Earlier this summer, Walker Books released two illustrated books in a new “Moshi Moshi Kawaii” series, in which you search for the bunny-pill characters, kind of like the Where’s Waldo? books. However, these characters aren’t new; they are originally from Japanese company Mindwave and were released in 2002 as “Usa Colle.” The company sold a limited selection of Usa Colle stationery goods and toys at the time, though they’re pretty hard to find these days.
The old site at UsaColle.com is a bit dated now and is mostly in Japanese, but it has some neat things to check out. There are images of all the original characters, short Flash animations to watch, pretty desktop wallpapers and printables to download, and even a cute little game to play.
Jinjerup has opened up a new Etsy shop, just in time for Halloween, with some cute printable craft items in a holiday theme. There are patterned backgrounds, little embellishments, and notes, all ready for your kawaii crafty purposes.
You can find more of her work on her blog, including free “Helloween” notecards.
PaperGlitter is a unique, kawaii store on Etsy that sells printable items you can download and make. There are stationery sets, collage/sticker pages, crafts, and other lovely things. You can also find some free downloads on Flickr.
Check out these simple but sweet rubber stamp designs, all handmade by “Hola.”
Readymech offers a small, but wonderfully designed selection of printable paper craft toys. Most of them are of strange creatures, but there are people as well, like the Japanese girl shown.
Origami Papers is a small selection of printable origami-style papers that can be used for making your own folded paper creations. There’s also an active origami community on the site, an origami instruction database, and related photos from Flickr.
Paper Crafts Maniacs is a Japanese site offering free downloads of printable papercrafts, featuring teddy bears and sushi. Just print, cut out, and fold to make your own paper toy.
Wishing a very Happy New Year to you and yours!
You can find printable versions of this image, as well as printable stationery and lovely desktop wallpapers at Muryou Sozai.
At Cubeecraft, you can print and make your own cubed paper creature, including original characters (like this snowman cat) and popular ones from TV shows, movies, cartoons, and more.
To celebrate New Year’s Day in Japan, people often give children money in small decorated envelopes, called “pochibukuro.” Pochibukuro.net has gathered envelope designs from various illustrators and artists, so you can print and make your very own pochibukuro.
Learn more about Japanese New Year on Wikipedia.