Thursday, April 22, 2010

On the Street…White & Blue, Tokyo


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  1. Jason laucht

    April 22, 2010 at 7:09 am

    this opa is vogue!

  2. Kazuko

    April 22, 2010 at 7:11 am

    this is too gorgeous!

  3. Anonymous

    April 22, 2010 at 7:12 am

    one of my favourite colour combinations. wonderful!

  4. worldwidewade

    April 22, 2010 at 7:15 am

    age is no barrier when you have "style" lovely photograph

  5. SuzieM

    April 22, 2010 at 7:21 am

    what a charm!! when you grow old you definetely have to work on your charm!

  6. Jeanne

    April 22, 2010 at 7:30 am

    I love your blog and all your photographs
    Happy Earth Day


    April 22, 2010 at 7:32 am

    white & blue is very chic…I love tokyo…tokyo is life

  8. Anonymous

    April 22, 2010 at 7:36 am

    He look so cool..I love it.

  9. Anonymous

    April 22, 2010 at 7:38 am

    I love his watch!

  10. Emmanuelle

    April 22, 2010 at 7:40 am

    It's incredible to see your pictures of Japanese people, young or not. They seem to be as little self-conscious as possible. If only we French people could be less stiff!

  11. Amber

    April 22, 2010 at 7:40 am

    I love his waistcoat and turquoise bracelet – he seems slightly transcendent…

  12. MALF

    April 22, 2010 at 7:41 am

    Would be perfect without the cross and the bracelet. Less is more.

  13. Lisa

    April 22, 2010 at 7:44 am

    His accessories say it all,

  14. Miss Molly

    April 22, 2010 at 7:50 am

    ok i need those glasses in my life!!! love!

  15. Fabiola "Fab"

    April 22, 2010 at 7:52 am

    Clean look, love the glasses and the turquoise bracelet!

  16. Christopher Gloria

    April 22, 2010 at 7:52 am

    I don't know, I just can't get into most Japanese style (clothing-wise). They mostly just look like frumpy monks. I reckon that it is nice to see a look that is quinessentially theirs though. It seems like most of Europe, U.K., and America the photos could be of people from any of these places.

  17. Naomi

    April 22, 2010 at 7:53 am

    I really love that watch he's wearing and the round specs. I need to find round specs!

  18. Lemon for breakfast

    April 22, 2010 at 8:05 am

    He reminds me someone I can't remember! :)
    He looks pretty good! :)

  19. Anonymous

    April 22, 2010 at 8:17 am

    this gentleman is well-being personified.

    but on other shots: japs are far-out. really crazy. love 'em for that.
    good thing they're finally getting rid of that school-girl image (or is it western stereotype?).

  20. Kelly

    April 22, 2010 at 8:20 am

    I love the details of his bracelet, necklace etc. He looks like someone who would give 'good conversation'

  21. erinie

    April 22, 2010 at 8:22 am

    I am absolutely in love with this. so simple, so easy; could be a very thought-through clothing choice for the day or the "style uniform" of which he puts on some version every morning. but whichever it is, those glasses and jewelry just make it so perfectly considered. the semi-precious/silver and the canvas give it sort of a native american flair too, which is cool and unusual.

  22. -LiMwAiLuN-

    April 22, 2010 at 8:26 am

    absolutely love the cross he's wearing along with the watch!

  23. Anonymous

    April 22, 2010 at 8:30 am

    Clean. Worst part is he knows it.

  24. Anonymous

    April 22, 2010 at 8:32 am

    your tokyo shots are so refreshing from the usual london/new york/milan street shots!! i love it :)

    tokyo is brilliant – love people-watching, especially at the starbucks in tsutaya book shop, ropponggi. its outdoors and everyone is so fabulously chic.

  25. Louis

    April 22, 2010 at 8:35 am

    white like semplicity!!! i love it

  26. Luxeat

    April 22, 2010 at 8:35 am

    Nowhere in the world i have seen so many stylish people like in Japan.. If you have time, Kyoto is also definitely worth visiting..

  27. Davidikus

    April 22, 2010 at 8:38 am

    Great picture! All white is bo-ring but the blues of the hat and watch and the red of the cross make the photograph! Thanks for sharing.

  28. Mona N.

    April 22, 2010 at 8:39 am

    Your pictures from Japan are amazing. A mix of crazy and more subtle styles.

  29. Rebekah

    April 22, 2010 at 9:00 am

    This gentleman has to be one of my favorites from your subjects! His style is, for lack of a better word, FABULOUS! The glasses, his hat, the white on white with the hints of color in his accessories! Oh my!

  30. The Photodiarist

    April 22, 2010 at 9:06 am

    Beautiful. I disagree with Davidikus when he says that all white is boring. I think that it is simply gorgeous but the touches of blue do make it even more so.

  31. BlumeBloom

    April 22, 2010 at 9:30 am

    While I have enjoyed your other pics from Japan, this one really hit home. I wish I could pin point exactly why.

  32. Sunshinemom

    April 22, 2010 at 9:30 am

    That reminds me of my FIL!!

  33. matiterosse

    April 22, 2010 at 9:39 am

    I absolutely agree with Malf:this (who actually is very elegant) would be perfect without the cross and the bracelet… Less is difficult, less is beautiful, less is… what we really need.

  34. Maija

    April 22, 2010 at 9:42 am


  35. Ruddy

    April 22, 2010 at 9:44 am

    oh my gawd! I am dying over his amazing bracelet with turquoise. I have been trying to find something like that forever. Anyone know a store that sells pieces like that in NYC? contact me!


    April 22, 2010 at 10:01 am

    I love that turquoise bracelet. Beautiful.

  37. taka

    April 22, 2010 at 10:05 am

    great picture. like all the japan pictures so far, none of them are really posing for the camera or are poseurs. japanese are aware of who they are, even if they often hide behind clothes and the character they choose to project. no westerner can understand this and usually stick to the usual harajuku, roppongi stereotypes…

  38. Anonymous

    April 22, 2010 at 10:12 am

    This is the best-looking man yet. The Native American jewelry is just the right and subtle touch to his white clothing.

  39. lizzy

    April 22, 2010 at 10:13 am

    Oh my! He is one fly man.

  40. Szuhuei

    April 22, 2010 at 10:20 am

    what a cool grandpa!

  41. TheMinx

    April 22, 2010 at 10:46 am

    this is fantastic, I'm so loving your japan shots.


    April 22, 2010 at 10:59 am

    This is your best Tokyo pic so far. The other ones are too "Fruits" (magazine) as if you were just looking for the craziest outfits you could find that day, which in Tokyo is not hard to do. Overall, underwhelmed with your Tokyo pics but keep them coming. If you can find it check out OLD HAT in Harajuku off Meiji Dori, about 20 feet from the Levis store on the 3rd floor behind Teddy Burger, it will be one of the most intense and awesome mens vintage stores you'll ever see.

  43. Anonymous

    April 22, 2010 at 11:08 am

    So happy to see the face behind United Arrow – one of my adored Japanese brands! Always a treat to visit the shop! Angela in Victoria, BC

  44. Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl

    April 22, 2010 at 11:08 am

    Amazing watch!!

  45. proletarian Great Gatsby

    April 22, 2010 at 11:17 am

    Calm and peace.White(the man)over white(background blur) covered by a blue sky(the cap)and his reflex on the wrist(turquoise).
    I hope you understand it then i need to much the help of the dictionary.Thanks.

  46. TheFashionAddict

    April 22, 2010 at 11:19 am

    this man has great style, i love the touch of turquoise

  47. mel waz here

    April 22, 2010 at 11:19 am

    i love simplicity. just simple.

  48. Anonymous

    April 22, 2010 at 11:26 am

    Considering the humongous turquoise jewelry that we have all seen before, I can't believe the complaints about the tasteful pieces he is wearing.

  49. Queen of Mayhem

    April 22, 2010 at 11:40 am

    is that a watch or a bracelet? whatever it is, the turquoise looks awesome on him.

  50. Anonymous

    April 22, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Great outfit (white with just a splash of navy blue- such a timeless yet refreshing combination), but, more importantly, what a remarkable face! Without the glasses I could see him starring in a Japanese version of the "The Old Man and the Sea"

  51. Anonymous

    April 22, 2010 at 12:03 pm


  52. The Life Critic

    April 22, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    How lovely, such natural style when he isn't even aware of it. Beautiful combinations of cream and white and perfect, simplistic accessories.

  53. impotenta

    April 22, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    I like very much this style. I also like very much your blog…you have some very interesting photos:)

  54. Anonymous

    April 22, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    Oh, love this look! This is more like the Tokyo I remembered – or chose to remember. He's universally stylish yet distinctive as an individual. He doesn't try to be weird-different (weird enough to be on a Japanese game show).

  55. Dulamsuren

    April 22, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    I like Tokyo fashion so much. Because it's really fun to see how they dressed up, we can smell freedom from them and their fashion makes me smiling! =] They are not the same as Europeans and others. What making them cool is they are just being by themselves not copying others. It's really important.

  56. Emma Howard

    April 22, 2010 at 12:39 pm


    Sea of Japan personified

  57. Anonymous

    April 22, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    It's nice too see really new kind of fashion. It's sole refreshing pics. Thanks for sharing Tokyo fashion.

  58. Anonymous

    April 22, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    He is beautiful! Love the white on white, with hints of navy, turquoise and red. So serene!

  59. Tara

    April 22, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    I'm literally hyper because of this picture – that look! Please stay in Japan – I'm a huge fan of all its fashion!

  60. Malena

    April 22, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    Pure perfection! I'm speechless…

  61. JV

    April 22, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    That is a sharp look. Love the turquoise bracelet.

  62. KyleCuviello

    April 22, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    pretty awesome watch – not sure if i could pull it off though

  63. PrettyDivine

    April 22, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    how much are you fricking loving asian style mr. sartorialist?!
    all images so far are fab. they just have their own inimitable style. you could do a book on them alone!
    PD x

  64. neha

    April 22, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    i really like his bangle…

  65. Prutha

    April 22, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    ohhh goddd. he is gorgeous!!

  66. Sniurk

    April 22, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    Stylé le Monsieur :)

  67. Aspirante a Miss Divina

    April 22, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Unas fotografĂ­as Ășnicas e irrepetibles -todas y como siempre-.

  68. Armor and Lace

    April 22, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    Hello, I have a question that I hope you see this comment to answer:

    When you go around the streets of the different countries, and you see someone that you want to take a picture of, how do you approach them? Do you tell them who you are? Do you hand them some kind of form, explaining who you are? Or do they generally agree to get their photo taken because they're flattered that you're inspired by their outfit?

    There are moments when I'm inspired by what people wear, and I want to take a picture of them, but I don't want to appear as creepy. Suggestions please. Thanks.

  69. Anonymous

    April 22, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    I like it.
    I had some concerns that your pics would be still bit stereotyped "Harajuku kids snap" of first-timers — felt "And thou Mr.Sartorialist!"
    But needless :)

  70. Anonymous

    April 22, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    In the Streets…Jay Love Japan

    RIP J. Dilla

  71. Anonymous

    April 22, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    I love white on white, because the textures become important. And that hint of blue at the wrist and on his head make it snap.

  72. gem twin

    April 22, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    my favorite street style shot this year–thank you!

    you must be having a blast!

  73. Anonymous

    April 22, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    Wonderful and so very inspiring. Love Japanese fashion. Hope you are enjoying your time in Tokyo!

  74. Anonymous

    April 22, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    yes, i love that he is an older man who cares about comfort and personal style. what a cutie!

  75. designer t-shirts

    April 22, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    Great style

  76. FindingFashionland

    April 22, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    Fantastic totally great!

  77. Anonymous

    April 22, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    Love all white! The way I see it the accessories are representing the elements surrounding the white as Air, the turquoise as Water the red on his neck as Fire and the cobalt blue cap as Earth. He has achieved a crisp energized look.

    Thanks for a great blog! You have an amazing eye.


  78. KlassyWithaK

    April 22, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    the turquoise watch or bracelet(?) really makes this outfit even though it is such a tiny accessory.

  79. Anonymous

    April 22, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    good job love it! you should check out
    I totally love it and you'll too ;)

  80. Anonymous

    April 22, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    Very cool….such understated photo…thanks….L

  81. Janik

    April 22, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    Maybe it's just on the photo, but I love how the vest seems to be slightly a different shade of white than the rest of the outfit. Great Japan pictures!

  82. Anonymous

    April 22, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    LOVE the watch!!

  83. Sara Lua

    April 22, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    This man is kool!

  84. Anonymous

    April 22, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Too gorgeous. True style knows no age, nor race, or place. He's lovely.

  85. Ahuva

    April 22, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    This guy really shows his personality in this style. Sooo charming!

  86. Anonymous

    April 22, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    That's a watch, looks like the one jeff bridges wears in Crazy Heart. I'd Love to find out where to get one of those! if u know please mail me at


    Great pic btw, this blogg is awesome! been on it for about 2 years now, so much inspiration! I really like them old pics u putting up there, those of your father and the other once =)

  87. battlingthedinosaurs

    April 22, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    love the simplicity in his outfit

  88. zapp

    April 23, 2010 at 1:00 am

    this man is very stylish and cool. only the japanese could pull this off!

  89. zapp

    April 23, 2010 at 1:02 am

    this man is really stylish and cool! only a japanese could pull this off!

  90. Sara Bentley

    April 23, 2010 at 4:07 am

  91. Maria Ana

    April 23, 2010 at 5:10 am

    AMAZING! I did not know this was even possible…

  92. Joanna Roman

    April 23, 2010 at 7:41 am

    WOW! Awesome sartorialist!!!! And his watch!!! Marevelouse!

  93. Kathleen

    April 23, 2010 at 9:07 am

    This man is HOT from head to toe, I love to see tonality taken to the extreme, then finished off with the perfect accessories. I sometimes feel like a fish out of water, because I've always dressed this way. Black, charcoal, grey, chocolate, brown, tan, taupe, beige, cream, slate, white AND a ton of fabulous accessories. This gentleman makes me feel right at home! The simple pure cotton from head to toe topped with the blue beanie, and the native stone almost "hippie" kind of jewelry is so slick. Love it!

  94. Maryda

    April 23, 2010 at 3:18 pm


  95. R

    April 24, 2010 at 11:18 am

    This guys looks awesome-the Navajo watchband adds nice punctuation to a perfect outfit.

  96. Anonymous

    April 24, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Forever young!

  97. roberto pires

    April 25, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    He's so young!! I loved the turquoise detail.

  98. Caylie

    April 25, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    Tokyo fashion is amazing!


  99. bertjing

    May 11, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    grandpa, u rock!!!

  100. Anonymous

    June 29, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    I love how it looks like he's wearing clothes made out of painters' canvas. The southwestern jewelery with the beanie is pretty hip too.

  101. Zbarsky

    July 3, 2010 at 5:44 am

    i love the turquoise in his watch!

  102. ìˆ˜ëŻŒ

    July 3, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    very good~ ^^

  103. ampulets

    July 13, 2010 at 11:29 am

    met him when I was in tokyo, i think he working at a united arrow shop. way cool.

  104. Anonymous

    August 18, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    It seems to me a very religious and spiritual person, besides I agree with the idea that "age is not barrier when you have "style".

  105. Jazzbuff630

    December 23, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    Very cool looking guy. Age is not a barrier to coolness. At least that's what I tell myself.

  106. elly mcqueen

    August 15, 2011 at 4:32 am

    Oji-san here is looking very hip. You know, age doesn’t matter when you have the style in you.. So simple

  107. Samara

    August 20, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Swag for days!!!

  108. bp294

    October 12, 2013 at 8:19 am

    With age comes a beautiful spirituality. Georgia O’Keeffe comes immediately to mind with the purity of his look and the turquoise accent.

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