PLANTEREO: A Kawaii & Chic Convertible Self-watering Planter & Terrarium + Hobonichi Diary Updates!

Hi friends!

Last year, my college friend/Papercraft designer Rich moved to New York to study Industrial Design. She and her boyfriend (who is also my friend haha, hi Vic!!) designed this cleverly beautiful self-watering planter that can also be converted into a terrarium. It’s called Plantereo and they’re live on Kickstarter now! Of course, I’m one of their 100% supporters!

She also made this amazing Rainbowholic cake house design and Dancing Groot (Guardians of The Galaxy) papercraft! This girl is a CREATIVE genius, obviously! *_*


They have been growing a lot of plants in this easy-to-use planter. They shot a really cool timelapse of wheatgrass growing with just one refill of water. Check out Totoro’s surprise cameo in the end!

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Hi トトロ!

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Plantereo can be used either as a terrarium, or a self-watering planter. The terrarium is for plants that thrive in humid environments.

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Plantereo’s self-watering mode allows you to forget about watering for up to 5 days! You can also just use the ceramic pot on it’s own- so neat!

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Ahh, sooo pretty to look at! I think I will add a catbus / nekobus or Totoro somewhere there and make my own Totoro Forest miniature haha.

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Visiting Kurosuke’s House at Totoro’s Forest (トトロの森)

Hi everyone!

Yesterday, Yumi-san (a.k.a. my fairy godmother here in Japan haha) and I went on a mini hiking trip at Tokorozawa, Saitama! It’s amazing how there are SOOO many things to do, explore and discover here in Saitama Prefecture!

Been wanting to hike ever since my Poppy trip to Chichibu and coincidentally, Yumi nee-san wanted to visit Kurosuke’s house. I think that I did read about this news before (maybe from rocketnews JP? lol haha) and I also thought of visiting Totoro and Kurosuke.. but I had forgotten about it. Many thanks to Yumi nee-san for inviting me and for arranging everything! Her adventurous spirit and youthful energy are really inspiring and contagious.

Anywaaay, let’s get started! Here are the highlights of the trip! ^^

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Totoro-san contemplating about the meaning of life.

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Do watch out for the special Totoro Forest x #HobonichiWithMe video!

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Luckily, for a Saturday, it wasn’t too crowded!

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Seeing greens and trees just makes me feel more alive!

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Look how lush the trees are! They look like broccoli (and Yumi-san thinks so as well haha)~

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Many years ago, the local community started a fund for the preservation of the forests in Sayama Hills / Tokorozawa, Saitama. They called it “Totoro Fund / Totoro no Furasato Foundation”. Tourists are welcome to stay at Kurosuke’s house and you can donate by purchasing the special edition Totoro fund merch / or you can just leave any amount in their donation boxes. Up to this day, because of the pooled money, the organization has bought and acquired enough land to sustain and preserve the forests.

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Printed the maps / guides from their website. 

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Yumi-san woke up at 4:30AM to prepare our kawaii Totoro bento! OMG! *_*

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Kawaii Japan Packaging + Starbucks Japan Sakura Special + Mini Ouji Adventure + Kiddyland Harajuku Cuteness

Hello everyone!

Here’s another super kawaii spam that I want to share ~

Yesterday night after work, my cousin Gil, Justin, and I went to a nearby Starbucks to try their famous seasonal Sakura drinks!


Sakura Blossom Frappe + Latte & Sakura Chiffon Cake = Simply HEAVEN!


Went to a local grocery yesterday too and spotted this Sakura-flavored Jumbo Mushi Cake!


Asahi and Suntory’s special Sakura packaging design = for keeps!

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Here are some chocolate freebies for our Japan Lover Me Store customers / clients! I really love this “fashionable” collaboration among DARS & Japanese fashion brands!

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Charmander, Bulbasaur & Squirtle! Just a preview of many photos of my Kiddyland Harajuku visit with Kiko, Crissey and Crissey’s friends! 😀

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