JAPANESE CULTURE COLLECTION
The focal point of cultural exchange from nations around the world and the origin of the latest cutting-edge technology and trends are only two of many sides of Japan and of its capital, Tokyo. Looking back over its rich history, Harajuku, the birthplace of A BATHING APE® and Shinjuku's neon district are shining examples of modern Japan that are more relevant than ever on the international stage.
A BATHING APE® has birthed many items over the years using streetwear driven interpretations of "Wa (Japan)", stemmed from pride in the brand's hometown of Tokyo. The first thing that comes to mind when examining the origins of Tokyo, is "Edo", the city's former namesake. From when the Shogunate was created in 1603 until 1867, several important elements of Japanese culture emerged, such as Kabuki, rakugo, ukiyo-e, and sushi which all continue to be important parts of Japan and famous around the world to this day.
Asakusa, located on the east side of the Taito Ward, was one of the key downtown areas of Edo. For the "Japanese Culture" collection, we headed to Asakusa to combine the essence of Japanese culture with the creations of A BATHING APE®. Nakamise is Senso-ji temple's main street, where countless tourists come and go both on weekdays and weekends. Here, the silhouette of Japan's traditional clothing is complemented well by the distinctive crimson background seen everywhere on Nakamise street. The Hanten jacket became commonly worn in the 18th century during the Edo Period, and BAPE® has selected the "1st CAMO", the brand's first ever camouflage pattern to cover this iconic piece.
After enjoying Senso-ji temple, we head to Kappabashi. This area is well known for kitchenware and Japan's notably realistic food samples. Traditional Japanese outfits are often sought for the full experience when visiting Asakusa but a completely different feel can be achieved in BAPE®'s "Japanese Culture" items. These authentically styled Japanese garments are a great way to rep classic Edo style while staying warm outside during their warm season.
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