modeS4u visits the Kiyohara in Tokyo

During their visit to Japan, Sandra (Managing Director of modeS4u) and Alan (IT Manager) dropped by the offices of Kiyohara. This fantastic supplier provides many stunning Japanese fabrics and other items. There, they were able to see some lovely fabrics on display as bags, clothes etc. as well as some of Kiyohara’s clay related products and accessories. Which of these items do you like best?

Kiyohara items on display

Kiyohara items on display

Aren't these beautiful?

Aren't these beautiful?

This is very sweet!

This is very sweet!

What a lovely T-shirt, made out of ripple fabric!

What a lovely T-shirt, made out of ripple fabric!

Hello Kitty and Sanrio fun!

Hello Kitty and Sanrio fun!

Hello Kitty and Doraemon

Hello Kitty and Doraemon

Super cute Snoopy items

Super cute Snoopy items

More lovely items made from their fabrics

More lovely items made from their fabrics

Their fabrics can be turned into practical, everyday items

Their fabrics can be turned into practical, everyday items

Kawaii!

Kawaii!

More everyday items

More everyday items

Lovely items for children

Lovely items for children

Very cute!

Very cute!

mt Tapes on display

mt Tapes on display

Even more handy items

Even more handy items

modeS4u visits the Kiyohara in Tokyo 16

modeS4u visits the Kiyohara in Tokyo 16

DIY and jewellery items on show

DIY and jewellery items on show

Mason inspects the items!

Mason inspects the items!

Beautiful!

Beautiful!

Gorgeous items

Gorgeous items

Colorful and pretty!

Colorful and pretty!

Temarizushi Teamwork!

Recently, we held a delicious team building event, which saw the team at modeS4u working to create Temarizushi (Japanese rice balls) masterpieces! Divided into small groups, each group was tasked with creating and decorating 15 rice balls in all sorts of beautiful and funny ways with yummy ingredients such as seaweed, salmon, snapper and more, within 30 minutes. Leading this activity was Ms. Yuki of Yuki’s Table; she alongside head of modeS4U, Sandra, judged the many colorful designs. They ultimately decided upon the winning group, whose creations included rice balls with a cat face, vampire face and many other designs. After the event, everyone was then able to eat their scrumptious creations so really, we were all winners! Does this post make you hungry? Check out some fun rice bento accessories if you’d like to try making your own food masterpiece!

Ms. Yuki leads the challenge

Ms. Yuki leads the challenge

Everyone's hard at work!

Everyone’s hard at work!

The smell of the food was fantastic!

The smell of the food was fantastic!

Everyone was having a great time!

Everyone was having a great time!

Terrific teamwork!

Terrific teamwork!

Beautiful rice balls with floral designs

Beautiful rice balls with floral designs

Lovely display of gorgeous Temarizushi

Lovely display of gorgeous Temarizushi

Colorful and delicious!

Colorful and delicious!

Can you spot the vampire face?

Can you spot the vampire face?

All smiles!

All smiles!

Proud of their creations!

Proud of their creations!

We were looking forward to the eating part!

We were looking forward to the eating part!

A really fun team building experience

A really fun team building experience

Japan Hobby Show 2016 – Part 2

At the Japan Hobby Show this year, we came across some of the most incredible “food” treats, made entirely out of wool! That’s right, some of the sweet treats we found were really woolly masterpieces, proving you don’t have to be a knitting pro to make something fun with wool! We also saw the most stunning “desserts” made of clay, done with and without the help of clay molds and craft accessories. They’re so realistic, no one would blame you if you thought you could eat them. From fruity treats to cakes, these creations were colorful and a feast for the eyes. We also came across beautiful plants made entirely out of clay too. These plants are extremely popular, with many individuals adorning their homes and work places with these handmade decorative pieces.

So many delicious woolly chocolate on display

So many delicious woolly chocolates on display

Creativity at its best!

Creativity at its best!

Wool chocolates as far as the eye can see!

Wool chocolates as far as the eye can see!

Beautiful wool artwork

Beautiful wool artwork

Even more treats!

Even more treats!

Aren't these incredible?

Aren’t these incredible?

Clay food that looks so real!

Clay food that looks so real!

A stunning display of food made with clay

A stunning display of food made with clay

Yum!

Yum!

They look very realistic indeed!

They look very realistic indeed!

Would you care for some layered clay cake?

Would you care for some layered clay cake?

Still clay!

Still clay!

Stunning clay plants

Stunning clay plants

Many people decorate their homes/offices with these beautiful clay plants

Many people decorate their homes/offices with these beautiful clay plants

 

Time for building blocks

Playing with lots of colourful building blocks for hours, building all kinds of stuff – doesn’t this evoke childhood memories? Well, unfortunately you can’t really build much with all the funny building block items we just added to our shop, but at least some of them are stackable. And of course they all serve another purpose and are super fun, because they are so bright and cheerful. There are some cute accessories in brick style, such as the cute tape dispensers, which you can even connect. Isn’t this a fun idea for all your colourful deco tapes? We also got funny key covers and cellphone charms in the shape of building blocks.

The colourful square building block bento boxes have been our bestsellers for ages, so we increased our product variety with more colours, shapes and accessories. Now we offer big rectangular building block bento boxes, little sauce containers or chopsticks. The new stackable bento boxes, which you can stack on top of each other, are really cool as well. What a great way to save room in your cupboards, fridge or freezer.

Check out all the colourful products. Do you have a favourite?

blue building block adhesive tape dispenser cutter

blue building block adhesive tape dispenser cutter

funny green building block key cover charm

funny green building block key cover charm

funny red squishie building block phone strap

funny red squishie building block phone strap

big funny pink building block Bento Box from Japan

big funny pink building block Bento Box from Japan

funny stackable blue building block Bento Box Japan

funny stackable blue building block Bento Box Japan

funny yellow building block Bento Box from Japan

funny yellow building block Bento Box from Japan

funny green building block chopsticks set with 3 pairs

funny green building block chopsticks set with 3 pairs

2 blue building block sauce container for Bento Box

2 blue building block sauce container for Bento Box

modes4u.com is an official San-X retailer

YAY, we got added to the official San-X retailer list. It’s a really nice compliment to be one of their offical retailers now, we’re very happy about it. San-X is one of the largest character oriented stationary and gift manufacturing companies in Japan and one of our biggest suppliers for cute stationery, bento boxes and accessories. They developed characters such as Rilakkuma, Mamegoma, Kutusita Nyanko, Berry Puppy, Kireizukin or Kamonohashikamo, which are very popular in our shop. We have been working closely together with San-X since we started modes4u.com a couple of years ago, and becoming an official retailer is a nice sign for continuing our good business relations. So look out for all the new cute San-X stuff we will be adding frequently to our shop.

modes4u.com is an official San-X retailer

modes4u.com is an official San-X retailer

New Little Red Riding Hood stuff by Otogicco

Otogicco is a name you might not have heard in our shop that much – so far. But surely you have seen some of the adorable Little Red Riding Hood products that we added to our shop within the last weeks. Lots of new stuff just went online. Otogicco by Decole is a Japanese brand that is still pretty new at modes4u.com. Little Red Riding Hood and Big Bad Wolf are the main characters in the collection and just adorably cute. We got a lot of stationery items and accessories such as cute shopping bags, bookmarks, cups, but also extraordinary stuff that you don’t find too often such as umbrella charms, coasters or card holders.


cute Little Red Riding Hood coaster Otogicco from Japan

cute Little Red Riding Hood coaster Otogicco from Japan

reflective Little Red Riding Hood umbrella charm

reflective Little Red Riding Hood umbrella charm

cute Little Red Riding Hood card holder Otogicco Japan

cute Little Red Riding Hood card holder Otogicco Japan

cute Little Red Riding Hood coat hook Otogicco Japan

cute Little Red Riding Hood coat hook Otogicco Japan

Little Red Riding Hood cup wolf Otogicco Japan

Little Red Riding Hood cup wolf Otogicco Japan

Little Red Riding Hood Post-it bookmark stickers

Little Red Riding Hood Post-it bookmark stickers

cute Little Red Riding Hood shopping bag wolf pouch

cute Little Red Riding Hood shopping bag wolf pouch