What do you think of when you hear the word "eraser?" In Japan, there are many erasers that come in fun shapes, like animals, food, vehicles, and other familiar objects. Let's take a look at fun erasers that are super popular with kids in Japan.
Japan's Fun Erasers Are Not Just for Correcting Mistakes!
Regular erasers are used to correct mistakes when writing on paper. However, in Japan, there are many colorful erasers with fun shapes that bring joy to kids. People who are all grown up today also used to bring fun erasers to school with their friends to play together and see each other's collections. Erasers shaped like food and other fun objects were originally created in Japan around 1980. It is said that a plastic stationery company had an idea that erasers didn't always need to be square, and then created a series of erasers that looked just like vegetables.
Later, many other kinds of erasers appeared, with carefully made designs that brought excitement to kids.
There are now more and more erasers that you can break up into small pieces. In the past, it was common to see erasers that are made up of about one to three parts in total. But recently, these erasers have become more detailed, and there are even some that break up into seven parts now. You can put them together like a puzzle, so they are fun for kids to play with.
One surprising series of erasers has gained attention, as they resemble another type of stationery that lets you draw things rather than erase them! A company that makes oil pastels for art has created erasers in many colors that are exactly the same size as the real oil pastels. These erasers capture kids' imaginations.
Scented Erasers That Bring a Smile to Your Face
There are also many erasers that have fun scents which kids love. For example, erasers shaped like sliced bread have the scent of delicious butter. Erasers shaped like shaved ice in a cup have different scents to match common toppings, such as sweet strawberry or matcha syrup. The "donburi" (rice bowl) series looks and smells just like unique Japanese dishes. For example, the beef bowl eraser smells of meat boiled with soy sauce, and the seafood bowl smells of sashimi from various fish. To make these erasers, the product designer prepared many scent samples, and chose the ones that a lot of people felt were the closest to the real thing.
New and Exciting Ways to Use Erasers
It is said that fun erasers can help boost kids' desire to study, and that using small erasers can help increase perception skills. Erasers make for fun presents and can strengthen friendships. There are stories about a child who went to hospital and one of the only joys during that stay was their mom bringing fun erasers as gifts. Another child was said to have been not so good at making friends, but then came to meet some friends through fun erasers.
You can buy fun erasers in many different places in Japan, such as stationery stores, book stores, convenience stores, and major retailers. Recently, children around the world have enjoyed events related to erasers. If you ever get the chance to see fun erasers from Japan, why not enjoy looking for your favorite shape?