There were so many things I loved about Japan that made coming home from my trip very dismal. Lucky I have found some of my favourite Japanese things to buy in my nearest city- Sydney!
Glossy Love: Krasco
A current obsession of mine is looking at the Felissimo's Japan online magazines. My faves include Krasco, Minnk Journal, Syrup, Coutuier and Ecolor. I was lucky enough to pick up a hardcopy of Krasco from Kinokuniya. Krasco magazine includes Japan interior, Zakka (homeware) goods, fashion, Stationary and paper making ideas. Which pretty much makes this the Japan homeware shopping bible. As much as I love everything that is in it , also going crazy over its simplistic, yet Kawaii crafty layouts and typography.
As you could see by my below post- Krasco is where I became inspired to Kawaii decor my own study. I thought I would share with you some more scans from may fave Japan interior magazine.
Japan Glossy Love: MINNK JOURNAL
Hi all! Sorry I haven't posted for a week! I have been struck down with a terrible flu...it hasn't been good- I still have it :(
So just a quick post to say, I'm still here and to share with you some scans of another fave Japan magazine of mine; Minnk Journal. Like Krasco I love it's crafty layouts!!
Japan & The City: Part 2
Here are a few more of my favourite Japan haunts found in Sydney City!
Me riding in Kyoto, Japan with my Kawaii bag & ear muffs
Picked up these cool rubbers from the Powerhouse Museum Shop.
Japan is obsessed with food miniatures! I also love unique rubbers, when I was in primary school one of my friends had a huge rubber collection. We would look at them for hours!
Like Miracle Supermarket, Market City's IGA is Japan food heaven!
Kirsten Dunst has been spotted on the streets of 'Electric town' in Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan. She is starring in the pop-artist director-extraordinaire, Takashi Murakami's new project, a music video titled 'Akihabara Majokko Princess' which features Kirsten Dunst as the famous animation Princess. In the clip Kirsten is seen dancing and singing a redux of the popular 80's song by The Vapors, 'Turning Japanese'. Murakami co-directed the clip with pop-promo Hollywood director McG, who is known for his cartoon-visual style as seen in the movie 'Charlie's Angels'. Dunst can be seen rocking a blue wig, a white pink and yellow midriff sailor shirt, pink tutu, Knee high blue/white checkered leggings and sparkly pink high heels whilst holding a fairy wand!
Glossy Talk: The Super-Kawaii Japanese Glossy Scene (Guest Post) As seen published on: http://girlwithasatchel.blogspot.com
I've spent the most part of today listening to Husband's crazy China adventures, like being propositioned by prostitutes at business dinners (gifts for the Aussie blokes!) and seeing a dead body by the roadside (no one blinked an eye).He came home with a faux Prada purse gift (bless, he does not know I loathe counterfeit goodies) and whacked on The Karate Kid to keep the Asian cultural experience kicking (yes, I know Mr Miyagi was not Chinese, but Okinawan).
To end the day on a similar cross-cultural note, GWAS guest contributor Jenna Templeton recently returned from Japan, where she bagged a bunch of local glossies. Below is her overview of the cutesy titles, where bubblegum-pop reigns supreme. If anyone would like to add further illumination with regard to the status of feminism in Japan, please do so in the comments section!
Vibrant, crowded, super-kawaii layouts with text running horizontally, vertically or both. Girls sporting bubble-gum-coloured pop garb with long ‘bronde’ tousled curls, smiling as they hand-gesture peace-signs. I might not be able to read the Japanese Kanji, but this doesn’t stop me buying and obsessing over Japanese magazines!
On a recent trip to Japan, I bought as many of them as I could stuff into my luggage (and my husband's), unable to resist the pull of their stellar covermounts (toys, cosmetic purses, Disney merchandise, Cath Kidston bags, Hello Kitty hair-clips and anime inspired things) and pop-culture uniqueness (similarly, I bought a bunch of Blythe dolls!). Here are some of my most interesting finds...
Popteen and Cutie
Known for its teen ‘Gyaru’ fashion and explosive candy-glitter covers, Popteen is known for its use of readers-as-models. Fashion spreads include models sporting faux-animal hoodies with ears set in an Alice In Wonderland themed park playing with ‘Kewpie’ dolls. Bright coloured prep-school jumpers with the letters S-E-X (health education fashion?), long tousled ‘Bronde’ locks, Mickey Mouse T-shirts, over-sized big-bow headbands, bobble-knit beanies, rimmed coloured specs and girlie, bubble-gum prints seem to be the look du jour. The travel section includes snaps of teens eating candy treats and shopping at popular Tokyo haunts. Cutie, like Popteen but marketed more towards the ‘independent girl’, includes a wide array of fashion articles and chick-lit manga cartoons, as well as full-page pictorial spreads (accompanied by small captions) of everything from decorated rooms, craft ideas, clothing, toys and comic art, to fashion and cultural trends from Japan. Beauty how-tos include getting hair like kittens, Blythe dolls and even Furby’s!
Zipper and Kera
Zipper and Kera are both known for their trendy Tokyo street fashion spreads. Zipper is popular for its preppy urban wear and shopping-store guides, while Kera holds rank as Japan’s ‘ultimate’ street fashion bible glossy. Kera integrates Japanese street fashion in the same manner as the popular FRUiTS books focusing on Japan's biggest sub-cultures: punk, gothic, Lolita, ogal and kawaii fashion. At first only focusing on Harajuku, Kera now includes international and other Tokyo street snaps. Kera’s popularity inspired other spin-off fashion titles such as Kera Maniax and The Gothic Lolita Bible (styles based on 19th Century Victorian and Edwardian aesthetics).
Jelly, JJ, Can Cam and Vivi
These titles are all geared towards modern and stylish fashion and beauty editorial. fashion includes floral prints dresses, jumpsuits, skirts and prairie-girl looks; JellyJJ features both Japanese and international celebrities, giving readers a serving of high-fashion with odd baking tutorials! CanCam’s name derives from "I Can Campus", because girls who read it are expected to become "campus leaders", and also big consumers of fashion, of course: as such, it offers the latest information on fashion, makeup, bags and accessories. You will find a copy of Vivi in the hands of most female collage students.
るるぶ (aka Rurubu)
Japan’s most popular travel magazine! Every major city/state in Japan is covered in this essential magazine, which includes maps, the top 10 places to go and see in the area, shopping guides with drawings and pictures of each shopping street and popular stores, the best purchases in each destination, as well as food reviews and restaurant guides. Rurubu is a real insider's guide. Just looking at the pictures makes you feel like you are already there!
Jenna@ Girl with a Satchel
Studio Ghibli Film makers and the Gaming World unite!
So excited!!! Just found out that the famed animation company Studio Ghibli (peeps behind Hayao Miyazaki's animation films Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro etc.) have united with the gaming world collaborating with Fukoka game developer Level-5 to produce the 'Studio Ghibli' 2D animation game titled Ni No Kuni. Ni No Kuni will first be released on PS3 then Nintendo DS shortly after. This is very exciting news for lovers of Studio Ghibli animation and gaming! Just looking at the screenshots, the main character shares resemblance to other Level-5 game characters from the Professor Layton series.
Love the little yellow bean looking guy- So Ghibli! Check out the game trailer below!
Eliose Rapps: My Tokyo Zine
Love the MT Tape titles on each page and shop picture 'Key' system that includes places to go for; Femmes, Dudes, Vintage, Furniture & Interiors, Music, Books, Variety, Textiles & Craft and Galleries. My 'must' places to visit next time in Tokyo...thanks to Eloise are; Cow Books, Greenscape (gotta get one of those 'Kokedama' plants!), Opening Ceremony, Totodo, Tower Records, Bunkaya Zakkaten, Goocy and NADiff....man who am I kidding? I want to go to them all!!
Eloise Rapp is a textile and graphic designer based in Sydney and Tokyo, she designs prints for women's fashion ranges and more. Check out her blog Catkin and Teasel, which covers her loves; fashion, design, art and crafts.
My Zine Making Kit
Best of the MCA Zine Fair
Waku Waku It's La Carmina!!
The word Kawaii, meaning cute became prominent in Japan in the 1970's brought upon by Japanese childlike fashion and Hello Kitty. Now Kawaii has spread into every aspect of living- including food! I was so Waku (excited) to get an exclusive interview with Cute Yummy Time author La Carmina and chat with her about all things Kawaii.
La Carmina describes herself as an 'undead Queen Victoria, crossed with Hello Kitty, and mother to the world's kawaii Scottish fold cat; Basil Farrow...who even has his own blog!
Jenna: Tell us about your books
La Carmina: Cute Yummy Time: 70 recipes for the cutest food you'll ever eat (Perigee/Penguin USA) is a “kawaii” (think Hello Kitty) cookbook based on the Japanese trend of decorating bento boxes to look like cute characters. Using familiar and nutritious ingredients, I show you how to easily turn even the most mundane meal into a squeal-worthy sensation: pancakes become adorable koalas, grilled cheese sandwiches become hippos, and lemon tarts look like puppies.
As well as the writing, La Carmina does all the designs and cool illustrations in her books!
Jenna: What Japan restaurants and cafes can we go to that sells Kawaii decoration food?
La Carmina: The Alice in Wonderland café has Cheshire Cat ice cream sundaes and sushi decorated like a caterpillar. Maid cafes will draw adorable creatures on your omelette-rice using ketchup, or they’ll brew a latte with a kitty-face on it.
Jenna: Living in Australia (even other countries) it's hard to find sandwich cutters, bento decorations and other Kawaii treat making equipment (like the ones featured in your book). What are some great places or websites we can visit, to make our own Yummy Time food? I noticed you sell some great kawaii equipment on your own bento store!
La Carmina: Absolutely! You can find heaps of Kawaii inspired bento and food accessories like; sushi, ice-cream and sandwich stamp molds in various shapes and characters via my own personal bento store. I also sell other Kawaii products like an Hello Kitty toaster (toasts a Hello Kitty face on your bread!), J-pop character bento boxes, aprons and lots more including my books of course! However, there’s no need to have any special equipment in order to make kawaii food. In my book Cute Yummy Time I demonstrate how you can use anything from a cup rim to the end of a straw to cut out and combine shapes - so get creative!
Jenna: Have you been to Australia before?
La Carmina: I haven’t… I’d love to visit one day. I have some friends in Australia, and it’s not far from Japan.
Jenna: Fave places to shop in Japan?
Jenna: I’m a big cat lover/ owner myself and I just read on your blog that your cat Basil Farrow was on a TV Show! How did that come about? He seems to be a celebrity himself!
La Carmina: Basil Farrow grew up in a movie star family: Mia Farrow is his grandma, and Ronan Farrow is his dad! Now he lives with his mom (me), and I often put up videos of Basil’s cute antics on our YouTube channel. They got a lot of views, and Discovery Channel took notice... A producer for Animal Planet/Discovery’s “Cats 101” TV show contacted us. Basil Farrow will be in the “Fat Cats” episode, airing this fall or early next year!
Jenna: One of the things I loved about Japan are their cat cafes! For those who have not travelled to Japan, What can we find in a Cat Cafe?
La Carmina: You’ll always find a Scottish Fold (fold-eared cat) in Japanese cat cafes. They’re very popular for obvious cuteness reasons! Many residents can’t keep pets at home, so they come to these cafes to pet and play with dozens of cats… and have a drink or snack at the same time. It’s the one place where you can’t complain about finding cat hairs in your food!
For more about La Carmina’s cute cooking and fashion adventures, check out her blog below. Note: all images and illustrations are from La Carmina's official website/blog. Header picture layout arrangement by My Life as a Magazine.
How to make a Mori Girl: Lesson 2
Went shopping at North Ryde and got some yummy treats from Top Rydes Yen Yen Supermarket and new patisserie Hello Happy!
This is just a little teaser post as I'm working on a long blog on Japan decor (took some good pix of my study, photoshoping them is taking some time!- because I have a crap camera).
Retail Thearapy: Officeworks Kawaii Buys
Everyone has buying weaknesses with mine being; magazines, DVDs, anything Japan or Kawaii related, stationary and art supplies! As you can see below I couldn't stop myself from these Kawaii purchases at Officeworks today!
Spring is here!
Thought I would celebrate the first day of Aussie Spring with this beautiful recipe from this months Notebook magazine and some holiday pictures from my trip to Japan during their famous 'Hanami' Cherry Blossom season in March-August.
Cherry Blossoms at Uneo park budding and blossoming! Uneo Park is known for having special Hanami picnic festivals during spring as seen in this last picture.
Philosopher's Walk in Kyoto is a must visit during Cherry Blossom season. I also had Cherry Blossom ice-cream here!
Flowers outside of the Kyoto, Imperial Palace grounds
Looking through the Cherry Blossoms at Himeji Castle, Kyoto
Our Japan trip started with the Cherry Blossoms budding and as we left the Cherry Blossoms where just starting to fall as seen on this Ginza Street.