Tokyo Stroll: The Café That You Want to Visit to See Someone #14 – ‘Kayaba Coffee’ in Yanaka
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
Address: 6-1-29 Yanaka, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: [Tue-Fri] 8:00-18:00 (Last Orders 17:30) / [Weekends] 8:00-19:00 (Last Orders 18:30)
Tokyo Stroll: The Café That You Want to Visit to See Someone #12 – ‘J-COOK’ in Gaiemmae
In this edition of The Café That You Want to Visit to See Someone, I visited J-COOK in Gaiemmae, a place I visited one time while off work which ended up in me wanting to absolutely feature it in the series!
It’s just a 5-minute stroll from Gaiemmae Station.
The cafe enjoys lots of sunlight, which is brightened further by all the plants scattered through the shop. The cafes I have visited to date are often a little darker with only a little light seeping through the windows to create a certain atmosphere, and they are wonderful, but this was the first I have ever visited with so might light and so many plants. The air felt clear, adding to the level of comfort in the cafe, perhaps because there are so many plants adorning the interior.
The cafe also has a space with a slightly more darker light and atmosphere on the left side. I haven’t sat in that area yet, so I think I’ll try it out on my next visit.
When I come to J-COOK, my eyes always wander over to the marzipan creations (¥450).
These ones here were actually all individually handmade by the owner’s husband from the early morning.
If you look really closely, you’ll notice all the dog designs are different. When ordering, get to pick out which one you want, so try finding your perfect pup!
I had mine together with an iced coffee (¥450). The sweet marzipan is a delicious combination with the bitterness of the coffee.
I also got some potted cream (¥450). It’s kind of like a Japanese custard pudding with just a moderate amount of sweetness.
I had mine with a bit of brandy which had fragrant vanilla notes. They’ve had this brandy for 33 years since the store first opened.
The cream was sensational, and the gentle notes linger afterwards.
They have a lot of different homemade soups too which are perfect for the coming cold weather. I got the New Orleans-style gumbo soup. It’s spicy with clam and okra in it.
Relaxing jazz music plays in the cafe while you sit and enjoy your drink and meal.
J-COOK is a wonderful little cafe run by a husband and wife. When I first came, the wife came and talked to me. She’s super friendly, and although it was our first meeting, she made me feel really comfortable and welcome. She must be full of happiness, which in turn naturally gives people who visit the strength to be positive and work hard.
I reckon their smiles have saved a lot of people.
I can’t wait to visit again!
Writer/Model: Ema Tanioku
Photographer: Haruka Yamamoto
Design: Yuko Abe (ASOBISYSTEM)
Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga
Address: 3-36-26 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: [Tue-Sat] 8:00-22:00 (Last Orders) / [Sun] 11:00-18:00 (Last Orders 17:30)
Official Twitter: @jcookjp
Tokyo Stroll: The Café That You Want to Visit to See Someone #11 – ‘Hatoya’ in Asakusa
In this edition of The Café That You Want to Visit to See Someone, I visited Hatoya which is located in Asakusa Shin-Nakamise Arcade.
The streets of Tokyo’s historical district of Asakusa are packed to end with cafés. You can be spoiled for choice, but Hatoya stood out to me in particular as it’s an especially old café. Business there began back in 1927 but the actual building was built back in the Taisho period, meaning its history spans more than 90 years ago!
The outside appearance of the shop is smart and chic so it’s very easy to spot. I couldn’t tell by looking from the outside, but the inside is full of old decorations and odds and ends which make you feel the history of the café.
One reason why I wanted to visit this place so much is because I was drawn to their logo. It’s really retro-kawaii so I just couldn’t resist!
You should take some photos too if you visit.
It was time to head inside. It’s really comfy and cozy in there; the atmosphere was nice and relaxed.
Framed on the wall is a map of the Asakusa area during the Taisho era. Hatoya became famous back then because people could buy coffee for a mere 5 sen (a single sen is one-hundredth of a yen).
When business first began at Hatoya, because the café was opposite the stage door of a theatre, all of the famous actors and actresses would pop in. Some include famous Japanese comedian Roppa Furukawa and film actor Kiyoshi Atsumi who played Tora-san in the film series Otoko wa Tsurai yo.
I ordered the café’s popular hotcakes which cost ¥600. They have been making these same hotcakes since before the war.
They were nice and fluffy and had a deliciously gorgeous brown colour. The flavour was out of this world when the butter melted from the heat of the hotcakes and mixed together with the syrup.
The portion might look like a lot but they are fluffy and have a light flavour so can be finished with no problem.
And is the café’s signature milkshake (¥500).
It’s so refreshing that you can knock it back all in one go. It has a simple flavour but it tasted so good!
I also ordered the ¥600 cream soda, my favourite beverage.
I’ve been to many cafés, and have covered many in this series, but this is the first I have dined at with such a deep history. I found myself enthralled by the stories of the owner who has continued to treasure the café and maintained it all the same since it opened. I feel like I have learned about a world I never knew about. The next time I go to Hatoya with a friend I’ll be sure to let them in on its history. I encourage you to visit too!
Writer/Model: Ema Tanioku
Photographer: Haruka Yamamoto
Design: Yuko Abe (ASOBISYSTEM)
Address: 1-23-8 Asakusa, Taito Ward, Tokyo
Business Hours: 10:00-17:30
No Fixed Holidays
Tabelog Page: https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1311/A131102/13076130/
“Emaeri” is the nickname for models Ema and Eri Tanioku, who are Aomoji fashion model twins. Ema and Eri Tanioku specialise in twin fashion coordination. Over the years their fanbase has increased due to their cute looks. Ema Tanioku spreads Harajuku culture within Japan as well as overseas and works as a Harajuku Tourism Ambassador. Starting off as a model, Ema has broadened her talent range from fashion magazines to TV, and from playing the lead role in dramas to movies.
Tokyo’s Kirby Café Whips Up Chocolate and Fruit Loaded Limited-Time Menu
The Kirby Café in Tokyo, which is based entirely around the popular Kirby video game series, will release a new limited-time menu on January 15 called ‘Chocolate de PUPUPU’ which will be served until February 28. The fruit and chocolate-packed line-up features three items. Item names are translated from Japanese by MMN.
The ‘Chocolate de PUPUPU’ Menu
Kirby Café’s Stovetop Dessert Pizza ~Looking Out the Chocolate Train Window~ | ¥1,380 (Before Tax)
Waddle Dee Also Loves Chef’s Chocolate Pan Stew! | ¥1,480 (Before Tax)
Old Odyssey | ¥780 (Before Tax)
Which of these delightfully cute treats do you want to inhale?
Running: January 15, 2021 – February 28, 2021
Official Website/Table Reservations: https://kirbycafe.jp
Harajuku’s BOTANIST Tokyo Reveals its Spring 2021 Menu
06.January.2021 | FOOD
BOTANIST’s flagship shop BOTANIST Tokyo is set to begin serving up its spring season menu for the new year at its second floor BOTANIST Cafe from January 8 to March 31.
Quinoa Teapot Salad & Potage (Vegan-Friendly) | ¥1,500 (Tax Included)
A sophisticated salad of quinoa, crunchy carrot and red onion, tomato, and more, all served in a cute teapot.
Salmon Salad & Waffles | ¥1,500 (Tax Included)
Naturally sweet vegan waffles with lime-drizzled vegetables and served with slightly salted salmon and cream cheese. Pour over the maple syrup to make the cream cheese even richer and enjoy a completely different flavour.
Cherry Blossom Jelly & Fromage Mousse (Vegan-Friendly) | ¥50 (Tax Included)
Refreshing cherry blossom flavoured jelly made with rich and velvety soy cream. The cherry blossom petal topping and sparkly appearance of the jelly makes this a luxurious looking dessert.
Cherry Blossom Chiffon Cake | ¥800 (Tax Included)
A fluffy cherry blossom chiffon cake dusted with cherry blossom powder. It’s a sweet and subtly salty mix topped with fresh cream.
Left: Three Berry Smoothie, Right: Strawberry & Raspberry Sweet Sake Smoothie (Vegan-Friendly) | ¥850 Each (Before Tax)
The Three Berry Smoothie incorporates the chunky texture of strawberries, sweetness of blueberries, and tangy taste of raspberries, creating a rich but not overly-sweet beverage. The Strawberry & Raspberry Sweet Sake Smoothie is one to go for if you love amazake.
Strawberry Decoration Hot Chocolate (Collaboration Drink) | ¥800 (Tax Included)
This luxurious strawberry hot chocolate is made in collaboration with Dari K, a craft chocolate maker who uses high quality cacao beans from Indonesia.
Select items on the spring menu are available for takeout as well as via Uber Eats in Japan, perfect for enjoy an indoor hanami this year.
BOTANIST Tokyo’s first floor shop will also release its spring series of products, such as the limited edition Botanical Spring Hair Perfume.
Address: 6-29-2 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
TEL: Floor 1F Shop: 03-5766-3777 / Floor 2F Cafe: 03-5766-3778
Opening Hours: 11:00-19:30 (Currently operating on decreased hours)
Official Website: https://shop.botanistofficial.com/
Japan’s Kirby Cafe to Celebrate the Near Year With a Special 2021 Menu Addition
The Kirby Cafe in Tokyo has announced a seasonal dish for the new year as part of the cafe’s “Sweet NEW YEAR 2021” celebration which it will begin serving from January 1, 2021.
Kirby Burger & New Year Dessert | ¥1,980 (Before Tax)
The dish comes with a miniature version of Kirby Cafe’s popular burger on a teeny-tiny plate measured at just 10cm in circumference.
The mini dish looks super cute lined up next to the cafe’s plush toys.
The plate that the food is served on comes as a free souvenir which you can take home with you after eating. These will be limited in stock so will be available while supplies last for the New Year.
Sweet NEW YEAR 2021
Kirby Burger & New Year Dessert
Serving: January 1, 2021 – January 31, 2021
Kirby Cafe Official Website/Table Reservations: https://kirbycafe.jp
KAWAII MONSTER CAFE HARAJUKU Collaborates With Ty On Photo Room and Food
18.December.2020 | FOOD
The KAWAII MONSTER CAFE in Harajuku is celebrating its 5th anniversary with a special collaboration with the multinational toy company Ty. The collaboration is running from December 18, 2020 to January 17, 2020.
©︎Ty Inc.Oak Brook,IL USA
Photo Spot: “My Ty Room”
©︎Ty Inc.Oak Brook,IL USA ©︎KAWAII MONSTER CAFE
KAWAII MONSTER CAFE’s iconic Mel-Tea-Room has been transformed into the “My Ty Room” with fluffy plush toys adoring a bed and making for a truly kawaii photo spot. There are also panels detailing more about Ty for people to get to know the brand more. If you’re in Japan for the kawaii experience, then look no further than this room for some Instagram-worthy shots.
©︎Ty Inc.Oak Brook,IL USA ©︎KAWAII MONSTER CAFE
All of Ty’s toys have their own birthdays, so to celebrate everyone’s at the same time, KAWAII MONSTER CAFE’s popular “Sweets-Go-Round” area, which features a giant moving cake stage in the middle, has been turned into the “Ty Gift Stage.” Guests will find plush toys inside and dangling out of present boxes. There will also be an appearance of a mascot of a Ty toy that has never been showcased in Japan before.
Beanie Boos Reagan the Kitty (M) / Beanie Boos Enchanted the Owl (L) / Beanie Boos Tasha Leopard (KC)
If there’s a plush toy you’re interested in you can buy it at the cafe, including toys in Christmas colours for the holiday season. The toys come in three sizes, and there’s other merch to pick up too like key rings, pencil cases, and more.
Ty x KAWAII MONSTER CAFE Collab Menu
Six menu items combine Ty’s toys with KAWAII MONSTER CAFE’s kaleidoscopic world. This includes some of Ty’s most popular characters as well as the cafe’s own character Mr Choppy.
Collab Food Menu Excerpt
Colourful Dotty Curry | ¥1,300
A colourful vegetable curry inspired by Dotty the Leopard filled with carrots, daikon radishes, beets, and more.
Colourful Pop Buger – Mr Choppy | ¥1,480
A burger based on KAWAII MONSTER CAFE’s own Mr Choppy. It’s filled with sautéed chicken and covered in a honey mustard sauce.
Gilda the Flamingo Cake | ¥950
A fresh cream-filled cake made with chocolate mousse and sat on a fluffy pancake. It also has a cute rainbow just like the one in the cafe’s Ty room.
Fantasia Cupcake | ¥900
Fantasia the Unicorn has turned into a cute cupcake with an adorable marshmallow nose.
Colourful Christmas Heather Parfait | ¥2,400 (Available until December 25)
The cafe’s popular “Colourful Poison Parfait” has been turned into Heather the Unicorn Cat, topped with strawberry, lemon, and ramune ice cream.
Ty x KAWAII MONSTER CAFE Collaboration
Location: KAWAII MONSTER CAFE HARAJUKU
Address: YM Square Bldg. 4F, 4-31-10 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:30-19:00
No Fixed Holidays
Access: 5-minutes on foot Harajuku Station via JR / 1-minutes on foot from Meiji-Jigumae Station via Chiyoda Line and Fukutoshin Line
Official Website: https://kawaiimonster.jp/day/pc/
Gintama Themed Cafes to Open in Shibuya and Sapporo in Collaboration With Tower Records
Tower Records is promoting the upcoming release of the anime film Gintama The Final by turning two of its own Tower Records Cafe branches in Sapporo and Shibuya into Gintama-themed spaces serving inspired dishes and selling exclusive merchandise.
Gintama x Tower Records Trading Acrylic Key Rings (6 Designs) | ¥800 (Before Tax)
Gintama x Tower Records Towel | ¥2,500 (Before Tax)
Get your hands on a Gintama x Tower Records key ring or towel featuring the main cast wearing Tower Records aprons just like the real-life staff at the music store chain. These items are available to pick up at 41 Tower Records stores, three Tower Records Cafes, and their official website.
Tower Records Cafe has collaborated with numerous anime series before, but this will be its first with Gintama. Two menus will be rolled out, the first being served from January 1, 2021 to January 14, 2021 and the second from January 15, 2021 to January 24, 2021. The first menu is themed on the series’s six main characters while the second menu will be based around Gintama The Final as well as the two-part anime special Gintama The Semi-Final.
Menu ① (Excerpt)
Kagura’s Tenshidon With Kombu Salad | ¥1,480 (Before Tax)
Inspired by the heroine of Gintama, Kagura, and served with her favourite vinegar kombu salad.
Toshiro Hijikata’s Mayo Chicken Nanban | ¥1,480 (Before Tax)
Hijikata is known for his love of mayo, so it was only right that this mayo chicken nanban be served with three types of mayonnaise.
Gintoki’s Week’s Worth Of Sugar Parfait | ¥1,380 (Before Tax)
A strawberry-loaded parfait with plenty of sugar content, just how Gitoki likes it.
Kotaro Katsura’s Elizabeth Dessert | ¥1,380 (Before Tax)
An Elizabeth crepe with something hidden inside…
Gintoki’s Perm Drink | ¥750 (Before Tax)
A cotton candy dessert drink inspired by Gintoki’s luscious natural perm.
Shinsuke Takasugi’s Blueberry Smoothie | ¥750 (Before Tax)
A cool blueberry smoothie whose delicious flavour comes from it being chilled in the refrigerator.
Menu ② (Excerpt)
Yorozuya’s Special Curry | ¥1,480 (Before Tax)
Inspired by the friendship between the three members of Yorozuya, with the white rice representing Gintoki, the pink (sakura denbu) Kagura, and the blue (powdered cheese) Shinpachi.
Sadaharu’s Pancakes | ¥1,280 (Before Tax)
Inspired by the pet of Yorozuya, served with three sides representing the three members.
Shinpachi’s Ramune | ¥750 (Before Tax)
A ramune based on Shinpachi, topped with a cherry to express his cherry boy-ness!
Gintama Quote Omurice | ¥1,280 (Before Tax)
Classic Japanese omurice served with one of six famous quotes in Japanese from the series. Not available at the Nagoya Sakae SKYLE or Umeda NU Chayamachi branches.
Yorozuya Gin-chan’s Takeout Drink | ¥900 (Before Tax)
A takeout drink based on Yorozuya Gin-chan with two different coloured jellies at the bottom to represent Shinpachi and Kagura with the white Calpis drink being Gintoki.
Coasters (6 Designs)
Those who reserve the bonus item ticket at Ticket Pia machines will receive one of six possible Tower Records x Gintama coasters.
Menu ① Postcards (6 Designs)
Menu ② Postcards (6 Designs)
For every item ordered on the menu, you’ll get a free postcard. This includes takeout items.
Set of 3 Bookmarkers (6 Designs)
Those who order a food item, dessert, and a drink all together will get a set of three bookmarkers.
Lunch Mat (During Menu ② Servings Only)
Those who dine at the cafe during the second menuy serving will receive a free lunch mat featuring the key visual for Gintama The Semi-Final.
Gintama x Tower Records Merch Collab
Pre-Orders: December 10, 2020
Release Date: December 24, 2020
Merch Collab Page: https://tower.jp/gintama/
Gintama x Tower Records Cafe Collab
TOWER RECORDS CAFE Shibuya
Address: Tower Records Shibuya Floor 2F, 1-22-14 Jinnan, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:45-20:50
Menu ①: December 24, 2020 – January 7, 2021
Menu ②: January 8, 2021 – January 17, 2021
*Closes at 17:20 on December 31 and closed for the day on January 1 and 2
TOWER RECODRS CAFE Sapporo PIVOT
Address: PIVOT Floor 5F, 4 Chome Minami 2 Jonishi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido
Opening Hours: 11:20-20:00
Menu ①: January 5, 2021 – January 21, 2021
Menu ②: January 22, 2021 – February 7, 2021
TOWER RECODRS CAFE Nagoya Sakae SKYLE (Takeout Menu Only)
TOWER RECORDS CAFE Umeda NU Chayamachi (Takeout Menu Only)
Menu ①: January 5, 2021 – January 14, 2021
Menu ②: January 15, 2021 – January 24, 2021
Cafe Collab Website: https://tower.jp/gintamacafe
Gintama The Final
Release Date: January 8, 2021
Official Website: https://wwws.warnerbros.co.jp/gintamamovie/
Gintama The Semi-Final (dTV Japan Only)
Episode 1: January 15, 2021
Episode 2: January 20, 2021
Official Website: https://pc.video.dmkt-sp.jp/ft/s0007147?campaign=sgm100149
Sailor Moon Eternal Cafes to Open in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Elsewhere in Japan
To promote the release of Sailor Moon Eternal, Japanese company LEGS is opening up six limited-time cafes themed on the film in five cities across Japan, beginning with Tokyo and Nagoya on December 24, 2020.
Sailor Moon Eternal is an upcoming two-part anime film set to release in 2021, with the first part dropping on January 8 and the second on February 11. The cafes, which are inspired by the films, were designed in collaboration with popular art director WATARU LINDA IGARASHI.
“Eternal Memories” is the name of the concept for the cafes which will transport customers into a magical and elegant world.
The cafe menu features an enchanting line-up of food, desserts, and drinks based on characters and references in the films.
Food & Dessert
Usagi’s Moon Floating Yogurt Bowl | Ami’s Aqua Sparkling Parfait | Rei’s Vivid Salmon Chirashi Sushi – ¥1,399 Each
Luna’s Black Sesame Paste Doughnut – ¥899 | Moon Crisis Milk Crepe!! – ¥1,599
Usagi’s Eternal Soda | Ami’s Eternal Soda | Rei’s Eternal Soda | Makoto’s Eternal Soda | Minako’s Eternal Soda – ¥899 Each
Chibiusa’s Eternal Soda Jelly | Hotaru’s Eternal Soda Jelly – ¥999 Each
The cafes will also sell their own original and exclusive merchandise to get fans excited for Sailor Moon Eternal.
Customers who book a table in advance (¥650 per person before tax) will receive one of six possible face mask faces, and for every drink ordered, one of 11 original paper coasters.
©Naoko Takeuchi・PNP / Sailor Moon Eternal Production Committee
Tokyo: TOKYO BOX cafe&space Tokyo Solamachi
Running: December 24, 2020 – February 21, 2021
Aichi: NAGOYA BOX cafe & space
Running: December 24, 2020 – March 7, 2021
Osaka: Abeno contact
Running: January 7, 2021 – February 21, 2021
Tokyo: SHINJUKU BOX cafe&space Lumine EST Shinjuku
Running: January 8, 2021 – February 28, 2021
Okinawa: Okinawa BOX cafe&space
Running: January 8, 2021 – February 28, 2021
Hokkaido: Coach & Four Shinkawa-Dori Cafe Interlude
Running: January 29, 2021 – March 14, 2021
Pretty Guardians Official Fan Club Pre-Bookings: December 4, 2020 – December 8, 202
General Pre-Bookings: December 17, 2020 at 18:00 (JST)
Cafe Official Website: https://sailormoon-cafe.jp/
Banana Fish Anime Series Gets Themed Cafe in Ikebukuro This Winter
Japanese company LEGS is opening up ‘BANANA FISH Cafe and Bar – galleries -‘ in Ikebukuro, Tokyo for a limited time from December 17, 2020 to January 24, 2021. The cafe will serve up food, drink, desserts, and merchandise based on New York, which is the setting of the Banana Fish series, and the series characters.
Banana Fish is a manga series written and illustrated by Akimi Yoshida. It was serialised in Bessatsu Shojo Comic from 1985 to 1994. An anime series aired in 2018 on Fuji TV’s Noitamina programming block and other channels which garnered the series many fans of all ages.
The cafe comes as a follow up to the 2018 and 2019 limited-time Banana Fish cafes which were also opened by LEGS. This year takes on an ‘art gallery’ theme, in which diners can immerse themselves in with a line-up of artwork to decorate the cafe.
The Menu (Excerpt/Pre-Tax Prices)
Ohashinokuni Breakfast | ¥1,399
A stylish assortment of individual foods such as natto garnished with olives and salt, zakkoku millet, fried mackerel, and more.
N.Y. HOTDOG STAND | ¥1,499
A hot dog set menu with two different hot dogs to choose from, served with a choice of a side such as fries and a drink. Comes with one of two Banana Fish paper napkins.
N.Y. Style Pancakes | ¥1,299
Classic New York-style buttermilk pancakes loaded with ice cream and banana, finished with a squirt of whipped cream, and drizzled in maple syrup.
N.Y. Style Doughnut Set | ¥999
Choose from three different doughnuts topped with pistachios and nuts together with a drink such as coffee for a classic American cafe-stop break. Comes with one of two Banana Fish paper napkins.
nori² Christmas Set ¥1,099 | nori² New Year Set ¥1,099
The nori² Christmas Set is a parfait made like a Christmas cake with sponge and strawberries. Available December 17, 2020-December 25, 2020 only.
The nori² New Year Set is a Japanese-style parfait filled with anko red bean paste, rice flour dumplings, and peach. Drizzling the mitarashi sauce over the parfait is a must! Available January 5, 2021-January 11, 2021 only.
From Left: Ash / Eiji / Shorter / Shin / Lee | ¥799 Each
Fruity and colourful drinks inspired by four characters from Banana Fish.
Customers who book a visit to the cafe in advance (¥650 per person before tax) will receive one of six possible face mask cases. Visitors will also get one of 15 replica tickets.
Additionally, for every drink ordered, they can get a free coaster from 7 possible designs.
Original Merchandise (Pre-Tax Prices)
Character Acrylic Badge (7 Designs) ¥650 Each / Memory Acrylic Badge (10 Designs) ¥650 Each
Clear Multi Case (3 Designs) ¥1,000 Each / Towel Handkerchief Set (Contains 2) ¥1,550 Each
The cafe will sell a range of original and exclusive merchandise both at the cafe and via their online shop too, so don’t miss out.
Availability Period: December 17, 2020 at 10:00 – January 24, 2021 at 23:59
Early Bird Bonus Item: One replica ticket (15 designs) *Available until December 31, 2020
Lose yourself in the world of Banana Fish at this very special limited-time cafe.
©Akimi Yoshida・Shogakukan / Project BANANA FISH
BANANA FISH Cafe and Bar – galleries –
Running: December 17, 2020 – January 24, 2021
Location: IKEBUKURO BOX cafe＆space
Address: Matsumotokiyoshi Ikebukuro Part2 Floor 4F, 1-22-8 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Closed: December 30, 2020 – January 4, 2021
Bookings: Open from November 30, 2020 at 18:00 (JST)
Booking Price: ¥650 (Before Tax) *Comes with free novelty
Cafe Official Website: https://bananafish-cafebar.jp/
Sarutahiko Coffee Releases Pistachio and Mixed Berry Coffee Beverage For Christmas
03.December.2020 | FOOD
Sarutahiko Coffee released a Christmas-exclusive seasonal flavour of its popular Jellatte dessert drink on Tuesday (December 1) which it’s calling the “Maroron Merry Pudding Jellatte.”
Maroron Merry Pudding Jellatte | ¥750 (Before Tax)
The beverage is the second in this year’s Christmas themed drinks to be released by Sarutahiko Coffee. It uses a coffee jelly base made from Ethiopian coffee beans and contains layers of mascarpone cheese from Italy, a chocolate sauce made from Cacao Hunters chocolate, milk pudding, four kinds of mixed berry jellies, pistachio milk pudding, milk foam, and to top it all off, chocolate pieces and pistachios.
The pistachio and mascarpone bring a richness to the dessert drink which blends deliciously with the freshness of the berries and full-bodied coffee for a combination that’s like a warm and cosy Christmas hug.
Maroron Merry Pudding Jellatte
Serving: December 1, 2020 – December 25, 2020
Available: Sarutahiko Coffee in Japan
Official Website: https://sarutahiko.co
Japan’s Moomin Cafe Releases Christmas Takeout Food For the 2020 Holiday Season
02.December.2020 | FOOD
Moomin Cafe branches around Japan, which are themed on the Swedish fairy-tale Moomin books, released their Christmas menu on November 20.
Moomin Cafe Winter Season Menu | ¥4,800 (Before Tax) *Photo is a portion for 2
The seasonal menu is a very special set containing a burger, chicken, salmon milk soup, raspberry juice (which is adored by the Moomin family), and more, so you can eat heartily like the Moomins this winter.
Souvenir Cup (2 Designs)
Visitors can also order a dessert and choose from two different mugs. Takeout is available at each of the cafes so you enjoy a Moomin Christmas at home.
Table reservations are available via the Moomin Cafe website so customers can ensure they can get booked in during the busy holiday season.
If you’re in Japan for Christmas then don’t miss out on a visit to the Moomin cafe.
©Moomin Characters TM
KINGDOM HEARTS Melody of Memory Themed Cafes to Open in Japan This Holiday Season
Japanese company LEGS has announced the opening of two limited-time cafes themed on the video game KINGDOM HEARTS Melody of Memory which will run from December 11, 2020 to January 31, 2021.
KINGDOM HEARTS Melody of Memory is a rhythm action game developed by Square Enix. Released on November 11 in Japan and November 13 everyone else, it is the latest instalment to Square Enix and Disney’s video game series Kingdom Hearts.
The cafe menu features a line-up of dishes, drinks, and desserts inspired by characters and worlds found throughout the internationally-beloved video game series. The items all adhere to Disney’s nutrient guidelines and so are low in salt and sugar, offering fans a healthier option. The cafe will also sell a range of original merchandise.
<Sora> Power of Waking Tomato Pasta | ¥1,599
A red tomato pasta inspired by Sora that comes with a potato salad shaped like King Mickey.
<Riku> Daybreak Chicken Burger | ¥1,599
A black chicken burger based on Riku becoming enveloped by the Power of Darkness. This dish also comes with a potato salad shaped like King Mickey.
<King Mickey> King’s Tuna Sandwich | ¥1,399, with plate +¥2,000
A tuna sandwich branded with a King Mickey symbol that comes with a side of fruit.
<Neverland> Island Seafood Curry | ¥1,699
A squid and shrimp seafood curry inspired by Peter Pan’s Neverland which you can travel to in Kingdom Hearts.
<Sora, Riku & Kairi> Fate’s Pineapple Herb Soda | ¥899, with acrylic coaster +¥1,000
A pineapple herb soda based on the Paopu Fruit from the series.
<Roxas, Xion, Axel> Sea Salt Ice Cream & Milk | ¥1,199, with acrylic coaster +¥1,000
Based on the sea salt ice cream that Roxas, Xion, and Axel all eat together. It’s served with hot milk that can be poured over the ice cream for a tasty treat.
<Hundred Acre Wood> Honey Latte | ¥799, with mug +¥1,650
A latte sweetened with Winnie the Pooh’s favourite thing in the world: honey.
Folder ¥500 / Acrylic Magnet ¥700
Tote Bags (3 Designs) | ¥3,500 Each (Timeless River/Keyblade A/Keyblade B)
Customers who book a table in advance (¥650 before tax) and order from the menu will receive one of two folders, and if they order a drink, one of four coasters. Available while supplies last.
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*All prices listed are pre-tax
KINGDOM HEARTS Melody of Memory Cafe
・Tokyo (Shibuya): SHIBUYA BOX cafe&space
Running: December 11, 2020 – January 31, 2021
Address: LOFT (Floor 2F), 21-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo
・Osaka (Umeda): UMEDA BOX cafe&space
Running: December 11, 2020 – January 31, 2021
Address: Umeda LOFT (Floor 1F), 16-7 Chayamachi, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
KINGDOM HEARTS Melody of Memory Cafe Official Website: https://khmom.ohmycafe.jp/
Sanrio’s Little Twin Stars Get Themed Cafe in Osaka This Holiday Season
30.November.2020 | FOOD
Sanrio’s popular characters Kiki & Lala, also known as the Little Twin Stars, are getting their own themed cafe which will open for a limited time at the Fruits Parlor & Bakery Season & Co. in LINKS UMEDA in Osaka From December 3, 2020 to January 24, 2021.
The cafe will serve up a variety of menu items inspired by the Little Twin Stars as well as sell related merchandise. There will also be a photo spot for taking cute pictures, and a special dessert assortment made in collaboration with the popular artist Dream Ami which includes a parfait made up of their favourite sweet treats.
Cafe Menu (Prices Listed Before Tax)
Menu ①: December 3, 2020 – December 25, 2020
Little Twin Stars Shortcake (X’mas Ver.) | ¥1,900
Kiki’s Shooting Star Sweets Parfait | ¥1,600
Menu ②: December 26, 2020 – January 24, 2021
Little Twin Stars Tart | ¥1,700
Lala’s Shooting Stat Sweets Parfait | ¥1,700
Drinks Menu (Excerpt) (Available Throughout Collaboration)
Little Twin Stars Strawberry Tea Latte | ¥1,000
Dream Ami’s Special Collaborative Menu (Available Throughout Collaboration)
Dream Ami×Little Twin Stars Star Sweets 2020 2,100円
Customers who spend more than ¥1,000 (before tax) on merchandise at the cafe will also receive a free A4 folder. These are available while supplies last.
Dream Ami’s collaborative dessert looks both cute and delicious and definitely worthy of being on a Little Twin Stars menu!
Little Twin Stars Collaborative Cafe
Running: December 3, 2020 – January 24, 2021
Location: Fruits Parlor & Bakery Season & Co.
Address: LINKS UMEDA (Floor 1F), 1-1 Ofukacho, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Opening Hours: 9:30-22:00 (Last Orders 21:30)
Official Website: https://season-co.shop
Snoopy’s PEANUTS Cafe in Japan Collaborates With Pake On Leopard Print Zipper Bags
27.November.2020 | FOOD
Four branches of the Snoopy-themed PEANUTS Cafe, as well as its online shop, launched a collaboration with the Japanese zipper bag brand Pake® on Friday (November 27) to release a collection of leopard print zipper bags.
PEANUTS Cafe Nagoya Gets New Interior Design Artwork
As part of the collaboration, PEANUTS Cafe Nagoya has put up a colourful piece of framed artwork on the first floor. At first glance, it looks like simple leopard print, but if you look closely, you can see Snoopy floating around in that colourful world.
PEANUTS Cafe x Pake Zipper Bag “The Clandestine” | ¥1,100 (Before Tax)
PEANUTS Cafe and Pake’s collaborative zipper bags come in blue and pink, both with leopard print backgrounds visible thanks to the clear bag allowing you to also see the items you put inside.
Snoopy art from an old-time Peanuts comic
The artwork used on the zipper bag is taken from a Peppermint Patty story published in January 1975 over several days. It’s the scene when Patty’s dad is late arriving home and can’t sleep so is invited to Snoopy’s room. She jumps onto his waterbed and he goes flying up and down.
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PEANUTS Cafe x Pake
Participating Branches: PEANUTS Cafe Nakameguro / PEANUTS DINER Yokohama / PEANUTS Cafe Kobe / PEANUTS Cafe Snoopy Museum / PEANUTS Cafe Nagoya
PEANUTS Cafe Online Shop: https://www.peanutscafe.jp/online/