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Wednesday November 10, 2010

Retrospective 2002

osaka, tokyo
Kjeld Duits

JAPANESE STREETS started on November 22, 2002. Exactly 8 years ago this month!

In advance of our birthday we take a jump back into history and look at some of the fashion trends we photographed during our first year in 2002 and 2003.

Some of these looks have stood the test of time, others would look totally out of place today.

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It is funny to look back at these old images.
I still worked alone and still had to find my voice.
My photographs therefore show a very eclectic selection of fashion.

In those days I didn’t yet have a digital camera,
so everything was shot on film and then scanned.
The scanner was cheap and an early one, that’s why the colors are often off.

But hey, JAPANESE STREETS was one of the first fashion blogs,
and the very first one to introduce Japanese street fashion.
The word fashion blog didn’t even exist yet.

























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)

Happy Birthday Japanese streets. I only started courting JS a year ago, I didn’t know you’d been around for so long. The pics are so diverse, they’re so real. I wish I was there with you back then when it was all new a fresh, lol. I love the flashbacks, thank you

Nov 10, 2010 (4467 days ago)

Nice coat , nice hat!!

stela alves
Nov 10, 2010 (4467 days ago)

OMG Kjeld is that a white girl I see? 0.o Yes, most of these images are 100% cringe worthy.

Nov 10, 2010 (4467 days ago)

I can’t believe you were originally shooting everything on film and then scanning, that’s a lot more work but the photos have always looked great! Styles have certainly changed over the years…

Nov 10, 2010 (4467 days ago)

I agree, its amazing how much the styles have changed, and even how many fashion subcultures have emerged that are popular now that didn’t even exist then.
I’m so happy to be a fan of Japanese Streets. You were the first web site I found that showed photos of Japanese kids on the street because of their interesting fashion. I have followed you guys since 2005 I believe! You guys are awesome..Can’t wait to see the future of this great site!

Lactose Intoler-Art
Nov 10, 2010 (4466 days ago)

Happy Birthday!!! And Congratulations!!!
Kjeld, you really set the bar with JS!
Thank you so much for your vision and hard work (film and scanning!?) to make it a reality!
And much continued success in the future!!!

Nov 10, 2010 (4466 days ago)

@ALL: Thank you so much. This has all been possible thanks to your support. It has been a lot of hard work, especially when I still shot all by myself and with film, but it has been worth it!

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Nov 10, 2010 (4466 days ago)

this is interesting!
Because even to me, an American girl who is definitely not completely up to date with Japanese fashion, some of this stuff appears dated!I do have to say, though, that there are some pieces in here that I see similar pieces out now that have the same sort of inspiration— (example, the fringe boots, the black high-heeled boots, the black skeleton printed skinny pants). so cool!

Nov 10, 2010 (4466 days ago)

By the way, to celebrate our birthday, we are giving away a coupon for 10% Off on top perfumes and skincare Products and another coupon for 20% Off on top quality jewelry. Both companies are very dependable and sell on eBay.

Get yourself a JS birthday present, or do some early Christmas shopping!

Hurry, because these coupons expire on November 14, in just three days.

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Nov 10, 2010 (4466 days ago)

@Etsune: It is amazing how fast things date, eh! It is only 8 years, but some of this fashion already seems from another age…

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Nov 10, 2010 (4466 days ago)

@Kjeld: Exactly. One good example:
When i was younger, the people on Disney Channel Shows dressed so differently. Back then, the way Lizzie McGuire dressed really cool, cute, and funky. But now, when I look at what she wore, I just can’t believe that it was ever cool.
SO basically, fashion with disney channel;
8(ish) years ago-
Big difference?
I think so.

Nov 10, 2010 (4466 days ago)

@Etsune: Funny, those photos. Just wait another 8 years and look at what you think is cool now. ^^ And 40 years from now, you’ll be going, OMG, they were so young! LOL

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Nov 10, 2010 (4466 days ago)

4o years?!
Hey now.
You better watch what you say!!
Anywho, I really do wonder what the world will be like in forty years? i think there might be flying cars. And not like everyone thinks. They would work like the hoverboards off of the book Uglies by Scott Westerfield. They would “fly” because they would have a magnetic tug and there would be metal in the ground. So cool! Hopefully.

Nov 11, 2010 (4466 days ago)

Happy Birthday JS! Love the retrospectives, makes you think how fast time goes by, and how past eras influence the fashions of today.

Thanks for everything you do; visiting the site always brightens my day :)

Nov 11, 2010 (4466 days ago)

Really interesting posts…Its amazing how era’s are always going to be outdated, including now. I think what’s great about now is that there seems to be more of a bigger range of selection, and what is accepted, but there is still styles and looks that are definitely “OUT.”

Kind of like the ganguro girl up there with the white eye shadow. GREAT shot, but YIKES! haha

Lactose Intoler-Art
Nov 11, 2010 (4465 days ago)

@Etsune: I find growing older fascinating. You get to see the grand scheme. The continuous change helps you understand what matters and what doesn’t. And there are always those surprise like flying cars. ^ _ –

@petitesam: Comments like yours brighten mine. ^^

@Lactose Intoler-Art: Very true. I am really curious which of the trends that I have documented in the past 8 years will become such accepted classics. Will Lolita be one, Dolly Kei?

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Nov 11, 2010 (4465 days ago)

You seriously have the best job in the world! Love all the samples in the pictures.

Nov 12, 2010 (4465 days ago)

@DC SHOES: Yes, I agree, I have a great job. Thanks for the kudos.

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Nov 12, 2010 (4464 days ago)

@Kjeld: To be honest, the idea of getting to see knew technology makes me more willing to grow up. What, exactly, were the “flying cars” of your generation?

Nov 13, 2010 (4463 days ago)

@Etsune: Real flying cars. ^^ Reruns of The Jetsons were really popular, and they used flying cars. And when Neil Armstrong made his first step on the moon, we were all pretty much convinced that space travel for the masses was just around the corner. That does seem to be finally happening soon now, though not as comprehensive as we then expected.

Actually, flying cars scare the heck out of me. Cars have totally destroyed many cities, as well as the countryside. Instead of creating cities for people, since WWII cities have been designed to make them convenient for cars. The social destruction it has wrought is enormous. The effect from real flying cars would be even worse. And then think of the noise, both oral and visual. Politicians ought to outlaw the sky for personal traffic before companies have invested large amounts of money and it becomes impossible to fight them.

But I’m going way off-topic again…

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Nov 13, 2010 (4463 days ago)

Kjeld I remember many of these shots when I first joined JS. I would anxiously await for you to upload more! I’d check the blog everyday :D It’s so natsukashi! :)

Nov 15, 2010 (4462 days ago)

@Sierra: Anxiously waiting, no kidding? I hope that there are still people like that! It is indeed natsukashi; I remember many of these people as if I shot them just last week.

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Nov 15, 2010 (4462 days ago)

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