Ribon Magazine's Book About Bundled Bonuses Gets Café

posted on by Jennifer Sherman

Digital book store honto is collaborating with the Ribon no Furoku Kawaii no Himitsu (Ribon Furoku: The Secret of Kawaii) book for a café event. The café will run at DNP Plaza in Tokyo from October 3-22.

Lattes with an image of the Ribon-chan mascot character for Shueisha's Ribon shōjo manga magazine drawn by Ai Yazawa (NANA, Paradise Kiss) will be available. People who order the special drink will receive a bonus coaster. The six exclusive coasters will feature illustrations for Koi Ikeno's Tokimeki Tonight, Sakura Momoko's Chibi Maruko-chan, Megumi Mizusawa's Hime-chan no Ribon, Wataru Yoshizumi's Marmalade Boy, Yazawa's Tenshi Nanka ja Nai, and Miho Obana's Kodocha - Sana's Stage manga.

Other features of the café will include a 1993 chronology titled "1 Year for 2.5 Million Girls," photos of the magazine's past bundled bonus items, and large panels showing content from the book. In addition, 100 real bundled bonus items from the magazine will be on display alongside various related publications. The book itself will be available for purchase, and visitors to the café will receive a plain white version of the book's bundled Ranze Humming Rack. Workshops to construct and decorate the racks will be held in the building's photo space.

People who purchase the book from honto's online store will receive a postcard set with illustrations of Tokimeki Tonight and Mint na Bokura. A smartphone wallpaper with Yazawa's illustration is also available to honto members online.

The Ribon no Furoku Kawaii no Himitsu (Ribon Furoku: The Secret of Kawaii) book costs 1,800 yen (about US$16) and showcases the bundled bonus items from Ribon magazine. The 104-page book focuses on releases in 1993, the year that the magazine reached its peak circulation of 2.55 million copies. However, the book also highlights bundled items from the 1980s and 1990s.

Sources: honto's website, Comic Natalie

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