Style Stalking Japan – Japan Week Day Three

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Lost in Translation vibes on a rainy day in Kyoto – loved this guy’s sense of style (and that Louis Vuitton Keepall too 😛 )


When I left for Japan this time around, I promised myself and my readers that I would make a bigger effort on this trip to capture the style that I encountered on the streets of Japan, the style that the country is known and celebrated for.

And I did.

Sorting through the (literal) thousand-plus photos that I returned home with, I unearthed over a hundred that I have come to class as style-stalking.

Why style stalking, you ask nervously, looking for an immediate exit.

The truth of the matter is that my Japanese is beyond poor, and limited greatly by my lack of confidence in my own ability to speak Japanese. As such, I am still not at a place where I am comfortable approaching people and asking if I can take their photo, like I do in Canberra.

So, I creepily captured photos of the amazing style that I saw, like a perverted salary man on the train; with my mobile phone, or while pretending to be photographing the scenery.

The shame…

I am determined to turn my Style Stalking into Style Scouting by May this year, and I am working on my Japanese daily. In the interim, however, please enjoy these photos which represent the best of a badly-sourced lot.

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Oxford Shirts are huge on my list of wardrobe wants at the moment, and this guy’s relaxed style featuring a blue cotton Oxford really caught my eye at Osaka Castle.

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Japanese men are adept at working sportswear into their everyday wardrobes, which is something that I have really come to admire recently. This smartly dressed runner is at Yokohama’s Big Pier.

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If there is one element of menswear that Japan and I share a love for: it’s camo. I love Camouflage and I want to work more into my wardrobe in 2016, thanks largely to influences like this guy in Osaka.

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The Mod Coat was huge in Japan in November, and I saw heaps of examples of it in my travels, including a couple in navy! Also called a fish-tailed Parka – this is a wardrobe staple that I am wild for right now.

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Another great example of seamlessly blended sportswear and casual wear. I loved the bold, solid colours of this outfit as well – prints are really over used in my humble opinion.

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Another example of a brilliant cotton Oxford shirt, and again from Osaka Castle. This guy’s style was so on-point, I didn’t even really feel bad about style stalking him!

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Japanese menswear and men’s fashion magazines are some of, if not the best, in the world. I always come home with a couple, and they always inspire me to try something new with my own style.