Giveaways

Chebeto Hermit Crab Plush Giveaway

Posted on August 24, 2016 by

Time for a new giveaway with Chebeto who design and make cute plush toys, patterns and kits.

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One lucky winner will receive a cute hermit crab 9″ plush toy, handmade by Chebeto. Hermie the Crab is finishing up his travels for the summer. He loves exploring new places, so it’s super convenient that his house is on his back! His next stop on his journey is your house!

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He’s cute from every angle! To enter, use the Rafflecopter widget below for multiple chances to win. Confused by Rafflecopter? Here’s a great guide.

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The giveaway closes on Tuesday 6th September and we’ll pick a winner at random. Good luck!

Kawaii Artists

Pamela Barbieri

Posted on August 23, 2016 by

Pamela Barbieri offers some of her most kawaii illustrations for sale on Society6. You can find her prints on stationery, apparel, kitchenware, home goods and much more. I’ve made a selection of my favourite items, but do have a look at her shop for more cute prints.

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These kawaii space friends are hard to resist!

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The space pattern is also very cute, I would love to have it on a (travel) mug.

Pamela Barbieri

Pamela sells some art prints as well and my favourite one is this Milkshake girl. Her Sailor Moon and Pokefriends prints are also worth checking out and Society6 often have free worldwide shipping offers so look out for those.

Hop over to Society6 and Tumblr to follow Pamela’s work.

Books, Zines & Comics, Look What I've Got!

Fushigi no Mofumofu Cafe

Posted on August 22, 2016 by

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While I was browsing around on AmazonGlobal, I stumbled across an adorable book with bunnies and ice cream on the cover that I couldn’t resist getting for myself.

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It’s called Fushigi no Mofumofu Cafe (which translates as something like ‘fluffy cafe in wonderland’) by Lilac (らいらっく) and features illustrations of bunnies (and the occasional bird and dog) relaxing in all kinds of delicious food. It’s pretty thick for a comic with 93 pages and every illustration is cuter than the last!

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It’s split into a few sections: Western cuisine, Japanese cuisine, fast food and sweets. It’s so hard to pick out some favourites to show you as it’s all too kawaii.

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The sweets is definitely my favourite section though, and the biggest too. It’s got everything from pastries and crepes to parfaits and cakes! Some bakery could make a fortune replicating these. There’s also some pages with daily menus for the week which I would like to sign up for by delivery service.

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I’m so glad I got this – it’s completely adorable and I know I’ll be delighted all over again every time I come across it on my bookshelf. If you love bunnies, Japanese food and illustration, this is a must buy.

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It’s available through AmazonGlobal for around £10/$13 along with another volume that I will have to add to my wish list. You can also get it from YesAsia for a higher price. Lilac also has a website which is packed full of even more cute illustrations.

Visiting Japan

Pom Pom Purin Cafe

Posted on August 19, 2016 by

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Like many of you, I’ve been avidly following the character cafe trend which has taken over Asia with adorable cafes themed for our favourite kawaii characters popping up across Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan and more. When I visited Japan in May, I was hoping it would coincide with an amazing popup cafe, but sadly missed both the Miffy and Rilakkuma cafes by mere days.

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Luckily there are lots of permanent character cafes and I visited the Pom Pom Purin Cafe while in Osaka. It’s situated in the Umeda Hankyu mall, which also has a Gudetama cafe and a huge branch of Kiddyland. I managed to find it in the basement with all the other restaurants and it was completely empty on a Tuesday lunchtime.

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The staff are quite happy for you to take photos of everything and wander about to see all the details. All the decor is so cute, with artwork on the walls, pudding chairs, a big figurine to pose with and lots of cute things on your table.

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Here’s a look at part of the menu – you can view it in full here – it was so hard to choose what to have! Each cafe has a couple of exclusive regional dishes – in Osaka there’s okonomiyaki (a kind of cabbage pancake) and takoyaki (octopus dumplings) that are actually chocolate. In the end I went for the coconut chicken curry and chose a mango ice cream drink over dessert (it was a really hot day!).

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The food looked just as cute as the menu pictures with lots of fun details and I took tons of photos. The curry was really good as well – sometimes kawaii food is very much style over substance but I would eat this again. The drink came with a free coaster that you can see there, but I forgot to take it home with me in all the excitement. So sad!

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Here’s a close look at my drink. I didn’t want to eat the ice cream! There were real mango chunks at the bottom and lots of ice with mango soda and ice cream on top. It was very refreshing but it was almost impossible to eat the mango as it was trapped under so much ice. I would have been better getting a proper dessert.

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This was one of the times when I wished I had traveling companions so we could order more and try everything. I would definitely go back sometime to try some more dishes. Look how cute it all is!

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Even though I was on my own, I wasn’t offered the Pom Pom Purin plush as a dining companion. Probably they didn’t know if I would understand. You can just see the shop there too which sells lots of plushies, stationery and more including some exclusive cafe items. I spent a long time deciding and eventually got a plush keyring. I bought most of the others below in Kiddyland.

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If you’re heading to Japan, there are permanent Pom Pom Purin Cafes in Harajuku, Yokohama and Osaka. You’ll also find permanent cafes themed around Hello Kitty, Ghibli, Gudetama, Moomins and more, plus random popups throughout the year. You can find out more about all those in my Planning For Japan guide book. I also just blogged about my visit to the Usagito bunny cafe over at Asking For Trouble.

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Cute Characters

Num Noms

Posted on August 18, 2016 by

Num Noms are a new-ish collectible toy line to hit the market. As soon as I saw them on shelves I had to grab a few mystery packs and a set to add to my ever growing toy collection.

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Each character in super sweet – from the cute design to the scent these lil characters will make you hungry! You can mix and match characters to create your own menu and they stack upon each other. You can display them individually as well.

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I bought the pizza pack – because hello – pizza!

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The ice cream pack looks too sweet to pass up.

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And if you like surprises like me go ahead and grab a few mystery packs. Each character slips over a lip gloss or stamp and comes with a collectable character chart.

No matter what your flavor is Num Noms have you covered. From sweet to salty you are bound to find your favorite treat in a collectable form. You can also pick them up at Amazon and Toys R Us.