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Japanese Cafe’s New Hot Mint Chocolate Beverages Are a Cool Way to Keep Warm This Winter

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ROCKET NEWS
 
Why settle for hot chocolate, when you can have hot mint chocolate?
Last summer, Japan went on a huge mint chocolate kick. Sure, the flavor has been a mainstay of supermarket freezer sections for decades, but this year you could find all sorts of sweets, from Western-style cookies t...

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Starbucks Opens at Historic Japanese Sites: Miyajima and The Onsen that Inspired Spirited Away

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The global coffeehouse chain has two stunning stores planned for theseworld-famous tourist spots.
Starbucks might be a global company, but in Japan it has a cult-like following. There’s an insatiable appetite for anything emblazoned with the iconic green mermaid logo here, which mea...

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Amazon Opens Physical Bar Space For Ten Days in Tokyo

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JAPAN TRENDS
 
Amazon continues its expansion into the offline sphere with a new space, but, unlike its recent entry into the North American bookstore and food market sectors, this one will focus entirely on alcoholic drinks.
Following in the footsteps of Rakuten’s own bricks-and-mortar projects,...

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Hello Kitty Cafe Coming to Osaka For a Limited Time!

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ROCKET NEWS
 
Dear Daniel joins Hello Kitty to bring cuteness and love to a collection of themed meals and drinks.
When it comes to themed cafes in Japan, we’ve seen limited-time offerings for Sailor Moon, Naruto and even Pokémon, and while Sanrio characters have had their share of pop-up cafes t...

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Your Name (Kimi no Na wa) Pop-up Themed Cafes in Tokyo, Nagoya in January 2017

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JAPAN TRENDS
 
Makoto Shinkai’s anime Your Name (Kimi no Na wa) has been the biggest film of the year in Japan, so it was surely only a matter of time before we had some spin-off cafes.
These tie-in spaces have become one of the most popular forms of marketing for franchises and character series ...

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Tokyo’s First Russian-style Maid Cafe

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JAPAN TIMES
 
Twelve men sit in silence at a new cafe in Tokyo’s Shinjuku district as three women dressed in Russian attire start serving a sour-looking plate of borscht.
The men have each paid ¥15,000 to attend this soft opening of ItaCafe, which bills itself as the city’s first Russian maid caf...

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Dragon Ball Tower Records Cafes Open in Tokyo, Osaka

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JAPAN TRENDS
 
This month marks 30 years since the first episode of the anime Dragon Ball was originally broadcast in Japan. So what better excuse is there for a few pop-up cafes in Japan’s two major cities?
Three Dragon Ball Cafes will open inside branches of Tower Records — whose cafe spaces fr...

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Piko Taro’s Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen Inspires Tokyo Cafe Spin-off

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JAPAN TRENDS
 
Just when you thought the Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen viral phenomenon was fading away, along came a widely reported press conference at the FCCJ in Tokyo to boost the ratings, and now news that Piko Taro’s annoyingly catchy tune has inspired its own cafe.
Created on a modest budget by...

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Square Enix Cafe opens in Akihabara in October

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JAPAN TRENDS
 
Video game developer Square Enix will open a new cafe in Akihabara on October 1st.
The Square Enix Cafe comes with a menu inspired by Final Fantasy, the popular video game franchise owned by Square Enix.
 
The latest installment in the Final Fantasy series features some mouth-water...

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Falo: An Italian Take On The ‘izakaya’

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THE JAPAN TIMES
 
 
 
Arriving at Falo, prepare for a few surprises of the most pleasant kind. The first is that this sleek-looking new Italian restaurant, which opened in May in Daikanyama, feels and functions like a traditional izakaya tavern.
For a start, there are no tables. Instead, you sit ...

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