You’ve probably seen the Itazura kawaii coin banks with a hidden cat inside that swipes away your coin. There’s some really fun new varieties around too, including a few of our favourite characters.
If you’re going to have cats, then why not include the most famous one! Hello Kitty has her own coin bank in classic red and white.
Gudetama may be lazy but he’ll make an effort for a ¥500 coin. I think this one might be my favourite.
Although, it’s hard to resist Pikachu, especially when you hear him go “pika-pika!” at the sound of a new coin.
The latest coin banks feature Tokage from Sumikko Gurashi, with a little Tapioca friend ready to grab the coin.
There are more too including Kumamon, Doraemon and Godzilla, plus cats, puppies and pandas. Sadly, there are a lot of fakes around so make sure to buy from a reputable site based in Japan. Bento&co, Hamee Strapya World and J-List all have a good selection.
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. She lives by the seaside in Scotland in a house full of kawaii and especially loves bunnies, space and food with faces.