OMG! The new Erykah Badu video for her new song “Window Seat” is soo hot! She parks her old style car in downtown Dallas and walks up the sidewalk while disrobing. She is completely naked when she reaches the spot where JFK was assassinated.
Most people interested in Japan and otaku know Danny Choo, professional British geek blogger and friendly pervert. He has a bizarre photo spread on “dakimakura,” huggable body pillows. And shows there many uses as breakfast companion, driving companion, Wii competitor, and toilet seat warmer. Very strange and very NSFW!
Not even “barely legal,” these skateboarders are striking a pose in the crosswalk in Harajuku. I love how so much is happening in one space: people cruising, checking out their purchases, listening to music, spacing out. Notice all the exposed male ankle!
The enthusiasm for drinking in Japan continually surprises me. Maybe I am a light weight. And frankly not very attracted to this legal vice. Yet the power it has over this island nation’s citizenry is astounding. The name of this bar suggests the intimacy and long term nature of this affection.
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?
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!
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?
OK, I am an idiot. But I was more than charmed to see industrial Kewpie served at a family dinner, upside down in a pretty ceramic. Is this how you serve Kewpie at your home? (It’s Japan’s #1 mayonnaise product).
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).
What is hotter than a white suit and a fountain of jet black hair shooting high and spilling low? Nothing! This couple looks very much in love, and there’s a bonus third skinny guy.