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Tokyo Pride Fashion

The Tokyo Pride Parade of Saturday August 11 resembled a Japanese cosplay event. Lots of people spent a lot of effort, and money, to attract attention to the plight of sexual minorities

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The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender procession marks the sixth anniversary this year and is meant to increase the “visibility” of sexual minorities. Participants therefore pay a lot of attention to their outfits with wonderful results.

The usual SM leather outfits were represented, but there were also lots of people who used their imagination in a more original way. One participant wore a beautiful piece of head-wear with an array of ‘antennas’ sprouting in every direction. There were glittering dresses with outrageous wigs, a sunflower top, someone wearing a ‘my-aunt-won’t-even-tough-this flower hat, and amazing gold dresses.

About 2,800 participants took part in the march through Tokyo’s trendy shopping districts of Shibuya and Harajuku.

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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