HELLO KITTY SHOW BOX, Nijigen no Mori, & Other Exciting Things to Experience on Japan’s Awaji Island
Pasona Group is a website that publishes news of and promotes the food, sights, and culture of Awaji Island to build a connection between islanders and travellers. The website has published its latest “Awaji Island New Report” showcasing what to enjoy on the island at the turn of spring. Let’s take a look.
Nijigen no Mori
Night Walk Hi no Tori – “SAKURA Night”
Nijigen no Mori is an anime on Awaji Island. Spring last year saw the Naruto & Boruto Shinobi-Zato attraction, and this summer will see the arrival of a life-sized Godzilla attraction. The new night attraction “Night Walk Hi no Tori” will also take place for a limited time as part of the “SAKURA Night” Instagram photo event which can be followed with the hashtag #nwsakura2020. The phoenix and cherry blossoms are the theme of this nighttime attraction. Those who post a photo of themselves at the event with the hashtag and receive the most likes will receive two tickets to stay at Hotel GRAND CHARIOT Hokutoshichisei 135° on Awaji Island. See the attraction and get pulled into a magical nightly world of cherry blossoms.
Address: 2425-2 Kusumoto, Awaji, Hyogo
Running: March 20, 2020 – April 30, 2020
Price: General – ¥2,500 / Children (5-11 Years Old) – ¥1,200 / Below 4 Years Old – Free (*Tax included in prices)
Times: 18:30 / 19:10 / 19:50 / 20:30
*Times subject to change depending on the time of sunsets – check the official website for information
Official Website: https://nijigennomori.com/
Cherry Blossom Waffles – ¥1,800 (Before Tax)
Starting on April 1, the cafe Miele is serving up cherry blossom waffles for the spring season. They are topped with heart shaped marshmallows arranged to create cherry blossom petals, matcha ice cream daifuku, and cherry blossom flavoured roll cake. The hearty waffle servings are fluffy on the inside and crunchy on the outside, topped with delicious squirty cream.
Address: 785-9 Nojimahikinoura, Awaji, Hyogo
Running: April 1, 2020 – May 31, 2020
Opening Hours: 10:30-19:00
HELLO KITTY SHOW BOX
World Oldies Selection ~1964 TOKYO~
The official Hello Kitty theatre and restaurant HELLO KITTY SHOW BOX on Awaji Island is currently holding a new event titled World Oldies Selection ~1964 TOKYO~ where Hello Kitty and performers sing and dance to famous nostalgic songs that played during the Tokyo Olympics in 1964, like Poupée de cire, poupée de son, Land of 1,000 Dancers, and YMCA. It’s a beautiful performance that both kids and adults alike can enjoy.
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Running: April 7, 2020
Opening Hours: 11,00-20:00 (Up to 3 performances per day)
Address: HELLO KITTY SHOW BOX, 177-5 Nojimahirabayashi, Awaji, Hyogo Prefecture
Puppy Island Pizza – ¥480 (Before Tax)
Craft Circus reopened after renovations on February 15. The new “Wan-chan Shima Pizza” (Puppy Island Pizza) can be eaten by both you and your dog. It is made from rice flour produced on Awaji Island. You can pick from a variety of toppings and seafood, all of which are also from Awaji Island. It’s gluten free and can be served with low-salt mascarpone cheese, making it healthy for your dog to eat. A single slice is 15cm and it comes in a cute dog bone shape. It can also be ordered for takeout, so you can enjoy a Hanami picnic with your dog under the cherry blossom trees!
Address: 2-2 NojimahirabayashiAwaji, Hyogo
Opening Hours: 10:30-20:30 (Last Orders 18:30)
*Opening hours change depending on the season
Hello Kitty and Pierre Hermé Collaboration Series Coming to Sanrio Stores
Everyone’s favorite cartoon cat Hello Kitty is about to celebrate her birthday! To celebrate, Sanrio is releasing a collection of limited-time goods in collaboration with world-famous patisserie Pierre Hermé starting October 20, 2021. These items will be on sale at Sanrio stores nationwide, in specific department stores, and on the official Sanrio online store.
Collaboration with Hello Kitty’s favorite sweet, Ispahan
Ispahan, a raspberry cake, is Hermé’s signature dessert. For Hello Kitty’s birthday celebration the creator drew the character in an elegant rose-inspired dress inspired by the sweet. This design was made with the hope that Hello Kitty will continue to bring different people and cultures together for years to come.
Mascot Keychain Hello Kitty/Mimmy: ¥2,530
Accessory Case: ¥3,080
Inspired by Pierre Hermé’s Ispahan and Satine sweets, fans will love these colorful goods perfect for a birthday celebration.
Hello Kitty Birthday Doll: ¥15,400 (Tax Included)
Each year a Hello Kitty Birthday Doll is released, and 2021 is no different! This year, the doll is wearing an elegant dress designed exclusively for the collaboration. Each one has an embroidered serial number on the left leg, and quantities will be limited.
Gâteau Anniversaire Hello Kitty: ¥2,640 (Tax Included)
This special birthday dessert will be available at Pierre Hermé Paris Aoyama from November 1 to November 15. It includes a special Hello Kitty Ispahan along with a scoop of rose ice cream and a dusting of raspberry powder!
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Hello Kitty and Pierre Hermé Collaboration Design Series
Release Date: October 20, 2021
Sanrio Official Goods Page: https://www.sanrio.co.jp/goodsinfo/kt-pierreherme-202110/
Hello Kitty and Pierre Hermé Birthday Doll 2021
Price: ¥15,400 (Tax Included)
Release Date: October 20, 2021
Where to Buy: Sanrio Stores, Sanrio Areas at Department Stores
Gâteau Anniversaire Hello Kitty
Available: November 1 – 15, 2021 *Limited-time only
Where to Buy: Pierre Hermé Paris Aoyama 2F Heaven
Nijigen no Mori Amusement Park Starts Naruto Birthday Event
The anime-themed amusement park Nijigen no Mori in Hyogo Prefecture will hold a special Naruto event from October 2 until November 28, 2021. The Naruto Shippuden x Real Puzzle Solving Game will feature popular characters from the Shikamaru Hiden arc!
NARUTO＆BORUTO Ninja Village
This marks the second version of the event to date, with the first taking place in 2020. Naruto’s birthday is October 10, and to celebrate, this event will open with new visuals of the titular ninja along with popular character Shikamaru!
Flower Petal Stickers
Fans of Naruto won’t want to miss their chance to leave a congratulatory message for the birthday boy! Just write your message on one of these stickers, and stick them to the character panel of your choice.
Players will solve a number of riddles placed all over the Naruto & Boruto Ninja Village, with certain keywords related to each character playing a role.
Wooden Phone Straps (4 varieties) featuring new illustrations
The event will take around 30 minutes, even for beginners. Those buying a ticket will receive a wooden phone strap.
Naruto Shippuden x Real Puzzle Solving Game – Ninja Village Special Mission #010: Naruto/Shikamaru Arc
Running: October 2, 2021 – November 28, 2021
Address: Nijigen no Mori Naruto & Boruto Ninja Village (Awaji, Hyogo Prefecture)
*Please check the official website for hours.
Sanrio Puroland Announced Pumpkin-themed PURO HALLOWEEN Event
31.August.2021 | SPOT
The cutest theme park on Earth, Sanrio Puroland has announced that this year’s PURO HALLOWEEN event will run from September 10 until October 31. The theme for this year’s event is “pumpkins,” and fans will be able to pick up some special spooky merch during the celebration!
New Show ‘Halloween Pumpkin Time’
Limited-time Stage Show ‘Mewkledreamy March, Gather! ☆Dreamy Mates’
PURO HALLOWEEN Special Greeting, featuring characters in Halloween costumes
PURO HALLOWEEN Merchandise
PURO HALLOWEEN x Gyuunyuu Special Collaboration
Gyuunyuu Collab Game ‘Let’s Go to the Pumpkin Party!’
Gyuunyuu Collab Food and Merchandise
This event aims to be happy and bright, something to be expected of a place with so many adorable characters. Visitors will be able to catch a new show, ‘Halloween Pumpkin Time,’ on the first floor of Puroland. Featuring Hello Kitty and Cinnamoroll in new Pumpkin-themed costumes, it’s not to be missed!
Plenty of dancing and games will take place during the event, and the popular show ‘Mewkledreamy March, Gather! ☆ Dreamy Mates’ will be updated with a Halloween theme. At the end of the show, visitors can catch characters Myu, Peko, and Suu in special costumes.
Popular photo spots throughout the park will be updated for the event, and PURO HALLOWEEN Special Greeting will welcome guests to spend time with their favorite characters. (Fee required for Special Greeting.)
The PURO HALLOWEEN menu utilizes plenty of fall goodies like pumpkin and sweet potato. After eating your fill, pick up some country-style merchandise featuring Sanrio characters enjoying the pumpkin harvest! Limited-edition goods feature these new illustrations, and can only be bought during the event period. The Sanrio Puroland Online Shop will also begin selling original goods starting September 3, and limited-edition Acrylic Stands (13 varieties) will only be available online.
Sanrio Puroland is also collaborating with Gyuunyuu, a popular manga artist and illustrator on social media. The artist created an original character, Pumpkin-chan, for the event, and the little girl will be joining Hello Kitty and Cinnamoroll in various places throughout the park.
The collab game ‘Let’s Go to the Pumpkin Party!’ will ask guests to complete an original comic strip by solving puzzles while exploring Puroland, perfect for children and parents. (Fee required for collab game.)
Which Sanrio character would you like to meet during the Halloween season?
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Running: September 10 – October 31, 2021
Official Site: https://www.puroland.jp/
Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Two-Layer Mizu Yokan
With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s Easy Recipe! With just a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.
Today, I’ll teach you how to make two-layer Mizu Yokan, perfect for a hot summer day!
You don’t even need an oven to make this sweet treat–just let it chill and harden! It’s great as a summer vacation snack.
This recipe makes 2 cups.
For Mizu Yokan:
120g fine-grained sweet bean paste
Pinch of salt
1-2g Kanten powder
For Matcha Flavoring:
1-2g Kanten powder
Place bean paste, water, salt, and Kanten powder into a pot and boil until dissolved.
⚠The Kanten powder needs to be heated for a further 1-2 minutes after boiling to harden properly. After boiling, reduce heat to low.
Pour mixture into container.
After about 30 minutes at room temperature, the mixture will start to harden. Work on the matcha flavoring when it begins to harden.
Place matcha, water, sugar, and Kanten powder in a pot and boil thoroughly.
As you did with the Mizu Yokan, reduce heat to low and continue cooking through.
When the mixture is heated through, gently pour it over the Mizu Yokan and refrigerate until ready to serve.
This is delicious with a variety of toppings, from red bean paste and fresh cream to Shiratama dumplings and fresh fruit!
Anime Theme Park Nijigen no Mori to Hold Second Kakashi & Obito-themed Escape Game
A special event is coming to the Naruto-themed area of Nijigen no Mori, an anime theme park located on Awaji Island in Hyogo prefecture! The Naruto Shippuden x Escape Game: #009 Kakashi & Obito event is taking place from August 21 to October 10!
A look at NARUTO & BORUTO Shinobizato
A look at the game
Participation bonus: 4 special wooden phone straps with new illustrations
The first escape game in the series was held in 2020 to positive feedback. It was first held to celebrate Kakashi’s birthday, which is September 15, and all visuals of both him and Obito are completely new and made for the event.
Guests can also write their celebratory messages on special ‘petal stickers’ and place them on the character panel of their choice!
Would you like to come celebrate Kakashi’s birthday?
©Masashi Kishimoto ／Shueisha・TV Tokyo・Pierrot
Naruto Shippuden x Escape Game: #009 Kakashi & Obito
Running: August 21-October 10, 2021
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
Estimated Play Time: 30 minutes
Nijigen no Mori
Address: 2425-2 Kusumoto, Awaji, Hyogo
Official Website: https://nijigennomori.com/
Sanrio Set to Debut the Cutest Musical in the World, From Hello Kitty
08.August.2021 | ANIME&GAME
Are you ready to see the cutest show on Earth? Starting August 24, the From Hello Kitty musical will bring a collection of the most popular Sanrio characters to the IHI Stage Around Tokyo to perform a musical like no other. From Hello Kitty, Dear Daniel and Cinnamoroll to Pom Pom Pudding, My Melody and Little Twin Stars, it’s a full roster of adorable talent! Did we mention that the theater rotates 360 degrees?
Created to celebrate 60 years of Sanrio, the musical’s message is simple and wholesome: let’s bring the world together and all get along. The show will give the audience an insight into the character’s thoughts and histories like never before, and will feature a special version of the popular Sanrio Puroland Miracle Gift Parade, with a new story that can only be seen in this performance.
Sebastian Masuda will serve as the production’s art director, and will no doubt bring a unique brand of cuteness to the stage performance. Music producer Hyadain will be bringing plenty of pop and dance numbers, and anime fans may recognize his works: he provided tracks for shows like Nichijou and Bakuman!
The production will be directed by Yukio Ueshima, known for his work on The Prince of Tennis musicals, based on the incredibly popular sports manga of the same name. He has also worked on over 200 other stage shows, including a number of Japanese Broadway adaptations.
The IHI Stage Around Tokyo is the only theater in Asia capable of rotating 360 degrees. The circular auditorium can seat over 1,300 spectators, and is surrounded by a stage and massive screen, providing a one-of-a-kind experience that can’t be found anywhere else. For those ultra-Sanrio fans, a limited number of meet and greet events will be taking place daily, giving you the chance to take pictures with your favorite characters!
We could all use some cheering up after the events of the past year. If you can make it, be sure to check out the loveable stage performance on Earth before it closes on September 26, 2021!
Sanrio Kawaii Musical From Hello Kitty
Run Dates: August 24, 2021 – September 26, 2021
Closed on Mondays (Closed Tuesday if Monday is a national holiday.)
Venue Address: IHI Stage Around Tokyo, 6-4-25 Toyosu, Koto Ward, Tokyo
Official Site: https://www.tbs.co.jp/stagearound/fromhellokitty/
Naruto and Boruto Summer Event Begins at Nijigen no Mori
Nijigen no Mori, an amusement park located on Awaji Island in Hyogo, began a summer event at its Naruto and Boruto-themed zone on July 22 which is set to run until September 30.
The event includes a huge water gun event where 25 litres of water will be sprayed to cool down guests during the hot summer event. With themed character panels displayed around the park, join Naruto and the gang, including Zabuza and Haku, for some summer fun. All guests receive a free original sticker too.
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Running: July 22, 2021 – September 30, 2021
Location: Nijigen no Mori
Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00
Price: Free (But park entry payment required)
Official Website: https://nijigennomori.com/naruto_shinobizato/
Hello Kitty Summer Event Themed On the Undersea Palace Princess Oto-hime Kicks Off in Hyogo
The Hello Kitty media art facility and restaurant HELLO KITTY SMILE on Awaji Island kicked off a summer event on July 1. Titled “HELLO KITTY SMILE Oto-hime Ryugu-jo Beach Summer Festival,” the event is set to run until the end of August.
Digital fireworks set the summer vibe
Catch your own Sanrio figure
Decorate your own Sanrio character ceramic
Children’s meal at the Party Terrace
Hello Kitty afternoon tea at the Party Balcony
Spicy tortilla at the Garden Terrace
The event is themed on Oto-hime, the princess of the underwater palace Ryugu-jo which features in the Japanese folktake of Urashima Taro. It focuses on Hello Kitty and is a celebration of Bon odori, a type of dance that takes place during the Japanese summertime Bon Festival. Hello Kitty performs the dance on stage, and the audience can join in with handclapping, dancing, and waving the free fan they receive upon entering the venue. Visitors can also buy a ticket to meet Hello Kitty, and those who do receive a free plush toy along with a photo with the Sanrio queen herself.
At the event, visitors can enjoy Sanrio versions of all the fun things Japanese summer festivals, or natsumarui, have to offer like catching a Sanrio figure instead of a goldfish, painting ceramics, making vinyl prints, squirting water pistols, jumping on a giant trampoline, and so much more.
Other things to look out for include special screenings at the HELLO KITTY SMILE theatre and the firework projection mapping show. The event also has four different restaurants which are serving limited-time, seasonal summer treats: the Party Terrace, Party Balcony, Restaurant Tamatebako, and Garden Terrace.
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HELLO KITTY SMILE Oto-hime Ryugu-jo Beach Summer Festival
Japanese Event Title: HELLO KITTY SMILE 乙姫竜宮城 海辺の夏祭り
Running: July 1, 2021 – August 31, 2021
Opening Hours:10:00-19:00 (Last Entries 18:00)
*Brunch served exclusively on weekends and public holidays at the Party Terrace at 9:00-10:00 (last orders 10:30)
Address: 985-1 Nojimahikinoura, Awaji, Hyogo 656-1721, Japan
Official Website: https://awaji-resort.com/hellokittysmile/
BABY MILO® x HELLO KITTY Collaborative T-Shirt Collection Drops
02.July.2021 | FASHION
A BATHING APE’s® mascot character BABY MILO® has joined paws with Sanrio’s Hello Kitty to release a collaborative t-shirt collection at A BATHING APE® stores and their online store. Hello Kitty first appeared in 1974 and has gone on to become an instantly-recognisable icon and symbol of kawaii culture across the world. Merchandise of Hello Kitty is available in 130 countries globally.
BAPE.COM WEB STORE/BAPEXLUSIVE™ Aoyama Branch
BABY MILO® and Hello Kitty have collaborated to fans delight numerous times in the past. This cute collection is actually a re-release and features the same original graphics. There are also some exclusives in the collection along with a kid’s line-up.
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Sanrio’s Earphone Collection Includes Hello Kitty, Pompompurin, and Other Character Designs
02.July.2021 | FASHION
Sanrio and joined hands with the hearable device series Zeeny, which enables the voice reading of messages received on smartphones, to release a collection of earphone featuring Hello Kitty, Pompompurin, Cinnamoroll, Little Twin Stars, and Pochacco designs. The collection is available to buy in Japan until September 19.
Little Twin Stars
Zeeny is a hearable device that supports voice notifications and reads out the notifications that pop up on your smartphone. It supports music, calls, voice assistants, and more. This new collection features newly-recorded voices of the Sanrio characters.
The Hello Kitty model is limited to just 300 and is equipped with high-quality Zeeny ANC sound. It has active noise-cancelling to allow the user to be more immersed in their music without distractions, and of course has Hello Kitty’s voice to assist them.
The Pompompurin, Cinnamoroll, Little Twin Stars, and Pochacco models are limited 250. All are equipped with Zeeny Lights which won the VGP audio awards in Japan. These earphones also work with wireless devices.
Zeeny, Spicetoneは、日本で登録されたNain Inc.の商標です。
Zeeny x Sanrio Characters
Order Window: June 19, 2021 – September 19, 2021
Shipping: October 2021
*Available while supplies last
Buy Here: https://zeeny.com/collections/sanrio
Hello Kitty Promotes Messages of Protecting the Earth and the SDGs in Short Movie
A section of Deloitte Tohmatsu Group and FC Imabari’s educational book Watashi, Chikyu (Me, Earth) has been turned into a short movie featuring Hello Kitty. Released on YouTube on Wednesday, the video is aimed at elementary school children to educate them on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a global initiative to create a sustainable future.
The 9-minute video takes Hello Kitty on a journey through earth’s life from 4.6 billion years ago, animal life on the planet, and the drastic changes that have come about from human activity.
At the end of the video, Hello Kitty has a message for kids: “I wanted to be in this so I can learn about what I can do for our future. I would love for this to get lots of people thinking about what they themselves can do, even if it ends up only being one person.”
#HelloSDGs Special Site: https://www.hellosdgs.com/
Painfully Kawaii Sanrio Figures Feature the Characters Sleeping Peacefully
20.June.2021 | FASHION
Takara Tomy Arts is rolling out a new sleepy collection of Sanrio character figures at capsule toy machines in Japan this month.
The adorably dozing collection
Tuxedosam & Hello Kitty
The line-up includes Hello Kitty, Kerokerokeroppi, Pochacco, Badtz-Maru, and Tuxedosam with their heads leaning to the right, perhaps exhausted from being cute all day long. This is the first line-up in a series of these figures. And if you line more than one up together, it looks like they’re sleeping on each others’ shoulders.
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Sanrio Character Sleeping Figures
Japanese Product Name: 肩ズンFig. サンリオキャラクターズ
Release Date: Mid June 2021
Price: ¥300 Per Turn (Tax Included)
Characters: Hello Kitty, Kerokerokeroppi, Pochacco, Badtz-Maru, and Tuxedosam
Available: Capsule toy machines in Japan
Product Details: https://www.takaratomy-arts.co.jp/specials/gachafig
Takara Tomy Arts Official Website: https://www.takaratomy-arts.co.jp/