Jinbe San the kawaii whale shark doesn’t really get big seasonal themes like Rilakkuma and Sumikko Gurashi but San-X have been adding some new characters and designs. Let’s take a look.
This range isn’t up for pre-order yet but keep an eye on the San-X store later this month. These clear pouches are so cute – and useful too.
Baby whale Kojira features on quite a few of the new products too. If these are still available when I’m in Japan, I don’t think I will be able to resist one. It’s always handy to have a spare coin purse in Japan to save all your ¥100 coins for gashapon!
The newest characters in the Jinbe San gang are some deep sea creatures including a sea dragon, lanternfish and round pink octopus. The octopus is really popular and most of the products are sold out but there’s a few of these adorable drawstring bags left.
The closest thing Jinbe San has had to a proper theme is dressing up in sailor hats! You can buy these as plushies and on lots of water-related products like towels, pool bags and drinkware.
And my favourite – the Jinbe San plushie you can use as a pillow, even letting him eat your arm! The latest version is wrapped in a cool fabric for summer, made to look like the paper wrapping on food. Google even translates this as Mr Dinner, noooo!