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Wednesday October 27, 2010


harajuku, tokyo
AUTUMN 2010,
Kjeld Duits


T-Shirt – N/A
Dress – El Rodeo
Sneakers – Nike

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Dress – El Rodeo – JPY 3,000


T-Shirt – N/A – JPY 3,000 | Wig – N/A – JPY 6,000


Wig – N/A – JPY 6,000


Necklace (legs) – N/A – JPY 2,000 | Necklace (head) – N/A – JPY 3,000


Accessories – N/A – N/A


Socks – Tutu Anna – JPY 300 | Sneakers – Nike – JPY 6,000


Phone – DoCoMo – N/A

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)

Just oh my God.

Oct 27, 2010 (4786 days ago)

Cool! Natsumi, where are you heading to?

Oct 27, 2010 (4786 days ago)

Just precious! She’s so beautiful, and pulls off the contacts and eyelashes well. And I love her dress, but I love the googlie eyes on her phone even more :) (That might have been my first time ever spelling the word “googlie”)

Oct 27, 2010 (4786 days ago)

Mel, nonsibi, Laureliz: Colorful fashion like this has become a bit rare compared with say, 7 or 8 years ago, or the late 1990s. I still like it. I think I have photographed eyes on cellphones before, but these are probably the largest ones I have seen so far.

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Oct 27, 2010 (4786 days ago)

Very cute!
This isn’t something that I’d wear in any circumstances, but she pulls it off =)

Oct 27, 2010 (4786 days ago)

I like all of her bright colorful accessories. The eyes on the phone are cute, too…I like the lamb or sheep little plushie she has there, it’s so cute. I would like this alot better on her if it weren’t for the topknot thingy on her wig, though…aside from that it’s a cute little outfit!

Oct 27, 2010 (4786 days ago)

@code_name_kohaku: The top knot is very Asian, with a history that goes back 1,000s of years. It took some getting used to for me, but I now really like it. Especially because it is so Asian, and has this long history stretching back hundreds of generations.

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Oct 27, 2010 (4785 days ago)

She looks like a beautiful toy.

Oct 28, 2010 (4785 days ago)

She is like a fizzy soda that makes you smile when you drink it; totally effervescent!

Oct 28, 2010 (4785 days ago)

@Kjeld..I agree! I think Lolita will stay but come in waves and different forms…But this type of style also reminds me of the old 1990’s FRUiTS, and especially since like 2009 or so I’d say this type of style was almost extinct…But to me it seems like a few people are trying to bring back the roots of what some of Harajuku fashion was originally about. Its definitely not my favorite, but one great thing about Japanese fashion is the diversity in it, and that people can truly be expressive creatively through what they are wearing.

I think this girl however, is totally rocking this style.

Lactose Intoler-Art
Oct 29, 2010 (4784 days ago)

@Lactose Intoler-Art: Yes, you are right, it is very much like what Shoichi Aoki documented in FRUITS magazine during the 90s. Once in a while you still see some people wearing it. I rarely approach them because it feels a bit passé. But Natsumi is indeed really rocking this style, so I had to shoot her!

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Oct 29, 2010 (4784 days ago)

@2046: I love the colorful comparison =)

Oct 29, 2010 (4783 days ago)

I like the cuteness without going into ganguro territory.

Oct 30, 2010 (4783 days ago)

Sugar and spice and everything nice ^^

Nov 4, 2010 (4778 days ago)

Ohh! I thought this kind of fashion in such an extreme way was dead and buried, it makes me really happy to see it back!

(The only thing that makes me a little confused is that she doesn´t show much skin)

Nov 5, 2010 (4776 days ago)

@Julia: Traditionally, Japanese women show little skin. It has been changing a bit the past few years, though. Still, many Japanese women don’t feel comfortable with it.

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Nov 5, 2010 (4776 days ago)

Thank you for answering!. But, what I meant is that usually the people that follow this trend are all about being wild and sexy, or that is how I understood it. (Had to do research for school a couple of months ago :B)

Nov 7, 2010 (4775 days ago)

@Julia: No not really. Wild and sexy doesn’t come into play at all with this kind of fashion. I think that perhaps you are confusing this style with one of the fashion trends originating from Shibuya, the area next-door to Harajuku.

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Nov 7, 2010 (4775 days ago)

I’ve been stalking that kind of shoes at amazon for months…they are not very cheap :/

Dec 17, 2010 (4735 days ago)

@Maria: Natsumi paid about 71 dollars, but perhaps she got some kind of a deal. Shoes tend to be quite cheap in Japan, though. I am always shocked by the prices of shoes when I go shopping abroad.

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Dec 17, 2010 (4735 days ago)

i want to see more of fashion like this, this colorful one, it’s really sad that you said it’s rare now because that’s the reason i fell inlove in the japanese street fashion, where i can find me?

Oct 21, 2011 (4427 days ago)

@shani: This particular style may be fading, but Harajuku still spawns cool new ideas. ^^

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Oct 21, 2011 (4427 days ago)

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