Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Tokyo Dark Castle event at Christon Cafe!

The events at Christon cafe are usually pretty unusual. The first one I went to was on Halloween and was absolutely terrifying, there were clowns with chainsaws, mudmonsters trying to grab you and "dolls" in cages wearing only nipple tassles that jump out at you as you walk by, that was only walking in to the venue too, Inside I got to watch Ayabie perform and ride a gimp around the dance floor -

Alas there was no gimp to step on this time, but there was an array of gothic style pole dancers and many obscure performances; such as an angel and demon having a sword fight, and a man seemingly covered in hemorrhoids having a fit on the stage. Of course there were Visual Kei bands playing and I was extremely excited to see Kaya and Velvet Eden perform.
Kaya performed beautifully, I didn't know his voice was that operatic in person and had a back up singer he named his little "bakemono"for extra fan service <3 He was dressed in an all-black Victorian outfit with a veil.

Velvet Eden comprised of the singer and guitarist only. The guitarist was absolutely beautiful and wore a long leather jacket, which he removed partway through the performance revealing a corset, with his nipples peeking out!
The singer wasn't so much nosebleed inducing as he was a lot older and wore long black gloves with claws and a PVC crouch pouch and stockings. This kind of event meant that no-one even batted an eyelid at that outfit though >-<

 The event was a little expensive but worth every yen due to the bands, performances and fashion. There were also a lot of cool stalls that sold fashion accessories and odd items like dead things in jars. One stall was randomly selling a whole dead bat!

There was also a fashion show by the designer Takuya Angel, which was a mix of cyber punk and traditional Japanese fashion. I will add photos later~

The drinks were also super super strong, so by the end of the event everyone was either super merry or passing out, I saw a lot of sleeping people on the way to the toilet. All in all I can't wait for the next event, my outfit for that day was of course Gothic and Vampire inspired.

My outfit was from Closet Child and the rose brooch was from Surface Spell, the laced bunny headpiece I actually picked up from Donquixote!

I can't wait to play again, especially in Gothic clothes. It feels weird not in Hime, but then it makes me more inclined to do devilish things.


Oh and as this fits with the Gothic theme, I just received some photos back from the photoshoot I did in Harajuku. For that shoot I was wearing Glavil, it was pretty rainy so my hair was completely destroyed, the vending machine looks good though!

Birthday debauchery

For my birthday I decided to do a big Joshikai party in the day time in kabukicho, my favourite playground! We did the usual, hair set and Purikura and a little shopping in ALTA.
It was the first time I had properly looked at all the shops in ALTA, apart from a sizable Liz Lisa they also have a sister brand of Glavil that sells awesome Rokku Gyaru and Gothic clothes, cheaper than Glavil! The shop assistant ( who was gorgeous!) took a photo of us and uploaded it to the stores blog.
This was before we had our hair sets done, so we all have really ugly hair >-<

I bought a bunny ear hoodie in of course - PINK -. that looks like this;

The ears are super long, but at the moment I am really in to KowaKawaii and Creepy cute fashions. Sometimes my love for Hime and Gothic things somehow intertwines...

Anyways, we went to the same hair salon as last time, because this particular salon is known for BIG and decadent hair sets, me and Emi opted for twin tails, Vanessa chose a sexy side-pony and Fin went for a Sujimori style which took slighly longer.

My stylist this time was a man and worked quickly on my hair, I could tell he was more experienced than some of the other stylists, although he was sniffling the whole time so I could see he was trying to conceal a cold. My initial thought was....Oh god don't let me get sick from this. Japanese colds are pretty intense, one time my tongue actually went GREEN. I didn't end up catching anything and ended up with fancy hair so, I guess it was my birthday luck ;D

My outfit for that day was a Princess Melody dress and shorts set from Ma*rs that my absolute best friend Emi bought for me. It fitted very well (although it was very short!) and I accompanied it with some sparkly princess shoes which were a present from the lovely Vanessa and some Chocomint hair accessories. The good thing about Birthdays is you can just wear all your presents ;3

After leaving the hair set place we took the train to Shibuya; where we stuffed our faces with potato cakes and I forced everyone to do about ten torturous rounds of Purikura with me in the boiling heat.

By that time, the boys had started to arrive so I had fun seeing how many people we could force in to one booth!

Then we proceeded to the izakaya~

We started doing the drinking game that Annie taught us that goes something like this -

If you don't finish your drink in that time then you take a shot and it gets passed on to the next person, until everyone is completely battered ;D

Someone ended ordering like 12 plates of chicken karaage so we were swimming in chicken by the end of it. After the Izakaya we proceeded to club Camelot where I got a free bottle of blue champagne, Emi burnt her finger on my birthday candle and then Vanessa threw up everywhere.


Sunday, 1 June 2014

Modeling Yukata in Asakusa~

I was lucky enough to be able to model Yukata for Kawaii,i and a quaint little Yukata shop in Asakusa. It was on the doorstep of Sensoji temple - a place famous for bad fortunes and  one of my favourite places in Tokyo. The shop itself was so clean and fashionable looking so I assumed the staff would be a little cold, but actually they were all so welcoming, friendly and kind, it made the whole experience so much more enjoyable.

The yukata in the store were all so modern looking - bright bold colours and prints, they looked so summery. I had worn furisode and hakuma before, so I assumed the clothes would be really restricting and stuffy, but actually the yukata were so airy and comfortable! I can see why they are so popular in summer, the yukata itself was made from cotton so it was soft, light and easy to breathe in.

Firstly I modeled a black and white gingham ensemble with a matching parasol. Although obviously the shape was completely different to Lolita, the lace, print and parasol were very much comparable to the Lolita aesthetic.

Next up was a right red gingham cat print yukata with a candy-stripe obi. I spoke with the owner of the store who was wearing the same yukata in blue and he said the concept for their store came from a cat he once knew that guarded an apartment building. No-one lived in that apartment building and the cat had no name, it is a pretty mysterious story. That cat is used throghout the store and was used as a design for some of the Yukatas!

The owner of the store even posed with me! He was extremely gentle, kind and spoke really good English! He said it was like walking with his daughter.

Finally we were given delicious plum tea and a cat-shaped biscuit to go with the theme of the store in the mini-cafe upstairs. There was upbeat and melodic classical music being played and old-fashioned mis-matched furniture, it felt like I had stepped straight in to a Ghibli movie!