Time’s Up!


I’d like to say thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway!

The deadline to enter the giveaway has come! I can’t believe it but this time we had over 200 entries! I was not expecting that AT ALL!!

I was going to include a fun miniature craft tutorial with this post, but looks like I have caught a cold, and I’m really not feeling well. 🙁

Instead, I’m just going to link to a Halloween miniature crafts page for now.


Next post that will be coming out on Friday will announce the winners of the drawing, so please come back soon!

Thanks again for all the love and support, everyone!


Whipple – Sylvanian Families box and some news


I know today isn’t my scheduled post day, but alas, I have a couple pieces of time sensitive news, so here I am.


NEWS 1: The diorama that I made for the Tokyo Toy Show is going to be displayed at “Ribon Mirai Festa” (an event held by one of the most popular girl comic magazines in Japan) on July 16th (Sun) and 17th (Mon) in Shinagawa, Tokyo.

NEWS 2: On the following Sunday (July 23rd), my diorama will be in Kobe, Japan at “Ciao Summer Festival” (an event by another girl comic magazine).

*At both events, the diorama will be made available for photo shoots if you would like to bring your dolls and take some pictures of them interacting with the scenery. 😀

Well, that’s it for the news.  I’m happy that Epoch has decided to continue to use my diorama and that it isn’t just in some box sitting somewhere. 😉


Okay, now to the main topic of today’s article…”Whipple”!!  It’s a toy cake and treat making kit.  I’m sure many of you have seen the Whipple boxes in the toy aisle at the store, but these are Epoch products, believe it or not!  I had a box of the Sylvanian Families version from Japan, so I thought I’d share some of the photos with you.

I saw the SF set at the toy show, and I was determined to obtain it. 😉

The box contains the items below.  It has everything you need to make the items on the box.

It even comes with practice sheet for cream decorations.  I am really bad at cake decorating, and had no knowledge of different styles of cream shapes, so it was a great help!

These are all the things I made with the kit.  I have plenty more cream left, and it is super realistic quality (apparently, it was made for professionals for actual cake decorating practices), so I’ll probably use it for miniature crafts later.

“Hi, there! We’re going to show you all about these cute Whipple cakes!”

*These cute outfits are presents Mimip99 gave me at the toy show! 😀 She makes beautiful doll clothes, and also has an online shop.   Check out her blog, Instagram, Twitter, and her shop!  Thank you so much, Mimip99!!

“If you’re curious about the sizes of these cakes, they’re about this big when I stand next to them.  I guess they’re just about the right size for me to eat!”

In fact, if you compare with the SF cake miniatures (Left 5), you can see that they’re pretty much compatible.

“The big Chocolate Rabbit Girl face shaped macaroon becomes a key chain! I heard this is what Mimi was really after in the kit.  The small cakes can be attached to a ring that comes in the box. How cute!”

Yup, she’s right.  I really wanted to make this key chain so that I can dangle it on my bag to spread the love in the world. lol

Oh yeah, I thought of a cute way to utilize my creations….magnets!

I simply filled the back of the cakes with some light weight air drying clay.


And hot glued a magnet on the back once the clay was dry.

I thought playing Whipple was a great way to get into miniature cake making.  The cream’s quality is superb, so if you’re looking to just use the cream for your own crafts, that might be great, too!


P.S.  Mimip99 also gave me a gorgeous pearl necklace.  Thank you!!


Mimi’s adventure in Tokyo Part 3/3 (SF Shopping)

Phew, this is the last part of my adventure report…SHOPPING!

You might be surprised, but this was actually my first time ever shopping for Sylvanian Families in Japan! I’m sure you can imagine how excited I was!!

Before I start mumbling about SF shopping destinations in Tokyo, I have to let you know that although Epoch set aside whole a lot of free time for me to roam around Tokyo, my craft addiction just had to be satisfied, and I ended up spending much of my free time adding things to my diorama.  So I only had time to visit 3 SF locations out of 5 which are located around Tokyo.  Forgive me! I just had to craft!! >.<


<Sylvanian Kitchen at lala port tokyo bay>

The first SF location I visited was Sylvanian Kitchen at Lala port Tokyo-Bay location in Chiba prefecture, which is a neighboring state of Tokyo.  Although it is in Chiba, it was about 30 min train ride from Tokyo.  Tokyo Disney land was actually along the way to this restaurant, and I could see it right in front of me from the train. (Of course, I had zero interest in Disneyland… I really only cared about Sylvanian Families…true story. lol)

This is the front view of the restaurant.  The chef chocolate rabbit welcomes you warmly.  I also spotted a chocolate rabbit boy waving at me on the balcony.


A part of this restaurant is a SF shop, and you can find SF items from around the world, including many discontinued items.  You can just go to the shop part of this place without eating here, if you don’t have the time.


This is the main menu.  You choose one main menu, and sides and drinks are buffet style at these restaurants.  The quality of food was pretty good, I thought!  I found all the food kids love to eat, too!  I was told that this restaurant gets pretty crowded during the day with families with kids, and becomes less crowded at night.  In Japan, most restaurants have a life-size, plastic display, of what the food will look like after you order it, to help customers decide what they want to order. I wanted to explain what you’re looking at in the picture below, in case you were unaware of that. 😀

The drink bar had super cute writings on the buttons..for example, for the oolong tea, it says “even bears are drinking it,” and for orange juice, it says, “Fielding Mouse girl loves it.”

This is a picture of the inside of the restaurant.  This location in particular is geared towards little kids, and the spaces between tables are pretty wide, allowing little kids to walk around rather freely.  From the little house with a TV on the wall, chocolate rabbit girl will come out to do meet and greet at set times.

Cute high chair!!

Throughout the shop area and eating area, there are lots and lots of SF decorations!




<Sylvanian Families Shop /Master Piece at Venus Fort>

Sylvanian Families Shop/Master Piece at Venus Fort Mall is one of the two SF shop locations in Tokyo.  It is only one train station away (or about 25 min walk) from Tokyo Big Sight, where the Toy Show is usually held every year.   They sell SF items from around the world just like at the Sylvanian Kitchens.


I got some SF goodies! I’m saving these for a giveaway I want to do sometime in the future. 😉


The special thing about the SF shops (not Sylvanian Kitechens) is that they have stamp cards for your purchases, and when you have enough points, you can get “Momoiro (Peach color) rabbits.” These rabbits are only obtainable this way, and probably one of the hardest and most expensive Sylvanians to collect.  I got this little girl only because I was super shopaholic, and also this particular location was doing the limited time “rainy day point boosts” (yes, it was raining when I went.)



<Sylvanian Kitchen at Yokohama World Porters>

This Sylvanian Kitchen at Yokohama World Porters is a bit away from Tokyo, about 45 min train ride.  It is in a very urban but beautiful location by the ocean.


The size of this restaurant is about the same as the Lala Port location, but I was told that this location is designed more toward teenagers and young adults.  It did have a bit more hip feel to the inside decor, I think.  The menu is exactly the same as Lala port location.

What makes this location worth your visit is the exclusive “Shiokaze (Sea Breeze) Rabbit Family” sold only in Yokohama (well, except that they do have an online shop for people in Japan).


If you’re lucky, chocolate rabbit will meet and greet with you here as well.

This is what the shop area looks like.

Cute SF decorations everywhere!




All locations have SF capsule toy clank machines.  The prices vary on the type of machine, but they’re usually 200 yen or 300 yen each try. You get one capsule per try, and they have miniature SF items. (A miniature of miniatures! Hahaha)


Sylvanian Kitchens sell exclusive “Chef & Waitress” doll sets.

It’s also good to note that every SF related store carry different items as far as their inventory is concerned.  I shopped A LOT at each location because I kept finding things I didn’t see in other locations…


Well, that’s it for my Tokyo report! I hope you could feel the glimpse of the excitement I felt there, and thank you so much for your support and cheers!
You fellow Sylvanians mean so much to me, and I very much appreciate your fellowship! It was so much fun reading your comments here and on SNSs while I was there.  🙂