Bon Odori Festival

01 April 2015




























Special thanks to Nico for letting me use some of her photos! (I got too caught up in the excitement that I kept forgetting that I had a camera with me, lol.)

Early this month, my friends from one of my orgs in uni, UPM-OMAKE, invited me to attend the annual Bon Odori festival that was happening at a local Japanese school. Because I've never experienced an actual Japanese festival, I immediately said yes. I had a bit of an idea of what it would be like, but that certainly didn't prepare me for what I saw. So many Nihonjin (it was at a Japanese school, really, what was I expecting??) in yukata and jinbei! This is such a weeaboo thing to say, but it really felt like we were in a J-drama of some sort, haha! I actually had to stop myself from squee-ing like an idiot when people started doing the Bon Odori! We didn't join in though, because I thought it would be better to sit it out and watch from the sidelines. Truthfully, I wanted to just watch everyone and everything. I couldn't believe I was actually experiencing something I'd only seen on TV before, so I wanted to just take everything in. I only have a couple of regrets - one, not wearing a yukata, because all the girls who did were so pretty, and two, not being able to speak (or much less read) Nihongo well, because I wanted so much to talk to the people there. (I did get to see and talk to my friends from Canmake PH though!) But all in all, it was an amazing experience, spent with amazing people. Aian and I are looking forward to next year's festival - this time we'll come in yukata and join in the festivities for sure! ヾ(*´∀`*)ノ

the kawaii girl uniform

24 March 2015







Romwe cardigan, tights ♦ Rainbowholic x LucyPop Japan Kawaii Girl UniformCandy Kawaii Lover skirt ♦ platform sneakers c/o Rainbowholic Shop

So happy to finally share this with everyone -- the Rainbowholic x LucyPop Japan Kawaii Girl Uniform! I first saw this at Kawaii in Manila 2, and I liked the design very much. I was so happy when I received one from Kaila earlier this year, as a gift for officially joining the Kawaii PH blogger roster (*´艸`*) I liked it so much that I wore it immediately and began thinking of ways to style it! This is what I came up with -- two looks that best show my personal style.

The first one is a feminine look - I wanted to show everyone my ~*~mature~*~ side, while keeping to the girly style that I like a lot. To be honest I didn't think red and lavender would work well, but I'm glad I (somehow) managed to pull it off. The second one is a more cutesy, casual look. Red and pink, for me, is a fail-safe color combo, so this was easy for me to come up with. (Also, looking at it now, I kind of look like I'm wearing my blog, don't you think? Haha!) So, which one do you like? At first I really liked the first one, but I'm very biased towards pink so I started liking the second one more. I'm very fickle! Which is why I wanted to do two looks in the first place, haha! I plan to do a variety of other looks with this in the future, so please watch out for that! ヽ(=^・ω・^=)丿

If you like the Kawaii Girl Uniform, be sure to check out this post by Kaila as well, where she talks about how she came up with the idea for it. It's very inspiring (as all of her other posts). Also, great news to those who live in Taiwan! LucyPop will have an exhibit in Taipei, so exciting! Check this link for more info: click!