Today I am very lucky to be able to bring you an interview with one of the UK's popular kawaii bloggers! Kawaii means 'cute' in Japanese! In the below format Q: Is questions asked by myself and A: is Answers from Tartan!
Hello Tartan and thank you so much for agreeing to this interview! ~ ♥ I've been reading your blog for awhile now so I’m really pleased to be able to do this talk with you!
Q: So we know your name is Tartan and you reside in the Uk! Tell us a bit more about yourself?
A: Hi~ Okay so as you know am Tartan and I live near Edinburgh. I am Kawaii blogger and hobbyist photographer.In my spare time I am a volunteer member of the Marshmallow Dream Maids Cafe , working as both a maid and photographer for the team.
Q: How long have you been into Kawaii and when did you first discover it?
A: Oh wow, uhumm I guess when I was about 8 or 9 years old... I was introduced to Anime on the T.V channels being aired at the time and Japanese culture was touched on in other studies at my school, I sort of fell in love with all the aspects of Japan ,from its culture , fashion, traditions , language and most of all, everything that is Kawaii of course!
Q: What’s your favourite thing about kawaii things?
A: I love Kawaii things the best thing about them , to me is they can make you smile and feel happy Every one will smile if they are gifted something that looks so cute. Smiles are the best, if some one smiles to you , you cant help but smile back. Kawaii things make you feel happy too. Those are the best thing about Kawaii.
Q: Do you have a favourite kawaii item and/or character??
A: Oh ^^' this is hard...My favourite Kawaii item- I have so much it is hard to pick, I guess it would be my solar powered dancing pink flower. It dances in the sun and its really cute and amuses me . Also it means it is sunny enough outside to go and enjoy the sunshine too!
My Favourite Character again this is super hard ..Kyaa...but Hello Kitty means a lot to me and I can not help but love how adorable she is, no matter how many times she changes her own kawaii styles! Rilakkuma is my second favourite I would love to be like him and be a lazy cute bear and do nothing but sleep and eat some times hehe!
Q: Are there any particular J-fashions that appeal to you?
A: I love all kinds of J-fashion styles, I adore seeing others wearing J-fashion too. Am very Eclectic in taste - So I take inspiration from all types . I do admire Lolita, Pop Kei ,Street styles and bright Kawaii styles. I think its fun to experiment till you find some thing your really like.
Q: Do you try and incorporate cute things into your decor at home or at the office?
A: In a word - yes! My desk is full of Cute, Kawaii and things! Everything, I use on my desk is Kawaii from San-x products to Sanrio likes of my Korilakkuma or Rilakkuma pens and pencils, Cute looking erasers and staplers to Hello Kitty note books, Kawaii pen pal letter sets, Cute ink stamps and don't forget Stickers too!! Oh and I do a of ''DIY Kawaii '' on normal dull looking objects to make them look cute too! In my house I have a room devoted to all things Kawaii but you can find Kawaii every where in my house. From Hello Kitty pink oven mitts to Kawaii looking rainbow shaped pillows. No room is safe. Teehee.
Q: Do you do anything in particular to try and bring kawaii into everyday life?
A: Hmm I do try and wear at least one thing Kawaii, I tend to pick a Kawaii Necklace - I have one on a chunky pink chain that has the Japanese symbol for Dream. It reminds to keep reaching for my own Kawaii Dreams.
Q: What kind of things would you like to see in future come to the UK? (I would like San-X to open a Rilakkuma shop over here!! T-T)
A: I would love to see physical stores for Sanrio and San- X , I would love to see a Daiso Japan store come to the UK its like our own stores of B&M or Poundstreacher stores but everything and anything is Super Kawaii!! I think it would be great to have those, but I think my bank balance would disagree!
Q: Do you tend to buy more things from abroad than from the UK?
A: Yes I do, I find it is easy to shop online and order from abroad to get hold of items you can not get in the UK. I like to use Esty and Storeenvy. You can get lots of Kawaii and quirky cute stuff on those sites too.
Q: How long have you been running your site and why did you start it? Do you have any advice for those just starting up their own blog?
A: It will be almost 3 years of running 'StayingSuperKawaii' Wow! Already? I started it for fun, like a diary of my Kawaii stuff and things I bought that turned into personal reviews. I hoped to connect with like minded Kawaii lovers and spread the joy of Kawaii. I think the best advise is , never give up on doing something you love, if you love some thing and want to blog about it , go for it! If it makes you happy that is all that matters. Its good to have nice photos for your readers to look at , and having a nice theme or art . Try a catchy name for your blog or a online name also ,helps readers recognise your blog too.
And just for fun!
Q: If you could have any job in the world what would it be?
A: In the Dream world I would love to become a well known Kawaii blogger and work as a Kawaii Fashion street-snap photographer , in Japan maybe? Or be Photographer at Conventions and events that have Kawaii fashion at them-to be full of Kawaii knowledge and equipped with my Camera Kit! ^^
Q: What’s your favourite food?
A: Oh uhumm...I guess I would have to pick Cupcakes and Macarons because they are so cute looking,colourful and yummy in so many flavours but it has to be the ones I get from a Cupcake shop in the City - I make a point to go there and bring Cupcakes and Macarons. - I have a sweet tooth! Hee hee
Thank you so much for my interview! It was really fun to answer your questions!
If you'd like to find out more about Tartan Kawaii or more about Staying Super Kawaii please check out her lovely blog!
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Ta-ta for now!