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Sailor Moon-Themed Cafe Coming to Tokyo

Whether it's a My Little Pony-themed restaurant, or a Moomin Cafe, Japan has all the edible fan fare you could ask for. Coming April 16, the lucky country will also have its own Sailor Moon-themed eatery filled with imagery from the '90s anime we all know and love. 

The Chibiusa Cafe (named after the character of the same name) will be opening up in Tokyo near a related Sailor Moon art exhibit. Inside, fans can find themed food that includes pink hamburger buns, star-shaped tater tots, and a Luna-shaped berry mousse dessert. There's also a hilariously blunt dish called Tuxedo Mask’s Nihilistic Pasta, which comes with the hero's signature mask and rose petals. On top of delicious-looking food, the restaurant will also be serving up some technicolor drinks like the Sailor Senshi Beauty Juice drinks, which come in five different colors to represent the team of heroines. 

Admission to the restaurant is free, but visitors will need tickets to the museum observatory or Sailor Moon Exhibition to get in. 

[h/t Eater]

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You can try out Something Something Soup Something for free on your browser.

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