The Japanese are so ahead in every way… their unique sense of style is so refreshing and inspiring and it helps when you have a high street that is innovative and doesn't resort to mimicking what comes down the runways
In a city of over 20 million people you have to be bright and different to stand out from the crowd. If you really want to see some different styles, then take a trip to Tokyo for a real eyeful. Great blog
IÂ´ve been here In tokyo for some time. Ar first itÂ´s exciting but then everybody start to look the same. ItÂ´s too much!You canÂ´t see the woods from the trees. But now and then I come across somebody really unique in the most unexpected places.
To the Photodiarist and Anonymous 8:24 pm: what exactly are you talking about when you complain about American style being bland and conformist – have you actually paid any attention whatsoever to the thousands of photos of stylish Americans that the Sartorialist has posted on this site over the last few years? Are you even aware that the Sartorialist himself is an American? I'm tired of these kinds of cultural stereotypes about America, or about any other country for that matter. Why can't we just enjoy the great style of the Japanese without also having to use it as an occasion to bash the style of the Americans? Anyway, the Japanese style is great. I've been there twice, and have enjoyed observing their aesthetic sense every time. The Japanese are particularly adept at mixing patterns and colors in unusual ways – a custom that goes back in their history almost a thousand years to the time of the imperial Heian court when noblemen and noblewomen would spend hours arranging their many layers of kimono to create subtle and sophisticated color and pattern combinations that would communicate their mood, character, position in society, etc. I'd like to thank the Sartorialist for posting so many photos from Tokyo even in the midst of his jet lag, and for giving us all such a great blog to enjoy. Many thanks!
I agree with Marie EI, after a while they all start to look the same. Looking in from america, or any other country you may be tempted to think how daring and different they are dressing… they aren't really.. They dress according to what group they fit into. Japan is SUCH a group culture and you MUST fit in. That being said I'm so glad your hear and can't wait to see more pics!! Just like anywhere there are some truly unique and wonderful styles!
It's great how you're adding more picture of the objects and scenery of the places you're visiting. You have such a unique perspective on the things that make up the places as much as picking the right people that inhabit them.
Japan seems to be a fashion world on its own. I remember hoards of Japanese tourists coming to Paris to buy over-sized Chanel suits in the most garish colours during the 1980s. No-one would have dressed like that outside of Japan.
I think this is entirely positive. The world is in some respects becoming too homogeneous. I love pink but I would not wear so bright a shade. However, it is great that there are different fashion trends, styles emerging everywhere in the world!
Japan has produced its fair share of great designers in the past decades. No doubt this is partly due to their idiosyncratic visual culture!
Ah, Japan is so special ! It's realy peculiar. I think now I want to go over there. I'm ready. But it took time (next opportunity…).
I think it has always been a very sophisticated culture. It's frightening in a way, but attractive at the same time. Japanese people can be very daring but they also can have very rigid codes, that are very hard to understand for a foreiner. That's also why they have such exentric people : it's a big step to break thoses codes.
I hate to not join the hot-pink-loving bandwagon but…all of these seem just so gaudy. Walk into an American highschool and you could find girls that dress exactly like the first. Hot pink pebbles? Look in the fishbowl. The hot pink fedora is pretty great though. Not a fan of the plaid jacket.
like some people have commented, Japanese style can be unique. The great thing is that in Tokyo basically anything goes. HOWEVER, most of the people walking the streets are like sheep following the latest fashion trend to the letter. Take a spring trend like floral patterns: it is everywhere. Young girls start looking like cut-outs from magazines. The only place that you can usually find unique fashion is the Harajuku/Ometesando area because it is known to be unique and fashionable.
I love seeing that others are rocking this pink color, i recently noticed my obsession for pink, whilst a lot of trend followers here in New zealand are wearing autumn to winters black and whites, it's apparently in at the moment.so i went to the trouble of home dyeing a couple of my items flamingo pink.
i would have loved to visit your booksigning however, living in not japan does cause some problems. as a half japanese girl i am delighted that these amazing looks are posted on your site, and have seen the indie japanese fashion rather than the classic looks that have previously been seen on your site.
Yuki said: The great thing is that in Tokyo basically anything goes. HOWEVER, most of the people walking the streets are like sheep following the latest fashion trend to the letter.
Very interesting thing to know. It sounds a bit similar to London. In London, anything goes because people basically ignore each other. Everyone belongs to their own bubble. Say, a "punk" is in his own bubble, the punk bubble and will follow to the letters the dictates of that punk bubble (these dictates were mostly established 35 years ago). At the bus stop, there can be a man dressed very conservatively because his bubble is "the City of London" (the financial centre). The fashionista bubble is another one, as is the indie bubble (the one usually favoured by facehunter).
I love every photograph in this series. There is definitely something retro in the air here. Hot Pink Doc Martins? I love this! These young people are so bold and absolutely fearless with their self expression. Nice to see.