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My lifelong friend, Goichi Hayashi (middle), who has had a great influence on me, at his sophisticated home. (Tatsuo Hayashi is on the far left; Photo courtesy of Yohji Yamamoto)
Yohji Yamamoto

Gyosei Elementary School days: Yohji Yamamoto (5)

Meeting lifelong friends

Yohji Yamamoto | Japan

I can't quite recall what was on the admission exam for Gyosei Elementary School. There were two of us taking the test, the other being a boy whose family name was also Yamamoto. Fortunately, there was a vacancy, and we were both admitted. In 1955, I became a 6th grader at Gyosei.

Located in Kudan in central Tokyo, Gyosei was known as a "young masters school" for the children of wealthy families. The school uniform, with its shiny gold buttons, was modeled on the French military academy uniform. Dressed in a stiff collar, cap and leather shoes, I commuted to school every day on the Tokyo metropolitan tram from Tsunohazu to Kudan-ue.

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