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Cool Japanese inspired school bags
Here are more hot school fashion ideas from the global center of cool - Japan!
Many Japanese kids go to school a long way from home, so a school bag to carry stuff to and from school is essential. Since Japanese homes tend to be really small, Japanese kids like to spend as much time outside as possible.
After school shopping expeditions are essential, so a big school bag is essential for carrying stuff bought from trendy stores or things won in amusement arcades.
Plain school bags
Japanese school bags are usually plain and aren't often adorned with manufacturer's logos or other designs. I guess a plain school bag is a kind of fashion brand anti-statement. Of course there's a different explanation - perhaps schools only permit school bags to be plain.
What is the best type of school bag?
Big school bags
Do Japanese school kids get more home work than anyone else? Are Japanese school books extremely large? Or do Japanese kids need something big to carry adorable bento boxes their mothers have painstakingly prepared for them to eat at lunchtime?
The only thing a Japanese school bag has to be is BIG! Big school bags are extremely fashionable!
Finding your mobile phone in such a massive bag can be a tremendous problem. The solution is in the form of the mobile phone strap plushie! All Japanese mobile phones have a loop from which you can hang all manner of cute mobile phone strap attachments. Again the main rule is BIG! Mobile phone plushies should normally be larger than the phone itself!
School bag plushies
Plushies are hugely popular in Japan. You'll see them in UFO Catchers, attached to phones and also attached to school bags.
Ideally you need a massive plushie to attach to your school bag. Big is best when it comes to plushies. Teddy bears are the most popular plushies for attaching to school bags. Alternatives are the cute Hello Kitty (here are some adorable Hello Kitty plushies).
Plushies are also for guys - what better way to appeal to girls by showing her you love cute things? A good plushie for guys is the loveable monster Domo-Kun. Here's a few Domo-Kun stuff toys you can buy online.
Cute Hello Kitty Backpacks
An alternative to the regulation big school bag is a rucksack or backpack. Rucksacks are especially popular with smaller kids. As with bags, backpacks are often large. Sometimes they are nearly as big as the kid themselves!
The Japanese are obsessed with all things cute. A small kid will usually have a rucksack that is extremely cute! Rucksacks shaped like Hello Kitty or other popular characters are especially popular.
Remember that pink = cute, so you can't really go wrong by buying a pink backpack.
Another gift idea for a girl is a Hello Kitty lunchbox - just perfect for fitting inside that big school bag.