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Become a Sanrio Character with Chanrio Maker!

Everyone loves Sanrio! Hello Kitty, Dear Daniel, and all of their friends. Hey, who doesn’t need a little cuteness in their life? Thanks to this amazing website, Chanrio Maker*Automatic translation, you can make your own characters or avatars, and save them to your PC or smartphone. Use them to make pictures of yourself, flattering or…

Japanese Toy Store Kiddyland: 5 Unique Experiences You can’t Get Anywhere Else

Are you on the last leg of your Japan trip but can’t seem to figure out the perfect souvenirs for your friends and family? Or maybe you just adore kawaii Japanese characters and fine-quality products? Well, there is a place just for you, a place of wonder and imagination, of nostalgia and innovation. If you’re…

2 of the Most Kawaii Japanese Animals!

Japan is the international home for all things kawaii! Kawaii roughly translates to ‘cute’ in English, but kawaii is getting known worldwide. You might wonder what makes Japan so kawaii, many people think it’s the fashion, the characters in anime or even the food. One very natural aspect of Japan’s kawaii is its animals. Here…

Go Crazy at the Surreal “Kawaii Monster Cafe” in Harajuku!

Those who know Harajuku know the crazy fashion brand 6% DOKIDOKI. The designer’s concept being “sensational and lovely”, the brand makes fashion clothing and accessories. The same Sebastian Masuda, who is responsible for part of Japan’s pop culture, has been now involved in a new project, the “Kawaii Monster Cafe”. Indulge in Kawaii   kawaiimonster.jp/…

Harajuku’s Most Famous Lolita Brand – Milk

As the name implies, “Milk” shop looks more like a dainty white chocolate milk bar you’d be tantalized to step into. Milk shop was established during the 1970s, when Harajuku was becoming one of Tokyo’s popular fashion districts. This place is considered to be one of the oldest original shops in Harajuku. Brand’s concept  …

Japanese Kawaii Fashion: How to Become a Sweet Lolita

Lolita fashion may have caught the attention of every girl locally and internationally, but do you know where it actually originated from? During the 1980s, there was a so-called “doll fashion” in Japan spearheaded by 2 designers from the “Milk” brand. From the name itself, girls wore doll-like clothing and it was even published in…

The Hello Kitty Project: Japan Sends Hello Kitty to Outer Space!

It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for! The most popular Sanrio character, Hello Kitty, has just been dispatched into outer space! This is an effort to demonstrate the country’s progressing economic and technological industry as headed by the current prime minister, Mr. Shinzo Abe. What is the Hello Kitty Project? View this post on…

3 Common Japanese Stereotypes: Agree or Disagree?

Whoever you are and wherever you go, there are common conventional thoughts that people will normally characterize you based on your nationality. This is what you call “stereotyping.” It can be both positive and negative. Americans are stereotyped as friendly, generous, hardworking and optimistic in the positive sense. Negatively, they are viewed as materialistic, racist,…

Step Inside a Dreamworld of Fantasy at Kawaii Monster Cafe Harajuku!

Experience Japanese cuteness overload by stepping inside one of Harajuku’s latest cafes: Kawaii Monster Cafe! Located right in the middle of this trendy town, the cafe recently opened on August 1, 2015. Get lost in the swirling paradise of multi-colored interior designs done by Creative Director Sebastian Masuda. With the psychedelically bright colors, it will…

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…