Japanese schoolgirls' hemlines are still up, but socklines are way down
rocketnews24.com -- Jan 16
Breaking fashion news: Japanese high school girls' sock-lines are sinking!

Japanese schoolgirls, known in their homeland as joshi kosei, or just JK, are somewhat of a cultural phenomenon. As well as wandering the streets in their uniforms even on the weekend, their likeness can even be found in anime, adverts, pop groups. While there is a darker side to Japan's infatuation with schoolgirls, the depictions represent the innocence of youth and a romanticized view of the high school experience, a time when all girls had to worry about was grades, boys and, of course, fashion.

The knee-sock has long been a staple of fashion-forward Japanese schoolgirl fashion, creating an image recognizable around the world and synonymous with Cool Japan. JK turned an item of clothing that most people pay little attention to into an integral part of an outfit and led to such bemusing inventions as "sock touch" sock glue. Whether slouchy white socks for the more rebellious teen or standard navy knee socks, high socks were where it was at.

However, the times they are a-changing and it's long been observed that hemlines go up and down with each respective era. But in 2016 it's not the skirt-lengths that are budging; those are as short as ever. This year, it's time for the socks to get shorter-a change that has got people buzzing and tweeting in their droves, posting their observations of and reactions to south-headed socklines across the country.

News source: rocketnews24.com
Sep 22
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addressed the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday, calling for strict implementation of U.N. Security Council resolutions against North Korea, which has conducted a series of nuclear tests and missile launches. (the-japan-news.com)
Sep 22
Japanese police reported a record-high 30,262 children as suspected abuse victims to welfare authorities in the first half of 2017, on the back of increased public awareness of the issue, the National Police Agency said Thursday. (Japan Today)
Sep 22
A 31-year-old Filipino on an international wanted list for suspected involvement in a 2004 rape and murder in baraki Prefecture on Thursday admitted his guilt to Kyodo News. (Japan Today)
Sep 22
Maharaja, a popular disco during Japan's bubble economy era in the 1980s, reopened in Kyoto's Gion district this month. (Jiji)
Sep 22
The number of adults strongly suspected of having diabetes in Japan has been estimated at 10 million, a 2016 survey by the health ministry showed Thursday. (Jiji)
Sep 22
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda defended the BOJ's yield curve control on Thursday, the first anniversary of the key item in the bank's ultraeasy monetary policy regime. (Jiji)
Sep 22
Japan's prime minister wants to use revenue from the increased consumption tax to provide tuition-free preschool and higher education. Shinzo Abe says the move would be part of his drive to invest more in human resource development. (NHK)
Sep 22
Japan's education ministry unveiled on Thursday new English textbooks to be used for elementary school fifth- and sixth-graders' foreign-language classes for fiscal 2018 and 2019. (Jiji)
Sep 22
The number of foreign visitors to Japan continues to grow. The total so far this year has already topped 20 million. (NHK)
Sep 21
More than 40 countries have signed a global treaty at UN Headquarters to legally ban nuclear weapons. (NHK)