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Saturday August 14, 2010


harajuku, tokyo
SUMMER 2010, girls
Emi Kusano


Style: Gothic

Blouse – Anti Rosa
Dress – G2?
Shoes – Ashinaga Ojisan

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Dress – G2? – JPY 8,000


Blouse – Anti Rosa – JPY 1,000 | Necklace – monomania – JPY 500 | Necklace (red) – N/A – (present)


Hair – N/A – JPY 25,000


Hat – Commode – JPY 3,000


Arm Sleeves (for sun protection) – N/A – N/A


Bracelet – N/A – N/A


Shoes – Ashinaga Ojisan – JPY 1,500


Stockings – N/A – N/A | Bag – Miho Matsudaira – JPY 500

Emi Kusano About the Photographer

Emi Kusano spends most of her free time in Tokyo's trendy Harajuku. Both to hang out with friends and to shoot the latest trends. She also enjoys discovering small independent boutiques, vintage clothing shops and nicknack stores. Emi has just started as a photographer, but her work has already been published in Cosmopolitan.

Recent photos by Emi Kusano:

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Comment (日本語もOK)

I like this gothic style, is very simple, most of gothic fashion has many many accessories so this different casual style is really eyecatching. btw, her face is too cute, I bet she looks much much prettier in soft color clothes. :3

Aug 14, 2010 (4304 days ago)

@Maria: I like the simplicity, too. Kiiko’s style is very chic and fashionable, I think.

Kjeld Duits
Aug 14, 2010 (4304 days ago)

She is wearing really white make up, right? & Also I’m loving the latest colours palette. :)

Aug 15, 2010 (4304 days ago)

Wow she’s really pretty! I like her style!

Aug 15, 2010 (4304 days ago)

@Mel: I talked with Kiiko for a little while after Emi photographed her, and all of her skin was actually quite white. Please notice that’s she is using arm sleeves and a hat, and it wouldn’t surprise me if she usually uses a parasol, too. So she is extremely careful about protecting her skin from the sun, as many women in Japan are. Please see my recent comment on Japanese women and skin care.

Kjeld Duits
Aug 15, 2010 (4304 days ago)

@Kjeld: I don’t understand how she could be quite as white though, as is that girl on the link which you commented on. Aren’t Japanese woman naturally born with a medium skin tone? Come to think of it, I’ve seen some female Japanese celebrities with very white skin in comparison to alot of Japanese woman… I’m confused.

Aug 15, 2010 (4303 days ago)

@Mel: Probably the confusion results from the myth of the Japanese being homogeneous. They are not. There are many different kinds of skin colors in Japan, from very white all the way to quite dark. (The variation is of course not limited to skin color.) Over the past 35,000 years or so, people from all over Asia have drifted into Japan and naturally they all brought different genes.

WIkipedia has a very brief introduction to the Japanese Paleolithic. I have lifted two sentences for you from the page (emphasis by me):

Genetic analysis on today’s populations is not clear-cut and tends to indicate a fair amount of genetic intermixing between the earliest populations of Japan and later arrivals. It is estimated that 10 to 20% of the genetic capital of the Japanese population today derives from the aboriginal Paleolithic-Jōmon ancestry, with the remainder coming from later migrations from the continent, especially during the Yayoi.

Kjeld Duits
Aug 15, 2010 (4303 days ago)

I suppose so then Kjeld! I realise that the Japanese skin tone varies, but I’m just a bit shocked how the skin can vary to paler than my own (I’m English/Scottish)! I read somewhere that there is some racial (correct term?) abuse between ethnic groups in Japan descending from foreigners hundreds of years back. I think some of the Japanese descend from Mongolian people? I’m not entirely sure because I read this a while back.

Aug 15, 2010 (4303 days ago)

@Mel: Japanese can be a lot whiter than you and me! It is really hard to get rid of these age-old ideas about what races are supposed to look like…

There has been discrimination of various ethnic and social groups in Japan, the main ones being Ainu, Ryukyuans, Burakumin, Koreans and Chinese. Other groups who have experienced some discrimination are Brazilians, Filipinos and Taiwanese. Wikipedia has an article on this as well (please use it as a starting point, not as the last word).

Kjeld Duits
Aug 15, 2010 (4303 days ago)

She combined the elements of the style nicely. It’s simple, but still has elements of flash to it. Most importantly from my perspective… is that its very cohesive. Everything comes together into a nice look. Even the elements which would seem out of place from the traditional standpoint of the style. That to me set’s her apart from those that put together a more typical goth look.

Aug 20, 2010 (4298 days ago)

Beautiful =)

Aug 29, 2010 (4289 days ago)

Love everything about this oufit! :)

Jun 8, 2011 (4007 days ago)

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