Monday, November 23, 2015

Harajuku Tokyo Street Fashion at the Honolulu Museum of Art

Harajuku came to Honolulu with a smile on her face!

It was at first strange to walk into a tropical setting and see so many Japanese Lolita girls gathered around taking pictures. But I assimilated quite quickly because I had my most recent girl with me " Dark rabbit Hole" and made our way around the galleries. 

Honolulu Museum put together a brief look into the Harajuku street fashion scene and when curator Sara Oka came to Japan we were delighted to introduce her to all our friends. Baby the Star Shines Bright,  Jane Marple, Q Pot, Muchacha, all our Blythe collaborators were featured at the show. 

In the museum shop, the buyer selected a nice collection of Blythe goods to sell. Maybe in the future there will be Blythe lovers in Paradise. Hope so, Hawaii is where I come from and it would be great is someday there was a Blyteh con there. I would go for sure.

Exhibition Details:
Harajuku: Toyko Street Fashion
November 19, 2015 - April 03, 2016
Honolulu Museum of Art 

Monday, July 6, 2015

Paris Blythecon 2015

We landed to a very wet and cold Paris afternoon on Monday June 22.  My son Isaac flew in from LA to help us with our booth at the Blythe Con Eu since Angel couldn’t make it.  We made it to Montmartre where we were staying and carried 4 suitcases up 6 floors to the sweetest little apartment over looking Sacre Coeur. What a view!  I didn’t care if was wet or cold or both because Paris was just so beautiful. Then from the next day on, it was sunshine and blue skies.
First things first, meet our friends from Paris who are like our family. Wonderful home cooked meal and lot’s of good wine and catching up. Next, shop for fabrics, lace and buttons. The normal things we do.

We went to dinner at my student’s brothers restaurant which was extraordinary. A Japanese chef in Paris, and someone I know is extraordinary anyway. I highly recommend “Blue Valentin” in the Republique area. Tell them I sent you.  More sightseeing, more shopping and more visits with friends and Voila! The day of the Blythe Con.
ある晩に、私のフラ生徒のお兄さんがシェフをしているレストランに行きました。パリの友達一家も誘って、日本人が作るフランス料理を堪能!大反響でした。”Republique”の近くにある「Blue Valentin」、すごくおすすめです!もし行く機会があったら私がオススメしましたと言ってくださいね! その後、観光したり、ショッピングをしたり、他の友だちと会ったりしてたら voila! もうブライスコン当日です。

Our friend drove us there and he was amazed at all the people there with the same love in their heart. “You’re going to have fun” he said and he was right! Although I was nervous, everyone was kind and friendly. I met so many sweet people. AND TALENTED ones. Many were friends on facebook so it was so fun to meet them in person. I got a bit emotional a few times, with tears and smiles and more tears and more smiles. I enjoyed every minute of it.
I was given a few minutes to answer some questions and I hope I did ok. I could have gone on more and more about the “process” but I didn’t want to start to bore people.
そうしたら、その通り!! 私はちょっとナーバスだったけど、
話しかけてきた人は全員フレンドリーで優しい。その上、才能たっぷりな人たちばかりでした! FaceBookで話したことがある人達と初めて会うことができて嬉しかったし、ときどき感動で泣きそうになったけれど、泣いたり笑ったりを繰り返して最後の最後まで楽しみました!
Later I went shopping at the Con and picked up some wonderful things to test at Junie Moon in Tokyo. I hope to keep in touch with everyone I met.
It was so much fun and truly a good feeling to be there.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Blythe at the Sanrio 2015 Licensing Exhibition

The doll was shown at the Sanrio 2015 Licensing Exhibition today. It was rainy and cold out but we made it there in one piece. The sample Blythe was displayed along with their other collaborations. The doll will be out sometime this fall so it's still a long way from now before she makes her true debut. My Melody herself was at the event so I had to take a picture with her. Soon I will have my own My Melody Blythe!