The night is dark and full of terrors, so why not kawaii?
adjective: (in the context of Japanese popular culture) cute.
“she paints elephants that are extremely kawaii”
noun: the quality of being cute, or items that are cute.
“even in a cosmopolitan city like Tokyo, kawaii is everywhere”
[Thank you Google]
No, but seriously, I love the idea of Japan’s Kawaii. Not so much the girly, frilly outfits, because as a woman knocking on 40’s door, I’d look pretty horrendous dolled up in Lolita fashion, but it’s the little things I like. I want to add a splash of kawaii to me and my surroundings, to brighten my existence, without making my world look like Hello Kitty’s thrown up in it.
So I’ve set myself the task of adding touches of kawaii to my day-to-day life, but (and here’s the important thing) without breaking the bank.
My first stop was The Range (a UK general purpose store). I mainly went to find some cute stickers for my bullet journal, but I stumbled across a pack of adorable owl pencil sharpeners. That’s proper kawaii right there!
I then stumbled across this little fellow in Matalan of all places. I’ve seen Spirited Away, so as soon as I saw it I thought, “Soot Sprite!”
Oh, and WHSmith stocks some adorable kitty pencil top erasers that are way too cute to use. Here’s mine checking out the exercise section of my journal.
I’ve also recently found a couple of bargain pieces in Shoe Zone of all places, namely a bag and wallet, which I’ll share in my next Kawaii post. For now, I urge you to brighten your life and embrace the cute!