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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江戸切子
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建築ストリート
Village of Long Life
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三線
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リゾートビーチ
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ハーリー
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VOCALOID
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ANA
Denmark
Super Mario Bros.
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VOCALOID
Maiko documentary
舞妓
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嵐電
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南部鉄器
Cosmetics
化粧品
Elevator attendants
エレベーターアテンダント
Department store basement
デパ地下
ODEN
おでん
URUSHI
漆芸
SOBA
蕎麦
RICE VINEGAR
お酢
TAKU OBATA
MANABU IKEDA
Nerhol
KOHEI NAWA
NIIHAMA TAIKO MATSURI
AWA ODORI
MENBURYU
NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
SADO
茶道
KARATEDO
空手
NOH
SHODO
書道
SUMI-SHOKUNIN
墨職人
EDOKIRIKO
江戸切子職人
SENSHOKU-KA
染織家
KACCHU-SHI
甲冑師