[Translation] MINA May 2015 Masuda Takahisa – “Massu Styling” Volume 8

This Month’s theme is: “Styling Starting from the Shoes”

When I spoke with the team at the last photoshoot about the theme for this time, we decided we did not want not to feature red shoes because red is pretty common for shoes in print.  I get pretty embarrassed remembering that triumphant look on my face at that time, as I was all for doing a different color but ultimately it ended up being red. (LOL)

Normally when I buy new shoes I always take a polaroid of them and stick it to the outside of the box and then stack them in the hallway, but this pair of Nike Air Command Force’s really pulled me in so I just had to make them the main feature. I wanted to put together clothes in a lighter color, so I decided on a light color denim jacket and grey shorts. Since I specially curled my hair, I lightly placed the hat on.

Recently I have been really into socks, so today I put on white ones that just peek over the shoes. I also like when women wear socks and sneakers together or socks and sandals together. I heard that in general it’s something that men don’t like, but that’s strange to me because I think its really cute!

Also on the subject of Woman’s shoes, there’s something I’ve always wanted to do! For a woman’s birthday, I want to take her to eat at a restaurant where you have to take your shoes off. *** When we go to leave, her shoes would be replaced with a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes**that I had secretly prepared as a present for her. (The magazine staff members all sequel unison) Ahh but if that was done to me with NIKE’s I wouldn’t like that…. Maybe women are the same? LOL

Today’s Necklace

This is the Tiffany and Co. Necklace that I bought when I went to Paris for the first time on my own in my off time. This collet necklace that I admired and fell in love with at first sight is a keepsake from that trip to Paris. I like to shop at a travel destination, so it’s something I also look forward to during a concert tour.

Translator’s notes:
*** Taking your shoes off at a restaurant is still common in Japan, especially at Japanese restaurants.

** Christian Louboutin Shoes are very expensive high heels that are known for their red soul and are known as some of the most coveted heels for women next to Jimmy Choo.

*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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[REVIEW] NEWS Arena Tour 2018 EPCOTIA – DVD/ Blu-Ray


From the world of “NEVERLAND” in 2017, in 2018 NEWS takes you on a journey into outer space onboard the EPCOTIA Liner – flight 009; NEWS hosting as the 4 flight attendants. A tour based around their album released in March 2018, NEWS once again immerses you into the theme of the album, which has been a “thing” for them since their 2015 album “WHITE”.

In this review, I will be discussing 2 categories – Theme and DVD contents – to give an overall rundown of the DVD itself and if its worth it to buy.

Theme – Outer Space??

Let’s begin with Theme! To be honest, I was skeptical of this space theme from the minute I saw the names of the songs on the album that were basically all a bunch of space themed words thrown together like “BLACKHOLE” and “UFO”. Nothing could top NEVERLAND (tour and album) for me… it was the perfect theming for a group like NEWS who is bright and has bouncy songs with some rock thrown in from time to time, so EPCOTIA had a lot to live up to… and I think NEWS was feeling the pressure too.  Before going into the tour itself in April, I liked about only 50% of the songs but after seeing the tour in Hiroshima I was hooked on about 90% of them for the performance.

You can tell NEWS made an extensive effort to separate NEVERLAND from EPCOTIA as themes, and to not make it a continuation (despite NEWS doing theming for N-E-W-S for the next few years) . NEVERLAND had a more steam punk feel to it with the costumes and had a more typical stage setup for NEWS, while EPCOTIA was a center stage and more “futuristic” with monochrome theming and costumes, lots of strobe light affects and a center stage where they really pushed the limits with what they could do with it. (Bungee jumping around the stage in the middle of the concert, hanging from the celling during the opening and having a huge model space shuttle on the stage? Now THAT’S entertainment!) I felt they had a higher budget this year as compared to previous years, as it was their 15th anniversary and probably after the success of the NEVERLAND theming the year previously.

Also, on a side note, the tickets were adorable with “Boarding Pass” written on the back of them with the EPCOTIA logo on it … the theming was on point the entire time from beginning to end. I think with NEVERLAND they pushed the limits for theming where they had fallen short with QUARTETTO the year previous and then with EPCOTIA, they really took what they learned with NEVERLAND and ran with it full speed ahead.

CONTENTS – less than previous DVD’s?

Credit to Johnnys Entertainment Inc.

The contents of the DVD are very straight forward this time around, containing only the final day of the tour in Saitama Arena in May 2018 plus “EPCOTIA MULTI ANGLES LIVE”, which special to just the limited edition of the DVD. The only difference between the Regular Edition and the Limited Edition is this “Multi Angles live” for both the Blu-ray and DVD versions. Click HERE for all the information on what the DVD contains (Japanese Only).

This time the DVD didn’t have as many extras as in the past… more than likely because NEWS had 3 “tours” in 2018 (EPCOTIA Arena Tour,  15th Anniversary Live STRAWBERRY, and EPCOTIA – encore- Dome Tour)  and I predict that because of this, they are wanting to release the arena tour but for a lower price point so that they can release the other concerts later on in 2019. (A double sided DVD between Strawberry and EPCOTIA – encore-? You heard it being called here first, folks!)

I thought the Multi Angles live was a smart move on Johnny’s part to keep the budget low: Take footage of a handful of songs that they already had recorded at the concert and release it at different angles. Essentially, they have cameras pointed at each of the members during the concert at all times and they compiled that footage of 4 of the popular songs, LIVE,  BLACKHOLE, Erotica, and U R not alone for each member’s angle. Not just that, but you don’t have to choose just 1 member for the entire time, you can choose different members for different parts of the song, letting you control the editing of the song and how you want to see it. I thought you could only choose 1 member for the entire song, but I was happily surprised you can choose the angle at each point in the song. Very interactive, as there are so many combinations you can make between the 4 members’ parts.

“Happy Ending”

Overall, Outer Space wasn’t a theme that I was extremely excited about but the execution and how they kept to theming the entire time was extremely impressive. NEVERLAND is close to my heart and for me, unfortunately, EPCOTIA did not surpass that. The content of the DVD was less than previous years, but hopefully there will be some releases of the other 2018 concerts later in 2019 to make up for it. (My wallet is READY!) 

If you can get your hands on the Limited Edition of this DVD, I think it is worth it for the multi-angles lives, but the Regular Edition doesn’t have much to offer besides the actual concert.

 With that being said though,  I can’t wait to see what they have in store for the VR themed “WORLDISTA” for 2019!

[Translation] MINA February 2015, Masuda Takahisa – “Massu Styling” Volume 5

 

 

This Month’s theme: Mature Coat.

Going along with the theme, this time I played around with this DIOR HOMME trench coat. A trench coat with black shorts is a staple style for me. For girls, I think wearing a trench coat with a check-patterned skirt is cute. Ah, but pairing it with neutral colored pants is also cute!  Having a tight bottom-half is also nice because a trench coat has an A-line silhouette.

I wanted to go with a “basketball” feel so I pared it with a T-shirt, sweatpants-shorts, and a headband. I used to be apart of the Basketball club, so I have lots of headbands from that time, but I hadn’t used them in coordinating outfits until recently. I thought about using a red cap with this outfit, but because I wanted a “basketball mix”, in the end I used the headband instead. That, and the style of the basketball pants. I like the baggy style, and I have lots of them! In public I have a sporty style, and because I see it around a lot is also probably also why I wanted to go with a basketball style this time. Speaking of “sporty style”, there are lots of people that wear caps or knit caps in a loose style…its awesome right?! I also like going with that style too.

My Favorite Apple

I got my hands on this BOOKMARC collaboration, GILAPPLE! The middle one is a light. Ideally I would love to try buying an apple in the city and walking around while eating it, but in reality I cut them up cleanly before eating them! LOLL I can’t really cook, but I can properly peel an apple!

*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.

Translation: Ray October, 2013 – Earth Music&Ecology x Ray x NEWS Dress Collaboration Part 1- Koyama and Tegoshi Cross Talk

Tegoshi and Koyama Special Talk:

They both declare that they like dresses, but they have different tastes! Starting from their tastes in dresses, we asked them about their “ideal woman image”.

 

Let’s start from “buying a cute dress”:

Tegoshi: I love the style of girls wearing dresses!

Koyama: All men like it don’t they! Individually what do you like? Will it be similar? Let’s say it together at the same time!

(at the same time)

Tegoshi: Plain

Koyama: Flower Pattern. Oh! Totally different!

Tegoshi: Personally, even though there is a lot of Rock-like style, I like a softer feeling. A pink dress with the girls hair twisted back is my ideal.

Koyama: Patterned fabrics are really difficult, but in winter and fall for a cool, composed feeling, flower print is easy to challenge isn’t it? If I went to pick up my girlfriend and she appeared in a flower print dress I would be really excited! I would totally get that she showed up being fashionable.

Tegoshi: I also want her to wear a dress on a date too! My ideal is meeting after class is over at school and if she was wearing a pink dress that would be the best!

Koyama: Because Tegoshi has a rock taste in clothes, it’s probably better for balance for the girl to wear a plain style right? If she skillfully pairs a belt and accessories with it, it’s fantastic.

Tegoshi: A bit high-waisted, it hits at the waistline nicely and has a good balance.

Koyama: Would you go shopping together [with the girl]?

Tegoshi: If it was a girl that I liked, I would. I also like just hanging out together. But, if we went around to lots of stores and in the end she says that she wants to go back to the first store, I couldn’t do that! LOL

Koyama: Just like our Masuda right! LOL What about items to pair with the dress? With a flower print dress, pairing a plain cardigan or a leather jacket is cute isn’t it?

Tegoshi: In the fall and winter, something like bare legs with short boots is cute isn’t it? Your legs show with a dress, so to wear the dress you should to adjust it to your own body type and can refine yourself, right?

Koyama: Because guys will definitely notice girls wearing a dress! You shouldn’t be embarrassed when you get noticed because knowing that guys notice you wearing dress will make you prettier!

Tegoshi: As expected, appearance really is important. That love can begin from fashion really is true! If a girl wears clothes that she loves, I would want to talk to her and know more about her inner side as well.

Koyama: Also, when a girl wears a one piece, her character seems more feminine than normal.

Tegoshi: Wearing a feminine dress is a special right as a woman that should be used to your advantage. I want you to use it to your advantage and your self-confidence to increase. If we had more girls doing that, guys will have to work harder to be more fashionable too! In order to get love, why don’t you first try starting with buying a cute dress?

Koyama: Those who haven’t tried wearing a print dress yet, I would love for you to try to this fall. If you are aiming for an older guy, I want you to be able to catch him with a fashionable print dress. If it were me, I would be totally caught! LOL

 

*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.

[Translation] MINA December 2014, Masuda Takahisa – “Massu Styling” Volume 3

 This month’s theme: “Knits for various daily wear”

It’s only the third volume, but I was given knits as a theme already and and impatiently declared “I don’t have any knits!” But… when I checked my closet I had some unexpectedly! (LOL) In any case, I brought a bunch of different kinds of knits and styled the same hat and pants combination with them in three different ways. Which one do you guys like the most?

The knits are from the brands (the top of the page down): Maison Martin Margiela, Sasquatchfabrix., and LABRAT.

The Margiela Knit is a silhouette that I normally don’t choose, but I fell in love with it at first sight in the store. Out of all the clothes  I have it’s the most “Honor’s student”-like. I began to think I want to wear knit a lot more after seeing the shot taken of me in this piece ! For a date, this knit would be good. Yup.

When you first see the striped knit you might think it’s kind of  gaudy looking, but I really like the shape of the turtleneck and dolman sleeve combination.

I think the detail on Paisley knit is interesting. I would wear it on a casual day to go meet with a friend.

To me, knit items aren’t as much of a daily item as sweat is, but wearing it all now like this was nice! I’ll try to wear more knit now. Also, the hat that I am wearing now I wore a long time ago on Music Station! It restricted by the season, but every year I wear it a ton. I wonder if anyone noticed??

Knit Companions

I began collecting badges by influence of a stylist. Whenever I go into a clothing shop or a general goods store and see a cute badge I snatch it up, especially animals I probably like the most. One day I think I want to try making a piece of clothing filled with those badges.

*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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[Translation] MINA October 2014, Masuda Takahisa – “Massu Styling” Volume 1

This month’s theme: “Simple Monotone”

This is the first installment this series, and I have been put in charge of what I will wear! (LOL). A lot of people probably have an image of me wearing clothes that are kind of all over the place1, but I actually also like simple clothing, like the outfit with the hat on the left… but simple items paired together with simple shapes/ shillioutes to don’t really match. What’s best is an item that is simple, but the size is big or it has something that reflects that person’s personality, right? The timing of when to wear a knit vest can be difficult, so up until now I would have gone with sweatshirt material, but this knit vest has a rough texture and the arms are short sleeved, so I bought it at first sight. I also thought pairing it with these RAF SIMONS pants was also nice. The long sleeve shirt I love so much that I have it in different colors and in shirt sleeve too. On a day where you wear sweats on both top and bottom, I like to wear something like leather boots with it, basically pairing something simple together one nice item…..the hat that I am wearing is also like that! It’s something that I would want to wear to go shopping around in, rather than just for stroll around the neighborhood.

On the right page is the check set-up2. I like that even though it is one item together, it isn’t boring. Layering the non-sleeve parka over it is normal for me. On a casual day when going out to eat a meal or something, I wear something like this a lot.

If girls wore monotone, a simple T-shirt with a scoop neck neckline is really infatuating to me! (LOL) Pairing it with some black skinny pants is ideal. Wearing monotone together on a date is perfectly okay. Wearing flower print together is kind of embarrassing though… (LOL)

Well then, next time I will also come prepared with lots of clothes as well!

Fashion Companions

On the right is a label maker that you type letter by letter and make a sticker with. It has a really analogue feeling to it and I’m really into sticking them to places like my cellphone, etc.
On the left are these 3 sibling Hermes bangles. Bangles are also an indispensable item for me.

*Translators Notes:

1. He means that people have the image of him wearing lots of patterns and colors together in one outfit, thus “all over the place clothing”

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.

*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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