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Pair look 2, outside Nakano station

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Nothing says love more clearly than matching coifs.

Somewhat related, I wonder if this will be the summer that I buy and wear my first lady handbag for men. The husband would die of embarrassment, but  many many Tokyo men rock the lady handbag look.

What do you say about lady handbags for men?

Sakurai Sho & the making of an Ozzie fan girl

Lovely story by Project Me’s Kathryn about how she went from an Ozzie indie rock chick to a Japanese fan girl. I love how she hates when people call Arashi a “boy band.” They are IDOLS, she reminds us. Glad to know that super-vain Japanese boys are spreading happiness to the furthest corners of the Earth. And attracting new energy and life to Japan by inspiring immigrants!

Sui Sui!

“Schoolgirls, Be Ambitious”

Who can argue with the message, “Schoolgirls, Be Ambitious”? Shouldn’t girls dream of working in space? But there’s something unnerving about this image of junior high school girls in short uniform skirts floating about the space station rocking out with headphones. Does showing off their legs improve their performance, or are they providing creepy old men a view from below? Adding to the nonsense, this is an ad from a clothing company “East Boy” with a statue of liberty logo on girls’ socks.

Senior rocks it in gold lame at awa odori

Koenji’s Awa Odori is one of my favorite Tokyo street festivals. The senior in gold lame really rocks his outfit with diagonal primary color stripes and a patterned head cloth. Wow! I think he should be giving the young people some fashion lessons.

Here’s another image to give you an idea of how much people-watching fun this street fair affords.

Yes, Japan has girls too!

Yes, Japan has girls too!

You might not realize from reading my blog, but, yes, Japan has girls, too. I certainly appreciate female fashion, but it takes some extra originality and flair for me to strike up a conversation and snap a photo. These girls were dressed in super 80s neon to attend a concert by Okinawa alt rock band Orange Range. I am sorry I didn’t capture their pink sequined sneakers.

In true fan girl fashion, and being loyal to the theme of this blog, I can’t help but include a photo of the 5 band members!

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