New book by Aoki: Fresh Fruits

Mar 29 2005: Fresh Fruits, a new book by Japanese street fashion photographer Shoichi Aoki now on sale!

zazygems: Fresh Fruits ROCKS , doing a project on it at the mo , OUTTA THIS WORLD !!!! :P
Melissa: I love fruits! i spent hours @ the book store staring in awe at the colorful fashions. These books are great and im trying to recreate this fashion into my own life
Rachael Anderson: I have fresh Fruits book. I love it and would REALLY love the same fashion sense however in Belfast…You would i repeat WOULD get shot!!! :(

Exporting Japanese pop culture

Jun 12 2004: At an intersection in the Orchard Road shopping district of Singapore, passers-by confront a giant billboard of the reigning pop diva of the day…

Cool Japan - クールジャパン

Graveyard Chic

Mar 20 2004: Asahi Shimbun published an article about gothic fashion. I feel that the article does not give a fully accurate view, but that makes the article all the more interesting…

Necro Dolly: Oh dear, the media again. Pathetic, i dress Lolita goth alot and i don’t want to kill my parents… I wear it because i like it and i love Japan and the Victorian era and it appeals to me. That’s it. People are so scared of anything different these days. Let people dress how they like and stop trying to find a reason why and make them out to be bad people because of it. Everyones reason is different! We get enough crap off people in the streets for our clothing of choice, the meida just help fire up the abuse.
Porcelain Princess: I’m a lifestyle lolita who wears loli clothing every day at school and I don’t agree with this post. I think lolita is a reaction to the hypersexualisation of our society. Tired of all these boobs exhibed, these asses shaked, that horrid hormone smell and all that violence era encouraged with the mainstream (video games, TV shows, G-Unit and all that crap), I wanted to reach an ideal of respect, beauty and culture, like a Quest of Perfection or at least decency in my point of view. Lolita is the opposite of drugs (eventhough the link with Alice in Wonderland), violence (it depends), hypersexualisation, alcohol (we want to be proper, not to be drunk and show ourselves in a vulgar way), well, mediocrity. Yes, lolita are afraid of mediocrity. But again, it’s my opinion.
Andie: i am a lolita and it is really more of a way of life and looking at things. fashion and style are a big part of it, but it, in it’s essence represents a bold statement of freedom. a statement of denial of traditional ways of being, taking the best essence of the past and combining to make new ground. a new way of being.

Gross National Cool

Aug 22 2003: According to an increasing number of believers, Japan’s days as an industrial powerhouse may well be on the wane, but its role as a global trendsetter is only now just getting started.

Beat Takeshi's Latest Movie

Jul 31 2003: Director, actor and comedian Takeshi Kitano, aka Beat Takeshi, is in the midst of his latest project, which promises to be one of his best yet: his movie version of the story about master swordsman Zatoichi.

Fashion Hoax Fools People Worldwide

Feb 20 2003: Thousands of people worldwide are being fooled by a clever fashion hoax which plays on people’s secret desires.

Kjeld Duits: This one still floats around. Almost every month I receive enquiries.
Jessica: So the real question is: who’s going to actually produce these skirts, now that we know they’re not real, but wanted?
rebecca: I was looking forward to wearing it to work (Im in sales for the Better Business Bureau!) to bad its not real. I would have bought one in every color.

Fashion Hoax Japan: see through skirts

Japanese Emoticons

Jan 01 2003: Emoticons are everywhere these days. They are handy, cool, fun, and cute. Japan’s emoticons are super cool. They look like little manga and are preprogrammed into each and every mobile phone

<(^o^)>: lol they went wrong!
Kjeld Duits: Thanks, dosankodebbie. Aren’t they super cool?
dosankodebbie: Followed your link from Twitter. Am familiar with a lot of these, but found some new ones. So fun!

Japanese Emoticons

Fruits by Shoichi Aoki

Nov 01 2002: In the mid 90’s, Japanese photographer Shoichi Aoki decided he should document the wildly dressed teenagers that roamed the streets of Harajuku in Tokyo. He started publishing FRUITS, and never looked back.

Naomi: hey I am studying the fruits movement for my dissertation, I am in Japan at the moment, can anyone tell em where I could meet people to interview or places to go to take pictures? I’d be grateful for any help, thanks in advance. xxx
jessica.flagg: im doing a assignment at school and im doing the famous shoichi aoik i need some information on him
Hannah: Hi, I’m doing an art project at college on starting a business. It’s going to be a shop selling clothes that fruits would wear. Please could you send me more information on the background and the clothes in general? Thanks xx
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