The Girls of Harajuku, Japan

For the Virgin traveller in Japan, Harajuku is one of those ‘must see’ places on the Japan tourist circuit. Without a doubt the most famous street of Harajuku’s is Takeshita. It is highly doubtful that you will see such a place back home – taking into consideration that I am originally from a place of 3,000 people and sheep outnumber humans by 1000:1 it holds especially true for me.

So who are these infamous Harajuku Girls?

Harajuku gyaru (girl) is the phrase most commonly used to identify girls who hang around Tokyo’s Harajuku district. And of the many varied sites, definitely some of the more eye-catching are the lithe figures of the girls that flank the streets there. A word of warning though, “All that glitters is not gold” and all that looks like a girl is often not either.

You will find the fashion styles not only diverse but in some cases exceedingly bizarre. I often notice myself mentally ‘high fiving’ the girls for their courage and complete lack of self-consciousness. Here are a few of the genres that I have been privileged to see in my trips down those lanes: Gothic Lolita, Gothic Maid, Wamono, Decora, Second-Hand Fashion, and Cyber Fashion (which tends to feature goggles, masks, leather and latex.) In one of my more memorable trips I even saw several girls wearing fake blood and bandages.

What possesses these girls to dress in such an outrageous (and often provocative) way you ask yourself…

A number of of them are evidently doing their best to imitate rock bands such as Japan X (this band almost deserves a post of it’s own.) If we put on our social anthropology coats and glasses (or goggles if you want to get into the swing of it) and burrow deeper we can appreciate that for many others this is a form of escapism. At the peril of over-generalizing I have observed Japan to be a very homogeneous society and this weekly indulgence allows them to briefly escape the majority of the rules of Japanese society. It gives them individuality not as certainly apparent while wearing their usual school uniforms or workplace costume. And perhaps at the heart it gives these wonderful ladies an outlet to express, often in very sexual ways (with ripped stockings, garters, and mini-skirts, etc), the oppression of the Japanese female in their predominantly male dominated society.

I have created the opportunity to talk to quite a a small number of of these girls over the years to try and grasp what makes them ‘tick’ and found the Harajuku Girls, underneath all the make-up and bling, to be like the girl next door – tremendously polite, gracious and warm-hearted.

Cheap Cosplay Costumes – Add Visual Appeal To Your Cosplays

You can add life and visual appeal to your cosplays with the cheap cosplay costumes. Nowadays, many different varieties of party costumes are available in the market. You can represent your favorite fantasy character in a proficient manner with the help of cheap costumes. Cheap costumes are available in many different sizes in the market. You can also take the help of internet because many websites deal with different varieties of cheap cosplay costumes.

Further, in this article, I will make you familiar with some of the famous cheap cosplay costume ideas. Make sure that you read them carefully.

1. Super Mario Brothers

Nowadays, Mario brother’s costumes are gaining a lot of popularity in the market. Mario cosplay costumes are available in the market at low price. You can also buy them online. Mario and Luigi cosplay outfits are made from good quality fabrics. They are also available in many different color schemes. You can easily make your cosplay parties successful with these inexpensive outfits.

2. Pokemon Costumes

Pokemon cosplay outfits are the latest trend in the market. You can give an amusing touch to your cosplay parties with these exclusive outfits. Pokemon costumes mainly require a stuffed Pokemon toy and a poke ball. You can give a finishing touch to Pokemon outfits with dark shaded jeans and t-shirt. You can also add black strips to split the costume colors.

3. Cowboy Cosplay Party Costumes

Cowboy party costumes are available in the market at a low price. These party outfits are available in many different shades and sizes. You can also buy them online. Cowboy costumes mainly consist of black spandex shorts and white T-shirt. You can also add visual appeal to your fantasy character with aviator style goggles and bright red hair wigs.

4. Japanese School Girl Cosplay Costumes

Japanese school girl is very common in video games and play stations. They are mainly dressed in collared blouse and pleated skirts. You can also make your own basic uniform easily. Japanese girl cosplay outfits are made from good quality fabrics and they are easily available in the market at a reasonable price. You can also take the help of the internet and enjoy some great discount offers.

Well, these are some of the most popular cheap cosplay costume ideas. You can make your parties outstanding and enjoyable with cheap cosplay costumes. I am sure that you will have a lot of fun.

Women’s Backpacks For School

Heading back to school is not just for kids these days. With all the down-sizing going around having a better education plays a major role. This means hitting the educational trail!

This is not grade school here this is college and we are not adolescents we are woman and like most woman we still want fashion as well as practicability. Especially since (depending you work load) you will be toting a round enough books you could start your own lending facility.

While a tote bag might be an adorable accessory, it is really not doable for heavy awkward books. And…regardless if basic black is chic in dresses; in backpacks for school – it’s just not cool.

Relax, take a deep breath because there are numerous schoolbags out there that take the brunt of the weight off your back, hold all your books as well as everyday personal items and still sport a very fashion forward look. Plus a lot of these backpacks are inexpensive enough to allow you purchase more than one so you will be able to accessorize. All women know how important that is!

For the lighter lab days consider a Baggallini. They are ideal for a couple of small books, an essential note pad, writing tools and any other fundamental necessities. These bags are neither your everyday average backpack nor do they offer any flashy statement. They are simply stately. They come in leather or nylon and offer up zipper pockets, adjustable handles, and magnetic closures. Additionally Baggallini backpacks are more than just backpacks. They multiply their advantage by being able to be converted to crossbody bags or just an everyday purse.

When you are picking and choosing your backpacks check out the Seal Line for spotlighting seriousness and dependability. They are the top of the line in the weather defying field. If rain or sleet and snow are threatening your college campus, be sure to pull out this backpack. With it sturdy straps it’s the one you’ll need when biking to school or walking across the university grounds in muck and mire.

If you’re looking to impress professors and dazzle them with your organizational skills then an Ellington is a must. They have bags that provide numerous inside and outside pockets, along with an amazing panel that will allow you to make sure there is a place for everything and everything is in its place. Even your keys! It’s a take charge kind of backpack.

There are other lines of backpacks for school you can consider. The Overland Cambridge backpack screams professionalism and efficiency. The Flyweight from North Face offers durability with seemingly weightlessness. Finally for the “girl” in us all there are the Harajuku backpacks for school. They offer sweet and appealing mixed with amusement all lying within their Japanese trend setting scenes.