Sanrio’s Little Twin Stars Kiki & Lala Light Up Shinjuku With TWINKLE COLOR CHRISTMAS Illumination Event
Sanrio’s beloved character pair Kiki & Lala, also known as the Little Twin Stars, are hosting a special winter event titled “TWINKLE COLOR CHRISTMAS” at Shinjuku Southern Terrace from December 1 to 25, illuminating the area with beautiful Christmas lights, as part of their 45th anniversary.
Kiki & Lala’s twinkling Christmas tree magical in the daytime and night time
The towering 4-meter tall Christmas Tree is decorated in countless mirror balls which reflect beautifully both during the day from the sun and at night with Kiki & Lala’s illuminations. A special light show is also taking place from 16:30 each day with Christmas songs.
Decorated around the tree are Kiki & Lala neon signs and pastel-coloured adornments.
Those unable to visit Shinjuku this Christmas can access the “TWINKLE COLOR CHRISTMAS AR TREE” digitally This will have Kiki & Lala’s Christmas tree appear on your phone when taking photos. You can access it here.
Kiki & Lala treats at the Sanrio Cafe Wagon
Limited time menu
45th Anniversary Items
On weekends, as well as from December 19 up to Christmas Day, a food wagon will make an appearance at the event serving Kiki & Lala food and drink like the pink and fruity Ruby Chocolate Latte and fruit-filled Twinkle Crepe.
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Little Twin Stars x Shinjuku Southern Terrace TWINKLE COLOR CHRISTMAS
Running: December 1, 2020 – December 25, 2020
Tree Light-Up Schedule: December 1 = 17:00-24:00 / December 2-24 = 16:30～24:00 / December 25 = 16:30-21:00
Address: 2-2-1 Yoyogi, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Official Website: https://www.sanrio.co.jp/news/ts-odakyu-twinkle-color-christmas-20201119/
Chihayafuru Anime Gets Escape Game at TOKYO MYSTERY CIRCUS
TOKYO MYSTERY CIRCUS, Japan’s first and biggest puzzle-themed theme park, has announced the opening of a new escape game based on the popular manga anime series Chihayafuru which will begin at the site on March 4, 2021.
The immersive story-driven escape game has players take on the role of a member of the Fujiyama High School karuta club. While learning the essential points of competitive karuta from Chigaya Ayase and the gang, they must aim for victory to escape. No prior preparations are necessary – players can book their tickets and just turn up on the day.
This unique escape game takes place in a traditional tatami mat room and combines puzzle-solving skills with competitive karuta in which clues are written on the cards. Fans of the manga and anime series are sure to enjoy this immersive game.
Tickets will go on sale on January 23, 2021 at 12:00 (JST).
Chihayafuru Escape Game
Location: Tokyo Mystery Circus
Running: March 4, 2021 – May 5, 2021
Official Website: https://mysterycircus.jp/chihayafuru/
Kingdom Anime Collaborates With Firsthand On Exclusive Merchandise
Creative and sustainable concept store Firsthand released a collection of items in collaboration on Wednesday (January 20) with the TV anime series Kingdom, which is set to begin airing its third season this April, and Japanese artist Kosuke Kawamura. The items are available to buy both online in Japan and at a pop-up store at OPEN STUDIO inside FREAK’S STORE Shibuya.
Firsthand is a Japanese brand centred on upcycling and sustainable production. Fans of the ongoing anime series can get their hands on a range of clothing items, phone cases, and more. If they head to OPEN STUDIO they’ll also find an illustration exhibit, a photo spot, and more. The gallery is also selling posters signed by Kosuke Kawamura.
Will you be watching Season 3 of Kingdom this spring?
Kingdom x Firsthand x Kosuke Kawamura Pop-Up Shop
Running: January 20, 2021 – January 25, 2021
Location: OPEN STUDIO, 1-31-1 Jinnan, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
TEL : 03-6415-7728
Where to buy the merchandise collection:
・OPEN STUDIO (Limited time January 20th-25th)
・Firsthand RAYARD MIYASHITA PARK (From January 26th)
・FREAK‘S STORE ONLINE (From January 24th) @ http://www.freaksstore.com/
・ZOZOTOWN (From January 28th) @ https://zozo.jp/shop/freaksstore/
Event Details: https://firsthand.jp/news/3609/
Pompompurin’s 25th Anniversary Announces More Celebrations at Sanrio Puroland and Harmonyland
This month marks the 25th anniversary of fan-favourite Sanrio character Pompompurin, and to celebrate, Sanrio is holding a special 1-year commemoration to the adorable gold retriever which will run throughout 2021 with a host of events and exclusive merchandise at Sanrio Puroland and Sanrio Harmonyland, and more.
Pompompurin 25th Anniversary Key Visual
Sanrio Puroland Pompompurin 25th Anniversary “Niko Niko” Purin Party With Team Purin Key Visual
Niko Niko Purin Room
Pompompurin 25th Anniversary Special Merchandise
Pompompurin 25th Anniversary Food & Desserts
Pompompurin 25th Anniversary Event in Harmonyland New Costume Design
There’s lots to look forward to this year for Pompompurin fans, such as the Pompompurin 25th Anniversary Niko Niko Purin Party With Team Purin event taking place at Sanrio Puroland from March 12 to December 31 where fans can snap a photo in the Niko Niko Purin Room, get their hands on exclusive anniversary merch, tuck into a themed menu, enjoy online content if they can’t get to Puroland, and more. Pompompurin is also debuting a cute new costume and fans will get to meet the cute character too.
Pompompurin 25th Anniversary at Sanrio Puroland
Running: March 12, 2021 – December 31, 202
Location: Sanrio Puroland
Anniversary Event Website: https://www.puroland.jp/pn25th/
Sanrio Harmonyland Official Website: https://www.harmonyland.jp/
Pompompurin Character Page: https://www.sanrio.co.jp/character/pompompurin/
Sanrio Official Website: https://www.sanrio.co.jp/
Sanrio Celebrates My Melody’s Birthday With Special Merchandise and More
22.January.2021 | FASHION
Sanrio has begun celebrations for My Melody’s birthday, which falls on January 18, which includes the announcement of the rental My Melody House, exclusive merchandise, the fan-favourite character appearing on a popular Japanese radio show, and more.
House Mate Rental Building – “My Melody House” (Temporary Name)
My Melody Flower Service Original Design
Novelty Calendar – March 2021
Goncharoff Collab Valentine’s Chocolate
MINISTOP Limited-Edition Snowman Cup Dessert | ¥489 (Tax Included)
TOKYO FM Radio Show – “Sky Rocket Company”
My Melody “Itsudemo Issho ni My Melody” app gets memo pad update
My Melody Lottery | ¥700 Per Go (Tax Included)
My Melody Acrylic Clock added to Sanrio’s Point Service “Sanrio+”
This autumn, House Mate is opening My Melody-themed buildings that people can rent. As of now it’s temporarily called the My Melody House. It will first open in Tokyo before rolling out across Japan, featuring wallpaper, kitchens, baths, toilets, doorknobs, all adorned with My Melody decorations.
Sanrio is also launching a flower delivery service this February which will see flowers delivered to homes in Japan twice a month. The first delivery of the month contain not only the flowers wrapped in My Melody paper but a free My Melody mask too. The second delivery of a month will be coupled with a calendar for the following month.
The character creation company is also collaborating with Goncharoff for Valentine’s with cute ribbon-wrapped chocolates. MINISTOP convenience stores in Japan will also begin selling a special cup dessert featuring My Melody as a snowman from January 22.
Sanrio shops and convenience stores in Japan will also roll out a lottery at the end of this month where fans can win a variety of items like cushions, a chocolate fondue maker, coconut plate, and more.
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Sanrio My Melody Birthday
My Melody’s Birthday: January 18
House Mate Details: https://www.housemate.co.jp/
Radio Show Details: https://www.tfm.co.jp/sky/
App Details: https://www.sanrio.co.jp/special/mymelody/therapy-apps/
Flower Delivery Details: https://flower.lifull.jp/sanrio.html
Goncharoff Details: https://gon-valentine.jp/
MINISTOP Dessert Details: www.ministop.co.jp
My Melody Lottery Details: https://www.sanrio.co.jp/news/mm-atarikuji-20210114/
FANCL Ginza Square Opens Onsen Hot Spring That You Can Walk Into Wearing Your Clothes
22.January.2021 | SPOT
FANCL has brought the hot spring experience to its flagship site FANCL Ginza Square for a limited time with a variety of content that makes visitors feel like they’ve come to a Japanese onsen. The experience, named Tabi Suru Square Yu, is running until February 11, 2021.
Café au Lait / Fruit au Lait / Soy Milk Aojiru – ¥300 Each
Reiwa Honzen (FANCL Ginza Square Floor 9F)
Lunch Sana Winter Seafood Bento | ¥3,500
Winter Dinner Seafood Course | From ¥9,000
FANCL BROWN RICE MEALS (FANCL Ginza Square Floor B1F)
Hiroshima Oyster & Spinach Risotto Parmesan Cheese Galette Lunch Set | ¥1,850
Tomato Cream Pasta Lunch Set ¥1,850
Original Hand Towel
FANCL Ginza Square Onsen Essentials Set | ¥3,668
Breathing exercises at SUU-HAKU
At Tabi Suru Square Yu, visitors can enter a room that fully recreates the experience of being in a hot spring. The room is set at the same temperature, is filled with the same aromas, and is decorated in the same way. Visitors sit on one of the relaxation sheets to soak up the experience – effectively getting into a hot spring without having to change their clothes.
A variety of classic drinks and dishes sold at hot springs in Japan will also be sold, and visitors can get involved in the breathing exercises on offer.
Valentine’s Dessert Sets Served Up at Harajuku’s Tea Latte Shop CHAVATY
22.January.2021 | FOOD
CHAVATY, a cafe in Harajuku that serves tea lattes made with high quality tea leaves, is getting ready for Valentine’s Day early with the release of some tasty new desserts which they began serving up on Thursday (January 14).
Valentine’s Set | ¥1,100 (Before Tax)
Valentine’s Scone Set (6 Included) | ¥2,480 (Tax Included)
Raspberry Chocolate | ¥970 (Tax Included)
The Valentine’s Set comes with a cute scone as well as fondant chocolate made with rich, high-grade chocolate from the French chocolate brand Cacao Barry. It also comes with a tea latte of your choice. There’s also a scone set which comes with two each of three different scones for a total of six including the Berry & Cocoa Pink Chocolate, Orange & Chocolate Chip Double Chocolate, and Dried Fruits & Nuts White Chocolate. CHAVATY has also made their own seasonal homemade spread: the Raspberry Chocolate.
CHAVATY Valentine’s Set
Running: January 14, 2021 – February 14, 2021
Address: Minami-Harajuku Bldg. 1F, 4-6-9 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Official Website: https://chavaty.shop-pro.jp/
YOKOHAMA AIR CABIN: Japan’s First Permanent Inner-City Cable Car Opens in April
20.January.2021 | SPOT
Japan is set to get its first ever permanent city cable car in Yokohama on April 22 called the YOKOHAMA AIR CABIN.
The YOKOHAMA AIR CABIN is a cable car system that will offer locals and tourists a chance to enjoy Yokohama from a new perspective whether during the hot summers or during the cool evenings when the city lights wake up.
The system will be connected directly to Sakuragichō Station and Shinko Pier for easy, quick access to enjoy Yokohama Minato Mirai from up high.
If you’re planning a trip to Yokohama at some point, be sure to take a ride on YOKOHAMA AIR CABIN, officially opening on April 22, 2021.
YOKOHAMA AIR CABIN
Opening: April 22, 2021
Operating Hours: 10:00-22:00
Price: General ¥1,000 / Children ¥500
Hoshino Resorts BANTA CAFE Releases Video of Magical Beachside Illuminations
19.January.2021 | SPOT
The incredible beachside Hoshino Resorts BANTA CAFE, which offers guests a breathtaking ocean view along the Okinawan coast, released a video on the official Hoshino Resorts YouTube page showcasing the cafe’s ongoing illumination event, “Illumi Banta,” which is running until February 28, 2021. Guests can enjoy some limited-time menu options and then take a romantic stroll along the beach with a warm lantern in hand.
Okinawa is known for its warm climate, rarely dipping below 15°C in the chilly season of winter. There are many celebratory days enjoyed every year around Christmas and New Years, and so BANTA CAFE decided to get in on the action with Illumi Banta, which has been running since December 1 last year—while following the necessary precautions against COVID-19 to ensure everyone stays safe. The spacious cafe is mostly outdoors so visitors can enjoy their time without worry.
A seat at the cafe in on a clear evening guarantees a front row seat to a beautiful orange sunset that sinks into the horizon. Normally, the cafe closes as sunset arrives, but for this event, opening hour have been extended into the night.
BANTA CAFE is located in the village of Yomitan where the beautiful ocean is surrounded by coral reef, enormous rocks, and a rich natural environment. It’s a must-visit if travelling to Okinawa.
Running: December 1, 2020 – February 28, 2021 (Except February 1st-5th)
Time: 18:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:00)
Address: 560 Gima, Yomitan, Nakagami District, Okinawa
Opening Hours: 10:00 to one hour after sunset (from 08:00 on weekends and holidays)
Official Website: https://banta-cafe.com/en/
Sanrio Puroland Announces Valentine’s Day Themed Online Event
19.January.2021 | SPOT
Sanrio Puroland is teaming up with Gekidan No Meets to host a 5-day Valentine’s day themed event titled ‘VIVA LA VALENTINE’ on February 6, 7, 11, 13, and 14. The event comes in response to COVID-19 so people can enjoy the park from the comfort of their own homes.
Join fan favourites Hello Kitty, Dear Daniel, Pompompurin, Cinnamoroll, and Kuromi who will live stream from Puroland after the park closes for a special song and dance show. Music will be performed by a multi-genre line-up consisting of Sayonara Ponytail, Zo Zhit (Dos Monos), Kroi, and Tomggg.
VIVA LA VALENTINE
The event will have its own story that follows Hello Kitty pouring her heart and soul into a new show ‘VIVA LA VALENTINE’ with Dear Daniel as the first on the list. Everyone is in high spirits as they prepare for the big day. However, the show’s sponsor Bias Seika, makes an abrupt and ruthless change to the show just three days before it’s scheduled to be performed. What will they do, and what will become of Valentine’s Day?
See the Sanrio characters preparing the show
Sanrio Puroland’s official Twitter account has been posting live streams of the Sanrio characters working hard in preparation for the show since December 22 with the hashtag #ビバラバ. The first clip was viewed over 50,000 times with supportive comments flying in from fans.
More clips and photos will continue to roll out starting on January 14, 2021 too, so be sure to give them a follow.
Sanrio Puroland Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/purolandjp
Puroland set to come to life on February 6, 2021 after turning the lights out on December 22
Dear Daniel and the gang in a merry circle at Furry Tale Theater on December 28
Dear Daniel exchanging business cards on January 6
Hello Kitty putting up posters on January 12
Catch all the fun at Sanrio Puroland live with a special 50-minute show online.
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VIVA LA VALENTINE
Dates: February 6, 2021 / February 7, 2021 / February 11, 2021 / February 13, 2021 / February 14, 2021
Opening Time: 19:30 (JST)
Start Time: 20:00 (JST)
Duration: Approx 50 mins
Where: Online ZA Theater (https://za.theater/)
Tickets: Available via ZA Theater
Event Page: https://www.puroland.jp/viva_la_valentine/
Kyoto’s Shinto Shrine Iwashimizu Hachimangu Announces Light-Up Event
16.January.2021 | SPOT
Iwashimizu Hachimangu, a Shinto Shrine in Yawata, Kyoto, has announced that a 5-day light-up event will take place from February 10 to 14 at the site’s main shrine which is listed as a national treasure of Japan.
Following government guidelines in response to COVID-19, the event will feature LED illuminations, glowing exhibits from craftsmen, lights made by locals from materials such as bamboo, and more, all in the hopes of creating a bit of evening-time sightseeing in the area. The event will also be streamed live online for those unable to attend where viewers can also enjoy watching ceremonial dance by shrine maidens.
Iwashimizu Hachimangu Inori no Tomoshibi ~Wa no Kokoro~
Event Name in Japanese: 国宝・石清水八幡宮 祈りのともしび～和の心～
Running: February 10, 2021 – February 14, 2021
Light-Up Times: 17:00-20:00
Location: Iwashimizu Hachimangu (30 Takabo, Yawata, Kyoto)
Note: Face masks and COVID-19 Contact Confirming Applications required
Event Page: https://ochanokyoto.jp/event/detail.php?eid=569
Official Website: https://newnormaltourism.jp/
Go Strawberry Picking With Hello Kitty and Friends at Sanrio Puroland
Sanrio Puroland opened a special new event last Friday (January 8) called “Sweets Puro” which is themed on strawberry picking.
Characters greet guests in their strawberry-designed outfits
Guests participate in an augmented reality strawberry stamp rally
New character videos play at the illuminations
A strawberry-packed dessert menu
Tables in the food court receive makeovers
Guests can look forward to seeing sparkly new pink-coloured illuminations, snapping sweet photos at the entrance photo spot, getting involved in the AR strawberry picking stamp rally using their smartphones, and more. They can also pay to spend one minute with the park characters who will be dressed in their strawberry outfits, and if they arrive 30 minutes before the first floor character food court opens, they can get the limited-offer morning breakfast “Strawberry Morning Bread Set.” The park will even be serving up seasonal alcoholic drinks like the Sweets Puro Strawberry Peach Sour.
The first day of the event saw the characters come out to greet guests in their adorable strawberry and dessert themed costumes. This was followed by a new illumination show, Puro Sweets Party, which took place at Puro Village, and My Melody sang and danced to the music against the bright and beautiful lights. Guests enjoyed a selection of limited-time food like the Pompompurin’s Croissant Doughnut Strawberry Sandwich and Hello Kitty’s Sweet Strawberry Milk.
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Sanrio Puroland – “Sweet Puro”
Running: January 8, 2021 – March 9, 2021
Official Website: https://www.puroland.jp
Tomica x Sanrio Adds Badtz-Maru and Pekkle to Toy Car Series
Takara Tomy is set to release its second batch of toy cars in collaboration with Sanrio as part of its Tomica mini car series on January 16, 2021. The collection will be released at toy stores, department stores, Tomica branches, Takara Tomy’s online site, select Sanrio stores, Sanrio’s official website, and elsewhere in Japan.
Dream Tomica Sanrio Characters Collection 2 (6 Designs) | ¥770 Each (Before Tax)
The first collection was released last year as a collaboration between Tomica, which has turned 50 years old, and Sanrio Characters, which has been on shelves since the 1980’s. There are six cars in the collection which can be bought individually or as a set for ¥4,200 (before tax).
Get your hands on these cute cars inspired by the Sanrio characters.
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Dream Tomica Sanrio Characters Collection 2
Release Date: January 16, 2021
Price: ¥770 Each (Before Tax) / Full Set – ¥,200 (Before Tax)
Takara Tomy Official Online Store: takaratomymall.jp
Sanrio Online Store: shop.sanrio.co.jp
Takara Tomy Official Website: https://www.takaratomy.co.jp/