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Monday, 25 April 2016

Wooly-chan's Japan Adventure Part 1

Tadaima~ Kiru back again! ^o^

As some of you may have known, I've been away in Japan with my little Baby Wooly buddy~ 
I thought it might be nice to share what myself and Wooly-chan got up to on our Japan adventures! 

So here we are the evening before we leave~ Wooly-chan is ready and super excited! As you can see he's going with Rilakkuma and Monchhichi as he's a little afraid of flying~

On the left is Wooly in Heathrow Airport London waiting to board our plane to Japan~ He was very excited as he hadn't been back to Japan since he was born!
When we left the UK it was beginning to get dark and when we finally arrived in Japan it was also dark, so it felt as though we had been travelling for a whole day (which wasn't far from the truth) (>o<;;)zZz

After a good nights rest we settled into our apartment in the south of Tokyo and then we set off exploring for the day.

We went to the famous Meguro River where we saw our first Cherry Blossoms of the season~ They were so beautiful and nearly as big as Wooly-chan!

After a long day of walking around we decided it was time to have some nice and healthy Sushi!

We hopped on a train in Tokyo and traveled all the way to Hakone, which is a beautiful Onesen town famous for its relaxing hot spring baths and views of Mt. Fuji! Sadly it was a bit too cloudy to see Mt. Fuji this time but the town itself was very reminiscent of Spirited away~ It was very peaceful and dreamlike (❁´▽`❁)*✲゚*

After a relaxing day Wooly-Chan and I settled into our traditional Japanese style room, which consists of Tatami mats with futon bedding and of course a lovely steaming hot cup of green tea!
Unfortunately Wooly-Chan had watched far too many Japanese horror movies ((( 〇A〇)) and insisted on checking that the cupboard didn't have any spooky ghosts in before he got ready for bed.

That's all for now as Wooly Chan became rather sleepy (=o=zZz
Thank you very much for reading our blog post. Keep an eye out for our next post when Wooly-Chan and Kiru go to Kyoto in part 2 of Wooly Chan's Japan Trip~

Until next time! Part 2 coming soon~
Your Social Media Team Member
Kiru ^o^

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Tofu Cute comes to Covent Garden!

Hello everyone! ~

My name is Riv and I will be sharing lots of new updates with you today!

Where is Kiru?! Σ(゜ロ゜;) She is currently spending a few weeks away in Japan (*o*) We miss her so much! We've been keeping in touch with her and it sounds like she is having an amazing time there~ We can't wait for her to come back though (ノ≧∀≦)ノ

If you follow us on any of our social media sites you may have noticed we have recently opened a new concession inside ARTBOX in Covent Garden, London! This is such an exciting opportunity for us and great news for any of you who live in the London area. ✧٩(ˊωˋ*)و✧

All of our staff went to the ARTBOX shop super late at night to begin the transformation of our area <3


We painted it our special shade of Tofu Cute pink and added loads of super adorable hanging decorations.

 After all the hard work had been put into making the concession look as cute as possible we had the exciting launch of the opening day! We had goodie bags to give out and we had a special guest appearance from Panda Chan \(*o*)/ It was such an awesome day I had lots of fun with everyone~
You can spot me in one of the pictures below ヾ(・∀・`*)ノ☆

If you visited us (or visit us in the future) make sure to tag us #tofucute or #artboxuk so we can see all your photos <3

This weekend we have some of our brand new Amuse products available at the concession only! So, if you want to get your hands on them before anyone else make sure you go there super soon~ Don't worry if you can't make it though because we will be adding all available lines to our website soon. (^3^) Here is a sneak peek at the new collections:

In other Amuse news - we are now listed as an official retailer on the Amuse website! (^w^)
If you want to be sure you are buying genuine Amuse plush always check it is from a listed source!

Thank you for checking out our recent adventures!

Kiru will be back soon with lots of more fun news and events ~

Riv signing off ( ´ ▽ ` )ノ

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Valentines Ideas #2

Hello everyone, Kiru here~ ^o^

Here we are again at that special time of year, as you all may know (and hopefully haven't forgotten!) Valentine's Day is fast approaching; and Tofu Cute is here to help once again! We have lots of delicious and adorable fluffy gift ideas to make you and your partner smile this year. (♥ω♥ )

We have created a page on TofuCute.com specifically for our Valentines day gift ideas, which you can find at the top of our website! (and by just clicking here: ♥Valentines Gift Ideas♥)

This is where you can find the Valentine's gift category on our website ^o^

Once you click the category it will take you to this page full of awesome gift ideas~

So first of all here are some of our gift ideas for many budgets, from our Valentines Gift category (♥o♥)
The first is for those who have a loving but chibi budget, it includes delicious and super kawaii little gifts that come to under £10.00!

The total spend of this gift set would be £9.80♥

Our spotlight product from this gift set would be the ♥Lotte Kancho Love Biscuits♥  which are cute little chocolate biscuits with a delicious creamy chocolate filling. Each biscuit and the box are decorated in love themed characters and little love hearts. (●♡∀♡)

Our second selection of wonderful gifts is for those who wish to reach our minimum spend to qualify for Free UK delivery! ٩(♡ε♡ )۶ From irresistible Alpacas to luxury chocolate, you can't go wrong!

Alpacasso Kids Sweet Day Keychain - £4.79
Meiji Melty Kiss chocolate - £4.50
Japanese Pocky - Winter Melty Cocoa - £2.99
Japanese Pocky Real Fruity Flake - £1.99
Hi-Chew Japanese Candy - £1.50
Kit Kat Gift Box 3-Pack - £3.99

The total spend of this gift set would be £20.01♥

From this set we have two highlight products~

This first are these super adorable Alpacasso series ♥Sweet Day♥ keychains and charms, which are just perfect for Valentine's Day, as each one has a ribbon sporting a little felt heart with the words "For You" written on. You can't get much cuter than these little guys! (・ェ-)

The second is of course luxurious ♥Japanese Kit Kats♥ We have a myriad of different delicious and unique flavours that you won't find outside of Japan. Japanese Kit Kats are available in gift box sets of 3 or in loose pairs! It's up to you to choose what you want your other half to try! (You never know, they might even share~) (*・∀-)☆

Our last gift set selection is this adorable colourful set full of both edible and non edible treats, perfect for spoiling that special someone! It rolls in at just under £30.00 which will also qualify for Free delivery within the UK, and is perfect for totally spoiling your favourite person! (*´▽`*)

Japanese Miniatures from Re-Ment - £5.99
Squishy Scented Ice Cream Phone Charm - £2.99

The total spend of this gift set would be £29.55♥

Our spotlight product from this set is ♥Re-Ment♥. Re-Ment are tiny miniature collectables that come in all different themes and characters from companies such as Sanrio, San-X and Sailor Moon! From tiny ornate Little Twin Star mixing machines, to pretty My Melody birthday cakes all the way to Rilakkuma themed bread. There are so many to collect once you get your partner started off, they wont be able to stop!  (۶•̀ᴗ•́)۶

If you are still not inspired...(which we doubt!) we also have something a little special to share. ٩(ˊᗜˋ*)و

This is our sister company ♥DreamyBows.com♥ 
Dreamy Bows specialises in Japanese Fashion. They stock clothing brands such as Listen Flavor and Candy Rain, accessories from Chocomint, cosmetics such as Eyemazing, as well as official Bandai Sailor Moon collectibles.

♥Listen Flavor♥ is a long-running Harajuku-based brand which has been a regular favourite in KERA magazine for the last 10 years, due to its unisex appeal and trademark concept of “kawaii with an edge”. Listen Flavor clothing is known for its instantly recognisable mix of pop, rock and cuteness, and is designed to be worn with a pinch of your own unique attitude!

Here are some examples of romance themed tops from Listen Flavor (´∀`)♡

♥Candy Rain♥ is a beautiful feminine indie clothing brand based in China. Each of their creations is full of delicate details, and is perfect for the girly princess in your life. Many of their designs feature floaty fabrics, floral prints, delicate use of layering and romantic motifs such as swans, hearts and roses. 

Here are some examples of stunning creations from Candy Rain 

If clothing isn't for you, Dreamy Bows also has a large range of official Bandai 20th Anniversary ♥Sailor Moon♥ items, including intricate collectible compacts, decorative yet functional cosmetics such as eyeliners and lipsticks, as well as phone accessories such as charapins and earphones.

And lastly Dreamy Bows also has a large range of adorable accessories from ♥Chocomint♥, perfect for any kawaii fashion lover. Chocomint is a cute accessories brand based in Tokyo, Japan. Their girly and pastel coloured hair accessories and jewellery are well-known and loved amongst followers of fairy kei, sweet lolita and other fun street fashion styles. If your special someone is a fabulous fashionista you can add to their wardrobe without fear of disappointment with Dreamy Bows' selection of dreamy accessories! ✧٩(ˊωˋ*)و✧

Thank you so much for reading this week's blog post, we hope it's got you thinking of kawaii ideas to make your partner smile! If you are super and single this year then why not spoil yourself and shower yourself in kawaii goodies like the god/goddess in you deserves.. because who's going to judge you?  (。•̀ᴗ-)✧

♥Happy Valentine's Day from everyone at Tofu Cute!♥ 

Until next time,
Your social media team member, Kiru! ^o^

Saturday, 19 December 2015

Candy Festival at Hyper Japan.

Hello everybody! Kiru here~
Some of you may have visited our pop up shop at Hyper Japan last month. If you did you would have seen that we had many interesting areas to visit, including Tofu Cute Snacks, Amuse Mini Shop, The Amuse Photo Opportunity, our sister company Dreamy Bows and last but not least, tucked away at the back, Tofu Cute x Hyper Japan Candy Festival!
This was the 3rd Candy Festival we have run and it was by far the most fun and enjoyable yet! 

For those that haven't been, some may be wondering what Candy Festival is?
Well... Candy Festival is a Japanese snacks tasting area that allows each person to try a wide variety of delicious and kawaii sweet confectionery from Japan.

How does it work?

Well you come on over to our Tofuken Sales Kiosk and purchase some Tofukens for £1 each!
You then receive a tray to put your delicious snacks on..

If you were very good you might also get a Candy Festival sticker which reads "Official Taste Tester" We know that most people come to Hyper Japan just to get these very stickers and then go home. We completely understand.. it's fabulous and also... very..very official. (。•̀ᴗ-)✧

You then take your tray over to one of our charming Candy Chefs~ "Hello Chef!"  ( ・ω・)ノ

We had 6 different sections of Japanese Candy to choose from, Biscuits, Candy, Puccho (chewy sweets), Chocolate, Pocky and Japanese Kit Kats~ Some of our "Candy Tasters" would have a flick through their Candy Guide to see what sort of candy they wanted to try, whilst they waited to be served.  

For every Tofuken our Candy Chef would dish you up a portion of lucky dip Japanese candy pick-n-mix~ So it was very exciting~ Too exciting for some ╰(✧∇✧╰)

We had lots of happy Taste Testers~ Some had never tried Japanese Candy before so it was really fun! Some wanted to see what was so cute and kawaii about Japanese snacks~ And now they know all about it  ♪(((#^-^)八(^_^*)))♪

We got some really cool photographs of lots of yummy looking trays. As you can see there was quite a lot of variety. Everyone got to try lots of different flavours, shapes and sizes of Japanese snacks.
Here are some awesome examples of what sort of candy you might get from Candy Festival~

Thank you for reading our Blog and we hope you enjoyed learning about Candy Festival. If you did attend Hyper Japan and participated in Candy Festival we would love to know what you thought of it~ (^O^)?

And last of all a huge thank you from all the Tofu Cute team for making Hyper Japan Christmas Market 2015 one of the best and most amazing events we have ever done!

From everyone here at Tofu Cute we wish you all a very Merry Christmas ~ and the best of wishes for 2016.  See you all next year~

Your social media team member
Kiru ^o^

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Gudetama at Disneyland

It was a cold and wet autumn day in Portsmouth at the Tofu Cute shop and Gudetama was bored (as usual). 
He longed for adventure. He wanted to see what magical wonders the world had to offer..
He felt a little sleepy so he closed his eyes and imagined..........

Suddenly the sound of singing filled the air. Gudetama felt as though he were moving. 
He opened his eyes and looked to his right with surprise and joy. For low and behold was a ticket.. a ticket to Disney Land Paris! Gudetama was so excited he could hardly contain himself.

He was on his way to Disney Land, surrounded by all his Tofu Friends~

As they drew close Gudetama knew this was going to be a wonderful trip. 
Even though he was only a little egg known for his overall disinterest in many things, he couldn't resist the magic of Disney!

Gudetama asked to use the moving walkway as he wanted to get to the parks as quickly as possible and with only his little legs to carry him, he knew it would take too long! And he just couldn't wait.

He was finally here! Once Gudetama got inside the park, he realised it was decorated in a Halloween theme, with spooky sounds, ghastly ghosts and petrifying pumpkins! 

Gudetama was so taken aback that he needed to sit down and have a bite to eat, but to his amazement even the food was spooky and cute! He had a doughnut that was decorated in orange icing and tiny sugar bats with a little chocolate badge that had a pumpkin on. Halloween at Disney was truly magical he thought to himself~ 

The girls from Tofu Cute were so excited as well and couldn't resist a photograph in front of the iconic Disney castle. The weather was perfect too~  

They walked around Alice's Curious Labyrinth and made their way to the top of the Queen of Hearts Castle! There they had a lovely view of the park as the sun set. 

What a day! They headed off to get some food. Gudetama met up with his cousin and their friend who reminded Gudetama a lot of his friend back in Japan: Kirimi.
Unfortunately they didn't stay very long.

Gudetama was very thirsty and tried to have a drink from a particularly fancy glass. It didn't go too well and Gudetama swore to stick to his own range of Gudetama cups from that moment on. Gudetama asked his friends at Tofu Cute to stock his Gudetama cups in the future as he didn't want this to happen to any of his friends around the world~ The Tofu Cute team said they would try their best!

The next day Gudetama was very tired so he asked his friend Wee-Chan to help him out and carry him along with her other Amuse Loppy Poteusa friends.  

Gudetama couldn't wait to get going but paused for a quick photograph in front of the main Disney Land Hotel because it was so cute and grand. 

Gudetama wanted to know how Disney managed to be so wonderful?!
So he hopped aboard the Studio Tram Tour to see what really was 'Behind the Magic.'
He was very excited as he had never been on a tram before. 

Gudetama didn't realise there was a special effects demonstration halfway around and got very wet. Luckily there was also a huge fiery explosion demonstration which dried him off. Needless to say, he was rather distressed! Gudetama said it was scarier than the haunted house.

Next they went to meet some of the Disney Characters. Gudetama clung to Wee-chan when they met Jafar as he was too scary for him.  

The Tofu Cute team wanted a group photo so Gudetama offered to take a few for them. It was a little tricky with his tiny arms, but the pictures turned out great.

Next up was the main Disney Parade~ Gudetama couldn't wait for it to start. He was most looking forward to seeing the beautiful Princesses.

Riv-chan was most excited to see Princess Elsa so Gudetama took a quick photo as the float neared.

The trip was coming to a close and so the Tofu Cute girls did some shopping.
Gudetama didn't know what to do as nothing was in Japnese Yen and he had forgot to bring his Euros.
 Luckily Bobbu-chan bought Gudetama a few 
souvoniers to take back to Portsmouth. 

It was nearly time to go home and everyone was very sad. They didn't want to leave! It had been a wonderful relaxing break away from all of the usual hard work.

It was as if the clock was striking midnight.
Gudetama looked around to see to see a shower of glitter fill the air along with the sound of tinkling bells. Everything went dark. 
Gudetama closed his eyes tight hoping that the sounds would go away.  

Slowly...he opened his eyes... and to his surprise he was in his bed at home...

Had he imagined the whole thing? He wasn't sure but he knew for sure that he wanted to go back again as soon as possible.

He closed his eyes and tried to relive the wonderful dream of Disney Land.

Now you know when Gudetama is trying to sleep and seems too lazy to wake up. It's because he's trying very hard to get back to his Disney Land dreamland with all of his friends... ♥