Month: August 2013
Fan is best for summer heat. So is wearing yukata.
Why is this big bear covered in foam?
Grabbing the tiger by the tail
Sweaty shrine carrying at gay festival in Nichome
Roger Federer is, gasp, the other man in my marriage
Pink girl power at Nichome Rainbow matsuri
Hamasaki Ayumi fan car sparks doubt about gender identity and desire
I heard that singer Hamasaki Ayumi is a gay-rights supporter, so I don’t mean to be harsh on her. But this image, plastered on a car hood outside Yoyogi Park, alternately fascinates and haunts me. I am amazed that such a pornographic look can circulate in public with no friction. Is this a day look? Should children see this?
I understand that the male gaze prizes artifice over reality, and that simple drag tactics are very effective in attracting male attention (big hair, heavy make-up, scary long nails, and a blank look). I am not shocked that these images are popular, but I am surprised to see them in the daylight and on the street.
Shinjuku woman, by the late Fuji Keiko
I like the mix of enka singing and jazzy brass. Fuji-san, mother of singer Hikaru Utada committed suicide in Nishi Shinjuku this week.
Like a crash, it’s hard not to stare at these weekend rockers
There’s a decades long tradition of mostly male rockers dancing at the entrance to Yoyogi Park. They are sporting nearly identical 1950s greaser big hair and outfit. Maybe they were young when they started, but now they’re getting a bit older and drunker. I’ve heard warnings that they do not like it when non-members join the dance. On the plus side, are the tattoos and the sheer love of dance.