Escaping the stress of modern day life, the universe of Rilakkuma is all about relaxing and enjoying a trouble free lifestyle. Rilakkuma lives in the apartment of an office lady, Kaoru, and it’s a bit of a mystery why he ended up taking residency there! Other characters in the world of Rilakkuma is the little white bear Korilakkuma, who is Rilakkuma’s companion as well as the energetic bird Kiiroi tori.
Kawaii (かわいい)is the Japanese adjective for cute/loveable/adorable and is formed by the two kanji 可愛いwhich literally means “acceptable love”. The word kawaii has had a few more attributes added to it, and today is also associated with being cool & funky.
Rilakkuma is just one of the characters from the universe of “cute” to enjoy increasing popularity, and win the hearts of kids and young women. So if you are into the cute & cuddly it’s not hard to understand why.
Rilakkuma does things in his own pace and often lies around, enjoys hot springs, listens to music, watches tv and sleeps. However Korilakkuma literally “child or little bear” is more energetic and enjoys listening to music, dancing, drawing and joking around. Some of Rilakuma’s favorite foods include pancakes, custard and “omurice” (omelette with fried rice and ketchup).
Rilakkuma first appeared in 2003, so is not exactly new to the scene, not to Japan anyway, and was created by Aki Kondo. The ideas are based upon her wish to enjoy a more relaxing life, so Rilakumma became a reflection of those thoughts. A cute & relaxed bear was born!
Rilakkuma has another companion, Kiiroitori, the petit yellow bird. This yellow bird sometimes prevents Korilakkuma from teasing Rilakkuma too much. Having said that, Kiiroitori teases Rilakkuma himself sometimes too; for example, he rides his ducky car and runs poor Rilakkuma over when he is asleep.
Rilakkuma, Korilakkuma, and Kiiroitori live under the same roof, and share a bed. Though Korilakkuma sometimes hugs his stuff hamster in bed along with Kiiroitori, so there would be no room for Rilakkuma to sleep!