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

Introducing a new San-X character: Corocorocoronya!

Now, isn’t this just wonderful?   There is yet another new San-X character who recently arrived in our shop, and we are delighted to be making the introductions here!  Dear audience, meet the super cute cat with a funny name, Corocorocoronya!  Below, you will see four wonderful free wallpapers of Corocorocoronya and friends, and some other images!

Corocorocoronya is a shy, yellowish, small tabby cat who lives on a street corner.  When scared, he likes hiding in a pastry cone, right where the filling should be!  Sometimes, he wears the bread cone as a hat, and if you look carefully, you will notice the dark patch on his brow resembles a cone, too! 

Corocorocoronya usually wanders around with a tiny ghost-like pet called Cream, who is said to be made of… whipped cream!  They both enjoy making sweets and bread.  He also has a good cat friend who seems to be more outgoing, Paripi-chan.  He is always using his smartphone, and prefers to stick his furry grey head into a slice of bread, instead!

There are some animals that easily make the top positions in any cuteness ranking: Cats, of course, but also rabbits, puppies, birds…do you have a favourite kawaii animal species?  Tell us which, and why!

What a kawaii wallpaper!

What a kawaii wallpaper!

It's Corocorocoronya with his friends!

It’s Corocorocoronya with his friends!

Oops, he's feeling a bit shy!

Oops, he’s feeling a bit shy!

What are they making?

What are they making?

This little cat is super cute!

This little cat is super cute!

Which cat here is your favorite?

Which cat here is your favorite?

Big San-X cream Corocorocoronya cat plush toy

Big San-X cream Corocorocoronya cat plush toy

orange-brown Corocorocoronya pouch by San-X

orange-brown Corocorocoronya pouch by San-X

Corocorocoronya pouch San-X

Corocorocoronya pouch San-X

light turquoise San-X Corocorocoronya pouch

light turquoise San-X Corocorocoronya pouch

orange San-X Corocorocoronya cat paw plush toy squishy

orange San-X Corocorocoronya cat paw plush toy squishy

Awesome FREE Sumikkogurashi wallpapers!

We know many of you are great fans of wallpapers, and so wanted to share with you some more lovely wallpapers we have found around.  This time, we have the cutest bunch of shy creatures taking center stage…yes, you guessed right!  Check these adorable free Sumikkogurashi wallpapers, including a Halloween design!

It is impossible not to be fond of these kawaii characters by San-X, they look absolutely charming wherever they happen to pop up!  That is why we have tons of Sumikkogurashi items in our online shop, from Japanese stationary, to squishies and cellphone charms.

And here goes a creative tip: if you like drawing, the Sumikkogurashi are a great option!  Their design is so sleek and sweet, that you can easily get wonderful results, even if you are a beginner.  Have you ever used them in your kawaii creative projects?

These Sumikko gurashi are too cute to be scary!

These Sumikko gurashi are too cute to be scary!

How adorable is this?

How adorable is this?

Break time!

Break time!

This is too kawaii!

This is too kawaii!

This one makes us hungry!

This one makes us hungry!

This one is very pretty!

This one is very pretty!

We really want ice cream now!

We really want ice cream now!

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

Check out this awesome unboxing video!

Many thanks to Cindy Pop who created a fun unboxing video featuring our products, which included a squishy a plush toy, and more! You’ll especially want to check this video out if you love Rilakkuma or Gudetama! You can also take a look at the awesome blog she wrote up about our products by clicking here!

 

Check out this awesome unboxing video!

Check out this awesome unboxing video!

Kawaii Korilakkuma. Image courtesy of Creamy Pop.

Kawaii Korilakkuma. Image courtesy of Creamy Pop.

Lazy Gudetama! Image courtesy of Creamy Pop.

Lazy Gudetama! Image courtesy of Creamy Pop.

Super cute Korilakkuma stationery. Image courtesy of Creamy Pop.

Super cute Korilakkuma stationery. Image courtesy of Creamy Pop.

A lovely bobble head toy. Image courtesy of Creamy Pop.

A lovely bobble head toy. Image courtesy of Creamy Pop.

We’re featured in Servus Hong Kong II!

modeS4u and its Managing Director, Sandra Boch, were recently featured in Servus Hong Kong II, a book developed by the Austrian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. This meaningful book is a selection of experiences and personal stories of Austrian individuals who have made Hong Kong their home. Sandra, who is originally from Austria, discusses her move to Hong Kong, as well as why she founded modeS4u here, the working environment of the city and why it’s a valuable location to start a business.

The article itself is a lively and informative one, offering insight into launching a business here, alongside fun facts about modeS4u. Even Rilakkuma, the super cute lazy bear by San-X, was mentioned in the article for his role in the office! Click the images of the article to check it.

We're in Servus Hong Kong II!

We’re in Servus Hong Kong II!

Sandra's article

Sandra’s article

Sandra's article continued

Sandra’s article continued

Contributors to the book

Contributors to the book

modes4u team: Rilakkuma asks……. Sylvania

Rilakkuma is back for another interview! This time he talks to modes4u’s accounting genius, Sylvania!

Hello, who are you by the way?

I am Sylvania. I was born in Hong Kong and grew up here.  HK is an exciting place full of wonderful people.  I have studied abroad but my hometown is still my favorite place to live.   I like to read, and have knowledge in area such as arts, economics, accounting and so on.   I like numbers. 

What is your job at modes4u?

I work all day with figures.  Yes, I think you guessed right – I work in the accounting department.  I have been working in this field since I graduated. It is an interesting area because figures are not just about numbers, they tell you stories. Sometimes the stories behind the scenes are important, sometimes they’re very similar, sometimes they give a big surprise.

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

I love floral fabrics.  Many of our fabrics come from famous well-known suppliers and designers like Robert Kaufman, Alexander Henry and Michael Miller from the US, and Kobayashi from Japan.  They are all top quality fabrics that are beautiful, detailed and have fabulous printed floral designs in Japanese, Asian and European styles.

What do you like most about your job at modes4u?

Modes4u is a growing company consisting of young colleagues full of enthusiasm, warmth, kind hearts and a willingness to help each other.  Modes4u gives me opportunities to learn and to improve.  Besides my accounting duties, I have learned how to wrap packages professionally with the packaging team.  I have learned about fabrics too.  Different types of fabrics have different characteristics like organic ones, flannel ones, knits, laminated fabrics and so on, that I had never thought about before working here.

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

I do not craft but I do like to join workshops to learn about making hand-made soap, as well as cultivate organic vegetables during my leisure.

Our accounting genius!

Our accounting genius!

Sylvania needs to help wake up Rilakkuma for the interview!

Sylvania needs to help wake up Rilakkuma for the interview!

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.

It’s Take Your Dog to Work Day

Are you a dog person? If so, today is Take Your Dog to Work day (but check with your office first if you are allowed to bring yours in!).  Man’s best friend is known to be loyal, playful and intelligent. They also play a vital role in today’s society, acting as service dogs for those with visual impairments, to working with the police, and much more. Many of our favorite characters from TV, movies, books etc. are dogs, such as the super popular San-X character, the funny Iiwaken! To mark this special day, we’ve compiled some fun dog related goodies we have available in our shop such as dog stickers, dog plush toys and more!

 

red fabric with Scottie dogs terrier Robert Kaufman

red fabric with Scottie dogs terrier Robert Kaufman

colorful dog square fabric by StudioE 'Dog Park'

colorful dog square fabric by StudioE ‘Dog Park’

chartreuse colorful dog fabric by StudioE 'Dog Park'

chartreuse colorful dog fabric by StudioE ‘Dog Park’

pink double gauze dog animal glasses Kokka fabric

pink double gauze dog animal glasses Kokka fabric

light blue Alexander Henry dog animal fabric

light blue Alexander Henry dog animal fabric

black Alexander Henry dog animal fabric

black Alexander Henry dog animal fabric

dark grey dog with yellow white scarf Mameshiba San Kyodai plush toy from Japan

dark grey dog with yellow white scarf Mameshiba San Kyodai plush toy from Japan

cream dog with red white scarf Mameshiba San Kyodai plush toy from Japan

cream dog with red white scarf Mameshiba San Kyodai plush toy from Japan

light brown dog and purple white scarf Mameshiba San Kyodai plush toy from Japan

light brown dog and purple white scarf Mameshiba San Kyodai plush toy from Japan

cute small beige Iiwaken dog plush toy with collar lying down

cute small beige Iiwaken dog plush toy with collar lying down

cute small beige Iiwaken dog plush toy with collar sitting

cute small beige Iiwaken dog plush toy with collar sitting

cute beige Iiwaken dog plush toy with collar

cute beige Iiwaken dog plush toy with collar

funny Samurai dog 'Mageshiba' sponge stickers from  Japan

funny Samurai dog ‘Mageshiba’ sponge stickers from Japan

kawaii sponge animal stickers cat dog

kawaii sponge animal stickers cat dog

kawaii mini dog puppy animal sponge stickers

kawaii mini dog puppy animal sponge stickers

cute colorful dog semi transparent tie-dye style stickers Mind Wave

cute colorful dog semi transparent tie-dye style stickers Mind Wave

brown funny dog figurine from Decole Japan

brown funny dog figurine from Decole Japan

white pink Pompompurin dog animal food lanyard

white pink Pompompurin dog animal food lanyard

orange stripe Pompompurin dog animal lanyard

orange stripe Pompompurin dog animal lanyard

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