Perfectly Pink Sanrio Valentine’s Day Collection Heads to Maison de FLEUR
05.February.2021 | FASHION
For Maison de FLEUR’s annual “PINK MANIA” Valentine’s season event, it is teaming up with Sanrio to release a positively-kawaii pink collection of bags at its stores in Japan on February 11. The line-up also made a pre-release on the online shop STRIPE CLUB last week.
PINK MANIA x Sanrio Characters Collection: Azato Melody / Azato My Sweet Piano / Azato Cinnamoroll / Azato Bonbonribbon / Azato Pochacco
PINK MANIA Double Ribbon Tote Bag | ¥5,290 (Before Tax)
PINK MANIA Side Pocket S Tote Bag | ¥5,290 (Before Tax)
PINK MANIA Side Pocket M Tote Bag | ¥5,990 (Before Tax)
PINK MANIA Ribbon Pouch | ¥3,590 (Before Tax)
PINK MANIA Pouch | ¥3,590 (Before Tax)
PINK MANIA Face Mask Case Pouch | ¥3,590 (Before Tax)
Interior design of each bag and pouch
PINK MANIA is an event held by Maison de FLEUR every year around Valentine’s Day where select items turn all pink. This year’s line-up includes some of the brand’s iconic tote bags and pouches as well as some new entries. Familiar faces from Sanrio include My Melody, My Sweet Piano, Bonbonribbon, Pochacco, and Cinnamoroll.
Go pink and kawaii this Valentine’s Day with this year’s PINK MANIA collection.
BAPE® x Sesame Street Collaboration Includes T-Shirts, Hoodies, and More
A BATHING APE® launched another collection with Sesame Street on Saturday (February 27) via their online store and ZOZOTOWN featuring a line-up of men’s, women’s, and kids items for the whole family to coordinate.
This collaboration features familiar faces from the Sesame Street series including Elmo, the Cookie Monster, and Big Bird together with BAPE’s own BABY MILO®. The T-shirts are also styled in the same colour as their respective Sesame Street characters.
This stylish collection is a must-grab for fans of the show.
BAPE® x SESAME STREET
Released: February 27, 2021
Product Details: https://bape.com/pages/sesame-street
Hatsune Miku Collaborates With Pusheen as Part of MikuWorldCollab
24.February.2021 | ANIME&GAME
Crypton Future Media unveiled an illustration on Friday (February 19) announcing Hatsune Miku’s collaboration with Pusheen as part of MikuWorldCollab, a project that launched to have the internationally-beloved virtual singer collaborated with famous overseas IP’s.
Pusheen is the instantly-recognisable cat character created in the U.S. by Claire Belton and Andrew Duff back in 2010. Originally featured as a comic strip, Pusheen went on to become a series of stamps on Facebook in 2013, and has seen countless collaborations, original merchandise, and more ever since.
The cute illustration of Miku and Pusheen was created by Japanese illustrator Choke. More illustrations by the Pusheen team are set to roll out this year along with a merchandise collection and other digital content, so stay tuned!
Hatsune Miku x Pusheen
Hatsune Miku Official Twitter (English): https://twitter.com/cfm_miku_en
Hatsune Miku Official Twitter (Japanese): https://twitter.com/cfm_miku
■Who is Hatsune Miku? https://piapro.net/
The Hatsune Miku voice synthesizer software was developed based on the voice of Japanese voice actress Saki Fujita, and first released on August 31st, 2007. Since her release, Hatsune Miku has evolved into a phenomenon of highly participatory cyber culture, with Miku-related content created and shared everyday around the globe.
■Who is Pusheen? https://pusheen.com/
Pusheen is a tubby tabby cat who brings smiles and laughter to people all around the world. She became famous through her animated comics and GIFs posted on Pusheen.com, as well as through her widely used animated stickers on Facebook, Instagram, iMessage, and other platforms.
Pusheen Twitter: https://twitter.com/Pusheen
Pusheen Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Pusheen/
Pusheen Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pusheen/
Pusheen YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/pusheenthecat
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)
Little Twin Stars
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.
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.
©’21 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. L615092
Little Twin Stars White Day Doughnuts
Serving: March 1, 2021 – March 14, 2021
Participating Branches: https://www.nature-doughnuts.jp/shop/
*Available while supplies last
*Served at room temperature or refrigerated depending on branch
Online Shop: https://floresta-ec.jp/
Online Orders: February 27, 2021 – March 9, 2021
*Available while supplies last
Floresta Official Website: http://www.nature-doughnuts.jp
Studio Ghibli’s Kiki’s Delivery Service Bag Serves Free-Flying Broom Witch Vibes
Japanese apparel company Familiar has is releasing a series of limited-edition items in collaboration with Studio Ghibli Anofuku, a fashion brand created by Anofuku and Studio Ghibli in 2018.
Kiki’s Delivery Service Sub Bag ¥16,500 | Kiki’s Delivery Service Denim Bag ¥19,800 (Prices Include Tax)
The second entries to the series are two bags based on the beloved Studio Ghibli anime film classic Kiki’s Delivery Service. The bag designs feature Kiki on her broom with Jiji as they fly over the seaside town of Koriko where the movie is set. It’s a direct reference to the same scene in the film itself.
The 1st entries were Ponyo and Totoro denim bags
Ponyo Denim Bag ¥19,800 | Ponyo Sub Bag ¥16,500 | My Neighbor Totoro Bus Stop Denim Bag ¥19,800 | My Neighbor Totoro Bus Stop Denim Sub Bag ¥16,500 (Prices Include Tax)
The first entries to the line-up were a collection of denim bags based on two other Studio Ghibli fan favourites: My Neighbor Totoro and Ponyo. The Ponyo bag is still available at the time this article was written, but the Totoro one is unfortunately sold out.
Information on a third collection is scheduled for release in March, so stay tuned.
Kiki’s Delivery Service Bags
Release Date: February 17, 2021 @ 11:00am (JST)
Where: Familiar’s online shop
Product Page: https://www.familiar.co.jp/news/anofuku.html
Japan’s Tasty Kewpie Mayonnaise Meets Snoopy in Jar Redesign
15.February.2021 | FOOD
This year marks the second year since Kewpie Corporation has been collaborating with the internationally-beloved comic series Peanuts. This month, Kewpie is rolling out an all-new spring and summer design for its mayonnaise jars. This will be followed by new autumn and winter designs later this year.
Kewpie Mayonnaise x Snoopy | ¥290 (Before Tax)
Spring/Summer Design (Rolling out February 2021)
Autumn/Winter Design (Rolling out Autumn 2021)
The designs feature the iconic characters from Charles M. Schulz’s comic strip Peanuts which was first serialised in US newspapers back in 1950. Schulz’s stories have been celebrate by kids and adults through the generations as Snoopy and the Peanuts Gang come together. Last year, Peanuts celebrated its 70th anniversary, something which was promoted much in Japan, a country where the iconic characters are extremely popular.
Kewpie has been selling its mayonnaise since 1925. Since 1995, it has introduced designs in collaboration with different characters every 2-3 years alongside its regular packaging.
Kewpie Mayonnaise x Snoopy
Spring/Summer 2021 Design: Rolling out February 2021
Autumn/Winter 2021 Design: Rolling out Autumn 2021
Official Website: https://www.kewpie.co.jp/mayonnaise/
Love Cheese On Valentine’s Day in Apple, Basil, and Cacao Nib Flavours
14.February.2021 | FOOD
For Valentine’s Day 2021, Ginza Wakana released its new “ABC CHEESE” on Monday (February 28) in the line-up of its Ginza Cheese series of miso-tsuke miso-preserved and sakekasu-tsuke sake lees-preserved products.
ABC CHEESE (Box of 3: Apple/Basil/Cacao Nib) | ¥1,620 (Tax Included)
Ginza Wakana first opened its doors back in 1958 in Ginza, Tokyo. It’s a store specialising in tsukemono which are foods in Japan, often vegetables, that are preserved in a variety of ingredients. This includes pickling in salt, brine, rice bran, and more. Its focus is to promote the wonder and enjoyment of deep flavours that tsukemono bring to the palette. Tsukemono are rooted in traditional Japanese food culture, and so Ginza Wakana have made it their mission to pass down its tradition.
Wanting to bring something new to the table, Ginza Wakana has developed a new collection of cheeses. The ABC CHEESE collection gets its name after its flavours: Apple, Basil, and Cacao Nibs. It has cheese preserved in miso and sake lees, resulting in a unique flavour combination that mixes Japanese and Western tastes. The triple serving of cheeses is packaged in a stylish gift box for Valentine’s Day, making for a very different kind of present for loved ones that they’re sure to savour—especially if they’re cheese fanatics.
ABC CHEESE by Ginza Wakana
Running: February 8, 2021 – March 15, 2021
Where: Ginza Wakana Online Shop / Ginza Wakana Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi / Ginza Wakana Isetan Shinjuku / Ginza Wakana Daimaru Tokyo / Ginza Wakana Shibuya Tokyu / Ginza Wakana Atre Kichijoji / Ginza Wakana ecute Omiya / Ginza Wakana Nagoya Mitsukoshi Sakae / Ginza Wakana Matsuzakaya Nagoya / … and elsewhere
Online Shop: https://www.ginzawakana.com/
Sailor Moon Eternal’s Second Anime Film Promoted With Luna Shaped Bread
Japanese bakery Neko Neko Shokupan is promoting the release of the second in the two-part anime film series Sailor Moon Eternal by baking up a bread inspired by everyone’s favourite feline: Luna. The bread will be sold from February 11 to March 25.
Neko Neko Shokupan Luna Bread w/ Chocolate Pen | ¥1,200 (Before Tax)
The bread is made of pastry laced with black cocoa powder. Luna’s ears are strawberry flavoured and she of course has her iconic crescent moon atop her forehead. She arrives safely packaged in a cube-shaped box decorated in night sky stars and the moon. This box is placed in an eye-catching bag with little Sailor Moon details that are sure to be familiar to any fan, including Luna herself as well as Artemis.
The bread is available in-store at Neko Neko Shokupan branches and via the online store All Hearts Mall in Japan
The first film in the Sailor Moon Eternal series was released on January 8, 2021, and the second on February 11, 2021.
ROLL ICE CREAM FACTORY x Mr. Osomatsu Collaborate On Themed Ice Creams in Japan
Japananese ice cream chain ROLL ICE CREAM FACTORY is collaborating with the TV anime series Mr. Osomatsu at seven of its branches from February 10 to March 14. It will include a selection of ice creams, hot drinks, and merchandise based on the characters from the popular comedy series.
ROLL ICE CREAM FACTORY x Mr. Osomatsu Collab Visual
Ice Cream Menu
Novelty Coasters (7 Designs)
Campaign for 5 people to win prize
Coupon to receive novelties earlier
So what exactly is ‘roll ice cream’? Just as the name suggests, liquid ice cream is poured onto a freezing cold plate which is then rolled with a spatula to create cylindrical shapes. As expected, roll ice cream continues to make its way onto Instagram for its cute visual impact and unique design. Roll ice cream began in Thailand before becoming a boom over in New York. It’s now popular worldwide having spread across Europe and the rest of Asia too. The first branch opened in Harajuku, Tokyo, back in 2017.
Fans of Mr. Osomatsu can look forward to a special selection of berry, vanilla, chocolate mint, and other tasty ice cream scoops based on the Matsuno siblings. Each cup also comes with a toothpick featuring an illustration of the character. There are also three hot takeout beverages perfect for the cold inwter season.
Customers can get their hands on a novelty coaster at participating branches for every item they order from the Mr. Osomatsu menu. There are seven designs which includes a secret, unknown design.
ROLL ICE CREAM FACTORY is also hosting a campaign on their official Twitter and Instagram accounts for 5 lucky fans to win a free poster. Details below.
ROLL ICE CREAM FACTORY x Mr. Osomatsu Collab Cafe
Running: February 10, 2012 – March 14, 2021
Participating Branches: ROLL ICE CREAM FACTORY (Harajuku/Omotesando/Marui Family Mizunokuchi/Osaka/Dotonbori/AEON Mall Tokushima/Nagasaki/Huis Ten Bosch, Hiroshima, Hatchobori/Kumamoto/Shimotori)
Collab Details: https://edith-online.com/lp/osomatsusan-rollice
Twitter & Instagram Campaign
Running: February 10, 2012 – March 14, 2021
How to Participate: Follow ROLL ICE CREAM FACTORY on Instagram or Twitter and post with hashtag #おそ松ロールアイス
Twitter Account: @ROLLICErCREAM_F
Instagram Account: @rollicecreamfactory
*Winners will be contacted directly on Twitter/Instagram
ROLL ICE CREAM FACTORY Official Website: https://rollicecreamfactory.com/
Love Me Pom Poko! Manga Gets Themed Cafe at NewType Shinjuku in Tokyo
NewType Shinjuku, a subculture cafe and bar in Tokyo, is collaborating with Modomu Akagawara’s manga series Love Me Pom Poko! from February 6 to 28. The cute and charming world of the series arrives not only on the food and drinks menu but in the form of merchandise and decorations too. As is the case with collaboration cafes in Japan, there’s some free novelties for customers to enjoy when they purchase something from the menu too.
Love Me Pom Poko! is not that known in the West yet, but if you happen to be in Tokyo this month, be sure to stop on by to experience the art of the series yourself.
Love Me Pom Poko! Collab Cafe
Running: February 6, 2021 – February 28, 2021
Location: NewType Shinjuku
Address: Dash Bldg. 1F, 5-12-16 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: [Weekdays] 16:00-20:00 / [Weekends & Holidays] 11:00-20:00
Official Website: http://ntsnjk.tokyo/
Enjoy a Valentine’s Day Bath at Ofuro Cafe no Yu Hakuju in Saitama
08.February.2021 | SPOT
Ofuro Cafe Hakuju no Yu is holding a special Valentine’s Day event for lovers which will run from February 6 to 14.
Though the bath house is split between male and female, couples can write messages of love to their special someone on a heart-shaped plaque made from Japanese cypress wood. The plaques were made in collaboration with the local business Kanezawa.
Choko Sweet Sake Shake | ¥630 (Before Tax)
For the Valentine’s event, the bath house is also serving up a special shake beverage made with chocolate and sweet sake. The polyphenol in chocolate is said to be good for health and beauty, making it a perfect choice for a day of luxury at Ofuro Cafe Hakuju no Yu.
Guys who visit the bath house on Valentine’s Day itself will also receive free Valentine’s chocolate.
Running: February 6, 2021 – February 14, 2021
Venue: Ofuro Cafe Hakuju no Yu
Address: 337-1 Wataruse, Kamikawa, Kodama District, Saitama
Official Website: https://ofurocafe-hakujyu.com/
■About Ofuro Cafe
Ofuro Cafe is a chain of hot spring brands made for long stay periods. It offers a variety of free services such as coffee, magazines, comics, massage chairs, PC rental, and more. The experience created is like being invited to a friend’s house to kick bck and relax. There are three branches in Saitama including Ofuro Cafe Utatane, Ofuro Cafe Hakuju no Yu, and Ofuro Cafe Bivouac, as well as one branch in Mie, Ofuro Cafe Yumoriza. It also has three franchise branches: Ofuro Cafe Bijinyu in Shizuoka, Ofuro Cafe Biwakoza in Shiga, and Ofuro CafeSeiyukan in Hokkaido. “おふろcafe(R)” is a registered trademark of ONSENDOJO INC.
Founded in March 2011. Manages hot spring facilities including the Ofuro Cafe brand as well as resort facilities, consultation services, and supporting regional businesses.
Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas: Japan Releases Whole Melon Cake
07.February.2021 | FOOD
Japanese online cake store Cake.jp released its new “Valentine’s Whole Melon Cake” on Monday (February 1).
Valentine’s Whole Melon Cake | ¥10,000 (Tax Included)
The Whole Melon Cake is a popular dessert on Cake.jp, but this month, it arrives in a chocolate flavour for Valentine’s Day. As the name suggests, the cake uses an entire muskmelon which when sliced into reveals a chocolate, melon, and raspberry filled sponge cake.
If you’re stuck for ideas on Valentine’s Day, this is sure to offer some inspiration.
Valentine’s Whole Melon Cake
Japanese Product Name: バレンタイン限定 まるごとメロンケーキ
Released: February 1, 2021
Buy Here (Japan): https://cake.jp/item/3392939/