These more sensible guys, with plain black suits and umbrellas, look more likely as future office workers. Good luck with the black suits and white button downs!
Sun never sets on sacred Japan
Is this my future? At least us oldies and wierdos visiting the Emperor for his new year’s declaration don’t need to be bothered by “normal” families and young people.
Alas, this is the end of the Imperial Palace visit series when my ostensible purpose was to listen to the Emperor’s address and admire the princesses. Mostly, I watched the police and felt communion with the assorted freaks and foreigners in attendance.
Festive yankii relief
After two consecutive political images– not sure which is uglier, politicians buttholes or faces– I thought this blog needed some festive yankiis to balance out the male beauty spectrum.
These guys were selling drinks and street food at the Nichome Rainbow Festival two weeks ago. I love how they combine androgyny (hair clip, check!), damaged hair, towel as scarf, and a touch of punk (lip piercing, check!).
Now we’ve all seen the future of Japan, and can rest more easily!
Japanese street fashion
The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City is displaying an exhibit called Japan Fashion Now. It sounds like lots of fun with attention to designer, street, sub-culture and cosplay fashions. Plus photos of street fashion. One of the photography contributors is Kjeld Duits, whose website Japanese Streets includes images of men’s and women’s fashion (see above for men’s). There’s also Tokyo street photos by Gannet Design. The Yale University catalog includes curator Valerie Steele’s essay, “Is Japan Still the Future?” Thanks to my mom for tipping me off to this exhibit.
It’s humbling and astonishing that this blog will reach 200,000 page views this weekend. I must thank my super attentive readers who have filled in all of my pop culture gaps, sent in blog tips that I have shamelessly re-used, and otherwise encouraged this strange endeavor. Diary, document, adventure, and communication, Tokyo Moe has become much more than I expected.
Is there more of something that you’d like to see in the future?
Metallic tunnel into the future
The Suntory beer factory was designed and built for the public to observe just how they make that canned beer so “tasty.” This architectural excess is oddly cold and sexual. Please take me to the future!
Levi Johnston in Playgirl
X-Alaska governor and x-VP candidate Sarah Palin’s former future son-in-law cashes in and irritates his baby’s grandmother.
My favorite reaction is Dan Savage’s excellent unsolicited advice:
And, psst, Levi? If you did that Playgirl shoot only to drive your former future mother-in-law crazy—and if that was your plan, kiddo, it worked—imagine how much crazier she’ll get if you do a little gay-for-pay porn. Just sayin’.