Shop Names in Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan (Shibuya, Omotesando)

Coming back to London, it just hit me that stores around me tend to be named in a rather conventional manner. Shopping in Tokyo on the other hand, can be quite the experience. This little pasttime kick might even put a smile on our faces, but let me be clear –  that’s rarely because of the price tags!

Freak's Store (フリークスストア) Tokyo

Tell me, aren’t we all dreaming about trotting those streets with a bag screaming Freak’s Store (フリークスストア) or Rude Gallery (ルードギャラリ)? These fantasy filled bags are sure to make a statement, if not with all so at least among English speaking people. If the thought of what these bags hide or what these stores stock would cross your mind, you’ll probably be surprised, or even disappointed, to find that they aren’t anything to get overly excited about since the names only refer to modern clothing boutiques.

Freak's Store (フリークスストア) Tokyo

Spotted this bag on the subway and later ran into this… No whips, chains or rubber garments, just the average, typical girly Tokyo boutique.

Freak's Store (フリークスストア) Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan (Shibuya, Omotesando)

Rude Galllery (ルードギャラリ) Tokyo

Skullcandy (スカルキャンディ) Tokyo

Skullcandy (スカルキャンディ), a Utah based company known for their headphones, and Pigsty & Used Clothing, are just another couple of interesting names, both, or rather all, from the same tiny shopping street that runs between Shibuya and Omotesando.

Pigsty & Used Clothing (ピグスティ) Tokyo

Ever had issues with second hand shopping?

Pigsty & Used Clothing (ピグスティ) Tokyo

Fall Fashion for Pet Pooches

Captured these photos just before I headed back to London. Thought of Erica who visits my blog every now and then. She designs for dogs. For those of you who regard dogs as hmm just dogs, let me tell you, that is so not Tokyo style…

Just check out this window: For doggie you can purchase his own exclusive closet, nice tailor made hangers, diaper bags, a pram for when his feet, sorry, I mean paws get tired and hurt, little boots and various collections of only the latest fashion clothing.

Yup, and manicure, pedicure (even nail polish on the nails, or if you prefer to call them claws, yikes!) as well as all treatments spa and beauty related take place at salons around the city. We are not talking doggie here but status symbol and babies, little furry humans, even a conversation piece/opener. Just hot glue gun him to your Derek Lam headband!

Pram and doggie’s travel bag, in which he travels in style of course.

Party anyone? With Halloween around the corner (Tokyo always starts redecorating early), doggie probably needs a new outfit and what better than to transform him into a pumpkin? Mmm ♪ whatcha say?

Want to read more about behind the scene, check out this link: Why Japan Prefers Pets to Parenthood.

More from Nicolai Bergmann’s Florescence opening party

My sister with Nicolai.

This arrangement outside the floral exhibition space, inspired my sketches below.

How cool is this? Yukata and accessories to die for…

Sister and Amanda, second half of Nicolai Bergmann Flowers & Design, now watch these shoes…

Alexander Mcqueen skull shoes, a great match with linneabylinneanilsson’s Memento Mori.

Olympic swim team…. yes! Sister with star swimmer Kosuke Kitajima.

Hope you all feel inspired. Have a wonderful weekend!

Nicolai Bergmann Florescence

Nicolai Bergmann’s fabulous floral art exhibition Florescence is currently on display at 表参道ヒルズOmotesando Hills, Space O, until tomorrow, September 23. Yesterday night the much anticipated reception party kicked off the weekend. This is one of the nights I truly wish I hadn’t been busy in London but could have jetted over. Instead I asked my darling sister to snap a few pictures for all of us to enjoy the party and astonishing arrangements.

This gorgeous arrangement inspired my quick sketch below.

Nicolai signing his new coffee table book Florescence.

London Fashion Week: Style File

London Fashion Week, 2012

What better way to kick off my return to London than by heading over to Somerset House and catching the last day of shows at London Fashion Week. This year my focus lay more on the creatures watching the shows from outside the coveted tents than the looks strutting down the catwalk. Hope you enjoy the compilation of fashion moments captured by my lens!

London Fashion Week, 2012

London Fashion Week, 2012

London Fashion Week, 2012

London Fashion Week, 2012

Is that Lady Gaga that I spot or a very good impersonator?

London Fashion Week, 2012

London Fashion Week, 2012

To relive some of the fashion moments from last year’s fashion week, simply click on the following fabulous links: here, here, here and here!

London Fashion Week, 2012

Whether or not you’re holding a golden ticket to one of the shows, this is the place to go see and be seen during Fashion Week, as you never know who’ll be walking in and out of the tents. It also happens to be a great spectator sport and no matter how fabulous you might be looking, the best accessory you can be wearing is your camera, and believe me, you won’t be the only one!

London Fashion Week, 2012

London Fashion Week, 2012

Rawr!

London Fashion Week, 2012

London Fashion Week, 2012

Jeepers, creepers! A favorite among the Brits as well as on the Tokyo street scene. Edgy or over? I’ll let you decide…

Diesel Art Gallery, 最新アート情報

Black Rose, Ayami Nishimura by RANKIN Make Up

Nails: Mike Pocock @Streeters London, Headpiece: Ayami Nishimura, Model: Sophie D @ Models 1.

Heard about a fabulous but small exhibition taking place at the Diesel’s Shibuya store here in Tokyo, Japan and simply had to stop by and see for myself. They are currently exhibiting over 20 prints showing the extraordinary work of Japanese make up artist Ayami Nishimura and British photographer Rankin. A fierce combination that could also be viewed in the gorgeous book Ayami Nishimura by Rankin.

Diesel Art Gallery, 最新アート情報, Shibuya

The make-up was very dramatic and a bit reminiscent of traditional 歌舞伎 (kabuki) make-up with its bold black eyebrows, red accents and painted white faces. Hmmm, perhaps not for the faint hearted to try. Halloween instead maybe?

Shibuya

The Diesel Shibuya Store that doubles as an art gallery in the back of the lower ground floor.

Stop by and be impressed while enjoying this great source of inspiration, if not, you could also take a sneak peak here: Dazed Digital or here: Beauty Stylish

Bvlgari Il Cafe

When out and about it’s sometimes nice just to sit down and relax (and kick off those heels under the table). Bvlgari Il Café makes a great pit stop as it is situated halfway along Omotesando 表参道, one of Tokyo’s many well-known shopping streets.

Ahhhhh…

I went with the obento box menu and a chocolate drink.

Appetizers were for instance Parma ham with melon, and Buffalo mozzarella and vegetable caponata.

Little did I know when ordering the pasta box: Tagliatelle with Amatriciana bianco sauce and artichokes. After som research, I now know that Amatriciana originates from the Lazio region and is usually based on guanciale (dried pork cheek) and the less dramatic pecorino cheese and tomato. If guanciale was an ingredient in this case, I have no idea, but as a side note I can tell you that it would definitely not be anything “picky eaters pick, pick” would enjoy. Let’s hope it was purely vegetarian after all, shall we?

Dessert with a lovely personalized message from the darling staff. I’ll be enjoying London soon, thank you!

Bvlgari chocolates.

If you’d happen to be in the neighborhood, don’t miss out and enjoy the people watching.

Darlings, hope you’ll all have a wonderful weekend!

Arab Express at Mori Art Museum

Arab Express, The Latest Art from the Arab World, is currently in full swing at the Mori Art Museum 森美術館, Roppongi  六本木,Tokyo. (until October 28, 2012)

Rejection- 1by Hassan Meer, 2011, Digital Print

Arab Express introduces the art works by 34 artists, all from the rapidly transforming Arabian Peninsula or neighboring countries, with their diversity of cultures. This diversity is also reflected in the works.

Left: Good Stamp by Jeffar Khaldi, 2009, acrylic on canvas. Right: Special Report by Jeffar Khaldi, 2009, acrylic on canvas.

Detail from Good Stamp by Jeffar Khaldi.

The exhibition commemorates the 40th and 50th anniversaries of diplomatic relations between Japan and some of the countries, among others the State of Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi and Kuwait.

Dubai: What’s Left of Her Land? by Reem Al Ghaith, 2008/11, mixed media installation

Currently, branches of the Louvre (Jean Nouvel), and the Guggenheim Museum (Frank Gehry) are under construction in Abu Dhabi (UEA), as well as the Zayed National Museum (Norman Foster). Back in 2010, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha (Qatar) greeted its first visitors. Referred to as “indications that the industry is maturing”*, or why not, this is where the money is for the time being, Arab Express is still worth the visit. As is often the case with modern and contemporary art, one cannot but help thinking: I could have done that! A question that also often pops to mind is: Is this really art, and what makes an interesting exhibition? I will return to those questions later, because trending right now in Tokyo’s more unconventional exhibition spaces (at least for the Western eye) are not exhibitions in the usual sense (think museum setting and set up), but something completely different, commercially driven and more like ad campaigns.

*http://www.mori.art.museum/english/contents/arab_express/about/index.html

Xanadu, Your Neon Lights Will Shine by Zena el Khalil, 2010, mixed media.

Detail of Xanadu, Your Neon Lights Will Shine by Zena el Khalil.

Peace Will Guide the Planets and Love Will Steer the Stars by Zena el Khalil, 2010, mixed media.

Black Fountain by Maha Mustafa, 2008/12, mixed media installation.

Complementing the exhibition is the Let’s go to Abu Dhabi campaign, with the chance of winning a round trip ticket to Abu Dhabi. I hope we could all join forces in the souk سوق‎ , negotiating the greatest shoe deals with Carry Bradshaw…

Idol, Project Store & Lounge

Idol Tokyo Project Shop

Swung by the project store, lounge and restaurant Idol Tokyo, hidden away in Minami Aoyama’s Kotto-dori (antique street), to check out their latest selection of products and try their pub like food and drinks menu.

Idol Tokyo Project Shop

Idol Tokyo Project Shop

St. Tokyo featured a selection of fabulous ready-to-wear clothes, Byredo Parfums, and some very neon technology cases for iPads and cellphones so fierce and electric that you think you’d be able to charge them without even using cables and wires.

Idol Tokyo Project Shop

Linnea Nilsson, Shinichiro Hamajima at Idol Tokyo

Necklace: linneabylinneanilsson Collection: Memento Mori

Me with Shinichiro Hamajima, junior creative director at Hologram inc,

Idol proved more than just a concept or project store as it had a bit of everything with a photo studio in commission, night club/party venues, a restaurant/café/lounge, foosball, and magazines to entertain with.

Idol Tokyo Project Shop

Idol Tokyo Restaurant

Idol Tokyo Restaurant

The food menu, entirely in Japanese, proved a tad bit difficult to read since I’m still a bit rusty. But, if you’re interested in grabbing a quick drink in an interesting atmosphere, the drinks menu was in English.

Idol Tokyo

Idol Tokyo Restaurant

I enjoyed a deliciously refreshing Ty Nant sparkling water with a sausage plate and some french fries on the side.

Idol Tokyo Restaurant

For more info about Idol, check out the following link : Idol Tokyo