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Fueki Shop: retro stationery products turned into soft-serve ice cream!

Let’s go to the specialty shop of “Fueki-kun”—the mascot character of the “Doubutu nori” products with which many Japanese people, if not most, are familiar.

Fueki-kun is a character with a distinctive adorable look and the mascot character for the Doubutu nori products. In Japan, many people have probably used the Fueki-kun's starch glue somewhere in their lives, and there is a Fueki-kun specialty shop called “Fueki Shop” in Shinsaibashi, Osaka. Under the concept of “a yellow world of happiness,” the shop brings happy vibes to those who step inside.

One of the most popular products is the soft-serve ice cream available only at Fueki Shop. You can pick an animal-themed container that you like and serve ice cream by yourself. There are four flavors to choose from, and you can enjoy it no matter how many times you visit because the shop offers a limited flavor every month. Another bit of good news is that you can take the container home, and it comes with a cap-shaped lid.

Fueki Soft-Serve Ice Cream (vanilla, vanilla and strawberry, chocolate, premium green tea) / ¥500 each (incl. tax) *except for premium green tea ¥600 (incl. tax)

You can pick the one you like from these 5 different animal-themed containers.

Of course, the store also carries a wide variety of stationery has Fueki-kun motif including starch glue. The store is lined with many kinds of products from standard starch glue to ballpoint pens and notepads.

Doubutu Nori Color (Set of 5 colors) / ¥825 (incl. tax) The glue in each container is colored differently, making it fun to use.

You should also check out their cosmetic products. The moisturizing cream and the cotton swabs in the animal-themed containers have a cute retro look. Even after using up all the cream or cotton swabs, you can continue to enjoy the adorable look by using the animal-themed container as a trinket box or as a room decoration, for example.

Fueki Yasashii Medicated cream / ¥638 (incl. tax) A reliable moisturizing cream which both adults and children can use.

Fueki Cotton Swabs (110 swabs) / ¥990 (incl. tax) Each swab, which is colored in Fueki’s signature colors, has a positive message on it. From top: “すてきです” (meaning “you are amazing”), “なかよしです” (meaning “we are best buddies”), and “がんばるです” (meaning “wishing you good luck” or “hang in there”).

In addition, the store offers a wide selection of sweets, making it a great place to pick up souvenirs. With items such as konpeito(small coloured sugar candy covered in bulges), often given as a good-luck gift in Japan, and a collaboration with Pineapple Candy, which originated in Osaka, sure to find something you like.

Fueki × Pineapple Candy Regular size / ¥550 (incl. tax)             Big size / ¥1,100 (incl. tax)

When you go to Osaka, don’t forget to visit Fueki Shop and enjoy its retro-cute world.

■DATA フエキショップ-Fueki shop- Address:Shinsaibashi PARCO 9F inside Tokyu Hands(1-8-3 Shinsaibashi-suji, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka) Opening hours:10:00~20:00 No fixed holiday Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/fuekishop/

*The pictures are just for reference, and note that the products mentioned here might be out of stock. (Information as of October 2023.)