OR NOT Archives and Vintage

Updated on July 15: series of E-Wax photographs for a new editorial.

OR NOT is a fashion company based in Tokyo (Shibuya). It was established in 2019 and, in their own words, OR NOT’s aim is to provide “Designs that were announced in earlier days by their designers that never lose their splendour; in other words, archive items

Actress and model Komatsu Nana, whose love for vintage is well-known, wears Helmut Lang clothes and accessories in a recent photoshoot for OR NOT Official online magazine (June 2021). Photographs by E-Wax Studio. Stay tuned for updates to come soon !

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Praise for Sakura

Best Film: The Real Thing by Koji Fukada ; Best Director: Hikari for 37 Seconds ; Best Actress: Komatsu Nana for her performances in Sakura and Ito (aka Tapestry)…these are some of the winners at the 30th Japanese Professional Movie Awards/日本映画プロフェッショナル大賞. Sakura made it into the jury’s Top Ten movies for 2020.

The Japanese Professional Movie Awards (Japanese wiki page) were established in 1991 by journalist and film critic Hiroo Otaka. Backed by a group of film industry professionals, the main aim of the Awards is to provide recognition to films that sometimes fall under the radar because of lack of publicity or/and funding.

JPMA Links: TwitterFacebookSiteHiroo Otaka

Sources: Yahoo News JapanNatalie MusicTheatertainment Sakura Movie (on Twitter) – Tokyo Sports

Coziki Island

Iki Island is the biggest island of a small archipelago west of Kyushu, South West Japan. Though it is part of the Nagasaki Prefecture, the shortest way to get there is taking the ferry from Fukuoka or Karatsu, Saga Prefecture.

On top of magnificent landscapes, the volcanic Iki Island is rich with ancient mythology and traditions which are a source of inspiration for Coziki Magazine, a publication that offers photography, cultural articles and manga series based on the island’s mythological characters.

Actress and model Komatsu Nana, whose father was born in the Saga Prefecture, went there in Spring 2019 to promote issue #2 of the magazine, a mag which is available either on the island itself or at cultural events throughout Japan.

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Wonderland 2011

In 2011, 15-year-old Komatsu Nana had been working as a teen model since she was 12. She often appeared in girl magazines such as Jill, Haco or Spoon. She also shot a couple of music videos for J-pop bands Radwimps and Plenty as well as the short musical film called Shabondama. That year she became a brand model for Samansa Mos (SM2-Can Shop)

Details: ‘Wonderland’ by SM2 – Winter Collection 2011 – 50 pages – Dimensions: 21.5 cm x 15.2 cm – Photograph: Takashi Sagisaka. This small catalog is now a rather hard-to-find item but from time to time used copies surface on Amazon Japan, Mercari or Yahoo Japan ! Auctions


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