Doraemon Cherry Blossom Handkerchief Perfect For Springtime Hay Fever
A cute new cherry blossomed collection of Doraemon themed handkerchiefs is set for release in Japan on February 20 in time for the spring season – and perfect for sufferers of hay fever!
Doraemon Handkerchief Collection
Doraemon Towel Handkerchief | ¥1,000 (Before Tax)
The designs see Doraemon playing around and enjoying the Japan’s cherry blossom season. The handkerchiefs are on the larger, sizing up at 53cm, making them perfect for wrapping bento and lunch boxes too.
Doraemon Towel Handkerchief
Release Date: February 20, 2021
Available: Department stores and stores selling handkerchiefs in Japan
Kawabe Official Website: https://www.kawabe.co.jp/
Doraemon’s 50th Anniversary Celebrated With Traditional Limited-Edition Edo Kiriko Cut Glasses
Imperial Enterprise is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Doraemon with the release of a very special glass collection. The glasses, which are limited to just 500 units, are made using the traditional Japanese glass cutting method known as Edo Kiriko. They were released via the online shop PREMICO on Wednesday (February 24).
Doraemon ‘Sky Blue Dream’ Glass
Dorami ‘Future Brilliance’ Glass
Special Doraemon & Dorami Glass Boxes
Doraemon’s “Sky Blue Dream” glass is cut with some of the blue robot cat’s iconic gadgets while his sister, Dorami’s “Future Brillance” glass is adorned with her accessories.
The Edo Kiriko Cooperative Association is a long-standing establishment that has been around since 1921. Its artisans craft each and every glass using traditional methods. These Doraemon glasses are no different and come packaged in specially-made boxes.
Doraemon Edo Kiriko Glasses
Japanese Product Name: ドラえもん 夢切子 江戸切子グラス
Released: February 24, 2021
Delivery: From Early March 2021
Price: ¥29,800 (Before Tax)
Units: 500 (Limited-Edition)
Official Website: https://iei.jp/doraemon-kiriko/
Doraemon Future Department Store to Open Pop-Up Shop in Hakata
Doraemon’s official shop Doraemon Future Department Store, which is located in Odaiba, Tokyo, has announced that it will open a pop-up shop in Hakata, Kyushu, from February 18 to March 7. Fans can get their hands on a selection of exclusive merchandise and more.
Not Only Merchandise, But Services Too
1. Customise Service
The pop-up shops will offer a customisation service which lets customers have different embroideries put into the T-shirts, tote bags, and key rings. The work is done on the spot by hand so you can see the result of what will be a very special item of which only one exists in the world. Perfect for Doraemon fans and gifts to friends and family.
2. Post Office
The shop will offer a postal service for sending off Doraemon letters and postcards with original Doraemon stamps.
Bonus Items: 1st Anniversary Postcard / Mini Tote Bag
There are also bonus items for fans to get their hands on depending on how much they spend.
1. Customers who buy anything from the pop-up store will receive a free 1st anniversary postcard. One per transaction, available while supplies last.
2. Customers who spend over ¥5,000 (tax included) in a single transaction will receive a free tote bag. One per transaction, available while supplies last.
Universal Points Card
Points cards will be available which allow fans to buy additional exclusive merchandise as well as receive discounts. 1 point = ¥1 discount. Points are gained during transactions. These cards can be used not only at the pop-up shop but the main store in Odaiba as well as online. There’s also a handy app tied to the card.
Doraemon Future Department Store in JR Hakata City 2021
Running: February 18, 2021 – March 7, 2021
Where: JR Hakata City AMU EST Floor 1F POPUP STAGE
Address: 1-1 Hakata Station Central Gate, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka
Opening Hours: [Mon-Sat] 10:00-21:00 / [Sun & Holidays] 10:00-20:00
Doraemon Future Department Store Official Website: https://mirai.dora-world.com/
Famous Doraemon Quotes Feature On Traditional Kiriko Cut Glasses
GLASS-LAB, a company in Japan that makes traditional Edo Kiriko cut glass products, has created a collection of drinking glasses featuring famous quotes from the popular Doraemon manga series . The glasses are available to buy in Japan via publisher Shogkaukan’s online site Waraku Web.
Doraemon Kiriko Cut Glasses (5 Designs) | Limited to 20 glasses per design | ¥44,000 Each (Tax Included)
The inside of the glasses are made use a glass flattening technique called hei-kiriko while the base is sandblasted with a technique called suna-kiriko that was invented by GLASS-LAB to print on the manga strip design. The finishing result makes the manga panel reflect on all sides of the glass.
Waraku – Doraemon Quote Kiriko Glasses
Released: December 25, 2020）
Buy Here: https://intojapanwaraku.com/
In celebration of Chinese New Year, GUCCI launched a new collection in collaboration with the famous Japanese manga series Doraemon as selected by the brand’s Creative Director Alessandro Michele.
GUCCI recruited photographer Angelo Pennetta to create playful photoshoot for the collection which features smiling models accompanied by Doraemon inside a retro house.
The exclusive collection features over 50 items from T-shirts to hoodies, shoes, bags, headwear, a suitcase, and more. Each item combines the stylish design of GUCCI and the colourful blue and white colour of the iconic manga character.
Every item in the line-up arrives in sustainable packaging made from 100% recycled materials. GUCCI stores in Japan, Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam will also welcome figures and prints inspired by the cities in these countries. The Shanghai and Hong Kong GUCCI art walls will also feature Doraemon against a GG backdrop.
The collection was released on GUCCI’s official website worldwide and will drop in-store in Japan on January 20. The GUCCI store in Shibuya PARCO will plaster up promo posters and the Ginza, Aoyama, Shinjuku, and Nagoya branches will feature recreation’s of the iconic Anywhere Door from the manga series.
Doraemon X GUCCI Collection
GUCCI Official Website: https://www.gucci.com/
Official HIGE DANdism Release Music Video Teaser For Doraemon Film Theme ‘Universe’
Official HIGE DANdism dropped a teaser for their new Universe single on Wednesday, the newest single from the pop band which is set for release on February 24, 2021.
The new song features as the main theme for the upcoming anime film Doraemon: Nobita’s Little Star Wars 2021 which is hitting Japanese theatres on March 5, 2021. The song is an ode to the little alien Papi and the grand adventures of Doraemon and co in the film.
Official HIGE DANdism – “Universe” Music Video Teaser
The full music video, directed by Takuto Shimpo who has directed numerous of the band’s videos, will premiere on YouTube on January 9, 2021 at 18:00 (JST). Save the premiere video link below.
Official HIGE DANdism – “Universe” Music Video Premiere Link
Universe will be released in three editions: the CD-Only Edition, CD+Live Blu-ray Edition, and CD+Live DVD Edition. The DVD and Blu-ray editions come with the full footage of Official HIGE DANdism’s online concert “Official HIGE DANdism ONLINE LIVE 2020 – Arena Travelers -” which was watched by 120,000 fans on September 26, 2020.
Universe will hit major music streaming and download services earlier than the physical release on January 9, 2021.
Release Date: February 24, 2021
CD-Only Edition: ¥700 (Before Tax) [PCCA. 70553]
CD+Live DVD Edition: ¥4,500 (Before Tax) [PCCA-06011]
CD+Live Blu-ray Edition: ¥4,500 (Before Tax) [PCCA-06010]
Official HIGE DANdism “Universe” Special Site: https://universe.ponycanyon.co.jp
Doraemon: Nobita’s Little Star Wars 2021
Release Date: March 5, 2021
Official Website: https://doraeiga.com/2021/
Doraemon Future Department Store to Open Pop-Up Shop in Osaka and Nagoya
Doraemon’s official shop Doraemon Future Department Store, which is located in Odaiba, Tokyo, is celebrating its 1st anniversary of opening this December by opening two limited-time shops in Osaka and Nagoya this month and January respectively. Fans can get their hands on a selection of exclusive merchandise and more.
The pop-up shops will offer a customisation service which lets customers have different embroideries put into the T-shirts, tote bags, and other merch they buy. The work is done on the spot by hand so you can see the result of what will be a very special item of which only one exists in the world. Perfect for Doraemon fans and gifts to friends and family.
The shop will offer a postal service for sending off Doraemon letters and postcards with original Doraemon stamps.
1st Anniversary Postcard
Mini Tote Bag
Those who buy anything from the department stores will receive a free 1st anniversary postcard. And for every ¥5,000 spent (tax included) they’ll get a mini tote bag. These are all limited in stock so you’ll want to get them while they’re hot.
If you’re in Osaka or Nagoya over the New Year be sure to pay a visit to the Doraemon Future Department Store pop-up shops.
Doraemon Future Department Store in Abeno Harukas Kintetsu 2021
Location: Abeno Harukas Kintetsu, Wing Building Floor 4F
Running: December 30, 2020 – January 17, 2021
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00 (until 18:00 on January 17)
Closed: January 1, 2021
Doraemon Future Department Store in Takashiyama Gate Tower Mall 2021
Location: Takashiyama Gate Tower Mall (Nagoya), Rose Terrace on Floor 7F
Running: January 8, 2021 – January 26, 2021
Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00
*Opening hours subject to change
Doraemon Design Wristwatch Releases For Manga Character’s 50th Anniversary
Customisable watch brand UNDONE released a new collection of wristwatches in Japan on Tuesday (December 15).
Special Doraemon 50th Anniversary Series
The celebratory line-up commemorates Doraemon’s 50th anniversary and includes limited quantity models, customisable made-to-order models, and more, each with references to the beloved series.
50TH ANNIVERSARY (Limited to 150 models) | ¥39,600 (Tax Included)
The ’50TH ANNIVERSARY’ model features an illustration of Doraemon as seen in the early days of the manga series.
The early artwork of Doraemon is nothing short of adorable
Back of wristwatch features vintage style design
FRIENDSHIP (Limited to 150 models) | ¥39,600 (Tax Included)
Best friends Nobita and Doraemon come together for this special design.
Spot Doraemon’s tiny bell at 12-o’clock
Doraemon and Nobita on the back side
The watch has simple white dials, and it has a function where it lights up at night to reveal Doraemon and Nobita. The design captures the beauty of the pair’s everlasting friendship.
THE BELL (Customisable Model) | ¥29,700 (Tax Included)
This cute watch just screams Doraemon’s design with its colouring and his iconic bell in the centre.
The bell turns as the hands go around
Doraemons everywhere on the back side
This watch is customisable with various different designs. If you look closely at the 50-minute mark you’ll see a red dot representing Doraemon’s tail. It’s also a nod to his 50th anniversary.
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I’m Doraemon Collection
Doraemon Celebrates 50th Anniversary With PORTER Bag and Merchandise Collaboration
To celebrate Doraemon’s 50th anniversary, Japanese bag brand PORTER is releasing a collection of exclusive collaborative items.
Tote Bag ¥35,500
Long Wallet ¥24,000 | Multi-Wallet ¥17,000 | Pouch ¥16,000
PORTER’s line-up of original items feature inkjet printing with a navy base along Doraemon pictures and Doraemon’s logo in PORTER’s orange branding.
The inside of the items bear Doraemon’s iconic colouring along with a carabiner ring with a Doraemon bell on it.
T-Shirts (2 Designs/4 Sizes) ¥6,500
Bandanas (2 Colours) | ¥1,900
As well as bags, PORTER has created a selection of other original items too like t-shirts and bandanas. The collection will be sold exclusively at PORTER stores in Omotesando, Marunouchi, and Osaka, as well as PORTER STAND stores in Shinagawa Station, Tokyo Station, Kyoto, and their official website.
Doraemon x PORTER
Running: December 11, 2020 – January 12, 2021
PORTER OMOTESANDO the PORTER Gallery 1
PORTER OSAKA the PORTER Gallery 3
PORTER STAND Shinagawa Station
PORTER STAND Tokyo Station
PORTER STAND Kyoto Station
*Available at PORTER’s official online store from December 11, 2020 at 12:00pm (JST)
ASOKO’s Doraemon Merchandise Collection to Promote STAND BY ME Doraemon 2 Anime Film
Japanese sundry shop ASOKO is promoting the release of the anime film STAND BY ME Doraemon 2 with a special merchandise collection called “ASOKO de STAND BY ME Doraemon” dropping on December 19, 2020.
This is ASOKO’s fourth exclusive and limited-edition Doraemon merch collection and celebrates the release of the hit anime film STAND BY ME Doraemon 2 which was released and theatres in Japan on November 20, 2020. There’s a long list of 43 items to pick from.
The collection which will be released both on ASOKO’s website as well as pop-up shops at Ropponmatsu TSUTAYA and Kochi TSUTAYA. Details below.
ASOKO de STAND BY ME Doraemon 2
Release Date: December 19, 2020
ASOKO Official site：https://www.palcloset.jp/asoko/
ASOKO de STAND BY ME Doraemon 2 POP UP SHOPS
Location: Ropponmatsu TSUTAYA
Address: 421 Ropponmatsu, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
Running: December 19, 2020 – January 7, 2020
Location: Kochi TSUTAYA
Address: 6-1 Minamigoza, Kochi-shi, Kochi
Running: December 19, 2020 – January 6, 2020
©Fujiko Pro/2020 STAND BY ME Doraemon 2 Film Partner
Stand by Me Doraemon 2’s Main Theme Artists Masaki Suda and Huwie Ishizaki Feature in Oggi Magazine
Shogakukan released the January 2021 issue of the women’s fashion magazine Oggi on November 27, 2020.
Vocals: Masaki Suda / Lyrics & Composition: Huwie Ishizaki
The 3D CG anime film Stand by Me Doraemon 2 was released in Japan on November 20, 2020. Japanese actor and singer Masaki Suda who sings the film’s main theme features in the January 2021 issue of the women’s fashion magazine Oggi in a talk with Huwie Ishizaki who wrote and composed the song.
Ishizaki has worked with Suda on numerous occasions, including writing songs for him, which is what led to him calling Suda on board once more.
“Once again, Nobita shows in this film just how hopeless he really is,” Suda explains. “But seeing him try his hardest like that, desperate and trying to protect someone really just gives you courage. Of course, Huwie was the first person I thought of when going to sing about something like that.”
About a year has passed since Suda made the request to Ishizaki who had been sending him lyrics and melodies during that time. This is a film centred on the marriage between Nobita and Shizuka, and so the main theme was written as a wedding song with frank and honest lyrics.
Their facial expressions and poses are a must-see
“I worked on a song with Suda on his album ‘LOVE,’ and he also let me cover his song ‘Ito’ before. With this song, I wanted to create something that expresses bonds. A story of two people. A word that made sense to me was ‘rainbow,’ something that suspends these feelings between people. Rainbow was the only choice.”
The full talk goes into detail about how Suda and Ishizaki met, their mutual respect for each other, and more. There’s also a series of photos the two of them took together while having fun with an instant camera.
Stand by Me Doraemon 2 is being shown at Toho theatres across Japan.
To see more of Suda and Ishizaki, you’ll need to pick up a copy of Oggi’s January 2021 edition, now on sale in Japan.
Oggi – January 2021 Issue
Released: November 27, 2020
Oggi Official Website: https://oggi.jp/
McDonald’s Japan Reveals Doraemon Yogurt Flavoured McShake®
Last week, McDonald’s Japan revealed Part One of its Doraemon collaboration in celebration of the series’s 50th anniversary which included a collection of Happy Meal toys. They have now revealed Part Two of the McDonald’s Doraemon Festival which will see the arrival of yogurt flavoured McShakes® on August 19 at most McDonald’s restaurants in Japan.
The Doraemon McShake® in Japanese is named “Yogurudo,” a portmanteau of “yogurt” and “Doraemon.” Its refreshing yogurt flavour is perfect for summertime. Small size cups feature original illustrations of characters from the series, such as Doraemon himself and Nobita. These cups are already being served for vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate flavoured McShakes®.
Don’t forget about the science-themed Happy Meal sets either which come with one of nine toys. That includes a secret toy which you have to get in your Happy Meal to find out what it is.
McDonald’s Japan is also holding a Twitter campaign for 100 random people to win a ¥2,000 McCard. All you need to do is be in Japan, follow their official Twitter account, and retweet this Tweet with the hashtag #ヨーグル_ドでドひんやり and comment how you want to cool down this summer. The campaign is running until August 18 at 23:59 (JST).
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McShake® Yogurudo (Yogurt Flavour)
Running: August 19, 2020 – Mid September 2020
Available: McDonald’s restaurants in Japan (Select branches not participating)
Price: Small ¥120, Medium ¥200
McDonald’s Japan Official Website: https://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/
McDonald’s Doraemon Happy Meal Sets Include Cute Themed Toys
McDonald’s Japan will begin serving Happy Meals with science-themed Doraemon toys in them starting from August 14 for “Part 1” their McDonald’s Doraemon Festival which is being held to celebrate Doraemon’s 50th anniversary.
There are nine toys in the science series, and that includes a secret toy which you have to get in your Happy Meal to find out what it is.
The toy line-up includes Doraemon with his Take-copter which spins when you press a button, a mysterious torch which shines shapes when you turn it on, an artist tool that lets you draw Doraemon’s face, and many more fun items.
All toys come with a leaflet that explains how to use them. And on August 15 and 16, those who order a Doraemon Happy Meal can sign up to win a special Doraemon DVD.
In “Part 2” of McDonald’s Japan’s Doraemon collaboration, they will serve up some Doraemon-inspired desserts.
McDonald’s Doraemon Festival Part 1
Start Date: August 14, 2020
McDonald’s Japan Official Website: https://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/