In the fall of last year Kimura Takuya released an extensive photo book compiled by Japanese Men’s fashion magazine publisher “Mens Non-No” coinciding with a separate hard cover release of an essay/photo book and while the two were offered as separate releases one could opt for a third option and get both packaged together in a single box set!
The “Premium Box Set” edition was released in a limited quantity and it features both beautiful and functional packaging as well as the bonus of including an additional “Kimura Takuya Hysteric Glamour Original T-shirt” along with both books. It is a bit pricey at 8500 yen though when it arrives just from the weight of the box you’ll be assured that the content rises well beyond any expectations!! The outer casing is made from extra thick cardboard and is beautifully glossy in black with purple highlighted text with the image of Kimutaku gracing its front and inside is a separated compartment for each book with one laid atop the other in their own chambers while the outer casing’s backing is also adorned with additional Kimutaku imagery as well as taste of the ingredients to come.
The T-shirt isn’t like those type of cheaply made ones which you paid $30+ for at a rock concert only to find that after just its initial run in the washing machine and dryer that said expensive piece of concert bliss memory ends up being only just big enough to fit perhaps your cat (U know if he/she’s got a dark side) or your favorite stuffed animal which you cuddle w/ on those chilly winter nights. Sure they’d both make great conversation immediately during your next family get together or whenever friends visit and spy your brother’s My Buddy doll ( cue little odd jingle…. or better yet just watch this…..I may have been just four back then but the horror of My Buddy remains embedded forever as do all unwanted memories =D).
(and now u 2 can rejoice in all of that My Buddy goodness, thank you Hasbro! \(^ O^)/ )
…sporting such a sharp look for such a creepy idea of a boy’s doll to begin with (like when did it become a good idea for boys to companion with dolls? =O) though still wouldn’t it be much much better if said T-shirt were made just a little bit better so that it say, stands the test of its purchase price and sentimental meaning for at least a few more months or years to come?
So here no worries about the Kimutaku Hysteric Glamour Original T-shirt letting you down and actually for me I don’t think it’ll ever be worn as I’m more of a sucker to preserve collectibles like this than enjoying while frolicking in the sun =). In the end the shirt’s designed for a guy and is therefore much too big for me anyway and would look more like a gown so safely wrapped up it will remain.
Okay back to My Buddy for just a sec (or I won’t be able to sleep tonight). =P
Did you know that later to um toughen up the whole idea of a boy’s doll they added the My Buddy accessory set \(^ O^)/! So then whenever you’d see your brother playing with that you wouldn’t worry as much that he might start hogging all of the time on your easy bake oven, that way everyone wins =D.
Sorry, he haunts me (゜Д゜;)！！And in hindsight it’s a really good thing that no one I knew actually had one (￣▽￣) 。Gosh all that from just a commercial? Don’t worry I get weekly counseling to help cope with my buddy~itus.
So the book larger book on the left is the “Men’s Non-No Endless” photo book while its slightly smaller hard cover companion is Kimura Takuya’s essay/ photo book which actually includes quite a number of photos which are placed between chapters throughout.
The “Men’s Non-No Endless” lives up to its endless billing as the immense collection of photos inside cover years of modeling Kimutaku did for the fashion gurus there and really its scope of fashion here is quite definitive as fashion, style and statement are as eye catching and stimulating as any that I’ve ever seen. A lot of the photos take on role playing with many being second nature to Kimutaku’s personality and reality even as he acts out through glamorously shot after glamorously shot photo complete with sets scenery and props a vast array of emotions, expressions and Yes amazing fashion sense!
As aforementioned each book can be purchases separately:
And for the complete box set with additional T-shirt collectible:
Did I mention just how thick the “Men’s Non-No Endless” photo book is?!! By far it’s the most scanning I’ve ever done on a single photo book ever!..as here I’ve included 157 yes! 157 photo scans in all and that doesn’t even complete this monstrous book as there are yet even more photos not included which total something near to 200!!! That way too I won’t spoil all of the excitement in case you order the photo book or box set too =D.
Lastly it’s really impressive to see a single collection encompass so many trends and mainstays in fashion and style sense. Of course Kimutaku’s styling here is more than an equal accessory to each photo statement as his looks and personal expression evoke such signs of the time and place as they each individually play out with a turn of each page and onto the next~.