A New Journey
Welcome back to everyone after this rather long break!
I have been up to a lot lately, and this is the first look into some new content I can give.
As you might have already seen on my main channel lately, I have been getting back into vlogging this fall and decided to take my camera with me to a place I haven't visited in four years: London!
After I got scouted by a Japanese agency back in 2014 I left the UK, where I was living at that time, to pursue my dreams in Tokyo. The rest of the story you probably already know, since you found my website which I started shortly after.
If you don't know what I'm talking about you might want to check out my older posts (listed on the right side) or my Vlog Channel, where I took my camera along to my jobs as a model, idol and cosplayer in Japan as well as some private trips.
HeaLth Struggles & LIFE
As I mentioned briefly I have been under the knife after filming my trip to London and have not had the time to film anything since then. After coming back from Japan (I should really make a video about this at some point) I decided it would be best for me to go to university, as I was originally planning on doing before getting scouted.
I know to many of you following me this might seem rather uninteresting, but I am really starting to enjoy a regular "boring" life for now.
Even though it does hinder me time-wise in producing content I was always worried that I might not have enough time to learn the things I want to learn and work on a long-term plan.
I will definitely talk about my plans for the future at some point, but I am really happy that I have somewhat restored my privacy again after several years of having every corner of my life laid out to the public. I could have gone without it, hidden my identity completely and used a different artist name all along, however I chose to not live in constant fear of having scandals and shocking reveals and just made everything public myself. The plan behind this was to just not give anyone future (monetary) power over me and my career should things blow up one day.
Obviously they didn't, but it was a security I liked to have.
For the moment however I do enjoy being someone completely else, and even though my close friends know about my past endeavours in the entertainment industry, I keep most of it to myself.
Since last summer I have been up to a lot, including plans for a new record and a new line of handmade wearable merchandise. If you are not following my Patreon page, you might want to check it out to preorder colours and sizes.
I have also been working on skills I had a brief introduction to while living in Japan, but that have become less important in my life now. Even though I don't get to exercise these as much anymore I felt like it was important to not give up and let everything I had learned over the past years rot away.
I will definitely show you what I mean by that in the near future.
Premieres & Streams
As you might have seen on my YouTube channel I have lately been using the new premiere feature for vlog releases and want to keep that up during longer videos. I will still upload them early for Patrons, but this way I get to share this first watch with everyone following and have a time frame to chat to everyone watching live. If you want to talk to me in real time, these premieres are a great chance to do so!
I have also been streaming somewhat frequently on Twitch this year, mostly playing video games and talking about life in general while sharing what I cooked that day in a Mukbang. I never thought I really belonged into that corner of the internet, especially since I am really not great at fast-paced video games, but the social aspect of spending time with new people made it really enjoyable for me!
I generally stream Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, though I occasionally got time on the weekend!
I take donations via Tip Jar, Ko-Fi & Patreon for now, which really helps support the merchandise project and funding my new record. I was saving up quite a bit for it, but I had complications during my recent surgery and had to get stitched back up on my couch by paramedics, fund my own medication etc. which has left a hole in my funds.
I want to take this chance to thank everyone who is subscribed to my Patreon and donated to me via Ko-Fi & Tip Jar, I really wouldn't be able to spend time being Himezawa if it wasn't for you guys! Thank You!
I have been able to make new Patreon photosets every other month and after I am fully healed I will be doing one a month again, featuring a new cosplay. I did get to organize myself a photographer for HD sets as well, so I don't have to rely on the usual self-timer ones I took the past months. I will also be upgrading some of the rewards on my Patreon page starting January, that include regular T-Shirts & Poster prints, special designs by guest artists and the long awaited Fate Cosplay Photobook by February! The new photobook will be twice as thick as the past ones, so if you are up for that, now is your chance to sign up and support them being printed!
Depending on how many donations I will get, I'll be able to distribute them down to any tier on my page, so your support really helps everyone on the subscription list!
Until next time!
It's Phat Time to get started!
Today I wanted to share another recipe that is just the epiphany of lazy student recipes for when you can't afford to go to the Thai Place to buy take out!
This recipe is 100% vegan, you can add meat (or sea food) if you like!
Plain rice (100g)
2 Bellpeppers (diced)
1 Zucchini (half slices)
Tine piece of Ginger (optional)
Spices: Chili powder, salt, pepper, garlic powder
Start cooking your rice if you own a rice cooker this will be the easiest part.
Boil cauliflower and broccoli pieces in another pot for about 10 minutes, drain them from the water.
Put oil in a fry/pan hybrid (or a regular fry pan that has a lid) and add all vegetable slices and dices.
Fry them for a good 10-15 minutes on low heat while preparing the sauce.
The sauce consists of 1 tablespoon of soy sauce, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, lemon juice, chili powder, salt, pepper, garlic powder & ground up ginger. Mix together and add to the vegetables, then add about 200 ml of water, stir and put the lid on the pan.
Let the vegetables soak up the sauce and stir a few times until most of the sauce has been absorbed, if needed add a little more oil to the mix and stir fry on low heat.
You can spice the finished vegetables with anything included in the sauce, if you want.
If you bought a whole cauliflower & broccoli, cut them apart and freeze them (don't boil them) for later use.
And that's it!
I hope you enjoyed this little recipe. I want to share more of my favourites in the future, so if you decide to cook any of them, let me know on Twitter @himezawa!
Today I wanted to share a recipe for one of my favourite foods, a mexican style sweet and spicy bean soup. Doesn't sound that exciting? - Well, keep on reading!
This recipe can be easily adjusted for vegetarian and vegan foodies!
I put alternative ingredients in brackets, so it's easier to filter out what doesn't fit your diet.
1 small onion, diced
2 potatos, diced
400g pork, diced (400g pressed tofu, diced)
300ml chili sauce
1 bellpepper, diced
500g green beans
250ml cream (200ml coconut milk)
Salt, pepper, paprika, chili powder, soup cube
Fry onion dices with oil in a pot until they become clear, then add pork dices (or tofu dices) and cook them fully. Turn off the plate and add water, soup powder/cube, vegetables and chili sauce. Boil for a few seconds and then let it cook with the lid on for half an hour.
Finally, add the cream (or coconut milk) and spices, stir and let it boil for a minute again.
If you want to freeze a portion of it for later, do so before adding the cream!
Spices go in last.
You can add some parsley and enjoy it with bread or a baguette, alternatively it makes a great burrito side dish!
If you enjoyed this recipe, you can tweet me your creations on Twitter @himezawa and I will check them out!
I decided to share more of my life on my blog recently, and one of those is being cheap and alter clothes I own or thrift.
A colour I absolutely loved the past months was mustard yellow. I blind-bought a dress at Forever21 and couldn't get yself to wear it, because it was just too tight and left me looking like a mustard-covered sausage.
I decided to cut it apart and turn it into a crop top and pencil skirt for summer, which - let's be honest - was the only way to give this dress at least a short lifespan. Sausage dress was not going to be donated to a thrift store and turn another person into a pressed piece of meat!
The finished piece!
There was no need to add an elastic to the skirt since it was tight enough around the waist anyway.
Even after summer I can imagine wearing the skirt with an oversized black sweater and tights.
That's all for the dress alteration, I will try and share more of my (more complicated and post-worthy) sewing adventures, so stay tuned!
Products & More
Today I got a new cosplay make up tutorial for you, this time it's for Futaba Anzu from The Idolmaster - Cinderella Girls. It's a very simple look that can easily be modified for characters with similiar looks & features some of my favourites: Soft pastel eyeshadow, Candy Magic circle lenses & natural lashes.
Fit Me Foundation (Maybelline) 110
Conceal & Brighten (Rival De Loom) Nude
Camouflage Cream (RL De Young) Nude
Colorstay Powder (Revlon)
Extreme Last Liner (Manhattan)
Stay On Balm Rouge Lip Balm (Canmake)
3 Steps Palette (RL De Young)
Colossal Big Shot Mascara (Maybelline) Black
Color Eyebrow (Heavy Rotation) Color 2
Dip Eyeliner (Manhattan) Black
Lash Serum EX (Avance)
Drawing Eyebrow (Etude House) Light Brown
Eyebrow Pencil (Rival De Loom) No. 1
The lenses I used are Candy Magic 14.5mm circle lenses, compared to deep colour contacts that I often use for cosplay these ones are thinner, smaller and therefor easier to wear for a longer amount of time.
They made my eyes quite big, so I didn't want to add on false lashes. Normally I like the look of that, but for a younger looking character like Anzu it's better to keep the eye make-up to a minimum.
I recently put heads together with my label Grow Seeds to work on a new record. There is no due date yet, how fast it'll be progressing depends on you guys & the support coming for my last album "Spades & Stars".
You can directly support the project via my patreon page or listen to my last record on Spotify or buy it via iTunes.
Thank you all so much for making the last one come to life, I am glad I can continue to make music with & for you all!
Hello and welcome back, to those of you who are led here for the very first time, I'd like to introduce myself: My name is Sabrina. I am 23 years old. And I'm everything people see in me, and nothing else than the surface of a 'perfect' life on your computer screen.
Whether it's on YouTube, where I share snippets of my life in video form, or on Instagram, where you can stare into the void of several versions of my face, my body, costumes, wigs and make up, I am whatever you chose to perceive.
And that has been a trap to me I cornered myself into little by little.
Becoming who people saw in me, constantly trying to outrun trends and an avatar I could not shake.
Now get yourself a snack, a nice cold drink this summer day, and settle in for a ride.
Because I have found something in the mirror-image of my social media profiles, that you will hope to know about before you even get started on yours.
Put down your guard, this is not a thriller, though it could be, depending on who you ask.
The Dark Corners
Some comments are harsh, and some are constructive criticism... Often covered in harsh language. Don't get me wrong, I love seeing ways to 'improve myself' out there, but I want to reach out and say that there are ways to give criticism privately. Direct messaging. Comments. Not public outbursts on how much someone is bothered by your hairline or dark circles.
And I was obsessed with the latter one.
I was so focused on trying to find the concrit in insults, trying to cater to people I saw as "the ones I didn't draw in yet". Well, the harsh truth about this is that some opinions can't be changed that easily.
And people love blowing things out of proportion.
Remember that one person you upset? That one break-up that was messy? Or that one time you said something dumb in front of someone? No? Don't worry, as long as you are out there trying, there will be someone reaching into the furthest corners of the feed of your life and pulling out something that you already forgot about, butter it up with some shiny polish, covering it in whatever they want your internet self to be hated for and present it to the world.
You don't want that to be there? This might give new people you meet a bad idea about you? You want it gone? Well, good luck trying, because once it's uploaded it's here to stay.
The Life Of Your Avatar
One doesn't have to look far on the internet to see the picture-perfect lives, bodies and faces of people, to read how happy and fulfilled they are and wish, no, want, what they have.
With jealousy we scroll through feeds, we see numbers, smiles, money. And we know, deep inside, that most of it is fake.
We look at peoples ideal versions, at photoshop creations and thoroughly saturated images of food. We don't see the fights that went down, we don't want to see peoples struggles, we don't want to see them unfiltered. We care about their characters and the characters they play only. After all, who wants to be reminded of the world we live in when we can indulge in a fantasy of that being us?
Well, we can. And we do.
Or are you, just as I caught myself, pretending to be who you are portraying to be?
Don't get me wrong. It's good to distract yourself sometimes, it's okay to pretend to be perfect at times, it can earn you a living, fame, success, your dreams coming true with the help of numbers and marketing.
Because after all we live in a world where aging, imperfections and giving someone the finger publicly are shunned.
Would we stand up against anything but our own spoon-fed paradoxa of asking people to be perfect, but shaming them for trying to cater to this illusion? When we tell people not to censor their words, yet speaking up about our problems and suffering are signs of grasping for attention?
Our real enemy isn't the internet, anonymity or lack thereof, when we expose our faces and lives to the world wide web. It's not media, gossip magazines, blogs and sites, that made it their business to profit of ruining reputations, no, it's the paradox idea of having to be loved by everybody.
Because most of the time, you can't please anybody.
Am I Real?
A few weeks ago I joined a new platform. I already have an alias, that is legally bound to my name, that I use and that some might even know me for. The name I release songs with, the name people @ me on twitter with.
Yet, when i showed up late to this party I wasn't invited to I raised a few suspicious eyebrows.
And soon I was messaged, called impostor and asked to send pictures to verify it was really me.
It made me wonder. Out of all the fake profiles I had encountered in my life - some of which were created when I was still a mere high schooler and had no name or reputation to ruin - why was it now that people actually cared?
I had just come home after plastic surgery, cast off, swollen and fresh, when I was asked, for the first time in my short life: "Are you real?"
And it made me question, how if I had never shown my real face - or in that case my new face, right after surgery, that I hadn't even shared on social media yet - would people know it was really me?
Fact is, no one could ever be sure. I could find a double, I could find a new manager who would once again curate and tag my posts for me, and nobody would notice the difference. If I had never really been here, if I was a model, cast and posed to be this person for money, taking the blame and a name for a person that never really existed, living in a manufactured story that was weft deep into the corners of the internet, with the anonymous commenters being manufactured by a company just as I was...
Just who could even prove it?
The truth is you can't.
And you won't.
No one could stop a company with enough funds and resources out there, creating a viral hit, buying a model in via Adsense, connections, recommendations and making them what some of us wish we were.
Mirroring what we are posting, but shooting straight to the top.
When there would be hate, there would be fake profiles of companies taking over, defesive.
When there would be too much positivity online and it began to seem ingenuine, they could manufacture insults tailored to what some of us experience.
Copypasting the best possible versions of ourselved to social media, it's hard to not believe in a conspiracy of a cross-media lonelygirl of 2018.
We measure ourselves by the big numbers, but are they ever really achievable without conspiring against ourselves?
Everyone Is A Critic
We live in a world of anonymity, a place where you can give a restaurant a 1 Star rating for not giving you free water the moment you sit down. You have the chance to ruin lives or making someone feel better right under your fingertips. And most people don't use that power. But the few who want to definitely can, and definitely will.
But don't worry. If you ever lose your job or have someone step on your feet, you can pay them back. Bake up a fresh scandal, a blog, a fake person, blame it on them. Tell the world about your misery and they'll surely be there to pat you on the back and if they don't, hey, it doesn't take much to create a few more profiles, create believers and cause a chain reaction.
Nobody will question why you did this or that if you have a few masked versions of yourself out there, clearing your name for you.
There is much to be won with the world beneath your screen having the attention-span of a few seconds and never asking questions. Whip up a few lines and watch it spin. And you never have to say sorry.
Someone Will Buy It
None of us will ever be what others expect us to portray.
It's the ultimate cross we have to bear, looking at our online-selves.
That we will not be the way we want to come across, because the prejudice of some will the the breeding-ground for bacteria that will grow and infect whatever clear and sterile image you were trying to portray.
But it's not all hopeless.
There is a thin line between being loved and being hated, but no mater how many times you will cross it in the life of your social media profile, you will soon realize that both sides have extreme feelings about you, what you create and who you are - in their eyes.
That the good deed you did makes you a saint, but it will also make you have an ulterior motive.
That your illness is terrifying and that you are brave to speak up, but you are also only talking about it to get attention.
That you following your dreams is inspiring to others, but also makes those who failed before you pull your name through dirt for the rest of their life, just so they can feel better.
You can always try and see the positive in things, you can always try and focus on becoming better, prettier, more likeable, fit in. But however bright your light may shine, what's in the shadows will always linger.
And it doesn't matter if it's true or not, if it has evidence or not, someone will definitely buy it.
The Right Way To Go
I wanted to end this post on a positive note. I'm in a negative mood today, and I don't think I have to explain why. I could have spent the entire day writing out which rumor about me is wrong, and which one is half-true, who wrote which information I set them up with. Whether I was a 2018 lonelygirl or not. But it doesn't really matter. Nobody will care enough about my opinion on myself, and the only thing that will be appreciated is bending the truth to fuel more. More of whatever limbo it is that we are stuck in.
If I had to be honest about this, I wouldn't change a thing. The mistakes I make that give people material to pull my name through the dirt gives me traffic. The more I put out there about myself, the more people get offended by it, the more people get upset about my mere presence on the internet is feeding me revenue. Which in the end is - quite literally - feeding me.
Social media will never let you feel whole, it will not solve your problems and it might make you very, very unhappy.
But you can either writhe in the sadness, frustration and vengeful spite, or you can pull yourself back up, put on a smile and a gracious middle finger and move the hell on. You will always be casting shadows.
As long as people are talking you are not dead yet.
姫沢 • ヒメザワ