Pom Pom Purin & Tower Records to Open Collaborative Cafes in Sapporo & Fukuoka!
The Tower Records Cafe, managed by the music retail chain Tower Records, is teaming up with everybody’s favourite Sanrio puppy Pom Pom Purin to release a collaborative food menu for their new limited time cafe Pom Pom Purin×TOWER RECORDS CAFE -Purin-kun no Jazz Time-.
The collaborative cafe will open at both the Tower Records Cafes at PIVOT in Sapporo (September 13th-October 15th) and in Tenjin in Fukuoka (September 12th-October 15th). Collaborative merchandise will also be available at all Tower Records stores (including Towermini) and over on the official Tower Records online store from September 12th.
You can look forward to enjoying chilling out and listening to some sweet jazz music together with Pom Pom Purin at the cafes.
The cafes will also be decorated completely in everything Pom Pom Purin. The special menu will feature a list of Pom Pom Purin themed foods to look forward to, and you’ll even be able to get your hands on limited edition merchandise too.
But it doesn’t stop there, as the cafes will also serve up a special Halloween themed Pom Pom Purin plate too during their “Halloween Week” from October 7th to October 15th!
So how about enjoying eating at this cute Pom Pom Purin cafe while listening to some jazz, courtesy of Tower Records?
Chibi Maruko-chan Themed Cafe Heading to Tower Records Cafe Omotesando
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Chibi Maruko-chan anime series, Tower Records Cafe in Omotesando is collaborating with the franchise to turn its establishment into all things Maruko-chan for a limited time from September 5 to 29. Also, 22 branches of Tower Records as well as the Tower Records online store will sell collaborative merchandise.
Maruko-chan’s Hamburger Plate – ¥1,500
The hamburger plate will be served throughout the entire collaboration. Hamburgers are Maruko-chan’s favourite meal, and this one is served with vegetables and a rice ball with her adorable face on it.
The collaboration will be split into two different periods with different food and merchandise line-ups. The food in the second period has yet to be unveiled, so we will take a look at some of the things for the first period.
Collaboration Period ①
Nagasawa-kun’s Onion Soup Pasta – ¥1,500
Served with a whole onion, this soup seeped vongole pasta is inspired by the onion-head himself Nagasawa-kun.
Chi Chicken Sandwich – ¥1,500
This dish is inspired by the scene in the anime series when Maruko fights with her sister over who gets to have a notebook as there is only one of them. When her sister claims ownership, Maruko proceeds to write “idiot” on the front cover while she’s asleep and slips it back onto her bookshelf. This tuna mayo packed sandwich comes with a sandwich bag featuring the design of the notebook.
Noguchi-san’s Birthday Cake – ¥1,200
Celebrate Noguchi-san’s birthday (September 9) with this very special blueberry and milk crepe birthday cake.
30th Anniversary Melon Soda Float – ¥800
Topped with a dollop of ice cream and a cherry, the melon soda comes with a special 30th anniversary straw tag.
Chibi Maruko-chan Lattes – ¥700
The character lattes will have different character designs for each period as pictured above with the top row being the first collaboration and the bottom the second.
For every menu item ordered, customers will receive a random postcard. The postcards above feature the designs from the first collaboration period.
And the ones above here are those in the second.
And if you order a set of three items (food, drink and dessert), you’ll receive an exclusive lunch mat. All of these items are first-come, first-served so you’ll want to get to the cafe ASAP when it opens.
The exclusive merchandise takes on a music theme with original designs, from a towel to a tote bag and more.
Three t-shirts and a hoodie will also be sold exclusively at Tower Records Shibuya, Tower Records Shinjuku, Tower Records Cafe Omotesando, and the Tower Records online store.
Full information can be found on the official website below.
*All prices are tax-inclusive. Photos are for illustrative purposes only.
*Please enquire with shop staff about any food allergies.
ⒸSakura Production/Nippon Animation
Chibi Maruko-chan x TOWER RECORDS CAFE
Running: September 5, 2019 – September 29, 2019
Period ①: September 5, 2019 – September 17, 201
Period ②: September 18, 2019 – September 29, 2019
*The menu line-up and free gifts will be different for each period
TOWER RECORDS CAFE Omotesando
Address: Imon Harajuku Bldg. 2F, 6-3-9 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-21:30 (Last Orders 20:30)
Official Website: http://tower.jp/restaurants/cafe/omotesando
*No reservations, however during busy times numbered tickets will be handed out. Details on numbered tickets will be announced on the cafe’s official Twitter page: @TRC_Omotesando
Chibi Maruko-chan x TOWER RECORDS Collaboration Merchandise
Release Date: September 5, 2019 (*Pre-orders now open)
Available: At 22 Tower Records branches and the online store
Tower Records Online: https://tower.jp
Collaboration Page: https://tower.jp/chibimaru
Hatsune Miku Music Cafe Opening in Tokyo & Fukuoka
The Hatsune Miku Music Cafe is set to return for the third time this month. It will open in Akihabara, Tokyo on August 23 and in Hakata, Fukuoka on August 28.
The music cafe will be supported by VOCALOID music label KARENT. VOCALOID fans can look forward to dining while listening to music from their favourite characters―Miku, Luka, Rin, Len, MEIKO and KAITO―on high quality speakers and giant monitors.
Customers are able to request songs be played by picking from the record shelf. The huge discography will include the cafe’s official theme song and music video Jazz Chorus no Natsu Takenawa which is written and composed by buzzG.
Fans can look forward to character-inspired food and drinks and can get their hands on a range of exclusive merchandise with designs illustrated by Kisaragi Yuu.
And if you gather enough stamps on your stamp card―one per visit―you’ll be able to get priority access to a DJ event on October 6.
Leek Bag – ¥1,500 (Tax Included)
Multi Pouch (6 Designs) – ¥2,800 (Tax Included)
Miku’s Leek Record Curry – ¥1,200 (Tax Included)
“Jazz Chorus no Natsu Takenawa” Summer Sky Jelly From the Starry Heavens – ¥600 (Tax Included)
When ordering something from the food menu you can receive one of 18 possible mini acrylic stands, chosen randomly.
Rin & Len’s Yellow Mango Milk – ¥750 (Tax Included)
Luka’s Pink Peach Soda – ¥750 (Tax Included)
There’s lots more merchandise, food and drinks as well as this too. You can see the full line-up on the official website.
© Crypton Future Media, INC. www.piapro.net
*The rate of consumption tax is set to increase from 8% to 10% in Japan from October 1, 2019 and so the prices listed here will increase
*Photos are for illustrative purposes only
Hatsune Miku Music Cafe – 3rd Run
・Ani ON STATION AKIHABARA
Address: Daidoh Limited Bldg. 1F, 3-1-16 Sotokanda, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo
Running: August 23, 2019 – October 6, 2019
*Closed on September 1, 2019
*Regular hours will not run on October 6, 2019 due to the DJ event
・Ani ON STATION Hakata Bus Terminal
Address: Hakata Bus Terminal 7F, 2-1 Hakataekichuogai, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture
Running: August 28, 2019 – September 29, 2019
Entry Price: ¥500 (Tax Included)
Cafe Website: https://bandainamco-am.co.jp/cafe_and_bar/anionstation/special/miku_cafe3/
Ani ON STATION Official Website: https://bandainamco-am.co.jp/cafe_and_bar/anionstation/
Adorable Moving Ear Hats to be Released by Sanrio
18.August.2019 | FASHION
Sanrio has announced that it will release six hats with moving ears inspired by six of its characters at Sanrio stores, its online store, and shops stocking Sanrio goods in Japan on August 21.
The hats move by using an air pump that you pump with your fingers. Look adorable at events, on your Instagram story posts and pretty much anywhere by choosing from one of the six characters: Hello Kitty, My Melody, Pompompurin, Cinnamoroll, Kuromi and Pochacco.
The hats are fluffy, comfortable to wear, and of course make you look kawaii as you walk along with the ears bouncing up and down. The hats are also one size fits all and so can be worn by both kids and grown-ups!
©️1976, 1989, 1996, 2001, 2005, 2019 SANRIO CO., LTD.
Sanrio Character Moving Ear Hats
Release Date: August 21, 2019
Designs: Hello Kitty, My Melody, Pompompurin, Cinnamoroll, Kuromi and Pochacco
Price: ¥2,052 Each (Tax Included)
Sanrio Official Website: https://www.sanrio.co.jp/goodsinfo/mx-mimiga-ugoku-201908/
Top 13 Cream Sodas in Tokyo: Cool Yourself Down This Summer with Classic Drinks & Modern Beverages
Hey, MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON readers! I’m Banako of MOSHI MOSHI FRIENDS.
It’s safe to say that most long-standing, older cafés in Japan serve cream soda. It’s a drink that bellows with nostalgia, topped cutely with a dollop of ice cream and sparkling bright with vivid colour like some rare jewel.
It’s a rather simple drink, but the number of people intrigued by its unique appearance are evidently on the rise. And I’m one of those people! I’ve had times where if it’s available on the menu I want to order it－and further still I’ve gone out of my way to a café solely because I’ve wanted some cream soda.
Depending on the vibe and atmosphere of a café, the appearance of the cream soda will be different, which also means a different flavour. This is all part of the enjoyment of cream soda: it’s fun to compare the different tastes.
I have made a long list of my most recommended cream sodas in Tokyo, all of which I have actually tried!
To make it easier to picture each drink I have also given a rating out of 5☆ stars for the strength of the fizziness, the sweetness of the soda, and sweetness of the ice cream. Use this as reference when picking your drink of choice. Enjoy this specially curated selection of drinks in cafés that you’re going to want to snap lots of pictures of♡
①CAMPUS TOY cafe&bar
CAMPUS TOY is located in the Jinbocho district of Tokyo. This exciting little place has gone for an American pop vibe. They sell toys too.
The extra goodies they put in the cream soda here is influenced by the US too. The owner is a really interesting person, so much so that you end up losing track of the time as you get lost in conversation with them.
Ice Cream Sweetness：★★★☆☆
CAMPUS TOY cafe&bar
Address: 2-10 Kanda-Jinbocho, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: [Mon-Fri] 18:00-22:00
Closed: Weekends & Public Holidays
Access: 2-minutes on foot from Jinbocho Station’s A2 Exit
This little-known-good-spot can be found in Shimokitazawa. The café interior has relaxed and retro décor. Their cream soda is served with two stacks of ice cream and a crown of whipped cream topped off with a cherry. What a cute-looking drink!
Ice Cream Sweetness：★★★★☆
▶︎ Café Negura
Address: PACKAGE ONE Floor 1F (North Side), 2-26-13 Kitazawa, Setagaya Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:30 ー 20:00
Closed: Mondays & Tuesdays
Access:152m walk from Shimokitazawa Station
Another retro-style café, except this one is specifically influenced by the Showa period . Situated in Shibamata, everything about this café, from the outside to the interior, breathes retro-Showa. On the second floor is the Candy Candy Museum.
Their cream soda is the quintessential classic cream soda…but with a twist. It has mikan in it, a type of orange, which is very rare with cream sodas. That gives off a retro-ness too. Another cute beverage!
Ice Cream Sweetness：★★★☆☆
Address: 7-4-11 Shibamata, Katsushika Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-18:30 (Last Orders 18:00
Closed: Tuesdays & Wednesdays
Access: 2-minutes on foot from Shibamata Station (Accessed via the Keisei Line)
④ALL C’S CAFE
ALL C’S CAFE is in Koenji, the retro hub of Tokyo. Decorations of cute bears are what this café is all about. There are enormous life-sized bears everywhere, so you can get ready to snap some seriously kawaii pictures.
The café itself, as well as the adorable smiley bear on your cream soda, is sure to elicit some high-pitched “Aww’s.”
Ice Cream Sweetness：★★★★☆
▶︎ALL C’S CAFE
Address: Miyake Bldg. 2F, 3-25-24 Koenji, Suginami Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 12:00-22:00
Closed: No Fixed Holidays (except Obon and New Year’s Holidays)
Access: 5-minutes on foot from the north exit of Koenji Station (Accessed via the JR Chuo Line)
Hosekibako, which means ‘jewelry box’ in Japanese, is right next to Chitose-Karasuyama Station. Retro vibes waft their way throughout this cozy little hideaway with the littering of Showa manga and other miscellaneous odds and ends.
This café too has the signature classic cream soda. It has a transparent appearance in its truly beautiful colour.
Ice Cream Sweetness：★★★☆☆
▶︎ Café Hosekibako
Address: Koyama Mansion 102, 4-18-18 Minamikarasuyama, Setagaya Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 12:00-18:30 (Last Orders 18:00)
Access: 5-minutes on foot from the east exit of Chitose-Karasuyama Station (Accessed via the Keio Line)
⑥THE GREAT BURGER STAND
This hamburger shop sells an American-style cream soda, topped with swirly ice cream rather than cream soda’s classic dollop. That, together with the huge glass it’s served in, is enough to get you excited before you even take a sip. The café can be found in Shibuya Stream, meaning you can stop by for a breather after shopping.
Ice Cream Sweetness：★★★★☆
▶︎THE GREAT BURGER STAND
Address: Shibuya Stream 1F, 3-21-3 Shibuya, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo
Access: 1-minute on foot from Shibuya Station via the JR Yamanote Line
Opening Hours: 11:00 ー 23:00 (Last orders: 22:30)
Closed when Shibuya Stream is closed.
Access: Approx. 1-minute walk from Shibuya Station (JR Yamanote Line)
⑦Coffee Shop Galant
Right beside Ueno Station you’ll find Galant, a coffee shop also with an air of retro-Showa to it during the bubble economy period. You’ll feel like you’ve been transported back in time when you see the dazzling décor and the staff uniforms. Peeking through the see-through liquid is a cute red cherry♡
Ice Cream Sweetness：★★★☆☆
▶︎ Coffee Shop Galant
Address: 6-14-4 Ueno, Taito Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 8:00-23:00
No Fixed Holidays
Access: Directly behind the toy store Yamashiroya (山城屋), just a two minute walk from JR Ueno Station. Also 1-minute on foot from exit 5b of Ueno Station (accessed via the Tokyo Metro Line and Hibiya Line)
⑧bio ojiyan cafe Harajuku
Ojiya, also known as zosui, is a type of Japanese rice-based vegetable soup. In my opinion, the ojiya served here is the tastiest in the world! Their cream soda comes in a large round cup and is a nice refreshment after a spot of ojiya.
Ice Cream Sweetness：★★★★☆
▶︎bio ojiyan café
Location: 4-26-28 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00
No Fixed Holidays
Access: 10-minutes on foot from JR Harajuku Station / 3-minutes on foot from the Jingumae Crossing ticket gate elevator exit of Meiji-Jingumae Station (Accessed via the Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line)
⑨PEPPERS DRIVE IN
The main dish at this Kanagawa-based restaurant is curry. Every single thing about PEPPERS DRIVE IN is influenced by retro US elements, from the car park to the nooks and crannies inside and even the trays. You can take some really cute photos literally anywhere in the restaurant. The cream soda portion stays true to the American taste too with a generous serving.
Ice Cream Sweetness：★★★☆☆
▶︎PEPPERS DRIVE IN
Address: 1129-1 Kidokoro, Hiratsuka, Kanagawa
Opening Hours: Lunch 11:30-15:00 (Last Orders 14:45) / Dinner 18:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:30)
Closed: Wednesdays (Except on public holidays, in which case closed the following day)
Access: 6-minutes by taxi from south exit of Isehara Station (Accessed via the Odakyu Odawara Line) / 16-minutes by taxi from the north exit of Hiratsuka Station (Accessed via the JR Tokaido Main Line)
Official Website: http://www.peppers.co.jp
I reviewed the melon bread pancakes at this Ginza-based café earlier this year. It’s located inside a long-standing department store meaning the cream soda here has been around for a long time too, offering a more traditional taste. They are served on coasters which you can take home with you. It’s a great place to stop off for a break when strolling around Ginza.
Ice Cream Sweetness：★★★☆☆
Address: NISHIGINZA Floor B1F, 4-1 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Business Hours: [Monday-Saturday] 11:00-20:30 (Last Orders 20:00) / [Sunday & Holidays] 11:00-20:00 (Last Orders 19:30)
Closed: When NISHIGINZA Department Store is closed.
Another snug hideout, situated in the backstreets and surrounded by trees, is HIROMAN’S COFFEE. This cute café has lots of antique picture frames, rabbit ornaments, and other tidbits. Their melon soda arrives in a cute round and plump glass. They plenty of other Instagrammable drinks too including one topped with cotton candy. This one is one to keep coming back to!
Ice Cream Sweetness：★★★☆☆
▶︎ HIROMAN’S COFFEE
Address: 3-18-12 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-19:00 (Last Orders 18:30)
No Fixed Holidays
Access: 10-minutes on foot from Meiji-Jingumae Station
⑫ blikje button
blikje button in Shimokitazawa, which offers both a café and dining experience, has a vintage vibe to it with decorations that have a handcrafted feel to them. The glasses the cream sodas come in match that aesthetic. The stroking colours of the sodas are something beautiful to behold!
Ice Cream Sweetness：★★★☆☆
Address: Shimokitazawa Central Bldg. 2F, 2-14-7 Kitazawa, Setagaya Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 12:00-23:00 (Lunch 12:00-16:00/Café 12:00-18:00/Dinner 17:00-23:00) *Food last orders 22:00, drink last orders 22:30
No Fixed Holidays
Access: 2-minutes on foot from Shimokita Station via the Odakyu Line / 2-minutes on foot from the south-west exit of Shimokitazawa Station via the Keio Inokashira Line
CAROLINE DINER is a famous café in Harajuku inspired by American diners. The cream sodas sold here are striking and nothing short of Instagram-worthy! They go perfectly with the stylish interior of the café that you’ll no doubt find yourself taking photos.
Ice Cream Sweetness：★★★☆☆
Address: 2-14-11 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 12:00-18:30 (Last Orders 18:00)
Access: 10-minutes on foot from Meiji-Jingumae Station / 10-minutes on foot from Kita-Sando Station / 10-minutes on foot from Setagaya Station
And that’s all from me Banako and my must-try recommendations for Tokyo cream soda. Do you have a favourite from this list?
Tokyo’s summer is nowhere near over yet. How about treating to yourself to a nice refreshing cream soda to cool yourself down from the scorching heat?
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.
Mango Drinks Cafe CAFE MANGOSIX Opens First Japan Branch in Okinawa
15.August.2019 | FOOD
MANGOSIX Japan opened its first ever CAFE MANGOSIX branch in Naha, the capital of Okinawa, on August 10.
CAFE MANGOSIX is a hugely popular cafe in South Korea which serves healthy drinks and desserts themed on its 6 S’s concept: Sensual, Slim, Sweet, Social, Sexy, and Style.
Their must-try beverage is the Mango & Coconut Juice which combines rich mango with sweet coconut milk. The cafe even has some drinks exclusive to Japan so you won’t find them anywhere else!
The popular Blue Lemonade from South Korea is also being sold.
Cool yourself off after sunbathing on the beaches of Okinawa by grabbing a drink from the new CAFE MANGOSIX!
Address: 1-16-6 Matsuo, Naha, Okinawa
Opening Hours: 8:00-22:00
Access: 10-minutes by car from Naha Airport / 4-minutes on foot from Prefectural Office Station (via Yui Rail, aka Okinawa Monorail) / 2-minutes on foot from Okinawa Prefecture Government Building
Official Website: http://www.mangosix.co.jp/
Sanrio Unveil New Sporty Merchandise Collection Featuring Hello Kitty, My Melody & Others
11.August.2019 | FASHION
Sanrio has announced that it will release 24 pieces of merchandise on August 15 in support of the sports season from summer to autumn. The items feature the Sanrio characters donning their sports gear and include megaphones, charms, bags, and more.
There are many sports events happening right now, and the Sanrio cast are here to help you cheer on your favourite teams: Hello Kitty, My Melody, Pocchaco, Pompompurin, Cinnamoroll, and Kuromi.
The megaphones are a must-have, featuring cute plush toy attachments of the characters which can be used at events like a vuvuzela.
Keep your things safe with one of six “Mascot Holder” bags with each character donning different sportswear: table tennis for Hello Kitty, Tennis for My Melody, Rugby for Pompompurin, baseball for Cinnamoroll, soccer for Kuromi, and basketball for Pochacco.
And for good luck, grab one of the lucky charms which have a gold medal and message inside them. Attach them to your phone or keep them in your pocket!
©’13, ‘19 SANRIO S/D・G
Sanrio Character Sports Promotion
Release Date: August 15, 2019
Available: At Sanrio stores, select shops selling Sanrio merchandise, and the official Sanrio online store
Sanrio Official Online Store: https://shop.sanrio.co.jp/
Popular Tokyo Café Bakery BREAD, ESPRESSO & to Open in Fukuoka
Bakery café BREAD, ESPRESSO & has made quite a reputation in Omotesando, Tokyo for its stylish interior and delicious coffee and bread. The bakery café is now opening a new branch in Fukuoka called BREAD, ESPRESSO & HAKATA & on September 25th, 2019.
To commemorate 10 years in business, BREAD, ESPRESSO & will be opening their first ever branch in Hakata, Kyushu. The café bakery will be nestled between Hakata Station and CANAL CITY HAKATA. Whether you are a busy commuter looking for a heartwarming cup of coffee or a traveling tourist, the location is ideal for anyone looking for a quick rest stop.
The new café bakery is approximately 165 m² in size, making it the largest branch. The shop is decorated with a pure white base theme and has the perfect comfortable environment to enjoy a coffee.
Mu: ￥330 (after tax)
French Toast: ￥750 (after tax)
BREAD, ESPRESSO &’s popular Mu and French Toast will be on the menu along with Hakata-limited goods. If you are searching for some delicious bread in Hakata, please make your way to BREAD, ESPRESSO &.
BREAD, ESPRESSO & HAKATA & (パンとエスプレッソと博多と)
Address: 101, 2-8-12, Hakata Ekimae, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka
Opening Hours: 8:00 ー 20:00
No regular holidays.
Ice Cream Lovers’ Paradise: Over 100 of Japan’s Best Ice Creams Unite at Ice Cream Fair in Hokkaido
For six days only, The most mouthwatering ice cream flavours from all over Japan are heading to Sapporo Kita 3-jo Plaza AKAPLA for the regional ice cream fair Aipaku Hokkaido in Sapporo 2019. The ice cream fair will start on August 15 and end on August 20, 2019.
The concept of Aipaku® is to make everyone’s childhood dream into a reality; a paradise park where visitors are surrounded by the most delicious ice cream flavours that are found countrywide. The Japan Ice Mania Association carefully selected heart-melting ice cream flavours from all over Japan to sell at this event. The event has been running since 2015 and has so far welcomed approximately 2 million satisfied ice cream lovers, making it the largest ice cream event in Japan. Visitors can tuck in to their ice creams straight away or buy cooler bags and dry ice at the venue to take it back home as a souvenir.
This time, Aipaku Hokkaido in Sapporo 2019 is completely changing its lineup. Compared to when it was last run in 2017, this year will see many ice creams and ice cream brands that are new to Hokkaido making their debut. If you are an ice cream lover, this is a paradise world you just cannot miss out on.
Kikyou Shingen Soft/KIKYOUYA (￥500)
Since being launched in 2015, this ice cream has become the star of the show at Aipaku. This ice cream is otherwise only available in Yamanashi prefecture. The beautiful scent of the soft serve ice cream’s kinako roasted soy bean will be the first thing to reach your nose. This ice cream is made with the original, rich-flavored brown sugar syrup of Yamanashi prefecture.
Manhattan Roll Ice Cream/ Manhattan Roll ￥850
Roll Ice Cream is currently a big hit in Japan, so naturally it has infiltrated into this ice cream fair. This ice cream is not made using eggs like conventional ice creams. It is made with a unique combination ratio of milk, fresh cream and syrup. The result is a smooth ice cream which is rich but not overpoweringly sweet.
Double Ruby Fantasy/ MAISON GIVRÉE/￥600
This is an Aipaku-limited ice cream. Its rise to fame occurred as a result of the World Championship of Pastry Ice Cream and Chocolate which took place in Milan in 2015. This Aipaku-limited soft serve ice cream was created by Team Japan’s captain and world champion pâtissier Hiroyuki Emori. It is covered in sugar-coated ruby chocolate and decorated luxuriously with almonds, hazelnuts and pistachios. The pink colour is enough to melt your heart.
Aipaku Original Häagen-Dazs Sundae/ Aipaku Official ￥800
This is an original sundae flavour that can only be obtained from Aipaku. The ice cream is made using Häagen-Dazs vanilla ice cream with a generous layer of luxurious whipped cream. This is drizzled with a rich caramel sauce. Crispy feuillantine, which is made by smashing baked crêpe batter, accents the flavour and adds texture. Chunky slices of banana and salty vanilla-roasted peanuts are placed on top. This is a special sundae that ice cream-lovers will not be able to resist.
These are just a few of the vast range of ice creams you could be trying. There are just so many that you will be frozen for choice. The venue is also easy to access from Sapporo station. This is a wonderful way to leave the house and enjoy a Japanese summer whilst staying refreshed.
*Prices after tax stated above
* The ice creams at the event may differ to the images above.
Ice Cream Fair Aipaku Hokkaido in Sapporo 2019
Running: August 15 ー 20, 2019
Opening Times: 11:00 ー 20:00
Venue: AKPLA, (Sapporo Kita 3-jo Plaza)
Kita 2 Jonishi, 4/ Kita 3 Jonishi 4, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido
Takeaway: If you wish to purchase ice creams to take away, please consider purchasing a cooler bag and dry ice (保冷バッグ＋ドライアイス) at the venue.
Aipaku Official Website: http://www.i-89.jp
7 Character Themed Cafés Running in August 2019
Character cafés are an exciting experience in Japan which sees a café collaborate with well-known anime series, game series or other franchise by decorating the café interior with designs and illustrations based on them and meals and drinks inspired by them.
Before continuing this article be sure to check out our June 2019 list of character cafés as some of them are still running!
Sanrio x Ichigo Shimbun Collaboration – Ichigo Shimbun Dinder (July 11-September 30)
Ichigo Shimbun is a monthly magazine published by Sanrio which includes information about the latest character merchandise and much more. Sanrio has opened a café themed on their magazine at EGG & SPUMA which located on the 8th floor of Shinjuku Lumine EST. “Vacation” is the theme of the café where Sanrio fans can enjoy a summery food menu. Enjoy a fun summer together with the Sanrio characters♡
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/230790
▼Ichigo Shimbun Diner
Location: EGG & SPUMA, Shinjuku Lumine EST Floor 8F, 3-38-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo
Running: July 11, 2019 – September 30, 2019
Business Hours: Weekdays 11:00-23:00 (Last Orders 22:00) / Weekends & Holidays 11:00-22:30 (Last Orders 21:30)
AAA CITY SUMMER PARTY – AAA Cafés in Tokyo & Osaka (July 19-September 1)
AAA’s collaborative café is themed on midsummer city pop. Their seasonal menu features drinks, desserts and more inspired by each respective colour of the group members. If you dine at the café you’ll get yourself a special lunch mat, and if you order a drink, you’ll get an original drink coaster. There’s plenty of other exclusive AAA café merchandise too, so if you’re a fan of the pop group then this is one you won’t want to miss out on this summer!
▼AAA CITY SUMMER PARTY
Omotesando (Tokyo): July 19, 2019 – September 1, 2019
Shinsaibashi (Osaka): July 19, 2019 – September 1, 2019
Tokyo: OMOTESANDO BOX CAFE&SPACE (Pine Under Flat B1F, 5-13-2 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo)
Osaka: Shinsaibashi contact (1-6-24 Kita-Horie, Nishi Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture)
・Table reservations for August 1 to September 1 opened on July 12 at 18:00 (JST)
・Reservation Price: ¥650 (Before Tax) *Comes with bonus merchandise
AAA CITY SUMMER PARTY Official Website: https://aaa-cafe-2019.jp
AAA Official Website: https://avex.jp/aaa/
Bonobono & Pompompurin’s First Ever Café Collaboration (July 11-September 1)
The Harajuku, Umeda and Yokohama branches of the Pompompurin Café have teamed up with the beloved anime character Bonobono to release four menu items themed on playing together at the beach.
Both Bonobono and Pompompurin fans alike won’t be able to resist the cute and delicious dishes being served at the cafes this summer.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/231395
▼Pompompurin Café Harajuku
Address: CUTE CUBE HARAJUKU 3F, 1-7-1 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 (Food Last Orders 20:00 / Drinks Last Orders 20:30)
Pompompurin Café Umeda
Address: Hankyu Sanbangai South Wing B2F, 1-1-3 Shibata, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi
Opening Hours: Weekdays 11:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:30) / Weekends & Holidays 10:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:30)
Pompompurin Café Yokohama
Address: Yokohama Sotetsu Square, 2-1-5 Minamisaiwai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama-shi
Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00 (Last Orders 20:30)
Bonobono Official Website: http://www.bonoanime.jp/
Pompompurin Café Official Website: http://pompom.createrestaurants.com
©Mikio Igarashi /Takeshobo, Fuji TV, Eiken © 1996, 2019 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO.S601363
Astronaut Snoopy Soars Up Tokyo Skytree (July 18-October 14)
Tokyo Skytree is now holding the FIRST BEAGLE IN SKYTREE® event in collaboration with the astronaut version of Snoopy which appeared in the original comic 50 years ago.
Every astronaut needs a good meal to keep them going. Head to the SKYTREE CAFE on the Tembo Deck on floor 340F and enjoy a selection of themed desserts, drinks and more. Astronaut Snoopy decorations line the cafe where you can get limited-edition novelties too. Soar into and learn all about space this summer with your pal Snoopy♡
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/232293
▼FIRST BEAGLE IN SKYTREE®
Running: July 18, 2019 – October 14, 2019
Location: Tokyo Skytree Tembo Deck and Tembo Galleria
*A separate fee must be paid to to enter the Tokyo Skytree Tembo Galleria
Tokyo Skytree Official Website: http://www.tokyo-skytree.jp/en/
Snoopy Japan Website: http://www.snoopy.co.jp/
©2019 Peanuts Worldwide LLC
Gaspard & Lisa x Afternoon Tea TEAROOM (July 25-August 28)
The Koshigaya Laketown kaze, LaLaport Yokohama, Terrace Mall Shonan, and Nagoya LACHIC branches of the Afternoon Tea TEAROOM have joined hands with the French picture book series Gaspard and Lisa to celebrate its 20th anniversary.
The tea shops have been decorated with a special Gaspard and Lisa theme. There are photo spots at each cafe, and in the Nagoya LACHIC branch there is even a book corner with 20 books from the series. This is the perfect place to enjoy a special summer meal with your family, so don’t miss out!
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/233786
▼Lisa and Gaspard Collaboration
Running: July 25, 2019 – August 28, 2019
Afternoon Tea Official Website: https://www.afternoon-tea.net/
Lisa and Gaspard Official Website: http://www.lisagas.jp/
©2019 Anne Gutman & Georg Hallensleben / Hachette Livre
Koupen-chan Café in Shinjuku & Shinsaibashi (August 8-September 23)
The baby emperor penguin Koupen-chan, who is often the go-to sticker for many Twitter and LINE users in Japan, is illustrated by the well-known RURUTEA. Many of these social media users turn to the relaxing, soft and cuddly penguin to send soothing words of encouragement and a fuzzy hug to their loved ones. No wonder our adorable penguin has over 300,000 followers on Twitter.
The café returns from 2017 with a refreshed image which plunges deeper into the depths of Koupen chan’s affectionate world. There are even more features packed into this year’s collaboration menu. No matter what you order, your table will be overflowing with adorable penguin love.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/241560
▼Koupen-chan Café 2019 Summer
Location: SHIBUYA BOX CAFE＆SPACE (Shibuya LOFT Floor 2F, 21-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo)
Running: August 8, 2019 – September 23, 2019
Location: Shinsaibashi contact (1-6-24 Kita-Horie, Nishi Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture)
Running: September 5, 2019 – October 6, 2019
Reservation Price: ¥500 (includes a complementary souvenir for making the reservation)
*A limit of 4 seats can be reserved through 1 reservation.
Official Website: https://koupenchan-cafe2019.jp/
Did you enjoy this list? Be sure to visit a character café while in Japan this summer.
Enjoy a Meal While Gazing Across the Rice Fields Of Kamimomi at Momian
A new cafe called Momian opened by the Kakimomi Terraced Rice Fields in the Kamimomi area of Kumenan, a town in Okayama Prefecture, on August 3. The terraced rice fields of Kamimomi were selected by Pasona as one of Japan’s top 100 rice fields.
Momian’s menu promotes the local region by using locally sourced and produced ingredients as well as rice from the rice fields.
Kumenan has the highest rate of ageing in Okayama Prefecture. As of October 2018, over 44.3% of the population is over the age of 65. As a result, the region is facing a serious ageing population and consequential population decline. As well as this, more and more rice fields in Kamimomi have been abandoned in recent years and are no longer cultivated, leading to a serious maintenance problem with Satoyama which share resources in the region.
Pasona has aided in tackling Kamimomi’s farming issue and is working to help revitalise the local community. They also revamped and reopened the Kumenan Rest Area in 2016 through their subsidiary company Pasona Okayama.
There’s also where Momian comes in. The new cafe uses a refurbished old Japanese house and offers a gorgeous view of the rice fields and natural environment from its windows.
To help support and build a deeper connection with its local farmers, the cafe will serve up original dishes made using ingredients grown in the area throughout the year.
Kamimomi Tanada Terrace Momian
Grand Opening: August 3, 2019
Address: 1300 Kamimomi, Kumenan, Kume District, Okayama Prefecture
Business Hours: Fridays 12:00-16:00 / Weekends 10:00-16:00
Closed: Monday to Thursday
Tabelog Page: https://tabelog.com/okayama/A3301/A330101/33015274/
Night Party at Harajuku’s Conveyor-Belt Dessert Cafe Ron Ron for 20 Year Olds Only
MAISON ABLE Cafe Ron Ron is a popular conveyor-belt dessert cafe in Harajuku. We visited the cafe last year when it had just dropped, so be sure to check out our cover story if you want more information.
The cafe has just announced a night party that is exclusive to those in their 20’s. Titled “Cafe Ron Ron 20ty’s Night Party -PINK FRIDAY- supported by MAISON ABLE,” the event began yesterday and will run every night up to September 27.
Customers can enjoy all-you-can-eat unlimited snacks for just ¥500 with no time restrictions. For an additional fee, you can also pick from the food menu which features 5 dishes and order from the drinks menu which includes alcohol.
Everything on the food and drinks menu is ¥500 too, making it a delicious bargain!
Desserts are served at varying time slots from 19:00. Depending on what time you arrive or decide to start eating the menu will change which is all part of the fun!
The cafe has also teamed up with the fashion rental shop airCloset next door so customers can enjoy dining at Cafe Ron Ron while wearing a yukata.
You can even continue wearing the kimono after you’ve eaten so you can stroll the streets of Harajuku, go to nearby festivals and more for an exciting day out in Japan’s youth and culture hub. The yukata can be rented by people of all ages – full details on the websites below.
Cafe Ron Ron 20ty’s Night Party -PINK FRIDAY- supported by MAISON ABLE
Location: MAISON ABLE Cafe Ron Ron (6-7-15 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo)
Running: August 2, 2019 – September 27, 2019
Conditions: Restricted to those aged 20-29 years (*photo ID required upon entry)
Opening Hours: 19:00-22:00 (Last Entries 21:30)
Official Website: http://cafe-ronron.com/pinkfriday/
airCloset x ABLE
Address: 6-7-15 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Running: July 27, 2019 – September 30, 2019
Opening Hours: Weekdays 11:00-21:00 / Weekends 11:00-19:00 (Last fittings at 17:00)
Return Periods: By 21:00 on weekdays / By 19:00 on weekends)
・Please take a camisole or tank top that can be worn under your yukata
・Foreigners are asked to take a copy of their passport when renting
・There is a luggage storage service for those who are returning on the same day
Official Website: http://cafe-ronron.com/yukataderonron/