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.
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.
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!
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…
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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 … ?
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"!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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