A collaborative product of Sailor Moon × Princes One Spoon will be sold
A concept shop in Harajuku created with the theme“princess” and the world’s famous popular animation “Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon” will release collaborative products.
Many adult-looking and cute designed goods which invoke the wishes you had when you were a little kid to become a princess will be sold. The products will be sold at “Princes One Spoon Tokyo” which looks like a castle, from the 26th of December (Tue.).
Shoulder Wallet – 3,000 yen each (three kinds)
An item which has the functions of both a purse and a smartphone pouch. Charms of crescent moon and pearl are attached to the fastener.
You can carry it around or attach it on your belt and use it as a shoulder bag.
Compact Mirror – 800 yen each (five kinds)
A compact size mirror which can be put inside the pouch.
An eye-catching cute cat-shaped version and a soft-colored adult-looking round-shaped version are available.
Acryl Logo Key Charm – 1,800 each (seven kinds)
A series of key charms which has each character’s name and star inscribed in a delicate font.
Each charm has a feminine design with Christal part and mini ribbon.
Heart-Motif Earing / Pierce – 1,500 yen each (seven kinds)
The front side has the name of the character and the reverse side has the Christal star compact, star mark and crescent moon.
The product has design features which women love such as satin mini ribbon and a sparkling stone charm.
Shishu Kinchaku (embroidered drawstring purse) – 1,000 yen each (four kinds)
It is recommended for women who want to go out on a trip.
An atmospheric tulle is designed on the hemline of Princes Serenity and Black Lady.
Eyeglass case – 650 yen each (six kinds)
The product has an adult-looking and cute design with each character’s star/item drawn in hand-written style.
School Socks – 800 yen each (three kinds)
A convenient simply designed pair of school socks which has the embroidery of Christal star compact and moon.
For the Sailor Moon design, one side has the name Sailor Moon and the other side has an embroidery of a ribbon. The ribbon embroidery for the right and left sock are different.
Color Socks – 800 yen each (three kinds)
A crew length pair of socks which has a small embroidery mark.
For the Sailor Moon design, one side has the name Sailor Moon and the other side has an embroidery of Christal star compact. The embroidery for the right and left sock are different.
Scrunchie – 1,000 yen each (six kinds)
A hair accessory using the soft/cute cloth which has the motifs of each character’s star marks and item.
The gold edge makes the product adult-looking and cute at the same time and the charm of crescent moon can be detached.
Ribbon Crip – 1,000 yen (six kinds)
A hair accessory which has the same design with the scrunchie.
The product is a clip type which anybody can use.
Puti Scarf – 1,200 yen (two kinds) ※tax not included
Two kinds are available which are the elegant and white-colored Princess Serenity and soft/cute Sailor Moon design version which uses the motifs of compact and moon stick.
The product can be used as a bag charm or bangle.
Let’s get the dreamy collaboration products of “Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon” × “Princess One Spoon.”
Sanrio’s Cinnamoroll Serving Up Drinks at the Sky Drink Stand in Harajuku
Cinnamoroll’s Sky Drink Stand is finally open in Harajuku where Sanrio’s adorable white puppy will be catering drinks to your taste until August 25.
The drink stand is located along Harajuku’s famous Takeshita Street.
When you step inside you are taken soaring up into the clouds with its fluffy decor and decorations.
Cinnamoroll can be found all around the cafe looking adorable♡
To get a drink you first need to purchase a ticket from the ticket machine. Once you’ve got that, it’s time to head on over to the row of Cinnamoroll plushies.
There are 27 drinks in total to choose from. You will converse with Cinnamoroll and answers his questions which will change the colour, flavour and toppings of your drink. Your specially made and unique drink will arrive bottled with a handwritten name label on the front.
As you answer the questions you will be able to see Cinnamoroll making your drink on the tablet.
After a short time your drink will arrive!
Here is my cute and sparkly drink. I wrote “MOSHI MOSHI” in Japanese (もしもし) for the name tag. Mine was a delicious fizzy summery drink with blue jelly.
If you go with friends then you can have fun comparing your different drinks too!
You can get some even cuter photos at the shop’s many photo spots.
And if you want to order your drink in advance then you can use the Cinnamoroll Talk app which is compatible with Google Assistant. After you say, in Japanese, “OK Google, Cinnamoroll ni Osora Dorinku Onegai” (OK Google, please give me a Cinnamoroll Sky Drink), the order window will pop up. After you’ve talked with Cinnamoroll on the app you will receive an order number to collect your drink. There are also secret sentences hidden around the store for talking with Cinnamoroll, so if you find them you can have a longer chat with him!
Make your own unique summertime beverage with Cinnamoroll at the Sky Drink Stand♡
Cinnamoroll Sky Drink Stand
Location: BOK Gallery Takeshita Street (Tousen Harajuku, 1-16-6 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo)
Running: August 22, 2019 – August 25, 2019 (*Open to the press and invitees only on August 21)
Price: ¥700 (Tax Included) per drink
Business Hours: 11:00-20:00
*Greeting events will be held at scheduled occasions where Cinnamoroll and friends will appear at the drink stand
SHINING MOON TOKYO: Sailor Moon Show Restaurant to Open in Azabu-Juban
Azabu-Juban is a district in Tokyo and considered a holy ground amongst Sailor Moon fans as it is where the Sailors reside in the series. That fact is about to be set in stone as the all-new show restaurant SHINING MOON TOKYO is set to open in Azabu-Juban on August 15.
The building used for the restaurant was actually built in the same year when the Sailor Moon manga began serialisation. It’s also located in Joule A, the same place where Jewelry OSA-P appears in the series.
Since its release in 1991, the Sailor Moon manga series has been translated into 17 languages, and the anime series has made it to 40 countries worldwide. It has even spawned musicals which have been taken around the world. Now, fans can look forward to enjoying their favourite series in a new form with the opening of SHINING MOON TOKYO.
The restaurant’s stage show is being produced by Nelke Planning who has been involved in many of the franchise’s musicals. It will make use of stunning LED visuals and lightning and will feature music and dancing.
At the entrance to the restaurant is a gorgeous golden moon which you can sit on and pose like one of the Sailors.
A little further in is the stage, whose pink aesthetic and decorations have received the official stamp of approval from Sailor Moon author Naoko Takeuchi. The distance between the stage and audience is short, allowing for an up-close, immersive and thrilling spectator experience.
Concealed behind glass display cases are gorgeous and glittery Sailor Moon outfits.
Our five Sailors all feature in the stage show who we get to see in their everyday lives, during their transformations, and in battle scenes. The manga will be brought to life before the crowd’s eyes.
Most of shows will be non-verbal, meaning that people can enjoy them without understanding Japanese. Many different stories will be told on stage―you can find out which ones they will be showing while at the restaurant.
The restaurant will feature a kawaii menu with original drinks and dishes you can’t get anywhere else.
Sailor Planet Sushi Balls – ¥1,800 (Tax Included)
This tropical-looking sushi platter is made up of five different sushi balls including Japanese halfbeak, Okinawan spinach, salted salmon roe, snow crab, and conger eel. The vinegar used in the dish has antioxidants in it which will protect your body like a Guardian Sailor!
Tsukino Family Classic! Rabbit Curry – ¥1,800 (Tax Included)
The rice in this adorable dish is made into the shape of a rabbit, which in Japanese is usagi―and is also the name of our titular heroine! It contains fragrant spices which are sure to warm your body and healthy herbs to soothe fatigue.
SHINING MOON TOKYO Roll Cake – ¥1,500 (Tax Included)
For dessert, look forward to a gorgeous strawberry roll cake topped with fresh cream and cherries. If you like the sound of lots of flavours dancing in your mouth at once, then we recommend this one to you!
SHINING MOON TOKYO Pancakes – ¥1,500 (Tax Included)
The sweet and sour taste of the mango and kiwi elevate the nectarous notes of the maple pancakes. It even comes with an iced Sailor Moon cookie.
Pretty Guardian Lunch Box (Left) / Moon Prism Rice Burger (Right)
Once you’ve eaten everything in your lunch box, which includes rice balls, vegetables and more, you can take it home with you to add to your Sailor Moon collection!
Drinks – ¥800 Each (Tax Included)
There are five drinks inspired by each respective Sailor and each comes with their own original coaster.
Acrylic Silhouette Key Rings – ¥1,300 Each (Tax Included)
Stock up on your Sailor Moon collection too with a whole range of exclusive goodies!
Enter a new Sailor Moon world with food and entertainment at SHINING MOON TOKYO when it opens in the Sailors’ hometown on August 1.
ⒸNaoko Takeuchi・PNP / Sailor Moon –SHINING MOON TOKYO–
SHINING MOON TOKYO
Grand Opening: August 15, 2019
Address: Joule A Floor B1F, 1-10-1 Azabu-Juban, Minato Ward, Tokyo
Access: Direct connection from Azabu-Juban Station which is on the Toei Edo Line and Tokyo Metro Namboku Line
Official Website: https://sailormoon-shiningmoontokyo.com/en/
Harajuku Summer Festival 2019 to Take Place at Togo Shrine
GLOBAL PRODUCE, a Japanese event organiser, is set to sponsor Harajuku Summer Festival 2019 which will be held at Togo Shrine in Harajuku, Tokyo on August 23. Bringing together professional event producers, the festival will combine elements of traditional Japanese culture with the latest trends.
Food trucks and stalls will open in the dozens, including appearances from the shaved ice shop Kooriya bebe which makes its fluffy shaved ice from the natural spring waters of Mount Fuji―perfect for the hot weather―as well as Ichika, a cafe known for its tapioca Japanese tea lattes made with high quality tea leaves from Kagoshima. Current popular restaurants will also serve up delicious summertime food. There will even be the Harajuku Bon Odori 2019 dance event, and the marchers for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will also be present.
Tokyo Bijin Project will make their first ever live appearance, a group of shining Japanese women with “wisdom, dignity and compassion” who are set to speak out for other strong women. They will talk leadership, interpretation, attending to people, the spread of Japanese culture, and more.
If you are in Japan for the summer then make sure you attend all of the different summer festivals you can.
GLOBAL PRODUCE presents Harajuku Summer Festival 2019 at Togo Shrine
Date: August 23, 2019
Time: 19:00-21:00 (Reception open from 18:30)
Location: Togo Shrine (1-5-3 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo)
Togo Shrine Official Website: http://www.togojinja.jp/
STRAWBERRY MANIA: Harajuku’s Cutest & Tastiest Strawberry Ice Cream | Food Review
Hey, readers. It’s Midori again, from MMN’s editorial team.
Summertime in Harajuku means the cafes and ice cream shops start serving up some seriously kawaii and tasty ice creams. It’s always nice to grab a cone to enjoy while walking around shopping, but relaxing in a cafe to enjoy it is fun too♡
If the latter sounds like your kind of thing, then I’ve got a new recommendation for you. I visited STRAWBERRY MANIA recently, cafe located along Takeshita Street in Harajuku that specialises in strawberry desserts.
You’ll find it right above the 7-Eleven on Takeshita Street. Look for the strawberries!
There’s also a sign outside showing a few of the desserts. Go up the staircase right next to it and you’ll come to the cafe entrance.
No matter where you turn while you’re here, your eyes will be met with strawberries. It looks so cute♡
The shopfront showcase is shelved with lots of succulent strawberry treats. The chef whips up other desserts to order besides these too. Everything’s almost too cute to eat!
For the strawberry soft serve ice cream you can pick between three flavours: milk, strawberry or mixed. I couldn’t pick between them so I went for mixed.
The combination of the bright red strawberry ice cream and pure white milk ice cream makes for a beautiful colour contrast.
It’s also topped with a huge fresh strawberry.
I took no time at all in taking a spoonful. The strawberry ice cream has a really rich flavour. It’s sweet but has that sour kick too, like you’re eating a real strawberry. The milk ice cream has a milder sweetness and a real milky taste, the kind you’d imagine if it was sold at a farm with cows.
Everything is packed snug into the cone right down to the bottom, making it a filling treat. It can be ordered for takeout if you like, and if you do that you can get your ice cream straight away so you don’t have to wait for seats.
They serve other things besides soft serve too, like shaved ice and parfaits. There’s so much to choose from, I think you’ll be spoiled for choice! Be sure to visit if you’re in Harajuku.
STRAWBERRY MANIA Harajuku
Address: ITO Bldg. 2F, 1-6-12 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00 (Last Orders 19:30)
Official Instagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/strawberrymania_harajuku15/
Miniature Theme Park SMALL WORLDS TOKYO to Open in Tokyo Next Spring
10.August.2019 | Uncategorized
The all-new SMALL WORLDS TOKYO theme park is set to open in the Ariake district of Tokyo in spring 2020.
The park will cover an 8,000m2 area which will be split into seven different areas made up of moving miniature models: the Kansai International Airport, the Space Center, World Streets, Sailor Moon, Neon Genesis Evangelion Tokyo-3, and Neon Genesis Evangelion Evangelion Cage.
The facility hopes to bring a new level of immersion the likes of which we have not seen before. It is a joint project between Japanese creators Tatsuya Kaneko and Shōji Kawamori and a team of Japanese engineers. Using the latest cutting-edge technology and delicate artistry in Japan, the staff behind this project have built a moving miniature universe that will transport visitors to another world.
Sailor Moon fans will delight in the recreation of Azabu-Jūban, a district of Tokyo where the series protagonists reside, and Crystal Tokyo. Evangelion fans will also rejoice in witnessing Tokyo-3 as well as Evangelion Cages in which Evangelions are housed.
Not only will visitors be able to look at the miniature world, they can become part of it too with the Citizens Rights Figure Program which will scan a 3D model of the person and have a figure of themselves placed in the area of their choice. Sign-ups for this program will open on August 9 at 10:00 (JST) on the park’s website.
Details on tickets and facility specifics will be announced in the near future.
©SMALL WORLDS. Inc
SMALL WORLDS TOKYO
Address: Ariake Butsuryu Center, 1-3-33 Ariake, Koto Ward, Tokyo
Official Website: http://www.smallworlds.jp/
Beautiful Sailor Moon T-Shirts Released by UNIQLO’s UT Brand
UNIQLO’s graphic t-shirt brand UT it collaborating with Sailor Moon to release a collection of t-shirts at UNIQLO stores across Japan and their online store on June 23.
The original Sailor Moon manga series written and illustrated by Naoko Takeuchi was the biggest shojo manga series of the 1990’s. It has been translated into 17 languages and the anime series has been made available in over 40 countries. The Sailor Moon 25th Anniversary Project began in 2017 and has brought about new anime series, a musical and more. In July this year, the manga series was released digitally and simultaneously worldwide for the first time.
To celebrate and help promote the digital distribution of the manga series, the t-shirt collection was made in collaboration with Naoko Takeuchi herself. The designs are enough to make the hearts of fans out there throb.
This design features Sailor Moon’s iconic pose when she declares, “In the name of the moon, I’ll punish you!”
This design showcases the classic scene when the Sailors send in their power to the Holy Grail. The dialogue has been translated into 10 languages in celebration of the international digital distribution of the manga.
The front of this t-shirt features the series logo while the back has the Sailors and Luna each with their respective colours.
The back of this t-shirt features Sailor Moon’s birthday scene. It comes with trendy tie-dye colouring.
This final design has a pocket with a picturesque scene of Azabu-Jūban, a district in Tokyo where the Protagonists live. There is also a cute embroidering of Luna above it.
From longtime readers to more recent fans, this is a collection you’re sure to enjoy!
Sailor Moon UT
Release Date: August 23, 2019
Price: ¥1,500 (Before Tax)
Available: At UNIQLO branches in Japan and the online store
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/
Shop in Harajuku & Omotesando With a Takeout Dessert From Q-pot CAFE
03.August.2019 | FOOD
The real summer is here now, and what better way to cool yourself off during your shopping spree in Harajuku and Omotesando than with a cool and refreshing takeout dessert from Q-pot CAFE?
Melty Mousse (Peach x Apricot Seed) – ¥500 (Tax Included)
Q-pot CAFE’s Melty Mousses are encased in an adorable jar. This one is a heavenly mix of fruity peach mousse and a smooth apricot kernel milk mousse. Laced in the peach mousse is a divine blend of raspberries and lychees. The subtle sweetness of the peach coupled with the sourness of the raspberries and refreshing taste of the lychees make this dessert a perfect summer pickup. Also hidden within the delicious mix are pieces of fresh and juicy peach.
Melty Mousse (Mint x Chocolate) – ¥500 (Tax Included)
This summer sees the return of Q-pot CAFE’s popular mint chocolate mousse. Chocolate and mint are always an exquisite combination, and this mousse mix proves it, fusing rich chocolate with a cool mint kick. The cute melty-looking mint chocolate at the top also gives it an appetising appearance.
Cat Ice Creams – ¥600 Each (Tax Included)
Also returning once more this summer are Q-pot CAFE’s adorable cat ice creams, a mix of ice cream and various toppings. Choose from strawberry, vanilla or chocolate.
All of these desserts will be available to buy from August 5. They are all super cheap and are perfect for getting for takeout and walking around Harajuku and Omotesando. Be sure to stop by if you’re planning a shopping trip there this summer break.
Release Date: August 5, 2019
Price: ¥500 (Tax Included)
Available: Q-pot CAFE Omotesando (3-4-8 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo)
Cat Ice Creams
Release Date: August 5, 2019
Price: ¥600 (Tax Included)
Available: Q-pot CAFE Omotesando (3-4-8 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo)
Q-pot CAFE Official Website: https://www.q-pot.jp/shop/cafe/
Wrap Yourself in Harajuku Fashion With These New Stores Opening at Laforet Harajuku
Laforest Harajuku is getting a revamp towards the end of August with new stores as well as renewals of current stores. The revamp aims to “promote Harajuku’s uniqueness and creativity.”
August 24th – RENEWAL OPEN
<Floor 1F> Vivienne Westwood RED LABEL Concept Store
Vivienne Westwood is fusing the Japanese branches of its prêt-à-porter Red Label and Anglomania collections to serve up the all-new Vivienne Westwood RED LABEL branding. Japan will get its very first Red Label concept shop at Laforet Harajuku on August 24 which will act as the flagship store where they will sew to perfection a very special capsule collection that will offer a unique and exciting clothing consumption experience.
August 23rd – NEW OPEN
<Floor 4F> Charles Chaton
After the success of its first ever pop-up shop in March 2019, girly brand Charles Chaton is setting up a permanent store in Laforet. The brand’s concept is “Girl, Forever!” which caters to girl culture and offers up items which it hopes that will catch the attention of girls in 50 years to come. The store’s slogan at Laforet Harajuku is “My Sweet Home” with which it will sell cute, comfortable and casual everyday clothing.
August 23rd – NEW OPEN
<Floor 2F> starblinc
starblinc are set to showcase “cute pop age of the 1960’s” with bright colours and flashy silhouettes, combining nostalgia and futurism to create an entirely new style. Look forward to diving into the unique future retro world of starblinc on August 23.
There are plenty more shops opening at Laforet Harajuku in addition to these ones, so if you’re in Tokyo this summer, get ready to stock up your wardrobe.
Address: 1-9-13 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Official Website: https://www.laforet.ne.jp/en/
Vegan Bubble Tea Arrives at Harajuku’s BOTANIST Tokyo Tea Stand
30.July.2019 | FOOD
For the whole month of August, the BOTANIST Tokyo tea stand in Harajuku is serving two different tapioca bubble tea beverages. Just 100 of each will be sold each day.
The two delicious drink flavours include “Butterfly Pea Soy Milk Tea” and “Matcha Milk Tea.” Both beverages are made with high quality tapioca pearls from bubble tea store Bull Pulu who serve up Taiwanese pop culture with their tasty menu.
Vegans shopping in Tokyo’s Harajuku and Omotesando areas will be excited to try the vegan-friendly Butterfly Pea Soy Milk Tea. Both of the drinks are also sold in eco cups and come with paper straws.
Tapioca Butterfly Pea Soy Milk Tea – ¥600 (Tax Included)
The vegan-friendly option is a combination of bright and colourful butterfly pea tea and soy milk. It’s laced with a tropical coconut syrup for enhanced flavour.
Tapioca Matcha Milk Tea – ¥600 (Tax Included)
The matcha milk tea is a combination of rich and smooth matcha foam and milk. It’s mixed with a fragrant hazelnut syrup.
Both drinks are takeout only and are available to buy on the first floor. If you fancy a little refreshing drink while strolling through Harajuku then be sure to visit BOTANIST Tokyo.
Address: 6-29-2 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo (Shop – Floor 1F / Cafe – Floor 2F)
Business Hours: 11:00-20:00
Official Website: https://botanistofficial.com/shop/
Office Lady Higashi’s Nonchalant Shibuya Diary #2: “BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR COFFEE KIOSK” – Harajuku
Hey. I’m Higashi.
When I was at university I worked a salon model job which started early in the morning. Everyday after my photo shoots at the salon, I enjoyed walking back from Omotesando to Shinjuku. On that route there was a coffee stand called “BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR COFFEE KIOSK.”
The friendly staff working there would call out to me with a smile: “Good morning! Where are you returning from today?” My usual course home would be to go there, order a takeout coffee, and walk back to Shinjuku while cheerfully listening to music.
But one day I became a working adult and full-fledged member of society. My new workplace was faraway from the coffee shop and so I could no longer visit it. But I would casually wonder to myself what the guys and girls who worked there and would always chat to me cheerfully and friendly were up to now.
So, yeah. I went to visit them.
BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR COFFEE KIOSK is about a 7-minute walk from Harajuku Station’s Takeshita Exit.
Follow Meiji Dori street.
Make a turn at the corner of The DECK COFFEE and PIE, and you’ll see the sign.
THERE IT IS!
I was greeted by a stylish looking guy who looked great with facial hair. He was so cool!
I took no time at all ordering a coffee.
I found myself remembering how much I loved the gentle atmosphere brought about by the staff here and the smell of the coffee that flows in the air.
Latte art is his forte!
Time to try it.
Oh… this was just pure bliss!!
The coffee had slight acidic notes to it which permeated my body. It was really tasty and warmed by body to the core that day because it was raining!
“Was this shop built in 2010?” I asked him.
“To be precise, a furniture company called Landscape Products was set up here in 1997. It was converted into a corporation in 2000 and made a furniture shop called Playmountain over in Jingumae. The company then moved to Sendagaya in 2002.”
“Oh, so it started as a furniture shop.”
“That’s right. When making the company, our representative wrote a summary of all the projects that the company wishes to fulfill. Some of the projects on the list are coffee shops, publication and event planning. Based on that list, we opened a cafe called TAS YARD in Sendagaya in 2004.”
“The company office and the cafe were close to each other. They were in Sendagaya along the road I would take everyday. We’d have lunch and meetings in the cafe and then work at the company office. There used to be a tobacco shop smack in the middle of the road I would come and go along. Lots of people would stand at this postbox just in front of the shop. They used it almost like a resting spot from their busy [working] days. Seeing that, our representative thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be good if there was a coffee shop here?’ A while later the owner of the tobacco shop left that place and we immediately went to rent the building.”
He carried on explaining that they researched opening the shop, but at first it wasn’t a hit with the locals. They continued to explore for a solution and eventually the locals came to love the place. I never knew that this coffee shop was so earnestly in tune with the people of the town.
He continue: “I hope this becomes a place where people can take a bread, whether it’s sitting on the benches outside the shop or putting their coffee on the postbox when they come to make an invoice. Our shop’s name BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR comes from us wanting to become good neighbours with the locals and for us to make a comfortable and relaxing place together.”
If you’re looking for something new in your everyday life then please be sure to pay a visit here.
You’re sure to be warmed by the delicious coffee and the face of the handsome shop owner!
BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR
Address: 3-51-6, Sendagaya, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: Monday ー Friday: 8:30 ー17:00, Weekends/ national holidays: 11:30 ー 17:00
Open all year round except for the New Year’s Period
Q-pot Cafe’s Dreamy Sailor Moon Afternoon Tea | Food Review
Hey, readers. I’m Midori from MMN’s editorial team.
Sailor Moon fans are going to want to visit Q-pot right now―a cafe in Omotesando that makes desserts that look like real accessories―as the cafe is currently collaborating with the franchise. The inside of the cafe has been transformed into a cute and magical Sailor Moon world, the kind you could only imagine in your dreams. It has blown up since it opened on June 30 across Japanese social media.
There was no way I was going to miss a chance to eat here, so I took a trip to Q-pot to see what kind of kawaii things they had on the menu for the collaboration.
You’ll know Q-pot when you see it in Omotesando by the pouring teapot on the wall next to the menu outside.
Strung up at the entrance are lots of ema plaques where people write their wishes and goals.
As soon as you step inside the cafe you are transported into a world of cute. The various chocolate and biscuit decorations on the wall are just plain kawaii. It gets you excited to start eating♡
I started by ordering the drink set which comes with the Moon Twilight Soda and Tuxedo Night Mocha. The soda contains berries and its lemon and apple flavour gives it a sweet and sour taste. The pink gradation is cute too♡
The mocha takes inspiration from Tuxedo Mask flying through the city at night. The rim of the glass is lined with sparkly sugar. The drink isn’t just an ordinary cafe mocha – it secretly contains a sweet strawberry flavour which adds an enchanting aftertaste.
Next I tried the Transformation Brooch Macaron Cake. Shaped as a macaron, this cake is based by the brooch necklace which Usagi uses to transform into Sailor Moon. It’s served on a ribbon-shaped plate which you can take home with you. The cake is filled with apricot and mango mousse inside which is pineapple♡
On top of the macaron is another exquisite macaron containing lemon jelly. The jelly and fruit sparkle to create a girly and gorgeous dessert. After you’ve eaten you can take the plate back to use at home!
And now for the crowning jewel: the Sailor Moon Afternoon Tea Set! This is one that anybody is going to crave when seeing it. It comes with two plate packed with food and desserts. The ribbon at the top is cute too.
The upper tier is adorned with macarons, mousse cakes, cookie sandwiches, and glass desserts.
The lower tier has sandwiches, vichyssoise soup, and olive and tomato pinchos.
The glass dessert is a raspberry mousse topped with Sailor Moon’s Moon Stick. The mousse is fluffy and very tasty. The sourness of the berries isn’t too strong either – it’s a nice and light flavour.
When biting into the mousse cakes your mouth is filled with the gentle sweetness of the white chocolate.
Macarons are a popular dessert at Q-pot. The Sailor Moon ones are bite-sized and almost seem a waste to eat because of how cute they are. The cookie sandwiches, which are based on Luna and Artemis, are stuffed with lemon cream which has a refreshing taste. The cookies also have a delicious buttery flavour.
The lower tier sandwiches contain duck and broccoli. The sandwiches are small but you get a lot of veg so you won’t go hungry. The soup is great not just as a light meal but as a palate cleanser after the desserts too. Try eating some when your stomach says it’s full from all the sweet stuff!
My belly was pretty full after this afternoon tea set. I recommend ordering it for lunch.
If you’re looking for a place to eat out with your girl friends when why not enter the fairy tale world of Q-pot for the Sailor Moon collaboration? Q-pot even has its own merchandise too so be sure to check it out!
©Naoko Takeuchi・PNP・Toei Animation