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Wednesday November 16, 2011

Ryo Uchibori

shibuya, tokyo
AUTUMN 2011, guys
Kjeld Duits

STUDENT (FASHION), 19

Jacket – N/A
Shirt – FRED DAVID
Pants – N/A
Shoes – GARTER

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Shirt – FRED DAVIDJPY 6,500

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Shoes – GARTERJPY 13,000

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Hair – N/A – N/A

Twitter Name: @the_shonen

See all the people we photographed at the Bunka Fashion College Bunkasai 2011 (Culture Festival)

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.

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Comment (日本語もOK)

Oh You… I think I’m in love! AGAIN :) Mr. Duits this website (blog?) is really from outer space – literally! I’m just happy when I can see anywhere in the world people just having fun with the way they look, dress how they feel no matter what anyone else think or say :) Oh I wish so much people in my country would have more tolerance when somebody looks a bit different than everyone else on the street… :(

Monik
Nov 16, 2011 (2684 days ago)

@Monik: Thank you so much for your kind words, Monik. Sorry to hear that you don’t feel free to wear what you want to wear. Indian leader and philosopher Mohandas Gandhi once said, “Intolerance betrays want of faith in one’s cause.” This would mean that many people in your country are perhaps not very confident in their own style? You could become a leading light for the people around you by exploring your own style. Most people might not understand and accept it, but a few will and will feel inspired. But you must consider if you want to pay the cost of perhaps loosing the understanding and friendship of some people merely to feel free in your own style. ^^

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Nov 16, 2011 (2684 days ago)

Well, Mr. Duits – words not so kind as honest :) Oh, and I know the costs exactly, I know the intolerance and there are some brave people you can see on the streets in my country though, being themselves, inspiring, different and they always make my day :) That’s why, even if it causes loneliness (well, mostly) just because being yourself little different than everyone else you see around you – why quit?
It’s worth to face intolerance of many people even if you inspire just one: be free, be unique and feel good with yourself! :) Sometimes I think it’s a little bit like releasing beautiful bird from some cage or something? :)

Monik
Nov 16, 2011 (2684 days ago)

@Monik: Yes, beautifully summarized, “why quit?” – “It’s worth to face intolerance of many people even if you inspire just one.” It is truly like setting a bird free. A person I loved—a long time ago—once gave me a poem: “If you love a bird, set it free. If it loves you, too, it will come back to thee.”

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Nov 16, 2011 (2684 days ago)

I feel the same as Monik. Our country is rather intolerant when it comes to otherness. And it’s not only older conservative people. Even most of young folks would take you as a freak if you wore something like these people in Japan.
I love all the fun japanese boys are having with their style and clothing, and I would like to try to use some of their ideas on myself, but I think I wouldn’t stand all these contemptuous eyes on me on the street. I think wouldn’t feel too good in the crowd.
But who knows, maybe one they it will change… I strongly believe in it :)

Pozdrowienia, Monik :)

Adrian
Nov 16, 2011 (2684 days ago)

Pozdrowienia, Adrian & Monik: That is really sad to read. Unfortunately, I have never visited Poland yet and therefore have not had the chance to experience this conservative tendency for myself. Growing up in the Netherlands I was beat up several times because of the clothes and (occasionally) make-up (I am male) I was wearing, so I can sympathize with you. Possibly the best way to affect change is confront people with it, but it takes much courage and entails much risk. I wish you much strength, and courage!

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Nov 16, 2011 (2684 days ago)

I think that shirt is excelent. I don’t care if it is men's fashion. I want that shirt, I would wear it like any time I have some important event.
I love that bullet earring! -
I like his twitter nickname n_n’‘

Maria
Nov 16, 2011 (2684 days ago)

I love your blog! Just started following you.

Very very cool!! Also visit my new blog please, sweetie. Tell me what you think.

mimi
Nov 16, 2011 (2683 days ago)

At first I was going only to gush over this fashionable student but, fortunately, I’ve read through all of the comments- there’s so many Polish people here, it’s really nice surprise- pozdrawiam serdecznie! If I may add something- I think that style tolerance in Poland is getting better and better, of course you are still being watched by strangers but, in my opinion, these are rather curious glances, not hateful glares. Give it time and maybe someday we’ll be as broad-minded and free-spirited country as Japan is. I really believe in it.
Back to the green-haired guy. I recognized his shoes immiediately, I think these are one of the most original and creative boots I’ve ever seen! I really like the fact that he mixed the classic suit with something so extravagant. It really suits him and he doesn’t look disguised. He made a great impact on me and I’m looking forward to see more of his pictures in the future!

Lastly, please forgive me my bad English.

fatcatinthehat
Nov 16, 2011 (2683 days ago)

@fatcatinthehat: That is a very positive take on the situation in Poland and I am glad to hear it. Always good to know that things are improving. Hopefully, one of these days everyone can wear what they like without needing to worry about the “neighbors.”

The hair and the shoes really give a twist to the suit, don’t they? We have seen an increasing number of people who add small surprises to classic styles like this. I am really looking forward to seeing more of it. I will keep my eyes open for Ryo. He studies at Bunka Fashion College, which is just a seven minute walk from the JS office, so it seems we have to meet again. ^_-

Your English is perfect, by the way.

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Nov 16, 2011 (2683 days ago)

Good Morning everyone! :)
@Adrian – good to see you too ^^
@Mr. Duits – this poem is so true. How often we forget about this…
What to intolerance in Poland (or anywhere else), let me tell you a story: I’ve met a girl few days ago, she told me that she feels not enough courage to express herself because of that “eyes”. So i gave her link to this blog. Know what she told me? “Yes, you’re so right! I love this site, the style. It would be so wonderful to admire such fantastic and unique outfits on our streets. Maybe it’s time to start… from myself?” And in the end she added beautiful quote from Paulo Coelho: “When you say “yes” to others, make sure you are not saying “no” to yourself.” And that one matches so well to this topic…
@fatcatinthehat – it’s always good to be optimistic, but we will have to wait a long time before that dream will come true. Story above is just one, but seems quite many people yet hesitate to express themselves. Such a shame…

Monik
Nov 16, 2011 (2683 days ago)

@Monik: I love the Paulo Coelho quote. Thanks for sharing it and your experience with the girl whom you met a few days ago. It seems you have at least four people in Poland now who want to dress differently: you, your new friend, Adrian and fatcatinthehat. Maybe you should get together and start something… ^_-

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Nov 16, 2011 (2683 days ago)

In fact we are still very young country when it comes to opening to the wide world. It has only been about 20 year when we relased ourselves from comunism and broke through the Iron Curtain. Mentality hasn’t made great progress since then. Heck, we are still facing damn racism here…
Okay, I can understand older people, their conservativeness. I can’t blame them.
There’s more and more courage young people expressing themselves, like Monik said before, and that’s good. But when I see them on the street, I don’t feel like they are feeling fully confident among strangers.
The good news is thay things are changing. Very slowly, but changing :)

Adrian
Nov 16, 2011 (2683 days ago)

Wow, I’m positively surprised to see people from Poland here. I’m Polish too^^ I totally agree that we are intolerant country and it’s very sad. But it’s hard for single person to change that. And I don’t have enough self-confidence to change my style of dressing :(

I really like outfit of this boy.His shirt is gorgeous. And shoes … really strange but still I like it ^^

Shiroko
Nov 16, 2011 (2683 days ago)

@Shiroko, Adrian, Monik and fatcatinthehat: I am impressed that a photo of someone with green hair wearing unique shows has started off such an interesting conversation. I had no idea that Poland was such a conservative nation and I think that most Japanese will be surprised to learn that their society is experienced as so much more tolerant. I am quite surprised myself to see four people from Poland land on that page. Hope to see a lot more of you!

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Nov 16, 2011 (2683 days ago)

@Kjeld Duits: Haha, it’s like Polish people approve of Ryu’s style. But, seriously, this whole situation made me smile. Although the topic was rather sad, it’s always nice to talk to someone who shares your feelings:)
As for the green hair- it always amazes me how do they achieve such unusual colors, especially that their natural color is black. I can only imagine how much of a hair- bleacher it took to create it… Nonetheless, the effect is amazing!

fatcatinthehat
Nov 17, 2011 (2683 days ago)

Argh! It’s Ryo, not Ryu. Sorry for the mistake.

fatcatinthehat
Nov 17, 2011 (2683 days ago)

@fatcatinthehat: Yes, you are probably right. The reason for that would make for another interesting discussion! I agree with you about it being nice to talk with people who share your feelings. I think that’s even more important when you are seemingly surrounded by people who don’t, which is the situation in your case.

Regarding the hair, yes, lots of bleaching. My assistant Anzu has stopped dyeing her hair because it was destroying it. One of the first questions she often asks other people with dyed hair is how often they have bleached it.

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Nov 17, 2011 (2683 days ago)

Hello everyone! :)
@Mr.Duits – “that a photo of someone with green hair”… I think it’s not even the hair thing, more like that moment when we discovered each other because of sharing something we all have in common: a dream of a place where people would be more broadminded to otherness, where we could be ourselves, express ourselves whatever we like and so on… On that blog there are countless fantastic breathtaking outfits and it’s just somehow we’ve met each other thanks to Ryo, but that could be anyone else :)
And since I made my first comment on that blog, I really hope to experience much much more conversations like that and that priceless everyday feeling that after all – we are not so alone as we think! And that’s why I don’t feel that topic like a sad one at all. In the end “the sad stuff” are defeated by hope and optimism, so I would say that we have all reasons to celebrate after all! ^^

Monik
Nov 17, 2011 (2682 days ago)

@Monik: I love the tone of your last message, full of hope and optimism. Perhaps your _ dream of a place where people would be more broadminded to otherness_ has already come true. Right here at JAPANESE STREETS. It exists on the internet, but the people are all real: you, Shiroko, Adrian and fatcatinthehat, the people we photograph, and my assistant Anzu and me. Thank you for your beautiful words and the great conversation that was born on this page.

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Nov 17, 2011 (2682 days ago)

I have to say, it was first time I looked into comment section (before I was only viewing photos), I got interested in Monik’s first sentence, read the whole comment and found out about her intolerant country. I though to myselft: oh, it’s just like in my country, I wonder where she’s from? I followed the link on her name, and TA-DAM! I’m home :)
World is so small ^^
All the best, everybody. See you on the next pages of Japanese Streets! :)

Adrian
Nov 18, 2011 (2682 days ago)

:)
Well, I’m looking forward to experience countless conversations like that Mr.Duits. And indeed my hope and optimism is rising every day, all words and feelings I could share with you all are making me feel like I’m at home at last, or something. You know? :)
@Adrian: quite funny isn’t it? :) We’ve met so far away from our country, and what if you are my neighbour next door? Oh that would be a story! :) Not sure is it allowed here but when you already was on my website, you can find there my email address so maybe you would like to share some toughts apart from Mr.Duits blog too? :)
“See you on the next pages of Japanese Streets! :)” – oh you can be sure of that one! Since weeks I follow every shot from the streets, and I intend to do so till the end of the world, and even a day longer! ;)
See you all too :)

Monik
Nov 18, 2011 (2682 days ago)

Zero 7 “This World”
>>>
“This world is full of love
We still have hope”
Goodnight everyone ^^

Monik
Nov 18, 2011 (2682 days ago)

@Adrian: That’s amazing, how you followed up and learnt that Monik was from the same country as yourself.

@Monik: Yes, please feel free to connect with other JS readers. The whole idea of the comments is to create community spirit. Actually, one very loyal fan of JS who often comments has become a good friend of mine and during a recent visit of his to Japan he even came to a party at our office. You may find his comments under the name Lactose Intoler-Art. He is sitting in the far left in this photo next to my assistant Anzu:

Most of the other people I photographed on the streets (after which they became friends) and you may recognize some from photos on JS.

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Nov 18, 2011 (2682 days ago)

I like this photo. You look so nice and friendly :)

Shiroko
Nov 19, 2011 (2681 days ago)

@Shiroko: Thank you! (*^_^*)

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Nov 19, 2011 (2681 days ago)

Hello everyone! :)
I’ve had an amazing journey today: twelve hours in a car, admiring countryside… 400 kilometres :) The days are getting colder and colder, fog was almost all the time around me, and the sun didn’t appeared even once during the whole day…
It’s winter, and it’s close :) And yet people on their bikes were almost everywhere! So amazing, thanks to them I felt so warm :)
I LOVE winter, it’s so full of magic :) And suddenly I realized that most people hate winter! What else? Not only people outfits can make other people intolerant, it can be a season just as well :)
Back to the topic, @Shiroko is right, but personally I feel everyone on that picture that way: “nice and friendly” :) What else, the office itself looks so different from those I know: it’s somehow warm and seems more like home than office to me :)
That impression is of course yet bigger because of people inside that “office”: no ties, no white shirts, no business suits…
I wonder what the weather outside your window is currently, but inside seems to be wery warm :)

Monik
Nov 19, 2011 (2681 days ago)

@Monik: That sounds almost mystical; I love trips like that. In Japan you’d have to go into the mountains to experience similar. But fog in the mountains is awesome as you’re often slightly above it and it literally looks like a sea of clouds with mountains peeking through.

The photo was taken at a party and there is only one JS employee besides myself. Most of them are people I photographed on the street who have become friends, so there are definitely no white shirts and business suits. ^_- Thanks for saying that everybody looks “nice and friendly.” They all are. ^^

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Nov 19, 2011 (2681 days ago)

I do love this look, you look cute and sexy (to me anyway .) But the shoes I’ve never seen before. Just wanted to tell you I think you look good. :3

Janie
Dec 20, 2011 (2650 days ago)

@Janie: I am sure that your words will make Ryo very happy. Few of the people we shoot leave comments, but they all read them. ^^

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Dec 20, 2011 (2650 days ago)

The shoes are amazing.I cant find the company on the web for some reason.

Chris
Apr 18, 2012 (2530 days ago)

@Chris: If I recall correctly, GARTER is Ryo’s own brand. I believe he made these shoes himself.

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Apr 18, 2012 (2530 days ago)

I love that photo of the group! Everyone was having a good time ^^ Men (beside KD&Lactose Intoler-Art) are the only ones I can’t recognize…

Maria
Apr 18, 2012 (2530 days ago)

@Maria: Clockwise: Lactose Intoler-Art, Anzu, Leyla, Kumamiki, Kazuya, Matsuri, Gon, me and Naoto

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Apr 18, 2012 (2530 days ago)

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