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.

New: Fabric collection Origami Oasis by Tamara Kate

If you are looking for beautiful and fun fabrics you should check out Tamara Kate’s collection Origami Oasis  for Michael Miller. The animal designs revolve around Safari themes and Japanese paper artwork. They are bright and eye-catching, yet natural. We think they are especially suited for some lovely home decor like cushions, curtains and more.

New: Fabric collection Origami Oasis by Tamara Kate 1

New: Fabric collection Origami Oasis by Tamara Kate 1

white Pride Primary Origami animal fabric Michael Miller Origami Oasis

white Pride Primary Origami animal fabric Michael Miller Origami Oasis

white Show Your Colors Origami zebra fabric pink-orange Michael Miller USA

white Show Your Colors Origami zebra fabric pink-orange Michael Miller USA

blue Oasis Border animal border fabric Michael Miller Origami Oasis

blue Oasis Border animal border fabric Michael Miller Origami Oasis

navy blue Pride Origami animal fabric Michael Miller Origami Oasis

navy blue Pride Origami animal fabric Michael Miller Origami Oasis

black Origami zebra fabric by Michael Miller USA

black Origami zebra fabric by Michael Miller USA

green Origami giraffe animal fabric Michael Miller Stand Tall

green Origami giraffe animal fabric Michael Miller Stand Tall

colorful Mountain & Valley Geo Print fabric Candy  by Michael Miller USA

colorful Mountain & Valley Geo Print fabric Candy by Michael Miller USA

New Robert Kaufman Fairy Tale Fabric

Once upon a time at modes4u…

All girls love listening to fairy tales and dream of meeting a prince, living in a palace, wearing beautiful dresses and arriving at the ball in a carriage. Even as grown-ups we keep dear memories of the magic of Cinderella, Elsa and co. With our enchanting Princess Life fabrics by Robert Kaufman you can now bring that childhood magic to your home again. Although we cannot guarantee your mice will sew the garments for you, with these charming designs we are sure to say.

“And they lived happily ever after.”  

light blue girl princess fabric Frost by Robert Kaufman USA

light blue girl princess fabric Frost by Robert Kaufman USA

white fairy tale frog prince carriage fabric by Robert Kaufman USA

white fairy tale frog prince carriage fabric by Robert Kaufman USA

pink purple princess palace fabric Spring by Robert Kaufman USA

pink purple princess palace fabric Spring by Robert Kaufman USA

white princess crown coronet fabric Spring by Robert Kaufman USA

white princess crown coronet fabric Spring by Robert Kaufman USA

purple princess crown coronet fabric by Robert Kaufman USA

purple princess crown coronet fabric by Robert Kaufman USA

light blue turquoise kimono doll asia flower fabric by Robert Kaufman

light blue turquoise kimono doll asia flower fabric by Robert Kaufman

pale pink asia butterfly pattern fabric by Robert Kaufman

pale pink asia butterfly pattern fabric by Robert Kaufman

navy blue owl forest animal fabric Garden by Robert Kaufman

navy blue owl forest animal fabric Garden by Robert Kaufman

Cute Snacks with Rilakkuma and friends

Who doesn’t love cute snacks like Macarons? Especially since the picnic season has started again and you can enjoy some little treats outside. We found some amazingly cute summer snack recipes on a great food tutorial site that will turn your bentos and desserts into a feast for the eyes. On a delicious date with Rilakkuma and his friends it will always be a sweet time.

Cute Snacks with Rilakkuma and friends 9

This wallpaper for you shows Rilakkuma and his friends love watermelon and other fruit.

You can almost feel how fresh this cute Kiiroitori chick rice desert tastes.

You can almost feel how fresh this cute Kiiroitori chick rice desert tastes. From Bento Monsters

Obviously irresistible Rilakkuama cookies.

Obviously irresistible Rilakkuama cookies, from Bento Monsters

Cute toast bread home with sofa and table for Rilakkuma and friends.

Cute toast bread home with sofa and table for Rilakkuma and his friends, from Bento Monsters

Rilakkuma Natural Market snacks Re-Ment miniature blind box

Rilakkuma Natural Market snacks Re-Ment miniature blind box

big grey white striped Rilakkuma yellow chick backpack charm

big grey white striped Rilakkuma yellow chick backpack charm

cute light pink macaron ice sandwich squishy cellphone charm kawaii

cute light pink macaron ice sandwich squishy cellphone charm kawaii

Rilakkuma bear sandwich bread pink squishy cellphone charm

Rilakkuma bear sandwich bread pink squishy cellphone charm

 

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

 

First Hello Kitty Dim Sum Restaurant opens in Hong Kong

You all know there are Hello Kitty inspired cafes, but you will be surprised to hear you can now feast on amazingly cute looking dumplings, steamed buns and Chinese pastries in the world’s first Hello Kitty Dim Sum Restaurant in Hong Kong. We found many pictures on L.A. times online and culture blogs, showing that just like the little white cat, the traditional Southern Chinese dish has become increasingly popular around the world in recent years. In particular in Hong Kong the original dim sum houses are a weekly ritual family meal, usually taken on weekend mornings. For Hello Kitty fans and lovers of Asian cuisine alike, there could hardly be a better way to spend a Sunday morning than a table of delicious steamed buns and tea with friends and family. The only challenge remaining is, the food nearly looks too cute to eat.

Looking lovely. The first Hello Kitty Dim Sum restaurant opened in Hong Kong. picture from L.A. Times online

The first Hello Kitty Dim Sum restaurant opened in Hong Kong. picture from L.A. Times online

Deliciously cute. These Hello Kitty Steam buns. picture from kotaku.com

Deliciously cute. These Hello Kitty Steam buns. picture from kotaku.com

You can choose of a big variety of cute dishes.  picture from L.A. Times online

You can choose of a big variety of cute dishes. picture from L.A. Times online

Flavors of Asia. Hello Kitty blends amazingly well in. picture from ink361.com

Flavors of Asia. Hello Kitty blends amazingly well in. picture from ink361.com

Hello Kitty waffle pink bow squishy charm

Hello Kitty waffle pink bow squishy charm

Hello Kitty brown donut squishy charm for cellphone or bag

Hello Kitty brown donut squishy charm for cellphone or bag

New Washi Masking tapes at modes4u

We just added the new mt Spring & Summer Collection to our shop. We received amazing Casa masking tapes that will let any room look like a super stylish residence. In the new collection you will also find some traditional Japanese designs, which add an enchanting classical Kyoto feel your art projects. And how cute are our new kawaii adhesive deco tapes with pandas and many other animals? Whether you’re a masking tape novice or already an expert, our new Washi tapes will surely make everyone want to stick around as much as possible.

Check out our lovely new mt spring & summer collcetion

Check out our lovely new mt spring & summer collection

New Wamon Washi Masking tapes in traditional Kyoto style

New Wamon Washi Masking tapes in traditional Kyoto style

You can transform your house into a stunning individual abode.

You can transform your house into a stunning individual abode.

Try Washi tapes on any surface and create avant-garde designs.

Try Washi tapes on any surface and create avant-garde designs.

Perfect for small art projects. Brilliant decoration made with Washi tapes.

Perfect for small art projects. Brilliant decoration made with Washi tapes.

extra wide mt Casa Washi Tape 10cm vintage rack shelf photo deco tape

extra wide mt Casa Washi Tape 10cm vintage rack shelf photo deco tape

extra wide mt Casa Washi Tape 10cm flower tile deco tape

extra wide mt Casa Washi Tape 10cm flower tile deco tape

mt Washi Masking Tape deco tape designer art surrealist eye and mouth

mt Washi Masking Tape deco tape designer art surrealist eye and mouth

mt Washi Masking Tape deco tape flowers off-white pink purple

mt Washi Masking Tape deco tape flowers off-white pink purple

green and yellow Argyle mt Washi Masking Tape deco tape with diamonds

green and yellow Argyle mt Washi Masking Tape deco tape with diamonds

cute milk glass transparent animal birthday deco tape sticky tape by Q-Lia

cute milk glass transparent animal birthday deco tape sticky tape by Q-Lia

sky blue kawaii bear birthday animal deco tape sticky tape by Q-Lia

sky blue kawaii bear birthday animal deco tape sticky tape by Q-Lia

Many new erasers in our shop

We just added a lot of new Japanese erasers to our shop. We have many new erasers from Q-Lia with different colours and designs, such as delicious biscuits and cute animals. And how amazing are these funny face erasers that change their look and hair style over time?

Ginger redhead face shape change eraser from Japan

Ginger redhead face shape change eraser from Japan

This funny eraser changes its look when you use it

This funny eraser changes its look when you use it

Blondie shape change face eraser from Japan

Blondie shape change face eraser from Japan

blue rascal shape change face eraser from Japan

blue rascal shape change face eraser from Japan

Blackbeard shaver face transforming shape change eraser from Japan

Blackbeard shaver face transforming shape change eraser from Japan

purple brown caramel biscuit eraser by Q-Lia from Japan

purple brown caramel biscuit eraser by Q-Lia from Japan

pink strawberry chocolate bar eraser by Q-Lia from Japan

pink strawberry chocolate bar eraser by Q-Lia from Japan

cute turquoise alpaca camel eraser from Japan

cute turquoise alpaca camel eraser from Japan

funny black dots Ojipan panda eraser from Japan

funny black dots Ojipan panda eraser from Japan

 

Happy Easter from modes4u

Happy Easter everyone. Enjoy your holidays, eat lots of chocolate bunnies and find many Easter eggs. As a little surprise, we have this lovely Hello Kitty wallpaper for you. We will take an Easter break from Friday, 3rd April, to Tuesday 7th April. We will be back in the office from Wednesday. You can already check our cute Easter products with adorable bunnies, chicks and eggs.

Hello Kitty loves colorful Easter eggs. How many will you find?

Hello Kitty loves colorful Easter eggs. How many will you find?

red rabbit Easter bunny Easter egg flower animal fabric from Japan

red rabbit Easter bunny Easter egg flower animal fabric from Japan

kawaii yellow bunny bear spring Easter flower animal fabric from Japan

kawaii yellow bunny bear spring Easter flower animal fabric from Japan

Amazing DIYs for Easter

If you are looking for some great ideas for a unique Easter decoration, check out the lovely Easter products in our shop. For more inspiration, here you can find some of our favorite ideas online for cute bunnies, chicks and eggs that will turn your home into a happy Easter garden. There are some easy and more advances ideas like adorable paper bunnies and beautiful flower arrangements. And how amazing are the colors of the Easter eggs?

These super cute bunny and chicks  marshmallow decorations can be used in so many ways.

These super cute marshmallow decorations can be used in so many ways.

Have you ever seen a lovelier Easter table? Yet, quite simple paper and egg decoration.

Have you ever seen a lovelier Easter table? Yet, quite simple paper and egg decoration.

With enchanting pastel colours and a little fantasy, you can create real egg art.

With enchanting pastel colors and a little fantasy, you can create real egg art.

Who framed the Easter rabbit? At least for these eggs the mystery has been solved.

Who framed the Easter rabbit? At least for these eggs the mystery has been solved.

Lovely spring water tulips in an umbrella are like a poem to our Easter guests

Lovely spring water tulips in an umbrella. A kind poem to our Easter guests.

Nothing says better 'you are welcome', than a rusty watering can with flowers

Nothing says better ‘welcome’, than a rusty watering can with flowers

For the little ones it's great fun to make decoration from every day appliances. Like these toilet paper roll bunnies.

For the little ones it’s great fun to make decoration from every day appliances like these toilet paper roll bunnies.