Category Archives: tokyo fashion

Limited haori inspired coats are back!

No I’m not going to insult your intelligence by calling these “samurai coats”, it would only cheapen an otherwise high quality products in my opinion, no these coats are based on the kimono men wear called haori,  haori  are nowadays only worn during festivities like weddings and coming of age day (the day 21 year old youngsters celebrate their entrance into the “adult” world).

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The men’s kimono is one stylish piece of clothing though, worthy to be worn much more often than just once a year or less. Wearing a hoari on an ordinary day would give you a lot of puzzled looks, kind of like wearing a swimsuit during winter.

Fashion brand Trove introduced last year the Haori “wa-robe” with wa (和)meaning  Japanese style, and it proved to be a very successful concept. selling out in a short time.

This year, the lineup has been expanded to four different pieces, with the warmest being the 29,700-yen (US$288) Wool Haori, with a soft-to-the-touch wool/nylon/polyurethane shell and cupra rayon lining.

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While the haori is an old-school garment, the simple, understated design means that they can be paired just as easily with modern fashion as they can traditional Japanese clothing.

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Made of waffle-patterned cotton instead of wool, though with the same lining as the Wool Haori, this ivory-colored coat is also priced at 29,700 yen.

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Trove is now also offering wool hakama, the loose-fitting pants.hc-9

The 24,840-yen Wool Hakama feature the same wool/nylon/polyurethane material and colors as the Wool Haori.

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The entire lineup can be ordered here through Trove’s website, with special instructions for overseas customers found here or use the form below. Shipping is scheduled for early December.

Source: Japaaan

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Impress your Japanese history professor with this T-shirt

It could even double as a cheat sheet for your next exam!

If you’ve been paying any attention at all in your Japanese history classes, then the names Sekigahara, Tokugawa, and Mitsunari may already be familiar to you. For those of you who can’t resist the call of sleep during hour-long lectures about near-ancient history delivered in a monotone voice, a concise summary:

The Battle of Sekigahara was a decisive battle fought on the 15th day of the 9th month in the 5th year of the Keichō period, which happens to be October 21, 1600. Two armies fought in the battle: the Eastern Army, led by Tokugawa Ieyasu, and the Western Army, led by Ishida Mitsunari. Tokugawa Ieyasu and the Eastern Army won the battle. Thus began the Tokugawa shogunate, the last shogunate in Japan.

Why should you care? Because you’ll need to be able to explain all of this when someone asks you about the cool shirt you’ve got on.

▼ Meet the team from the East: Hosokawa Tadaoki, Ii Naomasa, Fukushima Masanori, Honda Tadakatsu, Tōdō Takatora, Kuroda Nagamasa, Tokugawa Ieyasu, Kobayakawa Hideaki

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Sengoku Corporation recently unveiled this simple, yet stylish t-shirt at a special event in Nagoya and announced that it would be available for sale at an exclusive web shop on September 30th.  The cost of the shirt is for 5000 yen (US $48.69) and it is emblazoned with armored helms unique to the commander whom it represents, along with the names of each commander and the respective army for which they fought the epic Sekigahara battle.

▼Representing the West side: Tachibana Muneshige, Ootani Yoshitsugu, Ishida Mitsunari, Shima Sakon, Shimazu Yoshihiro, Konishi Yukinaga, Ukita Hideie, Ankokuji Ekei

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If history isn’t your thing, Sengoku Corporation also has a pair of tights and a curiously large umbrella bag that will go on sale the same day.

Images: Sengoku Corporation
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A rabbit and a monkey collaborate to create some awesome playful wear.

(former) Japaense fashion maker A Bathing Ape’s lovely mascot Baby Milo has found a new friend in Sanrio’s famous “My Melody” rabbit (or is it a rabbit, after Sanrio told us that Kitty wasn’t a kitty, I’ve lost some confidence).

For those who’ve been living under a stone for the last 25 years, let me give you some Bape facts;

-Bape was founded in 1992 in Tokyo by designer Nigo.

-Nigo got his inspiration from the 1968 film, the Planet of the Apes.

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-He gained fame after he asked Japanese artist Cornelius to wear his shirts on stage, Cornelius whose real name is Oyamada, got his stage name from the ape( never call him a monkey!) in…yeah,  planet of the apes.

The monkey and the rabbit will feature in a collection with a wide range of items for lads, ladies and kids, ranging from hoodies, t-shirts, sweaters, towels, cups and ear rings.

 

Sale will start August the 27th, no word yet if they will sell these products outside Japan, so just to be sure head over here and then fill out our request form and we will get it for you.

Personally I won’t see myself wearing one these hoodies, but one of these shirts would look great on jeans under a black jacket, playful yet stylish.

Serge Roso JWS

 

Strap a slab of delicious grilled meat on your back with this new backpack from Japan

This is just one of the items in a range of delicious accessories designed for meat lovers.

If you ever wanted to turn heads and make people’s mouths water as you walk by them on the street, there’s no easier way to do it than with a meaty backpack. This new product is the latest to join the weird and whacky rucksack range from quirky Japanese novelty goods store Village Vanguard, who previously thrilled us with their raw meat bag earlier this year.

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Now the backpack has progressed in the cooking process, developing a deliciously seared golden brown colour that makes it look just about ready for eating.

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▼ The thick slab of steak comes with a pair of soft brown straps so you can carry it around in maximum comfort.

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▼ And unlike your ordinary cut of meat, this one opens up to carry everything you need for the day, complete with inner pockets.

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Given its size, the meaty bag is a bargain at 2,160 yen (US$21.52). While it’s designed to be worn in summer, when the butter-topped serving would appear to sizzle in the sun, it’s still a top accessory for any time of the year!

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And for customers who prefer to keep their meat fandom within the confines of the home, the delicious steak is also available as a plump, tender cushion.
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If you’ve always dreamed of laying your head on a juicy piece of meat, this succulent looking cushion will give you enough meat sweats to last a lifetime.

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▼ Also available in a raw meat version, the cushions retail for 2,160 yen each.

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The meaty range is becoming increasingly popular with customers, so if your tastes tend towards the carnivorous variety,check out the  Village Vanguard online store and send us your request before they all sell out!

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Source, Images: Village Vanguard online store (1, 2)

gothic rock, punk fashion brand DrugHoney sale has started!

Back in May we announced the opening of Gothic rock, punk fashion brand DrugHoney’s online web store. We are extremely pleased that our written introduction of this brand had some influence on our fashion conscious audience…clothes were ordered and shipped to the Philippines, the States,China, Korea,  Canada, Costa Rica, Belgium, Italy, France, Australia, Peru, Russia, Luxembourg, Brazil and Germany, proving that people no matter where they live, don’t want to be put in a box and labelled.

Those who were hesitant to purchase these awesome clothes are now given a new gateway through their summer sale. With discounts up to 50%, there is really no excuse anymore for those attracted to DrugHoney’s designs.

nightmare party one-piece ¥4,580 →→→ SALE¥2,290
Front stars and stripes flaps connected wide pants ¥5,280 →→→ SALE ¥2,640
big pocket cargo pants  ¥4,580 →→→ SALE ¥2,290

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If you’re on their page anyway, we recommend you to check out their  new arrivals which again beautifully tip toe the line between punk, Goth and mode!

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Furoshiki Shoes from Vibram designed to literally wrap around your feet are now available in new colo(u)rs!

Back in 2015 we wrote about these fresh newly designed sneakers from “five toe”sneaker maker Vibram and how we all would get rich shipping these shoes  to fashion keen, sports minded folks all over the world. Well our optimism about being popular was right on the spot, the part about us getting rich and being able to put our kids through college….not so much. If our accountant really had been to college than he would have been able to calculate that in order to get a zillion yen we needed to ship at least a million shoes…the man forgot that we only charge 10% of the original price which was 17,064 yen….No we didn’t fire him since he’s the only one who actually knows how to use a calculator, in the world of the blind, one eye is……

Anyways back to those awesome Furoshiki Shoes, they introduced new colors:

Blue


Red/blue


 


 

And White

There’s good news for my US readers as they are sold in the US now, but for other countries it might be harder to get your hands on them….no worries though, we are here for you.

Serge Roso JWS

gothic rock, punk fashion brand Drug Honey opens shopping site.

Unisex Goth inspired fashion has been around for some time, but it always has had a certain target group, you are into goth or you aren’t….putting you in clear social box.   What if you are a person who likes certain aspects of goth, but doesn’t want to be mistaken for a goth? What if you feel goth but don’t want to be labelled as such? Who likes labels anyway, the people who label other folks do this with a sense of superiority, making them narrow minded individuals in my opinion.

Drug honey’s designs have a very strong Gothic flavor, but combine them with another style piece of clothing and see them transform into their own unique style! Their designs are truly classy and the fabric and design hides the fact that these clothes carry a relative low price tag. Well enough bla bla bla, let’s have a look.

Lace x striped back spindle Jabot shirt (women) 5,980 yen  including tax


Lace switching vintage satin-style flap skirt (unisex)3,980 yen  including tax


Leather winding wrist Gloves 1,580 yen


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Monkey pants with suspenders (unisex)3,980

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Long side themed Gothic cut dress (unisex) 5,280

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Nobody knows  the concept of uniformity better than the Japanese, but through these new fashion brands, brands which carefully tip toe between several styles they are given the opportunity to rebel against that, and adopt the look they feel best represents them, not how society expects them to represent themselves….

PS the first buyer will receive a 20% discount coupon

Serge Roso JWS

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We can get you anything from Japan to anywhere..the cheapest way!