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Saturday, April 25, 2015


The week before my Spring Break, I decided to do a photoshoot with Sara and Keita. Keita's actually my first male model so I was super excited to photograph him! The theme of the shoot was an antithesis of things. The first part was a flowery doe/deer theme, the second, a dark and edgy one. Sara's makeup skills are so good, I owe it to her for helping and modelling. 

Keita's half Japanese and half American (i dont know what shade of white Keita is tbh), so his look was perfect for this shoot. It was a breath of fresh air having a male model aside from myself to photograph! 

The freckles Sara drew on herself and Keita were so adorable. The mini deer antler headband Sara has on was also a nice touch. 

The GothicRomantic shoot is my personal favorite. 

I loved the makeup job Sara did on Keita's eyes! They complimented her look as well, you guys can expect to see Keita in more of my shoots! 

I had a lot of fun doing this shoot with these two and since the theme was primarily makeup centered, Sara deserves all the credit in helping make this shoot super successful. Along with Keita whom made his debut as my model for this shoot. Thanks again guys! 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015


If you ask me, Dover Street Market in Ginza can be summed up into two categories.

Category 1. 

Dover Street Market is what looks like if you stare directly at the sun. 

Category 2. 

Dover Street Market is every avant garde artists' dream come true. 

To me, it's both. 

I felt like my visit to the place deserved it's own post. 

Dover Street Market is a multilevel fashion retail and concept store found by Comme des Garçons founder, Rei Kawakubo. The store I visited is in Ginza, but the original store is located in Dover Street, Mayfair, London. Hence the name.  I've always loved the destroyed/experimental look of Kawakubo's label, so to see an entire building dedicated to that was pretty cool. Actually, cool can't describe it well. It's an experience. 

DSM Ginza also houses brands such as Alexander Wang, Ann Demeulemeester, Chloé, Miu Miu, Juun J, Maison Margiela, and many more. The only thing I regret not visiting was the Rose Bakery at the top most floor. 

Anyways, let's get on with the pictures. 

There was this gigantic installation of what I'm assuming to be is a grasshopper. 

It's neighbor was this elephant. 

Computers so that you could sign up for the newsletter/browse collections. 

I really like the coat on the left. 

This cool cat in the polka dotted shirt was ringing up my shoes.
I didn't take a lot of photos because I was afraid I wouldn't be allowed to, lol. If you have the opportunity to visit Dover Street Market in either Ginza, New York, or Mayfair, then please do go! 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015


I did a mini photo project while I was abroad. Titled Nikki in Japan, I "took" one of my closest friends with me on this trip. Think of it as Flat Stanley almost. I photographed her photo throughout my adventures, so in a sense she was adventuring with me as well. 


Outside Bic Camera

Outside Takashimaya 

Nikki and The Deck, Coffee and Pie. 

Nikki in a Harajuku alleyway

Nikki in front of Takeshita Street.

Nikki in Shibuya Crossing.

Nikki in Ginza 

Nikki in front of Dover Street Market Ginza.

Sunday, April 12, 2015


My third day in Japan was spent in the lovely neighborhood of Ginza. 

Compared to Shinjuku, Ginza is in stark contrast. Shinjuku is everything loud, bright, and over the top. Ginza on the other hand, reminds me a whole lot of London, New York City, and even Paris in terms of architecture and how the streets are. Ginza is a pretty affluent area so I'm not surprised as to how clean it is, lol. 

I choked on my spit when I saw exactly how large this Uniqlo is. 

By the time I got to the 12th floor and did my shopping, I was exhausted. 

I loved seeing these buildings. Even the sidewalk was pretty. 

Mom and I had lunch at this tempura specialty restaurant. :) Hi mom!

Afterwards, we went to Dover Street Market. There's going to be an entirely separate post on that. Stay tuned. 

Cute couple in matching coats!
I'm not sure if it were pieces of rice or petals on the side of the building on the right.

Thinking back on this now, I really do regret getting only two pieces of Baumkuchen. I should've gotten the entire roll, lol. 

Also, I noticed how they had these cabbage plants on the sidewalk as well? I'm not entirely sure if it's real cabbage or flowers that look like them? Japanese readers, 説明をす下さい!

The Rei Kawakubo x Louis Vuitton collaboration. 

I saw this fat black cat! Reminded me of Jiji from Kiki's Delivery Service. 

Stopped by this cafe and had some pastries to fuel up. I had Coffee Milk while my sister had Vienna Coffee. 


Ginza at night is even prettier. 

This dog statue would just move in circles once you press that button on the right. I think they were the mascot for SoftBank. 

Goodbye Ginza. 

before we headed back to Shinjuku, we found,
Sukiyabashi Jiro! The only three Michelin starred sushi restaurant in the world. They were closed for holidays, so I just snapped a picture, even if it said no photography LOL. 
You can watch the documentary, Jiro Dreams of Sushi on Netflix.

Back to Shinjuku. 
See the difference? Hehe. The two gigantic robot ladies up there were featured on Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown. As far as I can remember, the bar had a robot fighting theme/variety show atmosphere. 

This ends Syd in Tokyo! Stay tuned, for Syd in Osaka.