Welcome back to another exciting Japanese and London street style/fashion culture post and video...
...but this time we are bringing
Japan to London? 'yay': ヽ(゜∇゜)ノ
Japan to London? 'yay': ヽ(゜∇゜)ノ
(bites bottom lip -with excitement) okay so where do I start hhhhmmm we already know how much I love the freedom of style coming from the creative people who dress up on the streets of Tokyo-Japan
I'll never forget the first day I started blogging I remember being full of colourful ideas influenced by my native African blood line of course.. lol Then I starting sewing things like teddy bears to my sweater's and popping toy cars on my coats all of a sudden i started to question my creative design ideas and wondering where I got my influence from? well okay let's be honest it was from somewhere deep rooted inside of me, that freedom child, the Child who never grew up the child who always enjoyed exploring/learning and watching movies, although this was a small factor of my design/fashion inspiration.. I want to further explore my creative mind so as I began researching my style via the Internet and at long last after months of research in my own home town London and feeling somewhat disappointed that I was an alien haha jokes .. I came across Harajuku and from that moment I fell in love with the Japanese freedom of style and being able to walk around the streets of tokyo dressed up however you wanted to.
So excuse me whilst I fast forward and rewind time a little bit.
last year December just before Christmas and my birthday I had the pleasure of introducing myself to a Japanese street style fashionista".. Let's just say I had such an energetic and lovely experience for four days straight in December.
The experience / person was like a Christmas present wrapped in fashionable accessories, clothing and of course platform shoes, hehehe.. his name was Shoushi aka Shoushipoyo, it all started on social media one of the main only reasons why I enjoy social media is to network and promote my creativity whilst meeting like-minded people and this was the best example of networking.
So I contacted Shoushi ✇aka✇ Shoshipoyo via Instagram as I have been following The Tokyo fashion Instagram account for a while and they posted that he would be over in London to meet and greet people Who like me of course was interested in the Japanese style and culture.
So excitedly I thought yes this is my opportunity to introduce myself to someone who is in love with fashion as much as I am straight from the Tokyo Street style phenomenon.
It didn't take long for us to meet up as I was intrigued to get to know about Japan or at least a little bit about Japan and their fashion style and culture first-hand from a young Japanese citizen.
Our first encounter was meeting each other in a London tube station Gloucester Road to be exact. We waved at each other excitedly and hugged and got on a tube, i Felt a little shy and quite awkward for a few minutes possibly due to what I thought might be a language barrier, but that didn't stop me, as I'm the sort of person who truly appreciates people from all walks of life therefore, I tried to communicate with him to the best of my ability using gestures and trying to speak slowly, yes of course I spoke English to Shoushi but on occasion I slowed down my dialogue for him to properly understand me/what I was saying, but I think we communicated much more through our body language and silent stares /displays of interest in one another.
This was much more of an interesting approach to communicating because our styles together spoke a thousand words, Not only to us but to the people on the tube.
Once we got off the tube I asked Shoushi if you wanted to visit really creative fashion shops and places in London that I liked and knew of and within seconds I took him into one of my favourite places brickLane.
As soon as we approached one piece of wall art, you know The amazing graffiti plastered throughout the walls in briclane.. It was official we were celebrities jokes jokes but the way photographers kept flashing their cameras at us you would of thought so hahaha, literally like every step of the way photos was being taken of us.. Lol
Eventually I introduced him to a few boutiques owners in East London like one of my favourites independent boutiques Borderline Apparel and then we jumped back on the tube to one of his favourite experiences ever.. I took him to the V&A museum literally the best place on earth for creatives like us.
We didn't want to leave I swear I could totally relived that night in the museum, you know like the film hahahaha, then Shoushi came across one of his favourite artists Raphael - 'Europe' I saw a few tears of joy drop from his eyes no joke it was actually so nice to see someone appreciate art at that level.
The night drew in and we said our goodbyes to prepare for the day two.. With hardly any sleep and a lot of excitement still running through my bloodstream I met Shoushi again this time we went to Oxford Street West End we visited a few shops that I thought he would love Style wise like Adidas Originals concept store Fouberts place carnally street.
Although I was the tourist type guide it was extremely fun to watch somebody else enjoy what I see almost everyday when it comes to fashionable shops.
I found myself looking at things differently through the eyes of a brave young Japanese tourist .. After hours of plodding around west end I decided to invite Shoushi to my family home to eat our have fish and chips, a classic British meal hahaha I had to throw that experience in there or shall I say on Shoushi taste buds loooool, (next time when he comes if we meet again I'll introduce him to a classic Caribbean meal)
When in my family home, my mother embraced him and so did the rest of my family after eating a super large cod fish and chips, lol I followed him back to the tube station and hit the pillow.
The next day I met him again after he had spent earlier part of the day with some other friends from London Shoushi called me an we decided to go to another top favourite place I enjoyed visiting, ... Camden and of course you know I took him to my favourite shoe shop 4feetshoes, where they sell original/classic buffalo platform sneakers.. Shoe porn time hahaha and then we had to end the day with a visit to cyberdog, The super electro futuristic 90s fashion concept shop, with robots hanging from the walls yes I said it robots ..
I swear we literally stayed in that shop all day as Shoushi introduced himself to the staff and grasped as he got to pick out some free items.
I stood back and did the robot dance with the robots hahaha I did no kidding ya I did, once I've finished interacting with my metal friends I came back to Shoushi then I began filming.
If there is one thing I can tell you from filming/Hanging with Shoushi's in London is that I learnt a new fantastic word that brings a big smile to my face every-time I now hear it on anime films or Japanese films.
The word he kept saying throughout his journey in London was "AMAZING" and in Japanese its ..... Shoushi when he saw things he loved.
Ok we are reaching the end now guys hold back your tears.. So as christmas and my birthday was shortly approaching my diary was becoming quite hectic I had to prepare for new creative projects (which will hopefully be released in the future yay) .. so I had to say my goodbyes to Shoushi... nooooo <丶´Д｀> this can't be the end ..
The experience had been like no other, it was so nice to engage with not only a person similar to me in regards to bravery through the way we choose to dress creatively but it was so awesome to interact with someone from foreign territory a place I will one day hopefully visit Japan/Tokyo.
It was also wonderful to see how much people appreciated the Japanese culture in London and I fully understood why I appreciated it to, not even just for the style and the mannerisms of the Japanese people but because of the culture as a whole the food that traditions and the different mindset of the up-and-coming youth like Shoushi! (◕‿◕✿)
Much Love Monzie
Shoushi wears his own clothes