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The final issue of Japanese AneCan Magazine

Japanese model Moe Oshikiri is the cover girl for the last issue (December 2016) of AneCan Magazine. The fashion magazine will suspend its publication after running for a decade because of business reasons. Poor sales, to put it boldly.

Oshikiri was also the cover girl for the first issue of AneCan in 2007. So it’s fitting that she’s the one who brings down the curtain on the magazine.

AneCan Magazine December 2016 final issue Moe Oshikiri

AneCan targeted women in mid to late twenties who have “graduated” from reading CanCam, its sister magazine for younger women and college students.

The challenge

CanCam is still running after 35 years though (first published in November 1981.) It’s an amazing feat but the future looks grim for fashion magazines worldwide, with the shift of interest and competition from internet publications etc.

To survive, the magazines have to build a strong branding with solid online presence and to venture globally. The later is something the Japanese media have fallen behind in the past decade, it’s so difficult for non-Japanese to reach their contents.

Goo Hara Japanese AneCan Magazine

Goo Hara of Korean girl group KARA in June 2015 issue of Japanese AneCan Magazine [Jp]. KARA are one of the few K-pop acts which made it huge both in Korea and Japan; their popularity is fading in the past year or two though.

KARA Hara Japanese AneCan Magazine

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Yuri Ebihara Japanese AneCan Magazine

Japanese model Yuri Ebihara in September 2014 issue of AneCan Magazine. She tried out a few summer dresses at a seaside. The first two pictures look fine, not sure why they want to use the colour theme in the third one though.

Yuri Ebihara Japanese AneCan Magazine 2014

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Japanese AneCan Magazine cosplay party

Japanese AneCan Magazine recently hosted a cosplay party to celebrate its seventh anniversary. The invited guests included stylists, photographers, editors and columnists etc. who have worked with AneCan in the past.

The magazine’s exclusive models also dressed up in various character-costumes for the event and a special photo shoot. Seems a bit too tidied though…

Costume play

Miki Arimura as an auto racer, Yuri Ebihara as Cleopatra, Moe Oshikiri as figure skater Mao Asada, Suzuki Sachi as Lady Gaga, Midori Kuzuoka as Catwoman, Shizuka Kondo as Shizuka (nice pun) from the Doraemon franchise, and Reiko Takagaki as an actor from the Takarazuka Revue theatre troupe.

Yuri Ebihara x Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Japanese model Yuri Ebihara is the cover girl for March 2014 issue of AneCan Magazine [Jp]. The styling is reminiscence of the iconic image of actress Audrey Hepburn in Hollywood classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961, image further below).

Yuri Ebihara AneCan Breakfast at Tiffany

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