Welcome to Japan’s Most Kawaii New Spot, KAWAII MONSTER CAFE HARAJUKU

07.October.2015 | FOOD / SPOT

Harajuku has earned a reputation globally for being the center of all things kawaii, the neighborhood’s cuteness spread worldwide via fashion designers and pop stars such as Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. The recently opened Kawaii Monster Cafe isn’t content to just remind visitors of the area’s status, however.

This spot wants to go beyond the already established tropes kawaii, and be something all its colorful own…and then share that with the world.

Opened in August, KAWAII MONSTER CAFE HARAJUKU looms five stories over the always-bustling Meiji-Dori street in Harajuku. Sebastian Masuda, a long-time champion of the neighborhood and one of the key architects of kawaii culture today, designed the cafe. Part of his idea for the venue is to represent kawaii physically in a space, though he isn’t simply recreating the colorful chaos found at his store 6%DOKIDOKI or in one of the videos he directed for Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. This is Japanese cuteness evolved.

The cafe envisions Harajuku as a monster of sorts, “engulfing the world’s most trendiest fashions and cultures.” Visitors first choose where they want to sit, selecting from four rooms — more on those in a second — and then they enter the belly of the beast. Quite literally, as a red carpet acting as the creature’s tongue guides customers inside.

Once in, brace for visual overstimulation. There is a lot to take in, though odds are the cafe’s centerpiece Sweets-Go-Round will most likely grab the most immediate attention. A Masuda creation, this sweets-inspired merry-go-round is great for photos, but is hardly the only standout spot around.

KAWAII MONSTER CAFE boasts four themed areas where visitors can sit — the colorful, fungi-themed Mushroom Disco, the Milk Stand corner featuring three giant animal heads sipping the titular beverage, the laboratory-inspired Bar Experiment and the sugar-overload Mel-Tea Room sporting melting ice-cream walls and biggie-sized macaroons. Customers can walk around and explore all these zones, but can only sit in one (the Mushroom Disco and Milk Stand, featuring booths with very high walls, offer a bit more privacy than the other two spots). Although they aren’t always there, chances are high customers will be escorted to their seat by one of KAWAII MONSTER CAFE’s “Monster Girls,” a quintet of women wearing Harajuku-appropriate clothes.

The place might be a feast for the eyes, but don’t forget that it is still a cafe, offering up food and drinks as colorful as any of the decor. The menu comes as an iPad cased in an oversized cake, and there are a lot of options to take in. Food choices tend towards shareable dishes that appear to have been dunked in a rainbow – KAWAII MONSTER CAFE’s most popular offering thus far is the Colorful Rainbow Pasta, featuring multi-colored noodles and a variety of colorful sauces to dip them in – plated like a painter’s palette.

 

Customers can also select from sandwiches, salads and various finger foods. Though, from this American writer’s perspective, the most surprising — (and welcome!) addition was a fried chicken and waffles plate. Dessert, fittingly, is every bit as rainbow bright. The biggest option might not have the tastiest sounding name – the Colorful Poison Parfait – but it definitely looks delicious. And intimidating, as it is a towering creation loaded with various flavors of ice cream, cake and fruits. If you aren’t ready to tackle that, there are plenty of other options coming in shades from all over the color spectrum, ranging from popcorn to ice-cream slathered pancakes.

On the drink front, the cafe sells a good variety of fruit-centric beverages. Dubbed Fruity Heavenly and served in a nice-sized jar-shaped glass, these feature flavors such as “mango” and “real fruits” (not to say the mangoes aren’t real, the latter is more of a mix featuring strawberries and various citrus offerings). They also have several signature cocktails — owing to the Bar Experiment area’s theme, they come in “non-druggy” (non-alcoholic) and “druggy” (alcoholic) form, and include the Experiment, featuring two test tubes of liquid one can add to the central glass of liquor – who knows what will happen, see the name! – and the Noctilucent, featuring a rainbow-sprinkle rim.

Worth squeezing in: KAWAII MONSTER CAFE features a point card system, allowing those who come frequently to earn special privileges other can not. These include discounts and the ability to make a reservation (non-card holders just have to show up and hope there isn’t a long line), yet the top card grants the holder access to a special VIP room hidden away from the other four zones. To add a bit of intrigue to the system, I’ll just say the room is extremely pink, cozy and offers one of the best views of the Tokyo skyline I’ve ever seen. Start earning those points.)

In the near future, KAWAII MONSTER CAFE aims to incorporate a special dinner menu, along with a nightly show that customers can watch while munching on technicolor pasta. Yet at the moment, it offers up one of the more unique dining experiences in Tokyo…and Harajuku. If your definition of kawaii ends at mismatched clothes and the “PonPonPon” video, prepare to have your idea of the word expand in a thousand directions after a visit here.

 

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KAWAII MONSTER CAFE HARAJUKU

Address: 4th floor, YM Square Building, 4-31-10, Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo.

Opening hours: Weekdays & Saturdays: Lunch/ 11:30〜16:30(Last entries: 15:30 Last orders: 16:00 – 90 minute seating period)

Dinner: 18:00 〜 22:30(Last orders: 22:00)

Sundays & national holidays: 11:00 〜 20:00 (Last orders: 19:30)

※ During peak times it is possible that seating time period will be increased to 2 hours

No closing days

TEL:03-5413-6142

URL:http://kawaiimonster.jp

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    LE SHINER (レ・シヤナー)

    Address: COXY176 Building 1st floor, 1-7-10, Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening hours: Weekdays – 11:00 — 18:00 / Weekends & national holidays – 10:30 — 19:00

    Access: 3-minute walk from Harajuku station Takeshita Street exit (JR Yamanote line)/ 4-minute walk from the 5th exit of Meiji-Jingumae Station (Tokyo Metro Chiyoda line)

    TEL:070-1361-8686

     

     

     

    Totti Candy Factory (Takeshita Street, Harajuku)

     

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    Totti Candy Factory has cute petit cakes, cotton candy and much more. There must be so many people who have tried this! Whatever you may have heard about this place, their showstopper is definitely the huge colourful cotton candy!

    Totti Candy Factory

    If you’re looking for a present or souvenir, we recommend you get one in a cup!

     

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    Totti Candy Factory

    Address: RYU Apartment 2nd floor, 1-16-5, Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening hours: Weekdays – 11:00 — 20:00

    Weekends & national holidays: 10:00 — 20:00

    Access: 3-minute walk from Harajuku station Takeshita Exit (JR Yamanote line)

    TEL:03-3403-7007

    URL: http://www.totticandy.com/

     

     

     

    KAWAII MONSTER CAFE, HARAJUKU

    The KAWAII MONSTER CAFE is a new famous spot in Harajuku that has attracted many from all over the world.

     

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    One of their specialities is the colourful poison parfait, which is a photogenic masterpiece that is topped with ice cream, fruit, and even a piece of roll cake.

     

    KAWAII MONSTAR CAFE

    There are even rainbow cakes, rainbow pasta dishes, and much more!

     

    Further information: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/ja/64096

     

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    KAWAII MONSTER CAFE(カワイイモンスターカフェ)

    Address: YM Square 4th floor, 4-31-10, Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening hours: Lunch: 11.30 — 16:30 (last orders: 16:00 ), dinner: 18:00 — 22:30 (last orders: 22:00) (Monday — Saturday and the day before national holidays

    ※ 90-minute seating slots, last entry: 15:30

    Sundays & national holidays 11:00 — 20:00(Last orders: 19:30)

    No regular closing days. It is possible that customers will not be allowed to enter the cafe when certain events take place.

    Access: 1-minute walk from the 5th exit of Meiji-Jingumae station (Subway)/ 5-minute walk from JR Harajuku station Omotesandō exit

    TEL: 03-5413-6142 ※It is possible to make reservations(Excluding Weekends and national holidays)

    URL:http://kawaiimonster.jp/day/pc/

     

     

     

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    Seven different colour layers of cake are sandwiched together with buttercream.

     

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    LOLA’S Cupcakes

     

    Harajuku

    Address: Cascade, 2nd floor, 1-10-37, Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening hours: 11:00 — 20:00

    Access: 2-minute walk from 3rd exit Meiji-Jingumae station (Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin line/ Chiyoda line), 2-minute walk from Harajuku station Omotesando exit (JR Yamanote line)

    TEL:03-6447-1127

     

    Roppongi

    Address: Roppongi Hills Metro Hut floor B1, 6-4-1, Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo

    Opening hours: 11:00 — 21:00

    Access: Direct access from the concourse of Roppongi station (Tokyo Metro Hibiya line), 4-minute walk from Roppongi station (Toei Ōedo Line)

    TEL:03-3475-1127

     

    URL:http://lolascupcakes.co.jp/Default.aspx

     

     

     

    A WORKS (Gakugei-daigaku Station)

     

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    Address: 3-3-7, Takaban, Mguro, Tokyo

    Opening hours: Monday, Tuesday Friday & Sunday:  11:30 — 22:00

    Thursdays:  11:30 — 16.00

    Saturdays:  11:30 — 23:00(Last orders: 22:00)

    Regular closing days: Wednesdays

    Access: 2-minute walk from Gakugei-daigaku Station (Toyoko line)

    TEL:050-5570-3475

    URL:http://aworks.m-cobo.com/menu.html

     

     

     

    NEW NEW YORK CLUB (Azabu-Jūban/ Jiyūgaoka station)

     

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    Azabu-Jūban

    Address: 3-8-5, Azabu-Jūban, Minato, Tokyo

    Opening hours: 9:00 — 18:00 (Sales will end once all have been sold)

    No regular closing days

    Access: 3-minute walk from the A1 exit of Azabu-Jūban station (Tokyo Metro Namboku line)

    TEL:03-6873-1537

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    Address: TF 2-15-14, MidorigaokaMeguro, Tokyo 

    Opening hours: 11:30 — 20:00

    Regular closing days: Tuesday

    Access: 5-minute walk from Jiyūgaoka station

    TEL:03-6459-5669

     

    URL:http://newnewyorkclub.com/

     

     

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  • 7 Popular Ice Cream Shops in Harajuku

    17.February.2018 | FOOD

    Over at the MOSHI MOSHI BOX, Harajuku’s tourist information center, we are always asked about ice cream and soft cream shops. These cute and Instagrammable shops are currently experiencing a huge boom with the younger generation!

     

    Here are 7 popular ice cream and soft cream shops that you can visit during your trip to Harajuku.

     

    Eddy’s Ice Cream

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    Located in Ura-Harajuku, Eddy’s Ice Cream completely is pasted in pink and white. Wherever you turn to look, you’re going to want to take a photo. The grand menu of Eddy’s Ice Cream, where the toppings are already chosen, is super popular, but you can also customise to your liking – there are 10 cones and 3 soft creams to choose from as well as 13 different toppings. The most popular item on the menu is the “Unicorn” (¥1,200), a magical delight wrapped in pastel coloured cotton candy and milk soft cream. This one promises a new kind of sensation for the taste buds!

     

    Full Details: http://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/55526/2

     

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    Eddy’s Ice Cream
    Address: Eddy’s Ice Cream 1F, 4 Chome-26-28 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo (住所:東京都渋谷区 神宮前4-26-28 1F)
    Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00
    Closed: No fixed holidays
    TEL: 03-6438-9742
    Access: 10 minutes’ walk from Harajuku Station via the JR Line / 8 minutes’ walk from Meiji Jingumae Station via Tokyo Metro
    Official Homepage: http://eddysicecream.jp/

     

    Roll Ice Cream Factory

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    This unique rolled ice cream is mixed together with liquid ice cream and other ingredients on a cool plate. You can order from the regular menu or customise your own. The shop’s recommendation is the “Cookie Monster”! Not only can you take great pictures of the finished ice cream piece itself, but also the process as it is made in front of you.

     

    Full Details: http://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/57051

     

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    ROLL ICE CREAM FACTORY
    Address: Just harajuku 1st floor, 4-28-12 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
    Phone Number: 03-3470-0227
    Closing Dates: No scheduled holidays
    Open time: 10:00-21:00
    Official Homepage: http://rollicecreamfactory.com/

     

    Nanaya (Aoyama Branch)

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    Nanaya sells luxurious gelato made using matcha sourced from Fujieda in Shizuoka. It offers seven varying levels of matcha intensity – level 1 begins with a more moderately sweeter flavour, but as you progress up the scale to level 7 the flavour of the matcha becomes richer and deeper. The no. 7 gelato is the most popular item and claims to be the most matcha intense flavoured ice cream in the world. It uses matcha that received an award from the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. It boasts a deeply rich and bitter matcha flavour inside which lies a hint of refreshing sweetness.

     

    Full Details: http://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/58538

     

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    Nanaya Aoyama
    Address: Nanaya 1F, 2-7-12 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
    Tel: 03-6427-9008
    Hours: 11:00〜19:00
    Closed: Tuesdays (but open on Tuesdays when it’s a national holiday)
    Website: http://nanaya-matcha.com

     

    Matcha Café Maiko

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    The same matcha – just imported from Hawaii! “MATCHA Stand MAIKO” has been in business in Hawaii since July 2016, and it has made its way to Omotesando in Japan. Matcha Café Maiko uses the highest quality matcha produced in “Harimaen,” a tea brand from Uji in Kyoto, aka the birthplace of Japanese tea. The matcha-flavored soft served ice cream of Matcha Café Maiko extracts the umami and texture of matcha to the fullest, meaning you can enjoy a matcha soft ice cream unlike any other!

     

    Full Details: http://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/47577

     

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    “Matcha Café Maiko – Omotesando”
    Address: B1 of GYRE, 5-10-1, Jingumae, Shibuyaku, Tokyo
    Open: 11:00-20:00
    Website: http://www.matchacafe-maiko.jp/

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    TEL: (808) 369-8031
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    “Milk” – Fresh Cream Specialty Shop

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    When “Milk” opened in Shibuya it was a roaring success, bringing in 30,000 people in the first month. Fresh cream usually plays the supporting role of sitting on top of something like pancake, but “Milk” promotes it to the lead role by drawing out its flavour to the fullest. “Milk” serves a range of sweets with the fresh cream as the main acts, including “Milky Cream Chiffon Cake” (¥780), “Milky Soft Cream” (¥540), “Milky Soft Parfait” (¥780), and more. The shop is only open for a limited period, so don’t miss out.

     

    Full Details: http://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/54370

     

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    “Milk” – Fresh Cream Specialty Shop (生クリーム専門店 ミルク)

    Popup Shop in Harajuku Justin
    Opening date: August 3rd ※Takeout available from August 10th
    Address: Harajuku JUSTIN Gingumae 3-25-18 Shibuya-ku Tokyo
    Open: 11:00-18:00(※JUSTIN’s normal business hour starts from 18:00)

    Takeout specialty shop in LUMINE EST Shinjuku
    Opening date: August 20th, 2017
    Address: LUMINE EST 1F Shinjuku 3-38-1 Shinjuku-ku Tokyo
    Open: 11:00-22:00 (10:30-21:30 on weekends and holidays)

    Official Website: http://www.opefac.com/milk/

     

    sorama

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    Affogato (¥550), a definite recommendation to those people who find normal ice cream a tad bit boring. It’s made with rich wholesome ice cream that melts its way into strong coffee. Even people who aren’t adjusted to coffee can enjoy this one. What’s more is that “sorama” is a café situated away from the hustle and bustle of the busy streets of Harajuku where time flows calmer, allowing you to take a breather. It’s a place where you can enjoy more “grown-up” ice cream.

     

    Full Details: http://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/32960

     

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    sorama gallery+coffee

    1-12-6 Dohi Bldg., Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

    TEL: 03-3423-2370

    OPEN: 9:30~11:00/12:00~19:00  (Closed: Mondays, Tuesdays, National Holidays)

    Homepage: http://sorama.tokyo/coffee/

     

    coisof(コイソフ)

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    Ice cream and dairy specialists “Morinaga Milk Industry” teamed up with “GOMAYA KUKI,” a store specialising in sesame ice cream, to open the soft serve ice cream shop “coisof.” Their sesame ice creams strive to stand superior to ice creams all over the world and are topped with colourful “oiri,” a traditional candy from Kagawa prefecture that brings good luck. Once you have one you won’t be able to stop!

     

    Full Details: http://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/54778

     

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    Coisof (コイソフ)

    Address:OZ Harajuku Building 1st floor, 1-8-24, Jingu-mae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Open: 10:00-20;00

    Telephone number: 070-1185-1309

     

    【Select Menu Items】

    ・Coi soft (white) ¥600 (tax included)

    ・Coi soft (mix) ¥600 (tax included)

    ・Coi soft (black) ¥600 (tax included)

     

    GOMAYA KUKI Website: http://gomayakuki.jp/

     

    Harajuku – the home of the “kawaii” culture. Know you know some of its most photogenic ice cream shops. So what are you waiting for? Have your fill♡

     

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    Writer: Ellie

  • A “zoo” beside a Harajuku Denki Shokai ?! An ice cream store, “Dobutsuen” which use the motifs of animals was opened

    03.October.2017 | FOOD / SPOT

    “Dobutsuen” which sells cute animal-shaped ice cream under the theme of  “the smallest zoo of the world” was opened on the 23rd of September.

    Each item is 500 yen! Below are the items which are suitable to be uploaded on your SNS.

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    Buta (strawberry) Buhtaro (5oo yen / tax included)

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    Panda (cookie and cream) Runrun (5oo yen / tax included)

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    Zou (soda) Umeko (5oo yen / tax included)

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    Koara (Vanilla) Ocean Hiroko (5oo yen / tax included)

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    Tora (blueberry cheese cake) Eijikun (5oo yen / tax included)

    3 Biki no Kobuta (random flavor) (1,000 yen / tax included)

     

    Why not try these cute animal-shaped ice creams after drinking Denkyu Soda.

     

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    Dobutsuen

    Address: 150-0001, B1F 3-20-10, Jingumae, Shibuyaku, Tokyo

    TEL: 03-6434-5074

    Business hours: 11:00 to 19:00

    URL:https://twitter.com/__doubutsuenn

     

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    Colourful pasta served in rich pumpkin sauce and with a variety of different ghost creams.

    Singing Alice’s Caesar Salad | ¥1,360

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    Soft serve ice cream topped with crunchy cereal, cotton candy, and chocolate, all drizzled in a splattered sweet strawberry sauce.

     

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    Throw away the needless and make way for mind and body reconnection

    LUSH Harajuku is a place that helps you discover new ways to design your daily routine, with face masks to refresh your skin, products to care for your hair, scents for your well-deserved bath time, and more.

     

    Well-being is also a big part of the brand, teaching you to be kind to yourself while you’re working everyday, and to look after your mind and body. LUSH Harajuku stocks not only bath bombs and bubble bars, but a selection of items to use while you’re in the bath too for some much-needed self care.

     

    Naked items are environmentally friendly

    About 60% of LUSH’s products are sold ‘naked’ without packaging in order to reduce on waste in the environment. This also lets the essential oils and natural smells of the products seep throughout and outside the doors of their stores, beckoning people with the pleasant fragrances.

     

    LUSH’s “Lush Labs” app also has a function called “Lush Lens.” This lets customers scan any naked item which brings up information about that particular item such as what ingredients are used, as well as videos on how to use products and bath bombs fizzing.

     

    If you’re ever in Harajuku, be sure to stop by LUSH.

  • KAWAII MONSTER CAFE HARAJUKU Celebrates 5th Anniversary With Monster Size Portions

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    KAWAII MONSTER CAFE HARAJUKU turned 5-years-old in August, and to celebrate the quirky cafe’s anniversary, it is now serving monster-size portions until the end of September.

    Livening up Tokyo with some Harajuku-style cuisine

    Autumn is right around the corner in Japan, a time of outings and travel for many people. Due to the effects of COVID-19, however, people have had to cancel their plans. The KAWAII MONSTER CAFE wants the people of Tokyo to still enjoy themselves this autumn, and so is giving 39% off to all residents of Tokyo. All they need to do is show proof of address.

     

    Super-sized burgers, parfaits & more

    Giant King Chopper Burger | Regular Price: ¥12,000 (Before Tax), Resident Discounted Price: ¥7,320 (Before Tax) | Serves: 4-6

    You and your friends are invited to challenge yourselves to a gorge on the Giant King Chopper Burger, based on the cafe’s mascot character chopper. Served in five-colours in line with the cafe’s 5th anniversary, this beast of a burger is a hearty mix of BLT, menchi-katsu, teriyaki chicken, the “MEAT MEAT MEAT” main dish from the dinner menu, and more. It’s finished with colourful eggs around the side, and plenty of other hidden treats.

    Giant Colorful Parfait | Regular Price: ¥10,000 (Before Tax), Resident Discounted Price: ¥6,100 (Before Tax) | Serves: 3-4

    This piled-up parfait combines five of the cafe’s popular desserts into one towering delight: “Chemical Cake,” “Pink Cat Food,” “Melty Pancake,” “Little Monster,” and “Colourful Poison Parfait.”

     

    Enormous, decorated servings fruits

    Harajuku Decora Mango Parfait Bowl | Regular Price: ¥5,000 (Before Tax), Resident Discounted Price: ¥3,050 (Before Tax)

    Where do you even start? There’s mango-loaded ice cream, fat waffles, colourful gummies, chocolate, mango sherbet, panna cotta, cornflakes, fruit granola, mango sauce—the list goes on! If you’re mango-mad, you’ll definitely fall for this one.

    Fluffy Marshmallow Watermelon Frappe | Regular Price: ¥5,000 (Before Tax), Resident Discounted Price: ¥3,050 (Before Tax)

    Wrapped with marshmallow foam that’s fluffy like a cloud and topped with chopped watermelon, pineapple, and assorted fruits, this is similar to shaved ice. It’s also topped with nata de coco.

    Frog Melon Cream Sods | Regular Price: ¥5,000 (Before Tax), Resident Discounted Price: ¥3,050 (Before Tax)

    Celebrating 5 years of KAWAII MONSTER CAFE HARAJUKU, this frog’s tongue is made of milk mousse, melon balls, strawberries, blueberries, and kiwi, which are just tumbling out of its mouth. It’s served with a side of jumbo soft serve ice cream and melon soda. Arrange the beverage as you like to create your own fruit cocktail.

     

    KAWAII MONSTER CAFE is also collaborating with YouTubers Briana Gigante and RinRinDoll on drinks and desserts.

  • 90’s Japan x Modern Harajuku Culture Come Together in SUPER LOVERS & #FR2’s Collaboration

    03.September.2020 | FASHION

    Japanese fashion brand SUPER LOVERS released a collaborative collection online on August 29 together with Tokyo-based brand #FR2’s pink shop #FR2UME. The collection will also be sold at #FR2UME in-store from mid to late September this year.

    SUPER LOVERS is an 80’s inspired brand that was set up by Japanese designer Kousei Tanaka. The brand led Japanese street fashion into the 2000’s and has since become one of Japan’s top brands, influencing street fashion worldwide. SUPER LOVERS re-launched as a donation-style brand last year to support and giving back to the people of the world who have come to love SUPER LOVERS.

     

    Their new collaboration with #FR2 features a design of the panda character Merry of LOVERS HOUSE as well as an original bunny character who is the face of #FR2. This 90’s inspired collection includes T-shirts, hoodies, and even cycling pants.

  • UGG® and atmos to Open Concept Shop ‘UGG@mos’ in Harajuku

    30.August.2020 | FASHION

    Sneaker select shop atmos and UGG® have formed a partnership to open the new concept shop UGG@mos in Harajuku, Tokyo on August 29, 2020.

     

    The shop is focused on fashion-conscious 18-25 year old consumers and mixes together street design with UGG’s® California DNA brand, which itself is a fusion of modern and natural.

    The lineup will of course include UGG® brand shoes, apparel, and merchandise, but also limited edition shoes developed for and exclusively sold at UGG@mos.

     

    To promote the store’s grand opening, UGG® and atmos have collaborated with artist and painter Luise Ono, who is known for her colourful and expressive plant works. Check out the video below.

    Ono has not only created UGG®-inspired wall art, but has illustration a special design for a collection of T-shirts that will be sold at UGG@mos and online at atmos/atmos pink from August 29, 2020.

    UGG x Luise Ono Bird Print T-Shirts | ¥6,000 (Before Tax)

  • BOTANIST Tokyo’s Autumn Vegan Menu Arrives This September in Harajuku

    28.August.2020 | FOOD

    BOTANIST Tokyo, the flagship shop of BOTANIST in Harajuku/Omotesando, has revealed a new limited-time autumn vegan menu which will be served on the 2nd floor BOTANIST Café from September 5 to October 30.

     

    BOTANIST Café has been serving vegan food since September 2018, with meals and desserts made healthy and delicious. Vegan food is hard to come by in Japan, but restaurants and new establishments are beginning to cater to the vegan lifestyle.

     

    This year’s limited-time autumn menu is being served to promote the launch of BOTANIST’s new vegan line of hair care products. There are two hot soups to choose from as well as three desserts—the sweet treats being the “Banana & Chamomile Pound Cake” made without butter, the rich-tasting “Melt-In-The-Mouth Tiramisu,” and the “Sweet Potato Mont Blanc” which is made with whole sweet potatoes.

     

    VEGAN MENU – AUTUMN

    Banana & Chamomile Pound Cake | ¥1,000 (Tax Inclusive) *Drink included

    Made with sweet ripe bananas and laced with chamomile, this pound cake brings the autumn vibes with the mix of walnuts and finished with smooth soy cream.

    Sweet Potato Mont Blanc | ¥500 (Tax Inclusive)

    This velvety mont blanc is like you’re eating a sweet potato as it is. It’s spread with lumps of adzuki beans for added texture.

    Melt-In-The-Mouth Tiramisu | ¥650 (Tax Inclusive)

    The name of this dessert speaks for itself. It’s made with fairtrade coffee beans – and cream cheese which perfectly balances out the bitterness of the coffee flavour.

    Sweet Potato Soy Potage | ¥510 (Tax Inclusive)

    A rich, melty potage with a smooth texture and subtle sweet after taste. The black pepper adds a delicious bite.

    Pumpkin Soy Potage | | ¥510 (Tax Inclusive)

    Made using a whole pumpkin, this hearty potage is a perfect combination of bitterness from the pumpkin skin and the natural sweetness from the pumpkin itself. For an extra ¥160 you can order some bread for dipping.

  • IKEA Harajuku Announces Collaboration With Virtual Model imma to Commemorate Grand Opening

    26.August.2020 | FASHION

    IKEA has announced a collaboration with Japan’s most talked-about virtual model, imma, in promotion of the opening of its new IKEA Harajuku store. From August 28 to 30, imma will help share a vision of happiness in the home to the people of Tokyo in the shop window.

     

    Home for people is a place where one can kick back and relax after a long day’s work – to reset the mind and body for the next day. This fact has become increasingly more so in the wake of the pandemic, where we have come to spend even more time there, thus cementing the idea of the home as a haven evermore. But despite its role having changed in recent months, IKEA Japan believes the home is a place where we should spend longer.

     

    With that in mind, IKEA Japan has formed a partnership with imma to commemorate with the opening of IKEA Harajuku. imma is Japan’s first virtual model made using CG. She appears at events and shows in Tokyo and around the world, and boasts a following of over 240,000 people on her social media. The partnership will see imma inspiring her fans and young people by showing them how she made her room with IKEA furniture up on the second floor of the store.  She will also dance, do yoga, do cleaning, and more for people to see. She will appear at the store on August 28, 2020

     

    Those unable to visit IKEA Harajuku can still see imma over on IKEA Japan’s official website, and there will also be a live stream.

     

    imma | Comment

    “I am so excited to hear that IKEA, which I have always loved, will be opening in my neighborhood, Harajuku. In this collaboration, I’m going to share a part of my life that I really value, happiness at home.”

     

    Comment Source: IKEA Japan

  • Laforet Harajuku Celebrates Weekly Young Magazine’s 40th Anniversary With Collaborative Fashion Items

    26.August.2020 | FASHION

    15 shops at Laforet Harajuku are set to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Kodansha’s Weekly Young Magazine from August 29 to September 13 by selling a range of merchandise from manga series serialised in the magazine.

    Over 50 fashion items will be sold from a whole range of different series including, but not limited to, Ping-Pong Club, Initial D, Prison School, My Roomie Is a Dino, Ghost in the Shell, Zashiki Onna, Ciguatera, Kaiji, Flowers & Bees, Himizu, Be-Bop High School, and xxxHOLiC. The line-up ranges from t-shirts to one pieces and more.

    
Jouetie / 4F
    Prison School Hoodie | ¥6,600 (Tax Included)
    ⒸAkira Hiramoto /Kodansha

    SILAS HARAJUKU / 3F
    Ghost in the Shell T-Shirt | ¥6,600 (Tax Included)
    ⓒMasamune Shirow / Kodansha

    lilLilly TOKYO / B0.5F
    Flowers & Bees Sweater | ¥18,480 (Tax Included)
    ⒸMoyoco Anno / Cork

    Angelic Pretty / B1.5F
    xxxHOLiC One Piece | ¥51,480 (Tax Included)
    ⓒCLAMP・ShigatsuTsuitachi CO.,LTD. / Kodansha

    A special exhibition centred on Weekly Young Magazine will also be displayed up on the 6th floor of Laforet Harajuku at Laforet Museum from August 29 to September 6. Over 30 works from the magazine spanning the past 40 years will be showcased, with a whole line-up of illustrations drawn by over 60 manga artists for the exhibition. Exclusive merchandise will also be sold featuring visuals created by Japanese collage artist Kosuke Kawamura who has put together some special 40th anniversary artwork.

     

    If you’re in Tokyo this summer, don’t miss out on ‘Weekly Young Magazine 40th Anniversary in Laforet Harajuku.’

  • Dine at Harajuku’s New Tarako Spaghetti Restaurant Tokyo Tarako Spaghetti

    12.August.2020 | FOOD

    Tokyo Tarako Spaghetti opened its all-new, second branch in Harajuku Omotesando on July 31, 2020. The restaurant opened its first branch back in January this year.

    To commemorate the opening of the new restaurant, it is serving up two brand new tarako (cod roe) spaghetti dishes made with Japanese dashi.

    Tarako & Kombu Umami With Dashi Spaghetti | ¥990 (Before Tax)

    The first new dish is a combination of tarako, kombu, and dashi spaghetti. This dish adds a Japanese flair to it by combining tarako spaghetti with tarako boiled in soy. The full flavour of the kombu is extracted when the dashi is poured over, creating an irresistible flavour.

    Three Fish Egg Tarako Spaghetti | ¥1,390 (Before Tax)

    The second new dish on the menu is the “Three Fish Egg Tarako Spaghetti” which combines lots of tarako with toppings of salted salmon roe and flying fish roe. There’s a whopping 100g of fish eggs on there, so you won’t be going hungry with this filling, colourful serving of spaghetti.

     

    Discover new kinds of tarako spaghetti dishes at Tokyo Tarako Spaghetti Harajuku Omotesando.

  • YouTuber RinRin Doll Collaborates With Harajuku’s KAWAII MONSTER CAFE On New Drink

    09.August.2020 | FOOD

    Harajuku’s KAWAII MONSTER CAFE has announced that it is collaborating with YouTuber, model, and MC RinRin Doll to release a new beverage called “Honey Doll” which will be served at the cafe for a limited time only.

    Who is RinRin Doll?

    RinRin Doll is a Harajuku-style model based in Tokyo. Originally from Los Angeles, California, she is a lover of Japanese fashion and culture and posts videos related to Harajuku-style lolita fashion and makeup on her YouTube channel.

    RinRin’s birthday falls on August 2, which in Japanese can be pronounced as hanii or “honey,” and so this day is known colloquially as Honey Day. The “Honey Doll” drink will be served at the KAWAII MONSTER CAFE from August 2 to 31. It has a ginger ale base and is filled with honey flavoured jelly and fruits and is topped with purple cotton candy for a deliciously sweet combination.

    The first 15 people to order the drink will receive a special badge featuring the cute character “Honey Bunny Bee” who was created for the RinRin Doll & Ribbonita collaboration.

     

    KAWAII MONSTER CAFE is serving fashion and entertainment while practicing and promoting all the necessary measures to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

    Be sure to check out RinRin’s YouTube channel, including her video on the new Honey Doll drink.

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