Last night in Harajuku Tokyo, Magic Pony entered the monster mouth of Mr. Ten Thousand Chopsticks (nickname Choppy) and were transported into his psychedelic stomach world otherwise known as the KAWAII MONSTER CAFE.

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Conceived by kawaii culture pioneer Sebastian Masuda, the creator of our favourite Harajuku concept shop 6% DOKIDOKI and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu collaborator, the restaurant is a sensory explosion of rainbows and high weirdness.

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Visitors to the cafe have the choice of being seated in four equally intriguing environments: Mushroom Disco, Milk Stand, Bar Experiment and Mel Tea Room.

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We chose to sit in the Mushroom Disco and were led into a room straight out of Alice in Wonderland with giant multicoloured toadstools and neon blinking plants.

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At this point we were introduced to our incredible Mushroom Disco Monster Kawaii hostess, Dolly, who’s look was conceived by Tokyo-based stylist Misha Janette to perfectly fuse with the mushroom world. Each environment has a special hostess who represents the look and feel of that world. NEXT LEVEL.

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In the centre of the restaurant is the Sweets-Go-Round giant merry-go-round cake adorned with unicorns, melted ice cream cones, bananas and cherries, and covered in multi-coloured lights that blink to the beat of the super kawaii house soundtrack.

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For some this might have been sensory overload, but for us Ponies, pure heaven! The FriendsWithYou crew joined us for the evening and Lola FWY treated us to some amazing modern dance routines around the Sweets-Go-Round.

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We also had the luck of meeting Sebastian the creator himself, a super cutie who said he created this cafe so that he would have a chance to bring his friends from around the world to somewhere special that represented the Kawaii culture of Tokyo. Aww. Thank you Sebastian <3

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(food image credit : Spoon & Tamago)

Now – the food! Our waitress brought us an iPad menu which looked as though it had been covered in layers of icing. The entire menu is made up of rainbow delights and monster magic. From multicoloured pasta to eyeball sandwiches to towering ice cream sundaes with hot lips and cone hats – every dish was adorable.

Also, important – the food tasted pretty good! Our favourite dishes were the fried chicken and waffles which came with bright blue butter, the party party monster sandwiches and of course the desserts – especially the Colourful Poison Parfait Extreme. Our cocktails came with fruit colour mixers so you could could create your perfect shade of drink. The wine came in glow in the dark glasses and beer was served in super tall chemistry beakers. No detail in this place was missed.

Of course we ended our trip with a visit to the gift shop where Lola and I bought Kawaii Monster flashing light up raver disco rings that carried the rainbow magic of our night into the Tokyo streets and home to dreamland.

xo Ponygirl Kristin

Kawaii Monster Cafe Harajuku
Address: Tokyo-to, Shibuya-ku, Jingumae 4-31-10, YM Square building 4th floor
東京都渋谷区神宮前4丁目31‐10 YMスクエアビル4F
Open 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. (last seating at 9:30 p.m./last order at 10 p.m.)
Telephone: 03-5413-6142