2020 is the year of the rat or mouse and Andi has already shared some cute craft projects. If you’re a fan of small rodents, it’s a good year for you to do some shopping – we don’t often see kawaii rats but I’ve found a few, plus mice too.
Yes, cute rat plushies do exist, thanks to Flat Bonnie (USA)! They’re handmade and customisable so you can choose the fur and eye colours.
The Pipsqueakery (USA) is a rodent and rabbit rescue and sanctuary and you can help support them through their cute Etsy shop. They sell a big range of stickers, pins and apparel featuring rats, mice, hamsters, bunnies, guinea pigs and more.
I was struggling to think of a kawaii mouse character but of course there’s Mickey Mouse & Minnie Mouse. Since they’re so popular in Japan, there’s all kinds of adorable items in the Disney Japan store like this sweet pin set. They don’t ship internationally but you can order through VeryGoods.
For Japanese characters, I think we only have sidekicks. Maybe Pompompurin’s friend Scone will get a chance to shine in 2020! You can find this plush on eBay.
Siro’s Funny Animals (Japan) has a very cute ceramic mouse figure available. It’s one of a kind and includes a rice cake for a sweet New Year decoration.
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.