Feb 19 2014: One of Tokyo’s most important fashion exhibitions, rooms, is taking place again this week. We pick up some of the most interesting brands and introduce each one individually



Feb 19 2014: One of Tokyo’s most important fashion exhibitions, rooms, is taking place again this week. We pick up some of the most interesting brands and introduce each one individually

appletoad: Cute model, I really love her hair too (^^)


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Feb 19 2014: One of Tokyo’s most important fashion exhibitions, rooms, is taking place again this week

Kjeld Duits: @Ms. Jody: Yes, very tiring, but lots of fun. ^^
Ms. Jody: The photos showing all the stalls reminds me of when I was a buyer for a clothing store and would hit Vegas twice a year for trade show called Magic. It was huge—it took up all of the Las Vegas convention center and part of the Sands hotel. Exhausting but fun. I’d do it again in heart beat if given the opportunity.


Tokyo's Club Scene under Threat

Feb 12 2014: Tokyo’s club scene is under threat from an outdated law created to fight prostitution

Kjeld Duits: @Dariale: Thanks for the detailed comment. Your summary is right on the mark. For centuries, Japanese matsuri used to play the role of the temporary space where the usual rules were suspended. Actually, many of Japan’s uprisings started during a matsuri. But for young urban Japanese matsuri are mostly irrelevant, and too far in between. Will do my best to widen the scope of articles on JAPANESE STREETS to include more stories like this one. ^^
Dariale: Gorgeous documentary… I really enjoyed how it portrayed the issue which is pretty complicated, and being aware of how rigid is the social structure and morals in Japan, I never realized the social importance of clubs. So at the end of the day – or in this case, night – clubs become the space where you can free yourself of the stiffness of daily life.. it´s like Hegel wrote about carnivals, is this place where the exception happens, the rules get lost. So if you want order, you need a momentaneous space to get rid of it, break them and allow people to throw off the frustration of daily life. When dancing becomes that release, it becomes wonderful to fight for that moment. I´m not much of a dancer but love to see how people is moving to reclaim that space. And at the end, is great how it shows the fact that if goverment doesn´t change, people will find a way to keep on dancing. (Love to read this kind of stuff here in Fashion Japan, cheers from Mexico) :)
Ms. Jody: I think it’s because dancing is never just dancing. It’s steeped in cultural significance and that resonates in the shared world consciousness. It invokes emotions, translates ideas, and can be used to bring people together or divide them. It causes a very primal response and that’s why dancing (and music too) has been viewed as something that needs to be controlled.

No Dancing

21st Harajuku Fashion Walk

Jan 27 2014: This year’s very first Harajuku Fashion Walk!

Erik Emanuelli: It is in Harajuku that the influential Laforet fashion mall was founded and Fruits began, and it is still a creative center, with a focus on daring and fun. Love how japanese people express their personalities trough fashion. I believe Tokyo is the place in the world where new fashion trends are created. Thanks for the share, great pictures!
Kjeld Duits: @Kisa: She is a single mother dating Shin.
Kisa: Who are those persons that are wearing mostly black, and one has a bit blue in their hair and they have two kids?


Japanese Company Turns Font Types into Glasses

Jan 24 2014: A Japanese company has designed glasses based on famous fonts

Kjeld Duits: @Emma: Glad you like them, Emma. I am a glasses person myself and these designs inspire me. I hope they lead to more exciting designs (at affordable prices).
Emma: Gah! These are so cool! I’d love a pair of the clear frames. It’s hard to find glasses that are simple yet sleek; most are covered with logos, ick.

Glasses from Japan inspired by fond types

Bunka Fashion College Fashion Contest

Jan 22 2014: Today, the venerable Bunka Fashion College Fashion Contest took place. JAPANESE STREETS was there to photograph the winners

Kjeld Duits: @fatcatinthehat: I would buy that. ^^
fatcatinthehat: That glowing backpack by Naotoshi Seki stole my heart. Awesome design!
appletoad: Wow, some of those are pretty wild!


The dark avant-gardist romanticism of alice auaa

Jan 15 2014: JAPANESE STREETS interviews designer Yasutaka Funakoshi of alice auaa, one of Japan’s coolest underground fashion brands

Kjeld Duits: @Julia: She is one of Funakashi’s most important assistants. I actually don’t know if she has twitter…
Julia: who’s the girl with the big black hair? she wouldn’t happen to have twitter or something similar? super cool anyway.
Kjeld Duits: @Karol: Glad you like Funakoshi’s style, Karol!

Yasutaka Funakoshi of alice auaa
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