Kapibarasan, kawaii ne!
I first met Kapibarasan when I went to Japan about 8 years ago. I thought it was adorable and I brought home a medium sized plush toy, which I later used as my napping pillow, but after being told my furry friend harboured millions of dust mites that made me allergic, I gave it away. BIG MISTAKE. I still miss it to the day until......I came across a huge Kapibarasan sale!
I actually learned of the sale a week before, but decided to skip it to avoid doing further damage to my already busted budget (winter coats! boots! grownup id renewal!). As fate would have it, I ended up dining at the same mall with my family, and I just couldn't walk away after laying eyes on the dozens of brown-faced merchandise! The Japanese sure are experts at creating and marketing cartoon characters, and I oohed and aahed over every single item I saw. However, being the reasonable shopper I am, I took quite some time debating on whether I should actually make the purchase and which items I should buy. With a little financial support from boyfriend (he said consider it my birthday present!yay!), I ended up buying two things that I don't necessarily need but would find practical.
The first is a Japanese school bag, usually carried by Japanese high school girls. I'm not Japanese and I'm not in high school (I'm a girl though!), but I do love structured bags. The inconspicuous mark at the bottom right corner is a plus, and so is the detachable card holder.
I only realized the magic of these type of bags when I further examined it at home. Besides patterned lining that makes my heart flutter, this bag is packed with practical compartments: there is a place for notebooks, cell phone, keys, secret love notes, and even a place to keep your water bottle upright! So impressed.
The other thing I bought is this, my napping pillow reincarnated! Just like the bag, this one is full of surprises too......
It can actually expand into a blanket! Various buttons and loops means it can be worn a number of ways, and another plus is I can wash it to avoid the dust mite problem, win win!
Though I loved my purchases, they were priced rather steeply even after the sale discount. This is a common phenomenon in Taiwan because suckers like me will still buy anything made in Japan even if it's three times the original price. However, I was quite lucky that day and I came home with all the extras shown above! I won the giraffe-camouflaged Kapibarasan in the centre through the sweepstake and all the rest are gift with purchases. I was so happy I almost shed tears of joy when the host announce my name.
All in all, I was happy with my buys and believe they will accompany me for a very long time. Now, I just have to unsubscribe from all shopping emails......
Have you ever heard of Kapibarasan? What is your favourite Japanese cartoon character?