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HELLO KITTY SANRIO SHOPS IN TOKYO. SUNSHINE CITY IKEBUKURO SHOPPING CENTER, SANRIO KIDS FESTIVAL.


HELLO KITTY SANRIO SHOPS IN TOKYO. SUNSHINE CITY IKEBUKURO SHOPPING CENTER, SANRIO KIDS FESTIVAL. Kawaii cute stationery, plush toys, where to buy hello kitty cheap goods, japan stores, sanrio puroland, theme park, kuromi, tuxedo sam, keroppi games

Hello Kitty hell… or heaven? Sunshine City in Ikebukuro is one of the best places in Tokyo to buy cute character goods (see photos of kawaii stores in this post.) The Sanrio store within has a huge selection of “grown-up” designer Hello Kitty accessories and toys.

HELLO KITTY SANRIO SHOPS IN TOKYO. SUNSHINE CITY IKEBUKURO SHOPPING CENTER, SANRIO KIDS FESTIVAL. Kawaii cute stationery, plush toys, where to buy hello kitty cheap goods, japan stores, sanrio puroland, theme park, kuromi, tuxedo sam, keroppi games

I can’t keep up with the latest Sanrio characters… anyone know the name of the rabbit?

HELLO KITTY SANRIO SHOPS IN TOKYO. SUNSHINE CITY IKEBUKURO SHOPPING CENTER, SANRIO KIDS FESTIVAL. Kawaii cute stationery, plush toys, where to buy hello kitty cheap goods, japan stores, sanrio puroland, theme park, kuromi, tuxedo sam, keroppi games

In the central atrium, Ikebukuro Sunshine City was hosting a Sanrio event for kids (and adults)…

HELLO KITTY SANRIO SHOPS IN TOKYO. SUNSHINE CITY IKEBUKURO SHOPPING CENTER, SANRIO KIDS FESTIVAL. Kawaii cute stationery, plush toys, where to buy hello kitty cheap goods, japan stores, sanrio puroland, theme park, kuromi, tuxedo sam, keroppi games

… ominously called Power of Characters!

HELLO KITTY SANRIO SHOPS IN TOKYO. SUNSHINE CITY IKEBUKURO SHOPPING CENTER, SANRIO KIDS FESTIVAL. Kawaii cute stationery, plush toys, where to buy hello kitty cheap goods, japan stores, sanrio puroland, theme park, kuromi, tuxedo sam, keroppi games

You could grab a gift bag, or pick up a Hello Kitty charm for your cell phone.

HELLO KITTY SANRIO SHOPS IN TOKYO. SUNSHINE CITY IKEBUKURO SHOPPING CENTER, SANRIO KIDS FESTIVAL. Kawaii cute stationery, plush toys, where to buy hello kitty cheap goods, japan stores, sanrio puroland, theme park, kuromi, tuxedo sam, keroppi games

There were various festival-style games for youngsters, including a “fish the Kitty out of the water” and this bizarre playpen.

HELLO KITTY SANRIO SHOPS IN TOKYO. SUNSHINE CITY IKEBUKURO SHOPPING CENTER, SANRIO KIDS FESTIVAL. Kawaii cute stationery, plush toys, where to buy hello kitty cheap goods, japan stores, sanrio puroland, theme park, kuromi, tuxedo sam, keroppi games

This looks a lot like a casino for kids…

HELLO KITTY SANRIO SHOPS IN TOKYO. SUNSHINE CITY IKEBUKURO SHOPPING CENTER, SANRIO KIDS FESTIVAL. Kawaii cute stationery, plush toys, where to buy hello kitty cheap goods, japan stores, sanrio puroland, theme park, kuromi, tuxedo sam, keroppi games

Or how about some popcorn, made by Hello Kitty herself?

Hello Kitty — like, dislike? For more, please take a look at my photos of the Sanrio theme park, Puroland, also featured in my Theme Restaurants book. I have maps to Sunshine City and other Ikebukuro hotspots here.

Japanese Word of the Day: Ankisuru = Memorize
Song of the Day: Seileen – Carnival of Blood (We shot SiSEN and Selia’s release party for the Australian TV show… photos coming up.)

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  1. Posted September 23, 2010 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

    Hello Kitty omigosh! I’d go nutsy in there!!

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  2. Posted September 23, 2010 at 10:37 pm | Permalink

    Cute! Thanks for this post, carmina.

  3. Posted September 23, 2010 at 10:39 pm | Permalink

    Kids in japan have it so much better than when I was kid. XD

    • Posted September 24, 2010 at 12:23 am | Permalink

      Sigh, I know… I only had Hello Kitty toys. Now you can get every character!

  4. Posted September 23, 2010 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

    I would be in there forever!

    • Posted September 24, 2010 at 12:23 am | Permalink

      …. I hung out there for a long time too….

  5. Posted September 24, 2010 at 12:22 am | Permalink

    sanrio festival? awww *jealous* :P as much as i love hk, that much pink might be a bit sickly…

  6. Posted September 24, 2010 at 2:00 am | Permalink

    OH GOD!!!!!! … OH GODS AND GODDESSES!!! HOLY COW – I think I’m about to explode over this hahaha!!!! Where’s my Badtz Maru? Where is he? Where is that little fel- THERE HE IS!!! OH I LOVE HIM SO MUCH!!! As a guy I have to say I have a creepy fascination with stuffed toys. They’re just so lovable and I can never let go of them. They’d automatically take the best friend position!That little bunny you see there is U*SA*HA*NA!!!! Or at least…I think she is…U*SA*HA*NA is usually colorful…hmm…and that bunny doesn’t have a bow. Either way U*SA*HA*NA Such a cute little girl!!! OH I LOVE THEM ALL SO MUCH!But Badtz Maru – he’s a BADASS – he’s the BOMB…he OWNS EVERYONE! He’s like comparable to that guy in a movie who doesn’t speak a word, but later on just KICKS SOME ASS or says one PHRASE that CHANGES EVERYTHING!!! I LOVE HIM!!! I love so many though! I love Badtz Maru, TuxedoSam (another funny little penguin!), SHINKANSEN (who the hell doesn’t love friendly transportation to wonderland/fantasy land), Sugarbunnies, Sugarminuet, Chibimaru, Kuririn,…umm…those twin stars (I forget what they were called), oh they’re called “Little twins stars” Pochacco!!! (a classic), Pekkle, Pandapple!, Cinamoroll, and Landry.I DON’T LIKE THE MONKEYS! -_-, I always get a suspicious feeling from them…they’re always up to something!NOW…I always had…and still sort of do…have a crush on My Melody, of course now there is her counterpart – KUROMI!!! *DUN DUN DUNNNNN* I’m torn apart between the two ^o^!Yep…I love them all. I have to visit Sanrio Puroland one day, despite how girly it might by, and despite how kiddish it might me. Well I guess I’ll just have to have a daughter one day to give a reason as to why I’m there hehehe! I can never get rid of the child within me, and pray that I NEVER WILL.

    As for Hello Kitty…she’s alright…however her majesty has to understand I just love her friends a whole lot more! “You can never have too many friends!”

    • Posted September 24, 2010 at 4:02 am | Permalink

      Badtz and Kuromi are the bad kids of Sanrio – love em. Oh I forgot about Shinkansen! Probably the most random character in there.
      Puroland is a must-visit… it’s not an entirely pleasant experience but it’s one you will never forget. :)

  7. Posted September 24, 2010 at 3:08 am | Permalink

    Lol I like the juxtaposition of this entry next to yesterday’s entry…

    • Posted September 24, 2010 at 4:00 am | Permalink

      One of my friends (the one wearing the boob on her head) once said that Goth and Kawaii are kinda the same thing, in a lot of weird ways…. ahah!

  8. Posted September 24, 2010 at 3:42 am | Permalink

    you just mad my brain pop. #love. #fateflymetotokyo

  9. Posted September 24, 2010 at 3:50 am | Permalink

    I went to the one in Shinjuku…. very scary.

  10. Posted September 24, 2010 at 3:59 am | Permalink

    i think i just Overdosed on Hello Kitty <3____<3 . . . this is amazing

  11. Posted September 24, 2010 at 4:09 am | Permalink

    OMG! My eyes burn in too much Hello Kitty + pink stuff. XD

    • Posted September 24, 2010 at 7:56 am | Permalink

      Seconded! :3

    • Posted September 24, 2010 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

      haha I know, my eyes didn’t know what to do…

  12. Posted September 24, 2010 at 5:05 am | Permalink

    OMG look at all the phone charms I think I would want them all!!!

    • Posted September 24, 2010 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

      I can imagine your phone, overloaded with cute charms!

    • Posted September 26, 2010 at 6:03 am | Permalink

      It is anyway why not add to the fun ^^

  13. Posted September 24, 2010 at 6:16 am | Permalink

    I love! More the magenta than the pastels, though.

  14. Posted September 24, 2010 at 6:17 am | Permalink

    I loved the blog post! And I think Hello Kitty is awesome (especially that black and pink one!)

  15. Posted September 24, 2010 at 6:23 am | Permalink

    omg! i literally held my breath because i seen all that hello kitty!!! AHHHHH!

  16. Posted September 24, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    I’m not a Hello kitty fan but…..I can’t stop myself from purchasing Hello Kitty stuff each time I head into Sanrio store.lol.I’ve a huge Kitty collection.
    I love Sugar Bunny and cinnamon. They’re so adorable.

    • Posted September 24, 2010 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

      You’d go broke in Japan… Sanrio is everywhere! XD

  17. Posted September 24, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

    Uraahh I don’t like Hello Kitty >_> Chococat doesn’t get enough love _> I just don’t like it. It’s evil fuckery.

    • Posted September 24, 2010 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

      hahaha I know, she’s Satan to you… :)

      • Posted September 25, 2010 at 7:53 am | Permalink

        Satan is my drinking buddy. She’s Satan’s little sister… do not want -_-

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    I think my lung jsut collapsed from the CUTENESSSSSSSSSS!!!!! >//W//< LOVE LOVE LOVE

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    cute cute cute cute Cute CUte CUTe CUTE CUUUUTEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *faint*

  20. Posted September 24, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    i like Yoshikitty better xD

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    Hello Kitty is cute, but this is even more adorable: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzvUyu3zOmE

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    do want the big pink kitty head pillow!

  23. Posted September 25, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    Haha I love sunshine city I take ppl there all the time. Are u still in Tokyo??

  24. Posted September 25, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

    sooo cute! i wanna live there >u<

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  28. Posted February 14, 2011 at 12:32 am | Permalink

    It’s my dream to be there. I love Hello Kitty so much! I’m such a fan since grade school.

    • Posted February 14, 2011 at 10:31 am | Permalink

      It was lots of fun! Did you see my photos of Puroland, the Hello Kitty theme park?

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    WOW! All the pink stuff is here! Where is this pink place? Haha! Amazing shop!

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