Japan's Yakuza: Inside the syndicate
In 2011 a Belgian photographer was allowed entry into one of Japan’s Yakuza families. Over two years, he captured the lives of those living in the underworld...
Behind Japanese Mob: Dinner With Yakuza
The Japanese mafia, known globally as The Yakuza, is a funny beast. For example, they don’t hide themselves away from the prying eyes of law enforcement. In fact, you can usually look their local offi...
11 Of The Hottest Women Of Cosplay
In the last few years, fan culture has been on the rise and is becoming a part of modern culture. Everyone who is a fan of anything come out to expo’s and conventions to join in on the fun of geek cul...
10 Things You Shouldn't Know About The Yakuza
10 Things You Shouldn't Know About The Yakuza One of the biggest crime syndicates in the world, just don't put any fingers on the line to find out 10 things ...
This May Be the Most Dangerous — and Most Costly — Photo In Japan
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics will cost at least $5 billion, much of it in the form of lucrative construction contracts. And a single photo threatens to freeze out a powerful crime syndicate...
An Intimate Look Inside: YAKUZA
After months of painful negotiations, Belgian photographer Anton Kusters spent two years with one of Japan's most notorious Yakuza gangs. For those unfamiliar…
A Japanese woman is suing the country’s biggest crime boss for a refund of protection money – Quartz
Victims of organized crime don't typically think to sue the mafia, unless they're living Japan. Japan's organized crime syndicates, known as the yakuza, are fearsome organizations. With over 100,000 m...
Gyaru Interview - Japanese Kuro Gyaru Unit Black Diamond in Shibuya - YouTube
A Shibuya interview with several leaders of Japan's 100+ member strong kuro gyaru (dark skinned gals) group, Black Diamond. The gals talk about gyaru fashion...
Japanese street fashion - Harajuku Fashion Walk #11 - Kawaii Japanese Street Fashion
The 11th Harajuku Fashion Walk took place in the summer of 2012. Lots of colorful & kawaii Japanese fashion was on display all around the streets of Harajuku...
Japanese subcultures - Minori s World - Japanese Shiro-Nuri Subculture Interview & Photo Shoot
English-subtitled interview with Japanese shironuri artist Minori & a behind the scenes look at her nature-themed photo shoot Her Memories of a Dream. The ...
Gyaru - Gyaru Interview - Japanese Kuro Gyaru Unit Black Diamond in Shibuya
A Shibuya interview with several leaders of Japan's 100+ member strong kuro gyaru (dark skinned gals) group, Black Diamond. The gals talk about gyaru fashion...
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Japanese street fashion
Japan began to emulate Western fashion during the middle of the 19th century. By the beginning of the 21st century, this emulation has formed street fashion, a fashion style in which the wearer custom...
Japanese street fashion - Wikipedia
Cosplay
Cosplay (コスプレ, kosupure), a portmanteau of the words costume play, is a performance art in which participants called cosplayers wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific c...
Cosplay - Wikipedia
Ganguro
Ganguro (ガングロ) is an alternative fashion trend among young Japanese women that started in the mid-1990s, distinguished by a dark tan and contrasting make-up liberally applied by fashionistas.The S...
Ganguro - Wikipedia
Gyaru
Gyaru (ギャル) is a Japanese transliteration of the English word gal. The name originated from a 1970s brand of jeans called "gurls", with the advertising slogan: "I can't live without men", and was ...
Gyaru - Wikipedia
Visual kei
Visual kei (ヴィジュアル系, vijuaru kei, lit. "visual style" or "visual system") is a movement among Japanese musicians, that is characterized by the use of varying levels of make-up, elaborate hair ...
Visual kei - Wikipedia
Yakuza
Yakuza (ヤクザ, [jaꜜkuza]), also known as gokudō (極道), are members of transnational organized crime syndicates originating in Japan. The Japanese police, and media by request of the police, call ...
Yakuza - Wikipedia
Japanese popular culture
Japanese popular culture not only reflects the attitudes and concerns of the present but also provides a link to the past. Japanese cinema, cuisine, television programs, anime, manga, and music all de...
Otaku
Otaku (おたく/オタク) is a Japanese term for people with obsessive interests, commonly the anime and manga fandom. Its contemporary usage originated with Akio Nakamori's 1983 essay in Manga Burikko. Ot...
Otaku - Wikipedia
Ikeda Jeans
Ikeda Jeans is a Japanese jeans label, sold in North America since the 1980s. The label is now trumped by higher end Evisu since the late 1990s.
Oscar and Jesus
OSCAR AND JESUS, written オスカーとイエス in Japanese and French "OSCAR ET JESUS," is a Japanese fashion label headed by Hideki Akihiro, who owns the company with friends Oscar & Jesus.Oscar and Jesus is ...
Nagoya kei
Nagoya kei is a subgenre of visual kei, with its roots in the early-1990s music scene of Nagoya, Japan. Often considered darker and gloomier than normal visual kei, nagoya kei takes its musical influe...
Yama-ichi war
The Yama–Ichi War (Yama-Ichi Senso) was a yakuza conflict mainly fought in the Kansai region of Japan from 1985 to 1989, between the Yamaguchi-gumi and the Ichiwa-kai gangs.Kazuo Taoka was the third b...
Itasha
Itasha (痛車, literally "painful car") is a Japanese term for an otaku fad of individuals decorating the bodies of their cars with fictional characters of anime, manga, or video games (especially bi...
Hiroyuki Jo
Hiroyuki Jo (徐 裕行, Jo Hiroyuki) is a Zainichi Korean member of Shinshushieikan (神洲士衛館), an uyoku organization, and the Mie Prefecture-based Hane-gumi branch of Yamaguchi-gumi, a yakuza org...
11 Of The Hottest Women Of Cosplay
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Baby, The Stars Shine Bright
Baby, The Stars Shine Bright (株式会社 ベイビー、ザ スターズ シャイン ブライト, Kabushiki Kaisha Beibī, Za Sutāzu Shain Buraito) (shortened to 'Baby' or 'BTSSB') is the name of a Japanese clothing boutique chain cr...