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Julia was born and raised in Germany. One day she decided she wanted to live her own life, quit her job, cut all ties and moved to Japan about 5 years ago. She didn’t plan much, just had the feeling it was the right time, and went for it. Since then she’s been following her instincts and living her own life. Julia doesn’t like to think too much about things and the future, learning from the good and bad things from the past she became the way she is now, a kind and joyful spirit. She enjoys travelling around the places she hasn’t been yet in Japan, and loves nature. As you will see from the photo shoot, loves to change herself constantly on the way she looks and dresses, or new designs for her tattoos.
We got in touch through Instagram; I thought her style was really original so I dropped her a message asking if she would like to do some collaboration. The result was great! There was good synergy and we shot the 3 different styles we discussed and improvised in the same location. The first one, a colourful and natural style; the second, a dark and vampiresque look with a slight steampunk influence; and the third, a white and blond look with some ballet influences on a slightly dystopian background.
Photography Alex Abian
Make up and Stylism: Julia Shibata
Model: Julia Shibata
Translation: Seiya Watanabe
Feel free to contact Julia for collaborations or bookings by email here.
A look around the location, in Hatagaya.
An old Seiko clock oversees the little semi abandoned park.
Also published on Medium.