Apply to become a Kawaii Ambassador of Sanrio Puroland to join in on their 25th anniversary celebration — Mass recruitment!!

24.February.2016 | SPOT

The home of Hello Kitty, Sanrio Puroland (or Puroland for short), is celebrating their 25th anniversary this year and your help is needed! Help keep the spirits up and join in the fun by applying to become an official Kawaii Ambassador! (ピューロkawaii大使). Applications are being accepted now – so make sure you apply too!

 

It is possible for anyone who has a Twitter or Instagram account to apply. All you have to do is take a kawaii and charming picture at Puroland. The next step is to send this picture to the official Puroland website at ‘ピューロでkawaii Share!’ (Puro kawaii Share!). Finally, all you have to do is wait until Saturday 30th April when the applications will be assessed, and the 10 most kawaii applicants will be appointed as official Kawaii Ambassadors! These winners and their kawaii-related activity at Puroland will be announced on the official website, official Twitter account, and elsewhere to spread the news!

 

The mission of Puroland is to spread the wonderful, cute moments that people enjoy at Puroland around the world for everyone to enjoy. Examples of pictures you can send for your application are; a picture of you being greeted by Hello Kitty or Dear Daniel, or pictures of the parade dancers. Send us your colorful and cute snaps! As long as you think it is cute, it is suitable for the application!

 

If you are selected to become a Kawaii Ambassador of Puroland, you will be presented with a special Puroland passport which is valid for an entire year, and you will also be gifted with special invitations to limited events! Let’s share the excitement of Puroland’s 25th anniversary!

 

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▶Puroland kawaii Share link: http://www.puroland.jp/kawaiishare/

 

 

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    Location: Puro Bridge (Floor 1F)

    Participating Cast: Hello Kitty, Cinnamoroll, My Melody, Kuromi, Wish me mell, Pompompurin

    *More details can be found on the official homepage

     

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    Halloween Food

     

    From Top Left: My Melody & Kuromi’s Masquerade Party Curry ¥1,400 / Cinnamon’s Black Halloween Ramen ¥1,100 / Masked Ball Black Omurice ¥1,300 / Dancing My Melody Corn Soup Pasta ¥1,300 / Hello Kitty’s Masquerade Dress Parfait ¥850 / Cinnamon’s Halloween Rare Cheese Tart ¥600 / Purin’s Masquerade Doughnuts ¥600

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    *All listed prices include tax

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    There will also be a special pre-celebration for Hello Kitty’s birthday which is officially on November 1.

    This fun all-night Halloween festival welcomes everybody include those who have never been to a music festival or club before.

    Links to where you can buy tickets are listed below. If you buy them from Reco Ticket you’ll get the above-pictured exclusive Hello Kitty ticket.

     

    Enjoy a Halloween party like no other this year at Sanrio Puroland.

     

    ©2019 SANRIO CO., LTD.

  • Hello Kitty Collaborates With Hawaiian Musical To Spread Awareness For Coastal Protection

    10.July.2019 | SPOT

    Fantasy musical Honu by the Sea is collaborating with Hello Kitty at Sanrio Puroland on July 13th, 14th and15th.

     

    Honu by the Sea is a fantasy-themed musical aimed at families. The story is set on a beach in Hawaii. From the appearance of a magical “Honu” (Hawaiian for “sea turtle”) to the range of sea wildlife and the broadway-style singing and dancing, this is a musical that is highly praised on an international level. 

    When Honu by the Sea in Sanrio Puroland took place last year in July, popular Sanrio character Hello Kitty took to the stage with the cast, performing the first ever full Japanese version of the musical. Following last year’s admiration, the musical will be returning again this year. The music will take place every day of the three-day Japanese national holiday period that celebrates Marine Day. 

     At the Sanrio Puroland live performance, the actors and actresses, who were all born in Hawaii, will be singing all the songs live in Japanese. This musical aims to enforce the importance of protecting our oceans and coasts. Thanks to the collaboration, the musical also spreads the message of the importance of friendship to viewers. This is a wonderful chance to enjoy a globally-admired musical along with Hello Kitty. 

  • Sanrio Character Awards 2019 | Event Report

    06.June.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Hi, everyone. Midori here from MMN’s editorial department.

     

    The Sanrio Character Awards is a hugely popular event held in Japan every year. The winners were just recently announced, and I got to attend the announcement event.

     

    This year marks the 34th run of the awards which have become an annual custom amongst Sanrio fans. People waited with a slight nervous anticipation at Puroland where the event was held as they awaited for the award ceremony to begin.

    The ceremony began with an initial greeting by Kabuki Nyantarou before the participating characters of the awards were presented on screen. There were over 80 entries this year!

     

    They took no time at all in listing the winners in order from the top. Cinnamoroll has reigned champion for two years in a row, but taking the crown this year is Hello Kitty who is celebrating her 45th anniversary. After her were Cinnamoroll and then Pompompurin. Hello Kitty is the poster girl for Sanrio but the last time she earned the No. 1 spot was six years ago in 2013, and last year she was in 4th place.

     

    Hello Kitty is the only character since 2000 to win three years in a row. The highest streak by the other characters is just two years. When the votes began rolling in this year Cinamoroll was initially at the top with Hello Kitty in 2nd place, but halfway through they swapped places. Of course, we mustn’t forget Pompompurin and YOSHIKITTY either who followed close behind them.

     

    Firstly, let’s take a look at who received the Special Awards.

    Cogimyun―Sanrio’s flour dough fairy character―obtained a much higher ranking than last year, earning her the Hop Step Jump Award. Fans were fascinated with this announcement as Cogimyun is said to the most elusive of the Sanrio characters.

    Hello Mandy reigned in the Collaborations Category, a collaboration between Hello Kitty and Mandy Sekiguchi from Japanese boy band GENERATIONS from EXILE TRIBE. Sekiguchi himself surprised the crowd as he was present to receive the award alongside Hello Mandy.


    Taking home the TikTok Award this year is Marumofubiyori Moppu. Moppu is a cute white bear who likes to lounge around at home wrapped in his favourite blanket. His sleepy videos were a hit on the Japanese TikTok.

     

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    Ranks 20 through 10 were announced via large cardboard panels.

     

    The top 10 were then announced in order, from 10 down to 1. Each of these popular characters were announced until just 2nd and 1st place were left to be announced. The remaining two names were Cinnamoroll and Hello Kitty, leaving fans anxious to hear who the winner of 2019 will be.

     

    And the winner is…

    Hello Kitty, with 1,647,073 votes! Not only does she take home the top award, it’s also her 45th anniversary and the first win of Japan’s Reiwa era. Cinnamoroll came in a close second at 1,584,057 votes. I saw some fans with tears in their eyes as a result of this heated battle.

    At the end, the characters lined up in a big row and celebrated their rank by holding up a card.

    To celebrate her win, it was announced that Hello Kitty will hit up Sanrio stores across Japan to show her gratitude. Exclusive merchandise will also be available for purchase to thank fans for their support. Full details can be found on Sanrio’s official website.

     

    The Awards were also held in several overseas countries with the outcomes being much different. In Taiwan Cinnamoroll was 1st place, Pompompurin 2nd place and Hello Kitty 3rd place. In China, it was Cinnamoroll in 1st place, My Melody in 2nd place, and YOSHIKITTY in 3rd place, a collaboration between X Japan member Yoshiki. And in Hong Kong it was Pekkle in 1st place, Pompompurin in 2nd place and Cinnamoroll in 3rd place.

     

    This year’s award ceremony for the internationally beloved Sanrio characters comes to an end. Congratulations, Hello Kitty!

  • Sanrio Puroland Announces Puro Summer Festival 2019

    30.May.2019 | SPOT

    The scorching sun is already shining on Sanrio Puroland as it announces its special summer event Puro Summer Festival 2019 which will take place from July 12 to September 1.

     

    The festival will centre around three elements: music, food and beach. Guests can look forward to enjoying the park’s first ever festival-themed live show as well as an exciting beach event which will see the appearance of the indoor “Puro Island,” tasty food from meat to desserts, and lots more.

    For the live show, costumed characters will take to the stage to perform a mix of rock, hip-hop, techno, disco and soul music while beckoning the crowd in fun call-and-response segments.

    The beach will be brought to those who head into the entertainment hall where cute and colourful sea-themed decorations and motifs will be scattered around. Look out for the mascot characters wearing their summer costumes including a tanned Hello Kitty. Guests who pay a fee can also participate in a summertime-only “greeting” where they can meet the characters.

    Peckish guests are invited to the Puro Meat & Dessert Festival where they can try wolfing down a “mega” portion of the Gudetama Roast Beef Don which has 1.8x more meat than the regular size, or they can cool themselves down with special ice candy made in collaboration with Cold Stone Creamery.

     

    Sanrio fans can get their hands on exclusive summer themed merchandise too from toys to folders and more. And if you dress for the occasion you’ll even get a discount on entrance passports (the name for tickets at the park). Details below.

     

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  • Sanrio Puroland Announces New Year Celebratory Event ‘The Final Heisei Celebration’

    22.December.2018 | SPOT

    2019 will mark the final year of Japan’s Heisei period under Emperor Akihito. To toast to the final New Year celebrations of this era of history, Sanrio Puroland is holding a special event called The Final HEISEI Celebration which will run from December 26, 2018 to January 8, 2019.

     

    Sanrio has much planned for the event. Its line-up of characters who were created during the Heisei period (1989-2019) will make appearances on a daily rota and there will be a chance to meet with each of them.

    Win Character Prizes

    Different characters born in the Heisei period such as Cinnamoroll, Pompompurin, Pochacco and more will appear on different days to hold a fun lottery event. Get involved and win prizes.

    Running: December 26, 2018 – January 8, 2019 (No Planned Holidays)

    Location: Wisdom Tree Stage (Floor 1F)

     

     

    Meet Your Favourite Characters Wearing Kimono

    The Sanrio cast will appear throughout the event wearing traditional colourful Japanese garments. A special ‘greeting’ will also take place on New Year’s Eve where all the most popular characters will come together.

    Running: December 26, 2018 – January 8, 2019
    Location: Around the park
    *There will be other characters appearing not dressed in kimono too.

     

    New Year’s Even Special Greeting
    Date: December 31, 2018
    Location Puro Village (Floor 1F)

     

    Cinnamoroll, Pompompurin & Pochacco Turn Into Pigs

    From January 1 through January 8 one of each character―Cinamoroll, Pompompurin and Pochaccoーwho are all dogs representing the 2018 Year of the Dog in the Chinese Zodiac will transform into a pig in line with the 2019 Year of the Pig. They will go around hugging guests in the park and let you take photos with them. Be sure to hug them tight!

    Running: January 1, 2019 – January 8, 2019
    Location: Wisdom Tree Stage (Floor 1F)

     

     

    Observe the Character Cast On Stage

    For the first time ever Puroland is holding an event where guests can simply observe the Sanrio characters with no performance. They may even react to the audience’s reactions and calls.

    Running: December 26, 2018 – January 8, 2019 (Expect December 29 and 31)
    Location: Discover Theater (Floor 1F)

     

    Kagamimochi Cinnamoroll Fukubukuro Lucky-Dip Bags

    Puroland will sell fukubukuro lucky bags with a kagamimochi Cinnamoroll design on them who has a mikan orange on his head. The contents of the bags include Hello Kitty merchandise, a large photo of Cinamoroll and more. 150 bags will be available per day.

    Running: December 28, 2018 – January 3, 2019
    Location: Sanrio Town (Floor 1F)

    Price: ¥3,000
    Quantity: 150 available per day

     

     

    Puroland End-Of-Year Countdown

    Puroland will hold “the world’s earliest” countdown event. The island republic of Kiribati is known as the earliest place to pass into the new year. Puroland will join Kiribati in the celebrations.

    Date: December 31, 2018

    Time: 18:40-19:10 (JST)

    Location: Puro Village & Wisdom Tree Stage (Floor 1F)
    *PUROPASS tickets into the priority area will be sold for ¥500. Full details can be found on the park’s homepage.

     

     

    “New Year’s Passport Coupon” – Official Puroland App

    Those who download the official Puroland app and present their QR code upon entering will receive a discount on their passport entry ticket. You do this as many times as you like for the duration of the event.

    Running: January 1, 2019 – January 8, 2019
    Passport Discount Price: ¥2,500 (for both adults and children)
    To receive the discount you must meet the following two conditions.
    ①Download the official Puroland app
    ②Present your QR code on the app at the ticket window upon entry

    App Page: https://www.puroland.jp/app/

     

    My Melody’s Birthday Celebration

    To celebrate My Melody’s birthday on January 18, guests who enter the park dressed in pink and white clothing inspired by My Melody will receive a special discount on their passport entry ticket.

    Running: December 26, 2018 – March 20, 2019
    Passport Discount Price: Weekdays & Holidays ¥2,500 (for both adults and children) / ¥1,500 from 2pm on weekdays and 3pm during holidays
    *Applies to children aged 3-17 years on holidays only.
    *A holiday constitutes as a weekend, national holiday or school holiday.

    To receive the discount you must meet the following two conditions.
    ①Co-ordinate one piece of plain pink clothing and one piece of plain white clothing.
    ②Present your QR code at the ticket window upon entry

    More Details: https://www.puroland.jp/2019_mm-narikiri/

     

    Enjoy a very special New Year’s celebration this year at Sanrio Puroland!

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