kaguya-sama: Love Is War is a romantic comedy manga series written and illustrated by Aka Akasaka. A 12-episode anime adaptation premiered in January. The series’s collaboration with Royal Host last year was such a success that the restaurant chain decided to bring it back again.

     

    2nd Collaboration Menu


    Five items make up this second Kaguya-sama: Love Is War x Royal Host menu.

    ~I Wanna Feed Miyuki Shirogane~ Kaguya Shinomiya’s Handmade Pasta: ¥1,800 (Before Tax)

    A tomato cream pasta topped with salted salmon roe and seafood, and served with a side of salad and garlic bread.

    ~Save the Student Council~ Student Council Member’s Bonding Curry: ¥1,800 (Before Tax)

    Butter rice topped with curry, spinach, melted cheese, boiled egg, and spicy onion rings. Served with a side of salad and mango dessert.

    ~Kaguya Shinomiya is Happy~ Kawaii Strawberry Parfait: ¥800 (Before Tax)

    Bright-red sweet and sour strawberry sorbet topped with fresh strawberries.

    ~I Wanna Befriend Kei Shirigane~ Blue Lychee: ¥500 (Before Tax)

    Lychee-flavoured soda topped with whipped cream.

    ~I Wanna Make Ai Hayasaka Feel Better~ Lonely Person’s Cheesecake: ¥580 (Before Tax)

    A slice of cheesecake drizzled in blueberry sauce.

     

    When you order from this second collaboration menu you will receive a free and exclusive coaster.

    Mug: ¥1,580 (Before Tax)


    Before Tax: ¥3,500

    There’s also a selection of exclusive merchandise for fans to get their hands on too, like a mug, cushion, or acrylic stand.

     

    ©Aka Akasaka / Shueisha・Kaguya-sama: Love Is War Production Committee

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