Japanese fashion goes pop

Style & Design Sep 24, 2017

Japanese fashion goes pop

by Samuel Thomas

Cast your mind back to the giddy days of 2010, when the group of subcultural artists Chaos Lounge issued its first proclamation. While its stated goal was earnest and postmodern, the output was seen as a shock to the art world as it brought ...

First permanent Sailor Moon store opens in Harajuku

Business Sep 23, 2017

First permanent Sailor Moon store opens in Harajuku

by Kazuaki Nagata

With the anime marking its 25th anniversary this year, the world's first permanent store for "Sailor Moon" goods opened Saturday in Tokyo's trendy Harajuku district. The Sailor Moon shop is inside the Laforet building and sells a variety of goods ranging from key chains and ...

The transformative power of Japan's 'magical girls'

Film Mar 16, 2016

The transformative power of Japan's 'magical girls'

by Kaori Shoji

There is one surprising thing about Japan's male-dominated — some may say rabidly misogynistic — society: manga and anime support women. True, there are plenty of examples to the contrary (take a short stroll through any Akihabara anime shop if you need proof). But ...

Happy birthday, Sailor Moon!

Culture Jul 3, 2014

Happy birthday, Sailor Moon!

by Daphne Mohajer-Va-Pesaran

In 1992, a 14-year-old Japanese girl set out to save our universe from total annihilation. She became a hero for young women around the world, saving them from evil and from the macho male heroes that permeated the media at the time. Her name was ...

Pokemon ring, Sailor Moon stick are among  top toys

Business Jun 11, 2014

Pokemon ring, Sailor Moon stick are among top toys

by Tomohiro Osaki

Takara Tomy's Pokemon Mega Ring was declared best boys' toy in this year's Japan Toy Prize contest, it was announced Tuesday. The top girls' toy was a smartphone-type device called Puripasu, which can be used to network with game machines in video arcades. Thirty-three other prizes ...