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Earth Music & Ecology

 

Earth Music & Ecology is a women’s brand that focuses on naturally-styled clothing. As suggested in their brand name, their clothing portrays an emulsion of earthy styles with a hint of music and ecology. Formed in 1999, Earth、Music & Ecology is a well-established brand whose clothes are simply beautiful. With shops based in Harajuku, Ikebukuro, and Shinjuku, Earth, Music & Ecology is a brand worth checking out wherever you are!

Encompassing the brand name, their style is casual yet chic. Earth Music & Ecology focuses on the feminine aesthetic verging on an almost Boho Chic style, with a few wool and lace garments. From baggy shirts, tops, pleated skirts to wide legged pants in a wide variety of neutral colors, embellishments and styles, their clothes are appropriate for either the office or an outing. The qualities of their fabrics are of commercial standard and utilize a wide variety from soft jerseys for their t-shirts, plaid and plain natural cottons for their shirts and blouses, and lightweight wools for their cardigans. Their clothes cater individuals from their teenage years to late 40s. Their styles are great for any occasion from casual to evening outing wear. Earth Music & Ecology clothes are great for filling out the wardrobe of the woman on the move! Beyond the brand, the shop also has a whole range of great accessories such as boating hats, bracelets, necklaces, bags and comfy shoes.

The fit is Japanese-style for most of the clothing. Whether the piece is baggy, fitted, or long and flowing so it is advised to try them on before purchasing! (Use our handy guide on to buy clothes in Japan here, complete with handy size conversion charts!)

Earth Music & Ecology is an affordable brand that is relaxed, cool, and casual, and looks great no matter where you’re going today!

 

Earth Music & Ecology Location Information

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Nearest Station: Many locations throughout Tokyo. Our favorite was a Ikebukuro Sunshine City, an 8-minute walk from Higashi-Ikebukuro Station (Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line) or a 12-minute walk from Ikebukuro Station (many lines stop here) (click on the Google Map for walking directions)

Hours of Operation: Open daily 10am – 8pm

“Why Go?”: Earthy, simply beautiful clothes that are easy to wear and style.

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December 28, 2016 0 comment
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Tsumori Chisato Aoyama Tokyo Japan 1

Tsumori Chisato Aoyama Tokyo Japan 1

Tsumori Chisato is a Japanese fashion designer whose brand comes from an array of exciting and unique inspirations. Her fashions, which have spread from Japan to the rest of the world, are based on “things that will make you smile and are interesting for both men and women.” We here at EnableJapan.com were lucky enough to visit the flagship store in Aoyama to get the inside scoop on the Tsumori Chisato brand!

(Note that all products were photographed in August 2016. The Tsumori Chisato brand moves fast, and there is always something new to wear!)

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The Tsumori Chisato style is girly but sexy. She has a universal audience, ranging from teens to 60s. Regardless of age, she appeals! Her inspirations and concepts come from art, music, and especially her travels. Although some design ideas may come from one of the other in-house textile designers or shape designers, most of the inspiration comes from Tsumori Chisato herself.

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On the day we visited, the designs featured were based on her travels to Iceland. The inspiration she took from her trip influenced her print design, motifs and colour choices. The pieces emulate the view of Iceland, as painted in watercolour. The Icelandic theme was represented throughout the range of men’s and women’s t-shirts and jumpers.

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The current collection shows a story of her travels across Iceland, but Tsumori Chisato is always looking for inspiration. Her collections come from the new stories she is constantly spinning. Her line is every-changing, and every season you’ll be able to immerse yourself in a new tale whenever you visit the shop.

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Tsumori Chisato’s work has an obvious worldwide appeal. Her designs focus on Japanese pattern-cutting mixed with Western style techniques. Her range of dresses, skirts, t-shirts and pants all have unique and playful prints.  Prints, checks, paintings,  and her trademark cat illustration make appearances every season with each new design. And her work is not just for women! Tsumori Chisato also has a line of men’s wear, all of which follows the same design concept as the women’s lines. So if you’re looking for ‘couple’s outfits’, the Tsumori Chisato is the perfect place to look!

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The Aoyama shop wouldn’t be a flagship store without some extra perks. Some garments are completely exclusive to this store. Even the shopping bags are exclusive! And the Aoyama store gets the new products and fashion lines first, so it’s the place to be if you want fresh-off-the-line Tsumori Chisato clothes.

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The Tsumori Chisato flagship store in Aoyama is a great place to find imaginative and exclusive clothing from a world-renowned designer. Be sure to visit when you are in Tokyo!

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Tsumori Chisato Aoyama Location Information

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Nearest Station: 4-minute walk from Omotesando Station A5 exit (click on the Google Map for directions)

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

“Why Go?”: Happy, high-end fashion with global appeal from a world-famous designer!

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September 9, 2016 0 comment
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Antigravite Daikanyama

Antigravite

Angravite is a boutique with a name that represents a “relaxed feeling on the rooftops of Paris.” “Women who want to enjoy fashion freely” is their motto, and their relaxed style reflects their modern, sophisticated sensibilities. Their clothes gave me a feeling of freshness, with simple shapes in plain colours and very few prints.

Antigravite fashion lines feature loose, wide legged pants, pleated skirts, shirts, tops and blouses. With use of structured thick cottons, linens, silks and sheer fabrics, you’re bound to find something that works with your wardrobe!

Antigravite also offers a small range of men’s wear, with short and long sleeve shirts that come in fitted, loose and long styles. Their selected coloured and plain wide-legged shorts and some mandarin collar-top shirts can be a staple looks for any season.

With the boutique hosting a range of clothing from both their own brand and selected pieces from other popular brands,  prices range from mid- to high-range. If you’re looking for some simple and eye-catching Japanese-styled clothes, Antigravite is the place to go!

The clothes from Antigravite use a Japanese sizing scheme. As always, I suggest trying everything on before you buy. This is where our handy sizing and fitting guide comes in handy! 

Antigravite Location Information

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Nearest Station: 3-minute walk from Daikan-Yama Station (Tokyu Toyoko Line) (click on the Google Map for directions)

Hours of Operation: Open daily 12:00 am – 8:00 pm

“Why Go?”: Fresh, breezy, and simple fashions perfect for a lazy day in!

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September 9, 2016 0 comment
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Harcoza Tokyo Japan

Harcoza Tokyo Japan

It’s a bit of a trek to find this shop but it is worth the walk! Harcoza in Ebisu is a perfect place for clothes, accessories, and some great high-end to mid-range fashion.

immediately inside is a wall of fashion accessories and a very friendly stop staff. White furnishings abound, adorned with  hand-made bracelets, earrings, broaches, hair grips and pins in a range of exciting colours, shapes and materials. Deeper inside the shop is an entire wall of silk screen printed t-shirts, casual printed pants for your everyday wear, and button-up shirts. Whether you’re shopping for men or for women, you can find it here!

Once you’ve absorbed all of the top-floor wonders, make your way downstairs to the theatrical stage. I’m not kidding, there is one here, with the entire back wall draped with a curtain and a stage for a dressing room. A perfect place to strike a pose!

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Downstairs is also where you’ll find the clothes of their amazing and inspirational fashion range. The Harcoza brand is art-based and comprehensive, favoring geometric shapes and printed graphic tees. The clothing itself takes on geometric shapes, with sharply-angled dresses and abstract-shaped jackets showcasing their innovative sewing techniques as interpreted through a stylistic-yet-Japanese fashion sense.

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Harcoza is a high-end clothing shop, but each item is an individual work. No embarrassing “twinning” here, even if you mingle with other Harcoza shoppers! Harcoza’s style changes throughout the year, but ones things for sure–if you’ve been wanting that taste of Harajuku fashion you see in “Western Japanese Street Style” magazines, then this is the place to stop and shop during your Tokyo trip!

Harcoza Ebisu Store Information

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Nearest Station: 4-minute walk from Daikan-Yama Station (Tokyu-Toyoko Line) or 7-minute walk from Ebisu Station.

Hours of Operation: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm, closed Tuesdays

“Why Go?”: Harajuku fashion with its own geometric style!

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September 8, 2016 0 comment
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Jun Okamoto is a graduate designer from the world famous Bunka Fashion College. Starting his career in menswear, Okamoto worked in Paris and honed his techniques prior to branching out into women’s clothing.

At the Jun Okamoto Daikanyama shop, the designer’s clothing choices focuses on natural cottons and linens that drape and flow with the body. Jun Okamoto’s designs are deceptively simple, but the quality materials and modern Japanese sewing techniques along with the innovative design combine to form quality garments. The Daikanyama shop offers men’s and women’s clothing and a range of natural appeal accessories to go along with your new outfit! The clothing styles range from fitted to casual-baggy, so it is advised to try on before you buy. As with most Japanese clothes, size can be deceiving!

Jun Okamoto’s clothing is for high- to mid-range fashion shoppers. It’s a must-stop if you are in Tokyo looking for high-quality Japanese fashion clothing that you can’t get outside of Japan. Jun Okamoto is always working on his latest idea, so be sure to stop by frequently to see what he is offering.

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Jun Okamoto Shibuya Store Information

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

Nearest Station: 6-minute walk from Daikanyama Station (Tokyu-Toyoko Line) or 10-minute walk from Ebisu Station (click on the Google Map for directions)

Hours of Operation: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm. Closed Tuesdays.

“Why Go?”: Fantastic Japanese designs in natural fabrics that you can’t get anywhere else!

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September 7, 2016 0 comment
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Loveless Tokyo Japan

Loveless Tokyo Japan

Entering, you instantly feel as if you have been transported to an high-end boutique with dim lit lights and wide screen TV’s playing fashion shows and photo shoot footage. Mannequins are everywhere, showing off the latest looks the Loveless has discovered and giving you a picture of how you can dress when you shop here. Great for outfit ideas if you’re clueless about what you’re looking for! Browsing, you’ll find that the prices go from mid-range on up, so what may seem like an intimidating high-end shop is actually quite affordable. It would be a shame to miss out on this great boutique!

Loveless is a boutique near Omotesando station that draws its clothing from a mix of Japanese styles and overseas imports.  The mix of clothing origins here may cause some sizing issues, so try before you buy. The fitted clothes can be….very fitted! (see our article on buying clothes and size conversions here).

Loveless deals primarily in women’s fashion. The boutique range covers the basics of pencil skirts, fitted dresses, Japanese style fitted high-waisted shorts, drain pipe formal pants as well as the Japanese style wide leg pants, a range of t-shirts for men, jeans, blouses and more. Its style is semi-casual to mostly formal, with great pieces you can wear either to the office or for going out in the evening. The boutique also covers a good range of accessories, bags and shoes to finish off your outfits.

Loveless does have a men’s section, but not a very large one. The men’s area is primarily dedicated to sophisticated and sleek  suits in basic, coloured, patterned, and printed styles, all reasonably priced.

Loveless boutique cultivates a tasteful array of clothing for the discerning fashionista. Be sure to check out their collection at their Minami-Aoyama shop!

Loveless Boutique Minami-Aoyama Information

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Nearest Station: 3-minute walk from Omotesando station (click on the Google Map for directions)

Hours of Operation: Open daily 12:00 am – 8:00 pm

“Why Go?”: Select your next wardrobe from an array of Japanese and imported fashions!

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August 18, 2016 0 comment
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Samantha Thavasa Ginza Tokyo

Samantha Thavasa is a Japanese brand known for its girly, elegant, and cute style which has now grown into a brand catering to every girl’s accessory needs! We here at EnableJapan.com visited Samantha Thavasa’s flagship store in Ginza to get an inside look into this world-popular Japanese brand. If you would like to learn the shop’s secret inspirations and the design concepts behind the Samantha Thavasa brand, Ginza is the place to go!

Samantha Thavasa Ginza Tokyo

“But what about the language barrier?” you might think. Well don’t worry! The staff of main stores speak a wide range of languages (English, Chinese, and some Korean, by their reckoning), which makes each store completely accessible for shoppers. You’ll never have a problem finding someone to help you discover the perfect wardrobe accessory.

Founded in 1994 by Kazumasa Terada, Samantha Thavasa has open its doors across Asia and Hawaii. Many famous names such as Beyonce, Jenifer Lopez, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Victoria Beckham have designed bags for the Samantha Thavasa brand. Samantha Thavasa has also collaborated on projects with Disney, most recently with Zootopia and Finding Dory , also with native Japanese characters such as Sailor Moon and Hello Kitty. Japanese designer brand DRESSCAMP has also collaborated with interesting artistic bags that feature hand-painted prints on leathers.

 

Samantha Thavasa Ginza Tokyo

At the Ginza store, the first floor features the Samantha Tiara line of jewelry. Samantha Thavasa PR spokesperson Meg introduced us to the line, which features thin silver and gold chains adorned with gems and crystals in shapes of flowers. One particularly eye-catching piece was a necklace that moved in emulation of a heartbeat as it sat around the wearers neck. How? Well, that’s a secret! This first-floor jewelry section offers other adornments, such as feminine rings, necklaces, and bracelets. Samantha Thavasa’s first floor features new and amazing pieces year round, with the added bonus of a free gift if you spend a certain amount in store.

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All bags are on the second floor. Multiple designers collaborate to create bags under the Samantha Thavasa brand name; Meg spoke to us about their popular collection designed by model Miranda Kerr, whose style “focused on changing  the Samantha Thavasa original to make it a little more mature.” Collaborate model-come-designer Anne Nakamura is also taking the brand into a more mature direction, developing perfect everyday bags that will stay with you forever. But don’t think that maturity has taken away any of the special cute features that make Samantha Thavasa great! Smiley faces hide in pockets and on straps within her designs and the exclusive pink suede lining, all adding that Samantha Thavasa touch of whimsical cuteness.

Samantha Thavasa has encouraged their customers to stay faithful to the brand due to their ever-changing design ideas. “Design development of Samantha Thavasa purses comes from a multitude of ideas and designers, all working constantly on new ideas that they develop into what we have in store,” Meg explained. “All designs come in several colours, so you can find the perfect bag for any occasion.”

 

Samantha Thavasa Ginza Tokyo

What features stand out the most for their customers? “Zips!” said Meg. “When people are abroad they like knowing their things are safe in their bags, so we always ensure zips are on our bags!”

Samantha Thavasa Ginza Tokyo

And of course, I couldn’t leave without asking the question, “Who is Samantha Thavasa?”

“I get asked that a lot!” Meg laughed. “Its a secret! I can’t tell you that!”…”We have rumors saying the name comes from the witch that wiggles her nose, but it’s not!”…so that part of the mystery remains unsolved (for now). But there’s one thing that certainly is not a mystery–with the Ginza store catering towards every woman’s handbags and jewelry, Samantha Thavasa in Ginza is a great place to shop for that special item or gift!

 

Samantha Thavasa Ginza Location Information

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Nearest Station: 2-minute walk from Ginza Station (click on the Google Map for directions)

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

“Why Go?”: Finding a perfect high-fashion Japanese bag and jewelry from designers and celebrities!

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August 1, 2016 0 comment
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Q-Pot Cafe Harajuku Tokyo Japan

Q-pot CAFE

Q-Pot Cafe Harajuku Tokyo Japan

Q-pot CAFE. makes dessert. And oh my, what desserts they are! Cute sundaes, ring plates, necklace plates, and all sorts of other tasty accessories are available in their sweet, tart, and creamy forms. And the SE”Q”RET Room? Well, you’re just going to have to go there and find out!

Q-Pot Cafe Harajuku Tokyo Japan

Q-Pot Cafe Harajuku Tokyo Japan

But that’s not all! When you’re finished with your dessert, you can purchase accessories that look just like the sweets you just had. Q-pot.’s goal is to create “positive accessories” that make people smile when they see them. And from what I saw, they did just that! Choose from an array of candied-up accessories (ones-you-ate and ones-you-didn’t) such as necklaces, earrings, rings, charms, key-chains, umbrellas, nail stickers, pouches, phone cases, pins, hair ties and clips, and even randoseru (Japanese children’s school backpacks).

Q-Pot Cafe Harajuku Tokyo Japan

Q-Pot Cafe Harajuku Tokyo Japan

The accessories are wonderfully detailed. Q-pot. tries to make accessories look as lifelike as possible, so don’t be surprised if people really wonder if you’re wearing an ice cream sandwich around your neck! Once you buy an accessory, chances are they sell the food it’s based on at their location right across the street. So if you’re looking for cute Japanese accessories to go with your mid-day treat, check out the treasures at Q-pot.!

Q-pot CAFE. Location Information

Website | Facebook (English) | Twitter (English) | Instagram (English) | Online Store (from the USA warehouse)

Nearest Station: 3-minute walk from Omotesando Station (Tokyo Metro), 7-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station (Yamanote Line) (click on the Google Map for directions)

Hours of Operation: open daily 11:30am – 7:30pm (Last Order 7:00pm)

Estimated Price: Dessert prices range from ¥750 to ¥2400. Accessory prices range from ¥3,600- 28,000.

“Why Go?”: For the super-kawaii!!! accessories, and the delicious treats!

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July 19, 2016 0 comment
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6%dokidoki

With the advent of Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and the thousands of fashion blogs dedicated to Harajuku street styles, there are now endless ways to immerse yourself in the Harajuku lifestyle. One of the stores that is taking the lead both online and in real life is the bubblegum princess fantasy land of 6%Dokidoki.

Finding this internationally known brand will take some effort as you go past the craziness of Takeshita-dori and into the back streets of the classy and upscale Omotesando. It may be intimidating to wander the backstreets of Omotesando without a surefire plan, but the savvy Tokyo shopper will know that on the roads less traveled are where the true gems of Tokyo fashion like 6%Dokidoki lie. And don’t worry about walking past it – the two level neon pink and yellow structure is not lacking in color.

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Stepping inside of 6%Dokidoki is an experience in and of itself. The barrage of glitter, ribbons, carousel horses, fairground-style plush toys, and sheer volume of color is enough to satisfy you for the rest of your life. Shoppers in the store can be difficult to discern from the actual employees, since most of them are in the full regalia of 6%Dokidoki, rainbow colored tulle petticoats and multicolored teased hair and all.

Although 6%Dokidoki’s clothing and accessories are totally wearable on their own, the full effect comes from combining them all into one super Harajuku style outfit. For the adventurous types, 6%Dokidoki also has tutorials on their Facebook page to teach you how to do your makeup and hair just like the 6%Dokidoki sales girls.

6%Dokidoki has embraced the new Harajuku trend for promoting a lifestyle rather than a simple shopping experience. Follow them on social media and let them brighten up your news feed.

For more ideas on unique spots to buy Tokyo fashion, check out our articles Omotesando on a Budget: 5 Must-Visit Shops and Cafes and Shopping Slightly Off Harajuku’s Beaten Path: Cat Street

6%Dokidoki Store Information

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Nearest Station: 6-minute walk from Harajuku Station (Yamanote Line)


Hours of Operation: Everyday 12:00PM-8:00PM
“Why Go?”: If you want a glittery, colorful Harajuku-style outfit for your wardrobe, this is the place.
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June 21, 2016 0 comment
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Milk

The force and influence of the Harajuku fashion culture has been gathering steam for over half of a century now. At times, it can be hard to imagine Harajuku’s famed Takeshita-dori without the passionate street fashion fans keeping the innovative spirit alive. After all, fashion subcultures like goth and sweet lolita as well as decora have made Harajuku the street-style hotspot that it is today.
Milk Of course, Harajuku’s fashion culture wouldn’t be at the level it’s at without some serious support from local shops and boutiques. For almost 45 years, the lolita mainstay boutique Milk has kept lolita fashion modern and up to date without letting it fall to the wayside. Well known and respected by global designers and fans alike, Milk offers you a true piece of the Harajuku lolita lifestyle.
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While stores like Body Line can offer you the full blown frills and petticoat side of the lolita style, the main Milk store in Harajuku focuses more on the lolita lifestyle, which may factor into their longevity. At Milk you can find the perfect balance of cuteness, practicality, and just the right amount of frills.
Anything pastel you could ever want to wear is available here, plus some light wash jeans to match. The darker side of kawaii is also displayed at Milk as well in the form of black lace skirts, gauzy black and red hair bands, and a variety of other cute items that even Wednesday Adams would love. Milk really does illustrate the depth of what it really means to be in the lolita lifestyle.
Milk
If you are going to be going to Harajuku’s Takeshita-dori, Milk is an absolute MUST to visit if you want to see where lolita all started!
Want to check out some of Harajuku’s other top stores? Why not try the world-famous 6%Dokidoki or the budget-friendly WEGO?

Milk Store Information

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Nearest Station: 6-minute walk from Harajuku Station (Yamanote Line)


Hours of Operation: Everyday 11:00AM-8:00PM
“Why Go?”: If you want to add the famous Harajuku lolita style to your wardrobe.
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June 15, 2016 0 comment
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