I spent a lot bit of text complaining on twitter about shopping in Japan for winter clothing trends this last trip. I’m someone who makes almost epic shopping hauls from Japan. My clothing is mostly from there and visiting for a month twice a year means I usually haul good to keep a steady rotation of fun outfits going throughout the year and stop spending on shipping and overseas buying fees. But like I talked about in the Gyaru has ruined me but that’s okay post, I over consumed. But even since then in Spring I was a bit of a piggy buyer.

Now not so much but still enough to talk about trends and enjoy the bits I did buy. I also talk about two discount select shops to find cute clothes in Tokyo. And the clothing I regret not buying because we always miss the ones that get away.

 

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The loot! Maybe you can see I had a theme?

Deeper descriptions below with winter clothing trends bolded and CAPPED along with some Spring trend discussion.

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This sweatshirt was bought from the Kumatan pop-up at Honey Mi Honey. Kumatan is Chinatsu Wakatsuki‘s new line after breaking up with W*C. She’s been trying to do actual clothing beyond just Kumatan character items. The Kumatan brand which is only on-line and at pop-ups for now and I’m not much of an on-line shopper now. I finally went to the pop-up and really loved so much of the Kumatan season. Well made clothing, great price-point and odd and fun sayings.

This sweatshirt combines a lot of trends together: PINK which is continuing heavy into Spring. FUR TEXTURE, and EMBROIDERY (of the lettering). I loved the solid zipper in the back which also helps out the ZIPPER as ACCENT trend.

 

 

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I really like the Merry Jenny brand and I usually buy one item a season and wear it for several seasons afterwards. So my choice was this piece from their Fall collection. I bought it in BLACK because I’m a bit obsessed with all black dressing lately.

As for the trends first point is the MOCK TURTLENECK which has been booming this season. Then BOWS are everywhere as are 3D MOTIFS.

 

 

 

 

boughtjapan-onespo-fallitems I decided to group all the ONE*SPO items together. OneSpo won for my brand of the season. Great price point (I got everything pictured for $160) and original pieces. I got the dress in black but pink shows of its corset back details (my all black life growing!). All of their pieces are so comfortable. I wore them all during my Christmas Walt Disney World trip (I’m in the dress in my newest instagram photo)

The right parka and skirt are from their Spring 2017 line called “Time Leap Girl”. A lot of trends to talk about with them for spring including: SHEER SKIRTS, PINK, CIRCLE ZIPPER PULLS (not shown), and FLORAL EMBROIDERY.

Trends for Winter include SATIN RIBBON ACCENTS, CORSET STYLE and MILITARY BERETS.

 

bubblestokyo-bought-winter This parka was my first Bubbles Tokyo purchase. They’re really a brand on the rise. In 2015 they opened a store in Shibuya 109 and this year they moved to a much nicer well lit store on the 7th floor. They also have a stand-alone store in Harajuku that is complete with a swing and photo wall. Beyond the cuteness of their stores their clothing is fun, edgy but girly and shockingly well made for the price.

I bought this hoodie mainly for walking my dog but it’s really comfortable and made of a thick fluffy sweat material. Trends include SATIN RIBBON, CIRCLE ZIPPER PULL, WORKOUT MEETS DAYWEAR

 

bought-earrings-trends-japan My big list was earrings and fun accessories. I planned to buy some fun CHOKER necklaces and such, but I never did. Instead I ended up with this great two pair of earrings. The left are from Honey Salon by Foppish. I kept really loving everything they did this season and I thought I would buy some clothes from them this season, but nothing felt perfect. Instead I ended up this the heart earrings. I’ll definitely be wearing them in Spring 2017. BIG DANGLING EARRINGS continue to be a SPRING trend and a Larme trend. The lil Lilly ones were more of a impulse buy, but I’ve worn them lots so impulse accessories buys aren’t so bad.

 

Discount Tokyo current fashion shops: (me) & mocha

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Two discount import select shops stuck out for me during my shopping. By discount I mean about 2,000 yen-5,000 yen cheaper or $20-$50 cheaper than the brand shops I am speaking about above. Not to the deep discounts if you troll Alibaba or such. They have overhead like brick-and-mortar stores in busy places and shop staff to pay.

(me) in Harajuku (twitter) mainly deals with Korean/Chinese imports and has a lot of current Korean trends. They’ve usually got one-of or two-of items. I bought two things from them last Fall and they’ve held up very well. Since it’s lots of items in a tiny store check back often to see new items. Ageha queen Sakurina shops there occasionally. (me) is located in the back of Takeshita past the lights

mocha (twitter instagram) in Koenji is a shop I discovered this season and it turns out is the sister shop to (me). I was actually shocked by how many on trend items they had inside. They’re another shop like (me) that imports mostly one-off or two-off items. I bought a fuzzy white camisole with faux leather adjustable straps from mocha for 3,700 yen or $33.00. I’ve worn it a lot and really love the leather strap details and took it with me for Disney (my mark if I like something and find it comfortable since I’ll spend 12 hours standing and moving a lot in it). Mocha on the main Koenji shotengai or shopping street. They also have a Shimokitazawa location.

 

Things I regret not buying:

A fancy dress for nice dinners. New Years Eve is coming up and I’ll be in an old dress. I’m stupidly sad about that. But there’s something about getting dressed in a nice new dress and going out to dinner on a special occasion. I’ll get over it and I bought things more practical for me.

Rienda’s suprisngly good Onee-Gyaru outings this season. On one of my last days I was out with Emi and Lea and we ended up in Shibuya 109. I had ZERO interest in Oneegyaru this year mainly because of the sad collection Duras put out this year and Rienda’s online items. But when we actually went in the Rienda store and tried on items, I was shocked by how much I liked pieces they flattered a lot of body shapes well and their prices were really good. Check out Emi x Lea’s youtube for some items they bought at Rienda.

This corset onepiece from SLY. It’s so body flattering yet comfortable. The laces are adjustable and it actually wasn’t that short of a dress on my tall body. But I said the sweater material was too thick and worried the fussy weather of Atlanta would put it out rotation. Now it’s quite cold in Atlanta so I’m ready to get into a cute sweater dress.

But I’ve worn all of my winter trends picks already since arriving back to the States so I guess I did pretty well.

 

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! I’ve got a few actual fashion and travel related posts I really want to do, but for now enjoy some Christmas in Japan photos from the last two years, including magical times at Tokyo Disney Sea. Foods, lights, trees and random Santas.

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I’ve blogged about Sweets Forest in Jiyugaoka before but they stepped their game up in a redesign and Christmas fantasy. Talk about a great date spot.
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The walkway up to Sweets Forest is equally pretty.

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I only had one seasonal sweet and this was from a Popcorn pop-up place. Popcorn is still really popular in Japan. They filled popcorn, puffed rice and other light things and poured DRY ICE over the whole thing. The they topped with matcha ice cream and raspberries. It was smoking while I ate it with the toothpicks. Probably super unsafe to be eating dry ice items, but I followed the directions and saved my ice cream until last and made it through. My mouth smoked each time I ate some. I looked like I was vaping LOL

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Most houses in Japan are boring looking and don’t decorate for Christmas, but this one in my neighborhood did ad their garlands even lit up at night.

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Floresta‘s 2016 special donut for Christmas. Delicious as always.

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Line icon Brown is decorated in the Harajuku store for Christmas. Human hand prints for size.

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Cannibal mascot Peko-chan is ready to deliver presents in the Fujiya in Nakano.

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Odd eat-park NamjaTown in Ikebukuro fancied up for Christmas.

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Osaka Shinsaibashi OPA is using Santa to advertise their credit card.

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Shibuya Parco was lit up for Christmas. Cuteness factor by Frances (franceslovesyou)

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Shibuya 109 for 2015 Christmas did Exile and a nice red and green theme. This year it’s silver with Exo. I’m not a fan. They turned an old discount shop on B2 into an event space for EXO this year. Event space (along with theme cafes) is the answer all around Japan on how to deal failing clothing stores and weakening malls. Shibuya 0101 also now has event spaces, theme cafes and floor for otaku merchandise. Quite a step-down for the mall that used to house all Sweet magazine‘s main stores. There you go, trend commentary in a Christmas photo post. BOOM.

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If Roppongi could not get more boring they’ve put out the dullest tree in front of Roppongi Hills.

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Darth Santa is the only way I want presents from now on at Kiddyland Harajuku.

Tokyo Disney Christmas

Tokyo Disney Sea is my favorite Disney, but after going to Christmas event at Walt Disney World Florida I have to say America does Christmas better. But there a few things that are better in Japan.

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Every year Christmas Wishes is the theme of Christmas in Tokyo Disney.

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I buy the monorail passes because I save them. I’ve tried to get myself out of this because it’s cheaper to suica, but isn’t it so pretty?

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One of the Christmas positives about Japan Disney is how they light up the whole park. The Toy Story area is my favorite.

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In 2016 they were a bit too busy celebrating Tokyo Disney Sea’s 15th anniversary so Christmas didn’t get as fancy.

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Another Japan Disney positive is their seasonal drinks and foods. I can’t believe America Disney doesn’t jump on more seasonal foods. Mostly all America does is seasonal cupcakes. I’m not a sweet drink fan but this was cute and warm. I went the day after it snowed in Tokyo and it was still cold.

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The Italian themed Tokyo Disney Sea all wonderfully lit up near the waterside.

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So many adorable seasonal Disney merch. I only bought a cup this year.

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Tsumtsum Disney tree in Shibuya Hikarie Disney pop-up. How many distorted mes can you spot?

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I haven’t posted Japanese shop staff snaps lately, but wanted to share these two ladies from Redy Azel and Oui Ayano Ruban. I have been slacking on the whole shop staff snap. I didn’t take any in Fall and I only mildly regret that. I’ve just fallen out of the snap phase.

I’m not sure I’ll get back into it in Spring, but Spring is all about new things so maybe! But I had to post these two girls from last Spring because looking at old Spring snaps gets me excited for the season.

Oui Ayano Ruban Harajuku Takeshita Shop Staff

Oui Ayano Ruban actually closed last summer. Which is a bit crazy since they had just opened their shop in Harajuku that Spring. It was huge space and the rent must’ve been super expensive. The shop was cute and the shop staff even cuter. Although it felt like the clothes were a little more Sweet-kei/Otona-Kawaii and fit better in Ginza or Shinjuku than Harajuku. The brand had just opened in 2013, which means it only lasted 2 years. Fashion is fleeting.

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I loved her Spring look. What an excellent tweed jacket. Her simple long hair is goals. I want my hair to look that full. Although maybe Oui Ayano Ruban was too sweet looking for the Otona Kawaii crowd and too adult for the Larme crowd? Long tulle never really caught on with the Otona Kawaii crowd.

 

Redy Azel Shibuya 109 Shop Staff

Redy Azel (レディアゼル site) isn’t talked about much in English and I think that’s a shame. I keep wanting to talk about it more. Redy Azel is a clothing brand by the Samantha Thavasa/Samantha Tiara/Samantha Vega mega hand-bag conglomerate (I blogged about the Samantha Thavasa cafe here).

Redy Azel first opened up in Shibuya 109 Spring 2015 and its since grown to 10 stores. I started looking at Redy Azel because one of my faves former Dazzlin producer, Rumi Kon, left Dazzlin to work for Redy Azel. Now Rumi Kon is the fashion director for all Samantha Thavasa clothing brands: Redy Azel, Muller, Honey Bunch, Swingle, Will Selection and more. Since Rumi Kon left I’ve found Dazzlin’s clothing to be a bit lacking while the Samantha lines are doing quite cool.

Redy Azel is more of an Otona-Kawaii brand, but really it’s a mix of a bunch. Although its in Shibuya 109 I feel the age range is pretty 15-30+. It feels like good competition for Snidel.

I bought a set-up from Redy Azel and I really love it. I feel they do some simple pieces, but the fit is stellar. Pleats and cuts where things should be, which often doesn’t show up in Japanese fashion. :heartbreak:

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I’ve complained multiple times about the horrible lighting in Shibuya 109 and this shows it off. Such a cute girl so badly lit.

She’s mixing so many cute whites together with denim. White was so big last year, I’m not sure how big it will be this year.

Both the Oui Ayano Ruban and Redy Azel shop staff are in criss-cross white platform sandals. This year they will be in the thin-multiple strap rope-like sandals (like the ones on my wishlist).

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Posing with another of their Otona-kawaii for Spring offerings.

The chiffon floral skirt would still fit in with my Spring 2016 Otona Kawaii trend predictions.

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Such a doll in the perfect haircut for her face.

3 posts in a week? Craziness! Posting is only shortly ramped up. I’m going on a mini vacation this weekend and then next week is Japan. IRL busy = less posts but more content for posts :sweatbubble: . My twitter and snapchat will ramp up, however :)

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It’s been a while since I’ve talked about Shibuya 109 but Collabo Mignon is interesting enough to get back and it means PURIKURA IN SHIBUYA 109. Shibuya 109 which I used to think of as the Tower of Power has really lost its hold as the main mall (as I blogged about here in the Fall of Gyaru post).  However I think the Collabo Mignon store is a really cool idea and there’s one more store (BAD Store) to talk about below.

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Collabo Mignon Purikura in Shibuya 109

Collabo Mignon (コラボミニョン) is from the Purikura chain Girls Mignon. They’re all across Japan from Niigata to Nagoya to Nagano. The Shibuya 109 store will be their first Tokyo store. First of all this finally means PURIKURA IN SHIBUYA 109! It’s about damn time!!!

It opens March 12th.

Nicole Fujita aka Nikorun: Popteen’s newest Queen

Their first collaboration will be with Nicole Fujita. Nicole Fujita (藤田ニコル nicknamed Nikochu にこちゅう or Nikorun にこるん blog twitter) is currently the face of Popteen and her fame is rising. Even though she just turned 18, she’s also got a very big variety tv show gig, you’ll often see her on group panels. She’s half. Her father is Russian and Polish and her mother is Japanese. Nikorun started modeling for Nicola in 2009 after passing a heavily contested model audition. She modeled for Nicola from 2009 to 2014 as a senzoku (専属) or paid exclusive model. In 2014 she moved over to Popteen as their senzoku model and has graced a ton of covers.

She’s got a divisive personality. With people thinking she’s cute or dumb. Nicole Fujita often says some ditzy things, but her fans think she’s just being playful. She pretty much makes news everyday on modelspress. She just graduated from a high school for talent that requires only a few classes a week.

I’m a fan because she’s got such cute cheeks. I love full cheeks.  I’m simple.

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This is how the purikura collab with Nicole Fujita works. I don’t know if it’s cute or creepy that you get to pose with Nikochu. Get your stalker shot with Nikochu March 12th to April 15th then it will be a new person or character.

Purikura evolving once again.  :hearts3: Finally purikura in Shibuya 109!

 Shibuya 109 other news

 

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I tweeted about this earlier, but this Shibuya 109 for Spring needs to be talked about. Those are some sad ass people in some meh clothes. Shibuya 109 I’m happy you got rid of your weird pageant looking white model, but still…

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The only other new store to talk about is BAD Store. The Sanrio and Wego stores are just replacing stores that sold Sanrio and Wego goods.

New Neogal BAD Store

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BAD Store stands for “B’klyn All Day” Store and it’s a new Neogal street store. It was created by DJ Amo (blog) and won the Shibuya 109 stage contest.

DJ Amo lived in Hawaii for 6 years and got into DJing there. She started to DJ in Japan in 2011. In 2013 she became a regular to DJ at Club KT in Shibuya 109 (Now the Sanrio Vivitix store). DJ Amo was in the #N Neogal magazine, you can find her in the scans.

BAD STORE Spring Summer Looks

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Some basics but I do want the Audrey sweat. Although this is a Spring/Summer collection there’s a lot of sweatshirts and heavy things. This feels more street influenced than Fig & Viper and should get a lot of different types to purchase. It also reminds me a little of Ora Ora style.

 

Here’s the video for their Spring Summer collection

 

With Fig & Viper quietly shutting stores, they’re down to only three, no thanks in part to Alisa Ueno not really repping it as much and a few weak collections. I do wonder how much of the Neogal movement is still firing. Although I think BAD Store by DJ Amo seems to be a more street style store and wearable for a lot of styles.

Is DJ Amo and Bad Store the new face of Neogal?

 

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