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Japanese Erasers

Updated on June 17, 2011

Iwako and Zensinsyoji Japanese Erasers

Japanese erasers are colorful miniature characters, toys, and foods for kids to collect, trade, and play with. Their puzzle designs allow them to be taken apart and put back together, and they are functioning erasers kids can use in school or at home.

They typically sell for $1 each.

The 2 top made-in-Japan eraser producers are Iwako and Zensinsyoji. They use non-toxic lead-free safe materials. These items are environmentally friendly recyclable erasers sold in recycled paper packaging. They offer hundreds of styles and colors to choose from with new ones being added all of the time. The erasers can be bought individually or in sets.

The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) chose Japanese mini collectible erasers as one of the Best Toys for Kids in 2009. They look for toys that encourage creativity, are unique, and safe.

They are recommended for ages 8 and up.

I started noticing them in 2009. They were, and still are, quite the trend in my daughter's elementary school.

Fast Food and Desert Tray Sets
Fast Food and Desert Tray Sets

Japanese Food Eraser Sets

The Iwako American Fast Food on Tray set includes a shake, sandwich, burger, hot dog, large fries, and can of soda. (ER-961099 eraser set on card.)

The Iwako Dessert on Tray set includes an ice cream bar, pancakes, three scoops of ice cream, strawberry shortcake, vanilla cake, and an ice cream cone. (ER-981011 eraser set on card.)

Yes, each Japanese eraser set comes on its own little plastic lunch tray.
Dimensions: 2.75" x 3.5"

These cute collectible items can also be used as party favors or accessory pieces for doll houses.

Boxed Ocean Life Eraser Set

This boxed set features an ocean life theme. Eraser assortment in each box may vary.

Recyclable - Meets international standards for environmental care
Non-toxic and lead-free - Made of completely safe materials
Non- PVC - Releases no harmful chemicals

100% made in Japan - Manufactured in factory championing "clean production" Winner of "Seal of Excellence Award" by the Creative Kids Magazine Recipient of Gold Medal for "Best Japanese Product" by the Japanese government.

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Not just for Kids!

While looking through the bin of Japanese Erasers at our local specialty toy store I happened upon This pair of orange & purple squids. I had to have them.

You see, I'm a lensmaster on Squidoo and their 'mascot' is an orange squid. So I now have a thing for cute squids.


How to Spot a Fake

Due to the popularity of Japanese erasers fakes are popping up everywhere.

The counterfeit quality is poor, the material is a heavier, low cost, non-recyclable PVC made in dirty factories in China, and they are illegal. Fake products might contain toxins and lead. The real ones are top quality.

Check the package...if it says "Made in China" you know it's not authentic. Another hint is if there are misspellings or if everything is written in English.

My daughter's collection

Do you collect Japanese Erasers?

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      DanPowers 7 years ago from Tokyo

      I've been to Japan three times, but I never thought of bringing these back. Next time I'll take a bigger suitcase!!!

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      Research Analyst 7 years ago

      These are soo cute, this is the first time I have seen anything like them. Awww what an adorable collection.

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      BkCreative 8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      When I lived in S. Korea these were very popular - I loved them, the color, the texture. The food ones are great. Alas, I gave them all away to my students and kept none for myself - and the students really, really appreciated them. I voted!