Thursday, March 22, 2012

Anpanman Terrace in the Shiodome

Soreike! Anpanman (それいけ!アンパンマン Go! Anpanman) is one of the most popular anime cartoon series for young children in Japan. In 2011, Anpanman was the most popular fictional character among Japanese children for 10 consecutive years according to Bandai.  The series is  based on the Anpanman picture-book series that began in 1973 and is produced by Nippon Television and Tokyo Movie Shinsha. The show has been on the air in Japan since 1988 and is still running.

Anpanman Terrace   Flickr / calltheambulance
The Anpanman characters appear on virtually every imaginable children's product, from clothes to video games to toys to snack foods.  "Anpanman (アンパンマン) is the main character of the anime, whose head is a bun made by Uncle Jam. His name comes from the fact that he is a man with a head made of bread (Japanese: pan, a loanword from the Portuguese word meaning "bread") that is filled with Red bean paste (Japanese: an) called an anpan. He doesn't need to eat or drink to sustain himself and has never been seen eating. It is believed the bean jam in his head gives him sustenance. His weakness is water or anything that makes his head dirty. He regains his health and strength when Jam Ojisan bakes him a new head and it is placed on his shoulders. Anpanman's damaged head, with Xs in his eyes, flies off his shoulders once a new baked head lands. He was created when a shooting star landed in Uncle Jam's oven while he was baking. He has two special attacks called: An-punch and An-kick (with stronger variations of both). When Anpanman comes across a starving creature or person, he lets the unfortunate creature or person eat part of his head. He also has super hearing in that he can respond to anyone that calls his name out in distress from anywhere in the world." From Wikipedia

Anpanman Terrace
This is a store dedicated solely to Anpanman goods and merchandise that is also very near the NTV store in Shiodome (not surprising!).  Most of the merchandise in the store is for children and there are all sorts of dolls, stuffies, toys, games, and shirts for them. Kids will like the bold colors and simple faces for these characters.

Young kids would like this place and there is also a Anpanman themed play area here.  A bakery also sells Anpanman Bread and snacks. If you are going to see the big Miyazaki animated clock nearby it is worthwhile stopping here for a look.

Anpanman Terrace is in the Nittele Tower (NTV Tower), Shiodome.
1-6-1 Higashi shinbashi 
Minato-ku Tokyo

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