SANRIO CAFE Ikebukuro to Open in Tokyo’s Sunshine City On June 5

04.June.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

Sanrio is set to open the new SANRIO CAFE Ikebukuro in on floor B1F of Sunshine City in Ikebukuro, Tokyo on June 5, 2020.

Just a convenient 8-minutes on foot from Ikebukuro Station, SANRIO CAFE Ikebukuro will serve up a menu that captures the kawaii world of Sanrio’s roster of characters.

The cafe is divided into two areas: the main cafe space, and then the wagon corner for takeout. Enjoy dining surrounded by adorable Sanrio characters on the walls and ceiling, or take your character-inspired food and drink away with you.

 

The cafe is putting the health and safety of its customers and staff at the top of its list in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and so will operate the cafe while taking all necessary safety measures.

If you’re in Tokyo, or the next time you’re in Tokyo, make sure you don’t pass up the chance to dine at SANRIO CAFE Ikebukuro.

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  • YUEN BETTEI DAITA: Tokyo’s New Onsen Ryokan Opening in Shimokitazawa

    26.September.2020 | SPOT

    UDS HOTELS is set to open YUEN BETTEI DAITA, a new onsen ryokan (hot spring Japanese inn), in Shimokitazawa, Tokyo, on September 28, 2020. The hotel is just a 1-minute walk from Setagaya-Daita Station and an 8-minute walk from Shimokitazawa Station.

    YUEN BETTEI DAITA sits in a quiet location surrounded by old, historical Japanese houses and is basked in nature. It houses 300 guest rooms and has open-air baths, a spa, and offers traditional Japanese food the tea ceremony.

     

    The inn is equipped with considerate facilities and has a relaxed atmosphere. It caters to modern day needs while still promising a traditional Japanese inn experience. And it doesn’t have to be just used as a hotel either – guests can just spend the day there in the hot springs if they like, allowing locals to get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city and their busy Tokyo lives.

     

    The Design

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    Guest Rooms

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    Open-air onsen baths (1st Floor)

    The large open-air baths receive water from Odakyu Hotel de Yama’s own water source in Hakone. Guests can enjoy looking at a traditional Japanese garden while they bathe and listen to the sound of the water from Mount Fuji. The female baths also have scented mist saunas while the male baths have dry saunas.

     

    Cooking & Tea Ceremony (1st Floor)

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    Enjoy seasonal vegetables harvested from the local farms in Setagaya as well as Japanese sake and wine chosen to pair perfectly with the dishes.

     

    Saryou Tsukikage

    Guests can also experience the Japanese ceremony with local tea. Daita was once rich with tea farms, and so guests can look forward to enjoying delicious and authentic tea.

     

    SOJYU spa

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  • Kirby Café Launches Autumn Menu in Tokyo and Fukuoka

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  • Review: Miffy Café at Tokyo Solamachi®

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    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.

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

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    Miffy Orange Float | ¥899

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

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    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.

     

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    Model & Writer:Eri Tanioku

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    Japanese company LEGS has announced the opening of the limited-time Ojamajo Doremi Cafe 2020 ~FRUITS PARLOR~. The themed cafes will open in Tokyo on October 29, Osaka on October 30, and Aichi on October 23.

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    Aiko’s Blueberry Float | ¥999

    A fresh blueberry float inspired by Ai-chan. Mix everything together to create a different flavour.

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    A fresh lemon cheesecake packed parfait with lots of enjoyable flavours and textures.

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    Inspired by the Rhythm Taps seen in the series, the tart imagines Doremi’s transformation scene in Ojamajo Doremi Sharp.

     

    DRINK

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    Inspired by the meat sushi that Sora and the gang eat in the animated film Majo Minarai wo Sagashite. Comes with an original postcard.

     

    Exclusive Merchandise

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    Letter Set (1 Design) – ¥1,200 | Folder Set (2 Designs) – ¥700

    A selection of super kawaii cafe-original merchandise is available for fans to grab.

     

    Bonus Items

    Those who book a table in advance, order a drink, or spend more than ¥2,000 at the cafe will receive one of six possible A5 folders.

     

    Become a magical girl like Doremi at the Ojamajo Doremi Cafe 2020.

     

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  • Mickey Mouse Exhibition ‘THE TRUE ORIGINAL & BEYOND’ to be Held in Roppongi

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    Walt Disney’s concepts and ideas are formed around innovation, creativity, imagination, and storytelling. And one character who walked that journey with him and continues to this day is none other than the iconic Mickey Mouse, who since making his first appearance in Steamboat Willie in 1928, has gone on to be a symbol of the Walt Disney Company loved by people the world over.

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    The exhibition was ran from November 2018 to February 2019 and saw installations from over 20 international artists including New York-based artist Daniel Arsham and Los Angeles-based artist and graphic designer Brian Roettinger.

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    DRx – “3000% Mickey Be@r”

    The Tokyo exhibition will be a travel back through time, looking at Mickey Mouse from the past to the present. It will be split into three zones: “The Origin,” “The True Original,” and “Beyond.”

     

    The Beyond zone will welcome original artwork from five Japanese artists.

     

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    The exhibition’s museum shop will have exclusive Mickey Mouse merchandise for sale, as well as pre-sales on other items. See new official goods from works like Steamboat Willie and Fantasia as well as items designed by Japanese artists. It’s a chance to see Mickey in a variety of different ways.

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    Customers who post a photo of their foot onto social media with the hashtag #tokyohalloweencollection can enter for a chance to win some Halloween merchandise.

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  • Review: Meeting Pixar Characters in Japan at PIXAR FEST in Omotesando

    20.September.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    OH MY CAFE, a chain of cafes in Japan, is now running a special Pixar-themed food event called ‘PIXAR FEST’ which will run in Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya.

    “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. There’s lots to see, so we follow MIOCHIN to the Tokyo event in Omotesando.

     

    PIXAR FEST at OH MY CAFE is packed full of exciting things for both kids and adults alike. Here’s our report.

    The fun begins even before you enter the cafe, as at the entrance, you are met with a wall poster of numerous popular Pixar characters.

    The moment you step inside, Sully is there ready to greet you! You can even take a picture with him, so if you visit, don’t miss the chance.

    You’ll find familiar faces scattered all around the cafe, like Woody, Buzz, Mike, Nemo. The decorations and designs are really wonderful.

    The original menu has a cute lineup too, with dishes, drinks, and desserts inspired by characters from the animated movies.

    The food tastes really good too, so be sure to pick out a menu item based on your favourite movie.

    Until October 9, you can order the special Onward and Lightning McQueen menu items. This includes ‘Ian & Barley’s Pink Sunset Blue Mallow Tea’ and ‘Lightning McQueen’s Kachow Lightning Hamburger Sandwich.’ You can see the full menu lineup here. It makes you want to watch Pixar movies all day then grab some Pixar food!

    Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear from Toy Story 3 will have his own special menu items too: the ‘Lots-o’s Strawberry Chicken Hamburger’ and ‘Lots-o’-s Strawberry Drink.’ These will be served from October 10 to November 24.

    The cafe has its 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.

     

    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. Be sure to get involved if you’re in Japan this summer and autumn.

     

    PIXAR FEST at OH MY CAFE is a dreamland for Pixar fans, and is best experienced in person.

     

    ©Disney/Pixar

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    20.September.2020 | FOOD

    The Tokyo, Osaka, and Makuhari branches of Hotel New Otani are now serving seasonal autumn versions of their specially made pancakes at their coffee shop and all-dining restaurant SATSUKI until November 30, 2020

     

    Fantastically fluffy pancakes

    Hotel New Otani has been serving its special pancakes for the past 10 years which have become a favourite amongst guests.

    The hotel’s pastry chefs have whisked up a variety of flavours in line with the changing seasons this past decade using strictly-selected ingredients including strawberry, melon, mango, chestnut, and more.

     

    A marriage of rich chestnut and fluffy pancake

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    Chestnuts are the flavourful theme for autumn 2020’s pancakes, made with strictly-selected chestnut astringent skin, sweet bean jelly, and topped with a chestnut macaron.
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    The pancakes are cooked on a low heat for about 5 minutes on each side so they rise to a fluffy 5cm thickness and become startlingly smooth.

     

    Strawberries for winter

    For this year’s winter, the hotel will be serving strawberry pancakes.

     

    Enjoy a selection of seasonal pancakes when staying at Hotel New Otani.

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