What a cute and stylish couple at the Nichome summer Rainbow matsuri.
Is the cute guy in glasses and plastic raincoat facing the camera a member of the police or a protest leader? In either case, I am eagerly following.
The husband called this image “creepy.” The mask provides anonymity, cuteness and some mystery. I definitely think it’s “moe.” I saw these three in Yoyogi Park, and I think they were rehearsing a play.
Visiting a major shrine in Tokyo, I decided to stop and read some of the wishes written on wooden placards. I had thought they would all be about love and world peace. Of course, many are, but some are hilarious. Not sure if it’s bad to read others’ wishes, but they are public and I could not help myself.
Here are some of the best ones in English. Above: “I want a BMW 3 Series with real leather seats and a Bose sounds system and a GPS nav. system with a cute Japanese girl voice and seat warmers so my butt stays warm in the winter.”
“Simon has clear direction in his life and is determined to be + stay debt free with a house that owns . . . . He understands that it is all down to him– go for it tree!!!”
“Wish my daughter Linting (?) come to her senses + break away from Dario completely and never see him again. Wish good health, safe . . . Heal me + let me live a long healthy happy life.”
Below is what all the cards called ema in Japanese look like underneath the giant tree.
More wish cards after the jump.
You know it’s fall when you walk into a convenience store and smell the aroma of fresh baked sweet potatoes, yaki imo. And if the smell weren’t enough, there’s this beautiful couple of potatoes encouraging you to devour them. How selfless! How cute!
What makes Japan so enchanting is the combination of the moe (dirty and perverted stuff) with the incredible innocent and cute.
Nothing says summer quite like blushing doggie anti-mosquito incense holders. Japanese have a knack for finding the line between cute and unnerving.
In Japanese, it’s very easy to confuse the words for “scary” (kowai) and “cute” (kawaii). This old sign is the perfect illustration.