Mr. Sato goes fishing for compliments with the new Harajuku fashion: A fishing vest?!?

Mr. Sato always thought he was out of fashion. Turned out he was just way ahead of it.

For many people fashion is a mystery, an ever-changing entity that doesn’t seem to follow any rule of logic. The center of this enigmatic art is often said to be the Harajuku district of Tokyo where the latest of latest trends are out on display by shop and shopper alike.

Particularly for a man of science like Mr. Sato, the laws and patterns of a “cool style” are usually as confounding as how magnets work. But one day a ray of light shone on his dark, fashionless life. He heard from of a new trend that was right up his alley.

“Fishing vests trendy in Harajuku”

Born and raised in the rural prefecture of Shimane, Mr. Sato knew his way around a tackle box and could pick out a quality fishing vest as keenly as a Harajuku girl selecting shades of lipstick. Fashion had finally come knocking on his door, and he intended to answer it.

He quickly searched for the nearest fishing supply store, which bizarrely was right in the middle of downtown Tokyo.

There he scanned the fishing vests on display, most around 3,000 to 4,000 yen (US$26 – $35). It was a vibrant rainbow of olive, khaki, grey and beige, but Mr. Sato wisely knew not to be swayed by all the flashy colors.

No sir, when choosing the right fishing vest, it was all about the pocket-price ratio. Mr. Sato hit paydirt with this doozy of a vest by Gett, sporting ten pockets on the front and one huge pocket taking up the entire backside. All this only set him back 2,480 yen ($22) to boot.

Of course the really fun part was in the accessorizing, and luckily Mr. Sato was right in his element here as well. No fishing vest would be complete without a pair of sassy mirrored aviator sunglasses, such as these for 3,980 yen ($35).

And to show that he really knew his fishing gear, Mr. Sato picked up baseball cap with the name of Japan’s leading tackle maker, Shimano. At 1,760 yen ($16), it was considerably more expensive than other caps, but Mr. Sato knew he would get eaten alive in the mean streets of Harajuku if he wasn’t rocking name brands.

It didn’t take long before his trendy ensemble was complete. Not only did he feel hip and in touch with today’s youth, Mr. Sato also felt considerably less embarrassed to say things like “set sail” and “tight lines, friend.”

So he proudly announced to his coworkers that he was setting sail to the trendy Harajuku district to rub elbows with his fellow anglers. He actually wanted to take a boat there, but considering Tokyo is a heavily developed urban area, that would be rather inconvenient.

Instead, he sailed the Tokyo Metro, letting the gentle current of the Fukutoshin Line carry him to his destination.

After docking, Mr. Sato went above board and took a drag from tobacco heater. “Pffft, feels like a nor’easter comin’ in,” grumbled Mr. Sato, “Good weather to catch a haul of looks in.”

Mr. Sato stood at the archway leading into Takeshita Street, the main artery of trendy fashion in Tokyo and all of Japan. Others who were wearing regular human clothes like T-shirts and sneakers were intimidated by all the fashion going on within, and would only dare to look in from through the gate.

But not Mr. Sato.

Today he was one of the pretty girls.

Walking along the street among all the nicely pressed shirts and immaculately clean shoes, Mr. Sato felt strange. No one was looking at him!

In a way that was a good thing. The worst case scenario would have been everyone giving him stink-eyes and whispering to their friends, “What’s he doing here?”

However, no one was scoping out his crazy fresh styles either. No one was biting.

Mr. Sato began to think he must have made a miscalculation somewhere. Maybe the dad sneakers were a misstep? Or perhaps it was the murky irony of the Taco Bell T-shirt? Either way, he at least seemed to have found a certain balance that allowed him to walk among the fashion elite without their scorn.

Suddenly, Mr. Sato realized that he had nothing to do there. With his outfit all set, he didn’t need to buy any other fashion goods, so he headed to a crepe vendor. While ordering a Strawberry Banana Choco-Special the lady at the counter gave him a warm smile. Was she acknowledging Mr. Sato’s cutting edge fashion?

He tried to reel her into giving him an explicit compliment, but at the last minute she struggled free and swam away to the kitchen. “Almost!” thought Mr. Sato lamenting the one that got away. It felt like it was going to be a really big compliment too, but that was okay.

Sure, he didn’t end up being the belle of the ball. But Mr. Sato has been to Harajuku many times – usually for the food – but always felt like an alien from another planet. Today, however, and for the first time in his life, Mr. Sato finally felt like he belonged in Harajuku, and it was an amazing feeling.

He was finally one of the cool girls.

After sailing back down Takeshita Street, Mr. Sato stood on the stern of the Tokyo Metro and looked back at the sun setting over Harajuku.

Henry David Thoreau once said, “Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing it is not the fish they are after.” Mr. Sato, now understood what that meant. He didn’t catch a single glance, and come to think of it, he only saw one other person actually wearing a so-called “fashionable” fishing vest the entire time in Harajuku.

Nevertheless, it had always been the journey into the chaotic wilderness of fashion, the fresh crepe-scented air, and getting in touch with his inner teenage girl that made this yet another of our totally worthwhile experiment in style.

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Let’s find the Japanese full-face visor best suited for your grandmother or handmaiden

No mature woman’s ensemble would be complete without their own Imperial Guard mask.

Those who come to Japan for the first time might be startled by the many Oba-chan Street Judges. These visored vanguards patrol the streets pedaling their rusty chariots and staring into the very souls of those they encounter.

If you are found to be pure of heart, they will likely offer you a hard candy and invite you to dinner. On the other hand, if they find your spirit to be corrupt, they will still give you candy but forego the invitation. The following is a video demonstration.

An essential part of the Obachan Street Judge uniform is their full face visor which serves the dual purpose of protecting them from harmful UV rays and intimidating those who dare get in their way of a bargain.

**DISCLAIMER: The existence of Obachan Street Judges is a joke, lest anyone think old ladies in Japan are really assuming the roles of characters from the Judge Dredd comic book series, and add it to the Japanese Culture section of Wikipedia. We don’t want to get into that kind of trouble again.**

But what makes a good face visor? To find out, we sent our most old-lady-like reporter, Go Hattori, to sample a range and find the best Bobba-Fett-looking bang for the buck.

Normally, these face masks are only worn by older ladies. Sometimes younger women keen on protecting their skin will don them as well. However, men are never seen with them probably because they don’t care as much about their complexion and would probably be questioned by police on every block while wearing one.

So, Go took three samples, ranging from a 100-yen-shop offering to a more luxurious mask valued at over 1000 yen, and tried them on at home, free of people thinking he was a threat to society.

First up was the Shikkari UV Cut Sun Visor (seen on the left in the photo directly above) that Go had bought on Amazon two years ago when it was selling for 1,377 yen (US$12). Although he has no recollection of what compelled him to buy this, he’s glad he could finally put it to use.

The size was great for his large head and the wide visor offered full coverage. It also could be worn in two modes “Margaret Atwood Dystopian Handmaid” or “Full Cobra Commander.” Go said the visor moved into each position smoothly, with a soothing “kakokakokako” rumbling sound.

A nice added feature is the chin strap to keep the visor stable for those high-speed bike rides, delivering packages for the Mayday Resistance.

All in all, it was pretty sweet and Go definitely got a warlord vibe from wearing it. However, there were still two more to try out.

Next was a 100 yen ($0.90) mask bought from a branch of discount chain Can Do. It was immediately clear that the savings came at the expense of material, because Go simply could not cover his entire face with this.

In his first attempt his forehead was sticking out.

Then after adjusting his chin stuck out.

The exposed forehead was especially bad as it highlighted Go’s extremely high hairline which he assures us isn’t male pattern baldness and swears had always been like that since he was a kid.

“Eh?! Wow! Huge!”

This left Go with having to make the choice between sacrificing either his giant forehead or jaw to the harmful effects of the sun. In the end, he went with his forehead, because he sort of resented it and wanted to punish it.

Finally, there was the Mirror Type Sun Visor from Daiso. Although Daiso is normally known as a 100-yen shop, some items are priced higher, such as this which goes for 200 yen ($1.78). The advantage this visor had over the others was easy to see…or not see.

“Eh?! You can’t see me!”

In addition to being the largest visor of the group, it was completely mirrored.

This had the effect of cutting UV rays by 98%, but Go didn’t care about that. The reflective cover only heightened the sci-fi trooper aesthetic.

▼ “Prepare to have your neck barcode scanned…bleep bloop.”

The mask’s greatest asset was also its biggest weakness, though. The visually impenetrable front also hindered visibility from behind, making everything look like a J.J. Abrams movie.

▼ Left: Without visor, Right: With visor

But that wasn’t an issue for Go, who was already busy using the mask to reveal his celebrity impressions, like comedian-singer Eiko Kano.

We wanted to ask him his final thoughts, but Go was quickly losing his grip on reality and only said, “Surprise, it’s-a-me, baseball great Hideki Matsui! Actually, in trying to look like Matsui I think I somehow ended up looking more like Ichiro. HAhAhahA!”

Leaving his apartment as fast as possible, we assumed he liked the 200-yen Daiso mask the best, and in the process also learned why men don’t and probably shouldn’t use these things.

However, considering the visibility issues, if you are planning to get one for an elderly friend or relative, it may be best to splurge on the more expensive model, or maybe even try a fashionable  bandit mask instead. After all you can’t put a price on safety while startling people in public. Isn’t that right Mr. Matsui?

Yes, of course that’s right.

Related: Shikkari UV Cut Sun Visor on Amazon Japan
Photos ©SoraNews24

Japan now has a line of eyeglasses and sunglasses specifically designed for plus-sized women

Tokyo-based company creates glasses that aim to be flatteringly fashionable and comfortable for full-figured wearers.

In recent years, there’s been an uptick in plus-sized fashion in Japan. The country now has a monthly magazine dedicated to apparel for larger women, called La Farfa, and we’ve even see lingerie makers seeking to satisfy the traditionally underserved demographic.

With eyewear also being an important part of one’s fashion ensemble, Tokyo-based eyeglass company Jins is now contributing to the trend too. As part of a partnership with La Farfa, Jins has recently released a line of four eyeglass designs, which it collectively calls “Big Shape,” specifically created for plus-sized women.

The glasses were developed using extensive feedback from La Farfa’s fashion models, who also appear in their official ads. According to Jins, while plus-sized clothing and accessory options have been increasing in Japan, the same couldn’t be said for glasses. Common complaints were that existing eyeglasses were either uncomfortably tight, pressing against the wearer’s cheeks, or, if simply purchased in larger sizes, too loose to stay in place.

In response, the new line’s frame and nose pads are angled to keep the lenses where they should be without feeling tight or constricting. Jins also selected materials with a lustrous effect to catch and reflect light, giving the glasses an airy, non-clunky feel.

The initial lineup consists of two different non-sunglass frames, one designated “cool” and the other “girly.”

▼ Cool, available in pink, navy, light demi, and brown demi

▼ Girlish, available in bordeaux, brown demi, black, and antique gold

There are also cool and girly sunglass frames, that can be fitted with prescription lenses.

▼ Girly sunglasses…

▼ …offered in pink, dark brown, brown, and gold.

▼ Cool sunglasses…

▼ …offered in pink, light brown, brown demi, and black.

The standard eyeglasses are priced at 8,000 yen (US$71), while the sunglasses are 5,000 yen (Japanese eyeglass prices typically include the cost of prescription lenses, though additional fees may apply for polarization, lightweight lenses, or other options). All four models went on sale July 12, and are available at Jins retail locations or here through the brand’s online shop.

Source: @Press
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Wearing a skirt on a bus in Japan? You might want to avoid this seat

Japanese driver has a warning/request for women wearing skirts in his vehicle.

Japan’s trains are famous for being crowded at rush hour, but at least the carriages themselves are reasonably sized. On the other hand, Japanese buses can be startlingly cramped on the inside, with even Japanese people of average height finding their knees pressed against the seat back directly in front of them.

Because of this, many would say the most comfortable seat on the bus is in the center of the bench seat at the very back row, since having the walkway right in front of you gives you extra legroom. However, bus driver and Twitter user @su_ca_ra_can says that you might want to reconsider sitting there, or at least be careful of how you sit there, if you’re wearing a skirt.

@su_ca_ra_can’s tweet shows a photo of the bus driver’s perspective when he’s looking into the rear-view mirror, and since the back row of seats is often built on top of the bus’s rear axle, its seats are higher than the others. Because of that, if a woman wearing a skirt is sitting in the middle seat, she might end up giving the driver a view of her panties.

The text of @su_ca_ra_can’s tweet translates as:

“To passengers wearing skirts,

Please, sit with your knees together. Otherwise, it’s so distracting that it’s hard to drive.

The central mirror mounted on the windshield is for the driver to monitor the inside of the bus, and so the driver frequently looks at it. But this is a magnifying mirror, and it’s even possible to see exactly what pattern the panties are on a woman sitting in the back row, so please, keep your knees together!”

With his earnest request, @su_ca_ra_can doesn’t seem to relish in these panty peeks as a perk of his profession. Still, averting his eyes isn’t always feasible when it’s part of his job to look in the mirror and keep an eye on what’s going on further back in the vehicle, and when pressed for proof, he says that he’s noticed undergarments of both lacy and character-decorated varieties, as well as cases of women who seem to have borrowed a pair of men’s boxer shorts from a boyfriend.

It’s also worth mentioning that @su_ca_ra_can’s intent isn’t to call women out for scandalous attire or behavior, but rather to let them know that the driver sees more than they might expect in the mirror, whether intentionally or not.

Source: Twitter/@su_ca_ra_can via Otakomu
Top image: Pakutaso

Japanese swimsuit models celebrate Bikini Day 2018【Photos】

Annual celebration of midriff-baring swimsuits takes place just ahead of the start of prime beach weather in Japan.

After several straight days of warm but pleasantly dry weather, rain clouds swept over the Tokyo area on Thursday night. But to keep their spirits from darkening too much, those stuck inside could take sunny-mooded solace in the fact that July 5 is Bikini Day.

Commemorating the public unveiling of the two-piece beachwear garment, Bikini Day is marked with the copious sharing of swimsuit snapshots and selfies, and this year was no exception.

▼ It’s not clear if actress/model Nao Amimiya really needs an inner tube to stay afloat, or just wants to add a dash of cuteness to her photo shoot.

Some, such as TV personality and pachinko writer (yep, that’s an actual job some people in Japan have) Yuri Suzuki

…and model/former race queen Maya Sano

…focused their Bikini Day efforts into individual-photo tweets. Others, though, including Satomi Nihihori

Ayaka Ozaki

…and Kei Inoue

…came to the conclusion that, much like a bikini has both a top and a bottom, multiple images were called for,

▼ More Bikini Day collages featuring voice-actress-turned-model Yuno Mizusawa

▼ …cosplayer Miru Hayase

▼ …and swimsuit model Hikaru Aoyama.

And just like some fans look forward to Bikini Day all year long, so too do some participants mark it on their calendars, such as regular contributors Reku Momoiro

Akira Itsuki

…and cosplayer Saku.

Even the official Twitter account for Sanrio’s lazy anthropomorphized egg Gudetama joined in.

Of course, spend too much time looking at swimsuits, and eventually everything starts to look like a bikini…

…so maybe it’s best that Bikini Day only comes once a year (though if you can’t wait 12 months until next time, a trip or two down memory lane should help tide you over).

Featured image: Twitter/@momoreku

Japan’s most popular anime series for little girls inspires sexy lingerie line for grown-up fans

Pretty Cure is here to cure monotony in lingerie design with bra and pantie sets for Cure Black and Cure White.

In recent months, Pretty Cure, the most consistently popular anime in Japan for elementary school-age girls, has found itself in the spotlight as it examines whether boys can be princesses and if girls can fall in love with other girls. Today, though, PreCure (as the franchise is also known) has gone from mature questions about societal norms to mature apparel.

Anime fashion label Super Groupies has just unveiled two sets of PreCure lingerie, one inspired by sporty Cure Black and the other by intellectual Cure White, the magical girl alter egos of schoolgirls Nagisa and Honoka.

▼ Cure Black (center) and Cure White (right)

First up is the Cure Black set, which maintains the character’s image colors of black and pink. The front of the panties feature a unique crossover frill, much like the one on the skirt from the character’s costume.

Also recreated is the heart-shaped crest on Cure Black’s belt, and for just a bit more flash, there’s a detachable charm that dangles from the waistband near the front of the wearer’s right hip.

Moving on to the Cure White set, many of the styling cues are similar, but there are a number of differences that become apparent upon a second look.

For starters, the frills on the Cure White bra are longer and more flowing than on Cure Black’s, and also provide more shoulder coverage.

The Cure White panties also feature a longer skirt section with a straight hem, though they, like the Cure Black panties, come with a detachable charm.

While it might seem a little jarring to see such adult fashion items being based on a kids’ anime, it’s worth noting that Cures Black and White hail from the very first arc of the franchise, Futari wa Pretty Cure, which aired all the way back in 2005. That means that many members of its original fanbase are now full-grown women, and as the extremely successful Sailor Moon lingerie line showed us, there’s plenty of demand for nostalgia-based anime intimate apparel.

Both sets are identically priced at 9,800 yen (US$90) and can be ordered directly from Super Groupies (Cure Black here, Cure White here) between now and July 16, with shipping scheduled for November.

Source: Super Groupies via IT Media
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Ninja bikini goes on sale in Japan, sacrifices stealth for sexy coolness【Photos】

Design manages to be bold and unique while still providing a surprising amount of coverage. Plus, a closer look at the shinbi spokesmodel.

Given that ninja are pretty much all about remaining unseen, blending shinobi style with swimwear, which often uses bold, attention-grabbing designs, seems like it’d be a difficult task. Apparently it’s not too difficult for the designers at Japanese fashion label Mocolle, though.

After months of anticipation, the Kunoichi Swimsuit (kunoichi being the term for female ninja) is now officially on sale. While it’s more colorful than the monochrome black outfits most commonly associated with Japan’s shadow warriors, the garment still incorporates a number of ninja nuances.

When going on dangerous missions where combat was likely, ninja wore a kind of tightly meshed chain mail, called kusarikatabira. Obviously metal armor would be impractical for a swimsuit, but the motif is carried over in mesh portions on the chest as well as a pair of upper arm bands that are included in the bikini bundle.

▼ The top is also designed to mimic the look of the layered clothing of Japan’s feudal period.

Whereas Mocolle focused on cute sexiness with its Shinto shrine maiden bikini, it says the goal of the Kunoichi Swimsuit is to tap into the inherent coolness of ninja. Eye-catching as the design is, it actually provides a fair amount of coverage, especially with its short leggings and skirt.

For those of you who’re interested not just in the Kunoichi Swimsuit, but in this particular kunoichi, serving as spokesmodel is Ryo Yamabuki, who in addition to modeling and cosplaying also plays guitar for band Elfri.

▼ Yamabuki, seen in other swimsuits…

▼ …as another ninja (video game character Mai Shiranui, to be precise)…

Instagram Photo

▼ …and on stage.

▼ Audio preview of Elfri’s first mini album, LOVE &

Like most of Mocolle’s ideas, the Kunoichi Swimsuit started out as a crowdfunding project, which, once again as usual for the company, was a smashing success. It’s now being offered for direct purchase by novelty goods store Village Vanguard through its online store, priced at 8,100 yen (US$74). Orders can be placed here, with shipping scheduled for the latter half of July.

Source: Village Vanguard via IT Media
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