5 Character Themed Cafés Running in September 2020 – MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON

08.September.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

Character cafés are an exciting experience in Japan which sees a café collaborate with well-known anime series, game series and various franchises by decorating the café interior with designs and illustrations based on them and meals and drinks inspired by them. Let’s take a look at 5 must-visit cafés in September 2020.

 

KUROMIMY MELODY CAFE @ EGG&SPUMA, Shinjuku Lumine EST

Sanrio’s beloved characters Kuromi and My Melody are taking over EGG&SPUMA in Shinjuku this summer with the new KUROMI♡MY MELODY CAFE which is open for a limited time from August 1, 2020 to October 31, 2020 and is split into two separate phases.

There is an adorable menu line-up including two-tiered afternoon tea set with lots of sweet treats, like waffles and ice cream, all topped with Kuromi and My Melody.

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/340782

 

KUROMI♡MY MELODY CAFE

Location: EGG&SPUMA

Address: Shinjuku Lumine EST 8F, 3-38-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

Running: August 1, 2020 – October 31, 2020

Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 (Last Orders 20:00)

TEL: 03-6273-0255

Official Website: http://salt-group.jp/shop/egg-spuma/

© 1976,  2020 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. L611679

 

PIXAR FEST @ OH MY CAFE, Harajuku Tokyu Plaza

OH MY CAFE, a chain of cafes in Japan, is holding a special Pixar-themed food event called ‘PIXAR FEST’ which is currently running in Tokyo and Osaka from August 28 and will open in Nagoya on 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.

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/351140

 

PIXAR FEST OH MY CAFE

Tokyo

OH MY CAFE TOKYO / August 28, 2020 – November 15, 2020
Address: Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku (Floor 3F), 4-30-3 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

 

Osaka

kawara CAFE&DINER Shinsaibashi / August 28, 2020 – November 17, 2020
Address: Shinsaibashi OPA (Floor 9F), 1-4-3 Nishishinsaibashi, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture

 

Nagoya

kawara CAFE&KITCHEN Nagoya PARCO / September 4, 2020 – November 24, 2020
Address: Nagoya PARCO South Building (Floor 5F), 3-29-1 Sakae, Naka Ward, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture

 

Pixar Fest OH MY CAFE Official Website: https://pf2020.ohmycafe.jp/

©Disney/Pixar

 

Sanrio Character Collaboration Café @ POWDER ART CAFE HARAJUKU

POWDER ART CAFÉ HARAJUKU is collaborating with Sanrio until mid-January 2021.

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

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/338947

 

POWDER ART CAFE HARAJUKU

Address: IMON Bldg. B1F, 6-3-9 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

TEL: 03-6450-6037

Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 (Last Orders 20:00)

Official Website: https://k-tanuma.com/company#04

© ‘76,‘79,‘89,‘96,‘01,‘05,‘20 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO.L611638

 

Miffy Café @ Tokyo Solamachi®

In commemoration of Miffy’s 65th anniversary, the themed Miffy Café will open on the first floor of Tokyo Solamachi from September 11, 2020 for a limited time.

The menu will serve a healthy lineup of Netherlands cuisine—in line with the heritage of Miffy’s Dutch creator Dick Bruna—and customers can get their hands on a selection of original Miffy merch.

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/356067

 

Miffy Café

Address: TOKYO BOX cafe&space, Tokyo Solamachi 1F, 1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo

Running: September 11, 2020 – November 3, 2020

Reservation Fee: ¥500

Official Website:  https://miffy-skn-65.cafe.jp/

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

 

Hello Kitty Café @ Narita Airport

KADOKAWA opened a Hello Kitty themed cafe on the Narita Anime Deck—which is located on the Main Building second floor of Narita International Airport Terminal 2—earlier this year which will be open for limited time until October 2, 2020.

As well as themed food, drinks and merchandise, customers can take a Hello Kitty quiz, learn the history behind Hello Kitty, and more.

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/336417

 

Narita Anime Deck – Hello Kitty Collaboration Cafe
Running: July 3, 2020 – October 2, 2020
Location: Narita Anime Deck Entertainment Cafe
Address: Narita International Airport Terminal 2 Main Building Floor 2F (1-1 Furugome, Narita, Chiba)
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00 (Food Last Orders 19:30)

No Fixed Holidays

Narita Anime Deck Official Website: https://www.animedeck.jp/en/narita/

 

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

 

Did you enjoy this list? If you’re in Japan for the end of summer and start of autumn, then be sure to visit all the character cafes you can.

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

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    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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    Eevee Apple Pie Frappe

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    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.

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    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.

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    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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    Hisaya-odori Park


    Hammock Day


    Park Wagons

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    RAYARD Hisaya-odori Park

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    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

    Hotel New Otani Specially Made Chestnut Pancakes 2020 | ¥2,800 (Before Tax/Service Charge)

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    Strawberries for winter

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    Shibuya is a place that bustles with youth culture and fashion. It’s also home to many eateries, but there aren’t many places around that you can go to to get away from the busy streets for a quiet break.

    Chatei Hatou opened in 1989 at Miyamasuzaka Shita in Shibuya, where it has gone unchanged and welcomed customers for the past 30 years. It’s very easy to get to, being just a 3-minute stroll from the Hachiko Exit of Shibuya Station.

     

    When opening the door to the cafe and stepping inside, the first thing to jump out at you are the rows of coffee cups lined up along shelves behind the counter.

    The coffee cup collection features a selection of works by many different makers. There’s even a cup in there valued at ¥200,000!

    The antiques littered here and there around the cafe elevate the vibe of the cafe. There’s a number of seating areas, including the counter seats as well as tables for two, four, or big groups.

     

    I felt the faint tasty scent of the Japanese pudding calling to me so I went and ordered a pumpkin pudding along with a hot chocolate.

    Cafe Chocolat (Hot) ¥950 / Pumpkin Pudding ¥500

    The pumpkin pudding was nice and moist and rich in flavour. Nothing short of delicious. It’s made even sweeter when eaten together with the fluffy whipped cream―which also elevates the flavour of the pumpkin too.

    I was inspired by the cafe owner to go for the cup I chose for my hot chocolate. There is so much variety between the cups; it’s fun getting to see rare ones. Be sure to check their Instagram page where they have more detailed write-ups about their coffee cups and coffee varieties.

     

    The cafe has a selection of original coffee blends which they make fresh with the utmost care and consideration. You can buy their coffee beans, take cake away from you, and even order whole cakes, so you can enjoy their delights at home.

     

    Chatei Hatou has stood together with Shibuya these past 30 years. According to the owner, the most important thing about running a cafe is making sure its doors are always open. It’s been tough as a result of the pandemic this year, but the cafe is still there as a part of people’s lives.

     

    The next time you’re in Shibuya, why not enjoy a drink and a sit down at Chatei Hatou?

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    <STUDIO THE BLUE BOY> Wavy Gradient rug – Orange × Yellow | ¥289,000 (Before Tax)

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    <Valeria Vasi> Vases | ¥34,000-¥45,000 (Before Tax)

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    <Slowdown Studio> Blanket | ¥32,000 (Before Tax)

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    <Slowdown Studio> Blanket | ¥32,000 (Before Tax)

    The blankets can even be used as wall art.

     

    This is just a snippet of what will be on show at Living with ART. If you’re in Tokyo this month, don’t miss out on the event.

  • Tokyo Stroll: The Café That You Want to Visit to See Someone #14 – ‘Kayaba Coffee’ in Yanaka

    17.September.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    In this edition of The Café That You Want to Visit to See Someone, I visited Kayaba Coffee, a coffee shop in Yanaka, Tokyo, which is a perfect example of the old and traditional shitamachi neighbourhoods.

    Kayaba Coffee is just a 10-minute walk from both Nezu Station and Nippori Station.


    This is a place I’ve visited in my private time out of work and I’m always excited to go. Kayaba Coffee was established in 1938, and actually closed in 2006. But due to public demand, the cafe reopened just two years later in 2008. It’s a popular coffee shop loved by people of all generations.

     

    Time to head on in.

     

    The first floor houses the counter and table seats, while the seating on the second floor is traditional zashiki style on tatami flooring. Although it’s a cafe, you I feel so relaxed in there that it’s like I’m visiting my grandma’s house. The sun shines through the big windows, making you all warm and want to take a nap.

    I ordered their super popular egg sandwich! The menu was changed in May this year, and a new and improved version of their egg sandwich was put on there. It’s made using sourdough bread from VANER, a local bakery in Uenosakuragi not far from the cafe.

    Breakfast Menu – Egg Sandwich | ¥1,000

    The chewy, sour bread is the perfect combination with the fluffy eggs.

    Lemon Squash | ¥600

    The lemon squash has a cinnamon aftertaste. Everything on the menu is made with love and perfection; before I realised it, I was hooked on going there.

    Strawberry Shaved Ice | ¥800

    This was my first shaved ice of the year! I went with the classic strawberry flavour. The syrup is super juicy and nearly collapsed the fluffy shaved ice the moment I put it on. It has a syrupy texture and the strawberry juice has a sweet and sour kick that’s just simply delightful♡

     

    And you can make it even sweeter by pouring over your desired amount of condensed milk. It was really tasty.

    Kayaba Coffee is the same as it was back in the day, and continues to be loved dearly. I think even people who visit it for the first time will feel a sense of nostalgia. If you have a place you can go to relax on bad days or when you’re feeling down, it’s sure to give you the strength to work hard again. This cafe is a wonderful place that’s close to people’s hearts.

     

    I want to visit there again already.

     

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

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

  • Harajuku’s New Carbonara Restaurant Serves Pasta Japanese Style

    17.September.2020 | FOOD

    A new spaghetti carbonara restaurant by the name of Nama Carbonara opened in Harajuku, Tokyo on September 17, 2020.

    The restaurant opened in the same building as Harajuku’s popular fresh cream shop MILK and bubble tea shop Mot Tram. The restaurant makes its own fresh flat pasta everyday and uses fresh, rich cream sourced from Hokkaido.

     

    The current menu lineup consists of six dishes, from classic carbonara to Japanese twists. Let’s take a look at some of them.

    Classic Carbonara | ¥790

    Walleye Pollack Roe Japanese Carbonara | ¥1,090

    Freshly Grated Cheese & Bacon Carbonara | ¥1,090

    Seafood, Avocado & Basil Carbonara | ¥1,190

    Discover a brand new world of carbonara like never before at Nama Carbonara in Harajuku.

  • Manga Series Tokyo Revengers Gets Exhibition at Tower Records Shibuya

    17.September.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Tower Records Shibuya will host an exhibition dedicated to the ongoing manga series Tokyo Revengers from September 26 to October 18. The exhibition is being held to promote the release of the 19th volume which hits shelves in Japan on September 17.

    Tokyo Revengers is a manga series written and illustrated by Ken Wakui. An anime adaptation is scheduled to broadcast in 2021.

     

    The exhibition will feature a variety of works drawn by Ken Wakui for the series, both black and white as well as coloured illustrations, as well as panels of each character, and more. There will also be an exhibit for the upcoming live-action film.

    Tokyo Revengers x TOWER RECORDS OSMO Stamps (22 Designs) | ¥909 Each (Before Tax)

    Tokyo Revengers Monochrome Panels | ¥30,000 Each (Before Tax, Includes Shipping)

    Fans can also get their hands on a range of exhibition-exclusive merchandise, and from October, the exhibition will sell some Tokyo Revengers x Tower Records collaborative merch. There’ll be some signed artwork for sale too.

    Character Business Cards (11 Designs)

    And for every ¥1,000 spent at the exhibit, fans will receive one of 11 possible character business cards.

    TALENT PROFILE

    Anna Yano

    Released the song “Shape My Story” produced by kz (livetune) in August 2013. Performed as the vocalist on a single for kz’s solo project ‘livetune’ in January 2014. Both songs were used as theme songs for anime series and received attention in Japan and overseas. In October 2015, she formed a new unit with kz called ‘livetune+’ and they released their first EP “Sweet Clapper” on May 11, 2016.

    Ayumi Seto

    Active as a model, especially in fashion magazines. Receives tremendous support for her cute and distinct fashion. In February 2014, she debuted her apparel brand ‘Aymmy in the batty girls’ where she works as a designer. She was the first Harajuku and Aomoji-kei model to establish an authentic apparel brand. She develops clothing items through her unique fashion sense lens.

    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.

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