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    This is why…

    …Miss Fluffington of Bigglesworth the cat model was never seen again

    Jonelle Patrick writes mysteries set in Tokyo. Her fourth book, Painted Doll, is just out in paperback 

    When Tokyo Detective Kenji Nakamura’s phone rings with the news that his mother’s death ten years ago wasn’t an accident, his world begins to unravel. New evidence links her to...read more

    When Tokyo Detective Kenji Nakamura’s phone rings with the news that his mother’s death ten years ago wasn’t an accident, his world begins to unravel. New evidence links her to…read more



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    If you love kimono – and especially if you love Taisho and Showa-age kimono – don’t miss this exhibition! Right now, the Yayoi-Yumeji Museum – where over 3,000 of artist/illustrator Takehisa Yumeji’s works are archived – is displaying the actual kimonos and accessories worn in his paintings, side by side.

    I’m a huge fan of Taisho Era kimono (1912-1926), because they’re perfectly suited for hime-style wear, in which Japanese kimonos are worn with Western-style gloves, hats, shoes and other accessories. While Western jazz-age women were shedding their corsets and raising their hemlines, Japanese kimono designers entered into the roaring-20s spirit by shucking off traditional seasonal colors and designs in favor of brighter, more graphic fabrics, often with western motifs. Think roses instead of cherry blossoms!

    You can instantly tell that these are Taisho Era by the explosion of unusual color combinations

    Artist/illustrator Takehisa Yumeji (1884- 1924) was one of the foremost painters of beautiful jazz age women (bijin-ga). The exhibition takes advantage of the fact that his wife was his chief model, and the museum owns all the kimonos she used when modeling for the paintings.

    He took a little artistic license, but not much!

    Obviously the very same kimono and accessories!

    I like the real kimono much better than the illustration, but maybe that’s just me

    So, so, cool

    You still have a chance to catch this one through September 29th (2019), so if you haven’t seen it, GO.

    Where: Yayoi-Yumeji Museum, 2-4-3 Yayoi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo

    Open: Every day, closed Mondays

    Hours: 10:00 – 17:00

    Admission: Adults, ¥900; Children ¥400

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    (It was forbidden to take photos anywhere but the top floor, so the kimono/illustration photos are taken from the official museum catalog for this exhibition) And if you’d like to get a regular dose of kimonos like these (and more!), styled for the modern age, go check out Angie Salz’s blog – you will not be disappointed!

    Are you as delighted by all things Japan as I am? Would you like to find more posts like this spicing up your email from time to time?

    Subscribe to Only In Japan, and I’ll send you all the astounding, thought-provoking, conversation-starting Japan swaglets, the minute I post them.

    It’s easy: Scroll down to the subscribe button, enter your email, and push the button. You can unsubscribe at any time, of course, and I promise: no ads and no sharing of your information EVER.

     


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    Tired of being the same old sexy skunk or slightly NSFW goose in a tutu for Halloween? Keep your fellow costume partiers guessing with these only-in-Japan puzzlers!

    However much mini-skirted shrine maidens might figure in cosplay fantasies, you can be sure this will be the first time everyone actually sees one IRL

    And if you’re shooting for for sexy AND inexplicable, fellow revelers might guess Japanese Olympic skating costume, but only true Japanese history wonks will guess Modern Oiran!

    Or you can sort the true popcult mavens from the wannabes by dressing as everyone’s favorite gachapon capsule toy: the Office Lady Cup Sitter

    If you’re more of a life-of-the-party type, those who have ever been to a Japanese office drinking party will be happy to see a giant flask of sake coming their way

    For a costume that’s guaranteed to start a million conversations, why not show up as everyone’s favorite Japanese food ingredient: a giant green onion? If you can believe the package, this is guaranteed to baffle even Japanese Halloweenies

    And if you’re out to meet other comic book aficionados, separate those who think they know Japanese manga and anime characters from the real deal by wearing this Daddy Eyeball Monster hood

    Last but certainly not least, they tried to disguise this too-Japanese costume as ho-hum “Devil Tights” but it’s clear to anyone who’s spent any time at all in Japan, that this guy is a dead ringer for a kabutomushi: the famous gigantic Japanese beetle pets

    I found these at the always-entertaining Don Kihote megastore in Shibuya (here’s a map). And if you still haven’t hit on your dream costume, you can always check out what the peeing statue is wearing for Halloween this year, or if you’re really desperate, Costumes I Would Regret.

    Are you as delighted by all things Japan as I am? Would you like to find more posts like this spicing up your email from time to time?

    Subscribe to Only In Japan, and I’ll send you all the astounding, thought-provoking, conversation-starting Japan swaglets, the minute I post them.

    It’s easy: Scroll down to the subscribe button, enter your email, and push the button. You can unsubscribe at any time, of course, and I promise: no ads and no sharing of your information EVER.

     


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