Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Review: Btssb children's book

Hello dears, I recently bought the new children's book from Btssb and I want to make a little review about it.

When I saw the release announcement on the website of Btssb, I directly thought I neeeed that book, because it is full of drawings with Usakumya and Kumakumya, and you probably already know how much I love them! Plus the book comes with a little Usakumya plush, so I can get another one for my family *o*

However when I recived the book, I was a little disappointed. The problem is I didn't thought of it as an actual children's book, but more as an artbook with pages full of detailed master pieces of my favorite characters. However the drawings are just normal drawings, of course very cute, but still more dedicated for children.

However the drawings are not bad or anything, and also not worse than the cover. Actually they are exactly like the cover, so again, I don't know how I could develope such wrong expectations haha.

Sooo for the actual content, the book has 22 pages and the story looks very cute (something about visiting a princess castle and dressing up in Lolita clothes, what else would you expect haha). The paper and the print have high-quality.

However the Usakumya plush has not such high quality, which added to my disappointment. It is definitely not like the normal Usakumyas which you can buy at the Btssb store. The fur is different, the satin on the hands and feet feels very cheap, and the eyes are sewed on too far from each other which makes my Usakumya looks a little creepy haha.

 Of course I know that the quality of such mooks has to be overall cheaper than the real deal, because first the price is lower (2800yen for the mook, while a Usakumya alone costs ~4700yen in the store [not related but I just wanna mention here that Btssb rises the price with every release, it used to be ~3500yen haha]), second the price also includes the book and packaging of the mook next to the plush, and third the price also includes winning margin for both Btssb and the publishing company. So there had to be some cutbacks to make this mook still profitable.

I'm just mentioning it here, so in case you are thinking "let's get the mook so I can get a Usakumya for a cheaper price", don't buy the mook. However the mook is not a complete waste of money, if you are a collector like me, or you are a Lolita mom who can read hiragana, then go get it!

You can still buy the mook here at CDJapan: http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/product/NEOBK-2025028

I hope this review was a little helpful, and if you have more questions about the mook then just ask in the comments :)

Thank you for reading,
Miuko~ <3

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Another small meet-up

Hello dears!

Last weekend we had a small meet-up again. It wasn't an official meet-up because my friend just wanted to visit a certain café to order a cake, but then more people came haha.

The certain café should have been the cupcake café which we already visited numerous times, however the owner kinda forgot that she has closed that day for a private party, so we were walking through the cold, rainy and windy weather to find a place for 7 people on a saturday in a super crowded city center >_<. One person suggested a fancy café where we still had to wait around 30mins to get a table, and me and a friend were already on our way out to try our luck with another café, when finally got a table. And now I'm happy that the cupcake café was closed, because otherwise I would have never found out about the super delicious cakes the fancy café has!

I know many fancy cafés with a huge amount of cakes and tartes in the display, looking very tasty, having a high price tag, and then just taste meeeh. But this one not! Ah I want to visit it again! (It was Café Reichard at cologne central station if you want to know xD)

I ordered a citron baiser tarte (on the left):

More or less good group picture haha:

And my outfit for the day (I chose a super simple one because it was just too cold. I was even wearing black leggins, not tights xD):

Thank you for reading,
Miuko~ <3

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Small Meet-up

After a looong time, I organized a meet-up again! Well it wasn't that much of a long time, I actually organized one in summer and one in December with one of my friends! BUT this is the first one I'm blogging about haha!

Last weekend was the "Cologne Kyoto Festival", which at first sounds really great. Kyoto is a partner-city of Cologne, so the Japanese Culture Institute celebrated it with a festival. But a better word would be "small get-together for the eldery". Haha I don't mean it in a negative way, but the organizers didn't really made any kind of advertisement, so of course who else would visit such an event. Also the program wasn't that much, but then again, with such a few visitors, not many exhibitors would want to come anyway. There was a very small (and a little bit ankward) selection of exhibitors - a technology company, a knife seller, and a travel agency. Well now that I think about it, if you can speak japanese, this festival would be perfect for practising your skills. But the event wasn't a complete fail, at least I now know that the Institute has a small libary which looks interesting, so I might visit it some day.

So after a short time, we visited a local café and had very delicious cake! I have so many small and interesting looking cafés around my home, I want to make many meet-ups and visit them all!

My outfit:

A group picture which was taken from the Japanese Institute (not our complete group though!):

Aaand the food:

Thank you for reading,
Miuko~ <3
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