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GANGS OF KABUKICHO BY KATSUMI WATANABE

Katsumi Watanabe is a photographer who was taking pictures of one of the towns in Tokyo called Shinjyuku with own definite point over 50 years. His photo book entitled “GANGS OF KABUKICHO” was released. You can see real 60s of Japan without feigning.

http://www.amazon.com/Gangs-Kabukicho-Watanabe-Katsumi/dp/097154803X

I got to know him when i was making a magazine called “Out of Photographer”10 years ago. He came to my office from time to time. After staying up till morning we strolled to Shinjuku for shooting. We kept doing this for months. He also participated in one of the photo books I made.

The photo book release reminded me the fact that he past away last year.
“Shinjuku doesn’t excite me, lately”, his last word.

Authority, gang star who don’t care about rules, strip most of the big cities in Japan as typified by Shinjuku of production ie creativity. Who they need is only consumers who dutifully spend money.

clark magazine


Latest clark magazine from France includes my interview.

– The Tokyo street scenes ?

I think that original form of street fashion (scene), which has spread into all over the world, was born in Japan. We were making brand new sense of value for fashion that was completely different from the past. However, somewhere along the time, it drift into just a demarche to be involved in old school fashion system. You can find only few creators on the street which was supposed to be a place to create new things. As one of the few creators who has remained, I’ve been deploying various activities in order to grab back street as battle demarche in our hand.

– The reed space exhibition at New york ?

It was battle which a bold guy, Jeff tried to get back pornography in our hand using my artwork in the situation where pornography (you can replace it to street scene) has been dominated by old school system. Pornography is the most effective demarche for revolution.

– The hairy candy of the Japanese girls you shoot ?

It doesn’t matter if it’s good or bad, but I get arouse about “shame” Japanese have. Respecting girls’ feeling, in my pictures, I tend not to show hairy candy which is Japanese girls’ shame bit. But they don’t know that I get arose the most about their act of hiding it.

– Paris ?

Partly because I’ve started reading French erotic novels and critique such
as Georges Bataille, just hearing a word “Paris” made me ejected twice in
front of computer.

– The future projects?

Exhibition in SF, Milan, Amsterdam, Taiwan, Hong Kong…I want to be myself more..

– Small tits / Big booty ?

Of course, both.

– Swagger-Phenomenon / Bape ?

What I can wear in Tokyo is Swagger-Phenomenon, Babe is too commercial for
me.

– Sex toy / Sneakers ?

both

– Love / War ?

Of course, love.
No, can’t fight even for the cause for love…

– Sushi / Yakitori ?

Whichever, as long as I can eat them with girls..

swagger

my friends’ clothing brand,
swagger
http://www.swagger-co.com/

I’ll release dvd in May.
girl appears the dvd wearing swagger.

Girls Girls Girls

hEEEEeeeeeeeyyy.my name is yone…..I’m a photographer, taking pictures of girls and culture surround them.kick off blogging from today.would like to introduce japanese girls as well as my works here.

To start with.. went to Nagoya to attend a fashion show, which is 1 and half hour away fromTokyo by bullet train, last Fri.my job was simply just shooting girls, there.I’ve got free right to use all the photos.. very easy going job;)

The show was JILL STUART and charlotte ronson.So, 90% of audience were girls, girls, girls.. full on..Once, one of the models who had appeared the show earlier started DJingall the girls came up to the front and,as you can see from my pic, everyone had peace sigh!!

this peace sign means “Kawaii”(cute), by the way…


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