As fun and fantastic as Friday, Saturday at Hyper Japan certainly had a lot to offer. With incredible acts like Yun*chi and Siro-A, impressive cosplay and yummy food there were a lot of things to see.
Yun*chi is a j-pop singer and model under label Nippon Crown. She had a very cute and unique fashion style and a really great voice. It was a pleasure to meet her backstage. Her performance included a cover of an anime tune and three of her own songs, one of which was her collaboration song with IKP titled ‘Waon’. It was a very catch tune that ended up in my head for the rest of the day! You can check out the music video below.
The Tokyo Fashion Story show was merged with her performance. I was lucky enough to be chosen to model sweet lolita for the Saturday show. Me and Gothic Lolita Wigs muse Elodie got to wear a couple of Angelic Pretty’s recent prints from Dreamy Bows: I got to wear Whip Showcase in cream! Being in the show was a lot of fun, I love the feeling of going on stage and doing cute poses. Other styles showcased in the show included Gothic lolita, mori-girl and shironuri.
Although I didn’t have much time to wander around, my highlights included the Taiko drumming display, Wii U karaoke and the stalls on offer. Rococo Daze had a range of Japanese street fashion brands at their stall. They are a reasonably new UK distributor with brands such as Juliette et Justine and Enchantlic Enchantilly. I also loved the adorable deco phone cases Phantasy Phones had for sale.
Report on lolita convention Frock On! still to come as well as my Hyper Japan Sunday report, my Alcon 2013 report and my finds in Tokyo! Stay tuned to Scarlett’s world of cute! Bye bye ☆ﾐ(o*･ω･)ﾉ
Hello everybody! I’m sorry for the lack of posts recently, I’ve been very busy. I got back from Japan yesterday after being a contestant on SONG FOR JAPAN Nodojiman Za! World! (≧∇≦)/ It was a really amazing experience and I had the time of my life. I was so happy to go back to Tokyo and visit the places I loved again, to sing for the United Kingdom, and I met lots of lovely people. Blog posts about my various ‘kawaii’ finds in Tokyo soon, but for now here are some pictures from my trip! There are also the rest of my HYPER JAPAN reports to come, plus an Alcon 2013 report. Stay tuned to Scarlett’s world of cute! Bye bye ☆ﾐ(o*･ω･)ﾉ
On the Friday of Hyper Japan I was lucky enough to watch the UK members of IroKokoro Project (Beth, Serena and Dot) perform. I also had the honour of doing a quick interview with them. IroKokoro project is a group of girls who cover a range of J-pop and K-pop. They primarily cover songs from female j-pop groups such as Hello!Project. You can check out IKP on youtube and facebook.
How did you get into Iro Kokoro Project?
At the beginning people were scouted but then for later generations auditions were held. Some of us got in through scouting and some through auditions.
What is the best part about performing?
The adrenaline and feeling when on stage is amazing. It’s also great to have a supportive audience!
How many members are there in total?
There are 38 members from all over the world! We are the UK unit called ‘Crumpets’.
Is it your dream to be a singer or is it just for fun?
Absolutely, it would be a dream to be paid to do something that we love!
How did the collaboration with Yun*Chi come about?
Well we did a group cover of Momoiro Clover’s Kimi to Sekai. This was then shown on the TV program J-Melo and was reviewed by Morning Musume. We then got to meet Risa Niigaki which was amazing, and from there Yun*Chi contacted J-Melo wanting to do a collaboration with us!
Missed their performance? Check it out here!
A great way to kick off the convention, Friday at Hyper Japan was full of fun stage acts and fabulous stalls. Highlights included great music, tasty shaved ice and adorable fashion.
Commanding the main stage, j-rock group Vaniru gave an epic performance in their own unique style. Leoneil and Yuto, dressed in black and white respectively, did a setlist of electronica-styled gothic rock songs and answered some questions about themselves. They are currently based in Germany, and you can find out more about them at http://www.vaniru.com.
UK Iro Kokoro Project members, known as ‘Crumpets’, gave an energetic and powerful performance over on the second stage. Covering a range of songs such as Morning Musume, Vocaloid and Haruhi tunes their voices blended together amazingly and they sounded absolutely great! An interview with them will be up on my blog soon, but until then you can check out their facebook page.
My favourite stalls I had a look at on Friday included Nice Ice and Tofu Cute/Dreamy Bows. Nice Ice specialise in delicious and refreshing flavoured shaved ice. They had their usual flavours of strawberry, mango and matcha along with a new flavour for the Hyper Japan weekend: melon! I tasted both the strawberry and mango flavours and both were very yummy indeed, and great to have on the hot HJ weekend!
Dreamy Bows are now an official stockist for Angelic Pretty and so they had some of the brand’s new pieces for sale including Etoile Twins and Whip Showcase. Tofu Cute next to it also had a wide range of chocomint products, cute stickers and giant fluffy alpacas. I couldn’t resist buying a bunny headbow from Angelic Pretty and a chocomint bow.
Saturday and Sunday reports coming soon, along with an interview with the UK Irokokoro Project members. Stay tuned to Scarlett’s world of cute! Bye bye ☆ﾐ(o*･ω･)ﾉ
Sorry for the lack of updates everybody! I’ve had a very busy month but now I’ll have more time to get back into blogging. Today I’ll be talking about the feature for The Sun newspaper that me and my friends were in. Other than a couple of inaccuracies in the article, such as the title of the piece and the price of an outfit, I thought the finished piece actually was quite a nice and positive one. You can read the feature online here http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/features/4957331/Kawaii-babies.html.
Photo copyright of The Sun
We had a shoot in their studios where we had to bring all of our outfits, and the stylist picked out her favourites for the photos. Two outfits were chosen for each of us: the stylist picked two of my Angelic Pretty pieces from my wardrobe for the photos. We also had our hair and makeup done by a professional makeup artist. I hadn’t ever worn so much makeup before but I really liked the way it looked! The photos were taken by photographer Stewart Williams, some inside at the studios and some outside on the streets. It was certainly the most professional photoshoot I’d ever been to – they had the huge lights and background I’d only seen on TV shows! It was really quite an amazing experience and I really enjoyed the day. Going there with Kelsey and Jessica made it even more fun!
My outfits feature items from UK brand Tofu Cute (who will be at Hyper Japan 2013!), who I bought pieces from Japanese brand Chocomint from, and also my lilac Alpaca (which you can see Jessica holding in the photo). The adorable little pink bow in my hair is from UK brand Strawberry Mushrooms. My wig is from UK seller Rococo Daze who now stock Lockshop wigs. Be sure to check them out too, they have a lot of great brands for sale with quick shipping within the UK!
Photo copyright of The Sun
Outfit number 1 (Whimsical Vanilla-chan)
Dress, headbows : Angelic Pretty, Blouse: Metamorphose temps de Fille, Bolero: Bodyline, Bag: Sanrio, Accessories: Chocomint (Bought from Tofu Cute), Claires, Strawberry Mushrooms, offbrand
Photo copyright of The Sun
Outfit number 2 (Magical Etoile)
Dress: Angelic Pretty, Blouse: Metamorphose temps de Fille, Basket : Baby the Stars Shine Bright, Wig: Lockshop (Bought from Rococo Daze), Accessories: Chocomint (Bought from Tofu Cute), Claires, Strawberry Mushrooms, offbrand
More blog posts to come including a post about seeing Perfume. If you’re coming to their London concert on the 5th of July feel free to say hi if you spot me! I’m really excited for it. Stay tuned to Scarlett’s world of cute! Bye bye ☆ﾐ(o*･ω･)ﾉ
Don’t forget everyone that the deadline for applications for HYPER JAPAN’s Tokyo Fashion Story is the 5th of July so be sure to send yours in! They are looking for a range of styles including Lolita, Mori-girl, Gyaru and Shironuri. Brands Angelic Pretty and Phantásien have also confirmed they can provide outfits for the occasion if you’d love to apply but don’t have an outfit to apply with. Also be sure to take a look at all the fashion events due to be going on at HJ 2013 http://www.hyperjapan.co.uk/whats-on/fashion.html.
Photos copyright of Take a Break magazine
A few weeks ago me and my friends Kelsey and Cherry were in UK magazine Take a Break. The feature was all about how I got into Japanese ‘kawaii’ fashion, the reactions I get from people, and there was also a bit about HYPER JAPAN and the UK Kawaii Star competition. The pictures used in the article are mainly from the photoshoot that we did. It was a lot of fun to do, it was a professional shoot where we brought all our favourite outfits then the photographer chose various different poses and locations for us to take the photos in. Here are a few photos from the shoot. I hope those of you who saw us in issue 19 liked the article! *(*´∀｀*)☆
Photo by Harriet Prudence Stanton.
Here’s an outfit I wore to a Lolita meet at a chocolate exhibition in Bristol! Blog post about it to come soon! *(*´∀｀*)☆
Jumperskirt - Innocent World
Basket - Baby the Stars Shine Bright
Accessories - New look, Claires, offbrand, Sylvanian Families!
Neo Tokyo – Berlin’s no.1 spot for manga, anime and more!
Hello everyone! A few weeks ago I went sightseeing in Germany and I read online about a shop called Neo Tokyo in central Berlin, so I decided to go and check it out for myself.
It was a lot bigger than I expected, after visiting similar places in London I was expecting a much smaller shop, but the anime section in particular was massive. All the DVDs lined up all along the wall, it looked really awesome.The manga section also had a lot of choice. I was particularly drawn in by the multi volume packs of my favourite manga Shinshi Doumei Cross (but I already own all of them!)
As well as the large anime and manga selection there were also cabinets with a variety of j-pop and k-pop CDs and DVDs, with merchandise for acts such as AKB48, SHINee and Hatsune Miku. There were also some popular fashion magazines such as Popteen and my favourite: the Gothic Lolita Bible. On top of all this there was a small table with san-x, chocomint and totoro items (everything was totally cute!).
There were a few items that I loved that I just had to purchase! First of all, an adorable mint chocomint purse, with pretty layers and a bow. Secondly, this san-x ‘piggy girl’ cup. I think this san-x series is just meant for me, I love cute things but I also love food, particularly cake! And of course the latest volume of the GLB (I spotted Friday Fashionista Sapphira in the street snaps!). I love being able to own Lolita magazines so I can stare at all the pretty collections and practise my Japanese reading at the same time!
Well that’s all for now! Also I am happy to say that I got a ticket to see Perfume in London, who else is going? I’m sure it will be really good! Stay tuned to Scarlett’s world of cute! Bye bye ☆ﾐ(o*･ω･)ﾉ
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