Take a Tour of Traditional Asakusa in a Hello Kitty Rickshaw

08.June.2019 | SPOT

How about a relaxing trip around traditional Tokyo in a Hello Kitty-themed rickshaw? To commemorate the opening of Sanrio Gift Gate in Asakusa, the shop has planned human-run rickshaw tours to take place on Saturday 15, Sunday 16th, Saturday 22nd, and Sunday 23rd June 2019.

 

This is the second time the Hello Kitty Rickshaw event will be run. The wheels and roof are decorated with special Hello Kitty designs. Hop in, sit back and enjoy a touristic ride around Asakusa. The rickshaw puller will be your tour guide, introducing you to all the tourist spots of Asakusa and taking photos for you.

To take part, you have to book in advance. The advanced reservation period starts on June 8th at Sanrio Gift Gate Asakusa. Reservations will be accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis. You can also make reservations by telephone. If you are interested in this wonderful experience, please check out the store information website.

 

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  • A Hello Kitty bullet train to a gorgeous island & a day of fun with this travel plan!

    01.June.2019 | SPOT

    Japan Railway Company JR-West, is running a collaboration with the popular Sanrio character Hello Kitty! You can ride the Hello Kitty-themed bullet train to Awaji Island located in the eastern part of the Seto Inland Sea of Japan. There will be a tour here introducing you to the creative works and many tourist facilities of the area. Awaji Island’s oriental restaurant HELLO KITTY SMILE is just one of these facilities…but hurry! This is a one-day limited event and will take place on Saturday 6th July only!

    This travel package  is full of luxurious activities!

    There will be an autograph signing event with one of Hello Kitty‘s designers Yuko Yamaguchi! There will also be a chance to get a photo with Hello Kitty, and a lottery for the chance to win tickets to make a luxurious Hello Kitty-themed item! 

    There will be a buffet full of creative foods for visitors to enjoy. The buffet ingredients are mainly focusses around Awaji Island produce. Every guest will also receive original goods as a souvenir to commemorate their trip.

    Enjoy the beautiful scenery of Awaji Island. This is your chance to relax at your own pace along with your pal Hello Kitty♪

     

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  • Hello Kitty Guest Rooms at Keio Plaza Hotel Tama Receive Upgrades

    30.May.2019 | SPOT

    On Saturday June 15, Keio Plaza Hotel will open two new permanent guest rooms that are themed around My Melody and Little Twin Stars (Kiki & Lala). As well as the grand opening of these brand new rooms, the highly-praised Hello Kitty rooms that were set up in 2014 are also getting an upgrade.

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    The upgraded Hello Kitty rooms are decorated with cushions that look just like a giant version of Hello Kitty’s signature red bow. The bed also includes a colourful bed runner decorated with an illustration of Hello Kitty having fun in a theme park. 

     

    And what is the bed runner for? It is nothing out of the ordinary for Americans to wear their shoes on the bed. Many Americans throw a bed runner on the bed so that they can lie on the bed with their shoes on, guilt free!

     

    There is also a floor lamp in the room. The lampshade is decorated with an illustration of Hello Kitty riding a pony, adding a cute touch to the illumination of the room.

    Four Hello Kitty rooms opened at Keio Plaza Hotel Tama on November 1, 2014 to commemorate the 40th birthday of Hello Kitty. Since the room conversion, the occupancy rate has skyrocketed by 70%. Now, two My Melody rooms and two Little Twin Stars-themed rooms are set to join the fray.

     

    To stay here even one night would be an unforgettable experience be sure to check out out these cute rooms for yourself

  • Hello Kitty’s 45th Anniversary Celebrates During Hilton’s 100th Anniversary

    16.May.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Hilton Osaka will celebrate both the 100th anniversary of Hilton and 45th anniversary of Hello Kitty from May 31 to August 31 this year at the hotel’s Folk Kitchen on the second floor.

     

    Hilton is credited with starting the dessert buffet trend in Japan. Their dessert buffets enjoy a surge in popularity every single year with a line-up of unique and Instagrammable delectables. To celebrate Hilton’s 100th anniversary, the theme of this year’s dessert buffet is Hello Kitty dressing up smart to stop by the hotel. 25 different desserts can be tucked into, all inspired by fashion from cosmetics to jewellery, bags and beyond.

    Bright Red Hello Kitty Bag Cake

    Hilton Osaka’s pastry chef Hyakuda is no short of ideas, and that’s proven with this cake that is shaped into a Hello Kitty bag. This cute creation includes a chocolate Hello Kitty charm while the cake itself is a luxurious combination of chocolate and cherry compote.

    Hello Kitty Peach Cream Cake

    The pink and white cream that adorn this cake is what grabs your initial gaze. The refreshing cream sits on top of melt-in-the-mouth sponge which is filled with a peach compote. Hello Kitty also hides amongst the decorative chocolate.

    The “Ruby Rouge Mousse” is made with ruby chocolate, a variety of chocolate that was introduced in 2017 as the 4th main type of chocolate alongside milk, white and dark. The ruby colour of the cocoa beans is completely natural. They have an exquisite sour flavour. The chocolate is mixed with fruits like guava and passion fruit.


    Other desserts in the line-up include a selection made with summer fruits including the colourful macarons, refreshing melon and grape blancmange, mango pudding, Peach Melba and more.

     

    The “Diamond Fruits Jelly” looks like a sparkly jewellery box while the “Eyeshadow Palette Tart” is inspired by a cosmetic palette. There are also some light meals such as an open pizza made from a crunchy baguette and rich cheese, corn soup, a potato salad with Hello Kitty hidden inside, and more.

     

    You won’t be short of Instagram material with this dessert buffet. There will even be a Hello Kitty makeup room photo spot for you to snap a commemorative picture. Enter the fashionable world of Hello Kitty at Hilton Osaka this summer!

     

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  • Hello Kitty cafe with 45th anniversary menu to open for a limited time at Seibu Ikebukuro!

    19.April.2019 | FOOD

    This year will mark the 45th anniversary for Hello Kitty; one of Sanrio’s most popular characters! To celebrate, a Hello Kitty cafe will run from Thursday 25th April ー Sunday 7th July 2019. The cafe will open at Dining Park Ikebukuro, which is on the 8th floor of Seibu Ikebukuro main store, close to the east exit of Ikebukuro station.

     

    The cafe will sell cute desserts that tickle your heart and hearty meals that will satisfy your stomach as well as your heart! This is your chance to enjoy a menu that is overflowing with originality!

    Hello Kitty peeping out from taco rice ¥1,690 (price includes tax)

    The taco rice dish features Hello Kitty wearing a tiara. She is peeping out from a cup surrounded by lettuce and taco meat. The meal is topped with bright tomato sauce, diced avocado and cheese! Finally, there are some taco chips set into the taco meat. Mix the mince with the Hello Kitty rice to enjoy your meal! Don’t forget to look out for the mini apple made from a mini tomato and mint leaf!

    Hello Kitty tomato cream pasta  ¥1,590 (price includes tax) 

    This is pasta mixed with tomato cream sauce and spread over a plate. It is then topped with cream cheese sauce and garnished with a large piece of bread with Hello Kitty’s face on it! Beetroot is used for the colouring. There is also an apple made from mash potato salad. The dish comes as a set accompanied by mushroom soup to make for a filling meal.

    Hello Kitty cup trifle ¥1,290 (price includes tax)

    Blue curaçao panna cotta, sponge cake, and strawberry sauce with mixed berries make the three layers of the trifle. Whipped cream is spread over the top of the cup and then garnished with a marshmallow Hello Kitty holding a heart made from a strawberry. This is the perfect dessert to celebrate the anniversary!

     

    Hello Kitty tapioca gradation drink ¥890 (price includes tax) 

    Enjoy a gradation of tasty colours created by pink strawberry yoghurt, blue curaçao yoghurt and white whipped cream! This cute tapioca drink combines the acidity of the yoghurt with the chewy texture of the tapioca. You also just cannot miss the cafe-limited design on the cup which features the 45th-anniversary celebration of Hello Kitty and other popular characters!

     

    There will also be a range of 45th-anniversary Hello Kitty merchandise available!

     

    This is your chance to enjoy the countless number of goods, foods and drinks that are carefully crafted for maximum Hello Kitty goodness!

     

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  • Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Hello Kitty No-Bake Cheesecake

    14.April.2019 | 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 recipe you’ll learn how to make a no-bake cheesecake by simply combining and mixing! This easy recipe can be followed by anyone and can be easily changed into a character cake of your choosing. Chocolate plates are hard to make but if you follow these steps you’ll be able to make your own in no time!

     

     

    Ingredients

    200g cream cheese

    200g fresh cream

    70g sugar

    1 tbsp lemon juice

    10g gelatin

    20 crackers (I used Ritz crackers)

    50g unsalted butter

     

    Preparation

    ・Add 5 tbsp water into the gelatin. Head it in the microwave for 40 seconds before combining with the cream cheese.

    ・Melt the unsalted butter in the microwave

    ・Let the cream cheese come to room temperature and then wrap the bowl in cling film before leaving to soften in the microwave.

     

    1.

    ①Blitz 10 crackers in a food processor and then pour in your melted unsalted butter. Add the other 10 crackers and blitz again.

    Add the mix into a cake tin. Wrap a potato masher in cling film like the photo below and press the mix.

    *By pressing multiple times with force at this stage it will prevent the biscuit from breaking later when the cake is cooked.

    2.

    ①Blitz the cream cheese and sugar in the food processor to combine.

    ②Transfer the combined cream cheese and sugar into a bowl and add the lemon juice, fresh cream and the microwaved gelatin.

    ③Once fully mixed pour it on top of your cracker in the cake tin. Put into the refrigerator to fully cool and solidify. Your no-bake cheesecake is done!

    Next we need to draw Hello Kitty’s face. I made a video so check that out below too.

     

    1: Get a picture of Hello Kitty (or character of your choice) and affix see-through baking paper on top with sellotape.

     

    2: Trace the lines of the picture with a chocolate pen that has been warmed.

    *The fatter your lines the less likely it is to break when you put it on the cake.

     

    3: Once you’ve finished drawing, place it into the refrigerator to harden. Once both the cheesecake and chocolate have cooled you can begin decorating.

     

    4: Place the hardened chocolate on top of the cheesecake.

    *Don’t worry if your chocolate breaks a little when putting it on top. You can join the broken lines back up once you’ve placed it on so nobody will know.

     

    5: Once the framework is on add the eyes and nose making sure to check the sizes and balance. Finally, fill in the ribbon and clothing with either strawberry sauce or strawberry jam that has been mixed with a bit of water.

     

    And you’re done!

    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!

  • Cast Your Votes For Your Favourite Sanrio Character in the 2019 Sanrio Awards

    12.April.2019 | SPOT

    Sanrio has opened votes for the 2019 Sanrio Character Awards which is set to run from April 10 to May 27th. An additional category has also been added for 28 characters that have collaborated with other companies and regional municipalities.

     

    The Sanrio Character Awards were first held in Sanrio’s monthly paper Ichigo Shinbun in 1986. This year marks their 34th run. Voting are open for 48 days up until May 27 with winners set to be announced at Sanrio Puroland on June 4. Eighty of Sanrio’s 450+ characters are participating this year.

     

    2018 Sanrio Character Award Winners

    Who will be the winner this year? Will it be Hello Kitty who is celebrating her 45th anniversary this year? Will Cinnamoroll take home the crown for the third year in a row? Will YOSHIKITTY bump up the list this year, the character made in collaboration with X Japan’s Yoshiki?

     

    This year Sanrio are looking for characters who will best represent the start of Japan’s new Reiwa era and who can deliver new kinds of ‘kawaii.’ During the voting period characters will take to social media and appear at events around Japan to showcase the kawaii of a new era.

     

    A whopping total of 365,416 votes were cast on the first day (April 10). The ranking thus far can be seen in the picture above and is as follows:

     

    1st Place – Cinnamoroll
    2nd Place – Pompompurin
    3rd Place – Hello Kitty
    4th Place – Pochacco
    5th Place – My Melody
    6th Place – Little Twin Stars
    7th Place – Kuromi
    8th Place – Tuxedo Sam
    9th Place – Gudetama
    10th Place – Kero Kero Keroppi

    Who will you be voting for?

     

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  • Cute Hello Kitty Dumb Phone Can Feature As Extension To Your Smartphone

    04.September.2019 | FASHION

    As part of the ongoing celebrations for Hello Kitty’s 45th anniversary, Sanrio just launched the all-new Hello Kitty FIGURINE KT-01BT in Japan on September 2.

     

    This Hello Kitty Smart Mate features the same design of the popular original Hello Kitty FIGURINE KT-01 released back in 2016. Featuring as both a flip dumb phone and figurine, the device is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.

    Everything from its design and shape to the packaging it comes in is inspired by 1970’s Hello Kitty―the year she first showed her cute face to the world―clad in an pink adorable dress and ribbon.

     

    The device connects to both smartphones and Bluetooth, meaning it can serve as an extension to your smartphone, allowing you to take calls from it when your smartphone is in the bottom of your bag. It can also copy over your contacts and phone history from your smartphone, making it a very handy addition indeed. It features all the basic functions too including a calculator, clock and more.

    Check out how cute that design is!

     

    Pre-orders first opened on Amazon Japan on August 1, but the device is still available to purchase right now. It also arrived at Sanrioworld GINZA in Tokyo on September 2. Announcements for future stock will be made available on OLA and Yoozi will be made available in the near future.

     

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  • 70’s Inspired Superalloy Hello Kitty Figure Releasing Worldwide

    03.September.2019 | FASHION

    BANDAI SPIRITS is teaming up with Hello Kitty and the 1974’s brand Chogokin, which started as the name of a fictitious material in Go Nagai’s mecha manga series Mazinger Z meaning “superalloy” and ended up becoming a new line of die-cast metal toys. They will release the new Superalloy Hello Kitty toy in Japan in December 2019 and it will subsequently roll out in 22 countries around the world.

    The toy celebrates the 45th anniversaries of both Chogokin and Hello Kitty. It takes on the 1970’s Hello Kitty design and comes with a range of items including a pedestal, milk bottle, goldfish bowl, and a sign.

    Her head is also rotatable. The toy itself is heavy as you would imagine something claiming to be “superalloy” would be! Make sure you don’t miss out on this special collaboration.

     

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  • Hello Kitty Collaborates With Licca-chan For 45th Anniversary

    30.August.2019 | FASHION

    Hello Kitty is teaming up with Takara’s dress-up doll series Licca-chan to release the “Hello Kitty 45th Anniversary Style” doll outfit as part of the LiccA Stylish Doll Collections. Pre-orders will open on September 2 and go on sale on Hello Kitty’s birthday, November 1.

     

    This is Hello Kitty’s second collaboration with the doll franchise following the success of the “Hello Kitty Celebration Style” which dropped back in January this year. The first outfit sold out in just a few days, receiving adoration from fans of both Hello Kitty and Licca-chan alike.

    The first style was uniformly red, from the Hello Kitty ribbon to the dress and bag. This time the outfit takes on a pure white colour inspired by Hello Kitty. Licca-chan is serving a white knitted one piece with Hello Kitty ribbons. The inner part of the coat is also decorated with ribbons. Everything from the earrings to the accessories and even the gold-leaf packaging breathes the world of Sanrio’s most recognisable character.

    The outfit also comes with a red apple-shaped bag and message card which is packaged in its own gift box―a congratulations to Hello Kitty on her 45th anniversary.

     

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  • Hello Kitty and Where’s Wally to Release Collaboration Goods

    30.August.2019 | FASHION

    Hello Kitty will be collaborating with Where’s Wally? to release a lineup of general goods from November 2019.

    Where’s Wally? is a picture book we are all familiar with. Wally first made his debut 32 years ago and soon became a famous picture book character known all over the world. Where’s Wally original illustration exhibitions in Japan have been met with a hugely positive response, being visited by people of all generations and nationalities.

    The company Plazastyle holds a license to use the character Where’s Wally in Japan.  With this license, they have created the WHERE’S WALLY? HELLO KITTY collaboration, which is based on Where’s Wally encountering Hello Kitty while on his travels around the world. 

     

    Just some of the collaboration goods include T-shirts, socks, pouches, compact mirrors, mobile phone accessories such as smartphone cases and chargers, and much more.

     

    All we can do is wait in excitement for the goods to be released!

     

     

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  • Prepare for New Year by Ordering a Minion or Hello Kitty-Themed New Year Osechi Food Bento in Advance

    28.August.2019 | FOOD

     To properly celebrate a Japanese New Year, Osechi cannot be overlooked. Osechi is a Japanese term referring to special food traditionally served during the New Year holidays. The food is filled with the hopes, wishes and happiness of people. This year, Belle Maison has released Minion-themed and Hello Kitty-themed osechi bento boxes.

     

    Belle Maison opened their reservation website for these Osechi Bento boxes on August 23rd. 

    2-Tier Minion Osechi Bento Box: ¥22,000 (after tax)

    Underneath the dazzling smiling face of the minion is a bento box packed with delicious New Year’s goodness. The box contains a mix of traditional flavours as well as small appetizer-style bites. This is something that children as well as adults would love. The box even includes a delicious soup and a cured and steamed white fish kamaboko, which bears the image of a minion.

     

    3-Tier Hello Kitty Osechi Bento Box: ¥19,900 (after tax)

    The Hello Kitty Osechi comes in a Hello Kitty 45-year anniversary box. From the Hello Kitty ribbon-shaped mochi to the pink lilies made from yokan jellied red bean paste, this bento box is packed with cute and beautiful Hello Kitty goodness. There is also Hello Kitty mousse made from whipped cream and a Hello Kitty steamed bun with a sweet potato and chunky adzuki bean paste filling. This box is packed tightly with so many delicious desserts. 

     

    Order online during one of the following advanced sale periods for a discount:

    Period 1 (10% off): August 23 ー September 30, 2019

    Period 2 (7% off): October 1 ー 28, 2019

    Period 3 (3% off): October 29 ー November 25, 2019 

     The earlier you order, the larger the discount so if you are interested, you should order earlier rather than later. 

     

    There is no better way to experience a Japanese New Year than with a Minion or Hello Kitty-themed Osechi Bento Box. 

     

     

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  • Hello Kitty & Mickey and Minnie Mouse New Year Osechi Food Orders Now Open

    22.August.2019 | FOOD

    Osechi is a Japanese term referring to special food served during the New Year holidays. The food is filled with the hopes, wishes and happiness of people. Kibun Foods began taking reservations for new Hello Kitty and Disney osechi assortments via their online shop on August 1. Reservations will also began rolling out at retail stores throughout the year.

    The Hello Kitty box contains a selection of traditional osechi items including red and white kamaboko cured fish paste and datemaki sweet rolled omelette as well as more modern cuisine like smoked duck.


    The cute box comes with the original 1970’s Hello Kitty design to celebrate her 45th anniversary. It’s exclusive to Kibun Foods and can be reused as a lunchbox.

    The Disney box design features Mickey and Minnie Mouse wearing traditional kimono. This box also contains traditional foods like red and white kamaboko cured fish paste and datemaki sweet rolled omelette as well as chicken in tomato sauce, smoked duck and more.

    The plum blossoms and peonies give a traditional and luxurious feel to the box.

     

    Enjoy a kawaii-charged New Year’s this year with these beautiful osechi gifts.

     

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  • Sanrio has announced that it will release six hats with moving ears inspired by six of its characters at Sanrio stores, its online store, and shops stocking Sanrio goods in Japan on August 21.

     

    The hats move by using an air pump that you pump with your fingers. Look adorable at events, on your Instagram story posts and pretty much anywhere by choosing from one of the six characters: Hello Kitty, My Melody, Pompompurin, Cinnamoroll, Kuromi and Pochacco.

    The hats are fluffy, comfortable to wear, and of course make you look kawaii as you walk along with the ears bouncing up and down. The hats are also one size fits all and so can be worn by both kids and grown-ups!

     

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  • Gundam vs. Hello Kitty Merchandise Releasing at Sanrio Stores

    16.August.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    As part of the ongoing Gundam vs. Hello Kitty project, Sanrio is releasing a new collection of chess design merchandise and other merchandise themed on both franchises at Sanrio stores across Japan, as well as its online store and in selection shops stocking Sanrio merchandise on August 17 (and August 21 for the online store).

     

    Let’s take a look at just some of the items up for grabs.

    Gundam vs. Hello Kitty T-Shirts (M/L) – ¥3,456 Each (Tax Included)

    Gundam vs. Hello Kitty Face Towels – ¥1,944 Each (Tax Included)

    Gundam Mug – ¥1,620 (Tax Included)

    Hello Kitty Mug – ¥1,620 (Tax Included)

    For the 7th round of the project, fans of Hello Kitty and Gundam are encouraged to take a photo of any of the chess design items they have purchased and post it on Twitter.

    If you are team Hello Kitty then you must post with the hashtag #キティチェックメイト (“Kitty Checkmate”) and if you are team Gundam then post with #ガンダムチェックメイト (“Gundam Checkmate”). This hashtag campaign will begin on August 17 and end on September 16. The character with the most number of posts will be crowned as the winner of Round 7. Additionally, one random participant from both teams will be selected to win a complete set of the chess design merchandise which includes the t-shirts and both mugs.

     

    Pick your team, get the goods and get voting!

     

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  • Tokyo Stroll: The Café That You Want to Visit to See Someone #11 – ‘Hatoya’ in Asakusa

    16.August.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    In this edition of The Café That You Want to Visit to See Someone, I visited Hatoya which is located in Asakusa Shin-Nakamise Arcade.

     

    The streets of Tokyo’s historical district of Asakusa are packed to end with cafés. You can be spoiled for choice, but Hatoya stood out to me in particular as it’s an especially old café. Business there began back in 1927 but the actual building was built back in the Taisho period, meaning its history spans more than 90 years ago!

     

    The outside appearance of the shop is smart and chic so it’s very easy to spot. I couldn’t tell by looking from the outside, but the inside is full of old decorations and odds and ends which make you feel the history of the café.

    One reason why I wanted to visit this place so much is because I was drawn to their logo. It’s really retro-kawaii so I just couldn’t resist!

    You should take some photos too if you visit.

    It was time to head inside. It’s really comfy and cozy in there; the atmosphere was nice and relaxed.

    Framed on the wall is a map of the Asakusa area during the Taisho era. Hatoya became famous back then because people could buy coffee for a mere 5 sen (a single sen is one-hundredth of a yen).

     

    When business first began at Hatoya, because the café was opposite the stage door of a theatre, all of the famous actors and actresses would pop in. Some include famous Japanese comedian Roppa Furukawa and film actor Kiyoshi Atsumi who played Tora-san in the film series Otoko wa Tsurai yo.

    I ordered the café’s popular hotcakes which cost ¥600. They have been making these same hotcakes since before the war.

    They were nice and fluffy and had a deliciously gorgeous brown colour. The flavour was out of this world when the butter melted from the heat of the hotcakes and mixed together with the syrup.

     

    The portion might look like a lot but they are fluffy and have a light flavour so can be finished with no problem.

    And is the café’s signature milkshake (¥500).

     

    It’s so refreshing that you can knock it back all in one go. It has a simple flavour but it tasted so good!

    I also ordered the ¥600 cream soda, my favourite beverage.

    I’ve been to many cafés, and have covered many in this series, but this is the first I have dined at with such a deep history. I found myself enthralled by the stories of the owner who has continued to treasure the café and maintained it all the same since it opened. I feel like I have learned about a world I never knew about. The next time I go to Hatoya with a friend I’ll be sure to let them in on its history. I encourage you to visit too!

     

    Writer/Model: Ema Tanioku
    Photographer: Haruka Yamamoto
    Design: Yuko Abe (ASOBISYSTEM)

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    “Emaeri” is the nickname for models Ema and Eri Tanioku, who are Aomoji fashion model twins. Ema and Eri Tanioku specialise in twin fashion coordination. Over the years their fanbase has increased due to their cute looks. Ema Tanioku spreads Harajuku culture within Japan as well as overseas and works as a Harajuku Tourism Ambassador. Starting off as a model, Ema has broadened her talent range from fashion magazines to TV, and from playing the lead role in dramas to movies.

  • Hello Kitty Theatre Restaurant HELLO KITTY SHOW BOX Opens its Kawaii Doors to the Public

    14.August.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    The official Hello Kitty theatre and restaurant HELLO KITTY SHOW BOX on Awaji Island had its grand opening on August 12.

     

    Related Article: Stunning Hello Kitty Theatre Restaurant HELLO KITTY SHOW BOX to Open On Awaji Island

     

    New photos have emerged giving us a peek inside the restaurant and at the menu.

    The restaurant itself is situated in the farmlands of Awaji Island. Hiding on top of the building is an adorable hidden face of Hello Kitty which can’t be seen from the ground.

    At the back of the restaurant is a giant screen spanning 6 meters wide and 16 meters tall. The stage in front will give rise to a whole new kind of Hello Kitty entertainment with song, dance and performances.

    The menu was conceived by Japanese chef Hal Yamashita and uses healthy, organic ingredients to make incredible dishes that both taste amazing and are fun to look at. As well as vegan dishes, there will be a dessert buffet which also uses healthier alternatives. Everything look delicious!

    The interior is both cute and high class, offering the ultimate Hello Kitty restaurant. With its doors now open to the public, fans of Hello Kitty are set to flock to Awaji Island.

     

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  • Stunning Hello Kitty Theatre Restaurant HELLO KITTY SHOW BOX to Open On Awaji Island

    12.August.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    The new HELLO KITTY SHOW BOX theatre restaurant is set to bring excitement and thrills when it opens on Awaji Island on August 12.

    This theatre-restaurant combination will serve up a dining experience you will never forget with a selection of healthy cuisine including vegan cooking. For entertainment, you can look forward to browsing the incredible gallery which will make use of various media art forms including 3D holograms. There will also be a range of shows made up of song, dance and musical performance.

    The building itself is situated within farmlands and is crowned with the adorable hidden face of Hello Kitty which can’t be seen from the ground.

    The Hello Kitty Dream Gallery will use 3D holograms to bring Hello Kitty to life before your very eyes. The story will follow our feline heroine in which her dream to become a pianist comes true. The Hello Kitty Dream Entertainment Show will make use of giant LED screens and Hello Kitty will put on a cute performance of song, dance and music.

     

    The menu was conceived by Japanese chef Hal Yamashita and uses healthy, organic ingredients to make incredible dishes that both taste amazing and are fun to look at. As well as vegan dishes, there will be a dessert buffet which also uses healthier alternatives.

     

    And if you’re hoping to stock up on Hello Kitty merchandise then you’re in luck―the site’s Hello Kitty shop will stock exclusive items you can’t get anywhere else.

     

    Immerse yourself in all things Hello Kitty at HELLO KITTY SHOW BOX, opening on August 12, 2019.

     

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  • Sanrio Unveil New Sporty Merchandise Collection Featuring Hello Kitty, My Melody & Others

    11.August.2019 | FASHION

    Sanrio has announced that it will release 24 pieces of merchandise on August 15 in support of the sports season from summer to autumn. The items feature the Sanrio characters donning their sports gear and include megaphones, charms, bags, and more.

    There are many sports events happening right now, and the Sanrio cast are here to help you cheer on your favourite teams: Hello Kitty, My Melody, Pocchaco, Pompompurin, Cinnamoroll, and Kuromi.

    The megaphones are a must-have, featuring cute plush toy attachments of the characters which can be used at events like a vuvuzela.


    Keep your things safe with one of six “Mascot Holder” bags with each character donning different sportswear: table tennis for Hello Kitty, Tennis for My Melody, Rugby for Pompompurin, baseball for Cinnamoroll, soccer for Kuromi, and basketball for Pochacco.

    And for good luck, grab one of the lucky charms which have a gold medal and message inside them. Attach them to your phone or keep them in  your pocket!

     

    ©’13, ‘19 SANRIO S/D・G

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