One of the highlights of my Japan trip was returning to Design Festa, a huge weekend event for art, craft and design. It’s crammed full of hundreds of stalls with local designer makers selling their wares and, being Japan, it’s all ultra kawaii. Here’s a look at my favourite makers that I couldn’t resist buying from.
My favourite stall was Shiho Hanko who was selling these adorable spoons. How could anyone possibly resist? She also has a range of stamps, brooches, badges and more and you can follow her on Instagram.
Meeting Mochi Usagi (the mascot for Niigata) was a highlight of my last visit so I was pleased to see there was a merch stall. The creator also has a new set of mochi cats characters, which are super cute.
The language barrier was no issue at Gunya Nyanko where I spent a good 5 minutes giggling with the stall owner over her bendy cats. You can use them as cable ties, to keep your earbuds in control or just to wrap around a pen (or finger!) and they come in all different colours and breeds. Watch the cute video too!
I was happy to see lots of cute bunnies at Design Festa, especially those of Fuwa Apa (fluffy apartment!). I could have bought everything.
Since the arrival of the postman is the highlight of my day, I loved these postal worker animal characters. The artist is Neyu and they have an Instagram as ny_img.
And finally, teeny tiny sculptures on the top of pins by R Gallery! These were so amazing to look at – I wish there were more photos online.
Want to see what I bought? Check out my post at Asking For Trouble.
(stall photos by the makers and Design Festa)