Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Seattle 2014 Blythe Con by Junko


Blythecon Seattle 2014 was the first Blythe Convention organized by Blythe fans that I’ve attended and I’m so glad I went. The city was beautiful, the weather perfect and the food I ate I still dream about and try to replicate in my kitchen. Everyone we met was friendly and nice including the cashier at the supermarket and the waiter at the restaurant. The Blythe fans who came from all over the world were beautiful and talented. Each vendor and each participant was truly in love with Blythe. But the most important reason for making the trip to Seattle was to see Allison Katzman again. She is the original designer of Blythe and without that original idea there would not have been a BlytheCon Seattle 2014. 

On my first day in Seattle, Allison and I went on a date. When I stayed with her in Chicago, we went to the Art Institute and this time she took me to the Seattle Art Museum to see the Northwestern Modernist Exhibition. She said that this was a very important show featuring two of her favorite artists, Mark Tobey and Morris Graves. As we walked around the gallery, Allison talked about her life, when she was growing up in Seattle, being inspired by these artists and becoming an artist herself. She told me that her mother had a restaurant in Seattle, just as my mom had a restaurant in Honolulu. We both loved food. The second time I met her, she treated me to a home-cooked dinner, which I remember well. I shared that memory with her and then told me about a soba and tempura dinner.  So we both remember what we fed each other.


After we saw the exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum in downtown Seattle, we drove to Volunteer Park where another exhibition on Japanese Art Deco was held. But we decided to just sit down in the park to talk and take in the beautiful day.  This was a chance to give her the latest Anniversary Doll.  I took a picture of Allison in front of a huge tree with a dynamic trunk and more trunks growing out of it. I told her that in Hawaii where I grew up, the trunk of the tree is called a KUMU. But it is also the same word for teacher/ Master of knowledge. So for me, Allison is my Blythe Kumu and the photo captured her perfectly.


The next day, the Seattle Blythe Con organizers put together a panel discussion for us. They moderated the conversation and guided the discussion giving us both a chance to share our relationship to Blythe and what our roles and responsibilities were and our thoughts were for the future of Blythe. I was very grateful for this chance to speak publically with Allison’s insight and support.  I’m glad to be able to perpetuate Blythe with Allison’s blessing. I heard that the discussion was broadcast on TV that night but I couldn’t get the chance to see it. Instead we went to a park and saw a beautiful sunset and some kids running around the fountain getting wet.



The Blythe Con itself was amazing. The passion, the joy and the excitement were apparent. The organizers were clearly experienced, running the convention smoothly. They were happy about what they were doing and they were a tightly knit group. I respect them and appreciate them for their hard work and the amazing outcome of this event. It was an emotional time for me, and I got choked up a few times with happy tears. I was truly moved.





I hope to go to another BlytheCon and see all the people I met in Seattle once more. Everyone was so kind and reached out to us. I am bringing home to Japan a part of you and leaving with you a part of me. I have never felt so close to the people who love Blythe as I have felt here in Seattle. Thank you so much to Diem, Brian, Valerie and Sara letting me be a part of the Seattle Blythe Convention 2014. Love Junko 


More pictures of the Blythe con below!







Saturday, August 2, 2014

Seattle Blythe Con 2014 Panel Discussion

The organizers of the Seattle Blythe Con 2014 gave me an opportunity to share my story with everyone.  They are incredible people, hard working and generous. But more than that, Allison had the chance to share her story of how she came to design Blythe and that was the highlight of the day. I am honored and grateful to be able to sit with her and continue this learning process and this remarkable journey that would never have occurred if Allison did not create the first Blythe. I will keep working hard, day through day to keep Blythe alive. Thank you to Seattle and deepest gratitude to Allison. PS Allison loved Middie! So happy!


Friday, August 1, 2014

My Day with Allison

I arrived in Seattle late on Wednesday night but woke up bright and early as I had a wonderful day to look forward to.  Allison picked me up and we went to the Seattle Art Museum to see an exciting exhibition titled "Modernism in the Pacific Northwest". It was a huge show and featured two of Allison's most inspiring artists Mark Tobey and Morris Graves. We had a light lunch at the museum and drove to Volunteer Park and took in the beautiful weather and gorgeous landscape of the park. I liked the duck in the pond! We spent the whole day together. I cherished every minute of it.





Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Blythe Birthday Party at Osaka Junie Moon

Neo Blythe made 13 years old on June 23.  In Osaka at the Junie Moon Salon a birthday bash was held and lot's of people came to wish her well.


Everyone took pictures in the rose garden ( photo booth) and ate delicious rose cookies, shopped for new wardrobe created by artists just for this event.







The next tea party will be in September and guaranteed to be a lot of fun as well!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Regina Irwin and Contessa Margarita are coming to bring happiness to your day!


I took them on a stroll and had a great time taking their photos. These are special places in my home town that made wonderful backgrounds that reflect their regal personalities. One of the places I used as location was the high school I graduated from! And another location was the royal palace of the Hawaiian King and Queen. 









It was a good day! We can't wait to share these lovely girls with the world.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Celebrating 10 Years of Junie Moon

In 2004 our shop Junie Moon of lovely Blythe dolls and all things that make us smile opened in Daikanyama. It seemed like only yesterday when we decorated the doors with flowers and the windows with lovely dolls and opened the doors for all Blythe fans to enjoy.

2004年にジュニームーンを代官山でオープンして早10年、
初めてあのドアを開けたのが昨日のように感じます。
今までちょっとずつ外装や店内のレイアウトは変わりましたけどエ
ッセンスはあの時から変わらず、ブライスドールを中心としたブライスファン必見のショップです。色々なグッズやドレスセット、ブライスをモチーフとしたアートまで見に来れるところに作り上げました。
 

The facade did change a bit here and there over the last 10 years but the essence remains the same. It's a place to come and see the line up of recent releases, a little gallery where Blythe art can be displayed and doll clothes to fill your tiny closet. And tons of Blythe souvenirs to give away, or keep for yourself.
 
そんなジュニームーンを今までサポートしてきたお礼と10周年を記念にいろんなプレゼントを用意しました。ペーパークラフトのジュニームーンショップバッグを作れるポストカードと、ジュニームーンでアシュリーを買ってくれた人限定のヘアリボンです。部数が少ない上に早い者勝ちですからお早めに!

We are celebrating the 10 years with a variety of premium gifts for our valued customers. These are thank you gifts for the loyal customers.  We started off with a paper craft gift card, that you can cut out and make your own miniature Junie Moon shopping bag.  The next premium are for the customers who buy Ashley from Junie Moon. We are giving away a ribbon for Ashley's hair. First come first serve. We only have a small quantity available so must hurry.
Over the ten years at Junie Moon, we had many exhibitions, workshops and tea parties. We had Halloween parties, Christmas Parties and  of course, Anniversary Celebrations for Blythe. This is going to be a special year for us and we hope to make it memorable. We look forward to having you visit!  Happy 10! Here are some pictures from 10 years ago and opening night 2004.

この10年で色々なイベントをジュニームーンで開催してきました
が特に今年は特別です!ジュニームーンにきてもらったファンの皆に感謝の意を込めて今年を素敵なものに作り上げることに努力します!ジュニームーン開店日の写真です。10周年バンザイ!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

"Romantic Heroine" exhibition features international artists









4月22日(火)より代官山Junie Moonギャラリースペースにて「Romantic Heroine」を開催します!
"Romantic Heroine" a group exhibition of 8 international Blythe artists that were featured in the book "Metamorphoses" opens at Junie Moon Gallery Space from April 22 (Tues) to May 11 (Sun).

日本国内にとどまらず、いまや世界中にファンを抱えるブライスドール。
世界の国々で今日も、ブライスの新しい魅力を引き出すドール作家達が生まれています。
We have a rare opportunity to see in person the works of international Blythe artists. The strength and beauty of these original one of a kind Blythe doll will inspire us all.  New artists are on the rise every where in the world.

次回の店内ギャラリーでは、9組の海外ドール作家にスポットを当てた合同展「Romantic Heroine」を開催いたします!

There are 9 groups of doll designers that are featured in this exhibition titled "Romantic Heroine".  All of these 12 handmade dolls of exquisite quality as well as dress sets by Trio are available for purchase from April 26 (Sat). The book that features these artists "Metamorphoses" will also be available for purchase.
会場ではカスタムドールやドレスセットが展示販売されます。
*4月26日(土)からの販売開始を予定しております。
店頭では海外作家も多く収録されている写真集「メタモルフォシス」もお取り扱い中です。






Participating Artists:

Melacacia

My Delicious Bliss
hola gominola
Stable House

Rogue Dolls
Mab Graves
G-BABY DOLLS x TRIO
Erregiro

Though we in Japan have seen the work of many international artists on Facebook and Flickr, and in the book "Metamorphoses", this will be a first time for us to see these works of art in person. It is very exciting to know that they traveled around the world to get here for us to view.

海外の作家さんがカスタムしたドールを、facebookやflickerで画像を見ることは出来ても、実物に会う機会はなかなかありません。

Golden Week is coming soon. Please come and visit us at Junie Moon and see these beauties for yourself.

ゴールデンウィークのお出かけ先に、ぜひJunie Moonを加えてくださいね!
ご来店お待ちしております。


Junie Moon
4-3, 1F, Sarugaku-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0033 JAPAN
Open Hour  Tue -Sun-Holiday ... 11:00 - 19:00  Mon ... Closed
http://www.juniemoon.jp