Opportunities for creative work in Japan featured in first brown bag lunch series

The UH Maui College International office announces the kick-off of iCAN (International Career and Networking) Brown Bag lunch series featuring motivational speakers with roots in Hawai’i.

Join us on Monday, Sept. 11 from 11 a.m. to 12 noon at the UH Maui College Wong Conference Room in the Ho’okipa Building.

Junko Wong

Featured Speaker: Junko Wong, owner of Junie Moon retail boutique that features Blythe dolls, outfits, accessories and all-things-kawaii.

The meeting features part-time Maui resident Junko Wong, owner of Junie Moon retail boutique in Japan, which features Blythe dolls – cute fashion dolls with large eyes, popular among enthusiasts and collectors. Wong was credited with reviving the 70’s Blythe dolls manufactured by Kenner in 1972, after literally disappearing from toy shelves for decades, Blythe is not only a doll but also a beloved icon that inspires fashion designers, artists and creative innovators.

Junie Moon can be found in Daikanyama and Shinjuku in Tokyo and in Horie in Osaka.  Wong’s international online shop also features accessories like bags, paper goods, mugs and apparel.

Wong earned her BFA in 1980 from UH Manoa and lives in Tokyo with her family. She also founded a successful creative agency called Cross World Connections in 1991, which puts International artists to work with businesses on advertising, exhibitions, and other corporate media. Her target territory is Japan but also includes all of the Asia Pacific areas.

Wong is also a busy kumu hula of the Japan Hālau Nāpualikolokelani with a studio in Tokyo.

Blythe dolls and Junko Wong

Anyone interested in the kawaii world of Blythe or other opportunities for illustrators or creative work in Japan is invited to this free event. Attendees may bring your lunch. This event is open to the public with R.S.V.P. required to sohigash@hawaii.edu.

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