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Japan’s Department of Magic releases new “Magic School” uniform

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Japan’s Department of Magic releases new “Magic School” uniform

Mix-and-match pieces are the cosplay/street fashion crossover witches have been waiting for.  Japanese online retailer Felissimo is a bit of a fairy godparent when it comes to homewares, beauty, and fashion, making all our dreams come true with make-believe pets, hair gel designed to feel like kitty saliva, and fluffy cat-like accessories that magically transform us into human-sized kittens. So when the popular brand stepped into the world of magic with their new “Department of Magic” range last year, wannabe witches and wizards everywhere flocked to the new collection, eager to snap up all the cleverly designed products, which weren’t just...

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Japanese school renames boys, girls uniforms as “Type I” and “Type II” in gender identity reform

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Japanese school renames boys, girls uniforms as “Type I” and “Type II” in gender identity reform

New dress code allows choice of bottoms for female students only. Though the word uniform literally means “one form,” on any given day at a school in Japan you’ll see two different uniforms: one for boys and one for girls. For example, at Yokota Prefectural High School in Shimane Prefecture the boys’ uniform has slacks, while the girls’ has a skirt. However, when next school year starts in the spring, Yokota will no longer have boys’ uniforms and girls’ uniforms. That’s not because they’re going to a single identical uniform that all students will wear, though, but because the school...

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