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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    From July 2 until July 24, the handmade donut shop Floresta will be offering donuts inspired by the Sanrio characters Kiki and Lala! These treats, made from all-natural ingredients, will be available at Floresta shops and at the online store.


    The Little Twin Stars, Kiki and Lala, were born on the Omoiyari Star in the Dream-Star Cloud.

     

    The older sister Lala and younger brother Kiki appear on these healthy donuts along with a shooting star. Floresta’s special white chocolate is kneaded with purple sweet potato powder and strawberry powder to create a donut that isn’t too sweet.

     

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    Part 2: July 13 – July 24
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    Enjoy these donuts yourself, buy them for a friend, or bring them to a family get-together.

     

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    25.June.2022 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

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    Face Powder Collection (5 varieties)

     

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    Nakayoshi Extras Reprint – Premium Card Collection Graffiti Ver. 1 / Ver. 2: ¥1,650 

     

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    15.June.2022 | FASHION

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    Come celebrate Cinnamoroll’s 20th anniversary at Kura Sushi!

     

    ©2022 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. L631475

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