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Kawaii Stationery Gachapon

This was originally written for my Patreon in 2019 and I’m reposting it here.

I found some stationery sets in a box of Japan trip ephemera and thought I’d share some photos as you never see these any more. They were in machines like gachapon but instead of plastic eggs, it would push out an envelope full of stationery. Best of all, they were in order so you could keep going until you had the full set.

Tenorikuma Kawaii Stationery Gachapon

That’s obviously what I did with these Tenorikuma sets, each more adorable than the last. I’ll never understand why these Sanrio characters weren’t more popular – it’s tiny raccoons that run a coffee shop! 

Tenorikuma Kawaii Stationery Gachapon
Tenorikuma Kawaii Stationery Gachapon
Tenorikuma Kawaii Stationery Gachapon

Inside you get a sheet of stickers, around A5 size. I love how completely different they are.

Tamagotchi Kawaii Stationery Gachapon

I also have this Tamagotchi set, which has much more inside. I got this at the Tama Depa (RIP), which was such a cute shop.

Tamagotchi Kawaii Stationery Gachapon

This one has a set of writing paper with a sweets theme.

Tamagotchi Kawaii Stationery Gachapon

On the left is a set of notecards, printed on thin card. On the right are stickers. I would love to create a set like this some day.

Do you have any sets like these? If you ever see a stationery gachapon in Japan, let me know so I can look for it on my next trip!


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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