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Vampires everywhere! In Tokyo, Halloween is every day of the year. (Or, the truth is, I’m still going through photos from last October). The Los Angeles Invasion with Sebastiano Serafini (virgin-victim turned Visual-deathrocker) is coming right up… I know you’re dying to see the scandal.

We spend a bit too much time in Japanese convenience stores. Yukiro got the Versailles Destiny CD as soon as it came out. Did you like this release?

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Classic Dravarious, in evil queen makeup and lace-up, drop-sleeved clothing.

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I was working with the Norway TV crew (co-hosting and arranging a show in Tokyo with Pirate Naomi). We rented out a large room for karaoke at Pasela Shinjuku, but didn’t end up needing it. Waste not, want not… so my spooky friends and I took over the tambourines.

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In Japanese karaoke parlors, you search and choose songs using this gizmo. There’s a telephone in each room, which you ring for food and drinks.

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Pasela is famous for its bizarre toast desserts. The pumpkin face melted quickly into a mush… (Here’s a big photo post about Halloween and pumpkin food in Tokyo.)

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You all know I’m an Italo Disco obsessive. So I was ticked pink when Trans-X tweeted me (Electro/HI-NRG father and creator of smash hit Living on Video.) He’s still active, releasing a CD this year and heading the LovRecs label.

A funny story… We attempted to sing Trans-X – Living on Video at the Japanese karaoke parlor. But the lyrics were way off: “Stomp!” instead of “Stop,” and other ridiculous mistakes. And the video was a cheesy montage of an unattractive couple! As you can see in the reflection, we were falling over laughing.

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Ten minutes later, we were still cracking up about the Trans-X transgression.

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The karaoke parlor, Pasela, was decorated like Halloween-town. I’m wearing Sex Pot Revenge t-shirt and headdress by My Velcroe (by Emily Blong), to which I added a white rose ribbon.

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Want more Japan karaoke coverage? Here’s a feature about Pasela, with a list of suggested karaoke songs.

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What are your favorite karaoke tunes? Have you ever come across funny English Fails in Japan or elsewhere?

Japanese Word of the Day: Kangofu = Nurse
Song of the Day: Miss Kittin & The Hacker – Frank Sinatra (Suggested by Miss Rose.)

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26 Comments

  1. Posted January 15, 2011 at 12:23 am | Permalink

    you and Yukiro look as beautiful as always. I’ve seen some mistakes in Korean t-shirts but I also saw mistakes when they write/say spanish words xDD so I think the fault here is because of the pronunciation and the different spellings.

    Going out for Karaoke has to be really fun!!! let’s go together at least once *I think I just lost my mind, sorry xDD*

    • Posted January 15, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

      Ah I’d love to go sing karaoke!!

  2. Posted January 15, 2011 at 1:10 am | Permalink

    I’ve seen a few mistakes but they weren’t bad. If there was a karaoke bar in my area, I’d go with my friends.

    • Posted January 15, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

      It’s more fun in Japan I think haha!

  3. Posted January 15, 2011 at 4:09 am | Permalink

    Engrish! <3 I wish they had those karaoke room places here!

    • Posted January 15, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

      The English song selection isn’t always so great though…

  4. Posted January 15, 2011 at 8:48 am | Permalink

    Karaoke FTW! Yukiro’s outfit is great.

    • Posted January 20, 2011 at 2:21 am | Permalink

      If he’d just lighten up on the eye makeup a little bit. I don’t think he quite realizes how cute he is.

  5. Posted January 15, 2011 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    you and your friends always seem to have the time of your lives. keep it up girlie.

  6. Posted January 15, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    La Carmina! This is a totally unrelated comment but I was wondering where everyone finds their boots/shoes! You always sing the praises of Leche by Yoksuke but what are other reliable brands? Where (online or elsewhere) you can find boots similar to Koji Kuga, Buffalo, or Swear; which all stopped selling? Is there anything similar out on the market now? Thank you! ~Jocelyn

    • Posted January 15, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

      Hmm I’m a fan of Iron Fist, Irregular Choice, Tripp NYC… In Japan, there are alt shoes everywhere. Outside Japan, I just browse around and look for items that look awesome… you never know what you can find!

  7. Posted January 15, 2011 at 9:01 pm | Permalink

    i’ve seen signs of English fail… pretty funny xD You and Yukiro look fabulous as usual <3

  8. Posted January 15, 2011 at 9:01 pm | Permalink

    i’ve seen signs of English fail… pretty funny xD You and Yukiro look fabulous as usual <3

    • Posted January 15, 2011 at 10:00 pm | Permalink

      It was a fun night… as always! We also sang unbreakkkk your hearttttt ahah

  9. Posted January 15, 2011 at 9:01 pm | Permalink

    i’ve seen signs of English fail… pretty funny xD You and Yukiro look fabulous as usual <3

  10. Posted January 15, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

    When did the CD come out? o_O

  11. Posted January 15, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

    LOL!!! LIVING ON VIDEO…STOMP!!! :D

  12. Posted January 15, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Permalink

    I love Versailles but I felt this single was lacking compared to past releases

  13. Posted January 15, 2011 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    I think you addicted me on Trans-X… I love the comodore-64-ish tunes. It makes me smile.

    • Posted January 15, 2011 at 10:00 pm | Permalink

      I may have a giveaway / collaboration coming up with them… ahh!!

  14. Posted January 15, 2011 at 10:49 pm | Permalink

    wow! very cool. I really like that you do such a lot things always – even the day only has 24 hours xDD

  15. Posted January 16, 2011 at 10:59 am | Permalink

    Yukiro and Versailles. Two of my favorites! haha ^^

  16. Posted January 16, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

    That’s a cute dress lacarmina!

  17. Posted January 16, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

    Can I be you, for just 1 day? xD Wow, sugoiiiiiii!

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