Meet's are getting more popular in the UK since the Otaku culture has gotten more mainstream. This can be a group of cosplayers, J-Fashionistas or Lolitas who meet up in their chosen attire and hangout.
This can be great to take out cosplay outfits for test drives for durability before conventions or for the shyer folk to wear their outfits in confidence with other people.
This J-Fashion meet was led by Isola, me and Go Smile Network and LoveStrucked Productions attended to try the experience out. We went to Candy Cafe for a Bubble tea and crepe. Cute food for cute people! After that we went to the park in the middle of Leicester Square where the ladies and gent posed their socks off.
It was great to see passerby's come by take photos of us and even ask us what we are doing and tell the girls they looked like princesses.
Let me introduce you to three of the ladies who attended and find out their take on Japanese Fashion:
"Hi I'm Marina Llopis Serrano (I don´t have a stage name but I have two surnames!) I'm from Spain. I think is a natural step when you like japanese culture and fashion. But I think I started to be really interested when I saw "Memories of a Geisha".
After that I started to investigate about Japan, and somehow I ended discovering Lolita fashion. I always try to adapt any style that I like into my own style. I never follow any fashion completely. For my outfit I tried to be a my own Sweet Lolita, I didn't wear big bows on my hair and the colors of my skirt were very discreet, I don't like to be very noticeable. I think J-Fashion is still very underground, just check how people react to our outfits when we were walking on the street.
At the moment I am very happy with the Lolita style, I have plans to increase my Lolita wardrobe, that takes time and money, but this is something that I really love. So I am not thinking in trying any new style. My favourite anime is Card Captor Sakura, those dresses were amazing! "
Next is Yui, donning the Harajuku look, originally from the Philippines. Who started getting into Japanese fashion 4-5 years ago.
"I would try out gyaru fashion. Although my taste in terms of J-Fashion has changed a lot since then. I look up to fashion idols like Juria, Hirari Ikeda and Mademoiselle Yulia.
I'm a frequent visitor of the Tokyo Fashion website so I take my inspiration directly from a different range of people from the streets of Tokyo.
I've noticed J-fashion growing in popularity more recently especially with more Japanese related events happening in London. It's great to see a lot of people getting into J-Fashion and it's certainly a great conversation starter haha!
In the future I would love to try cult party kei in the future. I've collected clothing for it over the years and waiting to get the right items so make the right coordinate c:"
Lastly favourite Pokemon ? "Quilava! Cyndaquil is my favourite starter but I absolutely love the first evolution ^^"
Lastly here is Sylvia also known as Vivi, a fashion design graduate, who sews her own cosplay costumes, likes to draw and spend quite a fair bit of time daydreaming
"I'm originally from Indonesia but have lived in UK since I was 12. I got into J-fashion from the Japanese magazines my aunt in Tokyo used to send me ! The first ones I received were Popteen and SCawaii , both quite girly. And my mom also has a stash of 80s non-no magazines. It was only later on when I found out about Zipper, Kera and Gothic Lolita Bible . And it made me want to experiment with my looks
Japanese Fashion is definitely gotten popular, It's really nice to see more and more people getting into Japanese fashion and wearing their outfit outside. I want to try dressing up like a Sukeban girl ( Japanese delinquent girl) with the embroidered uniforms and lengthened pleated skirt. I've always loved the idea of dressing up as a delinquent , especially in a Sailor Uniform.
My favourite Japanese snack has to be Natto. It's not really a snack but I am addicted to natto. I could just live on it. The other thing I really love is the selection of Wagashi from Minamoto Kitchoan in Piccadilly , they go really well with Matcha for an afternoon tea"