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Rilakkuma Books: Rilakkuma Seikatsu Series 1

Many kinds of books about Rilakkuma have been published in Japan, including picture books, comics, and books which tell us how to make Rilakkuma products by yourself. Today I’ll introduce the most popular Rilakkuma books, the Rilakkuma Seikatsu Series! Seikatsu (生活) means life, so the title means Rilakkuma life. The first Rilakkuma Seikatsu book was released in 2004. From 2004 to the present, nine Rilakkuma Seikatsu books have been released.

The Rilakkuma Seikatsu Series shows you Rilakkuma’s life and gives you some hints on how to relax. The contents are all Rilakkuma’s  monologues. Every book has about 60 Rilakkuma monologues. As you know, Rilakkuma is lazy and relaxed, so his monologues are lazy and relaxed like this:

あくせくしたってはじまりませんぜー

Even if you are in a bind it will not start. (Don’t be in a hurry. Take it easy.)

困ったらたすけてっていっちゃえばいいですよ

If you need help, you can say “help me.” (You can depend on someone.)

ムリするって不自然ですよ自然がいちばんです

It’s unnatural to force you to do something. It’s best to be natural.

今日できることは明日もできますよ

What you can do today is what you can do tomorrow. (You don’t need to do everything in a day. If you are tired, you can do it another day.)

There is one monologue on the left page, and there is a Rilakkuma illustration that represents the monologue on the right page. The way of reading this book is a little different from other story books. On the first page, the book tells you how to read this book like this:

普通に読んでも十分楽しめますが、 目をつぶって好きなページを開い てみればあなたへのメッセージがありますよ

“You can enjoy this book if you read from first page as normal. But the other way to read this book is closing your eyes and opening to a random page where you can find a message from Rilakkuma.”

When I’m too tired to do anything, I think “I have many things to do! I can’t rest! I can’t waste my time! I know that, but I don’t feel like doing anything. Bad me!” I become depressed. At these times, I need Rilakkuma’s lazy and relaxed monologues.

 

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Many Men Like Rilakkuma in Japan!

I don’t know how many people like Rilakkuma in the United States, but in Japan, many people like Rilakkuma — even men! There is a big forum called 2channel in Japan. 2channel is very famous as a communication space for otaku. People discuss many things on this forum. 2channel’s slogan is “From hacking to side dishes for tonight’s dinner”. Not only limited to otaku, many ordinary people write about their hobbies, so there are some topics about Rilakkuma on 2channel. One of them is unique! The name of the post is “I love Rilakkuma in spite of being a man!”

Now I’ll introduce some guy’s comments from 2channel! They talk about Rilakkuma’s news, products, why they like Rilakkuma, and how they got to like Rilakkuma.

Why do you like Riakkuma?

キティに比べるとリラックマってどこかオッサンくさい気がするw
何させても可愛いのにどこにも媚びが伺えないところが好きだなあ

Rilakkuma is not cute like Hello Kitty. Rilakkuma is like an old guy. He is very cute in whatever he does, but I think he doesn’t flirt. So I like Rilakkuma.

Embarrassing Stories About Rilakkuma

電車に乗ってたときに、曇った窓ガラスにリラックマを描いて ニヤニヤしてたら、女子高生に「やだ」って言われた

When I rode on the train, I drew Rilakkuma on the window and smiled. A high school girl looked at me and said “no.”

リラックマのグッズが増え過ぎて、部屋に遊びにきた人に「女の人の部屋みたい」って言われる。 彼女いないのに・・

People who come into my room say “Your room looks like a girl’s room!” because I have so many Rilakkuma products. I don’t have a girlfriend though.

俺の車に超特大コリラックマ乗ってるぜ。始めは助手席だったが、さすがに恥ずかしかったんで今は後ろに乗せてる。小学生が車の脇通ると、必ず「あ!」って言って熱い眼差しを送ってきて恥ずかしい。

I have a very big Korilakkuma in my car. Korilakkuma sat in the passenger seat before, but I got too embarrassed, so Korilakkuma sits in the back seat now. When elementary school students walk around my car, they stare at Korilakkuma. I’m so embarrassed.

What Rilakkuma products do they have or want? 

身につけてるのは携帯のストラップだけだな。 車には色々乗せてるけど。

I only have a Rilakkuma mobile phone strap, but I have many kinds of products in my car.

おまえらヴィッツのCMは当然大好きだよな?
人間に近いロボット開発するよりもああゆうロボット作った方が売れそうだけどなぁ・・・

You guys like the Toyota Vitz television commercials, right? I think it’s better to invent a Rilakkuma robot than robots that look human.

33歳だが、今日ついにリラックマのぺたんこ型ぬいぐるみを買ってしまった。
見ているだけで癒されるなw

At last I bought a Rilakkuma plush today. I’m 33 years old though. I’m healed when I look at him.

クリアファイル自分も使ってるけど、スーツ姿の時は持って行かないと思う。

I use a Rilakkuma folder for my papers, but I don’t use it when I wear suits.

リラックマ抱き枕を抱っこして寝てる俺のほうがキモいよ

I think I’m weird because I hold the Rilakkuma hugging pillow when I sleep.

Sorry that my english is not good enough to explain the nuances, but I hope I could let you know that many guys like Rilakkuma too! I think many guys like Rilakkuma because of Rilakkuma’s lazy attitude. He tells us “don’t hurry, take it easy”. Rilakkuma can heal people even if they are men!