So much new stationery in the shop

In the last weeks we added so much new stationery to our shop that we don’t where to begin. You can find new items in almost all our stationery categories, there are new folders, erasers, letter sets, deco tapes, pens, pencils, stickers, sticky notes and rulers. If you are a fan of Hello Kitty or My Melody make sure to browse through the new stuff, there are a lot of products with these characters. But we also have new products with Toy Story, Monsters University or Disney designs.

Disney Alice in Wonderland fairy tale Washi Masking Tape

Disney Alice in Wonderland fairy tale Washi Masking Tape

long alpaca eraser by Kamio from Japan

long alpaca eraser by Kamio from Japan

red-white Hello Kitty cat eraser from Japan

red-white Hello Kitty cat eraser from Japan

slim milky My Melody heart glitter ruler from Japan

slim milky My Melody heart glitter ruler from Japan

slim green Toy Story alien glitter ruler from Japan

slim green Toy Story alien glitter ruler from Japan

Monsters University Mike bookmark stickers set 7pcs Japan

Monsters University Mike bookmark stickers set 7pcs Japan

Hello Kitty fairy tale index stickers bookmark stickers

Hello Kitty fairy tale index stickers bookmark stickers

Tomica car vehicle truck 3D stickers for boys

Tomica car vehicle truck 3D stickers for boys

pet hamster rabbit hedgehog 3D sponge sticker book set

pet hamster rabbit hedgehog 3D sponge sticker book set

colorful Sesame Street characters stickers from Japan

colorful Sesame Street characters stickers from Japan

Disney Mickey Mouse Donald Duck stickers from Japan

Disney Mickey Mouse Donald Duck stickers from Japan

blue polka dot ballpoint pen by Kamio

blue polka dot ballpoint pen by Kamio

black-pink Sanrio Hello Kitty mechanical pencil from Japan

black-pink Sanrio Hello Kitty mechanical pencil from Japan

green rabbit cat panda animal pencil from Japan

green rabbit cat panda animal pencil from Japan

Congrats Happy Birthday sponge sticker sack

Congrats Happy Birthday sponge sticker sack

My Melody Happy Birthday sponge sticker sack

My Melody Happy Birthday sponge sticker sack

Kamio cat bear 2-pocket A4 file folder from Japan

Kamio cat bear 2-pocket A4 file folder from Japan

blue Monsters University 10-pocket A4 /A3 file folder

blue Monsters University 10-pocket A4 /A3 file folder

Sanrio Hello Kitty apple 10-pocket A4 /A3 file folder

Sanrio Hello Kitty apple 10-pocket A4 /A3 file folder

kawaii panda with ball mini Letter Set from Japan

kawaii panda with ball mini Letter Set from Japan

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

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

Go green on St. Patrick’s Day

It’s time to go green, and this time we only refer to the colour. Today is St. Patrick’s Day, which means that green is the most important thing of the day: green clothes, green decoration, green food. And even though it’s an Irish tradition, people everywhere around the world join in on March 17th. Of course we do too, after all we have lots of wonderful green things in our shop.

green monaluna scooter organic fabric from the USA

green monaluna scooter organic fabric from the USA

green egg with cloverleaf squishy cellphone charm

green egg with cloverleaf squishy cellphone charm

green chick in egg eraser by Iwako from Japan

green chick in egg eraser by Iwako from Japan

green leaf Washi Masking Tape deco tape

green leaf Washi Masking Tape deco tape

cute green frog mobile phone plugy earphone jack accessory

cute green frog mobile phone plugy earphone jack accessory

green cake with green sauce squishy cellphone charm

green cake with green sauce squishy cellphone charm

Washi Masking Deco Tape set 3pcs gingham green

Washi Masking Deco Tape set 3pcs gingham green

2 green building block sauce containers for Bento Box

2 green building block sauce containers for Bento Box

A4 plastic file folder 10-pocket green monster kawaii

A4 plastic file folder 10-pocket green monster kawaii

Happy Dentist’s Day

Today Dentist’s Day is celebrated in The USA. Doesn’t sound like the funniest day, because a lot of people are scared of the dentist. Wouldn’t it be great if all dentists gave you a cute tooth eraser every time you went? We would definitely go then. They bring perfect attention to the topic of dental hygiene. Happy Dentist’s Day.

white teeth eraser from Japan by Iwako

white teeth eraser from Japan by Iwako

teeth eraser from Japan by Iwako

teeth eraser from Japan by Iwako

It’s International Polar Bear Day

On February 27th the world honors polar bears. And part of saving polar bears and their habitat is reducing your carbon footprint! This is why the organization around International Polar Bear Day asks you to take part in the Thermostat Challenge and adjust your thermostat up or down a few degrees (depending on where in the world you live).

We also celebrate this day with some of our cute polar bear items.

white bear eraser by Iwako from Japan

white bear eraser by Iwako from Japan

cute Polar bear bookmark stickers Post-it with fishes

cute Polar bear bookmark stickers Post-it with fishes