GOTHLOLI OF THE WEEK #97: JACKIE. FILM OF WEEK: THE GREAT HAPPINESS SPACE, DOCUMENTARY ON OSAKA HOST CLUBS. JAPAN PENIS FESTIVAL PHOTOS.

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† Name: Jackie Mills (明美)
† Age: Year of the tiger ;)
† Location: Toronto, Ontario
† How were you introduced to Gothic Lolita fashion?
It came from many places: love for manga, Visual Kei (Mana) and Japanese culture.

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† What do you find appealing about GL style and culture?
I wear Lolita because I like the modesty and frills. I wore Gothic for a long time but only Gothic Lolita can give you that real sense of cuteness. As I fell in love with the style more, I began to wear Sweet as well. I love all the styles and how they have their own influences and ideals.
† What are your favorite Gothic Lolita clothing brands?
My favourite brands have to be Baby the Stars Shine bright and Angelic Pretty, but I have a love like no other for Mana’s brand Moi-meme-moitie (if only the prices were a bit cheaper).
† Any other comments (inspiration, tips, favorites)?
A lot of Lolita girls forget this… but you don’t have to fit into the style, the style fits around you. Lolita is another forum of clothing in which to express yourself; don’t let the “rules” design it for you! I love to talk to others interested in Lolita and Gothic fashions so keep in touch (my links are above).

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Film of the Week #47: The Great Happiness Space: Tale of an Osaka Love Thief (directed by Jake Clennell.) Oh you elusive, big-haired host boys! They accost you in the streets and try to nudge you into their dim clubs… to do what inside? This riveting documentary takes you into Rokkyu — one of Osaka’s top host clubs — and the lives of the pretty-boys who whisper sweet nothings to their customers as they open up yet another bottle of champagne.

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From the start, you’ll be riveted by the techniques the boys use to string clients along: false displays of love, transparent promises. But there are twists in these bizarre relationships: who are these girls, where do they get the spending money, and are they as deluded as you initially think? The cinematography and pacing in Great Happiness Space are flawless; I hope you’ll watch it and tell me what you think! (You can get the DVD on Amazon or see it on Netflix.)

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Wow, what a bunch of pricks! It’s no April Fools joke: the photos are from the Kanamara Matsuri (Festival of the Steel Phallus かなまら祭り) held last weekend. As Dlisted put it, “the small Japanese town of Kawasaki transformed their streets into looking like Gay Al Reynold’s boudoir on a hot summer night.” The bizarre tradition is centered around a penis-venerating shrine once popular among prostitutes who prayed for protection against STDs. Today, the festival is a kitschy tourist draw that raises money for HIV research. The gods would be pleased. (Photos from Dlisted, my favorite gossip blog.)

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  • http://twitter.com/punkagogo ‘sup?

    The GREAT HAPPINESS SPACE made me cry a little. It was just so sad to see those girls living their lives like that.

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      It was so strange and unnerving….

  • Anonymous

    Thank you Netflix… I found the Great Happiness Space really easily, watching it now. Reactions soon to come 0_0

  • Felin

    OMG seriously such a festival exists? O_O RT

  • Lala

    the penis thingy shock me so much like O_O
    never even thought that Japan has such event

  • cortigiana

    went years ago to the one in Kawasaki. I hear it is too crowded these days.

  • agent lover

    I’d like to ride on a penis float at that parade

  • REN

    I want to go to one of these someday~

  • diamond

    ahaha this actually made my day!! Oh those turnips and lollies!

  • September Design

    I saw an episode of Japanorama mentioning this place. Prick-tacular!

  • intan

    lol xD

  • sam

    lol creepy, i could not go without lolin

  • http://twitter.com/punkagogo 'sup?

    The GREAT HAPPINESS SPACE made me cry a little. It was just so sad to see those girls living their lives like that.

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    It was so strange and unnerving….

  • sami0_0

    Thank you Netflix… I found the Great Happiness Space really easily, watching it now. Reactions soon to come 0_0

  • Felin

    OMG seriously such a festival exists? O_O RT

  • Thompson

    Jackie has cute style and I love the better than taxes penis event! Hmmm Sisen would be proud, like the bright pink one reminds me of someone’s candy. Hee hee

    • Anonymous

      lol thank you, i posted this on facebook and all my friends just saw the penis float -_-

  • Tokyofilter

    Kawasaki is a small Japanese town?! wat?! Been there, done that…

  • Lala

    the penis thingy shock me so much like O_O
    never even thought that Japan has such event

  • cortigiana

    went years ago to the one in Kawasaki. I hear it is too crowded these days.

  • agent lover

    I'd like to ride on a penis float at that parade

  • REN

    I want to go to one of these someday~

  • diamond

    ahaha this actually made my day!! Oh those turnips and lollies!

  • September Design

    I saw an episode of Japanorama mentioning this place. Prick-tacular!

  • intan

    lol xD

  • sam

    lol creepy, i could not go without lolin

  • Moon Maiden 90

    Penis noses…hmmm…I think I’ll pass. lol

  • Thompson

    Jackie has cute style and I love the better than taxes penis event! Hmmm Sisen would be proud, like the bright pink one reminds me of someone's candy. Hee hee

  • Tokyofilter

    Kawasaki is a small Japanese town?! wat?! Been there, done that…

  • Moon Maiden 90

    Penis noses…hmmm…I think I'll pass. lol

  • Anonymous

    I really should watch that movie. LOL
    I knew that Kanamara Matsuri existed… Except I just always called it, “The Japanese Penis Parade” XD That’s what it should be called.

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Hahah that’s basically what it is XD

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=14228719 Regi Caldart

    Great Happiness Space=awesome. Penis Festival=Epic.

  • stillprince

    I really should watch that movie. LOL
    I knew that Kanamara Matsuri existed… Except I just always called it, “The Japanese Penis Parade” XD That's what it should be called.

  • Tweet thing

    I have to admit… I’ve always wanted to go to that festival ever since I saw pics years ago :-D

  • Om Nom

    OMG it turned out to be EXACTLY what it sounded like

  • Luis

    Now why don’t we have this in the US? LOL!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=14228719 Regi Caldart

    Great Happiness Space=awesome. Penis Festival=Epic.

  • Tweet thing

    I have to admit… I've always wanted to go to that festival ever since I saw pics years ago :-D

  • Om Nom

    OMG it turned out to be EXACTLY what it sounded like

  • Luis

    Now why don't we have this in the US? LOL!

  • Dahlia

    The link about the Steel Phallus festival cracked me up!

  • Dahlia

    The link about the Steel Phallus festival cracked me up!

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    Hahah that's basically what it is XD

  • Anonymous

    haha i figured out how to comment again! i must thank you again for posting me ^_^

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      haha it auto-posts… like how my Twitter and Facebook status are linked ;)

  • mujitsu

    lol thank you, i posted this on facebook and all my friends just saw the penis float -_-

  • mujitsu

    haha i figured out how to comment again! i must thank you again for posting me ^_^

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    haha it auto-posts… like how my Twitter and Facebook status are linked ;)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HEOJBTYCHICTEYWMXMIF6BSDRY Katrina Elm

     Ah! That was the documentary I was talking about in my comment on your trip to Club Ai. Yes, that’s the documentary I own.