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!

Win your favorite items from modeS4u in our new GIVEAWAY!

That’s right! We have a brand new giveaway! Here’s your opportunity to WIN your FAVORITE item from our shop!

Here’s how to participate:

– Visit our kawaii shop and locate your favorite item. Once you’ve found it, copy that item’s link (URL) and come back to THIS blog post. Then, leave a comment with the link pasted in. That’s it! Simple, right?

Please just make sure to leave your correct email when entering, as we’ll be contacting the winner by email. Winners must respond back to us within 48 hours or the prize will be forfeited. This giveaway is open worldwide and ends on Monday, Nov 26 at 9am HK time.

So what are you hoping to win? An adorable Rilakkuma plush toy? A lovely Christmas item? Whatever you choose, we wish you all good luck!!

What are you hoping to win in our latest giveaway??

What are you hoping to win in our latest giveaway??

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

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.

Join our Christmas Giveaway with Kawaii Gazette!

We’ve partnered up with the awesome Kawaii Gazette for a super fun Christmas goodies giveaway! 1 lucky winner will receive a Rilakkuma pouch, a roll of tape, a pencil and sticky notes!

Simply head on over to Kawaii Gazette’s site for details on how to enter. The giveaway ends on November 23. Good luck!

Join our Christmas Giveaway with Kawaii Gazette!

Join our Christmas Giveaway with Kawaii Gazette!

navy blue Norwegian Christmas San-X Rilakkuma pouch

navy blue Norwegian Christmas San-X Rilakkuma pouch

cute orange-red panda Note Pad to do list marker from Japan

cute orange-red panda Note Pad to do list marker from Japan

white Christmas tree present paper tape gold metallic embellishment from Japan

white Christmas tree present paper tape gold metallic embellishment from Japan

dark blue-white Baby Chulip mouse dot Mind Wave mechanical pencil with eraser

dark blue-white Baby Chulip mouse dot Mind Wave mechanical pencil with eraser

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

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

modes4u team: Rilakkuma asks……. Mark

Rilakkuma wants to know more about our team and this time around, he talks to our programmig wizard, Mark!

Hello, who are you by the way?

Hello, I’m Mark and I’m 28 years old. I was born in HK and went to both high school and university here. My hobbies include playing computer games, indoor gaming activities and watching television shows.

What is your job at modes4u?

I am a Programmer. My work includes online maintenance, website development and coding. I make sure things are working as smoothly as possible. I like working with numbers so programming is right for me.

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

My favorite products are re-ments because they’re like little treasure boxes! Each box contains something different so it’s always a surprise. My favorite types of re-ments are ones featuring different famous characters that everyone knows like Hello Kitty because they’re fun and interesting.

What do you like most about your job at modes4u?

I like that there is a very positive work atmosphere here. We don’t need to wear suits so I get to come to work in jeans and sneakers. As I mentioned, I like working with numbers so I enjoy my work programming, it’s a very focused position.

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

I like crafting websites. I can create boundaries, designs and layouts using numbers and codes. This involves a step-by-step process so even though it’s not using wood or plastic, it’s still crafting!

modes4u team: Rilakkuma asks……. Mark 1

modes4u team: Rilakkuma asks……. Mark 1

modes4u team: Rilakkuma asks……. Mark 2

modes4u team: Rilakkuma asks……. Mark 2

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!