It seems that fashion weeks are the latest, well, fashion. They’re everywhere — from Singapore to Sydney and Moscow to Mumbai, and that’s not counting the “big four” seasonal collections in Paris, Milan, London and New York.

So where does Japan Fashion Week figure in the international fight for a foothold in the fashion world? Is it such a pull that the world’s fashion editors block out the week in their schedules months in advance? After all, this is the home of Issey Miyake, right? And Yohji Yamamoto! Hey, it’s the source of Muji and Uniqlo as well.

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