Kawaii Girls Art & Pussy Portraits, Sydney Fringe Festival

Love kawaii art & culture but can’t get to Japan?

Sydneysiders can go to TAP Gallery in Darlinghurst, where as part of the Sydney Fringe Festival, the Kawaii Girls Art & Pussy Portraits is on display until 22 September. (And get your mind out of the gutter; there are a lot of cat portraits, OK?)

Presented by Mayumi International, this exhibition brings together more than 70 art works by 30 professional Japanese illustrators and artists.

Kawaii Girls Art

kawaii cat by Murayoshimi 

As you can see, the works all have a playful character, a sweetness and cuteness that are the heart of kawaii.


The exhibition is on 12 midday to 6pm each day, so hop on down to grab yourself some kawaii culture!

TAP Gallery
278 Palmer St, Darlinghurst
Tel: 02-9361 0440

“Cute Yummy Time” by La Carmina and “Akina” by Lang Leav

Lang Leav is a multi-talented Sydney artist who is the mind behind the fashion label Akina. Having won a Churchill Fellowship to study the fashion tribes of Tokyo, Lang wrote a dissertation on “Cosplaying Lolitas” and is unmistakeably influenced by the gothic and gothic lolita subcultures.

Akina has always been known for beautiful feminine fashion:

Now Lang has branched out into illustration, poetry and music. Firstly with The Little Mermaid and Teddy Bear’s Picnic picture books, and now with her Poems for Piotr music picture book.

It is an exquisitely handcrafted volume showcasing Lang’s artworks and poetry, and accompanied by an album featuring composer Cyrus Meurant and the voice of Angela Little.

There are only 100 copies being made, so this will be something of a collector’s item.

Another of my online friends and favourite bloggers, La Carmina, has also been heavily influenced by Japan, especially in the matter of all things kawaii. La Carmina has a new book out called “Cute Yummy Time” and it’s a very kawaii cook book inspired by Bento lunches, again written, photographed and illustrated by LC herself.

The creations are a feast for the eyes, but not all the ingredients may be familiar to Western palates. So Cute Yummy Time thinks outside the bento box, sharing more than 70 recipes for making food “so cute, you could just eat it!”

I’ve already mentioned how informative and entertaining Carmen’s blog is; I’m sure this book and her Crazy Wacky Theme Restaurants book are gonna be great hits. Like me, Carmen visits Tokyo several times a year so she is bang-up-to-date with the latest trends in Japanese goth lolita fashion, music, nightlife and more.

I’m a bit late with this myself, but there’s even a competition on La Carmina’s website where you can win the gorgeous red Akina dress above, if you spread the word about these fab new books.

So don’t hang about – cos you’ve only got til midnight 19th October (US time). Go on, shoo! Go write a post, twitter or whatever it is you do best to get the word out.