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CASTING FOR FOOD NETWORK TV SHOW! SECONDHAND VINTAGE CLOTHING SHOPS IN TOKYO JAPAN, KINJI HARAJUKU SHOPPING.


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Casting call! I’m looking for extras in Tokyo, Japan — come join me on my Food Network TV shoots!

If you’re in Tokyo between now and Sept 26, please email gothiccarmina@gmail.com with your full availability and contact info (including phone). We need English-speakers of all types (not just Goths/alternative kids). You’ll likely be interviewed on-camera as a theme restaurant customer.

It’d be great if you could help by telling your Tokyo friends. They’ll get to hang out with me and spooky pals, be part of a fun TV shoot and experience the world of theme restaurants. More info about the Food Network show in this post.

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When I’m not working on-set, you’ll typically find me shopping with friends in Harajuku. Here are eight tips to help you have the perfect excursion.

1. Wear shoes made for walking. There’s a lot of side-streets to wander and staircases to climb, and you don’t want to cut your Harajuku trip short because of tired toes.

I’m wearing various lace layers and an h.NAOTO purse from Closet Child (a must-visit store).

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2. Be weather-wary. Tokyo can be temperamental – sudden downpours, stupefying humidity, blizzard cold. Yukiro wisely brought along a fashionable fan on a hot summer day.

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2. Bring a camera; Harajuku is overflowing with poppy fashion and inspiration. And be ready to be snapped. Kera Magazine and street snap blogs often roam theses streets.

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3. Short on money? Visit Kinji, the gargantuan secondhand clothing store. From Harajuku station, go down Takeshita Doori and turn right on Meiji Doori. Look for the orange Kinji sign on the right side, and walk down the stairs.

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4. If David Bowie would wear it… you should too. The store’s full of alternative, Gothic and club clothing. Sparkle purple pants and cheetah prints abound.

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I got this panda bear skirt for a few hundred yen. Seba wanted this fighting doll.

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A Batman mask and a neon relic from the 1980s.

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5. When shopping in a group, take turns choosing shops. Yukiro ran into Takenoko, the drag queen store. Cotton Bale stayed outside, with thumbs down.

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Feather boas and sequins cover every inch.

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Hats off to anyone who can pull off this look.

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6. Don’t snub off-brand Gothic Lolita Punk clothes. Even if the quality is not the best, AC/DC has fun designs.

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1000 yen items = a great deal.

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7. Pick up omiyages (souvenirs) for friends. Fun socks and toys cost only a few hundred yen.

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I hope you enjoyed my shopping suggestions. I leave you with this dramatic sign inside Harajuku Station.

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Do you prefer to shop alone, or friends? What are your tips for perfect shopping day?

There’s more Gothic Lolita Alternative fashion and store photos in my big Tokyo shopping guide.

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  • Tessa

    Thank you for sharing your shopping tips !!

    I love shopping in Harajuku but in recent years my attention has been gravitating away from Takeshita Dori, and more on to Laforet and Omotesando haha. CC Harajuku is still a must visit for me though!

    When it comes to shopping for ‘safe’ clothing, I’m ok with doing it alone. However when I go for alternative fashion I like to have a second opinion at least since I am not as good with it as you are and I don’t want to end up looking tacky haha.

    By the way, was wondering if you would consider writing about the various food places in Harajuku? There are so many yummy things along Takeshita Doori – I’m sure you know better than I do ^^ – and since shopping makes people hungry, I’m sure we’ll value your opinion on it :)

    • Heheh there are Laforet photos coming up!
      It’s so much fun to shop in Harajuku, both with friends and alone, I think.
      Have you tried the takoyaki in Harajuku? You’re right, so many yummy things. xx

    • Heheh there are Laforet photos coming up!
      It’s so much fun to shop in Harajuku, both with friends and alone, I think.
      Have you tried the takoyaki in Harajuku? You’re right, so many yummy things. xx

      • Tessa

        Ahh you mean the Gintako takoyaki which is actually beside Takeshita Doori, down the road to Omotesando instead? No I have not! >.< I shall, since you recommend it haha.

        On the topic of food, I always seem to have very good luck with pasta in takeshita doori, I KID YOU NOT :P The edamane tomato sauce in the first cafe before CC is awesome, and ah, who can forget Pasta Viking :)

        • Yeah that’s it! Great place.
          Hmmm never tried the pasta there…

  • Tokyo – Love

    Yey, I went to Kinji and actually tried that batman mask about 2 weeks ago. Before discovering your blog, what a nice coincidence!Tokyo Love

  • Ashiyad

     Awesome *_*

  • Evelyn

    I love the ensemble!! hair is cute too!! hehe!! :D

  • Neranera

    amazing fashion in japan *___*

  • claudia v

    perfect shopping day? mm… it is all about having fun, enjoying the wonderful day and of course finding weird stuff . can’t wait to go to harajuku, even if i’ve never been there i know i love this place

    thanks for the lovely post

    xx
    http://www.hautecouturepoupee.blogspot.com

    • Thanks dear!! Yes you’d fall in love with it, from what I see on your blog ;)

    • Thanks dear!! Yes you’d fall in love with it, from what I see on your blog ;)

  • Anahi

    I would love to be an extra! but I’m not in Japan :(

  • Jeremy

    I absolutely love both shopping and eating at all kinds of shops. Yukiro & You look great! His nice long hair is hiding today! I wanted to see it today. XP Did you guys find anything good to bring home? The Gloomy Bear stuff is super cool. Can’t wait to come home and shop in tokyo again.

  • Jeremy

    I absolutely love both shopping and eating at all kinds of shops. Yukiro & You look great! His nice long hair is hiding today! I wanted to see it today. XP Did you guys find anything good to bring home? The Gloomy Bear stuff is super cool. Can’t wait to come home and shop in tokyo again.

  • BETA

    I LOVE YUKIRO’S FASHION!!!!!!

  • Kris

    :3 you always look pwettyful in your pictures xD I jelly haha

  • Raido

    When I go to Japan I so want to shop in a big group! D: Too bad I’ll only have my sister with me (not that she isn’t great, I just always wanted to have a large group of friends to fawn over cute things and squeeze into purikura booths)
    Everytime I see your pictures of shopping in Harajuku, I always get so excited, I wish my 18th birthday would come sooner so I could take my trip already! >_<
    Thank you for the tips La Carmina~ <3 You're the greatest, as always
    p.s. I really like what Yukiro is wearing in these pictures! Pretty~

    • Thanks dear! We are having lots of fun in Tokyo – many pics to come!

  • Elaine

    I swear, I do a double take on some of your photos and see more details in them! It’s a good thing though! Your style is so neat to look at along with anyone you take photos with. Plus your hair is ever changing! Love it! :D

  • Valeree

    OK now, ~that~ is cute. d(-_-) LOL

  • Ainjulle

    Two sexy Chicas! Love the uniqueness u bring!

  • Tiff

    The fabulous duo!!

  • Rumor

    You look so pretty in each pic darling!

  • Lara

    I’m glad to see that you Yukiro are back togther in Tokyo cute picture:)

  • Didymus

    The only thing cuter than you or Yukiro is the two of you together!

  • Kim

    i wish i lived in japan

  • AWESOME!  I love the store and of course I <3 Yukiro!

  • Sepho

    :)

  • Kylie

    could you let me know when your in the uk :) i would love to show you around all the japanese hangouts in london! xx ♥

  • Scott

    fly me out! =D

  • I live in Tokyo. >^_^< I'll apply.