Kikuko Kimura

Outdoor living enthusiast

Outdoor girl finds kawaii in a sleeping bag.

“I love the outdoors. Nearly every weekend, I climb mountains. If I don’t, I go camping instead. During my days off, I hardly ever stay home,” Ms. Kimura the “outdoor girl” explains. “The real thrill of outdoor activities is learning to be grateful for food, clothing, and shelter. There’s no electricity, so clothing is the only way to stay warm. When you can feel that you are alive, it gets you energized.” Colorful fashion is indispensable to this outdoor girl. Part of the outdoor spirit is trying different types of color coordination that wouldn’t occur in everyday life. In this way, the outdoor life is rather like cosplay, she jokes. Ms. Kimura thinks kawaii is “the moment when something right in front of you inspires you to imagine how you’d feel using it.” For example, very recently, when she purchased a sleeping bag for -27°C temperatures, she could imagine precisely how she could sleep in it, deep in the mountains.

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Itsukushima Shrine
厳島神社
Jinrikisha(Rickshaw)
人力車
Manga cafe
マンガ喫茶
Character bento
キャラ弁
Ramen Museum
ラーメン博物館
Scramble crossing
スクランブル交差点
Gundam 1/1
ガンダム1/1
Ooedo Onsen Monogatari
大江戸温泉物語
Shiisaa
シーサー
Shuri Castle
首里城
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
美ら海水族館
Umi-budoh
海ぶどう
Japan
Saint Seiya
Mexico
Doraemon
Korea
Hakuohki / Adekan
USA
Gunbuster
I am your Yuzen
友禅の色
Artisans’ Row
あじき路地
Kitchen of Kyoto
錦市場
Ippon udon
一本饂飩
SPACE BROTHERS
super-popular manga depicts the dreams of youths dedicated to space
ANIME PILGRIMAGE
a quest to visit locations relating to stories and characters
FUJIKO F. FUJIO MUSEUM
manga master who “visualized” children’s dreams
GAME BAR
a gathering spot for grownups where old games are available
Picks
楊枝
SIRI SIRI
SIRISIRI
Japanese knives
包丁
ANREALAGE
アンリアレイジ
SUKIYAKI
すき焼き
KAISEKI
懐石
WASABI
山葵
RAMEN
ラーメン
HISASHI TENMYOUYA
TABAIMO
MANABU IKEDA
KOHEI NAWA
MENBURYU
NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
SANJA MATSURI
NIIHAMA TAIKO MATSURI
KARATEDO
空手
KENDO
剣道
SADO
茶道
NIHONBUYO
日本舞踊