Happy New Year!
I moved to Japan end of last year. Rilakkuma’s home country! (I lived in Taiwan before) I saw many kinds of Rilakkuma here. The price is cheaper than Taiwan!
Today I’ll introduce Rilakkuma New Year Plush!
Do you know 干支/sexagenary cycle? This is a cycle of sixty terms used for recording days or years, from China. In Japan, the year 604, when the Japanese officially adopted the Chinese calendar, was the first year of the cycle. The calendar counts years using a 60-year cycle based on 12 animals.
So we celebrate a new year with the year’s animal. This year is Dragon year! Rilakkuma also celebrated 2012 wearing his dragon suit!
<2012 Dragon 辰>
Rilakkuma has dragon! Korilakkuma and Kiiroitori wear their dragon suits and dragon’s balls!
Let’s see their suits of other years!
<2011 Rabbit 卯>
<2010 Tiger 寅>
<2009 Ox 丑> They have red sea bream. When we celebrate something like a wedding, a new year, eat red sea bream. The fish has 寿/kotobuki. The word means happy or joyous.
<2008 Rat 子> Rilakkuma has kagami mochi. Kagami mochi is rice cake that is a traditional Japanese New Year decoration. One orange on the top of kagami mochi.
They are limited in each year so some plush are very expensive now!