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Tokyo and Osaka Fashion News: A Slice of Spain

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Tokyo and Osaka Fashion News: A Slice of Spain Hiroshi Saito and Jay Doggett Modern Tokyo Times Japan is internationally famous for luxury fashion and being accessible to a whole array of fashion trends. Mega cities like Tokyo, Osaka, Kobe and Nagoya, and many others, are blessed with many buzzing fashion districts. The fashion angle […]

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Tokyo Fashion News: Fred Segal to Consolidate in Japan

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Tokyo Fashion News: Fred Segal to Consolidate in Japan Hiroshi Saito and Michel Lebon Modern Tokyo Times Fred Segal opened its first flagship store in Japan last year and now it appears that 2014/2015 will be based on consolidating this hip brand. Indeed, the power of American fashion can be felt deeply within the backstreets […]

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Osaka Fashion News: Vibrant Shinsaibashi

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Osaka Fashion News and Vibrant Shinsaibashi Michel Lebon and Hiroshi Saito Modern Tokyo Times The city of Osaka is a mega-city which appeals strongly to fashion lovers because you are spoilt for choice in this powerful part of Japan. Osaka needs to be fully recognized for its purchasing power and the vibrancy of its culture. […]

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Japanese Art and Ukiyo-e: Mons, Crests and Ronins

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Mons, Crests and Ronins by toshidama The next exhibition at the Toshidama Gallery is devoted to the great revenge drama of Japanese culture – the Chushingura – and other folklore heroes. To anyone familiar with ukiyo-e (Japanese woodblock prints) – the great visual art of Japan – prints of the Chushingura are instantly recognisable. The subject […]

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Tokyo and Osaka Fashion News: Luxury Fashion in Japan

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Tokyo and Osaka Fashion News: Luxury Fashion in Japan Hiroshi Saito and Sarah Deschamps Modern Tokyo Times The luxury fashion market in Japan is internationally famous because this country is known to consume more items than any other nation. This reality means that major cities like Tokyo, Osaka, Kobe, Nagoya, Sendai, Yokohama, and many others, […]

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Tokyo and Osaka Fashion News: Growing Influence of International Fast Fashion

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Tokyo and Osaka Fashion News: Growing Influence of International Fast Fashion Michel Lebon and Kanako Itamae Modern Tokyo Time The Japanese Apple Pie continues to attract the crème de la crème of exquisite international fashion brands to the more street style nature of fast fashion. At the same time, it is abundantly clear that the […]

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What’s in a Face – Burmester Curves and the Art of Osaka

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What’s in a Face – Burmester Curves and the Art of Osaka By toshidama I am out of my depth here, in enquiring into the mechanics and mathematics of the common French Curve or Burmester Curve. But some observations about their relationship to the work of Osaka printmaker Konishi Hirosada (ca 1810 – 1864) and how European […]

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Japanese Art: Before and After Hirosada

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Before and After Hirosada  By toshidama There is a clear division in the design and the feel of Osaka prints that occurs at around 1840. This is in part due to the hiatus caused by the notorious attempts by the failing Japanese administration to censor the arts – particularly the theatre – as part of a […]

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Tokyo and Osaka Lifestyle: Malene Birger and Flying Tiger Copenhagen from Denmark

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Tokyo and Osaka Lifestyle: Malene Birger and Flying Tiger Copenhagen from Denmark Takeshi Hasegawa and Sarah Deschamps  Modern Tokyo Times Flying Tiger Copenhagen and Malene Birger are providing a touch of Denmark in Japan. Malene Birger is a delightful fashion brand that decided on opening up in Tokyo recently. While Flying Tiger Copenhagen first moved […]

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Osaka and Tokyo Fashion News: GUESS and Frank & Eileen

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Osaka and Tokyo Fashion News: GUESS and Frank & Eileen Michel Lebon and Kanako Itamae Modern Tokyo Times Another year begins in the vibrant fashion scene of Japan and already in early 2014 it is clear that many new changes are in the offing. This applies to brand expansions, new brands entering the Japanese market, […]

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