2018/10/01  #004
Wardrobe for the April 12th Episode of SNS Eigojutsu on NHK Educational
For our third taping, I was finally able to loosen up just a little. I’m being given more lines, but to my great relief, I was able to get through them without any major mistakes.

Today’s “partner” was Hide-san from the comedy duo Penalty; the commentator was Sasaki Toshinao-san; the teacher was Naito Yosuke-san.

At our pre-taping meeting Hide-san greeted me by saying “Kazuo-san, you like your shaoxing wine, don’t you?”

He was referring to the staff and crew dinner we had after we taped our pilot, “Can’t wait until spring! SNS Eigojutsu Preview Special”, where I drank quite a bit of shaoxing wine.

It’s true—shaoxing wine is my favorite type of alcohol. Back in college an uncle took me to the all-you-can-eat at Dynasty, a Chinese restaurant in Hilton Tokyo in Shinjuku, where I had shaoxing wine for the first time. I’ve been hooked ever since.

Side note, my second favorite alcohol is imo-jochu (sweet potato shochu). So much so, in fact, I drink a glass of imo-jochu mixed with soda water on most days—all year round.

Sasaki Toshinao-san is active across many media channels, so he was very natural in front of the TV camera. Although it was his first time on this show, he had presence—it was quite impressive.

Former news director at The Japan Times Naito Yosuke-san seemed like a very on-the-level guy—just a tad nervous as this was his first taping for the show.

Kato Ayako-san was all smiles from beginning to end, breaking the ice and easing any tension on set.

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■Global Style Light Gray Striped Suit

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This suit, which I had made last year at Global Style, is also what I wore for my interview with director Luc Besson.

The key to this suit is the lining and the buttons. The advisor at Global Style suggested something more colorful to make the most of my order, but BigBrother recommended that I go with something a little subtler.

Instead of sticking with the free button options, I asked for buffalo horn buttons.

As for the trousers, I ordered two—one with a straight hem, and one with a turn-up. For this episode of the show, I went with the slightly more casual turn-up. And so the trousers are not too tight around the thighs, I opted for pleats.

■Global Styleのライトグレーストライプのシングルスーツ





GlobalStyle Shinjuku South Exit Store
グローバルスタイル 新宿南口店
3-29-5 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001
〒150-0001 東京都渋谷区神宮前3-29-5
TEL : +81 (03)5413 3949
Open 営業時間
平日:11:00~21:00 / 土日・祝日:11:00~20:00
3月、9月、11月: 第3日曜日は13:00~20:00 Closed 定休日 : 5月、7月 第3日曜日は休店日

■Difference Pink Button-Down Shirt

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For this taping I went with this pink button-down that I had made at Difference along Aoyama-dori. I went with French cuffs (double cuffs), which you don’t see all that often.

With button-down shirts, a box pleat is standard, but because of my shoulder width, I order mine with side pleats. It’s much more comfortable when you can move your shoulders around.

Incidentally, Difference is the pattern order tailor brand operated by Konaka since 2016, under the supervision of creative director Sato Kashiwa.

Get your measurements taken for your initial order, and after that you can easily place orders via smartphone. Delivery is relatively quick as well (for this pink shirt the wait time was a little more than two weeks).






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ディファレンス 青山店
Jewel Aoyama 1F 3-10-41 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062
〒107-0062 東京都港区南青山3-10-41 ジュエル青山1F
TEL : +81-(0)3-5413-3801
Open 営業時間 11:00〜21:00 (Weeksay/平日)
11:00~20:00 (Sat,Sun and Holidays /土日祝)
Closed 定休日 : No fixed holidays / 不定休

■Brooks Brothers Brown Belt

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There’s a belt section on the first floor of Isetan Men’s, but with my waist size, selection becomes limited. This brown belt is something I bought at the tall-and-plus-size section on the seventh floor.

In the past, I was of the mindset that as long as the prong went through one of the holes on the belt, it fit. But according to BigBrother, the best fit for a belt is when the prong falls right around the fourth hole.





■Brooks Brothers Gray Socks

Brooks Brothers products give you good value for your money. They’re high quality, but reasonably priced.

The suit I wore for this taping was light gray, so I went with a slightly different shade of gray for my socks to create contrast—I didn’t want it to look like my pants were tucked into my shoes.




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Brooks Brothers Aoyama Flagship
ブルックス・ブラザーズ 青山本店
3-5-6 Kita-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0061
〒107-0061 東京都港区北青山3-5-6
TEL : +81-(0)3-3404-4295
Open 営業時間 :11:00~19:30
Closed 定休日 : No fixed holidays / 不定休

■Silk Knot Cufflinks

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Because my shirt for this episode has double cuffs, I needed cuff links. Perhaps if I were going to wear a tie, metal cufflinks would have been in order, but since I was going with a button-down and no tie, I decided to go with silk knot cufflinks.

In the past, I’d purchase silk knot cufflinks for about 2000 yen at select shops, but you can find a variety of them online for less than 1,000 yen. I got this pair from a vendor called Cuffs Senmonten CUFF.

Back when I still hadn’t gotten used to how to tie a tie, I’d have to redo it over and over until I got the knot the right shape, or the right overall length. It was frustrating. But it turns out trying to pass silk knot cufflinks through the buttonholes of a crisp shirt you’re wearing for the first time is next to impossible. If you ever need dress up and put on some silk knot cufflinks, make sure you give yourself plenty of time. (Or, find yourself a girlfriend kind enough to lend a helping hand.)






■Paraboot Brown Double Monk Shoes

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Shoes are a key part of my wardrobe. For this taping I wore a pair of brown double monk shoes from Paraboot—a model called “POE”.

I was drawn to the darker brown, as well as the pebble-grain pattern, which gives the shoe warmth and charm.

I ended up buying a pair that was a half-size larger (10.5) than my black Paraboot Avignons (10), because the fit of double monk shoes are a bit on the tight side.

I want to thank Kubo-san from Paraboot, who listened to all my concerns and helped me find the right fit.






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Boutique Paraboot Aoyama
パラブーツ 青山店
6-12-3 Minami-Aoyama Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062
〒107-0062 東京都港区南青山6-12-3
TEL : +81-(0)3-5766-6688
Open 営業時間 11:00~20:00
Closed 定休日 : No fixed holidays / 不定休

■Hakusan Megane Brown Glasses

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This frame from Hakusan Megane has visible metal parts, so I had assumed that it wouldn’t work against our blue screen set, but after checking in with our technical crew and getting approval, I thought I’d give them a try.

This is a plastic model called “GLAM PROTO”. Wanting to try something a little different from the glasses I usually wear, I went with a considerably thicker frame.

On screen they look a little closer to black than the beautiful light brown they actually are.



これは「GLAM PROTO」というプラスチック製のモデルなのです。普段している眼鏡とはイメージを変えるため、思い切って太いフレームにしてみました。


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Hakusan Megane Walls Shibuya Store
白山眼鏡店 WALLS 渋谷店
6-18-17 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001
〒150-0001 東京都渋谷区神宮前6-18-17
TEL : +81-(0)3-5468-0397
Open 営業時間
weekday/平日 11:30~20:00
Sat, Sun and holiday/土日祝 11:00−20:00
Closed 定休日 : No fixed holidays / 不定休

■Books by Sasaki Toshinao That I’ve Read / 僕が読んだことのある佐々木俊尚さんの著書

Hiroku Yowaku Tsunagatte Ikiru (Gentosha Shinsho)
広く弱くつながって生きる (幻冬舎新書)

I think it’s safe to assume everybody who experienced the Great East Japan Earthquake found themselves thinking about what life meant. In my case, my parents in the U.S. told me they thought it would be best that I return to America.

This book is the conclusion Sasaki-san arrived at.



Google—Kizon no Bijinesu wo Hakai suru (Google—Destroying Business as We Know It) (Bunshun Shinsho)
グーグル―Google 既存のビジネスを破壊する(文春新書)

This book is over a decade old, but at the time I was trying to decide between going freelance and working as a salaryman. Reading this book helped harden my resolve to make it as a freelancer.

And at the time, I wouldn’t have thought in a million years that I’d one day be working with Sasaki-san.



Watashi ni wa Mou Shuppansha wa Iranai ~Kindoru / POD / Serufu Paburishingu de Besuto Seraa wo Tsukuru Houhou~( I Don’t Need a Publishing Company Anymore ~How to Make a Bestseller using Kindle / POD / Self-Publishing) (Wave Shuppan)
私にはもう出版社はいらない~キンドル・POD・セルフパブリッシングでベストセラーを作る方法~ (WAVE出版)

As he details in this book, Sasaki-san gets his opinions out through a variety of mediums.

Since I was a kid I always dreamed of publishing a book—just one book, any book. Reading this book made me rethink about the meaning of print publishing.



Reiyaa-ka suru Sekai—Tekunorojii to no Kyohan-Kankei ga Hajimaru ( The World is Becoming More Layered—How We Are Becoming Complicit With Technology) (NHK Shuppan Shinsho)
レイヤー化する世界 テクノロジーとの共犯関係が始まる(NHK出版新書)

What always amazes me about Sasaki-san is his foresight, his ability to envision the world five, ten years from now.

Reading this made it clear to me that the disparity that plagues our world is not a result of a failure of politics, but advances in information and communications technology.



Kyureishon no Jidai—Tsunagari no Jyohou Kakumei ga Hajimaru ( The Era of Curation—The Information Revolution of Connectivity) (Chikuma Shinsho)
キュレーションの時代 「つながり」の情報革命が始まる (ちくま新書)

This book, to me, represents a kind of theoretical outline for TABI LABO, a media website where Sasaki-san serves as editor in chief. It challenges our preconceptions of what expression should be in the social media age.

この本は、佐々木さんが編集長を務める「TABI LABO」の理論的な概要なのでしょう。SNS時代の表現のあり方に一石を投じた著作だと思いました。

Kantan, Nanoni Oishii! Iemeshi koso, Saikou no Gochiso de aru. ( Easy, but Delicious! A Home-Cooked Meal is the Best Feast ) (Magazine House)
簡単、なのに美味い! 家めしこそ、最高のごちそうである。(マガジンハウス)

Easy, but Delicious! A Home-Cooked Meal is the Best Feast

The great thing about Sasaki-san is that he writes not only challenging non-fiction, but also recipe books like this one.

I cook at home a lot, and in that regard this book has been a great companion.



According to BigBrother

BigBrother has had a high opinion of Sasaki Toshinao for a long time now, and has read almost all of his books.

According to BigBrother, Sasaki-san’s ability to envision the near future is very insightful and accurate. He has high praise for his approach—which is not just about analyzing as a scholar, but making a mark as a businessman as well.

Judging by Sasaki-san’s work so far this year, it seems that he’s interested not just in ICT and the virtual world, but also about enriching our real-world lives. BigBrother is curious to see where that goes.


Big Brotherは、以前より佐々木俊尚さんをとても高く評価しており、ほとんどの著作を読んでいます。

Big Brotherによれば、佐々木さんの近未来に対する予見は、とても正確で、佐々木さんを“学者のように”ただ分析するだけではなく、ビジネスマンとしても活躍されていることをとても素晴らしいと評しています。


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