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In the center of the giant crosswalk separating retail-focused Shinjuku with pleasure-focused Kabukicho. Of course, I meant to capture more clearly his fashion and not hers. His was very on trend: matching camo shorts and top, deep tan, well-coiffed hair and mustache.

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Fashion Conundrum #4: Does the mask add just the right amount of mystery with bare calves?

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The mask is many things: courtesy, self-protection, anti-social, or just wanting a few extra centimeters of space on the train. But with this bare calves outfit with jacket matching the New Balance running shoes, the mask also obscures just enough to add another layer of intrigue and attraction. Plus, it seems he reads.

Dear reader, would you wear a mask to attract the attention of foreign pervs?

I used to think the younger of this daddy-son politician couple was hot

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With their angry fists, now I think they are both psycho. Thanks, Japan, for not offering me the vote. Still, I would not recommend these two by their looks. Though I like how they keep their daddy-son relationship ambiguous: pair look with matching black suits, button down collars and no ties. Clearly inter-generational, but is it biological, political, or sexual?

Male hosts sharing yakisoba at Hanazono shrine festival

This is one of my favorite photos. I love these extravagantly tranny styled yet unquestionably straight male hosts. I wish I spent half as much time on my appearance, and got to hang out with matching co-workers. And I need to learn how to give the peace sign while holding chopsticks. I must get a big “men’s” wig this summer.

 

Arashi promote Japan’s endless discovery in Seoul

This Seoul bus ad was spotted by a reporter based in Japan, who tweeted the photo with the message, “Just saw this at a bus stop in Seoul. Would these boys make you want to visit Japan?”

Was she joking?! Of course, these heavily groomed boys and their matching outfits will lure foreign tourists and their money.

It’s a two-way street now between Japan and Korea with boy bands being the enticing candy that drives commerce. “Endless Discovery” seems to be a win for the feminine publics!

It’s not OK to wear slippers outdoors

OK. I said it. I try to be open-minded about fashion, but sometimes I just have to say “no!”

Walking towards an appointment at a university in Yotsuya, I noticed that this young guy was wearing a new fashion: an informal shirt with a plaid tie. The new part was that the tie material exactly matched a small detail at the bottom of the shirt’s seam. Way to retail matching parts and look put together even if the shirt is not conventionally associated with ties.

What deeply offended me is that this young guy was wearing slippers. Yuck! Walking through Tokyo in bedroom slippers is unsanitary, unpolished, and unacceptable. These soft slippers are bad, but not as bad as the other university I often visit where students (and some faculty) wear those horrid plastic slippers that are best relegated to “bathroom slipper status.” I think those wearing them consider them comfortable, but I just see them as the nastiest excuse for footwear on earth. I’d rather go barefoot!

I hope that this public fashion photo satisfies some of the readers who offered such lovely congratulations recently. I am sorry if not all street fashion is Tokyo Moe approved. Just noted and dispersed.