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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カプセルホテル
Public bathhouse
銭湯
Japanese hospitality
おもてなし
Ooedo Onsen Monogatari
大江戸温泉物語
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建築ストリート
Edo kiriko
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Tsukiji Market
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Denmark
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Indonesia
Kamen Rider The Next
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where yokais and humans live together
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the app that makes anyone a manga character
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manga master who “visualized” children’s dreams
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達磨
ANREALAGE
アンリアレイジ
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波佐見焼
Elevator attendants
エレベーターアテンダント
RAMEN
ラーメン
TEMPURA
天婦羅
SUKIYAKI
すき焼き
WHISKY
ウイスキー
TABAIMO
Nerhol
YAYOI KUSAMA
TAKU OBATA
SANJA MATSURI
AWA ODORI
MENBURYU
NEBUTA MATSURI
NOH
KENDO
剣道
NIHONBUYO
日本舞踊
SADO
茶道
KACCHU-SHI
甲冑師
SAMURAI AVATAR
侍アバター
SENSHOKU-KA
染織家
KATANA-KAJI
刀鍛冶
e-Sports
e-Sports
GAME CREATOR
GAME CREATOR
GAME CENTER
GAME CENTER
SHOGI
SHOGI