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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Ramen (Japanese soup noodles)
ラーメン
Idol
アイドル
Paper fortune
おみくじ
Massage chair
マッサージチェア
Ramen Museum
ラーメン博物館
Harajuku girl
原宿ガール
Gohtoku-ji
豪徳寺
Novels of Haruki Murakami
村上春樹の小説
Okinawa soba
沖縄そば
International Avenue
国際通り
Kachaashii
カチャーシー
Utaki
御嶽
Malaysia
Final Fantasy VII Advent Children
Mexico
Street Fighter 4
Japan
Dekirukana
Brazil
Final Fantasy VI
HOSHINOYA Kyoto
星のや 京都
Cool terrace in Kyoto summer
納涼床
Art of brush and ink
書道家
Shohekiga
障壁画
BRAIN WAVE CAT EARS
cutting-edge tech joins Japan’s “fetish” (moe) culture
SPACE BROTHERS
super-popular manga depicts the dreams of youths dedicated to space
3D LATTE ART
the ultimate shape of art to come — too cute to drink?
KOBE TETSUJIN 28-GO
mega-size robot who saves the peace in Kobe city
Daruma
達磨
Picks
楊枝
Wrapping
ラッピング
Elevator attendants
エレベーターアテンダント
SUSHI
寿司
RAMEN
ラーメン
WHISKY
ウイスキー
TEMPURA
天婦羅
TAKU OBATA
Nerhol
TABAIMO
YAYOI KUSAMA
MENBURYU
NEBUTA MATSURI
NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
NIIHAMA TAIKO MATSURI
NIHONBUYO
日本舞踊
NOH
KARATEDO
空手
SADO
茶道
SUKIYA-DAIKU
数寄屋大工
KACCHU-SHI
甲冑師
SUMI-SHOKUNIN
墨職人
EDOKIRIKO
江戸切子職人