Thursday, 7 May 2009

Tokyo walkabout

I owe thanks to these wonderful shoes - Merrell Gore-Tex - for my trekking through the hard streets of Japan. Nothing like a pair of good shoes. They even look good. Am in good company, it seems this early summer, with the three-quarter roll up look. Footwear in Tokyo is fun to watch. Metro fashion can keep you occupied for as long as 10 stations. Believe me the guys often outdo the girls in this regard.

I am completely taken by the construction workers outfit. From the baggy pants, avante garde unintentional paint design to the toe-socks and slippers, it is a fashion statement of a different kind. Spring showers are not a deterrent to fashion either. The best looking galoshes can be found in Tokyo.

Not forgetting Harajuku fashion...and the Lolitas...
Then there's the ninja look... which morphed to this...

and then to this... How cool is that!

The traditional partnering the modern...

And now for some leg. The over-the-knee-stockings are the current rage.

Great with mini skirts and shorts...perfect summer wear.
Don't knock it 'cos even the anime world is sporting the look.

Gyaru is a Japanese transliteration of the English word gal.

The fad began in the 70's, as all earth-shaking things did, and has evolved to the 2000 millennium version of ganguro fashion, a deep tan combined with hair dyed in shades of orange to blonde, or a silver gray known as "high bleached". Black ink is used as eyeliner and white concealer is used as lipstick and eyeshadow. False eyelashes, plastic facial gems, and pearl powder are often added to this. Platform shoes and brightly-colored outfits complete the ganguro look. Visuals from this site complete the imagery.

You needn't bother with these, as they do not have any punch in this neck of the woods!

If you've lost a sock in the wash, this is one city where it don't matter...just whip out a contrasting partner and it will be fine, kawaii, no less!

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