Pompompurin Maid Cafe to Open in Harajuku This Spring
12.March.2021 | SPOT
Japanese maid cafe chain “@home cafe” has announced that it is launching a permanent maid cafe themed on Sanrio’s popular character Pompompurin. The cafe will open on the famous Takeshita Street in Harajuku on April 14, 2021.
@home cafe has collaborated with many of Sanrio’s popular characters in the past at its Akihabara-based cafe 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. The cafe will feature a menu conceived by Pompompurin, and fans of the cute golden retriever will also get to take their pictures with him. The cafe maids will also wear @home-original outfits inspired by Purin.
If you’re planning a visit to Harajuku, don’t miss out on the chance to dine at the new Pompompurin Cafe, opening April 14.
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SNEAKERWOLF Edo-Inspired Exhibition to Open in Shibuya and Harajuku
From October 23 until October 29, art project production group WATOWA GALLERY will host a solo exhibition by SNEAKERWOLF at elephant STUDIO in Shibuya. The artist has become popular both in Japan and abroad for his works inspired by calligraphy found in the Edo period of Japanese history.
SNEAKERWOLF has garnered worldwide attention for his graffiti-style artwork depicting Edo-inspired kanji characters. In the past, he has collaborated with ASICS Tiger Japan and other popular brands. The artist will show around 15 new abstract works during this exhibition, many inspired by SD–or ‘super deformed’–versions of characters. The #FR2 x SNEAKERWOLF collaborative exhibition will be happening simultaneously in Harajuku, bringing the artist together with fashion brand #FR2. The brand and artist were brought together during an exhibition sponsored by WATOWA GALLERY in January 2021. During this period, three new pieces made specifically for #FR2 will be on display, and limited-edition clothing will be available for purchase!
SNEAKERWOLF SOLO EXHIBITION
Running: October 23 – October 29, 2021
Address: elephant STUDIO 1F (2-7-4 Shibuya, Tokyo)
Free Admission, No Reservations Required
#FR2 x SNEAKERWOLF
Running: October 23 – October 29, 2021
Address: #FR2GALLERY (TX 101 Building 1F, 4-28-16 Jingumae, Shibuya)
Free Admission, No Reservations Required
Official Site: https://fr2.tokyo/
Sylvanian Families and Tower Records Open Collaboration Cafe in Omotesando
Tower Records Cafe is known for collaborating with a number of unique properties at their Omotesando location. Starting November 3, the ‘Pop-Up Cafe: Exciting Autumn Concert’ will be serving guests some adorable dishes in conjunction with the Sylvanian Families line of animal toys! The event will take place in two stages, and will continue until November 23, 2021.
Persian Kitten’s Sparkling Star Stew: ¥1,490 (Tax Included)
Walnut Squirrel Style Honey Nut Chicken: ¥1,490 (Tax Included)
Forest Fruit Salad: ¥1,320 (Tax Included)
Baby Rabbit Chocolate Pancakes: ¥1,320 (Tax Included)
Baby Deer’s Heart French Toast: ¥1,490 (Tax Included)
Panda-cotta with Fruit: ¥1,320 (Tax Included)
Choose a Hot Drink (Latte/Cocoa/Milk): ¥890 (Tax Included)
Exciting Autumn Concert Original Takeout Bottle: ¥980 (Tax Included)
Souvenir: Baby Animal Set
Sylvanian Melodies 1
Sylvanian Melodies 2
Baby Animal Camping Series (9 varieties)
Those purchasing goods will receive an original sticker.
Those reserving a spot at the cafe will receive an original sticker.
Sylvanian Families is a line of collectible animals made of flocked plastic, originally released in Japan in 1977. Made to place inside dollhouses, these little creatures have remained popular worldwide since release. This cafe will feature original goods and dishes, including five dishes inspired by the members of the marching band shown in the event’s main visual. Inside the store, there will be large dolls and an original diorama that can only be seen during the Omotesando event.
Pop-Up Cafe – Exciting Autumn Concert
Tower Records Cafe
1st Stage: November 3 – November 12, 2021
2nd Stage: November 13 – November 23, 2021
Address: Imon Harajuku Building 2F (6-3-9 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
Official Site: https://tower.jp/
New Anime Series Visual Prison Inspires Limited-Time Cafes in Tokyo and Osaka
One of the most highly-anticipated anime series this season is Visual Prison, and to celebrate the show’s premiere, a collaboration cafe will open in Tokyo and Osaka for a limited time! Fans won’t want to miss out on the delicious visual-kei inspired menu, perfect for sharing on Instagram. The cafe will also feature limited-edition merchandise with original designs of the show’s characters.
[O★Z] Azure Hamburger Plate: ¥1,650 (Tax Included)
[LOS†EDEN] Jet Black Fruit Sandwich: ¥1,650 (Tax Included)
[ECLIPSE] Moon White Risotto: ¥1,650 (Tax Included)
Ham & Egg German Pancake: ¥1,650 (Tax Included)
Crimson Moon Pancakes: ¥1,320 (Tax Included)
Pannya Parfait: ¥1,430 (Tax Included)
Guil’s Affogato: ¥990 (Tax Included)
Robin/Ange/Guiltia/Eve: ¥990 each (Tax Included)
Jack/Mist/Saga/Elizabeth: ¥990 each (Tax Included)
Dimitri/Hyde: ¥990 each (Tax Included)
Pin (Random, 10 varieties): ¥550 (Tax Included)
Acrylic Stand (Random, 10 varieties): ¥990 (Tax Included)
Acrylic Keychain (Random, 10 varieties): ¥715 (Tax Included)
Mini Character Acrylic Stand (Random, 10 varieties): ¥990 (Tax Included) / Sticker Set (Includes 10): ¥1,089 (Tax Included)
Clear Poster (O★Z): ¥1,089 (Tax Included)
Clear Poster (LOS†EDEN): ¥1,089 (Tax Included)
Clear Poster (ECLIPSE): ¥450 (Tax Included)
Swizzle Stick (O★Z/(LOS†EDEN/ECLIPSE): ¥990 each (Tax Included)
Those who make a reservation in advance will receive a random invitation (3 varieties) to enjoy the cafe and one random original coaster (10 varieties) per drink order.
Visual Prison tells the story of vampires masquerading as visual-kei musicians. The series began airing on October 8 in Japan and is currently available to watch on Funimation in the west. Will you be watching?
©Noriyasu Agematsu,Afredes/Project VP
Café de VISUAL PRISON
Omotesando, Tokyo: BOX cafe&space Omotesando
October 21, 2021 – November 21, 2021
B1F Pine Under Flat, 5-13-2 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Shinsaibashi, Osaka: Shinsaibashi contact
October 29, 2021 – November 21, 2021
1-6-24 Kitahorie, Nishi-ku, Osaka
Reservations begin October 11 at 18:00 (First come, first served)
Reservation Fee: ¥715 (Tax Included) *Up to 4 seats per reservation.
*Those who reserve in advance will receive special bonuses!
Online Shop Open: October 21, 2021 at 10:00 – November 21, 2021 at 23:59
Online Shop: https://cafe-de-visualprison.jp/online_store
Official Site: https://cafe-de-visualprison.jp/
no mark.Café in Tokyo Collaborates with Parent-Child Art Unit Musee du Aouvre
Located in an old traditional Japanese house in Kiyosumi Shirakawa, no mark.Café has a cozy ambiance for guests looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. From October 15 until November 30, the cafe is collaborating with the parent-child art unit Musee du Aouvre, and thirteen works from the group’s blog will be on display throughout the building. A campaign will also be held, giving visitors the chance to receive some original coasters and a small wind God figure to sit on the side of a coffee cup.
Campaign Present A. Aouvre Coaster / B. Aouvre Wind God Figure
The cafe aims to be a place where guests can enjoy art as they relax, and to further this idea, they will be collaborating with a number of artists in the ‘CAFE DE ART’ project.
The first collaboration is with Musee du Aouvre, an art unit consisting of a father and son duo who copy famous works of art. These aren’t just any forgeries–they are incredibly adorable and pay proper homage to the original creations. Thirteen works will be selected from the pair’s blog and will be exhibited under the title ‘The no mark.Café Great Counterfeit Exhibition.’ A 2022 calendar and postcards of the works will be on sale at the store, and videos will provide information about the original works of art. Visitors can also participate in the Twitter and Instagram campaign to win a special collaborative item!
The no mark.Café Great Counterfeit Exhibition
Running: October 15, 2021 – November 30, 2021
Address: no mark.Café (3-7-3 Shirakawa, Koto-ku, Tokyo)
Twitter: https://twitter.com/nomarkcafe1 （＠nomarkcafe1）
Official Site: https://show-ohdo.jp
Daruma Themed Exhibition and Auction Featuring 11 Artists Opens in Shimokitazawa
From October 13 to October 27, artists are flocking to BONUS TRACK Gallery in Shimokitazawa to display some incredible works based on daruma, a type of lucky Japanese traditional doll. These works will also be up for sale in an online auction happening during the event period!
October 2020 Exhibition
October 2020 Exhibition
The motif of BONUS TRACK is the daruma, which are seen as symbols of perseverance and good luck in Japanese culture. This marks the third time that artists have been invited to create and sell their daruma-inspired works.
20% of the final bid price for each piece will be donated to various organizations. 30% will be given to the venue, while 50% will be given to the artists themselves.
During the first event, donations went towards the Nippon Foundation’s Emergency Relief Fund for Coronavirus. Other organizations supported include the Kitazawa Osekkai Club, a group involved in PTA and youth committee activities in the area, and Peace Wanko Japan, a dog protection organization in Hiroshima.
Running: October 13 – October 27, 2021
Address: BONUS TRACK Gallery (2-36-15 Daita, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo)
Access: 5-minute walk from Shimokitazawa Station Southwest Exit / 5-minute walk from Setagaya-Daita Station
Auction Period: October 13 – October 27, 2021 at 22:00
Official Site: https://bonus-track.net/
Enjoy a Weather and Time-based Cream Soda at the Newly Opened ‘Cafe Amayadori’
The Oarai Tourism Omotenashi Promotion Council opened Cafe Amayadori, a rain and healing themed coffee shop, on September 18 2021. The shop was opened as a challenge and is located in the Umimachi Terrace Tourist Information Center.
Cafe Amayadori Menu
Cafe Amayadori Tote Bag
You can clearly hear the sound of the rain from inside the store, while the served cream soda changes based on both the weather and the time. On clear days where the sun is shining, you can order the traditional green-color ‘Blue Sky Cream Soda,’ while on rainy days you can order the blue ‘Rain-color Cream Soda.’
The cafe also serves a wide variety of Japanese and Western meals and desserts, each cooked using local Oarai produce. Morning and lunch specials are also available, meaning you can easily work your visit around your own schedule.
The concept of the cafe is “Rain.” You can dash into the cafe as if you’re looking for shelter from the weather before sitting down to eat and drink in the calm space, emphasized by the soothing music that plays in the background. While the soundtrack depends on the day, the sound of rain is often played. However, the sounds played on rainy days are a little different to the usual. True to its name, the cafe can create a comfortable Amayadori (lit. rain shelter) no matter what the weather!
‘rain coat studio’ is a group of creators who have been working on ‘rain’ themed events and designs since 2016. The group was formed with the idea that “when it rains, our activities are limited due to the dull weather. On the other hand, the rain represents the season and soothes those who listen to it’s sound.”
The group aims to create music, events, artwork, and more, that are cool like the rain but still convey a kindness. The ‘rain coat studio’ came up with the idea of a coffee shop as a way to try creating a restaurant business that followed their ideals.
The signature item on Cafe Amayadori’s menu is the ‘Weather Cream Soda.’ The flavor depends on whether the weather is clear, rainy, and after-rain, but can also depend on the time – They even offer special drinks for ‘Morning Fog’ and for drinking in the evening, along with a limited-time ‘Seasonal Cream Soda.
The cafe doesn’t just serve Cream Soda! Customers who would like a full meal can also order from a selection of Japanese food, Western food, and desserts. A limited edition tote bag is currently on sale to commemorate the opening of the cafe.
Why not try relaxing on a rainy day at Cafe Amayadori?
Address: Uramichi Terrace, 301 Sakuramichi, Oarai-cho, Higashi-Ibaraki-gun, Ibaraki *Directly connected to Oarai Station
Opening Hours: 09:00 ~ 17:30 (subject to change)
Closed: Mondays, Holidays (subject to change)
Official Site: http://rain-sound.com/cafe
Tokyo Revengers Featured in 10th Installment of Anime-Inspired Cooking Project Anicook
AniCook, a project by CookpadTV using anime to make cooking more fun, is holding its 10th collaboration with the extremely popular anime series Tokyo Revengers! The event will be held from October 29 until November 23, and will feature characters from the show dressed in original cafe staff costumes serving up themed foods. Reservations are now open, and those coming to the cafe on Halloween might just get a surprise gift!
Stickers gifted for each food and dessert order (8 varieties) / Postcards gifted for drink orders (8 varieties)
CookpadTV continues to lead the way in quality collaboration cafes across Japan and has arranged each dish with specific characters in mind. The concept this time around is ‘one-bite knockout,’ with each menu item made to be so tasty guests will be KO’ed instantly, as if they’ve just been kicked by Mikey himself.
Tons of xclusive merchandise will also be on sale, so don’t miss out! These will also be available on the CookpadTV website.
*Please note that the design and color of the exclusive merchandise are subject to change.
cookpadLive Tokyo Revengers
Address: Shinsaibashi PARCO 5F (1-8-3 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo-ku, Osaka)
Running: October 29 – November 23, 2021
Please make reservations on the official website.
E-commerce site: https://cookpadtv.stores.jp/
Official Site: https://cookpadlive.cafe/collabo11
Hello Kitty and Pierre Hermé Collaboration Series Coming to Sanrio Stores
Everyone’s favorite cartoon cat Hello Kitty is about to celebrate her birthday! To celebrate, Sanrio is releasing a collection of limited-time goods in collaboration with world-famous patisserie Pierre Hermé starting October 20, 2021. These items will be on sale at Sanrio stores nationwide, in specific department stores, and on the official Sanrio online store.
Collaboration with Hello Kitty’s favorite sweet, Ispahan
Ispahan, a raspberry cake, is Hermé’s signature dessert. For Hello Kitty’s birthday celebration the creator drew the character in an elegant rose-inspired dress inspired by the sweet. This design was made with the hope that Hello Kitty will continue to bring different people and cultures together for years to come.
Mascot Keychain Hello Kitty/Mimmy: ¥2,530
Accessory Case: ¥3,080
Inspired by Pierre Hermé’s Ispahan and Satine sweets, fans will love these colorful goods perfect for a birthday celebration.
Hello Kitty Birthday Doll: ¥15,400 (Tax Included)
Each year a Hello Kitty Birthday Doll is released, and 2021 is no different! This year, the doll is wearing an elegant dress designed exclusively for the collaboration. Each one has an embroidered serial number on the left leg, and quantities will be limited.
Gâteau Anniversaire Hello Kitty: ¥2,640 (Tax Included)
This special birthday dessert will be available at Pierre Hermé Paris Aoyama from November 1 to November 15. It includes a special Hello Kitty Ispahan along with a scoop of rose ice cream and a dusting of raspberry powder!
©’21 SANRIO 著作（株）サンリオ
Hello Kitty and Pierre Hermé Collaboration Design Series
Release Date: October 20, 2021
Sanrio Official Goods Page: https://www.sanrio.co.jp/goodsinfo/kt-pierreherme-202110/
Hello Kitty and Pierre Hermé Birthday Doll 2021
Price: ¥15,400 (Tax Included)
Release Date: October 20, 2021
Where to Buy: Sanrio Stores, Sanrio Areas at Department Stores
Gâteau Anniversaire Hello Kitty
Available: November 1 – 15, 2021 *Limited-time only
Where to Buy: Pierre Hermé Paris Aoyama 2F Heaven
Tokyo Mega Illumination at Tokyo City Keiba to Collaborate with NAKED for AR Experience
2021 marks the fourth year that the Oi Racecourse, also called Tokyo City Keiba, will be bathed in a sea of over eight million colorful lights! The Tokyo Mega Illumination is back from October 16, 2021, until April 10, 2022, and features a water fountain show synchronized to music, a 100-meter tunnel covered in twinkling lights, and more. This year, in the Twinkle area of the event, guests can enjoy various AR illuminations created as a collaboration with NAKED, a creative production company headquartered in Shibuya. The NAKED BIG BOOK interactive experience will also welcome visitors to enjoy a projection mapping experience like no other.
NAKED BIG BOOK
AR Horse Camera Filter
Limited-Time Area: Tree Playing with Lights (Lawn Area)
NAKED’s most popular work, NAKED BIG BOOK, utilizes projection mapping to allow guests to turn the pages of a giant book and experience a unique world separate from their own. Using web filters and AR, guests can also see the object as a pop-up picture book!
During this special collaboration held on a horse racing track, visitors can also see a giant white horse in AR as they explore the grounds. Colorful horseshoes and stars will pop up from people’s footprints, and the sound of visitors’ steps will take on the sound of a horse’s hooves instead. Be sure to make some memories by snapping commemorative photos with themed filters during the event!
Tokyo Mega Illumination 2021-2022
October 16, 2021 – April 10, 2022
Open Saturday and Sunday throughout October (Closed October 31)
Open Daily from November 1, 2021 – January 10, 2022 (Closed on Race Days and January 1)
Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays from January 11, 2022 – April 10, 2022 (Closed April 1)
Tickets are sold for the following week. New tickets for the following week go on sale each day at 0:00.
Official Site: https://www.tokyomegaillumi.jp/
Machida City Museum Hosts Looking at Prints: Techniques, Expressions and Histories Exhibition
The Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts in Machida, Tokyo, is currently holding the Looking at Prints: Techniques, Expressions, and History exhibition until December 5, 2021. Featuring over 130 prints created with a large variety of techniques, guests can take a deep dive into how each piece of art was made.
An Up-to-Date Parody of the Four Classes – Utagawa Kunisada. 1857. Letterpress, wood, multi-color printing.
Artists featured in the exhibition have used many different techniques to create their masterpieces, including woodblocks, copper plates, lithographs, and stencils. The main exhibit introduces famous printmakers such as Albrecht Durer, Pablo Picasso, and Shiko Munakata, but also a number of lesser-known artists who utilized less traditional techniques. All explanations are in an easy-to-understand manner, so why not come learn about art in Tokyo?
Looking at Prints: Techniques, Expressions, and Histories
Running: Until December 5, 2021 (Closed Mondays)
*Contents will undergo partial changes throughout the exhibition.
Weekdays – 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM
Weekends/Holidays – 10:00 AM until 5:30 PM
*Last admission 30 minutes before closing.
Address: Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts (4-28-1 Haramachida, Machida, Tokyo)
Official Site: http://hanga-museum.jp/
Sumikko Gurashi Themed Cafes Open in Tokyo, Osaka, and Aichi to Commemorate Second Theatrical Movie
To commemorate the release of the their second movie, ‘Sumikko Gurashi: Aoi Tsukiyo no Mahou no Ko,’ Sumikko Gurashi will be opening the limited-time ‘Night Party with Sumikko’ cafe in Osaka on October 20, Tokyo on October 21, and Aichi on November 11.
(Advance Reservation Benefit Only) Original Invitation with Postcard (Five types)
Tokage’s Night Party Curry: ¥1,430 (Tax Incl.)
Shirokuma’s Warming Hot Rice Casserole: ¥1,430 (Tax Incl.)
Five’s Recommended Children’s Lunch: ¥1,650 (Tax Incl.)
Magician’s Party ~Açai Bowl~: ¥1,430 (Tax Incl)
Aoi Tsukiyo’s Fruit Punch: ¥1,100 (Tax Incl.) + ¥220 for one mini ice cream
Sumikko’s Pudding Ice Cream: ¥880 each (Tax Incl.)
Starry Drink: ¥990 each (Tax Incl)
Hot Café Au Lait: ¥880 (Tax Incl.)
Acrylic Keyholder (Random out of five): ¥770 (Tax Incl.)
Phosphorescent Sticker (Random out of eight): ¥605 (Tax Incl.)
Acrylic Stand (Random out of five): ¥880 (Tax Incl.)
Muddler (Three types): ¥1,100 each (Tax Incl.)
Mug Cup: ¥1,980 (Tax Incl)
Purse: ¥1,100 (Tax Incl.)
Fluorescent Pen Set: ¥1,100 (Tax Incl.)
A5 Clear File Duo: ¥605 (Tax Incl.)
Bandanna: ¥1,870 (Tax Incl.)
The Sumikko Gurashi characters are beloved by both adults and children for their gentle touch and tone. Their first movie, ‘Sumikko Gurashi Tobidasu Ehon to Himitsu no Ko’ was released in November 2019 and received great popularity. The sweet story of the Sumikko’s adventures through a story-book world attracted over 1.2 million viewers across Japan.
The heartwarming cafe menu includes “Tokage’s Night Party Curry,” “Shirokuma’s Warming Hot Rice Casserole,” Five’s Recommended Children’s Lunch,””Magician’s Party ~Açai Bowl~,” “Aoi Tsukiyo’s Fruit Punch,” “Starry Drink,” and more. The cute, Instagrammable dishes feature the characters who feature in the movie, which tells a mysterious story that begins under a blue moon in the Sumikko’s hometown. A lineup of limited edition goods and perks will also be available, adding to the movie excitement.
Enjoy a cute, social-media friendly meal and original merchandise at the exciting Sumikko Gurashi cafe!
©2021 Japanese Sumikko Gurashi Association Film Club
Sumikko Gurashi Cafe
Tokyo: BOX cafe&space Tokyo SolaMachi (Previously TOKYO BOX cafe&space Tokyo SolaMachi)
October 21 ~ December 5 2021
1-1-2 Tokyo Sky Tree Town Solamachi 1F, Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
Shinsaibashi, Osaka: kawara CAFE＆DINING Shinsaibashi
October 20 ~ December 5 2021
1-4-3 Shinsaibashi OPA 9F, Nishishinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka City, Osaka
Aichi & Nagoya: BOX cafe&space Nagoya LACHIC 1F (Previously NAGOYA BOX cafe&space A)
November 11 ~ December 12 2021
3-6-1 LACHIC Basement 1F, Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya City, Aichi
Reservation Fee: ¥650 (¥715 incl. tax) *Reservation comes with benefits *Up to four seats can be reserved per application.
Cafe Online Shop opens November 11 12:00 until December 12 at 23:59
Reservations & Official Site: https://sumikkogurashi-movie-cafe.jp
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/cafe_sumikko
Online Shop: https://sumikkogurashi-movie-cafe.jp/online_store
Kuromi Shop Opens for Limited Time Only at Hello Kitty Japan DiverCity Tokyo Plaza
The Hello Kitty Japan DiverCity Tokyo Plaza shop is about to be taken over by Kuromi! Located on the second floor of the complex, the store will be transformed into a new concept shop starting October 8, 2021, until January 10, 2022.
Limited-Time Event Merchandise
Kuromi is the rival of My Melody and is popular among Gen-Z for her punk style and mischievous attitude. The character will cast her spell on the store as a prank, and will completely strip the location of all of its pink and red coloring, replacing it with a monotone look.
Along with the new decorations, certain goods and sweets will only be available during the event period. A photo spot will be open for a limited time, along with a Sanrio Purikura machine imported from Korea for the first time! DiverCity will decorate the entrance and interior of the building to celebrate the event as well, so don’t miss out!
ⓒ 2021 SANRIO CO.,LTD 著作：㈱サンリオ
Hello Kitty Japan DiverCity Tokyo Plaza
Concept Shop Open: October 8, 2021 – January 10, 2022
DiverCity Tokyo Plaza ‘Kuromi’s Mischief Mission’
Running: October 8 – November 11, 2021
Address: Diver City Tokyo Plaza 2F(1-1-10 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo)
Access: 3 minutes walk from Tokyo Teleport Station on the Rinkai Line / 5-minute walk from Daiba Station on the Yurikamome Line