Next time you feel like taking a coffee break, why not head over to the NagaLatte Cafe in Harajuku, where you can try Snow Brand Milk’s newest beverage and experience what it’s like to work as a manga illustrator, animator, or other creative professional?
Bottlatte (a play on the words botto suru, meaning “to zone out,” and “latte”) is a new bottled milk beverage from Snow Brand Milk Products, created to help people maintain focus as they relax. The drink comes in two flavors, cafe latte and royal milk tea, the latter of which will go on sale at convenience stores beginning on March 29.
But for those who are curious to get a sip of the new drinks before they hit shelves, the makers have opened up a special two-story, pop-up shop in Tokyo’s fashionable Harajuku neighborhood, called the NagaLatte Cafe.
Not only does the NagaLatte Cafe promise visitors a place to chill out as they taste-test Bottlatte, but between March 19 and April 17 customers can also try their hand at seven different professional fields including Vocaloid production and animation, with desk spaces equipped with assignments and projects provided by popular designers and artists like animators STUDIO4℃ and Doroinu from Gekidan INU Curry.
▼ STUDIO4℃, which animated several notable works including Berserk: Golden Age Arc and Detroit Metal City (work shown below)
▼ Gekidan INU Curry, a popular animation duo who gained fame for their witches and the witches’ otherworld designs in the anime Puella Magi Madoka Magica (work shown below), among others
Here’s a list of the seven hands-on stations patrons are welcome to try out:
1. Mangaka Experience (four seats)
Enjoy working as a real manga creator as you outline and shade using professional tools of the trade.
2. Interior Designer Experience (one seat)
Architectural plans have been laid across the area, where you can experience creating layouts by placing people and plants in different spaces.
3. Vocaloid Production Experience (two seats)
Create a special-edited “working playlist” with Bottlatte.
4. Animation Studio Experience (four seats)
Experience what it’s like to be an animator as your carefully trace anime cells on the tracing table.
5. Wrapping & DIY Expert Experience (three seats)
Learn how to make photo props with cute masking tape designs like a pro.
6. Artist Experience (two seats)
Make a postcard collage using artist illustrations and many other materials.
7. Transformer Designer Experience (two seats)
Stretch your imagination as you match up different robot and design illustrations and design characters.
If any of these tickle your fancy, we suggest taking a little time out to had over to the NagaLatte Cafe and request a Bottlatte set, which includes all-you-can-drink BOTTLATTE beverages and a rusk snack for the low price of 500 yen (US$4.45), in addition to whatever desk station assignment you decide to challenge.
NagaLatte Cafe / ながラッテ
Address: Tokyo, Shibuya-ku, Meijijingu-mae 4-26-18 Harajuku Piaza Building
Open 11 a.m.–8:00 p.m. from March 19- April 17 (last order 7:30 p.m.)
Cost: 500 yen per person for all-you-can-drink Bottlatte with rusk (for a 90-minute period)