old and new rolls of film.
half Japan, half Little Tokyo in Manila
my bandwith just got murderlized!
all the pics should be back to normal by the 12th, so no new posts till then i guess : )
here are some inspirational shots from a few japanese magazines/lookbooks that i picked up on my trip:
Urban Research, Women’s Spring 2011
Vogue Girl, shot by Gia Coppola
Ships, Women’s Spring 2011
Journal Standard, Spring 2011
oh yeah, i noticed 80% of japanese dudes dress like Tintin, who i really enjoyed catching up with on tv over there.
Randa, Spring 2011
i think this has to be the most beautiful editorial i’ve seen in a long time:
sigh. more Brutus:
i bought this brown kewpie for Y65 and i thought it would be appropriate to stick him next to this blackface editorial:
kurt hummel vibes from the model, no?
walking around japan i noticed a few tote bags being worn over and over again by girls in quick circulation; the most popular of which seemed to be a very particular anna sui.
the culprit behind this phenomenon turned out to be ‘e-mooks’, a magazine-catalog hybrid that is issued by brands and come with a free gift (most ostensibly, of course, a cute, cheaply made tote)… the entire thing hinges on the idea that you get to keep a little something from your favorite brand for a fraction of what it would normally cost.
this bag came with the Figue e-mook for Y750:
i remember seeing a particularly stylish girl on the train carrying a tote with a braided hair pattern on it and thinking it was oddly adorable… i was so happy to find that it was actually an e-mook by muchacha-ahcahcum
the rest of the pics on the blog should be back up by the 12th so till then, i’m sorry for the eyesore!
Maybe you’ve seen “Akihabara Majokko Princess“, the just released Kirsten Dunst / Takashi Murakami short directed by McG (lol) that was shot around Tokyo last year.
I can almost guarantee that the one thing you didn’t see in this video was this eager Maid Cafe chick who, out of all the 127,000,000 people in Japan, happens to be the exact same one that we took a picture with in Akihabara:
My boyfriend says I’m just being racist but I can 100% guarantee that she’s the same person!
Ah, Japan, will your wonders never cease?
I am a clusterfuck when it comes to linear storytelling. Sorry for that!
Photos from New Year’s Eve… Took the train to Zojoji Temple and saw Tokyo Tower on the way.
I thought these shoes were flyyy
Their Gas Stations hang from above for some reason. It’s pretty insane which, in Japan, just constitutes for normal.
Tako Balls! My fingers were so numb from the cold and they seemed like a good way to heat up.
Yoshinoya @ 2AM
And finally, New Year’s Day:
Last meal from the Grocery round the corner: Mango and Peach Yogurt Drink + Chirashi
These were taken on the 31st of December, the last day of our trip and the only time I was able to explore on my own.
Fresh Tempura & Kakiage on the street. Yum!
Ventured further into the cemeteries and shrines around the area. So beautiful.
There was an abnormally long queue winding out of Wendy’s for some reason:
Turns out it was for a Y500 burger that they’d launched that day
Edit: It’s been pointed out to me that the long lines were actually in honor of it being Wendy’s last day in all of Japan, which when you think about it, is really kind of sad in a nostalgic, end of a fast food decade sort of way.
Made a pit-stop for one last bowl of that awesome unagi/crab leg/ ebi tempura:
Thinking about it now, I die 😦
The Visual Merchandising for the window displays of Isetan was so wonderful. They blew up these Japanese illustrations and arranged the products in the foreground to resemble what was happening in the image.
My favorite one was of this Japanese woman dropping her sandal to escape a summer shower. To mime the image they scattered a few Marni’s across the floor and it was just so simple and effective, I’d stop to look at it every time I passed by.
Strawberry Shortcake is traditionally eaten around Christmas time in Japan.
I got this one from the food basement at Isetan:
The sponge cake was light and the cream and strawberries were super fresh. It was perfect.