Introducing the Kawaii Girls of the World | Kawaii Fashion Snap #4: Pink Paradise

12.August.2019 | FASHION / FEATURES

Welcome to Episode 4 of Kawaii Fashion Snap where we get to know all about the kawaii girls of the world and their fashion. Each girl in this series has incorporated Japanese-like fashion into their wardrobe and turned it into something of their own.

 

Today, we’ll be taking a look at outfits that make use of the colour pink♡

 

molly

Currently residing in Tokyo, Molly leaves a huge impression with her T-shirt that reads “ANTI WAR” in both English and Japanese. Her stylish use of cute pastel colours throughout accentuates this fashionable look, and her pink and purple hair combined with the thick sole trainers is a match made in heaven.

 

Molly is a big fan of the Japanese idol group CY8ER and has even gotten a photo with the group―as well as several chekki photos with Rinahamu, one of the members. Be sure to check out her Instagram @pink_morii

 

pinkmilkteahime

The Pinkmilkteahime has us wanting to dye our own hair blue because hers looks so cute. This co-ord may look simple at first with the single big pink t-shirt, but in fact the rest of her outfit and all of her accessories are uniformly blue, which makes her hair look even more beautiful. Even the blue and pink artwork in the background is in tune with her look.

 

On her Instagram, she posts not only more beautiful looks, but pictures of her latest purchases too―from snacks to stationery. Follow her on Instagram @pinkmilkteahime

 

brodie

Brodie’s baby pink jumper skirt co-ord is kawaii supreme. She is serving us regalia princess with her frilly blouse and jumper skirt which has sweet patterns on it. And if you look closely, her white phone case has a cute flower pattern design♡

 

If you’re look for some girly styles then we highly recommend following Brodie @vanillabwunny

 

Mimi Usagi

Everything about the composition of this shot of Mimi Usagi can be described as cute. She has a cute character t-shirt on, and everything from her innerwear to her skirt is perfectly pink.

Her pink cheek makeup adds a glimmering allure and helps flaunt her clearly innate kawaii. We want to try shooting a look like she has in this photo too! Be sure to follow her @usagimimichu

 

Alexandra Bozheskova

Alexandra has gone for a sexy style here: her simple pink one piece is stunning and laces together flatteringly with those glittery shoes. And all of the items and accessories she has with her are pink, from the chekki camera in her hand to her shoulder bag♡

 

Alexandra’s Instagram feed is a treasure trove of exquisite and artistic looks. If fantasy takes your fancy, then make sure you follow her @sasha786x

 

 

If you’d like to feature in the next Kawaii Fashion Snap or know somebody that would, then follow us on Instagram and post at us with the hashtag #moshimoshiphoto. We hope you look forward to the next entry!

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  • Kawaii Creator’s Club #9: Luzia Shares Her Experiences as a Kawaii Fashion Creator

    21.August.2020 | FASHION / FEATURES

    MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON is launching a new series which we are calling the Kawaii Creators Club. Each episode, we’ll be introducing to you, the readers, to Kawaii Fashion Creators from around the world who are interested in kawaii fashion from Harajuku.

     

    You’ll get to know each of these creators―who all live in different countries around the world―as you learn how they came to know about kawaii fashion, where they buy their clothes and accessories, who their fashion inspirations are, and more, in the form of an interview.

    In Episode #9, we welcome Luzia from Portugal, who expressed her kawaii through fashion and illustration. In this interview, we get to hear about how she came to love fashion, the anime series that have influenced her, and lots more.

     

    –What is your nickname (or name)?
    Hi! My name is Luzia! It’s not a super common name, though… so I get called Luiza or Lucia all the time haha!

     

    –Which country do you live in?
    I’m from Portugal but I moved to Sweden exactly a year ago!

     

    –What is your occupation?


    At the moment, I work as an artist (I earn my life through drawing commissions) but I am working on my first clothes and accessories collection.

    –What made you interested in kawaii fashion?
    I’ve always loved pastel and overall kawaii things ever since I was a kid. Me and my brother would watch magical girls girl animes every day for years and those memories always stuck with me. For this reason, when I found photos of Sweet lolita and Fairy Kei online and noticed how, in a way, I could look and feel like a magical girl every day, I became obsessed with them and really wanted to try it. My family was not super supportive of my style in the beginning but, now they accept it a bit more.

     

    –At what age did you start experimenting with kawaii fashion?
    I first started experimenting with kawaii fashion around my 19th birthday. I was in recovery after suffering with a very severe case of Anorexia Nervosa and I just went: “Screw what people may think. I almost died. I’m not going to keep living my life looking like what other people want me to. I want to wear what makes me happy”, and I did!

    –Where do you buy your kawaii accessories and clothes from?
    I buy most of my stuff in the second hand market (Lace Market, Closetchild, facebook groups, etc…). It’s one of the things which I love about kawaii fashion, in fact! It makes it more affordable and also more sustainable since people are a lot more careful with their clothes and tend to prefer higher quality pieces.

     

    I also really enjoy getting stuff from different artists and to support their work!

    –What sparked your interest in creating kawaii art?
    Seeing all the amazing kawaii art out there and the realization that i could do it too and make others smile!

     

    –At what age did you start making kawaii art?

    When I was a kid, “Santa” would always give me a big tin of Caran’dAche coloring pencils. It was, probably, a bit of an extreme gift for a 4 years old, BUT, it did lead me to not only draw A LOT of princesses and fairies, but also to respect art supplies (and not break them like all those kids in kindergarten haha). I was not allowed to study art in High school but I never stopped practicing and drawing cute anime girls non-stop! Eventually, we reached “today” and that is my job! It’s great!

    –What do you use to create your art?

    Most of my art is currently done on my 6th gen ipad and I use the app Procreate. Before that, I had a pretty long copic markers + fine liners phase and before that, coloring pencils. I am working towards getting a better set up, though! One day…

    –What do you like doing on your days off?
    I draw! A lot! I also do some gaming here and there (not as much since I started doing commission work this often) but I also really enjoy doing makeup, put on a kawaii outfit and taking photos for my instagram account.

     

    –What is your favourite food and why? (It can be from any country)
    Cheese, mushrooms and sushi!

    –Do you have a favourite anime?
    Cardcaptor Sakura and Puella Magi Madoka Magica will always have a place in my heart.

     

    — Do you have a favourite Japanese celebrity? If yes, who is it and why?
    Misako Aoki! She is a lolita model for several brands and she is also a nurse! And nurses are super awesome heroes!

     

    — Do you have a favourite website about Japan or Japanese culture? If so, what is it?
    I’ve recently found the youtube channel Abroad in Japan and I absolutely love it since it is full of beautiful scenery, yummy food, fun facts and British humour! Would definitely recommend it if you’d like to see a lovely view of Japan, without the usual focus on the anime and fashion districts.

    –What is your favourite Japanese word or phrase?
    I use the word “Kawaii” several times a day for years. It is my life at the moment so, as cringy as it may be, it describes my dreams and what makes me happy.

     

    –Have you ever been to Japan? what is your favourite place?
    No… I would love to one day, though! My boyfriend went there a couple of years ago on a tour with his band and his stories always make me so jealous.

     

    –Tell us about your dreams for the future.
    I would love to: 1: Get a nice set up going which helps me be more productive, 2: Launch my first collection of apparel and accessories and, lastly, get more healthy or, at least, get healthier or, at least, get help to manage my chronic condition.

    –Finally, what does “kawaii” mean to you?
    As I’ve said above, ​it describes my dreams and what makes me happy.
    It’s more than just pastel colours. It’s warm and cozy, it’s beautiful, everything is perfectly balanced (as all things should be), it comes with an amazing community and it makes people smile!

     

    If you want to see more of Luzia then be sure to follow her on Instagram where you can check out many more of her looks.

     

    Luzia’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alnilan_luzia/

  • Kawaii Creator’s Club #8: Milli Shares Her Experiences as a Kawaii Fashion Creator

    24.July.2020 | FASHION / FEATURES

    MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON is launching a new series which we are calling the Kawaii Creators Club. Each episode, we’ll be introducing to you, the readers, to Kawaii Fashion Creators from around the world whose kawaii fashion is reminiscent of that seen in Tokyo’s fashion hub of Harajuku.

    You’ll get to know each of these creators―who all live in different countries around the world―as you learn how they came to know about kawaii fashion, where they buy their clothes and accessories, who their fashion inspirations are, and more, in the form of an interview.

    In Episode #8, we welcome Milli from Germany! We get to hear about how this kawaii fashion creator, whose gorgeous short hair has us hooked, came to be interesting in fashion, how anime has influenced her, and more.

     

    –What is your nickname (or name)?
    Milli

     

    –Which country do you live in?
    Germany

     

    –What is your occupation?
    I’m a student, nearing the last year of German secondary school (similar to High School).

    –What made you interested in kawaii fashion?

    I saw a YouTube video way back, when I was just getting into cosplay, discussing whether Lolita Fashion fell into the cosplay category or not (obviously it doesn’t). I had no idea what Lolita Fashion or Fairy Kei was then, but I saw the two lolitas featured on the thumbnail of that video and thought “wow, I wanna look like them!!!”

     

    –At what age did you start experimenting with kawaii fashion?

    When I was 12 years old.

     

    –Where do you buy your kawaii accessories and clothes from?

    Accessories I buy at random or make myself. For clothing, I like to go thrifting as much as possible, although I looove the following online-available brands:
    Nile PerchMilklimListenflavorPeiliee ShopKokopie ShopGood Fortune ShopPastelloves StoreDevil Inspired

    –Is there anyone who inspires your fashion style?

    There are so many amazing creators out there, so I could name a bunch of people haha… When I need particular fashion inspiration, I often go to the accounts of @laaagkki @pixieelocks @dewybun @fairy.izzi @kao_kitsune @newniji @katiebabydoll

     

    — What do you like doing on your days off?

    Anything creative! Drawing, sewing, scrapbooking, going out and taking photos… Oh, and bake a cake!

     

    –What is your favourite food and why? (It can be from any country)

    Mango curry with vegetables and fried tofu (for a meal), but something my sweet tooth can never get enough of is German poppyseed cake!

    –Do you have a favourite anime?
    I’ll have to name multiple…
    Kuroshitsuji:
    love because: it combines my favorite past time (the 1880’s) with my favorite city (London) and an AMAZING set of characters
    fav character: Ciel Phantomhive because I relate to his cold, sarcastic energy. Which gives me confidence that one can use these traits for good, not for evil or to be mean.
    Haikyuu:
    love because: sooo many characters to cheer for! Best sports anime out there and it focuses on each team so nicely, you literally can’t pick sides.
    fav character: Hinata Shoyo because he shines like a happy, energetic sun for everyone around him. I want to be that for my friends.
    Ouran Highschool Host Club:
    love because: hilarious, queer, absolutely out there, and so different from any other anime I’ve watched.
    fav character: Haruhi Fujioka because I have NEVER before related to any fictional character this much. And I just love the way she breaks gender stereotypes!

    –Do you have a favourite Japanese celebrity? If yes, who is it and why?
    I don’t really keep up with celebrities in general haha, sorry… I only really know influencers, so in that case: Haruka Kurebayashi (@kurebayashiii on Instagram)
    Her style is so creative (the way she puts together outfits and combines the pieces + makeup is amazing!) and her personality just SHINES! Which makes the videos and vlogs she does especially enjoyable.

     

    –Do you have a favourite website about Japan or Japanese culture? If so, what is it?
    Well, since the part of Japanese culture that I currently educate myself on the most is the language, I will name the website I’m learning through: japanesefromzero.com
    Moreso, the author George Trombley is so helpful with the teachings he gives on his YouTube channel!

    –What is your favourite Japanese word or phrase?
    十人十色 // juunintoiro // Ten People, Ten Colours
    I find this proverb so joyful and fitting, as it allows me to take it literally (in the sense of individual style and “don’t judge a book by its cover”) or interpret it according to an occasion (when I might be upset because someone has a different outlook on something, that might however be interesting to consider).
    It also promotes diversity!

     

    –Have you ever been to Japan? What is your favourite place?
    Not yet, but I want to go as soon as possible!! Mainly to Harajuku, as I’d love to see the district where my favorite fashion styles originated and flourish.

     

    –Tell us about your dreams for the future.
    I dream of living freely and finding an occupation I love (this is especially important right now, as I need to know what to do after I finish school). I want to travel with friends and one day live in an old house in my hometown, with a big garden and many cats. It might sound like just wishful thinking, but we attract what we believe in!

     

    –Finally, what does “kawaii” mean to you?
    “kawaii” is a lifestyle to me, as well as a feeling of childish, careless happiness and unrestricted creative freedom. It’s definitely more than just “cuteness”; it’s the way I view and design my surroundings and how I choose to find brightness and positivity in the world, regardless of how dark it might be some days.

     

    If you want to see more of Milli then be sure to follow her on Instagram where you can check out many more of her looks.

     

    Milli Instagram: @plantlovingrose

  • Kawaii Creator’s Club #7: MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON Introduces Kawaii Fashion Creator Chirikku

    26.June.2020 | FASHION / FEATURES

    In our Kawaii Creators Club series, we introduce to our readers to Kawaii Fashion Creators from around the world who are interested in kawaii fashion from Harajuku.

     

    Each episode, you’ll get to know a different creator―each of whom live in different countries around the world―as you learn how they came to know about kawaii fashion, where they buy their clothes and accessories, who their fashion inspirations are, and more, in the form of an interview.

    In Episode #7, we say hello to Chirikku from Norway. We asked her about her roots in “kawaii,” what brands she likes, her dreams for the future, and more.

     

    –What is your nickname (or name)?
    My name is Henrikke, but I go by Chirikku online.

     

    — Which country do you live in?
    I currently live in Norway.

     

    –What is your occupation?
    Employed with a company.

    — What made you interested in kawaii fashion?
    I first got interested in Japanese pop-culture back in high school, and that lead me to find out about different kinds of Japanese fashion trends. I was already dressing a bit different than the other kids at my school so the different street styles in Japan really facinated me. Back when I first got into it it wasn’t even called Kawaii fashion.

     

    –At what age did you start experimenting with kawaii fashion?
    I must have been about 13 or 14 years old when I first started experimenting with different styles, that also included different elements of what we now call kawaii fashion.

    — Where do you buy your kawaii accessories and clothes from?
    I usually buy most of my clothes and accessories whenever I’m in Japan, but I also have some online stores I like ordering from.

     

    — Is there anyone who inspires your fashion style?
    Yeah of course! I get really inspired by many of my friends and other people I follow on Instagram etc.

     

    –What do you like doing on your days off?
    I love spending time with my friends just doing whatever. I also really enjoy playing games and occasionally I read manga and draw.

    –What is your favourite food and why? (It can be from any country)
    Sweets and desserts, haha. I would have sweets over food any time of the day, jk …unless? But yeah, I really like pizza, any food with salmon, and many other Japanese dishes that does not have any meat in them.

     

    — Do you have a favourite anime? Who is your favourite character?
    I honestly don’t watch that much anime anymore, but Black Lagoon has always been one of my favorite animes.
    I really like most of the female characters in this anime, they are all so bad ass but Revy is my favorite for sure.

     

    –Do you have a favourite Japanese celebrity? If yes, who is it and why?
    I haven’t really been keeping up with Japanese celebrities so I can’t really say I do have one right now.

     

    –Do you have a favourite website about Japan or Japanese culture? If so, what is it?
    I actually really enjoy your website https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/ , and I always pop by it before going to Japan to see what’s up or if there are any cute restaurants popping up.

    — What is your favourite Japanese word or phrase?
    My favorite word is 天使 meaning Angel, and phrase 仕方がない.

     

    –Have you ever been to Japan? what is your favourite place?
    Yeah I have been there 5 times by now. I studied at a university there back in 2017-2018, and I’m planning om on moving back for a little while in the near future.
    Tokyo has a special place in my heart, but I have really enjoyed every place in Japan I have been to this far. I just really love exploring new places, preferably by bike.

    –Tell us about your dreams for the future.
    My dreams for the future is to be able to work and live in Japan for a period of time and just see where life takes me.

     

    — Finally, what does “kawaii” mean to you?
    kawaii
    /kəˈwʌɪ/

    adjective
    (in the context of Japanese popular culture) cute.
    “she paints elephants that are extremely kawaii”
    noun
    the quality of being cute, or items that are cute.
    “even in a cosmopolitan city like Tokyo, kawaii is everywhere”

     

    Just kidding, no but to me it just cute and youthful, and there is just something so pure and sweet about it.

     

    If you want to see more of Chirikku, then be sure to follow her on Instagram where you can check out many more of her looks.

     

    Chirikku’s Instagram: @chirikku

  • Kawaii Creator’s Club #5: Sandra Shares Her Experiences as a Kawaii Fashion Creator

    12.June.2020 | FASHION / FEATURES

    MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON is launching a new series which we are calling the Kawaii Creators Club. Each episode, we’ll be introducing to you, the readers, to Kawaii Fashion Creators from around the world who are interested in kawaii fashion from Harajuku.

     

    You’ll get to know each of these creators―who all live in different countries around the world―as you learn how they came to know about kawaii fashion, where they buy their clothes and accessories, who their fashion inspirations are, and more, in the form of an interview.

    In Episode #5, we welcome Sandra from Finland!
    In this interview, we asked her about her favourite brands, her dreams for the future, what sparked her interest in kawaii fashion, and much more.

     

    –What is your nickname (or name)?
    My name is Sandra. I go by the name BubbleChuTea on social media. I chose that name because I love bubble tea (or boba tea), and I thought it’d be cute to add the “chu” in between.

     

    –Which country do you live in?
    I live in Finland.

     –What is your occupation?
    I’ve graduated from a vocational school with a major in fashion design. And I’m currently studying graphic design.

     

    –What made you interested in kawaii fashion?
    When I was 12 years old I found a blogger whose style was inspired by Japanese fashion, and she wrote a lot about Japan’s pop culture. I think that’s when I got interested in kawaii/Japanese fashion.

    — At what age did you start experimenting with kawaii fashion?
    I’ve always been interested in fashion and clothing styles in general. I think I started experimenting with kawaii fashion when I was around 16 years old, when I had just started studying fashion design, and started buying more cute pastel clothes from online shops.

     

    –Where do you buy your kawaii accessories and clothes from?
    Some of my current favorite Japanese brands are W♡C and Listen Flavor. I also recommend Yesstyle, Lazy Oaf, MIXXMIX for example.

     

    –Is there anyone who inspires your fashion style?
    I get inspired mostly by people I follow on Instagram with similar styles as mine.


    –What do you like doing on your days off?
    I like to create content for Instagram and Youtube, photography, and doing makeup looks. Lately, I’ve been playing a lot of Animal Crossing New Horizons.

     

    –What is your favourite food and why? (It can be from any country)
    Sushi! I know it’s a pretty basic answer, but I like that there are so many different kinds of versions and you can pretty much use any ingredients you like.

     

    –Do you have a favourite anime?
    I don’t watch a lot of anime anymore, I used to watch it more often a few years ago. My favorite anime has to be Cardcaptor Sakura. I remember when I went to elementary school, and Cardcaptor Sakura used to come on TV when I came home from school. Since it was the first anime I ever watched, it holds a special place in my heart. I’ve also cosplayed Sakura Kinomoto.

     

    –Do you have a favourite Japanese celebrity? If yes, who is it and why?
    No I don’t have.

     

    –Do you have a favourite website about Japan or Japanese culture? If so, what is it?
    I like Tokyofashion.com, sometimes I check out their website or Instagram for fashion inspiration. I’ve also watched a lot of Youtube videos in the past to learn about Japan’s culture.

     

    –What is your favourite Japanese word or phrase?
    My favorite Japanese word used to be kawaii, but now I think my favorite word is nani, because of all the memes.

    –Have you ever been to Japan? What is your favourite place?
    Yes, I visited Japan (Tokyo to be specific) in October of 2017. I liked Harajuku the most, even though it was very crowded it felt so cool to be able to explore all the streets and go to the physical stores of my favorite clothing brands. I definitely wanna go back and explore more places in Japan someday.

     

    –Tell us about your dreams for the future.
    I would like to work in a creative field, something with graphic design for example. Or maybe start my own company/brand. I’m not sure yet.

    –Finally, what does “kawaii” mean to you?
    I think the word kawaii has changed so much over the years, it has turned into a whole subculture. For me, it’s almost like a lifestyle, to not be afraid to express who you are, being able to embrace your inner “child”, having interests like collecting character plushies, wearing cute clothes even when you’re an adult. It can be a distraction from all the struggles in your life, and I think that’s just a good thing.

     

    If you want to see more of Sandra then be sure to follow her on Instagram where you can check out many more of her looks.

     

    Sandra’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bubblechutea/

  • Kawaii Creator’s Club #4: Lumia Shares Her Experiences as a Kawaii Fashion Creator

    05.June.2020 | FASHION / FEATURES

    MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON is launching a new series which we are calling the Kawaii Creators Club. Each episode, we’ll be introducing to you, the readers, to Kawaii Fashion Creators from around the world who are interested in kawaii fashion from Harajuku.

     

    You’ll get to know each of these creators―who all live in different countries around the world―as you learn how they came to know about kawaii fashion, where they buy their clothes and accessories, who their fashion inspirations are, and more, in the form of an interview.

    In Episode #4, we welcome Lumia from Finland! We asked this pastel colour-loving individual about her favourite brands, how anime has influenced her, and more.

     

    –What is your nickname (or name)?
    I go by Lumia!

     

    –Which country do you live in?
    Finland!

     

    –What is your occupation?
    I’m still in school.

    –What made you interested in kawaii fashion?
    I was into pastel goth fashion at first and well, my earliest interests in j-fashion were because of anime haha!

     

    –At what age did you start experimenting with kawaii fashion?
    Around twelve I think! I became really interested in developing my style at 14 though.

     

    –Where do you buy your kawaii accessories and clothes from?
    I always keep an eye out for all things pastel! Wherever I go, I look for cute things that suit my aesthetic! I do shop at aliexpress a lot although I’d love to buy less fast fashion in the future. Pastelloves store also has some super cute clothing, accessories and wigs!

     

    –Is there anyone who inspires your fashion style?
    A lot of people! I take inspiration from many different sources such as people on the online and art!

    –What do you like doing on your days off?
    Sleeping and drawing mainly. I also love taking walks in nature!

     

    –What is your favourite food and why? (It can be from any country)
    I’ll have to say sushi, I love all kinds of seafood and sushi can be so versatile! The egg ones are my favourites! In the desserts category it’s tough to choose one but I absoutely love carrot cake and ice cream!

     

    –Do you have a favourite anime?
    I have quite a few actually! Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, Madoka Magica, Mob Psycho 100 and Attack on Titan are all high up on the list. My favourite characters from these shows are Madoka from Madoka Magica and Jean from Attack on Titan. Madoka because she’s such a cutie and I relate to her a lot!

    –Have you ever been to Japan? what is your favourite place?
    Sadly I haven’t, though it’s a dream of mine! I’d love to walk around in harajuku and also pet some deer in Nara!

     

    –Tell us about your dreams for the future.
    I don’t haven’t planned it much as right now I think I’ll just do my best and go with the flow! My only goals are to be happy and also give some of that happiness to others as well.

    –Finally, what does “kawaii” mean to you?
    To me, it’s just a word in japanese that means ‘cute’ at the end of the day. But it does remind me of certain things, certain styles and certain people!

     

    If you want to see more of Lumia then be sure to follow her on Instagram where you can check out many more of her looks.

     

    Lumia’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sleepymelo/

  • Kawaii Creator’s Club #3: Naomi Shares Her Experiences as a Kawaii Fashion Creator

    29.May.2020 | FASHION / FEATURES

    MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON is launching a new series which we are calling the Kawaii Creators Club. Each episode, we’ll be introducing to you, the readers, to Kawaii Fashion Creators from around the world who are interested in kawaii fashion from Harajuku.

     

    You’ll get to know each of these creators―who all live in different countries around the world―as you learn how they came to know about kawaii fashion, where they buy their clothes and accessories, who their fashion inspirations are, and more, in the form of an interview.

     

    In Episode #3, we welcome Naomi from the Philippines!

    Naomi is a fashion student who has her own brand. We asked her about her daily life and her experiences with kawaii fashion.

     

    –What is your nickname (or name)?

    My name is Naomi but some of my friends call me Naomeow (Now-meow) or Nao!

     

    –Which country do you live in?

    I’m living in Japan now but I’m from the Philippines!

     

    –What is your occupation? 

    Naomi’s Brand Omi Omi

    I’m a full-time fashion student, part-time model and creator/designer of my new brand: Omi Omi.

     

    –What made you interested in kawaii fashion?

    I’ve always had a love for cute things, and have always been told I’ve been stuck daydreaming in my own world. So being able to wear kawaii fashion enables me to express my love for cuteness while being able to show people what it means to me.

    –At what age did you start experimenting with kawaii fashion?

    I’ve been dressing in kawaii fashion for as long as I can remember, but I think it’s just evolved in different ways now.

     

    –Where do you buy your kawaii accessories and clothes from?

    I really love thrift shopping! This is where I usually buy my clothes if it’s not given to me from online shops. Koenji and Shimokita are usually my go-to places in Tokyo. I also like re-making old clothes, and some of the things I wear I designed myself ♡ I just started my brand recently and have been doing pop-up shops around Tokyo from time to time, and will launch my website soon at www.omi-omi.com

     

    –Is there anyone who inspires your fashion style?

    I don’t have a particular real person, but I do think my favorite heroines from shows and video games have affected my style in some way. For example, Mathilda from Leon the professional and Miwako Sakurada from Paradise Kiss.

    –What do you like doing on your days off?

    During my free time, I tend to just sleep and play video games.

     

    –What is your favourite food and why? (It can be from any country)

    Katsu Curry is my ultimate favourite dish! It just tastes so good I’m getting hungry thinking about it. I can finish that in 10 minutes.

     

    –Do you have a favourite anime?

    I have my top 3 favourite animes that I love, which are Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Chobits, and Neon Genesis Evangelion. The stories of these are amazing, and I love animes with deep, complex plot twists.

     

    –Who is your favourite character? (If you have one)
    Chii from Chobits!

     

    –Do you have a favourite Japanese celebrity? If yes, who is it and why?
    I don’t know much about Japanese dramas or celebrities unfortunately 🙁

    –Do you have a favourite website about Japan or Japanese culture? If so, what is it?
    I don’t know much about Japanese culture websites as well 🙁

     

    –What is your favourite Japanese word or phrase?
    Probably 「ヤバイ!」

     

    –Have you ever been to Japan? What is your favourite place?
    Yes! I live here. My favourite places are Shimokitazawa, Koenji and Harajuku.

     

    –Tell us about your dreams for the future.
    I’m currently studying fashion right now, and once I graduate I plan to expand my brand around Tokyo. Maybe, in the near future, it would be such a dream to open a physical store in Harajuku.

     

    –Finally, what does “kawaii” mean to you?
    To me, I feel like “Kawaii” is more than just physical aesthetics. I think it’s also a feeling, culture, and a lifestyle. You don’t have to be a model, a certain gender, or popular to be “Kawaii”. For me, someone who is “Kawaii” radiates that happiness from within, just like the way we feel when we see our favorite cute toys. They aren’t afraid to be different, and are real with our love to express joy and cute things. There’s a difference between kawaii and childish and I think being able to express your inner child is a brave and rebellious thing to do in a world full of people who push that side of themselves away!

     

    If you want to see more of Naomil then be sure to follow her on Instagram where you can check out many more of her looks.

     

    Naomi’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/naomeoww/
    Blog: http://www.naominikola.com
    Brand: http://www.omi-omi.com

  • Kawaii Creator’s Club #2: MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON Introduces Kawaii Fashion Creator Skittydoll

    20.May.2020 | FASHION / FEATURES

    MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON is launching a new series which we are calling the Kawaii Creator’s Club. Each episode, we’ll be introducing to you, the readers, to Kawaii Fashion Creators from around the world who are interested in kawaii fashion from Harajuku.

     

    You’ll get to know each of these creators―who all live in different countries around the world―as you learn how they came to know about kawaii fashion, where they buy their clothes and accessories, who their fashion inspirations are, and more, in the form of an interview.

    For entry number #2, we are joined by Skittydoll from Belgium! She studied Japanese at university for one year and has also been to Japan. We asked her about her daily life and her experiences with kawaii fashion.

     

    1.What is your nickname (or name)?
    I go by the nickname ‘Skittydoll’ online.

     

    2. Which country do you live in?
    I live in Belgium.

     

    3. What made you interested in kawaii fashion?
    I started watching anime and reading manga when I was about 11, and one of the series I loved was ‘Rozen Maiden’. Many of the characters wear lolita fashion, and while browsing the internet I found out that this was a real fashion style that people wore! I was completely in love with this rococo and victorian inspired fashion, and spent hours upon hours staring at dresses online. Unfortunately lolita fashion was much harder (and much more expensive!) to buy back then, so I was never able to buy anything.

    4. At what age did you start experimenting with kawaii fashion?
    Although I was fascinated by Japanese fashion from a pretty young age, I didn’t start wearing it until much later. I lost interest for a few years until I rediscovered it on Instagram when I was about 21! I realized, ‘Hey, I’m an adult now and I can actually buy things I want online!’ Plus it became much easier to order things from the internet.

     

    5. Where do you buy your kawaii accessories and clothes from?
    I buy mostly online nowadays, it’s much easier to find things I like, and it’s also the only place where I can buy from some of the smaller shops I love.
    Some brands I have in my closet that I love a lot are: W♥C, Liz Lisa, Glitters for dinner, Swimmer (sadly they closed down), Angelic Pretty,.. I also have some pieces and accessories from smaller online shops like @nattycatpins, @sugarbone and @merbunnybaby. @multipalstore is great if you want to buy (second hand) Japanese brands like Liz Lisa. I also recently collaborated with @zenplus.jp which is a shopping service for Japanese goods, and I was really pleased with their service!

    6. What do you like doing on your days off?
    I’m usually gaming, reading or out thrifting on my days off. I’m always on the lookout for retro video games or cute second hand clothing at any yard sale. It’s like a treasure hunt!

     

    7. What is your favourite food and why?
    Definitely takoyaki! Although sushi is a close second. I first had takoyaki while walking to Meiji Jingu in Tokyo and it will always be a precious memory.

    8. Do you have a favourite anime?
    Lucky Star! It’s super nostalgic to me since I watched it when it first came out in 2007. Also, any Studio Ghibli movie is always a good time. Except for Grave of the Fireflies, that one is a sad time.

     

    9. Do you have a favourite Japanese celebrity? If yes, who is it and why?
    I really like the voice actor/singer Miyano Mamoru. He voiced a lot of my favourite anime characters (Light Yagami in Death Note, Rin Matsuoka in Free!, Tamaki Suoh in Ouran High School Host Club, etc.).

     

    10. Do you have a favourite website about Japan or Japanese culture? If so, what is it?
    When I was in university studying Japanese, we used this website erin.ne.jp for exercises, which I always thought was super cute. Oh, and Moshi Moshi Nippon of course!

    11. Have you ever been to Japan? If not, where would you visit and what would you like to do the most?
    Yes, once. But only to Tokyo. I really loved Asakusa, because of the great street food and beautiful temples. But my absolute favourite must be Sunshine City in Ikebukuro.

     

    It has the biggest Pokémon Center (where I spent way too much yen) and a beautiful aquarium. I also spent a lot of time in Nakano Broadway hunting for second hand merch from older anime shows (and eating the famous 8 flavour ice cream!)

    I would love to visit other places in Japan outside of Tokyo, especially Kyoto and Osaka.

     

    12. Tell us about your dreams for the future.
    I don’t really have any big dreams for the future. I guess I’m pretty boring, but I just hope to keep living comfortably with my boyfriend and maybe adopt a few more cats.

    13. Finally, what does “kawaii” mean to you?
    For me it really means nostalgia. I remember going to my first convention in 2007, when ‘kawaii’ was thrown around randomly by pretty much anyone who was into anime and manga, and we were all blissfully unaware of how cringy we would think that was a few years later. We were all just fans of the same things, having fun and celebrating Japanese pop culture together. A lot of things have changed since then, but I think that sense of community is still there. But we all have better wigs now.

     

    If you want to see more of Skittydoll then be sure to follow her on Instagram where you can check out many more of her looks.

  • Kawaii Creator’s Club #1: Aru Shares Her Experiences as a Kawaii Fashion Creator

    13.May.2020 | FASHION / FEATURES

    MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON is launching a new series which we are calling the Kawaii Creator’s Club. Each episode, we’ll be introducing to you, the readers, to Kawaii Fashion Creators from around the world who are interested in kawaii fashion from Harajuku.

     

    You’ll get to know each of these creators―who all live in different countries around the world―as you learn how they came to know about kawaii fashion, where they buy their clothes and accessories, who their fashion inspirations are, and more, in the form of an interview.

    In our debut Episode #1, we welcome Laura from Germany! We asked this creative individual about everything from her personal interests to her experience with kawaii fashion.

     

    1.What is your nickname (or name)?
    My name is Laura and my nickname is Aru, which is basically half of my name backwards. :’)

     

    2. Which country do you live in?
    I live in Germany.

     

    3. What is your occupation?
    I am currently doing a voluntary work year at a school for disabled children and children with learning disabilities. Later, I want to enroll in university and probably major in something like engineering.

    4. What made you interested in kawaii fashion?
    When I was younger I always saw a lot of Harajuku fashion showing up on my Tumblr dashboard. I always appreciated the overall aesthetic and I just always wanted to become a part of this fashion style.

     

    5. At what age did you start experimenting with kawaii fashion?
    I first started out actually experimenting with the fashion when I was around 16. I went through a super hard time in my life and experimenting with this kind of fashion style kinda made things somewhat “better”.

    6. Where do you buy your kawaii accessories and clothes from?
    I get my clothing and accessories from many different places. Some items are just pastel colored items from local stores, but I get most of my stuff online. Sometimes I get my items from aliexpress or yesstyle, but I also own a lot of stuff from @youvimi, @unzzystore or @anibiustore !

     

    7. Is there anyone who inspires your fashion style?
    Yes, of course! There are so many inspirational kawaii creators out there,
    for example, @milkiiprincess , @himebunni and @anzujaamu. My style is also influenced by a lot of creators who would not be considered as “kawaii fashion creators”.

     

    8. What do you like doing on your days off?
    I have a very creative mind, so I actually spend most of my days off taking photos, drawing, painting, singing or writing poetry.
    Obviously I also have lazy days off where I love to watch Disney, anime or just play video games.

    9. How do you make these artistic features? Do you design and make them yourself?
    I mainly edit my instagram photos on photoshop and picsart; the photo with the grey wig is selfdesigned and the other one is edited with png-overlays from picsart!

     

    10. Do you have a favourite anime?
    My favourite anime is “Love Live”, which is an anime about a school idol group. It is super pure and also gives me major happy vibes. Whenever I rewatch it I am just super joyful!

    My fave character from this anime probably is Rin, because she actually kinda struggles in the beginning because she is not considered to be conventionally female. She has shorter hair than the others and is into sports. I really love that the anime included her.

     

    11 Do you have a favourite Japanese celebrity? If yes, who is it and why?
    My fave Japanese celebrity is Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. I absolutely love how her music videos seem so cute, but yet are kinda disturbing as well.

     

    12. What is your favourite Japanese word or phrase?
    It is probably “なつかしい – natsukashii”. It means being “reminiscent of good memories.”

     

    13. Have you ever been to Japan? If not, where would you visit and what would you like to do the most?
    Sadly I’ve never been to Japan, mainly because it is expensive and I have been busy with school and now work. I really hope I can go there one day tho. I would love to visit Kyoto to see temples and shrines. It generally looks beautiful. Of course I would also love to visit Tokyo and generally explore Japanese culture but also the Harajuku district. Also I would love to see the Studio Ghibli Museum and also Sanrio Puroland.

    14. Tell us about your dreams for the future.
    My dreams for the future are probably quite basic; I hope I get a college degree and get to work a great and fun job and also to stay with my significant other for a long time.
    I also really hope I will be able to travel to Japan in the future. Generally I rly want to improve fashion and make-up wise, so I can create new stuff!💕

     

    15. Finally, what does “kawaii” mean to you?
    Well I actually really take it by the literal translation. It means cute to me :’)

     

    If you want to see more of Aru then be sure to follow her on her Instagram below where you can check out many more of her breathtaking looks.

    Aru @comawhore

  • Stylish Textile Face Masks Made in Japan to be Released by Q-pot.

    22.April.2020 | FASHION

    Q-pot. released a new collection of textile style face masks from its “Made in Japan” apparel line Q-pot.Dress via its online shop on April 22, 2020.

    The masks arrive in response to the serious shortage of masks in Japan for those who need them the most. The masks can also be washed repeatedly, and feature the same textile design seen in Q-pot.Dress’s attire collections. The inside is made from cotton double gauze which feels comfortable on the skin.

    Cloth Face Mask – ¥2,200 (Before Tax)

    There are four designs in total: “Strawberry Field” with its nostalgic aesthetic, “Chocolate College” which features sweet and tempting chocolate across the whole front, “Honey Lemon” which gives sunshine vibes of early bring, and the green and girly “Patisserie Q-pot. Morning.”

    These masks can of course be used as a preventative measure against coronavirus, as well as for hay fever and for fashion too.

  • Stay Home: 6 Fun Character Dessert Recipes to Try During the Lockdown

    11.April.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Here at MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON, we post news and information about Japan in six languages. Our aim is to deliver a variety of content related to Japan for those who love and enjoy Japanese culture.

     

    Right now, people across the globe are in self-isolation as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The same goes for Japan too, so we’ve taken this opportunity to create a new series on the website to show how we’re spending time at home here in Japan.

     

    The future is yet uncertain, and we hope for normality to return for all of us soon. We created a new articles series called Stay Home with which we hope to take your mind off the situation, even for just a little bit, to help you feel calmer. It might give you some tips on what you can do while spending time at home.

     

    We have picked 6 character recipes from our popular Kaori’s Easy Recipe series where Kaori shows us how to turn delicious desserts into cute characters.

     

    1: Disney Tsum Tsum Chocolate Covered Cookies

    Ingredients:

    ・Silicone cupcake case (6cm size used for this recipe)・White chocolate・Matcha chocolate・Marble chocolate・Chocolate plastic (also called “modelling chocolate”)・Chocolate pen・Oreo cookies・Pink, yellow, blue and green food colouring

     

    This is a super simple recipe which requires you to melt chocolate, put it in a cupcake case, let is set, and decorateーthat’s it! This is a fun one to do together with your kids.

     

    Full Recipe: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/215213

     

    2: Pompompurin Pumpkin Tarts

    Ingredients:

    ・12 Tart shells・150g Pumpkin (deseeded, skin taken off and made soft)・50ml Fresh cream (In this recipe I used soy milk)・20-30g Sugar (Depending on the sweetness of the pumpkin)・1 Egg yolk (small egg)・Sliced Chocolate・Tinned yellow peach

     

    Soften some pumpkin in the microwave and add sugar, fresh cream, and egg yolk. Place into some store-bought tart shells, draw on faces, and you have yourself some adorable Pompompurin tarts.

     

    Full Recipe: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/107177

     

    3: Korilakkuma Coffee Jelly Parfait

    Ingredients:

    ・Coffee Jelly・Chocolate Pens・Milk・Ice Cream

     

    A super simple parfait made using store-bought coffee jelly. There’s a bit of technical work that goes into making Korilakkuma’s face, but Kaori shows you how to do it nice and easy.

     

    Full Recipe: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/118421

     

    4: Hello Kitty Fruit Sandwich

    Ingredients:

    ・Sliced bread・Strawberries・Fresh cream・Sliced cheddar cheese・Chocolate sheets・Cutter

     

    You’ll never want to slice your bread any other way after following this recipe. Hello Kitty is topped with freshly sliced strawberries, fresh cream, and other delights.

     

    Full Recipe: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/38348

     

    5: Totoro Black Sesame Seed Pudding

    Ingredients
    ・Black Sesame Purin Mix (purchased from Daiso)・Milk・Pura Chocolate (Swiss chocolate also fine)・Transparent Jar (Weck jar used)・Almonds・Fresh Cream・Fruits of your choice

     

    Totoro’s features are made with little chocolates and chocolate pens. Those are added to turn the entire glass into a cute Totoro pudding dessert♡

     

    Full Recipe: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/120542

     

    6: Mickey & Minnie Mouse Cookie Cupcakes

    Ingredients (Makes 6 cupcakes measured 7cm):
    ・2 medium eggs (40g egg yolk/60g egg white)・60g granulated sugar・2tsp vegetable oil・1-2tsp lemon juice・45g weak flour

     

    The recipe shows you how to make the actual cupcake, but store-bought ones work too. The Mickey and Minnie decorations are made from Oreos and marble chocolate.

    Full Recipe: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/292614

     

     

    Bring the cafe experience to your own home with one of Kaori’s easy recipes. See more of her recipes here: Kaori’s Easy Recipe

     

    Kaori Kubota (@kaopan27)
    I live in Hokkaido and I love to make character themed foods, desserts and pastries♡

    I want to see my family smile, so I enjoy putting in a bit of effort to make character foods and changing food into something cute♡

    You can see more of my character foods and character bento boxes on my Instagram page→@kaopan27

  • These Breathtaking Doughnuts Will Turn Your Home Into an Authentic Cafe Experience

    05.April.2020 | FOOD

    With most of us cooped up indoors, that desire to go and relax in a cafe with some coffee and cake just keeps on growing. “gmgm,” a doughnut shop in Koenji, Tokyo that specialises in “flower doughnuts,” is very aware of this, and so they opened an online shop on Saturday to allow for people to enjoy that authentic cafe experience from their own home.

    gmgm, the flower doughnut shop

    Nana Yui, an artist of dried flower art, opened gmgm in June 2019 as the sister store to HANABAR, a bar in Ikebukuro, Tokyo where drinks are served topped with beautiful dried flower art. At gmgm, the beautiful flower art combines harmoniously with the antique furniture and decor. It’s a popular doughnut shop whose doughnuts are beautiful enough to be given as gifts.

    Earl Grey x Rose: ¥500

    Cream Cheese Strawberry x Safflower: ¥500

    The doughnuts gmgm is offering to ship out on their website include their five regular doughnut flavours and some limited-time flavours, all of which are nothing short of cute works of art.

    Customers who order on the shop by April 30 will also receive a free dried flower and a tea turns blue. Those who order more than 8 will receive that plus a pressed viola flower you can eat.

    You can also make ice cubes with flowers in them and set your table like in the cafe’s photos for a really luxurious tea time!

  • Introducing the Kawaii Girls of the World | Kawaii Fashion Snap #6: Fabulously Fluffy

    27.December.2019 | FASHION / FEATURES

    We’re already on the 6th entry to Kawaii Fashion Snap, our feature where we get to know all about the kawaii girls of the world and their Japan-influenced fashion.

     

    Our theme this time is ‘Fabulously Fluffy.’ When wintertime rolls around and brings with it the cold weather and snow―that’s when the fluffy garments start to come out of the wardrobe. Let’s take a look and see how our kawaii line-up have incorporated this into their looks.

     

    Oceane

    Océane lives in Paris, and is serving regal realness with her fluffy pink one piece dress which she has combined with a pair of gorgeous snowy white boots. Her arms are wrapped elegantly with lace, and her cross earrings only add to this graceful outfit.

     

    @rocococeane

     

    Miruku Peach

    Mikuru Peach entrances with her angelic pastel colour dream, weaving this look with her lace top and matte pink collar coupled with her choice of fluffy item: cute cat ears! An exemplary stylish cat-girl.

     

    @mirukupeach

     

    Mai

    Together with her t-shirt and short skirt, Mai has crafted a fine and breezy outfit with a selection of sporty items, which she tops off by wrapping herself in a warm and fluffy white jacket. To take her kawaii to the next level, her outfit includes a pink-coloured swinging nylon belt and sneakers which have ribbon laces.

     

    @dewybun

     

    Anda

    Anda has pulled us into her pink world with this picturesque shoot. She gifts our eyes with her perfect flowing dress, lace inner, and white pumps, all of which screams girly. We of course can’t finish without mentioning the pink and fluffy floating clouds.

     

    @andalina._

     

    Rainbow♡Monster

    The Rainbow♡Monster is giving us cool and badass cheerleader vibes with this Harajuku pop style which features red realness with everything from her Teletubby to her accessories. And of course, we can’t forget to mention her fluffy jacket which just makes this look!

     

    @sammykechappu

     

    Sandra

    This is Sandra’s third time featuring on Kawaii Fashion Snap! Her white top and tight black one piece are stunning and chic, and are taken to a whole new level with the addition of the fluffy pink coat. This outfit is the perfect weapon of choice for December, a month where there are lots of parties happening.

     

    @bubblechutea

     

     

    If you’d like to feature in the next Kawaii Fashion Snap or know somebody that would, then follow us on Instagram and post at us with the hashtag #moshimoshiphoto. We hope you look forward to the next entry!

     

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