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The Ultimate Guide to Motorcycle Helmet Safety Standards & Comparisons


The only reason we buy and wear motorcycle helmets is for safety. But safety standards for motorcycle helmets are inconsistent. Will the cute anime helmet you bought for your daughter withstand the impact of a lay-down on a concrete road? What about the helmet your brother wears for off-roading and dirt-biking? In a motorcycle helmets international safety standards comparison, some helmets don’t provide the safety you need.

Motorcycle Helmets International Safety Standards Comparison

…The subject of motorcycle helmet safety standards is highly complex, so it’s no wonder the general riding public is confused.Web Bike World

U.S. motorcycle helmets may have a specific shell construction or thickness to allow it to pass the Department of Transportation (DOT)  penetration test. The Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) may have different standards.

Some manufacturers include a DOT/ECE Standards sticker, which means the helmet meets both safety standards, even though the ECE has tougher requirements. Some declare the ECE label can only be applied to helmets sold in European countries, so how can a helmet have an ECE/DOT label in France? It’s because there are global/international inconsistencies in manufacturing, distribution, and sales of motorcycle helmets. Monitoring is minimal.

Other countries with motorcycle safety standards include:

  • Australia – AS 1698-2006
  • Brazil – NBR 7471
  • Canada – CSA CAN3-D230-M85
  • India – IS 4151
  • Japan – SG/JIS
  • Korea – KS G 7001
  • Malaysia – SIRIM
  • New Zealand – NZ 5430
  • Singapore – PSB
  • Taiwan – CNS (compatible to JIS)
  • Thailand – TIS

Obviously, safety standards vary from country to country. For now, your own research is needed to determine if a motorcycle helmet meets or beats your country’s standards.

Non-Government, Independent Safety Standards

In the U.S., we also have Snell Memorial Foundation safety requirements for motorcycle helmets. Where the DOT sets minimum safety standards for helmets, Snell criteria generally meets higher impact standards. “DOT certification is done on the honor system,” says Snell. “The helmet’s manufacturer determines whether his helmets satisfy DOT and then claims the qualification for himself. There is not even a reporting requirement.” Much of the U.S. government’s focus has been to restrict “beanie” helmets, which are pointedly substandard and usually worn by helmet-law protestors.

The United Kingdom also has independent motorcycle helmets safety standards organizations:

  • ACU Gold
  • BSI (British Standards Institution)

Need for a ‘Harmonized Standard’

African motorcycle helmets must withstand extreme heat and humidity. They need a safe ventilation system that can prevent riders themselves from overheating. In the Northeast U.S. and Canada, where temperatures can dip into below-freezing, helmets should have better insulation and the potential for warmth.

The need for harmonized, international safety standards should address climate and situational needs. Obviously, professional motorcycle competitors in controlled environments have helmet safety standards that differ from a desert dirt biker’s helmet.

Buying Style – and Safety – is Your Goal

Here’s the bottom line: Always abide by the laws of your federal and state government. It’s okay to buy a motorcycle helmet online if its safety standards meet or are higher than your country’s standards.

With some of the artistic options available, it’s also okay to express yourself! Just know that your Thor helmet with Viking horns will capture the attention of traffic police more than a “standard” motorcycle helmet. As long as your motorcycle helmet meets safety standards, you are free to travel the country in style! 3553895687_939d97fcd6_o


How Bad Do You Want A Better Life? Good Planning Tips & Life Hacks

HKplanner2019How Bad You Want A Better Life? Good Planning Tips & Life Hacks

You want to discover more success in whatever you are striving for. Check below some fine planning advice and life hackers from Day Designer. These strategies will assist you increase your productivity and efficiency, to not only get more done in less time, but additionally to clear the way for time spent doing whatever matters most to you! 24UltimatePlanningTipsAndLifeHacks_-_Day_Designer_-_Copyright_-_Do_Not_Distribute_-_02-18b-791x1024We know it isn’t enough to only own a planner. You need to develop an easy routine for using it and relying upon it, a pattern that you’ll fall in love with, if you are not already at the point! Get started by identifying your favorite methods and execute them this week. Next week, choose a few more, and build on your progress!

And if this is NOT ENOUGH to get you started, head over here to get a planner in YOUR FAVORITE anime star! Check out the JUST-ARRIVED 2019 Weekly Planners of Hello Kitty, Little Twin Stars, Mickey & Minnie and Winnie the Pooh packed and ready to go to your door now! What’s more, we’ll include ONE bonus cute stickers sheet so that you can build your personal planner in your unique and cute style!

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Feeling like a ride full of kawainess? Hello Kitty Shinkansen Will Fulfill All of Your Kitty Dream!

Feeling like a ride full of kawainess?
Now you could get it at the Hello Kitty-themed bullet train in Japan.


Japan’s Shinkansen train operator, West Japan Railway Co. Ltd has unveiled its new Hello Kitty Shinkansen bullet train. The train is already now available for riding.


It will continue to run for the next three months.Aimed at revitalizing regional communities in western Japan, the trains will make stops at each station between Shin-Osaka and Hakata in Fukuoka city in western Japan’s Fukuoka prefecture.


Two 500 series Shinkansen bullet trains, coating them in Hello Kitty designs are in service. The livery is decorated in pink ribbons and Hello Kitty’s signature bow — a design meant to represent the campaign’s goal of connecting travelers with destinations in the regions.

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How to ride the Hello Kitty train

Travelers hoping to board the Hello Kitty Shinkansen can find the timetable on http://www.jr-hellokittyshinkansen.jp/train/

Passengers can ride the train with a regular train ticket, purchased in advance or on the day of the travel. https://www.jrailpass.com/blog/hello-kitty-shinkansen

A special Hello Kitty café (open on June 1) and a souvenir shop (open on June 30) selling exclusive merchandises related to Hello Kitty Shinkansen will open at Hakata Station.

Car 1, named Hello! Plaza, is dedicated to exhibitions showcasing various regional products and attractions. Passengers can buy souvenirs and specialty products here too.

The first region to be highlighted is Sanin, home to the Shimane and Tottori prefectures.

Eight original Hello Kitty designs have been unveiled — each Hello Kitty is holding a local product representing each of the prefectures the train visits. For example, there’s a green apple for Tottori prefecture and a black shell for Shimane prefecture.

Other prefectures to be featured include Osaka, Hyogo, Okayama, Hiroshima, Yamaguchi and Fukuoka.

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Watch the Hello Kitty bullet train premier video here!



2019 Sanrio Hello Kitty & Little Twin Stars Pocket Planners Just Came On Board

Pen and paper are meant for each other, and one without the other simply does not work. Adding a pocket notebook/planner to your carry is very easy due to their dimensions, thinness, and flexibility in a pocket. Adding a memo book to your back pocket adds a ton of utility without much bulk.

Our limited edition Sanrio planner just came on board and it’s the perfect time to get yours now! Making resolutions is easy but sticking to them is the hard part. One way to get closer to achieving your goals is to be organized, and a planner or Hello Kitty / Little Twin Stars pocket planner can make all the difference! We understand that you don’t like to carry a heavy bag full of daily essentials, this light-weight and lovely pocket planner can be easily inserted to your notebook for school, to your carry. 

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Feeling like jotting down notes or daily inspiration any time? Just carry this pocket planner with you! This portable Hello Kitty monthly pocket planner features a one month per 2 page spread to jot down notes to upcoming meetings and events. Including monthly schedules, memo pages, this handy Hello Kitty planner will help you stay organized. The cute monthly planner is a suitable choice for teachers, business professionals, students, stay-at-home moms & dads and anyone who likes writing things down on paper for scheduling purposes.combined combined2




This exclusive Hello Kitty pocket planner is only available now in our store  in limited quantity. It features Hello Kitty & Sanrio characters design and has cute Hello Kitty images on every page. Using it at home, at school or at work helps you feel happy and pressure relieved! It’s made with high-quality & easy-to-write paper and has been our best seller favored by customers for many years! It comes with very few quantity and usually gets sold out fast (by end of this year)!

For a limited time and offer, purchase now and get BONUS ONLY for early-bird customers ! The following BONUS are available while stock lasts! 

For a limited time and quantity offer, you get a bonus Hello Kitty pen with your purchase (design is picked by random). BETTER YET, for the FIRST 10 buyers of this lisitng, we will include AN EXTRA gift: masking deco lace tape for you! This is absolutely for our customers and fans only. BUY IT NOW before the bonus gifts run out. 



How to Plan A Hello Kitty-Themed Wedding?

Are you a Hello Kitty fan and wish for a Hello Kitty wedding? Not sure where to begin? Envision a few wedding items that suit your budget and personality. Whether it’s a wedding cake that your friend can help you make, or a wedding invitation you can easily find someone at ETSY to customize for you, there are so many options to make your own Hello Kitty wedding at a small budget. Also think colors, patterns, and symbols that are meaningful to you: A pretty Hello Kitty & Daniel pillow can inform an entire wedding theme. Your Hello Kitty wedding style can also be inspired by your favorite Hello Kitty style. We’ve even seen weddings themed after small wedding souvenirs for guests, table flowers with Hello Kitty face, and decorative ballons. This is also the time to determine the formality of your wedding. Once you’ve nailed down your wedding style and formality, it’s time to start thinking of creative ways to tie in your theme. Great places to tie in wedding themes include your stationery, lighting design, centerpiece vases, and tablecloths. Tip for the taking: Don’t be afraid to think outside the typical season-inspired fall wedding or three-color combo theme to pull off a Hello Kitty wedding style as unique as you.

Here below find some Hello Kitty wedding theme ideas!

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  2. Hello Kitty wedding gawn – simply sew a few Hello Kitty plushes on to your wedding gawn!
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UT8Bh5BXetXXXagOFbXRMaking your own Hello Kitty theme wedding that convey  your love for Hello Kitty is not as hard to you think! With some planning and thoughts, you could definitely plan your own unique Hello Kitty wedding at your own budget!!

You can definitely find some help to customize your own Hello Kitty wedding items at etsy!screencapture-etsy-search-weddings-2018-05-13-17_21_59

Or you already have one memorable Hello Kitty wedding, why not share with us! We’d love to hear from you!!

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Plan A Hello Kitty Wedding! Check out Essentials for a Hello Kitty & Daniel Wedding Now!

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It’s a day that many girls start dreaming about and planning for from their youth. From what dress they’ll wear down to what border will look best on the guests’ place cards, so much time is spent and attention placed on every aspect of one’s wedding to ensure it will be a memory to last a lifetime. Themed weddings are also all the rage for die-hard fans, and no matter what your obsession there are ways to make your dreams come true.

Check out our essentials wedding items to help plan your Hello Kitty-themed wedding!4891595910500-1dsc_0119dsc_01404891595908125-1

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Hello Kitty & DanielGet the Special Gift for the Special Bride-to-Be & Lasting Memory of Joy!


Time certainly flied fast this year! It’s Black Friday holidays AGAIN!! Check Out The Goodies This Year!

Can’t remember how many Black Friday sales we’ve had with our fans and little online store.

Ever since we started A Cute Shop, it gets exciting at this time of year when we jog with time to present/list all super cute planners and calendars on our store and to deliver these cute items to you, our customers on time.

The coming and passing of Black Friday makes a mark of the holidays shopping. Before the Black Friday weekend, we do everything withe grace and gentleness. After the Black Friday weekend, we know we need to rush and hurry!

But no matter what, our wish is the same – to bring and share with you the beautiful and cute items from this part of world and hope our items cheer or lighten up hearts of you and your family & friends!

Knowing that we have friends who keep buying your yearly planners and calendars from us every year is the reason why we insist bringing what you could need and like every year and even more. We are TURLY & DEEPLY GRATUFUL for your patronage and this is the fun and rewarding part of our job – your friendship & patronage and seeing so many cute planners and calendars each year!

So voila! Let us present to you this year’s edition of Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale DM!! And don’t need to wait until the actual days of Black Friday holidays; you can buy your favorite items at our store at 20% OFF NOW!

ONLY REMEMBER TO REGISTER an account if you don’t already have one and shop with your account so that you could get the bona fida 20% OFF your purchase.

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Starting this year with writing down your daily bliss every day!


てちょう Techou, meaning hand-written notebook, originated in Japan.

It is said that everyone in Japan carries a handbook, recording a life plan anytime, anywhere

It has even derived from this a “handwriting philosophy” in Japan.

Seen enough of beautifully-decorated and written planners or handbooks in afternoon tea parties with your girl friends, if you want to start a good-looking, intelligent inside out, cute new life, let’s start by making our planners attractive now!

So exactly what types of planners are available out there?

NO.1 weekly planner

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If you just need to plan life, the weekly plan can meet your needs. It helps you break down your annual targets into monthly, weekly & daily goals & tasks, simple & clear. With simple text and some small patterns, it makes dry day-records become more agile and lovely!

1-4You see, just learn to draw some small icons, the simple records become very interesting ~

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NO.2 Daily planner


If you wish to make your daily events or experiences a detailed record, it is suitable to use a daily plan. Every day a page, with a graphic way to tell the story of the day. Keep doing it for a year, when you look back after a year, you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment and it’s GREAT!


Speaking of the daily planner or handbook, one has to mention the Japanese brand Hobonichi. Every year September is a festival for the handbook lovers,  because this is when Hobonichi starts the pre-sale of the handbooks for the next year.


The Hobonichi daily planner cover and refills pages are sold separately. The cover comes in a lot of choices every year.

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Inside pages also come in selections of full-year pages, pages within the page, English pages and so on.


Year pages


English pages


If you are a member of the gang, you will be attracted to them! With these dated hand-book, you can easily record everyday events. The biggest feature is the paper that is even though thin yet not easy to see through. And the diary-drawing experience is perfect ~


But its downside is the price. It’s way too expensive and you must keep writing every day, otherwise seeing the empty pages will make you go nuts ~


NO.3 100-day planner


The 100-day planner comes with a pie chart that allows you to divide the allocation of time to sections and color them by pens


It’s most suitable for short-term goals setting & plan. As from the color division of sections, you can clearly see if your allocation of time is appropriate.


Imagine, in the adherence to 100 days, when you complete the plan, this planner will be full of traces of your efforts.

NO.4 Inspirational notebook


If you are the type of person who bursts of inspirations, you need to put such a loose book in the bag, and pen down your inspirations at any time!


Each page can be a different field of inspiration. And with the loose-leaf design, after returning home, you can re-arrange the loose pages by categories, making it a theme-oriented inspirational notebook.

Well sharing so much about the contents of different planners, we just hope that everyone find some time to ponder, to reflect on their own and to keep a record of one’s daily events every day.

In 2017 and the years ahead, we wish you all lots of good luck!5-4


Why Using Paper Planners & Calendars Is Not Old-Fashioned

Are you one of those people who tried to organize your life with digital technology but eventually came back to paper planners and calendars for a solution?
Like many people who would still use Google calendar or time-management apps more or less, yet when it comes to keeping records of life events, daily thoughts or putting life all-in-all together, paper planners and calendars still do the best job for many.

I found myself still prefer writing on paper, even though I have so many mobile device around me and interestingly many people around the world still share the same old-fashion habit.
Call me an old-fashioned romantic soul, you might, but I found there’re plenty rational reasons for using paper planners & calendars.

1. Writing helps me clarify my thoughts, remember things better, and reach your goals more surely. There’s an interesting article why we learn more effectively by writing than typing. 

2. Paper planners serve creativity better because when my inspiration sparkles, the act of taking a planner out is a lot faster than taping out my apps and less rude to people around me.

3. I can see everything at once, even flipping through pages is a lot easier than a digital calendar.  I can see my schedule & tasks, appointments,  to-do-list, random notes, inspirational quotes, all on the same pages. I also get more inspirations and insights pondering through my written notes.

4. I don’t need to worry about battery out-of-charge, and pens are everywhere.

5. Writing on paper keeps my creativity abundant and makes me happy. Here in my country, we have so many washi tapes, deco stickers that people just use to write and draw a creative and cute daily event!

Hand-written & decorated planners of a Sanrio Fan

Hand-written & decorated planners of a Sanrio Fan

The reasons go on-and-on. Are you also a romantic & old-fashioned soul? What’s your reason for keeping a paper planner and calendar?

Share with us your reason and win yourself a 2018 Disney or Sanrio weekly planner from us to keep writing! Check out more details on our store fans page!  

2018 Planners & Calendars NEW ARRIVALS  – Mickey / Winnie the Pooh / Hello Kitty/ Little Twin Stars / Gudetama  Planners are HERE NOW!
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The 2018 anime planners and calendars are heading to our store now! Stay tuned of our newsletters or posts on fans page to get the latest updates!


Top Clues to Identify Fake From Authentic Hello Kitty Items

The worst thing that a customer can experience is being hoaxed by sellers vending counterfeit products including fake Hello Kitty and other Sanrio merchandise. The convenience that online shopping can bring is undeniable. Ironically, the same benefits that entice many to turn to the Internet for buying what they need and want have been viewed by deceitful vendors as easy ways to facilitate their scams. Knowing how to identify counterfeit items would help reduce the risk of being cheated online. If you are a Hello Kitty fan like me, who loves buying authentic HK and other Sanrio characters, it helps to be aware on how to recognize a fake from authentic items.


There are several things you need to check to assess if the Hello Kitty product is fake or authentic. The following are some of the easiest and most important clues to look into:

pktd003r-02b_21.      No Mouth!

True-blue Hello Kitty fans know very well that their favorite feline friend lacks mouth (except in TV shows and videos where she needs to talk, of course!). But in case you are just starting out to collect authentic Hello Kitty stuffs especially plush toys, don’t buy one with a mouth. It’s absolutely not genuine!



 hk2.      Copyright Label

Several years ago, the fastest way to identify a fake item is when it has no tag. But with the advancement of technology dishonest sellers/manufacturers have become on the ball and decided to put tags on their merchandise to make it look like original items. In order not to be deceived, you need to check the dates on the tag and make sure that it is correct. Since all authentic Hello Kitty and friends merchandise are either manufactured or licensed by Sanrio, all of them have tags with the correct labels on them. There ought to be two dates specified on it. The first date is fixed, 1976 for HK since this is the year when Hello Kitty was created. The second date is the date when the item was made.  It may be in written in full or abbreviated form.

Say for example, a Hello Kitty item created in 2010 should have a trademark that looks like this:

                                                                 1976.2004 Sanrio Co.,Ltd.


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In some items, the licensing label can also be found on the actual merchandise like the bottom portion or the package or box of the item. The trademark label is the primary indication of authenticity regardless if it is made in Japan or licensed in China. So, don’t forget to check the label.


DSCF0060  3.      Light-Sensitive Security Mark

In the desire to protect the authentic products they release to the   market, Sanrio placed a security hologram on each one of them.     Original pieces can be confirmed by inspecting the hologram      under the light.  Since the hologram was designed to be photo-  sensitive, you can catch sight of Hello Kitty’s face clearly when  you check it under the light. With the clear face of Hello Kitty, Note: This image belongs to another blog.               genuine, without it or a blurred image only it’s a fake.


881780303617_2-1_14.      Hello Kitty Bow Position= Left

Have you seen Hello Kitty with her bow on the right? Did I hear a Yes? Sorry to say, that is not an authentic Hello Kitty! And you are not alone because there are indeed lots of fake ones with Hello Kitty’s bow placed on the right side of her head. Don’t waste your penny on those products if you want a smart purchase to add up to your own Hello Kitty collection. The bow should be positioned on the left unless you are buying Mimmy, Hello Kitty’s twin sister.

Yes! Hello Kitty has a twin sister. And most of the time, she wears her yellow bow on the right. It’s worn that way to distinguish Hello Kitty and her twinnie!


Here’s Hello Kitty with her twin sister, Mimmy!  mimmy







5.      Even Hello Kitty Eyes

If you want to make sure that you are buying a true Hello Kitty item, you need to check the tiniest details of the product – including the EYES! Both eyes should be similar in size and overall outlook. If one eye is bigger BEWARE! It’s another clue that defines fake merchandise.



zipper6.      Zippers for Hello Kitty purse, bag or any zippered products

In case you are looking to buy Hello Kitty bag, coin purse or any item made with zipper enclosures, you need to check the outward appearance of the zipper. Hello Kitty zippers were created more solid and wider compared to fake ones that feels and looks insubstantial or light in weight. The ‘teeth’ of the zipper are precisely arranged to look really tidy and the edges carefully trimmed.  On the other hand, edges of counterfeits are pretty asymmetrical and uneven in layout.


zipper pull7.      Big and Thick Zipper Pulls

Zipper pull of an authentic Hello Kitty is bulkier and more hardwearing in appearance. Just like the zipper, of an original item, the zipper pull were created to feel and appear heavy. The borders of the zipper pull are smooth and suave in form. So if the one you are buying has splits or any part out of place, most likely this is not genuine.



8.      Precise Stitching  stitches

All branded items with sewn portions are expected to be flawless. It goes the same way with any Hello Kitty merchandise with embroidered or stitched sections. The stitching of real Hello Kitty for example, the whiskers are in straight line, have even intervals and precise in the entirety. If you noticed that the sewing is roughly, uneven, crooked and imperfectly made, it’s an imitation.




It would be easy to identify a fake from an authentic Hello Kitty, if you already have genuine pieces because you can compare the differences from the one you have. It is also important that you don’t merely believe that one is not a counterfeit just because it comes with an expensive price tag. Don’t forget that the primary goal of fraudulent sellers is to make a lot of money from their sub-standard merchandise. It would be safe not to rely on the price tag when making your authenticity judgment.

Thinking of Buying Fake Hello Kitty?

When you are lured to buy fake Hello Kitty items because they cost less than authentic ones, you should think better than that. Why? These items are cheaper because they are made of low quality materials and not as durable as authentic ones that you can use for many years. For example, an authentic Hello Kitty bag can still possess its great form even after many years of usage. You cannot expect this from fake imitations sold by dishonest sellers.


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The risk of being exposed to toxic substances used to manufacture the products is most likely too. These companies don’t have strict quality standards in the merchandise they are making.

recallAnd the most important advantage of buying a genuine Hello Kitty item is having the assurance of getting a merchandise from a legitimate company, Sanrio. Their priority includes the welfare of the buying public. They would not hesitate to announce product recalls for items that have problems that may put the safety of customers at risk. Even if the items are already out in the market or have been sold.  This is something you can’t expect if you purchased defective and unsafe fake items.


So, if you think you are getting a good deal because they are priced cheap, you are actually bound to suffer the negative effects of your poor choice down the line. Buying fake Hello Kitty products entitles you to get something that is not durable, unsafe to use and not licensed by Sanrio. Does that seem like a good deal, for you?

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When all is said and done, the most sensible guideline that you should stick with is to draw on your best judgment. Starting with the clues mentioned in this blog, I believe you will be able to differentiate a true from a fake Hello Kitty item.



Finally, if you need help on telling if the Hello Kitty items you bought or are going to buy are fake or not, we’re happy to help you! We’re Hello Kitty merchandise expert and 100% confident we can help you avoid the fake/unauthentic items from loss of money or reputation. Please feel free to contact us any time!


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