maandag 13 augustus 2012

Gyaru meet 2k12, update

Sorry I haven't made frequent updates this week, I've been having tons of fun though, and well, I want to make a last update on tomorrow's gal meet.

Tomorrow we're going to meet in front of Shibuya 109 at 13:00 (1PM) Rox and I will be easy to recognise as we'll have fans decorated with the text gal meet 2k12~
We'll go shopping in 109 (we have some specific stores in mind but we can go to the stores you like too), then we want to take purikura in an arcade after which we want to visit gal cafe 10sion.
That's as far as the plan goes, after this people that wanna go for dinner can come along but if you're tired or busy you can go home or go to your other errands (of course, you can always leave during the plan, that's fine anyway)

A camera crew will be present to make a report of the meet, but if you're uncomfortable with that we can keep you out of the shots, please negotiate that with us :)

I want to invite anyone that wasn't sure whether they wanted to come, and people that want to come but don't have FB to put their status on attending, this is said event page .

If you want to come but you're insecure, please come! the point is not to be perfect gals out, the point is to experience gal culture together and make new friends!
If you don't want to or you can't let us know through FB, please tell me your name in a comment below so we can out you on the list and wait for you :)

dinsdag 7 augustus 2012

Korea-town: Shin-okubo

I promised I'd go to Shin-okubo right? Well I did and I'm going to tell you a bit about it. If you're into K-pop or Korean cosmetics, I'd say you might want to check it out.
I'm taking a break from my logical schedule of posting but I'll soon get back on track XD I just like to make these kind of reports more :)

Well, alright, so. When we came out of the Shin-okubo station we got handed a map by one of those people that hand you things. We found a better map later but this map basicly indicates the main streets.

What you'll find on those main streets is basicly cute Korean cosmetics shops, idol shops that sell all kind of items with the faces of your favourite Korean idols on it and Korean restaurants that sometimes advertise with the fact that this or that Korean idol ate there before. There's also a k-pop cafe, maybe there's more k-pop cafe's but I only saw one and I didn't take a picture ;~;

The cosmetics shops are really cute but I'm not sure about how superior Korean cosmetics are to Japanese cosmetics and taking into considderation Korean cosmetics are imported here, Japanese ones are cheaper at the end of the day~ Nevertheless the cosmetics shops are suuuuuuper cute~

Can someone tell me who or what Jang Keun Suk is? He had a shop with his picture all over the walls *_*

Prince idol shop

Princess cosmetics shop~

Is it just me or is this a big picture of Seungri on a window? O_O

I wish I could say more about those idol shops. You'll have seen them all over Japan, usually selling stuff like posters, fans, mugs or pillows with members of Arashi, Kat-tun, News or whatever boy group, and in this case it's all stuff with Korean idols on them. I must say these shops freak me out a little. They don't always sell CD's or other stuff that refers even slightly to these people's actual occupation, which is singing, so it makes you feel kind of voyeurist..all you so is consume their looks and it made me feel awkward so in the end I couldn't step into those shops D:
I've grown to like K-pop but maybe not in this way.

Now there's some more funny services in the area. I told you last time about the man feeding us icecream right? well more shops use handsome and likely Korean men to pull customers, so from time to time you'll be ambushed by tall handsome guys trying to hand you a flyer. There even seems to be some kind of beauty/relax/hand massage center that mainly employs goodlooking Korean men (they are also the sponsors of the map I posted at the top~). And the other day in a funny bookshop near our accomodation, I found a magazine that gathered street snaps of Ikemen from Shin-okubo. So the promise of tall, handsome, exotic but not that exotic Korean men, seems to sell.

I'm not saying Korean girl-groups don't sell, on the contrary, they're all over the place, but in Shin-okubo the accent was most definitely on boy-bands. I didn't even have the feeling it was all the most popular groups that were promoted there, there were a lot of older or less popular idol groups on display too so it's really more of a place for diehard k-pop fans, and not your everyday Japanese-into-k-pop person.
Nevertheless if you've been into k-pop for a long time, if you love Korean food or you want Korean cosmetics, and you happen to be in Japan (then why didn't you go to Korea?), then please PLEASE visit Shin-okubo~!!!

vrijdag 3 augustus 2012

Harajuku and the Meiji Shrine

Last monday Rox and I went to Harajuku and the Meiji shrine~!!

When we went to the Meiji Shrine there was actually a festival going on~!
There was a stage with different performances, the first being this dance/fight scene of a red and a blue man.

I'm not 100% sure but it seemed like the blue represented the coolness, and the red represented the heat. The blue guy won but it's still really hot in here :/ but I guess they wanted to make us feel better..

The other performance was this drum band basically, their costumes were like nothing I'd ever seen before and the performance was really cool~~

We moved on to the main shrine, and met a man that told us it was the day of a festival~ so we stayed to watch the ceremony~

I think the point was that they were bringing food to the Meiji emperor, so these men kept bringing food and stuff up the stairs~
And there was music and dancing. I suppose that was also in honor of the Meiji emperor~

We stayed for really long but at some point our feet hurt too much and so we looked around the shrine a bit more and moved on into Harajuku~ We visited some funny shops

And made some purchases~

my leg looks like a pink whale in this picture~

These actually came from a cheap bookshop here in Takadanobaba

And there's puris from a kyary puri-machine, to remember our strange day in Harajuku~

woensdag 1 augustus 2012

Shinjuku, Shibuya, stalking and recent purchases~

So I took a little longer to get back to updating, but I'm doing it now!

After we got lost in Shin-okubo, we decided to get on the subway to Shinjuku instead of walking. It was nice to be in the cool subway and to..not walk~

Before I move on I wanna share this picture of Rox and an old man with twin hats:

When we were in Shinjuku station we were a little lost but at some point we spotted a girl that looked really farmiliar and after staring at her a little we realized it was Okarie. She was with a guy that mut have been her BF.. We decided to follow them because wherever they were going but be the place the action is at in Shinjuku (this wa true) we did feel a bit like stalkers but thenagain...we are u_u

Now that we followed them we got near Shinjuku Alta, where we eventually made some purchases! First we walked into Fernopaa, you might remember Rox making a blogpost about them. The shopstaff there were so sweet, they came to talk to us and they were really surprised we liked their stuff (we looked very sweet that day so I can imagine they couldn't imagine). Rox got a cute brooch and I got one of those shoulder thingies, I really needed that so it was a good purchase~
This is Rox with Amihamu from Fernopaa:

We actually saw Ageha's Kana (former Betty model) in Fernopaa too, she's so pretty Q_Q

A little later we stepped into Glavil, where they had a dress that I saw in Egg before and that I reaaaally wanted :D I'm excited about coodinating it~ I'm not 100% sure yet but I think I totally lost my chance buying the perfect hat to go with it :( Monday I saw a hat that I thought was cute in Harajuku but I didn't buy it and now I regret u_u well..I might find it again later~
Anyway Glavil Shopstaff and me:

We ended up in Kabukicho when, ironically, I couldn't get money from the ATM XD
So we went home to get some well deserved rest

The next day we went to Shibuya to hang out and later meet up with Emilie. In Shibuya we had some more stalking to do when we spotted ageha's Guri/Gura in 109~

I think in the future, when we see someone we know from a magazine, I want to pick up all my courage to ask for a picture because this feels a little awkward~

We're definetly coming back to Shibuya later, but that day we just checked the area and we were a little tired so no purchases or special pictures. We did have a really cool night with Emilie :D I hope to repeat that sometime soon~

Now for some purchases, up to that moment:
Cute Yukata ♥

Fernopaa pin


Glavil babydoll ♥ I'm so happy I got this~~

small items

Silly purikura because no post is complete without it:

The next update will be about Harajuku and the Meiji shrine~! I hope to have it up soon :)