Christina

Student

How global fans see Japan: kawaii heaven.

Christina is a Canadian student attending a fashion school in Japan. She says, “I absolutely wanted to study fashion in Japan. Even when I was in Canada, I imitated and enjoyed the ‘Harajuku girl’ look, using Japanese Harajuku-style fashion magazines as my guide. My finances were limited, but I tried my best to combine clothes in vibrant colors and patterns as I imagined they should be, working by myself. After actually visiting Japan, I felt that while many countries have fantastic fashion, there isn’t any place like Harajuku, with its great creative energy, filled with so many kawaii clothes.” What is the origin of Japan’s spirit? She says, “The original source of kawaii fashion, I guess, may be in kimono — which I love and often wear, recently. If you think of kimono as a box of clothing, that box is richly filled with a variety of kawaii colors and patterns.”

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How global fans see Japan: kawaii heaven.
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Soba (Japanese traditional noodles)
日本蕎麦
Paper fortune
おみくじ
Public bathhouse
銭湯
Kaminari-mon
雷門
Tokyo Sky Tree
東京スカイツリー
Ooedo Onsen Monogatari
大江戸温泉物語
Monja
もんじゃ
Scramble crossing
スクランブル交差点
Mango
マンゴー
Village of Long Life
長寿の里
Shuri Castle
首里城
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
美ら海水族館
Japan
VOCALOID
Japan
Kinnikuman
Mexico
Doraemon
Netherland
Odin Sphere
Mizuura Mikuji
水占みくじ
Café from another world
純喫茶
Maiko documentary
舞妓
Small Torii
小さな鳥居
AKIRA BIKE
enthusiasts create a dream machine from the world of Otomo’s AKIRA
OSAMU TEZUKA
creator of Japan’s manga and anime cultures
FUJIKO F. FUJIO MUSEUM
manga master who “visualized” children’s dreams
KOBE TETSUJIN 28-GO
mega-size robot who saves the peace in Kobe city
Metal tableware
金属食器
ANREALAGE
アンリアレイジ
Kimono
着物
Hasamiyaki ceramics
波佐見焼
ODEN
おでん
KATSUOBUSHI
鰹節
RICE VINEGAR
お酢
SOBA
蕎麦
TABAIMO
HISASHI TENMYOUYA
Nerhol
YAYOI KUSAMA
NIIHAMA TAIKO MATSURI
NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
MENBURYU
NEBUTA MATSURI