Hello Spring 🌸 + Sukajan x Dinosaur Shoot + Midori Journaling Date 🍰

Hi everybody!

Here are some photos from my everyday life! Enjoy the entry ~

Gave myself a treat and ate this matcha roll cake from Nana’s!

The prettiest plum blossoms. Thanks neighbor!

Sharing some photos from our Japan Souvenir Jacket shoot.

Many thanks to Kathryn for coming up with this idea!

To my friends Allie, Emika and Anne, thanks for being game!

Thank you Sabrina for helping us out!

Everybody was so fun to work with!

Emika, Allie and Sabrina

If you are into Japan travel photography, give her account a follow and you will love her!

~ @kitsunekun ~

Walking around Ueno + Yakult corner in a random kombini store

Finally got to redeem my stationery haul gift from Justin! Thank youuu Jazuuu!

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KEEP YOUR CHILL + Sukajan Photo Services + JLM Work Preview!

Hi everybody!

Just spamming my blog with these sukajan / souvenir jacket photos at work! 🙂

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Little Miss Paintbrush‘s badass kawaii sukajan-themed illustrations!

Japanese Souvenir Jacket photos by our in-house photographer, Justin Japan

Japanese Souvenir Jackets or more famously known as the “Sukajan” (Skajang/Skajan) trace their roots in the Asia Pacific during the World War II when the American troops stationed in the Pacific have wanted to have some “memories” or souvenirs of their foreign assignments to bring back home. It has sort of become a solidarity uniform or remembrance of their posts and service in the war and their comrades with whom they have spent some of the bravest time of their lives. It is said to have originated from Yokusuka in Kanagawa Prefecture where its name is thought to have come from – “Suka” from Yokosuka and “Jan” from the Japanese term Jumper or ジャンパー or jacket in layman’s term. The famous maker of them during that time is the staunch brand, TOYO Enterprises, which still exists until today. These days it has evolved to become the ultimate and iconic Japanese fashion “cool-tural” export product that resembles cool and street all combined in one statement.

JLM STORIES series ft. Anne

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My Blog is BACK! + Hobonichi Diary Updates + #PrayForKumamoto

Hi all!

After three long days of my blog being inaccessible, it’s finally back! To my friends and readers who messaged me regarding this, I really appreciate your concern and thoughtfulness! Those comments actually inspired me more to blog. 🙂

First of all, I’d like to plug our first event this 2016 at Kawaii Philippines! 🙂 If you’re in Manila this April 30, hope you can visit our mini-bazaar (Kawaii Market 2016). For more info, you may proceed to our official event website at www.market.kawaii.ph! ^^

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Many thanks to our valued booth merchants, partners, and sponsors for supporting as always! 🙂

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Since I’ve been really busy catching up with work and organizing my files these past few days, let me just share some random snaps from my phone.

Here are some recent updates of my hobonichi spreads! ^^

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During our quick day trip to Kawagoe last weekend.

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(Thanks Justin for helping me out with Nihongo!)

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The History of the Coolest Japanese Souvenir Jackets

Japanese Souvenir Jackets or more famously known as the “Sukajan” (Skajang/Skajan) trace their roots during the World War II when the American troops stationed in the Pacific have wanted to have some “memories” or souvenirs of their foreign assignments to bring back home to mainland. It has sort of become a solidarity uniform or remembrance of their posts and service in the war and their comrades with whom they have spent some of the bravest time of their lives. It is said to have originated from Yokusuka in Kanagawa Prefecture where its name is thought to have come from – “Suka” from Yokosuka and “Jan” from the Japanese term Jumper or ジャンパー or jacket in layman’s term. The famous maker of them during that time is the staunch brand, TOYO Enterprises, which still exists until today.

Artwork by Little Miss Paintbrush

Nowadays, Sukajans have again invaded the wardrobe and closets of famous pop-artists ranging from Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Pharell Williams, Harry Styles and the like – enjoying a massive cult-following among these personalities’ fans. Although this iconic fashion street wear, have been experiencing a more-or-less 5-to-7-year cycle of hyping up and down annals of Street Fashion, for sure, it is here to stay and remain a staunch form and expression of one’s strong inclination and personal statement towards fashion.

In short, for the avid fan and collector of fashion iconic pieces, more specifically, Japan-orginated ones, having 1 or 2 of these sukajan will definitely pay in the long run as they have become treated like vintage and antique collectibles that is bound for many generations to enjoy. The main reason for this is that, for each lot and design, even until now, makers usually do not make more than 200 pieces of each design including all sizes which explains the rarity and value among them.

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