Meet Kanji, a Japanese high school student who traded karate and judo for artistic self expression through avant-garde handmade Harajuku street fashion.
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We met Kanji on the streets of Tokyo in the fall of 2017, less than a year before this interview. In the months since, he quickly established himself as one of the most extreme and avant-garde dressers of the current generation of Harajuku kids. Without any fashion education (he attends a normal Japanese high school), but with a head full of ideas, Kanji creates most of his own outfits on his bedroom floor.
While we watched him roam the streets of Harajuku in increasingly extreme handmade fashion since early 2018, his breakout came during the spring 2018 Tokyo Fashion Week events. Kanji wore a different handmade outfit every day of Tokyo Fashion Week. Those seven avant-garde outfits - culminating on the final day with a piece called "Mother" that featured three full sized mannequin heads - got noticed by many people, including a battalion of international street fashion photographers.
Kanji is young - and less than a year into his fashion experience - so he's still figuring out his philosophy and future plans. He himself has said that he expects to make mistakes and change direction many times before finding his preferred path forward. In the meantime, he is learning a lot, making friends, having fun, and creating one-of-a-kind fashion that even the famed streets of Harajuku have never seen before.
We hope you enjoy our interview with Kanji. If you're interested in seeing more of his fashion up close or asking him questions, consider following him on Instagram or Twitter.
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Been following this guy on Instagram for a few months and he is really interesting ! His fashion is unique and very « pure », he really enjoys what he does and I find myself always curious for his next creation
What a breath of fresh air. Some of the people into eccentric fashion can be so pretentious, but he seems like such a kind and smart guy. So much creativity and potential. I hope he becomes a designer and I can one day buy his clothing!
I had already been impressed to see one of his outfits on instagram and now that I know he's 17 amazes me even more!
I love that they have a place where they can use interesting and unique outfits sharing their passion for fashion <3 Greetings from Chile!
Awesome! I love his style 😍 I wish I could meet him on the street in Harajuki and speak Japanese. Too bad I live in Norway and don't have money to go to Japan (yet) Keep following your dream! Love from Norway💞
How did he learn how to design all these high fashion clothes despite the fact that he started being interested in fashion only 1 year ago and isn't a fashion student yet?! He definitely has crazy passion for fashion, so much talent 👏
KANJI MY FAVORITE HARAJUKU ICONNNN. I'm so so excited when a notification from Tokyo Fashion popped on my phone. Double the excite when it's Kanji interview! Yayy, thank you so much Tokyo Fashion!!!
Kanji, if you are reading this, I just want you to know that you are one of my biggest inspiration! You inspire me a lot, from your self expression to your hard working self. Thanks for being exist. Keep up your works and always be this Kanji that we know! 💞🔥🌟
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