Doraemon Future Department Store to Open in DiverCity Tokyo Plaza
The ‘Doraemon Future Department Store’ is dedicated to the famous anime Doraemon, which is loved all over the world and has captured the hearts of people through all generations. The official shop is opening on December 1, 2019 in DiverCity Tokyo Plaza, Odaiba, Tokyo as the world’s first official shop.
Not only is this the place to get your hands on merchandise, but the shop is split into three zones which each offer a unique interactive experience with Doraemon’s secret gadgets and much more. Each zone is open to everybody.
Doraemon will be there to greet all guests into the store. After passing through the entrance you can get started on testing out some secret gadgets in zone 1: a Secret Gadgets Lab.
After a fun session in the Secret Gadgets Lab, it’s time to create your very own one-of-a-kind merchandise in the Customisation Zone. How about making a collection of original merchandise with your friends or family for a fun and memorable adventure?
The Shop Zone is the final stop of your adventure. This is your chance to get some Doraemon Future Department Store-limited merchandise that is not sold elsewhere. If you’re a fan of Doraemon, this is the perfect place to stock up on Doraemons for your collection!
More details on the original merchandise, Secret Gadget Lab and Customisation Zone will be released at some point in the future. Keep your eyes peeled for more updates!
Doraemon Future Department Store
Address: DiverCity Tokyo Plaza, 2nd Floor, 1-chōme-1-10 Aomi, Edo Ward, Tokyo
Grand Opening: December 1, 2019
Closed when DiverCity Tokyo Plaza is closed.
Cute & Shiny Doraemon Cookies & Dango Tin Are Kyoto Souvenirs You Can’t Leave Without
If you’re looking for must-buy souvenirs while in Kyoto then look no further. Heso Production are set to begin releasing Doraemon cookies and a cookie tin early this month at that are exclusive to souvenir shops and variety stores in Kyoto.
The cute printed cookies feature not only familiar faces from the Doraemon series, including the adorable cat robot himself, but illustrations of sights that are quintessential to traditional Kyoto culture including the five-story pagoda and the Daimonji bonfire.
Another must-grab is this shiny Doraemon tin. Also exclusive to Kyoto, the tin features a way-too-cute shiny design of Doraemon who is holding some dango.
The tin is filled with lemon flavoured ramune candy, a perfect nibble to have while travelling.
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Dokodemo Doraemon Kyoto Exclusive Printed Cookies
Price: ¥800 (Before Tax)
Release Date: Early September 2019 (Date may differ from store to store)
Location: Souvenir shops and variety stores in the Kansai region
Dokodemo Doraemon Kyoto Exclusive Shiny Tin
Contains: 2 bags (8g each) of lemon flavoured ramune candy
Price: ¥600 (Before Tax)
Release Date: Early September 2019 (Date may differ from store to store)
Location: Souvenir shops and variety stores in the Kansai region
Heso Production Official Website: https://www.heso-pro.com/
Sebastian Masuda And Other Phenomenal Artists Create Outstanding Doraemon Exhibition
17.July.2019 | SPOT
28 artist groups and individuals have created artistic pieces to represent Japan’s favourite animated character Doraemon. From July 12 to September 23, 2019, you can see these magnificent creations at the Doraemon Exhibition Osaka 2019 which will take place at Osaka Culturarium at Tempozan.
The Doraemon Exhibition Osaka 2019 features a range of artists who exhibit their works in Japan and even in foreign countries. This is a fantastic chance to meet a range of new Doraemon that the world has never seen. This event covers a range of genres through modern art that is overflowing with creativity and dedication for the anime character that has grasped the nation.
On July 11, the day before the opening of the exhibition, there was a special opening ceremony and private viewing event held exclusively for staff and the press, which was a massive success.
Press releases of the event reveal that artists Yasumasa Morimura and Sebastian Masuda were present at the ceremony for photos and greetings.
Yasumasa Morimura commented with deep emotion: “I am so happy to have finally taken part in the Doraemon Exhibition. For this creation, I used lots of paper to make the costumes. I collaborated with Junko Koike, collecting lots of Doraemon manga as raw materials for the dress. As Doraemon has the power to manipulate time and space, and has the ability to create a door that leads to anywhere he desires, I thought a grey dress would be appropriate. In fact, the entire exhibition venue is just like the inside of Doraemon’s pocket ー it is packed with the work of 28 solo artists and groups. What a fun experience it is. I hope that many people in the Kansai region come see this,” he explained.
Sebastian Masuda commented: “I’m actually the same age as Doraemon and I share the same birthday as Noby; the main character from the series. I was born with a love for Doraemon.”
He then commented on his art piece: “I actually wanted to make it as big as the Budha statue at Todaiji Temple in Nara, but we wouldn’t be able to fit it in the venue so I made it two metres tall instead”, he laughed. “I collected materials from markets from all around the world, so the final piece is literally made up of the colours of the world,” he continued.
His message to the people of Osaka is: “I would love it if lots of children came to see this. It would really make my day to hear reactions from them like “whoa, it’s huge” or “that’s so cool!””
Please come stop by to visit your favourite Doraemon!
The Doraemon Exhibition Osaka 2019
Running: July 12, 2019 ー September 23, 2019 (74 days)
※ No closed days.
Venue: Osaka Culturarium at Tempozan (next to the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan)
Address: 1-5-10, Kaigandori, Minato Ward, Osaka
Open: 10:00 ー 17:00 ※ Last entries: 30 mins before closing time
Middle/High School: ￥1,200
4 y/o ー Elementary School: ￥800
Enquiries: (Hello Dial) TEL: 050-5542-8600 (8:00 ー 22:00, no holidays)
Pyokotama♪ Releases Doraemon, Hello Kitty, Pikachu & Shin Chan Soft Balls
Sega Toys Co., Ltd. will launch a new lineup of large, round character-themed balls called Pyokotama♪ Character series! The lineup includes four designs; Crayon Shin Chan, Doraemon, Hello Kitty, and Pikachu! These characters are famous in Japan and all over the world! The lineup will reach stores on Thursday 26th September 2019.
The cloth ball is approximately 13 cm in diameter. The faces of Crayon Shin Chan, Doraemon, Hello Kitty and Pikachu decorate the surface of the cushions…but what’s on the other side…? Make sure you take a look! Turn on the switch on the ball and and then throw it around as much as you like! When you do, it will play the character’s theme song or a famous song when you throw it!
Crayon Shin Chan
Make sure to check out the “backside” of the ball! As you throw the ball around, it will play the nostalgic melody of the Shin Chan theme song I’m Popular (Ora wa ninkimono).
His four-dimentional pocket is on the front of the ball and on the back is his small, red, circular tail! As you throw him around, he will play the anime opening song Yume o Kanaete Doraemon.
Her left ear is decorated with her signature large ribbon. When you throw this ball, a famous melody by Tchaikovsky will fill the air!
This ball is especially cute because of the ears! Throw this ball, and Pikachu will sing his own anime ending theme song”
These cute and round balls are perfect to enjoy the outdoors with your family and friends!
Ⓒ Yoshito Usui/ Futabasha, Shinei, TV Asahi, ADK Ⓒ Fujiko-Pro, Shogakukan, TV Asahi, Shinei, ADK
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Pyokotama ♪ soft balls (4 character designs)
Prices: ¥2,500 + tax each
Release date: Thurs 26/09/2019
Available at: Toy stores, volume retailers, general goods stores, online shops etc
Sega official website: http://www.segatoys.co.jp/
Hi, everybody. I’m Midori from MMN’s editorial department.
Right now, the Odakyu section of Noborito Station in Kanagawa is all Doraemon coloured! It is the closest station to the Kawasaki City Fujiko F Fujio Museum―a museum for the manga duo who created Doraemon―and so the station has been transformed into all things Doraemon to immerse fans in his bright blue world before they head to the museum. I heard that the station looked super cute so I took no time at all to pay a visit!
You can arrive at Noborito Station is 16-minutes from Shinjuku Station via the Odakyu Line. There may be some people unfamiliar with the area but it’s surprisingly close! Recently the Rapid Express trains have started stopping there making it easier to commute to. The JR Nambu Line also rides to Noborito Station so you can leave from Tachikawa or Mizunokuchi too.
As soon as you step off the train the platform signs are all Doraemon coloured! And if you look closely you can see his bell too.
These little details are everywhere―they’re even on the pillars!
The platform garbage bins too!
And the bigger waste and recycling bins.
The staircase leading down to the platform and up into to the station features illustrations of Doraemon flying with his friends in the clouds.
The elevator design is based on Doraemon’s Anywhere Door♡
And if you look closely at the toilet doors you can see cute designs of Doraemon for the men’s and Dorami-chan for the women’s! The section in the middle hadn’t been changed.
There’s also a Doraemon to the side holding a small light. He’s pretty big so he’s perfect for taking a picture with!
Walking a little further along there was an Anywhere Door, which when you approached…
opens up! You’ll get to see many different sights through the door.
They went all out with the little details even putting Doraemon’s colours and bell on this big sign too.
A little further along…
was a bronze Doraemon statue! He’s surprisingly small but really stands out.
He has a shiny nose.
I then descended the escalator to the bus terminal…
…and found a statue of Dorami-chan too. In front of this statue is a shuttle bus that takes you to the Kawasaki City Fujiko F Fujio Museum.
The bus design is really special! So cute!
It was so much fun just walking around the station and seeing all the carefully placed details. There might be even more that I didn’t see too, so you should head to the station and seek them out!
Address: 2417 Noribito, Tama Ward, Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture
Access: 1 stop from Shinjuku Station via the Odakyu Line
Trains: Rapid Express / Express / Commuter / Semi Express / Local
Kawasaki City Fujiko F Fujio Museum
Address: 2-8-1 Nagao, Tama Ward, Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture
Business Hours: 10:00-18:00
Closed: Tuesdays & New Year’s Holiday
Doraemon’s 40th Anniversary Celebrated With Re-Recordings of 2 Famous Songs
The Doraemon anime series first hit the air on April 2, 1979 with its 40th anniversary having just passed on the same date this year. To celebrate this major milestone, two famous songs from the series―Doraemon no Uta and Boku Doraemon―both of which have been very well known since it first aired have been re-recorded.
The former was the first ever opening song of the series. Originally performed by Kumiko Osugi with lyrics written by Takumi Kusube, the track has been performed by several different artists across the show’s long run. Now, with the series hitting the 40 year mark, the song has once again been re-recorded, this time by music producer and one half of the J-pop band Sukima Switch Shintarō Tokita. Tokita has written many songs for projects and artists. artists and has worked as a sound producer. The song is performed by the regular cast including Wasabi Mizuta who provides the voice of Doraemon in the 2005 series. The seamless recording makes each of their singing parts like a relay race.
In charge of the other song Boku Doraemon is hit maker ha-j who is well known for having written songs for boy band Arashi and female idol group Nogizaka46. Wasabi Mizuta provides her energetic singing once more for this track.
Both re-recordings maintain the same level of nostalgia while having a fresh spin added to them. Shintarō Tokita commented on the joy and pressure he embraced while working on his rearrangement: “I never imagined I would have the opportunity to be involved with the TV series so I was simultaneously taken aback and filled with happiness. But the song is also tied to the creator so it was also a challenge to reach the height of those emotions.”
ha-j also talked about his version of Boku Doraemon and the respect he has for the series which he put into the song: “I put everything that Doraemon raised me with into the song. I threw down the gauntlet and squeezed everything in there.”
The regular cast for the anime series participated in the recordings including the already-mentioned Wasabi Mizuta (Dorameon), Megumi Oohara (Nobita), Yumi Kakazu (Shizuka), Subaru Kimura (Takeshi) and Tomokazu Seki (Suneo). Their teamwork spans 15 years, and that harmony was carried with them to the recording room.
These two songs debuted the new opening and ending themes respectively on Doraemon on April 5, 2019 and serve to commemorate 40 whole years.
Doraemon no Uta – Release Date
April 5: TV Asa Sound
April 17: Digital release on other streaming platforms
Boku Doraemon – Release Date
May 10: Digital release
Sukima Switch Official Website: http://www.office-augusta.com/sukimaswitch/index.html
McDonald’s Happy Meal Set Contains Doraemon’s Secret Gadgets
McDonald’s Japan is set to include an assortment of Doraemon’s secret gadgets in Happy Meals starting on March 8, 2019.
Nine toy will be included in the meal set―eight known ones (below) and one secret one―all of which are taken from the animated film Doraemon: Nobita’s Chronicle of the Moon Exploration which was released in Japan on March 1, 2019. The toys and set take inspiration from the film, which takes place on the moon, and its themes of adventure and friendship.
Gadgets will include the Moobit and Rabbit Card from the film as well as classic tools like the Anywhere Door and Bamboo Copter.
The toys will be released across two periods. An assortment of them will be available from March 8 to 21 and another batch from March 22 to April 4. From April 5 customers will have the chance to receive any nine of them.
The Happy Meal box also features a special design of Doraemon and the Moobit from the film. on March 9 and 10, all Happy Meals will also come with a picture for colouring in.
Which of Doraemon’s gadgets do you want to use the most?
Doraemon Happy Meal
Release Date: March 8, 2019
McDonald’s Japan Official Website: http://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/
©Fujiko Pro・Shogakukan・TV Asahi・Shinei・ADK2019
Japanese-style confectionery series “Tabemasu” to release new Doraemon-themed bun at Lawson convenience stores!
26.February.2019 | FOOD
Tabemasu is a Japanese confectionery series that features sweet treats designed to look like characters. From Tuesday 26th February 2019, they will be releasing the “Tabemasu Doraemon” and “Tabemasu Doraemon Heart ver.” which will be sold at most Lawson stores.
There will be two varieties of Doraemon’s face that you can enjoy. A smiley, sweet grin and a madly in love face. The Doraemon comes in the form of “Nerikiri”, which is a traditional bean-jam-based confectionery surrounded by a light, soft bread. Even Doraemon’s bell, red nose and tail are clearly formed out of dough!
The heart-eyed Doraemon is a good contrast to the smiling Doraemon. He is madly in love and just as cute as before! The love letter he is holding in his hands, his heart-shaped eyes and rosy cheeks are just some of the finer details that have been carefully crafted!
The red bean jam at Doraemon’s core is custard flavoured for the smiling version and strawberry flavoured for the heart version. These classic flavours are everyone’s favourite and make for a great lineup. Chickpeas, that are known for their high nutrition value, have been used by the Tabemasu series for the first time. Only natural methods are used for the colourings. These delicate flavours and gentle texture in your mouth are not something you want to miss!
If you’re looking for a pleasant snack, look no further ♡
Doraemon Heart ver.（Strawberry flavour）
Price：¥259 each（¥280 including tax）
Release date：Tuesday 26th February 2019
Available at：Chilled dessert section of Lawson convenience stores nationwide.
※ Not available at 100 Natural Lawson/Lawson convenience stores.
※ Sales will end once limited stock is depleted.
(C) Fujiko-Pro,Shogakukan,TV-Asahi,Shin-ei,and ADK
Cute Doraemon Tarts Releasing from Aeon Group
Aeon Group is releasing a series of cute and delicious Doraemon tarts on February 27, 2019.
The rare cheese flavoured tarts feature feature illustrations of the popular character along with his Secret Gadget and other references.
Each tart comes in cute packaging with Doraemon sticking his tongue out surrounded by things seen in the series. The tarts are smooth and crunchy.
Part of the fun of buying one of these tarts is picking which one to go for. There are 6 to choose from. They make for a delicious snack or a cute present to someone.
Release Date: February 27, 2019
Available: At Aeon stores (except in Okinawa), Daiei, Marunaka, Sanyo Marunaka, MaxValu, Aeon Super Center, Aeon Big’s chilled dessert section
*Select store branches not stocking the product.
*Limited quantity available. Sales will cease once all have been sold.
*The release time may differ from store to store.
©Fujiko-Pro, Shogakukan, TV-Asahi, Shin-ei, and ADK
Doraemon Inspired Fashion Items Releasing From CIAOPANIC TYPY
Japanese fashion brand CIAOPANIC TYPY is set to release a line of Doraemon themed items at all of its branches across Japan.
CIAOPANIC TYPY serves up a range of attire aimed at families who want to wear fashion that aligns with their own lifestyle. Its clothing is relaxed while still being a touch fashionable. The brand is particular about the material it uses and the comfort of its items when worn on buyers. It offers both an original line-up as well as a selection of trending casual clothes picked from both inside and outside the country. They also sell kids’ clothing.
Let’s take a select look at some of the collaborative Doraemon items up for grabs.
Adult Print Parker: Adults ¥3,900 / Kids ¥3,500 (Before Tax)
Embroidered Cap: Adults ¥2,500 / Kids ¥1,900 (Before Tax)
Four-Dimensional Pocket Sacoche: ¥1,900 (Before Tax)
Nobita-kun Set (Kids’ Only): ¥4,900 (Before Tax)
These simple yet fun items can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike, and there’s plenty more to choose from!
DORAEMON de CIAOPANIC TYPY
Release Date: February 2, 2019
Doraemon Christmas & New Year Merchandise Released by JP Post
26.November.2018 | ANIME&GAME
Japan Post have released a range of new Doraemon themed Christmas and New Year merchandise on their official website.
The items are part of a popular line of merchandise called Premium Doraemon based on the lovable robot cat himself. The line-up features a whole new variation of merchandise that can be used during Christmastime or for the New Year’s holidays.
This includes everyday-use mugs, zaisu chairs, themed plates for the holiday season, and much more. Designs even include a cute Doraemon dressed as Santa Claus.
Santa Doraemon Figure: ¥1,800 (Tax Included) *1,500 available
Here we see Doraemon donning an adorable Santa Claus outfit. He even has a little white beard!
Christmas Wreath: ¥3,000 (Tax Included) *300 available
A cute Christmas-y wreath featuring Santa Doraemon surrounded by his secret gadgets.
Christmas Plate Set: ¥2,400 (Tax Included) *500 available
Furnish your Christmas dinner table with these decorative plates featuring Doraemon and his secret gadgets.
Doraemon Zaisu Chair: ¥10,000 (Tax Included) *1,000 available
Sit on the floor with this cute zaisu style chair or fold it down and lay flat to sleep together with Doraemon!
Kagami Mochi Doraemon Figure
Here we have Doraemon as a white kagami mochi figure with an orange atop his noggin!
There are plenty of other fun and useful Doraemon-inspired items to get your hands on too for Christmas and the New Year, so be sure to check out JP Post’s official website!
Doraemon Christmas & New Year Items
Running: November 21, 2018 – January 7, 2019
Shipping: Will arrive within 10 days of ordering
*There is a possibility that deliveries won’t be made from December 14 to the end of the year. Shipping will open again from January 7, 2019.
Product Page: https://www.shop.post.japanpost.jp/shop/a/aother-1dora/
Roppongi Hills: Summer 2018 Events for the Whole Family
It’s been 15 years since Roppongi Hills first opened, which is set to welcome summer again this year with exciting events running from July 14 to August 26. It will be packed with events including the 5th run of TV Asahi’s collaborative Natsumatsuri Summer Station event, the annual Bon Odori dance and more. There will even be events up Tokyo City View, one of Tokyo’s best observation decks with a panoramic view of the city.
TV Asahi & Roppongi Hills Natsumatsuri Summer Station 2018
One of summer’s biggest events in Tokyo, Summer Station began in 2014 and has been held every year since. Last year, it saw a record 5.8 million people turn up. The theme this year is ‘summer magic’ for which the event will collaborate with the whole town. Look forward to live music performances, shows, food, VR sessions, photo spots, exhibitions and more. The popular life-sized Doraemon will make a return at 66 Plaza where there’ll also be artists performing as well as anime inspired food. A new booth will also make an appearance at Keyakizaki this year. There’s plenty for both adults and children to enjoy!
Roppongi Hills Bon Odori 2018
This will be the 16th year of the Roppongi Hills bon odori where people come together and dance around the central yagura. The event will offer the real Japanese ‘matsuri’ festival experience, with food stands serving up original menus from restaurants in Roppongi Hills, and more.
Feel the Summer Sky Atop Tokyo City View
A summer event will be held at Tokyo City View, the observation deck of Roppongi Hills, where you can learn about the ocean and environment. There will be a digital globe you can touch which will introduce the mysteries of the world with a focus on the sea. It’s a popular project that was set up by the UN and museums around the world. Also, people who head up to the roof sky deck dressed in yukata or other traditional summer clothes will receive a special bonus. The opening hours will also be extended so people can fully enjoy watching neighbouring firework events, the starry night sky and the city nightscape. If you’re looking to experience Japanese summer to the max then this one’s a must!
Enjoy an exciting Japanese summer from all angles in Roppongi!
LINE released a Doraemon model of their ‘Clova Friends mini,’ a smart speaker equipped with the Clova AI assistant.
According to a user questionnaire*, Clova Friends, which was released last year, is used by people of all ages in numerous situations, including on their break and when they wake up. This time, the company have developed a more family-friendly product that people can use regularly by using the character Doraemon.
*Details and results of the questionnaire can be found over on the official Clova blog (Japanese).
The new Clova Friends mini Doraemon model makes use of all of the previous Clova Friends functions but also introduces Doraemon’s voice. He will answer in various ways when you talk to him, with lines such as “I’m Doraemon. I’m happy to speak to you.” (Translated from Japanese.)
There are 51 secret tools in Doraemon’s conversational arsenal, including unique references such as to his favourite food dorayaki as well as mice which he doesn’t like. For example, if you say to him in Japanese, “It’s hot,” he’ll respond “How about drinking some Eskimo Extract? Whenever you say it’s hot the temperature will feel a cool 3℃.” It’ll feel like you’re having a real conversation with the blue robotic cat himself. You can even request him to sing a song, say a tongue twister and much more. The company are also considering going ahead with more updates for the software in the future, so he’ll be able to do even more things.
In addition, to celebrate Doraemon the Movie: Nobita’s Treasure Island breaking box office records in the franchise, a special outfit has been released for your Clover Friends mini Doraemon to wear. There are just 200 available on a first-come, first served basis which were released at the Fujiko·F·Fujio Museum and on Rakuten Books on June 1.