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Meeting Hello Kitty at Sanrio Puroland

Meeting Hello Kitty at Sanrio Puroland

The 6th of December is a special day.

It is the day of Saint Nicholas, where the Santa-like figure leaves little presents in children’s shoes and stockings.

This is what we found outside our door in Tokyo that morning. A chance to meet Hello Kitty.

 

 

Oh, joy ☆*・゜゚・*\(^O^)/*・゜゚・*☆

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

。^‿^。 How we ended up at Sanrio Puroland 。^‿^。

On the 6th of December, St. Nicholas left us with Hello Kitty themed gifts, snacks, chocolate lollies, a hair bow and (self made) tickets to Tokyo’s Hello Kitty World, called Sanrio Puroland.

I admit the presents were a bit one-sidedly girly but St. Nicholas drew our attention to the fact that on the 6th of December 2013 Puroland was opening its doors for free!

It was a one time opportunity to visit and so we did. I might add that we have also seen Gundam in Odaiba and played with Gundam robots in HongKong. Tomek and I called it square.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

“Say Hello to me when you see me!” and “Look at my ribbon!” were tasks from the feline creature I knew I would be able to manage, because Hello Kitty’s residence is conveniently located at Puroland.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

。^‿^。 How to get to Sanrio Puroland 。^‿^。

Puroland is located in Tokyo’s Tama area, on the capital’s western outskirts. It takes about 35 minutes by train to get to Tama Center Station from Shinjuku Station (Keio, Odakyu lines; there is also Tama Monorail line stop at the Tama Center Station). Then it is a five minute walk to the theme park.

Location: 1-31 Ochiai, Tama-shi, Tokyo

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

Admission:

  • Entrance+all shows with the Welcome Ticket: 3,000 yen for adults, 2,700 yen for 12-17 year olds, 2,000 yen for 4-11 year olds
  • Entrance+ all attractions with the Passport Ticket: 4,400 yen for adults, 4,000 yen for 12-17 year olds, 3,300 yen for 4-11 year olds

The shows are only in Japanese (which is why we skipped, the other reason being the tremendous queues on the day of our visit).

How we knew about the free day? A friend told us about the Sanrio Thanks Party Day and I am not sure if it was a one-off only. These were the special events on the 6th of December 2013: http://www.puroland.jp/2013_sanrio_thanks_party/index.html.

Check the official page for updates: http://www.puroland.co.jp/english/welcome.html.

The theme was “Arigato Everyone” and Hello Kitty was saying “thank you” while celebrating her 40th birthday. Hello Kitty was created in 1974 which makes her older than me BTW.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

Anyhow, once you get off the train, you will see many Hello Kitty themes along the way to the amusement park.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

。^‿^。 How to prepare for Puroland 。^‿^。

Best prepare and bring a kid. We didn’t have a four year old by our side, which is why the bow-present came in handy and with a few fashion tricks (wear a lot of pink and many bows), I was in disguise and under Tomek’s parental guidance. We were ready to roll.

Tokyo Dekora style Hello Kitty

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

Tomek said that the hair bow made me stand out in a way it made me easy to spot, hence I didn’t get lost.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

The entrance to Kitty-chan’s wonderland.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

Initially I thought that with no toddlers in tow, we would stand out from the rest but there seemed to be as many kids as adults, and probably even more teens.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

Mums and grown ups looked way more dressed up than the kiddos.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

I wasn’t the only freak.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

Main Puroland activity – taking pictures!

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

。^‿^。 Puroland Activity areas 。^‿^。

Purland is nothing like Disneyland or Universal Studios and if you are looking for exciting rides and activities don’t get your hopes up high.

Puroland is very low key and more like a hypercute shopping mall-theme park satisfying the likings of 3 to 12 year olds.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

Interior design is from 1990, which is when the theme park opened to the public, and consequently carpets, floors and most interiors are out-dated but I think Puroland is undergoing some gradual restructuring. The Hello Kitty residence for one, looks brand new.

There are only two rides in the park, the Sanrio character boat ride (which takes 10 minutes and which we skipped due to the queue going up the stairs and reaching the next floor).

The other ride is Kuromi’s Rent-a-Car ride. The Sanrio characters My Melody and Kuromi invite you to ride a pink car through their world.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

The Wisdom Tree Stage is the place not to miss. It stages the main show at 1 and 5.30 pm, with all the big Sanrio characters putting on a musical performance called Arigato Everyone.

 

A sweet end to a Puroland visit.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

There is the Märchen Theater merging Hello Kitty and Alice in Wonderland themes for a 40 min show.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

Fairyland Theatre offers My Melody on stage for 35 min. Discovery Theatre also offers a 30 min show.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

Make sure you pick up your guide map with the show program and arrive early at the theatres. Room for seating and standing is limited and we saw filled up theatres way over 30 minutes before the start of a performance.

To sum it up, Puroland is basically a bunch of shows and some themed areas to walk through.

Not everything is included in the entrance fee. Many things on offer cost extra.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

The 100 yen popcorn machine.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

Lucky Pack bags for 2,000 yen. It can get pricey when you plan to splash out on souvenirs and snacks at Puroland, on top of the entrance fee.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

Teens were having the greatest fun at all activity areas.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

There was an autograph session on the day, with Sanrio artists drawing favourite characters.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

。^‿^。 Puroland attractions 。^‿^。

Puroland is basically stage-show-land with extensive shopping opportunities.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

I liked Puroland’s kumade bursting with cute stuffies. Kumade is a decorated bamboo rake and a traditional good luck token in Japan.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

The main entertainment areas span two floors and centre all around the Wisdom Tree Stage, which is a walkway when the big musical show is not on.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

During the musical show Hello Kitty comes down a carriage and reunites with all the other characters.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

It was quite odd but amusing watching grown adults with no children singing and clapping along to Hello Kitty songs.

 

Any time in-between shows, you can walk up the Wisdom Tree in the middle of the stage and enjoy a Japanese temple tuned to the general hypercuteness.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

Ring the bell of happiness at the temple.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

Make a wish and leave an ema (usually a wooden wishing plate, here a pink and baby-blue bell-card).

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

Wisdom tree offers a love test which may turn out not to be such a wise idea. By putting one hand on a magic mirror and holding hands with your loved one, the machine determines your mutual love – in percentages. It might elevate your mood or, in the worst case ruin the day for friends, couples and families.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

Results like these can suck. But we managed. Tomek and I are still together.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

In between the shows you can tour various theme areas, like Candy, Bread or Juice Factory.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

Caaandy!

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

The more elaborate Sanrio character world areas (easily identified by the queues) are the home of Little Twin Stars Kiki and Lala which you can visit on the Twinklingtour or the Lady Kitty House, where you can’t escape a photo op with Hello Kitty.

Prepare for long waiting lines for Twinklingtour and Lady Kitty House, watched over by smiley guards.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

。^‿^。 Hello Kitty Home Highlight  。^‿^。

We stood a long time at Hello Kitty’s front yard and watched Hello Kitty TV until we were braindead.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

Hello Kitty TV. Did not ease waiting time. At all.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

Finally, the doors opened and we were led into the Hello Kitty house foyer with a grand piano and grand sofa.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

Her flat is a modern, open studio with projecting alcoves and Hello Kitty was obviously preparing for Christmas, too. With a big Christmas tree on her veranda.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

Hello Kitty’s home is a mix of Japanese-European traditions and pretty kitsch. Kitty in kimono. Tea ceremony with Dasza Traveler.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

A cupboard opens when you least suspect it. Even more surprising is the bear. Kitty keeps a bear in a cupboard.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

The bear-sofa appealed to Tomek. And I was just glad, he smiled. (Grown up) boys can have a tough time at Puroland.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

Hello Kitty’s high-tech wardrobe.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

If you stand in front of Hello Kitty’s wardrobe mirrors, the dresses will cloth you automatically.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

Clothes are so tailored as to suit all sizes and both sexes. Kawaii. Couldn’t agree more.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

The dressing room was classy and shows Hello Kitty’s real age. Red lipstick, lots of powder and heavy perfume. Going towards middle age.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

The opulence of British milk tea was somewhat obscene. Tea time at Hello Kitty’s house. Hello Kitty is British but more on that further down.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

You can try out Hello Kitty’s bed, too. And if you do, you will find out a secret. Hello Kitty loves to watch TV, hidden behind the baldachin which is why all the kids lie still and mesmerised once they get on the bed.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

Hypnotised forever.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

Meeting Hello Kitty. The moment all hardcore fans are waiting for (dedicating over an hour for the honour).

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

I seriously disliked that 1) there is no way out than to pass through the meet-Hello-Kitty-room (that takes another unavoidable queue to get to), 2) you are not allowed to take a picture of Hello Kitty and yourself with your own camera, 3) the only way to get a picture is to pay for it. C’mon Puroland, the reason why kids (or apparently adults) come to visit is to meet the white cat. Let them take a picture.

Hate to wait.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

。^‿^。 About Hello Kitty – the British gal 。^‿^。

The feline icon is known all over the world and Sanrio’s bestseller, still grossing most of the company’s profits. To us, she is representing Japanese kawaii culture, however to Japanese she evokes British life. Hello Kitty’s last name, for instance is White and she was born in London. Seriously!

She has a British background as the UK was particularly popular in Japan in the 70s – the decade she was created.

Hello Kitty is five apples tall and weighs the same as three apples. Her favourite word is friendship, her favourite colour is red, and her favourite food is homemade apple pie.

Kitty-chan also likes to eat cookies and play the piano.

Her date of birth is the 1st of November 1974 and she has a family.

Did you know that Hello Kitty has a granny and granpa? She does and you can meet them in Puroland.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

Mimmy is her younger sister (who wears the ribbon on the opposite side to Hello Kitty), her parents are papa George and mum Mary, there is also grandpa Anthony and grandma Margaret. Hello Kitty has a pet cat named Charmmy Kitty and a pet hamster named Sugar. Her male friend and sweetheart is Dear Daniel Starr, who gave her the hamster.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

。^‿^。Twinklingtour – meet the Little Twin Stars。^‿^。

After a sweet story, how the Twin Stars Kiki and Lala landed on earth and why Kiki has a star attached to his back while Lili carries a magic wand (though no one explained why they only have one toe), we entered their dream world through a hidden door.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

If you are taller than 1 meter, their dream world will pass you at about knee height.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

Crawl along the floor to see the cupcakes in their kitchen.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

I am having Kiki’s blue drink. Looks like curacao cocktail in a tea cup.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

More developmental regress was triggered when we had to catch bears, deer, giraffes, elephants and sheep falling from the sky. We like animals, hence we did our best and saved many. Sadly not all.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

And of course, exit through the gift shop.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

。^‿^。 Shopping at Puroland 。^‿^。

Shop for any kind of moulded Sanrio plastic – Hello Kitty gadgets come in the cutest forms and colours. Puroland is also sort of a shopping mall. You can go crazy but I have read mixed reviews about prices and Puroland-uniqueness of products.

Particularly girls and women buy products that like white Kitty, symbolise purity and innocence.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

If your favourite colour isn’t pink, you are screwed. At Jewelland Gate shopping.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

Generating little cute creatures for a selfie.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

Shopping opportunities are extensive and you can get anything imaginable with the feline icon. Anything you have ever wished for. Or be surprised what consumers wish for.

Some things were odd. Like framed Hello Kitty art.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

Some souvenir strategies were familiar. If you haven’t been to a gaming parlour with crane machines in Japan, you have not seen Japan.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

Found a gay-pride Hello Kitty set. Well, maybe. Hello Kitty is pretty flexible when it comes to merchandise.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

St. Nicholas got me my hairband from the DAISO 100 yen shop. I win.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

These were not aimed at kids. I kid you not.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

Ehh, no00!

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

Yaiks. A black Hello Kitty with crystal eyes.
Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

Pleasing perpetual travelers.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

Even glasses were on sale!

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

Sanrio fashion.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

The most expensive sovenir was behind glass – a bit higher than for the average five year old to see. Phew. I mean, that is more than most parents can afford.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

Shadow pictures.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

If nothing else, enjoy the signs in Japanese-English.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

Get a pink eye at the Hello Kitty stickers rack.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

Where are the kids?

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

I found a kid! Adorable girl.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

The best souvenir were the photo ops. And I took way too many.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

。^‿^。 (A word on) Puroland Toilets 。^‿^。

Japanese toilets are a fascinating topic in its own right, but Puroland restrooms do not disappoint either.

Stunning fairytale kitsch from the 90s.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

。^‿^。 (And a few words on) embedded marketing 。^‿^。

I thought that the amount of product placement of brands were a bit intrusive. I only took two pictures but there were maaany products hovering in the background, or with less subtlety but more in-your-face- strategies.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

The Mitsubishi car ‘salon’ at Puroland.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

At first I thought this car was a give-away to a lucky winner of some sort of a Puroland draw. It wasn’t. It was a pink Mitsubishi car which you can buy.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

And a weeny bit of politics. Wall painting with a book on (nuclear?) power plants.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

Well, to be fair, I cannot complain about the product placed into my hand as we were leaving Puroland.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

 

。^‿^。 Puroland food 。^‿^。

There are various places to grab a bite. Namely, the Sweet Parlour, Character Food Court and the Food Machine Restaurant.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

Machine Restaurant.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

The food was a bit disappointing regarding Tokyo’s leading culinary position. I would have loved to see more Hello Kitty food art. But I guess, kids dig that stuff.

Here is best of Puroland food pics, I could find.

The special on the day was this Chromium black curry.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

Puroland canteen food.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

Character lunchboxes and latte art.
Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

Sweet pastry.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

Ramen with best-of-Sanrio-characters nori sheet.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

Dessert.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

Needles to say, the vending machines on site are pricier than what you pay for a drink outside. Bringing your own bottle of fluids is a good idea.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

。^‿^。 Sanrio Puroland characters 。^‿^。

Hello Kitty and My Melody are the most popular Sanrio characters. That creative company is the brainchild of countless creatures. Sanrio artists come up with new cutsey images all the time. The continuous production is amazing.

To the point that by the end of the day I developed a headache.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

Sanrio characters were all over the place but only the less popular ones were accessible without a waiting line. Most of which I have seen for the first time. Like Badtz-Maru, the black penguin.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

Kuromi and My Melody characeters.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

Cinnamoroll.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

Bonbon Ribbon, the pink rabbit is Sanrio’s 2012 invention.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

More cute creatures.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

Children’s tadpole drawings – the huge walking head – has become reality.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

Some faun (not sure) and me.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

Surprisingly, there is a museum at Puroland. However, despite the crowds, not many people end up here. Maybe because the museum was a lifeless poster exhibition.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

Some main characters are shortly described on boards but it is all in Japanese. This would have been a great opportunity to serve mature fans.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

At least I learned that my favourite character, My Melody, and I have more in common than the affiliation to big hats and hoods. We were born the same year!

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

And we like to dress up.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

。^‿^。 Sanrio Puroland at night。^‿^。

The dream castle lights up in the evening and many Sanrio figures were illuminated, when we were walking back to the station.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

Japanese Christmas decorations on the way between Sanrio Puroland and Tama Centre Station.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

Even on the train back home, Sanrio Puroland was still with us.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo

 

My final tip for alternative distraction. Walking towards the station from Puroland, you will see a shopping mall and a huge Daiso 100yen store on your right. It’s a must go and just as Japanese as Hello Kitty!

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One Comment

  1. Happy new year our fellow Japan lovers!
    The picture of Tomek chilling on the bear sofa made me smile.
    He’s sitting in straight Ciemna Strefa style lol

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