We’ve been too busy to run the SCK Awards for a few years now, so I thought it might be fun to ask the SCK writers to share their top kawaii picks for the year. See if you agree with us!
Favourite Kawaii Characters
Marceline: Sumikko Gurashi. I’ve been relating a lot to Shirokuma (polar bear) this year.
Andi: This changes frequently, but Marumofubiyori right now. It’s a mouthful but he’s just so cute. I’ve already bought all the stationery items available featuring him at the moment. He also has videos!
Natasja: Sumikko Gurashi
MissMuffcake: Pusheen – duh!!!!!
Nicolette: Same-zu sharks. They’re cute and totally hilarious!
Favourite Places to Shop
Andi: Kawaii Shop Japan – they offer a huge stationery assortment, very fair shipping costs, and freebies with every order. They generally update on a weekly basis, too, which has made me an embarrassingly frequent shopper.
Nicolette: ARTBOX – I love popping in when I’m in central London to browse all the cute things featuring some of my favourite characters Sumikko Gurashi, Rilakkuma, Jinbe-san and Pusheen.
Favourite Kawaii Makers
Andi: PreciousBbyz – their birb pins make me seriously want to start a collection, even though I really, really don’t need to start collecting anything else!
Natasja: Erik Buikema
Favourite YouTube Channels
Andi: CreativeRachy. I’ve been subscribed to her for years, and she was one the first Youtube crafters I ever watched. Her videos were a big influence on my decision to take up clay crafting.
Natasja: The bullet journal videos from AmandaRachLee.
MissMuffcake: IdunnGoddess – fun, easy to make crafts that are easy enough for the glue gun challenged to do.
Nicolette: Cakes With Faces – Amy makes the best videos about Japan and I always want to go back when I watch them.
Favourite Instagram Accounts
Andi: This is so hard to choose, but overall I find myself browsing @miki.takei‘s page very often. Her art style and color palettes are inspirational for me in coloring and crafting.
MissMuffcake: @sugarpill – I love their makeup and behind the scenes videos of their office cat Turkey.
Nicolette: @noodoll – I just love their characters and all their shenanigans!
Andi: It’s still Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer. It takes most of my favorite elements of the series and puts them into a more casual form that doesn’t require committed gameplay to enjoy it.
MissMuffcake: Just Dance 2018 for Wii – I look forward to this game every year! The fashion is always an inspiration!
Nicolette: Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp – It’s a very simplistic version of the game but still so addictive and I love interacting with my favourite villagers on my phone.
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Feel free to join in and list your picks in the comments. Check back tomorrow to see the cutest things we bought this year!
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.