Saturday, October 26, 2013

Hideo Kun

Helllloooooo Everyone!  It's finally the weekend!  Yay!  Now I have some time to catch up on important things.... like our new release!

Today I want to introduce you to a special little guy.  His name is Hideo, and he's named after my cousin's son.  He's in pre-school now and is just about the age to enjoy a mochi on a stick like the one in the image.

You may remember our Chinese New Year images right?  A couple years ago, we released Kiyoko (sparklers), Lion Dancers, and Firecrackers.  While I love those images, I really wanted some Japanese New Year images.

New Years is a very important holiday for the Japanese. It's a fresh start for a new year, so there is a lot of preparation and celebration during this time.  In Hawaii, New Year's is a time to get together and get ready for the new year.  Of course, the main event is eating!  Everything centers around food, family, friends and fireworks!  

When we were growing up, we would always receive some li see, even during the regular New Year celebration, and then again during Chinese New Year.  So I thought I'd make some samples with this in mind.  Decided to use some new Hanko washi papers that were provided to me by Hanko (thanks Norm!).  I love this new masculine washi paper.  Just cut some small strips and placed them over some black cardstock base.  Then added a white Lasercut from Island Scrapbooking that says "From Me to You".  I can't help but love Hideo. I can just picture a little kid eating the mochi with all its gooeyness!

Here's a better look at Hideo.  I don't think he can talk right now...

In case you were wondering... I stamped the image again onto washi paper (from Japan) and cut out the kimono.  I had already colored up the obi using some gold smooch paint.  Then I adhered it down over the stamped image.  Sometimes its worth it to fussy cut!

Just to show you that they really do sell mochi on a stick... I dug up this from our first trip to Japan!

We picked this up in Asakusa.  The mochi had a teriyaki type sauce on top.  I think I would prefer to have Hideo's mochi.

Ok stampers... want a chance to win Hideo for yourself? Here's the deets:

1)  Leave a comment on THIS POST by 11:59pm HST on 10/31/13.
2)  Tell me what you are going to be for Halloween this year.  Sorry, not really related to the image, but since it's so close to Halloween, I'm dying to know!!  hee hee


  1. That little Hideo is really cute. I've never eaten mochi on a stick, the only mochi I know is the stuffed pastry (with black sesame paste inside, hummm sooo good!)
    I'm not doing anything for Halloween, it's not much a tradition here in France.

  2. Hideo is so cute! I love mochi (especially mochi ice cream!), but I have never had it on a stick!
    My kids are adults now & we don't get any trick-or-treaters (our driveway is too steep), so I don't dress up anymore.

  3. Hideo looks super cute eating his mochi on a stick. I've never seen mochi on a stick before. I wonder if they sale them on a stick anywhere in CA.

    My family and I don't celebrate Halloween, so we call the costumes that we get our kids "Fall Costumes." My son has a Robin costume this year and my daughter has a Vexy one from the Smurfs. They usually go visit my in-laws to surprise them with their Fall costumes on.

  4. I love mochi! Wish they had mochi on a stick here!

    I don't dress up for Halloween, but I can tell you what my kids will be. My older boy chose to be a tiger and my younger boy chose to be Vector from Despicable me.

  5. Wonderful CAS card. Great choice of papers. Yay!!! I am so excited about this release!! Especially this little guy! When I first saw him it reminded me of a Naruto episode. Of course I had to go to Marukai to look for the mochi on a stick after watching it but like you I think I would have liked the one Hideo is eating! ;) Gotta love Norm he's awesome!
    I don't usually dress for Halloween but if I did I think being one of the Robertsons (Duck Dynasty) would be fun! lol!

  6. Hideo is SO cute! Mochi on a stick is da bomb! My kids and my hubby and I are going to dress up as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles this Halloween. My 4 yo son is so excited to go out there and kick bu...I mean trick or treat! :P

  7. Aw Hideo looks like he is so enjoying his mochi on a stick! I'm a Halloween-pooper, I don't dress up for it. My highlight is enjoying how cute all the kids look dressed up.

  8. He's so cute. This is the perfect Japanese new year stamp. I won't be dressing up for Halloween but my little one will be a cute rabbit.

  9. Hideo is so adorable! This year i'm dressing up as Totoro! Yes, i'm almost finished creating Totoro from a grey sweatshirt hoodie. Now just have to figure out how to keep the ears sticking up :-)

  10. Hideo is very cute. Love the black and gold outfit. For Halloween, I will be dressed up as a pumpkin.

  11. Haha, Hideo seems like so much fun! My office doesn't dress up, so I'm just wearing black and orange clothes. I have my fingernails painted orange, too. :)