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What's Trending in the J-Pop World

Miriam
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San Jose, CA
Post #: 769
Japanese Tea Ceremonies
TKPop, Jan 2013



January is Hot Tea Month. Known worldwide for its love of tea, Japan is not satisfied with just drinking it. The Japanese have an ornate ritual surrounding the hot leafy goodness. There are two types of ceremony – a chakai and a chaji.

The chakai is the more basic of the two, typically involving several servings of tea to assembled guests. Meanwhile, the chaji is more formal, including an extra tea course and a kaiseki meal served afterwards. Put on a pot of, well, tea because a chaji can last up to four hours! The chaji service has several intricate steps, but at its most basic, the guests in the ceremony arrive at the tea house, wash their hands and mouths, crawl into the ceremony room through a small door, and then everybody gets to eat! Following the meal, everyone is served a course of tea and a lot of admiring the tools used to make the tea, all while seated with their feet tucked under them – a position that almost always leads to numbness and unintentional hilarity when everyone tries to get up.

Both tea ceremonies have so many intricacies to each and every step of the process, so giving you a complete understanding here would be a nearly impossible undertaking. If you'd like to learn more about each type of ceremony and their myriad details, we recommend sites like Japanese-Tea-Ceremony.net and Teavana.
Miriam
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San Jose, CA
Post #: 788
Sensational Kawaii! 6%DOKIDOKI Mook
Exclusive Photo Shoot in Tokyo

TKPop 4/10/13

I couldn't resist posting these pics of the 6%DokiDoki models. Kawaii smile

Their Mook (photo book) will be on sale at Kinokuniya if you're interested in buying. I'll certainly look into it smile


Miriam
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San Jose, CA
Post #: 789
Let's hear it for the boys. They can be so fashionable themselves. I love this outfit he put together cool



YSK/DEVIL w/ Vivienne Westwood, Dr. Martens & Clutch in Harajuku
TKPop, 4/13/13

A stylish and friendly 18-year-old who goes by the name YSK/DEVIL. He frequents the streets of Harajuku and his looks are always creative and polished. YSK/DEVIL’s wearing a long back jacket over a white belted top, pleated black pants, and Dr. Martens “Arien” creepers in black and white. Accessories include a cool white decorative clutch, glasses, clear bracelets, a Vivienne Westwood armor ring, and various other rings and earrings from Vivienne Westwood.



You can follow Yusuke on his personal Twitter.
Miriam
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San Jose, CA
Post #: 793
Pink Hair & Bowler Hat w/ Chicago Bulls Top, Lanvin & Vivienne Westwood in Harajuku TKPop, 4/29/13



20-year-old Rairi caught our eye in Harajuku with a cute look that mixes pink hair and a black bowler hat. She is wearing a Chicago Bulls t-shirt with a zippered mini-skirt, bomber jacket and rocking horse platform shoes from Tokyo Bopper.

Kurebayashi & Junnyan at the Yoyogi Flea Market in Harajuku



Two Harajuku style icons who you'll recognize are Kurebayashi & Junnyan! Haruka Kurebayashi (aka 90884) is a Japanese artist, an indie fashion designer, and a model for KERA Magazine. Junnyan is a longtime personality in the Harajuku scene as well as a founder of Harajuku Fashion Walk and the Pop N Cute parties.

Monday was a holiday in Japan, so a rare weekday edition of the Yoyogi Flea Market was held. There probably aren’t too many flea markets in the world where you’ll find well-known models/personalities selling off their old clothing for 500 yen, but it happens all of the time at Yoyogi. As far as their fashion goes, Kurebayashi was wearing a super-cute strawberry-print dress with a pannier, striped socks, and blue platform shoes. Junnyan was wearing a pink jacket with a pink top, 6%DOKIDOKI shorts, tights and pink boots.
Miriam
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San Jose, CA
Post #: 840
Winged Gothic Lolita Dress, Hangry & Angry, Angelic Pretty & Black Peace Now in Harajuku, TKPop 8/17/14



Coyumi is a friendly girl wearing a gothic lolita look with cute accessories. Coyumi told us she’s an actress when we met her on the street in Harajuku. Coyumi is wearing a jumper skirt from h.NAOTO FRILL with a Black Peace Now blouse. Her plush bag is also from h.NAOTO FRILL, her headdress is from Baby The Starts Shine Bright, her plush cat is by Hangry & Angry, her armor ring is Vivienne Westwood, her shoes are Ashinaga Ojisan (Daddy Long Legs), and her socks are Angelic Pretty. She is also wearing white wings.

Her favorite brands are h.NAOTO and Vivienne Westwood. She also mentioned that she’s a fan of Miyavi and The Back Horn.

Miriam
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Group Organizer
San Jose, CA
Post #: 852
Twin Tails & Mini Dress w/ Liz Lisa Sandals & Holographic Backpack in Harajuku
TKPop 9-27-14



Sayaka, a cutely-styled 20 year-old-girl, in Harajuku. The pink streak in her hair is what's eye-catching.

She was wearing twin tails and a monochrome mini dress. Her holographic backpack, pink heart choker, and jewelry are from Spinns. Her cute holographic platform sandals are by the girlie Japanese brand Liz Lisa.
Miriam
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Group Organizer
San Jose, CA
Post #: 856
Harajuku Cyber Style w/ Pen & Lolly, CyberDog, Gas Mask & Hair Falls
TKPop, 11/14/14

With their cyber colored hairstyles and fashion, these two girls were hard to miss walking the streets of Harajuku together.

Mika – pictured to the left – is 19 years old and she’s a student. She is wearing layered tops with a ruffled handmade skirt and an Anna Sui car-shaped purse. She has pink and yellow hair falls in her twin tails, a plastic choker, faux-fur arm and leg warmers, as well as over the knee socks. Her accessories are handmade and that she likes shopping at Isetan.

The girl with green hair falls, gas mask, and goggles is also a student – and she’s 20. She’s wearing a resale jacket over a crop top, a Pen & Lolly skirt and CyberDog suspender legwarmers. Her accessories are handmade.



Miriam
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Group Organizer
San Jose, CA
Post #: 871
Harajuku Girls: JPop Culture Fashion
by Samantha Brown, 3/23/15

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