Sexy fairy tale heroine swimsuits from Japan will turn the beach into fantasyland this summer

Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, and Alice in Wonderland are ready to hit the sand and surf.

As part of a fashion-conscious society that’s not averse to a splash of playful sexiness, Japanese swimsuit designers draw inspiration from a number of sources, such as Japanese school uniforms (both women’s and men’s), Shinto shrine maidens, and anime characters. But for its latest creations, Japanese fashion label M Kigyo (also known as Emu Project) is taking its cues from Western sources, with a trio of bikinis based on the fairy tales of Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, and Alice in Wonderland.

The Little Red Riding Hood swimsuit bundles a hooded parka, bikini top, skirt, and bikini bottom together in a four-piece set that enables the wearer to mix and match the components for various looks.

▼ There’s also a black version, which we guess would make this Little Black Riding Hood.

Less extensive, but also less expensive, than the 23,950-yen (US$220) Little Red Riding Hood is the two-piece Alice in Wonderland set, for 19,900 yen.

This swimsuit actually provides a lot of coverage, with a blouse-like top connected to a high-wasted skirt-style bottom by a pair of overall straps with frilly shoulder accouterments, which are removable if you’re worried about getting cross-shaped tan lines on your back.

While Alice is usually depicted in storybooks and cartoons wearing blue, the suit is also offered in red and black.

Finally, the three-piece Snow White set is priced at 16,970 yen, getting you a white-colored top with a chest ribbon, removable skirt, and bikini bottom.

▼ Alternate colors this time are all-navy and sky blue.

If you’re finding yourself drawn to components from different sets, most of the bundled items can also be purchased separately, as can M Kigyo’s swimsuit cover overalls.

All items can be ordered here directly from M Kigyo, with delivery scheduled for mid-July, right as Japan comes out of its rainy season and prime beach weather begins.

Source: M Kigyo via IT Media
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Japanese artist cuts insanely detailed Alice in Wonderland-inspired kirie paper art by hand

We’re pretty sure even a machine wouldn’t be able to cut finer lines!

Kirie, the Japanese art of paper cutting, requires only a piece of paper and a sharp blade. If you want to make an impressive piece of work though, you’ll also need a very steady hand, lots of time, and even more patience. Judging from her most recent work, which went viral shortly after being shared on Twitter, kirie artist @shi112 has all the above!

“I’ve focused on cutting the letters for three hours. I’m getting pretty tired of it.”

Over the course of a week, she used a cutting blade to carve out insanely fine lines and very intricate details into a sheet of black origami paper.

“Progress!”

The end result – a mind-blowingly beautiful work of art, featuring a passage from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland surrounded by details that seem too delicate to have been done by hand.

“I made lace-like kirie from a passage of Alice in Wonderland…”

The internet’s reaction was nothing short of awe and amazement:

“Amazing. Now THIS is art.”
“Are…are you sure you’re human?”
“I know I can’t sum it up in one word but for now all I can say is, awesome!”

“I’m blown away by how beautiful and intricate it is.”
“This is so amazing! I want to see the real thing.”

Well, if you will be in Tokyo around the end of July, you have the chance to see it for yourself! @shi112’s kirie will be on display at the Art Imagine Gallery from July 21 to 25 and from the 28 to August 1. Even if you can’t make it to the exhibition, be sure to follow @shi112 on Twitter to see more of her amazing work!

Gallery information
Art Imagine / アートイマジン
Address: Tokyo-to Kunitachi-shi Higashi 1-15-33 Hirose Bld 5F
東京都国立市東1-15-33 広西ビル5F
Open: 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. / Tuesdays 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. (Closed on Wednesdays)
Website

Source and images: Twitter/@shi112

Cosplay at home like a fairytale character with new range of cosy roomwear

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Stay warm while living out the fantasies of Little Red Riding Hood, Alice in Wonderland, Snow White, and the Wicked Witch.

The latest winter warmer trend gaining popularity all over Japan right now is the wearable blanket. We’ve seen comfy-looking varieties in the shape of cute characters, sailor-style school uniforms and even a bright yellow tempura, but now there’s a brand new range from novelty goods manufacturer Village Vanguard that’s set to send us broke, featuring a number of beautiful designs modelled on well-known fairytale characters.

▼ Who knew blankets could look this good?

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There are four designs to choose from in the collection. First up we have a gorgeous, beige-laced red fleecy item modelled on the style of Little Red Riding Hood. With its beautifully decorated attached hood, this is one of the warmest products in the entire range.

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▼ Next up is a wearable blanket that takes its inspiration from the star of Alice in Wonderland.

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The pale-blue one-piece can be worn with or without a soft, frilly pinafore. This outfit is best enjoyed with a cup of warm tea and some sweet snacks, to really make you feel like you’ve gone down the rabbit hole.

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▼ Those who prefer to walk on the dark side of fairytales will fall in love with the jet-black Witch Dress.

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You don’t have to be an evil queen to wear this dark number, though, especially if you wear it with a big red ribbon like the friendly adolescent witch from Studio Ghibli’s Kiki’s Delivery Service.

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▼ The final item in the collection features the iconic costume of Snow White.

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This white-and-navy outfit features a red lace-up section on the front and matching red ribbons around the wrists. Poisonous apple not included.

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Not only are all the items in collection beautifully designed, they’re said to be incredibly warm too. The soft and fleecy blanket-like material covers the arms and legs, while the roomy A-line design means there’s no pressure on the mid-section, allowing it to spread out around the wearer like a self-warming kotatsu heater.

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All the wearable blankets in the fairytale series retail for 9,169 yen (US$79.23) each and are available from Village Vanguard. Delivery within Japan is scheduled for the end of February, but if you can’t wait until then, you might want to take a look at some of their other inspiring roomwear collections.

Source: Net Lab
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