Tokyo Disney stationary: A study of cuteness
We’re coming up on 12 months since Mark and I set flight for the trip of a lifetime: ten amazing days in Tokyo. There were many, many fabulous things to write home about: the city, the sights, the food, the culture, the Disney parks…
And when it comes to that last part, my absolute favorite thing (besides the food, of course) was the merchandise. Japanese culture is big on “kawaii,” aka cuteness, and Tokyo Disney was zero exception. Cause what happens when you take the culture of kawaii and mix in Mickey Mouse? Magic, I tell ya. Pure magic.
Well, since we’re just about at the 1-year anniversary of our trip, I figured it was about time to put a spotlight on some of the ridiculously kawaii stationary they have over at Tokyo Disney. I’ve been meaning to do one of these since I got back — a little way to commemorate all the silly things we brought home with us. Being the massive procrastinator that I am, it only took a year…
Bear in mind, this is only the stationary I bought. A Tokyo Disney merch haul — with all the ridiculous hats, bags, etc. — is still to come!
(True story: Mark and I each had to buy extra carryon bags to fit all the stuff we brought home. The Tokyo Disney shopping situation is not a joke.)
Anyway. Straight on to the goodies.
How on-theme is this cute, cute, cute 2017 calendar? Each month includes a little pop-over with the most cuddly looking Disney characters you ever did see.
And these! They’re basically post-it notes without the sticky bits. And they stand up all on their own, so they double as desk decorations.
Each page of the Potato Heads features a different “face.” The attention to detail is just phenomenal!
Also phenomenal? The Japanese obsession with snack foods. (People after my own heart, I tell you.) We saw this obsession come to life all over the Disneyland and Disney Sea parks, where you could get Donald Duck shaped shrimp buns, curry flavored popcorn, and chocolate churros.
The funniest part of the food obsession is that it extended into the stationary, too. Look at these sweet treat themed note pads!
These message sets are replicas of famous Tokyo Disney treats actually sold in the park: flavored popcorn, Donald Duck lifesaver pork bun, churros, turkey legs, Mickey shaped pizza, and – the very pinnacle of Tokyo Disney snacks – the alien men mochi balls.
Like any respectable establishment, Tokyo Disney has no shortage of Stitch stationary…
Or Star Wars stationary…
But of all the magical stationary goods I brought home, I think my favorite finds were these pencil cases. I mean, first of all, they’re FOOD. And second of all – aren’t they just the most kawaii of all the kawaii things you’ve ever seen? Mickey shaped pretzels, and popcorn, and french fries – oh my.
They’re also incredibly practical. I’m a huge fan of calligraphy, letter writing, and bullet journaling, and these little cases hold lots of pens and washi tape.
As a side note, I get tons of questions about bullet journaling all the time. I’m no pro by any means, but I’ll have a post up (relatively) soon all about how I like to bullet journal, including some tips on how you can easily jump into the hobby yourself.
Well, there you have it. This isn’t absolutely all the stationary I brought home from Tokyo (you can imagine that in the last 12 months I’ve used up a bit of it) but, in any case, this is most of it. It’s been a year since I’ve set foot in this larger-than-life, cuter-than-cute country.
But getting to grab a pen out of my popcorn case, or take notes with Mike and Sully on a daily basis means getting to sprinkle in some kawaii in even the tiniest part of my life — and that puts a smile on my face. Besides, it serves as fabulous inspiration fodder for the next Tokyo visit.