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Lolita Convention 3 -2012

Published Thursday, 3 January 2013 by sydneysunnyray

Lolita Convention

Another event that happens in the summer is the Lolita Convention. It is around the time of the brand tea parties and Japan Expo, so lolitas from other areas can stay one more day in Paris with their friends. The convention was opened Sunday in the afternoon and all day Monday; the tickets were only 6euros. The event was easy enough to find – follow the lolitas and behind a hospital.

Lolitas everywhere.

I really enjoyed the atmosphere of the Lolita Convention. Everyone was in their element- it wasn’t an Anime Convention nor a meetup in a public place. Everyone was dressed and talking. There were wonderful shops set up and a secondhand booth (to buy/sell). Sadly, I could not buy too much. I had two overstuffed suitcases  in my hotel that need to get on a plane with me. However, I did buy things. I bought a Baby, the Stars Shine Bright Paris tote bag and a Baby, the Stars Shine Bright plastic barrette.

I use this for classes all the time!

Also, I bought a book. Which brings me to my favorite part about the convention! At the convention two artists were present to sign their books. I was so terribly excited. I love meeting artist and authors because I feel like I have a deeper understanding of their work. The two artists present: Francois Amoretti and Lostfish

Francois Amoretti signing my copy of Gothic Lolita: Princesses d’Aujourd’hui.

Francois Amoretti is famous in the French lolita community for illustrating Gothic Lolita: Princesses d’Aujourd’hui, Le Petit Chaperon Rouge, and more. His most recent work is Burlesque Girrrl. Once I fingered through a friend’s copy of  Gothic Lolita: Princesses d’Aujourd’hui, I knew I had to buy it! I searched forever and bought it at a good price on eBay France. Once I got the book, I learned he would be at this convention;  I was very excited. So, I spent the time leading up to the convention reading the book and enjoying its presents in my dorm room.  Gothic Lolita: Princesses d’Aujourd’hui is rich in detail and depth, and the art is equal to it. What I love about Francois Amoretti’s work is his attention to detail. Through his work, I understood, he completely understood Lolita fashion! And I learned, he actually is interested in the fashion!
In person, he was very nice to talk to (he spoke English well). Also, he has a fun personal style of thick framed glasses and button up shirts. I think it is adorable!

Lostfish with my copy of Alice A Travers Le Miroir

Lostfish is an enchanting artist, I’ve seen floating around the web. I never knew she was France! Her art work is clearing inspired by dolls. The use of doll like features, color, detail, and simple composition forms her signature enchanting, yet haunting, art. I didn’t own her illustrated book; so, I bought it. The book is Alice A Travers Le Miroir (a full French translation of Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll). The book is large – as big as a “bande dessinee” or French comic book, and the paper and print is of high quality. Sadly, the book was expensive at the convention and fewer people came to her table, but I do not regret it!

Lostfish’s display

I want to thank the artist for taking their time to sign and to draw detail pictures in my books! I didn’t know that the artist would draw a large picture on the cover page! It was a great, wonderful surprise!  Francois Amoretti drew a bow on the main lolita girl simular to mine that day, and Lostfish drew Alice and her kitten for me!

The drawings! Top: Francois Amoretti’s Gothic Lolita // Bottom: Lostfish’s Alice A Travers Le Miroir

I thought I would show some pictures of me and my friends. I look bad this day, but it was because of stress and being tired. I was very tired and stressed. Not to mention, I was very emotional because it was my last day.

Mes amies sont trop belles! // My girlfriends are so beautiful!

I left the convention early because I had another tea party to go to! Sadly, I missed the fashion show!

I had to leave early and say my “a bientots” to Karima! This is our last hug!

Till next time, my dear!

PS: Samantha FancyMelody‘s outfit was my favorite! She wore my new “dream dress” – Alice and the Pirates Lilietta.

Japan Expo 2012

Published Tuesday, 1 January 2013 by sydneysunnyray

Every summer in Paris people gather. Maybe tourist or romantic couple can be seen in globs at museums, parks, and famous streets. However, Paris is more then a city with historical places. It is a new, modern city too with young rulers. Paris is home to Japan Expo the largest Anime/ Japanese Culture Convention/ Comic Con in Europe! This event takes place every summer in Paris around the end of June or the start of July – when exams are over in schools and universities. I hope to share with you some tips and personal fun time!

Aurore’s Japan Expo Poster for 2012

After my hassle of figuring out my last few days in France and flight tickets, I walked to FNAC in Amiens and bought a Sunday ticket for Japan Expo (JE). Places like FNAC is not only an entertainment store, but a great and easy place to buy advance tickets for events, concerts, and even museums. So, I was ready to go the morning after my full day at the Baby, the Stars Shine Bright Summer Tea Party. Yet, getting to JE was tricky and I was nervous. The expo was outside of Paris and required taking the RER. The expo take place at the RER stop “Par des Expositions”, which is right beside the “Charles de Gaulle 1″. I find the RER to be a bit more confusing and troublesome to use, not to mention more expensive. Even though this troubled me, I was not too nervous about this. I bought my RER ticket for zone 4 in advance at the metro station. No worries. My worries was the hoards of people and finding my friends. My friends, the two Marines and Nico, were the experts who go every year and everyday. Although my hotel was one metro stop or a walk away from “Gare du Nord” RER, I took the RER all the way to the other side of the city to meet my friends. I walked over to the other side of my exit platform to take the RER in the other direction. Once we met, we all gave “bisous”. They handed me Birthday presents – that I didn’t expect, and I handed them “merci” gifts. Finally, we climbed on the RER train. The train was already crowded, but we found blessed seats- I believe, 5 people to 4 seats. As the RER went through Paris, people continued to get on and nobody got off. Men in suits could not get on in “Gare du Nord”; locals watched with annoyed faces; people on the train had cat ears on, funny clothes and lolita dress on (us) refused to move; the train filled over the legal capacity.

The entrance and inside had a lot of people!

The Marines and I with the protectors of Japan Expo! *Marine’s photo*

The Marines and I with the protectors of Japan Expo! *Marine’s photo*
In the end we made it. I followed my friends in the labyrinth to the entrance. Before I mention some of the highlights, I will say, “THIS WAS HUGE!” I have only gone to my little Anime Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, MTAC, before Japan Expo. There was so much and more then I can tell or remember!

Me and the artist Aurore BlackCat. *Marine’s Photo*

My first stop was to see the artist Aurore BlackCat. She became my favorite French artist while I stayed in France because of the “Bande Dessine” Elinor Jones. I badgered my friends to stop by her booth first before I forgot with excitement. I bought a small sketchbook, an Elinor Jones postcard and a pin. I was nervous to ask for her signature while she was working, but Marine kindly asked her to sign my postcard. I am such a fan of her art! It is very rich in color with a style inspired but not limited to Japanese manga.

Marine, Me, Karima, and Marine shopping. *Marine’s Photo*

We got free Hello Kitty shopping bags, I found my favorite booth,official Studio Ghibli, and we posed in a manga booth for Thermae Romae manga. *All from Marine*

Next, we walked around. Anytime there we were free, we walked among the booths. The booths were in groups of categories. I had a lot of fun looking at all the things people made or the cute things from Japan. Of course there were humble booths but also booths that were more like stores full of manga or crazy things. A whole section was dedicated to video games were the boys gathered. However, close by a Hello Kitty mascot had a crowd of surrounding her. Also, girls typing in there emails for a much need Hello Kitty bag to put all their goodies in for the day! And of course when you are walking around at a convention, you get to interact with people!

We are part of a classic ninja and lolita movie! *Marine’s Photo*

Our big event was worth the 2 hour wait. We went into a large area with a stage. We sat and watched a Cosplay and fashion show. It wasn’t super exciting, but after walking all morning, having a place to sit, and lunch felt great! Marine brought me a classic French sandwich that always tastes like a million dollar French dinner – a baguette with cheese and tomato.

6% DokiDoki’s shopgirls , Yuka and Vani, posing in the fashion show.

Finally, the Harajuku Kawaii in Paris fashion show started! All sorts of street fashion walked out in wonderful outfits! Of course, I found my favorite – Lolita. At the end 6% DokiDoki dances out. Yes, they danced out like crazy! I was so surprised! I love $6 DokiDoki! Their things are widely coveted for their great bright colors! Personally, I wish I could be as bold at Yuka and Vani with crazy color and clothing!
You can read about Lunie-Chan’s experiece as a model for 6% DokiDoki: HERE.

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu in concert!

Then then area got quiet. We waited for a long time. Then we heard it – the crazy pop music, and two dancer went crazy on stage to prepare the way for Kyary Pamyu Pamyu! Kyary made her international debut in Paris, France, and I screamed along with the rest of her fans. Marine smiled and laughed at me. But, I was excited. I’m just a girl who grew up in hick-town in a hick-state. So never in my wildest dreams did I think I would see so many people that have always been trapped in my computer screen and iPod. So, I willingly played along with the hand motions and sang out with the crowd!

Here I am buying from the 6% DokiDoki shopgirls. I almost bought that dream skirt! oh. *Marine’s photo*

Afterwards, I got to go to Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and 6% DokiDoki’s booth! I bought things from 6% DokiDoki – bows and stars. I was getting a skirt, but sadly, I didn’t have the cash on me! I was so embarrassed when I told them to stop folding the skirt. I swore I had a few more 50Euros on me! haha! But, I went shopping Saturday too! Silly. The Shopgirls didn’t mind, and I got a poster instead which they signed!

Sweet petite Asuka and Maki wearing Angelic Pretty’s newest collection …with a skyscraper- me. *Marine’s Photo*

Sweet petite Asuka and Maki wearing Angelic Pretty’s newest collection …with a skyscraper- me. *Marine’s Photo*
Later, we walked around to booths. The Japan Expo was on its last hour and last day. Yet, surpisingly, I ran into Asuka and Maki. We asked for a picture with them. I hope they didn’t mind. At one point Asuka turned to call Maki over for the photos, and I leaded forward. I lost a bit of my balance and put my hand on her lower arm out of reflex. Not a smooth move in the Japanese culture… She just looked over a bit more surprised then someone from a western culture. haha… smooth.

The Marines and I waiting for the train.

We left around closing time. Thus, the RER problems began again. There is a trick that you can play. Instead of taking the train to Paris, try taking the train going away from Paris and switch on the next stop. You might be able to find a seat and fight a smaller crowd. Yet, we didn’t for some reason. Marine figured out the train was the same or something. There was a “train crowd” police – like what is in London. So we lined up on the line hopeful for the door to stop in front of one of us.

Top: 6% DokiDkoi and Aurore BlackCat purchases Bottom: My birthday presents – a French Vegetarian Cookbook, Angelic Pretty hand mirror, and bunny ring (MERCI) // My outfit was full Baby, the Stars Shine Bright with Marine’s cuffs and Secret Shop tea party shoes.

I said my goodbyes and gave “bisous” at “Gare du Nord”, bought a smaller then normal baguette from Paul’s in the train station, and took the Metro to my Hotel. I was tired, but this wasn’t then end for me. I had one more day in Paris with my friends! Just one more day…

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