Are you a plush toy collector? Or are you looking for a perfect gift for that special someone? Maybe you’re just bored at work and reading this to pass your time.
Well, read on to find out the TOP 5 Cutest (or as they say it in Japanese, Kawaii かわいい) Plush Toys from Japan! Most of these Plush Toys are made with reference to the fictional characters created by San-X, which is a Japanese Stationery Company known for creating cute anthropomorphic characters which have quirky traits.
Founded in April 1932, San-X’s characters can be found on stationery sets small figurines, keychains and plush toys. They are sold in prize machines in Japan’s arcades and there are even anime series, video games and children’s books featuring them.
Now, on to what you’ve all been waiting for …introducing to you Japan’s TOP 5 Cutest Plush Toys!
“Rilakkuma” means “Bear in relaxed mood”. He is continuously in a lazy and relaxed mood, being totally stress-free and doing things according to his own pace.
Rilakkuma is joined with 3 other characters, all created by Aki Kondo from San-X;
- Korilakkuma (white bear cub)
- Kiiroitori (yellow bird)
- Chairoikoguma (small brown bear)
They come in super kawaii plush toys, here are some of them!
With a total of 4 characters and a variety of plush toy variations for you to choose from, you’ll definitely be spoilt for choice!
Do you love everything that screams CUTE? Well, come check out Taiwan’s Winnie the Pooh Village here!
Sumikko Gurashi すみっコぐらし
Sumikko Gurashi are a set of fictional characters that roughly translates to “life in the corner”, created by Yuri Yokomizo, a graphic designer working for San-X.
The main Sumikko characters are
- Shirokuma, a polar bear who dislikes the cold
- Penguin? who is unsure of being a penguin
- Tonkatsu, a piece of leftover pork cutlet
- Neko, a timid and anxious cat
- Tokage, a dinosaur who pretends to be a lizard
Minor Minniko characters include
- Furoshiki, a polka dot furoshiki cloth
- Zassou, a weed with a positive attitude
- Tapioca, multi-coloured leftover tapioca pearls
They come in small, fun-sized plush toys and look great stacked up at the corner of your bedroom! Come take a look at some of them below
Don’t you agree they look super good to cuddle with? What are you waiting for? Time to collect them all!
One of the latest additions to the list of characters from San-X is Jinbesan! A super-adorable whale shark along with his group of underwater friends which include Clams, Octopus and even a little Manta Ray that attaches itself to the belly of Jinbesan.
Jinbesan plush toys are known to be super good to hug due to its super soft nature and how fluffy it is! Come see for yourself!
Don’t these Jinbesan pillows and merchandise look so soft and cute! Who knew whales could be this cute?
Gudetama combines the Japanese phrase “gude gude” which means lazy, with “tama” a shortened form of “tamago” the Japanese word for egg. It is the anthropomorphic embodiment of severe depression with an apathetic personality. It is a recent addition to the Sanrio Universe, which is the same one Hello Kitty came from.
You may be wondering, what’s there to like about a lazy egg which has no motivation? Well, people adore Gudetama due to its relatability and need to be cared for. Here are some of its plush toys for you to adore and (probably) add to your shopping cart next time you go shopping.
I bet you’re so eager to get one of them and just laze around with it! Did you know, there’s even a Gudetama-themed cafe right here in Singapore! It’s located at Suntec City Mall 01-361.
No-Face/Kaonashi カオナシ – Spirited Away
In case you are unfamiliar with this character, it is a spirit in Studio Ghibli’s animated film Spirited Away. Created by Hayao Miyazaki, No-Face is a mysterious spirit that is capable of reacting to emotions and ingesting other individuals in order to gain their personality and traits. No-Face is actually a metaphor, the libido that everyone secretly harbours.
Though it may sound deep and mysterious, plush toy manufacturers have no issue making a plush toy out of it, and boy does it look cute!
Come embrace your mysterious side and look cute at the same time! If you haven’t watched Spirited Away, we totally recommend you to do so!
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading this article about cute plush toys! Better control your spending and go easy on your wallet if you plan on getting them! They definitely don’t come cheap!