Rilakkuma & Sumikko Gurashi Festival Announced For Fall in Sapporo
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.
Rilakkuma & Sumikko Gurashi Festival
Running: September 17, 2021 – November 38, 2021
Venue: Sapporo Factory 3 (Floor 3F)
Address: 4 Chome-1-2 Kita 2 Johigashi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-0032, Japan
Opening Hours: [Weekdays] 13:00-17:00 (From 10:00 on September 17) / [Weekends] 10:00-17:00 (Last Entries 16:30)
Closed: Thursdays (Except September 23, 2021)
TEL: 011-272-9302 (10:00-17:00 except weekends and holidays)
Official Website: https://ntv.co.jp/rilakkuma-and-sumikko-fest/
Noseden Artline Festival 2021 Bringing Light, Sound, and Food to the Kawanishi Area
A celebration of light, sound, and food, the biennial Noseden Artline 2021 Festival will take place from October 30 until November 23, 2021. Set in one city and three towns along the Nose Electric Railway, the regional art event began in 2013 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the rail line, and brings local artists and residents together.
The festival will be in Kawanishi and Inagawa in Hyogo Prefecture, as well as in Toyono and Nose in Osaka Prefecture, with Mt. Myoken marking the center point. Each part of the event will connect the history, industry, and tradition of the area with new and engaging creations.
The theme of the 2021 Noseden Artline Festival is ‘Enlarged Mentality.’ By taking things that are subjective, like an artist’s thoughts and senses, and applying them to the objective world that can be shared, it creates a one-of-a-kind way to connect fully with others. The event will feature local cuisine and music, as well as art focused on light, inspired by the North Star. After a year of solitude due to the pandemic, the festival hopes to remind people to cultivate, nourish, and preserve local relationships.
Art can make life more enjoyable, so why not come and see what the area has to offer?
Noseden Artline Festival
Running: October 30 – November 23, 2021
Location: Nose Electric Railway Line ~ Near Summit of Mt. Myoken
Official Site: http://noseden-artline.com/2021/
Rilakkuma, Other Popular Bear Characters to Assemble at ‘#Kumafes in Ginza Mitsukoshi’
The ‘#Kumafes in Ginza Mitsukoshi’ event will be held at the Ginza Mitsukoshi New Building 7F between September 15 and September 27. San-X have announced that a Rilakkuma will be participating with merchandise available to purchase at the event.
Rilakkuma Store Nagoya / Ueodai Store: Oda Nobunaga Plush: ¥1,848 (Tax Incl.)
Rilakkuma Store Abeno Q’s Mall: Kushikatsu Wrapped Rilakkuma: ¥1,518 (Tax Incl.)
Rilakkuma Store Kansai: Rilakkuma with Takoyaki & Sauce : ¥1,738 (Tax Incl.)
Limited Edition Kusatsu Souvenir Onsen Rilakkuma: Kusatsu In-The-Onsen Rilakkuma: ¥2,200 (Tax Incl.)
Limited Edition Miyajima Teahouse Rilakkuma: Even Though He’s a Deer, He Still Carries Momiji Manju Rilakkuma: ¥2,420 (Tax Incl.)
Rilakkuma Store Sabou: Lucky Cat Korilakkuma: ¥2,420 (Tax Incl.)
Soft & Fluffy Rilakkuma Plush: ¥4,400 (Tax Incl.)
Dangling Korilakkuma Plush: ¥2,200 (Tax Incl.)
Plush Rilakkuma Pouch: ¥2,200 (Tax Incl.)
A huge collection of regional and limited edition Rilakkuma products will be available at the event, including items from regional Rilakkuma stores, Rilakkuma Onsen/Teahouse collaborations, and “Rilakkuma & Kaoru-san” items, so don’t miss out!
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#Kumafes in Ginza Mitsukoshi
Duration: September 15 ~ September 27 2021
Location: Ginza Mitsukoshi New Building 7F Exhibition Hall
Official Site: https://www.san-x.co.jp/rilakkuma/
The National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto Opens Meiji Era Exhibition
14.September.2021 | SPOT
A special exhibition titled ‘Japanese Landscapes Discovered: Views from and for the Outside World,’ showcasing a private collection of Meiji era paintings, is now on display at the National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto until October 31, 2021.
Inside the Exhibit
Inside the Exhibit
This exhibition is designed to take visitors on a journey through the Meiji period (1868-1912), the beginning of Japan’s modern era, through oil and watercolor paintings of the time, and through the landscapes and customs depicted in these pieces of art. During this time, many foreign painters visited Japan, and were inspired to paint the country’s beautiful landscapes and unfamiliar customs, bringing these creations back to their countries of origin. Japanese artists studied these unfamiliar painting techniques, and made their own culturally-inspired paintings, often selling them to foreign visitors as souvenirs.
Many works on display in this exhibition have never been shown publicly, with many being brought back to Japan from locations abroad. These include long-lost oil paintings by Kuroda Seiki and a massive newly-discovered work by Tamura Soryu. Other Japanese artists inspired by Western-style on display include Hiroshi Yoshida, Jirokichi Kasagi, Shotaro Koyama, and Ioki Bunsai.
Also on display are works by foreign artists who visited Japan during this period, including British news painter Charles Wirgman, French news painter Georges Bigot, and British landscape painters Alfred Parsons, Alfred East, and John Varley Jr. These three men in particular triggered a watercolor boom in Japan during the late Meiji period. Vibrant female painters such as British watercolorist Ella du Cane, a lover of Japanese gardens, also make an appearance.
Be sure to see these incredible depictions of Japan before they’re gone.
Japanese Landscapes Discovered: Views from and for the Outside World
Running: September 7 – October 31, 2021
Hours: 9:30-19:00 (Until 20:00 on Friday and Saturday)
Closed: Mondays, and on September 21. *The museum will be open September 20.
Tickets/Official Site: https://www.momak.go.jp/
*Admission is open until 30 minutes before closing.
*To prevent the spread of COVID-19, hours are subject to change. Please check hours before visiting.
‘Rilakkuma & Sumikko Gurashi Festival’ Photo Event Starting in Sapporo
The ‘Rilakkuma & Sumikko Gurashi Festival Commemorative Photo Event’ will be held between September 17 and November 28 2021 on the third floor of the Sapporo Factory San Jō-kan Building.
After enjoying yourself at the joint event, you can take some commemorative photos with Rilakkuma and the Sumikko’s, who will be wearing new costumes especially for this event!
October 9: 11:00/ 13:00/ 15:00/ 17:00 (Approx. 30 slots) (Each session lasts approx. 30 minutes)
Featured Characters: Korilakkuma and Tokage
October 31: 11:00/ 13:00/ 15:00/ 17:00 (Approx. 30 slots) (Each session lasts approx. 30 minutes)
Featured Characters: Chairokoguma and Neko
Weekday Limited Admission Freebies: ‘RilaSumi Festival’ Original Bookmark (Selected from 8 random designs: Rilakkuma & Kiirotori, Korilakkuma, Chairokoguma, Shirokuma, Penguin?, Tonkatsu & Ebifurai no Shippo, Neko, Tokage)
Don’t miss out on this limited time opportunity!
‘Rilakkuma & Sumikko Gurashi Festival’ Sapporo
Duration: September 17 ~ November 28, 2021
Closures: Every Thursday (excluding September 23)
Weekdays: 13:00 ~ 17:00(September 17 opening hours 10:00 ~ 17:00）
Weekends, Holidays: 10:00 ~ 17:00 ※Admissions close at 16:30
Location: Sapporo Factory San Jō-kan 3F
Address: 4-chome, Kita 2 Johigashi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo
Ticket/Event Information: https://www.ntv.co.jp/rilakkuma-and-sumikko-fest/
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/rk_sumikko_fest (@rk_sumikko_fest)
Commemorative Photo Spot Location: Sapporo Factory Event Space
Lottery Appilcation Period: September 1 ~ September 26 at 23:59
Details & Application Info: http://www.stv.jp/event/rilakkuma-and-sumikko-fest/photo.html
Maison de FLEUR to Release Second Rilakkuma Collection
07.September.2021 | FASHION
Popular Japanese accessories brand Maison de FLEUR is releasing a new collection of grown-up Rilakkuma-inspired goods, the second such collaboration for the brand. All goods will go on sale September 10 at Maison de FLEUR shops online, and at the STRIPE CLUB Online Store.
Square Tote Bag: ¥4,389 (Tax Included)
Rilakkuma & Kiiroitori Frilly Tote Bag: ¥5,489 (Tax Included)
Korilakkuma & Chairoikoguma Frilly Tote Bag: ¥5,489 (Tax Included)
Rilakkuma & Kiiroitori Tissue Case: ¥3,949 (Tax Included)
Korilakkuma & Chairoikoguma Tissue Case: ¥3,949 (Tax Included)
Rilakkuma Card Case: ¥4,059 (Tax Included)
Korilakkuma Card Case: ¥4,059 (Tax Included)
Kiiroitori Card Case: ¥4,059 (Tax Included)
Chairoikoguma Card Case: ¥4,059 (Tax Included)
Rilakkuma Bag Charm: ¥2,750 (Tax Included)
Korilakkuma Bag Charm: ¥2,750 (Tax Included)
Kiiroitori Bag Charm: ¥2,750 (Tax Included)
Chairoikoguma Bag Charm: ¥2,750 (Tax Included)
Maison de FLEUR released their first collection of Rilakkuma-inspired goods last year, focusing on the character Korilakkuma. Many of the goods sold out instantly, and restocks were necessary to keep up with demand for these adorable items. This new collection focuses not only on the popular Korilakkuma, but on Rilakkuma, Kiiroitori, and the honey-loving Chairoikoguma.
This limited-time collaboration features tote bags, tissue cases, card cases, and bag charms, for a total 0f 15 different products to collect. Each features these popular San-X characters adorned with the quintessential Maison de FLEUR ribbon. The tote bags are large and spacious, while the tote bags bring a more adult flair to those wanting a touch of playfulness in their wardrobe.
Which of these fluffy goods is on your wishlist?
Namco and Sanrio Team Up for Collaborative Halloween Campaign
BANDAI NAMCO AMUSEMENT has announced Namco de Halloween 2021 -Skulls Festival!- coming September 10. The campaign will take place at over 200 Namco amusement centers nationwide, and at the online crane game site Torumo. Those participating can snag some spooky and super adorable Sanrio goodies!
Namco Limited Edition Prizes
Sanrio Characters Big Plushies
Cinnamoroll / My Melody / Kuromi (In stock second week of September)
Sanrio Characters Skull Festival! Plushies
Pom Pom Pudding / Cinnamoroll / Pochacco / My Melody / Kuromi (In stock second week of September)
Sanrio Characters Skull Festival! Cushions
All characters (Back side: Blue) / My Melody & Kuromi (Back side: Pink) / Cinnamoroll, Pom Pom Pudding & Pochacco (Back side: Orange) (In stock second week of September)
Sanrio Characters Jiangshi Night Plushies 2021
Pom Pom Pudding / Cinnamoroll / Pochacco / My Melody / Kuromi (In stock second week of September)
Sanrio Characters Spooky Night 2021 Plushies
Pom Pom Pudding / Cinnamoroll / Pochacco / Hello Kitty / My Melody / Kuromi (In stock third week of September)
Sanrio Characters Dreamy Dark Halloween 2021 Plushies
Pom Pom Pudding / Cinnamoroll / My Melody / Kuromi (In stock fourth week of September)
Sanrio Characters Exciting Halloween 2021 Plushies
Pom Pom Pudding / Cinnamoroll / Hello Kitty / My Melody / Kuromi (In stock first week of October)
Use the Namco Point App to get one limited-edition shopping bag each day.
During the Torumo gift campaign, 100 winners will be randomly selected to win a special Halloween blanket.
The prizes available during the campaign were designed for the event. Also, limited-edition plushies to appear in the past have returned in brand new colors! Those who use the Namco Point App and place ¥500 into one of the crane machines will receive one of five clear cards and a colorful bag. (Not available using Torumo.)
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Namco de Halloween 2021 -Skulls Festival!-
Running: September 10 – November 3, 2021
Where: Over 200 Namco amusement facilities nationwide and Torumo online crane game site
Namco Point App: https://bandainamco-am.co.jp/app_dl/
Rilakkuma Becomes Tourism Ambassador for Tokyo’s Chiyoda City, New Goods Available
26.August.2021 | SPOT
On August 18, 2021, an official inauguration ceremony was held in Chiyoda City, Tokyo, to appoint SAN-X’s lazy and loveable bear Rilakkuma as the new tourism ambassador for the locale. To celebrate the new partnership, some special merchandise will also be released.
Clear Folder: ¥300 (Tax Included) Release Date: August 19
Labels (2 designs per pack): ¥350 (Tax Included) Release Date: September 16
Ballpoint Pen: ¥600 (Tax Included) Release Date: October 8
Chiyoda City contains many of Tokyo’s most visited attractions, such as the Imperial Palace, Hibiya Park, the National Museum of Modern Art, and beloved concert hall the Budokan. Many government agencies are also located within its borders, and anime fans will recognize Akihabara, an area specializing in Japanese popular culture.
SAN-X, the company behind Rilakkuma and his friends, is headquartered in Chiyoda City. The area hopes to use the globally-loved characters to convey the charm of Chiyoda to younger generations and families alike. The catchphrase for the campaign is “Let’s take a detour and relax in Chiyoda.”
How would you like to visit Chiyoda?
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Chiyoda City Tourism Association x Rilakkuma Collaboration Goods
Where to Buy: Chiyoda City Tourist Information Center (at Chiyoda City Tourism Association)
Hours: 10:00-18:00 (Closed on the 4th Sunday of every month and during New Year’s holidays.)
Official Site: https://visit-chiyoda.tokyo/rilakkuma/
Nature and Art Scene of Jozankei, Hokkaido on Display in New Night Walk Attraction
23.August.2021 | SPOT
The Jozankei Tourism Association is currently hosting the JOZANKEI NATURE LUMINARIE -WATER LIGHT VALLEY- event until October 20, 2021. This marks the sixth year of the event, which presents the natural beauty of the rivers, valleys, and forests of Jozankei in a new light.
Guests can enjoy an illuminated walk along the Toyohira River in the Jozankei area of Hokkaido, and wander across the picturesque Futami Suspension Bridge. The night walk takes places to the southwest of the Sapporo city center.
Visitors will encounter a variety of unique light art as they stroll through the rich nature of Jozankei guided by the elusive kappa, known to be the guardian Gods of the region.
Nature Light Canvas
As visitors approach, the river begins to glow while flowers bloom in this interactive art experience. By using projection mapping across the Futami Suspension Bridge and an all-encompassing light show within the canyon, the event hopes to remind visitors that nature is important and worth preserving.
Which part of the nature walk would you be most excited to see?
JOZANKEI NATURE LUMINARIE-WATER LIGHT VALLEY
Address: Jozankei Futami Park – Futami Suspension Bridge
Jozankei Onsen Nishi 4-chome, Minami-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
Running: July 1-October 20, 2021
Tickets: Guests of Jozankei Onsen only
Official site: https://jozankei.jp/jozankei-nature-luminarie
Peanuts 70th Anniversary Exhibition Now Open in Sapporo
Beginning at Seibu Ikebukuro in December 2019, the “Snoopy Time Capsule Exhibition” is celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the Peanuts comic strip all over Japan. Sapporo is the sixth stop on this final tour, and the event will be open until August 23, 2021.
The immersive space is divided into time periods, displaying various Peanuts works from the 1950s until the 2000s. Guests can enjoy photo ops featuring beloved characters, and browse limited-time merchandise made especially for the exhibition.
The story behind the event is fitting: Snoopy finds a time capsule, and upon opening it, the contents fly out! Together with the Peanuts gang, it’s up to visitors to help find each memory made over the past 70 years.
© 2021 Peanuts Worldwide LLC www.snoopy.co.jp
Special Exhibition Events
The entire Peanuts gang awaits visitors at the entrance, each with their own key.
The history of author Charles M. Schulz and the Peanuts characters are presented in a vividly-colored timeline.
One exhibit from the 1950s focuses on the unrequited love between Lucy and Schroder.
Another from the 1960s takes a look at the many occupations Snoopy has attempted.
Learn more about Charles M. Schulz while browsing past Peanuts goods, books, and more.
Snoopy Plushie: ¥3,850 (Tax Included, limit one per customer)
70th Anniversary Pin Set: ¥7,700 (Tax Included)
Acrylic Key Holder: ¥715 Each (Tax Included)
A4 Clear File (2 designs): ¥440 Each (Tax Included)
Snoopy Plush Badge (2 designs): ¥880 Each (Tax Included)
A6 Notepad (2 designs): ¥660 Each (Tax Included)
Mascot Keychain: ¥1,980 Each (Tax Included, limit one per customer)
Each ticket purchased for the exhibition includes a special key. By finding 5 pieces of art hidden throughout the venue and using this key, guests will receive a special comic illustration as a gift to take home.
The Final Tour is coming to an end soon, so don’t miss it!
© 2021 Peanuts Worldwide LLC（短縮形 © 2021 Peanuts）
Snoopy Time Capsule Exhibition Final Tour
Running: Until August 23, 2021
Location: Daimaru Sapporo (7F Hall)
Hours of Admission: 10:00-19:30 (Until 16:30 on August 23)
Official Site: https://www.snoopy.co.jp/
Limited Time Korilakkuma Store Opening In Yurakucho MARUI
Kiddyland is collaborating with San-X to open a Korilakkuma Store in the Yurakucho MARUI 1F Canlendarium between August 19th and August 9th.
Stuffed Toy / Rilakkuma & Strawberry Cat: ¥2420 (Tax Included)
Stuffed Toy / Korilakkuma & Chococat: ¥2420 (Tax Included)
Stuffed Toy /Chairokoguma &Vanillacat: ¥2420 (Tax Included)
Stuffed Toy / Vanillacat, Chococat: Each ¥1790 (Tax Included)
Left) Hair Iron Pouch ¥2200 (Tax Included) / Lingerie Pouch ¥3080 (Tax Included)
Cosmetics Basket ¥3080 (Tax Included) / Rucksack ¥6390 (Tax Included)
Korilakkuma Hoodie: ¥7480 (Tax Included)
Limited Purchase Benefits
August 19~21: Stainless Steel Tumbler
August 20~22: Cat Mini Pouch
September 4th onwards: 2-piece Magnet Set
Tokyo Station Store: Tote Bag/Nagoya Station Store: Cat Mini Pouch
Korilakkuma is a small, white young bear who appeared suddenly alongside the popular character Rilakkuma.
Kiddyland has been hosting the Korilakkuma pop-up stores in Yurakucho MARUI since 2016, with the store proving a hit with San-X fans.
The pop-up will be hosted again in 2021, previously theming the store around Korilakkuma and their small rabbit friends in 2020.
The main art features Korilakkuma’s beloved strawberries, along with Korilakkuma surrounded by three adorable cats. The cat-ear wearing Korilakkuma artwork is a must-see!
The wonderful daily freebies are only available in limited quantities, with the Tokyo Station and Nagoya Station stores taking part to commemorate the opening of their very first Korilakkuma stores.
Don’t miss out on these precious limited Korilakkuma goodies!
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Availability: August 19 ~ August 9, 2021
Address: 2-7-1 Yurakucho MARUI 1F Canlendarium, Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0006
Opening Hours: 11:00 ~ 20:00 *Closing 19:00 on the last day
Official Site: https://www.0101.co.jp/086/
Hoshino Resort Tomamu Offers Limited-Time Salmon Themed Package
One of the largest resorts in Hokkaido, Hoshino Resort Tomamu will be offering a ‘Family Salmon Trip’ package starting on September 4, 2021. This two-day, one-night plan will be available until October 31, 2021, and features a salmon-themed room complete with salmon pajamas! The accompanying meal plan includes dishes made from different parts of salmon, complete with a challenge: try your hand at making salmon roe, and enjoy your creation at breakfast the next day! Who knew that a salmon-themed getaway was even possible?
Bath inspired by a salmon roe bowl
Salmon Roe making experience
Children’s Salmon Plate
Breakfast ‘Salmon and Roe Oyako-don’
Why the salmon theme? The source of the Mukawa River is located near the resort, and where salmon are said to migrate, leaping upstream. Starting in September 2017, the salmon travel plan was introduced to inspire visitors to enjoy this fish at peak season. During the two-day, one-night stay, guests can surround themselves with all things salmon, going so far as to feel like one themselves! This ‘Family Salmon Trip’ was launched to give children a chance to experience the fun, based on one of Hokkaido’s most beloved dishes.
The plan includes a room decorated from floor to ceiling in fishy furnishings, including salmon curtains, mugs, figures, and cushions. The bedroom is inspired by the salmon’s difficult trek up the river, with a bed frame depicting father and son bears attempting to make a catch. Children will have a blast transforming into a salmon in their special pajamas, complete with a nightcap. The whirlpool tub offers stunning views, but that’s not all–with the help of bath salts, the bathtub transforms into a bowl of salmon roe, with a new salmon fillet float to make the experience even more memorable!
Families can change into a cook’s coat and try their hand at preparing salmon roe, which will then be used in next day’s ‘Salmon and Roe Oyako-don’ breakfast. The ‘Children’s Salmon Plate’ features a collection of unique salmon dishes on a fish-shaped plate, while adults can enjoy the featured Salmon Dinner, which uses every part of the salmon, from the nose to the tip of the tail!
How do you feel about a salmon-themed family vacation?
Family Salmon Trip
Running: September 4, 2021-October 31, 2021 until check-in
Details/Reservations (up to 10 days in advance): https://www.snowtomamu.jp/
Sumikko Gurashi Bubble Tea Released by XIE XIE PEARL
29.July.2021 | FOOD
Bubble tea shop XIE XIE PEARL is collaborating with San-X and their popular corner-dwelling characters Sumikko Gurashi with a line-up of drinks and merch until August 23.
Fruit is the theme of the collaboration which arrives in a line-up of colourful beverages served in limited-time cups. Each character’s drink is loaded with toppings.
Shirokuma’s Peach Milk | ¥756 (Tax Included)
Neko’s Jewel Berry Lemonade | ¥756 (Tax Included)
Tonkatsu’s Caramel Banana Milk | ¥756 (Tax Included)
Penguin’s Jewel Mint Lemonade | ¥756 (Tax Included)
Original collab goods
Large Stickers | 4 Designs | ¥330 (Tax Included)
Mini Tote Bag | ¥990(Tax Included)
Mirrors | 5 Designs | ¥550 (Tax Included)
Re-release of previous collab merch
Free novelty stickers and pouch
If you order one of the collab drinks you’ll receive a free sticker, and if you order all four drinks, you get an original Sumikko Gurashi pouch. All you need is your receipt to show at the register.
©︎2021 San-X Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
XIE XIE PEARL x Sumikko Gurashi
Running: July 22, 2021 – August 23, 2021
Official Website: https://www.krg-inc.com