The Ganguro Cafe, which was a throwback tribute to gyaru fashion culture in Shibuya, will close on July 18th. Gyaru are practitioners of various types of fashion styles typically involving heavily ...
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When gravure idol (glamor model) Miyako Akane kickstarted a new body painting cosplay subculture back in June, certain sections of the web went nuts. While this is hardly a genuine trend -- a handful ...
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In 2014, many noted the death of gyaru culture as two of the prominent hostess and gyaru fashion magazines -- Koakuma Ageha and egg -- closed down. Then in 2015, something seemed to give and there ...
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When "hostess bible" Koakuma Ageha closed down last year, it seemed like the end of an era for Japanese fashion magazines. But then it relaunched under new management and the status quo was ...
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Japan's most famous cat... on your dog!
Almost a year after we blogged that iconic gyaru and hostess subculture magazine Koakuma Ageha was closing down comes some unexpected good news: Ageha is returning. Last year was a gloomy one ...
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Following the high-profile end of hostess magazine Koakuma now comes the closure of egg, another magazine that was a symbol of 1990s and 2000s fashion for teenaged and twenty-something females in ...
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The end of an era. Hostess culture magazine Koakuma Ageha will cease publication in the wake of the bankruptcy of its publisher, Inforest Publishing. The title first went on sale in October 2005 ...
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GirlsAward, Japan's largest fashion and music event, has just opened a cafe and bar in central Shibuya run by dokusha moderu ("reader models" -- pseudo-amateur models who straddle the areas of ...
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We've seen it around for a while overseas but we just read an interesting report about how so-called eyelash art is apparently starting to pick up more adopters among Japanese women in their twenties ...
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