Italian stationery manufacturer Moleskine has teamed up with Super Mario to release a line of limited-edition notebooks.
Mario is one of the most recognisable video game characters of all time has remained at the top of the popularity list ever since his first appearance.The notebook collection is a homage to the original Super Mario Bros. game which was released for the NES in 1985.
Both pocket-sized notebooks evoke gaming nostalgia with the designs recreating the Gameboy and NES cartridge. The Gameboy notebook takes on the design of the classic replay screen.
The large-sized notebooks recreate screens from the original game. One has the iconic blue sky backdrop and the other a black backdrop together with imprints of the controller buttons. The red highlighted button is Mario’s jump button!
These notebooks made for a perfect gift for any Mario fan.You can jot down your ideas in them, write down inspirations, or list games you want to buy this year!
TIGER & BUNNY Anime-Inspired Stationery and Merch Releases in Japan
Fans of the TIGER & BUNNY anime series won’t want to miss out on the new “TIGER & BUNNY Pop’n HERO” stationery and merchandise collection released by MOGURA ENTERTAINMENT’s character themed stationery brand MOGURA Bungu on MOGU MALL on Monday.
The 10-piece collection features original designs and motifs of the main eight characters that appear in the series. Items include folders, letter sets, hand towels, bags, and more.
The Full Line-Up
Limited-Time 4-Piece Set
A-Set: ¥4,180 (Tax Included) / B-Set: ¥4,180 (Tax Included)
Those who order either the A or B set of four items will receive a free original sticker.
Freebies with every order
For every ¥2,000 spent on items in the TIGER & BUNNY Pop’n HERO collection, fans will receive one of the above eight possible hero stickers.
TIGER & BUNNY Pop’n HERO
Order Window: May 10, 2021 – June 11, 2021
Shipping: Mid July 2021 (Japan)
Product Page: https://www.mogumall.jp/categories/3388794
Rurouni Kenshin x Hello Kitty Collaboration Launching to Promote Manga’s Upcoming Live-Action Films
In promotion of the forthcoming live-action films Rurouni Kenshin: The Final and Rurouni Kenshin: The Beginning, both of which will be released on April 23 and June 4 respectively this year, the series is rolling out a collaboration with Sanrio’s globally-beloved character Hello Kitty on April 14.
Rurouni Kenshin x Hello Kitty Plush Toys (2 Designs) | ¥3,850 Each (Tax Included)
Rurouni Kenshin x Hello Kitty Plush Toys (4 Designs) | ¥2,750 Each (Tax Included)
Rurouni Kenshin x Hello Kitty A4 Folder Set | ¥495 (Tax Included)
Rurouni Kenshin x Hello Kitty Bottle | ¥1,540 (Tax Included)
Rurouni Kenshin x Hello Kitty Tote Bag | ¥2,200 (Tax Included)
Rurouni Kenshin x Hello Kitty Ballpoint Pens & Mechanical Pencils (2 Designs) | ¥770 Each (Tax Included)
Rurouni Kenshin x Hello Kitty Hand Towels | ¥1,430 (Tax Included)
Rurouni Kenshin x Hello Kitty Pins (6 Designs) | ¥330 Each (Tax Included)
Rurouni Kenshin x Hello Kitty Acrylic Stands (8 Designs) | ¥715 Each (Tax Included)
Rurouni Kenshin x Hello Kitty Sweets Paradise Collaboration Cafe
Kenshin Hello Kitty Beef Bowl / Battousai Hello Kitty Omurice
Enishi Hello Kitty Orange Crepe / Tomoe Hello Kitty Anmisu / Kaoru Hello Kitty Strawberry Pancake
Acrylic Mascot Key Rings
This marks the second collaboration between Rurouni Kenshin and Hello Kitty, the first taking place back in 2014 in promotion of Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends. Fans can get their hands on a collection of cute merchandise with Hello Kitty dressed as various characters from the series, as well as tuck into a themed menu which will first be served at Sweets Paradise Ueno ABAB from April 22 before rolling out to six more Sweets Paradise branches in Japan.
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Rurouni Kenshin x HELLO KITTY
Release Date: April 4, 2021
Buy Merchandise: At Sanrio stores and shops stocking Sanrio merch in Japan
Also Available Online
PayPay Mall: https://paypaymall.yahoo.co.jp/store/sanrio/top/
*Pins and acrylic stands unavailable online, available in-store only
Rurouni Kenshin x Hello Kitty IN SWEETS PARADISE
Start Date: April 22, 2021
Sanrio Official Website: https://www.sanrio.co.jp
Super Nintendo World Opening March 18 at Universal Studios Japan
Ouverture du Super Nintendo World le 18 mars à Universal Studios Japan
Cinq ans depuis sa première annonce en 2016 et son report de la date d’ouverture dû au corona virus, le moment est enfin venu : Universal Studios Japan ouvre la zone Super Nintendo World le 18 mars 2021 (jeudi).
Super Nintendo World est le premier parc à thème au monde à être basé sur les personnages et les jeux de Nintendo, combinant des idées innovantes avec une technologie de pointe. Il ouvre à l’occasion du 20e anniversaire de l’USJ, ce qui fait de ce printemps une période festive pour le parc.
Les fans pourront s’attendre à entrer dans le château de Bowser, frapper les blocs de point d’interrogation comme Mario, ou mettre la main sur des produits exclusifs et bien plus encore. Restez à l’écoute pour de plus amples informations pour préparer votre visite !
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Super Nintendo World
Grand Opening: March 18, 2021
Where: Universal Studios Japan
Official Website: https://www.usj.co.jp/web/en/us/super-nintendo-world
Cute Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Stationery Collection Includes Notebooks, Pencil Cases, and More
08.March.2021 | ANIME&GAME
Ichiban Kuji is releasing a new stationery set themed on the popular anime and manga series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba at bookshops, Animate stores, and elsewhere in Japan on March 13.
Ichiban Kuji is a popular brand of kuji, sure-win lucky draw games in Japan where fans are guaranteed to win a piece of merchandise.
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Stationery Collection
The Merchandise at a Glance
A-Prize: Pencil Case
B-Prize: Set of 3 Pens
C-Prize: Stickyle Compact Scissors (3 Designs)
D-Prize: A5 Notebooks (11 Designs)
E賞：和紙風クリアファイル 全15種 A4サイズ
Last Prize: Bamboo Pencil Case
The A-Prize is a pencil case inspired by Nezuko and Tanjiro, the B-Prize is a set of three different pens coupled with a metal charm, the C-Prize is the Stickyle compact scissors, and the D-Prize is a gorgeous collection of A5 notebooks.
Ichiban Kuji Demon Slayer Stationery
Japanese Product Name: 一番文具 鬼滅の刃
Release Date: March 13, 2021
Price: ¥650 per turn (tax included)
Product Details: https://bpnavi.jp/t/kimetsu_bng
Where: Bookshops, Animate stores, and elsewhere in Japan
Store Search: https://bpnavi.jp/s/kuji/pc/ssc/search_pref/3105/prize
Super Nintendo World Releases Virtual Tour of Entire Theme Park Area
Universal Studios Japan (USJ) announced last month that its highly-anticipated new Super Nintendo World area will open on February 4, 2021, which also happens to fall on the day of USJ’s 20th anniversary.
Super Nintendo World comes as the world’s first theme park area to be based around Nintendo’s characters and games, combining innovative ideas with cutting-edge technology.
With just one month left until the grand opening, USJ has launched a special website for Super Nintendo World which offers a virtual tour through each part of the new theme park area. Mario fanatics are sure to be delighted by the adornments from Bowser’s Castle to Pipes, Mushrooms, Question blocks, and more, as well as familiar faces like Goombas, Thwomps, Yoshi—the list goes on.
Accessing the site will bring you to an overview of the map. As you scroll down the website takes you on a virtual journey to each of its iconic attractions, all of which are designed to make you feel like you’re really in the world of Super Mario.
Universal Studios Japan – Super Nintendo World
Grand Opening: February 4, 2021
Virtual Tour: https://super-nintendo-world.usj.co.jp/
Official Website: https://www.usj.co.jp/web/en/us/super-nintendo-world
Champion x Super Mario Bros. Reveal Limited-Edition Capsule Collection
American athletic brand Champion is releasing a limited-edition capsule collection in collaboration with the popular Nintendo franchise Super Mario Bros. via its online store and Champion Brand House Shibuya Tokyo and Champion Brand House Shinsaibashi Osaka branches on December 4, 2020.
The new collection combines familiar Super Mario Bros. imagery with Champion’s classic comfy apparel. Designs include the vintage packaging design from the original Super Mario Bros. game case, Fire Flower Mario, and more, all of which is sure to stir pangs of nostalgia in old school gamers.
All purchases include two stickers including an 8-bit Champion logo and a Mario picture in his classic red overalls.
Champion x Super Mario Bros. Collection
Release Date: December 4, 2020
Special Site: https://www.hanesbrandsinc.jp/champion/e/eC-mario/
Buy Here: Champion Online / Champion Brand House Shibuya Tokyo / Champion Brand House Shinsaibashi Osaka
Nintendo’s New Super Mario Merchandise and Lights Are a Must-Grab For Gamers
Nintendo has announced that this winter they will release five new Super Mario related products. They are also releasing four new Super Mario lights in collaboration with UK-based gifts company Paladone Products at the end of November.
Super Mario Home & Party Merch
2-Way Large Wrapping Bag (Mario) | ¥1,600 (Before Tax)
2-Way Small Wrapping Bag (Super Mushroom) | ¥1,300 (Before Tax)
Bag up your presents, whether your own or somebody else’s, in one of the two wrapping bags featuring Super Mario and Super Mushroom designs. They can even be used for shopping or storing things. Both are also fitted with cute Question Block pockets inside.
Zipper Bag (Mario/Super Mushroom) | ¥800
Zipper Bag (Yoshi/Egg) | ¥800
Another great idea for storage are these zipper bags which are great for putting away small items like stationery and cosmetics. There are two sets: the Mario/Super Mushroom set or the Yoshi/Egg set, both of which come with five zipper bags of each design.
Message Cards & Envelopes | ¥800
Write a fun card to someone this holiday season. The envelopes are Question Blocks, so when you take the card out it looks like it does in the Super Mario games where the items come out of the blocks.
Super Mario Lights (4 Designs) | ¥1,500
These palm-sized lights are made by UK-based gifts company Paladone Products and so are also available outside Japan. Perfect for decorating any gamer’s room or desk.
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Super Mario Home & Party Merchandise
Releasing: Winter 2020
Product Page: https://www.nintendo-sales.co.jp/products/original_smhp.html
Super Mario Lights
Releasing: Late November 2020
Product Page: https://www.nintendo-sales.co.jp/products/original_trd.html
Nintendo Store Japan Official Website: https://store-jp.nintendo.com/
World’s First Mario Cafe and Shop Opens at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka
Universal Studios Japan (USJ) announced earlier this month that its new Nintendo-themed area SUPER NINTENDO WORLD will open in spring 2021. While the grand opening of SUPER NINTENDO is still a while away yet, USJ has everyone covered, as the new and first of its kind Mario Cafe & Store officially opened inside the park’s Hollywood Area on October 16, 2020.
The cafe and shop is dream come true for fans of the Mario bros as they enter into a world inspired by the video game series with Mario and Luigi and level decorations in every corner. It can be easily spotted thanks to the red and green “M” and “L” letters on the windows symbolising Mario and Luigi as well as the Mario and Luigi hats. Gamers can enjoy this exciting space while they wait for the official opening of SUPER NINTENDO WORLD.
Themed food and merchandise line-up
Decorations are instantly recognisable with Question Blocks and Pipes on the walls, Mario Mushroom-coloured tables, and more.
The food line-up includes dishes, drinks, and desserts like pancake sandwiches made to look like Mario and Luigi’s hats, fruit dream soda inspired by the brothers’ moustaches, and a selection of original merchandise which reads “WHOSE CAP?” on it like T-shirts and more. You can see more of what’s on the menu here.
SUPER NINTENDO WORLD
Grand Opening: Spring 2021
Official Website: https://www.usj.co.jp/web/en/us
SUPER NINTENDO WORLD Will Open at Universal Studios Japan in Spring 2021
Universal Studios Japan (USJ) has announced that its new Nintendo-themed area SUPER NINTENDO WORLD will open in spring 2021. The park was originally scheduled to open last year, the year of the Tokyo Olympics, but the date was postponed due to COVID-19.
SUPER NINTENDO WORLD: A Nintendo Fan’s Dream
SUPER NINTENDO WORLD will be the first-ever multilevel Nintendo-themed area at USJ, and the first of its kind in the world. Fans of the internationally beloved games can expected to see a whole host of rides and attractions dedicated to their favourite characters, from Mario Kart to Yoshi and beyond, as well as themed restaurants, merchandise shops—the list goes on. There is endless amount of fun for fans to feel a part of the Nintendo world as they take up the role of Mario and hit blocks to receive coins, collect items, and much more.
While the grand opening of SUPER NINTENDO is still a while away yet, USJ has everyone covered. The new and first of its kind Mario Cafe & Store will officially open inside the park’s Hollywood Area on October 16, 2020. Let’s take a closer look.
Mario Cafe & Store
Mario Cafe & Store’s location inside the Hollywood Area
This Mario themed space will serve up food and drink inspired by everybody’s favourite plumber as well as sell merchandise.
The cafe and shops’ exterior designs
The cafe and shop can be easily spotted thanks to the red and green “M” and “L” letters on the windows symbolising Mario and Luigi as well as the Mario and Luigi hats. Gamers can enjoy this exciting space while they wait for the official opening of SUPER NINTENDO WORLD.
Mario & Luigi themed food
The food and drink line-up pays tribute to the beloved Mario video game franchise with instantly-recognisable motifs.
①Strawberry Shortcake Mario Hat Pancake Sandwich ②Grape Cheesecake Luigi Hat Pancake Sandwich ③Mario’s Strawberry Cream Fruit Cream Soda ④Luigi’s Apple Cream Fruit Cream Soda ⑤Soft Drinks (Super Mushroom, comes with drinks bottle)
Everything on the menu is sure to have you snapping some photos for Instagram.
Exclusive Mario merchandise
The shop is located next to the cafe and offers a whole range of exclusive merchandise with references to the Mario games like the brothers’ hats, Princess Peach’s crown, and more.
There’s also a special “WHOSE CAP?” series of goods to grab.
Stay tuned for future updates on SUPER NINTENDO WORLD.
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SUPER NINTENDO WORLD
Grand Opening: Spring 2021
Official Website: https://www.usj.co.jp/web/en/us
Starbucks Japan to Release 2021 Diary Made From Recycled Milk Packs
02.October.2020 | FASHION
Starbucks Coffee Japan is teaming up with KOKUYO, which is known for its hugely popular Campus notebooks, to release a 2021 diary at Starbucks branches in Japan and the Starbucks Japan online store on October 7, 2020. This is Starbucks’ second collaboration with Campus.
In an effort to reduce waste, Starbucks has for a long time been recycling its coffee bean grounds, milk packs, and other items so that nothing goes to waste and everything is used to its fullest extent. The company began recycling its milk packs in 2010, and last August, released its first Campus notebook made from a combination of these packs as well as paper napkins and hand towels used in the stores.
2021 Starbucks Campus Scheduled Book | Colours: Black, White | ¥2,100
The new 2021 diary is made from recycled milk packs. Starbucks uses 1,000 tons of milk packs a year in Japan. Every day, all the milk packs are hand washed and dried by Starbucks Japan’s partners and pressed into a shape so that they are easier to collect.
Each page of the month features a different design of Starbucks’s coffee bean packs as well as stories, keywords related to taste, and other fun entries. The design for January 2021 is their Pike Place® Roast. Pike Place in Seattle, Washington is in fact where the very first Starbucks store opened. The left pages list the days and national holidays in Japan while the right pages have graph paper.
2021 Starbucks Campus Scheduled Book
Release Date: October 7, 2020
Dates: December 2020 to December 2021
Available: Most Starbucks stores in Japan and Starbucks Japan online
Official Website: https://www.starbucks.co.jp/
LEGO and Nintendo have teamed up, creating a new line of new Super Mario-themed LEGO.
The LEGO Super Mario collection offers a completely new way to interact with Super Mario. Build your playground, search for coins with the aid of your trusty mushroom-headed friend Toad, and smash into the Koopas who dare to stand in your way.
Three LEGO Super Mario sets will be released on July 10 with the release of the entire collection to follow on August 1, 2020. The starter set is available for preorder from a number of LEGO retailers across Japan and online*.
*May not be available at some retailers.
The new expansion set introduces a number of unique components and characters. Enjoy playing by yourself or compete with friends and family. The character pack comes with one of ten enemy characters to spice things up. Will it be grumpy Goombas or the killer Bullet Bill? You’ll only find out once you open the packet!
From Cat Mario to Builder Mario, the Power-Up Pack revealed in May includes four kinds of Mario. While wearing a new costume, Mario will obtain new powers and skills to further enhance your adventures.There is also a free LEGO Super Mario app you can download to level up your games even more. You can keep track of your score via Bluetooth®, discover and share ideas to improve your courses, and much more.
If you’re a LEGO or Mario fan, you’ll lose yourself in this exciting new world in no time.
Special Edition Website: https://www.lego.com/ja-jp/campaigns/supermario
Super Mario Bros. Merchandise Collection Up For Grabs in Japan
14.June.2020 | ANIME&GAME
A new Super Mario Bros. merch line-up is up for grabs in the form of a lottery set to take place at 7-Eleven and Ito-Yokado stores, as well as Nintendo TOKYO, in Japan from June 27, 2020.
There are 7 different items in the collection and 19 designs in total that they come in, from a talking Mario plush to a giant Bowser bath towel, Boo hand soap dispenser set, and more.
A-Tier Prize: It’s a-me, Mario! Talking Plush (30cm)
This cute talking Mario plush speaks five of the princess-saving plumber’s classic lines when you press his belly.
B-Tier Prize: Fanfare Melody Alarm Clock (20cm)
The alarm clock face features a historical look at the many designs of the Super Mario Bros. games. The alarm sounds that play are those of when you clear a level in each of the games, so you can try and guess which game each sound is from when you hear it.
C-Tier Prize: Big Bowser Towel (200cm)
This 2-meter long towel features Mario’s eternal enemy, Bowser—known simply as Koopa in Japan. Its convenient size means it can function as a bath towel or a blanket.
D-Tier Prize: Glow-in-the-Dark Boo Soap Dispenser Set (15cm)
Boo loves to hide in the dark and surprise the player then they least expect it. These handy soap dispensers glow in the dark, and are perfect for storing your shampoo, conditioner, or soap. You get both in the set!
E-Tier Prize: Clear Pouches (3 Designs) (12cm-18cm)
These three cute pouches vary in size and can be used for storing all your little things.
F-Prize: Brick Block Mamezara Plates (4 Designs) (8.5cm)
When you stack all four of these plates on top of each other the outer part makes it look like the iconic Brick Blocks from the video games. They are a great addition to any tabletop meal.
G-Prize: Packaged Towel Collection (8 Designs) (25cm)
The packaging designs of these mini towels are based on their respective video game cases. The packaging itself zips up so you can store whichever of the 8 towels you choose from away safely.
Last One Prize: Invincible Super Star Handy Fan (20cm)
This Super Star fan is holdable and can also be placed down thanks to the Question Block. This special “Last One” prize will be given out as the very last prize to people who draw the final lot.
Which of these items do you want the most?
Super Mario Bros. Lottery Collection (Japanese Title: 一番くじ スーパーマリオブラザーズ いつでもマリオ！ コレクション)
Price: ¥650 per turn (Tax Included)
Official Website: https://bpnavi.jp/t/itsudemo_mario
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*You must book in advance to enter Nintendo TOKYO – most info can be found on their Twitter page
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