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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Cute community character promotes local charms.
Toybox kawaii shop shows people power.
Harajuku fashion is a way to express myself.
I want to become Hello Kitty, the icon of Japan.
Sushi-go-round
回転寿司
Electrical goods store
家電量販店
Karaoke
カラオケ
Maid cafe
メイド喫茶
Shinjuku
新宿
Scramble crossing
スクランブル交差点
Roppongi Hills
六本木ヒルズ
Edomae Zushi
江戸前寿司
Mango
マンゴー
International Avenue
国際通り
Mangroves
マングローブ
Okinawa soba
沖縄そば
Japan
VOCALOID
Brazil
Final Fantasy VI
Japan
Suite PreCure
Italy
Neon Genesis EVANGELION
Art of brush and ink
書道家
Viewing Japanese gardens in Kyoto
日本庭園
Nurturing the arts
京都ギャラリー
Small Torii
小さな鳥居
ANIME PILGRIMAGE
a quest to visit locations relating to stories and characters
BRAIN WAVE CAT EARS
cutting-edge tech joins Japan’s “fetish” (moe) culture
3D LATTE ART
the ultimate shape of art to come — too cute to drink?
TOTTORI YOKAI ROAD
where yokais and humans live together
Japanese sake
日本酒
Hasamiyaki ceramics
波佐見焼
SIRI SIRI
SIRISIRI
Department store basement
デパ地下
SUKIYAKI
すき焼き
ODEN
おでん
RICE CAKES
TEMPURA
天婦羅
YAYOI KUSAMA
Nerhol
MANABU IKEDA
TAKU OBATA
SANJA MATSURI
NEBUTA MATSURI
AWA ODORI
MENBURYU
KYUDO
弓道
IAI
居合
NOH
SHODO
書道
KACCHU-SHI
甲冑師
EDOKIRIKO
江戸切子職人
SUMI-SHOKUNIN
墨職人
FOOD MODEL CRAFTSMAN
食品サンプル職人
SPACE INVADERS
SPACE INVADERS
SHOGI
SHOGI
e-Sports
e-Sports
PLAY STATION
PlayStation