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Street painter, a tribute to Al

Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbH

He’s online as Diegodiegodiego.com and Design Nurd.

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Hamasaki Ayumi fan car sparks doubt about gender identity and desire

hamasaki_ayumi_car_yoyogiparkI heard that singer Hamasaki Ayumi is a gay-rights supporter, so I don’t mean to be harsh on her. But this image, plastered on a car hood outside Yoyogi Park, alternately fascinates and haunts me. I am amazed that such a pornographic look can circulate in public with no friction. Is this a day look? Should children see this?

I understand that the male gaze prizes artifice over reality, and that simple drag tactics are very effective in attracting male attention (big hair, heavy make-up, scary long nails, and a blank look). I am not shocked that these images are popular, but I am surprised to see them in the daylight and on the street.

Sexy acrobat in Koenji

This past weekend Koenji hosted a street fair with dozens of performances happening outside the station and along the shopping streets. It’s called Bikkuri Daidogei, or Surprising Street Performance Festival. Since it was a performance, I took the opportunity to admire this sexy acrobat. The neediness of street performers, craving public attention, certainly draws me in. Plus, I love creative makeup.

Japanese street fashion

The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City is displaying an exhibit called Japan Fashion Now. It sounds like lots of fun with attention to designer, street, sub-culture and cosplay fashions. Plus photos of street fashion. One of the photography contributors is Kjeld Duits, whose website Japanese Streets includes images of men’s and women’s fashion (see above for men’s). There’s also Tokyo street photos by Gannet Design. The Yale University catalog includes curator Valerie Steele’s essay, “Is Japan Still the Future?” Thanks to my mom for tipping me off to this exhibit.

Pokemon butt at beer vendor in Tokyo Pride Parade

I had a fantastic time at the Tokyo Pride Parade on Saturday. Despite the August heat and humidity, the atmosphere, costumes, and Okinawan music were joyous. The hubb and two good friends joined me and about 10,000 people in Yoyogi and then marching through Shibuya and Meiji Jingu Mae.

I don’t have time to sort through all the photos (and several videos), but I want to post my favorite photo today. There were about eight middle-aged Pokemon wearing furry but revealing outfits.

I hope that these adult Pokemon prompted some awkward child-parent questions during the parade! Here they are lined up for canned beer.

If you’re in Tokyo, you can check out the “gay matsuri” festival from 4 pm to 7 pm on Sunday in Ni-chome. It’s a street fair organized by the bar owners, with promises of a portable shrine carried by lesbians, music and performances.

Palestinian convicted of “rape by deception” and given 18 month sentence

Have you heard about this outrageous case of a Palestinian convicted in Israeli court for rape on the grounds that his willing sexual partner believed he was a Jewish bachelor? Apparently there was some instant attraction and smooth talk because “he chatted with the woman for about 15 minutes after they met on a Jerusalem street before she agreed to go into a nearby building and have sex with him.” He’s already served 2 years under house arrest, and now he’s been sentenced to 18 months jail time. I doubt he’s the first person who has ever lied about something to get laid.