Tag Archives: 2009

New slang & trends of 2009

One of the joys of November in Japan is the release of the top 60 new slang and trends of the year. Publisher Jiyu Kokuminsha provides the list, and fortunately Pink Tentacle provides excellent translations of each term (with explanations for those who may be less familiar with pop culture, politics and notorious crimes in Japan).

Next month 10 finalists are selected. I will start introducing some terms on my blog. You can read the full list of 60 new slang of 2009 on Pink Tentacle.

Above is sekushii buchō (セクスィー部長, or sexy department chief), a character with exaggerated masculine sex appeal from the NHK sketch-comedy show “Salaryman NEO.”

Haruna Ai: Miss International Queen 2009

Haruna Ai: Miss International Queen 2009

Haruna Ai won the Miss International Queen 2009 transgender beauty pageant in Thailand. First Japanese win. Haruna is also a funny comedian and TV personality.

And she looks good in a swimsuit.

Haruna Ai: Miss International Queen 2009

A new year in Japanese men’s hair

A new year in Japanese men's hair, Daigo

My posts about Japanese male hair are always popular. In an elegant neighborhood close to Kokyo, I was drawn to this poster and its English caption “2009 New Hair.” The Japanese says, “It’s OK to be selfish, more mysterious and elegant.” So true, no?

And apparently the model is Daigo, a Japanese tarento, singer and grandson of a former prime minister. He’s now in a television soap Love Shuffle, about boy-swapping.

Do you think this image adequately sums up the new year in Japanese male hair? I am always happy to see no effort being spared for male vanity! What do you think?