kawaii bunny art keepsakes - Japan

Thursday, July 31, 2014

I have a slightly small obsession with Japan and anything cute or kawaii. If you've been reading my posts for a while you'll probably already know this. Japan is my favourite country to visit and travel in. Hands down.

So while in Japan last month I was on the look out for a keepsake to remind me of this visit. And I spotted some very cute bunny art that I couldn't go past... 

Japanese gift wrap

Don't you just love how well everything is packaged up and presented in Japan? Even though I knew what was in this gift-wrapped box - it was so much fun opening it when we got home.


I just love these illustrations. I also love that even though my Japanese is limited I can more or less understand what each individual piece means...

kawaii bunny drinking beer - Japan
biiru de kanpai
beer, cheers!

Kawaii bunny and fish friends - Japan
taisetsu na taisetsu na watashi no tomodachi itsumademo
my precious precious friend forever

Kawaii Japanese art

Okay, so I can't do a proper translation for this last one. As far as I can tell it's referencing a summer festival, and mentions the green and bright leaves. If anyone out there can translate this for me I would be very grateful. I bought it because it reminded me of summer, and the season I was visiting Japan in.

And here is where they have ended up in my home...

Kawaii Japanese art
a lovely little shelf in the living room that was just waiting to be filled!

Kawaii Japanese art
bedside table, spare bedroom

Kawaii Japanese art
bookshelf, our bedroom

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... so what do you think?

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14 comments

  1. I LOVE these illustrations so much!! They are super cute and so Japanese if you know what I mean!

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    1. Me too. I wanted to buy the whole shop. There was some serious self restraint going on!

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  2. I like them! They are sweet without being too sweet. (If that makes any sense at all!)

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    1. Thanks Amanda. I think that makes sense - they blend in quite well amongst other photos and prints too :)

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  3. Ohmygosh these are so cute, I love them. I love this type of thing too (well, I have a whole blog dedicated to cute things, so it's no surprise). Where exactly did you find them? When I go to Japan the bulk of my shopping ends up being stationary that I never use...at least it is light to pack on the way home :-)

    -Eimear {www.CuteTravels.com}

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    1. Snap Eilmear - I brought back a whole bag of stationary from Japan last month. The selection of gorgeous stuff there is the best I've seen in any country. These prints I bought in Kyoto from a little art shop in Gion. I don't know the name sorry! Are you aware of @KawaiiBoxCo ? Sounds like something that you would love!!

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  4. Those are so cute! I always love purchasing art when I travel and those would definitely be something that I would pick up.

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  5. "Asa ni mo kienu Ama no Gawa, midori mabushii ao kaede" -- roughly translated, it means "Bright green maple leaves are like a Milky Way that doesn't disappear in the morning." (Ama no Gawa is the Milky Way and Ao Kaede are green maple leaves.)

    Hope that helps ;)

    PS. My sisters and I aren't going to be posting much on our blog anymore, but I started my own. If you're ever bored, I'd love it if you could stop by ;)

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    1. Thank you so much Miwa - you just made my day :) Will most definitely be visiting your blog as Cranes and Clovers has been a favourite read for me for a while now.

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  6. These illustrations are adorable!

    What are you favourite places in Japan? I have been there only once ( Tokyo and all over Hokkaido), but I am planning a return visit, so need some ideas :)

    http://wideseanoanchor.com/

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    1. Thanks Olga. It really depends what you're in to - what type of trip are you planning? My absolute favourite area of Japan is Shikoku. It's beautiful, the people are just so down to earth and it's probably one of the most authentic places to go (no English spoken here). Keep a look out on my blog this month - I have a whole series of posts planned about Japan - might give you a few ideas :)

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