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We have a good news for you if you love Harajuku ‘Kawaii’ fashion.
Harajuku just keeps getting cuter. Harajuku’s new landmark, Cute Cube Harajuku just open on September 6 !!
Harajuku, Takeshita-dori Street is known not only as a Mecca of teenage fashion revered by Japanese teenagers, but is now gaining attention worldwide as a cute trend disseminator spot.
In order to experience the teenage culture at its most extreme, visit Harajuku on a Sunday, when many young people gather around Harajuku Station and engage in cosplay (“costume play”), dressed up in excentric costumes to resemble anime characters, punk musicians, etc.
The slogan for Cute Cube is: “A spot for disseminating ‘Kawaii (cute) Culture’ — Where people, things and events converge.” A total line up of 10 shops are available for girls who possess trendy and high taste in fashion and for overseas visitors to enjoy. The new facility is dubbed “CUTE CUBE HARAJUKU” in line with its concept of becoming a treasure box filled with kawaii items for girls. These unique shops offer a rich variety of cute things that would excite every girl from apparel, jewelry, fancy goods, to sweets and gourmet dishes. These shops surely epitomize the concept of a new landmark building in Harajuku.
Do you know “Oiran” (花魁) ?
Oiran was a kind of courtesan of highest rank in Edo period (1600-1868). Some people may express it a prostitute, however Oiran became celebrities of their times outside the pleasure districts. Their art and fashions were often set trends among the wealthy, and because of this, cultural aspects of Oiran traditions continue to be preserved until these days.
For men, in order to see Oiran, they had to frequent the red-light place until they were allowed to see by Oiran.
In that sense, they had to pay the fee several times without getting any services.
When finally allowed to see, Oiran came to the meeting room accompanied by several young female attendants.
Once Oiran sit down in front of the man and started smoking. During this time, she made an intuitive decision whether she would like only to talk with him or give him “full” services.
If she did not like the men, he would never be allowed to see her again !
When Oiran went outside officially, they made a long gorgeous line like parade, called “Oiran-Dochu”(花魁道中).
This meant “Fashion Show” to the people in the town, as well.
Oiran-Dochu can be seen in the movie, “Sakuran” (さくらん）
Behind the world of great pride, Oiran was treated terribly disregarded with their human rights. When they became ill and died, they were just thrown away into the river.
By the way, we sell Japanese towel with a motif of “Takao-Dayu” (高尾大夫).
Takao-Dayu was one of the most famous Oiran in Yoshiwara (吉原) which was in Taito-ku (台東区) in Tokyo. Takao-Dayu was not only one woman, but it was the prestigious name taken by several women who were beautiful and had special skills. It is not clear how many women succeeded the name, there are 4 views that say 4, 6, 9, or 11.
The most interesting skill that one of the several Takao-Dayu had was capability to fix the clock !
Another interesting fact is that those who frequented to see Oiran were not only men, but young women also did.
It was not because they were gay, but they wanted to learn their fashion sense, like Kimono pattern, hair accessary, and coordination.
Ladies have been eager to fashion in any period !
Can you imagine that this place used to be Shibuya Station of Toyoko Line until March 15 ?
When the Fukutoshin and Tokyu Toyoko lines get linked up on March 16 this year, it’ll render the current Tokyu Shibuya station superfluous. Rather than immediately tear the place down, though, they’ll be having some fun with it first: Using the old station building site approximately 5m in height, maintaining the existing clamshell roof, and laying flooring materials on the tracks to create new floors, this event space will be used as an area for selling goods, food and drinks, exhibitions and presentations. The surface area is around 2,350 square meters and can hold roughly 2,000 people inside.
It’s being used as a temporary event space prior to its demolition later in the year and now turned into a Uniclo shop until April 7, 2013.
It is fun to see the ex-train station turned into a fashion shop.
The summer is a climbing season in Japan. Japanese women are spending their spare time on something fashionable and good for their health. These days increasing numbers of “Yama Girls(Mountain Girls)” are taking to the peaks like Mt. Fuji wearing short pants or fleece skirts with leggings and designer trekking boots. The mode du jour for today’s female mountain hikers in Japan is a miniskirt and leggings.
“Yama Girl” has been a popular term for the Japanese urban women who head out to hike the mountains on the weekend. It’s as much about enjoying the outdoors as dressing up in a functional but fun outfits. The colorful and high-performance gears are sneaking back into the urban wardrobe and high fashion.
There’s even a magazine for yama girls, Randonnée, OF Girl, Falo, and Peaks. The yama girl fashion is designed to be both functional and stylish, and those magazines offer practical advice on mountain survival and coordinating cute outfits.
Sharing information about equipment and hiking trails—as well as photos and experiences from previous adventures—is an integral part of the yama girl lifestyle. And, yes there is a makeup information for outdoor as well.
Why women wear kimono or yukata these days ? Women who wear a kimono or a yukata, men who adore it and find it extremely sexy, or women who think about cosplaying in Japan oriented outfits.
Besides women’s dressing and makeup, their Kimono hairstyles also play important role in the enhancement of their persona and confidence. You can make a number of hairstyles to go with your Yukata, or Kimono. Although the hairstyle which was worn by the old traditional Japanese women is difficult to be made and no more in vogue these days but something similar to it is commonly made by Japanese women in today’s time.
Traditional Japanese Hairstyle
Hairstyle which suit with kimono and yukata outfits. Updo-hair which show the lines of the face shapely are most popular hairstyle. It may be good idea for adding some Japanese flavor to wear kanzashi hair accessories with. This type of hairstyles are very easy to make.
Modern Kimono/Yukata hairstyle
Modern Kimono/Yukata Hiarstyle
Do you want to try those hairstyle ? There are many websites which shows step by step instruction with images. Also, there are more than 50 videos which shows how to arrange various hairstyles for Yukata where you may find your favorite one. Click here to view the videos and try some !
Kimono is tradition but there is a movement among kimono designers seeking to bring the traditional Kimono into the modern world.
Tokyo Fashion Week ran from March 18 through March 24. There were green fashions from the designer who dressed Lady Gaga as well as a modern updates on the traditional kimono. About 15,000 people gathered for the Tokyo Runway Show to watch street styles, a show put together by Japanese creators seeking to switch to ready-to-wear brands and “real clothes consumers”. The third generation Kimono designer Jotaro Saito presented his “Futurism” collection, featured beautiful kimono in a variety of bold patterns and vivid colors with models wearing traditional sandals and being trussed up in “obi” sashes with fabric featuring horizontal-lining, checks and polka-dot.
Tokyo Fashion Week, 2012, Jotaro Saito
Tokyo Fashion Week 2012, Jotaro Saito
Kimono for daily wear is Jotaro’s philosophy. His stunning creations are a respectful nod to traditional kimono design bringing bold colors and modern patterns using the standard kimono form, which has taken the art form to new heights.
He has also carried his art form beyond Kimono to various works of art for restaurants, hotels, museums and shopping districts and his design work has been incorporated into household items and furniture.
If you want to check his collection, his shop is introduced on JINTO(Japan National Tourism Organization) fashion site.
Do you know Kokeshi, a Japanese Doll ? If you have visited Japan, we might have a chance to see or buy them.
And have you noticed that these dolls are usually wear a Kimono around the waist with an obi belt. Obi is a traditional Japanese fashion accessary. Standard size of obi is now about 360 centimeter long by 30 centimeter wide.
The obi became a prominent part of a woman’s ensemble sometime in 16th century. It was then that designers, weavers and dyers all focused their talent on creating a longer, wider and more elaborate obi and becomes decorative elements and even an art.
Japanese culture has inspired many of the world stage in the field of fashion. Armani Prive recently featured a Japanese-inspired design collection. In 2011 Paris Fashion Couture Week, the legendary Giorgio Armani showed an Asian-influenced collection. Armani combine two unique different style of fashion, a Japanese kimono into French chic. Armani’s collection included kimono coats, belts resembling obi sashes, jackets embroidered with traditional kimono patterns such as ume (Japanese apricot) blossoms–all combining traditional and cosmopolitan designs.
In the field of fashion kimono is worn with a blazer cut. An accessory like this is timeless and versatile that we must learn to wear. In terms of style you can combine with the obi with your pants or skirts of high waist.
You will therefore understand, the obi is an important part of Japanese dress codes,it is a jewel, an ancient tradition and not a recent fad. So enjoy yourself if you want a true Japanese obi, the budget is quite high but in terms of Japanese tradition as the authentic wear!