Kawaii corner: Kekiko

Photo by Caroline Mound Photography I asked the founder of the company Amy Leung why she chose pandas. “Pandas are my all time favourite animal. They are cute, huggable and just adorable fluffy creatures. This is why I chose to have them as my mascots. So far I have a girl panda, Keki, and a […]

Mayamada: Anime Inspired Clothing Winter Range

If you’re a regular Anime Picks reader you are no stranger to the urban anime Japanese fashion brand mayamada, who organise events, have made their own comic and much more. The UK’s newest anime inspired clothing brand have released their new winter collection of t-shirts and sweatshirts for preorder. The collection includes the brand’s mix of […]

Newcastle Cosplay Con this Saturday

Newcastle CosCon is the place for you to be if your a hardcore cosplayer or simple interested in it – even if your style varies from mainstream fashion. It’s a family friendly event that allows you to come along with friends and family of any age. The venue has lifts to every floor and is fully wheelchair […]

  • Japanese Culture
  • What is Purikura?

    Purikura or ‘photo sticker’ machines are a special type of photo booth that produce photo stickers. Jointly developed by Atlus and Sega, the first Purikura machines were sold in July 1995. Still going strong in Japan they have spread throughout Asia to Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Germany and […]

    Double Eyelids: The Japanese Controversial Fad

    The “double-eyelid” or “futae mabuta” in Japan is more than just a fashion trend, after looking at the importance of fashion tribes – you’ve guessed it – the double eyelid holds a deeper meaning too. This is literally a Japanese woman wanting to look aesthetically like another ethnicity, crossing these cultural boundaries can be read […]

    Japanese Street Fashion Tribes: Gals & Kogal

    Japanese street fashion. Everyone around the world look in awe of the mash up of colours, styles and makeup, behind the heavy layers there are many theories and tribes are definitely formed. Several are linked to actual issues connected to the society we live in – to do with war, crime, violence, addiction to fashion, […]