AKB48 cafe opens in Osaka
AKB48 CAFE & SHOP NAMBA, dedicated to the mega-popular group, opened in Osaka on Thursday, with seven members of AKB48 and Kansai-based sister group NMB48 attending.
The store is the 1st AKB48 cafe to open in the Kansai region and will carry original AKB48 and NMB48 goods. The store’s interior features walls displaying the members’ autographs and 16 TV monitors showing promotional videos and live footage.
The menu includes original dishes that were reportedly put together by the girls themselves, as well as sweets and drinks named after group members.
The band’s management say that despite the bad weather, around 650 fans dropped by to see the girls talk about the Osaka-themed dishes at a pre-opening event on Wednesday night. Aya Yamamoto of NMB48 said, “Osaka is famous for its flour-based dishes such as ‘takoyaki’ and ‘okonomiyaki.’ I’d like to see an okonomiyaki-style salad on the menu.”
The cafe is a three-minute walk from Namba Station on the JR and subway lines.