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New Japanese Lifestyle Mag's Reach Out to the World

JAGR Lifestyle Magazine

Sate your craving for lifestyle info from Japan: new webmags from Tokyo’s creative scene.

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Two new Japanese web magazines that focus on lifestyle and fashion have come in the past two months: JAGR and THE FASHION POST (TFP).

JAGR is run by Brazilian Gui Martinez. Raised in Brazil and Britain, this photographer, DJ and model moved to Tokyo in 2009. He launched JAGR this March.

JAGR covers art, culture and life, but from a perspective that differs greatly from what the mainstream press chews out. It is blissfully eclectic, and off the chart. Features on JAGR Girls are interspersed with an article about international E-trash an Issey Miyake model shoot and music tracks by disco demon Dirk Bite.

JAGR Lifestyle Magazine

The lay-out is thoroughly modern, very similar to how Pinterest and DAZED DIGITAL present data. Basically, a huge pinboard that flows into the netherworld of your screen.

JAGR reminds me a bit of DAZED’s early days. It is not so much about Japan, as born in Japan, from people all over the world. They’re a kind of modern low-budget reincarnation of the 50’s jet-set. Looks like JAGR may have the power to keep surprising us.

The Fashion Post

TFP was launched this month and is headed by Hidetaka Furuya, the director of the multi-disciplinary creative agency Northern Projects which also runs Tokyo street snap site DROP TOKYO.

TFP is a Japanese/English fashion and lifestyle journal, “born out of the desire to offer relevant and interesting fashion and lifestyle information.” It is still early days, but so far it appears to cover a fairly wide range of topics from both Japan and abroad. It features fashion news and trends, interviews with designers and creators, marketing and IT trends, and information about global fashion capitals.

It is still in beta mode, it seems, as the Travel, Library and Collections sections are not yet active. Because of Furuya’s track record and his studies at London College of Fashion and the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, TFP especially looks like a very promising webmag that might be able to bridge the culture and language gap and attract both Japanese and foreign readers.

MEKAS

In the past, bilingual web magazines on Japanese culture have not been able to keep their head above water. Popular Japanese design magazine pingmag and its sister site PingMag MAKE went dead in 2008, and MEKAS, which had ambitions very similar to what TFP is aspiring to accomplish, went on its belly in 2009.

Let’s see how these two new web magazines make out. I wish them the very best!

As an interesting afternote, TFP interviewed JAGR’s Gui Martinez. The Tokyo scene feeding on itself…

Kjeld Duits About the Author

Inspired by the stunningly creative street fashion that exploded on the streets of Tokyo and Osaka in the late 1990’s, photo-journalist Kjeld Duits launched JAPANESE STREETS in 2002. This makes JS one of the first fashion blogs on the net, and the very first to cover Japanese street fashion.

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Comment (日本語もOK)

JAGR is so cool! I’ll check out the others later^^

Maria
Apr 30, 2012 (3670 days ago)

@Maria: Really just one more, the other two are inactive. ^^

Kjeld Duits (author)
Apr 30, 2012 (3669 days ago)

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