On the 4th and 5th of May 2013, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the first ever Japanorama! It's a Japanese culture event that was held that the National Space Centre in Leicester, in the UK. I had a really great trip, and I want to share it with you (▰˘◡˘▰)
I woke up very early on the 3rd of March to catch my flight to Birmingham, from where I would catch the train to Leicester. I found a copy of Pick Me Up magazine in which there was a lovely feature about three of the girls I manage under Oishii!Project, Scarlett, Kelsey and Cherry. It was surprisingly positive interview and it covered Lolita and Harajuku-inspired fashion.
I arrived in Leicester's venue bright and early and met up with Sparkles* and the girls from Oishii!Ichigo! We all chatted while setting up the merch table, where we sold Oishii!Ichigo merchandise, along with Beckii Cruel merchandise and the physical CD of Shi No Barado. Many fans of the music came along and said hello, and it was nice to meet so many of you!
I performed on both the Saturday and the Sunday! My mum actually made the dress I'm wearing in the photo. I already own some maid dresses, but we thought it would be great to re-make them with exciting fabrics! We chose some floral fabric and some starry fabric. The floral print is black with pink flowers, and the starry print is a deep yet bright blue dotted with white flecks and glow in the dark stars. The accessories paired with them are all from CandyFruit: a maid apron, thigh high white socks, and mary jane shoes.
I performed a small set at Japanorama each day. I did many old favourites, and also sung live for the first time in my life! I've always lipsynched on stage before now. Singing Shi No Barado was definitely a turning point in my vocal capability and also my belief. So when Sparkles* offered for us to sing it in my set, I tentatively agreed. It was a really amazing experience, I was very nervous but I had good control over my music, and if I wanted to I could have pulled it even mid-set. I soldiered on, though, and I had a great time! It wasn't as scary as I thought, and I'm more and more excited to sing live every time now!
Japanorama was a great event, and I met a lot of wonderful people there! The organisers were lovely and I was very well looked after for my first ever trip to Leicester! ♡