The Tokyo Look Book: Stylish To Spectacular, Goth To Gyaru, Sidewalk To Catwalk by Philomena Keet, photographs by Yuri Manabe. Tokyo: Kodansha International, 2007, 224 pp., profusely illustrated, ¥3,000 (paper).

It was the philosopher George Santayana who penned these wise words: “Fashion is something barbarous, for it produces innovation without reason and imitation without benefit.” This is as true now as it was then, and if you do not believe me, go and wander the streets of Shibuya.

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