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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Kaminari-mon
雷門
Ramen (Japanese soup noodles)
ラーメン
Food model
食品模型
Capsule hotel
カプセルホテル
Novels of Haruki Murakami
村上春樹の小説
Monja
もんじゃ
Architecture Street
建築ストリート
Meiji Shrine
明治神宮
Sanshin
三線
Public market
公設市場
Taketomi Island
竹富島
International Avenue
国際通り
Italy
One Piece
Japan
ANA
Japan
Inu x Boku SS
Japan
VOCALOID
Kyoto confectionary
京菓子
Maiko documentary
舞妓
Modern jikatabi
モダン地下足袋
Zazen
坐禅
KOBE TETSUJIN 28-GO
mega-size robot who saves the peace in Kobe city
OTAKU CAMERA
the app that makes anyone a manga character
SPACE BROTHERS
super-popular manga depicts the dreams of youths dedicated to space
TOTTORI YOKAI ROAD
where yokais and humans live together
Kimono
着物
Department store basement
デパ地下
Cosmetics
化粧品
Picks
楊枝
SUSHI
寿司
WASABI
山葵
WHISKY
ウイスキー
RICE CAKES
KOHEI NAWA
Nerhol
TABAIMO
TAKU OBATA
SANJA MATSURI
NEBUTA MATSURI
MENBURYU
NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
SADO
茶道
KYUDO
弓道
IAI
居合
NOH
SUKIYA-DAIKU
数寄屋大工
SAMURAI AVATAR
侍アバター
KACCHU-SHI
甲冑師
KATANA-KAJI
刀鍛冶