Neo Tokyo vs Tokyo in 2019

After visitend Manga exhibition in British Museum in London, made me feel like watching Akira again….

To be honest I forgot detail of the story, but I got goose bumps after watching…

Story is situated in 2019 Neo Tokyo after the World War 3, Akira was started in the comic book in 1982, and film was released in 1988.

And scary thing is next year is Olympic year in the story…

Tokyo,,,certainly wasn’t like after the World War 3 like story of Akira.

But we don’t know where we are heading to…I felt Tokyo is very different from when I used to live…

Only we know is next year is Tokyo Olympic 2020, that is same as Akira’s story…

We humen have power to create incredible creation, but how we use and control is always the problem.

Let’s hope we humen are powerful enough to make the world kind to humen and life in general!

Tokyo Olympic stadium in the film it made 30 years ago…

 

 

 

 

How similar to 35 years old comic book image?! Real Tokyo Olympic stadium constraction site early stage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While I was reading up about Katsuhiro Otomo who created Akira…
He is defenetly hybrid of dad!! Beautiful work and strong motif.
His son Shohei Otomo is incredible artist using ball point pen…

 

WOW, what a detailed art work!! Shohei ball point pen art workLoop LP record!! Make me try to draw using pen now!!!!

Exhibition

Hi,
Time to time, nice to visit London and catching up with friend!

It was minor complaints, there was unexpecting payment for my hand luggage with Flybe…
I had to pay extra £35, because they have smaller capacity in the craft compartments.
So, I just sent my suits case back with carrier on the way back home, that way is far more reasonable.

Exhibition that unmissable was Dior in V&A.

It was fantastic to see all his work from the Princess Margaret, to representing following designer like,Yves Saint Laurant, Gian Franco Ferre, John Galliano…
I am so grateful to have fantastic fashion friend who is always kind to me to be around since my son was baby.
If I could visit Stanley Kubric exhibition @Design Museum, it was a great bonus but when we visited the tickets are all sold out…
It was good excuse to see “Clockwork Orance” once again!

According to my phone, I was walking 10000steps everyday, visiting exhibition is certainly healthy things!!

Prrincess Margaret 21st Birthday dress by Dior

Dior by John Galiano I beleive1997A/W

Dress making Toare example….this room displayed 100 of toare.

Mary Quant She was very far ahead for business mind in fashion and young culture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Manga exhibition at British Museum ‘Sayonara Nippon’by Katsuhiro Ootomo

Meal @Akira in Japan House in High street Kensigton. Saikyo fried Salmon rice bowl with bento box!! Salmon was marinated in Saikyo miiso and fried, so great flavour and moist with crispy outside! Grilled eel is great in Hot Summer. add grated wasabi, and nori and pour stock tea to enjoy 2nd flavour.

Mitsumasa Anno exhibition @ Japan House He was a school teacher, and from his comment for his student picture diary. Kind and humorous comments show his soft caractor…

reflection magic! 3D art works by Mitsumasa Anno.

Item important in the story…

Just I started reading ” L’Amant ” by Marguerite Duras again…
Book has been translated in Japanese.

In the story, I couldn’t ignore,,, she is talking about ” Hat ” is very

significant in her memory.

” I got a hat, there is no farewell with it. That can re-create myself….
I have a pair of shoes, I felt the same to those, but my hat is far more special….”

I just translated in my way from Japanese translation to English… but Sometime, I feel hat has exactly same way for my style.

I hope I can serve those special hat to the clients all the time.

                                                     The Lover                                                                  The Lover (French: L’Amant) is an autobiographical novel by Marguerite Duras, published in 1984 by Les Éditions de Minuit. It has been translated to 43 languages and was awarded the 1984 Prix Goncourt. (from Google search)

 

P.21 talking about her outfit especially about “Hat” 

 

Show off your style!!

When I design clothes, I always finish off with the hat/headpiece 🙂

I have to try each photoshoot with a different look, but I have used the same outfits for different occasions.

You know one outfit can transform the completely different look with the hat!!

These are the example of how the hats and styling make different!!
With fantastic model Mhairi Waddell (15), she can show the same outfit with different HATs to show off!!

Mhairi is wearing turban
Photographer: John Walker Banks
MUA : Jennifer Pike
Designer : Toshiko Cave – Toco

Mhairi is wearing no hat
Photographer: John Walker Banks
MUA : Jennifer Pike
Designer : Toshiko Cave – Toco

@2018 SIFF Glasgow Photographer @Paul Francis McGugan Model @Mhairi Waddell Toco’s Gold piece, Mhairi is opening Toco’s collection on the catwalk @Holiday Inn Glasgow Airport

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mhairi on the catwalk @SIFF-Glasgow 2018
With Straw blocked headpiece
Photo by Paul Francis McGugan
Designer : Toshiko Cave – Toco

 

Love this image❤️ Mhairi is wearing quirky headpiece for Light and Mirror ❤️
Photographer : Darja Bilyk @dashiee
Model in Gold : Mhairi Waddell @mhairiwaddell1
Model in Silver : Heather Waddell @heatherwaddell1
MUA : Yvonne Lynch @shacade
Hairstylist : Marianna Coletta @mariannahair_
Designer : Toshiko Cave @tocofashion
Assistant : Patricia Waddell @patricia.waddell.9
Proud image 💓
@ferocemagazine June Vol 7 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New growth…

Since I started buying and sending to my dear dad,

I am so enjoying keeping and looking after my orchids.

Now my mum in Japan, also enjoying looking after them. 🙂

I replanted new shoots earlier, delighted to see Dendrobium Nobile new shoots are starting again!!

Lots of buds are getting bigger Phalaenopsis orchid in pink.

Phalaenopsis orchid in White also growing after cutting the first stem.

Beautiful deep pink Phalaenopsis orchid in front and lighter and bigger flower of Phalaenopsis orchid in bright pink also growing nice!! Dendrobium Nobile in pink 3 new shoots is replanted in a pot. 1 is not a healthy colour of leaves but other 2 are getting nicely settled I hope!!

Way of life in general….

Hi,

I am not here to talk about all the Scottish nor Japanese people…but as my experience of the feeling what is the happiness of your life …

I am happy to live in Scotland, but I love Japan so much, where all my family there.

As a Japanese, I love the Japanese way of life. but I found the thought process here is much relaxed yourself, that is so different from Japan and Scotland…

A little bit of laugh is needed for your life that my GP told me once!!

And he recommended me to go to see “Rakugo”( Japanese traditional Verble entertainment ) in Glasgow! And that all I needed.

Myself, the very first encounter with Kevin’s ( My husband )  family…I was taken everywhere around the whole family within 5 miles in apart…

They were talking so loud and slowly ( lol ) and Kevin said, ” She is not deaf!! She can hear you! ”
All the family members try to communicate poor Japanese girl ( lol ), but I was so touched how warmly welcomed treated.

What Scottish people do is accept yourself are different from others, and if something unhappy about it, just let it out and laugh about it and live it together with your life…

These days Japan, accumulating more doubtful society…I found people think the difference from others make you unnecessary anxiety and make yourself out of place…that cycle should stop somehow…

Glen Matlock ( Sex Pistols ), Slim Jim ( Stray Cats ) at BBC1 Pointless quiz show final 21/7/2019 🙂 A little bit laugh!

I wish people in Japan would much relaxed about yourself and others shouldn’t care so much what people say about you and others ( try to thicker skin yourself )!!
You don’t need to be perfect to fit in all the time!!
Celebrate difference from others, and laugh about it!
You are you, right to enjoy your life. 😉

Dressing

Iwakura Shisetsudan 1872 ( Kido, Yamaguchi, Iwakura, Ito, Ookubo ) at San Francisco. As Mr. Iwaskura is the court noble. so his outfit isn’t normally ” Samurai” style, but this picture to demonstrate as an ambassador, Old Japan and New Japan.

 

What to wear, how to wear…

Comfortable and suitable for the occasion. that makes you confident is the best dress.

As I am modern Japanese, I don’t have much occasion to wear Kimono as pre-Meiji Japanese.

To be honest, I have been worn kimono very small number of occasions.

When my 7th-year children’s festival in November was a proper dressing occasion, I was so excited to wear my Kimono.
Hairpiece and little chatelain….beautiful Obi sash belt and layers of kimono and lots of belts with sandal with tabi socks.
On top, dad bought me “Chitoseame” which is 1000 years candy in red and white that celebrates for the future.

All new experience of uncomfortable to walk, but I was so happy to be dressed!!
I didn’t want to take off everything after came home.

7th Children’s festival in November with my dad.

Lovely Orchid

Oh yes,,, I love orchid.

3 years ago, I bought 2 white orchids. Since then, I am so in love with them.

Yesterday, I bought 1 pink orchid additional to my member of the family 🙂

When I heard sad news from Japan last Summer, I thought I can send my love to my dad sending orchid.

My mum said they are growing new buds again!!
I am so happy to hear, mum is cheering to see new growth thinking of my dad and me.

Having new growth in life is a wonderful feeling!
Hope you will try yourself, too! 🙂

 My 2nd flowering white orchid is doing really well!!

This is my new pink orchid!!

Dendrobium is growing really nice!! they had fantastic pink flowers so I am hoping they will flower this year, too. : )

 

Last day of ” Heisei – era “

As a Japanese living in Scotland, it is not much chance to use era based year …

But today is really the big day for Japan.

The Japanese current emperor Akihito started 1989 to 2019, today is the abdication day…

Last day of Akihito emperor period ” Heisei ” His son new emperor Naruhito is on his right hand.

 

Just as I am thinking back of his emperor time, I was the end of the teen, now I am 50.

Life is strange, I never knew I was going to live in Scotland…

Hoping the ” Reiwa ” bring a peaceful period for all over the world.

sword and jewels are presented on the side of the emperor and the empress

 

starting the historical ceremony

Kids Fashion Festival International in Glasgow

Comedienne Dee Max was very kind warm personality she commented all the catwalk and show!

Beautiful Mhairi is wearing one-off Burberry fabric tie and short designed and made by me, with cotton lace and straw flat cap. Cool looking Layla is wearing customized shorts, shirt and matching band balmoral bonnet made by me. Happy to walk with them!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once again, Me, Mhairi Waddell also Layla Burns showed Kids Fashion Festival International.
This time it was in Glasgow.

It is a challenge to prepare the collection that mostly my designs are for the adult.

I started one to help with my friend model Mhairi last year.

Ronnie who organizes for the Cancel Cancer Africa allowed me without any kids collection.

I was thrilled to work with the so many fantastic kids are coming from all over the UK are helping models of my collection.

And this time it was in Glasgow, so there was no excuse not to meet Ronnie and Anne once again.

I was glad I participated in the show once again, kids and people who are involved in were fantastic.

12 shiny happy faces in Glasgow. They helped Cancel Cancer Africa charity for modeling in confident in public. What a brave young people they are!!