Tokyo Sky Tree: a Definitive Guide (part 4) – Merchandise, Merchandise, Merchandise!

Although there’s currently only one gift shop open at the Tokyo Sky Tree site (doing an incredible volume of business), there’s already a great variety of Tokyo Sky Tree themed goods available. And with just over 6 months left until opening day, the volume is bound to increase phenomenally.

Following are photos of just a small selection of what can be found within the Sakura Gift Shop (above) and a few other stores in Tokyo.

But do get a cup of coffee first – there’s an exhausting amount of products to get through!


Tokyo Sky Tree Merchandise – replicas, models and lights

Crystal Sky Tree model with lights – “warm” and “cool” colour versions. Fading through yellows, greens, blues, reds and oranges these aren’t the actual colours of Sky Tree.
Different models with lights.
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Small models including an authentic base and surroundings.
Models on the street – Yodobashi Camera, Shinjuku.
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Various models with lights on.
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Some of the models in action

 
Big models lit in Tokyo Sky Tree’s authentic lighting style – external purple or internal blue. Original artists impressions of the actual tower are below.
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This is the tallest tower model currently on sale, 1:500 scale.
Another special 3D Sky Tree model.
The two on display behind a panda holding a sample box of Tokyo Sky Tree umeboshi (salty pickled plums).
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An amazing 2.5m Tokyo Sky Tree made from cane!
3D 1:2000 scale model complete with area map – found in a convenience store.
A wider view.
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Tokyo Sky Tree Merchandise – food and drink

In Japan wherever there’s any attraction, there’s the food…

Shelves packed with different cakes, biscuits and sweets.

 
“History cookies” with construction photos.
Rice crackers inlaid with designs of the tower.
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Tokyo Sky Tree water – still or sparkling.
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Tokyo Sky Tree water – the poster.
More bottles, this time for Tokyo Sky Tree Cider.
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Chocolates, candies and sweets.
Disney-themed biscuits.
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And more Disney snacks…
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Tokyo Sky Tree Merchandise – food accessories

Of course not only are edible gift snacks available but also products with which to eat and drink too.

These great chopsticks are available in both white and blue. Shaped like an elongated Sky Tree, they cleverly eliminate the need for anything to rest the chopsticks on between bites, as Sky Tree’s observation deck holds the tips above the table surface!
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A mug for your coffee.
And a cloth with which to wrap your bento (lunchbox). Note the heartwarming indication of the passage of time, through the development of the cats’ relationship as the tower grows…sweet indeed. This one was attracting lots of comments from female customers.
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More elegantly designed mugs and matching plates.
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Tokyo Sky Tree Merchandise – pens, magnets, keys and phone straps

An absolutely ridiculous number of different keyrings, keychains and mobile cellphone straps are for sale, such as the retro-styled “Tokyo New Tower” designs above (this being a name used before “Tokyo Sky Tree” was decided on). Alongside these one can find all sorts of other small cheap items. There are literally racks and racks full of the stuff.

 
Magnets and hanging things galore.
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Magnets.
Key covers.
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Keyrings/chains with bells.
And with retro-styled coins.
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Bling.
And plastic, and vinyl-backed, and “stained glass”…
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Tokyo Sky Tree-shaped ballpoint pens and leather.
More pens with logos, and a cool extendable aerial-style Sky Tree-shaped pointer!
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Of course there’s Stitch.
This rack includes Oshinari-kun character straps.
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Tokyo Sky Tree Merchandise – puzzles and games

 
3D construction puzzle with LED light.
A special Sky Tree balancing game.
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Advertising for the game.
The obligatory Rubik’s Cube.
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And jigsaws.
Not only do these jigsaws (520 identically shaped pieces) connect to make pictures of Tokyo Sky Tree by day and night, they can also be connected in different permutations to create a number of other portraits including (among others) Beethoven, Botticelli’s Venus and a panda!
Stitch gets in on the proceedings as a jigsaw too.
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Tokyo Sky Tree Merchandise – other useful accessories

A range of iPod/phone/digital camera covers.
This soft toy (vaguely Sky Tree shaped) is both a phone strap and a phone cleaning sponge – “to make your phone clean and cute!”
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Tokyo Sky Tree Merchandise – books, posters and postcards

There’s a small shop next door to Sakura which does a brisk trade in posters, books and other paper-based items. The walls are covered in images of Tokyo Sky Tree taken at various times since construction began. One can walk round the walls and see the transformation in small stages from a flat empty construction site into the full tower that now stands.

Of course this presents some great opportunities to sell products.

One of the most interesting is a “flipbook” of all the photographs on the walls – as one flips the pages one sees a time-lapse film of the tower growing.

There are also 4 volumes of an ongoing series of books by the Asahi Shimbun newspaper, literally a collection of every article published relating to Sky Tree from its conception to the present day. Volume One begins back in 2005 and spans over 3 years. Volume Two covers a year or so. Volumes Three and Four a decreasing number of months each. As time goes on one imagines subsequent volumes may span just a matter of days as the amount of media coverage explodes.

 
People enjoy the progress photographs and information on the walls.
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Browsing and buying books.

 
The images have also been compiled into single wall posters.
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Postcards on a rack inside Sakura gift shop.
Poster showing comparative sizes of buildings and monsters.
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Single postcard images showing Tokyo Sky Tree under construction.
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Tokyo Sky Tree Merchandise – stuff for the body

A handy Tokyo Sky Tree battery-powered fan.

 
A hand-powered summer fan with LED fireworks!
The extremes to which manufacturers will go – here’s a fingernail polishing/buffing pad with Tokyo Sky Tree design!
A wide selection of towels and washcloths.
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A limited edition and very expensive pin badge set – 250 US dollars!
Closeups of the pins.
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Tokyo Sky Tree Merchandise – other bits and pieces

I’ve ignored a lot of the products I’ve seen as there are simply too many to show – stationery, decorative badges, stickers, soft toys and much much more. Here are just a final few for now:

 
Zippo lighters.
Tokyo Sky Tree window stickers – any size you like!
Plastic sleeves, reflectors and memo pads.
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Congratulations for making it this far.
And if after all this you still want to see more merchandise, you can visit the Official Tokyo Sky Tree online gift pages anytime!



Read other Tokyo Sky Tree reports on JapanGasm here:

Tokyo Sky Tree: a Definitive Guide (part 1) – Progress

Tokyo Sky Tree: a Definitive Guide (part 2) – The Site

Tokyo Sky Tree: a Definitive Guide (part 3) – The Rising Presence

Tokyo Sky Tree: a Definitive Guide (part 4) – Merchandise, Merchandise, Merchandise!

Tokyo Sky Tree: a Definitive Guide (part 5) – Countdown to Opening!

Tokyo Sky Tree: a Definitive Guide (part 6) – Lights On!

Tokyo Sky Tree: a Definitive Guide (part 7) – It’s Rubbish!

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~ by JapanGasm on 3 November, 2011.

5 Responses to “Tokyo Sky Tree: a Definitive Guide (part 4) – Merchandise, Merchandise, Merchandise!”

  1. sweet lord… overwhelming choice of …crap;) i’m sure i’d pick something 🙂
    but tea first 😉

    • Yes, almost overwhelming. And this is only a fraction of what’s on sale.

      A lot of it is kind of crappy – stuff that’s a regular item which just has a Tokyo Sky Tree picture or logo stamped on the box. The food, for example.

      But many of the things are actually very cool or inventive.

      I bought the chopsticks – absolutely brilliant!

  2. […] you come across endless piles of merchandise — puzzles, pillows, chopsticks, food stuffs and much, much more. At least once a week one of my students will run up to me and start blathering wildly about […]

  3. I’m looking for the model of Tokyo Sky. this is good information. but the way…where is the shop located?

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