modeS4u Stories: Rilakkuma and Friends

One of our lovely team members flexed her creative writing muscles and whipped up a fun short story about everyone’s favorite lazy bear, Rilakkuma! Enjoy the story below!

Rilakkuma and Friends

Rilakkuma was lazily lying under the warm Japanese sun. He was enjoying another afternoon in the garden doing nothing. But in the back of his mind, he knew that his lazy time alone was going to be ruined.

Right on queue, a large red water balloon engulfed him in water. Soft giggling could be heard in from a nearby tree.

A cute, white bear cub climbed down the large trunk of the tree. Her name was Korilakkuma. She was the source of the giggling.

“Got you!” she hysterically laughed.

A small, plump yellow bird came flapping out of the house.

“What is this disgrace!” he shouted, crazily flapping his wings. His name was Kiiroitori. He was a very grumpy and nosy bird, always getting into others’ business. He looked at Rilakkuma – drenched. His head slowly turned towards Korilakkuma. Korilakkuma’s smile was immediately wiped off her face.

“Explain,” Kiiroitori said in a cold voice.

“It was just a joke,” said Korilakkuma, crossing her arms and sticking out her tongue.

“Did you just stick your tongue at me, young lady?!” Kiiroitori asked in rage, his chubby yellow face turning bright red.

“Kiiroitori, just leave her alone,” Rilakkuma said in a lazy voice.

“Oh, why don’t you come here and help her out, then, Lazy Pants” Kiiroitori said in a challenging tone.

“First, give me a dumpling,” Rilakkuma plainly said, a plan forming in his head.

Kiiroitori rolled his eyes and flapped towards the basket near Rilakkuma’s lounging chair. But just as the little yellow bird was reaching for a dumpling, Rilakkuma grabbed him.

“What do you think you’re do-” Kiiroitori began, but he didn’t finish sentence. Rilakkuma had begun to tickle him.

Kiiroitori began to chuckle… Then giggle… And then burst out laughing.

“This’ll cheer him up,” Rilakkuma smiled.

“HA-HA-HA!!!” Kiiroitori laughed out loud. “STOOOP!!!” he laughed happily, tears forming in his eyes.

Rilakkuma stopped.

Kiiroitori was still giggling. “Thanks Rilakkuma!” he began happily. “That really cheered me up!”

“Gosh. I didn’t know Kiiroitori could actually smile,” Korilakkuma said, a mischievous smirk forming on the corners of her mouth.

Kiiroitori and Rilakkuma glared at Korilakkuma.

Rilakkuma mouthed Don’t, and shook his head.

Korilakkuma simply shrugged innocently.

brown Rilakkuma plush toy with zipper

brown Rilakkuma plush toy with zipper

big Korilakkuma white bear head strawberry reversible plushie pillow by San-X

big Korilakkuma white bear head strawberry reversible plushie pillow by San-X

zodiac sign Rilakkuma yellow chick as Libra plush toy charm

zodiac sign Rilakkuma yellow chick as Libra plush toy charm

colorful San-X memo pad with Rilakkuma eating honey

colorful San-X memo pad with Rilakkuma eating honey

San-X mini Rilakkuma Note Pad with Korilakkuma

San-X mini Rilakkuma Note Pad with Korilakkuma

Rilakkuma Bento cutlery set with glitter case by San-X

Rilakkuma Bento cutlery set with glitter case by San-X

light peach Korilakkuma 10-pocket A4 and A3 file folder

light peach Korilakkuma 10-pocket A4 and A3 file folder

Rilakkuma deco tape by San-X from Japan

Rilakkuma deco tape by San-X from Japan

San-X Rilakkuma letter set

San-X Rilakkuma letter set

Rilakkuma and Kiiroitori eraser by San-X

Rilakkuma and Kiiroitori eraser by San-X

Rilakkuma promotion at 7-Eleven Hong Kong!

Did you know that Rilakkuma turned 15 this fall?  In order to celebrate his birthday, 7-Eleven stores in Hong Kong are offering a promotion during October, with some very cute items featuring this most kawaii of toy bears and his friends Korilakkuma, Kiiroitori and Kogumachan! 

Check out some images of the Rilakkuma products available for redemption, which include mini bags in four different designs, one for each San-X character of the series.  They are made of silicone, which is both soft and sturdy, and look really cool: you can wear them on your wrist or carry them in a bag. 

Other amazing items included in the promotion are big Rilakkuma and Korilakkuma plush toys, where our favourite lazy bear and his mischievous friend lay on their tummies, a honey jar and picnic bag within easy reach!

Are you new to Rilakkuma?  Welcome to one of the most popular characters in Japan!  San-X‘s Aki Kondo created this ever-chilled-out toy bear in 2003, while hoping for a more relaxing life.  It quickly became a hit, and the “Relax bear” has since appeared in picture books, games, cartoons etc.  Have you ever felt the need to slow down, too?

We are loving the items of this promotion! Image courtesy of 7-Eleven

We are loving the items of this promotion! Image courtesy of 7-Eleven

This is a great little bag to carry knick knacks in! Image courtesy of 7-Eleven

This is a great little bag to carry knick knacks in! Image courtesy of 7-Eleven

Are you a Korilakkuma fan? Image courtesy of 7-Eleven

Are you a Korilakkuma fan? Image courtesy of 7-Eleven

Don't forget about Kogumachan! Image courtesy of 7-Eleven

Don’t forget about Kogumachan! Image courtesy of 7-Eleven

This Kiiroitori bag is adorable. Image courtesy of 7-Eleven

This Kiiroitori bag is adorable. Image courtesy of 7-Eleven

How cute is this brush? Image courtesy of 7-Eleven

How cute is this brush? Image courtesy of 7-Eleven

We need one of these please! Image courtesy of 7-Eleven

We need one of these please! Image courtesy of 7-Eleven

What a lovely plush! Image courtesy of 7-Eleven

What a lovely plush! Image courtesy of 7-Eleven

Super cute! Image courtesy of 7-Eleven

Super cute! Image courtesy of 7-Eleven

Today is Hug a Bear day!

Do you have a favorite stuffed teddy bear? Well today is definitely the day to give it a big hug as today is Hug a Bear day (don’t hug a real one, though!)! In honour of this fun occasion, check out some of our cutest and cuddliest bear plush toys including Rilakkuma plushies, Korilakkuma plushies and more!

cute brown bear plush toy maru kuma pola from Japan

cute brown bear plush toy maru kuma pola from Japan

soft brown bear with orange umbrella plush charm

soft brown bear with orange umbrella plush charm

soft white bear with red umbrella plush charm by

soft white bear with red umbrella plush charm by

cute white bear plush toy from Japan

cute white bear plush toy from Japan

cute yellow bear plush toy from Japan

cute yellow bear plush toy from Japan

cute Kiiroitori chick in brown bear costume by San-X

cute Kiiroitori chick in brown bear costume by San-X

big Korilakkuma white bear head strawberry reversible plushie pillow by San-X

big Korilakkuma white bear head strawberry reversible plushie pillow by San-X

cute Rilakkuma teddy bear in pink white rabbit costume by San-X

cute Rilakkuma teddy bear in pink white rabbit costume by San-X

cute small Kogumachan brown bear chain by San-X

cute small Kogumachan brown bear chain by San-X

cute Rilakkuma teddy bear in brown bear costume by San-X

cute Rilakkuma teddy bear in brown bear costume by San-X

cute Korilakkuma teddy bear in brown bear costume by San-X

cute Korilakkuma teddy bear in brown bear costume by San-X

cute Korilakkuma teddy bear in bunny rabbit costume strawberry by San-X

cute Korilakkuma teddy bear in bunny rabbit costume strawberry by San-X

mini Sumikkogurashi bear cute plush charm by San-X

mini Sumikkogurashi bear cute plush charm by San-X

cute Rilakkuma teddy bear with pink wrap flower toy

cute Rilakkuma teddy bear with pink wrap flower toy

cute Rilakkuma Korilakkuma bear plush charm

cute Rilakkuma Korilakkuma bear plush charm

cute Rilakkuma bear plush charm

cute Rilakkuma bear plush charm

cute Rilakkuma sleeping bear plush charm

cute Rilakkuma sleeping bear plush charm

cute big white polar bear Sumikkogurashi plush toy

cute big white polar bear Sumikkogurashi plush toy

Meet Kogumachan, from San-X

Your favorite San-X critters, Rilakkuma, Korilakkuma and Kiiroitori, have a new friend and his name is Kogumachan. The word Kogumachan itself means Little Bear and the story behind this cute new friend is that when Rilakkuma and Korilakkuma were in the Honey Forest, they came across Kogumachan. Kogumachan and Korilakkuma especially struck up a fun friendship, however the two do seem to squabble a little bit when with Rilakkuma! This little guy sports brown fur with a white tuft and is certainly as cute as his new friends. What do you think of this new little guy? Check out our plushies and other cute items of him, Rilakkuma and co!

 

 

cute Kogumachan teddy bear by San-X

cute Kogumachan teddy bear by San-X

cute Rilakkuma bear flower honey Letter Paper Set by San-X

cute Rilakkuma bear flower honey Letter Paper Set by San-X

cute Rilakkuma flower windowed envelope Letter Paper Set by San-X

cute Rilakkuma flower windowed envelope Letter Paper Set by San-X

cute Rilakkuma friends flower ring binder notebook sketchbook by San-X

cute Rilakkuma friends flower ring binder notebook sketchbook by San-X

cute Rilakkuma friends honey ring binder notebook sketchbook by San-X

cute Rilakkuma friends honey ring binder notebook sketchbook by San-X

cute Rilakkuma friends flower ring binder notebook kawaii

cute Rilakkuma friends flower ring binder notebook kawaii

cute Rilakkuma friends red berry honey ring binder notebook kawaii

cute Rilakkuma friends red berry honey ring binder notebook kawaii

cute Rilakkuma friends red berry mini memo pad book by San-X

cute Rilakkuma friends red berry mini memo pad book by San-X

cute Rilakkuma friends honey flower mini memo pad book by San-X

cute Rilakkuma friends honey flower mini memo pad book by San-X

big cute Kogumachan teddy bear by San-X

big cute Kogumachan teddy bear by San-X

cute small Kogumachan brown bear chain by San-X

cute small Kogumachan brown bear chain by San-X

Korilakkuma’s favorite Christmas presents from modes4u.com

Korilakkuma picked his favorite Christmas presents from our shop

Korilakkuma picked his favorite Christmas presents from our shop

The naughty white bear Korilakkuma wanted to show his favorite Christmas presents from our shop for a long time. Now it’s finally the turn of our cute office mascot.

1. Korilakkuma Pillow

The cute Korilakkuma pillow is such a nice gift. It’s super soft and big and really great for your bed, travelling or as a couch cushion.

super big Rilakkuma white bear head plushie pillow

super big Rilakkuma white bear head plushie pillow

2. Korilakkuma Boiled Egg Case

This is a really fun an unexpected present that will bring a smile to people’s faces. The cute bento case is designed to safely transport hard boiled eggs.

Rilakkuma white bear boiled egg case bento egg box lunch box

Rilakkuma white bear boiled egg case bento egg box lunch box

3. Korilakkuma Towel

The small cute bento towels are very cute and versatile. They can be used as guest towels, baby towels or picnic towels.

Rilakkuma white bear polar bear Shima Shima Everyday towel from Japan

Rilakkuma white bear polar bear Shima Shima Everyday towel from Japan

4. Korilakkuma Alphabet Letters

The cute puffy ABC stickers are great for scrapbooking, decorating or wrapping.

ABC Rilakkuma alphabet 3D stickers white bear and chick

ABC Rilakkuma alphabet 3D stickers white bear and chick

Rilakkuma Winter Plushies & Rilakkuma Halloween Party Plushies

We have the most adorable seasonal Rilakkuma plushies in our shop. In the adorable Rilakkuma Halloween Party series Rilakkuma, Korilakkuma and Kiiroitori are dressed in fancy masquerade ball costumes. They all wear capes, hats with feathers and masks – it looks like they are going to the Venetian Carnival.

In the cute Rilakkuma Winter Knit series the bears and the chick get ready for could winter days. They are wearing bobble hats, scarfs and gloves with Norwegian patterns. It looks like they’re ready to play outside in the snow.

Which collection do you like better?

Rilakkuma Winter Knit Plush Toy Collection

Rilakkuma Winter Knit Plush Toy Collection

Rilakkuma Halloween Party Plush Toy Collection

Rilakkuma Halloween Party Plush Toy Collection

Rilakkuma winter knit brown bear plush toy San-X Japan

Rilakkuma winter knit brown bear plush toy San-X Japan

Rilakkuma winter knit white bear plush toy San-X Japan

Rilakkuma winter knit white bear plush toy San-X Japan

Rilakkuma winter knit yellow chick plush toy San-X Japan

Rilakkuma winter knit yellow chick plush toy San-X Japan

Rilakkuma Halloween Party brown bear plush toy San-X

Rilakkuma Halloween Party brown bear plush toy San-X

Rilakkuma Halloween Party white bear plush toy San-X

Rilakkuma Halloween Party white bear plush toy San-X

Rilakkuma Halloween Party yellow chick plush toy San-X

Rilakkuma Halloween Party yellow chick plush toy San-X

Hug the ones you love

For the cute Korilakkuma bear on our picture it’s Hug Day 365 days a year, but officially it is celebrated on January 21st. So hug your friends, your family, your pets, your plushies and whoever deserves a hug.

Happy Hug Day!

Time for hugs

Time for hugs

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

Our favourite product of the week: Rilakkuma dress up stickers

Stickers clearly dominated this week! We added lots of them to our online shop, so you will find many new sponge, epoxy and ‘regular’ stickers on our new products site. One sticker sheet won the race to become our favourite product of the week: It is the kawaii Korilakkuma dress up sponge sticker set. Here you can create 16 different outfits on the cute white bear dress up doll. We think this is super kawaii.

Rilakkuma white bear puffy dress up stickers

Rilakkuma white bear puffy dress up stickers

Dress up Korilakkuma in the cutest outfits ever!

Dress up Korilakkuma in the cutest outfits ever!

Our favourite product of the week: Plush toys

So soft, so cute, so squeezable. We got quite a few new plush toys this week in our huge San-X delivery. We didn’t even find the time to add them all to our shop yet, but still they are our favourite product of the week. It was just so much fun to open the boxes filled with fluffy cuteness. We will be adding new plush toy from Rilakkuma, Korrilakuma, Kiiroitori, Kutusita Nyanko and more any day, so check our New products site to stay on top of things.

What’s new about the plushies? A lot of them are really big, like 30 centimeters and more. Until now we mainly ordered smaller ones that you can also use as charms for your bagpacks or phones. But we thought maybe you’d also like big squeezable plush toys, so we got a couple of different models. Time to start the hugging.

We got lots of new big plushies for our shop

We got lots of new big plushies for our shop