In Japan, there are many restaurants that collaborate with manga, anime, games, etc. Many of them, generally called character cafes or collaboration cafes, have been limited-time events. However, recently the number of permanent stores has increased, and it has gained popularity mainly among fans in Japan and overseas.
In this article, we will introduce five character cafes that can be visited in the first half of 2020. What are your favorites? Let's take a look!
Digimon Adventure LAST EVOLUTION Kizuna MEETING CAFE
First up is the Digimon Adventure LAST EVOLUTION Kizuna MEETING CAFE. The collaboration cafe of the Digimon Adventure series, which celebrates the 20th anniversary of animation broadcasting, will be released on February 7, 2020. This will be ahead of the latest movie Digimon Adventure LAST EVOLUTION Kizuna, scheduled to be released in theaters on Friday, February 21. It will be open for a limited time until Sunday, April 5.
Event-only original goods using new illustrations drawn for this event will be on sale. In the in-store program JUKEBOX ROCK ON, the MC introduces the requested music as if it were a radio program.
Enter the song you want to request in the Request Ticket and post it to the Request Box. The MC enthusiastically introduces his passion for the event and you can feel the excitement of the store grow. There is no doubt that you will remember how you grew up with Digimon through numerous famous songs and scenes! This is a meeting cafe where all fans of the work can enjoy themselves.
This cafe is also packed with original collaboration food and drinks that have images of the work. Clear folder (6 types) and request ticket (12 types) are randomly selected for each order of one food item. A clear coaster corresponding to the menu for each drink order and a request ticket (1 type) will be given one random gift.
Collaboration drinks inspired by Digimon such as Agumon and Gabumon pop out character illustrations when shot with the AR application COCOAR2. This way, you can take a picture with a drink as it is, a selfie together, and enjoy it in whatever way you want!
• Digimon Adventure LAST EVOLUTION Kizuna MEETING CAFEデジモンアドベンチャー LAST EVOLUTION 絆 MEETING CAFE
- Address Address 3-1-16 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo Daido Limited Building 1F
Location / Location / Period
・Ani ON STATION AKIHABARA Main Store / From Friday, February 7, 2020 to Sunday, April 5, 2020
3-1 Daido Limited Building 1F 12: 30-22: 00, 3-1-16 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
・Ani ON STATION Namba Parks store / From Friday, February 7 to Sunday, April 5, 2020
22-10-70 Nambanaka, Naniwa-ku, Osaka Namba Parks 6F 11:30am - 9:00pm
Entrance fee: 600 yen * With one request ticket
Free admission system ※ 90 minutes system when crowded
* Lottery reservations will be made only from Friday, February 7 to Sunday, Feb 9
Collaboration cafe for Sanrio character "Kuromi"
Next up is the collaboration cafe for Kuromi, the most popular character among Sanrio Characters. Despite being a rival and villain to My Melody, Kuromi is a bit crazy and we can't hate her. She has been loved by many fans all over the world.
This cafe has a lineup of food and desserts with a charming motif of black hood and pink skull. A photo spot will be set up inside the cafe, and Kuromi goods will also be sold.
The curry has the smile of Kuromi, who is dressed up with colorful ribbon pasta. A sandwich plate with mashed potato and chicken sandwiches is hidden by a mischievous face cutout. Food and drinks offered at this café are all motifs of Kuromi. There are options such as parfaits with cute Monaca dolls and cute sweets with charming black hoods.
The first 500 people who ordered Kuromi's Honey Cream Stew also had a fingernail sticker present. Also, if you go to the cafe, you will get paper placemats and coasters! Be sure to enjoy the Kuromi-themed food, drinks, and goods that you can only taste here.
Kuromi Cafeクロミ カフェ
- Address 1001 Shunne 1F, Shinmachi, Chuo-ku, Chiba, Chiba
Dates: Saturday, January 18 - Sunday, March 22
Business hours: 10:00am - 8:00pm (Last Order 7:30pm)
45th Anniversary Kiki & Lara Event
Next up is Little Twin Stars 45th Anniversary, an anniversary event commemorating the 45th anniversary of Sanrio's popular character Little Twin Stars (Kiki & Lara) as well as Kuromi. The event will be held from Friday, April 24 to Thursday, December 31, 2020, at Sanrio Puroland.
The theme is "Kiki & Lara every day, glitter every day." Puroland will have an exclusive photo booth where you can experience the world of the Kiki & Lara Twinkling Tour. You can transform into a cute, dreamy space and take pictures. The event will be held for a limited time.
In addition, a food and sweets menu in the blue and pink theme colors of Kiki & Lara is also available! A hamburger with a star shape on the head is on the baby pink omurice that imaged blue curry and Lara inspired by Kiki! In addition, there are plenty of menus that are exclusive to this event, such as a two-tone color drinking mousse that makes you want to immediately take photos. Different menus are available at various cafes and restaurants in Puroland, so you should try a bunch!
During the event, there will be an event where you can take photos with Kiki & Lara wearing exclusive anniversary costumes. Enjoy the sparkling world that will be created for the anniversary!
Noraneko Gundan Bookstore Collaboration Cafe
Next is the cafe NORANEKO COFFEE, a collaboration between the popular picture book series Noraneko Gundan and bookstores. The eight evil cats that appear in Noraneko Gundan are drawn by Noriko Kudo. They are loved by adults and children alike, and are so popular that more than 1.5 million copies in the series have been sold.
This collaboration cafe became an annual event. At this cafe, new menus and goods, such as Noraneko Gundan Curry Rice, are based on the latest series. Newly designed original goods, such as postcard sets, coloring posters, and new color initial keychains, are items that are sure to make Noraneko Gundan fans drool.
The menus based on the latest issue of Noraneko Gundan Curry Rice are all precious items that perfectly reflect the world view of picture books. We can enjoy evil cute character illustrations deliciously. Also, when you order a collaborative menu, you will receive a gift of an original lunch mat of any of the three designs of the name scene of Noraneko Gundan Curry Rice! Get them soon!
NORANEKO COFFEENORANEKO COFFEE
- Address 4-3-17 Kikuna, Kohoku-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa
【Aichi Prefecture, Nagoya City】
Period: Friday, January 24 – Monday, February 24, 2020
Location: Aichi / Carlova360 NAGOYA
【Yokohama-city kanagawa prefecture】
Period: Saturday, February 1 - February 29, 2020
Kanagawa ・ TSUTAYA Kikuna Station East Exit Store
Come To The World's First Permanent Kirby-Themed Café At Kirby Café Tokyo!
Finally, we introduce KIRBY CAFE, which has a theme of the popular Nintendo game series Hoshi no Kirby. It is located on the 4th floor of Tokyo Solamachi R, and opened Thursday, December 12, 2019. It is the world's first permanent Kirby Star themed cafe.
There are many food menus where you can enjoy Kirby's adorable character. The café has a beautiful view to enjoy drinks by, and has many new Kirby Café original goods using new art.
Take your goodies to go! Enjoy foods such as Kirby Cafe's authentic kiln-baked pizza-well-behaved half & half with an original decorative pizza plate and Kirby's mushroom loco moco bowl with an original Kirby-type lunch box. The menu is full of cute that can be enjoyed from anywhere!
Dr. Kirby's secret research kit is available on the drink menu and has an original coaster. It seems fun to be a friend of Kirby!
Kirby Cafe TOKYO will fill your stomach and energy with the hospitality of Waduldi and cook Kawasaki. Visit this café and have wonderful, lasting memories!
KIRBY CAFE TOKYOKIRBY CAFE TOKYO（カービィカフェ トーキョー）
- Address 131-0045 1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo Tokyo Skytree Town Solamachi 4F
Business hours: 10:00am to 10:00pm (Last Order 9:00pm) * Regular holidays follow facilities
◆ Kirby Cafe TOKYO reservation system: Kirby Café has a reservation priority system. Reservations can only be made from the website.
Reservation site URL: https://kirbycafe.jp/tokyo/
Written by Naho Jishikyu
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.
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