And again here I am. The land of the rising sun.
This trip to Tokyo has basically three goals: The first one, is to get to know some new accounts for SKULLS. The second one, is to create a capsule collection of hats made out of Made in Japan fabrics. And the third one get one of those “inspirational trips” I had always heard about in big companies. So, as I dont work for no big company, I created my own inspirational trip for myself.
So far, the goal one and two are already on motion, and the third goal (aka inspiration, started just being on the plane itself heading here).
Japan is a different world, it is not expensive at all, and although is quite difficult if you are a vegeterian to get in touch with waitress and restaurant people or even with the 7 Eleven guy to ask what food has and has not meat on it, is quite good. The idea of grease, unhealthy food is also here, but healthy options galore everywhere.
Fashion and specially streetwear, on mi opinion has slowed down tremendously in the last 6-8 years in Tokyo. Before all you could see was Bape, and flashy brands. Nowadays, there is a more toned down aesthetic in the streets and in the subway. Not so baggy pants, more “grown up” brands, and specially expensive accesories looks like are the weapon of choice for youngsters and even adults. POPEYE is one of the magazine who are still strong in Japan as the “bible” for street and “grown up” brands.
Food. The options are endless. The packaging of the edible items you can find in convenience stores is pretty amazing. If you are into design, graphic art and illustrations, Japan is the place to be. Also, just for those who claim Japan is expensive, 2 course meal and drink, 700 Yen (8 dollars), and that triangle with rice, was just around one dollar or less, fresh rice and crispy seaweed wrap…
This thing was at this new rockabilly store that had a “museum alike” area. Disturbing.
The japanese are still wondering who I am travelling with…