Mana Watanabe

Shop representative galaxxxy

Harajuku girl leads next-generation kawaii.

Ms. Watanabe dreams of her future as a fashion designer. She says, “My fashion balances materials and colors. My recent trend is to combine showy with chic, as well as heavy and light — for example, mixing knits with artificial leather and organdy with metallic materials.” She continues, “I recently enjoyed putting OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) fiber on clothing and bags. Someday, I’d like to establish a brand that not only leads fashion but also the entire Harajuku culture.” Ms. Watanabe is equally ambitious in her definition of kawaii: “It’s a communication tool. Gothic Lolita (GothLoli) fashion and anime are often linked to Japanese kawaii culture in countries overseas, but I’d like people to know there are many other aspects to kawaii.”

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Sumo wrestler
大相撲力士
Ramen (Japanese soup noodles)
ラーメン
Itsukushima Shrine
厳島神社
Ultramodern vending machine
次世代型自販機
Architecture Street
建築ストリート
Gohtoku-ji
豪徳寺
Ooedo Onsen Monogatari
大江戸温泉物語
Monja
もんじゃ
Mango
マンゴー
Taketomi Island
竹富島
International Avenue
国際通り
Resort beaches
リゾートビーチ
Japan
Dekirukana
Japan
Lupin III
Thailand
Summer Wars
Japan
Neon Genesis EVANGELION
Maiko documentary
舞妓
Kyoto Proverbs
Inspiration of Buddha Statues
仏像
Live music events at Machiya
京町家の音楽
BRAIN WAVE CAT EARS
cutting-edge tech joins Japan’s “fetish” (moe) culture
SPACE BROTHERS
super-popular manga depicts the dreams of youths dedicated to space
TOTTORI YOKAI ROAD
where yokais and humans live together
FUJIKO F. FUJIO MUSEUM
manga master who “visualized” children’s dreams
SIRI SIRI
SIRISIRI
Japanese knives
包丁
Tenugui (Japanese towels)
手拭
Wrapping
ラッピング
RICE CAKES
URUSHI
漆芸
TEMPURA
天婦羅
KAISEKI
懐石
KOHEI NAWA
Nerhol
YAYOI KUSAMA
TAKU OBATA
AWA ODORI
MENBURYU
SANJA MATSURI
NIIHAMA TAIKO MATSURI
IAI
居合
SADO
茶道
KYUDO
弓道
NIHONBUYO
日本舞踊
SUMI-SHOKUNIN
墨職人
SENSHOKU-KA
染織家
EDOKIRIKO
江戸切子職人
SUKIYA-DAIKU
数寄屋大工