Photographer Michael Wolf created a series of photos of Tokyo’s crowded subways and trains. It’s no secret that morning rush hour and also last train can be an intimate experience with strangers. The photo above is my moe favorite. You can see more online, and at a San Francisco art gallery.
I am sorry I haven’t referenced the inimitable Bangin sensei recently. He’s the amazing Japanese blogger who introduces moe words and ideas from Japanese anime to an English-reading audience.
He recently posted a cosplay he did of salaryman Boys Love game called Kichiku Megane. The basic story is about a timid (maybe loser) salaryman who receives a pair of eyeglasses from a mysterious stranger that can change his life. The glasses transform him from masochist to sadist (uke to seme in BL terms).
What’s not to love about this story?! As Bangin explains, salaryman Boys Love stories appeal to fangirls because they take place in a man’s world they don’t normally have access to. Plus, suits and glasses are a common fetish in Japan; there’s even a fangirl cafe with this theme called Love All.
Be sure to check out Bangin’s cosplay of the two faces of salaryman Saeki Katsuya [佐伯克也].