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Uncanny imposters, or performance artists?

Tokyo continues a long tradition of positioning *male* door-bait outside shops, restaurants, and izakayas. This guard outside Omotesando’s gargantuan Ralph Lauren shop built to look like the White House reminds of the incredible capabilities of Japanese to import foreign looks and make it better than the original.

Much “American fashion” in Japan is far better than the original. Not unlike how a Jewish Ralph could become the world’s leading purveyor of WASP costume. Simulations that are more real than the referent reveal a mastery of symbols and performance.

I am left wondering whether inside that perfect surface is an overweight, acne-scarred senior citizen lady. Anything is possible.

 

Does she look like Cher to you?

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.