Tokyo-Seoul Beautiful legs

8 Jul

Tokyo-Seoul Beautiful legs
22/JAN/2011 on air

Winter 2011, Tokyo…

People enjoy boots, leggings, knee-high socks…and even the loose socks are coming back among high school girls?? But the difference from last boom is that they wear the loose socks over high socks in dark blue. BTW, speaking of the beautiful legs, we cannot talk about it without referring to SNSD (Girls’ Generation, and in Japan they are called “Shoujo Jidai”).

In Japan, who do you think of the one who has beautiful legs? IKKO is popular. (note: IKKO is a hair makeup artist and is a charismatic beauty advisor who often appears on TV and magazines. He is one of the most popular gay talent in Japan.) How did IKKO keep his legs in good shape, even though he gained a lot of weight in his 30s? He owns over 300 pairs of high heels. Above all, he likes the ones with 15cm heels. He takes off the shoes straps intentionally, to bring a feeling of tension while he walks.

Which boots make your legs look beautiful? It’s “Kaijuu(=monster) boots” definitely!!

Some people make the monster boots by themselves. Choose the fake fur fabric, cut it in an appropriate size and glue it around the boots. The tip is to cut the fabric from back side. When you glue it, don’t do it too tight, but make it loose and that will allow the boots make the mokomoko (=fluffy) look. Finally add a ribbon with a safety pin and it’s done! The budget will be around 4000yen and it’ll take about half an hour.

Beni-chan also owns over 50 pairs of boots. She is a booths mania. But she also says the monster boots are the absolute ones that make her legs look nice.

Jonte’ Moaning is a professional choreographer who works with super singers such as Janet Jackson and Beyonce. How does he maintain his beautiful legs? He wears 20cm heels, which gives him a good exercise.

EDWIN sells leggings-look jeans. The product feature is comfortable like leggings, but they look like jeans. You can actually wear them like jeans (without covering your hips with tunic, for example). They are trying to bring back the young people who don’t like wearing jeans any longer. Thus, they sell this product at a book store, for example, where people do not come to look for jeans. This is their strategy to gain new customers who do not bother to visit a jeans shop. Sheer tights industry is producing fashionable tights that can beat leggings.

Girls’ Generation from Korea.

The skinny jeans they were wearing in their promotion video recorded a big hit. They are actually from this store in Korea. Many fans visit this store to get the same jeans.

There is a Girls’ Generation’s personal trainer working in this gym. “Their legs were not beautiful from the beginning. They gained the great look thanks to their hard training,” says the trainer. “It’s important to exercise your hipline. That’s because giving an exercise around your hip eventually makes your thighs and calves look beautiful.”

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is a high school girl model who is cazy about socks. She thinks of total coordination from socks. Socks can be a good tool to make legs look beautiful.

It was Tabio, the Japanese socks brand that John Galliano used for the Paris Collection 2010. Tabio is secretly supported by European women little by little. Kutsushitaya is its retail shop. There are 270 stores in Japan and 11 stores overseas.

Ochi-san is a man who created this brand all by himself. He was sent out to an apprenticeship at the age of 15 at a socks store and he started his own business at the age of 28. It’s not too much to say that he has devoted his 56 years of life to socks! He checks all the new products by touching with his cheeks, biting (to ensure the elasticity!) and wearing by himself. (even if the socks or the tights are designed for women!) He is a proud 71 years old, who contributes to something nice that is “made in Japan”.

Reebok or New Balance are producing toning shoes one after another. MBT‘s unstable shoes are so cool Paris Hilton loves them too. Such toning shoes are effective for those who have no time to exercise in a gym or who hate exercising. They are good for the people who have to stand up all day long, such as a hair stylist.

IKKO’s tips for beautiful legs.
He’s suffering from low body temperature and so he tries to warm it with food such as ginger and by walking at least 2 hours everyday.
While he stays at home, he put a Ganban mat (same material as the one in Ganbanyoku) on the chair and heat his body while he put his legs into a hot water and gives himself a massage.

Kirin’s opinion:
The episode has become too old by now. ^ ^;; Even though IKKO has good shaped legs, I still wanted to see the ones of woman’s, because biologically women normally have less muscles and easy to get swollen. Anyhow, so it was the hipline that affects legs. My hips seem to have hard time holding the fat against the gravity and they are going down. lol I must do that exercise! XD

Disclaimer: Tokyo Kawaii TV is a TV program owned and broadcasted by NHK Japan, and has nothing to do with this blog.

***There are archives of episodes listed under the page titled “Tokyo Kawaii TV” that is just located under the title banner of this blog.
***If you want to know the music that was used in the episode, please refer to this page and help yourself to find it by selecting the date when the episode was on air in Japan.


15 Responses to “Tokyo-Seoul Beautiful legs”

  1. denny July 8, 2011 at 1:36 pm #

    heh i completely agree with your opinion, ikko has awesome legs but i wish they showed a female's. seeing how this person treats his legs i feel like i'm neglecting mine…

    i always admired you guys and your fashion, watching this video made me realize that all the other countries are so boring compared to japan! i could never find such awesome leggings and stockings here! so envious (in a good way!) ///3///

    • kirin July 10, 2011 at 11:50 am #

      Thank you for your comment denny.
      Then I would miss these kawaii socks if I were to live outside Japan in the future! ^ ^;;;

  2. Patty July 8, 2011 at 6:13 pm #

    Isn't it interesting that they found the guys who has better legs than women? And let me tell you, good for them for wearing those high heels and not trip over themselves. Women who wear heels all their lives has issues. It's true that it helps shape your legs, but you also hear alot of people have issues w/ their knees later in life too.

    By the way, the Reebox EasyTone does make you walk a way that shapes something, is it effective? No one really knows, I will say that mine are very comfortable, and it helps when I exercise, but I don't feel any different. Suppose if you stand all day or walk around all day, those shoes would be helpful, but there's no real study to proof its effectiveness.

    • kirin July 10, 2011 at 11:52 am #

      That's what I am concerned. Yeah, I have heard high heels are bad for knees. Well, basically I will get so tired with them on, anyhow. -__-

  3. Emily July 8, 2011 at 8:06 pm #

    I love how the one girl utilized fuzzy cloth to make ordinary boots her own. I've never tried on fuzzy boots before, so I'm not sure how they would look on me. My legs are very short and curvy. I can't wear heels anymore because of my foot and knee problems but I make due with what I can wear. I go to thrift stores in my area and look for shoes I can jazz up with glitter, fabric paint, buttons, etc. Sometimes I do find kawaii shoes that can be worn as is πŸ˜€ I have been finding more fun and colorful socks at the stores lately. It must not get very cold in Japan because you certainly can't wear that in Ohio where our winter temps drop down in the below zero's! lol Thanks for posting πŸ˜€ Huggles!!

    • kirin July 10, 2011 at 11:57 am #

      Oh Emily! I see you love such make over and I know you can do it well. ^ ^
      In Japan, our climate varies so much. Okinawa is warm all year long, while Hokkaido is very cold like your area or even colder, (It's closer to Russia) and in Tokyo it rarely drops down in the below zero in winter. (We may have a few times of snowing though.)

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  5. Tami July 9, 2011 at 11:35 am #

    Extremly amusing to watch some of this, other parts are really interesting.
    About Ochi-san, i love people like him who enjoy their work and have a passion for it to make the results grand and prosper.
    And on a sidenote, IKKO's fridge organization is really awesome!
    The workouts might be worth a shot too… if i find the time … ehhhhhhhh ><;;

    • kirin July 10, 2011 at 11:59 am #

      Haha, I have to admit that I was also amazed by how IKKO organizes the fridge! I think he is a hard worker.

  6. petitpaindepice July 9, 2011 at 2:29 pm #

    thanks for this super interesting video, I was dying to see this one !

    • kirin July 10, 2011 at 12:00 pm #

      Good to hear that! πŸ™‚

  7. fxgeorges July 11, 2011 at 12:57 am #

    Really interesting report. Amazing what competition does to you right? Since they face the Asian giants, DL needs to serve a meal! Thanks again for the report.

  8. Gia July 24, 2011 at 2:06 pm #

    Thank you much for the video and the translation! I wish we had cute shows like this here in Canada. A fiend of mine has been telling me about the benefits of ginger but I didn't really believe him, even though he's a doctor. But, now that IKKO says it's good, I will have to seriously look into it! Haha! Though it looks like a lot of work, I will have to take all that advice (massage, warm foot soak, exercise, flattering panty hose). I hope you will upload the OL Fashion video soon! At 29, I am too old to wear monster boots and mismatched socks! >_<

    • kirin July 25, 2011 at 1:21 am #

      29 is not old~~, I think you can combine with black leggings when you wear mini skirt. That's how adults in Japan enjoy mini skirt. They say they are not young enough to wear a mini skirt, that's why they try not to expose their skins too much like teenagers. They use leggings or scarf to mix with mini skirt and camisole. ^ ^

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