youth

Aren’t those legs cold jumping around in the park?

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Everyone else is bundled up in winter clothes, and this red shorts youth is jumping around playing hacky sack. Does he love the sport, or does he know he has an amazing pair of legs?

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Nothing more exquisite than chilling your balls in gutter ice, with an audience

ice_frozen_balls_folsomstreetfairThe Folsom Street Fair, in its 30th incarnation, restored my faith in people. I readily admit to having a minimal spiritual life, and this is a major element. I love to see so much deviance, including fetishes you’ve never heard of.

Have you even seen someone freezing his balls? I love expression on this youth’s face. Of course, there was a wide circle of spontaneous supporters. Thanks, Matt, for lovely photo!

This is perhaps the first time I attended this enormous street fair (NSFW photos here) without smelling barf, or maybe living in Japan desensitized me to that bodily fluid in public.

I’m hoping that the small film developer in the Japanese countryside has already seen everything.

 

Fashion conundrum #3: How to process this Koenji youth style?

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This outfit almost make me lose my mind. The bottom is fairly standard, neon tennis shoes with wings. Above that are stockings that scream Rocky Horror Picture show. The shorts and matching top look like someone robbed grandma’s couch. And there’s so much more. I have to thank this kid for confusing me completely.

Celebratory drunken youth on snowy Seijin no hi at Nakano Sun Plaza

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I vote for Team Delinquent. Now that the film has been developed, there will be many days of male yankii glory. So much pomp, excitement, make-up, skin color innovation, and camaraderie.

Of the many cliques celebrating their 20th years of life, including the wanna-be hosts, wanna-be salarymen, and yankii ladies, it’s the delinquent boys who seem so welcoming to this teetotaling, foreign pervert. I heard a few ladies snickering in jealousy, but I focused instead on male beauty, pride, and friendship.

Melting older ladies’ hearts is enka heart-throb Hikawa Kiyoshi

I discovered enka heart-throb Hikawa Kiyoshi (氷川きよし) on the New Year’s Eve Kouhaku show. He did a big enka ballad in an over-sexed Arabian Nights production with gyrating belly-dancers. I love how in this image above he’s in front of a (very not gay) rainbow. It’s good to see that some youths are willing to entertain the nation’s growing population of elderly.

Boots in

A new male youth fashion is called “boots in.” It involves super skinny pants, often jeans but not always, tucked inside mid-calf boots. This guy’s shoes are not as impressive as his overall pose. But it gives you the idea.

Shouldn’t it be called “pants in” instead of “boots in”? Oh well, Japanese English is always unpredictable.

Kirsten Dunst “Turning Japanese”

Super fun video of Kirsten Dunst vamping through Akihabara singing “Turning Japanese.” She’s in full cosplay outfit, dancing, greeting and flirting with maids, salarymen, and cute youth. Thanks Christophe for sharing this!

http://www.veoh.com/browse/videos/category/music/watch/v19838048wrs3Dgdy

Kodona

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Via San Francisco and the newly opened New People j-Pop complex, I learned a new word for a male fashion style: kodona. It’s short for kodomo otona (child adult), and can be considered the male version of Gothic Lolita. Also called oji-sama (prince), it’s Victorian-inspired and also French 18th and 19th century. Aficionados of Japanese youth fashion will be aware that kodona blurs into Visual Kei.

My favorite aspect of this “outre” fashion is that while gendered male, it is worn by both girls and boys. More photos here.

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