Showing posts with label Japanese. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Japanese. Show all posts

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Tokyo Treats- Un boxing Review*

Its always awesome getting a box in the post- this one comes with lots of goodies inside.  This is the Tokyo Treats subscription box , All the way from Japan your box is sent you you with the choice of 3 boxes. Small ,regular and the premium box . So you can pick which box you want and then sign up for it to be a monthly treat to come through your door and then you get lots of Japanese yummy candy and snacks to munch on.
Its that very easy to sign up and you get free world wide shipping too. You can sign up here!  https://tokyotreat.com 


Monday, 21 December 2015

Japan Crate Subscription Box


Hello Kawaii Kitten's . Today I have a review on the Japan Crate Subscription box*!
Nothing beats a box full of goodies in the mail for you every month. What I love about these Japanese snack boxes is that there is always something new and exciting to try and this subscription box has not failed in to deliver such products!
With Japan Crate you get a choice of 3 styles of Subscriptions to pick from Small , Original and Premium sizes. (if you are in the USA you also get the free 2- day shipping - see website for more details!) And today I will be review the Premium size and showing you all the kind of goodies that I got in the box.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Japan Candy Box Review

Today's blog post is a insight to the Japan Candy box* by Blippo, who also do the Kawaii Box.
Both are monthly subscription boxes that you can sign up for monthly or 3, 6 or 12 month selections.It is priced at $19.90 per month and free shipping for each subscription offer of course you get a slight reduction in price the longer you subscribe for.

Friday, 14 August 2015

Pika Pika! Pikachu Dance

Last week I found about the Pikachu dance..which has appeared on my news feed so many times that I should even know the dance by now. A army of dancing Pikachu's what is there not to love and keep fit  at the same time. In JapanPocket Monsters are set to dance their way through Yokohama’s bayside Minato Mirai district. So much Kawaii!! This is the second time in Japan for this event.



Talking of learning the dance there even is a dance how to video online as well! Now we can all bust our moves along side 2 giant size Pikachu's helping us with the routine.


Talking about these darling kawaii creatures from Pokemon. I have 2 cuties to share with you that fits in well with all these Pikachu's everywhere! All the way from Japan's Pokemon Centre . Thanks to the amazing ebay seller and friend at Cool_Nippon!  I got myself new plushies.
As soon as I saw them I fell in love with this and thanks to such a reliable and trust worthy seller made no second thoughts to buy these right away. My very own Pikachu buddies!
Am so in love with these. Yes Pikachu is a favourite of mine but so is Eevee's and the Eeveelutions from the Red/Blue.  Which happens to be the other plushes you can buy also! ( Good bye Money!) But lets check out these ever so cute Pikachu's!


They are just so adorable, more a bean bag style plush and super soft!
They also can be stacked up on each other.

Chhuu





They are adorable I also got the other Pikachu from Cool_Nippon , and that one is one of the pop idol Pikachu's I adore her so much.

Laters!
Tartan



Sunday, 14 September 2014

Kawaii Kitty Tights and Totoro Top!

Hey every one , how are you all?
Today is my post review for this cute items from Cute Japanese Fashion online shop!
My order was send out super fast which is  the best thing about this shop being based in the UK. My order was well packed and presented neatly . This time I ordered a really really cute  top and a pair of fun and fashionable tights. You guys need to check them out, these are so cute!



The top is a nice cotton material in gray and has the face and tummy of the cutest Totoro ever , Not only that it even has his ears on the shoulders too! I would recommend this size for a size 8-12 UK its very fitted and snug.  Its great for a casual fun look or for those lazy days around the house. I love this top so much its very cute and cool. *sqweee!!*

The other item are these cute Kitty Tabby cat tights! I love them they are a size M/L and have a lot of length for taller people. They are well made and a great quality for the price! These are the cheapest I have seen for these fashionable and fun looking tights that will add a sparkle of Kawaii in a instant to any dull looking outfit! The Kitty tights are all stripy on the detail with a cute Kitty face that cover the knees, they are so much fun to wear. This time there was added complementary gifts in my order making it feel more personal .

The Shop have a new Reward system in place too!
Which means every time you shop and purchase you collect points when you sign up and then you get to use those points at a later date to use on future orders! The website has had a few tweaks as well to make it even more smooth running and easy to use! Fantastic <3

If you want a better view and insight to the product I have got in my order and my past orders then please do check out my Youtube Channel!
Links Below!

Kawaii Kitty Tights and Totoro Top Video!
&
A Japanese Fashion Review Video!

Later's
Tartan <3

Monday, 25 August 2014

The Sake - A Japanese Performance

Last weekend I and my sweetie Hubby went to see The Sake - a Japanese performance that was on at the Edinburgh Fringe. I knew about the show as there as a preview performance on stage when I was down at Hyper Japan. 


So when we found out about this and it being on our door step we made sure to book some tickets , the baby sitter and went to on our way. I was not completely sure what to expect as the we only saw a small preview on the Hyper Japan stage all the event said was it was a story and performance with lights.



These are all photos from Hyper Japan, from The Sake preview. Which I really enjoyed so I was looking forward so much to seeing the full length show.The Show is a Story , through music dance and stunning dance with drapes and ribbons.



The Story of the Sake takes you through a year of the season in which each season there is the aspects of elements that are used to make the Sake. The performers are all stunning and the narrator is charming witty and drunk ( acting btw.) sake brewer . The Spring has light images projected  of the Cherry blossom season where you watched a stunning dancer , performing with grace and beauty which then led to the musician using something  that looked like some kind of metal drum. That created the sound of rain that soon led to a down pour and that's when we meet more artists who used ropes and outfits to represent the elements of the Thunder and Wind gods of Shinto.

 It was utterly jaw dropping stuff. This was when the Bass and guitar players start playing music to complement the mood of the Ropes spinning at top speed with the dancers on them. - Kyaa!!



Soon next came the next month of Autumn and  and the light hearted fun came into play with our narrator chasing the cheeky mice and getting people from the crowd to come on stage and par take lessons from him wielding the sword to deal with the mice snacking on the Rice. Soon after we get to admire the ' Magic' that is then performed  to make the Sake well.. Sake.  hehe which was just magical to watch.




Derpy me and some of the Cast Performers.
After some fun and entertainment of magic the Winter comes into play, where we meet more of the Elemental Gods of winter and possibly Frost while the sake ages and brews. Again a other stunning perfomace with dance and music . As well as this one performer who was spinning and dancing with only 2 pieces of  long thick ribbons from the top of the stage.


It was a very interesting performance and show I really enjoyed it very much it was just magic, As much as love the Kawaii aspect and fashions from Japan, I have a huge soft spot for the much more traditional side of Japan. 





After the performance, I went over to greet the Narrator and the Cherry Blossom dancer , I thanked them for a lovely show ( using my broken Japanese haha.) And said how we heard about them . The Cherry Blossom dancer was tickled pink with this and she was UTTERLY STUNNING! She even offered me a gift of signed post cards of her after hearing we saw them at Hyper Japan. Which then got others talking and wondering who I was to get a slightly different treatment than them! Which was kind of funny.

If you ever do find out that this show, The Sake is on near you it is so worth checking out!
Till next time!  Kanpai!!! *raises a Sake Box*


Tartan









Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Marshmallow Dreams Maids


Hello every Cutie, 

Today I have a super Kawaii interview with The Marshmallow Dreams Cafe Maid's! Today am talking to
Head Maid Keara Chan or as her Maids call her Manger or Mama Chan/ Kira Chan. Kyaaa- Wow that is a lot of nicknames!


Not only is Maid Kira super Kawaii , she has lived in Japan, while teaching English. After coming Home from Japan she decided to recreate a Japanese attraction of the cute Maid cafes based in Scotland and its starting to prove very popular already.  A cute set up with a small team of maids well there is 12 of these cutie's, that attend expo's and conventions around Scotland .


So Let's get to know more about the Marshmallow Dreams Cafe maids with Kira Chan! Yatta!
copyright Princess peachie/MarshmallowDreamMaidsCafe

Kira Chan,first off thank you for taking part in the Kawaii time interview!
Can you tell us a little about yourself and about staying in Japan?

Hi everyone! I'm a 23 year old Post Grad Publishing student from Glasgow. 

I lived in Japan for a year where I taught English. I stayed two hours from Tokyo in a lovely, rural area called Gunma. I was lucky enough to meet many friends and see much of Japan that most tourists don't get to see!

Okay not every one knows of these Maid Cafes are, So can you tell us what a Maid cafe is for those who have never heard of them?

Very simply, a Maid Cafe is somewhere you can go and relax while being served with kawaii girls dressed up as maids! Japanese love everything to do with France, and the idea of butler and maid cafes came from there. It is completely innocent and enjoyed by both female and males alike!
They usually serve basic comfort food decorated cutely.


Ah okay ! Did you go to a Japanese Maid cafe in Japan ,what was your experience like?

I went to a few Maid Cafes, and I really enjoyed the experience! As the rumours say, you don't go to a Maid Cafe for the food, but their sundaes are great! Sadly it is restricted to take photos in many of these cafes.

Okay so why did you decide- Japanese cafe maids and what was your motivation and inspiration?

I had always liked the idea of opening a Maid Cafe in Scotland because in the last five years cosplay has become very popular. There are a lot of events and conventions happening, especially in Glasgow.
I had planned to wait a few years, but after being asked my friend to run a Maid Cafe at Shiwasu-con last December, I realised there was a demand for a Maid Cafe in Scotland!

My inspiration comes from the cute maids in Akihabara and one of my favourite animes, Kaichou wa Maid-sama!

Ah! *nods* So how did the'' Marshmallow Dreams Maids'' get their name?

I was toying with different names, similar to Lolita dresses, which are always very cute and elegant. I wanted to use the Japanese word "yume" which means dream. My friend was talking about a song about Marshmallows, and the two just came together! Marshmallow Dreams! It sounds soft, fluffy and cute, just like our maids!


Kyaa that is way to cute! What is your set up like when you have a Cafe? And can you tell us what to expect from coming to see you and the maids at an event or convention.


We try to imitate the Maid Cafes of Akihabara as closely as possible. We greet the customers with "Okaerinasaimase, goshujin-sama/ojou-sama!" which means "Welcome home, master/ my lady!"
This is the traditional Maid Cafe greeting. We then seat our customers and tell them about our menu- we usually have three different types of cafe and three different types of tea. I make cupcakes for the cafe, and our maid Jamm-chan makes other cakes.
We decorate the guest's plate with a sauce of their choice, for example chocolate or strawberry. We then do a special "moe" chant over the food before they are allowed to eat it. Each maid will have their own moe chant to fit their personality!
While the guests are relaxing, we play games with them- such as Janken (Japanese rock, paper, scissors), noughts and crosses or a question game where they try and guess something about the maid serving them.
Once the customer has finished, we escort them from the cafe and bow, wishing them a safe journey home.
Our maids also say other things in Japanese, such as thank you!


Oh wow that sounds like so much fun! eee~
How many maids do you have on the team and what sort of customers do you get?


We currently have 12 maids including myself. I am very lucky to have so many cute maids on the team, each has her own distinctive style!
We get many customers- some know what we do, others want to find out. We have been visited by groups of friends, couples, and people on their own.
At our first event we had some guys who were very confused by what was going on! It's funny to see different people's reactions.


And Are you all dressed the same or can the maids wear other colours?


At the moment we all dress differently. The maids wear their own costumes, but we are working hard so we can buy a matching Marshmallow Dreams uniform for everyone!

Aww so cute - Can't wait to see these new outfits!
Do the Maids have characteristics and different personality when they are being maids ?


Yes. The maids have the option of being themselves or changing their personality. It's only natural to act a little different in that environment. Personally I act a lot cuter and more confident!


How would you like to see the Marshmallow Dreams maids cafe in say a year's time and then in 3 years time?

Our goal for a year's time is to have our matching maid uniform.
Three year's time is a long while away! But I would like to think we would be much more well known on social media, serve at many events and conventions in the UK, and hold our own regular cafe event.




Sounds like a good plan,Tell us what would be your ideal dream Cafe set up be ?


It would be my dream to have a Cafe decorated very cutely, possibly with a Hello Kitty theme! We would serve afternoon tea as well as traditional Maid Cafe food like omurice!
I would love to have a cafe joined together with a 2nd hand Japanese fashion shop, like Closet Child. 





Wow,well every one! There you have had a cute insight to the kawaii world of the  Marshmallow Dreams Maids!
It sounds like a super fun service that will be popping up around and about in Scotland's Events and conventions. 
The Team of maids all look adorable and I cant wait to see what creative and cuteness they plan to bring to the cafe events. And you guys do not need to wait long for the next up coming event this year in June. 
Event details found here!
However,  If you can not make that event then you can keep up to date with all them Maids on Facebook here  and they have their own website which is also found on this link here!

I hope you all enjoyed the Interview every one and hope to see you at a Marshmallow Maid cafe event soon!

Tartan 





Monday, 24 February 2014

Kawaii Interview time with Kelsey (Kimono time)

Its time for a other Kawaii interview with some one I find is very interesting and very kawaii! Kimono time  who is a Jpop dancer on youtube! so lets get on with the interview!


Hello , Hi there Kelsey, please do tell us more about yourself!
Hello, my name's Kelsey! I'm a teeny arpakasso obsessed hobbit from yorkshire and I love dressing and being inspired by jfashion!http://www.youtube.com/kimonotime
N'aww lol to cute , First off when and how did you get into Kawaii culture?

I think it would probably be after I saw Gwen Stefani and I looked up Harajuku girls. I became obsessed with the fashion and I'd look at pictures on google all the time, wishing I could look as cool!
What did you find that appealed to you in Kawaii Culture?
It's just so different to anything I see in my everyday life. I'm quite an energetic and expressive person and I feel like the kawaii culture and it's fashion really fits my personality.
What do Kawaii mean to you?
To me, it means embracing yourself fully and not being afraid to be who you want to be! Sometimes it can mean cute, but there are so many ways a person can be cute! 

I love your dress sense,(its super kawaii) and  your style can you tell us more about it and do you have any tips on how to achieve it ?

Thank you so much! ^^
I never really know what my style truly is. I just wear what I want. But there always seems to be a hint of cute in there somewhere! I'm really inspired by the street style in harajuku and japan, and I like to mix it with some U.K styles sometimes too. .To get inspiration, I look on tumblr, or instagram at street snaps. 
I love mixing styles
And I really enjoy expressing things I love through my outfits, for example pizza!

Wow cool, 
What styles would you say influence you?
Mostly street styles, but I love pretty pastel styles like fairy kei too.
Where do you like to shop for your style?
I get a lot of stuff online, mainly ebay, I also love thrifting and charity shopping. A lot of my clothes are from the U.K high street too.

How do others react to your Kawaii styles?
Sometimes I get some stares in public, but I don't really mind. I used to be scared because I thought everyone was making fun of me, but actually, I'm surprised because every person that has spoken to me in public are always interested and ask me where I get my things from. I especially love wearing kawaii styles in London! I see people smiling, and whether it's a mocking smile or a genuine smile, it makes me feel happy that my style made someone smile that day!

I have a few friends that are into the same style as me but my other friends and my family are used to it, since I've always been a little bit out there. My mum is always asking me if she's kawaii!
Wow that is very interesting!
Since being into Kawaii Culture would you say the way you do some things likes of your hair and make up ,Have they changed over time?

Yes! I love experimenting with my look, it's never the same! I'm obsessed with wigs too, they can give you a completely different look!
Do you have any 'can not live with out' items that are Kawaii?
My platform shoes and my wigs! Also, bows, I couldn't live without bows!

What kind or anime or manga do you like and what would you recommend to some one?
I'm not actually a huge anime or manga fan. But one of my favourites is Chobits because she's a cute android, who doesn't like cute androids?? It's such a heart warming story!

What kind of Music do you listen too?

I listen to lots of Jpop and Kpop. My favourite artists are Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and 2NE1. But I also love pop music in the U.K and U.S too. I love pop music!
Who would you pick Sanrio or San X its a tough question ^^!

I think it has to be San X ! All the characters look so cuddly!
Photo by *Sparkles/Beckii

And who would you say is your most loved Kawaii Character?

I love the Mameshiba's! I wish they were real things!
*^* me too!!
What has been your most creative project to date?

I entered a harajuku fashion show, and I decided to make a cord from a theme. I chose Monsters VS Aliens theme!
Do you have a Kawaii Idol or some one that inspires you?
Yes, I have quite a few!
But some of them are Kyary Pamyu Pamyu( I can't wait to see her in London!), Ayumi Seto, Kozue Akimoto and I love the instagrammer Andiautumn.
Do you have a Kawaii Idol or some one that inspires you?
Yes, I have quite a few!
But some of them are Kyary Pamyu Pamyu( I can't wait to see her in London!), Ayumi Seto, Kozue Akimoto and I love the instagrammer Andiautumn.


If you could go anywhere for a day where would you go and what would you do?
This is very obvious, but I've never been to Japan, so I would take a huge empty suitcase with me and go crazy in Harajuku.

Hehe - okay am your very own Kawaii fairy and I can grant you 3 wishes! What can I make happen for you?!
Ok, I'm going to keep them kawaii related~
1. A trip to Japan with all my friends!
2. That I could meet Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and perform with her on stage (I'm a huge fan!)
3. That is was the law that everytime someone woke up an arpakasso would appear and tell you when you woke up how kawaii you are and shout words of encouragement, to make you happy for the day! ~

Thank you so much for the interview! 
Kelsey ~<3 <3

(I added all the images in the attachments ^^)

This was the cutest interview I've ever had haha! Thank you!

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Adding to the San-X to the family

Hey Cuties . I hope every one having a nice weekend! Wow I can not get over that its December. Yep am getting way to excited maybe because I know my own Christmas gifts from the hubby have been ordered!!
Also am really wanting to get the tree up but I have to wait as there is a few cables in the house that we need to ''hide'' and secure down with techi stuffs in the house lol! Once that is done am sure I can get started on the decorations and I have also almost completed the Christmas shopping , *YAY!!* Just have to finish one off! Have you started or finished your Christmas shopping yet? 
So today post is one about my obsession for Plushies, Fufflies and Soft toys. Am such a child at heart. Of late, I stopped buying Hello Kitty stuff from September- a big thing for me. Okay... I have bought Hello Kitty stuff BUT! not for me its to do with the Hello Kitty Group on Facebook me and my Kitty Junkies set up. Here is the newest cute characters I have bought!
I already had a Rilakkuma plush, but he was so lonely I took a while to find the right size of his friend Korilakkuma, Don't they look adorable together?!


Oh and I also found their other friend...Kiiroitori!!


Are these not the cutest ever!!
Here is more Kawaii Cute photos of them all together . Hehe.




I am going to be next year doing up the spare room to become a Kawaii Rilakkuma themed room for me to escape too! And it will be a guest room too thought I think after this post I might have a few more folk wishing to stay if there will be lots of Rilakkuma cute-ness to welcome them at my house hehe!!
I hope every one is ready for the Blog's Update look next week!
till then...



Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Make- up review~ Japanese or UK make- up?!


Hello there Cuties! Hope you are all well and ready for this review.
I for some time been wanting to but some Japanese make up as well as some Korean make up too,
Maybe its all in my head but I wanted to compare the brands with each other and see if it is worth it to buy the other brands from over sea or not. 



So far I have only 2 lip tints form a Korean shop which I use  more a less every second day. Am a huge make-up junkie anyway and want to try over-sea make up.
I also wondered if by using over seas make up if it would improve my skills and create more Japanese styles in make up or look more doll like. 


So I bought 2 eye palette's one new form Barry M ( Natural Glow.)as you all know I adore Barry M make-up and a Japanese make up palette called Kanebo Lavshuca melty hearts. This is my 1st comparision review so please be gentle on me, nya!






As you can see the item is well  displayed. It has a nice selection of colours to pick from to create a natural  glow in eye make up with a Blusher too . The pressed eye shadow takes a wee bit of rubbing to get a good amount on the applicator but the blusher was easy to use, I think its cause the shadows are in small spaces.
 Here is a photo of the eye make up with my own eye-liner and mascara which I have kept the same when I used the other make up too.


I have to say I am slightly disappointed on the colours from BarryM this time as normally the colour's are great, this palette colours where far to light for my personal liking even the darker shades.
I think using a wet brush might help with these colours but I was planning to use these more for my casual days and everyday but I think I will not use it as much as I was hopping.
However!
The lightness of the colours is still very good for beginners and for making your eyes look larger but the dark colours will not be the best for making shadows.
I shall be sticking to the Trio colour pallet from now on!!

Moving on the Japanese Palette Lavshauca.
Here are some Photos of the Packaging of the product.

 



The Palette is cute, but its tiny! Which put me off the applicator also was a bit fiddly I picked some natural shades,this one has some lights and darks in more browns it was had to find something to match BarryM  completely. As you can see you don't get a Blusher or as many colours but you got this stunning red.


Again the Colours were very light but they seemed to have a better pigment which was good for both highlighting and shadows. The Red was a nice touch but you could easily by a red eye shadow to use.
The colours were hard to use with the given applicator - so I used my own brush for the red to line it more than blend. Maybe I was being a bit light handed with the shades.

Overall thoughts...
I do love BarryM , I really do but this product, is not for me personally,I do like the overall look and display of the item.The Japanese one was really small which was a bit annoying.
However I would say that I much prefer the Melty Hearts out of the two products for the colours pigments.
Even the price can't sway me even though Barry M was Cheaper I still am picking Mety hearts over it , the price was more thanks to shipping.
My thinking is for doing Japanese make up find a brand you like and find the basics of doing Japanese styles, like creating bigger eyes I think that the Japanese brands might be slightly  better for these sort of styles as they are trendy over there and wanted.Where over here we are not after that sort of look ( Just yet.) I think if you can master the basics of make-up and styles then any good make up will work on your benefit.This would not stop me form trying more Japanese brands and make up even Korean makes though!
(Teehee!)

Tartan
xox