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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

On the Street...Harajuku, Japan

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Blogger Creative Promotional Ideas said ... (3:40 PM) : 

I love the cream pnats on the last picture! Wish I could go shop in Japan right now, but I heard it was expensive though!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:41 PM) : 

they forgot the Dries Van Noten shop on that map...


Blogger kukla said ... (3:44 PM) : 

I love fashion also for the entertainment value and I wonder how do older people look in Japan? How do women and men dress for work? The cartoonish style is so super familiar Japanese.


Blogger mariel said ... (3:45 PM) : 

A+++! those pants look do comfy!!


Anonymous Cosima said ... (3:47 PM) : 

I don't like one thing in any of these outfits.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:48 PM) : 

love the hat


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:50 PM) : 

All of the looks on the men are so meticulously flamboyant. My first thought was that these fellows make BryanBoy look pretty conservative, actually! (Yes I know he's not from Japan, but he's my gAsian reference for fashion) LOL


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:00 PM) : 

they have some balls, i dont like the look, but I think its wonderful they push the envelope. (or perhaps i dont get japanese fashion!?)

I imagine there are some wonderful characters there wearing clothes that bring them to life. Ryu hadoken!


Blogger O Bernas said ... (4:00 PM) : 

i love those pants !
i want them..


Blogger Jason Laucht said ... (4:00 PM) : 

Harajuku! the coolest street on earth!


Blogger Unknown said ... (4:10 PM) : 

I'm not too crazy about the girl - the hippy chic Japanese thing in Japan is getting old, IMHO.

The boys, however, are mod & original (I would call their look "Cyber Newsboy")


Blogger M said ... (4:15 PM) : 

ahh my dream trip! luv their confidence, from your pics I gather some degree of steam punk influence in japan's fashion at the moment (in men)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:17 PM) : 

i think this is pushing it too far. the result of the outfits are not amazing at all.


Blogger pinky said ... (4:17 PM) : 

i am totally in love with both of these guys.
How can these outfits not bring a smile to your face and open your heart?
Fashion is FUN!!!


Blogger Lisa Petrarca said ... (4:19 PM) : 

The Japanese really know how to have fun with fashion and not take themselves to seriously.


Blogger e said ... (4:25 PM) : 

Oh wow, those pants are FANTASTIC. I would wear those so hard.


Blogger Sofía Haltrup said ... (4:27 PM) : 

Like the first one!


Blogger Unknown said ... (4:27 PM) : 

Japan always was and is very stylish, love their creativity so comme de garcon!!!! great photos, i so wanna go, it will be a great inspiration, and now it's the blossoming period lucky you!


Blogger Angeles Almuna said ... (4:33 PM) : 

SO unique, love the photos!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:33 PM) : 

too messy looking, fugly


Blogger Unknown said ... (4:33 PM) : 

YEP! More proof, if any were needed that TOKYO IS THE COOLEST CITY ON THE PLANET!


Anonymous Tracy said ... (4:35 PM) : 

Love those guys with the crazy pants. Very Charlie Chaplin - The Kid. The clear umbrella is a nice touch.


Blogger Style Scanner said ... (4:52 PM) : 

They both look absolutely incredible. superb.


Blogger Sam Lee said ... (5:06 PM) : 

the guy on the left- cheap looking jacket, pants are too overpowering from his outfit. however i like his shoes

guy on the right- i like the color combination of the pants and jacket. i like his outfit better than the other guy.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:06 PM) : 

Wow. Is this some Eatable of Many Orders?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:15 PM) : 

Love the gentleman's jacket!



Blogger X said ... (5:17 PM) : 

I love all these outfits... and all your posts from Japan!


Anonymous sev said ... (5:20 PM) : 

Those pants are incredible, where to find them? I Love!!


Blogger vejrubia said ... (5:20 PM) : 

Thank you for finally showcasing some Japanese talent in the street fashion world! I absolutely adore eastern fashion culture, especially in Tokyo, ESPECIALLY in the Shibuya ward.

Oh, did you visit Shibuya at all? Or are pictures still on their way up?

Anyways, great photos Mr. Schuman. This excites me to no end!


Blogger Unknown said ... (5:21 PM) : 

i love the trousers.....


Anonymous Masha said ... (5:31 PM) : 

Ha-ha! This is so cool! The pants! Love it love it love it!
And I just realized that I like all the pictures with the bikes!


Anonymous notsurebut said ... (5:35 PM) : 

i think that the point of japanese youth is the diversity of looks, its every reference ever, it is it the last hurrah before they become salary men and women the frivolity of youth in a very controlled society because even these kids belong to a clique


Blogger Marina e Camilla said ... (5:36 PM) : 

Wow... Love that pants! *_*


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:49 PM) : 

Finding street fashion to photograph in Japan (especially in Harajuku) is like shooting fish in a barrel. It's so curious that a culture so reserved in many regards is so outlandish in others.


Blogger Madame en noire said ... (5:52 PM) : 

Her skirt is fantastic!


Blogger 8thstreet-store said ... (6:02 PM) : 

That two last guys melted my heart. The trausers, the shoes, and the smiles.
G, japanese people is unique.


Anonymous threequartersleeve said ... (6:13 PM) : 

i love how much texture is in each of these outfits. very inspiring.


Anonymous Takeru said ... (6:54 PM) : 

Great styling!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:05 PM) : 

Sorry. Those pants just look stupid!


Blogger Sarah said ... (7:10 PM) : 

Scott —

I am really enjoying your series from Japan. It is refreshing to see a style perspective outside of Europe and the States. I hope your trip is as inspiring for you as your photographs are for me. Thank you, as always, for sharing.



Blogger FASHION SNAG said ... (7:15 PM) : 

Love the hat and skirt! x


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:17 PM) : 

This is so cool! Japanese style always makes my day. LOVE LOVE LOVE


Anonymous jennifer said ... (7:32 PM) : 

i LOVE LOVE LOVE these tokyo photos! it's almost as if everyone who is born japanese and lives in japan has some innate sense of uber cool style!


Blogger Yve said ... (7:35 PM) : 

words cannot express how much I LOVE japanese street style.
Really loving the Tokyo posts!


Blogger farra said ... (7:36 PM) : 

hey, i'm in japan! let's meet! =)


Anonymous dodz said ... (7:48 PM) : 

hey i love your outfit and the umbrella


Anonymous Christine said ... (7:56 PM) : 

Japanese style is so completely different from style anywhere else in the world!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:28 PM) : 

So happy to see you snapping in Japan. For me this is the true home of innovative style - sure, there are many style cults (gyaru, gothloli, visual-kei, etc), but there's so much originality happening outside these too.

Would love to see you picking up some of the trad dressers - kimono wearers (they exist!), Christopher Nemeth fans and the rest.


Anonymous Reynolds Still said ... (8:40 PM) : 

Who gets the street cred for those boy pants?! Refreshing images as always Sartorialist!!!

Best regards,
Reynolds Still


Blogger lintmag said ... (8:52 PM) : 

These two are like some modern version of the two baseball playing kids you had in the vintage photo!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:10 PM) : 

I think for some people who are not familiar with Japanese fashion, they think all these look are ridiculous or ugly. But, if you often see Japanese fashion magazines or live in big cities (NY, LA or Paris, etc), you will appreciate and love Japanese style. Everybody in Japan dress individual and unique. These are just some shots from the famous funky area called "Harajuku". People dress like cartoon or manga character, wear black lipstick, etc, just have fun with themselves and express who they are. Scott, U should check out Shibuya/Shinjuku (more like Soho mix w Lower East Side) and Ginza (Upper west side or more conservative well dress ppl). Each areas have different styles. Personally, I'm more Shibuya girl :) Nice shots!!! Have fun in Japan and pls EAT A LOT of great food there from street foods, etc.


Blogger Milt-fresh_best-dressed said ... (9:13 PM) : 



Anonymous Rebecca said ... (9:16 PM) : 

Ah, Tokyo! It's been too long; need to go back! Much fun and entertainment to be had wandering the streets. Such a unique sense of fashion that, for some reason, can only be pulled off by Japanese!?


Blogger Unknown said ... (9:29 PM) : 

your japan posts are SO GREAT. The textures, mixes, and fabrics are just totally different from what I usually see. I love the girl on her bike...truly interesting and there's no "chic" or "vintage" hype...just an interesting mix of clothing. loves it


Anonymous cociolph said ... (10:24 PM) : 

The white pants are fantastic. I can't look at them without thinking of the very full drapery of Heian era clothing. The cuffs are killing me!


Anonymous Nick said ... (10:24 PM) : 

I love the exaggerated 1920's American newsboy look in...a Japanese street. Can't imagine seeing this in Shibuya though...some neighborhoods are more adventures in terms of fashion...


Blogger Anastasia said ... (10:40 PM) : 

Some great shots love to see some 'older' woman/men too....when are you in Sydney next??


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:44 PM) : 

Love it or hate it, Japanese clothing style is really like none other. Anyone interesed in seeing more should frequent this great site -


Anonymous Average Fashionista said ... (11:20 PM) : 

I lived in Japan for part of high school and college and picked up a lot of fashion that was cool there. When I moved back to the US, I felt REALLY out of place with my outfits. Now I can totally pick out Japanese people that I see around the streets of Seattle just by their outfits.


Blogger Nadine2point0 said ... (11:22 PM) : 

This is one of those photos that needs some context I think - are these students, are they friends getting home from a really late night party? It just doesn't seem fair with these two creative and unique guys to know so little !? :)


Blogger Emily McGuire said ... (12:00 AM) : 

The proportions and pant silhouettes are brilliant!

Inspiring, as expected from Tokyo!


Anonymous Adelaide said ... (12:51 AM) : 

They look like clowns...all of them. Tell me this isn't "in"...?

On the other hand, the outfits are interesting, and have so many different components you can look at them for a long time and still see something else quirky you hadn't noticed...

also, you're photographs are wonderful :)


Anonymous cheap prom dresses said ... (1:38 AM) : 

What do you think they are dress???i never been to Japan.


Blogger Lauren said ... (1:48 AM) : 

This photo reminds me of the vintage photo that was posted a week or two ago of the little boys in their baseball uniforms. Ugh! I miss Japan SO very much. Such wonderfully welcoming people and such an amazing culture!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:49 AM) : 

they are crazy...anyone agree with are out of their little mind too. come on sartorialist!you can do better

feels like i am in the zoo viewing animals


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:59 AM) : 

Is Tokyo (except the Harajuku neighborhood) really that different from New York, London, Paris and Milan in terms of how people are dressed? Or are we, the westerners, simply drawn to these different, innovative, weird or ethnic - what have you - styles? How representative are they of street fashion in Tokyo? Are there globally stylish people that aren't such a novelty act but more like those Chinese ladies you photographed at Hong Kong's Lane Crawford in 2007? I'm curious to know.


Blogger Unknown said ... (2:01 AM) : 

Oh these pictures are awesome! So unique!


Anonymous Kazuko said ... (2:39 AM) : 

the map - haha, so great. the japanese...

i truly love your japan pics!


Blogger AnAzevedo said ... (2:45 AM) : 

I love this photo! they look incredibly great!


Blogger .Polly Miau said ... (2:57 AM) : 

so far all of your tokyo posts are so inspiring!i absolutely love the fact that they dress so theatrically!


Blogger San said ... (2:58 AM) : 

What is it with asian men that they always have such beautiful hands?! *Sigh*

I just love the style of those too. So unusual but really fitting and interesting. Thanks for sharing!


Blogger Stephen said ... (3:31 AM) : 

Harem, drop-crotch, genie, M.C Hammer, whatever you want to call them kind of pants are predominantly everywhere in Japan it seems. And somehow I think they're extremely flattering and we should see more of them over 'west'.

Enjoying contrasting these posts with those from New York and Paris.



Blogger jkgagnon said ... (3:40 AM) : 

The pants on the men almost look like a caricature of the pants Japanese construction workers wear passed through steampunk filter


Blogger MELISSA Z. said ... (4:17 AM) : 

Love the colors of the Japanese people! Great pics as usual!


Blogger Sara Lee Bentley said ... (4:37 AM) : 

Japan looks so vibrant and everyone looks like a true individual -- thanks for letting us see it through your eyes!


Blogger Unknown said ... (5:21 AM) : 

You told your Berlin audience that the only city where it's really easy to take pictures of great looks is Milan.
I bet the city (or at least parts of it) to take get the coolest looks of all is Tokyo. I love those Japanese teens - their creativity and self-confidenc is beyond!


Blogger la señorita said ... (5:32 AM) : 

Me gusta el sombrero, la falda, la bici, en fin, me gusta todo.
Un beso


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:01 AM) : 

What type of bike is that? It is really cute for commuting.


Blogger Unknown said ... (7:08 AM) : 

If you're going to go back to Harajuku there's a really nice menswear shop called Le Globe ( The shop itself has been designed by Noriaki Okabe, it's a really nice place to go. It's off Gaien-nishi Dori, not far from Harajuku and Omotesando.


Blogger Precilla said ... (9:02 AM) : 

nicely done! I absolutely adore Japanese fashion. They really have no boundaries when it comes to expressing there way of life through there clothes. I wish I could see more of that in our western society.


Blogger Sunshinemom said ... (9:29 AM) : 

I have read fashion comes first in Japan and then to the rest of the world and these pictures are proof to it! These people are truly fashionable. They break norms and make it look cool! I love the skirt the girl on the bicycle is wearing. I like a riot of colours in dresses when others are wearing it though I tend to stick to rust, brown, beige, white and black!


Anonymous mabelmabel said ... (10:04 AM) : 

Re the huge pants: I've got to love any ensemble that makes me think, "Hmmm, must be fun to be wearing that." Makes me want to go to my closet and find something that will swish as I go through my day....

Young men, I love your eye.


Blogger Maggie Conner said ... (10:06 AM) : 

There are so many Harajuku street photographers but you make it more class than kitsch. These pics are gorgeous.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:21 AM) : 

Oh what I would give for that two toned brown jacket! Seeing people who obviously have fun with fashion is such a delight too. I wish my day were brightened by seeing people like this.


Blogger Unknown said ... (10:41 AM) : 

they're wonderful!! i love their trousers


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:01 PM) : 

Remind of the 20's with men wearing knickers and truly a romantic period. Love it!!


Anonymous proletarian Great Gatsby said ... (12:04 PM) : 

THE GIRL. You don't need to swear that you love bicycles.A bicycle is the umbilical cord -for some generations- to our childhood.
Bicycle could also means sports,health,Amsterdam,China...famine of war or postwar times...
THE BOYS. Oh...their trousers!...near to those we see in old pictures of the las century and..Tintin(Hergé)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:04 PM) : 

I think they look like one of the vintage photos. Shoes and all.


Blogger Jorge from W Palm Beach said ... (12:50 PM) : 

Ah! I am all for experiments, and I think the 2 gents get it right, if for no other reason than because they present a different silhouette, I mean this is different even than those Bottega Veneta men's wide leg jeans, which also made it into your blog weeks ago. And I agree with the posting above, that even these original guys belong to a "clique." That may be so, but they are still a breath of fresh air. I wont even go near trying this style, but thanks for the great visuals! Jorge from WPB


Blogger saradowle said ... (1:15 PM) : 

What a great skirt! And great trousers too!


Blogger The Cupcake Stand said ... (1:24 PM) : 

why are bicycles with baskets in front of them always so dreamy?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:39 PM) : 

so individual! funny bunny!


Blogger Kathleen said ... (1:52 PM) : 

These two guys are great! They take me back nearly thirty years when I first saw the creations from Yohji Yamamoto. Wow, time flies and cycles of fashion repeat themselves. I feel a good deal of the photographs you have presented us over these past few weeks have a very special retro quality to them, fashion wise. Berlin, Russia, and now Tokyo. I don't know if you are doing it on purpose as in "A Theme" or there's a return to certain looks that in my opinion were very beautiful. Maybe in these parts of the world, fashion evolution is slower or more steadfast. Not sure how to put it, just know I love it! I also see Kenzo here as well. Thanks Scott!


Blogger Prutha Raithatha said ... (1:54 PM) : 

am loving the pants...asian men r quite forward when ti comes to fashion...i must say!!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:19 PM) : 

It's funny-- Japanese style to me is all about being the same. If gold buttons on coats are in, everyone has gold (or at least silver) buttons on their coats. If black boots are in, everyone is wearing mini-skirts and black boots, or substituting with black shoes and knee-high black socks. Even when you are trying to stand out, you follow a trend-- If you're part of the Yamamba trend, you go all out-- dye your hair blond (or white), get the fake tan, wear the matching clothes etc. etc. Japan is a place for standing out while fitting in, or fitting in by not standing out-- depending on your preference.


Blogger NobodyKnowsMarc said ... (4:03 PM) : 

great trousers..


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:32 PM) : 

i cant totally see these guys in a cartoon riding some airship, stuffing food in their mouth and going "huh?? whattt???" maybe it's cos i just watched princess monoke.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:34 PM) : 

why is the hippie girl style "old"? it's ok, not everyhing needs to be some new invention or look to be appreciated. she looks cute.


Anonymous designer t-shirts said ... (5:02 PM) : 

Wild pants them!


Blogger shrink on the couch said ... (6:40 PM) : 

What are these pants called? They look like a cross between golf knickers and wide flare bell bottoms.


Blogger Cosmo said ... (7:03 PM) : 

These guys are awesome


Anonymous Lenka James said ... (9:01 PM) : 

I like the girl on the bike her style is nice...there is a whole hippy movement going on in tokyo now, there was an article about that..I think its cool


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:25 PM) : 

i think a lot of people who are commenting are missing the points of these outfits. the japanese culture focuses on different aspects of dressing. they may not be something you wear, but to them is more than standard. besides the personal style that's coming across in these pictures is the play with proportions and cut. it's something you see in comme des garcons for example. so maybe we should all calm down on the prejudices. they probably think you're style would be strange.


Blogger Sow 'n Sow said ... (1:00 AM) : 

I love love love these guys, the shoes, the pants, the fabrics... ahhh


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:33 AM) : 

The guys look like Dickens characters gone post-apocalyptic. Excellent!


Anonymous kristine said ... (3:48 AM) : 

Love the girl on the bicycle - fantastic!


Blogger Hippypoptimus said ... (4:13 AM) : 

Ι adore your blog, it makes me see another point of fashion view.Please help me with sth: How do you tell to people to take them a photo? For me it's really difficult, i believe that everyone is afraid of it.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:26 AM) : 

i am so glad you have finally landed in japan! i lived there only for two very short years and was constantly impressed with the courageous ensembles donned by the lovely locals. tanoshimini! xx


Blogger Brightlightwarriornika said ... (7:05 AM) : 

I hope you stay in Japan for a while because I'm loving the fashion and vibrant faces! Beautiful


Blogger Cinza Azul said ... (9:32 AM) : 

love her bicycle


Anonymous Naomi said ... (11:31 AM) : 

What most non-Japanese probably don't realize is that those voluminous pants in the bottom photo are actually the pants worn by construction workers. They are very traditional and are worn with split toe shoes on construction sites throughout the country.

So although they may look strange to western eyes, the truth is to the Japanese they just look like work pants - like Carhartts in the U.S.

I would also like to mention that these are not typical "Harajuku" styles - they are actually quite simple for that neighborhood.

I find them to be wonderful.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:23 PM) : 

There is no such thing as pushing it to far in fashion. fashion is what you make it, just do you.


Anonymous minca said ... (6:56 PM) : 

wow, those are some cool construction pants!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:59 PM) : 

So they dress up as cartoon characters as a way to "be themselves" because these characters mirror them best? Are we speaking aesthetically or some other trait, like telepathy (because it's such a common quality)? I'm obviously missing something here.

As for the clothes, these pieces would work best separately instead of all mashed up together. Each item has its own uniqueness. Pairing them up with a classic staple would make it work better for sure.


Blogger BIGTROUBLElittlephoenix said ... (11:58 PM) : 

This is such an amazing mix of so many styles from so many eras...I am totally inspired.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:05 AM) : 

only in japan!! It's like another universe in tokyo...sooo inspirational.Love it!


Blogger Sarah Keller Murray said ... (9:58 AM) : 

I was reminded by this vintage picture: the first one under "The Fellas" posted on March 29th. See the Mary Janes!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:08 PM) : 

The girl's style takes me back to the 70's, when I wore ankle length denim patchwork skirts and long hair and feather earrings. Hitchhiked too!


Blogger Unknown said ... (4:48 AM) : 

they look like they have fun dressing! love that!!


Blogger Joanne said ... (5:10 AM) : 

I have just come back from Tokyo and was so surprised at how well the men dress, they are great for the eye! So much better than the women...I loved it there:)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:48 AM) : 

These two guys are probably wearing the clothes of Christopher Nemeths, and he is from the UK.

I would also reccomend you to go to Shimokitazawa, and Koenji!


Blogger Natalia said ... (12:27 PM) : 

made in japan:) great, I love it!! specially the first photo.
The (im)Perfect Harmony


Blogger Caylen said ... (3:55 PM) : 

so amazing..



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:23 AM) : 

love the 2 guys - especially their smiles...melts my heart! hmmm, yum!


Anonymous Ashburn Eng said ... (12:44 PM) : 

love what they are wearing!


Anonymous Kristin said ... (2:39 PM) : 

I love any pic with a bike! They make any pic just that much better...


Blogger jorge said ... (9:32 AM) : 

love what they are wearing!


Blogger bertjing said ... (9:12 PM) : 

original & cool,


Blogger NoLa Prz said ... (9:56 AM) : 

love the pants


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