my girly photobook collection, part one

January 27, 2017 No comments

Here's a little something I've been wanting to show you all for some time now—my growing girly photobook collection! I know some of you have been waiting for this ever since I posted photos last year. The truth is, I somehow forgot all about these photos (what is new), so they've been sitting in my drafts the whole time _(:3」∠)_ I've actually acquired about five more books since then, but I thought I'd go ahead and post these anyway. I plan to make an updated post of my collection in the future, so this is only part one!




LARME 015 & 016
Firstly, my LARME magazines. Not photobooks per se, but LARME describes itself as a 甘くてかわいい女の子のファッション絵本 or "sweet and cute girly fashion book", so I guess these still count? I bought my first ever copy of LARME 016 from Tokyo Fanatics. As for LARME 015, I asked my friend Hanie, who's studying in Singapore, to buy it for me when it came out. Though these days it's a bit hard for me to dress in LARME-kei, I still love the style very much and look at the magazines for inspiration every now and then.




RISADOLLAMOSCREAM
If I could pick my top two favorite LARME girls, it would be Risa Nakamura and AMO. These days if you think of LARME, Risa would be one of the people that would immediately come to mind. RISADOLL, her first style book, is just as similar to LARME as you would imagine. But that's only to be expected, as Haruna Nakagori, the editor-in-chief and creator of LARME herself, was the creative director for this book. As for AMO, I've known about her ever since her early KERA days, so I know that she'd been into sweet and girly fashion long before LARME was created. In fact, all of her fans used to just call this style of hers "AMO style". Too bad AMO's not into this particular style anymore. Her AMOSCREAM era was my favorite, so I treasure this book a lot.



KANAKANAParU
Idol photobooks! I'm not really a fan of either the 48 groups or Morning Musume (I don't dislike them, but I only like them enough to know a few songs), but I had to pick these up when I saw them at Kinokuniya. KANAKANA, Kanako Hiramatsu's personal style book, was on my girly photobook wishlist since a long time ago. I knew Kanakana as the designer and producer of Honey Cinnamon, and I only found out later that she used to be part of SKE48. I quite like her personal style and her designs for Honey Cinnamon, so I wanted to get her book when it came out. Luckily there was one copy in Kino left, so I managed to get it still. I got it from the idol photobook section, which is where I saw ParU, Paruru's photobook. I hadn't planned on getting it but the cover was so eye-catching that I had to check it out. I flipped through the pages one time, then it went straight into my basket. The contents are SO GOOD. From the creative direction to the photography. As expected of an AKB48 member. Also there was something about her look that I found really interesting, so that made me want the book more.


Sayu
Last but not least is Sayu, Sayumi Michishige's photobook. I only know one Morning Musume song, and it's this. I stumbled upon that video ages ago, long before Youtube came into existence, and used to play it over and over. Sayumi and Tanaka Reina were my favorites in that video, so they're the only MoMusu members I know. Looks-wise, Sayumi was my favorite, so I kept tabs on her photobook work. I remember seeing the Sayu photos floating around and thinking how pretty they were, so when I found a copy of the book I thought it was ~*~fate~*~ lol.


And that's it! At the time I took these photos, I had 2 LARME issues and 5 photobooks. Now I have a total of 6 LARME issues and 10 photobooks! I bought a lot of them last year at Kino, and I plan to buy more in the future ♥

Aside from an updated collection post, I also plan to do separate posts for each these books. Not actual reviews – just photo-spams of the contents, lol. Considering I have so much post backlog though, it might take me forever before I can do those, but I will try. (The key word here being try.)

Any particular book you want to see first? Let me know in the comments! :)

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