Saturday, April 30, 2011

Street Snap of the Day #27

Outside Shinjuku station, south exit. First Lolitas ever to let me take their picture I think. =D

Friday, April 29, 2011

Avril Lavigne Shopping at Shibuya 109

Avril Lavigne was in Japan to promote her new Album Goodbye Lullabye. She also had time for some shopping with the Popteen superstar Kumicky.

Video of Avril shopping at Shibuya 109 with Kumicky and meeting Tomomi from the girlband AKB48:

Since Avril doesn't speak Japanese and the Japanese girls doesn't speak English they need an interpretor all the time. It would be a really cool job to be an interpretor like that.

Avril thinks "Japan takes fashion to the next level" and loves shopping here.

Here's what she bought at Shibuya 109. Her favorite stores turned out to be tutuHA, CocoLulu and Gilfy.

The AKB48 member Tomomi(right of the coffe cup) told Avril she has been listening to her music since she was small. AKB48 is an extremley popular girlband from Akihabara that originally had 48 members, but Tomomi tells Avril that they're now more than 100!

Everybody wanted to meet Avril. Here together with the "Gyaru-Mama" Tsubasa Masuwaka.

Avril Lavigne is one of few foreign superstars in Japan together with Lady Gaga. A 3D version of her latest music video have been playing in Sony Building in Ginza lately. 

The Gyaru Graduation

Today six people were about to graduate from their Gyaru circle and enter the real world.

Got invited by this girl Maamin from the gyaru circle Kuraha arranging the Graduation party.

Here's the six people that were going to graduate.

The gyaru fashion and lifestyle used to be something you stop with when you're 20 years old, but nowadays people do it much longer. The famous Gyaru-O Umeshan(right) is now 29 for example.

Still had extensions from the hair salon Rizel at this time. But my hair is pretty long without extensions now so Sofia helped me take them out.

The extensions after being taken out. Pretty funny that I used to have all that in my hair.

The event were at Club Flower in Roppongi. Roppongi is not exactly a place where gyaru usually hang out so we just had to follow the only ones we saw to the event.

People at the entrance doing "Ura Piisu"(backwards peace).

Such a cool audience inside waiting for Para Para-dance shows and more.

Specially this guy!! XD

How did he come up with that hairstyle? :D

One of the Gyaru-O graduating.

Para-Para dance show.

Maamin doing a Para-Para move.

Lots of people watching and taking photos.

Video of some Para-Para at the event:

Talked with this funny guy that recognized me from Club Atom.

Gyaru circle members thanking the graduates for their time in the circle.

Everybody watching videos of memories from the time that passed.

Maamin breaking down in tears.

Everybody got a booklet where you could read about the graduates.

Some last words from the graduates before they become "ShaKaiJin". When you become a "ShaKaiJin" working all day you are officially contributing to the Japanese society instead of taking from it.

Street Snap of the Day #26

Shibuya 109 staff waiting in the line to an EGG Youth Party. Cool cell phone straps and hat!

Street Snap of the Day #25

Saw this guy in Harajuku and wondered why he had so much arm and leg protection.

I didn't really found out why, but he told me he's a harmonica player, performing on the streets. He asked what kind of street music there's in my country, and said that he wanted to play his harmonica on streets all over the world.

Street Snap of the Day #24

Found these old pics from when I walked around at Shibuya Sentagai(Center Street) and met this guy with a green glowing stone in his mouth.

Hahaha I love his face expression on this picture! :D

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Alcatraz - A Very Sick Restaurant...

I've been hearing about how sick the "Mental Hospital Restaurant" Alcatraz for a long time. Today we were about to find out...

Me and Elyce to the left, that's a university student in Tokyo, were meeting to go shopping. She's from Puerto Rico. Or was it Costa Rica? I always forget, sorry!! :(

Today's style. Cardigan from Daisy in Shibuya 109-2.

We went to Shibuya 109-2 and I bought these shoes. Probably the coolest shoes I've ever had!
I looove the removable thing that covers the shoe strings.

And the fact that the shoe tongue goes up over the jeans makes them for noticeable.

It was pretty emberassing when I tried the shoes on, because I accidently ripped them when I pulled the shoe strings too hard, in front of a staff. Then I said I would come back to the store after looking around, but he said that they were the only one in Shibuya 109-2 having sneakers which isn't true.

Anyway I bought the shoes, but I wanted a new pair, which the staff thought was okey. But when I had left the store I saw that he had put down the ripped shoes there, so I went back to change them. Elyce said that she had experienced something similar at Shibuya 109 when the staff lied about what size they put down in her bag.

That's really not okey, but I guess they are really pressured to sell a lot. :/

Then we went to the store Diavlo which sells bags and accessories for both men and women. You can buy a bag and then style it with accessories, like the ones this dog is covered in...

Right in the middle of all the accessories they had a scissor hand! I hope you can't buy that!! XD

Reminds me of this guy from last Halloween in Shibuya. ;D

Afterwards we took a "shopping-purikura" with Elyce bag and my shoes.

Then it was time for things to get weird!! We went to Alcatraz where you have to press your blood type to enter.

On the way to our table we passed by their kitchen...

Before sitting down one of us had to get electrified in this! :O

I was unselfish enough to give Elyce this wonderful opportunity. ;D

Then we got locked into one of the many prison cells.

The waitresses serving us.

Apart from the crazy doctors running around the staff looked nice so far. But that would change!! :(

The menu. You should be very cautious when picking your food!

These canister drinks were one of the things on the menu.

They had bigger ones too.

It was a very very strange menu...

We were pretty hungry so we didn't really dare to order anything we might not be able to eat. XD

Then it got dark all of a sudden and scary music started playing.

The cute waitresses were gone and strange freaks passed by outside our room.

The wall next to me was only a curtain which people could sneak in through which made it even more uncomfortable. Elyce started checking so that there weren't any holes or secret doors in her wall.

Seeing this guy standing outside our door wasn't very fun. :O

Thought I was gonna die when he rushed in! ;D

This monster came in and hit us in the head with his plastic hammer! XD

When the monsters were gone I had to go straight to the toilet!

Very nasty toilet! :/

Just when we were about to go home it got dark again and sirens started. You could hear clown voices from the speakers saying: -"Welcome to Disney World!"

We thought the monsters were coming again and tried to escape. But then the waitresses pulled out all the customers from their prison cells and started doing gymnastics...

I think we both thought we had seriously went insane when that happened!!XD

It must be one of my strangest experiences ever. Even in Japan!

Here's a video from the gymnastics at Alcatraz:

After paying for our "stay" at this insane hospital, we got some prescripted medicine. We're sure gonna need it after this!! ;D