December 2014: A visit to the Hello Kitty Cafe pop-up in Tokyo

After a long afternoon of shopping in Shibuya, I took a wrong turn as I made my way back to the Japan Rail stop and happened upon a sweet surprise: The Hello Kitty Café.

Apple pie at the Hello Kitty Cafe popup
Apple pie at the Hello Kitty Cafe popup

In Japan, the land of cat cafes, bird cafes and monkey bars, there should be room for Hello Kitty, no?

Featuring a gift store and a special menu — all in celebration of the cartoon cat’s 40th anniversary — this temporary pop-up in the Guest Café and Diner is a sampling of existing Hello Kitty Cafes in South Korea, Hong Kong as well as the soon-to-be-opened Orange County, Calif., store.

Read the rest at Stars and Stripes here

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