Mario, Pokemon, and Other Iconic Characters Dance Together at USJ’s New Parade for Spring 2022
26.October.2021 | SPOT
After a year on hiatus, Universal Studios Japan will be bringing back the daytime parade with the ‘NO LIMIT! PARADE,’ scheduled to be held for a year starting in Spring 2022.
The ‘NO LIMIT! PARADE’ is like a dance party, unifying each guest as one with the power of dance. The energetic entertainment turns everybody into “the protagonist.”
In addition to well-known
park characters like the Minions and Hello Kitty, Mario and his Nintendo friends will also be joining the parade from their home in the super popular Super Nintendo World™, bringing some Pokémon buddies along for the ride. The various worlds will collide to a range of party tracks, from 60’s rock to modern EDM, with each character performing a representative dance.
By dancing with these iconic characters and entertainers, everybody can become “The Protagonist” – young or old! The grand finale of each parade truly pushes the meaning of NO LIMITS, with production exceeding all expectations. Each visitor will feel their mind and body growing “Super Energetic” from all the fun with this all-new entertainment experience!
Become one with the all-star cast at the ‘NO LIMIT! PARADE!’
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Soft and Adorable yoshikitty Pastel Moon Plushies Available for Preorder
13.May.2022 | FASHION
Yoshikitty, a character formed in collaboration between Hello Kitty and rock legend YOSHIKI, is being featured in an adorable new collection! Items in the Moon Pastel collection are now available to preorder at the Asunaro Online Store and the yoshikitty Online Shop.
Yoshikitty first debuted in 2009 as a collaboration between YOSHIKI of X JAPAN and Sanrio’s popular character Hello Kitty. These new plushies were inspired by YOSHIKI’s hairstyle when he first debuted and his classic purple eyeshadow.
Since the character’s creation, over 10 different designs have been released. The Pastel Moon Series is a first, showing a different side to the usual grungy rock ‘n roll vibe. No one expected a fluffy unicorn yoshikitty with such soft colors!
Medium Plush : ¥5,800 (Tax Included) / Large Plushie: ¥8,800 (Tax Included)
Colorful Charm (Chain not included) : ¥1,100 (Tax Included)
The collection includes two plush toys, a mascot keychain, a colorful charm, and two reusable bags. Will you be snagging anything?
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New Pokemon Anime Visual Released to Tease Show’s World Championships
12.May.2022 | ANIME&GAME
TV Tokyo has revealed a flashy new visual for the Pokemon anime series! The visual features the eight trainers and their Pokemon who will be participating in the show’s Pokemon World Championships tournament, and notes that the “climax” of the show is about to begin. Pokemon airs every Friday at 6:55 PM on TV Tokyo.
Satoshi (or Ash, in the English dub) has been taking on plenty of tough trainers in Pokemon Journeys including Kibana from the Galar region. This means that he has earned his spot in the Masters Eight!
The new key visual features all eight trainers who will be participating in the upcoming tournament: Leon, the Champion of the Galar region; Cynthia, the Champion of the Sinnoh region; Steven, the Champion of the Hoenn region; Lance, the Champion of the Indigo Plateau; Diantha, the Champion of the Kalos region; Alain, another Champion of the Kalos region; and Iris, the Champion of the Unova region. Ash is currently the Champion of the Alola region.
The first 12 episodes of Pokemon Journeys premiered in the United States on Netflix in June 2020.
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On Air Fridays at 6:55 PM on TV Tokyo
*Date and time of broadcast may differ in some areas.
Official Site: https://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/pocketmonster/
The North Face Collaborates with Pokemon at GOLDWIN PLAY EARTH PARK in Tokyo Midtown
Goldwin Inc. has announced a special event for both children and families to enjoy! The GOLDWIN PLAY EARTH PARK event, running until May 29, has taken over the lawn at Tokyo Midtown. Five architects have created playground equipment inspired by five elements: fire, earth, water, wind, and sky. The event wants to inspire children to be more curious about the world around them. What better way than to get Pokemon involved?
For the event, Goldwin, The North Face, Helly Hansen, Speedo, and Canterbury all collaborated with artists, designers, and of course, the Pokemon series.
Goldwin is known for providing incredible sports and outdoor apparel, and behind its sturdy technology lies a deep curiosity regarding nature. This new collaboration has brought new perspectives and ideas to the collection, and those visiting the venue won’t want to miss out.
Collaboration Items at a Glance
THE NORTH FACE ✕ Pokemon
YOUNG EXPLORERS Jacket: ¥10,890 (Tax Included)
YOUNG EXPLORERS Hat: ¥6,380 (Tax Included)
Just like everyone’s favorite Pokemon Pikachu, the event wants to inspire children to be filled with energy as they explore the world around them and take on new adventures. These new jackets come inside a pouch inspired by a Pokeball and are mde of environmentally friendly recycled nylon material.
*Products in The North Face x Pokemon collection will be sold by lottery starting April 22. Check the official website for details on how to enter.
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HELLY HANSEN ✕ minä perhonen
Left: VINDKRAFT PEP Tote: ¥9,900 (Tax Included) / Middle: VINDKRAFT PEP Patch Tote: ¥19,800 (Tax Included) / Right: VINDKRAFT PEP Pochette: ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
Based on Helly Hansen’s ‘VINDKRAFT’ project to recover and upcycle sailboats’ sails, minä perhonen has designed a bag by combining scraps from its own production process. Nothing goes to waste, making this perfect for those aware of the current problems facing our environment.
*As this is an upcycled product, the number of pieces is limited and each piece is unique.
Collaboration items are available at a pop-up shop at the GOLDWIN PLAY EARTH PARK event. A number of workshops are also open for children to enjoy, with a focus on their relationship with nature while living in the city. Check out the special site for more information!
GOLDWIN PLAY EARTH PARK
Address: Tokyo Midtown Lawn (9-7-1 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo)
Running: April 23 – May 29, 2022
Special Site: https://playearthpark.goldwin.co.jp/
Pikachu and Eevee Appear on New Apparel from Graniph
Japanese brand Graniph has started selling 22 new Pokemon-inspired apparel items on its official online store and in brick-and-mortar locations across Japan.
Over 25 years have passed since the original Pokemon Red and Green games were released in 1996, and characters from the series continue to be popular around the world. It’s hard to imagine a world without the franchise!
Check out these new items featuring Pikachu, Eevee, and other popular characters.
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Where to Buy:
Graniph Online Store: https://www.graniph.com
Graniph stores nationwide (Excluding kid’s locations)
Pokemon Shirts Now Available with Patterns from Pokemon Diamond & Pearl
Pokemon and Original Inc. are back with some new Pokemon Shirts! The popular goods originally went on sale back in February 2019, and more and more patterns have been added over the years.
Fans of Pokemon Diamond and Pearl can now find some designs to their liking, with new patterns on sale as of April 22, 2022. With 18 new patterns to choose from, the Pokemon Shirts collection now has a total of 404 designs to choose from. Customers can also choose to place these patterns on masks!
(From Left) Chimchar Pattern, Piplup Pattern, Turtwig Pattern
(From Left) Starly Pattern, Shinx Pattern, Bidoof Pattern
New patterns from Pokemon Diamond and Pearl will be added in four installments. Each installment will have a specific theme and will introduce Pokemon that fit that theme.
The first installment’s theme is “The Start of Adventure.” As expected, this installment features the three starter Pokemon from the games.
Installment #2 / End of July | Pokemon: Dialga, Lucario, Honchkrow, etc.
Installment #3 / End of October | Palkia, Garchomp, Mismagius, etc.
Installment #4 / End of January 2023 | Giratina, Rotom, Weavile, etc.
(From Left) Luxray Pattern, Mothim Pattern, Staraptor Pattern
The 18 new designs add some new flair to the ever-growing collection. Fans will want to head to the official Pokemon Shirts website to see the patterns up close!
*Masks are intended to be used for fashion, not to prevent illness.
Pokemon Shirts / Pokemon Diamond & Pearl
Release Date: April 22, 2022
Available Countries: Japan, America, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, India, Indonesia, England, Spain, Germany, Italy, France, Canada, Australia, New Zealand
Official Site: https://originalstitch.com/jp/pokemon
YOSHIKI x Hello Kitty Goods Now Available at the Yoshikitty Online Shop
22.April.2022 | FASHION
Yoshikitty, a character formed in collaboration between Hello Kitty and rock legend YOSHIKI, now has an online shop!
Yoshikitty first debuted in 2009 as a collaboration between YOSHIKI of X JAPAN and Sanrio’s popular character Hello Kitty. The character’s first goods collection sold out immediately, with additional items also selling out online the same day. Yoshikitty’s popularity isn’t limited only to Japan, with global fans also anxious to snag some of this sought-after merchandise.
Since 2015, Yoshikitty has been nominated for the Sanrio Character Awards, rising in popularity year after year and keeping up with other beloved Sanrio personalities.
To commemorate the eighth consecutive year of her appearance in the Sanrio Character Awards, the Yoshikitty Online Shop has opened its doors. Fans can now purchase a number of exclusive items whenever they please!
Opening Announcement Video
Pouch (3 colors: Purple, Red, Blue): ¥2,600 each (Tax Included)
Cushion (3 colors: Purple, Red, Gray): ¥4,400 each (Tax Included)
To celebrate the shop’s opening, a new collection of lace goods is on sale now, featuring the character alongside roses and musical notes in elegant black lace. Items available include pouches, tote bags, and plenty of other goods perfect for both everyday use and formal occasions.
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Yoshikitty Online Shop
Website Now Open
Website URL: https://www.yoshikitty.shop/
Pokemon Nail Polish Collection Available in Limited Quantities from uka
Beauty company uka has announced the new Pokemon Study series, a collection of original nail colors inspired by Pikachu and five other popular Pokemon. The items will be available on May 13, 2022 in limited quantities, and will come in a six-piece set. Three shades were made with vegan ingredients with adults in mind, while three can also be used by children and include a water-soluble solution. Preorders will open online starting May 6, 2022.
uka Pokémon Study: Meowth
uka Pokémon Study: Eevee
uka Pokémon Study: Piplup
For Children and Parents
uka Pokémon Study: Pikachu Aqua Base
uka Pokémon Study: Jigglypuff Aqua Base
uka Pokémon Study: Scorbunny Aqua Base
uka Pokémon Study Six Stars Collection
The company has spent time studying people’s hands to create the ‘uka Study Series,’ a color study to bring out the beauty of anyone’s skin using their unique nail colors. No matter what skin tone you have, these shades are sure to look perfect!
Adults can enjoy soothing and smoky shades inspired by Meowth, Eevee, and Piplup, with each nail polish created with a 60% plant-derived vegan formula. The children’s shades, featuring Pikachu, Jigglypuff, and Scorbunny, are all bright and perfect for spring. These water-soluble products can be wiped off easily with hot water.
uka Pokémon study series
Official Site: https://www.uka.co.jp/
uka Pokémon study six stars collection
Limited Quantities Available/Preorders Begin May 6, 20:00~
Price: ¥18,260 (Tax Included)
Where to Buy:
Official Online Store ukakau https://ukakau.com/
ELLE SHOP https://elleshop.jp/web/contents/top/
※This product is only available online.
Hello Kitty and the United Nations Reveal New Collaborative Products
07.April.2022 | FASHION
Sanrio has announced the Hello Kitty SDG series of products, scheduled to release on March 25, 2022. The designs for the series were developed in collaboration with the United Nations with the aim of spreading knowledge about Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) throughout the world. These items will be available at Sanrio stores, in department stores, and online.
The Hello Kitty SDGs series features a lineup of goods made from environmentally friendly materials. These items are perfect for daily use, and all were designed to raise awareness of SDGs and the global environment with Hello Kitty in the office, at school, and at home.
Merchandise at a Glance
Tote Bag: ¥2,750
Each Tote Bag is made of 100% organic cotton canvas.
Clear Folder: ¥594
Made of recycled polypropylene.
Each mug is made of recyclable materials.
Neck Strap: ¥1,980
Recycled PET bottles were used to create this product.
In September 2018, Hello Kitty launched her own YouTube channel to promote peace and harmony around the world.
As of March 16, Hello Kitty has uploaded 27 videos, so be sure to watch them all!
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Hello Kitty SDGs
Release Date: March 25, 2022
Where to Buy: Sanrio Shops Nationwide, Department Store Sanrio Corners, Sanrio Online Shop
Hello Kitty Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyof-1Ko_jy2sOtivyTpc4Q
New Merchandise Now Available from the Hello Kitty Museum Art Collection
01.April.2022 | FASHION
New items from the Hello Kitty Museum Art Collection, a series in which Sanrio’s popular character Hello Kitty collaborates with a number of classic masterpieces, are now available at the Asunarosha Online Shop!
Hello Kitty Reimagined in 7 Iconic Paintings
・The Scream – Edvard Munch
・Mona Lisa – Leonardo da Vinci
・The Milkmaid – Johannes Vermeer
・The Fifer – Edouard Manet
・Woman with a Parasol – Claude Monet
・Portrait of Mademoiselle Irene Cahen d’Anvers – Pierre-Auguste Renoir
・The Green Dancer – Edgar Degas
Sliding Puzzle (3 varieties)
Picture Frame Magnets (5 varieties)
Stickers (7 varieties)
Mini Mascot Stickers
Scratch Art (Pack of 10)
The Hello Kitty Museum Art Collection transforms Hello Kitty into famous masterpieces that everyone has seen before. The first collaboration in 2013 saw the popular character in Edvard Munch’s The Scream and was a massive hit! Which piece of art is your favorite?
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LEGO Japan will release seven new products in the LEGO Super Mario series in Japan on August 1, 2022. Princess Peach will finally be making her appearance in the anticipated lineup with some fun new building sets!
LEGO Super Mario allows players to take on challenging LEGO courses filled with characters and coins from the popular video game series. The newest product will star Princess Peach from the Mushroom Kingdom.
Fans can enjoy sound effects and voices from the series as they build the new set. The Peach, Mario, and Luigi figures can be connected via Bluetooth, and players can greet each other and earn bonus coins by working together to defeat enemies. Two players can earn more coins when playing together, so be sure to invite a friend!
The Peach Castle Challenge will be released on the same day. Will you be picking up any of these LEGO sets?
71403 Peach: The Adventure Begins Starter Set
71404 The Goomba’s Shoe
71405 Fuzzy’s Sky Challenge
71406 Yoshi’s Exciting Gift Challenge
71407 Peach’s Power-Up Castle Challenge
71408 Princess Peach’s Challenge
71409 Spike’s Above the Cloud Challenge
Release Date: August 1, 2022 (Japan)
Available at Stores Nationwide
Baby Brand Monpoke Introduces Piplup 2022 Spring/Summer Lookbook
The Pokemon baby brand Monpoke has revealed their newest products in a new 2022 Spring/Summer Lookbook! The images are available on the official brand website.
Piplup has become one of the most popular Pokemon, and the blue water bird is featured prominently on the new apparel and items. All new products began rolling out in February, and all details are available on the Monpoke website.
Items perfect for summer, like floaties and pool toys, will also be available! Kids bikes and other items to get kids active will also make appearances in the new collection.
Parents can also grab themed diaper changing s heets and nap kits, so be sure to add some fun to your days with these new Pokemon-inspired items!
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Monpoke Official Homepage: https://monpoke.jp/
McDonald’s Happy Meals in Japan Introduce Battle-Ready Pokemon Mezastar Tags
Starting March 4, McDonald’s locations in Japan are selling two new Happy Meals inspired by Pokemon and Tabekko Dobutsu!
Each Pokemon set includes a Pokemon Mezastar tag, allowing kids to battle and catch Pokemon using tags. Five original tags featuring popular characters like Pikachu and Piplup will be available, as well as Legendary Pokemon like Palkia and Arceus! In addition to tags, kids will also be able to play games using Pokemon names on a special Shiritori sheet included with each meal.
Tabekko Doubutsu is a classic Japanese snack, much like animal crackers in the west. This is the first time these characters are appearing at McDonald’s. The lineup includes five varieties of McDonald’s original coloring pages and stickers featuring familiar characters such as Lion, Bunny, and Elephant. Each sticker also includes the name of each animal in Japanese and English!
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Happy Meal ‘Pokemon Mezastar’
Happy Meal ‘Tabekko Doubutsu’
Available: For 2 weeks starting March 4
Where to Get: Participating McDonald’s Locations Nationwide
Official Site: https://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/menu/happyset/