A Very Stylish Senior in NYC

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)

advanced style

New Flamenco Costume

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.

flamenco lesson

A series of articles about Kumafes,  the festival of Japanese pop culture, will start from the next.   Please look forward to it!

“KISS” and Women’s Clothing Retailer “Honeys”

I hold shares in women’s clothing retailer “Honeys”   This company sends shareholders a free ticket once a year.  The amount depends on how many shares you hold.  I’m given 3000yen every year.    I didn’t use it all up yet even though its expiry date was close.   I couldn’t have found my taste of clothes every time I visited.  Why do you think I invested this company?   I thought the share price was too low.  Anyway I went shopping to use the ticket last week before expiry.   Honeys operates women’s clothing shops not only in Japan but China.

http://www.honeys.co.jp/

In the shop, I found a T-shirt with KISS printed on the front.   As a matter of fact, I like KISS.  I used to listen to their music in the 70s.  KISS is the famous rock group for painted face.  Of course their music is cool too.   They look scary but their music doesn’t sound scary. lol   I like Paul Stanley’s voice.   By the way,  why does Honeys sell these T-shirts ?  Is KISS popular among Japanese women?  Do they ever know Kiss?   I don’t think so.   I’m sure Japanese women like EXILE or ARASHI….  hmm..  mystery.

I bought this T-shirt.   It was 1200yen, 20% off from 1500yen at clearance sale.  I paid all by using free ticket.

Do you think  it’s weird for  a middle-aged woman like me to wear this T-shirt?   I don’t care.  I’ll wear what I want for the rest of my life.  I sing a medley of their hit songs at karaoke in these days.   They created not only hard rock but ballads.  I think “Beth” is an ageless great song.

I Unexpectedly Met Kumamon!

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 bakery

at cake shop

at department store

crane game

at luggage store       what a big kumamon backpack!

at  clothing shop

at candy shop                                              bus pass

Japanese Culture Emoticon and Gyaru

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.

http://cupcakesakura.wordpress.com/

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.

Hime(princess) 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.

http://www.nhk.or.jp/kawaii/english/index.html

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 (^^)/