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ANDROGENIUS MAGAZINE/ FASHION DIRECTOY OWNER & EDITOR TYMONALEXANDER

PHOTOGRAPHERS

TYMONALEXANDER BLACKLIQUID TOKYOSKA

MODELS

TYMONALEXANDER BLACKLIQUID TOKYOSKA

ARTICLES WRITTER & SUPERVISOR KEIRA SOULSTAR

DESIGNERS FEATURED B@ROSE VITAMEN MIAMAI TUTY MILKY HOUSE & more


Note From Editor : Greetings everyone i amTymonalexander owner and editor of androgenius magazine . I would thanks all people who keep believing and supporting my work . Time i know it’s not perfect yet but only thing you should know is i realy do my best to offer the best i can . what ever i m always open to constructive crticismes , and always work it to improve to make this magazine which is yours , the most fun to read , with interesting content to all of you and me . Now Androgenius Magazine is taking a new direction going over the world to answer questions , origines and diffrent kinds and types which concern androgyny and more over the world , and to to start this adventure our first stop will be JAPAN . To be honest was not easy at all Japan has too much to offer in therms of fashion and history . happly i get friends which are kay Fairey and Apollo Call was great help to me to give me the right directions to follow . it was hours of searsh and work tryng to Honnor japan the best way i can . So get ready to start the tripe with us i just hope this number please you and have fun reading it. Thanks to everyone and hope for all of you the best . Tymonalexander


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Are you NEW TO RELAY FOR LIFE? Relay For Life is a life-changing event that helps communities across the globe celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease.

History of Relay One person can make a difference. Nowhere is that more evident than with the story of the American Cancer Society Relay For Life, which began in Tacoma, Washington. In the mid-1980s, Dr. Gordy Klatt, a Tacoma colorectal surgeon, wanted to enhance the income of his local American Cancer Society office and to show support for all of his patients who had battled cancer. He decided to personally raise money for the fight by doing something he enjoyed – running marathons. In May 1985, Dr. Klatt spent a grueling 24 hours circling the track at Baker Stadium at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. He ran for more than 83 miles. That first year, nearly 300 of Dr. Klatt's friends, family, and patients watched as he ran and walked the course. Throughout the night, friends donated $25 to run or walk with Dr. Klatt for 30 minutes. His efforts raised $27,000 to fight cancer. While circling the track those 24 hours, Dr. Klatt thought about how others could take part in his mission to fight cancer. He envisioned a 24-hour team relay event that could raise more money to fight cancer. Over the next few months, he pulled together a small committee to plan the first team relay event, known as the City of Destiny Classic 24-Hour Run Against Cancer. In 1986, with the help of Pat Flynn – now known as the “Mother of Relay” – 19 teams took part in the first team Relay event on the track at the historic Stadium Bowl and raised $33,000. An indescribable spirit prevailed at the track and in the tents that dotted the infield. There is lot of events in real life and also on second life please think no one is 100% sure to don’t have it or one of your familly or friends helping others can help you too in the future .


RESPONSE TO - SL FASHION CRITIQUE This is our fourth month in production and we are so proud of the way that ANDROGENIUS Magazine has been received in SL. We have had some amazing interviews with spectacular designers, some insanely fabulous fashions and our guest spots have been a dream for a new magazine. Recently, I stumbled upon an article written on the SL - Fashion Critique by an unnamed source siting that ANDROGENIUS has fallen short of expectations of portraying Androgyny in the correct vision. I firmly disagree with this. Though they did say some really nice things about ANDROGENIUS, I really think that they missed the boat on what we are all about. I feel that TymonAlexander, ANDROGENIUS creator and editor, portrays his world to the height of what Androgyny is. His fashion sense, lifestyle, styling, the entire way the magazine is put together is based on his Androgynous style, Androgyny in fashion and modeling and bringing that style, creativity, design concept to the fashion community in SL. Whether or not the unnamed Fashion Critique writer sees it or not, this magazine brings out the choice of being Androgynous, it opens the door to the amazingly creative fashion side and does a spectacular job of portraying just how creative, innovative and complicated this fashion style is, but leaves the door open for interpretation and for others to follow this style that has swept the Asian Countries for many years and makes it ok for us to let go of our stricter fashion senses and open ourselves up to the possibilities that Androgyny can hold for all of us in fashion. I looked at the models that the critique posted and I see their Androgynous look. I flip through the pages of ANDROGENIUS and I see this amplified in the photo's of the SL models that are in the Magazine. As for the cover with Frolic Mills, how lucky can a new magazine be to have one of SL's most creative, all knowing fashion guru and trend setting individuals want to appear on the cover.


Look back on the career of Frolic Mills and one will see that he can and has created Androgynous looks that are on point, if anyone can get the SL fashion public to understand and embrace an incredible fashion statement like Androgyny it is Frolic. Perhaps a flip through the pages again may refresh this, Tymon creates this genderless look in so many of the artistic pictures taken, they are so beautiful, free and expressive. She is right that Androgyny is not transsexual or drag queen, it is about exploring your masculine or feminine side and expressing this with who you are, creating a comfortable fashion statement that expresses a completely genderless look. We do and will continue to express what Androgyny is, who Androgyny is. Like any other magazine we feature other articles too about subjects that interest anyone, Androgynous or not, there are many things that interest us all and they will be explored here. We are very excited at the response we have gotten and that we have even been critiqued! We hope that we bring a magazine that is creative, honest and insightful. As always we welcome your comments, ideas and critiques. Enjoy this Fabulous new month and thank you for your continued patronage. KEIRA SOULSTAR


BLACKLIQUID TOKYOSKA AUTO BIOGRAPGHY Hello, Thank you for the chance to let you know a little more about blackLiquid Tokyoska and the essence of the person behind the Supermodel. I started modeling in July 2009, I had become increasing unsatisfied with my SL as owner of A Femme Domme sim, Needing to express my talents more fully I was introduced to the idea of modeling in SL by my friend Anita Claven. In my formative years in rl I had been a model and always had a passion for fashion, art, creativity & style. When i started SL modeling it wasn’t long before I decided that my involvement in the industry was more that just a flirtation but a complete obsession & a life changing, sea-change for me. Within days, I started entering photo contests, the first I entered was for Bolero Collection, in which I received second place the next was a Miamai contest where I was the winner, I was really surprised that was so instantly well received even as a new model, these small wins were just the start of my success putting me on the map for my future aspirations. From day one I was very sure about my look, I have a strong sense of£self in both rl and SL, I was one of the first models to really make a deliberate decision to not be like other people. I was Asian, I was really thin and I had really small breasts! by no means would I be classed as a traditional beauty but I did have the ability to surprise people capture their interest and hold their attention with my exotic look. Since 2009 I have had the pleasure and good fortune to work for every top agency on the grid, I have studied in numerous academies which really taught me to refine, tame and groom myself perfectly in terms of control and conscience. Good manners and a respect for authority and systems of operation were always my biggest lessons, I was taught to balance my impulsivity thus boosting my professional & commercial appeal.


because I found my success and fame to be so quick and because am the eternal student, even as a Modavia Supermodel i would delight in using the scholarships I won to continue my education to really make sure that I was completely well rounded, I am a perfectionist and always hope to gain more skills and expand on what I know to really realize my full potential and impress myself as I had done others. I am very outspoken, I live in Australia in rl and I find that I generally don’t “sugar coat” my self as much as a lot of other people from different cultures that I have experienced in SL. can be very direct, honest to a fault and supremely driven in my approach, this has been something that a lot of people find a real challenge about me, Of course a lot of people don’t really see the full picture of who blackLiquid Tokyoska really is, On that note I would have to say that I am one of the most misunderstood models in SL, in a positive light my honesty is also what has won me a lot of favor with the creators, designers, agency owners and SL established SL Supermodels alike. Through any tough times I have always been able to get some useful advice and a healthy sense of direction from them as well as the people closest to my heart. Due to my quick progression and success I received an enormous amount of “press” (both good and bad) for me the biggest challenge in my career has always been peoples negativity and jealously, but as I continued it made me very strong, also the “bad press” was something that actually worked in my favor, Thank you haters!!! I must say it is a pleasure to look back on those times and laugh at the depth people would sink to to try and ruin me.


In the end my talent, hard work, dedication, creativity, strength, unique personality and character are the attributes that really helped establish me as one of the true Supermodels of SL. In terms of my success I attribute it to the fact that I am highly creative, I don’t see things as boundaries, if there is a challenge or perceived obstacle it is my pleasure to conqure it! I like to push limits and not be inspired by others but be their inspiration. I have been an inspiration to many, and always aim continue to be this as it is driving force for me, I like to be impressive and I like to help other people by boosting their confidence and assisting them creatively, I also help people by being a custom shape maker and style consultant, which I have been doing since 2010, In the past I also used my photography skills to assist people to build their portfolios and now assist designers their to market and create advertising. Wanting to share my creativity further led me to establishing KABUKI agency now (KABUKI boutique) in 2009 and today am still responsible for some of the most creative,innovative and memorable fashion shows on the grid. In 2010 I ran headshots for Haiti campaign where I made headshots for people with all of the proceeds going toward the Haiti relief fund and last year played host to a charity fashion auction for ACS called “Think Pink� in which we raised over 500 USD. In 2010 won the titles of the now former brands Miss Gems & Kisses and The Face of Alateil 2010. In 2011 I was runner up for FINESMITH Sylista, and held the Title of Miss DIRAM as well as MVW Thailand. My biggest achievement as a model was becoming a Modavia Supermodel in the springtime of 2010. As of April 2012 I have walked in over 200 fashion shows and counting, appeared in machinima and in countless vendor ads, magazine ads, fashion campaigns, collums collections and covers, Now 3! My inspirations were always very personal and not direct like a lot of other people I encounter i am truly inspired by art, music, nature, the avant garde, dark, eastern culture, androgyny, the people I love and my deeply spiritual inner self, in terms of Fashion the rl Designers/Brands that inspire my fashion sense are numerous, though a few notable ones that come to mind are, Romance was Born,


Alexander McQueen, Manuel Albarran, Anna Sui, John Galiano I also live for lesser known, new, starting out and budding talent that is not widely known or accepted in mainstream terms, I like fashion creations that are, dark challenging, vibrant, whimsical, mystical, macabre,theatrical, satirical, unique, clever and creative, I love the wearable art avant garde and haute couture elements of fashion more than anything. In the future I have a few very exciting projects lined up that i would love to tell you about, but then that would ruin the surprise, =^..^= though I can tell you that I will be utilizing my personal success to expand my brand blackLiquid which is always something very fluid for me, I hope it to evolve in many directions and certainly not be limited to the makeups and accessories that I have already created, but rather becomming fully realized fashion brand without any boundaries or limitations. I also have HUGE plans for a project to help the career’s of aspiring models, this is something I have ben putting a lot of energy into recently and I am sure the results will be most pleasing indeed. The best advice i can give to a new model is to really stay true to your own sense of self, be unique, courageous, creative and strong hard worker. When I finally get a moment to myself in SL I love to spend time being in love and doing romantic things. I enjoy SL vehicles like my scooter, hearse, boats, bikes and surf boards. I enjoy traveling and exploring sims and pretending to do things like go to cafes in or just playing in a childlike way with my daughters Taylor & Forren, I love to have fun with my SL family and close friends. I love pulling things apart, putting them back together, modding, building and taking an interest in home-making and interior design. Thank you to my readers for your support, Thank you to my Love Tymon who through creating this wonderful little book and inviting me to take part, enabled us to discover our special connection, one of the most beautiful loves that I have had the pleasure of experiencing in my in my life. thank you baby.


Beyond the Gender Dichotomy: The Cross-dressing Tradition in Japanese Theatre

I n ancient Japan and at the beginning of the middle ages,there were female dancers called shirabyōshi (the term literally means ‘a simple rhythm’) who dressed as men on the stage.

Their stage costume, which included male hats (eboshi) and swords, signified that they were disguised as males. In ancient times, there were female dancers who were not only secular entertainers, but also priestesses who served the gods at Shinto shrines, for in Japan, dancing and singing formed the main part of ancient rituals, as they did in other Asian countries. Female dancers were sometimes even praised as divinities of singing and dancing (kabu no bosatsu) because they were thought to be able to communicate with the gods through their performance. Images of such holy dancers of Buddhism, typically represented by the twelfth century sculptures of Unchū kuyō Bosatsu (Dancing Deities Floating in the Clouds) in Byōdōin Temple, help us to understand the sacred characteristics of shirabyōshi dancers. The androgynous appearance of the temple sculptures reminds us of the cross-dressing of the shirabyōshi dancers.


Even after the introduction of Buddhism from China, the ancient dancing priestesses retained their religious functions as Buddhist and indigenous Japanese religious beliefs intermingled. By dressing as males, female dancers gained extra supernatural spiritual power that was associated with androgyny. Unlike the all powerful Father God of Christianity who is unambiguously identified as a male, the gender identities of deities in Japanese Buddhism are fluid and ambiguous. In ancient Japanese religion, as indicated by the myth of the marriage of Izanami and Izanagi, (the progenitive god and goddess of the Japanese), the unity of male and female is believed to be the source of supernatural power. This religious background gave importance to cross-dressing in Japanese performances that were descended from sacred rituals. Even today some festivals which include cross-dressing performances still survive in Japan. Pictures of aristocrats in ancient Japan tell us that at that time there was no clear differentiation between male and female beauty. This can be seen in illustrations from the classical novel The Tale of Genji written by Lady Murasaki around the year 1008.[This way of seeing human beings might also have had a bearing on the popularity of cross-dressing in Japanese performance. Compared to Western dress, traditional Japanese clothes also facilitate cross-dressing. Clothes for nobles of both sexes hid the shape of the human body, and this enabled their wearers to easily transgress the masculine/ feminine boundary, at least when clothed, because the long sleeves and skirts masked whether the body inside was that of a male or female.The stiff, heavy costumes of the Noh theatre are especially effective in hiding the performer's biological sex. Even though Noh performers are mainly male, their costumes make it rather easy for them to play female roles.Masks also hide the performer's real faces. Izutsu, which is considered one of the best plays written by Zeami, is a representative example of crossdressing in Noh performance.In the play, the heroine puts on the clothes of her old lover, Ariwara-no-Narihira, as she fondly remembers her days with him.


Japanese Traditional Clothing The Japanese traditional clothing can be seen in many forms and interesting patterns which have evolved over the years. Here's a look at some of the various forms of Japanese traditional clothing. Japanese fashion trends have evolved over the years. The bizarre to the really creative designs can be found out here. Clothing in Japan now is very much as per the seasons as is the case all over the world. Bright colors can be seen in the spring season and fall colors can be witnessed in the autumn season. Japanese traditional clothing can be seen in many varieties. Some of these are worn even today. The Japanese kimono and the yukata remain to be the most popular kinds. Formal Japanese clothing can be very elaborate in their design or simple and elegant as well. Let us read about the finer nuances of traditional Japanese clothing. Japanese Traditional Clothing: Kimono: The word Kimono actually referred to all types of clothing. It also remains to be the national costume of Japan. Some of the earliest designs of the kimono were hugely influenced by the Hanfu, which is a part of Chinese clothing. During the 8th century, Chinese fashion trends gained popularity amongst the Japanese. The kimono turned into a stylish version during Japan's Heian period. Over the years, one could see visible changes in the designs of the kimono. This form of Japanese traditional clothing is always worn by women and particularly for special occasions. As per the Japanese tradition, unmarried women wear a specific style of the kimono, which is called the furisode. Today, kimonos come in a variety of styles and forms and one can see designs such as Kurotomesode (mostly for married women), Tsukesage (modest version of an elaborate kimono), Edo Komon (it has tiny dots all over), Susohiki (worn by the Geishas or stage performers) etc. Hakama: This type of Japanese traditional clothing consists of a wide pleated skirt. Today, men as well as women wear the hakama but in the earlier days, the hakama was worn only by men. In the ancient times, the


hakama was worn by the samurai so that the opponent would not be able to see the footwork. A hakama has around 7 pleats, which are a representation of certain virtues. These are known to hold a lot of importance for the samurai. The men and women’s hakama are also found in many varieties today. with modern fashion. Yukata: The yukata is also a part of Japanese traditional clothing and can be considered to be a casual version of the kimono. People generally wear the yukata after bathing and this is a common sight to see in traditional Japanese inns. These being garments that are meant to cool the body are made in fabrics like cotton. Jūnihitoe: The jūnihitoe was worn only the court ladies in Japan. This layered Japanese traditional clothing came onto the scene around the 10th century. This is an elegant garment that is considered to be a prized possession today. The jūnihitoe can also be considered as one of the most expensive of all Japanese traditional clothing. Uwangi: The uwangi consists of a jacket that is almost on similar lines as the kimono. This is worn with the hakama. One can witness the uwangi as a part of the martial arts uniform. An obi belt is used to tie the uwangi. Japanese Traditional Clothing: Footwear and socks Tabi: The tabi are actually traditional Japanese socks. These are worn by men as well as women. The tabi is generally ankle-high and has a separation between the toe areas. (Between the big toe and the rest of the toes) The jika-tabi are often worn by workmen because they are made of a stronger material.


Zori: The zori formed a major part of Japanese traditional clothing. These were often worn with the kimono. The zori are open sandals that can be described as slip ons. Today, one can see many styles of the zori being used with modern fashion. Geta: The geta can be described as our regular flip-flops. These have a high wooden base and are worn with Japanese traditional clothing such as the Kimono or even the yukata. Waragi: A waragi is also a kind of footwear that is worn in different ways by different people. As per tradition, when the Japanese wore the waragi, the toes would extend over the front edge of the sandal. The waragi was worn by all the common people in Japan in the olden days; today it is only the Buddhist monks who prefer to wear the waragi. Japanese Traditional Clothing: Sash Obi: The obi was worn with many types of Japanese traditional clothing such as the kimono. The obi is a kind of as sash that is used by men as well as women. Obi also remains to be the outermost sash worn by the Japanese; it can conceal several other sashes that are worn beneath this sash. One can see the obi also worn with martial arts uniform. The colors of the obi So here next somes exemple of looks and ideas of diffrents types of clothings matching the article .


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Harajuku Harajuku in Japan refers to an area around Harajuku train station. Harajuku style is a japanese fashion adopted by the teenagers and young adults in the area and its side streets which have many boutiques, trendy stores and used clothes shops. Japanese Harajuku Girls and Harajuku Style has been used to describe teens dressed in many fashion styles ranging from Gothic Lolita (also gothic loli) Visual Kei, Ganguro, Gyaru, Kogal, to "cute" Kawaii style clothing. Young adults in Harajuku may also be dressed as anime or manga characters (known as cosplay). Below we list the best online harajuku fashion stores and show you where to buy the very best in Japanese street fashion. The shops listed sell Japanese Harajuku fashion direct from Japan as well as from europe and USA. Harajuku Style varies considerably and there are many different looks ranging from elegant gothic lolita to punky modern looking Visual Kei - which is inspired by japanese rock group (jrock). Too see the japanese teen culture at its most intense, go to Harajuku on a Sunday, when many teens congregate around Harajuku Station and take part in costume play (cosplay), dressed up in outlandish costumes to appear like anime characters, punk rock musicians, and various harajuku gothic styles. Tokyo is a huge fashion epicentere around the world. Youths in Japan dress in vibrant clothing. They mix and match different clothing styles and create their own style, sometimes with big coloured hair and cute accsessories. While many people from all around the world are influenced by Harajuku, the real Harajuku style fashion stays where it originated from - in the area itself.


Harajuku clothing style involves mixing and (mis) matching different fashions and styles. Harajuku fashion changes and evolves constantly, sometimes mixing traditional Japanese clothing such as kimonos and geta sandals with other styles. Everything from punk, goth to designer clothes can be mixed and mismatched with colorful accessories to create a unique and individual style. Although more recently brand loyalty has become more prominent, second hand clothing and do it yourself are the basis of harajuku fashion. Maybe a flowered skirt with a pinned ribbon attached with a more angular hemline? If you have some talent then grab your scissors and sewing kit and make your store clothes individually yours.. Look and learn. look at pictures of the harajuku fashion scene and get inspiration from them. steal ideas from here and there to get the look that works for you. You may also want to buy 'fruits' and 'fresh fruits' magazine along with the Gothic Lolita Bible, these are all great sources of inspiration. Dress in layers. One of the characteristics of Harajuku fashion is layering. Lair sweaters, jackets and vests over blouses and over tshirts. Dresses may be worn with leggings, and so on. Layering - or giving the impression of layered clothes by wearing ruffled dresses etc. allows you to get away with more of a variety of styles, and adds an additional dimension to your outfit. Accessorize. add extravagant accessories including earrings, jewelry, belts, hair clips, handbags. When dressing decora style especially loud and colorful is the key, embellish your outfit from head to toe with pink, yellow, green, purple accessories that stand out. Go wild with makeup and hairstyle. Harajuku style does not necessarily end with what you wear. Adding a a crazy hairstyle or a cute hairstyle - maybe sporting cute pigtails can complete your image along with using hair dye and making yourself up with theatrical makeup. Wear whatever looks suits you. unlike punk rock harajuku fashion is not just about rebelling about mainstream fashion, but more a way of wearing what looks good on you. If you have a desire to wear pink and white striped leggings with a green plaid dress then do it!


Visual Kei

Visual Kei refers to a movement among Japanese rock (jrock) musicians and is characterized by the use of elaborate costumes, eccentric, looks and hairstyles. The Visual Kei look usually involves striking make-up, The "kei" in Visual Kei is japanese for style of type, meaning "visual style music" The music ranges from eighties goth rock, to heavy metal to punk and usually some combo of the three. Most bands are indie but a not many make it to major labels such as Malice Mizer, Raphael, & Dir En Grey. Visual Kei has influenced Harajuku style fashion, especially those who gather on Jingu Bashi - a pedestrian bridge connecting the bustling Harajuku district with Meiji Shrine. On the bridge you could find Visual Kei cosplayers (those dressed as their favorite musicians) and those in the subculture known as Gothic Lolita based on Lolita fashion. Often fans of such bands also will dress up for concerts, meet ups, and other events where they will see other people who enjoy Visual Kei.


Ganguro Ganguro fashion appeared somewhere around the early 90s in Japan and peaked around the year 2000. Ganguro fashion is and was primarily adopted by young woman in their 20s. The style consists of a deep tan combined with dyed hair that can be either bleached gray, silver or various shades of orange. Ganguro girls also wear white lipstick and eye shadow. White concealer is often used for both. Black ink is often used as an eyeliner along with false eyelashes and facial gems (plastic) and pearl powder. Clothing wise Ganguro girls wear brightly coloured clothes including miniskirts, tiedyed sarongs, lots or rings, necklaces and bracelets. Ganguro is believed to have started as a kind of revenge against the traditional norm in Japanese society as to what feminine beauty should be. Many Japanese researchers believe that the rebellion against japanese society is due to resentment of neglect. Probably the most famous Ganguro girl was known as Buriteri named after a black soy sauce. Egg magazine made her famous after constantly showing her picture at the height of the Ganguro craze. Ganguro culture even evolved its own style of dances, know as Para Para. Dancers to para para dance to predetermined moves in sync to J-pop music. Ganguro girls would either go to clubs or gather together to learn new dances.


Gothic Lolita Gothic Lolita or GothLoli is a youth fashion among Japanese teenagers and young women. Elegant Gothic Lolita (EGL) refers to the fashion of frilly, ruffled knee-length dresses and head-bands etc. Elegant Gothic Aristocrat (EGA) refers to a more subtle and refined dressing consisting of longer dresses and coats.

Gothic Lolita clothes have a sometimes very dark look or sometimes very kawaii (cute) look - demonstrated by Baby The Stars Shine Bright. There are different kinds of lolitas in Japan, however EGA is rare and the style is usually up to the individual.

The most popular Gothic Lolita magazine is a Japanese publication called The Gothic and Lolita Bible. Gothic lolitas flock to Yoyogi park in Harajuku on the weekends to show off their fashon.


KAWAII & DECORA Kawaii means "cute" or "pretty. has become a major aspect of Japanese culture, entertainment, food, clothing, toys, personal appearance and behavior. Kawaii fashion generally relates to someone wearing clothing that appears to be made for young children or clothes that accentuates the cuteness of the individual wearing the clothing. Ruffles and pastel or bright colors may be worn, and accessories often include oversize toys or bags featuring anime characters. Decora also known as "Decoration" is a japanese style adopted mainly by young japanese girls. Decora consists of bright colors and hair clips with bows. Lots of layering and colorful accessories are used in Decora.

The accessories include plastic and furry toys and jewelry, which stick together and make noise as the wearer moves. The style is sometimes mistakenly called "Fruits style" by people that are not from Japan.


Cosplay Cosplay is an abbreviation of Costume Play. It is a Japanese subculture based on dressing like characters from manga, anime,and video games. The term cosplay pronounced "kosupure" in Japanese. In Japan, "cosplay" as a hobby is usually an end unto itself. Cosplay can be seen at public events and shows as well as at dedicated cosplay parties. In places such as in the Harajuku district of Tokyo it is not unusual for Japanese teenagers to gather with friends in places like to engage in cosplay. Tokyo's Akihabara district contains a large number of cosplay cafes, catering to devoted anime and cosplay fans. The waitresses at such places usually dress as a maid (or meido). Probably the largest cosplaying event in Japan is in the semiannual doujinshi market, Comiket. This event, held in summer and winter and attracts thousands of manga otaku cosplayers. Below we list some of the most popular online cosplay stores offering premade costumes and commission examples. The Cosplay shops offer Wigs, Costumes, accessories for Naruto, Kingdom Hearts, Bleach, Final Fantasy, Vampire Knight and many more.



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