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Saturday, 14 February 2015

Pompompurin Cafe Tokyo

I could not get enough ʕ← ʔ of the theme cafe's in Japan (why do these not exist anywhere else??)

I'd never heard of Sanrio character Purin until I came across the cafe in the Cute Cube (Harajuku). I'm glad I dragged my friends into the big old queue to bask in his yellowness  ᵒᴥᵒᶅᶘ ᵒᴥᵒᶅᶘ ᵒᴥᵒ

Pom Pom is a golden retriever who has a little hamster buddy called Muffin, he likes hiding shoes and eating pudding. The cafe seems like a permanent feature so it should be about for some time (a lot of cafe's can be temporary pop up joints).

We went on a Wednesday afternoon and had to do a little hour or so queue. No problem ʅʕ••ʔʃ

Getting. Close. Pompom palpitations ʕʔ

Ok. I want that, that, that, that, that, that, what is that for? Want it ʕʔ

ʕ◉ʔ chop chop diners

We are in! That's what I'm talkin' about ʕʔ

The cafe was about 99.9.1% ovaries ʕ•̫͡ʔ

I can't remember what this was, but it looked and tasted amazing, I think it had bananas in it, I don't like bananas in cake, but...pompompurin!

I also got this caramel latte

"Pompom, you've got a bit on your mouth, yeah just there...no worries buddy"

The hot chocolate was the "best ever" apparently (this is pompompurins butt) It came really late, but we didn't care! It's not possible to feel anger in these places! ◟ʕ´`ʔ

I bought a few things in the cafe shop, tote bag, jumper and t-shirt.

T-shirt says: In a special place, you enjoy a delicious menu with good friends. DAMN RIGHT

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Day out of Tokyo: Hakone

We got outside of Tokyo for a day to see Mount Fuji from Hakone. We were really lucky it was a clear one as it was actually grey and raining that day in Tokyo. ʕ̫͡ʔ

We got the Odakyu railway from Shinjuku, I think it cost 6000 Yen for a return but that also covered the trains, coaches, rope way and pirate boat (yes) in the area. Their trains are really nice and if you download the special Odakyu app you can get access to free Wifi on the train. (・∀・)

Most importantly I discovered the Hokuo bakery in Shinjuku station which has loads of pastry/cake options and... bear. muffins. ʕʔ Unfortunately I had to cave in and eat it towards the end of the day as supplies were running low and most of my team had died off. 
Bear Muffin #neverforget

Yes yes Mount Fuji looking nice. But: Bear Muffin.  ʕ •ʔ 

Was really nice to see some of the concrete free side of Japan. Although the trip up one of the mountains involved a lot of sulphur emitting from the rocks...that turned my stomach a bit. There were some nice ice creams up there though so I forgive u volcanic mountain ʕ ʔ

Toxic sulfuric air? No problem ʕ̫͡ʔ *lick lick

Bear in mind that if you are thinking of visiting a onset (hot spring or public pool) you will need to cover your tattoo's (you hideous beast). There wasn't any bathing going down on my visit, but had I gone for a dip I would have had to have worn some sort of long sleeve top. There is a bit of an outdated belief that tattoo's are linked exclusively to the Yakuza in Japan which means public baths ban them being on show (and might charge you a fair bit to buy something to cover them up)

The day ended with a casual pirate boat ride across the lake where you could get clear views of Mount Fuji, tres bon, nice nice, but it wasn't a muffin with a bear face.

 I think I melted into my bed when I got home ⸍⸌̣ʷ̣̫⸍̣⸌₎

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Pikachu Cafe Shibuya

Pokemon Cafe (Ruby & Sapphire) Parco Centre, Shibuya Tokyo

Face is rice, ears are omelette, the black bits are seaweed
and the red sauce had a curry taste to it ʕ•̫͡•ʔ 
This dish cost about 1,500 Yen which is about £8.00 ʕ•̫͡ʔ

I think the Pikachu Cafe was right up there as one of my favourite things to do in Tokyo. Themed cafe's are big business over there, people are prepared to queue for a good hour or two to get into one. But when the food and staff are spot on and everything is so cute its impossible to be bothered by the wait. ʕ•̫͡•ʕ•̫͡•ʔ•̫͡•ʔ

"All the girls standing in the line for the Pikachu Cafe" ʕ•̫͡•ʕ•̫͡•ʔ•̫͡•ʔ

This was a temporary pop up in the Shibuya 'Parco' shopping centre on the top floor. When we got there they had a ticket queue system set up that allowed us to come back about 5hrs later to do a short queue for a table. 5hrs? No problem. .ʕʘ‿ʘʔ.

You would think with the focus being on making the food look like Pikachu that it might not be all that when it comes to eating it, but it was really nice! They also give you a free Pokeball mug with certain food orders ʕ•̫͡ʔ

 "Ice Ice Pikachu" ʕʘ̅͜ʘ̅ʔ

I really liked the staff here, they allow you to dress up in Pikachu hoods and headbands to have a picture taken before you sit down. They take the picture on your own camera/phone and don't charge you for this service, that gets a big thumbs up from me. Food came out quick and you have about an hour to enjoy the cafe surroundings so you don't feel rushed out the door. ʕ•̫͡ʔʕ•̫͡ʔ

Over on the next table a Pokeball was served...

There is also a little gift shop full of Pikachu bits, I got myself a cheap tote bag and a little cleaning cloth for my glasses.  ͡°ᴥ͡°

Dining alone? No problem ()・`)

I think this particular Pokemon theme cafe is due to close in February 2015 but there is definitely demand for a more permanent one. Time to start a change.org petition!

(On their site it looks like they might have extended their opening till March 15th)

Pikachu Pancakes ʅʕʔʃ

There have been other Pokemon cafe's in the past so have a little Google before you go and see whats open. It's great value for money, I think in the UK it wouldn't have had the same vibe or prices. 

Love u Pikachu Cafe x

If you are interested in seeing more pics from my trip, there is a special tumblr here