Wednesday, October 5, 2011

REWINDING : JAPAN

As always, I had trouble sleeping last night and I suddenly had flashbacks of my trip to Japan in 2003.. So I thought, better write than just sit in bed for doing nothing. My obsession with the Japanese culture takes me back to those days where I was an anime freak. Yes, me an anime freak. All thanks to Doraemon, that magic blue cat who seemed to have every imaginable gadget to save Nobita's life. Then I had a period where I was into Cardcaptor Sakura.. then eventually moving into the gothic lolita Harajuku girls.. and so on.. I find the Japanese very unique. They are one of a kind. I like how they maintain their traditions while being open to modernism at the same time.
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me, circa 2003. i cant believe that im wearing a hat that's identical to the 3 strangers in the background...

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This is how their traditional vs modern works in fashion. While I was still studying in school, I had one class where I learned the typical characteristics of designers based on their locations. For the Japanese, deconstructive styles was one of them. Geniuses such as Rei Kawakubo (Comme des Garçons) are famous for turning a single piece of fabric into a work of art filled with out-of-the-world shillouettes and designs. The designs look futuristic. But, the production is mostly based on Japan's very own Origami.
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Rei for Comme des Garçons piece in Vogue UK 2008. Shot by Nick Knight (img from fashionisavampire)

Rei herself admitted that her home country is most inspiring. Japan seems to be ahead not in just fashion, but also in beauty and electronics (remember Nintendo and Mario?) No wonder Hollywood A-lists such as Gwen Stefanie and Kimora have been sucked into the whimsical culture of the Nihongjins.
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doraemon milk image from weheartit

Other than that, Japanese delicacies have also topped off my favorite food list. From their low calorie cup noodles to omakazes, there's not one food that I don't like (except for wasabi). To me, Japan is somewhat like Paris. In just about every little corner, you can find food stalls or kiosks that serve delicious meals even if it's only a simple bowl of udon. Until today, I still find it amuzing how the Japanese are able to concoct delicious snacks yet they maintain the nutrition facts under the healthy radar. Writing all this makes me miss Japan ALOT, especially all the snacks I encounter in their minimarkets..

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47 comments:

PetiteLittleGirl said...

Japan is on my list of places to visit. I hope it'll come true one day. The first picture is so awesome =)

Chelsea Elizabeth. said...

Wow! This is all so neat! I don't know much about japanese culture but it seems so interesting!

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Rosa Blanca said...

lol true... so cute :D
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Lumpexoholiczka said...

I love this post!

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cherie said...

you look so cute in the first picture! i've always loved the japanese culture and way of life. how it's so modern but still in touch with tradition.

The Fancy Teacup said...

I've always wanted to visit Japan. Such a great post showing your trip down memory lane.

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Tara said...

I love Japan so muchhhhh !!!!!
:)

Olivia said...

hoaaa.you look pretty cute in this picture.
Even I've never been there, Japan is one of must have visited place on my list before i die :)

Belvin said...

japan is amazing!!

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Belvin said...

japan amazinggg :)

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Belvin said...

wow japan :)
i love doraemon milk :P

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Belvin said...

wow japan :)
i love doraemon milk :P

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sajuki said...

great photos..

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Raspberry Jam said...

Beautiful! I hope I can visit this country one day!

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ninda said...

the fashion japan is just too great with the traditional and modern together :)
me too, I'm a doraemon freak hahah :D
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wakeupbeachbottle said...

Japan really is the best! Especially during cherry blossom season!

BlueVanilla said...

Cool photos! Would love to visit there one day!
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Mesmerize said...

I really like this post! I also love japan for their beautiful culture. And I love manga to!!:)

Antonia said...

Oh my, these pics are awesome!! Love it! ;)


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raisa said...

Yes, it is the same hat. :)
You were so cute.

Theonlyfashionprincess said...

I've never been in Japan before, but I hopeI'll get the chance to visit the country in the future! :) X

bloomingvogue said...

The 3 stranger in the background are your first fashion follower =D

I don't know why you can't see my photos. You're the first one tells me this. Thats shit =/

Sandra said...

Love your photo, and at the same time it's so strange to see you like that :) So young little girl :)))

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The.Red.See said...

Great pictures! That's funny that 3 strangers had on the same hat.

MARCELLA CAROLINE said...

so cuteeee, chelle! unlucky me, aku cm perna transit dsana haha..

CutestPrincess said...

japan is such a beautiful place, you look so cute on your 1st pic.

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Evelyn Halim said...

Japan is definitely the best place on earth.



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Carmen said...

I loved Cardcaptor Sakura! Though a definite favourite is An Pan Man, I remember my mum coming back from a trip to Japan with all these cute children's magazines and sweets! I love that first photo of you.


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Bonnie said...

I would love to visit Japan someday. The country has such a rich history.

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FRANKIE HEARTS FASHION said...

such great photos and so much Japanese inspiration! xo

Yajaira said...

nice

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I V Y said...

hahahaha too cute

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Saphira Thenalia said...

owh...enaknya ke Jepang..
iya, film-film kartun yang mencirikan Jepang and the Harajuku's style...kapan ke Jepang lagi??hehe
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lapetiteblonde said...

nice pictures!!
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Melly said...

Cute pix. :)

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Evi said...

So cute !!! ;)

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AlvianaKalin said...

I've always wanted to go theree!! and you look so cuteeee in the picture michelle!

xx,
Alviana

Coffee Cream and the Caffeine said...

OMG the food really makes me drool over my keyboard and now im craving for sushi !

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Plami said...

This is amazing, so different from everything I've seen! I hope I will visit someday!

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dunia kecil indi said...

i'm not really into japanese thing, but i love sushi :D and that doraemon milk just sooooo CUTE! :))

Fetty Asihta Kencana Putri said...

You're so cute Michelle! :)
Going to visit Japan someday! ;p
xoxo

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Agh you are rekindling my love for Japan. Hopefully I can go back next year!

Sanna said...

I love japanese stuffs as well.....esp sushi ..love em.

ARIO ACHDA said...

hwahahahahahahahahha, the first picture is PRICELESS!!!!! gila ya, 2003 ud lama bgt, but i was in high school already back then *geez, the age gap shows all of the sudden*. sini sini, blajar bahasa jepang sm aku dikit2 !! :p

ps: headpiece dayak mana yg kamu maksuuuutt???? LOL itu Indian tauuuuk!

Karina Dinda R. said...

Seems fun there! Aku juga pengen ke Jepang ;)

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