Experience a White Christmas This Year at Sanrio Puroland’s Christmas Event
13.October.2018 | SPOT
Sanrio Puroland will hold a white Christmas themed event this winter which will run from November 9 to December 25.
The Puro Christmas is a brand new musical show arriving at the park to warm the hearts of its guests this Christmas. It will be centred around Hello Kitty and the Little Twin Stars (Kiki and Lala) who will be joined by some other familiar faces. The show will contain lots of Christmas songs and guests will be pulled into a winter wonderland as gorgeous flurries of snow will fall before them.
Magical Snow is a new attraction made in collaboration with NAKED that will run for a limited time. It will take place at Kiki & Lala Twinkling Tour, an attraction based on the Yume Star-Cloud where Kiki and Lala were born. The attraction will turn into a snowy world for this Christmas only.
The White Twinkling Tree will be adorned with Christmas ornaments. Guests can also snap a photo at the Twinkling Moon Ride with a magical amusement park atop a cloud in the background. Projection mapping will be used on a white tree amongst lots of other things allowing for plenty of photo opportunities.
Hello Kitty, My Melody, the Little Twin Stars, Cinnamoroll and Pompompurin will be at the first floor entertainment hall dressed in white Christmas-y outfits waiting to greet guests.
The beautiful Blue Snow Christmas will also make a return this year after their huge success last year.
A true white Christmas is what you can expect to enjoy this year at Sanrio Puroland.
Giant Sleeping Pompompurin to Appear at Shibuya Stream & Nakano Central Park
29.September.2018 | SPOT
A gigantic 4m wide Pompompurin is set to land at Shibuya Stream from October 4 to 11 and at Nakano Central Park from October 13 to 14.
There are cries for reforms on the way people work in Japan. Sanrio have heard those calls and have come up with a plan for those unable to get sufficient rest and sleep. Sanrio’s character Pompompurin is an expert at afternoon naps, so they are inviting people to a new park they have produced where they can relax and enjoy a siesta.
There’s a lot more to enjoy at Pompompurin’s park too. A crane camera is placed above Purin, who is sleeping soundly, so you can have your photo taken next to him. They will also be selling crepes themed on the Sanrio cast. Also, the first 500 people to post a photo of themselves at the event onto social media will receive some Pompompurin chocolate with an omikuji fortune slip. Not only that – My Melody, Hello Kitty and Kero Kero Keroppi will also come to lpay at the park from October 6 to 8.
Those who attend will also have access to pre-sales of some new Pompompurin merchandise including products with afternoon nap designs and staying up late designs. If you spend over ¥1,500 including tax on these products you will receive a set of two postcards as a present. The merchandise shop will be at Shibuya Stream only from October 4 to 8.
The afternoon nap design series of merchandise will also get pre-sales at 18 branches of KIDDY LAND. Those who purchase any Pompompurin products including this series and spend over ¥1,500 will receive a different set of two postcards from those at the park. These postcards will discontinue after the event has finished.
KIDDY LAND Branches: Harajuku, Osaka Umeda, Kishijoji, Hello Kitty Shop Tokyo Station, Shin-Koshigaya, Musashimurayama, Hanyu (Saitama), Kohoku New Town, VenusFort, Futakotamagawa, LaLa Port Hiratsuka, Kuzuha, Shijonawate, Piole Himeiji, Takamatsu, Fukuoka PARCO, Kagoshima, Toyooka.
The staying-up-late product series will go on general sale at most Sanrio shops across Japan from October 11. There will be 16 items to choose from. Designs include Purin wearing character costume PJs for the current season when nights are long, drinking hot cocoa with his friend Muffin, gazing up at the night sky in thought, and more.
Enjoy the start of autumn while lazing around with the giant Pompompurin!
Pompompurin’s Afternoon Nap Park
Location 1: Shibuya Stream Inaribashi Square (1F Outdoors) (3-21-3 Shibuya, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo)
Access: Exit 16b of Shibuya Station via the Tokyu Toyoko Line, Tokyu Den-en-toshi Line, Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line, and Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line
Location 2: Nakano Central Park (Park Avenue) (4-10-2 Nakano, Nakano Ward, Tokyo)
Access: 5-minutes on foot from Nakano Station via the JR Chuo Line, JR Sobu Line and Tokyo Metro Tozai Line
Shibuya: October 4, 2018 – October 11, 2018 @ 11:00-18:00
Nakano: October 13, 2018 – October 14, 2018 @ 11:00-18:00
Price: Free Entry
Live Character Greeting
Datte: October 6, 2018 – October 8, 2018
Time: ①11:30〜 ②13:00〜 ③15:00〜
Character Line-Up: October 6 – My Melody, October 7 – Hello Kitty, October 8 – Kero Kero Keroppi
Event Website: https://www.sanrio.co.jp/special/pompompurin/ohirune2018/
Gudetama’s “space menu” will be offered in Yokohama at “Pompompurin Café”
05.September.2018 | FOOD
“Pompompurin Café” – Yokohama Store is a café using the motif of Pompompurin, a very popular character of Sanrio. At this café you can also meet another popular Sanrio character, “Gudetama.” From the 5th of September (Wed.) to the 30th of November (Fri.), four menu items are being debuted in commemoration of Gudetama’s 5th anniversary. These menu items will also be sold at “Pompompurin Café” -Nagoya Store from the 1st of October (Mon.) to the 31st(wed.).
Furthermore, a “Gudetama Café” is now open in “Dining Park Ikebukuro” located inside of Seibu Ikebukuro Main Store. It was opened on the 26 of June and will be open until the 24th of September. The café was created under the concept of, “the lazy character, Gudetama went to space” in commemoration of Gutetama’s 5th anniversary. This time, they will sell four limited menu items.
Going to Mars? Guderian Pasta 1,390 yen (tax not included)
This menu item was created under the concept of, “Guderian, a strange character made of tomato sauce, with red paprika legs and a mashed potato face, has left for Mars?” Don’t miss the spacy-looking small squid and the mini-tomato asteroids stuck onto a pure-black pasta made of squid ink.
Hakken! Puriketsu Sei Black Curry 1,190 yen (tax not included)The hips of Gudetama (looking like a giant planet) are placed at the center of a black curry! Nisetama can be found beside Gudetama. Many kinds of ingredients such as meatballs, brussels sprout and mushrooms that look like asteroids are placed around the curry.
Amattareteita – Mujuryoku Gude Burger 1,390 yen (tax not included)
A sweet dessert that looks like a burger. “Gudetama” made with apricots placed on top of milk agar, mango custard, chocolate ice cream and strawberry sauce are sandwiched inside a French toast.
Black de Hall Ja Parfait 1,190 yen (tax not included)
Black de Hall (black hole) is depicted using a doughnut iced in a galaxy pattern. Chocolate sponge cake, black currant agar, mint cream, berries, chocolate and black currant ice cream are stuffed inside a jar. This menu item is sweet but sour at the same time.
Boken e Shuppatsu! Nakayoshi Pancake 1,190 yen (tax not included)
Gude Mont Blanc 550 yen (tax not included)
In addition to the menu items noted above, the set of Chinese dumpling and tea, Chinese noodle and desserts like pudding and pancakes are available!In addition, an original novelty “uchiwa” (paper fan) will be offered to persons who eat/drink inside the store and an original coaster will be offered when you order a character drink. ※the quantity is limitedDon’t miss this epic collaboration of “space” and “Gudetama!”
Kaori’s Easy Recipe – Learn How to Make Pompompurin Pumpkin Tarts
With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s recipe series! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.
For this recipe, you’ll learn how make mini Pompompurin pumpkin tarts! This is a simple recipe you can make with just a blender.
12 Tart shells
150g Pumpkin (deseeded, skin taken off and made soft)
50ml Fresh cream (In this recipe I used soy milk)
20-30g Sugar (Depending on the sweetness of the pumpkin)
1 Egg yolk (small egg)
Tinned yellow peach
2: Steam and make the pumpkin soft in the microwave. Place the softened pumpkin, sugar, fresh cream (or soy milk) and egg yolk into a blender.
3: Blitz until it’s mixed like in the photo above.
4: Pour the mixture from Step 3 into the tart shells and place into a 180℃ preheated oven. Lower the temperature to 140-150℃ and cook for 10-15 minutes. (You don’t want to brown anything, so we cook it on a low heat.)
If it looks like it’s about to start browning, cover with aluminium foil as this will prevent it from burning.
5: Once your cooked tarts have fully cooled down, use a round cutter to make a hat out of chocolate and a tear-drop cutter to make ears out of the yellow peach. The round ball on top of the hat can be made by breaking off some sliced chocolate and rolling it with your fingers.
Finally, drawn on the eyes, nose and mouth with a warmed chocolate pen!
The crunchy tart shells and moist pumpkin paste go pair together wonderfully! And the sourness from the yellow peach is perfect, making is really tasty♡
Kaori invites you into her world of character-themed food dishes in her recipe series!
Please check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!
Disney Christmas 2019 at Tokyo DisneySea: Spend This Year’s Holiday Season With That Special Someone♡
Tokyo Disney Resort has announced this year’s Disney Christmas which will take place at Tokyo Disneyland® and Tokyo DisneySea® from November 8 to December 25. This is the Tokyo DisneySea® event line-up. For the Tokyo Disneyland® schedule, click here.
‘Tis the season to be jolly this year at Tokyo DisneySea, where the Christmas spirit is set to fall and settle like December snow across the park with a fantastic line-up of festive entertainment programs, magical decorations and more. Guests are invited to join the Disney cast in welcoming a very merry Christmas at this year for Disney Christmas 2019.
It’s Christmas Time!
The “It’s Christmas Time!” show returns again this year to Mediterranean Harbor to wrap guests in the Christmas spirit, featuring Mickey Mouse and friends along with singers and dancers who will perform to classic Christmas tunes.
Colour Of Christmas
This magical performance takes place at nighttime on the water at Mediterranean Harbor, featuring a huge 15-meter tall shimmering Christmas tree. Held annually, this will mark the show’s eighth and final run. Disney characters including Mickey will also be present for the performance.
The whole of Mediterranean Harbor will be wrapped in the Christmas spirit, with the huge tree in the centre and little trees all around, and onlookers all with their own wishes for the holiday season. Snow will also fall during the performance to create a romantic atmosphere.
Special Christmas Merchandise
Pouch – ¥2,000 (Tax Included)
Around 65 very special pieces of merchandise will be available for guests to pick up, many themed on the It’s Christmas Time! show. The pouch features the cute scene of Mickey and Minnie line dancing which you will see in the show. The available plush toys also have a Christmas-y gold bell on them. All of these items will be available from November 1.
There will also be adorable Duffy and Friends merchandise to pick up. Some of these items are themed on Cape Cod Village in winter, an area in the park which serves as a greeting spot for Duffy and his friends. These Christmas items will be available from November 6.
Christmas Food & Drink
A festive feast of 15 drinks and dishes will be served for Disney Christmas, from seafood pasta to roast beef sandwiches and more. There will also be a reindeer-inspired dessert as well as alcoholic cocktails and much, much more.
Enjoy a very merry Christmas this year at Tokyo DisneySea.♡
Running: November 8, 2019 – December 25, 2019
Tokyo Disney Resort Official Website: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/index.html
Disney Christmas 2019 at Tokyo Disneyland: Spend This Year’s Holiday Season With That Special Someone♡
Tokyo Disney Resort has announced this year’s Disney Christmas which will take place at Tokyo Disneyland® and Tokyo DisneySea® from November 8 to December 25. This is the Tokyo Disneyland® event line-up. For the Tokyo DisneySea® schedule, click here.
Disney Christmas Stories
Disney Christmas Stories celebrates the holiday season with a magical parade which will bring together the Disney cast members with their loved ones. The characters will dress in festive outfits and deliver to guests their own Christmas stories. Seven joyous Christmas stories will unfold before guests’ eyes, from a merry family outing with Donald Duck, his beloved Daisy Duck and his three nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie, to the star couple Mickey and Minnie Mouse.
The parade will seemingly stop all of a sudden which will be followed by ringing bells, signalling the start of a Christmas party. Snow will fall along the parade route, and the cast members will invite guests to join them in celebrating a heart-warming Christmas.
An enormous 15-meter tall Christmas tree will tower over World Bazaar and illuminate the streets with its brilliant lights together with dazzling projections, combining with the festive music to create a romantic atmosphere.
The plaza in front of Cinderella’s Castle will glimmer with Christmas adornments as well as Christmas presents, Winnie the Pooh decorations, and more. Each themed land across the park will also be embellished in Christmas colours, bringing a merry little Christmas to the park.
Special Christmas Merchandise
Glass Set – ¥2,200 (Tax Included)
Around 65 special Disney Christmas themed items are set to go on sale from November 1, from glasses to cushions and more, all of which can be used for Christmastime at home. Featuring designs of the Disney characters, each item is sure to bring an air of that nostalgia we all feel at Christmas.
Christmas Food & Drink
Also available from November 1 is a very special Christmas menu made up of 15 dishes and drinks. There’s the seafood cream bread packed with melted cheese, a hot dog dressed in the colours of Christmas with its eye-catching red bun and white cheese, and more. There’s also a dish inspired by the Disney film Beauty and the Beast who are set to appear in the parade.
Enjoy a very merry Christmas this year at Tokyo Disneyland.
Running: November 8, 2019 – December 25, 2019
Tokyo Disney Resort Official Website: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/index.html
Sanrio Puroland’s All-Night Halloween Party to Feature Guest Performances by Scha Dara Parr, m-flo & chelmico
Sanrio Puroland, Tokyo’s theme park home to Hello Kitty and her friends, has teamed up with music company Melody fair to create a very special one-night-only Halloween party called SPOOKY PUMPKIN 2019 〜PURO ALL NIGHT HALLOWEEN PARTY〜 which will take place on October 26.
This marks the 6th year of Puroland’s all-night event which never fails to sell out every ticket every single time. This year, there will be 4 live stages instead of the usual 3 allowing for even more exciting entertainment. There will be alcohol, performances from some big names in Japanese music, appearances from the Sanrio character cast, special openings of select park attractions and restaurants, and more for a truly unique club night experience you won’t find anywhere else.
The park will be decorated in all things Halloween, and guests must dress according to the dress code which is titled “Orange or Pumpkin.”
There is a huge list of artists are lined up with 40 expected to perform. The first batch have been announced already and includes Scha Dara Parr, m-flo, chelmico, Mom, BILLIE IDLE®, xiangyu, 4s4ki, DJ To-i (from DISH//), 掌幻と昴、LEGEND Of Densetsu a.k.a. Cypress Ueno, OTOTOY FRIDAY, Makita Sports、Poseidon Ishikawa, Shaka bose, JUN INAGAWA, Kubotakai, DJ DEVILMINTKIRYU, DJ yksb, and DJ Hello Kitty. The rest are to be announced at a later date.
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.
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SPOOKY PUMPKIN 2019 〜PURO ALL NIGHT HALLOWEEN PARTY〜
Date: October 26, 2019
Time: Open 22:00 / Finish 05:00 (subject to change)
Location: Sanrio Puroland (1-31 Ochiai, Tama, Tokyo)
Lineup: Scha Dara Parr, m-flo, chelmico, Mom, BILLIE IDLE®, xiangyu, 4s4ki, DJ To-i (from DISH//), 掌幻と昴、LEGEND Of Densetsu a.k.a. Cypress Ueno, OTOTOY FRIDAY, Makita Sports、Poseidon Ishikawa, Shaka bose, JUN INAGAWA, Kubotakai, DJ DEVILMINTKIRYU, DJ yksb, DJ Hello Kitty … & more TBA
Tickets: Advance ¥5,000 (Tax Included) *Available from August 3 at 10am (JST) / Same-Day ¥6,000 (Tax Included)
Reco Tickets: https://reco-ti.jp/l?dn=73001
Lawson Tickets: https://l-tike.com/spooky-pumpkim2019
Ticket Pia: https://w.pia.jp/t/spooky-pumpkin/ (P-Code: 159-441)
Event Page: https://www.puroland.jp/spookypumpkin2019/
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.
HONU BY THE SEA 2019 in Sanrio Puroland
Dates: July 13, 14 & 15, 2019
Venue: Sanrio Puroland
July 13 & 14: 11:00 ー 11:30／13:25 ー 13:55
July 15 (national holiday): 11:50 ー 12:20／15:30 ー 16:00
Location: Wisdom Tree Stage, 1st floor
Address: 1-31, 1 Chome-31 Ochiai, Tama, Tokyo
Sanrio Character Awards 2019 | Event Report
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.
Now, for the main announcements.
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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Puro Summer Festival 2019
Running: July 12, 2019 – September 1, 2019
Event Page: https://www.puroland.jp/2019_summer/
Festival Passport Discount
Running: July 12, 2019 – September 1, 2019
Discounted Price: ¥2,500 for adults and children on weekdays, weekends holidays (¥1,500 from 2:00pm on weekdays and from 3:00pm on weekends and holidays)
Conditions: You must hold a discount voucher obtained via the Puroland homepage (this can be presented on your phone when you arrive at the park). You must be in a group of 2+ people and must all be wearing the same colours and designs.
*Excluding student uniforms and yukata
*Accessories (bags, shoes, shawl, jewellery etc) don’t have to match
*Please check the official homepage for the full terms and conditions
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)
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!
Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Hello Kitty Matcha Wreath Bread
With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s easy recipe! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.
Today, I will show you how to make wreath-shaped bread that is perfect for Christmas♡
250g bread flour
2 tsp yeast
2 tbsp icing sugar
1/2 tsp salt
50g unsalted butter
1/2 tsp matcha powder
1 egg (approx. 52g)
100ml lukewarm water
Add the bread flour into the centre of a bowl. Add the sugar, yeast and matcha powder onto one side of the bowl as shown in the picture below. Crack and egg and add the salt onto the other side. Pour the lukewarm water over the yeast and mix everything with a wooden spoon. When everything is combined add the unsalted butter and knead with your hands. Roll into a ball and leave to ferment.
☆It will take take about 30 minutes at 40℃
☆If you own an electric mixer or home bakery it’s perfectly fine to do everything up to now in a machine.
Once the mix has risen, divide into three equal parts and leave again for about 15 minutes. Cover with cling film or a tea towel to ensure the mix doesn’t become dry. Afterwards, gently roll into a spherical shape as shown in the photo.
Roll the mix into a long shape that spans about 50-60cm. Line all three up on their sides and begin to braid. Once this is complete, tie them up into a wreath shape and leave to ferment again.
☆It will take take 20-25 minutes at 40℃
Once the second fermentation is complete, cook at 180℃ for 7 minutes, then lower the temperature to 150℃ and cook for a further 7 minutes. The timings may differ depending on your oven so be sure to make any necessary adjustments.
Leave to fully cool and tie a ribbon around it.
Sprinkle with icing sugar, add some Christmas decorations like the mistletoe picks below and you’re done. The Hello Kitty decorations are modelling chocolates.
Kaori invites you into her world of character-themed food dishes in her recipe series. Be sure to check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!
Kaori Kubota (@kaopan27)
I live in Hokkaido and I love to make character themed foods, desserts and pastries♡
I want to see my family smile, so I enjoy putting in a bit of effort to make character foods and changing food into something cute♡
You can see more of my character foods and character bento boxes on my Instagram page→@kaopan27
Cute Christmas Sugars Sit On the Side of Your Mug
The hugely popular sugar animal series is getting a Christmas version this year on Village Vanguard.
This is the Christmas Sugar Set thats include Santa Claus, a reindeer, snowman and Christmas tree. All of them are made to fit on the side of a teacup, making home parties even more fun and entertaining!
This is the snowman set which come with cute round eyes. Pop them onto the side of your cup along with the stars.
They make for a great Instagram post, so get your hands on a set while stocks last!
Fuchi ni Hasameru: Christmas Sugar: ¥840 (Tax Included) Buy
Fuchi ni Hasameru: Snowman Sugar: ¥756 (Tax Included) Buy
Christmas Sugar Set: ¥702 (Tax Included) Buy
Santa Ornament Sugar: ¥720 (Tax Included) Buy
*Stocks limited. Will discontinue once all are sold.
Village Vanguard Online Store: https://vvstore.jp/?utm_source=press
Christmas Tree Inspired Frappuccino to be Released at Starbucks Japan
29.November.2018 | FOOD
Starbucks Japan will release its third set of drinks in an ongoing series of Christmas themed beverages at the coffee chain. The new Pistachio Christmas Tree Frappuccino® cold beverage and Pistachio Christmas Tree hot beverage will be released on December 5.
Christmastime is fasting approaching in Japan―the lights sparkle and illuminate the streets and the holiday season vibe is growing. Seeing Christmas trees decorating people’s living rooms and dotted around outside is sure to elicit a mutual excitement with many people.
Pistachio Christmas Tree Frappuccino®: Tall ¥590 (Pre-Tax) *Tall size only
Pistachio Christmas Tree: Short ¥450 / Tall ¥490 / Grande ¥530 / Venti® ¥570 (Pre-Tax)
Starbucks have tried to capture that same feeling with their upcoming new Christmas tree-inspired drinks made with roasted pistachios and a rich, fragrant pistachio sauce. Topping both drinks is a red ribbon raspberry sauce. At the bottom of the frappuccino is a white and snowy whipped cream along with roasted academia nuts for added texture. The whipped cream too is mixed with the pistachio sauce. Its appearance truly reminds one of a Christmas tree.
The hot milk in the Pistachio Christmas Tree intensifies the flavour of the pistachios while warming both your heart and body. The Frappuccino® version is perfect with all kinds of customisation just like the hot beverages. It’s best enjoyed by creating your own when ordering – it’s like decorating a Christmas tree with ornaments.
The recommended customisation with the hot pistachio drink is an espresso shot. It creates an irresistible harmony with the roasted texture of the macadamia nuts and the texture of the pistachios. For the frappe, try the almond toffee syrup. It draws out the flavours of both types of nuts and creates a dessert-like taste. You should also try soy milk with either of these new drinks as it results in a richer flavour and highlights the pistachios even more.
Christmas is almost upon us so why not celebrate with one of Starbucks’ special seasonal selections?
Pistachio Christmas Tree Frappuccino®
Pistachio Christmas Tree
Available: At most Starbucks branches across Japan
Running: November 5, 2018 – December 25, 2018
Starbucks Japan Website: http://www.starbucks.co.jp/
TENOHA Christmas Fes 2018 Arrives at TENOHA DAIKANYAMA
26.November.2018 | SPOT
TENOHA Christmas Fes 2018 at TENOHA DAIKANYAMA in Daikanyama, Tokyo began on November 22. There are lots of events to look forward to.
MIRRORBOWLER Presents TENOHA Christmas Fes 2018 HOLY LIGHTS ILLUMINATION
Running: November 22, 2018 – January 10, 2019 (Illumination Time: 16:00-23:00)
Japanese art group MIRRORBOWLER is in charge of TENOHA DAIKANYAMA’s illuminations this year, putting on a display that combines light and shadow. The myriad reflections and sparkly lights will speak to people’s hearts.
TENOHA Christmas Fes 2018 OPENING RECEPTION (*FINISHED)
Running: November 21, 2018 at 18:00-22:00 (Illumination Time: From 19:00)
The pre-festival opening day on November 21 saw a magical Christmas atmosphere created through lights and music. Food by popular chefs was prepared and there was live music and DJ performances. Special guests were also invited to the illumination ceremony.
Running: November 22, 2018 – November 25, 2018
The holiday season will be brightened by up the Christmas market in the courtyard which will sell ornaments, gifts, food and drink.
＆STYLE RESTAURANT – “Il Menu di S.T Natale da TENOHA X’mas” Christmas Course
Available: December 23, 2018 – December 25, 2018
Enjoy a Christmas dinner in the fancy &STYLE RESTAURANT where you can feast on international seasonal vegetables and a line-up of gorgeous food specially prepared by the chefs.
bondolfi boncaffē – Colourful Winter Mousse / 5 Colours (¥600 each)
Available: December 1, 2018 – December 25, 2018
bondolfi’s original colourful mousses will brighten up the winter. Available for the month of December, each mousse combines two flavours.
Running: November 21, 2018 – December 25, 2018
Over at the &STYLE STORE they will sell a whole range of Xmas ornaments. Find your favourite!
Running: December 1, 2018 – December 25, 2018
Christmas Wrapping: December 22, 2018 – December 25, 2018
The &STYLE STORE will also stock a whole range of gifts for men, women and children. Each item has its own story and can’t be found anywhere else.
＆STYLE STORE – Christmas Window Installations
For 2018, the TENOHA &STYLE STORE will have Christmas window installations with a holy tinge to them, recreating the world of a girl in her dreams is both gorgeous and cute. When you knock on the window door you can enjoy a captivating light performance.
There are many other events happening at this year’s TENOHA Christmas Fes too, so head to Daikanyama for a Christmas to remember full of beautiful illuminations, fun and exciting experiences and delicious food.
TENOHA Christmas Fes 2018
Address: TENOHA DAIKANYAMA, 20-23 Daikanyamacho, Shibuya, Tokyo
Date: November 21, 2018 – January 10, 2019
Access: 3-minutes from Daikanyama Station’s front exit via the Tōkyū Tōyoko Line.
Doraemon Christmas & New Year Merchandise Released by JP Post
26.November.2018 | ANIME&GAME
Japan Post have released a range of new Doraemon themed Christmas and New Year merchandise on their official website.
The items are part of a popular line of merchandise called Premium Doraemon based on the lovable robot cat himself. The line-up features a whole new variation of merchandise that can be used during Christmastime or for the New Year’s holidays.
This includes everyday-use mugs, zaisu chairs, themed plates for the holiday season, and much more. Designs even include a cute Doraemon dressed as Santa Claus.
Santa Doraemon Figure: ¥1,800 (Tax Included) *1,500 available
Here we see Doraemon donning an adorable Santa Claus outfit. He even has a little white beard!
Christmas Wreath: ¥3,000 (Tax Included) *300 available
A cute Christmas-y wreath featuring Santa Doraemon surrounded by his secret gadgets.
Christmas Plate Set: ¥2,400 (Tax Included) *500 available
Furnish your Christmas dinner table with these decorative plates featuring Doraemon and his secret gadgets.
Doraemon Zaisu Chair: ¥10,000 (Tax Included) *1,000 available
Sit on the floor with this cute zaisu style chair or fold it down and lay flat to sleep together with Doraemon!
Kagami Mochi Doraemon Figure
Here we have Doraemon as a white kagami mochi figure with an orange atop his noggin!
There are plenty of other fun and useful Doraemon-inspired items to get your hands on too for Christmas and the New Year, so be sure to check out JP Post’s official website!
Doraemon Christmas & New Year Items
Running: November 21, 2018 – January 7, 2019
Shipping: Will arrive within 10 days of ordering
*There is a possibility that deliveries won’t be made from December 14 to the end of the year. Shipping will open again from January 7, 2019.
Product Page: https://www.shop.post.japanpost.jp/shop/a/aother-1dora/