Thank you so much for all the birthday greetings! Even for just a day, I felt extra special to the point that I really tried my best to not tear up so much inside the train while going home.
To my 24 yr. old self, let me hug you tight! ;_; I think that you did a pretty good job. It was sure one hell of a year of ups and downs, but you came out so much stronger! I’m proud of you, Kaila!
I woke up and saw this super adorable gift art by one of my dearest friends, ChiChi / Little Miss Paintbrush posted on Japan Lover Me!
The day started quite simple and ended so unexpectedly!
At first, I just wanted to attend the mass (like how my Mom and I would do, whenever I’m home for my birthday) + visit Takashi Murakami’s super colorful “Flower Cafe” in Roppongi Hills. To start the year right too, I visited a shrine and rang the bell just like most Japanese would do. I didn’t expect that I would end up in Ueno, but I’m glad I did~!
From dancing along to nursery rhymes to being begrudgingly dragged by my family to the karaoke machine, and after years of being a closet singer-songwriter in high school… I’m finally ready to release my first (self + friends-produced) record!
Date: December 06, 2015 (Sunday) Venue: Green Sun, 2285 Chino Roces Ave Extension, Makati City (@greensunph) Time: 4 pm to 10 pm
There will be:
Snackssss, intergalactic ice cream, DIY booths, an Instax booth, live calligraphy & illustration, a ukulele tutorial station, stickers, temporary tattoos, and MORE ♥ Exclusive Reese merchandise (umm, Grammar Nazi pins, zines, ++ more, anyone?) available in very limited quantities.
Please come! That’s a Sunday guys! BRING YOUR WHOLE FAMILY, it will be a fun, chill, feel-good event even your cranky lola will enjoy. I guaranteeeee!
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.
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.
Just a quick blog entry about all the kawaii / JLM-related work I’ve been doing these past few weeks. Also, I have been working on Kaila-Sensei.com‘s launch too! I’m sorry for the delay huhu totally unexpected! September is a real hectic month for me as we have a crazy goal for JapanLover.me Store so I’ve been maximizing my days like crazy (check my twitter and it’s always a plug for any of the shops that I handle.. haha)! I can’t wait for the day/s I could watch a series / movie again without thinking much about the pile of work I need to do. Looking forward to those days, haha!