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Japanese Skin Creators at the Harajuku Skin Fair!

There aren’t any…

Mina Cry_001

Sumimasen.

Beanie

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  1. July 24, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    you’re right. o.o;;;;

  2. SunShine Kukulcan
    July 24, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    Gomennasai too.

  3. July 25, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Reallly???? WOW

    • July 25, 2009 at 11:10 pm

      Yes really. I confirmed it. And members of the Japanese community are unable to find any Japanese creators that were invited to apply or participate.

      Since Harajuku is such a big and important part of Japanese culture I just don’t understand that. Riki Yifu, an admin for Hbox, told me it’s because their translator wasn’t available, but the Japanese community receives notices and calls for events in English all the time. They do know how to use translators…

      Perhaps the Hbox translator was busy working on the improper grammar in the Japanese on their website. Or maybe working on changing all the Chinese style in the sim build to Japanese style.

      Maybe if they had a Japanese person involved in their sim somehow, things would be different.

      But it is a private sim, so of course, they are free to do whatever they like. Even pretending to be Japanese. Roleplay is, after all, a big thing in SL.

      And I, of course, am free to do whatever I like. Like checking the list I now have of everyone involved in that sim, and making sure I never shop at a store associated with any of them.

      They are not the only stores in SL that pretend to be Japanese. I have even had two creators who pretend to be Japanese contact me and ask me to blog them. *

      I am careful that I blog only actual Japanese creators, and so far, I haven’t had any reports of any of the creators I’ve blogged being fakes.

      Again, the Hbox people are certainly free to do as they like. I’m free to have and express thoughts and feelings about it, and to react as I feel is appropriate for me.

      Hugs, Lizzie ๐Ÿ™‚

      * I just want to note that no Japanese (or Korean) creator has ever asked me to blog them. I also want to note that the Japanese creators have always told me, and continue to tell me, that they like it and appreciate it when I blog their items and shops. The creators I’ve blogged have always been very gracious and kind to me, and I love them all very much! ๐Ÿ™‚ It is a delight to find the items they make, and an honor to blog them.

      There are also many Japanese who are not creators who read my blog regularly. I am honored by this, and I am grateful that they find something of enough value in my little blog that they do read it regularly.

      Arigato to the Japanese community for enriching Second Life for people all over the world.

      I am an American girl. The Japanese in SL have reached across the world and touched my heart. My feet are in New York City, but my heart is in Japan. I am filled with joy and gratitude.

  4. Kalia Meiklejohn
    July 26, 2009 at 11:18 am

    As another North American with a huge love and respect for the Japanese content creators of SL, and someone who is a complete Japan-o-phile in RL, I can understand where you are coming from. The Harajuku Box Skin Faire was lovely, but it would have been nice to see some Japanese creators, I agree.

    On a side note, I love your blog Beanie, I’m glad you’re back at it!

  5. July 26, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    YOU GO GIRL! And I know for a fact that if you really want to invite a Japanese creator into your sim, store fair etc it can be done without having to rely on translators. I did it when I briefly owned a shopping area and only had to turn to a translator a couple times.

    And I am surprised they don’t have a Japanese person working with them regularly and now maybe this will motivate them to seek someone out. Its a lovely sim and I really enjoy it. But you know I can be a bit of a Pollyanna and I tend to believe everyone has great intentions, LOL. But then again I have a lot of opinions about RPing in SL. If someone wants to RP another race/ethnicity than more power to them but they should also take the time to find what images and actions may be offensive to that group. And the RP should be accurate, not a stereotype. Okay end of my rant on your blog LOL.

  6. July 26, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Hi Beanie, I’ve been a big fan of your blog and bringing out to light numerous Japanese, Chinese and Korean designers I would’ve never known about. However, there are some points about your post I disagree with.

    Firstly, the Harajukubox skin faire was never advertised as a Japanese designer exclusive skin fair. Yes, it takes place in Hbox, but from my perspective, the Hbox sim is more of a western-based sim influenced by Japanese culture and the RL Harajuku district. I don’t see anything wrong with that. Also, if you looked at last year’s Hbox skin faire, there WERE apanese skin makers involved. I don’t know how the organizers picked the initial people that were involved this year but I will say that I wasn’t invited to the faire. I learned about it from a the Hbox call for skin designers on the fashion feed I read and decided it would be a good place to show the skins I am working on.

    Secondly, boycotting all the designers on the sim I think is a bit much. I have a small store on the Hbox sim and despite my SL screenname (I was actually eating mochi right before I made it) I am not or have ever claimed to be Japanese. I also don’t roleplay being Japanese (I can’t roleplay for my life anyways). In fact, I am Vietnamese/Chinese and proud of my cultural heritage. My store is there because I liked the layout of the sim and what it was trying to go for and as well as many of the stores in it. Just like you, I am appreciative off the wonderful content the Japanese, Chinese, and Korean people bring to SL and I’m sorry to hear about people trying to fake being Japanese to get you to blog their stuff. But please do not assume that everyone in a Japanese-inspired sim is pretending to be Japanese.

    Anyways I just wanted to get that message out, keep up the great blogging Beanie.

  7. shelbyrasmuson
    July 26, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Beanie, I know a lot of bloggers like myself refer to your blog when looking for items in the Japanese Community. I always assumed that the Harajuku sim was Japanese. I would not blame the creators as they are just trying to make a living like so many others but I think it would help to clarify who they are. (ie “insipred” by Japanese as opposed to being Japanese.)
    Thanks for continuing to be a bridge between these groups.

  8. chase
    July 26, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    None of the participants were Japanese at all?

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