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Take a Look Inside Hiroshi Fujiwara's THE PARK・ING GINZA New Concept Store

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the POOL aoyama’s final installation — helmed by Makoto Azuma and AMKK — comes to a close at the end of April, so Hiroshi Fujiwara is already getting a jump-start on his next conceptual endeavor: THE PARK・ING GINZA. Originally announced earlier this month, the space (a short subway ride from POOL) is set to take up the two basement floors of the Sony building at the Sukibayashi intersection and, like POOL, will play host to a bevy of in-hosue and collaborative designs alike.

Now, thanks to PARK・ING’s newly-launched site, we have a better idea of what to expect from the endeavor. While the B3 level will host both a record store and café with the help of bonjour records and CAFÉ de ROPÉ, the B4 level will host product and — presumably — a rotating pop-up installation. Kicking things off will be Poggy’s aptly-named “POGGY’S BOX,” as well as stock from labels like retaW (including specially-designed fragrances specific to PARK・ING), DENIM BY VANQUISH & FRAGMENT, Nike, raregem and D…

Medicom Toy is Celebrating NOWHERE / A Bathing Ape's 23rd Anniversary

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Medicom Toy is Celebrating NOWHERE / A Bathing Ape's 23rd Anniversary

2016 marks the 23rd anniversary of BAPE’s 1993 debut and, to celebrate, the iconic Japanese streetwear imprint has teamed up with Medicom Toy for a celebratory Bearbrick. Following the likes of last year’s ursine take on the beloved SHARK HOODIE, the new piece simply comes decked out in metallic gold and dons the ubiquitous APE HEAD logo on its chest as an underscored “23″ decorates the back.

Look for the limited edition Bearbrick to be available from BAPEXCLUSIVE AOYAMA and the BAPE web store beginning April 2 for ¥1,944 JPY (approximately $17 USD).

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Tom Sachs Presents a NASA-Inspired Tea Ceremony @ Noguchi Museum

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“Tea Ceremony” is the latest exhibition by all-around creative Tom Sachs, which is now on display at the Noguchi Museum in Long Island. As part of the museum’s 30th anniversary programs, the American artist has unveiled a series of works centered around his reinterpretations of chanoyu, a Japanese tea ceremony. The immersive installations include large stone sculptures by Isamu Noguchi, in addition to a tea house featuring variations of lanterns, gates, a wash basin and koi pond built by the NY native himself. An ultra HD wall projecting a Mt. Fuji, and a bronze bonsai constructed out of 3,600 welded parts have also been put on display. According to the artist, “The tea ceremony is about tranquility, harmony and respect. I have elevated it or debased it to represent the values of my studio – part of respect is disrespect.” View some of the pieces above and make sure to check it out if you’re in the area at the address below.

Noguchi Museum
9-01 33rd Road
Long Island City
New York…

Japanese Artist Tomoo Gokita for a Capsule Collection - STUSSY

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Fresh off the release of its beach-inspired spring collection, Stussy has tapped Japanese artist Tomoo Okita for an exclusive capsule collection. Best known for fusing elements of classic Surrealism and 1980s Neo-Expressionism, the Tokyo native has created five original pieces for the streetwear stalwart, which have been printed on a series of monochrome tees and a woven poplin shirt for this season. View the full range above and look to purchase any of the pieces from Stussy chapters and online starting March 25.



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Maison Kitsuné's 2016 Spring "Reishiki" Capsule Collection

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This season, Maison Kitsuné’s 2016 spring capsule collection returns to its Franco-Japanese origins. Photographed in Tokyo’s Yoyogi Parc, the collection’s monochrome offerings of pop graphic logos on cotton T-shirts and sweatshirts is clean on clean. Translated from the traditional garb worn by judokas — practitioners of the martial art of judo — the venerable-house presents its Japanese-heritage take on minimalism.

The unisex “Reishiki” capsule collection will launch in-stores and online on April 4.



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Daniel Arsham "My First Show in Japan, Year 2044" @ Nanzuka Gallery

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Daniel Arsham is back at it again with his first solo exhibition in Japan and second solo exhibition in Asia, following his showing in Hong Kong last fall. Dubbed “My First Show in Japan, Year 2044,” the display is highlighted by a bevy of the New York-based artist’s signature “Future Relics” as he transforms everyday contemporary objects into the unearthed ruins of the future. “My First Show in Japan, Year 2044″ is open for viewing now at Tokyo’s Nanzuka Gallery until April 16.



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Japan's Aichi Prefecture Is Hiring Full-Time Ninjas

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Japan's Aichi Prefecture Is Hiring Full-Time Ninjas

Ninjas haven’t been around in Japanese society for many centuries but it seems that the country’s Aichi Prefecture is looking to bring them back. According to a report on BBC, the local government is currently hiring six full-time ninjas in a bid to boost the economy by promoting “warlord tourism.” The roles will pay ¥180,000 JPY (approximately $1,612 USD) monthly, and require physical fitness and acrobatic skills for stage performances and PR work for radio and television. Interested parties over the age of 18 can apply here before March 22.

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Yayoi Kusama Debuts "Footprints of Life" in Hawaii

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Ahead of the Honolulu Biennial celebration of local and Indo-Pacific contemporary art, Yayoi Kusama has unveiled her 15-piece “Footprints of Life” installation in Honolulu. The Tokyo artist’s vibrant sculptures can be interpreted as islands or perhaps the Kahuli tree snails, a regional species to Oahu that almost went into extinction back in the mid-20th century. A reoccurring theme in Kusama’s work is the symbiotic connection between humans and the environment, something which she believes is a blessing from nature. With this being her first showing in Hawaii, the artist hopes that her “works born from this process will impress as many people as possible in Hawaii and touch their hearts.”



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Hiroshi Fujiwara & Yoshikazu Yamagata Join Forces for written by fragment

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Hiroshi Fujiwara & Yoshikazu Yamagata Join Forces for written by fragment

Yasushi Fujimoto’s iconic ROCKET is moving back to where it was originally founded in 1996 (the location of the old Dojunkai Aoyama apartments) and, to celebrate, OMOTESANDO ROCKET has tapped Hiroshi Fujiwara and writtenafterwards designer Yoshikazu Yamagata for a brand new collaboration. Hot on the heels of Hiroshi’s POOL aoyama collab with the likes of AMKK, Casio G-Shock, and Cav Empt, the release marks the latest installment of written by by and comes in the form of two graphic tees — one inspired by the town, the other by the trees.

Capped off with co-branding at the back of the neck, the uber-limited writtenbyfragment tees will hit the OMOTESANDO ROCKET gallery this Friday, March 18 in conjunction with a special Yasushi Fujimoto exhibition.

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The PUMA Suede Receives a "Sakura" Makeover

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PUMA drops a light pink colorway of the pared-back Suede silhouette in anticipation of Japan’s Cherry Blossom season. Aptly dubbed “Sakura,” the classic low-top is dressed in a tonal suede construction and features subtle perforations and gold branding along the side panel. A contrasting touch is provided by crisp white lacing and midsole. Look to purchase this seasonal colorway from select PUMA locations starting March 25 for ¥25,000 JPY (approximately $224 USD).

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A Bathing Ape's Special Collection for BABY MILO's 17th Anniversary

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BABY MILO is turning 17 this year, and A Bathing Ape is celebrating with 17 limited edition items. BABY MILO, BABY LISA and their world of characters come together across various graphic print jumpers, hoodies, crewneck sweaters, and basic tees with anniversary logos — our favorite piece being the ultra cozy BOA Zip Hoodie, a brown full-zip sweater resembling BABY MILO himself.
The collection wouldn’t be complete without special accessories and toys, and this festive offering includes a BABY MILO selfie stick, a plush doll, and a kendama — a traditional Japanese toy made of wood that resembles a cup-and-ball game.
Look for the collection’s March 12 release at A Bathing Ape with a price range of ¥4,600-17,800 JPY (approximately $40-160 USD).



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A Nostalgic Look Back at Some of the Best KAWS x NIGO Collabs

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KAWS’s upcoming Uniqlo UT release is nowhere near the first time he teamed up with NIGO.

If you were into streetwear back in the early- to mid-2000s, then you’re undoubtedly pumped for the upcoming KAWS x Uniqlo UT release. The shuttering of KAWS’s ill-fated OriginalFake imprint back in 2013 has meant that we’ve largely been deprived of Donnelly-designed tees over the past couple of years — outside of a few uber-limited drops like last September’s “CLEAN SLATE” release. Thankfully, the forthcoming Uniqlo release will change all that.

Better yet, the endeavor brings the Jersey-born artist and NIGO together once again. Back when KAWS established OriginalFake alongside Medicom Toy in 2006, NIGO was still in his BAPE heyday, churning out some of the most coveted streetwear prior to his more recent HUMAN MADE, adidas and Uniqlo releases. Given A Bathing Ape’s penchant for collaboration, KAWS made an obvious — and welcome — partner, customizing everything from BAPE’s signature logo and 1…

MY FIRST BE@RBRICK B@BY by Chiaki Kuriyama in Pearl Navy & Pearl Orange

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MY FIRST BE@RBRICK B@BY by Chiaki Kuriyama in Pearl Navy & Pearl Orange

Following 2008′s collaboration with colette, Medicom Toy is releasing two new BE@RBRICKs in conjunction with Chiaki Kuriyama, (Japanese actress and model known for her role in Battle Royale) named MY FIRST BE@RBRICK B@BY. Available in 400%, the two are mocked up in a Pearl Navy and Pearl Orange color. Both feature a transparent body that houses a number of beads, making for an interesting edition of the classic collectible toy. Available on March 19, head over to Medicom Toy’s site to purchase your own.

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adidas' EQT Support '93 Pays Tribute to Tokyo

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adidas‘ classic EQT Supprt ’93 gets a Tokyo-inspired makeover with a bright blue suede upper. The retro shoe has paid homage to the Japanese city before, but this iteration sees a much more vibrant colorway. The royal blue upper is complemented by white Three Stripes branding and sole, in a addition to the Japanese flag on its heel tab and gold logo accents. Expect this special edition to drop at retailers soon, and check out RISE where it’s already available for $150 USD.



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A Look Inside NEIGHBORHOOD's New Yokohama Store

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If you’re a NEIGHBORHOOD fan and happen to be in Yokohama, then you’re in luck: Shinsuke Takizawa and company have opened their latest flagship in the Kanagawa capital. With an aesthetic of contemporary lodge-meets-old school military surplus store, NEIGHBORHOOD Yokohama is home to the likes of the main NEIGHBORHOOD line — including the brand’s Spring/Summer 2016 collection and latest incense chambers — and SVG ARCHIVES BY NEIGHBORHOOD, as well as NEIGHBORHOOD ONE THIRD kidswear and the LUKER sub label (including its punk-inspired PEEL & LIFT collab for Spring/Summer 2016). The spot is even home to an exclusive capsule collection to celebrate its opening.

NEIGHBORHOOD Yokohama opened March 4 at the Minato Mirai district’s MARINE&WALK.

NEIGHBORHOOD Yokohama MARINE&WALK YOKOHAMA
1-3-1 Shinko Naka-ku
Yokohama
Kanagawa 231-0001
Japan




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Nintendo Land Is Coming to Universal Studios Japan

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It was announced earlier last year that Universal Studios would begin introducing Nintendo-themed rides at its theme parks. Well, it’s going to be much bigger than that. In fact, the theme park will be introducing a whole area solely focused on Nintendo’s Super Mario. The first of these will be located in Universal Studios Japan, a likely choice as it’s Nintendo’s home base. It is reported that the park (which may be named Super Mario World) will be completed by 2020 in time for the Olympics. Universal is putting up ¥40 billion JPY ($351,509,200 USD) for this project. Are you excited?

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SORAYAMA : Sexy Marilyn Robot @NANZUKA

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Since its debut in 1983, Hajime Sorayama’s Sexy Robot has undoubtedly been the award-winning artist’s most iconic series, gracing the likes of a standing model, Stussy tees and even a pair of British Knights — not to mention our very own Pen & Paper series. Now Sexy Robot is getting some additions thanks to a brand new exhibition. Taking cues from Marilyn Monroe, “An Actress Is Not a Machine, but They Treat You Like a Machine.” features 10 new portrait paintings of the iconic actress — in robot form, naturally — along with three-dimensional works that include life-size and 1/3 scale takes on the original Sexy Robot.

“An actress is not a machine, but they treat you like a machine.” opened January 30 and will remain on display through March 5 at Tokyo’s NANZUKA.