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
Good news, BABYMETAL fans! I introduced BABYMETAL, the super cute j-pop and metal mix idol group in an earlier post. After gaining a large fanbase across the world, the Doki Doki Morning single with a t-shirt is now on sale to overseas customers! Maybe one day they will come and perform in the UK? If you’re interested here is the link to the overseas shop.
Their recent music video for their song Headbangeeeeerrrrr!!!!! has also been released, and they had their first English interview, in which you get to hear from the three girls Su-metal, Moa-metal and Yui-metal as well as their producer… who appears to be a skeleton. Watch their new music video here and check out the interview here.
What do you guys think of kawaii metal? I’m personally loving it! See you! Bye bye ~ ☆ﾐ(o*･ω･)ﾉ
This is another video from my trip, when I visited the Meiji Shrine near Harajuku station. It was really peaceful there. It is dedicated to the spirits of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shōken. There was no filming allowed in the main shrine building, as well as etiquette I researched beforehand, which can be found here. We were lucky enough to see a couple of traditional wedding ceremonies which you can also read about here. I hope you found that interesting! Bye bye ~ ☆ﾐ(o*･ω･)ﾉ
Video above shows me challenging myself to build my Nanoblock as quickly as possible! Feel free to try the challenge yourself!
Nanoblock is a construction product which allows you to build tiny, intricate models. There are various different types and difficulties that appeal to different age groups and abilities. It first went on sale in Japan in 2008 and has since become popular worldwide too! I was given the budgerigar in blue to try, which has over 100 pieces.
The blocks really are tiny! They’re really cute! But this could cause problems as you could easily drop one and lose it. However in your pack you have extra bits so if some go missing you can still finish building, which is really helpful. The instructions are very easy to follow and it’s actually quite relaxing to do. Mine took me about 25 minutes without stopping but I’m sure the more complex ones, such as castle Neuschwanstein with over 6000 pieces, could take months to complete! Overall I think there is something for everyone and it’s a very well designed product! Hopefully we will see some for sale at the next HYPER JAPAN?
Thanks for reading! As always exciting stuff to come soon such as this week’s Friday Fashionista. Don’t forget to enter the Roxie Sweetheart competition! Bye bye ~ ☆ﾐ(o*･ω･)ﾉ
One of the cutest places I went to had to be Hello Kitty’s Kawaii Paradise in Odaiba. I managed to schedule the visit on the same day as an event to promote Sayumi’s new cinnamoroll collaboration products! Sayumi is a popular idol in Japan from j-pop group Morning Musume… she was so adorable! I bought one of the first 20 hair scrunchies from the new set of products (mine was no.20!) so I got to watch the event from a special area. The place itself had a shopping bit with everything and anything Sanrio, purikura booths, arcade machines and even a pancake cafe, which is why the background music is Papancake by Koharu Kusumi! So enjoy a very pink tour of this cute place. Bye bye ~ ☆ﾐ(o*･ω･)ﾉ
You people with a passion for fashion are in for a real treat this week! If any of you are interested in lolita fashion from the UK this is definitely the post for you. Meet Louisa, a lolita who owns a UK based brand called ‘Icing Sugar’. Add her ability to make beautiful clothes and accessories to her exceptional drawing and design skills, and you get a recipe for success!
Left: Babydoll dress modelled at the fashion show by Livi, photograph by Saoirse Clohessy, Right: ‘Icing Sugar’ jewellery being sold at HYPER JAPAN
‘Icing Sugar’ is a unique cute style and sweet lolita brand, specialising in one of a kind handmade jewellery and printed dresses and skirts. At HYPER JAPAN 2011 Louisa sold some of her items at the Lolita Bring and Buy and her pink ‘Sweet Tea Party’ babydoll dress was modelled at the ‘Cute and Colourful’ fashion show by the lovely Livi! A lot of her designs take inspiration from famous Japanese brands such as Emily Temple Cute and Shirley Temple. Some of her other favourite brands include Angelic Pretty and 6% Doki Doki.
My two favourite items from ‘Icing Sugar’
Also she is a very talented artist, currently working in graphic design. She thinks up all the prints and ideas for jewellery herself and you can check out all her artwork and concept sketches on her deviantART. If this post has got you wanting to make a purchase right away, head over to her online etsy store. Hopefully we will see Louisa and ‘Icing Sugar’ making an appearance at HYPER JAPAN 2012’s Lolita Boutique? Join me again for your weekly fashion dose next Friday! Bye bye ~ ☆ﾐ(o*･ω･)ﾉ
Next up is the first item straight from Japan I will be showing you, targeted at women. It is called an “Otohime”. “Oto” means sound in english, and “hime” means princess. I’m sure most of you are wondering what on earth this little thing is. It is very deceiving as a minature rose, maybe resembling a small mirror, when that is in fact far from the truth.
Different types of Otohime
In Japanese toilets some women are concerned about noises they make and so decide to frequently flush the toilet so only the pleasant sound of running water is heard. An “Otohime”, when a button on the back is pressed, actually plays the same pleasant sound. This means women don’t have to repeatedly waste water, so it is a very eco-friendly product! The particular one I have been given is called “Eco-Hime”, a portable version, but similar ones are often fitted in public toilets too.
On the back of the sparkly packaging are pictures illustrating how to use it. Middle image shown to give an idea of how small it is.
Its misleading appearance and handy, compact shape are the great things about its design. The way it is so small and cute somehow makes it appealing even though the purpose of it really isn’t anything appealing at all! It’s so tiny it can easily just be popped into your handbag, and nobody would ever suspect it to be what it is. Even the packaging is deceptive until you read the instructions! Overall, it’s a very thought out and well designed product, and a perfect little way of helping the environment.
Stay tuned for more of my comments, reviews, and maybe even some contests! Bye bye! ~ ☆ﾐ(o*･ω･)ﾉ
Welcome to the official blog of HYPER JAPAN's Kawaii Star of the Year, Scarlett!
This is where you can find out all about Scarlett, what she loves, and what she thinks you will love. Scarlett was voted Kawaii Star of the Year at HYPER JAPAN 2011 in July 2011, and now she is our ambassador of everything cute! Find out more on the HYPER JAPAN website and at the next HYPER JAPAN will be held in Earls Court, London on 24-26 February 2012.