Hello my name’s Ariel, I run this blog you’ve found! I’m an avid Rilakkuma collector, I usually collect complete sets (with Korilakkuma and Kii) otherwise I feel they’d be sad. I really love all three and couldn’t possibly choose between them. My favorite series are the HNT Deer Series, the hard to get Sapporo 1st Anniversary and my lovely Kichijoji 2nd Anniversary. I’m from America but I now live in Japan with my husband. I explore Japan and all it’s kawaiiness daily, you can follow me on my adventures if you’re interested. Otherwise just stay and chat about Rilakkuma with me!
Tips for beginners
I was once a beginner and so were the other Kuma Community members so don’t feel you need to be where everyone else is. Always remember it’s a fun thing to do and should never make you sad. You don’t need to be rich to collect them! Depending on what your dream Kumas are you might have to set aside a little each month. Just play it safe if you’re not sure if they’re real or not you can always ask.
Waiting for a price to go down is also good to do. Some Rilakkuma plushies don’t go down in price (mostly really older one’s from 2007 down) but most do! Many newbies learned this from the Yamanote Line release, they were super popular and sold out so fast. Some people paid $50 for one plushie when they were only $19 originally, then San-X got a new shipment and they’re so many just sitting in the stores waiting to be taken home!! For tips on buying check out my buying guide!
I encourage anyone who loves Rilakkuma to start a blog, it’s a really fun way to make friends and learn tips. We in the Kuma community help each other out a lot!
Here are some sites you can check out
Fansclub (they release official Kumas that are only for UFO Catchers)
San-X English FB (they don’t update as much as the Japanese blogs though)
Rilakkuma or リラックマ is a Lazy and Relaxed bear with a zipper on his back that opens to a polka dotted pocket. His name is a combination of Relax and the Japanese word for bear Kuma. He loves Dango and Pancakes.
Korilakkuma or コリラックマ is a smaller version of Rilakkuma. Ko means Small in Japanese, Korilakkuma isn’t lazy like Rilakkuma though. She’s mischievous and doesn’t speak much. She also doesn’t have a zipper on her back but she does have a Red button on her front. She loves Strawberries and her Penguin plushie.
Then there’s Kiiroitori or キイロイトリ his name means Yellow Bird, he’s a chick. His job is to clean up after the kumas but he’s also their best friend. He loves Money and to clean up.
Credits: I use pictures from San-X, I’ll either put a link when you click the picture or a link below if the photos aren’t mine!!