Upon finding out Japan has somewhat of an obsession with the British animation series Shaun the sheep, the Bristolian in me couldn’t help but feel proud to know that part of my city’s culture has had an impact in the country I now call home.

Produced by Aardman Animations – a Bristol-based animation company – the iconic television series following the mischievous life of Shropshire Sheep Shaun, shares the hall of fame with other Aardman claymation classics such as Wallace and Gromit and Chicken Run.

Of Course, as a country with a deep love of characters that are both cute and full of charm, there’s no way Japan could escape from the lure of Shaun and his chaotic flock of friends. Naturally, over the last several years a number of cafes and pop-up stores celebrating the wonderful world of Shaun have been cropping up around the country. But for hardcore fans, no place quite compares to Shaun Village, which opened up in Machida’s Grandberry Park back in 2019.

Consisting of both a shop and cafe, Shaun Village offers up a range of merchandise and food featuring a range of favourite characters from the hit animation series. Earlier this year, the venue released a special autumn menu, and now that the temperature has begun to drop they have announced their winter-limited editions.
Available until the 25th of December 2021, the new menu is perfect for those looking for a little bit of British Christmas comedy and cheer.

Left: Shirley's Orange Chocolate Latte
Right: Timmy's Berry Berry Milk Tea

Price: ¥ 1,000 each (tax included)
Two dessert drinks decorated with ice cream and plenty of heavenly whipped cream.
The rich chocolate and orange flavoured ‘Shirley’s Latte’ is great for those with more mature tastes, whilst the milky texture and flavour of ‘Timmy’s Berry Berry Milk Tea’ is an easy drink that can be enjoyed by children.

Left: Rancher's cafe mocha
Right: Sean's cafe latte

Price: ¥ 650 each (tax included)
Served up in an original Shaun Village mug, these latte and mocha drinks feature prints of Shaun and The Farmer.

Sean Village Christmas Chicken Plate

Price: ¥ 1,750 (tax included)
This tender chicken, slow baked in the oven with homemade teriyaki sauce and maple syrup, is just the right kind of juicy for the perfect Christmas meal.

Shaun Village Shop & Cafe
Address: Wonder Theater 1st Floor, Central Court, Granberry Park, 3-1-4 Tsuruma, Machida, Tokyo
Access: Minami Machida Grandberry Park Station, Tokyo Denentoshi Line

By - Connie Sceaphierde.