Yesterday was the 3 month anniversary of the Tohoku earthquake/tsunami/nuclear disaster. No better time than now to look closely again at one of my favorite Japanese male fashions: gatenki (ガテんキ). As J-son noticed immediately on his first visit, gatenki combine making-stuff masculinity with super baggy pants that are vaguely Yoji Yamamoto in styling.
On weekdays I escape the tedium of rote learning for a balcony break overlooking a construction site for a 20-some story office building. It’s fun to watch the cranes, steel, and heavy equipment, but even more sublime when my break time coincides with theirs.
I feel safer and intrigued by daily sightings of these ninja-like male fashion icons.
I am mildly disappointed that they are wearing hard hats. The towel really completes the look.
The towel never ceases to intrigue me, too. ちょう萌え。K, will you sport one this summer to mop up the sweat? I often do.
I found that the strict black uniform of a young Satmar Chassid in Williamsburg has its own chic.