Curious George and Sumikko Gurashi McDonald’s Happy Meals Now Available

20.January.2022 | FOOD

McDonald’s locations across Japan are now offering Curious George and Sumikko Gurashi Happy Meals for a limited time!

 

The Curious George set features six different toys that can be assembled and controlled by turning the gears. This year’s theme is inspired by creativity, shape recognition, and teaching children how things work. When the colorful gears on the toy are turned, the force is transmitted to the swing, Ferris wheel, seesaw, and other items, causing George to swing and spin! The first set of toys include ‘George’s Seesaw,’ featuring George and the Man in the Yellow Hat, and ‘George’s Swing,’ featuring George happily swinging back and forth. The second set will include ‘George’s Ferris Wheel’ and ‘George’s Rocket Ride.’

 

The Sumikko Gurashi includes six kinds of puzzles decorated with illustrations of popular characters. The theme of these toys is color and shape recognition, imagination, and communication. The front side of each puzzle shows Sumikko and Minikko, and the backside displays an illustration of a story related to a particular Sumikko character. By putting the pieces together one by one, children develop their ability to recognize shapes and move their fingers with increased dexterity. The inside of the case that comes with the puzzle is decorated with stories about Sumikko and her friends. To commemorate the 10th anniversary of Sumikko Gurashi, a new character called ‘Deshi’ will appear on the case as well, and by scanning the QR code on the back of the case, customers can play an original mini-game!

 

From January 8 until January 10, participating locations will also be giving away Curious George and Sumikko Gurashi stickers with the purchase of each set.

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  • Toei Kyoto Studio Park Unveils Limited Edition Sumikko Gurashi Hide-and-Seek Goods

    26.October.2022 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    From October 22, 2022 until January 15, 2023, the Sumikko Gurashi Studio Park Hide-and-Seek event is happening at Toei Kyoto Studio Park. During the event, guests are tasked with exploring the venue for hidden Sumikko characters. After finding them, they must write down the keywords on a special sheet in order to win a prize. Limited edition collaboration goods and special menu items are now available depicting the characters in traditional kimonos!

     

    1. Limited Edition Goods with Exclusive Kyoto-Inspired Art

    Along with original plushies, fans can pick up plenty of Kyoto-inspired goodies!

    Acrylic Keychain: ¥800 (Tax Included)

    Acrylic Magnet: ¥400 each (Tax Included)

    Tea: ¥540 each (Tax Included)

    Konpeito: ¥680 each (Tax Included)

    Printed Cookies: ¥650 each (Tax Included)

     

    2. Collaboration Menu

    Fans will find plenty of cute food, desserts, and drinks inspired by Sumikko and Minikko characters when they’re ready to take a break from playing hide-and-seek. 

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    3. Collaboration Train Service for a Limited Time

    Kyoto’s Randen streetcar connects Shijo-Omiya in the center of Kyoto with the sightseeing spots of Arashiyama and Kitanohakubaicho. During the event period, the train will be decorated with Sumikko Gurashi characters, and riders can even grab a special ticket and exclusive ticket case. 

    Randen 1-day Ticket (6 varieties): Adults ¥880 / Children ¥440

     

    For more details about the event, head to the official website.

  • Bandai Announces Christmas Cakes Featuring Popular Characters Including Sumikko Gurashi and BT21

    29.September.2022 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    Bandai’s Candy Division will open preorders for a new collection of Christmas cakes inspired by popular characters at the end of September! The five new cakes, part of the company’s Charadeco line, include Kamen Rider Geats, Precure, Sumikko Gurashi, BT21, and Avataro Sentai Donbrothers. All cakes come with original Christmas exclusive toys and bonuses, so you won’t want to miss out!

     

     

    Charadeco Christmas Cake – Kamen Rider Geats / Precure Delicious Party / Avataro Sentai Donbrothers / BT21 / Sumikko Gurashi

     

    These beautifully decorated cakes are perfect for celebrating this festive season, and each is packaged in a character-designed cake box and wrapped with a special film. 

    *The Sumikko Gurashi cake does not include film. 

     

    Customers can link separately sold toys with the special toy included with these cakes to hear exclusive character voices!

     

    Why not grab one of these fun cakes to enjoy with your family this Christmas?

     

     

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  • Sumikko Gurashi Characters Appear at Lake Sagami Pleasure Forest

    09.September.2022 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    From November 12, 2022, until April 2, 2023, visitors to Lake Sagami Pleasure Forest in Kanagawa Prefecture will be able to enjoy an incredible light-up event featuring Sumikko Gurashi characters! The outdoor resort is only an hour from Tokyo and won’t disappoint.


    A World First! Illuminated Sumikko Gurashi Area

    Visitors can enjoy riding the 250-meter-long Rainbow Lift for an aerial walk above the millions of lights. The adorable Sumikko Gurashi characters will be waiting for guests in a special themed area.

     

    Goods Featuring Original Illustrations Available–with a Collab Menu!

    The event will also offer goods decorated with newly-drawn art inspired by the Lake Sagami lights, with Sumikko and her friends enjoying the show. Along with merchandise, guests will also be invited to sample collaboration food and drinks at the park’s restaurant Wild Dining. Each dish will also come with a bonus!

     

    Come enjoy these incredible lights along with everyone’s favorite Sumikko characters! With 6 million lights on display, this is one of the largest in the Kanto area. More details will be coming soon, so keep an eye out!

  • Sumikko Gurashi and Tokyo Skytree Celebrate 10th Anniversary with First Collaboration Event

    05.August.2022 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Sumikko Gurashi and Tokyo Skytree are teaming up to celebrate a huge milestone! Both are celebrating their 10th anniversary, and guests can come to enjoy a special event from August 10 until November 9, 2022.

     

    Photo Spot

    Visitors can take some memorable photos and videos at a number of photo spots featuring original artwork by Yuri Yokomizo, the creator of Sumikko Gurashi. It also seems like the characters are hiding around Tokyo Skytree, so guests should keep their eyes open…

     

    Special Screening at SKYTREE ROUND THEATER (R)

    At night, the SKYTREE ROUND THEATER will broadcast an event-exclusive video. This will include a fireworks display similar to the Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival which was canceled this year. Enjoy it against the Tokyo backdrop! Messages sent to the Sumikko Gurashi Twitter account will also be screened.

     

     

    Lighting

     

    Standard Sumikko Gurashi Version

    Spooky Night Park at Tokyo Skytree Version

     

     

    Tokyo Skytree will be lit up in special colors to honor the adorable characters of Sumikko Gurashi. There will be two variations: a standard version and the Spooky Night Park version. Don’t miss the special illumination at the end showing the characters in a big pile!

     

     

    Exclusive Goods

     

     

    Collaboration Cafe Menu

     

    At the store located on the Tembo Deck, limited edition goods will be on sale. Visitors can also enjoy some collaboration menu items while taking in the stunning view. 

     

    Come enjoy the best view of Tokyo along with your favorite Sumikko Gurashi characters!

     

     

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  • McDonald’s Japan Launches Festive Doraemon-Themed Summer Sweets

    03.August.2022 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    On August 5, McDonald’s Japan will begin selling some summer-only sweets! The McShake Doraemon Ramune and Doraemon Choco Banana Pie items are based on a summer festival, and the packaging will feature adorable Doraemon imagery. 

     

    These treats will bring back memories of summer festivals, with popular flavors like chocolate banana and ramune. Each sweet will be available in a total of six newly-designed packages, so you might need to buy a few until you get your favorite character!

     

    McShake Doraemon Ramune

    The McShake Doraemon Ramune features the nostalgic flavor of ramune and a creamy texture. Two types of ramune flavors were used to create a taste that will keep you coming back for more, and citrus flavors were added to create a refreshing flavor perfect for summer. This tasty treat is available in three versions–Doraemon, Nobita, and Gian.

     

    Doraemon Chocolate Banana Pie

    The Doraemon Chocolate Banana Pie consists of a crispy pie crust packed with banana filling and a rich chocolate sauce. Fans of Doraemon can grab this pie in three different sleeves–Dorami, Shizuka, and Suneo.

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    Happy Meal

     

    Round 1: August 5 – August 11

     

     

    Round 2: August 12 – August 18

     

     

    In addition, Doraemon-related items will be packed with every Happy Meal starting August 5.

  • Donut Shop Floresta Releases Sumikko Gurashi Donuts for a Limited Time

    26.July.2022 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    From August 6 until August 28, the handmade donut shop Floresta will be offering donuts inspired by characters from Sumikko Gurashi! These adorable treats will be available at Floresta locations and online.


    For the first half of the event period, fans will be able to get two adorable donut and donut hole pairings featuring Neko & Zassou and Shirokuma & Furoshiki. During the second half, donut holes shaped like Tonkatsu and Ebifurai no Shippo will be on sale.

    Part 1: August 6 – August 16
    Donut & Donut Hole (2 varieties) / Neko & Zassou, Shirokuma & Furoshiki

    Part 2: August 17 – August 28
    Donut Holes (1 variety) / Tonkatsu & Ebifurai no Shippo

     

    Although these sweet treats may be colorful, they were made with all-natural ingredients and are free of synthetic colors, fragrances, and preservatives. Each donut is made by hand by a skilled donut maker. 

     

    Will you be grabbing these for yourself, or as a gift for a friend?

  • Sumikko Gurashi 10th Anniversary Cafe to Open in Tokyo and Osaka for a Limited Time

    23.June.2022 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    The characters of Sumikko Gurashi are celebrating an incredible decade! A 10th-anniversary cafe will open in Tokyo on July 1 and in Osaka on July 22 for a limited time.

     

    Sumikko Gurashi characters have become popular with children and adults alike. Anyone who enjoys cute goods has likely been aware of these little critters as they’ve continued to become a global phenomenon. In November 2021, the second Sumikko Gurashi film premiered to celebrate the franchise’s 10th anniversary, pulling in over a million viewers. 

    Bonus for Guests Reserving a Spot in Advance / Purchase Bonus for Cafe Visitors

     

    Menu at a Glance

    10th Anniversary Celebration♪ Hamburger Plate

    French Fry Bowl

    Chilly☆Sumikko Shaved Ice

    Sumikko Bouquet Parfait

    Sumikko Milk Drink

    Tapioca Orange Soda

    Hot Cafe Latte

     

    Takeout Menu

    Sumi-cone Ice Cream (Limited Time Only)

    Drink in Original Bottle

     

    Original Goods

    The cafe menu includes three unique items inspired by the popular characters Shirokuma, Penguin?, Tonkatsu, Neko, or Tokage. These treats range from parfait and ice cream to bowls of french fries and fluffy pancakes. Snap some photos of your favorite dishes for social media while you’re there, and pick up some exclusive 10th-anniversary merchandise!

     

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  • Tokyo Solamachi’s Curious George Cafe Launches New Summer-Only Menu

    22.June.2022 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    Curious George Kitchen, located at Tokyo Solamachi, has unveiled a tropical summer menu along with new original merchandise! These goodies will be available from July 1 until September 25, 2022.

     

    Bubbly & Colorful Fruit Punch: ¥1,480 (Tax Included)

    ‘Count the Stars’ Seafood Cream Pasta: ¥1,680 (Tax Included)

    ‘George Meets the Man in the Yellow Hat’ Drink Set with Figure: ¥1,800 (Tax Included)

     

    The summer menu is perfect for those wanting to escape the heat, including colorful fruit punch and creamy seafood pasta utilizing seasonal ingredients.

    ‘I Love the Man in the Yellow Hat!’ Sicilian Lemon Cheese Cream Cannoli: ¥550 (Tax Included)

    Colorful Grapa Panna Cotta: ¥450 (Tax Included)

    Art Collection au Lait (Hot/Iced): ¥1,500 (Tax Included)

     

    A refreshing Sicilian lemon cannoli is available for takeout, as well as a rich panna cotta topped with fresh cream and grape. The Art Collection au Lait includes a souvenir cup for customers to bring home!

    Banana Stand: ¥3,280 (Tax Included)

    Keychain: ¥690 each (Tax Included)

    Apron: ¥4,950 (Tax Included)

     

    New summer items are also available for purchase outside of the cafe. From a banana stand made of Japanese cypress to unisex T-shirts and even an apron, there’s something for everyone. Keychains with newly-drawn artwork have also appeared.

    Chef George Swinging Stuffed Animal: ¥4,620 (Tax Included)

    Menu Book Chocolate Cat Tongue: ¥1,080 (Tax Included)

     

    An adorable Curious George stuffed animal and cute chocolate sweets inside of a book-like package will be available during this period. More details will be announced on the official Curious George Kitchen Twitter account.


    Come enjoy summer with everyone’s favorite monkey and friends!

     

    © Universal City Studios LLC. All Rights Reserved. Curious George and related characters, created by Margret and H. A. Rey, are copyrighted and registered by HarperCollins Publishers L.L.C. and used under license. All rights reserved.

  • Enjoy Stamping Food and Other Items with New Sumikko Gurashi Branding Iron

    28.May.2022 | FASHION

    You’ve heard of character-themed stamps, but what about character-themed branding irons? Hankos, an online hanko stamp shop, is now offering branding irons inspired by Sumikko Gurashi characters for use on food, small items, and more!

    The Sumikko Gurashi Branding Iron Collection was created for fans asking for stamps that could be used on sweets and bread. By using heat, you can decorate anything with images of your favorite characters! Children and adults alike will love these useful items.

     

    Shirokuma, Penguin?, Tonkatsu, Neko, and Tokage are the animals that appear in the new collection, along with five more cute creatures–Ebifurai no Shippo, Tapioca, Zassou, Yama, and Ajifurai no Shippo. 

     

    Application Examples

    Care Instructions

     

    The branding stamp itself is 2.5 x 2.5 cm and made of brass. Enjoy stamping things like pancakes, bread, dorayaki, sponge cakes, omelets, and other foods, along with fabric, leather, and wood products! Anything can become a piece of Sumikko Gurashi merchandise with this handy-dandy item.

     

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  • Local Sumikko Gurashi and Rilakkuma Goods for Sale in Shimonoseki

    23.May.2022 | FASHION / SPOT

    The Daimaru location in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture, will soon begin selling limited edition Rilakkuma and Sumikko Gurashi goods! About 1,400 rare goods previously only available at 10 locations around Japan will be available in Shimonoseki from May 25 until May 30. Inspired by locales around the country, these adorable items will inspire you to travel when you can!

     

    Limited Edition Sumikko Gurashi Goods

     

    Ise Shop Exclusive

    Dangling Stuffed Animal

    Dangling Stuffed Animal

     

     

    Jisho-ji Shop Exclusive

    Dangling Stuffed Animal

     

    Kyoto Kiyomizu-Zaka Shop Exclusive

    Dangling Stuffed Animal

    Shrine and Temple Stamp Book

    Castella Manju

     

    Dazaifu Shop Exclusive

    Dangling Stuffed Animal

     

    Rilakkuma’s Teahouse & Rilakkuma’s Bath Exclusive Goods

     

    Arashiyama Shop Exclusive

    Honey Castella Manju

     

    Miyajima Shop Exclusive

    Stuffed Animal

    Roasted Mochi Pieces, Soy Sauce Flavor (with Can)

    Kurokawa Shop Exclusive

    Japanese Pattern Towels

     

     

    Dogomachi Shop Exclusive

    Stuffed Animals

     

    Kusatsu Shop Exclusive

    Stuffed Animal

     

    With over 700 Sumikko Gurashi goods available, each symbolizing a specific locale with a cherry blossom theme, it won’t be easy to choose which items you’ll want to take home. Photo spots will also be set up at the venue, so come snap some pics for social media! Also, look forward to the Summer Bread and Sweets Festival 2022 in the adjacent venue!

  • Sumikko Gurashi Event to Take Place in Metaverse Entertainment Facility VARK

    15.April.2022 | ANIME&GAME

    The ‘Sumikko Gurashi ~Let’s Go to the Magic Island!~ event is being held on the VARK application until September 30, 2022! By passing through a magical door in the Metaverse by using VARK, users can teleport to the world of Sumikko Gurashi and friends. 

     

    Interior of Paid Area

     

    Your Usual Sumikko

     

    Sumikko Tea House

     

    Stage

     

    Camp

    The VARK app can be downloaded for free on iOS and Android devices. Even those without a VR headset can enjoy this event! Admission to specific areas may require a fee, but the main island can be experienced for free. 

     

    Come and meet Sumikko and friends, no matter where you are!

  • Rilakkuma & Sumikko Gurashi Festival to Open at Tokorozawa Sakura Town in Saitama

    14.April.2022 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Popular Rilakkuma and Sumikko Gurashi characters will be taking over Tokorozawa Sakura Town in Saitama from April 16 until May 22 during the Rilakkuma & Sumikko Gurashi Festival! Guests will be greeted by the characters themselves, and will be able to participate in tons of fun activities, photo spots, and more!

     

    The festival will have a full lineup of exclusive merchandise only available at Tokorozawa Sakura Town, from cute and useful items like clear folders to fans to use during the summer heat.

     

    A limited collaboration menu with Kadokawa Shokudou will also be available during the event. The ‘Rilakkuma & Sumikko Gurashi Festival Picnic Plate’ is full of fun finger foods that are easy for both adults and children to eat and includes a special lunch mat. Guests can also participate in a commemorative photo session with the characters dressed in new costumes!

     

     

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