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An Introduction to Japanese Characters at Tofu Cute
An Introduction to Japanese Characters at Tofu Cute
5th June 2023 • by Laska
5th June 2023 • Learn something new about the characters we stock! • by Laska
Learn something new about the characters we stock!
Japanese Characters at Tofu Cute

Over the years we have stocked lots of products featuring unique Japanese characters, some more well know that others so we thought we'd give you a little introduction to the characters that can be found on our website right now!
Crayon Shin-chan

Crayon Shin-chan was created by illustrator Yoshito Usui, first appearing in 1990 in a Japanese weekly magazine called 'Weekly Manga Action'. He can now be found in manga, anime and games! The manga and anime follow Shin-Chan's everyday life, where he's known for his occasionally weird, unnatural and inappropriate use of language, as well as his inappropriate behaviour (such as a naked butt dance and the mister elephant dance)! Over all, his antics help lead to solving problems of the people around him.

On our website we have the most delicious Shin-chan honey corn snacks. The flavour is intense and sweet, and they come in cute star shapes. We also have a very unique cocoa flavoured ramune candy, and if you look at the packaging closely enough you might spot his famous elephant dance! If you hurt yourself you can really show your love of Shin-Chan by wearing one of these cute plasters.
Kumamon

Kumamon is a bear mascot created by the government of Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan, in 2010. He was created to help encourage tourists to visit after the Kyushu Shinkansen line opened, and in 2011 he was voted number 1 in a survey of favourite mascots! Since then, he's gained more popularity worldwide. You can find Kumamon in the film 'Yo-kai Watch: The Movie' and briefly in the game 'Yo-kai Watch 2', and he also has a YouTube channel where he aims to find everyday surprises and happiness to share with people all throughout the world!

Write your thoughts down with this cute set of 3 mini memo pads! This bears cheeks look just like apples, and we love the apple designs. We love Kumamon's happy face on this flannel - washing your face with this each morning is bound to help start your day with a smile!
Hello Kitty

Hello Kitty may be one of the most recognisable Japanese characters, created in 1975 by Yuko Shimizu and owned by company Sanrio. Hello Kitty is a British girl who looks like a white cat wearing a red bow. Sanrio have said she has no mouth as they want people to "project their feelings onto the character" and "be happy or sad together with Hello Kitty". The first product launched was a coin purse in 1975, she gained popularity as a kawaii character and now can be found just about everywhere including anime, games, theme parks, themes airplanes, cafes, and clothing.

Senjaku Hello Kitty Sakura Fruit Candy could be one of the cutest snacks on our website! The packaging shows Hello Kitty wearing a kimono with Mount Fuji in the background, and the candy is shaped like sakura, in orange, cherry and apple flavour. We have lots of cute squishies online, but one of our favourites is this waffle squishy. You can tell it's Hello Kitty by the shape and red bow, and the waffle with chocolate sauce design makes us feel very hungry! This 'Squad Goals' card is super cute and shows Hello Kitty and her sister Mimmy as mermaids, the perfect card to give a bestie, or like me, to hang up on your desk.
Anpanman

If you're a fan of Japanese pop culture, you'll definitely have come across Anpanman at least once or twice! With a sweet red bean bun for a head, Anpanman is a superhero popular all over Japan and beyond. He's the inspiration behind famous mangaka ONE's popular One-Punch Man, and BTS even have a song called 'Anpanman', all about the bread bun hero! With his billowing cape, he flies around helping people with various predicaments, and is even known to give out pieces of his own head so nobody goes hungry. He has no need for food himself, as he supposedly absorbs nutrients from his bean paste filling!

Unfortunately, unlike Anpanman, we do need to consume food to sustain ourselves. But don't despair - we have just the thing: our selection of Anpanman crackers! Vegetable flavour has an addictive herby taste, Fried has an intense soy sauce flavour, Soy Sauce is light and moreish, and Baby flavour has special ingredients to help little ones absorb nutrients! What a hero!
Gudetama

Another cute character by Sanrio, created by designer Emi Nagashima. Gudetama is an anthropomorphised egg yolk who is very lazy. The name "Gudetama" is derived from the Japanese words for lazy (gudegude) and egg (tamago). The creation of Gudetama was inspired by an egg Emi was using for dinner after a long day at work. She said the droopy look of the yolk seemed cute, and she felt that the yolk looked like today's young people – feeling tired of life. You can now find Gudetama in themed cafés, a mobile game, and more recently a Netflix series!

We have a few cute greeting cards on our website, however this 'Nope' design has to be our favourite, it's just too relatable! We have recently added these Hokuriku Gudetama Print Mini Custard Biscuits to our website. Not only are they delicious and addictive, they are super cute too, with each one printed with a different Gudetama design

Check out the rest of our website where we have lots of other characters and mascots including Kirby, Pokémon and Miffy. Which characters would you like to see on our website in future?
Japanese Characters at Tofu Cute

Over the years we have stocked lots of products featuring unique Japanese characters, some more well know that others so we thought we'd give you a little introduction to the characters that can be found on our website right now!
Crayon Shin-chan

Crayon Shin-chan was created by illustrator Yoshito Usui, first appearing in 1990 in a Japanese weekly magazine called 'Weekly Manga Action'. He can now be found in manga, anime and games! The manga and anime follow Shin-Chan's everyday life, where he's known for his occasionally weird, unnatural and inappropriate use of language, as well as his inappropriate behaviour (such as a naked butt dance and the mister elephant dance)! Over all, his antics help lead to solving problems of the people around him.

On our website we have the most delicious Shin-chan honey corn snacks. The flavour is intense and sweet, and they come in cute star shapes. We also have a very unique cocoa flavoured ramune candy, and if you look at the packaging closely enough you might spot his famous elephant dance! If you hurt yourself you can really show your love of Shin-Chan by wearing one of these cute plasters.
Kumamon

Kumamon is a bear mascot created by the government of Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan, in 2010. He was created to help encourage tourists to visit after the Kyushu Shinkansen line opened, and in 2011 he was voted number 1 in a survey of favourite mascots! Since then, he's gained more popularity worldwide. You can find Kumamon in the film 'Yo-kai Watch: The Movie' and briefly in the game 'Yo-kai Watch 2', and he also has a YouTube channel where he aims to find everyday surprises and happiness to share with people all throughout the world!

Write your thoughts down with this cute set of 3 mini memo pads! This bears cheeks look just like apples, and we love the apple designs. We love Kumamon's happy face on this flannel - washing your face with this each morning is bound to help start your day with a smile!
Hello Kitty

Hello Kitty may be one of the most recognisable Japanese characters, created in 1975 by Yuko Shimizu and owned by company Sanrio. Hello Kitty is a British girl who looks like a white cat wearing a red bow. Sanrio have said she has no mouth as they want people to "project their feelings onto the character" and "be happy or sad together with Hello Kitty". The first product launched was a coin purse in 1975, she gained popularity as a kawaii character and now can be found just about everywhere including anime, games, theme parks, themes airplanes, cafes, and clothing.

Senjaku Hello Kitty Sakura Fruit Candy could be one of the cutest snacks on our website! The packaging shows Hello Kitty wearing a kimono with Mount Fuji in the background, and the candy is shaped like sakura, in orange, cherry and apple flavour. We have lots of cute squishies online, but one of our favourites is this waffle squishy. You can tell it's Hello Kitty by the shape and red bow, and the waffle with chocolate sauce design makes us feel very hungry! This 'Squad Goals' card is super cute and shows Hello Kitty and her sister Mimmy as mermaids, the perfect card to give a bestie, or like me, to hang up on your desk.
Anpanman

If you're a fan of Japanese pop culture, you'll definitely have come across Anpanman at least once or twice! With a sweet red bean bun for a head, Anpanman is a superhero popular all over Japan and beyond. He's the inspiration behind famous mangaka ONE's popular One-Punch Man, and BTS even have a song called 'Anpanman', all about the bread bun hero! With his billowing cape, he flies around helping people with various predicaments, and is even known to give out pieces of his own head so nobody goes hungry. He has no need for food himself, as he supposedly absorbs nutrients from his bean paste filling!

Unfortunately, unlike Anpanman, we do need to consume food to sustain ourselves. But don't despair - we have just the thing: our selection of Anpanman crackers! Vegetable flavour has an addictive herby taste, Fried has an intense soy sauce flavour, Soy Sauce is light and moreish, and Baby flavour has special ingredients to help little ones absorb nutrients! What a hero!
Gudetama

Another cute character by Sanrio, created by designer Emi Nagashima. Gudetama is an anthropomorphised egg yolk who is very lazy. The name "Gudetama" is derived from the Japanese words for lazy (gudegude) and egg (tamago). The creation of Gudetama was inspired by an egg Emi was using for dinner after a long day at work. She said the droopy look of the yolk seemed cute, and she felt that the yolk looked like today's young people – feeling tired of life. You can now find Gudetama in themed cafés, a mobile game, and more recently a Netflix series!

We have a few cute greeting cards on our website, however this 'Nope' design has to be our favourite, it's just too relatable! We have recently added these Hokuriku Gudetama Print Mini Custard Biscuits to our website. Not only are they delicious and addictive, they are super cute too, with each one printed with a different Gudetama design

Check out the rest of our website where we have lots of other characters and mascots including Kirby, Pokémon and Miffy. Which characters would you like to see on our website in future?
About the Author: Laska
Laska is manager of Tofu Cute, she looks after customer service and orders stock. When not in store, she is usually playing with her two kittens, gaming, cooking and most importantly snacking!
About the Author: Laska
Laska is manager of Tofu Cute, she looks after customer service and orders stock. When not in store, she is usually playing with her two kittens, gaming, cooking and most importantly snacking!
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