Harajuku kawaii fashion has attracted worldwide attention for its outrageous style rooted in 90s Tokyo and Harajuku youth street fashion. With Tokyo Monster, Asami Kiyokawa applies her personal touch to these street snaps to express the hearts and minds of the aimless youth.
Why do teenagers in every generation ornament themselves with clothing?
It’s as if they clad themselves in outfits to express their innermost darkness and thoughts, a personalised monster that wanders the city.
FRUiTS is a Tokyo street snap magazine from the 90s that featured teenagers in outrageous outfits. It had a profound influence on contemporary street culture and fashion.
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Translation by David Kracker