The Spring 2017 anime series The Eccentric Family (Uchouten Kazoku) opened a collaboration café at KITTE in Maruniuchi, Tokyo that will stay open until 30 June 2017.
Enjoy the world of ‘The Eccentric Family’ with your eyes and palate!
Special illustrations of the four brothers in waiters costumes welcome you at the entrance of the café with panels introducing the characters and pictures of Kyoto displayed inside. There are life-sized character panels you can take pictures with, and a merchandise shop as well. The merch in the shop will be changed at a later date, and you guys are going to love the new items! Just so you know, the ‘Tanuki Poncho’ which makes anyone who wears it look like a fluffy ball sold out on opening day. The café have ordered some more, and if you are very lucky you may find some when you visit.
You can leave your messages and thoughts about the anime on the special message board or in the sketchbook in the café. Write your message or draw your illustration on sticky notes and stick it on the board! Furthermore, the newest episode will be shown in the café on Fridays. You can watch the anime while enjoying the themed food and drinks, and lose yourself in the fantastic world of The Eccentric Family.
There are 12 items of anime-inspired food and drink on the menu, exclusive to the café. Every food dish comes with a commemorative tin badge randomly chosen from four characters.
Get exclusive gifts by ordering food and drinks
The food menu includes hearty dishes such as ‘Akadama Hayashi Rice Special’, to which Akadama Sweet Wine is added for a sweeter taste, and ‘Yasaburo’s Favourite Beef Bowl Special Sukiyaki Style’, which is an upgraded Sukiyaki version of a beef bowl he ate in the anime.
Don’t miss ‘Kinkaku and Ginkaku’s Ebisugawa Tartar Sandwich’, a prawn and avocado sandwich with tartar sauce. The dish is created from a play on words based on their surname ‘Ebisugawa’ that contains the sound of ‘ebi’, which means ‘prawn’ in Japanese. If you have a sweet tooth, try ‘Anmitsu with Mitarashi Dango for The Shimogamo’ which is a Japanese traditional dessert inspired by the four brothers and their mother, Tosen.
Each drink on the menu is character-themed, such as ‘Yaichiro’s Bitter Sweet Latte’, ‘Yajiro’s A Frog in An Old Well Latte’, a matcha latte using tea leaves from Uji in Kyoto, ‘Yashiro’s Synergy Milk Coffee’ which he drinks after soaking in a public bath, and ‘Benten’s Squash Drink’, a refreshing fizzy beverage with cranberry. For those who like alcoholic drinks, there are drinks such as ‘Akadama Sweet Wine’, ‘Akadama Punch’, which is sweet wine and soda, ‘Denki Bran’ which often appears in Morimi’s novels, and ‘Denki Bran with Ginger Ale.’
Akadama Sweet Wine and Denki Bran: Favored for more than 100 years in Japan
Let me explain about Akadama Sweet Wine and Denki Bran here. Akadama Sweet Wine was first produced in 1907. Shinjiro Torii, one of the founders of Suntory, was so impressed by the taste of port wine at the house of Spanish merchant Ceres that he began developing his own port-type wine. The red circle on its label depicts an image of the sun, as well as the Japanese national flag.
Denki Bran is a brandy-based cocktail, created by Denbei Kamiya, the founder of Kamiya Bar in Asakusa, in 1882. ‘Denki’, a Japanese word meaning electricity, signifies something new since it was a cool new thing at that time, and ‘Bran’ came from the word ‘brandy.’ It also associates its sensational taste to the image of an electric shock. It was a super trendy drink back then and has been loved by enthusiasts ever since.
After enjoying the world of The Eccentric Family in the café, why not drop by the Kamiya Bar in Asakusa to savor a glass of Denki Bran? Alternatively, you can visit Kyoto, as it’s only a two-and-a-half-hour journey by bullet train from Tokyo Station, which is in front of KITTE!
‘The Eccentric Family’ Café
Date: 22 April – 30 June 2017 (subject to change)
Venue: Marunouchi Reading Style Cafe
KITTE 4F 2-7-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo-to
Opening Times: Monday – Saturday, 11:00 – 21:00; Sundays + National Holidays, 11:00 – 20:00
The cafe is also closed on days that KITTE is closed.
Access: 1 min on foot from JR Tokyo Station