‘Rilakkuma & Sumikko Gurashi Festival’ Photo Event Starting in Sapporo

08.September.2021 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

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! 

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    Comment from BUMP OF CHICKEN

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    ©2021 Japanese Sumikko Gurashi Association Film Club

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    ©2021 SAN-X CO., LTD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

  • Maison de FLEUR to Release Second Rilakkuma Collection

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    Goods

     

    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)

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    Korilakkuma & Chairoikoguma Tissue Case: ¥3,949 (Tax Included)

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    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)

    Lining Design

     

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  • 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.

     

    Collaboration Merchandise

    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?


     

    ©2021 SAN-X CO., LTD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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