Shinjuku Lumine & Ikebukuro Sunshine City: Joyrich, World Wide Love. VANCOUVER, party with me & be on TV!

rilakkuma bear costume, bear mascot, japanese anime costumes

How are you pirates doing today? For those in sore spirits, I hope this life-size Rilakkuma bear lifts your mood.

And here’s a treat for my fellow Vancouver-ites… I’m hosting a party, to be filmed for a German TV show, June 15! Please share the info below; I hope you can join me for Spooky Saturday.

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La Carmina is hosting a German TV show, about underground culture and travel in Vancouver. With her friends DJ Pandemonium and Sin City, we’re throwing a dark alternative flash mob party for the climax scene of the episode — where she and the German host party hard, and reveal a fascinating body modification!

Come and meet La Carmina, and be part of the TV shoot. The crazier you dress (fetish, Goth, costume, bizarre), the more likely you will be featured on the show. It will air later this year on Pro Sieben Germany, to an audience of 4 million viewers. When it airs, the clip and photos will be available on my blog, so be sure to check back.

Details below, and on the Facebook invite. Anyone who RSVPs simply by clicking Join gets on the guest list, and receives half price admission for only $3.

WHERE: Waldorf Hotel Tiki Bar, 1489 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC.
WHEN: Saturday June 15, 9pm to 2am
AGE: 19+ with ID
DRESSCODE: Anything goes, but bizarre – fetish – club kid – Goth – carnival is encouraged.

stuffed rilakkuma toy, hawaiian bear, kawaii toys

Now, let’s continue our Tokyo shopping journey with trips to Ikebukuro’s Sunshine City and Shinjuku’s Lumine.

Long-time readers may recall that I have an Ikebukuro map and store photos in my Tokyo shopping guide. This district is not far from Shinjuku, and contains plenty of cute fashion boutiques.

stuffed cat toys, japanese kitty purses

From the subway, follow signs to Sunshine City. It’s a large complex and the stores sell some of the best kawaii goods, like these cat-ball plushies and polka dot bags.

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On the first floor, World Wide Love is pastel ghoul paradise.

ghost face bags, Ikebukuro Sunshine City shopping

How amazing are these French-speaking ghosts?

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The poppy-Goth fashion reminds me of Peace Now (the Japan Goth brand that closed down).

happy face bags, mdma purse, smiley face purses

I can never resist funny-faced bags like these.

black cat sweater, cute face clothes, tokyo style

The prices are pretty good – around $30 for sweaters and tops. Naomi bought the lavender cardigan with ghostly accents.

ne-net, black cat logo, bird shoes

Next door is Ne-Net, the label starring a shifty-eyed black cat. I’m not sure what’s going on with these shoes — are they supposed to be bird-faced?

my melody shop, sanrio store japan

My Melody is a popular character these days, and is the star of this Sanrio store window.

animal backpacks, cute chick purse

If you’re looking for Tokyo kawaii goods, definitely stop by Ikebukuro Sunshine Doori.

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Now, here’s a mall I haven’t featured before: Lumine, located above the Shinjuku subway station.

There are multiple floors of Japanese and international boutiques, like Joyrich.

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The designs are slightly more mature than the girly pop of Shibuya 109. However, you can likewise find romantic gyaru fashion here.

cut out high heel shoes, heart cut out heels

I bought these cut-out shoes with hearts and ribbons, in the nude color. How could I not?

tokyo haute couture, avant garde clothing japan

Some of the stores in Lumine are quite high-end, such as this avantgarde shop.

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Others are trendy but reasonably priced, like Emoda.

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Jeffrey Campbell shoes are a favorite among the Japanese.

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Cut-outs and bows, yes and yes.

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There isn’t much subculture fashion in Lumine, but I enjoyed the Amavel store, which has elements of Country Lolita, Alice in Wonderland and schoolgirls. I got my white rabbit clockwork purse here.

jpop fashion, electro clothing

Lumine’s selection is not as focused as Marui One (Goth Lolita Punk) and Shibuya 109 (gyaru pop). Among the mix, I found a 1980s-loving boutique.

heart creeper shoes, 80s clothing tokyo

I enjoy browsing Lumine because of the wide variety of fashions. You can pick and choose items to create your own look. These heart creepers, for example, could work for a Pastel Goth coordinate.

cross tshirt, nu goth, metal, new gothic

What do you think of the clothing and shoes in this post? Are you enjoying these store photos?

dancing bear, rilakkuma costume, cute cosplay

PS: I took a video of this dancing Rilakkuma bear, using the Vine app. Add me on Vine (search for “La Carmina”) to see this and more.

PPS: I hope to party with you, Vancouver! RSVP now and share the news with your friends.



  1. Stacy
    Posted June 13, 2013 at 10:13 pm | Permalink

    I think lacarmina lives my dream life….. ☆彡

  2. Stu
    Posted June 13, 2013 at 10:14 pm | Permalink

    ;) ;)

  3. Betty
    Posted June 13, 2013 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

    LOVING the photos

  4. Mara
    Posted June 13, 2013 at 10:15 pm | Permalink


  5. Dirk
    Posted June 13, 2013 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

    Saving the date!

  6. Tish
    Posted June 13, 2013 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

    Cool beans!

  7. Scotty
    Posted June 13, 2013 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

    Oh god this is going to be fun!!

  8. Stephanie
    Posted June 13, 2013 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

    Oh.. I am so excited for this ♥

  9. N.A.
    Posted June 14, 2013 at 2:57 am | Permalink

    thank u for this wonderful post! wish i could go there >.<

  10. Lilia
    Posted June 15, 2013 at 12:56 am | Permalink

    Cool shoes

  11. Vn
    Posted June 15, 2013 at 12:57 am | Permalink

    Cray Cray

  12. Ramon
    Posted June 16, 2013 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

    have fun. Will try and catch you next time you are in Tokyo.

  13. Tokido
    Posted June 16, 2013 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

    Fun life! ^_^

  14. Jenn
    Posted June 16, 2013 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

    Don’t think we will make it out tonight… Thanks for the invite tho!

  15. JJ Anderson
    Posted June 16, 2013 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

    That sixteen hundred dollar elk head made you ever so slightly more famous.

  16. BA
    Posted June 16, 2013 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

    Sounds like fun. Where is everyone going after?

  17. Anna
    Posted June 16, 2013 at 10:06 pm | Permalink


  18. Kizi
    Posted June 19, 2013 at 8:35 am | Permalink

    thanks for share

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