JFW S/S 2011: araisara

Oct 18 2010: Soft silk chiffons, crisp cottons and gentle blouson drapes


JFW S/S 2011: Hiroko Koshino

Oct 18 2010: After finding inspiration in far-away countries in previous collections, Hiroko Koshino has come back to her Japanese roots


62 Rules for Living in a Forest

Sep 30 2010: Four years ago, the Mori (Forest) Girl community was launched on Mixi. It has more than 60 rules.

Princess Starlight: I am a true forest girl, I grew up in the forest. The changing seasons, the falling snow, the glittering stars. These things leave an indelible impression on a person’s soul in a unique way, bueaty so glorious you want to cry & laugh, to dance & stand very still. I no longer live in the forest but on a city block but I find the forest bueaty here too, growing in the sidewalk cracks and spreading in the branches of park trees. The peace of a forest is only to be fully grasped fully known through the Creator of the forest, the wily dandelions, and the clipped hedges we think we make to grow.
petra enloe: i think the “fair skinned” is a little racist. i feel like one can have dark skin and still look absolutely adorable dressed in the mori girl style
Kjeld Duits: @Lydianon: I must admit I am to familiar with Dark Mori, so can’t answer your question.

My Tokyo: A Fashion and Design Shopping Guide

Jul 28 2010: Totally exhausted from an extended shopping trip to Tokyo last year, Australian designer Eloise Rapp decided to create a handy shopping guide.

Ellie: Hi Eloise, the guide sounds really good but according to the link the pdf version is sold out? I’d understand the hard copy not being available but what about the pdf?
5am je t♥aime: supa cool! {heart} it! i’m going to blog about this guide,too. just contacted catkinandteasel…will link back to japanesestreet,too^__^
Kjeld Duits: @kagitsune: Actually, the hard copy is $15.00; the pdf version $7.50. Still a fantastic deal!

My Tokyo: A Fashion and Design Shopping Guide

Traditional Japanese Colors - in Pottery

May 23 2010: The resurgent popularity of kimono has given traditional Japanese colors new life. In this second last article in the series, Sierra explores traditional colors in Japanese pottery.

Louis Adroit: We sell Old Swiss Military bags. Check out our shop.
Sierra Sroka: Thanks Srokama! Actually the town where my pottery teacher is from is called Seto-shi (near Nagoya) and is known for making the export pieces to the US after the war. Although most are mold made, they are quite beautiful and fun pieces to find.
srokama: Such beautiful, artful original pieces in this article. The colors are striking. Have Always had an appreciation of Japanese ceramics. Some of our Re-Sale stores now have pieces of Japanese dinner ware that was part of a large set. Many of these Japanese sets were brought back to the US by Vietnam vets during the 50’s and 60’s. The simple, delicate, graceful designs are beautiful. Finding a bowl, plate or platter is fun.

Japanese Bowl

Art by the Meter

May 13 2010: We are all used to buying cloth and even space by the meter. But art by the meter? Tokyo based art gallery ART-Meter is making it a success.

Guerilla Embroidery: What a fabulous idea! As a textile artist (and not Japanese) I couldn’t take advantage of this, but maybe us Europeans will pick up the idea soon.
ayara: this is so cool! A new way of appreciating art =)
Kjeld Duits: I guess that non-flat art, like pottery and sculptures, could potentially be sold by volume, priced 10 by 10 by 10 centimeters.

"Snake" by Gunjyo

Japan's Down Under

Apr 02 2010: Japanese street fashion is synonymous with Harajuku. Some know Osaka’s Amerika Mura. But, who has ever heard of Fukuoka City?

suzanne: hey sierra….I wanna see some more stuff….: )
Sierra: Thanks Sherry!! I’ll try to make you guys proud hehe
Kjeld Duits: Haha, nice to see you are so loved back home, Sierra!

Hundred Year Old Cool

Dec 24 2009: Antique kimono have become popular and it is now difficult to find nice ones at a good price. At Osaka’s Mei you’ll always find an excellent selection.

Kjeld Duits: Sandy, on internet I found an antique shop in Tomigusuku-shi, where they sell some old kimono. People at this shop may be able to suggest other shops where they specialize in kimono. Name: Naigai Address: 798-4 Onaga, Tomigusuku-shi, Okinawa (沖縄県豊見城市字翁長798-4) Phone: 098-851-2154 Map Google Map On one of the photos on their site the outside of the shop looks more like a garage than an antique dealer, but the photos of their interior are really nice. They are really cheap too. This page shows items selling from as low as JPY 500! (Be sure to click on the next link at the bottom.)
Kjeld Duits: Good question, Sandy. We have no contributors (yet) in Okinawa, and I haven’t been there for ages. So I don’t know. But I assume there must be used kimono shops there as well. Would love to hear from other readers!
sandy: Are there similar shops on okinawa or ishigaki?

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