fads and fashions
Japanese Trends and Fashions in the
talk about fads, you can use the expressions below.
Notice how they are used to describe the popularity
of certain things in Japan in the 1990s.
be a hit
be crazy about
be the latest craze
is crazy about the
Horikoshi reports on the popularity
of the "tamagotchi", an interactive
digital pet, in Japan. They have become
very popular among school girls and
office workers, but the craze for
tamagotchis has created some problems in
schools and offices because students and
office workers use them when they should
be studying or working.
PHS is the latest craze in
Matsumoto says a PHS (Personal Handy-phone
System) is a good way to communicate with
your friends and family. They are the
in thing now Many people like to use
them because they are convenient to use;
they are small and easy to carry. They can
be a problem as they can be
stickers are a big hit.
Syoyama writes about a recent fad which
has become a real hit with
teenagers in Japan-- collecting tiny photo
stickers. Teens line up at photo machines
to have their pictures taken on decorated
stickers which they then exchange with
each other and collect in
socks are very popular.
Izuno reports on another craze
among young girls in Japan. High school
students have taken a fancy to "loose
socks", huge baggy socks that hang on
their legs. She discusses why these socks
have become the latest
boots and shoes are in.
Japanese girls like to wear high boots and
shoes. Akiko Nakashima says they like to
wear them because they think they make
their legs look slimmer and they look good
with both skirts and pants. They
are definitely the in
People in Japan are crazy about
Shigeneo introduces us to Doraemon, a
loveable, blue cat-like robot who is a
very popular comic book and cartoon
character loved by many throughout Japan.
She describes him and his