Japanese Anime/Manga Teahouse★ Japanese Folklore Creatures Cafe in Tokyo - Gegege no Kitaro
💀 Gegege no Kitaro Cafe 💀
Shigeru Mizuki is originally from Tottori Prefecture but lived in Chofu, Tokyo for sometime before his death. Which is why at Jindaiji, there is a Gegege no Kitaro themed cafe!!! We love Gegege no Kitaro and ANYTHING yokai, so we wanted to go take a look. Since the first time, we've gone back multiple times👻💗
You can see lots of goods to buy from outside. We wanted to buy EV.ERY.THING!!!!!! It's like we jumped into Shigeru Mizuki's world!!!!!! We never wanted to leave💗
💀 Gegege no Kitaro Cafe 💀
Back when I first went in 2014 this is what the cafe looked like. Just a small area where you sit on the floor and eat some fun themed dishes. Now it is much bigger and more spread out for more people to enjoy! Which brings me to believe the recent rise in popularity! Not only is there more space for people, compared to how it was, the Kitaro concept doesn't stop at wall decorations and figurines. Now the tables, lanterns, seat cushions, etc. incorporate the characters in Gegege no Kitaro. My favorite are the booths that they made to look like Nurikabe!
💀 Yokai Gallery 💀
There's a Yokai Gallery connected to the teahouse! Take the stairs upstairs and you'll see a room filled with Shigeru Mizuki's yokai figures, books, posters, etc on display. Shigeru Mizuki also includes foreign yokai/folklore creatures in Gegege no Kitaro. Like China's beast Bai Zei (Kutabe in Japanese). A good number of the displays also incorporate the figures with Shigeru Mizuki's drawings of that traditional yokai in the back. It was like you were looking at more than just pop culture. You were also getting a sense of Japanese history and culture.
👻Japanese Map of YOKAI!🗾
Along with models and pictures of yokai, there are other really neat and fun displays in the gallery! One is a map with a bunch of yokai figurines and their names on top of the area in Japan they came from. That way next time you go to say Kyoto, you can keep an eye out for Wanyudo (輪入道), the said "guardian of Hell" that is a burning oxcart wheel with the face of an angry man in the center of the wheel.
The Kitaro Teahouse is perfect for just about everyone. Kids, anime or manga lovers, history buffs, people wanting to learn more about old Japanese culture, or even those who just want to check out someplace new! We guarantee you'll have a terrifyingly great time!
🚃Access: Chofu Sation - from the Center Exit (中央口)
take the Keio Bus headed for "Jindaiji" (深大寺行); roughly 15mins
Kichijoji Station or Mitaka Station - from the South Exit (南口)
take the Odakyu Bus headed for "Jindaiji" (深大寺行); roughly 20mins
*Both will take you directly to the Kitaro Teahouse!
⏰10am～5pm (closed Mondays)
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