Mark Hartman, 35, a photographer and director from Brooklyn, recently spent three weeks in Japan, chasing a lifelong fascination with the country’s culture. Along the way, he paused to document the idiosyncratic street styles he encountered in Tokyo, Kyoto, Naga and Naoshima, a small island in southern Japan known for its contemporary art museums. “So much of Japanese culture is about what people don’t say,” Mr. Hartman said. “So their fashion is sort of a statement in itself. It doesn’t need to be explained.”
“I was drawn to her hair, and style,” said Mr. Hartman, who took this photo in the Ikebukoro area of Tokyo. “Like a 1920s-style actress with a modern twist.”
A geisha in Kyoto. “Her makeup, hair and clothing were so perfect,” Mr. Hartman said. “I loved how delicate the makeup was on the back of the neck.”
In the Shibuya area of Tokyo.
“I loved the family’s style,” Mr. Hartman said. “I wondered where they were going.”
Outside the Daikanyama Tsutaya bookstore in Tokyo.
Obara Jun of Tsumago, Japan. “Jun makes beautiful one-of-a-kind handmade clothing and his store is located in this tiny isolated mountain town,” Mr. Hartman said. “He welcomed me into his store for coffee. Jun had impeccable style and attitude. His material is very special, and the clothes celebrate traditional Japanese patterns, as well as his own.”
“T Bone is a bartender, clothing designer, punk rock musician and biker,” said Mr. Hartman, who took this photograph in Tokyo. “He has a full tattoo bodysuit of black and gray Chicano-style tattoos.”
Eito in the Daikanyama area of Tokyo.
A man waiting for a Shinkansen train.
“I liked her patterned jacket and energy,” said Mr. Hartman, who took this photograph in Nara, Japan. “I posed her in between these two symmetrical deer that I found nearby.”
“I saw her exiting a train and got her to pose for a shot as the train left,” he said.