New San-X Character Selection 2015

You have the choice. In San-X’s 2015 character selection you can now decide who will join Sumikko GurashiRilakkuma and his friends soon. The kawaii contenders certainly all have what it takes. Here is a brief introduction of our three favorite candidates. Topping the list is Jinbee-san is a friendly blue whale, who lives in the big ocean with his aquatic friends. He loves swimming and relaxing in a hot bath. Second in lead is Futon-sama. A futon blanket that has magically come to life. Fluffy futon is usually a bit sleepy and loves to snuggle all day long. Finally there is Coronya the cat with a croissant for a hat. She loves eating yummy pastries and taking her little pet creamy for a walk outside. To vote for one of the cute characters, just head to the San-X website (Japanese) and follow our easy modes4u instructions. 1. Select your favorite character’s profile and scroll to the bottom of the page. 2 Insert: your email address, name and age, select gender (boys-left/girls-right), write an additional short message and tick the center box to avoid newsletters. 3. Submit your vote with the big pink button on the right-hand side. Don’t wait too long, you can vote for your favorite character until October 31st this year. Let’s go.

You have the choice. In San-X's 2015 character selection.

You have the choice. In San-X’s 2015 character selection.

Who is your favorite character to join Sumikko Gurashi, Rilakkuma?

Which is your favorite character to join Sumikko Gurashi and Rilakkuma?

Jinbee-san is a friendly blue whale. His octopus friends run a paint shop.

Jinbee-san is a friendly blue whale. His octopus friends run a paint shop.

A magic wind brought Futon-sama to life. Futon truly is a divine blanket.

A magic wind brought Futon-sama to life. Futon truly is a divine blanket.

A sweet cat with a passion for pastries. Coronya has her own little bakery.

A sweet cat with a passion for pastries. Coronya has her own little bakery.

Chime is a funny little sheep, who likes different hair styles and everything arty.

Chime is a funny little sheep, who likes different hair styles and everything arty.

Now you can vote with our easy modes4u instructions.

Now you can vote with our easy modes4u instructions.

denim Sumikkogurashi shy animals canvas linen pouch pencil case

denim Sumikkogurashi shy animals canvas linen pouch pencil case

navy blue Norwegian Christmas San-X Rilakkuma pouch

navy blue Norwegian Christmas San-X Rilakkuma pouch

Hello Kitty in Wonderland Art & Exhibition

This weekend Sanrio opened an exhibition called Hello Kitty Wonderland in Nagoya, Japan. Apart from funny optical illusions and a card game maze, the event location delights with lots of cute Alice in Wonderland inspired Hello Kitty art, created by the woman behind the cat, Japanese character designer and illustrator Yuko Yamaguchi. Just like the white bunny designs, the kawaii art of earlier successful Hello Kitty exhibitions show her strong influence on Sanrio’s most famous character, as seen in her lovely strawberry designs. We are sure Hello Kitty is in very good hands and can’t wait for her next cute creations.

An Alice in Wonderland inspired Hello Kitty Wonderland exhibition opened in Japan.

An Alice in Wonderland inspired Hello Kitty Wonderland exhibition opened in Japan.

In wonderland Hello Kitty is transformed into a white bunny.

In wonderland Hello Kitty is transformed into an adorable white bunny.

At the event venue Hello Kitty Alice greets the arriving visitors.

At the event venue Hello Kitty Alice greets the arriving visitors.

The card game maze attracts young and old for an amazing time.

The card game maze attracts young and old, who are in for an amazing time.

This awesome optical illusion casts a cute Hello Kitty shadow. Or is it?

This awesome optical illusion casts a cute Hello Kitty shadow. Or is it?

Hello Kitty Art has become a successful event series throughout Japan.

Hello Kitty Art has become a successful event series throughout Japan.

The woman behind the cat. Third appointed Hello Kitty designer Yuko Yamaguchi and her protegee.

The woman behind the cat. Third appointed Hello Kitty designer Yuko Yamaguchi and her protegee.

One of the earlier exhibitions with cute fruit artworks turned Hello Kitty into a strawberry.

One of the earlier exhibitions with cute fruit artworks turned Hello Kitty into a strawberry.

Colorful Hello Kitty sculptures at the exhibition 'Hello Kitty Art'.

Colorful Hello Kitty sculptures at the exhibition ‘Hello Kitty Art’.

double border Little Twin Stars Alice in Wonderland Sanrio oxford fabric pink

double border Little Twin Stars Alice in Wonderland Sanrio oxford fabric pink

double border Little Twin Stars Alice in Wonderland Sanrio oxford fabric Japan

double border Little Twin Stars Alice in Wonderland Sanrio oxford fabric Japan

cute pink white Alice in Wonderland pencil case from Japan

cute pink white Alice in Wonderland pencil case from Japan

white Hello Kitty Smile oxford fabric garden tulip flower by Sanrio from Japan

white Hello Kitty Smile oxford fabric garden tulip flower by Sanrio from Japan

Hello Kitty waffle pink bow squishy charm

Hello Kitty waffle pink bow squishy charm

The Year of the Sheep is coming

In a couple of weeks the Year of the Sheep will start according to Chinese zodiac. We get ready to celebrate with some of our cute sheep products.

dark blue sheep animal oxford fabric Cosmo Japan

dark blue sheep animal oxford fabric Cosmo Japan

lime green farm animal sheep fabric Farm Friends by StudioE

lime green farm animal sheep fabric Farm Friends by StudioE

blue sheep farm animal fabric Timeless Treasures Babes in Farmland

blue sheep farm animal fabric Timeless Treasures Babes in Farmland

red knitting sheep animal fabric Timeless Treasures

red knitting sheep animal fabric Timeless Treasures

black knitting sheep Timeless Treasures fabric USA

black knitting sheep Timeless Treasures fabric USA

kawaii sheep animal silicone mat coaster from Japan

kawaii sheep animal silicone mat coaster from Japan

sheep silicone baking spatula from Japan

sheep silicone baking spatula from Japan

white sheep cloverleaf Washi Masking Tape deco tape Shinzi Katoh Japan

white sheep cloverleaf Washi Masking Tape deco tape Shinzi Katoh Japan

Japanese funny sheep and cat ring binder notebook by Kamio

Japanese funny sheep and cat ring binder notebook by Kamio

turquoise sheep animal pencil case by Kamio from Japan

turquoise sheep animal pencil case by Kamio from Japan

Shaun the Sheep heart 5-pocket A4 file folder

Shaun the Sheep heart 5-pocket A4 file folder

What customers made with our products: bags, clothes and bentos

We spotted so many lovely projects from our customers over the last months again on our Facebook site that it’s about time we introduce them here on the blog:

Samodiva’s Treasures sewed a lovely kindle cover with our Camelot Dream A Little Dream fabric. Don’t you just want to get comfy and start reading?

Samodiva's Treasures made a wonderful kindle cover with our Camelot fabric

Samodiva’s Treasures made a wonderful kindle cover with our Camelot fabric

blue night moth animal fabric Camelot Dream a Little Dream

blue night moth animal fabric Camelot Dream a Little Dream

Isn’t this diaper bag just amazing? Le Petit Monde de Lilaxel? sewed it using our Michael Miller Summer Night Lights Border fabric.

Le Petit Monde de Lilaxel? sewed a beautiful diaper bag with our Michael Miller fabric

Le Petit Monde de Lilaxel? sewed a beautiful diaper bag with our Michael Miller fabric

border fabric Summer Night Lights Twilight Michael Miller

border fabric Summer Night Lights Twilight Michael Miller

Our customer Evelin Mostafa made a gorgeous bag set with a handbag, coin case and pouch using our pretty Timeless Treasures autumn fabric.

A great bag set with our Timeless Treasures autumn fabric made by Evelin Mostafa?

A great bag set with our Timeless Treasures autumn fabric made by Evelin Mostafa

black autumn leaf tree fabric by Timeless Treasures

black autumn leaf tree fabric by Timeless Treasures

Les Bêtes de Céline showed us pictures of lots of pretty loop scarfs that she made. This one is sewn with our Spring sampler organic fabric by Cloud 9.

Les Bêtes de Céline made a pretty loop scarf with our Cloud 9 organic fabric

Les Bêtes de Céline made a pretty loop scarf with our Cloud 9 organic fabric

Spring Sampler Petal Pink Cloud 9 leaf organic fabric

Spring Sampler Petal Pink Cloud 9 leaf organic fabric

Per sfizio ma non solo showed us several projects on Facebook. She made a gorgeous pencil wrap case using several of our fabrics like e.g. the teal Urchin Forest organic birch fabric. She also showed her great project how to turn an old pair of jeans into a skirt and used some of our fabrics like the pretty Voile Koi fabric as embellishment.

Super pretty pencil case made by Per sfizio ma non solo with many of our fabrics

Super pretty pencil case made by Per sfizio ma non solo with many of our fabrics

teal circle animal birch organic fabric Urchin Forest

teal circle animal birch organic fabric Urchin Forest

Per sfizio ma non solo turned an old pair of jeans into a skirt and used our fabrics as embellishments

Per sfizio ma non solo turned an old pair of jeans into a skirt and used our fabrics as embellishments

purple pattern Cloud 9 Voile organic fabric Koi from the USA

purple pattern Cloud 9 Voile organic fabric Koi from the USA

Redecorate Con Lola Godoy? made a lovely fridge magnet notepad that she covered with our Timeless Treasures raspberry fabric.

Redecorate Con Lola Godoy? made a pretty fridge magnet notepad covered with our raspberry fabric

Redecorate Con Lola Godoy? made a pretty fridge magnet notepad covered with our raspberry fabric

Raspberry fabric by Timeless Treasures from the USA

Raspberry fabric by Timeless Treasures from the USA

And finally also a non-fabric related product. Isabelle Torloting from the blog Lovin Bento used our 4pcs Eiffel Tower bento box set to make a delicious bento.

Isabelle Torloting? from Lovin Bento made pretty bentos with our Eiffel Tower bento box set

Isabelle Torloting from Lovin Bento made pretty bentos with our Eiffel Tower bento box set

Eiffel Tower and polka dots Bento Box 4 pcs Lunch Box

Eiffel Tower and polka dots Bento Box 4 pcs Lunch Box

Sumikkogurashi cat’s favorite Christmas presents from modes4u.com

Sumikkogurashi's shy cat Neko picked her favorite Christmas presents from our shop

Sumikkogurashi’s shy cat Neko picked her favorite Christmas presents from our shop

The cute beige cat Neko of the Sumikkogurashi family is usually super shy and loves to hide in the corner. But now our shy office mascot got into the Christmas spirit and picked her favorite Christmas gifts from our shop.

1. Sumikkogurashi Pillow

Don’t you just want something soft for cuddling during the cold winter months? The cute Sumikkogurashi cat pillow is perfect for that purpose. It’s a cute plush toy but can also be used as a pillow.

Sumikkogurashi's cat Neko picked his favorite Christmas presents from our shop

Sumikkogurashi’s cat Neko picked his favorite Christmas presents from our shop

2. Sumikkogurashi Surprise Lucky Charm Mascot

Christmas is all about surprises and the surprise miniature lucky charm mascot figurine box is full of it. Because you have no idea which one of the four different figurines you got until you open the box.

Sumikkogurashi surprise miniature lucky charm mascot figurine San-X

Sumikkogurashi surprise miniature lucky charm mascot figurine San-X

3. Sumikkogurashi Bento Box

Kitchen accessories are always a good Christmas present. They are useful but can be also very creative, funny and special. Like the colorful Sumikkogurashi bento boxes from our shop.

pink Sumikkogurashi shy animals Bento Box lunch box

pink Sumikkogurashi shy animals Bento Box lunch box

4. Sumikkogurashi Pencil Set

Pens and pencils somehow always magically disappear even though you know you have quite a few around. So better stock up. With the cute Sumikkogurashi pencil 12pcs set you should be on the safe side for a while.

Sumikkogurashi stacked animals pencil set 12pcs from Japan

Sumikkogurashi stacked animals pencil set 12pcs from Japan

Kiiroitori’s favorite Christmas presents from modes4u.com

Kiiroitori picked his favorite Christmas presents from our shop

Kiiroitori picked his favorite Christmas presents from our shop

Our cute yellow office mascot Kiiroitori chick, who is close friend of Rilakkuma, put on his Santa hat and picked his favorite Christmas gifts from our shop:

1. Kiiroitori Plush Phone Holder

What a lovely stand for your smartphone. The cute Kiiroitori plush cellphone holder is super soft, bright yellow and definitely an eyecatcher. So you’ll easily spot it and your phone is well protected.

kawaii Rilakkuma plush cellphone holder yellow chick

kawaii Rilakkuma plush cellphone holder yellow chick

2. Kiiroitori Plush Tissue Dispenser

Who wouldn’t love to grab a tissue from a fun yellow Kiiroitori tissue box? Smiles guaranteed.

Rilakkuma yellow plush Kiiroitori chick tissue box

Rilakkuma yellow plush Kiiroitori chick tissue box

3. Kiiroitori Cutlery

This cute melamine Kiiroitori cutlery set makes an awesome gift for toddlers and children, but it’s also a great item for your picnic or lunch bag.

Rilakkuma yellow chick melamine cutlery set fork and spoon

Rilakkuma yellow chick melamine cutlery set fork and spoon

4. Kiiroitori Pencil Case

If you’re a fan of the cute little chick, you’ll love this Kiiroitori pencil case. So many chicks…

yellow Rilakkuma chick apple pencil case by San-X

yellow Rilakkuma chick apple pencil case by San-X

Mamegoma’s favorite Christmas presents from modes4u.com

Mamegoma picked his favorite Christmas presents from our shop

Mamegoma picked his favorite Christmas presents from our shop

What do you think out big cute office mascot Mamegoma would choose as Christmas gift? Today the baby seal shows us his picks:

1. Mamegoma Vibrating Plush

This white Mamegoma plush has a secret. It’s a wind-up toy that vibrates. A great and fun Christmas present for toddlers and small children.

white vibrating Mamegoma baby seal San-X plush toy

white vibrating Mamegoma baby seal San-X plush toy

2. Mamegoma letter sets

Who wouldn’t love to get a letter written on this beautiful letter paper? We stock fun and colorful Mamegoma letter sets.

kawaii Mamegoma seals with Edamame letter set

kawaii Mamegoma seals with Edamame letter set

3. Mamegoma Tissue Case

A perfect item for running noses in winter. You can carry your tissues in the fun Mamegoma tissue case which protects your tissues and looks great.

blue Mamegoma baby seal jellyfish tissue case dispenser

blue Mamegoma baby seal jellyfish tissue case dispenser

4. Mamegoma Pencil Cases

Mamegoma seals make every product fun. Our Mamegoma pouches can be used for school, university or as your little make up bag that you carry with you all the time.

Mamegoma Baby seals dots jellyfish glitter pencil case by San-X

Mamegoma Baby seals dots jellyfish glitter pencil case by San-X

New San-X character in our shop: Mofutans Mochi bunnies

We have a new adorable San-X character in our shop. The funny small Mofutans bunnies are fluffy and quite stretchy rabbits. They are as stretchy as the Japanese dessert Mochi. There are quite a few different Mochi rabbits, but the white Mofutans bunny is the main character of the funny bunch. San-X released the new character this year and we now have quite a few stationery items with them in our shop. Which bunny is your favorite?

white San-X Mofutans stacked Mochi rabbits mini Note Pad

white San-X Mofutans stacked Mochi rabbits mini Note Pad

pink San-X Mofutans white Mochi rabbit in box mini Note Pad

pink San-X Mofutans white Mochi rabbit in box mini Note Pad

funny Mofutans mochi bunnies white and pink rabbit San-X plushie

funny Mofutans mochi bunnies white and pink rabbit San-X plushie

turquoise San-X Mofutans Mochi bunnies pencil case pouch

turquoise San-X Mofutans Mochi bunnies pencil case pouch

funny Mofutans small white mochi bunny San-X plushie

funny Mofutans small white mochi bunny San-X plushie

funny Mofutans small white mochi bunny plush charm

funny Mofutans small white mochi bunny plush charm

funny Mofutans small grey mochi bunny plush charm

funny Mofutans small grey mochi bunny plush charm

funny Mofutans Mochi rabbits letter paper set from Japan

funny Mofutans Mochi rabbits letter paper set from Japan

cute Mofutans small Mochi rabbits letter paper set from Japan

cute Mofutans small Mochi rabbits letter paper set from Japan

Free wooden pencils 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 cute wooden pencil as a free gift (while stock lasts, picture is for reference only). We have hundreds of different pencils from Japan, they are super colorful and have very cute designs. Hurry with your order for a chance to get one for free.

The next 100 shop orders get a wooden pencil for free

The next 100 shop orders get a wooden pencil for free

Sentimental Circus Shappo’s favorite Christmas presents from modes4u.com

Shappo from Sentimental Circus picked his favorite Christmas presents from our shop

Shappo from Sentimental Circus picked his favorite Christmas presents from our shop

Today our office mascot Shappo  – the cute ringmaster bunny from Sentimental Circus – presents his favorite Christmas presents from our shop.

1. Sentimental Circus plushies

Plush toys always look great under the Christmas tree. Our Sentimental Circus plushies come in all sizes from super tiny rabbit Shappo plushis to super big elephant Mouton plush toys.

middle-sized Sentimental Circus elephant Mouton plushie

middle-sized Sentimental Circus elephant Mouton plushie

2. Sentimental Circus bento boxes

Shappo and all the other circus animals from Sentimental Circus can be found on many bento accessories like bento boxes, lunch bags, chopsticks, towels and more.

pink Sentimental Circus afternoon tea Bento Box lunch box

pink Sentimental Circus afternoon tea Bento Box lunch box

3. Sentimental Circus Memo Pads

Stationery items are a fun little gift for Christmas or an advent calendar. Our Sentimental Circus memo pads are available in big or small sizes, as sketchbooks, exercise books or ring binders.

Sentimental Circus Shappo with mustache ring binder notebook

Sentimental Circus Shappo with mustache ring binder notebook

4. Sentimental Circus Folders

You might think a folder is a boring gift. But the cute designs of the Sentimental Circus folders turn a regular stationery item into a great Xmas present

black Sentimental Circus king A4 plastic file folder

black Sentimental Circus king A4 plastic file folder

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