Free eraser gift for the next 100 shop orders!

We have a big surprise for the weekend: The next 100 orders in our online shop modes4u.com will receive a super cute Japanese eraser as a free gift (while stock lasts, picture is for reference only). The kawaii erasers from our surprise box are all from the Japanese manufacturer Iwako. They look amazingly realistic and are just adorable. Hurry with your order for a chance to get one of them for free.

The next 100 orders on modes4u.com get a kawaii free surprise eraser

The next 100 orders on modes4u.com get a kawaii free surprise eraser

Our erasers in German magazine LISA

The current issue of the German magazine Lisa features our funny fast food Iwako eraser set. The magazine did a little special about back to school items and they asked if they could introduce our erasers. Of course! We’re thrilled to be featured!

Issue 24/2014 of German magazine LISA features our eraser

Issue 24/2014 of German magazine LISA features our eraser set

Our cute Iwako Fast Food eraser set is part of a back to school special

Our cute Iwako Fast Food eraser set is part of a back to school special

Iwako erasers Fast Food Japan 6 pieces set

Iwako erasers Fast Food Japan 6 pieces set

Get ready for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil

On June 12th the Men’s Football World Cup will start in Brazil. Are you excited already and just can’t wait? Get into the mood with some of our cool soccer products. We have funny soccer ball erasers in different colors, soccer fabrics and even a soccer bento set so that you can make soccer-themed food.

cool green and white soccer ball eraser by Iwako

cool green and white soccer ball eraser by Iwako

cool black and white soccer ball eraser by Iwako

cool black and white soccer ball eraser by Iwako

cool blue and white soccer ball eraser by Iwako

cool blue and white soccer ball eraser by Iwako

cool red and white soccer ball eraser by Iwako

cool red and white soccer ball eraser by Iwako

black Soccer Ball Timeless Treasures fabric from the USA

black Soccer Ball Timeless Treasures fabric from the USA

red mini football soccer fabric for boys Timeless Treasures

red mini football soccer fabric for boys Timeless Treasures

green soccer football fabric for boys Sports

green soccer football fabric for boys Sports

Magic Football Soccer ball Bento Onigiri shaper rice mold

Magic Football Soccer ball Bento Onigiri shaper rice mold

Free Iwako eraser for the next 100 shop orders!

We have a big surprise for the weekend: The next 100 orders in our online shop modes4u.com will receive a super cute Japanese eraser as a free gift (while stock lasts, picture is for reference only). The kawaii erasers from our surprise box are all from the Japanese manufacturer Iwako. They are incredibly detailed and really great quality. Hurry with your order for a chance to get one of them for free.

The next 100 orders on modes4u.com get a kawaii free surprise eraser from Japan

The next 100 orders on modes4u.com get a kawaii free surprise eraser from Japan

Check out our Easter products

We are ready for spring and Easter, therefore we put our Easter category online. You can find all the products from our shop in there which have a connection to spring and Easter: items with rabbits, chicks, eggs, ladybugs, flowers and more. We can’t wait for spring to arrive!

Browse through all the fun Easter and spring products in our Easter category

Browse through all the fun Easter and spring products in our Easter category

kawaii chick sauce spices container for Bento Box

kawaii chick sauce spices container for Bento Box

rabbit with overall eraser from Japan by Iwako

rabbit with overall eraser from Japan by Iwako

yellow chick in egg eraser by Iwako from Japan

yellow chick in egg eraser by Iwako from Japan

pink Hello Kitty bunny mobile phone plugy earphone jack

pink Hello Kitty bunny mobile phone plugy earphone jack

Rilakkuma yellow chick artificial leather key cover charm

Rilakkuma yellow chick artificial leather key cover charm

Rilakkum egg kitchen painting eggs towel from Japan

Rilakkum egg kitchen painting eggs towel from Japan

light blue chick fabric by Dear Stella USA

light blue chick fabric by Dear Stella USA

light green sheep fabric by Dear Stella USA

light green sheep fabric by Dear Stella USA

white flower meadow fabric by Timeless Treasures USA

white flower meadow fabric by Timeless Treasures USA

red chicken egg food fabric by Robert Kaufman USA

red chicken egg food fabric by Robert Kaufman USA

blue chick animal peep fabric by Robert Kaufman USA

blue chick animal peep fabric by Robert Kaufman USA

kawaii bunny rabbit cake macaron stickers

kawaii bunny rabbit cake macaron stickers

kawaii rabbit bunny flower stickers by Q-Lia

kawaii rabbit bunny flower stickers by Q-Lia

kawaii rabbit bunny macaron pearls Note Pad Q-Lia

kawaii rabbit bunny macaron pearls Note Pad Q-Lia

wide rabbit squirrel mt Washi Masking Tape deco tape

wide rabbit squirrel mt Washi Masking Tape deco tape

yellow egg with diamonds squishy cellphone charm

yellow egg with diamonds squishy cellphone charm

rabbit bunny donut cup Letter Set by Kamio

rabbit bunny donut cup Letter Set by Kamio

Celebrate the Year of the Horse

It’s only a couple of days away. On January 31st the Year of the Horse starts. We love Chinese New Year, as there are so many celebrations and beautiful decorations. Today we embellish our blog with cute horse products.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to Chinese New Year public holidays from January 31st to February 3rd we can’t ship any orders, as all post offices are closed. From Tuesday, February 4th, we will start shipping again.

Japanese paper stickers horse cat Happy New Year

Japanese paper stickers horse cat Happy New Year

cute Japanese horse eraser from Iwako

cute Japanese horse eraser from Iwako

white fabric with dotted horses by Robert Kaufman USA

white fabric with dotted horses by Robert Kaufman USA

light blue birch horse organic fabric

light blue birch horse organic fabric

green canvas animal fabric horse Kokka Japan

green canvas animal fabric horse Kokka Japan

white Swedish Dala horses animal fabric by Cosmo from Japan

white Swedish Dala horses animal fabric by Cosmo from Japan

red Swedish Dala horses animal fabric Kokka Japan

red Swedish Dala horses animal fabric Kokka Japan

Play Turtle Wushu with our Iwako turtle erasers

What a funny idea. A customer told us that she uses our Iwako sea turtle erasers to play the game Turtle Wushu. We have never heard of it before but it sounds really creative and entertaining. It’s an active team game where you move a lot. There are two teams and every player carries an eraser turtle on the back of his or her hand. Then it’s about knocking the turtles off your opponent’s hands by following certain rules.

That’s really the most unusual way our erasers have been used so far. Check out the video below if you want to play it too.

blue sea turtle eraser by Iwako

blue sea turtle eraser by Iwako

green sea turtle eraser by Iwako

green sea turtle eraser by Iwako

pink sea turtle eraser by Iwako

pink sea turtle eraser by Iwako

yellow sea turtle eraser by Iwako

yellow sea turtle eraser by Iwako

Take a look at the Turtle Wushu rules

Take a look at the Turtle Wushu rules

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

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

Welcome spring

Today spring starts – at least meteorologically and in the Northern Hemisphere. So let’s welcome the warm season with lots of pretty spring items from our shop that you can currently find in our Easter category.

white flower Washi Masking Tape deco tape

white flower Washi Masking Tape deco tape

green ladybird fabric with dots by Robert Kaufman

green ladybird fabric with dots by Robert Kaufman

animal fabric with rabbit lamb mouse by Riley Blake USA

animal fabric with rabbit lamb mouse by Riley Blake USA

echino canvas fabric Wish green birds flowers

echino canvas fabric Wish green birds flowers

Paper Tape set flower ladybird cloverleaf

Paper Tape set flower ladybird cloverleaf

red ladybird eraser by Iwako from Japan

red ladybird eraser by Iwako from Japan

Michael Miller fabric flower shop by Patty Young

Michael Miller fabric flower shop by Patty Young

cute flower Sticky tape from Japan

cute flower Sticky tape from Japan

Kerori frog A4 plastic file folder with flowers

Kerori frog A4 plastic file folder with flowers