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Gay Gyaru/Gyaruo

This is part of the Japan Vida series, discussing certain parts about living in Japan.

Previously

The hair is fierce!!!

First of all… they exist!

Many of my friends are gay guys and we all head to Shinjuku Nichome together on the weekends. I’ve been to gay bars, lesbian bars, gay events, lesbian events and more… Shinjuku Nichome is pretty much the only open area for gays and lesbians to act and be themselves. It’s only a very tiny block, but some fun is to be had inside. Homosexuality although having historical roots within Japan, now is very unwelcome. For more modern info: please read the Homosexuality in Japan wiki with tons of gay slang information.

Nichome – the gay and lesbian district

Nichome is a small block stacked with gay and lesbian bars, clubs, and host/sex clubs.  There is not one dedicated lesbian club unlike Arty Fartys and Artys Annex which are the same gay club but 2 streets apart. Every club stamps your hand after you pay a drink/entrance fee and you are free to come and go as you please. So often many people camp in front of the conbini Sunklus and get conbini alcohol and drink outside. It makes the evening much cheaper. There’s even a park with swingset that you can go and drink in. So many people are usually wandering the streets from conbini to club or bar to club. This allows for a ton of people watching.


How many gals regard gays and lesbians

I was talking with my one*spo staff Kie and an old one Non-chan, I was buying some accessories to go out that night so they asked where I was going and I told them Nichome. Even though Nichome literally means “2nd block” and numbered everywhere in Tokyo, people usually know exactly where you mean without having to say Shinjuku Nichome. Both were shocked and amazed I had gay friends. They didn’t preach a hate of gay people, more just felt that gay people have their world and straight people have theirs. This happened with some other gals, too.

This doesn’t mean all straight gals don’t love Nichome. My best Japanese friend loves her gay boys and we met at this tiny 7 seat bar in Nichome.

Gay Japan is not Gay anywhere else…

Gaydar is a thing of the past. American gaydar does not work at all in Japan. This goes especially with males. All the effeminate gestures and metrosexual overload makes a man straight in Japan >_< It’s often the beefy crew-cut guys in Japan that are gay <_<;; It used to be that if you wore Abercrombie and Fitch you could tell a guy was gay because  you had to import it. Now that A&F have opened a shop in Ginza, that’s out of the window.

Lesbians in general

Lesbians stick to roles. It is absolutely rare to see two lipstick lesbians together in Japan. If I do, I usually assume they’re friends out together. There is a definite pair off between butch and femme roles. So if you’re dressed like a gyaru with typical gal clubwear expect to get hit on by the butch type. The butch type in Japan often makes you question guy/girl when you see them at first.

Of course the gay and lesbian community is not just gay and lesbian but also has transgenders and bisexuals involved. Nichome also has the fag hags as well (which are termed okoge. Okama means burnt pot and is a slang for fag in Japan. Okoge is the burnt rice stuck at the bottom of a burnt pot. Cruel huh?).

Gay GyaruO

Despite the rumors I rarely see gay gyaruo who are not working as gay hosts (and yes gay host bars exist). Since Kabukicho is close by when hosts walk by it’s hard to tell if they’re heading to Kabukicho from their host dorm/home around Nichome or if they’re actually in 2chome. I have seen two Oraora gay boys who seem couply who often go to nichome. But they are so tanned, when they talk the pink of their lips and gums just glows because they’ve turned as crispy as possible. I wanted it to be hot, but it wasn’t. There are a few, but much less and much less organized than the gyaru lesbians.

Gyaru lesbians and Dance parties

Gyaru lesbians mostly stick to their circles. However their are friends or pairs walking around as well. It’s obvious some work in Kabukicho either as hostesses/girlbars/massage because of their Agejo hair and dress preference, also they tend to show up after typical last train closing hours. There are gals who enjoy dressing in gyaruo style and one particular hottie has a nice giant VANQUISH belt to top off her gyaruo look.

One thing to note: Gay gyaru have no nails. If you don’t know why, then you don’t need to know why ^_^;;

If you go, do not expect to see a ton of lesbian gals roaming. I have seen 20 tops in Nichome.

 

Gals mostly show up to event nights.  Girlfriend is the most popular and it’s at bar Hijouguchi which is head every last Saturday of the month. Hijouguchi has several other event nights including a gay electro night that is obscenely fun and a dandy event with great costumes (nothing like a guy with a nude colored speedo and gazelle horns on his head taking your money at the entrance).

You may run into b-gyaru Ikumi, who speaks fluent English. She and her b-gal posse are very nice.
Other event nights have fun things such as “speed dating” which is really nampa time (pick-up time). When you enter you are offered the choice of wearing a heart. This heart as a number and then you write your name on a heart and enter neko or tachi. Neko and tachi for gay male sex usually involve the giver and receiver, instead for Japanese lesbians neko means butch and tachi means femme. It can also be a sexual term meaning active vs. passive during sex. Sexually there’s also the term Riba is short for ribaashiburu, meaning they can top or bottom for sex. Also, there’s a check box for if you’re looking for friends/lovers/both.
Then you dance the night away with a heart on your chest (make sure to keep it taped on, or bring a safety pin. They fall off often while you dance or push around people to move in the club). After the night is over you check your number’s envelope and see if you got messages. Or if you see a hottie, send them a message ^_^~
Events often have crappy music, but they’re still a fun event. One event night has four dancers that ride the 2 1/2 poles located throughout (the one half pole is from ceiling to bar). All the girls are skilled pole girls and they often have themed outfits. They also walk around and all identify themselves as lesbians so if you want to chat them up, feel free to. They’re quite nice. One of them, a Chinese girl, supposedly teaches pole dancing and she’s gotta be the best I’ve ever seen on a pole. Girl has skills and flexibility not often seen outside of Cirque de Soliel. It’s hella amusing to see the bulldyke types standing front row to poles to look at the girls. It looks like an actual strip club with pervert row that way <_<;;

All the girls at lesbian events are looking for people. Sure some come with friends and they’re not actively looking, but most come open.

Nichome is home to the most per-gaijin ratio I’ve seen outside of Roppongi (the famous foriegner club district). Sure sometimes you feel like you’re in a gaijin bubble, but that often means people in Nichome are more welcome to speaking and interacting with gaijin. So in a dating context many are open to foriegners. If not most of them go to small Japanese only bars (sure they’re bar doesn’t say no-foriegners, but they are usually holed away in tiny spaces which foriegners wouldn’t go looking for fun).

Recommended places:

So if you want to see and meet lesbian gyaru then only go on event nights. However, Shinjuku Nichome is fun on most weekends. Arty Fartys and Artys annex are both fun to go to (if not entirely way too packed from 1:00 to 4:00) and unless its an event, it only costs a drink which is usually 600 yen.

My peep’s favorite bar is Adezakura. Known for its giant double red doors, it’s near Arty’s Annex. It’s lesbian until 2:00 and then goes mixed. Jin runs the place and she’s both super nice, pours ample drinks, and enjoys gaijin in her place. She’ll also pull up any music you want to hear.

Rehab mostly weekends has happy hour which lasts from 8:00-10:00. It’s directly behind Sunklus in the alley up the stairs on the 2nd floor. There’s a signboard advertising it right below the place. It’s a new place, so not often that full. The happy hour is 1000 yen ($11.00 USD) and it’s all you can drink. Apparently they don’t do shots anymore, but if you ask for any alcohol on the rocks they’ll give it to you. So it’s essentially a shot <_< They also have couches and tons of gay photo books to either stare in awe or giggle at. Best to go in a group.

Me between club and bar, swinging in the park in Nichome.
What you never swung in Mar*s garters before? heheehe
As a note all of the pictures were found on Girlfriend website. I am definitely not trying to out those who don’t want to be outed. 

3 more weeks, and a quick jump to Osaka

Tons of gals sitting around Centaagai doing their make-up like old times.
This was at 10:30 when trains wind down so they quickly dispersed after this picture and only so many were gathered for 10 minutes. This is so not common on Centaagai, instead most use the “center street” to actually walk to another place. But it was nostalgic and rare so enjoy the nostalgia with me. ❤

Lip Service Roomwear!
Oh lawdy. I do not want to leave my house anymore. I think people could become hikkikomori because Lip Service roomwear was bought. The roomwear and Betty Boop release opened Friday and they had such pieces!
IN LOVE!
It’s the center one, a two piece set!
I really was lusting over the onsie on the left, but onsies aren’t that practical to sleep in, they’re just cute.
I want to buy more! >_<;;
I also got the Betty Boop set, but I’ll post that later since it’s actual clothing not just lazy bed manatee clothing.
Men’s Egg PlaYz

I was out and about in Shibuya and I hear a truck passing blasting music. This is a really common way for musicians to advertise themselves in Japan. Ne-Yo and Enimenem also had trucks blasting their music when their records hit Japan. But I turn to see this!

 Mens EGG got a music group
The music group is called PlaYz, and sounds a bit Johnnys-kei, aka typical male group pop. The five members are: Ayumu (who got a major make-over… or make-under?), Yukihide, Katsumi, Kazuaki and Yuki, all Men’s Egg models.
In this pic it does look a bit like 4 twinks and their leather daddy.
As for the quality of their music, judge for yourself:

Their video has gotten 240,000+ views which livedoor says is good. This is from their “mini-album” Love on the Street. Time will tell on their staying power. Although this is absolutely not what I want for my Men’s Egg Night ^_^;;;

Weekend fun

Friday day after classes I headed to 109 to pickup my Lip Service roomwear + Betty Boop dress. I also got an adorable set from One*Spo ❤

Using the clean mirror and the clean room.
Jacket: h&m
Shirt: Moussy
Shorts: Zara
Leggings: tutuHA
My Lippy girls were shocked I was so casual, but sigh… school sometimes makes you ultra casual ^_^;;

I was trying to un-lazy myself so I went for fluffy hair and a cashmere beret from One*Spo for the night.
Doll eyes with thick low seperation on the lower eyelashes. 
Tip: use a clear eyelash adhesive for the bottom, go for black on the top lashes
I look dazed here <_<;;
 
 
I was channeling Rin with a One*Spo set and pigtails. It was gold night with Onespo good love and gold eyeshadow from MAC. 
Good weekend. Possibly too much drinking, but it was insanity/good to end Saturday night but eating ramen in Kabukicho and chatting with bosozoku from Kyoto and surrouded by OraOra boys, hosts and hostesses at 7 in the morning on Sunday.

Onward, ho!

I am soon to be ending my stay in Japan. I head back to Houston on December 17th for a while. At least until Summer if not until Fall. I’m sad of course, because I love the shopping, the style, my daily grind and my good friends here. However, I love my man and miss my animals. Also, Texas is a pretty damn awesome place.

 
Yo Persians, imma let you finish, but my Luna has the best flat face ever!
 
Japanese hats for cats, so wrong so rightt
Disapproving basset hound sees what you did thar

When people in the US and Japan ask me if I like living here, I find I can’t give a simple yes/no answer anymore. It’s a whole lot more complicated than that. Without going into a 8 paragraph discussion on it, I will simply say those who think Japan is OMGYAYPONIEZHARAJUKUAWEZOMMMEZ have not lived here for a long time.

Japan just isn’t the endgame for me. My man works in the States and I would like to be a college professor and going to graduate school happens in America. I do plan to go back to teach English in Japan for a while before actually starting graduate school, but the rules will definitely change since as a working stiff my ability to do several gal fashion trends that I like will be limited (weekend gal love). So right now, ignoring the hardships of living here, is a really special time for me to enjoy and dress for myself the way I want to present myself.

Of course I will continue to report on gal fashion and I have way too many saved posts on genres that I need to step-up and post ^_^; At most it will just be six months until I move back here, so only directly shopping for Spring will escape my grasp ^_^;;

I will be away in Osaka for 2 days this week, I just can’t seem to stay away. ❤

…that is all

Powah Kitti, Psychelic Trance, Nails, and Men’s

Powah Kitti!

Getting my digital camera done was the biggest deco item I had planned to get professionally done here. I went with friends to Glam Baby at Shinjuku’s Alta to decide on a piece. I had some rough sketches but all were running into roadblocks of not enough impact or harder to concieve. Since I leveled up to the iphone 3g in the states, I wasn’t able to use my kitty case anymore so I knew I wanted to do something about my kitten Luna.

We played around with several realistic designs and then my friend took pen to paper and drew this cat. I added the background and well… I’m 100% in love! The deco process itself took 3 days for my deco artist to create, and it’s absolutely true to the drawing. The design known to me and my lovely deco artist as POWAA KITTI! Nyan to the rescue! It makes me smile when I look at it and cameras should have that effect on people 😀

 
She’s gunna get you~!
Sparkle sparkle~!

I also had some leftover Siam Swarovski to which I did my new MAC eyeshadow brush with. Simple, but effective.

 
My special Gold Chanel lipgloss also got the kirakira treatment 🙂

Nails

I went to Carry Shibuya on Saturday and I was admittedly a bit hungover. I was also unsure about design but I knew I wanted to do black on black for some. Since nails take an hour to come off I had some time to decide the rest. My nailist nails were fabulous so I decided to do a take on hers.

Her starting to paint on acrylic and mold it. No tips in Japanese nails.
The acrylic all on.
Final product! Leopard print, giant acrylic made heart + ribbons on the thumbs
Mega big stones = love
The undersides with the acrylic heart
My nailist’s gorgeous nails.
I am betting the Ayu symbol is for Ayumi Hamasaki’s concert series Wed-Fri here in Tokyo.

We were talking and it turns out she also loves psychedelic trance (saike). Carry in its locations has flat tv screens showing movies or music videos. At the time they were showing hiphop and my nailist admitted she wasn’t such a big fan, so she leaves for a sec and when she comes back a DVD of a large Tokyo saike rave was playing. It was amazing both Skazi and Astrix were there along others. I even spotted Atom fave DJ Ozawa in the crowd of the event due to his unique hair. 😀

The rave itself was put on by Vision Quest. They have an event coming up November 29th that I definitely want to attend. Astrix will be there again 😀

While I was getting my nails done a Haadi gal came in and sat next to me and we started talking about saike. The conversation moves on and apparently she saw the Gaijin Gal episode and thought it was fabulous. woot! Nice to hear some support 😀

Carry Shibuya with their giant deco Hello Kitty
Pink girl in hat was the Haadi girl
BONUS! The haadi girl’s 3-d Hello Kitty cellphone
It was suprisingly light.

Saike from Friday

Friends and I went to the Buffalo Bob and Rebel event at Atom. DJ Ace is one of my favorite djs to hear play and is also the founder and owner of Rebel Clothing. My first post on universaldoll was actually about OraOraKei īŧˆæ‚Ēįž…įŗģ), the style Ace personifies and helps create. That was back in 2008, but this year they now have their own magazine called Soul Japan now on its 3rd issue. The style is rising with guys who reject the host-o and ame-kaji styles that are dominating the male market.

Oraora guys follow DJ Ace wherever he is playing, and man loves to travel with posse. However it’s easy to spot him since he’s well over 6 feet and hot ^_~ He’s playing this weekend at Shinjuku M’s on the 23rd for the Psychadelic Rave #5 release party. If you’re free this weekend and in Tokyo I suggest DJ Ace and crew to the rescue. My booty will be in Osaka so sadly no Ace for me.

Atom Last Friday, from Ace’s blog
Ace in the cave from my viewpoint

Buffalo Bobs was out to support and handing small towels to a couple lucky enough to get them. Buffalo Bobs doesn’t impress me much as a clothing store, but I was beyond happy that most of the main Men’s Knuckle models showed up to the event. Even my personal fave, Naotaka. Hosts from Club Fantasy were also there (a really fun host club to go to!).

Knuckle model Naotaka with Dj Ozawa the morning after.
Ozawa says 1,200 people were there that night :o!
109-2
Men’s 109-2 is enlarging with many new stores. The Barbie store on the first floor is now replaced by Backs-looking Vagrancy Freedom. It’s nice to see some more looks for the guys, but I do wonder if it’s too much too soon.
 
Also there is a giant Men’s Egg ad outside of 109-2
Daichi, Yukihide and the rest are GIANTS 😀

Nagoya and Osaka <3

Note: Well in June I had this post written as I got back to Tokyo, but I stupidly put the pictures on my external hard drive and forgot where they were ^__^;;; and no travel post is worthy without pictures. 

In June my man came to Japan for a visit and of course I said: we’re traveling. So whirl of a vacation started with 4 days in 3 cities and a 3 hour hike down a mountain with a suitcase (:o)

Nagoya

Had a lovely, but short time there. I however had to make the quick stop to their gal shopping Mecca. Since Tokyo 109 gets everything first usually, it was more just to scope the layout and the crowd.

Egg always likes to talk about how Tokyo girls are different than Nagoya girls are different from Osaka girls. Nagoya always gets this hime/agejo touch to it, while Osaka gets the more Amekaji. This really didn’t come across to me while I was there. Nagoya girls were doing it right although I felt the audience was younger than Tokyo’s. 109 is often a mix of high school and 20+ yr olds.

PasSe, the big gal set of stores
gals getting some money out before taking the elevator to shop

Nagoya however has a Glam Baby right inside it’s mall, which I wished 109 would do since Glam Baby {much better than} Chiara.

I have nothing at all negative to say about Nagoya girls, I’d consider living there since it’s very laid back.

Oddly enough I was in Nagoya on a Sunday and barely saw any couples. Tokyo Sunday is all about couples. People of every age pair up and do everything from grocery shopping to regular date activities. It’s impossible to escape in Tokyo and it does make you want to scream out I HAVE A MAN, TOO!! if you’re alone at the time. I am unsure if this is Tokyo only, but it definitely didn’t seem like the Tokyo level of dating.

Onsen!

I tried to book an onsen stay before we left Tokyo, but right before the weekend all of the big ones were booked solid. So I dropped into the travel beaureu in Nagoya and they helped me set up a rocking Onsen play in Yunoyama which is hidden in the mountains between Nagoya and Osaka. Mountains, streams, unlimited shabu shabu and the perfect cap to a night: a private outdoor bath for me and me man. Happy me!

Our Onsen is on the left. Mountain air was so cool, even in June!

Inside our room. I always travel with Big Toe. ❤ uglydolls

Osaka

Osaka was a bit of a mindwhack after being nestled in the mountains with only the sound of flowing water to greet you. Friends always tell me Osaka is a bit behind in the behind in the times fashion-wise. Personally I believe Kansai-people are more likely to hold onto a trend they like.

Osaka gyaruo especially reminded me of 2007 Tokyo gyaruo. Since Tokyo gyaruo have been charmed by either refined Host-kei or they’ve latched onto DJ Ace’s Oraora kei with more Exile looks, it was nice to see many in Osaka doing simply gyaruo.

I noticed a few talking about me as a white gal. In Tokyo it’s not as shocking, but I think it’s even more rare outside of Tokyo.

Osaka had some great style, I spent most of my time there around Namba and their awesome aquarium, too. Namba was full of shops with fake Amekaji Cocolulu stuff and Gilfy-style look alikes, but this seemed more acceptable in Osaka.

A puffer inside Osaka’s Aquarium

Gal in Namba (jokingly called Nampa – aka picking-up girls)

Fake Amekaji/Cocolulue merchandise

A covered route jutting out from the main drag

Tokyo’s popular Host Club, Club AquA, advertising for their Osaka branch

Possible host, looks like he has booty (rare)

One of the more racy Host Club posters I’ve seen. In Kabukicho the signboards are not this big.

Donki’s insane ferris wheel above their store.

SALES! Universal Doll is selling!


Universal Doll now has a sales blog. Up now are 10+ Deco, Gal, Gyaruo and Host magazines from the classic time of 2007-2008.

Ageha, Deco&Deco, Deco Venus, Popteen, Egg, Nuts, Men’s Egg, Men’s Egg Youth, Men’s Egg Core, Men’s Knuckle, Men’s Roses, Men’s Digger.

So much hotness for sale it’s bound to make your cheeks blush ^_^v

More sales to come on shoes, bags and clothes from Gilfy, Glad News, One*Spo, Delyle and more!

Edit: Just added 2 Gilfy onepieces and a One*Spo jacket

Sexay, sexay.