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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. 8, Mon.*This program was first broadcast on Jul. 14

NIPPON STYLE:
A Dazzling Accessory for the Bride!
Tiara Designer Taro Kamitani

Taro Kamitani, who was working as an art director at an ad agency, designed a tiara for his bride. That overwhelming experience led him to switch careers and devote his life to the art of the diadem. He fuses his innate aesthetic sensibility with the personal details he gleans from his clients when designing his tiaras. Working with tiara craftsmen who are rare in Japan, he creates completely original, detailed works.

  • While tiaras were symbols of wealth and power for aristocratic Europeans, they epitomize the promise of marital bliss in Japan. In this country where coronations and balls are not so frequent, the tiara became associated with weddings. The self-taught Kamitani thinks outside the box. He incorporates the motifs of a bride's name or her favorite word into the tiara. The drama of life is captured in the design, and the tiara remains a part of the couple's life even after matrimony. We focus on Kamitani at work and his uniquely Japanese style of tiara creation.
  • CATWALK TRENDS:
    2014-15 Autumn / Winter Tokyo Collection
  • TOKYO BUZZ:
    Must-have Summer hats!
    For girls and guys, safari and straw hats are in. The street scene has moved on from last year's cap mania to the round brim, especially styles imbued with a work wear feel.
  • NEWS:
    Memorial party for hat designer Akio Hirata

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