If you’re a girl who grew up with Japanese relatives, then this Rika-chan doll probably brings back some childhood memories. Created in 1967, her popularity in Japan rivals that of Barbie in the West and her impressive accessories collection contains all sorts of Japanese-related goods including futons, Hello Kitty hats and kimonos. Now Rika is adding to her collection by collaborating with one of Japan’s newest and most popular characters, Kumamon, the official mascot for Kumamoto city in Kyushu. The new friends, with their matching black, red and white outfits, will be released on February 1 by Takara Tomy.


The cute, tiny Kumamon will be released only in this set, which retails for 2,940 yen (US$28.46). Rika chan comes kitted out in a lace-trimmed frock with see-through puffy sleeves and gold-coloured buttons, and with red earrings to match Kumamon’s blushing cheeks. Perched on her head are two fluffy Kumamon ears!

On the back of the box package, Rika introduces a few facts about Kumamoto Prefecture, including the fact that it’s Japan’s number one producer of many products, including dekopon, a distinctive citrus fruit, and the tiny white flowers known as Baby’s Breath.

Sources: Takara Tomy Mall Narinari