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)

Price: ¥3,000
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!

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    14.September.2019 | SPOT

    Sanrio’s popular character Pompompurin is collaborating with Obaken, a horror experience creative company, to bring the brand new horror event known as Pompompurin Zombieland to Sanrio Puroland on November 16 and 30.

     

    Tickets will go on pre-sale for official Pompompurin ambassadors, or Pombassadors, on September 14 at 10:00am (JST) and general sales will begin on September 28 at 10:00am (JST). To find out more about Pombassadors and how to become one click here.

     

    Pompompurin Zombieland Promo Video

    Horror experience planner Obaken is set to shake the cute world of Pompompurin into a terrifying zombie-infested one. In the story, Pompompurin was happily looking for some tasty mushrooms to pick when all of a sudden he eats a poisonous one by mistake. It is your mission to deliver him the antidote to stop him from becoming a zombie. Other unfortunate victims who also ate poisonous mushrooms have died and returned as the living dead and will roam around Puroland. The antidote to save Pompompurin, who is on the brinks of turning into a green zombie, lies in the non-poisonous mushrooms located in 6 areas of the park.

    You must survive getting infected by the zombie virus and get your hands on mushrooms. If you succeed you’ll receive an exclusive Pompompurin Zombieland pin badge stating that you have cleared the mission.

    You can even pick up an exclusive Zombie Purin t-shirt. These are limited in stock and can’t be bought anywhere else.

    Additionally, if you wear a combination of yellow and brown-coloured clothing when attending the event―which are the colours of Pompompurin―you’ll get the above-pictured Zombie Purin sticker.

    Full details can be found on the event’s website below. Don’t miss out on this creepy-cute experience this autumn.

     

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  • Sanrio Puroland Halloween 2019: IT Chapter Two, Horror Doll House & More Spooky Events

    28.August.2019 | SPOT

    Sanrio Puroland is readying its tricks and treats for its Halloween festival this year. Titled “PURO HALLOWEEN PARTY ~KAWAII MASQUERADE~” the festival will run from September 13 to October 31.

     

    This will be the park’s first mask-themed festival and each day will be split into two slots: Day and Night. During the daytime, guests are invited to the park’s “Cute Masked Party” string of events. But when night falls, the monsters will come out for the “Beautifully Scary Masquerade Party.”

     

    IT Chapter Two Collaboration

    With IT Chapter Two right around the corner―the sequel to one of the biggest horror hits in years―Sanrio Puroland is collaborating with the film. This includes Hello Kitty taking Pennywise’s place in the movie poster.

    Hello Kitty’s Red Balloon Mousse Cake – ¥650

    In the Character Food Court on the first floor, you’ll be able to order this mousse cake inspired by Pennywise’s red balloons which is cutely topped with Hello Kitty ears. There will also be IT Chapter Two themed photo spots, and when evening sets in, red balloons will decorate the Lady Kitty House. IT might even appear somewhere in places you wouldn’t expect…

     

    Horror Content Made Even Scarier For 2019

    Prepare to have your pants scared off with the scream-inducing Ghost Pierrot Masquerade Theater. The hugely popular mission-clear style haunted house returns and is open to everyone ages 10+ years. Can you survive the attack from the ghostly clown? If he sees you, it’s over…

     

    Location: Discovery Theater (Floor 1F)

    Time: Approx. 15-minutes

    Age Limit: 10-years-old and above

     

    Lady Kitty House Transforms Into Doll House

    The Lady Kitty House always has something special planned each year, and this year it’s bringing something new. During the day the house will take on the form of a cute Halloween doll house.

    But at night, it will become a horror doll house as the dolls are turned into butterflies as a result of a curse. Look forward to an ambivalent mix of terror and beauty.

    The creeps will be made creepier on weekends and holidays one hour before the park closes when the dolls at the Horror Doll House start moving. Dress up in your Halloween attire and enjoy the hair-raising world of Lady Kitty House this year.

     

    Join The Halloween Party Ball Mask Parade

    The ball mask parade will take place on the first floor Puro Bridge. The Sanrio cast will be dressed up in ballroom attire with masks and dance elegant dances, pull onlookers into a frightening yet beautiful world.

    Kawaii Masquerade Masks: Plastic – ¥800 Each / Paper – ¥400 Each

    Join the fun by getting your hands on one of six character masks. Donning one of these may just be the thing you need to protect yourself from any ghosts in the area!

     

    Location: Puro Bridge (Floor 1F)

    Participating Cast: Hello Kitty, Cinnamoroll, My Melody, Kuromi, Wish me mell, Pompompurin

    *More details can be found on the official homepage

     

    Halloween Photo Spots

    Have your photo taken together with the dressed-up Sanrio cast at the photo spot located in the Rainbow Hall on the third floor. Take your photo as you are or put on a mask and become one with the paintings.

     

    Halloween Food

     

    From Top Left: My Melody & Kuromi’s Masquerade Party Curry ¥1,400 / Cinnamon’s Black Halloween Ramen ¥1,100 / Masked Ball Black Omurice ¥1,300 / Dancing My Melody Corn Soup Pasta ¥1,300 / Hello Kitty’s Masquerade Dress Parfait ¥850 / Cinnamon’s Halloween Rare Cheese Tart ¥600 / Purin’s Masquerade Doughnuts ¥600

    “Black & Purple” is the theme for this year’s Halloween menu which is packed with cute character dishes and desserts. 11 items adorn the menu including Kuromi’s Black Night Cocoa which is served in the evening only.

     

    Exclusive Halloween Merchandise

    Mascots – ¥1,944 Each

    Lots of character merchandise will be sold featuring the cast in their new Halloween costumes this year, from key rings to bags and more.

     

    Dress Up & Get Discount

    As part of the Halloween celebrations, if you arrive at the park in full Halloween dress you can get a discount on Passport Tickets. Be sure to go clad in your best outfit to have the most fun!

     

     

    *All listed prices include tax

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  • Sanrio Puroland’s All-Night Halloween Party to Feature Guest Performances by Scha Dara Parr, m-flo & chelmico

    01.August.2019 | MUSIC / SPOT

    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.”

    m-flo

    chelmico

    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.

     

    ©2019 SANRIO CO., LTD.

  • 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. 

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     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. 

  • Sanrio Character Awards 2019 | Event Report

    06.June.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    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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  • New Year’s Sales Arriving in Tokyo & Yokohama in January 2019

    30.December.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Like many other countries, the New Year season is the time for bargain sales where you can get your hands on lots of great deals.

     

    We have selected a number of steals you can grab at various shop around Tokyo and Yokohama in January.

    Shibuya Mark City’s Winter Sale

    The winter sale at Shibuya Mark City will take place from January 2 to 15. A total of seventeen stores are taking part with whom you can get your hands on a range of winter fashion trend clothing, everyday use items and more with up to 70% off.

     

    What’s more is that for every ¥5,000 (tax included) you spend at select stores you will receive a ¥1,000 voucher to use at shops in Shibuya Mark City. These are available to the first 10,000 people with a maximum spending limit of ¥25,000.

     

    Expect plenty of good deals for your New Year’s shopping at Mark City in Shibuya.

     

    ■Information

    Shibuya Mark City Winter Sale

    Running: January 2, 2019 – January 15, 2019

     

    Shibuya Mark City

    Address: 1-12-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya, Tokyo

    TEL: 03-3780-6503

    Website: http://www.s-markcity.co.jp

     

    Odaibargain

    Odaibargain is now taking place across 4 facilities in Odaiba: AQUA CiTY ODAIBA, VenusFort, DiverCity Tokyo Plaza and DECKS Tokyo Beach until January 14.

    Wintertime bargains to look forward to in Odaiba includes not just shopping but themed menus at restaurants too. There are also food coupons being handed out as well as entertainment and leisure services. The diverse line-up includes everything from clothing to kids and pet items with up to 90% off.

     

    An event will also take place on New Year’s Day which consists of traditional Japanese lion dancing backed by traditional wagakki music.

     

    ■Information

    Odaibargain

    Running: December 26, 2018 – January 14, 2019

     

    AQUA CiTY ODAIBA

    Address: 1-7-1 Daiba, Minato Ward, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: Shops 11:00-21:00 / Restaurants 11:00-23:00

    Website: https://www.aquacity.jp

     

    VenusFort

    Address: 1-3-15 Aomi, Koto Ward, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: Shops 11:00-21:00 / Restaurants 11:00-23:00

    *Business hours may differ for certain establishments.

    Website: https://www.venusfort.co.jp

     

    DiverCity Tokyo Plaza

    Address: 1-1-10 Aomi, Koto Ward, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: Shops 10:00-21:00 / Food Court 10:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:30) / Restaurants 11:00-23:00

    *Business hours may differ for certain establishments.

    Website: https://mitsui-shopping-park.com/divercity-tokyo/

     

    DECKS Tokyo Beach

    Address: 1-6-1 Daiba, Minato Ward, Tokyo

    Opening Hours:

    Shops/Cafes – 11:00-21:00

    4F Odaiba Takoyaki Museum – 11:00-22:00

    5F Restaurants – 11:00-23:00

    6F Restaurants – 11:00-Midnight

    *Business hours may differ for certain establishments.

    Website: https://www.odaiba-decks.com

     

    Lion Dancing & Traditional Music

    Date: January 1, 2019

    Time: 1st Performance – 11:00 / 2nd Performance – 13:00

    Location: Around each location listed above

     

    Yokohama Landmark Plaza & MARK IS Minato Mirai’s W★SALE

    Landmark Plaza located inside Yokohama Landmark Tower is teaming up with MARK IS Minato Mirai to hold a New Year’s sale from January 2 to 14.

     

    Close to 120 popular shops are participating in the sale across both establishments selling a range goods from clothing for men, women and kids as well as interior design items, food, drinks and more with up to 70% off and select stores.

    Fukubukuro lucky bags will also be sold at select shops containing clothing, food and drinks, restaurant coupons and more.

     

    ■Information

    Yokohama Landmark Plaza & MARK IS Minato Mirai’s W★SALE

    Running: January 2, 2019 – January 14, 2019

     

    Landmark Plaza

    Address: 2-2-1 Minato Mirai, Nishi Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture

    Participating Stores: 40 fashion and variety shops

    Opening Hours:

    Shops – 11:00-20:00 (from 10:00-20:00 on January 2)

    Restaurants – 11:00-22:00 (Mirai Yokocho – 11:00-23:00)

    *Business hours may differ for certain establishments.

    Website: http://www.yokohama-landmark.jp

     

    MARK IS Minato Mirai

    Address: 3-5-1 Minato Mirai, Nishi Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture

    Participating Stores: 80 fashion, variety and food shops

    Opening Hours:

    Shops & Food Court – 11:00-20:00 (until 21:00 on Friday, Weekends & Holidays and January 2)

    Restaurants – 11:00-23:00

    *Business hours may differ for certain establishments.

    Website: http://www.mec-markis.jp/mm/

     

    Laforet Harajuku’s LAFORET GRAND BAZAR

    The LAFORET GRAND BAZAR will take place at Laforet Harajuku from January 24 to 28.

    There is lots planned for Laforet’s sale. If you line up outside before it opens you will receive a special “Morning Ticket” that gets you a further 10% off select shops inside until 2:00pm. Lots of timed sales will also take place at fixed hours. This includes the “Laforet Card Discount” where using your Laforet Card at certain times will earn you another 5% off.

    The GOOD MEAL MARKET on the second floor will serve different discounted food for ¥390 each day. Each meal is available to the first 300 people only so don’t miss out.

     

    ■Information

    LAFORET GRAND BAZAR

    Running: January 24, 2019 – January 28, 2019

    Opening Hours:

    January 24 – 9:00-21:00

    January 25 to 28 – 11:00-21:00

    Event Page: https://www.laforet.ne.jp/grand_bazar/

     

    Laforet Harajuku

    Address: 1-11-6 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00

    URL: 03-3475-0411

    Website: https://www.laforet.ne.jp/

     

    Make sure to take advantage of all the deals on offer in the New Year!

  • Kaori’s Easy Recipe : Learn How to Make “Pressed Sushi of Sanrio’s character”

    30.December.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

    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. In this character recipe you’ll learn how to make a “Sanrio Character’s Pressed Sushi”, the perfect dish for a new year♡

     

    1:Ingredients

    Sashimi of your choice (for this time, try salmon, snapper and tuna) Shredded cooked egg
    Salmon roe
    Boiled podded peas
    Green shiso
    Vinegar rice
    Pudding cup

    ☆You can use as much as you want.
    ☆You can use a cake pan instead of a pudding cup.

     

    For Topping

    Kamaboko of your choice
    Shimeji mushroom(for pompompurin’s hat) ※pour men-tsuyu a bit and use microwave.

    Cookie cutters
    Dried seaweed puncher

     

    3

    1 Put saran wrap into the pudding cup
    2 Put in sliced sashimi with a slight overlap
    3 Let the vinegar rice cool a bit and stuff it tightly.
    4 Wrap it well and let the sashimi and rice keep for a while.

    4

    Cut the white Kamaboko out with a cat shaped cookie cutter (for Hello Kitty).
    Cut the green Kamaboko out with a round shaped cookie cutter. Place the small round eyes on the round shaped face.(for Keroppi)

    Cut the yellow Kamaboko out with a bear shaped cookie cutter, then take the ear pieces away, and replace them with raindrop shaped Kamaboko. Use pasta to fix Shimeji mushroom cooked in a microwave for the hat(for Pompom purin).

    Put seaweed-eyes and nose on each face.
    ☆All cookie cutters except the aluminium one, and Kitty’s bow, are available at Seria.

    5

    Take Sushi from picture3 out and turn upside down on the green shiso.
    Place shredded cooked egg, boiled podded pea, salmon roe, kamaboko on the picture5 and your pressed sushi is complete.

     

    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!

  • New Year’s Shopping in Japan: 2019 Fukubukuro Lucky Bags

    29.December.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Fukubukuro, or “lucky bags,” are a Japanese New Year custom sold by many shops across the country. The contents of the bags is always unknown but they are sold at a discounted price. It’s exciting and a great chance to get your hands on a whole range of goodies for a bargain. We have compiled a list of recommended fukubukuro for you to check out.

    Tobu Department Store, Ikebukuro – Fukubukuro

    The Ikebukuro branch of Tobu Department Store is selling close to 57,000 fukubukuro.

    The keywords for their 2019 lucky bags are “Heisei” (which refers to the current era of Japan), “Food,” and “Dual Wield.” Below are just a couple of fukubukuro you can get your hands on.

     

    Kinokuniya is a fairly new store having opened in September 2017. They are just one fukubukuro aimed at those born during the Heisei period (1989-2019). But this is no ordinary lucky bag. You can receive a select number of items depending on your age from the store’s stock of 3,500 products that prices up to ¥39,000. This includes glossaries, everyday foods and more. For example, if you’re 30-years-old and were born during the Heisei period you will receive 30 items.

    *1 bag per person

    *Products included are those originally priced at ¥4,000 (including tax) and below.

    Application Period: December 26, 2018 – January 3, 2019

    How to Buy: You must sign up at the store for a chance to win one. Winners will be contacted via telephone on January 4, 2019.

    Pick-Up Period: January 17, 2019 – January 23, 2019

    *A separate fee will be charged for those who request delivery.

     

    Another fukubukuro is the one at Pan Rizotta. Once again, you will receive a range of pastries from the store’s line-up of 120 items depending on your age. They cost ¥3,100 and there are 5 available.

     

    Application Period: December 26, 2018 – January 3, 2019

    How to Buy: You must sign up at the store for a chance to win one. Winners will be contacted via telephone on January 4, 2019.

    Pick-Up Period: January 6, 2019 – January 10, 2019 (*takeaway only)

     

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    Tobu Department Store (Ikebukuro Branch)

    Address: 1-1-25 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00

    URL:http://www.tobu-dept.jp/ikebukuro/

     

    PAPABUBBLE – Limited Edition Fukubukuro

    For a limited time only the art candy shop PAPABUBBLE is now selling three different sized fukubukuro for the New Year. The small bag is filled with the shop’s classic confections, the medium with unreleased flavours, and the large with a bunch of rare items.

    Running: At all branches of PAPABUBBLE until they sell out

    Price: Small ¥1,500 / Medium ¥3,000 / Large ¥5,000

    Don’t forget to check out their New Year candy mix which features pig designs for the 2019 Year of the Pig.

     

    ■Information

    PAPABUBBLE

    Participating Branches: Nakano, Shibuya, GINZA SIX, Yokohama, Daimaru Tokyo, Lumine EST Shinjuku, LUCUA Osaka, Fukuoka Tenjin Chikagai, Sendai PARCO 2, Sogo Chiba JUNNU, Nihonbashi, Keio Noren Street, Yokohama Landmark

    *The Nihonbashi branch is not selling fukubukuro but will sell the New Year candy mix

    URL:http://www.papabubble.jp

     

    Village Vanguard Online – Cheki Fukubukuro

    Village Vanguard is selling must-get fukubukuro featuring a set of 7 instax items including the camera, films, an album and more.

    For girls they are offering the “Kawaii Cheki Fukubukuro” which contains cute pastel colour cameras a rare Minion camera.

    For guys they are selling the “Otona Cheki Fukubkuro” with various sleek designs. Select bags contain the Suguremono Smartphone de Cheki which enables you to print your photos from your smartphone, and the Neo Classic camera. These fukubukuro are very limited in stock so you’ll want to be quick!

     

    ■Information

    Cheki Fukubukuro 2019

    https://vvstore.jp/feature/detail/6931/?utm_source=press

     

    Brooks – Overseas Fukubukuro

    Online tea and coffee shop Brooks is now taking fukbukuro orders to celebrate its 50th anniversary. In line with this, they are also now selling them to 50 countries around the world. Their bags include popular brand drip coffee, tea and more.

    2019 Fukubukuro: ¥5,400 (Tax Included) *Free Shipping

    2019 Premium Fukubukuro: ¥10,800 (Tax Included) *Free Shipping

    The overseas-only fukubukuro contains products from high quality brands, popular drip coffee, sencha sold only in Japan, genmaicha and more. Additionally, the first set of 100 sold will contain a special Onenga Coffee bag for a taste of Japanese New Year.

    Overseas Fukubukuro

    Running: December 18, 2018 – January 31, 2019

    Price: ¥5,000 (*Free shipping. However, fees may apply depending on shipping laws in certain countries.)

     

    ■Information

    Brooks Official Website:https://www.brooks.co.jp/?b=4002

     

    Mister Donut – 2019 Fukubukuro

    Mister Donut has teamed up with Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! for their fukubukuro. Items include blankets, clear files, mini tote bags, accessories and a calendar all featuring chubby designs of Pikachu and Eevee surrounded by delicious doughnuts. The fukubukuro line-up includes the two standard ¥1,080 and ¥2,160 bags as well as a new ¥3,240 version. These will no longer be available once they sell out so don’t miss out!

     

    ■Information

    Mister Donut Fukubukuro 2019

    Running: December 26, 2018 until all have sold out at each branch

    Available: At most Mister Donut branches in Japan

    *The start date and contents may vary shop branch to branch. Full details can be found on the Mister Donut website.

    Official Websitehttps://www.misterdonut.jp

     

    LOFT Shibuya & Ginza – “Thank You Heisei Fukubukuro Series”

    LOFT Shibuya will resume business on New Year’s Day and LOFT Ginza on January 2nd. To celebrate, lots and lots of amazing lucky bags containing hit products from the variety store will be sold. Below is just a small example of what to expect.

    Thank You Heisei Fukubukuro: Omotenashi

    Japanese Food (Sake Bottle, Sake Cup, Bowl, Small Bowl, Chopsticks and more) *5 Available (Shibuya LOFT)

    Thank You Heisei Fukubukuro: Boom!

    Panda Panda Panda Blessing (Plushie Calendar, Standing Pencil Case, Cable Biter, and more) *3 Available (Ginza LOFT)

     

    ■Information

    Thank You Heisei Fukubukuro Series

    Price: ¥3,100 (Tax Included)

    Re-Opening:

    Shibuya LOFT – January 1, 2019 at 10:00am

    Ginza LOFT – January 2, 2019 at 10:00am

    Locations: Shibuya LOFT Floor 1, Ginza LOFT Floor 3

    URL:https://www.loft.co.jp

     

    Did you enjoy this list? If you’re in Japan for the new year then you absolutely have to get your hands on a fukubukuro!

  • 5 New Year’s Holidays Foods to Devour at Daimaru Tokyo

    29.December.2018 | FOOD

    With the New Year almost upon us, lots of restaurants are prepping ‘osechi’―food served during the New Year’s Holidays.

     

    Over at Daimaru Tokyo they have 25 different osechi ready to serve from 20 brands which can be bought from 10:00am to 6:00pm on December 31. Here are 5 you can expect to be sinking your teeth into.

    Rakushougatsu (Serves 2) @ Nadaman Chubo – ¥12,960

    This long-standing restaurant is cooking up a very traditional meal. Indulge in New Year’s classics like sweet rolled omelette, black soybeans and herring roe. Added to this is roast beef.

     

    Edo no Niji (Serves 2-3) @ Kanda Myojinshita Miyabi – ¥15,660

    Enjoy the flavours of Edo with this dish that both looks and tastes delicious. It comes in three mini boxes portioned very cutely!

     

    Wafuu Osechi Ichidan’e (Serves 1-2) @ Minokichi – ¥14,040

    Minokichi has created this delicate arrangement of party snacks, fried food, vegetables and more.

     

    Gyutan Otsumami Osechi (Serves 2-3) @ Gyutan Kanezaki – ¥16,200

    From classic osechi picks to otsumami―snacks that go with alcohol―this one has it all.

    Gindara Nishikyou Yaki Osechi Wafuu Nidan’e (Serves 2-3) @ Aji no Hamato Tsukiji – ¥21,600

    The ultimate celebratory selection consisting of Japanese bluefish, fried food, boiled food and more.

     

    There’s plenty of great osechi to be enjoyed in Japan for the New Year so don’t miss out.

  • 7 Souvenirs Celebrating the Year of the Pig & 2019

    28.December.2018 | FOOD

    Onenga are an important part of the New Year holidays in Japan. They are gifts given when looking back over the past year with a person and are usually handed over with the phrase kotoshi mo douzo yoroshiku onegaishimasu which thanks the person for their support over the past year and into the next.

     

    The Daimaru Tokyo department store is selling a whole range of confections based on the 2019 “Year of the Pig” from December 26 to January 3 which will make for perfect New Year gifts. Not only can they be used as onenga but as souvenirs for anyone visiting Japan during the New Year season.

    Pig Shaped Monaka Bean Jam Wafer Cakes (Set of 12): ¥1,850 / Sold at Funabashiya

    Both the wafer cake shell and the red bean paste are separate from each other which retains the freshly-made crunch. It’s made in the cute shape of a pig which is unique for a monaka wafer cake.

     

    Pig Shaped Sweet Jelly: ¥918 / Sold at Ryoguchiya Korekiyo

    This sweet jelly features a pig and piglet in it so adorable you’ll want to take a photo. The light that filters through creates a beautiful scene of a pig and its child.

     

    2019 Mochi (Set of 6): ¥1,080 / Sold at Ginza Akebono

    This assortment of sticky rice cakes comes with various designs including “2019,” pine trees, pigs and more.

    Small Sweet Jelly With Pig Packaging (Set of 12): ¥3,240 / Sold at Toraya

    The artistry of a long-standing store shines through on the piggy packaging of these sweet jellies.

     

    Sweet Cigars (Set of 20): ¥1,458 / Sold at Yoku Moku

    These are a hallmark product at Yoku Moku loved by men and women of all ages.

    Shoufuku Tafuku (Set of 5): ¥864 / Sold at Akasaka Kakiyama

    These mochi are cut thin, dried and baked before being put into cute boxes that feature illustrations of a pig dressed as a daruma.

    Shichifukujin (Set of 7): ¥2,700 / Sold at Kanou Shoujuan

    This set comes with a range of different confections inspired by the Seven Deities of Good Luck.

     

    You’re sure to find the perfect pick for a New Year’s gift in this line-up!

  • GINZA SIX New Year Sale: Free Performances, Lucky-Dip Bags, Food & More

    20.December.2018 | FOOD / SPOT

    Ginza’s largest shopping complex GINZA SIX has announced a huge sale for the new year which will begin on January 2. It take place at around 100 stores where they boast the latest global trends.

     

    A host of free performances will also take place on January 2 and 3 at the Kanze Noh Theater on floor B3F. Look forward to a brass band jazz show and much more. Year-end fukubukuro lucky dip bags will also be sold by world class quality brands and there will be plenty of delicious gourmet food to enjoy.

     

    Premium Fukubukuro Lucky-Dip Bags

    ‘Fukubukuro’ are a type of lucky-dip bag sold in Japan at the end of the year. You pay a certain amount of money that is lower than the actual cost of the items in the bag and you never know what you’re going to get. For the GINZA SIX sale you can expect a whole range of premium products from fashion to lifestyle goods, beauty, food and so on. Maison de NADIA on the second floor has a Pear Diamond up for grabs at ¥2,000,000 (the original price of which is ¥4,000,000). BEAUTY TERRACE GINZA ~DRESS CIRCLE~ on floor B1F has a whole range of goodies up for grabs that could even include a trip to Hawaii. They are selling lucky bags by weight: 3kg for ¥100,000, 5kg for ¥150,000, 8kg for ¥200,000 and 15kg for ¥450,000.

     

    Running: January 2, 2019 until bags are sold out at each individual store

    *Running dates differ at select stores.

     

    2019 at GINZA SIX: Gourmet Food for the New Year

    GINZA SIX will welcome the new year with fantastic food at both their B2F food floor and restaurants throughout where they will serve everything from classic Japanese ‘osechi’ celebratory meals to food you can take home as gifts.

    Premium New Year Strawberry Afternoon Tea Set (THE GRAND GINZA): ¥6,500 (Pre-Tax)

    Auxamis’s Specially Made Osechi Meal (Bistro Auxamis): ¥29,630 (Pre-Tax)

    This afternoon tea set comes with an authentic Japanese tea experience in a tea room which is served with traditionally prepared new year food.

    Kagami Mochi (Nakagawa Masashichi): ¥4,000-¥20,000 (Pre-Tax)

    4 Drawer Noshi Makie (Yamada Heiando): ¥2,500,000 (Pre-Tax)

    Products from lifestyle brands will also be sold including ‘kagami mochi’ mirror rice cakes which are a traditional new year decoration, as well as items themed on the 2019 Year of the Pig, cutlery crafted by traditional artisans and more.

     

    Free Noh Performances

    Enjoy a free and authentic Noh performance at the Kanze Noh Theater on floor B3F of GINZA SIX.

     

    Date: January 2, 2019 – January 3, 2019

    *Two performances a day

    Morning Performance: 11:00-12:30 (Opens at 10:30)

    Afternoon Performance: 15:00-16:00 (Opens at 14:00)

    *Free to watch. Those under the age of 3 not permitted entry.

    *Entry is first-come, first-served. The reception will open one hour before each performance.

    *For enquiries, please contact GINZA SIX Information at 03-6891-3390 (10:30-20:30)

     

     

    Edo New Year’s Pine Decoration

    A large Edo-style new year’s pine decoration will sit at the entrance of GINZA SIX. It’s made from three trees and bound together with straw. Its traditional shape has been passed down since Ginza Matsuya opened in 1925, allowing you to witness a tradition that has gone unchanged since the Edo period.

     

    Location: GINZA SIX front entrance

    Running: December 26, 2018 – January 7, 2019

     

     

    There’s plenty of other things to look forward to at the GINZA SIX sale too, from pop-up shops to events and more. If you’re in Japan for the new year then why not check out GINZA SIX?

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