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

Kaichi Fieldwork 2013: Japanese students visit the Uk

A few months ago, I received an email from my friend asking if I was interested in joining this this program organised by a teacher in Japan where students in high school will visit the UK as a school trip to learn the culture and better their English (why did I not get to go on amazing trips like these?!) I was really excited about the opportunity to meet new people and to be able to connect to the far east. It would also mean my TEFL experience would come in handy; I immediately applied to the programming to become a group leader and take the students around Southern England.

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I received an email notifying I was a successful candidate and would be a leader of 6-7 children in Group A. Yay!

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I embarked on a 5 day journey around London with my Japanese school kids, here are our highlights!

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I miss my students already! I would like to go to Japan to visit them!

I managed to meet a lot of friends who I still keep in touch with and plan on meeting up with them.

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I can’t wait to do it again next year!

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What have you guys been doing during mini trip?

With Love,
Kekidoll xoxo

Liese Bubble Foam Hair Dye Review

I’ve heard a lot of friends and beauty bloggers raving about this Japanese hair dye product, Liese, that foams in your hand and wanted to try it out for a long time. I finally got the chance when I was visiting Hong Kong in March.

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I purchased Liese in Cassie Berry, a plum reddish colour, from Watsons who were having a promotion on the product at the time. The Liese hair dye range covers hair colours from blonde, red and black. All their colours are very wearable and the packaging shows the outcome according to your hair colour. Surprisingly the outcome was very close to the photo because I have jet black hair and usually the colour shown in the photo doesn’t match. However my hair colour is more noticeable under light.

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The product was very very easy to use as the instructions were in English as well as Chinese and Japanese. So anyone would be able to understand them.

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The chemicals had to be mixed together to form the foam base product. You should not over mix it or frantically shake the bottle like other hair dyes as the product will foam in the bottle and will be hard to dispense.

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I was surprised to hear that I was able to use this product on dry hair, so I ended up watching TV in my hotel room which is really nice as the hair dye process can take up to an hour.

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The bubbles don’t easily lather in your dry hair so I found you need to pump a lot if the solution and massage it on your scalp for it to properly lather like shampoo. The product doesn’t run and I found my hair mouldable, I had a lot of fun with this as your can see from the photo below.

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I would really recommended this product if you’re not experienced with dying your hair as it is really simple and quick to do. It is also ideal for ladies in a rush! You just mix, pump and massage until your whole hair is covered with bubbles! Then you wait for an hour till the colour sets and just rinse with water,  shampoo and the conditioner provided. It’s so simple!

I hope you enjoyed this post!

With Love,

Kekidoll xoxo

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