Japanese fashion magazine tulle（チュール）recently launched its official site. The site acts as a supplement to the magazine by distributing event information, behind the scenes content, street snaps, and more. The magazine will continue to be printed with the sixth volume coming soon.
Kitai Fuku Ga Aru/着たい服がある by Tsuneki Netarou is a new manga published by Kodansha featuring a lolita as the main character. The title has been loosely translated as I Show My True Colors Shining Through or There Are Clothes I Want to Wear. Author and artist Netarou Tsuneki started publishing the first four pilot chapters on Twitter in 2018. The physical edition of volume 1 was released earlier this year and the series is currently on volume 3.
Summary: Mami is a college student seen as cool and mature woman, but in reality, she just wants to be seen as cute by wearing lolita fashion. After she graduates high school, Mami buys her first lolita dress. Now in college, she faces insecurities about her height and others’ opinions about herself. One day, a new co-worker appears in an eccentric outfit and inspires her to be more true to her real self.
What drew my attention to this manga was its realistic portrayal of the lolita fashion. A good number of the clothes the characters wear are based on real pieces. As seen in chapter one and the first volume’s cover, her dress is from Baby, the Stars Shine Bright. The art style is also drawn nicely; his style is very clean and easy to look at, but also emphasizes the details of the clothing. The story delves into the subculture aspect of the fashion as well. Mami shows interest in lifestyle aspects such as attending tea parties, following the latest lolita updates through KERA, and participating in street snaps. She also has to deal with real lolita problems. Some of her challenges include being judged by her peers, knocking things over with her petticoat, dealing with harassment from strangers, and finding the self-confidence to wear lolita in public. Whether you’re new or old to lolita fashion, the start her journey into is a story many lolitas can relate to.
Back in February, KERA hosted a tea party celebrating the first volume’s publication. Tsuneki spoke about his work and a fashion show featured each brand that has appeared in the manga thus far: Baby, the Stars Shine Bright, Alice and the Pirates, Angelic Pretty Metamorphose, Queen Bee, and SouffleSong. Featured guest models included Midori Fukasawa, Misako Aoki, Kimura U, Sakurako Hoshina, and Yura. Read the report on KERA’s site!
New chapters are released digitally through Kodansha’s reader site D Morning. The latest chapter will be available to read for free for one week, but after that, a subscription will be needed to access past chapters. The digital subscription service is currently only available in Japan. Buying the physical copies through Amazon JP or another manga retailer is pretty straightforward though. The manga is currently only available in Japanese with no official English translation planned. The best way to keep up with the series is to follow Tsuneki-sensei’s social media. I would love to support an official translation and I hope Kodansha considers an international release because of how globally spread lolita fashion has become!
Transworld Japan, Inc. is releasing a photobook titled Harajuku Wonderland centered around the group of charisma models who influenced the Harajuku fashion’s popularity boom. The photo collection will give viewers a feeling of Harajuku by featuring eight iconic models: AKIRA, Midori Fukasawa, Misako Aoki, Yura, Kimura U, Hikari Shiina, and Haruka Kurebayashi. The magazine’s staff consists of creators who have been actively involved with the Harajuku fashion scene. The book also includes an interview and illustration with the famous boys love author Asumiko Nakamura. The release date is July 25, 2019 at the price of 4,000 yen excluding tax.
If you are in Japan, you can purchase a ticket to the publisher’s pre-order event. The event is limited to 100 tickets at 10,000 yen each. Included in the package are the book, event ticket, and an original tote bag bonus. They will be hosting the final photo session for the book’s front cover on June 11, 2019 and ticket holders will be photographed with the featured eight models. The photo will be mailed along with the book to ticketholders on the release date. More information and tickets are available now on their site.
Transworld Japan, Inc. is a magazine and book publisher based in Tokyo, Japan. Follow them on Twitter for the latest updates.
Update: Harajuku Wonderland is now available to purchase here. The print is limited to 3,000 copies. Select your favorite model at checkout and receive their photo with your purchase.