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Who Is This Cute Little White Bear Who Often Follows San-X’s Rilakkuma?

Everyone knows Rilakkuma, a popular fictional bear character from the company San-X that can be seen in many Japanese merchandise. But did you know that he is usually accompanied by a smaller, child-like white bear called “Korilakkuma”? She often follows him wherever he goes. Unlike Rilakkuma, she is more playful and loves listening to loud…

Get Amongst Japan’s Gunpla Craze and Check out How to Build Your Own!

Gundam Plastic Models (Gunpla) for beginners can seem so difficult to create because of its intricate designs and details. However, every gunpla hobbyist started from the beginning too, with no clue on how to build one. A model kit comes with a manual in Japanese. I’m a foreigner who has been living in Japan for…

Meet My Melody’s Super-Cute New Friend: Littleforestfellow!

Many of you may be familiar with the character, My Melody as it is one of the many characters produced by the popular brand, Sanrio – the same company behind the world-famous Hello Kitty character. Once in a while, you’ll hear news of new characters popping out from the company ready to cause a stir…

Rilakkuma’s Forgotten Brothers and Sisters

You do not need to be a character freak to know Hello Kitty and Rilakkuma. They are everywhere, and the companies behind them are eagerly fighting for a market share. Hello Kitty’s Sanrio has already won the hearts of many Japanese and non-Japanese with characters like “Little Twin Stars”, “My Melody” and more modern ones…