Featured Posts, SCK Awards

SCK Awards Winners 2015 – The Full Results

Posted on January 31, 2016 by

The SCK Awards winners were just announced live but if you couldn’t make it, here’s the full results. I’ve also included charts this year, so you can see how close some of the voting was.

FAVOURITE KAWAII CHARACTER

SCK Awards - Pusheen

SCK Awards - Rilakkuma SCK Awards - Alpacasso

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The same winners as last year, but this time Pusheen the Cat takes the top spot, followed by lazy bear Rilakkuma and those cute Alpacassos.

FAVOURITE KAWAII BRAND

SCK Awards - Sanrio

SCK Awards - San-X SCK Awards - Ghibli

SCK Awards - Brands

Sanrio and San-X are your favourites again this year, while Studio Ghibli sneaks up to take third place. Continue Reading

Giveaways

SCK Awards Giveaway Winners

Posted on January 30, 2016 by

Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to nominate and vote in the SCK Awards! I’ve got a tough job this weekend of counting up all the votes to find the winners, but first I’ve picked four lucky people to win our cute prize packs.

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I randomly picked two from the nominations forms and two from the Rafflecopter so I can’t list them all here since I just have email addresses for some. Check your inboxes (and spam folders) as I’m sending out the emails now!

Don’t forget to follow us on TwitterFacebook or Instagram to find out the winners of the SCK Awards tomorrow evening!

SCK Awards

SCK Awards – Voting & Giveaway End Today!

Posted on January 29, 2016 by

SCK Awards

We’ve had over 1000 votes in the SCK Awards already, but if you’re not one of them, hurry up as there’s less than 24 hours left! Make sure to vote for your favourites and enter the giveaway.

We’ll be announcing the winners of the SCK Awards on Sunday evening live on our  Twitter, Facebook and Instagram so I hope some of you will join us from 7pm GMT. I’ll post all the winners on the blog right after for anyone who can’t make it.

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Check back tomorrow when we’ll pick the giveaway winners. Here’s a look at the full plush prize pack, now that Rainbow Alpacasso has arrived!

Who’s excited?

Sales & Discounts

Hamee Strapya World Valentine Sale

Posted on January 28, 2016 by

Hamee Strapya World have a pretty great Valentine Sale running at the moment with up to 30% off 168 items. Here’s my top 5 picks.

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Even on sale, this set of Totoro nesting dolls is almost $50 but it’s so amazing! I love the tiny acorn and soot sprites at the end.

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We’ve posted about these Deco Latte sheets a few times on SCK and you can get 10 sheets in cute Rilakkuma designs for just $5.50. I actually ordered some so we can try them out for you.

hamee strapya world

Most of the Neko Atsume products are in the sale, including plush, cups, bags and these cool 3-way charms featuring all your favourite cats.

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There are tons of sweet squishies in the sale including a big pile of adorable Hello Kitty food designs. Hello Kitty ice cream anyone?

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And finally, plushies! There are some giant Rilakkumas at over $100 (sob!) but more affordably are these little San-X plush with all our favourite characters. They can be used as screen cleaners or just stack them up to look super kawaii.

Check out the Valentine Sale page to see everything and make sure to shop before February 16th get the sale prices. Hamee Strapya World have very affordable worldwide shipping and my last order arrived in a week!

Featured Posts, Kawaii Reviews, Subscription Boxes, Things To Eat

Japan Crate Candy & Snacks Box Review

Posted on January 27, 2016 by

japan crate

I reviewed the kawaii Doki Doki Crate a couple of weeks ago and now it’s time to have a look at the original Japan Crate which is packed full of Japanese candy and snacks!

japan crate

The monthly boxes come in 3 sizes and I was sent the largest Premium box which contains 12-14 items including a DIY kit, drink and bonus item. The box was super cute with  Fuji design and inside I found Cute Tororin Parfait DIY kit, Black Bean & Soy Sauce Scones, 3 Umaibo sticks, Pocky Demitasse, Hia Shuwa Cola, Fujiya lollipops, Naga-i Sawagumi Orange tape, Pachishuwa Dynamite Melon Soda, Banana Awa Moco Moco, Bad Kid Beer, Celio Lifeguard Drink and a Zelda gashapon figurine.

I was impressed with the mix of items with both sweet and savoury and drinks, plus there were lots of things I’ve not seen before despite 3 trips to Japan!

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Let’s start with drinks! Melon Soda Fanta is my favourite drink ever, so I was so excited to try this one, but it turned out to be one of the weird jelly drinks that I am not a fan of. If you’re more of a jelly fan, this is pretty cool – you can either drink it straight or put it in the freezer for a slushie. The two packets I am saving to try with Panda-san soon – the Bad Kid Beer is actually creamy grape soda and the banana turns fizzy when mixed with water.

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Lifeguard is a fizzy energy drink full of good stuff like vitamins, amino acids, honey and royal jelly. I had no idea what it would taste like, especially with the cool green colour and deranged racing bunny on the can. I’m still not sure, but it was really nice and I would buy it again.

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I’m always happy to see Umaibo, which are giant corn snacks. These are all good flavours – cheese, salad and tonkotsu pork. The Scones are like Crunchy Cheetos (or NikNaks in the UK). I initially thought the Black Bean & Soy Sauce flavour was boring, but after a few handfuls it gets really tasty and now I wish I had more. I’ll be looking out for these when I visit Japan in the spring.

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Candy time! The orange gummy strip was really good with a strong flavour but soft to chew. I would definitely buy it again. The bags of sweets are really big and will last you a long time for whenever you need a little treat.

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One has 3 types of Cola sweets, which are all individually wrapped and taste just like cola bottles. Peko-chan is on the cute packaging for a big bag of fruit lollies with a mix of orange, apple, grape and strawberry.

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The Pocky Demitasse were my favourite thing in the whole box. I opened them for this photo and then found myself eating them all as I photographed the other items. It’s only a small box but the biscuit sticks are chocolate flavour and the chocolate icing is double thickness – so good!

I’m very intrigued by the DIY parfait kit – it comes with its own cute plastic glass, strawberry sauce and decorations and I’ll be reviewing that separately soon.

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The Premium box also contains a free gift which turned out to be a Zelda figurine so I was very happy. It was in a gashapon capsule and one that you get to build yourself. I got Link playing some panpipes and he fits in perfectly with my other Wind Waker figurines.

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As with the Doki Doki crate, you also receive a full colour booklet with details of each item, instructions for making the candy kit and a comic. It’s great to get all these details and you can find out even more on the Japan Crate blog.

japan crate

I would recommend this box if you want to try a big range of Japanese snacks and drinks. The Premium box (from $27.50 per month) would be best for clubbing together with friends since you get a few big sharing packs. The Original box (from $22.50 per month) looks good for one person – you get almost everything but the drinks.

Check out the Japan Crate site to order the February box, sign up for a subscription or just find out more.

PS. I’ll be parting with a few of these items to add to our giveaway prizes so make sure to vote in the SCK Awards to be entered.

(Premium crate was provided for review by Japan Crate but this is my honest review and the photos are my own)

Free Downloads, Things To Make

Cute Printable Lucky Money Envelopes

Posted on January 26, 2016 by

Not too long from now – on February 8 – the Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese New Year will be celebrated. During the celebrations it’s a custom to give children red packets or small decorated envelopes (pochi-bukuro) with money, as a way to share your blessings.

Those money envelopes come in many colours and shapes and I’ve picked a couple of cute ones that you can print for free. And if you don’t celebrate the Lunar New Year, you could also use them to wrap money for birthdays or weddings .

Morishita Manami

Morishita Manami has been illustrating cute pochi envelopes for the last 5 years, you can download the free (pdf) printables at her website.

KF Studio

2016 will be the year of the Monkey, so you’ll find them on many prints, such as these kawaii envelopes from KF Studio.

Megurin

Megurin has got a nice selection of cute printable money envelopes with dogs and hamsters, which you can use all year round.

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Akinko and Sanpo Doh both share some money packets for you to make. And if you’re looking for more variations you can also check out the Japanese Canon website.

Cute Shop Alert!

SaoZen Plush

Posted on January 25, 2016 by

SaoZenPlush

We first featured SaoZen Plush all the way back in 2013 so it was great to stumble across Sao’s work again on Instagram and see all the new things she’s been making. These little bear animal donuts are my current favourites but there’s so much cute stuff available including panda plushies, TV pincushions, animal face brooches and adorable little stacking boxes! Check it all on Etsy.

SaoZenPlush

SaoZenPlush

Super Cute Sponsors

Super Cute Sponsor News

Posted on January 23, 2016 by

japanstuffs

Valentine’s Day is on the horizon and look at this adorable new Pikachu range! Those slippers are amazing. JapanStuffs only have a few of each so get them while you can.

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Cat fans will love all the new Jetoy stationery that’s just been added at Kawaii Depot. There’s loads of cute designs to choose from, on memo pads, stickers file folders and more. You can also get 10% off orders over $10 with the code KDSS-10 and 15% off orders over $50 with the code 15PER. Look out for a new giveaway with Kawaii Depot next month!

plush pattern shop

If you need something to do in these cold winter evenings, why not try one of Plush Pattern Shop’s cute patterns and kits? Everyone needs a kawaii Cthulhu after all! We’ll also have one of these to give away next month!

yozo craft

Yozo Craft have lots of cute new stickers, washi tape, pencil cases and stationery in stock including these sweet little Alice in Wonderland sticky memos.

askingfortrouble

Over at my Asking For Trouble shop, the ghost brooches have turned all pink and sparkly for Valentine’s Day. Cotton Candy ghosts are limited edition and cost just £5.

SCK Awards 2015

Don’t forget to vote in the SCK Awards finals – voting ends on Friday!

Want your shop featured like this? Super Cute Kawaii ads start at just $10!

SCK Favourites

Tokidoki Space Place

Posted on January 22, 2016 by

tokidoki space place

I love a kawaii space theme and Tokidoki’s new Space Place collection is super cute with donut and cat planets, rockets and even happy satellites. It’s currently only available on a range of bags and backpacks that are a bit out of my price range, but there are also some more affordable items like the circle pouch for $18. Check it all out at Tokidoki and let’s hope for some stationery and plush soon.

tokidoki space place

tokidoki space place

 

Books, Zines & Comics

The One-of-a-Kind Cat Book

Posted on January 21, 2016 by

The One-of-a-Kind Cat Book

The One-of-a-Kind Cat Book by Ciye Cho is a colorful fun read full of kitties. The artwork that goes with each story is bright and whimsical, capturing each story perfectly.

The One-of-a-Kind Cat Book

The stories take you on an adventure, through the eyes of a human or a special cat and each one is totally different from the last, ranging from dark to witty. Artists, explorers and evil are some of the themes that crop up. While this is a picture book the material is geared towards adults and some of the stories might be bothersome to children.

The One-of-a-Kind Cat Book

You can download the book for free right now.