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What do people think about men’s fashion in Japan?

Do you like J-Rock? You might feel impressed at the outfit of the Japanese musicians, such as Acid Black Cherry, Gazette, Luna Sea, and X-Japan. Some of them dye their hairs to various colors, place tons of wax on their hairs, put make up on their faces, and wear unisex clothing. The Japanese people call this as “Visual kei.” This might be your first impression of men’s fashion in Japan. But this is only a stereotype. Men’s fashion in Japan is diversified.

To the Japanese men, fashion is a way for them to be either handsome or cute. If others say that you are handsome, it means they appreciate your manhood. The Japanese business suits emphasize men’s body shape, which amplify the toughness of men. When a girl says a man has manhood, she implies that that man is reliable. On the other hand, a cute person is considered as an accessible man, so he is also popular among others. If you are interested in yearly hairstyle, you should visit “Hot Pepper Beauty” or “Men’s Hairstyle.” These websites can provide you the most popular hairstyles information and recommend some fabulous salons for you. Considering about business suits, have you heard a person can wear a business suit for sport? Do you know that a vest can be reversible? You can find the answers through traveling to Japan.

Enable Japan decides to help each one of you to get a deeper appreciation of men’s fashion in Japan. You can find different types of fashion stores in this website. My friends, it’s time for the adventure!

Vanquish Shibuya 109 Mens Tokyo Japan

Vanquish Shibuya 109 Mens Tokyo Japan

Designer Ryo Ishikawa formed VANQUISH in 2004 with the goal “To embody masculine ideal.” Today, the brand is on the catwalks of Tokyo Fashion week and has had successful collaborations with Western brands such as PUMA, Converse, Nike and Hurley.

VANQUISH lets their great range of clothes do the talking. The style and fit of Japanese menswear can be quite different than western men’s fashion, making for a daunting cross-cultural purchasing decision. But VANQUISH is an easy “gateway fashion” to transition from Western to Japanese styles. Their oversized graphic and printed tees, animal and checked printed shirts, and Japanese-embellished bomber jackets go great with your pre-existing wardrobe or as a start for a whole new outfit. VANQUISH also has a wide range of men’s accessories such as belts, bracelets, rings, and sunglasses. The material of the clothes makes them great for everyday wear, using quality jersey cottons, soft denims, sports fleece, and leather.

Vanquish Shibuya 109 Mens Tokyo Japan

As to be expected for a Shibuya 109 Men’s shop, the prices are mid- to high-range prices. Overall, VANQUISH is a great brand for men who like the simple and stylish without having to go through the hassle of figuring out what is currently “in” or “out.” VANQUISH is an easy brand to look good in. Check them out on your next shopping trip to Shibuya!

VANQUISH Shibuya 109 Men’s Location Information

Website (via Google Translate) | Facebook (Japanese) | Twitter (Japanese) | Instagram | Online Store (Japanese)

Nearest Station: 5-minute walk from Shibuya Station, Shibuya 109 Men’s building (click on the Google Map for directions)

Hours of Operation: open daily 10:00 am – 9:00 pm

“Why Go?”: Get stylish clothes from a popular brand at the fabulous Shibuya 109 Men’s department store!

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X Large, Harajuku Tokyo: Men's fashion Tokyo

Omotesando and Harajuku aren’t just for the ladies! If you’re looking for some Japanese men’s clothing brands in Tokyo, here are our top 5 recommendations!

1. Beams

Though Beams has labels designed for women and children, men in particular will be able find some choice clothing at the Harajuku location. With its mixture of Californian surfer vibe and all around comfy cool fashions, Beams is an easy spot to make yourself fashionable from head to toe.

2. The Pool Aoyama

The fashion isn’t the only unique aspect of The Pool Aoyama. This shop was built over a refurbished public pool, and as you walk over the glass floor, you can enjoy checking out the original signs that are still intact. The apparel and accessories available here are in cool neutral colors and are a mix of several different high-end labels that don’t sacrifice comfort for fashion.

LHP storefront

3. L.H.P. (Lazy Hazy Planet)

If you’ve ever wondered where all the hipsters, soft grunge fanatics, and Kanye West got their clothing from, it was probably at Lazy Hazy Planet (or L.H.P. for short). L.H.P is located right across from the exit of Harajuku’s Takeshita-dori, and you’ll find a wide variety of different fashions from several labels to give you some true hipster swag.

4. Bounty Hunter

Recently, Japanese men’s fashion has reflected old-school 80’s rap video styles: bandanas, chino pants, and collared short sleeve button up shirts. Bounty Hunter, which is deep in the backstreets of Omotesando, makes their own special brand of street fashion. Shop here and you can join the other ranks of young men who are rapidly embracing this comfortable, yet stylish trend.

5. X-Large

Though started in America, X-Large has recently found a new home in Omotesando. If you like skater fashion, you will be right at home in this store. Filled with screen printed T-shirts and embroidered premium hats, get your fill of this classic skate brand!

Didn’t quite find what you need? Shibuya’s 109 Mens and Tsumori Chisato’s upscale Omotesando boutique are also great places to find trendy men’s fashion.

June 19, 2016 0 comment
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Used and vintage clothing is a recent fashion trend in Japan that is quickly gaining a foothold in the fashion community. Shops like Panama Boy on Harajuku’s Takeshita-dori have helped keep the vintage revolution going in Tokyo’s central fashion hub, but going off of the main fashion street and crowded urban areas are where you will really be able to get some vintage finds that have not been picked over during the course of the day. Get off of the JR Yamanote Line at Shibuya station and start walking past Shibuya 109 and all the clamoring fashionistas. A little ways outside of the center of Shibuya you will find a tiny nondescript shop that barely has a sign to signal you of its presence. Spray painted on the brick wall outside the store, Boy has a great selection of vintage and used clothing!

Boy has already gained a great following online which has only bolstered their notoriety for those who know where to go for great vintage options. What Boy specializes in is their vintage band tees. Whether it is the Clash, Kiss, NIN, or any other rock band, you can pick up the perfect band tee for your wardrobe. Boy does not just stock great vintage T-shirts. They also have a great stock of denim, leather, and old school kicks that will make you the envy of sneaker nerds everywhere. Boy also rotates their stock very frequently, so multiple visits are totally warranted and recommended!

If you are in the mood for some vintage finds, head over to Shibuya and see what Boy has in stock!

Address:1-17 Maruyamacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
GPS:35.6597579, 139.69504870000003
Telephone:03 – 6427 – 8676
Web:http://www.boy-online.com/

Opening Hours

Monday:12:00 – 22:00
Tuesday:12:00 – 22:00
Wednesday:12:00 – 22:00
Thursday:12:00 – 22:00
Friday:12:00 – 22:00
Saturday:12:00 – 22:00
Sunday:12:00 – 22:00
October 21, 2014 0 comment
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Denim will always find its way into the latest fashions. It has become such an integral part of every day style that it is hard to imagine fashion without a good solid pair of jeans. Like all every day pieces of clothing, there will be a fashion label that takes the average to the next level. Despite being such a ubiquitous item, labels like Evisu Denim have brought jeans into a kind of celebrity status when they are receiving shout outs from famous rappers in their songs. Whether a label has a relatively recent history like Evisu which started in the 1990s or a longer history like Levis which started in 1853, jeans have become a part of who we are. A very recent name in jeans, and fashion overall, has made a splash in the fashion world despite their short life span. Started in 2010, the Kuro Denim flag ship store in Omotesando elevates denim, and its colors, to a whole new level. If you want a piece of clothing that is both wearable and high fashion, then head over to Omotesando and check this new store out.

While denim is Kuro’s specialty, it is their color palate (or lack of one in some people’s opinion) that sets them apart from other brands in the high class Omotesando shopping area. Instead of prints and stripes, Kuro Denim utilizes an extremely monotone palate. Using different shades of black, grey, and navy blues they are able to organize their store in an ombre sensibility that makes the interior of the store extremely pleasing to look at. Interspersed in between the jeans, you can find yourself a streamlined yet completely wearable items. If you are looking for button down and polos, you can find them at Kuro Denim in their classic color palate. Other items like light cardigans, caps, and vests are also available. While much of their apparel is geared more towards a casual style sensibility, Kuro Denim is also able to cater to those who want to look a little more business casual. In their consistently fine and breathable fabric, you can get separate blazers and smoking jackets as well as suit pants.

If you are into a minimalistic kind of style, then Kuro Denim is right up your alley. So why not visit their store in Omotesando and see what you can find?

Address:4-26-35 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
GPS:35.6694432, 139.7081806
Telephone:03 – 5413 – 8966
Web:http://www.kurodenim.com/

Opening Hours

Monday:12:00 – 20:00
Tuesday:12:00 – 20:00
Wednesday:12:00 – 20:00
Thursday:12:00 – 20:00
Friday:12:00 – 20:00
Saturday:12:00 – 20:00
Sunday:12:00 – 20:00
October 21, 2014 0 comment
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For those who have experienced a Japanese summer, you can understand that the last thing on your mind is layers of fleece and other kinds of all weather gear. In summer, there is a bigger desire to find a cafe with air conditioning than for wool socks and flannel shirts. However, the summer will end, and the cold fall and winter winds will soon be here! When the time for kakigori (shaved ice) and senso (Japanese fan) is over, you are going to want some clothes that will keep you snug and warm for the cooler months to come. There are several options to keep you warm in the upcoming months like ICI Ishii Sports Harajuku for example. But if you are going for a more woodsy inspired look and not all out lumberjack, then there is one appropriately named store in the Harajuku and Shibuya area that is just right for you! The flagship Rugged Factory store in Shibuya brings men’s fashion into the realm of plaid and heavy knits without making you feel like you have lived in the Appalachian Mountains for your whole life.

Rugged Factory is the go to place when you are looking for men’s fashion without all the frills of some other fashion labels. Instead of patent leather loafers and crisp white screen printed T-shirts, Rugged Factory has something a little more traditional to offer. As far as shirts go, Rugged Factory employs a classic cut that flatters the body no matter what your size. To compliment the every day shape of their shirts, Rugged Factory is a master when it comes to experimenting with print and color. Of course this store can outfit you with as many different kinds of styles and varieties of denim shirts you want, but aim higher! Plaid is a particular specialty of Rugged Factory and you can pick up a classic red and navy blue plaid number or, if you are feeling a little daring, why not try a playful madras or a radical yellow and black plaid. And no matter the season, Rugged Factory has several kinds of sleeve length and fabrics to ensure you are comfortable as well as fashionable. To accentuate your new plaid swag, Rugged Factory also has plenty of stylish cardigans and other knitwear to add to your look.

For the colder months, Rugged Factory carries a varied selection of parkas and windbreakers to fend off the wind and rain. While the word “parka” does not necessarily conjure up thoughts of high fashion, the offerings at Rugged Factory are sure to please. Utilizing color and prints in combination with layering and functionality, their outerwear will keep you looking cool while staying warm.

Aside from apparel, you can also get a variety of accessories such as hats, bags, belts, and ties at Rugged Factory. In fact, Rugged Factory has a noticeable affection for bow ties and stock a wide variety of them each month. For example, you can get some charming checkered bow ties, woolen bow ties, or bow ties with bandana inspired patterns.

If you are looking to put a little rustic inspiration into your wardrobe, then head to the Harajuku and Shibuya area and check out Rugged Factory!

Address:東京都渋谷区神宮前6-17-11
GPS:35.6654741, 139.70350050000002
Telephone:03 – 3797 – 8771
Web:http://www.world.co.jp/rugged-factory/store/

Opening Hours

Monday:11:30 – 20:30
Tuesday:11:30 – 20:30
Wednesday:11:30 – 20:30
Thursday:11:30 – 20:30
Friday:11:30 – 20:30
Saturday:11:00 – 20:00
Sunday:11:00 – 20:00
October 21, 2014 0 comment
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Quality over quantity is a notion that seems to have been lost in recent times. With run of the mill clothing labels churning out shirts in order to keep up with current fashion trends and with a size small not differing much from a size large these days, it can be hard to believe claims of “hand made” or “created with you in mind.” The trust of the consumer has probably been replaced with a faith that they can pick up 6 different outfits for under 20 dollars. Therefore, there are moments when you walk around places like Shibuya or Harajuku that you may ask yourself, “Does anyone make clothes like they used to? The answer is absolutely and definitely yes but you have to get out of the well known fashion hubs of Tokyo. Instead, take a train to Meguro which is primarily known for their furniture and flower shops and not necessarily their fashion boutiques. However, in this area of Tokyo you will find a label that does it just like they did back when they were founded in 1991 and with just as much purpose and attention to detail. At Evisu, you will be able to find handmade jeans that are filled with significance as well as fashionability.

The special Evisu process of creating their jeans, and the pride in their jeans, starts at the loom. They still use the same kind of loom, known as selvedge, which weaves their denim just as it would have been when blue jeans gained popularity in the first place. Evisu says that this method of creating their denim allows for each pair of jeans to stretch and adapt to each body which other denim labels do not do with their jeans. Evisu places importance right down to the threads that hold the fabric together to the buttons that are used to secure pockets and create flies. The buttons they use harken back to World War II and are called “victory buttons.” The center is holed out, just like during WWII, because the center was used for bullet shells. The thread that can be seen on the inside are red threads, like the red sun that is on the Japanese flag. Even the Evisu name is important to their philosophy. It comes from the god Ebisu, one of the seven Japanese gods of prosperity. His face can be found on at least one garment in every line of Evisu’s. The seagull logo that adorns the back pocket of their jeans was originally hand painted onto each and every pocket but now comes in a variety of embroideries, fabrics, and the classic paint colors.

Evisu does not just specialize in jeans and have a variety of button down shirts, T-shirts, and denim jackets. However, no matter how many other fashions Evisu offers, they will always remain famous for their jeans. So much so that artists, both Japanese and American, have incorporated the Evisu name in their lyrics and photographs.

If you are looking for a little piece of handmade fashion, head down to Nakameguro and head to Evisu.

Address:1-1-5 Kamimeguro Tokyo
GPS:35.6466402, 139.70180129999994
Telephone:81 – 03 – 3710 – 1999
Web:http://www.evisu.com

Opening Hours

Monday:12:00 – 20:00
Tuesday:12:00 – 20:00
Wednesday:12:00 – 20:00
Thursday:12:00 – 20:00
Friday:12:00 – 20:00
Saturday:12:00 – 20:00
Sunday:12:00 – 20:00
October 21, 2014 0 comment
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Beams Clothing Store, Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan

Beams is a fashion label that stands out for men’s, women’s, and children’s fashion both in Japan and in the fashion blog universe. They have locations all over Japan, but have absolutely dominated one area of Harajuku with several stores for different demographics spanning the entirety of one street block.

Along this stretch of Harajuku’s Meiji-dori you can visit a variety of Beams branches and have a unique shopping experience at each store. You can stop by the branch that specializes in shoes and get yourself some new kicks, or go to the kid’s store to pick up some new duds for the little ones. But if you have never been to any of their locations, you should start at the main store in the center of all the other branches. At the central Beams store, you can get some great items for your wardrobe and daily life and discover what the label is all about. The central Beams location targets the fashion-conscious male, but the ladies can find some fun and flirty fashions at the other Beams stores along Harajuku’s Meiji-dori.

The Beams style and sensibility is designed for all fashion tastes and seasons. In addition to a variety of quirky T-shirts featuring the “Beams Bear,” be sure to seek out their casual-yet-streamlined button-down shirts and leather loafers. Beams also offers a selection of stylish jewelry and accessories, where you can get anything from solid silver key rings to single-strand turquoise necklaces and rope bracelets.


While Beams does offer plenty of fresh additions to your wardrobe, they can also help you stay stylish while you are out and about having adventures! They have a large offering of day packs for short hikes as well as pocket knives and other handy wilderness necessities.

So the next time you are on Harajuku’s Meiji-dori, be sure to stop by Beams and style yourself!

For more famous Japanese clothing brands, visit our article Top 10 Japanese Clothing Brands.

Beams Harajuku Store Information

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Nearest Station: 8-minute walk from Harajuku JR station, or 7-minute walk from Meijijingu-Mae station (double-click on the Google map to get directions)

Hours of Operation: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm daily.

“Why Go”?: fashionable yet comfortable clothing from a worldwide brand.

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October 21, 2014 0 comment
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A lot can be said about the shopping in and around the Omotesando area of Tokyo. Not only do you have the main drag at the end of Takeshita-dori that is home to shops like Wego and Awesome Store, but the deeper you go exploring within the back streets of this shopping super town the more you will discover. It really speaks to the variety and breadth of Japanese street fashion that so many stores, styles, and genres can be packed into this one small area of Tokyo while all places coexist in fashion harmony. While some fashion labels are developing and progressing the face of current Japanese street fashion, there are other places along this Japanese fashion district that have become established cornerstones of the fashion world. Even though this particular store was only founded in 2006, the fashion label Mercibeaucoup has really made a name for itself and has been consistent in it’s offerings of hip and current styles.

Mercibeaucoup, may be a young clothing label, but they already have gained a very positive reputation in the Japanese fashion sphere. Mercibeaucoup has become known for their bright and whimsical use of colors and patterns to accentuate the lines of the body. Not only that, their utilization and unique use of accessories has also become famous. Despite their well accepted history, the latest fashions that are coming from the Mercibeaucoup label are equally varied and adorable. The latest line explores the use of layering in combination with well placed screen printing. Another good thing about this line is that there are plenty of styles for both men and women to choose from!

For the men, you can pick up some styling harem pants that won’t lake you look like you are melting under fabric. The guys shopping at Mercibeaucoup also have some extremely unique foot wear to choose from as well. The ladies have a wonderful selection of colors and patters to choose from. For both men and women, Mercibeaucoup utilizes a tasteful distribution of fringe and tassels that bring movement to their clothing.

The accessories available at Mercibeaucoup are also worth taking a peak at. Their truly unique use of screen printing, tassels, and natural fabrics makes for a one of a kind bag. Maybe pick up some of their signature semi colon earrings or some of their unisex rope bracelets. Their selection of socks and hosiery are a nice combination of cute and utilitarian.

If you find yourself in the Omotesando or Aoyama area looking for a place to shop, why not stop by Mercibeaucoup and see what they have to offer?

Address:港区北青山3-10-11
GPS:35.6640995, 139.71095549999995
Telephone:03 – 6805 – 1790
Web:http://www.mercibeaucoup.jp/

Opening Hours

Monday:11:00 – 20:00
Tuesday:11:00 – 20:00
Wednesday:11:00 – 20:00
Thursday:11:00 – 20:00
Friday:11:00 – 20:00
Saturday:11:00 – 20:00
Sunday:11:00 – 20:00
October 21, 2014 0 comment
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American fashion at X-Large in Tokyo, Japan

Men’s fashion in Japan has always been worlds beyond what it is in other countries. Even when men in Japan are simply going to work they are styled from head to toe, whether it’s in the form of expertly tailored suits and white button downs or in their extremely fashionable leather shoes and bags. Japanese men have shown that fashion and style is not just an activity for women to enjoy.

On the streets of Harajuku and Shibuya, the casual look that is a mixture of hip-hop and a surfer’s laid back vibe makes it evident that stores such as Stussy and Uniqlo have been dominating the market as of late. Sure, StussyA Bathing Ape, and Bounty Hunter have this market covered, but X-Large is an American brand that is gaining popularity in Japan.

American fashion at X-Large in Tokyo, Japan

X-Large offers men great looking clothing that has style without looking fussed over. It is a great balance of simplicity and fashion. X-Large, like so many other of Tokyo’s famous fashion stores, can be found in the back streets of the famous Harajuku and Omotesando shopping districts. It can be tough to find, so keep an eye out for X-Large’s gorilla head logo on the exterior of the building.

Inside the X-Large store, there is a wide selection of both their name brand apparel as well as a variety of pieces from collaborative collections that they have created with other fashion labels. For example, X-Large can offer you anything from Start Wars, to the LA Lakers (they are originally from California after all), to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles themed apparel. While some of these names may conjure up childhood memories, X-Large is rooted deeply in a hip-hop sense of style and by no means will you look like a middle schooler when you step out of their store.

X-Large American men's fashion in Tokyo, Japan

Along with their apparel, X-Large also hosts several different kinds of accessories and hats for sale, all decorated with either the “X-Large” name or their gorilla logo making it a great place to pick up a new wallet or baseball cap. Or if jewelry is your thing, you can peruse their selection of necklaces and rope bracelets. The X-Large store in Harajuku even has a sizable display of sneakers to try!

If you want to get into the men’s fashion scene in Japan, give X-Large a try!

For more clothing brands for men, visit our articles Top 5 Men’s Clothing Brands in Omotesando and Harajuku and Top 10 Japanese Clothing Brands.

Address:〒150-0001 東京都渋谷区神宮前4-25-29
GPS:35.6689432, 139.70800840000004
Telephone:03 – 3475 – 5696
Web: http://xlarge.com/

Opening Hours

Monday:11:00 – 20:00
Tuesday:11:00 – 20:00
Wednesday:11:00 – 20:00
Thursday:11:00 – 20:00
Friday:11:00 – 20:00
Saturday:11:00 – 20:00
Sunday:11:00 – 20:00
October 21, 2014 0 comment
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Men's fashions at Bounty Hunter, Tokyo, Japan

At times, when shopping in the Harajuku and Omotesando area of Tokyo, it can seem like there is a shortage of men’s fashion that isn’t from a department store. Of course there are the classic Japanese clothing brands for men like Stussy or BAPE (A Bathing Ape) which have such a following in the Japanese fashion community that you can see several people wearing the same exact shirt in one day. But if you are a guy in Harajuku and Omotesando on the prowl for some unique men’s fashion that isn’t a default tailored suit (although the James Bond look will never be out of style), you should wander into the maze-like backstreets of Omotesando and visit Bounty Hunter.

Men's fashion at Bounty Hunter, Tokyo, Japan

Bounty Hunter is a small store located next to the Watari Museum of Contemporary Art. Though the exterior is nondescript, as soon as you step under the angled wood awning, you’ll be surrounded by fashion geared towards punk teenagers who have grown into stylish punk adults. While the clothing here is mostly in simple black and white without much glitter and glam, the easy flow of the clothing inside of Bounty Hunter is extremely appealing. Most of their apparel features their “BH” logo, but you can also find a variety of skull and cross bone motifs, screen printed T-shirts and jerseys, and rugged plaid button down shirts. For bottoms, their line of “eazy pants” with its loud and bold patterns is perfect for a street punk’s weekend style. Bounty Hunter also shows a touch of humor by offering updated Charlie Brown patterned shirts.

Men's fashions at Bounty Hunter, Tokyo, Japan

Bounty Hunter can also provide you with plenty of hardware and other accessories to supplement your wardrobe. You can pick up lots of Bounty Hunter brand key rings, simple but hip jewelry, and plenty of handkerchiefs to accent your back pocket. Along with men’s apparel, Bounty Hunter also offers lifestyle items like beer cozies and cooking aprons.

If you are still embracing the punk lifestyle but want to update it to be more streamlined and modern look, then Bounty Hunter Tokyo is the place for you!

Address:3-15-8 Jingumae Shibuya-ku Tokyo
GPS:35.6698876, 139.70904710000002
Telephone:03 – 3746 – 1044
Web: http://www.bounty-hunter.com/shop/

Opening Hours

Monday:11:00 – 20:00
Tuesday:11:00 – 20:00
Wednesday:11:00 – 20:00
Thursday:11:00 – 20:00
Friday:11:00 – 20:00
Saturday:11:00 – 20:00
Sunday:11:00 – 20:00
October 21, 2014 0 comment
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