Sunday, January 29, 2012

kapibara-san re-ments

These adorable little keychains were released on October 24, 2011 and are priced at about 315 Yen each which equals approximately $4.07 CND. It isn't too bad of a price considering how big and durable it looks.

I found out about these at the beginning of January and was able to find them for sale at Play Asia. On the webpage, it said that each unit would be randomly selected and since I wanted the whole set (obviously), I sent an e-mail asking if I purchased 5, did it mean that I should automatically receive the complete set.

Less than a day later, I received a reply saying that to get the complete set, I would have to purchase 10 since that's how many units a new box came in. However, they only have 7 units left right now. Being me, I bought all 7 remaining units hoping that I'd get the whole set and not doubles or triples of a bunch of them. I was planning on selling any duplicates that I'd get.

For those of you who don't know who/what Kapibara-san is, I will tell you. IT'S ONLY THE MOST CUTEST SUPER DUPER KAWAII UBER CUTE LOVEABLE CHARACTER OF ALL TIME!!!!! Oops, sorry for that outburst, it happens when I talk about kawaii things, let alone one of my favourite kawaii characters.

Excuse the outburst....

Kapibara-san is...well, a capybara, the largest rodent in the world. They are native to South America which rules out the chance of me being able to go out and catch one as a pet. But the real-life capybaras don't share much of a resemblance to the Japanese Kapibara-san.

Kapibara-san in real life.

Still cute though! I'd capture steal adopt one.

The whole Kapibaran-san characters. I think this picture is from their Patchworks collection. I don't know why one of them is one fire.

The moment of truth arrived in the form of a tiny little box labeled "Play Asia" yesterday morning.Despite this being my most anticipated kawaii package to arrive, I took my sweet ass time opening the box. I was actually preparing my lunch until my sister asked to open it.


Sorry for using so many gifs but I had so much looking fun looking for them that I couldn't not use more than 1. I'd put more but that'd be a tad overkill.

The packaging is gorgeous! I especially love the clear display that lets you see what you're buying rather than the traditional re-ments where they're blind boxes. I also like the fact that it's not in a box but in a plastic bag (I can't believe I said that, I'm usually all for environmentally friendly packaging).

Traditional packaging for Re-ments like this Rilakkuma one. My sister has the complete set.

Packaging for Kapibara-san Re-ments.

Little informational booklet and piece of gum that comes with it.

The two doubles that I received were the ice cream and the swiss roll. As I had mentioned, I was going to sell them but then my mom ruined it all by saying that she wanted the ice cream one. I gave it to her and gave the swiss roll one to my sister to add to her re-ment collection.

Bowl of kawaii desserts!

Unfortunately, I depleted Play Asia's stock of Kapibara-san re-ments for those of you who want it. And my mom ruined my plan to sell the extras BUT J-List/JBox has them! You can actually buy the complete set too but there's only 3 sets left! There's the link in my Shopping section. Good luck kapibara-san lovers!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

chinese new year!


Dragon Kapibara-san wishes you a Happy New Year!

Let's welcome the year of the dragon wish my wishes for your happiness, prosperity and good health!

As some of you know, tomorrow is Chinese New Year, or the Lunar New Year. It's going to be the year of the dragon, my year. Most people want their kids to be born in the year of the dragon because dragon children are supposed to be very lucky and successful. My mom told me that there are going to be a lot of Chinese babies being born this year.

In Chinese culture, the dragon is a symbol of power, strength, and good luck so it's not surprising that the Chinese emperor usually uses a dragon as symbol of his power.

In addition to being born under the year of the dragon, one can be born under different elemental dragons. According to Wikipedia, here are are the dates of each elemental dragon.

  • 16 February 1904 – 3 February 1905: Wood Dragon
  • 3 February 1916 – 22 January 1917: Fire Dragon
  • 23 January 1928 – 9 February 1929: Earth Dragon
  • 8 February 1940 – 26 January 1941: Metal Dragon
  • 27 January 1952 – 13 February 1953: Water Dragon
  • 13 February 1964 – 1 February 1965: Wood Dragon
  • 31 January 1976 – 17 February 1977: Fire Dragon
  • 17 February 1988 – 5 February 1989: Earth Dragon
  • 5 February 2000 – 23 January 2001: Metal Dragon
  • 23 January 2012 – 9 February 2013: Water Dragon
  • 10 February 2024 – 28 January 2025: Wood Dragon

According this schedule, I'm an earth dragon...not sure what it means though. People born under the year of the dragon are said to have certain traits. These traits are:
  • Innovative
  • Enterprising
  • Flexible
  • Self-assured
  • Brave
  • Passionate
  • Conceited
  • Tactless
  • Scrutinizing
  • Unanticipated
  • Quick-tempered

It seems pretty accurate since I am flexible, very detail orientated and quick tempered. Not sure about the other things though but my sister tells me that I'm full of myself all the time so I guess there must be some truth to it.

Anticipating the upcoming New Year, my mom decided to decorate our house with lots of red. Red, everywhere! I came home late last Sunday and the first thing I noticed was that there was red everywhere! And the house being dark, that's saying something.

First thing I saw when I came home.

In the peanut jar in the living room.

We have these flowers every year around the New Year. I'm not sure what they're called though.

In our candy "jar."

On the kitchen table.

Hanging from the lights in the living room.

I was going to take a picture of my adorable dragon luvvies plush for the New Year, but it disappeared a few months ago. It was always on my bed but I knew that Obi loved to steal plushies from my bed and run away with them. I'm convinced that he stole it when I didn't see him and hid it somewhere. I still haven't been able to find it, I've checked online to see where I can buy another one but I guess it's a limited edition or something since everywhere I check, it's always over $20. I bought it for $7 at a Hallmark near the uni. super cute and soft dragon plush disappeared on me :'(

So I had to make due with this TY beanie baby that I got 12 years ago from my Godfather. It's not nearly as cute but it'll do since it's the only dragon plushie that I have.

In other news, it's Obi's birthday today! He's 1 year old. Time flies by so fast, I can't believe it's almost been a year since we brought the little fuzz ball home (we brought him home in mid-March).

Happy Birthday Obi!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

huge kawaii post pt. 2

In my last post, I mentioned that I had a lot of kawaii items, and I do! But I decided to cut the post short because I had way too many items to post (and I was getting annoyed that it was taking me so long to publish my post).

So the continuation of my kawaii post starts with items that I received from Strapya World last week. I had ordered some dragon straps because I'm born the year of the dragon and I realized that I didn't have any dragon items, kawaii ones anyway.

With their free EMS shipping promo code back in November, the items arrived in a bit more than a week. Our post offices were closed during some of those days due to the holidays so I think they actually would've arrived even sooner.

Mini haul from Strapya World.

Tatsudoshi Dragon Netsuke Phone Strap

They had a few different variations of this keychain, I was a little torn between getting this one and the black dragon. I liked the look of the black HK dragon more but I didn't like the bell that was attached to it. Plus, I like the tear drop that came with this one more.

The Black HK Dragon strap.

I think this dancing dragon is my favourite one. I find it really cute that it's dancing and although I'm not usually a fan of straps with bells, I find its chiming kind of cute and the ring isn't loud. I also like the material that is it's made out of.

This is a ceramic dragon with a Maneki Neko (or Welcoming/ Beckoning Cat) riding on it. I think it's meant to be super lucky, since the Maneki Neko is meant to bring the holder luck and the dragon is also meant to be lucky.

And last but not least, is a pair of rilakkuma and korilakkuma keychains. This is from their coffee and chocolate series, which I believe is their newest collection. I'm normally not a fan of Rilakkuma and friends but I found this one really cute, especially the chocolate kuma with the teal ribbon. I especially like the colour of the ribbon!

If you're interested in any of the items that I got, you can click on my Strapya World link on the right of my blog under "Shopping."

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

huge kawaii post

After all that negativity about that shop, it's time for a happy post! And what better way to make things better than KAWAII THINGS! Woooooo!

I finally took pictures of my kawaii Christmas presents. Although I forgot to take one of my 3DS (>_<). I also forgot to take pictures of the awesome presents that my sister got me from her trip to Alberta. I guess I'll have to take those pictures the same time I show off my 3DS.

Christmas presents from my sister.

Let's start with my Christmas presents. My sister got me all these adorable plushes from Japan. I had asked my friend (and mostly buyer) from Japan to look for these plushes for me and she managed to find them all! She threw in the white frog, called Tsuginohi Kerori (Tomorrow Frog) as a Christmas gift for me. She's a really sweet person as this isn't the first time that she went off to look for things to fulfill my endless kawaii addiction. The story with Tsuginohi Kerori is that he is actually white but when he's sad, or sick, he turns green. Once he's happy or feeling better again, he resumes his normal white colour. Only San-x can think of characters like that.

Happy, normal Tsuginohi Kerori.

Sad or sick Tsuginohi Kerori.

The two bunnies dressed in costumes and the bear a bear, are called usazukins. They basically dress up as adorable animals. That's all I know about them and I think they're uncommon. Not totally sure about that though. Either way, they're super cute!

Then there's grandfather Kapibara-san! I absolutely love the Kapibara-san series, they're too adorable and what's cuter than an old Kapibara? I find Granpa Kapi especially endearing and cute with his white eyebrows and little white mustache. For some reason, he reminds me of my grandfather, who sadly passed away a year ago. I don't know why it reminds me of him, since he neither had white hair nor a mustache.

Grandpa Kapi bringing Christmas presents to all the good kiddies....or just me!

Then, there's the gift from my sister's boyfriend. He bought me a set of limited edition sanrio plushies. These plushes were released for Sanrio's 50th anniversary. I totally love the packaging of it!

Set came with a My Meloday, Hello Kitty, Chococat and Keroppi plush. Too cute!

Next comes one of Alex's gifts, it was a really cute dinosaur pouch that I've had my eye on for a while. I was really surprised that he got it for him since I had mentioned that it would be perfect for my camera (hint hint nudge nudge) but he usually doesn't pick up on these things. What was even more surprising was that he copied and sent the link to himself so that he could remember where to buy it. As I previously mentioned, he usually fails to pick up these things or he just chooses to ignore my "This is so cute! (therefore I want it)" comments.

The "To Dial For Media Case in Dino Miss."

Cute suggestions for use on the back.

Has a cute little pouch on the back of it as well.

On the day that my sister came back from Alberta, one of the huge kawaii purchases that I bought before my New Year Resolutions came into effect arrived! I was surprised at how quick it came, it arrived two days after the seller shipped them and she lived in New York!

This adorable kitty onigri plush was too cute and unsual for me to pass up! I had never seen it before and although I'm not a big fan of cats, it's kawaii had worked it magic on me. It was bigger than I thought it'd be, which is always good (more value for your money!).

It has a shrimp tempura on its head.

Japanese characters on its butt. I don't know what it says though.

The next items are called usadangos. I previously made a post about them. I had been looking for them everywhere and they're really impossible to find so image my reaction when I found this shop that had them.

Obviously, I had to get the whole set.

I also purchased two furry Hannari Tofu plushes. They're smaller than the regular ones but they were too cute to resist. Alex had bought me two for Christmas a few years ago (another one of my surprises where he actually pays attention to the kawaii that I like).

Finally, there are the two Nemuneko figurines. I believe Nemuneko means "sleepy cat" in Japanese. From what I understand of the characters, they're basically lazy cats that sleep all the time, looking totally kawaii the whole time.

I actually had more stuff to post but I think this post is long enough. Don't want to reveal everything at once! Enjoy the kawaiiness kawaii lovers!