I’m back from London and my first Hyper Japan event and it was a whirlwind of kawaii! We’ll have more posts over the next couple of weeks but first here’s my top 5 highlights.
I had somehow missed that Domo-kun was back at Hyper Japan this year and I was so happy to see him! He was appearing in his new DJ DOMO persona – all shiny silver and flashing lights. The live set was one the most hilariously awesome things I’ve ever seen and we even got to meet him. Life goal ticked off.
Haruka Kurebayashi Harajuku Fashion Show
Dreamy Bows were launching their collaboration with Haruka Kurebayashi at Hyper Japan and the fashion show was super kawaii. We first got an introduction to all the different Japanese fashion styles you can spot in Harajuku and then Haruka Kurebayashi showed us her fashion makeovers and sang a few songs. It was great to see so many different models in so many different styles, reminding you that kawaii fashion is for everyone.
Tofu Cute x ARTBOX x Dreamy Bows
Our first stop was this interconnected mega store of our favourite brands. Tofu Cute had their usual mix of Amuse plush, Japanese candy and random kawaii that you can’t resist. Dreamy Bows were showing off their new Haruka Kurebayashi collaboration and 6%DOKIDOKI range. ARTBOX had some unbelievably cute Sanrio and San-X products that had us running around squealing a lot, plus these adorable photo setups. Much money was spent.
It was also great to see the smaller stalls and meet some of my favourite kawaii designers and makers. Top of the list was inki-Drop who came all the way from the USA but it was also cool to see Cakes With Faces, Fuzzballs, el horno and many more. I could have easily spent a fortune.
While the kawaii parts are definitely the most fun, Hyper Japan showcases all types of Japanese culture. There were food and drink tastings, Nintendo games to play, anime goods galore and even a bonsai exhibition, plus plenty information for anyone planning a trip.
It’s definitely an amazing event to visit if you love Japan and kawaii. Tickets for the Christmas event are already on sale so make your plans! We’ll have more from Hyper Japan once I’ve sorted through all my hundreds of photos.
We Are Extinct is the Etsy shop of Dutch illustrator Erik Buikema and it’s a must visit for kawaii cat fans. Just look at these Yum Yum Cats stickers! It’s impossible to pick a favourite but luckily they’re available as a set so you don’t have to choose.
You’ll also find some super cute enamel pins in store. Kittens are a natural anti-depressant and a whole basket of them is sure to cheer up anyone.
It’s not all cats though – I’d love to live in a town with these happy food shops. You can buy them individually or save some cash with a full set.
The shop name We Are Extinct is because the enamel pins are all limited edition so if you see something you like, don’t delay. It’s also well worth following Erik on Instagram as he’s always posting cute new work.
It’s finally time for Hyper Japan! If you can’t make it, Super Cute Kawaii will be there tomorrow covering the highlights so make sure to follow us on Instagram. We’ll also have some recap posts on the blog over the next couple of weeks. If you’re on your way, here’s a few things to look out for from our sponsors.
Amy at Cakes with Faces has put together a video of 10 Things to Do at Hyper Japan. Cakes with Faces will be there with all their cute t-shirts, dresses, varsity jackets, cushions, sushi comic books and lots more. Find them on C04 on the upper level, in the shop next to ARTBOX. Come and say hello, and if you’re planning a trip to Japan they’re always happy to chat and answer your questions!
Speaking of ARTBOX, they’ll have a huge Sanrio area this year with a new range of Sanrio Originals direct from Japan. They’re promising the UK’s widest ever range of Sanrio items with plush, stationery, homeware and the most adorable fashion items. There will also be photo opportunities featuring popular Sanrio characters. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for more updates and to find out when they’re available online too.
We’ve mentioned the Dreamy Bows collaboration with Haruka Kurebayashi previously but they’ll also have 6%DOKIDOKI clothing available for the first time. Look out for them in the huge ARTBOX/Tofu Cute/Dreamy Bows mega shop.
If you’re visiting Hyper Japan on Sunday, look out for me and Nicolette as we’ll have SCK stickers to hand out. We’ll share our outfits on the day so you can try and spot us.
It’s officially the middle of summer, at least where I live, so that means frequent beach trips for most. Fortunately, even if you’re like me and haven’t had the chance (or you live in the southern hemisphere where it’s cold!), you can still enjoy the summer spirit with these fun sea life crafts!
The polymer clay heart sea turtle charm tutorial by CoolRiceBunnies is an adorable take on the basic sea turtle design. Sea turtles are my favorite sea animal so I think I’ll make several of these to turn into a charm bracelet.
Flying Mio’s octopus plush video shows you how to make two different versions, both of which are, in fact, quite fancy. She covers everything you need for the project, including how to make the pattern pieces, so it is easy to understand.
If you agree with me and believe jellyfish are underrated, you might enjoy One Dog Woof’s crochet jellyfish project. It would be cute as a plush, but I also really like it as an interesting hanging decoration!
Even though mermaids aren’t technically real, I still felt compelled to add this cute and inexpensive mermaid cross stitch pattern by SuirenDesign. Mermaids and summer are synonymous, anyway.
If you feel like a bit of a splurge, FuzzytailFelting’s needle felting sea otter kit might be right up your alley. I’m currently in the middle of a growing sea otter obsession, so once I finish my shameful amount of half-finished needle felt projects, this one’s going straight in my Etsy cart.
Let me know in the comments what your favorite sea creatures are! And if you’d like some more summer project ideas, be sure to check out our Things to Make section.