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!
You can arrive at Noborito Station is 16-minutes from Shinjuku Station via the Odakyu Line. There may be some people unfamiliar with the area but it’s surprisingly close! Recently the Rapid Express trains have started stopping there making it easier to commute to. The JR Nambu Line also rides to Noborito Station so you can leave from Tachikawa or Mizunokuchi too.
As soon as you step off the train the platform signs are all Doraemon coloured! And if you look closely you can see his bell too.
These little details are everywhere―they’re even on the pillars!
The platform garbage bins too!
And the bigger waste and recycling bins.
The staircase leading down to the platform and up into to the station features illustrations of Doraemon flying with his friends in the clouds.
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.
There’s also a Doraemon to the side holding a small light. He’s pretty big so he’s perfect for taking a picture with!
Walking a little further along there was an Anywhere Door, which when you approached…
opens up! You’ll get to see many different sights through the door.
They went all out with the little details even putting Doraemon’s colours and bell on this big sign too.
A little further along…
was a bronze Doraemon statue! He’s surprisingly small but really stands out.
He has a shiny nose.
I then descended the escalator to the bus terminal…
…and found a statue of Dorami-chan too. In front of this statue is a shuttle bus that takes you to the Kawasaki City Fujiko F Fujio Museum.
The bus design is really special! So cute!
It was so much fun just walking around the station and seeing all the carefully placed details. There might be even more that I didn’t see too, so you should head to the station and seek them out!
Address: 2417 Noribito, Tama Ward, Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture
Access: 1 stop from Shinjuku Station via the Odakyu Line
Trains: Rapid Express / Express / Commuter / Semi Express / Local
Kawasaki City Fujiko F Fujio Museum
Address: 2-8-1 Nagao, Tama Ward, Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture
Business Hours: 10:00-18:00
Closed: Tuesdays & New Year’s Holiday
McDonald’s Japan Reveals Doraemon Yogurt Flavoured McShake®
Last week, McDonald’s Japan revealed Part One of its Doraemon collaboration in celebration of the series’s 50th anniversary which included a collection of Happy Meal toys. They have now revealed Part Two of the McDonald’s Doraemon Festival which will see the arrival of yogurt flavoured McShakes® on August 19 at most McDonald’s restaurants in Japan.
The Doraemon McShake® in Japanese is named “Yogurudo,” a portmanteau of “yogurt” and “Doraemon.” Its refreshing yogurt flavour is perfect for summertime. Small size cups feature original illustrations of characters from the series, such as Doraemon himself and Nobita. These cups are already being served for vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate flavoured McShakes®.
Don’t forget about the science-themed Happy Meal sets either which come with one of nine toys. That includes a secret toy which you have to get in your Happy Meal to find out what it is.
McDonald’s Japan is also holding a Twitter campaign for 100 random people to win a ¥2,000 McCard. All you need to do is be in Japan, follow their official Twitter account, and retweet this Tweet with the hashtag #ヨーグル_ドでドひんやり and comment how you want to cool down this summer. The campaign is running until August 18 at 23:59 (JST).
©Fujiko Pro・Shogakukan・TV Asahi・Shinei・ADK
McShake® Yogurudo (Yogurt Flavour)
Running: August 19, 2020 – Mid September 2020
Available: McDonald’s restaurants in Japan (Select branches not participating)
Price: Small ¥120, Medium ¥200
McDonald’s Japan Official Website: https://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/
McDonald’s Doraemon Happy Meal Sets Include Cute Themed Toys
McDonald’s Japan will begin serving Happy Meals with science-themed Doraemon toys in them starting from August 14 for “Part 1” their McDonald’s Doraemon Festival which is being held to celebrate Doraemon’s 50th anniversary.
There are nine toys in the science series, and that includes a secret toy which you have to get in your Happy Meal to find out what it is.
The toy line-up includes Doraemon with his Take-copter which spins when you press a button, a mysterious torch which shines shapes when you turn it on, an artist tool that lets you draw Doraemon’s face, and many more fun items.
All toys come with a leaflet that explains how to use them. And on August 15 and 16, those who order a Doraemon Happy Meal can sign up to win a special Doraemon DVD.
In “Part 2” of McDonald’s Japan’s Doraemon collaboration, they will serve up some Doraemon-inspired desserts.
McDonald’s Doraemon Festival Part 1
Start Date: August 14, 2020
McDonald’s Japan Official Website: https://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/
Universal Studios Japan’s ‘Stand By Me Doraemon 2’ XR Ride Food and Merchandise Revealed
To promote the upcoming 3D CG anime film Stand By Me Doraemon 2, USJ is opening its second-ever Doraemon themed XR ride on August 4 which will run until January 6, 2021.
Doraemon fans will be able to get their hands on a whole range of exclusive merchandise as well as tuck into themed food.
STAND BY ME Doraemon 2 XR Ride
The Stand By Me Doraemon 2 XR Ride will be a high-speed sensory explosion that makes use of VR technology to send riders on a VR coaster time travel experience through the past, present, and future. The ride will feature a completely original story that ties into the upcoming movie. Park guests will board the Time Coaster to travel through time and chase after Nobita-kun.
Doraemon Plate Set | ¥2,100 (Tax Included)
A special food menu inspired by the new movie will be served from August 4 for a limited time. The “Doraemon Plate Set” will have you salivating for the roast chicken topped with a demi-glace sauce and mushroom sauce and surrounded with a bed of vegetables and potato wedges. The plate is also appropriately topped with characters from the movie.
Doraemon Kid’s Set | ¥1,200 (Tax Included)
Doraemon’s Pass Loop Cake | ¥800 (Tax Included)
The Doraemon Kid’s Set features nods to the robot cat’s secret gadgets, like the Take-copter and Time Cloth, while the adorable Pass Loop Cake is inspired by Doraemon’s Pass Loop.
Popcorn Bucket | ¥3,800 (Tax Included)
The Popcorn Bucket is fun to look at and even better to eat from, featuring a special Anywhere Door mechanic. Dorayaki is Doraemon’s favourite food, and guests can enjoy dorayaki flavoured popcorn.
Doraemon Dango | ¥650 (Tax Included)
Doraemon Frozen | ¥900 (Tax Included)
Guests can also get their hands on a range of drinks and desserts too.
T-Shirts (Navy/White) | Folder Set | Mug
Sold At: Space Fantasy Station
A range of Doraemon merchandise will also roll out from August 28, including ticket holders, key rings, plush toys, and more. Pre-orders are available at Space Fantasy Station from August 4 to 27.
Follow Doraemon on an exciting journey on the STAND BY ME Doraemon 2 XR Ride!
©Fujiko Pro/2020 STAND BY ME Doraemon 2 Film Partners
Universal Studios Japan
Official Website: https://www.usj.co.jp/e/
BE@RBRICK Celebrates Doraemon’s 50th Anniversary at Doraemon Future Department Store
20.July.2020 | ANIME&GAME
Japanese company Benelic has revealed that it will begin taking limited pre-sales of the new “BE@RBRICK Doraemon 1000%” Doraemon bear made in collaboration with MediCom Toy’s “BE@RBRICK” series. Sales will take place at Doraemon Future Department Store on July 31, 2020.
BE@RBRICK is a collectable toy line created by MediCom Toy. Its minimal design has allowed for a wide variety of collaborations with artists from around the world, anime series, films, and more.
BE@RBRICK Doraemon 1000%: ¥58,000 (Before Tax)
The Doraemon toy stands at a 1000% towering 70cm tall. The limited pre-sales are being allocated to random people who sign up over on MEDICOM TOY OFFICIAL BLOG. Lucky winners can pick their toy up at Doraemon Future Department Store from July 31, 2020. A perfect addition to any anime merch collection or as interior decoration.
BE@RBRICK Doraemon 1000％
Pre-sales: MEDICOM TOY OFFICIAL BLOG
*Telephone and in-store pre-sales are not being carried out – available via the blog only
*Pre-sale allocations are random
*Available while supplies last
Doraemon Future Department Store
Address: DiverCity Tokyo Plaza 2F, 1-1-10 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Business Hours: 10:00-21:00 (Subject to change)
Official Website: https://mirai.dora-world.com/
Doraemon’s Official Online Shop ‘Doraemon Future Department Store Online’ Now Open
Benelic officially opened Doraemon Future Department Store’s online shop on July 17, 2020 at 14:00 (JST).
What is the Doraemon Future Department Store?
The Doraemon Future Department Store is the world’s first official Doraemon shop. Located on the second floor of DiverCity Tokyo Plaza, the outside of the shop is made up of bricks, while the interior is like that of a European department store. It’s a playground for all fans of Doraemon with a wide range of merchandise, the chance to try out some of Doraemon’s secret gadgets, and more.
At Tokyo Teleport Station, which you arrive at when travelling to DiverCity Tokyo Plaza, there’s a Doraemon clock called “Suntory Doraemon Time Square” which was set up last year. When the clock strikes noon, it plays the Doraemon anime theme song and puts on a fun show for people to watch.
Doraemon Future Department Store Online: The World’s First Official Doraemon Online Shop
Doraemon Future Department Store Online opened on July 17. There, fans can get their hands on a wealth of Doraemon goods, including the 100 Years Doraemon collector’s set of all 45 manga volumes which was released to celebrate Doraemon’s 50th anniversary, other celebratory merchandise, exclusive online goodies, pre-sales, and more.
The shop and website also sell around 250 pieces of original Doraemon Future Department Store merchandise, like Doraemon’s secret gadgets, interior design items, and more. When you order online, items are packaged in an original box.
Universal Studio Japan’s New ‘Stand By Me Doraemon 2’ XR Ride Opens in August
To promote the 50th anniversary anime film Doraemon: Nobita’s New Dinosaur, which is set for release in Japan on August 14, 2020, Doraemon himself is making appearances right now at Jurassic Park in Universal Studios Japan until July 22, 2020. Additionally, in promotion of the upcoming 3D CG anime film Stand By Me Doraemon 2, USJ is opening its second-ever Doraemon themed XR ride on August 4 which will run until January 6, 2021.
It will be a fast-paced Stand By Me Doraemon 2 themed XR ride and sensory explosion that makes use of VR technology to send riders on a VR coaster time travel experience through the past, present, and future.
Stand By Me Doraemon was released in 2014 as the first 3D CG animated Doraemon film and was a huge hit for the quality of its animation and moving story. The staff have returned to work on its sequel, Stand By Me Doraemon 2, including writers and directors Takashi Yamazaki and Ryuichi Yagi. The XR ride will feature an original story that is connected to the sequel film which itself will be based on the Doraemon short film Doraemon: A Grandmother’s Recollections.
©Fujiko Pro/2020 STAND BY ME Doraemon 2 Film Partners
Stand By Me Doraemon 2 XR Ride
Running: August 4, 2020 – January 6, 2020
Universal Studios Japan Official Website: https://www.usj.co.jp/e/
Doraemon 50th Anniversary Online Fair Launched at TSUTAYA Ginza
30.May.2020 | ANIME&GAME
Since the launch of the manga back in 1970, Doraemon has brought smiles on people’s faces in the form of books, anime, live-action films, collaborations with artists, and more, for the past 50 years.
To celebrate the franchise’s 50th anniversary, TSUTAYA Ginza has opened an online fair on its website. TSUTAYA Ginza is a place where people of all ages and nationalities come from around the world, and the number one book the store can recommend as part of Japan’s culture continues to be the first volume of Doraemon. For the entirety of 2019—that’s January to December—the first volume of Doraemon was the number one best selling book at TSUTAYA Ginza.
Doraemon 50th Anniversary Fair
Doraemon Volume 1 (Tentoumushi Comics)
Doraemon has come to be a symbol of Japan and has been passed down generations, but there probably a lot of people who don’t know how the story started. To find out, pick up a copy of volume one at TSUTAYA Ginza.
Doraemon Volume 0 (Tentoumushi Comics)
As part of the anniversary celebrations, a special volume 0 has been published. This full-colour book features 6 versions of the first Doraemon story as well as comments by the author and more.
Doraemon Mizuhiki Accessories (Pins, Earrings, Piercings)
Mizuhiki are decorative Japanese cords which are used for important ceremonial occasions such as weddings, births, and funerals. These special Doraemon mizuhiki have been turned into beautiful accessories featuring Doraemon and Dorami’s iconic blue and yellow colours respectively. They can be used for decorating clothes with and more.
This is just a peek at some of the celebratory merchandise on offer for the online fair. For the full list, check out the website below.
Doraemon 50th Anniversary Online Fair: https://store.tsite.jp/ginza/blog/humanities/14121-1501150523.html
Address: GINZA SIX 6F, 6-10-1 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo 〒104-0061
Official Website: https://store.tsite.jp/ginza/
Doraemon Promises the Future is Bright With His New STAY HOME Project
Fujiko Pro and the Fujiko F Fujio Museum have launched their new “STAY HOME” project together with Doraemon.
A message from Doraemon was included in the April 29 issue of The Asahi Shimbun’s morning edition. The message has also been translated into English, Chinese, Thai, Korean, Hindi, Indonesian, and Arabic and posted across Doramon’s social media accounts for people around the world.
As part of Doraemon’s STAY HOME project, his official website, Doraemon Channel, has been posting numerous things including free manga, wallpapers which can be used to make video calls more fun, and more.
The STAY HOME project aims to relieve people’s worries and stresses during this turbulent time and will continue to roll things out to cheer everyone up.
The website has also released some special posters you can download and print to show thanks to people having to deliver parcels, food and so on as a result of shop and restaurant closures. The one above reads “Thank you for the delivery. Please leave the parcel here.”
Fujiko F Fujio Museum has also released some wallpapers which if used in a video call make it look like you’re in the museum itself. Try them out to lift the mood during a video call.
Download Official Free Doraemon Wallpapers From Doraemon Channel
21.April.2020 | ANIME&GAME
Doraemon Channelーthe official website for Doraemonーhas opened a new download service where you can download free wallpapers from the Doraemon anime series.
Designs are taken from familiar scenes in the anime such as inside the time machine, Nobita-kun’s bedroom, the iconic Open Lot with the pipes, and more.
You can use them as desktop wallpapers or as video call backgrounds. The wallpapers were created in response to the lockdown measures and restrictions on going outside to bring a little light into people’s lives.
Download your favourite one now from the link below.
Doraemon Manga Set Collector’s Edition Features All 45 Volumes to Commemorate 50th Anniversary
31.March.2020 | ANIME&GAME
As part of the ongoing promotions to commemorate 50 years since the Doraemon manga was first published in January 1970, pre-orders for the new “100 Years Doraemon” collector’s edition full manga set Tentōmushi Comics by are now open. And there’s some other exciting collector’s merchandise pieces to go along with it.
What’s “100 Years Doraemon”?
Specially-Selected Coloured ‘Surreal’ Picture Collection
Doraemon was born in the 22nd century, and so this collector’s edition aims to have the famous manga series make it all the way there. To ensure that happens, Fujiko Fujio’s full 45-volume collection will have expertly-crafted and carefully-considered book binding and printing.
Beautiful designs to lead Doraemon across the next 100 years into the 22nd Century
Manga cloth front covers with gold leaf on silk screen prints
All the volumes will have hardback covers, which will feature the series’s first ever cloth front covers. The silk screen printing incorporates gold leaf. The books are also thread-bound to make for more fun page turning. Pages are made from high-quality “Opera Clear Max” paper which ensures the pages do not deteriorate over time. The manga itself features completely remastered prints using the latest technology which are printed with 150 line output as opposed to the common 133 output. All volumes use Tentōmushi Comics’s Doraemon cover illustrations made by book and graphic designer Naoko Nakui.
5 Bonus Items
①Specially-Selected Coloured ‘Surreal’ Picture Collection
An assortment of cuts and illustrations from the Doraemon manga series using original colours from back when the volumes were announced. Also includes previously unreleased illustrations by Fujio F. Fujiko.
A complete index that allows you to look up what volumes characters and Secret Gadgets appear in.
A special Volume 0 will be included featuring 6 variations of the first Doraemon story.
Doraemon & Nobita-kun Figure
This figure captures the scene from Volume 40 of the manga series. The figure was created by MEDICOM TOY.
Giant Time Furoshiki Cloth
This giant 110cm x 110cm furoshiki cloth can wrap the entire three boxes which house the manga set.
100 Years Doraemon Anywhere Door Bookshelf
Store your books on this limited-edition bookshelf which is exclusive to those who purchase the 100 Years Doraemon set. Each shelf stacks 15 volumes to fit the entire collection. It’s inspired by the Anywhere Door, one of Doraemon’s many Secret Gadgets. It was co-developed with furniture maker Karimoku, MEDICOM TOY, and Shogakukan. Sign-ups for this bookshelf will be announced at a later date.
“100 Years Doraemon” 45 Volume Set
Pre-Orders: Opened March 28, 2020
Release Date: December 1, 2020
Price: ¥70,000 (Before Tax)
Binding: Naoko Nakui
Editor: 100 years Doraemon Project Team Shogakukan
*Book and bonus items design subject to change
Official Website: https://www.shogakukan.co.jp/pr/100dora/
Cute New Doraemon Merchandise From Felissimo Can Be Enjoyed By Adults Too
Felissimo launched online pre-orders for its new line of 12 Doraemon themed items on February 20, 2020. Doraemon is a symbol of Japanーa national treasure that continues to be be adored by kids and adults alike around the country.
The collection is centred around everyday practical items that can even be enjoyed nonchalantly by grown-ups.
Doraemon Laundry Net Set – ¥1,400 (Before Tax)
There are four in this collection of laundry nets, big and small. Designs include “Mini Doraemon,” “Memory Bread,” “Anywhere Door,” and “Dress-Up Camera.”
Doraemon & Nobita-kun Slippers – ¥2,100 (Before Tax)
Doraemon and Nobita-kun features on this collection of slippers. There are four designs, with the tops being made from corduroy, and all with beautiful colours.
Doraemon Pull Pass Case – ¥2,300 (Before Tax)
These three pass cases all have Doraemon designs and come with a pullable elastic string. Each has its own classy one tone colour. Perfect for storing small items and heading out.
Doraemon Smartphone Cases – ¥2,900 (Before Tax)
The three cute smartphone cases come in chic colours and designs, with an additional colour inside for the four card pockets.
Doraemon Plastic Bottle Towels – ¥950 (Before Tax)
Decorate your drinking bottle with one of these four cute Doraemon bottle towels, all with a cute tail. They can be used for other things like deodorant too.
Doraemon Zipper Bag Set – ¥800 (Before Tax)
Keep your food stored and safe in an adorable Doraemon zipper bag, whether it be snacks or ingredients. They’re perfect for giving gifts in too.
Doraemon Nail Seals <Basic> – ¥1,450 (Before Tax)
Glam up with some cute Doraemon nail seals, ranging from natural colours to gold leaf and more, which can cater to a variety of different situations.
Doraemon Embroidered Pouches – ¥3,000 (Before Tax)
These kits embroidery equipment to make your own Doraemon-design pouch. Make the pouch, attach the fastener, and you’ve got yourself a place to store your items.
Special Website: https://www.felissimo.co.jp/doraemon/
Doraemon Manga’s 50th Anniversary Celebrated With Kawaii Confections by Tabemas
Character-inspired Japanese confectionery series Tabemas is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Doraemon manga series with two adorable new confections which will release at Lawson convenience stores around Japan on March 3, 2020.
Tabemas Doraemon 2020 Chocolate Flavour – ¥285 (Tax Included)
Tabemas have produced Doraemon confections before to huge popularity amongst fans, and this time around he’s got a new facial expression. There’s also a special “Ganso Doraemon” version.
Tabemas Doraemon 2020 (Ganso Doraemon Ver.) Custard Flavour – ¥285 (Tax Included)
Ganso Doraemon, who was born in the future, is a bright yellow colour with cute ears. Both confections sit plump and adorable, and each have little Doraemon details like the bell, whiskers, and a tail.
The sweets are also made with a dough called “nerikiri” which is used in making traditional Japanese wagashi sweets. Doraemon is chocolate flavoured while Ganso Doraemon is custard flavoured. Perfect for snacks and would look great on an Instagram feed!
Tabemas Doraemon 2020
Release Date: March 3, 2020
Available: At chilled desserts section of Lawson convenience stores across Japan
*Not available at Natural Lawson or Lawson Store 100
*Available while supplies last
*Stock date may differ from branch to branch
*Select stores not participating
Product Page: https://www.bandai.co.jp/candy/tabemas/doraemon3/