Sanrio to Create Original Character Inspired by Boy Band JO1
19.June.2022 | FASHION
Sanrio and LAPONE Entertainment have teamed up to launch the JO1 x Sanrio Character Development Project to create a new character inspired by the globally popular boy band JO1.
The new project combines JO1’s creativity with Sanrio’s beloved branding to create a character embodying the member’s strengths. JO1 announced the project during the 2022 SANRIO FES at Pacifico Yokohama North on June 12. A teaser has also been posted on the official JO1 YouTube channel. A special program will closely follow the project and new episodes will be posted on YouTube in the future, so be sure to watch!
JO1’s marketing department has been tasked with making the group’s fans feel even closer, and the new character will be a kind of ‘alter ego’ of JO1. It’s unclear what kind of character we’ll see at the end of this, but fans are excited to find out!
©’22 SANRIO 著作（株）サンリオ ©️LAPONE ENTERTAINMENT
JO1 x Sanrio Character Development Project Official Site: https://www.sanrio.co.jp/special/jo1
CA4LA Releases SPY x FAMILY Hats Inspired by Loid and Anya
Hat brand CA4LA is taking preorders for two unique hats inspired by Loid and Anya Forger from the popular series SPYxFAMILY! Whether you want Loid’s Trilby or Anya’s Beret, be sure to place your orders before July 27, 2022.
Loid Ver. Trilby
Antique Silver Pin with Organization Motif
Lining with Loid Forger Embroidery
Adjustable Size using Velcro
Anya Ver. Beret
A Stella Star Pin, Merits at Eden Academy
Original Lining with the Eden Academy and CA4LA Logos
Adjustable Size using Velcro
Loid Forger is an undercover spy who acts under the codename Twilight. The hat he often wears in the series has been perfectly reproduced by CA4LA, with a slick design featuring an antique silver pin with the logo of his organization and his name stitched inside the lining.
Anya’s adorable beret is based on her Eden Academy uniform. This hand-stitched hat is available in either child or adult sizes! The Stella Star pin, considered a merit at Eden Academy, accents the side of the hat. The inner lining features a unique pattern perfect for fans!
Enjoy being fashionable while also showing off your love for SPYxFAMILY!
SPYxFAMILY x CA4LA
Preorders Open: June 22 – July 27, 2022
*Items must be reserved.
*Each product is made to order. Products are available while supplies last.
Expected Delivery Date: Early December 2022 or after
*The estimated delivery date may change.
Where to Buy: ShoProMall Selection: https://mall.shopro.co.jp/c/selection
Official Site: https://www.shopro.co.jp/
Rilakkuma Teams Up with SpoGOMI to Sponsor National Cleanup Competition
24.June.2022 | FASHION
In an effort to clean up areas around Japan, everyone’s favorite lazy bear is teaming up with the Social Sports Initiative’s SpoGOMI! Rilakkuma is currently on his own nationwide tour, traveling from the northernmost to the southernmost points in Japan over 18 months. Guests visiting each event will be able to find unique prefecture-based environmentally-friendly merchandise.
SpoGOMI is an entirely new sport started in Japan, combining a traditional sport with trash pickup! It’s always more fun to turn a chore into a game, and participants compete to see who can pick up the most garbage.
Merchandise at a Glance
Round Coin Purse
Merchandise (Exclusive to the Hokkaido Area)
Canvas Tote Bag (S)
Hand Towel (M/L)
Along with the standard rules, a new version of the game inspired by Rilakkuma will be introduced, perfect for both children and adults to enjoy.
After helping to clean up, why not enjoy some delicious local food and sightseeing? Join Rilakkuma in his efforts to clean up Japan and connect local communities.
©2022 SAN-X CO., LTD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Ensemble Tour ~Let’s Share the Leisurely SDGs Together~
Running: July 13, 2022 – Fall 2023
Venue: To open sequentially at event sites in each prefecture
Participation Fee: Free Entry into Venue
Official Site: https://sdgs-events.com/
Sanrio Puroland Opens New Sensory Show Fusing Real and Virtual Worlds
Starting July 15, Sanrio Puroland will premiere a new show, Nakayoku Connect. The unique hands-on experience will blend both the real and virtual worlds.
The interactive show Nakayoku Connect is set to introduce a new type of entertainment that combines a real live show filled with twinkling lights and lasers set to pop dance music with a virtual world. This is the first new show to be performed at Puro Village in three years, since Wish me mell’s Chance for You began in September 2019. This will also be the first time in about two years–since the temporary closure in 2020–that regular shows will be held in Puro Village during business hours.
For the first time ever, this show will be presented not only in Puroland, but virtually as well. Visitors are welcome to enjoy this unprecedented experimental show incorporating the world around us and the world inside the computer.
In Japanese, Nakayoku means ‘to care about friends’ and ‘to get along happily.’ The creators of the show believe that this is an important value to think about today, and visitors will enjoy seeing their favorite characters, from Hello Kitty and Dear Daniel to Bad Badtz-Maru and Kogimyun. The live and virtual shows will be performed simultaneously, and the characters will wear new costumes inspired by the concept of retro-futurism.
For a more immersive experience, the show will utilize a ‘fiber beam’ for the first time ever. Harmless to the body, the entirety of Puro Village will be illuminated, with the lights and animations linked to the show’s music. Come enjoy this brand-new experience!
FamilyMart Starts Pokemon Campaign, Pikachu Pineapple Frappe Now Available
FamilyMart stores nationwide have started a campaign in collaboration with the free-to-play mobile game Pokemon Cafe ReMix! From June 21 until July 18, visitors will be able to pick up some special treats and exclusive merchandise.
A new addition to the Frappe series, customers will be able to enjoy Pikachu’s Pineapple Frappe starting June 21, featuring Pikachu in a cute cafe uniform. Made with golden pineapple pulp, the drink is perfect for summer, offering a refreshing sweet and sour taste. There are three cup designs available–one with Pikachu in red, one in blue, and another in green.
Original Merchandise Campaign
Part I: June 21, 10:00~ / Original PP Coaster (4 varieties)
Part 2: July 5, 10:00~ / Cafe Menu Design Original Memo Pad (4 varieties)
A goods campaign is also underway. Customers purchasing three qualifying products will receive exclusive merchandise–while supplies last, of course! The event will run from June 21 at 10:00 through July 18.
Left: 5 stamps, Original Lunch Bag / Right: 10 stamps, Original Plates (Set of 3)
Collecting stamps on the FamilyMart app can also net fans some special prizes! At the same time, Pokemon fans can use the app to win tickets to Pokemon GO Fest 2022 Sapporo.
© 2022 Pokémon. © 1995-2022 Nintendo/Creatures Inc./GAME FREAK inc.
Developed by Genius Sonority Inc.
登録商標です。Nintendo Switchのロゴ・Nintendo Switchは任天堂の商標です。
©2022 Niantic, Inc. ©2022 Pokémon.
©1995-2022 Nintendo/Creatures Inc. /GAME FREAK inc.
Pokemon Cafe ReMix ~ Puzzle Campaign
Japanese Artist VERDY Releases Minions Collaboration Collection
To commemorate the upcoming film Minions: The Rise of Gru, a new apparel collection has been unveiled! The new items were made by VERDY, the artist behind popular projects like Girls Don’t Cry and Wasted Youth, both of which have been noticed by celebrities overseas. Prior to the collection’s launch online on July 1, fans can buy items from the limited-edition collection at Universal Studios in Los Angeles starting June 17 and at Universal Studios Japan starting June 24.
VERDY is an incredibly popular artist who has garnered attention around the world, and his products are often seen with celebrities and big names in Japan and abroad. He has collaborated with a number of top brands in the past.
The first collaboration between the two, Minions x Vick, was released in 2020 to huge popularity, selling out within one minute of release. This second collaboration was created to satisfy huge fan demand, offering up tons of items featuring Otto, a Minion who will appear in the new film, and VERDY’s signature character Vick. Fans can purchase T-shirts, hoodies, long sleeve shirts, hats, keychains, skateboards, and more.
This is the only time you’ll be able to snag these unique items, so don’t miss out!
WIZARDING WORLD and all related trademarks, characters, names, and indicia are © & ™ WBEI. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s22)
Minions and all related elements and indicia TM & © 2022 Universal Studios. All rights reserved.TM & © Universal Studios & Amblin Entertainment
Universal Studios Japan TM & © Universal Studios. All rights reserved.
Minions x VERDY
Where to Buy: Universal Studios Japan, Studio Style
Available: June 24 – June 30, 2022
*Items only available while supplies last.
Available Online starting July 1
Available at Universal Studios Hollywood starting June 17
Attack on Titan Inspires Collaboration Folding Bike from DAHON
The world’s largest folding bike brand DANON has revealed a new collaboration with the popular series Attack on Titan! This bike features unique branding and coloring perfect for fans of the long-running manga and anime series.
Dahon is the world’s largest manufacturer of folding bicycles with a two-thirds market share in 2006. The company was founded in 1982 by David T. Hon, a former laser physicist, and is headquartered in Los Angeles, California, with assembly factories in China, Macau, and Bulgaria. Full-scale production started in 1984.
Attack on Titan Bike: ¥89,100 (Tax Included)
The bike will go on sale at the PCPSHOP on June 20 at 17:00. Only 139 units are available, and fans of the Scout Regiment will be happy to see its color and badge displayed proudly on the bike’s body. A special bag is also included.
Grab one as soon as possible if you’re interested!
Ⓒ諫⼭創・講談社／「進撃の巨⼈」The Final Season製作委員会
Attack on Titan Bike
MARiA from GARNiDELiA and luz Release Duet Track, Music Video
20.June.2022 | MUSIC
GARNiDELiA vocalist MARiA released the music video for Cafe Latte no Uta, her duet track with luz, on June 15, 2022.
The track will be included in the singer’s second solo album Memories, which will go on sale on June 22 and is now available on streaming services. Cafe Latte no Uta was composed by PENGUIN RESERACH’s kemu with lyrics written by both Horie and luz.
Cafe Latte no Uta feat. luz
A release event has also been announced, scheduled to take place on June 22 at Tower Records Shibuya. The singer will hold a solo concert at Toyosu PIT on July 3. In exciting news, MARiA will be performing in an upcoming stage play, Quantum, which will be performed in Tokyo and Osaka for 23 total shows.
Although still very active in her work with GARNiDELiA, MARiA has been breaking new ground in her solo work, collaborating with a number of artists and creators. Keep an eye on what she does in the future!
Comment from MARiA
“I had a meeting with luz and kemu, and when we started chatting, we decided that since our voices are more adult, it would be perfect if we made a more sexy song.
All three of us have lived our lives as part of internet culture, so this song really shows off our history with all of its strengths!
This is a song best listened to with headphones on–we really used our breath a lot, especially in the gaps between the music.
Be sure to enjoy the perfect harmony between me and luz!”
Release Date: June 22, 2022
Limited Edition (CD＋Blu-ray): ¥4,950 (Tax Included)
Standard Edition (CD Only): ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
GARNiDELiA Official Site: https://www.garnidelia.com/
UNIQLO Releases UT Collection Inspired by the Great Museums of the World
20.June.2022 | FASHION
UNIQLO’s graphic T-shirt brand UT has launched an artful new collection! The Museums of the World collection of men’s shirts features beloved museums like the Tate Modern, the Louvre, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and more. This valuable collection was made possible by UNIQLO’s continued art initiative, as the company has continued to work with museums around the world to share the wonders of art with as many people as possible.
A Collection Allowing Customers to Enjoy the World’s Best Museums as Part of Their Daily Lives
This collection brings together some of the world’s most beloved museums, with designs inspired by the exteriors of these well-known homes of art. The Louvre design fully captures the iconic pyramid, while the contemporary MoMA is expressed with simple lines. The name of each museum is also printed on one sleeve for extra style.
UNIQLO’s Art Initiative
UNIQLO has partnered with some of the world’s leading museums over the years. Through free admission programs, sales of collaborative products and various events, these museums aim to provide opportunities for more people to experience and deepen their understanding of art.
May 2013 – Present / The Museum of Modern Art (New York, USA)
March 2016 – Present / Tate Modern (London, England)
September 2017 – Present / Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, USA)
March 2018 – Present / Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (Barcelona, Spain)
February 2021 – Present / Louvre Museum (Paris, France)
Don’t miss this unique collection! Which museum would you like represented in your wardrobe?
Museums of the World Collection UT
Available: June 20, 2022
Contents: Men’s T-shirts (4 designs)
Price: ¥1,500 each (Tax Included)
Where to Buy: UNIQLO locations nationwide, UNIQLO Online Store
Special Site: https://www.uniqlo.com/jp/ja/spl/ut-graphic-tees/world-collection/men
Japan’s National Museum of Nature and Science to Hold Dr. Stone Collaboration Event
Japan’s National Museum of Nature and Science will hold a collaboration with the anime series Dr. Stone starting June 21! The project will include mini-exhibitions, character audio guides for permanent exhibits, commentary panels with collaborative visuals for permanent exhibitions, and collaborative goods! The event aims to convey a deeper interest in science to the younger generation.
A mini-exhibition will be held to explain the world of the first two seasons of Dr. Stone from a scientific point of view. The science used by the show’s protagonist, Senku Ishigami, and his friends in the Kingdom of Science will be explained in an easy-to-understand manner through specimens and materials from the Museum’s collection of natural history and the history of science and technology.
Location: Earth Building 1F
Exhibition Details at a Glance
Fossilization Exhibit – How are Living Things Petrified?
Archaeopteryx Fossil (Replica)
For example, in connection with the scene at the beginning of the anime in which all humans are petrified by a mysterious beam of light, the process of fossilization will be explained scientifically. An Archaeopteryx fossil replica will also be on display.
Music Exhibition – How are Records Recorded and Played Back?
SP Record Player (ELECTROLA No.4) / Manufactured by ELECTROLA GESELLSCHAFT
In connection with a scene in the anime showing the characters crafting a record player to listen to records made at the bottom of a glass bottle, a scientific explanation of how records are recorded and played back will be on show. A German-made SP record player (manual portable phonograph) will be on display to help visitors understand.
Character Voice Guides for Permanent Exhibits
Voice actors Yusuke Kobayashi (Senku Ishigami) and Kengo Kawanishi (Gen Asagiri) will provide their character voices in special commentary on ten of the museum’s permanent exhibits.
The voices can be played back by scanning the dedicated QR code located in the museum with your smartphone.
Explanatory Panels with Collaborative Visuals for Permanent Exhibits
Explanatory panels with collaborative visuals will be specially installed in five permanent exhibits to introduce visitors to recommended exhibits around the massive museum.
National Museum of Nature and Science x Dr. Stone Collaboration Goods
Original goods featuring collaboration visuals were created exclusively for this project, including posters of the periodic table and crystal growing kits!
Where to Buy:
National Museum of Nature and Science Museum Shop (Over-the-counter sales only)
Location: Japan Hall B1F / Hours: 9:30-Museum Closing Time
TMS Entertainment Online Shop
*In-store sales of the collaboration goods are scheduled to begin on June 3.
*The date for online sales will be announced at a later date.
Dr. Stone and the World of Science
Venue: National Museum of Nature and Science (7-20 Uenokoen, Taito-ku, Tokyo)
Running: June 21 – September 4, 2022
Closed June 27 – July 1, July 4, July 11
*Advanced reservations must be made on the museum’s website in order to visit.
Dr. Stone – Ryusei TV Special
Airing July 10, 19:00-20:00
Streaming on Various Services starting July 10 at 20:00
*Broadcast date and time subject to change.
Tokyo Revengers to Hold Collaboration Event in Shibuya’s RAYARD MIYASHITA PARK
From June 17 until July 10, the anime series Tokyo Revengers will inspire a number of special events at RAYARD MIYASHITA PARK in Shibuya!
The new campaign will feature photo spots, an original broadcast only viewable on-site, and a raffle to win exclusive original collaboration merchandise.
MIYASHITA PARK PARTY, a Special Summer Bargain
Special promotions available during the event period include discounts at participating stores, lucky bags, and more, promising to make this a happy summer for fans. For more information about the MIYASHITA PARK PARTY including participating shops and bargains, check out the special campaign website.
Win Tokyo Revengers x RAYARD MIYASHITA PARK Collaboration Goods!
Guests presenting a reciept for ¥3,000 or more (tax included) during the event period will be entered to win Tokyo Revengers x RAYARD MIYASHITA PARK collaboration goods.
A Photo Spot and Original Stream!
Guests will find three unique photo spots within RAYARD MIYASHITA PARK featuring nine characters from the series. Original broadcasts featuring Takemichi Hanagaki and Manjiro Sano will be aired on-site.
Available: June 17 – July 10, 2022
Locations: 2F South in front of L’ÉCHOPPE (Takemichi Hanagaki, Manjiro Sano, Ken Ryuguji)
2F South in front of THE SHIBUYA SOUVENIR STORE (Chifuyu Matsuno, Keisuke Baji, Kazutora Hanamiya) / 3F South in front of MINOTAUR INST. (Takashi Mitsuya, Haruki Hayashida, Ryohei Hayashi)
Running: June 17 – July 10 (Broadcast every 30 minutes during business hours.)
Don’t miss this special campaign filled with bargains, exclusive merchandise, lucky bags, and plenty more!
Tokyo Revengers × RAYARD MIYASHITA PARK
Running: June 17 – July 10, 2022
MIYASHITA PARK PARTY Special Site:
Final Results of 2022 Sanrio Character Ranking Announced
16.June.2022 | FASHION
The results are in! The annual Sanrio Character Award tallies millions of votes to discover which of the company’s 450 characters is the fan favorite for the year. In 2022, nearly 26.5 million people cast their vote, totaling up to 124% of last year’s turnout.
Taking the top spot for the third year in a row is Cinnamoroll, almost reaching 3 million votes. The character is celebrating his 20th anniversary this year, so it’s fitting that he should take home the trophy!
Pompompurin came in second. The adorable dog has been in the top three for the past eight years and managed to rack up nearly 2.4 million votes. Surprisingly, Kuromi came in third, surpassing her rival My Melody for the first time ever. This was also the first time in the history of the competition that Kuromi has ranked in the top three.
Hangyodon ranked eighth, becoming the first new character in the top ten in 34 years. The fish character has been seeing increased popularity over the past year.
All rankings are available to view on the official website, so be sure to take a look to find out where your favorite sits!
©’22 SANRIO S/D·G S/F·G SP-M 著作 （株）サンリオ
Official Site: https://ranking.sanrio.co.jp
Pui Pui Molcar Collaborates with Del Monte Vegetable Juice for New CG Commercial
Kikkoman Foods has appointed the adorable characters from Pui Pui Molcar as ambassadors for Del Monte Vegetable Juice! A new CG commercial began airing nationwide on June 12, 2022.
This is the third collaboration between Del Monte’s Vegetable Juice and Pui Pui Molcar.
The commercial is getting fans excited for the newly-announced second season of Pui Pui Molcar, scheduled to air this autumn. It’s also the first official commercial showing the characters in CG.
Mizuho Misato voices the presenter in the new commercial; the actress also played Potato in the series.
Comment from Tomoki Misato (Director)
I’m so happy that Del Monte is teaming up with Pui Pui Molcar again!
The previous 2D animated web commercials were amazing, so when this project was starting to come together, I was shocked to find out that it would be made with CG!
This is probably the first CG Del Monte commercial to date!
Seeing my characters moving around on the screen, I immediately hoped that we could team up again in the future!
This will also be the first time that Potato’s driver speaks! (My sister did the voice!)
Del Monte Fruit Juice x Pui Pui Molcar CM
Airing starting June 12 *Broadcast date may vary by region.
Broadcasting nationally *Excludes some areas.
Official Site: https://kikkoman-delmonte-b.jp/brand/tsubuyasai