Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Die Milch Live and Fashion Show!


I got asked through an old friend of mine to take part in a fashion show for the band "Die Milch" Sapphira is a fellow model friend from London and she's one of the sweetest and kindest people I know so I was definatley up for modeling with her on the catwalk again.  I have been a fan of Die Milch for a long time, although never had seen them live. I love classical and rock music fusions, especially ones inspired by Victorian fashion!

Die Milch is definately a music act I was familiar with as they held concerts in London, which many of my friends attended. I was unable to go at that time so I was very sad, but definitely after hearing their music I had become a big fan. They are made up of a singer and violinist duet - Coco and Jasmine, with a backing band and celloist. They look, sound and perform just like porcelain dolls and their show definitely whisked me away to Victorian London <3. This is them performing my favourite song of theirs - "Mama".

Part of their show was a catwalk show featuring various styles of Lolita fashion, me and Sapphira both dressed in Classic Lolita. I was wearing Alice and the Pirates, while she was wearing JetJ. We even got our photos taken for the Gothic Lolita Bible!

There ended up being a famous Gothic Lolita Bible model at the show and also an adorable first-time Lolita model who was in Middle school!

I also met Mayumi, a cute 40-something diehard Die Milch fan, it was such a great experience to model with such a lovely and diverse range of people!
Here is a shot of me with the backing band:
After the electric performance; me, Sapphira, the band and some fans went out for all-you-can eat Korean food, as the gig was in Shin-okubo, also known as "Korea Town".
Me and Sapphira both got kimchi on our Lolita dresses >-<

Pink hair extensions, clubbing and winding up in a host club.

I got asked by the lovely Vanessa to go to a Gyaru event in Tokyo, so I decided that I should try and get my hair done in Kabukicho in true Gyaru fashion.

Thus one of my friends took me to her boyfriend's salon and I decided on -pink- extensions. Of course they would be pink~

The entire set cost me 3500yen, which is super cheap, especially going by UK prices, and they were woven in to my actual hair. My normal hair is long and thick like a lions mane, so this definitely made for some interesting hair >__< The stylist brushed some blonde extensions in to them to give them a more pastel and subtle effect and make them blend in to my actual hair more.

I think they go perfectly with my style of choice - hime-gyaru. <3

After I got my hurr did, I went to the Gyaru event with Vanessa. Not before taking Purikura of course; Vanessa wore a casual Oneegyaru, while I wore a more decadent hime-gyaru -

It turned out that there were a lot of famous Gyaruo models there and actually - hosts too. The world of host clubs didn't and still doesn't interest me, so I didn't really think about it too much. I just felt as though they acted very.....Extravagent....At one point showering one of the hosts in champagne. I was like...MOTTAINAI!!!

This particular event was nomihoudai, there was free-flowing champagne and tequila shots, so naturally I got more than a little squiffy ;D
The event started to just be about showering these random Gyaruos with admiration and boosting their egos, I didn't mind so much but I decided instead to dance around on the dance floor like a loon. I ended up getting a lot of people dancing, diverting the attention away from the Gyaruos and forcing them to dance too, which was funny in itself. The tequila shot girls had no luck giving out free tequila, so ended up drinking it themselves and passing out. Thus I picked up their lifeless bodies and was dancing with them >__<
The "VIPs" must have realized what a nutcase I was because before I knew it I was dragged into a secret room full of people drinking more champagne.
"Welcome to the VIP room!"
"I don't want to be here I want to be out there dancing"
"We have Pizza!"
-sits down and eats pizza-
By the end of the night I ended up getting one guys LINE ID who seemed pretty interesting, he wasn't really gyaruo at all or really an Ikemen, but somehow I ended up striking a conversation with him and agreeing to meet him and his friends for drinks.
Me and Vanessa headed to Camelot, but after copious amounts of Tequila, Vanessa started falling asleep and went home. Thus this random guy asked "Lets meet my friends for drinks".
Had I not been completely battered I wouldn't have agreed to such a ridiculous and dangerous thing but, as I was otherwise intoxicated I ended up getting in a Taxi and going to this bar. I had a bad feeling when the Taxi pulled in to Kabukicho....
"This isn't a host bar is it?"
"Of course not"
But actually it was something called a "Boys Bar". I have nothing against host, hostess clubs, boys or girls bars but personally that doesn't interest me. So I was pretty pissed off when I found out I was dragged into a similar establishment. Of course five of the "waiters" instantly flocked to me and started drinking, pandering to me with compliments, singing me songs and telling me jokes. I had one drink, I drank it and asked for the cheque. My one drink cost 1k yen but the bill ended up being 6k, naturally because I had ended up paying for the "boys" drinks.
I was pretty mad, I called the guy who took me there every name under the sun in Japanese before I left, but I was more angry at myself. Its such an obvious trap to fall in to...I learnt that I will never agree to go to someone's bar again and that I definitely wouldn't go somewhere like that willingly.
So yes, I guess just b careful and dont trust boys, even if they dont look like hosts, ITS A TRAP! ;D

Last day at Higashi!

The last week at Higashi Middle School was super emotional for a number of reasons; the people whom I once called my work colleagues ended up becoming my dear friends, the students I taught every day came to depend on me as much as I looked forward to hearing their stories and laughing about Oyaji Gyagu with them.

The most emotional class was my beloved hospital class; naturally over the past six months some students have "graduated" from the hospital class as they have become well enough to go back to regular school, so a few students would just vanish without saying goodbye. On my final day, as I entered the room I saw every student I had ever taught in that class, they had all came specially to the hospital class to say goodbye! I admit I cried a little during the opening greetings and "How is the weather today..".

One of the students made a special card featuring a picture of her family, her mother came in and thanked me personally in Japanese, which was a great honour. Ayu was my youngest and sweetest student-

My work friends and students somehow showered me with gifts; flowers, stationary, collages and snacks. I couldn't believe how much I was thought of.


Another class I will really miss is the Taiyo- class, which is a Special Education class. In my opinion that was definitely the most fun class with the most enthusiastic and genki students, we always got to learn through making crafts so it was exciting for me to learn how to create and explain different crafts each week. The Taiyo- class left with a collage featuring a photo we took at Christmas time, when we made pop-up Christmas cards.

 Although one of the students left a rather weird and amusing message on the card.... >__<


At the end of the day I realized that Higashi has ben a very big and important part of my life, one that has changed me as a person. Through working there I have become a more patient person, and I feel that now I can see the potential in everyone, after seeing all my students strengths and weaknesses. I only hope that my next job will be as fun and influential for me.