Rilakkuma & Sumikko Gurashi Festival Announced For Fall in Sapporo

28.May.2021 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

Rilakkuma and Sumikko Gurashi are set to collaborate at a special festival centred entirely around the characters which will run at Sapporo Factory from September 17 to November 28.

 

Rilakkuma, Sumikko Gurashi, and you are invited to the festival which will be split into two areas: the Rilakkuma Pavilion and Sumikko Gurashi Pavilion where the characters will be present to greet guests. The event is taking on a magical theme which imagines the spirits of San-X, the company who created Rilakkuma and Sumikko Gurashi, casting a mysterious magic on the festival to bring happiness to all.

 

There’s plenty for fans of the characters to enjoy including fun photo spots, exclusive merchandise, and much more.

 

If you’re in Sapporo this autumn, don’t miss the Rilakkuma & Sumikko Gurashi Festival.

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