GLOSSY.com DEC 8, 2016 by ANA ANDJELIC Wander down the Takamiyacho neighborhood of Kyoto and turn left to a side street, and you will come across an unmarked boutique nested among the traditional Machiya townhouses. Venture in, and you will be surrounded by one-of-a-kind items ranging from dresses and denim to jewelry and housewares. Among […]
Japanese comics, called manga, are hugely popular. Although you probably knew that, you probably don’t know the extent of it. In 2015, Japan’s bestselling manga series, One Piece, sold more than 14 million copies. It helps that the format runs a hugely broad spectrum of topics; they’re not just action-packed comics aimed at children but […]
Kumamon, a cartoon bear created to promote tourism in an overlooked part of Japan, has become a billion-dollar phenomenon. Now, a new academic field is trying to pinpoint what makes things cute – and why we can’t resist them.
Vaporwave is a music genre originating from the early 2010s. The term encompasses everything associated with it, including the unique aesthetic of classic roman busts, tropical sunsets, 90s video graphics and Japanese text. It is a product of the internet and the invisible connections that mesh culture together.