Tokyo fashion week is held two times a year. This fashion week plays a key role in the campaign “Cool Japan”. This season, washi paper was mixed with silk and this mixture was transmitted into traditional kimonos.
The fund for Cool Japan kicks off in November. The campaign wants to help the firms in Japan to promote their work and their culture.
The Prime Minister Shinzo Abe thinks of it as a way of going back to the cool times that were a characteristic for the Japanese people. The Japanese are a cool nation which has promoted so many cool technological gadgets, like for example, the “Walkman”.
The Tokyo Fashion Week will last for one week and it will show the Spring/Summer 2014 collections. The first day was on Monday, when it was noticed that the number of foreign buyers was doubled from last year.
Among the designers showcasing during Tokyo Fashion Week was the designer Sara Arai, with her brand “araisara”. Her new collection was called “Fantasia”, and it was a sporty and surreal collection consisted of typical Japanese fashion traits like unique color combinations and stylish fabrics. Jackets were made of washi paper and silk and were paired with shots and flowing dresses in green and blue. Many dresses had prints from sunflowers on them. Arai told the journalists that for her collection, the materials used are a mixture of traditional techniques and modern technology. This mixture helps her making unique things. She says that she wants to use the fashion and creating to show what are the skills that can be found only in Asia. The campaign for “Cool Japan” seems like a simple entertainment thing for many people, but actually, it’s way more than that.
The deputy director of the Creative Industries Division at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in Japan, Yuichi Moronaga, said that fashion on its own and the whole fashion week are in the center of the “Cool Japan” campaign. The image that everyone has for Japan is anime and manga, but the Japanese people want to be known for more than that, for different things and services. The most attractive things in Japan’s fashion world must be the materials, the buttons and ribbons, and the whole styling of the traditional kimono. The kimono is the hallmark of Tamae Hirokawa’s collections. He shows his collection on Monday, at the opening.
Japan is not the only goal for the Japanese designers, they want to spread their businesses to some other countries in Asia too.
The attention that is paid to the Japanese fashion is ever growing, with the help of live streaming on the Internet of many fashion shows. There are 37 brands that will show their collections during Tokyo Fashion Week, and 5 of them are debutants.
When it comes to fashion, did you also know that David Bowie was featured as a male model wearing printed vests with the kanji harkening in his back? It was a design by Kansai Yamamoto. In retrospect of the Japanese style, you will enjoy seeing his approach of fashion wearing the “Space Samurai”. Although these pieces of clothing are something that you cannot easily see on the Japanese fashion shops, most of his outfits center Japonism. You can also see the bodysuit that he wore. It was a pattern of the yakuza tattoo. Even his hairstyle imitates the flaming lion with a dancing wig portraying a role in the Kabuki Theater. If you want to see more Japanese styles, there are Japanese clothing websites that you can visit.
The officials from the Imperial Household Agency informed Ogata that the visit of Japan’s imperial couple will not be an opportunity for them to hear about the suffering and hardships which were experienced by the patients. After all, there are hundreds of citizens who still hope for certification as victims of the Minamata disease since it entitles them for compensation directly from the Japanese government.
Masami Ogata, 55 years old and head of “kataribe” or storytellers group, says that the Minamata disease has not come yet to an end until today. Ogata believes that Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko wanted to remember that the victims still exist.
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko are also set to present followers at the sanitarium of Kikuchi Keifuen on October 26. The Kikuchi Keifuen is a place wherein 1,288 remains of leprosy patients can be found. The purpose why the government of Japan isolates the leprosy patients is the fact that they do not want the disease to spread further. Even their connection to their family members was also severed and some remains were not claimed to be buried in the family graves. The acting head of the Kikuchi Keifuen residents association will be the one to welcome the imperial couple of Japan during their visit to the place.
On Friday, a new group of dolphins was driven and led into the cove where all the killings happened.
It was only last weekend when the world witnessed the activity in shock, while more than 200 dolphins waited for what would happen to them in the killing cove.
Fifty-two dolphins have been up for the selection of representatives coming from swim-with-dolphins programs and marine parks.
The first one was an albino calf which is estimated to have a worth of 500,000 dollars.
Right after four terrible days, the killing started on Tuesday morning.
There were 41 dolphins that were killed, while the members of the families where they belonged to were soaked in their blood.
The dolphins, which can be seen as not suitable to enter the industry of entertainment or not that heavy to take meat from, were brought back to the waters.
A lot of them, especially those ones which were very young and were separated from their guardians that were killed, were no longer expected to overcome the trauma.
The season of dolphin killings will continue up to early March.
Kana is another type of Japanese character that may be used in a tattoo art. While others still prefer putting tribal tattoos, the use of Kana in a Japanese tattoo is also appealing. Most would even say that it is exotic and beautiful like you are capturing an ideogram in a simple stroke. This is often used to express feelings of freedom, hope and love through a tattoo. These arts are most often associated with movies especially if it is martial art related. It is because more manly men are attracted to this type of designs in a tattoo.
There are female in today’s generation who would also love to experience putting a tattoo artist in their body. If you also want to, you can try a Japanese tattoo art that is not permanent so it will just be erased after few weeks.