Vol. 71 Yohji Yanagisawa

When autumn show its face, every each one of trees and plants are about to change their faces. Lively fresh and its greener-than-ever color start to change to assimilate themselves with earthy color like it would fall into the pit of color of Autumn.

As time goes by, everything would start to switch its surface for us to appreciate how much our seasons in Japan embrace the true beauty of nature that does to scenery. There are many famous spot to take a look at around Tokyo but if you could spend some time to actually travel further to see outside of urban area, you could get to see the dynamic of change in color and enjoy the bigger picture with more nature in them.

Nature in Japan is one of the greatest characteristics that we are proud of. Four distinctive seasons often described with a traditional mentality called “Wabi-Sabi”. Wabi (侘び) basically means the beauty from the simplicity, and Sabi (寂び) means the beauty from serenity that comes with age.

This Japanese brand “Yohji Yanagisawa“, probably some of you folks are familiar with the part “Yohji” coming from one of the greatest Japanese designer. This entity, however, has nothing to do with him. The mindset that this brand has toward the concept of Japanese beauty as well as method that they use, they express their products with a true nature of Japanese to show you other side of Yohji for sure.


Tokyo-based brand has a concept of reminding us to recognize and re-define the traditional Japanese sense of beauty. The evanescence which they use to describe  the state of something that derives from our nature that we are surrounded by, then none of them has enable themselves to keep their state unchanged, then eventually heading back to our nature.  In order to express its Japanese beauty, They use Bokuju dying method (墨汁) to dye their product and Rouketsu Zome (ろうけつ染) to create their designs and patterns.

Bokuju zome is basically a dying method to use charcoal that mixed with glue and oil (called China ink or Japanese monochrome ink) to dye something. Usually this ink is utilized as to write Japanese calligraphy that all of us have learned in elementary school. The shading of color is controlled by how thick the ink is  from close to pitch black to almost no color at all. Climate such as humidity or dryness would play a great roll in dying process to differentiate each of products so that no same products would not be able to be created.

Rouketsu Zome (Batik) is a pattern and design creation method with using melted wax to draw or to create a design. Each of those designs are manually hand-written, created by brush to paint, the heat of the wax has its level of penetration into fabric so depending on the heat, the pattern would show up differently. Then, soak into water with dying material so that the waxed section stays untouched to create a pattern.

With this calligraphy ink that they soak into along with designs that created by melted wax. after drying out and removing melted wax by soaking into a hot water, the original patterns are shown to the products with a fading color of its ink plus slightly colorless pattern that was done by removing wax. 

Here are some of their latest collection so please check them out. The beauty of subtleness.

Shimobana Shirt

YY 1


Kogarashi Cut and Sewn



Shigarami Cut and Sewn



Kariwatashi Coat


They are one of the entities that can think globally not for the sake of themselves. They have managed to explain about themselves well enough in English collaborating with someone that can help them broadcasting in english. Internationally well-know can be such a long way to go but with their mindset of appreciation for their traditional-focused style and world is such a small place to connect, These guys are soon enough to be recognized by folks from outside of Japan and hopefully they could reach out to the world by expressing their passion for what they do as well as their own culture that I have been brought up with.








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