Japanese Fashion

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On my recent trip to Japan, I was fascinated with the different Japanese clothing styles I came across on the average person. The women were very dressed up in “American 1950’s retro gear” during the day, as if they were going to a Tupperware party. I noticed chiffon mid-calf skirts, nylons, pumps, and sweet blouses.

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In the middle of all this retro dressing, I would come across a bohemian or two, happy to set a new trend and sport their creativity. DSC04702

Sporting a Utilikilt

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I noticed a fair share of face masks, used both to keep out other’s people’s germs and to protect other people when you are sick.


The avant guard designer outfit did make an appearance every now and then. I even had fun trying on a Junyo Watanabe designed capelette.

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I was delighted to see some of the men, who were typically in dark suits, giving some platform shoes and longer tunics a try.

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Most of the school age children were wearing uniforms, although occasionally I spotted a fashionista in the mix.

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The fashion highlight of the trip was a visit to the Harajuku section of town. In this area, mismatched patterns, goth, and “Lolita” baby doll looks ruled the streets, with the goal being to have your outfit be a thoughtful expression of your personality.

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I saw some retro hairstyles that required lots of teasing.


And, of course, young girls on the subway often preferred unisex outfits that reflected comfort.


Lastly, I enjoyed the use of fans, particularly when they were used by men.



  1. The pictures from Kyoto are soooooo great!!
    They gave a lot of laughs….the sign at a toilet, kids in kimono with maiko girls, men with fans etc.. So much fun!
    And even more fun was “Japanese fashon”. Your focus on people in Japan from yong to elders is very interesting.
    You should publish a book!!

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