Sunday, August 31, 2014

☆ Rilakkuma Graduation Plush! ☆

Bo and I graduated from college last May. When my mom asked me what I wanted for graduation--it was easy--Rilakkuma graduation plushies! I was so lucky they were released this year. And their navy blue and gold colors matched my school colors. ^.^ 

Bo and I have slightly different graduation cords/tassels based on our majors and achievements. I was a bit jealous Bo matched the bears perfectly with his golden tassle!

After our graduation, we had a party with some friends. I hadn't had a party in so long. I finally got to use my chocolate fountain, with yummy fruits. I decorated with my bears of course! Bo and I set up a game room with three monitors set up with different game systems. ^.^

Rilakkuma Graduation Plush (Fukuoka 4th Anniversary) Review and Information 

The set of 3 plushies are pretty tiny. There were not any other sizes or related goods released. Each bear holds a little rolled diploma and has a pink petal either on their tail or back (for chicken). There is a pink ribbon on the back that says 4th Fukuoka, for the 4th Anniversary of the Rilakkuma store in Fukuoka. [I'm posting these pictures and the tag so you can be sure you get the real one, if that's what you like. There is a fake version that is posted on eBay, similarly priced, but looks very different.] It came out March, 2014 at the Fukuoka Parco store for 1300 yen each. You can view the blog post on San-X here.

I bought mine both from eBay and MiraPlush, for about $30, each. This is over double the original price in Japan... Unfortunately, Mira Plush does not have them anymore, but occasionally they will be on eBay. This is the latest listing I have seen. Mira Plush is very consistent and trustworthy (not to mention packages often with the original cute bags!) but is pricey.

I wish there were more items to this set, but it's just an anniversary plush. I bet in the future there will be more graduating plushes! I think it's really cute and great quality as always.

Congratulations to any other 2014 graduates! 卒業おめでとう!Let me know if you graduated too!

(I stole Bo's cap for this picture!!)

Friday, August 8, 2014

Rilakkuma Christmas Advent Calendar! 2014


So I just found out that the San X net shop is taking orders from 8/8-9/7 for the Rilakkuma Advent Calendar! It does seem a bit surprising for these things to take orders so far from Christmas! But, it will be released mid November, just in time for Christmas. Click here to go to the San X website!!

Screen cap from the San-X Net Shop website of the Pre-Orders for the Rilakkuma Advent Calendar Set. (Credit to San-X Net Shop)

It comes with:

1. Advent Calendar tapestry 630-550mm (embroidered, made of cotton)

It is made of tiny pouches you can move the little mascots around as Christmas nears!

2. Christmas tree tapestry (embroidered, made of cotton)

3. Mascots (Quantity: 24, made of cotton)

These you can put in the pockets and hang on the tree!

4. Ball-chain pouch (it seems it can hold some of the mascots)

How to use it:When you start, the whole calendar is filled with mascots. Everyday until Christmas you take out one and put it on the tree. When Christmas comes, the tree is filled!!! So adorable!!

Not to mention, you can also use the mascots as keychains for purses! Or you can hang on your own tree and make your own Rilakkuma tree! *This is actually what I did last christmas with cute keychains I have...take a look here*

The set is adorable, but with a tall price tag--18,000 YEN!!!! ええ-?! That's about $180..and guessing if us silly foreigners can even get a hold of it, the price will go up for people reselling it out of Japan..

UPDATED 8/18:Just found a place on TaoBao that you can preorder the Rilakkuma Christmas Advent Calendar. Miraplush is also doing preorders, but it is pretty expensive!! 

If you are looking for some cute DIY Christmas ideas, check out my playlist I made last season.

These are the bears I got last Christmas! I also got the Reindeer version too~~ So excited to celebrate Christmas with Rilakkuma!