Nippon × Fashion 2012
Fashion is a mirror of the times, as well as a hint at what future times may hold. Can Japan’s fashion provide insight into the turmoil confronting Japanese society today? In this series we take a close-up look at the reality of the new age.
- An Explorer of Japanese Style
Tokyo is far from the established fashion capitals of the world, but the styles seen on its streets continue to attract global attention. We interview an American woman whose fascination with uniquely Japanese looks brought her to the country more than a decade ago; she has been involved in the fashion scene in Japan ever since.
- Kōenji’s Kitakore Building
The Kōenji district to the west of central Tokyo is a residential district also known for its vintage clothing stores. Along its main shopping street is a strangely colored structure: the Kitakore Building, which is attracting international attention in fashion circles.
- How Can Harajuku Get Its Groove Back?
Harajuku in Tokyo is known around the world as a street-fashion Mecca. Yonehara Yasumasa has kept a close eye on the neighborhood’s street life, snapping photos with his Cheki instant camera. Here he speaks his mind about how commercialism has dulled the Harajuku style and what it will take to revive youth culture there.