Samuel Thomas

Samuel Thomas is a fashion writer and lecturer at Bunka Gakuen University. He regularly contributes to The Japan Times, amongst others, as well as his own site TokyoTelephone.com. His first book on Japanese fashion will be published by Kodansha in 2014.

For Samuel Thomas's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Designs on Japan's student potential

Jul 25, 2014

Designs on Japan's student potential

Shining a light on Japan's student talent pool is Gakuten, a new event from the group responsible for the Design Festa biannual international art fair. There's only one requirement of Gakuten participants — that they be enrolled in an educational institution.

Otaku culture gets under the skin

Dec 9, 2013

Otaku culture gets under the skin

Tattoos in Japan have long moved on from the kind often romanticized by the West — that imagery of flamboyant yakuza that so many seem reluctant to relinquish. But a brief glance at the policies of Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto reveals a nation still ...

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo: No longer an outsider

Oct 26, 2013

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo: No longer an outsider

The last day of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo coincided with the Shibuya Fashion Festival, a platform for designers feeling constrained by the limitations of the official venue at Hikarie. As it was, the only condition placed on the participating designers’ means of presentation was ...

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo: Walking the line

Oct 26, 2013

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo: Walking the line

The menswear schedule looked somewhat lacking on paper this season at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo. The big names that would normally take the lead in international coverage — namely, Takeshi Osumi’s post-Phenomenon project, Mr.Gentleman, or the internationally friendly Whiz Limited — were both ...

Let's talk 100 percent <em>kawaii!</em>

Jul 2, 2013

Let's talk 100 percent kawaii!

Long before the mayor of Shibuya announced pop star Kyary Pamyu Pamyu as an official ambassador of kawaii culture, Sebastian Masuda, her art director, had been on a mission to spread “kawaii culture” across the world, advocating it as not only a potent source ...