Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Japan Trip Day 9: PUROLAND (aka Hello Kitty Land)

Beware folks. You are about to be taken on a journey of utter cuteness. And probably way too many pictures. XD You has been warned.

But yes folks. Puroland was one of the things I was most excited about when visiting Japan. I am not sure what that says about me as a person but I don't care. XD I love Hello Kitty and Sanrio so I was happy. Also super happy my husband was such a great sport. Thank you bag holder and picture taker.

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Time to get our Hello Kitty on. I am sure the men in Tama City love Hello Kitty.




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Behold we have made it to Puroland!!!! The tickets were about 4400 yen per person but that gave us access to all the attractions. There are cheaper tickets but that only gets you into the tree shows and the shops.


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Welcome to the place where everything has Hello Kitty on it, even the toilet signs.


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A window that displays the goodies that you can buy at Puroland. For some reason the shops didn't open until later. X__X Wouldn't you want people to buy as much as possible?


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Every inch must be covered, even the floor.


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We MUST eat here. I have seen pictures online of their cute little cups and who is my favorite character? Ah yes that would be Cinnamoroll himself. So this place was a must for me.


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Sadly I did not see Cinnamoroll while we were there. I wish we had seen him but you can't have everything. It was good enough just being in the cafe.



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After going down the escalator this is what we were met with. I was kinda surprised as I was expecting more pink. But this was nice too and after a while the set up made more sense.


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WEE for cute characters randomly appearing out of nowhere.

Getting your picture taken at Puroland with a character is much easier than getting a character picture at Disney. The characters had handlers and lines. But it is super random when they appear. That or the times are announced but I don't understand English. But either way yay for Sanrio characters. XD

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Everything was Hello Kittyized. One can lose so much money here on tiny purchases. But the gumball machine was super cute.


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Time to get in line for the boat ride. The wait was about 20 minutes but the time went by fast with all the pictures we were taking. Hello Kitty is inviting all her friends to a party. Will they show up in time?


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Start of the boat ride. Someone looks like a tired puppy. Must have been baking all day.


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More of my favorite character. So cute. XD


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Part of the boat ride. Really it was hard to take pictures and enjoy the ride at the same time. Good thing we took two boat rides to enjoy it all.


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So many characters were featured in the boat ride any Sanrio lover would leave the experience feeling satisfied.


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Don't run little chicks! I need your pictures!


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I didn't know chickens were so popular in Puroland.


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So much sugary goodness.


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Are we getting ready for the party?



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Fly Cinnamoroll fly! I love that he was featured so much in the boat ride as he is my favorite Sanrio character.


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While we are on a boat ride all the characters were on a balloon ride. Also make sure you smile at the end as this ride takes your picture. XD


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Fly on little cutie!!!


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Are those hats or are they trying to serve us?


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Everyone has made it to Hello Kitty's party. Yay for having a good time!


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Near the end of the boat ride. Make sure you smile. Thanks for the great party Hello Kitty. You were a great host.


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Before the shows characters come out and play with the little kids.


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People get ready for the shows way in advance. We sat down to and watched the big screen that was hanging over the stairs.


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The basic story of the show was 8 regular people got taken to a new mystical land and find the Sanrio characters. The Sanrio crew can only stay around during the night so when the day comes the normals are all sad.


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But through wishes and the crowd cheering the Sanrio people come back for another song and dance moment.


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Very cute show indeed.


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Wait don't leave me yet! I need about 100 more pictures!


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More of the first show. We had great seats but the lights were down and they were dancing so fast. But even though we didn't understand Japanese it was easy to tell what was going on so that was nice.


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Hello Kitty's house! If I said this was one of my dreams, to visit Hello Kitty's house, would that make me the biggest nerd ever?


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When you walk into Hello Kitty's house this is what you see. The fountain was so cool.


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I wonder if the other characters are jealous that Hello Kitty gets so much love and attention.


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Every part of Hello Kitty's house is Hello Kittyized. The wait for Hello Kitty's house was only 10 minutes but I think we spent so much longer in there. Sorry folks but we were going to take every picture possible.


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It seems as if Hello Kitty has a big shopping problem too. XD


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Hello Kitty has many, many chairs/couches in her house.


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She must host a lot of parties. XD


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Can I have every single piece of furniture in this house please?


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Hello Kitty sleeps in style.



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At the end of the house you can get your picture taken with Hello Kitty. And something that I loved about Puroland and Disney was here they don't only push the buyable pictures on you. The workers insist on taking a picture with your camera too and make sure the picture turns out well. Really brightened my day.


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No car will ever match this awesome Hello Kitty car.


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After Hello Kitty's house we went to a carnival area that had some games. 500 yen per try to roll the dice and see what you win. I won....the 3rd place prize. But it was a nice plushie keychain that was probably worth 500 yen so I think it was worth it.


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There was an area in Puroland that was set up like an arcade. A lot of crane machines and gachapons machines. Also a few coin machines for the kids to ride.


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However this was everyone's favorite game. Depending on how much you put in you would get a bunch of little bullets. You would then shoot at thin paper holding up some plushies. When we were there everyone seemed to be winning. Maybe they stayed long enough to win. But my husband won something on his first coin so I was happy. XD


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Part of the second show. I love the Sugarbunnies so much! XD


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The second show we saw was pretty simple too. Basically Pochacco and Pekkle are sucking at what they want to do in life (soccer and tap dancing) and are very sad. But with the help of the Sugarbunnies (at this point they might be Cinnamoangels I am confused) they eat magical cake and are able to accomplish their dreams.


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More singing and dancing time. XD


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Can I have magical cake that makes me super awesome too?




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EAT THE CAKE!


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All the girls had really elaborate costumes. And high heels. But of course that is a must for any girl in Japan.


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WOOHOO! We finally have time to eat at the cafe! I have seen pictures of the cafe online and I know exactly what I am going to get.


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Behold the desserts of cuteness. A bit pricy but you get to keep the cups. Also when you buy the meals (the kid meals) you get something to keep too. So keep that in mind when you make meal purchases. SO CUTE!



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This area was inside the big tree that served as the stage area. Worship Hello Kitty and give her all your money.


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Worship all that is Sanrio.


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Behold Hello Kitty and her awesome statue like self.


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All hail the Queen!


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Basically in the Entertainment Hall you take a little Hello Kitty pot (pictured above sorta) and collect coins doing different activities. Some of the games were based for kids and were silly but it was all in good fun.


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End of the first stage. I am pretty sure I was hit by the spotlight but since this game was for kids I think they were easy on us.


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This was in the middle of the Entertainment Hall area. Everyone is all royal like.


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Congratulations on making it to the end. Your score during the game determines what kind of picture you got taken at the end. My husband got the second best score so we picked his bucket. XD


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We only had 30 minutes left after the Entertainment Hall. We were there since the doors opened and we didn't have enough time for everything. I guess that is a good thing, we were never bored. My husband went around and took more pictures while I went to get my shopping on. But both of our cameras died before we could get any pictures of the shops. So sad.


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A few last pictures before the camera died. Sad that we didn't get any pictures from the stores but I think we did a good job documenting our day.



So yes we have no pictures of the shop. But I hope you Sanrio/Hello Kitty fans out there enjoyed my adventure at Puroland. It was an expensive adventure but we Hello Kitty fans know how much money goes into this hobby. Any and all Hello Kitty fans should go to Puroland if they are in Japan. It is a great way to spend a day and you won't be bored for a bit.

Thanks for stopping by! Up next is Day 10 of our Awesome Trip to Japan. And maybe this Day is for the anime fans?


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