Event Report: Sanrio’s Little Twin Stars and Their Dreamy World at Tokyo Tower
16.July.2021 | SPOT
Sanrio’s popular character duo Kiki & Lala, also known as the Little Twin Stars, are have brought their dreamy, pastel-coloured world to Tokyo Tower with a special summer event titled “Little Twin Stars Summer Night Fantasy Meets Kiki & Lala Exhibition produced by LIDDELL” which began on July 10.
At the event entrance, guests are given a special ‘passport’ notebook which is stamped before entering, allowing access to Kiki & Lala’s world in the clouds above.
Guests are guided by Kiki & Lala’s voice through the rose-coloured “Star & Rose-Coloured Cloud Fantasy Gate” were they are met with five different booths.
At Kiki’s Star Catching booth, visitors can experience one of Kiki’s favourite past times by ‘catching’ stars. The stars that are caught can be taken home as a fun memory.
There’s also the Starry Sky Light Shower booth which is decorated with mirror balls that reflect the light as well as a wall featuring words and phrases said by the twins, the pink and light blue-coloured Kiki & Lala’s Playroom where you can snap cute photos, the Glittering Moviegenic booth which uses your smartphone to watch an animation of Kiki & Lala, and more.
Fans of the twins can enjoy an exhibit of various artworks too, including the 8-meter tall Fantasy Wall which depicts the world above the clouds.
The day before the exhibition began, on July 9, Tokyo Tower was lit up in blue and pink Kiki & Lala colours from 19:30 to midnight. It was a special one-night experience.
If you’re in Tokyo this summer, soar up high into Kiki & Lala’s world at Tokyo Tower.
©‘21 SANRIO 著作（株）サンリオ
LittleTwinStars Summer Night Fantasy Meets Kiki & Lala Exhibition produced by LIDDELL
Running: July 10, 2021 – July 25, 2021
Event Site: https://sanrio.site/qY0AN
MINISTOP Ice Cream Specialty Store ‘MINI SOF’ to Launch My Melody Collaboration
MINI SOF, a shop specializing in soft-serve ice cream since 1980, is now offering products in collaboration with the popular Sanrio character My Melody! A limited number of sweets and goodies will be available until January 31, 2022, with New Year grab bags containing special coupons for sale until January 9, 2022.
W Rich Soft-Serve Ice Cream
My Melody Collaboration Campaign
2022 Lucky Bag
Soft-Serve Vanilla Ice Cream (with Strawberries and Chocolate) with Original Glass
Double Rich Strawberry Waffle Cone Soft-Serve with My Melody Collaboration Sleeve
Sleeve Design 1
Sleeve Design 2
Sleeve Design 3
Double Rich Strawberry Shortcake
My Melody Original Pouch
My Melody Original Keychain
Acrylic Keychain Design 1
Acrylic Keychain Design 2
My Sweet Piano
My Melody Collaboration Campaign
Running: December 30, 2021 – January 31, 2022
*MINI SOF limited-edition pouches and acrylic keychains will also be available.
2022 Lucky Bag
*Limited to two bags per person.
Available: December 30, 2021 – January 9, 2022
Coupon Expiration Date: January 31, 2022
Official Site: https://www.ministop.co.jp/minisof/
‘Dragon Ball Games Battle Hour 2022’ Streaming Event to Tease Franchise’s Future
13.January.2022 | ANIME&GAME
Bandai Namco has announced an upcoming global streaming event to highlight both current and upcoming Dragon Ball titles. ‘Dragon Ball Games Battle Hour 2022’ will take place between February 18 and February 19 in regions around the world. Plenty of updates and announcements will be made during the stream, so you won’t want to miss it!
The event was first held in February 2021 and brought together Dragon Ball fans from 23 countries around the world. This second annual event will feature even more popular content and will utilize the latest technology to bring even more excitement to fans of the series.
The world’s strongest players will once again be invited to participate in an exciting battle! This year’s Games Battle Hour will feature the Dragon Ball FighterZ, the Dragon Ball Super Card Game, and the smartphone title Dragon Ball Legends. Kids can also enjoy the new Super Dragon Ball Heroes digital card game!
On Dragon Ball FighterZ, the World Championship will be held to determine the world’s best player among the winners of the Regional Finals, a tournament featuring the top-ranked players from Europe, Japan, and North America. In the Dragon Ball Super Card Game, the winner of the 2021 World Championship will face off against the newest top player. Dragon Ball Legends will also announce a new project.
A Super Dragon Ball Heroes event will pit six players from Japan against each other, separated into two teams for 3v3 battles. Those who aren’t interested in participating in fighting games can also enjoy a trivia competition!
The “DBXV2 Super Fashion Show” will see the top 16 fashion leaders in Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 showcasing their most creative work. The ‘Dragon Ball Art Challenge’ will also invite viewers to create their favorite characters using unique mediums like balloons and Rubik’s cubes.
The recently revealed multiplayer game, Dragon Ball: The Breakers, will also be part of the event with the game’s producer giving an in-depth look and gameplay demonstrations for this upcoming game. ‘Dokkan DATA 2022’ will look back at the seven years since the launch of Dragon Ball Z Dokkan Battle and will share some data about how players have been playing the game and its exciting history.
Viewers can also take place in a workshop to learn how to best photograph their ‘Dragon Stars Series’ and ‘S.H.Figuarts’ action figures. A master of Chinese cooking will also take the stage to recreate dishes from Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot in the special program ‘Kakarot Cooking.’
A master sculptor and his protegee will create figures of Goku and Vegeta live during the event as well! Will you be tuning in?
©BIRD STUDIO/SHUEISHA, TOEI ANIMATION
©バードスタジオ／集英社・東映アニメーション ©BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.
DRAGON BALL Games Battle Hour 2022
Date and Time:
JST: February 19, 9:00-14:00 / February 20, 2:00-10:00
PST: February 18, 16:00-21:00 / February 19, 9:00-17:00
EST: February 18, 19:00-0:00 / February 19, 12:00-20:00
CET: February 19, 1:00-6:00 / February 19, 18:00-2:00
※Please note that the end time of the event is subject to change.
Japanese Site: https://dbgbh.bn-ent.net
English Site: https://dbgbh.bn-ent.net/en
*The event will be streamed worldwide (excluding some countries and regions)
TeamLab Opens Permanent Megalith Garden Exhibit at Shanghai Shopping Mall
On December 23, 2021, the digital art collective TeamLab unveiled ‘Megaliths in the Garden,’ an interactive work of art at the One ITA shopping mall in Xujiahui, one of the largest commercial districts in Shanghai. This permanent exhibit shows the birth, bloom, and fall of the white magnolia and other local flowers throughout the year, and also changes in response to visitors’ movements.
In ‘Megaliths in the Garden,’ the flowers that bloom in the area throughout the year are born and die in eternal repetition from hour to hour. When people approach each piece, the flowers fall, and when they stay still more bloom. The plants will also change to suit the particular season. How would you like to visit Shanghai to see this incredible digital art piece?
Megaliths in the Garden
Location: Co-FUN Garden
One ITC LG1
1901 Hua Shan Road, Xujiahui Ddistrict, Shanghai
Official Site: https://www.teamlab.art/jp/e/megaliths_garden
Hotel New Otani Offers Room Inspired by Sanrio Character Cogimyun
Tokyo’s Hotel New Otani has opened reservations for a Cogimyun-inspired room! With only two rooms available per day, the collaboration will run from January 4 until May 31, 2022.
Original Goods – Hairband / Compact Mirror / Acrylic Stand / Mini Tote Bag / Slippers
Cogimyun is the female version of Cogimyon, and placed 10th in the 2021 Sanrio Character Awards. Her fluffy appearance has been drawing in more and more fans over the years, and this collaboration room is celebrating her emerging popularity!
The room is completely decorated in Cogimyun swag, and guests can take home five pieces of original merchandise made for this collaboration.
© ’21 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPR. NO. S621747 S/F・G
Hotel New Otani x Kogimyun
Available: January 4 – May 31, 2022 *Limited to 2 rooms each day
Online Reservations Only
How to Reserve: https://www.newotani.co.jp/tokyo/stay/plan/cogimyun/
ART SHINSAIBASHI Event to Display Over 300 Pieces of Contemporary Art
08.January.2022 | FASHION
ART SHINSAIBASHI, previously held twice in 2021, will return for its biggest showing ever from January 15 until January 22, 2022. 300 unique works of contemporary art will be on display, with some created by up-and-coming creators and others from seasoned masters of their craft. Three locations will house the art, with Space 14 at Shinsaibashi PARCO will serve as the main venue. Some of the most notable artists include Banksy, KAWS, and Jean-Michael Basquiat. Featured domestic artists include Hiroko Koshino and Youhei Sugita, the latter holding a live painting stream on January 15 and 16.
Main Venue (PARCO 14F Space 14)
‘Contemporary Art Collection’
Running: January 15 – January 22, 2022
Hours: 10:00-20:00 (Admission until 30 minutes prior to closing / Closing at 16:00 on January 22)
Youhei Sugita Live Painting Stream / January 15, 16 from 14:00-15:00
Selected Works on Display
URGE1 – KAWS
Flying Copper – Banksy
WORK#1790 – Koshino Hiroko
pith series yellow – Youhei Sugita
Anime Cel Art Collection
Kiki’s Delivery Service
Second Venue: Daimaru Shinsaibashi Main Building 8F Artglorieux
Nick Walker Contemporary Art Collection
Running: January 12 – January 18, 2022 / 10:00-20:00 (Closing at 16:00 on January 18)
VANDAL vs LOUVRE
Yukyo Yamamoto Solo Exhibition
Running: January 19 – January 25, 2022 / 10:00-20:00 (Closing at 16:00 on January 18)
Bit Coins on the Dollars
第三会場 大丸心斎橋店本館1F 御堂筋側イベントスペース Third Venue: Daimaru Shinsaibashi Main Building 1F Event Space
Contemporary Art Pop-Up Store
Running: January 14 – January 25, 2022
How Fun! – Takashi Murakami
Running: January 15 – January 22, 2022
Location: Shinsaibashi PARCO 14F Space 14
Work Details: https://www.daimaru.co.jp/shinsaibashi/art_shinsaibashi/
Live Painting Stream by Youhei Sugita
Date: January 15, 2022 at 14:00
Where to Watch: Daimaru Shinsaibashi Official Instagram Account (@daimarushinsaibashi)
*The completed works will be sold by lottery at the venue.
A lottery box will be set up at the venue, and winners will be contacted on or after January 17, 2022.
Online Art Exhibition ‘Creators Show Up’ Announces Original Catalogue, Contest
07.January.2022 | FASHION
The online art exhibition for artists from the current era ‘Creator’s Show Up Gallery Online’ has announced the creation of a new original catalog, along with a contest to decide the best work from among the exhibitors’ booths.
The original catalog will include the works of all exhibitors of the online gallery. The cover features a key visual drawn by najuko. For those wanting to be included in the catalog, register as an exhibitor on the site, and then register for a booth. Sales will begin on January 20, 2021 for a limited time only.
A new contest is being held under the theme of ‘the emergence of new talent.’ Winners can snag prizes regardless of fame or achievements prior, and the top prize is ¥100,000 and a YouTube thumbnail created by singer-songwriter John/TOOBOE.
2022 Anime & Game Summit 2022
Running: January 20, 2022 at 11:00 – January 21, 2022 at 18:00
Exhibit Fee: Free (*Some fees may apply)
Exhibition Application Deadline: January 12, 2022
How to Apply: https://showbooth.dmm.com/events/animegame/exhibitor/
Visitor Registration: Free
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/ags_DMM
Event Details: https://shutsugen.com/event.php#shutsugen
Contest Entry Guidelines
Step 1: Register as an exhibitor in the gallery.
Step 2: Register your work at the booth.
Entry Deadline: January 13, 2022 at 23:59
Running: January 20 – January 23, 2022
Official Site: https://shutsugen.com/
Exhibitor Application Page: https://shutsugen.com/eve†ts/ex/venue/request/exhibit_auth.php
Wall Art Commemorating Attack on Titan The Final Season Part 2 Appears in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya
06.January.2022 | ANIME&GAME
To commemorate the start of Attack on Titan The Final Season Part 2 on January 9, 2022, some powerful new wall art filled with storyboards and other imagery from the series has appeared in Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya train stations for a limited time!
These incredible images will only be available to see until January 9, so if you’re near any of these stations, be sure to check them out! Starting on January 4, a countdown video of ‘favorite scenes’ as chosen by six popular creators will be posted to the official anime Twitter account (@anime_shingeki).
Storyboards featured in this wall art comes from episodes 76 to 80 of the anime series. The largest board is 22.5 meters in length.
©諫山創・講談社／「進撃の巨人」The Final Season製作委員会
Attack on Titan The Final Season Part 2 Commemorative Wall Art
Location: Tokyu Dogenza Happy Board AB30
(In the underground passage near the A0 and A1 exits on B2F towards Dogenzaka on the Denentoshi Line at Shibuya Station)
Viewing Period: January 4 – 9, 2022
Location: Tokyo Metro / Shinjuku Metro Super Premium Set
(In the corridor connecting the east and west exits of Shinjuku Station)
Viewing Period: January 3 – 9, 2022
Location: JR West Japan Railway / Sakurabashi Avenue, Osaka Station
(In the underground passage towards the Sakurabashi exit of JR Osaka Station)
Viewing Period: January 3 – 9, 2022
Location: JR Central Japan Railway / Nagoya Wide Wall
(Inside the Sakuradori Gate of JR Nagoya Station, on the North Street)
Viewing Period: January 3 – 9, 2022
Official Site: https://shingeki.tv/final/
Sanrio Teams Up with SLURR for Wholesome New Merch Collection
05.January.2022 | FASHION
SLURR and Sanrio have come together for an adorable new collection now on sale at STRIPE CLUB and ZOZOTOWN. The theme for the collection is ‘togetherness.’
Hand-Holding Charms (6 varieties)
Cushion Cover (6 varieties)
Sticker (6 varieties)
Drawstring Bag and Scrunchie Set (6 varieties)
2-way Ribbon Knit Sweater (6 varieties)
The illustrations seen on these items were specifically drawn for this collaboration.
Sanrio characters are seen holding hands, hugging, and cuddling together to fit with the wholesome theme of ‘togetherness.’ The six groups are Hello Kitty & Dear Daniel, Pochacco & Pomponpurin, Cinnamoroll & Hangyodon, Kuromi & Badtz-Maru, Little Twin Stars, and My Melody & Wish Me Mel.
Which pairing is your favorite?
ⓒ’21 SANRIO APPR.NO.L629689
SLURR x Sanrio Characters
Product Details: https://stripe-club.com/x/202112_slurr_sanrio_press
Where to Buy:
On Sale Now from STRIPE CLUB
STRIPE CLUB: https://stripe-club.com/slurr/
※Items and availability period subject to change.
※Separate payments must be made for currently available items and those on preorder.
※Items and availability period subject to change.
Sanrio’s Cinnamoroll Celebrates 20th Anniversary with New Projects and Events
23.December.2021 | FASHION
Sanrio’s popular character Cinnamoroll is celebrating 20 years in 2022. Beloved since her original release in 2002, the character has won the Sanrio Character Award many times over the years. Sanrio and both the Sanrio Puroland and Harmonyland theme parks will celebrate the 20th anniversary for the entirety of 2022 with a variety of new projects and events!
Cinnamoroll’s 20th Anniversary Theme: ‘Cinnamoroll Blue’
Cinnamoroll and her friends have been together for the past two decades, and why shouldn’t her boy friends be as adorable as her girl friends? Going forward, Cinnamoroll will continue to paint the world blue with her adorable antics and fanciful design.
Cinnamoroll Special Website ‘Cinnamoroll Land’ Coming Soon!
To commemorate this special occassion, a special website looking back at 20 years of memories is coming soon. ‘Cinnamoroll Land’ is a virtual theme park that anyone can enjoy and will want to visit again and again. The special site is scheduled to open on January 14, 2022.
Cinnamoroll 20th Anniversary at the Sanrio Shop
New Cinnamoroll merchandise will be available from the Sanrio Shop, including plushies and other limited-edition goods featuring Cinnamoroll and her friends in baby form.
To coincide with Cinnamoroll’s birthday in March, a special birthday series will be coming to Sanrio Stores and online. Life-size plush toys of Cinnamoroll and her friends are also planned, with more details set to be revealed in February 2022.
A New Cinnamoroll Shop is Coming to Odaiba
Hello Kitty Japan Diver City Tokyo Plaza in Odaiba will be transformed for the anniversary!
Location: Hello Kitty Japan Diver City Tokyo Plaza
Running: January 14 – April 7, 2022
Cinnamoroll 20th Anniversary Party at Sanrio Puroland
Sanrio Puroland will hold the ‘Cinnamoroll 20th Anniversary Party – Always Together’ event starting January 21, 2022.
Decorations featuring the character will be found all over the park, culminating on the 4th floor at the Cinnamoroll cafe. Photo spots, illuminations, special dishes, and limited-edition goods will be coming soon, so keep an eye out!
Cinnamoroll and five of her friends will appear in new party-themed costumes for the event, and a special stage show photo session will be coming to the park.
Running: January 21, 2022 〜 TBD
Sanrio Puroland Event Details: https://www.puroland.jp/cn20th/
Cinnamoroll 20th Anniversary in HARMONYLAND
Sanrio Character Park Harmonyland in Hiji, Oita Prefecture, will also be celebrating the 20th anniversary of Cinnamoroll starting on March 5, 2022. The theme will be ‘blue skies,’ and will feature a meet and greet with Cinnamoroll in a new costume, new merchandise, and a special photo spot.
A new show, ‘Cinnamoroll’s Blue Sky Band,’ will begin on March 26, 2022. Details will be released on the theme park’s official website at the end of January 2022.
Harmonyland Homepage: https://www.harmonyland.jp/
A New Cinnamoroll Exhibition is Coming!
To celebrate Cinnamoroll’s 15th Anniversary, the ‘Fluffy Cinnamoroll Exhibition’ has been touring the country since 2017. It is now being upgraded to the 20th Anniversary Edition, and will make its first appearance in Fukuoka, Okayama, and Izumo starting in March 2022.
©’21 SANRIO 著作(株)サンリオ
Cinnamoroll 20th Anniversary
My Melody and Kuromi Interior Gaming Goods Now on Sale
22.December.2021 | FASHION
Don Quixote is now selling a new collection of interior goods perfect for gamer girls! The My Melody and Kuromi collaboration is a part of ‘Don Quixote x Sanrio Characters,’ and these goods can be found nationwide.
The number of girls playing video games is on the rise thanks to more interest in e-sports and more free time at home. Girls with computers love to decorate their PC space, and this new collection is perfect for those wanting some sassy Sanrio flare. Merch includes a gaming chair, neck pillows for comfort, and fuzzy rugs to liven up any space.
*Product images are examples only. The final products may differ.
Participating locations: https://www.donki.com/products/pdf/sanriocollabo211210.pdf
Official site: http://www.donki.com
Tamagotchi 25th Anniversary Event Opens in Tokyo’s Namjatown
The NAMJATOWN amusement park, located inside Ikebukuro Sunshine Plaza, will hold a special commemorative event with Tamagotchi from December 18 until January 23, 2022. The event celebrates the phenomenon’s 25th anniversary, and plenty of merchandise and prizes will be available!
Tamagotchi Acrylic Stands (14 varieties): ¥550 each (Tax Included) *Random
Kuchipatchi Glass: ¥1,500 each (Tax Included)
Tamagotchi Hand Towel: ¥1,100 each (Tax Included)
Tamagotchi Long Sleeve T-shirt, M/L Sizes: ¥3,800 (Tax Included)
Rally Game ‘Let’s Raise our Tamagotchi!’
Original Prizes: Tamagotchi Pair Charms (14 varieties, random)
Original Fortune Slip「Tamagotchi Fortune Telling」
Desserts & Drinks
Smiling Tamagotchi Donuts (Kuchipatchi, Mametchi, Loveruitchi): ¥650 (Tax Included)
Choose your Topping! Tamagotchi Ice Cream: ¥600 (Tax Included)
Fortune Telling! Tamagotchi Fortune Latte (Choose from 6 Characters): ¥690 (Tax Included)
Tamagotchi has been a phenomenon since it was released in 1996, quickly finding favor with adults and children alike. The handheld toys have sold over 83 million units worldwide as of March 2021. Each device only has three buttons, and players must take care of each tamagotchi pet by feeding and playing with them daily.
After the event, original goods will be available for purchase online at the Namco Parks Online Store starting January 24, 2022.
※The number of prizes and products are limited. We apologize for any inconvenience.
～25th Anniversary～ Tamagotchi Fes. IN NAMJATOWN
Running：December 18, 2021 – January 23, 2022
Event Details: https://event.bandainamco-am.co.jp/namja/Tamagotchi/
Namco Parks Online Store
Available：January 24, 2022 at 10:00 – February 28, 2022 at 23:59
*Products will ship in May 2022. Shipping fees will be charged separately.
Clappers Diner in Ikebukuro Releases Commemorative Jujutsu Kaisen 0 Menu
To commemorate the release of Jujutsu Kaisen 0 in theaters on December 24, Clappers Diner in Grand Cinema Sunshine Ikebukuro has unveiled a special character-inspired menu starting December 17, 2021.
Purchase Bonus: Original Clear Coasters (6 varieties)
Clapper’s Diner is an American diner-style cafe that serves up delicious croissants and waffles baked in-store. A special waffle plate and two drinks have been added to celebrate the new film, and guests can enjoy these snacks on a first-come, first-served basis. The shop will also be decorated with characters and scenes from the film, so fans won’t want to miss out!
※Each coaster is random.
※One gift per order.
※While supplies last.
© 2021「劇場版 呪術廻戦0」製作委員会 ©芥見下々／集英社
Clappers Diner × Jujutsu Kaisen 0
Available: December 17, 2021 until Sold Out
Address: Clappers Diner, Grand Cinema Sunshine Ikebukuro 5F
Hours: 10:00-21:00（Last Order at 20:30）