All TopicsNewsTravelAnimeKawaii CharactersKawaii FashionJapanese StationeryMember Spotlight
YumeTwins Kawaii Culture BlogJapanese Plushies: All the Types We Love

Japanese Plushies: All the Types We Love

By Terrell
October 19, 2021

The world of Japanese kawaii (cute) culture has many different genres. There’s music, fashion, plushies, and more. And just like the larger culture, Japanese plushies have a variety of types, and we love them all. 

However, for those just diving into the world of plush toys, let’s go over all the options available to you.

The Different Types of Japanese Plushies

It’s unclear where this Gudetama plush may land on the list, but we really love this character. Image via Shutterstock

Stuffed Animal Plushies

These plushies are themed after some of your favorite animals, or in this case, Japan’s favorite animals. Do you love teddy bears? Japan does them a little differently. Rilakkuma and the Line app’s Brown are just two examples of Japan’s super cute plush version of the classic teddy bear. 

If you’re a cat lover, there are also plenty of options available thanks to Japan’s love of cats. Shiba Inu are also a very popular plush option for anyone looking for doggie plush friends. Luckily, with Japan’s love of animals in general, there are plenty of other animal plushies, even sea animals. These animal plushies are perfect toy gifts for kids and regular gifts for adults.

Looking for kawaii Japanese character plushies to add to your collection? YumeTwins ships cute Japanese plushies, stationery, and more right to your door all the way from Tokyo!

Game, Manga, and Anime plushies 

There are plenty of people who love Japanese media, especially manga, anime, and video games. Whether it’s cultural staples like Pokemon, new series like Jujutsu Kaisen, or cult series like Neon Genesis Evangelion, we have all enjoyed some kind of Japanese media at some point. 

That’s why anime plushies are so great to have. You get to see your favorite kawaii characters every day, and they make great cuddle friends. Pokemon, Demon Slayer, and Studio Ghibli all have adorable plushies that make great gifts for any anime fans or gamers in your life.

Pokemon is a powerhouse in anime and gaming, and creates plushies big and small! Image via Shutterstock

Weird Japanese Plushies

Japan is a place full of strange but awesome inventions. However, thanks to this, we get a plethora of weird Japanese plushies that are also really cute. For example, if you like science, Giant Microbes and other organ plushies are surprisingly cute iterations of things like brains, hearts, colons, and DNA. 

For those with a dark side, the popular, scary pink bear, Guromi, is a great choice. There are also plenty of food plushies featuring random food products like daikon, Japanese sweet bread, and pizza.

Reverse or Mood Plushies

Reverse and mood plushies are a really cool type of plush toy that you can turn inside-out, changing the appearance of the plushie. The inside-out version of the plush toy features a different or reversed color scheme to the other. 

However, what gives them the name ‘mood plushies’ is the fact that one version usually has a cute, happy smile, while the other has an adorable pouty or angry expression. In other words, they’re a way to express your own mood just by using a toy. There are even stories online of people using these types of plushies to express their mood to friends or loved ones. 

Although it’s not Japanese, the octopus mood plushie is definitely one of the most popular ones out there. Who knew plushies could be both cute and expressive?

Keychain Plushies

Pusheen is popular in Japan as both a text message stamp, and a plush toy option. Image via Shutterstock

Keychains are a common way to express your likes, interests, and characters you love. Luckily, for lovers of Japanese kawaii culture, it’s easier than ever to show your love with keychain plushies. Although they may be a little too big to just put on your actual keys, they fit perfectly on a backpack or bag. Just remember to clean them if they get dirty.

Some are even small enough to be perfect cell phone charms. You can easily rep your favorite Sanrio characters or cute Nintendo characters on your bag anytime and carry them with you everywhere.

Japanese Squish Plushies

Squish plushies are probably one of the most satisfying types of plushies out there. Filled with a very soft material, these plushies are made to be squeezed, hugged, and squished. If you need a hug, squish plushie is ready for your strongest bear hug. 

If you need to squish some frustration out, grab the plushie and squeeze away. Some people just fall in love with how soft these plushies are and enjoy squishing them as they study, work, or relax.

Pillow Plushies

These cute neko (cat) plushes are actually cushion pillows used on a sofa. Image via Shutterstock

At the end of a long day, pillow plushies are here to help you get a good night’s sleep. From travel pillows to body pillows, this type comes in many different shapes and sizes, all made to help you on your way to a kawaii dreamland. 

Many plush pillows are designed to look like all of your favorite animals or your favorite sweets, such as donuts. There are even plushies that have blankets so you can fully sleep on them. The infamous long-tongue Gengar is a perfectly hilarious example of this. If you’re looking for a less scary option, the kawaii Kirby pillow is great too.

As you may already know, these categories have plenty of crossover. Animal pillow plushies, anime squish plushies, and anime keychain plushies are all perfect kawaii crossovers. Plushies can fit into several categories at the same time, and that’s totally okay. In fact, it’s even better that way. 

Either way, Japanese plushies are more than just their function and have value just by being. 

Did you find a new kind of plush that you want for your collection? Any plushies that you love in particular? Let us know in the comments below!

Enjoy Popular Japanese Kawaii Merchandise Every Month!

Starting from $32.50 USD
Get YumeTwins
Author avatar
Terrell

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Enjoy Popular Japanese Kawaii Merchandise Every Month!

Starting from $32.50 USD
Get YumeTwins

Related Articles

Domo-Kun: Japan’s Lovable TV Mascot

July 01, 2022

There’s no doubt that Japan is famous for having a lot of kawaii and special mascots, like Kumamon and Funassyi. In Japan, a mascot can be a symbol of some spiritual thing, a prefecture, a company, or even events, like the Tokyo 2020 Olympics mascots.

GBL Store: The Studio Ghibli Store for Adults

June 09, 2022

Want a Studio Ghibli store that will make your heart happy but your wallet cry? Check out this store in Shibuya aimed at adult audiences!

Seven Tokyo Animal Cafes For Cute Furry Friends

June 07, 2022

Living in a bustling city like Tokyo, you might feel tired after a long day of work and travel. There are many ways to unwind after a stressful day, but one fun and interesting way you might already know is going to cafes.

YumeTwins’ Guide to Japanese UFO Catchers

May 26, 2022

Want to test your skills out on a Japanese UFO Catcher? Here are some tips for beating the machine and winning kawaii prizes!

Spirited Away Characters and Japanese Mythology

May 21, 2022

We all love Studio Ghibli for its magical world enhanced by the beautiful cinematic art and lovely characters. But what makes Ghibli’s animation widely recognized worldwide is how it manages to express the depth and beauty of Japanese culture in each film.

What is Cosplay? A Look Into Japan’s Unique Pop Culture

May 01, 2022

Apart from sushi and sakura (Japanese cherry blossoms), cosplay is one of the most common terms when referring to Japan.

YumeTwins logo

Be a YumeTwins Insider!

Subscribe to our newsletter to receive kawaii news!


Facebook
Instagram

Accepted Payments
Visa payment availableMastercard payment availableAmerican Express payment availableDiscover payment availablePayPal payment available

YumeTwins Logo

Be a YumeTwins Insider!

Subscribe to our newsletter to receive kawaii news!

Facebook
Instagram

Copyright © 2022 YumeTwins™. All Rights Reserved.
Accepted Payments
Visa payment availableMastercard payment availableAmerican Express payment availableDiscover payment availablePayPal payment available