Gundam & Hello Kitty Puzzle Games Arriving at Tokyo Mystery Circus
As part of the “Gundam vs. Hello Kitty Project,” both franchises are set to get their very own puzzle games at Tokyo Mystery Circus on July 18.
The Mobile Suit Gundam game, titled Gundam Kidou Sakusen (“Gundam Tactics Activate”), will see you seeking to finish building a Gundam while avoiding being attacked by the Principality of Zeon. Using AR technology, complete your mission together with Amuro Ray.
The Hello Kitty game, titled “Hello Kitty’s Night Museum,” follows a string of themes following the history of the character from when she was born to today and in the future. Using Tokyo Mystery Circus’s puzzle-solving book, you will traverse through the Night Museum and complete numerous stories. You will hear voice messages from Hello Kitty herself, there will be a popcorn machine, illustrations of Hello Kitty by popular manga author Arina Tanemura, and more.
A campaign will also run which will determine who the winner will be between Hello Kitty and Gundam. This will be decided depending on the amount of clears of each respective event. The number of votes will be displayed at Tokyo Mystery Circus. A themed menu will also be served.
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Gundam Kidou Sakusen / Hello Kitty’s Night Museum
Running: July 18, 2019 – TBA
Location: Tokyo Mystery Circus (APM Bldg., 1-27-5 Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo, 160-0021)
Price: ¥2,000 (Tax Included)
*Advance ticket prices the same price as same-day tickets. Please note however that same-day tickets will be unavailable if all advance tickets sell out.
Caution: This event makes use of the LINE messenger phone application. Please be sure to take a device with LINE installed.
Gundam vs. Hello Kitty Official Website: https://www.gundamvskitty.com
Toho, AlphaBoat & Tokyo Otaku Mode Announce International Contest For Original Character
13.June.2019 | ANIME&GAME
Toho and AlphaBoat have announced the second run of their video audition project “GEMSTONE” which is open to creators around the world, from animators to illustrators, composers, singers, actors and actresses, and beyond.
The first round was held in Japan only and asked for illustrations and videos themed on “Godzilla.” Of the 1,000 people who participated, 11 were chosen as winners, all of whom are now undertaking work alongside the production team at Toho. The key visual for the new second round was illustrated by YELLOW JUNKIE/kyo→ko, one of the winners of the first audition.
For the second round, Toho and Alphaboat are collaborating with Japanese pop culture news website Tokyo Otaku Mode to bring the contest to international creators. The new theme is “With Japan!” and participants are asked to create an original character based on this.
Participants must create a 3-minute explanation video of their character. There are no boundaries to how videos can be created―it can be in the form of a presentation by the creators themselves, a short animation, and so on. All submissions that successfully pass the first round will be posted onto the official GEMSTONE YouTube channel. Finalists will have the opportunity to participate in the official ceremony held at Anime NYC. They will receive a cash prize of 1 million yen and get to develop a project alongside Toho, AlphaBoat and Tokyo Otaku Mode.
Applications open on July 1 and will run until September 2 on the official website.
A third and fourth round are in the works for the near future. Get involved!
GEMSTONE Creators Audition Vol. 2
Vol. 2 Theme: “With Japan!”
Application Period: July 1, 2019 – September 2, 2019 at 18:00 (JST)
*Winning submissions to roll out on GEMSTONE’s YouTube channel in September
Prize: 1 million yen and chance to develop a project with Toho, AlphaBoat and Tokyo Otaku Mode
Official Website: https://gemstoneaudition.com/
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 Rooms
Room Size: 26m² / 4 Twin Rooms (Can accommodate 3 people if requested)
Bed Size: 120 cm x 203 cm
Cost: From ￥17,000 (Cost for one room, two people, breakfast & Hello Kitty cake plan ー service fee & tax included)
Room-Only Fee: From ¥14,500 (Cost for one room, two people ー service fee & tax included)
Keio Plaza Hotel Tama Official Website: https://www.keioplaza.co.jp/tama/
Hello Kitty & Lisa and Gaspard Collaborative Merchandise Released
17.June.2019 | FASHION
Sanrio’s popular character Hello Kitty has teamed up with French fictional character duo Lisa and Gaspard to release a line of merchandise at Sanrio shops, Sanrio corners of department stores and the official Sanrio online shop.
These characters first collaborated in September 2017 with the announcement of a selection of merchandise with oil painting designs. This collection was released in Japan in January 2018. Their second collaboration was the creation of 7 new oil paintings along with an original picture book which was published by French publisher Hachette Livre in January this year.
This new series uses designs from the new oil paintings that were released last year and also featured in the picture book. The theme of the works is “Paris.”
Foldable Tote Bag: ¥3,024 (Tax Included)
This foldable tote bag has an adjustable handle so you can use it as a carrier case.
iPhone 7/8 Case: ¥3,240 (Tax Included)
This case is compatible with the iPhone 7 a nd 8 and comes with a ring on the back.
A4 Clipboard: ¥972 (Tax Included)
This adorable A4 size clipboard can be used in a variety of situations whether at work or for studying.
The cute new collection can be enjoyed by fans and newcomers to the characters alike.
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Hello Kitty and Lisa & Gaspard Collaboration Merchandise
Release Date: June 12, 2019
◇Most Sanrio stores and department stores (in the Sanrio Corner)
◇ The Sanrio Online Shop
Main shop: https://shop.sanrio.co.jp/
Rakuten Market: https://www.rakuten.co.jp/sanrio/
Yahoo! Shopping: https://shopping.geocities.jp/sanrio/
Sanrio Official Website: https://www.sanrio.co.jp/goodsinfo/lg-kt-collaboration-design-201906/
Lisa and Gaspard Official Website: http://www.lisagas.jp/
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 bullet train departure date: Sat 06/07/2019
Leave Hakata (Fukuoka ) 7:39 am → leave Hiroshima 8:49 am → arrive at Shin-Kobe 10:10 am.
Tickets: The bullet train journey and event contents will be sold as a travel plan. Please check the following links below to access tickets.
・Nippon Travel Agency
・HANKYU TRAVEL DMC JAPAN
HELLO KITTY SMILE
Address: 985-1 Nojima Hikinoura, Awaji, Hyogo,
Opening hours: 11：00 ー 20：00 ※ This can vary depending on the store’s opening hours.
Closed on Tuesdays
Official website: https://awaji-resort.com/hellokittysmile/en_index.html
The Japan Association of Athletics Federations (JAAF) has announced that it will release its collaborative Hello Kitty merchandise in Fukuoka for the 103rd Japan National Championships.
The collaboration started as a way to encourage people to attend athletic competitions across Japan to see the competitive athletes battle it out for the win.
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The items feature a cute illustration of Hello Kitty and Mimmy wearing an original JAAF uniform and trying their best at a marathon.
Original Pouch: ¥1,200 (Tax Included) ⓒ1976, 2019 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. S600691
Original A4 Folder: ¥300 (Tax Included) ⓒ1976, 2019 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. S600691
The items include a key ring plush toy, pouch and folder. These are all limited in stock so if you’re looking to pick any up you’ll want to get on it ASAP. But do not fret if you don’t get any as there is a possibility that the items will be sold at future venues.
103rd Japan National Championships
Running: June 27, 2019 – June 30, 2019
Location : Hakatanomori Athletic Stadium, Fukuoka
Official Website: https://www.jaaf.or.jp/jch/103/
Tokyo Otaku Mode Opens Its First Real Life Shop at Shibuya PARCO
Tokyo Otaku Mode (or TOM for short) is opening up their first real life shop on floor 6 of Shibuya PARCO. The shop’s theme is JAPAN CULTURE and its grand opening will occur around the end of November 2019.
Staying true to their core value of spreading Japanese pop culture to the rest of the world, the real life shop Tokyo Otaku Mode TOKYO will continue to sell its lines of original goods themed around anime, manga, games and much more. This boutique is a long-awaited opportunity for many fans, who will finally be able to purchase their favourite character-themed goods in person.
Shibuya PARCO is known for its cutting-edge fashion, art and music culture. As the building is undergoing some major renovations, Tokyo Otaku Mode seized the opportunity to implement their trending otaku culture. Now, pop culture will be spread even more in Japan as well as overseas.
Check out Tokyo Otaku Mode to experience the trendiest Japanese pop culture!
Tokyo Otaku Mode TOKYO
Open: Around the end of November 2019
Address: Shibuya PARCO (floor 6), 15-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo
Business days and hours are to be confirmed.
Tokyo Otaku Mode Official Website: https://corporate.otakumode.com/
HELLO KITTY SHOW BOX, Nijigen no Mori, & Other Exciting Things to Experience on Japan’s Awaji Island
Pasona Group is a website that publishes news of and promotes the food, sights, and culture of Awaji Island to build a connection between islanders and travellers. The website has published its latest “Awaji Island New Report” showcasing what to enjoy on the island at the turn of spring. Let’s take a look.
Nijigen no Mori
Night Walk Hi no Tori – “SAKURA Night”
Nijigen no Mori is an anime on Awaji Island. Spring last year saw the Naruto & Boruto Shinobi-Zato attraction, and this summer will see the arrival of a life-sized Godzilla attraction. The new night attraction “Night Walk Hi no Tori” will also take place for a limited time as part of the “SAKURA Night” Instagram photo event which can be followed with the hashtag #nwsakura2020. The phoenix and cherry blossoms are the theme of this nighttime attraction. Those who post a photo of themselves at the event with the hashtag and receive the most likes will receive two tickets to stay at Hotel GRAND CHARIOT Hokutoshichisei 135° on Awaji Island. See the attraction and get pulled into a magical nightly world of cherry blossoms.
Address: 2425-2 Kusumoto, Awaji, Hyogo
Running: March 20, 2020 – April 30, 2020
Price: General – ¥2,500 / Children (5-11 Years Old) – ¥1,200 / Below 4 Years Old – Free (*Tax included in prices)
Times: 18:30 / 19:10 / 19:50 / 20:30
*Times subject to change depending on the time of sunsets – check the official website for information
Official Website: https://nijigennomori.com/
Cherry Blossom Waffles – ¥1,800 (Before Tax)
Starting on April 1, the cafe Miele is serving up cherry blossom waffles for the spring season. They are topped with heart shaped marshmallows arranged to create cherry blossom petals, matcha ice cream daifuku, and cherry blossom flavoured roll cake. The hearty waffle servings are fluffy on the inside and crunchy on the outside, topped with delicious squirty cream.
Address: 785-9 Nojimahikinoura, Awaji, Hyogo
Running: April 1, 2020 – May 31, 2020
Opening Hours: 10:30-19:00
HELLO KITTY SHOW BOX
World Oldies Selection ~1964 TOKYO~
The official Hello Kitty theatre and restaurant HELLO KITTY SHOW BOX on Awaji Island is currently holding a new event titled World Oldies Selection ~1964 TOKYO~ where Hello Kitty and performers sing and dance to famous nostalgic songs that played during the Tokyo Olympics in 1964, like Poupée de cire, poupée de son, Land of 1,000 Dancers, and YMCA. It’s a beautiful performance that both kids and adults alike can enjoy.
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Running: April 7, 2020
Opening Hours: 11,00-20:00 (Up to 3 performances per day)
Address: HELLO KITTY SHOW BOX, 177-5 Nojimahirabayashi, Awaji, Hyogo Prefecture
Puppy Island Pizza – ¥480 (Before Tax)
Craft Circus reopened after renovations on February 15. The new “Wan-chan Shima Pizza” (Puppy Island Pizza) can be eaten by both you and your dog. It is made from rice flour produced on Awaji Island. You can pick from a variety of toppings and seafood, all of which are also from Awaji Island. It’s gluten free and can be served with low-salt mascarpone cheese, making it healthy for your dog to eat. A single slice is 15cm and it comes in a cute dog bone shape. It can also be ordered for takeout, so you can enjoy a Hanami picnic with your dog under the cherry blossom trees!
Address: 2-2 NojimahirabayashiAwaji, Hyogo
Opening Hours: 10:30-20:30 (Last Orders 18:30)
*Opening hours change depending on the season
Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Hello Kitty Sushi Cakes For Hinamatsuri
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.
Hinamatsuri is almost here, and I’ve got the perfect treat for this year’s festival: Hello Kitty Sushi Cakes. These Hello Kitty decorations can be made with basic Japanese ingredients, so follow along and try making them yourself.
15cm cake tin
1 cup vinegared sushi rice
3 Japanese rolled omelettes (dashi-maki tamago)
20 beefsteak plant
Ikura salted salmon roe
Hanpen pounded fish cake
Line a cake tin with baking sheet paper like in the photo. Use a cake tin with a detachable bottom spanning 15cm. In the case that you don’t have a cake tin with a detachable bottom, cover the bottom of your tin with cling film which will make it easy to remove everything afterwards.
Cut Hello Kitty, flowers and other shapes into some hanpen pounded fish cake.
Slice the tuna, salmon, and Japanese egg into cubes about 1.2cm each.
Pile the ingredients in this order: rice→tuna, salmon, and egg→rice. Refer to the photo below.
Leave the ingredients exposed around the outside like so✨
Top with the rest of the ingredients as you like.
Finish by adding your Hello Kitties and flowers which you can decorate with leftovers, like the noses and middle of the flowers. I also used cucumber and crab sticks for the head decorations.
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!
TOKYO MYSTERY CIRCUS Releases Snoopy Merchandise as Part of SCRAP x SNOOPY Puzzle Game Project
24.February.2020 | SPOT
As part of the second SCRAP x SNOOPY Puzzle Game Project taking place at TOKYO MYSTERY CIRCUSーthe world’s first puzzle-themed theme parkーthe Shinjuku-based theme indoor theme park has released ten pieces of original and exclusive merchandise.
What is the SCRAP x SNOOPY Puzzle Game Project?
Visitors are joining Snoopy and the Peanuts Gang for a whole bunch of puzzle-solving fun. The project begin in November 2019, and will run through three periods. The first edition has seen over 10,000 people play this first puzzle game, which is titled “Snoopy and the Clue Solving Circus” and has players helping Snoopy to retrieve his Circus Leader badge back. The second game, “Snoopy and the Secret Recipe,” will begin on February 26. In the meantime, a selection of 10 pieces of merchandise have dropped.
Mugs (2 Designs) – ¥1,400 Each
Paper Napkins (Set of 10) – ¥600
Art Card Set w/ Puzzle (Set of 5) – ¥1,000
The two mugs see Snoopy wearing his chef’s hat and ready to cook up some delicious pastries for the new game. There’s also a paper napkin set, items that come with their own unique puzzles, and more. Available at the TOKYO MYSTERY CIRCUS shop, these items can all be purchased by non-participants of the game too.
SCRAP x SNOOPY Puzzle Game Project
Event Page: https://mysterycircus.jp/snoopy/en/
TOKYO MYSTERY CIRCUS
Address: APM Bldg., 1-27-5 Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo, 160-0021
Opening Hours: Weekdays 11:30-23:00 / Weekends & Holidays 09:30-23:00
No Fixed Holidays.
Price: Free Entry (*Separate tickets required for games)
Official Website: https://mysterycircus.jp/en/
Win Hello Kitty & Chibi Maruko-chan Prizes With Sanrio’s Lottery Draw
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Chibi Maruko-chan anime adaptation, the franchise is teaming up with Sanrio’s internationally beloved character Hello Kitty.
For the collaboration, cute and original artwork has been created featuring Hello Kitty and Maruko-chan hanging out together in their everyday lives, a scene that’s sure to incite a sense of nostalgia to both kid and adult fans of the longtime anime series.
We see Maruko-chan wearing Hello Kitty’s iconic red ribbon, as well as Maruko’s grandpa Tomozo Sakura donning a hat inspired by Hello Kitty.
There’s also an illustration of the two friends drinking milk bottles together which they bought from Mitsuya in the background, a candy shop that appears in the Chibi Maruko-chan seires. If you look closely you can see Noguchi peeking her head from behind the shop.
A special lottery draw is set to roll out in Japan at Sanrio stores, department stores stocking Sanrio products, Lawson, MiniStop, Daily Yamazaki, bookstores, and elsewhere from early June 2020. Fans are guaranteed to win a prize, which includes a line-up of nine items as well as a special top prize. Merchandise includes a takoyaki machine, hot plate, bath towel, and more.
Following the lottery draw, more exciting things are set to take place as part of the collaboration.
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Chibi Maruko-chan x Hello Kitty – Sanrio Lottery
Price: ¥700 (Tax Included) per go
Start Date: Rolling out early June 2020 (Start date differs between stores)
Available: Sanrio products, Lawson, MiniStop, Daily Yamazaki, bookstores, and elsewhere (*Select branches not participating)
Epic Hello Kitty Gundam Figures Revealed For Summer 2020 Worldwide Release
Two new figurines have been revealed by BANDAI SPIRITS, which sees the worlds of Hello Kitty and Gundam come together as part of the longtime selling brand Chogokin (“Super Alloy”) which has been selling since 1974. The figures will go on sale in Japan and 22 countries around the world in July 2020.
In April 2019, a projected began entitled Gundam vs Hello Kitty, which we covered throughout its run in detail. In the end, Gundam came out victorious, but both competitors made peace and began a new project named “Gundam x Hello Kitty Love & Peace.” The two figurines are the first realisation of that new project.
In 2014, Chogokin celebrated its 40th anniversary, the year in which Hello Kitty celebrated her own 40th anniversary too, from which the incredibly popular “Chogokin Hello Kitty” was released. Last year, Mobile Suit Gundam commemorated its own 40 years since its release. The two figures are based on Amuro Ray’s RX-78-2 Gundam and Char Aznable’s MS-06S Zaku II which appear in the original series.
Over on the product website, you can watch a short animation showcasing the two figures, so be sure to check it out.
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Chogokin Gundam★Hello Kitty
Price: ¥7,480 (Tax Included)
Release Date: July 2020
Chogokin Char Zaku II★Hello Kitty
Price: ¥7,480 (Tax Included)
Release Date: July 2020
Japan Release: Available at hobby shops, toy shops, internet shops, Sanrio’s online shop, select Sanrio stores, and elsewhere
Product Website: https://tamashii.jp/special/sanrio/
Hello Kitty Collaborates With Japanese Biscuit Brand Tabekko Doubutsu
30.January.2020 | FOOD
Sanrio is teaming up with Japan’s longtime loved snack maker Ginbis to release a new line of 11 products featuring Hello Kitty. They will go on sale from February 6, 2020 at Sanrio shops across Japan, the online store, and select stores stocking Sanrio products. The collaboration combines the deliciousness of their biscuits, which are a nostalgic snack for Japanese people, with the cuteness of Hello Kitty.
The snack in question is the butter flavour of the popular longtime selling biscuit Tabekko Doubutsu, which are light to eat and come in cute animal shapes with the name of the animal written on them. Hello Kitty is a character known the world over, who celebrated her 45th anniversary last year. But the collaborative product line doesn’t just include the biscuits – it includes merchandise too which will be sold as gift sets.
Plastic Mug (2 Designs) & Tabekko Doubutsu Biscuits – ¥700 Each
Two exclusive designs were created for the plastic mugs, including one with Hello Kitty flying an aeroplane over the animals, and the other with her face mixed in with the biscuit shapes.
*Please note that the biscuit packs do not come with biscuits of Hello Kitty’s face
Mascot Holder & Tabekko Doubutsu Biscuits – ¥1,650
Mini Handbags (2 Designs) & Tabekko Doubutsu Biscuits – ¥1,100 Each
The mascot holder features Hello Kitty covered in biscuits, and the mini handbags come in the same designs as the plastic mugs. There are also pouches, mini purses, and more, for a total of 11 different items.
Treat yourself or your Valentine’s Day sweetheart to an item in this kawaii new collaboration from Sanrio and Ginbis.
*All listed prices include tax
Tabekko Doubutsu x Hello Kitty Collab Series
Release Date: February 6, 2020 (From February 5, 2020 on Sanrio’s online shop)
Product Page: https://www.sanrio.co.jp/goodsinfo/kt-tabekko-202002/
◇Sanrio store branches / Select stores stocking Sanrio merchandise
Yahoo! Shopping: https://shopping.geocities.jp/sanrio/
Sanrio Gift’s New Shop in Ueno Welcomes Hello Kitty Panda Merchandise & More
Sanrio opened a new gift shop called Sanrio Gift Gate in Ueno on January 24, 2020. This is the 107th branch of the gift shop to open in Japan, following the openning of the Asakusa branch which opened in Asakusa last year. Aimed at tourists both Japanese and foreign, it sells merchandise of Sanrio’s popular cast of characters.
The souvenir shop features a range of Ueno exclusives, including a line-up of six popular Sanrio characters wearing panda outfits.
Plush Toys (6 Designs) – ¥2,200 Each / Small Plush Toys (6 Designs) – ¥1,760 Each
Who could resist one of these cute toys? The bigger ones at 16cm tall and the small ones 11cm. The line-up includes fan favourites Hello Kitty, Pompompurin, Cinnamoroll, My Melody, Kuromi, and Pochacco.
There’s also pop-up cards with a variety of designs, including one that opens up into Ameya-Yokochō open-air market, another that turns into Hello Kitty and a panda sat down, and more.
Edo-Tamagawaya x Hello Kitty Pink Tonkotsu Ramen – ¥390
Budoonoki Sanrio Character Baumkuchen – ¥594 Each (Hello Kitty/My Melody/Pompompurin/Cinnamoroll)
The Salt Industry Center of Japan x Hello Kitty Table Salt – ¥248
There’s also food and snacks amongst a whole range of other goodies, all perfect as gifts and souvenirs.
Be sure to stop by Sanrio Gift Plaza the next time you’re in Ueno.
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Sanrio Gift Gate Ueno
Address: Plaza U Bldg. 1F, 4-8-6 Ueno, Taito Ward, Tokyo
Business Hours: 11:00-20:00 (subject to change – please check website for latest info))
Other: Duty-Free/Payment possible with Alipay and WechatPay.
Shop Information: https://www.sanrio.co.jp/shop/sh8122100/
Hello Kitty, Cinnamoroll & Pompompurin Japanese Wagashi Confections Releasing at Lawson Convenience Stores.
17.January.2020 | FOOD
Hello Kitty, Cinnamoroll and Pompompurin are the latest to be picked up by character-inspired Japanese confectionery series Tabemas. These wagashi sweets will go on sale at Lawson convenience stores across Japan (excluding Lawson Store 100 branches) on January 21, 2020.
The character line-up is based on the top three winners of the 2019 Sanrio Character Awards which we covered last summer. Hello Kitty came first place at the awards, and so she has gotten a special limited edition design for the sweets series. Cinnamoroll was second on the award list, and this is his first time joining Tabemas. Third place was Pompompurin who appears once again with Tabemas due to his popularity.
The ‘Tabemas’ brand name is an abbreviation of the Japanese words taberareru masukotto, meaning ‘mascots that you can eat.’ It is a Japanese confectionery series that combines well-known characters and Japanese sweets made from ingredients like red bean paste, sugar and rice flour. The sweets are also made with a dough called “nerikiri” which is used in making traditional Japanese wagashi sweets.
In line with the Year of the Rat in the Chinese zodiac, Hello Kitty is donning a kawaii rat outfit. Cinnamoroll’s charm point is his big ears and pink cheeks.
Each confection is filled with a different flavour bean paste: Hello Kitty is cheese, Cinamoroll is milk, and Pompompurin is of course Japanese custard pudding, or ‘purin,’ flavoured. They maintain that delicate flavour of traditional Japanese wagashi while having cute contemporary designs. You’ll be happy to know that all of the colouring is natural tooーno synthetic colours were added.
Perfect as a delicious treat, but don’t forget to snap a photo for Instagram first! Each of them is also limited in stock, so don’t miss your chance to grab one at the nearest Lawson store to you while in Japan.
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Tabemas Hello Kitty 2020 / Tabemas Cinnamoroll / Tabemas Pompompurin 2020
Price: ¥280 Each (Tax Included)
Release Date: January 21, 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
Product Page: https://www.bandai.co.jp/candy/tabemas/sanrio3/
Gundam vs. Hello Kitty Collaboration Releases Final Promotional Video
The Gundam vs. Hello Kitty project began in April 2019, with Gundam recently being announced as the winner between the two. The two franchises have now come together to announce a new project for 2020 entitled “Gundam x Hello Kitty Love & Peace.”
The project sees Hello Kitty and Gundam looking past their differences to instead pray for a world with peace and no war. It will go on to collaborate with various shops and creators.
The third and final promotional video for the project entitled “Love & Peace” was released on YouTube, following on from the first two episodes which collectively have over 2 million views. Check it out below.
Fans can expect a whole new batch of merchandise to come with the following new cute designs which combine the worlds of Gundam and Hello Kitty.
Speaking about the latest in the project, Amuro from Gundam commented: “We had our showdown in 2019. We have the support of all of you and have been able to come to an understanding with Hello Kitty. We have numerous things planned for 2020 which we are putting our all into with Hello Kitty, so please be sure to keep watching over us.”
Hello Kitty said: “I competed in 2019, and thanks to everyone who supported me, I have been able to win over Amuro and we now understand each other. We’re working well together. We have lots in store for you to enjoy, so look forward to it.”
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Akihabara’s popular maid Café @Home Cafe Teams up with Hello Kitty
Akihabara’s popular maid café @Home Cafe is partnering up with the world’s favourite Sanrio character Hello Kitty, creating a beautiful collaboration café that will open on January 21 and run for a limited time. The new café will see a new original menu, café-limited goods and much more.
@Home Cafe collaborated with Sanrio characters My Melody and Cinnamoroll in 2018, and with Pompompurin in 2019. Each year, the collaboration café was very popular. As 2020 marks the year of the Tokyo 2020 Games, Sanrio has stepped up their game, sending in their legendary Hello Kitty to the café to ensure that 2020 is celebrated to the max.
The collaboration café features illustrations of Hello Kitty and her twin sister Mimmy dressed as maids and serving customers in the café. The collaboration café will see the walls dressed in pink and yellow gingham checkered patterns and lots of sweet and cute illustrations.
Hello Kitty’s KAWAII ♡ Pink Curry (Comes with Certificate Card): ¥1,400
Hello Kitty and Mimmy’s Moe Moe Ribbon Pasta Plate: ¥1,300
Hello Kitty’s Lovely Sandwich with Sweet and Sour Soup: ¥1,300
Hello Kitty’s Moe Moe Parfait: ¥1,000 Mimmy’s Kyun Kyun Parfait: ¥1,000
Bright Red Apple Okyumuka Cake: ¥1,000
As the café’s main theme is “moe” (feeling of strong affection), Hello Kitty and Mimmy are sure to enhance your moe experience to the max.
Masters and mistresses who visit the café will also be presented with one of two designs of free collaboration placemat.
There are three varieties of original drink coasters at the café too. Masters and mistresses who order a drink will be given one for free.
Lunch Tote Bag: ¥1,500
Acrylic Keyings (Three Varieties): ¥600 Each
The café is also full of a wide range of collaboration merchandise so make sure to check them out after filling up on some delicious kawaii food.
The maids at the café will also be wearing original Hello Kitty and Mimmy-themed maid outfits that you just cannot miss if you are a Hello Kitty fan.
*All prices stated above are prices before tax.
*The English names of the dishes and merchandise mentioned above have been translated.
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@Home Cafe and Hello Kitty Collaboration Café
Running: January 21, 2020 – March 29, 2020
Location: @Home Cafe, Floor 5 Mitsuwa Building, 1-11-4, Sotokanda, Chiyoda, Tokyo
Weekdays: 11:00 – 22:00
Weekends and National Holidays: 10:00 – 22:00
*Last Orders: 21:20
*Open from 10:00 on Weekdays, Weekends and National Holidays in March
No Regular Holidays
*Opening hours are subject to change. Please refer to @Home Cafe’s official website for the latest updates.
@Home Cafe Official Website: http://www.cafe-athome.com/
Doraemon and Hello Kitty Collaborate in New Kawaii Merchandise Line
19.December.2019 | FASHION
Sanrio has announced a new Doraemon and Hello Kitty design series which is set to be released on December 26 at Sanrio stores across Japan, as well as department stores stocking Sanrio goods and the Sanrio online shop.
The Doraemon x Hello Kitty collaboration project began in 2015. Both characters have come to be symbols of Japan adored by all generations, with the Doraemon manga series set to celebrate its 50th anniversary next year, and Hello Kitty having celebrated hers this year. The project is now expanding its range for all the grown-ups that were raised on both franchises.
Hello Kitty Mascot Holder – ¥1,980
Doraemon Mascot Holder – ¥1,980
This marks the 4th Doraemon and Hello Kitty collaborative design series developed by the Sanrio shop. All the merchandise incorporates fun and instantly-recognisable motifs from the characters, like Doraemon’s secret gadgets and Hello Kitty’s ribbon.
Reversible Cushion – ¥3,080
Handbag – ¥2,200
A5 Notebook – ¥605
The cute mascot holders see Hello Kitty borrowing Doraemon’s bell and takecopter and Doraemon with Kitty’s ribbon. This adorable feature follows into the designs of the other items too, like the reversible cushion which turns inside out into either the Doraemon or Hello Kitty design. There’s lots of items in the line-up besides that shown here too, including pens and more.
Don’t miss out on this sweet collection.
*All prices include tax
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DORAEMON HELLO KITTY
Release Date: December 26, 2019 (From December 25 on the Sanrio online shop)
①Sanrio stores and department stores selling Sanrio merchandise (Select stores not participating)
Yahoo! Shopping: https://shopping.geocities.jp/sanrio/
Product Page: https://www.sanrio.co.jp/goodsinfo/kt-doraemon-201912/
Hello Kitty Greets Fans with Song and Dance Every Day at the HELLO KITTY SHOW BOX
The official Hello Kitty theatre and restaurant HELLO KITTY SHOW BOX on Awaji Island saw a grand opening full of excitement and emotion in August 2019. Hello Kitty is now greeting fans with song and dance every day at the new event HELLO KITTY GREETING SHOW which started on December 1.
Hello Kitty, who realised her dream of becoming a pianist, will perform on stage, showing off her beautiful voice and flawless dancing. The show is interactive and invites the audience to join her fun world.
After the show, there is the chance to have your photo taken with the star herself in the greeting event.
If you’re a fan, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to get closer to Hello Kitty.
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HELLO KITTY GREETING SHOW
11:00－20:00 (Up to three performances per day)
①From 11:00 (Lunch), ② From 1500 (Cafe), ③ From 18:00 (Dinner)
* Last Entries
Lunch/ Dinner: Up to 1 hour after opening
Cafe: Up to 30 minutes after opening
①Reservations can be made via the homepage here (*Discount applied to all advanced reservations)
②Reservations can also be made at the restaurant on the day depending on the number of available tables
Allotted Time: Approx. 1.5 – 2 hours.
HELLO KITTY SHOW BOX
Address: 177-5 Nojimahirabayashi, Awaji, Hyogo Prefecture