Eric Carle’s Beloved Book ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ Inspires Hanko Stamps

10.December.2021 | FASHION

In much of the world, people sign their names when they need to make things official. In Japan, people carry stamps with their name called hanko. These can come in all kinds of neat designs, and now, Eric Carle’s beloved children’s book ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ has inspired some new stamps via the MONOIY website. 

 

These illustrated stamps are perfect for celebrating huge milestones like a child’s graduation or the start of a new school year. Wouldn’t you love to have one of these back in your school days?

 

 

Hanko (in picture book packaging): ¥5,280 (Tax Included)

 

 

MONOIY, a company well-known for its detailed and numerous types of hanko, has added the adorable caterpillar character to both the sides of the stamp and to the stamp itself. These stamps show the story of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar,’ and the character’s journey to become a butterfly. There are five different stamp designs available and customers can choose the characters and typeface. 

 

Hanko Case: ¥2,780 (Tax Included) 

 

 

The boldly-colored case will keep the stamp safe and will add some joy and fun to any child’s backpack!

 

Of course, it’s customary to have your name on a hanko seal, but for children why not try adding phrases like ‘OK’ or ‘Good job?’ 

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    The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a children’s picture book designed, written and illustrated by American author Eric Carle. It was first published in 1969 and has gone on to be translated in over 60 languages worldwide with over 44 million copies sold. Carle is lauded for his skill with colour, and his vivid imagination will be faithfully brought to life in the pancakes served at the cafés.

    The cafés will run for four months from October to January next year during which they will serve sweet pancakes that will depict the growth and tale of the caterpillar. During the first month, October, they will serve French toast style pancakes that represents the sun on the morning that the caterpillar was born. Under the gleaming smile of the sun sits a bed of colourful fruits, all of which serves as the beginning scene to the caterpillars growth.

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    There’s also a dish called “Harapeko Aomushi Plate” you can order that features the impressive food seen in the story, all served on one plate with spinach pancakes.

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    Also, at the flagship shop in Nakano Central Park, the café will completely take on the world of The Very Hungry Caterpillar with designs and decorations. And to celebrate this collaboration, the first 10 people to post #はらぺこあおむしパンケーキ on Instagram on each day from October 3 to 5 will get half price off the “Harapeko Aomushi Plate”  at each café.

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    Explore the wonderful and vivid world of The Very Hungry Caterpillar!

  • THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR CAFE in Ginza to release new menu items

    14.May.2018 | FOOD / SPOT

    The café named, HARAPEKO AOMUSHI (THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR) CAFE representing the world of THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR announced that they will release new menu items. The items will be available from the 21st of May (Mon.).

    はらぺこあおむしカフェはらぺこあおむしカフェ 銀座

    The café is opened in Ginza for a limited time offer. The size of the café is small (only 40 seats). However, the café is gathering much attention with 1,000 customers visited, within a week since opening. TV programs have reported about the café’s high-quality menu items and its growing popularity.

    はらぺこあおむしカフェ・銀座

    The well-made interior of the café representing the world of the picture book and the menu items created under the theme of “offering exciting and fun foods” are gaining huge popularity.

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    ふとっちょあおむし はらぺこあおむしカフェ

    Futoccho Aomushi no Cheese Cake (Fat caterpillar’s Cheese Cake)

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    おつきさまのジュレティー はらぺこあおむしカフェ

    Otsukisama no Jelly Tea (Moon jelly tea)

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    おひさまのジュレティー はらぺこあおむしカフェ

    Ohisama no Jelly Tea (Sun jelly tea)

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    水玉とちょうちょのレモンチーズ はらぺこあおむしカフェ

    Mizutama to Choucho no Lemon Cheese (Polka-dot and butterfly lemon cheese)

    Price: 1,180 yen

     

    The new menu items have a fresh look, matching the start of summer. I am sure that you will break out in a smile after seeing these precisely-made, cute new menu items.

     

    Why not visit the renewed HARAPEKO AOMUSHI CAFÉ!

     

    ■Information

    HARAPEKO AOMUSHI CAFÉ

    Address: Sunday Branch Maronie Gate Ginza 1 (4F) (2-14, 2nd Avenue, Ginza, Chuoku, Tokyo)

    Period: 2018/1/18 (Thurs.) to 8/31 (Fri.)

    Business hours: 11:00 to 21:00

    *Reservations must be made for those of you who want to visit the cafe before 17:30. Making reservation is unnecessary for those of you who are planning to visit the café after 17:30.

    TEL:03-3567-3366

    Website:http://www.harapecocafe.com

     

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