a new tokyo story

Tokyo, 2016. Today’s youth face a staggering range of choices every day, but one thing that they have in common is their decision to lead lives free from the restraints of preconceived notions: with their diversified attitudes towards sexuality...

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Oct 13 2016, 8:00am

MEGUMU WEARS T-SHIRT AND OVERALLS MODEL'S OWN.

"When I'm in front of the camera, that's the real me. When I'm with other people I tend to get nervous and build up walls, but I'm able to express myself through photos. That can be pretty surprising sometimes."

Megumi, 20, Tokyo

What part of Tokyo do you like the most? Shimokita (a.k.a. Shimokitazawa).
What do you want to be doing in ten years' time? I wanna be the CEO of my own company.
What excites you the most right now? Taking photos with my friends.
What's your method for being true to yourself? Not listening to what other people say and just doing things my own way.
What're your goals for the future? I want to start my own modelling agency.

YURI WEARS TOP T BY ALEXANDER WANG. SWEATSHIRT TWONESS FROM DOVER STREET MARKET GINZA.

"I try not to really make plans for things any more than a week in advance. It's great being able to just contact someone whenever I want to meet them, and having the freedom to actually go out and meet."

Yuri, 24, Nagano

What do you want to be doing in ten years' time? I want to have three kids, and to go camping and stuff with them. I want to make a happy household for my family.
What's your method for being true to yourself? Not overthinking things. Being thankful to people.
What're your goals for the future? I want to model at Paris Fashion Week, and to become a radio personality.

INES WEARS SWEATER CHARLES ANASTASE. JACKET KEISUKE.

Ines, Tokyo

What excites you the most right now? Traveling alone.
What's your method for being true to yourself? Not going to gatherings and events that I'm not interested in. Only meeting the people I want to meet.
What're your goals for the future? I want to go to Israel, Pakistan, and the Caspian Sea, and to learn about Islam.

MIREI WEARS BRA VERSACE. SHORTS STUSSY WOMAN. SNEAKERS ONITSUKA TIGER. JACKET MODEL'S OWN. SOCKS STYLIST'S OWN.

Mirei, 21, Tokyo

What do you do for a living? I'm a student.
What part of Tokyo do you like the most? Shinjuku Gyoen.
What do you want to be doing in ten years' time? Travelling around the world.
What excites you the most right now? Love and travel.
What's your method for being true to yourself? Being bright and positive… powerfully so!

TIFFANY WEARS SWEATER ALL SAINTS. SKIRT AND EARRINGS MODEL'S OWN.

Tiffany, 26, Tokyo

What do you do for a living? I work at a luxury boutique called Corrida Corset.
What's your method for being true to yourself? A strong attitude and red lipstick.
What do you want to be doing in ten years' time? Travelling a lot while doing the job of my dreams. I definitely want to have two or three kids, too.

NENE WEARS NECKLACE AMBUSH. HAT, HOODIE, SKIRT, SHOES, AND SOCKS MODEL'S OWN.

Nene, 22, Hawaii

What do you do for a living? I work at American Apparel.
What excites you the most right now? Eating, listening to music, dancing, watching movies.
What's your method for being true to yourself? Not getting too bothered by the people around me.
What do you want to be doing in ten years' time? I hope I can a free lifestyle at my own pace.

SAKI WEARS TOP NATTOFRANCO. BELT MAXIMUM HENRY. JEANS MODEL'S OWN.

"I place a lot of importance on living life within my own limits. I'm honest with myself and don't push myself too hard, because if there's too much going on in my life I can't keep up with it all."

Saki Mida, 28, Japan

What do you do for a living? EXZI, actress, designer.
What part of Tokyo do you like the most? Theatres, libraries, and parks.
What excites you the most right now? Today's photo shoot was exciting. I get excited by different things every day.
What's your method for being true to yourself? I try to think about things honestly.

ELLIE WEARS ALL ITEMS MODEL'S OWN.

"If it weren't for making art then I might not still be alive. Yeah… I'm glad I didn't die."

Ellie Chim Pom, Yokohama

What part of Tokyo do you like the most? My house.
What do you want to be doing in ten years' time? I just wanna still be living life
What excites you the most right now? Going to weird places with my crew, Chim Pom.
What're your goals for the future? To become the best artist in the world and make loads of fantastic work.

NOEMI WEARS T-SHIRT MODEL'S OWN. OUTER AND TROUSER REEBOK. SHOES ALLSAINTS.

Noemi Aiko, 25, Paris

What do you do for a living? I'm a fashion designer for Nattofranco
What part of Tokyo do you like the most? Nakameguro, Kitasando, Naoshima, (Shinjuku) Ni-chome, Bihoro-cho.
How would you like to see Tokyo change in the future? Freedom from the issues of sexuality, homophobia, race, and terrorism. Getting rid of war.
What excites you the most right now? My brand, Nattofranco, is growing internationally and people are feeling the vibes all around the world. Meeting cool people in Tokyo. Feeling a sense of new life.
What're your goals for the future? I want to make my brand continue to grow. I want to meet more people to share my interests with.

Credits


Photography Monika Mogi
Styling Koji Oyamada at The Voice
Hair and make-up Rie Shiraishi at Valentine
Styling assistance Ai Suganuma
Hair and make-up assistance Ai Ito
Models Megumu, Yuri at Tateoka Office, Ines Yasuda at Eva Management, Mirei, Tiffany, Nene, Saki Mida, Noemi Aiko and Ellie