The Look: Japanese Street Style: Woodblock Patterns, Colors and Pink Hair

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The Look


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A young man in Kyoto. “I approached him because of his style, and it’s rare to see a Japanese dandy,” the photographer wrote. “I posed him and he touched his hat, which I loved. He looked like a statue.”
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Mark Hartman, 35, a photographer and director from Brooklyn, recently spent three weeks in Japan, chasing a lifelong fascination with the country’s culture. Along the way, he paused to document the idiosyncratic street styles he encountered in Tokyo, Kyoto, Naga and Naoshima, a small island in southern Japan known for its contemporary art museums. “So much of Japanese culture is about what people don’t say,” Mr. Hartman said. “So their fashion is sort of a statement in itself. It doesn’t need to be explained.”

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A young woman in Tokyo.
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“I was drawn to her hair, and style,” said Mr. Hartman, who took this photo in the Ikebukoro area of Tokyo. “Like a 1920s-style actress with a modern twist.”

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A geisha in Kyoto.
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A geisha in Kyoto. “Her makeup, hair and clothing were so perfect,” Mr. Hartman said. “I loved how delicate the makeup was on the back of the neck.”

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In Tokyo.
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In the Shibuya area of Tokyo.

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A well-dressed family in Kyoto.
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“I loved the family’s style,” Mr. Hartman said. “I wondered where they were going.”

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An artist in Kyoto.
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In Tokyo.
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Outside the Daikanyama Tsutaya bookstore in Tokyo.

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The owner of a clothing store in Tsumago, Japan.
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Obara Jun of Tsumago, Japan. “Jun makes beautiful one-of-a-kind handmade clothing and his store is located in this tiny isolated mountain town,” Mr. Hartman said. “He welcomed me into his store for coffee. Jun had impeccable style and attitude. His material is very special, and the clothes celebrate traditional Japanese patterns, as well as his own.”

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A man with tattoos in Tokyo.
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“T Bone is a bartender, clothing designer, punk rock musician and biker,” said Mr. Hartman, who took this photograph in Tokyo. “He has a full tattoo bodysuit of black and gray Chicano-style tattoos.”

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A shopper in Tokyo.
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Young and stylish in Tokyo.
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Eito in the Daikanyama area of Tokyo.

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Waiting for a train in Tokyo.
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A man waiting for a Shinkansen train.

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In Nara, Japan.
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“I liked her patterned jacket and energy,” said Mr. Hartman, who took this photograph in Nara, Japan. “I posed her in between these two symmetrical deer that I found nearby.”

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In Saitama, Japan.
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A photographer.

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In Tokyo.
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“I saw her exiting a train and got her to pose for a shot as the train left,” he said.

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