Well, just a few of the many many cute things I bought in Japan.
I’m a complete sucker for purses and cases – they’re affordable and always so cute! I am managing to use three of the many that I bought. I got the takoyaki (octopus ball) coin purse at the Takoyaki Museum shop in Osaka, the Mameshiba hard case (great for my earphones) in Akihabara and the Rilakkuma credit card case at Narita Airport. Useful!
Remember I was on a headphone hunt? These were the cutest ones I found in the right style/price. Not super-kawaii but they are pretty ace. I also got a cool pompom hat and a little Korilakkuma cable tidy that clips to your coat! I got all this in Loft. There were loads of adorable earphones there too – impossible to choose.
Postcards are always a good choice if you’re trying not to overspend. I picked these up all over Japan – some are from illustrators at the Design Festa and the Rilakkuma holographic one is from Kiddyland – brainache!
Yay, panda pillow. I always buy a kawaii pillow for my collection (he’ll be joining my onigiri pillow, Rilakkuma bunny cushion, takoyaki tofu pillow and happy carrot). I got this cutie in Loft. He’s so huggable, it’s pretty hard to stop really.
And finally, gashapon galore! You can find so many unexpected treats in a gashapon – I got toys, figurines, phone straps, pin badges, a pack of Hello Kitty cards and even a miniature snowcone maker! There’s loads more photos of my purchases here. Enjoy!
What would you most like to spend your money on in Japan?
Marceline is the co-founder and editor of Super Cute Kawaii and author of The Super Cute Book of Kawaii. She also designs cute character goods as Asking For Trouble. Having visited Japan five times, Marceline is enormously inspired by all things Japanese and especially loves bunnies, space and any kind of food object with a happy face.