Anime shirts are popular among the younger demographic in Japan, and it is the trend that has caught the attention of the Japanese fashion industry.
“Anime shirts are the most popular style in Japan as it’s very popular amongst kids,” said Tomoaki Sakai, CEO of Tokyo-based fashion and fashion brand The Fashion Institute of Japan.
“A lot of people love the cute and simple designs, which is very Japanese.”
In fact, one of the first anime-themed products that hit the market in Japan was the “Ano no Otome” shirt.
Created in 2007, the shirt has a cute and simplistic design that combines the elements of both a school uniform and a school jacket.
Its main goal is to help kids cope with social anxiety.
“An anime is a popular way to express oneself and show that you are happy and happy with yourself,” Sakai said.
“If you do not have that, you will feel lonely and depressed.”
But as the popularity of anime-related merchandise has grown, people have been more creative with their anime-inspired outfits.
“People have started making their own anime shirts,” said Masahiko Yamada, the owner of the Tokyo- based designer outfit boutique Shouzou (the only one in Japan that sells anime-style clothing).
“They are all different styles, but they all have the same goal: to express themselves.”
While anime is an anime, Sakai and Yamada said it’s not a trend they would expect to see in the fashion industry, because it is a Japanese-inspired style.
The reason for the popularity in Japan is that the Japanese have a very nostalgic view of their childhoods, said Sakai.
“As we grow older, we forget about our past and the things we did back then,” Sakayas said.
And while the popularity may not be surprising to people in the US, it’s a very different story in Japan.
Japan has long had a history of anime.
“It is one of our cultural traditions and is one we are proud of,” Sakago said.
So, it is surprising to hear that Japanese parents and children are dressing up as anime characters in their own homes.
“The first time I saw a kid dressing up in a real anime character was when I was in elementary school,” said Takayuki Kitaoka, the head teacher of an elementary school in Tokyo.
“I remember seeing the shirt in the class and thinking, ‘Wow!
“When we talk about Japanese fashion, it can be confusing because they do not always talk about how the clothes look, but about how they fit,” said Yoshikazu Sakai of Tokyo’s fashion firm Takashi-Shima. “
“Even if you wear a casual shirt, you can look good with a formal outfit.” “
When we talk about Japanese fashion, it can be confusing because they do not always talk about how the clothes look, but about how they fit,” said Yoshikazu Sakai of Tokyo’s fashion firm Takashi-Shima.
“Even if you wear a casual shirt, you can look good with a formal outfit.”
One of the most notable styles to make it onto the Japanese market are the tsukkomi suits, which are often worn by high school students and college students.
“Japanese people tend to be a little more conscious of their style, which makes them more fun to dress up,” said Tatsuya Kawaguchi, a fashion designer and director of a design studio in Tokyo’s Ginza district.
Kawaguchis creative creations often include accessories that reflect the Japanese culture, such as a bow tie, an oversize shirt, and a kimono.
Kawagaruchi has created over 40 styles for the tSUkkomi style.
He is especially fond of the “joint-shoulder” tsukkimono, which combines the two designs.
He said the tSukkomi suit is so popular because it allows the wearer to wear something that is casual and yet has a stylish and trendy look.
“There is a real desire for casual and trendy, so we are making some things that are a bit more like this,” Kawagokas head of design said.
While it’s difficult to gauge how many anime-based tsukemen are sold in Japan right now, Sakakai said the number is growing.
“We have to wait until the trend picks up,” he said.
That’s not to say that Japanese anime fans are not dressing up to look like the characters.
Some have even taken to wearing a shirt with a cartoon character in it, which means they are trying to emulate the characters in real life.
“They have tried to imitate some of the characters from the anime,” Sakagai said of anime fans in Japan now.
“One of my friends is wearing the jacket that he and his friend are wearing right now.”
Some anime fans have taken to making the characters of the anime look like them, too.
A few have even created a tsukihime, a “Japanese version of a Japanese fashion trend,” as the name suggests.
This trend involves making a character’s clothes look like their anime characters.