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After my Rady Shinjuku Lumine shop staff theft post I promised I’d post about the Rady Tokyu Plaza ladies. The Tokyu Plaza girls have lived under the shadow of the more popular Lumine EST store but with that store gone the Tokyu Plaza one in Omotensado is bound to be booming with business.

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Two fabulous casual Rady styles. Love how a jeweled tunic and jeans just looks so Onee casual with a comfortable pair of heels and the right make-up and hair.

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Both short haired! I love short-haired Oneegyaru. They still really look lovely and put together and show how it’s not just long-hair that makes lovely Onee hair.

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The store is centered around a jeweled diamond. It’s really big and pretty.

Sorry to block out the shop staff’s face. She was caught off guard and looked a bit severe so I didn’t want to show a bad pic of such a pretty lady.

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The girl on the left’s wonderful make-up and delicate accessories.

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I love how her lipstick matches the Rady logo. And somehow works with such a cool-toned outfit. Looks very summery!

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Even super cute from the side. Such lovely hair with volume Onee curls.

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The girl on the right’s nails were spectacular. Perfect Rady style without using the traditional prints. I really want to recreate those Swarovski hearts sometime.

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This is a photo of the store I took when it first opened in 2013. The style was much more neon back then. The whole look seems to have softened. The store is still beautifully white and sparkly and gorgeous, however.

The Rady Staff Blog constantly updates if you need more Rady.

Rady Spring picks

Rady has been putting out their Spring collection on-line (http://rady.jp/) and have been selling out as quickly as they stock it. Even with the scandal of earlier this year the brand doesn’t seem to be slowing down. I don’t know how Onee I put myself as. I guess I consider my style more vintage-cute-lady, but this Spring’s collection has gotten me wanting so much.

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Left: the peach tone looks so nice for summer without being another pink item in the overloaded pink of Onee styles (lavender, blue and yellow also popular this season). And I like how this piece gets away from the trend of just a jeweled neckline.

Right: I love a onesie that is loose on the top and does a nice flare out with shorts really leg flattering.

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Two really body flattering prints.

Left: Set-up that focuses the light upward and towards the face and makes the bust look bigger. It also does an arm flare so the shirt doesn’t make the arms look bigger and allows for more air flow during the horrible summer months.

Right: A long narrow front makes the body look slimmer.

Rady is not only killing it with their original prints but how body flattering they are. I was going through their webstore again and found example after example of how they really thought of a woman’s figure. Like how the flared sleeves conceal a smaller breast shape, or how this higher waisted dress flares just enough to be belly flattering.

Mini side rant but I see a lot of brands just slap prints down or do a cut on a dress and it doesn’t seem it corresponds to how the feminine shape is at any body type. I really love that Rady (also Datura) are thinking about the shape of the woman and how to flatter it best.

I will definitely be taking more photos of Rady staff this Spring because I’ll be shopping there a lot.

In case you missed it: Previous Rady posts including more Shop staff snaps | Over 100 shop staff snaps across Japan

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Himeji Castle sakura (姫路城 Himeji-jo) was a last minute choice after the big mountain trek to Takeda Castle. I looked at hanami-walker which is an overly complicated guide to sakura viewing in Japanese. However it’s got great information on light-ups (night viewing) and festivals. I saw that there was a light-up at Himeji Castle and since it was on the way back to Osaka we decided to make a detour. Himeji Castle has a great website in English if you’d like to visit.

 

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Himeji Castle’s mascot is Shiromaru Hime (しろまるひめ). Or White round princess. Silly, but cute and even with her own website: http://www.shiromaruhime.jp/. Her cherry blossom accessory really shows well known Himeji Castle is for their sakura.

Note: Himeji Castle is currently being restored so it may not be the best photo op, but the grounds are lovely especially during sakura season.

EDIT: It just reopened!  Ellie says they will have even more celebrations this year! Yay

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Himeji castle #fromwhereIstand thanks discount shop G.U. for the cheap pants and shoes together 1,400 yen or $12 good enough for a hike.

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Weeping sakura last longer so you’ll often see them in bloom while the “pink snow” has started.

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The pink snow is the best! End of the sakura season is so underrated.

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Twilight heading to the Himeji Castle sakura light-up

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Like snow, but not cold and PINK. Perfect.

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The actual light-up inside the main grounds was cool AND FREE!

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For light-up locations in Japan (sakura and koyo season) they use dedicated spot lights that make the colors really POP.

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Even at the end of the Himeji Castle sakura season the light-up was still great.

Himeji Castle Omiyage!

Compared to other Japanese castle mascots (list) Shiromaru Hime is a true winner. Thankfully Himeji had lots of omiyage to buy to show off your Shiromaru Hime love.

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Sadly both strawberry to show off the strawberry over sakura love but they look tasty.

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Himeji City also has its own mascot and it’s Kuroda Kanbei or just “Kanbei” (官兵衛). It’s based on an actual historical guy named Kuroda Kanbei (english | wiki).

Himeji Castle in Hyogo is a really nice visit and very convenient from both Kyoto and Osaka. There’s also a Hello Kitty cafe that I wish I knew about earlier.  Himeji Castle sakura are really lovely even at the end of the season so if you’re in need of a short trip from the Kansai area, take a look.

Need more sakura? All the sakura posts on the Doll here

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My fourth post on sakura foods and there are some slim pickings lately when it comes to sakura flavored items. It seems the taste preference is switching to strawberry. Japanese it seems think it’s more of a taste foreigners like instead or in super ‘wa’ (Japanese-style) areas of Japan, I saw the most in Kyoto. Sakura kit-kat are available year around at the airports but not really outside of them.

This year Mister Donut Philippines is doing a seasonal sakura offering while Mister Donut Japan is doing a strawberry tasting. Admittedly both foods are pink and sakura flavor is a made up flavor, but strawberries are wonderful everywhere(Norway especially has some delicious strawberries) while sakura is a Japanese.
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Darn you Phillipines! I want to eat a sakura cronut.

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 Mister Donut Japan’s 2015 offerings of a strawberry fare. On sale now.

The Sakura Foods of 2014 I had

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The most traditional of the sakura foods: Sakuramochi (桜餅 wiki) which is a red bean filled, pink rice cake wrapped in a sweet pickled sakura leaf.

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Japan Haagen-Dazs had three flavors for the season: Sakura, Rose and White Peach Raspberry. The rose was my favorite.

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Shinjuku Lumine EST all you can eat buffet place Bittersweet Paradise has a lovely red bean and sakura sauced waffle.

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From Kyoto Takashimaya I found some Sakura Warabi (桜蕨) which is more delicate than traditional mochi.

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Strawberry flavors invading! Found an ichigo-daifuku Choco Cro at the Hyogo Choco Cro.

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An actual Ichigo-Daifuku (イチゴ大福) which is always popular during spring. This was one was from Arashiyama next to my Chirimen sakura Mt. Fuji. I love Kyoto Chirimen.

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A traditional hanami-dango at Arashiyama with Yomogi.

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A sakura taiyaki from a small stall at Fukushima’s sakura viewing.

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A sakura onigiri and the taiyaki both from Fukushima. Thank you Fukushima for your sakura food options!

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Random finds in a Fukushima shopping arcade, both from Sendai (which is quite close to Fukushima).

A sakura donut and a sakura flavored “pie”. I don’t remember the donut flavor, possibly just gave it to my girl Alice. The “pie” was more PopTart.

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An odd find was sakura ice cream at a “Warawara” izakaya in Tokyo. I told my friend to make them into boobs, she obliged. I’m an adult who was sober. One of those statements was true.

I’m excited to do a 2015 post soon, but I hope they’re not even more lacking than 2014. It seems to keep going down.  :regret:

Previous Sakura food posts:

Sweets Forest in Jiyugaoka – Sakura themed desserts | Q-Pot cafe in Harajuku with Sakura tasting | A collection of Sakura foods (2013) | A few Sakura foods (2011)

 

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Fint Japan is part seiso, part otome, part otona kawaii and all great as demonstrated by these super adorable shop staff. Nagoya Passe is a great mall right near the main Nagoya train station and always has stellar staff. The Fint Nagoya Passe store is quite small, really just kind of a short spur of a place, but always has great staff manning it. I went there last Spring and last Fall and I’ll probably be back this Spring because I do love Nagoya and a quick drop to Passe is always fun.

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The whole gang at Fint Japan Nagoya Passe!

So much individual style. Their shoe choices are just so damn cute!

Gingham again will be a trend for Spring. Gingham can’t be stopped. Along with girly denim.

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Fint Japan staff are the best. I love this giggly shot.

I wouldn’t have paired that seashell look with gingham, but I think it looks cute together. Fint has such a mix-and-match style. You can really take it a lot of style directions.

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It’s always the great details that keep me going back to Fint, and their great prices. Check out that super detailed seashell collar and her cute flower headpiece.

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Two girls were both rocking the double braids so I guess it was a trend within the staff. I like how her clear rubber bands don’t distract from the style. I think her coordinate and style look very otome. A detailed collar over a cardigan and a girly prim length skirt.

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Some really cute lashes on this girl! Lashes may have started in Japan as an everyday gal thing, but they’ve really dissipated and now everyone wears lashes. This girl reads as very seiso to me. Straight hair, dainty acessories, girly outfit but still simple and clean.

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Her hand painted nails and delicate accessories really seemed to match her sweet personality.

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Maybe a bit hard to tell but mermaid nails! Even though her nails are grown out I think they’re still pretty. It’s a process of everyone who has nails.

Previously: Fint Japan brand introduction | Other Fint posts including more shop staff snaps | Shop staff snaps all around Japan

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