Japanese Mini Erasers Say "I Rub You Too!"
Collectible mini erasers have long been popular in Japan, and now the fad is spreading to schools on these shores as well. Wait a minute, "collectible erasers"? I'm kidding, right? Your average school kid today is probably more interested in losing his or her school supplies than saving them. The thing is, Japanese collectible mini erasers aren't your average erasers, even though they can rub out pencil marks with the best of them. True collectors don't use them for something so mundane, however, and with one look at some of the better examples you'll understand why.
Check out the Dim Sum Chinese Food Eraser Set above, from Hapaculture ... the finely detailing extends to individual grains of fried rice and four sets of chopsticks! The sushi, snack food and cake erasers have to be seen to be believed. They look so good you'll be tempted to take a bite, but as Hapaculture advises, "they may look tasty but they are not tasty." Don't say we didn't warn you. (Buy here)
Rival eraser maker Itasho states they make over 300 different erasers while the cute duck at their website urges us to "collect them all!". The erasers are non-stick, are PVC and latex free, and have passed the rigorous JISS Eraser Test with a stellar 87.7 percent rating so you know they can pull their weight with all those boring, serious erasers out there.
I have to say, though, that watching your tweasured widdle blue (or pink, or yellow) duck eraser gradually wear down into nubbins has got to be a soul-wrenching experience. Do yourself a favor and use a traditional pink brick to do the erasing while your ducky watches safely from the top of your monitor.
A notable feature of many of the erasers is that they are individually molded and the various colored parts are assembled to make the eraser. They can also be disassembled and put back together - who knew an eraser could be this much fun? The ultimate has to be a tiny, perfect dessert set that comes in its own miniature plastic display box. Yummy!
Erasers from Itasho's mini eraser collection start at just 99 cents each and can be ordered online direct from Itasho or through aica in New York. Japanese mini erasers, food erasers, animal erasers and car erasers from Hapaculture are similarly priced and can be ordered online from Hapaculture.
You can also find a large collection at this link at Amazon.