On February 6th, a fantastic exhibition dedicated to Sanrio characters opened in Tokyo! Customers of Tom’s Sandwich, a bar in Daikanyama (Shibuya), infact, have the pleasure to admire and buy a series of beautiful pieces made by Sanrio artists.
Few days ago, another collection dedicated to Hello Kitty arrived on Italian newsstands and it will surely delight collectors and nostalgic. La Casa di Hello Kitty (Hello Kitty’s House), published by RBA Italia, follows the concept already seen in Hello Kitty – Casa Dolce Casa, bringing on newsstands a real old style dolls house… of course, kawaii!
Finally, is arrived for us Westerners a TV show dedicated to kawaii culture, the international version of the popular Tokyo Kawaii TV! It will be broadcasted by NHK, the Japanese state television, which since several years can be seen worldwide via NHK World (also known as JSTV), English channel of japanese news and culture.
Do you know Mameshiba? You have probably already seen these strange little beans with the ears of a dog (the name is a fusion between the word “mame”, meaning “bean”, and the Shiba Inu breed). The series was created by Kim Sukwon, a Japanese-Korean copywriter, and in recent years has achieved extraordinary popularity in the world thanks to a series of hilarious commercials. In the movies, the small and adorable Mameshibas pop out of nowhere and offer to humans informations completely out of place (and somewhat disgusting). For example, did you know that more than 200 million germs per second are exchanged through a kiss?
This year 2012 will be a busy one for Jewelpet, the little pets created by Sanrio in cooperation with Sega Toys. In April, in fact, will be broadcasted the fourth animated series about the adventures of Ruby and her magical friends, Jewelpet Kira☆Deko. The new anime will introduce new pets, including the Sweetspet, inspired by different kinds of desserts and already glimpsed on Jewelpet Sunshine, the series currently on air, bringing the group of Jewelpet at 52 characters!
Lately, Sanrio likes to mix the things a little, bringing together its most famous characters, Hello Kitty in the first place, with characters from anime and video games.