Gintama fans are in for a special treat as a cafe in Ikebukuro is re-working its image and re-opening as Yorozuya, the “we do everything” office from the Gintama manga.
While this cafe won’t be able to help you with all your life problems, they will be able to satisfy your need to eat, dine and be merry surrounded by Gintama characters and decor. This special theme cafe will finally make a Yorozuya store a reality and you only have to wait until this August.
Cafe and Bar Characro is a drinking, dining and entertainment establishment which was opened in October 2013 by Namco and features character collaboration themes that any anime fan can enjoy. Coming this August, the cafe will become “Cafe and Bar Characro feat. Gintama”. They will change all the decorations and staff attire to represent the Yorozuya, the “we do everything” store from the Gintama manga.
As the story goes, the Yorozuya is run by Gintoki Sakata who does all sorts of odd jobs in order to earn enough money to pay his monthly rent. He is joined on his wacky adventures by his partners, the teenager Shinpachi Shimura, an Amanto from the Yato tribe named Kagura and of course, a giant dog.
In real life, the themed cafe will be given a makeover to achieve the atmosphere of the Yorozuya office while also offering Gintama inspired drinks, dishes and merchandise at this one of a kind cafe. Diners can order one of 10 themed drinks like a drink inspired by Kagura, which comes with a small umbrella and blueberries representing her signature buns. If you are looking to eat, you can also try a dish inspired by Gintoki, the “Gin-san’s uji gintoki don parfait”, which in the manga is a bowl of white rice with a massive heap of very sweet red-bean topping. Don’t worry though, you will be getting a traditional Japanese parfait at the Gintama cafe.
▼ Drinks inspired by the manga
▼ The three main characters as drinks. From the left is umbrella-wielding Kagura, sweets loving Gintoki, and always in 8th, Shinpachi
▼ Can’t forget the food! The parfait in front is Gin-san’s uji gintoki don parfait
No theme cafe is complete without special limited edition merchandise. The Gintama cafe will offer unique character goods featuring a number of our favorite characters. Only three of them have been revealed so far, but other popular characters from the series will definitely make an appearance.
Opening day is August 7 and while there hasn’t been an announced closing date, fans will want to visit the cafe early to participate in the Shinsuke Takasugi and Shinpachi Shimura Birthday Festival, which is a special event that will be held from opening day to August 23 to commemorate the characters’ birthdays on August 10 and 12, respectively.
▼ But mostly the celebration is about Shinsuke
The Yorozuya store is willing to do everything at this brand new themed cafe, so head on over to Ikebukuro and help them pay their rent.
Cafe and Bar Characro feat. Ginatama / カフェ＆バーCHARACRO feat. 銀魂
Fujiwara Building B1F, 1-32-4 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima, Tokyo
(website in Japanese only)
Opening August 7!