Sanrio Puroland Unveils 30th Anniversary Key Visual

09.October.2020 | SPOT

December 7, 2020 will mark the 30th anniversary since the opening of Sanrio Entertainment’s theme park Sanrio Puroland. To celebrate, the park will begin holding a special 30th anniversary event from the same day. In the run up to the special day, Sanrio Puroland is holding a crowdfunding campaign and is accepting messages from fans.

At the event, Sanrio Puroland will host a special live show as well as sell celebratory merchandise, serve up anniversary food, and more. Full details are scheduled to be released in mid-November.

Sanrio Puroland has been affected greatly by COVID-19 which has seen the park closed for a long time, and so it has launched a crowdfunding page to ask for guests’ support to help it celebrate its 30th anniversary instead of giving up on it all. There’s a selection of goodies to get your hands on for those who donate such as T-shirts and more.

 

Puroland is also requesting messages from guests of their memories and experiences had at the park so that a 30th anniversary theme song can be made from them. Messages can be posted on Twitter with the hashtag #ピューロ30周年届け私のエピソード.

 

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    Normally, the results are announced in-person at a big event. This year’s announcement gathering was originally scheduled for June 8, but was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It will now be hosted online instead, and fans will also be able to vote using the new Sanrio members service Sanrio+.

     

    This year’s 80 entrants are now being rolled out over on the official Sanrio Character Awards Twitter page.

     

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    Every Sanrio Character Awards has a theme, and this year’s is, “The Witness of a New World – Your Support Will Change the Future.” The “new world” refers to the future of Sanrio—which celebrated its 60th anniversary last year—that fans will bear witness to. The key visuals for the 2021 Sanrio Character Awards have the characters holding a magnifying glass with which they are peeking into that new world.

     

    New Entrants Announce Everyday On the Official Twitter Page

    The Sanrio Character Rankings’ official Twitter page will post the key visuals and personal messages from all 80 entrants on its official Twitter page between February 26 to March 31. Leading this year’s awards ceremony are the popular characters Kuromi, Badtz-Maru, and Hangyodon. Voting opened on February 25.

     

    How to Cast Your Vote

    Votes for the 2021 Sanrio Character Ranking can be cast online, at Sanrio shops, and for the first time, on the new Sanrio members service Sanrio+. Votes for the Collaboration Category however can only be placed online. Last year’s vote was open to all fans worldwide. It is unconfirmed whether this year will be the same, but stay tuned as we follow the event.

     

    1. Online Votes (Smartphone Only) *Cannot be cast on computers or tablets
    2. Sanrio Shops
    3. Sanrio Online Shop
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    *Ichigo Shimbun voting open from April 10

    1. Sanrio+ Members Smile Vote (Sanrio Shops/Online Votes)
    2. Sanrio+ Members Ticket Vote (Online Votes) *More info TBA
    3. Other Voting Methods (TBA)

     

    Vote With Sanrio+

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    Additionally, when members first log in to Sanrio+ on the voting website, they can used 50 Smiles to cast one vote. Members can vote with a maximum of 500 smiles in one day. One Smile vote counts for a total of two votes.

     

    Stay tuned for the latest news and updates on the 2021 Sanrio Character Ranking.

  • Detective Conan Themed Cafes Open in Japan to Promote Upcoming ‘Scarlet Bullet’ Anime Film

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    To promote the upcoming anime film Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet which is set to released in Japan on April 16, 2021, seven themed cafes will open in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, and Sapporo from March 24. The cafe is themed on a retro diner which will transport fans back in time to diners inspired by America in the 1950s and 60s.

    Main Visual

     

    Bonus Items

     

    RETRO AMERICAN DINER MENU

    DETECTIVE BURGER/SNIPER BURGER/ZERO BURGER/BOYISH BURGER/SHERRY BURGER/OSUSOWAKE BURGER – ¥1,599 Each (Before Tax), +¥500 For Acrylic Key Ring

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    DETECTIVE SODA/SNIPER SODA/ZERO SODA/BOYISH SODA/SHERRY SODA/OSUSOWAKE SODA – ¥899 Each (Before Tax), +¥500 For Acrylic Key Ring

    CONAN CAFE CLASSIC Menu

    APTX-4869 TROPICAL LAND CURRY | ¥1,400 (Before Tax)

    COLUMBO MINT SAUCE PASTA ¥1,499 / DELICIOUS TO DIE FOR RAMEN ¥1,099 / POIROT CAFE SANDWICH ¥1,399 (All Prices Before Tax)

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    LEFT’S CAFE LATTE ¥899 / YOUNG DETECTIVE SHAKE ¥1,099 / RAN’S BERRY JELLY SODA ¥999 (All Prices Before Tax)

     

    LIMITED EVENT MENU

    1st Menu: Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet Menu | April 16, 2021 – May 31, 2021

    AKAI FAMILY BANQUET ¥1,499 / UNAGI’S KABAYAKI & TARE OKAWARI RICE ¥1,699 / SHUKICHI & YUMI’S DELICIOUS SHORTCAKE ¥1,399 / SCARLET OGURA STRAWBERRY TOAST ¥1,599 (All Prices Before Tax)

     

    2nd Menu: Phantom Thief Kid & Aoyama Sensei’s Birthday Menu | June 1, 2021 – July 11, 2021

    *Only available at Nagoya cafe from July 1-11

    THE JEWEL GARDEN SALAD ¥1,499 / MAGIC SPICE PARFAIT ¥1,200 / AOYAMA-SENSEI BIRTHDAY CURRY ¥1,399 (All Prices Before Tax)

     

    3rd Menu: Shuichi Akai Season 1 Menu | July 1, 2021 – August 15, 2021

    4th Menu: Shuichi Akai Season 2 Menu | August 16, 2021 – September 26, 2021

    *Menus 3 and 4 exclusive to Shinjuku and Umeda cafes

    *Menus 3 and 4 are centred on the character Shuichi Akai

     

    Original Merchandise

    Pins (6 Designs) | ¥450 Each (Before Tax)

    Acrylic Coasters (12 Designs) | ¥800 (Before Tax)

    Mini Acrylic Stands (12 Designs) | ¥900 (Before Tax)

    Acrylic Magnets (6 Designs) | ¥500 (Before Tax)

    Folders (6 Designs) | ¥300 (Before Tax)

    Bandanas (2 Designs) | ¥1,500 Each (Before Tax)

    Eco Bag | ¥1,850 (Before Tax)

    Chocolate Tin | ¥1,600 (Before Tax)

    Fans can tuck into a Detective Conan-themed retro menu as well as get their hands on some exclusive merchandise featuring original chibi art.

     

    Make sure you don’t miss Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet.

     

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    01.March.2021 | FASHION

    High-casual brand MOUSSY has collaborated with Disney to release the “Disney SERIES CREATED by MOUSSY.” The Spring/Summer 2021 collection dropped in Japan on Wednesday (February 24).

    PALS TAPESTRY SH JKT | ¥34,980 (Tax Included)

    PALS TAPESTRY SK | ¥19,910 (Tax Included)

    MATCHING OUTFITS POJ | ¥8,250 (Tax Included)

    ALWAYS COOL TSJ | ¥6,600 (Tax Included)

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  • Japanese Spring Cherry Blossom Desserts and Food Bloom Pink at Tokyo Solamachi This March

    25.February.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

    Spring is arriving early at Tokyo Solamachi where shops and restaurants will be serving up their own cherry blossom themed desserts and dishes from March 1.

     

    The Line-Up: A Delectable Excerpt

     

    Vibrant Cherry Blossom Desserts Welcome Spring

    Hanami Soft | ¥800

    Where: Gion Tsujiri (East Yard Floor 6F)

    Serving: March 1, 2021 – April 30, 2021

     

    Feel the warm breeze of Japanese hanami with a parfait serving of cherry blossom bavarian cream and jelly, Uji match soft serve ice cream, cherry blossom chocolate, white flour dango dumplings, high quality red bean paste, wafer, and other little assorted treats.

    Sakura Mochi Flavoured Spring Pancakes | ¥935

    Where: Coconoha (West Yard Floor 4F)

    Serving: March 1, 2021 – April 11, 2021

     

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    Takeout Cherry Blossom Food

    Sakura Sushi | Takeout ¥2,138, Eat-In ¥2,178

    Where: Kirby Cafe Tokyo (East Yard 4F)

    Serving: From March 19, 2021

     

    A picnic serving of six springtime sushi rolls decorated with Kirby references which comes in a cute lunchbox.

     

    Cherry Blossom Lassi | ¥520

    Where: AMARI DELI (West Yard Floor 2F)

    Serving: March 1, 2021 – April 11, 2021

     

    A cherry blossom lassi in full bloom with fluffy whipped cream and finished with sprinkles of pink-coloured chocolate.

     

    Cute Spring Cherry Blossom Snacks

    Financier Sandwich Box – Sakura & Matcha | ¥1,500 (Contains 4)

    Where: Afternoon Tea Room (East Yard Floor 3F)

    Serving: February 25, 2021 – April 21, 2021

     

    An assortment of two financier cakes: the Sakura Financier Sandwich which is cherry blossom flavoured and filled with white chocolate, roasted walnuts, and strawberry flakes, and the Matcha Financier Sandwich which is filled with milk chocolate, roasted walnuts, and pistachio. Available while supplies last.

     

    Restaurant Menus Beckon Hanami

    Spring Roast Beef Nigiri & Cherry Blossom Dashi Kishimen Noodles | ¥1,380

    Where: Sugimoto (East Yard Floor 6F)

    Serving: March 1, 2021 – April 11, 2021

     

    Roast beef sushi rolls made with Nagoya Owari beef and served with slightly-salted flat kishimen noodles served in a cherry blossom flavoured broth. Limited to 10 servings per day.

     

    This is just a sampled look at what’s to come at Tokyo Solamachi this spring – if you’re in Tokyo for the cherry blossom season, be sure to visit!

  • Laforet Harajuku Welcomes High-End Brands and Tokyo’s First Femtech Store For Spring 2021

    24.February.2021 | Uncategorized

    Starting this month, Laforet Harajuku is readying itself for Spring 2021 with the rollout of items by high-end brands and shops, all with an audience in mind who simply love culture regardless of their age or gender. This spring will see the opening of Lois CRAYON, a brand that emphasises individuality and will be celebrating its 50th anniversary next year, as well as “circle in circle,” a new spot that will serve as a gathering place for a variety of clothing brands like l’atelier du savon, CHILD WOMAN, and more.


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    AIR will offer a diverse wardrobe of unisex items from popular street brands such as REVENGE STORM, STARWALK, THEATER8, and more. CHOA ONNI is exhibiting South Korean culture like wearing K-pop idol clothes to take photos, and ovgo B.A.K.E.R is serving up vegan food and gluten-free cookies.


    Public toilets will display photos by photography unit Toki to Yamikaya and Alexander Julian.


    March 6 | New Store Opening
    《Floor 1F》Lois CRAYON


    4.23| New Store Opening
    《Floor 3.5F》circle in circle


    March 26 | New Store Opening
    《Floor B0.5F》LOVE PIECE CLUB


    February 11 | New Store Opening

    《Floor 3F》『    』AIR


    February 25 | New Store Opening
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    March 12 | New Store Opening
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    February 25 | New Store Opening
    《Floor 5F》SpRay/Libby&Rose


    February 25 | New Store Opening
    《Floor B1F》CHOA ONNI


    March 6 – April 4 | New Store Opening
    《Floor 2F》ovgo B.A.K.E.R



    《Floor B1F》Women’s & Men’s Gallery Toilets

      

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    Alexander Julian
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    ■Laforet Harajuku 2021 SS Promo Visual

    Laforet Harajuku’s Spring/Summer 2021 promo visual was created by Japanese art director Uenishi Yuri. Following the Autumn/Winter 2020 theme, Uenishi has conceived a new concept: ‘CHARGE.’ This theme focuses on the roots of plants that spread underground, with the yellow colour used in the visual reminiscent of electricity or lightning flashes.

  • Sanrio Design Face Masks by Maison de FLEUR Keep You Stylish and Safe

    24.February.2021 | FASHION

    Maison de FLEUR has revealed a new collection of face masks created in collaboration with Sanrio which will be released in Japan on February 23.

    Sanrio Character Collab Masks | ¥2,200 Each (Tax Included)

    My Melody

         Cinnamoroll

    Little Twin Stars

    Pompompurin

    Kuromi

    The masks are designed from the popular Sanrio characters My Melody, Cinnamoroll, Little Twin Stars, Pompompurin, and Kuromi. The parts that hook over your ears are fitted with a big, cute satin ribbon, and the front of the masks feature a gold leaf print matte design.

     

    The masks can be used both as a fashion item and for protection against COVID-19.

  • Disney Japan Celebrates Minnie’s Day With Exclusive Minnie Mouse Merchandise

    22.February.2021 | FASHION

    Minnie’s Day is set to fall in Japan on March 2, so to celebrate, Walt Disney Japan is getting in on the festivities nice and early by announcing the release of a new Minnie Mouse merchandise collection, called the “Disney ARTIST COLLECTION by Kelly Park,” which will be officially released at Disney stores in Japan on February 23. Pre-sales will also roll out at select stores and Disney Japan’s online store shopDisney from February 19.

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    Plushie ¥3,300 / Makeup Brush Set ¥2,640 / Tote Bag ¥2,090 / Room Fragrance ¥4,180 / iPhone Case (iPhone 11) ¥3,520 / Mirror ¥2,420 / Ballpoint Pen & Notebook Set ¥1,980 – (Prices Include Tax)

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    nuiMOs Plushie ¥2,750 (Tax Included)

    Kelly Park is an artist that is enjoying immense popularity in South Korea right now. Their new “Disney ARTIST COLLECTION by Kelly Park” is an exclusive release in collaboration with Disney Store.

    The line-up is a celebration of all things Minnie Mouse for her big day, aptly named “Minnie’s Day,” on March 2. Vibrant blue is the main colour for the collection which Kelly Park has created to support fellow dreamers out there – those who have big hopes and aspirations in their everyday lives. The designs are bright, beautiful, and full of positivity, making them a perfect pick for the coming spring season. Minnie fans can feel fresh this spring season with fahsion items, accessories, stationery, a variety of lifestyle goods, and more.

     

    Disney’s popular nuiMOs plushie range will welcome an exclusive new Minnie Mouse plushie on February 26 which features the date “March 2, 2021” on it for Minnie’s Day. It also comes with a pin. These plushies are limited-edition and only 320 will be sold – a number that of course aligns with March 2.

     

    Celebrate the day of the original Disney Princess with the new Disney ARTIST COLLECTION by Kelly Park.

  • Little Twin Stars Doughnuts at Floresta Celebrate White Day

    20.February.2021 | Uncategorized

    Floresta Nature Doughnuts, a doughnut cafe in Japan that hand-makes doughnuts using organic ingredients, is celebrating White Day this year by releasing two doughnuts based on the Little Twin Stars which will be served from March 1 to 14.

     

    The Little Twin Stars, also known as Kiki & Lala, are two of the most popular characters by Sanrio, the company known for such iconic faces as Hello Kitty.

    Kiki & Lala Doughnuts | ¥450 (Before Tax)

     

    Kiki & Lala are twins who were born on the Star of Compassion. The doughnuts capture the cute duo atop fluffy pink clouds made from strawberry and white chocolate.

    The doughnuts are made without any additives or colouring. The ring part of the doughnut is coated in a strawberry chocolate made from organic strawberry powder for a sweet and sour kick.

     

    Celebrate White Day this year, the sequel to Valentine’s Day in Japan, with the Little Twin Stars.

     

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  • Tokyo Nightlife Beckons With Tokyo Tower’s NAKED SAUNA & SPA

    19.February.2021 | SPOT

    It’s time to strip down and relax as Japanese company NAKED announces that its ‘NAKED NIGHT SAUNA’ event, which is being held as part of its ‘NAKED SAUNA & SPA’ project, will take place atop Tokyo Tower from March 12 to 14. Visitors will also receive a relaxation drink called ‘CHILL OUT’ in collaboration with Endian.

    NAKED SAUNA & SPA is a sauna project launched by NAKED in November 2020 to promote equilibrium of the senses. The first event was held in the village of Achi in Nagano Prefecture which is known for being Japan’s best location for enjoying the starry night sky. The second event was themed around the concept ‘Art of Meditation.’ It was held in Ariake and had visitors becoming one with nature as they sat under the expanse of Tokyo’s night sky to enjoy every gleaming speck that twinkled above them. It was an opportunity for busy city workers to reset and recalibrate.

    Now, the project is set to host its third event in collaboration with Tokyo Tower. Visitors can enjoy towering above the capital’s city streets as they enjoy a sauna experience inside exclusive tents. It will be a fusion of analogue and technology as people enjoy sitting by the fire, smoking shisha, and gazing at mist that will be pumped and illuminations that will be lit to create atmosphere. Of course, this entire event will be held in accordance with government guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Social distancing will be enforced which will include a drive-through system so you don’t come into contact with people, and all visitors will have their own tents (groups of 4 max), and all tent saunas will be separated with partitions.

    The tent saunas that will be used are MORZH SKY, a type of tent with a transparent roof made by the Russian tent company MORZH. They are provided by Sauna Camp.Inc. The tents are fitted with a stove and chimney so visitors can adjust the temperature to their liking.

     

    To attend the event, you must register to the Facebook online community NAKED SAUNA CLUB and fill out the form that will be made available there on March 1 and 2. A select number of visitors will be chosen at random on March 3 and winners will be contacted directly on March 4 with further instructions.

    If you’re in Tokyo this March, then don’t miss out on a chance to kick back and unwind up Tokyo Tower with a sauna treat.

  • Japan’s Snoopy Themed PEANUTS Cafe Reveals Charlie Brown Inspired Dessert

    15.February.2021 | FOOD

    Six branches of the hugely-popular PEANUTS Cafe in Japan are welcoming a collection of tasty new seasonal menu items this Saturday which are set to be served until March 14.

     

    The Limited-Time Line-Up

    Brownie Charles’s Brownie Chocolat | ¥950 (Before Tax)

    Strawberry Whipped Hot Chocolate | Eat In ¥750 – Takeout ¥700 (Before Tax)

    The collection includes a chocolate brownie inspired by the scene when Charlie Brown meets Peggy Jean for the first time. He is very nervous and mistakenly introduces himself as “Brownie Charlies.” There’s also a sweet strawberry hot chocolate topped with a squirt of whipped cream and drizzle of strawberry sauce.

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