Tuesday, June 17, 2014

MTV Awards, Mascots and Cocktails

This weekend I had the opportunity to cover the red carpet fashion at the MTV Japan video music awards (VMAJ), and it was definitely my teenage dream come true. I grew up watching the Canadian version of MTV (not only Much Music, but the French counterpart Musique Plus!), not to mention my fascination with the charming Beavis and Butthead. I never thought I'd work for MTV one day, let alone write about fashion, and in Japan. A few days ago I found myself on the red carpet (well, alongside it, I don't think I'd be allowed on it), scrutinizing the ensembles of Japanese pop stars. 

To be fair, the red carpet fashion was pretty tame, which may come as a surprise for oversea spectators, who usually expect all the madness of Harajuku fashion. Most celebrities tend to play it safe here, and it was a lot more prom night than club night. Most of the men were dressed in dark suits, and the vast majority of women wore pretty gowns. There were no disasters, risqué dresses or fierce outfits, even with fashion queen Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, who usually goes overboard. Everyone looked really lovely, although I had a bit of an eye roll at some cheerleader-clad idols, who wore their usual uniform and not a red carpet-worthy getup.

I liked seeing the stars up close, even though I'm personally not a huge fan of J pop (although I do have a soft spot for Miss Pamyu Pamyu). Coldplay was performing, and they were the only international artist there. Two mascots walked the red carpet, which seems normal in Japan. The pear mascot Funassyi, the prefectural character of Chiba prefecture, was undoubtedly the biggest hit- the crowd went wild. 

It was a really fun day, and I feel so lucky. You can read my full report here

I spent the rest of the weekend writing my report (not as glamourous to come home and stay up late to write on deadline) and catching up on sleep, and Sunday wrapping up a wonderful weekend with some late afternoon cocktails at the Park Hyatt. We watched the sun set over the city, and as usual I sipped on a French 75. We ended the evening with some okonomiyaki in a quiet restaurant near Yoyogi Park. 

Those kinds of weekends make me fall back in love with Japan, or rather, they make me appreciate my life here. Some deadlines are definitely more fun than others...


My pass

The venue was located in Chiba, outside of Tokyo

Watching the rehearsal

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

Funassyi

No sleep = dark under eye circles

Champagne-based anything is perfect

Tokio

Does it remind you of the movie?


13 comments:

Tanya Geddes said...

Wow Vivian. Your job sounds awesome! It must make you get to know more about the cultural aspects of Japan. XO

Rachael Brennan said...

I have the French 75 when I was at the Park Hyatt in April! Delicious.

thisbeijinglife.com said...

I saw a news report about that pear mascot the other day haha! Sounds like you had a great experience (but had to work hard too!). And I definitely need to go to the Park Hyatt when I come to Tokyo- it looks like we might be in Japan for Chinese New Year next February! I'll let you know :-)

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