Junichi (1932). Japanese fabric designer. He worked with almost every great Japanese designer, including Issey Miyake and Rei Kawakubo. In 1984 he was given the title Designer for Industry of the Royal Society of Art.
Professor at the Institute of Design and Textile in Otsuka. He participated in a series of conferences entitled Aluminium by Design at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh. They explored the different uses of aluminum in fashion. Among the speakers was Arai, who had experimented with metals throughout his career. Other conferences were held in New York, Montreal, Miami, Detroit and London. Arai’s first exhibit in England. The walls on three floors of the Harris Museum and Art Gallery in Preston, were covered with his textile designs. The show was a joint effort between Nippon Airways and the Univ. of Central Lancashire, and remained open through June. Some of Arai’s works are also in the permanent Collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.