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Saturday June 30, 2012

Sena (Senanan)

setagaya, tokyo
Neo-Japanese
SUMMER 2012,
Kjeld Duits

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Shoes – Hawkins Sport

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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.

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Comment (日本語もOK)

Cool! Traditional japanese clothing mixed with modern style.
I always love to see these kinds of combinations! I think it’s sad you don’t see that more often..
Really lovely look!

Nyurah
Jul 7, 2012 (847 days ago)

@Nyurah: Are you familiar with Takuya Angel?

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Jul 7, 2012 (847 days ago)

Interesting mix, between plastic accessories and vintage findings. The kimono looks more like a yukatabira (but can we use this word, I’m not very familiar with traditional Japanese garment?), like a cheap one found in the boutique next door. The Japanese really have a talent to find some things that would look to us insignificant and wear them with a spectacular taste (pajama shirts, grandma’s stoles…). The stole (I guess it is one?) used as a belt and bowed on the front as a reminder of oiran obi also shows how Japan ancient culture still has some influence on the young generations. I wish it doesn’t disappear with the incursion of fast fashion in Japan. And… What a pretty face!

Valerie Fujita
Jul 8, 2012 (846 days ago)

Thank you, Valerie.

For those not familiar with the term oiran obi, Japanese prostitutes in days gone by wore their kimono so they could easily take it off, with the knot of the obi at the front instead of the back. In some cases merely a sash was used, like Senna did above. On this image from the MejiShowa site you can see an example:

I very much doubt that Senna is aware of this old custom, though…

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Jul 8, 2012 (846 days ago)

Young generations have heard about oiran through the manga Sakuran (2001), by Moyoko Anno, and the eponym film (2007) by Mika Ninagawa, starring Anna Tsuchiya (actress and singer), which most famous song from the soundtrack was “Gamble” composed and sung by Shiina Ringo. Shiina Ringo is certainly one of the most famous Japanese “pop” singers, and is appreciated also by people in the underground culture. Mika Ninagawa is a famous photographer, daughter of a well-known kabuki theatre set decorator (or something like that). All ingredients gathered to make a hit. She worked with Anna Tsuchiya from her debuts, worked on lolita fashion and with people from subculture (like Mame Yamada) and her work is shown in magazine like Fudge or SO-EN.

These teenagers and young people are Japanese, and therefore, influenced by Japanese pop culture and manga. And, we shouldn’t underestimate how Japanese pop culture is actually remarkably influenced by Japanese ancient cultures. I realized it with my long studies of Japanese underground cultures, and I’m still surprised every time I discover this strange mix between new and ancient.

Valerie Fujita
Jul 8, 2012 (846 days ago)

@Kjeld: No, not really, but I’ll google it, thanks

Nyurah
Jul 8, 2012 (845 days ago)

@Nyurah: Did you click on the link that I provided above to my article about Takuya Angel?

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Jul 8, 2012 (845 days ago)

@Valerie Fujita: Lots of young people may be familiar with the Sakuran (I liked the movie) or similar cultural references, but when I directly asked the people I photographed who were wearing obi or sashes tied in the front, none of them knew that this was done by prostitutes in days gone by. They might have seen images, or heard it mentioned, as it is part of their culture, but the people I asked were clearly not consciously aware of the roots. I can’t speak for all young Japanese, only for the people I asked. ^_-

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Jul 9, 2012 (845 days ago)

@ Kjeld

That’s right! Actually, it’s what I meant! It’s more like it became innate, although, it is actually acquired by culture. They see something they like, in a manga, or in a movie, something part of pop culture, which is heavily broadcasted, and then, they reproduce it (in my opinion, there is no original idea, we all take our inspiration from somewhere). But, where they take the inspiration is made by people with a little more of culture, some kind of leaders, and leaders are always a bit more literate that the followers. So, Senna may not be aware of where it comes from, nevertheless, it influenced her. And probably, it is because she’s Japanese that she wears the sash like that, and we, Europeans, would have never had the idea.

It’s like their cult for vintage. Although we also like vintage in Europe (I guess, probably especially in London), the way the Japanese see it, is a bit different, and that’s why their fashion, although arranged with vintage clothes from the Western world, looks so different. I like to read the background of everything, and when you understand it, the horizon becomes clearer. It’s like this fashion to wear a huge cross around the neck (shops like The Virgin Mary or Grimoire probably took a role in putting this accessory forward). Not a big cross which would be some type of jewel (like Madonna used to), but huge plastic or wooden ones. I think this is something really Japanese, although the symbol cannot be more European.

I liked the debate! We should have cup of tea sometime. ^^

Anyways, it’s nice to see your pictures; I can never really catch these people. And, I’m into my traditional phase right now. Plus, I like the people you snap; you have a good variety of them, and it’s never boredom.

Oh, by the way, it would be nice to have information about accessories. Have you thought to write some article about it? I would love to have some insightful comments. These fashionistas must have lots of good advices to give.

Valerie Fujita
Jul 9, 2012 (845 days ago)

@Valerie: Wow, long comment! LOL

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Jul 9, 2012 (845 days ago)

@Valerie: I will post three short ones, if you don’t mind; long comments break up the front pages… ^^

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Jul 9, 2012 (845 days ago)

@Valerie: Thank you for your nice words about my work, Valerie. Totally agree with the influence of Japanese culture—both traditional (kimono, yukata, shibori, ukiyoe, etc) and modern (manga, anime, music, etc)—on Japanese street fashion. Certainly, many people are barely aware of it themselves what they have been influenced by.

By the way, crosses and Christian symbols have been sold by Bunkaya Zakaten for at least two decades, long before the Virgin Mary or Grimoire existed. But shops like the Virgin Mary, Grimoire and Nadia have undoubtedly helped to increase their popularity. ^^

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Jul 9, 2012 (845 days ago)

@ Kjeld I would be happy to talk face to face about all of these influences. I wonder if Bunkaya Zakaten is not the shop you took me once to. It might be. I guess these crosses have been used for a while (through gothic culture for example in the 1990’s… I had a collection of photos showing old type of gothic lolitas with huge crosses). But, surely, their visible popularity amongst these young girls in dully or very light colors, dressed up in this mix of old and new, and vintage fashion has been help by the lovely ladies of The Virgin Mary and Grimoire.
Once again, thank you for your work!

Valerie Fujita
Jul 9, 2012 (844 days ago)

@Valerie Fujita & Kjeld: Thank you very much for your conversatiuon. Although I didn’t participate in it (I haven’t had the time to write lately…) it was a lot of pleasure to read it!
And yes, your work really offers a lot of variaty, thank you for that Kjeld!

Nyurah
Jul 10, 2012 (844 days ago)

@Valerie: Later this month I hope to be able to make some time. Let’s set it up then. ^^
@Nyurah: Glad you like it! We’ll have to do this more often. ^_-

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Jul 10, 2012 (844 days ago)

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