Japanese artist Naoshi‘s art is colourful, kawaii and a little bit surreal, and even more impressive when you find out it’s made with sand! It’s called Sunae and involves filling in areas on sticky paper with colourful sand. You can watch Naoshi in action in this video.
Naoshi has a new book of work available called Ice Cream Work, which follows the adventures of Ice Cream Man throughout a working week where he turns up at a birthday party, in sunflower fields, on the golf course and more.
Each spread is full of clever little details and bright contrasting colours and patterns. It would be really easy to forget all these details are painstakingly made with sand if it wasn’t for the texture. If you love colourful art, food and nature, this is well worth adding to your bookshelf as you’ll be sure to find something new every time you pick it up.
Ice Cream Work is published by Overcup Press and can be ordered online for $14.99 or through your favourite book store.
If you fancy giving Sunae a try, Naoshi also sells kits in her Etsy shop alongside prints, originals, t-shirts and more. This reminds me that I have a kit I’ve never used so I’ll have a go soon and post the results on Instagram.
Jae Suk Shin from Korea is both skilled in making ceramics and drawing animals. He sells his creations as Creative Stone Ceramics and I would really like to share them with you. How cute are these hand-painted dishes and mugs?
Yay for cats on kitchenware! All the Creative Stone Ceramics are one of a kind, so you’ll bring something special home. According to the description the painted ceramics are dishwasher and microwave safe. I think it’s nice how most of the paintings follow the shape of the dish.
Rest assured if you are not a cat person; there are also plenty of dog, bunny and panda related items in the shop.
For a little extra money you can ask Jae to make a custom mug, based on a picture of your pet. This would be a great gift as well (^_^).
What do you get when you combine cats and mermaids? The new Purr Maids collection at Paperchase! Your average kitty is not a big fan of water but these cuties look quite at home. I especially love this glittery notebook.
For extra fun, the products include pastel rainbows, holographic and iridescent materials and lots of glitter. These filing boxes will make your boring documents much more kawaii.
Head to the beach with this lightweight backpack and maybe you’ll spot some purr-maids.
Of course there’s tons of stationery including some fun new multi-packs. You get all this for just £9.
Or check out the lunch set with bag, water bottle and snack boxes.
Paperchase ship worldwide and if you’re in the UK you can sign up in store for a Treat Me card which gets you shipping upgrades, discounts and more.
Chebeto are back with lots of cute new plush toys, patterns and kits. I love this otter! You’ll also find some new readymade toys and even a little axolotl charm.
I’m so happy to see Kawaii Depot stocking the new Mamegoma in Paradise range that I fell in love with in Japan. It’s so adorable and summery with pineapples, coconuts and hula skirts. There are also some great offers on including free US shipping and up to 15% off. Check the special offers page for details.
Yozo Craft have lots of really pretty new notebooks available, all with mixed papers inside for journalling. You’ll find plenty cats plus bunnies, birds and deer. Every order earns points to spend on future orders too.
Need a new pencil case? I’ve got some super cute fabric ones in my Asking For Trouble shop and this is the last Bunny & Panda one available! Use the code ICECREAM for 10% off any order.
If you’d like your shop featured like this, Super Cute Kawaii ads are currently on sale and now start at just $5! Get your products featured in front of tens of thousands of kawaii fans for a boost during these quieter summer months.
I just discovered recently that it’s now super easy to order products from Amazon Japan and it’s opened up a whole new range of kawaii we can buy!
Amazon Global lets you use your usual Amazon login to order selected products from 75 international Amazon sites. It converts everything to your default language and currency and your address and billing info is automatically entered as usual. They even estimate customs charges and add it to your order so you won’t have to wait and pay those huge admin fees to get your parcel. Here’s Amazon’s guide to ordering from Japan.
On Amazon Japan, you’ll still need to enter search terms in Japanese but you can look them up online (Wikipedia is a good start) and copy and paste the text. Here’s a few SCK favourites to start you off.
Neko Atsume (ねこあつめ) brings up tons of adorable things including comic books, gashapon figurines, bags, phone cases and lots of cute plushies.
San-X don’t ship outside Japan, but Amazon has lots of weird and wonderful Rilakkuma (リラックマ) items for the home and kitchen including these pudding moulds.
You’ll also find tons of amazing Gudetama (ぐでたま) items. Is this the greatest suitcase ever made?
Totoro (トトロ) and all Studio Ghibli (ジブリ) characters are well represented. You can even pre-order products like this cute figurine.
Did you know there are Japanese Sumikko Gurashi (すみっコぐらし) DS games? They’re town building games and look so kawaii! You’d have to figure out how to play it in Japanese but could be easy enough. UPDATE: I didn’t realise 3DS games are region locked now. That’s so sad as many cute games don’t make it out of Japan. You would now need a Japanese 3DS to play them.
Try it out yourself! Just be sure to check the AmazonGlobal Eligible box on the search results page to avoid disappointment. I ordered a few things for Nicolette’s birthday, which arrived just 4 days later by DHL so I’m very impressed and will definitely be using it again.