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With manicures and make-up, Japan's 'genderless' blur line between pink and blue

Young Japanese men are bending fashion gender norms, dyeing their hair, inserting coloured contacts and wearing bright lipstick

Toman Sasaki, a model and pop band member who regards his look as genderless. Young Japanese men like him are taking a big step in a culture where genders hew strictly to convention.


WITH the precision of a craftsman painting a ceramic doll, Toman Sasaki blended foundation onto his fine-boned face, shaded the side of his nose with blush and shaped his lip colour with a small brush.

After 40 minutes of primping in his tiny studio apartment in the Hatsudai...

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