If you are in Tokyo or follow a lot of people that are, I don’t doubt you saw pictures of the Flowers by Naked installation in Nihonbashi a couple of months ago. Well the NAKED team, founded and headed by Ryotaro Muramatsu, is back again with another flower based experience but this time it’s at the Shinagawa Aqua Park.
These exhibitions are never just a feast for the eyes. The scents, the music, the performance, and even the drinks are all designed to fit. The concept this time is the marriage between water and flowers. The main events are the dolphin shows; called “The LIFE” at night and ‘GROOVY GREEN’ in the day. It’s not just dolphins though. The team has incorporated several parts of the aquarium.
Each exhibition has food and drinks that tie into the theme. This time is no exception with 4 items on offer: mint beer, elderflower soda, strawberry ice cream and rose squash. They all have much fancier flower based names but let’s be real here, you want to know what’s in it.
This is not the first event NAKED have held at the aquarium, the last being SNOW AQUARIUM in winter. It is open from April 22nd to July 2nd so that’s plenty of time to visit. I personally might wait until summer is getting unbearable to be outside but I can’t stay in my house any longer.
Be warned though, these exhibitions can get pretty crowded. Worse still, you are not the only one trying to get the perfect shot for social media, making it even more slow moving. Bring your patience with you if that kind of thing bothers you.
The aquarium is open from 10am-10pm (last entry 9pm) During Golden Week it opens form 9am though. It’s only 2200yen for adults. Not bad for a fun day out.
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It’s been awhile since I’ve done a nail post. I want to talk about another trend in the Japanese nail art world. This one has been around since last year but is a bit of a slow burn compared to the splash mirror nails made. One reason for this is that this trend requires parts. Specifically, stones and shaped wire. See some examples below.
This was a natural progression really, from people mimicking the look of stones with art to actually using them as parts. Usually this trend is paired with clear designs, gold leaf, air brushing or a more subtle look. Where mirror nails had such wide applications it could suit various styles, this trend only fits the more grown up styles.
Most salons offer these parts but they usually have to be bought on top of the cost of the manicure. That’s the same with most parts but I can see why not everyone is willing to pay an extra few thousand yen for this look.
I’ve been tempted in the past because I’ve seen such cool designs with this trend. However I’m not great with big things on my nails because I am not even close to graceful and they get caught on things. What do you guys think of this trend?
What the hell is a virgin killing sweater you may be wondering? Well, it’s basically a sleeveless, backless knit turtleneck that is revealing to the extreme (and kills virgins I guess). It started gaining notoriety months ago on Japanese twitter when someone made a post about it. After that it became a bit of a trend in the otaku community to the extent that even talents outside of that sphere got in on it.
Last Friday, DaTuRa tossed their hat into the ring with their take on the virgin killing sweater. Despite it being borderline off-season (knitwear isn’t very spring summer to me in Japan, considering how short Spring is and how hot Summer is) this sweater does suit the DaTuRa girl. I’m not sure if they brought this out because of the trend but it seems likely to me. Also, it’s totally sold out so it was clearly a good idea for them.
It’s notably less sexed up (doesn’t show side boob or ass crack) and the selling point is the flexibility of the ties up the back. If it wasn’t April, I’d be tempted to buy it because I love backless stuff like this. What do you guys think of DaTuRa’s take on this hyper sexy knitwear?