Food Review | Going On An Adventure With Maruko & Coji-Coji at Ginza’s MARUKO & COJICOJI CAFÉ

05.February.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

When I was a kid, I found myself relating to Maruko-chan a lot. I was bad at studying, I loved just kicking back and relaxing, was sly, was always spoiled by my mother. I’ve always thought I was just like Maruko. I spent my childhood together with her, reading Ribon magazine, reading manga, and watching anime. I love her so much that even to this day, when I’m at home on Sundays, I never fail to watch the show.

 

Then there was Coji-Coji, who has a mellow and laid-back outlook, whose lines are sharp and quick, and who, if you see him, is sure to get a surprised reaction out of you. I was raised reading Chibi Maruko-chan, meaning I was of course a fan of the author Momoko Sakura, so it was only natural that I loved Coji-Coji which she wrote too.

With that long introduction out of the way, it’s time for the main event. Combining the best of both worlds and my two favourites, the new MARUKO & COJICOJI CAFÉ opened at Ginza Marionette Gate 1 on January 31 and it’s set to run until July 31.

 

I form part of the editorial team here at MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON, and loving Maruko-chan as much as I do, I of course had to make a trip to the cafe. I was joined by Chinese model and talent Etsuna.

Artwork from the Markuko-chan and Coji-Coji picture book Ehon Maru Koji. The pictures have a gentle touch to them and are enough to make you feel at ease at the first glance.

You feel warm and fluffy seeing the two of them getting along together like this.

There’s huge pieces of artwork too like this one Etsuna is standing next to.

The tables have these lunch mats on them. There’s two designs; one of Maruko and Coji-Coji walking across a field of grass and another with them swimming in the ocean amongst the fishes. Both are just too precious♡ I feel happy seeing the two of them having fun together. Boy, am I glad I came here.

 

The menu line-up is overflowing with originality too, each like its own little art piece. I ordered the baked cheesecake with a drink and Etsuna got the parfait drink.

Coji-Coji Is Here Cheesecake (w/Drink) – ¥1,380 (Before Tax)

The cheesecake is topped with Coji-Coji and Mount Fuji cookies. You can get a Maruko-chan cookie instead of Coji-Coji too, but I went for the Coji-Coji one. The cheesecake has a refreshing taste with cream that’s not overly sweet. And when you add the berry sauce, it becomes a completely different delicious flavour.

I ordered a hot black coffee as part of the set, and the mug it was serve in had an original design on it in line with the cafe’s theme. You can buy these mugs new there too.

Onigiri Aliens & The Star Festival Parfait – ¥1,700 (Before Tax)

This drink is inspired by the Milky Way of Tanabata. It’s topped with Maruko-chan, Coji-Coji, and alien cookies.

Etsuna was spellbound by its gorgeous purple colour too♡

The parfait and drink come in separate vessels、so I recommend enjoying them one at a time. After tucking into the subtly sweet fruits, vanilla ice cream, and cream of your parfait, feel even more refreshed with a sip of your cream cheese-filled drink.

The Three Of Us Get Along – ¥1,880 (Before Tax)

There are plenty of colourful options to choose from the menu, but the one that struck my attention the most was this tomato cream and pumpkin sauce mix which contains seafood.

You get an edible Maruko-chan and Coji-Coji on the side too with tears in their eyes… what a melancholic expression. I feel sad just looking at this one.

The character cookies aren’t just printed on – each and every one is hand drawn carefully. Which means the both of them have lots of different expressions! And they seem such a waste to eat (though of course I ate them all…)

If you want to see what else is on the menu, check out our other article here: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/ja/289822

 

Mug: ¥1,200 (Before Tax)

The cafe sells its own exclusive merchandise too, like the mug I got when my coffee and cake arrived.

Masking Tapes – ¥350 Each / Ballpoint Pens – ¥600 Each

B6 Notebooks – ¥280 Each

I picked up a notebook, pen and some masking tape. Perfect for when the cherry blossom season starts.

Hand Towel: ¥400 (Before Tax)

Etsuna got her hands on a hand towel. Everything they have in stock is cute, so I urge you to get lost in the wares of the MARUKO & COJICOJI CAFÉ if you visit! It’s possible to book a table in advance, but the weekends are particularly busy, so if you have a day in mind don’t forget to book.

The MARUKO & COJICOJI CAFÉ is packed full of Momoko Sakura’s world. It was a mix of fun, cute, sad, and relaxing.

 

When I’m looking at Chibi Maruko-chan, I think of Sakura, and my chest feels tight and painful. But coming to this cafe made me think that when I look at Maruko-chan and her radiating personality, not just in the world of anime but in various different places, I feel that even if I’ve become an adult, I can always live my life together with Maruko-chan and Momoko Sakura, and that makes me happy. If you love Maruko-chan, Coji-Coji, and Momoko Sakura too, then be sure to jump into the picture book world of Ehon Maru Koji at MARUKO & COJICOJI CAFÉ.

 

©️Momoko Sakura ©️Sakura Production

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    JAPAN DENIM, a Japanese denim company formed of both Japanese and non-Japanese designers, has announced that it will open a limited-time pop-up shop at GINZA SIX in Ginza, Tokyo from August 26 to September 22.

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    Japanese company TORICO is teaming up with Yowamushi Pedal to promote the 68th volume as well as the live action film which released last Friday by opening two themed cafes at Osaka Tani 6 Torico in Osaka—which is now open until August 23—and Ikebukuro Torico in Tokyo from August 28 to September 13.

    Yowamushi Pedal is a sports cycling manga written and illustrated by Wataru Watanabe. Serialised in Weekly Shonen Champion, the manga has over 25 million copies in circulation. It has spawned an anime series, stage adaptation, and most recently a live-action film adaptation which was released just last week on August 14.

     

    Yowamushi Pedal Cafe Menu

    Customers who order from the themed menu will receive one of 11 possible original wooden coasters, available while supplies last. The coasters feature designs of the characters from Yowamushi Pedal.

     

    Arriving at the Cafe

    There is a ¥500 fee to visit the cafe. Customers must book in advance and are allotted a 50-minute dining window. From August 21, bookings will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

     

    Dining Slots

    ①12:00-12:50 ②13:00-13:50 ③14:00-14:50 ④15:00-15:50 ⑤16:00-16:50 ⑥17:00-17:50 ⑦18:00-18:50

    Fans will also be able to grab some official merchandise too.

  • Pixar Animated Film Themed Food to be Served for ‘PIXAR FEST’ in Japan

    19.August.2020 | FOOD / MOVIE

    OH MY CAFE, a chain of cafes in Japan, has announced a special Pixar-themed food event called ‘PIXAR FEST’ which will run in Tokyo and Osaka from August 28 and Nagoya from September 4.

     

    “Keep On Smiling” is the the concept of the event, which will serve up a whole range of different foods including a Lightning McQueen exclusive on September 5, a special drink inspired by Disney Pixar’s Onward which released earlier this year, a collection of strawberry desserts centred on Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear to celebrate Toy Story‘s 25th anniversary, and more. Let’s take a closer look.

     

    Food

    Pixar Ball Bread: ¥790 / With Plate ¥1,690

    Any fan of Pixar will be able to instantly recognise what this subtly sweet bread is inspired by. You can order it together with a special plate too.

    Left: Ratatouille – Remy’s 5 Star Restaurant Ratatouille | ¥1,190

    Right: Monster’s Inc. – Sully & Mike’s Spaghetti Plate | ¥1,790

    Ratatouille is a comfort food of southern France, and the one served for PIXAR FEST is of course inspired by the titular film. Sully and Mike also have their own pasta dish, combining a Sully cream cheese paste and Mike guacamole potato salad.

    Left: Finding Nemo – Mr. Ray’s Friendly Tortilla Sandwich | ¥1,590

    Right: Toy Story 3 – Toy Box Cream Stew Loaf | ¥2,390

    Mr. Ray’s tortilla sandwich contains garlic chicken and egg salad, while everybody’s favourite toys have sprung out of a whole bread loaf filled with chicken stew.

     

    Drinks

    Left: Pixar – Juicy Grape Squash | ¥590, With Coaster ¥1,490
    Middle: Toy Story 3 – Straight Iced Tea | ¥490, With Tumbler ¥1,990

    Right: The Incredibles – Jack-Jack’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Smoothie | ¥990, With Coaster ¥1,590

    The drink line-up includes a bubbly grape soda, an iced tea which you can order in a tumbler featuring the Sunnyside Daycare logo, and a cute cookie smoothie that comes in a baby bottle.

     

    Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear’s Strawberry Fair

    Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear will have his own special menu items too. These are available for a limited time only from October 10 to November 24.

    Left: Toy Story 3 – Lots-o’s Strawberry Chicken Hamburger | ¥1,990

    Right: Toy Story 3 – Lots-o’-s Strawberry Drink | ¥590

    Pick from a cute and hearty chicken, vegetable, and strawberry burger and a pink-coloured strawberry beverage.

     

    Lightning McQueen & Onward’s Special Menu

    Left: Cars – Lightning McQueen’s Kachow Lightning Hamburger Sandwich | ¥1,890
    Right: Onward – Ian & Barley’s Pink Sunset Blue Mallow Tea | ¥1,090

    The tire-shaped bread is fitting for Lightning McQueen’s burger. The Onward drink is served with a side of lemon syrup which transforms the the colour of the drink into a gorgeous concoction. These items are available for a limited time only from August 28 to October 9.

     

    Merchandise

    The cafes will sell their own collection of PIXAR FEST merchandise in three different types: the “PIXAR FEST Series” which uses the cafe’s main visual for its design, the “Vintage Series” which uses a cute purple, and the “Alien Mix” which has a pop design with the Little Green Men from Toy Story.

     

    PIXAR FEST Series

    Acrylic Key Rings (12 Designs) | A4 Folder | Lunch Mat (set of 4)

     

    Vintage Series

    Pin Badges (16 Designs) | Stickers (8 Designs)

     

    Alien Series

    Eco Bag | Bath Towel | Letter Set

     

    Bonus Items

    Face Mask Cases (12 Designs) | Stickers (12 Designs)

    Customers who book a table in advance and order from the themed menu will receive one of 12 possible face mask cases. And for every ¥2,000 (tax included) they spend on the cafe-exclusive merchandise, they’ll receive one of 12 possible stickers.

    But that’s not all. If you order from the Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear menu and spend over ¥1,000 (tax included) on cafe-exclusive merchandise, you’ll receive two postcards of the fuzzy bear. These are available while supplies last.

     

    Customers can also receive a limited-edition OH MY CAFE sticker if they order something from the menu, buy some merchandise, and post their thoughts about the cafe and their items on Twitter with the hashtags #キャンペーン #PIXAR FESTカフェで最高の思い出を作ろう #OHMYCAFE.

     

    ©Disney/Pixar

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