modes4u team: Rilakkuma asks……. Oliver

Rilakkuma has more questions for our staff in a new interview! This time he spoke with Oliver to find out more about our awesome team member:

Here they are, ready for the interview!

Here they are, ready for the interview!

Hello, who are you by the way?

I’m Oliver from Möchengladbach, Germany. I came to Hong a few years ago and started working in an e-commerce company. Hong Kong is a great city, which combines Eastern and Western culture and close enough to my second home in Japan. It’s also a great place to get to many destinations within Asia.

What is your job at modes4u?

I am in charge of all customer related tasks at modes4u. I handle all email inquiries providing our customers with all necessary information. My main task is to solve issues, concerning customer queries and questions regarding their orders and the products in our shops via email, Facebook or phone.

What is your favourite product or your favourite category at modes4u?

The variety of coffee flavors in our office never fails to amaze me. Just joking. I am a really big fan of our Rilakkuma plush dolls and have a special collection of limited dolls. Rilakkuma means ‘relax bear’ in Japanese and I like many things in Japanese culture as well.

What do you like most about your job at modes4u?

It’s interesting to be in contact with our great customers. I have experience in e-commerce and handling customer related enquiries, but I have never met customers as friendly as here. Every day holds some surprises, for example because our customers send a lot of positive feedback often including pictures of their hand crafted cloths and accessories made from our great fabrics.

You’re surrounded by creative stuff the whole day. Do you like to craft or to be creative in your leisure time?

I used to craft a little, but I am more familiar with creative cooking, combining Asian and Western cuisine, and I love sports. I aim to achieve a good balance by doing exercise and travelling in my free time. 

They've got lots to talk about.

They’ve got lots to talk about.

The interview left Rilakkuma exhausted.

The interview left Rilakkuma exhausted.

40% off Rilakkuma Chocolate Cafe Re-ment – for 24 hours only!

We now have over 10,000 products in our store & we’re celebrating! From now until Thursday, 1 special featured item will be on sale for 24 hours only; act fast to catch this special price!

Today’s item: Rilakkuma Chocolate Cafe Re-ment

Sale time!

Sale time!

Re-Ment Rilakkuma Chocolate Cafe Dolls Miniature

Re-Ment Rilakkuma Chocolate Cafe Dolls Miniature

More Cute Squishies!

We’ve recently added LOTS of new and exciting squishies to our store, including Hello Kitty and Kapibarasan themed ones! They’re colorful, bright and super realistic, just looking at some of them makes us hungry. Do you have a favorite squishy? If so, please do let us know, we’d love to hear from you about which ones you love the most. Check out some of our newest additions below!

 

smal pink Hello Kitty donut squishy charm for cellphone or bag

smal pink Hello Kitty donut squishy charm for cellphone or bag

cute hamburger cheese squishy charm cellphone charm kawaii

cute hamburger cheese squishy charm cellphone charm kawaii

cute croissant pastry squishy charm cellphone charm kawaii

cute croissant pastry squishy charm cellphone charm kawaii

chocolate covered banana piece sprinkles squishy charm cellphone charm kawaii

chocolate covered banana piece sprinkles squishy charm cellphone charm kawaii

pink icing cupcake squishy charm cellphone charm kawaii

pink icing cupcake squishy charm cellphone charm kawaii

pink icing sprinkles French cruller squishy charm cellphone charm kawaii

pink icing sprinkles French cruller squishy charm cellphone charm kawaii

brown icing sprinkles French cruller squishy charm cellphone charm kawaii

brown icing sprinkles French cruller squishy charm cellphone charm kawaii

cute brown pink heart shape churro squishy charm cellphone charm kawaii

cute brown pink heart shape churro squishy charm cellphone charm kawaii

cute chocolate donut colorful dot sprinkle squishy charm cellphone charm kawaii

cute chocolate donut colorful dot sprinkle squishy charm cellphone charm kawaii

cute pink donut pink dot sprinkle squishy charm cellphone charm kawaii

cute pink donut pink dot sprinkle squishy charm cellphone charm kawaii

cute soft pink white swirl ice cream squishy cellphone charm

cute soft pink white swirl ice cream squishy cellphone charm

two layer pink brown sprinkles ice cream squishy cellphone charm

two layer pink brown sprinkles ice cream squishy cellphone charm

two layer pink green-white ice cream squishy cellphone charm

two layer pink green-white ice cream squishy cellphone charm

three layer pink light orange green-white ice cream squishy cellphone charm

three layer pink light orange green-white ice cream squishy cellphone charm

cute brown Kapibarasan bread bun squishy charm

cute brown Kapibarasan bread bun squishy charm

New Rilakkuma and Friends Sets

Rilakkuma (the brown bear), Korilakkuma (the white bear) and Kiiroitori (the yellow chick) have a new friend and his name is Kogumachan, a cute new brown bear Korilakkuma found in the Honey Forest. To celebrate their new buddy, they’ve dressed up as him! This popular San-X trio seem to love dressing up as other animals so much, they’ve even got super cute bunny rabbit outfits too. Check out these adorable plush toys we have in our store. If you’re not too familiar with Kogumachan just yet, we’ve included some images of him too for your to take a look at.

 

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 Kiiroitori chick in brown bear costume by San-X

cute Kiiroitori chick in brown bear costume by San-X

Don't they look adorable?

Don’t they look adorable?

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

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

cute Kiiroitori chick in pink white rabbit costume by San-X

cute Kiiroitori chick in pink white rabbit costume by San-X

Funny Bunnies!

Funny Bunnies!

 

cute small Kogumachan brown bear chain by San-X

cute small Kogumachan brown bear chain by San-X

cute Kogumachan teddy bear by San-X

cute Kogumachan teddy bear by San-X

Kogumachan bear small plush bag charm

Kogumachan bear small plush bag charm

Kogumachan bear plush toy pass holder pass case San-X

Kogumachan bear plush toy pass holder pass case San-X

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

Happy Garlic Day!

It’s Garlic Day today (yes that’s actually a thing)! Garlic has been a must-have in many yummy food dishes from pasta to curry, all over the globe. Not only does it make food taste delicious, it also has numerous health benefits too such as helping to reduce cholesterol and heal wounds. For your garlic preparation needs, we’ve compiled some of our handiest bento accessories in this post, alongside some useful cutlery you can use to help you dig into some delicious, garlic-infused food! Don’t forget to check out our bento boxes to help keep that yummy food warm!

Here’s some fun Garlic trivia to mark this special day:

1. Brides in the time of Ancient Greece would carry bouquets of garlic, not flowers!

2. China is the biggest producer of garlic.

3. The use of garlic for its health benefits goes back all the way to the time of the ancient Egyptians.

4. There are over 300 varieties of garlic!

5. The name of the US state, Chicago, is actually derived from the Indian word for garlic, ‘Chicagaoua’.

Are you a fan of this flavorful food?

cream color cat paw print design bento stirrer spoon turner kitchen utensil

cream color cat paw print design bento stirrer spoon turner kitchen utensil

pink cat design bento stirrer spoon turner kitchen utensil

pink cat design bento stirrer spoon turner kitchen utensil

green frog design bento spatula turner kitchen utensil

green frog design bento spatula turner kitchen utensil

blue dog design bento spatula turner kitchen utensil

blue dog design bento spatula turner kitchen utensil

Rilakkuma pink bento rice paddle spoon kitchen utensil by San-X

Rilakkuma pink bento rice paddle spoon kitchen utensil by San-X

Rilakkuma yellow bento rice paddle spoon kitchen utensil by San-X

Rilakkuma yellow bento rice paddle spoon kitchen utensil by San-X

Rilakkuma yellow bento ladle spoon kitchen utensil by San-X

Rilakkuma yellow bento ladle spoon kitchen utensil by San-X

Rilakkuma yellow bento spatula turner kitchen utensil by San-X

Rilakkuma yellow bento spatula turner kitchen utensil by San-X

Chocolate Pocky Chopsticks set

Chocolate Pocky Chopsticks set

black purple cat paw print ceramic spoon by Decole

black purple cat paw print ceramic spoon by Decole

cream brown black spot cat paw print ceramic spoon by Decole

cream brown black spot cat paw print ceramic spoon by Decole

rose pink cat bento chopsticks by Kamio from Japan

rose pink cat bento chopsticks by Kamio from Japan

white French cats Bento chopsticks from Japan

white French cats Bento chopsticks from Japan

black ninja doll Bento chopsticks from Japan

black ninja doll Bento chopsticks from Japan

dark brown Sumikkogurashi shy animals Bento Chopsticks

dark brown Sumikkogurashi shy animals Bento Chopsticks

black Sumikkogurashi shy animals Bento Chopsticks

black Sumikkogurashi shy animals Bento Chopsticks

cute pink deer apple Rilakkuma bear Bento Box lunch box

cute pink deer apple Rilakkuma bear Bento Box lunch box

pink Shinzi Katoh Little Red Riding Hood Bento Box Lunch Box from Japan

pink Shinzi Katoh Little Red Riding Hood Bento Box Lunch Box from Japan

blue Furi Furi dancing panda lacquer Bento Box lunch box Prime Nakamura

blue Furi Furi dancing panda lacquer Bento Box lunch box Prime Nakamura

sky blue and yellow Bento Box Lunch Box with stripes and clock from Japan

sky blue and yellow Bento Box Lunch Box with stripes and clock from Japan

New charming San-X items!

We’ve got a lot of lovely new items in our store from San-X! These include some of your favorite characters such as Sumikkogurashi shy animals, Rilakkuma and Iiwaken! Take a look at our latest cellphone accessories and plush toys with these wonderful and quirky characters who can bring a smile to anyone’s face. You can add these items to your phones, bags, lunch boxes and more. They also make great gift ideas!

Mini San-X Sumikkogurashi cutlet food charm cellphone strap

Mini San-X Sumikkogurashi cutlet food charm cellphone strap

Mini San-X Sumikkogurashi bear food charm cellphone strap

Mini San-X Sumikkogurashi bear food charm cellphone strap

cute Rilakkuma bear plush charm

cute Rilakkuma bear plush charm

cute Rilakkuma Kiiroitori chick plush charm

cute Rilakkuma Kiiroitori chick plush charm

cute small beige Iiwaken dog plush toy with collar sitting

cute small beige Iiwaken dog plush toy with collar sitting

cute small black Iiwaken Kurosuke dog plush toy with collar

cute small black Iiwaken Kurosuke dog plush toy with collar

Limited Rilakkuma Panda Plushie Edition in our Shop!

What a great surprise. We just received the adorable Rilakkuma panda plush toy collection. The limited edition that is only available in a few shops outside of Japan. The collection contains 3 super kawaii plushies all dressed up as adorable panda bears. Rilakkuma, Korilakkuma and Kiiroitori all wear fluffy panda costumes with clover leaves. Our Rilakkuma pandas are cute, cuddly and make a perfect Christmas present.

We just got this cute limited Rilakkuma panda plushie edition in our shop.

We just got this cute limited Rilakkuma panda plush toy edition in our shop.

kawaii Rilakkuma brown teddy bear as panda plush toy

kawaii Rilakkuma brown teddy bear as panda plush toy.

kawaii Rilakkuma yellow chick as panda plush toy

kawaii Rilakkuma yellow chick as panda plush toy.

kawaii Rilakkuma white teddy bear as panda plush toy

kawaii Rilakkuma white teddy bear as panda plush toy.

Happy Halloween with Rilakkuma’s Halloween Party

Happy Halloween everyone. Today we celebrate with this cute Rilakkuma Halloween Party wallpaper that you can download for free. If you love the lazy brown bear in his adorable costume as much as we love our Halloween candy, you can check out the Halloween Party plush collection in our shop.

Download the cute Rilakkuma's PumpkinParty wallpaper for free.

Download the cute Rilakkuma’s PumpkinParty wallpaper for free.

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