Good Design Award: Best Casio, Seiko, & Citizen Watches 2015–2016

Every year, Japan’s Good Design Award organization releases a list of products across a range of fields that are deemed worthy of the coveted "Good Design Best 100." Culled from thousands of applications submitted by Japanese and international firms, the lists for 2015 and 2016 included 12 award-winning timepieces by watchmakers Casio, Seiko, and Citizen that met one or more of the organization’s selection ideals: integrity, innovation, esthetics, and ethics. Since not all timepieces are created equal, we’ve put together this list of Good Design Award watches to highlight why each one would be > Read More

G-Shock Watches for Kids: 10 Timepieces for Little Wrists

G-Shock watches are perfect for rough-and-tumble play and activity-filled days. They’re scratch resistant, water resistant, and shock resistant—in other words: childproof. Combine this rugged functionality with a wide range of fun and colorful designs that match your kid’s budding fashion sense and you can see why there’s no better brand to consider than Casio’s G-Shock. Since not all models are suitable for smaller wrists, we’ve put together this list of 10 G-Shock watches for kids that will keep your child coming home for dinner on time for years to come. Kids G-Shock S Series > Read More

10 Limited Edition G-Shocks from Japan

In only three decades, Casio’s G-Shock watches have become the standard all durable watches are measured against. Considered by many to be the “ultimate tough watch,” G-Shocks are known to be able to handle some of the world’s most extreme conditions. This durability paired with an ever-growing lineup of limited-edition designs have turned many models into highly sought-after collector’s items. So, what are the top 10 most popular limited-edition G-Shock from Japan? Keep reading to find out! And if any of them catches your eye, you might just be able to find them offered by sellers in Japan. > Read More

11 Rare Anime G-Shock Collaborations from Japan

For over three decades, Casio’s G-Shock watch line has maintained its place as one of the world’s leading brands of durable watches. Considered by many to be the “ultimate tough watch,” the G-Shock is designed to weather all your adventures: it’s water resistant, shock resistant, and self-adjusting, with several models running completely on solar power. But beyond functionality, G-Shock refuses to take a backseat to fashion by combining its cutting-edge technology with the latest cultural trends and collaborations—including many of the anime classics otaku know and love. Keep reading to see > Read More

Ita Bag Obsession: Carry Your “Painful” Otaku Devotion with You!

Admit it: you’re an otaku and you want to show it! You take your fandoms seriously—and why shouldn’t you? They’re a huge part of who you are. But what’s the best way to flaunt your favorite fictional friends? You can’t exactly take your room full of wall scrolls, figurines, and merch everywhere you go. How can you let the world know, without a doubt—anytime, anywhere—that you are the ultimate fangirl or fanboy? The answer: Make an ita bag! > Read More

Japanese Sandals: What You Need to Know about Geta & Zori

Most people probably know that Japan is a country where shoes are removed at the door. While modern Japanese people usually step out with a typical assortment of contemporary footwear, in centuries past the shoes-on, shoes off problem was solved by zori and geta, traditional Japanese sandals for all occasions and seasons. Today these sandals are most popular at fireworks festivals and other traditional events, but one thing hasn’t changed: With a shape a bit like casual beachwear, they are still comfortable! And unlike their thin rubber Western counterparts, zori and geta can be very beautiful > Read More

Japanese Furoshiki: One Cloth… Endless Possibilities

One cloth… endless possibilities. There is no other country quite as innovative as Japan, and this can best be illustrated with just one word—furoshiki. While Western countries might look at this wrapping cloth as merely an oversized napkin or handkerchief, Japan has found a way to utilize furoshiki by matching functionality with style. Keep reading to find out all of the ways you can bring furoshiki into your life! > Read More

What is Lolita Fashion? A Guide for Beginners

Lolita Fashion is a popular subculture as well as a type of street fashion in Japan. For the past 10 years, it has gradually gained popularity across the globe. This look is based around a youthful doll-like appearance. There is a high emphasis on being ‘cute’ while maintaining an elegant aura. The look takes inspiration from Victorian and Rococo styles but as incorporated into today’s street fashion. Some girls like to go a step farther than mere fashion, participating in a whole range of Lolita Activities such as “high tea” with other Lolita friends. They look like princesses in the modern > Read More

Popular Japanese Fashion Magazines for Men & Women

Japan, which is nothing if not innovative when it comes to fashion, has a huge number of different fashion magazines that cater to a wide range of discerning fashionistas. There are many different subcultures each with their own unique style, all of which also have magazines that are specifically tailored to them. A lot of magazines are printed on quality paper, and some will even include a special item inside just for their readers along with each issue. Here is a list of some magazines to get you started on your own Japanese fashion journey. > Read More

Shibuya 109 Shop Showcase: Top 10 Popular Fashion Brands

Shibuya 109 (called “Ichi Maru Kyu in Japanese) is one of the most iconic fashion destinations for young women in Japan. The high-rise building and large 109 sign have become a familiar part of the Tokyo landscape along with the famous Shibuya Crossing and Hachiko statue. > Read More