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A Little Tokyo Boutique Has Become a Radically Inclusive Harajuku Hub

EXPANDPerla Marina of Fickle WishLiz OhanesianIt's Saturday evening and Fickle Wish is dripping with pink. Inside the Little Tokyo boutique, which specializes in street fashion and indie art from Japan, the color radiates from the walls in a variety of shades and fabrics, from shocking pink backpacks to sunset-hued skirts. It burns bright off of freshly dyed hair and fades softly on the edges of sweatshirts and glasses frames worn by the friends and customers who are crammed between racks of...

Jins Frontswitch Glasses (With Jins Screen)

You don't always need to get eyeglasses through your optometrist (though you should still see one regularly to maintain your eye health and to keep your prescription up to date). In fact, you can find some pretty interesting advances and good deals if you shop online instead. Japanese company Jins Eyewear has a new take on clip-on sunglasses called Frontswitch (starting at $150) that are worth checking out. When paired with the company's blue light-filtering Jins Screen coating ($60), they...

New Japantown mural presents a vision of San Jose

It’s said a picture is worth a thousand words. But for artist Sam Rodriguez, his new mural on the outskirts of San Jose’s Japantown may be worth a thousand stories.Adorning the wall of the Kiem Laundromat on North Eighth and Empire streets, the colorful artwork will be officially unveiled Friday evening as part of the monthly Japantown art walk. Rodriguez will be on hand to talk about the process that went into creating it.“When I think of murals, I think of outdoor books,” Rodriguez said....