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Make Someone's Day w/ Kawaii for 49¢ USA #12

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Make Someone's Day w/ Kawaii for 49¢ USA #12
Swap Coordinator:raniheartspaper (contact)
Swap categories: Kawaii 
Number of people in swap:10
Location:Regional - USA
Type:Type 2: Flat mail
Last day to signup/drop:June 22, 2017
Date items must be sent by:July 1, 2017
Number of swap partners:1
Description:

Hey everyone! I received permission from @burntbao (the original host of this swap series) to continue doing this fun swap (one of my favorites).

For this swap, you will fill an envelope with some Kawaii goodies, put a forever postage stamp (49¢) on it and send to your partner. Please make sure that it weighs as closely to an ounce as possible. Remember that this swap is to make someone's day so do not send trash.

Possible ideas of what you can send:

  • Mini memo sheets
  • Large memo sheets
  • Diecut memo sheets
  • Sticker sheets
  • Sticker flakes
  • Mini envelopes
  • Mini letter sets/letter sets
  • Kawaii washi tape samples

Please send only branded Kawaii (San-X, Kamio, Sanrio, Q-lia, etc). No Disney, Diddl, American Hello Kitty, Morning Glory, Korean/Taiwanese Kawaii. Please refer to the guide by @ColoradoKate on what counts as Kawaii.

Include a note/card with your swap-bot ID and swap name.

Do not fold memo sheets or letter sets. Must be packaged well so items are not damaged. Reinforce envelope if necessary. Sticker flakes should be in a smaller envelope/baggie of their own so they're not thrown all over in the envelope.

This is sender's choice but check your partner's profile to ensure you're not sending them anything on their dislike list.

I will be checking profiles before assigning partners. No unexplained 1s or 3s. No flakers but newbies are welcome to join. I will angel if necessary.

Discussion

chrysotheme 05/23/2017 #

I'm just curious about something that isn't in the guide, and I don't meet the requirements to join any kawaii group or attend "Kawaii College," so I'll just shoot my question here: why exclude Korean/Taiwanese kawaii? are they lower quality and less kawaii?

sebastian122 06/ 2/2017 #

They're just not welcome in THIS swap. There are occasionally more broadly welcoming kawaii swaps that will include other types of kawaii. On swap-bot, the term kawaii is generally VERY specific.

chrysotheme 06/ 9/2017 #

yes, but why?

chrysotheme 06/ 9/2017 #

I mean I understand that Japan sets the standards, but is it like haute couture where the best stuff is rigorously regulated in one specific country? Is it really a nationally bound & brand-specific institution in which you can attend a course that doesn't even explain the aesthetic, doesn't cover the other "types of kawaii" or why they are inferior? If Miffy & Molang commit seppuku, do they not bleed? This "keep out" mentality stanks of weeaboo snobbery.

clementinexo 06/20/2017 #

@Crysotheme I think the issue is that some people spend money to pay for shopping services from japan and such and easily pay $6+ for a set of 4 letter sets (although i realize there are knock off japanese sanrio items) and then get cheap knock off or korean cute papers in return. Its often a problem even with the strict kawaii lettter set swaps. Ive given away part of japanese sets (2 sheets and an envelope) that i paid $8 orignially for and ive gotten random asian scraps of paper that are nameless and another time i got 4 american hello kitty index cards , i wouldve been much much happier with blue bear memo sheets.

But im not defending the host entirely as i love asia disney items, morning glory/blue bear. I just know the annoyance of giving away 4 items of better quality to get crap in return. Also Kawaii is cute in japanese. So it feel like kawaii is generally only associated with japanese items due to that.

raniheartspaper 06/23/2017 #

I apologized, I have only just seen the comments right now. Most Kawaii swaps are limited to Japanese brands only due to the difference in quality and price range. I, myself, am a fan of Korean/Taiwanese Kawaii stationery but I understand someone spending quite a bit of money for San-X stationery and getting cheap, counterfeit or lower quality items in return. Therefore my swap and most are very specific in what brand you can send. It really isn't snobbery but the need to make a swap where everyone would be happy with what they received.

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