Source: © PR Times, Inc. Hello Kitty teams up with epidemic-fighting monster Amabie to hasten end of pandemic 2020-06-25 Thu 2020-06-25 Thu If you're interested in Japan and have been following some of the news in the last few months, chances are you've heard of Amabie. The fishlike, disease-fighting monster supposedly first appeared during the Edo period, rising from the waters of Kumamoto prefecture, where it made predictions of a good and long harvest, before prophesying it’s future reappearance in a time of need, should ever one arise. Before disappearing into the deep, Amabie is quoted as having said, “if an epidemic ever spreads, draw a picture of me and show it to everyone.” The monster has now reappeared to fight COVID-19, turning into Japan's unofficial mascot in its fight against the invisible threat. In order to spread Amabie images in accordance to the monster's admonitions, Japanese companies have jumped on the occasion, creating everything from rice crackers, beer, sake, donuts, pudding and wagashi sweets in the monster's likeness. But now, it's finally getting some help from a true star: Hello Kitty. That's right, Japan's most beloved and well-known character is teaming up with Amabie for a special series of collaboration goods. Amabie and Hello Kitty collaboration The series features cookies and candy drops, as well as a whole line of accessories made with antimicrobial materials. Three design images The products will be made with three main designs featuring Hello Kitty dressed as Amabie, or Hello Kitty and Amabie side by side: © PR Times, Inc. © PR Times, Inc. © PR Times, Inc. Cider Drops © PR Times, Inc. Price: 400 JPY + tax. On sale from late June, 2020. Cream sandwich cookies © PR Times, Inc. Price: 600 JPY + tax. On sale now. Antimicrobial mask pouch To put your face mask and a few essential makeup items. © PR Times, Inc. Price: 1,300 JPY + tax. On sale from August, 2020. Antimicrobial Eco-bag © PR Times, Inc. Price: 1,100 JPY + tax. On sale from August, 2020. To find out more about the whole lineup, visit the official product page at the Asunaro online store here. By - Ben K. Tags: Amabie / collaboration / Hello Kitty grape Japan Food Hello Kitty teams up with epidemic-fighting monster Amabie to hasten end of pandemic Related Article Mr Donut Collaborates with World’s Best Pastry Chef to Create World’s Most Elegant Donuts Edgy Anime Pop Team Epic Collabs With Sanrio’s Adorable Characters for Theme Cafe Japan’s anti-plague demon turned into pandemic-fighting rice cracker Kyoto hotel opens gorgeous traditional machiya style Hello Kitty room Naruto-themed suite at glamping resort will enhance your stay at Awaji Island Anime Park Fight off the coronavirus with Amabie monster sake!