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We visited the Natsume Yuujinchou cafe in Tokyo!

22 October 2018 by Jojo

Have you heard of the anime Natsume Yuujinchou or Natsume's book of friends? To celebrate the new movie based on the series called Natsume's Book of Friends the Movie: Tied to the Temporal World that was released the 29th of September two cafes were opened, one in Omotesando, Tokyo and one in Saitama. Whenever new theme cafes pop up somewhere we're ready to be the first ones to visit, but first for those who are not familiar with the anime, here's a short summary:

"For as long as he can remember, Takashi Natsume has been cursed with the ability to see spirits, a power inherited from his grandmother Reiko Natsume, who was also able to see spirits. Upon her death, Reiko bequeathed to her grandson her Book of Friends, a book containing the names of spirits Reiko had bullied and forced into servitude.

The Book of Friends is a highly prized item in the spirit world, as the possession of it let's one control all whose name is within the book, leading to spirits haunting Takashi constantly. Whereas Reiko formed the contracts, however, Takashi spends his time dissolving the contracts and releasing the various spirits that come to him for help.

However that doesn't mean there aren't malicious spirits trying to kill him. Which is where Madara (called Nyanko-sensei by Natsume) comes in; Madara serves as Natsume's bodyguard and spiritual advisor of sorts, even though he is motivated by his own desire to possess the Book of Friends. He later on begins to become more attached to Takashi." Source

A very magical anime with a very adorable cat and great food? This is something we had to see for ourselves!

The cafe was of course beautifully decorated with lots of cute cats, the most well-known character of the series called Madara or Nyanko-sensei!

The first thing we ordered was this sweet cafe latte (about 600 yen) that comes with an adorable set of dango, a type of wagashi: Japanese traditional sweets

We wanted to go all out and order this amazing traditional bento box full of Japanese food and sweets! The Autumn Picket set costed 1700yen which is quite affordable for the amount of food you get and considering that it's a theme cafe!

Fancy box consisting of 2 layers full of food!

The first layer had several different kinds of Japanese food like tamagoyaki (egg), onigiri (rice balls) tempura fried shrimp and more! All food was amazing quality and delicious!

The second layer had mostly sweet stuff, different kinds of fruits including kiwi, kaki, and berries and also manju with red bean paste! After this bento we were full for a while so it was definitely worth the money!

Inside the cafe were several screens showing previews of the new Natsume Yuujinchou movie!

Café Dates
Tokyo: September 14, 2018 – October 14, 2018
Saitama: October 4, 2018 – October 28, 2018
Kyomaf: September 15, 2018 – September 16, 2018Café Opening Hours

Tokyo: 11:00am-9:40pm

Saitama: 11:00am-8:00pm (Last Orders 7:00pm)

Kyomaf: 9:00am-5:00pm (until 4:00pm on September 16

 

Café Locations

Tokyo: Omotesando Box Cafe&Space

Saitama: BOX CAFE&SPACE

Kyomaf: Kyoto International Manga & Anime Fair (Kyomaf) 2018 Character Café Booth

*For access details check each café’s official website.

 

Entry

Tokyo: Booking costs ¥500 online. 80 minutes stay max.

Saitama/Kyomaf: No booking necessary.

 

Café Official Website: https://natsume-movie-cafe.jp

Natsume’s Book of Friends Movie Website: http://natsume-movie.com/

©Yuki Midorikawa・Hakusensha / Natsume’s Book of Friends Project

Let us know what you think of the anime Natsume's book of friends, have you ever seen it? Would you like to go to this cafe? Let us know in the comments!

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