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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ラーメン
Gyudon(beef-on-rice bowl)
牛丼
Sumo wrestler
大相撲力士
Maid cafe
メイド喫茶
Asakusa
浅草
Tokyo Tower
東京タワー
Traditional Japanese guest house
古民家ゲストハウス
Novels of Haruki Murakami
村上春樹の小説
Okinawa soba
沖縄そば
Public market
公設市場
Steakhouse
ステーキハウス
Mangroves
マングローブ
Japan
VOCALOID
Japan
(Original)
Italy
Neon Genesis EVANGELION
Korea
Hakuohki / Adekan
Shohekiga
障壁画
Moon watching
観月の夕べ
Fushimi Inari Taisha
伏見稲荷大社
Kyoto Proverbs
OTAKU CAMERA
the app that makes anyone a manga character
BRAIN WAVE CAT EARS
cutting-edge tech joins Japan’s “fetish” (moe) culture
OSAMU TEZUKA
creator of Japan’s manga and anime cultures
VACUUM TUBE HEADPHONES
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Picks
楊枝
Nishikigoi
錦鯉
Cosmetics
化粧品
Hasamiyaki ceramics
波佐見焼
RICE VINEGAR
お酢
SUKIYAKI
すき焼き
SOBA
蕎麦
TEMPURA
天婦羅
KOHEI NAWA
HISASHI TENMYOUYA
TAKU OBATA
TABAIMO
NIIHAMA TAIKO MATSURI
AWA ODORI
MENBURYU
NEBUTA MATSURI