Japan Hobby Show Part 8: clay sweets

This is the last part of our big blog series about the Japan Hobby Show in Tokyo that we visited earlier this year. But the grand finale is definitely worth having a look, because it is all about clay sweets. The clay decoration we discovered at the trade show was really spectacular and made your mouth water. It looked so realistic, it was hard to believe that those were fake sweets.

Amazing clay sweets at the Japan Hobby Show

Amazing clay sweets at the Japan Hobby Show

Cute clay candies and pastry

Cute clay candies and pastry

A super sweet candy box

A super sweet candy box

These fruits and ice cream cones look so realistic

These fruits and ice cream cones look so realistic

We wonder how many people tried to eat the fake sweets

We wonder how many people tried to eat the fake sweets

Cute Jelly Beans made from clay

Cute Jelly Beans made from clay

Wedding themed clay macaroons

Wedding themed clay macaroons

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

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

A table full of sweet clay items

A table full of sweet clay items

Yummy looking fruit tarts

Yummy looking fruit tarts

Some books about clay sweets

Some books about clay sweets

So many different fake sweets clay crafts

So many different clay crafts

The exhibits were amazingly detailed

The exhibits were amazingly detailed

A crafting table to try some clay crafting at the trade show

A crafting table to try some clay crafting at the trade show

A woman surrounded by clay sweets

A woman surrounded by clay sweets

Those items are for sale

Those items are for sale

What an amazing cake

What an amazing cake

Clay sandwiches and clay cakes

Clay sandwiches and clay cakes

Japan Hobby Show Part 7: crochet work

You have almost seen everything that we discovered on the Japan Hobby Show. But not quite everything. We definitely wanted to show you all the cute crochet work that we spotted on the trade show in Tokyo. Crocheting sometimes still has a certain “granny attitude”, but when you see all the kawaii stuff you can make with this technique, it will change your mind forever. Have a look:

Shelves full of cute crochet plushies and bags

Shelves full of cute crochet plushies and bags

The crochet panda bear is absolutely adorable

The crochet panda bear is absolutely adorable

We also fell in love with the crochet squirrel

We also fell in love with the crochet squirrel

Some of the DIY crochet sets that come with everything you need for one project

Some of the DIY crochet sets that come with everything you need for one project

kawaii crocheted charms

kawaii crocheted charms

We discovered lots of Japanese books about crocheting

We discovered lots of Japanese books about crocheting

One animal is cuter than the other

One animal is cuter than the other

There are endless possiblilities for crocheting projects

There are endless possibilities for crocheting projects

These sets alsready come with the wool for the crocheting project

These sets already come with the wool for the crocheting project

More kawaii crochet animals

More kawaii crochet animals

Rilakkuma 10th Anniversary Sweets Re-Ment announced

Sweet news from Japan. Re-Ment announced a new Rilakkuma set which will be released in Japan on the 22nd of July. It’s Rilakkuma 10th Anniversary this year so a lot of special Rilakkuma editions are released to celebrate this event. The kawaii Wonderland theme is one of them, which is all about royalty and celebrations with Rilakkuma and his friends on carousels and dressed in marching band uniforms. In the 10th Anniversary Sweets Re-Ment the brown bear, white bear and yellow chick are not only dressed according to the Wonderland theme, but also in the shapes of delicious candies and pastries like donuts, ice cream, cream puffs, cake etc. Every little charm also comes with an earphone plug, so you can easily carry the charms on your mobile. We will have the set in our shop shortly after the release date.

Soon the kawaii Rilakkuma 10th Anniversay Sweets Re-Ment will be released

Soon the kawaii Rilakkuma 10th Anniversay Sweets Re-Ment will be released

Every charm also comes with an earphone plug

Every charm also comes with an earphone plug

There are 10 different Re-Ments in this set

There are 10 different Re-Ments in this set

This little chocolate and ice cream charm is one of our favourites

This little chocolate and ice cream charm is one of our favourites

The cute marching band Rilakkuma donut is super cute

The cute marching band Rilakkuma donut is super cute

Japan Hobby Show Part 6: Sewing World

On the Japan Hobby Show in Tokyo you could not only see incredible fabrics but also work with them. In the ‘Fabric & Sewing World’ there was a whole area equipped with lots of sewing machines for people to work on. And they were super popular, all the spaces were constantly occupied. We were very impressed with the range of people working there. You would think that primarily experienced sewers and adults would use the machines. But we also saw quite a few children handling the sewing machines like they have never done anything else. And they would barely be tall enough to reach it.

A quick glance at the Fabric & Sewing World on the Japan Hobby Show 2013

A quick glance at the Fabric & Sewing World on the Japan Hobby Show 2013

Here you could select fabrics for your project

Here you could select fabrics for your project

Like here people were sitting all throughout the area and work on their fabric projects

Like here people were sitting all throughout the area and work on their fabric projects

The sewing machines were brandnew. And all in Japanese...

The sewing machines were brand new. And all in Japanese…

A pretty mood board with echino fabrics

A pretty mood board with echino fabrics

We do not know what this is supposed to be, but the fabric bunting is very pretty

We do not know what this is supposed to be, but the fabric bunting is very pretty

A woman is helping a child

A woman is helping a child

We were totally amazed how professional many children could work on the machines

We were totally amazed how professional many children could work on the machines

Of course the sewing area was surrounded by different booths

Of course the sewing area was surrounded by different booths

Her some iron-on technique is presented

Her some iron-on technique is presented

People enjoyed this are a lot, it was a great idea

People enjoyed this are a lot, it was a great idea

Japan Hobby Show Part 5: fabrics

We already showed you the Kokka fabric booth at the Japan Hobby Show last week. But as sewing was a major theme at the trade show in Tokyo we also visited lots of other fabric booths. In fact is was a real fabric wonderland. Everywhere there were piles of fat quartes, fabric swatches and bolts, it would have taken days to look at every single fabric. Plus all the manufacturers had lots of lovely clothes, bags, home decor and more sewn with their textiles, so that you could see what to do with them. It was a great inspiration.

Wonderful fabrics with lots of examples what to sew with them

Wonderful fabrics with lots of examples what to sew with them

Boxes full of fabrics

Boxes full of fabrics

We discovered this adorable owl fabric

We discovered this adorable owl fabric

Wonderful Sentimental Circus fabrics

Wonderful Sentimental Circus fabrics

This is fabric heaven!

This is fabric heaven!

Lots of different manufacturers presented theif fabrics

Lots of different manufacturers presented their fabrics

Every booth had so much to look at

Every booth had so much to look at

An inspiration board with examples of what to sew

An inspiration board with examples of what to sew

The fabric booths looked very colourful and cute

The fabric booths looked very colourful and cute

We loved these bags

We loved these bags

Here people are using fabric paint to stamp on tote bags

Here people are using fabric paint to stamp on tote bags

Fabrics as far as the eye can see

Fabrics as far as the eye can see

Another fabric booth from the Japan Hobby Show

Another fabric booth from the Japan Hobby Show

A lot of manufacturers were totally new to us

A lot of manufacturers were totally new to us

At some booths you could also buy accessories

At some booths you could also buy accessories

What a pretty bunting at this booth

What a pretty bunting at this booth

Japan Hobby Show Part 4: Kokka fabrics booth

While visiting the Japan Hobby Show in Tokyo we also visited some of our suppliers who had booths on the tradeshow. As fabrics and sewing played an important role there, the Japanese fabric manufacturer Kokka couldn’t be missing of course. We really enjoyed the Kokka booth, they had lots of different sections with designer fabrics by Etsuko Furuya, Melody Miller or Ellen Lucket Baker. You could see lots and lots of beautiful things made with the fabrics, mainly bags and clothes. But boy, they surely looked amazing.

Beautiful items with Kokka fabrics designed by Melody Miller

Beautiful items with Kokka fabrics designed by Melody Miller

Some pretty bags and cloths made with Kokka fabrics from the Folk Modern collection

Some pretty bags and cloths made with Kokka fabrics from the Folk Modern collection

The Kokka fabrics designed by Ellen Lucket Baker are perfect for sewing bags

The Kokka fabrics designed by Ellen Lucket Baker are perfect for sewing bags

Super cute Kokka characters on fabric

Super cute Kokka characters on fabric

Of course echino could not be missing on the Kokka booth

Of course echino could not be missing on the Kokka booth

People loved the echino section of the Kokka booth at the trade show

People loved the echino section of the Kokka booth at the trade show

Japan Hobby Show Part 3: wedding clay crafts

When we visited the Japan Hobby Show in Tokyo a couple of weeks ago, our clay supplier Padico had a huge exhibition with a wedding theme. It was spectacular to look at, there were lots and lost of incredible fake sweets to use as wedding decoration, ring holders etc. As wedding season just started we thought this might be a great time to share.

The wedding dress is not made from clay, but all the decoration around it

The wedding dress is not made from clay, but all the decoration around it

Incredible cakes at the Padico meets wedding booth

Incredible cakes at the Padico meets wedding booth

The cakes look incredibly real

The cakes look incredibly real

They can be used as table decorations on weddings

They can be used as table decorations on weddings

It looks like a cake buffet at a wedding

It looks like a cake buffet at a wedding

There are lots of ways of decorating with clay crafts for weddings

There are lots of ways of decorating with clay crafts for weddings

These clay cakes would make great selfmade gifts for the bride and groom too

These clay cakes would make great self made gifts for the bride and groom too

What a lovely cake, it totally looks like spring and summer

What a lovely cake, it totally looks like spring and summer

Great idea to use the clay cake as a ring holder

Great idea to use the clay cake as a ring holder

There are endless possibilities for this craft as you can mix so many clay colours

There are endless possibilities for this craft as you can mix so many clay colours

More clay crafts

More clay crafts

People getting ready to try some crafting with clay

People getting ready to try some crafting with clay

Japan Hobby Show Part 2: felt crafts

One of the things we really loved on the Japan Hobby Show in Tokyo were the adorable felt items. We saw lots of lovely little fugures made completely from felt, such as litte animals, matryoshkas, Halloween items or sweets. We don’t carry any of these DIY sets in our shop yet, but it certainly made us think about getting some.

kawaii felt animals in sailor theme

kawaii felt animals in sailor theme

The little felt items make adorable decorations

The little felt items make adorable decorations

The cute little sailor matryoshkas made with felt are awesome

The cute little sailor matryoshkas made with felt are awesome

These sets would be a great gift for children and DIY fans

These sets would be a great gift for children and DIY fans

Some of the actual DIY felt sets

Some of the actual DIY felt sets

There were hundreds of books about felt crafting

There were hundreds of books about felt crafting

At some booths you could craft your own felt item

At some booths you could craft your own felt item

A cute felt project to make knitting bears

A cute felt project to make knitting bears

They looked even cuter in real life

They looked even cuter in real life

Matryoshkas seem to be a very popular design for felt crafting

Matryoshkas seem to be a very popular design for felt crafting

kawaii little felt cats

kawaii little felt cats

An adorable seal in a Halloween design

An adorable seal in a Halloween design

Pandas rock!

Pandas rock!

kawaii felt macarons

kawaii felt macarons

The felt sweets look amazing

The felt sweets look amazing

More cookies and sweets made from felt

More cookies and sweets made from felt

How Iwako erasers are made

Have you ever wondered how those incredibly detailed Japanese Iwako erasers are made? We have and therefore were very pleased to find out that Iwako released a little factory tour, in which the company explains how they make those little rubber items which made them so successful. So on their website you can have a very detailed look at all the steps of manufacturing. We will break it down in a more general way for you:

1. If a new eraser is to be produced, a model maker makes a model by hand. After that molds are made from metal, so that the huge molding machines can produce the different parts of the new erasers. For every new eraser part the molds in the machines have to be changed.

2. The eraser material, which is PVC-free and environmental friendly is coloured with pigment powders and injected into the machines, where it is melded and pressed into the molds.

3. After all the different parts for each eraser are ready, they are assembled and packed by hand. Of course each eraser is checked before being packed to ensure that the quality is good.

A look behind the scenes: Here you can see what big machines are used to make the cute erasers

A look behind the scenes: Here you can see what big machines are used to make the cute erasers

This is the rubber material which will later be transformed into the cute erasers

This is the rubber material which will later be transformed into the cute erasers

Most of the erasers consist of different parts which later assembled

Most of the erasers consist of different parts which later assembled

Here the erasers are checked and packed

Here the erasers are checked and packed

sandwich bread eraser from Japan by Iwako

sandwich bread eraser from Japan by Iwako

pizza eraser from Japan by Iwako

pizza eraser from Japan by Iwako

These are some of the Iwako erasers you can buy in our shop

These are some of the Iwako erasers you can buy in our shop

Welcome to Japan Hobby Show Part 1

Part of our team went to Tokyo a couple of weeks ago to visit the Japan Hobby Show. It was a really great exhibition with lots to see and try. As the trade show was open to the public the whole time, there were lots of opportunities to actually use different hobby products like fabrics, clay, colours, different techniques etc. We took hundreds of pictures which we want to show to you guys. So today we’re kicking off our little series with some general impressions from the show.

Sandra next to the official poster of the Japan Hobby Show 2013

Sandra next to the official poster of the Japan Hobby Show 2013

Large exhibition halls with thousands of people who try many of the presented products

Large exhibition halls with thousands of people who try many of the presented products

Wonderful accessories

Wonderful accessories

Do it yourself - people could really try lots of things

Do it yourself – people could really try lots of things

A fashion show by students who made cute candy outfits

A fashion show by students who made cute candy outfits

Lots of crafting accessories like deco tapes

Lots of crafting accessories like deco tapes

Not everything was girly, boys and men loved this miniature car section

Not everything was girly, boys and men loved this miniature car section

Some children are assembling miniature items

Some children are assembling miniature items

Lots of ways to be creative

Lots of ways to be creative

Super cute DIY sets to make funny play dough animals

Super cute DIY sets to make funny play dough animals

We will probably carry these 3D papercraft frame sets in our shop soon

We will probably carry these 3D papercraft frame sets in our shop soon

These DIY wall decoration sets look adorable too

These DIY wall decoration sets look adorable too

kawaii tree ornaments

kawaii tree ornaments

Really amazing miniature rooms

Really amazing miniature rooms

Lots more miniature rooms and houses

Lots more miniature rooms and houses

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