Dressed for after-the-apocalypse roadside rough trade, this outfit and pose gave me a double take. Even in the heart of Harajuku and Omotesando, the audacity of leather shorts, too much waxing and tanning, and a studied nonchalance draws attention.
Sometimes you’re just biking on your way somewhere, and suddenly an unexpected sight distracts you. This utility box worker has everything: great uniform, safety vest, helmet, towel, tools, orange hair, and one leg bent pose. I am glad that men like these are keeping Tokyo functioning.
Another favorite from the Tokyo Pride Parade last weekend. I love her outfit and her pose. Somehow, she reminds me of Cher. And her American-themed outfit is at once a tribute to the still occupying super-power, and also a desecration of its national symbol. I half-expected her to belt out “Half Breed” while sitting on a stationary horse.
Not even “barely legal,” these skateboarders are striking a pose in the crosswalk in Harajuku. I love how so much is happening in one space: people cruising, checking out their purchases, listening to music, spacing out. Notice all the exposed male ankle!
Takahashi Diasuke is a huge queen! I love this pose and outfit.
Update: While I am partial to the Japanese figure skaters, a lovely video of the super-gay Johnny Weir’s short program (wearing a deep V-neck/slim black pant outfit with sequins and pink tassels).
My mom has been visiting Japan for the past 10 days. On our first day in Tokyo, she asked me to take photos of the Harajuko kids near Meiji Jingo. I agreed on the condition that she be in the photo. The kids at first seemed embarrassed when I introduced the foreign woman as my mother, but quickly got into their poses.