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Friday February 18, 2011

Makoto

harajuku, tokyo
WINTER 2011, girls
Kjeld Duits

STUDENT, 19

Jacket – SPINNS
Sweater – Romantic Standard
Skirt – Heather
Stockings – Kokomo a poko
Boots – Dr.Martens

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Makoto's Colors

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Jacket – SPINNS (shop) – JPY 4,000 | Sweater – Romantic Standard – JPY 4,000 | Skirt – Heather – JPY 5,000

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Hair – PEEK-A-BOOJPY 0 | Cap – N/A – JPY 2,000

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Bag – Beams – JPY 4,000

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Stockings – Kokomo a poko – JPY 3,000

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Corset – N/A – N/A

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Boots – Dr.Martens – JPY 8,000

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)

this is more than awesome!

lina
Mar 3, 2011 (2275 days ago)

Kjeld, is this type of style becoming more mainstream in Harajuku now? She is still very unique and interesting, but I’m wondering if this style is turning into a mainstream trend..And with that said, have you had a chance to go to “SPINNS?” I read an article on Tokyo Fashion about it, and I’m not sure how I feel! It sounds like it takes the elements of original Harajuku culture and has made it mainstream. One of my friends said their remake fashion is interesting, but she didn’t like their own line…Just curious on your thoughts! You know some people (I know you know this) say Harajuku is changing very quickly due to all the fast fashion moving in…Some think it kind of defeats the original ideas of what the Harajuku movement was all about in the beginning.

Lactose Intoler-Art
Mar 4, 2011 (2273 days ago)

@Lactose Intoler-Art: I used to shoot right in front of a SPINNS shop in Amerika Mura in Osaka, so I went in all the time. I really liked a lot of the stuff they carried and their shops are very popular. Their head office is in Kyoto, If I recall correctly. I’ll have to check out the article.

The fast fashion brands in Harajuku are worrying me a lot. It was after large companies moved into Amerika Mura that the area slowly lost most of its creativity. So far, I see no real problem yet in Harajuku. I noticed quite a few people manage to combine items from UNIQLO, H&M, forever21 and other such companies in very creative ways.

Forever21 actually appears to be loosing a lot of its popularity because the quality is so bad. Before there were huge lines, now you can walk straight in. One person told me a few weeks ago that she has stopped buying anything there because it falls apart after she has worn it two or three times. And you know how important quality is to Japanese.

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Mar 4, 2011 (2273 days ago)

I agree with Mr. Lactose about the mainstream trend thing—I’ve been noticing this kind of style a lot in recent pics. I really like it, and when I first saw people wearing it, I thought that I would wear something like that…but honestly, now that I see so many people with it, even in Japan, I don’t know if I’d personally wear it…
Anyway, I am SO SHOCKED about the Forever 21 thing!!!!!!! WOW!!! I really like Forever 21…. I know its not the BEST quality ever, but my clothing from forever 21 doesn’t fall apart after 2, 3 uses……Hopefully they will make an attempt to improve the quality, then?

Etsune
Mar 5, 2011 (2273 days ago)

@Etsune: I don’t know if they realize that they have this image problem in Japan. Quality is very important in Japan. Just about every Japanese person I know complains about the quality of the clothes they bought when they went on a trip abroad. It doesn’t mean that all is bad, but the average quality is just so much lower than in Japan. If a garment has a single thread sticking out a Japanese shop will send it back to the manufacturer. Sometimes even the whole shipment.

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Mar 5, 2011 (2273 days ago)

Oh. Wow. I didn’t know that quality was THAT important to them…Then that’s certainly different from how things here in America are…..I know that I’ve purchased items here in America with threads sticking out and not thought anything of it…

Etsune
Mar 5, 2011 (2273 days ago)

@Etsune: Yes, the difference is enormous. Now that things are becoming so cheap in Japan, and many people have trouble getting by in the bad economic climate I wonder if the attitude towards quality will change.

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Mar 5, 2011 (2273 days ago)

@Kjeld: Really? How exactly IS the economy in Japan? I realize that there are so many important things about Japan I should learn if I want to live there…but I never considered that it could have a bad economy…

Etsune
Mar 6, 2011 (2272 days ago)

@Etsune: Japan has been wrestling with a sluggish economy now for some twenty years. After the bubble economy of the 1980s burst in the early 1990s, it didn’t really manage to get its act together again. The country basically has trouble accepting and adjusting to a world that has changed dramatically during the past 2 decades. But when you look at Japan’s history you see that happening again and again, and the country eventually always manages to come out strong. So I see this as another important transition period. But it is a tough one for Japan’s youth.

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Mar 6, 2011 (2272 days ago)

Okay, i see what you mean… thank you very much for the information! Words of wisdom that I will take to heart…I think its good for me to be able to hear about this kind of thing. It really shows that moving to Japan isn’t going to be all roses and butterflies like you’d think. Its a very good reality check for me.

Etsune
Mar 6, 2011 (2272 days ago)

I love everything about this, it’s edgy, young,artsy. She pulls this off really well.

Yukishou
Mar 16, 2011 (2261 days ago)

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