Tokyo Gift Show Impressions

A couple of weeks ago part of our team flew to Japan and visited the Tokyo International Gift Show. You might have seen one or two pictures on Facebook already, but now we selected a few more to show you. Taking pictures on the Gift Show is really not easy, because you’re only allowed to take pictures of shows, but not of the exhibition booths. If you try to, security is there right away. Still we managed to photograph secretly to get some general impressions. One of the highlights was of course to see Rilakkuma and friends. They were dressed in Hawaii outfits, as this is the theme of the newest Rilakkuma collection that we will have in our shop soon.

Hawaii Rilakkuma and friends during a show

Hawaii Rilakkuma and friends during a show

They were real stars, Kiiroitori has an assiastant and security to bring him to the show

They were real stars, Kiiroitori has an assistant and security to bring him to the show

At the San-X booth we dicovered lovely Sentimental Circus fabrics

At the San-X booth we discovered lovely Sentimental Circus fabrics

A super cute machine to decorate your Pocky or chocolate sticks

A super cute machine to decorate your Pocky or chocolate sticks

In this funny game you have to build a high tower with Dango Mochi sticks

In this funny game you have to build a high tower with Dango Mochi sticks

Lots of funny games and stationery

Lots of funny games and stationery

A kwaii Hello Kitty area with a traditional Japanese Hello Kitty

A kawaii Hello Kitty area with a traditional Japanese Hello Kitty

Everybody wantet to take their picture with one of the huge characters running around on the Gift Show

Everybody wanted to take their picture with one of the huge characters running around on the Gift Show

What a super kawaii panda bear!

What a super kawaii panda bear!

Sandra with lots of Gift Show goodies

Sandra with lots of Gift Show goodies

The very futuristic exhibition centre in Tokyo

The very futuristic exhibition centre in Tokyo

Have a Happy Valentine’s Day

Today we’re sending out lots of love to you with Rilakkuma and Kiiroitori. Have a nice Valentine’s Day and enjoy time with the ones you love

modes4u wishes you lots of love

modes4u wishes you lots of love

Rilakkuma’s Top 3 Valentine’s favourites from our shop

Are you in a romantic mood already? Our big office Rilakkuma definitely is, he can’t wait for Valentine’s Day to come. Today he even went through our warehouse and picked all his favourite items for Valentine’s Day. These are his top 3:

1. Heart fabrics

Doesn’t he look lovely with all those heart fabrics on his lap? These are just a few of the heart fabrics we carry in our shop. If you can sew there are endless possibilities for using them, but also if you are not an expert on the sewing machine you’ll enjoy them: use them as decoration or include them in your crafting activities.

Rilakkuma selected some of his favourite heart fabrics

Rilakkuma selected some of his favourite heart fabrics

2. Heart deco tapes

Aww, they look so cute. Rilakkuma loves the heart deco tapes, they just spread an atmosphere of love and spice up every gift wrapping or card.

Rilakkuma senaking a peek at the cute heart deco tapes

Rilakkuma sneaking a peek at the cute heart deco tapes

3. Rilakkuma heart stationery

Rilakkuma knows very well that his own products are pretty cute themselves. Here he selected some stationery items like folders, memo pads, letter sets or towels with lovely heart designs. And Rilakkuma, Korilakkuma and Kiiroitori must not be missing of course.

the lazy bear with some of his favourite Rilakkuma stationery

The lazy bear with some of his favourite Rilakkuma stationery

Exclusive Chinese New Year Rilakkuma plushies

Hissssss, what a cute surprise. The Chinese New Year will start soon and for the ‘year of the snake’ San-X released a super cute 2013 Chinese New Year Rilakkuma limited edition. And we actually have the adorable plush toys in our shop. This is really a great honour, because only a handful of retailers in the whole world are allowed to sell them outside of Japan. We’re super proud and totally in love with the three plushies.

Rilakkuma, Korilakkuma and Kiiroitori are wearing funny green snake caps or costumes and also have a cute snake pet with them. The bears hold little wallets and wish for lots of money. All plushies have a ‘2013’ embroidery, so they can be a great lucky charm for this year.

Be fast if you want one, this is a limited edition and we won’t get those plushies again.

Rilakkuma brown plush bear with snake and wallet

Rilakkuma brown plush bear with snake and wallet

Rilakkuma white plush bear with snake and wallet

Rilakkuma white plush bear with snake and wallet

Rilakkuma yellow plush chick as snake in a basket

Rilakkuma yellow plush chick as snake in a basket

Christmas gifts for cousins

Finding Christmas presents for your distant relatives can really be a hard task. What to give to your cousins that you might not even know that well? We have some suggestions that would work.

1. DIY Bathing Salt Sets

Crafting your own bathing salt tablets? It’s a fun idea and super easy to make with these bathing salt DIY sets. And even if your cousin doesn’t have a bathtub, he can still craft them as a special present for somebody else.

DIY miniature bath bomb kit sparkling wine from Japan

DIY miniature bath bomb kit sparkling wine from Japan

DIY miniature bath bomb kit lemon soda

DIY miniature bath bomb kit lemon soda

 

2. Memo Pads

You always need to write something down or make a note. So a memo pad is a present that will definitely be used, whether for school, the office or at home.

Rilakkuma Notepad exercise book with coffee cup & flower

Rilakkuma Notepad exercise book with coffee cup & flower

cute Sentimental Circus rabbit ring binder notebook San-X

cute Sentimental Circus rabbit ring binder notebook San-X

Babies in costumes and donuts Memo Pad from Japan

Babies in costumes and donuts Memo Pad from Japan

 

3. Key Covers

What a fun idea to spice up you boring looking key. You just put these key covers over your key and they get a fantastic new look.

cute turquoise matryoshka key cover charm

cute turquoise matryoshka key cover charm

yellow Kiiroitori chick key cover charm

yellow Kiiroitori chick key cover charm

kawaii Rilakkuma bear key cover charm

kawaii Rilakkuma bear key cover charm

Christmas gifts for sisters

We think sisters are not that complicated to get Christmas presents for. Especially in our shop you have an incredible choice as we just carry so many kawaii items that make a lot of girls happy. Here are three suggestions what to get for your sisters for Christmas 2012.

1. Squishies

Theses cute accessories are suitable for sisters of all ages. They squeezable squishy charms are super cute and look fashionable on backpacks, handbags, cellphones and so on. And there is such a variety to choose from that you could easily select a new squishy to wear every day.

Rilakkuma bear sponge cake squishy cellphone charm

Rilakkuma bear sponge cake squishy cellphone charm

pink flower donut squishy charm with sprinkles

pink flower donut squishy charm with sprinkles

Kiiroitori chick toast bread squishy cellphone charm

Kiiroitori chick toast bread squishy cellphone charm

Hello Kitty chocolate donut squishy charm

Hello Kitty chocolate donut squishy charm

2. DIY Dog Piggy Bank set

This is a crazy and fun idea that we thought sisters might like especially. With these cute DIY clay sets you make your own furry dog piggy banks using clay and wool. There are four different sets to choose from.

DIY clay making kit to make yourself a dog poodle piggy bank

DIY clay making kit to make yourself a dog poodle piggy bank

DIY clay making kit to make a dog terrier piggy bank

DIY clay making kit to make a dog terrier piggy bank

3. Bathing salt bombs

Combine beauty with fun. Your sister will love our bath bombs, because not only can she indulge in a relaxing and nice smelling bath, but also there is the excitement of a surprise figure to be revealed once the bath salt ball has dissolved.

Rilakkuma bear bathing foam bath bomb salt with surprise toy

Rilakkuma bear bathing foam bath bomb salt with surprise toy

Sentimental Circus bath bomb salt with surprise toy

Sentimental Circus bath bomb salt with surprise toy

Rilakkuma baking classes in Hong Kong

How adorable. In one of the local Hong Kong magazines we found a big article about baking classes in Hong Kong, where you learn how to make lovely Rilakkuma pastry. One class really just focuses on baking the cutest Rilakkuma and Kiiroitori cookies, in another class, which is especially for families, you learn how to make the cutest Rilakkuma macaroons.

You just want to eat these Rilakkuma cookies right away!

You just want to eat these Rilakkuma cookies right away!

In another Hong Kong class you learn how to make Rilakkuma macaroons

In another Hong Kong class you learn how to make Rilakkuma macaroons

The Rilakkuma macaroons are really lovely

The Rilakkuma macaroons are really lovely

Our favourite product of the week: new plushies

Isn’t it nice to have something warm and soft to cuddle when it’s getting winter? We totally say YES. And the new plush toys from San-X that we added to our shop this week are your perfect autumn buddy. They are super soft and extremely nice to squeeze and cuddle. This is why we make them our favourite product of the week.

Kiiroitori yellow plush chick with bathing foam strawberry

Kiiroitori yellow plush chick with bathing foam strawberry

Rilakkuma brown plush bear with pink bathing cap foam

Rilakkuma brown plush bear with pink bathing cap foam

Rilakkuma plush toy white bear as sailor kawaii

Rilakkuma plush toy white bear as sailor kawaii

 

 

Rilakkuma plush toy brown bear as sailor kawaii

Rilakkuma plush toy brown bear as sailor kawaii

very big brown-white Chocopa bear plush toy by San-X

very big brown-white Chocopa bear plush toy by San-X

cute very big brown Chocopa bear plush toy by San-X

cute very big brown Chocopa bear plush toy by San-X

Meet the San-X characters: Rilakkuma and friends

As you might know we are an official San-X retailer and currently stock nearly 1,000 products from the Japanese company. But even though most of our customers know the cute Rilakkuma bear, the Sentimental Circus animals or the little Mamomega seals, you might not know the story behind them. This is why we start a new mini series on our blog today. In the next weeks we will introduce 4 of the most popular San-X characters more detailed, tell you about their characteristics, relationships and friends.

And today we start with probably the most well-known member of the San-X family: Rilakkuma bear and friends.

Rilakkuma

When translated literally from Japanese into English, Rilakkuma means ‘Relax bear’ or ‘bear in a relaxed mood’. So the name already tells you the most important thing about the little bear. He loves to lay around, is never in distress or a hassle and just enjoys his life. This is why you always see him lounging on pillows, meadows, chairs, relaxing in cafes and so on. Rilakkuma totally loves food, so you’ll see him eat a lot. Some of his favourite dishes are pancakes, omelettes, dumplings and puddings. He also enjoys listening to music or watching TV.

Rilakkuma has a mysterious zipper on his back and you see a white cloth with blue polka dots when you open it, still nobody knows what’s inside Rilakkuma. Rilakkuma is most of the time surrounded by his friends Korilakkuma bear and Kiiroitori chick.

Rilakkuma honey bear mini Memo Pad by San-X

Rilakkuma honey bear mini Memo Pad by San-X

Rilakkuma bear die-cut Letter Set by San-X

Rilakkuma bear die-cut Letter Set by San-X

San-X mini Memo Pad Rilakkuma bear picnic & guitar

San-X mini Memo Pad Rilakkuma bear picnic & guitar

Korilakkuma

The little white bear Korilakkuma is a friend of Rilakkuma, but sometimes also a little troublemaker. He is a cheeky little fella who likes to make a joke and sometimes also enjoys annoying his friends. He emulates Rilakkuma a lot and also likes musik and sleeping. He is quite adorable when asleep.

Rilakkuma small plastic folder 3-pocket picnic flowers

Rilakkuma small plastic folder 3-pocket picnic flowers

San-X Rilakkuma white bear mini Memo Pad with sweets

San-X Rilakkuma white bear mini Memo Pad with sweets

Rilakkuma A4 plastic file folder cookie & sleeping hat

Rilakkuma A4 plastic file folder cookie & sleeping hat

Kiiroitori

The little yellow bird Kiiroitori is a tidy chick that likes to clean. As Rilakkuma is lazy and messy, Kiiroitori often scolds him, but ends up cleaning up his mess after him. Korilakkuma is also often mischievous towards the little bird, so Kiiroitori sometimes has a hard time with the two bears. Still they are best friends and love each other. Kiiroitori likes to save, he saves little treats or treasures that he gets or finds.

chick Kiiroitori with cookies A4 plastic file folder

chick Kiiroitori with cookies A4 plastic file folder

yellow chick A4 plastic file folder Rilakkuma San-X

yellow chick A4 plastic file folder Rilakkuma San-X

Rilakkuma Memo Pad with bears and chick by San-X Japan

Rilakkuma Memo Pad with bears and chick by San-X Japan

modes4u team: Rilakkuma asks……. Lok

It’s time to introduce another one of our staff members to you in our new blog series. This month you’ll get to know Lok – one of our packing staff – a bit better.

Hello, who are you by the way?

I’m Lok. I’m 24 years old and was born in Hong Kong. I love everything yellow and adore food, so Hong Kong is the right place for me, as there are hundreds of restaurants with different kind of food. Before I started working at modes4u I was working in the jewelry industry. Although I’m still pretty young, I am the “oldest” employee at modes4u, because I started working here in 2010.

What is your job at modes4u?
Together with my colleague Karen I am responsible for everything that is connected to sending the packages: I pick the products for the different orders from our warehouse, pack them and prepare the postal formalities. I also cut the fabrics from the big bolts for all the fabric orders that we get every day. And of course I go to the post office every evening with all the packages to mail them all over the world. So my job is very active, I am up on my feet and moving all day long.

What is your favourite product or your favourite category at modes4u?
Yellow is my favourite colour, so I like all the yellow products in our shop. The yellow Kiiroitori chick from the Rilakkuma family is really cute.
And since we got quite a few clay books which show pictures of clay craftings, I am also quite interested in this. Until now I have just crafted some little clay items, but the pictures are really inspiring and I love to look at them.

What do you like most about your job at modes4u?
We are a really cool team. Everybody helps each other and is really nice. The atmosphere in the team is great, everybody is working hard, but still we laugh a lot and have fun at the office. Plus the products are so lovely. I really enjoy picking them, and sometimes I’m really surprised when I pick new products that I haven’t seen before.

You’re surrounded by creative stuff the whole day. Do you like to craft or to be creative in your leisure time?
I really love to craft and to try all kinds of different styles. In Hong Kong you can get most crafting accessories super cheap so that’s a great opportunity to experiment and find out what you like. I sometimes craft jewelry like earrings and also like to sew little accessories and pouches. But my latest obsession is leather crafting. I have visited a class where I learned how to work with that material and already made all kinds of things.

Our office mascot Rilakkuma is really taller than Lok, but she has far more power than the lazy bear

Our office mascot Rilakkuma is really taller than Lok, but she has far more power than the lazy bear

Lok sewed this little Rilakkuma herself

Lok sewed this little Rilakkuma herself

One of Loks first clay craftings - she did it all without any molds

One of Loks first clay craftings – she did it all without any molds