Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Paper Lanterns

Recently we have been overjoyed to hear that a few friends, both old and new, are heading to our pretty city for the Summer. Summer in Tokyo is not everyone's cuppa and it doesn't take long to realize that for those who go about business as usual in the often unbearable humidity, Summer is no exciting street parade. However if you are lucky enough to take a break during the steamy months, Tokyo and many other parts of Japan are buzzing with enticing festivities, noisy cicadas and the flapping of pretty paper fans; making for a lively and colorful season.

For me personally I get a little giddy at the thought of summer in Tokyo, senses are on high alert as the city gets into full swing and as romantic as it may seem, for me any summer night in Tokyo has the potential to feel like being swept up in a scene from Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away (you know the street scenes with the swinging paper lanterns and the clattering of pots and pans).

Alas if you are not making your way to Tokyo this summer, instead you are choosing a more relaxing, homely or exotic location for the season, you can still bring a touch of old Tokyo romance to your very own bedroom/apartment/street/neighbourhood. The July CuTiE mag is jam packed and one of their more colorful fashion spreads is all about the yukata and stylish accessories that make for the perfect summer festival outfit.

Whether it be mode, girly, classic or pop style; bright and bold colors are set to be the fashion statement at this season's many street and river festivals.




Need to add some colorful wa style to your wardrobe? We have just the thing for you HERE, HERE or HERE. Make a fresh and romantically traditional Japanese styled statement at your next fest. Oh and don't forget the wa style for your little poochie.


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