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LOS ANGELES (Kyodo) From Tokyo’s trend-setting Harajuku shopping district to the timeless artistry of kimono hand-woven in Kyoto, Japanese style and culture are growing sources of inspiration for American fashion designers and artists.

That influence has emerged in a variety of forms — Tokyo street-style couture and restyled kimono have appeared on New York fashion runways, while chic Los Angeles boutiques showcase jewelry adorned with variations on Hello Kitty, the ubiquitous cartoon cat.

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