Christmas Edition Flower Pencils to be Released by TRINUS

19.November.2018 | FASHION

TRINUS is a manufacturing company that collaborates with small to medium Japanese makers of high quality crafts and designers with revolutionary ideas. The company are set to release a Christmas edition of its Flower Pencils which are made with environmentally friendly materials including scrap paper.

The set includes three Christmas-y pencils: Tree (green), Snow Crystal (gold) and Poinsettia (red). The wrapping around the lead of each pencil is covered in scrap paper which gives them a distinct soft colour and makes them easy to sharpen.

The pencil shavings turn into beautiful wintry decorations that can be used on Christmas cards. Regular pencil sharpeners can be used but it’s best to use one for thick pencils. To link the shavings together and make a decoration you need to push the pencil in a bit at a time while sharpening.

Ordinary pencils when they are made waste a lot of the wood during manufacturing, but the TRINUS Flower Pencils save on this by using recycled paper as the main material which in turn can be recycled again.

The cute illustrations on the transparent packaging come in a calm but festive gold colour.

They make for a nice simple but thoughtful gift or souvenir to friends and family, so get your hands on a set this holiday season!

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    1: Ingredients: (For 10 Rilakkumas)

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    Icing sugar: 25g

    White sesame seeds: 30g

    Weak flour: 75g

     

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    The top plate includes gingerbread man pops, cupcakes, vanilla panna cotta, and macarons.

     

    The gingerbread man pops are filled with caramel ganache, while the red velvet cupcakes topped with pistachio cream and made to look like a Christmas tree. The panna cotta is also sprinkled with dragees to look like stardust.

     

    The macarons are strawberry and melon flavoured. The melon one has a particularly rich flavour and contains red melon pieces. This macaron is so popular that there are people who go to Q-pot CAFE. just to sink their teeth into one of them.

    The bottom plate contains some hearty and crunchy  croissants filled with roast beef, mini tomatoes, and broccoli. It also comes with a side of rich cheese soup with onions and potatoes inside.  It’s a great palate cleanser after the desserts.

    Pistachio Cream Tea Latte ¥750 (Tax Included) *Also sold separately

    The drink that’s served with the afternoon tea set is a Christmas-only pistachio cream tea latte.  It’s a latte made with one of the cafe’s original flavoured tea brews called “Flower Garden.” The tea ensures the drink isn’t overly-sweet and leaves it with a mild flavour. It also comes with a holly-shaped cookie. This drink is also available to order separately from the drinks menu.

    The set comes with a special fairy tale-like Christmas lunch mat.

    CHRISTMAS CAKE ~The Story of Sweet Kingdom~ ¥3,800 (Tax Included)

    The cafe is also selling a cake that looks like something out of a children’s picture book. It’s topped with a coconut meringue snowman, gingerbread man, and strawberry Santa. This would make a great addition to a home party.

    Saku Saku Meringue ¥600 (Tax Included)

    Take away some crunchy snow-white meringues too, so addictive you won’t be able to stop after just one!

     

    The cafe is also selling a Christmas collection of their dessert-like accessories too.

    Christmas Tree Cupcake: Necklace ¥10,000/Bag Charm ¥8,000 (Before Tax)

    The Christmas tree cupcake features a chocolate cookie-like base topped with a realistic pistachio cream adorned with pearls.

    Strawberry Santa Claus: Necklace ¥10,000/Bag Charm ¥8,000 (Before Tax)

    Check out these adorable bright-red strawberry Santas too!

     

     

    Q-pot CAFE. has lots of other Christmas food and accessories in addition to these too, so if you’re in Tokyo anytime from now up to Christmas Day, then be sure to visit.

     

    Writer: Ellie (MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON)

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

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    Masking Tape Lottery & Tape Buffet / Price: ¥200 per turn

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    Bungu Joshi Haku Original Merchandise

    The event also has plenty of original merchandise again this year, including Romantic-themed stationery, a line-up of five original inks as pictured above which were popular at Ink-numa Expo in August, and more.

    Bungu Joshi Haku Original Mirror

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