Friday, January 29, 2010

Harajuku: Takeshita Street Part II

The only major minus point of Takeshita Street has to deal with how crowded the street always is as well as with the constant jostling of elbows with fellow shoppers. To give a mental image, if one stands at the top of the street (especially on a weekend day), all he will be able to see is a sea of heads sandwiched between the brightly colored shops. Therefore, it may take a bit of mental preparation to plunge yourself in among this crowd, but once you're in, you're bound to enjoy yourself and lose track of time visiting all of the stores and observing the lively street fashion.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Harajuku: Takeshita Street PartⅠ

If one were to ask any teenager living outside of Japan today, "what do you think when you think 'Tokyo'", they are most likely to mention fashion amongst other subjects. Tokyo, as publicized in the media, is one of the fashion capitals of the world. As a US citizen studying abroad in Japan, I cannot agree more with this statement: teens and young adults here take fashion very seriously, and I mean it when I say they use fashion as a means to express themselves. People here rarely leave the house unless they're dressed from head to toe in the most fashionable manner, and they are definitely not afraid to wear funky outfits with bright colors or items sporting the most outrageous patterns and fabrics. Some even go as far as dressing as what most Westerners may consider "Halloween costumes" on a regular basis. Thus, one cannot help but to wonder, "in a fashion conscious society where trends are constantly changing, where do young people find crazy, cute, fashionable, yet affordable clothes?" The answer: Takeshita Street.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Scrunchy all over the place!!

Have you ever noticed how most young girls are wearing scrunchy on their hair or around their arm?

Well, here in Japan, we call them "shushu" and it is a very popular accessory beyond the young girls in Japan.
They come in lacey type to furry ones, and ones that has ribbons on it. It’s worn on their pony tail style hair or maybe a bun.
They also come in many different colors and they have wide variety of them so any style girls can wear them. The prices are also wide in range, and it could be as cheap as 105 yen to 2000 yen.
Since they are so popular today, some magazines come with brand name scrunchys (shushu). It’s like the prize in the cracker jack box, but instead they have Cat Kidson or Chloe or Tory's shushu inside.

If you are tired of your everyday hairstyle and want a little twist in it, I suggest you to buy one of this shushu sold in Japan. The trend of this winter is to wear a furry or pastel colored shushu on your hair with a loose pony tail. Enjoy!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Warm up in Kotatsu!

Kotatsu is a square or rectangular table with built in warmer inside, and a futon around it to keep your legs warm when sitting down. It is mostly seen in Japan but it is said that they have similar ones in Iran called, Korsi.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


It’s cold right now, but the winter has just started... And everybody is eating "nabe" –a Japanese style pot where many people eat by surrounding it and sharing the food. Everybody knows nabe and it is a typical Japanese food so here I am to introduce another Japanese winter food which will warm you from inside out! Oden! You might see them being sold at many convenient stores but it doesn’t have to be store-made, you could make it at your house on your own!

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