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I Guess They Ran Out of Girl Mannequins

Walking through my local Daiei, I thought there was something a little funny about the display in front of the elementary school book bags. Sure enough, the “girl” in the faux private school uniform definitely got drafted from the boys’ department. Maybe they wanted to ride the cosplay theme set by the anime-style mannequins used in the fashion “uniform” department on the floor below.

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Jonelle Patrick View All

Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!

7 thoughts on “I Guess They Ran Out of Girl Mannequins Leave a comment

  1. I am so enjoying reading your blog – I don’t even remember how I stumbled upon it, but reading about the cultural differences is NUTS! Also, those second mannequins are TERRIFYING.

    • Aren’t they amazingly weird? And don’t you think it’s even stranger that there’s a whole teen fashion line of faux private school uniforms o_O Serious manga fetish goes mainstream. I mean, I saw this at Daiei, which is like finding cosplay wigs at Target.

      And I’m so happy you posted – I went over to your blog and couldn’t stop reading!

  2. I really want to attent Japan’s school and besides that I LOVE their uniform every kind!!! 💚💜

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