Character Contacts

Character Contacts

‘Characters’ are huge in Japan – cute creatures promote everything from TV stations to tourist hotspots, and if you love any of the famous faces from the likes of Sanrio or Studio Ghibli you will be spoilt for choice on clothes, toys, stationery and accessories.

And this is not just for youngsters. You would be surprised at how many adults are proud to sport their Hello Kitty lace socks or their Totoro shoulder bags.

If you are less of the sort who spends the weekend in full costume as your favourite character, but prefer to keep your allegiance more low key, there are also many options. Rather than hitting the streets in Sailor Moon’s distinctive schoolgirl uniform, for example, you could simply wear the lingerie version instead.

The latest fascinating trend along these lines is for character contact lenses. Those Sailor Moon fans can also transform their eyes into the sparkling shades of the 5 main characters with ‘moon prism’ lenses for only ¥2,300.

Anyone who prefers the cuter, cuddly animal characters can find something even better. Lenses are available in varying soft shades of pink and brown, which incorporate tiny pictures of the characters printed round the coloured part of the lens.

You can choose Hello Kitty, My Melody or Little Twin Stars, although the designs are so small and intricate I suspect someone would have to get very close indeed to make them out.

All these are non-prescription, obviously, and they come in 2 different sets – 5 pairs of one day only lenses for ¥1,800, and a single set you can wear for a whole month, for ¥2,000.