Kimura U at PSU (hey, that rhymes!)

On January 17th, Kimura U came to Portland State University. Who is Kimura U? She is one of three Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs appointed Kawaii Ambassadors who’s mission is to promote Japanese youth culture, fashion, and pop culture overseas. Here is Kimura U’s official website-

And her official Facebook page-

The Portland/Oregon Tea and Cake Society had a big meetup to meet “the most pink creator of the world” and it was an absolute joy! She was so cute and friendly!

There was first a meet and greet. She signed autographs, posed for pictures, and some people even brought her gifts. I posed for a picture with her, but I felt so derpy next to her. She was too cute!

With Kimura U 01

Then she kindly posed for a group picture.

Kimura U Group Picture 01Kimura U is also a fashion designer so there was also a fashion show. Her brand is KOKOkim. Here’s KOKOkim’s Facebook page-

And then buy it here-

The clothes are too cute! I will admit, I’m not really into pastels a super cute styles, but I certainly appreciate cute clothes and there are some things in the collection that I really want.

I apologize for the quality of my photos. There was a light at the foot of the runway that really blew out my photos. Also, I was using my cell phone camera. I’ve tried adjusting the contrast and brightness to make them a little better (so if some of them look a little odd, that’s probably why), but I don’t know if that helped much.

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Kimura U Fashion Show 07

The designer herself!

Blah, my pictures suck.

On Kimura’s Facebook page, they had WAY better pictures of the models and outfits so here they are.

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10011397_839445559446501_5522114506187972084_nAfter the fashion show, Kimura talked about each piece and had a short interview with each of the models. Once again, sorry for the crappy quality of the photos.

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And then after the fashion show, Kimura sang! She’s so talented. She draws and drew many of the graphics and pictures that are on her clothes, is a designer, and sings!

It was such a pleasure to meet her and to see her clothes. I even bought a few things.

KOKOkim purchaseThe hoodie was sadly sold out :(. Kimura said she’d like to do more US events and I really hope to see her again in the future!


NewCon 2015

It’s been a little more than 2 weeks since my last entry and UGH! I feel bad. I’ve been very busy (but isn’t that everyone’s excuse?) because there was New Year’s. Then work. And then I had to prepare for a fashion show!

There’s a very active Lolita community in Oregon with most events in Portland because that’s where most of the members live. Also being the biggest city, there are just more things to do. One of the things to do around New Year’s is NewCon It’s a fan convention meant held on the closest weekend to New Year’s and it’s meant to celebrate all kinds of subcultures and niche interests, mostly surrounding nerd and geek things. Fantasy, Sci-Fi, costuming, video games, comic books- you name your fandom and they more than likely have something related to it. This year, it was held January 2nd to the 4th and it was its 3rd year.

Now how is this Lolita related? Well since NewCon’s first year in 2013, there has been a Lolita Fashion show that been hosted by the Portland Lolita community. I participated in the fashion this year and it was so much fun! Here are pictures of what I wore-

There was a short intermission because some of the models had a quick change and wore a 2nd outfit. Here was my 2nd dress-

Photos by Tom Good.

Here is the complete photo set, all taken by Tom Good-

It was so much fun and I was so glad I could participate for 2 years in a row! It’s a such a great experience for our community and here’s to many more NewCon Lolita fashion shows :D!