June 30, 2024

Why I changed my approach to social media ♡ Eviebunnie

I think my approach to social media can best be described by Owl City’s “Reality is a lovely place but I wouldn’t want to live there” ˚ ༘ ೀ⋆。˚ Since I moved to Japan, I found myself suddenly surrounded by almost all the things that I love most. Suddenly, my world went from being someone who created their own pink tinted reality in just one room, to being in the very place so many of my favourite things had come into fruition⋆𐙚₊˚⊹♡ It was one of the best decisions I have ever made, and at the same time, one of the most daunting. Suprisingly, this was one of the most comforting parts to the process; no matter what time, I knew someone else would be awake and perhaps feeling a similar sort of anxiety. I think many people say that moving to a different country is lonely, and I absolutely agree. However, I think my loneliness is more reflected in a sense of feeling the distance between others and myself, or having to wear a mask during certain social situations. It can be perhaps described as feeling that in a crowd of people, and feeling that sense of emotional exhaustion because of a type of disconnect. 

When I look into this feeling, I think a lot of it stems from the innate desire for social acceptance we have as humans (and bunnies too… I also feel this way!) Everyone wants to be loved and accepted by their peers, regardless of if the face they show is their own or by creation. However, I think that putting that mask on only creates more problems. If it results in positive social interactions, you reinforce that belief that people will only like you if you become the type of person that they think is desirable. Eventually this affects your self esteem, confidence, and mental health. If this persona you created is the only face you show, then how are you to know if someone actually likes you for you, or the guise you have created; all things that worked against who I felt I was, or wanted to put across. I know that this is quite a common occurrence in Japan, and so I somewhat used to feel guilty that I didn’t fit in to this thought process. I think a lot of this stems from not having the tools to define or understand yourself ౨ৎ

It has taken a lot of courage to come to terms with the fact that I am not comfortable with these types of relationships- and I think it's still something I'm working on, as it is quite difficult to change a thought process you’ve had for so long. Especially when it involves distancing yourself from friendships that might not be best for you, I think that takes a lot of strength to simply say ‘no’ and recognise that not everyone is going to be a good match for you. It also is important to try and be honest with yourself about the positives from who you spend your time with. Are you surrounding yourself with people who purposefully try to put you down, don’t value your time and/or drain your social battery? Or, do you leave those social interactions looking forward to seeing that person again, feeling in a good spirits and happy you’ve met someone with so many similar interests and hobbies as you ? I am extremely lucky in my current life, to say that my feeling is the latter. I don’t feel that I have to tone myself down to be able to have fun with my friends, or portray myself as a one dimensional person, as I perhaps did a year ago  ⭑

So, what does this have to do with social media ? ⋆𐙚₊˚⊹♡ I often hear from my peers who aren't avid social media users that there is a common belief that social media is fake. While in many circumstances, this is true (after all, we all show our best front on social media, often leaving out the negative parts of our life!) I personally find that social media is a useful tool for self expression. Whether it’s through clothes, makeup, music, captions or editing, there are so many different ways to create your own little world that perfectly represents who you are and what you love. I can understand that this desire to show a rose tinted world could also be seen as fake or one dimensional as I mentioned earlier. And, I wouldn’t disagree with someone for thinking that; after all, I don’t have angel wings in real life (disappointing, I know!) or perfect skin, or a perfect life, even. But, I can share what makes the world beautiful and vibrant, in my eyes. I really like to explain it with the idea of a cute world view (かわいい世界観); I want to try and explain what I love most and what I believe is the cutest things in my mind. Is it a form of escapism? Absolutely! But I don’t believe escapism is inherently bad. What matters is what you are escaping from, and where you want to escape to. Are you finding comfort and happiness in that online space? For me, I feel Instagram is my place to be creative, socialise and use my platform to try and create content that other like minded people enjoy, and I look forward each day to chatting, sharing content and interacting with others.

 I'm also extremely grateful to have been able to fund my hobbies through instagram's bonus scheme, collaborations with brands and having a separate job that allows me freedom to share my hobbies on the side. The only way that I was able to get to that point, was to stop caring about what others thought of me, or how certain people would react to me being ‘cringey’. Ironically, being my authentic self has made me more successful in this sense. However, I don’t think that personal gain should be the only measure of how much you enjoy social media. Whilst that might sound quite hypocritical coming from a content creator, I still want to emphasise that happiness should be the key to success, not the other way around. You are a lot more likely to succeed if you approach your accounts with the thought process of “what would I like to see?” instead of “what would get me the most likes, comments, etc”. I also believe that the energy you put out into the world, is the energy you are likely to receive back. If you want to enjoy social media and flourish on the internet, you have to put out positive energy 𝄞⨾𓍢ִ໋🎧ྀི

To summarise, there are many interpretations of what makes something, or someone, ‘real’ or authentic. My definition may be different from yours, and that’s totally fine! But, my main message I want to share, is that you should try to hold yourself to your own personal standard of authenticity, and create what truly makes you happy. It is so hard to go against the grain, but you are much more likely to achieve a happier outcome than if you were to put yourself into a box of what you think others would prefer. You will never be truly happy if you chase social approval, but you can be happiest if you create your own world that you love ᯓᡣ𐭩

ᡣ𐭩ྀིྀི Evie xox ᡣ𐭩ྀིྀི

May 29, 2024

平成レトロ / heisei retro is trending ?! ♡ Y2K in Japan

 Good morning everybun ! á¡£ð­©ྀིྀི

For today’s blog post, I wanted to talk about something I’ve actually been so interested in recently, and really enjoying collecting goods, clothes and accessories from.. which is of course, 平成レトロ , Heisei Retro ⋆ ˚。⋆୨୧˚

I feel that with social media becoming more and more commercialised, trends like this that refer back to the old internet can be comforting, and make me feel nostalgic. I grew up playing games like Nintendogs, Animal Crossing (before it was on the switch!) and Style Savvy, all of which could be considered very heisei retro. Additionally, fashion brands such as Mezzo Piano (as I’m wearing in this blog post later on !) or Angel Blue evoke a super nostalgic, happy feeling for girly fashion lovers, as the pieces are so pastel and cute! These brands, whilst still popular and active now, were also extremely successful in the early 2000s and worn by girls at the time. The pastel, adorable colours and girly elements in these brands are what makes me love them so much, and go back to in times where I am looking for inspiration⋆𐙚₊˚⊹♡

What is å¹³æˆãƒ¬ãƒˆãƒ­  『Heisei retro』? 

Heisei retro simply refers to the Heisei era in Japan (approx. 1989-2019, I am bad at maths), but you could also think of it like nostalgia for the 90s and early 2000s, as most of the popular Heisei retro goods are from this specific time period. The trend actually seems to have been around for a while, and when I was researching a little for this blog post, I found articles dating back at the very least, to  2021…! That being said, the trend of early 2000s and 90s nostalgia has been popular since far before then, as I can recall y2k fashion trends being popular at least 5-10 years before. Heisei retro style and goods have been trending for quite a while, it seems. I’ve also seen it referred to as Y2K, which I think is the most accurate equivalent in the west, especially for the same colour palette and girly details that can be found in most heisei retro postsᡣ𐭩 •。ꪆৎ ˚⋅

The trend may be popular due to two different groups finding an interest in these goods. Millennials can feel nostalgia for goods they had in their childhood, and Gen Z can discover new characters and goods that feel fresh, but with a unique retro feel that is unlike merchandise currently produced. Many of the Heisei era items such as flip phones, cassette tapes and neon, super bright colours are harder to find nowadays, and so evoke a happy and excitable feeling for those who used to have them as a child, or are first being introduced to them. It also pertains to how most goods these days are so easily attainable,  whereas retro goods tend to be harder to find, discontinued, or only available secondhand. This might appeal to collectors of cute goods, such as Sanrio, as speaking from experience, finding a cute item that’s older merchandise and harder to find online is a great feeling and a joy to own for how unique they seem⋆𐙚₊˚⊹♡


As a Gen Z born in the early 2000s, I really relate to both feelings…! ⋆౨ৎ˚⟡˖ ࣪  I love how many of the characters from this time period are becoming a little more popular, and some are characters I used to know as a child, such as Jewel Pet, Sugar Bunnies, Tea Dogs, Usa Hana, etc. There are so many characters that get released year after year, but something about the bright, whimsical nature of heisei retro characters holds a special spot in my heart. Another equivalent I wanted to share is the 2000s My Little Pony ‘Welcome to Ponyville’ website design, which to me represent what I love so much about this time period for character design. Again I do have to admit my bias as this was my favourite website as a child, but the beautiful pastel colours and rainbow designs are just so adorably girly. Despite being made to advertise the toy line of ponies, the websites charm also lies in the lack of excessive consumerism; there are no in game purchases, or constant product links throughout the site. This uninterrupted view into the whimsical world of My Little Pony is what made me so enthralled with this site as a child, and still hold it in my heart today.౨ৎ

There have also been a lot of newer Sanrio collections inspired by old series, such as their Dreaming Angel series, kogyaru inspired series and Hello Kitty’s anniversary collection. Sanrio introducing newer series introducing these nostalgic themes has been so fun to see, and of course, I had to buy a few of the goods. It seems that these series attracted both old and new fans of the time period, as many of these goods sold out quite quickly. I’m very hopeful that this means we can see even more of the older Sanrio characters such as Charmmy Kitty or Usahana, who are also considered classic heisei retro characters. These charms even include a beaded strap, which is super y2k! I really hope that Sanrio will produce more goods after the success of this nostalgic heisei retro series. ð™š˙⋆.˚ ᡣ𐭩

What characters and brands are heisei retro ?

There are thousands of characters I could include for this, but to summarise, here are some of the most popular heisei cute character mascots ! I decided to try and focus on the girly, nostalgic characters, although there’s also anime, such as Lucky Star or Chobits, fashion such as Mezzo Piano or Mother Garden, and even electronics, but for the sake of not writing a complete essay I have tried my best to keep it simple. For fashion, girls clothes brands as I mentioned are very heisei retro, as well as kogal clothes, old school Lolita (think Momoko from Kamikaze girls, 2004), Viviko / vivian girls (Vivienne Westwood!), and shinora girls (imitating the colourful, retro style of 90s idol Shinohara). This image is a perfect depiction of the various styles of this time period- from left to right, depicting 90s idol, viviko, shinohara style, kogal (a school uniform variant of gyaru), Lolita, western inspired clothes and elementary school girls clothes. Elementary school clothes could be called jojifuku, or, the western inspired alternative, ‘cutecore’. Styles such as jojifuku are still not entirely mainstream due to the clothes being harder to find and made for a more childish audience (quite literally)! however, I think they capture the heisei retro trend perfectly and are very nostalgic and cute ⋆౨ৎ˚⟡˖ ࣪

For anime, many people may think of titles such as Hamtaro, Detective Conan, Haruhi, Sailor Moon, Cardcaptor Sakura, Crayon Shin Chan, Code Geass, Slam Dunk or K-on as staples of that heisei retro, nostalgic time, but there are thousands of titles I can include…! Here’s a very helpful photo that summarises just a few titles that made me feel nostalgic. Voted the most popular during the heisei period by Docomo’s survey, Inuyasha seems to have won by 18.2%. However, this seems impossible to determine, as various web surveys describe different anime as winning the poll for best anime of the time. The results could also vary drastically depending on participants age and even gender, as in 1998, both Cardcaptor Sakura and Cowboy Bebop started airing, both aimed at different target audiences. Furthermore, having such a large gap between the 90s to 2000s for different anime would make this an extremely difficult task that I’m not entirely convinced is possible, at least for me hehe! ⋆౨ৎ˚⟡˖ ࣪

What I am certainly equipped to discuss, however, is the various shojou anime that trended during this time. As an avid anime fan born in the 2000s, I was absolutely blown away by the whimsical and beautiful artwork of magical girl anime
𐙚˙⋆.˚  One of my all time favourite series, Madoka Magica, also has a heisei retro feel to many of the goods from earlier production, such as charms or older figures. Many of the character designs also emulate that bright, nostalgic feel I mentioned earlier. Lafary, a jfashion company, released this compilation of famous heisei era girls anime covers that I’m sure many of you cuties will recognise! Some of my favourites from these lists include kamisama Karin, (middle right of the second row) a goddess magical girl anime that I adored as a child, Pretty Rythm (left) about magical ice skating with adorable outfits, and sugar sugar rune (right) magical girl witches ! I also adore literally every anime in this compilation so it’s very hard to say which one is my favourite, but Mermaid Melody, Shugo Chara and Tokyo Mew Mew are all staple anime of a girl growing up in the 2000s. I found the theme songs extremely catchy (Tokyo Mew Mew especially !) the characters extremely large eyes, bright colours and sparkly art is so iconic and remains one of my favourite parts of the heisei era. This was also reflected in the goods and merchandising for each anime, where everything was shiny, colourful and whimsical, just like the Prism Stone Shop in Pretty Rythm⋆౨ৎ˚⟡˖ ࣪

Prism Stone shop in Pretty Rythm!

Of course I’m a little bias as they’re all very loved by me, but I tried to include brands that weren’t just Sanrio and different colour palettes too…! ð™š˙⋆.˚ ᡣ𐭩 Some obvious examples of characters for this time period are Mamegoma (adorable pastel seals), Afro dog, mameshiba  (bean dogs!), hamtaro, and Love bunny, all of which are absolutely adorable. Many of these characters still have online profiles and goods available to purchase to this day, with secondhand items selling fast and creating a new demand. However, it would seem that there are still many heisei era characters that have faded into obscurity, and aren’t really talked about often nowadays. á¡£ð­©

Credit via Nijimen for this useful photo summary, how adorable…. Awawachan is the sweetest (middle) and I cannot believe how many characters I used to obsess over as a child. You might recognise 一期一会 (once in a lifetime encounter)…! This artwork was all over tumblr when I was younger, and is a manga series with many cute goods related. I see this series most frequently mentioned, other than Sanrio characters, when it comes to heisei retro, which could be because of the kogal and gyaru style many of the characters wear in the illustrations, and adorable, nostalgic artwork style. The goods for this series also seem to sell out super fast on mercari, but thankfully I have also spotted some gacha machines around Tokyo selling goods, such as this one in 2024. These gacha machines are, in my opinion, a genius way to get new fans into the series and also appeal to those who loved it before, and again shows how the trend of retro goods has become so prevalent. I adore how unique and cute the art style is !୨୧

How can I incorporate heisei retro into my daily life ?

The easiest way to try and experience the joy of heisei era is to try consuming content from that time period, such as games, anime and manga. My best recommendations would be firstly, getting an emulator on your phone such as Delta to play (I actually made a video recently on my instagram on how to do this !). Using an emulator lets you play games made for the Gameboy and various other consoles, mainly Nintendo such as the DS, entirely for free on your phone or iPad. Using this I was able to play staple games of the heisei era, such as Nintendogs and Animal Crossing Wild World. If you are able to afford it, you could also go a step further and invest in vintage consoles, but these can sometimes be quite expensive secondhand. I recently bought a Hello Kitty phone secondhand and highly recommend something like this, it’s adorable ! I also recommend using websites such as waybackmachine that host the older versions of sites from different time periods, such as the My Little Pony site I mentioned earlier. Furthermore, there are free to download retro games like this category ! You could also try creating a blog such as mine, sites such as Neocities are popular for this. Creating you own blog is super fun, and allows you to experience another part of heisei retro trendsᯓᡣ𐭩

Nowadays, it’s easier than ever to access and buy vintage clothing and goods from sellers on mercari and yahoo japan auctions. I would highly recommend buying from these sites in comparison to others, as the prices are a lot more decent and you can find many cute items! Most of my wardrobe for secondhand clothes, from brands like Liz Lisa, Vivienne Westwood and Mezzo Piano𐙚˙⋆.˚ ᡣ𐭩 For this outfit for my example photo, I’m wearing a Mezzo Piano top and skirt, along with my MCM backpack ♪ I also recommend, if you are able to, looking into what goods you love from the heisei era and adding some cute accessories to your room. Some of my favourite accessories, such as my figure and My Melody collections, were bought almost exclusively from Mercari. The figures I posted above are some of my favourites in my collection, super heisei retro and yet were very affordable to buy! If figure collecting isn’t your thing, stationary collecting, plushies and accessories are all so fun to collect too. If you are also located in Japan (or even just visiting !) I HIGHLY recommend checking the Surugaya stores for older figures and Treasure Factory for heisei goods. Using these shops I have found some ultra rare items for great prices, as well as affordable goods of characters such as Hamtaro and Ocha Ken. I can make a whole new blog post of my specific recommendations for locations that sell various items, but just generally, I suggest you check them out ! á¡£ð­©ྀིྀི

I hope this blog post was fun to read, and inspired you to look into more heisei era anime, goods and games….! Again, this is just a tiny look into years of media and history, but I wanted to share my favourite parts to the ‘heisei retro’ trend with you, and perhaps inspire others to take inspiration from the cute characters and fashion styles in this time period ð™š˙⋆.˚ ᡣ𐭩
As always, thank you for reading~♪
Evie xox 

November 18, 2023

Jirai kei girls tips for Puroland ! ♡ Eviebunnie

 Good morning everybun

For today’s post, I wanted to share my most recent code and favourite tips for visiting Sanrio Puroland~

Puroland might be my favourite theme park to visit in the world; the rides are peaceful and cute, colours are pastel and pretty, lots of cute sweets & merchandise as well as the unforgettable parade shows and getting to meet some of my favourite characters of all time !!

That’s why whenever I go to Puroland, I like to try my best to coordinate a girly, fashionable outfit that is both practical to wear all day and fun for taking photos with the many spots throughout the park. While you might have seen my last post about the best photo spots, here I wanted to share some of my outfit and accessory tips for getting the best experience at Puroland as a ryousangata or jirai girl~

#1 Plan your outfit the night before + bring comfy clothes / spare shoes 

It sounds simple, but I really recommend planning what you want to wear to the park the day (or, a couple days before!) you decide to go. Firstly, it saves you time in the morning when you have to get up early to leave for the park, and secondly it helps when you’re planning what character you’ll be representing with the cute ears and accessories!

For example, I planned this coordinate with My Melody in mind to keep lots of white and a baby pink handbag to match her baby pink ears. For a jirai touch I paired this outfit with my Yosuke platform trainers, Justin David and Vivienne Westwood rings. You don’t always need to perfectly match a character, but it is nice to know your outfit works well with them~

Shoes are also very important! While I have worn platform heels like Bubbles many times to Puroland, I always keep a comfy extra pair in my bag. I really recommend the Don Quiote (My Melody) crocs as they are super light to carry and still cute, so even if you end up getting photos not wearing your heels they’re still going to be pretty!!

#2 bring plenty of props for otaku activities 

This is one I really recommend, but bring many of your favourite characters accessories to Puroland !~
Many jirai girls bring ita bags, plushies, acrylic stands, etc of their oshi to Puroland and you can take the cutest photos. I brought some Madoka accessories with me as well as the doll I have of her, and love the photos you can take!! Some of the spaces at Puroland are very small and work well for dolls, plushies or acrylic stands of your oshi!!
They also have many goods you can purchase for your oshi such as custom penlights, charms, etc…

#3 take plenty of ambience photos and try the adorable crepes 

I think my best sweets recommendation at Puroland is the character crepe, and whilst I always get My Melody, there are so many characters to choose from!! It makes for a lovely photo, tastes pretty good and you can get lots of lovely drinks from the same stand such as bubble tea or soda. This is located in the main food hall!
I’d also recommend trying any of the limited food that you see for sale there- most likely it’ll be super adorable and make your visit even more special~
Many of the ambience photos I take work really well for a great jirai or ryousangata Instagram feed, or, even better, serve as happy memories to look back on♡

#4 bring a penlight and book the parade seats in advance

Puroland has a lot of different parades on depending on the season and time of day..! I definitely recommend researching what the special parade is for the season you are visiting and watching that for an unforgettable experience. The parade is free to watch, but you do have to book front row spots in advance via the app or website
I recommend just standing at the area around 30-40minutes early so you can get a good view if you don’t want to spend more money. And, of course buying an adorable lightstick from the gift shop!~
Sanrio’s Miracle gift parade is a wonderful experience to meet new characters you might not know and enjoy catchy songs, I really recommend it! In my experience I love the front row seats as it gives you a chance to interact with the characters and get the best photos…!

#5 explore the park slowly until closing time 

One of my favourite past times at Puroland is just to simply wander and let your eyes look at all the beautiful details you might not miss while on the rides and at the events, such as pretty wallpaper, themed vending machines and even paintings in some of the bathrooms…!

This also includes just having those happy moments to share with your friends dressed up as your favourite characters (we went as Kuromi, Kitty and Melo!) and it was just so much fun. Usually I am in a bit of a rush to get home from Puroland and don’t stay until it closes, but this time it was so lovely to take the day slowly and look back at the beautiful rainbow gates enhanced by the light rain.

hope this post is helpful for your visit to Puroland !~ ♡
I’ll try to keep more consistent with writing on this blog- it can be tricky when life is so busy but there’s so much I want to share with you angels…

Thank you so for reading,
♡ Evie xox 

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