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/
Enjoy a Healthy Junk Food Menu at Shibuya LOFT’s New Cafe 2foods
Shibuya LOFT opened its new ‘2foods’ cafe on April 15 which serves junk food healthily.
2foods uses absolutely no eggs or milk in their menu – everything is plant based and healthy, making it a haven for vegan foodies, especially in Japan where there aren’t as many vegan places as other countries. What’s better is that everything’s reasonably priced too. There are around 60 menu items to choose from, like curry and soba as well as desserts, organic coffees and lattes, cold pressed juice, and more.
Artist’s rendition of the cafe
Curry | ¥1,023 (Tax Included)
A hearty and spicy curry served with brown rice which is better for digestion.
Tantanmen Ramen | ¥968 (Tax Included) | Shibuya LOFT exclusive
A ramen soup with 100% gluten free rice flour noodles, soy milk, sesame seeds, peanuts, soy meat, and other healthy and natural ingredients.
Egg Doughnut Sandwich | ¥528 (Tax Included)
A vegan egg sandwich that doesn’t use eggs but tastes just like them.
Gateau Chocolate | ¥528 (Tax Included)
A rich chocolate gateau made with brown rice powder and soy cream.
2foods Shibuya LOFT
Opened: April 15, 2021
Address: Shibuya LOFT (Floor 2F), 21-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00
Official Website: https://www.loft.co.jp/
Gintama @ Dash Store to Open in Ikebukuro and Osaka This April
The Gintama @ Dash Store pop-up shop is returning to Ikebukuro P’PARCO and Animate Osaka Nipponbashi where fans can get their hands on lots of merchandise of Hideaki Sorachi’s manga series Gintama.
Gintama’s characters wear blue for the store
Dash Store will sell a range of exclusive items as well as offer pre-sales on upcoming merchandise. The illustration pictured above of the characters in blue hoodies was also drawn exclusively for the store and will feature on a range of items.
For every ¥2,000 (tax included) spent by fans at the store they will receive one of nine possible bromide pictures. And for an extra ¥500, those who buy one or more items can get a special tote bag too.
A look at some of the merch line-up
Acrylic Stands | ¥1,650 Each (Tax Included)
Folders | ¥440 Each (Tax Included)
Acrylic Key Rings | ¥715 Each (Tax Included)
Hoodies | ¥5,500 Each (Tax Included)
Harajuku’s Pompompurin Maid Café to Open on April 14
Akihabara’s premiere maid café chain “@home café” announced last month the opening of a permanent maid café themed on Sanrio’s popular character Pompompurin. The café is set to open along Harajuku’s famous Takeshita Street on April 14, 2021.
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@home café has collaborated with many of Sanrio’s popular characters in the past at its Akihabara-based café branches such as Hello Kitty, My Melody, Cinnamoroll, and of course Pompompurin, but this time the collaboration is flying out of Akiba and straight into the heart of Japanese pop culture: Harajuku.
This new Pompompurin Café is themed on Pompompurin throwing a party for everyone—that’s you and your friends. It’s a place for Purin to deliver happiness to all who visit in the form of cute and tasty food.
Of course, the @home café maids will also be present, and all wearing original maid uniforms coloured like Pompompurin.
A little look at some things on the menu
Soufflé Omurice | ¥1,450
Butter Chicken Curry | ¥1,300
Pompompurin Pudding | ¥700
Chocolate Banana Mountain Waffle | ¥1,200
Custard Pudding Latte | ¥850
Muffin’s Caffe Mocha | ¥850
Take a commemorative photo
For just ¥550, you can take a chekki photo at the café. It comes with café-original stickers and paper. For an extra ¥300, you can take a photo with one of the maids.
Pompompurin Birthday Party
April 16 is Pompompurin’s birthday, so on that day the café will have a special dessert prepared (which you can see below) along with novelties for customers, new decorations, and more.
Pompompurin’s Birthday Dessert
Special Birthday Parfait | ¥1,700 | Serving: April 14, 2021 – April 30, 2021
To commemorate Pompompurin’s birthday and the opening of the café, all visitors will receive the pin below for free.
Pompompurin will visit the café
On the evening on April 16, Pompompurin will visit the cafe for his birthday to celebrate with everyone. Details and bookings can be found here in Japanese.
Pompompurin Cafe x @home cafe
Grand Opening: April 14, 2021
Where: CUTE CUBE HARAJUKU Floor 3F, 1-7-1 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: [Weekdays] 11:00-22:00 / [Weekends] 10:00-22:00
No Fixed Holidays
Pompompurin Cafe Official Website: https://pompompurincafe.com/
@home Official Website: http://www.cafe-athome.com/
Renai Mangaka Drama Series Gets Themed Cafe in Tokyo
13.April.2021 | FOOD
Fuji TV’s ongoing drama series Renai Mangaka opened a theme cafe in Ebisu on April 8 with dishes inspired by the series.
Renai Pancakes | ¥1,892 (Tax Included)
Renai Fondant Chocolate | ¥1,122 (Tax Included)
Renai Lemon Sour | ¥660 (Tax Included)
Renai Strawberry Milk | ¥990 (Tax Included)
Renai Bread Gratin | ¥2,805 (Tax Included)
Renai Bread Dessert | ¥990 (Tax Included)
Renai Dessert Plate | ¥1,232 (Tax Included) | Available Early May 2021
Renai Omurice | ¥1,452 (Tax Included) | Available Early May 2021
The story of Renai Mangaka follows Karibe Seiichiro, a manga artist who’s not the best at socializing. He rarely goes outdoors and has a strange way of thinking. One day, he meets his late-brother’s former girlfriend Kuon Aiko, and asks her to be his pseudo-romance partner.
Cafe Accueil Ebisu x Renai Mangaka Collaboration Cafe
Opened: April 8, 2021
Where: Cafe Accueil Ebisu
Address: 2-10-10 Ebisunishi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 (Last Orders 20:00)
Official Website: http://www.fujitv.co.jp/
The Moomin Cafe at Tokyo Dome City Begins Serving Breakfast Menu
The Moomin Cafe at Tokyo Dome City LaQua introduced a breakfast menu on April 1.
Hot Ham & Cheese Sandwich: One – ¥510 (Tax Included) / Two – ¥800 (Tax Included)
Hattifatteners Hot Dog: ¥600 (Tax Included)
Northern Europe Breakfast Plate | ¥1,500 (Tax Included)
Open Fruit Sandwich | ¥700 (Tax Included)
Five fun and delicious items arrive at the Moomin Cafe for the spring season, each with a reference or design inspired by the beloved Moomins.
Breakfast Menu: Released April 1, 2021
Where: Tokyo Dome City LaQua
Official Website: https://moomincafe.jp/
Gaspard and Lisa Themed Menu to be Served in Tokyo
The popular French characters Gaspard and Lisa are getting their own themed menu at Le Cafe la Boutique du Joel Robuchon in Tokyo. The menu will be served from April 24 to May 9 and takes inspiration from Anne Gutman and Georg Hallensleben’s children’s book series.
Gaspard and Lisa One Plate & Cocktail Set | ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
Non-Alcoholic Strawberry & Lychee Cocktail | ¥990 (Tax Included)
Strawberry Galette (With Coffee or Tea) | ¥2,420 (Tax Included)
The first 500 customers who order something from the menu will receive a free coaster, and those who spend over ¥5,000 will get a special pouch.
Enter the charming world of Gaspard and Lisa with this cute themed menu.
(C) 2021 Anne Gutman & Georg Hallensleben / Hachette Livre
Le Cafe la Boutique du Joel Robuchon x Gaspard and Lisa
Running: April 24, 2021 – May 9, 2021
Where: Le Cafe la Boutique du Joel Robuchon (Nihonbashi Takashimaya S.C. Floor 2F)
Opening Hours: 10:30-19:30 (Last Orders 18:30)
Official Website: https://www.robuchon.jp/
Ham and Cheese Dorayaki and Other Delicious Foods Release at Old-Time Japanese Dessert Shop Eitaro
Japan’s 203-year-old confectionery shop Eitaro Sohonpo is rolling out a new series of delicious delights over the next three weeks at Nihonbashi E-Chaya.
Week One: From April 7, 2021 all year round
Nihonbashi Dorayaki: Ham & Cheese/Egg Salad/Anko Mochi – ¥303 Each (Tax Included)
Week Two: April 14, 2021 – April 28, 2021
Assorted Sweets Set | ¥1,000 (Tax Included)
Week Three: April 21, 2021 – April 28, 2021 (and the same dates every month from May)
Mangetsu Mochi Omusubi | ¥270 (Tax Included)
Exclusive to Nihonbashi E-Chaya, the new release includes two different deli-style dorayaki as well as an anko red bean paste version, a plate of assorted Japanese sweets, and a red rice ball made with black-eyed peas instead of sesame seeds. Red rice was often consumed on joyous occasions during the Edo period.
Address: 1-2-5 Nipponbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: [Weekdays] 08:00-16:30 / [Saturdays] 10:00-16:30
Closed: Sundays & Public Holidays
Official Website: https://www.eitaro.com/
Peanuts Comic Launches 70th Anniversary Birthday Campaign in Japan
Japan’s five Peanuts comic-themed cafes are now holding a birthday plan campaign in celebration of the series’ 70th anniversary.
Each cafe branch is offering something different
PEANUTS Cafe Nakameguro x WHYTROPHY With Birthday Rosette
PEANUTS DINER Yokohama With Embroidered Striped Pin
PEANUTS DINER Kobe With Embroidered Striped Pin
PEANUTS Cafe Snoopy Museum With Tote Bag
PEANUTS Cafe Nagoya With Tote Bag
Customers at the cafes will also be randomly selected to stay at the PEANUTS HOTEL and will receive a free sticker as pictured above. All who order the birthday plan and their group will even receive a free present.
(C) 2021 Peanuts Worldwide LLC (短縮形 (C) 2021 Peanuts)
Peanuts Birthday Plan Campaign
Running: April 7, 2021 – June 30, 2021
Campaign Page: http://www.peanutscafe.jp/special/birthday-plan-campaign/
X Japan’s hide’s 23rd Memorial Year Celebrated With PSYCHOVISION MUSEUM Exhibition
09.April.2021 | MUSIC
As part of the ‘hide The 23rd Memorial’ project being held to commemorate the last X Japan guitarist hide, an exhibition titled PSYCHOVISION hide MUSEUM Since 2000 is set to be held at Seibu Ikebukuro from May 11 to May 25.
hide was born in 1964, the year of the Tokyo Olympics. He was sometimes known as the Ugly Pink Machine, a name used in a phrase from some of his own artwork, the titles of his works, and more which read “Who’s this ugly pink machine?” And for 2021, also the year of the Tokyo Olympics, this phrase is making a return as part of the PSYCHOVISION hide MUSEUM Since 2000 exhibition.
hide passed away on May 2, 1998. On July 20, 200, the ‘hide MUSEUM’ was built in his hometown of Yokosuka in Kanagawa, where fans could go and enjoy all things related to the musician. The museum unfortunately closed in 2005, but not before 500,000 fans visited the site. Fans can now look forward to an all-new hide MUSEUM experience.
The museum exhibition will be themed on the future that hide looked to. It will be split into five zones that explore everything from his childhood to setting his eyes on the rock world, forming Saver Tiger, joining X Japan which was originally just called X, embarking on his solo career, and more.
Fans will also get to see a collection of outfits actually worn by hide, his beloved guitars, lyrics of his famous songs actually penned by him on paper, and much more, all of which has been under lock and key by his official management group HEADWAX ORGANIZATION CO.,LTD.
Fans of X Japan and fans of hide won’t want to miss out on this incredible intimate and detailed account of the life of one of Japan’s most revered musicians.
Who is hide? hide The 23rd Memorial Special Exhibition PSYCHOVISION hide MUSEUM Since 2000
Japanese Exhibition Title: hideって誰？ hide The 23rd Memorial 特別企画展 PSYCHOVISION hide MUSEUM Since 2000
Running: May 11, 2021 – May 25, 2021
Location: Seibu Gallery, Seibu Ikebukuro Bekkan Floor 2F
Address: 1-28-1 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, 171-8569
Exhibition Website: https://www.psychovision.online/
LINE Friends Themed Cafe Opens in Ikebukuro
The popular LINE Friends characters now have their own pop-up cafe inside Ikebukuro PARCO which is running until April 25. The characters form part of a series of stickers used on the Japanese messaging app LINE which is used by other 200 million people worldwide.
Brown’s Beef Burger | ¥1,250
Lattes | ¥950
LINE FRIENDS Parfaits | ¥1,100 Each
Alphabet Die-Cut Stickers | ¥330 Each
Lunch Tote Bag | ¥1,650
Brown Mug | Available to the first 300 people who visit to the cafe
Join Brown, Cony, and Sally as they serve up a fun and tasty menu along with a collection of merchandise exclusive to the cafe as well as items also sold at the LINE Friends Store.
LINE FRIENDS POP-UP CAFÉ
Running: April 1, 2021 – April 25, 2021
Where: THE GUEST cafe&diner Ikebukuro
Address: Ikebukuro PARCO Floor 7F, 1-28-2 Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, 171-8557
Official Website: http://the-guest.com/
Snoopy Café Opens in Niigata in Collaboration With Hoshi Tabeyo Rice Crackers
Befco is collaborating its Hoshi Tabeyo star-shaped rice crackers with the lovable Peanuts comic strip to open a themed café at Hotel Nikko Niigata. Named the “Hoshi Tabeyo x Snoopy Café @ Hotel Nikko Niigata,” the café will open for a limited time from April 9 to May 9.“
Snoopy and fans of Japanese snacks can look forward to an original themed menu, with every food item and drink ordered getting them a free novelty. Of course, the café will sell its own original merchandise too. The café will be decorated in all things Peanuts and Hoshi Tabeyo, and there will even be two photo booths for snapping a commemorative photo of your fun day.
1. Snoopy Beef Stew: With a juicy meat and bouillon base, this stew is made with beef, onion, and mushrooms, all topped off with a Snoopy made from rice.
2. Snoopy Hamburger Curry: Snoopy’s rice ears are topped with a hamburger, and the curry sauce is made with fruit and vegetables. There’s even a little Woodstock made from cheese.
3. Snoopy Hot Sandwich: There are two different sandwiches, one with ham and cheese and the other with potato salad, and both have a different toasted illustration on them. These come in a free lunch box.
4. Hoshi Tabeyo Shaka Shaka Caesar Salad: A salad served in a cup drizzled in a Caesar dressing and with Hoshi Tabeyo rice crackers instead of croutons.
5. Thick Soufflé Pancake: Fat and fluffy pancakes combined with French meringue and served with a Snoopy cookie and sweet-tasting Hoshi Tabeyo. Enjoy together with the accompanying strawberry sauce.
6. Chocolate Parfait: A towering, chocolate-packed parfait layered with chocolate sauce, chocolate cornflakes, chocolate ice cream, and brownie. This is all topped off with a Snoopy cookie and Hoshi Tabeyo rice cracker.
7. Hotel Original Cookies (Set of 4): Crunchy cookies with various prints of familiar faces like Snoopy and Woodstock.
8. Lemonade: A sweet and refreshing lemonade beverage served with honey.
*Dishes 1-3 come with the Shaka Shaka Caesar Salad
*Ordering anything from the menu gets you one of four possible Hoshi Tabeyo x Snoopy postcards
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Hoshi Tabeyo x Snoopy Café @ Hotel Nikko Niigata
Running: April 9, 2021 – May 9, 2021
Location: Hotel Nikko Niigata Floor 31F
Address: 5-1 Bandaijima, Chuo Ward, Niigata
Opening Hours: 11:30-18:30 (Last Orders 17:30)
Official Website: https://www.hotelnikkoniigata.jp/sys/news/detail/323
Disney’s Zootopia Themed Cafe to Open in Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya for Film’s 5th Anniversary
The Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya branches of OH MY CAFE are set to pay host to cafe experiences themed on Disney’s Zootopia in celebration of the movie’s 5th anniversary which hit last month. The cafes will transform into a Zootopia extravaganza from April 23.
Customers who book a table in advance receive one of six possible lunch mats
Vegetable Curry ¥1,890 (Before Tax)
Sandwich Plate ¥1,990 (Before Tax)
Corn Cream Pie ¥1,590 (Before Tax)
Salsa Burger ¥2,390 (Before Tax)
Carrot Doria ¥1,490 (Before Tax)
Acrylic Coasters +¥900 (Before Tax)
Iced Milk ¥990 (Before Tax) / With Mug +¥1,600 (Before Tax)
Iced Coffee ¥690 (Before Tax) / With Mug ¥1,600 (Before Tax)
Iced Drink ¥990 (Before Tax)
Movie Stills Series
Acrylic Key Rings
Square Magnet ¥550 (Before Tax) / Acryluc Key Ring ¥650 (Before Tax) / A4 Folder ¥350 (Before Tax)
Mask Cases ¥500 (Before Tax) / Masking Tapes ¥800 (Before Tax)
Tiny Animals Series
Acrylic Charms ¥450 (Before Tax) / Mini Notebook Set ¥850 (Before Tax)
A5 Folder Set ¥800 (Before Tax) / Mini Pouch Set ¥1,800 (Before Tax)
Mini Towels ¥1,000 (Before Tax) / Eco Bag ¥1,850 (Before Tax)
Zootopia fans won’t be able to resist the tasty and healthy themed menu featuring Nick Wilde and Judy Hopps, as well as getting their hands on a range of merchandise from stationery to fashion.
Zootopia OH MY CAFE
OH MY CAFE TOKYO
Running: April 23, 2021 – June 27, 2021
Address: Tokyu Plaza Omotesando, 4-30-3 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
OH MY CAFE OSAKA
Running: April 28, 2021 – July 6, 2021
Address: 1-6-1 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Running: June 2, 2021 – July 13, 2021
Address: Nagoya PARCO, 3-29-1 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi
Official Website: https://zoo.ohmycafe.jp/