San-X has revealed the title and key visual for Sumikko Gurashi’s upcoming second feature film. The film is titled Eiga Sumikko Gurashi: Aoi Tsukiyo no Mahou no Ko (Sumikko Gurashi The Movie: A Magical Child of the Blue Moonlit Night) and is set to released in Japan this November.
San-X created their corner-dwelling Sumikko Gurashi characters in 2012. Their first feature film, Eiga Sumikko Gurashi: Tobidasu Ehon to Himitsu no Ko (Sumikko Gurashi The Movie: A Popping Picture Book and A Secret Child), was released in Japan back in 2019.
The sequel’s story is set during a blue moonlit night when a peculiar magic is cast on the town where the characters live. The film is being directed by Takahiro Omori (Natsume’s Book of Friends) with screenplay by Reiko Yoshida (K-ON!, Girls und Panzer). Fanworks are returning to animate the sequel.
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Eiga Sumikko Gurashi: Aoi Tsukiyo no Mahou no Ko (Sumikko Gurashi The Movie: A Magical Child of the Blue Moonlit Night)
Japanese Title: 映画 すみっコぐらし「青い月夜のまほうのコ」
Release Date: November 2021 (Japan)
Official Website: https://sumikkogurashi-movie.com/
Sumikko Gurashi x Hokka Hokka Tei Palm Sized Plushie Campaign Launches
The Hokka Hokka Tei x Sumikko Gurashi campaign is returning again this year as part of a celebration to commemorate the 45th anniversary of Hokka Hokka’s first store opening in Soka, Saitama.
Every month, 100 lucky people who are members of the Hokka app have the chance to win a set of five palm-sized Sumikko Gurashi plushies for every Sumikko Gurashi bento they purchase at Hokka Hokka Tei stores in Japan. Each purchase comes with a QR code that can be scanned which will reveal whether they’ve won or not.
Hokka Hokka Tei x Sumikko Gurashi Campaign
Details (Japanese): https://www.hokkahokka-tei.jp/news/2021/20210422.pdf
Sumikko Gurashi Cushion Collection Releases to Decorate Your Room
Kotobuki Kougei released a new collection of Sumikko Gurashi cushion from its iebito brand on Friday.
The cushions are part of the “Play Cushion” collection and come in a range of fun colours and with cute designs for making your home and rooms Japanese-kawaii. iebito has been collaboration with Sumikko Gurashi since November 30 last year.
Which pair set do you want the most?
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Sumikko Gurashi Cushion Collection
iebito Online Store: https://iebitoliving.stores.jp/
Running: From March 26, 2021
・SAN-X Online Store: https://shop.san-x.co.jp/sumikko
Running: From March 26, 2021 to April 11, 2021
Official Site: https://peraichi.com/landing_pages/view/kotobukikougei
Zoo Themed Sumikko Gurashi Pop-Up Shop to Open This Spring
San-X, the creators of many iconic Japanese characters, are set to open multiple pop-up shops around Japan on March 20, 2021. The theme of the shops is “animal park,” and fans of the cute corner-dwellers can look forward to getting their hands on lots of exclusive merchandise.
Sumikko Gurashi Novelty Stickers
The collection includes plenty of plush toys to keep your company. The full list of pop-up shop locations can be found below, but two of the big venues will include the Sumikko Gurashi Shop in Osaka and KIDDYLAND Harajuku.
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Sumikko Gurashi Collection Pop-Up Shop
Start Date: March 20, 2021
Shop List (Japanese): https://www.san-x.co.jp/blog/sumikko/2021/03/pop-up-shop-2.html
Sumikko Gurashi Official Website: https://www.san-x.co.jp/sumikko/profile/
Sumikko Gurashi transformed into Japanese sweets
04.March.2021 | FOOD
The Japanese character motif sweets series Tabemasu released a new sweets collection inspired by 4 of San-X’s popular Sumikko Gurashi characters on March 2 at FamilyMart convenience stores in Japan.
Tabemasu Sumikko Gurashi Collection: Shirokuma (Strawberry Milk) & Tokage (Peach) / Tonkatsu (Chocolate) & Ebi Furaino Shippo (Banana) | 1 Box 2 Sets – ¥369 Each (Before Tax)
The popular characters Shirokuma and Tokage’s bellies are filled with strawberry milk and peach flavoured sweet red bean paste. The besties Tonkatsu and Ebi Furai are making their first appearance on in the Tabemasu series with tales filled with chocolate and banana flavoured red bean paste. Their cute and plump charms are represented as edible Japanese traditional sweets which are too cute to eat!
The newcomer Tonkatsu represents a leftover piece of tonkatsu and who dreams to be eaten someday… his longtime dream is about to be accomplished with your help! Check out these cute and delicious sweets of Sumikko Gurashi.
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Sumikko Gurashi Japanese Sweets
Release Date: March 2, 2021
Limited in quantity, available while supplies last
Shop: All FamilyMart stores in Japan
Further Details: https://www.bandai.co.jp/candy/tabemas/sumikkogurashi06/
Sumikko Gurashi Body Soap Keeps You as Clean and Cute as the Corner-Dwelling Characters
04.February.2021 | FASHION
Kracie Home Products has announced that its 100% plant-based body soap brand ‘naive’ will launch its second collaboration with Sumikko Gurashi on March 8, 2021.
Left: Body Soap & Refill | Right: Body Soap (Reversible Design) & Refill
Sumikko Gurashi is a series of characters created by San-X, the company behind the internationally-iconic Rilakkuma. The characters are known for enjoying living a quiet and solitary life in corners, which is what their name translates to. Sumikko Gurashi won the annual Japan Character Award in 2019. An animated film, Sumikko Gurashi the Movie, was also released in 2019, with a second film set for release this year.
naive collaborated with Sumikko Gurashi last year, and due to the rave reviews from fans of the cute characters, they decided to hold a second collaboration. This time around, naive’s bubbly body soap bottles feature three different characters: the shy Neko, Penguin who is known for lacking self-confidence, and Tonkatsu who is a piece of leftover pork cutlet. The collection also includes refill bags with designs of all the corner-dwellers.
Sumikko Gurashi x naive 2nd Collaboration
Release Date: March 8, 2021
Available: Drug stores, supermarkets, and elsewhere in Japan
naive Official Website: https://www.kracie.co.jp/naive/
A Dream Collaboration Between Rilakkuma and Sumikko Gurashi Announced For Hirakata Park
20.December.2020 | SPOT
Hirakata Park in Osaka has announced a special collaborative event with San-X’s popular characters Rilakkuma and Sumikko Gurashi which will begin on March 6, 2021.
Rilakkuma and friends as well as the characters of Sumikko Gurashi will both have their own special pavilions raised at the park entrance. At the Rilakkuma tent, the cute bear and his comrades where will be showcasing their three fundamental elements that go into having a leisurely and relaxing time. Over at the Sumikko Gurashi tent, you’ll get a peek into the lives of these cute characters which are known for their lifestyle of dwelling in the corner.
The event will welcome a range of original Rilakkuma and Sumikko Gurashi themed food and merchandise too.
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Rilakkuma & Sumikko Gurashi Festival
Running: March 6, 2021 – June 27, 2020
Opening Hours: 10:00-17:00 (Last Entries 16:30)
Location: Hirakata Park Event Hall I
Enquiries 0570-016-855 (10:00-17:00)
Event Page: https://www.ntv.co.jp/rilakkuma-and-sumikko-fest/
UNIQLO Announces Loungewear Collaboration With Pokémon and Sumikko Gurashi
Japanese clothing retailer UNIQLO has announced a loungewear collection for the holiday season in collaboration with Pokémon and Sumikko Gurashi—the latter being a set of fictional characters created by San-X. Set to roll out in Japan from November 19, the fleece line-up is the perfect gift for the coming winter months.
Everybody’s favourite Pokémon are coming together for this cosy collaboration. The fleece set’s theme is “Night Explorer” which imagines the wearer exploring the night together with their Pokémon. The designs feature moon and star motifs with neon colouring.
When the collection launches, those who purchase one of the Pokémon fleece sets in Japan will receive a set of two clear-coloured Pokémon figurines. And if they order online via UNIQLO’s website, their order will be shipped in a special Pokémon box.
Buyers will also receive a card with a code on it to participate in a special campaign.
Sumikko Gurashi Line-Up
The corner-dwelling Sumikko Gurashi character merchandise is themed on a sleepover with items made warm, fluffy, and cosy.
The three Sumikko Gurashi sets will launch online only on December 18.
Picking up either of the fleece sets or poncho blanket sets from December 18 will land you one of the above-pictured plush toys.
UNIQLO will also be selling limited-edition Sumikko Gurashi gift cards too both online and in-store when the sets are released.
Loungewear Holiday Collection
Release Date: November 19, 2020
Pokémon Line-Up Info: https://www.uniqlo.com/jp/ja/spl/ut-graphic-tees/pokemon-20fw/kids
Sumikko Gurashi Line-Up Info: https://www.uniqlo.com/jp/ja/spl/ut-graphic-tees/sumikkogurashi-20fw/kids
Cherry Blossom Themed Sumikko Gurashi Store to Open at Ginkaku-ji Temple in Kyoto
The all-new Sumikko Gurashi Dou store is set to open permanently at Ginkaku-ji Temple in Kyoto on March 19, 2020.
Ginkaku-ji is a famous temple in Kyoto that was first built in 1490. It lives as a representation of the Higashiyama culture which flourished towards the end of the Muromachi Period. In 1994, it was designated as a World Heritage Site. The temple stands as a famous tourist spot of Kyoto.
Glasses Case – ¥1,500 / Contact Lenses – ¥1,100 / Mini Towels – ¥600 / Hanging Plush Toys – ¥1,100 / Cookies – ¥1,000 (All prices are pre-tax)
The new Sumikko Gurashi Dou store will be based entirely on the Sumikko Gurashi characters created by San-X. “Sumikko Gurashi” translates roughly to “life in the corner.” The shop will take on a cherry blossom theme, where you can get your hands on exclusive and licensed products.
Sumikko Gurashi Yaki Takeout Cup (Contains 6) – ¥300 / Sumikko Gurashi Yaki Omiyage Bag (Contains 12) – ¥700 / Tapioca Drinks (3 Flavours) – ¥500 / Ice Cream (3 Flavours) – ¥500 (All prices are pre-tax)
There’s also takeout food and drinks, like sweet and fluffy baby castella sponge cake, tapioca drinks, soft serve ice cream, and more.
And of course, the entire store will be adorably decorated in all things Sumikko Gurashi to ease your soul. If you’re travelling to Kyoto and Ginkaku-ji Temple, then make sure you pop into Sumikko Gurashi Dou.
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Ginkaku-ji Sumikko Gurashi Dou
Address: 15-7 Ginkakujimaecho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Sumikko Gurashi Official Website (English): http://www.san-x.jp/characters/sumikko.html