June 2, 2016
Finally! After years of seeing Sailor Moon cafes and bars and restaurants pop up in Tokyo I finally got to go to one myself! YAAAAA!!!!!! BUCKET LIST CHECKED OFF! BOOM! So this particular event was super awesome for all Sailor Moon fans since it was an exhibition of rare art + toys plus a Sailor Moon themed cafe, the Chibiusa Cafe. It was located on the 52nd floor of the Mori Tower (which BTW also houses the Tokyo YouTube space) and boasts a spectacular view of the city. So even if you don’t like Sailor Moon, paying for a ticket and being dragged along allows you access to a great view of Tokyo. Honestly, even if you aren’t a Sailor Moon fan it was a pretty cool exhibition featuring old school merch, black and white panels, hand drawn gel panels for the animation, gorgeous paintings of famous scenes from Sailor Moon, and more. Simon enjoyed it even though he isn’t a Sailor Moon fan. I mean, he isn’t a Sailor Moon enemy, but he isn’t into it like I am.
The Chibiusa Cafe was our main focus since I really wanted to try Sailor Moon themed food. I was expecting it to be pretty awful tasting and pretty adorable looking but I was nicely surprised. Besides Sailor Mercury’s terrible energy drink flavoured beverage, the rest of the stuff we ordered was great! The decorations like the moon and Sailor Pluto’s talisman in Simon’s curry were what I would expect from decorations…not that tasty….but everything around it was legit decent food. The Tuxedo Mask pasta I heard is vegetarian for those that don’t eat meat, but I’m not sure the exact ingredients so I can’t vouch for it if you’re a vegan. Other than that, there is a one hour limit in the cafe but they are very efficient with bringing out your items since you pre-order them outside so there is more than enough time to take pictures and be excited about all your items.
Price wise, it wasn’t terribly expensive. The burger was around $16, the curry $15, and the desserts between $10-13. The only expensive thing I felt were the drinks which were between $8- $10 but this is once in a lifetime so I was willing to splurge. The event is on until mid-Jube so I recommend checking it out if you get the chance! We bought our tickets at a kiosk from the convenience store Lawsons but you can also buy your ticket the day of at the location itself. The building is very big and confusing so make sure you ask the information kiosk if you’re feeling lost. You’ll need the help!
This whole event was fantastic for me because it was so nice to meet other Sailor Moon fans. Fans of all ages and fans wearing their favourite Sailor Moon things in various ways. I saw people straight up cosplaying to people wearing Sailor Moon cardigans or purses in a more subtle way. Either way, we all eyeballed each other’s clothing and accessories and smiled and oooohed and aaahhed over it. It was a really nice feeling. I get the same nice feeling when we attend anime conventions. :D
Oh and here is the info below for those of you that want to go:
It’s open from April 16 – July 19 2016 (so there’s still time to go!). It’s in Roppongi Hills, at the Tokyo City View Observation Deck (Sky Gallery in Mori Tower). The address is Tokyo-to, Minato-ku, Roppongi 6-10-1, Roppongi Hills 52nd floor. In Japanese it’s 東京都港区六本木6-10-1 六本木ヒルズ森タワー52階. Otherwise, it’s open from 10AM-10PM, though last entry is 9:30PM.
So has anyone else had the chance to attend this Sailor Moon exhibition? I’d love to hear about how you felt and what was your favourite part? If you haven’t experienced it, though, we want to share some of it with you by giving you some Sailor Moon goodies we got at the exhibit. Let us know who your favourite Sailor Moon character and why. Yes, it’s a cheesy question, but we want to make sure we give this to someone who would love it the way Martina would have loved it as a child. Ha!
And lastly, we’ve got some extra scenes as well, if you’re in the mood for more Sailor Moon: