Juliana's

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Juliana's, also known as Juliana's Tokyo (ジュリアナ東京), was a Japanese discothèque in that operated in Shibaura, Minato, Tokyo[1] in the early 1990s. It was famous for its dance platforms, on which office ladies dressed in "bodycon" (abbr. (wasei-eigo): "body conscious" (ボディコン bodikon?, "sexually flattering clothing")[2][3]) clubwear would congregate, as amateur go-go dancers (professionals were also employed).[4] The club was produced by Masahiro Origuchi[5][6] for the British leisure services group Wembley PLC, and Nissho Iwai Corporation, the Japanese general trading company (now part of Sojitz).[7]

The club "Disco Queen" in chapters 18, 19, and 21 of the rugby manga No Side[8] by Ikeda Fumiharu (池田文春?)[9] is a reference to Juliana's, down to the white feather fans used by the dancers.[10]

See also[edit]

  • Herve Leger—the fashion house founded by the creator of the body-con dress

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Brand, Tokyo Night City, p. 34.
  2. ^ Jim Breen's WWWJDIC, ボディコン.
  3. ^ Chaplin, Sarah. Japanese Love Hotels: A Cultural History. Routledge contemporary Japan series, 15. London: Routledge, 2007, p. 135. ISBN 978-0-415-41585-9, ISBN 978-0-203-96242-8.
  4. ^ Schilling, Mark (1997). The Encyclopedia of Japanese Pop Culture. Weatherhill. pp. 76–78. ISBN 0-8348-0380-1. 
  5. ^ Kawakami, "Survivors: two approaches to survival in Japan's unkind economy".
  6. ^ Trends in Japan, "Disco Icon Sets Out To Conquer Nursing Care".
  7. ^ Schilling, The Encyclopedia of Japanese Pop Culture, p.77.
  8. ^ ノーサイド (No Side ("Nō Saido")?) volume 3, pp. 32–3, 35, 66–68, 111–123. ISBN 4-08-875070-5.
  9. ^ PRISMS: The Ultimate Manga Guide, No Side. Accessed 10 August 2008.
  10. ^ Fujino, Chiya. "Her Room". In Ozeki, Ruth, and Cathy Layne. Inside and Other Short Fiction: Japanese Women by Japanese Women; with a foreword by Ruth Ozeki; compiled by Cathy Layne, p. 144. Tokyo: Kodansha International, 2006. ISBN 4-7700-3006-1. Accessed 10 August 2008.

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Coordinates: 35°38′47″N 139°45′12″E / 35.64639°N 139.75333°E / 35.64639; 139.75333