Pokémon Themed Planetarium Coming to Ikebukuro Sunshine City
Ikebukuro’s Konica Minolta Planetarium in Sunshine City has undergone a revamp and reopened again on June 30, 2018. They have announced plans to put on a special Pokémon Sun & Moon showcase which will arrive on July 21.
Officially titled Pokémon Sun & Moon Planetarium, attendees will have the chance to experience a total solar eclipse together with their favourite characters. The planetarium has made their popular “Lawn Seats”―which let people lay down and look up at the stars―even better, allowing for people to enjoy an even more beautiful starry sky and projections.
The concept behind the revamp is “Dreams Even More Beautiful Under the Starry Sky.” The six laser projectors have been completely renewed to allow for an even more breathtaking experience.
Additionally, the planetarium will hold a Tanabata event from June 30 to July during which a special booth will be open in the lobby with a starry sky background where people can write their wishes. Once Tanabata has finished, those wishes will be given to Tanabata Shrine in Fukuoka Prefecture where they will be kindled.
Share your dreams with Pokémon this summer.
Pikachu Meets Traditional Japan With Edo Kimekomi Doll
Mataro Doll released its new Pikachu Edo Kimekomi Ningyo doll on November 13. The doll is available in store and on the company’s website while supplies last.
Mataro Doll was established in 1919. The company is a a creator of traditional Japanese dolls and is recognised by Kamigamo Shrine as the founder and only legitimate creator of the kimekokomi ningyo doll. It drew much attention in 2018 for creating a Hatsune Miku hina doll, and is about to get another wave of interest as it has created an official Pikachu kimekokomi doll, retaining the Pokémon’s character and cuteness.
Pikachu is loved by kids and adults alike. This traditional Pikachu craft too can be enjoyed by people of all ages with its more sophisticated and high-quality appearance.
Mataro Dolls makes all of their items and wares by hand without the use of 3D printers or CAD. They studied Pikachu in great detail to create their new doll. Although the people working at Mataro Dolls are experts in their field, they explained how capturing the characteristic qualities of the character was no easy task.
Pikachu’s yellow fur features a flowery design which is typical of traditional Japanese dolls. Catch your own one of these Pikachu dolls for a combination of traditional Japan and Japanese pop culture.
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Pikachu Edo Kimekomi Ningyo
Price: ¥13,200 (Tax Included)
Set Includes: Doll/Stand/Folding Screen/Wooden Tag
*Limited quantity available while supplies last at Mataro Doll and their online store
Product Page: https://www.mataro-doll.com/products/detail/318325
Pokémon Shirts Original Stitch Collection Gets Overhaul
Back in February, American custom shirt brand Original Stitch, which offers over one billion design customisations, launched a collaboration with the Pokémon franchise. That very same Pokémon Shirts collection has received a product overhaul
The line-up offers two options: either a shirt featuring one of the original 151 Pokémon, or a plain shirt which you can fully customise. Orders are made online and delivered to your home.
The collection is launching in the US this time around. To celebrate and help promote the collaboration, you’ll find four Pokémon Shirts designs in the Pokémon GO style shop: Snorlax, Vileplume, Lickitung, and Magikarp.
There are three styles of this short-sleeved shirts to choose from just as before: the Dress Shirt, Casual Shirt, and Relax Shirt. To ensure that each shirt matches any occasion, all the patterns for each style have been revamped.
Made to fit the body line, the dress shirt is made for the business scene. It works best as an inner to a suit or other formal dress. The shirt retains the same high level of quality as before, with the bust line and space around the arm length being altered. Its revision has made it so it caters to more people’s needs.
The casual shirt is of course made for everyday wear. The waist line has no shape and the shirt has been made more roomy to create a more overall loose fit. By wearing the shirt untucked you can create an even more stylish silhouette. The collar is also now more compact.
The relax shirt has more of a box silhouette than the casual shirt, as well as an open collar. This style is perfect for trips and travel. The body line has been made more loose and they have gotten rid of the waist line shape. The lining of the collar has been changed too, resulting in a more relaxed look.
Larger sizes have also been added to the collection including 3XL, 5XL, and 7XL. Full details can be found on the Original Stitch Support Centre page.
There are also now 10 colours to choose from, including colours from before as well as redesigned ones, meaning there’s plenty of customisable options.
Even the buttons have been improved. They are still as colourful as ever but have been made into more of a pop style to match what you’d expect from a Pokémon shirt. There are 11 colours to choose from, but for an extra ¥500 you can get one of 8 marble buttons as pictured in the lower row above.
Try designing your very own Pokémon shirt!
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Types: Men’s / Women’s
Styles: Dress Style / Casual Style / Relax Style
Customisable Parts: Body/Collar/Back Collar/Cuffs/Back Cuffs/Pockets
*Crest customisation no longer available in line with revamp
Price: From ¥10,000 (Does not include shipping charges)
Orders: 151 Pokémon Shirts + 10 Plain Shirts
Available Countries: Japan/Us/Hong Kong/Taiwan/Singapore/Malaysia/Philippines/India/Indonesia
Official Website/Orders: https://ja-jp.originalstitch.com/pokemon/
New Pokémon Anime OP Theme be Performed by Mafumafu and Soraru
The all-new Pokémon anime series is set to begin airing on TX Network on November 17. It has been revealed that Mafumafu, a talented creator and music producer active online, is producing the series’ new opening theme in addition to writing the lyrics, composing the song, and arranging the music.
Mafumafu is known for getting a diverse range of artists on board to sing the vocals, and this time they have paired up with Soraru to form the collaborative duo “After the Rain.”
The two artists have a big online presence, with Mafumafu having over 850 million views on YouTube and 1.6 million followers on Twitter, and Soraru having over 180 million views and 1.4 million followers. They were chosen to perform the opening theme to create that sense of partnership, like Ash and Gou, Ash and Pikachu, or Gou and Scorbunny.
The song title and release details will be announced right before the anime airs. We look forward to hearing how it ties in to and plays up to the Pokémon discography.
This Week’s Dessert: Savouring Autumntime Matcha Sweets at ATELIER de GODIVA in Ikebukuro
One thing I do at least once a week without fail is treat myself out to some delicious food or dessert. It’s very important time well spent to ensure happiness.
I’ve been working relatively hard as of late. I had some spare time before a business meeting, so I took advantage of the occasion to treat myself to some desserts. My destination: ATELIER de GODIVA located inside Seibu Ikebukuro.
GODIVA has numerous stores throughout Tokyo, but Ikebukuro’s concept store branch has an eat-in space that’s perfect for that tea or coffee break.
ATELIER de GODIVA boasts that same level of quality when it comes to their desserts, some of which are exclusive to this branch. There are only three branches: this one in Seibu Ikebukuro (Tokyo), another in Daimaru Kyoto (Kyoto), and the last in Hakata Hankyu (Fukuoka). The cake I am showing you today is a special dessert sold only in these three branches (and is takeout only at Hakata Hankyu).
The first delight I ordered was the Mousse Matcha Cherry.
Mousse Matcha Cherry: Eat in ¥980 / Takeout ¥780 (*Matcha Ice Cream is eat-in only)
Available: Until November 26, 2019 while supplies last
The shiny cake is served on a round white plate with a dollop of matcha ice cream. The pink berry sauce is drizzled around the plate to make the plating even cuter.
Time to tuck in. This extravagant cake is supported by a fluffy matcha mousse topped with a crunchy chocolate sable. On top of that still are juicy cherries, adding a hint of freshness to the cake. The matcha glaze on the mousse has just the right amount of bitterness, which when coupled with the subtly sweet matcha mousse makes for a heavenly balance of flavours. Lined around the base of the mousse are sweet and sour dried raspberries which elevated the matcha-ness of the matcha mousse.
The matcha ice cream which it comes with when you order to eat in is rich and creamy.
I was full up after my dessert, but since I’d taken the time to come here I wanted to order a drink too… so I got a takeout Chocolixir Uji Matcha Kiwami from a shop adjoining ATELIER de GODIVA.
Chocolixir Uji Matcha Kiwami – ¥602 (*Takeout only at the GODIVA Seibu Ikebukuro branch)
This new drink is part of GODIVA’s chocolate and tea pairing series. The chefs at GODIVA have carefully selected the best varieties of tea to combine with chocolate. This one is an iced drink made with white chocolate and matcha.
It’s a mix of GODIVA’s popular smooth and sweet white chocolate and rich Uji matcha. It’s crowned with a sprinkling of bitter Uji matcha powder. All of the flavours are highlighted in this sweet drink. The crunchy white chocolate pieces you sip up as you drink are delicious. It’s the kind of drink where you’re sure to find something new each time you take a drink.
My 30-minute tea break is my little self-indulgence for the day. Spare minutes in my daily schedule affords me the chance to go and enjoy some delicious desserts. You should treat yourself to some special autumntime sweets too.
Matcha Adzuki ATELIER Tablet – ¥800
It’s important to share the happiness between family and colleagues on when you get the chance to enjoy something tasty. The present I bought today was a tablet chocolate handmade in the shop. The matcha white chocolate has almonds in it as well as Japanese-style chocolate mixed with adzuki. It has a strong matcha flavour and isn’t overly-sweet. You can also request for a ribbon to be tied around it for gift-giving. It’s a chocolate that’s sure to bring anyone joy.
Writer：Sayuri Mizuno（MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON）
Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga
ATELIER de GODIVA Seibu Ikebukuro
Address: Seibu Ikebukuro B1F, 1-28-1 Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: [Mon-Sat] 10:00-21:00 / [Sun & Holidays] 10:00-20:00
ATELIER de GODIVA Daimaru Kyoto
Address: Daimaru Kyoto B1F, 79 Tachiuri Nishimachi, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Opening Hours: [Mon-Sun] 10:00-20:00
ATELIER de GODIVA Hakata Hankyu
Address: Hakata Hankyu B1F, 1-1 Hakataekichūōgai, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture
Opening Hours: [Sun-Thurs] 10:00-20:00 / [Fri-Sat] 10:00-21:00
Chocolixir Uji Matcha Kiwami
Running: October 1, 2019 – November 30, 2019
GODIVA Official Website: https://www.godiva.co.jp/
Charge Your iPhone With These Adorable Pokémon Cable Huggers
Gray Parka Service is releasing their fifth line of cute sleepy Pokémon cable huggers this December.
A common problem iPhone users face is their phone cable disconnecting so they can’t charge. This cable figure series was developed to tackle this issue. Leave it to your Pokémon to look after your cable while they sleep adorably.
The series so far has sold over 600,000 units (as of October 2019). The line-up this time includes Pikachu, Jigglypuff, Meowth, Chikorita, Torchic, and Piplup. They are sold in “blind boxes” meaning the Pokémon you get will be completely random.
The series has been greatly received by fans who have praised not only how cute they look, but their effectiveness too. Which one are you hoping to get?
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Pokémon Suya Suya☆On The Cable Vol.5
Release Date: December 2019 (subject to change)
Price: 1 Box – ¥556 (Before Tax)
Available: At character goods stores
Gray Parka Service Official Website: http://grayparkaservice.com/
Pokémon Cosmetic Series: Hand Cream to Protect Your Hands Catching Pokémon During the Winter
The Pokémon Cosmetic Series is the gift that keeps on giving. Trainers who missed out on catching the immensely popular Pokémon Hand Cream from last year will be happy to hear that a new line of hand creams just dropped on Thursday (September 26).
This time around, Slowpoke and Mew have joined the fray, in addition to Pikachu and Eevee returning. Their fragrance has been made even more tempting.
The cosmetic series has enjoyed incredible popularity with its diverse line-up, which has spanned face masks, lip cream, hand cream, lip gloss, point packs, mirrors, and body gel. The hand cream in particular was a huge hit amongst fans, who can delight in two new additions: Slowpoke with his cute expression, and the mysterious Mew.
Pokémon Hand Cream – ¥800 (Before Tax)
Pikachu and Eevee’s tube designs have been updated too and made even cuter than before. The four creams are a great gift to either yourself or friends.
Each bottle has a different fragrance: Pikachu’s floral pink bouquet, Eevee’s refreshing oriental lime, Slowpoke’s luxurious cherry blossom, and Mew’s soft and pure soap.
These creams aren’t just cute and for show however, they really work: moisturising your skin with their fresh texture and leaving it nice and smooth without that unwanted stickiness. Their small size makes them a super ideal thing to have in your bag alongside your Poké Balls and Pokédex during the dry weather. No Trainer should leave home without one!
Catch the Pikachu and Poké Ball Doughnuts at Mister Donut This Winter
Mister Donut has announced another collaboration with Pokémon following the success of last year’s doughnut line-up. It will hold a campaign entitled “Let’s Catch Pokémon at Mister Donut!” beginning on November 15. In the run up to Christmas, the doughnut chain will sell a range of products and merchandise that both kids and adults can enjoy.
The Pikachu doughnut was such a hit last year that they are bringing it back for 2019 together with two all-new doughnuts.
Mister Donut is also teaming up with the upcoming video games Pokémon Sword and Shield, which are also releasing on November 15 on the Nintendo Switch, to bring fans a range of new doughnuts themed on the new game. Details on the products and merchandise will be announced in the near future, so stay tuned.
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Let’s Catch Pokémon at Mister Donut! (Japanese Title: ミスドでポケモンに会おう!)
Start Date: November 15, 2019
Mister Donut Japan Official Website: https://www.misterdonut.jp/
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Sanrio Slime Fair Opens at Three KIDDYLAND Stores
From September 21 to October 11, three KIDDYLAND stores will be holding a fair dedicated to the anime That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, which has become a big hit overseas.
The series, which was created by Fuse, aired two seasons from October 2018 to March 2019. It has been confirmed that a sequel will be made in the year 2020. Following the anime’s successful reception, a novel version of the anime series which goes by the same name was produced by GOT A CHANCE novel. More than 14 million copies have been sold so far.
The story follows an extraordinary event which happened to a normal man. The main character Satoru Mikami died to random knife attack and was reincarnated as a monster called a slime. The series became massively popular once the adorable figure of the main character as a slime was revealed.
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Sanrio Slime: Slime Keyring (5 designs): ￥1,200 each (before tax)
All your favourite characters have been reincarnated in a cute Sanrio-style! Head to the KIDDYLAND fair to get your hands on a KIDDYLAND-limited Slime Keyring. A large variety of new goods are being sold here ahead of any other shop and online service.
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Sanrio Slime: Cuddly Characters Badge (5 designs): ￥680 each (before tax)
Come explore all your favourite characters in their adorable Sanrio form!
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Sanrio Slime Fair IN KIDDYLAND
Location: KIDDYLAND (Harajuku, Ikebukuro Sunshine City, Sannomiya)
Running: September 21 ー October 11,2019
More Information: https://www.kiddyland.co.jp/event/ten-sura/
My Hero Academia Themed Cafe to Open at SEGA Ikebukuro GiGO in Tokyo
A cafe based on the hit TV anime series My Hero Academia will open at SEGA Ikebukuro GiGO on October 12.
Drinks – ¥600 Each (Before Tax)
Original Latte Art (11 Designs) – ¥700 Each (Before Tax) *Choose your own
Menu ①: October 12, 2019 – November 1, 2019
Katsu-Lover Midoriya’s Pork Rib Noodles / Eijiro Kirishima’s Crunchy Kakiage Don – ¥1,200 Each (Before Tax)
Menu ②: November 2, 2019 – November 24, 2019
Katsuki Bakugo’s Spicy Mapo Doufu / Shoto Todoroki’s Fire & Ice Tomato Cheese Pasta – ¥1,200 Each (Before Tax)
Menu ①: October 12, 2019 – November 1, 2019
Ochaco Uraraka’s Japanese-Style Dessert Set with Matcha Milk – ¥1,200 (Before Tax) / Tenya Iida’s Source of Strength Orange Parfait – ¥900 (Before Tax)
Menu ②: November 2, 2019 – November 24, 2019
U.A. Dessert Plate – ¥1,200 (Before Tax) / Tsuyu Asui’s Kero Kero Parfait – ¥900 (Before Tax)
Enjoy a fun selection of food, drinks and desserts inspired by the My Hero Academia character cast. You can only pick between one meal and/or dessert when ordering.
When ordering from the drinks menu or one of the latte art coffees, you will receive one drinks coaster selected randomly from the following designs during the following dates.
Coaster Line-Up ①: October 12, 2019 – November 1, 2019
Coaster Line-Up ②: November 2, 2019 – November 24, 2019
And when ordering from the food or dessert menu, you will receive one of the below-pictured original bromide pictures chosen randomly. All of these bonus items are first-come, first-served.
The cafe will also have its own merchandise corner selling exclusive items in collaboration with SEGA.
Available From October 12
Holographic Pin Badge (7 Designs) – ¥500 Each (Before Tax) *Chosen randomly, up to 10 allowed per person in one transaction
Acrylic Key Ring with Stand – ¥1,200 Each (Before Tax) *Chosen randomly, up to 10 allowed per person in one transaction
Available From November 2
Mini Card (7 Designs) – ¥600 Each (Before Tax)
There are lots of other pieces of merchandise to get your hands on too. The cafe-exclusives are available only to those who use the cafe.
You must book a table in advanced if you want to visit, so be sure to get yours in quick.
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*Photos are for illustrative purposes only. Actual product may differ.
SEGA Collabo Cafe My Hero Academia
Running: October 12, 2019 – November 24, 2019
Location: SEGA Collabo Cafe Ikebukuro GiGO (SEGA Ikebukuro GiGO Floor B2F, 1-21-1 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo
Menu ①: October 12, 2019 – November 1, 2019
Menu ②: November 2, 2019 – November 24, 2019
*Menu items and coaster designs will change for each menu
*More details can be found on the SEGA Collabo Cafe official website
Cafe Website: https://sega-collabocafe.com/ikebukuro/heroaca02.html
My Hero Academia Official Website: https://heroaca.com/
Sanrio-Style Sarazanmai Café to Steal the Scene at Tokyo and Osaka
A café based on the popular anime Sarazanmai is coming to Tokyo on September 19 and Osaka on September 26 and will run for a limited time only. The café designs were produced by Sanrio.
Sarazanmai is a TV anime which was produced by animation studios MAPPA and Lapin Track. The anime became incredibly popular when it aired between April and June 2019 on the Fuji TV programming block Noitamina. The last episode was met by an undying stream of grateful messages from fans and even those involved in the creation of the series.
Sanrio produced Sarazanmai designs which are perfect for the traditional coffee shop theme and the retro Asakusa atmosphere of the series. The collaboration cafés will open in Ikebukuro in Tokyo and Nipponnbashi in Osaka.
Football Curry of Youth: ￥1,380 (before tax)
Football is what connects the three main characters Kazuki, Kuji and Enta. Come taste the delicious flavour of budding friendship in the form of a delicious curry at the café.
Pudding a la Mode of Friendship: ￥1,280 (before tax)
The three middle schoolers are represented in the form of colourful fruit. This is a delicious dish easily enjoyed by anybody.
Sparkling Jelly Juice (Kazuki/Kuji/Enta): ￥650 each (before tax)
These jelly drinks are also themed around Kazuki, Kuji and Enta. The jelly lurking at the bottom of the cup adds a wonderful accent to the flavour.
Badge (10 random designs): ￥450 (before tax)
Mug (one design only): ￥1,500 (before tax)
Special Bonus Goods
Those who book seats in advance (￥500 + tax) and order from the menu will receive an original design sticker. You will be presented with one of four designs at random.
For each item ordered from the menu, you will receive an original design drink coaster. One of six designs will be given to you at random.
This café is the perfect place to relax at your own pace this autumn.
Sarazanmai Café (Designs Produced by Sanrio)
・Ikebukuro, Tokyo: September 19 ー October 27, 2019
・Nipponnbashi, Osaka: September 26 ー November 5, 2019
Advanced reservations accepted from 7pm on September 6, 2019
Reservation Fee: ￥500 (comes with a bonus for reserving)
Official Website: https://sarazanmai-sanrio-cafe.jp/
Cute Pikachu, Mew, Eeevee and Snorlax Blush & Powder Release in Pokémon Cosmetic Series
The next set of beauty items in the popular Pokémon Cosmetic Series has finally been revealed: the Pokémon Cheek and Pokémon Pressed Powder will be released on September 10. The line-up includes Pikachu, Eevee, Mew, and Snorlax.
Pokémon Cheek – ¥1,300 (Before Tax)
The Pokémon Cheek is a cream-type blush that spreads smoothly on your skin without any stickiness. It’s comfortable on the skin and is durable. It also contains micropearls and so gives your skin a natural shine.
It comes in four colours: Pikachu Milky Pink, Eevee Rose Pink, Snorlax Coral Pink, and finally Mew Pearl White which brightens your natural skin tone. The blush comes as a stick and so is ncie and easy to apply and carry around.
Pokémon Pressed Powder – ¥1,500 (Before Tax)
The pressed powder comes with its very own powder puff featuring a cute original design. The powder is mixed with minerals that are gentle on the skin as well as collagen. It leaves your face looking smooth and natural without any unwanted shiny patches.
Pick from four different colours: Pikachu Pink which brightens natural skin colour, Eevee Mint which elevates transparency, Snorlax Yellow which conceals blemished, and Mew Purple which brings out transparency and shimmer.
When out there in the wild catching Pokémon, why not look good at the same time? Be sure to check out the Pokémon Cosmetic Series, and stay tuned for any new products that are released.
Pokémon Cosmetic Series – Pokémon Cheek / Pokémon Pressed Powder
Release Date: September 10, 2019
Available: Pokémon Center, ITS’DEMO, Tokyu Hands, Village Vanguard, and elsewhere
Official Website: https://lovisia.jp/pokemon/
Baskin-Robbins Extends Pokémon Collaboration and Releases Free Goods Scheme
As we know, Baskin-Robbins released their first ever Pokémon-themed ice creams to celebrate the brand new Pokémon movie Mewtwo Strikes Back: Evolution. The collaboration, which is currently taking place, was going to end on August 30th. However, the collaboration period has been extended to September 13th, 2019 due to popular demand.
Find out more here: Baskin-Robbins Releases Pokémon Ice Creams, Sorbets and Cakes
Furthermore, from September 1 they are introducing a new scheme where those who purchase the Pokémon Double Cup will receive an original BR Pokémon-themed clear file for free.
The clear file comes in two very cute designs. There are a limited number of these files, so get your hands on them before they run out.
* The current size upgrade discount scheme (Turn your Small Double into a Regular Double for an extra ￥100) will end on August 30th.
Enjoy a never ending Pokémon summer with Baskin-Robbins!
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Baskin-Robbins Pokémon-themed Ice Creams
( Mewtwo Strikes Back: Evolution Commemoration Collaboration)
Collaboration End Date: September 13, 2019
Official Website: https://www.31ice.co.jp/contents/topics/190731_01.html