Photos of Hamster Rear Ends Are Hit in Japan
Two books devoted to images of hamsters’ posteriors have already sold nearly 40,000 copies combined in Japan, according to the publishers, with a third book set for release later this month.
(From the Wall Street Journal Japan Realtime Blog, May 21, 2014)
This and several other books are available for purchase on Amazon Japan:
There’s also a Japanese Facebook group dedicated to Hamuketsu.
Happy New Year! It’s still hard to believe 2013 is gone and it’s 2014 now, but that’s how it is sometimes. To help remind you of what year it is, here’s a cute calendar from Hello, Cuteness, showing 2014 at a glance.
And, while you’re there, check out the other great printables at Hello, Cuteness. There are other calendars, stickers, labels, and art, both for free and for sale.
I’m clearing out some of my personal kawaii collection, and I have some items I’d like to find homes for, so to speak. The items include stationery (letter sets, memo pads), stickers, and some collectible items, with lots featuring Nyan Nyan Nyanko.
I’ve posted them all for free auction on Listia, which uses points instead of money. Some have free shipping, others require exact shipping, but they all need to go!
I recently came across Listia, an auction site with free stuff, and it seemed like something worth sharing. The site uses points, which you can earn by giving away free things (or by purchasing points directly), and which you can use to get free stuff.
I know this isn’t directly about cute things, but there are some cute things posted on the site by various sellers, including myself. If you sign up, you’ll get some points to start with, so check it out.
Also available in yellow and blue, all from Lower Case Industry.
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.
I’m cleaning up my Japanese stationery collection a bit, so I decided to sell some of it on an eCrater shop. So far, I have stickers, letter sets, memo pads, a few toys, and other cute things. Some are new, some are slightly used, but they’re all in good condition and listed for fair prices.
All Things Kawaii Shop
I hope you’ll stop by. :)
Chronicle Books just released a cute stationery set called Cupcake Shoppe, with a bakery full of cupcakes wearing mustaches. I’m not sure why cupcakes would have mustaches, but they are cute and match the baker who made them.
You can see more of the designer Blanca Gòmez’s work at her web site Cosas Mínimas.
The She Likes Cute shop on Etsy is full of felt toys, pin badges, and other items of extreme cuteness. I can’t decide which one is cutest: the happy felt pudding or the smiling piles of poo? :D
Sleep Under Stars is a cute little Etsy shop featuring Hawaiian-inspired kawaii, including greeting cards for all occasions and pin badges you can wear or put on your bag.