JAPAN, from KYOTO to TOKYO
All of my life I have been soo intrigued by Japanese culture, inevitable that a trip to japan would be my first international holiday.
PIN NAP is a secondhand clothing store on Tonchan Dori in The Harajuku District. The shop is based on the concept of “OLD SCHOOL & NEW SCHOOL”. PIN NAP has a line-up of original items and selected items focusing on secondhand items from the 80s and 90s with their own original style called NEW DELTA FASHION.
There is a wide selection of items peculiar to PIN NAP including jean jackets with flamboyant designs, large hip hop style golden accessories and studded items on display in the unique atmosphere.
There has been a decrease in the number of secondhand clothing shops which have distinct and original tastes in recent years. PIN NAP is one of the few shops which provide their customers with trends from Harajuku. Stop in and see how they have preserved these vintage finds.
Some Japanese people share the same love and admiration for American and Hip Hop culture. The Hip Hop Fashion and Music scene in Tokyo has been on the rise from the 80's 90's up to now. My boys even love our tight coiled hair textures so much you can see them with what is called a "Punch Perm"
The Japanese punch perm, a hairstyle popular from the 1970s to the 1990s. The inventor was inspired by the hair of black people and created a special curling iron for this style.
Today it can chemically permed using various thin rollers and sticks.
FlexiN at Joy Rich, TOKYO
Don't you just love it when someone ask where you got a piece and your reply is " I got in in Japan" ??
At the time (Circa 2013), my style was very much " Tom Boy Fresh". I've always been petite to boys / men's fashion worked better for my budget than taking women's clothing to the tailor. I used to love the décor at the Joy Rich Boutique on Melrose Ave in LA. I knew the Japan location ad to be lit.... and it did not disappoint. I copped this gold jacket and it was my fav piece for a while.
A Birthday to Remember
You may remember the bloody massacre in the movie Kill Bill where Uma Thurman goes against criminal members of the yakuza gang. The set of this famous fight scene was inspired by a Tokyo restaurant and while in Japan it was on the top of my fun things to do in Tokyo list.
If you knew me then, you knew the movie Kill Bill was one of my favorite films.
My friend Kaori set up my birthday dinner with friends at Gonpachi - NishiAzabu.
Address: 1 Chome-13-11 Nishiazabu, Minato City, Tokyo 106-0031, Japan.
There were three levels to dine on and we were seated on the top floor in a private area. This was my first time eating sushi and the experience was amazing. They even cut all of the restaurant lights off and made the entire place sing to me as they brought out a birthday dessert with Name written in chocolate kanji.
Memoirs of a Geisha
one of my hair styling mentors worked on the set of this famous Japanese Movie. Yuko was one of the last few women who knew how to dress a woman in traditional Japanese from beginning to end. This photo studio located in Kyoto, Japan offers tourist the full Geisha experience. It was on the top of my fun things to do in Kyoto.