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Tuesday November 15, 2011

Ayaka Maruyama

harajuku, tokyo
AUTUMN 2011, girls
Kjeld Duits

STUDENT, 17

Cap – SBY
Sweater – MARPLEQ
Sneakers – COCOLULU

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Ear Muffs – SBYJPY 1,000

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Wig – N/A – JPY 4,500 | Cap – SBYJPY 1,500

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Bag – SBYJPY 2000

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Sweater – MARPLEQJPY 2,000

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Sneakers – COCOLULUJPY 1,500

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Ring – cross side – JPY 100
Watch (green) – N/A – JPY 200 | Watch (yellow) – N/A – JPY 500

Twitter Name: @maruyamaaan

Facebook Name: 丸山綾香

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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mz ivory
Nov 15, 2011 (3155 days ago)

she reminds me of Minzy from 2ne1 I love her style, her nails are really amazing as well . Did she do them herself ?

Emma
Nov 15, 2011 (3155 days ago)

She reminds me of Minzy from 2ne1, I love the quirkiness of the outfit, her nails are really awesome too, did she do them herself ???

Emma
Nov 15, 2011 (3155 days ago)

@Emma: I forgot to ask, but I am almost certain they were done at a nail salon. They are everywhere in Japan.

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Nov 15, 2011 (3155 days ago)

The watches and nails are very pretty/cute! aside from that its a very generic look in Asia, especially in Japan, Korea and China, among girls. The interesting part is that the design of her sneakers somewhat match the design of the sweater-i find that to be fascinating _ and WOW she is 17?!?!? from first look, i though she would be 19 or 20.

btw is Ayaka open to add people on her fb?
p.s. keep up the good work, kjeld!!!! <3

compassafe
Nov 17, 2011 (3153 days ago)

@compassafe: Yes, the Shibuya look has become extremely popular all over Asia. We still thought it important to show on JS, though, so starting this week we decided to widen our coverage. Let us know if you like this, or if you prefer us to limit our coverage to Harajuku style fashion only.

Ayaka’s age surprised Anzu and me, too. We had believed her much older as well. And we’re shooting on the street all the time, so we’re used to guessing people’s age. She is clearly very aware of her own style. I also found her mentally older.

In response to your question about fb, we asked Ayaka if it’s OK to publish the links to her fb and twitter pages, so I was assuming she’s open to friend requests. But I am not sure after seeing that she doesn’t have an open fb page. I would just try it out and see what happens.

Thanks for the nice words, compassafe!

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Nov 17, 2011 (3153 days ago)

I want to steal the whole outfit! Her nails are so cool. <3
I love the splash of colors matching each other.
She looks like a strong woman. Cool n_n

Maria
Nov 17, 2011 (3153 days ago)

@Maria: Yes, she came across as a strong woman, but also as gentle and feminine, showing once again that those qualities are not mutually exclusive.

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Nov 17, 2011 (3153 days ago)

@KD I guess it is a good idea to cover the fashion sense away from Harajuku so JS can provide to the world what the real fashion style is like in Japan. But, I personally feel, the Shibuya looks nowadays can be seen not just in Japan anymore but even in Shanghai, Seoul and sometime on the street of NYC. However, the Harajuku style is one looks that cannot be seen in any other cities in the world! Rarely, you can see some Harajuku looks in NYC or Shanghai-even if spotted it is nothing avant-garde compared to the streets in Harajuku.
BTW I do enjoy Ayaka’s style-it is something what I occasionally wear (not as good as Ayaka). Though I was just surprised that JS have picked on this.
Hmmm maybe I’ll try to add her on fb and see what happens _

p.s. I hope you can understand what I was trying to convey about the focus on Harajuku. But then again, it’s always good to showcase other style =p

compassafe
Nov 17, 2011 (3153 days ago)

@compassafe: Thank you very much for your feedback. It is exactly because Shibuya style can be seen worldwide that we never really shot it. But I felt it was perhaps better to widen our net; also because people all over the world actually like this style a lot. I am very curious to see see how people take to it.

Good luck with Ayaka on fb. She was very nice and I’d imagine that she accepts your invite, although I’m not sure if she understand English.

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Nov 17, 2011 (3153 days ago)

Everything looks great but I don’t like her circle lenses, they look kinda creepy D:

shoeshine
Nov 20, 2011 (3150 days ago)

@shoeshine: Color lenses are incredibly popular in Japan. Good that you don’t like them, because they are very bad for your eyes.

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Nov 20, 2011 (3150 days ago)

@Kjeld: Yes, I know that they are popular and I don’t mind if someone wears them but in this case I just REALLY don’t like the colour, even though it fits the whole image. Oh well, maybe it’s because I prefer Japanese ppl with their natural eye colour… : ) However, I’m not totally against using circle lenses, I guess I’ll even buy a pair for myself : ) Oh, but that’s actually a little offtopic… sorry! :D

shoeshine
Nov 20, 2011 (3150 days ago)

@shoeshine: Be careful with using them. Japanese health authorities strongly recommend against using them. There have been a lot of reports here of damaged, and lost, eyesight because of low quality lenses.

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Nov 20, 2011 (3150 days ago)

Ah, sincere thank you for warning me then! : ) But I guess I won’t be able to buy high quality ones here in Poland. The ones in Polish online shops are very cheap and my interpretation of that fact is that they can be of poor quality. So I have to search for foreign shop with international shipping which sells manga-like/big lenses : ) Sorry for my bad English by the way! m( ._.)m

shoeshine
Nov 20, 2011 (3150 days ago)

@Shoeshine: The cheap ones have created a lot of health problems in Japan, but the supposedly better ones are not safe either. We reported on unsafe color lenses way back in 2008. I would stay away from them if your eyes matter to you. It is uncool to risk loosing your eyesight by trying to be cool. ^_-

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Nov 20, 2011 (3150 days ago)

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