Kawaii Creator’s Club #6: MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON Introduces Kawaii Art Creator Faith Varvara

19.June.2020 | FASHION / FEATURES

We are introducing a new category to our Kawaii Creator’s Club: “Kawaii Art Creators,” in which we showcase individuals that have caught our attention for their artwork which has been inspired by Japan’s ‘kawaii’ subculture.

 

These individuals live outside Japan in different countries around the world. So how did they come to learn about kawaii culture? What influences their art, and do they have any favourite creators and artists themselves? These interviews are packed with tips and interesting information for those interested in kawaii art.

Kicking off our Kawaii Art Creator category is Faith Varvara from Canada. 

–What is your name?
Hi!! My name is Faith Varvara!

 

–Which country are you from?
I am from Canada!

 

–What do you do for a living?
I illustrate and design clothing and other cute items often themed around cute animals and adorable food! My favorite thing to design was my own plush collection.

 

–What sparked your interest in creating kawaii art?
I’ve always really enjoyed light and pastel aesthetics and as my interests grew and evolved, I found myself leaning more towards kawaii art. I have had a lot of influence from watching anime since I was a kid and some of the cutest desserts I would see online were from wonderful Japanese cafes.

–At what age did you start making kawaii art?
Probably around age 16. I used to do a lot of water colour painting, I would paint a lot of portraits and animals but as I started practicing digital art I found what really made me happy was creating cute and kawaii art.

–What do you use to create your art? (Please provide pictures of your tools/paints etc. if possible)
I’ve used many different digital tablets over the years but my favorite and what I currently use is an IPad pro 12″ and the program Autodesk Sketchbook. It’s a free app that I’ve learned when I first started drawing digital art.

–Is there anyone who inspires your work?
There are lots of people that inspire me. Although his artwork is not very kawaii Guillermo del Toro has always been a big inspiration. His ability to create creative and whimsical worlds with his artwork is something I’ve always admired and something I hope to be able to do in a more cute and kawaii way.

 

–What is it that inspires your creations?
My main inspiration for my illustrations mainly come from desserts and cute animals. Whenever I am stuck on what to draw I love to go to cafes, I watch videos of people baking or look at pictures of adorable desserts online. When I’m traveling I try to find cafes and restaurants that have unique sweets that I might not be able to get back home for both inspiration and my personal love of eating desserts!

–What do you do on your days off?
On my days off I love going out to restaurants with friends and family. I also often play video games since a lot of my friends and my significant other are not usually in the same city or country. It’s a great way to stay connected.

 

–Do you have a favourite anime?
I started watching anime as a little kid so there are so many I could name that I love. It’s hard to choose since each anime brings something different. Whether it’s beautiful animation, fleshed out worlds with deep story lines or light heartedness that makes you laugh and maybe forget about a bad day. If I had to choose one it would perhaps be either Samurai Champloo or Ouran highschool host club. I remember watching them both when I was younger. I’ve seen both shows many times and I find I always enjoy rewatching either of them in the background while I draw.

 

–Do you have a favourite Japanese creator or celebrity?
Hayao Miyazaki. It might be a bit of a bland answer because I don’t think there’s anyone who doesn’t like what he creates haha! I find his illustrations and world design incredible. To me he is very similar to Guillermo del Toro in that way, they build such beautiful and creative worlds through their art.

 

–Do you have a favourite Japanese word?
With any language I think the most interesting words are those that don’t have proper translations. I think it shows that that thing or action is important enough to its culture/community to have it’s own word to describe it. One I learned recently was “Shinrinyoku 森林浴 ” meaning forest bathing which is to walk through a forest and help improve your well being. I think that is a wonderful concept and I think more people would benefit from reconnecting to nature and seeing the beautiful world around us.

–Have you ever been to Japan? If so, where is your favourite place? If not, where would you like to go?
Sadly no. There have been a few times that I had plans but unfortunately work or other things outside of my control came up causing me to cancel my trips. One place I’d love to go to would be Harajuku. The fashion boutiques look so mesmerizing and wonderful. I definitely get a lot of my inspiration when designing clothes from this area. Clothing means a lot to me, It’s an amazing way we can express ourselves and I believe a well constructed outfit can become art in itself. I also love the adorable sweet treats you can find there. That being said I think Kyoto would also be wonderful. It seems so beautiful and a lot more traditional, very different to the bustling streets of Tokyo.

–Tell us your dreams for the future.
I would love to keep creating new clothing designs, plush and other cute goodies but my biggest dream would be having my own cafe themed around my illustrations and characters!!

 

–What does the word “kawaii” mean to you?
When I think of the word “kawaii” it makes me think of the great community of artists I am surrounded by. I don’t use the word in my everyday speech but I see it as more of a genre of cute inspired by Japanese culture.

 

If you want to see more of Faith’s art, please check out her Instagram.

 

Faith’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/faithvarvara/

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    — Which country do you live in?
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    — Is there anyone who inspires your fashion style?
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    — Finally, what does “kawaii” mean to you?
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    –Where do you buy your kawaii accessories and clothes from?
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    –Is there anyone who inspires your fashion style?
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    –Do you have a favourite Japanese celebrity? If yes, who is it and why?
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    –Do you have a favourite website about Japan or Japanese culture? If so, what is it?
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    –What is your favourite Japanese word or phrase?
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    –Is there anyone who inspires your fashion style?
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    –What is your favourite food and why? (It can be from any country)
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    –Do you have a favourite anime?
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    –What is your nickname (or name)?

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    –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.

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

     

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    –Do you have a favourite anime?

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

    20.May.2020 | FASHION / FEATURES

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    I go by the nickname ‘Skittydoll’ online.

     

    2. Which country do you live in?
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    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.
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    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

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