We did it with Sanrio characters, but we couldn’t avoid taking a look also to San-x catalogue. The company that gave us Rilakkuma, in fact, has nothing to envy the historical competitors when it comes to strangeness. As a matter of facts, San-x has possibly created during the years some of the best (or worst, depending of the point of view) oddities in the world of Japanese characters. Here is our top 5, or better top 6: there’s a final bonus!
In Italy, we called them “anti-stress” but now they are best known as squishies and lately they are all the rage among kawaii lovers and not only them. Probably it’s because of the adorable models from Japan, as cute as detailed. And obviously super squishy! Thanks to Modes4U we joined the squishy-mania as well, by choosing 4 of the many squishies available on the online store. Do you want to know how they look? Let’s find out!
First there were Tsum Tsums, the series of plushies by Disney produced in 2014 in Japan that became in a very short time (also thanks to a very fun game for smartphone) a real phenomemon. Even in this part of the world, the Tsum Tsum mania is slowly catching on (we are practically obsessed), even if not like in Japan, where there are always new special collections and gadgets. Obviously, the other toys brand couldn’t stay watching!
We have already talked about Kiki & Lala Cafe, the pop-up diner open until last July serving delicious dishes dedicated to Little Twin Stars. The Sanrio twins, however, were neither the first nor the last protagonists of such initiatives. Indeed, character cafes are multiplying in Tokyo!
The fact that kawaii characters are opening on the fashion world by collaborating with more or less famous brands is not new. This time, it’s the turn of Sentimental Circus, the San-x circus animals that have won our hearts since their first appearance (and the hearts of many kawaii-girls of a certain age). And the result of their first fashion collab is truly remarkable!
A walk to the mall can be a source of pleasant surprises, especially if you are face to face with faces that you did not expect to find in an Italian shop window! The credit belongs Re Sole, an italian manufacturer of linen and house textiles (that you can find for sale in many stores in Italy), which has signed a collection of pajamas dedicated to Monokuro Boo!
People who knows us are aware that in this time of year starts the big hunt to the diary that will accompany us throughout the year to come. Let’s see what are the proposals for 2012 from our favorite brands!
Since I decided to retire my old iPod Nano in favor of a much more modern iPod Touch, I entered the magical world of apps! Needless to say, my favorites are those with kawaii graphics. So, I’d like to start a little section about my favorite smartphones applications, for the moment only for iPhone and iPod, as I don’t have Android yet (but it will come soon).
Probably, some of you already know that: we have a frenzied passion for Re-ment. For the few who still don’t know what we’re talking about (if they exists), a brief summary. Re-ment is probably the most famous Japanese company producing miniatures. There are many different sets that cover a myriad of topics, from food, to the classical kawaii characters and home appliances. Typically, they are sold in blind boxes, surprise boxes with one of the chosen set of trinkets inside. Obviously, they’re loved from collectors!