I am seriously a hapa through and through. Maybe that doesn’t make sense, since the true meaning of “hapa” is “being partially of East Asian, South East Asian, or Pacific Islander descent.” Even though I’ve met different kinds of hapas, I still think half or part-Japanese mixes are the most common. So what I really meant was, I am seriously half-Japanese through and through. I’ve lived and grew up in Southern California in a bicultural household, and now I live in Tokyo, experiencing the Japanese way of life. I am literally split down the middle, in terms of how I think, how I speak, how I behave, and how I dress. As Lisa and I were walking around Ginza on a busy Sunday evening to take these photos, I realized, wow, I look totally out of place here, but the juxtaposition of California surfer girl style meets Tokyo city night life is so… hapa. And that is something totally unique, if I do say so myself.
The reason why I styled this particular outfit was to be able to sneak in one more summer outfit in with this sweat skirt that Harajukuii so kindly sent me. Harajukuii is an affordable, cute, fashion-forward Japanese online clothing store, and I was immediately drawn to this brand. This skirt is the most comfortable thing ever, and is the perfect length- not too short or too long. Then I just added the most casual pieces I could find in my closet. And boom, you got yourself a Cali-Tokyo girl.
I’m glad I got to squeeze in one more beachy, California-reminiscent outfit before it really cools down. What are your opinions on this sweat skirt? Yay or nay? Be honest 😉 Let me know in the comments!