RevolAsia: Nico Walk 2018

Nico Nico Niiii!!

The RevolAsia members dedicated a whole day to the very popular idol Nico Yazawa of the famous Japanese anime series “Love Live! School Idol Project”.

Everyone showed up in a different Nico outfit and had a lot of fun!

Cosplayers: Yume Tenshi Nimoko, Fia Lamenta, Navigators Cosplay, Patti Yamikari

Photos and editing by: Nimoko

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Yume Tenshi Nimoko in the Kore Kara no Someday outfit (Photo by the Navigators Cosplay)

 

 

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Fia Lamenta as Cheerleader Nico

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Patti Yamikari in a casual Nico version

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Asami Stella of Navigators Cosplay as Happy Maker Nico

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NozoMinaj from Navigators Cosplay as Nico Minaj

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Mini Couture: Interview with Anime Doll Designer Kev Yiu

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I call him “The father of Dolls” as Kev Yiu is the creator of beautiful custom Anime Dolls! They are so amazing that his Doll Label “Mini Couture” has spread all around the social Networks. But this is only one Passion of the very popular and successful Fashion Designer. Let me first give you an summary of how everything has started:

Kev Yiu is a Hong Kong designer who studied in England and graduated with triple distinctions in Fashion and Clothing. In 2006, he began his career in bags and garments and launched his own brand “Sovereign romance” in England as a foreign designer.

Having studied in England for years, Kev was very much inspired by the European fashion culture and firmly believes that fashion is much more than a business, but it’s also an art form which can be translated into a visible language to express his point of views. His aim is to bring Love and Romance into the fashion industry as well as peoples’ daily lives.

His designs have been strongly appreciated and worn by celebrities in Hong Kong such as Sammi Cheng, Twins, Myolie Wu, Ivana Wong, Fiona- Sit & Kary Ng Etc. And recently he was selected as one of the “Rise & Shine” Fashion influences by Hong Kong well known magazine “Jessica Code”.

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Geeks Life Luxembourg: Mr Yiu, thank you so much for giving us the time to talk about your beautiful handcrafted dolls. They are really amazing and have become quite popular, that’s why we have become curious about their origin.

1.  But actually this is just a small part of your passion and talent as in fact you are a fashion designer and creator of the brand Kevolie?

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Mr Yiu: Yes indeed, I am a fashion designer in real life but I was grown as an animation lover, making dolls is like a hobby for me to escape from my intensive work  🙂

2.  You started making use of your dollmaker talent and sharing it with others? How did that happen? What was the main inspiration?

Mr Yiu: I learnt how to make puppets when I was studying in England and I have always been very keen on dolls since I was little and I am a Sailor Moon doll collector as well.

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Mr Kev Yiu’s impressive Sailor Moon doll collection. Over 200 dolls.

3.   I’ve heard about your huge Sailor Moon vintage doll collection. How many official Sailor Moon dolls do you own now and how long did it take to collect them? 

Mr Yiu: As I mentioned I am a Sailor Moon doll collector, I have collected over 200+ vintage dolls from different countries, mostly japan, for the Japan edition I am still missing the non-taking Jupiter from season SS and the deluxe Moon set B from season S, I would be willing to exchange them with my work if anyone is willing to hahaha! It took me around 7 years.

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Every Doll is handcrafted with so much passion and Love. This is what makes them so special and gives every one a heart and soul.

 

As far as I can recall, about two years ago I accidentally encountered a clip showing how custom dolls are made and I was like why not giving it a try?

So I purchased some second handed dolls and started practicing on hair rooting and face painting , sewing dolly dresses has never been a problem for me as I have been making dresses for human for over 10 years .

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Every doll is handmade with love
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The place where his beauties come to life…

4. By that occasion, what is your favourite Sailor Moon character and why?

Mr Yiu: I like the villians most as they have wonderful and complicated designs.

5. Let’s get back to your dolls now. How long have you been making them?

Mr Yiu: I have just picked up this hobby for 2 years but my ultimate goal is to launch my own fashion doll line, but I still need more practice to achieve that.

6.  With your experience being a designer you got many abilities for making the dolls clothes. But how about hair and face? Did you visit a workshop?

Mr Yiu: I basically learn from trial and failure and YouTube (thanks for all youtuber!)

7.  Imagining your full time job as fashion designer at Kevolie, how do you even manage to find any time for this passion? Must be very hard?

Mr Yiu: I only have time to get the dolls done when I have a day off, or any sleepless night will do lol!

8. And how long does it take you to finish a doll?

Mr Yiu: For simple ones it takes around 12 hours but for complicated ones I can spend up to 45 hours.

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9. How can your fans order a doll handcrafted by you? Do you have an online shop?

Mr Yiu: I am planning to launch an online platform selling fan made and originals, stay tuned. For now they can direct message me via Facebook 😊

 

 

Thank you Mr Kev Yiu for giving us the chance to take a look at your beautiful work and we hope that we will see more of your beautiful dolls in the future!

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Until the online shop launches and for further information about his beauties, contact: https://www.facebook.com/KYminicouture/

 

 

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Nimoko’s Nippon Blog – Kyoto

Konnichi wa minna!

The last but beautiful stop during my Japan trip is Kyoto! It was the most beautiful city I have visited so far, very traditional, with so much nature and many temples and shrines that give you so much peace in your heart.

First of all, I’d like to show you pictures of Kyoto’s beautiful temples and shrines. Of course there are many others but unfortunately we didn’t have enough time to visit them all …

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Washing your hands before prayer is a Japanese tradition
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When Japanese people pray, they can make a wish and write it on a small paper or piece of wood
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These small wooden boards are called Ema
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This seems do be a traditional ritual but unfortunately I couldn’t find out the meaning of it 😦
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A beautiful small Japanese shrine
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The entrance of a Japanese palace in the middle of a park in Kyoto
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The temple itself

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I love these Japanese gardens, so peaceful and green …

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Japanese cemeteries look quite different from the ones we know in Europe. More crowded, but very peaceful though …
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The beautiful view over Kyoto from a cemetery near the temple on a mountain.
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Do you remember these traditional Japanese kimonos from my first blog entry? They are seen all over Kyoto and tourists can rent them in many shops.
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The famous Teramachi shopping street in Kyoto

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So many small shops with traditional Japanese food. I loved exploring them!
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And soooooo much Sakura (cherry blossom) flavored food <3<3
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Some shrines can even be found within the shopping areas
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I just had to capture this little puppet temple with the kawaii dancing puppet Miko (priestess) ❤
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View over the Kamogawa (Kamo river) in Kyoto

 

So this was my last entry in my Nippon blog and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did ^^ if you ever get the chance to travel to Japan, I highly recommend it to you!

Ja nee minna! <3<3

Nimoko’s Nippon Blog – Universal Studios Osaka

During my journey through Japan, I also visited the famous Universal Studios in Osaka, which I must say are really awesome! Let me give you a small Tour through the most famous movies in the world!IMG_5304IMG_5305DSC00635Harry Potter IMG_5318

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Visit the famous Diagon Alley and you will feel the movie itself! It is so realistic!
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At Honeyduke’s you find all the sweets and treats of the Wizarding World! And even some cool tricks and gadgets to play with!

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The famous chocolate frogs that actually include the collectors cards of famous wizards and witches!
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Take a pin of Butterbeer or Pumpkin Juice at the Three Broomsticks! I tried some Pumpin Juice and it was quite delicious 🙂

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The well known Pub Scenery where Harry, Ron, Hermione and their friends often meet…
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Take a glance into the mirror of Erised. What will you see?

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Don’t miss Olivander’s when you start your magical journey because every wizard or witch needs a wand 🙂
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Well, the Weasley’s flying car… always there when you need it 😀

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I have FINALLY come to Hogwarts! Yayyyy!! 😀

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The Hogwarts Express at the Mogsmeade Station!
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Hogwarts Castle is such an impressive sight, it’s real size and looks so realistic. Couldn’t stop taking pictures of it…
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Do you know the password to Albus Dumbledore’s Office?

Jurassic Parc

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I always loved Dinosaurs and the famous movie series Jurassic Park!

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This moving and sound making Raptor was amazing!

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Who doesn’t know the shark movies? I think sharks are really fascinating!

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I see yellow…
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…jiggling yellow…
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…jiggling yellow minions everywhere!

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This is just too cool xD

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Traditional Japanese Crèpes in Detective Conan Design 😀 Sooo delicious!

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Well that’s it! I really recommend to visit the Universal Studios if you ever travel to Osaka, it is worth it!

Ja nee! 😀

Nimoko’s Nippon Blog – Tokyo One Piece Tower

Every one knows that Tokyo Tower is a City Highlight for Sightseeing in Tokyo. But for Otakus, there is much more than just a wonderful sight above the City. Let me show you that part of the tower where you can go on adventure with Captain Luffy

and his Crew of the famous anime ONE PIECE!

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On the Ground Floor of Tokyo Tower you find a large One Piece themed shop with lots of merchandise and interesting exposed pieces of the series.
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In this shop you find everything that a One Piece fan heart is longing for…. 😀
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Going Mary
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This is kind of funny- Captured Usopp xD
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This is a must-have-been for every One Piece Fan: Sanji’s Restaurant!
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Taste the love out of every dish in Sanji’s own restaurant ❤
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A real highlight of the tour is this room where you find the whole crew in lifesize scale having a big party and having fun together.

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You will never feel closer to your One Piece heros than here…
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Additional decoration like glass bottles and realistic looking food make the scene even come more to life…
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They are all partying hard XD
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The life-sized Franky was indeed really huge :O
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Every one’s having a good time but these two guys are arguing as usual 😀 Curious what they could be fighting about…
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I love this little guy ❤
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On the upper floors you have several character related Games you can join. This can be really fun!

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My favorite one: Brook wants you to fight a zombie by putting a tennis ball in his mouth. xD
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Sanji in the kitchen. This was really cool and the pot was boiling!
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Menemenemenemeneeeee!! Someone should pick up the snail 😀

 

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Surely every One Piece Fan remembers this scene where your heart broke in pieces… even worse seeing it in Life-size… 😦

 

I hope you enjoyed the tour through the One Piece Tower and I really recommend to visit it when you ever get near by ^^

Kiwotsukete ne!

Nimoko’s Nippon Blog – Japanese Theme Cafés

Konnichi wa minna!

I am sure you already heard about Theme Cafés in Japan? These are Cafés about a special topic where they serve food and drinks related to this design.

I will introduce two different types of theme cafés to you today, although there are much more. In Japan, there are no limits to fantasy and fancy ideas of cafés 🙂

Let’s start with the typical maid Café!

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At Maid Cafés, you are served by Maids, wearing cute outfits and hairstyles. You can take pictures with the girls by paying a small account.
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Maid Cafés are mostly designed with cute furniture and colorful wall decoration, kawai (cute) stuff and have a stage for the Maids to make a cute show. Often they sing and dance.
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In Maid Cafés everything is kawai :3 even food. It often looks too cute to eat and is always as sweet as it looks like 😀

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When your kawai food is served, the Maids often play games with you or give you small gadgets to entertain the customers and give you an all-round “Kawai” Feeling. It is always a pleasant experience and is highly recommended by me 😀 (Photos taken at MaiDreamin Akihabara)

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Check out the Theme Song and Dance of MaiDreamin! It is really cool and you hear that song all around Akihabara 😀

 

The next Theme Café I experienced myself was a Cat Café! In this café you don’t pay your drinks and food, you pay for the time you spend. It is all you can drink and counted per hour or every 20 minutes you spend in the café. The main topic is cats, so there are cats running around free and you can pet them. If they need their free space, the café has many possibilities to climb onto a higher point of view where the visitors can’t reach them.

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So many places to hide and take a nap for the little fur balls 😀 You can watch them and have e nice cup of tea.
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If you wish to feed the furry little friends, you have the possibility to buy some treats at the café. It definitely increases their interest for you 😀
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In Cat Cafés you have got some rules to follow: The fur balls are used to visitors, but have their own mind. You are not allowed to lift them or carry them around. Also food brought from outside is prohibited. They have also very strict hygienic rules as washing hands, taking of the shoes before entering…
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If you follow those simple rules and are not allergic to these little fluffy guys, you will definitely spend a good time at the Cat Cafés. (Photos taken at Mocha Cat Café Shibuya)

Nimoko’s Nippon Blog – The Story of Hachiko

 

Have you ever heard of the famous dog Hachiko? Surely you have, as he has been very popular since the 1920s. He actually became so famous that his story has been adapted unto the screen several times already.

 

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For the ones who don’t know, let me tell you the story of this unbelievable faithful dog…

Once upon a time, in 1924, a Japanese professor in agriculture science at Tokyo University named Ueno Eizaburo adopted a small Akita puppy. He called him Hachiko or Hachi and soon the two of them became best friends.

 

 

 

 

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Hachiko as a puppy, only a few weeks old …

 

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Hachiko waiting for his friend at Shibuya Station

 

As Hachiko grew older, he started to memorise the times when his best friend Eizaburo went to work and when his train from work returned at Shibuya station in Tokyo. So he began to bring him to the train station and waited for him to return in the evening every single day.

It’s a very sad story that gained a lot of attention, inspiring many people to visit Hachiko and give him treats. They called him “Chuken-Hachiko” which means faithful dog.

 

 

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On the left: Shibuya station in the 1920s, on the right: Shibuya station today

But one fateful day, when Hachiko was only two years old, he was sitting as usual at the exit of Shibuya station but his best friend didn’t come home. Eizaburo had died  unexpectedly by a cerebral haemorrhage at work.

Hachiko was adopted by a member of the Ueno family but he still didn’t give up hope for his buddy to return. Throughout the rest of his ten-year-old life and until his death in 1935, he waited at the exit of Shibuya station every single day grieving for his best friend, who would never return to him…

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Hachiko died alone in the streets near Shibuya station. Many people were grieving for him as he was loved by the citizens of Shibuya.

 

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Hachiko Memorial in front of Shibuya Station

In honour of him several memorials were built such as the one in front of  Shibuya Station Exit and the one next to Eizaburos tomb at Aoyama Graveyard in Tokyo.

 

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Memorial of Hachiko at Eizaburo’s tomb

 

So in the end the two inseparable friends were finally reunited and can rest in peace forever.

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The only existing picture of Eizaburo and Hachiko together

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