Tokyo Stroll: The Café That You Want to Visit to See Someone #12 – ‘J-COOK’ in Gaiemmae

08.November.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

In this edition of The Café That You Want to Visit to See Someone, I visited J-COOK in Gaiemmae, a place I visited one time while off work which ended up in me wanting to absolutely feature it in the series!

It’s just a 5-minute stroll from Gaiemmae Station.

The cafe enjoys lots of sunlight, which is brightened further by all the plants scattered through the shop. The cafes I have visited to date are often a little darker with only a little light seeping through the windows to create a certain atmosphere, and they are wonderful, but this was the first I have ever visited with so might light and so many plants. The air felt clear, adding to the level of comfort in the cafe, perhaps because there are so many plants adorning the interior.

The cafe also has a space with a slightly more darker light and atmosphere on the left side. I haven’t sat in that area yet, so I think I’ll try it out on my next visit.

When I come to J-COOK, my eyes always wander over to the marzipan creations (¥450).

These ones here were actually all individually handmade by the owner’s husband from the early morning.

If you look really closely, you’ll notice all the dog designs are different. When ordering, get to pick out which one you want, so try finding your perfect pup!

I had mine together with an iced coffee (¥450). The sweet marzipan is a delicious combination with the bitterness of the coffee.

I also got some potted cream (¥450). It’s kind of like a Japanese custard pudding with just a moderate amount of sweetness.

I had mine with a bit of brandy which had fragrant vanilla notes. They’ve had this brandy for 33 years since the store first opened.

The cream was sensational, and the gentle notes linger afterwards.

They have a lot of different homemade soups too which are perfect for the coming cold weather. I got the New Orleans-style gumbo soup. It’s spicy with clam and okra in it.

Relaxing jazz music plays in the cafe while you sit and enjoy your drink and meal.

J-COOK is a wonderful little cafe run by a husband and wife. When I first came, the wife came and talked to me. She’s super friendly, and although it was our first meeting, she made me feel really comfortable and welcome. She must be full of happiness, which in turn naturally gives people who visit the strength to be positive and work hard.

 

I reckon their smiles have saved a lot of people.

 

I can’t wait to visit again!

 

Writer/Model: Ema Tanioku

Photographer: Haruka Yamamoto

Design: Yuko Abe (ASOBISYSTEM)

Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

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  • Tokyo Stroll: The Café That You Want to Visit to See Someone #11 – ‘Hatoya’ in Asakusa

    16.August.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    In this edition of The Café That You Want to Visit to See Someone, I visited Hatoya which is located in Asakusa Shin-Nakamise Arcade.

     

    The streets of Tokyo’s historical district of Asakusa are packed to end with cafés. You can be spoiled for choice, but Hatoya stood out to me in particular as it’s an especially old café. Business there began back in 1927 but the actual building was built back in the Taisho period, meaning its history spans more than 90 years ago!

     

    The outside appearance of the shop is smart and chic so it’s very easy to spot. I couldn’t tell by looking from the outside, but the inside is full of old decorations and odds and ends which make you feel the history of the café.

    One reason why I wanted to visit this place so much is because I was drawn to their logo. It’s really retro-kawaii so I just couldn’t resist!

    You should take some photos too if you visit.

    It was time to head inside. It’s really comfy and cozy in there; the atmosphere was nice and relaxed.

    Framed on the wall is a map of the Asakusa area during the Taisho era. Hatoya became famous back then because people could buy coffee for a mere 5 sen (a single sen is one-hundredth of a yen).

     

    When business first began at Hatoya, because the café was opposite the stage door of a theatre, all of the famous actors and actresses would pop in. Some include famous Japanese comedian Roppa Furukawa and film actor Kiyoshi Atsumi who played Tora-san in the film series Otoko wa Tsurai yo.

    I ordered the café’s popular hotcakes which cost ¥600. They have been making these same hotcakes since before the war.

    They were nice and fluffy and had a deliciously gorgeous brown colour. The flavour was out of this world when the butter melted from the heat of the hotcakes and mixed together with the syrup.

     

    The portion might look like a lot but they are fluffy and have a light flavour so can be finished with no problem.

    And is the café’s signature milkshake (¥500).

     

    It’s so refreshing that you can knock it back all in one go. It has a simple flavour but it tasted so good!

    I also ordered the ¥600 cream soda, my favourite beverage.

    I’ve been to many cafés, and have covered many in this series, but this is the first I have dined at with such a deep history. I found myself enthralled by the stories of the owner who has continued to treasure the café and maintained it all the same since it opened. I feel like I have learned about a world I never knew about. The next time I go to Hatoya with a friend I’ll be sure to let them in on its history. I encourage you to visit too!

     

    Writer/Model: Ema Tanioku
    Photographer: Haruka Yamamoto
    Design: Yuko Abe (ASOBISYSTEM)

    TALENT PROFILE

    Ema Tanioku

    “Emaeri” is the nickname for models Ema and Eri Tanioku, who are Aomoji fashion model twins. Ema and Eri Tanioku specialise in twin fashion coordination. Over the years their fanbase has increased due to their cute looks. Ema Tanioku spreads Harajuku culture within Japan as well as overseas and works as a Harajuku Tourism Ambassador. Starting off as a model, Ema has broadened her talent range from fashion magazines to TV, and from playing the lead role in dramas to movies.

  • Tokyo Stroll: The Café That You Want to Visit to See Someone #10 – ‘Donguriya’ in Nishi-Ogikubo

    10.May.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    In this edition of The Café That You Want to Visit to See Someone, I visited Donguriya.

     

    To get there I plodded along from the North Exit of JR Nishi-Ogikubo Station, and after about 3-minutes I saw it!

     

    Various shops lined the street, but nature had almost reclaimed this single building which was wrapped in foliage. There’s no doubt that the people who pass by this way stop to take a look. Its inviting appearance elicits a peek as you’re left wondering what kind of place it is. I feel like a wonderful story is about to unfold!

    A sign sits at the front of the cafe with its mascot character waiting to greet you.


    He’s cute in a way that I can’t describe♬

    Time to head inside.

     

    Most of the interior is made of wood, a perfect accompaniment to the cafe’s name Donguriya (“Acorn Hut”).


    All of the signs as well as the menu on the wall are handwritten by the owner himself. It’s heartwarming just to look at♬

     

    Sipping coffee while enjoying the jazz music coming from the record player is nothing short of a luxury!

    I ordered pizza toast (drink + pizza toast set is ¥800), a Donguri cookie and coffee (drink + Donguri cookie set is ¥650).

    The toast is sliced thickly; the crusts are crunchy and the middle is soft. It was really tasty and had an old-fashioned taste to it.
    Donguri’s cookies are made by someone who has been a fan of the cafe  since long ago. They have a simple sweetness and go perfectly with the coffee!

     

    Since the cookies are made by a regular who has always loved Donguri they are the perfect cookies for Donguriya! If you pay a visit then you should definitely order one.

    The blend coffee is full-bodied and has a rich aroma. There is a slightly bitter aftertaste too. The coffee beans are also roasted in-house! It was really tasty and easy to drink even for someone like me who doesn’t know a lot about coffee.

     

    The owner and his older brother went to numerous cafes with their friends to try various different coffees before coming up with their own blend. It’s the real deal.

     

    It really felt as if I had been sucked into the world of a story with the warm light filtering through the windows and illuminating the tableware and furniture.

    Finally, a photo with the owner himself!

     

    He told me wonderful stories about the coffee and food at Donguriya which made me fall in love with the cafe even more.

     

    I want to bring my friends here next time♬

     

    Writer: Ema Tanioku
    Photographer: Haruka Yamamoto
    Design: Yuko Abe (ASOBISYSTEM)

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

    TALENT PROFILE

    Ema Tanioku

    “Emaeri” is the nickname for models Ema and Eri Tanioku, who are Aomoji fashion model twins. Ema and Eri Tanioku specialise in twin fashion coordination. Over the years their fanbase has increased due to their cute looks. Ema Tanioku spreads Harajuku culture within Japan as well as overseas and works as a Harajuku Tourism Ambassador. Starting off as a model, Ema has broadened her talent range from fashion magazines to TV, and from playing the lead role in dramas to movies.

  • Tokyo Stroll: The Café That You Want to Visit to See Someone #9 – ‘Cafe Ace’ in Kanda

    27.February.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    In this edition of The Café That You Want to Visit to See Someone, I visited Cafe Ace in Kanda.

     

    Being a cafe specialising in coffee it’s no surprise they have 40 different varieties of coffee! They even have 15 kinds of tea. Being able to pick out your favourite coffee before the morning rush every morning is really wonderful.

    Cafe Ace is one of the places I’ve wanted to cover for a long time in this series. I was excited to get inside!

     

    Its striped roof gives it quite a retro atmosphere. The warm colour scheme of the decor inside is that from old times – it’s very relaxed. It hasn’t changed since it opened way back when. It has continued to maintain its ways in spite of times changing. I think that’s wonderful.

     

    The cafe carries all kinds of magazines that have been published over the years. They range from 3 to 40 years old. The owner showed me his collection as we spoke about the cafe and conveyed his sentiment for Ace. I feel I have learnt much about its history!

    The menu plaques attached to the wall are all handwritten by the owner (he even wrote on the camel artwork above!)

     

    Simply amazing. His handwritten work spreads across the entire wall of Ace.

    I have come here on my before but I had no idea he had written all of this out so in learning more about it I have come to love Cafe Ace even more.


    His love and warmth can be felt throughout the whole room.

    And this―this is Cafe Ace’s famous seaweed toast! It’s made with seaweed, butter and soy sauce.


    The ingredients are simple but the flavour of the seaweed complements the butter perfectly. It’s super delicious, I want to eat it everyday! And it only costs ¥170.

     

    In the morning you can have it with blend coffee for ¥500 (+¥20 for iced coffee). You even get free refills on the blend coffee up until noon!

    American doughnuts, too. You can enjoy these at the small price of ¥230. They are sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and serve with a knob of butter in the ring. The heat of the doughnuts helps the butter to melt so you can lather it all over.

    Finally, a photo of the owner himself. Even in the photo I feel like his smile gives his customers strength. Seeing his lively energy gave me energy too.

     

    He holds his valuable feelings close, doing what he loves in the place he loves. I want to keep on seeing his radiating smile.

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  • Marvel Superhero Cafe to Open in Harajuku This October

    29.October.2020 | FOOD

    Japanese company LEGS is set to open a Marvel themed cafe for a limited time in the Omotesando and Harajuku area of Tokyo from October 30, 2020. The cafe’s concept is centred on themes such as power, courage, talent, justice, and camaraderie, and will serve up a special menu inspired by the heroes of the Marvel universe.

    The cafe will be decorated in all things Marvel, with Spiderman, Iron Man, and Captain America statues stood proud and ready to welcome customers. There will also be a photo spot in celebration of the upcoming film Black Widow which will be released in Japan first on April 29, 2021 and subsequently the US on May 7, 2021.

    The menu line-up will be inspired by Marvel’s roster of characters such as Spiderman, Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Black Widow, and more.

     

    The Menu

    <Marvel> Paprikash | ¥1,599 (Before Tax)

    A paprikash inspired by the one that Marvel demigod Vision makes in Captain America: Civil War. This one’s sure to have you feeling assembled and ready.

    <Captain America> American Tomato Pasta | ¥1,7900 (Before Tax)

    A Japanese-style napolitan pasta with a tomato sauce that packs a punch to charge up your power.

    <Iron Man> Evening Doughnut-Style Bagel Sandwich | ¥1,799 (Before Tax)

    A bagel sandwich inspired by the doughnut eaten by Tony Stark under the sunset.

     

    The Drinks

    <Captain America> Ramune Soda | ¥1,099 (+¥700 for coaster) (Before Tax)

    A bubbly ramune soda for when you’re in need of a power kick, topped with a cherry.

    <Marvel> Cafe Latte | ¥899 (+¥1,500 for mug) (Before Tax)

    A cafe latte which comes with an original mug.

    All customers who book in a table advance (¥650 per person before tax) and order from the themed menu will receive one of the above-pictured face mask cases from seven different designs.

     

    Exclusive Merchandise

    The cafe will also sell a range of original merchandise in several different designs such as the cafe logo, items based on the menu art, art from the Marvel movies, and more.

    <Cafe Logo Series> Acrylic Keyring (6 Designs) | ¥750 (Before Tax)

    <Menu Art Series> A4 Folder | ¥400, Bandana Handkerchief | ¥800 (Before Tax) *Available early November

    <Movie Series> Avengers: Infinity War Postcards (8 Designs) | ¥250 (Before Tax)

     

    Ⓒ 2020 MARVEL

  • Kawaii Bear Themed Cafe Menu Arriving at Tokyo’s Q-pot CAFE. This Christmas

    28.October.2020 | FOOD

    Q-pot CAFE. in Omotesando, Tokyo, has revealed its upcoming Q-pot CAFE. “KUMA”STMAS MENU which is set to be served from November 1 to December 25.

     

    Happy Merry “KUMA”STMAS!

    “KUMA”STMAS is a portmanteau of the Japanese word for bear (kuma) and Christmas. The cafe’s cute menu is here to bring warmth and cosiness this holiday season.

    Merry “KUMA”STMAS Plate w/ Drink – ¥2,060 (Tax Included)

    A sweet assortment cute enough to tug your heartstrings.

    Q-pot CAFE.’s pastry chefs take their time to delicately handmake the adorable bear’s baby face oat milk cookie. The cookie is sat on top of a fluffy duvet of whipped cream, berry jam with fresh berries, and a chocolate génoise cake. It’s a sweet and tangy combination of raspberry and strawberry.

     

    The cookie-topped cake is also served with a rich pistachio cream Christmas tree.

    Merry “KUMA”STMAS Bitter Caramel Milk Tea – ¥750 (Tax Included)

    A warm and cosy beverage to heal your heart, mind, and soul. This baby bear looks sweet but has delightfully rich notes thanks to the caramel. The tea is one of the cafe’s originals, the “Sweet Weekend,” which has a refreshing after taste and goes perfectly with the caramel cream.

    Merry “KUMA”STMAS Afternoon Tea Set | ¥2,400 per person (Tax Included) *Photo shows a set for two

    If you love teddy bears, then this afternoon tea set is a dream come true.

    Top Plate

    The top plate is a delicate assortment of sweet and crunchy oat milk cookies, a glass dessert of fromage blanc and fresh orange jelly, velvet cupcakes topped with pistachio cream made to look like a Christmas tree, and creamy macarons.

    Bottom Plate

    The bottom plate is the savoury selection and comes with croissants stuffed with roast beef topped with honey mustard sauce, a rich potato potage, and skewers piercing olives, mini tomatoes, and pickles.

    Special Novelty <Teddy Bear Message Card>

    Customers who book a table in advance to the cafe will receive a free teddy bear message card. These are limited in stock, so if you’re in Tokyo don’t miss out.

  • Winter Vegan Food to be Served Up at BOTANIST Tokyo in Harajuku This Holiday Season

    25.October.2020 | FOOD

    BOTANIST’s flagship shop BOTANIST Tokyo will be serving up a special Northern European-themed holiday season menu at its second floor BOTANIST Cafe from October 31, 2020. The line-up is made with the wish in mind that everyone can live with hope in mind as we draw closer to the end of 2020 and ready for the start of the New Year.

     

    Holiday Menu

    All food on the seasonal holiday menu is vegan and promised to be filling, delicious, and healthy.

    White Mushroom & Meatball Pasta | ¥1,250 (Tax Included)

    A vegan pasta with must-have meatballs covered in a lip-smacking tomato sauce. The pasta is made from rice flour.

    Shiitake Patty & Shimeji Sauce Hamburger | ¥1,500 (Tax Included)

    A vegan burger with a patty made from shiitake mushrooms and doused in an aromatic shimeji mushroom sauce. It’s served with hot hasselback potatoes which are seen in the cuisine of North Europe as well as cauliflower.

    Five Mushroom Soy Potage | ¥510 (Tax Included)

    A rich potage made from five varieties of mushroom including shiitake, eryngii, shimeji, and hen-of-the-wood. It has a full-bodied flavour and is nothing short of delicious.

    Vegan Doughnut Holiday Cake | ¥600 (Tax Included)

    A Christmas cake where you can pick two vegan doughnuts from a selection of flavours. It’s filled with soy cream which goes perfectly with the chewy rice flour doughnuts.

     

    Christmas Set To Go


    Christmas Set To Go: ¥2,200 (Tax Included) / Uber Eats: ¥2,600 (Tax Included)

    A Christmas set that can be ordered to go or via Uber Eats. Perfect for get-togethers with friends and families.

     

    BOTANIST Botanical Winter Coffret


    BOTANIST Botanical Winter Coffret (Premium Hair Care Set) | ¥8,690 (Tax Included)

    At BOTANIST Tokyo’s first floor shop, they have announced the release of a new hair care collection called BOTANIST Botanical Winter Coffret which will hit shelves on October 31, 2020.

     

    BOTANIST Tokyo’s vegan winter menu will arrive on October 31, 2020 which is the final day of their vegan autumn menu. Check out their autumn food line-up here.

  • Sanrio Themed Cafe Celebrates Characters’ Monthly Magazine ‘Ichigo Shimbun’

    23.October.2020 | FOOD

    Sanrio is once again collaborating with the EGG & SPUMA cafe located on the 8th floor of Shinjuku Lumine EST to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Ichigo Shimbun, a monthly magazine published by Sanrio which includes information about the latest character merchandise, the Sanrio Character Awards, and more. The limited-time cafe will run from November 1, 2020 to late January 2021.

    Sanrio fans can expect a very special menu line-up of food, drinks, and desserts based on their favourite characters from the Sanrio roster.

    There will in fact be two different menus served on separate occasions. The first menu will welcome a soufflé omelette topped with a potato salad Pochacco while the second will see an adorably pink My Melody cream stew.

    There will also be an incredibly cute two-tiered afternoon tea set with desserts and savoury items.

    For drinks, there is a Hello Kitty strawberry milk, Cinnamoroll milk, and milk caramel pudding Pompompurin.

    © 2020 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. L613344

    And everyone who orders from the collaborative menu will receive one of eight possible coasters as thanks for visiting.

  • Pokémon Cafe and Pikachu Sweets by Pokémon Cafe Reveal New Desserts Including Polteageist Tea Set

    20.October.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    Pokémon Cafe and Pikachu Sweets by Pokémon Cafe are releasing a new teatime menu at their respective branches on October 24, 2020.

     

    Pokémon Cafe

    Polteageist & Sinistea Tea Party! Fruit Tea Set ~Apple Flavoured~ | ¥1,188 (Tax Included)


    Polteageist & Sinistea Tea Party! Fruit Tea Set ~Strawberry Flavoured~ | ¥1,188 (Tax Included)

    Pokémon Cafe is serving up two different fruit tea sets based on the Ghost-type Pokémon Polteageist and Sinistea. Customers are free to pour in their desired amount of fruit syrup which changes the colour of the tea. The sets come with a cute cookie too.

     

    Pikachu Sweets by Pokémon Cafe

    Left: Polteageist’s Tea Party! Fruit Tea ~Mixed Berry Flavour~ / Right: Polteageist’s Tea Party! Fruit Tea ~Peach Orange Flavour~ | ¥700 Each (Before Tax)

    Pikachu Sweets by Pokémon Cafe is also going to serve up some Polteageist themed fruit teas as well as a selection of desserts like macarons and financier almond cakes which have Pokémon tail and ear designs.

    After ordering one of the Polteageist fruit teas, customers can place their cups under the Polteageist tea pot as pictured above and activate the pot to dispense their drink, so it’s like Polteageist  really pouring tea for you.

    Left: Swirlix Strawberry Macaron | Middle: Pikachu Vanilla Macaron | Right: Galarian Ponyta Pistachio Macaron – ¥500 Each (Before Tax)

    Treat yourself to one of the super cute Swirlix, Pikachu, or Ponyta macarons each with designs that tell you instantly which Pokémon they’re inspired by.

    Polteageist Fruit Tea and & Pikachu Macaron Set

    Customers can order a tea and macaron combination set too.

     

    Pikachu Parfaits

    Pikachu Glass Parfait Set | ¥1,500 (Before Tax)

    An adorable set of Pikachu parfaits, one being caramel banana flavoured and the other chocolate.

    Pikachu Tea Party Assortment – Pika Pika Pikavee Set | ¥2,800 (Before Tax)

    Another set to share between friends and family, this time with two Pikachu glass desserts as well as Pikachu and Eevee cupcakes.

    Pikachu Tea Party Assortment – Ghost Type Set | ¥2,800 (Before Tax)

    This set comes with the Pikachu glass desserts as well as Ghost-type Gengar and Litwick mousse cakes.

     

    The Polteageist teapot and Sinistea teacup used at the Pokémon Cafe and Pikachu Sweets by Pokémon Cafe will also be released at Pokémon Center Online in Japan on December 5, 2020.

     

    © 2020 Pokémon.©1995-2020 Nintendo/Creatures Inc./GAME FREAK inc.
    Pokémon, ポケットモンスター, and ポケモン are registered trademarks of Nintendo, Creatures Inc., and GAME FREAK inc..

  • Disney: Twisted-Wonderland Mobile Game Gets Themed Cafes in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya

    19.October.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    LEGS, INC. has announced that it will open three cafes themed on the mobile game Disney: Twisted-Wonderland at OH MY CAFE branches in Tokyo and Osaka on November 20 and in Nagoya on November 27.

    Disney: Twisted-Wonderland is a Japanese mobile game that was released on March 18, 2020. The concept, character designs, and scenario for the adventure rhythm game were conceived by Yana Toboso, the creator of the popular Black Butler manga series. The game is centred on the villains of Disney.

     

    The cafe’s theme places customers in the food hall of Night Raven College, the magic training school where the game is set. It will be adorned in decorations inspired by the game’s food hall, and coupled with that, the cafe will serve up food and drink that actually appear in the game. There’s also exclusive merchandise for players to get their hands on.

     

    The Menu

    There are four different lunches to pick from, all of which are low in salt content and so are a healthy option for wizards and witches flying into the cafe.

     

    Food

    <Lunch Option A>


    Deluxe Menchi Katsu Sandwich | ¥1,990, with plate ¥4,290 (Before Tax)

    The most popular item on the food hall’s menu is the non-fried menchi-katsu meat cutlet sandwich.

     

    <Lunch Option B>


    Salmon Cream Stew | ¥1,990, with plate ¥4,290 (Before Tax)

    A cream stew packed with salmon and vegetables and served with slices of baguette for dipping.

     

    <Lunch Option C>


    Tomato Base Squid Ink Pasta | | ¥1,990, with plate ¥4,290 (Before Tax)

    A colourful tomato-based veggie pasta in squid ink and served with fruity yoghurt.

     

    <Lunch Option D>


    Four Mushroom Risotto | ¥1,990, with plate ¥4,290 (Before Tax)

    A creamy, mild-flavoured risotto served with four different kinds of mushrooms.

     

    Drinks


    Character Drinks (7 Flavours) – Heartslabyul, Savanaclaw, Octavinelle, Scarabia, Pomefiore, Ignihyde, Diasomnia | ¥890 with coaster ¥1,790 (Before Tax)

    A selection of colourful tinted waters inspired by seven different characters seen in the game.

     

    Merchandise


    Superdeformed Series Art Example


    Pattern Series Art Example

    Magic-wielding players can get their hands on a selection of merchandise both at the cafes, and from November 20, via the OH MY CAFE STORE website. There are two different designs for the merch line-up as pictured above.

     

    Bonus Items

    Customers who book a table in advance (¥650 before tax per person) at the cafe will receive one of 22 possible lunch mats, and if they order a drink, one of 22 coasters.

    ©Disney

  • Tokyo’s New Art Cafe WHAT CAFE Opens in Tennozu

    15.October.2020 | FASHION / FOOD

    Warehouse TERRADA opened up the new art cafe ‘WHAT CAFE’ in Tennozu, Tokyo, on October 15, 2020.

    Left: Overlap of paint (dot3) by Soichi Yamaguchi | Right: Ichijiteki ni Inu, Ichijiteki ni Hito, Ichijiteki ni E by Dan Isomura

    WHAT CAFE will serve as a hub to support artists in Japan’s art industry by functioning as both a gallery and cafe in a 800㎡ space. The gallery will change out the artwork from time to time to allow for more artists to showcase their works to visitors throughout the year. There will be hundreds of pieces shown in an entire year.

    Left: Peel off the paint “No.125” by Haruna Shinagawa | void #35 by KIKUCHI Ryo

    Tokyo’s Tennozu area is looking to become a major stop for art in Japan and is currently home to various art facilities like the pigment lab PIGMENT TOKYO and Japan’s biggest gallery complex TERRADA ART COMPLEX.

     

    If you’re interested in contemporary art in Japan, and are visiting Tokyo, then you won’t want to miss a stop to Tennozu. Be sure to stop by WHAT CAFE.

  • Shaun the Sheep Themed Food Served Up in Japan to Celebrate 25th Anniversary

    15.October.2020 | FOOD

    To celebrate 25 years since the screen debut of the beloved clay animated Shaun the Sheep, a new shop and cafe called “Shaun the Sheep Farm Cafe Stand” is opening up in Kanagawa serving up themed food, drink, and desserts.

    Shaun the Sheep Farm Cafe Stand

    Shaun the Sheep Farm Cafe Stand will open on October 15, 2020 in Kamiooka, Kanagawa, as a takeout cafe stand inspired by Shaun the Sheep. Customers can look forward to a selection of coffees and desserts based on the adorable sheep himself. And to celebrate the cafe’s grand opening, a special free show will take place there from October 15-18, 2020.

    Shaun Soft Cream | ¥500 (Before Tax)

    Subtly sweet soft serve ice cream topped with a Shaun the Sheep cookie.

    Shaun Cafe Latte | ¥700 (Before Tax)

    A foamy latte with a cute Shaun marshmallow sat on top.

     

    Shaun the Sheep Farm Cafe Stand

    Location: mioka LIST (Floor 6F)

    Access: Directly connected to Kamiōoka Station via the Tokyu Line and Yokohama City Blue Line
    Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 (Last Orders 20:45)

     

    Shaun the Sheep Village Shop & Cafe

    The Shaun the Sheep Village Shop & Cafe in Minami Machida Grandberry Park, which opened in November 2019, introduced a limited-time autumn menu last month which is still being served.

    Shaun’s Special Meatball Spaghetti | ¥1,580 (Before Tax)

    A hot meatball spaghetti served with a Shaun the Sheep waffle which can be enjoyed together with fresh cream, maple syrup, and the meat sauce.

    Baby Shaun’s Forest Grape Trifle w/ Drink | ¥1,480 (Before Tax)

    A towering trifle topped with seasonal grapes, vanilla ice cream, grape sherbet, custard, and grape jelly for a sweet and sour autumntime mix.

    Fluffy Baby Shaun Custard or Caramel | ¥250 for one, ¥1,000 for five (Before Tax)

    An adorable confection enjoyed by both child and grown-up customers. The cafe has now introduced a new caramel flavour.

     

    Shaun the Sheep Village Shop & Cafe

    Location: Grandberry Park Central Court Wonder Theatre (Floor 1F)

    Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00 (Food Last Orders 21:00 / Drinks Last Orders 21:30)

     

    Shaun the Sheep Farm Cafe: Halloween Menu

    Shaun the Sheep Farm Cafe, a permanent cafe located inside Prime Tree Akaike Shopping Mall in Aichi, is serving up a special Halloween menu this year.

    Shaun’s Happy Halloween Plate 2020 | ¥1,380 (Before Tax)

    A bright-red tomato sauce hamburger served with pumpkin cream soup and salad.

    Shaun’s Happy Halloween Dessert Assortment | ¥1,180 (Before Tax)

    A sweet combo of pumpkin mont blanc and a pumpkin tart.

     

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  • BT21 Cafe to Open in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya For Autumn 2020

    13.October.2020 | FOOD

    The 7th run of the popular BT21 Cafe is set to open in Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya starting from October 17, 2020.

    BT21 are the LINE messenger app characters created by K-pop group BTS. The cafe has seen six runs in Japan until now, and has proven immensely popular amongst fans for the selection of original dishes and drinks as well as exclusive merchandise. The 6th run ran back in February and March with a spring theme.

     

    The theme of the 7th edition is centred on having a pyjama party in the long autumn evenings. The cafe artwork as well as food and merchandise is all themed on the autumn season.

     

    FOOD

    The food menu is a choice of a main, such as pasta or paella, and a side like clam chowder which is served up a cute character mug of your choice.

    Fish Ragu Fusilli Pasta Set Menu Example | ¥1,490

    A fusilli pasta dish served with a seafood tomato sauce.

    Eggplant & Zucchini Lasagne Set Menu Example | ¥1,490

    A lasagne served with the summer vegetables eggplant and zucchini as the main ingredient.

    Seafood Paella Set Menu Example | ¥1,490

    A Spanish dish containing Paella made with a seafood stock and served with potato wedges covered in a bravas sauce.

    Margherita Pizza Set Menu Example | ¥1,490

    The staple takeout pizza topped with tomatoes, mushrooms, and basil.

     

    DESSERT

    A selection of cakes served in different mugs with BT21 character designs.

    Shortcake / Chocolate Cake / Mont Blanc / Cheesecake  – ¥1,290 Each

     

    DRINKS

    Drinks are self-service and include carbonated water, milk, and other beverages all of which can be topped with a dollop of character ice cream. This is a new kind of drink to be introduced at BT21 Cafe.

    Character Drinks: KOYA/RJ/SHOOKY/MANG/CHIMMY/TATA/COOKY  – ¥990 Each

    Glass Drinks: KOYA/RJ/SHOOKY/MANG/CHIMMY/TATA/COOKY – ¥500 Each

    TAKEOUT DRINK | 1,690

    The takeout drink is a blueberry milk combination.

     

    GOODS

    Fans can get their hands on a selection of original and exclusive miscellaneous merchandise all with the stay-at-home pyjama party theme.

    Heart Pins | ¥600 Each (Design Chosen Randomly)


    Card File | ¥1,300

     

    Bonus Items

    Cafe Original Cards

    Cafe Original Coasters

    Customers who book a table in advance will receive a free cafe original card, and those who order a drink a free coaster.

     

    ©BT21

  • Enjoy Breakfast With a Feline Twist at eXcafe Gion in Kyoto Where They Serve Cat Shaped Toast

    06.October.2020 | FOOD

    eXcafe Gion, a cafe located near Kyoto’s popular tourist spot Yasaka Shrine, introduced its Mikeneko breakfast to the menu on Monday. The breakfast was first put on the menu at the Arashiyama branch of eXcafe.

    Gion is one of Kyoto’s biggest and most famous shopping districts. eXcafe Gion is located along Shinbashi-dori Street, which is listed as one of Japan’s Important Preservation Districts of Historic Buildings, making it within walking distance of many traditional places in Kyoto such as Yasaka Shrine, Hanamikoji Street, Shirakawa, Tatsumidaimyojin Shrine, and more.

    eXcafe Mikeneko Breakfast | ¥1,380 (Before Tax)

    eXcafe’s Mikeneko breakfast menu is made with the new thick-cut, three-coloured cat-shaped bread from the popular cafe Kyoto Neko Neko, which is made with three flavours: caramel, black cocoa, and plain. It comes with various toppings to choose from including anko red bean paste, butter, whipped cream, and fruit, so you can arrange your toast how you like it.

     

    The toast is served with mitarashi-dango for dessert which can be cooked on top of the little stove that you get.

     

    Enjoy a super cute breakfast meal at eXcafe and then a stroll around Gion when visiting Kyoto.

  • Kirby Café Launches Autumn Menu in Tokyo and Fukuoka

    26.September.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    The Kirby Café in Tokyo and Fukuoka released three new dishes for autumn last Friday (September 18).

    The menu items are made with seasonal flavours like pumpkin, sweet potato, and chestnut.

    Filling Autumn Plate – Salmon Cream Pasta & Pumpkin Salad Sandwich | ¥1,480 (Before Tax)

    One plate packed with fall flavours including a rich salmon cream pasta and pumpkin salad sandwich. If you look closely, you’ll spot cute pieces of Waddle Dee cheese.

    Fallen Leaf Waterfall☆Mont Blanc and Baumkuchen With Friends | ¥1,280 (Before Tax)

    Rick, Kine, and Coo feature on this tasty-looking dessert plate which is a baumkuchen piled with a chestnut mont blanc cream.

    Kirby’s Hot Sweet Potato Sticks | ¥1,080 (Before Tax)

    Crunchy on the outside, hot in the middle, and seasoned with fresh rosemary. Kirby is a pro at inhaling food, but don’t burn yourself with these!

  • Review: Miffy Café at Tokyo Solamachi®

    25.September.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    In commemoration of Miffy’s 65th anniversary, the new Miffy Café opened on the first floor of Tokyo Solamachi on September 11, 2020 and will remain open for a limited time. The café is also collaborating with Japanese illustrator Shogo Sekine.

    We visited the café to check out the themed menu, merchandise, and other fun things on show to see.

    Stepping into the café is like stepping into a picture book world. It’s really colourful in there. My mother read Miffy to me when I was a child, so I was hit with a real sense of nostalgia when I entered the café. No matter your age, you’re sure to enjoy your time there – that’s the kind of fun atmosphere they have created.

    Terrine-Style Open Miffy Sandwich | ¥1,499

     

    I ordered the terrine-style open Miffy sandwich and Miffy orange float from the themed menu.

    The open sandwich arrives in the shape of Miffy, so it almost seems a waste to eat, but it was really cute and delicious. Simply the best. It’s filled with potato salad, an avocado sauce, and salmon.

    Miffy Orange Float | ¥899

    The ice cream that tops the orange float is made to look like Miffy too!

    Snapping a photo while drinking the float is pretty Instagrammable, so it’s a must when visiting.

    All of the items on the menu have Miffy somewhere on them, meaning anything you order is guaranteed to be kawaii. They have takeout too, which is great if you don’t have much time to hang around or just don’t want to dine inside.

    Speaking of which, each table in the café is separated with an acrylic board to protect customers during the pandemic, and all of them have super cute designs. Another photo opportunity for sure!

    The café sells original merchandise too. The fashion items and illustrations with English on them were designed by popular Japanese illustrator Shogo Sekine. There’s a whole range of different goodies, from plush toys to fashion and more.

    Don’t you feel happy just looking at all these colours? You’ll find yourself spoilt for choice on what to buy.

     

    The Miffy Café is open until October 18. You can book a table too, so if you’re in Japan during this time, be sure to visit the café website below.

     

    Illustrations Dick Bruna © copyright Mercis bv, 1953-2020  www.miffy.com

     

    Model & Writer:Eri Tanioku

    Photo: Haruka Yamamoto

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

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