Japan’s Hello Kitty Themed Hotel Rooms Open at Asakusa Tobu Hotel in Tokyo
Tobu Hotel Management are set to welcome Tokyo’s only hotel rooms based around Sanrio’s popular character Hello Kitty at Asakusa Tobu Hotel when the hotel official opens for business on October 8, 2020.
There are two different room types, of which there are three rooms for each for a total of 6 rooms: “Cherry Blossom Maiden” and “Japanese Modern,” both centred around Hello Kitty.
The Cherry Blossom Maiden room brings together Japanese cherry blossoms with Hello Kitty dressed as a cute maiden. Decorated in pastel pink, this room is all things kawaii, and even comes with a raised flooring area to add to that Japanese vibe.
On the other side of the kawaii coin is the Japanese Modern room. The design here combines Asakusa-style colours with traditional Japanese elements, resulting in a stylish interior.
Reservations for the Hello Kitty Rooms open on August 24 at 10:00 (JST) via the hotel’s official website. If you’re staying in Japan anytime after October 8, make sure to book your room ASAP!
Hello Kitty Rooms
Official Website Reservations: August 24, 2020 @ 10:00am (JST)
Telephone Reservations: August 31, 2020 @ 10:00am (JST)
*Other guest rooms already available for bookings
Official Website: https://www.tobuhotel.co.jp/asakusa/
TEL: 03-5809-7320 (Weekdays 10:00-18:00)
Asakusa Tobu Hotel
Address: 1-1-15 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Grand Opening: October 8, 2020
30 seconds on foot from Asakusa Station via the Tobu Skytree Line side
1 minute on foot from Asakusa Station via the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line side
3 minutes on foot from Asakusa Station via the Toei Asakusa Line side
1 minute on foot from Kaminarimon
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Announces ‘LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project’ to Support Rural Areas
20.January.2022 | Uncategorized
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of her major label debut, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is back in the news. The artist will perform at this year’s Coachella, one of the largest music festivals in the United States, and recently released her first full-length album in three years ‘Candy Racer’ in October 2021. On January 16, Kyary embarked on the largest tour of her career, ‘Kyary Pamyu Pamyu 10th ANNIVERSARY JAPAN TOUR 2022 CANDY WAVE,’ which will see the singer performing 30 shows across Japan.
In conjunction with the nationwide tour, the “LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project” was launched to energize Japan through the appeal of regional towns and cities. The 30 stops on the new tour include many that Kyary has not visited before, and were chosen based on the singer’s desire to perform for fans who may not typically be able to attend one of her shows.
This initiative aims to bring attention and support to local industries and to inspire more tourism to rural areas.
This project is a new attempt to enliven local communities by collaborating with companies that have roots in the rural locations where these concerts will be held. These company’s logos have been reimagined, paying homage to the artwork associated with Kyary’s previous song releases. T-shirts designed with each of these collaborative logos will be on sale for a limited time, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the local community for development and social contributions.
For the encore of the first live show, Kyary wore a collaboration logo T-shirt inspired by Suzuhiro Kamaboko, a company in Kanagawa Prefecture. The artist also introduced the project and its aim to the excited audience. More collaborations will be announced through July 2021.
Check out the ‘LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project’ website for more details!
Comment from Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
“This tour is to commemorate my tenth anniversary, and as I travel all over Japan to express my gratitude to those who have supported me over the past decade, I also want to do something for everyone else. I’m happy to support these local companies and I’d like to work with them to revitalize the entire country. We’ll be engaging in all sorts of collaborations around Japan, so look forward to it!”
January 16, Kanagawa Performance: Suzuhiro Kamaboko
Suzuhiro Kamaboko, a long-established fish paste store in Odawara that has been in business for 156 years, has agreed to take part in the project. Their normally navy blue brand logo has received a major makeover in colorful pink, green, and purple hues.
The T-shirts featuring the new collaboration logo on the front and the Kyary Pamyu Pamyu 10th anniversary logo and ‘LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project’ logo on the back are now available for purchase!
*Otono Kuni (From 4th Album ‘Japamyu,’ 2018)
Streaming Links: https://lnk.to/otonokuni
January 29, Gunma Performance: Oginoya Kamameshi
Oginoya, the largest Ekiben shop in Japan, was established 136 years ago in Yokokawa, Gunma Prefecture.
Their main dish, Touge no Kamameshi,’ has been sold for over 60 years and often makes appearances at events all over Japan. The company’s logo has been reborn through the lens of Kyary’s popular song Tsukematsukeru. A special kamameshi dish will also be prepared for the project, and will be sold in limited quantities at the Gunma concert venue on January 29, Kyary’s birthday!
*Tsukematsukeru (1st Single, 2012)
Streaming Links: https://lnk.to/tsukematsukeru
May 20, Fukushima Performance: Kourakuen
Kyary will appear in commercials for Kourakuen as part of the project. The company started as a small diner in Aizuwakamatsu and is now is a national chain of ramen restaurants serving over 54 million people a year! The new logo and collaboration details will be revealed at a later date, so keep an eye out!
LOCAL POWER JAPAN project
Maybe Baby (Written and Composed by Yasutaka Nakata)
Streaming Links: https://lnk.to/KPP_MaybeBaby
5th Full Album ‘Candy Racer’ (Produced by Yasutaka Nakata)
Buy the CD: https://nippon-columbia.lnk.to/CANDYRACER
Tour Details: https://kpp10.jp/japantour2022/
Lawson Ticket: https://l-tike.com/kpp10th/
Hotel Made Entirely of Ice Opens in Tomamu, Hokkaido
19.January.2022 | SPOT
Hoshino Resort Tomamu, one of the largest stay-and-go snow resorts in Hokkaido, will open a hotel made entirely of ice from January 20 until February 28, 2022. The ceiling, walls, and furniture will all be made of ice, and guests can also enjoy an outdoor ice bath! In addition, a new Ice Dinner will be on offer, where visitors can enjoy a beautiful table surrounded by ice overlooking a forest of white birches while staring up at the starry winter sky.
The seamless dome-shaped ice structure is about 8.5 meters in diameter and 3.5 meters high. Sleeping bags will be provided to guests to keep them warm and comfortable until morning.
Visitors can enjoy a hot spring in the open winter air in Shimukappu Village’s Scan Portopia Yunosawa Onsen.
The aforementioned Ice Dinner features three ice-themed dishes and welcomes guests to sit at a table made entirely of ice surrounded by majestic nature.
The appetizer includes iced vegetables like tomatoes, bell peppers, and cauliflower. Each is dipped in a warm garlic sauce, balancing the sweetness of the veggies, which become more sugary when cold.
The main course, Iceberg Bouillabaisse, is covered with ice. This begins to melt as the soup pot is slowly heated in front of the guests, revealing gorgeous seafood like cod and shrimp. It’s a feast for the eyes as well as the tastebuds!
The frozen fruit dessert mixes strawberries and kiwis with hot wine and a touch of cinnamon. Sweet and sour flavors come together to end the night on a high note.
Running: January 20 – February 28, 2022
Price: ¥28,000 per person, per night (Includes tax, service charge)
Check-in: 21:40-22:00 / Check-out: 8:00
Capacity: 1 group per day (Minimum 1 guest, maximum 2 guests)
Eligibility: Must be elementary school age or older and staying at Tomamu The Tower or Hoshino Resort RISONARE Tomamu
*Must be made at least 1 week in advance.
MINISTOP Ice Cream Specialty Store ‘MINI SOF’ to Launch My Melody Collaboration
MINI SOF, a shop specializing in soft-serve ice cream since 1980, is now offering products in collaboration with the popular Sanrio character My Melody! A limited number of sweets and goodies will be available until January 31, 2022, with New Year grab bags containing special coupons for sale until January 9, 2022.
W Rich Soft-Serve Ice Cream
My Melody Collaboration Campaign
2022 Lucky Bag
Soft-Serve Vanilla Ice Cream (with Strawberries and Chocolate) with Original Glass
Double Rich Strawberry Waffle Cone Soft-Serve with My Melody Collaboration Sleeve
Sleeve Design 1
Sleeve Design 2
Sleeve Design 3
Double Rich Strawberry Shortcake
My Melody Original Pouch
My Melody Original Keychain
Acrylic Keychain Design 1
Acrylic Keychain Design 2
My Sweet Piano
My Melody Collaboration Campaign
Running: December 30, 2021 – January 31, 2022
*MINI SOF limited-edition pouches and acrylic keychains will also be available.
2022 Lucky Bag
*Limited to two bags per person.
Available: December 30, 2021 – January 9, 2022
Coupon Expiration Date: January 31, 2022
Official Site: https://www.ministop.co.jp/minisof/
‘It’s My Color! ~Rouge Red Room~’ Concept Room Allows Guests to Surround Themselves with Red
13.January.2022 | SPOT
Strings Hotel Nagoya will open a new concept room from January 15 until April 14, 2022. Those who love the color red won’t want to miss it!
‘It’s My Color’ is a room completely dedicated to a person’s favorite shade. Imagine dressing up in red and spending time taking photographs in this completely red room. It’s perfect for Valentine’s Day!
While the room may be red for now, the color may change in the future. Guests can also enjoy a special strawberry afternoon tea set in their room during this event period.
It‘s My Color!～Rouge Red Room～
Limited to 2 Groups per Day
Running: January 15 – April 14, 2022
Address: 4-60-7 Hiraike-cho, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya
Oriental Hotel Universal City, the Official Hotel of Universal Studios Japan, Holds Grand Opening
13.January.2022 | SPOT
After a soft opening in July 2021, the Oriental Hotel Universal City has spent the last six months remodeling its entrance, lobby, restaurant, and guest rooms. The property has now officially held its grand opening and will be welcoming guests in 2022.
Croffle Eggs Benedict
Guest rooms feature earthy color tones and are spacious and functional, with beds provided by popular brand Simmons, promising a good night’s sleep. A variety of room types are available, including double rooms, twin rooms, triple rooms, and connecting rooms, allowing for a flexible stay depending on the number of guests. Until March 31, 2022, the hotel is offering the ‘New Room Stay Plan,’ a long-stay luxury holiday plan that allows guests to stay up to 23 hours on departure day to enjoy shopping and other leisure activities.
The hotel’s restaurant has been reimagined with a buffet concept and welcomes guests with high ceilings and large windows for a refreshing morning experience. The interior is accented with a green wall to conjure images of nature, and the breakfast menu is based on the concept of ‘Charge from Nature,’ offering a wide variety of dishes to help visitors recharge both body and mind.
Universal elements and all related indicia TM & © 2021 Universal Studios. All rights reserved.
Hotel New Otani Offers Room Inspired by Sanrio Character Cogimyun
Tokyo’s Hotel New Otani has opened reservations for a Cogimyun-inspired room! With only two rooms available per day, the collaboration will run from January 4 until May 31, 2022.
Original Goods – Hairband / Compact Mirror / Acrylic Stand / Mini Tote Bag / Slippers
Cogimyun is the female version of Cogimyon, and placed 10th in the 2021 Sanrio Character Awards. Her fluffy appearance has been drawing in more and more fans over the years, and this collaboration room is celebrating her emerging popularity!
The room is completely decorated in Cogimyun swag, and guests can take home five pieces of original merchandise made for this collaboration.
© ’21 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPR. NO. S621747 S/F・G
Hotel New Otani x Kogimyun
Available: January 4 – May 31, 2022 *Limited to 2 rooms each day
Online Reservations Only
How to Reserve: https://www.newotani.co.jp/tokyo/stay/plan/cogimyun/
Wall Art Commemorating Attack on Titan The Final Season Part 2 Appears in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya
06.January.2022 | ANIME&GAME
To commemorate the start of Attack on Titan The Final Season Part 2 on January 9, 2022, some powerful new wall art filled with storyboards and other imagery from the series has appeared in Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya train stations for a limited time!
These incredible images will only be available to see until January 9, so if you’re near any of these stations, be sure to check them out! Starting on January 4, a countdown video of ‘favorite scenes’ as chosen by six popular creators will be posted to the official anime Twitter account (@anime_shingeki).
Storyboards featured in this wall art comes from episodes 76 to 80 of the anime series. The largest board is 22.5 meters in length.
©諫山創・講談社／「進撃の巨人」The Final Season製作委員会
Attack on Titan The Final Season Part 2 Commemorative Wall Art
Location: Tokyu Dogenza Happy Board AB30
(In the underground passage near the A0 and A1 exits on B2F towards Dogenzaka on the Denentoshi Line at Shibuya Station)
Viewing Period: January 4 – 9, 2022
Location: Tokyo Metro / Shinjuku Metro Super Premium Set
(In the corridor connecting the east and west exits of Shinjuku Station)
Viewing Period: January 3 – 9, 2022
Location: JR West Japan Railway / Sakurabashi Avenue, Osaka Station
(In the underground passage towards the Sakurabashi exit of JR Osaka Station)
Viewing Period: January 3 – 9, 2022
Location: JR Central Japan Railway / Nagoya Wide Wall
(Inside the Sakuradori Gate of JR Nagoya Station, on the North Street)
Viewing Period: January 3 – 9, 2022
Official Site: https://shingeki.tv/final/
Sanrio Teams Up with SLURR for Wholesome New Merch Collection
05.January.2022 | FASHION
SLURR and Sanrio have come together for an adorable new collection now on sale at STRIPE CLUB and ZOZOTOWN. The theme for the collection is ‘togetherness.’
Hand-Holding Charms (6 varieties)
Cushion Cover (6 varieties)
Sticker (6 varieties)
Drawstring Bag and Scrunchie Set (6 varieties)
2-way Ribbon Knit Sweater (6 varieties)
The illustrations seen on these items were specifically drawn for this collaboration.
Sanrio characters are seen holding hands, hugging, and cuddling together to fit with the wholesome theme of ‘togetherness.’ The six groups are Hello Kitty & Dear Daniel, Pochacco & Pomponpurin, Cinnamoroll & Hangyodon, Kuromi & Badtz-Maru, Little Twin Stars, and My Melody & Wish Me Mel.
Which pairing is your favorite?
ⓒ’21 SANRIO APPR.NO.L629689
SLURR x Sanrio Characters
Product Details: https://stripe-club.com/x/202112_slurr_sanrio_press
Where to Buy:
On Sale Now from STRIPE CLUB
STRIPE CLUB: https://stripe-club.com/slurr/
※Items and availability period subject to change.
※Separate payments must be made for currently available items and those on preorder.
※Items and availability period subject to change.
Sanrio’s Cinnamoroll Celebrates 20th Anniversary with New Projects and Events
23.December.2021 | FASHION
Sanrio’s popular character Cinnamoroll is celebrating 20 years in 2022. Beloved since her original release in 2002, the character has won the Sanrio Character Award many times over the years. Sanrio and both the Sanrio Puroland and Harmonyland theme parks will celebrate the 20th anniversary for the entirety of 2022 with a variety of new projects and events!
Cinnamoroll’s 20th Anniversary Theme: ‘Cinnamoroll Blue’
Cinnamoroll and her friends have been together for the past two decades, and why shouldn’t her boy friends be as adorable as her girl friends? Going forward, Cinnamoroll will continue to paint the world blue with her adorable antics and fanciful design.
Cinnamoroll Special Website ‘Cinnamoroll Land’ Coming Soon!
To commemorate this special occassion, a special website looking back at 20 years of memories is coming soon. ‘Cinnamoroll Land’ is a virtual theme park that anyone can enjoy and will want to visit again and again. The special site is scheduled to open on January 14, 2022.
Cinnamoroll 20th Anniversary at the Sanrio Shop
New Cinnamoroll merchandise will be available from the Sanrio Shop, including plushies and other limited-edition goods featuring Cinnamoroll and her friends in baby form.
To coincide with Cinnamoroll’s birthday in March, a special birthday series will be coming to Sanrio Stores and online. Life-size plush toys of Cinnamoroll and her friends are also planned, with more details set to be revealed in February 2022.
A New Cinnamoroll Shop is Coming to Odaiba
Hello Kitty Japan Diver City Tokyo Plaza in Odaiba will be transformed for the anniversary!
Location: Hello Kitty Japan Diver City Tokyo Plaza
Running: January 14 – April 7, 2022
Cinnamoroll 20th Anniversary Party at Sanrio Puroland
Sanrio Puroland will hold the ‘Cinnamoroll 20th Anniversary Party – Always Together’ event starting January 21, 2022.
Decorations featuring the character will be found all over the park, culminating on the 4th floor at the Cinnamoroll cafe. Photo spots, illuminations, special dishes, and limited-edition goods will be coming soon, so keep an eye out!
Cinnamoroll and five of her friends will appear in new party-themed costumes for the event, and a special stage show photo session will be coming to the park.
Running: January 21, 2022 〜 TBD
Sanrio Puroland Event Details: https://www.puroland.jp/cn20th/
Cinnamoroll 20th Anniversary in HARMONYLAND
Sanrio Character Park Harmonyland in Hiji, Oita Prefecture, will also be celebrating the 20th anniversary of Cinnamoroll starting on March 5, 2022. The theme will be ‘blue skies,’ and will feature a meet and greet with Cinnamoroll in a new costume, new merchandise, and a special photo spot.
A new show, ‘Cinnamoroll’s Blue Sky Band,’ will begin on March 26, 2022. Details will be released on the theme park’s official website at the end of January 2022.
Harmonyland Homepage: https://www.harmonyland.jp/
A New Cinnamoroll Exhibition is Coming!
To celebrate Cinnamoroll’s 15th Anniversary, the ‘Fluffy Cinnamoroll Exhibition’ has been touring the country since 2017. It is now being upgraded to the 20th Anniversary Edition, and will make its first appearance in Fukuoka, Okayama, and Izumo starting in March 2022.
©’21 SANRIO 著作(株)サンリオ
Cinnamoroll 20th Anniversary
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Explores Tomakomai, Hokkaido in New Tour Video
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is introducing potential travelers to the charms of Tomakomai, Hokkaido in a new two-part tourism video on her YouTube channel.
In the new videos, fans can see Kyary in a new light very unlike her onstage persona. Along with her tour guides, she travels for two days around this gorgeous city on Japan’s northernmost island.
The first video begins with her visit to a Red Eagles Hokkaido hockey game, quickly followed by tons of outdoor activities like canoeing and horseback riding. The singer enjoys plenty of local dishes and captures some spectacular views of Lake Utonai.
Who is the one who invited Kyary to Tomakomai anyway? Fans will have to watch to find out. Whether living in Japan or dreaming about visiting someday, these videos are sure to inspire a future trip.
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu presents Around Japan
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s Tomakomai Tour ~A Beautiful Trip to Tomakomai~
Release Date: December 16, 2021 (Part 1) ／ December 23, 2021 (Part 2)
Where to Watch: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s Official YouTube Channel
My Melody and Kuromi Interior Gaming Goods Now on Sale
22.December.2021 | FASHION
Don Quixote is now selling a new collection of interior goods perfect for gamer girls! The My Melody and Kuromi collaboration is a part of ‘Don Quixote x Sanrio Characters,’ and these goods can be found nationwide.
The number of girls playing video games is on the rise thanks to more interest in e-sports and more free time at home. Girls with computers love to decorate their PC space, and this new collection is perfect for those wanting some sassy Sanrio flare. Merch includes a gaming chair, neck pillows for comfort, and fuzzy rugs to liven up any space.
*Product images are examples only. The final products may differ.
Participating locations: https://www.donki.com/products/pdf/sanriocollabo211210.pdf
Official site: http://www.donki.com
Tamagotchi 25th Anniversary Event Opens in Tokyo’s Namjatown
The NAMJATOWN amusement park, located inside Ikebukuro Sunshine Plaza, will hold a special commemorative event with Tamagotchi from December 18 until January 23, 2022. The event celebrates the phenomenon’s 25th anniversary, and plenty of merchandise and prizes will be available!
Tamagotchi Acrylic Stands (14 varieties): ¥550 each (Tax Included) *Random
Kuchipatchi Glass: ¥1,500 each (Tax Included)
Tamagotchi Hand Towel: ¥1,100 each (Tax Included)
Tamagotchi Long Sleeve T-shirt, M/L Sizes: ¥3,800 (Tax Included)
Rally Game ‘Let’s Raise our Tamagotchi!’
Original Prizes: Tamagotchi Pair Charms (14 varieties, random)
Original Fortune Slip「Tamagotchi Fortune Telling」
Desserts & Drinks
Smiling Tamagotchi Donuts (Kuchipatchi, Mametchi, Loveruitchi): ¥650 (Tax Included)
Choose your Topping! Tamagotchi Ice Cream: ¥600 (Tax Included)
Fortune Telling! Tamagotchi Fortune Latte (Choose from 6 Characters): ¥690 (Tax Included)
Tamagotchi has been a phenomenon since it was released in 1996, quickly finding favor with adults and children alike. The handheld toys have sold over 83 million units worldwide as of March 2021. Each device only has three buttons, and players must take care of each tamagotchi pet by feeding and playing with them daily.
After the event, original goods will be available for purchase online at the Namco Parks Online Store starting January 24, 2022.
※The number of prizes and products are limited. We apologize for any inconvenience.
～25th Anniversary～ Tamagotchi Fes. IN NAMJATOWN
Running：December 18, 2021 – January 23, 2022
Event Details: https://event.bandainamco-am.co.jp/namja/Tamagotchi/
Namco Parks Online Store
Available：January 24, 2022 at 10:00 – February 28, 2022 at 23:59
*Products will ship in May 2022. Shipping fees will be charged separately.