The party is only getting started.
Boys sleeping on Tokyo Metro
From tipster Matt, a delirious photo of three boys sleeping on Tokyo Metro. So innocent, vulnerable, and care-free. This is why Tokyo is *so* adorable!
Hi! Daddy sign
Something wonderfully magical about Hi!Daddy in this jaunty font. Exuberant, innocent, and very very gay (^_-)
Teddy bear curtain at university cafeteria
What makes Japan so enchanting is the combination of the moe (dirty and perverted stuff) with the incredible innocent and cute.
Domino Dancing, Pet Shop Boys’ Super-Gay 80s video
This digitally remastered 80s music video from the Pet Shop Boys depicts the gayest version of heterosexuality seen in the 20th century. I love the no-shirts-on-boys theme, the gratuitous construction helmets quickly tossed aside to reveal 80s hairdos, the vaguely Barcelona backdrop, the horses, and the ocean wrestling. Ahh, a more innocent time, indeed.
Their new album Yes continues the same sound and high Brit gaydom: “Did You See Me Coming” and “Love Etc.“
Puppies in Shibuya
Shibuya is an area that I avoid, especially on weekend nites. My husband describes this busy neighborhood as full of “horny hetero teens” mostly from outside Tokyo and aspiring to big city life. A recent dinner with work colleagues found me there until close to last train time.
Poking around, we saw this incongrous juxtaposition: back-lit photos of sleazy girls next to “Baby Doll” puppies. Were these innocent puppies a metaphor, a bait-and-switch, a euphemism of some sort?
American meat, for the holidays?
“We care” is the tag line to the American Meat campaign (americanmeat.jp). Convincing Japanese to touch American beef apparently requires extensive transit advertising and a complicated web site. The expensive multi-channel campaign also requires images of healthy white Americans, their innocent children, their cows grazing in belly-high grass in verdant valleys.
Of course, most of the American meat supply is kept artificially inexpensive by feeding animals soy and grains, confining them to small enclosures, and hopping them up with hormones and antibiotics. Not to mention the toxic waste caused by 10 meter high piles of chicken and pig manure that ends up in streams and the water supply. I guess that wouldn’t create upbeat “we care” imagery.
Does anyone know if the general Japanese meat supply is as factory-farmed and dangerous as in the United States? Has anyone in Japan been tempted by the “we care” ads to taste some American beef? Please send a comment.
(Just 42 more hours of Xmas music!)
“We’re both Japanese, let’s play it a little vague.”
I am loving season two of Junjou Romantica. The characters’ passion, denial and misunderstandings continue to be “innocently romantic.” I love Misaki’s protest to his lover: “What’s the big deal. We’re both Japanese, let’s play it a little vague.”
Can denial make desire more passionate?
Somehow this anime makes behavior that would seem stalker-like in other contexts seem sweetly romantic.
The screenshots are great, but the voice actors are also super-talented. The younger Misaki is excitable, quick to anger, and innocent. The older Usagi is deep-voiced, authoritative, and passionate.