Month: March 2010

Worst diaper pants ever?!

We were passing a cute drinking spot in Shinjuku san chome, when my friend M told me to stop and see what is possibly the worst pair of diaper pants we have ever seen. This fashion trend, like double pants, seems to have lasted for years. Despite the fact that it is almost never flattering.

In fashion circles, I believe this is called “dropped crotch,” and it’s always for men. At best it looks like a long pants version of a woman’s skort (that funky skirt/shorts combo). Mostly, it looks like a young guy preparing for the days when he will be using an adult diaper.

Or maybe he just wants no one to look at his ass?

Amazing portraits of male hosts

CNNGo has a fun interview with Numata Manabu, a Tokyo photographer who has been creating commercial and artistic images of male hosts for five years. I love these group portraits. Numata-san wants the viewer to see the hosts as individuals, and believes that many are smart and hard-working.

Numata-san also describes a progression in male hosts’ visual style, from old-school enka, to Kimutaku look-alikes, other popular Johnny’s boys, gyaruo and visual-kei. I think the kimono look is extra-festive!

Donki is the place for fetish

I just learned today that each Donki carries different merchandise. The one near Kabukicho seems heavily into fetishes. I love the many female fetish outfits: school girl (many uniform types), ball gown, maid, nurse, police woman. (For those outside Japan, Donki is the abbreviation for Don Quixote, a chain of low priced merchandise packed so densely it’s hard not to imagine the imminent fire hazard of even a short visit). It’s like the poor man’s Isetan or Takashimaya for teens.

The store makes you feel filthy for just looking. And below, a men’s thong with an extremely inappropriate name that does not match the visual. WTF?

Sakura music video by Monkey Majik

Glorious Edo-style cherry blossom music video by Canadian/Japanese band Monkey Majik. Catchy tune and amazing music video. Will this be the song of the season?

(Disclosure: I used to hate this band because the foreigners’ Japanese is so much better than mine. Ok, I was jealous. But I *luv* this video).