Fashion and Style
04.12.2013 - 07.12.2013
One of the first thing to notice when strolling around the streets of Tokyo is how well everyone dressed for the autumn cold. It has always been well advertised that Japanese are extremely conscious about their appearance and that the fashion industry is booming here.
Although it is a fashion forward country, Japanese never forget their roots. It is still common to see traditional weddings with traditional bridal clothings. Female guests will also wear kimono. The kimono is also commonly worn, especially during festival time.
It is required by law for all school students to wear uniforms - military style for male and sailor style for female. There are commonly two types of uniform, depending on the seasons (warm/cold).
Female uniforms has also been a staple in the typical japanese fetish fantasy and has appeared in countless erotic comic/anime. However, it is clear that in reality, there are regulations on the real uniforms worn by the students.
Moving on to the current fashion trend, it is clear that the fashion industry is definitely at the top of its game, whether it is the classic style worn by sophisticated working women, or the edgy or cute style worn by teenagers. In Takeshita street, there are plenty of the latter to be found.
Cosplay is yet another fashion trend that hold deep roots in Japan. Very much famous in Akihabara where there are countless maid cafes and cosplay restaurants could be found, cosplayers also converges in Harajuku in an open display of their costumes and makeups. It was unfortunate that I was too late to catch any cosplayers at Harajuku.
Another thing that I noticed about Tokyo is that the female toilets are extremely well equipped with vanity tables & mirrors for women to apply their makeups! Almost every women I saw put on makeup whether young or old. It kind of made me feel naked on the face as I personally am not an advocate of makeup as it takes too much of my time and ruins my skin (I have sensitive skin). However, it is amazing to see the effort put into having a completely well done appearance in public by the average japanese woman. Well done! (pun intended)