Otaku culture gets under the skin

Dec 9, 2013

Otaku culture gets under the skin

Tattoos in Japan have long moved on from the kind often romanticized by the West — that imagery of flamboyant yakuza that so many seem reluctant to relinquish. But a brief glance at the policies of Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto reveals a nation still ...

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo: No longer an outsider

Oct 26, 2013

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo: No longer an outsider

The last day of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo coincided with the Shibuya Fashion Festival, a platform for designers feeling constrained by the limitations of the official venue at Hikarie. As it was, the only condition placed on the participating designers’ means of presentation was ...

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo: Walking the line

Oct 26, 2013

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo: Walking the line

The menswear schedule looked somewhat lacking on paper this season at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo. The big names that would normally take the lead in international coverage — namely, Takeshi Osumi’s post-Phenomenon project, Mr.Gentleman, or the internationally friendly Whiz Limited — were both ...