Love my Cell Phone Strap

Japanese mobile phones undoubtedly stand out in the crowd. But what makes them truly unique is the incredible heavy usage of straps. Each phone is actually designed with a hole specifically for straps.

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As loyal visitors to the JAPANESE STREETS photo section have known for years, very few Japanese are satisfied with just a single strap. Many have their phones loaded with them. It is not uncommon that the bundle of straps totally overpowers the phone.

Japanese Phone Straps

A recent survey by and pointOn research found that more than 65% of the 1,000 respondents had one or more straps attached to their mobile phone. Three quarters of them had purchased these straps themselves, while almost 11% went through the trouble of making them. These incredible numbers clearly show how popular mobile phone straps are in Japan.

Japanese Phone Straps

Many Japanese phone strap users have specific favorites. Almost 40% use straps featuring characters, while some 21% use good luck charms. Some 10% use straps with Swarovski chrystals, which shows how popular these have become over the past few years. Ten years ago or so they were virtually unknown.

Here is a breakdown of the most popular mobile phone straps in Japan.

Japanese Mobile Phone Strap Usage

Visit the JAPANESE STREETS photo section, to see a selection of Japanese mobile phones, many of them featuring straps.

If you want to get creative with your mobile phone yourself, visit the Japanese Streets store. You can choose from many thousands of phone straps, from Hello Kitty to Crayon Shin Chan.

Japanese Phone Straps

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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I just have one phone strap, a Hello Kitty with a volleyball. I think it would be really hard to have so many, but it does show a fun side of the persons personality!

Jan 29, 2009 (4861 days ago)

I have some, most of then cats. Sure I have Hello Kitty one :) Oh, and I have Chii too (she’s not a cat, but I love the anime!)

Jan 30, 2009 (4860 days ago)

I used to have a Winny the Pooh strap. I love Pooh-san, as he is called in Japan. After the Pooh-san strap broke, I didn’t get myself a new one. It is time I do something about that!

Kjeld Duits (author)
Jan 30, 2009 (4860 days ago)

I used crepe phone strap with sakura flowers print,with vongola emblem sun from katekyo hitman reborn and 2 golden bells..
I love using something from anime…i think i addicted to them lol

Jan 30, 2009 (4860 days ago)

Anime are cool!

Kjeld Duits (author)
Jan 31, 2009 (4859 days ago)

Oh,I have many straps)They looks so cute^^

Feb 1, 2009 (4859 days ago)

I have several Hello Kitty and a jade good luck Ox. Keep me away from

Feb 2, 2009 (4858 days ago)

A good luck ox! Very appropriate as it is now the year of the ox. That is a nice idea for my next strap, a new one every year according to what year it is in the Chinese Zodiac.

Kjeld Duits (author)
Feb 2, 2009 (4858 days ago)

I have only 4 straps now, but I used to have more (some of them fell off T_T) Right now I have one with metal letters that says “chibi”, one with a pink haired anime girl, one with chibi Mello from death note and one fluffy…something…i don’t even know what it is lol

Feb 3, 2009 (4856 days ago)

Do you have chibi because of your stature or because of your love of anime?

Kjeld Duits (author)
Feb 3, 2009 (4856 days ago)

Omgoshh i have 2 straps..
both jap-style.
i have one with lollipop and the other with a mirror =D

Feb 12, 2009 (4847 days ago)

hey go on myspace add me

Feb 13, 2009 (4846 days ago)

I love phone straps! i used to have so many on my phone but they all got tangled and heavy so only have a couple now..i have 3 hello kittys,my melody and cinnamaroll :)

Feb 21, 2009 (4838 days ago)

Gosh its adorable!!
I have my cellphone full of them, and it can be unconfortable and hard to carry, but definitly worth it!!

Apr 4, 2009 (4796 days ago)

I have a pretzel strap that looks real. It has a “DON’T EAT” message hanging off it too.

Sep 6, 2009 (4641 days ago)

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