All Aboard the Hello Kitty Shinkansen – Tuck Into a Bullet Train Baumkuchen
The Hello Kitty Shinkasen hit the train tracks back on June 30. Trainspotters trying to catch a glimpse of the kawaii bullet train mustn’t miss out on the official strawberry flavoured Hello Kitty Shinkansen Long Baumkuchen now being sold at JR Hakata Station, the bullet train area of Kokura Station, and JR Hakata Station Hello Kitty Shinkasen MARCHE.
The packaging of the German spit cake takes on the design of the first, seventh and eighth train carriages of the Hello Kitty shinkasen. It would make an amazing gift for any train otaku.
The strawberry flavour is the amaou variant, a type of strawberry Fukuoka is well-known for. The sweet and sour baumkuchen is baked carefully and comes in at a huge 50cm in length and 3cm in diameter.
Don’t miss out on this Hello Kitty x Shinkansen souvenir!
HELLO KITTY will challenge Kabuki! Sanrio Puroland’s “KAWAII KABUKI”
11.March.2018 | SPOT
The new musical using the motif of “Kabuki (Japanese traditional drama performed by male actors) named “KAWAII KABUKI ~HELLO KITTY Ichiza no Momotaro~” will be performed from at Meruhen Theater inside Puroland from the 10th of March 2018 (Sat.)
A press conference was held on the 7th of March (Wed.) and persons who are related to the play such as Kensuke Yokouchi who produced the script/rendition/lyrics of the play (he has been producing “Super Kabuki”) and Esaburo Ichikawa, a kabuki acting coach, participated in the press conference. Also, Sanrio’s characters including HELLO KITTY appeared on the stage.
It can be said that it is a new type of “spectacle entertainment show” using projection mapping and the motif of kabuki. The performance incorporates both the “kawaii” of Sanrio and the traditional “wa” culture of Japan.
Let’s enjoy Sanrio’s new type of collaborative musical of Sanrio characters and kabuki!
“Kyoto Ninenzaka HELLO KITTY Saryo” was renewed.
“Kyoto Ninenzaka HELLO KITTY Saryo” was renewed as a café using the motifs of matcha on the 28th of April (Sat.)
Kyoto is a city where the culture of Japanese tea has developed and one of the founders of this culture, Kennin Temple is located near the cafe. The history of matcha dates to the period when Eiseizenshi brought back seeds of tea from So (a kingdom that used to rule present China). The matcha brand “Ujimatcha” has been developed in the Uji area since the area is suited for growing tea leaves.
The café will sell some collaborative menu items with HELLO KITTY using Ujimatcha, so let’s try out their new products as well as their take-out menu items.
Hello Kitty Themed Restaurant HELLO KITTY SMILE Opens on Awaji Island
Enter the world of Hello Kitty at HELLO KITTY SMILE, an oriental restaurant that’s opening on Awaji Island―Japan’s ingredient gold mine―on April 27, 2018.
Organic and eco-friendly are the keywards at this restaurant, where they serve luxury fusion food made using traditional Chinese cooking techniques that incorporates Japanese elements. You can also enjoy dozens of varieties of High Tea from inside and outside Japan, pinchos, and more.
Projecting mapping will be used to bring to life the world of Hello Kitty on orbs in the restaurant spanning a diameter of close to 14m. The restaurant will also be home to a theatre where you will be immersed in the wonderland of Hello Kitty’s dreams.
The spherical LED lights that float overhead change with Hello Kitty’s mood and feelings with projection mapping that tells the story of Hello Kitty’s dream world.
The walls of the theatre will be decorated with things like apples and teacups that make up Kitty’s world.
There will also be a giant kaleidoscope standing 2m tall and 3m wide where you can see admire her world with moving images of Hello Kitty and her friends.
A shop selling limited edition merchandise will also be open, so if you’re a Hello Kitty fan you’ve definitely got to visit!
Hello Kitty Promotes Messages of Protecting the Earth and the SDGs in Short Movie
A section of Deloitte Tohmatsu Group and FC Imabari’s educational book Watashi, Chikyu (Me, Earth) has been turned into a short movie featuring Hello Kitty. Released on YouTube on Wednesday, the video is aimed at elementary school children to educate them on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a global initiative to create a sustainable future.
The 9-minute video takes Hello Kitty on a journey through earth’s life from 4.6 billion years ago, animal life on the planet, and the drastic changes that have come about from human activity.
At the end of the video, Hello Kitty has a message for kids: “I wanted to be in this so I can learn about what I can do for our future. I would love for this to get lots of people thinking about what they themselves can do, even if it ends up only being one person.”
#HelloSDGs Special Site: https://www.hellosdgs.com/
Painfully Kawaii Sanrio Figures Feature the Characters Sleeping Peacefully
20.June.2021 | FASHION
Takara Tomy Arts is rolling out a new sleepy collection of Sanrio character figures at capsule toy machines in Japan this month.
The adorably dozing collection
Tuxedosam & Hello Kitty
The line-up includes Hello Kitty, Kerokerokeroppi, Pochacco, Badtz-Maru, and Tuxedosam with their heads leaning to the right, perhaps exhausted from being cute all day long. This is the first line-up in a series of these figures. And if you line more than one up together, it looks like they’re sleeping on each others’ shoulders.
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Sanrio Character Sleeping Figures
Japanese Product Name: 肩ズンFig. サンリオキャラクターズ
Release Date: Mid June 2021
Price: ¥300 Per Turn (Tax Included)
Characters: Hello Kitty, Kerokerokeroppi, Pochacco, Badtz-Maru, and Tuxedosam
Available: Capsule toy machines in Japan
Product Details: https://www.takaratomy-arts.co.jp/specials/gachafig
Takara Tomy Arts Official Website: https://www.takaratomy-arts.co.jp/
Sanrio Releases Hello Sweet Days Dress-Up App in the US, Canada, and South Korea
18.June.2021 | ANIME&GAME
Digital content enterprise Cocone has made Sanrio’s popular character dress-up game Hello Sweet Days available in the US, Canada, and South Korea. The app hit the overseas countries on June 10, allowing for fans outside Japan to enjoy dressing their avatars up like their favourite Sanrio characters.
Hello Sweet Days first launched in Japan back in August 2017 and has since amassed over 2 million downloads. It rolled out to Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao in 2020, and now an English version has finally been made available. There are plans to release the app to even more countries in the future.
Pre-registration opened early in South Korea on May 24 when it garnered 60,000 advance sign-ups. Those who registered early even received K-pop idol-style fashion items. Since releasing last Thursday, it is now being used by over 300,000 fans in South Korea.
Head on over to the App Store or Google Play and enjoy Hello Sweet Days in English now!
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Hello Sweet Days
Compatible: Android 5.0 and up / iOS 9.0 and up
Genre: Social Networking
Price: Free to download with select cosmetic items requiring a fee
App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/jp/app/id1230053723
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=jp.cocone.sweetdays&hl=ja
Official Website: https://www.sweetdays.jp/
Sanrio Announces Kawaii Musical ‘From Hello Kitty’
Sanrio has announced that their popular cast of characters are set to perform at an attraction-style musical titled From Hello Kitty which will run at the IHI Stage Around Tokyo on from July 26 to September 26.
All of the familiar faces from Sanrio’s character roster, including Hello Kitty, Dear Daniel, Cinnamoroll, Pompompurin, My Melody, and the Little Twin stars—all of whom ranked high on this year’s Sanrio Character Ranking—will make an appearance alongside notable Japanese actors Shota Takasaki, Dai Gotou, and Kodai Miyagi.
The musical is a historical lookback at 60 years of Sanrio and a delivery of their core message: to help everyone in the world get along. A special edition of the ‘Miracle Gift Parade’ held at Sanrio Puroland will also take place with an original story.
The art direction of the stage performance is being done by Sebastian Masuda, the music composed by music producer Hyadain, and the choreography created by Yukio Ueshima who has worked on countless Broadway musicals including a theatrical adaptation of the popular sports manga series The Prince of Tennis.
The musical is taking place at IHI Stage Around Tokyo, a unique theatre with 360-degrees rotating audience seats surrounded by movable huge screens and stages. The audience seats that are placed on a huge circular platform slowly rotates to each stage set as the story moves on, without waiting for set changes. Visitors will also be able to take photos with different Sanrio characters each day.
IHI Stage Around Tokyo is produced by TBS Television, Inc., Imagine Nation B.V., and The John Gore Organization Inc.
Sanrio Kawaii Musical – “From Hello Kitty”
Running: July 26, 2021 – September 26, 2021
*Closed Mondays (or Tuesdays if the Monday falls on a public holiday)
2021 Sanrio Character Ranking: Cinnamoroll Takes Home the Crown For the Second Year in a Row
Sanrio announced the final results and winners of the 36th Sanrio Character Ranking, an annual event where fans vote for their favourite Sanrio character to see who is the most popular. A total of 21,346,750 votes were submitted for 2021.
2021 Sanrio Character Ranking: General Ranking
Comments from the Winners
1st Place: Cinnamoroll
“I’m going to treasure this feeling forever! Thank you all for your support!♪”
2nd Place: Pompompurin
“Thanks so much for cheering me on!♡ I’m so grateful for all the love!”
3rd Place: Pochacco
“I can’t believe I got 3rd again this year! It’s thanks to all your support! I’m going to try hard next year too!”
2021 Sanrio Character Ranking: Collaboration Category
This year sees Cinnamoroll take the top spot for the second year in a row. In the first round-up of announcements, Cinnamoroll was already at number one, but in the second round-up he dipped to 2nd place. That didn’t stop him however as after gaining over 2.3 million votes, he grabbed that shiny crown once again. Pompompurin, who is celebrating his 25th anniversary this year, came in 2nd again, and Pochacco in 3rd again. Hello Kitty, who ranked 5th last year, came in 6th place this year – a place she kept since the second round-up. SHOW BY ROCK!! who will commemorate her 10th anniversary next year came in 8th once again. Kuromi, who received much love from overseas fans this year, climbed from last year’s 7th to 5th this year, making it the first time she has clocked in the Top 5 spot in 11 years. Cogimyun came in 10th after coming in 13th last year, making it her first time in the Top 10.
The Collaboration Category, which began in 2013, saw 27 entrees from different businesses and creators. Popular creators Azuki and Hapidanbui took 1st place this year.
2021 Sanrio Character Ranking
Official Website: https://ranking.sanrio.co.jp/en/
Disney’s Mickey & Friends Teams Up With Tokyo’s Souvenir Sweet Tokyo Banana
07.June.2021 | FOOD
Disney SWEETS COLLECTION by Tokyo Banana, a joint confectionery shop between GRAPESTONE and Tokyo Banana, released its new Mickey & Friends collection on Thursday.
Tokyo Banana Mickey & Friends Collection | ¥1,300 (Tax Included)
Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, and Pluto join hands in a heart-warming new collection of Tokyo Banana, a cream-filled sponge cake and the official souvenir sweet of Tokyo’s official souvenir sweet: Tokyo Banana.
Mickey & Friends arrive in all the colours of the rainbow
The colourful packaging features the Disney group of best friends including Mickey, who loves his friends, his girlfriend Minnie, the anger-prone Donald, stylish Daisy, silly Goofy, and trusty Pluto.
Six cute patterns decorate the sponge cakes
There are six super cute Mickey & Friends designs you could get in your Tokyo Banana, and each one is random. They are filled with chocolate banana-flavoured custard cream.
Collect all the postcards
All boxes of these treats come with two of eight possible postcard designs which you can use for sending to someone or even as room decoration.
Mickey & Friends Tokyo Banana
Released: June 3, 2021
Where: Tokyo Banana stores
Tokyo Banana Official Website: https://www.tokyobanana.jp/disney/index.html
Sanrio Character Ranking 2021 to Announce Winner in Collaboration With Tokyo Girls Collection
Sanrio has announced that the announcement ceremony for the winner of the 2021 Sanrio Character Ranking will take place in collaboration with Tokyo Girls Collection (TGC), a semi-annual fashion festival in Tokyo, on June 8. The event will be streamed live on Hello Kitty and TCG’s respective LINE accounts, as well as Sanrio’s official YouTube account, so that more people can tune in to this year’s announcement and see which of Sanrio’s characters will take the crown.
80 characters are participating in this year’s Sanrio Character Ranking which will be announced in order from 80 to 1. This year also sees the return of the sub-award categories including Collaboration. Hosting the event as MC is tarento and actress Nao Asahi and the Japanese comedy duo Wagyu ga Tsutome.
But the winner announcement is not the only event scheduled for 2021’s ranking. Since this time is a collaboration with TGC, there will be a fashion runway where popular models will show off their looks, a live performance with JO1 and the Sanrio characters, a rap battle, and more.
Fashion Runway: Famous models display the Sanrio character aesthetic
On the fashion stage, a line-up of well-known Japanese models will serve fashion inspired by Sanrio’s most famous characters including My Melody, Kuromi, Little Twin Stars, and Pompompurin.
Marie Iitoyo and Maika Yamamoto will use a real-time composite photography system as they dress up as the adorable My Melody and her rival Kuromi. Serving the dreamy star-filled world of Kiki and Lala are Kaane and Sakura Saiga, Yoshiaki & Michi, and Rikariko. For the Pompompurin section, which is themed on the golden retriever’s daily life, we have Nana Kato, Ami Komuro, Natsuki Deguchi, Sachi Fujii, and Roy. But that’s not all as Sakachin, Yuki Higashihara, and Reina, who won the LINE LIVE auditions to appear on this year’s fashion runway, will also appear.
A heated rap battle between the Sanrio characters
In the rap battle, KIRIMI-chan, Kuromi, Kogimyun, and Pompompurin will go head to head against special guests Tsukasa Saito of comedy duo Trendy Angel and Yuriyan Retriever.
The Sanrio cast join music artists for a concert
The adorable Cinnamoroll, who is also expanding his work as an idol, will perform alongside JO1, while Hello Kitty will sing with singer-songwriter Sonoko Inoue.
A new virtual experience using the latest technology
Japanese digital advertising company CyberAgent, who produced virtual events and 3DCG content, will be using the latest in 3DCG and XR tech to blur the lines between reality and the virtual space with an interactive experience, such as people’s comments on social media and the video displaying in real time, and more.
2021 Sanrio Character Ranking – Winner Announcement
Running: June 8, 2021 @ 19:30-21:30 (JST)
Watch on Hello Kitty’s LINE Account: https://lin.ee/7juKjZs
Watch on TGC’s LINE Account: https://page.line.me/tgc_line
Watch on LINE LIVE: https://live.line.me/channels/21
Watch on Sanrio’s YouTube Page: https://youtu.be/ujzQG0afFnc
Official Website: https://www.sanrio.co.jp/news/mx-ranking2021-20210527/
Sanrio Character Themed Afternoon Tea and Cafe Items Arrive at EGG & SPUMA
The Shinjuku branch of EGG & SPUMA is now hosting “Sanrio Characters CAFE,” a menu of food and drink themed on Sanrio’s beloved characters. Running until August 31, the cafe has also been decorated in colourful and cute Sanrio designs.
Receive a free coaster with your order
The menu line-up features lots of fruits, including the Cinnamoroll crème brûlée which is served on weekdays only, fruit sandwiches which will include My Melody themed ones this month and June, Hello Kitty and Keroppi ones in July, and Little Twin Stars in August. There’s also fruity jelly and more.
If you’re a Sanrio fan look to indulge a little more, then there is also a two-tiered afternoon tea set. The upper plate includes Kiki & Lala sandwiches, a Keroppi tart, the Cinnamoroll crème brûlée, and more. On the bottom plate there is Hello Kitty apple jelly, My Melody strawberry caprese salad, Kuromi canapé, and so on. There will also be special pancakes and a jelly dessert arriving in June which must be booked in advance.
Which of these Instagram-worthy delights do you want to tuck into?
Sanrio Characters CAFE
Address: EGG & SPUMA Shinjuku Lumine EST (Floor 8F), 3-38-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 160-0022
Running: May 15, 2021 – August 31, 2021
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00 (Last Orders 19:00)
Official Website: http://www.salt-inc.co.jp/egg-and-spuma/
2021 Sanrio Character Ranking: Pompompurin Takes 1st Place in Interim Results
Votes for the 2021 Sanrio Character Ranking opened on April 9. Fans around the world have been voting for their favourite characters to win this year. The winner is set to be announced on June 8, but results of 1st place to 10th place for the second round-up have been revealed. These interim results were collected from votes placed online, in Sanrio’s Ichigo Shimbun magazine, and Sanrio’s online shop.
Taking the number one spot of the interim results is Pompompurin who made his debut 25 years ago. In 2nd place is Cinnamoroll, who is not far behind in the voting numbers. In 3rd is Pochacco, in 4th is My Melody, and in 5th is Kuromi. These characters are usually ones to rank high each year. Hello Kitty has moved up two places from the first round-up to 6th. Yoshikitty, the character representing music artist YOSHIKI, is in 8th.
Entering the Top 10 for the first time ever is Kogimyun in 9th place. There’s still a little ways to go until votes close on May 24, so it could still be anyone’s game. The winner will be announced online on June 8 at 19:30 (JST).
Comments from the Top 3 (Translated by MMN)
1st Place: Pompompurin
“Wow, 1st place! Thanks for all your support♪ I’m super happy, so lemme tell you something! I found an island that’s shaped like me! The world we live in sure is exciting. My dream is to go there with you all after getting 1st place♪”
2nd Place: Cinnamoroll
“Thanks so much for your support! I love you all, and I want you to see me become an idol, stand on a big stage, and sing and dance for you♪”
3rd Place: Pochacco
“I’m still in 3rd place from the first round-up! Thank you, allll♪ It’s all thanks to your support. Make a stop with me on our walk. If I’m together with you all, we’re sure to see a brand new world. Keep supporting me, okay?”
Top 5 Characters Ranking Analysis
1st Place: Pompompurin
Pompompurin has been in the Top 3 for several years in a row. He last took 1st place in 2016. This year marks the 25th anniversary of his debut. He’s looking to be number one after five long years.
2nd Place: Cinnamoroll
Cinnamoroll is a very busy individual, even making a CD debut. He first took 1st place in 2017 and has done three times in total. Will he take home the top spot again like last year?
3rd Place: Pochacco
Pochacco finally entered the Top 3 again last year for the first time in 23 years. This veteran character actually achieved this feat five years in a row between 1991-1995. Will 2021 be his year?
4th Place: My Melody
My Melody has been in the Top 5 for 24 years in a row. She has gone up one place since the first round-up. She has been in the Top 3 every year since 2017.
5th Place: Kuromi
Also known as My Melody’s rival, Kuromi has seen a huge increase in popularity in recent years, and her place in the Sanrio Character Ranking has surged. Will she enter the Top 3 for the first time ever and beat her biggest rival, My Melody!?
Voting at the Sanrio Character Ranking is open to fans around the world. Hurry and make your vote before they close on May 24!
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2021 Sanrio Character Ranking Interim
Vote Deadline: May 24, 2021
Final Result Announcement: June 8, 2021 @ 19:30 (JST)
Vote Here: https://ranking.sanrio.co.jp/en/
Pokémon x Tokyo Banana Expands Across Japan
The Pokémon Tokyo Banana confection series launched its first two products that it ever released at Yume Town, Yume City, LEC, and Yume Mart branches in the South-west most part of Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu on May 14.
Pikachu Tokyo Banana (Banana Flavour) | Includes 2 | ¥292 (Tax Included)
Eevee Tokyo Banana (Caramel) | Includes 2 | ¥292 (Tax Included)
Heart-shaped tail ends
Six different packaging designs each for Pikachu and Eevee
Tokyo Banana are popular cream-filled cakes and are the official souvenir sweet of Tokyo. The Pokémon series turns these fluffy treats into cute confections for you to enjoy with your favourite Pokémon during snack time.
Pikachu was the first to enter the Pokémon Tokyo Banana series who was turned into a banana custard cream-filled sponge cake. The second was Eevee with the fluffy sponge a delicious caramel macchiato flavour and filled with sweet banana custard cream
The confections are both branded with adorable heart-shaped tails, and each comes with one of six possible packaging designs.
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Pikachu & Eevee Tokyo Banana
Released: May 14, 2021 (Available while supplies last)
Locations: Yume Town / Yume City / LEC / Yume Mart (Select branches not participating)
Official Website: https://www.tokyobanana.jp/products/banana_pokemon.html
Sanrio’s Hello Kitty Inspires Cute Robot Set by LOVOT
17.May.2021 | FASHION
GROOVE X’s home robot series LOVOT is set to launch its first collaboration with Sanrio’s beloved character Hello Kitty on May 17 with the release of a limited-edition set of two robots.
Yellow nose sold separately
The Hello Kitty x LOVOT original set comes with a charm (pictured far right)
Dress up in a cute Hello Kitty outfit
Those who purchase this set receive an original cloissone ware charm, each of which has a unique serial number on it. There’s also a cute Hello Kitty outfit for dressing up your robot. The base of these robots, all of which are handmade individually, are coloured white like Hello Kitty and features her cute whiskers and red ribbon.
LOVOT launched four years ago and began selling its home robots in December 2019. This marks the company’s first tie-up with Hello Kitty, a character known to all around the world.
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Hello Kitty x LOVOT
Release Date: May 17, 2021
Buy: LOVOT Webstore / Takashimaya stores in Japan
Product Page: https://blog.lovot.life/n/n624db147f670
Hello Kitty Diamond Necklaces Released by Japanese Luxury Jewellers U-TREASURE
15.May.2021 | FASHION
Japan’s luxury character jewellery brand U-TREASURE, which creates accessories for character-loving adults, released a new collection of Hello Kitty-inspired necklaces on Tuesday which are available for a limited time until May 25.
The necklaces feature a simple design with a single diamond stone tipped with Hello Kitty’s ribbon. The necklaces come in various versions including platinum, yellow gold, pink gold, and also silver with cubic zirconia. The collection is available to purchase at U-TREASURE’s concept store in Ikebukuro and their online shop.
<Hello Kitty Ribbon Necklaces> Platinum 950: ¥88,000 / K18 Yellow Gold, K18 Pink Gold: ¥88,000 / Silver & Cubic Zirconia: ¥16,500
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Hello Kitty Ribbon Necklaces
Purchasing Window: May 11, 2021 – May 25, 2021
Available: U-TREASURE Concept Store Ikebukuro / U-TREASURE Online