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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

Mar. 2, Mon.

NIPPON STYLE:
A Kyo Yuzen Master Takes on Fashion
Hiroyuki Nakajo

The kimono-dyeing method "Kyo Yuzen" enjoys a tradition of over 300 years. Patterns are first drawn onto silk and then overdrawn in resist paste before being painted in. Finally, the fabric is rinsed in running water to produce brilliant colors. However, with the decline of kimono wearing, the kimono industry has dwindled to one-fifth its size of 20 years ago and Kyo Yuzen craftsmen have been closing their workshops for lack of business. But one craftsman is undaunted by these changes. He's finding a way to incorporate Kyo Yuzen, and other traditional dyeing techniques, into contemporary fashions. We take an inside look at the techniques of 40-year Kyo Yuzen veteran Hiroyuki Nakajo, and follow along as he carves out a new path for kimono artisans.

  • After considering how to best utilize his kimono-dyeing skills, Nakajo arrives at a contemporary fashion item: the scarf. As with kimono, he applies traditional suminagashi marbling and shading techniques onto rectangular and square surfaces. Based on long experience, he succeeds in creating shawls in vivid colors and one-of-a-kind patterns that can only be described as artistic.
  • CATWALK TRENDS:
    2015 Spring / Summer Tokyo Collection

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    Over 3 days, this show attracts 200,000 visitors in search of crafts, apparel, toys and souvenirs. We'll introduce sophisticated Japanese designs and original fashion merchandise with playful twists.
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