Sanrio Characters Get Together for the Last EGG&SPUMA Collaboration Cafe in Tokyo
Sanrio is collaborating with EGG & SPUMA cafe which is located on the 8th floor of the shopping centre Lumine EST Shinjuku. The Sanrio Characters Cafe is set to open on November 15 and will remain open for a limited time only.
This will be the last time that Sanrio will collaborate with EGG & SPUMA and to really make it special, the menu is grander and packed with even more of your favourite Sanrio Characters. If you are a Sanrio fan, you definitely won’t be able to resist the adorable atmosphere.
From dinner to dessert to drinks, the menu will leave you spoilt for choice. If you’re looking for something to fill you up, then the Pompompurin Cheese Burger is for you. Pompompurin sits on the plate in burger form wearing a cute beret. Kiki and Lala’s themed dish is a tower of soufflé pancakes made to resemble a cute tree, and My Melody’s dish is a Melty Strawberry Soufflé Pancake garnished with a pink ribbon.
Of course, EGG & SPUMA Collaboration Cafe will be whisking up their highly popular Tea Party Set again but this time, the Sanrio presence is very intense.
The special Sanrio-style Tea Party Set is a grand three-tier course full of intricate design. The fun feast on the first tier features a colourful jelly treat which takes on the appearance of a capsule toy machine, and playful pup Pochacco in the form of a panna cotta dessert. The second tier serves up EGG&SPUMA’s popular soufflé pancakes covered in an irresistible berry sauce. The third tier will treat you to a ribbon-shaped strawberry milk crêpe and mini chocolate cakes with My Melody and Kuromi playing on top.
Order from the collaboration menu to receive a cafe-limited drink coaster.
*There are eight possible designs. Each customer will receive one coaster upon their order and they are unable to choose the design they receive.
Make sure to stop by for a top up on your kawaii levels!
Sanrio Characters Cafe
Location: EGG&SPUMA, Floor 8 Shinjuku Lumine EST, 3-38-1, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Cafe Running Period: November 15, 2019 – Mid January, 2020
Opening Hours: 11:00 – 22:30 (Last Orders: 21:45)
These Hello Kitty Kintsuba Japanese Confections are the Perfect Souvenir From Japan
05.November.2019 | FOOD
Confectionery company Nakataya has teamed up with Sanrio to release the Hello Kitty Kintsuba.
Kintsuba is a type of traditional Japanese confection of sweet beans wrapped in wheat-flour dough. Nakataya is famous for their kintsuba, which are made with large-grained beans and red bean paste. They have maintained the flavour and quality of these confections, each of which is made with the utmost precision, and all individually.
This year marks the 85th anniversary since Nakataya opened. The long-standing store hopes to bring in more foreign and younger customers by collaborating with Hello Kitty.
They have crafted several flavours. Pictured above is the apple pie flavour, Hello Kitty’s favourite. It’s made with fuji apples from Aomori Prefecture which is known for its incredible apples. It’s mixed with white bean paste and is lightly flavoured with cinnamon.
The mixed berry flavour is a fruity sweet and sour mix of strawberries, raspberries and blueberries which have been mashed together with white bean paste.
The confection comes in two kinds of packaging: one designed by Nakataya’s founder Nakata (中田憲龍), and a Hello Kitty version where she is dressed as a dragonーa symbol of the shop. This is a completely original Hello Kitty design made specially for the collaboration.
The outer packaging is made with a wrapping cloth to both pass down an aspect of traditional Japanese culture while also catering to the eco-friendly lifestyle of the modern age. It’s made from amuzen fabric and can be reused. The inner packaging is a simple paper tray so can be recycled. And if you take the wrapping cloth back to the store, they can refill it with the three Hello Kitty kintsuba confections at a discounted price.
Hello Kitty Kintsuba
Released: November 1, 2019
Contains: One box of 6 (x3 mixed berry/x3 apple pie)
Price: Hello Kitty Kintsuba – ¥2,500 (Before Tax) *Comes with wrapping cloth
Hello Kitty Kintsuba Refill – ¥1,800 (Before Tax)
*The refill is only available to those with a wrapping cloth
Available: At participating Nakataya branches and the online shop
Official Website: www.kintuba.co.jp
Christmas Gifts, Delicious Desserts & More Coming to Tokyo Skytree Town This Holiday Season
The dessert shops and and bakeries on the second floor of Tokyo Solamachiーthe shopping facility at the base of Tokyo Skytreeーare reading themselves for Christmas by baking up a whole range of festive delights for the holiday season, perfect for parties, gifts, or as a little self-indulgence. Let’s dive in and take at what’s on offer this year.
The perfect cakes for spending Christmas at home
Bonheur du Noel – ¥6,480 @ Ginza BOUL’MICHI (Tower Yard Floor 2F) [Reservations: November 1 – December 13 / Serving: December 21-25] *Tokyo Solamachi exclusive
Macarons are in this year in Japan, so BOUL’MICHI has whipped up the perfect strawberry chocolate cake adorned with colourful macarons and fresh strawberries to give it that Christmas-y look. Only 50 of these precious cakes will be sold, so don’t miss out.
Fromage Citron @ – ¥2,970 Ginza Ginger (Tower Yard Floor 2F) [Reservations: November 1 – December 10 / Serving: December 23-25] *Tokyo Solamachi exclusive
This no-bake cheesecake is made with Oceania cheese and layered with an almond base followed by a sumptuously sour lemon cream.
16cm Yule Log – ¥4,104 @ Sweet Heart Tree (Tower Yard Floor 2F) [Reservations: November 1 – December 20 / Serving: December 15-25]
A gourmet yule log made with rich chocolate and packed with fruits and nuts. This sophisticated dessert is one for the adults to enjoy.
Takeout Sweets & Christmas Merchandise
Tiny Waffles (Dark Chocolate/White Chocolate) – ¥486 Each @ RL waffle cake (Tower Yard Floor 2F) [Reservations: November 1 – December 23 / Serving: December 20-25]
If you’re looking for something a little smaller, perhaps as a Christmas present to friends and family or as a little gift to yourself, then check out these fluffy waffles made with strawberries, chocolate and whipped cream. Simple, but delicious!
Mamegui Towels (Santa Clause/White Christmas/Snowman) – ¥550 Each @ Mamegui (East Yard Floor 4F) [Available From November 1] *Gifts inside sold separately from ¥388
Mamegui are a type of towel used in Japan to wrap gifts in for people. These Christmas versions are perfect for wrapping up small presents for people, like Japanese snacks and candy.
Crispy Cakes (Happy Wreath/Santa/Reindeer) – ¥508 Each @ pon pon×Chris.P (East Yard Floor 2F) [Available From November 15]
These tiny crispy cakes are another great little bite to eat. The cute Santa version is cookie and milk flavoured and has marshmallows as the fluff of his hat.
Tokyo Skytree’s THE SKYTREE SHOP Christmas Items
THE SKYTREE SHOP is the official souvenir store of Tokyo Skytree®. This Christmas they are selling a new batch of themed items, including plenty featuring their cute official mascot Sorakara-chan.
TOKYO SKYTREE Premium Chocolates – ¥1,706 @ Tokyo Skytree Floors 345 & 450 [Available From November 7]
This luxurious assortment of Tokyo Skytree-shaped chocolates come in a variety of flavours, including ruby chocolate.
Left: Sorakara-chan Winter Collection S – ¥2,200 / Right: Sorakara-chan Winter Collection Mascot – ¥1,375 @ Tokyo Skytree Floors 1, 5 & 450 [Available From November 7]
You can’t leave Tokyo Skytree without a little memento, so why not pick up a cute duffle coat clad Sorakara-chan? Available this winter only.
Sorakara-chan Compact Mirrors – ¥968 @ Tokyo Skytree Floors 1, 5 & 450 [Available From November 7]
Also part of the Sorakara-chan winter collection are these compact mirrors which are filled with glitter that falls like stars or snowflakes depending which one you go for. They are small enough to fit into your pocket or bag making them super convenient.
And that’s not allーTokyo Solamachi has countless other goodies, from desserts to souvenirs, to pick up this Christmas too. If you’re in Tokyo this winter season and are planning a trip to Tokyo Skytree, be on the lookout.
*All listed prices include tax. Applicable tax rate may vary on certain products in line with Japan’s consumption tax increase.
*Products and sale periods subject to change. Products available while supplies last.
*Pictured photos are for illustrative purposes only.
Tokyo Skytree Town®
Address: 1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida Ward, Tokyo
Official Website: http://www.tokyo-skytreetown.jp/english/
Enjoy a Blue Wonderland Buffet at Alice in an Old Castle, Ikebukuro
03.November.2019 | FOOD
Fantasy restaurant Alice in an Old Castle, Ikebukuro will be serving up an all-you-can-eat buffet menu consisting of approximately 30 varieties of sweet treats and light bites. The beautiful Blue snow collection will be served from November to December.
The Playing Cards and other Alice in Wonderland-themed motifs can be seen decorating the grand buffet table. There is a 30-minute opportunity for all keen Instagrammers to get photos of the buffet table before the eating commences.
From the snow icing biscuits to the blue roses, the Blue snow collection theme runs through the entire buffet. The warm grape juice and melted cheese croque monsieur will quickly warm your winter-weathered body.
Among the snowy hills dusted in intricate and icy snowflakes comes the sweet and aromatic scent of the caramelised purin cake. The mildly sweet flavour of the milk and eggs is accented with a tangy lemon flavour.
Stollen fruit bread is traditionally served at Christmas in Germany and has become an unmissable part of the perfect Christmas celebration. The bread is moist and heavy and kneaded with dried fruits as it needs to be preserved to last the entire Christmas season. This traditional bread is packed with the flavours of Christmas. A slice of this is the perfect dessert for those who don’t have much of a sweet tooth.
The Christmas tree cake at the centre of the buffet will immediately catch your eye. Fresh and juicy strawberries, silver pearls and white rice dumplings decorate the tree. You will not be able to resist posting this on your Instagram. Cut a slice to reveal the chocolate sponge cake underneath.
The ears of the White Rabbit can be seen poking out of this tart. Once you take a bite, the sweet flavours will melt in your mouth. The tart is baked to enhance the banana flavour. Brown sugar is added for a rich sweetness that is not overpowering, creating a brand new flavour experience. You will be helping yourself to another slice before you even know it.
There is more to the buffet than just desserts, however. There is a full savoury meal menu, too. From a Light Pink Spicy Curry to a pasta dish made with varying ingredients of the season and a tartine coloured with a wide range of seasonal vegetables, the meals and meal sizes will leave you fully satisfied. If you want to take a break from the sweet treats, a fulfilling savoury meal would be a good shout.
Alice in Wonderland Dessert Buffet Blue snow collection
2019 Opening Dates:
November 4, 9, 16, 23 & 30
December 7, 14, 21, 22, 28
Buffet Times: 13:00 – 14:30
* Opens at 12:30 with a 30-minute session for customers to take photos beforehand.
Prices: Adults: ¥3,000, Children (10 years and below): ¥1,000 (Before Tax)
* Reservations will no longer be accepted once all seats are booked.
Alice in an Old Castle
Address: Suzuwa Bldg B1F, Toshima, 2-16-8 Minami Ikebukuro
Access: 3-minute walk from Ikebukuro Station
Usual Opening Hours: Monday – Friday, 17:00 – 23:30 (Last Orders: 22:30)
Weekends & National Holidays: 16:00 – 23:30 (Last Orders: 22:30)
Closed when Suzuwa Building is closed.
Winners Announced For 4th Gemstone Animation Creator Contest
12.December.2019 | ANIME&GAME
GEMSTONE is an audition project created by TOHO CO., LTD. and ALPHABOAT which seeks to find the best creators. The 4th GEMSTONE project was announced in August and sought submissions of short animations themed on Shinjuku.
The judge line-up for the contest included anime film and television director Kobun Shizuno, who worked on the Detective Conan film series from 2011-17 as well as the Godzilla CG kaiju film series from 2017-18. It also included animator Yasuhiro Kimura who worked on Three Leaves, Three Colors and the Golden Wind arc of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. After several months of submissions and judging, the winners and their prizes have finally been announced.
“GEMSTONE” refers to the talent selected by TOHO and ALPHABOAT for the audition project, which ranges from animators to illustrators, composers, singers, actors, and so on. The two companies will help open doors to winners’ career paths.
The first competition was themed on Godzilla, and asked for video or illustration submissions. The theme of the second was “With Japan!” and requested submissions for an original character, and the third asked for video submissions to promote Nisio Isin’s 100th story Veiled Man Kasetsu.
Let’s take a look at the winners of Gemstone Creators Audution Vol. 4.
First Place Prize – 1 Million Yen
Title: kaijushojo / Creator: Yosuke Tani
Story: A spirit resides in Shinjuku. A girl in the city challenges herself to battle with the spirit.
Kobun Shizuno said: “It’s visually stunning. For someone like me, who was raised in Shinjuku, I felt I wanted the theme in the much more at points, but when I considered that this had to be made in such a short time frame, it’s incredible. If he’s making these by himself, he’s got a bright future ahead of him. I think all the praise from everyone comes from the overwhelming quality of the visuals.”
Yasuhiro Kimura said: “It has the highest level of quality out of all the submissions. I chose this one for both that and how interesting it was to watch. It was so much fun watching the characters’ animation. I felt it was a work with a high level of completion and of satisfaction.”
Runner-Up Prize – 700,000 Yen
Title: Dramatic / Creator: 作田綾乃
Story: A lone street musician singing in Shinjuku whose voice reaches somebody.
Kobun Shizuno said: “This wasn’t made by just one person, but the overall package is woven together incredibly skilfully. I personally feel this work surpasses all the rest. In terms of the visual quality, there’s a lot that could be cleaned up and there are many points still to be learned, but the drama is on point with music as the core focus. The development is solid throughout, and I admire how well put together everything us right to the end.”
Yasuhiro Kimura said: “I have to give credit to them having created an animation centred around an original song at just 19 years-old. Amongst all the other many works which all used Shinjuku as the location, it feels like a realistic piece of drama which covers musicians visiting Tokyo. And even though it’s 5-minutes long, it by no means felt long; it was a seamless watch.”
Runner-Up Prize – 300,000 Yen
Title: tellphone / Creator: 亀井樹
Story: Where’s my lost smartphone? “The ending of a story is a beginning.”
Kobun Shizuno said: “I was impressed by the amazing quality of the visuals, but the structure of the story lost me. We see the characters line up, and you think something interesting is about to unfold, but the older brother’s cheeks turn red and that’s the end. It was a weak conclusion. If they did away with the part in the middle and made the ending stronger, I think it would have been an incredible piece of work worthy of being higher up in the list.”
Yasuhiro Kimura said: “I liked the concept of this one the most. The joke about finding a lost smartphone with location information was amusing. It was very relevant of the current times. But the disappointing part was when we meet the shopkeeper at the end, and then it just ends. I wanted to see what unfolded after we met them too. Since they went ahead and included something that can track something’s location, it would have been even more interesting if they’d tied in locations in Shinjuku and developed the story more.”
Judges’ Overall Comments On The Competition
Kobun Shizuno said:
“I was so surprised at the level of quality in the submissions, as people had such a short amount of time to create their works when the submissions opened.”
Yasuhiro Kimura said: “It was really refreshing and a lot of fun to get to see the works of such a young generation.”
Kazutaka Yamanaka, producer at TOHO, praised the line-up of works as wonderful considering the short time they were given. He felt however that the dramatic elements of most works could have been enrichened had they added a little more references to Shinjuku in them, like including people of different races walking the streets, or the low-lying parts of Shinjuku.
The winning submissions and worthy mentions can all be watched over on the official GEMSTONE YouTube channel here.
© TOHO CO., LTD.
GEMSTONE Official Website: https://gemstoneaudition.com/
Korilakkuma Cafe Opens in Harajuku With Projection Mapping Incorporated Dishes
11.December.2019 | FOOD
The all-new “HARAJUKU AR BOX -table projection mapping cafe-” will open in Harajuku, Tokyo on December 21, 2019. This permanent cafe incorporates “interactive tabletop projection mapping” technology developed by Sony. The cafe runs in a “pair seating” system and so tables must be occupied by two people.
The first collaboration to hit the cafe for its grand opening is with Korilakkuma. The collaboration is titled “Korilakkuma Cafe: Inside The Mirror.” Customers will be able to enjoy their meals while playing together with the characters as they walk around their plates and tables through projection mapping technology.
The theme of the cafe is “Korilakkuma inside a mirror,” which sees Korilakkuma meeting another Korilakkuma inside the mirror in a world of cats and cosmetics.
Customers will be able to get their hands on a range of exclusive merchandise with original art illustrated for the cafe, as well as enjoy themed meals which come in the form of courses made to share between two people. They are free to choose an appetizer, main dish and dessert. *Course menu only – items not available to order separately
Menu item names are translated from Japanese.
Appetizers: Soup and Salad
Welcome to the World Inside the Mirror! Soup & Salad
There are two soups to choose from: clam chowder and minestrone. As a pair you can also order one of each.
Omurice – Let’s Draw Together
Chicken and Mushroom Cream Pasta Made Delicious With Magic!
Friendly Twin Korilakkuma Burger (Available December 21 – January 19 only)
There are five main dishes in total to choose from including those above.
Crème Brûlée & Magic Mirror (Available December 21 – January 19 only)
Heart-Filled Fondant Chocolate (Available January 20 to February 16 only)
There are five desserts in total to choose from including those above.
Korilakkuma Cafe au Lait – ¥890 (Served Hot Only)
Korilakkuma Cocoa – ¥890 (Served Hot Only)
Twin Korilakkuma Strawberry Milk – ¥990
When you order a drink, you’ll get an original coaster too.
Pin Badge (6 Designs) – ¥400
Folder Set – ¥500
Sliding Mirror (Pink or Purple) – ¥1,200 Each
There are lots of other exclusive pieces of merchandise to get your hands on too. Every customer will also receive one of two dolomite crystals.
*All listed prices include tax. Photos are for illustrative purposes only.
©2019 San-X Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
Korilakkuma Cafe: Inside The Mirror
Running: December 21, 2019 – March 22, 2020 (Not running December 30, 2019 to January 3, 2020)
Location: HARAJUKU AR BOX -table projection mapping cafe- (4-28-28 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo)
Grand Opening: December 9, 2019 at 16:00
Reservations: Now Open
*This cafe serves course menus for two people to share only
*Drinks ordered separately
Table Projection Mapping Seats: ¥2,500 per person (Before Tax)
*Reservations for two people only
*Course menu charged separately
Official Website: https://korilakkumacafe.jp/
Seven Days War Anime Film Release Promoted With Themed Cafe in Shinjuku
To celebrate the December 13th release of the upcoming anime film Seven Days War, a themed cafe will open at EJ Anime Theater in Shinjuku, Tokyo. The cafe will collaborate with popular creator Pantovisco who has over 680,000 followers across his social media.
The collaboration was born from Pantovisco’s being able to relate to the theme of Seven Days War which focuses on the heart of today’s youth.
The cute menu line-up features Seven Days War-inspired food and desserts with Perochi and his friends joining in with the fun.
There’s also a drinks menu with a line-up of colourful beverages and lattes which you can get various latte art drawings on.
And for every food item ordered on the collaboration menu, you’ll receive an original sticker selected randomly from several designs.
And if you order a drink, you’ll get a special card introducing various characters from both Seven Days War and the world of Pantovisco.
©2019 Osamu Souda・KADOKAWA / Seven Days War Production Committee
Cafe de Perochi with Seven Days War
Running: December 13, 2019 – January 12, 2020
Location: EJ Anime Theater Shinjuku Floor 5F (Shinjuku Bunka Bldg., 3-13-3 Shinjuku, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo)
*Please check the EJ Anime Theater website for details on the menu items and more
・All customers using the cafe during this collaboration must each order at least one item
・Entry restrictions and time limits may be implemented during very busy hours
・Photography allowed including posting online. Post with the hashtag #EJアニメシアター and let them know how you liked it!
*Photography is prohibited for certain displays which will be marked in Japanese with “撮影禁止”
Seven Days War Official Website: http://7dayswar.jp/
Cafe Webpage: https://ej-anime-t.jp/cafe_and_gallery/perochi_7dayswar/
Gintama Diner: Tokyo’s Gintama Themed Cafe Heads to Animate Branches Across Japan
Animate Cafe, a chain of cafes that collaborate with popular anime and game franchises, is teaming up with Gintama to open the Gintama Diner for a limited time at the following branches: Ikebukuro 3, Kobe Sannomiya, and Nagoya 2.
The cafe will be inspired by American diners, and will run from December 19 to January 7 next year. Each cafe has its own system for being able to dine there. The Ikebukuro 3 and Kobe Sannomiya branches are all reservation-only, with each daily reservation going through a lottery system for a chance to have a place allocated. The Nagoya 2 branch has the same system for December 19-20 only, otherwise it is first-come, first-served.
Thick-Cut Bacon Burger – ¥850
Yorozuya Gin-chan’s Sakata Parfait – ¥850
Gin’s Strawberry☆Milk – ¥600
The menu features dishes, desserts and drinks inspired by the characters of the series. The bacon burger comes with a side menu item of your choice, with each being based on a specific character’s favourite side menu item. The parfait too is bright and vivid like the Yorozuya members.
When fans order from the themed menu, they’ll receive one of eight possible coasters featuring original designs.
Big Acrylic Stands (Diner ver.)
Squishy Trading Pin Badges
Trading Acrylic Keyrings (Diner ver.)
Fans will also be able to pick up some exclusive cafe merchandise they won’t find anywhere else, including acrylic stands, pin badges, key rings, and moreーall featuring a diner design.
©️Hideaki Sorachi/Shueisha・TV Tokyo・Dentsu Inc.・BNP・Aniplex
*All listed prices include tax
Gintama x Animate Cafe
Running: December 19, 2019 – January 7, 2020
・Animate Cafe Ikebukuro 3
・Animate Cafe Kobe Sannomiya
・Animate Cafe Nagoya 2
How to Enter
You must reserve a place for dining at Animate Cafe Ikebukuro 3 or Animate Cafe Kobe Sannomiya where you will be entered into a lottery and randomly allocated a slot. This applies to Animate Cafe Nagoya 2 for only December 19-20, weekends and public holidays, otherwise this branch is first-come, first-served.
Cafe Website: https://cafe.animate.co.jp/event/gintama1912
KIRBY CAFÉ: The World’s First Permanent Kirby-Themed Café to Open in Tokyo
The KIRBY CAFÉ is set to open on the 4th floor of Toyko Solamachiーthe shopping, dining and entertainment complex under Tokyo Skytreeーon December 12, 2019 as the world’s first permanent Kirby-themed café.
Though we still have a week to wait until Kirby inhales us whole into his café, the official website is already live, showcasing a new line-up of food and merchandise different from that held at the pop-up Kirby cafés (which we have covered extensively in Fukuoka and even Tokyo Solamachi, the latter of which has seen the most pop-ups).
Some of the menu items are served in a Kirby lunch box, on a Kirby plate, and more. Let’s take a look. Menu items below are translated from Japanese.
KIRBY CAFÉ’s Stone Baked Pizza ~Maximum Tomato Margherita~ – ¥1,380 (Before Tax)
KIRBY CAFÉ’s Stone Baked Pizza ~Greedy Half ‘n’ Half~ – ¥3,980 (Before Tax)
Served on an original plate, the half ‘n’ half comes served with two pizza flavours of your choice. Perfect for those times when you can’t decide because all the options are too good!
Kirby’s Munching Loco Moco Bowl – ¥1,980 (Before Tax)
Munch and chew on this tasty serving of loco moco just like Kirby is adorably doing on the lunch box it comes in.
Whole Egg Plant & Meat Pasta: Say Your Wish to the Galaxy – ¥1,380 (Before Tax)
Meta Knight’s Precious Matcha Mousse – ¥780 (Before Tax)
Doctor Kirby’s Secret Lab Soda – ¥1,280 (Before Tax)
As well as these incredible-looking dishes, there’s lots of other cute ones you can order for takeout too.
If you visit the KIRBY CAFÉ, you’ll have to pay a visit to KIRBY CAFÉ THE STORE as well which is located on the 2nd floor of Solamachi. There’s around 200 pieces of Kirby merchandise including exclusives as well as KIRBY CAFÉ-themed items.
The KIRBY CAFÉ has its own soundtrack which you can actually buy at the store too. It will be released on December 12. We did an article about it here.
Customers can received a specially-made sticker with the CD design when they buy something at the café or store.
The KIRBY CAFÉ gives priority to reservations, so if you’re hoping to get sucked into the world of Kirby, be sure to book in advance.
KIRBY CAFÉ TOKYO
Grand Opening: December 12, 2019
Address: Tokyo Skytree Town Solamachi Floor 4F (1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida, Tokyo)
Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:00)
*No fixed holidays except where Tokyo Solamachi is closed
Reservations & Website: https://kirbycafe.jp/tokyo/
*Reservations for February 2020 onward will open on Christmas Day at 18:00 (JST)
*Reservations can only be made via the official website – phone reservations not available
*The merchandise corner at the café is limited to café customers
*Depending on how busy the café is, customers may be permitted entry on the day without a reservation
*There is an allocated 85-minute time limit for using the café, and a group limit of up to 8 people
KIRBY CAFÉ THE STORE
Address: Tokyo Skytree Town Solamachi East Yard Floor 2F (1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida, Tokyo)
Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00
Celebrate My Melody’s 45th Anniversary at Sanrio Puroland & Sanrio Harmonyland
My Melody is one of Sanrio’s most popular characters who made her big debut back in 1975. Next year, Sanrio Puroland and Sanrio Harmonyland are set to host events to commemorate her 45th anniversary. A range of anniversary merchandise will also be release.
My Melody 45th Anniversary Fair at Sanrio Puroland
The “My Melody 45th Anniversary Fair” will take place at Sanrio Puroland from January 17 all the way to December 13 in 2020. The theme will be “My Melody Pink Therapy” and will see Puroland dyed in all things pink and sweet.
For the first time in five years, the My Melody Area on the 4th floor of Sanrio Puroland will undergo a revamp to feature more pink than ever before. There will be a new photo spot at the entrance of the overhauled My Melody Shop where you can see all of the best must-buy merchandise. The store will have anniversary goods, Puroland-exclusive items, a variety of My Melody merch, and more.
The new My Melody Garden will open just through the My Melody Shop, featuring a cherry blossom tree despite the winter season, as well as pinked-out walls and flooring. Adorning the garden will be giant flowers that look like My Melody and more. Sit on one of the sofas and snap a romantic picture in this cute world of pink.
To celebrate her 45th anniversary, a droopy-eared My Melody will don two new Puroland-original anniversary dresses.
You can’t forget to check out the anniversary menu either, featuring a line-up of celebratory food, drink and dessert. Tuck into a lovely curry with My Melody’s face in it made from ebi katsu, or indulge in the special 45th anniversary cake.
And don’t miss this line-up of 8 limited-edition pieces of merchandise, including a birthday doll wearing My Melody’s anniversary dress, mascot, headband with My Melody ears, and more.
My Melody 45th Anniversary Fair
Running: January 17, 2020 – December 31, 2020
Event Page: https://www.puroland.jp/mm45th/
My Melody 45th Anniversary Event in Harmonyland
Another event taking place is “My Melody 45th Anniversary Event in Harmonyland” which begins at Harmonyland, located in Hiji, Oita, from January 17 next year.
A greeting show will be held on January 18ーMy Melody’s birthdayーwhere My Melody herself will make an appearance dressed in her anniversary costume. There might even be a surprise visit from her rival, Kuromi!
There will also be a My Melody anniversary photo spot at Harmonyland too, decorated with pink roses, as well as celebratory food, merchandise, and more.
My Melody 45th Anniversary Event in Harmonyland
Running: January 17, 2020 – December 31, 2020
Event Page: https://www.harmonyland.jp/sp/mm45th/
*More information to be posted on the website
45th Anniversary Merchandise – 3 Designs
A line of anniversary merchandise with three different designs will also be released at Takashimaya Shinjuku and elsewhere. The designs include the “Strawberry Cake Design” featuring My Melody eating cake with her friends, the “Message Design” with My Melody’s name written on the items, and the “Laundry Design.”
There’s lots more planned for My Melody’s 45th anniversary too, so be sure to pay a visit to Sanrio Puroland and Sanrio Harmonyland in 2020!
©’76, ’19 SANRIO
My Melody 45th Anniversary
Pompompurin Cafe Reveals Christmas Menu For Harajuku, Yokohama & Umeda Branches
The Harajuku, Yokohama and Umeda branches of the Pompompurin Cafeーthe cafe chain centred on Sanrio’s popular character Pompompurinーis serving up two cute Christmas menu items this year from December 1 to 25.
*Food names below are translated from Japanese
Hurry Up Santa – Pompompurin Cheese Keema Curry – ¥1,290 (Before Tax)
This rich and spicy keema curry is made with Parmesan cheese, cheddar cheese, and natural cheese. The colourful stars are made from carrot and paprika, while the spiralled Christmas cheese is a combination of spinach and mashed potato. Purin is made of rice and is waiting in anticipation for Santa to deliver his present. You’ll see he’s holding a stocking which is a made from bread and walleye pollack mayo. A hearty dish that is both delicious and adorable
Snowman Pompompurin – Snow Covered Chocolate Tart ¥1,190 (Before Tax)
Pompompurin has turned into a vanilla ice cream snowman and is standing next to a pistachio cream Christmas tree. They are both atop a rich chocolate tart. This cute dessert is like a Christmas garden straight out of a children’s picture book.
If you decide you want to spend your Christmas with Pompompurin this year, then you’ll receive a free lunch mat when you order food and a free coaster when you get a drink. These are both limited in quantity, so don’t miss out!
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■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
Official Website: http://pompom.createrestaurants.com
Devil May Cry 5: Capcom Cafe Ikebukuro Collaborates With DMC5 Again Featuring New Menu & Merch
The Capcom Cafe is collaborating with the action-adventure hack and slash video game Devil May Cry 5 once again at the Ikebukuro, Tokyo branch from December 5, 2019 to January 15, 2020.
The cafe will feature various menu items and merchandise that was sold at the Laketown branch of Capcom Cafe, as well as a new meal and two new desserts. For new merchandise, they have introduced a Vergil perfume.
New Menu Items
Devil Breaker “Overture” Potato – ¥880 (Before Tax)
These fries are inspired by the Overture Devil Breaker used by Nero. They are served with two kinds of sauce: ketchup and bagna càuda. Enjoy this simple but delicious dish based on the first Devil Breaker available in the game.
My Strawberry Sundae – ¥1,100 (Before Tax)
Piled to the top with sweet strawberries, now fans can enjoy Dante’s favourite dessert too.
Demon World Mont Blanc – ¥980 (Before Tax)
Dive into the Demon World with this mont blanc, made with black cocoa and mixed berries for a rich and deep flavour.
These are the new food items introduced, but there are lots of others you can order too.
Vergil Perfume – ¥4,800 (Before Tax)
This perfume captures everything about the DMC character Vergil including his path to seeking the truth and his superiority. The first smell to hit your nose is the cool and piercing mint, followed by the waft of cedarwood, and finally amber for an oriental finish.
The cafe also has plans to reproduce the Nero, Dante and V perfumes for the cafe too, all of which originally sold out.
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Devil May Cry 5 x Capcom Cafe Ikebukuro
Running: December 5, 2019 – January 15, 2020
Address: Capcom Cafe Ikebukuro, 1-30-3 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:00)
Official Website: http://www.capcom.co.jp/amusement/capcomcafe/ikebukuro/
Shonen Jump Izakaya: Dine Like a Hero in Shinjuku’s Kabukicho District
Otona no Jump Sakaba (“Grown-Up’s Jump Bar”) is an izakaya-style eatery which opened in the Kabukicho area of Shinjuku to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the beloved manga magazine Weekly Shonen Jump.
Every week, kids and adults alike anticipate the release of their favourite manga series in the serialised magazine. The adults who grew up with the classic series get to eat like a hero at the bar, with meals and decorations inspired by various series including Dragon Ball, Kinnikuman, Fist of the North Star, Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac, Sakigake!! Otokojuku, Rokudenashi Blues, City Hunter, and more.
The bar has now announced its plans for an end-of-year party, with tickets going on sale on December 2, 2019 for the first 1,000 people who sign up.
The New Year party plan comes with a choice of two different small pot meals.
Fans can also get their hands on a 2020 schedule book featuring designs of the series characters for different celebratory days throughout next year. This is the only chance to get this exclusive item.
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Inside the bar you’ll find wall posters, giant figurines, treasured items of manga artists, and more. You can even read actual Jump manga from the 80s.
©Bird Studio/Shueisha ©Buronson・Tetsuo Hara/NSP 1983
As well as the above-mentioned New Year meals, there are lots of dishes inspired by various Jump series too. Those who purchase one of these Jump meals will receive a free exclusive sticker.
End Of Year Plan
Includes: 2 hour time slot. Choice of either a seafood salt dish or beef sukiyaki dish. Includes 10 side dishes and all-you-can-drink line-up of 54 beverages
Price: ¥3,500 per person (Tax Included)
Bonus Item: 2020 Schedule Book
Booking: Via the online website
・People in groups must order the same course
・Last orders are 30 minutes before your slot ends
Otona no Jump Sakaba
Address: WaMall Kabukicho 5F, 1-18-9 Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: Weekdays 17:00-23:00 (Last Orders 22:30) / Weekends & Holidays 14:00-23:00 (Last Orders 22:30)
*Hours change weekend hours from December 28-31, 2019
Official Website: https://otonano-jumpsakaba.com/
TV Anime Series ‘Show by Rock!! Mashumairesh!!’ New PV & Key Visual Released
26.November.2019 | ANIME&GAME
Show by Rock!! is a rhythm video game developed and produced by Sanrio and Geechs. A new promotional video and key visual have been unveiled for Show by Rock!! Mashumairesh!!, a TV anime series sequel to the two short anime seasons which aired in 2016. It has also been announced that a new mobile rhythm game entitled SHOW BY ROCK!! Fes A Live will be released by Square Enix.
Show by Rock!! Mashumairesh!! was announced at the event “SHOW BY ROCK!! 3969 GRATEFUL ROCK FESTIVAL” which took place on Sunday. It will begin airing on January 9, 2020.
The key visual reveals the four main characters who make up the band Mashumairesh!!: Howan (voiced by Hikaru Tono), Mashimahimeko (Yuuko Natsuyoshi), Delmin (Misaki Watada), and Ruhuyu (Aya Yamane). They stand holding their respective instruments in Under North Zawa, where the series takes place.
The promotional video also showcases the four characters in action to the tune of Yell and Response, an insert song from the show.
The series is being animated by Kinema Citrus. Seung-hui Son is the director with Masayuki Kojima, who directed Made in Abyss, as the advisor. The CG parts will be animated by Polygon Pictures (Human Lost).
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Show by Rock!! Mashumairesh!!
Initial Broadcast: January 9, 2020 (TOKYO MX/BS Fuji)
Official Website: http://showbyrock.com/
Adorable Sanrio Character My Melody Gets Her First Permanent Character Café in Osaka
24.November.2019 | FOOD
A new character café themed around the sweet and adorable Sanrio character My Melody will open on the 7th floor of HEP FIVE, which is just a three-minute walk from HANKYU Umeda Station in Osaka. The café is set to open on December 5 and will be Japan’s first permanent My Melody Café.
Once you enter the café, you will be immersed in a world of pink, green and white pastel colours. Take a seat in the pleasant British garden-themed café surrounded by roses. Sanrio friends My Melody, My Sweet Piano and Kuromi are relaxing in the garden, enjoying afternoon tea together in the soothing atmosphere.
My Melody European-Style Curry ¥1,490 ＋ tax
Kuromi’s Green Flower Prawn and Avocado Doria: ¥1,390 ＋ tax
My Sweet Piano’s Fluffy and Foamy Pollock Roe Pasta ♪ ¥1,390 ＋ tax
My Melody’s Hide-And-Seek in the Strawberry Mountain Parfait: ¥1,690 ＋ tax
Kuromi’s Tiramisu Flower Pot: ¥1,490 ＋ tax
Giant Blooming Flower Pancake: ¥1,490 ＋ tax
The café’s original menu is bursting with the cuteness of My Melody and her friends. You won’t be able to resist posting your photos of the interior and food on Instagram.
Make sure to take a photo with My Melody and friends at one of the photo spots in the café and check out the large variety of My Melody café-limited goods which cannot be purchased anywhere else. The above photo shows just a small selection of the cute goods that are available.
Customers who enjoy a meal in the My Melody Café will receive a free placemat and sticker. If you order a drink, you will receive a free drink coaster. These are in limited stock so if you want them, make sure to visit the café as soon as you can.
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My Melody Café, Umeda
Address: HEP FIVE Floor 7, 5-15 Kakudacho, Kita Ward, Osaka
Opening Hours: 11:00 ー 22:30 (Food/Drinks Last Orders: 22:00)
Closing times depend on HEP FIVE closing times.
HEP FIVE Official Website: https://www.hepfive.jp/
The Frozen 2 Café is An Open Door to Magical Food, Autumn Adventures and Much More
Frozen 2 will premiere on November 22 in Japan and America at the same time and to celebrate, the Frozen 2 café will open in OH MY CAFE Omotesando, Tokyo from November 15, Osaka and Nagoya from November 16, Hokkaido from November 21, Futakotamagawa from November 29, Fukuoka from December 5 and Kyoto from December 6. Each café will be open for a limited period only.
We at the MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON team were as excited as Anna was for Coronation Day and so we headed to the Frozen 2 Café in Omotesando as fast as we could. Today we’ll be showing you the cafés cool decorations, delicious food and original merchandise.
Stepping into the café was like entering the autumn world of Frozen 2. A few more steps in and Anna was there to greet us. Seeing the awe-inspiring figure of Anna stood nobly before us made us feel that she has matured since the first Frozen film. Customers are free to stand next to the life-sized Anna and have a photo with her.
The central area of the café is full of icy decorations and the walls are covered in illustrations of autumn leaves. Wander deeper into the café and you will immediately notice the life-sized Elsa. If you look closely, Elsa doesn’t seem to be smiling. Seeing her hardened expression played on our minds. Is the reason for this elaborated in the film?
The food menu consisted of five original dishes and each dish was themed around one character from the film, representing them in a cute way.
Anna’s Impulsive Sandwiches and Tomato Soup: ¥2,390/with Soup Bowl: ¥3,990
Order Anna’s special meal and you and your friends will be finishing each other’s sandwiches in an instant. The chicken and cheese sandwiches are served alongside a tomato soup which will warm you up right away.
Elsa’s Magical Muffin Sandwich and Pasta Soup: ¥2,390/with Soup Bowl: ¥3,990
A muffin sandwich hugs prosciutto and a white omelette. This is accompanied by a mushroom and pasta soup. The dish is decorated with a dusting of snowflakes and Elsa.
Olaf’s Fun Snowball-Rolling Meatball Plate: ¥2,190
This plate contains a generous serving of vegetables and meatballs. Seeing Olaf’s lively face will instantly put a smile on yours. The blueberry sauce coating the meatballs contributes an interesting flavour to the meal.
Kristoff and Sven: Two Pals on an Adventure Bagel: ¥2,190
Kristoff has been best pals with Sven since he was a child. There’s no separating the two – even when they’re a meal! You’re in for a treat with chunky vegetables and Sven’s favourite: a carrot.
Salamander’s Surprise Bright Red Tomato Curry: ¥2,190
It seems that café-goers have the opportunity to encounter Frozen 2’s new character: a salamander. Pour the curry over the Salamander and something magical happens! The curry is not very spicy so it can be enjoyed by anyone.
There are four drinks on the drinks menu which are themed on characters and themes from the film.
Left: Elsa’s Refreshing Lemon Smoothie, Centre: Anna’s Refreshing Very Berry Tea
Right: Frozen 2 Magical Blue Mallow Tea: ¥990/with Drink Coaster: ¥1,690
While Elsa’s smoothie takes on the appearance of her elegant wintery dress, the sweet and tangy berry drink reflects the cute appearance of Anna. If you’re curious to discover the taste of Disney magic then order the Frozen 2 Magical Blue Mallow Tea. Add the lemon to the drink and watch what happens.
Frozen 2 Warm and Frothy Cheesecake Milk Tea: ¥990/with Cup: ¥2,490
All your favourite Frozen characters have united in the form of a heart-and-body-warming milk tea. After just one sip, you won’t be able to stop.
You definitely cannot miss out on range the OH MY CAFE-limited original goods. Today we’ll be introducing our top picks:
Frozen 2 Decorations (5 Designs): ¥950
Acrylic Magnets (5 Designs): ¥500
The decoration is sealed in a bag so there is no way of knowing which one you get until you purchase it. Every available design is so cute that you would want to collect them all.
Picture Book-Style Notebook (3 Designs): ¥950 each
From the style to the cover, this notebook looks just like a picture book. Open it up and you will discover the Frozen 2 characters frolicking together on the right side of the page.
Crunchy Chocolate (2 Varieties): ¥980 each
This crunchy chocolate comes in a beautiful tin that you will want to keep after finishing the chocolate. Seeing the happy, smiling faces of Anna and Elsa is very reassuring.
Anna and Elsa Cartoon Merchandise
From cushion covers to smartphone cases, there is a large variety of everyday-use merchandise covered with character-like illustrations of Anna and Elsa.
As part of a special promotion event, those who reserve in advance (¥650) will receive a placemat. Customers who spend more than ¥3,000 (before tax) on café limited goods will be presented with a free ballpoint pen, and those who spend more than ¥1,000 (before tax) will receive a shopping bag (first-come, first-served).
These promotion goods are in limited stock so if you are eager to get something, make sure to head to the café as soon as possible. In addition, Olaf fans will be thrilled to know that the special winter-limited event “OLAF in HOLIDAY” will be running from December 20 and will see the release of merchandise and fun events.
No matter how many times you visit the café, there will always be lots to enjoy and discover. Make sure to stop by for your fill of fantastical Disney magic!
Writer：Sayuri Mizuno（MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON）
Frozen 2 OH MY CAFE
■Tokyo: OH MY CAFE TOKYO, Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku
Running: November 15, 2019 – January 13, 2020
■ Osaka: kawara CAFE&DINING, Shinsaibashi
Running: November 16, 2020 – January 13, 2020
■Nagoya: kawara CAFE&KITCHEN, Nagoya PARCO
Running: November 16, 2019 – January 19, 2020
■ Hokkaido: Cafe Interlude
Running: November 21, 2019 – January 19, 2020
■Fukuoka: kawara CAFE & DINING KITTE, Hakata
Running: December 5, 2019 – January 19, 2020
■Tokyo: gelato pique cafe, Tamagawa Takashimaya S.C.
Running: November 29, 2019 – January 26, 2020
■Kyoto: gelato pique cafe, Kyoto The CUBE
Running: December 6, 2019 – February 2, 2020
Frozen 2 OH MY CAFE Official Website: https://snow.ohmycafe.jp/
Release in Japan: November 22
Official Website: https://disney.co.uk/movies/frozen-2