Month: August 2010

Summer stripes are fashionable

I love this guy’s outfit. His purple socks match his purple shorts. The orange band around the straw hat extends the stripes of his shirt. He is dressed for heat and looking very sharp and coordinated. (The sign to his left says, 火気厳禁, or “don’t use fire here”).

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Is Tumblr making it easier to collect and share ikemen images?

OMG, now I’ve discovered two more Tumblr blogs, presumably by white women who love young Asian guys. Probably connected to FuckYeahBlondKoreans.

FuckYeahIkemen: As their tag lines says, “You have to admit it, Asian men are gorgeous. Korean, Japanese, Taiwanese, it doesn’t matter, we love them.” As long as they are young, often blond, and preferably shirtless seems like the unwritten extra criteria!

FuckYeahHirokiNarimiya: An attractive Japanese actor I’ve blogged about before. Widely rumored to be gay.

Sexy jump-roping welcomes attention

Within meters of the Tokyo Pride Parade was this sexy jump-roper. Although perhaps not gay, he didn’t mind the attention. I must be missing some pop culture because I didn’t know that people jump-rope to hip hop, let alone use this “sport” to exhibit their sexy bodies. Have you seen anything like this?

Softbank is bringing fun back to family

Softbank, one of Japan’s large mobile telephone companies, has a long-running ad series with an unusual family: an elegant mother, her husband who is a white dog (with the voice of Kitaoji Kinya), and two children, one of whom is African American.

The best thing about this series is that no explanation is given for the inter-species and inter-racial nature of the family.

Thanks to Kathryn of Project Me I learned about the latest ad in which kimono-clad grandma, the mother of the white dog, introduces her new husband, a very handsome and very young man, also wearing kimono. He’s played by Shota Matsuda.

Ni-chome’s omasturi photos

Ni-chome, Tokyo’s gay bar district in Shinjuku, hosted a summer festival, or omatsuri, the day after the Tokyo Pride Parade two weekends ago. Lots of color: traditional omikoshi, or portable shrine carrying; drag and summer yukatas; foreigners looking Japanese and Japanese looking foreign; some youths who look alien in their highly processed hair; an odd World War II cosplay (even more bizarre since the date was August 15, which marks Japan’s surrender); and a variety of frozen ice, giant sausages on sticks, and plenty of beer in cans.

Some favorite new blogs

FuckYeahBlondKoreans: “Because they are even hotter when they go blond” A collection of blond (mostly male) Korean pop stars, including plenty of Jaejoong (aka, Tohoshinki’s Jejung or ジェジュン) and G-Dragon.

Shibuya-Nights: Blog by young European woman chronicling sexual adventures with gyaruo, hosts, yakuza, and many more.

What are your favorite Asia blogs?

Final Tokyo Pride Parade images

I am ending my photos about Tokyo Pride Parade with this odd grab bag: rainbow socks with chunky heels, an outfit somewhere between farmer and rickshaw driver, two guys in chaps and bow ties, Google’s gay robot t-shirt, and this celebrant who passed out in the heat.