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Friday June 18, 2010

Kayako Sato

amerika mura, osaka
SUMMER 2010,
Kjeld Duits


Hat – Mossey
Dress – Mossey
Sandals – N/A

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Dress – Mossey – JPY 7,000


Hair – Kaino (Osaka) – JPY 6,000


Hat – Mossey – JPY 5,000


Sandals – N/A – JPY 6,000


Necklace – Justin Davies – JPY 90,000


Tattoos (all of them, on other parts of the body, too) – Haida – JPY 300,000


Tongue Piercings – N/A – JPY 25,000


Tattoos (all of them, on other parts of the body, too) – Haida – JPY 300,000


Crown Earring – Justin Davies – JPY 35,000 | Other Earrings – N/A – JPY 30,000



Skull Ring – Justin Davies – JPY 35,000 | Other Rings – N/A – JPY 10,000

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)

She’s so skinny! I could use her legs as chop sticks. She pulls off the blonde hair nicely, she could almost not look Japanese, but at the same time is distinctly Japanese. I wonder if that makes sense to you?

Jun 18, 2010 (4917 days ago)

@Mel: In other words, she mixes the best of both worlds.

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Jun 18, 2010 (4917 days ago)

Love the Twiggy-esque eyelashes, and her hat.

Jun 18, 2010 (4916 days ago)

Everything about her style is cool, from the hat to the very nice strappy sandals, and those amazing piercings. The only thing that left me wondering is her eyebrows. They suit her nicely but I cannot tell whether they are drawn on her face, or they are dyed so fair that it’s hard to tell they are there.

Jun 19, 2010 (4916 days ago)

Yeah, I guess so, Kjeld. From the view of the camera, her clothes simply look trendy yet plain, but the little bits and pieces that you see when zoomed in (such as the piercings)are a surprising touch.

Jun 19, 2010 (4916 days ago)

@petitesam: Yes, I also thought the hat was beautiful. Great design and a unique color.

@Lia: I believe the eyebrows are shaved off, and then Kayako uses make-up to draw “new ones.” Shaving eyebrows is not unusual here.

@Mel: I completely agree with you. If you just look at her superficially it doesn’t seem so special. But when you pay attention to the details, you realize there’s lots that’s very special. Especially the tattoos, the pierced tongue and the rings were not apparent as first. I am glad I approached Kayako. And grateful for her very patient friend who waited while I shot each detail and took down the data.

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Jun 19, 2010 (4916 days ago)

she’s beautiful and her peircings are pretty rad. :)

Yah Rah
Jun 20, 2010 (4915 days ago)

@Yah Rah: I agree. Rad is the word!

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Jun 20, 2010 (4915 days ago)

she has surface piercing scars! she looks like she’d fit right in with the 1970s punk crowd with a little bit of an airy touch.

Jun 20, 2010 (4915 days ago)

I Love that Look!

Greats from Germany!

Jun 22, 2010 (4912 days ago)

EVERYTHING shes wearning is freakin adorable <3
I love her industials too…along with that tattoo she has on her chest.

vanessa norrell
Jun 24, 2010 (4911 days ago)

She is a little bit skinny, but then again that’s not totally uncommon with it comes to Asians.

I do like her complexion. The white shirt matches perfectly with her complexion.

Jun 25, 2010 (4910 days ago)

@precilla: She is skinny, but I think it is her build. I could never become that thin, even if I tried.

Isn’t it interesting, though, how thin is seen more and more as an Asian thing?

It wasn’t always that way. During WWII, many US army recruits had to be rejected because they were undernourished or too thin. I have lived in Japan for most of my life, and every time I visit a Western country, I am always amazed about how much bigger the average person seems to have become since my previous visit.

Sadly, obesity is also starting to become a problem here…

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Jun 25, 2010 (4910 days ago)

@Kjeld Duits: In the past having some curves ment that you were healthy..sadly being skinny is popular now. It’s kind of a standard image people must have when their a singer or a movie star. And automaticly the youth picked it up because they want to look like their idol.
it’s funny because if you saw a western girl that thin you would think “oke..defiantly anorexia” but when you look at an Asian you think…Asian.

Jun 25, 2010 (4910 days ago)

@precilla: So true. People always want what they don’t have. In times when food is a luxury for many, curves are a sure sign of prosperity.

Thankfully, I have never felt that pressure to be like certain idols. Do you feel that pressure? And if so, how do you deal with it?

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Jun 25, 2010 (4910 days ago)

@Kjeld Duits: Luckily I don’t feel any pressure to be like a certain idol. When I was 15 I deed wanted to be like someone, but I grown out of it. But now I see teens wearing heavy make-up and dressing really inappropriate. It’s all because of the media.

Jun 26, 2010 (4909 days ago)

@precilla: Glad to hear that you don’t feel that kind of pressure.

Your comment made my thoughts wander. When I watch programs reality programs like Pop Idol / American Idol (a search reveals that it has spinoffs in 42 territories!), I am always amazed by the huge number of people who want to be famous.

In so many countries, people are now obsessed with fame and celebrity. Either wanting to be famous, or wanting to know everything about certain idols or celebrities.

For these people, fame is not an incidental by-product of being successful at something, but an end in itself.

I don’t think that this kind of phenomenon ever happened before in history at this scale. It can’t imagine having to grow into an adult being totally surrounded by it.

It seems incredibly sad to me. The life of a person who is that obsessed with fame, seems frighteningly empty to me.

Is that just me?

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Jun 26, 2010 (4909 days ago)

@Kjeld Duits: sorry for the delay. Yeah they really are empty.

They have nothing to do, so they HAVE to focus on something or someone else.

Jun 30, 2010 (4905 days ago)

@Precilla: It is sad when you don’t have your own life to live and enjoy, don’t you think? With the internet and sites like JS, it is now so easy to find inspiration and ideas for living your own life in your way. We’ll try even harder to inspire people!

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Jun 30, 2010 (4905 days ago)

@Kjeld Duits: It is defiantly sad that they have nothing in their life that gives them any form of joy.

Because of the internet, I see myself looking at site to find inspiration rather then do be like someone else. Multiple times I’ve been searching JS to find coll new styles etc. And I hope people will do the same, instead of comparing each other.

Jul 2, 2010 (4903 days ago)

@Precilla: I will do my very best to supply lots of photos and info to inspire you. ^ O ^

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Jul 2, 2010 (4903 days ago)

I love how she’s in all white and her edgy “accessories” are also her piercings and tattoos; that’s so beautiful !

Sep 19, 2011 (4459 days ago)

@Rachel: I was amazed at how edgy white can be in the hands of the right person.

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Sep 19, 2011 (4459 days ago)

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