All About Japan

Dyeing Technique Originated with Edo Lords

Along with Kyoto and Kanazawa, Tokyo is one of Japan’s three major traditional kimono-dyeing regions. Find out how the technique Tokyo Some Komon been passed down from the Edo Period to the present day.

Japan's Only Fashion Mag for Larger Men

Debuting in October 2015, Mr. Babe is Japan's first fashion and lifestyle magazine designed specifically for 'chubby' (or 'pocchari') men—which in Japan means men with a body mass index of over 25.

Beautiful Koi-Inspired Bags

Navigate through the pedestrian sea of Japan with your very own fish companion.

Fashion Designed to Block Your Cell Phone

Want some time away from your cell phone? Conceptual fashion designer Kunihiko Morinaga has designed a line of clothing specifically intended to block electromagnetic waves, protecting us from the storm of information that inundates our lives.

Who Wouldn't Want to Wear this Epic Kotatsu?

Designing his clothes around the concept of relaxing in a comfortable room, Keisuke Nagami may have invented the ultimate in indoor cold-weather comfort: a heated table attached to not just one, but four parkas!

Where to Get Your Lifelong Brolly

Instead of wasting ¥500 on plastic umbrellas every time you get caught in a sudden downpour, Cool Magic SHU'S helps you find that one umbrella you can carry around and even cherish for the rest of your life.

How Amateur Models Reach the Top of the Pops

'Dokusha moderu,' which literally means 'reader model,' refers to an amateur fashion model who serves as a representative of the readers of a particular fashion magazine. In Japan, these models are often more popular than their runway counterparts!

Modern Designs Update Ancient Traditions

SOU SOU's patterns and styling remain sufficiently Japanese to intrigue visitors from abroad, yet they are contemporary enough to appeal to Japanese shoppers.

An Otaku's Guide to Fashion

For some otaku, dressing to impress can seem like a perplexing chore. So why not make it easy with these adorable anime characters as a guide?

The Book of 'Sweet' Makeup Tips!

Famed makeup artist Yuzuko wants to share the secrets of the latest Japanese teen makeup trends!

Samurai Style Gets a Modern Makeover

Always wanted to dress like a samurai for work, but felt the full-on battle armor would be too much? How about trying one of these samurai shirts on for size?

'Furoshiki' Shoes will Ensconce Your Feet

These wrap-around shoes have been inspired by traditional Japanese 'furoshiki' wrapping cloths, which were historically used to carry things like clothing or bento. But when you put them on your feet, they can carry you wherever you want to go!

Hikaru Skirt Illuminates 'Absolute Zone'

Would you want to wear a skirt that lights up inside?

Designing Fashion for All Aspects of Life

Takafumi Tsuruta believes fashion shouldn't just be about the runway, but about meeting you where you are in life: whether you’re in a wheelchair, have only one arm, or are on your way to a funeral.

Spinning Synthetic Silk

What gives silk its sheen, and just how did a Japanese company replicate it synthetically?

Top 5 Fashion Icon Instagrammers to Follow!

Tokyo Girls' Update has compiled a list of five trendsetting women who use Instagram to transmit their style in Japan.

Top 5 Winter 'Moe' Fashion Tips!

You can look cute all year round, but there are seasonal bonus cute points from fashion that creates 'moe.' How do you maintain the look when the temperature drops?

Genderless Models Create New Fashion Culture

Just what does it mean to be a genderless model? Tokyo Girls' Update examines the principles while looking at internationally known icons and Japanese models.

The Rise of Tokyo Fashion Week

Move over Milan and look out London! Tokyo might just be the next fashion capital!

Japan May Just Have a New Fashion Capital

Tokyo may be Japan's fashion capital, but not for long!

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