Mary and the Witch's Flower Cafe Comes to Tokyo Skytree Town
posted on by Amanda Whalen
Studio Ponoc's anime film Mary and the Witch's Flower is inspiring a "Garden Sand Cafe" in Tokyo Skytree Town. The cafe features an original menu and photo spots with images from the film, and it will be open from September 15 to November 5. The cafe was previously open in Omotesandō, Tokyo from August 4 to September 2, but it is getting an encore due to popular demand.
The inside of the cafe will be decorated to look like the magical academy Endor College, with multiple spots where fans can take special photos.
The first item on the menu is the "Garden Sandwich 5MAX," an enormous five-layer sandwich with the motif of soaring above the clouds at Endor College. The sandwiches will be filled with fried prawns, duck, and vegetables and garnished with Madame Mumblechook's glasses, Mary's broom, and the mysterious flower from the film. The dish will cost 5,980 yen (about US$54).
The smaller-portioned "Garden Sandwich" will cost a more modest 1,290 yen (US$12). The sandwich will be garnished with Tib the black cat and Mary's broom.
Two of the drink options will be the "Souvenir Silhouette" strawberry au lait and milk tea, which will feature art of Mary and Tib the cat, respectively. They both will cost 1,490 yen (US$14).
The "Witch's Rainbow Tea Soda" will let people create their own magic rainbows in the clouds. The drink will cost 690 yen (US$6).
The Mary and the Witch's Flower anime film is based on Mary Stewart's The Little Broomstick novel, and it opened in Japan on July 8. The U.K.-based company Altitude Film Sales acquired worldwide rights to the film, and GKIDS will distribute the film in North America. The anime film is planned to open in 155 countries and territories worldwide.
Hayao Miyazaki reportedly told director Hiromasa Yonebayashi "Good job!" upon completing the film, but said he will not see it. Yonebayashi and other staff members from the film previously worked at Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli.
Source: Anime! Anime! (Kōtarō Nakase)