Cute Shop Alert!

Happy Japan

Posted on January 21, 2009 by

Happy Japan is a new find for me, an online shop in the US specialising in, well, happy Japanese things! They make regular shopping trips to Japan and have a huge selection of cute toys, books, snacks, bento stuff,  homewares and accessories. Such is my dedication to kawaii, that I looked through the entire catalogue and here are some of my favourite finds.

bunny panda

(whimpers). I’ve never seen these San-X characters before but I can see I’ll be in big trouble next time I make it to Japan. They’re even cuter than me and Panda-san! If you’ve been blinded by their cute faces, you may have failed to notice that the bunny is holding a tiny happy turtle. Blub. They’re called Suki To Issyo, and I want one.

bento box

Happy Japan has cuter (and better photographed) bento boxes by Kamio, Cram Cream etc. but this one is just hilarious. Who wouldn’t want to carry their sandwich in a happy loaf of bread?


These bags are called Roototes and the range has seemingly been decided by picking all the best kawaii words and randomly matching them up. Bears with lollipops, cats with ice cream, frogs with apples, pigs with pancakes, meerkats with swiss roll (okay, I made the last one up).

octopus ashtray

Some people still don’t really get that the Japanese can make ANYTHING cute. Here I present to you a cute octopus who is actually an ashtray. Cute ashtray! Amazing.

29" totoro

And finally, got $350 to spare? Then you’re in luck! You can own this 29″ Totoro plush and relive Mei’s adventure by sleeping on its stomach. I am probably small enough that I could do that.

Updated 2020: This shop is now closed – go shopping at The Best Kawaii Shops Worldwide instead.

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  • Reply
    January 22, 2009 at 4:00 am

    the rabbit and panda are so cute!!

  • Reply
    Ah Xing
    June 12, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    OMG!!! WHere can I get that totoro?!?!?!?!

    I want it!!!

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