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Thursday December 2, 2010


roppongi, tokyo
AUTUMN 2010,
Kjeld Duits



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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)

black and white is always sexy!

Dec 5, 2010 (4745 days ago)

What an incredibly slick look! I love the two colour tights, are they off-the-rack or self fashioned?

Dec 5, 2010 (4745 days ago)

I love black and white. The look is sooo cool and I loved her eyes and their makeup!

Isabel OPM.
Dec 5, 2010 (4745 days ago)

Now thats STYLE – she really knows how to dress to suit her looks.

Dec 5, 2010 (4745 days ago)

Sexy-chic Cruella Devil concept !
Really cool! I love this kind of really high ponytail hairstyle!
She looks like some VOGUE magazine’s worker, so high class~

Dec 5, 2010 (4745 days ago)

This very different from what we usually shoot, but I love Marijera’s style! Good to see that you do, too.

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Dec 5, 2010 (4745 days ago)

Wow, this is so cool! This look is very asymmetrical, if you think about it, because of the diagonal line in the white skirt and the different colored tights. She looks pretty awesome =) I’ve always loved black and white together.
And, out of curiosity, where was this picture taken?

Dec 5, 2010 (4744 days ago)

@Etsune: “She looks pretty awesome.” — Totally agree! I shot this at the basement of Tokyo Midtown in Roppongi. We were chased away by security twice, but eventually managed to get the shots. LOL

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Dec 6, 2010 (4744 days ago)

An interesting look, I really like the jacket !

Dec 6, 2010 (4744 days ago)

@Kjeld: Lol you were CHASED AWAY BY SECURITY?!? Haha, how come?

Dec 6, 2010 (4743 days ago)

@Etsune: You need to apply for permission to shoot photographs on privately owned real estate. It usually takes a few weeks to get. I didn’t bother. ^_-

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Dec 6, 2010 (4743 days ago)

@Kjeld You totally just gave me the most hilarious inner-montage of you running from cops set to “breakin’ the law” by Judas Priest. LOL!

Back to the photo: I’m totally not feelin’ the hair, but everything else is ace. WANT the vest. Saw a similar one online yesterday, just not plunking down the $ during the holidays. Family is way more important to spend money on than pretty fringey things.

Leah B.
Dec 7, 2010 (4743 days ago)

@Leah B.: Unfortunately, it was not that exciting. Five security people walked up to us. We moved away to another spot. They approached us again. We walked around the corner. It was all very laid-back. At least for us; the security people may have been fuming inside that we ignored them…

Interesting that you don’t feel the hair. I actually love this style. I was first wondering if it is maybe an Asian thing (you see this style a lot in Japan), but then realized it was extremely popular worldwide during the 60s. Do you see this style at all where you are?

I totally agree, family is far more important!

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Dec 7, 2010 (4743 days ago)

@Kjeld: Lol, that’s so funny! I’m sorry that it wasn’t very exciting for you guys though =PP
Was she nervous about the guards? And what could they have done had they caught you again? And of curiosity, if you have ever been in trouble, have you ever pulled a “foreigner who doesn’t speak Japanese” card?

Dec 7, 2010 (4742 days ago)

@Etsune: Not at all. Marijera is just as used to it as I am. When you shoot in public places in Japan, it is only a matter of time before someone in uniform shows up. If they had caught us again, we would have moved to another place once more. ^ _ –

Never need to pull a “foreigner who doesn’t speak Japanese” spiel, because the people are generally quite friendly and polite, even when they tell you not to do something. If they are not, I request to talk with their superior and they immediately start singing a different song. I did that a few years ago when I was just talking with friends and got an apology from the manager. The tough security guy suddenly transformed into a shivering twig.

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Dec 7, 2010 (4742 days ago)

@Kjeld: Really? Actually, that kind of makes sense. A few months ago, I read this book called Japan Ai about this American lady, Aimee Major Steinberger, who visited Japan, and she said that even in most stores she couldn’t take pictures without them asking her to put away any photo devices. This is so odd to me!
And wow, that is so funny! I think that a story like that is hilarious! I think that happens in most places, though. If you request some form of someone’s superior? hahaha…

Dec 7, 2010 (4742 days ago)

@Etsune: Yes, especially in Tokyo they are extremely strict about this. They worry about the competition. The whole concept of sharing information is still a bit difficult to grasp for many Japanese, and that is particularly true for Tokyo, originally a city of dour faced samurai. Osaka, founded as a city of fun-loving merchants, is a lot more relaxed about it.

Keeping information to yourself was so common in Japan in the old days, that until about 150 years ago, even laws were rarely published in Japan. People never knew exactly what laws applied to them. Can you imagine the stress that must give?

You still notice this in government. It can be at times—but thankfully not always—be extremely difficult to get information from government officials in Tokyo. Last year I tried to get information about a particular financial regulation for banks for a newspaper story.

I was sent from one agency to the other, each one saying it was the other’s responsibility and that they couldn’t give the information. I actually eventually ended up at the very agency I first started with; I had made a perfect circle through close to ten agencies and departments.

Never got anyone to tell me on record about the regulation even though Japanese banks give it as a reason to collect very private information about their clients. I did get someone to give me info off the record, though. That in itself was quite an accomplishment.

Incidentally, Japanese members of parliament have told me that even they at times can’t get the information they need from Japanese government agencies…

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Dec 7, 2010 (4742 days ago)

Kjeld: I do see the high ponytail from time to time, though styles in the US are definitely tilted more toward the 80’s side ponytail right now, as opposed to the 60’s high one. I don’t mind the style itself — it’s just so severe in this case. It looks like it’s straining at her hairline in an awkward way.

Leah B.
Dec 13, 2010 (4737 days ago)

@Leah B.: Ah interesting. I think that tight look is very popular in Japan.

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Dec 13, 2010 (4737 days ago)


Feb 23, 2011 (4664 days ago)

Amazing and oh so chic! I love this Monochromatic-Mod look she has going on. And the fringe suede jacket is ma-jor.

Dominique Antoinette
Feb 24, 2011 (4663 days ago)

Instead of tights had to choose leggings.
And the boots with a closed nose would look much cooler!
She chose a bag with metallic inserts to which would be nice to come leather bracelet …
Then she looks at 100%!

Mar 5, 2011 (4655 days ago)

@Aleksandr: I love your very detailed comment. Makes me think and imagine how different Marijera would look with your suggestions.

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Mar 5, 2011 (4655 days ago)

I just say what I think)
I hope I’m clearly lay out his idea, since I do not know English very well (((

Mar 5, 2011 (4654 days ago)

@Aleksandr: This comment was clear. There is one about central Russia that I didn’t quite get. Otherwise, your English is fine. ^^

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Mar 5, 2011 (4654 days ago)

This is one of my favorite outfits i have seen so far today :)
She looks very well dressed and very professional.
Love the colors <3

Jun 1, 2011 (4567 days ago)

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