Timeline: Japanese Fashion

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  • 1970s:When famous labels including Pink House, Milk and Angelic pretty began selling clothes that would be considered “lolita” by today’s standards
  • 1978: Cosplay at fan events likely originated in Japan
  • 1990s: Lolita fashion became better recognized, with bands like Malice Mizer and other Visual Kei (or visual type) bands coming into popularity
  • 1997: The rise and fall of many of these trends has been chronicled by Shoichi Aoki since 1997 in the fashion magazine FRUITS, which is a notable magazine for the promotion of street fashion in Japan
  • 1998: Tokyo’s Akihabara district has contained a large number of cosplay cafes, catering to devoted anime and cosplay fans
  • 2001:One magazine in particular, the seasonally published Gothic & Lolita Bible, has palyed an instrumental role in promoting and standardizing the style

Japanese Professional Baseball Timeline

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  • 1872:  Introduction of baseball to Japan
  • 1908:  First baseball game played against Major League Teams
  • 1934:  Greater Japan Tokyo Baseball Club (present: Yomiuri Giants) established
  • 1935:  Osaka Baseball Club (present: Hanshin Tigers) established
  • 1936:  Japanese Baseball League Established
  • 1950:  Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) Established
  • 1993:  Hideo Nomo’s departure to America
  • September 18, 2004:  NPB Player’s Strike
  • 2004:  Kintetsu Buffaloes dissolution

Hikikomori Timeline

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  • 1970s-1980s: Japan experiences an unprecedented high number of high school dropouts
  • Mid 1980s: Dr. Tamaki Saito begins noticing a rise in lethargic, unresponsive, anti-social clients (later termed hikikomori)
  • 1988 – 1989: the “Otaku Murders;” Tsutomu Miyazaki, a hikikomori, over a two year period, murders and mutilates 4 girls
  • November 13 1990: “The Niigata girl confinement incident;” 17-year–old Nobuyuki Sato, a hikikomori, kidnaps 9-year-old Fusako Sano
  • 1990s: Media identifies hikikomori as a social problem
  • January 28, 2000: Police find and rescue Fusako Sano from Sato’s apartment
  • May 3, 2000: a 17-year-old youth hijacks a bus and kills one passenger
  • 2000: Japanese Ministry of Health and Labor conducts its first official survey to determine the number of hikikomori cases. 6,151 cases
  • 2003: first extensive study on the hikikomori phenomenon and it’s roots are explored
  • 2004: Tamago debuts, a film that chronicles the life of a fictional hikikomori

“Happy Science” A Timeline

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  • 1860s: Bakumatsu period sees founding of Tenrikyo, Kurozumikyo, Oomoto
  • 1946: Emperor Showa (Hirohito) announces Ningen-sengen (Humanity Declaration), revealing that he is not living god, ending State Shinto.
  • 1956: Ryuho Okawa is born in Tokushima, Japan
  • 1981: Through Grand Enlightenment, “El Cantare” (the syncretic idol of various religious disciplines) reveals to Ryuho Okawa the religious mission of Kofuku no Kagaku.
  • 1984: Shoko Asahara forms Aum Shinrikyo in Japan.
  • 1986: Kofuku no Kagaku forms.
  • 1994: “Nostradamus’ Horrible Revelation” releases in Japanese theaters.
  • 1995: Sarin Gas Attack in Japan by Shoko Asahara’s guidance.
  • 1997: “Hermes’ Love is like the Wind” releases in Japanese theaters.
  • 2000: “The Laws of the Sun” releases in Japanese theaters.
  • 2003: “The Golden Laws” releases in Japanese theaters.
  • 2006: “The Laws of Eternity” releases in Japanese theaters.
  • 2008: Kofuku no Kagaku changes from a romanized name to “Happy Science” in Foreign Countries.
  • 2009: The Happiness Realization Party is founded with Ryuho Okawa as Prime Minister elect. There are 32 main temples (shojas or shoshinkans) and 200 local branches across the Japanese mainland.