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Friday October 29, 2010

Masahiro

harajuku, tokyo
AUTUMN 2010, guys
Kjeld Duits

SHOP ASSISTANT, 23

Hat – Borsalino
Shirt – .efilevol
Coat – Baira
Pants – Rico
Shoes – Maker’s

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Coat – Baira – (present) | Pants – Rico – JPY 40,000

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Hat – Borsalino – JPY 45,000 | Hair H (Harajuku) – JPY 10,000

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Shirt – .efilevol – JPY 25,000 | Bow Tie – Fendi – JPY 12,000

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Bag – CELINE – (present)

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Shoes – Maker’s – JPY 40,000

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Phone – DoCoMo amadana gold – N/A

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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)

Cool dude. (: Onto another similar topic… There is a large Chinese community particularly in my area (I have seen very few Japanese, but then again, there are hardly any Japanese in my country), and I have recently began to notice, most of the time in the boys of that ethnicity have this new kind of quirky dress sense going on. It reminds me of some of the looks I’ve seen on JS. For example, long coates, more feminine boots, capes, handbags, even hats that resemble top hats. Okay, so the handbags are a rare sighting… but yeah. (:

Mel
Oct 29, 2010 (2459 days ago)

He’s so smartly dressed! I really love his mobile wallpaper, in brown, matching his coat.

atriara
Oct 29, 2010 (2459 days ago)

I am seeing more and more of these smartly dressed people lately. Also lots of traditional hats. Especially bowler hats.

@Mel: Where are you located?

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Oct 29, 2010 (2459 days ago)

A modern day gentleman! :)

Alice
Oct 29, 2010 (2459 days ago)

@Alice: Yes, I think we are going to see more of them.

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Oct 29, 2010 (2459 days ago)

Oops, double posted. Sorry! Do you happen to see men in top hats?

Alice
Oct 29, 2010 (2459 days ago)

@Alice: Yes, we see top hats, too. But the most popular hat in Harajuku at the moment is the bowler. I saw many dozens of them every single day last week. Unfortunately, none of the people had a complete look good enough to show on JS, so I didn’t shoot any of them. I should have just shot their hats!

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Oct 29, 2010 (2459 days ago)

Formal and chic, very good sense of fashion! Well, most of the posts in JS are great sense of fashion :D
The first moment I saw him I thought: ‘‘OMG JOHNNY DEPP’‘ xD
I love all the outfit, specially ‘cause I adore old-british-style and brown :3 but I would’ve used other bag, a different style and/or color ^^U

Maria
Oct 29, 2010 (2459 days ago)

@Maria: OMG JOHNNY DEPP — I have heard other people say that in reaction to these images. I can see it, too.
Well, most of the posts in JS are great sense of fashionTHANKS!

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Oct 29, 2010 (2459 days ago)

Deine Fotos sind ganz einfach TOLL!!!

stela alves
Oct 29, 2010 (2458 days ago)

@stela alves: Danke. Das ist sehr nett von Dir. Ich mag Deine Fotos auch sehr viel.

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Oct 29, 2010 (2458 days ago)

@Kjeld: England, the North. (:

Mel
Oct 29, 2010 (2458 days ago)

@Mel: I think there are quite a few Japanese in the UK, but most of them are probably in and around London. Lots of Japanese studying fashion at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design. It is the one school that just about anybody interested in fashion in Japan knows. I actually have several Japanese friends myself who live nearby London at the moment.

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Oct 29, 2010 (2458 days ago)

@Kjeld: Yes, there are some Japanese in the London area, but not really that many when you put them all together. I rather love the Chinese community here though. (’:

Mel
Oct 29, 2010 (2458 days ago)

@Mel: We have different ideas of many, I think. LOL. According to the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs there are over 50,000 Japanese nationals in the UK, the majority of them located in or around London. I don’t to know, to me that is quite a few. But compared to the number of Chinese in the UK (over 430,000), it is indeed a small number. So it is all relative, I guess. ;-)

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Oct 30, 2010 (2458 days ago)

@Kjeld: The UK population including illegal immigrants is estimated to be nearing 70 million. So yes, 430,000 is a more significant number than 50,000. I find it hard to believe that the total is 50,000, but I suppose there is alot who come her for our universities. You never really see any Japanese. Alot of the Chinese population have been born and bred here for a good few solid generations, so I suppose they’re a bit more… here. If you know what I mean. Also, I’m not great at my geography, but could you tell me the approximate size difference between the UK and Japan? Random, I know. (:

Mel
Oct 30, 2010 (2458 days ago)

Wow, there’s the generational gap for you; all this “OMG-JOHNNY DEPP” and I thought “PRINCE” (T.T)
Laughing, laughing, crying…(sob)
Actually, I think the “Dandy” look predates both of them by a few decades, but I’m glad to see it coming back (again).

2046
Oct 30, 2010 (2458 days ago)

@2046: Oh, I love Prince. One of my friends interviewed his band member and former girlfriend at the time, and I was so jealous! LOL

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Oct 30, 2010 (2458 days ago)

@Mel: Hoorah for Wikipedia!

UK: 243,610 km2 (79th) with 62,041,708 inhabitants.
Japan: 377,944 km2 (61st) with 127,360,000 inhabitants.

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Oct 30, 2010 (2458 days ago)

Living in the UK, anyone here knows that total inhabitants number is messed up. (: Anyway, quite a difference.

Mel
Oct 30, 2010 (2457 days ago)

I, too, love this! The color palette is incredible! It looks so good, even though it’s simple. It’s really nice and fall-ish. Lovin it =)
Although the bag made me raise my eyebrows out first, i realized that in Japan it’s the norm for guys. Here in America, it would definitely be seen differently.

Etsune
Oct 31, 2010 (2457 days ago)

@Etsune: Yes, here nobody raises an eyebrow about such a bag. I think in many countries in Europe it might be fine, too. Love to hear feedback on that from people in Europe.

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Oct 31, 2010 (2457 days ago)

@Kjeld: I suppose it’s really convenient that people don’t think much of it, because bags like that are so useful! I don’t know what I would do without my bag. I mean, I’m a girl though so either way…but oh well. Here in America, guys often wonder why our purses are so big! Because many girls wear oversized bags. I think they’re cute! But right now, mine is an over the shoulder bag. It’s white and studded. Nine west.
Anyways, rabbit trail [off topic]. Do you wear bags like this?

Etsune
Nov 1, 2010 (2456 days ago)

@Etsune: I remember that my own sister, who lives in the Netherlands, was really surprised to see me with a backpack during a documentary about me on Dutch TV some 16 years ago. At that time it was already quite common in the US and Japan. Now you see them everywhere in Europe, too. So perhaps, 15-16 years from now bags for men are totally accepted in the US as well. Things can change really quickly.

I don’t wear bags like these, but I do use eco bags and my trusty backpack for my camera. I always need to carry loads of stuff around because I am photographer, so whenever possible I try to leave home without any bag at all. Such days are great exceptions and they feel great! ^^

I love the expression rabbit trail! In my mind’s eye I can see you hopping from left to right.

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Nov 1, 2010 (2456 days ago)

@Kjeld: I think that the surprising part about the first statement is that she was surprised to see you with a backpack. I think that backpacks are fairly normal, so that surprises ME. But I’m guessing that backpacks weren’t too normal, than, if your sister was surprised? If is wasn’t normal, was it strange because you were a guy wearing one or that you were wearing one in general? And I’m truly curious as to whether you’re right about the 15-16 year thing. I guess we’ll see. I’ll keep you posted =PPPPPP

Also, I think it’s great that you use eco-friendly bags =)
And I totally know what you mean about not having to wear backpacks. Personally, since I’m still in high school, I have to lug my backpack around ALL DAY. The first two weeks of the school year I didn’t carry it around AT ALL. But then I realized that I would need it for my stuff sigh. So I’ve been carrying it again since… And i don’t like having too because it’s heavy and I don’t want to end up having shoulder problems down the line. I wish I had tons of days where I didn’t need my backpack. Those days DO feel great!!
And I’m glad you like the expression! Have you ever heard it before? Yes? No?
I never heard it until one of my friends used it in a text. I was confused, then she explained it. Even now, no one will know what I’m talking about unless I leave an explanation.

Etsune
Nov 2, 2010 (2455 days ago)

@Etsune: To you backpacks have always been around, but actually backpacks as they are being used by students today is a very recent thing. Ask your grandparents; I am sure they didn’t use backpacks at school as kids. Go and look through their photo albums and try to find a photo with a backpack. If you find one, it was most probably used for travel, not for daily use. Even backpacking as travel didn’t really become popular until the 1960s. Nothing ever stays the same, that’s why old pictures look old to us.

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Nov 2, 2010 (2455 days ago)

@Kjeld:
OH! You learn something new everyday, I suppose. I never knew that. So what did you use when you were in school?

Etsune
Nov 4, 2010 (2453 days ago)

We used every other bag you can think of. From hand bags to shoulder bags. I remember using a military surplus shoulder bag at one time. The goody-goody students used leather briefcases, the same kind that an accountant would take to work. They (both the bags and the students) looked terribly serious and dull.

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Nov 4, 2010 (2452 days ago)

I was gonna say Masahiro looks like a Japanese Johnny Depp, but I see someone already beat me to it xD

Anya
Nov 4, 2010 (2452 days ago)

@Anya: Yes, it is funny that so many people see that likeness.

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Nov 5, 2010 (2452 days ago)

@Kjeld: That’s so funny! Haha, now, backpacks are all colorful and stuff. There are so many different kinds. But to be honest, in high school, while most wear backpacks, there is also a large portion of those who have gigantic purses and put their school stuff in them.

Etsune
Nov 5, 2010 (2452 days ago)

@Etsune: That’s good. I like variety.

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Nov 5, 2010 (2452 days ago)

@Kjeld: Me too! That’s what makes fashion so appealing, i’d like to think.

Etsune
Nov 6, 2010 (2451 days ago)

This is a really good look…

kyle
Dec 6, 2010 (2421 days ago)

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