In recent years, the number of foreigners visiting Japan has been increasing every year, and the number of foreigners residing in Japan has reached over two million. Due to the advantage of low rent, many foreigners live in Danchi, a type of Japanese housing estate. However, there are many issues that arise from differences in culture and thought. KEI’s collection purpose are to explore how to realise multicultural symbiotic societies in a Danchi and how to express it.




First, while researching the surroundings of foreigners living in Japan, KEI consulted a photo book about Brazilian Group called “Familia Homi Danchi” (2016). They lived in a Japanese housing estate called "Danchi", and their relations with the local Japanese residents were often a problem. KEI paid more attention to foreigners and Japanese who lived in a Danchi, deeply investigated other Danchis and conducted a fieldwork. Based on the sentiment of participating in the event of a Danchi and the inspiration from the interviews with residents, KEI independently thought about the symbiosis of residents and finally found the improvement method.




In order to achieve multicultural symbiosis, it is important to create places and opportunities to communicate with others. The warm atmosphere, relaxed environment and child-centered activities effectively shorten the distance between residents. In addition, through the observation of Danchi children's recreation facilities and residents' artistic activities, she felt the attraction of Danchi and integrated it into her collection design.




KEI mainly chose soft and easy-to-wear fabric such as cotton and jersey, which are commonly used in children's wear. She combined circle, spots, floral pattern to represent various generations and nationalities living in a Danchi. Items such as oversized down jackets, sagging pants and hooded sweatshirts are used to show off street style. Children's cuteness and colourful elements found in the Danchi can also be fully displayed. KEI was also particular about the patterns and fabric processing of textiles. She used embroidery and quilting to express a strong connection of community. Incorporating flocked and embossed processing, the textiles had different three-dimensional effect, making the collection more appealing even been stared closely.






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