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Thursday October 28, 2010

Natsumi

harajuku, tokyo
AUTUMN 2010, girls
Kjeld Duits

STUDENT, 18

T-Shirt – N/A
Dress – El Rodeo
Sneakers – Nike

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Dress – El Rodeo – JPY 3,000

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T-Shirt – N/A – JPY 3,000 | Wig – N/A – JPY 6,000

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Wig – N/A – JPY 6,000

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Necklace (legs) – N/A – JPY 2,000 | Necklace (head) – N/A – JPY 3,000

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Accessories – N/A – N/A

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Socks – Tutu Anna – JPY 300 | Sneakers – Nike – JPY 6,000

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Phone – DoCoMo – N/A

Kjeld Duits About the Photographer

Inspired by the stunningly creative street fashion that exploded on the streets of Tokyo and Osaka in the late 1990’s, photo-journalist Kjeld Duits launched JAPANESE STREETS in 2002. This makes JS one of the first fashion blogs on the net, and the very first to cover Japanese street fashion.

Recent photos by Kjeld Duits:

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Comment (日本語もOK)

Just oh my God.

Mel
Oct 28, 2010 (2406 days ago)

Cool! Natsumi, where are you heading to?

nonsibi
Oct 28, 2010 (2406 days ago)

Just precious! She’s so beautiful, and pulls off the contacts and eyelashes well. And I love her dress, but I love the googlie eyes on her phone even more :) (That might have been my first time ever spelling the word “googlie”)

Laureliz
Oct 28, 2010 (2406 days ago)

Mel, nonsibi, Laureliz: Colorful fashion like this has become a bit rare compared with say, 7 or 8 years ago, or the late 1990s. I still like it. I think I have photographed eyes on cellphones before, but these are probably the largest ones I have seen so far.

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Oct 28, 2010 (2406 days ago)

Very cute!
This isn’t something that I’d wear in any circumstances, but she pulls it off =)

Etsune
Oct 28, 2010 (2405 days ago)

I like all of her bright colorful accessories. The eyes on the phone are cute, too…I like the lamb or sheep little plushie she has there, it’s so cute. I would like this alot better on her if it weren’t for the topknot thingy on her wig, though…aside from that it’s a cute little outfit!

code_name_kohaku
Oct 28, 2010 (2405 days ago)

@code_name_kohaku: The top knot is very Asian, with a history that goes back 1,000s of years. It took some getting used to for me, but I now really like it. Especially because it is so Asian, and has this long history stretching back hundreds of generations.

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Oct 28, 2010 (2405 days ago)

She looks like a beautiful toy.

akiko
Oct 28, 2010 (2405 days ago)

Thank you Kjeld for this pretty girl! It reminds me of when I opened the first book edited by Fruits magazine when my best friend introduced me to Japanese street fashion (and brings back good memories of my best friend at the same time). Unfortunately, as you said, this type of look became a bit rare some time ago already. When I first came to Japan (in 2006) I didn’t see any (but I was in Osaka and it might be a bit different?). In the meantime, I’ve seen those past two months again on Saturdays quite colorful looks and even lolitas when I thought they were disappearing. What is your opinion about it? To me, it would be sad… because this type of photographs makes my days!

Valerie Fujita
Oct 29, 2010 (2405 days ago)

She is like a fizzy soda that makes you smile when you drink it; totally effervescent!

2046
Oct 29, 2010 (2405 days ago)

@akiko: But you can’t play with her. ^ _ –

@Valerie Fujita: It is not so common in Osaka anymore either. Takuya Angel, a designer who is especially flamboyant, earlier this month moved his shop to a much cheaper (and more difficult to find) location, so I think that for the time being we won’t see too many colorful outfits.

Lolita fashion always comes in waves. It is very popular for a while, then subsides, then returns again. Angelic Pretty designer Makiko Asano actually also observed that during an interview about lolita fashion back in 2009.

I am sure it will not disappear.

@2046: True.

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Oct 29, 2010 (2405 days ago)

@Kjeld..I agree! I think Lolita will stay but come in waves and different forms…But this type of style also reminds me of the old 1990’s FRUiTS, and especially since like 2009 or so I’d say this type of style was almost extinct…But to me it seems like a few people are trying to bring back the roots of what some of Harajuku fashion was originally about. Its definitely not my favorite, but one great thing about Japanese fashion is the diversity in it, and that people can truly be expressive creatively through what they are wearing.

I think this girl however, is totally rocking this style.

Lactose Intoler-Art
Oct 29, 2010 (2404 days ago)

@Lactose Intoler-Art: Yes, you are right, it is very much like what Shoichi Aoki documented in FRUITS magazine during the 90s. Once in a while you still see some people wearing it. I rarely approach them because it feels a bit passé. But Natsumi is indeed really rocking this style, so I had to shoot her!

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Oct 29, 2010 (2404 days ago)

@2046: I love the colorful comparison =)

Etsune
Oct 30, 2010 (2403 days ago)

I like the cuteness without going into ganguro territory.

Ridz
Oct 31, 2010 (2403 days ago)

Sugar and spice and everything nice ^^

Anya
Nov 4, 2010 (2398 days ago)

Ohh! I thought this kind of fashion in such an extreme way was dead and buried, it makes me really happy to see it back!

(The only thing that makes me a little confused is that she doesn´t show much skin)

Julia
Nov 6, 2010 (2396 days ago)

@Julia: Traditionally, Japanese women show little skin. It has been changing a bit the past few years, though. Still, many Japanese women don’t feel comfortable with it.

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Nov 6, 2010 (2396 days ago)

Thank you for answering!. But, what I meant is that usually the people that follow this trend are all about being wild and sexy, or that is how I understood it. (Had to do research for school a couple of months ago :B)

Julia
Nov 8, 2010 (2395 days ago)

@Julia: No not really. Wild and sexy doesn’t come into play at all with this kind of fashion. I think that perhaps you are confusing this style with one of the fashion trends originating from Shibuya, the area next-door to Harajuku.

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Nov 8, 2010 (2395 days ago)

I’ve been stalking that kind of shoes at amazon for months…they are not very cheap :/

Maria
Dec 18, 2010 (2355 days ago)

@Maria: Natsumi paid about 71 dollars, but perhaps she got some kind of a deal. Shoes tend to be quite cheap in Japan, though. I am always shocked by the prices of shoes when I go shopping abroad.

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Dec 18, 2010 (2355 days ago)

i want to see more of fashion like this, this colorful one, it’s really sad that you said it’s rare now because that’s the reason i fell inlove in the japanese street fashion, where i can find me?

shani
Oct 22, 2011 (2047 days ago)

@shani: This particular style may be fading, but Harajuku still spawns cool new ideas. ^^

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Oct 22, 2011 (2047 days ago)

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