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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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51 Comments

  1. Posted April 5, 2010 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

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

    • Posted April 5, 2010 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

      It was so strange and unnerving….

  2. Posted April 5, 2010 at 10:18 pm | Permalink

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

  3. Posted April 5, 2010 at 10:49 pm | Permalink

    OMG seriously such a festival exists? O_O RT

  4. Posted April 6, 2010 at 12:10 am | Permalink

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

  5. Posted April 6, 2010 at 12:10 am | Permalink

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

  6. Posted April 6, 2010 at 12:11 am | Permalink

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

  7. Posted April 6, 2010 at 12:11 am | Permalink

    I want to go to one of these someday~

  8. Posted April 6, 2010 at 12:11 am | Permalink

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

  9. Posted April 6, 2010 at 12:11 am | Permalink

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

  10. Posted April 6, 2010 at 12:11 am | Permalink

    lol xD

  11. Posted April 6, 2010 at 12:12 am | Permalink

    lol creepy, i could not go without lolin

  12. Posted April 5, 2010 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

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

  13. Posted April 5, 2010 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

    It was so strange and unnerving….

  14. Posted April 5, 2010 at 10:18 pm | Permalink

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

  15. Posted April 5, 2010 at 10:49 pm | Permalink

    OMG seriously such a festival exists? O_O RT

  16. Posted April 6, 2010 at 5:03 am | Permalink

    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

    • Posted April 20, 2010 at 7:18 am | Permalink

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

  17. Posted April 6, 2010 at 5:03 am | Permalink

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

  18. Posted April 6, 2010 at 12:10 am | Permalink

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

  19. Posted April 6, 2010 at 12:10 am | Permalink

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

  20. Posted April 6, 2010 at 12:11 am | Permalink

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

  21. Posted April 6, 2010 at 12:11 am | Permalink

    I want to go to one of these someday~

  22. Posted April 6, 2010 at 12:11 am | Permalink

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

  23. Posted April 6, 2010 at 12:11 am | Permalink

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

  24. Posted April 6, 2010 at 12:11 am | Permalink

    lol xD

  25. Posted April 6, 2010 at 12:12 am | Permalink

    lol creepy, i could not go without lolin

  26. Posted April 6, 2010 at 5:29 am | Permalink

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

  27. Posted April 6, 2010 at 5:03 am | Permalink

    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

  28. Posted April 6, 2010 at 5:03 am | Permalink

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

  29. Posted April 6, 2010 at 5:29 am | Permalink

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

  30. Posted April 6, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

    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.

    • Posted April 7, 2010 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

      Hahah that’s basically what it is XD

  31. Posted April 6, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    Great Happiness Space=awesome. Penis Festival=Epic.

  32. Posted April 6, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

    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.

  33. Posted April 6, 2010 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

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

  34. Posted April 6, 2010 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

    OMG it turned out to be EXACTLY what it sounded like

  35. Posted April 6, 2010 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

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

  36. Posted April 6, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    Great Happiness Space=awesome. Penis Festival=Epic.

  37. Posted April 6, 2010 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

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

  38. Posted April 6, 2010 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

    OMG it turned out to be EXACTLY what it sounded like

  39. Posted April 6, 2010 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

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

  40. Posted April 7, 2010 at 5:08 am | Permalink

    The link about the Steel Phallus festival cracked me up!

  41. Posted April 7, 2010 at 5:08 am | Permalink

    The link about the Steel Phallus festival cracked me up!

  42. Posted April 7, 2010 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

    Hahah that's basically what it is XD

  43. Posted April 20, 2010 at 7:20 am | Permalink

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

    • Posted April 20, 2010 at 7:24 am | Permalink

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

  44. Posted April 20, 2010 at 7:18 am | Permalink

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

  45. Posted April 20, 2010 at 7:20 am | Permalink

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

  46. Posted April 20, 2010 at 7:24 am | Permalink

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

  47. Posted May 22, 2011 at 9:06 am | Permalink

     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.

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