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

08.February.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

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

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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.

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    Sanrio Puroland, the popular theme park managed by Sanrio Entertainment, is set to turn 30-years-old on December 7, 2020. To celebrate, the park will begin holding a flurry of events and shows from the commemorative date as well as serve up anniversary food, sell anniversary merchandise, and more.

     

    30th Anniversary Parade – “Hello, New World ~Connect to the Rainbow”

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    Running: December 7, 2020 – January 11, 2021
    Time: Weekdays 17:45 / Public Holidays & Winter Break 19:45
    Official Webpage: https://www.puroland.jp/30th_parade/

     

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    30th Anniversary Merchandise

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    30th Anniversary Mini Mascots | ¥1,540 Each


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    30th Anniversary Blanket | ¥2,970

    There are also plush toy pins, blankets, eco bags, pin badges, and more.

    Secret Pin Badges | ¥400 Each or complete set for ¥13,200

    Here’s 30 years of Sanrio Puroland. We wish them many more happy years!

     

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