Quest For Japan Logo-Ver7

Go west : Moomin Cafe in Hakata, Fukuoka

Date Published: Last Update:2015/04/10 Food, Travel & View point ,

There are several famous things with the name of Hakata: Hakata Dontaku (a big festival), Hakata ningyou (“ningyou” means “doll”), Hakata ramen (ramen noodle with pork bone broth) and Hakata mentai (“mentai” is a short version of “mentai-ko”, “seasoned cod roe”).
“Mentai-ko” is often used for pizza or pasta throughout Japan.
They have got local wagyu called “Hakata wagyu” too, but this is not as famous as “Kobe” or “Matsuzaka”.

Hakata Kitty

- Hakata Mentai-ko Kitty -

A well-known strawberry breed called “Amaou” is produced in Fukuoka, although I didn’t know it was from this area until this trip.

Food

If you love ramen, there are many places to eat it including numerous food stands in the night.
I don’t eat meat, so ramen is impossible choice for me no matter how famous it is.
None of the dishes I had in Hakata are local cuisines.

Moomin Cafe

Moomin Stand

- Moomin Stand -
Outside cafe.
Take-away only, I suppose.

Its correct name is “Moomin Bakery & Cafe”, but I didn’t see them selling bread.
The company which manages the cafe seems to own similar kind of shops.
For a shop list, see the official website.
There seems to be the same cafe in Tokyo as well.

– What is “Moomin”? –

Moomin shop 2

- In the Moomin shop -
I felt this Moomin family were scary!

It’s a character created by Finnish illustrator and writer Tove Jansson.
Moomin looks like a hippo, but walk on two legs like human being.
The Moomin Family are well-known in Japan, because their animation TV series were made four times in this country.
I once saw a girl saying “My first love was Snufkin”.

I guess the first two series are more popular among people of my age, as they were broadcasted again and again during 70’s and 80’s.
However, according to wikipedia, Jansson didn’t like those series due to a huge difference from her original including appearances of characters.
They were never shown outside Japan, and after the third series which was made in corporation with the Jansson side, the copywriter refused to give their consent to further broadcasting or producing recorded items like DVD of those two.
So, it is almost impossible to watch them now even in Japan.
(Moomin animation films were shown in the cafe, probably from the latter two series.)

I’ve never read the original books nor seen the latter TV series, so my “Moomin” is still those two Japanese-original ones.

– Cafe –

Moomin cafe 1

- Inside the cafe -
A kitchen in the back.

It’s a small cafe in the first basement of a shopping centre “Canal City Hakata”.
For more details, see the Moomin Cafe web-page in the official website of Canal City Hakata.

Moomin Dinner Menu

- Menu board for dinner -
Outside the cafe.

Top left dish is “omu-rice” (omelette made with fried rice), with ketchup drawing of Moomin on top (1050 yen probably without tax).

Moomin Valentine menu

- Valentine menu -
Outside the cafe.
See a Moomin-shaped cookie!

Moomin table

- The table I seated -

Moomin cafe 2

- Inside the cafe -

Moomin napkin

- Moomin towelette (left) and napkin -

Moomin waffle

- Moomin waffle plate -

760 yen excluding tax.
If you want something to drink with your plate, you need to pay 290 yen plus tax.
Rather expensive for this quantity (waffles are quite thin), honestly speaking.
It’s acceptable though, because this is cute!

 

Moomin spoon

- Hattifattener teaspoon -

In Japan, this creature is known in the name of “Nyoro-nyoro”.
“Nyoro-nyoro” is an onomatopoeia for wriggling around like a snake.

 

Moomin fork

- Moomin fork -

Moomin coaster

- Coaster -
Anybody who order a drink could get this.

Moomin shop 1

- Moomin shop attached to the cafe -

 

If you come here on your own like me, you won’t be lonely as they will offer a companion at your table!

Moomin companion

- My dinner companion -

She kept on glaring at me while I was brutally cutting and eating up the “Moomin waffle”…

Others

Except “Moomin Cafe”, I had my meals in the station building while in Hakata.

Breakfast in Hakata

- Breakfast in Hakata -

At a Japanese restaurant in the first basement of Hakata station.
500 yen or so.

 

Dinner in Hakata

- Dinner in Hakata -

At an udon restaurant in the first basement of Hakata station.
“Ofukuro gozen” (lit. “Mother’s cooking”), the worst food I had in Hakata.
Not bad, but not very good.
700 yen or so for salty udon and rather tasteless rice.

 

Next post: Juventus Lounge

 

Related posts:
#Hakata (1: General Info)
(3: Juventus Lounge)
(4: Kushida Shrine and others)

#Dazaifu (1: General Info)
(2: Michizane – general)
(3: Michizane – legends)
(4: Michizane – vengeance)
(5: Michizane – Tenman-guu)
(6: Dazaifu – to the main shrine)
(7: Dazaifu – the main shrine and around)
(8: Dazaifu – Kyushu National Museum)

The following two tabs change content below.

kara

A Japanese living in Okayama. A proud "Otaku"! Loves animals, snacks, manga, games (PC, iPad, Nintendo DS, PSP), foreign TV dramas, traveling and football (soccer).

Sponsored Links

  • Pocket
  • 1 follow us in feedly

Related Article/s:

Torii

How to distinguish shinto shrines from buddhist temples.

If you are sightseeing in Japan, in many cases, you may have the chance to visit different temples and shrines . At this time, you will be troubled for the different manners of temples and shrines. (Because these are the buildings of another religion.)   But, if you understand a few key points, it is […]

Read Article

Kitaro2

North by northwest: Sakaiminato, Tottori

Sakaiminato in Tottori Sakaiminato is a port city in Tottori prefecture. “Sakai” means “border” in Japanese, and “Minato” is “port”. It is famous for a Japanese cartoonist called “Shigeru Mizuki”. (“Shigeru” is his first name.) He grew up there. His best known work is “Ge ge ge no Kitaro”, and the city has a street […]

Read Article

tp1

Himeji’s Taiyo Park

This was my second time in Himeji. The first was 4 years earlier in spring to see Himeji Castle. This time around, we went to Taiyo Park. Not many know about this place since its in a remote area with no bus/train stops nearby. We went there by car so no biggie. The Park Entrance […]

Read Article

Kanpai

Gaijin Chronicles : Kangeikai and Edamame

Japanese companies usually hold 歓迎会(kangeikai or welcome party) to welcome new employees and 送別会( Soubetsukai or farewell party) for those leaving. In some cases, the welcome and farewell parties are combined into one — 歓送迎会(kansougeikai). These are usually dinner parties held in nice restaurants.The party is usually started with speeches by the company president or any […]

Read Article

Afternoon tea 2, Intercontinental Osaka

To visit Japan in a typhoon season (Part 2): Intercontinental Osaka

As I wrote in my previous post a little bit, my friend and I stayed “most of the time” in the hotel “Intercontinental Osaka”. In the rest of the time, we went to cafes / restaurants in shopping centres. We also went to “Yodobashi Camera” just beside the JR Osaka station to buy a USB […]

Read Article

KibiOpen_s

Omiyage: A Reflection of Japanese Generosity

If you are a tourist here in Japan, you surely have encountered this products in tourist shops, department stores and at the train station. Boxes and boxes of sweet delicacies associated with each place you visit – Omiyage. So what is an Omiyage? Well, most westerners will literally translate it to souvenirs but its a […]

Read Article

Okayama Korakuen - special spot

Okayama Korakuen: From Structures to Creatures

If someone will ask me what to check out in Okayama, the first thing I would suggest would be to visit Okayama Korakuen. Aside from its easy access, its scenic spots will bring you relaxation and peace of mind away from a hectic life. The garden is surrounded by tall trees that being there would […]

Read Article

Dazaifu 01

Go west : Dazaifu in Fukuoka – General Info

Dazaifu is very popular place for its shrine among Japanese people, especially students taking an exams. (I’ll tell you the reason in another post.) Historically, it’s also known as a government organisation to control Kyushu area in the old times. General Information “Dazaifu” – The organisation The original organisation is supposed to be located in […]

Read Article

Japanese firefly life cycle

Japanese Seasonal Events: Firefly Watching

It’s now rainy season in Japan. Although I’m already excited about rainy season, there’s another thing that made me excited – the fireflies! I live here in Japan for few years already but I have never tried firefly watching before. I didn’t even know there are events being held for this every year. Whenever I hear […]

Read Article

rainbow bridge

Odaiba Trip : Crossing the Rainbow Bridge

Talking about Tokyo, I could think of tall buildings, high bridges, and a well-developed City. That is what comes out of my mind before I went to Japan. When I was in Japan, we had our trip to Tokyo and we visited some of the famous places there and I could say, Tokyo is not […]

Read Article

Sponsored Links

Leave a Reply

Sponsored Links

  • Google+
    InstagramInstagram
PAGE TOP ↑