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Tamaki Hiroshi has the best hair

26 May


Does anyone have his number? Lol

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girly boys

27 Jan

In Japan, the women loooove the girly boys, and somehow this emasculated male fetish is growing on me. Why do Japanese women prefer non-threatening men in Japan, any ideas/analysis? Matsujun is even advertising mascara now! Pictures all stolen from Crunchyroll.com, which became worthless when it started to collaborate with the Man!

Ikuta Toma:

Oguri Shun:

Of course, Matsujun:

And the best for last…Ikuta Toma and Oguri Shun in women’s clothes–Toma is the nurse with the red arrow. And then…the infamous kissing scene between the two of them. Yup, they made out. Love Tomo in Hana Kimi!

Comme des Garcons

26 Jan

As a fashion novice, I am just starting to notice and delve into interesting, structured pieces, so it took little Tavi, the precocious baby blogger, to get me hooked on this particular piece–a fabulous cardigan by Japanese brand Comme des Garcons. Here is the original:

And here is the pipsqueak version, styled for the pipsqueak fashion commentating child queen herself. So cute! And Tavi does a great job showing the piece from several angles.

That is all.


Pictures courtesy of Tavi’s blog and of Style.com.

Musings on Japan

19 Jan

Ok. So I’ve just moved into a new apartment. And tonight, I saw one of the people I share the building with. There are 8 people altogether living under one apartment block, divided by one thin wall each in between us. I wonder if anyone knows who’s living next to them. It struck me today when I saw that guy walking up those hard wooden steps and entering one of the single units that I call home.  Such a solitary existence.
I think Tokyo is such a lonely city. There are so many people on this little island, yet Tokyo-ites are I think one of the most solitary beings in this world.  They travel to and from work, on the same train probably with the same people and not noticing a single one. Is it just me or does everyone in Tokyo have glass eyes? And by that I mean eyes that reflect away everyone apart from themselves.

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Maybe that’s one of the reasons why people in Tokyo can dress the way they do. It’s a rebellion against the way their own society is structured. A society based upon a retraction into themselves. Maybe that’s the only space they can own.

Shibuya Girls by Jukka Vuokko.

It’s so easy to be anonymous here. I’ve only lived here for 6 months, but I feel like I can be anyone I want to be. I can act and dress like any persona I wish to create that day. Who knows, maybe it’s the fact that I have no past here. No one knows me and it’s just like starting from zero.
But all you have to do is look around you.

Walk around Shibuya and see the girls with the fake hair and faces full of make up.  In any other country, they would be stalked and harassed like nobody’s business. On the streets of Tokyo this sight is so common no one blinks an eye, no one takes a second glance.

Vintage and Used Clothing in Tokyo

12 Jan

The best place for vintage is, hands down, Kinji. Cheapest prices, most selection, well-edited. I also seem to find a ton of cheap Comme des Garcons there, roughly 30 or 40 bucks on average per piece. Kinji is located next to the Gap store at the top of Omote-sando (facing Harajuku), across from the Topshop/La Foret building, down down down the stairs. You can get a crepe at the top of the stairs on your way back up after splurging. ;-D

A second, pricier alternative is Koenji, a street filled with vintage stores in Western Tokyo, kind of near Shinjuku. Some stores are FANTASTIC (I bought a plaid wool poncho, which fulfills my Urban Red Riding Hood fantasies), but everything is 20-60 bucks. Even nasty, old tattered shit. BUT the likelihood of finding an awesome, one-of-a-kind thing, or a real vintage dress, or leather combat boots, is far more likely here. I am going to drop 100 bucks on some vintage equestrian boots next month (if they are still there), bc they were the only shoes in my size, of that quality, and at that price–in Tokyo.

At least at Kinji there are sales, so I bought a slip dress and a sweater there for 10 bucks, which at Koenji would put me back 30 bucks. Keep these things in mind, kids.

Btw, I am looking for three excitable fashion freaks who are located in these regions–a China expert, a Korea expert, and a Taiwan expert–to do posts on the fashion in their respectable countries. Just for fashion-a-holics. I am starting to expand this site…

“Gokusen” MatsuJun Highlights

12 Jan

So, now that I live in Japan and have acclimated reasonably well, I will start to post a bit more on Japan and Japanese pop culture (and how it relates to fashion), because I am a sucker for cheese. Here is a rare “beauty” post on the amazing hairstyle of Arashi star Matsumoto Jun in the drama “Gokusen”. Those are some amazing layers/highlights. Unfortunately, with my wavy hair I can’t really pull off East Asian hairstyles, but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate them on girly lady-boys.

Rootote

11 Sep

Now that’s what I call a shopping bag.