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28 November 2010 @ 12:44 am
Day 22 - Your favorite Japanese saying or kotowaza (proverb)..  
After I posted yesterday, I thought about a bunch more fashion trends that I could have written about!

Stirrup pants!!!! EWWWWWWWWWWWW!! I admit, I had some of these in the 80s. You know, when I was 7 years old and I thought that neon colors were THE THING. ^o^; I was not an overly fashionable kid... in fact I was the total opposite. But I loved my slap bracelets and cross necklaces made from pony beads and leather lacing like all of the other kids! (I even made the latter and sold them in school... XD) Sorry, I couldn't find a picture, but I'm sure you know what I mean..

But anyways, stirrup pants are THE trendy item in Japan. Or, I don't know if they're trendy or whatnot, but everybody except for me wears them! They are tighter now and basically look like tights, but they're not. So I don't get the point. Also in the same vein, girls LOVE the tights that cut off just below the knee or at the ankle. I think that most of the time, they look hideous and make people look shorter. Why not let your thighs get some air??? On a rare occasion, I've thought they looked cute, but most of the time, I really despise them!

Overalls. These are cute on 7 year old boys running around in the countryside, like Tom Sawyer. Not good on anyone else.

Rompers. I think the first picture speaks for itself (WHO designed this? I mean.....wow. Ick wow. That model has all the sexual appeal of a hairless cat.. because that's what she looks like!) All the rage this last summer, and even now. Right now it's knit rompers. But I hate them all, because they, again, make everyone look fat. They bunch up at the waist and are just not flattering AT ALL. But they sure are popular! This last summer, it was all about the flower-patterend rompers. o.o;;

Nordic patterns. Right now, this is super-popular! If you look in any fashion magazine, it's filled with nordic-print everything! Most of it is admittedly cute! But I often end up wondering how it is different than that rudolph sweater that Grandma knits you every Christmas. You know the one! I will get something with this print sometime this winter, I'm sure. LOL at my own unfashionableness. I bet that Rachel from Glee would love this kinda stuff. Well, the first season she would have. Because on the second season she suddenly got stylish and kinda pretty.

Short short short shorts or miniskirts in the winter. I love them! The cellulite on my legs doesn't love them, but I do. :3 I used to not understand it, but now I wouldn't wear anything else. I guess that it makes me feel sexy...? In the winter, throw on a pair of tights to fight the cold. It doesn't help completely, but hey what can ya do? Fashion is pain..

Ribbons-on-your-boobs. Great for the flat-chested XD A LOT of Japanese shirts and dresses have this! I don't know what to think... sometimes it can be really cute. ^^

Frills all over the front of your shirt! Just in case you are a time-traveler the 18th-century who likes hideous clothes. I'm not, by the way. :P

Lumberjack shirts. AKA Lesbian shirts? At least I thought they were just for lesbians! :D But I guess nearly every girl in Japan is a lesbian, then. Because they're all over the place this year. I want one :B The difference, though, is that they are more form-fitted than a true lumberjack's shirt usually is.

Bun on top of the head. Better than in the oven? But still hideous. Hideous hideous hideous!

The "stupid" look. Aka, the look every successful model in Japan can do. It makes every model look vapid and like all of her thoughts leaked out of the lower ear. Is it really an act? I guess it goes with the idea that guys like stupid girls, right? Only, why then do they use it in Women's magazines?

Maxi dresses. Great in the summer! Some people forgot that and are still wearing them now.

Suspenders with shorts. Because everybody wants to look like an english schoolboy! I do, but my boobs get in the way :(

Puffy down coats. They look warm, but so is a lambskin jacket. I pick the cute lambskin jacket and not this cousin of the Stay Puft' Marshmallow Man. :3 They are really popular, though... probably beause Tokyo is FREEZING! "Zoooooool..."

By the way, the picture at the right is nothing special. Just me practicing with markers. ^^

Day 22 - Your favorite Japanese saying or kotowaza (proverb)..

OMG, this is hard!! I actually have a dictionary of colloquial sayings (okay, well, idioms), so I could choose anything. By the way, the dictionary that I have is this one: Japanese Idioms, and I am totally in love with it ♡ I've had it for a long time ♡♡ /shameless plug

To be honest, there aren't really any kotowaza that I use in daily life, so I can't say that I really have a favorite.... x.x;

I really like this one:
見ぬが花。(Minu ga hana)
It says "not seeing is a flower", and basically means that imagination is better than reality. :3 Anyone who's read Harry Potter can understand that sentiment!! ^-^

My least favorite might be this one, though:
出る杭は打たれる。 (Deru kui wa utareru.)
It says literally that "The stake that sticks up will get hammered down." In other words, don't be individual, don't stick out.

This might sound really harsh, but I think that kind of thinking is stupid. Not just because I value individuality more than anything else, but because in order society to grow, people need to challenge the norm and come up with new ways of thinking.

The Japan 30-day Meme ♡〜(ゝ。∂)

Day 01 - A picture of you "in Japan". (doing or wearing something "Japanese")
Day 02 - Describe your neighborhood in Japan.
Day 03 - Most interesting person you've met.
Day 04 - What's your favorite place that's not in any of the guidebooks/lists of places to visit?
Day 05 - Which, if any, Japanese mannerisms or expressions have you adopted?
Day 06 - Food that you swore you would never eat but now love (or tolerate).
Day 07 - Which Japanese words do you use in English? (hanami, shinkansen, etc.)
Day 08 - Are you a Herbivore or Carnivore? S or M?
Day 09 - Favorite stores/shopping centers.
Day 10 - Something about Japan that sets it apart from anywhere else.
Day 11 - What did you find most overrated and underrated about Japan?
Day 12 - Describe a fail!gaijin moment. (Where you did something wrong or completely misunderstood because you couldn't ~read the air~ or just plain had no idea what you were supposed to do because you weren't born and raised here) Describe a gaijin!smash moment .(Where your foreignness was to your benefit)
Day 13 - Favorite live event that you attended
Day 14 - What is the hardest thing about living in Japan versus your home country?
Day 15 - Weirdest food item you've seen, and weirdest food item you've actually eaten.
Day 16 - How you realised you'd acclimated to Japan. (if you have)
Day 17 - Your karaoke top 5, your sushi top 5, your conbini top 5.
Day 18 - Post some amusing/cute/faily purikura.
Day 19 - Your favorite Japanese character(s) and Gachapon/UFO Catcher toys
Day 20 - Favorite Japanese festival or folklore.
Day 21 - Favorite and least favorite Japanese fashion trends
Day 22 - Your favorite Japanese saying or kotowaza (proverb)..

Day 23 - What is something you have/do in Japan that you wish you had/could do in your home country?
Day 24 - Your favorite Japanese slang or borrow-word (外来語), e.g. セフレ "sex friend"
Day 25 - Most interesting vending machine find.
Day 26 - What's your favorite/least favorite train line.
Day 27 - Place you avoid going to if at all possible.
Day 28 - A picture of you looking like a weaboo/A picture of you trying to blend in and failing.
Day 29 - What's the thing you [will] miss most about Japan when you leave (either on vacation, or move away)?
Day 30 - Did Japan meet your expectations, both good and bad? What has been the most surprising thing about Japan for you, or the thing you least expected?
grapewhine: Yeobo~grapewhine on November 27th, 2010 03:51 pm (UTC)
I really love that proverb, the first one. Thanks for sharing!
ルリdemonruri on November 27th, 2010 04:24 pm (UTC)
the tights dont work at all when its cold out, but i see these poor girls in nagoya freezing theirselves to death @_@; fashion isnt worth getting sick for. And for the nordic prints god they think everything is cute, i mean their wear crosses for jokes.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on November 28th, 2010 12:39 am (UTC)
Actually, tights are about as warm as most pants.. sometimes warmer, since they hug the skin and most pants are a bit drafty. Still cold, but that can't be helped. ^^;

Crosses for jokes? Do you mean like wearing a cross necklace as a fashion, when you're not religious? The cross was around a long time before it was associated with religion, so it's alright, right? I think a lot of cross necklaces are pretty and would wear one if I have one, even though I'm not religious.
?!: Starcrescendoll on November 27th, 2010 06:17 pm (UTC)
It's pretty amazing how hideous some of those trends are. I applaud the people trying to be different and all, but yiiiikes. ^^

Pffft, practice or not, that drawing is lovely. :D I fail at coloring properly with markers!
 ❀ ☆ ☂mokonekochans on November 27th, 2010 08:52 pm (UTC)
I love shorts and suspenders :D
But I can never find any good shorts D:
cassie, sometimes emiri, sometimes bryonyperfectdays on November 28th, 2010 03:45 am (UTC)
Ugh I HATE the deru kui proverb. X(
hagarenobsessedhagarenobsessed on November 28th, 2010 07:43 am (UTC)
Whenever I hear of suspenders, all I think of is Marty McFly in Back to the Future. (>w<)
Maseiyamaseiya on November 29th, 2010 08:21 am (UTC)
I reaaaaally like that drawing. That's fantastic. I'm in love with the colors. Great work! :) Do you have a deviantART account, by any chance?
Joedoedoejoedoedoe on December 3rd, 2010 12:40 pm (UTC)
short people's fashion
In spite of being a guy, i really like this post! It's really interesting to see what people there are up to, also in terms of fashion. It brings Japan a bit closer.

It's also funny that while most of the fashion seems to be designed so that people look taller, you have exactly the opposite situation. Guess you'd feel better seeing the northern european fashion then ;-).