Oni-Con 2017 Sakurako Hoshina International Debut Live Concert!

Jul 19, 2018

KERA model and musician Sakurako Hoshina held her first international live show at Oni-Con 2017. Her concert took place right after the fashion show, so she definitely had a busy day. Sakurako went from modeling outfits from both KawaiiHolic and Royal Princess Alice to diving straight into rehearsal.
At the time, Sakurako was new to the music scene and only had one PV on her Youtube channel. To my surprise, I learned that Oni (ex-GANGLION) writes all of her music. I really liked GANGLION before they broke up (R.I.P.) and was lucky enough to see them in 2014, so I was glad to hear that Oni was still making music.
For the concert, Sakurako changed into a wa lolita coordinate featuring the Nostalgic Candy Bar Ribbon Shirred JSK and 3/4 Sleeve Chiffon Blouse by Metamorphose. The accessories are from Metamorphose as well. Unlike the official release, her JSK has a cute ribbon embellishment along the hem. The headdress is also a custom item.
Sakurako played 5 of her original songs. The majority of her songs can be categorized as pop-rock. She even played 2 anisong covers of Moonlight Densetsu from Sailor Moon and A Cruel Angel's Thesis from Neon Genesis Evangelion.
Despite being a little nervous, she put on a great show! It was only natural to be nervous playing in a foreign country for the first time with the little rehearsal time she was given.
Sakurako held her second concert last weekend at Animex 2018 which reminded me to finish up the rest of my Oni-Con photos. Also, keep your eyes out for my interview with her once I find a translator. Sakurako also wrote a KERA article about her experience!

Follow Sakurako Hoshina on social media: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube | Blog

h.NAOTO's Newest Model Is a Frog. Literally.

Jun 4, 2018

Meet h.NAOTO's newest model Argar! Argar is a witch living in Japan. Pill bugs are her favorite food. She likes gothic clothing and her favorite brands are h.NAOTO and Prada. Her favorite time of the year is October around Halloween time.

Argar made her modeling debut late May 2018. She's been seen rocking her custom h.NAOTO lace witch hat sometimes paired with a chiffon cape for special occasions. Her poise has completely enamored me and now she is one of my favorite models. Follow Argar's career either on her blog or Instagram!

Classic Lolita Sighting in The Lies She Loved (2018)

Apr 10, 2018

The Lies She Loved (嘘を愛する女) is a Japanese romance mystery film that was released January 20, 2018 starring Masami Nagasawa, Issei Takahashi, Kotaro Yoshida, DAIGO, and Rina Kawaei.
Story summary from TOHO:
She was the ideal to which women aspire. Yukari Kawahara (Masami Nagasawa), a career-focused woman who works for a beverage manufacturer, has been living with her boyfriend Kippei Koide (Issey Takahashi),a dependable medical researcher, for 5 years. One night when she is waiting for his return, she instead receives a sudden visit from the police. “Who is my boyfriend?” Kippei had collapsed from a subarachnoid hemorrhage, at which point it was discovered that his driver’s license, and medical license were falsified, and that even his profession and name were mere lies. Shocked at having been deceived and unable to hide her doubts as to the man’s true identity, Yukari makes up her mind to consult with a private investigator, Takumi Kaibara (Kotaro Yoshida). The search brings them to a 700-page novel that had been written by Kippei. In it are hints alluding to someone’s hometown, and the vision of a happy family. With help from Kaibara, Yukari learns that it is located somewhere along the Seto Inland Sea, and goes seeking Kippei’s secrets...Why did Kippei create a manufactured life, deceiving Yukari? Can she arrive at the true identity of the nameless man who remains unconscious in a hospital bed?
Former AKB48 member Rina Kawaei, now actress, plays the role of supporting character Kokoha. She's seen wearing a few classic lolita outfits in the promotional media, namely Enchantlic Enchantilly's Secret Study Print JSK and Metamorphose's Swan Cameo Embroidered Bag.

From what's available, the scenes move too fast for me to to able to identify her houndstooth coat, navy coat, bordeaux blouse and headdressses.
The Lies She Loved (嘘を愛する女): OHP | Twitter | Instagram