As the weeks turn into months there is still no news being released on the status of Gregory Gumo, who is still apparently incarcerated in a prison cell probably in Yokosuka. He might have even been released from jail for all we know? Started thinking more about Mariko Akitaya, the woman who got mixed up in Gregory Gumo’s dysfunctional life who ended up in a rather undignified way of getting dropped out of a boat into a cove where it is alleged she drown. The other day in a coffee shop while out riding the bd-1, happened to notice a large poster hanging on the wall above the table, and so took this image because it reminded me of the pose Mariko Akitaya had taken of herself in a similar leopard pattern bikini. Mariko Akitaya spent time going to school in the UK studying fashion.
Then started thinking that girls really have no original thoughts of their own being instructed what to wear and how to act by the fashion industry. Based on experience with Japanese girls having worked a good part of my life in Japan, came to the conclusion they may be polite and very charming, but most of their opinions and conclusions are not really their own. Their opinions usually come from movies, television drama and from their friends. The clothes and shoes they wear are predicted by the industry and was probably no different with Mariko Akitaya. For this reason there has been interest on my part in even conversing with most women in Japan over the years. They prefer iPhones and incessant messaging non-stop throughout the entire day. Not judging any of these observations but just making note of what is going on in Japan with Japanese girls compared to how they thought and behaved even 20 years ago.
Text messaging plays a huge role in communicating with Japanese girls. Whether you’re texting to set up a meeting, in the hopes of rekindling things with a girl from the past, or just trying to keep the momentum moving forward on a tentative relationship, texting is an unavoidable part of staying in touch with girls in Japan. This is why Mariko Akitaya and Gregory Gumo were probably constantly in touch. It is just too easy to stay in touch with someone these days with messaging and all the apps that are available to communicate. The other thing worth noting too is that more and more Japanese women because of instant messaging and the ease of establishing a relationship online, are apparently meeting more foreign men online over the internet than are Japanese men. Takako Matsushita, a Japanese cabin attendant who has appeared on television and in magazine articles, offered her perspective on how Japanese women may get higher marks than Japanese men in the international dating market. And her message? “Japanese men need to watch out, or all the nice ladies in Japan may be snatched up by foreign men.”
It’s just business right? Now let’s get back to the “leopard look.” As long is one isn’t a fascist who cares what they wear right? What is interesting to note about the leopard print fashion is that it is a fashion that came out of the UK which is where Mariko Akitaya attended fashion school. My curiosity is peeked here because these fashion prints are what people see first and come to immediate decisions about people.