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Friday October 5, 2012

Narumi Meguro

harajuku, tokyo
AUTUMN 2012,
Kjeld Duits


Blouse – N/A
Skirt – N/A (SPINNS)

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Hair – Valentine (Harajuku) – JPY 20,000


Necklace (Pentacle) – N/A (Bubbles) – JPY 1,500 | Detail of Blouse – N/A – JPY 3,000


Necklace (Pentacle) – N/A (Bubbles) – JPY 1,500 | Necklace (Crucifix) – (church) – (present)
Backpack – N/A (bought at SPINNS) – JPY 2,500


Skirt – N/A (bought at SPINNS) – JPY 2,000


Boots – TOKYO BOPPERJPY 30,000


Choker – (self) – JPY 1,000 | Blouse – N/A – JPY 3,000 | Skirt – N/A (bought at SPINNS) – JPY 2,000

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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 see a lot of Juria in this girl! Not just in this shoot, but in the other one of her too. I know some people seemed upset about it, but I don’t think it’s only the clothes themselves, but the details as well. The necklaces/choker, the brand clothes, the makeup, the hairstyle… I know there are plenty of more people dressing this way and it might be a coincidence, but I just thought about it for a bit. She looks lovely though, a real cutie! And I love this style, so I’m not saying it in a negative way ^^

Oct 5, 2012 (3714 days ago)

nice colors of hair and skirt!

Oct 5, 2012 (3714 days ago)

@Jenni: Thank you for describing it in a positive, balanced and non-judgemental manner. ^^ Juria and Narumi do indeed have a lot in common. Why some people then right away assume that she must be copying Juria is beyond me. By the way, the store in the background is the NADIA FLORES EN EL CORAZON store in Harajuku (blog). A lot of girls into this look shop here. Hirari Ikeda used to work here. She now works at Dog.

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Oct 5, 2012 (3714 days ago)

I like this style much more than the last one. She looks prettier with her natural lips colour ^^
With the last style I thought: Very cool, but now I think: So pretty~ So pretty~ So pretty~ <3

Oct 6, 2012 (3714 days ago)

@Maria: Yes, Narumi is indeed very pretty. BTW, she has a spectacular black ring below her upper lip which I always forget to photograph…

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Oct 6, 2012 (3714 days ago)

Because she isn`t very pale the white color is popping out in contrast to her skin. I like that. I really like her hair, it looks as if she has alot. I like full scalp. I think here she reminds me more of Juria but I still don`t think she is copying. It `s like on my university, when there is a girl wearing the same h&m skirt like me, she isn`t copying it`s just that she is shopping there too. And I mean h&m is selling mass wear…. Nobody in europe (beyond an age of 17) would say wearing the same pieces MUST be copying. You know what I mean?

Oct 6, 2012 (3714 days ago)

@Nora: Good comparison, Nora. I wonder if people say this perhaps because this style is new to them and they have mainly seen photos of Juria wearing it?

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Oct 6, 2012 (3714 days ago)

I love harajuku fashion, I love this kind of style but in my opiniom she really wants to be like Juria.. I saw a lot of girls dressing that way but they’re all look different than the others even wearing clothes from the same brands. This Naru’s coordination is very similar to Juria’s one – the same boots, the same stockings, hairstyle, make-up, accesories.. And I saw more outfits of Naru, not only last pictures in this site.

Oct 6, 2012 (3714 days ago)

I don’t think she’s copying Juria at all. And even if she were inspired by Juria (which I don’t think she is), everybody gets fashion inspiration from other people.

Oct 6, 2012 (3714 days ago)

Personally l don’t think that Narumi is copying Julia…maybe they do look alike, but l get the different view of them. And like the photographer mentioned: first its just a new style, second we don’t know who started to dress up and pose like that first, which means if Narumi would have been the first to show up here not Julia, then now people would be saying that Julia is copying Narumi…ether way l don’t care…if l find a person who would be dressing the same way as me, l only would be happy than mad, because its nice to find people who like similar things ^ ^

Oct 6, 2012 (3713 days ago)

wow, so sorry for making a mistake in a name. Its as everyone knows here Juria, not Julia’‘’

Oct 6, 2012 (3713 days ago)

@Simone & Samantha: Thank you. I also think their styles are sufficiently dissimilar. I was wondering too if people would have said the opposite if they would have seen photos of Narumi before seeing images of Juria. Few seem to consider the possibility of both of them being inspired by similar third sources. ^_-

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Oct 6, 2012 (3713 days ago)

@Simone: Actually, either Juria or Julia is OK. Juria herself originally asked me to use Julia and she still often tells me that either one is fine. But I found that many of Juria’s fans insist on it being Juria. Perhaps it feels more exotic and Japanese? At least one person wrote me a scathing e-mail for using Julia. So in order not to confuse people, I switched to Juria.

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Oct 6, 2012 (3713 days ago)

Narumi is adorable, yet again! I’d love to look at her closet and have fun swapping clothing advice with her.

I understand where the parallels are, but let’s keep these comments relevant to the outfits at hand and praising Narumi, okay? It’s not fair to her to continue discussing Juria again and again, even with different outfits and posts. Let’s please be fair and courteous.

Oct 8, 2012 (3712 days ago)

@MaliceInWonderland: Thank you.

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Oct 8, 2012 (3711 days ago)

Well tbh, she does take a majority of her fashion inspiration from Juria. If you look at Juria’s blog and navigate to her photos during April this year, Juria used to wear this style. It was just so long ago that this girl wasn’t able to buy all the items that Juria bought because they probably would have sold out by now. So, instead she just ended up buying something similar… and the things that are still in stock i.e. the tokyo boppers, she bought.

Not saying that her copying Juria’s style is awful/dreadful or whatever, I just want to stress the point that she most likely IS. I just don’t really understand why people say she isn’t..
Although I don’t really agree with the Nadia thing, I have to admit it’s a great look anyhow. (You also might as well say people who buy from Nadia dress like the people who read Zipper magazine)..

It only feels like Juria started the trend cause of all the recognition she gets because of her style. stated months ago that Juria was a “rising Harajuku star” and now she is. This is most likely because she has a unique, interesting sense of style. Therefore, she stands out because most people haven’t seen this way of dress before… so I suppose you can say that Juria is the root of this style and people decided to look to her for ideas.

But this girl just doesn’t seem like she’s taking ideas and altering it to make it her own. Ideas should be an amalgamate of several things. All I can see is just parallel everything.. Her hair, her accessories, her style..

Just critiquing.

Nakamura Tai
Oct 19, 2012 (3701 days ago)

I really like how her darker skin tone goes well with the white and purple. Nice contrast. and nice exotic look. I love theese shots.

Dec 28, 2012 (3631 days ago)

so much symbolism in her necklaces… it’s so contrasting. i wonder if she meant it?

Mar 16, 2014 (3188 days ago)

@Alexandra: Those are just accessories to Narumi. ^_-

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Mar 16, 2014 (3187 days ago)

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