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Me, around the time I moved to Tokyo
Kenzo Takada

Kenzo Takada (6) Off to Tokyo as one of the first male fashion design students

At 18, I showed a determination to follow my dreams that surprised even me

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At Kobe City University of Foreign Studies, I opted to take night classes so that I could work during the day. I was impatient to become a full-fledged adult and wear tailored suits, in part because I yearned to be like my older brothers.

Thanks to an introduction from my brother-in-law, I got a job at a trading company in Kobe where I helped export toys. Everyday, I would arise at 6 a.m., take the train from Himeji to Kobe, work until 5 p.m., then go to classes at the university. I would not get home until after 10 at night.

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