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 like Plaza Japan, Hobby Link Japan or Japan Trend Shop, who all ship worldwide.
Marceline is the co-founder and editor of Super Cute Kawaii and the author of The Super Cute Book of Kawaii. She lives by the seaside in Scotland in a flat full of kawaii, creating cute character goods as Asking For Trouble, working on endless craft projects and playing Nintendo.