Archive | December, 2010

TKE 1st event report

31 Dec

Tokyo Kawaii, etc. x Ecole Esprit de Tokyo held a cooking event in Tokyo, as announced before. Since most of the readers of TKE blog are located outside Japan, we had only 1 family joining the event after all. Yet, we were very happy to have Winnie and her family on the day.

We rented a kitchen in Shinjuku area.

It’s nice to see a little girl’s trying to learn cooking. ๐Ÿ™‚

How nice to join a cooking event like this with a whole family! Winnie’s husband was busy taking pictures but this is definitely suitable as one of the family events. ๐Ÿ˜€

Being a house wife myself, I always have to cook alone and promptly. Cooking has become a sort of obligation or a job before I notice. -_-; I was about to forget how fun it is to cook something with friends.

“This is not a proper way. I cannot find the proper tool.” I was saying so. I couldn’t find a tea strainer but the green tea was becoming strong in a teapot, thus I used an alternative tool. So…please don’t misunderstand~. lol

It was a big meal. ^ ^;

Thank you for the evening. We had a great time with Winnie and her family!! ๐Ÿ˜€
We, TKE (Tokyo Kawaii, etc.) would love to plan more events in Tokyo and outside Japan in the future so we can meet and have fun time together outside blog!!
Many thanks to Aki from Ecole Esprit de Tokyo.

Shippo Boom

27 Dec

In my last trip to Tokyo in September, I noticed many shops and the fashionable shop assistants withโ€ฆthis:

Yes, with shippos (tails)!!!

When I first saw them in the shops, I thought, “Noโ€ฆcan it beโ€ฆ?”

If you remember, there was the same trend 9 years ago, in 2001, started by Ayumi Hamasaki.

In her PV, Evolution.

Did you get your own shippo at that time?

Well, anyway, they are back, and they are larger than ever!!

From the shops in Shibuya 109, I observed that they were retailing from ยฅ3000~ยฅ5000.

What do you think of this trend? Do you think it’s cute? Will you like to own one?

Here are some tips from Popteen on how to wear your furry friend.

1) Hook them onto the side of your jeans, pants, or skirts.

2) Hook them onto your phones and cameras and just let the shippo hang out from the pocket you put your phone and camera in.

3) Hang it on your backpack.

And here’s the ideal way of wearing your shippo:

1) At the side, covering a little bit of your thigh.

2) With a big oversized bag in your other hand to balance it off.

3) Wear heels for leg-lengthening effect.

I think it looks really good in this manner. ^^

Do you think everyone can pull this off though? I think this tail is so big this time…though the one you can see in the Ayumi Hamasaki picture looks about the same size as the current shippos. In my memory, the tails weren’t that big that time! Haha!

Christmas illuminations final post

26 Dec

Hope you had a peaceful and happy Christmas holiday. ๐Ÿ™‚
(In Japan, Christmas is not even a holiday, unfortunately. But lucky enough, it happened to be weekend this year. ^^ )
Since I started this series of Christmas illuminations/decorations posts, I was able to share with you many beautiful pictures that were shared by some readers of Tokyo Kawaii, etc. I really appreciate those who kindly took time to participate in this small project. ๐Ÿ˜€

Before I closed the project on the 25th Dec. I received one more entry from Cindy.
Let me share Cindy’s picture and some of mine I took from Shinjuku the other day and say this event is over.

Cindy lives in the bay area, California, U.S.A.

This one is the most beautiful and elaborate decoration from all I’ve had seen ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank you Cindy! How beautiful the house is! She took this picture from inside a car, according to her.

Now my final pictures. It’s Shinjuku Mylord shopping center.

Well, actually it’s outside the shopping center.

The picture was not enough, I also took a short video there.

Also a simple but cute Christmas decorations I found at a hotel lobby.

Which Christmas illuminations/decorations did you like most? Haha, don’t worry this is not a competition or a contest. ^__^ For me it’s hard to pick out the best one because each picture was fascinating…I hope you enjoyed this small project as much as I did! ๐Ÿ™‚

Tokyo Kawaii, etc. will continue to update new posts during the holiday.
Happy holidays!! ๐Ÿ˜€

Christmas illuminations at Sendai

25 Dec

Shanjae from Singapore who is currently working in Yamagata (Japan) kindly shared with us some beautiful Christmas illuminations photos. ๐Ÿ˜€
She often travels to Sendai for shopping on weekends and here are some pictures from her recent trip!

It’s Shanjae‘s post from Sendai (Japan)
Location: Sendai, Japan
Follow Shanjae on her blog if you like the post. (She will soon add some more nice photos in her own blog.)

First of all, here’s a picture from Sendai’s Mitsui Outlet Park

Next, this is along Ichibancho Shotengai (ไธ€็•ช่ก—ๅ•†ๅบ—่ก—)

And of course, the highlight in Sendai right now has to be this event called “Sendai Pageant of Starlight”!

Basically, all the trees along Jozenjidori (ๅฎš็ฆ…ๅฏบ้€š) are illuminated with LED lights.

Looks so romantic!

What a pleasure it must be to be driving along this road!

There’s even a friendly Santa Claus driving around waving to people in his flashy car!

Finally, this is Kododaikoen (ๅ‹พๅฝ“ๅฐๅ…ฌๅœ’), where there are various events and many roadside stalls.

Hope you enjoyed the pictures. I plan to put more details and photos on my personal blog soon so do check it out if you are interested!

Wow~, thank you so much Shanjae! They are very beautiful and I’m happy to be able to share all these wonderful pictures with the rest of the TKE readers!! I’ve never been to Sendai myself, but I definitely want to be there in this time of the year. The place is just so romantic and I love it!!

It was so nice to have been able to see Christmas illuminations from several different places on the globe. In case I receive more Christmas illuminations photos from our readers by 25th Dec., I’ll continue to post later than the Christmas day. Unless otherwise, this will be the final Christmas illuminations post from TKE readers. Thank you for participating in this small project. ๐Ÿ™‚

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year~~!! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

Christmas illuminations at Miyakonojo, Miyazaki

24 Dec

I’m pleased to be able to share with you another entry of Christmas illuminations photo project.
The entry is by Lisa.

It’s Lisa‘s post from Miyazaki
Location: Miyakonojo, Miyazaki (Japan)
Follow Lisa on twitter if you like the post.

Lisa is currently living and working in Miyazaki prefecture, Kyushu region, Japan. She kindly sent me the beautiful pictures of Christmas illuminations from there so we can all share these. ๐Ÿ™‚

The Wellness Plaza is a place where events are often held in Miyakonojo.

There’s also a study room you can access for free until 10pm (I used it for my Japanese exam prep. ^^) They also have a small cafe and sell handmade crafts by local designers.

The photos are just of the outside (front and side)…

because there really aren’t any lights inside the building. There were a couple of small trees, but not so interesting.

Many thanks to Lisa! They are so beautiful. I think it’s enough, they have such beautiful illuminations outside, let’s say it’s OK even if their inside is not so interesting. ^ ^; I wish all of you have a merry Christmas and a happy new year~~. ๐Ÿ˜€

Japanese Fashion Stylists

23 Dec

Japanese Fashion Stylists
23/MAY/2010 on air

A couple being married for 10 years with 2 kids, used to be fashionable but not any longer, due to busy life from work and parenting. The wife wants to try professional business woman style, while the husband wants manly suit style. Kame-san, a beautiful woman, is the stylist who set a trend called “Moe-kaji boom” in 2007.ใ€€ใ€€Kame coordination is from mixture of sweet x cool tastes, such as feminine taste that is compatible with boyish taste, and is popular among working women in their 20’s and 30’s. Kame-san also published her book that discloses her private outfits and possessions, which has sold about 30,000 copies. Since then fashion stylists, who are supposed to play a background role, got a chance to appear in public and capture the audience in Japan. Kame-san has even started to design her bags and accessories!

Go-getter stylists profiles
Profile no.1: Nicola Formichetti
He is a fashion stylist to Lady Gaga. He created the styling of Uniqlo Heat-tech commercial in Japan. He did a great job to make the 1500yen T-shirt look like a mode. So far, undershirt has been regarded as “Baba-shirts” in Japan, with a bit of unsophisticated image. (Baba=old lady. Old ladies like to wear undershirt, which is why it’s called “Babashirts” in Japan. Of course nowadays young ladies like to wear it, too.) Nicola’s Heat-tech coodinated with jacket was whimsy and cool. It changed our notion. We learned such a basic item that everyone should have can be worn in that way.

Profile no.2: Masachika-san
Masachika-san is a personal stylist that anyone can ask for a help. One of her clients is an office worker in her 30’s. She is wondering how to cope with the outfits stored in her closet that she does not wear any longer. Masachika-san advises 3 printed blouses look all the same. 1 is enough. We should not need many pieces of clothes. It’s ideal to have small pieces of clothes in variety of coordinations.

Profile no.3: Yoshida-san
He opened a fashion styling salon for businessmen 3 years ago. He has about 1500 clients and most of them are middle-management executives and sales persons. Yamamoto-san, a medical consultant, is one of his clients. He was wondering how he can change his dull appearances and atmosphere. With 2-hour counseling, Yoshidasan advised Yamamoto-san that he has to be confident with his appearances, in order to feel settled all the time. He chose navy blue as a color of suit that gives the impression of intelligence. The shape of the suit and the color of shirt are also changed. Yoshida-san stresses that the service like this is necessary today.

How the 10-year-marriage couple changed with fashion stylist’s help? Morii-san helped the husband. He runs Konkatsu seminar to the men who look for a life partner for marriage. A small cute accessory such as rabbit pin brooch is effective to stimulate mother instinct of women, according to Morii-san.

Drerich is a rental dress shop that stores over 400 label dresses. Such is a place for ordinary people to ask professional opinions from the fashion stylists. Tsunashima-san is a full-time fashion stylist who works for Drerich. She coordinates from dress to bag and accessory and the price is 15000yen for 2 nights 3 days.

Takashimaya also offers styling service by attending on the customer for her shopping at any stores in Takashimaya department store.

Uchida-san counts on PSP game that suggests best coordination depending on weather and type of events; whether it’s date or friends’ meeting. She takes pictures of every single piece of clothing she has, using the exclusive camera for the PSP and enter the information into the PSP game soft. Then the game soft suggests best coordination and she just follows that.Who invented such an interesting game? The development of the game was by female workers who have had hard time choosing outfits to wear to the office every morning. We will tend to dress like the same way everyday and it’d be nice if the game soft can solve that problem.

KAI-kun has become popular thanks to Tokyo Kawaii TV. He received a job offer from a Japanese great actress Mari Natsuki for her accessory design.

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Kirin’s opinion
It’s fun to choose outfits and which bag or shoes to be coordinated with them, but it’s also nice if we can seek professional opinions and advice for a fashion stylist at hand. Well, as for me I even enjoy chatting with sales assistants at shops and listen to their ideas. I sometimes ask them intentionally how I should coordinate a garment with other items or colors. I’ll be disappointed when the answer is lame or just too normal. Sometimes I ask which color looks better on me, but some sales assistants cannot answer questions like that properly.
BTW did you realize the place where the couple was drinking was Den Aquaroom that Apple and I visited in summer? ^_~
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Christmas illuminations from Singapore

22 Dec

Here’s another post from Singapore! Remember Pei’s Orchard Rd? Now Chiohui shares Christmas illuminations/decorations from other places in Singapore! ๐Ÿ˜€

It’s Chiohui’s post from Singapore.
Location: Several different places in Singapore
Follow Chiohui on facebook if you like the post.

1st pic was…

at Raffles City, while waiting for the traffic light. You can even go into the tree and there are a few picture showing the different varieties of that Xmas tree over many years (the interior was quite dark, so i couldn’t take a proper pic, sorry)

2nd pic was…

at CitiLink (a passage link that link from City Hall Mrt station towards Marina Sq/ Suntec City)

3rd pic was…

inside Marina Sq shopping center. i find this really pretty and interesting =)

Wow, they look so beautiful. Especially the first one, I want to go inside the tree~. Thank you so much for sharing these, Chiohui!!

How are the Christmas illuminations or decorations in your area? Your post will be shared like this if you take some nice pictures and send them to Kirin. Please read this post for the details in case you are interested. ๐Ÿ™‚