With PARK Harajuku entering the third month of their once-a-month “EMOtee” clothing collection, the back-alley boutique has spent a considerable amount of time analyzing just how the city of Tokyo has felt throughout December. While October saw a pleasant blend of “Hunger”, “Calm”, and “Business”, and November saw a certain bleak “Dulness”, it turns out December was mostly a month of sexual tension with the theme of “Desire”. With a handful of major holidays taking place throughout the month, including the couple-oriented Christmas Eve, illustrator and designer Buta Bako depicts the ugly and lustful landscape that they see around them by utilizing an extremely NSFW piece of art that catches the eye immediately.
It’s an interesting step for PARK Harajuku’s EMOtee project, but definitely a welcome one. Unafraid of working alongside artists to reflect the genuine raw emotions that dominate the streets of Tokyo, Buta Bako knocks it out of the park with their illustration and design work here. Especially having gone out around Christmas Eve and New Years and seen the happenings around Shibuya and Harajuku, it’s definitely easy to see why Buta Bako chose the emotion of “Desire” for the month of December. While traditionally Christmas and the Holidays are a time for family celebration in North America, Japan instead opts to focus on it as a couples holiday, especially on Christmas Eve where you’ll see just about every restaurant filled with couples from all over — and the love hotels too.
Available now in-store and online from PARK Harajuku, the Buta Bako collaborative piece is but a small part of PARK’s ever-developing plan to give independent creators a voice in Tokyo’s fashion and design landscape. Those interested in checking out further information about the collection, as well as those interested in picking up a piece for themselves, be sure to head to PARK Harajuku’s official website.