The Kawaii Monster Cafe

The monsters of Harajuku

In the 1950s Godzilla, the mutant dinosaur, terrorized the Japanese capital, but there's been a new monster in town since 2015. Welcome to Kawaii Monster Cafe in Harajuku, a crazy and colorful coffee shop; the new kawaii experience designed by the master of the genre, Sebastian Masuda.

Welcome to the Kawaii Monster Cafe

The master of kawaii

In Harajuku, a district known for eccentric fashions and new trends, artist and designer Sebastian Masuda created the Kawaii Monster Cafe in collaboration with Diamond Dining, an agency specializing in Tokyo's greatest theme restaurants (Alice in Wonderland Cafe, Vampire Cafe, and more). Masuda is a major figure of kawaii (cute) culture in Japan. In 1995, he opened the first kawaii clothing and accessories boutique in Harajuku, 6% Dokidoki, and produced a video clip of J-Pop icon Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. The designer sees Harajuku as a monster, who, by feeding on cultures and trends around the world is able to innovate and develop its own style. The Kawaii Monster Cafe is a reflection of this monster; a totally kawaii creature of course!

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Sebastian Masuda

Crazy and colorful

As you walk through the door of the cafe, you literally enter the mouth of the monster! He's a character, called Mr. Ten Thousand Chopsticks, or Choppy to his friends. The Kawaii Monster Cafe is a real visual shock! The central space is occupied by a gigantic cake carousel covered with cream and candies that regularly turns into a stage for visitors and Monster Girls to dance on. There are five of these girls, and it's their job to welcome you, dance, take photos with customers and talk with you at the table. With looks that reflect their personalities, Baby, Dolly, Candy, Nasty and Crazy even have their own twitter accounts! 

Accommodating nearly 200 people, the cafe venue is divided into four distinct areas: the Mushroom Disco with oversized plants and psychedelic mushrooms, the Milk Stand where rabbits, sheep and unicorns drink bottles of milk, the Mel-Tea Room, decadently decorated with chocolates and macarons, and finally the Bar Experiment with its moody underwater theme. 

The menu of Kawaii Monster Cafe is an explosion of colors! Ice cream, cakes, drinks and pasta all come in every color of the rainbow.

A menu tablet at Kawaii Monster Cafe

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