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

Sunshine City in Tokyo Part 6: kawaii accessories

This is the last part of our big Sunshine City series. In the last week we’ve shown you lots and lots of pictures from different shops in Tokyo’s huge “city within the city”. So what’s left to show today? Basically everything that didn’t fit into any of our other posts. And that is mainly general shop impressions or very kawaii accessories. It is amazing to see how crowded those shops are. They are filled with cuteness on every centimeter.

Super kawaii clocks with Alice in Wonderland themes

Super kawaii clocks with Alice in Wonderland themes

What a crowded shop, every inch is used to display products

What a crowded shop, every inch is used to display products

These candles are super kawaii

These candles are super kawaii

So many different hair accessoiries

So many different hair accessories

Lots of bags and bento accessories in one shelf

Lots of bags and bento accessories in one shelf

Very cute walltets, bags, pouches, pencil cases and lunch bags

Very cute wallets, bags, pouches, pencil cases and lunch bags

We love the products on the top shelf, but are not sure what they are. Little stools or hat boxes?

We love the products on the top shelf, but are not sure what they are. Little stools or hat boxes?

Kawaii beauty accessories like brushes and combs

Kawaii beauty accessories like brushes and combs

What a variety: on this pictures you see kawaii things from suitcases over bags to waste baskets

What a variety: on this pictures you see kawaii things from suitcases over bags to waste baskets

Those wallets look really pretty

Those wallets look really pretty

Super kawaii Rilakkuma movies

There are millions of pictures of the lazy Rilakkuma bear, but don’t you sometimes wish you could see him “in action”? San-X has put quite a few super cute Rilakkuma movies on their website, where the little bear and his friends come to life. The movies are super short, just 2 or 3 seconds long. They revolve around Rilakkuma’s daily activities: eating, sleeping and being lazy. To celebrate the Aloha Rilakkuma collection there are even two videos, in which the bear is hula dancing. Very kawaii. What do you think about the videos?

On the San-X website you can find many kawaii short movies about Rilakkuma

On the San-X website you can find many kawaii short movies about Rilakkuma

In this movie Rilakkuma eats Mochi

In this movie Rilakkuma eats Mochi

In this movie Rilakkuma, Korilakkuma and Kiiroitori are hula dancing

In this movie Rilakkuma, Korilakkuma and Kiiroitori are hula dancing

Our favourite one: Kiiroitori bites lazy Rilakkumas tail

Our favourite one: Kiiroitori bites lazy Rilakkumas tail

Sunshine City in Tokyo Part 5: stationery and crafting supplies

It’s heaven for crafting fans! In part 5 of our big series about the kawaii shops of Sunshine City in Tokyo it’s all about being creative yourself. There is so much stationery and crafting material that it could take you days to look at everything if you don’t know exactly what you are looking for.

A typical sight in Sunshine City: so much stationery on so little space

A typical sight in Sunshine City: so much stationery on so little space

So many adorable post-its

So many adorable post-its

The sticker shelves are amazing

The sticker shelves are amazing

They seem to never end

They seem to never end

A very impressive stamp selection

A very impressive stamp selection

Tons of sticker bags in Sunshine City

Tons of sticker bags in Sunshine City

Lots of molds and accessories for crafting with clay

Lots of molds and accessories for crafting with clay

We do not really know if these things are crafting magazines or DIY sets

We do not really know if these things are crafting magazines or DIY sets

This looks so kawaii. We love the combination of Re-Ments and Iwako erasers

This looks so kawaii. We love the combination of Re-Ments and Iwako erasers

In all the shops you see funny crafted projects

In all the shops you see funny crafted projects

Sunshine City in Tokyo Part 4: Rilakkuma, Hello Kitty & friends

When we visited Tokyo’s Sunshine City during one of our last business trips of course we also saw lots of shops and products with our favourite characters. So today we show you some pictures we took with Rilakkuma, Hello Kitty, My Melody and so on. In such a huge shopping complex there is room for the craziest products and it’s always super impressive to see so many products with one character on the same spot. It’s almost impossible to choose your favourite product then, because all of them are so cute.

Lots of different Rilakkuma bags and boxes

Lots of different Rilakkuma bags and boxes

The sweetest Rilakkuma chocolate

The sweetest Rilakkuma chocolate

It is Rilakkuma stationery heaven

It is Rilakkuma stationery heaven

A whole section for Sentimental Circus

A whole section for Sentimental Circus

One of the Sanrio shops in Sunshine City

One of the Sanrio shops in Sunshine City

so many cute Hello Kitty and My Melody phone covers

So many cute Hello Kitty and My Melody phone covers

Which bag to choose? All of them are super cute

Which bag to choose? All of them are super cute

You could wear different Hello Kitty and My Melody socks on every day of the week

You could wear different Hello Kitty and My Melody socks on every day of the week

Lots of Kuromi goodies

Lots of Kuromi goodies

A very cute My Melody pyjama

A very cute My Melody pajama

Bento accessories with the Sanrio characters

Bento accessories with the Sanrio characters

A special edition: Hello Kitty with the bear Kumamon

A special edition: Hello Kitty with the bear Kumamon

The Sanrio shop is decorated cutely

The Sanrio shop is decorated cutely

Sunshine City in Tokyo Part 3: fabrics and fashion

Today we show you lots of cute fabrics and fashion accessories that we discovered when visiting Sunshine City during one of our last business trips to Tokyo. Japan is the home of kawaii, so of course we saw lots of super cute outfits in the shops. Everything from head to toe is super cute, there were tons of adorable socks for example.

If you like to sew yourself Sunshine City is the place for you too, because you can get lovely fabrics, buttons, ribbons and all the accessories you need there. We spotted lots of echino fabrics that we also sell in our online shop.

Even the mannequins are kawaii: Bunnies wearing romantic outfits

Even the mannequins are kawaii: Bunnies wearing romantic outfits

A paradise for fabric lovers

A paradise for fabric lovers

You can also buy lots of fabric bundles

You can also buy lots of fabric bundles

Everything you need for quilting!

Everything you need for quilting!

A very wild mixture of different styles and patterns

A very wild mixture of different styles and patterns

Very pretty Asia fabrics

Very pretty Asia fabrics

Lots of sewing accessories

Lots of sewing accessories

Fat quarters are really handy if you don't need a big piece of fabric

Fat quarters are really handy if you don’t need a big piece of fabric

The most adorable socks

The most adorable socks

kawaii baby socks

kawaii baby socks

One of the many fashion outlets in Sunshine City

One of the many fashion outlets in Sunshine City

Sunshine City in Tokyo Part 2: chocolate and cookies

Time to show you more impressions of our trip to Sunshine City during one of our last business trips to Tokyo. Last time we showed you lots of bento accessories, this time it’s about chocolates, cookies and sweets. There are hundreds of super cute cookie and chocolate molds in the craziest and funniest shapes. Like the kawaii worm molds that make the most adorable chocolates. It was one of our favourites. It was really cool that there were lots of chocolates showing you what the shapes from the different molds look like.

We also spotted lots of cute cafes, here we show you the kawaii monchhichi shop. We didn’t buy anything there, but it definitely looks inviting.

A set to make kawaii bear cookies

A set to make kawaii bear cookies

Some cookies to display what you can do with the set

Some cookies to display what you can do with the set

Kawaii sets to make macaroons, pies and cookies

Kawaii sets to make macaroons, pies and cookies

DIY candy sticks in funny shapes

DIY candy sticks in funny shapes

Incredible chocolate figures

Incredible chocolate figures

For these chcolate skulls even different colours were used

For these chocolate skulls even different colours were used

Super cute: you can make these chocolate worms with the mold in the back

Super cute: you can make these chocolate worms with the mold in the back

Many more molds - we love the koala one

Many more molds – we love the koala one

Cute chococlate pies

Cute chococlate pies

Great ideas for funny cookies

Great ideas for funny cookies

More molds to make chocolate sticks

More molds to make chocolate sticks

Tons of candy

Tons of candy

Everything looks super yummy

Everything looks super yummy

A very kawaii monchhichi cafe

A very kawaii monchhichi cafe

The monchhichi looks adorable

The monchhichi looks adorable

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