6 Must-Have Japanese Christmas Plushies 2018

It’s less than two months away from Christmas and lots of your favourite Japanese characters have released their holiday-themed merchandise. Here is the handpicked selection of our favourite top 6 must-have Christmas plushies this year. Whether you’re looking to treat yourself, your friend or a family member any one of these plushies is perfect to celebrate Xmas with.

1. Pokemon

The Pokemon Company has released this year’s Christmas Pokemon Center merchandise, and it doesn’t disappoint. The theme for this year’s collection is “Christmas Show”, featuring Pikachu, Eevee, Mew, Charmander, and Squirtle in their very best Christmas attire.

Pokemon Center Japan Official 2018 Christmas Merch

Normally Japanese Pokemon Centers release two different lineups of holiday-themed plushies and accessories, and this year there’s no difference.  The other Xmas themed collection features a woollen Pikachu and a woollen Pikachu snowman. In this theme, there are two plushies, hairbands, pouches and special seasonal loungewear, perfect for the holidays.

Pastel Pokemon Center Official 2018 Christmas Merchandise and Plushies

Give someone their favourite Pokemon this winter. Happy Pokemon Christmas!


2. Disney Japan

Can’t make it to Disneyland Tokyo? Don’t worry, you can find all your favourite Disney characters decked out in holiday attire right here. With a wide variety of plushies, ornaments, home decor, and clothes, there is something for every Disney fan.

At the moment both Tokyo Parks are embracing the holiday spirit and the limited edition Tokyo Disney Resort’s festive merchandise returns. The items include Mickey, Minnie, Duffy the Disney Bear, ShellieMay and friends dressed up in a nostalgic 35th Anniversary Christmas theme.

Official Tokyo Disney Land  35th Anniversary Christmas Plushies and merch

There’s also holiday-themed merchandise from all your other favourite Disney Characters including Winnie the Pooh, Donald Duck, Pluto, and Chip & Dale.

Spread Christmas magic with Limited Edition Japanese Disney merch this year.


3. Rilakkuma

Who’s excited about the new Rilakkuma Netflix series? Rilakkuma is a mysterious bear who ends up living with an ordinary Japanese young woman called Kaoru. Kaoru also lives with Korilakkuma (a small white bear cub), Kiiroitori (a small yellow bird), and their new friend Koguma (a small brown bear cub), and they all have adorable adventures together. Every month San-X releases a new theme for their adventures, they have been to the moon, visited Paris and even joined the circus. Earlier this month, San-X released their annual Christmas theme with 4 plushies and 4 small plush keychains.

Christmas Rilakkuma 2018 plushies san-x

Don’t miss out on spreading Rilakkuma love with these adorable limited edition plushies.


4. Hatsune Miku

Fans across Europe will be able to see Hatsune Miku live at the start of December, but don’t worry if you’re unable to attend. You can get Hatsune Miku exclusive Christmas figures and plushies straight from Japan with ZenMarket. This year Hatsune Miku has released two new figures, but there are currently no signs of any new Christmas plushies. These figures are too beautiful to leave out of our must-have Christmas list.

new hatsune miku 2018 christmas figures

If you are lucky enough to be travelling to Japan during the Winter period you may be able to see Hatsune Miku sponsoring Sapporo’s winter festivals. Hatsune Miku will be appearing all around the town on public transportation and posters.  Liven up your Christmas with Miku.



5. Sumikko Gurashi

From the same company as Rilakkuma, “Sumikko Gurashi” are characters that live a tranquil and secluded life. They hate being the centre of attention and do their best when they’re out of the way. These characters have become extremely popular both in Japan and overseas during the last few years. As there are 12 characters in total, there’s a character for everybody. This year San-X released a special Christmas Sumikko Gurashi plushie set containing Santa's Slade,  Fukuro, Tapiokatonakai (pink and blue), Shirokuma Santa, and Neko Santa. If you want to get this special limited edition seasonal set, you have to be quick because they are almost already all sold out. If you were too late, you may be able to find it on Yahoo! Auctions through our site.

San-x's christmas sumikko gurashi plushie set 2018

Which Sumikko Gurashi character is your favourite?


6. Idolish7

Idolish7 is a Japanese rhythm game developed by Bandai Namco Entertainment. Due to the popularity of the game, an anime adaptation was first premiered earlier this year on January 7th, 2018. Since then it has started to gain success worldwide and the official MV has over 7 million views on YouTube.

Due to the popularity of Idolish7 characters, there’s a special small plushie of every character wearing a Christmas hat. Which adorable Idolish7 member do you wanna get this Christmas?

Idolish7 Christmas plushies 2018 bandai

Couldn't find the plushie you were looking for?

No problem. With help from ZenMarket, you can order from virtually any Japanese online store (with a few exceptions), and we will deliver it to anywhere in the world.


About ZenMarket Japan

“Most Japanese online retailers don’t ship internationally, but we solve this problem. We buy, consolidate and ship Japanese goods to your address. Our goal is to make buying Japanese goods online as smooth as possible. We have integrated the biggest Japanese online shopping websites: Rakuten, Amazon and Yahoo! Auctions. You can also make purchases from any other Japanese online shop or auction with us. Just add an item URL from the desired product page to the cart and place the order.” — From the website about section.

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Article| 15/11/2018 | Pop cultureAnime