In Tokyo, it’s always mask season. I remember how “shocked” the international media was after the Fukushima nuke disaster, to see the multitudes in Tokyo all wearing masks. Nothing special in the facial mask technology for radiation, or at least not yet.
Since the winds started blowing on March 1, everyone’s talking about the start of spring hay fever season. I wonder if the mask adds a certain mystery and allure for the wearer? Seduction through withholding? Could the facial mask be the Japanese unisex niqab? As much as I dislike winter, perhaps there’s something to be appreciated in the layers of costume, artifice, health, and hair.
Thanks to Al for lending me his camera.
Posted in fetish
Tagged artifice, costume, face, Fukushima, hair, hay fever season, health, layers, mask, Moe, Shinjuku Gyoen, winter
I wonder if this guard is trained to defend the imperial grounds, or to simply look good in a suit? Those eyebrows are sharp enough to cut a winter tomato.
Posted in fetish, male fashion, men
Tagged eyebrows, grounds, guard, guarding, imperial, look, Moe, sharp, suit, tomato, winter
Definitely, Coming of Age Day is the happiest day of the year. Winter is never more festive.
Posted in fetish, male fashion, Nakano, Public space
Tagged Coming of Age Day, festive, hair, happiest, huge, Make-up, Moe, Nakano, Seiji no Hi, suits, Sun Plaza, tight, winter
First boy bands. Then electronics. And now masochism! Please leave just a little moe for Japan, too! It’s in German, but no worries. (Via Joe My God).
Public nudity in winter? 9,000 men? 500 year tradition? I must attend next year. It’s officially called Saidaiji Eyo, or the Naked Festival.
I don’t fully understand why, but these men are celebrating their beloved water source and its miraculous return by throwing water on each other in winter. And, as its a sacred ritual, they are wearing almost no clothing. It’s called Yu kake matsuri (湯かけ祭り), which basically means water splashing festival. Thanks to the hubb for forwarding this video.
Posted in fetish, men, Public space
Tagged celebrate, clothing, festival, gods, husband, miracle, Moe, naked, no, ritual, sacred, source, splash, thank, water, wear, winter, 湯かけ祭り
Posted in Biking, male fashion, men, Public space, Uncategorized
Tagged bag, bike, blond, colorful, fur, hat, Nakano, shorts, winter
My husband recently introduced me to this adorable Japanese cub singer, Hata Motohiro (秦基博). This song is called「夏はこれからだ！」(Summer has begun). It’s a perfect song for a cold winter day. I feel like he’s singing directly to me.
Here’s a great fan site. I am going to try to learn the lyrics!
そこで裸足になって fallin’ love
露(あらわ)になった parts and hearts
だから涙拭って no more cry
そして笑って smile on smile
hey!! boys & girls
楽しんだもん勝ち It’s all right
だから涙拭って no more cry
そして笑って smile on smile
My Japanese tipster, aka “the husband,” pointed me to this news story and these incredible photos about Hokkaido’s “misogi omatsuri” or festival.
I am not sure what the water is about, but it must certainly add to the masochism that Japanese are often fond of. Making this spiritual event all the more “moe,” only four men perform the ritual while everyone else watches them.
Next year in Hokkaido!
Posted in fetish, male fashion, men, Public space
Tagged festival, Hokkaido, husband, masochism, misogi, Moe, naked, omatsuri, ritual, spiritual, winter
Visiting a major shrine in Tokyo, I decided to stop and read some of the wishes written on wooden placards. I had thought they would all be about love and world peace. Of course, many are, but some are hilarious. Not sure if it’s bad to read others’ wishes, but they are public and I could not help myself.
Here are some of the best ones in English. Above: “I want a BMW 3 Series with real leather seats and a Bose sounds system and a GPS nav. system with a cute Japanese girl voice and seat warmers so my butt stays warm in the winter.”
“Simon has clear direction in his life and is determined to be + stay debt free with a house that owns . . . . He understands that it is all down to him– go for it tree!!!”
“Wish my daughter Linting (?) come to her senses + break away from Dario completely and never see him again. Wish good health, safe . . . Heal me + let me live a long healthy happy life.”
Below is what all the cards called ema in Japanese look like underneath the giant tree.
More wish cards after the jump.
Posted in fetish, Public space, Uncanny
Tagged Aston Martin, Audi, bball, beach, best, big, BMW, Bose, break away, can, cute, daddy, debt, direction, gf, girl, GPS, happy, heal, health, home, house, Japanese, leather, life, mommy, nuke, own, peace, real, safe, seat, senses, shrine, slim, tree, voice, we, winter, wish