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"Character Brand Hariken" keeps the hope that we can make everyones day a little brighter by filling the world with our original brand of "Hariken characters".

The Hariken Characters products include soft vinyl characters that are sold not only in Japan but Shanghai, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore.

Within the soft vinyl the most popular figure is the the one that silently watches over you (Are) the silent guardian.


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As Are's popularity grows overseas and to meed the demand from fans, we will be introducing two new members to the silent guardian series "Kore" and "Sore".

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We will be making the "Are", "Kore", & "Sore" Silent Guardians with the hope that we can see a few more smiles from the people who will hold them in their hands.

For those that will be meeting "Are" for the first time, as well as those who have been supporting "Are" over the years, we are asking for your support for sending "Kore" and "Sore" on their international mission.


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"You feel someone's gaze... It might be coming from Are. Without ever talking, Are is always silently watching over you."

"In 2009, the silent guardian character Are was developed. In 2013 Are the vinyl figure was first released for sale."

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Domestically in Japan as well as internationally Hariken has been making events in shops as well as creating exclusive colorways for collaborating stores and increasing sales. Asia in particular has been a growing market and in 2017 "The Character Brand Hariken" Event was held in Taiwan

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↑A scene from the Taiwan event. Many fans lined up for the the exclusive Taiwan colorway Are, and they sold out.


【Interaction with international fans】

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Through my efforts abroad I have been lucky enough to interact with many of you. Wether it was when we got fired up on the stage of an area event, or from the warm smiles of those of you who cheered me on, Ive felt it all in some form of communication that transcends borders and language. As Ive worked with it I can feel that Hariken Character is also something that also transcends in the same manner. Continuing this manner of cultural exchange is something that I believe will help with our path towards world peace.


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↑Kenichi Hariu and fans after the live paint at the HARIKEN Event.


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↑International fan's vinyl collection pictures. The Are Silent Guardians that have been released up until now and Hariken's signature.


There are many passionate international fans that love Japanese made soft vinyl in the form of art toys, and Kaijyu that have been made since the Showa period. There are also a lot of fans of Japanese designers who enjoy the unique characters and designs that they create.

In Taiwan at the "TAIPEI TOY FESTIVAL"(HARIKEN made appearances in 2008, & 2009 selling at the show and doing signing events.)there were many Japanese artists as well as soft vinyl makers in attendance. In Hong Kong for the "TOY SOUL" event, as well as the Thailand "THAILAND TOY EXPO" there were a lot of international "art toy" events opening.

Everyday I receive notifications of people posting pictures of their soft vinyl collections on display, or taking a soft vinyl figure outside for a photo, just fans enjoying their art toys in many different ways. HARIKEN's "Are" Silent Guardian is #沈黙男子漢 (which roughly translates into 'the silent man amongst men'.) which has become a common nickname for the figure and has been enjoyed by international fans.



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Character Designer Kenichi Hariu draws up the characters that become the products and contents that are displayed for the original character brand.

HARIKEN Characters may seem small and weak, but they are shaped by the struggle of their grueling environments and thrive from it, in this "green boy" concept the characters are still growing and finding their place. I find inspiration in food and the things around me and it is from those motifs that my characters take form.


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・Not just soft vinyl figures, but development of other items.

We are already planning on expanding the popular lineup of HARIKEN Stickers to include stationary, albums, and other similar goods. We won't be looking to create simple products that simply feature HARIKEN Character designs, but products that are themselves the characters so the customers can really enjoy them on a new level.



・Creating HARIKEN Character Animation, games, and other content.

Over the years we have created over 1000 different HARIKEN Characters. Each character is crafted with care and a hidden story as we bring them to life. In animation or a game the HARIKEN Characters will glow with creative life as they dance across your screens hopefully bringing smiles to all that can see them.



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Thank you for reading this far. I want to give heartfelt thanks to the campaign supporters.

Back when I was in high school and didn't know my left from my right, I was creating characters and products and knew that I wanted to send them out into the world so I started working towards that goal. But to complete a goal like that it takes a huge amount of time, blood, sweat, and tears. It was harder than I could have ever imagined.

It was only through the gracious support of my fans, their enjoyment and smiles, that was the driving force that made it possible to get this far. The individual requests from fans for new products, and for the re-issuing of previous runs became the little crutches that kept me going.

In the next year I'm going to be focused on bringing a rich variety of products to the market and strengthen the brand. Also a focus on increasing my overseas presence with more events, increase recognition of the brand, as well as propelling domestic markets forward.

My goal is that through my activities and through the characters that I create, that you will use them to be a source of courage and a place for your heart to wander, always keeping the most positive mindset in my heart as I continue along the path. Thank you for your support today, and I'm looking forward to working with you all in the future.

Character Brand HARIKEN representive/Kenichi Hariu



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We are asking for your support for sending "Kore" and "Sore" on their international mission.


* postage not included. We will inform you of the total amount later.
* There is no sale after the end of the cloud funding.
* Payment is PayPal prepayment only.
* We will ship after the end of Cloud Funding (Scheduled to ship until January 2018)



A course / 1000yen
【Crowdfunding】Limited "THANK YOU BOY" Sticker

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This limited item is Cloud Funding "Makuake" in Japan.
Thank you so much for everyone who Cloud Funding supports me, I wrote the new character "THANK YOU BOY".

B course / 3000yen
【Crowdfunding】Limited ARE, the soft vinyl protective charm + Sticker

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This limited item is Cloud Funding "Makuake" in Japan.
・【Limited】ARE (アレ), the soft vinyl protective charm (Edition:"SUNRISE") x 1
・【Limited】"THANK YOU BOY" Sticker x 1

C course / 3000yen
【Crowdfunding】Limited KORE, the soft vinyl protective charm + Sticker

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This limited item is Cloud Funding "Makuake" in Japan.
・【Limited】KORE (コレ), the soft vinyl protective charm (Edition:"SUNRISE") x 1
・【Limited】"THANK YOU BOY" Sticker x 1

D course / 3000yen
【Crowdfunding】Limited SORE, the soft vinyl protective charm + Sticker

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*It is HARIKEN's new character made by this cloud funding. Product image for illustration purposes only. Actual product may vary.
This limited item is Cloud Funding "Makuake" in Japan.
・【Limited】SORE (ソレ), the soft vinyl protective charm (Edition:"SUNRISE") x 1
・【Limited】"THANK YOU BOY" Sticker x 1

E course / 10000yen 【Limited 100 sets】
A set ARE,KORE, SORE, soft vinyl protective charm + Limited stickers

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*It is HARIKEN's new character made by this cloud funding. Product image for illustration purposes only. Actual product may vary.
This limited item is Cloud Funding "Makuake" in Japan.
・【Limited】ARE (アレ), KORE(コレ), SORE (ソレ), the soft vinyl protective charm (Edition: "見守り戦隊" color) 3pieces set
・【Limited】ARE (アレ), KORE(コレ), SORE (ソレ) same color stickers 3pieces set

F course / 10000yen 【Limited 100 sets】
B set ARE,KORE, SORE, soft vinyl protective charm + Limited stickers

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This limited item is Cloud Funding "Makuake" in Japan.
・【Limited】ARE (アレ), KORE(コレ), SORE (ソレ), the soft vinyl protective charm (Edition: "見守り警備隊" color) 3pieces set
・【Limited】ARE (アレ), KORE(コレ), SORE (ソレ) same color stickers 3pieces set

G course / 20000yen 【Limited 30 sets】Serial No.
見守り戦隊 ARE5 soft vinyl protective charm + Limited stickers

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This limited item is Cloud Funding "Makuake" in Japan.
・【Limited】ARE (アレ), the soft vinyl protective charm (Edition: "見守り戦隊 ARE5" color) 5pieces set with Serial No.
・【Limited】ARE5 stickers (Edition: "見守り戦隊 ARE5" color) 5pieces set

H course / 20000yen 【Limited 30 sets】Serial No.
見守り戦隊 KORE5 soft vinyl protective charm + Limited stickers

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This limited item is Cloud Funding "Makuake" in Japan.
・【Limited】KORE (コレ), the soft vinyl protective charm (Edition: "見守り戦隊 KORE5" color) 5pieces set with Serial No.
・【Limited】KORE5 stickers (Edition: "見守り戦隊 KORE5" color) 5pieces set

I course / 20000yen 【Limited 30 sets】Serial No.
見守り戦隊 SORE5 soft vinyl protective charm + Limited stickers

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This limited item is Cloud Funding "Makuake" in Japan.
・【Limited】SORE (ソレ), the soft vinyl protective charm (Edition: "見守り戦隊 SORE5" color) 5pieces set with Serial No.
・【Limited】SORE5 stickers (Edition: "見守り戦隊 SORE5" color) 5pieces set

J course / 20000yen 【Limited 30 sets】Serial No.
マッドパンダ MAD PANDA3 soft vinyl figure + Limited stickers

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This limited item is Cloud Funding "Makuake" in Japan.
・【Limited】MAD PANDA soft vinyl figure (Edition: "見守り戦隊 MAD PANDA3" color) 3pieces set with Serial No.
・【Limited】MAD PANDA3 stickers (Edition: "見守り戦隊 MAD PANDA3" color) 3pieces set

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