There are many styles of street fashion in Japan, created from a mix of both local and foreign labels. Some of these styles are extreme and avant-garde, similar to the haute couture seen on European catwalks.
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A late nineteenthcentury taste for Japanese art after trade resumed in 1853. Many major British designers, such as Godwin, adapted furniture to Japan's asymmetrical lightness and simplicity.
Known for its cutting-edge trends, Japanese fashion is a highly diversified sartorial genre that merges avant-garde looks with pop culture, and is led by exhilarating and ever-evolving subcultures such as mori (ethereal forest girls), gyaru (youthful and glamorous), Lolita (cute Victorian-inspired clothing), Shibuya (street style from Tokyo's Shibuya mall), Harajuku (street style from the ultra-fashionable Harajuku district) and cosplay (role-play costumes).
Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry. The word haiku means each poem contains seventeen syllables frequently in the order of five syllables then seven then five again. A predominant theme of haiku poetry is the natural world and the relationship and interaction between nature and humankind. Haiku poets emphasize that form and function are one.
Japanese traditional Zen philosophy inspires the simplistic, natural essence found in minimalist architecture and design. Line, form, space, light and material are but a few of the essential elements central to this widely popular design aesthetic.