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Monday September 6, 2010


minami horie, osaka
SUMMER 2010,
Kjeld Duits


T-Shirt – BEAMS
Pants – Happy John
Boots – United Arrows

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Pants – Happy John – JPY 3,000


Vest – SIEVERSJPY 500 | T-Shirt – BEAMSJPY 6,000


Hair – N/A – JPY 0 | Glasses – Bounty Hunter – JPY 16,000


Boots – United Arrows – JPY 30,000 | Socks – N/A – JPY 2,000


Necklace – N/A – N/A


Watch – GUCCIJPY 150,000




Phone – iPhone – JPY 60,000

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.

Recent photos by Kjeld Duits:

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Comment (日本語もOK)

Akio, I hope your wrist is not allergic to that expensive Gucci watch. Ganbatte!

non sibi
Sep 7, 2010 (4768 days ago)

@non sibi: in US dollars is 1,792.500
Thanks to JS I really want some glasses like that, maybe a collection and I’m thinking of going to some jewelry and make a coin collar xD

Sep 7, 2010 (4768 days ago)

@non sibi. Akio is a hairstylist. Japanese hairstylists are usually not allowed to use gloves when they handle the chemicals for dyeing, etc. The belief is that it would feel uncomfortable to their customers. The very sad result is terrible skin irritation on the hands of the majority of Japanese hairstylists. Such as you can see on these images. The damage to their health is enormous; I think it is a crime to force hairstylists not to wear gloves!

@Maria: Akio did indeed spent quite a lot of money. Hope you can get the things you want a bit cheaper!

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Sep 7, 2010 (4768 days ago)

@Kjeld Duits: That’s just plain evil. Is there nothing that could be done? I wonder what if the customers would join forces and (politely) ask for a change? But since it’s Japan, this will probably never happen. :(

Sep 8, 2010 (4768 days ago)

@gionbaby: It always bothers me, too. But perhaps the hairstylists are right and the customers do really hate those plastic gloves. Japanese customers can be extremely demanding at times… That’s why the service in Japan is usually outstanding.

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Sep 8, 2010 (4768 days ago)

The hairstylist thing IS terrible, I mean they’re dealing with intense chemicals I’m sure. Either way, his style is really great, and one thing I definitely noticed was his hair.

Lactose Intoler-Art
Sep 8, 2010 (4768 days ago)

@Lactose Intoler-Art: Absolutely, I am sure the chemicals corrupt more than the skin. And his hair IS great, isn’t it!

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Sep 8, 2010 (4767 days ago)

That’s so not nice :/ I mean, I’m there are persons who doesn’t care if the hairstylist wear the gloves… my mom dyes her hair and she always tell the person doing the dye to wear gloves, she is scared of people to get their skin stained :/
They should just ask, if the costumer doesn’t like the plastic well, then they have to sacrifice but if it doesn’t matter is better to protect

Sep 8, 2010 (4767 days ago)

@Maria: Unfortunately, it is not that simple. Asking questions in Japan can create very tricky situations. Most people in Japan believe that the best customer service is to anticipate the customer’s needs. The average customer likes to put herself into the hands of the service provider and depend on her. This culture of dependence is amae, probably the most important concept to understand in Japanese human relations.

When you ask, you show that you are unable to anticipate the customer’s needs. The customer can’t safely put herself into your hands. Strike 1.

Another aspect of Japanese culture is that you don’t inconvenience others.

By asking if gloves should or should not be used, the customer may anticipate the hairstylist’s needs and say yes to something she doesn’t really want to say yes to, because she doesn’t want to inconvenience the other. Strike 2.

The chance is that the customer will not complain, but also won’t return…

Relations between people are always a careful dance in all cultures. We are often in tune with the dance in our own culture, and don’t notice the rules we follow. But if a culture differs greatly from our own, it often seems so intricate and involved that it can feel as if that dance is more like a ballet performance! I think this may be such a case.

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Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Sep 9, 2010 (4767 days ago)

I love the pants, especially with his vest. The nerdy glasses and boots give it a perfect level of casualness. I would totally let him to my hair— and with gloves! :D

Sep 9, 2010 (4767 days ago)

@petitesam: The gloves, that is very nice of you!

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Sep 9, 2010 (4766 days ago)

@KD: I know what you mean, and you are right u_u

Sep 11, 2010 (4765 days ago)

@Kjeld Duits: Oh, I thought it’s like a “third party” who demands the wearing of gloves. So that it’s neither the customers’ request nor the hairstylists’ idea. I misunderstood the whole thing, hence my reaction. If it’s the customers’ unexpressed desire in Japan, then not much can be done, I’m afraid…

Sep 14, 2010 (4762 days ago)

@gionbaby: You said it well: “the customers’ unexpressed desire.” Unexpressed desires are the most difficult to deal with…

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Sep 14, 2010 (4761 days ago)

These kind of pants, what are they called?

Feb 13, 2011 (4610 days ago)

@Choko-Roko: Good question. They look a little like harem pants, don’t you think?

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Feb 13, 2011 (4610 days ago)

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