We have to give props to Japanese dudes for their willingness to explore fashion options. True, the country’s guido-inspired OraOra look didn’t quite capture us, but there’s something to be said for pushing extremes. The latest trend on the streets of Tokyo is one that’s made a brief comic appearance in the U.S.—skirts for men. And they are seriously going for it. Keep reading »
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- Meet Eri Yoshida, the “Knuckle Princess,” an 18-year-old from Japan. She has accepted an offer to pitch for the Chico Outlaws baseball team in Chico, California, which is a men’s league. Last year Yoshida became the first woman in Japan to play professional baseball with men; she will be the the first to pitch for a U.S. men’s league since the retirement of player Ila Borders in 2000. The Outlaws will provide Yoshida with separate locker room facilities and her own hotel room while traveling. [AFP]
- Transgender and transgender folks camped outside Tribeca Cinemas in New York City on Tuesday to protest the film “Ticked-Off Trannies With Knives,” which they said is transphobic and promote violence against trans people. Filmmaker Israel Luna said the flick, which is based on ’70s exploitation films, was intended to raise awareness about violence against the trans community. [New York Times]
I’m one of the lucky few who doesn’t have to deal with the hassle of a morning commute, and let me tell you, it’s amazing. But for those individuals who have to hop in a car or on the subway to make it to work in the morning, any spare time is a necessity. Suddenly small tasks like breakfast, phone calls, and makeup application turn into on-the-go procedures. I’ve seen it all — women using eye lash curlers while driving, mascara application through bumpy subway rides, and people chowing down on cereal bars or full meals underground. Well, Japan says no more! With a cute illustration, the country made it clear to subway riders than any makeup application is just not acceptable while in public. Keep the beauty routine in the bathroom, please. What do you think? Do you apply makeup in public or does it gross you out?
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Each spring, Kawasaki, Japan, puts on an annual fertility/penis festival, and a Japanese restaurant in New York City is carrying on the tradition. Matsuri will host its own Kanamara Matsuri, or Festival of the Steel Phallus, on Thursday, complete with edible sweetmeat resembling male members. The special menu includes a Big Sausage, a Get It Up Hot Pot, and for dessert, a Hard Banana Cream Pie. If you were hoping for an appropriate time to suggestively eat phallic-shaped food, here’s your chance. [Refinery29] Keep reading »
Lately, all it takes is a chubster in a Gap onesie for my ovaries to throb. But the good citizens of Japan are apparently less inclined to make babies — so the University of Tsukauba built them Yotara, a robot baby, to encourage the birth rate. Yotara giggles, sneezes, sleeps and “wakes up” when a rattle is jiggled. (Watch a creepy video about all this here.) A heated water pump system gives Yotara a runny nose and touch sensors in his skin control his facial expressions. “We’d like people to experience the innocent, joyful expressions typical of small babies,” said Hioki Kunimura, the leader of the Yotara project.
According to The Senken, “The most widely read fashion daily in Japan” (I’d never heard of it either until I was handed a copy at Paris Fashion Week), the latest men’s fashion craze is a style called “OraOra,” which “comes from a sound Japanese people make when threatening someone.” As such, the general theme is a “bad boy” look, characterized by baggy black sweatsuits, gangsta body language, guido-like graphic embellishments, and sunglasses. Explains The Senken, “It is a tough guy’s look that says ‘don’t mess with me’ in head to toe black. The key words for this look are outlaw and tough guy.”
We’d normally just sigh and shake our heads in heavy disappointment at the continual lack of male fashion sense, but things get weird when we find out the supposed “reasons” this trend is taking off … Keep reading »
This Japanese commercial is either an anti-drug PSA showing you how terrifying and creepy you sound when you’re high, or it’s a promotion for a men’s hair dye. Chances are with the latter, but that doesn’t make it any less bizarre. Ready yourself for some clapping mohawks and a weird, drugged-out rendition of “If You’re Happy And You Know It Clap Your Hands” … in Japanese. At least, we think? [YouTube via Gawker TV]
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Dang, athletes in Japan have some serious dress code rules to contend with in order to participate in their sport. First, we told you about snowboarder Kazuhiro Kokubo, who was banned from the Olympic opening ceremony by the Japanese Ski Association because he was sporting a “hip-hop” twist on the national uniform. Now, we’ve learned that synchronized swimmers could face lifetime bans for expressing their sense of style. Japanese officials have implemented a policy, which goes into effect April 1, that will ban a swimmer if she/he goes to competition with elaborately painted or designed nails, dyed hair, or pierced ears. These rules are supposed to prevent the athletes from looking like rock stars, but they seem a little harsh to me. I mean, aren’t most people paying attention to their swimming or diving skills, instead of their fashion sense? [Reuters] Keep reading »
Run, run for your lives! Cologne-doused, shirtless Abercrombie & Fitch models are coming after the people of Japan! While this may sound like the plot of a bad spoof movie, it’s not too far off from the truth. (OK, well, not quite.) Apparently, the retailer has set up its first outpost in Japan, and the culture clash has been unexpectedly–and hilariously–problematic. Keep reading »
Shiseido sells a line of shampoo and body washes in Japan that touts “mother’s milk” as a component. Ew! Do these Shiseido products really have breast milk in them? Turns out they don’t (phew), but rather, the beauty company is trying to sell “the concept of mother’s milk,” which apparently means pulling nutrients from other sources that also happen to be found in breast milk.
So, uh, isn’t that still kind of strange? The idea of getting the benefit of mother’s milk (even if it isn’t the real thing)? Let’s hope this isn’t the beginning of an uncomfortable trend—breast milk for beauty products. [Inventor Spot] Keep reading »