Tea ceremony meets Sanrio – at the Hello Kitty Tea House
July 12, 2016 by sevenbrane
We also had some traditional Japanese sweets, such as the Hello Kitty anmitsu containing red bean paste, macha ice cream and shirotama mochi balls. And of course a little Kitty. While you squee about the kawaii explosion when you are first served your food, I found that from there, things pretty quickly take a rather grim turn… Even though it’s perfectly ok for adults to go to the Hello Kitty tea house (at least if you’re a woman), I was glad to have the excuse of going with my little daughter. However you feel about kitsch meets tradition, it’s an experience! The whole concept of the character cafe is very Japanese, and the detailed styling is really impressive.Kyoto is not all austere temples and shrines of historic importance. Japan’s pop-culture is part and parcel of it all. One of its outgrowths are character cafes. In Kyoto’s old town, there is a traditionally styled tea house, with a small Japanese garden to look at, and macha on the menu. The only difference to its many cousins is that it’s a Hello Kitty Cafe, where everything is Kitty-themed down to the smallest detail. And if you’re feeling lonely, you can sit next to a life-size Hello Kitty plushie. We went ahead and ordered some desserts and drinks. We had a matcha latte, which came with a marshmallow kitty floating in the cup and little sweets shaped like Kitty’s bow. We also had a regular macha (which did taste like the real deal). It didn’t have any Kitties floating inside, but came in an impressive macha bowl with Kitty design (also for sale at the Cafe).