(former) Japaense fashion maker A Bathing Ape’s lovely mascot Baby Milo has found a new friend in Sanrio’s famous “My Melody” rabbit (or is it a rabbit, after Sanrio told us that Kitty wasn’t a kitty, I’ve lost some confidence).
For those who’ve been living under a stone for the last 25 years, let me give you some Bape facts;
-Bape was founded in 1992 in Tokyo by designer Nigo.
-Nigo got his inspiration from the 1968 film, the Planet of the Apes.
-He gained fame after he asked Japanese artist Cornelius to wear his shirts on stage, Cornelius whose real name is Oyamada, got his stage name from the ape( never call him a monkey!) in…yeah, planet of the apes.
The monkey and the rabbit will feature in a collection with a wide range of items for lads, ladies and kids, ranging from hoodies, t-shirts, sweaters, towels, cups and ear rings.
Sale will start August the 27th, no word yet if they will sell these products outside Japan, so just to be sure head over here and then fill out our request form and we will get it for you.
Personally I won’t see myself wearing one these hoodies, but one of these shirts would look great on jeans under a black jacket, playful yet stylish.
In Asia it’s common to wear masks during winter and spring time, especially in Japan the land where everybody seems to care about their fellow country men/women. There is a truly Japanese word for this called “meiwaku suru” or in plain English; to trouble someone. It is “meiwaku” to give someone your cold and therefore is it in good manner to wear a mask when one has caught this simple yet incurable virus. Another less spoken of reason is that women can forfeit putting on make-up and walk around with a “supin” or make-up less face, thus sparing others some heart stopping moments when they are confronted by a eyebrow-less, thin lipped, narrow eyed and pimply skinned woman person.
Of course not everybody is so shallow and surely some men prefer the natural look to the “I’m pretty and cute ” one……but the Japanese are very vain and care strongly what others think of them. Another reason would be bad breath..I think
There is of course a less selfless reason to wearing masks too, they are said to protect the wearer against virus (yep the plural of virus is virus), hay fever, other people’s bad breath and the feared “yellow sand”, which is fine sand blown over from China creating some health problems.
There are two problems with wearing a mask though, since most of them are white surgical masks and are therefore not so nice to look at. The other reason why yours truly never wears a mask is due the fact that you have to inhale your own breath, and after a night of heavy drinking and some garlic fried rice you can imagine how pleasantly my nose reacts to this…
No longer shall thy suffer from bad fashion or bad breath!
The company “Gonoturn” has what must be the best looking masks available, they create their own original designed masks and collaborate to create animation, manga, fashion brands and even pro wrestling !
I love Evangelion, but this mask doesn’t really do it for me though….
These Doraemon masks however are perfect for a mere 2,160 yen
Or what about this neck warmer/mask?
Kids and gonoturn.
Unari kun （Narita airport mascot) mask
Hello Kitty, my melody and Kerokerokeroppi(!?)
Animal masks because what’s cuter than a human toy poodle?
Downright weird and surely to be mistaken for the bottom of a chicken with legs is this Magical Girl Madoka mask, the “legs” are actually ears of a mystery creature…well if you know your MGM animation than you know what this mask symbolizes…but be prepared to answer a lot of questions from ignorant bystanders.
Gonoturn has besides masks a few other things you need to survive the winter, like these hats/mittens.
A reversed bear hat.
And for the vain, animal hand mirrors.
Gonoturn tells international customers to use Tenso forwarding services, but we have no worries competing with them due to the following reasons:
1-we can match or even go below their shipping prices.
2-we mark our packages as “present” or “used” (which they technically are) to avoid or lower tax.
3-If a shop refunds broken or wrongly described product, we will deal with them, when you use Tenso or another forwarding company you’ll lose all control. If you are not happy, we are not happy and we will file a complaint.
4-No signing up and no newsletter.
5-We answer any questions you have concerning the product.
6-No problems paying, you pay us, no need to fill out anything written in Japanese.
7-We will look for cheaper options for the same product and reviews.
So what are you waiting for, winter is approaching fast, Christmas is approaching fast, your own/girlfriend/friend/sister/brother/boyfriend/wife/husband/mother/father’s birthday is approaching fast, colo(u)r those dark winter days a little brighter with these products and create a smile on people’s faces..you’re be smiling too, but your smile is hidden under a warm mask…