July 30th was International Day of Friendship, so declared by the UN to focus on inspiring peace efforts through building friendships between individuals, countries, and cultures. I’d like to highlight some of the most kawaii friendships that inspire me to be a better friend.
Even though Spongebob Squarepants and Patrick Star are very different, they stay friends no matter what trouble they get into. Their tokidoki collaboration has a a kawaii-twist on the characters with free wallpapers.
Show your best friend that you’re the Patrick to their Spongebob with this official Best Friends Waterbottle (US).
Perhaps start a new tradition with your friends by collecting Donutella and Her Sweet Friends blind box figures (US – worldwide stockists).
Just like potential new friends, Sumikko Gurashi are everywhere. They are so accepting of new friends, animals are even friends with bits of leftover food, a weed, even a small mountain. Get a free wallpaper from the official San-X site (Japan).
Pick out a plushie of the character each of your friends most relate to from the San-X Net Shop (JP – stockists worldwide).
Of course, we can’t forget about Hello Kitty, who is a friend to everyone. Take this opportunity to send a note to show your friend how much you appreciate them using this free printable Thank You for Being a Friend card (under Hello Kitty – Paper Crafts).
Or have a look at the new Hello Kitty & Friends collection with Stoney Clover Lane (US).
My favorite best friend duo is Molang and Piu Piu. Despite their differences in appearance and size, they do absolutely everything together and always find fun in every situation. Isn’t it time you made your friend a friendship bracelet? Get the instructions on how to make an adorable heart-patterned one on the Molang activities page (page 8 of the Valentine’s Day activity download).
A Molang and Piu Piu Friendship Tote (EU) would also make a perfect BFF gift.
I hope you have the opportunity to make a new friend this summer!
Nova is a contributing writer who lives in the Pacific Northwest in America with her husband, young daughter, and 3 cats – Evey, Ophelia, and Adora. She is an introvert and a traveler who has been to over 20 countries. Her first years as a teacher were teaching English in Japan, so Japan and all things kawaii will always have a special place in her heart. Nova’s favorite color is grey, character is Rilakkuma, and cartoon is Adventure Time