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The Japanese tend to takes things to extremes and become aficionados. Given that many of the world’s top sneaker designers reside in Japan, a country with a thriving, at times absurd, consumer culture, it should come as no surprise that Japanese sneaker culture goes to a whole new level, especially in Tokyo. All over the world, Japanese sneakers are renowned for design and craftsmanship, generating a culture of sneaker obsession. Kicks Japan celebrates this obsession.  


This fashionable, sexy book features fantastic photography of Tokyo sneaker-related scenes, interviews with famous international artists that have collaborated with Japanese sneaker labels, local graffiti and tattoo artists, designers and skateboarders. Original photographs from sneaker and skate parties demonstrate just how rabid this subculture in in Japan. There are also amazing examples of interiors of Japanese sneaker shops, which have to be seen to be believed: sneakers on sushi conveyor belts, swimming pools filled with bananas, art made of sneakers. Put all together, these images and interviews provide a comprehensive look at sneaker culture in Japan in all of its colorful and sexy glory. 

About the Author

Manami Okazaki is a Tokyo-based writer and fixer, with connections from the gutters to the straws, with a focus on Japanese subcultures. Her writing has appeared in countless Japanese and international publications, including Time Out Tokyo, Skin Deep, CNN Traveller, Japan Times, FHM, and Acclaim.


Photographer Geoff Johnson has been shooting Japanese subcultures for over two decades and his work has been published extensively in such high-profile outlets as Time, The Economist and Wall Street Journal

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Japanese Sneaker Culture
Okazaki, Manami
Johnson, Geoffrey
Mark Batty Publisher
Popular Culture - General
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9.3 x 7.6 x 0.6 in 1.375 lb

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