Disney Japan to Release New Year’s Themed Merchandise This Holiday Season
30.November.2020 | FASHION
Walt Disney Japan has announced the release of a new collection of merchandise to celebrate the New Year which will hit Disney Japan stores on December 1, 2020. Pre-sales items will also open at select stores and on ShopDisney on November 27.
The line-up includes a selection of traditional Japanese New Year decorations and more, all with Disney motifs, like daruma dolls, kadomatsu pine decorations, and more.
<Daruma Plush Toy Sets> Mickey Mouse & Minnie Mouse or Chip & Dale – ¥2,750 Each | <Mascot Figure> Donald Duck – ¥2,750 | Shimekazari – ¥2,860 | Kadomatsu – ¥1,980 (All Before Tax)
Welcome the year with good fortune with the red and white Mickey and Minnie or Chip & Dale daruma dolls. They are sure to brighten up any house entrance or room.
Winnie the Pooh Plush (Large) ¥3,300 | Roo or Piglet – ¥1,760 | Eeyore – ¥1,980 (All Before Tax)
The faces of the Hundred Acre Wood arrive dressed in cute cow outfits to represent the Year of the Ox in 2021. Each of them is holding a bottle of milk.
Tsum Tsum Plush Toys – ¥990 Each (Before Tax)
Disney Japan is also releasing a collection of Tsum Tsum plush toys, each of which is also dressed in cow clothing.
nuiMOs Kimono Plush Toy Set – ¥2,530 Each | Year of the Ox Costumes – ¥1,980 Each | UniBEARsity Plush Toy Costume – ¥3,630 (Before Tax)
nuiMOs and UniBEARsity have created their own New Year’s plush toy outfits too in celebration of the Ox.
©Disney. Based on the “Winnie the Pooh” works by A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepard.
Release Date: December 1, 2020
Pre-sales: November 27, 2020 at Disney Store Sendai Toei Plaza, Disney Store Shibuya Koen-dori, Disney Store Kyoto Shijo Kawaramachi, Disney Store Shinsaibashi
ShopDisney Official Website: https://shopdisney.disney.co.jp/
Vintage Toy Story Clothing Collection to Drop by Ground Y x Pixar
21.January.2021 | FASHION
Yohji Yamamoto’s clothing brand Ground Y is teaming up with Disney·Pixar to release a vintage collection inspired by the Toy Story animated film series. It will be released in Japan at Ground Y stores and online at THE SHOP YOHJI YAMAMOTO on January 27, 2021.
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The line-up brings together Yohji Yamamoto’s iconic monotone colours with Toy Story artwork. It features carefully-selected pieces to capture the beauty of unfinished art, with familiar faces such as Woody, Buzz, Zurg, the Little Green Men, and more, against contrasting black and white hues.
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The unisex collection includes a reversible hooded coat made from gabardine, a puffy sleeved sweater woven with high quality silk, hoodies, cut-and-sewns, tote bags, and more.
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Modelling the looks are actress Moka Kamishiraishi and actor Eiji Akaso.
A unique and stylish springtime selection by Ground Y and Toy Story.
Disney·Pixar “Toy Story” Vintage Art Collection
Release Date: January 27, 2021
Available: Ground Y (GINZA SIX, Laforet Harajuku, Shibuya PARCO, Shinsaibashi PARCO) /THE SHOP YOHJI YAMAMOTO
Product Page: https://theshopyohjiyamamoto.jp/shop/pages/groundy_toystory.aspx
*Product page will be available at noon (JST) on January 27, 2021
Ground Y THE SHOP YOHJI YAMAMOTO: http://theshopyohjiyamamoto.jp/JP/shop/c/c20
Japanese food, condiment, and ingredient delivery service Oisix is teaming up with Disney’s hit animated feature film Frozen to release a new meal kit as part of their Kit Oisix series. The dish is called “Frozen – World of Ice Snow Stew” and it will hit the company’s website for a limited time on January 28.
Frozen – World of Ice Snow Stew | ¥2,149 (Tax Included)
Toothpick for Anna salad
Recipe book and packaging
Lunch mat and toothpicks
In November 2020, Walt Disney Japan signed a contract to start the “Table for Tomorrow” project which looks to serve healthy meals to children. This is the second product in the project line.
The meal kit comes with a recipe book so children can easily follow along with making their Frozen inspired snow stew. It takes just 20 minutes to make and can be served on the Elsa lunch mat that comes with the kit.
Kit Oisix – Frozen – World of Ice Snow Stew
Running: January 28, 2021 – February 11, 2021
Price: ¥2,149 (Tax Included)
Official Website: www.oisix.com
Roppongi Readies For 2021 New Year Celebrations at Tokyo Midtown
Tokyo Midtown in Roppongi is set to celebrate the New Year with a festival that will run from January 2 to 11 in 2021.
New Year’s Feast
From Left: Miyagawacho Suiren / SILIN Fuan Long Yuen / UNION SQUARE TOKYO／Kisentei
Restaurants in Tokyo Midtown will be serving up a feast for the New Year from Japanese wagyu beef to seafood and more, all to prepare everyone for a luck-filled and positive 2021.
Running: January 2, 2021 – January 11, 2021
Participating Restaurants: Miyagawacho Suiren / SILIN Fuan Long Yuen / UNION SQUARE TOKYO／Kisentei SILIN / Philippe Mille Tokyo / Le Pain Quotidien / RIO BREWING & CO. BISTRO AND GARDEN / Pizzeria-Trattoria Napule / HAL YAMASHITA Tokyo / NIRVANA New York / Maruya / THE COUNTER Roppongi
New Year’s Greeting Souvenirs
SAKE SHOP Fukumitsuya / Toraya
There will be no shortage of New Year’s greetings souvenirs at Tokyo Midtown, whether it be a set of sake with a special 2021 Year of the Ox label from SAKE SHOP Fukumitsuya or a fruity and colourful confection from Toraya. The pictured confection is made up of colourful layers to represent building up the fruits of one’s labour to achieve your dreams.
Shishimai Lion Dance
The traditional shishimai lion dance is an annual New Year’s-must in Japan. This year’s performance will see the return of taiko drumming and the fue flute, all carried out with proper social distancing measures.
Running: January 2, 2021 – January 3, 2021
Time: 4 times per day
Location: Tokyo Midtown Galleria
Tokyo Midtown New Year 2021
Address: 9-7-1 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Running: January 2, 2021 – January 11, 2021
Official Website: https://www.tokyo-midtown.com/jp/index.html
*Opening hours different on January 2 and 3
*Opening hours subject to change or full closure – check the official website for the latest information
Disney Store x South Korean Cosmetic Brand peripera Collaborate on Limited-Edition Packaging
17.December.2020 | FASHION
South Korean cosmetic brand peripera and Disney Store Japan are teaming up to feature Minnie Mouse and Daisy Duck on the packaging products of peripera’s best selling items. The products are now available to buy via shopDisney and at Disney Store branches in Japan.
peripera is perhaps best known for its lip tint which was released in 2015. It was so successful it was dubbed the ‘national tint,’ and Japan even enjoyed its own exclusive limited-edition collection.
Eight of peripera’s products will feature in part of the collaborative line-up, with Minnie Mouse and Daisy Duck decorating their best selling Ink Velvet tint, glittery Sugar Twinkle Liquid Shadow, Ink Color Cara mascara, and more.
As well as the packaging designs, peripera and Disney Store have come together to create some Disney Store-original items which you can see below, all perfect as gifts to yourself or someone special.
peripera x Disney Store Collaboration
Buy Here: http://shopDisney.jp/c/peripera/
McDonald’s Japan Reveals 2021 New Year’s Fukubukuro Lucky Bags
15.December.2020 | FOOD
McDonald’s Japan is collaborating with the camping and outdoor brand Coleman to release fukubukuro lucky bags for the New Year in limited quantities.
McDonald’s Fukubukuro 2021 | ¥3,000 (Tax Included)
Those in Japan can sign up to enter a lottery to win one of the bags up until December 22, 2020 at 23:59 (JST).
Tote Bag / Square Pouch / Mug
Fries Clock / McDonald’s Voucher
The lucky bags include a variety of merchandise combining McDonald’s and Coleman designs as well as an alarm clock, a McDonald’s voucher priced at ¥3,160, and more.
Gold McCard | ¥500
One in every ten lucky bags also contains a Gold McCard voucher worth ¥500 too.
McDonald’s Fukubukuro 2021
Web Applications: Until December 22, 2020 at 23:59 (JST)
Winners Contacted: December 24, 2020
Fukubukuro Delivered: January 1, 2021 – January 3, 2021
Campaign Site: https://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/campaign/fukubukuro/
Cute Cow Double Wall Glass by GOODGLAS Releases For the 2021 Year of the Ox
13.December.2020 | FASHION
GOODGLAS Japan is releasing a new cow design double wall glass this month for the New Year as 2021 will mark the Year of the Ox. This is the third in the company’s Chinese zodiac design, following from their boar and rat designs, and like those will be available in a limited quantity of 500.
Zodiac Series – “Cow” | ¥3,200 (Before Tax)
Glass products at GOODGLAS are all handmade and use the traditional glass blowing method. Perfect for hot drinks and dessert, the cow design also makes as a great New Year’s decoration.
Tokyo Banana x Disney Sweets Shop to Open in Kobe Hankyu This Holiday Season
11.December.2020 | FOOD
Disney SWEETS COLLECTION by Tokyo Banana is a sweets shop by Tokyo Banana in collaboration with Disney. A pop-up version will open in Kobe Hankyu from December 16 to 22 with a selection of sweets including two special treats releasing to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Disney film Fantasia.
Fantasia 80th Anniversary Sweets
Disney Fantasia/Tokyo Banana
Disney Fantasia/Tokyo Banana (8 Included) | ¥1,300 (Tax Included)
The packaging features Mickey Mouse’s iconic look as the Sorcerer’s Apprentice.
The chocolate sponge cakes are filled with chocolate banana custard cream and are decorated with a moon, stars, and Mickey’s head.
All boxes of these sweets come with a set of two random postcards too.
Disney Fantasia/Chocolate Sandwich
Disney Fantasia/Chocolate Sandwich (28 Included) | ¥3,024 (Tax Included)
This beautiful box of chocolate biscuit sandwiches will be limited to 80 tins per day.
The light and crunchy cookies are banana milkshake and chocolate flavoured and feature memorable scenes and references to the Sorcerer’s Apprentice part of Fantasia.
The pop-up shop will be selling a variety of other collaborative treats too as part of the Disney SWEETS COLLECTION by Tokyo Banana.
Disney SWEETS COLLECTION by Tokyo Banana
Running: December 16, 2020 – December 22, 2020
Location: Kobe Hankyu (Floor B1F, Food Stage)
Official Website: https://tokyobanana.jp/products/banana_disney.html
BT21 Fukubukuro Lucky Bags to Drop For 2021
02.December.2020 | FASHION
LINE Friends Japan has announced that it’s releasing “2021 BT21 Happy Bag” fukubukuro lucky bags on December 12, 2020. Fukubukuro is a Japanese New Year custom where customers can buy bags filled with unknown contents, usually at a discounted price.
The Japan-exclusive lucky bags feature a set of nine limited-edition items and are based on the seven BT21 characters KOYA, RJ, SHOOKY, MANG, CHIMMY, TATA, and COOKY.
The bags will be available to purchase on the LINE FRIENDS online store, LINE FRIENDS Harajuku store, and 34 branches of LOFT in Japan. The LINE FRIENDS line-up features the BT21 Baby Series while LOFT will be selling the BT21 Basic Series.
2021 BT21 Happy Bag Baby – LINE FRIENDS Store Designs
¥6,600 Each (Tax Included)
If buying the fukubukuro at the LINE FRIENDS online store or Harajuku branch, the bags come in pastel colours along with the BT21 Baby design.
2021 BT21 Happy Bag Basic – LOFT Store Designs
¥6,600 Each (Tax Included)
If buying at LOFT or LOFT’s online store, you get bags with the BT21 Basic design which features the seven characters wearing colourful berets.
2021 BT21 Happy Bag Baby/Basic
Release Date: December 12, 2020
Contents: Tote Bag, Travel Pouch, Socks, Plush Toy, Pouch, Die Cut Cushion, Mirror, Pin, Acrylic Key Ring
LINE FRIENDS Store: https://www.linefriends.jp/others/store
LOFT Online Store: https://loft.omni7.jp
*Available while supplies last
Karuizawa Shiraito Falls Midwinter Light Up Arrives For 2020-2021
29.November.2020 | SPOT
Shiraito Highland Way has announced that this year’s Karuizawa Shiraito Falls Midwinter Light Up will run from December 19, 2020 to February 14, 2021.
The illumination event will take place at Karuizawa Shiraito Falls, a 3-meter tall waterfall that spans 70-meters in length. The lights will add a warmth to the cool evening and glow under a starry night sky.
The event creates a different atmosphere from the summer light-up, allowing visitors to enjoy the enveloping nature in a way that they normally can’t and see beauty they may not have noticed in the area before. The waterfall is located in Jōshin’etsu-kōgen National Park, a protected area which means the lights will be set up in a way that’s considerate to the park.
If you’re in Japan this winter then don’t miss out on this year’s Karuizawa Shiraito Falls Midwinter Light Up which will be split into three sessions: the Christmas Session, New Year Session, and St. Valentine Session. More details below.
Karuizawa Shiraito Falls Midwinter Light Up
Location: Karuizawa Shiraito Falls
Running: December 19, 2020 – February 14, 2021
・Christmas Session: December 19th-20th, 24th-27th (17:00-19:00)
・New Year Session: January 2nd-3rd, 8th-11th (17:00-19:00)
・St.Valentine Session: February 11th-14th (17:30-19:30)
*Please see the website for the latest information
*Entry restrictions may be made depending on the number of visitors
Official Website: https://karuizawa-shw.com/
Mickey & Friends Disney Christmas Cupcakes to be Released at Ginza Cozy Corner
Japanese confectionery company Ginza Cozy Corner is teaming up with Disney once again to release a new Christmas collection of cupcakes on December 1.
Colourful Disney treats for the holiday season
This sweet seasonal collection is inspired by Mickey & Friends and contains nine unique cupcakes which depict the characters getting ready for their Christmas party.
Disney Christmas Collection (Contains 9) | ¥2,500 (Before Tax)
Cupcakes include a Santa-hat wearing, chocolate ganache-filled Mickey cream cheese cake, a strawberry jam-filled Minnie mousse cake, a lemon and mint cream-packed, Christmas decoration-adorned Donald tart, a banana and mint cream Pluto tart, an orange cream Goofy chocolate cake, and more.
The cakes are packed in a special Disney Christmas box which is sure to catch the attention of sweet tooths this holiday season, perfect for stay-at-home Christmas parties.
Disney Christmas Collection
Running: December 1, 2020 – December 25, 2020
Ginza Cozy Corner Official Website: https://www.cozycorner.co.jp/
Toy Story’s Little Green Men and Lots-o’ Get Turned Into Confections at Japanese Convenience Stores
Bandai’s character-inspired Japanese confectionery series Tabemas has revealed that its next batch of sweet treats will be inspired by the Little Green Men and Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear from the popular Pixar movie franchise Toy Story. The confections will hit 7-Eleven convenience stores in Japan on November 21, 2020.
Tabemas Toy Story | ¥258 Each (Before Tax)
The lovable Little Green Men and Toy Story 3‘s main antagonist Lots-o have been fully recreated, down to the finest details, into delicious confections. The details are well crafted you can almost hear the aliens chanting “OOOOOH” in unison! The sweets are also made with a dough called “nerikiri” which is used in making traditional Japanese wagashi sweets.
The Little Green Men are matcha flavoured while Lots-o is strawberry flavoured. Both contain Japanese bean paste, and neither use artificial colourings. Their colours comes from the original ingredients. Each sweet is also only 100kcal making is a perfect quick treat.
‘Tabemas’ is an abbreviation of the Japanese words taberareru masukotto, meaning ‘mascots that you can eat.’ It is a Japanese confectionery series that combines well-known characters and Japanese sweets made from ingredients like red bean paste, sugar and rice flour.
Tabemas Toy Story 25th Anniversary – Little Green Man & Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear
Release Date: November 21, 2020
Available: At the chilled sweets section of 7-Eleven convenience stores in Japan
*Available while supplies last
*Stock date may differ from branch to branch
*Select stores not participating
Official Website: https://www.bandai.co.jp/candy/tabemas/toystory/
Japan’s Pixar Bullet Train Project ‘GO! WAKU WAKU ADVENTURE with Pixar’ Announces New Merchandise
The “GO! WAKU WAKU ADVENTURE with Pixar” project has announced its second batch of original merchandise. Let’s take a look at a sample of the line-up.
About GO! WAKU WAKU ADVENTURE with PIXAR
JR Kyushu signed a promotional license agreement with Walt Disney Japan to launch the “GO! WAKU WAKU ADVENTURE with PIXAR” project, which began on September 12, 2020, and sees select shinkansen bullet trains decorated in characters from Pixar’s animated filmography.
Original Merchandise – Batch ②
Pixar Torimon | ¥1,512 (Tax Included)
The Hakata Tormin is a popular souvenir confection in Fukuoka Prefecture. This collection features exclusive Pixar packaging.
Pixar Stainless Steel Bottle | ¥3,190 (Tax Included)
Pixar Mobile Battery | ¥4,180 (Tax Included) *Available online only
Two items which are must-haves when travelling are a drink bottle and a mobile battery. The Pixar stainless steel bottle holds 130ml and is perfect for keeping hot drinks during the autumn and winter season.
minimaginationTOWN Toy Story Woody Set | ¥2,480 (Tax Included)
minimaginationTOWN Toy Story Ducky & Bunny Set | ¥3,278 (Tax Included)
Cute Pixar plush toys riding the Pixar bullet train. There’s also Buzz and Little Green Men designs!
Pixar Arita Ware Plate (Up design) | ¥3,080 (Tax Included) *Available online only
Little Green Men Hand Towel | ¥2,816 (Tax Included) *Available online only
Two traditional Japanese items with an Arita ware plate inspired by Up as well as hand towels which are available in navy and brown.
Original Merchandise – Batch ②
Release Date: November 13, 2020
Available: Kokura Souvenir Shop, Hakata Souvenir Shop at Hakata Station’s Hakata Entrance, Hakata Souvenir Shop Dates, Hakata Souvenir Shop at Hakata Station’s Shinkansen area, Oita Souvenir Shop, Kumamoto Souvenir Shop, Nagasaki Souvenir Shop, Kagoshima Souvenir Shop, Miyazaki Souvenir Shop, and elsewhere
Online Shop: https://jrk-kyushutabi.shop/html/page2.html
*Limited in stock so available while supplies last
Instagram campaign to win more original merch
Prize: Embroidered Pouch With Pin
The WAKU WAKU ADVENTURE Instagram Campaign will run from November 16, 2020 to January 16, 2021 for a chance for 20 people to enter to win an embroidered pouch with a pin. All they need to do is follow the official Instagram page @wakuwakuadventure and post a photo related to the project with the Japanese hashtag #わくわくアドベンチャーキャンペーン.
GO! WAKU WAKU ADVENTURE with PIXAR
Official Website: http://www.jrkyushu.co.jp/train/wakuwaku-adventure/
Product Page: https://jrk-kyushutabi.shop/html/page2.html