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We’ve discovered yet another destination to add to our list for when we finally take that field trip to Japan: Moomin Cafés.

Created Swedish-Finn illustrator and writer Tove Jansson for a series of books and comics, the Moomins are a family of fairy tale characters that look like white hippos who’ve learned to walk upright and sometimes wear the odd article of clothing. They live in Moominvalley where they share all sorts of adventures with a variety of equally interesting characters.

The original books are so popular throughout Japan that they spawned a franchise of animated tv shows [Buy on Amazon], merchandise [Buy on Amazon], and a chain of Moomin Bakeries and Cafés managed by the Benelic company. Each adorable location is full of Moomin-themed art, Moomin-shaped food and drinks, and Moomin merchandise. But, wait, none of those cute things are the best part.

The best part is that, when you visit a Moomin Café all by yourself, you’ll soon be informed that someone else would like to sit with you. And before you have time to wonder who on earth might’ve followed you there, you’ll be joined at your table by one of the Moomin characters - or rather a large plush version of one of them. No need to bring a book. We’re sure you’ll have plenty to talk about.

Visit RocketNews24 to learn more.

Does this bedroom look like a dream come true or a saccharine nightmare? Either way it’s complete kawaii overload. A bright and disorienting “swarm of neon-colored cuteness.” Entitled Colorful Rebellion — Seventh Nightmare, the room is an immersive installation created by Japanese artist Sebastian Masuda.

"This installation, which filled the Kianga Ellis Projects in Chelsea, New York earlier this year, features a room bursting with manufactured objects of cuteness, including bundles of fake fur, stuffed animals, plastic jewelry, girl’s hair accessories, dollhouses, and other colorful toys that completely cover the walls and ceiling of the room. In the middle of the room is a bed, which visitors could lay upon and gaze up at the explosion of “Harajuku kawaii” closing in on them from every direction.”

Harajuku is an area in Japan known as a hub for Japanese youth culture and fashion. Fans of Japanese street fashion gather to show off all sorts of distinctive and outrageous styles. Masuda recognizes that this is sometimes much more than a flamboyant hobby. It’s often a vital coping mechanism for youth in Japan.

"One must understand that in Japan, therapy and psychological outlets are not as acceptable as they are in the United States," Masuda explains in his artist statement. "The majority of the time, these girls do not fit in with their classmates and community. Harajuku is not only a place where they can be different without consequence, it is also a place that provides fashion alternatives for girls to express dark emotions in flamboyant, alternative styles."

In addition to being an artist, Masuda owns a Japanese boutique called 6%DOKIDOKI and has been very influential in popularizing kawaii culture, both within Japan and around the world.

[via My Modern Metropolis and The Huffington Post]

This is the tiniest, cutest Tauntaun we’ve ever seen (and this is the creepiest one). He’s only 5-1/4” tall, comes with an even tinier saddle and bridle, and is so adorable that there’s no way he smells bad on the inside OR the outside.

This crocheted amigurumi biped from the planet Hoth was created by Kanata, Ontario-based artist Christine Doyle. (He’s currently available here.) You can check out more of her kawaii handmade creations as well as handmade jewelry and other accessories at her Etsy shop, underafeymoon.

[via Technabob]

Kawaii! Prepare yourself for another awesomely potent dose of Japanese cuteness. Meet Marutaro, an impressively round African pygmy hedgehog who lives in Japan with his hedgehog wife named Okomesan and a daughter named Kinoko.

Thanks to his inherent adorableness and charm, as well as his owner’s predilection for photographing him behind silly paper faces and in front of all sorts of chalkboard scenes, Marutaro has become an internet sensation on Japanese twitter. There you’ll find a seemingly endless stream of cute photos that are sure to keep your blood sugar level dangerously elevated.

[via RocketNews24]

Here’s a video tutorial for an April Fools’ Day prank that’s also a sweet treat. YouTuber Kawaiisweetworld teaches us how to make wonderfully convincing Pizza Cakes using yellow cake mix for the crust, red buttercream frosting for the sauce, shredded coconut for the cheese and an assortment of deceptive sweets for the toppings.

The complete recipe is provided in the About section of this video page.

[via Blazenfluff]

Norway has just emerged as a challenger for Japan’s title as Masters of Awesome Cuteness. These photos were taken on the set of “Piip-Show”, a live reality tv show following the lives of a cast comprised of wild birds and the occasional squirrel. Conceived by Norwegian freelance photographer Magne Klann, the show takes place on a set which is an outdoor bird feeder modeled after Java, a well-known coffee shop in Oslo, Norway.

“Different personalities meet inside the bar. Among others a short tempered nuthatch, a blue tit with the memory of a gold fish, a happy-go-lucky great tit, and a depressed bullfinch. Like in any other bar there is bickering, petty theft, fighting and attempts at romance”.

We can’t help but try to pair these animals with various cast members from Seinfeld.

Billed as the very first reality show for birds, the “Piip-Show" is a three-month-long project that’s being broadcast live on the Norwegian broadcasting network NRK.

Click here to watch the “Piip-Show” online

[via Junkculture]

Whoa, is that Pikachu? Nope, this awesomely cute creature is a Jerboa, a nocturnal, desert-dwelling rodent with unbelievably huge ears for avoiding stealthy winged predators and impossibly long legs for hopping at speeds of up to 15mph in order to avoid ending up as someone else’s dinner. They take shelter in burrows from the daytime desert heat and take adorable dust baths. Jerboas generally live solitary lives, but will sometimes form loose colonies for warmth during particularly chilly winters.
tl;dr: This is a Jerboa and there’s so much cuteness happening here that we’re starting to feel dizzy.
If you’re somehow still conscious after looking at this amazing photo, head over to BuzzFeed for even more Jerboa awesomeness.
Photo by kuroebisama
[via Neatorama and BuzzFeed]

Whoa, is that Pikachu? Nope, this awesomely cute creature is a Jerboa, a nocturnal, desert-dwelling rodent with unbelievably huge ears for avoiding stealthy winged predators and impossibly long legs for hopping at speeds of up to 15mph in order to avoid ending up as someone else’s dinner. They take shelter in burrows from the daytime desert heat and take adorable dust baths. Jerboas generally live solitary lives, but will sometimes form loose colonies for warmth during particularly chilly winters.

tl;dr: This is a Jerboa and there’s so much cuteness happening here that we’re starting to feel dizzy.

If you’re somehow still conscious after looking at this amazing photo, head over to BuzzFeed for even more Jerboa awesomeness.

Photo by kuroebisama

[via Neatorama and BuzzFeed]

Kawaii! These little kitties aren’t just unbelievably cute, they’re also edible. They’re made by a Japanese mom named Caroline for Neko no Hi or Cat Day, which takes place each year on February 22nd.

Cat-shaped treats seem like a wonderful way to celebrate how much you like your feline friends. These treats are cat-shaped nerikiri, which is “a traditional Japanese sweet made by mixing shiro-an (sweetened white bean paste) with gyuhi (made of glutinous rice, similar to mochi but softer).” Caroline sculpts her nerikiri cats and kittens into various sizes and poses and then uses edible dyes to add distinguishing markings and fine details. She even makes little accessories for them, like tea sets and pillows for extra-comfy lounging.

Based on the effort that goes into making these sweets, it seems likely that Caroline’s family probably has at least one real life cat of their own and we’re guessing it leads a wonderfully spoiled life.

Visit RocketNews24 for additional photos.

Katie Bradley aka MossyTortoise (previously featured here) likes to crochet and care for animals so much that she branched out from making her already awesome tortoise cozies to create this unbelievably cute snail cozy:

"One of my clients asked me to crochet a tiny lacy stegosaurus cozy for her baby tortoise, which happens to be the same size as our baby marginated tortoise, Buttercup. I had a little bit of the yarn left over… and so, not wanting to waste it, I made a snail cozy!”

With such adorable matching cozies, we’re hoping that the snail and Buttercup are headed for snug yet fashionable adventures. Or at least a really cute nap.

Visit Katie’s MossyTortoise shop to check out more of her delightful handmade creations.

[via Neatorama and Tortaddiction]

Fast food is already pretty unhealthy, so why not substitute that cheeseburger, milkshake and fries with a perfect (and perfectly edible) replica made of cookies?
This awesome cookie meal was made by the older sister of Japanese Twitter user あかり who added that her sister, “Can make anything out of cookies.” We don’t doubt it for a second and hope we get to see more of her tantalizingly tricksy cookie creations.
[via RocketNews24]

Fast food is already pretty unhealthy, so why not substitute that cheeseburger, milkshake and fries with a perfect (and perfectly edible) replica made of cookies?

This awesome cookie meal was made by the older sister of Japanese Twitter user あかり who added that her sister, “Can make anything out of cookies.” We don’t doubt it for a second and hope we get to see more of her tantalizingly tricksy cookie creations.

[via RocketNews24]