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YSL Gloss Volupte launch party at the Hills cafe, Roppongi

Last week, my friend Eri invited me to an event in Roppongi hills. It was a YSL launch party for their new product Gloss Volupte that is going to be available nationwide from tomorrow, april 1st. The place was packed and I am not surprised.

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Christmas in Tokyo

As promised, I took my new Sony camera for a test shoot in the evening. I decided to go around Tokyo taking photos of Christmas illumination. These are my most favorite spots.

Christmas tree at Villa Fontaine hotel in Shiodome

Me and the girls at Austrian embassy Christmas bazaar

Roppongi Hills Christmas bazaar

They are selling delicious German food all through December so if you want to try some pretzels with beer or white cheese sauce pasta, head to the bazaar in front of Toho Cinema.

This is Christmas village decorations at Shiodome

Beautiful Caretta illumination. You can see how it looked two years ago here.

Shiodome from Yurikamome line

Odaiba skyline at sunset

Keyakizaka street illumination at Roppongi Hills. This one is right in front of entrance to the TV Asahi. When I was passing it, the familiar smell of the lobby hit me. I used to go there for three and a half years every Saturday evening for live broadcast of Sma-Station. That were super fun times because I got to hang out with my best friends and get paid for it. ^-^

Keyakizaka street, in front of new Michael Kors shop. A strong earthquake hit at the moment I was taking this picture. It felt like the train was passing underground only there is no train there so I was very puzzled at first. Then, a minute later I got all these Facebook messages with people screaming “Earthquake” and that’s how I realized what it was. When you are outside, you can’t really comprehend if it’s a strong one or not. Apparently it was the strongest and longest one since 3/11 earthquake last year. Luckily, the trains didn’t stop for too long. I was able to get home without any trouble.

Armani store at Keyakizaka street

Beautiful LED lights

I discovered this great “star” effect while playing with blur function on my Sony. If I make it really sharp and hold the camera still, it creates these beautiful stars out of light.

Self-portrait using retractable screen. Again, I look like a tourist here.. Need to get some tips on how to pose from my friend Laura..

Louis Vuitton store at Keyakizaka street

Illumination at Mori garden in front of TV Asahi

Tokyo tower from Roppongi Hills

66 Plaza Illumination at Roppongi Hills sponsored by Suntory whiskey. You can try various whiskey samples right next to it.

Midtown illumination

Christmas decorations at Midtown

Trees in front of Ritz Carlton hotel at Midtown

Starlight garden illumination at Midtown sponsored by Emirates airline

Christmas tree in front at Midtown

Sakura illumination at Meguro river sponsored by Mitsui residential. It is run on used cooking oil – very cool!

So I am extremely happy with my new camera. It takes amazing night pictures that are sharp and bright. I think I made the right choice although I still feel quite sentimental about parting with my old Lumix GF1…

Burlesque premiere in Tokyo

Two days ago, Gow invited me to the Tokyo premiere of Burlesque – Cristina Aguilera’s first movie. She, together with one of my favorite actresses Kristen Bell came to Roppongi hills to walk the red carpet and give a welcome speech before the movie. We were sitting close to the stage so when I saw Kristen, sporting gorgeous Azzaro dress from spring 2011 collection, all cute and giggly and joking around while others gave their speeches, I couldn’t help but scream “I love you!”. Guess, what? She screamed back at me, in her cute Gossip girl voice “I love you, too!”. I was so excited, I ate half of my popcorn bucket before the movie even started! ^-^

This was my favorite routine in the whole movie. Cristina was sooooo good, I couldn’t take my eyes off of her. Last time I saw her performing for the American idol’s finale, she was quite out of form (or rather too much form) but in the movie, she was slim and sexy and very natural. There were no¬† “ah, another singer is trying to be an actress!” moments. I am usually quite judgmental on that part but I have nothing bad to say about Cristina’s performance. I loved her!!! And the fashion in the movie was sick! I have never seen such gorgeous burlesque costumes before. The movie director portrayed a woman in all her glory and all I could think of while watching it was “Yeah, we girls rock”.

After the movie, we got reunited with Dante and Taylor in the cinema lobby (they were sitting a few rows away from us). We got fabulous gift bags with OPI products – two super cute nail polishes and a makeup pouch. Then, Gow and the boys went for dinner with people who gave us all tickets and I went to see Dalrae who kept mailing me and asking to join her.

Chie’s little brother was having a party in a small bar near Roppongi crossing that later moved to Ritz Carlton suite where some of his friends from Seoul were staying. That’s the view to Akasaka from the suite’s window – breathtaking.

So basically, my “I’ll stay for one drink” plan turned into three hours non-stop drinking games – 4 bottles of champagne and two bags of beer and I think vodka (that’s right, buzz was being measured by a bag). Koreans are crazy, that’s for sure. They can drink almost as much as Russians.

Here are some of the first half an hour pictures when we all still looked quite OK. ^-^ There were 5 Korean boys, 2 of whom at some point disappeared into the other room to work (IT engineers never sleep and are always available despite the loud party going on in the other room).

Then, there were Dalrae and her sister Caroline, Dalrae’s Japanese friend of Korean descent and somebody’s girlfriend, also Korean. So, to sum up there were 9 Koreans and me – now if that’s not a perfect blend-in, I don’t know what is! ^-^

As for the contents of Korean drinking games, my lips are sealed. Let’s just say, at the end of the evening, I got myself a cute Korean girlfriend. ^-^

Christmas Illumination in Midtown and Roppongi hills

Yesterday, me and my husband went for a walk to see Christmas illumination in Roppongi hills and Tokyo Midtown – two architectural marvels in the heart of Roppongi.

Each year, they come up with a different theme and every time it is something original and executed at a highest level. You know how Christmas lights are sometimes just thrown on trees? Well, here in Japan, they are all carefully wrapped around each branch of the tree making it look absolutely magnificent. Today, I went to the gym and right there in front of it was a huge tree all wrapped in lights, every big branch and I just felt such a big respect and admiration to those workers who did all that in just one night because in Japan, all Christmas decorations are being established and then demolished overnight so nobody would see the messy work behind such beauty.

So, Roppongi hills went with blue theme this year calling it “Artellegent Christmas” sponsored by Samsung electronics. Last year, it was Tiffany and all the lights were red. The main spider square was decorated with thousands of ethereal looking candles.

Then, Keyakiza alley trees were as usual all lightened up with blue lights.

And just to make my point about meticulously decorated trees, here is the picture of one:

Mori garden had a huge chandelier installation right in the middle of the pond, really breathtaking. Here is the detailed information on all the illumination spots in Roppongi hills: http://www.roppongihills.com/feature/christmas2010/02.html

Then, we moved to Tokyo Midtown which is like 10 minutes walk from Roppongi hills.

Their Starlight garden was even more spectacular and that is something you absolutely have to see. The installation was sponsored by Emirates airlines and it had smoke and flying pixie dust and crystal-like illumination.. I was mesmerized like a child!

The trees around Ritz Carlton hotel in Midtown were decorated into sparkling champagne glasses or so it looked to me. ^-^

I just love Christmas and in Tokyo where Christmas is just another reason to spend tons of money, its celebration is elevated to the level I have never seen before. Its not really related to religion – you won’t see any nativity scenes in the city but if you are looking for an original and artistic Christmas experience, Tokyo will definitely inspire you.

The details on Midtown Christmas attractions: http://www.tokyo-midtown.com/jp/xmas/2010/illumination/index.html

There is another spot I want to visit – the new Marunouchi international forum near Tokyo station. I bet their decorations are one of a kind as well..