J. Culture – Monkey Islands: Shodoshima小豆島

monkeyimagefield1Shodoshima小豆島 – This small ‘beans’ island where located in kagawa prefecture of Japan. The island comprises some district areas of Shozu, like Tonosho and etc…….. Shodoshima is best known for its wild animal, like monkeys. Monkeys are usually living in the mountain. People can walk, observe, and feed the monkeys in the park. During winter time, those cute monkeys like to take hot springs spa(They Love It!). There is also a trained Choshikei mountain monkey show for tourists to enjoy everyday.  The monkey park gets people to an travel observation deck with views over the island and sea……..Also, tourists are attracted to a small version of the ‘Shikoku Pilgrimage’ temples figures……..

 

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J. Fahsion – Genderless Kei

kawaii-boy1Male in Japan have been tried some alternative ways to use the skills of female fashion to create some beauty styles of the indeterminate sex.  We called them ‘genderless kei’ . These kind of people or idols are usually slim-bodied with cute faces. Many wear makeup with dying their hair too. In Japan, these fashion idols have attracted young girls……. ……Since genderless Kei male is a very new fashion genre, the styles vary around Japan. For the beauty standard, genderless kei males or idols are actually not follow their own traditional gender rules but they will also not pass as that of women too.  Maybe we should called them ‘Kawaii Boys’ .

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J. Culture – Suicide Cliffs: Tojinbo東尋坊

evilmonk-1Suicide Cliffs: Tojinbo東尋坊 – It is located in north part of Fukui Prefecture, Japan. There are an dark old shape rocks which made by a volcanic eruption million years ago.  These shaped rocks standing as high as 70 foot over the crashing waves of the Sea. With the sea, these dangerous cliffs can make one the promise to die quickly and wash away all one’s blood………. Before hundred years ago, there is a dark legend that talked about a “evil” monk – Tojinobo – committed to suicide and returned to the cliffs for haunting people(Scary!)………It is a well-known place to commit suicide by jumping off the cliffs every year. This number has risen due to unemployment or divorce. People sometimes are mad to see dead bodies out of the sea……..

Link —-> http://www.travel-around-japan.com/k48-08-toujinbou.html

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J. Fashion – Yume Kawaii Style ゆめかわいい

t1aa“Yume Kawaii ゆめかわいい” ……….It is an icon of dreamy cute style for girls who like the fashion and female character that was very popular in Japan, like sailor moon or etc………. Its fashion has a concept that comes with the magical girl characters. Many are wearing different style of the wigs. It has a touch of darkness that means not only center around the styles of cuteness, it also has a magical dreamy feel to  it …………One of the most important style elements is the “sick face” look. The style of Yume kawaii isn’t cute only, it’s a combination of fairy tales and illness look. The specifications of these girls are: 1. Hair – Using light pink or red, light lavender or blue, milky white are all welcome………..  2. Makeup – Using many circle lenses, glitter under the area of the eyes that makes the face so impressive. ………….. 3.  Options – Adding feathers, ribbons, and other cute materials in their looks………….

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J.Culture – Furoshiki風呂敷

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Furoshiki風呂敷 –   

Furoshiki can be made of a variety of silk, cotton, rayon and nylon. It is a wrapping cloth skill that is used to transport anything, like wrapping or transport lunch boxes….. In ancient Nara period of the days, people use this skill for bundle clothes in public bath. This skill is good to prevent things to mix-up of other clothes bundle…….Today it is more like the wrapping flat folded bundle(hirazutsumi平包) to serve as a meaning for products to transport, protect and decorate. As the matter of the fact, it has been an increased interest as people concern of environmental protection where it promotes caring reducing waste(No Need plastic bags!) by using this fun Furoshiki wrapping cloth skill.

link –> http://furoshiki.com/techniques/

 

 

 

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J. Fashion – Shinonuri白塗り

shironuriMU1Shironuri – A fashion style that is “painted in white makeup” which is referencing white geishas face in stage. This style is very special from the Harajuku community, so they are not common in J.fashion. Shironuri style mixes and borrows lots of inspiration from Lolita, Victorian, Kabuki, Geisha, Mother Nature(patterns on leaves, the shapes of flowers, the grooves of the tree) styles and so forth. In long time ago, aristocrat men and women usually painted their face for showing the status in Japan. Japanese culture and shinto religion signify white color as light that represents God…………surrounding with the mother nature………

 

 

 

 

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J. Culture – Hello Kitty Town: Sanrio Purolandサンリオピューロランド

keio-plazaSanrio Purolandサンリオピューロランド is a theme park in Tama City, Tokyo, Japan. The  park is owned by the company of Sanrio. The company hosts many musical places, merchandise stores, and the rides using cute Hello Kitty characters and so forth……… It attracts many vistors from Japan and oversea because of the popularity of Hello Kitty. Sanrio Puroland also offer many stores for selling popular cute character gifts. Tourists can join a boat ride in which Cinnamorroll can lead the riders to a party being held by Kitty, passing through the homes of Kerroppi’s pond and Badtz Maru’s cave………. Tourists can also tour Kitty’s house which includes fancy furniture and a cute bath-tub, and displays of her merchandises, like her makeups……..  There are many cute theaters, candy theme area, ice cream factories, bread and juice park, and chocolate factories places where vistors can take a look…….

Link – http://en.puroland.jp/

 

 

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