‘Tea’-kaboo, They See You

Images via Rakuten.

Japan’s “hidden animal teacups.” Adorable, or terrifying?

About Jenn

Jenn's first career aspiration was to be a dinosaur. After her kindergarten teacher informed her that couldn't happen, she decided she would be the next best thing: a writer. Aside from writing, Jenn loves chambray shirts, all cacti, and good typography.

42 Responses to ‘Tea’-kaboo, They See You

  1. Flora 01/06/2011 at 12:11 pm #

    They are funny! I would like to have one of those, but mostly because I love to collect unique and a bit weird objects.

  2. olivia 01/06/2011 at 12:16 pm #

    awesome! they had these at the gallery shop at the Art Gallery of Ontario. i was considering getting one for my boyfriend’s mum as a christmas gift! reasonably priced, too.

  3. Higgenbottom 01/06/2011 at 1:01 pm #

    they are cute! i knew my tea was missing something!

  4. Julia 01/06/2011 at 2:01 pm #

    Too cute! I am positively giddy.

  5. Julie (ModCloth) 01/06/2011 at 2:23 pm #

    Haha. Those are too adorable. I would buy two!

  6. Ira Mency 01/06/2011 at 2:46 pm #

    Terrifying. I’d be feeling all warm and fuzzy drinking my favorite tea or java, then to see a semi drowning animal gasping for air would give me chills all night. S I G H . Watch them be bestsellers!

    • Amber Rose 01/06/2011 at 7:08 pm #

      “semi drowning animal”.
      Cracked me up!

  7. lia 01/06/2011 at 3:09 pm #

    where do i find one!!!???

  8. Skywok 01/06/2011 at 3:17 pm #

    Both, it’s what makes Japanese creations so wonderful.

  9. Kate 01/06/2011 at 3:22 pm #


  10. Tori 01/06/2011 at 3:30 pm #

    They sorta remind me of alphabet soup. When you get to the bottom you try to make a word with the letters at the bottom. It’s all fun and games….I think it’s cute.

  11. Katie 01/06/2011 at 4:16 pm #

    that is really creepy. who would think of something like that!

  12. Kaley 01/06/2011 at 4:37 pm #

    I LOVE THIS! i really want them now. <3

  13. Roxanne the Dainty Librarian 01/06/2011 at 4:55 pm #

    These are pretty amazing!

  14. erica 01/06/2011 at 5:03 pm #

    freaking awesome!!

  15. Lauren 01/06/2011 at 5:47 pm #

    This is spooky scary.

  16. Nicki 01/06/2011 at 6:10 pm #

    these are so adorable! i used to have a mug with a bunny inside but i lost it so i would love to buy one =)

  17. Angela (ModCloth) 01/06/2011 at 7:04 pm #

    I’m sorry, Jenn. I find this terrifying. Haha.

  18. Liz 01/06/2011 at 7:13 pm #

    They’re awesome especially when the drinker has no clue what’s at the bottom!

    • Katt 01/07/2011 at 6:35 pm #

      But, then you might have a broken cup from them throwing it against the wall……..repeatedly.

  19. Ivânia Diamond* 01/06/2011 at 8:05 pm #


  20. Kate (ModCloth) 01/06/2011 at 8:21 pm #

    Oh man, a little bit terrifying. And yet, I’m strangely drawn to them…

  21. Jaime 01/06/2011 at 8:32 pm #

    Super cute! Just seeing them online brightens my day :)
    Imagination doesn’t always have to literal. :)

  22. Lily 01/06/2011 at 8:36 pm #


  23. jessica 01/06/2011 at 8:40 pm #

    i think they are creepy and that’s why i like them. However i cant but think i might hurt myself somehow.

  24. Richard (ModCloth) 01/06/2011 at 8:53 pm #

    Before I read the explanation, I thought someone had cooked up some marshmallows in the shape of animals!

  25. Kristina 01/06/2011 at 10:49 pm #

    A bit creepy but i like them :]

  26. mel 01/06/2011 at 11:03 pm #

    I wish they had an eye ball at the bottom. They’d be nice and creepy.

  27. jess 01/06/2011 at 11:18 pm #

    cute cute CUTE!! need ‘em!!

  28. Kaelah Bee 01/07/2011 at 12:40 am #

    haha they’re cute! i wonder if they’d hit you in the face while trying to drink though…

  29. Dima 01/07/2011 at 6:25 am #

    I like them,where do I get one? I want an owl !!!

  30. Stephanie 01/07/2011 at 12:05 pm #

    This would totally freak me out!

  31. beth 01/07/2011 at 12:38 pm #

    These are sweet. It would put a smile on my face when they popped up. Although like an above poster mentioned- they would look like they were drowning in a semi-clear drink. I’d just have to get those first few gulps down fast! ha

  32. Ellie 01/07/2011 at 6:49 pm #

    kind of creepy/cute. they would get really tea stained, though.

  33. Sarita 01/08/2011 at 10:43 am #


  34. Shaina 01/08/2011 at 11:33 am #

    adorable! I’d buy one of each!

  35. Ashleyy 01/08/2011 at 7:25 pm #

    This makes me laugh, hahahaha…

  36. grace 01/09/2011 at 3:58 pm #

    omg i love it! i want one!

  37. steph 01/09/2011 at 4:00 pm #

    wow. I think this is hilarious though! it would be fun to give to unsuspecting houseguests :-)

  38. Scott 01/09/2011 at 7:32 pm #

    Great, now I have to buy one for my girlfriend -And the site is Japanese.. What the?

  39. Emily 01/16/2011 at 10:40 pm #

    I had a mug like this when I was a kid! It had a fishy at the bottom. It was my favoirite! I wonder what happened to it…

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