If you’ve been puzzling over why Japan is such a “mask-wearing society,” it’s not because they’re all super-OCD about germs. Here are six excellent Japanese reasons to wear a mask … Continue Reading Six Surprising Reasons Japanese People Wear Masks, Even When There’s No Pandemic
Hello, fellow kimono lovers of all shapes, sizes, colors, & geographic persuasions! Kimono princessing is all about mixing East and West, colors and patterns, styles and eras, and it warmly … Continue Reading Modern Kimonos To Die For: These Designers Are Giving An Old Artform New Edge
Hey, just because we all have to wear masks now doesn’t mean we have to look like grim extras from ER. In Japan, face masks have been a fashion go-to … Continue Reading Kawaii Masks
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Obscure seasonal references to geese and crows? So tenth century! Leaf viewing and strolling beneath the cherry blossoms? Been there, called it a cab. Let’s strap on our princess kimonos and hit the animal cafés instead! … Continue Reading Princess Kimono, Animal Style
Your typical Japanese gyaru might be happy to see kimono-wearing go the way of ballroom dancing and tea ceremony, but a growing number of hip young women are adopting the techniques of alt fashion subcultures to breathe … Continue Reading New Type Kimono: Maximum Princess
In the eternal search for a beauty trend that their mothers dare not copy, young women in Japan are now trying to look…sickly. Yes, it’s gone beyond dyeing their hair gray to using makeup in … Continue Reading Sick Is The New Black
Now that I’ve seen socks with collars, all other socks seem so Casual Friday. • Read a novel set in Tokyo
Looks totally real, doesn’t it? In fact, it’s the artistry of one of the students at the Amazing School JUR’s special effects table at Design Festa! I opted for the … Continue Reading How To Make A Wickedly Scary Gash On Your Arm In Seven Easy Steps!
If this isn’t the best men’s clothing invention I’ve ever seen, I don’t know what is: a business-safe sportcoat that looks like your standard-issue black suit, but is actually made … Continue Reading See-Thru Sportcoat
I’m sorry, but you’ll have to get in line behind meeeee! • Read a novel set in Tokyo
You know how there are whole books filled with people wearing weird outfits on the streets of Tokyo, and you think yeah, sure, they probably shot all those outside some fringe-y fetish … Continue Reading Fashion Statement From Another Dimension
Admit it – don’t you want to try it, just once? Well guess what? Now you can get your Lolita on for around a hundred bucks, with professional hair, makeup, and photos! And … Continue Reading How To Be A Lolita For A Day!
…even the pro wrestler sox seem to be outfitted with a pair of Gravity Is Not Our Friend boobs. Saw these at Don Kihote store in Shibuya. If you’d like to be … Continue Reading I Think They’re Supposed To Be Arms, But…
If I were a samurai in the olden days, these would totally be my sneakers of choice for the cherry blossom viewing marathon. I’d stock up on those shoelaces hanging up above too. … Continue Reading Sneakers Of Yore
If you don’t think it’s quite out there enough to have eyes that make you look like a living doll, say hello to this line of definitely unnatural contacts! How … Continue Reading Scary Eyes Made Easy
What do you think the hockey team from Log College is called? The Fighting Twigs? • Read a novel set in Tokyo
You know you’ve been waiting for it: now there’s a product that claims to give you amazing anime-tastic hair exactly like the characters in DragonballZ. And as long as anime … Continue Reading DragonballZ: The Hair Wax
Suddenly the stores are full of this stuff! Hair chalk isn’t as bright as bleaching the snickers out of your tresses and then dyeing, but it’s perfect for the clubhussy … Continue Reading Hair Chalk
Give granny a heart attack with a Coming-Of-Age kimono that shows as much leg as your old schoolgirl uniform, bares a shoulder and some black-lace-edged cleavage, or cinches everything together … Continue Reading Alt Kimono
You know you want to get your paws on a pair of these! • Read a novel set in Tokyo…
I’ve always wondered, how do ordinary 100% Japanese women get that round-eyed babydoll look? Fortunately, Ageha magazine hired a pro makeup artist to spill all the secrets! Here’s where she … Continue Reading Doll Eyes
No matter how unlucky you were when they were handing out the bodacious ta-tas, in less than five minutes – without any miracle creams, thighmasters-for-the-boobs, or push-up bras – you … Continue Reading Instaboobs
The first time I explored a Japanese department store, I was excited to see that they had an entire department devoted to clothes in my favorite color: black! Then a … Continue Reading All Black, All The Time
After you finally got Kenji to go down on one plastic bendable knee and propose, what could be more perfect than to dress up like Barbie for the wedding? In … Continue Reading The Perfect Barbie Wedding
Want to flaunt a tattoo without giving your mom a heart attack? Airbrush! Want to cover up that fire-breathing festival fool ink you got in a drunken fit … Continue Reading Photoshop Yourself In Real Life
That’s right, these little beauties are SELF-PIERCERS! How many ways can I say OW?! And even though the “birthstone” earring included suggests they are for 13-year-old girls, the store that … Continue Reading Hmm, Today I Think I’ll Do A Little Body Piercing…
You’re joking, right? Aprons? Nope, even the venerable Mitsukoshi department store has an extensive apron department. Aprons with ruffles. Aprons with bows. Little black cocktail aprons. But why? It wasn’t until I … Continue Reading The Hottest New Look In…Aprons?
Just to be contrary, you want to wear a kimono to the shrine on New Year’s Day instead of jeans and a nanopuff jacket, but puh-leeze, not one of those … Continue Reading Make Mine Princess Style
Nothing will provoke lively dinner conversation more than returning to the familial nest for the New Year’s holidays with…red eyes! Or if goat/alien is more your style: yellow! Of course, … Continue Reading I’ve Always Wanted Red Eyes!
It’s Christmas Eve – the most romantic date night of the year – and you just found out that your arch-nemesis from Marketing is planning to wear the same Sexy … Continue Reading Fake Eyelashes Of Epic Proportions
Not saying that these spiked pants aren’t stylin’ cute, but if you sit down in them, do you get an instant acupuncture treatment all over your behinder regions? These are … Continue Reading But…What If You Have To Sit?
The King Of Tattoo ink-o-rama is going on all weekend here in Tokyo, and this year the artists and crowd were even more spectacular than last year’s extravaganza! Nearly all the … Continue Reading King Of Tattoo Returns!
From the good folks at Vice Fairy, summer yukatas for stylin’ dudes! If old-fashioned cotton yukatas printed in manly designs dating from great-great-grandpa’s day just don’t say, “romantic fireworks date” … Continue Reading Vice Fairy Does It Again
Hmm, not sure I’m really dying to wear a product that promises to make make me look like I have sculpted leg fur, nevermind that mentioning these puppies by name … Continue Reading Poodleg
Those cute little skirts on the handlebars of this lady’s bike aren’t the equivalent of doilies on armchairs – they’re to keep the sun off the rider’s hands while she … Continue Reading The Battle Against Unsightly Tans