Sunshine City in Tokyo Part 4: Rilakkuma, Hello Kitty & friends

When we visited Tokyo’s Sunshine City during one of our last business trips of course we also saw lots of shops and products with our favourite characters. So today we show you some pictures we took with Rilakkuma, Hello Kitty, My Melody and so on. In such a huge shopping complex there is room for the craziest products and it’s always super impressive to see so many products with one character on the same spot. It’s almost impossible to choose your favourite product then, because all of them are so cute.

Lots of different Rilakkuma bags and boxes

Lots of different Rilakkuma bags and boxes

The sweetest Rilakkuma chocolate

The sweetest Rilakkuma chocolate

It is Rilakkuma stationery heaven

It is Rilakkuma stationery heaven

A whole section for Sentimental Circus

A whole section for Sentimental Circus

One of the Sanrio shops in Sunshine City

One of the Sanrio shops in Sunshine City

so many cute Hello Kitty and My Melody phone covers

So many cute Hello Kitty and My Melody phone covers

Which bag to choose? All of them are super cute

Which bag to choose? All of them are super cute

You could wear different Hello Kitty and My Melody socks on every day of the week

You could wear different Hello Kitty and My Melody socks on every day of the week

Lots of Kuromi goodies

Lots of Kuromi goodies

A very cute My Melody pyjama

A very cute My Melody pajama

Bento accessories with the Sanrio characters

Bento accessories with the Sanrio characters

A special edition: Hello Kitty with the bear Kumamon

A special edition: Hello Kitty with the bear Kumamon

The Sanrio shop is decorated cutely

The Sanrio shop is decorated cutely

modes4u team: Rilakkuma asks……. Veronica

Time to meet another packing fairy from the modes4u team. Maybe Veronica has even packed your order?

Hello, who are you by the way?
I’m Veronica, I am 22 years old and was born and raised in Hong Kong. Part of my family is from India which is why I still have many relatives over there and visit them regularly. So I grew up in a very international atmosphere with lots of visits to other countries and languages. At home I mainly speak English, but of course I can also speak Cantonese and a bit of Hindi as well.

Before I started working here I was working in the catering sector, for example in Disneyland and different restaurants in Hong Kong.

What is your job at modes4u?
I am part of the packing team, so I’m involved in the daily duties revolving around shipping the incoming orders: picking products, wrapping and packing, cutting fabrics, sticking stamps and taking the packages to the post office.
It is a very active position; you walk around a lot and are working with your hands rather than sitting the whole day at a desk.

What is your favourite product or your favourite category at modes4u?
I really like the folders we sell in our shop. They are just so colourful and have fun designs. Also they come in so many sizes and versions. Especially the folders with several pockets are super cool, I can totally see them being super useful at school or the office.

What do you like most about your job at modes4u?
It is such a happy environment here that it almost feels like home. I feel super comfortable around my workmates, as everybody is really nice.

Also I enjoy the “relaxed work”. Of course there is a lot to do and it gets super stressful around Christmas, on Mondays and after holidays as orders just build up then, but still there is a calm atmosphere to it. Everybody works hard but the tasks are clear. When working in a restaurant there often is a lot of noise, hectic and pressure in an uncomfortable way.

You’re surrounded by creative stuff the whole day. Do you like to craft or to be creative in your leisure time?
I love to craft for friends, like making cards or designing photo albums or scrapbooks. If a birthday or special occasion is coming up I work with stationery then. But I don’t really craft for myself.

Veronica with the sleepy office Rilakkuma

Veronica with the sleepy office Rilakkuma

 

More kawaii free wallpapers to download

When we were looking for kawaii Easter wallpapers on the internet, we found so many cute ones that we could change our desktop wallpapers every day. Especially with popular characters like Hello Kitty, Rilakkuma, Kutusita Nyanko or Chocopa you can find hundreds or free wallpapers provided by the manufacturers like San-X or Sanrio. Here are a some cute wallpapers all revolving around food, sweets and drinks.

Baby Boo wallpaper with cupcakes

Baby Boo wallpaper with cupcakes

Super kawaii chocopa cookies wallpaper

Super kawaii chocopa cookies wallpaper

Kutusita Naynko wallpaper with milk and tea

Kutusita Naynko wallpaper with milk and tea

Cute Korilakkuma with strawberries wallapers

Cute Korilakkuma with strawberries wallapers

Hello Kitty cream cone wallpaper

Hello Kitty cream cone wallpaper

lkawaii girls with birthday cake wallapers

lkawaii girls with birthday cake wallapers

My Melody with coffee and cupcakes wallpaper

My Melody with coffee and cupcakes wallpaper

Rilakkuma with shave ice wallpaper from the latest Hawaii collection

Rilakkuma with shave ice wallpaper from the latest Hawaii collection

I love eggs with strawberries wallaper

I love eggs with strawberries wallaper

The most adorable Rilakkuma and Hello Kitty cookies

The cutest cookies ever! By accident we discovered the shop Icingland in Hong Kong that sells the most amazing cookies. Their icing and decoration is so detailed, it is really impressive. They have incredibly cute Hello Kitty and Rilakkuma cookies from different collections. Their website is just in Chinese, but obviously you can also send them pictures and they will make and decorate cookies for you.

Incredible Hello Kitty Cookies

Incredible Hello Kitty Cookies

It is so impressing how detailed the decoration is

It is so impressing how detailed the decoration is

These cookies are inspired by the fairy tale collection that was available at McDonalds in 2012

These cookies are inspired by the fairy tale collection that was available at McDonalds in 2012

Cute Rilakkuma squirrels and mushroom cookies

Cute Rilakkuma squirrels and mushroom cookies

Kiiroitori looks great on cookies

Kiiroitori looks great on cookies

Great Rilakkuma Halloween cookies

Great Rilakkuma Halloween cookies

Our favourite product of the week: Rilakkuma zodiac signs plushies

We got a huge delivery from San-X this week and it contained our favourite products of the week: The Rilakkuma zodiac signs plush collection. It’s a limited edition San-X released to celebrate Rilakkuma’s 10th Anniversary and we are one of seven online shops who are allowed to sell it outside of Japan. Isn’t that great?

You can get this collection as big plush toys and as small plush charms.

The Rilakkuma zodiac sign collection is available on modes4u.com

The Rilakkuma zodiac sign collection is available on modes4u.com

The biggest San-X delivery ever!

This is certainly our biggest San-X delivery ever. Today 5 pallets filled with more than 90 boxes arrived. They are filled with lots of new stationery and really maaaany plush toys. So finally we could restock lots of products that were sold out, but of course there are tons of new items too.

And some spectacular news: To celebrate Rilakkumas 10th Anniversary San-X released a series of zodiac signs plushies. We are allowed to sell them as one of the very few online shops outside of Japan, it’s such an honor. The whole collection arrived with the huge delivery, we will hurry to upload them to our shop.

Pallet after pallet arrives at the office

Pallet after pallet arrives at the office

Our big office Rilakkuma lounging in front of the big delivery

Our big office Rilakkuma lounging in front of the big delivery

The Rilakkuma boxes are super cute

The Rilakkuma boxes are super cute

Part of the opened boxes, there are more around the corner

Part of the opened boxes, there are more around the corner

We got lots of cute Rilakkuma plushies and cellphone accessories

We got lots of cute Rilakkuma plushies and cellphone accessories

Of course there are lots of stationery products too

Of course there are lots of stationery products too

A new Korilakkuma in a sleeping bag plush

A new Korilakkuma in a sleeping bag plush

So many new products

So many new products

This plush is from the zodiac sign collection

This plush is from the zodiac sign collection

Here are all the plush toys from the zodiac sign collection we whill have at our shop

Here are all the plush toys from the zodiac sign collection we will have in our shop

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

Our favourite product of the week: Sweets Petit Re-Ment

Uh, they look so yummy. We got two new Re-Ment sets from Japan this week. One is the very kawaii Aloha Rilakkuma Re-Ment from the latest Hawaii collection. But our favourite product of the week is the Sweets Petit Re-Ment with lots of delicious miniature sweets from all around the world. We love the little Baumkuchen, but also the Paris chocolates and the sundae.

Sweets Petit Candy Re-Ment miniature blind box

Sweets Petit Candy Re-Ment miniature blind box

All the cute sweets from this set

All the cute sweets from this set

Free kawaii wallpapers for Easter

Soon it will be Easter, so we decided to decorate our desktops for that upcoming holiday. And we found some super kawaii free wallpapers we want to share with you. Hello Kitty and Rilakkuma are dressed up as bunnies, but there are also other cute Japanese characters. Click on the pictures below to download the wallpapers.

Hekko Kitty as a cute bunny

Hekko Kitty as a cute bunny

Wish me mell wallpaper

Wish me mell wallpaper

I love eggs are perfect for Easter

I love eggs are perfect for Easter

Rilakkuma and friends dressed up as bunnies

Rilakkuma and friends dressed up as bunnies

The cute flowers and bumble beans wallpaper has a great spring design

The cute flowers and bumble beans wallpaper has a great spring design

Super kawaii bunnies

Super kawaii bunnies

flowers and bees from usacolle.com

flowers and bees from usacolle.com

Rilakkuma at Hong Kong Marathon

On Sunday 72,000 people participated in the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2013 through Hong Kong. One of them was Rilakkuma! To be honest, we did not expect to see him there as he is such a lazy bear and you have to be in very good shape to run a marathon. But in the end we were right, the lazy bear rather posed for pictures and TV cameras than focusing on the marathon. He is a lazy bear after all!

There were lots of people in funny costumes participating in the marathon, but of course Rilakkuma was the most popular character in the spotlight.

Rilakkuma poses for the cameras

Rilakkuma poses for the cameras

Running a marathon is not really Rilakkumas thing - he is just too lazy (photo: hk apple daily)

Running a marathon is not really Rilakkumas thing – he is just too lazy (photo: hk apple daily)