Culture · Culture Shock · Japanese Pop Culture · Living in Japan · Pictures · Television

Sanrio’s 50th Anniversary in Odaiba

welcome to Kitty Land!

Backtracking a little bit again to August 11th.

As I mentioned a few posts back that I spent the afternoon in Odaiba looking at funny cars and…an 8-meter-tall Hello Kitty!

Hello Kitty attacks Tokyo!

The main purpose of the display, and mini-water show, is to celebrate Sanrio’s 50th Anniversary (the company was founded on August 10, 1960) and to promote urban tree-planting. Although…I am not sure how Hello Kitty and tree-planting really relate, but I guess I’ll just give that to you Japan.
some fun games in Palette Town

Besides the display on the water, there was also a large tent set up selling all sorts of Sanrio goods (proceeds will go to related charities) and various “games” for mostly small children to participate in. There was one that I was really intrigued by that consisted of a giant pool and two inflatable hamster-ball type things for people to run in.

cutest train ever

There was also an adorable pink train inside the car showroom that drove people around. It was sooooo cute and the staff were wearing cute pink overall based uniforms!

the entire display with some Tokyo skyline in the background

Sanrio has put an 8-meter-tall (about 30-feet-tall) balloon statue of its character Hello Kitty on display on Tokyo’s artificial island of Odaiba from August 9th to 22nd. The statue is surrounded by 28 balloons portraying other Sanrio characters, including My Melody, Cinnamaroll, Kiki & Lala, and others. Throughout the day, a water fountain show takes place periodically, and at night the fountains are joined by laser lights. We saw the early evening show where the lights were turned on, but I wasn’t really that impressed. I guess I have been spoiled by all the Disney Sea shows.
using the miniaturize feature

Here is a time lapse video of the display.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s