When the Friday Fun Celebrates Tourist Traps

Hello all! I’ve been looking forward to the responses to last week’s #CensoringWatanabe and I wasn’t disappointed. I actually laughed out loud at some of these! Good job kiddos. I’ll see you next time Watanabe pisses off the fandom.

So anyway, idol cafes are a thing. The most famous is probably the AKB48 cafe, but we’ve also got fine dining from the likes of Chubbiness and a temporary Morning Musume cafe celebrating their 20th anniversary. (Now anyone heading to Japan soon knows where to eat and drink. You’re welcome.) Some of the more popular idols also have their own physical stores that you can enter and buy whatever tat you desire!

But don’t you wish there was some more of it, especially those targeted towards those of us in the alt-idol community? I mean sure, there’s that WACK/Tower Records collaboration right now, but don’t you wish you could visit Momoland or Momoko Gumi Company for real? No? That’s probably a safe bet.

This week, I want you to come up with ideas for idol-related tourist spots. This isn’t limited to just cafes and merchandise stores of course. If Kyary Pamyu Pamyu can get a rollercoaster, then I think Babymetal deserve their own theme park. So go on and tell me your terrible suggestions of how to use that empty building downtown. Use the hashtag #IdolEstablishments and I’ll see you next week!

2 thoughts on “When the Friday Fun Celebrates Tourist Traps

  1. Since I don’t do SM, I’ll just put this here.
    LingLing’s Blade Emporium.
    Hashiyasumi’s Glasses Hut
    Chtti’s AV Onsen
    Official Momoko Gumi Company Headquarters (it’s actually just a P.O. Box in the Cayman Islands)

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