Once again, all the SCK writers are sharing our top kawaii picks for the year.
Favourite Kawaii Characters
Marceline: Rilakkuma pushed Sumikko Gurashi off my #1 spot this year, thanks to the adorable Rilakkuma & Kaoru series on Netflix and a lot of cute new collections. A new love of Kakao Friends snuck up on me at the end of the year and I’m sure I will be adding to my Ryan collection in 2020.
Favourite Kawaii Artists/Makers
Nicolette: I love Mochamochicake’s adorable animal illustrations, Shark Café Art featuring cute sharks and other sea creatures and Pete Ellison screen prints awesome kawaii illustrations with bright neon colours.
Favourite Instagram Accounts
Marceline: @meguislearning is my favourite new account this year as it never fails to make me laugh – there’s just something about how happy all the characters are and how they move. Runner-up would be @youmask‘s animal/food illustrations.
Nicolette: I love seeing all the Japanese mascots on the Mondo Mascots account – it would be a dream to meet so many mascots!
Marceline: The release of The Super Cute Book of Kawaii was definitely the highlight of my year as it was such a long wait from writing to publication, almost 2 years! Meeting Natasja in the Netherlands was so lovely too, especially having such a Miffy-filled day.
Nicolette: I had a lot of highlights this year including meeting (and hugging!) the Pusheen mascot, visiting the Miffy Museum and the Pokemon Center pop up in London but going to the opening day of the UK’s first permanent character café, the ARTBOX Café in Brighton, was the most fun and had all of my fave things: kawaii decor, cute yummy food and Pusheen!
Andi: Finding the Hello Sanrio snack box while on vacation was an exciting surprise for me!
Reader Survey & Giveaway
Remember, you can get an extra entry to our big giveaway by telling us your 2019 kawaii favourites – just add a comment on the survey blog post (and don’t forget to fill out the survey too!).
Marceline is the co-founder and editor of Super Cute Kawaii and author of The Super Cute Book of Kawaii. She also designs cute character goods as Asking For Trouble. Having visited Japan five times, Marceline is enormously inspired by all things Japanese and especially loves bunnies, space and any kind of food object with a happy face.