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Former Mercury actress Akamine Hisano went to see Amour Eternal! She thought Yume-Mercury had a lovely voice and made a cute Mercury! Her daughter was a fan of Karin-Saturn after the last musical and wanted to meet her, but got shy and couldn’t say anything. She said on instagram that there were more kids in the audience this year and her daughter tells her that the musicals are popular in her kindergarden class! 

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Eri Minami’s Persona, Shirayamahime

*cough*

Is this thing on?

I had planned on starting this back up when I finished Golden, but I don’t have as much free time as I used to, so I decided to start up sooner.  Though maybe I should have started with something easier to draw, haha.

Anyway.  Shirayamahime is the goddess of the Shirayamahime Shrine located in the city of Hakusan.  Shirayamahime is usually considered the same as another goddess, the more well known Kikuri-hime, a goddess of mediation and negotiation.  She mediated on Izanami’s behalf at Yomotsu-Hirasaka when she chased Izanagi from Yomi.

Someone mediating on behalf of two opposed parties feels like something that belongs to Eri, doesn’t it?  But beyond that, I didn’t really pull much imagery from the myth itself.

I wanted Eri’s Persona to be a navigation Persona like I had done with Shu’s, mostly because Eri just flat out didn’t strike me as someone who would willingly fight (but apparently I think Hisano can fight?  I’m just weird I guess).  So the TV head from Eri’s Shadow was a good starting point–that seems kind of navigation-esque, allowing Eri to watch the action unfolding, or something.

The cage like hair was another idea I had early on, but it took me a while to design something that wasn’t a super pain in the ass to draw.  But it still kind of was, so I dunno.  I had messed with the idea of giving her an antenna to pull in information from, but I felt that was too similar to my Omoikane design, so I thought up having her hair as a kind of “cable” connection to the ground.

If you look close at the top picture you can see some fun imagery in her TV face.

Go here to compare to Shadow Eri.

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Gion Matsuri’s Hanagasa Junko 2015: “Kabuki Odori” by geiko and one maiko from Pontocho - Ayano, Ichino, Momiju, Hisasuzu, Mitsuna, Ichifuku, Chizu and Momifuku

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Kyoumai Gion Kouta

Maiko Hisano, Tomoyuki and jikata geiko Kazumi (Pontocho)

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Tomoyuki and Hisano dancing Gion Kouta with jikata geiko Kazumi

Sacai A to Z

Every single person that visits me in Tokyo falls in love with Sacai.

Sacai is a brainchild of Japanese designer Chitose Abe. 

She started by working for Comme des Garcons as a patternmaker, (which is the best and at the same time the hardest school of fashion, streching the problem solving abilities and abstract thinking to a whole new level). 

Abe-san took a break to focus on her family and child, and while being a mum and a housewife, she started creating these edgy yet simple outfits that are so practical yet so deconstructed and Sacai was born.

Few weeks back we celebrated a beautiful event of Sacai A to Z book launch, an event where all Tokyo editors and stars came to congratulate Abe-san.

Here is my small photo report from this fantastic night:

First, as Japan is big on taking funny pictures - a special photobooth. Starring my dear friend and Parisian runways makeup artist Hisano Komine.

Next, some iconic Sacai designs

And more

Sacai is always simple, yet sophisticated, it turns a normcore outfit into a timeless piece. A word of advice - do not wait for sales season, majority of designs are far gone by then.

Melody Yoko wearing Sacai dress

And the patchwork mascots

Chitose Abe and Rola 

And the book by Rizzoli

And a special photo-room


Family picture with our favorite stylists

And the outfit props for a photobooth, so fun!

First fall show of Sacai in Paris was the 2012 fall one, yet she was ot a newcomer and Sacai started in Japan in 1999. From home actually. The brand name comes from Chitose Abe’s maiden name Sakai.

Sacai is always lighthearted and joyful, easy and functional and adapted to a speedy life in a large metropolis.

Sacai Flagship address:

サカイ (sacai)
住所:東京都港区南青山5-4-44 南青山シティハウス A-1F, 2F

A-1F,2F Minamiaoyama City House 5-4-44 Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku Tokyo
Tel: +81 3 6418 5977
Store Hours: 12:00 - 20:00

And what will the winter 2015 collection look like?

A dress

A leather and fur jacket

And beautifully constructed knits

Hurry up as those pieces go super quickly.