Ageha model, onee brand Emiria Wiz director and Hostess Emiri Aizawa has been doing a heavy press tour about her new tell-all book “キャバ嬢社長 歌舞伎町No.1嬢王 愛沢えみりとしての生き方” Kyabajo Shacho Kabukicho’s Number One JouOu Aizawa Emiri Toshite no Ikikata. Or Kyabajo Boss: Kabukicho’s Number One Queen. Aizawa Emiri’s Way of Living. What a mouthful! She’s been featured on model’s press almost daily (among others) as hype to the book.
I hadn’t planned on buying the book. Since leaving Japan my Japanese has gone to crud. I’m rarely a book reader unless it’s about murder. I’ve only slogged through two Japanese light novels previously and that was when I was studying. Emiri herself is low on my Ageha model totem pole (Sakurina #1, Past Momoeri #2, Rin #3 and so on…).
However I was browsing the bookstore and the cover caught my eye. Flipping to the story her prologue opening got me.
Dreams? I have none.
I hate trying my hardest.
Work? If I don’t have to, I won’t.
I hate waking up every morning.
I don’t have it in me to try my hardest.
No one would’ve ever thought that about me. Everyone who looked at me had no idea that was what I truly felt.
The book is a bit pricey at 1,404 yen. I worried if I was throwing away eyelash money if I didn’t or couldn’t read it.
(Side note, a good way to consider purchases is to ask yourself what you could be getting at equal money or what 3 of those could mean. If you still think it’s worth it, buy!)
Opening it on the plane I got through a lot of it quickly. It’s a really easy read and pretty well paced and amusing. Since she’s authorizing her own tell-all don’t expect to get too much nitty gritty or scandal. Instead I think she’s more about retelling with as much honesty as she can but one that doesn’t paint her in too harsh of a light.
Part One: Childhood to High School Graduation. I want to become a Kyabajo!
She was at odds with her mom and her father was always away for business. She was sent away to live with her grandmother at a young age in Hiroshima. She really attached to her grandmother and so being quickly made to go back to live with her father in Yokohama and new family brings a lot of tension. She feels like the interloper in her own house so she tries to stay out of it as much as she can.
At school in the baton twirling club she meets a girl named Y-chan and they begin to get into the gyaru movement happening at the time. Ayu is from Yokohama and one of the early faces of gal so she was a big Ayu fan and did her look modeled after Ayu. Emiri was too broke of a middle school girl to buy make-up or even get it from her family so she and Y-chan ended up going to drug stores and using the testers to do all their make-up. Even mascara! She finally got color contact lens last year of middle school and goes deeply into it. She says for her she thinks of herself as a completely different person with them on. And they transformed her into a different Emiri. She liked the feeling of being a different version of herself.
Since this a book that involves love she says her first love was a Volleyball club member and they dated steady for a while but naturally broke up when middle school came to an end.
High school she was lightening her hair and trying out even more gal looks. She said hanging out in front of the Yokohama train station was the height of the teen years. Y-chan and her started tanning heavily and while some girls were going full ganguro and yamamba she was working with gyaru. Since they were into tanning Y-chan suggested they get a job working at a beach place in Enoshima to earn money. Soon after Emiri quit because she hated the work and the waking up so early to get to Enoshima.
She worked at a sake bar where the girls had to wear mini skirts and thought that was okay. She was getting money for more gyaru things and it kept her out of her house. Her dad’s wish for her was to go to college, but she said it was his wish and not hers.
She was a poor student and tells a story about how she barely passed high school thanks to a teacher who let her do an easy assignment taking photos at a zoo. She asked someone else to do it, but still passed in the end.
Part Two: From Useless Kyabajo to Number 1
At 17 she says she didn’t have really any dreams or aspirations. She just wanted to enjoy herself and be happy and leave the things she hated behind. That’s the reason she became a kyabajo and how her world changed.
In her second year of high school she falls in love with a guy and he tells her “I want to a host in Kabukicho and you’re in the way”. She cried a lot and then fell in love with another guy who also happens to be a host boy. She says she’s always had a type and she always falls hard. The next one says “I’ve had it here. I’m going to go fight in Kabukicho. You should come, too, Emiri.”. They broke up but the words “Kabukicho is a place of battle” were engrained within her.
On her 18th birthday she goes into the best kyabakura in Yokohama and applies for her a job. She says she learned the ropes of working at a kyabakura here and remembers the words of her manager “This place is a special place. Think of stepping into here as Disneyland”. Words she didn’t understand then but does now.
She got her first steady customer who was a fatherly dentist. He took her out to dinner and bought her a long pink rose printed dress. When she wore the dress she said she finally understood what it meant to be a kyabajo. Not work in a kyabakura, but be a kyabajo. The difference was huge.
While in her last year of high school she’d browse hostess sites and learn how to be the best hostess. It was then “Koakuma Ageha” came out and she began to feel she was truly in “Ageha”period. For the glory of Ageha she would try her hardest at being in the hostess world. She finally broke it to her family and the tale didn’t go well.
A bit expected but she often scorns and apologizes for her teenage self. It does drag on the story and of course as an adult you will see things differently.
After she graduated high school she says most were looking forward to college but she looked to Roppongi. Emiri returns back to her house to snatch up her Louis Vuitton bag she wanted and there was a memo that said “Leave this house okay.” she was teary but understood.
She gets a job in Tokyo’s Roppongi district “M Club” which was part of an Osaka group expanding to Tokyo. She was really impressed getting a job at such big group’s kyabakura. Although when she was forced to visit table to table and talk to guests she says she feels like “kaiten sushi” (conveyor belt sushi) lolol!
After a while she moves in with a rich head of a company. She lives in a 10,000($usd) a month place in Tokyo Midtown with him. That’s one of the most expensive places in Tokyo. She says she was shopping at select shops and buying the most expensive fruit (fruit is expensive in Japan, expensive fruit is crazzzzy expensive). She thought she was going to marry him. Even started learning cooking and other household chores so she could become a good housewife for him. But he started drinking too much and going to other hostess clubs and was lazy about his work. So there was trouble in paradise. After two years she breaks up with him and her heart is crushed. More even her world is crushed, she goes from leaving her parents place to living with this guy for two years who she plans on marrying and doesn’t really know what to do now. She decides after all this heartbreak and parental loss she wants to live only for herself.
She decides to go to Kabukicho. Remembering the “Kabukicho is a place for battle” saying of her ex a long time ago. She treats it as a battle. She will defeat all the other hostesses. How will she? By becoming the top earner. She will win against all the other women. She grinds herself into work. Trying to work everyday and learn everything she can about her customers their drink orders, when to call them etc…
She was getting a little more popular but it was slow going. She says she worked everyday and everyday did dohan. Dohan is going on a date before entering the club. Hostesses got bonuses for going on more so she tried to go on as many as she could. She says on the five days a week she worked she did 20 hour days. With dohan it became 21 hours a day. Believable or not… She always made a point to do dohan because if she did she’d have a customer at the club. Waiting in the club with no customer meant no money. So in her words “to kill two birds with one stone” she would always do dohan. Because she always had a guest so she didn’t have to move from table to table. Gone were the “kaiten sushi” kyabajo says of Roppongi.
And that’s a lot of typing… please stay tuned to learn more about Sawajiri Emiri.
Next summary: Part two continued and part three | part four
I’m a slow reader unless I’m on a plane or traveling so best hope I travel soon so I can finish up the reading and summaries. Please consider buying the book if you’re interested? It’s available on amazon Japan and is a well paced read.
Minor pet peeve is Emiri refers to herself in 3rd person in a horribly cutesy way.
Now I hope to get to the rest of the book later, but currently I haven’t found it since the move to ATL so fingers crossed it turns up Meanwhile Emiria Wiz has been doing splendidly, go Aizawa Emiri!
Sorry guys I got caught up in moving, then I explored the new city, and then I got really down. I miss my friends. I realized I’m not good at making friends. I’m not naturally friendly, so it’s been tough right now since I know no one in this city. I got back into my depressive ways (sleeping all day, hating everything, not taking care of myself). After planning to head to Japan to see friends in Nov/Dec I’m on the upswing and decided like Emiri I will do better for myself :cheery:
Kawaii make-up doesn’t have to be expensive and certainly isn’t with Kiss Cosmetics. If anything it makes the product even more kawaii if it’s cheap! My make-up range buying goes from $6.00 for a lipstick to $36.00. So while I don’t mind shelling out the $$ for Les Merveilleuses and Chanel, I’ve got a lot of Canmake and Kiss Cosmetics around.
Kiss Cosmetics is a great example of Kawaii cheap! They do cutely designed make-up that does a great job. Review over? NO way! What about all the cute photos and tester samples.
What is Kiss Cosmetics?
Kiss in their own words:
キス kiss は、kiss P.N.Y. DIVISION が送るフェミニン＆大人のロマンティックをテーマにした可愛いコスメが大好きな女性のためのメイクアップブランドです
Kiss is Kiss by PNY Divisions‘s feminine and adult romantic themed make-up brand for women who like kawaii cosmetics.
The actual packaging of Kiss Cosmetics is minimal and cute.
Kiss Cosmetics is aimed at being a cheap drugstore brand. It’s found in places across Japan like Plaza and Shop In. I don’t see it often in Donki or big stores, but most drugstores do carry it. The prices range between 600-1,200 yen for lip gloss to foundation, or about $5.00 to $10.00 at today’s exchange rate. They have an entire line including nail care.
You can see their whole line of products on their website: http://www.kiss-cosmetics.com/
I’ve bought the six items above and will review them in three parts: Lips (today), Eyebrow (Japanese eyebrow products comparison), and thirdly Cheek products blush and highlighter.
The two products for this review: Creamy Multi Rouge (left) and Liquid Heart Rouge (right)
Both containers are ribbed with 3-d hearts.
Kiss Cosmetics – Creamy Multi-Rouge
This lip product is part of a big trend in Japanese cosmetics: doing more than one item. All products advertise that they’re a two-step or more product.
The container is brand new and hasn’t rubbed off its just everything is so shiny.
The Creamy Multi-Rouge (クリーミィマルチルージュ) priced 1,200 says it’s 5 products in one.
Those five products are:
– Lip Gloss
– Lip Cream
– Lip Beautifier providing Hyuralon, Collagen and Chamomile Essence that soothes lips.
– UV guard (SPF 20)
Solid color payoff but sheerish
A bit hard to apply
Clicking sound a bit clunky
Overall: A good lip color that would be perfect for Winter. Definitely worth its price especially in such nice trend colors.
Short review: 4/5 A good lip product. I was feeling a 3/5 when I first used this, but then I kept going to it. It’s very creamy and the color is a nice daily natural or a good top off during the night out if you’re wearing another product because it’s sheer-ish. You get used to the large applicator and now I just reapply without a mirror.
To me this became a “bag lipstick”. What I mean by that is I keep putting it in one bag or another because it definitely is a good going-out product. I will definitely buy more colors.
Kiss Cosmetics – Liquid Heart Rouge
I feel I did a bad job showing off the container, but the ribbing and 3-d hearts look really original in person.
Liquid Heart Rouge (リキッドハートルージュ) priced at 1,200 yen and comes in eight shades.
It’s described as a plumper but I don’t feel its really got the bite most plumpers have. Instead it’s a good gel gloss that has good staying power. Formulated with collagen, rosehip and Chamomile essence. The reason I think it says it plumps because the gloss gives a good fullness to lips.
A hidden heart! How cute is that!
Solid color payoff
Not drying (not exactly nourishing however)
Not gummy or sticky like some glosses can be
Wand surprisingly applies well
Can get too much product on the wand
Not a true stain.
Even though I think my YSL Lip Stains are my holy grail I’ve still used this occasionally and think it’s a good product. Despite it being plastic the heart on the wand and the hearts on the casing are super cute in person.
Short review: 3/5 The wand makes it great to apply and shows up super glossy in photos. Not as nourishing however.
Between the two products I’d recommend the Creamy Multi-Rouge more. It’s a more nourishing product and is the newer product. I don’t really like glosses lately, I prefer a creamy sheen which Creamy Multi-Rouge gives so take that to heart.
Buying Kiss Cosmetics: Kiss Cosmetics are available all across Japan in drugstores. They’re also available worldwide through mobacolle and a buying service or several Rakuten Global stores.
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Sendai Forus is the main gyaru mall in north of Japan in Sendai and has the lone Datura store in Sendai. While things seem to be heating up at Sendai Parco and offering a newer easier access point Sendai Forus seems to be recovering from the earthquake and tsunami after effects when a lot of the storefronts were empty. I blogged about visiting back in 2012 (womens | mens | duras and mars shop staff | gilfy and heaven and earth) and again in 2014 to go to Sly. I was back again in 2015 during their late cherry blossom season and I got to snap this lovely Datura shop staff.
I’m so glad I could get several detail snaps of her look because I think she’s a fabulous real Oneegyaru styled girl. The hair and make-up is a balance of natural and fake and acrylics are still popular with Oneegyaru ladies. Datura had amazing pearl and diamante details that are really highlighted with her beautiful style.
She wasn’t carrying the bag of course while she was working but that she thought of dressing up her outfit with a real-style coordinate need like a bag it was very thoughtful and suited her look.
Inside Sendai Forus Datura store
I also was allowed to take a few photos inside Sendai Forus’s Datura store. Even with the poor lighting you can see some sample coordinates and accessories.
I’m really excited for Datura’s Fall collection. As I wrote last year that Datura won Winter Oneegyaru style and they’ve been consistent in really doing good variations of a look that is very wearable and stylish. Not to mention their knits are perfect. At a price point a little lower than Rienda and much lower than Rady it helps that they’ve really capitalized on the budget Oneegyaru who wants to be stylish but needs to pay some bills.
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Tags: acrylic nails, datura, long hair, oneegyaru, sendai forus
This was a post I was going to do much later, but I might as well answer the big question first about places to buy vintage brand. Everytime I post a new buy on instagram or talk about my love of Chanel the first question I always seem to get is “Where do you buy your Chanel?”
And I get it.
Sometimes buying vintage is... like wadding through piles of hot garbage until you find a diamond.
Sometimes buying vintage is… getting sticker shock 40 times and then seeing something that actually looks affordable.
Sometimes buying vintage is… looking at a piece and thinking “Wow the designer had a seriously ugly season”
Sometimes buying vintage is… seeing some pieces so busted you start running through scenarios of what happened. Did a jealous boyfriend set fire to it? Did you own a puppy and no high shelves? Is that mud? I hope that’s mud.
But I always wonder if people think I know this like super secret vault of cheap Chanel and I’m just Gollum-ing all to myself. Presssshusssss The answer to that is nope.
Hahah you thought this post would just be one website. Suckers.
No way. I wish.
I should be packing. I should be doing my nails. I should be doing anything but making this hideous photoshop. If you’re wondering how I picture myself, add 80 cats and you’re pretty close.
Gollum looks like he’s posing for a 90s hiphop album cover.
In reality I wake up every morning, get coffee, drink 800 quarts of coffee then 600 quarts of green tea and check some of the sites I mention below. Coffee and Chanel, the addictions start right off in the morning. But sometimes it’s just all about timing, the right price, there’s no real tricks other than checking all the sites and knowing what you want
There are other sites that sell vintage brand and I know of them, like 1stdibs & NastyGal vintage but I’m not listing places that are hilariously overpriced.
Note: I am a Chanelstan but these sites are helpful for lots of vintage pieces, brand (Hermes, Gucci, MCM, YSL) and not.
Worldwide / USA
The Big sites
What can I say about eBay that hasn’t already been said about the Plague? The giant we love to hate and hate to love. I occasionally buy off of eBay. Much less than I used to. I do occasionally see good vintage deals on bags. A lot of Japanese sellers on here you can find on Rakuten for cheaper including shipping with the yen to USD conversion so be aware.
Recommended sellers: yuko, lindasstuff, standingpoint (Japanese seller but no Japanese online store)
Vestaire Collective is a French site in English that has been really pushing authentication and rare pieces. A lot more European sellers than eBay and a great landing place for rare items. I have yet to buy from here because the price/piece/time perfect set of circumstances hasn’t happened, but I check everyday and do love the items posted.
Discount for new users on first purchase.
This place has been trying to rival eBay and they do a nice job for sellers and buyers. I know some Purse Forum people sell their wares here. They guarantee authentication and are very quick in responding to issues. It’s often got the same eBay sellers hawking the same items and can get redundant, but I’ve found some lovely quality pieces here. (All photos from the second set above are from Tradesy)
Discount for new users on first purchase.
Etsy? The place more famous for handmade lace and knick knacks? Yup! A lot of vintage stores operate out of Etsy. I do find there’s more (blatant) fakes here than other places. However individual sellers often have really good deals on items and no bidding to worry about. I’ve scored a lovely rare silk printed top for $47 and a harder to find colored bag for $400.
Therealreal is a network of consignment stores across US. They have a large selection that occasionally goes on eBay. Prices are varied but good deals to be found. They do a wonderful job about sizing and measurements.
One of the more famous smaller resale sites on-line. They also sell on eBay but their prices are better at their on-line store. Prices often inflated because of the site’s popularity. Reading reviews from buyers and their webstore descriptions it seems they often don’t explain or show wear/damage as well as they should. They often have nice prices on rare vintage items, but it depends.
Lollipuff is a stickler for authentication and goes beyond the Chanel/LV market and is into Herve Leger and Christian Louboutin authentication. Lollipuff is a site like eBay but more intimate and has auctions and sales. I’ve purchased once from them and I’ve been satisfied. Often some nice prices.
Miley Cyrus’s stylist’s place to find the rare Vintage Chanel she often wears. Prices range from acceptable to inflated, but nice finds and rare items.
A store that specializes in used but has some vintage pieces. Some good prices on rarer items, but mainly so-so prices.
The clunkiest website of the bunch, horrible search feature expect to just click for hours to find something you like. But it is a collective of used and vintage shops that often have rare pieces. Prices are all over the place, but sometimes some good buys are up.
Note: Big vintage seller Ninafurfur sells on here, often a better selection
A newer store but a good small collection of vintage items. Prices are kind and wonderful pictures.
Rice and Beans Vintage
There’s not a lot of smaller sites I list because there’s a lot of them and the selection is weak, but Dallas based Rice and Beans vintage really cultivates some great pieces. They just seem to have a great eye on hunting vintage pieces based on current trends and not pricing them too over the top.
Ann’s Fabulous Finds
As soon as they’re put up so many of Ann’s Fabulous Finds are snatched up. Good condition pieces at some decent prices. Not as much vintage as used items, but a good mix.
You will need buying services or shopping services to order from most of these sites. Please read several posts I’ve made about that online here and here. Chanel is super popular in Japan so prices can get high, other fashion house brands are much cheaper compared to US.
Unless I specifically say English, these places are Japanese only so buyer beware if you’re not fluent. Do not leave the fate of your paycheck up to Google Translate.
Rakuten moves a ton of vintage items through their web doors daily. A lot of brick-and-mortar Japanese vintage stores have Rakuten e-stores. I’ve bought often from sellers on Rakuten. Great deals are often snatched up within minutes of posting so check often.
Note: Rakuten has a Global site but it is smaller with less selection, messier searching and often horrible translations.
Recommended sellers: Rinkan (brick and mortar stores across Japan), Ragtag (brick and mortar stores across Japan), Hugall, Reference
Japan’s eBay. The biggest auction site in Japan. Lots of vintage for sale on Y! Auctions. I buy pretty steadily from here and have found some good deals. Since the buyer market is smaller than eBay it’s often easier to win the bidding war. Although Y!Auctions adds 5 minutes to an auction after a snipe bid so it’s not really a snipe type of place.
Recommended sellers: Ecoring, Brandear, Milkyquartz
Using Rakuten (Auctions or Site) and Yahoo Auctions you need to use a service. Recommended services: Buyee (more expensive but very easy to use), From Japan (cheaper but clunkier to use). Again if you are not fluent in Japanese, buyer beware.
Qoo has tried to be the leader of vintage brand in Japan. They work on having model/shop staff and making sure celebrities always buy from them. They try to shape this Qoo-look that is a young stylish vintage lover that has inspired a lot of stores. Since they are so popular their stock is often not as sharp and prices are over inflated. Unlike most Japanese places they are not as detailed about wear-and-tear of their vintage items. However they do have English assistance and deals can still be found. One of the great things about Qoo is they hunt down rare clothing from Fendi, Chanel and others.
Hedy is a rare store that is just on-line but has gained a lot of fans in Japan. Both Alisa Ueno and Momoko Ogihara are fans. My friends Nicola and Stella have both bought from here and both were very satisfied. It’s a place that does an excellent job in finding lovely vintage items and showing their wear. Their prices are often good for what they’re selling and they have go beyond the typical Chanel have wonderful YSL, Gucci, Fendi and other brands. They really seem to buy whats on trend (color/shape) for the season but in vintage pieces. (Photo above is some of the items selling at Hedy recently)
They also have a rakuten store.
E-Lady sells on Rakuten and Y!Auctions and eBay but the best prices are always on their website. It’s in English and global EMS shipping is included in the price. Great quality items. Bags usually a bit overpriced, jewelry is better. I’ve purchased from here and very satisfied with my item.
Discount for new users on first purchase.
Timeless Tokyo aka Paula’s
A longer running vintage store which occasionally really great deals especially on jewelry and clothing. I’ve bought from their brick and mortar store in Tokyo and I’m super satisfied.
It’s a giant list and you just have to search and find something you want. In the end of the day it only matters if you like it
Websites I’ve used most often this year: Y! Auctions, Rakuten, Etsy, Tradesy
This was part of a series…
Chanel Poverty or Mitsu’s Guide to buying Vintage especially in Japan
Intro to the Series
Where to Buy Vintage Brand online Worldwide (Japan concentrate)
Reasons I love Vintage Brand
Japanese celebrities, models and producers with vintage Chanel
A History of High Brands in Japan and Japan’s First Wave of Resellers
Japan’s Second Wave of Resellers store talks and reviews (multipost)
Popular Vintage Brands and key pieces from each brand (multipost)
Navigating on-line and in personal buying of Vintage Brand and learning market price (multipost)
related eating at the Chanel restaurant Beige in Ginza Chanel
possible… My full vintage Chanel collection
possible… Chanel vintage jewelry and clothing authentication guide
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