Month: November 2010

Crazy knit hat signals cool weather ahead

Wow! That’s an incredible knit hat in some crazy colors. I love how the vertical greens and blue yarns are accented with hot pink bands, top decoration, ear flaps, and dangling pom poms. It shows off this guy’s blonde hair well, don’t you think? Crazy fashion makes the transition to winter so much easier!

I love the 2 phones and 1 book on this Metro platform bench, with one mask in the background. Tokyo Metro is such a treat!

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Slutty Roppongi Christmas

For some reason, many Japanese assume that I spend lots of time in Roppongi. I always want to remind them that I neither work for a multinational bank, nor frequent female whores. But rarely, work or a culture event forces me to confront this most “foreign friendly” neighborhood. This slutty Christmas dress epitomizes my absolute horror at being in Roppongi or in any way associated with what goes down there.

JR sells Aomori dreams

JR is spreading the “moe” with its latest campaign to visit Aomori on its new bullet train (shinkansen) line. I love how they are reaching out to their feminine customers with an offer that their “first Aomori” can be a boy band star in a train uniform. Can he really be all of our “first Aomori”? Does he salute before or after the act? I think demand will be excessive.

“Good to know,” the husband says

Apparently the super-queenie and very ugly Pope now suggest that condom use is OK for male prostitutes. (Via Ericthefez). I love the illogic of its use “in some cases.”

“There may be a basis in the case of some individuals, as perhaps when a male prostitute uses a condom, where this can be a first step in the direction of a moralization, a first assumption of responsibility, on the way toward recovering an awareness that not everything is allowed and that one cannot do whatever one wants,” the pope said.

Do you think that the male prostitutes should use them by themselves, or with their clients who may include married men and ladies who are paying for their services. Maybe you need to be irresponsible in order to be given permission to be responsible? That’s very Zen, no?

Sexy bike fashion in Shinjuku

東京の格好いいチャリのファッション。

I love this sexy bike fashion. He captures many of the trends: tights under shorts, bright colors, 80s shoes, stripes & patterns mixed together, and people-powered transit. I 3> Tokyo!

“Schoolgirls, Be Ambitious”

Who can argue with the message, “Schoolgirls, Be Ambitious”? Shouldn’t girls dream of working in space? But there’s something unnerving about this image of junior high school girls in short uniform skirts floating about the space station rocking out with headphones. Does showing off their legs improve their performance, or are they providing creepy old men a view from below? Adding to the nonsense, this is an ad from a clothing company “East Boy” with a statue of liberty logo on girls’ socks.

From baby to elder Pipo kun, Tokyo Metropolitan Police Mascot

I was surprised to discover recently that Pipo kun, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police mascot, comes in many generations. Normally he’s the youthful character with open mouth and clothed only in a belt and shoulder strap (center image). But as I discovered on a rare visit to Roppongi in the evening hours, he can also be seen as a baby with a bottle, a girl, a housewife, a salaryman, grandma and grandpa with a cane. I am not sure how much protection all these characters offer, but I guess they are cute.