Doraemon 50th Anniversary Online Fair Launched at TSUTAYA Ginza

30.May.2020 | ANIME&GAME

Since the launch of the manga back in 1970, Doraemon has brought smiles on people’s faces in the form of books, anime, live-action films, collaborations with artists, and more, for the past 50 years.

 

To celebrate the franchise’s 50th anniversary, TSUTAYA Ginza has opened an online fair on its website. TSUTAYA Ginza is a place where people of all ages and nationalities come from around the world, and the number one book the store can recommend as part of Japan’s culture continues to be the first volume of Doraemon. For the entirety of 2019—that’s January to December—the first volume of Doraemon was the number one best selling book at TSUTAYA Ginza.

 

Doraemon 50th Anniversary Fair

Doraemon Volume 1 (Tentoumushi Comics)

Doraemon has come to be a symbol of Japan and has been passed down generations, but there probably a lot of people who don’t know how the story started. To find out, pick up a copy of volume one at TSUTAYA Ginza.

 

Doraemon Volume 0 (Tentoumushi Comics)

As part of the anniversary celebrations, a special volume 0 has been published. This full-colour book features 6 versions of the first Doraemon story as well as comments  by the author and more.

 

Doraemon Mizuhiki Accessories (Pins, Earrings, Piercings)

Mizuhiki are decorative Japanese cords which are used for important ceremonial occasions such as weddings, births, and funerals. These special Doraemon mizuhiki have been turned into beautiful accessories featuring Doraemon and Dorami’s iconic blue and yellow colours respectively. They can be used for decorating clothes with and more.

 

This is just a peek at some of the celebratory merchandise on offer for the online fair. For the full list, check out the website below.

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    ※Product images for illustration purposes only. Actual products may vary.

     

     

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    Hand-selected Omi Beef Steak

    Truffle Omurice

     

     

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    Japanese-style Yakiniku

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    Come enjoy the warmer months with Kirby and friends!

     

    Story

    Summer is returning to the Kirby Cafe. Thinking of the warmer months, Chef Kawasaki has created a special menu! As a Waddle Dee, filled with great excitement, wandered through the forest…it saw tons of lush, ripe peaches. 

     

    “Huh? That pink, round peach reminds me of something…” 

     

    Then came Kirby, who was looking forward to the summer menu more than anyone else. 

     

    “Ah, that’s right! The peach looks just like Kirby!”

     

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    Cafe Visitor Bonus / Menu Order Bonus

     

     

    Menu

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    Opanchu Burger

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    Opanchu Pancake

    Opanchu Parfait

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    Opanchu Pink Soda

    Opanchu Strawberry Milk

    Opanchu Latte

     

    Goods

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    Why not come relax at this unique cafe on a hot summer day? 

     

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