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Welcome to Part II of my Los Angeles “alt-travel” suggestions! This post covers Japan-related parties, stores and neighborhoods in LA. For Goth/industrial/alternative attractions, please take a gander at this blog post. And let me know if I’ve left anything out.

J-ROCK CONCERTS & JAPANESE POP DANCE PARTIES
† I hosted a party for Tune in Tokyo, a DJ collective that spins your favorite J-pop and rock music. Their events always have a Japanese theme, such as Gyaru or purikura, and bring in a flamboyantly dressed crowd. Tune in Tokyo also organizes J-rock band nights and special events, such as Cure Mini Live with Satsuki, and SiSeN’s most recent appearance with Moon Kana. Visit their website to find out about upcoming events.
2nd Street Jazz, also known as Matsumoto’s, is a popular venue for indie and American J-rock bands to rock out.

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SHOPPING & FOOD
Jungle/Cure is a one-stop shop for Harajuku fashion, anime, manga, J-rock, robots and more.
Little Tokyo is my favorite neighborhood: there’s amazing sushi and izakaya fare, cute Hello Kitty gift stores and Japanese markets…
Kinokuniya bookstore in Little Tokyo has racks of Visual Kei and Gothic Lolita fashion magazines, along with books and products related to Japan. You can find copies of my books inside; I did a signing at Kinokuniya last fall.
† I also signed copies for Giant Robot on Sawtelle Blvd (in Santa Monica). There are some cute Japanese design and gift stores on the same street.
† For your sticker picture fix, there’s a purikura booth in Burbank and an entire store of machines at Kira Kira in the City of Industry.

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Royal/T houses a maid cafe, just like in Akihabara; the waitresses cosplay as French maids! The art space contains a boutique for kawaii toys, Japanese dolls, design books and other wonderful things. Bring your camera: the open, well-lit space and giant art props are perfect for an impromptu shoot. You can see photos of Royal/T here and here, as well as from the Gothic Lolita Phaidon book release party.

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If you’re travelling to Tokyo, you may want to take a gander at my Goth Lolita Rococo Punk shopping guide and cyber Goth industrial club listings. Got questions or suggestions? Leave them in the comments and I’ll write back.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/eunice.ayame.yin Ayame

    I want to steal the red top hat with black swirls on it!

    Wow, Tune in Tokyo sounds like one of those Cosplay events we have in Vietnam. The Djs are so cute! They dress as Jrockers and always have a bunch of lolita maids dancing beside them. xD Though most of the Lolita enthusiasts here dress as strict lolitas = Black + white, frills, mini top hat, Mary Jane flats. =/

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      Ooh I’d love to go to one of the cosplay events in Vietnam… how fun to hear about events all over the world!

  • Ayame

    I want to steal the red top hat with black swirls on it!

    Wow, Tune in Tokyo sounds like one of those Cosplay events we have in Vietnam. The Djs are so cute! They dress as Jrockers and always have a bunch of lolita maids dancing beside them. xD Though most of the Lolita enthusiasts here dress as strict lolitas = Black + white, frills, mini top hat, Mary Jane flats. =/

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  • Karen

    Kawaii!

  • Mad Cat Lady

    I LOVE your friend´s makeup – the light blue contacts with the pink eyeshadow & long lower eye lashes (are those painted on?) :)

  • Karen

    Kawaii!

  • Mad Cat Lady

    I LOVE your friend´s makeup – the light blue contacts with the pink eyeshadow & long lower eye lashes (are those painted on?) :)

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    Ooh I'd love to go to one of the cosplay events in Vietnam… how fun to hear about events all over the world!

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    Awesomesauce.

  • Anonymous

    i have to say i really love the big flowers in your hair all the time! where do you get them?

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      They were from a fabric store — they’re big fabric flowers with glittery petals, and a clip on the back. You can find them in accessory stores too, but they’re far cheaper at craft / fabric stores :)

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  • Julie Anne

    Can not wait to move back to socal so I can actually go to these things! Would love to go to a book signing of yours! Xoxo!

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  • mujitsu

    i have to say i really love the big flowers in your hair all the time! where do you get them?

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    They were from a fabric store — they're big fabric flowers with glittery petals, and a clip on the back. You can find them in accessory stores too, but they're far cheaper at craft / fabric stores :)

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  • Julie Anne

    Can not wait to move back to socal so I can actually go to these things! Would love to go to a book signing of yours! Xoxo!

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