Rilakkuma Books: Rilakkuma Seikatsu Series

Many kinds of books about Rilakkuma have been released in Japan, including picture books, comics, and books which tell us how to make Rilakkuma goods by yourself. Today I’ll introduce the most popular Rilakkuma book, the Rilakkuma Seikatsu Series!  Seikatsu (生活) means life, so the title means Rilakkuma life. The first Rilakkuma Seikatsu book was released in 2004. From 2004 to the present, nine Rilakkuma Seikatsu books have been released.

The Rilakkuma Seikatsu Series shows you Rilakkuma’s life and gives you some hints on how to relax. The contents are all Rilakkuma’s  monologues. Every book has about 60 Rilakkuma monologues. As you know, Rilakkuma is lazy and relaxed, so his monologues are lazy and relaxed like this:

”あくせくしたってはじまりませんぜー”

Even if you are in a bind it will not start. (Don’t be in a hurry. Take it easy.)

”困ったらたすけてっていっちゃえばいいですよ”

If you need a help, you can say “help me.” (You can depend on someone.)

”ムリするって不自然ですよ自然がいちばんです”

It’s unnatural to force you to do something. It’s best to be natural.

”今日できることは明日もできますよ”

What you can do today is what you can do tomorrow. (You don’t need to do everything in a day. If you are tired, you can do it another day.)

There is one monologue on the left page, and there is a Rilakkuma illustration that represents the monologue on the right page. The way of reading this book is a little different from other story books. On the first page, the book tells you how to read this book like this:

”普通に読んでも十分楽しめますが、 目をつぶって好きなページを開い てみればあなたへのメッセージがありますよ”

“You can enjoy this book if you read from first page as normal. But the other way to read this book is closing your eyes and opening to a random page where you can find a message from Rilakkuma.”

When I’m too tired to do anything, I think “I have many things to do! I can’t rest! I can’t waste my time! I know that, but I don’t feel like doing anything. Bad me! Bad me!” I become depressed. At these times, I need Rilakkuma’s lazy and relaxed monologues.

[Rilakkuma Seikatsu - Daradara Mainicih No Susume]  Shufu To Seikatsusha 2004

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6 thoughts on “Rilakkuma Books: Rilakkuma Seikatsu Series

  1. I was wondering about these books! How much kanji is in them? I can read katakana and hiragana but not very much kanji. I only had a few months of japanese lessons and then I was too busy to continue–but I’ll start them again next month after I finish my comprehensive exams.

    • Oh! You had Japanese lessons! I think Rilakkuma books is good to improve your Japanese! because these Japanese are basic and easy to understand. There are a few kanji in these books and these kanji are basic. In these books, what Kiiroitori said was written by katakana. “Rilakkuma seikatsu 3″ is the monologues of Kiiroitori. so written by all katakana in this book! I’ll introduce more about Rilakkuma books!

  2. Great website. There’s not much info on Rilakkuma in English.
    Do you know if these books are available in ebook formats? Thanks!

    • Thank you so much for your comment! Hmmm, I looked into the publisher’s website. But I couldn’t find ebook formats of these books. I hope they will release that soon!

      • Thanks for the effort. It’s hard to decide to whether to buy the books online (with exorbitant shipping fees to US) or when I’m in Asia. I see that the Chinese Rilakkuma books on Taiwanese online bookstores cost much less than the Japanese ones.
        I believe I read here that you are in Taiwan. Lucky, you are so close to Rilakkuma world!

        By the way, have you read The Tao of Pooh? From what I read on your book posts, Rilakkuma is very similar to it.

        • Thank you for the information about The Tao of Pooh! I’ve not read The book. But it looks good! I found the Japanese one! I will read that!

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