January 30

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Tribute Nails

What better way to say “X-Japan fangirl” than with this finger bondage nail design?

It’s a good thing voice recognition has been perfected, in case you need to do any keyboarding after installing your new Yoshiki tribute nails. This month, Kera magazine’s how-to pages have moved on from eyelid gluing to instructions for festooning your very own digits in top visual kei style with jewels, glitter and chains.

Gackt, former vocalist of ur-JGoth band Malice Mizer, Final Fantasy VII character and all-around Famous Beautiful Person was the inspiration for these fleur-de-licious confections.

Guitarist hyde of L’Arc-en-Ciel might have a hard time axing around the stage in these beauties, but what they lack in practicality they more than make up for in sheer rococo blingitude.

Read a novel set in Tokyo

In the wake of a deadly earthquake, fans erupt in a frenzy of mourning when it’s discovered that their favorite pop star is among the dead. But when Detective Kenji Nakamura is sent to investigate a death at a local shrine, he finds evidence that suggests the impossible: How could the head priest have been murdered by…read more