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"My first glimpse into the almost surreal world created by Kyoichi Tsuzuki in his seminal book Tokyo Style was during a trip to LA with some friends from Moscow many years back. Flicking through the book’s pages I found myself drawn in through some kind of osmosis to late 80’s Tokyo and all those apartments portrayed in the book. I always felt a weird connection to Japan, some kind of weird nostalgia for it from a life I never lived there. This book satisfied this craving in a way that made me obsess with the country and its people even more. Looking at the busy, almost crammed apartments of those creative mostly individuals, their objects, hifi record collections and so on allowed me to peep into their lives in such an intimate way, that was almost too revealing. It was also a good chance to understand how important subcultures were at the time, especially in a country that obsessed with everything western, since the 60’s and the Ivy League style to Punk and 80’s New wave movements that had a massive influence to pop culture in Japan. It is in total contrast to the homogenisation of our times where individuality and personal style has almost disappeared in favour of a stylised odourless and clean style that doesn’t leave much to the imagination. It is a book I revisit too often maybe, more than any other book in my collection. It reassures me about my faith in people and their desire to stand out from the crowd. Also it brings me closer always to my beloved Japan, a place I always miss on an almost existential level when I'm not there. It's also surprising to see how everyone that visits my place tends to fall in love with this book despite their different backgrounds and personalities."
- Recommended by Chris Kontos of Kennedy Magazine
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