Tune in Tokyo Presents HARAJUKU HOLIDAY:
Lolita Fashion Showcase at Royal/T with Special Guests May J. and Joe Inoue
LOS ANGELES, CA (February 2nd, 2012)— Tune in Tokyo presents HARAJUKU HOLIDAY, a Lolita Fashion Showcase and J-Pop Dance Party at the world-famous Royal/T Café, Shop & Artspace on Wednesday, February 22nd! May J. and Joe Inoue, hosts of NHK World's "J-MELO" English-language music show, will appear at the event for a fan meet & greet, and will also be performing live!
Experience the sights and sounds of Japan's street fashion capital with TUNE IN TOKYO as Lolita Fashion & Japanese music and pop culture come together! There will be a Lolita Fashion Show spotlighting new and classic looks for 2012, Valentine-themed games, Lolita clothing and accessories vendors, a photo booth by cosplay and Japanese street fashion photographer Ben Chan, and as always, Royal/T's café will be serving High Tea and tasty Asian-Fusion cuisine!
Participating vendors include Chubby Bunny, Kawaii Carnival, MugiBunny, Twinkle Wish, Holley Tea Time, Oboro Charms, Amber and Topaz, Kawaii Goods, and Cat Nap Caps!
Staff recruiters from Anime Expo 2012 will also be in attendance! If you've ever considered working with the largest anime convention in the U.S., they'll be available to answer all your questions! Be sure to stop by their table for information on this year's convention.
• Live performances, meet & greet, and fan activities featuring May J. and Joe Inoue
• J-Pop from Tune in Tokyo DJs Greg Hignight, Tora, Del and Ally in the cafe and club room
• Royal/T's Maid Café open 8 PM - 10:30 PM, serving full menu, and wine & soju (with ID).
• Lolita Fashion Show coordinated by Olivia Rivera and Mandie Bettencourt
• Eight vendors offering Lolita and other Japanese fashion clothing and accessories
• Photo booth from photographer Ben Chan
• Contest for Best "Fashion Forward" Lolita ensemble
• Valentine games and activities, with special prizes awarded
Admission to Tune in Tokyo is $10, all ages admitted. The event runs from 8 PM - 12 AM.
Join Tune in Tokyo, and May J. and Joe Inoue of J-MELO for HARAJUKU HOLIDAY, an evening of Lolita Fashion & J-Pop at Royal/T Cafe, Shop & Artspace! We're kicking off the spring in style with a showcase of the best new, and classic Lolita looks, including the Harajuku-inspired fashion that will make news in the year ahead!
About Tune In Tokyo
Tune in Tokyo has been spinning J-Pop, K-Pop, and International Club beats since 2008, bringing the sound of modern Asian dance pop to clubs and special events throughout Los Angeles. This five member DJ unit, featuring co-founders Greg Hignight and Del Martin, and DJs Tora, Ally, and Leett, hosts monthly events at Royal/T Maid Cafe, Shop, & Artspace, and 2nd Street Jazz in Little Tokyo, and have also presented an array of live performances featuring musicians from the United States and Japan. Tune in Tokyo presents the best in Asian and global dance pop, weaving together cutting edge electro, dance rock, and Indie with the bold Japanese street fashion scene to create a unique club experience. For more information, including details on this and other upcoming events, please visit our official website www.tuneintokyoclub.com, www.facebook.com/TuneInTokyoClub and our blog at
Located in Culver City, Royal/T is a playful blending of café, concept shop, and art exhibition space. The 10,000-square-foot space reflects the interior realm of fantasy that strongly influences the artist’s included in Owner Susan Hancock’s art collection. Royal/T’s café is inspired by the meido kissa (maid café) phenomena of Akihabara, Tokyo’s electronic district. Re-contextualizing the underground culture of Japan that celebrates “cosplay” (costume play), waitresses dress in maid uniforms with a Lolita-esque touch, while serving an amalgam of French and Japanese cuisine with local California style. The art space showcases curated exhibitions with a focus on Japanese contemporary art; and an inventive concept store emulates the collection’s sophistication, a seamless merging of Japanese pop culture and high-end design. Royal/T is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. The Royal/T café is open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily, with extended hours on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. The concept store and space are open from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily. Walk-ins are welcome. For additional information, guests can call Royal/T at 310.559.6300 and visit www.royal-t.org. Royal/T is also on Facebook and Twitter.
J-Melo is the only Japanese music show made entirely in English for a global audience. Aired on the NHK World channel, it's packed with Japanese hit songs, the latest news on the Japanese music scene, interviews with Japanese artists, and a wide range of other features on every imaginable kind of Japanese music. For more information, please visit http://www.nhk.or.jp/j-melo/english/.
About May J.
A multi-lingual J-pop singer-songwriter and TV host, May J. has her roots in Japan, Iran, Turkey, Russia, Spain and the UK. From a young age, May J. dreamed of becoming a singer. She took up piano, dance, voice training and opera lessons, and whilst attending high school at “American School In Japan”, she belonged to the vocal Jazz club. She has done a wide range of activities from song writing to modeling for clothing brands. At the age of 17, she debuted her singing career with her first mini album released in 2006. In 2009, she released her second album “Family” which ranked No.4 on the weekly Japanese billboard chart, “Oricon” and remained in the top 10 for two weeks, making it May J.’s highest ranked and best selling album to date. In this album, she revived the song “Garden” by Sugar Soul featuring Kenji, a 90’s hit song. With this release, she received more than 1,500,000 downloads and stayed on the download charts for weeks. “Family” also hit the No.1 spot on the iTunes chart for weeks. In February 2010, May J. released her 3rd album entitled “for you” which peaked at No.9 on “Oricon” charts. This put both her albums in the top 10 of the “Oricon”. Shortly after this album’s release, she went on her first solo live tour. She has also performed at some of Japan’s biggest fashion shows including “Tokyo Girls Collection” and “Girls Award”. Amongst her live performances outside of Japan, she had a live performance at the “Shanghai Expo” and toured in Taiwan. May J. has been the main host of NHK’s all-English Japanese music show “J-MELO” since 2008, which has been broadcasted in more than 180 countries and regions worldwide. For more information, please visit http://www.may-j.com.
About Joe Inoue
Joe Inoue was born in Los Angeles, California under Japanese parents who moved to the states to follow their career. He grew up in an environment filled with music, and started listening to music seriously in his middle school years. He listened to as many types of music, no matter what the genre. In fact, he still does. That is where he got his versatility in creating music. Despite his birth in Los Angeles, Inoue never failed to learn how to speak fluent Japanese. He achieved this mainly by "reading crapload of comic books and watching Japanese tv shows", he says. Gradually, Inoue started recording his own materials on a multi-track recorder, with him playing every instrument, including vocals. In 2005, he decided to send few of his demos to Japan, and signed a record deal with Kioon Records. Joe contributed the song "Closer" as the fourth opening for the "Naruto Shippuden" anime series, and is also a correspondent for NHK World's "J-MELO" music show. For more information, please visit http://http://www.inouejoe.com/.
About Chubby Bunny
Chubby Bunny, aka Michelle Nguyen , makes accessories that are cute, daring, and a little bit tubby. Fat and cute, Chubby Bunny bows are aesthetically adorable and fashionable all at once. Chubby Bunny also creates the officially-licensed, quintessential “Hello Kitty Bow,” made in conjunction with Sanrio. Born in Pittsburgh, Michelle graduated from Penn State University, then worked in Japan for three years, and traveled throughout Asia before arriving in Los Angeles. Having written extensively on fashion in both the U.S. and Japan, Michelle acted as an editor of the English language version of “Gothic & Lolita Bible” magazine, which focused on Japanese street culture. She has moved on to creating her own original clothing and accessories under the moniker “I am Chubby Bunny,” with items that are heavily influenced by the Japanese culture she experienced while living abroad. Michelle also works as a freelance consultant for retail window design, visual merchandising, lifestyle presentation, brand imaging, editorial styling, and product design. Michelle also co-owns the event production company, Bubble Punch. For more information visit http://iamchubbybunny.com/.
About Anime Expo
Held annually in Los Angeles, Anime Expo is North America’s largest anime and manga celebration. Anime Expo gives fans the rare opportunity to meet and hear from some of the most famous anime, manga and musical artists from Japan and get into the action through everything from costume play, karaoke and video competitions to exclusive screenings, non-stop video gaming competitions and the wildly popular Masquerade, in which fans transform themselves into their favorite characters through creative costuming, accessories and make-up and put on their own show before an audience of thousands. AX 2011 will be held July 1 – July 4, 2011 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. To register or for more information, please visit www.anime-expo.org.
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