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It's raining kimonos in Tokyo. U.S.-based Japanese heavy-metal superstar Yoshiki kicked off Japan Fashion Week by sending models down the runway in sexy, reimagined kimonos drenched in a downpour Monday. To pondering chords on the piano, models dressed in Yoshiki's collection of traditional style kimonos – albeit crafted in red leather to mimic snake skin or metallic golds and silver – sashayed, or even shuffled, down the runway.A musician who transcends both the rock and classical worlds, and was raised by parents in the kimono business, Yoshiki said his passion was to open the eyes of the world to the traditional Japanese garment.It was the musician's second kimono airing at Japan Fashion Week following his debut last October, also showcasing body-hugging kimonos, also slashed to miniskirt-length and worn with stilettos.
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