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Useful Things I Bought in Japan

Now that the holidays are over, I’ll start sharing more about my Autumn 2018 Japan trip. Some posts will be here and others on Super Cute Kawaii but I’ll try and keep you updated about them all.

First up, some of the most useful things I bought. Many of my Japan purchases can be filed under ‘adorable but pointless’ or ‘STATIONERY HOARDING’ but some were very practical too.

kawaii Rilakkuma hoodie

Rilakkuma hoodie

It’s so cosy! I put it on during the flight home from Japan and wore it pretty much every day for the next 3 weeks. I wish the pockets were a bit deeper – the little paw pockets are cute but I can only just get my whole my hand in. (Bought in Kiddyland)

kawaii cat Fuku Fuku Nyanko pillow

Fuku Fuku Nyanko Pancake Pillow

I buy a cute pillow/plush on every trip and this might be my favourite yet (now I need to rank them all). It’s super soft and squishy and the perfect size for the plane. I even dozed off in a middle seat. Most of my pillow purchases have been from Passport/HAPiNS – Fuku Fuku Nyanko is their own character range and I may have bought quite a few other things too…

Fuku Fuku Nyanko kawaii cats battery pack

…like a battery pack and oven glove!

How could I resist cats in space? These are both very useful as well as cute. I also got some sticky memos and kitchen cloths.

Miffy cup from Japan

Miffy cup

I always seem to bring home a mug/cup as well. I wanted all the ceramics in the Miffy shop in Arashiyama but had to get this cup. I’ve been using it for green tea and sometimes coffee.

kawaii Cable Bites

Cable Bites 

I started using the Usagi one as soon as I bought it, and also have a Pompompurin one by the sofa. Not only are they cute, but it makes it easier to find the right cable. They’re also to protect your cables from breaking, but that has never happened to me in 10 years of iPhone owning. (Bought in Tokyu Hands and Kiddyland).

suica penguin travel bag

Suica Penguin Travel Bag

I was so excited to spot this Suica penguin bag book in Kinokuniya as I love the Suica penguin. This type of mook (magazine book) comes with a free gift, usually a bag or pouch. I bought it just because it was a cute bag but then realised it was a travel bag that slides on to your suitcase handle. Has this been a thing for a while because I did not know they existed!

I used it on my Christmas holiday and it made things so much easier, especially when changing trains. I’ll be doing some regular searches on Amazon Japan and CD Japan now to see what new ones come out with my favourite characters.

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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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