Cute Characters

Sumikko Gurashi Bento

Posted on February 22, 2017 by

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Sumikko Gurashi are probably my favourite kawaii characters at the moment and their new bento theme is just about the cutest thing ever. Just watch the video!

I love the new tako wiener / hot dog octopus and onigiri characters and luckily they appear on quite a few of the new products.

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My number one NEED are these little coin pouches. The onigiri one even has a sad little tako printed inside.

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There’s also this amazing plush set that you can arrange any way you like.

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Or a frying pan ready to hold your collection of tiny Sumikko plushies. I only own three so far so that’s a life goal.

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I wish I was visiting Japan this month so I could grab this limited edition large Tako plush at Loft!

The bento range has just been released in Japan so it will take a while to filter through to UK & US-based online stores. If you can’t wait, some items are on eBay and Amazon Global or you could also use a shopping service to order direct from San-X.

Giveaways

Chebeto Giveaway Winner

Posted on February 22, 2017 by

Time to find out who wins a handmade plush toy of their choice from Chebeto. And the winner is…

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Congratulations to Mahdi! Check your inbox for how to claim your prize, or email us.

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If you weren’t lucky this time, you can still pick up a finished plush or sewing pattern at the Chebeto web shop. We’ll be sure to let you know when Chebeto makes the deer, snail or pufferfish a reality too.

We’ll have a new giveaway next week but don’t forget to enter our Fun.com giveaway for a chance to win a Totoro coin bank!

Cute Characters

Dick Bruna & Miffy

Posted on February 21, 2017 by

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I was very sad to hear of Miffy creator Dick Bruna’s death at the weekend. Having a Dutch mother, my childhood was full of Miffy and this probably explains why I still love cute bunnies so much! If you need some more Miffy in your life now, here’s my current favourites from the Miffy Shop.

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I did not know this mug existed and now it’s top of my birthday wish list. Look at that face on the bottom!

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Also pretty amazing – this simple Miffy face tote bag.

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You can’t go wrong with a Miffy plush and this denim one is very sweet.

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And if you’ve got a couple of hundred quid to spare, a Miffy lamp would make you the envy of your friends.

You’ll find even more Miffy cuteness in the Dutch store and there are stockists worldwide. Do you have any Miffy memories?

Kawaii Reviews, Subscription Boxes

Neko Box Japanese Subscription Box Review

Posted on February 20, 2017 by

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While we’ve reviewed lots of Japanese candy and kawaii subscription boxes, Neko Box had something different to offer us. Their monthly boxes contain themed Japanese lifestyle goods including stationery, ceramics, prints and crafts. Read on for a full review plus there’s a special offer for SCK readers!

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I was especially delighted to receive the Mount Fuji box as it’s such a Japanese icon and I’ve even been up it (on a bus).  The box arrived quickly and everything was in perfect condition thanks to the very careful packaging. The ceramics were packed in layers of bubble wrap as well as shredded paper filler so you’d have to be very unlucky to see any damage.

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Neko Box costs $34.99 + shipping so it’s not the cheapest box on the market but you do get beautiful high quality items and an exclusive mini magazine that all match the theme perfectly.

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I was pleased to find this little hand towel as I almost bought it myself when I was in Japan! I ended up getting a polar bear design from the same range, which I’m still using a year later, so I’m happy to have this one too. Little terrycloth towels like this are a must buy when you visit Japan as many public toilets don’t have hand dryers, but they also make great face cloths.

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You can’t go wrong with stationery and there were some great choices in this box with stickers, sticky memos and a Hokusai Mt Fuji postcard.

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I nearly bought these stickers too so Neko Box really have my number. They’re made from a lovely textured paper with shiny gold foil and there’s lots of different designs and colours.

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The sticky memos are very clever as the reflection sticks to the page and the mountain sticks out. They’re perfect for bookmarks or for planning your Japan trip.

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Lovely as all those were, the main draw for me was definitely the ceramics. I have quite a few ceramic pieces from Japan and was delighted with both these additions to my collection. Both the rice bowl and sake cup are made in the Gifu region and look like Mt Fuji when turned upside down.

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The bowl is a great size for rice and miso soup or just for fruit and snacks, or even dumplings? Preferably bunny-shaped!

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The sake cups are all unique as the glazing is different on every one. The snowy top is left unglazed, which makes for a nice contrast. This is my favourite thing in the box, even though I’m not really a sake drinker, as it makes a cute ornament for my Japan themed mantelpiece display. Continue Reading

Super Cute Sponsors

Super Cute Sponsor News

Posted on February 18, 2017 by

cakes with faces

Cakes with Faces is here to brighten up these gloomy grey days with the most colourful t-shirts in the world – all available in mens and ladies sizes.

japancentre

Japan Centre have a 3 for 2 deal on Japanese candy and DIY kits happening this weekend including some of your favourite brands. Stocks are limited though so hurry before it all sells out.

yozo craft

Yozo Craft have even more new stickers in store including lots of pandas and cats! Every order earns points to spend on future orders too.

celdeconail

Cel’s Deconails have some super sweet decoden press on nails for a kawaii finishing touch on a special occasion. There’s cute sweets and fruit as well as spooky and sparkly designs.

kawaii depot

If you enjoyed Andi’s review yesterday, make sure to check out all the stationery at Kawaii Depot. These ice cream pens are available in loads of colours and flavours and make me wish for summer. There’s 10% off any $10+ order with the code KDSS-10 or 15% off a $50+ order with the code 15PER.

askingfortrouble

Over at my Asking For Trouble shop, I’ve got some colourful new sticker sheets available with a special offer if you buy all three!

chebeto giveaway

Don’t forget to enter our Chebeto giveaway for a chance to win a handmade plush toy of your choice – ends Tuesday!

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