My TEDxUTokyoSalon Experience

Hello everyone! こんにちは!Yay~ a proper blog post!

Last weekend, I attended my first “TEDx talk”. I love watching TEDx talks and reading books that are all about self-improvement, success stories of entrepreneurs & visionaries and everything about passion / dreams. Gone are the days when I would spend countless of hours watching Japanese / Korean dramas and the like. I have lost interest in going to events where you can just socialize for the sake of having company / “social life” (I find it hard to accept invites for random meet-up parties without any purpose lol #Grandma #ObaachanKaila). Now, I’d love to connect with people who have the same drive and wavelength as I do. And just a personal realization…  I feel that I’ve changed so much during all these years because I’d always look forward to my usual morning feed from Entrepreneur, 99U, Mark MansonTiny Buddha, Marc and Angel…  etcetera (I find it hard to buy magazines about style / fashion only.. whaat has happened to me haha). Right now,  I just really value self-education a lot because whenever I learn something new, I become more open-minded. And an open mind with a fueled drive combination is something that I really work on. ^^

When I applied to become a participant in TEDxUTokyoSalon2 (U Tokyo = University of Tokyo = Todai = Harvard of Japan ;_;), I really thought I wouldn’t be accepted because my answers for their mini interview were quite unconventional . I wrote about kawaii, spring, and the like and I’m pretty sure they found my answers weird haha (*used to that feeling*). But anyway, I’m just so grateful because they accepted a non-Japanese speaking Filipina like me. We were only 2 gaijins (foreigners) there and most of the TedxUTokyoSalon people were males. I would like to congratulate my real introvert self for hiding for sometime. : ))

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Also.. I think I’ve mentioned this before, one of my crazy dreams is to become a presenter / speaker for a TEDx talk someday too. But I need to brush up my skills before that day happens (*if*). I actually applied for a TEDx talk before because I wanted to share how “kawaii” can empower women / girls (since in the Philippines, people who love Japan and at the same time, express it through their fashion / etc. still have this “stereotype” as “weird” when they are just being true to themselves. I wonder if this is the same case in other countries?). Of course, such idea was probably too *wtf* that time… (rejections / denied ideas are not a new thing for me.. hence, rejection builds character blog entry haha)  but I realized that with or without TEDx speaker invitation / acceptance, I/we can still spread the idea we have behind the Kawaii Empowerment movement. <3 You can always make your own platform / opportunities / events. And this is one of the reasons why my blog exists, haha. This is my self-made stage. : )

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TEDxUTokyo is a collaboration with TED that gave birth to Japan’s first TEDxUniversity. The framework of TEDx is to help fulfil the role that a university is to play in society, which is to be an embodiment of knowledge, and since 2012, TEDxUTokyo has been hosting talks with the traction that TEDx provides. TEDxUTokyo is the largest TEDxUniversity that invites as many as 15 speakers to talk about Japan’s future through organized talk sessions with 400 audience members. Since 2014, we have begun to deepen our community through hosting full TED content packed small-scale events like TEDxSalon, TED video live streaming sessions, and idea sharing event TEDxLive. In business, the arts, and the fusion of academic fields, from our community, we strongly believe that we will give birth to innovators who will form the spine of Japan’s future. (source: www.tedxutokyo.com)

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Oshaberi Salon, Kimono and Tea Ceremony

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 Konnichiwa everybody! Before I share some photos  from the fun “Oshaberi Salon” I attended..

I just wanna announce that the kawaii Cardcaptor Sakura postcards you see above will be mailed to 5 LUCKY random readers who will answer the blog survey I’m currently conducting. So if you haven’t answered it yet, please do so! ^^

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Thank you to the first 100 readers for answering! Your feedback means a lot! 😀


Making An Extra Effort

As part of my 2015 goals, I really want to focus on taking my Japanese conversational skills to another level. The feeling sucks when you have something nice to share, yet you are unable to voice it out completely.. in the tone you also want it to be delivered.

One day, I decided to drop a visit at our main community center here in Saitama. I was so delighted to find out that they give FREE Japanese lessons to foreigners + they also have fun Japanese culture-themed activities!

And it’s super convenient because the gym that I go to is located at the same mall. Every Fridays, I will be studying Japanese here and from time to time, I can attend the “oshaberi salons”. Oshaberi Salon is like a small gathering of people who want to converse with the Japanese locals + make Japanese friends and also learn fun community activities.

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I only had to pay 100 yen for the whole kimono + tea ceremony + interaction in Nihongo experience!

I was able to go out from my comfort zone (where I usually get frustrations ;_;) and introduce myself to the kawaii grandmas and grandpas of Saitama. Who would have thought that I’d make Japanese friends from the older population? <3

It was so much fun! Tanaka-san helped me dress up in a pretty pink kimono and the grandmas gave me a free tea ceremony tutorial huhuhuhu.

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Kawaii PH + Japan Lover Me + ENJI @ Tokyo Design Festa

I can’t remember what week was this (lol grandma vibes) but here’s what happened last Design Festa with Anggy and friends!

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 Showed off the Kawaii Empowerment photo project we had back in the Philippines!

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Mixed Kawaii Philippine Style x Magical Girl Outfit! <3

I love Miss Kika’s Moonlight Legend Shirt!!!!

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Super proud of the whole team who worked on bringing Kawaii PH STORE to Design Festa.

How I wish that someday, I will not just represent my team but they will be here with me as well. 😀

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Event Plugs + 10 Recent Happenings

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 Kawaii International will premiere this NOVEMBER 16 on IBC13!

For more info, please check www.kawaii.ph/tv <3

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One of Kawaii Philippines’ Most Exciting Tie-ups: Bazaar For All Season 8 this November 21-23! <3

 Kawaii PH Store will be selling special-priced items + there will be a kawaii workshop and other activities in our booth.

Won’t be there physically but I will be supporting from Japan <3

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Please do follow Rainbowholic Shop on instagram <3 Will be selling premium kawaii toys as well! <3

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10 Recent Happenings

  1. I got sick when I arrived here. HUHU
  2. Even with sickness, I had to finish all the deadlines with our partners… #responsibilities
  3. I have 20,000+ photos and iPhone and I am OVERWHELMED. I keep on taking pictures but I tend to just store those. Waah, I wanna blog with more photospams soon!
  4. Something to be thankful about: sweetest clients who are so patient and understanding <3 I will work harder / smarter so Rainbowholic Shop will become successful!
  5. DESIGN FESTA event participation was a HUGE SUCCESS! OMG, all the people we met huhuhu
  6. Anggy-chan and I got interviewed by a Japanese writer about implementing Japanese-themed accents in our creations (ENJI / Kawaii PH Store).
  7. Had a reunion with Leen and Anggy <3
  8. WENT TO NAKANO FOR SOME TOY SHOPPING <3 OMG HEAVEN AND HOME
  9. Cannot believe that 2014 is about to end!! Time flies so fast!
  10. Things aren’t perfect but I’m just so grateful and happy about everything. 🙂

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Thank you all for still reading my blog even if I’ve been a very inconsistent blogger, haha!

Love, Kaila