Black and White Monochrome Rilakkuma Plush! + Kiiroitori Diary Store Exclusive Designs! + San-X Character Park Designs!

Not everything is as black and white as it seems, not even these black and white Rilakkuma plush from the Monochrome Series!

モノクロリラックマ - ぬいぐるみ - 白と黒を基調 - Monochrome Series - Rilakkuma Plush - Black and White Rilakkuma - cover

Surprise! These are two Rilakkumas, not a Rilakkuma and Korilakkuma.

モノクロリラックマ - ぬいぐるみ - 白と黒を基調 - Monochrome Series - Rilakkuma Plush - Black and White Rilakkuma - black Rilakkuma detail

The black Rilakkuma has black fur, with his other features (ears, paw pads, eyes, and nose) in grey.

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White Rilakkuma has white fur with light gold accents.

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One of my favorite details: alternative zipper in silver toned metal, with a grey and white polka dot pattern on the inner pocket (compared to the usual blue and white).

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And of course, we know this is a Rilakkuma and not a Korilakkuma because of the zipper in the back (and no button in the front)! The White Rilakkuma’s zipper is gold toned metal, with a light peach pink and white pocket inside.

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Tag art design for both are identical featuring Rilakkuma on a black and white polka dot pillow, except White Rilakkuma’s tag has a gold border and Black Rilakkuma’s tag has a black border. Both have the same small fabric tag design of black and white stripes with an embroidered gold “R” in the middle.

Conceptually, I think this is a unique take on the standard brown Rilakkuma design, though I think the white Rilakkuma looks a lot like Korilakkuma hahaha. I like to think of these two as the black bear and polar bear of the Rilakkuma species hehehe.

These plushes are a little fluffier than standard Rilakkuma collectors’ plush, and they’re in a sitting pose, which is rather out of the ordinary for a standard release plush, which I appreciate!

This contrasting pair was released as part of the Monochrome Series from September 2016, a theme designed to emphasize the cuteness of Rilakkuma through a basic color scheme. Do you think they were successful?

Colossal thanks to my Aunt Lulu for facilitating the safe passage of these bears!

More Kiiroitori Diary news! Some amusing Rilakkuma Store exclusive designs being released:

リラックマストア限定商品 - キイロイトリダイアリー - キイロイトリのカツラセット - Kiiroitori Diary - Store Exclusive - wig set

Fancy wigs and hats for Kiiroitori! One Kiiroitori plush with the entire set of wigs/hats: 3,000円.

リラックマストア限定商品 - キイロイトリダイアリー - キイロイトリ家電 - Kiiroitori Diary - Store Exclusive - appliances plush - television TV washing machine

For all of your Kiiroitori and applicance crossover needs, Kiiroitori has turned himself into a television (complete with remote control with bear button) and washing machine (with Rilakkuma outfit and Kiiroitori brand detergent). Could this be a Kafka-esque take on how Kiiroitori assumes the role of entertainment and domestic work in their family unit in a way that has transformed his core identity? The world may never know. 1,500円 each.

リラックマストア限定商品 - キイロイトリダイアリー - キイロイトリのおともだちトリセット - Kiiroitori Diary - Store Exclusive - swanboat playset plush

Kiiroitori and his bird friends in a swanboat! So many new birds! I like the aesthetic of the black and yellow one, reminds me a lot of the pokémon Umbreon! Playset: 4,800円.

So first of all, these designs are absolutely outrageous and hilarious, and I absolutely want to know if there is a backstory to all of Kiiroitori’s bird friends in the swan boat, because what on earth? Why is that grey bird in the back crying?

What I’ve always loved about the summer Rilakkuma releases is that they’re always a little weirder than the stuff they do the rest of the year, and I’m glad they’ve kept that tradition going this year hahaha!

With this news, we also get the official release date for the Kiiroitori Diary series: July 8! How exciting!

Are you planning on grabbing anything from this release?

Finally, sneaking into the ever-growing July news, the 2017 San-X Character Park design is here!

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This year’s San-X Character Park is mystery themed, and includes all of the San-X characters solving mysteries with Sherlock Holmes inspired outfits! Well, everyone except Korilakkuma, who’s dressed as a count? SO CUTE investigating that strawberry though.

リラックマの謎解きイベント - あつめてぬいぐるみ - サンエックスキャラパーク2017 - リラックマストア限定あつめてぬいぐるみ 探偵デザイン - San-X Character Park 2017 - Rilakkuma plush

A Rilakkuma Store exclusive design for the mystery-solving Rilakkuma team! Rilakkuma and Kiiroitori sport Sherlock Holmes’ signature deerstalker with magnifying glasses, and Korilakkuma is adorned with a top hat, cape, and monocle. 2,300円 each.

I think I’ll try to get that Rilakkuma plush—he looks so adorable in his brown tartan getup!

The San-X Character Park event itself with have four puzzles to solve, with a special prize for those who complete it! The event starts on July 15, and will last until August 16!

I absolutely adore this design and theme! It’s very simple, but the reference is clear and well-executed. I’m a sucker for Sherlock Holmes adaptations like Sherlock, Elementary, and of course my favorite one, The Great Mouse Detective.

Are you a mystery or Sherlock Holmes fan? What do you think is the mystery they are trying to solve?

Triple Feature! Ocarina Rilakkuma + Koguma-chan’s Acorn House + Acorn Rilakkuma Plush!

Weekend relaxation mode!

Today’s post features three great bear plush associated with Chairoikoguma (チャイロイコグマ) / Koguma-chan (こぐまちゃん)! “Chairoi” means brown, “koguma” means bear cub, and “chan” is an honorific with an endearing connotation. Both names for the same cute bear! Koguma-chan was introduced to the Rilakkuma crew in March 2013, and has been highlighted in two additional series since then!

First up is Ocarina Rilakkuma, the Caravan exclusive plush from Korilakkuma’s New Friend Series!

リラックマキャラバン限定商品あつめてぬいぐるみ - コリラックマと新しいお友達 - Korilakkuma's New Friend - Caravan Series - Ocarina Rilakkuma plush - full angle instagram

Contemplative ocarina time in the forest!

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“Hey! What are you doing in my secret spot?”

リラックマキャラバン限定商品あつめてぬいぐるみ - コリラックマと新しいお友達 - Korilakkuma's New Friend - Caravan Series - Ocarina Rilakkuma plush - bee detail

The cutest bear bee sits on top of his head! I love the bear face, fuzzy pom-pom antennae, and tiny circular wings!

リラックマキャラバン限定商品あつめてぬいぐるみ - コリラックマと新しいお友達 - Korilakkuma's New Friend - Caravan Series - Ocarina Rilakkuma plush - ocarina detail

Rilakkuma plays a beautiful baby blue ocarina. I absolutely love the soft color, submarine shape, and subtle bear emblem!

リラックマキャラバン限定商品あつめてぬいぐるみ - コリラックマと新しいお友達 - Korilakkuma's New Friend - Caravan Series - Ocarina Rilakkuma plush - tag art

Tag art features Rilakkuma relaxing on a tree branch with Kiiroitori taking a peek! And of course, a little bear bee flitting around! I tried to recreate this scene in the first photo hehehe.

Though this plush does not explicitly look like it’s Koguma-chan related, he is the Caravan release for Korilakkuma’s New Friend Series, the series that introduced Koguma-chan back in March 2016! Check out the video for this series:

This plush represents my favorite scene from this series, Rilakkuma peacefully playing the ocarina by a tree while Korilakkuma plays with Koguma-chan!

Huge thanks to @rilakkumacrossing for the tip on this bear—I love him so much!

Next up is Koguma-chan’s Acorn House Playset!

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Welcome to Koguma-chan’s acorn home!

てぶくろをとどけに - チャイロイコグマの どんぐりのおうちセット - Kogumachan - Chairoikoguma - Handmade Mittens Series - Acorn House Plush Playset - separate parts

Check out all of the separate parts! The acorn house, Koguma-chan, chair, scarf, bee, and of course, the handmade mittens!

てぶくろをとどけに - チャイロイコグマの どんぐりのおうちセット - Kogumachan - Chairoikoguma - Handmade Mittens Series - Acorn House Plush Playset - bee detail

A smaller scale take on the bear bee! Compared to the one attached to Ocarina Rilakkuma, this one has all the features flattened to one side, and the wings are displayed dorsally instead of laterally.

てぶくろをとどけに - チャイロイコグマの どんぐりのおうちセット - Kogumachan - Chairoikoguma - Handmade Mittens Series - Acorn House Plush Playset - mitten detail

The eponymous handmade mittens! You can actually physically put these on Koguma-chan’s paws, but seemed like a little bit of a hassle.

てぶくろをとどけに - チャイロイコグマの どんぐりのおうちセット - Kogumachan - Chairoikoguma - Handmade Mittens Series - Acorn House Plush Playset - scarf detail

Cute baby pink scarf to keep him warm, just in case his chest hair doesn’t! And at this angle, you can take a peek at Koguma-chan’s signature honey print!

てぶくろをとどけに - チャイロイコグマの どんぐりのおうちセット - Kogumachan - Chairoikoguma - Handmade Mittens Series - Acorn House Plush Playset - outside house detail fish

In addition to a window, Koguma-chan’s home features a cute acorn stem on the side of the roof, and there’s an elastic loop for the doorknob to keep the door closed! And one of my favorite details, a light blue fish on the door, just like the fish he caught with Rilakkuma! And like the ones they eventually eat for dinner, if you follow their story.

てぶくろをとどけに - チャイロイコグマの どんぐりのおうちセット - Kogumachan - Chairoikoguma - Handmade Mittens Series - Acorn House Plush Playset - box insert art

No tag for this playset, but the box shows all the component parts, as well as the source illustration! If you look closely, you can see that the bear bee has his own beehive attached to Koguma-chan’s home!

I absolutely love playsets, and this one is no exception!

One thing that is silly about a lot of these house-themed playsets is that while all the component parts can fit comfortably inside for storage, they really do look super crammed in there for a living space—like all Koguma-chan can do in his own house is sit because there isn’t room for much else haha.

Also, these different Koguma-chan plushes make it hard for me to figure out what Koguma-chan’s body shape really is! This version makes him look a lot skinnier than the illustrations. Furthermore, he looks a lot different from his standard M classic counterpart, who then still looks quite different from his fishing counterpart. What is the truth?

I think Koguma-chan is such a super addition to the Rilakkuma group! I love that he shares his passion for fishing with Rilakkuma!

Speaking of which, here’s Acorn Rilakkuma Plush!

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Rilakkuma keeping warm in a beautiful acorn poncho!

てぶくろをとどけに - あつめてぬいぐるみ - Handmade Mittens Series - Rilakkuma - standard plush - poncho detail

A beautiful knit poncho with collar, embroidered floral band pattern, delicate fringe trim, and embroidered acorn, cherry, and flower details! My favorite is the wood finish button in the middle, reminds me a lot of an earth-theme Korilakkuma hehehe.

てぶくろをとどけに - あつめてぬいぐるみ - Handmade Mittens Series - Rilakkuma - standard plush - ugg boot detail

Of course, since it was cold when this series came out, Rilakkuma is wearing some stylish ugg boots! Hahahaha doesn’t he look so warm?

てぶくろをとどけに - あつめてぬいぐるみ - Handmade Mittens Series - Rilakkuma - standard plush - acorn hat detail

At the very top, an acorn top hat with leaf detail, a lot like the roof on Koguma-chan’s home!

てぶくろをとどけに - あつめてぬいぐるみ - Handmade Mittens Series - Rilakkuma - standard plush - tag art

Tag art from the series depicting the matching handmade mittens between Korilakkuma and Koguma-chan, but it actually looks like Rilakkuma isn’t wearing the outfit he has on in the plush at all haha! Looks like he’s wearing a scarf instead, what’s the deal! Nice peek of the tiny fabric tag here too, which is a gold “R” with an acorn cap on a pink background.

So fancy and detailed! This sylvan poncho aesthetic is very reminiscent of the Store Exclusive designs from the 2010 Forest Series, don’t you think?

Both Koguma-chan’s Acorn House and this Acorn Rilakkuma are from the Handmade Mittens Series (てぶくろをとどけに), released in October 2016. As the story goes, Korilakkuma gave handmade (paw-made?) mittens as a gift to Koguma-chan, her newest friend. Check out this animation about their story!

I’m not 100% sure what acorns have to do with all of this, but it is a really pleasant motif—it reminds me a lot of the Happy Natural Time Series that paired deer with freshly baked fruit pies.

Big thanks to my Aunt Lulu again for facilitating the immigration of the Koguma-chan Acorn House and Acorn Rilakkuma plush—what a fabulous set!

The three plush featured here join my existing M Koguma-chan and fishing Rilakkuma/Koguma-chan plush for the Koguma-chan themed section of my collection!

Now that we’ve revisited Koguma-chans throughout history, what do you think about this summer’s Koguma-chan series: Korilakkuma Meets Chairokoguma (コリラックマ meets チャイロイコグマ)?

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Korilakkuma Loves Koguma-chan so much!

コリラックマ meets チャイロイコグマ - Korilakkuma meets Chairoikoguma - ぬいぐるみ - standard plush design

This series gives Korilakkuma a light pink floral poncho, and gives Koguma-chan a blue and white flower crown!

The aesthetic is so pretty and soft! These designs were released just this past May, and should still be on the shelves at Rilakkuma Stores everywhere!

One of my favorite things about these Kogumachan series is the awesome food designs that pop up, like this one at the Korilakkuma x Hands Cafe collaboration this season:

Roar!!! Big ferocious Koguma-chan burger! So adorable! A meal very fit for a Koguma-chan hehehe.

What do you think about this newer Koguma-chan series? Has Koguma-chan integrated himself well into Rilakkuma’s world?

Kichijoji 6th Anniversary Series Archery Rilakkuma Plush! + Deep Sea 2017 collaboration!

We were blasted with a summer sun last week, but now it’s been rainy and gloomy everyday! What happened? I guess now it’s just nap weather, which is fine by me hehehe.

Introducing the last of the recent sports Rilakkuma additions: Archery Rilakkuma plush from the Kichijoji 6th Anniversary Series!

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Archer Rilakkuma, ready for action!

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Rilakkuma draws a colorful dango arrow! And one of my favorite details of this plush: all kyūdō archers traditionally hold the bow with their left hand, and draw with their right hand, and Rilakkuma maintains this technique, albeit with paws.

リラックマストア吉祥寺店6周年記念 - 弓道 - あつめてアニバーサリーぬいぐるみ - back detail

A lovely yellow bear on the back of the uniform, a motif consistent with the other bears of this series.

リラックマストア吉祥寺店6周年記念 - 弓道 - あつめてアニバーサリーぬいぐるみ - tag art

Tag art features a wonderful yellow and white target, with a bear symbol at the center.

リラックマストア吉祥寺店6周年記念 - 弓道 - あつめてアニバーサリーぬいぐるみ - sports team full

Bear Country athletes from 2016! Who will be next?

Right on target! This dango archer was released as part of the Kichijoji Rilakkuma Store’s 6th anniversary celebration, held in October 2016.

Kyūdō (弓道) is the Japanese martial art of archery that began in Japan long before recorded history. Rilakkuma is depicted here wearing a standard kyūdō uniform, proudly representing his nation’s athleticism and culture. I love how the sports theme for this anniversary cycle incorporates a wide range of sports from Japanese history from traditional to modern!

As this is not Rilakkuma first time as an archer, I love the contrast between this traditional kyūdō design and the elegant Sagittarius design from the 2013 Zodiac Series! I appreciate that these concepts are so distinct in both general feel and details, and it is great having two talented Rilakkuma archers here!

Major gratitude to my Aunt Lulu for adding this precision Rilakkuma to my collection—thank you!

Over in Rilakkuma-land, an awesome collaboration coming up: Deep Sea 2017 x Rilakkuma!

This summer, Rilakkuma is teaming up with the National Museum of Science in Tokyo for their special exhibition on deep sea life called Deep Sea 2017 (深海2017) which opens July 11!

深海2017 - リラックマコラボグッズ - Rilakkuma x Deep Sea 2017 - cover

Rilakkuma snuggles a giant squid! Kiiroitoi rides a suspiciously adorable anglerfish! And Korilakkuma… is riding a jellyfish? Any insight on what animal that is would be appreciated haha.

Wow, what an incredible collaboration! I adore the playful artwork and concept! I hope they make a Rilakkuma and giant squid plush hehehe.

The first live giant squid was photographed back in 2013, and in the 4 years since then, the world’s been fascinated with the mysteries of giant squid and its friends of the deep sea. This exhibition sounds like an absolute delight, and I love that Rilakkuma is part of it!

I absolutely love deep sea creatures! Have you seen Planet Earth? There is really some beautiful footage of deep sea life on their “Oceans Deep” episode!

Ever wanted to try Rilakkuma shaved ice? You can this summer in Japan!

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Rilakkuma is coffee/milk shaved ice and vanilla ice cream, and Korilakkuma is milk shaved ice with mango ice cream! Love how Korilakkuma’s button is even peeking out!

Two of the current Rilakkuma collaboration cafes, auréole d’ange and Cafe Coconoha, will be introducing beautiful Rilakkuma and Korilakkuma shaved ice desserts starting June 20. Don’t they look tasty and refreshing for the summer?

The Rilakkuma collaboration cafes this season (auréole d’ange x Rilakkuma, Coconoha x Rilakkuma, and Korilakkuma x Hands Cafe) have truly beautiful, wildly intricate, and stunningly detailed designs. I am always blown away by how these collaboration cafes seem to outdo themselves in design complexity each year!

My sister will be going to Japan next week, and hopefully will be able to share some photos and comments about her Rilakkuma adventures across Japan in a guest post series! Stay tuned!

What Rilakkuma food would you most like to see?

I’ve seen these cafes accomplish beautiful burgers and dainty waffles, but I’d really love to see a Rilakkuma ramen shop! Maybe with a ton of bear-shaped carrots and seaweed and Rilakkuma-molded tofu blocks, like the Nabe Rilakkuma plush playset. What about you?

Lalaport EXPOCITY 1st Anniversary Soccer Rilakkuma Plush! + AIRASHI CO Space Rilakkuma Plush Giveaway + Kiiroitori Diary!

Finally representing a sport that can be played in the summer for the next Rilakkuma athlete: Soccer Rilakkuma Plush from the EXPOCITY 1st Anniversary Series!

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Rilakkuma is the goalie! I love his two-tone powder blue and yellow goalie gloves!

リラックマストア・プラス ららぽーとEXPOCITY店1周年 - サッカー - あつめてアニバーサリーぬいぐるみ - リラックマ ぬいぐるみ - Lalaport Expocity Rilakkuma Store 1st Anniversary - Soccer - ball and goal detail

This Rilakkuma is just in the midst of catching the ball! And lovely ear detail on the soccer goal that makes the whole frame look like a bear! The plush is attached to the goal frame at three points (2 on the head and 1 at the feet).

リラックマストア・プラス ららぽーとEXPOCITY店1周年 - サッカー - あつめてアニバーサリーぬいぐるみ - リラックマ ぬいぐるみ - Lalaport Expocity Rilakkuma Store 1st Anniversary - Soccer - jersey detail

Sporty soccer jersey with light/dark blue vertical stripes, with a small yellow bear emblem and “Rilakkuma” proudly displayed front and center.

リラックマストア・プラス ららぽーとEXPOCITY店1周年 - サッカー - あつめてアニバーサリーぬいぐるみ - リラックマ ぬいぐるみ - Lalaport Expocity Rilakkuma Store 1st Anniversary - Soccer - shoe detail

Amazing attention to detail with a small yellow bear symbol on the lateral side of both his soccer cleats. I really appreciate this because this side of his shoes face down and is unseen when he is upright, but the detail was included anyway for thoroughness—incredible! And a great view of the fabric tag featuring a blue and gold “1st” to represent the EXPOCITY Rilakkuma Store’s 1st anniversary.

リラックマストア・プラス ららぽーとEXPOCITY店1周年 - サッカー - あつめてアニバーサリーぬいぐるみ - リラックマ ぬいぐるみ - Lalaport Expocity Rilakkuma Store 1st Anniversary - Soccer - tag art

Tag art features a powder blue soccer ball pattern, except one of the pentagons is replaced with a bear shape in the middle. Wish they did that for the plush soccer ball Rilakkuma is holding, too!

This active bear was part of the Lalaport EXPOCITY 1st anniversary celebration held in November 2016!

In 1970, Japan hosted Asia’s first World Expo in Suita, Osaka, and in 2015, the expo grounds were renovated into the complex now known as EXPOCITY! There’s a huge soccer stadium in Suita near EXPOCITY, so this soccer bear is a perfect fit!

Gigantic thanks to my Aunt Lulu for helping me acquire this athletic Rilakkuma star! Wow, the sports leagues in Bear Country are really shaping up!

Hey US Rilakkuma fans! Interested in winning a Space Series Store Exclusive Rilakkuma plush? AIRASHI CO, a Japanese character goods store based out of Virginia that just opened in May, is hosting a giveaway this month!

There are 3 ways you can enter, see the AIRASHI Instagram post below:

Giveaway closes on June 30 at 9PM EST, so be sure to enter before then!

Also, AIRASHI CO has a great selection of Rilakkuma plush for sale! And I love the Rilakkuma photography on their website :)

This plush is from one of my favorite series of all time, the Space Series from Summer 2014! I have so many Rilakkuma plush from that season, including the standard release, store exclusive, Kiddyland exclusives, and JAXA collaboration (both versions!). Suffice to say, we have a very developed Rilakkuma space program hahaha.

Personally, I won’t be entering this giveaway since I already have my own Store Exclusive Space Series Rilakkuma plush, but wanted to spread the love for one very detailed Rilakkuma plush for those looking! Good luck to everyone entering!

In other news, the summer Rilakkuma series has been announced: say hello to the Kiiroitori Diary Series!

リラックマ キイロイトリ ダイアリ― - Rilakkuma Kiiroitori Diary Series - cover

Let’s take a peek into Kiiroitori’s life!

リラックマ キイロイトリ ダイアリ― - ぬいぐるみ - スーパーもーちもち大福クッション - Rilakkuma Kiiroitori Diary Series - plush designs

An amazingly diverse set of plush designs all based around Kiiroitori! From the top down, looks like we’ve got Kiiroitori as a vacuum, Kiiroitori trying on a wig, Kiiroitori eating a biscuit that says “Kiiroitori Diary”, Rilakkuma and friends (including Kiiroitori) wearing Kiiroitori costumes, and finally giant squishy Rilakkuma and Kiiroitori mochi cushions!

This Kiiroitori-centric series will be released in July 2017, and features some truly hilarious plush designs! That jumbo mochi cushion shape is a lot like what my Pooh Tsum Tsum looks like now that he’s several years old hahaha.

The summer Rilakkuma series are generally my favorites! They are usually highly conceptual, complex, detailed, and meaningful. This is just a sneak peek, and I can’t wait to see what the various exclusive designs will look like! Will keep you updated with new plush designs as they get released!

What are your first impressions of this year’s summer series: Kiiroitori Diary? Are you a Kiiroitori fan?

Sendai 4th Anniversary Hockey Rilakkuma Plush!

Though we finally broke a long dry spell with our first rain here in St. Augustine this week, it is getting hotter and hotter here!

Still dreaming of cooler temperatures with this cute new Hockey Rilakkuma Plush from the Sendai 4th Anniversary Series!

リラックマストア仙台店4周年記念 - あつめてアニバーサリーぬいぐるみ - 氷上のウィンタースポーツ - Sendai Rilakkuma Store 4th Anniversary Plush - full

Hockey Rilakkuma, ready for action!

リラックマストア仙台店4周年記念 - あつめてアニバーサリーぬいぐるみ - 氷上のウィンタースポーツ - Sendai Rilakkuma Store 4th Anniversary Plush - helmet detail

His white helmet features a yellow Rilakkuma emblem, and soft grey cage to protect his face!

リラックマストア仙台店4周年記念 - あつめてアニバーサリーぬいぐるみ - 氷上のウィンタースポーツ - Sendai Rilakkuma Store 4th Anniversary Plush - helmet cage flip

The cage also conveniently flips up when you want to see his handsome face!

リラックマストア仙台店4周年記念 - あつめてアニバーサリーぬいぐるみ - 氷上のウィンタースポーツ - Sendai Rilakkuma Store 4th Anniversary Plush - hockey puck detail

One of my favorite details: an adorable bright yellow, bear-shaped hockey puck attached by string to the end of his hockey stick!

リラックマストア仙台店4周年記念 - あつめてアニバーサリーぬいぐるみ - 氷上のウィンタースポーツ - Sendai Rilakkuma Store 4th Anniversary Plush - hockey stick and jersey detail

On the other end of his hock stick, a nice bear detail. His white and blue jersey features a blue bear emblem with “Rilakkuma” in the front and center, with three grey stars on each sleeve.

リラックマストア仙台店4周年記念 - あつめてアニバーサリーぬいぐるみ - 氷上のウィンタースポーツ - Sendai Rilakkuma Store 4th Anniversary Plush - skate detail

Charming plush ice skates for Rilakkuma, featuring felt blades and a yellow Rilakkuma design on the lateral sides!

リラックマストア仙台店4周年記念 - あつめてアニバーサリーぬいぐるみ - 氷上のウィンタースポーツ - Sendai Rilakkuma Store 4th Anniversary Plush - tag art

Tag art featuring Rilakkuma’s snazzy skates! Also with a peek at the gilded fabric tag with the big “4” representing the Sendai Rilakkuma Store’s 4th anniversary.

Continuing the sports anniversary trend for this cycle, Sendai celebrated their 4th anniversary in November 2016 with this athletic hockey Rilakkuma!

Did you know that ice hockey is one of the oldest professional sports in Japan? And ice hockey is a popular sport in Sendai, making it a very appropriate choice to celebrate the Sendai Rilakkuma Store’s 4th birthday!

I love the way this plush is constructed, from the flip-up cage down to his plush skates—absolutely adorable! I’ve never played hockey, but this Rilakkuma certainly makes me want to! Or at least just skate around a little bit indoors while the sun slowly roasts Florida.

Enormous thanks to my Aunt Lulu for helping me get this sporty Rilakkuma! I hope he still has the chance to play hockey here in sunny Florida haha.

Do people still do #FollowFriday / #FF? I’m notoriously really spotty with my Instagram/social media usage, but these are a few photos I’ve saved that I’ve been really inspired by!

🐻 #rilakkuma #くま #リラックマ #ゆき

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So beautiful! I really enjoy seeing everyone’s unique Rilakkuma aesthetics as I scroll through the #rilakkuma and #リラックマ tags, and these photos always get me motivated to capture more Rilakkuma photos!

Be sure to check out the Rilakkuma Lifestyle Instagram for fun snapshots of my Rilakkuma plush ;)

Personally, I love shooting concepts of Rilakkuma with objects like what he is wearing, like this Burger Rilakkuma with a burger which I took back in 2015 hehehe.

Happy 4th of July from Rilakkuma Lifestyle!! Enjoy a burger with bears today! #rilakkuma #cute #food #rilakkumaus

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Of course, I always have so much fun bringing Rilakkuma out with me to do errands, and I always bring Rilakkuma with me when I travel!

Do you bring your Rilakkuma plush out in public? If so, where do you like to bring them?

Rilakkuma Lifestyle in LA and Vegas!

Hello, and I hope everyone had a relaxing Memorial Day!

Check out these photos from our trip to Los Angeles and Las Vegas!

Our first stop was LA! This was my first time in LA, and we had a lot of fun! This trip was short and sweet to see family I haven’t seen in years (and meet some cousins I’d never met before!!!!), but I really wish I could have stayed for longer!

Rilakkuma Lifestyle in Los Angeles LA and Las Vegas - Hollywood - BD Bear + Kuma-san

Rilakkumas in Hollywood, ready for their close up!

Rilakkuma Lifestyle in Los Angeles LA and Las Vegas - Hollywood - Koguma-chan

Koguma-chan joined in on the fun, too! Silver screen ready!

Rilakkuma Lifestyle in Los Angeles LA and Las Vegas - Urban Light

Rilakkumas at Urban Light! This installation in front of the LA County Museum of Art features 202 restored street lamps from the 1920’s and 30’s!

Unfortunately, didn’t get to check out any of the stores that stock Rilakkuma in LA because this was a short trip just to spend time with family, but next time I have the chance to go and more time, I will definitely make it a Rilakkuma-themed vacation!

It would be great to have an LA Rilakkuma fan meet-up as Melanie suggested in a previous post! I hear there’s even a Rilakkuma cafe there, too! When will Florida get more Rilakkuma??

After LA, we headed off to Las Vegas, my first time there, too!

Rilakkuma Lifestyle in Los Angeles LA and Las Vegas - the Venetian

Beautiful view at the Venetian! Such amazing art everywhere, felt like I was really in Venice hehehe.

Rilakkuma Lifestyle in Los Angeles LA and Las Vegas - Forum Shops Caesars Palace

Peeking through a Roman face at the Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace! This is actually a chair on the other side :O

Rilakkuma Lifestyle in Los Angeles LA and Las Vegas - Bellagio - Conservatory and Botanical Gardens - Japanese Spring - butterfly

Relaxing at the stunning Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens! The current theme is Japanese Spring, making Rilakkuma feel right at home with these breathtaking floral displays!

Rilakkuma Lifestyle in Los Angeles LA and Las Vegas - Bellagio - Conservatory and Botanical Gardens - Japanese Spring - crane

Whoa there, Mr. Crane! (Don’t worry, the crane is made of flowers and no Rilakkumas were harmed in the making of this photograph!)

Spent most of our days eating all over the Strip, at places such as Bacchanal, Wicked Spoon, Bouchon, Gordon Ramsay Burger, China Poblano, and even the Taco Bell Cantina (the flagship Taco Bell with extended menu). No gambling for these bears!

This was such a unique experience, and I’m really fortunate that I had the chance to visit with my family. Hopefully, see you again soon, LA and Vegas ;)

What would your ideal Rilakkuma vacation look like? I’d want to eat at all the Rilakkuma cafes, there are so many open in Japan right now!

Sapporo 5th Anniversary Rilakkuma Plush!

Dreaming of snow and winter as summer gets closer?

Cool down by hanging out with one of my newest additions: Bobsled Rilakkuma Plush from the Sapporo 5th Anniversary Series!

Sapporo Rilakkuma Store 5th Anniversary Series - Bobsled Rilakkuma - リラックマストア札幌店5周年記念 - ボブスレー - あつめてアニバーサリーぬいぐるみ リラックマ - full

I call him “Bob”.

Sapporo Rilakkuma Store 5th Anniversary Series - Bobsled Rilakkuma - リラックマストア札幌店5周年記念 - ボブスレー - あつめてアニバーサリーぬいぐるみ リラックマ - helmet detail

Protective helmet to keep him safe and warm, with bear emblem in the front and center.

Sapporo Rilakkuma Store 5th Anniversary Series - Bobsled Rilakkuma - リラックマストア札幌店5周年記念 - ボブスレー - あつめてアニバーサリーぬいぐるみ リラックマ - front bobsled detail

The bobsled itself has a bear profile, with subtle red “ears” attached to the sides, with a large yellow bear design in the front.

Sapporo Rilakkuma Store 5th Anniversary Series - Bobsled Rilakkuma - リラックマストア札幌店5周年記念 - ボブスレー - あつめてアニバーサリーぬいぐるみ リラックマ - side view

Profile shows two white racing stripes and a sporty yellow Rilakkuma title. I love the little bear for the dot on the “i”!

Sapporo Rilakkuma Store 5th Anniversary Series - Bobsled Rilakkuma - リラックマストア札幌店5周年記念 - ボブスレー - あつめてアニバーサリーぬいぐるみ リラックマ - removable bobsled

This Rilakkuma is completely removable from his bobsled (no strings attached!) so other bears can have some winter fun, too!

Sapporo Rilakkuma Store 5th Anniversary Series - Bobsled Rilakkuma - リラックマストア札幌店5周年記念 - ボブスレー - あつめてアニバーサリーぬいぐるみ リラックマ - tag art

I think the tag art is uniquely beautiful, with a pretty snowflake design with little bears at the spikes. Nice peek of the fabric tag with gold foil embroidery describing the anniversary location and year, a motif of all anniversary designs from this cycle (compare to the satin ribbons from last cycle).

This sporty bobsled Rilakkuma was released as part of the Sapporo Rilakkuma Store’s 5th Anniversary celebration held November 2016!

This is the first Rilakkuma plush to ring in the current cycle of sports-themed anniversary bears! Last cycle was the Rilakkuma World Tour, featuring Rilakkuma and friends traveling across the world. This cycle, the designs all represent important sports in Japan! Also, I’m glad they brought back the full-sized bears for this cycle—just as I was starting to get used to the mini-bears from the past two haha.

This Rilakkuma design is especially meaningful because the country of Japan made their official bobsled/bobsleigh debut at the 1972 Winter Olympics, with the bobsled event being held in Sapporo! Furthermore, according to the announcement for this anniversary event on the Rilakkuma blog, this design is supposed to represent all winter sports, including bobsledding, skiing, and snowboarding. I love how thoughtful these Rilakkuma designs at representing significant slices of Japanese culture and history!

Big thanks to my Aunt Lulu for chaperoning him all the way here from the Philippines! We are so grateful for his immigration!

So happy that Bear Country is branching out to athletics! I’m also excited to have even more sports bears from this cycle to share with you!

In more relatable Rilakkuma news, this new design featuring sleeping Rilakkuma saying “Please don’t wake me up, I want to sleep more…” will be popping up in June!

Please Don't Wake Me Up, I Want To Sleep More - Rilakkuma - June 2017 - リラックマ

Haven’t we all been there?

Please Don't Wake Me Up, I Want To Sleep More - Rilakkuma - June 2017 - リラックマ - tote bag pass case

Tote bag: 2,480円. Passcase: 1,600円.

This line will be released in Rilakkuma Stores across Japan on June 3, and includes bags, passcases, pouches, and even a commemorative fork!

Such a big difference in attitude compared the sporty bears from the Anniversary line, huh? I think even Rilakkuma athletes want to sleep in some days.

What kind of sports do you want to see Rilakkuma play? Or are you more of a ~sleeping in~ Rilakkuma type?