Getting It Twisted

img_9388as.jpgThe Stylesightings Mobile Blogging Unit has relocated to Tokyo for the final Stylesightings Field Trip of 2008 – how do you like that?? I’ve only just arrived but have so much I want to tell you already…I mean, this place is mind-blowing. Sunday is the main gathering day for Tokyo’s street tribes with several areas around town serving as semi-official meeting places for the various crews. Having been born an actual “American Southerner”, I was quickly made an honorary member of the Tokyo Rockabilly Club when I arrived at their Sunday meet-up in Yoyogi Park. (Actually none of them spoke English but they were all either friendly or at least tolerant of me and my camera nonetheless.) Yoyogi Park is big but I followed a guy with a cowboy hat and found their area quickly. I can’t really describe the feeling I had when I walked up on a group of 20 or so Japanese guys – with no girls – all dancing together in a big circle to Chubby Checker’s “Let’s Twist Again”. I live for things like this. (Important note – they were having a few beers but this wasn’t drunken dancing – that’s not what this was about.) It’s so exciting for me to see people who are this excited about pop culture and music and about making a specific fashion statement. Most people make no statement with their lives whatsoever – whether they live in Japan or the U.S. or England or wherever. Everywhere I go, I look for the people who have decided to make some statement with their choice of fashion or music or lifestyle. Japanese society is generally defined by obligation and conformity, but Tokyo is the home of the statement kids. xx eddie












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