Monday, March 30, 2009

Why was I not informed of this?

So many Japantastic things to report I hardly know where to begin.

Firstly my friend Christi introduced me to Mitsuwa Market in New Jersey. ::drooling:: Since we don't have a "little Japan" in NYC I was shocked to discover that a hop and skip over the George Washington Bridge lands you in Japanese paradise. Who knew anything this kawaiitastic could come out of the armpit state? And the amazing thing is it's not JUST in NJ! That's right folks, if you're lucky enough to live in Chicago, San Jose, or San Diego they have a store right by you! It's aisles of beautiful Japanese groceries, appliances and medicines- at totally not import prices! You want sobu noodles still somehow fresh? From Japan? YES THEY HAVE IT! This is as close as I've come to visiting my beloved Japan so you'll have to excuse my delight. They also have stores with endless Sanrio and Anime toys, and a Japanese book store. For someone who doesn't read a stitch of Japanese this was very exciting for me. I ended up buying my favorite magazines: Fruits, Gothic Lolita- and some new ones: Brutus and Dog Fan. Brutus ran an issue all about the cats of Japan which in turn lead me to discover THIS.

Do you know what it says? Other then being able to decipher that this is a hotel... OMG Where, What, When? Apparently it's in Taiwan but what else?!

Trying to find something in English about this place I discovered THIS. Hello Kitty Junky? Yes, yes, YES! I bow down to this woman. If I had the dedication Kawaii NYC would look like this.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Happy Birthday from Tim San!

Goah I just adore my Japanese pen pal. Look at the amazing bounty of birthday goodness he sent me! Times are tough in Japan and Tim is feeling the pinch- he may have to move back to New Zealand. But in my opinion I love New Zealand almost as much as Japan so it's kinda win/win.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Very bad things in Tokyo.....

This just in...

TOKYO – The U.S. Embassy in Japan has urged Americans to avoid going to bars in Tokyo's raucous nightlife district of Roppongi due to a surge in reports of drink-spiking incidents there.

The number of reports of Americans being drugged in Roppongi bars has increased significantly, the embassy said in a statement released Tuesday. Victims drink drug-mixed beverages and fall unconscious for several hours. They wake up only to realize their credit cards have been stolen, it said.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Harajuku meets Chanel

I can see many influences in Chanel's Fall 2009 fashion show. Clearly some of it is an homage to the great Coco herself, who became the legend she is due to her depression era chick. But I also couldn't help but notice a big Japanese Gothic Lolita/ Harajuku influence as well. Call me crazy- what do you think?