[Translation] Mina March 2017, Masuda Takahisa – “Massu Styling” Volume 30

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This month’s theme is “MA-1”

When I was in middle school the MA-1 bomber jacket was popular and one that I got from my dad was my first. I wore it a lot, but after that it wasn’t trendy for about 10 years and only in the past few years has it come back around to being cool to wear again. It’s said that fashion trends come into popularity, make their round and then come back into popularity once again, and the MA-1 did exactly that. I have a black one from another brand, but I decided to feature this Vetements MA-1 jacket that I have really been into recently. Vetements is a popular brand from Paris that I like and is one of the brands that I have featured in this series many times. The chief designer Demna Gvasalia also designed for Balenciaga, so I am paying more and more attention (to the brand) recently!

The silhouette of the jacket matches with todays trends by  just by putting it on and wearing it in my usual rough style because it is oversized. Surprisingly, I actually like the khaki color that is easy to style with anything. I originally wanted to style it with a grey sweat-material hoodie, but when I looked in my closet these grey sweatpants totally just popped out at me to use, so I chose them! You can’t see it very well, but the shirt under the jacket is a Twiggy graphic T-shirt. My neck was bare, so I added a silver necklace as an accent. Even paired with thinner pants than these, there is a nice balance!

 

*Disclaimer* I am still actively learning Japanese and this translation is not perfect. This translation is as direct of a translation as I can make it and I took some liberties as a native English speaker to make it flow better in English, as some things don’t translate well into English from Japanese.

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Japanese Fashion- Fashion Diary: Spring Blues

The weather has been warming up over the past month in Japan and the Cherry Blossoms have all dropped their petals. Now that warmer weather is upon us, it’s time to break out the Spring Fashion! Blue has been my favorite color to wear this spring, and pairing it with lighter colors, like white and grey, I think is an amazing combination. Fashion-1 Coordinate 1: Top: Earth Music and Ecology Skirt: Noela Fahsion-2 This First outfit is one of my favorite to wear to work. I love the white color and the flower print of the skirt. The shirt is blue, giving contrast to the white, but bringing out the blue and grey flowers in the skirt. The shirt has a white collar and cuffs, which compliments the white of the skirt against the blue shirt. Fashion-3If you look closely, there is pink in the flowers of the skirt too! I have always been a fan of flower print, but this Spring and Summer Flower print is one of the major trends here in Japan. You can see it in dresses, skirts, and tops everywhere in stores recently.     Fashion-6 Coordinate 2: Skirt and Top: Noela Fashion-5I was never into Tule skirts until last Fall. I always thought that they were too poofy for my style and were hard to wear. That all changed with my first purchase of a tule skirt last fall, and now this skirt that I have in this coordinate. A HUGE trend in Japan right now is midi-length tule skirts. This top is a light sweater that is grey white stripped, which again gives a contrast to the navy blue skirt. Fashion-4This Tule skirt is so feminine, but conservative at the same time so that I can wear it to work. I am only 150cm, or 4’11, so this skirt may seem to be a bit on the long side, but it hits me right under the knees and the underskirt is just at my knees, making it the perfect length for this midi-skirt trend. Fashion-9Coordinate #3 Cardigan and Dress: Earth Music and Ecology Fashion-8This dress is actually one that has been in my closet from last year and was part of the Ray x NEWS x Earth Music and Ecology 3 way collaboration. Even though it is a year old, you can never go wrong with an A-line dress that is a bit longer for work. I think it is classy and a piece that can stay in your closet for years and never go out of style. The dress also came with the belt, and it cinches in the waist very nicely. It was also reasonably priced, at around 7000 Yen. For Japanese Fashion, Earth Music and Ecology makes good quality clothes for a reasonable price, compared to some other brands in department stores. Fashion-7The cardigan I also bought last year from Earth Music and Ecology, and it is also something that I reuse time and time again. I love stripes and it goes perfectly with this dress, or any other solid color dress or top in an earth tone (Brown, Blue, Green).   All of these coordinates are combined with black flats and black tights, as the night still get chilly. For work, I cannot wear heels, so I am constantly wearing these black Tory Burch Flats. When the temperature gets warmer, I will stop wearing tights and wear lighter shoes combined with these same outfits until around the end of May. All of these outfits are also conservative enough to wear to a work setting here in Japan, but of course check what your office clothing policy first! Fashion-10   I hope you enjoyed this fashion post! What are some of the trends in this post that you like? Press the like button below and let me know what you think in the comment section!

Japanese Fashion: EATME Harajuku Store Grand Opening – October 26th, 2014

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On October 26th, I went to the grand opening of EATME, a brand by the famous Model Tsubasa Masuwaka. Tsubasa is best known for being a “Gyaru” model in POPTEEN and POPSISTER Magazines (although has graduated from both) and also has two cosmetic lines, Dolly Wink and Candy Doll. She is also a singer under the persona “Milky Bunny”.

EATME is Tsubasa’s first clothing line and has been around since this past summer online at Runway Channel, but the first shop opened in Harajuku just last week. EATME comes from Alice in Wonderland, which my friend Rosie tells me she is a big fan of those kinds of styles. How I would like to describe the style is a bit on the sexy side with some of the shapes of the clothing, but the accents of it make it cute and tone it down by giving it a bit of a conservative, “British” edge. “British” is a trend in clothing in Japan recently, especially for Fall and Winter,  but EATME seems to be different where it fundamentally is based off of the British style, and not just following the trend this year.

Around noon on the 26th, Rosie and I headed over to the shop after eating lunch. She has been a fan of Tsubasa for a long time and she was excited to see the shop. The store was surrounded by flowers from people congratulating the shop on it’s opening, something that is common for shop openings, as well as stage plays and concerts in Japan. When we went to the shop, we thought we were going to have to wait but it ended up that we were given a number and ushered right in after a few minutes. We walked in and the store there was a photo backdrop on the left and a staircase to the right leading up to the second floor.

We then began to look around and just as we were looking at the sweaters on the table at the front of the store, just on the other side was Tsubasa herself! I couldn’t believe it! We were both nervous and we walked around the store for a while looking at the clothes not being able to talk to her, because she was helping other customers. Once Rosie and I decided what we wanted to try on, I went first into the dressing room. I tried on (and eventually bought) a white and blue rose- print dress from the store.

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White and Blue Rose Print Dress by EATME. Photo Taken in Yebisu Garden Place

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While I was changing out of the dress I had tried on, I heard Rosie outside of the dressing room talking with someone. I walked out of the dressing room and found that she was talking to Tsubasa finally! After they talked Rosie went into the dressing room and tried on two dresses. Tsubasa then began talking to me and asked me what dress I was going to buy. She was so nice and gave both Rosie and I advice on how to wear the dresses that we picked out and was interested that we were from a foreign country and joked around with me about letting people in America know about the brand. That day she wasn’t able to take pictures with customers or sign anything, but we were able to shake her hand! It was an amazing experience to be able to talk to the producer of the brand herself and get advice from her on how to wear the items we bought.

At the end, we checked out and took pictures in the picture area at the front of the store and then went to look up stairs. Upstairs contains vintage clothes that aren’t part of the EATME brand and it had a nice boutique feel to it.

Below are parts of the Fall Look Book from the EATME Website. I like the vintage “British” feel to it, as well as it being a bit on the “sexy” and mature side, but also has that touch of cuteness to it. I also particularly like the dresses in the collection.

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All Pictures are credited to the EATME Brand found on the EATME Website

I look forward to seeing more from this brand in the future! It has caught my eye and I can’t wait to see the next collection that comes out.

Check out the brand’s website below! What do you think of it? Tell me in the comments below!

EATME Brand Website

Store Layout and Location Details

 

*I am not affiliated with this brand. This is only my personal report on the event that happened*

Johnny’s Talk: What To Wear To A Johnny’s Concert/ Event?

One of the hardest things for me to decide on when I go to a Johnny’s concert or event is: What should I wear?

Now, I believe that fashion is very personal to everyone and what he or she chooses to wear is a reflection of who they are. Each person has their own style and what they like to wear and there is no right or wrong thing to wear to Johnny’s concerts! I personally like dresses and skirts and a more mature style of clothing, as well as when I go to Johnny’s concerts I don’t want to draw attention to myself more than I already do by being foreign. Some people like to dress up in cosplay or dress up to draw attention to themselves, so it is all based on personal preference and what you feel comfortable wearing! Even for Japanese fans there is a huge gap between the people who dress “normal” and the people who go all out and cosplay and dress up, so don’t worry too much about it! Fashion in Japan is so wide and varied that you won’t feel bad with whatever you decide to wear. So with all that being said, this post is about how I decide what to wear to a Johnny’s concert and maybe it could give you some ideas yourself on what to were when you go someday! Here are some questions that I ask myself when I go to a concert that help me decide what I will wear:

“What group am I going to see”? I always start out with this question. This is a big factor because each group has a different kind of presence and the fans dress differently and act differently as well. For example, NEWS fans are considered “fashionable” and the group itself has more of a “prince” type of image, so I will pick the overall theme of my clothing based off of that. KAT-TUN on the other hand has more of an edgy rock-like feel to them with darker colors, so I tend to wear darker colors to their concerts and try to be a bit edgier with what I wear, but still stick with my own personal style though. The most out-there group that I normally go to see is Kanjani8, and the way that the fans dress is very much a reflection of the group themselves. It’s always fun to see what Kanjani8 fans will wear to the concerts!

“Who is your favorite member”? Johnny’s groups usually have colors associated to the individual members in the group. An easy way for the fans and for the members themselves to identify whose fan you are is to wear your favorite member’s color to the concert. Sometimes I follow this, but other times I don’t. It all depends on the concert and the group for me, as well as where my seats are. For example, for Tegomassu no Seishun I chose not to wear my favorite member Massu’s yellow color in Fukuoka and Nagoya, but instead wore the green color that the concert goods and the theme of the concert was based off. In Yokohama and Osaka though, I wore Yellow.

What season is it and is the concert/ event outside or inside? This also plays a factor into what clothes I would wear as well. KAT-TUN’s countdown concert I wore dark clothes because it was winter and because they were edgier as well. NEWS’s concerts were inside and outside, so the outside concerts I didn’t dress up as much because it was in the middle of summer and I would be sweating a lot, but the inside concerts I decided to dress up a bit more because I wouldn’t be sweating as much. Also, waiting for goods outside can be a factor as well, so take that into consideration when you are choosing your outfit as well!

Will I be wearing any of the concert goods I am buying? For Kanjani8’s Jyuusai concert, there was a “happi” that they were selling and I wanted to buy it so I decided on the dress that I wore based on that. I thought the happi would look better with a collared dress, so I wore that. Another popular thing to do is to wear the concert T-shirt right after buying it or personalize the concert T-shirt for another show that you will go see in the same tour.

A note on Stage plays: For stage plays, I would recommend toning down what you wear to a concert if you normally cosplay or dress up a lot for these events. With stage plays you have to remember that the Johnny’s guy is only one member of the cast during this play (even thought he may be starring in it) and other people who aren’t Johnny’s fans will more than likely be attending as well for the other cast members who have nothing to do with Johnny’s. The purpose is to enjoy the stage play and support the Johnny’s guy, not for the Johnny’s guy to notice you or to draw attention to yourself, which is different than a concert. With this being said, there is a certain respect for the stage and arts when you go to see stage plays so please try to be respectful of that. The manners for concerts and stage plays are different is all, not that one is better than the other. For the most part, most people I see at stage plays dress normally and I don’t even know they are going to the play unless they are a carrying around a bag from the group that the Johnny’s guy in the play is in. I personally dress like I normally do everyday, but if it’s an evening show I might dress a bit more fancy.

Here are some pictures of what I have worn to past Johnny’s concerts!

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Tegomassu no Seishun – Fukuoka Picture courtesy Monica (blog: the beauty of existence)

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Kanjani8 – Jyuusai

Tegomassu no Seishun - Nagoya

Tegomassu no Seishun – Nagoya

Masuda Takahisa Stageplay - Strange Fruits in Osaka

Masuda Takahisa Stageplay: “Strange Fruits” – in Osaka

Was this helpful? What do you normally wear to Johnny’s concerts? Please let me know in the comments below!

Japanese Fashion – Fall 2014 Coordinate #2

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Hello everyone! I am back with another Fall Coordinate post, and this time is with a Fall Dress!

This fall, another trend is vintage looking flower prints. I personally love flower prints on dresses so I was instantly hooked on this dress from the start just because of that. It’s another outfit from Noela, and can you blame me? They have amazing clothes! This particular dress I bought in their Autumn set Fair, which was a dress and a cardigan for 16,000 yen. I chose a navy blue cardigan with the dress for the set, which is not shown in this post.

What do I love about this dress? First up is the collar and the coloring of the dress. This dress came in a few different colors, but the other colors were a bit too vintage looking for me (and in my opinion, a bit like “grandma’s old couch”), but this white was perfect! The base of the dress is white and the flowers are shades of grey, with the collar being a really dark brown color. As always, I love collars on dresses so this was a perfect match for me. 

SAM_0508Lastly is the cut of the dress. Noela dresses always have amazing cuts and this dress was no exception! It hits my waist at the perfect place, cinching it in. The sleeves are sleeveless, but there is still a bit of a cap to it, so it’s easy to wear with a cardigan!

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This dress was actually my graduation dress from my MBA program at the end of September, so this is a full length shot of me to give a better idea of how the dress fits. I paired it with a pair of black tights and a pair of black pumps, but to make it a bit less formal, I wear it with flats instead.

What do you think of Floral prints? Let me know what you think of this dress in the comments below! Follow me on Instagram @nihonchique to see pictures of other outfits I wear, as well as things going on in Japan!

Noela Website

 

Japanese Fashion – Mikimoto Pearls

mikimoto-4Mikimoto is a prestigious Jewelry brand that is famous for cultured pearls and something that I have been coveting after for a long time! To me, this brand is a staple of elegance and has a long history. My mother has Mikimoto Pearls, and my grandmother had Mikimoto Pearls. When I was younger, I never had an interest in pearls and in fact, on a trip to China when I was 15 years old, my mother bought me some black pearls that are very rare and I wasn’t very interested at the time. Only since I entered into my 20’s have I been into pearls and realize their elegance.

Now for my graduation from my MBA program in Japan at the end of September, I was grateful to receive a set of Mikimoto Pearl earrings as a present. It is a gift that is very special to me and was very unexpected as well. Because this is such a prestigious product and it was something from Japan, I wanted to share it with you all because it isn’t something that you receive everyday and it could be a purchase that you think about for a long time before buying. I will present some details of this product below!

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Pictured above is the packaging! This is very similar to Tiffany and Co, but their coloring is Blue with a silver bow instead of the classic “Tiffany Green”. Blue is my favorite color so I think it is very elegant.

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Now, onto the pearls themselves! These pearls are 7mm in diameter and 18k White Gold. I chose a pink color to them, as opposed to a more white because of my skin tone and the types of colors that I wear on a daily basis. The shop keeper told me that the  colors of the choice of pearls doesn’t affect it’s quality, it’s the luster that matters.

mikimoto-3I chose a 7mm size because in the future, I want to own my own Mikimoto Pearl necklace and the shop keeper told me that a size between 6.5mm and 7.5mm was ideal if you wanted to own a pearl necklace in the future. I was skeptical about them being so big, as the only pearl earrings that I own are 5.5mm and since I am only 150cm, or 4’11 with a small face and ears, I didn’t want them to be too big and look clown-like on me. I tried a variation of sizes ranging from 6mm- 7.5mm on with a strand of pearls that would go with my body size and I thought that the 7mm was the best.

Well, that’s it for me this time! If you would like to learn more about Mikimoto, please check out the link below! They are all over the world. Also, let me know what you think about Mikimoto in the comments below! Have you heard of them before?

Mikimoto Website

Translation – Mina November 2014, Masuda Takahisa – “Massu Styling” Volume 2

This Month’s Theme is: Leather and Sweatshirt material, “Rough Style” Outing!

This time I was given the themes “Sweatshirt Material outing” and “Casual Rider Jacket” from the editing department to try. I love both, so I decided to combine them! Rather than a leather rider jacket with skinny pants and boots, I styled a loose base with the rider jacket instead.

The instant I saw this Jean Paul Gaultier leather rider jacket in the store, I bought it. This was something sold during the spring and summer, but since it is easy to pair and I like the light thickness of the jacket, I can wear it during the autumn and winter as well!

For example, if you go out to eat in this style and take off your jacket in the restaurant. When you leave and put the jacket back on, the feel of the outfit becomes different. I think that is so cool! If you had met at the restaurant and didn’t realize that the other person was wearing a rider jacket, it’s like “Wow! They’re wearing a rider jacket! (LOL)” 1

It’s really awesome if a girl pairs a dress with a rider jacket. From any angle, it’s cute!

The set-up2 that is under the jacket is a layered tank top style that I have been into.  If it’s a t-shirt and pants combination as a base, I have been into wearing to long tank tops that you can see the hem sticking out of the bottom of the jacket. Finding items like this tank top make me really happy!

*Translators Notes:

  1. This paragraph was meant to covey that he likes that the feel of the outfit changes when you take the jacket on and off.
  2. A set-up is an outfit that the top and the bottom are the same material and print and it is popular clothing for men and women here recently in Japan.

Massu’s Japanese is so cute how he describes the outfit! I wish I could find a way to convey it better in future Massu Styling volumes!

I particularly like this styling a lot this month! I think it gives an edgy feel to Massu rather than the “cute” image that he usually portrays.

*Disclaimer* I am still actively learning Japanese and this translation is not perfect. This translation is as direct of a translation as I can make it and I took some liberties as a native English speaker to make it flow better in English, as some things don’t translate well into English from Japanese.