Issue 24: J-Book Review
♂ Learn Japanese and dress street chique with Street Jack!
ll you fashionistas and metrosexuals out there, it’s SUMMER (It was summer when I wrote this and it has been sitting on my desktop till now. Lame excuse, I know, but let’s pretend it’s still summer )!
What better way to kick back and relax with a glass of ice tea with fresh mint and a good fashion magazine… (err… was that too much?). Sure, Cosmo is great and GQ has lots of style tips, but we’re not interested in that! WE WAN’T JAPANESE MAGAZINE’S! In our four-part『チョコチョコのおしゃれな EXTENDED SUMMER』special, we’ll review four popular Japanese fashion magazines. Starting with this issue’s men’s fashion mag review,『Street Jack』.
Japanese Magazine → awesome!
Admit it, a Japanese magazine is cooler than anything else. Why? BECAUSE IT’S JAPANESE!! Maybe it’s the overly-busy-in-your-face approach or the fun layouts or the fact that they’re always crammed with lots of stuff. Japanese magazines are visual, very visual. Who needs to read a lot when a picture says more than a thousand words! (wanna read? grab a couple brochures at your local pharmacy) WE WANT PICTURES, LOTS! I’m pretty sure the chief editor’s thinking is: “cram as much stuff into the mag as is humanly possible!”.
Jack lives on the streets
Young Japanese men aren’t afraid of experimenting with clothing and will wear anything they like (Cosplay anyone?). If your style is streetwear, you might wanna check out『Street Jack』. Street Jack is a monthly magazine (comes out 24th of every month) and focuses on street style for men.
Vintage-ey, grungy, stylish geek and sneakers are the key words. Lots of photos of people on the street (love that) let's you get a sense what today’s street style in Japan is. Apart from main featured items like T-shirts, polos and sneakers, accessory items such as bags, hats, belts etc. are also covered letting you create your own nerdy-chique street look. Prices and shops are also included.
Kurt Kobain and even more T-shirts
Every magazine has its share of interviews and Street Jack isn't missing out. From your local Japanese rockband to the (quote)『伝説のおしゃれ人ランキング：１位、伝説のロック•アイコン、カート•コバーン』, though it's all about what they're wearing (or used to wear). No street style is complete without accessoiries and Street Jack pays detailed covering of smart and stylish accessoiries.
Apart from being a ‘T-shirt bible’, Street Jack is also good to learn street fashion words, terms and slang such as『柄ポロ（polo shirts with patterns）』and『カモフラカーゴショーツ（cargo shorts with camouflage print）』. This way, you can extend your vocabulary to the Japan of today (instead of learning how to greet Mr. Tanaka for the gazillionth time).
Street Jack is one of the more popular street wear magazines for men in Japan.
Street Jack is as real as street wear can get since most of the stuff you’ll find are inspirations taken from actual people. Street Jack is not merely a ‘T-shirt bible’ but a complete outfit magazine from『トップス』to『ボトムス』. 『AJATT』to go with your Japanese study? Why not give yourself a Japanese street-style makeover too with Street Jack!
• title: ストリートジャック – Street Jack
• pages: approx. 178
• dimensions: 29.7 x 21 cm
• extra: n/a
• language: Japanese
• publisher: KKベストセラーズ (www.kk-bestsellers.com)
• order: http://www.amazon.co.jp
• ISBN: n/a
• special Chokochoko rating: 90%