Friday, December 17, 2010

So HarD to DreSS up,, But REaLLy BeautiFuLL KiMoNo & YuKaTa

I was just seeing the old picures in my pc... when i found the pictures took in Kyoto. I've visited Kyoto twice in my life. Once in the summer of 2006. And once last summer. In the small old japanese styled streets, which reminds of the movie memories of a geisha super much, you can see real Maikos or Geishas walking in the night. They really look like unhuman, like some fairytale characters walking in their beautiful kimonos super high shoes and white make up. When i went to Kyoto for a first time I wanted to make a sure that I will see some Geisha. Because perhaps all the ppl are not lucky to run in to some. That's why I went to Gion corner, it's a theater which presents 1-hour shows of seven traditional performing arts of Kyoto, including the Kyogen classical comedy, Kyomai dance, Gagaku Imperial Court music, koto (Japanese harp) , flower arrangement, and Tea ceremony. And since explanations are given in English, it is popular among foreign tourists.Here is a pictures of Maiko dancing.

I was lucky enough to see three geisha walking in the streets of Gion area in Kyoto.

Then last summer during Kyoto visit I saw one Geisha in a small shrines garden. Maybe photographer was taking pictures of her for postcards.. who knows. But in Kyoto you can buy many postcards with Geishas on the temples gardens.... Just like her. so i think so xD

I just love the Kimonos those are just gorgeous. Really beautiful clothes, but uncomfortable too. it's really difficult to walk and breathe with those.  I've wore two Kimonos in my life, first one while I was staying with japanese host family for a two weeks. The family had the weird religion, they were having these praying ceremonies 3 times a day, which included dancing and singing. (with really old japanese traditional music) then the house i was satying for with my sister, was like the main temple for that religion. Once a month there is held a big party, where many ppl coming from Nara, and other places take a part too. In the party the ppl pray together and have a delicious dinner. I've forgotten the name of that religion, but it was not any weird one, we got some english information about it as soon as we moved in, so we didn't feel uncomfortable with it. The family was super lovely and sweet. Anyway, for that reason they had so many Kimonos in their house.
Wearing Kimono first time

Next time i was wearing Kimono was when I turned 20. I was in Sapporo that time. And wore Frisode. The Kimono which is for unmarried woman. Japanese girls wear it in january in the coming of age day when they turn 20. It's a pretty hard process to wear a Kimono.... Took so much time,, almost like an hour... Also,,When ou are wearing Kimono, there own't be any shape in your body. Thats why the Kimono will be made the size of the biggest part in your body. For example as a western girl, I had to have so many towels or some fabrics under the Kimono making all the shape of my body to be hidden.

My friend tied my hair and put the huge accessory in.
Then we went to photo studio to take some pictures. That time i couldnt speak japanese so it was quite confusing.

I have two Yukata I've bought in Japan. my first own Yukata for the first hanabi (firework festival) I've never been in to was bought from the pretty cheap shop called Honeys. I bought it as a set of obi, yukata and shoes and it costed like 40 euro. FIrst firework festival was held in Tamagawa river. I went there with my japanese high school friends, (That time I was high school student too)

Then I bought my second Yukata for last summers Hanabi. I thought I wanna have some more colourful one than black, so I bought the Pink one from Studio Alta. It was way more expensive.... like 100 euro.

 Also sometimes in the temples it's possible to see japanese traditional wedding, or super cute kids with kimonos. These pictures taken in Meiji shrine Harajuku.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

When Cherry Blossoms were Blooming

Yesterday when I came back to my family home from my apartment, there were waiting a Christmas present from Japan in my bed. I was so happily surprised finding Peach Johns plastic bag on my bed. It made me super happy, thanks to my dear friend for sending it. I really love Peach&John. It's like japanese version of Victorias secret. Here is link for the home page  The page is in japanese, but here is some information in english too 
Peach and John was founded 1994 by  Mika Noguchi and her (nows) ex-husband Shoji Noguchi. They sell just gorgeous underwear, clothes, and  interior stuff.

Anyway, It's been super cold and so much snow in Finland since november... Makes me dream about next spring..... Winter is well at least not my favorite season... too cold, too many clothes on. I don't like to go out looking like micheline guy...I know it's too early to dream bout spring, but just today I need somehing to make me warm. And what better than lovely memories.

The cutest couple ever in Shinjuku gyouen.
 Since I first time went to Japan 2006, till now I've been running into this couple in a many places around Tokyo. They are always super fashionable when I meet them. I remember I saw them in KERA magazine and Gothic Lolita Bible earlier. Here is a link for the girls Blog, dunno if she's still updating though.

This picture is from Design Festa.

 More Fashionable people in the Yoyogi koean Sakura season.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Because I've Met You, I'm The Happiest Girl in the World

I'm getting ready for returning back to Tokyo. I will leave after 4 weeks. I used to study in a language school called ISI. It was really good one, but the school fee increase starting from 2011. I started studing japanese from beginningers, and almost got in to JLPT2 level...(only if i didnt have to return finland for a few months) Here is link for ISIs home page: Because i already used a fortune for studing and living in tokyo for a year,now i will go for another school which is cheaper.

 Ok here is a small summary of the last great year spent in tokyo.
My dear friends after party, chinese classmates and Tokyo view from Mode Gakuin school

My old chinese,korean,swedish and spanish classmates in ISI language school.

My first apartment in tokyo. It was guest house in Sangubashi station. very nice location, could walk to harajuku easily through the yoyogi koen.
And more paaaaaaateeeeiiiiiiiii

My small memoryfull room in harajuku, almost got astma from there... and My good spanish friend Ana.

Sakura leafs
My mobile

My part time job family, sumidagawa Hanabi and travel to Nikko
My kind of host  family

Harajuku life

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

It UsEd To Be AlL aBoUt HaRaJUkU

I will start to write new blog now. The old one won't be updated anymore. I'll try to write in english, so i wanna apologize already for all the mistakes i'm gonna make =_= since my english is not that good yet.
Silver Fang
Anyway, I was living one year in Tokyo. My purpose was to study japanese in a language school, but i was just mostly getting lost in the neon lights. Why in the world did i fall in love with the most expensive and craziest city in the world... Well.. everything started when i was kid...This dog anime above woke my interest to Japan. So basicly my intrests where like many other japan lovers too, from anime&manga to Visual kei music, street fashion, lolita and other japanese styles.

I just love it that in Tokyo u never know what u gonna see or expirience. and the circles are super big. so many ppl with wicked style. For example some days before i returned to Finland in the Shinjuku Jack Sparrow and Mad hatter cosplayers were just walking around like they would really be actually the characters...

Well, I used to love Harajuku. Sweet home as we called it. (That time I didn't know i'm gonna actually live in Harajuku one day.)  well first time i went to Japan 2006. I saw all the cosplayers and all these wicked styled admirable people, and knew i want to be part of it all. While staying Tokyo I spent most of the time in Harajuku. made friends with the other cosplayers without even speaking japanese. In the Harajuku the atmosphere is most important. Usually same cosplayers go there every sunday (mostly saturdays too) Most of the cosplayers has made the costumes by themself. we gathered up, chat, take pictures together, go to purikura, eat some snacks(usually somebody bring it and gives for all) , and do some free hugs or dance/sing performances. Most of the cosplayers time goes for posing the camreas. Many tourists around the world go to Harajuku and see the cosplayers. So there is all the time somebody asking (or taking secretly) ur pictures. Also in the meiji bridge, there are few old man coming every sunday there to take pictures. they are kind of friends of cosplayers. They take the pictures and next week bring the pictures they have took to the cosplayers....Before i moved to Tokyo for a year, i thought i'm gonna spend every sunday in Harajuku and keep dressing up as a lolita. But actually, i did it only for the first month, then i got intrested with other styles. Tokyo decadance and Dark castle (the cosplayers gothic events) i went for only few months... then new period of clothing and fashion started for me. Still i love the Harajuku culture and fashion though, i wouldn't dress as a lolita anymore and go to pose for the bridge.
I'm sure most of the ppl regonize this place. The cosplayers bridge in Harajuku.
This is pretty much the last times i were wearing lolita. Now this Angelic Prettys dress is in SALE if somebody is interested tell me ;D

Girl with a nice make up in the Tokyo decadance

In the Harajuku there used to be one street full of street performancers every sunday. The bands played next to each others trying to catch passangers to listen their music. But I've heard police has forbid the band street, so nobody is playing there anymore. (But once i saw in the bridge some Visual kei band playing in the night, so perhaps there might be still some)

My favorite Lolitas

Hikaru on the right and other free huggers

 Here is a pictures from famous fashion designer Takuya Angels fashion show:

girl wearing Takuya angel

 When the band street still existed, HITT was performancing in the street. HITT came to Finland recently. He was playing in the last Tsukicon, so i was so surprised he came to Finland too... Since last time i saw him was in 2008 in the street. He has really great voice and he is very funny performancer. In the middle of the show he started to dance with some passerby who was jogging..

This guy with the MASK is actually accessory designer, and keeps the selfmade Harajuku magazine for all the cosplayers in the bridge.

These people has an interesting life stories and personalities. Many of my friends has been asking why these ppl are cosplaying in the harajuku. Maybe big reason for many of these cosplayers to go to meiji bridge is to escape for reality for a while and be somebody else. Get the attention and show their creativity. Meet the friends.Some of my cosplayer friends are already 27 years old. still  many of these cosplayers are really young.It's been always a bit mysterious for me, that who are these ppl the rest of the weekdays...
Anyway even i used to dream to live in harajuku.... i dun't really recommend to move there.... The place is super crowded always.......Ofcourse weekend is the most crowded time. But when takeshita street used to be my nearest way to the station from my home, it took much time to get to station even in the monday.... Always not busy ppl shopping and enjoying harajuku on the takeshita street. So if u are in a hurry for school or work.... better to save much time for going to station...When i first moved there i was just happy and  thinking how wonderful it is to live in harajuku. Very soon i understood,,, it is only better to visit there...
This is the Takeshita street on sunday
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