Doraemon Reappears as a Traditional Japanese Candy
The Tabemas brand transforms popular characters into traditional Japanese sweets. A new chilled Doraemon dessert is now available at Lawsons locations nationwide, but it might be too cute to eat.
Everyone’s favorite robot cat is showing off two distinct impressions in this 2022 release. Do you like the winking Doraemon or the playful one with his tongue sticking out?
Be sure to try one of these intricate sweets! You don’t need to visit a traditional sweets shop to get an authentic taste of Japan.
Tabemas Doraemon 2022
Available starting March 8, 2022
Available in chilled dessert section at Lawson’s nationwide. (*Excludes Natural Lawson and Lawson Store 100 locations.)
McDonald’s Japan Launches Festive Doraemon-Themed Summer Sweets
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.
※Product images for illustration purposes only. Actual products may vary.
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.
Tasty Half-Moon Sandwiches Coming in Second Doraemon Tokyo Banana Collaboration
Doraemon Tokyo Banana Half-Moon Sandwiches are coming on April 1, 2022! These tasty snacks come in a pack of eight and are sure to make the perfect gift.
This release of Doraemon Tokyo Banana is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Tokyo Banana brand and the 50th anniversary of Doraemon. Why not enjoy your daily snack time with these cute treats?
Each sandwich is filled with chocolate-banana cream with the dough baked into a crispy, savory crust with a winking Doraemon on both sides.
©Fujiko-Pro,Shogakukan,TV-Asahi,Shin-ei,and ADK ※画像はイメージです
Doraemon Tokyo Banana Half-Moon Sandwich
Where to Buy: JR Tokyo Station Hanagataya Tokyo Chuo Doraemon Tokyo Banana Tokyo Station, Daimaru Tokyo Tokyo Banana Studio 1F – STUDIO
Release Date: April 1, 2022
Official Site: https://www.tokyobanana.jp/
‘Doraemon: Nobita’s Little Star Wars 2021’ Film Inspires Limited Edition Ukiyo-e Prints
Fans of Doraemon and traditional Japanese artwork won’t want to miss this special collaboration! On March 30, preorders will open for ukiyo-e prints inspired by the film ‘Doraemon: Nobita’s Little Star Wars 2021.’ These limited-edition pieces were created by Iwano Ichibei, a Living National Treasure.
The prints show Doraemon and friends along with the alien Papi and the special gadget the “Small Light.” The tool is giving off light depicted in a traditional Edo pattern believed to bring good luck, and the characters are shown inside its silhouette.
Ukiyo-e Woodblock Print Production
Engraving by Craftsman
Printing by Craftsman
First, a sketch is made, and a monochrome version of the print is carved. After carving a number of woodblocks for each color and using them to rub the painting tirelessly to bring it to life, one single woodblock print is completed.
The extremely delicate and advanced techniques these craftsmen utilize have been passed down from the Edo period. Imagine having one of these beautiful pieces hanging in your home!
‘Doraemon: Nobita’s Little Star Wars 2021’ Commemorative Ukiyo-e Prints
Preorders Open: March 30, 2022
Price: ¥33,000 (Excluding Tax and Shipping Charges)
Painter: Living National Treasure Iwano Ichibei
Online Shop: http://ukiyoework.com/
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Collaborates with Hakodate Sweets Shop Senshu An for LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project
23.March.2022 | FASHION
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of her major label debut, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is staying active in 2022. Next month, the singer will finally take to the stage at Coachella 2022 in California. In conjunction with the nationwide tour, the LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project was launched to energize Japan through the appeal of regional towns and cities. Finally making it to the northern Japan city of Hakodate, details surrounding the singer’s sweet new collaboration have been announced!
Kyary is teaming up with the traditional Japanese confectionary shop Senshu An in Hakodate, founded over 162 years ago. This time, the special collaboration logo was inspired by Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s 2012 hit Candy Candy. The logo was originally written traditionally in black ink, but it’s recieved a major pop makeover in pastel shades of yellow and green to pay homage to the set of the Candy Candy music video.
The shop is well-known for its original Yama Oyaji, a popular souvenir from Hokkaido. The new collab product feature Kyary’s face and dancers, perfect for fans of the singer–though they might be a little too adorable to eat. Made one by one by skilled craftsman using carefully selected Hokkaido azuki beans as the base, each sweet features soft pastel colors to welcome spring. The sweets are placed in a special package wrapped in original collaborative wrapping paper. Be sure to grab them from the online store before they’re gone on April 18!
A collaborative T-shirt is also on sale featuring the new logo and the singer’s 10th-anniversary logo. Get one from the LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project website by March 30!
Senshu An (Hakodate) x LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project
Available while Supplies Last at Hakodate City Hall
Available to purchase online until April 18, 2022
Where to Purchase: LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project Online Shop
Sales Period: March 17 – March 30 at 23:59
Official Site: https://localpowerjapan.com
Haircare Brand Merit Launches Limited-Edition Doraemon Bottle
The haircare brand Merit will launch limited-edition bottles featuring the beloved character Doraemon on February 5, 2022.
Merit Shampoo & Conditioner Set (480ml x2)
Merit Foaming Kids Shampoo + Refill (300ml +2 40ml)
The company released its first Doraemon bottle design last year, and in response to overwhelmingly positive feedback, Merit is bringing the bottles back with brand new packaging.
Merit Foaming Kids Shampoo + Refill for Tangled Hair (300ml + 240ml)
This year, the bottles also come with AR camera content for families to enjoy together. By holding a camera up to the bottle, Doraemon will appear for a special photo shoot!
Doraemon Limited Edition Bottle
Release Date: February 5, 2022
Where to Buy: Drugstores Nationwide
Campaign Site: https://www.kao.co.jp/merit/doraemon/
Japanese traditional confectionery brand OKOSHIYA TOKYO opens in Marunouchi Building
Japanese traditional confectionery Okoshiya Tokyo, a brand specializing in okoshi (rice cake), opened in the Marunouchi Building on December 15, 2021.
OKOSHIYA TOKYO is a brand specializing in okoshi, operated by a small Japanese confectionery manufacturer in downtown Tokyo which is celebrating its 60th anniversary. OKOSHIYA TOKYO opened in Tokyo’s Marunouchi Building as a store where customers can directly purchase the long-established okoshi, which has been sold only through the online store.
OKOSHIYA Maple Almond（60g）
aun 18 pieces (6 types x 3 pieces)
OKOSHIYA TOKYO’s crispy okoshi is a new texture that can be eaten easily. The sweetness is kept low so that you can enjoy the natural flavor of the ingredients. It has a nostalgic and comforting taste.
Marunouchi (3 types x 3pieces) *Marunouchi Building Limited Edition
There are many theories about the origin of the word “okoshi”, but it comes from the word “koshi”, which means “to rise”, and has been eaten as a confectionery for good luck. It can be used as a “friendship blessing” for friends who meet again after a long absence, a “cheering blessing” for those who are working hard towards their dreams and goals, a “love blessing” for a beloved partner, or to ” bring good fortune” to newlyweds who are starting a new chapter in their lives. Let’s convey not only the delicious taste but also your feelings to your loved ones through OKOSHIYA TOKYO’s okoshi.
Where: B1 1-4-2 Marunouhi, Chiyodaku, Tokyo, Maru Biliding B1F
Access: One-minute walk from Marunouchi South Exit of JR Tokyo Station, directly connected to Tokyo Station on the Marunouchi Line.
Opening Hours: Weekdays/Saturday 11:00～21:00 ／Sunday/Bank Holiday 11:00～20:00
Official site: https://okoshiya.official.ec/
Hat maker CA4LA to Unveil the First Set of Special Collection in Collaboration with DORAEMON
Hat maker CA4LA has unveiled its first item, the “DORAEMON KNIT CAP,” which had only been displayed in silhouette on its special site for the collection in collaboration with DORAEMON.
DORAEMON KNIT CAP ￥9,900 (Tax Included)
DORAEMON is embroidered across the front of the knit cap. When the knit cap is folded over, DORAEMON’s worst enemy, a mouse, emerges!
The item will be available from December 10 at CA4LA retail stores nationwide, CA4LA online store, ZOZOTOWN, and CA4LA retail stores in Taiwan. The second set of items will be announced soon, so stay tuned!
Halloween Sweets Now Available at Historical Kyoto Sweets Shop Tsuruya Yoshinobu
Founded in 1803, Tsuruya Yoshinobu is a famous Japanese sweets shop specializing in wagashi, or traditional Japanese confections. To celebrate Halloween, the shop is now selling some themed treats through the end of October.
Halloween Pumpkin/Halloween Ghost Japanese Sweets
Happy Halloween Cookie Assortment
The celebration of Halloween dates back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, before later being Christianized as All Hallow’s Day. A day to ward off evil spirits and celebrate the fall harvest, it has become a much less serious holiday in recent decades. Children dress up in costumes and go door-to-door asking for candy, and the past is largely forgotten. The sweets available at Tsuruya Yoshinobu are decorated with cute expressions and are sure to be a hit at tea time with friends and family. Be sure to keep an eye out for the ghosts, featuring six different expressions!
Japanese sweets aren’t as strong as their American counterparts, and each is sculpted like a work of art. These will melt in your mouth and are perfect for enjoying with matcha, tea, or coffee! Be sure to fill out the blank card along with the cookie gift box for a thoughtful gift this holiday season.
Tsuruya Yoshinobu Halloween Wagashi
Happy Halloween Cookie Assortment, Available October 10 – Late October: ¥1,620 (Tax Included)
Halloween Pumpkin Japanese Sweets, Available October 16-31: ¥486 each (Tax Included)
Halloween Ghost Japanese Sweets, Available October 16-31: ¥486 each (Tax Included)
Where to Buy: Tsuruya Yoshinobu
*Please note that products are only available in-store, not online.
*Certain locations may not offer these products.
Official Site: https://www.tsuruyayoshinobu.jp/
Doraemon Appears in Traditional Ukiyo-e Woodblock Print Limited-Edition Release
11.October.2021 | FASHION
Everyone’s favorite robot cat is making a peculiar appearance inside a piece of famous Japanese art! Using traditional Ukiyo-e crafting techniques, the Hanzou company has successfully inserted Doraemon into the painting Fujimigahara in Owari Province by Hokusai, originally created between 1830 and 1832. The painting will be available to preorder online starting October 8, 2021, with only 300 copies available!
Ukiyo-e Woodblock Print Production Process
Engraving by Craftsman
Rubbing by Craftsman
First, a sketch is made, and a monochrome version of the print is carved. After carving a number of woodblocks for each color and using them to rub the painting tirelessly to bring it to life, one single woodblock print is completed. The extremely delicate and advanced techniques these craftsmen utilize have been passed down from the Edo period.
The original painting was created after Hokusai turned 70, and took two years to complete. The painting is said to portray the view of Mount Fuji from Fujimi-cho, Naka-ku, Nagoya City. An eccentric piece for the time, looking closely shows that each and every line and dot was meticulously calculated. Note the vivid indigo sky and the abundance of blue shades that Hokusai loved to use. Doraemon and Nobita are shown having fun as they make barrels, a welcome departure from the more stoic figure in the original painting.
Doraemon Ukiyo-e Woodblock Print: Fujimigahara in Owari Province from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji
Preorders begin on October 8, 2021, at 12:00
Price: ¥46,000 (Tax and Shipping not Included)
Number of available copies: 300
Echizen-Manufactured Washi Paper Provided by Iwano Ichibei
Online Shop: http://ukiyoework.com/
‘UCC CAFE＠HOME’ Release Coffee to Match Doraemon & Dorami’s Favorite Snacks
UCC Ueshima Coffee is currently developing the Food with Coffee themed ‘UCC CAFE@HOME’ selection, pairing snacks with a perfectly matching coffee. Doraemon is the latest to appear in the CAFE@HOME series in the new collaboration, designed by Sanrio. The new series features coffee and gifts based on the Doraemon characters’ favorite snacks and was released on September 3, Doraemon’s birthday.
CAFE@HOME Doraemon Series
UCC CAFE@HOME DORAEMON Dorayaki Suited Coffee VP10g: ¥281 (Tax Incl.)
UCC CAFE@HOME DORAMI Melon Pan Suited Coffee VP10g: ¥281 (Tax Incl.)
UCC CAFE@HOME NOBITA Caffeine-free Coffee VP10g: ¥281 (Tax Incl.)
UCC CAFE@HOME Doraemon Secret Gadget Print 6-piece Set: ¥1,901 (Tax Incl.)
UCC CAFE@HOME Doraemon Open Lot Printed 6-piece Set: ¥1,685 (Tax Incl.)
Doraemon Mug (Dorayaki): ¥1,540 (Tax Incl.)
Doraemon Cotton Handkerchief (Yellow) ¥990 (Tax Incl.)
Present Campaign Freebie: Original Coaster
CAFE@HOME, main product and cafe brand of UCC Group’s COFFEE STYLE UCC, are releasing a lineup of Doraemon themed coffees, each to be drank with the characters’ favorite snacks: One to go with Doraemons beloved Dorayaki, one for Dorami’s preferred Melon Pan, and a caffeine-free blend for the sleep-loving Nobita.
UCC has been researching coffee and food combinations for many years, using taste sensors to analyze both the coffee and food before diagnosing the comparability rating between each product. The company has patented their ‘Food Matching System’ technology, which has now been used to find out which coffee would be best suited to Doraemon’s Dorayaki.
An in store campaign has been announced to celebrate the release of CAFE@HOME’s Doraemon series, starting on September 3. During the campaign, customers who spend over ¥3,000 on CAFE@HOME’s Doraemon series will receive a free coaster. The coasters are only available in store and are limited in quantity.
Taste the world of Doraemon for yourself with UCC CAFE@HOME’s special coffee technology!
CAFE＠HOME Doraemon Series
On Sale Now
UCC Official Site: https://coffeestyle.jp/
Doraemon Mirai Department Online: https://mirai-dora-world-online.com/
Store Availability Information: https://coffeestyle.jp/assets/pdf/csu_doraemon_series_storelist20210825.pdf
Campaign/Series Details: https://coffeestyle.jp/special/doraemon_collab
Official Site: https://coffeestyle.jp/
Doraemon Tokyo Banana Now Available by Mail-order Nationwide for Limited-time
Tokyo Banana World has started selling 8-packs of the new Doraemon Tokyo Banana by mail for a limited time. The treats will be available on the Tokyo Banana Official Online Shop until September 14. (Once they’re gone, they’re gone.)
In the first week of release, the Doraemon Tokyo Banana sold over 150,000 units.
Doraemon Tokyo Banana ‘Found it!’ (8-pack): ¥1,188 (Tax Included)
The Doraemon Tokyo Banana is a fluffy, gluten-free sponge cake baked in a Doraemon pattern with rich banana custard cream in the center. The treats come in a cute gift box adorned with Doraemon’s smiling face.
The sponge cakes come in 6 different designs, with the Takecopter design being the rarest. If you snag one, consider it good luck!
Doraemon Tokyo Banana
Available from: August 17- 17:00 on September 14, 2021
*The online store will close as soon as products are sold out.
*Unable to be shipped to certain remote islands.
Doraemon Tokyo Banana: https://www.tokyobanana.jp/products/banana_doraemon.html
Online Shop: https://www.paqtomog.com/shop/c/cdora-b/
New Lottery Campaign Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Fujiko F. Fujio Museum
18.August.2021 | ANIME&GAME
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Kawasaki-based Fujiko F. Fujio museum on September 3, a book fair lottery event featuring a variety of the manga artist’s works is coming to bookstores nationwide starting August 13. For each specially-marked manga or book purchased, participants can grab a special sticker as a prize. These stickers are new versions of those from last spring’s ‘Not-only-Doraemon Sticker Lottery.’
10th Anniversary Pin (©Fujiko-Pro/Shogakukan)
10th Anniversary Denim Doraemon Plushie (©Fujiko-Pro/Shogakukan)
*Images submitted from social media.
The prize stickers for the campaign don’t only feature beloved characters from Fujio’s beloved Doraemon series, but also familiar faces from Perman and Kiteretsu Daihyakka. These are perfect for decorating smartphone cases, notebooks, or anywhere that needs a manga makeover!
There are also two secret stickers, along with two special rewards for lottery winners. You’ll have to win to find out which characters are featured!
As part of this event, a special photo campaign using these stickers will be held from August 13 to September 30. Just follow the official Doraemon Channel Instagram and Twitter and post a photo featuring a prize sticker of your choice with the hashtag #NotOnlyDoraemonStickerLottery (＃ドラえもんだけじゃないシール) to enter. 10 people will be randomly selected to receive both the 10th Anniversary Pin and Denim Doraemon Plushie!
Which sticker set would you choose? Who is your favorite Fujiko F. Fujio character?
Book Fair Lottery
Starting: August 13, 2021
Location: Bookstores Nationwide
Campaign Period: August 13-September 30, 2021
Fair Details: https://dora-world.com/contents/2033
Doraemon Channel Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/doraemonchannel
Doraemon Channel Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dorachan_official/