Maryoku: A Yummy Idea

Maryoku

Perhaps one of the cutest cartoon shows that I’ve ever seen is Maryoku Yummy. Maryoku lives in a dream world called the Nozomu, in which reside tiny beings called wishes. The wishes resemble tiny little marshmallow rectangles with a little swirly cue on top, which is reminiscent of Cindy Loo Hoo from Whoville in The Grinch.

Every time a child makes a wish, the tiny being travels to the land of Nozomu. Maryoku is a wish-sitter (or Yummy), which is a full time job. Maryoku likes to travel with her friends Ooka and Fij Fij throughout Nozomu, meeting with other friends and solving everyday problems. Other wish-sitters also watch the wishes, caring for each one and teaching them life lessons along the way. When a real wish is granted, the wish being shimmers and shines.

Saint Etienne composed the music for this adorable cartoon show, which the band described as, “Teletubbies meets Spirited Away”. (Indeed, watching it I was reminded of the fantastical, whimsical colors that were used by Hayao Miyazaki in Ponyo.)Maryoku Yummy was created by American Greetings. When it premiered, it came with a line of merchandise geared towards children and tweens. The tween merchandise was also featured in 600 U.S. Limited Too and Justice stores.

Maryoku Yummy still airs on The Hub, Thursdays at 10:30 am and 11:00 am EST.

Granting “Yummy” Wishes For Chicago’s Kids

Tys Toy Box Maryoku Yummy

Back in October, we had fun granting wonderful “Maryoku Yummy” wishes for children and families at the Orland Square Mall near Chicago, IL.

This special event benefited Together We Cope, a local organization that helps provide food, shelter, clothing and other assistance to residents experiencing crisis. Donations went to provide children with pajamas for Christmas and backpacks for school next year.

During the afternoon, the fountain in the mall was transformed in to a huge wishing well, with all proceeds from the fountain matched by American Greetings.

It was so great to see kids and their parents having fun playing games, exploring the Maryoku Yummy gifts and watching the new Maryuko Yummy TV show.

Most of all, it was extra special to hear all the children’s wish stories – and then watch them wish for them to come true in the giant fountain.

Check out more pictures from the event below. And if you were there, we’d love to hear about your experience in the comments below.

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Tys Toy Box Maryoku Yummy

Tys Toy Box Maryoku Yummy

Tys Toy Box Maryoku Yummy

Tys Toy Box Maryoku Yummy

Tys Toy Box Maryoku Yummy

Tys Toy Box Maryoku Yummy