In Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan, the Heitate Shrine venerates a mask called the "Goshiki Jinmen," said to represent all races of the world. Every five years, a festival is held here to pray for a world where all of humanity acknowledges and helps one another.
For AW2023-24, we have expressed the traditions and prophecies of the Native American Hopi tribe, known as "Akahito" or "Red People" in the Goshiki Shinmen, using various techniques.
This season, we are introducing items inspired by the myths and legends of the Nordic Slavic people, referred to as "Shirohito" or "White People" in the Goshiki Shinmen. These items reflect on the recurring conflicts within the same ethnic groups, invasions by other ethnicities, and the physical and psychological barriers that persist to modern times. Removing these barriers might enable people to live freely and peacefully, potentially leading to a brighter future.
Our collection expresses its theme through various methods: darkness and light, monochrome and color, fake and real. We also heavily utilized AI this season for graphic generation and story creation, incorporating discoveries and intrigue stemming from AI's misdirections. The items created embody the idea that both humans and AI can make mistakes, leading to various misunderstandings and errors in our time, but there is joy to be found in this as well.