By Martina Lucchini, the Milanese translator came to Japan to study, and never left!
Edited by Kathryn Foley
When it comes to looking for a unique cafe in Tokyo (or a weird, or a downright wacky one), you really don’t have to look far. There are more themed cafes in Tokyo than you could ever have imagined, and believe me, some of them are hard to imagine! Ever heard of a cuddle cafe? Or the Tokyo Pokemon Cafe? I hadn’t either before I moved here, but now I don’t even bat an eyelid when I hear about new, crazy themed cafes in Tokyo. Cafe culture is really deep rooted in Japanese society; unlike for tourists, cafes are where you can go, order a cheap coffee and stay for hours. Everyone from businessmen to high school students needing to get homework done will have their own go-to cafe in Tokyo. But I think people here have discovered the potential of themed cafes, so decided to make them more of an attraction for both tourists and locals, which is how we have so many themed cafes in Tokyo now. All of these cafes are totally unique, and unlike anything you’re probably used to experiencing at home. But that’s the whole point - they're an experience. So here are some of the best cafes in Tokyo; take your pick and get ready to enjoy the weird and the wonderful.