Rilakkuma, Korilakkuma and Kiiroitori Sandwiches

So cute.


Rilakkuma, Korilakkuma and Kiiroitori

Do you know Rilakkuma, Korilakkuma and Kiiroitori?

I had never heard of them before until I started making bentos and encountered these cute little characters.

Apparently Rilakkuma means “bear in a relaxed mood” and he mysteriously appears in the female office lady Kaoru’s apartment one day. He is a soft toy bear who has apparently decided to take up residence there.  He was first seen in a series of picture books called Rilakkuma Seikatsu produced by San-X but since has become equally popular as a soft-toy character.

Rilakkuma is often accompanied by Korilakkuma “a mysterious white bear cub” . Kiiroitori fictionally named her Korilakkuma because she looks like little Rilakkuma (“ko” means a little child in Japanese.). She also mysteriously appeared at Kaoru’s house.

Kiiroitori is a yellow chick who lives at Kaoru’s house. Kiiroitori means “yellow bird” in Japanese.  (source Wikipedia)

My Rilakkuma, Korilakkuma and Kiiroitori characters are made from…

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