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.
Most of the 750 million yen ($6.8 million) in relief money for victims of the powerful earthquakes that hit Kumamoto Prefecture in southwestern Japan last month has not been disbursed, local government officials said Tuesday. (Japan Today)
McDonald's in Aichi Prefecture has unveiled Ogura Soft Hotcakes (the 'soft' refers to the ice cream rather than the pancakes), which will be on the dessert menus of 174 McDonald's outlets in the prefecture from June 6 until an unspecified date at the end of the same month. (rocketnews24.com)