Puro Easter 2020: Sanrio Puroland’s Easter Event Will Be ‘American Oldies’ Themed

13.February.2020 | FOOD / SPOT

Sanrio Puroland is serving its annual “Puro Easter” event once again this spring. Taking on an American oldies taste, this cute-retro combining event will run from March 13 to June 2.

A new show and the return of 2019’s hugely successful “Egg’n’Roll Easter” show

Weekends will see the commencement of the “Easter Bunny Race,” a new show to determine who will take the place as Sanrio Puroland’s number one Easter bunny. You’ll have to turn up to the show to see what rabbit characters will be competing!

 

Running: March 13, 2020 – June 2, 2020 (Weekends, Public Holidays & School Holidays Only)

Location: Wisdom Tree, Sanrio Puroland Floor 1F

Last year’s “Egg’n’Roll Easter” show was so popular that it’s making a return. It combines nostalgic music and fashion of the American oldies. All of the Sanrio characters performing in the show wear cute Easter themed accessories like bunny ears.

 

Must-eat Sanrio Easter food and desserts

For the Easter season only, Sanrio Puroland is serving up a colourful food and dessert menu, ranging from waffles topped with banana mix ice cream, whipped cream and chocolate sauce; a curry with blue roux and snow-white omelette, and more.

There’s plenty of places to take great photos too, including at the entrance to the third floor of Puroland where there’s a juice box wearing adorable bunny ears. You can take a picture that looks like you’re enjoying a party together with Hello Kitty and the rest of the Sanrio cast.

 

There’s also a back panel in the first floor entertainment hall with an Easter design which serves as the perfect backdrop for a retro pop photo.

 

Receive an entry discount by wearing polka dots

Those who arrive to Sanrio Puroland wearing a polka dot outfit will receive am Easter discount when entering the park. This doesn’t include small items like bags, shoes, shawls or accessories. Full conditions can be found on the event page below in Japanese.

 

Experience Easter like never before this year at Sanrio Puroland.

 

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    03.July.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

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    TOKYO TOWER CITY LIGHT FANTASIA ~Twinkle color miracle☆~

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    Dates: July 1, 2020 – July 31, 2020 / Time: 19:30-22:50
    Dates: August 1, 2020 – August 26, 2020 / Time: 19:30-22:50
    Dates: August 27, 2020 – September 22, 2020 / Time: 18:30-22:50
    Location: Tokyo Tower Main Deck (150cm) Floor 2F, North Side
    Price: Adults ¥1,200 / High School Students ¥1,000 / Children (Elementary & Junior High School Students) ¥700 / Aged 4+ Years ¥500

    Tokyo Tower’s first floor cafe “Cafe La Tour” is also serving some exclusive Little Twin Stars menu items, like ice cream and drinks. If you order one of the Kiki & Lala drinks, you’ll get one of the above-pictured coasters which feature the various Little Twin Stars designs from over the years.

     

    Cafe La Tour x Kiki & Lala Collaboration
    Running: July 1, 2020 – September 30, 2020
    Time: 10:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:30)
    Location: Tokyo Tower Main Deck (150cm) Floor 1F

  • Hello Kitty Cafe to Open in Narita Airport’s Anime Deck This July

    02.July.2020 | FOOD / SPOT

    KADOKAWA is set to open a Hello Kitty themed cafe on the Narita Anime Deck—which is located on the Main Building second floor of Narita International Airport Terminal 2—for a limited time from July 3, 2020 to October 2, 2020.

     

    The Narita Anime Deck

    The Narita Anime Deck opened inside Narita International Airport Terminal 2 in November 2019. It’s an entertainment facility where travellers from around the world can experience and enjoy Japanese anime culture in various forms such as with character merchandise, food, events, and a variety of photo spots.

     

    Hello Kitty Cafe

    The facility has collaborated with numerous anime series to open up limited-time cafes since it opened. This time around it is joining paws with Hello Kitty, a face known to all across the globe. As well as themed food, drinks and merchandise, customers can take a Hello Kitty quiz, learn the history behind Hello Kitty, and more.

     

    An Original Food Menu


    Hello Kitty’s Lovely♡ Pink Curry: ¥1,500


    Hello Kitty’s Gurakoro Burger: ¥1,500


    Hello Kitty’s Strawberry Pancake: ¥1,400


    Hello Kitty’s Strawberry Parfait: ¥1,200

     

    An Original Drinks Menu

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    Hello Kitty’s Colourful Tapioca Drinks (Matcha Milk/Strawberry Milk/Milk Tea): ¥720 Each

     
    Hello Kitty’s Marshmallow Coffee: ¥800


    Hello Kitty’s Latte (46 Designs): ¥720 Each

     

    Novelties

    For every item you order from the collaboration menu, you can also receive one of 46 possible original coasters once again featuring a different design of Hello Kitty between the years 1974-2019.

     

    1st Line-Up: July 3, 2020 – August 2, 2020


    2nd Line-Up: August 3, 2020 – September 2, 2020


    3rd Line-Up: September 3, 2020 – October 2, 2020

    If you’re travelling through Narita Airport anytime this year up to October, then be sure to head on up to the Narita Anime Deck to dine at the Hello Kitty Cafe.

     

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  • Hello Kitty Becomes Japan’s Mythical Mermaid Figure Amabie in New Merchandise Collection

    26.June.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    A new collection of merchandise is being released for Sanrio’s popular character Hello Kitty this August which sees her becoming Amabie, a legendary Japanese mermaid which emerges from the sea and prophesies an epidemic.

     

    The first alleged appearance of Amabie was in Higo Province (now Kumamoto Prefecture) during the closing years of the Edo period. Legend has it that if a disease spreads, you must draw a picture of Amabie and show it to those who fall ill to cure them.

    Antibacterial Face Mask Pouch: ¥1,300 (Before Tax) *Design subject to change


    Antibacterial Eco Bag: ¥1,100 (Before Tax) *Design subject to change

    The item collection includes an antibacterial mask pouch, eco bag, and more—all items that are best used during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Lemon Drops: ¥400 (Before Tax) *Available Late June 2020


    Cream Sandwich: ¥600 (Before Tax) *Available Late June 2020

    Delicious sweets will also be available from late June.

     

    This line-up is a great way to bring some smiles about during these current turbulent times, whether as a gift to yourself or someone special to you.

     

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  • Yuri!!! on ICE x Sanrio Characters Come Together at a Themed Cafe in Tokyo

    23.June.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    LEGS COMPANY has revealed that it is opening a Yuri!!! on ICE and Sanrio fusion themed cafe called “Yuri on Ice x Sanrio Characters Cafe 2020” in Shibuya, Tokyo for a limited time from August 6, 2020.

    Yuri!!! on ICE is a sports anime series centred on figure skating. It was produced by MAPPA and directed and written by Sayo Yamamoto together with Mitsurō Kubo. The series received rave reviews from anime watchers and the figure skating community.

     

    LEGS COMPANY brought this collaborative cafe to Tokyo and Osaka once before back in September and October of 2017. The collaboration is set to return this summer, with this year’s theme centred on an ice cream stand. The menu is made up of themed dishes, drinks, and desserts. Let’s take a look at just some of the items on offer.

     

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    Utopia Akatsuki Simmered Cutlet Plate: ¥1,599

    A Yuri!!! on ICE classic, this katsudon dish is served in a separated style.

    Borscht Plate: ¥1,599

    Borscht is a Russian dish that appears in the show, and in this plate it’s served as a main. Enjoy together with the sour cream.

    Paella Plate: ¥1,599

    A Spanish dish that appears at the end of the show, served with fish, sauce, and a side of gazpacho cold soup.

     

    Desserts


    Pancake & Ice Cream Plate: ¥1,399

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    Tiramisu & Ice Cream Plate: ¥1,399

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    Drinks


    Soda Float: ¥989 (Bottom Left: Strawberry / Middle: Melon / Right: Blue / Top Left: Cola / Top Right: Coffee)

    Stickers (14 Designs): ¥400


    Mini Towels (3 Designs): ¥850 Each

    Fans can get their hands on exclusive merchandise too which is also available online in Japan.

    Fans (4 Designs) *For those who book a table in advance only


    Coasters (7 Designs) *For those who order a drink only

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  • Hello Kitty Takes Over Osaka’s Maid Cafe ‘@home cafe’

    23.June.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD / SPOT

    The Osaka branch of @home cafe—a chain of maid cafes that originated in Akihabara—is collaborating with Sanrio to serve up a Hello Kitty experience from July 1 for a limited time, with special decorations, food, and exclusive merchandise.

     

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    Hello Kitty’s Moe Moe Parfait / Mimmy’s Kyun Myun Parfait: ¥1,000 Each (Before Tax)


    Okyumuka Cake Topped With a Bright-Red Apple: ¥1,000 (Before Tax)

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    Mirror: ¥800 (Before Tax)

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    15.June.2020 | FOOD

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  • 2020 Sanrio Character Awards: yoshikitty Places 1st Place in Three Countries

    11.June.2020 | FASHION

    The final results for the 2020 Sanrio Character Ranking were announced on Tuesday, with Cinnamoroll placing number one overall. Yoshiki’s collaboration character yoshiki ranked 1st place in France, Germany, and Brasil, as well as 2nd place in China and 6th place overall. This marks the 5th year that yoshikitty has ranked in the Top 10.

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  • 2020 Sanrio Character Ranking: Cinnamonroll Takes 1st Place For Third Year

    10.June.2020 | FASHION

    The final results have been announced for the 2020 Sanrio Character Ranking. This year marks the 35th run of the event.


    The theme of this year’s ranking centred on fans cheering for characters who they have always loved and who have always been by their sides through the years. It was a chance to let the character you love know that you are cheering them on.

     

    Voting opened on April 10, which was subsequently followed by a first and second round-up of votes. Though votes were made difficult at Sanrio shops, and events couldn’t be held as a result of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), online voting has amassed the largest number of votes to date: 14,556,939.

    In 1st place this year is Cinnamoroll, who was already first place during the second vote round-up, and who placed 2nd in last year’s ranking. Pompompurin takes 2nd place for 2020, up from 3rd place last year, while Pochacco has taken the 3rd place spot—two spots above his last ranking at 5th place.

     

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    A special “Tanita Award” was also given to yoshikitty, and to celebrate, a limited-edition yoshikitty “Digital Health Meter” will be sold on the Tanita website. Costing ¥4,400 (tax included), it will be available to buy until July 31, 2020, with a limited number of 100 models available.

     

    26 entrees entered for a chance to win the Collaboration category of the 2020 Sanrio Character Ranking. Taking the 1st place out of 8 is YouTubers Maataso and Hangyodon.

    A music video was released to commemorate Cinnamoroll’s third 1st place win. The song is also scheduled to be released digitally at a later date.

  • Fate/Grand Order Collaborates With Sanrio Characters at Toranoana

    09.June.2020 | ANIME&GAME

    Toranoana has released its second batch of merchandise made in collaboration with Fate/Grand Order and Sanrio’s characters on its online store and at Toranoana Akihabara Branch B.

    The collection fuses the worlds of the popular mobile RPG Fate/Grand Order—which has over 20 million downloads in Japan, spawned an anime series in 2019, and is getting a movie this year—and Sanrio

    Colour Pen Set: ¥1,800 (Before Tax)

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    Square Cushions: ¥2,800 Each (Before Tax)

    Lip Balm: ¥500 Each (Before Tax)

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  • Meet Sanrio Puroland’s Characters Online in the Park’s First Ever Online Greeting

    07.June.2020 | SPOT

    Sanrio Puroland, which is managed by Sanrio Entertainment, is currently temporarily closed as a result of the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Fans have been unable to see their favourite Sanrio characters for over 3 months now, and so to combat this, Puroland has decided to hold the first ever 1-on-1 “Online Character Greeting” where you can get into a call with the characters.

    The winners of the ongoing 2020 Sanrio Character Ranking are set to be announced on June 9, 2020 at 12:30 (JST). Those who rank in the Top 10 will take part in the Online Character Greeting. Fans will be able to sign up for a chance to get a 2-minute slot with any of the 10 characters for ¥4,000 and video call them via Talkport from the comfort of their own home. Characters will greet them in real time from Sanrio Puroland.

     

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  • SANRIO CAFE Ikebukuro to Open in Tokyo’s Sunshine City On June 5

    04.June.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    Sanrio is set to open the new SANRIO CAFE Ikebukuro in on floor B1F of Sunshine City in Ikebukuro, Tokyo on June 5, 2020.

    Just a convenient 8-minutes on foot from Ikebukuro Station, SANRIO CAFE Ikebukuro will serve up a menu that captures the kawaii world of Sanrio’s roster of characters.

    The cafe is divided into two areas: the main cafe space, and then the wagon corner for takeout. Enjoy dining surrounded by adorable Sanrio characters on the walls and ceiling, or take your character-inspired food and drink away with you.

     

    The cafe is putting the health and safety of its customers and staff at the top of its list in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and so will operate the cafe while taking all necessary safety measures.

    If you’re in Tokyo, or the next time you’re in Tokyo, make sure you don’t pass up the chance to dine at SANRIO CAFE Ikebukuro.

  • Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Pompompurin Cheese Tarts

    17.May.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s Easy Recipe! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.

     

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    9-10 store bought tart cups
    200g cream cheese (brought to room temperature)
    20-30g sugar
    1 egg yolk
    50ml fresh cream
    8g potato starch (katakuriko)
    Vanilla beans to taste (can be substituted for vanilla extract)
    1 tbsp lemon juice

     

    Step 1


    Pour the following ingredients into a bowl in this order: cream cheese→sugar→egg yolk→vanilla beans→fresh cream→potato starch. Mix well. Make sure when you put the potato starch in last that you sprinkle it thinly.

     

    Step 2
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    Step 3

    Leave to cool. Now you can start drawing the face.

    For the hat I used sliced chocolate, for the ears sliced cheese, and for the facial features a chocolate pen.

    Once you’ve drawn the face, it’s time to tuck in!

     

    Kaori invites you into her world of character-themed food dishes in her recipe series. Be sure to check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!

     

    Kaori Kubota (@kaopan27

    I live in Hokkaido and I love to make character themed foods, desserts and pastries♡
    I want to see my family smile, so I enjoy putting in a bit of effort to make character foods and changing food into something cute♡
    You can see more of my character foods and character bento boxes on my Instagram page → @kaopan72

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