Imported from Japan comes this extra large and incredibly soft panda plush of Tarepanda. The term “mochi” is used to describe the soft, almost “doughy”, and squishy feel to the plush (similar to actual mochi)! The fabric is stretchy and smooth – begging to be touched or hugged.
Size: 12 inches
The term “tare” means “lazy” or “droopy” in Japanese. In February 1998, San-X launched Tarepanda erasers and letter pads, which proved enormous hits. San-X believed these products were successful because they were released shortly after the Asian financial crisis of autumn 1997, a time when many people in Japan were facing layoffs and, consequently, were sympathetic toward a “worn-out” panda character. By 1999, sales of Tarepanda goods had reached 30 billion yen. Character Databank, a Japanese character popularity monitoring firm, has claimed Tarepanda was a huge hit in Japan. It was rated one of the most popular characters in Japan for its cuteness.
Item #: SS11079