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TOKYO FASHION EXPRESS

Discover Japan's hottest fashion trends as TFX takes you behind the scenes to meet with Japan's leading designers and creators.

Aki Shibuya

Aki Shibuya was born in Japan but spent most of her school days in New York. After returning to Japan with a degree in Politics and East Asian Studies from Smith College, she built a career as a radio and television personality. Her ongoing radio show on FM Yokohama is in its 10th year. For the past two years she has been hosting Tokyo Fashion Express on NHK World. While she pursues her passion for dance, she also aspires to share her insights about Japan with the rest of the world.

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ON AIR SCHEDULE (UTC)

Mon.15:30 - 16:00
21:30 - 22:00
Tue.3:30 - 4:00
9:30 - 10:00

Sep. 22, Mon.

NIPPON STYLE:
"Father and son who are captivated by the colors of the forest"
Dye master Yasuhisa Komuro and dyer/designer Maito

Natural dyeing has been handed down since ancient times in Japan. The technique is appealing for the complex hues unlike synthetic dyes and the fact that the naturally-derived ingredients are safe for children to put them in their mouths. Dye master Yasuhisa Komuro used to be an advertising photographer. He was struck by the earthy beauty of naturally-dyed fabric and clothes he happened to see on location, and decided to live as a dyer about 20 years ago. Yasuhisa's son Maito is his rival. He started helping his father when he was in elementary school and after studying dyeing and weaving at Tokyo University of the Arts, he trained at his father's workshop. He struck out on his own 3 years ago and opened his own studio in Tokyo. The materials he dyes also defy the traditional image.

  • In the woods of Chikugo and around Kyushu, Yasuhisa continues his quest for colors that inspire him. He creates colors from a wide variety of plants including madder, indigo, red bayberry, mulberry, pomegranate and Yakusugi. Especially popular is his sakura dye derived from the cherry tree. Using the same natural dye, Maito creates a world that is different from that of his father and master. The program focuses on the father-son rivals as they make clothes in forest colors.
  • CATWALK TRENDS:
    MIU MIU / ALEXANDER WANG / MARC BY MARC JACOBS

  • TOKYO BUZZ:
    Slightly Geeky Cute Sandals are in Fashion!

    Summer is the season for sandals! But instead of a dazzling array of glitzy sandals, girls this year are going for the kind of footwear worn by older men to walk the dog. Belted sandals are the most casual of footwear. They probably violate the dress code of many upscale restaurants, yet they are now fashionable. Their designs have accordingly evolved in style. With thick soles and use of patterned and see-through materials, the sandals have captured the interest of fashion-conscious girls and made their way onto the street fashion scene!

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