Gundam & Hello Kitty Puzzle Games Arriving at Tokyo Mystery Circus

21.June.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

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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  • 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!

  • 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 & 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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  • 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 Merchandise Released in Collaboration With JAAF

    09.June.2019 | FASHION

    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.

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    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.

  • Tokyo Otaku Mode Opens Its First Real Life Shop at Shibuya PARCO

    19.June.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    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!

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  • These Hello Kitty Kintsuba Japanese Confections are the Perfect Souvenir From Japan

    05.November.2019 | FOOD

    Confectionery company Nakataya has teamed up with Sanrio to release the Hello Kitty Kintsuba.

     

    Kintsuba is a type of traditional Japanese confection of sweet beans wrapped in wheat-flour dough. Nakataya is famous for their kintsuba, which are made with large-grained beans and red bean paste. They have maintained the flavour and quality of these confections, each of which is made with the utmost precision, and all individually.

     

    This year marks the 85th anniversary since Nakataya opened. The long-standing store hopes to bring in more foreign and younger customers by collaborating with Hello Kitty.

    They have crafted several flavours. Pictured above is the apple pie flavour, Hello Kitty’s favourite. It’s made with fuji apples from Aomori Prefecture which is known for its incredible apples. It’s mixed with white bean paste and is lightly flavoured with cinnamon.

    The mixed berry flavour is a fruity sweet and sour mix of strawberries, raspberries and blueberries which have been mashed together with white bean paste.

    The confection comes in two kinds of packaging: one designed by Nakataya’s founder Nakata (中田憲龍), and a Hello Kitty version where she is dressed as a dragonーa symbol of the shop. This is a completely original Hello Kitty design made specially for the collaboration.

    The outer packaging is made with a wrapping cloth to both pass down an aspect of traditional Japanese culture while also catering to the eco-friendly lifestyle of the modern age. It’s made from amuzen fabric and can be reused. The inner packaging is a simple paper tray so can be recycled. And if you take the wrapping cloth back to the store, they can refill it with the three Hello Kitty kintsuba confections at a discounted price.

  • Keio Plaza Hotel Tama’s Hello Kitty & Sanrio Rooms Celebrate 5th Anniversary

    04.November.2019 | SPOT

    To celebrate 5 years since the grand opening of the Hello Kitty Room at Keio Plaza Hotel Tama, guests are being treated to a very special present.

     

    Friday November 1 marked the 45th anniversary of Hello Kitty. Together with the 5th anniversary of the hotel room, all guests who stay in any of the Sanrio character-themed hotels at Keio Plaza Hotel from now until February 29 next year will receive an application paper. Once they fill it out and then post it in the box in the lobby on the second floor they will be entered for a chance to win a one-night ticket to one of the three Sanrio character rooms. Exclusive merchandise will also be sold to commemorate the 5-year milestone.

    The hotel poster promotional videos for the three rooms over on their homepage. This includes the revamped Hello Kitty Room, the My Melody Room which opened back in June, and the Little Twin Stars Room.

  • HELLO KITTY SHOW BOX Theatre-Restaurant Announces New Show Based On the Seven Lucky Gods

    27.October.2019 | SPOT

    The official Hello Kitty theatre and restaurant HELLO KITTY SHOW BOX, which opened back in August on Awaji Island, updated its show program on October 10 and is now hosting a new show themed on the Seven Lucky Gods titled “A Record of the Seven Lucky Gods of Awaji Island.”

    A Record of the Seven Lucky Gods of Awaji Island

    The HELLO KITTY SHOW BOX is home to a gallery that makes use of media art like 3D holograms. The theatre’s shows incorporate song, dance and musical performance, while the restaurant serves healthy, vegetable-packed meals including vegan-friendly options.

     

    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 all-new show will feature an original story based around the Seven Lucky Gods of Awaji Island, a mystical island that is even mentioned in the Kojikiーa sacred text and first written recording of Japan.

     

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  • Scotland-Approved Hello Kitty Tartan Bags to be Released by Sanrio

    19.October.2019 | FASHION

    Scotland has given the seal of approval for Sanrio to release six new Hello Kitty bags with tartan designs in-store and online on October 24.

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    The classy collection is perfect for the autumn/winter seasons and can be worn for general daily use with their subtle, nonchalant Hello Kitty designs.

    Navy Tote Bag – ¥4,500

    The designs were accepted into The Scottish Register of Tartans. Sanrio now have four original tartan designs recognised by the register.

    The registration began in 2009 where they received approval from the register for the rights to a pink Hello Kitty tartan design to celebrate her 35th anniversary. Three new designs were subsequently added each year between 2016-2018 and were used for Hello Kitty birthday commemoration merchandise, a bag series worn by parents and children, and more.

    Black Tote Bag – ¥4,500

    There are two types of bags in this new collection including the standard tote bag and a two-way mini tote bag, both which come in red, navy and black colours for a total of six. They are nice and roomy to carry your everyday things.

    Red 2-Way Mini Tote Bag – ¥4,000

    Though the mini tote bag is on the smaller side, it has a 13cm gusset so holds plenty too. It also comes with a removable shoulder case strap so you can coordinate it how you like.

     

    Which bag do you want for the autumn/winter season?

     

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  • Mobile Suit Gundam Themed Glasses & Case Releasing in Collaboration With OWNDAYS

    16.October.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    Japanese eyewear chain company OWNDAYS has announced a collaboration with Mobile Suit Gundam to celebrate the anime series’ 40th anniversary.

    Together, they have crafted four glasses frames inspired by four different Mobile Suits from the series. You can also snap onto each pair sunglasses lenses too, making them convenient in all weathers. The collection will be released at OWNDAYS stores in Japan as well as their online shop on December 13.

     

    In the run up to their release, early pre-orders for a very special 1/7 scale Mobile Suit head glasses case will open at the DiverCity Tokyo Plaza branch of OWNDAYS on October 18. The case can hold up to 6 pairs of glasses.

     

    Mobile Suit Gundam is a centerpiece of anime culture, adored and acclaimed the world over as a classic. These products will begin rolling out in 12 countries and regions in the coming months.

     

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    The frames are made with a light and durable stainless sheet and each have a matte colour for a high-quality feel. They are inspired by Mobile Suits from the anime series. The front parts have a hardened layered structure, while the temple parts are lightweight to ensure they can be worn for long periods of time without causing discomfort.

     

    GUNDAM HEAD CASE

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    The RX-78-2 Gundam head glasses case can hold up to 6 pairs of glasses. Pulling on the antennas will release the doors to store the glasses. After storing your glasses and returning the antennas, the head will make a sound and it will flash lights.

  • Hello Kitty Launches #HelloGlobalGoals Project With the United Nations

    29.September.2019 | SPOT

    Sanrio launched its #HelloGlobalGoals (#HelloSDGs) co-project with the United Nations at the UN headquarters on September 24 which sees their popular character Hello Kitty helping to spread the words about Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of 17 global goals established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015 to be reached by the year 2030. This includes “No Poverty,” “Zero Hunger,” “Climate Action” and so on.

     

    Since September last year, Hello Kitty has been helping to promote SDGs on her YouTube channel as part of Japan’s involvement in the global efforts. The UN recognised this, and had Hello Kitty join them at the headquarters in New York at the SDG Media Zone presentation, which was attended by people around the world, where they announced #HelloGlobalGoals.

    Hello Kitty dressed up in the SDG promotional colours and appeared alongside Amina Mohammed, the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, who expressed her wish for more people around the world to come to learn about SDGs, as well as to create a world where everybody can get along harmoniously and with kindness.

    At the event, all 17 goals were showcased on a huge art piece featuring Hello Kitty to break the project down and make it easier for people to understand.

    Up to now, Hello Kitty has posted videos about what Japan has been doing for the SDGs on her channel, but now she will begin posting about countries around the world at the behest of Amina Mohammed in a new video series as shown above.

    Hello Kitty’s dress for the #HelloGlobalGoals is rainbow-coloured, representing each of the goals. This is the dress she will wear for her forthcoming SDG promotional activities.

     

    Join Hello Kitty in her mission to spread word about SDGs and the #HelloGlobalGoals project.

     

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  • Adorable Hello Kitty Plush Toy & Key Ring Releasing by Steiff

    15.September.2019 | FASHION

    As part of this year’s celebrations to commemorate Hello Kitty’s 45th anniversary, Sanrio are teaming up with German-based plush toy company Steiff to release an original Hello Kitty teddy and key ring. Orders will open on October 5 and they will be released on November 1 at Sanrio stores and select department stores stocking Sanrio goods.

    The plush toys and key rings are all individually handmade in Germany and each comes with a unique serial number and packaged in a special gift box.

    The left ears are tagged with Steiff’s company logo. These tags feature the serial number and the time the item was manufactured.

    Embroidered on the foot of the Hello Kitty teddy is her name in gold together with a red and gold ribbon. Her arm, legs and neck are adjustable so you can pose her how you like. Both of these products are limited in stock and will discontinue once all have been sold, so if you’re looking to add to your collection you’ll want to get in there quick.

     

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  • Escape From Godzilla at TOKYO MYSTERY CIRCUS Escape Game Theme Park

    11.September.2019 | MOVIE / SPOT

    TOKYO MYSTERY CIRCUS’s catalogue of games just keeps on growing. The puzzle and escape game theme park has just announced the return of its escape game Escape From Shin Godzilla which is being held in collaboration with the 2016 film Shin Godzilla.

    The event was previously held last April where it ran until October, enjoying huge popularity with over 40,000 escape game-goers. Players took the role of a member of the Kyosaitai―the anti-Godzilla task force―based in Kabukicho, Shinjuku where you will be tasked with solving puzzles to defeat the colossal giant.

    The thrilling event returns once more with original visuals created to make it look like Godzilla has really invaded Kabukicho. Tickets are now on sale, and you can pick up exclusive merchandise and themed food at the venue too. Can you defeat Godzilla?

     

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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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