Popular SNS Character ‘BLUE HAMHAM’ has Landed at Hanshin Umeda, with New Limited Items

13.October.2021 | FASHION / SPOT

BLUE HAMHAM, a character by animator Arimura Taishi, will be featured at the ‘BLUE HAMHAM POP UP SHOP -AUTUMN PLANET-,’ open from October 8 until October 19 at Hanshin Umeda.  

 

Limited Goods

Event Limited T-Shirt (Size: M/L Colors: BLACK/WHITE): ¥4,400

Event Limited Sticker: ¥385

Event Limited Acrylic Stand: ¥1,320

Event Limited Keychain: ¥935

 

Novelties

Customers who spend over ¥6,000 will receive a free special shopping bag.

 

 

The event, which will be held in the newly opened Riakuro EVENT SPACE floor following the Umeda store renewal, will have four one meter-tall 3D BLUE HAM HAM statues greeting customers as they enter the store, each wearing adorable matching mufflers. There will be 15 new Autumn/Winter products overall, including T-shirts and stickers featuring artwork by creator Arimura Taishi. The BLUE HAMHAM muffler will also be available to purchase.

 

Customers who spend over ¥6,000 instore will receive a limited edition shopping bag for free! Not only that, customers who add the Official Hanshin Umeda LINE account will receive a coupon, while the first 200 customers will also receive an additional event-original postcard.

 

Popular animations will be looped on retro-themed TV monitors, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the world of ‘BLUE HAMHAM.’ Be sure to check out this limited shop and the new Autumnal character designs! 

 

 

*Images are samples and may differ in real life.

©CHOCOLATE Inc.

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