Located on the basement floor of the Kabukiza Theater in the Kobikicho Hiroba (Kobikicho Plaza), Tully's, along with many other shops, sells kabuki-themed souvenirs and foods. Because the plaza isn’t located inside the actual theater area, anyone can go in and take a look at the shops even without tickets to a kabuki performance.
In addition to its unique location, the Tully’s Coffee shop in the Kobikicho Plaza holds a special significance for the coffee chain, as it was the 500th branch opened in Japan. There are some traditional kabuki-style umbrellas and chairs in front of the entrance, which added a kabuki feel to the setting. You can also spot illustrations of traditional tiles and lanterns on the shop sign, which is a cute touch.
Their exclusive menu item, the “Kabukiza Cappuccino," was advertised on a small sign placed on the cash registers. To our delight, we saw that the cappuccino was decorated with a traditional kabuki face in kumadori make-up, drawn on the drink’s froth with cinnamon powder. The drink was soy-milk-based and was delicious!
There were also special souvenirs available at the shop, such as tumblers illustrated with ukiyo-e block print images and tenugui towels with patterns from the famous “Scrolls of Frolicking Animals and Humans” (Choju Jinbutsu Giga). Japanese-style items from Tully’s may be unexpected, but certainly could make interesting gifts.
The Tully’s Coffee Kabukiza Theater shop is definitely set in a unique location, and the fact that the kabuki theme isn't too over-the-top could make it a causally fun place for anyone to visit, even if you’re not a hardcore kabuki fan.
Of course, the Kabukiza Cappuccino is bound to be even more delightful if enjoyed with a live kabuki performance, so if you’re going to Kabukiza for some kabuki action, this may be as good a place as any to grab a cup of coffee!
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