Voice Actress Nanaka Suwa and My Melody Get an Adorable Collaboration Cafe in Tokyo
02.October.2019 | FOOD
Are you a fan of Love Live!’s adorable voice actress Nanaka Suwa and My Melody? If so, we have good news for you: LEGS COMPANY, LTD is opening a Nanaka Suwa ♡ My Melody Cafe in Ikebukuro, Tokyo from October 30 to December 1, 2019.
The Nanaka Suwa♡My Melody PremiumShop opened in April 2019 and due to its popular demand, it reopened again in September 2019. The Nanaka Suwa ♡ My Melody Cafe is a collaboration cafe dedicated to popular voice actress Suwa Nanaka and also celebrates the upcoming 45th anniversary of popular Sanrio characters My Melody, My Sweet Piano and Kuromi in 2020.
Suwawa and My Melody Creamy Crab Pasta: ¥1,480
Tagliatelle pasta is covered in a creamy crab and tomato sauce. The claws of the crab are used to luxuriously garnish the dish.
Kuromi Burger: ¥1,480
Kuromi has magically transformed into an adorable hamburger that is too cute to eat!
My Sweet Piano Vegetable and Roast Beef Bowl: ¥1,380
My Sweet Piano is wearing a rose made of roast beef! This bowl is filled with healthy vegetables . Beetroot is mixed into a yoghurt sauce to add a touch of pink to this adorable photogenic dish.
Suwawa and My Melody Ice Cream Sundae of Friendship: ¥1,180
This ice cream sundae is garnished with beautiful red strawberries and comes with a cute pink illustration. These two adorable friends just cannot wait to dig into your sundae before you do!
Colourful Iced Cupcakes: ¥1,480
This delicious cupcakes set includes three flavours: milk, raspberry and cheesecake. They are very filling.
My Melody’s Fluffy Candy Floss Drink: ¥900
Gently melt the candy floss into the glass of strawberry juice to enhance the flavour.
Round Badges (7 designs, presented randomly): ¥500
Hand Towel (3 designs): ¥500
Make sure to reserve your spot at the cafe beforehand to ensure you get a seat. This costs ¥650 (before tax).
Customers who reserve beforehand will receive one of three original stickers as a gift when they order at the restaurant as a thank-you.
Just by ordering anything from the menu you will receive an original design placemat which is only available in one design.
Furthermore, customers who order from the drinks menu will receive one four themed drink coasters at random with their drink.
There are even more cute foods, drinks and even merchandise waiting for you at the store so you just have to come see it for yourself.
*All images are representations of the stated products.
*All prices are stated before tax.
Nanaka Suwa ♡ My Melody Cafe
Location: Ikebukuro Tokyo
Running: October 30, 2019 – December 1, 2019
Reservation Opens From: September 27 at 12pm
Cost: ¥650 (Includes bonus gift)
Nanaka Suwa ♡ My Melody Cafe Official Website: https://nanakasuwa-mymelody-cafe.jp/
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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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Sanrio Slime Fair Opens at Three KIDDYLAND Stores
From September 21 to October 11, three KIDDYLAND stores will be holding a fair dedicated to the anime That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, which has become a big hit overseas.
The series, which was created by Fuse, aired two seasons from October 2018 to March 2019. It has been confirmed that a sequel will be made in the year 2020. Following the anime’s successful reception, a novel version of the anime series which goes by the same name was produced by GOT A CHANCE novel. More than 14 million copies have been sold so far.
The story follows an extraordinary event which happened to a normal man. The main character Satoru Mikami died to random knife attack and was reincarnated as a monster called a slime. The series became massively popular once the adorable figure of the main character as a slime was revealed.
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Sanrio Slime: Slime Keyring (5 designs): ￥1,200 each (before tax)
All your favourite characters have been reincarnated in a cute Sanrio-style! Head to the KIDDYLAND fair to get your hands on a KIDDYLAND-limited Slime Keyring. A large variety of new goods are being sold here ahead of any other shop and online service.
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Sanrio Slime: Cuddly Characters Badge (5 designs): ￥680 each (before tax)
Come explore all your favourite characters in their adorable Sanrio form!
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Sanrio Slime Fair IN KIDDYLAND
Location: KIDDYLAND (Harajuku, Ikebukuro Sunshine City, Sannomiya)
Running: September 21 ー October 11,2019
More Information: https://www.kiddyland.co.jp/event/ten-sura/
Pompompurin Zombieland: Save Pompompurin From Zombies at Sanrio’s Horror Event
14.September.2019 | SPOT
Sanrio’s popular character Pompompurin is collaborating with Obaken, a horror experience creative company, to bring the brand new horror event known as Pompompurin Zombieland to Sanrio Puroland on November 16 and 30.
Tickets will go on pre-sale for official Pompompurin ambassadors, or Pombassadors, on September 14 at 10:00am (JST) and general sales will begin on September 28 at 10:00am (JST). To find out more about Pombassadors and how to become one click here.
Pompompurin Zombieland Promo Video
Horror experience planner Obaken is set to shake the cute world of Pompompurin into a terrifying zombie-infested one. In the story, Pompompurin was happily looking for some tasty mushrooms to pick when all of a sudden he eats a poisonous one by mistake. It is your mission to deliver him the antidote to stop him from becoming a zombie. Other unfortunate victims who also ate poisonous mushrooms have died and returned as the living dead and will roam around Puroland. The antidote to save Pompompurin, who is on the brinks of turning into a green zombie, lies in the non-poisonous mushrooms located in 6 areas of the park.
You must survive getting infected by the zombie virus and get your hands on mushrooms. If you succeed you’ll receive an exclusive Pompompurin Zombieland pin badge stating that you have cleared the mission.
You can even pick up an exclusive Zombie Purin t-shirt. These are limited in stock and can’t be bought anywhere else.
Additionally, if you wear a combination of yellow and brown-coloured clothing when attending the event―which are the colours of Pompompurin―you’ll get the above-pictured Zombie Purin sticker.
Full details can be found on the event’s website below. Don’t miss out on this creepy-cute experience this autumn.
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Running: ①November 16, 2019 / ②November 30, 2019
Capacity: 1,000 people each slot (2,000 total)
Location: Sanrio Puroland (1-31 Ochiai, Tama, Tokyo)
Sanrio-Style Sarazanmai Café to Steal the Scene at Tokyo and Osaka
A café based on the popular anime Sarazanmai is coming to Tokyo on September 19 and Osaka on September 26 and will run for a limited time only. The café designs were produced by Sanrio.
Sarazanmai is a TV anime which was produced by animation studios MAPPA and Lapin Track. The anime became incredibly popular when it aired between April and June 2019 on the Fuji TV programming block Noitamina. The last episode was met by an undying stream of grateful messages from fans and even those involved in the creation of the series.
Sanrio produced Sarazanmai designs which are perfect for the traditional coffee shop theme and the retro Asakusa atmosphere of the series. The collaboration cafés will open in Ikebukuro in Tokyo and Nipponnbashi in Osaka.
Football Curry of Youth: ￥1,380 (before tax)
Football is what connects the three main characters Kazuki, Kuji and Enta. Come taste the delicious flavour of budding friendship in the form of a delicious curry at the café.
Pudding a la Mode of Friendship: ￥1,280 (before tax)
The three middle schoolers are represented in the form of colourful fruit. This is a delicious dish easily enjoyed by anybody.
Sparkling Jelly Juice (Kazuki/Kuji/Enta): ￥650 each (before tax)
These jelly drinks are also themed around Kazuki, Kuji and Enta. The jelly lurking at the bottom of the cup adds a wonderful accent to the flavour.
Badge (10 random designs): ￥450 (before tax)
Mug (one design only): ￥1,500 (before tax)
Special Bonus Goods
Those who book seats in advance (￥500 + tax) and order from the menu will receive an original design sticker. You will be presented with one of four designs at random.
For each item ordered from the menu, you will receive an original design drink coaster. One of six designs will be given to you at random.
This café is the perfect place to relax at your own pace this autumn.
Sarazanmai Café (Designs Produced by Sanrio)
・Ikebukuro, Tokyo: September 19 ー October 27, 2019
・Nipponnbashi, Osaka: September 26 ー November 5, 2019
Advanced reservations accepted from 7pm on September 6, 2019
Reservation Fee: ￥500 (comes with a bonus for reserving)
Official Website: https://sarazanmai-sanrio-cafe.jp/
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
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/
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.
Tickets valid between the dates February 22, 2020 – March 12, 2020 will have their validity period extended to September 30, 2020.
Passport tickets valid between the dates February 22, 2020 – September 29, 2020 will have their validity period extended to September 30, 2020.
Payments for PUROPASSES bought between the dates February 22, 2020 – March 10, 2020 will be cancelled.
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/
Closed: February 25, 2020 – March 17, 2020
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/
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.
Puro Easter 2020: Sanrio Puroland’s Easter Event Will Be ‘American Oldies’ Themed
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.
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Running: March 13, 2020 – June 2, 2020
Puro Easter Event: https://www.puroland.jp/2020_puro-easter/
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!
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My Melody 45th Anniversary Shop
Location: Takashimaya Shinjuku 1st Floor Main Square
Running: February 12, 2020 – February 25, 2020 (Closed February 19)
Opening Hours: [Mon-Thurs & Sun] 10:00-20:00 / [Fri-Sat] 10:00-20:30
Date: February 15, 2020 (Two Slots – ①11:30 / ②15:00)
No. of People: 20 per slot
Location: My Melody 45th Anniversary Shop
How to Participate:
・Receive a lottery draw ticket to the signing at the shop on the day (February 15) between 10:00-10:20.
・In the case that there are more people who want to join, one person may not receive two tickets for two signings. Additionally, tickets will not be handed out after 10:20.
・Winners and the order they will enter the signing will be announced at 10:20.
・Those who are chosen will receive a “Buyers Ticket.” This must be exchanged for a ticket to attend the signing by spending more than ¥4,000 (tax included) at the My Melody 45th Anniversary Shop and handing over your Buyers Ticket.
*Signings and illustrations will only be done on paper and not merchandise.
*Requests for designs cannot be made
・My Melody 45th Anniversary Shop Nagoya
Running: March 25, 2020 – April 7, 2020
Location: Takashimaya Gate Tower Mall 7th Floor Rose Terrace
・My Melody 45th Anniversary Shop Osaka
Running: April 1, 2020 – April 7, 2020
Location: Takashimaya 1st Floor Good Shock Place
Sanrio Official Website: https://www.sanrio.co.jp/
Soar Into The Kawaii Dream World of The Little Twin Stars For Their 45th Anniversary
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.
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Little Twin Stars: 45th Anniversary
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.
ⓒ Sakura Production / Nippon Animation
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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)
Sanrio Character Museum to Open in Tokyo’s Roppongi Hills For 60th Anniversary
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.
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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.
60th Anniversary Sanrio Character Museum
Start Date: Summer 2020
*Details TBA at the time of posting this article
Sanrio’s Kuromi Begins 15th Anniversary Celebrations With Kuromi Cafe, Merchandise & More
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.
Select Sanrio shops and the Sanrio online store (https://shop.sanrio.co.jp/)
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♡
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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/
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Yahoo! Shopping: https://shopping.geocities.jp/sanrio/
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.
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LiccA Stylish Doll Collection Little Twin Stars Anniversary Style
Pre-Orders: February 3, 2020
Release Date: June 2020
Price: ¥14, 000 (Before Tax)
Participating Stores: Takara Tomy Omocha no Yoshida Branch (Ashikawa, Hokkaido) / Takara Tomy Hakuhinkan Toy Park Branch (Ginza, Tokyo) / Takara Tomy KIDDYLAND Harajuku Branch (Harajuku, Tokyo) / Takara Tomy KIDDYLAND Osaka Umeda Branch (Umeda, Osaka) / Takara Tomy Mall / Sanrio Online Shop
Official Website: licca.takaratomy.co.jp/stylishlicca
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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*All listed prices include tax. Sold items receive stock turnovers.
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/
Cute and Chewy Pompompurin Confection Now Being Sold at Lawson Convenience Stores in Japan
21.January.2020 | FOOD
Lawson, one of the main convenience store chains in Japan, has released the all-new Mochi Mochi Pompompurin Yaki, a cute and chewy confection filled with custard pudding flavoured cream.
The kawaii sweet recreates Pompompurin’s adorable sleeping form. Inside of him is a squirt of purin, or Japanese custard pudding, flavoured cream, which happens to be Sanrio Golden Retriever’s favourite treat. You’ll find yourself reaching for your phone to snap a photo of him to post online before tucking in.
The confection will be discontinued once all have been sold, so if you’re in Japan, head to your closest Lawson.
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Mochi Mochi Pompompurin Yaki
Price: ¥158 (Tax Included)
Available: At the chilled desserts section of Lawson convenience stores
*Not available at Lawson Store 100 branches
*Available while supplies last
Product Details (Japanese): https://www.bandai.co.jp/candy/products/2020/4589919690619000.html
We Interviewed The Creators Behind Sanrio’s Popular Enjoy Idol Series
Are you aware of Sanrio’s “Enjoy Idol Series”? For idol fans, it’s an essential part of your concert trip for the ultimate experience.
Uchiwa Fan Case (10 Varieties): ¥880 (After Tax)
A cute case to protect your precious uchiwa fan from damage. You can even stick it on your wall!
Concert Confetti Storage Keyring (10 Varieties): ¥550 Each (After Tax)
Want to keep living the memory of confetti bursting out from the sky at that concert? Store one in this keyring!
Idol uchiwa fans. If you’re in Japan, you’ll have definitely seen these around – a round fan bearing a large picture of an artist or idol in the centre. From cute Sanrio-themed items to decorate your idol concert merchandise to even a keyring that preserves concert confetti, Sanrio’s Enjoy Idol Series is full of must-have items for concert-going idol fans. However, there seems to be no other secondary use of these items that cater to the non-concert-goer. What a niche market.
Fan Memory Notebook: ¥550 Each (After Tax)
This is an easy way to keep your notes on activities you do to support your idols.
Just how much do idol fans love these items? After conducting research among friends with over 10-years of experience as an obsessive idol fan, it seems that these are more popular than one may think. A quick visit to Sanrio’s official website revealed that the series is so popular that many items sell out quickly.
Despite trying to reach out to what might seem a small, niche market, these items seem to be in high demand among idol fans. Just what kind of person came up with such an idea? Curious to find out, we met up with the Enjoy Idol Series project planners for an interview.
Q1: It’s a pleasure to have this interview. We at MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON love Sanrio so much that it’s not often we go long without releasing some kind of news about you. One of the most fascinating Sanrio merchandise series has to be the Enjoy Idol Series for its high demand in such a niche area. Our first question is: From what idea or initial thought was this series born?
Project Planner: The Enjoy Idol Series is managed by me and one other person. Both of us are avid idol fans. We noticed not only lots of fans at concerts using Sanrio merchandise, but also many idol fans on social media using Sanrio characters as profile pictures and as stickers on their photos online. For quite a few years now there’s been a connection forming between idol fans and Sanrio characters in several ways.
We also noticed that although merchandise aimed at idol fans is steadily increasing, there still wasn’t anything cute for them out there. That’s why we started designing this series. The other project leader and I often go to concerts and watch DVDs together. That’s when the ideas started flowing. Eventually, we were packing our project full of ideas and it was really fun. We thought of how we could combine Sanrio characters and idol fans to create something incredibly cute
Q2: It’s wonderful to hear that you are both idol fans yourselves. When you first had these initial ideas running through your head, were you confident that your series would become popular among other idol fans?
Planner: We were very excited to have created this cute Enjoy Idol series and we were certain that other fans would feel the same. And the reaction to it exceeded my expectations. Even people who don’t usually go to Sanrio shops buy something from the series because of their love of Sanrio which made us really happy to see.
Q3: Having seen all the sold out products on your website, it’s clear that many people appreciate what you’ve done. How does it feel to see idol fans using merchandise that you designed?
Project Planner: We’re just so grateful to see people using items from the Enjoy Idol Series to make the most of their concert experience. A lot of people buying products from the series buy specific items based on strongly associating their idol with a certain Sanrio character. We’ve now learned the reasons behind the choices fans make when purchasing from the series which has been a real eye-opener.
Silver Decoration Case (7 Varieties): ¥660 (After Tax)
A box to save your concert confetti
Q4: After some research among a number of friends who are idol fans, it seems that your series is a big hit. Many are excited to see what you are going to knock up next. Do you have any new ideas you’re warming up to?
Project Planner: I cannot reveal any specific details just yet. We are still in the process of creating our next items. You can expect them to maintain Sanrio’s cute style. As an idol fan myself, I am committed to making sure these items are of high functionality for our users.
Q5: I’m sure that many people will be over the moon to hear that you are developing yet more cute items. Do you have any final words you would like to say to idol fans and Sanrio fans?
Project Planner: I would like to thank you all for your continuous support for the Enjoy Idol Series. We are delighted to improve your lifestyle and we hope that these items help you make the most of your experience as an idol fan.
When you have something to adore, you lead a fulfilling life. I’ve heard the stories of friends who are idol fans and can feel their excitement towards the release of our new products. I’m so happy to think that these products are improving the quality of life for many idol fans.
Diary Stickers (7 Varieties): ¥275 (After Tax)
These stickers are full of words perfect for idol fans but of no use to those who are not idol fans!
Just seeing some of the specific words and phrases written on the idol stickers shows just how much the project planners understand and feel close to other idol fans. It is enough to warm your heart.
The two project planners put their love of idol fans at the centre of their design proposal, creating a merchandise series just for them. Each item connects idol fans through their mutual love. This eye-opening interview showed the true strength of shared passion when catering to a niche market.
Despite not being an idol fan themselves, our interviewer could feel the love poured into each item in the series. What item will be released next? We’ll be just as excited as the idol fans are, waiting eagerly for its release.
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