My Melody Themed Hotel Room Opens at Keio Plaza Hotel Tama

26.June.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

Two new guest rooms opened at Keio Plaza Hotel Tama on June 15 themed on the Sanrio characters My Melody and the Little Twin Stars (Kiki & Lala).

 

This year’s Sanrio Character Awards were held earlier this month. Both My Melody and the Little Twin Stars proved their popularity with fans as they came in 4th and 6th place respectively. With that in mind, what does Keio Plaza Hotel Tama have in store for fans of the characters in their new guest rooms? I’m here to let you in on the full scoop today.

Keio Plaza Hotel is about a 30-minute train ride from Shinjuku and a 3-minute walk from Keio-Tama-Center Station. It’s also close to the city of Chofu where the Rugby World Cup will be held this fall as well as located in West Tokyo, an area enjoyed by foreign tourists.

 

There are two of each rooms available and they will be permanent rooms at the hotel. The hotel already has four Hello Kitty Rooms which were introduced in November 2014 and renovated with the opening of the new My Melody and Little Twin Stars Rooms, making for a total of eight Sanrio character rooms at the hotel. Today, we’ll be taking a look at the My Melody Room.

 

My Melody Room

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I headed to the My Melody Room. As I approached the door and saw the flower above the room number my excitement began to skyrocket.

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The ceiling features a bright blue sky with a bowed rainbow spread across it, and on the walls the hidden forest of Maryland.

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My Melody looks like she is having a lot of fun as she rides the swing her father made for her.

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On the beds are cushions exclusive to the hotel made in the image of the forest’s flowers. Sleeping here will have you feeling like you are sleeping right there in the forest.

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Illustrated on the foot throw is My Melody and her closest friend, Flat. The two of them enjoying resting their heads on mushroom pillows is a cute sight.

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All of the rooms have a USB port next to the beds so you can charge your phone by your pillow even without a Japanese plug adaptor.

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The chest of drawers below the TV also has cute and colourful flowers on it.

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They’re even on the curtain tieback! You’ll find flowers scattered all throughout the room so be on the lookout to find them all.

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There’s also a hidden My Melody on the floor lamp. Be sure to find her too!

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The bath tub in the washroom is a light blue colour inspired by blue skies, and on the mirror is a cute print of My Melody♡

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Guests will definitely want to check out the amenities too including toothbrushes, bottled water, face lotion and more, each with My Melody logos on them. Each room has different designs. There’s also a tote bag and plush toys which you can take home with you together with everything else.

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Both the My Melody Rooms and Little Twin Stars Rooms come with slippers with all four characters on them which you can take home with you, so you can relive the fun time you had at the hotel at home too.

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The door signs too are super cute♡

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The rooms also have framed My Melody illustrations too, and each one is different in both rooms. Her rooms are full of nature and plant life! If you’re staying in Tokyo with friends, family or as a couple, be sure to check out the My Melody Room.

 

Next time we will review the Little Twins Stars Room. Look forward to it coming soon.

 

 

Writer: Ellie (MMN Editorial Team)

Photographer: Kayo Sekiguchi

Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

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    06.June.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Hi, everyone. Midori here from MMN’s editorial department.

     

    The Sanrio Character Awards is a hugely popular event held in Japan every year. The winners were just recently announced, and I got to attend the announcement event.

     

    This year marks the 34th run of the awards which have become an annual custom amongst Sanrio fans. People waited with a slight nervous anticipation at Puroland where the event was held as they awaited for the award ceremony to begin.

    The ceremony began with an initial greeting by Kabuki Nyantarou before the participating characters of the awards were presented on screen. There were over 80 entries this year!

     

    They took no time at all in listing the winners in order from the top. Cinnamoroll has reigned champion for two years in a row, but taking the crown this year is Hello Kitty who is celebrating her 45th anniversary. After her were Cinnamoroll and then Pompompurin. Hello Kitty is the poster girl for Sanrio but the last time she earned the No. 1 spot was six years ago in 2013, and last year she was in 4th place.

     

    Hello Kitty is the only character since 2000 to win three years in a row. The highest streak by the other characters is just two years. When the votes began rolling in this year Cinamoroll was initially at the top with Hello Kitty in 2nd place, but halfway through they swapped places. Of course, we mustn’t forget Pompompurin and YOSHIKITTY either who followed close behind them.

     

    Firstly, let’s take a look at who received the Special Awards.

    Cogimyun―Sanrio’s flour dough fairy character―obtained a much higher ranking than last year, earning her the Hop Step Jump Award. Fans were fascinated with this announcement as Cogimyun is said to the most elusive of the Sanrio characters.

    Hello Mandy reigned in the Collaborations Category, a collaboration between Hello Kitty and Mandy Sekiguchi from Japanese boy band GENERATIONS from EXILE TRIBE. Sekiguchi himself surprised the crowd as he was present to receive the award alongside Hello Mandy.


    Taking home the TikTok Award this year is Marumofubiyori Moppu. Moppu is a cute white bear who likes to lounge around at home wrapped in his favourite blanket. His sleepy videos were a hit on the Japanese TikTok.

     

    Now, for the main announcements.

    Ranks 20 through 10 were announced via large cardboard panels.

     

    The top 10 were then announced in order, from 10 down to 1. Each of these popular characters were announced until just 2nd and 1st place were left to be announced. The remaining two names were Cinnamoroll and Hello Kitty, leaving fans anxious to hear who the winner of 2019 will be.

     

    And the winner is…

    Hello Kitty, with 1,647,073 votes! Not only does she take home the top award, it’s also her 45th anniversary and the first win of Japan’s Reiwa era. Cinnamoroll came in a close second at 1,584,057 votes. I saw some fans with tears in their eyes as a result of this heated battle.

    At the end, the characters lined up in a big row and celebrated their rank by holding up a card.

    To celebrate her win, it was announced that Hello Kitty will hit up Sanrio stores across Japan to show her gratitude. Exclusive merchandise will also be available for purchase to thank fans for their support. Full details can be found on Sanrio’s official website.

     

    The Awards were also held in several overseas countries with the outcomes being much different. In Taiwan Cinnamoroll was 1st place, Pompompurin 2nd place and Hello Kitty 3rd place. In China, it was Cinnamoroll in 1st place, My Melody in 2nd place, and YOSHIKITTY in 3rd place, a collaboration between X Japan member Yoshiki. And in Hong Kong it was Pekkle in 1st place, Pompompurin in 2nd place and Cinnamoroll in 3rd place.

     

    This year’s award ceremony for the internationally beloved Sanrio characters comes to an end. Congratulations, Hello Kitty!

  • 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

  • Keio Plaza Hotel, Tokyo opens My Melody and Kiki & Lala-themed guest rooms!

    24.March.2019 | SPOT

    On Saturday 15th June 2019, Keio Plaza Hotel will set up two new permanent guest rooms that are themed around “My Melody” and “Little Twin Stars (Kiki & Lala)”. Four Hello Kitty Rooms have already been set up since November 2014. There will be a total of eight Sanrio Character Rooms available at the hotel. Bookings for the “My Melody Room” and “Little Twin Stars Room” will be accepted from Monday 15th April.

    The “My Melody Room” depicts a forest where My Melody has wonderful memories playing hide-and-seek with her younger brother. One wall includes a 3D wall feature of My Melody playing on the swing in the forest made by her dad. To balance out the green forest, My Melody can be seen wearing the red hood made by her grandma. This room is sure to warm your heart. ♡ 

     

    This room will make you feel as if you are playing with My Melody and friends in the forest!

    The “Little Twin Stars Room” depicts an amusement park above the clouds where twins Kiki and Lala can be seen playing. The curious and slightly hasty Kiki and the timid and sensitive Lala arrive at the amusement park by magic unicorn. Lay your head on the star-shaped pillows on the bed and enjoy the pink room theme that creates a wonderful fantasy world.

     

    Come enjoy the feeling of playing with Kiki and Lala in an amusement park above the clouds!

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    Special Rubber Mascot Keychains

     

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