Kawaii means “cute and lovable” in Japanese. However, it has expanded since then to a lifestyle catering to all things adorable.
Personally, I like kawaii. It’s one of those things that brings out the inner kid in me. Pink, frilly dresses and adorable Sanrio characters- yep, those things lit me up as a young kid. (I was obsessed with Hello Kitty as a grade-schooler. I collected the merch and all.) And now, seeing such adorable things always puts a smile on my face; it brings me back to those sweet times.
So I knew I had to be there when the Kawaii PH team launched their first book: Beyond the Cutest Dreams.
The program wasn’t until 6pm but my friends and I were already doing the activities at the event by 2pm (but we were there earlier to have lunch at the food court next to the venue). To get in the mood, I put together a cute, but-with-a-touch-of-me type of outfit.
Now let’s proceed to the first activity we did, aka my favorite part of the event: the Button Pin Designing Activity.
My only regret is designing just one pin. I wasn’t sure if we could make more, so I skedaddled off to the next activity without looking back.
In the next activity, you basically draw anything on the huge Converse shoe pictured above. There were a lot of cute chibi drawings so I thought I’d spice it up a little by drawing something of my own style.
Sharpies were our friends for the whole afternoon. My friend, meanwhile, doodled this uber-adorable Barbie-esque hot air balloon (jellyfish?).
Can you spot my doodle on the shoe above?
These past few weeks, I’ve been pretty down and unable to make any art but participating in the cute activities above got me in the mood again. They brought me back to my dreams of designing my own button pins and giving/selling them to others. The thought of having my art worn by other people makes me feel all fuzzy inside.
Speaking of art, the Kawaii PH Book Launch had a lot of artsy stuff- shirts, brooches, prints, etc. in their booth too. All were made by them!
Thank you to these two for keeping me company for the whole afternoon.
I managed to browse through my copy of the book in between activities. It’s a super inspiring read featuring some uplifting stories, cute pages, and detailed information on the history of this fast-growing Kawaii movement.
Edit: The book will be available for purchase at the Kawaii PH Online Shop soon!
Unfortunately, we all had to leave during the start of the Book Launch program (when Reese was performing). However, we all had to agree that it was a day well spent.
Going to this book launch got me inspired again. Doing the art activities brought me back to the times I’d drift off to draw during boring lectures in class. It reminded me of fun and calming it is to doodle without overthinking or over-analyzing the process (college made me use my left-brain way too much).
Also seeing the effort the Kawaii PH team did for the event seeing all the hardwork they put into the book reminded me of my personal future goals and plans- that I have a purpose here on Earth and my dreams can become a reality if I put my mind to it. The Kawaii PH team is just the most positive bunch ever, and you can feel the love and effort they put into making the book and the event possible.
I guess it’s true what the Kawaii PH book is about: Kawaii goes way beyond one’s cute dreams. It’s a movement with such a positive and happy outlook in life.