Sanrio Puroland’s All-Night Halloween Party to Feature Guest Performances by Scha Dara Parr, m-flo & chelmico

01.August.2019 | MUSIC / SPOT

Sanrio Puroland, Tokyo’s theme park home to Hello Kitty and her friends, has teamed up with music company Melody fair to create a very special one-night-only Halloween party called SPOOKY PUMPKIN 2019 〜PURO ALL NIGHT HALLOWEEN PARTY〜 which will take place on October 26.

This marks the 6th year of Puroland’s all-night event which never fails to sell out every ticket every single time. This year, there will be 4 live stages instead of the usual 3 allowing for even more exciting entertainment. There will be alcohol, performances from some big names in Japanese music, appearances from the Sanrio character cast, special openings of select park attractions and restaurants, and more for a truly unique club night experience you won’t find anywhere else.

 

The park will be decorated in all things Halloween, and guests must dress according to the dress code which is titled “Orange or Pumpkin.”

m-flo

chelmico

There is a huge list of artists are lined up with 40 expected to perform. The first batch have been announced already and includes Scha Dara Parr, m-flo, chelmico, Mom, BILLIE IDLE®, xiangyu, 4s4ki, DJ To-i (from DISH//), 掌幻と昴、LEGEND Of Densetsu a.k.a. Cypress Ueno, OTOTOY FRIDAY, Makita Sports、Poseidon Ishikawa, Shaka bose, JUN INAGAWA, Kubotakai, DJ DEVILMINTKIRYU, DJ yksb, and DJ Hello Kitty. The rest are to be announced at a later date.

There will also be a special pre-celebration for Hello Kitty’s birthday which is officially on November 1.

This fun all-night Halloween festival welcomes everybody include those who have never been to a music festival or club before.

Links to where you can buy tickets are listed below. If you buy them from Reco Ticket you’ll get the above-pictured exclusive Hello Kitty ticket.

 

Enjoy a Halloween party like no other this year at Sanrio Puroland.

 

©2019 SANRIO CO., LTD.

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  • Sanrio’s Cinnamoroll to Open His Own Beverage Shop ‘Sky Drink Stand’ in Harajuku

    25.July.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Sanrio fans will be delighted to hear that the adorable long-eared white puppy himself Cinnamoroll is set to get his very own drink shop called Cinnamoroll Sky Drink Stand which will open in Harajuku on August 22 for four days. The shop will make use of a revamped Cinnamoroll Talk app which was released in June last year and lets you chat with the character.

    The theme of this limited-time shop aims to send you soaring up into the clouds with its fluffy decor and decorations where the shop’s owner Cinnamoroll will be waiting to serve you some super special drinks.

    There are 27 drinks in total to choose from. At the counter you can converse with Cinnamoroll, and depending on how he answers your questions, the colour, flavour and toppings of your drink will change. Your specially made and unique drink will arrive bottled with a handwritten name label on the front.

    You’ll even be able to order your drink in advance from August 17 using the Cinnamoroll Talk app which is compatible with Google Assistant. After you say, in Japanese, “OK Google, Cinnamoroll ni Osora Dorinku Onegai” (OK Google, please give me a Cinnamoroll Sky Drink), the order window will pop up. After you’ve talked with Cinnamoroll on the app you will receive an order number to collect your drink.


    Commemorate your trip to the drink stand by taking a photo at the above-pictured photo spot and look like a member of staff yourself with your special drink.

     

    ©’01, ’19 SANRIO

  • Sanrio Announces Character Themed Cafe at EGG & SPUMA in Shinjuku

    04.July.2019 | FOOD

    Sanrio has announced that it will open its third-ever limited-time cafe themed on their magazine Ichigo Shimbun at EGG & SPUMA located on the 8th floor of Shinjuku Lumine EST from July 11 to September 30.

     

    Ichigo Shimbun is a monthly magazine published by Sanrio which includes information about the latest character merchandise, the Sanrio Character Awards, and more. Many of Sanrio’s characters appear in the magazine and are set to appear at the cafe in the form of food. The theme of the cafe will be “Vacation.”

    The menu special is the special party combo box for two. Served in an original box, it contains Pochacco and Cinnamoroll burgers, fries, cute Kiki & Lala desserts, two drinks, and more.

    EGG & SPUMA are known for their pancakes, so for the Sanrio collaboration, they will serve a special plate of pancakes themed on a beach with Pompompurin sunbathing on top. You can also order refreshing summery soda drinks too.

    There will be two different menus served at different periods for the duration of the collaboration, meaning a repeat visit is a must. We hope you get to try everything!

  • Sanrio Character Awards 2019 | Event Report

    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!

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  • Japan Coronavirus: Studio Ghibli Museum, Sanrio Puroland & Other Facilities Close Temporarily

    27.February.2020 | SPOT

    A number of facilities in Japan have announced temporary closures to help stop any possible spreading of the coronavirus. Please check the following closures if you’re planning a trip to Japan in February or March. New information is rolling out all the time, so for the latest updates, please check the official websites for each establishment listed below.

     

    Last Updated: February 28, 2020 at 00:51 (JST)

    Tokyo Disneyland® and Tokyo DisneySea® 

    Closed: February 29 – March 15, 2020

    The parks plan to reopen on March 16, 2020, however this will be decided following consultation with concerned administrative agencies and will be announced on their official website. If you have purchased tickets valid during the parks’ closing dates, please refer to the links below.

     

    Tokyo Disney Resort Official Website: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/index.html

    Tokyo Disney Resort Online Tickets and Reservations: https://reserve.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/top/?language=en

     

     

    Snoopy Museum

    Closed: February 29 – March 13, 2020

    Information on ticket refunds is provided on the museum’s official website.

     

    Snoopy Museum Official Website:https://snoopymuseum.tokyo/s/smt/page/english?ima=0000

     

     

    Sony Music Roppongi Museum

    Closed: February 29 – March 13, 2020

    Information on ticket refunds will soon be provided on the museum’s official website. The TYPE-MOON Fate / stay night-15 years of history Exhibition will be extended until April 19, 2020.

     

    TYPE-MOON Fate / stay night-15 years of history Exhibition Official Website: https://type-moon-museum.com/

    Sony Music Roppongi Museum Official Website: https://smrm.jp/

     

     


     

    Sanrio Puroland

    Closed: February 22, 2020 – March 12, 2020

    The park is scheduled to reopen on March 13, 2020, but this is subject to change depending on the circumstances of the coronavirus and news published by the government.

     

    ▶Refunds

    ・Pre-booked Tickets

    Tickets valid between the dates February 22, 2020 – March 12, 2020 will have their validity period extended to September 30, 2020.

     

    ・Original Passports

    Passport tickets valid between the dates February 22, 2020 – September 29, 2020 will have their validity period extended to September 30, 2020.

     

    ・Pre-booked PUROPASS

    Payments for PUROPASSES bought between the dates February 22, 2020 – March 10, 2020 will be cancelled.

     

    ・Anniversary Time

    Payments for Anniversary Time tickets for the dates February 22, 2020 – March 10, 2020 will be cancelled. Those who paid with cash will be refunded via registered mail.

     

    Official Website (English): https://en.puroland.jp/

    Official Website (Japanese): https://www.puroland.jp/

     

     

    Ghibli Museum

    Closed: February 25, 2020 – March 17, 2020

     

    ▶Refunds

    Refunds are applicable for tickets dated between January 22, 2020 – March 30, 2020.

    Refunds will be paid in full between February 15, 2020 – March 31, 2020.

     

    Official Website (English): http://www.ghibli-museum.jp/en/

    Official Website (Japanese): http://www.ghibli-museum.jp/

     

    Toei Animation Museum

    Closed: February 26, 2020 – March 18, 2020

    The museum’s reopening is subject to consideration depending on the circumstances of the coronavirus. It will be announced via the museum’s official Twitter page and website.

     

    Official Website: https://museum.toei-anim.co.jp/

     

     

    Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum

    Closed: February 22, 2020 until further notice

     

    Official Website (English): https://www.asahibeer-oyamazaki.com/english/

    Official Website (Japanese): https://www.asahibeer-oyamazaki.com/

     

     

    Kyoto National Museum

    Closed: February 22, 2020 until further notice

    All events, the museum shop Benrido, and the museum cafe Maeda Coffee, have also closed temporarily.

     

    Official Website (English): https://www.kyohaku.go.jp/eng/index.html

    Official Website (Japanese): https://www.kyohaku.go.jp/jp/index.html

     

     

    ARASHI EXHIBITION “JOURNEY”

    Closed: February 22, 2020 – March 9, 2020

    Location: Osaka Culturarium at Tempozan

     

    Official Website: https://arashiexhibition.jp/

     

    Sanrio Harmony Land

    Closed: February 22, 2020 – March 12, 2020

     

    Official Website (English): https://www.harmonyland.jp/english/harmony/harmony.html

    Official Website (Japanese): https://www.harmonyland.jp/welcome.html

     

    Universal Studios Japan

    Closed: February 29, 2020 – March 15, 2020
    The park’s reopening will be determined after serious consideration of the current condition of the coronavirus situation. The announcement of the park’s reopening will be made on the USJ’s official website and social media. Information on handling of tickets during the break period will be posted on the official website on February 28, 2020 at 21:00 (JST).

     

    Official Website (English): https://www.usj.co.jp/e/

    Official Website (Japanese): https://www.usj.co.jp/

     

    Hirakata Park

    Closed: February 29, 2020 – March 18, 2020
    All planned events during the park’s closure have been cancelled and/or postponed until further notice. The park plans to reopen on March 19, 2020 subject to the current condition of the coronavirus situation. Updates will be posted on the official website. Refunds for winter season tickets will be announced at a later date.

     

    Official Website (English): http://www.hirakatapark.co.jp/en/

    Official Website (Japanese): http://www.hirakatapark.co.jp/

     

    Numerous other sports and cultural events will also close for two weeks commencing February 26, 2020. If you’re travelling to Japan in February and March, please check the websites of any places you plan to visit during your trip to see if they are open.

  • Raise Your Own Sky Lantern at New Greenpia Tsunan in Niigata

    25.February.2020 | SPOT

    New Greenpia Tsunan, a resort facility in Tsunan, Niigata, is holding an exciting sky lantern event every day until March 31, 2020.

     

    The sky lantern event is held every winter at New Greenpia Tsunan, and has returned again for 2020. It began in 2012 as a means of showing respect for and praying for the revival of disaster-stricken areas, such as the areas affected by the 2011 Tohoku earthquake, the Nagano and Niigata earthquake, and so on. Every year, couples and families come together to put their prayers and wishes into the lanterns before letting them go into the night sky. The countless lanterns raised at once soar up high and light up the black cloak of the night like burning stars.

    For 2020, the event will also sell lantern t-shirts, handkerchiefs, hand towels, cookies, and other themed items.

     

    If you’re travelling in or around Niigata in Japan this year, then don’t miss New Greenpia Tsunan’s very special winter event.

  • Puro Easter 2020: Sanrio Puroland’s Easter Event Will Be ‘American Oldies’ Themed

    13.February.2020 | FOOD / SPOT

    Sanrio Puroland is serving its annual “Puro Easter” event once again this spring. Taking on an American oldies taste, this cute-retro combining event will run from March 13 to June 2.

    A new show and the return of 2019’s hugely successful “Egg’n’Roll Easter” show

    Weekends will see the commencement of the “Easter Bunny Race,” a new show to determine who will take the place as Sanrio Puroland’s number one Easter bunny. You’ll have to turn up to the show to see what rabbit characters will be competing!

     

    Running: March 13, 2020 – June 2, 2020 (Weekends, Public Holidays & School Holidays Only)

    Location: Wisdom Tree, Sanrio Puroland Floor 1F

    Last year’s “Egg’n’Roll Easter” show was so popular that it’s making a return. It combines nostalgic music and fashion of the American oldies. All of the Sanrio characters performing in the show wear cute Easter themed accessories like bunny ears.

     

    Must-eat Sanrio Easter food and desserts

    For the Easter season only, Sanrio Puroland is serving up a colourful food and dessert menu, ranging from waffles topped with banana mix ice cream, whipped cream and chocolate sauce; a curry with blue roux and snow-white omelette, and more.

    There’s plenty of places to take great photos too, including at the entrance to the third floor of Puroland where there’s a juice box wearing adorable bunny ears. You can take a picture that looks like you’re enjoying a party together with Hello Kitty and the rest of the Sanrio cast.

     

    There’s also a back panel in the first floor entertainment hall with an Easter design which serves as the perfect backdrop for a retro pop photo.

     

    Receive an entry discount by wearing polka dots

    Those who arrive to Sanrio Puroland wearing a polka dot outfit will receive am Easter discount when entering the park. This doesn’t include small items like bags, shoes, shawls or accessories. Full conditions can be found on the event page below in Japanese.

     

    Experience Easter like never before this year at Sanrio Puroland.

     

    ©1976, 2009 SANRIO CO., LTD.  ©1976, 1989, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2010, 2012, 2020 SANRIO CO., LTD.

  • Sanrio to Open Official My Melody Shops in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya to Celebrate Character’s 45th Anniversary

    11.February.2020 | FASHION

    Sanrio has announced that it is opening an official My Melody store to commemorate the popular character’s 45th anniversary this year. It will open for a limited time on the first floor of Takashimaya Shinjuku in Tokyo from February 12 to 25.

    The store is a must-visit for fans of Sanrio’s kawaii white rabbit where they can get their hands on a huge assortment of merchandise, including exclusives, so adorable you’ll want to add everything to your collection.

    The line-up looks back at My Melody’s 45 years in the business. The first 4,000 people to visit the store will be given a limited-edition shopping back, and the first 1,000 people who spend over ¥2,000 (tax included) will receive a free card.
    *One card per person, per transaction

    The store will also feature interactive projection mapping showcasing My Melody’s 45-year history which when touched reacts. On February 15, the designer for the store will be drawing illustrations as well as doing signings for people.

     

    As well as Takashimaya Shinjuku, the shop is set to hit Nagoya’s Takashimaya Gate Tower Mall Nagoya and Osaka Takashiyama. Check the dates below, and help My Melody commemorate her 45th anniversary!

     

    ©’76, ’20 SANRIO 著作(株)サンリオ

  • Soar Into The Kawaii Dream World of The Little Twin Stars For Their 45th Anniversary

    10.February.2020 | FOOD / SPOT

    Sanrio’s adorable star-themed characters the Little Twin Stars are celebrating their 45th anniversary this year. The adorable twin stars named Kiki and Lala were born into the universe in 1975 in the hyped run up to Christmas. Following their debut in the December edition of Sanrio’s monthly magazine Ichigo Shimbun, the years saw their hair colours and designs retouched here and there. The one thing that remains unchanged is the love that connects them to fans all over Japan across three generations.

    As Hello Kitty was celebrating her 45th anniversary last year and with My Melody also celebrating her 45th anniversary this year, now it’s time for the Little Twin Stars’ time to shine. 45th anniversary celebrations include collaboration events and special merchandise themed around the adorable, colourful, twinkling twins which are sure to get your heart fluttering with excitement. More information on these events and merchandise will be revealed in the future. A number of special events will be held at Sanrio Puroland and we are also expecting some new merchandise to hit the shelves at the Sanrio shop this summer. 

     

    Sanrio Puroland: “LittleTwinStars 45th Anniversary”

    Sanrio Puroland’s Little Twin Stars 45th Anniversary event is set to take place from April 24 – December 31, 2020. The theme of the celebration will be Mainichi Kiki & Lala, Mainichi Kirakira (Sparkle Every Day, Kiki and Lala Every Day).

    Want to soar up high into the world of Kiki & Lala? As part of Sanrio Puroland’s anniversary celebrations, the attraction Kiki & Lala – Twinkling Tour is being improved to a whole new level, transforming into an even higher dreamy world where you can take photos in Puroland-limited photo booths. The attraction will only be operating on certain days.

    Of course, there will be a new food menu serving up meals, desserts and more adorable treats based on Kiki and Lala’s theme colours of blue and pink. What’s more, Kiki and Lala will also take to the scene dressed in anniversary-limited costumes for a special photo event that your Instagram can’t miss out on. Add some sparkling magic to your day and plunge deep into the world of Kiki and Lala.

     

    LittleTwinStars 45th Anniversary

    Running: April 24 – December 31, 2020. 

    Sanrio Puroland Event Information: https://www.puroland.jp/ts45th/ 

     

    Collaboration with Japanese Comedy Duo Nagareboshi

    As Japanese comedy duo Nagareboshi (shooting star) is celebrating 20 years since their debut, they will be collaborating for a second time with Kiki and Lala, brightening up the year even more. Check out the collaboration design that features the four stars in Kiki and Lala’s blue and pink themes. Merchandise using this design will be sold at Nagareboshi’s Japan tour this year. More information on the tour will be released in the future. The first lineup of collaboration merchandise sold face towels and iPhone cases which became so popular that many items were sold out. If you missed out the first time, this is your chance!

     

     

    Anniversary Collaboration with Detclear Facial Cleansing Gel: 6 Varieties

    Kiki and Lala are collaborating with Detclear: a popular facial cleansing gel formulated for dry, sensitive skin that gently removes dead skin cells and dissolves blackheads. The collaboration Detclear Bright & Peel Peeling Jelly will be released on February 25, 2020 with six Kiki and Lala-themed bottle designs. The designs travel through time from the 1970s which sees our twinkling stars with yellow and brown hair to a retro time with a pink and aqua theme to the adorable magical unicorn theme that came out in more recent years. 

     

    Whether it’s an adorable pastel dreamworld design or one of the more nostalgic ones, you are bound to find a bottle that you really love. 

     

    Detclear Bright & Peel Peeling Jelly – Unscented

    Price: ¥1,200 (Before Tax)

    Release Date: February 25, 2020

    Available At: drugstores, general stores, cosmetics shops and official beauty online shops.

     

    Sprinkle some stardust into your life this year for Kiki and Lala’s 45th anniversary celebrations.

     

    ©’76,’20 SANRIO 著作(株)サンリオ 

  • Win Hello Kitty & Chibi Maruko-chan Prizes With Sanrio’s Lottery Draw

    09.February.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    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.

     

    ⓒ Sakura Production / Nippon Animation

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  • Sanrio Character Museum to Open in Tokyo’s Roppongi Hills For 60th Anniversary

    08.February.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Sanrio is set to turn 60-years-old in August 2020. To commemorate, the company has announced that it will open a museum called “Sanrio Character Museum” in summer 2020 where it will tour around Japan until 2025. The full dates and locations have yet to be announced, but its first stop will be the Tokyo City View Sky Gallery located on the 52nd floor of Roppongi Hills Mori Tower in Tokyo. Details for this first stop will be revealed sometime next month.

    ⓒ ’74, ’75, ’76, ’77, ’79, ’80, ’82, ’83, ’84, ’85, ’86, ’88, ’89, ’90, ’92, ’93, ’96, ’98, ’99, ’01, ’04, ’05, ’20 SANRIO CO., LTD.

     

    Since its establishment, Sanrio has sought to spread kawaii culture to the world, as well as the message of everybody getting along and being friends. But how have gotten to this point with each passing generation? The museum exhibition will answer that very question, exploring its line-up of over 450 characters Sanrio has created over the years, including the most prominent ones like Hello Kitty, My Melody and Little Twin Stars who have been around for more than 40 years. It will also showcase characters that will be nostalgic to longtime Sanrio fans.

     

    The exhibition will peruse the history of Sanrio from before it created its characters, and delve into the origin of the company’s kawaii world. Fans can expect to see valuable prints, products, materials, and more. The exhibition will also include works made in collaboration with some of Japan’s up-and-coming and prominent artists. Expect plenty of kawaii, and plenty of what is sure to be invaluable information for Sanrio fans.

  • Sanrio’s Kuromi Begins 15th Anniversary Celebrations With Kuromi Cafe, Merchandise & More

    06.February.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    This year, Sanrio is celebrating the 45th anniversary of its popular character My Melody. But she isn’t the only one celebrating in 2020, as this year is also Kuromi’s 15th anniversary, for which Sanrio has many exciting things planned for fans.

    Kuromi first appeared back in 2005 in a television anime series entitled Onegai My Melody. She is known for her black hood with a pink skull on it. She seems like the rowdy type, but she’s actually just a cute girlーsomething which has earned her many a fan, both guys and girls.

     

    The Kuromi Cafe opens for a limited time

    As you read this article, the official Kuromi Cafe is serving Kuromi-themed food, drinks and desserts to customers at the CHIBA SOGO branch of JUNNU on the first floor “Character Cafe.” The menu line-up is inspired by the cheeky white rabbit, taking motifs such as her black hood. The cafe also has a photo spot for you to snap a picture to remember this celebratory day, and you can also pick up some official Kuromi merchandise.

    Kuromi’s Prim and Proper Curry – ¥1,540 (Tax Included)

     

    Running: Now until March 22, 2020

    Location: Character Cafe, JUNNU Floor 1F, CHIBA SOGO, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00

     

     

    Valentine’s Doughnuts at Floresta Nature Doughnuts

    Floresta is selling its first batch of My Melody and Kuromi doughnuts between February 1 and 7, and will be selling a new batch of balled doughnuts in a cup with Flat-kun and Kuromi between February 8 and 14.

     

    Batch ①: February 1, 2020 – February 7, 2020

    Prices: My Melody/Kuromi – ¥495 Each (Tax Included)

     

    Batch ②: February 8, 2020 – February 14, 2020

    Price: Rolled Doughnuts – ¥660 (Tax Included)

    Official Website: https://nature-doughnuts.jp/

     

     

    Merchandise collaboration with ITS’DEMO

    All branches of ITS’DEMO in Japan are set to stock their shelves with Kuromi and My Melody items from February 15, 2020. ITS’DEMO is a chain of stores which sell fashion accessories, cosmetics, snacks, and more.

     

    The cute line-up features flower prints which remind one of spring. Hidden within the designs are also motifs and references to each character. There are around 60 items to sift through, including stationery, snacks, and more.

     

     

    Running: February 15, 2020 – March 9, 2020

    Location: ITS’DEMO stores in Japan (*Select branches not participating)

    Official Website: http://itsdemo.jp/

     

    Kuromi herbarium bottle and pen by Hibiya Kadan

    Hibiya Kadan is now selling a herborium and pen with Kuromi and My Melody designs. The herborium is split into two sections, one with hydrangea and annual baby’s breath flowers, and the other with colourful oils. The hand-crafted pen is both a ballpoint pen and herborium in one. Both give you that fresh feeling of plants and flowers, and both are great for personal use or as a gift to someone.

     

    Product Prices (Tax Included) Kuromi Floral Herborium – ¥2,420 / Kuromi Herborium Ballpoint Pen – ¥1,980

    Release Date: Now on sale at Sanrio shops and the Sanrio online store. Releasing at Hibiya Kadan in March 2020.

    Purchase:

    ・Sanrio

    Select Sanrio shops and the Sanrio online store (https://shop.sanrio.co.jp/)

    ・Elsewhere

    Rakuten: https://www.rakuten.co.jp/sanrio/

    Yahoo! Shopping: https://shopping.geocities.jp/sanrio/

    Hibiya Kadan shops and online store (https://www.hibiyakadan.com/sanrio/)

     

     

    Kuromi’s first collaboration with muta MARINE

    muta MARINE is an ocean-inspired clothing and goods line from luxury good brand muta. They are planning to release the “Black Marine” line together with My Melody and Kuromi in March 2020.

     

    Exhibition: 59th Japan International Boat Show 2020

    Location: Pacifico Yokohama

    Running: March 5, 2020 – March 8, 2020

    Products: T-shirts, eco bags, and more

    Available: At muta MARINE stores and the muta online shop (www.mutatokyo.com/)

     

    Celebrate Kuromi’s 15th anniversary this year with one of the many things planned for her in 2020♡

     

    ⓒ 1976, 2005, 2020 SANRIO CO .,LTD.  著作:株式会社サンリオ

  • 5 Must-Visit Beautiful and Romantic Lantern Festivals in Japan | 2020 Edition

    02.February.2020 | SPOT

    The season for Japan’s enchanting and romantic lantern events has finally arrived, and the line-up this year is diverse, from events where lanterns are the main attraction to lantern-lined festivals and Japanese matsuri festivals.

     

    Hankyu Travel International compiled a list of these events , and we’ve pulled out some of the best ones for you.

     

    Hanamaki Hoshi Meguri no Yoru | Iwate Prefecture

    This year marks the third run of “Hanamaki Hoshi Meguri no Yoru,” an event held during winter for guests staying at Hanamaki Onsen. The event is comprised of many elements, including fireworks, folk entertainment, and more. People will also write wishes and messages or draw pictures on their lanterns before sending them up into the winter night sky. Afterwards, they can enjoy a dip in the hot springs at Hanamaki Onsen to warm themselves up and unwind from the day.

     

    Running: January 26, 2020/February 22, 2020/February 11, 2020/February 16, 2020/February 24, 2020

    Location: Namari Ski Center
    Address: Nakadaira-36-1 Namari, Hanamaki, Iwate

     

    ▼Hanamaki Hoshi Meguri no Yoru Tour
    https://www.hankyu-travel.com/kokunai/keyword/%E3%81%AF%E3%81%AA%E3%81%BE%E3%81%8D%E6%98%9F%E3%82%81%E3%81%90%E3%82%8A%E3%81%AE%E5%A4%9C/?p_baitai=9599

     

     

    China Lantern Festival | Chiba Prefecture

    Tokyo German Village is hosting its second China Lantern Festival, inspired by the typical traditional festivals held in China during spring. A selection of 30 lantern installations of varying sizes made by the world’s biggest lantern maker Lantern Group have been set up in the 50,000 square meter area. Pieces include lanterns over 10 meters long and high, lanterns floating on the water, moving lanterns, and more.

     

    Running: November 23, 2019 – April 5, 2020

    Location: Tokyo German Village

    Address: 419 Nagayoshi, Sodegaura, Chiba

     

    ▼Tokyo German Village Tour
    https://www.hankyu-travel.com/kokunai/keyword/%E6%9D%B1%E4%BA%AC%E3%83%89%E3%82%A4%E3%83%84%E6%9D%91/?p_baitai=9599

     

     

    Tsunan Yuki Matsuri | Niigata Prefecture

    Since 2012, the people of Tsunan in Niigata have raised sky lanterns into the sky to pray for the revival from the disaster that the Tohoku earthquake brought in 2011. It is a two-day festival, with the first day of the event taking place at night, and the second being the main day of the festival. The festival is so popular that tickets never fail to sell out quickly every year. It brings with it a host of events, from the lanterns to the snowboard straight jumping tournament, the hanging of snow lanterns, snowmobile rides, and more.

     

    Running: March 14, 2020 (There will also be a lantern event the night before on March 13, 2020)

    Location: New Greenpia Tsunan

    Address: 12300 Akinari, Tsunan, Nakauonuma-gun, Niigata

     

    ▼Niigata Tsunan Sky Lantern Festival Tour
    https://www.hankyu-travel.com/chubu-hokuriku/niigata/lantern/?p_baitai=9599

     

     

    Nagasaki Lantern Festival | Nagasaki Prefecture

    This festival was originally held during the Chinese New year by the people of Nagasaki Chinatown, but in 1994 it was given the name “Nagasaki Lantern Festival.” To date, it has been attended by over 1 million people. This year, around 15,000 lanterns of varying sizes are set to light the streets. Taking place across several areas, some standout pieces include the peach-coloured lanterns at Nagasaki Chinatown, the ceiling lanterns at Hamanomachi Arcade, the water lanterns at Nagashimagawa Park, and more. On weekends, there are also parades, traditional Chinese performance, and other exciting events. And if you head to Nagasaki Confucian Shrine (also known as Koshi-byo), you can offer a love lantern to pray for happiness in your relationship.

     

    Running: January 24, 2020 – February 9, 2020
    Locations: Nagasaki Chinatown/Central Park/Tojin Yashiki/and elsewhere
    Address: Various places throughout the city of Nagasaki

     

    ▼Nagasaki Lantern Festival

    Hankyu Travel International Tour: Hankyu Travel International

    Nagasaki Tourism Page: https://travel.at-nagasaki.jp/en/what-to-see/62/

     

    Ryukyu Lantern Festival 2019-2020 | Okinawa Prefecture

    Murasaki Mura Ryukyu Kingdom Theme Park is known for having originally been used as the set for several historical drama series, and was subsequently turned into a theme park after filming was finished. The Ryukyu Lantern Festival welcomes a variety of different lanterns, including Chinese lanterns, paper lanterns, various Asian lanterns, and more, each of which bring a completely different atmosphere depending on the area you are in. This year sees the welcome return of the annual lantern contest where 45 individual lantern pieces are exhibited. There are also different street performances every day on the Night Lantern Stage, as well as projection mapping displays, the Night Lantern Cafe, and more.

     

    Running: December 1, 2019 – March 31, 2020

    Location: Murasaki Mura Ryukyu Kingdom Theme Park

    Address: 1020-1 Takashiho, Yomitan, Nakagami-gun, Okinawa

    Murasaki Mura Official Website: https://murasakimura.com/

     

     

    Be part of one of Japan’s many beautiful lantern festivals this year and witness some seriously breathtaking night scenes.

  • 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.

     

    ©️’76,‘20SANRIO ©️Ginbis

    *All listed prices include tax

  • Licca-chan Collaborates With Sanrio’s Little Twin Stars Kiki & Lala in New Product Range

    30.January.2020 | FASHION

    The new “LiccA Stylish Doll Collection Little Twin Stars Anniversary Style” is a new Licca-chan doll from Takara Tomy’s made in collaboration with Sanrio and their popular characters Kiki & Lala, aka the Little Twin Stars. Pre-orders for the collection are set to open on February 3, 2020 at four branches of Takara Tomy as well as online at Takara Tomy Mall and the Sanrio online shop. It will be released in June, when it will also hit shelves at select Sanrio shops.

    Part of the official LiccA brand of dolls, this collaboration features Licca-chan wearing the Little Twin Stars’ 45th anniversary pastel colours, a mix of Kiki’s pure blue and Lala’s gentle pink. Stars are dotted all over the outfit, including the dress and earrings, and Licca-chan has a hairstyle that’s fluffy like clouds.

    Decorating her dress is a print of Kiki and Lala riding a unicorn. Her accessories include a stick with cotton candy on it, a shoe box with Kiki and Lala’s logo on it coloured in rainbow leaf, and more. Everything in the design is a commemoration of Kiki and Lala’s 45th anniversary.

    The design for the outfit and hairstyle was chosen in a survey taken by 200 people at Sanrioworld GINZA back in September 2019 which was held to get fans involved with Kiki and Lala’s 45th anniversary.

    Kiki & Lala and Licca-chan have been friends since the 80’s when a range of collaborative merchandise was released, such as the Licca-chan doll size Sanrio Gift Gate shop set featuring Kiki & Lala, the Licca-chan outfit with Kiki & Lala designs which was released as part of the “Sanrio Mate” series, and more.

     

    If you’re a collector of Licca-chan and Sanrio merchandise, then don’t miss out on this new and very special collaboration.

     

    © TOMY ©1976,2020 SANRIO CO.,LTD.TOKYO,JAPAN

  • Sanrio Gift’s New Shop in Ueno Welcomes Hello Kitty Panda Merchandise & More

    25.January.2020 | FOOD / SPOT

    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.

    You can’t miss the shop as a giant Pompompurin embracing a panda suit-clad Hello Kitty are waiting to greet you at the entrance. The panda is a symbol of Ueno due to Ueno Zoo housing giant pandas.

    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.

     

    ⓒ 1976, 1996, 2020 SANRIO CO.,LTD. TOKYO, JAPAN  Original Text: SANRIO CO.,LTD.

    *All listed prices include tax. Sold items receive stock turnovers.

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