Shinsuke Takizawa – A Distinguished Designer With The Biker’s Spirit


When it comes to male designers, most of the times maybe we think of a guy who is kind of feminine who is able to make such good clothes. However, what is your opinion about the picture of a guy above here? Does he look feminine? I guess, for everyone who has a pair of good eyes would not say that he does, but yeah, he is a designer! His name is Shinsuke Takizawa and he is the main inspiration behind the famous Japanese street wear brand, Neighborhood. The good thing is today, I’m going to cover this cool designer who looks more like a biker and of course with his clothing brand as well, such as Neighborhood and Luker! Here we go! Continue reading

Natsumikan: A Hagi Favorite


As you travel around Japan, you will find that many cities and towns have souvenir shops for the traveler looking to buy something to bring home to remind them of their time spent away from home. Most of the time, these souvenirs are gifts, and believe me when I say that these souvenirs are beyond the level of, “My neighbor went to ____, and all I got was this stupid T-shirt!”

Oh, no, the Japanese are much more thoughtful than that, and it shows in their gift shops. Often, food products are the favorites to go for when purchasing souvenirs for family and friends, and there’s always a theme: what is that city or town most famous for, or what are they the most proud of?

In Hagi, a city in the Yamaguchi prefecture, there are two food products boasted about in their souvenir shops: the natsumikan and the blowfish. Hagi is also famous for their pottery, which is something you can also find touted about in their shops, but for today, let’s focus on the natsumikan, or, literally, the summer tangerine. Continue reading

Top 10 Tokyo Winter Trends!!!


As one of the major fashion cities in the world, Tokyo always create lots of new trends in the fashion world. Moreover, Tokyo is like the other major fashion cities in the world, has four seasons. Therefore, Tokyo is always producing newer and newer trends in each of the season. Now, we’re still in February which mean that Japan (including Tokyo of course) still in the winter season.  Recently, one of the greatest fashion magazines in Japan, Cool Trans, took some snap shot of the Tokyo people on the street and they also categorize what are the this year winter trends. That’s why in this article I’m going to post about what are the top 10 trends in Tokyo this winter based from the ranking that was made by Cool Trans magazine. It’s not the Tokyo people if they were not looked good even in the cold winter time, so let’s take a look on how the Tokyoites look like in this winter!

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Various Japanese Stereotype – Part 1


|This post is written by Saladine|Silhouete dance

Stereotype are interesting, it simplified some aspect of people and generalized it. Take example the stereotype of U.S.A, at least I can name 3 most-famous American stereotype. Letsee… 1st, they sue everything in any way they can; 2nd, people there carries gun every time everywhere, and they will use it if they received threats; 3rd, all American girls are bitchy and slutty. Well, thanks to Hollywood, I guess I can understand the 2nd and 3rd stereotype, but what about the 1st? Because of a case where a granny sue the microwave company for not putting a notice “do not dry cat inside”, most people outside U.S.A now think that every people in America like to sue others. So a certain event can revert into the making of stereotype, which mostly negative. But then, what about Japan? What kind of stigma did other nation judged Japan?

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Kasajizou: A New Year’s Tale


Jizou, photo courtesy of a-racoon photo at http://a-racoon.com/

Jizou, photo courtesy of a-racoon photo at http://a-racoon.com/

Before we begin, I should explain what a jizou is. In short, a jizou is a Buddhist statue meant to guard children, especially children who died entirely too young. The proper way to refer to them is Ojizou-sama, and you can see these statues all across Japan, especially at temples and graveyards.

And now, our tale, which begins on a cold winter’s day, and as all Japanese folklore will have it, it begins with an old man and his wife.

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Daikanyama – Stylistic, Cozy, and Serene Neighbour of Shibuya


Sarugaku, Daikanyama

During my trip to Tokyo, there are some areas that I really love, such as Shibuya, Harajuku, Ueno, and Daikanyama. I guess for the first three areas, Shibuya, Harajuku, and Ueno, most of you have known exactly about what are the things inside those areas and why those areas are famous, however, I think not a lot of people really have idea about what and where Daikanyama is. As one of the areas that caught my heart, Daikanyama is not as big or as popular as Shibuya or Harajuku, but Daikanyama has their kind of attractive points which are different from what Shibuya and Harajuku have. So, today let’s explore this Shibuya’s stylistic, cozy, and serene neighbour, Daikanyama. Continue reading

Welcome Vicki san!!!


Hello guys! How are you? I’d like to inform you, our dear readers, that Japanesense has had a new author and her name is Vicki Thiem. Starting from next week, to be exact on Sunday, Vicki san is going to post the article on this blog. We are really happy to have Vicki san as one of the author in Japanesense. Therefore, the schedule of the new post in Japanesense become 3 times in a week, me on Wednesday, Sultan san on Friday, and Vicki san on Sunday. We hope with the arrival of Vicki san, this blog could become better and better and we also hope that we could cover the Japanese things more for those love the Japanese things. Well, just be sure to keep on following us guys since everything is going to be a real fun from now. Welcome aboard Vicki san!!! :)