Chibi Maruko-chan Store to Open in Abeno, Osaka on September 19

11.September.2018 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

Fans of the popular shojo manga series Chibi Maruko-chan will be delighted to hear that a merchandise store is opening on the first floor of Abeno Q’s Mall in Abeno, Osaka on September 19 which will run until October 8.

Acrylic Key Holders: ¥840 / Mint Tablets: ¥350 / Clear Files: ¥400 / Lip Balm: ¥800


This is the first store to open in Osaka that exclusively sells Chibi Maruko-chan merchandise. Get your hands on around 300 different items which feature two different designs illustrated specially for the store – Maruko-chan and Hanawa-kun dressed as a comic duo as a homage to Osaka’s owarai comedy scene, and Maruko-chan and Noguchi-san dressed as elderly Osaka women.

You can also meet Maruko-chan and Hanawa-kun in the store on weekends and holidays. Dates on when they will be present will be announced on the store’s official website and social media pages.

The comedy duo design of Maruko-chan and Hanawa-kun features the two characters wearing bright yellow suits and red bow ties while stood before a stage mic.


In the other design, a shout-out to the senior citizens of Osaka, Noguchi-san is wearing an outfit with leopard print, a sun visor and is holding a supermarket bag with a spring onion on it. Maruko-chan is holding hard candy in one hand and is wearing a tiger print one piece.

If you spend over ¥2,000 (tax included) in the store you’ll get one of the above two badges chosen randomly. These won’t be available anywhere else after the store closes.


Head to Osaka later this month to get your hands on a range of cute exclusive Maruko-chan merchandise!



Osaka Chibi Maruko-chan Store

Address: Abeno Q’s Mall, 1-6-1 Abenosuji, Abeno Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture

Opening Hours: September 19, 2018 – October 8, 2018

Time: 10:00am-9:00pm

TEL: 080-6979-4080


Maruko-chan & Hanawa-kun Greeting

Date: September 29, 2018

Time: 13:00 / 15:00

*Maruko-chan and Hanawa-kun will be present at the store for approximately 20 minutes at 13:00 and 15:00. Please take a camera with you.

*Other appearances TBA on the store’s official website and social media.


Official Website:




©Sakura Production / Nippon Animation



  • Chibi Maruko-chan’s 30th Anniversary Celebrated With Themed Food & Merch

    25.April.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    Nippon Animation is the producer and licensee of the Japanese anime Chibi Maruko-chan. To celebrate the series’ 30th anniversary, the animation studio has announced six different plans which encompasses collaborations and much more.

    The anime adaptation of Chibi Maruko-chan first aired on Japanese television on January 7, 1990 at 6pm. The anime series turned 30 years old in January, and from this April onward for the next year, numerous collaborations are set to take place to commemorate the anniversary. Let’s take a look.1


    Hobson’s x Chibi Maruko-chan Collaborative Menu

    The California-style ice cream and crepe chain Hobson’s will hold its firth collaboration with Chibi Maruko-chan from April 27 to September 1. They will serve up a special ice cream with a granola base topped with Maruko’s favourite Japanese custard pudding and coated in caramel sauce. Customers who order this item will receive the above-pictured limited-edition charm. There are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Additionally, Hobson’s branches will be decorated with collaborative Chibi Maruko-chan art.


    Chibi Maruko-chan Ice Cream
    Price: ¥490 (Tax Included)
    Running: April 27, 2019
    Available: Hobson’s branches in Japan
    Novelty: Free Chibi Maruko-chan charm. Available on a first-come, first-served basis.


    Village Vanguard’s Chibi Maruko-chan Corner

    Ten branches of Village Vanguard will have their very own Chibi Maruko-chan pop-up corner from May 3 to 19. Exclusive merchandise will be sold here featuring the Chibi Maruko-chan’s manga author’s Nuku Nuku Bed artwork. Pre-sales of select merchandise in the Maruko LINE stamp series will also be available to buy.


    Running: May 3, 2019 – May 19, 2019
    Branch Locations: Sendai LOFT / Niigata Billboard Place / Shimokitazawa / Shinjuku Lumine EST / Lake Town plus Yokohama Lumine / Asunal Kanayama / Shizuoka PARCO / Umeda LOFT / Fukuoka PARCO
    Novelty: Those who spend more than ¥2,000 (including tax) on Chibi Maruko-chan merchandise will receive a limited edition sticker featuring Nuku Nuku Bed artwork. These are limited in stock.


    Chibi Maruko-chan Themed Cafe in Shimokitazawa

    The coffee stand ON THE WAY, coffee & cupcake in Shimokitazawa is set to serve up some Chibi Maruko-chan themed drinks and cupcakes. The float drinks contain peach syrup flavoured soda with a dollop of ice cream. The cupcakes are vanilla flavoured and made with an original butter cream and topped with dried lemon and illustrative cookies.


    Shop: ON THE WAY, coffee & cupcake
    Address: 2-16-2 Kitazawa, Setagaya Ward, Tokyo, 〒155-0031
    Price: Cupcakes – ¥650 (Tax Included) / Drinks – ¥800 (Tax Included)
    Running: May 3, 2019 – May 19, 2019
    Closed: Tuesdays
    Business Hours: Weekdays 11:00-19:00 / Weekends & Holidays 10:00-19:00
    Enquiries: 03-6805-5736


    Chibi Maruko-chan Merchandise at Post Offices

    For the first time ever, post offices across Japan will sell an assortment of five different Chibi Maruko-chan merchandise from May 8 to September 30. The illustrations on the items are rough sketches by the manga’s author Momoko Sakura finished by the anime series’s staff.


    *Please note that the items will roll out at different times at post offices. For more details please enquire at your closest post office.


    10 Episodes Of Chibi Maruko-Chan To Hit YouTube

    The official Chibi Maruko-chan YouTube channel will stream 10 episodes of the series for a limited time from April 25 to May 10. This includes an episode from 1990 that centres on Maruko’s birthday, one that aired in 2001 where she went to see a panda, and more.


    Running: April 25, 2019 – May 10, 2019
    Chibi Maruko-chan Official YouTube Channel: 


    Chibi Maruko-chan Appears in LINE Game Pokopang Town

    Chibi Maruko-chan will appear in the hugely popular town-building puzzle game Pokopang Town from April 26 to May 17. Several events will take place in game with her including her birthday event on May 8. Clear the missions in the game to get some exclusive collaborative LINE stamps.


    Running: April 26, 2019 at 11:00 (JST) – May 17, 2019 at 10:59 (JST)
    LINE Pokopang Town Official Website: 
  • Chibi Maruko-chan Store to Open at LaLaport TOKYO-BAY in Chiba

    10.March.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    A new Chibi Maruko-chan store is opening for a limited time at the LaLaport TOKYO-BAY shopping park from March 15 to May 8.


    Around 400 pieces of Maruko-chan merchandise will be sold including pre-sale of 10 new items featuring cute honey designs of Maruko and her friends.

    Tin Candy: ¥800 (Before Tax)

    A whole bunch of original items will be sold including blueberry honey, tinned candy and more, all with adorable illustrations.

    Limited-edition postcards will also be given out for those who spend over ¥1,000 at the shop (tax included). These are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so don’t miss out!

  • Chibi Maruko-chan Author Momoko Sakura Fair to be Held at KIDDY LAND

    01.December.2018 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    A thank-you fair is being held for the Japanese manga artist Momoko Sakura who passed away on August 15. She was most famous as the author of the immensely popular manga Chibi Maruko-chan.


    The event will be held at eight branches of KIDDY LAND across Japan in the Kanto, Chubu, Kinki and Kyushu regions, including the one in Harajuku, from December 8 to January 11. It aims to bring everyone together to celebrate and give thanks to Momoko Sakura for her work.

    KIDDY LAND Harajuku is no stranger to holding fairs themed on anime series and popular characters. The branch has held events for Chibi Maruko-chan in the past as well as Coji-Coji, another series by Momoko Sakura.


    Tin Candy (Limited Edition): ¥800

    Fans can expect to see reprints of original works and get their hands on a range of exclusive merchandise. They will also be able to write their own personal letters to Momoko Sakura.

    Several campaigns will also be held. From December 8, those who spend over ¥3,000 (tax included) will receive the A4 clear file pictured above on the lift. From December 22, if you spend that much, you’ll also get the magnet on the right.

    If you’re a fan of Momoko Sakura and are in Japan then make sure you don’t miss out on this special coming-together to express your thanks!

  • Chibi Maruko-chan Merchandise Shop to Open at Fukuoka PARCO

    12.October.2018 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    The new Fukuoka Chibi Maruko-chan Store will open at N-SPOT on the 7th floor of Fukuoka PARCO on October 13 and will run for a limited period until November 30.


    Due to the popularity of the Tokyo Chibi Maruko-chan Store (June 2018 – September 2018) and the Osaka Chibi Maruko-chan Store (September 2018 – October 2018), the shop is set to drop on fans in Fukuoka who can look forward to getting their hands on some cute merchandise.

    An exclusive illustration for Fukuoka will hit the store featuring Maruko-chan serving tonkotsu ramen at a foot card and Hanawa-kun behind her dressed in a suit. There will be around 300 individual limited edition items at the shop using this design. Also, customers who spend over ¥1,000 including tax will get themselves a special postcard not for sale anywhere else.

    Above is just a very small selection of some of the merchandise you can expect to take home. From the left is a box of mints (¥324+tax), a standing clip (¥600+tax), a mirror (¥880+tax), and card cases (¥800+tax).


    If you’re in Japan then don’t miss this special opportunity to purchase a range of Fukuoka-only Chibi Maruko-chan merch!

  • Collaboration café of manga magazine “Ribbon no Furoku ‘Kawaii’ no Himitsu” will open in Ichigaya, Tokyo

    30.September.2018 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    The hybrid conclusive bookstore “honto” will open a collaboration café named “Ribbon no Furoku ‘Kawaii’ no Himitsu” with the girl’s comic magazine “Ribbon” at “DNP Plaza” located in Ichigaya, Tokyo. The café will be opened from October 3rd 2018 (Wed.) to October 22nd (Mon.).

    Latte art using “Ribonchan’s” mark specially depicted by Yazawa Ai (manga artist) will be served. Ribonchan is a popular character of “Ribbon Mascot Mix.” The latte comes with the special event coaster.

    The coaster uses the motifs of the illustrations depicted by popular manga artists including Sakura Momoko.

    Also, the magazine/book “Ribbon no Furoku ‘Kawaii’ no Himitsu” will be sold at the venue and real-sized  appendix and large photos will be exhibited. The whole venue will be filled with the cute atmosphere of Ribbon’s appendices.

    Plus, the site “honto” has started selling the book that comes with the limited original post card in line with the start of this event, from September 20th (Thurs.).

    Moreover, they will offer an original wallpaper for smartphones using the motif of Yazawa Ai’s illustration to all members of “honto.”

    Downloadable period:2018, Semptember, 20 (Thurs.) to October 31st (Wed.)



    Don’t miss this limited event which will for sure be a nostalgic time for all Ribon fans.