8 Japanese Minimalist Fashion Brands 2021

I love Japanese the Japanese minimalism generally. So it is no surprise that I’ve always been drawn to Japanese minimalist fashion too.

Though Japanese trends have veered far and wide, from bright colours and wild designs exhibiting all the influences of popular trends from Western Cultures, there has been a persistent strand of minimalist design. Influenced by the long history of Zen philosophy, the Japanese minimalist wardrobe continues to return to the world of neutral tones, simple silhouettes focusing on essential quality.

Here I present some of my absolute favourite examples of Japanese minimalist clothing.

1. COMME DES GARÇONS

Comme des Garçons is one of the biggest, and longest lasting, names in Japanese high end fashion. Helmed by venerable Junya Watanabe, the fashion powerhouse started in 1978. Known for being able to bring unexpected twists to everyday design, the brand makes everything from workwear that looks like fashion, to wardrobe feature items that you could still wear to the supermarket. 

Men

Women

2. Needles

Needles is long-time industry leader Keizo Shimizu’s signature label. Creating pieces that vary from stripped down and minimal, all the way to statement pattern items, this is one Japanese band that isn’t afraid to try different things. Whatever Shimizu turns his hand to, the clothing manages to retain a sense of refinement and sophistication.

Men

3. Undercover

Undercover, by Jun Takahashi manages to combine the aesthetic language of the street with the style of the fashion house. It manages to meld seemingly contradictory elements into strange constructions of harmony. Undercover holds the seed of Takahashi’s punk-attitude that his designs started out with back when he founded the label in 1993. This is clothing for rebels who have grown up.

Men

Women

4. Visvim

Visvim manages to combine Americana and Yamato-damashii to create clothing that is at once exotic and familiar. Hiroki Nakamura chose the name for his brand by combining latin words for strength and speed. Like the name, the apparel in Visvim ranges has a sense of dynamism, as well as a robustness. Quality is the brand’s very mantra, as evidenced by their crafting of fine cordovan and denim that is hard to find anywhere else.

Men

5. Yohji Yamamoto

If there is one name that sums up Japanese Minimalist fashion, it would have to be Yohji Yamamoto. Yamamoto even prefers the unadorned title of “dressmaker” over more graniouse terms such as “fashion designer” or “auteur”. The original idea for his brand came in 1976 when he started crafting “men’s” coats that could be worn by a “woman”. You can still see some strands of this androgenous aesthetic in the clothing to this day. Another constant is the dedication to the use of long, flowing fabrics that suggest luxury and ease.

Men

Women

6. Wacko Maria

Generally speaking, Wacko Maria is probably about as far away from what you might consider “minimal” as you could get. Words like “playful”, irreverent and “pop culture” would be more commonly associated with the brand. That said, within Atsuhiko Mori’s designs are some bold planes of color that could be considered a kind of “vibrant minimalism”. So we include it here.

Men

7. Neighborhood

Neighborhood’s aesthetic springs out of founder Shinsuke Takizawa’s love of biker, street and road culture. As with many Japanese brands, it mixes a love of Americana with a uniquely Japanese feel. You can expect to find denim, army prints, outdoor wear. But there is also an understated side to the brand that makes it a good candidate for inclusion here.

Men

8. Mastermind

After working with the minimalist fashion master Yohji Yamamoto, Masaaki Homma struck out on his own to form Mastermind in 1997, making it actually one of the Japanese fashion labels on the list. Homma takes a much more punk infused take on Yamamoto’s free flowing clothes, and brings it closer to the street. The brand is recognized most distinctively by it’s skull and crossbones motif that seems so bad-boy cliched it comes full circle to be good again. Masaaki never really veered completely away from his roots working for minimalist maestro though as evidenced by the pieces below.

Men

If you are looking for some more traditional, and less minimal, Japanese wear, we have pages on male kimono, chanchanko hanten jackets, kimono fabric, and kimono shirts

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I’m Peter Joseph Head. I lived in Japan for four years as a student at Kyoto City University of the Arts doing a Masters Degree, have toured the country six times playing music and speak Japanese (JLPT N1). I’ve written songs in Japanese and have released several albums through Tokyo label Majikick Records. You can hear my music at my bandcamp page:

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Artificial Japanese Maple Tree Guide

If you’re like me, and you’ve spent many years wandering around the Japanese countryside and through its gardens, you’ll know how beautiful a Japanese Maple Tree is. They have the ability to add vibrant splashes of color into a more or less uniform palette of green. 

In Japan, this contrast of colors is enjoyed both on the large and the small scale. Often, Japanese garden design, and Japanese Home Decor, are actively trying to mimic, or recreate, or pay homage to the way nature itself presents itself. So may see a whole mountainside that presents a patchwork of autumnal hues mixed with evergreens. The people that live in the surrounding areas may try to achieve an effect in their own gardens that reference this. They may do this by having smaller versions of these trees in the form of Bonsai, or incorporate Japanese Maple Trees in their own gardens.

Of course, as always, the greatest effect is going to be achieved by going through the effort of sourcing, looking after, and shaping a real tree in a real garden, or within the home. But, for many, this just isn’t feasible amidst the business of a modern day lifestyle. The answer for many is using a combination of real and faux plants to create an effect that is striking, but not so hard to maintain. An artificial Japanese Maple Tree is a case in point, and has the added advantage of allowing you to “maintain” your tree at the perfect point in its aesthetic life cycle the whole year round.

With that in mind, here are some of our favourite artificial maple trees on the market.

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Who is behind this site?

I’m Peter Joseph Head. I lived in Japan for four years as a student at Kyoto City University of the Arts doing a Masters Degree, have toured the country six times playing music and speak Japanese (JLPT N1).

ピータージョセフヘッドです。4年間京都市立芸大の大学院として日本に住み、6回日本で音楽ツアーをし、日本語能力試験で1級を取得しました。要するに日本好きです。

Happi Coats Guide 2021

Happi Coat

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In my years spent living and travelling through Japan, I’ve been able to see, purchase and try wearing many different types of more or less traditional Japanese clothing.
One item that often draws people’s eye is the Japanese Happi Coat (sometimes written as Happy Coat – because the word happi is so close in pronunciation to the English word “Happy”). The happi coats tends to be noticed by those travelling to Japan because they are often worn as brightly colored festival jackets at matsuri events throughout the country. The Happi jacket with Japanese writing are also commonly worn by people spruiking different sales campaigns at the front of retailers. The jackets are generally customised to have the name of the particular company or retailer they are advertising on them.

 I’ve also written articles on the closely related Japanese clothing types including jimbei, hanten jackets, samuekimono for men and kimono fabric, so it might be worth checking those out as well.

Best Traditional Festival Happi Set (Unisex)

A classic happi set with happi coat, obi and tenugui cloth to roll into a headband. This is one of the most popular style of happi you will commonly see around at festivals.

Pros

  • 3 – in 1 set
  • Quality workmanship
  • Classic Festival style
  • Character on the back says “Matsuri” – festival

Cons

  • Very traditional – not for those look for something unusual.

Best high-end fashion style Happi

Visvim Indigo Denim Happi style kimono top

Half-sleeve garment-dyed non-stretch denim kimono-style shirt in indigo. Shawl collar. Open front. Welt pockets at waist. Partial cotton twill lining. Contrast stitching in white.

Pros

  • High end fashion piece
  • Classic Denim
  • Can be worn in range of contexts.
  • 100% cotton.
  • Made in Japan

Cons

  • Fashion item – with fashion price tag

Best Casual Wear Happi Coat (Unisex)

Casual, yet stylish, long happi coat.

Pros

  • Classic “Seigaha” pattern.
  • Long cut.
  • Understated with no lettering
  • Free flowing kimono style

Cons

  • Doesn’t come with belt

So What is a Japanese Happi Coat?

Where Does The Word “Happi” come from

The Happi traditional Japanese coat belongs to the larger category of “Haori” 羽織. The verb  haoru 羽織る literally means to “put on over the top”. So the word Haori is pretty close to the English word “coat”.

The “Happi” itself has its roots in the coats that featured family crests dyed into them indicating different samurai affiliations. They later came to be worn by people considered to be of lower rank including craft & tradespeople. They also have a strong association with firefighters. It was until the end of the show period (1926 – 1989) that the happi began to be commonly worn as festival attire. In fact, the rise of the festival happi can be traced back to the Osaka Expo in 1970, where the wearing of this kind of traditional Japanese clothing was popularised in the “event” context.

From this background, you can see that the happi is associated with a person performing some kind of service. The happi can be thought of as a kind of uniform. In the samurai context, the garment would often have the name of the person and their house affiliation written on the hem.

Children at festival in happi outfits

The origin of the word “Happi” itself is thought to trace back to sleeveless garment that was worn aristocratic people in ancient times that was called a “Banpi” (which we could also romanize, for fun, as a “Bumpy”). 

To risk stating the obvious, the word “happi” has no relation to the word “happy”, whether written with an “i” or a “y”.

Early Happi wearers. Img: Vintage Japan-esque https://www.flickr.com/photos/vintage-japan/15987109276

What is The Difference Between a Happi and a Hanten?

If you are interested in Japanese clothing, you may have come across garments referred to as “hanten”. 

Confusingly, the words happi and hanten are often used interchangeably. For most intents and purposes there is no hard and fast delineation between the two styles of kimono followed by people universally, inside or outside Japan.

That being said, there are traits that are considered more characteristic of a happi or a hanten overall.

Generally, garments that a categorized as a happi will: 

  • Be at least be as long or longer than a person’s bottom.
  • Have large open sleeves
  • Have no tie-string at the front (and are thus generally worn with an Obi belt)

Conversely, hanten 

  • Are generally not lower than a person’s bottom
  • Will have smaller and tighter sleeveless
  • Have a tie string at the front (and are thus generally worn without and obi belt)

 

Hanten are also more strongly associated with winter coats with thicker materials, sometimes filled with cotton batting.

What Types of Happi Jacket are there?

Happi coats come in a range of lengths.

Some variations on the standard happi coat are sleeveless happi that are commonly worn by festival drummers to leave their hands free to move.

There are also long flowing happi that stretch down below the knee. These are closer to a Yukata design, but are often worn unbelted and free flowing.

Recommended Happi Coats

Vintage & 2nd hand Happi Coat options are available on Etsy

Reading The Tag

The tag above reads:

表地 Front Material 綿 Cotton 100%

裏地 Rear material 綿 Cotton 100%

中わた Inner Padding 綿 Cotton 70%

ポリエステル Polyester 30%

If you’re looking for something to wear in the summer months, check out our guide to Jinbei here.

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Hi, I’m Peter.  I lived in Japan for four years as a University student completing a Masters Degree in Musicology.  I have succesfully completed the  highest level of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (N1).  have toured the country six times playing music and singing songs in Japanese and English.

Samue Buying Guide 2021

samue

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Samue Buying Guide

In 30 years of living and travelling two and from japan, I’ve owned a lot of clothes. Samue and Jinbei have come to be two of my favorite Japanese garments. Most of the information on this page is a combination of information I’ve found on Japanese language sites. It comes from the actual makers that are producing high quality Samue in Japan.

I’ve also written articles on the closely samue related summer jimbei, samue, hanten jackets, kimono for men, kimono shirts and kimono fabric.

Hopefully this information is of use to you!

Are You A Samue Person?

The first thing to be aware of is that Samue are strongly associated with buddhist monks, as being the clothing that they would wear when doing work related tasks such as cleaning up, or, say, raking the stone garden. In this way they have become to be considered “work wear” more generally. 

It’s funny how these sorts of clothes, such as the now ubiquitous jeans, take on air of “salt of the earth working person”. There’s something about clothes that are associated with work that appeal to our sense of “authenticity” and thus become “stylish” over time. 

Whether or not you think you are a “samue” person or not is for you to decide. But it’s good to know what you are, quite literally getting yourself into.

I’ll go more into the details about best way to choose a Samue below, but here are a few of my favorites:

#1 Men's Samue for Style

Hand Woven Cotton Samue With Contrasting Top and Bottom

Striking, stylish & unusual Samue with contrasting top and bottom

Pros

  • Samue Jacket : Hand Woven Cotton 100%

  • Pants : ChomThong Hand Woven Cotton 100%

  • Garments made with thread-dyed fabric.

Cons

  • Sleeve shape and price tag may not make item appropriate for work uses.

#1 women's samue for style

Hand Woven Cotton Samue With Contrasting Top and Bottom 

Pros

  • Super Stylish Ash Pearl color

  • 100% Belgian Linen

  • Made in Japan / wafu japan

  • Roll up sleeves

Cons

  • Some people may not like the look of the elastic sleeve cuffs.

How to Choose a Samue

Here are the top points to consider when looking for your samue.

  1. Decide What Season You Want To Wear Your Samue In – And The Best Material
  2. Decide What Situations You Will Be Wearing Your Samue In
    1. Everyday Use
    2. For doing physical tasks
    3. Sleepwear
  3. Figure Out What Size You Need
  4. What Style Do You Want
  5. What Quality & Price Are You After?
  6. Think About What You Are Going To Wear or Coordinate Your Samue With

To break these down one by one

  1. Decide What Season You Want To Wear Your Samue In – And The Best Material

In Japan, people generally wear different Samue for different seasons. Generally speaking, it looks like this:

Summer – Linen

Spring & Autumn – Cotton

Winter – Thick cotton or “Sashiko”, wool or quilt material. There also lined samue, sometimes stuffed with cotton or wool. You can also wear your samue with a thick winter hanten.

If you are looking for the most “versatile” Samue, go for a 100% thin cotton garment, and you should be able to get by with wearing it through most of the year, if you are willing to put some kind of thick underwear or sweater underneath the Samue. Cotton doesn’t do as well in summer though. If you live in a hot climate, you’ll really want to invest in a hemp garment. 

Should I get natural or synthetic fibre samue?

There are also Samue made of synthetic materials such as polyester. These won’t give you the same comfort level on the skin, but they will be both easier to clean, and easier to dry out. So if you’re looking for more of a “work” orientated samue, say for painting or doing arts and crafts in, that you may want to wash and wear again easily, then polyester is a good choice.

For most other purposes, a natural fibre is the best way to go.

#1 Men's/Women's Top Samue For Winter

Wasuian Men’s  Quilt-Work Winter Samue

An ultra warm Samue for the colder months. It includes lining filled with Teijin Warmal materials. Teijin warmal is a high tech heat-retaining batting material in which “zirconium silicate ceramic” is kneaded into the outer layer of the fiber. It “quickly absorbs and re-emits infrared rays emitted from your body” to keep you warmer longer. 

Pros

  • Unique blend of traditional and high tech materials
  • 100% cotton outer material
  • Waseian is the in-house brand for  maker Idaseni, with their own workshops in Japan

Cons

  • Some people may not like the look of the elastic sleeve cuffs.

An outstanding modern take on a kimono top

Visvim Indigo Denim Happi style kimono top

Half-sleeve garment-dyed non-stretch denim kimono-style shirt in indigo. Shawl collar. Open front. Welt pockets at waist. Partial cotton twill lining. Contrast stitching in white.

Pros

  • High end fashion piece
  • Classic Denim
  • 100% cotton.
  • Made in Japan

Cons

  • Fashion item – with fashion price tag

2. Decide What Situations You Will Be Wearing Your Samue In

    1. Everyday Use

Samue have become more common as everyday wear as fashion items in their own right. In this case, there’s not too much you need to worry about from a design perspective other than the points like coordination, climate that are outlined on this page.

3. For doing physical tasks

In Japan, samue are considered work wear for doing tasks associated with the everyday traditional life. They might slip them on for doing ceramics, arts & craft, cooking, doing physical work such as giving a massage. You will often see people in traditionals and Ryokan wearing them for doing their household chores.

If you want to wear your samue for these kinds of purposes, you may want to look for one that uses elastic in the sleeves, and/or is designed that you can roll up the sleeves when necessary.

Another great material option for work wear appropriate samue is Denim. Denim fades over time, which means your samue gets more character the more you use it. It’s like your favorite pair of jeans all over your body!

#1 Men's Top Samue For Working On Tasks

Surugajino Samueya Men’s Samue Bio Wash Denim 141-9903

There’s just something about denim. It’s associated with labor, and the authenticity of work. It fades over time and get character. It feels tough and secure.

Pros

  • Tough denim construciton
  • Tapered elastic sleeves leaves hands unobstructed for working on tasks

 

Cons

  • Elastic on cuffs are difficult roll up.

#1 Women's Top Samue For Working On Tasks

A work-orientated samue for women that doesn’t compromise on style. 

Pros

  • Elastic cuffs leave hands free to work on tasks.
  • 100% cotton

Cons

  • Patterning may not be best for potentially dirty tasks

Samue as Sleepwear

Samue are sometimes used as “Sleepwear” in Japan, and they are fairly close to the design found in a lot of western pajamas. Samue’s sibling, the short sleeve and legged jimbei, tends to be even more popular for wearing to bed, as they leave your limbs more free to move around.

If you’re looking at samue as sleepwear, then cotton is a good way to go because it feels good and “breathes”.

Best samue that can be worn day or night as pajamas

Men’s Tsumugi Samue 100% Cotton

Tsumugi materials are associated with an extremely smooth to the touch feel. These samue are 100% cotton and so are made from a breathable fabric that is ideal for using either as daily wear in mid-to warm temperatures, or as sleepwear.

Pros

  • Smooth feel fabric
  • 100% cotton
  • Open sleeve design

Cons

  • Open sleeves not well suited to doing involved tasks with the hands

3. Figure Out What Size You Need

Making sure you have a garment is the right size is the most obvious thing to consider when making a purchase. Samue are generally worn fairly loose, and they are easy to adjust using the draw strings that they have on them. So it’s generally best to er on the large side when buying a samue.

4. What Style & Design Do You Want

Traditionally, Samue are considered very “functional” items and have come in a fairly limited number of muted colors. With their rise as more of a fashion item, you can see brighter designs, and more striking patterns coming into play. This is mostly going to matter of personal aesthetic choice in relation to the purpose you are buying the garment for. It’s also going to depend on what you are going to wear with it.

About samue sleeve cuffs

There are samue with sleeves that come right down to the wrist and others that end higher up to leave the friends free to work on tasks. Other more work-orientated samue have elastic cuffs so that the taper in around the wrist.

Elastic wrists for work tasks
Open sleeved samue

5. What Quality & Price Are You After?

There are a wide range of qualities and prices in the world of samue. Because the Japanese see their own traditional clothing as something of a matter of pride, they generally look down on anything that is made outside of Japan, such as the garments that are made in China. That being said, you can often find garments made outside Japan that are of an acceptable quality at a largely reduced price. 

6. Think About What You Are Going To Wear or Coordinate Your Samue With

Recently, there has been a rise in the amount of people coordinating traditional Japanese clothing with Western style garments. One option is to try slipping a western garment underneath. I have a Japanoscope gallery of Western/Japanese Clothing ideas below. 

If you want to go the tried and tested route, you would be looking at wearing the samue with sandals or setta on your feet, a Japanese style haori on top, and with Japanese style accessories such as this…

Underwear for Samue
The general consensus is that you should find undergarments that match the color of your samue and don’t stand out too much. There is traditional Japanese style underwear that are considered standard for samue, but you can get by without them. Having a range of warmer or cooler underwear means that you can wear your samue through more seasons!

A gallery of my favorite samue!

Here’s a mix of the better quality samue you will find out there, including some slightly unusual, more colorful, denim and patchwork samue!

Caring For Your Samue

A good Samue can last for a long time if you look after it. This is especially so if you go for a Samue that uses a natural material like cotton or linen. 

 

Can you machine Wash a Samue?

The short answer is, yes, you can wash your samue in the washing machine. But you’ll get a longer life out of it if you do a hand wash. 

The exception to the rule is with some of the more boutique indigo-dyed or pure silk samue that may require special care. As always check the label! Even if the label is in Japanese, you can often at least find a picture of a washing machine with a cross through it!

 

Whatever the samue, if you do put it in the washing machine, it is best to fold it and put it in a net. One of the good things about Samue is that they dry quickly. It is a good idea to smooth out some of the wrinkles, as much as possible, while it is drying so that you can cut down on ironing time later.

Reading The Tag

The tag above reads:

表地 Front Material 綿 Cotton 100%

裏地 Rear material 綿 Cotton 100%

中わた Inner Padding 綿 Cotton 70%

ポリエステル Polyester 30%

What is the difference between Samue and Jinbei?

Samue are long arm and leg garments and Jinbei are short. Jinbeir are usually worn in summer and hot weather, while there are different samue for each of the seasons. Samue are more associated with work related to tasks, while Jinbei are often associated weather, such as visiting hot spring baths.

If you’re looking for something to wear in the summer months, check out our guide to Jinbei here.

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Contributor

Hi, I’m Peter.  I lived in Japan for four years as a University student completing a Masters Degree in Musicology.  I have succesfully completed the  highest level of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (N1).  have toured the country six times playing music and singing songs in Japanese and English.

Kimono Shirt Guide 2021

So you want something a bit Kimono, but not too Kimono? You want the vibe but, don’t want to commit to the full six feet of flowing robe? Well, join the club!

I’ve been experimenting with wearing different Japanese clothes for over 25 years, both living in Japan and outside Japan. In putting this post together I’ve consulted mostly with Japanese language sites, translated and synthesized a lot of the information here. I’ve also written articles on the closely related Japanese clothing types including jimbei, hanten jackets, kimono for menJapanese minimalist fashion and kimono fabric, so it might be worth checking those out as well.

What is a kimono shirt anyway?

You’ll find that quite a few different garments get lumped under the term “Kimono shirt” (Kimono literally just means “clothing” in Japanese, not a particular type of clothing). There are free flowing, split at the front, cardigan shaped garments that would more commonly be called a Happi or a Hanten in Japan. These variously get called a kimono wrap shirt, cardigan or jacket across different places across the internet. Some places will use the Japanese names for them. 

Wearing a Kimono shirt as a wrap around

These types of Kimono shirt are commonly worn over the top of other items of clothing, most commonly a simple white t-shirt, singlet or tank top. They can also be worn over something more skimpy, such as a swimsuit or underwear, a la something like this:

Kimono Theme Shirt

There are also more Western-shaped shirts that are made from materials or patterns that are often associated with Japanese kimono such as this:

Other options to a Kimono Shirt

If you are looking for a light Japanese style wrap-around, it may be worth considering getting a Jinbei, which is a wrap-around top and bottom combination. The design of these garments are essentially unisex, but are often given more masculine of feminine patterns and colors.

Hanten Wrap Around for Winter

There are also warmer versions of Japanese wrap-around, such as the cotton filled Hanten jacket.

How much does a Kimono Shirt cost?

There is a really wide range of price points for kimono shirts and kimono wrap arounds. There are some great high-brand items from the likes of 3.1 Phillip Lim, Ambush, Visvim, Haider Ackermann that will easily set you back more than $1000. 

High End Kimono Shirts

Visvim Indigo Denim Happi style kimono top

Half-sleeve garment-dyed non-stretch denim kimono-style shirt in indigo. Shawl collar. Open front. Welt pockets at waist. Partial cotton twill lining. Contrast stitching in white.

  • High end fashion piece
  • Classic Denim
  • 100% cotton.
  • Made in Japan

NAKED & FAMOUS DENIM SSENSE Exclusive Khaki Rinsed Oxford Kimono Shirt

Long sleeve cotton twill shirt in khaki. Shawl collar. Integrated self-tie fastening at waist.

  • High end fashion piece
  • 100% cotton.
  • Made in Canada

There are highly original, sometimes hand made, items on Etsy from the 1-300 range, such as this:

If you are after a bargain, you can find some great stuff at low prices at Newchic.

If you want some super bargains, and are willing to wait a little longer for postage, you can find some outrageously inexpensive items at Aliexpress:

Kimono Shirts We Like

Women's Kimono Shirt

Men's Kimono Shirt

Other options in the world of Kimono shirts include a warm Hanten style jacket top, or a Jinbei with matching top and bottom. You could even try making your own using kimono fabric. If you’re after a full blown male kimono, look here.

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Who is behind this site?

I’m Peter Joseph Head. I lived in Japan for four years as a student at Kyoto City University of the Arts doing a Masters Degree, have toured the country six times playing music and speak Japanese (JLPT N1). I’ve written songs in Japanese and have released several albums through Tokyo label Majikick Records.

ピータージョセフヘッドです。4年間京都市立芸大の大学院として日本に住み、6回日本で音楽ツアーをし、日本語能力試験で1級を取得しました。要するに日本好きです。

Best Japan Coloring Books 2021

Japan is known around the world for design. So it’s no wonder that Japanese coloring sheets and books have become hugely popular in recent years and are perhaps amongst the most popular Asian coloring pages available. The concept of mindfulness has largely come to the West through the filter of Japanese buddhism, and the new coloring books for grown ups movement is intrinsically linked to the idea of mindfulness. Japan also has a strong tradition of making fine paper and crafting paper objects, so in many ways there is a perfect storm of factors that come together to make the Japanese Coloring Book so, well, right.

I’ll go through some of the different types of Japanese coloring books for adults below, be first I’ll go ahead and show you my very top picks.

You may also be interested in the Japanoscope guides to Japanese Wall Art, Studio Ghibli Posters, and Japanese Wall Scrolls.

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My Top Six Japan Coloring Book Picks

#1 Floating World Woodblock Print Coloring and Art Book