Sunday, April 25, 2010

Compare & Contrast, Tokyo


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  1. I'm a mean street kid.

    April 25, 2010 at 7:27 am

    the kimono is a beautiful piece of clothing that really emobies the japanese culture. i love how the japanese modern fashion still continues different aspects of the kimono that keeps the japanese traditions still alive today.

  2. Aych

    April 25, 2010 at 7:28 am

    The young guys outfit is amazing – I would love to know his story.

  3. Poivre Monkey

    April 25, 2010 at 7:29 am

    so great black and white !

  4. Kazuko

    April 25, 2010 at 7:38 am

    lovely! i love how the Japanese integrate their tradition into daily life. the guy's dress in the second pic looks like he's taken their national dress just a little bit further.

  5. Catherinexx

    April 25, 2010 at 7:44 am

    hey scott! i just met you the other day at your book signing in Tokyo which was great, thanks!

    anywho, i loved the first picture, with the two solemn looking men in kimonos, it was a great shot.
    It almost looked like in the second picture the guy is wearing a modern twist on the old kimono which seemed really cool.

  6. qi

    April 25, 2010 at 7:44 am

    Black and white, always right…

  7. Into the Fashion

    April 25, 2010 at 7:45 am

    Beautifully optical…..comes right in time for the 60ties fashion come-back in FW 2010/11…

    Diana of

  8. Visual by Eveline L.

    April 25, 2010 at 7:54 am

    love both pictures but the second one is just b

  9. Brian

    April 25, 2010 at 7:59 am

    Wow. Best Tokyo post by far.

  10. The Photodiarist

    April 25, 2010 at 8:06 am

    Both beautiful and similar. Gorgeous photographs. Especially the first.

  11. anon

    April 25, 2010 at 8:07 am

    Colors for traditional Japanese male clothing used to be very garish – I'm talking about 3-400 years ago. In the past 200 years, plain blue/black/brown tones started gaining prominence. It's wonderful to see such daring patterns livening up these monotone yutakas!

  12. Brigadeiro

    April 25, 2010 at 8:12 am

    Amazing prints on the kimonos! And that asymmetrical skirt in the 2nd pic is brilliant!

  13. Lilisfashion

    April 25, 2010 at 8:21 am

    Love the first photo, they look so distinguished and proud in their flawless outfits..


    April 25, 2010 at 8:27 am

    yes … this is a city of contrasts … but I love this propane
    The most incredible thing about this city is how naturally old traditions mix with new trends,
    as if it would have been always like this…so it happens to see people in kimono mixed with
    people with cool looks or one of the thousand trends of Tokyo.
    …but everything is always in perfect symbiosis…

  15. Akiko Tk

    April 25, 2010 at 8:31 am

    Two men are chic and artistic!
    I'm proud of seeing this photo as Japanese.

  16. Style Scanner

    April 25, 2010 at 8:31 am


  17. InspiringUs

    April 25, 2010 at 8:34 am

    It's shocking, but stylish and attractive also :)

  18. Molly Rainbox

    April 25, 2010 at 8:40 am

    The faces of the two fellows in the 1st picture are amazingly photogenic.

  19. Anonymous

    April 25, 2010 at 8:42 am

    looove it!<3

  20. Anonymous

    April 25, 2010 at 8:51 am

    These photos are amazing… individuality at its best! I'm in love with the look from the young man in the picture!

    Fantastic that you're documenting this for the rest of us who can't be there to experience it by ourselves.


  21. Diane

    April 25, 2010 at 9:08 am

    Wow, these people are truly amazing!

  22. Tesa

    April 25, 2010 at 9:08 am


  23. Johanna Urban

    April 25, 2010 at 9:13 am

  24. miki

    April 25, 2010 at 9:13 am

    Traditional and new japanese style

  25. 50two

    April 25, 2010 at 9:19 am


  26. Gianluca Senese

    April 25, 2010 at 9:23 am

  27. Nyrha

    April 25, 2010 at 9:27 am


  28. Anonymous

    April 25, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Love how the guys in the first photo blend traditional styles with the very striking and modern-looking prints – it reflects a certain traditional/modern dualism in Japanese culture as a whole. And the shoes in the second photo are fabulous.

  29. MsQ

    April 25, 2010 at 9:38 am

    I can't help staring at the 2nd photo. Wonderful, thank you!

  30. James Bent @ Outre Singapore

    April 25, 2010 at 9:39 am

    These two photos are just beautiful – both in the style of the two men and the younger guy, but also the photography. I hope you keep doing this for a very long time because to me this is artwork.

    Plus I'm going to Tokyo at the end of May, so I hope to meet people like this to photograph.

  31. Anonymous

    April 25, 2010 at 9:42 am

    makes sense to me

  32. E

    April 25, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Wow, the yukata robes the men are wearing are beautiful.

  33. banbanbanban999

    April 25, 2010 at 9:58 am


  34. Anonymous

    April 25, 2010 at 10:16 am

    Interesting androgony in the second picture.
    Self assured and modern take of the yukata in the first picture.
    really enjoy your work.

  35. M-O-M

    April 25, 2010 at 10:22 am

    The East marries the West and true style prevails while tradition is echoed. I love stripes!

  36. may

    April 25, 2010 at 10:35 am

    wow! this post really shows the two sides of Japan (traditional vs modern) but also shows how they're linked. love the yukatas, and the asymmetrical dress is great too! fabulous job scott.

  37. Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl

    April 25, 2010 at 10:36 am

    I love the stylish guys in kimonos! So graphic

  38. JP

    April 25, 2010 at 10:58 am

    I love how he made the look modern and youthful while still keeping the history of the look alive

  39. Taralyn

    April 25, 2010 at 10:58 am

    I absolutely love the juxtaposition of the traditional kimono and the young man's contemporary take on it. I want both!

  40. Barbara

    April 25, 2010 at 10:59 am

    The two men in their traditional kimonos represent for me all that is wonderful about Japanese design and ethos. They are impeccable. Is it significant that they are of a certain age, and therefore, de facto, more inclined to follow the traditional ways? I wonder if you see many young Japanese men out and about in their kimonos……..
    The androgynous person underneath (for me he's male) looks cool and confident in his rather strange attire. I'm not crazy about it – I think it looks a little contrived, but I love the graphicness about him. All in all I think your Japanese photographs are rather inspiring. The men from the United Arrows Party are awesome, as is the beautiful girl sipping erotically at her Starbucks coffee. Give us more!!!

  41. beeble

    April 25, 2010 at 11:09 am

    i love those photos. i respect the guy in the second photo for being able to pull that look off!
    stop by

  42. Anonymous

    April 25, 2010 at 11:16 am

    beautiful lines.
    male or female?

  43. -h

    April 25, 2010 at 11:21 am

    Really exquisite, the first two guys in particular.

  44. Irene

    April 25, 2010 at 11:23 am

    I love these photos, it's incredible how a simple thing such as lines, can change the way a person looks.

  45. mabelmabel

    April 25, 2010 at 11:30 am

    I would say to her, "Love your eye."

    This young woman has sculpted the present moment into a memorable, beautiful form–and I bet this ensemble is fun to wear, too.

  46. ColorHater

    April 25, 2010 at 11:33 am

    Great pics! I lake the last one :)

  47. Anonymous

    April 25, 2010 at 11:34 am

    Second picture: simply incredible.

  48. smash!

    April 25, 2010 at 11:35 am

    Two men's Yukata very nice?

  49. FlashFash

    April 25, 2010 at 11:37 am

  50. Anonymous

    April 25, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Interesting reinterpretation of the kimono, but one can't deny the elegance of the real thing.

  51. M

    April 25, 2010 at 11:40 am

    You make me want to go to Tokyo so bad!!! Your pictures are beyond amazing!!

  52. Anonymous

    April 25, 2010 at 11:41 am

    the bald guy on top is a killer kimono maker, i forget his name, but he is rad. his friend's kimono and belt is even more rad!!

  53. Anonymous

    April 25, 2010 at 11:41 am

    wow! ur in tokyo!

    u must stop buy at kyoto if u have any chance^^

  54. abataba

    April 25, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Fantastic pictures!!

  55. Teresa

    April 25, 2010 at 11:45 am

    Love the androgynous feeling of this photo. Stunning and modern.

  56. nathalie

    April 25, 2010 at 11:47 am

    Love the monochromatism!

  57. Kiran Chhabria

    April 25, 2010 at 11:55 am

    That is Tokyo for you- So very traditional, and so very modern.

    I wish you make it to India to witness the same- the dichotomy of the two, and then the surprising merge in the middle. Women wearing their saris ultra low and backless.. So sexy!

  58. Carole

    April 25, 2010 at 11:58 am

    fantastic how traditional is brought into modernity. i love japanese influence in clothing, it makes them so pure, and well proportioned in a way that is almost impossible to achieve with a western influence only.

  59. ESESFM

    April 25, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    love the post! it's fantastic how we can adapt clothes to our personality but don't lost our influences!

    beijo *

  60. Anonymous

    April 25, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    yes now were talking, those two guys on the top looking good. guy on the bottom just looks like he doesnt have enough chi to wear the robes.

  61. Anonymous

    April 25, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    OK, this is what I think of when I think great Japanese fashion. The woman's skirt, the way it drapes low on the body, neutral tones and obvious references to kimonas. The top picture is classic. I love them all.

  62. Anonymous

    April 25, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    the two men at the top are killin' it!

    the fellow below gets points for putting something on it but it's not really working for me.


  63. De todo y nada

    April 25, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Strange people all around Tokio…maybe it's like to be in a paranoic film.


  64. Persephone

    April 25, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    Oh…lovely. I really like the prints in the first photo, I am reminded of Dries in a sense. And the second outfit is so interesting, androgynous when you take a closer look.

    xx Persephone

  65. .sarah .brown

    April 25, 2010 at 12:48 pm

  66. Anonymous

    April 25, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    i wish north american fashion weren't so boring.

  67. Tara

    April 25, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    I'm dying to visit Tokyo! :(

    Love both pictures, amazing photography as always

  68. Kate Rose

    April 25, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    wow, this illustrates so well the evolution of the aesthetic of Japanese dressing. Okay I think there were a bit too many prepositions in that sentence…anyways <3<3<3 :)

  69. najee

    April 25, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    The verticality created by the lines in his jacket and the draping of the skirt work well. I love what he is wearing.

  70. Anna

    April 25, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    The top photo is FANTASTIC.


    April 25, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Love the different contrasting prints on top and the uneven hemline on the bottom.

  72. Anonymous

    April 25, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    the first photo is awesome. they are, well, awesome :D

  73. TheFashionAve

    April 25, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    WOW! Love, love, love. Love black&white outfits.

  74. Ganymede Girl

    April 25, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    Whoa that kimono on the left is really awesome, I've never seen one with such a large and broken up pattern like that before, it looks very modern! I like the last look too, I'm all for skirts on men when worn right and he looks great.

  75. Mlle G.

    April 25, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    more kimono pictures!

  76. Anonymous

    April 25, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    I'm totally in love with the second one's outfit…

  77. ASH!

    April 25, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    It's lame to compliment this with a "this is amazing". But I fail to find other words to describe it. So let's just leave it at that.

  78. wes

    April 25, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    i love your photos!!

    i work in a magazine and the truth is…most photographers in the studio don't take outdoor photos as good as you. really.

    have fun in japan!

  79. Anonymous

    April 25, 2010 at 2:19 pm


  80. Tinja

    April 25, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    can't tell if man or woman

  81. Nina

    April 25, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    FANTASTIC !! :-)

  82. Teffy

    April 25, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    great pics as always. Tokyo is soo trendsetter.. would love to go there next year.

  83. Talin

    April 25, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    I love ??…

  84. Anonymous

    April 25, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    How fabulous! I love the traditional robes – somehow they are so modern and so chic.

  85. Madame M

    April 25, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    I'am always fascinated by the japenese kimonos. Their graphism often reveals the owner personality. here, two aged men seem to be very representative of what we think on men style in Japan but the graphism kimonos allow to understand their modern way of thinking in a traditional context. This is contrary for the young man: first you think "wow how it is edgy typical of young japanese" and finally the cut coulor and attitude corresponds to traditional japanese codes.

  86. Ruby’s Upcycle Designs™

    April 25, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    Wow….fabulous! Beth

  87. Rose

    April 25, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    great shots!

  88. opinion

    April 25, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    I especially like the photograph with the two men wearing monochromatic kimonos.

    First of all, even in Tokyo it's rare to be able to come across men wearing kimonos and when you do, it's always nice to see their sartorial touch, since men's kimonos are more simple and restricted in terms of accessories and obi combinations compared to women's kimonos. I really like the mesh obi that the gentleman on the right is wearing and the deep dark black of the kimono of the gentleman on the left is stunning with his nice tan. Both have a very clean and distinguished demeanor, which adds the perfect finishing touch to their outfits.

  89. kate

    April 25, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    this could be the best sartorialist sighting ever…

  90. enrique

    April 25, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Stripes can alter the vibe of a piece without making a bold statement. Polkadots can sometimes get gaudy.

  91. princess glee

    April 25, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    The older gents look great and more masculine–always good on a man. Younger guy is nice.

  92. Rebecca

    April 25, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    The person in the second photo (black dress, striped jacket) is the absolute epitome of androgyny. Really amazing.

  93. Anonymous

    April 25, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Despise the second photo, not the photo itself, but rather the fashion choice. Can't tell if it's a boy or a girl. Hideous.

  94. elizabeth wilson

    April 25, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    those are the 2 best yukata i have seen in years. i will try to find some as good in tokyo in june. asiaticakc

  95. Anonymous

    April 25, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    So so fabulous.


  96. spacialcadetsociety

    April 25, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    Absolutely stunning. For something so "traditional", there's a flair of modern to those kimonos. They almost look like they're made for the runway, or a contemporary art show. Awesome. Awesome. Awesome.

  97. Anonymous

    April 25, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Love the patterns! Im inspired!

  98. robin

    April 25, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    I love how the white lines in the street correspond with the horizontal lines on the gentleman's kimono. And I love the kimon-esque-ness (I made that word up) of the young lady's dress. Stunning.

    Thank you from VT.

  99. Broadway

    April 25, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    This is Awesome! this is so great I love it.

  100. debi-joy

    April 25, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    great styles!

  101. Anonymous

    April 25, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    I love the proportions of the lady on the bottom. I wish I could pull off a simple black and white outfit.


    April 25, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    Loving these photographs from Japan! One of the most beautiful things about this country is the blending of the old & the new.

  103. Lilla galleriet

    April 25, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    As stunning as only the Japanese men can be. Love the modern, yet traditional style.

    Majsan from Stockholm

  104. Anonymous

    April 25, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Sublime. Both pictures. Modern Japanese fashion has always some traditional twists, that make the modern pieces even more fashion forward. Yamamoto, Kawakubo et al more often than not reference kimono, hakama etc cuts. Not in an obvious way but mostly from the point of view of the balance of their creations. Pure bliss!

  105. simonstucki

    April 25, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    I love the last two images, they somehow represent for me that really you can do (wear) what ever you want. of course there are some "rules" but i think you should only follow the "rules" that really make sense to you. sounds cheezy I know but it still took me a while until I really really got it. now i really enjoy to discover how strange certain "rules" really are.

  106. M.K

    April 25, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Merci de nous faire d

  107. J.

    April 25, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    In the second image, I really love the fact that the outfit is truly timeless and unisex. A woman could look good in it now and in fourty years….a man would look good in it ten years ago and maybe fifty years from now….but only in Japan can this be pulled off!

  108. Takeru

    April 25, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Great pics!. I love the yutaka's and the assymetrical skirt

  109. kagitsune

    April 25, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Ahhh, this is excellent, Sart. I love those bold yukata – how funny that I just spent the day at the Fort Worth Japanese Gardens' spring festival… kimono and yukata and hapi and hakama everywhere. But nothing as delightful as this. :D

    And I have to say, I love that half-skirt the young man is wearing. Reminds me of some of the stuff Black Peace Now (Japanese punk/goth brand) used to make.

  110. Nicole

    April 25, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Hey the guy in the 1st picture on the left looks a little like Ben Kingsley in Thunderbirds. Or is that just me?

    Is it true you're coming to Australia on Wednesday? Welcome back! It's starting to get cold here though, but our cold is probably hot to you. :S

  111. karishma

    April 25, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    I honestly think people look their best in an outfit that actually represents where they come from.. and I guess that why I love what the 2 gentlemen are wearing!!!

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  113. Rina

    April 26, 2010 at 12:45 am

    There is certainly a timelessness embedded in the wearing of traditional kimono – they are just so beautiful. The contrast is graphically amazing.

  114. Milt-fresh_best-dressed

    April 26, 2010 at 12:57 am


  115. MlleV

    April 26, 2010 at 1:19 am

    Love, love, LOVE these! Both photos are wonderful. Love the graphic fabrics used in traditional dress and the fantastic style of the young man … all three looks are so elegant.

  116. Anonymous

    April 26, 2010 at 2:49 am


  117. MELISSA Z.

    April 26, 2010 at 3:21 am

    I'm speachless in front of the first pic…wonderful!

  118. Laurence John

    April 26, 2010 at 4:38 am

    a lot of the young Japanese are simply trying too hard.

  119. Sara Bentley

    April 26, 2010 at 4:47 am

    The contrasting elements and similarities are amazing in these two photos! The men in the first photo are timeless and — if the pic had been taken in sepia — look almost as if they could've been included in your "Vintage Photo Contest." Perfect!

  120. proletarian Great Gatsby

    April 26, 2010 at 5:25 am

    Op art is comming back.
    Dark black like ink & bright white like the vacuum of my mind/head.

  121. leinti nti

    April 26, 2010 at 6:16 am

    all the guys you have featured in the tokyo story are hot. they are also miles ahead in terms of style than our european or us counterparts.

  122. Ozwald Boateng

    April 26, 2010 at 6:20 am

    I wish I could see that style on the streets of London! What an awesome culture.

  123. Izzen

    April 26, 2010 at 6:34 am

  124. wendy-kristy

    April 26, 2010 at 6:44 am

  125. Tokyo Girl

    April 26, 2010 at 6:45 am

    The first picture of the two gents who know how to wear yukatas flawlessly.. I could easily mistake them for kabuki actors.. they have that air about them.. are they?? I'm too out of the loop when it comes to spotting Japanese actors.

  126. yj

    April 26, 2010 at 8:20 am

    WELCOM to Tokyo!

  127. Anonymous

    April 26, 2010 at 8:49 am

    Liking your DOF as always, but are your images getting more saturated?

  128. UsaPon's

    April 26, 2010 at 9:32 am

    nice yukatas!

  129. trevo

    April 26, 2010 at 9:40 am

    i love how they do that, take inspiration from their more traditional ways and totally reinvent it!


  130. Style-wonderland

    April 26, 2010 at 9:50 am

    wow! i love the prints on those kimonos!!!! beautiful…

  131. Anonymous

    April 26, 2010 at 10:00 am

    Life is art in the kimono.

  132. sevendialsgirl

    April 26, 2010 at 10:02 am

    Those two guys rock my world. I'm so glad I didn't see them when I was in Japan…my mother would have run after them and probably attacked them for those kiminos. Seriously though, now I get why we had to spend so much time in out of the way vintage kimono shops!

  133. Pappy

    April 26, 2010 at 10:56 am

    sometimes I think black and white are the boldest of colors

  134. Devi

    April 26, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Just realized after reading these comments that the second picture is a guy! Anyway, I love the two older gentlemen in their Yukatas(new word I learned today from these comments :-). they excude class!

  135. Anonymous

    April 26, 2010 at 10:59 am

    One word,

  136. Takeru

    April 26, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Great pics!. I love the yukata and the asymmetrical skirt.

  137. Cherry Arceo

    April 26, 2010 at 11:21 am

    i've always loved black and white. it's so elegant.

  138. pedropalaciosphotography

    April 26, 2010 at 11:55 am

    In most of the contries people prefer to forget who they were when wen dressing, in contrast to Japan, they look every day proud of who they were…
    We are what we dress or we dress according to who we are … ?

  139. Anonymous

    April 26, 2010 at 12:36 pm


  140. Anonymous

    April 26, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    the older gentlemen HAVE to be actors, Kabuki I think. You can so tell from their faces, and no one really wears kimono this early in the spring unless they are involved in traditional japanese culture. if i'm wrong they are just really dandy japanese men I wish there were more of them instead of suit-wearing "salary men"!

  141. Anonymous

    April 26, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Why is he wearing a skirt?

  142. Catherine

    April 26, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    Fantastic yukata! I'd love to see some photos of the inventive ways young women are wearing kimono in Japan now.

  143. Daisy O'

    April 26, 2010 at 2:38 pm

  144. Anonymous

    April 26, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    I simply love how she plays the colours of black and white to her full advantage with her natural black hair and eyes!

  145. Cloud of Secrets

    April 26, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    The two gentlement are stunning — although I wouldn't double-cross them in a business deal! They look like they know how to…take care of things.

    I wonder how common it is for the Japanese to wear kimono as street clothing. Was this just an ordinary day for these men, or was there a special occasion?

  146. robin

    April 26, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    I only just realized that the second photo that at first glance I thought was a stunning shot of a young woman…after my embarrassment, I still find it "stunning". In fact, I like it a lot!
    Thanks for the education.

  147. christie

    April 26, 2010 at 5:36 pm


  148. m.edwin

    April 26, 2010 at 6:21 pm


  149. wonderful

    April 26, 2010 at 8:11 pm


  150. Anonymous

    April 26, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    love the first pic. their faces are so fierce. however, i can't vibe with the second outfit. sorry!

  151. Anonymous

    April 26, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    the guy on the left looks like an eviler dr evil!

  152. Prutha

    April 26, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    the second pic is to die for!!! the skirt is just brilliant!!

    i need to go to japan!! ad live there!!

  153. Anonymous

    April 27, 2010 at 12:08 am

    Loving Tokyo; light years ahead in style.

  154. Anonymous

    April 27, 2010 at 12:56 am

    For some reason, the guy in the second photo looks like a warrior to me. I think it's the combination of the kilt-like pleating & drape of the skirt, his stance, and his fearlessness. Whatever it is, it's working!

    Keep the photos of fierce men in skirts & kilts coming!

  155. Anonymous

    April 27, 2010 at 1:15 am

    I love the fan….

  156. Anonymous

    April 27, 2010 at 2:38 am


  157. Anonymous

    April 27, 2010 at 5:07 am

    The first photo is terrific – a great representation of classic Japanese style, and the two men exude character and masculinity. The patterns on their yukatas are innovative and striking, and I agree with an earlier commenter that they are possibly Kabuki actors (if you look closely, the men have very well groomed eyebrows which would go with the sort of makeup that Kabuki actors wear). However, the young guy in the second photo looks ridiculous.

    In general, I am not impressed by how the younger men are dressing in Japan – they look like clowns – like they're wearing costumes, not clothes. The older Japanese gentlemen seem to be doing better – I like these two gentlemen in the yukatas, and the gentlement in the navy outfits at your United Arrows booksigning looked great too. I would have to say though that the best dressed men in the world are the Italians, and then the New Yorkers and Londoners have great style too. Anyway, please keep the photos from Japan coming – it's great to see them!

  158. mgsheer

    April 27, 2010 at 7:05 am

    restilish the tradition, that's great:japanese coo_l fu_ture! :D MG

  159. the colour commission

    April 27, 2010 at 8:18 am

    I travelled to Tokyo last year and photographed some striking black and white outfits which I posted on my blog at
    More colourful Tokyo-ites can be seen at

  160. Whatever Works

    April 27, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Jolies photos!

  161. carol c

    April 27, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    dear scott,

    I really hope you will publish another volume of your photos soon. I would love to own these shots of japan! they are phenomenal.


  162. Joie de vivre

    April 28, 2010 at 12:22 am

    It's about time you went somewhere in Asia, Scott. Asians have such unique and interesting sense of style. More please!

  163. Saving Money Online

    April 28, 2010 at 6:45 am

    Really Nice….The patterns on their yukatas are innovative and striking, and I agree with an earlier commenter that they are possibly Kabuki actors.


    April 28, 2010 at 7:24 am

    Hi Scott!
    As always, you photography and way of capturing individual style is absolutely fantastic. Also, I can see that lately, more and more of your models are wearing glasses (I like). It

  165. Anonymous

    April 28, 2010 at 10:41 am


  166. john

    April 29, 2010 at 12:08 am

    I love the last guy's look!
    More info on that stuff?

  167. Police course

    April 30, 2010 at 5:48 am

    Those kimono looks cool! I love the patterns and all.

  168. Yumi

    April 30, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    Excellent photos!
    The contrast of the traditional fashion and the contemporary in prints classic of the white color and the black.

  169. Anonymous

    May 1, 2010 at 7:37 am

    There is a MOVEMENT, if I may say….

    The second picture has a Very REI KAWAKUBO's sort of FASHION DECONSTRUCTIVISM Movement in it…

    Baaaammm!!! Love the personal interpretations!!

  170. stacey kelly

    May 1, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    these looks are so great. loving the tokyo street style.

  171. Kathleen

    May 2, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    I love the old and new. The elements in each somehow match. The stately seriousness is in each photograph, very nice. I am a black and white freak so these pictures really speak to me. But I must be honest and say the kimonos are my favorite.

  172. Sara

    May 3, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Interestingly, the guy was also snapped by!

  173. manja

    May 3, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    Wow! that is really a modern take on the kimono. look at the belt! these are two fashionable gentlemen! loving it! (more then the 2nd pix though) :)

  174. Anonymous

    May 4, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    How can i purchase those kimonos?????

  175. Jeffrey Hunter

    May 5, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    I love the guy in the nice suit a tie wearing pink socks – classic

  176. NoLa Prz

    September 2, 2010 at 9:51 am

    SImply Lub it!

  177. Anonymous

    September 17, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    there's something about androgyny that's timeless for me.

  178. deckert

    November 21, 2011 at 7:00 am

    Aw, this was a really nice post. In idea I want to put in writing like this additionally – taking time and actual effort to make a very good article… but what can I say… I procrastinate alot and under no circumstances appear to get one thing done.

  179. jinumm

    July 30, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    aqmazing pictures.the coloring pattern of white and black

  180. smot

    December 17, 2014 at 2:25 am

    nice design, slim and simple, easy to wash?a great representation of classic Japanese style, and the two men exude character and masculinity. The patterns on their yukatas are innovative and striking

  181. LED Tube Light

    February 7, 2017 at 2:42 am

    Great pics!. I love the yukata and the asymmetrical skirt.

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