Character Chiikawa themed pop-up store at JR Akihabara station opens
The Chiikawa pop-up store, a pop-up store themed on the Japanese character Chiikawa, literally means ‘something small and cute’, illustrated by Nagano opens until June 21 at Japan Rail Akihabara Station Denki-Gaiguchi ticket gate.
Chiikawa POP UP STORE exclusive goods
Chiikawa manga has been serialised from 2020 on Twitter that depicts the casual everyday life of Chikawa and others. The gap between heartwarming story and adorable drawing style with occasional depiction of fear and severe reality of life is popular.
The store line-ups a selection of Chiikawa themed merchandise goods such as porch, plush doll, tableware and more. Don’t miss out a wide variety of exclusive products that makes your daily life more enjoyable. Available for purchase at official Chiikawa online store Chiikawa Market.
Chiikawa and Sanrio Characters Collaborate for Special Merch Collection
19.November.2022 | FASHION
A collection of must-have goods featuring Chiikawa and Sanrio characters has been announced! The items will be available at the Sanrio Online Store on November 24 and Sanrio shops nationwide, including department stores, starting November 25. The popular character Chiikawa, created by illustrator nagano, has been invited into the world of Sanrio, and the results are perfectly adorable. The merch lineup includes 21 items from plush toys to acrylic keychains. Purchase bonuses will also be given to those snagging any of the items on offer.
Goods at a Glance
This marks the second collaboration between Sanrio characters and Chiikawa. Fans will want to grab these limited-edition goods, including fluffy plush toys, a mascot-style brooch set, pouches, tote bags, clear folders, and handy cases perfect for storing small items. These items feature completely original designs. Which one is your favorite?
Available at Sanrio stores, Sanrio corners in department stores, etc. (*Products are not carried at all locations.)
Release Date: November 25, 2022
Sanrio Online Shop
Available: November 24 at 10:00
Rakuten Marketplace: https://www.rakuten.co.jp/sanrio/
Yahoo! Shopping: https://store.shopping.yahoo.co.jp/sanrio/
Official Site: https://www.sanrio.co.jp/
Naruto Anime Series Celebrates 20th Anniversary With New Gallery Featuring Collaborations With Five Animators
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the globally popular Naruto anime series, NARUTO THE GALLERY will be held at AKIBA_SQUARE inside Akihabara UDX from December 10, 2022 until January 31, 2023. The gallery will feature collaborations with five animators.
This will be the first Naruto exhibition held since 2015. The event will focus on the growth of the characters, the bonds they share with their friends, and the many fights that have taken place over the past two decades.
Iconic scenes from the Naruto anime series will be on display in collaboration with five up-and-coming animators: Ai Niina, Kohei Kadowaki, que, Kosuke Sugimoto, and Kohta Morie. This will give fans the chance to see an unprecedented and unique view of the world of Naruto which can only be seen at the event.
Admission Bonus: Gemaki-style Card
An original Gemaki-style Card featuring a newly-drawn visual will be handed out to those visiting the exhibition.
The first lineup of exclusive event-only merchandise has been revealed and longtime fans of the series won’t want to miss adding some of these goods to their collection.
Participating Artists / Episode
Ai Niina / Sasuke’s Ninja Way
Kohei Kadowaki / Naruto’s Path
que / The Land of Waves
Kosuke Sugimoto / Sasuke’s Vessel
Kohta Morie / Naruto and Kurama
©NARUTO THE GALLERY実行委員会
NARUTO THE GALLERY (Naruto 20th Anniversary Project)
Running: December 10, 2022 – January 31, 2023
Hours: 10:00-20:00 (Last entry at 19:30)
Venue: AKIBA_SQUARE (Inside Akihabara UDX)
Official Site: https://naruto-20th.jp
Sana Natori and Sanrio Characters Open Second Collaboration Store in Akihabara
A new collaboration store is now open in Akihabara, bringing together the popular YouTuber Sana Natori and everyone’s favorite Sanrio characters. The shop will be open until October 19, and this second collaboration features Halloween-inspired goods.
This time around, seven new goods are available, with 21 designs available in total. The illustrations were drawn exclusively for the collaboration.
Goods at a Glance
Pin (3 varieties)
Acrylic Keychain (3 varieties)
Acrylic Card (7 varieties)
Acrylic Figure Plate (3 varieties)
Sana Natori x Kuromi
Sana Natori x Pompompurin
Sana Natori x Lloromannic
Sticker (Set of 3)
Long Sleeve T-shirt
Purchase Bonus – Postcard (2 varieties)
Sana Natori is a VTuber who has become popular with audiences of all ages. Her aim is to live a proper life online, and she’s known largely for her livestreams, gaming, and music.
Following the well-recieved first collaboration, these spooky designs are sure to be a hit this holiday season. Which goods are you after?
(C) Sana Natori (C) 2022 SANRIO CO.,LTD. APPROVAL NO. L634678
Sana Natori x Sanrio Characters
Running: October 6 – October 19, 2022
Venue: Akihabara Sukima Store, JR Akihabara Station Central Ticket Gate
*Merchandise also available from Sanrio Anime Store Online
Sanrio Anime Store Online: https://sanrio-animestore-a3.jp/title/search/product?parent_title_id=111&utm_source=prt240
Official Chiikawa Store Opens on Tokyo Character Street
The official Chiikawa store, Chiikawa Land Tokyo Station, will open on September 16, 2022 on Tokyo Character Street beneath Tokyo Station!
Chiikawa is a popular character created by Japanese illustrator Nagano on Twitter. In December 2020, the character’s official online store, Chiikawa Market, was opened, and the many comics featuring the character posted on Twitter were compiled into a book. Now with a massive fanbase, Nagano’s follower count on social media has reached 1.3 million, and a number of collaboration cafes and exhibitions featuring his characters have popped up around Japan. Chiikawa even has his own anime series broadcast on Mezamashi TV!
One Hologram Sticker included with each purchase.
Manmaru Bottled Water with each purchase of ¥3,300 (Tax Included) or more
Small Plushie Friends (6 varieties) with each purchase of ¥8,800 (Tax Included) or more
Not for Sale / Limited Quantities Available
Chiikawa Land Shopping Bag (4 varieties)
Chiikawa Land Tokyo Station Exclusive Items
Layered Acrylic Stand / Smartphone Ring
Washi Paper Sticker in Smartphone Size
Large Face Towel / Bath Towel
Towel (Set of 3)
Large Tote Bag
Cookie Set in Cube Box
Salt (Set of 5)
Japanese Paper-style Pin in Capsule (12 varieties)
Commemorative Opening Stamp
The Harajuku and Umeda, Osaka Chiikawa Land stores, which opened last August, have seen massive success. In June 2022, the Fukuoka PARCO store opened, followed by the Kyoto Shijo Kawaramachi store in July. In August, the limited-time Magical Chiikawa store opened on Tokyo Character Street, and due to its massive popularity, it will now be permanent.
The Chiikawa Land Tokyo Station store features special commemorative products using newly-drawn illustrations, including exclusive purchase bonuses and exclusive shopping bags.
©nagano / chiikawa committee
Chiikawa Land Tokyo Station
Opening Day: September 16, 2022
Cure Maid Cafe in Akihabara Starts Collab with Anime Series ‘Luminous Witches’
Gee! Store, a popular series of shops specializing in anime character goods, has announced a collaboration with the series Luminous Witches! From September 9 until September 19, Cure Maid Cafe in Akihabara will be serving up tasty treats inspired by characters from the series.
Exclusive Collaboration Character Cards (9 varieties)
The cafe will offer a number of snacks and drinks, including Eggplant Cheese Pasta, Aira & Eleonore’s Curry, and Moffy’s Parfait. A special drink will be available to order by posting with a special hashtag on social media, so be sure to check back for more information!
©TABLIER MARKETING INC., ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Luminous Witches Cafe
Running: September 9 – September 19, 2022
Venue: Cure Maid Cafe (Gee! Store 4F, Onoden Main Store, Akihabara)
The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 2 Gets Pop-Up Store in Akihabara
To celebrate the second season of The Rising of the Shield Hero, a special pop-up store will open on August 19 inside GiGO Akihabara!
2L Chara Fine Mat (4 varieties): ￥1,980 (Tax Included)
Mini-Character Pin (6 varieties): ￥440 (Tax Included)
New items include character mats with newly-drawn illustrations and mini-character pins.
During the event period, for every purchase of ￥3,000 or more (including tax), customers will receive a random postcard as a bonus. Be sure to grab yours before they’re gone!
The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 2 Pop-Up Store
Running: August 19 – August 28, 2022
Venue: Akib@ko 5F Collaboration Studio & Gallery
Event Details: https://tempo.gendagigo.jp/shieldhero-shop/2022.html
Anime Series ‘Uncle from Another World’ to Get Take-Out Collab Cafe in Akihabara
A take-out collaboration cafe inspired by the anime series Uncle from Another World is now open at CURE MAID CAFE in Akihabara! The event is running until August 28, 2022.
Exclusive Collaboration Character Cards (6 varieties)
The take-out collaboration cafe features a lineup of collaboration drinks inspired by characters from the series. Special bonuses will be given to those who order from the collaboration menu, and photos from the series will be displayed at the eat-in space Entas Cure Terrace on the same floor.
Enjoy these otherwordly collab drinks that can only be found here!
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Uncle from Another World Take-Out Collaboration Cafe
Venue: CURE MAID CAFE
Running: August 10 – August 28, 2022
Chiikawa Store to Open for Limited Time on Tokyo Character Street
From August 19 until September 1, a special Chiikawa shop will open on Tokyo Character Street, located inside Tokyo Station!
Chiikawa is a popular character first revealed by Japanese illustrator Nagano on Twitter. The artist’s creations have become massively popular, with Nagano’s follower count on social media reaching over 1.2 million fans. From collaboration cafes and exhibitions to a recent anime series, the sky’s the limit for these adorable characters!
Purchase Bonus: Holographic Card (6 varieties, random) *Not for Sale
Bonus for Guests Spending ¥3,300 (Including Tax): Heart Fan *Not for Sale
Bonus for Guests Spending ¥8,800 (Including Tax): Bath Towel (2 varieties) *Not for Sale
*Available while supplies last.
At this limited-time Magical Chikawa shop, fans can find exclusive products featuring new illustrations, as well as special purchase bonuses and commemorative stamps for guests!
©nagano / chiikawa committee
Official Chiikawa Shops in Harajuku and Osaka to Hold 1st Anniversary Fair
Last year, Chiikawa Land, the first official Chiikawa shop, opened at the Harajuku and Osaka Umeda branches of KIDDYLAND. Both locations will celebrate the 1st anniversary of the shop’s opening with a special fair on August 5, 2022.
Chiikawa is a popular character first revealed by Japanese illustrator Nagano on Twitter. In December 2020, the official online store Chiikawa Market opened, and Nagano released a book compiling the manga panels they drew and posted on Twitter. The characters have become massively popular, with the artist’s social media accounts racking up over 1.1 million followers. From collaboration cafes and exhibitions to a recent anime series, the sky’s the limit for these adorable characters!
「Holographic Sticker (Not for Sale) *Designs will differ between the Harajuku and Osaka Umeda locations.
Holographic Pin (Not for Sale) / For guests spending ¥3,300 or more (including tax)
Picnic Blanket (Not for Sale) / For guests spending ¥5,500 or more (including tax)
Mug (Not for Sale) / For guests spending ¥8,800 or more (including tax)
Limited Edition Chiikawa Land Harajuku x Marion Crepes Collab
Limited Edition Chiikawa Land Harajuku x Marion Crepes Goods
Chiikawa Land Osaka Umeda Limited Edition Goods
Both the Harajuku and Osaka Chiikawa Land locations are visited by fans each day, and each store has developed unique products to celebrate the first anniversary.
The Chiikawa Land Harajuku location will offer products in collaboration with Marion Crepes, while the Osaka Umeda location will sell limited edition products featuring the characters in cute traditional costumes. Special bonuses will also be handed out to guests spending particular amounts, so why not come out and grab some new goods?
©nagano / chiikawa committee
Popular Character Chiikawa Inspires Collaboration Cafe at Shizuoka PARCO
From July 22 until August 21, fans of the adorable character Chiikawa will want to visit Shizuoka PARCO! The Chiikawa Chinese Restaurant and Drink Stand will be offering up some themed dishes for a limited time.
Original Menu at a Glance
Cream Soda with Winning Lottery Number
Otter’s Iced Cocoa
Hot Spring Style Hot Apricot Milk with Marshmallows
Chestnut Manju Alcohol-Free Drink
Chiikawa Meat Bun
Bonus for Drink Orders: Original Cafe Coaster (17 varieties)
Original Goods at a Glance
Acrylic Smartphone Ring
Silicon Ice Tray
T-Shirt / Meat Bun
Goods Purchase Bonus
The Chiikawa Chinese Restaurant is a collaborative cafe project featuring a Chinese-inspired menu and newly-drawn illustrations. This cafe was a huge hit in Tokyo in the past, and those who missed out will have another chance to enter the world of this popular character!
The collaboration menu includes three kinds of cream soda with a winning lottery stick, iced cocoa similar to a strawberry parfait, and other items to enjoy the world of Chiikawa. Guests can also purchase goods featuring illustrations of Chiikawa, Hachiware, and Usagi in Chinese costumes.
Come have a tasty snack and a refreshing drink while you grab some limited Chiikawa merch!
©nagano / chiikawa committee
Chiikawa Chinese Restaurant and Drink Stand
Running: July 22 – August 21, 2022
Venue: Shizuoka PARCO (6-7 Yoichi, Aoi-ku, Shizuoka)
Drink Stand: 1F Parque Cafe
Goods Shop: 3F Special Event Space
BL Mystery Game Hashihime of the Old Book Town Inspires Collaboration Cafe at Akihabara Nagomido
Starting on June 17, romantic Taisho-style cafe Akihabara Nagomido began a special collaboration with the BL mystery game Hashihime of the Old Book Town. The special event will run through July 4, 2022.
Collaboration Cafe Original Menu
Menu Order Bonus: Bookmark
Acrylic Stand (6 varieties)
Pin Gacha (6 varieties, random)
Fortune Gacha (7 varieties, random)
Goods Available to Order
Canvas Art (6 varieties)
Goods Purchase Privilege: Original Postcard
During the event, fans of the series can enjoy dishes, desserts, and drinks inspired by the game. Special collaboration merchandise will only be available here, and special prizes can be won by playing the on-site gacha! A bookmark will be given to guests who order any original collaboration food or drink items, and an original postcard will be given to those spending at least ¥3,000 on merchandise. Those visiting between June 29 and July 4 will receive a limited-edition postcard.
Come enjoy this unique atmosphere while surrounded by your favorite characters!
What is Hashihime of the Old Book Town?
The location? Jinbocho, Tokyo, during the rainy season, 1922.
A young writer named Tamamori moves to Tokyo with the hopes of getting into a prestigious university–but he fails the exams and is kicked out of his place.
In an amazing stroke of luck, Tamamori begins working at a bookstore with a mysterious owner who never shows his face. This stranger also lets him live there and pays for his necessities. Living at a bookstore with only a few customers leaves Tamamori tons of time to work on writing.
Suddenly, a series of suicides and mysterious deaths begin. Tamamori’s best friend dies–and no one knows why.
Tamamori notices that the same three rainy days are repeating over and over. Yes, he can time travel–but only three days into the past.
What is real and what is an illusion?
A pop-occult Taisho BL mystery is waiting for you. (From the game’s homepage)
Hashihime of the Old Book Town x Akihabara Nagomido
Running: June 17 – July 3, 18:00
Hours: 12:00-21:00 (Last order at 20:30)
Venue: Akihabara Nagomido
Address: Sakai Suehiro Building B1F (6-14-2, Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)
Online Store: https://akiba753do.theshop.jp/ (Orders now open)
Official Site: https://www.nagomi-cafe.com/
CulZone in Akihabara Begins Limited-Time Anime T-Shirt Festival
CulZone, inside ACZ and operated by Ichigo Animation, has expanded and reopened! To commemorate, the Anime T-Shirt Festival will be running from June 17 until July 10. Dozens of shirts will be on sale featuring both new and old anime titles.
©Negi Haruba, Kodansha /The Quintessential Quintuplets ∬ Production Team ®KODANSHA
©Koyoharu Gotouge / Shueisha・Aniplex・ufotable
©2016 Natsume Akatsuki, Kurone Mishima / KADOKAWA / Konosuba Production Committee
©BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.
©Tappei Nagatsuki, KADOKAWA / Re: Zero Production Committee
©Sotsu / Sunrise
©1995 Masamune Shirow / Kodansha, Bandai Visual, MANGA ENTERTAINMENT
Character shirts and logo shirts will be available and every fan will find something perfect! Items will be changed regularly throughout the event, so be sure to stop by and find something perfect for your summer wardrobe.
Anime T-Shirt Festival
Running: June 17 – July 10, 2022
Venue: AKIBA Cultures ZONE 4F ‘CulZone’
Official Site: https://www.ichigo.gr.jp/