I had an interesting day last Friday! I went to a doll exhibit and then a goat cafe!
I really love creepy dolls, especially the uncanny valley, nearly full sized ball jointed type. One of the most famous artists making that type of doll is Koitsukihime (恋月姫). I’ve assumed it’s a woman, but I actually don’t know for sure! Here is her website and facebook page.
I first paid attention to Koitsukihime when BTSSB did a collaboration print with her in 2006 – the much loved Koitsukihime Stained Glass series. I had seen her dolls in the GLB before that (the GLB was much more of a mish-mash of all kinds of artsy and gothy stuff back then), but I really started to like her and buy her books after that.
I do have to say I prefer the first edition of this series because of the more muted color palette. Pic credit here.
So when I heard there was going to be a Koitsukihime exhibit in Tokyo, I couldn’t wait to go! I went with two other friends and Izzy.
The building itself was very interesting to look at.
My friend took one pic but we found out they were not allowed, so we couldn’t take anymore. Creepy bed doll chans!
Here are some more pics from Koitsukihime’s facebook page. I really liked the religious themes and stained glass, of course. A lot of the dolls were displayed in cool wooden pyramid stands as you can see in the pictures. The prices were listed and you could buy the dolls but they started at $10,000… maybe next time! There were quite a few creepy siamese doll twins, too.
The basement was devoted to Koitsukihime, and the 2nd floor had some more things to see like the gift shop, some rooms with antique dolls and their clothes, plus a room about antique lace and other period items. There was a workshop where you could make crafts for your French style dolls, and there was a room for doll clothing artists to buy and sell their wares. The women selling were all interested in bisque dolls, particularly Jumeau dolls from the late 1800s. Their dolls were new, but they carefully crafted outfits made of authentic materials to replicate the original style. Some of the outfits were really impressive! One characteristic of the dolls is very heavy eyebrows which makes them look perma-mad in my opinion, haha.
After we were done with the exhibit, we went to Shibuya to find the goat cafe! It’s Sakuragaoka Cafe out of the South Exit of Shibuya station (official website, English review). I’ve been to cat and rabbit cafes, but goats are pretty unusual! Apparently, this cafe is popular with businessmen on weekdays but they wanted a way to attract customers on weekends so they decided goats were the way to go! There are two goats, a white one named Sakura and a brown one called Chocolat. They live outside in a pen so you can’t really interact with them while you eat. You can take them for walks on certain weekdays (I think Monday and Wednesday?) but unfortunately we couldn’t do that.
Waiting to see goat chans! I love rubbing up on other people’s dresses.
I ordered the lunch set – chicken with honey mustard sauce – and a kinako kuromitsu milk (きなこ黒みつミルク). The chicken was pretty good but I really loved the drink. It came in a tea bowl and the kinako was nutty and yummy with the brown sugary kuromitsu flavor ❤
We sat next to the window where we could watch the goats… eat everything in sight, including their wood enclosure.
When we finished eating we went outside to play with the goats! You can’t interact with them too much because they’re behind a fence, but Sakura likes to stick her head out and get head scratches! I wore an otome type outfit that day because I knew I was going to wear lolita more that weekend and I find it tiring to wear lolita many days in a row. Everything is offbrand except for the dress (Jane Marple) and bag (Metamorphose). I was wearing a black velvet jacket and scarf on top for most of the day because it was still pretty cold.
Come to me Sakura chan!
I thought the food was good and reasonably priced + goats = win-win for everyone! Although I did feel kind of bad for the goats being outside because it was really cold and windy that day so maybe they’re the losing party in this equation. I hope they have a heat lamp or something for them at night.
Thanks for reading! ❤