Monday, September 20, 2010

Kawaii!!! - Bazaar Bizarre's J-Pop Summit

V is for Violet makes super colorful plush toys & accessories that'll tickle you all over with cuteness!
It's no secret that Japanese pop culture embraces all that is cool, colorful & cute, and no one knows this better than those who attended the J-POP Summit this weekend in Japantown!

Strolling in Japantown's plaza on a delightfully sunny Saturday afternoon, familes, friends & vendors get a chance to check out local talent & learn more about the Japanese pop culture aesthetic.
This year marked the second time Bazaar Bizarre hand-picked 50 vendors to exhibit their awesomeness in a wonderful outdoor plaza setting. The morning started out foggy & even had a few scattered misty showers, but ended up warming up into a full blow gorgeous event with blue skies & hot pink hair styles.

Jen Rowan displayed her neon-hued assortment of her plastic kitsch divine collection from Beebalalou. I even ended up trading a few items with her to get an awesome Green Owl Necklace with fantastic vintage pieces much like this one.
Tons of cute accessories for Harujuku lovers & cosplay fans were featured at the bright & delightful vendor displays. The day was filled with events that ranged from costume contests to "Not Enough Pocky" - a Pocky eating contest in which you won MORE Pocky.

Jill K. in LA displayed her gorgeous block-printed cards all day. Her collection included everything from Grilled Cheez prints to Werewolf Scratch & Sniff!
Lots of great sellers made their way up from LA to rock their wares with the locals from 11 AM until 6 PM. Everything from imported craft supplies to sushi robot t-shirts were on display all day.

I shared a booth with a fellow soft sculpture artist, Andrew from A Plush Plush. My bandmate, Matt, helped me keep up with the rushes at the nerd JERK booth. [Photo by Stuart Russell]
Since New People had decided to make J-Pop Summit a giant annual event, I had my first experience at what a show with over 35,000 attendees was like. *gulp* I was sure glad that I had a rad booth mate & a couple of good friends to help with sales. It was also a fantastic help to have Blas & Jamie from Urban Fauna helping promote the vendors by featuring their items & business cards at the main Bazaar Bizarre table in the front of Peace Plaza along Post St.

This event was a ton of fun: music from local bands & girl bands all the way from Japan, artists with their limited edition vinyl toys & fantastic food vendors. If you didn't get a chance to come this year, look forward to next year's show! I know I will.

Steph Cort├ęs from nerd JERK is the Roving Reporter, one of the newest members of the SF Etsy Blog Team. She enjoys going out to new crafting events and supporting the handmade movement. Look forward to more reports on her artsy shenanigans in weeks to come. Feel free to email her comments & tips on shows anytime.

If you're an Etsy seller in the San Francisco Bay Area, contact Jen from Mama's Magic Studio about joining SFEtsy!


memakestuff said...

oh man, i wish i went, this looks so colorful and fun!

Scottish Lily Jewelry said...

Oh me too!! I so would have been there if it didn't fall on a Jewish Holiday :(

jargonheadstudios said...

Looks like a blast! I'm glad to hear that things are going so well for you with nerdjerk!

Jen (Mama's Magic Studio) said...

so very cool! great recap -- really makes me wish i'd been there!

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