Cute interactive Sanrio character timeline

If you’re a fan or not you probably know Hello Kitty. But do you know any other characters from Sanrio? Sanrio released a super cute interactive timeline where you can see which characters were created between 1970 and today. Hello Kitty is the star of the timeline and walks you through it using different vehicles in each decade. When you click on the characters you get a short bio.

It’s so interesting to see what character was born at what time. Did you know that Hello Kitty, My Melody and Little Twin Stars were all created in the 1970s? But Hello Kitty’s boyfriend Dear Daniel was not developed until 20 years later.

Sanrio released a super cute character timeline on their website

Sanrio released a super cute character timeline on their website

It all starts in 1970 and Hello Kitty walks you through it

It all starts in 1970 and Hello Kitty walks you through it

My Melody and Little Twin Stars were created in the 1970s - just like Hello Kitty

My Melody and Little Twin Stars were created in the 1970s – just like Hello Kitty

Whenever there is a change of decades, Hello Kitty changed her vehicle

Whenever there is a change of decades, Hello Kitty changes her vehicle

So many cute characters that we haven't seen before

So many cute characters that we haven’t seen before

Badtz-Maru and Chococat were developed in the 1990s

Badtz-Maru and Chococat were developed in the 1990s

Charmmykitty is one of the youngest characters, released bewtween 2000 and 2010

Charmmykitty is one of the youngest characters, released between 2000 and 2010

Hello Kitty's superhero alter-ego Ichigoman is the latest character development up to this point

Hello Kitty’s superhero alter-ego Ichigoman is the latest character development up to this point

Clicking on the character provides you with a short bio

Clicking on the character provides you with a short bio

Meet the San-X characters: Toromi

Today we meet Toromi, a funny French bulldog girl puppy, who became a member of the San-X family in 2012. Her name literally means “thick” because she looks and feels like Mochi – the typical Japanese rice cake dessert. Toromi is known for her slow and slightly stupid movements, but her clumsiness is super cute. Even though she is slow, she is super curious and changes position all the time. Her little pink teddy bear is her favourite toy. She loves to eat mochi, sweets and all kinds of soft food.

Isn’t she adorable?

pink Toromi bulldog dog A4 plastic file folder

pink Toromi bulldog dog A4 plastic file folder

funny Toromi French bulldog dog eraser

funny Toromi French bulldog dog eraser

colourful Toromi Bulldog glitter pencil white dog

colourful Toromi Bulldog glitter pencil white dog

New: kawaii stamp pens

Perfect for crafting afternoons at home, for school or kindergarten. We have super cute small new stamp pens from Japan in our shop. They come with two designs each in different colors, the ink pad is integrated into the stamp already. These stamp pens are available as regular stamps or as rolling stamps. The rolling stamps come with a built-in roll that allows to make infinite stamp lines.

cute rabbit cat stamp pen mini stamp set

cute rabbit cat stamp pen mini stamp set

cute rabbit heart cat stamp pen mini stamp set

cute rabbit heart cat stamp pen mini stamp set

cute dog heart love stamp pen mini stamp set

cute dog heart love stamp pen mini stamp set

cute rabbit pudding flan stamp pen mini stamp set

cute rabbit pudding flan stamp pen mini stamp set

cute rabbit cupcake stamp pen mini stamp set

cute rabbit cupcake stamp pen mini stamp set

cute dogs stamp pen mini stamp set

cute dogs stamp pen mini stamp set

cats diamonds roller stamp pen rolling stamp

cats diamonds roller stamp pen rolling stamp

rabbit rose flower roller stamp pen rolling stamp

rabbit rose flower roller stamp pen rolling stamp

bear ice cream sweets roller stamp pen rolling stamp

bear ice cream sweets roller stamp pen rolling stamp

bear singing bird mushroom roller stamp pen rolling stamp

bear singing bird mushroom roller stamp pen rolling stamp

panda fruit roller stamp pen rolling stamp

panda fruit roller stamp pen rolling stamp

dog jewelry roller stamp pen rolling stamp

dog jewelry roller stamp pen rolling stamp

Spring decoration with mt Casa Tapes

It’s time for a fresh breeze at home. Spring time is not only popular for some good spring-cleaning but also for redecorating. A great opportunity to try mt Casa Masking Tapes for walls and furniture. This series by the Japanese manufacturer mt was especially made for interior design purposes. The bright colors also create a great spring atmosphere.

You can decorate almost everything with these tapes, because they stick on wallpaper, wood, plastic, tiles, glass and more. Also they can be removed without leaving any trace, so redecorating as often as you want is super easy. Here are some ideas from the mt archive:

mt Casa Mashi Tapes are available in several bright colors and different widths

mt Casa Washi Tapes are available in several bright colors and different widths

Some color for the bathroom

Some color for the bathroom

Great window decoration that screens from views at the same time

Great window decoration that screens from views at the same time

Great spring atmosphere with this lime green tape

Great spring atmosphere with this lime green tape

mt Casa wall art

mt Casa wall art

You can use the tapes to redecorate almost any piece of furniture

You can use the tapes to redecorate almost any piece of furniture

Abstract mt Casa fridge decoration

Abstract mt Casa fridge decoration

Amazing underwater video by mt Masking Tapes

The Japanese Masking Tape manufacturer mt always amazes us with many professional videos about Washi Tape. Check out this amazing video of a little dog going on an underwater adventure – all made using mt Washi Tapes

New: Japanese 3D Paper Craft Sets

A new fun thing in our shop. We received adorable 3D Paper Craft Sets from Japan. They provide you with material to craft kawaii 3D greeting cards, paper wreaths or decorations. To create the 3D effect you need to use a paper embossing ball tool which is not included in the sets.

The sets have super kawaii fairy tale designs and we got quite a few Christmas sets too. They contain lots of templates that you can cut out, emboss and stick on the cards. The printed outlines tell you exactly on what position you need to place the cut-outs, so it’s really easy to do. All the instructions are in Japanese only, but you can easily follow the instructions. We also found a couple of Japanese videos which might help you. Unfortunately we can’t embed them into this post, so visit here to see how to use the embossing ball tool and how to make the 3D paper craft book sets. Also check out our little “how to” collage at the end that we made from photos from the manufacturer to explain the different steps of the DIY sets.

We now offer super cute 3D paper craft sets with adorable designs

We now offer super cute 3D paper craft sets with adorable designs

Lots of the sets revolve around fairy tale characters like Little Red Riding Hood, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan and more

Lots of the sets revolve around fairy tale characters like Little Red Riding Hood, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan and more

The sets contain cut out templates, sponge stickers and instructions. You need to purchase an embossing tool from our shop separately to complete these sets.

The sets contain cut out templates, sponge stickers and instructions. You need to purchase an embossing tool from our shop separately to complete these sets.

These are the steps that are valid for all the 3D paper craft sets in our shop

These are the steps that are valid for all the 3D paper craft sets in our shop

Many new iPhone 5 cases by Shinzi Katoh

If you like Japanese designs you will love this. We have a couple of very pretty new iPhone5 cases by Shinzi Katoh. We didn’t get new products from this brand for ages, so we’re really excited. They always have very cute designs and we now have lots of new Shinzi Katoh products. The cellphone cases with cute forest animal, Alice in Wonderland, Little Red Riding Hood or bear pictures are all suitable for iPhone 5.

We will add lots more stationery, masking tapes and postcards in the next days.

pink forest boy deer iPhone 5 hard cover case from Japan

pink forest boy deer iPhone 5 hard cover case from Japan

Alice in Wonderland fairy tale iPhone 5 hard cover case

Alice in Wonderland fairy tale iPhone 5 hard cover case

Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale iPhone 5 hard cover case

Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale iPhone 5 hard cover case

brown forest deer iPhone 5 hard cover case from Japan

brown forest deer iPhone 5 hard cover case from Japan

blue polar bear Sorabear iPhone 5 hard cover case

blue polar bear Sorabear iPhone 5 hard cover case

toadstool and bugs iPhone 5 hard cover case

toadstool and bugs iPhone 5 hard cover case

kawaii Mameshiba animated clips

For a couple of weeks already you can buy Mameshiba products in our shop. We’re super happy to have lots of stationery items, cellphone accessories and plush toys with the Japanese iconic bean dogs. While we were researching about them, we found a lot of cute little animated short clips revolving around the different Mameshiba characters. They are just a couple of seconds longs and always contain some funny trivia. Take a look at the clips for Mameshiba, green pea, black bean, Peanut and Natto.

Mameshiba animated short clip

Mameshiba animated short clip

Green Pea animated short clip

Green Pea animated short clip

Black Bean animated short clip

Black Bean animated short clip

Peanut animated short clip

Peanut animated short clip

Natto animated short clip

Natto animated short clip

How to decorate your home with mt Casa Washi Tapes

A couple of weeks ago we got the beautiful mt Casa Washi Tape series for home decoration. As you can never have enough inspiration, especially when you can just decorate anything at home with the wide Masking tapes, we found some more beautiful examples of what to do with them.

mt was quite active and shot some videos to introduce ideas. The little film about a family who is decorating the apartment for dad’s birthday is really sweet and full of cool projects. We love the idea of decorating plain tablecloths or curtains for special occasions. Check out all the pictures below that show many mt Casa projects around the house. Aren’t these tapes a great way to easily decorate windows or a single-coloured kitchen? Just looking at the photos makes us want to start sticking tapes on everything in the office.

Your kitchen could look this colourful with just a couple of stripes of mt Casa Wahi Tape

Your kitchen could look this colourful with just a couple of stripes of mt Casa Washi Tape

The tapes are a great windwo decoration

The tapes are a great window decoration

The wide Masking tapes are also suitable for tiles

The wide Masking tapes are also suitable for tiles

Add some colour to dishwasher or kitchen fronts

Add some colour to dishwasher or kitchen fronts

mt Casa tapes make a great table decoration

mt Casa tapes make a great table decoration

Look how easy it is to turn a simple lamp into an unique object

Look how easy it is to turn a simple lamp into an unique object

Children can fully live out their creativity with the tapes, which always can be removed without any trace

Children can fully live out their creativity with the tapes, which always can be removed without any trace

A classic: mt Casa Masking tape as wall decoration

A classic: mt Casa Masking tape as wall decoration

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