When I was researching the seniors for my Super Granny Series, I came across an intriguing blog. It was Ari Seth Cohen’s “Advanced Style” blog. Mr.Cohen’s blog seems to be very popular, and you may have heard of him. He lives in NYC and reports on elderly street fashion trends. His works are very impressive. The seniors on his pictures are very fashionable. In Japan, it’s hard to come across such fashionable seniors like them even in Tokyo, I think. I hope to grow old elegantly like them. To me it seems fashion and colors preferences differ a little between the US and Japan. Elder Americans seem to prefer bright colors, while Japanese tend to prefer dark colors. I prefer bright colors though. Cohen has published a book called “ Advanced Style“(Power House Books, 2012)
Recently, I danced wearing the costume I bought in Tokyo. How do I look? At first, I hesitated to buy such a showy dress because I’m not good at flamenco yet. But I changed my mind. I should start from the style. This dress seems to be for a ballroom dance, but whatever is OK. A woman in the mirror is my teacher.
A series of articles about Kumafes, the festival of Japanese pop culture, will start from the next. Please look forward to it!
When I went downtown, I unexpectedly met Kumamon. He was performing in an event. I saw real Kumamon for the first time. Kumamon is a publicity character created to aim at vitalizing and boosting this area economy. He is very popular here.
at cake shop
at department store
at luggage store what a big kumamon backpack!
at clothing shop
at candy shop bus pass
Reading blogs written in English, I noticed the difference of emoticon between Japan and other countries.
When I first saw smiley : ) I didn’t understand the meaning. Now I understand I should look it sideways. It is fun that smiley turns pictogram on WORD. I tried another : ( also changed. How cute! Is there any other convertible emoticon?
There are many emoticons in Japan. Japanese popular emoticons are the followings.
(^^) smiling, (T_T)crying, m(_)m bowing, (@@)surprised, dizzy, (>_<)pain, failure, (- -;) embarrassed. Can you understand? My favorite emoticon is (≧∀≦) I use this in various cases as joy, shy, embarrassed, but I wonder if this is garbled here…. Various people creat their original emoticon from simple one to complicated one. For example, ” I Love (*v_v)σ ★―You―★”.
The other day I found some blogger who is a British girl uses the same type of emoticon.
She is very cute. She looks like Japanese gyaru. Gyaru have dyed hair, from dark brown to blonde(she doesn’t need to), decorated nails, and dramatic makeup. There seems to be several kinds of Gyaru.
Gothloli (gothic & lolita) Gyaru
These gyaru fashion is popular in young people.
Then I introduced “Tokyo kawaii TV” to her. This TV show focuses on gyaru fashion, a lot of cute goods,etc.
But this TV station seems not to allow it on YouTube. I couldn’t find it. So I link the different one instead. They are university students.
I think Japanese girls tend to be cute and childish rather than being grown-up or sexy. That is opposite to the girls in western culture. Am I right?
I’ll introduce not only personal matters but Japanese culture in this blog (^^)/