I know I will be in the vast minority here, but all of these Japanese kids look kind of sickly, vaguely hostile and like they’re trying way too hard to be “different” for my taste. I realize it’s a cultural thing, but give me a happy, healthy Parisian lass any day.
I think I agree with Lis. They try so hard to stand out, that they all end up looking different the same way. And the expressions on their faces are really very unfriendly and far too serious for someone wearing a big mushroom on his head. You just know there are ten other people with the same big hat nearby. But it seems like other people like it here.
i have been living in Tokyo for the last 10 years. i don’t particularly care for the look above, but it seems to me perhaps your judgment is too harsh. i wonder if you have spent much time here…doesn’t seem so.
i am a bit disappointed that the photos from tokyo seem to be mostly of a certain array of young people. but that is what stands out to foreigners most when they are here. it is a special culture, after all, even if it is not your (or my) favorite.
Scott, I think this may be my favorite series of yours to date! They are fascinating, these photos from Tokyo… Tokyo street style is like no other! Everyone is so individualistic and yet they all have a similar influence… You are a street style anthropologist, documenting a most fascinating form of expression.