From Japan, the home of Kawaii culture, NHK brings you the latest "Kawaii" trends captured in Tokyo.
With up to the minute information on Kawaii people, experiences and products, everything that "Kawaii" followers around the globe are craving to know is packed into this program.
To kick off our program’s fourth year, we report 3 Kawaii Leaders’ experiences in Tokyo! These Kawaii Leaders won out from 300 participants. They got the chance to collaborate with popular magazines, popular bloggers and fashion designers to complete their missions to create new “kawaii.” Although it seems that kawaii culture is full of fun, the girls actually experienced their ups and downs behind the scenes. Don’t miss it! There’s also an announcement for the next new Kawaii Leaders contest!
MIX-style is a fashion style that Japanese girls are good at doing! Mixing items that are from totally different fashion themes, or mixing different textures or colors freely as they like... They create unique MIX-styles that no one has very thought about! In today's episode, we will show you the latest MIX-styles, such as “Chinese lolita” and Japanese steampunk. We’ll also introduce a cross gender fashion designer, whose store specializes in men's skirts.
This year, denim is trending worldwide. How do you style them? Denim has traditional, casual yet simple image, but there are many people in Tokyo who uniquely and cutely style them. So this time, from gyaru to girly, as well as fairy, we show you the latest denim styles in Tokyo! Also we introduce you to the ultimate denim processing company that receives orders from the worldly famous high-end brands. The professionals' detailed techniques is a must-see! The 3 MCs go against each other head-to-head in used denim styling showdown! It will definitely inspire your future denim styling! Be sure to check it out!
When you think of Japanese Kawaii style, you might think “Lolita fashion” or “Gyaru fashion” but now there is one new fashion style that is about to be trendy. That is Sweet n' Girlie style! It is a sweet and soft feminine style like a doll, that takes in motif such as strawberries and ribbons as well as incorporating dark styles that are gothic and cool! We got to sneak peek into the office of a popular girls’ magazine, LARME which ignited fire on Sweet n’ Girlie style and successfully sold 200,000 copies in three years, established by a former editor of “Koakuma ageha” (koakuma-style) magazine, who started at 26 years old. We ask her the charms of the Sweet n’ Girlie style. Also a popular model, Risa Nakamura will show you the makeup and styling tips! We will lead you into the sweet and a bit dark unique world of Sweet n' Girlie!
On this show, we have been featuring Kawaii fans around the world! So this time it is “Around the World” Special!! We update you with informations on Kawaii around the world throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Also we will have the Japanese fashion icons: “AKIRA” who is a charisma in boys fashion, and “Alisa Ueno” who is a Neo-gal superstar, to solve your fashion worries!! It is our first trial ever on this show! The viewers are the center of this special edition! “You” make up the Kawaii world!
In this episode we will show you the scenes from the fashion show in Brooklyn, “Tokyo Above-Underground Fashion Show” which Misha Janette was the fashion director. The theme was the “Tokyo style fashion that doesn’t exist anywhere in the world.” with 10 different brands and 20 different stylings, We will also show you the charms of the Tokyo street fashion with behind the scenes and the documentary of the preparation process. Also we invite Patricia Field, and Valerie Steele who have big influences in the North American fashion world. Will Tokyo street fashion which is different from the east coast in North America, be accepted?
This is part two of Kawaii International in NY! We show you the latest art project by Sebastian Masuda from beginning to end. With the project to spread Kawaii in NY by the power of art, we see what the reactions are of the New Yorkers. And we went exclusive to the store of Patricia Field, the worldly famous stylist! We were shown the special make over by Patricia by using the only one item! Also, we went exclusive with Misha on the current Kawaii scenes in NY. We show you the Tokyo and NY mixed Kawaii nails by the Japanese nail artist who works in NY!
Many of the girls in Tokyo get inspired by fashion apps or SNS for trendy styles that they can check out on their smartphones. This time, as the title is “Online Kawaii Revolution,” we show you all about Kawaii that is spreading in the world of internet! We will show you the fashion service that surpassed 6,000,000 downloads and the video streaming site that has up to 8,000,000 viewers monthly, as well as the popular “selfies” among girls. We will deliver you the latest Online Kawaii!!
With the title of “Kawaii Creators of Tomrrow,” we pick up creators that are getting attention. The dynamics of Japanese handmade market is more than 800 billion yen right now. The products that these creators are sending out is widening in variety and their unique and Kawaii world are being born time to time. Misha and Melody challenge in making the trendy decorative fake lashes. In the new segment, “Real Kawaii Life in Tokyo,” we follow an American girl who makes an effort to become an idol in Japan.
Currently, a fashion that has been inspired by subculture is getting high attention in Harajuku, home of the new trends. Although a few years ago, subcultures such as anime, manga, and games were considered to be enjoyed only by the “OTAKU” and not by fashionistas, but there is a phenomenon that is changing this norm. So, this episode’s theme is “New Subcultures of Kawaii”! Here, we’ll show you fashion brands and creators that are hot right now. MC’s Misha and Melody visit the famous brand that is the pioneer of the so-called “Character Styling Fashion” which mixes anime and fashion together, and show us the latest trend. Also, you’ll get to exclusively observe the brand’s next collaboration artwork with a popular illustrator, Hiroyuki Takahashi. And catch a glimpse of wearable robot clothes inspired by the actual robots, “Robotics” fashion, and a new type of shop that just opened in Harajuku with the concept of “FASHION×OTAKU×CREATION.”
In this episode, we look back on the Kawaii segments that were aired last year in 2015. From the result of your votes, we re-run the clips you want to watch again. It’s a must-see episode for Kawaii fans, who missed the previous programs. In Tokyo Photobook, we will introduce unique fashion styles with photogenic scenes of Tokyo. Kawaii Tutorial will show you “how to” tips on makeup, nail art and outfit coordination. Also, enjoy watching Clips from Kawaii Fans Around the World, in which segment we reveal the top 5 footages. Catch up the exciting Kawaii trend with our 49 minutes TV show!
The influencers, selected by the Facebook page of Kawaii.i who spread Kawaii all over the world are called, “Kawaii Leaders.” We are now in the process of choosing the third round Kawaii Leaders. In this episode we will share with you the characteristics that some of the strongest candidates have. Also, Stella who was the first round Kawaii Leader goes on a Tokyo Kawaii tour and shows us the Kawaii spots in Tokyo. In the new segment of Kawaii Breaking News, we catch up with the latest genre that is popular in the streets of Harajuku, “Yami kawaii.” Later we will show you the popular Kawaii Leader candidates to the latest Kawaii trend from Harajuku.
Kawaii International celebrates its fifth year! This episode, we report Genderless Kawaii. Currently in Tokyo, there is a new trend amongst boys. The characteristic is “Genderless Fashion” that values “beauty.” And one of the predecessors, Usuke Devil has a lot of followers on SNS. We followed him for a day to find out how his “beauty” is created. He will teach us make-up tips and hints on how to look genderless. Also, we show “Genderless Fashion” shops for girls who enjoy boyish styles. In the latest segment “Kawaii News Reporter,” Audra, the fan of the show reports the Kawaii fan event that was held in LA. Additionally, we reveal three Kawaii Leaders for round three. And of course, there are regular segments such as Tokyo Photobook and Kawaii Tutorial! We deliver you with a lot of contents.
We have two segments this time! First we cover “It’s a Retro Revival”! On the back Souvenir Jacket, there are designed stitchings that stand out. This was made as a souvenir for soliders that came to Japan after the World War II. Later, after 1970’s it became a Japanese boys’ fashion item. And right now, it is popular amongst girls! We go undercover to find out why! The second segment is “Domo Time Capsule in the US Part1”! The Kawaii master, Sebastian Masuda and NHK WORLD collaborated together. “TIME AFTER TIME CAPSULE” is a project that Sebastian Masuda is working on. It is a hands-on participatory art project where they exhibit the time capsule in different cities of the world, and asks the participants to write a message or put in what they think is a Kawaii item in 20 years. In this collaboration, Domo, a NHK character, shaped capsule appeared! We report how it was like at the event in Washington, D.C. in America. Also it had their attention on the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade that Kawaii fans participated. Don’t miss the fun filled episode!
This time’s segment is about Kawaii rooms. Japanese young people not only live but also “have fun” and “enjoy” decorating their own rooms. We go more into details on thier lifestyles! There are a lot of latest information on Kawaii rooms filled with easy DIY tips from room making masters, introducing fun items to decorate and even online service where you can see the pictures of the actual rooms that they post. We got the total coverage on the life of Katy, the Kawaii Leader from Myanmar, who is living in Tokyo. In the Kawaii News Reporter segment, Mila the Kawaii Leader from France makes an appearance! She is going to report the Lolita event, “Under the Sea” which is held by Street Fashion Europe.
This time, we will introduce you to all the cool places in the backstreets of Harajuku, also known as, “Ura-Hara”! In the backstreets of the mainstreets like Omotesando and Meiji streets, there are a lot of unique shops from different genres. As in the title of this episode, “The Ura-Hara Super Tour!” we’ll take you on a journey of “Ura-Hara”! Also Misha carried out a special interview with the starter of the popular street snap magazine, who has been keeping an eye on Ura-Hara for 20 years!
Kawaii trend changes time after time. In this episode, we review the history of the Kawaii culture and explain thoroughly how the Kawaii style changed overtime. The title of this episode is “The Evolution of Kawaii”! Also we report to you the “TIME AFTER TIME CAPSULE (Domo Time Capsule)” European tour project! Additionally in the Kawaii Leader Update, Beckii, third round Kawaii Leader, will report the “HYPER JAPAN FESTIVAL” that was held in London.
This episode is Kawaii Toy special! The toys are created not for children but for adults, and we tell you all about the amazing parts of Kawaii toys! From people who enjoy fashion with their fashion dolls to people who incoorporate toys into their fashion, we introduce to you the popular toys amongst girls! And this time’s Kawaii Reporter is from Argentina. She will report to us a huge event which 500 Kawaii fans gathered.
This episode is Lolita Fashion NOW! From indies Lolita brand that is attracting attention for its unique designs, to some of the most popular places that Lolitas visit, we introduce to you the latest fashion! Also we got the special interview with Lolita legend, Misako Aoki. We ask Misako about the activities amongst Chinese Lolitas that are very hot right now! This time’s Kawaii Reporter is from Russia. Kesniya Shigova reports the Lolita event “Gothic & Lolita Festival” that was held in Moscow.
In Japan, cute comfy outfits, worn to sleep and to relax at home called Room Wears, are in style now. And this time, we cover all about the cute Room Wears! We introduce to you the glamors of the latest Room Wears from kawaii fashion brands to specialty shops! Also we went to the girls’ pajama home party which the girls participate in thier favorite pajamas. We go behind the scenes of the Tokyo Kawaii fans’ real life. Additionally, we deliver you the information on the latest beauty products that are used for relaxing at home. The Kawaii Reporter this time is from Paris, France and the Gyaru club members report to us what activities they do.
This time, we feature Kawaii fans from abroad who live in Tokyo. We introduce to you their daily lives in Tokyo to their recommended spots, and the Kawaii fan communities for foreigners. We deliver you the real Tokyo life of Katie from the UK, who has been living in Tokyo for three years and Sarah from Spain, who has been living in Tokyo for nine months. This time’s Kawaii Reporter will report all about the Anime Festival Asia 2016 that was held in Singapore. Also we announce the results for Kawaii.i FASHION CONTEST! Who will become the next Kawaii Leader?
This episode will feature Tokyo Photobook, a popular segment that has been continuing from its first air. From over 100 fashionistas that have appeared on the shows in the last five years, we’ll focus on the three fashionistas who standout among the others. We’ll set eyes on their daily lifestyle, where their creativity is born and catch on their passion towards fashion. Additionally, we’ll introduce you to how the popular fashionistas have changed over the years. For Kawaii Reporter, third round Kawaii Leader, Kazumi will report to us the Lolita event that was held in Chile!
Today’s show puts you viewers in the spotlight! We hand over the mic to our kawaii fans to introduce a coverage on the kawaii scenes worldwide as Kawaii Reporters! This way we can see how fans find unique and localized ways to enjoy kawaii culture across the globe! So, this episode is about our Kawaii Reporters! It’s called Kawaii SquadGoals! SquadGoals is a trendy hashtag now spreading in the social media. It’s a slang that means “an ideal group of friends.” We’ll update you on how our kawaii squads are making things happen around the world! Plus, Misha interviews Sebastian Masuda, the godfather of kawaii culture who travels around the world. Find out what inspires him as an artist, and the latest info on his global project, the TIME AFTER TIME CAPSULE.
Kawaii International has been on the air for five years now. Since then, Kawaii culture has evolved, all while spreading around the world. Kawaii communities have sprouted up everywhere! And each country comes up with its own unique way to happily express themselves with Japanese kawaii fashion. So this episode is about our Kawaii Summit in Tokyo, where we got to talk about the deeper aspects of kawaii culture.
Fashion shop staff can achieve celebrity status in Japan! We’ll find out why they are so popular. And we get to meet the most popular of them now, Yutaro! Also, our Kawaii Reporter will report from Maryland in the US!
Our feature story is about squishies, which are the hottest new thing in Japan! Plus, we have a brand-new segment called Hands-on Kawaii! Kawaii fans living in Tokyo take a shot at making their very own squishies! And, we visit the home of Kelly Eden, a 4th Round Kawaii Leader!
We report to you on the people who are trying to become the next top models. They were originally scouted in the streets, but have made it into the TOKYO GIRLS COLLECTION, an entertainment fashion event that introduces the hot fashion trends in Tokyo. The guest is Michopa, a model from a gyaru-style magazine. She is only 150cm tall, but became a famous model on the magazine, and has walked the runway at TOKYO GIRLS COLLECTION. We are going to close in on the secrets to her popularity. We’d like to show you how the values are a bit different from the leading Western high-fashion.
We'll have an episode on Harajuku's amazing hair trends! A kawaii fan living in Tokyo gets an extreme hairstyle!And, we'll break down the history of Harajuku's hair trends! Our Kawaii Reporter will be showing us one of the biggest Lolita event in Spain.
It's Yummy, it's Cute, it's MOEDAN! We’ll feature the “MOEDAN” trend in Japan. Do you know about this radical kawaii food with beautiful layers? Hands-on Kawaii features a MOEDAN cooking experience! Plus, we have an update of Kawaii Leader Katy!!
Fringe Tokyo Tour: Shimokitazawa!!! In Shimokitazawa you can find fun zakka, or everyday goods. And lots of kawaii things await you after hours! Our feature story is about Shimokitazawa in Tokyo, a hip neighborhood off the beaten path! We check some crazy finds in the studio!
We’ll take you to Design Festa, Japan’s biggest art and design convention! We’ll feature all the cutest handmade items from the up-coming artists we could find!
We’ll show you street fashion with a traditional Japanese twist. And some customized kimono looks! And, we have a gyaru who does traditional Japanese dance! We’ll show you some dance moves to try out yourself!
We’ll have the newest Boyish-style icon as our studio guest, and check out the new trends! Plus, in Hands-on Kawaii, a Lolita fashion fan gets transformed into a Boyish-style makeover! How does it turn out?!
Make a cute bag with a single piece of cloth! Fold your socks into an apple! Fold and tie your own Kawaii items! And our Kawaii Reporter is a Shironuri fashionista in Brazil!
Desserts in Tokyo are in the midst of a Kawaii evolution! Set eyes on the unique desserts and eye catching SNS shots you've ever seen! And we'll meet a shaved ice super mania who enjoys eating over a 1000 servings a year! Don’t miss it!
We’ll show you the trend of glasses that is taking the streets by storm! Learn hair and makeup techniques styled just for glasses! Our Kawaii Reporter shows us her kawaii community in Brazil!
Party People are boosting the Japanese economy! They’re called Paripi, and we’re gonna go check them out! Plus, we are gonna check in with 1st Round Kawaii Leader Stella! We’ll get an update on her Kawaii life and she’ll report on "Anime Fes Asia"!
Scissors shaped like a pen! Masking tapes in tons of Kawaii patterns. Our feature story is about stationery products that are both practical and Kawaii! Plus, we have a tour of stationery shops for the obsessed!
The 4th Round Kawaii Leaders will get together in Tokyo for the Kawaii Summit! The four leaders are from the US, Europe and Asia, and we’ll go deep into discussing Kawaii culture with them! We’ll also take you behind the scenes to show you their amazing Kawaii lifestyles!
The four Kawaii Leaders find exciting Kawaii things in Tokyo to share with the world! They check out the latest camera-friendly wonderland! And visit underground shops! You’ll get to discover the trends right along with them.
Find out how social media is influencing and inspiring Kawaii culture in Japan! See the latest gadgets and the best photo-ready spots! Plus, we’ll join Kawaii Reporter Alexia in Canada! She’ll introduce us to Kawaii fans at the Japan Festival.
We have a feature story on Peco and Ryuchell, who have a whopping 2.16 million followers! Find out about their private lives and how they put together couples matching outfits! Do you know Cherucheruland? Plus, we announce the ten contest finalists to pick the next Kawaii Leader!
Check out Tokyo’s latest nail trends, from dreamy designs to fabulous 3D nail art! Plus, see the handsome nail artist in Harajuku that everyone’s obsessesd with! And find out what nail salon fashionistas want to keep a secret!
We’ll show you lots of fuzzy fashion items that make Tokyo’s winter lots of fun, including embroidered smartphone cases and animal mascots! Plus, we have a report on Kawaii godfather Sebastian Masuda’s art performance!
They say cat’s have 9 lives and we are living for it! Whether or not you’re a “cat person,” you’d better get used to our furry friends. We’ll give you the lowdown on all things feline. Clothes, accessories, food, and entire bookshops dedicated to cats! You’ll even meet celebrity cats, taking the Internet by storm! Kaiju can have a seat because these days, cats are the big thing, here in Japan!
In this episode of Kawaii International we delve into the world of retro Kawaii. You’ll see artworks made from vintage records, and century-old cosmetic packaging that are still on the shelves! Meet a young illustrator who proves that life imitates art. Oh, we haven’t forgotten the gamers! The ladies in the studio play an 8-bit game but, plot twist, it’s brand new!
In this episode of Kawaii International, things are shrinking like we’ve gone to Wonderland. You’ll meet talented chefs who make bite-sized, edible, Kawaii confections. Take a glimpse into the private life of dolls, and meet the people dedicated to keeping them in the latest fashions. Plus, the time has come! After months of voting, we will announce our winner: the next Kawaii Leader!
Tokyo is looked to as the city where trends are created. What’s big in Japan for 2018? We've got Bunta, Tokyo’s new ‘it boy,’ in the studio talking trends, after turning the runway out, at Milan Fashion Week. We also get an up-close look at a ribbon hairstyle that demands attention! Plus, a sad farewell to Melody.
Tokyo is a fast-paced, neon wilderness and, at times, really does feel a bit like living in the future. Newsflash from the future: Tokyo living is a crowded! Apartments are on the small side and when you factor in a vast collection of clothing and accessories … this isn't the future, at all! This is a giant game of Tetris! Grab your notebook because class is in session. By the time this episode is done you’ll feel like you’re living in a palace. Oh, and don’t worry, sacrificing your kawaii aesthetic is not an option.
A certain Australian songstress famously claims “I just can’t get you out of my head…” In Japan’s case, it’s a little higher up. Hats and headwear are all the rage, ranging from the ordinary to the outrageous and we are living for it! You’ll meet serious hat collectors and learn the science behind choosing the perfect hat for yourself. Seriously! There’s an equation and all! Watch as Mr. Yabatan and RinRin put the equation to the test and see Misha channel her inner Isabella Blow. This is just too good to miss!
It is a known fact that a woman does carry an evening bag at dinner time. Truthfully, we live in the busiest times in the history of the human race. You shouldn't get ready, you need to stay ready. The sheer volume of necessary products and items, no matter your profession or gender, can be shocking and, if you're not careful, just end up a giant mess. Join us as we learn how to put every inch of space to use, in any bag, that'll keep you ready, to walk into the room purse first.
Growing up outside of Japan, being wasteful was frowned upon but there wasn’t a big deal. Meanwhile, Japan has a long history of not being wasteful. It even has its own word! Mottainai! Why let anything go to waste, when you can take whatever you have and make the most of it! Take that trash, and turn it into treasure! Misha and RinRin have some treasures in the studio while Mr. Yabatan is on the road again and you won’t believe where he ends up! Care for sushi in a sento?
Age ain’t nothin’ but a number, or that’s how the saying goes. If you agree then this episode has your name written all over it. We’re firm believers that kawaii knows no limits, so why would age be a restriction? That’s what makes kawaii style so rad! Take all those rules and toss them out the window!You’ll meet toddlers decked out in designer duds and a couple in their 60s, proving that twinning is winning. Never let a number stand in your way because a lot can happen, at any time, in your Kawaii life!
Growing up outside of Japan a paper-bag lunch, or a couple bucks to buy something was perfectly fine. Bad news: bento lunchboxes are a seriously kawaii method communication between hungry family members. Good news: you’re in for the lesson you didn’t even know you wanted!
So, you’re the outdoorsy type but you just can’t bail on Tokyo, the urban jungle we call home. As usual, we’ve got a secret. A good one. You can live the outdoor fantasy, in the heart of Tokyo! There is a share house designed specifically for those who want the best of both worlds. You’re not alone, fishing vests and rubber boots are being spotted all over Harajuku… after all, it is the birthplace of trends!
Zines, independently produced from cover to cover, have a long history in the West. During the 80s and 90s they were a go-to source for underground art and music, a little left of the mainstream. The rise of the Internet did these zines no favors.Fast forward: it’s 2018 and iconic Japanese magazines are opting to focus on their online counterparts. You really think that’s going to keep the next generation of Tokyo’s creative youth culture down? Ha! Quite the opposite! Join us as for an exploration of the incredibly diverse and creative world of Tokyo zines!
If you break a dish what do you do with the pieces? Toss them in the trash and buy something new? Even if it was your very favorite? Not in Japan we don’t! Repairing what we love instead of throwing it away is a longstanding Japanese tradition. In this episode we’re taking a look at how this tradition lives on, today! We love a history lesson, here at Kawaii International, especially when history is as beautiful as this! Here’s a shining spoiler: there is gold involved.
Have you ever seen someone who looks like they have a personal lighting department? They’re perfect, they're beautiful, they look like Linda Evangelista, they look like a model. As it turns out, the 'natural look' isn’t so natural. Misha and RinRin are in the studio, exploring Japanese makeup trends that are almost unbelievable! Our BFF, Mister Yabatan, is back on the streets of Harajuku on a fact-finding mission! Plus, a professional makeup artist shares some pro-tricks, in a step-by-step tutorial, to achieve the popular 'no-makeup glow' that has taken Tokyo by storm!
It’s often said that living in Japan is like living in the future. In reality, it’s no science fiction film but we’re getting there. When it comes to Japanese beauty trends, the future is now! We look into a mirror that, like magic, applies makeup to your reflection and explore the growing market of luxury makeup, designed specifically for men. The piece de resistance? Oh, just a scanner that prints custom foundation and concealer, for seamless application to your face. Seriously! What does this all mean? Well, the future is now and consider this your invitation for a private tour!