Meet Raw, a standout Japanese student at Tokyo’s famous Bunka Fashion College. After playing sports in high school, Raw had a life-changing experience while experimenting with fashion.

“Our Streets, My Style” is our original show taking you up close and personal with Japanese street style personalities. Meet the amazing people featured in the daily street snaps Tokyo Fashion has been publishing for over a decade.

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We first met Raw (Kota) on the streets of Harajuku back in 2017. We got to know him while he attended his first year at the most famous fashion school in Asia, Japan’s Bunka Fashion College. Often wearing his own handmade (or at least hand modified) creations, he immediately struck us as someone who was more serious about fashion than the average Harajuku kid.

During the summer of 2017, Raw scored an internship at the world famous Dog Harajuku boutique (known for their relationship with Lady Gaga as well as numerous other international celebrities and stylists) – establishing himself as one of the new faces worth watching in the Japanese street fashion scene.

Now a second year student at Bunka Fashion College, Raw continues to focus on making his own outfits as well as expanding his skills in fashion styling and fashion promotion. He also spends time thinking about how modern social media impacts what fashion people wear, and how people present themselves on social media.

Enjoy Raw’s interview, and please leave comments if you have any thoughts or questions on what he has to say, on Bunka Fashion College, or on Harajuku.

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22 COMMENTS

  1. Super insightful! It's really nice to hear a bit more about how things are changing for the environment that Japanese street fashion appeared in. It's also interesting to learn about Bunka, and the philosophy that you can put in your clothes.

  2. I get emotional when i see this type of videos because i really relate to when they say people look at you weirdly just because you dress differently. For me, by just wearing a short skirt to go out my dad would look at me like im crazy. I've been to harajuku once, and I really believe the place is magical in a way that it gives people confidence and acceptance. I'm from malaysia and the fashion style of society here is mostly uninteresting, or repetitive. It's hard to express my style without people judging me for not following the norm. Raw is only 19, the same age as me, but he's already figured out so much and has such mature thoughts about his fashion and style. I hope to be like that some day.

  3. His words were honestly so inspirational, to be 19 and manage to overcome that fear of what people think about what you wear is amazing, especially as we're all brought up being told to conform to society. I'm 16 now, but i really want to take this on board. I've started to care less about what people think about what I wear, I've worn things I wouldn't have dreamed of a year ago, and now I want to fully let it go so I can stand out and not care about it👏

  4. It was interesting this time as well! I like to learn some Japanese point of views about Japanese fashion and Harajuku. Thank you Tokyo Fashion and thank you Raw-san 🙂

  5. Wow such an inspiration! To be able to not care what other people think at 19 that's impressive. I'm just starting to not care what others think but part of me still wants to wear the fashion that's considered "normal" by society's standers to fit in and not stand out. This gives me a little more courage with wearing crazy fashions and I can't wait to go to Japan next year and shop for some crazy things! 🌈🌟🙏

  6. I just want to thank you so much for the pure way you showcase these artists. Simple photographs of their style contrasted with only their speaking is a refreshing change from the usual overused instrumental music and awkwardly posed film segments. I got emotional listening to Raw speak about individuality, as I certainly feel that I've been fighting to find myself in a world of clones for many years now. Thank you, thank you, for sharing some rays of light and hope with the world.

  7. Every outfit slayed me, You are inspiring Raw! I go out to clubs a lot where everyone wears the same things. I try to break that mold and be myself. It feels so good not to put yourself in a box. I feel like I can truly be myself even if people laugh at me. They laugh because they are scared of being themselves. It's too bad.

  8. Who is german and smiled about the Bayern München shirt he weared? 😂❤️ btw. This is a really famous german soccer team.

  9. I really enjoyed this interview and the way he expressed himself. And I fell in love in how basketball I pronounced in Japanese.

  10. I love this interview series so much! 💖
    Raw is really inspiring, intelligent and confident- that's amazing ✨

  11. He's so young but everything he says is really mature and inspiring! I think it's so great that he wants Japanese people and the Japanese fashion scene to move forward too. He's so pure in the sense that he truly uses fashion as a way to express himself and his emotions. I hope he does a lot of great work in future!

  12. I don't know much about fashion, I just feel it's right thing to do that you find yourself in your own way. So Be yourself. I admire this kid's courage.

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