Blabla Hospital Cures 2

Jul 29 2009: Part 2 of an interview with Japanese fashion designer and Blabla Hospital Head Nurse, Akari, uncovers the difference between Tokyo and London patients, her caring nature and healing powers.

Deanne Tonking: Thanks pampero, glad you enjoyed it! Looking back at some of Akari’s earlier work there was a lot more blood. She seems to have cleaned up her work area, tougher workplace health and safety laws I guess ;)
wowchicken: Really unique!! I love it. Her own sense of design is really cool. I look forward to see more of her.
pampero: I agree, I want more blood in my Blabla Hospital clothes!!! I love them!!! Wonderful interview

Blabla Hospital Cures 1

Jul 22 2009: Japanese fashion designer Akari is often known as the Blabla Hospital Head Nurse. TokyoMade’s Deanne Tonking recently checked herself in to find out more about the increasingly popular, medically inspired Blabla Hospital.

Pae: Very nice article! I love her clothes!!! It’s so nice to hear how she started and I can’t wait to hear more about next Wed.
Mouse: A lovely article, i look forward to hearing more next wednesday. I love the clothes and the impact they make. Please keep making the world a happier place. :) x
Deanne Tonking: Glad you like them Joeyoeyannanna. You can find more at or Akari also sells her pieces in Europe and Japan…more details on that next week.

Fashion as Communication

Jul 01 2009: Groundbreaking Japanese illustrator and artist Shojono Tomo is interviewed by TokyoMade co-founder Deanne Tonking who wants to know where she finds her inspiration.

abe1: Shojono Tomo sounds amazing … “From these inspirations I concoct something like a sumo wrestler’s stew, that is very hot and awkward.” … “I am so inspired by the diversity of my surroundings. Objects that transform, like a broken down bridge in the mountains that begins to resemble a waffle waiting for it’s toppings. I find inspiration in the mess that is left after a typhoon, by people who come to a party but read a book in the corner. Ideas come from people who do not stick to the rules and who introduce me to a new world that I previously had not belonged to. I see somehow these things as imperfection but they possess strong will and a certain melancholy and originality.” …. “To be honest, I didn’t realize that I used felines in many of my illustrations but I would have to say that I am a cat person. I like the way cats are selfish and like to take naps on people’s laps. I also like when they are friendly and do not refuse when I ask for a hug” … “I would say that if my clothes are considered cute then they are a salty kind of sweetness not like sugary sweet.” … so thoughtful, well-spoken, creative, and down to earth! Love this interview
freethelamps: Her designs are amazing! It’s like art on clothes. Thank you so much for the interview!
Deanne: Oh how cool Jini! Yes, Shojono Tomo’s fashion really stands out, eye catching illustrations and colors!

Shojono Tomo

Faked Faces

Mar 24 2008: Some of Japan’s best loved stars didn’t quite look the same way when they started their career. JAPANESE STREETS found this revealing video clip showing Japan’s most famous before and after plastic surgery.

Kjeld Duits: That is very interesting to hear. I have seen my own eyes sag considerably the past few years, so It doesn’t come as a total surprise.
rin: Testimony from a fellow Asian who had double eyelids (naturally) after years of being single lidded – It’s not always surgery :)
apolo: This is a rare case. The Japanese rarely change face like the Koean.

Bambi is Sexy

Mar 24 2008: Japanese fashion designer Bambi makes clothes that makes women stare at themselves in the mirror. Her brand Succubus is sexy written in big capital letters.

tavares: Give me the models…Beautifuls
Kjeld Duits: Me too!
Manana: those clothes are great!!! I loved the corsets!!!

60910-6588.1 - Succubus fashion designer Bambi

Dark Fantasies

Mar 21 2008: Japanese photographer Miya Kishimura pulls you into a dark world of fantasy from which it is difficult to escape. A school girl in uniform with desperate eyes. The same girl with grotesque make-up. In another shot she lies on the street, seemingly dead. This is Kishimura’s world.

jeni-jeni: The girl with the red thread across her face almost looks like a girl version of Heath Ledger’s Joker! Great photos.
Kjeld Duits: I think so, too, Nandita. Both conceptually and artistically, these photographs are really strong. Miya is also very sensitive to the feelings of her generation.
Nandita: i thinks its brilliant work.. both styling n make-up, very conceptual to me.. and the final effect is photographed really well too! keep up d good work!


The End of Little Shrimp?

Aug 18 2007: One of Japan’s most popular models, lovingly called Ebichan or ‘little shrimp’, appears to be heading toward the end of her career. For only the second time in about four years, Ebichan will not feature on the cover of CanCam.

All Bought Up by Tokyo

Aug 07 2007: Japanese artist Ayako Ookubo uses manga, surreal characters and symbols in her creations. Recently Ookubo was interviewed by Tokyo Art Beat about the t-shirt she designed for the site.

Kjeld Duits: @Dakuro: Unfortunately, we didn’t put up this video ourselves and I have no connection with the person who did… I am unable to assist. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Dakuro: Hey I can’t watch the videos, can you send me a link for the friend request to watch them please, thanks
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