Extras, The Kimono Series

The Kimono Series: Ramen Girl

It’s been a while since I’ve made any sketches, so here’s an extra one I made just for fun. It was inspired by a very colourful (and delicious) bowl of ramen (Japanese noodle soup with Chinese origins) my boyfriend and I had in Oyama city, where we spent our year in Japan.

The minute the bowl was placed in front of me I had to take a picture because this look instantly popped into my head. As soon as I got home I drew it and it’s one of my favourite sketches so far. I would definitely wear this look anytime (if I could), and I’ve just purchased a short leather skirt so, if anyone knows where I can get designs printed onto sweatshirts please let me know!

Ramen_Girl

What do you think? Would you wear this look? Let me know in the comments! And I’ll try and have some new sketches to try and keep this thing going.

Ines

Japanese Steals

Japan Style 7: Short A Line Skirts

By the time this post is published, I’ll be on a plane on my way back to London from Japan. For those who don’t know, I’ve spent the last 15 months living in Tochigi Prefecture in Japan teaching English to children. It’s been a wonderful year. I was able to travel and make amazing new friends and learn about a culture I had always been curious about.

It’s with a mix of happiness and sadness that I’m leaving Japan, but isn’t that always the case when moving countries? Anyway, I’m writing this two weeks prior to my flight, as I’m going to travel a little bit more around this amazing country before going and want to keep this blog on schedule. So, on with the actual post!

Short A-line skirts have been fashionable for a while, and I actually already owned one before I came to Japan, so today I just want to share the various looks that I was so excited about from my favourite Japanese magazine Mer. Hopefully they’ll inspire you guys as well.

Notice all the colour mixes, patterns and different fabrics used and you’ll see why Japanese people have managed to grab a now mainstream item into something more:

So, which look is your favourite? Which ones do you hate? Let me know what you think in the comments!

Ines