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
I’ve been quite the concert-goer recently, and one venue I’ve now been to three times now is the O2 academy in Islington, London. I went there for kanonxkanon in 2011, and in November 2012 I was lucky enough to get to see An Café after their long break from making music, and last Wednesday I was able to see the queen of cute Kyary Pamyu Pamyu herself. So today I’ll be telling you all about both concerts!
Left: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Right: An Café
An Café are a visual kei group that formed back in 2003. They decided to take a break in 2010 and resumed activities in 2012 and did a world tour to promote their new album! The London show wasn’t quite as busy as the Kyary concert but there was still a big crowd. They sung everything from their new stuff to all my old favourites like Smile ichiban ii onna and Cherry Saku Yuuki. I really enjoyed their new stuff, particularly Amazing Blue, where Miku held a cute glowing blue star while singing. It really was an amazing atmosphere, and you could tell they really all were happy to be back. They were very good at getting the audience hyper and excited and I had a great night, and if they come to London again I would definitely go again!
Left: An Café poster/t-shirt from the concert, Right: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu merchandise
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu began her career as a model, and then moved on to becoming a singer. She became famous around the world with the song PONPONPON, which now has over 40 million views. She sang all her most popular songs along with some others on her albums too, including brand new song Ninjari banban. The venue was packed - the tickets sold out in 3 days, and then 150 extra tickets were also released! There were some awesome Kyary cosplays and lots of cute Harajuku fashion coordinates from the audience. Kyary herself wore a range of absolutely adorable outfits, and her dancing and singing was so cute! The backing dancers were also very impressive. It was a very different experience to An Café but a very enjoyable one, and I loved every moment of the concert.
Another concert post to come soon about Tomoyasu Hotei at the Roundhouse and lots more, including a contest! Stay tuned to Scarlett’s world of cute. Bye bye ☆ﾐ(o*･ω･)ﾉ
Before HYPER JAPAN I was lucky enough to receive a bag of items from the brand Strawberry Mushrooms. The shop is a small art business in London specialising in adorable accessories and gifts. You can check out their facebook and their shop on storeenvy.
Strawberry Mushrooms attended HYPER JAPAN in November and had a stall full of all sorts of different things, such as many cute necklaces and headbands. I received the following items: a really cute tulle bow clip, some tiny little bear clips (so cute!), a lovely strawberry jam necklace and my favourite item, the candy bunny necklace.
The bunny candy necklace I think would work well into pastel Harajuku fashion coords as well as casual outfits. The jam necklace is simply adorable and so teeny. I also love the bow clip, bows are one of my favourite items as they can be used in so many different ways. The cute rose and flower really complete it. The bear clips are too cute, I attach them either side of the front bow of my dresses.
Left: Owner Ichigo, Right: My two favourites!
I used both the bow and teddy clips in my coord for Sunday’s fashion show, and wore the candy bunny necklace on Saturday for the MARBLE collection panel. All the items fitted in well to my outfits and were very well made. You can see where the creativity comes from when you look at one of the owners Ichigo, her outfit was really pretty, in fact one of my favourites from the day, mixing a creepy cute style with sweet lolita. If Strawberry Mushrooms are at the next HYPER JAPAN be sure to check them out!
Many posts to come including HJ Sunday report, An Café and Tomoyasu Hotei concert reviews, and a wardrobe post! Until then remember you can check out my youtube, http://www.youtube.com/user/ScarlettsCuteWorld where I will be vlogging at more frequently to make this blog a bit more interesting. See you soon!