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Travel Diary: Harajuku, Shibuya & Ikebukuro

In the morning we met my friend, Takahiro, at Harajuku station and headed to the park. We paid our respects and I wanted to hang up a wish plaque but couldn’t think of anything specific to write… Ended up just taking a touristy photo instead :D

Meiji Shrine Gate
Meiji Shrine Gate

At Meiji Shrine
At Meiji Shrine

Afterwards we went to Shibuya for some sushi! OMG, sushi was really inexpensive and the choice was vast. Takahiro took us to one which was self operated using an iPad. You select up to 3 dishes you’d like per order and when ready, the chef will ‘ship it’ to you via an automatic conveyor belt. It was so cool! There was even an option to play Jan Ken Pon (rock, paper, scissors) with the computer after spending over ¥1080, winning allows you the choice of a 10% off voucher on your next visit or a free go at their gashapon. I opted for the gashapon and got myself a cute sushi keyring which I gave my little cousin!
Immi with Sushi
Immi with Sushi

Sushi Platter
Sushi Platter
My Kiddy Meal
My Kiddy Meal

Oh on another occasion, Stefan and I ordered a kids meal as we didn’t want to spend nor eat a lot that day and thought it would suffice. However what we didn’t realise is that we seriously confused the waitress because when the chef pinged for her to collect the food for me, she turned around instantly to confirm the table number. When she looks back at table 1, she sees me sitting there and replies to the chef that there’s no child at the table. The chef shoos her off and she warily walks over and asks me if this children’s meal was mine. Shyly, I replied yes and felt super bad for ordering a non-adult meal D: The others thought it was funny and laughed about it throughout our trip. Oh Japan, how you amused us so. Nevertheless, the kids meal was super yummy with fries, fried chicken, mini sushi pieces and a cake!

Polaroids at Harajuku
Polaroids at Harajuku
Cardcaptor Sakura merch!
Cardcaptor Sakura merch!

Harajuku is a small place with a huge sense of fashion. The world famous Takeashita Street is renowned for the hoards of people who gather to show off their fashion on the weekend. The times I went weren’t very busy and we were able to browse the stores casually. I was very tempted to buy a maid outfit for my next expo as they were having a sale, but couldn’t decide on the colour or design at the time. My friend, Emi took us to her favourite shops, many which were lolita stalls and some quirky ones such as Doki Doki 6%. There was a really nice retro toy shop which we all ended up buying something each as souvenirs or for ourselves.

Takeshita Street
Takeshita Street

Takeshita Street
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In Harajuku
Immi and I kept coming back here to try out the crepes! We found out the hard way that cheese in Japan isn’t the same as cheese in England… Thus their cheesecake isn’t great and tastes really odd. Brownies are rather yummy on the other hand! Nevertheless we enjoyed our pretty crepes.

When you visit Harajuku you definitely must see the Dawson store here. It is huge! The selection is great and you’re bound to find a few souvenirs to bring home. I stocked up on some cute washi tapes and DIY keyring kits for my little cousins!

Dressing up for our purikura shoot
Dressing up for our purikura shoot

Onesies
Onesies for Purikura!

Purikura
One of the many Purikura photos :)

After a long day of shopping and eating, Emi took us to the purikura shop. Purikura is famous in Japan where you can take sticker photos with beauty x100 (exaggeration) plus enlarge dolly-like eyes. You’re also able to dress up for free and decorate your photos at the booth afterwards. I had a lot of fun and the photos came out great! (although we seriously don’t look like ourselves… Heh )

With love,
Kekidoll xoxo

I feel like making a chair out of Molang bunnies!

MCM Expo May 2015

Batman Cowls!
My little online kawaii store, Kekiko, exhibited at MCM Comic Con this May and it was a busy weekend for myself and my helpers!
Kekiko Stall :)
We had a great time meeting lots of new faces. As well as familiar ones.
Aisha Anime and Moi <3
There were a lot of great cosplayers some which I’ve managed to take a photo of who had past the stall. However, there were so many that were missed since the hall was huge and many people missed small areas.
Lulu and Ahri ^__^
For Hello Kitty’s 10th anniversary, she turned a large booth area into a mini garden fit with a caravan, teepee, photobooth and Hello Kitty chairs. There was free face painting, hair chalk, photos and a phone charging station to all their visitors for their #OneKindThing campaign. I went ahead and got pink hair chalk, my face painted (didn’t really wash it off…) and photos from the photobooth.
We got our faces painted :P
We’d definitely venture back in October!
I feel like making a chair out of Molang bunnies!
Check out the Facebook page for more photos from the weekend!

With love,

Kekidoll xoxo

The Crusader: Johanna painting.

Heroes of Storm UK Launch Party

Heroes of the Storm recently held a launch party at Old Billingsgate in London where many fans and gamers attended. I happened to be lucky enough to get a free ticket at the time.

Heroes of the Storm stage
Heroes of the Storm stage

For a free event it was rather nicely kitted out. There was a main stage where everything happened,  they gave out some freebies (including a champion and free skin), photo booths, computers to play the game (although you may as well played at home), free bar, a shop and a DJ stage where Madeon played.
HoTS Posing in the photobooth
Posing in the photobooth

HoTS Photoboth
We look so cool

Although I’ve only been introduced to the game recently, I wasn’t an avid fan but seeing them unveil their new champion on the night was something to experience. The cheers and noise from the crowd and amazing and actually being in the midst of people so passionate about the same thing was overwhelming. I loved that atmosphere and really enjoyed my time.
HoTS Cosplayers
Cosplayers

Madeon’s stage as the ending sequence was really well setup.  He had a DJ set,  really sweet screen setup and lots of bright and colourful lights. It really felt like a rave! However I don’t think we’re the right audience as most of the attendees would grab out their smart phone to record and Snapchat this moment.  Even I ended up Instagramming a snippet! You can also watch the full event on Youtube!

I would love to attend another event like this although I would have expected more attractions and things to do. I guess I was comparing it to the Final Fantasy Fan Festival from last year,  but that was a grand event that was paid for. So I think Blizzard did a good job.
The Crusader: Johanna painting.
The Crusader: Johanna painting.

Have you attended any interesting events lately? Any upcoming ones you’re excited about?

With love,
Kekidoll xoxo

London Anime Comic Con

I’ve been quite busy lately trying to get everything sorted so I could exhibit at London Anime Con at The Rocket Complex at Holloway Road. It was so busy that they had to turn people away!

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Ready for LACC!

The venue was split into many sections and I was hidden in the artists alley at the back of the hall. Many other exhibitors were upstairs in the main area.

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So many cool cosplayers!

The weekend was fun and lots of people recognised the store thanks to many amazing websites and press people; especially Aisha from Anime Picks! I took lots of photos of cosplayers that came by my stall, you can see them all on my facebook page: Kekiko.

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With YY from YY Kawaii

Some people managed to find the artist alley filled with amazing art and really cool looking hand made items ^^

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Scary anime masks

I heard that there is one in June as well but I’m unsure if I’ll have enough time to attend since I’ll be going to MCM in May and Hyper Japan in July. Busy busy!!

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These handmade Kigurumi Masks can cost up to a grand!

Oh, Happy Valentines!! What do you have planned today?

With Love,
Kekidoll xoxo

Expo weekend

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Kekiko at MCM Expo

Kekiko launched on the weekend of MCM Comic Con on 25-27th October. This was a brand that I had started up myself and am planning to work on to bring adorable items handmade, hand designed or handpicked by yours truly.
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Cute hand made panda bookmarks

Check out my interview with Jenny from Nerdgeist here!

The three day weekend was filled with people dressed up as interesting characters, people seeking anime merchandise or kawaii items or were just there for the comic con panel and games. I managed to play on the Pump it Up machine on the last day as they managed to fix it (it was down for two days).

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Cute little Despicable Me minion cake

Business was well and it was a lot of fun. My two cousins came and helped me out a lot during the weekend, which meant I was able to take a break and look around while they looked after my stall. Our best sellers were the cute head gear; I had an assortment of hair clips with ears on, bunny hats and caps with the avengers on. Everyone loved them!
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Cousin and I sporting the headgear


Kekiko was also featured in Anime Picks!

Now that the expo is over I am focusing on getting the online store up and running. Its only a holding page at the moment since I’m working on the layout and product photos. If you want to be the first to know when we open go visit www.kekiko.com and enter your email :)

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Go to the Kekiko Facebook to see more cosplay!

Shall speak to you all soon!

With love,
Kekidoll xoxo

We Went to Manchester MCM Expo

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MCM Expo Manchester happened on Saturday 20th July. My friends and I headed up North on Friday morning but I missed my coach as I was busy sorting out personal errands for my family. So I ended up getting to Manchester 2 hours later than my friends. However the coach I sat on was more spacious, comfy and allows a pit stop at a service centre compared to the other coach I missed. This, I believe, was due to price as the first bus cost £5 and the one I rode on cost £17 on the day.

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Once in Manchester we shopped around in the city centre and ordered pizza to the hotel as we failed to find Pizza Hut before it shut. It was a fun evening.

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We arrived at the Manchester MCM Expo the following day. This venue was smaller than the London version but was very busy. So busy that the entrance was blocked for 10 minutes to control congestion. There were a variety of stalls where some exhibit in all the MCM expos so there were a few familiar faces. There were many new stalls local to Manchester that I’ve never seen before. People sold cute hats, tote bags, cuddly toys, jewellery, shoes, comics, art, t-shirts and much more. I didn’t buy an awful lot because I restricted myself and didn’t want to fill up my, already tiny, room with more toys.

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After a while of shopping, my friend called me to come over to the DDR machines. In London MCM the arcade/gaming area is always full and hogged by gaming enthusiasts. So to my surprise the DDR and Pump machines were clear and there wasn’t much of a queue nor crowd around them! My friend and I played a fair amount of games and on normal to hard modes which people thought was amazing. They should come to London, I’d be embarrassed to show my skills there with all the pros! However I loved how people of all levels were encouraged to play and weren’t scrutinised. I think it allows people to try out new games and ultimately have fun.

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I even tried out Picmen on the WiiU which I found was fun! The member of staff said I did very well and managed to get the hang of the game, plus almost finish the level, in 2 minutes (I jumped on after a few people attempted the challenge). *does the V pose*

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We left around 5:30 before the rush for the exit began. Had a shower after a ‘gym session’ on the Pump It Up machines and headed out for dinner. We went to Hard Rock Café at The Printworks since none of us had been there before. The restaurant had a good atmosphere with good music and really good food. I tried the local burger of the day which was a lamb and mint burger with fried carrots and onions on top of lettuce and tomato in a bun. Nom nom nom! If you follow my instagram you would have seen my array of foodie photos from my trip.

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The brownie ice cream was big! It was delicious. The strawberry cheesecake tasted really creamy too but it wasn’t as solid as a normal cheesecake should be. The presentation was disappointing compared to the brownie. Although costing the same amount we didn’t think the cheesecake lived up to the cost. Overall our dinner was delicious, the venue was very entertaining and had lots of really cool decorations. Our waiter was very friendly but would be MIA half the time. I guess we were very busy chatting a lot. *le shrug* The dessert was yummy but we just expecting a slice of cheesecake rather than a shot glass filled with the dessert.

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We all enjoyed our mini weekend road trip and plan to do it again next year!! MCM Manchester 2014 I’ll be waiting!

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With love,
Kekidoll xoxo

Hyper Japan Summer 2013

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So I visited Hyper Japan over the weekend on Sunday 28th July. There was a lot to see! The venue was massive but there was a lot of unused space. This may have been due to allowing extra room for people to walk around in.

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Sunday wasn’t too busy, there wasn’t a queue at the door compared to Saturday. There was a gaming section where new and retro games could be played! I tried out Wonderful 101 on the WiiU. This is a cooperative game where two people fight monsters together using the joypad to create shapes to create weapons. The weapons are created from people, imagine pikmen and calling your minions to group together and produce a sword for you.

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I also played on the Taiko drums which I found rather hard to play since the drums weren’t as responsive. The second time I played, I used the controller but unfortunately I picked up the wrong one and was playing my friends drum; so we had two players on one drum. No wonder Player1 such a high score and Player2 zero points!

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Next I tried out a very old game called Ghouls and Ghosts. Its a Japanese game where you control a spear throwing knight to kill skeletons that pop up from above or the ground. This was a fun game. It was damn hard though! Every time something would catch me out like a random skull being dropped on you or a skeleton happening to emerge where you’re standing. There was also the Nintendo SNES and Sega Mega drive too but u didn’t have a chance to play. The 8-bit and retro console machines will be at Eurogamer in October!

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Shiro-A, an electro pop performance group, performed at Hyper Japan. They were also selling tickets for their event at their stall. I’ve seen them on YouTube and love them! Its so quirky and cool. They were wearing tubes on their head and was running around the whole hall. If you visited their stand they would also let you put the tube on :)

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The food court had so much to try but it was always very busy. Queues everywhere! By the time it died down and I was able to get some the stalls had sold out. :(

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There was a small stage in one corner where they were doing small performances. I saw a lady perform Rococo, usually a male act, which is a comedy performance told by one person. Her story was simple, it was about two kids buying takoyaki but was a coin short. So the older one tricked the owner by asking for the time mid-counting his payment, so he just continued from the number the owner said. Thinking this was clever, the younger kid decided to do the same the next day. To not screw up the trick he reenacted exactly the same scene, word for word at the same stall. This made the store owner worried and asked if the kid needed to see the doctor (because he was talking to himself, hehehe). When it came to payment, the kid asked for the time half way through counting his coins but of course the time was earlier than where he stopped so he ended up paying more than he needed. The end!

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The performer had really good emotions and acting skills! I found it funny ut think she could have told a better story.

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There was also a music performance from an international flute player, shimikansen and drummer. Separate it was boring in a way but it was what they would normally play in the theatre. The flute was piercing and really high pitched but when you put them together and add in a beat it sounds amazing.

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A singer was also singing along to them and taught the audience part of the lyrics. Its so cute! Da pon da pon da pon pon. Doesn’t mean anything but it’s catchy. Some lady was looking at me weirdly because I was singing along… I gave her a “What?! She taught you too yanno!” look.

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I saw many stalls selling cute items. However I only bought a few items because I didn’t take any money out in the morning! Only had £20 on me. Luckily some stalls took card ^___^ I’ll do a full post on that later.

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Did you visit Hyper Japan? What do you like about the Japanese culture? Would you like to visit Japan? I know I want to go again!

With love,
Kekidoll xoxo

MCM Expo London Cosplay 2013

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As mentioned before, I attended the London comic con festival in the bank holiday weekend in May.

Ryu an Ken Cosplay
Ryu and Ken at a cupcake store

There were a lot of cosplayers this year, most in onesie costumes of unicorns *raises hand*, Pikachu or Hamtaro.

Necomini
We tried on Necomimi’s!

There were many lolita girls too, plus lots of famous game and anime characters as usual.

League of Legends was there too and held a tournament. Many fans attended and purchased merchandise. It was so nice! However I didn’t plan on spending money during my attendance so I didn’t buy any champion hats.

Teemo hat
He had a Captain Teemo hat on!
Rammus Hat
He had a Rammus hat on!

Here I’ve showcased the ones I loved and thought were really cool.

With Love,
Kekidoll xxx

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