Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Lolita Shopping Paris - Baby, the stars shine bright Store & Angelic Pretty Pop-Up Shop

Hello my lovely mauw-mauws,

during our two days stay in Paris, Yoko Rosedust and I wanted to see and do as much as possible and so we left towards afternoon already the Japan Expo in order to visit the Baby, the stars shine bright store and the currently opened Pop-Up Shop of Angelic Pretty in Paris.

First, we headed to "Baby, the stars shine bright". I was so excited and happy as we finally reached the store. The staff seem to be very friendly and even though I wanted to buy something I didn't found anything fitting for me this time.

72 avenue Ledru Rollin
75012 Paris

My final hope for buying some new Lolita clothes/accessories lied now on the Pop-Up shop of Angelic Pretty / Putumayo which had been temporary opened during the first week of July in Paris.

And what should I say. Good fortune was with me and I made a great bargain. I bought Angelic Pretty's only just new released "Toy Drops" Salopette! I never would have guessed to find this Salopette in Paris! I was like in a "&/$§%$/ happiness-overload-dont-know-what-to-say-anymore"-mode. As AP announced this series, I thought about buying it directly from their website (with all those fees etc.) because Im so in love with this print. Now, standing in AP's Pop-Up Shop I had the opportunity to buy the Salopette in pink for .. only.. 101,00€. Thats what I thought at first glance. Then Yoko corrected me:  75,60€ !!! Sense of pleasure were thrilling my whole body X'D and the salopette was mine!

in advance - a photo from a lil shooting we had in Borken last weekend

I always wanted to own a Salopette and now I got one with one of my absolute favorite series/print ^_^ Salopettes are perfect for hot summer days! I will wear this salopette for sure quite often.. maybe even to my workplace X'D

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Review/Relisten: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's "Pika Pika Fantajin" & Tour Documentary

Hello my cute mauw-mauws,

once it was announced, I pre-ordered Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's new album "Pika Pika Fantajin". For me it was the very first time ordering from CD Japan and everything went fine. They sent out the CD on 7/7/2014 and the package arrived already at 7/12/2014. In the meantime, KPP's managment announced that the album will be also released in 12 other countries regularly, for example also in germany. ._. Well.. because I already paid for the CD and I actually wanted to have the japanese version in preference to a european version I didn't cancelled the order anymore. Moreover, I can enjoy her new album two weeks before it will be released on the european market  ~harhar X'D. The album will be released on July, 21.


"Pika Pika Fantajin" includes 12 tracks and that's what I think about them currently:

1. Pika Pika Fantajin
The first track "Pika Pika Fantajin" sounds to me like a trip to a sort of fantasy land and is a short opener and her invitation to her new album.

Kyary as call girl.. ö_Ö

2. Kira Kira Killer
"Kira Kira Killer" is the "crowd puller" on this album and contains everything which makes Kyary for me Kyary. It's my absolute fave song of her currently. Best song on this album!

I love this photo of her so much. It's also the cover of the A-Version of her album

3. Yume No Hajimarinrin
 "Yume no Hajimarinrin" is the probably most meaningful song on Kyary's current album. Eventhough the album version of this track isn't as good as the single version it's still a very good song which proves that Kyary can also do some more serious songs.

Kyary cuts a fine figure

4. Mottainai Rando
"Mottainai Rando" is besides "Kira Kira Killer" the best song on the album. The song and especially the PV represents the complete "kawaii'n'crazyness" of KPP. It's one of the more powerful and faster songs on her album and I would love to hear more songs of that kind in the future.

somehow scary but genius - a photo in this kind of art is her cover for the B-version of the album

5. Serious Hitomi
"Serious Hitomi" is an unusual song for KPP with its guitar riffs, it's spunky and so this song deserves love. At least KPP's pronounciation of "serious" (it sound more like "shelius") should make you feel a bit love for the song.

6. Do Do Pi Do
Before listening to "Do Do Pi Do" I was hoping for a sort of new "Mi" because of the.. well.. "meaningful" title. Everytime I listen to the song I have to think about beaches and sun and holidays which sounds pretty good at first sight but altogether I would say that "Do Do Pi Do" is for me the weakest song on her album (And yes, I know that it is just a cover (the original is from Capsule)).

7. Family Party
 The album version is as good as the single version. I would say that the album version sounds a bit less agressive than the single version. "Family Party" is a very catchy song, I catch myself singing along at least the chorus evertime. ^__^6


8. Ring A Bell
"Ring A Bell" is a perfect karaoke song and Kyary and her management knew about this and made a tie with karaoke company DAM. Eventhough "Ring A Bell" will not be released as a single there is a PV/Dance tutorial video for this song. Its not one of her best songs but its quite fun listening to.

Kyary with really short hair

9. Tokyo Highway
"Tokyo Highway" is the next track on her album and I recognized the greatness of this song as I listened to it for the third or fourth time only. The chorus is poppy and it is exactly that kind of song I actually expected to hear on "Pika Pika Fantajin".

what a great outfit she is wearing *__*

10. Koi Koi Koi
Enchanting. This song got something really magical. When a song sounds like a fairytale on this album then it's "Koi Koi Koi". A really cute and catchy song and somehow this song makes me feel really soothed and feeling like Im listening to someone reading an old fairytale from an old book. ^__^

11. Sungoi Aura
This song works with several unusual instruments and sounds but works perfectly together with Family Party and Yume No Hajimarinrin. I don't know why exactly but I got the impression that this three songs are one of a kind.

12. Explorer
I expected a slower song as album ender, but Im fine with this song. Not only the title of this track but the whole atmosphere makes me feel like I would starting an adventure (somehow I also need to think about having my first battles with a starter Pokemon). This song puts me in a positive thinking mood.


My Favies:
Kira Kira Killer -> best song of her 3rd album (just over Mottainai Rando)!
Yume No Hajimarinrin
Mottainai Rando
Family Party
Tokyo Highway
Koi Koi Koi -> best "album"-only song!
Sungoi Aura

In contrast to its forerunner "Nanda Collection" which got a sort of thoughtful coming of age as main topic, "Pika Pika Fantajin" does not aim a particular topic. However, the tracks on "Pika Pika Fantajin" are more consistent but on the other hand the album does not contain such outstanding songs like "Nanda Collection" got them. Nevertheless it's a good album with a great overall idea and it's worth buying it. ^O^

These days the official europe tour documentary has been made available also.  My friends and me also make an experience in this video due we stand first row in Cologne *___* :

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu NandaCollection World Tour Documentary

I am really looking forward to her next europe tour - I'll be there! ^__^

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Japan Expo 2014 in Paris

Hello my cute mauw-mauws,

for quite a long time I wanted to travel to Paris and last weekend I finally did it. Actually Yoko Rosedust and me only wanted to visit Paris because we had tickets for the Following Alice Tea Party on sundays but during our scheduling we noticed that the Japan Expo was also held at exactly that weekend and so decided we to stay for the whole weekend then. Via Thalys we arrived at Paris on Friday evening and went then our way to the Japan Expo on saturday morning.

From train station Gare du Nord we took a train directly to the exhibiton center. It took a while til we could enter the Japan Expo finally but it was all well organized and there were no crush at all. First, I didn't know where I should go and look first. Im familiar with Japan/Anime/Popculture-Conventions in Germany but the Japan Expo is another league. It's really more an exhibition than a convention and the range of retailers was stunning. Just after a few minutes we kinda directly run into Domo-Kun, the mascot of broadcaster NHK.

isn't he lovely? - Yoko and me prefered to wear a Casual Lolita Outfit for Japan Expo

I were stunned that NHK (World) was present at Japan Expo. I love watching NHK World, it may sound nerdy but they truly my favourite TV station. Shortly before we ran into Domo-kun we passed the Manga & Anime Area and spotted a lot of interesting merchandise:

Sailor Moon figures *__* they were very well done made

Hello Kitty celebrated her 40th anniversary this year

and due to that they released an exclusive Robot Hello Kitty series

Next we headed to the Popculture area (or the so called "Kawaii!! Area"):

The area was produced by "Moshi Moshi Nippon" and offered live music and several shows and acts and artists. Before we made our way to the main stage we were greeted by really friendly staff of "Okinawa Kawaii" and "Osaka Kawaii"-booths. While having chats with them we were able to take pictures of us of inside the booths:

with "Okinawa Kawaii"-mascot Shi-Mocopi

with the friendly staff of Osaka Kawaii!!

Thereafter we strolled towards the main stage and met Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. Sadly, she wasn't actually present but at least her original (!) "PonPonPon"-costume and a life-sized standee was:

I'd love to pick up the costume *__*

KPP advertising for "Moshi Moshi Nippon"

Once I could quit my "KPP-Fan-Mode" we finally reached the main stage. At this time nothing special was going on and we decided to visit the Fashion-retailer-booths. I never saw such a wide range of retailers before. I was really stunned and overchallenged first, haha~ XD. Well, in the end I found some cute things not just for myself. ^__~

Meanwhile we got hungry and after we satisfy hunger we discovered the "Game area". Nintendo, Square Enix and more were presenting their current and upcoming top sellers.

Upcoming Smash - can't wait to buy it! *__*

Yoshis Woolly World shows Nintendo's passion - their love in each detail.

I am listening to K.K.'s songs.. <3

The area was so huge, too, I could have spent a whole day there without getting bored but because there was still so much else to see we made our way back towards the "Kawaii Area". Yoko Rosedust absolutely wanted to see Funassyi's live performance. Before Funassyi entered the stage we were introduced into the concept of "Moshi Moshi Nippon". "Moshi Moshi Nippon" is a project which should help to spread japanese popculture to the world via live acts, shows, information booth and so on.
Thereafter, Neeko introduced Funassyi onto stage.

Funassyi then started to rock the show and I must admit - Im now a Funassyi-fan. o(^///^)o What a crazy thing! If you don't know Funassyi yet, you really need to have a look at a few videos. X'D
Later on, even Misako Aoki joined the stage.

Misako looked beautiful as always <3

I enjoyed the Japan Expo and to be honest Im already starting to think about visiting the Japan Expo next year somehow again. It's really worth the money (~20€ for saturdays). After Japan Expo we went back to our hotel and made our way to the Lolita stores located in Paris - but I will write about this in a separate entry.
Now, last but not least: Thank you, Yoko! We really need to repeat a trip like this. <3

Geeky geek geekies ;D