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My Kawaii Japan book has been updated and refreshed

After a bit of testing, I’m now able to put my Kawaii Japan book back in stock with a refreshed design and a few minor updates. I’m still rather proud of this book, so please do buy if you’d like to read all about my three trips to Japan, along with lots of full colour photos and cute illustrations.

Kawaii Japan book

I realise the paperback is a bit pricey (though there’s free shipping for the next couple of days, if you buy direct from Lulu with the code DBS15), but the PDF and ebook versions are only £2-£3 depending where you live and where you buy. This updated version is now available via your Kindle, Nook or other e-reader, and you can also buy a PDF from Payhip to read on any device or computer.

Kawaii Japan book

The other big news is that Etsy have finally, grudgingly, agreed to deal with all the VAT stuff on digital files so all my zines are back up for sale there with instant download. EU buyers will be charged VAT on top of my prices, but since Etsy have been dragging their heels about implementing anything, I’m not sure that’s in place yet so take advantage while you can!



Hello! I’m Marceline Smith, the designer and owner of Asking For Trouble. I create illustrated stationery, accessories and gifts using my cute characters inspired by Japanese kawaii. This is my business and personal blog where I write about my creative doings, inspirations, travels, Japan trips and daily life. Read more »

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