Chibi Maruko-chan Gets Turned Into Traditional Japanese Kokeshi Doll

02.February.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

Hikidashi Inc. and Usaboro Kokeshi have teamed up to release a collection of daruma kokeshi dolls based on the popular manga and anime series Chibi Maruko-chan. Pre-sales launched on Hikidashi’s online store on January 27.

Chibi Maruko-chan Kokeshi Daruma (White/Red) | ¥3,000 Each (Before Tax)

Founded in 1950, Usaboro Kokeshi is a Gunma-based traditional maker of Japanese kokeshi doll. Their new palm-sized wooden doll collection captures the cuteness of the beloved Chibi Maruko-chan. The dolls are made from natural wood and are individually hand painted, making each one unique. A must-have for fans of the series.

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  • OJAGA DESIGN Releases Chibi Maruko-chan and Cojicoji Daruma Keychains

    10.January.2022 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    Leather brand OJAGA DESIGN will release a line of Daruma keychains inspired by the popular series Chibi Maruko-chan! Maruko and Cojicoji keychains are now available for preorder at the brand’s online store.

     

    OJAGA DESIGN features goods made in Japan, with each piece dyed, cut, and hand-sewn at a workshop in Tachikawa City, Tokyo.

     

    These new keychains show the popular characters as Daruma, symbols of good luck in Japan. 

     


    These lucky items come in six colors total, with Maruko available in red, white, or yellow, and Cojicoji available in red, white, or black. They can be used not only as a normal keychain, but as a bag charm or luggage tag!

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  • Chibi Maruko-chan Celebrates 35 Years With Christmas Event at Minato Mirai

    18.November.2021 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Popular anime and manga series Chibi Maruko-chan is turning 35 this year, and to celebrate, everyone’s favorite mischievous schoolgirl is teaming up with Yokohama Landmark Tower for a Christmas celebration! The Landmark Christmas 2021 Happiness Holidays ~Enjoy a Grown-Up Christmas with Maruko~ will be held from November 11 until December 25, 2021. 

     

     

    Stamp Rally Bonus

    Original Sticker

    Original Wallpaper

    500 lucky winners will receive a limited-edition original tote bag!

     

     

    Collaboration Menu & Merchandise

     

    BUSINESS LEATHER FACTORY

    Sky Cafe (located in the Sky Garden on the 69th floor of Yokohama Landmark Tower)

    CHOCOLABO (Landmark Plaza 1F)

    Flora Restaurant & Banquet Hall

    Chibi Maruko-chan x Yokohama Royal Park Hotel Special Course

    Chibi Maruko-chan x Yokohama Royal Park Hotel Kids Menu

     

    Coffret Delicatessen & Lounge

     

    Noguchi’s Favorite Salad with Cod and Salmon Roe, served with Maruko Croutons

    Tama-chan’s Favorite Melon Caprese

     

    The Chibi Maruko-chan manga series began in 1986, and was serialized in the popular shojo manga magazine Ribon until 2018. Written by Momoko Sakura, it tells the everyday life of the third-grade troublemaker Maruko and her family. The series is set in the Irie district in Shimizu, now a part of Shizuoka City, where Momoko Sakura was born. 

     

    A number of heartwarming Maruko-themed decorations and exhibits will be set up around the Landmark Tower, with collaboration merchandise available at a pop-up shop and food available at specific restaurants during the event period. A stamp rally will also ask guests to go on a quest to find Maruko and her friends, and by collecting all of the stamps digitally, guests will receive a coupon for free admission for one adult to the Sky Garden observation floor (69F), along with an original Maruko-chan sticker. 500 winners will be selected by lottery to receive a limited-edition tote bag, and participating in the rally will get you an original wallpaper. 

  • Yokohama Landmark Tower to Hold Chibi Maruko-chan Christmas Event for Adults

    02.November.2021 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Chibi Maruko-chan is one of Japan’s most beloved characters, and this year, she’s coming to Yokohama for a special adults-only Christmas party! Yokohama Landmark Tower’s Happiness Holidays campaign will run from November 11 to December 25, 2021. 

     

    Christmas Tree



    Chibi Maruko-chan is celebrating her 35th anniversary, and what better way to celebrate than a festive holiday event? A digital stamp rally will take place around Landmark Plaza and the nearby MARK IS Minatomirai shopping mall, and Maruko and her friends will appear via AR throughout the event space. By scanning the code in the event’s leaflet, a Maruko-chan Christmas wreath will appear on your smartphone screen. An 8-meter Christmas tree and other decorations will sparkle throughout Landmark Plaza and the Sakata no Tane Garden Square. Guests shouldn’t miss the lights in the Dockyard Gardens either!

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  • ‘Maruko & Cojicoji’ Collaborates with Popular Fruit Sandwich Store ‘FruitsBOX DAIKANYAMA’

    22.October.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    A collaboration between ‘Maruko & Cojicoji’ and FruitsBOX DAIKANYAMA has been announced. The ‘Maruko & Cojicoji Fruit Sandwich POP UP SHOP’ will be open between October 16 and October 31 in Kinshicho TERMINA 2.

     

     

    Matcha Bean Paste & Strawberry Sandwich

     

    Hokkaido Suzu Akane! Strawberry Sandwich

     

    Four Seasons! FruitsBOX Sandwich

     

    Crispy Taste! Banana and Chocolate Chip Sandwich

     

     

    Collab Goods

     

    Tote Bag: ¥2,200 (Tax Incl.)

     

    Parka (FREE SIZE: Length 71cm, Width 58cm, Shoulder Width 52cm): ¥6,050 (Tax Incl.)

     

     

    FruitsBOX DAIKANYAMA is a fruit sandwich specialty store that opened in 2019. The ‘Maruko & Cojicoji’ lineup will include eight new sandwiches. You’ll get addicted to the new Matcha Paste and Strawberry sandwich, which combines the sweet and sour taste of strawberries and a rich bean paste! 

    The pop up shop will stock a parka and tote bag, which both feature original artwork, alongside a! exciting collection of 50 Chibi Maruko-chan and Cojicoji items to purchase! Why not check it out?

  • Chibi Maruko-chan x ITS’DEMO First Collaboration Merch Announced

    09.August.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    Long-running Nippon Animation series Chibi Maruko-chan and women’s lifestyle store ITS’DEMO have announced their first collaboration! 

     

    Product List

    Two unique prints were used for this collaboration, featuring our favorite elementary schooler Chibi Maruko-chan and her classmates surrounded by a gorgeous oriental floral design. The original author of the series, Momoka Sakura, will also have some works featured in the collection!

     

     

    Seventeen original items will be available for purchase at ITS’DEMO shops nationwide beginning August 10, 2021, while the ITS’DEMO online shop will have the items in stock starting August 17, 2021. 

     

    This release is sure to bring you back to your childhood, filling you with warm and fuzzy nostalgic feelings. Be sure to check it out, and let us know which products you like the most! 

     

     

  • Chibi Maruko-chan and Coji-Coji Get Retro-Themed Shop in Tokyo Station

    06.August.2021 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Two of Nippon Animation’s most loved properties have come together for a limited-time shop like no other! Chibi Maruko-chan and Coji-Coji have joined forces to bring customers a curious collection of retro goods, available now at First Avenue Tokyo Station. The shop will be open until October 4, so there’s plenty of time to grab some new swag!

     

     

    Wet Wipes: ¥550 each (Tax Included) / Alcohol Hand Spray: ¥880 (Tax Included) / Drug Notebook: ¥550 (Tax Included) / Clear File: ¥385 (Tax Included) / Acrylic Keychain: ¥715 each (Tax Included) / Acrylic Stand: ¥1,100 each (Tax Included) / Mini Tote Bag: ¥1,650 (Tax Included) / Canned Konpeito: ¥1,100 each (Tax Included) / Gacha Can Badge: 1 Turn ¥300 (Tax Included) / Gacha Mini Photo Stand: 1 Turn ¥400 (Tax Included)

     

    Novelty Clear Bookmark

    Novelty Set of 4 Clear Bookmarks with Mounts

     

     

     

    Ten items in the shop feature this stunning new artwork, inspired by the idea of modern boys and girls in Taisho (1912-1926) retro style. In addition, plenty of other Chibi Maruko-chan and Coji-Coji goods are available at the shop for those wanting a more complete collection!

     

    Customers spending over ¥1,500 or more (with tax) will receive a clear bookmark featuring the new retro art, while those spending over ¥6,000 (with tax) will get all four bookmarks with mounts, making it easy to decorate your space with these limited-time products. 

     

    Which of these goods are you most hoping to snag? Don’t miss your chance!

  • Chibi Maruko-chan, Rascal the Raccoon, and Coji-Coji Pop-Up Shop Opens in Takasaki

    02.July.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION / SPOT

    A pop-up shop themed on Rascal the Raccoon, Chibi Maruko-chan, and Coji-Coji, all of which have been turned into anime series by Nippon Animation, is now open on the 2nd floor of Takasaki OPA in Takasaki, Gunma until July 18. Fans of the three series can enjoy decorations, merchandise, and more.

     

    Rascal merchandise pre-sales

     

    PU Leather Keyring | ¥880 (Tax Included)

    Pass Case | ¥1,540 (Tax Included)

    Set of 3 Acrylic Magnets | ¥880 (Tax Included)

    Tote Bag | ¥2,200 (Tax Included)

    Fridge Magnets (Available for purchasing select products)

    A peek at some of the Maruko & Coji-Coji merchandise

     

    Postcard | ¥275 (Tax Included)

    Mugs | ¥2,200 Each (Tax Included)

    Wrapping Paper

    Customers who spend over ¥2,000 on Rascal merchandise will receive a free fridge magnet, while those who spend that much on Maruko-chan or Coji-Coji merchandise will get some wrapping paper. These bonus items are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Chibi Maruko-chan x Coji-Coji Pop-Up Shop to Open in Tokyo and Hyogo

    20.April.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    Nippon Animation has announced the Maruko & Coji-Coji Fest, two pop-up shops that will open at Kita-Senju Marui in Tokyo and Kobe Harborland umie in Hyogo on April 20 and 29 respectively.

     

    Inside the Kita-Senju Marui store

     

    New merchandise

    Acrylic Key Rings | ¥880 Each (Tax Included)

    Sticker | ¥385 (Tax Included)

    Postcard | ¥275 (Tax Included)

    Mugs | ¥2,200 Each (Tax Included)

    Bonus Item: Wrapping paper bag

    The Maruko & Coji-Coji Happy Fest welcomes an all new series of original artwork themed around snacks and sweets. Fans will be able to enjoy pre-sales of new merchandise, and all who spend over ¥2,000 (tax included) will be given a free wrapping paper bag.

  • Chibi Maruko-chan Meets Miffy in Cute Merchandise Collaboration

    16.April.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    The beloved Chibi Maruko-chan from the manga of the same name is joining hands (or paws) with the Dutch children’s book character Miffy at the upcoming Maruko Meets Miffy fair that will be held at 16 branches of Miffy Style and 19 branches of KIDDYLAND in Japan for the whole month of May.

    The creator and author of Miffy, Dick Bruna, was actually a friend of Momoko Sakura, the creator and author of Maruko-chan. They first met in 1999 when Sakura visited Dick Bruna’s atrium in Utrecht for an interview on her book Fujisan. 20 years later, their works come together at this special event that pays homage to their meeting and works.

     

    Over 100 pieces of merchandise will be sold at the event, from stationery to gadgets, plush toys, and more. The exclusive cute artwork designed for the event is also sure to make fans feel warm and fluffy inside.

     

    A small look at just some of the items on sale

    <Clockwise> Socks ¥418 / Small Clear Case ¥748 / Memo Pad ¥495 / Mirror ¥1,485 / Blue Key Ring ¥528 / Yellow Key Ring ¥528/ Flat Pouch ¥1,320

    <Clockwise> Square Glass Phone Case ¥3,168 / Plushie ¥3,850 / Wireless Charger ¥3,278 / Mechanical Pencil & Two-Colour Ballpoint Pen ¥550 / AirPods Pro ¥2,178 / Mascot Key Ring ¥1,980 / 4000mAh Lithium Ion Polymer ¥4,378

    <Clockwise> Mug ¥1,650 / 5.5 Inch Plate ¥1,100 / 8.5 Inch Plate ¥1,760 / Bowl ¥1,210

     

    Get a free bonus item

    Fans who spend over ¥2,000 (tax included) on any of the Maruko Meets Miffy merchandise will receive this free mini notebook too!

  • Chibi Maruko-chan and Coji-Coji themed store to open in Harajuku.

    16.March.2021 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    The store themed on Chibi Maruko-chan and Coji-Coji by Momoko Sakura, the writer and illustrator of the animations, is set to open permanently from March 26 at KIDDYLAND Harajuku with the cooperation of Nippon Animation, the Japanese animation studio.

     

    Commemorate illustration

    Purchase bonus

    Character stickers (15 designs and 1 secret design) |Not for sale

     

    Tote bag | Not for sale

    Exclusive shopper bag

     

    Exclusive merchandise

     

    Acrylic key rings (5 designs) |¥660 each (Tax included)

    Acrylic stand |¥880 (Tax included)

    Sticker |¥550 (Tax included)

    Anti-bacterial spray |¥550 (Tax included)

    Glass mug | ¥1,320(Tax included)

    Pouch | ¥550 (Tax included)

    Can with chocolate | ¥1,320 (Tax included)

    Eco-bag | ¥1,100 (Tax included)

     

    Capsule-toy

    Chibi Maruko-chan/Coji-Coji Acrylic stand vol.1 ¥400 each (Tax included)

    Senjafuda votive card ¥300 each (Tax included)

     

    Presale products 

    Maruko and Coji-Coji Plushy | ¥3,850 (Tax included) 

    Maruko and Coji-Coji Mask case pink/purple | ¥1,078 each (Tax included)

    New merchandise

    Maruko and Coji-Coji Acrylic key rings (2 designs) | ¥528 each (Tax included) / Maruko and Coji-Coji Magnets (2 designs) | ¥550 each (Tax included)

    Maruko and Coji-Coji Postcards (2 designs) | ¥165 each (Tax included) / Maruko and Coji-Coji Pouch | ¥880 (Tax included)

    Maruko and Coji-Coji Tote bag (2 designs) | ¥1,760 each (Tax included)/ Chibi Maruko-chan Plushy (2 designs) | ¥1,848 each (Tax included)

     

     

    KIDDYLAND Harajuku has held the fairs called  “Thank you, Momoko Sakura” and “Maruko and Coji-Coji” in the past which have ended with great success. In response to this, they have launched the store combined both characters that has never existed before.

     

    The scene of characters from Chibi-Maruko-chan and Coji-Coji playing together has illustrated specially to commemorate the store’s opening. The fans can look forward to getting their hands on the first series of exclusive merchandise using the store logo and its purchase bonus.

     

    The store themed nostalgic and soothing animations by the writer and illustrator Momoko Sakura is irresistible to visit.

     

     

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  • Win Hello Kitty & Chibi Maruko-chan Prizes With Sanrio’s Lottery Draw

    09.February.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Chibi Maruko-chan anime adaptation, the franchise is teaming up with Sanrio’s internationally beloved character Hello Kitty.

     

    For the collaboration, cute and original artwork has been created featuring Hello Kitty and Maruko-chan hanging out together in their everyday lives, a scene that’s sure to incite a sense of nostalgia to both kid and adult fans of the longtime anime series.

    We see Maruko-chan wearing Hello Kitty’s iconic red ribbon, as well as Maruko’s grandpa Tomozo Sakura donning a hat inspired by Hello Kitty.

    There’s also an illustration of the two friends drinking milk bottles together which they bought from Mitsuya in the background, a candy shop that appears in the Chibi Maruko-chan seires.  If you look closely you can see Noguchi peeking her head from behind the shop.

     

    A special lottery draw is set to roll out in Japan at Sanrio stores, department stores stocking Sanrio products, Lawson, MiniStop, Daily Yamazaki, bookstores, and elsewhere from early June 2020. Fans are guaranteed to win a prize, which includes a line-up of nine items as well as a special top prize. Merchandise includes a takoyaki machine, hot plate, bath towel, and more.

     

    Following the lottery draw, more exciting things are set to take place as part of the collaboration.

     

    ⓒ Sakura Production / Nippon Animation

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  • Food Review | Going On An Adventure With Maruko & Coji-Coji at Ginza’s MARUKO & COJICOJI CAFÉ

    05.February.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    When I was a kid, I found myself relating to Maruko-chan a lot. I was bad at studying, I loved just kicking back and relaxing, was sly, was always spoiled by my mother. I’ve always thought I was just like Maruko. I spent my childhood together with her, reading Ribon magazine, reading manga, and watching anime. I love her so much that even to this day, when I’m at home on Sundays, I never fail to watch the show.

     

    Then there was Coji-Coji, who has a mellow and laid-back outlook, whose lines are sharp and quick, and who, if you see him, is sure to get a surprised reaction out of you. I was raised reading Chibi Maruko-chan, meaning I was of course a fan of the author Momoko Sakura, so it was only natural that I loved Coji-Coji which she wrote too.

    With that long introduction out of the way, it’s time for the main event. Combining the best of both worlds and my two favourites, the new MARUKO & COJICOJI CAFÉ opened at Ginza Marionette Gate 1 on January 31 and it’s set to run until July 31.

     

    I form part of the editorial team here at MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON, and loving Maruko-chan as much as I do, I of course had to make a trip to the cafe. I was joined by Chinese model and talent Etsuna.

    Artwork from the Markuko-chan and Coji-Coji picture book Ehon Maru Koji. The pictures have a gentle touch to them and are enough to make you feel at ease at the first glance.

    You feel warm and fluffy seeing the two of them getting along together like this.

    There’s huge pieces of artwork too like this one Etsuna is standing next to.

    The tables have these lunch mats on them. There’s two designs; one of Maruko and Coji-Coji walking across a field of grass and another with them swimming in the ocean amongst the fishes. Both are just too precious♡ I feel happy seeing the two of them having fun together. Boy, am I glad I came here.

     

    The menu line-up is overflowing with originality too, each like its own little art piece. I ordered the baked cheesecake with a drink and Etsuna got the parfait drink.

    Coji-Coji Is Here Cheesecake (w/Drink) – ¥1,380 (Before Tax)

    The cheesecake is topped with Coji-Coji and Mount Fuji cookies. You can get a Maruko-chan cookie instead of Coji-Coji too, but I went for the Coji-Coji one. The cheesecake has a refreshing taste with cream that’s not overly sweet. And when you add the berry sauce, it becomes a completely different delicious flavour.

    I ordered a hot black coffee as part of the set, and the mug it was serve in had an original design on it in line with the cafe’s theme. You can buy these mugs new there too.

    Onigiri Aliens & The Star Festival Parfait – ¥1,700 (Before Tax)

    This drink is inspired by the Milky Way of Tanabata. It’s topped with Maruko-chan, Coji-Coji, and alien cookies.

    Etsuna was spellbound by its gorgeous purple colour too♡

    The parfait and drink come in separate vessels、so I recommend enjoying them one at a time. After tucking into the subtly sweet fruits, vanilla ice cream, and cream of your parfait, feel even more refreshed with a sip of your cream cheese-filled drink.

    The Three Of Us Get Along – ¥1,880 (Before Tax)

    There are plenty of colourful options to choose from the menu, but the one that struck my attention the most was this tomato cream and pumpkin sauce mix which contains seafood.

    You get an edible Maruko-chan and Coji-Coji on the side too with tears in their eyes… what a melancholic expression. I feel sad just looking at this one.

    The character cookies aren’t just printed on – each and every one is hand drawn carefully. Which means the both of them have lots of different expressions! And they seem such a waste to eat (though of course I ate them all…)

    If you want to see what else is on the menu, check out our other article here: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/ja/289822

     

    Mug: ¥1,200 (Before Tax)

    The cafe sells its own exclusive merchandise too, like the mug I got when my coffee and cake arrived.

    Masking Tapes – ¥350 Each / Ballpoint Pens – ¥600 Each

    B6 Notebooks – ¥280 Each

    I picked up a notebook, pen and some masking tape. Perfect for when the cherry blossom season starts.

    Hand Towel: ¥400 (Before Tax)

    Etsuna got her hands on a hand towel. Everything they have in stock is cute, so I urge you to get lost in the wares of the MARUKO & COJICOJI CAFÉ if you visit! It’s possible to book a table in advance, but the weekends are particularly busy, so if you have a day in mind don’t forget to book.

    The MARUKO & COJICOJI CAFÉ is packed full of Momoko Sakura’s world. It was a mix of fun, cute, sad, and relaxing.

     

    When I’m looking at Chibi Maruko-chan, I think of Sakura, and my chest feels tight and painful. But coming to this cafe made me think that when I look at Maruko-chan and her radiating personality, not just in the world of anime but in various different places, I feel that even if I’ve become an adult, I can always live my life together with Maruko-chan and Momoko Sakura, and that makes me happy. If you love Maruko-chan, Coji-Coji, and Momoko Sakura too, then be sure to jump into the picture book world of Ehon Maru Koji at MARUKO & COJICOJI CAFÉ.

     

    ©️Momoko Sakura ©️Sakura Production

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