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Not-So-Daily Link of the Day: The Japanese conglomerate Bandai has announced on Thursday that it will open an official Gundam Café just outside the Akihabara Japan Railway station on April 24. The station is the most well-known way to get to the anime- and game-related shops in the Akihabara neighborhood of Tokyo.
The 60-seat, 144.2-square-meter (about 1550-square-foot) café will serve an exclusive Jaburo Coffee blend made from South American coffee beans, as well as Gun-Pla-yaki — a large-sized, fried take-out dish modeled after the very first 1/144 Gundam plastic model kit ever sold. The company will also use the café to sell and spread the word on the newest merchandise and works from its 31-year-old robot anime franchise.
There was a Gundam Café — the first official Gundam-themed restaurant — in the Bandai Museum in the nearby city of Matsudo before the museum closed in 2006. There were also two unofficial "mobile suit" cosplay bars that opened in Akihabara in 2007. However, the last of the bars closed on January 30.
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