Japan hits Peak Lipstick

Not an April Fool’s story…

Japan Lipstick Industry Is Projected to Reach a Significant Height in Its Market Growth as the 2016 Consumer Demands Are Evolving
…a detailed analysis of this industry on the basis of the ongoing market trends, in addition to the market drivers, demand inhibitors, resource utilization, market challenges
SBWIRE — 04/01/2016 blah, blah, blah…

traditional-japanese-makeup-1 YVE-style.com/makeup/japanese-makeup-style: The above photo was labled “traditional” Japanese makeup, ha, ha.
pikachu pucker pokemon by viridis somnioOur previous lipstick reports include:

All About the ‘Ben’

It’s All About the Benjamins.*

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Harajuku monster girl & singer @Asachill065 w/ Joyrich, Galaxxxy, UNIF & HairJanieJones #原宿 https://t.co/b92OmlybPg pic.twitter.com/JyFhn74yxA — Tokyo Fashion (@TokyoFashion) March 3, 2016shoe-monster-girl-cryptic-triptych


*“Benjamins” or Bens is slang for $100 bills, a reference to Benjamin Franklin’s image on the largest denomination of US currency.

Also note that “ben” (くそ) means poo in Japanese, which can make introducing yourself fun in Japan if you are named Benjamin.

Previous reports of the creepy clogs of Nippon include:


inflatable cat raincoat

Q: So, Tokyo still winterish and there has been a cold drizzle for past week and half…What do you wear?

A: An inflatable cat raincoat of course.


Michiko Koshino inflatable cat jacket & Yohji Yamamoto x Dr Martens boots in Harajuku #原宿 tokyofashion.com/michiko-london-koshino — Tokyo Fashion (@TokyoFashion) 2016-Mar-13

See an additional cat-lady closeup in the Comments section…


A few our many(‽) previous inflatable and raincoat reports include:



Fat-shaming is a public policy in Japan

As a matter of public policy, fat-shaming is the law in Japan…and I’m big outlaw*…


Japan doesn't sugar coat clothing sizes.
Turning Japanese (@TurningJapanesa) Feb. 22, 2016



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I’m 210 lbs, 6 foot 1 inch (95 kg / 185 cm) I used to get nagged at work by my bosses about me being sumo size.
(Professional sumo has a size minimum of 173 cm and 75 kg or 5ft 7in / 165 lbs.) .

Japan’s `Metabo law´ (METABOlic syndrome) states that people must stay below a government-mandated waistline of 35.4 inches (90cm) for men and 33.5 inches (85cm) for women, which is policed through an annual mandatory health check up.

Companies with more than a certain percentage of over-the-waist-limit employees are slapped with a fine. Overweight employees must attend “re-education camps” aka counselling sessions, and they are subjected to monitoring. Fatsos can be denied promotion and even be demoted as part of their performance review.

Previous 3Yen reports of Japan’s debu/fatso folk include:



Cruelly cute shoes . . . from Japan of course

Many times* I have reported about Japan’s Cruel Shoes, but these are cruelly cute…




The previous reports of cruel-ish shoes here include:



Hangover Makeup tutorial…because Japan

The entire process from creepy contact lenses to creating a double eyelid (二重 作り方) to base makeup to contouring to eye makeup to “hangover” blush lipstick, and mermaid scales looks so much fun…especially the homemade “eyetape” part of the tutorial.

Other 3Yen reports of Japanese eye torture and makeup include:



The original weeaboo R.I.P., 1947 – 2016

David Bowie Dead —Billboard | 2016Jan11
He just released his 25th album, Blackstar, Jan. 8, which was his 69th birthday.



Coming-of-Age Day 2016


Japan’s Coming-of-Age Day is set up to congratulate those who have reached the age of maturity (20) during the year. Cities and towns throughout the nation hold ceremonies for these young people but sometimes the kids get a kittle immature.

Irked by loud attire, Kitakyushu urges young adults to dress right on Coming-of-Age Day
The Japan Times | Jan. 8, 2016
In recent years, Kitakyushu’s Coming-of-Age Day ceremonies have been marked by young men wearing vividly colored hakama, a trouser component of the kimono, making them look like hooligans to some
The new women meanwhile are starting to wear a looser-fitting style of kimono that exposes the shoulders in a way used by oiran, the high-class prostitutes of the Edo Period.

Previous reports of Coming-of-Age Day on the 3Yen include:




Guess the species!

Guess the gender and species—Photos of an alien captured by Tokyo Fashion in Harajuku!



Previous reports of my fellow ALIENS include:



Bent Xmas in Japan

Hinky Xmas: Japanese “neck corset”…Bear Goro