Today I went to a dog and children costume contest in honor of the new Tim Burton stop-motion animated film Frankenweenie:
When I arrived at the building, I was directed to the 5th floor where I managed to wrangle someone with a clip board. Note to anyone interested: the easiest way to look important is to stand in a doorway and hold a clipboard. Bonus points for having some sort of walkie talkie or earpiece. I let them know I was with Allison and he lead me down a tight corridor where we passed all the contestants. Teams of stylists were huddled around dogs and children, putting the finishing touches on the costumes. It was absolutely surreal.
|Where have I gone?|
I arrived at the greenroom before everyone and had a look around:
Please note that at no point did I have to provide ID, credentials, or any sort of proof that I was not just some crazed fan. I simply told them who I was there to see and was lead to the greenroom of arguably the most famous director in the world. Either the Japanese are very trusting, or this guy also thought I was Johnny Depp. Maybe he knew I was runner up in the CHS senior superlative.
Allison, Tim, and the rest of their party arrived shortly thereafter and were briefed by the staff on how the day would run. Tim's assistant and I laughed about how accurately Lost in Translation had captured the experience of a celebrity in Japan, as both Allison and Tim had a number of handlers and translators yet were completely lost with what exactly they were being asked to do. They were joined by a J-Pop star whose name I didn't catch, but if anyone is familiar with J-Pop and knows an artist with a sunshine red and orange bob, please enlighten me. She was also acting as a judge for the contest.
|Lost in Translation|
|Yes, that 9 year old's costume has big breasts|
|The winning costumes|
|A packet containing the sketches, model profiles, and style concepts of all the teams. Don't worry, I took one|
To top it all off, the final contestant's dog ended up getting a bit excited. They reached the end of the dog walk, modeled a few poses, and then began to walk back towards the other contestants. At this moment, the dog jumped up on the girl and started humping her leg. She tried to move but the pooch was roughly (ruffly) the same size as her, so a handler had to remove him so they could continue. But he was determined and hopped right back up and started grinding the leg of the model. Again a handler pulled the dog off so the girl could continue. This happened a few more times but I was too busy trying to keep my sides from splitting to pay much attention.
I will do my best to figure out where the hell this thing is going to air. The entire show only took about 30 minutes, including pictures at the end, so my assumption is it will be packaged into a 10 minute long segment that will air sometime before the December 15th release. No idea where it will air though, so let the Googling begin!
|Allison, Tim, and the J-Pop Singer announcing the winners|
Update: I found this
After I parted ways with the Frankenweiners, I set out to Roppongi once again to meet up with Lizzy for a Christmas Market that she suggested we visit. I hadn't seen her since I left for my month long adventure, so I was looking forward to catching up and perhaps getting in a little Christmas shopping.
We achieved the catching up part but were surprised to find that the Christmas Market was just a collection of German food booths decorated with wood dolls and Christmas lights. But as the old saying goes, "you haven't experienced Christmas in Japan until you've eaten bratwerst and sauerkraut." So eat we did, and much to our surprise, the German bratwerst in Roppongi Hills was quite good! We continued our walk and talk and took in the beauty of the evening. I've been told by many that Roppongi is quite seedy, and while that may be true in certain areas at night, during the evening, this particular area of Roppongi was rather posh.
|Christmas egg. Cadbury egg?|
|Reinventing the Selfie|
|Returning to the lit-tree street|
|The Grand Hyatt is quite the site at night|
|Hey, look who found us!|
From the Corrections Department: Two posts ago I said that Kaorina suggested that we go to a pretty girl photo booth when in fact Catherine is the one who recommended the trip. The author of this blog, as well as the editors and blogger.com would like to apologize to Ms. Nakajima as well as anyone else who has been negatively affected by this error. Much care is taken to prevent inaccurate reporting, but occasionally we miss something. Our most sincere apologies.