The interview was actually done in English! I speak some Japanese, but not enough to do a highly detailed interview like this. So part of it was in Japanese, but the biggest chunk was done in English even though I told Mayu that he could use Japanese if it was easier for him. I mean I can figure it out.
I don’t have an official translator on the team (to be honest there isn’t even a team at all, just me) but I have a few people I can ask questions to every now and then. Wasn’t needed this time though, so I feel extra lucky haha.
I hope he can manage to implement overseas orders too, because his mentality, ideas and designs are absolutely amazing. It’s definitely something that will have an appeal all over the world, not just in Japan. Which is the main reason why I still wanted to cover it despite the “huge problem” for overseas fans that they can’t place an order directly.
It was actually because of this interview that he started to talk with his team about overseas orders and shipping, because he had no idea that his range was this big overseas (something I have actually noticed with a lot of artists throughout the years, they have absolutely no idea how far their works actually reach!) so I do feel a little bit “proud” I caused that discussion on his end…
You are very welcome! I’m glad I could entertain you with this article!
And I of course hope to do so with other articles in the future. I have some interviews with other artists lined up (unfortunately nothing about fashion this round), but when those happen I’ll make sure to share them on the forum here as well!