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Wednesday September 15, 2010


harajuku, tokyo
SUMMER 2010,
Kjeld Duits


Long Cardigan (top) – dosa
Long Cardigan – American Apparel
Skirt – Y-3

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Long Cardigan (top) – dosa – JPY 10,000 | Long Cardigan – American Apparel – JPY 6,000 | Skirt – Y-3 – JPY 0


Hair – boy – N/A | Glasses – Marni – JPY 35,000 | Camisole – forever 21 – PY 1,000


Long Cardigan (top) – dosa – JPY 10,000 | Long Cardigan – American Apparel – JPY 6,000




Phone – N/A – N/A

Marie shot Matsuri last month.

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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)

I thought I recognized her :) Wonderful glasses, so chic. And her phone is still freakin’ cool, too.

Congrats, Matsuri, can’t wait to see what kind of shots you get :D

Sep 20, 2010 (4821 days ago)

@petitesam: Actually, I shot Matsuri previously, too. But this was long before we published the names of the people we shot, so it is almost impossible to find those photos again (among the 20,000 we have online).

Like you, I also can’t wait to see Maturi’s shots. We did some training today, and after that she practiced. I think she’ll be great.

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Sep 20, 2010 (4821 days ago)

Great shoots! Love her attitude, and also props to the photographer who could catch her essence in those shoots.
Possibly one of my fav on the site.

Sep 20, 2010 (4821 days ago)

Have I seen her before? Look is really cool. Smoking ain’t so cool.

Sep 20, 2010 (4821 days ago)

Wow she looks like a Hollywood glamour girl from the ’40s! She has such style! How exciting that we will get to see street fashion through her eyes too!

Sep 20, 2010 (4821 days ago)

Awesome! I can’t wait to see her photos! I wish her the best and I’ll give all my support! ;D

Sep 20, 2010 (4821 days ago)

@Alice: Thanks. Matsuri is really cool. Her attitude is great!

@Mel: I have shot Matsuri at least once previously, and Marie shot Matsuri last month.

Funny, I told Matsuri there would be at least one comment about smoking not being cool. ;-)

An ardent non-smoker myself, I carefully thought about whether I should show her smoking or not. I don’t want to make smoking look cool. But these are documentary photos, and Matsuri smokes, so I decided truth mattered more.

What do you think? Should I have asked her to drop the smokes, or are JS readers mature enough to know this is not a habit to emulate.

@2046: I love your description, Hollywood glamour girl from the ’40s. That’s exactly what I felt, too. I am intensely curious about the kind of photographs that Matsuri will shoot.

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Sep 20, 2010 (4821 days ago)

@Kjeld: A lot of people include smoking into their personal style, much like screen sirens of the ’40s. I think you did well by including it, it shows Matsuri as she is. I admit, I’m a smoker myself, but I’m sure most of JS readers know the risks of tobacco.

Sep 20, 2010 (4821 days ago)

@petitesam: Thanks. I find your comment intriguing. You feel many people take up smoking as a statement of style? I always had the impression that it had to do a lot with the basic human need to belong—eg. if the majority of your friends smoke, or the people you want to identify with, you will feel inclined to do so, too. Probably they both matter. I wonder which one has the greatest pull.

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Sep 20, 2010 (4821 days ago)

I recognized her instantly although I saw her in a blur, as I was half-asleep. Her posture, and pose are quite similar to her last picture. Although, she is dressed differently, she brings the same aura she did with her last outfit here. It’s great how persistent she is.

Sep 20, 2010 (4820 days ago)

@Lia: Same here. I see thousands of people every day, and over the years have also shot many thousands of people. So I don’t always recognize the people that I previously photographed. But with Matsuri that is no problem; she is deeply engraved onto my memory.

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Sep 21, 2010 (4820 days ago)

@Kjeld: Of course it would be me to comment on the smoking! Well she is doing no good for herself and is not giving off the best persona to someone like me by being photographed clearly as a smoker. I suppose it wouldn’t do much harm to anyone on here, but she’d be cooler without the ciggie. :)

Sep 21, 2010 (4820 days ago)

@Mel: Interestingly, yesterday an American friend and I talked about smoking in Japan. We were at an organic restaurant in Harajuku. The restaurant is almost completely set up for smokers, with just a tiny room for non-smokers (where we sat all by ourselves). She mentioned that it always shocks her friends from the US that smoking is allowed at an organic restaurant.

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Sep 21, 2010 (4820 days ago)

I agree with Mel! To me, the smoking makes it seem like she’s trying to hard….and to me, it’s a giant turn off.

Sep 23, 2010 (4818 days ago)

I’ve talked about it with a few of my Japanese friends here and they conquer that smoking has an image along with it (a cool image for most) One friend in particular who has quit smoking recently resents that his rock and roll image is less because he no longer has his cigs as his side kick. (his fav rock and rollers: rolling stones, bob dylan, all known smokers) BUT there is a wave of change taking place, the coralling (as I like to call it) of smokers into tiny rooms and boxes in public places is detracting from the image of cool. One friend mentioned a similarity to a freak show at a carnival, or animals on display at a zoo…and not many want to be portrayed that way!

Sep 23, 2010 (4817 days ago)

@Sierra: Yes, the very place where we look for cool people in Harajuku, on Omotesando, is actually a non-smoking area. Near one of the subway exits is a small smoking station where people are allowed to smoke. It does look like cattle has been corralled. Certainly very uncool.

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Sep 23, 2010 (4817 days ago)

Hehe she looks like a real character, I can just imagine her saying “Fabulous darling!” or whatever the Japanese equivelent of that phrase is xD

Sep 24, 2010 (4817 days ago)

@Anya: I will try to teach her to say Fabulous, darling with a heavy British accent. ^ _ –

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Sep 24, 2010 (4817 days ago)

she looks like she belongs in the show absolutely fabulous (ab fab), or in paris, sitting at a café, smoking and drinking an expresso.

Sep 24, 2010 (4817 days ago)

@Kjeld a small smoking station where people are allowed to smoke.

They were discussing this on the radio today how smoking has become unpopular, not only because of health risks, but also of stricter laws against tobacco use. Where I live, people are no longer allowed to smoke indoors, anywhere- let alone an organic restaurant! Certainly that affects the overall attitude towards cigarettes… Just food for thought :)

Oct 4, 2010 (4806 days ago)

@petitesam: Although I am not a great fan of smoking, it worries me that we move towards outlawing this vice. We know what happened when alcohol was outlawed in the US between 1920 and 1933 (Prohibition). It funded a dramatic growth of organized crime. Making the use of certain drugs illegal has also made many a criminal filthy rich and has raised violence to scary levels. I hope regulators aim to control usage, and don’t try to eradicate it (because they will surely create new bigger problems).

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Oct 4, 2010 (4806 days ago)

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