Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Innocent World shop opening, Hungarian Porcelain & Poppy concert!

Trying very hard to keep the blogging up this time ;)

Almost three months have passed since I've arrived in Tokyo and time is going so fast!
Today I'll be writing about some of the highlights from the past two months, hope you enjoy! ^^

 Meeting Yumi Fujiwara-san at new shop opening and launch Innocent World White label 

This March, the brand Innocent World moved their Shinjuku store from the previous location to their new spot in the Shinjuku Marui ANNEX building. Shortly in advance, IW announced on their social media that the designer and founder of the brand Yumi Fujiwara-san would be present at the shop at the day of opening. Of course I just couldn't miss out on this opportunity to meet one of my favourite designers!

Once at the store, I was happily suprised to see Manami had managed to stop by as well! <3

Fujiwara-san was suuuper sweet! I think we all look a bit like evil rabbits on this selfie though :')

It was just a short little event, but I'm glad to have had the chance to chat a bit with Fujiwara-san and see Manami again.

It was also interesting to see the new items from the IWW label in real life for the first time. Not going into full details right now, but I will say that you can definitely see the quality differences in choice of fabric and overall finishing compared to their normal (4x more expensive) pieces. However, I thought all pieces still looked really good and just perfect for daily wear. I really hope the launch of this new label will help the brand's accesibility for people who are new to Lolita fashion and/or on a tighter budget! ^^

TIL meet at the Hungarian Procelain exhibition 

Not long after visiting the new IW shop in Shinjuku, I finally managed to join some of the members of TIL (Tokyo International Lolitas on Facebook) for a small museum meet in Shimbashi. This museum had a temporary exhibition for 'Herend Hungarian Porcelain'. They had loads of beautiful, rococo/victorian-esque tea services and vases on display. Unfortunately though, we weren't allowed to take any pictures inside..

mary magdalene coord
Group selfie & my coord of the day :)

It was nice to see Aviva and Cat again, and to meet Sara and Laura for the first time, I really enjoyed this day!

 Poppy concert at the Kawaii Monster Cafe!

Ever since my first visit to the KMC, I had been wanting to stop by this crazy cafe during evening/night time once as well. So when Moshi Moshi Nippon, an association promoting Japanese pop culture to foreigners, announced that That Poppy would have a special private concert there, I instantly got my tickets!

Now for those of you who have no idea who That Poppy is, a short summary: Poppy is an American Pop singer and Youtuber. She makes pretty interesting videos on her YT channel and her fashion and music is very much inspired on Japanese fashion and pop. The message of her music and video content is usually sort of 'mocking' actual pop culture, such as social media, famous people, etc. .
There's a lot more to it, but really the only thing I can recommend to you if you want to find out more is to go to here Youtube channel 'That Poppy' and see for yourself ;').

Now let's talk about the actual concert! I went into the KMC at around 7pm, not really knowing what to expect. I was on my own, as I didn't know any other Poppy fans in Tokyo and I expected to socialize with new people during the concert anyway. Poppy wasn't be the only artist performing that night, but I had no idea who the other artists were and hadn't really bothered to look into them at all.
All in all: I really let myself be surprised that night ;).

I went for a bit of an Alice-themed outfit, to match the crazy 'wonderland' theme of the cafe. (Right picture is from another day, but almost same coord)

As soon as I entered the cafe I started meeting loads of really nice people and I easily found some super fun people to hang out with for the rest of the night! We danced on the music of the various singers and DJ's and enjoyed some of the performances and (free) drinks given to us by the Monster Girls.

Poppy was the 'special guest' and last act of the evening, it was really fun to see her perform in real life for once. Her music style is actually completely different from what I usually listen to, but somehow I just love her songs haha.

LINE UP ★ Amiaya ★ FEMM ★ Una+Matcha ★ Mico ★ Manon ★ Special guest: Poppy

Poppy's performance was short, but as the whole event costed only 1500JPY I hadn't expected anything more.

Just a very short video!

In short, this was a really good night, even better than expected!

Hanami at Shinjuku Gyoen

I also had a Hanami picnic at Shinjuku Gyoen park with the lovely members of the 'Kawaii Boys and Girls in Tokyo' Facebook group. If you'd like to see some more Sakura-themed outfit snaps from that day, I would recommend reading my KERA Style article about blossom-inspired J-fashion outfits: link here!

My first try on wearing full kimono all by myself! 

Okay, that's it for today. I've got some pretty exciting events coming up again soon, and some other stuff that has happened already but deserves a separate blog post. Expect to here more from me soon!

Thank you for reading!