I have a photo heavy post for you today.
Many weeks ago I had the chance to attend San Francisco’s J-Pop Summit in Japan town. The main reason I wanted to attend was so that I could see Black Diamond perform live! How amazing is that?
I got the chance to see them perform two shows on two different stages. In the first show, they were wearing all different coords. In the second show, which I will show you later on, they are wearing their bright pink jumpers.
The gyaru circle came all the way from Japan to be a part of this event and spread the gyaru culture. They performed a couple of their songs and also did a para para dance.
At the end of their performance, they stood together on stage and sort of talked a little bit about themselves and about the meaning of the backdrop art piece that they had created on stage.
Here’s a look at each of the gal’s outfit. Most of them were wearing D.I.A. branded clothing btw.
I think Pomi-tan’s one was my favorite coord out of all of them. She’s just so beautiful from her hair, to her accessories, and all white attire. Most of the gals didn’t have their nails done, which surprised me. I think it may be because they were traveling?
This look reminds me of Hawaii chocolate, haha. It’s not really my style, but Erimokkori actually quite beautiful.
Gotta love all of the colorful hair!! I wish I had cool hair too. I think it would be very inappropriate for me to have these types of hair styles at work, haha. Love Rise’s pink hair!!
Harutamu’s hair color is my favorite. Really, really diggin’ the blue.
Mayuchibi is one of my favorites because of her smile. She really had a lot of energy on stage in comparison to the rest of the gals.
All of the gals had very dark skin, which is basic part of the ganguro style. But wow, her skin was the darkest of all of theirs. I can’t imagine using a tanning bed daily. That’s what you gotta do to be and stay that dark!
After the first show was over, I got a chance to explore the rest of the festivities at J-Pop Summit.
Right next door was the Ramen Festival, which had a wait of over two hours and a line that went around the block.
On the streets in the other direction (not pictured), were lots of tents and booths selling various Japan related items. Nothing really too interesting to catch my attention, except for this one booth that was selling corgi shirts.
I did however find the pop up shops!! There were lots of lots of cute items and clothes everywhere!
Here’s one of the shop workers, she was the most beautiful out of all of them.
Rilakkuma galore~ poke my eyes out already!!
There was a huge Liz Lisa section for all of you sweet gyaru lovers.
Table display accessories…
Tons of hats and head accessories…
So… much… cuteness…
But at last, I didn’t buy anything because sometimes I can be a cheap-o, especially after I see the big sticker prices.
After exploring the festival, we headed over to another stage to wait for Black Diamond to perform again. Before their performance, I was able to snap a picture of Pomi-tan & Mayuchibi outside.
The show began with them creating their on-stage art piece again. It began with two gals walking across stage back and forth holding water guns.
They wore cute costume kimonos.
After walking the stage a few times, they began to squirt colored water onto the blank canvas to create an image!
Once the two gals were done, a third one came out and began writing brush kanji.
Haha, Mayuchibi is always so happy and cute.
Once the art piece was done, the three of them sorta side stepped and clapped for a while to the music.
After they were done, they went backstage to change, and everyone came out wearing their pink jumpers!
Everyone looks so cute wearing these jumpers! I really would have liked to buy one, but for $150, I think it’s a bit much for me. Although now that I think about it, maybe it’s not too bad…
Once again they performed a few songs for us, basically the same ones that they did earlier.
I felt like they did a better job this second performance too.
There was a point during one of the songs where four of them sort of did a cat walk down the stage, posed, and walked away, but most of them didn’t really have a good pose. This one is the only one that came out pretty good.
Some para para…
And pose for the finale!
At the completion of their show, they gathered at a nearby booth. I was able to get a photo with them too! Ugh, but I feel like I look so bad in the photos.
I wish I could blend in with them more. Haha, I have a long way to go. When I met them, we had awkward conversations in broken English and Japanese. I was so shy and totally blanked out forget all my Japanese! They asked me about my thigh tattoo, and were shocked that I had a D.I.A. belt.
Here’s some photos of my outfit that day that I stole from my own Instagram @xlicious.
I’m wearing Boy London hat, F21 blue top, leopard print bra, jeans shorts from somewhere in Japan, D.I.A. belt, and lots of random accessories!
According to Black Diamond, the requirements to be a gyaru are the following (in order from most important to least):
- Colorful and bright colored hair
- Tanned skin
Oiii, I think I am failing~ LOL
Can’t forget a photo of my makeup!!
You can watch Black Diamond’s music video for Crazy Tribe in the video below.