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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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/
Sanrio Puroland Opens New Sensory Show Fusing Real and Virtual Worlds
Starting July 15, Sanrio Puroland will premiere a new show, Nakayoku Connect. The unique hands-on experience will blend both the real and virtual worlds.
The interactive show Nakayoku Connect is set to introduce a new type of entertainment that combines a real live show filled with twinkling lights and lasers set to pop dance music with a virtual world. This is the first new show to be performed at Puro Village in three years, since Wish me mell’s Chance for You began in September 2019. This will also be the first time in about two years–since the temporary closure in 2020–that regular shows will be held in Puro Village during business hours.
For the first time ever, this show will be presented not only in Puroland, but virtually as well. Visitors are welcome to enjoy this unprecedented experimental show incorporating the world around us and the world inside the computer.
In Japanese, Nakayoku means ‘to care about friends’ and ‘to get along happily.’ The creators of the show believe that this is an important value to think about today, and visitors will enjoy seeing their favorite characters, from Hello Kitty and Dear Daniel to Bad Badtz-Maru and Kogimyun. The live and virtual shows will be performed simultaneously, and the characters will wear new costumes inspired by the concept of retro-futurism.
For a more immersive experience, the show will utilize a ‘fiber beam’ for the first time ever. Harmless to the body, the entirety of Puro Village will be illuminated, with the lights and animations linked to the show’s music. Come enjoy this brand-new experience!
Sanrio to Create Original Character Inspired by Boy Band JO1
19.June.2022 | FASHION
Sanrio and LAPONE Entertainment have teamed up to launch the JO1 x Sanrio Character Development Project to create a new character inspired by the globally popular boy band JO1.
The new project combines JO1’s creativity with Sanrio’s beloved branding to create a character embodying the member’s strengths. JO1 announced the project during the 2022 SANRIO FES at Pacifico Yokohama North on June 12. A teaser has also been posted on the official JO1 YouTube channel. A special program will closely follow the project and new episodes will be posted on YouTube in the future, so be sure to watch!
JO1’s marketing department has been tasked with making the group’s fans feel even closer, and the new character will be a kind of ‘alter ego’ of JO1. It’s unclear what kind of character we’ll see at the end of this, but fans are excited to find out!
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JO1 x Sanrio Character Development Project Official Site: https://www.sanrio.co.jp/special/jo1
Tokyo City View at Roppongi Hills Welcoming Guests for Rainy Season Fun
17.June.2022 | SPOT
During late spring and early summer, Japan enters the rainy season. From mid-June until early July, Tokyo City View, the indoor observatory at Roppongi Hills, will be giving people a way to enjoy this dreary time. From photo spots to afternoon tea and cute menu items at the on-site restaurant and cafe, this is one of the best places to spend time in Tokyo.
Photo Spot Transforms Rainy Weather into Sunny Weather
Starting June 13, three photo spots featuring colorful umbrellas will appear around Tokyo City View. Even if it’s pouring rain outside, it’s always sunny under these pop-art umbrellas! Take some shots 250 meters above the streets of the city and post them on social media!
Normally, Tokyo City View ticket holders can enter the Sky Deck rooftop deck for an additional ¥500. For a limited time, a special set ticket including Sky Deck will be available at the on-site ticket counter! On rare sunny days during the rainy season, guests can enjoy the open-air Sky Deck, a perfect place to refresh and unwind.
Running: June 13 – July 4, 2022
Admission: ¥2,000 (General Admission, Weekdays)
*Certain areas of the indoor observatory will be closed during this period.
Spend a Rainy Day at THE SUN & THE MOON Cafe & Restaurant
NY Cheesecake with Caramel Sauce: ¥1,280 (Tax Included)
Banana Split: ¥1,150 (Tax Included)
THE SUN & THE MOON Cafe and Restaurant is attached to Tokyo City View. At the cafe section, guests will be able to order some cute new items from the dessert menu to sweep away the rainy day blues.
The restaurant section offers a spectacular city view and is filled with greenery, intending to make guests feel like they’re in a forest in the sky. On a rainy day, you may feel like you’re in the rainforest! Come enjoy a cup of tea and gaze out at the city.
The Roppongi Hills Observation Deck regularly hosts the Roppongi Astronomy Club. On July 7, the Tanabata Special Viewing Event will invite guests to enjoy a sparkling night view of Tokyo and the stars above. On July 15, a special Moonrise Viewing will be held, where visitors can watch the moon rise from the direction of Tokyo Skytree.
How would you like to spend a rainy day in this spectacular Tokyo landmark?
Roppongi Hills Observation Deck
Address: Roppongi Hills Mori Tower (6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo)
Official Site: https://tcv.roppongihills.com/jp/
Final Results of 2022 Sanrio Character Ranking Announced
16.June.2022 | FASHION
The results are in! The annual Sanrio Character Award tallies millions of votes to discover which of the company’s 450 characters is the fan favorite for the year. In 2022, nearly 26.5 million people cast their vote, totaling up to 124% of last year’s turnout.
Taking the top spot for the third year in a row is Cinnamoroll, almost reaching 3 million votes. The character is celebrating his 20th anniversary this year, so it’s fitting that he should take home the trophy!
Pompompurin came in second. The adorable dog has been in the top three for the past eight years and managed to rack up nearly 2.4 million votes. Surprisingly, Kuromi came in third, surpassing her rival My Melody for the first time ever. This was also the first time in the history of the competition that Kuromi has ranked in the top three.
Hangyodon ranked eighth, becoming the first new character in the top ten in 34 years. The fish character has been seeing increased popularity over the past year.
All rankings are available to view on the official website, so be sure to take a look to find out where your favorite sits!
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Official Site: https://ranking.sanrio.co.jp
Ueno’s National Museum of Western Art Celebrates Reopening with Live Commentary for ‘In Dialogue with Nature’ Exhibit
16.June.2022 | SPOT
The National Museum of Western Art, located in Ueno Park, reopened in April 2022 after being closed for renovations for 18 months. The first special exhibition post-reopening will feature Van Gogh’s works in Japan for the first time, along with paintings depicting modern nature from both the National Museum of Western Art and the Museum Folkwang in Essen, Germany.
To commemorate the post-renovation reopening of the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo, this exhibition traces the development of modern art born out of the dialogue between nature and humankind.
The event was realized in collaboration with the Museum Folkwang, and both institutions were founded on private collections: that of Karl Ernst Osthaus (1874–1921) in Germany and Matsukata Kojiro (1866–1950) in Japan.
The exhibition will feature over 100 paintings, drawings, prints, and photographs from both museums, spanning from German Romanticism to the art of the twentieth century, ranging from Impressionism to Post-Impressionism.
Guests can enjoy all aspects of the infinite expanse of nature as shown in both collections, from the smallest roadside flowers to the vast universe and all humanity contained within. Would you like to come and experience this unique exhibition?
The National Museum of Western Art Reopening Event
In Dialogue with Nature: From Friedrich, Monet and Van Gogh to Richter
Running: June 4 – September 11, 2022
Closed Mondays, July 19 (*Open July 18 and August 15)
Venue: The National Museum of Western Art (Ueno Park, Tokyo)
Hours: 9:30-17:30 (Open until 20:00 on Fridays, Saturdays)
Niconico Museum Homepage: https://ch.nicovideo.jp/niconicomuseum
GELATO PIQUE HOMME Limited Concept Store Opens at Hankyu Men’s Tokyo for Father’s Day
15.June.2022 | FASHION
Men’s roomwear brand GELATO PIQUE HOMME will open a limited-time concept store at Hankyu Men’s Tokyo from June 15 until June 21, 2022.
The store will offer a wide variety of items, including light and comfortable loungewear perfect for summer and unisex items perfect for partners. In addition, GELATO PIQUE x BE@RBRICK collaboration items will also be available for purchase.
Popular around the world, Medicom’s BE@RBRICK figure can now be purchased in full Gelato Pique loungewear, with customers able to choose between 400% and 1,000% sizes. Shoes are also available for each figure.
The summer collection includes soft and lightweight items perfect for the heat, including sweatshirts, long pants, and ultra-thin shirts.
Hand soap and face wash will also be available. Gelato Pique Homme’s original citrus mint blend is made with bergamot and patchouli essential oils sourced from France.
Come pick up some of these items, perfect for Father’s Day!
GELATO PIQUE HOMME LIMITED CONCEPT STORE
Running: June 15 – June 21, 2022
Address: Hankyu Mens Tokyo Main Base, 1F (2-5-1 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)
*Business days and hours are subject to change.
GELATO PIQUE HOMME Official Site: https://gelatopique-homme.com/
Godiva Cafe Releases Drinks and Goods Inspired by Sanrio’s Hapidanbui
Godiva Cafe first collaborated with Sanrio’s Hapidanbui collective in February of this year. The second collaboration will begin on June 15, 2022!
Hapidanbui Chocolixer – White Chocolate Cacao 27% / Cacao 50%
Hapidanbui Godiva Cafe Original Pouch (with Godiva Soft Cookie)
The second collaboration will highlight the characters Pochacco and Pekkle. Godiva Cafe’s iconic drink, the Chocolixer, will be available in a special sleeve, and an original sticker will be handed out with each purchase.
Pochakko and Peckle pouches designed exclusively for the collaboration will also be available in-store while supplies last!
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Godiva Cafe x Hapidanbui – 2nd Collaboration
Price: ¥680 (Tax Included)
Where to Buy: Godiva Cafe locations nationwide
Available: June 15 – end of August
Hapidanbui Godiva Cafe Original Pouch
Price: ¥1,850 (Tax Included)
Where to Buy: Godiva Cafe locations nationwide
Available: June 15 while supplies last
Official Site: https://www.godiva.co.jp/
Kura Sushi Begins Exclusive Sanrio Characters Collaboration Campaign
To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the popular Sanrio character Cinnamoroll, a new campaign has begun at Kura Sushi locations around Japan! Popular Sanrio characters have gathered for a ‘Sushi Party,’ and guests can look forward to a new collection of original merchandise.
During the event period, customers are invited to partake in a game when they visit Kura Sushi. For every five plates, they will be entered to win a piece of original merchandise including clear folders, pins, and more!
Starting June 24, guests spending ¥2,500 or more will receive a clear folder featuring Sanrio characters (4 varieties).
Visitors to the Kura Sushi location in Harajuku will be able to grab an Apple Cinnamon W Cream crepe featuring a special Cinnamoroll illustration. Combining apple compote, cinnamon, and custard, this sweet treat not only offers the sweetness and softness of apples but is also perfect for posting on social media! The pale blue whipped cream is inspired by Cinnamoroll’s coloring.
Come celebrate Cinnamoroll’s 20th anniversary at Kura Sushi!
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Sanrio Characters Collaboration Campaign
Running: June 10 – June 30, 2022
Official Site: https://www.kurasushi.co.jp/
TOOTH TOOTH TOKYO in Ebisu Releases New Evening Parfait for Adults
TOOTH TOOTH TOKYO, a French bistro located in Ebisu, will offer three unique parfaits perfect for adult palates starting June 1, 2022 for a limited time.
These three sweet treats are perfect for an after-meal snack or a reward for a hard day’s work. As delicious as they may be, they’re also delightful to look at, each made with care and filled with seasonal fruits. An evening at TOOTH TOOTH TOKYO will be a luxurious and colorful experience this summer.
White Peach Fromage Parfait with Honey Tuile: ¥2,000 (Tax Included)
The melt-in-your-mouth parfait includes sweet peach covered with Earl Grey tea leaves, homemade apricot pound cake, lemon mousse, and a crispy honey tuile for a touch of luxury.
Parfait Exotica ~Mango Quenelle and Coconut Blancmange & Pistachio: ¥1,900 (Tax Included)
This mango treat with a dollop of coconut blancmange is made extra delicious with a pairing of pistachio ice cream. Dried pineapple and lotus flowers garnish this mature summer dessert. Enjoy the rum-soaked dried fruits!
Caramelized Figs & Red Wine Spiced Chocolat: ¥1,600 (Tax Included)
Juicy caramelized figs doused with spiced sangria make up the heart of this dish. The Belgian chocolate ice cream is served with a light cheese tuile, an accent with just the right amount of texture and saltiness.
TOOTH TOOTH TOKYO
Venue: Tre di Casa Ebisu 1F/B1 (3-17-12 Higashi Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
Monday-Thursday, Saturday: Lunch 11:30-15:00 / Cafe & Dinner 15:00-23:30 (Last Order at 22:30)
Sunday: Lunch 11:30-15:00 / Cafe & Dinner 15:00-23:00 (Last Order at 22:00)
Friday: Lunch 11:30-15:00 / Cafe & Dinner 15:00-28:00 (Last Order 23:30)
*Closed from 15:00-16:00
Official Site: http://www.toothtooth.com/restaurant/tooth-tokyo/
Natural Donut Shop Floresta Collaborating with Sanrio Character Hangyodon for a Limited Time
04.June.2022 | FOOD
From June 4 until June 25, the handmade donut shop Floresta will be offering donuts inspired by the Sanrio character Hangyodon! These treats, made from all-natural ingredients, will be available at Floresta shops and at the online store.
Hangyodon Collaboration Donuts
Part One: June 4 – June 14 / Ring Donuts, 2 varieties (Black Sesame / Strawberry)
Part 2: June 15 – June 25 / Donut Hole Cup, 1 variety (Hangyodon & Sayuri)
Hangyodon has become popular with men and women of all ages for his big round eyes and pouty lips.
During the first part of the collaboration, the donuts were made with an image in mind of Hangyodon playing around on a pool float. Floresta’s special white chocolate was kneaded with black sesame and strawberry powder to create two mildly-sweet donuts.
The second part of the collaboration also includes Hangyodon’s friend, Sayuri the Octopus. Customers can enjoy a cup of donut holes perfect for kids and adults alike.
Although these sweet treats may be colorful, they were made with all-natural ingredients and are free of synthetic colors, fragrances, and preservatives.
Enjoy these donuts yourself, buy them for a friend, or bring them to a family get-together. You’ll make everyone very happy!
© 2022 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. L631150
Limited Edition Ueno Zoo Panda Pins Available at Hard Rock Cafe
American music-themed restaurant Hard Rock Cafe has locations across Japan, and the Ueno location will soon be selling limited edition pins featuring Ueno Zoo’s famous giant pandas! Two designs will be available: one celebrating the panda’s birthdays and one commemorating Xiang Xiang’s return to China this December. Each pin will release in limited quantities of 500. Those wanting to grab one will need to either come to the Ueno Hard Rock Cafe location or head to the official online store.
Birthday Pandas Pin
Good Luck Panda Pin-4
Xiang Xiang’s birthday is on June 12, and the giant panda recently had two adorable cubs Xiao Xiao and Lei Lei on June 23. Both pin designs also feature the Hard Rock Cafe logo.
Don’t miss out on these cute pins–they’ll sell out quickly!
Ueno Hard Rock Cafe Tokyo – Giant Panda Pins
Available starting June 4, 2022
Birthday Pandas Pin (Limited to 500 pieces): ¥2,200 (Tax Included)
Good Luck Panda Pin-4 (Limited 50 500 pieces): ¥2,200 (Tax Included)
Where to Buy:
Ueno Hard Rock Cafe Tokyo (atre Ueno 1F, 7-1-1 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo)
Official Online Shop: https://hrcjapan.official.ec/
Blue Afternoon Tea Ready to Bring Happiness to June Brides in Aoyama, Tokyo
The Vino Buono Restaurant, located just across the street from the Aoyama St. Grace Cathedral, will offer a special blue-themed afternoon tea set from June 1 until July 31, 2022. The blue theme is meant to bring happiness, and guests will be able to enjoy treats inspired by the deep blue sea.
The summer lineup includes a grapefruit-flavored ocean jelly topped with meringue coral, lemon-flavored macaroons in the shape of pearl oysters, coconut mousse, a galette resembling a mussel, and other ocean blue and crashing wave white-colored sweets with coral and shell motifs. Seafood-infused savory treats such as smoked salmon sandwiches on croissants and seaweed salt french fries will also be served. Guests can also enjoy two types of scones as well as unlimited black and herbal tea.
An old European legend claims that women getting married in June will always be happy. During this wonderful wedding season, why not come enjoy a romantic afternoon tea experience?
Something Blue Afternoon Tea ~Sweet Aquarium~
Venue: Vino Buono Restaurant Aoyama / Aoyama St. Grace Cathedral
Available: June 1 – July 31, 2022 *Reservations required