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Mascots and characters are a big deal in Japan, so much so that some become internet sensations with their own Twitter accounts (remember Chiitan?) while others expand into the F&B business. Tokyo, being the country's capital of cute, sure has no shortage of super kawaii character/cartoon cafés and restaurants.
Be it a Sanrio cutie (Pompompurin, Cinnamoroll), an international icon (Snoopy) or Pokémon, you can visit your favourite characters in Tokyo. A lot of these themed cafés are permanent spaces, but you'd want to keep an eye out on the special pop-ups and seasonal menus, often created to commemorate a special occasion, whether it's a new movie release or a milestone anniversary. So let's get started with some of our favourite character cafés in the city.
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