rooms 32 - February 2016

One of Tokyo’s most important fashion and design exhibitions, rooms, took place again this week. JAPANESE STREETS picked a few favorites

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For more information about this exhibition, visit the official rooms site.

Tetsuya Nakamura
Japanese artist Tetsuya Nakamura’s theme is speed. His sculptures are fully handmade and gorgeous!

Bunka Students
Lots of students of Bunka Fashion Academy participated. We picked the work of four students of Bunka Fashion Graduate Academy.

Rae Liu (China)

Pang Bou (China)

Kosuke Maedau (Japan)

Sakura Yanou (Japan)

TĖTE・DEBUT was started in January 2013 by Japanese hat designer Seira Miyamura who has a wonderfully whimsical and almost mischievous sense of design.

WABISABISM was launched only last year March in Saitama by Teruyuki Mizunuma. He creates awesome headwear, some of which can be rolled and flattened.

HEIHEI is the brainchild of Shouhei Kato. The bears are made of fake fur, and feature a broken heart.

SCENARIO PEPPERS was started by Shinobu Yamaguchi in 2013. She creates all her bags and pouches by hand.

Junichi Hakamaki
Japanese artist and designer Junichi Hakamaki started his current line in October 2015. He creates original limited edition Lolita styled clothing and invites Lolita girls to have them style themselves before photographering them in a stilllife. “It is a fusion of art, fashion, subculture and mode,” he explains.

Shigeki Matsuyama
Shigeki Matsuyama is a Japanese artist who uses WWI dazzle camouflage designs as the motive for his work. It expresses the uncertain always changing qualities of today’s social networking sites, he explains.

Dazzle camouflage in action

HOLY CRAP! is the creation of Kana and Masanori Tomita. The couple creates very playful shoes and belts.

Lactose Intoler-Art
Lactose Intoner-Art is the brainchild of my good friend Brandon Reierson. He started many years ago as an illustrator, fell in love with Japan, moved to Tokyo, and recently branched out into clothing. Love his wild designs!

N by Nozomi KAKIMOTO
Nozomi Kakimoto is the designer behind the wonderful hat brand N. I introduced Kakimoto previously (rooms 25 and rooms 26) on JAPANESE STREETS, and most likely will do so again. Her playful, yet chic designs always delight and entertain.

POLS was launched last year by 115-year-old yarn-dye weaving manufacturing and trading firm Maruman. Their experience and history is clearly evident in their exquisitely executed designs.

Rempah Rempah
Rempah Rempah is a boutique and art gallery from Ishikawa Prefecture that regularly has shows all over Japan. The gallery represents a continuously changing stable of modern Japanese artists.

There is something quintessential Japanese about women’s wear brand BANSAN that immediately catches your eye. BANSAN designer Mayuko Ban shot her recent collection at a shrine, and it is easy to understand why. Her laid back yet stylish designs seem to give off almost spiritual vibes.


Kjeld Duits About the Author

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)

Thank you so much for featuring Lactose Intoler-Art! :) It’s an honor to be on this site after following for so many years! So many other good booths I obviously missed-Didn’t have time to look around unfortunately

Lactose Intoler-Art
Feb 21, 2016 (2925 days ago)

@Lactose Intoler-Art: Hi Brandon, it was really good to see you again. I love how your work has developed. Hopefully you got some great exposure out of this show. Yes, there was lots of nice stuff!

Kjeld Duits (author)
Feb 21, 2016 (2925 days ago)

What a wonderful art ! My biggest compliment !

Apr 20, 2017 (2501 days ago)

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