MenuBack

JAPAN STYLE ARENA J-FASHION PHOTOS: WESTERNERS WHO WEAR HARAJUKU CLOTHING. ALICE AUAA, TOKYO NEW TRIBE GOTH MODELS.


gaijin cosplayers, JAPAN STYLE ARENA J-FASHION PHOTOS: WESTERNERS WHO WEAR HARAJUKU CLOTHING. ALICE AUAA, TOKYO NEW TRIBE GOTH MODELS, vivi eyelash designer maker, tokyo decadance performers, japan gothic lolita fashion, egl coordinates, daily lolita, tokyo street style, gothic lolita bible snaps, kera magazine scans

Style Arena has a regular “Tokyo New Tribe” feature, which categorizes and explains the various Japanese street styles. Comte de Sang (above) was invited to participate in a J-Fashion Lovers photoshoot. He kindly takes us behind-the-scenes in this guest post:

Tokyo New Tribe, a part of the Japan Fashion Association’s informative fashion website Style Arena, serves as a gateway to the wild and wonderful world of underground street fashion in Tokyo. Often focusing on Harajuku, TNT shines the spotlight on some of the brightest (or, as is sometimes the case, darkest) tribes of elaborately attired youth to grace the concrete runways of Japan’s fashion capital.

gaijin cosplayers, JAPAN STYLE ARENA J-FASHION PHOTOS: WESTERNERS WHO WEAR HARAJUKU CLOTHING. ALICE AUAA, TOKYO NEW TRIBE GOTH MODELS, vivi eyelash designer maker, tokyo decadance performers, japan gothic lolita fashion, egl coordinates, daily lolita, tokyo street style, gothic lolita bible snaps, kera magazine scans

I first encountered the pleasant folks of Tokyo New Tribe when I was invited to a Takuya Angel photo shoot in Harajuku. Contacted by ViVi (eyelash designer and performer), who was helping to gather an army of Angel-ers for the shoot, I was then introduced to director Hine and photographer Aya, whose skillful direction and camerawork resulted in a very informative piece describing the Wa-Mixture style. The photos and descriptions were also included in the seasonal magazine 流行色 (ryūkōshoku).

Fortunately, this was not to be my last encounter with TNT, as I was recently contacted by Hine to be a part of the next theme, “Foreigners Who Love Japanese Fashion!” On a high from his recent return from an Alice Auaa fashion show, Hine was enthusiastic about my collection of Gothic attire from that same label, and it was not long before we were standing in front of the barred iron gate of Harajuku’s Putumayo shop for the shoot.

sweet lolita dresses, where to buy lolita clothes, pretty japanese girl model, american gaijin cosplayers, JAPAN STYLE ARENA J-FASHION PHOTOS: WESTERNERS WHO WEAR HARAJUKU CLOTHING. ALICE AUAA, TOKYO NEW TRIBE GOTH MODELS, vivi eyelash designer maker, tokyo decadance performers, japan gothic lolita fashion, egl coordinates, daily lolita, tokyo street style, gothic lolita bible snaps, kera magazine scans

Working with TNT is always a pleasant experience, as the staff members are always flexible, professional, and smiling. Usually they focus on one individual and zoom in on each individual piece of clothing and accessory, giving every part of the outfit a time to shine. For many models, who often expend a great deal of time and effort in pursuit of their style, this loving attention to detail is a welcome change from the typical standing full body shots that will end up in the Harajuku Snap sections of Kera or Gothic & Lolita Bible. By taking advantage of the possibilities of an online feature, TNT gives each model and their fashion the attention that they deserve.

For those who cannot read Japanese, Tokyo New Tribe has English translations that, while not perfect, are more than sufficient to convey the basic ideas behind each complex style. One might complain that “Gothic & Lolita” is given only a brief, general section, which cannot possibly do justice to the plethora of offshoots and multitudinous variations of that particular style. However, one must realize that there are entire magazines devoted entirely to G&L, and so TNT chooses to take up the less easily defined fashions, which are often ignored by major publications.

elegant goth aristocrat clothing, where to buy mana sama moi meme moitie, gaijin cosplayers, JAPAN STYLE ARENA J-FASHION PHOTOS: WESTERNERS WHO WEAR HARAJUKU CLOTHING. ALICE AUAA, TOKYO NEW TRIBE GOTH MODELS, vivi eyelash designer maker, tokyo decadance performers, japan gothic lolita fashion, egl coordinates, daily lolita, tokyo street style, gothic lolita bible snaps, kera magazine scans

Representing everything from the standard Japanese variations on Goth/Punk to more obscure and inherently Japanese styles such as “choiwaru oyaji” (“sexy” middle-aged men), “onī-kei” (“gorgeous and wild” men’s fashion), and “Ura-Hara girlie style,” the website offers a first-hand glimpse at the looks that often slip under the radar. Sometimes these styles are difficult to translate into English, but are often intuitive to the Japanese or those who have lived in Japan and are very familiar with the various street trends. TNT takes a pinpoint approach to these variegated worlds of Tokyo fashion, using as models the real people who love and wear the clothing.

The Japanese classic short work Hōjōki begins with the phrase, “Ceaselessly the river flows, and yet the water is never the same.” These words could hardly be truer when compared to the constantly shifting kaleidoscope of Tokyo vogue, but Tokyo New Tribe certainly does an admirable job of “going with the flow” and keeping fashion mavens around the world in touch with the pulse of Asia’s capital of style.

dolly fashion, grimoire store in shibuya, medieval renaissance girls, dolly kei, antique kei, mori girls, JAPAN STYLE ARENA J-FASHION PHOTOS: WESTERNERS WHO WEAR HARAJUKU CLOTHING. ALICE AUAA, TOKYO NEW TRIBE GOTH MODELS, vivi eyelash designer maker, tokyo decadance performers, japan gothic lolita fashion, egl coordinates, daily lolita, tokyo street style, gothic lolita bible snaps, kera magazine scans

Many thanks for the perceptive report! You can see more Style Arena tribes in my posts about Grimoire dolly fashion, Fairy Kei, Wa-Cyber and Gothic Lolita.

Which Japanese street styles fascinate you? What would you like to see more of on this blog?

Song of the Day #341: Versailles – Amorphous (from the new album Jubilee. Hmm, I wonder who will be seeing them LIVE in Tokyo at the end of the month? Ohhh yes, adventure awaits!)

SHARE & COMMENT

34 Comments

  1. Posted April 8, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

    the red sweet-loli is yummy, now I want to eat a red velvet cupcake !! lol ^_^

    • Posted April 8, 2010 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

      Ahh now I want to eat one too! :O

  2. Posted April 8, 2010 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

    Haha so cute!!!

  3. Posted April 8, 2010 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

    I love reading Tokyo New Tribe. Nice report.

  4. Posted April 8, 2010 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

    choiwaru oyaji ( http://www.style-arena.jp/en/tribe/0013.html ) is for Upper Middle Aged. I’m lower middle aged. It looks cool and age appropriate, but way too old for me. :-(

    • Posted April 8, 2010 at 11:06 pm | Permalink

      I love seeing how people of all ages dress in Japan… it’s a great reminder that stylishness transcends age!

      • Posted April 9, 2010 at 12:06 am | Permalink

        So do I, but I was hoping to find something to add to my wardrobe when I saw “Sexy Middle Aged.” But alas… I guess I stick with Hawai’in shirts and other light clothing to stand up to 8 months of Summer.

  5. Posted April 8, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

    the red sweet-loli is yummy, now I want to eat a red velvet cupcake !! lol ^_^

  6. Posted April 9, 2010 at 12:46 am | Permalink

    So awesome.

  7. Posted April 8, 2010 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

    Haha so cute!!!

  8. Posted April 8, 2010 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

    Ahh now I want to eat one too! :O

  9. Posted April 8, 2010 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

    I love reading Tokyo New Tribe. Nice report.

  10. Posted April 8, 2010 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

    choiwaru oyaji ( http://www.style-arena.jp/en/tribe/0013.html ) is for Upper Middle Aged. I'm lower middle aged. It looks cool and age appropriate, but way too old for me. :-(

  11. Posted April 9, 2010 at 3:35 am | Permalink

    amazing pics! I luv detail! <3

    • Posted April 9, 2010 at 5:22 am | Permalink

      Me too! I love closeup shots of hands and ears :)

  12. Posted April 8, 2010 at 11:06 pm | Permalink

    I love seeing how people of all ages dress in Japan… it's a great reminder that stylishness transcends age!

  13. Posted April 9, 2010 at 12:06 am | Permalink

    So do I, but I was hoping to find something to add to my wardrobe when I saw “Sexy Middle Aged.” But alas… I guess I stick with Hawai'in shirts and other light clothing to stand up to 8 months of Summer.

  14. Posted April 9, 2010 at 5:20 am | Permalink

    It’s great that they showcase lesser known fashions, but YAY LOLITA! ^.^
    Totally OT, but are you going to the Cherry Blossom Festival in Little Tokyo this weekend?

    • Posted April 9, 2010 at 5:22 am | Permalink

      Ahh I’m not in LA any more… off to Tokyo and Osaka soon! So much travelling! :O :D

  15. Posted April 9, 2010 at 12:46 am | Permalink

    So awesome.

  16. Posted April 9, 2010 at 3:35 am | Permalink

    amazing pics! I luv detail! <3

  17. Posted April 9, 2010 at 5:20 am | Permalink

    It's great that they showcase lesser known fashions, but YAY LOLITA! ^.^
    Totally OT, but are you going to the Cherry Blossom Festival in Little Tokyo this weekend?

  18. Posted April 9, 2010 at 5:22 am | Permalink

    Me too! I love closeup shots of hands and ears :)

  19. Posted April 9, 2010 at 5:22 am | Permalink

    Ahh I'm not in LA any more… off to Tokyo and Osaka soon! So much travelling! :O :D

  20. Posted April 9, 2010 at 10:50 pm | Permalink

    Just gonna say, more dolly-kei. Its my current obsession

    • Posted April 10, 2010 at 12:54 am | Permalink

      I’ll be going to Grimoire in Shibuya for sure!

  21. Posted April 10, 2010 at 1:54 am | Permalink

    Oh that is one sexy bag… I WANT THAT BAG D:
    Hmm… seeing all of this makes me want to do sweet lolita xD haha It’s so… INNOCENT O_O

  22. Posted April 9, 2010 at 10:50 pm | Permalink

    Just gonna say, more dolly-kei. Its my current obsession

  23. Posted April 10, 2010 at 12:54 am | Permalink

    I'll be going to Grimoire in Shibuya for sure!

  24. Posted April 10, 2010 at 1:54 am | Permalink

    Oh that is one sexy bag… I WANT THAT BAG D:
    Hmm… seeing all of this makes me want to do sweet lolita xD haha It's so… INNOCENT O_O

  25. Posted April 12, 2010 at 12:53 am | Permalink

    i like choiwaru oyaji. what cool cats :)

  26. Posted April 12, 2010 at 12:53 am | Permalink

    i like choiwaru oyaji. what cool cats :)

  27. Posted April 12, 2010 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

    Maooo!

Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked with *

*
*