Russian Beauties

Russian Beauties Make The Glossies

Though Russian Dolls was ripped from us at an all-too-early-time, the true spirit of Russia’s pageantry remains alive on the pages of New York Magazine.

Recently, as part of their style series, New York Magazine profiled several Russian women in all of their glory, including Rasputin co-owner and Russian Dolls star, Marina Levitis, wife of scandal-marred Michael Levitis.

From furs to giant gemstones, Ukraine-born photographer Dina Litovsky headed to Brighton Beach to capture the ”the procession of red-soled heels.”

Check out the rest of the gallery and prepare to feel completely unfashionable about your t-shirt and jeans. I know I do.


Powerful women

Fashion names make list of 100 most powerful women.

Anna Wintour, Diane von Furstenberg, Gisele Bundchen, Miuccia Prada and Angela Ahrendts have all won places on Forbes’ latest list of the 100 most powerful women in the world.

Designers Diane von Furstenberg and Miuccia Prada, American Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts and Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen, all appear on the list , which is topped by German chancellor Angela Merkel. Surprisingly, Diane von Furstenberg beats Wintour to achieve the highest ranking of the four women, appearing at number 33. The publication cites the 65-year-old Belgian designer’s fourth term as president of the CFDA, and her upcoming collaborations with Roxy and Evian, as well as her second marriage to media mogul and billionaire philanthropist Barry Diller (who is ranked 804th on Forbes ‘ Billionaires List) as reasons for her positioning.Wintour, who has edited the US edition of Vogue since 1988, is positioned 51st owing mainly to her increasing political prowess. According to a list published by the US President’s re-election campaign organisers earlier this year, Wintour has raised more than $500,000 (£315,600) through various fund-raising events including a 2010 dinner at her private residence in New York’s Sullivan Street attended by fashion luminaries Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, and Diane von Furstenberg; and a dinner co-hosted by film mogul Harvey Weinstein in 2011 for which tickets cost $71,600 (£45,000) per couple. Forbes also makes reference to the opening of US Vogue’s revenue-making digital archives in 2011.



Miuccia Prada takes the 67th spot on the list thanks to the $13 billion value of her fashion empire, of which she controls 33.2% of the shares and includes both Prada and sister label Miu Miu. The company was floated on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 2011 .

Brazilian supermodel Gisele, who is currently pregnant with her second child , comes in 83rd, but she’s noted not just for her wealth – she is still the world’s highest-earning model – but also for her philanthropic deeds. She is credited with planting over 50,000 trees in her native Brazil this year through her work as an ambassador for the U.N. Environmental Program, she has donated $1 million to the Japanese Red Cross for Earthquake relief and she has recently launched a model search in Brazil’s most impoverished areas in an initiative which aims to boost the self esteem of Brazil’s slum dwellers.

Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts also features on the list, at number 45. The 52-year-old mother of three is credited with “infusing the classic clothier with Silicon Valley tech savvy”. Other famous faces who appear on the list include Lady Gaga (#14), Beyonce Knowles (#32) and Angelina Jolie (#66).



The return of posh fashion.

Previously dismissed as posh wannabes, a wave of designers is wooing us with their classic, well-bred aesthetic, so much so even cutting edge designers are taking note.
Katherine Hooker recalls the day she first met the Duchess of Cambridge, or Kate Middleton, as she was at the time. It was at a Christmas fair at Kensington Olympia in 2005. “She wasn’t that well known then – at least not compared to now. She was with her mother and she came across my stall like any other customer. She was very shy, but lovely, incredibly polite. What everyone else has already said a million times, she really is all of those things. And she ended up buying one of my coats.” That coat – long herringbone with brown velvet trim – would eventually make the front pages when the Duchess was snapped in it at the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2006.Hooker is at the heart of a new group of designers, including Emilia Wickstead and Sophie Cranston of Libélula, whose formerly niche, Home Counties aesthetic has suddenly found an international audience, thanks to the Duchess of Cambridge’s patronage. “She doesn’t jump after the newest things or chase trends,” says Susan E Kelley, whose US-based blog,, laboriously documents the Duchess’s wardrobe and gets 25,000 hits a day. “She wears timeless pieces that will work for years.”



Business has indeed been brisk for Hooker, whose oeuvre is smart, tailored tweed coats and jackets. She founded the label 10 years ago with a collection of six coats she had made in India. They were based on the cut of a Hasidic Jewish boy’s coat she discovered in a junk shop in Israel years before. She sold them to family and friends for £200 each – a bargain considering £700 and over is the current market price. Her coats found particular favour in the countryside – “We have a lot of customers in Gloucestershire, the business is rooted in the UK in that sort of world,” says Hooker – and a shop in Chelsea followed in 2005.Then the Duchess wore her designs – and suddenly Hooker’s profile went from Gloucestershire to global. She had to appoint a US agent last year to appease the women fighting tooth and (manicured) claw to host one of her trunk shows, which is how she does most of her selling there. “I go to someone’s home, they invite their friend over to try the samples, and they make their orders. It’s kind of like being an Avon lady,” says Hooker, who is American herself, although you’d never know by her cut-glass British accent (she went to boarding school here). “I did my first trunk show through a customer who read something about me in the press. She organised it with a friend of hers on the Upper East Side.” The Park Avenue zip code nods to the well-heeled clientele her pieces attract, although Hooker notes that she’s had people “come in clutching wads of cash saying, ‘My mum is going to pay for a third of it, my dad’s going to give it to me for Christmas and my birthday, and I’ve saved for a year to pay the rest of it.’  “



The one thing that her customers have in common, she says, is that they’re “very discerning. She would rather spend money on one jacket that will last a lifetime than five jackets that she’s going to chuck away at the end of the year.” She puts the popularity of her classic creations down to the recession and “people wanting to spend their money on something that’s going to last. Anything that’s classic will stand the test of time. And they are, by definition, more conservative.”
What Kate Wore’s Kelley thinks that the return to a more conservative look is a reaction to “women growing increasingly weary of the over-the-top, blinged-out fashions. I believe they are ready to embrace a return to more appropriate fashions.” Such as the kind championed by the Duchess – and given the seal of approval by Vanity Fair , who named her “Best Dressed” for the second year on the trot last week. Hooker’s success has paved way for labels with a similarly classic bent to vie for the Duchess’s attention. Beulah was set up by friends Lady Natasha “Nats” Rufus Isaacs and Lavinia Brennan in the basement of Brennan’s mum’s house in 2010. Their line of demure, feminine frocks took off after the Duchess was spotted in them. “I think from the beginning we were lucky to get exposure out of her,” says Brennan. “It definitely raised more awareness of the brand. And it’s obviously a huge honour,” adds Rufus Isaacs, who’s an old pal of Prince Harry and engaged to an ex of the Duchess’s, but stops cautiously short of calling her and Kate friends. She notes that the salmon-pink-and-cream Blossom dress the Duchess wore to a wedding this summer was a purchase rather than a gift.
The label, which has an ethical focus – the girls employ women rescued from sex trafficking in India to make some of their garments – is now stocked in boutiques such as Harvey Nichols, and there are plans to expand next year in the US, which, post-Kate, is the source of 70 per cent of their online sales. Belgium and Dubai are also big markets, and: “It’d be good to go to China and Hong Kong at some point, if we haven’t keeled over by then,” jokes Rufus Isaacs.



The women who buy their Ossie Clark-inspired gowns range from “late twenties to forties. We’ve found that older women particularly love our dresses because they have sleeves,” she says. Not that the label was “consciously trying to be conservative”, adds Brennan, “but, being occasion wear – skirts at Ascot have to be to the knee; for weddings people like to cover their shoulders – it just turned out that way.”
Penelope Chilvers is another designer who, although already appreciated by fashion editors, saw demand for her Spanish riding boots and her profile soar once pictures of the Duchess wearing them appeared in the papers. Like Hooker, she went to Tudor Hall, a girls’ boarding school in Oxfordshire and, although by no means Sloaney, is definitely well-bred and, like Rufus Isaacs and Hooker, understands the lifestyle of the Kate set more instinctively than some of the edgier designers whose studios are in east London.The Duchess’s unswerving dedication to her aesthetic (flattering, feminine, classic) – plus her enthusiasm for shopping on the high street – has its critics, most notably among London’s coterie of cutting-edge fashion designers. “I don’t really like the high street getting so much of the credit,” Christopher Kane said in an interview with WWD last year. “I understand… you need to relate to so many people in the market, but she is a princess. If I were a princess, I’d be like, ‘Oh, yeah, bring it on.’  ” Affaire Single sucht


Wedding gown

Kane’s complaint is now groundless: the Duchess decided to “bring it on” last week when she wore Kane to a reception before the Olympics opening ceremony. Beginning with McQueen’s wedding gown and since taking in Stella McCartney, Erdem, Roksanda Ilincic and Roland Mouret, the Duchess has started to dip her toes into Vogue -standard fashion – but in her own time and on her own terms.
And what’s fascinating is that, however radical the designer, Middleton effortlessly smoothes away every scintilla of edginess when she wears them. Look at McQueen – famous for its outré, conceptual verve – or even Kane himself: their collections are almost unrecognisable once the Duchess has had their pieces altered to her own tastes.
Kelley, though, believes the Duchess’s knack of making the likes of Christopher Kane seem accessible to all (in terms of aesthetic aspiration, if not budget) can only be a good thing. “The positive impact for a designer of Kate wearing their clothes transcends any negative consequences from those insiders attuned to every nuance of the fashion scene. While there is some pushback that McQueen, Stella McCartney, Christopher Kane and others are creating bespoke pieces not necessarily true to the brand’s DNA, in the bigger picture, it only serves to boost sales: the designers’ creations are being seen by a broader demographic than they would ever reach through editorial or advertising coverage.”
One thing is certain: the Duchess has become the gravitational centre of an unlikely new coalition in British fashion that stretches from the traditional to the radical. She’s boosted the profile of designers such as Beulah and Hooker, who would previously have been dismissed by the fashion snobs as posh, wannabe designers. In doing so, she’s shown just how big a market there was all along for clothes that flatter more than they challenge.



Celebrating Mumbai’s fashion week.

Glamour graced the runway of Mumbai’s Lakme Fashion Week. Over 85 designers showcased their work this year.
India’s cultural capital of Mumbai is in the thick of the fashion world with Lakme Fashion Week, wrapping up five days of runway presentations on Tuesday.
It began Friday with a show of budding young designers including Asa Kazingmei and his collection inspired by fabrics from India’s northeastern Naga Tribe. Other designers showcased bold cuts and colors, true to what editors, stylists and retailers expect from a place rich in jewel tones and luxe textures.Krishna Mehta targeted the upcoming wedding season with a mix of traditional and modern bridal wear. While there were a few lehengas and saris in her collection, she also had some modern pieces like a sari kimono with elaborate stitching, and jackets and blouses with lace cutwork.Shyamal and Bhumika Shodhan dubbed their festive collection Maharaja, paying homage to the grandeur and glory of royalty. The collection harkened back to the Mughal era, which was at its height during the 17th and 18th centuries. The color palette of wine, jade, purple, ivory and gold painted a luxurious story.Shivan & Narresh offered a swimwear and cruise wear collection inspired by horses, with fabric inspired by the gloss of an equine’s skin. The handmade louvered jersey was molded into bikini, dress, gown, sari and shirts as well as the collection’s signature sari bikini and the new Kafsuit — a kaftan-inspired swimsuit.



Polka dots are Japanese avant-garde artist Yayoi Kusama’s lifelong inspiration, obsession and passion.
And so they’re everywhere – not only on canvases but on installations shaped like gnarled tentacles and oversized yellow pumpkins. As part of her retrospective on exhibit at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, they also sparkle as “firefly” light bulbs reflected on water and mirrors.
Kusama’s signature splash of dots has now arrived in the realm of fashion in a collection from French luxury brand Louis Vuitton – bags, sunglasses, shoes and coats.
“Polka dots are fabulous,” Kusama said in a recent interview with The Associated Press, looking much younger than her 83 years in a bright red wig, a polka dot dress she designed herself and one of the new Louis Vuitton polka dot scarves.
Dots aside, Kusama cuts an odd figure for the fashion world. She has lived in a psychiatric institution for decades, battling demons that feed her art.
Still, in her Tokyo studio, filled with wall-sized paintings throbbing with her repetitive dots, Kusama said the collaboration was a natural one that developed from her friendship with Louis Vuitton creative director Marc Jacobs.



Louis Vuitton had already scored success 10 years ago by collaborating on a bag line with another Japanese artist, Takashi Murakami. The latest Kusama collection is showcased at its boutiques around the world, including New York, Paris, Tokyo and Singapore, sometimes with replica dolls of Kusama.
“The polka dots cover the products infinitely,” said Louis Vuitton, which racks up 24 billion euros ($28 billion) in annual revenue, a significant portion in Japan. “No middle, no beginning and no end.”
Dots started popping up in Kusama’s work more than 50 years ago, from her early days as a pioneer Japanese woman venturing abroad.
Like most middle-class families in Japan those days, her parents, who ran a flower nursery, were eager to simply get her married. They wanted to buy her a kimono, not paints and brushes. She knew she had to get away. And she chose America.
Dots may be fashionable today. But when Kusama arrived in New York in 1958, the fad was “action painting,” characterized by dribbles, swooshes and smears, not dots. She suffered years of poverty and obscurity. But she kept painting the dots.
She put circles of paper on people’s bodies, and once on a horse, in “happening” anti-war performances in the late 1960s, which got some people arrested for obscenity but helped get media attention for her art. While in New York, she befriended artists like Andy Warhol, Georgia O’Keefe and Joseph Cornell, who praised her innovative style.
Since then, the times have caught up with Kusama.



In 2008, Christie’s auctioned her work for $US5.8 million ($5.5 million). Her retrospective at the Whitney Museum was previously at the Centre Pompidou in Paris and Tate Modern in London. Earlier this month, a major exhibition “Eternity of Eternal Eternity” opened in her home town of Matsumoto, Nagano prefecture, complete with polka-dot shuttle buses.
“I’ve always been amazed at Kusama’s ability to pick up on and meld current trends in thoroughly original ways,” said Lynn Zelevansky, Carnegie Museum of Art director.
“During her New York years, her work fused Abstract Expressionist, Minimalist and Pop art elements, with an added dash of sexuality and the baseness of bodily functions. She was a precursor of feminist art of the 1970s and much of the work that was produced in the ’80s around the AIDS crisis,” she said.
Dots had a rather sad beginning for Kusama. Since her childhood, she had recurring hallucinations. A portrait of her mother that she drew when she was 10 years old shows a forlorn face covered with spots. Immersing herself in her art was a way of overcoming her fears and hallucinations.
Since her return to Japan nearly 40 years ago, Kusama has lived in a psychiatric hospital and remains on medication to prevent depression and suicidal drives. But she commutes daily to her studio and works viciously on her paintings.



Kusama, who has also made films and published several novels, acknowledged she doesn’t know where she gets her ideas. She just picks up her brush and starts drawing.
“I think, ‘Oh, I drew that? I was thinking that,’” she said in her characteristic unsmiling matter-of-fact style of speaking.
Over the years, Kusama has made quirky but stunning works like “Macaroni Girl,” a female figure plastered with macaroni, which expresses the fear of food; “The Visionary Flowers,” giant sculptures of twisting tulips, and “Mirrored Corridor,” a room with mirrors that delivers an illusion of a field of phallic protrusions speckled with dots.
The works are triumphant, humorous celebrations of potential, vulnerability and defiance – like Kusama herself, who at one moment, declares herself “an artistic revolutionary,” and then, the next, mumbles: “I am so afraid, all the time, of everything.”
Her latest project is an ambitious series of paintings with whimsical motifs such as triangles and swirls, along with her trademark dots, in vibrant, almost fluorescent colors.
As Kusama worked on No. 196 in the series, the look of concentration was childlike yet fierce as she painted red dots inside white dots, one by one.
“I want to create a thousand paintings, maybe two thousand paintings, as many as I can draw,” she said. “I will keep painting until I die.”



Stargazer Video Chat Released Safety Tips For Its Users And Guests To Follow In Video Chat And Webcam Chat Rooms Video Chat released safety tips for its users webcam chatting in its free video chat rooms. While it is generally safe to video chat online, it is important to follow safety rules to make sure that a video chatting experience remains a safe and enjoyable. Video Chat users video chat services that are safe and secure, however it is important to follow several common rules that apply to general internet safety.

Never give out personal information, such as full name, your address, phone number, skype, yahoo, msn or other messengers, work place, or places where often visited. It is generally safe to get to know people online as long as the personal information is kept private to avoid unwanted contact with strangers or someone who wouldn’t take a no for an answer. Chat accounts like skype, msn or yahoo can be easily spammed by strangers seeking attention. In some cases when such situation occurs, people end up creating new accounts to stop spam which can be a lengthy process contacting friends and family and notifying them about a new account name. To avoid such situation, it is recommended not to give out personal information to people met in chat rooms. Additionally, it is very important not to meet anyone met online in a chat room until getting to know that person really well. If such meeting occurs, meet in a public place or bring a friend.

Avoid following urls or websites posted in chat or in people’s web cams. It is not uncommon for adult web sites to try to promote their services and try to lure people to click on their links. Such web sites will promise free features and try to convince people to create accounts and provide credit card information. To avoid unwanted credit card charges or email spam, avoid following advertisements posted in chat and report/block offenders. Finally, never use someone else’s accounts or give out your password to anyone.


Hot girls

If it seems ludicrous to talk about hot girls Keira Knightley moving into a new phase of her career at the ripe old age of 26, it’s nonetheless true. Hot girls Knightley was thrust into international stardom as an actress, model, cover girl and celebrated beauty at an extraordinarily young age; she was 13 when she played the Decoy Queen to hot girls Natalie Portman’s Queen Amidala in “Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace,” and 17 when she starred in both “Bend It Like Beckham” and the first “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie. Ever since then, Knightley has been a polarizing pop-culture figure, with millions of fans and seemingly just as many detractors. She has been promoted by lad-mags like Maxim or FHM as an object of fantasy and attacked by some feminists and Fleet Street tabloids, for essentially the same reasons: She is skinny and striking, she emanates poshness and upper-class privilege, she became very famous very young for reasons that had little to do with her acting.


Chat model

Becoming A Chat Model.

I just got to be something most girls dream of. I had the opportunity to be a chat model. As a model, I got to dress up and meet all of these wonderful world representatives. I got to chat model and socialize, and eat catered food by Middle Eastern and Italian Chefs. Now I must add, I am only 5’3″, and not exactly “modelesque.” So how did I become a model, you might ask? I did so by attending a Model United Nations conference at Columbia University in New York City this past weekend.
The Model United Nations is literally a model of the United Nations. High schoolers from all over the United States join together as representatives from different countries from around the world to discuss debatable topics. I thought I was going to be a representative from some cool, hip country like Paris or Abu Dhabi, but no… I was a representative of the Russian Federation. I didn’t even know what that was! Every time I thought of Russia, I thought of Communism, Vodka, and Bears (Oh My!).
This year’s topic for debate is sustainable forest management. Globally, we need to stop people from cutting down forests and make a switch from non eco-friendly methods to more environmentally sufficient alternatives such as solar power energy and electric fuels.
So how can we achieve this goal on a world-wide level? My committee’s goal was to get everyone out of the timber industry and gradually move them into safer alternatives like using electric and wind turbines. Some of our methods to getting to this goal included taxing people who refused to make an effort to have more eco-friendly habits.
After we were done with our group resolution, we had to go into yet another stage of problem-solving called the crisis mode. This is where the they give you a real-world scenario that completely affects your resolution. Basically, we had to go back and do more work on the resolution. We learned that China just bought a large chunk of Brazil, including the Amazon. It is not yet known what China’s intentions are with the forest, but signs are pointing straight to them cutting down the forests. After learning the shocking and game-changing plan, my committee had finally come up with several rules that we felt would please those who were clearly upset by China’s plan to cut down a vast majority of the Amazon forest. This was also a relief to us as a committee, because we had been working on finalizing our solution for over 10 hours!
Being a part of my first Model United Nations conference has given me a broader understanding of global issues that affect us all. I’m now thinking outside of my little New York City box. So, I’m off to save the world from environmental predators who use too much energy. Meanwhile, my mother is threatening to charge me $0.25 every time I leave the light on in my house.


Ukrainian girls

Ukrainian girls turn to the Internet in search of love.

Ukrainian girls Ira is a model. Her face shines down from advertising hoardings across Kiev and other Ukrainian cities. Yet at 25 years old Ira is searching for her true love. Disappointed with Ukrainian men she has turned to online dating agency, to help her find a foreign man to whom she is “ready to give my heart,” as she told me in a Kiev restaurant.
Ira is originally from Odessa on the Crimean coast. Her friend Alla, whom she met in the online office, has lived in Kiev all of her 22 years and faces the same problem.
Both girls are lively, attractive and well educated with a command of foreign languages in addition to native Ukrainian and Russian.  Neither have children. Both have travelled  – Ukrainian girls Yulia on modelling assignments to Germany and London, Alla on business trips with her oil and energy company employer to many countries . The week after we met in Kiev, Alla was heading for Singapore.
Of the men they have met through Alyona is impressed most with Americans while Irina has found interesting introductions from Australia, Canada and England.  In general the girls say the men that contact them are much older although Irina said she was having lengthy conversations with an Australian who was only a year older than her. Both say that age and appearance are only secondary considerations in their quest for a mate. “they must be tender and smart,” says Alla while Yulia says what is important is “Soul. If his mind and heart are in tune with mine, then the rest is secondary.” has a good reputation among Ukrainian girls seeking foreign husbands. Evry Ukrainian girls is registered and must produce her passport at the Kiev office or through affiliate agencies in other Ukrainian towns. The girls receive calls from prospective partners at pre-arranged times in the agency’s Kiev office where translators and interpreters are available. claims to be the leading romantic introduction agency specializing in ladies from Russia, Ukraine and former Soviet states and has over 10 000  ladies on their books. The agency has earned a blue chip reputation over the years by weeding out potential scam artists and offering unique services including translator-assisted e-mail, telephone calls and video chat.
Alla is hoping to meet the man of her dreams and “the magic clicks”. Yulia, who is preparing for an end to her modeling days by studying theatrical production, says “First, I have to be in love. I think I’ll feel it. First we will chat over the internet, then we will talk by phone and if we like each other then we can try a relationship.”
Both the girls are optimistic about and have got to know other girls at the agency who have already become engaged through the agency.
“I have high hopes for YanikaBrides”, says Alyona.
“I want to try. Maybe it will work,” Irina adds.


Young Russian girls

In my previous column in November, I talked about the global spread of so-called soshoku-kei (literally translated as male herbivores), which is found in environments where Japanese anime plays a heavy role in forming personalities among young people of both genders.
That column triggered greater feedback than usual, and I appreciate our readers’ interest in the subject. In this column, I’d like to discuss how these soshoku-kei boys–and girls–interact with each other.
Last month, I visited Moscow for the first time in a year to attend J-Fest, an event showcasing the latest Japanese culture. I’ve participated in the event as a producer since J-Fest was launched two years ago. Working as a lecturer and emcee, I became friends with many young Muscovites, and they form a large portion of my Twitter followers.
One of them, a 27-year-old male graduate student who is a big fan of Morning Musume and other Japanese idol groups, introduced me to two of his young Russian girls friends, aged 16 and 20. He had taught himself to speak proficient Japanese and is a good example of the saying: “Suki koso mono no jozu nare” (You’ll be good at what you like.)
The two young Russian girls work part-time at a maid cafe, which opened two months ago in Moscow. A maid cafe in Moscow!? It was shocking to me even though I’ve reported on such places in China and other Asian countries. Although I would have loved to visit the Russian counterpart, I was unable to as it was only open during the weekends and I had to attend J-Fest.
The three Russians said they mainly communicated via the Internet. What interested me most was that they said their ideal partner would be Japanese. In everyday life, they rarely interact with Japanese, so young people in Russia chat online with each other about Japan and Japanese people in the same way they talk about Japanese anime and idols.
When talking with young people from around the world, I’m often bewildered by their glamorization of not only Japan, but also Japanese people. If even I–with my many opportunities to interact with these “Japan admirers”–am overwhelmed by the trend, then Japanese people who have never heard about it before are even more shocked. I’m often asked to talk about the question: “Are Japanese people popular overseas?” when I appear on Japanese TV or radio.
“If I can go to Japan, I’d like to gaze at men walking by on the street at a cafe in [Tokyo's] Harajuku for a whole day,” a Croatian female college student told me.
When I asked another female college student I met in Mexico if she was interested in going out with a Japanese boy, she replied, “Not worth asking. [Of course!]”
At J-Fest, I met a Russian girl who is in a long-distance relationship with a Japanese man in Hokkaido.
I’ve written some books and columns to raise awareness over the introspective mindset of Japanese people today. The number of Japanese who are eager to study or work abroad has decreased.
On the other hand, young Russian girls overseas are exploring the appeal of Japanese anime and fashion via the Internet and talking online about Japanese people with the same admiration they give anime characters.
It’s a one-sided love toward Japanese people. People in my generation who grew up adoring foreign cultures from countries such as the United States, are at first, bewildered by this phenomenon. But looking back on our own memories, adoration of other countries can develop anywhere in the world.