I like so many other die hard fans am jumping for joy at the release of Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal this July. Sailor Moon got me through the tedious last days of college and gave me strength when first setting out on my career. While I had seen other anime from Japan this was the first to steal my heart. To celebrate the new release I wanted to make something – anything – to show my support. I opened up my box of Moonie goodies collected over the years and had a brainstorm. What about a decorated jean jacket?
Yes, I cut up one of my many Sailor Moon handkerchiefs. I have some fabric but the print just wasn’t right. So I took a very deep breath, placed my ruler carefully following a pattern I made and put the rotary blade down. Swoosh, no going back. Which I am totally cool with because the end result is awesome. The back had such a strong impact with the color of the Luna backpack that the front needed something punchy to create balance.
I think the jacket is still missing something. Have been debating making the sleeves shorter, adding a small red bow below Sailor Moon on the front, and maybe mixing in more beads here and there. I don’t want it to go over the top, but want to push it a little more.
What do you think?
Sometimes having a “corporate” job and being a “creative” type is challenging. But every now and then it rewards you with an incredible treat. Last week I was urgently sent to San Francisco for meetings at a new branch of our company. Poor me. He-he-he.
The trip was short but had enough wiggle room to squeeze in a very expeditious tour of my favorite SF spots:
Walking into AP was a lolita’s dream come true – a major shipment had just arrived and dresses were literally everywhere! Milky Planet adorned the window along with a gaggle of Shyness Bear socks. They were too tempting; I walked out with a pair in sax plus a Milky Planet Ice Cream pin.
Baby The Stars Shine Bright
I was slightly disappointed at Baby. For some reason the shop seemed to be pretty thin on variety. At first I thought, maybe it was my perspective after the experience at AP. But I don’t think that was the case. Last time I was there I was ready to blow the bank and walk out with about 4 different dresses. This time a floral chiffon piece was the only temptation. So I managed to keep my credit card nicely tucked away.
That didn’t stop me from splurging on a couple goodies at…
New People the Store
Came home from New People with a Ribbonholic Tripple Ribbon bag charm and kawaii deer earrings. I have an idea of reusing the earrings somehow with Milky-chan. There were lots of Liz Lisa and Rilakkuma items on the main floor as well. Too much cuteness!
Needed to chill for a few minutes to check in on emails and make a call so made myself at home in the Crown & Crumpet tea cafe. Not a bad place to work remotely if you have to ;) The decor was a mix of Victorian and French Country somehow perfectly blended into the ultra modern building. The tea pot flower arrangements were simply adorable.
Up next was a race through Daiso. Everything is $1.50 so impulse shopping is fairly safe. I walked away with lots of moco-moco gloves and legwarmers for next winter, pink sparkly nail art packs, a couple plastic ribbon hair ties, rhinestones to deco my new camera, and set of pink strawberry bento boxes to keep sewing embellishments in.
Best find of the day was a Sailor Moon 3-ring binder and plastic file folders. While Usagi-chan is not very good at homework, she will be a good inspiration for me to do mine. (Semester 5 Japanese just got underway!)
After speed shopping I realized the Japanese Garden would be open for another 40 minutes just before sunset. Figured it was worth a try… but that will have to wait until another post (still need to sort through the ton of photos.)
T-minus 23 days and counting. Today’s birthday trip wish is to explore …
This is where me and my travel buddy will part ways for the day; he will be keen on the electronics and I on a mission to find Sailor Moon amongst the anime and manga paraphernalia. I don’t fit the bill of an Otaku, but me and Usagi-chan go way back. According to the interwebs, the best place to begin this search is at Mandarake.
Mandarake Akihabara – 5-5-15 Nakano, Tokyo 164-0001, +81 3 3228 0007, ekizo.mandarake.co.jp/shop/en, Open Friday 12pm-8pm
My coin purse also needs to be ready to fight for sweet surprises tucked away in little capsules. Yes, we are talking about the coin operated vending machines that dispense tiny little toys in plastic bubbles. I don’t gamble, but I can see my self dropping some coin easily to secure the perfect Rilakkuma trinket while in Tokyo. I am fairly certain, like socks, these machines will not be hard to find. But the trip wouldn’t be complete without a stop in capsule heaven, Gachapon Kaikan.
Gachapon Kaikan – MN building 1F, 3-15-5 Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, +81 3 5209 6020, akibagacha.com. Open Mon-Thurs 11am-8pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 11am-7pm
Links: Akihabara Map
* One of my prized possessions – A Sailor Moon heart locket Gashyapon. Thank you eBay.