Yes! spotted on the streets in Japan – extremely puffed up hair – and not a woman but a man! definitely different but definitely Japanese. Truth be told, I wonder how he did it – must have kept the front of his hair very long – and these men are not bikers either – because if they were – they won’t have the hair looking like this for too long – hehe!
Those who loved anime knows that the Japanese loved dressing up like their favorite anime character and the latest trend you see on the streets of Japan are these anime contact lenses. It comes in several colors and can be worn for up to 30 times. The anime contacts makes one’s eye larger and watery looking and Japanese guys loved these eyes so I was told. For $30 – $50 a pair – you can order this to your specifications and make your eyes as wide and huge as you want.
One gotta love all those street fashion you see in Japan – and of course, we all want to dress up like these fashionable Japanese girls. But gone are the glasses worn by the above girls because Spy Sunglasses are the in – thing now and I want to get a pair too. The spy sunglasses are definitely fashionable – that’s why I can see why it got so popular with the Japanese girls so quickly, my girlfriend from Japan would loved to get a hold of one pair for herself and another for her sister – in – law. The frames are said to be hand- crafted – now that’s pretty cool. Japanese are said to be one of the most fashionable freaks around the world – I love looking at Tokyo street fashion every now and then to keep up to date.
Physical Tempo is the place eto go if you want to see Halloween stuff or buy Halloween stuff. The Japanese definitely loved their spooky stuff. Physical Tempo is located at Shibuya Parco.
They do have some really cute stuff and not really spooky at all. I would love to go shop there some day. Envious of my Japanese friends right now.
I never liked shopping for jewelry when I’m on vacation because I get really worried about buying something that is fake or not right – but ever since buying sterling silver jewelry when I was in Japan – I loved wearing sterling silver and luckily for me – I know of a place that sells well designed sterling silver jewelry at a price that I can afford. I tell all my Japanese friends whom like me loved sterling silver jewelry where I get mine. I think I fell in love with sterling jewelry because of the many designs that I can choose from – unlike white gold – sterling silver are a lot hardier but a lot cheaper.
One of the store I loved to shop when I am in Japan is SOGO but because of the competition around Japan, this Sogo had to be closed. I won’t be able to get my oil free beauty products no more from SOGO but lucky for me and my girlfriends we did find some online where we can purchase them. I prefer water based products as they are better for your skin and once upon a time – I would choose to vacation in Japan just because of a particular type of beauty product that I’m used to – but now that I’m living in the West – going to Japan is a lot harder and further – so it’s great to know that even though SOGO is closed in Hachioji – I can still get other oil free products with another brand.
Night shopping in Osaka starts from a little place called the Dotonbori, but of course there is more to just shopping here – you can have the best and biggest crab meal here as well. But if you are looking for souvenirs to bring home – here is the place. Plus Dotonbori is also known as the red-light district of Osaka – but we didn’t see much action when we were here on vacation. Safe to bring your kids and walk the alley on Dotonbori – so you can make it a family vacation too.
This is like a ferris wheel and lights up at night.
Try some very spicy octopus balls (takoyaki) here.
Or some grilled skewer sticks of food here.
They sure have some strange looking statues there that almost acts like a pillar of protection for the shopping mall.
Another eatery in Dotonbori – overall night shopping and eating in Dotonbori in Osaka is a must – there are more to introduce in Dotonbori but that will be for another post.
While everyone associates pearls with Japanese ladies – this year the teardrop beads are commonly seen amongst the younger generation and the trendiest for the lot in shinjuku. Every Japanese that I’ve come across are always so well-dressed and absolutely well maintained and they may not have gone for facials every month or a manicure and pedicure but they look immaculate. Every strain of hair is in their proper places.
So whenever I go on vacation to Japan – the first thing I look out for are their accessories and fashion – and bring some home with me – and show off as well. Not many people around here can find the same quality of accessories or clothing – so I’m grateful that I get to travel to Japan for work and vacation all the time.
Photo credit : Tokyofashion.com
Valentine’s Day in Japan 2012 is very popular in Japan but this is not just because you get chocolates, flowers and gifts – because in Japan, they celebrate it differently. Now like I said before on Valentine’s day in Japan – it’s only the women who give chocolate to let the man she likes or is interested in know her feelings and then the men in Japan will recipocrate on White Day on the 14 March only in Japan and created by Japanese with gifts of chocoalate and jewelry box gifts to the one he might be interested in. As bizarre as it may seems – on Valentine’s day – you can see woman from all over japan flocking into chocolate stores, candy stores and also flower stores to buy gifts for the men. Japanese are known for being meticulous and not worry about spending money to buy the right gifts.
Cosplay in Japan is a huge thing – from kids to adults – and if you think that Japan is a conservative country – you will change your mind once you’ve seen this. They gather around Tokyo – from harajuku to Jingu Bridge – that connects to a shrine in Meiji. But having said that – you can also see come cosplay in Akihibara.
There are many cosplay cafe in Akihabara – fans of cosplay goes there to see cosplay waitress serve them. They are also known as Maid cafes. But be careful which Maid Cafes you go into – because some of the waitresses are quite skimpy dressed.
These cosplay folks love the attention – and if you have a camera – they will post for you. I’ve heard that some don’t like pictures taken – but I’ve never come across them.
Cosplay is not cheap at all – as you can see here – the Japanese takes them seriously and wear everything to detailed.
Very colorful cosplay costume here.
Kids may be a little freak out by the costumes but we loved it.