Village Vanguard Online Store Opens Rilakkuma Pop-Up Shop with Massive Plushies
If you visit Japan, you’ll likely find yourself in a Village Vanguard shop eventually. The popular chain sells just about everything under the sun for low prices, from apparel and toys to books and DVDs. Until January 6, 2022, visitors to Village Vanguard Online can peruse a special Rilakkuma pop-up shop named ‘My Imaginary Rilakkuma.’ Most importantly, a super long Rilakkuma stuffed animal will only be available from this shop!
Big Long Huggable Plush (Rilakkuma/Kiiroitori)
Plushie Keychain (5 varieties)
Acrylic Stand (2 varieties)
Rilakkuma is known for always being lazy, but can you imagine if he decided to actually work hard for a day? You might fall in love with him a little more. The acrylic stands read “You look beautiful today,” and “Let’s make today a wonderful day.” Will you be snagging any of these items?
Rilakkuma Pop-Up Shop on Village Vanguard Online
Open until January 6, 2022
Village Vanguard Online: http://vvstore.jp/?utm_source=press
Tokyo Daijingu Shrine in Iidabashi Offering Rilakkuma Themed Ema Plaques
The popular character Rilakkuma was recently appointed as the tourism ambassador for Chiyoda City in Tokyo. To commemorate this lofty position, Tokyo Daijingu Shrine will begin offering Ema decorated with Rilakkuma starting December 1, 2021. Ema are small wooden plaques found at shrines, and visitors can write their wishes or prayers on them before hanging them up for the Gods to receive them.
Tokyo Daijingu was built in the early Meiji period so that residents of Tokyo could worship the many deities enshrined at the Grand Shrine of Ise from afar. Originally built in Hibiya, the shrine was moved to Iidabashi in 1928 after the Kanto Earthquake.
Rilakkuma became the tourism ambassador for Chiyoda in August and aims to convey the many charms of the area to as many people as possible. These Ema feature an original Rilakkuma design along with the crest of Tokyo Daijingu.
Tokyo Daijingu Shrine Rilakkuma Ema
Available: December 1 *Only available while Rilakkuma is Tourism Ambassador.
Official Site: http://www.tokyodaijingu.or.jp/
Adorable Menu Items From Sapporo’s Rilakkuma & Sumikko Gurashi Festival Revealed
The cute characters from Rilakkuma and Sumikko Gurashi are coming together in a new event being held at Sapporo Factory in Hokkaido! The Rilakkuma & Sumikko Gurashi Festival is now underway, and we’ve some new details to share about the goodies fans can expect.
Guests attending the event will be greeted by their favorite characters at the entrance, and through the doors, tons of events will be underway! A collection of special goods and memorable photo spots will also leave fans of both series starstruck.
Rilakkuma & Sumikko Gurashi Gelato: ¥750 each / Sally’s Cupcake (Located on 2F)
Relaxing and Restful Rilakkuma Chocolate Baumkuchen (2 piece set) / Haus Von Frau Kurosawa (Located on 2F)
Rilakkuma & Sumikko Gurashi Festival Cup: ¥900 each
Enjoy a ton of delicious and adorable original sweets and drinks, served in original cups made for the event! All items are available for takeout.
For each eligible food or drink item purchased, a special magnet featuring a brand-new illustration will be gifted to guests at random.
Rilakkuma & Sumikko Gurashi Festival Sapporo
Running: September 17, 2021 – November 28, 2021 (Closed Thursdays)
Hours: Weekdays 13:00-17:00, Weekends and Holidays 10:00-17:00 (Final Admission at 16:30)
Address: Sapporo Factory Building 3, 3F
Official Site: https://stv.jp/event/rilakkuma-and-sumikko-fest/
Rilakkuma, Other Popular Bear Characters to Assemble at ‘#Kumafes in Ginza Mitsukoshi’
The ‘#Kumafes in Ginza Mitsukoshi’ event will be held at the Ginza Mitsukoshi New Building 7F between September 15 and September 27. San-X have announced that a Rilakkuma will be participating with merchandise available to purchase at the event.
Rilakkuma Store Nagoya / Ueodai Store: Oda Nobunaga Plush: ¥1,848 (Tax Incl.)
Rilakkuma Store Abeno Q’s Mall: Kushikatsu Wrapped Rilakkuma: ¥1,518 (Tax Incl.)
Rilakkuma Store Kansai: Rilakkuma with Takoyaki & Sauce : ¥1,738 (Tax Incl.)
Limited Edition Kusatsu Souvenir Onsen Rilakkuma: Kusatsu In-The-Onsen Rilakkuma: ¥2,200 (Tax Incl.)
Limited Edition Miyajima Teahouse Rilakkuma: Even Though He’s a Deer, He Still Carries Momiji Manju Rilakkuma: ¥2,420 (Tax Incl.)
Rilakkuma Store Sabou: Lucky Cat Korilakkuma: ¥2,420 (Tax Incl.)
Soft & Fluffy Rilakkuma Plush: ¥4,400 (Tax Incl.)
Dangling Korilakkuma Plush: ¥2,200 (Tax Incl.)
Plush Rilakkuma Pouch: ¥2,200 (Tax Incl.)
A huge collection of regional and limited edition Rilakkuma products will be available at the event, including items from regional Rilakkuma stores, Rilakkuma Onsen/Teahouse collaborations, and “Rilakkuma & Kaoru-san” items, so don’t miss out!
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#Kumafes in Ginza Mitsukoshi
Duration: September 15 ~ September 27 2021
Location: Ginza Mitsukoshi New Building 7F Exhibition Hall
Official Site: https://www.san-x.co.jp/rilakkuma/
‘Rilakkuma & Sumikko Gurashi Festival’ Photo Event Starting in Sapporo
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!
‘Rilakkuma & Sumikko Gurashi Festival’ Sapporo
Duration: September 17 ~ November 28, 2021
Closures: Every Thursday (excluding September 23)
Weekdays: 13:00 ~ 17:00(September 17 opening hours 10:00 ~ 17:00）
Weekends, Holidays: 10:00 ~ 17:00 ※Admissions close at 16:30
Location: Sapporo Factory San Jō-kan 3F
Address: 4-chome, Kita 2 Johigashi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo
Ticket/Event Information: https://www.ntv.co.jp/rilakkuma-and-sumikko-fest/
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/rk_sumikko_fest (@rk_sumikko_fest)
Commemorative Photo Spot Location: Sapporo Factory Event Space
Lottery Appilcation Period: September 1 ~ September 26 at 23:59
Details & Application Info: http://www.stv.jp/event/rilakkuma-and-sumikko-fest/photo.html
Maison de FLEUR to Release Second Rilakkuma Collection
07.September.2021 | FASHION
Popular Japanese accessories brand Maison de FLEUR is releasing a new collection of grown-up Rilakkuma-inspired goods, the second such collaboration for the brand. All goods will go on sale September 10 at Maison de FLEUR shops online, and at the STRIPE CLUB Online Store.
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)
Rilakkuma & Kiiroitori Tissue Case: ¥3,949 (Tax Included)
Korilakkuma & Chairoikoguma Tissue Case: ¥3,949 (Tax Included)
Rilakkuma Card Case: ¥4,059 (Tax Included)
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)
Maison de FLEUR released their first collection of Rilakkuma-inspired goods last year, focusing on the character Korilakkuma. Many of the goods sold out instantly, and restocks were necessary to keep up with demand for these adorable items. This new collection focuses not only on the popular Korilakkuma, but on Rilakkuma, Kiiroitori, and the honey-loving Chairoikoguma.
This limited-time collaboration features tote bags, tissue cases, card cases, and bag charms, for a total 0f 15 different products to collect. Each features these popular San-X characters adorned with the quintessential Maison de FLEUR ribbon. The tote bags are large and spacious, while the tote bags bring a more adult flair to those wanting a touch of playfulness in their wardrobe.
Which of these fluffy goods is on your wishlist?
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.
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?
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Chiyoda City Tourism Association x Rilakkuma Collaboration Goods
Where to Buy: Chiyoda City Tourist Information Center (at Chiyoda City Tourism Association)
Hours: 10:00-18:00 (Closed on the 4th Sunday of every month and during New Year’s holidays.)
Official Site: https://visit-chiyoda.tokyo/rilakkuma/
Limited Time Korilakkuma Store Opening In Yurakucho MARUI
Kiddyland is collaborating with San-X to open a Korilakkuma Store in the Yurakucho MARUI 1F Canlendarium between August 19th and August 9th.
Stuffed Toy / Rilakkuma & Strawberry Cat: ¥2420 (Tax Included)
Stuffed Toy / Korilakkuma & Chococat: ¥2420 (Tax Included)
Stuffed Toy /Chairokoguma &Vanillacat: ¥2420 (Tax Included)
Stuffed Toy / Vanillacat, Chococat: Each ¥1790 (Tax Included)
Left) Hair Iron Pouch ¥2200 (Tax Included) / Lingerie Pouch ¥3080 (Tax Included)
Cosmetics Basket ¥3080 (Tax Included) / Rucksack ¥6390 (Tax Included)
Korilakkuma Hoodie: ¥7480 (Tax Included)
Limited Purchase Benefits
August 19~21: Stainless Steel Tumbler
August 20~22: Cat Mini Pouch
September 4th onwards: 2-piece Magnet Set
Tokyo Station Store: Tote Bag/Nagoya Station Store: Cat Mini Pouch
Korilakkuma is a small, white young bear who appeared suddenly alongside the popular character Rilakkuma.
Kiddyland has been hosting the Korilakkuma pop-up stores in Yurakucho MARUI since 2016, with the store proving a hit with San-X fans.
The pop-up will be hosted again in 2021, previously theming the store around Korilakkuma and their small rabbit friends in 2020.
The main art features Korilakkuma’s beloved strawberries, along with Korilakkuma surrounded by three adorable cats. The cat-ear wearing Korilakkuma artwork is a must-see!
The wonderful daily freebies are only available in limited quantities, with the Tokyo Station and Nagoya Station stores taking part to commemorate the opening of their very first Korilakkuma stores.
Don’t miss out on these precious limited Korilakkuma goodies!
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Availability: August 19 ~ August 9, 2021
Address: 2-7-1 Yurakucho MARUI 1F Canlendarium, Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0006
Opening Hours: 11:00 ~ 20:00 *Closing 19:00 on the last day
Official Site: https://www.0101.co.jp/086/
Rilakkuma x Tower Records Collaboration Includes Exclusive Merchandise and Themed Cafe Menu
Tower Records has announced Rilakkuma x Tower Records Campaign 2021, an event set to run from August 4 to August 29. The retail music chain is joining paws with Rilakkuma and company for a campaign with the theme “Wow, what a surprise!” at Tower Records stores, their online shop, and Tower Records Cafe.
Merch collab line-up
Tower Records has collaborated with Rilakkuma every year since 2009. This year sees the arrival of brand new original merchandise, a CD, and themed cafe.
The merchandise will be available at 27 Tower Records stores, Tower Records Cafe Omotesando, and online. Enjoy adorable original artwork of Rilakkuma, Korilakkuma, Chairokoguma, and Kiiroitori. There’s lots of freebies to get your hands on too – check out the line-up below.
Available at 27 Tower Records stores, Tower Records Cafe Omotesando, and the online shop
Available at Tower Records Shibuya, Tower Records Cafe Omotesando, and the online shop
Free character cards with every purchase
Red Rilakkuma zabuton floor cushion
For this year’s campaign, Rilakkuma fans can win themselves a zabuton floor cushion too. For a chance to win, you need to sign up online.
Tower Records x Rilakkuma CD cover
Postcard included with CD
The eighth Tower Records x Rilakkuma CD includes background music for doing yoga. There are 15 popular J-pop tracks in total which can be enjoyed for just chilling out to as w2ell.
Themed cafe menu
The cafe collaboration at Tower Records Cafe Omotesando takes on an American diner theme. Takeout drinks will also be available at the Nagoya Sakae SKYLE and Umeda NU Chayamachi branches too.
At Tower Records Omotesando
Table mats at Tower Records Omotesando
Rilakkuma, Korilakkuma, Chairokoguma, and Kiiroitori themed dishes, drinks, and desserts
Receive a free fan when you book a table in advance
Receive a free postcard when you order from the collab menu
Set of 3 original stickers
Free postcard when ordering from the Special Menu
Free postcard when you order a takeout bottle
Collect all six stamps in the stamp rally to win a poster
During the campaign, for every piece of merchandise ordered, you’ll receive one of four possible character cards. 20 people who also scan the QR codes included on the cards by September 12 will be randomly chosen to win either a white Rilakkuma zabuton cushion or a ¥3,000 Tower Records gift card.
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Rilakkuma x Tower Records Campaign 2021
Running: August 4, 2021 – August 29, 2021
Zabuton Cushion Applications
Submission Page: Tower Records Online
Submission Period: July 15, 2021 – August 29, 2021
Pre-Orders: July 15, 2021
Release Date: August 4, 2021
Locations: Tower Records Cafe Omotesando / Tower Records Cafe Nagoya Sakae SKYLE (Takeout Drinks Only + Closed August 17) / Tower Records Cafe Umeda NU Chayamachi (Takeout Drinks Only + Closed August 16)
Menu ①: August 4, 2021 – August 13, 2021
Menu ②: August 14, 2021 – August 22, 2021
*Table bookings mandatory
Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make a Rilakkuma Banana Cake
With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s Easy Recipe! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.
In this recipe, I’ll show you how to make a delicious banana cake that is tasty even if refrigerated!
Makes a 18cm pound cake
2 ripe bananas
100g unsalted butter
50g granulated sugar
100g weak flour
Bring the butter to room temperature and mix it with the sugar until it becomes white. I used unsalted margarine for this.
Gradually add both the egg whites and yolks and pour slowly into the mixture while mixing. Mash the banana with a fork, add to the bowl, and mix.
Sieve in the flour and mix lightly.
Bake at 160℃ for 40-45 minutes and it’s ready! I used a 15cm pound cake tin and muffin tin to make mine. If using a muffin tin, bake for 30 minutes.
Leave to cool and use the edge of the pound cake tin to cut ears. Finish by using a chocolate pen to draw on Rilakkuma’s face.
Kaori invites you into her world of character-themed food dishes in her recipe series. Be sure to check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!
Rilakkuma to Become Shop Manager at 18 Rilakkuma Stores in Japan
KIDDYLAND has announced that Rilakkuma will take on the role of shop manager at 18 Rilakkuma Stores this summer from July 1.
All the Rilakkuma managers to be appointed
The appointment of these Rilakkuma managers was held out in cooperation with San-X, the creators of the character. Each store will have a completely different Rilakkuma each with its own personality. Some will even have Korilakkuma. If you head on over to the official Rilakkuma Store Instagram and Twitter pages, you can see the Rilakkumas at their stores doing work, prepping for events, and more, so be sure to follow and cheer them on.
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Rilakkuma Store Manager Project
Start Date: July 1, 2021
Rilakkuma Store & Sumikko Gurashi Shop Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/_rks_official (@_rks_official)
Rilakkuma Store Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rilakkuma_store_official/ (@rilakkuma_store_official)
Rilakkuma Store Branch List: https://www.san-x.co.jp/blog/store/category/access.html
Yuki Tokuda x Village Vanguard Cute Illustration Collection Released
10.June.2021 | FASHION
Popular Japanese illustrator Yuki Tokuda, who is known for their adorable artwork, released a collection of items exclusively on Village Vanguard on Friday.
Girl & Animals Mug | ¥1,430 (Tax Included)
Densetsuno Usagi Tote Bag | ¥2,310 (Tax Included)
Ebiten iPhone Case (12/12 Pro/12mini) | ¥2,530 (Tax Included)
Densetsuno Usagi Acrylic Key Ring | ¥715 (Tax Included)
Sankakukin Acrylic Key Ring | ¥715 (Tax Included)
Densetsuno Usagi Pin | ¥385 (Tax Included)
Sankakukin Pin | ¥385 (Tax Included)
Hitogata-kun Pin | ¥385 (Tax Included)
Sticket Sheet | ¥605 (Tax Included)
Yuki Tokuda is a Japanese illustrator whose line-up of original characters have proven extremely popular with people on Japanese social media, including Hitogata-kun, his unnamed girl character, and line-up of mysterious animals and creatures. His work spans books, illustrations, 3D sculptures, and more.
Rilakkuma & Sumikko Gurashi Festival Announced For Fall in Sapporo
Rilakkuma and Sumikko Gurashi are set to collaborate at a special festival centred entirely around the characters which will run at Sapporo Factory from September 17 to November 28.
Rilakkuma, Sumikko Gurashi, and you are invited to the festival which will be split into two areas: the Rilakkuma Pavilion and Sumikko Gurashi Pavilion where the characters will be present to greet guests. The event is taking on a magical theme which imagines the spirits of San-X, the company who created Rilakkuma and Sumikko Gurashi, casting a mysterious magic on the festival to bring happiness to all.
There’s plenty for fans of the characters to enjoy including fun photo spots, exclusive merchandise, and much more.
If you’re in Sapporo this autumn, don’t miss the Rilakkuma & Sumikko Gurashi Festival.
Rilakkuma & Sumikko Gurashi Festival
Running: September 17, 2021 – November 38, 2021
Venue: Sapporo Factory 3 (Floor 3F)
Address: 4 Chome-1-2 Kita 2 Johigashi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-0032, Japan
Opening Hours: [Weekdays] 13:00-17:00 (From 10:00 on September 17) / [Weekends] 10:00-17:00 (Last Entries 16:30)
Closed: Thursdays (Except September 23, 2021)
TEL: 011-272-9302 (10:00-17:00 except weekends and holidays)
Official Website: https://ntv.co.jp/rilakkuma-and-sumikko-fest/