153 posts tagged Kawaii
153 posts tagged Kawaii
Oh Japan, you’ve done it again. Perhaps the only thing better than eating yummy slices of toast is eating toast shaped like an adorable teddy bear that cheerfully sits up to greet you right before you devour it.
Called the Ernest Bread Pop Up!, this delightful product is the work of Japanese company Tokyu Hands. It even comes with three interchangable facial expressions so you can customize your scrummy toast bear before you send him to your belly.
Before today it had never occurred to us that birds and bananas are at all similar. Now that we’ve seen this wonderfully weird and ridiculously cute series of parrot-banana hybrid Epoch Gashapon toys, we’re dying to see how other fruit and fauna pair up.
According to RocketNews24, these banana birdies are selling so well that the manufacturer has plans for a whole series of “parrot-foodstuff mash-ups.” The parrot-mushroom hybrids seen in the bottom image are coming out next.
The parrot-banana series actually includes a number of birds from the parrot family from little cockatoos to the splashy Macau.
Japanese artist Miho Yata combines knitting with stop-motion animation to creates short films that she calls “Yatamimation.” Her latest piece is this charming production, entitled Film Muffler, made using long knitted mifflers that depicts a sweet love story in the old-timey style of silent films, complete with a cute piano score.
Visit the Yatamimation website to check out more of Miho Yata’s crafty creations.
Battle Ready + Ridiculously Cute = Awesome
Canadian cosplayer Andy Smith created these beautifully detailed and thoroughly kawaii suits of Hello Kitty and Pikachu-themed samurai armor. Hard hats serve as the base for both helmets and all those armor plates were fashioned from plastic garbage cans. We love that the Pikachu armor even features a lightning bolt tail.
Visit Andy’s DeviantArt page for additional process photos. If you happen to be attending Animethon, taking place this weekend in Alberta, Canada, keep an eye out for Andy, who’ll be wearing at least one of these fantastic costumes.
This awesome Finn and Jake chair was created by Redditor reallylovely, who spotted the old, yet still sturdy chair at an antique shop and immediately recognized its potential resemblance to our favorite post-apocalyptic human boy:
"I cleaned, sanded, primed then painted the design with acrylics. I also added a few coats of glow-in-the-dark paint to his hood and his socks. Then I sealed it about four times. For the seat, I used felt, and hand-embroidered the details of Jake’s face. For the dream bubble, I used a small piece of Adventure Time printed fabric which I bought online. After this photo was taken, I added a clear plastic layer to the seat to protect the design and allow it to actually be used as a chair (but I mostly made it as art)."
Here’s hoping that Adventure Time-themed furniture restoration becomes a trend.
This adorable little hedgehog was made using almonds, eggs, cream, sugar and then even more almonds. We love him, not just because he’s so cute, but because he was created using a recipe that was written all the way back in 1817. Think about that for a second. What that means is that even 200 years ago people were coming up with novelty treats and edible sculptures shaped like ridiculously cute animals.
The recipe comes from a book entitled Treatise on Confectionary, written by Joseph Bell. Here it is:
To make a Hedge Hog.
Take 1lb. Valentia almonds; blanch and beat them very fine, with a little rose water; mix in the yolks of six eggs; whisk up the whites of four eggs very stiff; mix all together, with half a pint of cream, and sweeten it with beat sugar to your taste; set the whole in a stew pan on a clear fire, and stir it till it is thick enough to model into the shape of a hedge hog; put a small currant for each eye, and stick it all over with cut almonds for the bristles of the hedge hog; then set it on a dish, and pour over it a rich custard.
It’s actually possible that this recipe is even older still. It may be a reprint from this 1747 source. So the next time you find yourself daydreaming about 18th/19th century banquets, as we know some of you sometimes do, don’t forget to include the ornamental, edible almond hedgehog.
Because it’s been many months since we first made the discovery, as a public service the Department of Teeny-weeny Wonders would like to remind everyone that baby Horseshoe Crabs are incredibly small and awesomely cute. The wee hatchlings in these photos are baby Atlantic Horseshoe Crabs (Limulus polyphemus).
"Atlantic Horseshoe Crabs lay eggs 2,000 to 30,000 eggs, which hatch approximately 2 weeks later. Hatchlings stay in tidal areas for about a year before traveling into deeper areas of the ocean."
These little ones were recently collected from local tidal areas by husbandry staff from the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. They’ll be kept under quarantine for one month and then moved to the aquarium’s invertebrate touch tanks.
We’ve featured many different kinds and sizes of origami over the years, but this may be the first time we’ve ever seen origami that’s not only made from delicate facial tissues, but also animated. Artist Yuki Ariga created this utterly delightful stop motion animated short for Japanese paper manufacturer Nepia. It features a series of lively origami animals interacting with the artist’s gentle hands.
We’ve seen all sorts of awesome 3D latte art lately, but this is the first time we’ve encountered 3D cocktail art. These incredibly adorable adult beverages were all made at the Duke Capo bar in Tokyo. There the inventive bartenders use different sorts of cream, chocolate sauce and, of course, plenty of booze to create these kawaii cocktails.
Photos via IT Media.
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