DC Kawaii Style Does Quirkcon, A Conference for Weirdos & Free Spirits

We brought the kawaii Harajuku scene to Quirkcon! If you missed out, take a peek at our event recap. And we’ll see yah there in 2020!

Greetings Kawaii Family!

Guess who went traveling all the way down to Durham North Carolina. That’s right it was DC Kawaii Style did QUIRKcon!

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A handful of us spent 6-8 hours traveling from the DC Area down to Bull City. And we brought the kawaii Harajuku scene with us!

If you missed out, take a peek at our event recap.

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Panel + Event Highlights

Black in Japan Panel

Hosted by Cocoa Chronicles, with ipukekawaii

This conversation was an honest look on what life in Japan is like for black people. 

From cultural differences to how to manage your hair and skin care in a foreign country. 

There was a wealth of knowledge and taught us that  not only can we go to Japan ..

But all things in context, we can THRIVE!

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Nerd Bonding:

With Black Minds Matter Project

photo compliments of Atari Gems

This panel was hosted by Atari Gems & featured friends Black Girls Anime, Charlie Rocket Cosplay, Cocoa Chronicles, and ipukekawaii ~

The curated space was a conversation to acknowledge the importance of nerd bonding within the black community.

We talked a bit about first experiences to nerd culture-

including being ‘inducted’ by family and how it’s led us to lifestyles like … kawaii ^.^

So much was shared on how these bonds change our world experience!

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Intro to Kawaii: Kawaii Empowerment

Featuring DC Kawaii Style Community Members

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We brought some kawaii empowerment inspired by our tea talk from late March.

Members of our community shared their experience of communication through expressive fashion, daily lifestyle, and community as a support group.

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Fun Times Across State Lines

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We had a blast enjoying the ambiance of Quirkcon and meeting so many cool creatives, blerds, and more!

There was family dinner, plenty of photo shoots and of course time to just be kawaii in a new place.

DC Kawaii Style, DC Harajuku, DMV Harajuku, Quirkcon, The Kawaii Way

DC Kawaii Style, DC Harajuku, DMV Harajuku, Quirkcon, The Kawaii Way

Best part ~

Meeting some people that we want to introduce you all to!

Momo PixelsMiles JaiDrew DisasterDevDoeeHippy PotterKiera PleaseBlack Girls AnimeCocoa ChroniclesKurenai Kiba

Wrap-Up  

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The con was full of exciting panels and better inspiring people.

And we had the magic of meeting with creatives and cosplayers from all over!

The Quirktastic team really put together an event that brought together folks with different quirks together.

From cosplay to trap music, we had a blast ~

With some of our favorite moments spent in the Unicorn Lounge trying out the local flavors of North Carolina …

and playing UNO, the kawaii way!

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Our experience was colorful. Quirkcon was full of people with good spirit, but we hope to see a stronger representation of Harajuku and Jfashion styles at the next con.

So delighted at the good times and memories sprung out of this con, we’re already counting down Quirkcon 2020!  

Until then, mark your calendars for Harajuku Weekend at Blerdcon 2019

 

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Sharing Afro Style, The Kawaii Way at DC Web Fest

THANK YOU DC Web Fest + kawaii family for such an amazing honor ~

DC Kawaii Style was nominated for Blogs and Scripts for

DC WEB Fest, a DMV indie festival.

On April 12th community members Camille (Noirhus), Jade (Jadedisland), and community founder Imani K. Brown was in attendance  to celebrate and network with other local artists and content creators.

Afro Kawaii Wins

DC Web Fest annual festival was founded by Otessa Ghadar in 2013 and now in its 7th year.

Our submission to the festival was the collaborative work, AFRO KAWAII: What Is IT?! Zine

featuring the submissions from our community artists. However, this zine is just one highlight of our attendance at DC Web Fest.

Little did we as know ~

Saturday evening DC Kawaii Style won the silver award!

It was quite an adventure featuring pink energy, black excellence, and most importantly the culture of DC Kawaii Style.

From networking to digital marketing classes, this opportunity presented itself as a path that connects our kawaii community with more of the D.C area.

Here are some words from our founder, Imani:

“The Awakening”

 “‘when one of wins we all win’ is the UGK philosophy and so it is in DC Kawaii Style Congrats to the community & contributing artists of our first zine, Afro Kawaii 💖💫This weekend we won an award from DC Web Fest for bridging and bringing culture to dc – thing is kawaii style isn’t new to DC but when DC was on it’s own wavelength with rainbow fashion and harsh aesthetics (late 80’s – mid 2000’s) no one took it serious unless you were a native. And if not hip you wouldn’t know all the contributions DC has lowkey made to the industry. That part will soon change.  But we didn’t bring culture. It’s always been here and you just had to know where to look. As we ooh’d aw’d & celebrated, I asked that we take the photo at the Awakening. Because unknown to many, this statue is a huge part of DC history. (if you old enough you climbed on this creep at Haines Point) And DC Kawaii Style is on it’s way to being engrained in the very fabric of DC CultureDC Kawaii Style ain’t about me.  And it’s deeper than fashion. It’s a community thang 💖💫Here’s to an awakening of DC culture, kawaii style”

DC Kawaii Style @ Google Headquarters

More Big Wins

We recently launched the Kawaii Way Blog and currently running open model calls for our first J-fashion show at Blerdcon.

There’s also DC reporter Cordillia James’ Kawaii report   from Harajuku Fashion Walk #4 + hanami.

These have been big wins in 2019 spring season.

Alongside our success at DC Web Fest this just means our kawaii community is making its way to the hearts of our local area.

The opportunity at DC Web Fest reminded us of the importance of Kawaii empowerment and encouraged our mission to flourish further.

We invite you to get involved with the community (from wherever you are) as we continue into another season, The Kawaii Way!

Congrats DC Kawaii StyleWE Did This!