The Rilakkuma Reference Sheet
I created this spreadsheet to keep track of Rilakkuma history – and now it’s open for everyone to see!
Rilakkuma Lifestyle Links
The Rilakkuma Lifestyle network expands beyond WordPress!
- Tumblr: the site that started it all! Photography of Rilakkuma living his Rilakkuma life.
- Instagram: silly photos of Rilakkuma and friends on the day-to-day, a slightly more casual approach compared to the tumblr photos.
- Twitter: get updates about this WP blog, the Rilakkuma Lifestyle tumblr, and other minor Rilakkuma updates! Just 2KumaLifestyle since RilakkumaLifestyle is too long for a Twitter handle haha.
- Facebook: I mainly update this for Rilakkuma Facebook giveaways and contests, so check it out if you want the scoop!
I love the online Rilakkuma community! They really make collecting plushies and following Rilakkuma news super fun!
Here are a few of the Rilakkuma-centric ones I follow, in alphabetical order:
- All About Rilakkuma
- Angel’s Rilakkuma Blog
- Bally Rilakkuma
- House of Plushies
- Relaxed Kuma
- Rilakkuma Desu
- Rilakkuma Dreams
- Rila Korila
And some Japanese ones!
- Living With Kiiroitori (キイロイトリとの生活)
- くまなブログ – like Rilakkuma –: also with a YouTube channel
- Korichan: lots of photos of tags and merchandise!
Getting into Rilakkuma plushies has introduced me to a whole world of plushies and other cute characters! These are some other great blogs that aren’t just about Rilakkuma things!
- Liemzie: Japan, Lolita, & Rilakkuma
- Mary Rilakkuma: My Little Pony, Rilakkuma, League of Legends, & Louis Vuitton
- Nadeshikocha (formerly Kumadokidoki): Rilakkuma, Arpakasso, & anime
- Smells Like Sushi: Rilakkuma and other kawaii plushies/merchandise
Here are a few other blogs I follow that aren’t really focused on Rilakkuma at all haha, but I still like to read:
- Daguerreo: my sister’s blog about her time in Japan
- Haikugirl’s Japan: a blog about Japanese culture – this blogger also runs an awesome Kit Kat blog
Official San-X Rilakkuma Websites
San-X has SO MANY official websites, it gets hard to keep track of!
Here are a few that are pretty broad (they’re all in Japanese unless otherwise noted):
- Official Rilakkuma website
- San-X Net Shop: you can buy Rilakkuma things here!
- Official domestic carriers / Official overseas carriers: lists which stores are allowed to sell San-X goods.
- San-X Series Character Timeline / Rilakkuma Goods Timeline / Rilakkuma Major Series Timeline (no links): Rilakkuma’s been around since 2003! He has a long history.
- San-X website (English): this one isn’t updated too often.
Here are a few of the official blogs:
- Rilakkuma Blog (before March 2013) / Rilakkuma Blog (current): all Rilakkuma news! The other blogs (except for the Kiddyland/Lawson ones) funnel into this one, so this one is all-encompassing!
- Rilakkuma Store Blog (before May 2013) / Rilakkuma Store Blog (current): news and events special to the 8 Rilakkuma Stores.
- San-X Net Shop Blog (before April 2013) / San-X Net Shop Blog (current): updates on Net Shop restocks, new items, etc. Old blog used to be super silly; the new one’s a little more down to business.
- Kiddyland Rilakkuma Store Blog: manager diary, updates every Friday.
- Lawson Rilakkuma Page: Lawson is a convenience store chain has collaborated with Rilakkuma for a really long time – this site has news on their current releases.
Also, you can find official Rilakkuma accounts all over social media!
- Rilakkuma Facebook Page
- San-X Net Shop Facebook Page
- San-X Facebook Page (English)
- Rilakkuma Twitter: as if Rilakkuma is tweeting to you!
- Rilakkuma Blog Twitter: tweets updates coinciding with the official Rilakkuma blog and Facebook.
- Rilakkuma & San-X Mobile Twitter: for smartphone updates.
- RilakkumaUS Twitter (English)
- RilakkumaUS Instagram
In addition, if you like the Rilakkuma UFO Catcher plushies, make sure to check out:
- Official Fansclub website: documents every Fansclub Rilakkuma release, wow!
- Joyland (Tanabe) blog: this is the blog of a (recently closed T^T) UFO Catcher arcade that used to post photos of the new UFO plushie stock. You can still check out their photos of the older Fansclub series – I think these photos (taken by a digital camera) are a little more realistic than the catalog photos that Fansclub posts.
As you can see, there’s no shortage of Rilakkuma information out there!
However, if you do ever find yourself wanting more, you can always do what I do and peruse through the Japanese auctions for Rilakkuma plushies!