Hello Kitty Halloween 2015

In a few days it will be Halloween and what better way is there than celebrating with Hello Kitty and her friends. Sanrio‘s cute cat will star a big Halloween event at Harmony Land in Japan. Looking at last year’s pictures, the party with the kawaii characters will be great fun with amazing live stage performances, dance and music. To get into the mood for the spooky celebrations you can already choose a funny Halloween costume using Sanrio’s Chanrio Maker to dress your digital characters after uploading photos or creating your avatar online. In addition, for those who simply cannot wait for their Halloween candy, we found this Tokyo bakery, which sells adorable Halloween cakes with Hello Kitty and My Melody designs. We say “trick or treat“.

Hello Kitty celebrates Halloween 2015 with costumes, parties and cake.

Hello Kitty celebrates Halloween 2015 with costumes, parties and cake.

The colorful Halloween party at Harmony Land promises to enchant all Hello Kitty fans.

The colorful Halloween party at Harmony Land promises to enchant all Hello Kitty fans.

This cute Hello Kitty Halloween cake is surely the sweetest pumpkin of the year.

This cute Hello Kitty Halloween cake is surely the sweetest pumpkin of the year.

Get into the right mood for Halloween and choose from many funny costumes.

Get into the right mood for Halloween and choose from many funny costumes.

Last year's a Halloween party decoration included amazing illuminations.

Last year’s a Halloween party decoration included amazing illuminations.

Visitors can enjoy fun live stage performances, dance and music.

Visitors can enjoy fun live stage performances, dance and music.

Hello Kitty on stage in a cute pumpkin costume.

Hello Kitty on stage in a cute pumpkin costume.

funny Hello Kitty Halloween stickers with gold metallic by Kamio from Japan

funny Hello Kitty Halloween stickers with gold metallic by Kamio from Japan

funny black Halloween pumpkin card holder figurine from Japan

funny black Halloween pumpkin card holder figurine from Japan

New San-X Character Selection 2015

You have the choice. In San-X’s 2015 character selection you can now decide who will join Sumikko GurashiRilakkuma and his friends soon. The kawaii contenders certainly all have what it takes. Here is a brief introduction of our three favorite candidates. Topping the list is Jinbee-san is a friendly blue whale, who lives in the big ocean with his aquatic friends. He loves swimming and relaxing in a hot bath. Second in lead is Futon-sama. A futon blanket that has magically come to life. Fluffy futon is usually a bit sleepy and loves to snuggle all day long. Finally there is Coronya the cat with a croissant for a hat. She loves eating yummy pastries and taking her little pet creamy for a walk outside. To vote for one of the cute characters, just head to the San-X website (Japanese) and follow our easy modes4u instructions. 1. Select your favorite character’s profile and scroll to the bottom of the page. 2 Insert: your email address, name and age, select gender (boys-left/girls-right), write an additional short message and tick the center box to avoid newsletters. 3. Submit your vote with the big pink button on the right-hand side. Don’t wait too long, you can vote for your favorite character until October 31st this year. Let’s go.

You have the choice. In San-X's 2015 character selection.

You have the choice. In San-X’s 2015 character selection.

Who is your favorite character to join Sumikko Gurashi, Rilakkuma?

Which is your favorite character to join Sumikko Gurashi and Rilakkuma?

Jinbee-san is a friendly blue whale. His octopus friends run a paint shop.

Jinbee-san is a friendly blue whale. His octopus friends run a paint shop.

A magic wind brought Futon-sama to life. Futon truly is a divine blanket.

A magic wind brought Futon-sama to life. Futon truly is a divine blanket.

A sweet cat with a passion for pastries. Coronya has her own little bakery.

A sweet cat with a passion for pastries. Coronya has her own little bakery.

Chime is a funny little sheep, who likes different hair styles and everything arty.

Chime is a funny little sheep, who likes different hair styles and everything arty.

Now you can vote with our easy modes4u instructions.

Now you can vote with our easy modes4u instructions.

denim Sumikkogurashi shy animals canvas linen pouch pencil case

denim Sumikkogurashi shy animals canvas linen pouch pencil case

navy blue Norwegian Christmas San-X Rilakkuma pouch

navy blue Norwegian Christmas San-X Rilakkuma pouch

Hello Kitty in Wonderland Art & Exhibition

This weekend Sanrio opened an exhibition called Hello Kitty Wonderland in Nagoya, Japan. Apart from funny optical illusions and a card game maze, the event location delights with lots of cute Alice in Wonderland inspired Hello Kitty art, created by the woman behind the cat, Japanese character designer and illustrator Yuko Yamaguchi. Just like the white bunny designs, the kawaii art of earlier successful Hello Kitty exhibitions show her strong influence on Sanrio’s most famous character, as seen in her lovely strawberry designs. We are sure Hello Kitty is in very good hands and can’t wait for her next cute creations.

An Alice in Wonderland inspired Hello Kitty Wonderland exhibition opened in Japan.

An Alice in Wonderland inspired Hello Kitty Wonderland exhibition opened in Japan.

In wonderland Hello Kitty is transformed into a white bunny.

In wonderland Hello Kitty is transformed into an adorable white bunny.

At the event venue Hello Kitty Alice greets the arriving visitors.

At the event venue Hello Kitty Alice greets the arriving visitors.

The card game maze attracts young and old for an amazing time.

The card game maze attracts young and old, who are in for an amazing time.

This awesome optical illusion casts a cute Hello Kitty shadow. Or is it?

This awesome optical illusion casts a cute Hello Kitty shadow. Or is it?

Hello Kitty Art has become a successful event series throughout Japan.

Hello Kitty Art has become a successful event series throughout Japan.

The woman behind the cat. Third appointed Hello Kitty designer Yuko Yamaguchi and her protegee.

The woman behind the cat. Third appointed Hello Kitty designer Yuko Yamaguchi and her protegee.

One of the earlier exhibitions with cute fruit artworks turned Hello Kitty into a strawberry.

One of the earlier exhibitions with cute fruit artworks turned Hello Kitty into a strawberry.

Colorful Hello Kitty sculptures at the exhibition 'Hello Kitty Art'.

Colorful Hello Kitty sculptures at the exhibition ‘Hello Kitty Art’.

double border Little Twin Stars Alice in Wonderland Sanrio oxford fabric pink

double border Little Twin Stars Alice in Wonderland Sanrio oxford fabric pink

double border Little Twin Stars Alice in Wonderland Sanrio oxford fabric Japan

double border Little Twin Stars Alice in Wonderland Sanrio oxford fabric Japan

cute pink white Alice in Wonderland pencil case from Japan

cute pink white Alice in Wonderland pencil case from Japan

white Hello Kitty Smile oxford fabric garden tulip flower by Sanrio from Japan

white Hello Kitty Smile oxford fabric garden tulip flower by Sanrio from Japan

Hello Kitty waffle pink bow squishy charm

Hello Kitty waffle pink bow squishy charm

Chanrio Maker: Design your personal Sanrio character

Have you ever wanted to enter the world of Sanrio? Now might be your chance. With the new Chanrio Maker you can create your own digital character to meet Hello Kitty and My Melody.

In order to design your own cute Sanrio avatar you can upload photos, customize your style and choose from many colorful outfits, costumes and accessories.

Once you are happy with your own Chanrio, just name and download your character as a png file. In addition you can get a Chanrio Card printed with your character that allows you to get discounts at Puroland, Sanrio’s theme park in Tama New Town, Tokyo. We have tried it out and already feel a bit closer to our favorite characters.

With the Chanrio Maker you can design your personal Sanrio character.

With the Chanrio Maker you can design your personal Sanrio character.

You can choose from many outfits and costumes that fit your style.

You can choose from many outfits and costumes that fit your style.

You can also choose many Sanrio accessories to accompany your avatar.

You can also choose many Sanrio accessories to accompany your avatar.

Our Chanrio and her cute Sanrio friends make a great team. What do you think?

Our Chanrio and her cute Sanrio friends make a great team. What do you think?

white Hello Kitty Smile oxford fabric garden tulip flower by Sanrio from Japan

white Hello Kitty Smile oxford fabric garden tulip flower by Sanrio from Japan

Sanrio birthday cake Re-Ment miniature blind box Hello Kitty Little Twin Stars

Sanrio birthday cake Re-Ment miniature blind box Hello Kitty Little Twin Stars

Our visit to Japan Hobby Show 2015: Part 2

When we went to the Japan Hobby Show in Tokyo earlier this year we saw lots of new stationery and decoration we really loved. We will certainly think about getting some of the articles that we don’t carry in our shop yet. Again and again we were stunned by the attention to detail with which the creators care about even the tiniest features of their little pieces of art. Especially the clay decoration we discovered looked so sensationally realistic, it was hard to believe that those were fake sweets. With so many spectacular designs to look at, it’s no wonder it made our mouth water for more of these incredible DIYs.

Some of the amazing clay sweets at the Japan Hobby Show.

Some of the amazing clay sweets at the Japan Hobby Show.

Many of the exhibits were incredibly detailed.

Many of the exhibits were incredibly detailed.

Looking really yummy. Cute clay deserts and pastries.

Looking really yummy. Cute clay deserts and pastries.

Lots of clay sauces and crafting supplies - we carry lots of them in our shop.

Lots of clay sauces and crafting supplies.

Cute construction. A spectacular house of cookies.

Cute construction. A spectacular house of cookies.

These little bears would feel home right away at modes4u.

These little bears would feel home right away at modes4u.

Everything small. These tiny decorations are a big inspiration.

Everything small. These tiny decorations are a big inspiration to us.

'Honey I shrunk the china.' Incredibly detailed tableware.

‘Honey I shrunk the china.’ Incredibly detailed tableware.

What beautiful clay flowers we found here too.

What beautiful clay flowers we found here too.

A presentation of some clay crafting at the trade show.

A presentation of some clay crafting at the trade show.

We wonder how many people asked if they can get a slice of this cake.

We wonder how many people asked if they can get a slice of this cake.

Our visit to the Japan Hobby Show 2015 Part 1

This year a part of our team went to Tokyo again to visit the Japan Hobby Show, a great exhibition with lots of crafts products, fabrics and stationery and much more. We were very impressed by the amount of new designs and ideas of the exhibitors. We especially like about this tradeshow that it is always open to the public with lots of opportunity to try out a variety of hobby products and new equipment to learn different techniques etc. As per usual we took too many pictures to show them all, but we like to share some of our favorite and most memorable impressions with you guys.

Our visit to the Japan Hobby Show 2015 Part 1 1

Thousands of people attend the Japan Hobby Show every year.

A lot of inspiration and many new fabric patterns and design ideas.

A lot of inspiration and many new fabric patterns and design ideas.

Some beautiful Kimonos made from Japanese fabrics.

Some beautiful Kimonos made from Japanese fabrics.

This traditional Japanese handbag is worn for 'Hanabi' the summer fireworks.

This traditional Japanese handbag is worn for ‘Hanabi’, the summer fireworks.

They are all unique. The pattern really brings a Kimono to life.

They are all unique. The pattern really brings a Kimono to life.

Some women practicing cutting sewing patterns with templates.

Some women practicing cutting sewing patterns with templates.

Busy choosing the best colors and designs for our shop from thousands of products.

Busy choosing the best colors and designs for our shop from thousands of products.

Of course we could not miss out on the new Echino fabrics.

Of course we could not miss out on the new Echino fabrics.

Women making handbag decoration from wonderful Echino fabrics.

Women making handbag decoration from wonderful Echino fabrics.

We found a lot of very cute products too. Like these fabrics for handbags.

We found a lot of very cute products, like these fabrics for handbags.

You can sew your own cute designer bags too.

You can sew your own cute designer bags too.

Very interesting embroidery techniques to learn.

Very interesting embroidery techniques to learn.

Amazing embroidery. We probably need a bit more practice.

Amazing embroidery. We probably need a bit more practice.

It’s Children’s Day in Japan

Today we celebrate Children’s Day in Japan with our lovely children’s fabrics. As always on May 5th thousands of colorful ‘Koinobori‘ windsocks fly above the roofs, carrying with them wishes for good health and success. If you too want to have your own flying fish at home, we found a great guide to sewing the sweet ‘skydivers’ and have the perfect bento accessories to carve your own cute carps. After all, taking things in our own hands surely the sky is the limit.

On May 5th colorful carps representing strength and good health take to the skies

On May 5th colorful carps representing strength and good health take to the skies

Heavenly delicious. This cute 'Koinobori' Bento

Heavenly delicious. This cute ‘Koinobori’ Bento

cat and fish bowls Bento cups rice shaper bento box

cat and fish bowls Bento cups rice shaper bento box

white fish fabric Mod Fish by Michael Miller USA

white fish fabric Mod Fish by Michael Miller USA

blue monaluna sea animal organic fabric sea life

blue monaluna sea animal organic fabric sea life

Michael Miller fabric Retro Rocket Rascals astronauts

Michael Miller fabric Retro Rocket Rascals astronauts

pink ballerina girls ballet fabric Robert Kaufman USA

pink ballerina girls ballet fabric Robert Kaufman USA

 

Celebrate Spring with Cherry Blossoms

Cherry blossoms are crucial for spring celebrations in Japan. Hanami is a wonderful occasion to admire the beautiful Sakura trees in full bloom and share a Bento lunch with a friend or two. The spectacle lasts for two weeks in March and April. The perfect time to enjoy a picnic in the park.

 

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A Cherry Blossom picnic in Tokyo
off-white structured flower cherry blossom dobby fabric from Japan

off-white structured flower cherry blossom dobby fabric from Japan

cherry blossoms flower mt Washi Masking Tape deco tape

cherry blossoms flower mt Washi Masking Tape deco tape

Japanese Kokeshi dolls eraser origami from Japan

Japanese Kokeshi dolls eraser origami from Japan

sky blue and yellow Bento Box Lunch Box with stripes and clock from Japan

sky blue and yellow Bento Box Lunch Box with stripes and clock from Japan

panda bear stripe Bento Cutlery Set from Japan

panda bear stripe Bento Cutlery Set from Japan

Kawaii Hello Kitty Flower Bouquets

Spring has arrived and many beautiful flower buds bloom again. Amidst the blossoms, we spotted the probably cutest flower arrangements of all. These enchanting Hello Kitty bouquets from Sanrio are a perfect decoration for the new season and a lovely idea for a present. It’s time to flourish and be happy. It’s time for spring.

Simply kawaii. This Hello Kitty flower arrangement with ribbons.

Simply kawaii. This Hello Kitty flower arrangement with ribbons.

We love this super cute present box with Hello Kitty, apples and roses.

We love this super cute present box with Hello Kitty, apples and roses.

A lovely Hello Kitty rose bouquet. Suitable for a little princes.

A lovely Hello Kitty rose bouquet. Suitable for a little princes.

Isn't it adorable?  A charming Hello Kitty abd toy poodle bouquet.

Isn’t it adorable? A charming bouquet with Hello Kitty and a toy poodle .

Sanrio's flower shop in Japan.

Sanrio’s flower shop in Japan.

Kawaii Doll Festival with Hello Kitty cakes

Today is a special day for all little girls in Japan. It’s ‘Hinamatsuri‘ or Doll Festival. This lovely celebration is not so well known outside of Japan and the counterpart to Children’s Day in May, when families celebrate their boy’s well-being.
The doll theme is also taken up by many shops, just like this Tokyo based bakery that sells cute cakes with doll decoration and adorable Hello Kitty designs. For boys and girls, this is an irresistible feast for the eyes.

Super cute My Melody and Hello Kitty doll cup cakes.

Super cute My Melody and Hello Kitty doll cup cakes.

Japanese Doll Festival cake. What a sweet tradition.

Japanese Doll Festival cake. What a sweet tradition.

Adorable Hello Kitty cherry blossom strawberry cake.

Adorable Hello Kitty cherry blossom strawberry cake.

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