it is widely known that Japan is the most fashionable country in the world. Not it the sense of brand-representation or following trends, but in it’s own very unique way.
Before the 2011 Fukushima disaster, Japanese younger generations were very much aimed on absorbing Western culture. They were charmed by everything American – starting with food and ending with looks. That still flies in the air, but since 2011, Japanese youth started paying more respect and attention to their unique culture.
In Japanese society it is considered inappropriate to express your emotions, complain, or be in any way weak. The older generations work the longest office days in the world and it is common for some office clerks to stay in the city to sleep the night and then go back to the office.
Local 24-hour shops in Tokyo provide the, with anything they might need – both men and women. You can find every item starting from socks, underwear and toothbrush, to makeup, hygiene items, packed lunch or dinner and even some clothing items, like shirts in the supermarkets.
When going through the streets of the city, you might bump into a tidy well dressed man sleeping on a park bench. Two explanations – he is either drunk after an evening at a bar with colleagues, which is absolutely common and normal here; or he has sat at the office till late, didn’t make it to the last train home, and the closest capsule hotel is fully booked.
But let’s get back to the young people and fashion. Years of mixing cultures and styles,plus the unique take of Japanese on everything they lay their hands on, and we see the best street looks in the world. Let’s be honest – the Fruits and Decora girls are cute and fun, but that’s not street style, that’s lifestyle and it’s not in any way near our daily life.
Here, we gathered the most wearable looks from Tokyo streets, which can be easily incorporated in our European reality. Enjoy.