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Vogue Japan's Black Model's Beauty & Power

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Photo: Firstview/VOGUE.com Check out Vogue Japan’s Model Watch on beautiful and powerful (popular) black models here. I hope to see more positive images of Black women in Japanese publications (and elsewhere). I also hope that the models put on a few more pounds/kilos!

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Ping Mag Make

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Introducing Ping Mag Make. Here is a blurb from their website: ingMag MAKE is the sister site to PingMag. We use an interview format to put the spotlight on a wide range of people active in rural areas. We document the voices of these unknown heroes and broadcast them to the world. It’s the Japan-based magazine…

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Hairfish and Kimonos

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  Hairfish posted some nice shots of her and some friends wearing kimonos at a Japanese garden. You can view the pictures, taken with a DS, here. You can also view other pictures of temples and shrines on the Hairfish Blog here. BTW, my new shipment of Kimono Girl oil-blotting paper made exclusively in Kanazawa,…

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Haruo Suekichi: The Steampunk Watchmaker

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I love watches and found this great article on watchmaker Haruo Suekichi from Ping Magazine:   What a beauty! Looks like an accessory out of the Steamboy anime — except that it’s real and a watch you can (theoretically) wear! Crafted by Haruo Suekichi to beam you in an alternative time. For close to thirteen years, Haruo Suekichi has…

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Japan Newbie and my favorite Osaka J-Drama

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First of all, this man always handles his biz and was one of my virtual sensei when I lived in Osaka. At any rate, this in from Harvey at Japan Newbie:   Dude’s standing a pile of money!!!  This wallpaper is from a famous Japanese TV Drama staring Riki Takeuchi called Minami no Teiou or, roughly translated, “The Caesar…

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Tokyo's Shibuya District

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  This in from Hairfish:  Everyone goes nuts over Roppongi, and I admit, its interesting but Shibuya is where it’s at, mainly because it’s where the locals hang out. It’s far more affordable to spend a night in Shibuya and even go to a pub or a club without spending over 5,000 YEN (that’s about…

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