Seibu Ikebukuro main store holds Hello Kitty collection exhibition!

05.April.2019 | SPOT

2019 will mark Hello Kitty’s 45th anniversary, and with the 10-day long holiday golden week fast approaching, Seibu Ikebukuro main store is holding the “45th-anniversary Hello Kitty Collection exhibition”.

At the store, there will be an array of cute Hello Kitty goods. For the first time, there will be classic dolls in the plush toy section! The store will be filled with precious and nostalgic goods. This will also be the first time that Hello Kitty’s house will be open to the public to have a peek inside. The store will also have photo spots, a place where you can try out a Hello Kitty dance, and much more! From kids to parents to grandparents, this much-loved character is loved by all generations so come enjoy an interactive celebration at this exhibition!

Mascot holder(length x width: 13cm×9㎝)¥1,728 (price with tax included)

(Only 800 in stock, a limit of 1 purchase per customer.)

Clear files (A4 size, pack of 2) ¥486  (price with tax included)

There are many cute goods available for purchase. The first 200 customers to purchase more than ¥5,400 worth of goods in one go will receive one original ticket holder. This campaign will be running every day. Along with this exhibition, a Hello Kitty Cafe will be open on the 9th floor of Seibu Ikebukuro at “Dining Park”. The cafe will be open for a limited period only.

You can also attend the autograph signing event to get an autograph from Hello Kitty’s designer Yuko Yamaguchi!

Enter the dreamy world of Hello  Kitty which has taken the world by storm!

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