The Adorable Kuma Café
NOTE : Unfortunately, it appears that the shop is now permanently closed.
I know myself pretty well and I can certainly say that I am not the sugary cute type. Well, there may be different ways to define what cute is but let us take a more general (if not stereotypical) image: pink, fluffy, colorful, tiny, etc. I am definitely not that but that does not mean I do not appreciate something adorable and charming for the eyes.
Here in Japan, especially in big cities such as Tokyo and Osaka, cute has become the usual trend. From mobile phone straps to hairstyles, Japanese people perfectly managed to design all things “kawaii” (cute). Even cafés!
Most likely, you have heard of a cat café which became a huge trend for cat lovers. But, how about a kuma café?
In Sakae, Nagoya, there is one kuma café and it is just adorable! At first, I just wanted to check the place out to fulfill my touristic cravings. However, I soon realized that the cute ambiance does not necessarily limit the place to a certain crowd. Even a self-proclaimed non-lover of cute things like myself have found amusement.
It is not surprising if there are people who would feel intimidated by the “cuteness” of the shop. Male customers may even find it “too feminine and the large number of female customers may also not be encouraging for other types of audience. Certainly, the place would best cater for girlfriends looking for a place to catch up or customers who are very much fascinated in stuffed teddy bears and other cute things (who are generally females).
But personally, I think it is a good place for any tourist – local or foreign, to experience the modern Japanese cultural trend of “kawaii”. Also, the café is not limited to its stylishly designed motif but also shines in other aspects such as having quality service, cozy fixtures and a satisfying variety of food and drinks. It is certainly a good place to chill out.
Be sure not to miss this out and enjoy all things kawaii.
Aichi Prefecture, Nagoya, Naka Ward, Sakae, 3−25−34
Operation Hours 11:00 am – 11:30 pm