Meet the Kemono Friends
If you’re in Ikebukuro and looking for some cute things to check out, there’s a museum on the 7th floor of the Ikebukuro PARCO, a department store near the east exit from the station. They have a new exhibit every couple of weeks or so, so if you’re in the area, come check it out.
Adorable artwork, and a merch section to boot
The Kemono Friends World exhibit is 600 yen for adults, 500 for students, and free for elementary school kids and under. (Or, if you’re like me and have a SO who owns shares of Parco, you can get in for free!)
Once you have a ticket, don’t forget to take a photo with the chibi characters near the entrance!
Since PARCO Museum is an art museum, your primary objective here is to ogle the pretty art. You’ll find character sheets and concept drawings, as well as sketches that show how they made the animation! There’s also a big white sheet of paper on the wall where you can draw fanart for the series. That said, you can only take photos near the entrance of the exhibit, so take your time and look around. (I haven’t finished the first season yet and did not want spoilers so my stay was probably shorter than others’… haha)
At the end of all the artwork, you’ll find a small section selling merch for Kemono Friends. That’s the end of the exhibit!
There’s a collab cafe right on the same floor! Last time I checked, it was featuring Tokyo Ghoul. Either way, a fun way to start or end your anime-packed Ikebukuro trip.