Finally visited the Sumikko Gurashi cafe
Character cafes are usually impossible to go to because they always get clogged with people queuing for hours, but by some miracle I got a table right away at this one. Probably because it was a weekday afternoon, and an hour away from central Tokyo by train.
It was worth the long journeyThey really did put a lot of effort into decorating; there wasn’t a single corner of the place that didn’t have Sumikko Gurashi on it. And that was great, because I adore every one of them.
They were surrounding us while we ate
Big props to the people who decorated the cafe. They even had a big screen on one end playing Sumikko Gurashi cartoons. I didn’t even know they did cartoons, and the characters just kind of quietly bob around and bump into each other, but it was entertaining to watch.
And of course the food was cute too, even if it was just printed wafers stuck inside sandwichesThe wafers didn’t taste of anything so they were really just decoration. But at least it did look a lot more interesting with the characters sitting in between slices of bread.
To their credit they did try hard with their pancakes. The stack was completely doused with cream, which was all they needed to shape it into the white bear
This might have been one of my best experiences at a character cafe, mostly because it was nice and empty and I didn’t have to wait for anything (I will never forget the six hour queue at the Kanahei cafe in Shibuya). But the atmosphere was adorable too, complete with giant Sumikko Gurashi characters accompanying you at the tables.
It just steals your heart (and money)