May 4, 2012 - Thank you to everyone who has been visiting. I plan to update weekly now so be sure to check back every Monday for a new crazy cute character! Requests are very welcome and so far Mamegoma, Rilakkuma, and Nyan Nyan Nyanko have been requested and are in the process.... please be patient as there is a lot of information about them! Please keep spreading the word about the cuteness of San-X!!!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Kirakira Hime

Kirakira Hime

Japanese Name: きらきら姫
Literal Translation: Sparkle Sparkle Princess
Released: May 2004
Original Japanese: WWW

Right now the summer fashionable selling item is the yukata1 that all the girls love!! It's a waste for just festival days! With the introduction of this series, Kirakira Hime, you are able to enjoy the cool-looking design of the yukata1 anytime!!

今や、夏のおしゃれの定番アイテム、女の子ならみーんなダイスキなユカタ!! お祭りの日だけじゃもったいない! いつでもユカタの涼しげなデザインがたのしめるシリーズ、「きらきら姫」登場!!

Little goldfish are flickeringly swimming, and the sparkle of the water's surface is very refreshing.

The multicolored morning glory is a staple of energetic summer. It's even greatly popular in the yukata1 pattern.

色とりどりのあさがおは元気な夏の定番。 ユカタの柄としても大人気。

The summer motifs are scattered around on many paper fans with very colorful polka dot designs.

Absolutely they are at night!! In the sky, the disappearing fireworks and stars are close friends!

夜はやっぱりこれ!! 空に消えてく打ち上げ花火はお星さまともなかよし!


Kirakira Hime is all about themes of summer and the summer festivals which include goldfish scooping, fans for the heat, and fireworks while sporting yukata of course!

The little princess Kirakira Hime reminds me of a kokeshi doll!

Kokeshi (こけし), are Japanese dolls, originally from northern Japan. They are handmade from wood, have a simple trunk and an enlarged head with a few thin, painted lines to define the face. The body has a floral design painted in red, black, and sometimes yellow, and covered with a layer of wax. One characteristic of kokeshi dolls is their lack of arms or legs. The bottom is marked with the signature of the artist. Wikipedia: Kokeshi

Japanese Culture

1. A yukata (浴衣) is a Japanese garment, a casual summer kimono usually made of cotton or synthetic fabric, and unlined. Yukata are worn by both men and women. Wikipedia: Yukata

2. Goldfish scooping (金魚すくい, 金魚掬い, Kingyo-sukui) is a traditional Japanese game during festivals in which a player scoops goldfish with a special scooper. Wikipedia: Goldfish Scooping

3. Uchiwa (団扇)are non-bending fans and common place during the summer when it is so hot. People will hand them out on the streets with advertisements on them. Wikipedia: Uchiwa

4. Hanabi (花火) are fireworks during the summer festivals or really anytime and includes the big ones in the sky and the little ones that can be set off by individuals. Typically yukata are worn when watching the hanabi or doing hanabi.

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