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Examining Oneself While Lost in Thought: A Place for Walking Meditation Examining Oneself While Lost in Thought: A Place for Walking Meditation
GINZA SIX EDITORS Vol.49
There are no shades on Ginza and Chuo-dori in the afternoon.
Walk while hiding in the slight shadow of the eaves of the store, and when the shadow is interrupted, it runs quickly like a ninja. Turn right and left to avoid hitting people coming and going. As a living in analyzing fashion trends and predicting future trends, I have a plan idea, a manuscript that has progressed halfway, a head of information saturation, and always walks when I get stuck.
But isn't it so hot these days?
The sunshine makes your skin smooth. The road surface is glittering with an illusion. Early in July, a heat wave exceeding body temperature arrived. It's not too much, but it's going to evaporate as it is! Autumn, come early!
I evacuated to GINZA SIX as I was invited by the refreshing cool air.
Well, in fact, GINZA SIX, the best place to reset a messed head while walking alone. This time, we will introduce a recommended route for such a time, where you can refresh your head and think about the coming autumn outfit in a walking medical treatment at GINZA SIX.
As you know, GINZA SIX, a white and clean space with a refreshing feeling, is dotted with art throughout the building. Above all, a permanent exhibition that can be seen at any time and can bring out the alpha waves in the brain is the digital art waterfall "Universe of Water Particles on the Living Wall".
This is due to teamLab (teamLab's art work using state-of-the-art technology. Water flows on a 12-meter-high wall that runs through three floors. However, whether there is actually water or live-action images are not flowing, the waterfall is drawn with a delicate touch and full of dynamism. Somehow, it seems that the paintings that should have been still have suddenly begun to move. The falling water splashes on the stone and spreads the rock surface smoothly like a band.
Looking at the movement of the water, which shows various expressions while glittering, one day my heart swims fluffy at the border between reality and virtual. Preparations are complete if you think the cluttered daily colors are far away. Walking medical treatment at GINZA SIX begins.
I'm waving around the hall with a fluffy feeling. By the way, you can see clearly when you stand in the passage of GINZA SIX, but the parcels for each store are not lined up straight, and you can go out and pull in. I hear this is not prepared. The atmosphere is as if you were lost in the back alley. It's easy to squat with your thoughts.
By the way, as I walked, I knew what I needed now, as if the fog was clearing. It's a new bag for autumn. I check most of my new bags for work, but this fall, if I choose from among the many, it is "ALEXANDER McQUEEN" (3rd floor).
Speaking of Macyne, it looks elegant but avant-garde, classical and modern. The two-sided design that combines the two contradictory elements, one of which is inseparable, will firmly grasp the complicated onna heart. Recently, she nodded the purveyor of Princess Catherine of the King of England.
The new "Jueld Sachel" (\260,000 * + tax" (\260,000 *) is a shoulder-type "Folding Clutch" with a Macyen icon bag and four rings.
The point is that you can put your finger on the ring-shaped part and hold it on a small side like an accessory. The skull next to the bijoo uses the poison of Macyne.
Well, it's hard to throw away the clutch type. Here, "Foling Pouch" (\266,000) has a more gorgeous image with each colorful bijoo decorated with Swarovski crystals. I'm wearing a white T-shirt. How can I match it with a casual style?
The box bag, which has a cute round square shape, is also available. It's not too cute because antique travel bags and treasure chests have a design idea.
"Backet bag" (\281,000) attracted by the voice of the staff saying "This is also a new work."
Like box bags, they are inspired by antique gauges and medieval treasure chests, and the clean form without hesitation is a hint from "origami art". The unique and sophisticated design, which is different from the popular drawstring bags in the streets, accentuates your coordination.
As I gradually got on, I went to the pre-collection rack.
I got a black knit with impressive laffle details and red trimming. This fall's neck is a turtleneck. This knit has a bold cut-off on the shoulders, and the seams on the shoulders are clearly visible. While covering the skin with a turtleneck and long sleeves, it creates sexyness with exquisite tiralism. These details are also trendy this fall. The memory of the heat is far beyond here. I think of fashion in the fall and winter for a while.
Speaking of autumn and winter, the latest collection of European and American brands had abundant outerwear. I have to check my outer clothes! So go to "HERNO" on the same floor.
"Herno" is an Italian luxury brand celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. The production of high-quality raincoats originated, and products are limited to outerwear only, such as downcoats that began to work on afterwards.
We pioneered the creation of products that boldly incorporate high-tech materials used in outdoor products, along with the finest natural materials such as melting cashmere. Comfortable functionality and modern and elegant design, as well as the lack of a brand logo on the table, are a popular brand in the fashion industry.
The first thing to see is the unique display inside the store. All products, such as coats and jackets, are hooked on hooks. Now, other brands have seen similar displays, but in fact, "Herno" pioneered this method.
The hanging leather belt represents "tradition", and the stainless steel hook represents "modity". While valuing history and craftsmanship, he will renew himself with new challenges. The brand's attitude is expressed.
The off-white down that I immediately put on is characterized by a large collar elegantly standing from the chest and a seven-quarter sleeve. It's simple but elegant, so it doesn't look uncomfortable with a dress as well as a basic style. I often go to fashion-related receptions, parties, shows, etc., and I choose an outerwear that bothers me in cold weather. The design responds to the greedy needs of not being too casual (= not being rude as an invited guest) and not too tight (= wanting to be used for daily use). A wide variety of outerwear unique to specialized brands. Check the cape set with a knitted arm warmer.
Hi! It's just a window shopping while saying walking medication! (Sweat)
Facing your own desire is also the real pleasure of walking alone. While I was hanging, I realized that today's time was running out, so I went to the basement floor. I want to find out my potential! The counter of "IPSA" pointed at the foot.
The target is an impression analysis tool based on design psychology introduced in the skin measuring instrument "Ipsa Laiser". It is a scary measuring instrument that allows you to easily see your unconscious feeling that you want to see this way.
Of the two images with different tastes that appear one after another, select one that you thought was "good!" Without thinking, one second per a. It seems that the ten images selected can be used to understand the latent consciousness of the mood and the image you want to be.
My mood today is "elegant." When I measured it once last time, it was "cool", so it may have reflected the uplifting feeling after hanging GINZA SIX.
Click here for the recommended lineup, combining the skin color and bloody texture measured in advance and the results of latent consciousness. Lip is offered in four colors for work, dating, holidays, parties and four occasions. When you add a color that you don't usually pick up, it gets strange and cool. I feel like I can meet my new self with a single lip.
It refreshes your head which has been flickering. The walking medical treatment at GINZA SIX completes the energy charge that is as competitive as the heat! I left the museum lightly.
Text: Yoshiko Go Photos: Akemi Kuurosaka Edit: Yuka Okada
It’s early afternoon in Ginza, and there’s no shade on Chuo-dori street. I move from one patch of shade to another under the store awnings, darting like a ninja where shade peters out and dodging left and right to keep from bumping into people passing by.
I make my living analyzing fashion trends and predicting future trends. When my head brims with all kinds of scattered information related to project ideas or half-finished manuscripts and I hit a wall, I go out for a walk.
But, wait a minute. Hasn’t it been unusually hot out lately?
The sun’s rays are scorching. The reflections off the road are dazzling. It’s July, and the extreme heat has already arrived, temperatures exceeding body temperature. If nothing changes, I may simply evaporate. Fall can’t get here soon enough!
As if lured by fresh, cool air, I vacate to GINZA SIX.
GINZA SIX is the perfect place to lose yourself in thought, the ideal place to walk about on your own to refresh a cluttered mind. Today I’ll engage in walking meditation at GINZA SIX. As I clear my head, I’ll focus, with some longing, on attire for the upcoming fall. I’ll show you my recommended route for moments like this.
As you may know, GINZA SIX, in its refreshingly clean, white spaces, here and there throughout the building, features works of art. One of the works on permanent display, something you can count on seeing every time you visit, is the digital art waterfall, “Universe of Water Particles on the Living Wall.” It’s a work that seems to inspire your brain’s alpha waves.
This piece is the work of teamLab, known for artwork based on cutting-edge technologies. Water flows down a wall from a height of 12 meters, a span of three floors. This said, it’s not a matter of whether there’s actually water here or whether an actual live image of waterflow is being reflected: the waterfall is depicted dynamically, but with a delicate touch. The impression is of a painting that’s suddenly begun to move on its own. When the falling water strikes a rock, it splashes, then flows over the rock surface like a sash. As I gaze, hypnotized by the movement of the water, its appearance shifting as it sparkles, I begin to swim lightly, unawares, at somewhere near the boundary of reality and illusion. Days of disorder appear to drift far away. Now my preparations are complete, and the walking meditation at GINZA SIX begins.
I feel I’m floating as I wander the building. Incidentally—and this is something you can see quite clearly when you stand in one of the hallways at GINZA SIX—the stores aren’t aligned with their toes set to a straight line. Rather, they appear haphazardly set back or set forward. They’ve been deliberately misaligned. It recalls the feel of being lost wandering down back alleys. No wonder it’s so easy to wander around here, lost in thought.
As I continue to walk, the clouds suddenly lift. I understand now what I need: a new bag for fall. In all likelihood, I’ll end up checking out nearly all the new bags anyway, given my line of work, but if I had to choose, of the many options this fall, I’d go with Alexander McQueen (3rd floor).
McQueen features designs both elegant and avant-garde—modern, but creating the impression of a classic. Having two opposing elements, a dual nature that can’t be divided into one or the other element, somehow perfectly captures the complex heart of women. It’s no wonder the brand recently became an official purveyor to Princess Catherine of the British royal family.
The brand’s new Jewelled Satchel (260,000 yen; all prices listed before tax) is the shoulder bag version of McQueen’s iconic Four-Ring Clutch, which does have four rings.
One notable feature is that the bag can be held under your arm, like an accessory, if you place your fingers though the rings. Putting the skull next to the gem is a typical McQueen twist.
Of course, you wouldn’t want to disregard the classic genre. On this Four-Ring Pouch (266,000 yen), each colorful stone is ornamented with Swarovski crystal for a touch more glamour. I’m here wearing a white T-shirt, and the pouch seems to go quite well with the casual approach.
The adorable standard Box Bag with its bulging, square shape is always tempting. A design inspired by antique travel bags and jewelry boxes sidesteps the trap of the cute done to excess.
“This is also new,” a staff member tells me. I take a look at the Bucket Bag (281,000 yen).
Like the Box Bag, this bag is inspired by antique luggage and medieval jewelry boxes. Its strikingly clean form, I’m told, takes hints from the art of origami. The refined, distinctive design sets it apart from the crowd of pouches in current vogue. They’d serve as perfect accents for a nicely coordinated look.
Getting into the swing of things, I head to the pre-collection rack.
Here I’m holding a black knit with striking ruffle details and red trimming. The turtleneck is definitely the neckline for this fall. This knit features bold cut-offs in the shoulder area, allowing the bare skin of your shoulders to peak through, both demure and bold. The turtleneck and long sleeves cover your skin, but this exquisite, brief glimpse generates a certain sexiness. Details like this are the trend for fall. At this point, the extreme summer heat is but a distant memory. We’ll turn our thoughts briefly to fall and winter fashions.
For fall and winter, outerwear is the dominant note in the latest collections from European and American brands. I have to check out the outerwear! So I head to Herno on the same floor.
Celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, Herno is an Italian luxury brand that got its start as a purveyor of high-quality raincoats. Herno later moved on to include down coats and other outerwear items in its collection, which remains limited to outerwear.
The brand is a forerunner of a design trend that boldly combines ultra-high quality natural materials, like cashmere, with their enchanting smooth and soft textures, and the high-tech materials common in outdoor goods. Comfort, functionality, a modern look, elegance, plus the lack of a brand logo on the exterior score numerous points with me and others and make this brand especially popular with fashion industry professionals.
The store’s unique displays are what first catch the eye. The coats and jackets—all of the products—hang off hooks. You see similar displays these days from other brands, but this method was pioneered by Herno.
The leather belts hanging from the hooks are said to represent tradition, and the stainless hooks themselves to represent modernity. Pursue new challenges and innovation while maintaining a regard for history and artisanship: This expresses the brand’s basic stance.
I try on an off-white down jacket. It features three-quarter sleeves and a large collar that stands off your chest. The characteristic design is simple but elegant, a perfect match for a basic style, or perfect even worn over a dress. Work often brings me to fashion-related receptions, parties, shows, and other events, so when it’s cold, I worry about choosing the right outerwear. I look for a design that meets my every need: not too casual (to avoid appearing an indifferent or cavalier guest), but not too formal (something I can wear day to day). The dedicated brand offers a large variety of outerwear. I check out the cape, too, which comes with knit arm-warmers.
Hold on! I was talking about “walking meditation,” but now I’m just window-shopping. [sweating]
Watching one’s own desires gradually come into focus is one of the real pleasures of walking alone. Today, as I wander about, I suddenly notice my allotted time dwindling. I head to the first belowground floor—perhaps to explore my subconscious! And this counter at Ipsa is where I go.
I’m here today to take a look at an impression analysis tool, based on design psychology, implemented into the IPSALYZER, the instrument that measures the condition of your skin. It’s a formidable device that peers into your subconscious to gauge precisely how you want to look at that moment.
You’re presented with successive sets of two pictures of different tastes. You’re told to choose, based on intuition alone, which of the two you think is best. You’re shown one pair per second, too short a time to think. The ten total pictures you choose are then used to analyze your subconscious, your feelings at that moment, and the image of yourself as you wish to be.
My mood today is “Elegant.” I was “Cool” the last time I had the analysis done, so today’s result likely reflects my high spirits after wandering GINZA SIX.
Combining the results for skin color and complexion measured previously and the results for the analysis of my subconscious this time produces the following recommended lineup: For lipstick, four colors proposed for four different occasions: work, dates, weekends, and parties. Even colors I wouldn’t normally try look strangely perfect when I put them on. A single stick of lipstick leaves me feeling transfigured, a new version of myself.
I’d felt a bit hazy, but at some point, my head clears completely. Walking meditation at GINZA SIX gives me the complete energy transformation needed to stand up to the intense heat. My feet feeling light, with a confident gait, I take my leave.
Text：Yoshiko Go Photos：Akemi Kurosaka Edit：Yuka Okada
Fashion director at Shiseido. Responsible for research and analysis on fashion trends and trend predictions. Travels the globe each season to research and report on the latest fashion collections……All that, of course, is pretty cool on its own, but she also goes home to tend to two children, ages 3 and 7. This year marked her initiation into PTA activities. She writes a column on Hanatsubaki, the website. http://hanatsubaki.shiseidogroup.jp/fashion/GINZASIX_OFFICIAL Instagram