Archive for October, 2010

Park Hyatt

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Pizzicato Five – Tokyo, mon amour


Friday, October 22nd, 2010



There’s some bizarre obsession with numbers in japanese. Half the days of the month have their own name, you can’t just say the 8th or the 12th like you do in european languages. :-S Months don’t have names, they go by numbers. November 11th is “juuichigatsujuuichinichi”. Haha.

Alice and the Twin Mad Hatters: Outtakes

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Photos we didn’t use in Dollybird 14. It was very difficult editing down to a few out of hundreds. I’m looking forward to working for Dollybird again in the future! 洋子さんありがとう!^_^

Alice and the Twin Mad Hatters: Making of

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Putting together the curiosity cabinet was as much fun as making the outfits.

Trying out red eyes on Mikako. Decided to go with her normal blue ones.

Blythecon UK 2010

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Earlier this month was the first UK Blythe convention. It was held in Oxford. I’d never been before, such a beautiful city… The turnout was incredible, the venue proved far too small! I had a tiny little stall where I sold a few outfit sets and also gave a sewing demonstration. I didn’t have my camera with me so i didn’t take any photos. T_T So I’ll borrow some from friends.

Photo by Gaia

With Linda and Gaia

With Georgia, Adrian and Ruth

With Bethany

With Gina!

Lisa and Gaia

Sewing tutorial

Filming for Willy’s documentary “Doll people”

Going home

Paradise Kiss live action

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

I’m so excited for this, Paradise Kiss is one of my favourite anime/manga ever.

Isabella looks WONDERFUL and exactly like the anime, I was so relieved they actually got a boy to play her.

The girl they picked for Caroline looks beautiful on the cover of Zipper, but it seems in the film they didn’t give her the black hair with short bangs I love so much about this character. :( Not so sure about Joji, he’s supposed to be gorgeous and this dude looks incredibly plain.

I hope the clothes are as wonderful as the anime, really Ai Yazawa has such wonderful taste she could be a fashion designer herself.


Thursday, October 14th, 2010

So this month I started my degree in Japanese at SOAS. This has been one of the best choices I’ve made in my life. The teachers are all wonderful. Never seen nicer, friendlier and more dedicated teachers in my life, especially the course leader, Kashiwagi-sensei who’s well over 60 years old and so passionate about her teaching she just makes you want to succeed. The language classes are exclusively taught by japanese teachers, and the course is run by japanese people. So you are pretty much taught with the japanese mindset, which means it’s really pretty intense. Some people have already dropped out, after 2 weeks! It makes me a bit upset because their positions could have been given to people that would follow through with the course… Anyway…

My classmates are as interesting as I had hoped, in fact, the whole university has a wonderful energy and atmosphere, nothing like my horrendous experience at Brighton university when I did photography. The two campuses are in wonderful areas of London (Bloomsbury and Angel) with beautiful architecture and plenty of green. We have a good mix of young (18 year olds, oh my god) and older students (some older than me). It was interesting to hear everyone’s motifs for doing this course, seems like a good balance of interest in traditional culture or religion to pop culture like anime and street fashion.

Then apart from the mandatory classes, you get to pick one or two of your liking from any faculty of the entire school. I really REALLY wanted to do korean, but I thought I’d be far too much on top of japanese. So I picked Modern japanese literature and Art and archaeology of East Asia. Maybe I will try to take up korean next year.

Back from Tokyo

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Long time no see! A lot has happened!

I returned from Tokyo end of September, after spending 17 days there, my longest stay yet. It was wonderful, but such an emotional experience that it’s very hard for me to go back and look at the photos. That’s why I haven’t posted many. The more I visit, the more attached I become. By now I have become a regular in certain places, and they remember me every time. My favourite tempura shop, my favourite takoyaki shop, my favourite cafe … I will never feel like this about London, even if I spend my entire life here.