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Models tweak skills for survival off the catwalk

Oct 10, 2013

Models tweak skills for survival off the catwalk

Popular models are expanding their skill sets and pursuing interests outside the world of fashion to show there is more to life than strutting up and down the catwalk. One of them is Moe Oshikiri, 33, a model for the fashion magazine AneCan who ...

Gals cultivating that sultry bar hostess look

Feb 24, 2009

Gals cultivating that sultry bar hostess look

Japan is witnessing the birth of another new tribe of young women, called “agejo,” identifiable by their pale skin, large eyes and over-the-top hairdos. They are now omnipresent on the streets, following in the footsteps of the once popular “kogyaru” — “ko” as in ...

Fashionable 'eco-bags' become hit with consumers

Sep 29, 2007

Fashionable 'eco-bags' become hit with consumers

Environmentally friendly “eco-bags,” which many consumers are opting to use in lieu of wasteful plastic shopping bags, are becoming fashionable with the help of brand-name goods manufacturers, with one such bag breaking the 1 million sales mark. Outside a department store in Osaka in ...

At 40, Licca-chan still a dream doll

Jul 5, 2007

At 40, Licca-chan still a dream doll

Move over Hello Kitty and Barbie. Licca-chan the popular dress-up doll is celebrating her 40th anniversary, and at 53 million sold and counting, she is still the “dream and idol for girls.” In early May, as many as 1,000 children gathered in Tokyo’s Ikebukuro ...

Kids get PE tutors for a competitive edge

Jul 22, 2006

Kids get PE tutors for a competitive edge

It’s not enough to have a math or English tutor anymore. Private physical education lessons are growing in popularity in big cities where parents worry their children don’t have enough time or space to exercise outside of school. In Tokyo, Osaka and other big ...