Daily Kawaii Review : Hands Cafe Chuorinkan

Hello! Back with me!

Writing again in the train after finishing the whole day doing enzyme structure refinement training, I guess I can do this, posting one blogpost every week J


Differs from the last topic which tends to deal with my inner struggle, this post is really light. Yes, I will only talk about a cute café near my place, Hands Café Chuo Rinkan.

Access : 2nd floor Etomo Shopping Mall, just outside Chuorinkan Station in the terminus of Tokyu Denentoshi Line

Price : 1500-2500 yen for one meal with drink, moderate for café type in Tokyo

Reservation : cannot be made

Website : https://www.handscafe.jp/chuorinkan/


What’s special about this cafe?


In normal day this café is just another western-style type of café, but once every one or two months this café has a collaboration with some cartoon character or set a certain theme to make a thematic café. I went to this café twice already during a collaboration with capybara-san character and Korilakkuma (a minor character in Rilakkuma series). Let me tell you about the story in detail!


Capybara Café

Period : April 2017

This visit was random and I did not even know that capybara exist in this world. So, if you guys also don’t know what capybara is, capybara is a kind of rodent (larger type compared to rabbit) ^^


During this time, the whole café was decorated with capybara plushy, you will get one or two dolls in each table. Really, at first I thought it was a cat (blame the shape of the mouth, lol). And the shape of some of the plushy resembles rat in my opinion, but it’s cute, anyway.

Food was also decorated with capybara theme, but it is also possible in that time to order the normal café menu. I ordered beef stew with omu-rice (omelette rice, rice covered with thin slice of fried egg) which tasted really good. I really like the mash and hash-brown potato served on side.



Korilakkuma Meets Chairoikoguma Cafe

Period : June 2017

So who are these bears? They are rilakkuma’s friends, lol. And why do they have the similar name as Rilakkuma?


Ko (小) in Japanese means small and indeed korilakkuma (the white bear with pink outifit is small and cute). While chairo (茶色) in Japanese means brown, indeed the other bear is dark brown and I think probably still smaller than Rilakkuma. So that’s the origin of their name, I guess. Don’t ask me about more detail, I know nothing about rilakkuma’s story line.

Differs from the previous visit, this visit was planned with my best friend and I was able to do more makeup and styling to match the atmosphere of the café.

Compared to capybara café, I think that this theme is more popular, since I think every Japanese knows who rilakkuma is.

That time me and my best friend decided to order one main course and one dessert.



Main course (right side)  : チャイロイコグマのがお〜!てりやきチキンバーガープレート(Chairoikoguma’s face shaped teriyaki chicken burger plate)

Dessert (left side) : なかよしストロベリーマウンテンパンケーキ (strawberry mountain pancake)


It was very nicely decorated and cute. Unfortunately, the main course did not taste as nice as the capybara’s menu.The chicken burger tastes a bit bland, and it really has a small piece of chicken >.<

It’s just full of vegetables only (maybe it’s designed for those petite Japanese girls, not for a meat-lover like me)

Ah, and I think for this theme they have more varieties of cute drink as well. We had fun doing our routines as well (dress up, eating small portion in a cute café, acting like a cute Japanese girls) but ended up eating again afterwards, as always.




So, that’s it for now. I hope you guys enjoy reading this post ^^

And if you visit Japan don’t forget to visit thematic café like this, since it is so cute! (although it may not have the best food taste). I will keep you updated more about daily kawaii things and restaurant near where I live! See you!



xoxo, with love




Afifa Ayu Koesoema




Winter Holiday 冬やすみ Part 2


 Hello all! How are you? If you’re following, actually yesterday i was talking about my holiday and since the posts has gone too long now i decide to write the rest of it here!


29 December :

At this day, me and Siming actually planned to go to Ueno Zoo, but on the way to Ueno Zoo we’ve just realized that the zoo was close that day. So we walked around Ueno Park. We visited temples and walk around the park. Personally i think that the park is a bit too big (but maybe because i always hate walking) and all the museums and zoo were closed that day.


Some little water pond in front of the shrine 🙂

Red Gates :)

Red Gates 🙂

Dog's Statue :)

Dog’s Statue 🙂

in front of a temple :)

in front of a temple 🙂


Unique Temple


What is this temple’s style? Not Japanese i guess.


So we moved on to Asakusa and Tokyo Sky Tree, definitely in the same manner as my last trip with my ITB’s friend. But this time i got more time to look around at Nakamise Shopping Street (because me and Siming both loves shopping). And by the time we reached the lobby floor of Tokyo Skytree, the light was turned on. And the view was really astonishing :’)

Nakamise Shopping Street :)

Nakamise Shopping Street 🙂

Part of Senso-ji Temple

Part of Senso-ji Temple

Fishes :)

Fishes 🙂

with Tokyo Sky Tree (again)

with Tokyo Sky Tree (again)

Lighten Up!

Lighten Up!


After that we spent some time walking at Tokyo Solamachi (a huge shopping center just under Tokyo Skytree). And we found a sale at body care and cosmetic shop (yippie!) I ended up buying a set of body lotion and fragrance with cotton candy scent :3 And anyway, i also found a Hello Kitty Official Store with a huge kitty using kimono in front of the store 🙂



Me and Kitty Chan :3

Cotton Candy Fantasies!

Cotton Candy Fantasies!

30 December :

That day was raining pretty hard, really hard. And i decided to make cakes with my room mate and just stay at home 🙂 We bought some decorations like powdered sugar, whipped cream, microwaveable cake pan, little battery powered mixer, colored sprinkles, etc. at Daiso and Tokyu Store near the station. And when we came back the rain was running really heavily (it was like the road is a bit flooded).

But we made it! Plus a Get Well Soon Cake for my dearest one (but of course he did not eat that, i split the cake with Siming :p)

Making Cakes! :3

Making Cakes! :3

and since there was still some left, we decided to give the rest for our dormitory friend. I really got full that day of only eating cake for dinner! 🙂


2 January :

Finally that day we made the Ueno Zoo plan happen. And we saw quite a loads of thing. I really love the small mammal house that contained many little primates, little and big rodentia, and cats-like-animal.




And i also really love the flamingo, they were so pink! It also surprised me to see a giant turtle.



Giant Turtle :)

Giant Turtle 🙂

But what fascinated me most was the friendly circle. At the time we arrived there, the goats and sheep were brought out to interact with the visitors. They were  so many of them Oh My God, so cute! But i thought they smell quite bad and sometimes i felt like they gonna chase me. But anyway it was so nice to play with them 🙂

Hello Goat!

Hello Goat!

Playing with Goats :)

Playing with Goats 🙂

Bunch of Goats, they are so friendly :)

Bunch of Goats, they are so friendly 🙂

After that me and Siming met Richard, Shuyin, and Mika at Shinjuku Station. We had dinner at Okinawa-styled Restaurant and did some shopping at G.U and H&M. I found a really incredible blouse with swan figure on it that only cost 300 Yen at H&M.

Can you believe that this is only 300 Yen?

Can you believe that this is only 300 Yen?

3 January

Me and Siming decided to go to Harajuku for (a real) girl shopping. When we went there with boys we just felt so guilty to keep them waiting in front of the store. Since it was only two of us, we could happily hopped from shop to shop, chasing sale items. And ended up at 5 stories Forever 21 Harajuku.

After that we had quite nice dinner at Thailand Restaurant at Harajuku. It felt so good to taste spicy foods with strong flavor after so long, you know that Japanese food is actually not that strong at taste. I ordered Tom Yum Fried Rice and Deep Fried Squid.

Plus the chance to eat coconut ice cream for dessert :9

The food was nice although it cost almost 3000 Yen. But i never really thought that i had wasted my money. I always love to eat good food, in a nice restaurant, and in the end indulge myself with dessert 🙂

At last we went back to station by passing Takeshita Dori! And at this time i found many cute clothing store. I mean, really my style, ruffles, ribbons, dress, with soft pastel color. Oh my God! I bought one really cute dress. It has white top part and collar, the skirt part has a ballerina-skirt material. I don’t know whether my boyfriend was exaggerating or not but he said that i look graceful and ballerina-like by wearing that dress.

But i think the cut would just make anyone look very decent when wearing it 🙂

Harajuku Dress :3

Harajuku Dress :3

and i really think that i should go to Takeshita Dori once a month to buy new dress, i really want to go on series of date with my boyfriend using Harajuku Style Dress. Because back home at Bandung it is not cold and we’re using car (yeah, no need to walk 20 minutes and chasing trains T_T) so i could mix match it with wedges shoes! Can’t wait! 🙂


Anyway, that was the last day of having fun, because i really think i should spend the weekends (friday-sunday) to study and catch the matter that i have missed during the holiday (i was always feeling guilty after having too much fun).

So that was my holiday story, how about yours? ❤





Afifa Ayu Koesoema


Winter Holiday 冬やすみ Part 1

Hello all dear readers, i haven’t written in this blog for so long! Yes, my lab work is really really consuming my time. But thanks God i enjoy it! 🙂 Right now in this fine saturday, actually I’m still inside my laboratory waiting for the incubation of my screening method.

Although seemingly it was a bit out-of-date (since school has started for 2 weeks), as i mentioned in this post’s title, i will write about my winter holiday!

Okay, winter holiday in Japan is only 2 weeks and as i have seen it seems like only university has the official winter holiday for 2 weeks. On my first week of holiday, i still saw school children that has to go to school, even on Christmas Day!

During this holiday, i didn’t go far away from Tokyo, nor play ski, but i think this holiday was decent enough for me, because of good food and also Japan has fashion sale everywhere!

21 December

First day of holiday!! Me and my room mate went to a shopping center at Mizonokuchi! There is 0101 and No City. And we were really pleased, the shopping mall was quite huge and it was all girl’s store (clothing, accessories, shoes, and even a special shop that sells thing to make your own necklace! They have Zara and Gap but not that big.

Make your own Neklace!

Make your own Neklace!

and anyway i don’t really like Zara’s style here, it’s a bit too mature (those formal black executive looking), not like in Indonesia or even Spain, where it was originated. Here, Forever 21, H&M, boutiques at Harajuku, and Honeys is my top choice! 🙂

How about Muji and Uniqlo? Uniqlo remains the best choice for buying basic clothings and i find Muji here is a bit too “natural-style” and not cute enough ^^

I went crazy by buying a medium-size light brown hand bag (which was discounted from 6000 to 3400), (grown-up enough) pink color boots with 7 cm heels (but surprisingly comfortable to wear), and a real rabbit fur scarf (the price was crazy, but whatever i’ve saved money for this kind of scarf. and sadly, last sunday i’ve lost the scarf)

And anyway, i really recommend this shopping center, just a few steps away from Mizonukuchi Station! Go crazy girls! 🙂

23 December

That day was special because it was Japan’s Emperor Birthday! And there was an open access for public to the Tokyo Imperial Palace located in Chiyoda-ku. So me, Siming, Daniele, Shuyin, Richard, and Mika decided to go there in the morning since this was a rare opportunity. Tokyo Imperial Palace is only opened twice a year, 23rd of December (The Emperor’s Birthday) and 2nd of January. And actually if you go there there is a strict entering time and the Emperor will give speech 3 times. More information about this please go here.

So, people were gathering in front of a building with glass window (they said to be bullet-proof) where Japan Emperor and its family member (wife, and children) would appear, bow, wave, and the Japan Emperor would give a speech.

Me and Siming, waving Japanese Flag at the Courtyard, waiting for the Emperor! :)

Me and Siming, waving Japanese Flag at the Courtyard, waiting for the Emperor! 🙂

Emperor Palace vs Modern Tokyo!

Emperor Palace vs Modern Tokyo!

There were quite loads of people and accepting the reality that i am only 1,45 m tall so actually i could not see clearly what’s happening and could only hear the speech (and of course i only understand about 10%). From my friend (that has passed N1 of JLPT) i knew that this year the Emperor had undergo surgery and he thanked everyone for concerning about him and now he’s already okay.

It seems like Japanese really paid respect to their Emperor 🙂

After that we walked around the East Garden of Imperial Palace, which was vast, too vast.

see, how vast was it?

see, how vast was it?

And we went to Harajuku and saw the Meiji Jingu Shrine. Due to the limited time we only can visit the biggest temple (main temple) however the temple was big and great and we also saw a couple get married in a Japanese way (with all of the outfits)!

The entrance of Meiji Jingu, like a forest ^^

The entrance of Meiji Jingu, like a forest ^^

Main Temple

Main Temple



On the way back home, me and Siming bought a pack of rock candy at The Candy Artisans Harajuku. The shop was unique like a candy shop in a movie, where you can see the candy was being made by the worker and directly taste it! 🙂

24 December

I spent the day with Deasty and Rizka and some other Indonesian Friends from Osaka University (Hilda) and TUAT (Leoni). At first we decided to meet at Tsukiji fish market but later on we changed the meeting place to Asakusa. 

Tsukiji Fish Market Layout

Tsukiji Fish Market Layout

Tsukijishijou Station (literally means Tsukiji Fish Market Station)

Tsukijishijou Station (literally means Tsukiji Fish Market Station)

At Asakusa we saw the Kaminarimon Gate, of course, first time for the Osaka Girl but also first time for me and Rizka (poor Tokyo girl). We walked around the Senso-ji Market and Temple, and finally ended up eating on a very delicious Udon Restaurant  just in front of the temple’s complex that also sell Melon Bread (i believe this restaurant is quite popular, because i saw a lot of Trip Advisor sticker everywhere) 🙂 

Kaminarimon Gate!

Kaminarimon Gate!

Bandung Institute of Technology class of 2009 Japan Team!!

Bandung Institute of Technology class of 2009 Japan Team!!


In the end we decided to walk from Asakusa to Tokyo Sky Tree. We believe that it was in a quite reasonable walking distance because we can actually see the Tokyo Sky Tree from Senso-ji temple, but believe me, it was quite far! Anyway on the way we found a really good photograph spot place, it was a beautiful red bridge with Tokyo Sky Tree and Asahi Company Headquarters as the background. Perfect!

Sky Tree and Asahi Headquarters Office

Sky Tree and Asahi Headquarters Office

On the red bridge with the beautiful background :)

On the red bridge with the beautiful background 🙂


Tokyo Skytree!

25-26 December : i went to Atami with SJCI Class , you can read the post here.

28 December  

Hakkeijima Sea Paradise!! Finally i had the chance to see an aquarium at Japan! I went there with Jung A, Siming, and JZ. It was a quite long way from Fujigaoka Station to Hakkeijima Sea Paradise, but it was worth it. You can see the information about this aqua park here.

At first we watched the sea mammal show (actually it was just so-so, the dolphin cannot solve problem like Dolphin at Gelanggang Samudera Ancol). But it was arranged so nicely and they also collaborated sea lion, walrus, and dolphin together. I was quite surprised by the fact that the animal trainer have to go inside the water to perform the show (at this freezing temperature). What a dedication.


Sea Mammal Show!


Sea Lion 🙂


Dancing Walrus


Beluga Whales, so cute :3


Jumping Dolphins!

After that i went around the aqua museum. I saw polar bears, penguins, fishes, and other sea animals. One of the most remarkable thing that i saw was jelly fish and finally i saw the enermous Japanese Spider Crab at Japan (last time i saw it was at Sydney Aquarium).


Huge Whale Shark 🙂


Walrus :3 what are you doing?

Polar Bear, why are you swimming like that?

Polar Bear, why are you swimming like that?

Main Aquarium Tank, we can go through passing escalator :)

Main Aquarium Tank, we can go through passing escalator 🙂



Beautiful Jelly Fishes :)

Beautiful Jelly Fishes 🙂



Stingray :)

Stingray 🙂

After lunch we went to the Dolphin Fantasy Exhibition. And i saw dolphin couple swimming together, what a sweet creatures 🙂


Me and Dating Dolphins, help, i need my boyfriend now!!

Last thing was Fureai Lagoon (a friendly circle where you can touch sea mammal). I touched dolphins and walrus. The walrus was just like a ball of fat, so bouncy and fat :3 Actually i really wanted to take a photo, feed, and being kissed by Beluga Whale (because they were so white and has a friendly face) but we have to pay extra for that. Actually i don’t mind to pay extra but it seems to be so childish and none of my friend did that :p

My love, beluga whale :)

My love, beluga whale 🙂

Dolphin, craving for food :)

Dolphin, craving for food 🙂

Fureai Lagoon :)

Fureai Lagoon 🙂

It's such a valuable experience to touch you, walrus :3

It’s such a valuable experience to touch you, walrus :3

And actually Hakkeijima Sea Paradise also has a amusement park ( if you like adventure ) and quite lot of choice of shopping. And (of course) i bought a doll, this time was a plushy whale shark! 

The mighty whale shark swimming the ocean of... Afifa Ayu's Bed ^^

The mighty whale shark swimming the ocean of… Afifa Ayu’s Bed ^^

Anyway i’ve just realized that this post has reached 1570 words and for reader’s convenience i think it’s better to split this post into two posts.

Why it is so hard to me to make a short blogpost? I’m always being too descrpitive, this is the demerit of being a microbiology student of Bandung Institute of Technology (where you have to write 4-6 pages of experiment report every week)

Catch you later on the next post!

Afifa Ayu Koesoema