90’s Japan x Modern Harajuku Culture Come Together in SUPER LOVERS & #FR2’s Collaboration

03.September.2020 | FASHION

Japanese fashion brand SUPER LOVERS released a collaborative collection online on August 29 together with Tokyo-based brand #FR2’s pink shop #FR2UME. The collection will also be sold at #FR2UME in-store from mid to late September this year.

SUPER LOVERS is an 80’s inspired brand that was set up by Japanese designer Kousei Tanaka. The brand led Japanese street fashion into the 2000’s and has since become one of Japan’s top brands, influencing street fashion worldwide. SUPER LOVERS re-launched as a donation-style brand last year to support and giving back to the people of the world who have come to love SUPER LOVERS.

 

Their new collaboration with #FR2 features a design of the panda character Merry of LOVERS HOUSE as well as an original bunny character who is the face of #FR2. This 90’s inspired collection includes T-shirts, hoodies, and even cycling pants.

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    About UNIQLO TOKYO

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    Released the song “Shape My Story” produced by kz (livetune) in August 2013. Performed as the vocalist on a single for kz’s solo project ‘livetune’ in January 2014. Both songs were used as theme songs for anime series and received attention in Japan and overseas. In October 2015, she formed a new unit with kz called ‘livetune+’ and they released their first EP “Sweet Clapper” on May 11, 2016.

    Ayumi Seto

    Active as a model, especially in fashion magazines. Receives tremendous support for her cute and distinct fashion. In February 2014, she debuted her apparel brand ‘Aymmy in the batty girls’ where she works as a designer. She was the first Harajuku and Aomoji-kei model to establish an authentic apparel brand. She develops clothing items through her unique fashion sense lens.

    Ema Tanioku

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    Forest of Resonating Lamps – One Stroke, Autumn Mountain | teamLab, 2016, Interactive Installation, Murano Glass, LED, Endless, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

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    Flowers Bloom in an Infinite Universe inside a Teacup | teamLab, 2016, Interactive Digital Installation, Endless, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

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    The National Art Center, Tokyo (NACT) introduces Japan’s distinctive culture to all areas of the world. The project started with MANGA*ANIME*GAMES from JAPAN which ran from June 24 – August 31, 2015. This was followed by the same exhibit held in Thailand and Myanmar. In 2018, as part of Japonismes 2018: les âmes en resonance, the NACT held the MANGA⇔TOKYO exhibition (November 29 – December 30, 2018) in Paris, France, which attracted over 30 thousand visitors. This time, the NACT will bring the renovated exhibition back to Japan.

     

    Over 500 items are being displayed, including original drawings of manga and materials related to anime production, from a total of over 90 titles.

    The largest ever MANGA exhibition in the country

    The exhibition displays over 500 items such as original drawings of manga, production documents and visuals of anime and games, from the total of more than 90 titles of manga, anime, games and tokusatsu (SFX films) works that are closely related to Tokyo, in a 2000 m² exhibition space.

     

    1/1000 Scale Giant Model of Tokyo and Visuals Installation

    模型制作:株式会社ニシムラ精密地形模型/株式会社マーブリングファインアーツHD

    A 1/1000 scale giant model of Tokyo, 17m wide and 22m long, along with visuals of anime, games and tokusatsu (SFX films) works staged in Tokyo, will allow spectators to experience the intertwined relations between “Tokyo” and “MANGA.”

     

    Exhibits are displayed so that visitors can experience the integrated reality of “Tokyo,” with scenes of various stories and memories of characters merging into the real cityscapes.

     

    Installation to Experience Reality merged with Characters

    While manga, anime, games and tokusatsu (SFX films) in Japan have been influenced by the existing city, characters from those works appear in the sphere of reality, such as at stations, on trains and at convenience stores, altering the scenes and images of the city. It has become part of everyday life for those who live in Tokyo to live side by side with characters, which this exhibition will show through various installations.

     

    Section 1: Cycles of Deconstruction and Reconstruction

    EVANGELION:2.0 YOU CAN (NOT) ADVANCE. ©khara

    “AKIRA”
    Based on the graphic novel “Akira” by Katsuhiro Otomo. First published by “Young Magazine”,Kodansha Ltd.
    © 1988 MASH・ROOM/ AKIRA COMMITTEE All Rights Reserved.

    Depiction of catastrophic damages to Tokyo, inflicted by unprecedented natural disasters or mysterious creatures, is almost routine in Japanese manga, anime, games and tokusatsu works. This section includes works with themes of  “destruction and reconstruction.”

     

    Section 2: Life in Tokyo

    The three sections Edo as Pre-Tokyo, From the Beginning of Modernization to the Post-modern City, and From the End of the Century to the Present represent different eras of Japanese history.The exhibit depicts Tokyo as a place where ordinary people live despite the surreal experience of city-wide destruction and reconstruction.

     

    Edo As Pre-Tokyo

    “Sakuran” ANNO Moyoco ©Moyoco Anno / Cork

     

    From the Beginning of Modernization to the Post-modern City

    “Rurouni Kenshin” WATSUKI Nobuhiro ©Nobuhiro Watsuki / SHUEISHA

    “CITY HUNTER” by HOJO Tsukasa © 1985 by TSUKASA HOJO/NSP

    From the End of the Century to the Present

    “Solanin” ASANO Inio © Inio Asano / Shogakukan

    “5 Centimeters Per Second” © Makoto Shinkai / CoMix Wave Films

    Section 3: Characters vs. the City

    The Life-sized Unicorn Gundam statue in Odaiba.
    Location: DiverCity Tokyo Plaza © SOTSU, SUNRISE

    The last section focuses on characters existing alongside real life, for example, in cities as mascots for promotions, in advertising and in tourism.

     

    Explore the history between Tokyo and Japanese pop culture media at MANGA⇔TOKYO.

  • Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s Halloween Look Decorates Shiseido Beauty Square in Harajuku

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    Following her firework-inspired summer promotion look for Shiseido Beauty Square, Japanese pop icon Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has returned to the beauty facility with an all-new Halloween look, first revealed on Friday.


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    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu became the ambassador for Shiseido Beauty Square when it opened back in June. The concept of the beauty facility is centred on having people discovering their beauty, having fun, sharing experiences, and learning the latest in the scene

  • LUSH Harajuku Revamps With New ‘Slow Bath’ Concept

    13.September.2020 | FASHION

    The Harajuku branch of UK cosmetics retailer reopened after a revamp on Friday with its all-new ‘Slow Bath’ concept. The branch first opened to the people of Tokyo in November 2018.


    Since opening, LUSH Harajuku has delivered a LUSH-esque bath product lineup experience, since Japan is known for being a nation of bath lovers. That is now being taken to the next level with the Slow Bath revamp which will stock a wide variety of items for self care and indulgence.

     

    Throw away the needless and make way for mind and body reconnection

    LUSH Harajuku is a place that helps you discover new ways to design your daily routine, with face masks to refresh your skin, products to care for your hair, scents for your well-deserved bath time, and more.

     

    Well-being is also a big part of the brand, teaching you to be kind to yourself while you’re working everyday, and to look after your mind and body. LUSH Harajuku stocks not only bath bombs and bubble bars, but a selection of items to use while you’re in the bath too for some much-needed self care.

     

    Naked items are environmentally friendly

    About 60% of LUSH’s products are sold ‘naked’ without packaging in order to reduce on waste in the environment. This also lets the essential oils and natural smells of the products seep throughout and outside the doors of their stores, beckoning people with the pleasant fragrances.

     

    LUSH’s “Lush Labs” app also has a function called “Lush Lens.” This lets customers scan any naked item which brings up information about that particular item such as what ingredients are used, as well as videos on how to use products and bath bombs fizzing.

     

    If you’re ever in Harajuku, be sure to stop by LUSH.

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