Tokyo is a cool place, full of hundreds of years of culture. It is a foodie’s paradise that has no shortage of restaurants, especially those that draw inspiration from the 2D media world.
There’s a “Sailor Moon” musical restaurant, as well as plenty of cafes based off the Pokemon franchise. There is also a Square Enix Café for the video game realms, as well as limited-time venues that are pop-ups like the Ranma ½ Café.
The newest addition to the new 2D café world is in Tokyo’s Shin Okubo neighborhood. However, it isn’t a salute to settings or characters that fans see on their TV, instead, it makes the real, three-dimensional world look like a flat illustration.
The inside of the building utilizes clever optical tricks. The décor is entirely monochrome with white floors, tables, and chairs.
The furniture, however, is actually two-toned. While the flat surfaces are white, the edges are painted with uneven black stripes that resemble sketch lines.
Although in some cases, there is no deception and what you’re seeing is indeed flat-plane artwork.
The food and drinks that are served in the cafe are much more conventional. Plus, with the very monochrome surroundings, the food actually looks quite vivid.
They have some very lovely treats, such as the strawberry shaved ice which is made with frozen cream. There is also a wonderful looking brown sugar assam black tea with tapioca. Boba is quite popular in Japan.
Besides these items, the 2D Café has a long list of teas, coffees, juices, and shaved ice desserts to choose from, so if you ever stop in, you will probably want to make it a several stop journey.