Kawaii Japan's culture of cute is a book by author Manami Okazaki that documents Japan's kawaii culture in all its manifestations. We interview some of the most famous Japanese shojo manga artists, illustrators, designers, artists who encapsulate the kawaii aesthetic in their work.
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Did an interview about a year ago with a Hong Kong journalist for collectable design mag BranD. I didn't think it would eventuate as it was so long ago, so I kind of forgot about it. But, I am really, happy that it has been included in their current Brand Positivity issue, I actually cant think of a better way to describe kawaii culture. This magazine is gorgeously designed, and I have several of the publishing houses (sendpoints) books as well, I have even had people introduce me to their books (like, "have you seen this book?") in places like Vienna!
Thanks so much Sophia for dropping me a line, it is really appreciated m(_ _)m
This is a spread from their mag:
Just a quick photo post to plug my next book, Kimono Now. It looks at contemporary kimono culture, and the makers, designers, artists and fans who are part of the dynamic world of kimonos today. I think it is common knowledge that the makers and artisans are having a difficult time now, and the industry is extremely tough at the moment, but at the same time, there are a number of hugely talented people putting their efforts in to keep this culture alive.
It should also appeal to the people who liked Kawaii, Japan's Culture of Cute. I have sections on kimonos in manga, street fashion, cosplay, and profiles with some really interesting and experimental visionaries who are making kimonos to appeal to certain subcultures from punk to goth.
It wont look anything like the 80s English language kimonos books that are out there, the photos are gorgeous, it is a real eye candy, coffee table book. Also some of the Harajuku models appear again, Kumamiki, Kurebayashi, Rin Rin and new face Kaoru. A lot of people dont realise that Harajuku is also hugely important in kimono culture as well, and many of the contemporary designers/ shop owners/ makers were once street fashion kids in harajuku playing around with vintage kimonos, and this is happening again now, a couple of the aforementioned models are designing yukata as well.
Kimonos are a national and ceremonial dress, but they are also a kind of fashion and living culture...and also a lot of fun.
Itll be out fairly soon...actually UK get it first it seems, it should be out in the next 2 weeks or so.