Thursday, April 29, 2010

my next hairstyle.

ファッションスナップ ストリートスナップ
Photo from Drop Snap

no, not really, but I love his multicolored hair. The colors are so pretty, perfect for spring! Someday, when I have the guts to do something creative and unusual with my hair...are any of you planning to undergo any major hair changes?

Sunday, April 25, 2010


I'm always looking for a new cafe to add to my list of favorites. Recently I went to BiOcafe at Spain-Zaka (a famous street that translates as Spain Hill) in Shibuya.

BiOcafe, as you can probably guess from the name, is a cafe with food that you actually feel good eating. Their food is filled with organic vegetables, soy milk, cereal plant and all the healthy things that include minerals and nutrients that we don't get enough of these days.

This is what I had when I went to BiOcafe for lunch. I don't remember the exact name, but the tomato soup included beans and little bits of pasta. Topped with fried (but not greasy) fish and the sweetest onion, it was the perfect comfort food. My lunch also came with brown rice, herb tea, and a small desert. The brown rice here is so good, you have to try it!

The store is nice and cozy. I have yet to try but the wild yeast bread is supposed to be really good too.

16-14 Patio I Udagawa-Cho
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

渋谷区宇田川町16−14 パティオ I

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Lady Gaga in Tokyo

Though I actually don't regularly listen to Lady Gaga's music, I really admire her aesthetic and how she is truly passionate about fashion. Lady Gaga was in Japan this past weekend for The Monster Ball Tour but also appeared on popular TV show Music Station and also performed at a secret show hosted by M·A·C.
I can't find any photos of her at Music Station and the videos on You Tube have been deleted already...but for both Music Station and the secret show, she wore a lot (if not most) of pieces from Japanese designers. I love that she wore Japanese designers because I don't feel like many Japanese musicians/actors/etc. support young, independent designers.

Lady Gaga wore a lace bodysuit from SOMARTA's (briefly mentioned here) 2nd Skin Series for both Music Station and the secret show.
ミュージックステーションでもシークレットライブでもSOMARTA(ここで軽く触れてます)2nd Skin Seriesのレースのボディースーツを着用。

Photo from SOMARTA
At Music Station, she wore a black version that was sparkly and less see-through than this one. According to, the body suit is decorated with 20 thousand Swarovski crystal beads and takes 5 months to complete!

Photo from Lady Gaga's Twitter
Some of you may remember seeing a similar design from this post here. These are from NORITAKA TATEHANA, and Lady Gaga wore them on Music Station and posted a photo on her Twitter.
ミュージックステーションやレディ・ガガのツィッターでも見かけたこの黒い靴も日本のブランド。以前紹介したNORITAKA TATEHANAのものです。

These shoes were custom made for Lady Gaga. I feel lucky that I had the chance to see his collection in person!

To see more of these designers:

Saturday, April 17, 2010


I've been looking for a hat for quite a while and a couple months ago, I finally bought my first CA4LA hat!

The fabric is light which makes it a great hat for spring and of course I couldn't resist the black sequined bow. This hat is surprisingly wearable and goes well with a lot of my clothes. I think I want to start a hat/headband/headpiece collection now.

CA4LA 原宿本店
Photo from CA4LA
CA4LA is a Japanese hat store that produces their own designs. As you can see from this photo, the store interior has a vintage feel with darker lighting and chandeliers. CA4LA has really unique designs, and they also have really cute headbands/hair accessories. I spend a lot of time at CA4LA even when I'm only window shopping, because it's so fun to try on different styles!

Here is a peek from there Spring/Summer 2010 catalog...
2010年 春/夏のカタログの一部を紹介...

The styling was also fun and quirky and I liked how they had a variety of themes.

I love all these headpieces and ladylike hats!
There are 8 stores within Tokyo and more around the country, and there's even one in London. I'd definitely recommend going to the store even if you're just looking, I just love the atmosphere.

For more information (store locations, online shopping), click here.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Best Blog Award & Happy 101

I received these blog awards from two lovely bloggers:

I pass this on to:

I pass this on to:

I'm supposed to share 10 things that make me happy, so here goes:
1. Wearing my favorite dress on a beautiful day
2. Listening to my favorite bands, even better if it's live :)
3. Getting tapioca after school with my friends
4. Early mornings in Shibuya, before the streets get crowded
5. Aimlessly wandering around in a bookstore without being pressed with time
6. Capturing a breathtaking moment on film
7. A cup of tea after a hot bath
8. The fresh feeling after getting a haircut
9. Sleeping in! So important to recharge once in a while
10. Those late nights where everything feels perfect

Thank you Vinda and Marta!
& If anyone's interested in exchanging links, please let me know!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

AN 10

Every year from 1999, the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo has had an annual exhibition featuring young artists' work on a theme that relates to the world and society we live in today. This year's theme is "Neo-Ornamentalism", reflecting on the meaning of decoration and ornamentation. According to the official site, ornamentation "are not simply expressions of what people held to be beautiful in different ages: they embody a particular world view that questions the nature of time, space, and even individual human existence". I think decorating is something that can be found a lot in Japan, there are tons of girls who put crystals everywhere from their nails to their cell phones, for example.

This is the official pamphlet for the exhibit. Isn't it stunning? They had four different covers featuring four different artists.

Inside the pamphlet...
Left: Eyes of the Forest by Kiyoshi Kuroda
This was a huge mural that was the first artwork on display.
Center: Predictive dream IX, Predictive dream VII, MANIERA I, MANIERA II by Katsuyo Aoki
The cover of the pamphlet is also by this artist.
Right: Labyrinth by Motoi Yamamoto
Can you believe this is all made of salt? I heard that the artist would come to the museum and work on it a bit each day. It covered the floors of a big room. I would never be patient enough to do this.

The exhibition ends on April 11 so if you have time I strongly recommend you go! The photos do not do the beautiful artworks justice.
Also the Hussein Chalayan exhibit (the poster on the very right) has already started so you could catch both exhibits at once! I haven't been to the Hussein Chalayan exhibit yet but I'm so excited to go.

Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
4-1-1 Miyoshi, Koto-ku, Tokyo
TEL: 03-5245-4111
Hours: 10:00-18:00
Exhibit: ~4/11

TEL: 03-5245-4111

Tuesday, April 6, 2010


Hi everyone, I'm so glad to hear that you enjoyed the JFW posts!
I've been away from my computer during the past couple days but will be back soon.
The cherry blossoms look beautiful and I can't wait to share it here!
In the meantime don't these donuts look delicious?

Thursday, April 1, 2010

JFW in Tokyo 2010: Final Look

So this concludes my JFW posts...Though I couldn't post these during the actual fashion week, I wanted to show some of my favorites on this blog.
Hopefully you enjoyed reading these and seeing all the amazing collections. Writing about JFW enabled me to look more closely at Japanese fashion, which I'd never really done before.
Japan is famous for its streetstyle, but not many bloggers post about fashion weeks and/or collections. I thought it would be a nice change to introduce another aspect of Japanese fashion. Thanks for all the lovely comments and as always, I'd love to hear your opinions and thoughts!

Backstage at matohu, photos from ChangeFashion