It's near where the Matsuri was , so I get to park for free again at White Rows , where the whole second floor is reserved for motorbikes only. Bikers rule !
I'm meeting a couple of friends on the show : April, Lyuba, Hong and Francesco.
Really lovely kimonos they've got on !
Interesting geta Hong is wearing. I wondered why she looked so much taller :)
That's a very pretty flower motif. Actually , they're not geta they're okobo.
Getting ready for war is like getting ready to ride a bike. Tedious minutes of getting dressed just right because once you're riding, you can't adjust it anymore.
Don't want any arrows getting through :)
Getting the helm fitted . It's really shiny.
Ready for war ! Bring them on ! Better yet, bring my horse : we'll go get them.
Francesco-sama and Hong-hime
They look totally lovely together, don't they ?
|My hero! "Must you really go off to war?"|
"A man's got to do what a man's got to do, Hong-san."
This is my favourite picture : totally natural, no posing.
(I uploaded this picture to Picasa click on the picture to get a really large version )
After the show ,we went to eat something near Japan Center.As it began to rain umbrellas came out and Hong put on a rain garment to protect her kimono. I HAD to take a few shots.
|"Wat are you taking pictures of me for ? "|
Lovely looking fabric , that is. I never knew such a garment existed : I learn something new every day.
Aha ! Food : glorious food ! And good company too, what more can you ask for ?
|Hong's deep fried "somethings".|
|Francescos salmon 'carpaccio ?'|
Click here for the set on Flickr ( if you need the full size version of any, mail me )
Part of the Hyper Japan dealt with modern fashion and Lolita is a big part of that. These models come from all over. There's even a few from Japan to answer everybodies questions.
|Lolita overload ! All the models crowding together on the stage.|
Day 2 on the Hyper Japan.
At the kimono fitting stall , I saw this young woman. That's a very nice green.
While on the other side of the world , lots of Japanese are discovering Western fastfood and takeaway (which is not so good for their health) ,
Atsuko-san (from my cooking lessons) is over here in the UK trying to win us over to Japanese healthy cooking.There's a certain irony there.
|I'm going to tell you all about this wonderful Japanese way of packed lunch!|
|I caught a fish THIS BIG yesterday ! ( OK, That's NOT what she was saying, haha :)|
|Can YOU spot the Pikachu in this picture ?|
|Behold. The mighty Bento box!|
|You put the rice in the bottom half.|
The other goodies go in the top half.
The models from the Lolita event are joining in to have a go at bento making. Their abilities ranged from "I can cook an egg", " I only prepare spaghetti" to " I never cook" ( the Japanese girl on the right ! ). At least they were totally honest about it. The blond girl on the left is a Belgian ! We're everywhere these days :)