Hyper Japan Summer Festival ’16 : Part 2 – The Haul!

Hello Lovelies!

Hyper Japan

I hope you’re all well? Today I have my second Hyper Japan post from this years summer festival, covering all the fun and fancy things I had the chance to purchase! So let’s jump on in!

Yo!Sushi

First things first, having purchased a super yummy lunch from Yo!Sushi they had some fab cool bags for £2.00 – it’s a really big bag which is perfect for keeping my breakfast, lunch and any snacks in one place during a work day. Yo!Sushi also kindly gave me a cardboard miso pot as I said how cute the little kitty design was on it – I’m going to use to store either pens or brushes in.

Cool Bear

Check out this funny little cool bear on the side of the bag – he’s pretty fun!

Free magazines

Next we have some free magazines I was given – these are a pretty investing read and are published every month.

Rilakkuma stickers

JP Books had some fun Rilakkuma stickers for £1.00 each – I’ve already stuck these to Rocky – One says something along the lines Mischief is banned and the other Viva being lazy!

Luna twinkle dolly

From Something Kawaii I bought a Luna Sailor Moon twinkle dolly charm – I’m a little annoyed that we found these much cheaper later (from looking at the label they have been reduced from £12.00 once already). Still, I’m happy that I managed to get one of these – I’d of been disappointed if I’d missed out.

minature tablet

Minaturely tablet – another for my collection! It’s pretty cute, and fits in nicely with my other Sailor Moon tablet cases.

Azumi & Yuyu

Leaflet and post card from Azumi Inoue and Yuyu’s performance. These are adorable, they have a description of the both songstresses on the insides in different languages.

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The leaflets also fold out into a mini poster.

Japan Foundation

The Japan foundation gave us both a leaflet on learning Japanese and a fluffy little thing!

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Some cute leaflets.

Nintendo Jibanya

Nintendo were handing out paper masks of Jibanyan and leaflets – the leaflets have a Pokemon download gift on the back and have some fun information on new Nintendo games coming up.

NHK

From NHK live I received a balloon, postcard, some leaflets and stickers for entering their survey contest – I was given a spin on the tombolla and this was the prize!

Wig Comb

Wig comb – I’ve been meaning to buy one of these for absolutely ages – shockingly I don’t own any kind of wig brush or comb so this was a bargain for £2.00.

totoro curtains

I picked up this amazing Totoro curtain, this will be going on a wall very soon!

Sailor Neptune

Charming Sushi gave me a replacement stand for my damaged Neptune and a free headphone socket plug – its Sailor Neptunes talisman mirror.

Sailor Saturn

I purchased another Girls Memory figure from Charming Sushi too – this one is Sailor Saturn and she cost £20.00. These are so beautiful and well made, I’m only short Sailor Pluto now for the outer senshi but I’m having trouble finding her.

Tofu Cute candy

From Tofu Cute I decided to stock up on some delicious Japanese candy – they had some of my favourites in stock – konpeito and the panda biscuits! I’m very fond of the Meiji chocolate and puccho too. The Pokemon candy is a fruit sherbet tasting stick, the little twin stars candy were another fruit based chalky candy and the coffee eat were super tasty chocolate covered coffee beans.

Fuzballs

I couldn’t resist buying a super cute bunny necklace from Fuzzballs – the owner very kindly gave me the adorable stickers too. I’ve already worn the necklace quite a lot as it goes with so many outfits and it’s definitely become one of my favourites. I’m definitely going to be purchasing one of their awesome t-shirts in the very near future, but it’s so hard to decide which one as they are all so cute!

Inside Japan

I also picked up an Inside Japan tours brochure to have a look at to see about booking a holiday to Japan next year – another booth was also handing out leaflets about Japan Travel Sims – this is quite useful to read about as not all UK networks work in Japan/some networks abroad cost an extortionate amount in roaming charges.

Japan Centre mystery bag outer

I picked up a lucky bag from the Japan Centre after seeing Littlest Sisters! They came in very cute little bags and for £12 were absolute stuffed to the brim with mystery!

Japan Centre mystery bag

Inside! A kawaii little squirrel plushie keying and tons of candy! This was such good value and I’ll definitely buy one of these again if they have them at the Japan Centre or again at Hyper Japan – even better though this particular one had two of my favourites in, Oreo/Cookies & cream pocky and panda cookies! Woo!

I’m really happy with all of my purchases/freebies – I didn’t spend as much as I was expecting to, but I’m pleased that I picked just a few things that I really wanted instead of just buying lots of little things.

So did any of you go shopping at Hyper Japan? What did you get? Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments below!

Ta-ta for now,

Becky Heart

Hyper Japan Summer Festival 2016

Hello Lovelies,

Big Sister Littlest Sister

Last week on Friday the 15th of July I attended the latest Hyper Japan event with Littlest Sister – these have become a really fun tradition and we’ve attended these for at least two or so years now and plan on going to all of the future ones too. This instalment was back at the Kensington Olympia and I think this has to be my favourite venue for HJ – it’s conveniently located with its own train stop opposite, requires only one train change for us, has  enough room for a queuing system, is one, massive open space meaning it’s easy to find everything and you won’t miss anything (I’m looking at you Tobacco dock) and is one of the only ones where I haven’t found temperature to be a massive issue – considering how warm it is in England at the moment I was concerned this might be problems with over heating.

cosplay

We opted to go on the Friday – it’s quieter, cheaper and it meant we could meet up with one of our friends and her Husband and still have the whole weekend for other things. We also chose to cosplay again – I love cosplay! I really love making costumes; it’s just so much fun. Littlest Sister went as Cooro from Anima+ and I chose to go as Luna’s human form from the Sailor Moon Hearts in Ice movie.

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We got to Kensington Olympia with 10-15 minutes to spare – there was a train cancellation meaning we were a little delayed. Based on previous experiences with HJ we were expecting to turn the corner and find a huge queue to get in but were pleasantly surprised when we just walked straight through the doors to the entrance to find almost no queue – we were in within 5 minutes of entering the building, after a quick bag search and ticket scan and away we went!

japan centre

Having planned on the train to check out the whole event before buying anything so that we made sure we knew what we wanted / checked prices. The only thing we had decided was that Littlest Sister wanted to buy some melon pan from the Japan Centre before they sold out – handily for us, all the snacky type stalls were right by the entrance – I spotted Doki tableware here too. There was quite a crowd around the Japan Centre stall but Littlest managed to get her melon pan (good job too as when we made it back later on they had entirely sold out!).

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Making our way around the stalls downstairs I realised how much space there was between each row, this was absolutely fantastic! It was great not to feel crammed in.

nhk live

I spotted quite a few familiar faces, Tofu Cute and their photo set, Love Jojo, Crunchyroll and NHK Live (I love these guys too!). There were also quite a few new things with stalls on tourism in Japan and Japanese language courses. I picked up a brochure from one of them as we’re hoping to visit Japan next year. There was also a wrestling ring/performance set up on the lefthand side. On the right hand side were Heart of Gaming, an artist ally, Nintendo and the Live stage.

nintendo

Nintendo really bought their A game this year, there were sections for Animal Crossing, Yokai Watch, and Pokemon as well as their own stage. They were also giving out leaflets with download codes for special Pokemon – now somewhere, I thought I had read that it was a level 100 shiny Pikachu, when in fact it was a lvl 100 shiny Xerneas – I’d of been slightly happier with a Pikachu, just because I’m trying for a team of them and he’s my absolute favourite but having said that, I did get a photo with Pikachu so I’m over the moon! There were plenty of opportunities to get photos with Mario and Jibanya mascots too.

domo

Talking of mascots, look who else we found! This time Domo didn’t managed to scare the living daylights out of me! NHK also had a tombola you could try out if you filled in their very quick survey which we did.

DDR

After we’d finished checking out downstairs, we tried to play one of the Dancing stage games over at Heart of Gaming, but despite sitting and waiting for the queue, were a staff member told us to wait, it seemed one of the other staff was ignoring us and just grabbing other random people to play? I’m not really sure what that was all about, but we gave up and went to give our friend her tickets and go investigate upstairs.

fuzzballs

The balcony level had so much! We found one of my favourites Fuzzballs where I got some super cute stickers and a necklace! I even got to chat to the lovely owners too!

sugar trampoline

Artbox, Electric Sheep, Sugar Trampoline and many others were on the left-hand side. After checking out most of that side we decided to go see what food options we could find and weren’t disappointed.

sushi

Most of the usual offerings were here from Yo-sushi, Temaki handroll etc – we decided to buy a sushi platter, some drinks and mixed hot set consisting of pumpkin koroke, takoyaki and gyoza to share between the two of us – I think it cost us around £10-11 each, which for the amount of food we had and convention prices was really good value – it was super tasty too – my only regret is I don’t have any more today it was that good.

totoro curtains

Feeling well fed and rested we headed back off to see what else we could find! I spotted a stall selling Japanese homewares and another selling door curtains and other cute items. I bought one of the curtains for our newly redecorated bedroom! I also spotted a Luna Twinkle charm at something Kawaii, annoyingly I bought it as there were only 2 left and I was worried they’d sell out before I came back – we later found them £3 cheaper else where, but hey-ho at least I got one!

charming sushi

Over the other side we found lots of stalls selling figures, books and cards – I also found Charming Sushi, quite by chance. Long story short, I purchased a Girls Memory Sailor Neptune figure from their ebay store which arrived damaged. I was promised a replacement that never arrived and sent several emails and messages that never received a reply. I did open a dispute to return it but due to real life issues, I closed it as I wouldn’t have time to return it and wasn’t sure if I’d get a replacement/I didn’t want a refund, just an undamaged figure. Anyway – I’d found a Sailor Saturn on this stall and asked if they would check the stand to make sure it wasn’t damaged, this was when I discovered this was Charming Sushi and this wasn’t the first time someone had asked them to check – they remembered my damaged figure and gave me a replacement stand for Neptune too, a headphone plug and apologised profusely. More worryingly they said they had refunded my payment in the last few days and the money was gone from their account but hadn’t arrived to mine. As of today, that refund still hasn’t arrived and I’ve not heard anything more from them.

azumi and yuyu

Once we’d finished shopping we decided to go take a break for a little while before the main event we wanted to see started – Azumi Inoue and Yuyu! We caught the tail end of a Volcaloid concert too – I had no idea virtual idols were so popular! Azumi and Yuyu – Oh my gosh they were absolutely fantastic, I’ve always wanted to hear the Studio Ghibli songs performed live and this was so perfect! Just absolutely full of energy and beautiful. I especially enojoyed singing along to Totoro and Ponyo. I recorded the whole thing so I’ll hopefully pop that on Youtube at some point – we had to leave pretty sharply after the performance to catch the train so we didn’t get to meet them – and then we found the trains were delayed for 40 minutes! Gutted doesn’t cover it, hopefully next time we’ll get to meet them!

tofu cute

All in all we had an absolutely amazing day, I was a little concerned we’d run out of things to do before Azumi Inoe and Yuyu came on – their performance started at 6:30pm and we arrived at 12:00pm – but I’m pleased to say we didn’t – we only took two little breaks during the whole day, it was absolutely a fun packed day out – I’ll be doing a separate post for my mini-haul soon! I can honestly say, I cannot wait for the next HJ in November – it’s going to be so much fun!

Did you get to go to the Hyper Japan festival? What was your favourite part of the day? Let me know in the comments below!

Ta-ta for now,

Becky Heart

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT!!! ZED Zombie Survival!

Hello Lovelies!

Oh my god. Literally. I’m not even sure where to start with this as I’m still twitching in terror. This is not my usual, I love Kawaii and baking kinda post. If you scare easily, turn back now!

ZG

Way back in the middle of May Get Reading, a local on-line newspaper, were running a competition to win a Zombie Survival Experience – this included 2 tickets, t-shirts and Centisis passes and a behind the scenes tour – Middle sister and I, thinking we were zombie survival experts, had wanted to enter one of these before but never got around to it, so I entered the contest with what I’d do to survive a zombie apocalypse, and didn’t give it much further thought as I never win anything!

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Four days later I was tagged on Get Reading’s Facebook page and told to my utter amazement I’d won! I very excitedly told my sister the good news and booked us a place for the 01/07 – Middle Sister and littlest Sister decided to buy a third ticket so that Littlest could come along too, and here’s where the mind games began.

Theplan

Middle Sister and Littlest Sister still live together, unfortunately for me this gave them time to plan. And plan they did. That’s right, they planned on leaving me for Zombie fodder!!

Anyway, back to the main story. Now I like the walking dead, Dead Rising, Dead of Winter, Zombie Land (I’m definitely the guy obsessed with Twinkies) and Left for Dead. These things, whilst they might make me jump do not terrify me into not sleeping for a week, however Middle Sister had found an advertising video for ZED Events online and I was already worried about what we were letting ourselves in for!

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Convinced I’d remember these Zombies were indeed actors and not the real horde of the undead, we headed over to the abandoned shopping mall in Reading to find the Zombie Response van – once here we found other excited and slightly worried looking people. A Lady came out to greet us all and explained a few basic rules (no smacking the actors with the guns!) and health & safety information. We were also informed that once in the building everyone would be in character and with that said in we went!

BPM

What followed next were 2.5 hours of the most extreme terror and adrenaline filled experience of my life. I highly doubt anything will top it. If anyone wants to see what it looks like when my heart is trying its best to explode in panic, that’d be it above! I don’t think I’ve held onto my sisters like that since I was tiny. The whole experience is so engaging, I can guarantee you’ll forget the everyone is an actor. Five minutes in and I thought I was going to bail, I’ve never ever done anything like this and I’m quite please to say that we did make it to the end in one piece. (The other two are already planning on their next Zombie event but I’m not sure I can take another round!)

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I want to say thank you to Get Reading and Zed Zombie Survival Events for the wonderful prize and that we did have a fantastic time (although I may never sleep again….)

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We’re now sporting our Centisis passes and awesome t-shirts whilst I’m debating any future Zombie attack plans!

If you’d like to check out ZED’s Zombie Survival Events you can find them here:

https://www.zedevents.co.uk

 I promise we’ll resume with our regularly scheduled program soon! It’s Hyper Japan this week so be sure to look out for posts from that!

Ta-ta for now,

Becky Heart

Super tasty Blueberry & Oat Muffins

Hello Lovelies!

Blueberry & Oat muffinHappy Saturday to you where ever you are in the world today! (Or happy any other day if you’re reading this a different day!) Weekends are great things, they give you time to stop and think, time to do things you want to do and more often than not, weekends mean a tasty treat for getting through a long week! So how about making some super easy blueberry & oat muffins for delicious weekend treat! (They also make great lunch box additions and can be frozen too).

Go get:

  • 100g Butter
  • 100g Caster Sugar
  • 2 Medium Eggs
  • 300g Self-raising flour
  • 1-2tsp vanilla extract
  • 140ml milk (I used skimmed)
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 125g Blueberries – washed and de-stemmed if necessary
  • 40-50g Oats

muffin tray oiled

First things first, pre-heat your oven to 180c and grease or line a muffin pan – I sprayed mine with some spray oil. If you aren’t using muffin liners make sure you get all the surfaces else you’ll have trouble getting them out the pan!

butter and sugar

Next pop the butter and sugar into a bowl and beat it with a wooden spoon or electric mixer until its light and fluffy.

creamed butter sugar and eggAdd in the eggs gradually (I may have gone a bit too quick made it curdle – if you are me and do this then add in a little flour and mix until it’s stopped) and beat those too.

dry ingredients

Add the baking powder to the flour and oats. Gradually add to the batter – if you’re using an electric mixer do it a little at a time else you’ll decorate your kitchen with it.

dry mixed

You should now have a very stiff batter that looks a bit like biscuit dough.

dry mix and milk

Now it’s time to add the liquid ingredients – pour in both the milk and the vanilla essence and stir in slowly.

muffin mix

You should end up with something that looks like lumpy cake mix – you don’t want to over beat this and you definitely don’t want it to be super smooth.

muffin mix and blueberries

 Lastly, add in your oats and blueberry and stir through – again don’t over mix these, just a brief stir-through so they are evenly distributed will do.

muffin mixed

Your muffin mix should look something like this!

before oven

Next transfer into the muffin tin, I found using two metal spoons – you’ll want to fill them almost to the top – these will rise in a mega way so you don’t want to over fill the cups. Pop them into the pre-heated oven for 18-22 minutes – I would check on them around 18 minutes, if the muffins have risen and are a light golden brown colour, then they are done! If you aren’t quite sure, give one of them a poke in the centre with a clean tooth pick – if it comes out clean (but possibly with some blueberry juice) then they are done, if it comes out with batter still then they need a little longer.

baked

Once done, remove from the oven and allow to sit in the tray for 5-10 minutes. This will help them set in the muffin shape and also make it easier for you to remove them from the pan. After the time has passed remove them carefully from the tray and transfer to a wire rack to cool – if you have trouble removing them you can use the back/handle of a spoon to loosen them in the tray but be super careful that you don’t scratch your tin.

There you go! Something super easy and fun to make – I hope you liked this recipe let me know if you try it in the comments below!

Ta-ta for now,

Becky Heart

MCM May 16 kawaii & Cute shopping haul

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After a brief, un-planned hiatus, I’m back! (More on the hiatus later)! I’ve got lots of things planned and upcoming for all of you wonderful people and even a super awesome giveaway in the making! But on to more interesting things! Today’s post is a little shopping haul from MCM Comicon!

I could have easily gone way more over board than I did at MCM – there were so many cute and kawaii stalls available for shopping but I’m saving my mega blow out for Hyper Japan next month! Now, I’ve forgotten where I bought some of these things, so please shout at me if you know I am wrong! So what did I get?!

Miniture Tablet

From Love JoJo: A Sailor Moon Minaturely tablet case! This is one to tick of my ‘I want to collect’ list! I have two more and then I’ve got all the ones I really want! (any other are bonus) These are so cute and detailed though, they open up like the real lockets, but also have a tiny storage compartment for little candies.

Purple AlpacaMini AlpacaALPACAS! Oh my gosh! I really couldn’t decide who to take home with me! I bought the little purple one and because I’d bought the tablet case as well JoJo very kindly said I could pick a key ring as well, so I went for the one with the tiny scarf – shes so cute! I can’t wait to visit Love JoJo at HJ and hopefully take home some new friends for my expanding collection! I have my eye on the pastel striped one next.

 

Japan Centre snacks

From Japan Centre & Tofu Cute: Fun snacks! My favourite Totoro bread and a can of cookies and cream milk shake. For anyone wondering, the milkshake was super, SUPER sweet, almost like condensed milk. I wouldn’t recommend it if you don’t like sweet things – I don’t think I’d buy it again.

Melty Kiss Blueberry

From Tofu Cute: Melty Kiss Blueberry. This was probably one of my favourites – it wasn’t overly sweet and had a very strong fruit flavour – I’d been wanted to try these for awhile as I’ve had the green tea ones before which were pretty tasty too. These come individually wrapped inside the box so you can pack one or two at a time (Which is what I did with my lunches for a week or so).

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Kawaii tote bag! I saw these on-line a week or so before MCM and knew I wanted one. It’s really strong and sturdy too and an absolute bargain at £6 – trying to be more eco friendly will be very easy with such a fun bag.

Pokemon snacks 2

From the Japan Centre: Pokémon snacks – these were crunchy, vanilla flavoured corn puffs in the shape of Pikachu’s head.

Sailor Uranus Twinkle DollyFrom YY Kawaii or possibly Love JoJo: Sailor Uranus, Sailor Moon Twinkle Dolly. Now I know for sure I bought a Sailor Moon Want (not pictured from YY, but I’m having trouble remembering where I picked this up, but I’m a little bit addicted to YY Kawaii, I absolutely adore their stall and I’ve always bought from them at any convention they have attended. The owners are always super friendly and happy to help!

 Sailor Uranus Figure

From: Unknown: Girls Memories figure of Sailor Uranus. ARRGHHHH!!! Oh my god this is my most favourite thing that I bought at MCM! It’s just so beautiful and detailed that I’ve decided it needs its very own post, so there’s only the box for now! I’m really sorry but I’m not sure of the name of the stall I bought this from as they were from Germany if I remember correctly!

Sailor Moon Tamashii 2

From Unknown: Sailor Moon Tamashii figure! This looked so cute in its box, and the figure itself is really lovely and reminds me a lot of the anime, but I really feel the back drop and supports could be of better quality – the backdrop is made from a flimsy cardboard that you assemble yourself and it’s quite easy to damage the print.

JoJoposter

From Crunchyroll: The lovely people at Crunchyroll were giving away free posters and wrist bands (still no news on getting Sailor Moon Crystal in the UK though, boo!)

David & Golith

From David & Goliath: Yes! The world does revolve around me t-shirt. This made me laugh so much it had to come home with me. I was surprised that it’s quite a loose fit – all of my other D&G shirts are quite fitted, but it’s still lovely all the same.

t-shirt

From: Go Japan!: I bought a lucky dip shirt hoping to get one of the designs I’d seen on their posters that the stall owner told me was now in the lucky dip – I didn’t, but honestly I’m not disappointed, look how cute this little thing is! He reminds me of a Gundam.

So there we go! What do you think of my mini haul? I’m really please with my purchases and have managed to expand my Alapaca and Sailor Moon collections a little more! I’m hoping I might be able to get some more of the Girls memories figures at HJ too. Did you go to MCM? What did you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Ta-ta for now,

Becky Heart

HYPER JAPAN FESTIVAL 2016 15TH-17TH JULY

Hello Lovelies!

HyperJapan

Kawaii Lovers and Japanese enthusiasts everywhere, it’s finally that time of year again – the Hyper Japan Festival is fast approaching! This years action-packet festival takes places over the 15-17th of July at the Olympia in London.

Ai my maid

For those of you not in the know, Hyper Japan hosts two events a year – the festival that takes place in the summer and the market which takes place in the winter. Both events are dedicated to Japan and cover tradition, culture, j-fashion, cosplay, live performers, workshops, shopping and more.

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This years event will see the famous songstress Azumi Inoue take to the stage on Friday and Saturday 1! Known for her work on Studio Ghibli favourites such as MyNeighbour Totoro and Laputa: Castle in the sky, you’ll definitely not want to miss this!

Food stalls

Japanese foods will be on available once again at the food court serving yakisoba, okonomiyaki and takoyaki to name but a few, they’ll also be, some special summer additions too. (I’m personally hoping they’ll be taiyaki again!) You’ll also be able to find the ever popular Sake experience and plenty of on stage demonstrations and interesting workshops to take part in.

Stationary

The Anime and game park will once again be offering up a taste of the styles, hobbies and interests of the youth of Japan – Hyper Game & Anime park offers a dedicated otaku area for all your gaming, anime and cosplay needs! If you’re looking for an action figure or maybe a new RPG, you’ll be sure to find it here. Some of the biggest names in the gaming industry will presenting their latest offerings for you to take advantage of!

Cute Clothing

Fashion and Kawaii lovers won’t be disappointed as the Kawaii shopping bonanza is returning for 2016! Featuring more stores than your credit card can handle, you’ll find offerings from popular stores such as Tofu Cute, Dreamy Bows and Love Jo-Jo to name but a few. They’ll also be a J-fashion show on both the Saturday and Sunday to allow everyone to experience the wide range of Japanese street fashions.

Japan Cultural

For those who want to experience the more traditional side of Japan, you’ll be pleased to know that Hyper Japans Culture Area will be showcasing stalls on traditional arts, clothing, technology and travel.

Cycling Tour

If you’re planing a trip to Japan in the not to distant future, I’d recommend speaking to some of the travel experts at Hyper Japan, who’ll be able to help you with your questions.

Genki Gear

Cosplay is back yet again with a funfair everyone COSParade during the 2nd session on the Saturday and the competitive COSTest on the Sunday. (If you wish to enter the COSTest or COSParade, you’ll need to download the application form from the Hyper Japan website).

JP BOOKS

Fancy taking part in a traditional Japanese craft class? Then Hyper Japan is for you – This summer you can take part in Hariko doll making, Otedama beanbag making, Kitsune Mask painting, Kokeshi Doll painting, Tsunami flower making, Chigirie fan decoration, Temari embroidery, Yubinuki thimble rings or Hashi-Oki chopstick rest making – all require a small payment to cover material costs – you can find more information/costs/timings on these on the Hyper Japan website.

Kawaii Figures

Hyper Japan’s summer festival promises to be a fun and interesting day out for all of those with a love of kawaii or for those who’d like to know more about Japan and personally I can’t wait to go! (I’ll be in attendance on the Friday).

Roxie Sweetheart

Will you be attending Hyper Japan? What are you most looking forward too? Let me know in the comments below.

Ta-ta for now,

Becky Heart

An Interview with Fuzzballs

Hello Lovelies!

Fuzzballs

I hope everyone is well? It’s been awhile since we’ve had an interview with a UK based kawaii company, and during MCM Comicon I was lucky enough to meet up with the lovely owner of Fuzzballs who very kindly agreed to do a fun interview with me all about one of the UK’s most kawaii brands!

Check out our questions and answers below:

Q: Tell us about Fuzzballs!

A: Fuzzballs, well the Fuzzballs is a really popular comic on Tumblr – http://thefuzzballs.tumblr.com – which has loads of cute little animations featuring the Fuzzballs characters. There’s Fuzzcat Whisky who likes to cosplay, Fuzztiger Timmy who is a little silly and Fuzzbunny Ollie who just loves cookies. They’re joined by a whole host of friends too! It’s super adorable and now we also sell a wide range of Fuzzballs merch ranging from Shirts and Necklaces to prints and cards.

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Q: Why did you start Fuzzballs and what inspires you when creating your designs?

A: Fuzzballs started in 2013 as these little tumblr animations and since then it’s grown into this huge thing. I’d always had this idea in my head to draw these cute simple little animals just bursting with happyness but it took many years before I actually went and did it. Originally I had an idea for a tiger but I actually drew a bunny first as I owned rabbits at the time and from there I went back to a tiger, a cat and ever since then have been adding new characters to the Fuzzballs family. It’s mostly my own pets that inspire me with their ‘wacky’ antics but from time to time theres other animals (as I sadly don’t own a tiger) that inspire me for their own little stories.

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Q: What your stores top selling item(s)?

A: This is a tough one to answer, it’d probably be easier to answer what is not a top seller as so many of the designs are so popular. It constantly changes, one week it’s our ‘Will Work For Treats’ shirt that is the most popular but then that’ll quickly change to our ‘Eat Cookies’ shirt. I’m always releasing new designs based off the animtions like the brand new ‘Meowgical’ shirt and they always become big sellers instantly as we have some amazing fans out there. But even the small stuff like our Necklaces, prints and badges do exceptionally well. We even recently launched a range of Fuzzballs Birthday and Holiday cards which took off in such a huge way I never imagined they would which is amazing. I think because the range is so varied but is all tied together with a unique Fuzzballs theme there is something for everyone.

When we do shows like MCM Comic Con in the UK the amount of new fans that come over and just can’t decide which one to get is just incredible and sometimes they just have to bite the bullet and buy a couple of different items because there is so much cuteness to choose from.

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Q: What do you think will be popular in the upcoming months? (You mentioned Alpacasso were no longer the in thing!)

A: In the geek world? It’s a tough one, fat cats and hamsters are really in at the moment and obviously Marvel will keep hitting it out of the park. For Fuzzballs, I really don’t know, but we will just keep doing what we are doing without worrying what may be popular and hoping everyone enjoys what we do.

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Q: Where do you see Fuzzballs in the foreseeable future?

A: Fuzzballs gets bigger and bigger every week, it’s really tough for us to keep up with everything going on. As mentioned we launched a brand new shirt and cards this past week, theres already loads more shirt designs including some all over shirts in the planning stages. We’re working on a range of Fuzzballs leggings which already look super awesome and we’re always thinking what else would someone want a Fuzzballs on. We’re also having some interesting talks with a few different people which could lead to some very exciting news in the future. On top of that is keeping up with the animations so as you can see it’s very busy for Fuzzballs and we couldn’t do this without the support of our fans.

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Q: Where we can find you and what upcoming events will you be at?

A: Deep breath! You can find us on our brand new website at www.fuzzballs.co where you’ll find our huge Fuzzballs store that ships worldwide and is your one stop shop for Fuzzballs comics, goodies and more. You can also follow just the comics on Tumblr at http://thefuzzballs.tumblr.com

Twitter – www.twitter.com/thefuzzballs

Facebook – www.facebook.com/thefuzzballs

Instagram – www.instagram.com/the_fuzzballs

We’ll also be at the London Anime & Gaming Con 2nd-3rd of July 2016, Hyper Japan in London 15-17th July 2016 and no doubt we’ll be at MCM Comic Con Birmingham and London as well as Hyper Japan again later on in the year. Phew.

We love seeing and chatting to all our fans, so if you see us at a show come and say hi, or feel free to message us on those social media thingies! Don’t forget to share with your friends too, you may just make their day!

I want to say thank you to Fuzzballs for taking the time to answer all my questions! I really enjoyed finding out all about The Fuzzballs – I have to say I think Ollie and Whisky are my absolute favourites, but they are all so cute! Please be sure to check them out on the links above or say Hi at their next convention appearance – they have some absolutely adorable items for sale!

Want me to interview your favourite kawaii store? Have something you’d like me to ask? Just let me know in the comments below and I’ll see what I can do!

Ta-ta for now,

Becky Heart

 

Convention preparation!

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I hope every one is well today! As you might have read over on www.cyten.co.uk  I’m heading off to MCM next weekend to bring you all the Kawaii happenings! This is my first time attending MCM (But not my first convention) and thought I’d put together a handy Con preparation guide for anyones first time convention going as there are a few things you should keep in mind!

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First off is the all important money, or should I say lack of it! Conventions are one of those places where its super easy to over spend. If you need to stick to a strict budget, you should work out roughly how much money you need, or how much you can spend. For example, tickets for conventions can run from £12-£50+, add to that hotel rooms if you need them and then food and drink and you’re already running into the £100s before you’ve even got to spending money and travel. It’s worth working out a couple months in advance what you need, travel, accommodation, if you’re cosplaying and if you’re on a super strict budget, working out what you want to buy from vendors whilst you’re there. It’s also a good idea to make sure you have any chargers/batteries you need for cameras or phones if you need them as they’ll be expensive to re-buy.

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Cosplay is another thing to consider! If you want to cosplay you’ll need to plan plenty in advance to allow you to get your costume together – you’ll also want to check out any rules and regulations for your convention – some don’t allow full face masks, or imitation weapons. If you want to enter cosplay competitions you’ll most likely need to register for these before hand.
hungry Food and drink! There’s nothing worse than been thirsty or hungry at a convention. Whilst there are usually plenty of places for you to get food and drink, be aware these will be at CONVENTION PRICES! Expect to pay anywhere from £1.50-3.00 for a regular sized soda – sandwiches etc usually range from £4.00 upwards. You’ll also be faced with huge queues! If you’re on a budget, I’d really recommend taking your own snacks/lunch and a drink – I’d highly recommend taking a bottle of water with you anyway as convention halls tend to get very, very hot, especially in the summer months.
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Lastly, but probably most importantly, travel! Make sure you check out how and when you are getting to your convention and what time you need leave. If you need parking you’ll need to research that too. If you are taking the train remember to check that there are no works on for the day you are travelling. It’s also a good idea to print off train times for when you’ll need to travel and directions to and from the station/parking to the convention and the reverse to get home again! I’d also recommend taking a backpack if you’re carrying costumes/foods/pyjamas etc etc, it’ll leave your hands free for other things (Like buying alpacasso!) And free of aching.

So there you have it! Hopefully this will have been of some help to new convention goers, but if you have any suggestions for me to add, let me know!

Ta, ta for now,

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International gift swap! South Korea box swap

Hello Lovelies!

I hope you’re all fine and dandy today! I’m sorry for the lack of updates over the last two weeks – real life had me totally tied up so I’ve not had a chance to write anything for you ^^;  Today I thought I’d share with you something a little special! Many, many, (many!!) years ago I went to school with a lovely girl from South Korea, called Miriam – we’ve kept in touch over the years and recently decided to do a gift swap! Unfortunately I forgot to take photos of the things I sent (including a crocheted scarf and mittens!) but I did take photos of what I was sent!

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Look at all this awesomeness! I’ve been well and truly spoiled! I’m so lucky to have such wonderful friends.

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As most of you know if you’re a regular reader, I absolutely adore stationary! It’s the one of the things I can never have enough of – see kallo when it’s this cute! Check out the adorable little stampers, those are so sweet and will be great to decorate my planner with. The erasers, pencil and leads have inspired me to start drawing again!

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How kawaii are these socks! I am so greatfull for these! I find it really hard to get cute socks in the UK and the animals have such fun faces.

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Next up is a Rilakkuma nano block figure! This was so much fun to make – though I did have to get Mr Lock’s help with the last tiny bit.

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Here we are, all built! He’s now taken up residence in on my desk at work.

pikachu hand warmer  A Pikachu hand warmer! This is so perfect, my hands are always cold and with this little fellow I can take him out and about and keep my hands toasty.

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Letter sets! This was so well timed as I’d been looking at some sets to buy to write to friends but hadn’t found anything I really liked, but I love these!

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Ah!! I was so excited for these – Miriam sent me a little sneak peak and had bought me some make-up from my absolute favourite brand, Etude House! On the left in the sweet penguin box is a magic any cushion case, on the right a lip stain from the new Berry Delicious collection and one from the Bling Me Prisim. Both lip products are beautiful colours that I love!

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Miriam is so very sweet – she told me she bought these eye lashes as she’s knows I like to cosplay and thought that these would be great for it! I just thought that was so very thoughtful of her. There are also some samples from the ton ing white C series.

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Check out this lovely Hettie shower puff! It’s so soft!

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A Hettie paw nail clipper, cookie blush and the re-fill for the magic any cushion. One of the many reasons I love Etude is there cute designs, you can really see it in these.

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A really bright and fun Berry Delicious pouch – great for storing all sorts!

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Some more samples and some heart shade squishy sponges which are fab for applying make up.

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These are so sweet I don’t want to use them! I think I’ll keep them on display. I especially like the kitty and the puppy.

candy Lots of candies and gum! These were really tasty, hichew is one of my favourite kinds of candies.

I’ve really been spoilt and feel like a very lucky girl! I really feel like I should have put more in the box I sent as everything in the one I received was so wonderful and very thoughtfully chosen for me.

So thank you Miriam from the bottom of my heart for my lovely gifts! I can’t wait to swap with you again!

Ta-ta for now,

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Blippo review ~*~Positive~*~

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I hope you’re all doing well? Today I thought I’d share with you a recent shop with the Kawaii Blippo Store! Blippo recently had a sale on and I’d been eyeing up a couple of bits on there for awhile and it seemed rude not to whilst they on sale! The website is super easy to use, it works pretty much like any other shopping website. There are several ways to pay and shipping the the UK is free! I paid £1.40 extra for a tracking number because I like to be able to see where things are! I thought this was very reasonable considering it was shipped from Hong Kong.

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I placed my order on the 10/03 and it was dispatched the next day – that’s super efficent service! The parcel arrived to me on 22/03 which I thought was pretty quick. At some point during it’s round the world journey the box was damaged but it seems to have held up pretty well – I did note that the my house number was only just visible on the shipping label, but it still got here fine, so no harm done.

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Here’s my order along with some packing peanuts to keep everything safe and sound. Everything fitted into the box neatly so there wasn’t much room for things to move about.

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And here’s my order! Everything is so cute! This package seriously made me smile as everything was so perfect and exactly what I ordered.

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I ordered a couple of my favourite Yaokin Takoyaki Snack Sticks as they were on a huge discount – when they arrived they were a couple of weeks after their best before date which I hadn’t realised at the time of purchase, but it made no difference as they tasted exactly the same as they do normally.

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Puccho Chewy Candy –  another of my favourites! These are really fruity and chewy – if your looking for a light candy and like mango I’d highly recommend this.

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Meiji Gummy Sushi candy – I hadn’t tried these before and they looked like they’d be super fun.

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I wasn’t disappointed! These are kawaii little gummies you pop out to assemble into your own sushi candies – each of the candies has a different flavour so you can mix and match to make different flavour combos – they were quite fruity and pretty sweet.

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Kawaii Alpaca keyring – my Sailor Moon Holy Grail keyring recently broke (*sob*) so I needed a new keyring to have any kind of chance of finding my keys in my handbag. I picked up these little cuties in the Blippo sale – They are really well made of a quite heavy metal and have very vibrant colours! They also appeal to my love of alpacas so I’m really pleased with these little lovelies.

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Alpaca key strap – Following on from he keyring I picked up this one to go on my house keys – this one is super handy as you can clip it on to bags, loop it on to straps or onto other keys – again it makes it easier to find things in my bag. Like the keyring this is made from a nice metal and the colour is really pretty.

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Alpaca card holder – I bought this for my work door card, I”d been looking for something smaller to keep my card in as I normally keep in my purse, but lugging that about every time I leave the room is annoying so the is ideal. It’s made of a shiny pic with a cute little alpaca charm to mach my new keyring, and it’s the perfect size to fit into a pocket too, and has a handy strap for when you have no pockets! I really adore the contrasting colours and little ears on this – it’s also been very well made.

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Alice stickers – I bought these on a whim as I thought they were cute and they were also really cheap. I love stickers and these arrived in a little cardboard packet.

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Stickers! These are so kawaii – there’s lots of different ones and a couple of different sizes, I’m sure I’ll find something to decorate with these as they are so vibrant and fun.

I’m super impressed with Blippo – this was the first order I’ve ever placed with them and it went perfectly. I felt the stores prices were good value and the free shipping is fantastic. I’m so pleased with them and the stores variety that I’ll be placing another order in the very near future!

Want to check out Blippo for yourself? You can find them on the link below:

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Ta-ta for now,
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