Archive | February, 2011

My Kawaii Entry 8

28 Feb

entry #10
Laura

Hello Kitty Christmas light set that I got from Sanrio. There are 12 lights on the string, but this is how one of the lights look close up. I have it hanging in my study all year long ๐Ÿ˜€

Chibi Spiderman bubble bath. This came in a set, but I like Spiderman the best. I just refill the bottle when the bubble bath is out. It makes me feel like a kid taking a bath.

Mini Totoro picture from Neil Jam (Neiljam.com) The artist makes tons of portraits of superheroes, cartoon characters, and other pop icons. Totoro is one of my childhood faves, and I just had to him!

Hello Kitty headphones and Hello Kitty CD player. I like listening to Shakespeare on CD and I can never get rid of my HK CD player… How can I? It’s too cute! My sister got me these adorable headphones for Christmas.

Sock Monkey Mittens. My husband surprised me with these mittens as a present. They are oh so warm and just ridiculously adorable.

Laura has just started blogging. (Well it’ll be some time passed by the time this post is released, though)
Follow her blog if you like her kawaii collections!!

Thank you Laura! I personally fell in love with the Chibi Spiderman bubble bath! (note: “Chibi” means short or small in Japanese.) He is so cute!

How interesting to see how people (TKE readers) love something kawaii! How about you? Share with us your kawaii collections. (Please read this page before you join the project. Thanks!)

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Hakone Onsen

26 Feb

Giving up a trip to Miyazaki (Japan) and Egypt one after another, I only went to Hakone to seek for onsen to have some rest finally. All I wanted to do was to rest and regain energy, I didn’t even need a company, which means either of my friend or husband. You see how I was tired… But another reason was this: I was afraid to make it happen to me again that this trip is canceled after all for some reason. I only booked it a few days ago. I guess it was traumatic to me that both Miyazaki (due to volcanic eruption) and Egypt (antigovernment demonstration, as you know) turned out to be exactly the places to be avoided for travelling. I mean, why only two without three? In case my 3rd time is blocked…I didn’t want to involve anyone. (*x*)

But it was nice Hakone was not against me. *relief*
Hakone is not that far actually. Normal train trip is OK enough to me. (I didn’t pay extra to get on Romance Car.) Hakone Tozan Tetsudo is a minor train that runs slowly from mountain to mountain.

There were only 4 stations but it took about 30 minutes finally to arrive at Kowakidani station where my hotel was.

There was a pick-up shuttle service from the hotel. I forgot to take a hotel facade picture but here’s the hotel’s website and below pictures are the single room where I stayed.

I prefer bed to futon because I feel futon is just too hard for my back. But I wished to have my meal brought to my room especially when I’m travelling alone. (To enable that I had to choose Japanese tatami room and futon instead though.) But this time I should not complain anything. I’m only happy that it was not cancelled by any means. ^ ^;

Actually too much of Japanese meal was another worry. I normally do not select a hotel that serves Japanese cuisine both at dinner and breakfast. I was worried if I was dying for bread and western meals badly, so I ate pasta and sandwich before and after the meals I was given there. It looks like I was OK. lol

I wanted nothing but bathing in onsen and relax…

There were 3 types of rotenburo (outdoor onsen) and 2 of them I entered. ๐Ÿ™‚

People will see whether the private rotenburo is open or engaged by checking this board. I wanted to try all of the 3 private rotenburo baths but 1 of them was engaged when I checked it.

The first one was this.

I even took a video with my camera. (Blogging is half work half fun, it’s always in my mind. :p)

Another one I tried.

Inside…

I wanted to wait till disk but it needed too much time and I gave up. I had a enough time to do onsen hopping one after another before dinner time both at private/public onsen and outdoor/indoor onsen. (Of course no pictures from public onsen, haha!)

I once dreamed about working in an onsen hotel to be able to bathe in onsen every night. But then I imagined how relaxing it is after all when bathing in a work place… Well, never mind my rambling. ๐Ÿ˜‰ BTW, if you don’t mind spending more (25000yen or more per person), you can choose to stay in a room that has a private onsen in a terrace of your room. But usually such private onsen allocated in each room has normal hot water, not onsen water. You can easily see the difference how normal hot water and onsen hot water is different. Onsen hot water keeps us warm longer, while normal hot water from the tap does not.

The dinner was very good, but I totally missed my company. I didn’t feel lonely until this time but finally I wished if my husband were with me.

I had some grilled meat, fish and vegetables and so many dishes I couldn’t eat everything…

I like bathing and onsen a lot. I enjoyed onsen in the next morning, which was so good! I guess I entered 6 different onsen while I was staying there.

The breakfast was also so much to me. I could not eat anything until 3pm after I had this at 8am or so.

Eating alone was a bit lonely but excluding that, I was able to rest well and had some refresh from everyday’s life, which I know is nothing compared to a vacation in Egypt though. But I decided I should take someone with me to have more fun meal time and memory to share with from next time, instead of being scared too much of the possibilities that my plan’s blocked just like Miyazaki and Egypt.

Hope this post gives you some image of onsen hotels in Japan. ๐Ÿ˜‰

My Kawaii Entry 7

24 Feb

entry #9
Kirin (me!)

Finally it’s my turn! ^ ^;
The first one is a colorful decoration with mixture of pom-pons I bought from 100yen shop and Decotti.

This is a photo frame I bought at a museum shop in Tokyo long time ago. Its back is already broken. It cannot hold a picture properly any longer. The photo could drop suddenly. (lol) Speaking of the photo, it’s a photo from Prague (the Czech Republic). Every time I look at it, I think of travelling in Europe. You see how much I love travelling!

It’s part of my interior. I bought it almost 8 years ago before I moved to the place I live in now. I like Kilim, but I don’t like very new ones with too rough surface. As for this one, the texture doesn’t really matter because I don’t place myself on it.

I love Hungarian souvenirs! They are so cute. My friend from Hungary brought this cute little souvenir from Hungary when she visited Japan. I really liked it. ๐Ÿ™‚

This is also a souvenir that I bought by myself when I visited Amsterdam in 2009.

It’s a handmade necklace I bought recently in Nakameguro, actually when I bought the vegetable cake. I wish to make things like this by myself, but my problem is I don’t have time to do that for now. It’s one of the wish-to-do lists in the future. ^ ^; haha…

Oh, already 7th item! How soon!! Then let me finish my post with Rilakkuma and Korilakkuma plushies. To tell you the truth, I have not paid enough attention to them since I started to live with Pi-chan.

Follow me on Tokyo Kawaii, etc. blog, twitter or facebook or even Youtube if you like my kawaii collections. ๐Ÿ˜€

You can join this project more than once. Take your time to collect kawaii pictures and send me your entry!

Vegetable Cake

22 Feb

Patisserie Potager
nearest train station: Nakameguro
address: 2-44-9 Kamimeguro, Meguro-ku
phone: 03-6279-7753
open: 10am – 8pm (everyday)

There is a public library near the Nakameguro station where I often borrow books. Patisserie Potager is a cake shop within 10 minutes’ walk from there. What’s special about this cake shop is that their cakes are made from vegetables.

It was already dark outside.

I wanted to come here with my friend but on second thought, we don’t want to spend hours outside chatting and sipping cold coffee in the cold.

There is only a small space to eat inside the cafe.

I chose to take away.

What I bought: carrot chocoflan
This was good, but I was not able to taste carrot much. I wonder if I ever notice this cake contains carrot if I don’t know it’s from this cake shop.

and pumpkin cake.
This was not good, and same as above, I didn’t taste pumpkin so much. I wonder if it is good or bad that we don’t sense taste of vegetables in vegetable cakes. Well, other cakes may be different, or it’s only that I am not sensitive enough to perceive it. ^ ^; I shared these 2 cakes with my hubby and he was more confused he didn’t even sense the difference of these 2 cakes. lol

Both cakes were not so sweet, which was no problem to me because I don’t like something very sweet. But I’m sure some people don’t like these less sweet cakes. I am no longer surprised to hear people can eat 3 or 4 cakes from this cake shop. They are not sweet, heavy or oily.

Ah, let me tell you, speaking of sweetness, Japanese cakes are basically not so sweet as average American’s. American cakes, in average, are way too sweet for us to eat. I’m afraid many Japanese people dislike American sweets.

Now I am saying these cakes from this shop were even less sweet than average Japanese cakes. I think it’s good for people on diet, health oriented, and small kids. Otherwise, their cakes are not very attractive. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

What do you think of vegetable cakes?

Kawaii Success Stories

20 Feb

Kawaii Success Stories
19/SEP/2010 on air

Okarie-chan was only a minor dokumo a year and a half ago. She appeared on Tokyo Kawaii TV as a fast fashion model. But now she has become a director of her own fashion brand!

What made her that popular? It was her cell phone blogging. She shares with her readers how to make up with before and after photos and all the details step by step, sometimes with her drawings included. Anyone who reads her blog can be a cutting-edge Shibuya-styled gyaru. A hair salon has 30 new customers each month since Okarie-chan introduced it in her blog. Her fans love to visit the hair salon or the nail salon she refers to because they want to copy her. Companies find her a good monitor who promotes their goods. False lashes that she introduced in her blog several month ago sold more than 200,000 sets. “We had a hard time promoting our magazine but from now on, we think it’s better to count on their mouth-communication power” says the chief editor of popteen magazine.

Okarie-chan’s parents buy all the magazines that Okarie-chan appears. They want their daughter to come back home, but that seems difficult.

Ayaka-chan is a big fan of Okarie-chan’s. She wants to look like Okarie-chan but her problem is the up-angled eyes.
Okarina-chan give her a makeup. To make droopy eyes, apply eye shadow on the bottom lids but only 1/3 from the tail of eyes. Then draw upper eyelid line about 5mm longer than actual end of the eyes. Apply false lashes with 2 bunches longer than the actual end of the eyes. Make the curl of the lashes upper at the corner of the eyes and twist them to lower at the tail of the eyes. Lower lashes are only for the tail of the eyes, and place them lower than the edge of the eyes.

Mari Natsuki asked Kai-kun to design and create the accessories that she and her backup dancers wear on their stage. Kai-kun prepared balls made of polystyrene foam, rhinestones, studs and decoration parts and hand crafted the accessories all by himself. With big earrings, he also made 80cm long hair stick, lip-themed broach and huge rings. Mari’s live event in Paris was very successful. (Mari voice acted Yubaba in the movie “Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi“.

Kai-kun put some makeup on Rurina-chan so she can look gorgeous.
Kai-kun is good at Gyaru makeup because he likes reading Gyaru magazines to learn how to do it better. He also helps his male friends who are interested in dressing like a woman.

6% DokiDoki held an audition to hire a new shop girl a few years ago. Yukari-san won the position and she’s been working as “vani-chan”. They have travelled in the U.S and Europe to spread Harajuku culture and they gained international fans all over the world. 6% DokiDoki’s shop girls are tough. They are not just sales assistants anywhere. They are even working out for 2 hours after they close the shop, because they must be the top of top sales assistants!

Both Ayaka-chan and Rurina-chan changed dramatically thanks to makeup!
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Kirin’s opinion:
It was very impressive that Okarie-chan said, “I want to show how I am now to myself in this time last year.” (She said this in Japanese but I guess this is English translation.) I liked this part. No matter what, it’s wonderful when one can say this. I want to say this every year. I want to improve my life all the time. ๐Ÿ˜€
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My Kawaii Entry 6

18 Feb

Hi everyone! Hope you enjoy other TKE readers’ kawaii posts. ๐Ÿ™‚
Today’s first entry is from Salma.

entry #7
Salma

I’d like to share my two Hello Kitty items which I bought from different stationaries in Egypt. The one in the left is a Hello Kitty small notebook which I bought two months ago. The other one in the right is a small Hello Kitty stuffed toy which I bought nine years ago. I only have those in the pic.

Follow Salma on her blog if you like this.

entry #8
Emily

Here are some unique kawaii things that I’ve made. All the drawings are done by hand and the picture of my husband and I was done on the computer.

This is the purple panda sleeve I made with a stamp I got at the dollar store and the Japanese calligraphy is by my hand. I did the lace detail on the sleeve with a paper doily (which are GREAT for painting fabric crafts by the way).

This is a red long sleeved shirt that I bought from a thrift store. The design I made from a heart stamp I bought from a dollar store and the lace detail is from little paper lace doilies I painted over with fabric paint.

The alien girl is something I made from a melty bead craft kit my husband got for me ๐Ÿ˜€

If you need any more info on how I made my shirts, please don’t hesitate to ask ๐Ÿ˜€ I hope to inspire others to make their clothes and accessories a lot more than boring store bought. I always think it best to make it your own ๐Ÿ˜€

Follow Emily on Facebook if you like her works!

Thank you Salma and Emily. ๐Ÿ™‚
Emily, I like your drawings and the picture looks like purikura but you made it by yourself!? That’s cool!! I think you are good at drawings. It’s nice to draw on a plain colored shirts as you like. Good job! ๐Ÿ™‚

I noticed I have not posted my entry yet! But anyhow send me your entry if you have something kawaii to share with the rest of TKE readers!! (Please read ‘how to’ on this post, thanks!)

Valentine's Day Giveaway!

14 Feb

Happy Valentine’s Day! ๐Ÿ˜€

Tokyo Kawaii, etc. happily collaborated with Vivat Veritas and we are offering Valentine’s Day Giveaway for our readers~!! ^0^ YAY!

First off, let me introduce you Chie at Vivat Veritas.

Chie Duncan of vivatveritas.com is a young, hip and elegant designer based out of Tokyo. Her handmade dresses are available at her etsy shop. As you may have noticed, her prices are surprisingly affordable for handmade items!

I always respect people who are good at sewing and crafting, I was even shocked to learn that she started sewing as just a hobby since her friend lent her a basic sewing machine. Over the next few months she started making clothes and could not stop sewing. She personally designs all items found in her shop and takes pride in making each piece by hand.

Some of her items here are order made, and some are ready to be shipped. If you see any item that you like, but the size doesn’t fit you, please contact her. She can make one that’s fitted to you (same fabric might not be available). Chie will also make bride’s maid dresses.

For some of her latest creations and fabulous tutorials check out her blog or follow her on twitter. (Please note that 10% of the profit will be donated to the Christian ministry in Thailand, where they help women who were forced into prostitution.)

Now, what can you win?
$20 gift certificate to Vivat Veritas!!

How to enter?
1) Visit her shop.
2) Pick your favorite item.
3) Leave your comment under this post to tell us which one you chose at 2) with the link!
*Please include your email (otherwise twitter, FB, or anything to contact you in case you win it.)
*We don’t insist you should be a subscriber to TKE, although we recommend that. (I totally understand some people like me prefer bookmarking or typing the URL directly.)

When does it end?
Sunday, 20 Feb. 2011 9:00pm JST (Japan standard time)

If you win…
Your contacting information will be shared with Chie at Vivat Veritas and you will be contacted by her directly. We may or may not announce the winner at TKE.

If you have questions…
Just leave the questions under this post.

HOPE YOU ENJOY!! ^_^
GOOD LUCK!

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Please contact us if you are interested in collaborations like this or in some different styles.