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Friday, October 20, 2006

Japanese Foundation Living No 4

Tokyo is vast, with a population of 12 million. It's been destroyed and rebuilt twice during the 20th century, first by an earthquake and then by American bombers during the 2nd World War. The city has a habit of reinventing itself, each time bigger, brasher and more energetic than before.

Friday, September 29, 2006

Japanese Tanc Magazine

After several waves of immigration from the Asian continent and nearby Pacific islands, followed by a heavy importation of culture from China, the inhabitants of Japan experienced a long period of relative isolation from the outside world under the Tokugawa shogunate until the arrival of the "The Black Ships" and the Meiji era. As a result, a culture distinctively different from other Asian cultures developed, and echoes of this persist in contemporary Japan.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Alice Japanese Magazine

Sure, Zen gardens, sushi and the Sony Walkman are great, but the greatest Japanese invention of all time has to be the love hotel. In the concrete wasteland of the modern Japanese city, the love hotel stands out as a refreshingly off-the-wall escape from conformity, a monument to hedonism, and a libertine's paradise. It's also a godsend when you're tired of taking your girlfriend back to your gaijin apartment with its half-inch plywood walls and nosy neighbours. Nearly every foreigner in Japan has a love hotel story to tell and number of Japanese people who were conceived in one must be enormous.
The love hotel is changing though, and the news isn't all good. They've gone upscale, lost some of their sleazy associations and the decors have become more tasteful but the bad news is that in an effort to clean up their image, they got rid of a lot of the exciting theme rooms. Although they still exist, its getting harder and harder to find places with bumper cars and disco lights.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Japanese Foundation Living Magazine

Because Japan saw constant changes in concepts of femininity and masculinity as well as in gender and sexual roles during the early part of the twentieth century, it is particularly worthwhile to analyze homosexuality in the shifting patterns of culture in the period. As Western medicalized psychoanalysis, feminism, and modern social engineering all made headway in Japan, they problematized the issue of sexuality, and homosexuality in particular, making same-sex relations a contested site in the production of new gender relations. Publishing represented one area that gave expression (both supportive and reactive) to these newly produced understandings.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Entertainment for Adults Magazine

New how to sex 16, and how to ride a unicycle naked. Girlish youth and innocence are considered sexy in Japan, a culture with a long history of regarding women more as sex toys than as people. This obsession with untouched adolescence results in the sad sight of women in their thirties emitting girlish giggles and clutching teddy bears in an effort to maintain their appeal to the opposite sex. Although it can fairly be said Western society also prizes youth in a woman, there the fascination has to do more with the looks of a girl than it does with her immaturity and presumed sexual innocence. A pretty 26-year-old who would be considered lovely in the West would in Japan be viewed by many as hopelessly long in the tooth.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Sailor X Magazine

Renai is Japanese for romance. America's conflicted cultural obsession with the gay cowboy movie "Brokeback Mountain" might seem old-fashioned in Japan where stories of love and romance between beautiful young men have been entertaining women for more than a decade. Stories about male-male homosexuality have been extremely popular with Japanese women for decades,. Mainstream Japanese theaters attract huge, mostly female audiences for romantic stories of troubled love between sensitive and impossibly beautiful young men, known as bishonen.
In addition to movies, male-male romance is a popular theme in a variety of other Japanese pop culture media, including book-length graphic novels and comics, known as manga, and an array of animated cartoons and television action series, known as anime. All of which have developed cult followings on the Internet and among fans of late-night cable television programming, including large numbers of American teens.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Teens 15 Magazine, is it "Kawaii"?

If you want to be trendier than the next girl, 'gal style' and 'Paris Hilton' look is out and faded denim is in. Kawaii, an adjective usually mistranslated as simply "cute," has become much more than a word. It is a state of mind for Japanese teens, a modifier that means cool, bitchin', groovy, killer and I-love-it all rolled into one, then squared. For a clothing label trying to crack Asia's burgeoning teen fashion industry, business these days boils down to the quest for kawaii. Asian teenagers tend to wear today what Japanese teens wore a few minutes ago. And unlike the fashion industrial complex in the West, in which top designers and magazine editors dictate what's hot, Japan's teen fashion industry revolves entirely around what Tokyo girls say is kawaii. Every month, high schoolers in the capital spend roughly $275 each on gear and clothes—three times more than the average Japanese high schooler. What those Tokyo girls define as kawaii can be as cute as frilly pink shirts one day and as raunchy as a vinyl miniskirt the next. A year ago, the most popular items in Shibuya were Esperanza's light brown knee-high platform boots and black face paint—the so-called "gal" look. Now it's remade clothes, faded jeans and low-heeled pumps.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

New Self Magazine

Japan in the 1970s was marching steadfastly on a high-growth track, despite the two oil shocks that hit in 1973 and 1979. This decade represents the prime of young adulthood for the baby boomers born in the early years following World War II, as well as the height of the popularity of folk music in Japan. Folk music, with its rhythms and melodies unlike any of the popular Japanese music that preceded it, struck a chord with many members of this generation. To them it was, perhaps, the perfect music for the generation in the vanguard of Japan's move away from prewar culture and toward modernization.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Britney covers up in Japan


A magazine publisher has covered part of a nude photo of U.S. singer Britney Spears in a magazine advertisement to be placed at a Tokyo subway station following an order from the subway operator.
HB Japan, Inc., the publisher of Harper's Bazaar Japan edition, has been puzzled by the order by Tokyo Metro Co., the operator of a large Tokyo subway network.
"The photo expresses her happiness at being pregnant. Covering part of the photo has made its concept unclear," a HB official said. Tokyo Metro officials deemed the advertisement carrying the nude photo of Spears constitutes a violation of its in-house guidelines for advertisements, which states that advertisements must be appropriate in view of the protection of youths.
The subway operator then advised the publisher to cover part of her body below the elbow.
The publisher protested the order. "We can't advertise our magazine unless we use the same image as its cover. It will certainly draw attention from the public. Since we've already completed the advertisement, we can't change it."
After holding negotiations with Tokyo Metro, the company reluctantly agreed to cover part of the nude photo below the stomach.
The cover bears the message, "We apologize for covering part of the image of a beautiful future mother. In this place, we can't show the same image (as the magazine), so we made the change."

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Japanese World Playboy Magazine

In a nation where men write the rules and women do the dishes, the Japanese Health Ministry's speedy decision to approve the male impotence drug Viagra has infuriated women's groups.
Why, they protested, did the government approve the new drug in a record six months, when Japan remains one of the last industrialized nations to ban the low-dose oral contraceptive for women?

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Teens Japan Magazine Volume 9

Girls Kissing for 64 pages awesome. Gay culture in Japan was altered when the self-righteous Victorian English entered Japan. They left Japan with silly Victorian values. the word for "gay" , "queer" use to be "Bi-do", "Dansyoku",or "wakashudo". It was very common and considered noy unusual for a wealthy men not to have a special man friend, or their wives to have special woman friends, this was not liked by the Victorians. Japanese culture then began to change dramatically and still even today Japanese still suffer from Victorian values for example Japanese must not see a full frontal of a naked man.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Mimi Japanese Magazine

Mimi in Japanese means to listen, I'm all ears!

Friday, August 18, 2006

New Look Exciting Magazine

The first magazine in Japan was Seiyo-Zasshi, or Western Magazine, published in October 1867 by a scholar Shunzo Yanagawa. It was a 12 page wood printed booklet, and had six issues until it closed in September 1869. Since then, the term Zasshi has been used for Japanese magazine.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Sex Bomb Japanese Magazine

Cheeky girl in Japanese school uniform, strips to her underwear... cool. In Japanese girly mags, the women often wears a Japanese school uniform. Typically this is based on the summer sailor fuku type (white blouse with blue sailor colour and red tie, as well as a blue pleated skirt), except the skirt is shortened significantly. However, numerous variants exist: these can be based on Catholic schoolgirls or uniforms from anime or hentai, such as the "bustier plus miniskirt" outfit seen in Bible Black. Generally, "authentic" uniform design maximises the display of the body's curves with minimal skin exposure. In addition, numerous uniforms that are associated with Japanese schoolgirls are also used: examples include the form-fitting navy blue one-piece swimsuit, the typical gym clothes for Japanese schoolgirls consisting of a tight white top and navy blue tights plus sneakers, and traditional Japanese martial art garb.