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Terribly Cute Beijing Marriage License Photos Cute & Kawaii 

Terribly Cute Beijing Marriage License Photos

I know this is mildly goofy, but many of Beijing’s photo labs will still produce classic Marriage License photos. And they’re just about the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. The Polaroid framing, the flowery carved edges, it’s all too cool. And the pose was rigorously enforced — we were molded into those positions over a period of five minutes. If we got married in Beijing, this would definitely be the picture we’d use. From the large China Photo Studio at 8 Jiaodaokou East, Beijing, China. (And kudos to Tony and…

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Best Pix from Bangalore’s First Ever ComicCon Cute & Kawaii 

Best Pix from Bangalore’s First Ever ComicCon

The blog has been ill-attended these last few weeks, with the move to India. Several grand projects are already underway here, but we’ll have to keep those hush-hush for the time being. But in the meantime, we did manage to escape the craziness of the city for Bangalore’s First EVER Comic Con this weekend! It was tiny — the space was the size of a high school basketball court — but it was slammed with fans. And a few of them even thought to dress up. Plenty more pix, after…

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Hello Kitty Dreams, Hello Awesome Reality Cute & Kawaii Extraordinary Eats 

Hello Kitty Dreams, Hello Awesome Reality

“You ever feel like you’re stuck in a wind-up music box?” Michelle asked. The walls were pink. The waitresses were dressed as dolls. Piano keys tinkled softly. There were balloons and glitter and an off-season Christmas tree. We were trapped in a music box. That’s how Hello Kitty wants you to feel. Welcome to Hello Kitty Dreams. Chefs wear toques under Kitty-dressed walls… Surfaces are pink or padded or bedazzled or glow… And little girls pose dutifully over and over again. The frilly Antoinette cuteness only gets cuter from there….

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Bangkok’s Sweetest Secret Dance Party Cute & Kawaii 

Bangkok’s Sweetest Secret Dance Party

Bangkok is awesome. Pad thai, ping pong balls, reclining buddhas. But nowhere is sweeter than this hidden corridor of Central World Mall, where crowds of high school kids practice their sweet dance moves every weekend. Each gang brings their own routines and own MP3 players. Any reflective surface–shop windows, aluminum panelling, fire extinguisher cabinetry–stands in for a mirror. And the moves? OMG. It’s pure coordinated secret wonderfulness. Justin Bieber, eat your heart out.

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The Owl Lady and Her Gazillion Owls Cute & Kawaii Devoted Obsession Offbeat Museums 

The Owl Lady and Her Gazillion Owls

I love obsessions, and Myong-Hee Bae is obsessed. She’s a freak for owls. Her home is crammed full of 3,000 owl-y items. Clocks, quilts, paintings, stamps, cut-outs hanging from the ceiling, mugs filled with steaming hot tea, candles, toys, and rugs. It was weird. And absolutely wonderful. “Her love of owl started when she was in 2nd grade,” a clumsy document she printed out, then handed to me, read. “She was very much attracted by the big eyes of the wooden own sculpture and became owl mania.” She spoke no…

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Super Mario Street Art Attacks Seoul Cute & Kawaii 

Super Mario Street Art Attacks Seoul

Wandering the streets of Seoul’s hipster haven, Hongdae, you’ll find a treasure trove of awesomeness. But one of the first things to strike you on emerging from the Sangsu subway is this Super-collection of feisty videogame plumbers. They’re all here: Mario, Luigi, power-ups and bosses, too, painted on every telephone pole for blocks. If you run fast enough, humming the theme and blinking your eyes madly, you’ll look like a fool. But it’s still pretty fun.

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Soy Sauce Kit Kats (and other awesome flavors) Cute & Kawaii Extraordinary Eats 

Soy Sauce Kit Kats (and other awesome flavors)

I was a little confused about the Tokyo airport when I flew through there a few weeks ago. It seemed so… rundown. Ceiling tiles missing, chairs blocking entrances, stores closed. And then I saw this sign. Uh-oh. What had I missed during my media blockout? Turns out the third reactor was about to go, so I did what any slightly-nervous very-jetlagged consumer might do. I bought Kit Kats. Lots of them. You probably already know that Kit Kats are the lucky treat in Japan. The local name for them, kitto…

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And we’re back… Cute & Kawaii Somewhat Perverted 

And we’re back…

Sorry for the silence. China got wise to the VPN, and issues had to be resolved.  But we’re back.  Hopefully for a while, at least. While we pop the bottles of silkworm baijiu and seahorse bourbon, here’s a photo from last night’s dinner at Beijing’s newest maid cafe.  (Sure, Japan had sexy 19th century French maids a decade ago, but in China? Well, they’re still an untapped welcome trend.)

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Bangkok Loves Blythe Cute & Kawaii Somewhat Perverted 

Bangkok Loves Blythe

Siam Paragon Shopping Mall’s elaborate (and incredible) Blythe exhibit offered up some leading costume designs for the creepy oh-so-slightly-pedophilic 1972 Kenner doll, which has captured the hearts and sewing skills of, well, at least a few dozen fans. From Wikipedia, “There is a network of hobbyists who customize the doll for resale and create clothing and shoes for Blythe. Enthusiasts share photographs of their work and their dolls on the Internet.” Well, this was the Epcot Center of it all.

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