Meet the San-X characters: Sumikkogurashi

The cute Sumikkogurashi characters are one of the youngest members of the San-X family, but they are already super popular. Time to introduce some of the characters a bit more detailed.

Sumikkogurashi piled animals in corner mini Note Pad

Sumikkogurashi piled animals in corner mini Note Pad

Literally Sumikkogurashi means ‘Corner Living’. All the cute little characters are super shy which is why they like to hide in the corner where they feel safe. They can be seen as a reflection of Japanese society, as many Japanese people can be very shy, so being in the corner of a place makes them feel more comfortable, because they get a feeling of security.

The Sumikkogurashi family consists of many different characters. They all have their own personalities with different reasons why they like to hide in corners.

Sumikkogurashi polar bear figurine finger puppet from Japan

Sumikkogurashi polar bear figurine finger puppet from Japan

Shirokuma

The shy white bear hates the cold. But he lived in the north, so he decided to run away from his chilly home. He used the cloth Furoshiki to tie up his belongings when he ran away. He is afraid of strangers and only feels comfortable when he can have a cup of hot tea in the corner.

kawaii green Sumikkogurashi penguin plush pouch wallet

kawaii green Sumikkogurashi penguin plush pouch wallet

Penguin?

The green penguin is so cute, but he seems to have lots of issues with his identity. He even puts a question mark behind his name and used to wear a plate on his head that made him look like a ‘Kappa’ (water spirits from Japanese folklore). He really has no confidence and questions himself.

Sumikkogurashi glitter clip peg beige cat

Sumikkogurashi glitter clip peg beige cat

Neko
The beige cat is super shy and really loves to hide in the corner. It’s just the best place for her to sharpen her claws by scratching the corners or sofas.

Tonkatsu cutlet Sumikkogurashi A4 plastic file folder

Tonkatsu cutlet Sumikkogurashi A4 plastic file folder

Tonkatsu
The kawaii pork cutlet Tonkatsu is very greasy and oily. He actually consists of 99% fat, which is why he is left behind on the plate. His pink nose is 1% meat. He loves to hide behind the soy sauce bottle on the table.

mini Sumikkogurashi bubble tea plush toy San-X Japan

mini Sumikkogurashi bubble tea plush toy San-X Japan

Tapioca
The cute colorful Tapioca are the bubbles from the popular Taiwanese bubble tea drink. They are left behind when the tea is finished, because most people don’t eat all the bubbles. There are always a couple of bubbles together as several ones are left over.

Sumikkogurashi glitter clip peg green seaweed

Sumikkogurashi glitter clip peg green seaweed

Zassou
The cute green seaweed is left behind as decoration on the plate. He is very cheerful and has a positive attitude. His dream is to be part of a pretty flower bouquet made by a florist.

San-X Notepad drawing book Sumikkogurashi stacked animals

San-X Notepad drawing book Sumikkogurashi stacked animals

Hokori
The happy little grey dust ball is super light and sometimes flies through the air. But he can be found in the corner or under the sofa as well.

Sumikkogurashi glitter clip peg white polar bear

Sumikkogurashi glitter clip peg white polar bear

Furoshiki
The pink wrapping cloth Furoshiki was used by polar bear Shirokuma when he ran away from the north. He is a are a type of traditional Japanese wrapping cloth.

Meet the San-X characters: Kutusita Nyanko

“Meow” is the sound of today’s San-X character. Kawaii cat Kutusita Nyanko and his little furry friends are now the stars of our blog series.

Kutusita Nyanko cat in basket A4 plastic file folder

Kutusita Nyanko cat in basket A4 plastic file folder

Kutusita Nyanko

The small black cat Kutusita Nyanko wears white socks on every paw and looks super adorable. His real name is “Bon Chan”. He lives with a human called “Papa” and loves him very much. But Papa has to work all day long to be able to buy cat food for his cats. Kutusita Nyanko loves music, especially the piano and the violin. Strawberries and sweets are some of his favourite foods. He loves to spend time outside where he plays with his cat friends.

black fluffy Kutusita Nyanko cat wallet coin case San-X

black fluffy Kutusita Nyanko cat wallet coin case San-X

sticker set 4pcs Kutusita Nyanko cat strawberry

sticker set 4pcs Kutusita Nyanko cat strawberry

black Kutusita Nyanko cat with backpack plush toy

black Kutusita Nyanko cat with backpack plush toy

Burme
Burme is a small brown cat that is living with Kutusita Nyanko. It is very shy but has a big heart. Burme totally enjoys playing with Kutusita Nyanko.

brown mini Kutusita Nyanko cat plush toy San-X Japan

brown mini Kutusita Nyanko cat plush toy San-X Japan

kawaii brown Kutusita Nyanko cat with collar plush toy

kawaii brown Kutusita Nyanko cat with collar plush toy

Norwecci
The small fluffy cat has milktea colored fur. Norwecci is very happy that Kutusita Nyanko took it home, where it now lives with the other cats.

Kutusita Nyanko plush toy beige cat with tail

Kutusita Nyanko plush toy beige cat with tail

 cute Kutusita Nyanko cat sticker London

cute Kutusita Nyanko cat sticker London

Russie
Silver-grey cat Russie
is a good friend of Kutusita Nyanko. He belongs to a friend of Papa and comes to visit whenever the two humans meet. Russie is friendly and polite to everyone.

cuddly grey Kutusita Nyanko cat plush toy

cuddly grey Kutusita Nyanko cat plush toy

Kutusita Nyanko plush charm grey cat heart

Kutusita Nyanko plush charm grey cat heart

Meet the San-X characters: Sentimental Circus

Meet the cute Sentimental Circus characters

Meet the cute Sentimental Circus characters

Sentimental Circus is the second most popular character from the San-X family after Rilakkuma. We also carry more than 400 different Sentimental Circus products in our shop and get new ones frequently. Time to get to know the different circus animals a bit better.

pink Sentimental Circus diamonds animals towel from Japan

pink Sentimental Circus diamonds animals towel from Japan

The Sentimental Circus animals are abandoned toys. They gathered from the streets or the corners of the children rooms where they were left and awake every night after the whole town has fallen asleep. Then they start their circus show and every character has a great act to perform. Here are some of the cute fellas:

Shappo

Sentimental Circus rabbit suction cup hook hanger towel hook

Sentimental Circus rabbit suction cup hook hanger towel hook

Rabbit Shappo is the ringmaster of the circus and the main character of the Sentimental Circus crew. He always wears a small top hat which has needles, thread and magic props hidden inside. He is very good at fancywork and tries to dress well. He has a thing for capes.

Mouton

super big Sentimental Circus elephant Mouton plushie

super big Sentimental Circus elephant Mouton plushie

The turquoise elephant Mouton is very easygoing, but when the curtain goes up he gets very active and starts his acrobatics act. He is great at balancing balls.

Rio

Sentimental Circus white lion plush cellphone charm

Sentimental Circus white lion plush cellphone charm

White lion Rio is the biggest plush in the circus. His crest is actually detachable. His circus act is jumping through a hoop.

Mr. Bear

big Sentimental Circus Mr.Bear plushie circus

big Sentimental Circus Mr.Bear plushie circus

The cute bear Mr. Bear is a toy made of tin plate. He is the artistic cycling performer always running gleefully.

Kuro

Sentimental Circus Kuro diamonds mini Note Pad

Sentimental Circus Kuro diamonds mini Note Pad

The black cat Kuro looks a bit like an owl. He is the performer of the rolling globe.

Toto

 mini Sentimental Circus dog Toto plush toy San-X Japan

mini Sentimental Circus dog Toto plush toy San-X Japan

Toto is Shappo’s closest companion. He is made of remnants and very sensitive. He shows a very impressive juggling act.

Sneak Peek: New Zombbet characters by San-X

When we received the latest San-X catalog we spotted those funny new fellas: Zombbet zombie animals. San-X will release their new characters this fall and already introduced the first items like those adorable plush toys. The cute un-dead bunnies and other animals look super funny, especially the bunny with the bitten off ear. We don’t really know much about their story yet, but will keep you updated as soon as we learn more. We will also get lots of items with these characters for our shop as soon as they are released. What do you think about the Zombbet animals?

Sneak Peek: Those are the new Zombbet characters by San-X

Sneak Peek: Those are the new Zombbet characters by San-X

These are some of the different characters, don' they look funny?

These are some of the different characters, don’ they look funny?

These are some of the Zombbet plush animals that will be available

These are some of the Zombbet plush animals that will be available

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