Returning to the city where he got his start, Yohji Yamamoto presented his men's line in Tokyo yesterday with a crowd of 3,200 watching from the city's 1964 Olympic stadium. “This is a kind of compensation for my absence from Japan. I’m sorry I was absent for 20 years,” Yamamoto said of coming home after seasons showing in Paris. His country provided inspiration for this collection, and Yamamoto made statements backstage about the importance of beauty, quality, and creativity over commerce and economic power. Of the fast fashion phenomenon, he told WWD, "I don’t think it’s a threat, I would say: 'Let it go. Go to hell.'"