【Tokyo Stroll】The cafe that you want to visit to see someone #5: “café Benisica” – The Birthplace of Pizza Toast
“A café that has continued to be loved for 60 years”
In this entry to my café series, I visited the familiar Yurakucho, the center of modern Tokyo culture. This year, long-standing café Benisica turned 61-years-old. I stopped by to have my fill of their amazing pizza toast. The café is a 2-minute walk from Hibiya Station via Tokyo Metro lines, and 4-minutes on foot from Yurakucho Station via JR lines, making it an easy place to get to.
The café opened all those years ago in response to the large number of cinemas and theatres dotted around Yurakucho. They wanted to create place where people could relax on their way back from seeing a show.
Upon arrival, you can still observe stylish older ladies strolling into the café. The scene hasn’t changed one bit which I found to be wonderful.
Café Benisica is famous for being the birthplace of original pizza toast. They even have a sign at the entrance telling you that! Eye-catching!!!
Without further ado, let’s head on in♪
I take one step into the café, and… Huh? What’s this?!
That’s right. At Benisica, you can enjoy vacuum brewed coffee. This was the first time I had seen a vacuum coffee maker up close, so I gazed at them with a keen interest.
Inside, I gazed at the café décor and objects scattered around of Hibiya, a town which changes with the times. You can feel the weight of the times instore – all the wonderful items look stylish simply by being placed in there! The café interior is a collection of warm colours. It’s a place where you can relax and feel comfortable.
This is Benisica’s famous pizza toast, costing ￥950 (tax included). They have plenty of set menus, and drink menus are ￥1,350. The story behind the pizza toast was how if you didn’t go to an Italian restaurant back then, you couldn’t eat pizza. So, they took pizza and turned it into something you can eat casually – toast. Since then, it has continued to be a much-loved menu item with customers for almost half a century.
After hearing the story, I took no time at all ordering my own pizza toast! To drink, I chose a strawberry shake. Just so you know, the shake doesn’t come in set orders, so be careful.
Thick servings of cheese and put onto chunky slices of toast. “The soul of the pizza toast is in the cheese!” is what you’ll be saying at its presence on the toast. Its generous serving makes this pizza toast suitable not just as a light meal, but even a whole lunch. As well as the standard ingredients like salami, onion and bell peppers, I was happy that there were mushrooms too.
The bread’s texture is fluffy! I was hungry, so I made short work of it. Thank you for the meal.
This is the owner of Benisica, Setsuko Murakami, who told me the story of the café. She’s a very wonderful person who loves her husband very much. Not only did she tell me about the café – I got to hear about her husband’s way of living and thoughts too. The words of people that have walked the road of life longer than me are deep and enlightening.
I stored the owner’s story safely onto the shelves in my heart. The next time something happens, I’ll rely on those special words she graciously taught me and work hard.
【Tokyo Stroll】 The café that you want to visit to see someone #4 Cats working at Shinjuku-sanchome’s Café Arles
“Good service, a jolly owner and cute cats – this café is sure to heal you!”
I’m Ema Tanioku and today I’ll be introducing you to yet another café in Tokyo as the fourth edition of my series “The café that you want to visit to see someone”. Today I’ll be reporting about my visit to Café Arles which can be found at Shinjuku-sanchome. Ever since hearing that there were cats at this café, I’ve been set on going 〜♪♪
The café is very easy to access. To get to there, you can take the Toei Shinjuku line to Shinjuku-sanchome. From here, you can get to the café within a five-minute walk. Walking around the Shinjuku Suehirote theatre, the café soon came into sight. Somehow, I could sense the presence of cats just from the atmosphere…
There it was! The entrance to the café was decorated with many ornaments of cats and dogs. I don’ know why but I was filled with excitement before even having entered.
As soon as I entered, I immediately spotted a cat.
I was then greeted by the cat’s master who had a sweeping grin across his face and was wearing a hat with a cat broach. I could really feel his love for cats ♪♪
I took a sweeping glance over the café – cats, cats and more cats – there were so many cat-themed goods everywhere! Apart from cats goods, the master also collects clown goods and displayed everything all huddled together to decorate the café.
Although this was my first time at Café Arles, I immediately felt right at home as a warm feeling grew within me. I asked the master what got him into the café business and I was surprised by his response. It all started when the master was working at a mahjong parlour, where a person they knew asked them to start up a café.
The master then thought about the numerous paintings he had collected and how he was in search of a place to display them. The idea of choosing his own music, menu and decorating a café interior to his own taste really struck a chord with him.
There are many paintings displayed in the café. Amongst these are some by modern artist Tomomi Kondo, who made the paintings “please your master” and “cool your thighs”, which feature the kaban neko (café cats) Ishimatsu and Jirocho, who are “working hard” by lazing around.
Café Arles is fun and draws in even more fun. The atmosphere is filled with the love and enjoyment of the customers. That’s why I immediately felt so at home as soon as I entered. You can easily spend a long time here.
I asked the master what he recommends from his menu. His response? “My recommendation is what you want to eat the most!” he said wisely. I felt like eating Napolitan spaghetti and so that is what I ordered! (Price: ￥720 including tax)
It came with banana and giant corn ❤ – this excellent service made me so happy!
The gentle flavour of this homemade dish was delicious and I could really taste the Showa-retro Napolitan flavour to it. The drink, soup and salad services available gives this meal a perfect score for portion size satisfaction!
The master allowed me to take his café cat Jirocho-kun out for a walk. This was the first time I’d ever walked a cat – a new, fresh experience!
Jirocho-kun is a very calm and obedient cat, so we had a lovely stroll together. Speaking of which, Jirocho-kun loves his owner so much that he runs to meet him whenever he hears his car pull up at the shop.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the café. “I enjoyed every minute of it” explained the master happily. The master created a place where everyone can be happy and in return everyone supports him. Perhaps this cycle is the motivational force that has kept and will continue to push this café to live and thrive.
I’m glad I came to this café today and met such a special person.
I want to come here again and have another chat with the master!
Eight cafes in Tokyo with an at home and retro feel to them
The objective of going to a Japanese “kissaten” (tea/coffee house) or a “cafe” is basically the same – to go to drink a cup of tea or a cup of coffee. However, there is something different. In Japanese “kissatens” of course, they are particular about how their tea and coffee tastes, but they also pay particular attention to the eating and drinking utensils and the décor of the shop. They often have a very retro and Showa Era feel to them. “Kissatens” in Japan have been in business for a long period of time and so they have a very down to earth and comfortable atmosphere. Here, we are highlighting eight such “kissatens” in Tokyo.
1.“Nanatsu no mori” in Koenji
From the outside, it looks like a Showa, retro-style coffee shop. Upon entering, you can see the interior of the café has weathered. It has an atmosphere reminiscent of the Showa era, like you’ve just stepped back in time. Inside, is filled with Showa era ornaments and goods. The highly recommended menu item is “Omu gohan” (rice omelet). The flavor of the rice is not ketchup but rather Japanese broth. The rice was mixed with beef, burdock, and enoki mushrooms, as well as a salty-sweet seasoning that tasted like shigureni.
Time passes slowly and restfully at “Nanatsumori,” with its retro atmosphere. You can spend a happy time here surrounded by the shop’s gorgeous interior that makes it seem as if you’ve stepped back in time.
2.“Sabouru” in Jinbocho
“Sabouru” is a café we could say is a representative retro cafe. This 62 years historical café was established in 1955. The shop is multi-floored, first floor, semi basement and mezzanine inside. It is a little dark inside, but you can still enjoy reading books.
Sabouru’s most popular menu item is Spaghetti Neapolitan. It is cooked with many ingredients including mushrooms, onions and bacon. It is cooked quite simply with ketchup.
3. “Kissa Housekibako” in Chitose Karasuyama
Here is a shop which displays items related to the 1970s and 1980’s pop idols. Many girls from all over Japan come here to get “drinkable jewelry.” It is a space which overflows with nostalgic items from this time.
The most popular item on the menu here is their “drinkable jewelry” as known as “cream soda” which was everyone’s favorite food when they are little. The standard color of cream soda is supposed to be green, but the ones in “Kissa Housekibako” appear in very girly colors. They are offered in cute and shiny spring colors. This shop is popular not only with Japanese guests but also with tourists from abroad.
4.“Kissa You” in Ginza
“Kissa You” which is located in Ginza, next to Kabukiza has been making kabuki actors’ stomach full for the last forty-seven years. “Kissa You” which is located next to Kabukiza is now a part of the Kabukiza scene. Many gourmet actors who crave for the food in this café are always waiting in line before the café opens. The main reason why most people come here is to order their “soft and melty omelet-rice” which represents Japanese food nowadays.
It is a very good combination of creamy and rich tasting omelet and simply cooked rice. You can hardly encounter this type of omelet-rice which is so smooth and light in texture. In one word it could be described as being like a “soup.”
From Kabuki to Shopping: 7 Must-Visit Spots Around Ginza
Ginza is a district in Tokyo lined with sophisticated stores and countless shopping spots. It’s a famous town for not only delivering Western style cuisine and fashion, but for continuing to hand down Japanese tradition from Kabuki-za to Tsukiji. We have compiled a list of recommended spots to visit during your trip to Ginza.
If it’s Japanese souvenirs and mementos you’re looking for then Tokyu Plaza is a very location. This shopping complex is filled with shops and famous brands selling items made in Japan, from “SAKE LABO” where shelves are lined with Japanese alcohol, to stores selling traditional Japanese crafts. You should also check out the duty free “LOTTE DUTY FREE GINZA” on the 8F and 9F.
UNIQLO has branched out and made its name around the globe now, but the Ginza branch is the world’s biggest, boasting a staggering 12 floors. There are English, French, Spanish, Chinese and Korean speaking staff there, so you can enjoy your shopping free of worry.
Dover Street Market
Dover Street Market is a cutting-edge store that was first brought to London by Comme des Garçons founder Rei Kawabuko. Ginza now has its own branch in “ZOZOTOWN” and towers 6 floors lined with an array of brands from LOUIS VUITTON to Celine, Thom Browne, and even Comme des Garçons themselves.
GINZA SIX recently opened on April 20th earlier this year as Ginza’s biggest shopping complex. The building is elegantly dotted with 241 individual stores both domestic and international offering a range of cuisines, fashion and lifestyle brands and more. It’s a fantastic spot for overseas visitors who can also enjoy seeing a traditional Noh performance and gazing at Ginza’s gorgeous scenery from the rooftop.
More Information: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/39111
Kabuki is a traditional form of Japanese theatre with a history spanning more than 400 years. One location still thriving is the Kabukiza Theatre in Ginza. If you purchase a copy of a play’s outline there’s an English explanation at the end along with an English subtitle guide. If you want to enjoy a short session of kabuki then you can purchase a special ticket called “hitomakumiseki” (一幕見席) that enables you to see just one part of the play, since kabuki plays tend to be quite long.
Tsukiji Fish Market
The Tsukiji Fish Market is the kitchen of Tokyo. Out of all 11 wholesale markets in Chuo, Tokyo the Tsukiji Fish Market is the oldest. It’s a hugely popular tourist spot for its fresh seafood and souvenirs. There’s plenty to see including the famous Tuna Auction as well as a chance to experience making nigiri sushi.
If you’re exhausted from all the shopping and sightseeing then we recommend stopping by Hibiya Park just a 10-minute walk from Ginza. The park was made more than 100 years ago and is home to two outdoor music domes – one big and one small – as well as a public hall and more. There are also flower beds bloomed with various flowers that change with the seasons. There’s also a Japanese-style garden tucked away in the park where you can experience a Japanese aesthetic.
We hope you liked our recommendations and hope you enjoy your Ginza sightseeing to the very fullest.
How about some pancakes during your shopping spree! 7 recommended cafes which sell pancakes in Ginza
04.January.2018 | SPOT
There must be many people who want to eat something sweet after enjoying shopping in the Ginza.
In this article, I will introduce to you some recommended pancake shops in Ginza.
Shiawase no Pancake Ginza Shop
This pancake shop located in Omotesando, Tokyo which always has long waiting lines, will open a new store in Ginza on the 23rd of December 2017. The shop is located in front of the A5 Exit of Tokyo Metro Ginza Line’s Gina Station. The décor inside the shop has a relaxing atmosphere. They have an open kitchen in front of the shop so that customers can observe the cooking process. It will no doubt be exciting to seeing the making process of their pancakes.
Yukino Shita Ginza
Yukino Shita is a shop which uses strictly selected ingredients and makes hand-made pancakes. The sweet scent of the pancakes and the scent of coffee fills the natural-styled interior of the shop. Their popular pancake, “Yotsuba Cream Cheese Jikasei Rennyu (home-made condensed milk) Ice wo Soete” is a simple pancake without any topping so you can taste the rich texture of the dough. The coffees they offer goes well with their pancakes.
Eggs ‘n Things Ginza Shop
You can enjoy some “old-fashioned” pancakes topped with lots of raw cream inside this open-air, bright shop. Sitting on their terrace on a warm day is recommended. The pancake is not too sweet although it uses lots of raw cream and is recommended for women. You can enjoy eating at this shop since they sell a la carte breakfast/lunch menus and dinner menus (from 18:00).
DAVID MYERS CAFÉ
This café introduces Californian-style, body/environment-friendly menu items. You can enjoy a dessert which uses wheat flour produced in Hokkaido with bananas and bitter caramel sauce put on top of a soft dough. It is a thick-flavored pancake using caramel sauce with the scent of bourbon and fresh bananas. This pancake is recommended for women.
This shop has a Hawaiian atmosphere and their standard menu pancakes use lots of yoghurt inside the dough. Their crispy pancakes are created by pouring the dough into a frypan and then baking it in an oven for a long period of time.
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They sell more than 10 kinds of home-made desserts and their most popular item is their pancakes which are very healthy since they use yoghurt. You can put lightly bitter coffee sauce on top of the pancake which has a topping of tiramisu cream made with mascarpone and cream cheese, so the product is recommended for those of you who are not familiar to sweet desserts.
Ginza Coffee Shop Ginza Sukiyabashi Shop
A coffee shop located on the second floor of the building where BIGECHO is located. The building is located at the Sukiyabashi Intersection. The interior of the shop is chic with stylish decorations so this shop is recommended for not only women but also men. Their original maple butter pancake is very soft although the dough is thin so that customers can enjoy a unique texture.
How did you like our introduction to some cafes and shops which sell wonderful pancakes. Why not relax and enjoy some pancakes in the Ginza area.
Five highly recommended shops in Ginza to have lunch and/or have a sweets break at
While shopping complexes such as Tokyu Plaza and GINZA SIX are on the rise, Ginza itself is a city that has been bustling with energy for a long time. It’s packed full of traditional and new shops and brings in people from all ages, young and old, and prides itself as the place to go during everyone’s days off. In this article we want to introduce to you some highly recommended shops and restaurants in Ginza.
Soft and “melty” omelet-rice “Kissa You”
“Kissa You” is located in Ginza, famous for Kabuki. The main reason most people come here is the soft and “melty“ omelet-rice which represents Japanese food nowadays.
You can hardly encounter this type of omelet-rice which is this smooth and light in texture. I recommend you drink “Kobu-tea” after the meal as the “Japanese way.”
A wonderful meat cutlet burger at “Ginza Sato”
“Ginza Sato” is famous for a circular “meat cutlet burger”. They are offering an “original meat cutlet” from Kichijoji, dipped in special sauce then made into a burger.
They make only 50 of these burgers a day. (￥380 for one) You can choose either a sweet or spicy sauce. You can enjoy the meat juice on a very soft bun.
If you want to try one of Japan’s “soul foods” go to “Kommeraku”
Dashi Chazuke (rice in soup stock) is one of Japan’s soul foods. It is an easy and simple meal, but the soup or tea in this dish is sure to warm you up.
Komeraku’s set menu includes either soup and rice ball or rice in the soup stock and rice bowl. You can get the soup and rice ball set as a takeout. Just one mouthful of this dish and your whole body will be warmed. If you want to enjoy Japanese food in Ginza, you should go to “Komeraku.”
Sumikko Gurashi Themed Cafes Open in Tokyo, Osaka, and Aichi to Commemorate Second Theatrical Movie
To commemorate the release of the their second movie, ‘Sumikko Gurashi: Aoi Tsukiyo no Mahou no Ko,’ Sumikko Gurashi will be opening the limited-time ‘Night Party with Sumikko’ cafe in Osaka on October 20, Tokyo on October 21, and Aichi on November 11.
(Advance Reservation Benefit Only) Original Invitation with Postcard (Five types)
Tokage’s Night Party Curry: ¥1,430 (Tax Incl.)
Shirokuma’s Warming Hot Rice Casserole: ¥1,430 (Tax Incl.)
Five’s Recommended Children’s Lunch: ¥1,650 (Tax Incl.)
Magician’s Party ~Açai Bowl~: ¥1,430 (Tax Incl)
Aoi Tsukiyo’s Fruit Punch: ¥1,100 (Tax Incl.) + ¥220 for one mini ice cream
Sumikko’s Pudding Ice Cream: ¥880 each (Tax Incl.)
Starry Drink: ¥990 each (Tax Incl)
Hot Café Au Lait: ¥880 (Tax Incl.)
Acrylic Keyholder (Random out of five): ¥770 (Tax Incl.)
Phosphorescent Sticker (Random out of eight): ¥605 (Tax Incl.)
Acrylic Stand (Random out of five): ¥880 (Tax Incl.)
Muddler (Three types): ¥1,100 each (Tax Incl.)
Mug Cup: ¥1,980 (Tax Incl)
Purse: ¥1,100 (Tax Incl.)
Fluorescent Pen Set: ¥1,100 (Tax Incl.)
A5 Clear File Duo: ¥605 (Tax Incl.)
Bandanna: ¥1,870 (Tax Incl.)
The Sumikko Gurashi characters are beloved by both adults and children for their gentle touch and tone. Their first movie, ‘Sumikko Gurashi Tobidasu Ehon to Himitsu no Ko’ was released in November 2019 and received great popularity. The sweet story of the Sumikko’s adventures through a story-book world attracted over 1.2 million viewers across Japan.
The heartwarming cafe menu includes “Tokage’s Night Party Curry,” “Shirokuma’s Warming Hot Rice Casserole,” Five’s Recommended Children’s Lunch,””Magician’s Party ~Açai Bowl~,” “Aoi Tsukiyo’s Fruit Punch,” “Starry Drink,” and more. The cute, Instagrammable dishes feature the characters who feature in the movie, which tells a mysterious story that begins under a blue moon in the Sumikko’s hometown. A lineup of limited edition goods and perks will also be available, adding to the movie excitement.
Enjoy a cute, social-media friendly meal and original merchandise at the exciting Sumikko Gurashi cafe!
©2021 Japanese Sumikko Gurashi Association Film Club
Sumikko Gurashi Cafe
Tokyo: BOX cafe&space Tokyo SolaMachi (Previously TOKYO BOX cafe&space Tokyo SolaMachi)
October 21 ~ December 5 2021
1-1-2 Tokyo Sky Tree Town Solamachi 1F, Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
Shinsaibashi, Osaka: kawara CAFE＆DINING Shinsaibashi
October 20 ~ December 5 2021
1-4-3 Shinsaibashi OPA 9F, Nishishinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka City, Osaka
Aichi & Nagoya: BOX cafe&space Nagoya LACHIC 1F (Previously NAGOYA BOX cafe&space A)
November 11 ~ December 12 2021
3-6-1 LACHIC Basement 1F, Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya City, Aichi
Reservation Fee: ¥650 (¥715 incl. tax) *Reservation comes with benefits *Up to four seats can be reserved per application.
Cafe Online Shop opens November 11 12:00 until December 12 at 23:59
Reservations & Official Site: https://sumikkogurashi-movie-cafe.jp
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/cafe_sumikko
Online Shop: https://sumikkogurashi-movie-cafe.jp/online_store
90 Year Old Renovated Public Bath-turn-Cafe ‘Rebon Kaisaiyu’ to Hold Collab Exhibition with Illustrator Miyaoka Chigav
Tokyo, Taito-ku based public bath cafe Rebon Kaisaiyu has announced a collaboration exhibition with illustrator Miyaoka Chiga, held between October 10 (public bath day) and October 24 2021, titled “Yu.”
Rebon Kaisaiyu is a renovated public bath which was built 90 years ago, now transformed into a cafe serving home-roasted specialty coffee and handmade ice cream. The wooden tag shoe boxes, watch seats, ceilings, clocks, and Mt. Fuji paintings from the public bath have been preserved, retaining the comfort and warmth of the original building.
The space was designed around the concept of “connecting memories through a cafe,” striving to become a spot where locals could relax once more, connecting the building with the people of the new generation. The relaxing cafe has 16 seats available and is located only a five minute walk from Tokyo Metro Hibiya Station.
The collaboration exhibition will be filled with artwork using iconic public bath motifs. Miyaoka’s gentle illustrations are sure to soothe your heart, immersing you in the warmth of “Yu” (public baths). Why not relax in this unique cafe with a comforting mug of hot coffee.
Rebon Kaisaiyu x Miyaoka Chiga Collaboration Exhibition “Yu”
Duration: October 10 ~ October 24 2021
Opening Hours: Weekdays 12:00 ~ 19:00 / Weekends, Holidays 11:00 ~ 19:00 (*Based on Rebon Kaisaiyu’s opening hours.)
Admission Fee: Free (*Please order one item from the cafe if you decide to use the seats.)
Official Site: https://www.rebon.jp/
‘Shiseido Parlour Ginza Salon de Cafe’ Reveals Limited Autumn Dessert Menu
The ‘Shiseido Parlour Ginza Salon de Cafe’ has announced that between October 1 and October 31 2021, customers can enjoy a limited edition Autumnal sweets menu. This year their menu includes the Jersey milk ‘Japanese Chestnut Mont Blanc Parfait from Kyushu’ and the ‘Shine Grape Fruit Sandwich.’ There will also be two special additions to the menu to celebrate the 96th Azuma Odori.
Japanese Chestnut Mont Blanc Parfait from Kyushu using Jersey Milk: ¥2,500 (Tax Incl.)
Strawberry Parfait using “Koihime” strawberries from Nagano’s Hatake Kobo: ¥2,100 (Tax Incl.)
Weekday / Limited Quantity Products
Shiseido Parlour Story: ¥2,600 (Tax Incl.) (Drink Incl.)
Shine Grape Fruit Sandwich with grapes from Iizuka Orchard: ¥1,700 (Tax Incl.)
Shinbashi Color Ice Cream Soda: ¥1,150 (Tax Incl.)
The Japanese Chestnut Mont Blanc Parfait is made using Jersey milk ice cream, chestnut cream, and fresh cream, along with the “Koihime” Fruit Sandwich, made using Kashu “Koihime” Strawberries are available on both the regular and limited Shiseido Parlour Ginza menus. Meanwhile, the luxurious Shiseido Parlour Story and the seasonal Shine Grape Fruit Sandwich, filled with various Autumnal fruits and centred around the grape, are only served on weekdays and holidays in limited quantities.
In the late Meiji Era, Shinbashi geisha were often seen wearing blue and green kimonos, with the color combination being coined Shinbashiiro (Shinbashi Color.) The elegant and retro Shinbashi Color Ice Cream Soda recreates the iconic look using green apple syrup, lemon, and ginger ale, topped with a traditional vanilla ice cream.
Immerse yourself in the season with a feast of Fall sweets in Ginza.
Shiseido Parlour Ginza Salon de Cafe
Address: Tokyo Ginza Shiseido Building 3F, 8-8-3, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Tuesday to Saturday: 11:00 ~ 21:00 (L.O. 20:30)
Sunday, public holidays: 11:00 ~ 20:00 (L.O.19:30)
Closures: Mondays (excluding public holidays), New Year
Yojiya Hosts Very First ‘Yuzu Fair’ Combining Cosmetics Stores with Cafes
Yojiya will be hosting the very first Yuzu Fair, an event combining cosmetics stores and cafes, on October 9 2021. Limited edition Yuzu oil-blotting paper and handmade Yuzu hand creams will be available at the beauty stores, while the cafes are full of tasty drinks and sweets. You can discover the charms of Yuzu at each Yojiya store!
Makeup & Miscellaneous Goods’ Store Products
Yuzu Oil-blotting Paper
Yuzu Hand Cream
Yojiya Hand Cream Set
Yuzu Bath Oil
Yuzu Cheese Daifuku
Yuzu & Chocolate Shake
Tea Crepe – Yuzu Tea
Twitter Campaign Bonus: The first 500 people to enter will receive a special Yojiya Yuzu logo sticker.
In 2020, due to the Covid crisis, Yojiya had to make the tough decision to cancel their annual Yuzu series. While the customers were disappointed, Yojiya was convinced that in Autumn 2021, they would be able to welcome their customers into their stores once more for a care-free experience. The event took a year to organize, but has become something even more powerful than the regular Yuzu series.
The cosmetics store staff and cafe staff joined together into one team to create the projects, which has the theme of “Yuzu at Yojiya ~ Enjoy Beauty and Food!~.” Not only can you find limited edition products at the fair, you can also partake in the various campaigns that Yojiya has announced in order to spread the Yuzu love, so be sure to check them out.
Fill your heart and stomach with Yuzu this Autumn at the Yojiya Yuzu Fair!
Yojiya “Yuzu Fair”
Date: October 9 2021
Online Shopping: https://www.yojiyacosme.com/
Official Site: https://www.yojiya.co.jp/
Yojiya Yuzu Fair Campaigns
- Twitter Retweet Campaign
The first 500 people to show that they have retweeted the campaign tweet on the Yojiya official Twitter (@yojiya1904) will receive a free Yojiya Yuzu logo sticker. *Only 500 stickers are available.
- Yellow Challenge
Those who wear yellow items to the fair and make a purchase can try their luck in a dice game. Players will receive small prizes depending on what number they roll.
- Stamp Rally
１．You will receive a stamp card with a ¥500 coupon upon purchasing select items in any of the event products at the Yojiya store or at their cafe and crepe stores.
２．Upon visiting both stores with your card and purchasing one or more items after receiving your card, you will receive a small prize. In addition, 10 lucky customers will receive a limited edition stainless steel bottle through a lottery.
Stamp Rally Duration: October 9 ~ November 30 2021
LOVOT Cafe Celebrates First Anniversary with Limited Time Desserts and Merch
The huggable next-generation pet robot LOVOT was first released one year ago, and to celebrate, some limited time merchandise and sweets are now on sale!
LOVOT LOVOT Anniversary Dessert Plate, available until October 31, 2021
Autumn Only! LOVOT LOVOT Chicken Plate with Mushroom Sauce, available until November 30, 2021
Coaster / Postcard / Clear Folder
LOVOT Cafe Original Coaster / LOVOT Cafe Original Smartphone Case
LOVOT Cafe Original Tote Bag / LOVOT Cafe Original T-Shirt (Unisex)
LOVOT Cafe Original Case / LOVOT Cafe Original Handtowel
LOVOT Cafe Original Ballpen with Charm / LOVOT Cafe Original Mug
LOVOT Cafe Original American-style Cookie / LOVOT Cafe Original Natural Plate
LOVOT Cafe Original Pin
Featured in the special Dessert Plate is a loveable cake with LOVOT’s face, along with mini rolls, mini cupcakes, and vanilla ice cream with fruit on top. The LOVOT cake is made with milk chocolate and coffee mousse, along with chocolate streusel for a more mature flavor that isn’t overly sweet. Those who visit the store on or after October 1 will receive a limited-edition novelty drawing while supplies last. Coasters and postcards will also be given away on a first-come, first-served basis from October 1 until October 15, while clear folders will be gifted on or after October 16.
The goods for this collection are based on the theme of ‘LOVE is here,’ so please look forward to these sweet collectibles and many more years of LOVOT!
Address: LAZONA Kawasaki Plaza 2F (72-1 Horikawa-cho, Saiwai-ku, Kawasaki, Kanagawa)
Hours: 10:00-20:00 M-F / 10:00-21:00 Weekends and Holidays (Last Seating at 19:00)
Official Site: https://lovot.life/
Three Unique Japanese Cafes You’ll Want to Visit Again and Again
Most of us have been spending more and more time at home over the past year. It’s time to get out for a change of scenery, and what better activity than cafe hopping! Check out these unique cafes around Japan, each offering a safe and relaxing space to enjoy a day out.
[Saitama] Bath Cafe BIVOUAC
This cafe located in Kumagaya City offers a full range of bath and sauna facilities, as well as a restaurant featuring healthy dishes filled with local, freshly-picked veggies.
[Gifu] Activity Cafe Takayama Zenko-ji
Set inside a Buddhist temple, this cafe invites anyone, regardless of faith or nationality, to enjoy a cup of tea while experiencing traditional culture. It’s also a great space to work remotely, with free Wi-fi!
Filled with plants and light, NANARIDA has been dubbed a digital detox cafe, not allowing smartphones or laptops each Sunday. Leaving your phone with the staff will grant you a free beverage, so come enjoy some tea and conversation.
TEXT： Natalie（MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON）
Second Tom & Jerry Cafe Opens in Tokyo and Osaka for Limited Time Only
Did you know that ‘Cheese Day’ takes place every year on November 11? To commemorate this tasty holiday, the second Tom & Jerry cafe will open for a limited time in Tokyo and Osaka, selling a variety of themed goods and original merchandise.
Original Postcards (4 varieties), given to guests who purchase advance tickets
Jerry Cheese Omurice
BOOM! Macaroni & Cheese Burger
Rolling Meatball Pasta
Jerry and Tuffy Tiramisu
CHASE! Cheese Set
BE HAPPY Cheesecake Parfait
Tom’s Little Cake Plate
Jerry’s Little Cake Plate
Tom’s Cream Soda
Jerry’s Cream Soda
Cheese Cream Tea
Tom and Jerry Cafe Latte
Sticker (6 varieties, random)
Acrylic Charm (6 varieties, random)
Acrylic Magnet (5 varieties, random)
Acrylic Pin (5 varieties, random) / Clear Folder
Memo Pad with Case / Tote Bag
Handkerchief / Mug
The animated Warner Bros. series Tom & Jerry celebrated 80 years in 2020 and became a fast favorite with kids. Tom the Cat and Jerry the Mouse are the perfect slapstick duo, and even after so many decades, the two characters still have plenty of fans.
The first Tom & Jerry cafe was open from March until May 2021 to celebrate the release of the Tom & Jerry film. Due to an overwhelmingly positive response, the cafe is back with an updated menu and new goods!
The new menu includes a Macaroni and Cheese Burger inspired by the bulldog Spike, Meatball Pasta inspired by the diaper-wearing Toffee, a gorgeous cheese set, and character-inspired drinks. Popular at the previous cafe, the Omurice and Tiramisu are making a comeback. The space will be decorated with tons of cute and colorful character art, so don’t miss out!
TOM AND JERRY and all related characters and elements © & ™ Turner Entertainment Co. (s21)
Tom & Jerry Cafe
Address: BOX cafe&space LUMINE EST Shinjuku B1F (3-38-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo)
Running: October 7 – December 5, 2021
Address: Abeno Q’s Mall 4F (1-6-1 Abenosuji, Abeno-ku, Osaka)
Running: October 8 – November 14, 2021
How to Reserve:
Available on Online Shop from October 7 – December 5, 2021
Online Shop: https://tomandjerrycafe.jp/online_store
Official Site: https://tomandjerrycafe.jp/
Disney Characters Chip & Dale Getting Limited-Time Cafe in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya
Everyone’s favorite chipmunk brothers Chip & Dale will be in the spotlight at a new limited-time cafe coming to Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya! The theme of the cafe is ‘always together,’ and fans of Disney duo can look forward to a healthy menu filled with fruits and nuts, along with some original goods!
Those who make a reservation in advance will receive one random original lunch mat (4 varieties)
Best Friends Hide & Seek Plate
Chip’s Mushroom Gratin Plate
Everyone’s Favorite Acorn Stew
Chip’s Chocolate Smoothie (right) / Dale’s Caramel Smoothie (left)
Those who order from the drink menu will receive one random acrylic stand coaster (4 varieties)
Acrylic Keychain (8 varieties, random)
Acrylic Magnet (4 varieties, random)
Mask Case (5 varieties, random) / Sticker (4 varieties, random)
Reuseable Shopping Bag
Pouch *On sale starting October 22
Mini Towel / Cushion
Though Chip and Dale may disagree sometimes, the two are always together. This cafe invites those who love these two characters to enjoy some healthy dishes, all meeting Disney’s guidelines for nutritional content and low salt and sugar. Be sure to grab some cute goods only available at the cafe!
Chip & Dale OH MY CAFÉ
OH MY CAFE TOKYO
Running: October 22, 2021 – January 1, 2022
Address: Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku 3F (4-30-3 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
OH MY CAFE OSAKA
Running: October 6 – November 16, 2021
Address: 2F 1-6-1 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo-ku, Osaka City, Osaka
kawara CAFE&KITCHEN Nagoya PARCO
Running: October 14 – November 23, 2021
Nagoya PARCO South Building 5F (3-29-1 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya)
*Event period subject to change.
Official Site: https://alwaystogether.ohmycafe.jp
Kirby Cafe Introduces Healthy New Menu and Seasonal Items
The Kirby Cafe, with locations in Tokyo and Hakata, began offering some brand-new menu items on September 21, including the new Waddle Dee Soy Burger & Meat Pasta with Warm Veggies. This marks a collection of new healthier options, along with some cute new dishes perfect for the fall season.
Waddle Dee Soy Burger & Meat Pasta with Warm Veggies: ¥2,838 (Tax Included)
Souvenir Plate TOKYO
Souvenir Plate HAKATA
Waddle Dee Salmon Avocado Bowl: ¥2,178 (Tax Included)
Waddle Doo Beam Salad: ¥1,298 (Tax Included)
Kirby’s Inhaling Star Drink, Seasonal Apple Flavor (with squishy mascot): ¥980 (Tax Included)
Some adorable new dishes at the Kirby Cafe feature Waddle Dees, one of the most common characters in the video game series! The new Waddle Dee Burger is topped with avocado and made from soy, while still having the taste and texture of real meat. The spooky enemy Waddle Doo also makes his appearance in the new Waddle Doo Beam Salad! For those looking to eat healthier while enjoying time with some classic gaming characters, these new menu items are sure to satisfy. Don’t miss out on the apple-flavored drink, also available for takeout.
In addition to these tasty new items, brand-new goods will also be popping up at each location! Keep an eye out for some unique Kirby merch coming soon.
Kirby Café TOKYO
Address: Tokyo Skytree Town Solamachi East Yard 4F (1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo)
Hours: 10:00-20:00 (Last orders at 19:30)
Kirby Café HAKATA
Address: Canal City Hakata North Building B1F (1-2-1 Sumiyoshi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka)
Hours: 11:00-20:00 (Last orders at 19:30)
Reservations are not required, but they are recommended.
Kirby Café THE STORE
Address: Tokyo Skytree Town Solamachi East Yard 4F (1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo)
Official Site: https://kirbycafe.jp/thestore/
Art Gallery Cafe WHAT CAFE to Open New Collaborative Exhibition with the DELTA Project
A new collaborative exhibition is coming to WHAT CAFE in Tokyo! The WHAT CAFE x DELTA EXHIBITION -EXPANSION- will run from September 25 until October 24, and will give guests some incredible pieces to ponder while sipping some warm coffee.
WHAT CAFE is an art and culture facility opened with the goal of supporting artists with promising futures in the industry. Guests can wander the gallery while enjoying a meal or beverage, with some art being available for purchase.
Flash FINCH – Ji-hae Park
Combination-cut in 2 – Saki Matsumura
Galloping on a Free-floating Planet – Yui Suzuki
real screen – Takuro Sugiyama
This exhibition was inspired by WHAT CAFE’s interest in the activities of DELTA, an art project that helps plan and organize art fairs and exhibitions around Japan. It’s mission is to create a new place connecting galleries, artists, and collectors, while also breaking the norm and making a space that is more accessible. The WHAT CAFE x DELTA EXHIBITION -EXPANSION- will feature 60 works by 17 cutting-edge artists carefully selected from seven different galleries based in Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto. The showing will ask visitors to expand their minds and become more flexible when pondering the meaning behind each of the pieces on display.
Does this art-gallery-meets-cafe sound like your kind of place?
WHAT CAFE x DELTA EXHIBITION –EXPANSION-
Running: September 25 – October 24, 2021
Official Site: https://cafe.warehouseofart.org
Kumagaya City, Saitama Bath Cafe Hareniwa no Yu Opens After Rebranding
13.September.2021 | SPOT
Cafe BIVOUAC, located in Kumagaya, Saitama Prefecture, will reopen Bath Cafe Hareniwa no Yu on September 18, 21, after a full rebranding.
The space aims to be ‘a garden that clears a guest’s body and mind.’ Visitors can enjoy a full bath and sauna, freshly-picked vegetables at the Haruniwa Dining Room, and a lush green lounge in which to relax and unwind.
The Haruniwa Dining Room, run by The Farm, a resort in Chiba Prefecture, offers healthy dishes filled with fresh local vegetables from Kumagaya with carefully-selected main ingredients.
In addition, a collaboration with fashion brand ‘niko and…’ will also begin upon reopening, offering the perfect comfy clothes to wear while enjoying the property. The lineup includes an original bath bag and sauna hat, each sold exclusively at Hareniwa no Yu.
Bath Cafe Hareniwa no Yu (Cafe BIVOUAC)
Open: September 18, 2021
Address: 939 Kubojima, Kumagaya-shi, Saitama
Official Site: https://ofurocafe-bivouac.com/
Healing ‘Panda’ Sweets Available at Gelato Pique Café for a Limited Time
A selection of healing monotone panda sweets will be available at the Gelato Pique Café between September 6 and September 25. The collection is titled “everyday PANDA! ~Sweets Time with Pandas~.”
Gelato Pique Café Original Panda Glass/Mug
Available from September 6
Gelato Pique Panda Motif Eco Bag / Panda Motif Hand Towel
Online reservations open September 2, available instore from September 8
In 2021, the Gelato Pique Café announced two rounds of animal themed sweets, proving hugely popular on social media. For Easter they released “Bunny Sweets” with rabbit ears motifs, while a series of “Polar Bear Sweets” was released during the Summer. Now, a selection of “Panda Sweets” is the latest to join the animal collection.
The chocolate and banana Panda Crepe is filled with a healing ganache and banana, while the Panda Gelato has cocoa biscuits studded around the pandas neck, along with rounded eyes and ears. The “healing monotone” Panda Float combines the Gelato Pique Café’s original Guatemalan coffee blend with Royal Blue Bourbon.
Along with this “everyday PANDA!” Fair, we have a large lineup of panda goods that will make you happy just by having them. Goods that are perfect for presents, souvenirs, and rewards for yourself can be purchased at each gelato pique cafe store and EC site, so please look forward to that too!
There is a huge lineup of panda goods that will brighten your day releasing alongside the “everyday PANDA” fair, which make perfect gifts for friends – or yourself! You can view the goods lineup in store and on the Gelato Pique website.