Hello Kitty Fashion Avenue in Universal Studios Japan

Universal Studios Japan

Last month I went to Universal Studios Japan (USJ) in Osaka. It was pretty fun, but the theme park was SO SO SO crowded!(even though it was neither during the weekend nor the vacation season) which made me a little tired (for example, for enjoying an attraction, ‘Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey’, people had to wait 4 hours including 2 hours waiting time for “getting an express pass” on that day). If you want to visit USJ, make sure you purchase an express pass ‘before’ you get here! 

Unlike Universal Studios in other countries, USJ has its unique attractions such as Hello Kitty, Evangelion, and Attack on Titan.

The most interesting attractions to me, of course, were the Hello Kitty attractions as the character, Hello Kitty is one of the main kawaii characters of Japan.

Hello Kitty, Elmo, and Snoopy greeting visitors (at the entrance of Universal Wonderland)

Hello Kitty Fashion Avenue is located in Universal wonderland of USJ and consists of Hello Kitty’s Ribbon Collection, Hello Kitty’s Cupcake Dream, Hello Kitty’s Cupcake Shop, Hello Kitty’s Corner Café, and Hello Kitty’s Ribbon Boutique.

Hello Kitty Fashion Avenue on the USJ’s map (http://www.usj.co.jp))

Hello Kitty Fashion Avenue (image from http://onigiriface.com)

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Below are more detail about those featured spots in Hello Kitty Fashion Avenue. Here I categorize them into attractions, restaurants, and shop.

By the way, I should warn you that everywhere in the photos below will be so pink! lol

Even the entrance of the restroom is Hello Kitty-themed.



Hello Kitty’s Ribbon Collection

Hello Kitty’s Ribbon Collection (original image by http://onigiriface.com)


In the attraction, you can see Hello Kitty-themed fashion items (not for sale), take a ride down the High-Heel slide, and take a memorial picture with Hello Kitty.

Image showing features of Hello Kitty’s Ribbon Collection (image from http://www.appsfactory.my)

Hello Kitty’s Cupcake Dream

This is an attraction that you can take a ride in big cupcake cups spinning to the music. When you turn the steering wheel in the center of the cup, the cup rotates faster. Experience time is about 90 seconds.

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spinning cupcake with the steering wheel (image from http://www.usj.co.jp)


Hello Kitty’s Cupcake Shop

Hello Kitty’s Cupcake Shop (image from http://www.usj.co.jp)

Here you can taste cute cupcakes inspired by the rides in Hello Kitty’s Cupcake Dream. Below is the picture of them. Look so yummy….

Cute cupcakes in Hello Kitty's Cupcake Shop (image from http://private-import-japan.blogspot.ru)
Cute cupcakes in Hello Kitty’s Cupcake Shop (image from http://private-import-japan.blogspot.ru)

Hello Kitty’s Corner Café


You can taste some Hello Kitty-themed foods and other cute foods here. Below is the menu. The ‘Pink Macaroon Hot Chocolate’ looks so good in the picture!

Menu of Hello Kitty’s Corner Cafe (image from http://onigiriface.com) usj-kitty014

Although they always sell Hello Kitty buns, they seem to change foods according to the season though. At least in the summer of 2013 they sold Hello Kitty’s Apple & Peach Frappe and sold Pink Macaroon Hot Chocolate in the winter of 2013 (I do not know about this year though :p).

Hello Kitty bun (image from http://vanillabe.blog.fc2.com)
Hello Kitty bun (image from http://vanillabe.blog.fc2.com)

Hello Kitty’s Apple & Peach Frappe (image from http://www.usj.co.jp)



Hello Kitty’s Ribbon Boutique


Lastly, Hello Kitty’s Ribbon Boutique has various Hello Kitty goods! Below are pictures of the store. For seeing full size click the images.

Come and visit Hello Kitty Fashion Avenue in USJ if you love Hello Kitty 🙂

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Doraemon & Crayon Shin-chan’s TV network, TV Asahi and Its Show Exhibition

TV Asahi Corporation (株式会社テレビ朝日) is a Japanese TV network headquartered in the Roppongi district of Tokyo. The TV network has been broadcasting and distributing some popular Japanese TV anime series such as Doraemon, Crayon Shin-chan, and Sailor Moon (aired in 1992-1997). All of them are my favorite TV anime series in my childhood (especially Sailor Moon truly fascinated me with its fantastic and romantic story and a variety of beautiful girl warriors on the show).

About a month ago, I happened to visit the headquarter building of TV Asahi when I was wandering around the area of Roppongi Hills (one of the largest integrated property developments of Japan). TV Asahi’s building was right next to the Roppongi Hills and the name, ‘Asahi’ made me curious about the TV network and its building as it reminded me of the world famous Japanese beer ‘Asahi’ (it turned out Asahi beer and TV Asahi are not related to each other :))

Location of TV Asahi’s building

On the 1st floor of the TV Asahi’s building, there was the exhibition of TV shows aired and distributed by TV Asahi. Admission to this exhibition was free!

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Movie information board near the entrance of TV Asahi building

A cute panda mascot was welcoming me near the entrance of the exhibit. He is a mascot of TV Asahi, and his name is ‘Go-Chan’.

Go-chan's statue welcoming visitors
Go-chan’s statue welcoming visitors

Although there were not many things to see like an anime museum in the exhibition, it was fun to go around the place and take some commemorative photographs in photo shoot spots in there.

Below are pictures of Doraemon exhibit. For more information about Doraemon, go to this post -> “Doraemon”, a Cat Robot Does Not Have Ears?

Doraemon statue in TV Asahi’s building

And below is Crayon Shin-chan photo shoot spot.

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Crayon Shin-chan display for photo shoot

In addition to displays of anime series, there were also displays of famous talk show & comedy show in Japan aired by TV Asahi. Below are the pictures of them. Though the dolls of celebrities here were little creepy to me.

Always, looking around a souvenir shop is part of the fun of tour. After seeing the exhibition, I visited a souvenir store near the entrance of the exhibition. The store was selling TV Asahi’s TV shows related goods. Below are photos taken from the store. I wish I could buy everything in the store!

Doraemon Goods

Doraemon belly band could be a fun souvenir. It seemed very useful, too. It had a pocket on it like the real Doraemon’s belly :).

Sailor Moon Goods

I thought Sailor Moon socks and Sailor Moon pens would make pretty good souvenirs. But I was just sad to realize that I was too old to use them in my daily life lol.

 Crayon Shin-chan Goods

I ended up buying a cute ‘Buri Buri Jaemon (a pig hero created by Shin-chan)’ tissue box cover here.

Below are images of my souvenir from TV Asahi’s building.

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Doraemon Warm Wool Belly Band

Crayon Shin Chan: Season 1

Moon Stick “Sailor Moon”

Tokyo Character Street in First Avenue Tokyo Station!

Today I want to introduce you one of must-go places for whom love Japanese anime and other characters.

The First Avenue Tokyo Station! 😀

Entrance of Tokyo Character Street http://otoiawase.tokyoeki-1bangai.co.jp/en/
Entrance of Tokyo Character Street (Photo from http://otoiawase.tokyoeki-1bangai.co.jp/en/)

First Avenue Tokyo Station is a three-floor commercial establishment which is connected to Yaesu exit of the Tokyo Station (a railway station in Marunouchi District of Tokyo). The establishment has cafes, restaurants (visit Tokyo Ramen Street!), and many shops for sweets, clothing, and character goods. Below is the location of ‘Tokyo Station.’

And this link has a very good map of ‘First Avenue Tokyo Station’. You can print out and use it -> http://www.tokyoeki-1bangai.co.jp/pdf/floorMap_foreign.pdf

Though there are many other attractions that visitors can enjoy in First Avenue Tokyo Station, I visit there mostly for enjoying Tokyo Character Street!

There are many character-specific stores for famous Japanese anime and other characters in the place.

Here is the map of the character street.

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Map of Tokyo Character Street

In this post, I show you some major stores of Tokyo Character Street.

Jump Shop

Kamehameha~~This store has products for well-known Japanese anime such as Dragon Ball, Naruto, and One Piece.

Donguri Garden

This is the place where has goods for Ghibli animes including My Neighbor Totoro, Castle in the Sky, and Princess Mononoke, and Spirited Away). The store has pretty many kinds of character goods, but ‘Donguri Republic’ or Stores in ‘Ghibli Museum’ have more stuff than this store does 🙂 You should visit Ghibli Museum in Tokyo if you love Totoro!

Hello Kitty Shop

You know Hello Kitty right? 🙂 Many kinds of Hello Kitty items are here!

Rilakkuma Store

Rilakkuma means relaxed(rila) bear(kkuma). Like people love teddy bears, bear characters seem to beloved by people all over the world. You can see a variety of goods of cute bear character, Rilakkuma in this store. For more information about this store go to this post! -> Rilakkuma Store in First Avenue Tokyo Station: Cute Rilakkuma Goods are here! 😀

Kyurutto Shop

The store has goods for a character, Kapibara-san (Mr. Kapibara) which is one of my favorite Japanese characters. The character was inspired by a animal ‘capybara’ which is the largest rodent in the world. Though the title ‘a large rodent’ might sound creepy to some people, the animal is actually very cute and sweet enough to beloved by many people.


Pokemon! Even though new seasons of Pokemon keep coming out on TV, I still prefer the oldest one to the others.


For people do not know what Tamagotchi is, Tamagotchi is a small toy computer (mostly egg-shaped) which houses digital pets. The name, Tamagotchi is combination of words tamago which means egg in Japanese and watch, the english word. The store reminds me of my childhood playing many Tamagotchis (and I killed many of them. I was a terrible mom :().

Nameko Official Shop

Nameko is also one of my favorite Japanese characters but not very well-known to non-Japanese people. The character was inspired by nameko, one of common mushrooms that the Japanese eat. For more information about Nameko Official shop, visit this post! -> Nameko Official Shop: Fall in Love with This Mushroom Character. And if you want to know more about Nameko as a game character, visit this post, too -> Mushroom Garden(Game) : Let’s Grow Funny and Cute Mushroom, ‘Nameko!’

So far, I showed you some major stores for Japanese character products in Tokyo Character Street. Here I briefly talked about some Japanese characters (sometimes in one sentence lol). But in my other posts, I would love to talk about those characters in detail 😀

Here are my souvenirs from Tokyo Character Street.

Nameko & Kapibara-san
Nameko & Kapibara-san

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Hello Kitty Peel and Stick Wall Decals

Rilakkuma San-X Small Rilakkuma Plush

Pokemon Rare Grabbag – 20 Rare Pokemon Cards

Miraikan, The Science Museum in Tokyo (Odaiba District)

The Miraikan, The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation
The Miraikan, The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (image from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miraikan)

Last summer, I went to Miraikan, a Science Museum in Odaiba district of Tokyo and had a special experience at there!

location of Miraikan
Ticket price for the general admission is 620 Yens which is about $5.

Geo-Cosmo (image from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miraikan)

This is Geo-Cosmo, which is a symbol exhibit of Miraikan. The earth shaped display was showing movement of the clouds on the globe which reflect the everyday image data sent from the weather satellites.

There was a special exhibit in the museum on the day I visited there.

The exhibit was about…..

Toilet & Poop! 

The special exhibition on 'toilet & feces'
The special exhibition on ‘toilet & feces’

Price of the ticket for the special exhibit was 1200 Yens (about $10).
A guide for this exhibition was a cute poop whose name was ‘Britto’ (sounds like Burito lol). Read the English description about him in the below picture.

A cute poop, Britto

The exhibition was for educating people about toilet and human feces, where the feces go, and how they are processed once people flush toilets.

A toilet decorated with shiny jewels (left) and a gold toilet (right)
an educational presentation about toilet
An educational presentation about toilet, the toilet says, “Don’t flush garbage(other than feces and tissues) down me! “

Below is a display stand for exhibiting kinds of human feces. What kind of poop is healthy? 🙂

An exhibit of  kind of human feces.
A display of kinds of human feces.

And,this a ‘poop making’ class! Many children were making poops with clay in the class.

Children making poops
Children making poops

For the last, below is my favorite stuff in the toilet exhibit. Here you can become feces and be flushed down a toilet. People wore poop hats and slid into a huge toilet (of course, the toilet does not send you to a sewage treatment plant).

The giant toilet slide and visitors wearing poop hats

This is a video about the toilet slide 🙂

It was a fun experience. I just wished that the slide has been little longer though.

Me in a poop hat

Other things in Odaiba below…

a huge Gundam robot in Odaiba, Tokyo
A sea food bowl. Yum!
Chocobi (a Japanese star shaped chocolate snack) for a snack

The Ueno Zoo in Tokyo (Ueno District)

For celebrating New Year’s day, My boyfriend and I went to the Ueno zoo (or Ueno Zoological Gardens) in Tokyo few days ago. Last year, I came to the zoo for the first time at the beginning of 2014 and Ueno Zoo has become one of my favorite zoos since then. There was a variety of interesting and cute animals that I had never seen before (such as a naked mole rat colony)!

In front of the entrance of the Ueno zoo

Location of Ueno Zoo
Last year, I got a cute button and a poster that have cute horse pictures (in the Chinese zodiac, 2014 was horse’s year) on them from the Ueno zoo as New Year’s day’s gifts. So I was expecting that I would the gifts again on that day (if I could get them, they were supposed to be related to sheep as 2015 is the year of sheep in the Chinese zodiac) but I did not. We realized that we picked the wrong day for getting New Year’s day’s gifts. We went to the zoo on January 7th. I think the zoo provides the New Year’s day’s gifts on January 2nd or 3rd  every year. A New Year’s day’s gift from Ueno zoo for this year was a Japanese rice cracker.

A poster for celebrating horse’s year (2014) from Ueno zoo
a Japanese rice cracker from Ueno zoo for celebrating sheep's year (2015) (picture from http://www.enjoytokyo.jp/amuse/event/1133282/)
A Japanese rice cracker from Ueno zoo for celebrating sheep’s year (2015) (picture from http://www.enjoytokyo.jp/amuse/event/1133282/)









You can see different animal pictures on each tickets purchased from the Ueno zoo. I got a ticket with picture of one kind of cute mammal on it and My boyfriend got a ticket with a picture of a beautiful bird. The admission fee for each person was 600 Yens which was about $5.

Tickets for the Ueno zoo
Tickets for the Ueno zoo

The first animals you can see from the entrance are one of the representative animals of the Ueno zoo, pandas.

The entrance of the panda exhibit
A panda eating bamboos


Actually pandas in the Ueno zoo are from China. A special airplane, the ‘Panda flight’ was used for transporting pandas from China to Tokyo, Japan.

The story about how pandas came to the Ueno zoo from China

After we enjoyed the panda exhibit, we took some pictures in the panda studio near the panda exhibit. Staffs in the studio provided us a cute panda hair band and a panda hat for taking pictures. The staffs take pictures of people with a camera in the studio but you can also ask them to take free pictures with your own camera. So, bring your camera!

Panda studio
The panda studio

There were many other cute animals in the Ueno zoo 🙂

A mother and a baby Japanese monkeys
A mother and a baby Japanese monkeys

This is a picture of my favorite bird, shoebill. In my opinion, it looks like some kind of monsters in the anime, Pokemon. The bird is very interesting. It has big light blue eyes and a hug and broad bill. This bird also hardly moves its body so when you see this bird, you might feel like you are looking at a bird statue.

A shoebill, moveless animal
A shoebill, move-less bird

And here is my favorite exhibition, Small Mammal’s House! Here are many cute small rodents including flying squirrels, kangaroo rats, and naked mole rats.

In front of small mammal exhibition
In front of the Small Mammal’s House

This is the house (or tunnels) of a naked mole rat colony. The naked mole rats are the only mammals of the eusociality (the colony of the animals consist of queens, solders, and workers like ants or bees).

A naked mole rat colony. The naked mole rat is the only eusocial(have queen and ) mammal on the earth.
A naked mole rat colony

They look like baby rats, but they originally do not have any furs on their bodies.

Naked mole rats sleeping in their bedroom.
Naked mole rats sleeping in their bedroom

After we finished the tour in the zoo, we visited the gift shop in the Ueno zoo. In here, you can see various stuffed dolls which very resemble animals in the zoo. I bought a naked mole rat doll here last time I visited the zoo.

the gift shop
The gift shop

Below are photos of the naked mole rat doll I bought. The face with dot eyes and front teeth poking out of the mouth is so funny and adorable 🙂

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