modeS4u Stories: The Sentimental Circus

We have a brand new original story written by our talented teammate! This story features the cutest performers ever, The Sentimental Circus. Enjoy!

The Sentimental Circus

The Sentimental Circus animals woke-up under a large dumpster. It was the middle of the night, and all the animals were ready to roll after a long daytime sleep. Rabbit Shappo enthusiastically stood up, jumping up and down on the balls of his feet. He quickly walked past the other animals, clapping his hands.

“Come on guys! We’ve got a show to run!” Rabbit Shappo declared.

All the other animals began to wake, slightly groaning.

“Come on Toto, my best bud!” Rabbit said to his closest companion.

“Ok, ok,” Toto replied quietly. He didn’t like to be picked on individually, especially in front of the other circus animals.

“You take care of the kiosk tonight, remember?” Rabbit Shappo said.

“Oh, yes, of course,” Toto said, finding the little courage he had and scampering to the middle of the narrow alleyway that they called home. He quickly set up the kiosk, then showed a thumbs up to Shappo.

“Ok, ok,” Rabbit said excitedly, getting into coordinator mood. “Muton, Rio and Kuro – set up the circus tent”. The elephant, lion and cat – respectively – ran to the back of the alleyway, behind the kiosk, and began their work. “Mr. Bear, you do what you do best,” Rabbit Shappo said as he winked at the energetic little bear. Mr. Bear ran to the front of the alleyway, and started to tap dance, attracting other abandoned toy animals to the circus.

Suddenly, a large crowd of animals flooded into the alleyway, dollar bills in hand.

“Okay, guys!” Rabbit Shappo shouted over the rising ruckus to his animal friends, “To the Tent!”

The show, as always, was a fabulous success! First, Rabbit Shappo entered the ring and introduced all the animals. Then, one by one, they did their acts. Toto started everything off with his juggling act, followed by Rio the lion jumping through hoops. Then came Mouton and his acrobatics act – he’s very flexible for an elephant! Finally, Mr. Bear did his cycling act, and Kuro the black cat did his performance on the rolling globe.

When the show came to an end, there was a standing ovation for the abandoned circus animals. They bowed together.

Then, as the large crowd filed out of the tent, the tent was taken down, the kiosk folded up, and the equipment put away.

Then, at the break of dawn, all the animals took their place under the large dumpster, and went back to sleep.

This had been their best show yet.

San-X Sentimental Circus pouch

San-X Sentimental Circus pouch

red Sentimental Circus animal pencil case by San-X

red Sentimental Circus animal pencil case by San-X

cute Sentimental Circus bunny rabbit gold color chain by San-X

cute Sentimental Circus bunny rabbit gold color chain by San-X

red Sentimental Circus rabbit wallet coin case pouch by San-X from Japan

red Sentimental Circus rabbit wallet coin case pouch by San-X from Japan

cute Sentimental Circus natural color canvas tote bag by San-X from Japan

cute Sentimental Circus natural color canvas tote bag by San-X from Japan

Sentimental Circus surprise small charm San-X

Sentimental Circus surprise small charm San-X

blue Sentimental Circus star sign zodiac plush tissue box

blue Sentimental Circus star sign zodiac plush tissue box

red Sentimental Circus bunny rabbit crown plush tissue box by San-X

red Sentimental Circus bunny rabbit crown plush tissue box by San-X

cute Sentimental Circus surprise small key charm by San-X

cute Sentimental Circus surprise small key charm by San-X

Join our new Xmas giveaway with Bento Daisuki!

We have a brand new Christmas giveaway with the super cool Bento Daisuki! Here’s your chance to win kawaii Rilakkuma goodies including bento accessories such as a small bag, chopsticks and a bento box!

Simply head on over to Bento Daisuki’s site and follow the instructions to participate. The giveaway ends on December 24. Good luck everyone!!

 

WHat a lovely Xmas giveaway set! Join for a chance to win it!

What a lovely Xmas giveaway set! Join for a chance to win it!

modeS4u Stories: The Loch Ness Monster

We have a new original story as written by our fabulous teammate, this time featuring the most kawaii shy animals out there, the Sumikkogurashi! Enjoy the story!

The Loch Ness Monster

Shirokuma, the polar bear scared of the cold, the green Penguin and the Neko, were strolling down a street, trick or treating. The shy polar bear was dressed up as an iceberg. Penguin, the penguin with an identity crisis, was dressed up as a bird. Neko, the shy cat, was dressed up as a mouse. They were going to meet Tokage the lizard at the village lake.

The trio walked down the streets, avoiding others as much as possible. When they got to the lake, Tokage wasn’t there. They turned around, facing away from the water.

“I wonder where he is,” Penguin said aloud.

Something wet and slimy touched Neko’s shoulder.

“Shirokuma, I think your costume is melting,” Neko said, slightly turning her head. She saw a green hand on her shoulder.

“G-g-g-guys,” Neko stammered.

The others turned around.

It was the Loch Ness Monster.

“BOO!” shouted the monster.

“AHHHHHH!” screamed the Sumikkogurashi shy animals.

The Loch Ness Monster started to chuckle. Then, it burst out laughing.

Shirokuma, the green Penguin and Neko were confused.

The face of the Lochness Monster fell off – it was a mask.

Tokage’s face was revealed. He was still hysterically laughing.

“Tokage!” the three friends exclaimed.

The lizard had stopped laughing now, but his face still had a smirk on it.

“What,” he shrugged. “I’ve always wanted to be the Lochness Monster.”

Everyone looked at each other. Then, they burst out laughing.

cute soft Sumikkogurashi green shy penguin plush charm by San-X

cute soft Sumikkogurashi green shy penguin plush charm by San-X

Sumikkogurashi animal shy cat plush tissue box

Sumikkogurashi animal shy cat plush tissue box

mini Sumikkogurashi lizard cute plush charm by San-X

mini Sumikkogurashi lizard cute plush charm by San-X

mini Sumikkogurashi bear cute plush charm by San-X

mini Sumikkogurashi bear cute plush charm by San-X

Sumikkogurashi towel shy animals in corner

Sumikkogurashi towel shy animals in corner

San-X Sumikkogurashi shy animal charm

San-X Sumikkogurashi shy animal charm

cute Sumikkogurashi shy bear squishy

cute Sumikkogurashi shy bear squishy

cute blue Sumikkogurashi shy lizard mug squishy charm kawaii

cute blue Sumikkogurashi shy lizard mug squishy charm kawaii

Sumikkogurashi as cats A4 folder with 5 pockets

Sumikkogurashi as cats A4 folder with 5 pockets

Sumikkogurashi shy penguin and bear pouch

Sumikkogurashi shy penguin and bear pouch

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!