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Creative Sole

New book, after two years of numerous trips to LA, Boston, London, Hong Kong and Australia, here we go, finally! A new book on Japan's sneaker culture.
It is very different to Kicks Japan, it is more design and product based, with over 300 photos of sneakers, including mita sneaker's entire portfolio.
Another reason it is different to my previous book, is that it is a publication which was produced in conjunction with the Japanese American Museum in LA.
We went back and forth many times to have meetings and to interview people, and it is more like a catalog (more on that later). The book was completed with a considerable amount of direction by Koji Sakai (former VP of programs at JANM). It was an honor to work with him.

The sneaker guys were great as usual, there is a lot of content;  from Japanese themed sneakers, Japanese designed kicks, Japan-manufactured items and historic, rare, limited and vintage sneakers. There are lots of interviewees, and as always, model shoots, with a bunch of new faces (lots of hapa and Hawaiian- J girls). There is really a lot of photos, it is much more comprehensive than Kicks Japan, and will come in a nice thick hardcover, with fresh design by design wizard Christopher Salyer over in New York.

I'll miss the LA meetings, eating obscenely delicious Mexican (don't bother trying to get this food group in Japan), visiting K town (and their spas, fresh off the plane), dossing around downtown, stacking up on books at Kinokuniya and zipping around in an Uber visiting designers, skaters, sneaker heads and so on.

For press enquiries mail kingyoyo23 (at mark) gmail.com

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new projects

Been working on some new kicks related projects -- keep your eyes peeled!

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Things in the works...

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Kicks Japan meets LA

A resurrection of this awesome project now underway in LA! More news on this as things progress...

Thanks to everyone for getting the book. It was quite unfortunate as our publishing house did go bankrupt the year the book was released, even though we were told this book was the highest selling for that year, and now they are totally out (thanks to stores like Urban Outfitters stocking the book), I guess the exodus during the time from print to digital was too much. I think that people are going back to print now and there is a book revival (either you get them or you dont, but I feel that most of my friends do have huge libraries, especially people working in creative industries, artists, photographers and so on). In any case, for us, this book may well lead to something truly amazing...it is in the works now. Watch this space! 

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Out takes

Wow, I havent written here in ages, as the book is already 2 years old. Was looking through some photos and found some outtakes of some super cute girls. As with any book, a lot of our favourite shots dont make the cut, for whatever reason. Anyways here are some photos: