This winter, The Japan Foundation in Sydney is hosting a series of events to celebrate Tokyo’s experimental street fashion.
The program, Tokyo FRUiTS – 20 years of Street Fashion, opens with an exhibition of Tokyo street style photography that will run for five weeks in the The Japan Foundation Gallery. The Tokyo FRUiTS exhibition includes a comprehensive collection of photography from the Harajuku district from legendary photographer Shoichi Aoki of FRUiTS, the cult Japanese magazine that documented the best of Tokyo street fashion over the past 20 years. It released its final issue in February after publishing 233 issues since 1997.
Shoichi Aoki’s portraits capture Harajuku fashion and its global influence on popular culture. Documenting fashion movements of punk, cyber, decora and gothic lolitas, Aoki’s photographs show the spirit of innovation and experimentation obvious in the outfits worn by youth across the city. The exhibition also features an immersive Harajuku installation, produced by researcher Megan Rose.
The Japan Foundation is also holding a free screening of Sailor Moon R: The Movie and hosting a series of talks on the changing trends in Tokyo’s fashion culture. Speakers include Megan Rose, a PhD candidate and specialist in kawaii fashion communities; Japan’s “it girl” Alisa Ueno (her hairstyle and dress inspired the genre Neo Gal); and fashion and cultural studies scholar Dr Masafumi Monden.
All events will be held at The Japan Foundation from August 4 to September 16. Events for Tokyo FRUiTS are free and no bookings are required.