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/
Hello Kitty Diamond Necklaces Released by Japanese Luxury Jewellers U-TREASURE
15.May.2021 | FASHION
Japan’s luxury character jewellery brand U-TREASURE, which creates accessories for character-loving adults, released a new collection of Hello Kitty-inspired necklaces on Tuesday which are available for a limited time until May 25.
The necklaces feature a simple design with a single diamond stone tipped with Hello Kitty’s ribbon. The necklaces come in various versions including platinum, yellow gold, pink gold, and also silver with cubic zirconia. The collection is available to purchase at U-TREASURE’s concept store in Ikebukuro and their online shop.
<Hello Kitty Ribbon Necklaces> Platinum 950: ¥88,000 / K18 Yellow Gold, K18 Pink Gold: ¥88,000 / Silver & Cubic Zirconia: ¥16,500
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Hello Kitty Ribbon Necklaces
Purchasing Window: May 11, 2021 – May 25, 2021
Available: U-TREASURE Concept Store Ikebukuro / U-TREASURE Online
These Shaman King Chocolates Are Filled With Adzuki Bean Paste and Marshmallows
TIROL-CHOCO is collaborating with the Shaman King anime series this spring with a special bag of chocolates releasing in Japan on May 17.
Shaman King (Fukuro) | ¥130
The Shaman King manga series written and illustrated by Hiroyuki Takei has over 38 million copies in circulation. This marks TIROL-CHOCO’s second collaboration with its anime adaptation.
Inside each bag are individually wrapped chocolates each with a different character on the packets. There are eight designs in total, but one bag contains just seven. The chocolates are stuffed with adzuki bean paste, adzuki bean chocolate, and marshmallows.
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Shaman King (Fukuro)
Japanese Product Name: シャーマンキング〈袋〉
Release Date: May 17, 2021
TIROL-CHOCO Official Website: http://www.tirol-choco.com/
Hello Kitty x INTERGRATE Design Cosmetics Releasing This Spring
13.May.2021 | FASHION
Shiseido’s self-makeup brand INTERGRATE is set to release select beauty products with limited-edition Hello Kitty packaging on May 21. The theme of the collection is Meet “LOVELY.” In the run up to its release, Hello Kitty cans can enjoy three filters of the popular Sanrio character over on INTERGRATE’s official Instagram page.
INTERGRATE Limited-Edition Pro Finish Foundation Special Set K (2 Types) | ¥1,430 Each (Tax Included)
INTERGRATE Limited-Edition Pro Liquid Special Set K | ¥1,760 Each (Tax Included)
INTERGRATE Limited-Edition Water Jelly Crush Special Set K (2 Types) | ¥2,200 Each (Tax Included)
INTERGRATE Limited-Edition Triple Recipe Eyes Special Set K (2 Types) | ¥2,200 Each (Tax Included)
The limited-edition designs feature Hello Kitty and her cute friends who are ready to help you apply your makeup. The collection focuses on three each of INTERGRATE’s iconic foundations and eye shadows. This includes the Pro Finish series which has foundation in a compact case, durable liquid foundation, and water jelly crush. Pick from three foundations too which come in a triple set. For this limited-edition collaboration, you can enjoy the pink PK704 and brown BR703, both of which are popular colours.
Samrio Puroland is teaming up with mysta to recruit Puro Boys and Puro Girls for the Sanrio-themed theme park. Auditions are currently taking place on the audition app mysta, with the cut-off dates for Puro Girls as June 6 and Puro Boys as June 13.
Winners that are selected will perform alongside Sanrio characters at Puroland’s events, appear in videos on the park’s official YouTube channel, and more. The song and choreography that participants must follow was created by people who compose and create choreography for Puroland’s shows. These same people will be judging applicants.
Do you have what it takes to be a Puro Boy or Puro Girl?
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Sanrio Puroland Official Idols
・Puro Boys: April 23, 2021 – June 6, 2021 @ 23:59 (JST)
・Puro Girls: April 23, 2021 – June 13, 2021 @ 23:59 (JST)
Ages: 12-30 (Born between December 7, 1990 – April 1, 2009)
Apply Here: https://puroland-idol.mysta.tv/
Sanrio and SEGA’s Beatcats Releases 4th Digital Single ‘Colourful Days’
Japanese virtual dance and vocal unit Beatcats released their fourth digital single, Colourful Days, on April 22 across music streaming and download services. The five-member feline pop band were created by SEGA Toys and Sanrio, the latter of which is known for such characters as Hello Kitty and My Melody, in 2020.
The single’s full music video is yet to be released—all we have for now is a teaser—but happySEEONE, who is known for creating dances for numerous K-pop groups, released a choreography video to the track on the official Beatcats YouTube page. Additionally, Colourful Days and the cat band’s three previous singles are now available at JOYSOUND, a Japanese online karaoke service. To promote the new song, a new collection of merch has also dropped.
Colourful Days: The 4th Single
Colourful Days is a feel-good song aimed at cheering up emotionally-explosive teenagers. It takes all the feelings towards love and friendship such as fun, happiness, sadness, and worry, and mixes them all together to create a colourful dye that represents the self. It’s a a cute pop number with a dance-inducing beat and of course showcases all five of the Beatcats members’ unique voices. The music video is yet to be released as of posting this article, but you can listen to the song now on Spotify, Apple Music, and elsewhere.
Music Video Teaser & Dance Video
While you wait for the music video, check out the teaser below, as well as a choreography video by happySEEONE which has the dances for all five members. If you’re looking for a new dance to learn, let it be this one!
Beatcats – “Colourful Days” Music Video Teaser
New Beatcats Merchandise
Grab Beatcats’ new merch drop in promotion of the new single which is perfect for the spring season.
Mini Key Rings | ¥308 Each (Tax Included)
Stick Key Rings | ¥660 Each (Tax Included)
Tape Key Rings | ¥880 Each (Tax Included)
Scrunchie | ¥990 Each (Tax Included)
Hairbands | ¥1,320 Each (Tax Included)
Turbans | ¥1,430 Each (Tax Included)
Released: April 22, 2021
Beatcats Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/beatcatsofficial/
Sanrio Announces 60th Anniversary Exhibition ‘The Beginning of Kawaii’
From Hello Kitty to Pompompurin, Cinnamoroll, My Melody, and more – Sanrio’s internationally adored cast of characters can be universally agreed to be representatives of Japan culture of ‘kawaii.’ In celebration of Sanrio’s 60th anniversary, the company have announced an exhibition centred on the beginning of kawaii culture. The event will take place at TOKYO CITY VIEW from September 17, 2021 to January 10, 2022.
60th Anniversary Sanrio Exhibition: The Beginning of Kawaii is currently taking place at Matsuzakaya Art Gallery in Nagoya until June 12 and will move to Ōita Prefectural Art Museum where it will run from July 10 to September 5 before heading to TOKYO CITY VIEW.
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This exhibition will not only look back over Sanrio’s 60-year history, but will also dive into how Japan’s culture of ‘kawaii’ came about. Fans of Sanrio and Japan’s kawaii can expect product and design showcases, in-depth explanations, and more.
Over 800 products, documents, and materials related to Sanrio will be presented, many of which will shine a spotlight on some of their most famous characters out of their roster of 400, such as Hello Kitty and My Melody, and other characters that might not be known to those outside Japan such as best friends Patty & Jimmy.
What to look out for at Sanrio’s 60th anniversary exhibition
Unforgettable Tower by Sebastian Masuda
Sebastian Masuda, a pioneer of kawaii culture, will showcase his symbolic art pieces at the event at TOKYO CITY VIEW’s observation deck, combining his iconic work against a breathtaking background.
The Beginning of Kawaii
Learn about the history of Sanrio’s culture of kawaii, beginning as a service to ‘move people’s hearts’ through gifts and products. Visitors will get a chance to see the secrets of Sanrio’s iconic style which draw a line under fancy products from other companies.
There will also be a chance to see Japanese illustrators Takashi Yanase, Ado Mizumori, and Rune Naito’s work with Sanrio.
The Birth of the Characters
What makes something kawaii or not kawaii? Why do characters not necessarily need to have a story to become so popular? These questions are more will be answered as the exhibition looks at the birth of Sanrio’s characters.
How did their hit characters come to be? During the 1980’s, Japan was a warzone for characters. Sanrio changed how characters became popular, moving from characters that were popular with everyone to creating characters that people wanted for themselves – their own personal characters. Discover how Sanrio’s long list of characters came about, including ones that have stood the test of time and ones that have declined in popularity.
Ichigo Shimbun is a magazine published by Sanrio all about Sanrio and their characters – a familiar read to all fans in Japan. The magazine will be featured at the exhibition.
Hello Kitty: The Character Who Turned Into a Global Icon
Hello Kitty is known the world over, with even Lady Gaga having worn a dress of Hello Kitty plush toys in the past. This dress will be exhibited at the event, amongst many other things related to Sanrio’s global idol.
A Battle Between Artists
Artists from various artistic background will participate in the exhibition by creating a range of different Sanrio works. Participating artists and their specialities include Ryūsuke Fukahori (objects), Hajime Nakatomi (bamboo art), Takaya Mori (sculptor), Mio Hashimoto (sculptor), and Risa Fukui (paper cut-outs).
60th Anniversary Sanrio Exhibition: The Beginning of Kawaii
Running: September 17, 2021 – January 10, 2022
Where: TOKYO CITY VIEW (Roppongi Hills Mori Tower Floor 52F)
Address: 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Toky0
60th Anniversary Sanrio Exhibition: The Beginning of Kawaii Official Website: https://sanriocharactermuseum.com/
Sanrio x Odakyu Romancecar Merchandise Collection Released
25.April.2021 | FASHION
The Romancecar Museum in Japan opened its doors to the public on Monday, and as a special collaboration, the museum has teamed up with Sanrio to release an exclusive collection of merchandise featuring Hello Kitty, Pochacco, Cinna,oroll, Pompompurin, Badtz-Maru, and other characters by Sanrio.
Hello Kitty Plush Box | ¥3,080 (Tax Included)
Train Car Model Magnets: SE 3000/SSE 3000/NSE 3100/LSE 7000/HiSE 10000/RSE 20000/VSE 50000/GSE 70000 – ¥550 Each (Tax Included)
Sanrio Characters Souvenir Bag | ¥880 (Tax Included)
The line-up includes a Hello Kitty plush packaged in a box inspired by the GSE 70000 Odakyu Romancecar train model, a selection of magnets, a bag with the Sanrio characters wearing train staff uniform, and more.
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©️ 2021 Odakyu Electric Railway Co., Ltd.
Sanrio Releases Google Search AR Feature With Hello Kitty, Pompompurin And Other Characters
24.April.2021 | FASHION
Sanrio released their own Google AR features which has Hello Kitty, Pompompurin, Little Twin Stars, and Cogimyun appear as AR characters when you search their names in Japanese on Google. The release comes in response to fans being unable to meet with their favourite characters at various events and at Sanrio’s parks. The function is available until the end of 2021.
When users type Hello Kitty (ハローキティ) on their smartphones into Google and press the AR button on the search engine, she will appear on their screens and say a message either in Japanese or English. Pompompurin and Cogimyun’s messages are only in Japanese, while the Kiki and Lala sing a theme song when you enter Little Twin Stars.
Spend time with your favourite characters in all situations
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Google AR Sanrio Characters
Running: April 20, 2021 – December 31, 2021
Official Website: https://www.sanrio.co.jp/news/mx-google-ar-20210420/
KitKat Japan Releases New Mini Maple Chocolate Bars For Earth Day
21.April.2021 | FOOD
In accordance with Earth Day, which is set for April 22, Nestlé released its limited-time KitKat Mini Maple on Monday to raise awareness of environmental issues and the future of the planet.
KitKat Mini Maple (3 Included)
KitKat Mini Maple (12 Included)
9 packaging designs with different messages related to the environment
‘KitKat Always For Earth Day’ online talk event to take place on April 30
In September 2019, Nestlé began packaging five of its major large-sized KitKat bags in paper bags rather than plastic, and since autumn 2020, most of their large sized bags are now made from paper. This has helped reduce 450 tonnes of plastic per year.
Now, Nestlé is releasing a new collection of packages for Earth Day featuring original designs by up-an-coming young artist SUGI. Each features messages from members of MIMO, a group managed by Japanese model Mila Aina, stating messages about helping to protect the environment and the future of planet earth.
KitKat Mini Maple
Release Date: April 19, 2021 (Limited Edition)
KitKat Japan Official Website: https://nestle.jp/brand/kit/
Macaroni Enpitsu’s New Song ‘Tomason’ Features in Bourbon Chocolate Brownie’s Animated Commercial
Bourbon’s five-episode audiobook no doubt created for its Noukou Choco Brownie snack was released as an animated TV commercial last week. The video features Japanese pop rock band Macaroni Enpitsu’s new song Tomason which was written for the commercial.
The audiobook no doubt becomes a TV commercial
The no doubt audiobook was written by the popular Japanese author Yoru Sumino who is perhaps best known for writing I Want to Eat Your Pancreas. It tells the story of two boys who are in high school. They aren’t part of an afterschool club, and they don’t have part time jobs. They come to realise that this time will be what they look back on when they grow up. The characters were designed by Itsuka, an illustrator popular online.
The commercial features the song Tomason by Macaroni Enpitsu.
“no doubt” Animated TV Commercial
“no doubt” Recording Behind The Scenes
Japanese voice actors Hiro Shimono (Attack on Titan; Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba) and Yuki Kaji (Attack on Titan; My Hero Academia) voiced the characters in the commercial. Below is an interview with both of them on the commercial, part of which we have translated.
Hiro Shimono x Yuki Kaji Interview
A snippet of the interview, translated
Q1: How did your performances go? Tell me about your shoot.
Hiro Shimono: “The commercial portrays two boys who are neither adults nor children, so going through puberty I suppose. Their dialogue is elaborate, it was super interesting.”
Yuki Kaji: “Right up to wrapping up, the entire shoot was a lot of fun, including the intervals during our breaks.”
Q2: You both play the roles of high school boys. Tell me about a time from your youths.
Yuki Kaji: “One memory I have from school being young, which is like something out of a painting, was my time a the theatre club. You need real physical strength when it comes to acting, so before dress rehearsal, I’d run around the school building. That’s a memory that’s stuck with me. I’d change into my jersey, and go die– I mean, run to the nearby river embankment too. Being reminded of that now it’s too much like a youth film or something, it’s making me laugh <laughs>. “
Hiro Shimono: “I have a story from my youth too. It was on the day of the Culture Festival [at school]. After the festival finished, I was on my way home with some people, and there was a park with a water fountain in it. I said, ‘Well, it’s already raining, so why the hell not!’ Of course it wasn’t the thing to do, but we jumped into the water fountain and splashed about. That’s what being young is all about, right!?”
Q3: What’s your favourite Noukou Choco Brownie flavour, the regular or the rich milk?
Hiro Shimono: “Noukou Choco Brownie.”*
*Translator’s Note: Implying all of them
Yuki Kaji: “Me too! <laughs>”
Q4: Please give a message to fans.
Yuki Kaji: “I was lucky to have the opportunity to performance Yoru Sumino’s novel no doubt. I’m over the moon about it. The script was of course wonderful, and me and Shimono have known each other for a long time, so I think that comes across in the video with a pleasant atmosphere. The commercial is a youthful drama about two high school boys, and it’s linked to the bittersweetness of Noukou Choco Brownie. Be sure to tuck into one yourself while you listen to the story.”
Hiro Shimono: “[The commercial’s characters] Igarashi and Imai have a great conversation, and getting to do it with Kaji was a lot of fun. It made me think we’ve always had that kind of vibe with each other. Noukou Choco Brownie is the keyword, so please be sure to check out the audiobook to see how it plays its part.”
no doubt Synopsis
One day, high schooler Imai skips school by feigning illness. He is at home in his room, when all of a sudden another boy from his class, Igarashi, comes to visit him. He has the handouts to give to Imai from class, but the high school they go to doesn’t have that custom where a classmate has to give handouts to someone who’s off ill. And the two of them aren’t that class where Igarashi would suddenly pop to see Imai like that. Imai finds it suspicious. Igarashi is interested in the clay work Imai has in his room. Both of them have some free time, so begin to make a town together out of clay.
Noukou Choco Brownie TV Commercial
Initial Broadcast: April 13, 2021 (Japan)
Bourbon Official YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8UW0OHgo_FtkF4orKd2S4Q
Bourbon Official Website: https://www.bourbon.co.jp/chocobrownie/
Sanrio Designs Fate/Grand Order Subscription Box Collection
Japanese media and entertainment company Smarprise launched a new subscription box on Saturday featuring Fate/Grand Order illustrations produced by Sanrio.
The items come as part of the company’s “Surprise Box” subscription service where users receive random items themed around their likes. Each delivery is a complete surprise which is all part of the fun.
Fate / Grand Order Design produced by Sanrio」サプライズボックス 9,350円／3,850円（税込）
Surprise Box: ¥9,350 (Tax Included) / ¥3,850 (Tax Included)
The new entry to the service is themed on the popular smartphone RPG Fate/Grand Order with designs produced by Sanrio, who are known for creating famous characters like Hello Kitty. The box, which ships every two months, will include acrylic stands, calendar postcards, and a set of square pins.
Fate / Grand Order Design produced by Sanrio – Surprise Box
Order Window: April 10, 2021 – May 10, 2021 (Ships June 2021)
Further Orders: Rolling out August, October, and December
Official Website: https://surprisebox.jp/lineup/fgo_sanrio
Pompompurin Celebrates 25th Anniversary With Cute Pudding Confection at Lawson
15.April.2021 | FOOD
Bandai released a new chewy and delicious custard pudding-flavoured confection at Lawson convenience stores in Japan on Tuesday in celebration of Pompompurin’s 25th anniversary, the popular character by Sanrio.
Mochi Mochi Pompompurin Yaki Pudding Flavour | ¥158 (Tax Included)
The cute confection is made to look like Pompompurin laying down. The chewy delight is filled with Japanese custard pudding-flavoured cream.
The packaging also features limited-edition artwork for Purin’s 25th year milestone where he is joined by his cute furry friends.
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Mochi Mochi Pompompurin Yaki Pudding Flavour
Japanese Product Name: もちもちポムポムプリン焼き プリン味
Released: April 13, 2021
Where: Lawson Japan (Select branches not participating, and not available at Natural Lawson or Lawson Store 100)