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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing, 14 Jan 2009
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This review is from: Tokyo Look Book: Stylish to Spectacular, Goth to Gyaru, Sidewalk to Catwalk (Paperback)
This really is the one of the best Japanese fashion books I have read. Not only does it have lovely pictures of some of the citizens of Tokyo, it has wonderfully descriptive paragraphs about where they got their clothes and accessories from, and sometimes information about the people themselves. There is even a section at the back with the addresses, phone numbers and web sites of the shops where the clothes came from.

I would recommend this book to anyone who has a passion for modern Japan, fashion and culture. ^^

This book goes brilliantly with FRUiTS and FRESH FRUiTS.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tokyo Fashion, 4 Jun 2009
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This review is from: Tokyo Look Book: Stylish to Spectacular, Goth to Gyaru, Sidewalk to Catwalk (Paperback)
I first saw this book in waterstones, and at first i expected some badly taken photos and a very high price tag. While it is quite expensive, the quality is awesome, with full page images and a small amount of writing accompanying each one. For me, this was great, as i only ever see text-heavy books about Japan. Even though fashion isnt really my main interest, i still enjoyed looking through it. There's even a Kakashi cosplayer! Go buy it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fashion as shock, 9 Dec 2007
This review is from: Tokyo Look Book: Stylish to Spectacular, Goth to Gyaru, Sidewalk to Catwalk (Paperback)
"It's like an attack on the brain": so speaks Kai Satake about his Boutique Dog. The same might be said of much of these Tokyo fashions. Supposedly the Japanese fashion scene was dull in the 1980's: they've made up a lot of ground since then. Being far from Europe may have led to the movement to extremes.

Upon first looking through this book, the photos dominated. Not that they seem that flattering, many are not, but they are eye-catching. Many are of "ordinary" youth found on the streets: few if any are of fashion models.

Once I settled into the text by Philomena Keet, I was surprised just how complex this entire scene is: worthy of an anthropologist with a PhD in "Tokyo street fashion". Let's hope it does not go out of fashion, what will Philomena do then? As it is, there is a lot of reading here which goes along with the photos: the text is not a formal presentation at all nor is there much explicit social science in it but it is informative.

Much derives from music, much of that having come from the West although the Japanese now make their own contribution such as with their "visual kei" rock bands. One remarkable fashion designer (and visual kei performer which perform in costume) is Mana whose androgynous look was one of the more attractive in this book.

Gothic, Lolita, Gothic Lolita, Princess Lolita: lots of subcultures and tribes. Lots of money spent on clothes and many magazines(the amounts seem to be in yen) by youths who want to be "in". Lots of time as well, it seems, shopping and hanging out at well-known places where they can be seen and photographed (sometimes at a price). "Charisma girls" have become well known and apparently well paid, helpful workers in the fashion shops some of whom have gained a national reputation and even been launched in a career as a fashion designer.

A number of fashion designers are presented. One organizes photo shoots at which amateurs gather at various locations. Many fashion shops are covered. There is truly a lot here both in the photos and, to my surprise, in the text. I can only wonder, were I to go to Tokyo, how many youth I would see in such fashions: I'd be disappointed after "The Tokyo Look Book" if the percentage was too small. This kind of fun and freedom seems a good thing so long as the spending doesn't become overdone. But it is not my kids so I enjoyed this book considerably.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing and original: a technicolour odyssey through the spectrum of Tokyo style, 20 Sep 2007
This review is from: Tokyo Look Book: Stylish to Spectacular, Goth to Gyaru, Sidewalk to Catwalk (Paperback)
This is an excellent book on Japanese fashion as a whole.

Many different groups are lovingly described and photographed, from the most theatrical goths to the smartest office girls. The sheer variety of looks and genres will come as a surprise to many.

Philomena Keet's background in anthropology gives her descriptions and interviews real substance, while the photographs by Yuri Manabe are a delight.

Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good, 15 Jun 2013
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Japanese fashion book is good it is easy, to read and has beautiful images, I enjoy look at this book for inspiration! :)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Illustrated Anthropology and Commentary on Fashion, 24 Jan 2008
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This review is from: Tokyo Look Book: Stylish to Spectacular, Goth to Gyaru, Sidewalk to Catwalk (Paperback)
I've never been to Japan, and I read books all the time about how people in Japan love the global luxury brands (Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Dior). But seeing the cover of this book suggested that something else is going on with young people in Tokyo.

Philomena Keet focuses on Shibuya (cool youth fashion), visually avant garde styles, street-defined ensembles, high fashion in a global taste sense, and what the well-dressed man wears to work. The last two seemed somewhat like what I expected, the first three were not.

Each section is a nice combination of explaining the cultural roots behind the way of dressing, focuses on some designers, describes some celebrities defined by the style, and talks about the social implications. These aspects were welcome because I wouldn't have appreciated the logic behind the various looks without that background.

The book has four big weaknesses:

1. The analysis of what's covered is pretty superficial.

2. The photography isn't as good as you usually see in a style-oriented book. I suspect that's because these are often virtually candid shots rather than fashion shots.

3. The layout of the book isn't very appealing. There is an attempt to pick up the Tokyo look style, but I didn't think it worked.

4. The type faces and backgrounds make the text difficult to read.

Net-net, I found the book contained more than enough of interest to keep me reading. I also felt I have a better sense of the role fashion plays for younger people in Japan. To me, the biggest aha was realizing that Western-style clothing is so relatively new to Japanese culture that young people feel a greater freedom to move away from traditional style concepts . . . even when the mixtures of clothes and styles are extremely eclectic.
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