Seen on the accessories shelf in the new Forever 21 store in Harajuku: A pair of white panties with an “I ♥ Nerds” message. Apparently there is hope for the geeks if even the fashion-conscious Shibuya girls are proud to proclaim their love for them!
By accident I walked into the Adidas Sala Festa 2010 at Samurai Blue Park area near the Yoyogi park. It was a rather lightly attended event and I stayed only for a short while watching the futsal game of Japan versus Brazil. I am not sure it was really an official futsal event or just a marketing ploy to raise awareness of the upcoming soccer world cup. Because as I left the Sala Festa 2010 the Japanese team was 3:1 ahead of the Brazilian team…
Just a quick snapshot of two mannequins I saw at the Gain Select Shop in Shibuya. They wear rather laid back and comfortable Japanese street fashion including a t-shirt with a very sleepy Hello Kitty clone. The gray shirt depicts Peko-chan (ペコちゃん), the mascot of Fujiya’s Milky candy, with the superimposed text “Less than 3 seconds are allright”.
The soccer world cup 2010 looms and the current offerings in canine fashion reflect this. The popular Pet Paradise dogwear store on the Takeshita-dōri in Harajuku has the full uniform of the Japanese national soccer team for sale, including a curly “Samurai Blue” wig and a matching jersey. So if you need to dress up your dog before watching the games or going to public viewing events, this is the place where you get this essential apparel.
Today, when I walked from Yoyogi to Harajuku, I did not go by my usual route along the Meiiji-dōri. Instead, I turned slightly west and into the part of the Yoyogi park with the Meiji-jingū. So I went down the Kita-sandō and Minami-sandō and walked by several large torii of the Meiji shrine, the largest one I show here. It stands at the entrance to the inner precinct with the actual shrine and treasure museum. Note the Imperial Seals of Japan (the golden chrysanthemum) on the gate.
Another example of the usage of stuffed animals that stores display to attract customers. This one was seen on the Sun Road in Kichijōji in front of a drugstore for traditional Asian medicince (I think). The panda holds a sign for some kind of bamboo extract with various health benefits. As many sick people in Japan do, it is also wearing a face mask lest it infects other people/pandas.
This garbage collection truck caught my eye as it was loaded only with plastic caps. Just colorful plastic covers from plastic jars and nothing else! It looked quite beautiful, like confetti.
Many stores on the first floor are closed by rolling down a shutter. On these shutter are often the name and other details of the shop printed, as well as elaborate paintings sometimes. Here a new shop shutter is being painted by two young people. As you can see, they use large printouts to draw the lines and get the letters and numbers as accurate as possible. Nothing is left to chance in Japan!
This unfortunate dog was tied to a post opposite of a supermarket in Shimo-Kitazawa. He was missing his owner and howling all the time while no one was paying attention to him. Note that pretty much no Japanese dog owner would let his dog go out naked, this fair-furred Akita Inu was wearing a blue vest.
When my friend Nekoi of Psydoll informed me that her band was playing this Saturday at a small venue in Shinjuku, I didn’t need asked twice. The underground rock club Urga was celebrating its 10th anniversary and for about six weeks tons of live acts were performing there almost every evening. Psydoll and some bands they are friends with were among them.
When I arrived the the band Neurotic Doll was already playing. Their music style was quite unique — a blend of industrial and what I call “death metal”. Very unusual for Japan.
Next came Psydoll. They were playing a number of classics and some stuff from their latest release 10spyglasses. As always the performance was energetic, loud and very powerful. Unfortunately, they did only play about 30 minutes, but I managed to get a couple of nice pictures.
The last band for the evening was C.H.C.system. The music were not really my cup of tea and visually the performance was not that exciting — just a couple of guys behind their keyboards and turntables with very little singing or movements.