"insta-bae," Or "instagenic," Wins 2017 Japan Buzzword Award

"Insta-bae," meaning "looking good on Instagram," has been selected as one of Japan's top buzzwords for 2017 as many businesses launched photogenic products for people uploading photos on the popular social media platform, the award's organizer said Friday.

"Sontaku," meaning "preemptively acting to please bosses after speculating about their feelings," was the other winner of the top buzzword prize after it became a keyword in the cronyism allegations leveled at Prime Minister Shinzo Abe earlier this year.

Makeup's Medicinal Role In Focus As Cosmetic Camouflage

 Makeup's medicinal role in focus as cosmetic camouflage

As well as its role in enhancing beauty, makeup also helps conceal scars and other skin irregularities as an extension of medical treatment.

Cosmetics makers have developed products designed to camouflage birthmarks, discoloration, post-operative scars as well as chromatosis and swelling resulting from the use of anticancer and other drugs.

Student Designer Transforms Insecurity Into Inspiration

Student designer transforms insecurity into inspiration

Gomi Hayakawa is a university senior who founded the women's apparel company Utsuwa Inc. in 2015. The Yomiuri Shimbun interviewed the president-cum-designer about how she designed her career and her philosophy regarding her products. The following are excerpts of comments by Hayakawa.


Lowes Back On The Podium As Pata Yamaha End Season In Sensational Fashion

Lowes Back on the Podium as Pata Yamaha End Season in Sensational FashionThe Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team bounced back in incredible style on Saturday under the floodlights in Qatar at the final round of the 2017 FIM Superbike World Championship, to confirm the progress made this year after their unfortunate double DNF in Race 1. Alex Lowes rode one of his best races of the season to charge from 10th on the grid to third, claiming his fourth podium of 2017 and ensuring he ended the year on a high. Not to be outdone, his teammate Michael van der Mark was also involved in the battle for the podium, just missing out as he crossed the line in fourth behind Lowes, to cap off a season that has seen the Pata Yamaha Team emerge as serious WorldSBK contenders.

Police Controlling Halloween Revelers In Tokyo

Police controlling Halloween revelers in Tokyo

Tokyo police are on increased alert as young people and foreign nationals in Halloween costumes descend on the city's busy Shibuya district.

Areas around Shibuya railway station are crowded with revelers in gruesome horror make-up and anime costumes.

Survey Finds 9.3 Bil. Yen In Insurance Claims For "beauty Cream"

Survey finds 9.3 bil. yen in insurance claims for

Health insurance providers have paid out an estimated 9.3 billion yen ($82 million) in claims for a cream used by some people as a cosmetic beauty treatment, a survey by an industry body has found.

Demand for the Hirudoid branded ointment, normally prescribed to treat atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema, spiked as consumers began to see it as a cheap and effective cosmetic skin moisturizer after it was touted in magazines and on the internet.

Small Principal Makes Big Impact

Small principal makes big impact

By Erika Noguchi and Sayaka Aoki / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff WritersYou may be surprised at ballerina Misa Kuranaga's small build if you meet her up close — she is just 156 centimeters tall.

"I've never met a principal shorter than me," the 34-year-old dancer with the Boston Ballet, who has been touring various countries with the world's top dancers, said during a recent interview with The Yomiuri Shimbun.

Strut Your Stuff

Strut your stuff

The Yomiuri ShimbunModels walk during a fashion show for Yohei Ohno, the opening brand for the 2018 spring-summer Tokyo Fashion Week, which kicked off on Monday. Emerging designer Ohno, 30, presented brightly colored clothing made of such fabrics as mesh and metallics. A total of 55 brands are expected to present their collections through Saturday.

Hawaiian Shirts Feature Ashikaga Meisen Patterns

Hawaiian shirts feature Ashikaga Meisen patterns

The Yomiuri ShimbunASHIKAGA, Tochigi — The Stylish Life nonprofit organization in Ashikaga, Tochigi Prefecture, is developing Hawaiian shirts featuring patterns of Ashikaga Meisen, a silk fabric produced in the city during the early Showa era (1926-1989).

The idea was inspired by the history of a Japanese migrant to Hawaii, home of the Hawaiian shirt, who reworked kimono into the famed Hawaiian garb.

Honda Goes Fashion Forward With Debut Display Of One-of-a-kind Minnie Van

Honda Goes Fashion Forward with Debut Display of One-of-a-Kind MINNIE VANAttendees at this year's Disney D23 Expo: Ultimate Fan Event will get to enjoy Minnie's polka dots in a whole new way when Honda unveils its one-of-a-kind 2018 Honda Odyssey minivan in Anaheim. Inspired by the magic of Disney and the iconic character Minnie Mouse, Honda has created the MINNIE VAN for display at the 2017 D23 Expo: (https://youtu.be/eFNlHybYDWg). The MINNIE VAN is a one-of-a-kind, pink-polka dot design inspired 2018 Honda Odyssey minivan celebrating Honda's partnership with Disney-ABC and the "Disney Unlock the Magic Sweepstakes": www.Disney.com/unlockthemagic. 

Triumph Unleashes Latest Novelty Bra On Japan, Complete With Built-in Cup Purses

Triumph unleashes latest novelty bra on Japan, complete with built-in cup purses

Women's underwear maker Triumph International (Japan) Ltd. unleashed the latest in its biannual series of unique brassieres on April 26, tying the design to the recent "Premium Friday" campaign by the government and the private sector.

The bra, which is not being made available for sale, features an alarm clock between the cups, which alerts the wearer to leave the office at 3 p.m. on a Friday.