Sanrio Themed Cafe Celebrates Characters’ Monthly Magazine ‘Ichigo Shimbun’

23.October.2020 | FOOD

Sanrio is once again collaborating with the EGG & SPUMA cafe located on the 8th floor of Shinjuku Lumine EST to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Ichigo Shimbun, a monthly magazine published by Sanrio which includes information about the latest character merchandise, the Sanrio Character Awards, and more. The limited-time cafe will run from November 1, 2020 to late January 2021.

Sanrio fans can expect a very special menu line-up of food, drinks, and desserts based on their favourite characters from the Sanrio roster.

There will in fact be two different menus served on separate occasions. The first menu will welcome a soufflé omelette topped with a potato salad Pochacco while the second will see an adorably pink My Melody cream stew.

There will also be an incredibly cute two-tiered afternoon tea set with desserts and savoury items.

For drinks, there is a Hello Kitty strawberry milk, Cinnamoroll milk, and milk caramel pudding Pompompurin.

© 2020 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. L613344

And everyone who orders from the collaborative menu will receive one of eight possible coasters as thanks for visiting.

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    DETECTIVE BURGER/SNIPER BURGER/ZERO BURGER/BOYISH BURGER/SHERRY BURGER/OSUSOWAKE BURGER – ¥1,599 Each (Before Tax), +¥500 For Acrylic Key Ring

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    3rd Menu: Shuichi Akai Season 1 Menu | July 1, 2021 – August 15, 2021

    4th Menu: Shuichi Akai Season 2 Menu | August 16, 2021 – September 26, 2021

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    Original Merchandise

    Pins (6 Designs) | ¥450 Each (Before Tax)

    Acrylic Coasters (12 Designs) | ¥800 (Before Tax)

    Mini Acrylic Stands (12 Designs) | ¥900 (Before Tax)

    Acrylic Magnets (6 Designs) | ¥500 (Before Tax)

    Folders (6 Designs) | ¥300 (Before Tax)

    Bandanas (2 Designs) | ¥1,500 Each (Before Tax)

    Eco Bag | ¥1,850 (Before Tax)

    Chocolate Tin | ¥1,600 (Before Tax)

    Fans can tuck into a Detective Conan-themed retro menu as well as get their hands on some exclusive merchandise featuring original chibi art.

     

    Make sure you don’t miss Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet.

     

    ©青山剛昌/小学館・読売テレビ・TMS 1996

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    PALS TAPESTRY SK | ¥19,910 (Tax Included)

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    Four Fruit Fruity Tea With Lidded Mug

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    Cinnamoroll LUPICIA Mug & Flavoured Tea | ¥3,300 (Tax Included)

    Kuromi LUPICIA Mug & Flavoured Tea | ¥3,300 (Tax Included)

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    Will you be having tea with Hello Kitty, My Melody, Cinnamoroll, or Kuromi?

     

    (c)’21 SANRIO 著作(株)サンリオ

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    28.February.2021 | FASHION / SPOT

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