This is actually a carrying case for a compact digicam. The younger reader probably don’t know that it is styled after the design of a classic twin-lens reflex camera. As I noticed before, vintage film cameras make cool fashion items and this camera case seen in Kiddy Land is no exception. The Japanese still have a love for analog photography, even it is just as a retro accessory to hide a modern digital camera in.
Even the mannequins of Western fashion stores look different in Japan! This dummy with ridiculously large, anime-style eyes was seen at Zara on Omote-sandō. It looks like this was just a regular doll until someone stuck the huge, hand-drawn eyes on its face to make it more Nippon-compatible. Apparently this is the way to lure in the customers…
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.
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.
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!
The Aroma Garden massage parlor in Shibuya seems to have some problems with its foreign customers. While the Japanese know what to expect and how to behave, their English-speaking clients are apparently hoping for something… different. So they put up a second sign stating: “Welcome! Aroma Massage. Not adult entertainment. Only beautiful girls.” I hope it helps…
Another one of the strange applications of German words. “Zoff” means “row, argument” with a hint of “riot”. Not that suited at all for this Shimo-Kitazawa store that sells fragile things like glasses, I reckon.
The Japanese people love picture-taking and have still an ingrained love for vintage cameras. Not only can you see lot of people shooting manual cameras in the streets, classic cameras are also cool enough as accessories. This metal pendant of a Nikon FM2 SLR was seen in a shop in Shimo-Kitazawa, available for ¥479.