Sanrio Harmonyland Announces 30th Anniversary Event
27.March.2021 | SPOT
Sanrio Harmonyland, the popular Sanrio character themed theme park in Oita, has announced the commemoration of its 30th anniversary with a special event titled ‘HARMONYLAND 30th ANNIVERSARY’ which will begin on April 26. Visitors can look forward to parades, a special night show with fireworks, celebratory merchandise, a special food menu, and more.
Memorial visual created by Japanese manga author and character designer Eisaku Kubonouchi
Harmonyland Parade Parallel 30th Memories
Daniel and Kuromi to make an appearance before the start of the parade
Throughout its 30-year history, Harmonyland has hosted many shows and parades for guests. For their 30th anniversary celebration, a special parade titled Parade Parallel 30th Memories will have three runs throughout 2021 and into 2022 which will feature a set list of nostalgic, old-time show and parade music. Guests will be able to experience what it felt like to be at Harmonyland back when each song was first performed. Check out the song list for the first run below.
Parade Song List
Parallel World 1st (April 23, 2021 – Late August 2021)
- Hajimaru yo Party from Parade Shiroi Tori Kara no Okurimono (First performed in 1991)
- Celebration from The Celebration Parade (First performed in 1996)
- Happiness from Parade Shiroi Tori Kara no Okurimono (First performed in 1991)
- Hajimaru yo Party from Parade Shiroi Tori Kara no Okurimono (First performed in 1991)）
Parallel World 2nd (Starting Early August 2021)
Parallel World 3rdnd (Starting Early January 2022)
30th Anniversary Night Party
A very special night show will take place which will see appearances from fan-favourites Hello Kitty, Dear Daniel, Cinnamoroll, and Kuromi who will be joined by a cast of dancers. Expect new music written just for this show as well as fireworks.
30th Anniversary Merchandise
An exclusive line-up of merchandise will be sold featuring a memorial visual created by Japanese manga author and character designer Eisaku Kubonouchi.
30th Anniversary Menu
Of course, it wouldn’t be a celebration without a themed menu either, which will include meals, desserts like an ice cream float and soft serve ice cream, and more.
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HARMONYLAND 30th ANNIVERSARY
Start Date: April 23, 2021
Event Details: https://www.harmonyland.jp/lp/30th
Sanrio Designs Fate/Grand Order Subscription Box Collection
Japanese media and entertainment company Smarprise launched a new subscription box on Saturday featuring Fate/Grand Order illustrations produced by Sanrio.
The items come as part of the company’s “Surprise Box” subscription service where users receive random items themed around their likes. Each delivery is a complete surprise which is all part of the fun.
Fate / Grand Order Design produced by Sanrio」サプライズボックス 9,350円／3,850円（税込）
Surprise Box: ¥9,350 (Tax Included) / ¥3,850 (Tax Included)
The new entry to the service is themed on the popular smartphone RPG Fate/Grand Order with designs produced by Sanrio, who are known for creating famous characters like Hello Kitty. The box, which ships every two months, will include acrylic stands, calendar postcards, and a set of square pins.
Fate / Grand Order Design produced by Sanrio – Surprise Box
Order Window: April 10, 2021 – May 10, 2021 (Ships June 2021)
Further Orders: Rolling out August, October, and December
Official Website: https://surprisebox.jp/lineup/fgo_sanrio
Pompompurin Celebrates 25th Anniversary With Cute Pudding Confection at Lawson
15.April.2021 | FOOD
Bandai released a new chewy and delicious custard pudding-flavoured confection at Lawson convenience stores in Japan on Tuesday in celebration of Pompompurin’s 25th anniversary, the popular character by Sanrio.
Mochi Mochi Pompompurin Yaki Pudding Flavour | ¥158 (Tax Included)
The cute confection is made to look like Pompompurin laying down. The chewy delight is filled with Japanese custard pudding-flavoured cream.
The packaging also features limited-edition artwork for Purin’s 25th year milestone where he is joined by his cute furry friends.
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Mochi Mochi Pompompurin Yaki Pudding Flavour
Japanese Product Name: もちもちポムポムプリン焼き プリン味
Released: April 13, 2021
Where: Lawson Japan (Select branches not participating, and not available at Natural Lawson or Lawson Store 100)
Earth Day Tokyo 2021 to Promote Sustainability, Eco-Friendliness, and an Organic Lifestyle at Yoyogi Park
15.April.2021 | SPOT
This year’s Earth Day Tokyo will take place at Yoyogi Park from April 17-18 where messages of eco-friendliness, organic products, sustainability, ethics, and inclusiveness will be at the core of various events held as part of the festival.
This year marks Earth Day Tokyo’s 20th run as part of the global Earth Day initiative and brings together environmental NPOs, charities, and locals. Due to COVID-19, in-person events will only take place on April 17 and 18 but the festival will run online from April 17 to 25.
Earth Day Tokyo 2021 Concert
Concerts will take place across the two-day Yoyogi Park festival. Many musicians and guests have committed themselves to the future of the planet at the Earth Day Tokyo’s concerts, with past line-ups including Japan’s King of Rock Kiyoshiro Imawano, UA, BONNIE PINK, and more.
This year will see performances from Itou Seikou ITP, Kenichi Nagira, yae, scoobie do, Taiji Sato, Nozomi Nobody, hachi_Aigoz, tico moon, Rokuta Yanagiya, and Ichido Ryutei.
Every single product at the market booths has a story, and visitors will be able to hear about them from the makers in-person as they shop. And the items sold at the market will be different each day, stocking something to add a little environmental consideration into our lives.
C. W. Nicol’s “Nicol’s Forest Kitchen” sausages help plant forests
The late Welsh-born Japanese writer, actor, and singer-songwriter C. W. Nicol was the Executive Committee Chairman for Earth Day Tokyo from 2000 until his passing last year. He also launched Nicol’s Forest Kitchen in 2011 which has been a regular at Earth Day Tokyo to help protect Japan’s forests. The food stall will make an appearance this year too.
C. W. Nicol began to wonder how he could help raise people’s interest in forests as well as help revitalise forests that had been destroyed. Nicol’s Forest Kitchen project was his answer: to spread awareness through food, and in doing so, the project could help build up forests.
Visitors separate garbage themselves with the help of volunteers
At the Eco Station, volunteer staff will help direct visitors in separating garbage properly, raising awareness on the proper procedures which they can take away home with them.
Earth Day Tokyo 2021 @ Yoyogi Park
Running: April 17, 2021 – April 18, 2021
Where: Yoyogi Park
Earth Day Tokyo Official Website: https://www.earthday-tokyo.org
Little Glee Monster and Other Japanese Artists Announced For Tokyu Musix Challenge
Tokyu Musix Challenge is set to take place at Bunkamura Orchard Hall this year on March 7 at 18:00.
2020 saw the cancellation of music events across the world, with Japan being no exception. Shibuya, Tokyo’s hub of countless live music venues and halls, was particularly affected by the effects of the pandemic. But the energy and power that music artists hold is one they can offer to brighten up peoples’ time during today’s times. That’s where Tokyu Musix Challenge comes in, a new kind of music festival that will bring together a multitude of genres, and where better for it to be held than the cultural melting pot that is Shibuya.
This year will be the first run of the festival, where a collaboration between classical music and contemporary pop music will clash at Bunkamura Orchard Hall. The Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, which is recognised as Japan’s oldest symphony orchestra, will play alongside acts such as Little Glee Monster, Ai Higuchi, Win Morisaki, Meimi Tamura, Kayoko Yoshizawa, ROTH BART BARON, and more. And the line-up is set to grow as more performers will be announced in the lead up to the event.
Comments from the Artists
Little Glee Monster
“We are really looking forward to feeling the fresh breeze of our music colliding with the grand scale of an orchestra. We’ll be sure to play our part so that we don’t lose to the overwhelming performance of everyone in the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, but also so that our music complements theirs. We hope that everyone can have a good time and feel good from the strength that music has.”
“In 2020, we may have all lived kind of complicit with so many options in front of us leading down different paths. A certain friend might have gone to a drinking party, another might not have seen their lover for a long time. What choices do we make? We become darker depending on our choices. In Shibuya, a city that continues to change, I will sing my unchanged songs.”
“Over this past year, the respect I have for the position I’m in where I can express myself has really sunk in. I’m so happy I’ve been able to get involved with this challenge. And getting to sing with an orchestra, it’s magnificent. I’m so excited about what’s to come.”
“I can’t contain my excitement at a genre collaboration between classic, which is the foundation of music, and pop which is strongly tied to Shibuya. I think I’m going to start feeling tense at getting to perform alongside everyone in the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and singers of all different kinds of music. We don’t have a lot of freedom today during the pandemic, but I will work my hardest so that I can deliver love through music from the city of Shibuya.”
“My chest roars and having the opportunity to perform along side Japan’s oldest and longest-running Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra at the legendary Orchard Hall. It’s my first time experiencing singing with an orchestra, so I’m looking forward to seeing how the songs will be structured, and how my voice will sound, when we do it.”
Tokyu Musix Challenge
Date: May 7, 2021
Time: Doors 17:30 / Start 18:30 / End 20:00
Venue: Bunkamura Orchard Hall
Address: 2-24-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Price: ¥7,000 (Tax Included)
Buy Tickets: https://l-tike.com/st1/tokyu_musix_challenge
Tokyu Musix Challenge Official Website: https://tokyu-musix-c.com
Solve Mysterious in Tokyo While Walking Around Asakusa in This New IRL Game
14.April.2021 | SPOT
Japanese IRL mystery game production company Haregake is launching a new game in collaboration with Cosmos Hotel Management who are known for managing the apartment hotel chain MIMARU. MIMARU Tokyo Asakusa STATION, a new branch, is set to open on April 22.
This game will take place around Asakusa in Tokyo and can be played by couples, families, and groups. The event is being carried out with all necessary COVID-19 safety measures in place and aims to get people learning more about the wonders of Asakusa with a game that incorporates elements of the district’s traditional buildings, culture, and more. It’s a chance to sightsee around one of Tokyo’s most iconic areas while solving puzzles at the same time.
The game kit can be bought at the vending machine inside MIMARU Tokyo Asakusa STATION when it opens later this month. It includes the story, which you can read below, and everything you need to get yourself started. There’s also no time limit, so players can take as long as they like while they enjoy the sights.
The Game’s Story
“I want you to find the treasure of Asakusa for me.”
So says the request that finds its ways to you – you, who are a detective.
A certain wealthy individual once resided in Asakusa.
He left a letter behind, and now this letter is in your hands.
“This map – perhaps it shows the location of this treasure.”
Will you be able to locate the treasure resting in Asakusa?
Head on out and solve the mystery as you walk around the district.
Asakusa Detective Game: The Secrets of the Millionaire’s Forgotten Letter
Japanese Game Name: 浅草街歩き探偵録〜富豪の残した手紙の秘密〜
Start Date: April 22, 2021 (Not a limited-time event, will be held permanently)開
Start Point: MIMARU Tokyo Asakusa Station
Address: 2-20-4 Kaminarimon, Taito-ku, Tokyo, 111-0034
Official Website: https://nazotoki.mimaruhotels.com/
Harajuku’s Pompompurin Maid Café to Open on April 14
Akihabara’s premiere maid café chain “@home café” announced last month the opening of a permanent maid café themed on Sanrio’s popular character Pompompurin. The café is set to open along Harajuku’s famous Takeshita Street on April 14, 2021.
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@home café has collaborated with many of Sanrio’s popular characters in the past at its Akihabara-based café branches such as Hello Kitty, My Melody, Cinnamoroll, and of course Pompompurin, but this time the collaboration is flying out of Akiba and straight into the heart of Japanese pop culture: Harajuku.
This new Pompompurin Café is themed on Pompompurin throwing a party for everyone—that’s you and your friends. It’s a place for Purin to deliver happiness to all who visit in the form of cute and tasty food.
Of course, the @home café maids will also be present, and all wearing original maid uniforms coloured like Pompompurin.
A little look at some things on the menu
Soufflé Omurice | ¥1,450
Butter Chicken Curry | ¥1,300
Pompompurin Pudding | ¥700
Chocolate Banana Mountain Waffle | ¥1,200
Custard Pudding Latte | ¥850
Muffin’s Caffe Mocha | ¥850
Take a commemorative photo
For just ¥550, you can take a chekki photo at the café. It comes with café-original stickers and paper. For an extra ¥300, you can take a photo with one of the maids.
Pompompurin Birthday Party
April 16 is Pompompurin’s birthday, so on that day the café will have a special dessert prepared (which you can see below) along with novelties for customers, new decorations, and more.
Pompompurin’s Birthday Dessert
Special Birthday Parfait | ¥1,700 | Serving: April 14, 2021 – April 30, 2021
To commemorate Pompompurin’s birthday and the opening of the café, all visitors will receive the pin below for free.
Pompompurin will visit the café
On the evening on April 16, Pompompurin will visit the cafe for his birthday to celebrate with everyone. Details and bookings can be found here in Japanese.
Pompompurin Cafe x @home cafe
Grand Opening: April 14, 2021
Where: CUTE CUBE HARAJUKU Floor 3F, 1-7-1 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: [Weekdays] 11:00-22:00 / [Weekends] 10:00-22:00
No Fixed Holidays
Pompompurin Cafe Official Website: https://pompompurincafe.com/
@home Official Website: http://www.cafe-athome.com/
2021 Sanrio Character Ranking Welcomes Sky Peace’s Ini to the Collaboration Category
08.April.2021 | MUSIC
The upcoming 2021 Sanrio Character Ranking is welcoming a new face to the Collaboration Category of the competition: the Japanese music artist Ini, who has over 800,000 subscribers on YouTube and is also part of the music unit Sky Peace who has over 3 million subscribers.
This year’s Sanrio Character Ranking will open initial votes from April 9 to May 24 when fans can vote for their favourite character from Sanrio’s roster. As with previous years, the 2021 run will also welcome the “Collaboration Category” of the awards which will feature 27 character entries from those who have collaborated with other companies and businesses over the past year.
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Sky Peace ☆Ini☆
Ini was born and raised in Tokyo. In 2008, he uploaded his first rap arrangement to the video streaming site Nico Nico Douga. His activity grew, and in 2011 his rap tracks began to grow in popularity, leading him to earn the online title of am internet creator. He formed Sky Peace in 2016 with his friend. Their YouTube channel has over 3 million subscribers and a big youth following. His solo channel, where he is known as Iri, has over 800,00 subscribers.
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2021 Sanrio Character Ranking
Running: April 9, 2021 – May 24, 2021 (From April 10 in Ichigo Shimbun)
First Round-Up Announcements: April 14, 2021 at Noon (JST)
Second Round-Up Announcements: May 13, 2021 at Noon (JST)
Winner Announcement: June 8, 2021 (Online event, details TBA)
Hoshino Resorts BANTA CAFE Announces Art Festival by the Beachside
04.April.2021 | SPOT
The incredible Hoshino Resorts BANTA CAFE, a beachside cafe which offers guests a breathtaking ocean view along the Okinawan coast, has announced the upcoming Beachside Art Festival which will take place from April 10 to May 9. The festival will bring together artwork from a range of artists born and raised in Okinawa and leading the island’s youth culture. There will be a range of events from live painting to workshops, exhibits, and more.
The participating artists have all taken part in personal art exhibits, art events, showcased their work at concerts, and more both inside and outside Japan, but due to COVID-19, many events have of course been cancelled. Beachside Art Festival will serve as a way to display their wonderful works while supporting them at the same time.
The Artist Line-Up
MACHIDA visiting BANTA CAFE to check the feel of the ocean and their artwork
Vibrant artwork with the ocean as the backdrop
Visitors will be greeted by artwork dotted across various locations around BANTA CAFE. If they follow the top of the cliff down to the beach they will find sofas to sit on which have also been decorated with the artists’ artwork. Then there’s the Goro Goro Lounge with its enormous window that stretches an entire wall and offers a panoramic view of the sea. Here, visitors can look out at the artwork which will look like it’s floating above the horizon. All drinks ordered also come with a free sticker featuring artwork by the four participating artists.
Experience art-in-the-making with live painting
DENPA and MACHIDA will host their own live painting sessions where they will take inspiration from the surrounding environment.
HAYATO MACHIDA @ April 10, 2021 / April 11, 2021
DENPA @ April 18, 2021
Times: 11:00-13:00 / 14:00-17:00
Where: In front of BANTA CAFE on the beach
Have a go at traditional Okinawan bingata dyeing
Visitors can have a go at making their very own coasters from nine different colours using a traditional Okinawan stencilled dyeing technique known as bingata.
Running: April 24, 2021 / May 1, 2021 / May 2, 2021 / May 5, 2021
Times: 10:00 / 12:00 / 14:00 / 16:00 (Each slot lasts approx. one hour)
Where: Iwaba Terrace
Price: ¥2,000 (Tax Included)
Note: Online booking required
Take home a souvenir at the beachside museum shop
A museum shop will be open for the event on weekends and holidays where you can pick up art prints, stickers, postcards, and other mementos.
Opening Days: Weekends & Public Holidays
Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00
Where: Beachside Terrace
Hoshino Resorts BANTA CAFE – Beachside Art Festival
Running: April 10, 2021 – May 9, 2021
Where: Hoshino Resorts BANTA CAFE, Okinawa
Official Website: https://banta-cafe.com/en/
Pompompurin Celebrates 25th Anniversary With Special Event at Sanrio Harmonyland
03.April.2021 | SPOT
To celebrate Pompompurin’s 25th anniversary, Sanrio have announced a special event which is now taking place at Sanrio Harmonyland until December 31.
Pompompurin greets guests in a new costume
Pompompurin birthday card
25th anniversary photo spot
Find all 25 hidden Pompompurins!
Pompompurin novelty items
Make your own Pompompurin mosaic art using photos taken of him at Harmonyland
Pompompurin 25th anniversary merchandise
Pompompurin 25th anniversary menu
Fans of Pompompurin can meet the lovable golden retriever at the park as he attends in an all-new costume. There are also various themed events going on, like finding all 25 Pompompurins, as well as exclusive anniversary merchandise sold and a themed menu served.
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Pompompurin 25th Anniversary Event
Running: April 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021
Event Page: https://www.harmonyland.jp/sp/pn25th/index.html
Luxury Cinnamoroll Purse, Bag, and Accessory Collection by Samantha Thavasa Releases
31.March.2021 | FASHION
Japanese luxury bag brand Samantha Thavasa has opened pre-orders for its upcoming Cinnamoroll collection in collaboration with Sanrio which is set to be released on April 1. The adorable Cinnamoroll is a fan-favourite of Sanrio’s character roster alongside the likes of Hello Kitty, Pompompurin, My Melody, and others, and even won the Sanrio Character Ranking last year for the third year in a row.
Cinnamoroll design details
The stylish merch collection is includes everything from a purse to a card case, lipstick case, shoulder bag, and more, all coloured in Cinnamoroll blue and white. The line-up captures the cute aesthetic of the character who was born atop a cloud in a distant sky.
The Collection (Excerpt)
Round Zip Long Purse | ¥23,100 (Tax Included)
The purse is split into two sections with plenty of space for cards, coins, and notes.
Card Case | ¥13,200 (Tax Included)
The card case comes with an emblem on the front bearing the brand’s name. A handy and fancy little case, equipped with a chain, for storing all your important cards during the cashless age.
Rosette Mini Shoulder Bag | ¥11,000 (Tax Included)
Shaped like a rosette, this mini shoulder bag comes with a detachable shoulder chain to turn it into a pouch. The two-way bag can be used to create some gorgeous looks with your outfit.
Left: Fastener Charm & Bag Charm ¥3,850 (Tax Included) / Right: Bag Charm ¥5,500 (Tax Included)
A collection of charms for kawaii-fying your bags.
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Samantha Thavasa x Cinnamoroll Collection
Release Date: April 1, 2021
Buy At: Samantha Thavasa Japan / ZOZOTOWN
Elemental Nights R x Sanrio Collaboration Announced
30.March.2021 | ANIME&GAME
The real time 3D MMORPG Elemental Nights R has announced a collaboration with Sanrio’s character cast which will launch on March 30 after maintenance. Players will be able to meet and talk with Hello Kitty, My Melody, Pompompurin, Cinnamoroll, and Kuromi in-game as well as help them out. Players will also be able to get their hands on some exclusive outfits as well as get involved in a campaign to win prizes.
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Sanrio Characters x Elemental Nights R
Start Date: March 30, 2021
Pixar Japan Announces ‘PIXAR! PIXAR! PIXAR!’ Event to Take Place in Tokyo
Seibu Ikebukuro will pay host to the upcoming ‘PIXAR! PIXAR! PIXAR!’ event which will take place from April 8 to 19 in cooperation with Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Japan. Pixar fans can look forward to viewing a special selection of valuable concept art, buying merch, and more.
A Look at Pixar Animation’s History
Feel Like You’re at Pixar Animation Studios
The event will be a celebration of all things Pixar, from their early animation shorts to their upcoming film Luca. This will include a special area that recreates the real-life Pixar Animation Studios.
Pixar Office Photo Postcards (3 Designs) | ¥220 Each
BnL T-Shirt (One Size Fits All) | ¥3,520
Canvas Panel (29.7cm x 21cm) | ¥3,850
Event-Original Merchandise (Excerpt)
Plates | ¥990 Each
Shopping Bag | ¥880
Pins 8 Designs)
There will also be a trivia quiz to test how much fans know about their favourite films, as well as a special video showcasing the making of the original artwork displayed at the event. Around 200 pieces of merchandise will also be sold.
PIXAR! PIXAR! PIXAR! is a popular annual festival in Japan and a must-visit for any fan of Disney/Pixar.
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PIXAR! PIXAR! PIXAR! 2021 First Run
Running: April 8, 2021 – APril 19, 2021
Where: Seibu Gallery at Seibu Ikebukuro Bekkan Floor 2F
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
Official Website: https://www.sogo-seibu.jp/ikebukuro/