In which it’s like getting a brand-new Re-ment set for free, and a pretty nifty one at that.
I’m a little embarrassed to admit this, but as I’ve been going through miniatures I’ve run across a couple of things I never even unboxed. Most of these seem to be released/bought right around the time I was ending a big relationship and moving into a new place, so I guess it makes sense I wouldn’t quite have been all there. Still, it feels decadent in a weird way just to buy and not even open, so let’s undo that with some fun unboxing this 2016(!) Re-ment set Rilakkuma Nonbiri Dararan Wa no Kurashi — Rilakkuma’s Relaxed, Lazy Japanese Style Life.
One difference in packaging I liked a lot between this and newer collections is that the little “set” included in the outer packaging is a bit smaller than it is now, making it easier to get a smooth edge when you remove it. Scissors are just easier than tearing perforated cardboard, though I might be in the minority on that, since it did get changed.
Set One is called Nonbiri Ochadzuke (Relaxing Tea Porridge) and features a lovely tray, chopsticks, and a teapot in addition to the ochadzuke. Another difference I see between this set and those produced now is in the quality and especially the texture variety of plastic used. Texture is used to especially cute effect on the teapot.
Set Two, Tegami wo Ippitsu (A Few Lines of a Letter), is definitely one of my favorites. The desk is just plain useful for figures, and the custom Rilakkuma pulls on the drawers and the fact that the big drawer opens — though of course I’d prefer they all did, of course) increase its appeal. I just love the lamp, too! And by the way, the letter the set name refers to is on the card; I didn’t see much of a reason to cut it out, so I gave the poor card a break. Anyway, this desk needs to be manned by a brooding intelligent ikemen, stat.
Set Three is called Ocha de Ippuku, which I’ll translate as A Bit of Tea. Especially with so many lovely kimono-clad small figures out there, I can imagine a lot of uses for these traditional tea items. Given how many Japanese food miniatures I’ve bought, I feel a bit embarrassed to admit I only now figured out what a chasen was relatively recently. But there’s one here, even if I can’t get this particular miniature to stand up correctly.
You might also notice the pretty traditional dessert called youkan. If you happen to be a voice actor fan, Mamoru Miyano (Ryuuji in Persona 5, Reo in Sarazanmai, Dazai in Bungou Stray Dogs and about a million others) has a really funny clip here where he tries different types of youkan, a food he’s not very fond of.
My ignorance causes me trouble again with Set Four, Wa no Okashi (Japanese Sweets). What are those items on the small plate? If you know, I’d love to find out. I assume they’re a type of higashi as are those in the drawers, but I’ve got to admit I don’t know. It’s a nice set, though. Maybe not the most exciting, but again it could assist in a lovely picture.
I love to make the occasional matsuri setup for doll and figure pics, so I appreciate the type of things included in Set Five, Wa no Omiyage, Japanese Style Souvenirs. As evident throughout this collection, there’s a lot of specifically Rilakkuma-themed stuff here too, and I like it all so much it’s hard to pick a favorite. Maybe the kokeshi? I can see the coin purse with its cute design being held by a Nendoroid, too.
Set Six is called Wa no Oiwai, which I initially wanted to translate as Japanese Style Gift, but I think instead I’ll go with the more general Japanese Style Celebration. I believe this is osechi ryouri, traditional New Year’s food. But since this is far from my area of expertise, I’ll just say I am a little disappointed that the Rilakkuma-themed food is all multiple pieces stuck together, yet I quite like the teapot and cups, so it seems I come out ahead regardless.
Another favorite of mine is Set Seven, Mattari Shumi no Jikan, Time for Relaxing Hobbies. I thought it was cute enough that I actually cut up the card for the paper. There were three choices — this one, nonbiri, which I’m translating as leisurely; dararan, which is basically a very lazy sound; and then a blank one. It was rather hard to choose; all apply to my life quite well.
I also just can’t resist Kiiroitori in teaching mode or the cute Rilakkuma bonsai. My only question is: should the clip at the top of the board be attached to something, or are we just supposed to lay the clip over as if it were a clipboard?
With that, we reach the last entry in quite a pleasing collection: Set Eight: Osaihou to Midashinami, or Sewing and Personal Grooming. Once more the large amount of branded items makes this a favorite. I extra love the little spools of thread shaped like Rilakkuma’s head.
It was awfully nice to find this collection, like a little present tucked away. I can use all the good news and surprises I can get right now, really. I actually found a second unopened set, which I’ll get to, ah — after the current huge pile of stuff I have set aside to write about!