Popular Character Chiikawa Gets Pop-Up Store at EKIHAKO in Osaka

22.July.2021 | FASHION / SPOT

Juice has opened a pop-up shop centred on the popular character Chiikawa at EKIHAKO inside EKI MARCHÉ SHIN-OSAKA where it is set to stay until August 26.

 

Get your paws on some exclusive items

 

New merch for July 2021

 

Cushion | ¥4,180 (Tax Included)

Hand Puppets | ¥1,980 (Tax Included)

 

Free acrylic key ring for buyers

Chiikawa fans can get their hands on a variety of items from pouches to plush toys, apparel, kitchenware, and more. The items are exclusive to the pop-up store and Chiikawa online shop. And if you spend over ¥3,300 at the pop-up sto9re, you’ll get a free glittery acrylic key ring.

©️nagano

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    ※Shown images are samples.

     

     

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    ©nagano

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    *Limit 2 items per person per type of merchandise. For random items, the limit is 10 items per person per type.
    *Images are for reference only. Not all products are shown.
    *Contents are subject to change. 

     

    4th Floor Shop Special Goods

    Special Gift

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    The Chiikawa manga, created by Japanese illustrator nagano, is extremely popular on Twitter for its cute illustrations and heartwarming stories. In August, the second Chiikawa book was released.

     

    Who is your favorite Chiikawa character?

     

    ©nagano

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