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Me with close friend Issey Miyake, left
Kenzo Takada

Kenzo Takada (19) Partying with the stars and my friendly rival Issey Miyake

From Japan to Paris to New York, my social connections grew by leaps and bounds

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Issey Miyake, an internationally known fashion designer, has been a friend of mine since we were young. I have many pleasant memories of him.

I first met him during my time at Bunka Fashion College. Miyake, who was a student at Tama Art University, was also a good rival who competed with those of us in the "Ninth Class of Flowers" for the Soen Award.

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