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JAPANESE DOLL EYELASHES & CHEAP SUSHI IN SHINJUKU. PURIKURA EYE-ENLARGING STICKER BOOTHS IN TOKYO GAME CENTER, ABSINTHE JELLY.


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I’m going to let you in on a little secret: our favorite sushi restaurant in Tokyo. Hibari is a cheap but melt-in-your-mouth fresh conveyor belt sushi parlor, located a few steps to the left when you exit Shinjuku Club Marz (map here). Since it’s open all night, we often head here after dancing at monthly Goth event Midnight Mess. Daytime, this is the prime spot to ogle spiky-haired Japanese host boys!

Skull tshirt: Mari’s Rock, from Closet Child Shinjuku
Gothic vest: Gramm, from Closet Child Shinjuku
Lavender casual skirt: Algonquins, from Closet Child Shinjuku
Ashi dashi pencil knee highs: gifted from Sock Dreams
(Count de Sang is wearing a Tokyo Gore Police t-shirt.)

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Mihoko is always the picture of elegance. Her clothes are by Moi-meme-Moitie, Mana’s Elegant Gothic Lolita brand.

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That night, the sushi restaurant was invaded by spooks and schoolgirls. Everything is 130 yen (about a dollar) a plate, so we ate a lot!

Makeup: Using gifted Sugarpill Cosmetics black eyeshadow, I did a cat eye. Above, I applied lavender eyeshadow to match my skirt, and blue eyeliner below. I put matching pastel heart stickers on my forehead, and Dolly false eyelashes. The effect is dramatic up close, but softer from far away.

Hair: I pinned the top to one side and covered it with dollar store paper flowers.

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Shinjuku’s kabuki-cho district is known for scantily-dressed hostesses. This advertising truck drove by and Yukiro ran out to be part of the action.

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Look who’s here… I Am Sebastian! V-fingers for joy!

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We picked up more spooky spooks and went into a noisy gaming center for purikura (sticker picture “print club” booths). The latest machines feature technology that make your eyes Godzilla-sized.

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Sebastian and I did our best imitations of the kawaii gyaru models.

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About ten of us piled into the tiny booth and tried to fit our faces onto the screen. See how the machine makes us white as snow, with big and shiny eyes? (I have a guide to taking perfect purikura and decorating the print-out stickers in this post.)

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Funny story: great minds think alike, so Yukiro and I both gave Cotton Bale fake eyelashes as a gift. And them the purikura machine spat out yet another free pair… so she’s stocked up for life. On the right, Kana and I did a shoot-em-up zombie video game and got a bit too excited.

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The night didn’t end there. Five of us went upstairs for all-night, all-you-can-drink karaoke. The photos aren’t fit to be seen by the public… however, let me sing the praises of Kana, who invented absinthe jelly and brought it for dessert. Aren’t spooky friends the best?

Do you and your friends like to go for sushi, purikura and karaoke? Where are your favorite haunts?

PS: Tokyo friends, come watch Yukiro’s musical debut this Saturday at Midnight Mess! He’ll be singing original songs and a Lady Gaga cover, and performing a one-time-only vulgar act. All details here.

Japanese Word of the Day: Shibafu = Lawn
Song of the Day: Dalida – Besame Mucho (My favorite era of the tragic Egyptian chanteuse.)

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66 Comments

  1. Posted July 29, 2010 at 11:00 pm | Permalink

    love your makeup! you are awesome!

    • Posted July 30, 2010 at 3:34 am | Permalink

      Thanks so much, and for the Tweet! xoxo

  2. Posted July 29, 2010 at 11:31 pm | Permalink

    Nice post! I never got to see the purikura photos :P

    It was fun at the karaoke!
    miss you <3

  3. Posted July 29, 2010 at 11:50 pm | Permalink

    I usually like going to the Karaoke-kan for all night all you can drink karaoke debachery. The ones in Tokyo have my friends’ band, Spinshank so I sometimes scream their songs.

    The last time i was at Mars was for Tokyo Dark Castle and my friend and i were talking to a host boy for a while. He told us some interesting secrets about hosts. Quite entertaining!

    I wish I could be at Midnight Mess this month! But I will be there next month on the 21st!!! I usually always miss Midnight Mess events by one day when ever I am in Tokyo. I am NOT missing this one! he he ^.^

    Also.. no matter how look, purikura always make you look amazing. I love Japan! lol

    • Posted July 30, 2010 at 4:02 am | Permalink

      Ah, I was sad that this particular cheap karaoke place didn’t have a good selection of songs… you get what you pay for, I guess.

      The hosts are hilarious at this sushi place. One was very fat, and he ordered a huge plate of beef covered in mayo!

      • Posted July 30, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

        ewww… beef and mayo..lol….

        Yeah with Karaoke places you do get what you pay for i guess just like everything else! But as long as you have fun and drink lots.. it is a good time. it is all about who is with you that is mroe important!!!!! he he he^.^

        @trashtastika – i will only be in Tokyo until Aug 28th and then i got back to my home in yamaguchi prefecture.

    • Posted July 30, 2010 at 6:03 am | Permalink

      How long will you be there for, Tara? Cos I’m getting there on the 27th. Seeing some cool deathrock & psychobilly bands on the 28th :)

  4. Posted July 30, 2010 at 12:28 am | Permalink

    I love this!

  5. Posted July 30, 2010 at 12:28 am | Permalink

    Yaaaay! sooo cute :-)

  6. Posted July 30, 2010 at 2:49 am | Permalink

    i love your outfit. :D
    wow you huys look like you were having so much fun :DD

    • Posted July 30, 2010 at 4:04 am | Permalink

      Thanks!! We were having the best night!! xo

  7. Posted July 30, 2010 at 3:01 am | Permalink

    ♥w♥ u.u

  8. Posted July 30, 2010 at 3:32 am | Permalink

    Wow, your eyes do look super big! (^ ^) That’s a great pic of u playing the zombie game, lol. Hooray for karaoke and pictures ‘aren’t fit to be seen by the public’! XD ahahahahaha

    usually for karaoke we go to a Korean place in town. I’ve only been to 1 other one in Vancouver. . . they all have a bunch of Japanese songs as well as English so yay! :3 Alcahol usually not allowed but we sneak some in anyways! mwahahahahahah

    I miss how cheap some karaoke places are in Japan….*sigh*

  9. Posted July 29, 2010 at 11:00 pm | Permalink

    love your makeup! you are awesome!

  10. Posted July 29, 2010 at 11:31 pm | Permalink

    Nice post! I never got to see the purikura photos :P

    It was fun at the karaoke!
    miss you <3

  11. Posted July 29, 2010 at 11:50 pm | Permalink

    I usually like going to the Karaoke-kan for all night all you can drink karaoke debachery. The ones in Tokyo have my friends' band, Spinshank so I sometimes scream their songs.

    The last time i was at Mars was for Tokyo Dark Castle and my friend and i were talking to a host boy for a while. He told us some interesting secrets about hosts. Quite entertaining!

    I wish I could be at Midnight Mess this month! But I will be there next month on the 21st!!! I usually always miss Midnight Mess events by one day when ever I am in Tokyo. I am NOT missing this one! he he ^.^

    Also.. no matter how look, purikura always make you look amazing. I love Japan! lol

  12. Posted July 30, 2010 at 4:51 am | Permalink

    i love ur eyelash extentions!!

  13. Posted July 30, 2010 at 12:28 am | Permalink

    I love this!

  14. Posted July 30, 2010 at 12:28 am | Permalink

    Yaaaay! sooo cute :-)

  15. Posted July 30, 2010 at 6:04 am | Permalink

    0_o haven’t been to THAT sushi place – but it’s right around the corner from where I always stay :) That is certainly MY part of town :) Must try that big eye thing in purikura too! I’m back there on August 27th – so excited!!

    • Posted July 30, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

      you must, you must!! Just don’t look at the underside of the lid that contains the ginger. “if you don’t look, you won’t DIE” mauaha

  16. Posted July 30, 2010 at 2:49 am | Permalink

    i love your outfit. :D
    wow you huys look like you were having so much fun :DD

  17. Posted July 30, 2010 at 3:01 am | Permalink

    ♥w♥ u.u

  18. Posted July 30, 2010 at 3:32 am | Permalink

    Wow, your eyes do look super big! (^ ^) That's a great pic of u playing the zombie game, lol. Hooray for karaoke and pictures 'aren't fit to be seen by the public'! XD ahahahahaha

    usually for karaoke we go to a Korean place in town. I've only been to 1 other one in Vancouver. . . they all have a bunch of Japanese songs as well as English so yay! :3 Alcahol usually not allowed but we sneak some in anyways! mwahahahahahah

    I miss how cheap some karaoke places are in Japan….*sigh*

  19. Posted July 30, 2010 at 3:34 am | Permalink

    Thanks so much, and for the Tweet! xoxo

  20. Posted July 30, 2010 at 3:34 am | Permalink

    Mwah!

  21. Posted July 30, 2010 at 4:02 am | Permalink

    Ah, I was sad that this particular cheap karaoke place didn't have a good selection of songs… you get what you pay for, I guess.

    The hosts are hilarious at this sushi place. One was very fat, and he ordered a huge plate of beef covered in mayo!

  22. Posted July 30, 2010 at 4:04 am | Permalink

    Thanks!! We were having the best night!! xo

  23. Posted July 30, 2010 at 4:04 am | Permalink

    Muahahah! ;)

  24. Posted July 30, 2010 at 4:51 am | Permalink

    i love ur eyelash extentions!!

  25. Posted July 30, 2010 at 6:03 am | Permalink

    How long will you be there for, Tara? Cos I'm getting there on the 27th. Seeing some cool deathrock & psychobilly bands on the 28th :)

  26. Posted July 30, 2010 at 6:04 am | Permalink

    0_o haven't been to THAT sushi place – but it's right around the corner from where I always stay :) That is certainly MY part of town :) Must try that big eye thing in purikura too! I'm back there on August 27th – so excited!!

  27. Posted July 30, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    Sorry but Mihoko is wearing a Moi-même-Moitié OP..>_>

  28. Posted July 30, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

    How fun!

  29. Posted July 30, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    Sorry but Mihoko is wearing a Moi-même-Moitié OP..>_>

  30. Posted July 30, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    ewww… beef and mayo..lol….

    Yeah with Karaoke places you do get what you pay for i guess just like everything else! But as long as you have fun and drink lots.. it is a good time. it is all about who is with you that is mroe important!!!!! he he he^.^

    @trashtastika – i will only be in Tokyo until Aug 28th and then i got back to my home in yamaguchi prefecture.

  31. Posted July 30, 2010 at 8:50 pm | Permalink

    Yukiro…whatever you wear…post pics!!! ;p and a video…pls…

  32. Posted July 30, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

    How fun!

  33. Posted July 30, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    Oops! Fixed it.

  34. Posted July 30, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

    you must, you must!! Just don't look at the underside of the lid that contains the ginger. “if you don't look, you won't DIE” mauaha

  35. Posted July 30, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

    Hehe I agree!

  36. Posted July 30, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

    Hehe I agree!

  37. Posted July 31, 2010 at 1:01 am | Permalink

    Yuriko’s outfit is brillant.
    The hair, the make up, the school girl outfit . . . he pulls it off brillantly. ^^;

  38. Posted July 31, 2010 at 1:15 am | Permalink

    Itlooks as good as ever ;D absinthe jelly *______

  39. Posted July 30, 2010 at 8:50 pm | Permalink

    Yukiro…whatever you wear…post pics!!! ;p and a video…pls…

  40. Posted July 31, 2010 at 1:01 am | Permalink

    Yuriko's outfit is brillant.
    The hair, the make up, the school girl outfit . . . he pulls it off brillantly. ^^;

  41. Posted July 31, 2010 at 1:15 am | Permalink

    Itlooks as good as ever ;D absinthe jelly *______

  42. Posted July 31, 2010 at 1:15 am | Permalink

    omnomnom!!

  43. Posted July 31, 2010 at 1:16 am | Permalink

    As always! ^^

  44. Posted July 31, 2010 at 9:34 am | Permalink

    is there anyway I can get the recipe for Absinthe jelly??? lol. i love that stuff. Sooo happy it is legal in Japan. he he

    • Posted August 1, 2010 at 4:37 am | Permalink

      If I recall correctly, she made normal gelatin (like plain Jello) and added absinthe… :D

  45. Posted July 31, 2010 at 9:34 am | Permalink

    is there anyway I can get the recipe for Absinthe jelly??? lol. i love that stuff. Sooo happy it is legal in Japan. he he

  46. Posted July 31, 2010 at 11:03 pm | Permalink

    Your eyes are pretty big without the purikura eye enlargement~Absinthe jelly is the best >_<<33

    • Posted August 1, 2010 at 4:39 am | Permalink

      It is the best, it is…

  47. Posted July 31, 2010 at 11:03 pm | Permalink

    Your eyes are pretty big without the purikura eye enlargement~
    Absinthe jelly is the best >_<<33

  48. Posted August 1, 2010 at 4:37 am | Permalink

    If I recall correctly, she made normal gelatin (like plain Jello) and added absinthe… :D

  49. Posted August 1, 2010 at 4:39 am | Permalink

    It is the best, it is…

  50. Posted September 29, 2010 at 5:21 am | Permalink

    Were those eyelashes some of the cheaper ones? Do you (or anybody else out there) know a good place (district, shop, even a certain company) that makes good, bold, false eyelashes that I could buy very cheaply in Japan. I’m @ Kansai Gaidai right now, but I will be making a trip to Tokyo and I’d love to stock up on lashes while I’m here!

    • Posted September 29, 2010 at 5:22 am | Permalink

      My favorite places to get cheap eyelashes (for 100-300 yen) are:
      – Daiso
      – Bodyline in Harajuku (see my Shopping Guide for maps, photos, directions)
      – Odakaya in Shinjuku (they often have them on sale)
      – Don Quixote in Shinjuku (I got my feathered ones there).
      Gambatte!

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