Sunday, May 16, 2010

More quirky GLB quiz translations!

I'm still at home recovering from getting my wisdom teeth out. It really sucks, I tell you! I can't wait to get better so I can wear lolita and hang out with my friends againT_T

Photo by my friend Vysanthe.

Continuing on from my last post, I've read through the whole 200 question interview now, and have picked out the most interesting questions. A lot I can't translate because they are referring to Japanese things (like what level of formal language you use) or because they are asking how to write things in English, LOL

From "Manners":

- You always put your heart into having perfect manners. (Y/N)

- You always have good posture. (Y/N)

- You never cross your legs on the train. (Y/N)

- You think that lolitas who cross their legs and smoke in cafes are not cute. (Y/N)

- As soon as you get home your clean and polish your shoes before putting them away (Y/N)

From "Hair and Make-up":

- You can't stand not having white skin. You would never swim in the ocean. (Y/N)

- You always carry a parasol when you go out. (Y/N)

- Your ideal hair is long with no layers. Or a bob with no layers. (Y/N)

- Your bangs are your life. Or if you don't have bangs, all of your hair is long. (Y/N)

From "Culture":

- Name all 7 Harry Potter books. (_/7)

- What is the name of the girl who wears lolita in "Nana"?

- What is the name of the girl who wears gothic lolita in "Death Note"?

- What is the name of the famous company that makes macarons that appears in the movie "Marie Antoinette"?

- What are the names of the fat twins in "Alice in Wonderland"?

- What are the names of the two main characters in "Shimotsuma Monogatari"?

- What is the name of the powerful Italian vampire family in "Twilight"?

- What is the full name of the butler in "Kuroshitsuji"?

- What is the name of the doll owned by the main character in "Rozen Maiden"?

From "Gothic Lolita History":

Fill in the blanks:

The word "Gothic Lolita" comes from the words Mana-sama from Malice _____ used to describe his fashion brand as: "_____, gothic and lolita". At the same time in the Kansai region, gothic punk flavoured brand Alice ____ started, as did the brand that even sold coffin beds, ______ Maiden, and the brand that had princess sleeves resembling those of Victorian England, VISIBLE & ______. Among gothic lolita fans, the most beloved was manga and fashion drawn by Kusumoto Maki in the 80s called ________. In the 90s, it was the artist who illustrated magazine covers and wrote the manga "DOLL", ______. Also, the most beloved film director of the gothic lolitas was Tim _______. "The Nightmare Before Christmas" was very popular, but the most popular movie was by the English writer _______ Carroll.

So how did you measure up against these questions? Some of them left me thinking "LOL WUT", but they are just the opinions of whoever wrote it (they seem to imply it was Arika from Ali Project, but I'm not really sure).

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Are you a pure gothic & lolita? Quiz Translation

Urgh, I've been at home sick all week after getting all my wisdom teeth out last weekT____T Needless to say, I'm not wearing lolita now, with a face like a chipmunkX_x

Reading the Gothic Lolita Bible in my bedroom. Filled with GLEE!!!!!

The latest Gothic Lolita Bible has a 200-question quiz on "Are you a pure gothic & lolita?". The questions are very interesting, and they have several designers, models and normal lolitas off the street who took the quiz and the scores they got. Surprisingly, the highest score was around 130. However, I think anyone who got a full 200 would probably also be institutionalised >_>;;

Here is my translation of Part A -- "Gothic & Lolita Mentality"

1. Do you want to become a doll? Or a robot? Do you like artificial things?


2. My blood is not red. I think it's pink or blue. If not, I don't even know if I have any...


3. You hate slobby clothes. You like clothes that cinch your body tightly.


4. It's not just in your clothing, but in your life you like to have rules or constrictions or prefer living conventionally.


5. You don't like clothes that show off too much skin. Even in Summer you don't like to show off your skin.


6. However, you like to wear a corset to make your bust appear bigger and prettier.


7. You wouldn't mind being born into a time when there was still a caste system. You would like there to be master-servant relationships. Of course, acting like a prince or or princess would be wonderful, but also the image of being a maid or butler and devoting yourself to others is appealing to you.


8. When you see someone dressed in Gothic or Lolita fashion you think "A-ha! That's it!".


9. Until you found out about gothic & lolita fashion, you didn't care about what you wore, or didn't have any clothes you really wanted to wear.


10. You don't have many friends. Or you don't have any. It's fun to have friends, but you're fine without them.


11. The person you like most is yourself.


12. If you fell in love with a guy, you would never ever change what you wear or your hobbies for him. Before that, you'd have to toss him...


13. When you see lace peeking out of your sleeve, you feel really good.


14. When you wear clothes that are not gothic or lolita, you feel lousy.


15. You want a castle in Europe.


16. You can recall the names of 5 castles in Europe.

(One point for each. /5)

17. You want to live in a country like Germany, France, England or Italy.


18. You study German, French, Esperanto or Italian.

(One point for each. /4)

19. By far you prefer being photographed to taking photos.


20. You also like to collect photos of pretty people.


21. To you, the most special flower is most definitely the Rose.


22. You own more than 3 things that are rose-scented (soap, rose water etc...)


23. If possible, you'd love to be a person who exists eating nothing but rose petals.


24. In a past life, you lived in Europe. Or at least you'd like to think that.


25. When you see pictures of scenery in Europe on TV or in magazines, your chest hurts and you start to cry.


26. Even when you're in trouble, if you see someone in more trouble than you, you forget yourself and help them. You want to live by chivalry or "Noblesse oblige".


27. You are sure there used to be angel wings on your back.


28. You yearn for not a natural, but a man-made paradise.


How did you score? Do any of the questions surprise you?

Please don't re-post this anywhere, but feel free to link^^

Monday, May 3, 2010

Gothic Lolita at Start of Autumn

Wow, have I had a busy couple of weeks! I just finished three days of shooting for my friends documentary about Lolita fashion in Australia. The documentary is for her university assignment, but hopefully it will be available online in a few months. I don't have any pictures from it, except a couple of head shots of what I was wearing:

Pink and Black Deco-ish Lolita^^;;

Gothic Lolita with Emo kid in back seat>_>;;

It's Autumn in Australia now, so the temperature is just bearable enough to wear lolita on weekends without melting^^;; This is me from the other week:

I had to take the sleeves off by midday, but put them back on in the evening. But that's the beauty of detachable sleeves!

Last week an episode of "Jessica Simpson's Price of Beauty" aired in America. I was hopeful that perhaps the episode would help enlighten the public as to what Lolita fashion is and what it means in Japan, but unfortunately it ended up just being another sensationalised "LOL those crazy Japanese" piece that culminated in Jessica Simpson making a spectacle of herself walking down a catwalk in full lolita while flashing her bloomers at everyone:/ At least we get to see Angelic Pretty's designers Asuka and Maki in the background (they personally dress JS). But sadly I don't think anyone watching the show who didn't know about lolita will have any better idea of what the fashion is after watching than before it:/

I wish Asuka and Maki would make me over, LOL
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