Recently in the world of Sanrio, Pom Pom Purin is beginning his rise to stardom with his own cafe in Harajuku, Happy meal set in McDonalds and now his very own bus in central Shibuya!
This is an extremely big deal as central Shibuya is the equivalent of Leicester square - a huge hub full of tourists snapping pictures and the place where people come to meet - next to the bustling "Scramble" crossing. Right outside of the station there is the iconic Hachiko statue; the most popular meeting spot in all of Tokyo. In front of Hachiko there is an old-style bus parked in the middle of the pavement, offering tourists advice and a place to rest their feet. If you are ever lost in Shibuya, or fancy asking about nearby events, you should definitely check out this quirky tourist office.
This is the only time since I have moved here that I have seen it decorated, the theme being Pom Pom Purin Halloween, no less!
Other Sanrio characters also made an apprentice, some of them being very old, much like Pom Pom. There are actually over 400 Sanrio characters, with Hello Kitty, My Melody and Gudetama being at the top of the popularity ranking and yes - there is actually a ranking where people vote for the most popular characters! Which is your favorite?