Yes, I know – July has flown by in a whirlwind of tea & tempura and somehow here we are at the end of the month! There’s huge changes afoot at Telephone Towers, with some big news just around the corner – I hate to be a tease, but that’s all I can say for now… Torture!

(A reminder of spring, taken somewhere near Telephone Towers in Tokyo)

Hyper Japan: Last weekend we popped along to London’s amazing Hyper Japan Japanese culture festival, and boy did we have a great time! Take a look at our photos of attendees here, and shots from the ’emerging Japanese designers’ stage here – keep your eyes peeled for Samuel’s tv presenting debut! Huge thanks to everyone at Hyper Japan!

Sugar-Kei: So, you want a dress for your wedding or a special occasion? You want bows, ruffles, lace and more colours than you shake a stick at? fantastic, we’ve got just the dress for you – check out Sugar-Kei. You’ll never be the same.

Yohji Yamamoto: I’m sure you all know that I love Yohji. Love the man, the designs and the fashion philosophy. I also love the huge variety of male models he uses – what do you think of Yohji’s picks for the runway?

Mastermind: Samuel took a look into the wonderful world of Mastermind – skulls and crossbones galore! With Mastermind returning to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo (formally Japan Fashion Week – we’ll be keeping our JFW tag to make old posts easy to find), what will the last few seasons of Mastermind bring?

Gal Hair: Shaved and gyaru go together… surprisingly well! Take a peek at Rebecca’s look at the ‘hage’ trend in Egg magazine, and be sure to read the comments too!

Fashion Books: We put our heads together and came up with a selection of some of our favourite English-language Japanese fashion books – is your favourite there?

Fake Tokyo: Samuel asks if Fake Tokyo has become one of the most influential forces in Japanese fashion… read his article here, and let us know what you think!

Men’s Boots: What’s our favourite footwear? Yes, you’ve guessed it – boots! Our collection is now large enough to distort time and space, and after dribbling over the lush photos in this post, I think we may have a few more soon.

Skull Cup: There’s enough skulls rings here to satisfy the most picky of pirates! Enjoy!

Junji Ito: Fancy a little light reading for the weekend? Get drawn into the world of horror manga maestro Junji Ito – are you scared of the dark?

Links and Sites: We’re always on the look out for interesting and fabulous blogs & sites to add to our phone book – leave us a comment or drop us a line at hello @ if you’d like to be added to our ever-growing list. Content from Tokyo Telephone is also available on flickrtumblr and twitter too – if you like what we do, then feel free to spread the word with our shiny social media links at the bottom of each article. We’re also featured on Glam UK‘s fashion channel – a great way to see what’s going on on the rest of the network.

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