Dazed & Confused May Issue: Tokyo Creatives

Dazed Digital speaks to the stars of Chikashi Suzuki and Karen Langley's city snapshot journey

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Shota Sometani wears top by Gucci; shoes by Dior H
Shota Sometani wears top by Gucci; shoes by Dior Homme; trousers Shota's own

From vending machines to the famed Shibuya crossroads, Tokyo's young creatives are photographed by Chikashi Suzuki and styled by Dazed & Confused's fashion director Karen Langley in our May Issue. Dazed Digital caught up with the stars of the story to learn more about their lives: Eriko Nakao, KaoRi, Julie, Rina Ohta, Shohei Yamashita, Sakura Ando, Shuntaro Yanagi and Shota Sometani...

Eriko Nakao – Chrome Hearts
Dazed Digital: What's been the greatest moment of your career so far?
Eriko Nakao:
Ummm, maybe NOW? I'm happy, in love and have great friends too. And I want to become even happier!
DD: If you could collaborate with anyone who would it be?
Eriko Nakao:
As long as I can do great things and have fun, I don't mind who it's with.
DD: What's the best thing about Tokyo today?
Eriko Nakao:
There is no 'best thing' I suppose. That's just my personal (and irresponsible) opinion though!

KaoRi – dancer/actress/teacher
Dazed Digital: What's been the greatest moment of your career so far?
KaoRi:
When I'm dancing in front of a big audience. I'm shy but quite determined. When I was dancing at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris few years ago, Araki took my picture. There was a big audience – almost like a dream!
DD: If you could collaborate with anyone who would it be?
KaoRi:
I don't feel comfortable with the word 'collaboration' as it sounds like business word. There are two people that I want to do something with but I won't write love letters in public!
DD: What's the best thing about Tokyo today?
KaoRi:
The beautiful cherry blossoms and edible, wild plants. On a personal note, I'm into exercising and recently got my Gyrokinesis trainer licence! I can teach you if you're in Tokyo...

Julie – artist
Dazed Digital: What's been the greatest moment of your career so far?
Julie:
A live performance, right after my debut as an artist. There were about 10,000 people in attendence. Of course I felt glad about the fact but I was very nervous at the time...
DD: If you could collaborate with anyone who would it be?
Julie:
I'd like to collaborate with musicians who have different, contrasting styles. I want to try and learn something totally new.
DD: What's the best thing about Tokyo today?
Julie:
I buy lots of second hand rare books near the countryside. I learn from them and they inspire me.

Rina Ohta – actress/model
Dazed Digital: What's been the greatest moment of your career so far?
Rina Ohta:
I haven't reached my best yet, I'm still trying.
DD: If you could collaborate with anyone who would it be?
Rina Ohta:
I would like to appear in Christopher Nolan and Tim Burton films. I was a big fan of Batman series but also it's exciting to imagine how I could fit into their worlds...
DD: What's the best thing about Tokyo today?
Rina Ohta:
The long winter season is finally over! From now on I'll be going on picnics at Shinjuku Gyoen Park.

Shohei Yamashita – model
Dazed Digital: What's been the greatest moment of your career so far?
Shohei Yamashita:
I haven't got to it yet, though I'm giving it my all.
DD: If you could collaborate with anyone who would it be?
Shohei Yamashita: I've no idea, my career has just started. I want to keep creating with lots of people.
DD: What's the best thing about Tokyo today?
Shohei Yamashita:
I'm now crazy about Shitamachi and traditional working-class neighborhoods such as Asakusa and Sugamo. You can experience a different side of Tokyo there. I enjoy going for a walk around these areas.

Sakura Ando – actress
Dazed Digital: What's been the greatest moment of your career so far?
Sakura Ando:
Life right now because I got married in March.
DD: If you could collaborate with anyone who would it be?
Sakura Ando: My husband. He loves me the most and challenges me at the same time.

Shuntaro Yanagi – actor/model 
Dazed Digital: What's been the greatest moment of your career so far?

Shuntaro Yanagi: When I have a shoot with [Japanese stylist] Michiko Kitamura. I feel like I'm no.1 in that moment! When I change back into my own clothes afterwards, I realise how special it was.
DD: If you could collaborate with anyone who would it be?
Shuntaro Yanagi:
I want David Lynch to film and take pictures of me one day.
DD: What's the best thing about Tokyo today?
Shuntaro Yanagi:
I like Facetasm, the Tokyo based fashion label. It's so cool.

Shota Sometani – actor
Dazed Digital: What's been the greatest moment of your career so far?
Shota Sometani:
When I'm acting in movies – I feel full of life.
DD: If you could collaborate with anyone who would it be?
Shota Sometani:
Jim Jarmusch. When I was a student, I was inspired a lot by his work.
DD: What's the best thing about Tokyo today?
Shota Sometani:
Movie theatres in Shibuya, both big and small. I enjoy going and watching movies.

CREDITS
Photography Chikashi Suzuki
Styling
 Karen Langley
Hair & Make-Up
 Katsuya Kamo at Mod's Hair
Models Eriko Nakao, Julie Roche, KaoRi Peli, Rina Ohta, Sakura Ando, Shohei Yamashita, Shota Sometani, Shuntaro Yanagi
Photographic Assistant
Ryohei Kobayashi
Styling Assistants
Emma Wyman
Hair & Make-Pp Assistant
 Keiko Tada
Production
Junsuke Yamasaki
Special Thanks 
Yoshiko Edstrom, Estrom Office

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