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!

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    Hi, everybody. I’m Midori from MMN’s editorial department.

     

    Right now, the Odakyu section of Noborito Station in Kanagawa is all Doraemon coloured! It is the closest station to the Kawasaki City Fujiko F Fujio Museum―a museum for the manga duo who created Doraemon―and so the station has been transformed into all things Doraemon to immerse fans in his bright blue world before they head to the museum. I heard that the station looked super cute so I took no time at all to pay a visit!

     

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    These little details are everywhere―they’re even on the pillars!

    The platform garbage bins too!

    And the bigger waste and recycling bins.

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    The elevator design is based on Doraemon’s Anywhere Door♡

    And if you look closely at the toilet doors you can see cute designs of Doraemon for the men’s and Dorami-chan for the women’s! The section in the middle hadn’t been changed.

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    opens up! You’ll get to see many different sights through the door.

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    A little further along…

     

    was a bronze Doraemon statue! He’s surprisingly small but really stands out.


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    In charge of the other song Boku Doraemon is hit maker ha-j who is well known for having written songs for boy band Arashi and female idol group Nogizaka46. Wasabi Mizuta provides her energetic singing once more for this track.

     

    Both re-recordings maintain the same level of nostalgia while having a fresh spin added to them. Shintarō Tokita commented on the joy and pressure he embraced while working on his rearrangement: “I never imagined I would have the opportunity to be involved with the TV series so I was simultaneously taken aback and filled with happiness. But the song is also tied to the creator so it was also a challenge to reach the height of those emotions.”

     

    ha-j also talked about his version of Boku Doraemon and the respect he has for the series which he put into the song: “I put everything that Doraemon raised me with into the song. I threw down the gauntlet and squeezed everything in there.”

    The regular cast for the anime series participated in the recordings including the already-mentioned Wasabi Mizuta (Dorameon), Megumi Oohara (Nobita), Yumi Kakazu (Shizuka), Subaru Kimura (Takeshi) and Tomokazu Seki (Suneo). Their teamwork spans 15 years, and that harmony was carried with them to the recording room.

     

    These two songs debuted the new opening and ending themes respectively on Doraemon on April 5, 2019 and serve to commemorate 40 whole years.

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    The Happy Meal box also features a special design of Doraemon and the Moobit from the film. on March 9 and 10, all Happy Meals will also come with a picture for colouring in.

     

    Which of Doraemon’s gadgets do you want to use the most?

  • Japanese-style confectionery series “Tabemasu” to release new Doraemon-themed bun at Lawson convenience stores!

    26.February.2019 | FOOD

    Tabemasu is a Japanese confectionery series that features sweet treats designed to look like characters. From Tuesday 26th February 2019, they will be releasing the “Tabemasu Doraemon” and “Tabemasu Doraemon Heart ver.” which will be sold at most Lawson stores.

    There will be two varieties of Doraemon’s face that you can enjoy. A smiley, sweet grin and a madly in love face. The Doraemon comes in the form of “Nerikiri”, which is a traditional bean-jam-based confectionery surrounded by a light, soft bread. Even Doraemon’s bell, red nose and tail are clearly formed out of dough!

    The heart-eyed Doraemon is a good contrast to the smiling Doraemon. He is madly in love and just as cute as before! The love letter he is holding in his hands, his heart-shaped eyes and rosy cheeks are just some of the finer details that have been carefully crafted!

     

    The red bean jam at Doraemon’s core is custard flavoured for the smiling version and strawberry flavoured for the heart version. These classic flavours are everyone’s favourite and make for a great lineup. Chickpeas, that are known for their high nutrition value, have been used by the Tabemasu series for the first time. Only natural methods are used for the colourings. These delicate flavours and gentle texture in your mouth are not something you want to miss!

     

    If you’re looking for a pleasant snack, look no further ♡

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