Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Japanese Sentimental Circus Card Making
While visiting China Town in Seattle Anthony and I stumbled into a Japanese Book store and I discovered the world of Japanese Anime – Sentimental Circus. I was not able to read any thing on the packaging except the company name (San-X) and the words Sentimental Circus. This line of characters must have a large following in Japan as the store we visited had lots and lots of Sentimental Circus items including plushies, cell phone covers, note books character cards, stationary sets etc. I could not resist purchasing a tiny stamp set, 4 different Deco (short for decorative) Tapes and two packages of stickers. It’s almost an overload of cuteness! What I find kind of humorous is the name of the line is in English “Sentimental Circus” but everything else is in Japanese.
Here is what I have discovered about the Sentimental Circus:
After the whole town is felt asleep quietly, neglected abandoned toys are awaking one by one and gathering together..
"Kuro", performer of the rolling globe.
"Mr. Bear", performer of the tightrope walking.
"Pigu" & "Mamo" performer of trapeze acts.
And when "Shappo", impresario, appears,
the curtain of the mysterious circus, "Sentimental Circus" goes up somewhere again.
San-X is one of the largest character oriented stationary and gift manufacturing company in Japan. Since 1980, including the well known Rilakkuma, Mikanbouya, Kireizukin, Kogepan, Afro Ken, Nyan Nyan Nyanko, Tarepanda, and San-X had created more than 800 characters to the market and have many fans not only in Japan but among the world such as US. Their logo, four-leaf clover is representing with San-X’s symbol color, blue which they have put their heart and soul for wishing “Good Luck”. Also meaning through our product they hope our end-user to be filled with happiness. In addition, it’s also a company image to symbolize youthfulness, novelty (freshness), challenge, and future.
San-X: http://www.san-x.co.jp/ (Site is in all Japanese)
Kawaii Gifts: https://www.shopkawaii.com/San-X-Sentimental-Circus-s/217.htm (Shop)
Sentimental Circus Performance: http://www.san-x.co.jp/charageki/sentimental.html
And what do you do with very teeny tiny Sentimental Circus stamps? Well, you make small note cards of course. The stamps are actually the perfect size to decorate miniature punches for banners. I went wild with the colors I used and created three different styles of minature cards using the same excitement and brightness that a circus brings to town. Welcome to Sentimental Circus. You never know where it may pop up again…