Jomons arrived today. No pics, getting them hemmed.
Store experience was pretty cool, although I've done my research, I did ask for the official 45rpm sales pitch which was pretty cool.
The guy basically said wash them all you want, and that he washes every 1-2weeks in dr bonners. He pulled up his personal 6 year old pair of aihikos from the basement, the stitching on the hidden rivets were blown out, had 1-2 holes on the knees and some fraying on the hem... His pocket blowouts were pretty cool. He said on the older models they put a sorahiko belt loop as the back belt loop (just like how they put a jomon loop on the sorahikos) and his sorahiko belt loop was super light, like sandblasted levi's light, but the REST of the jean was about as dark as my 5eps 2 months into wear. No contrast whiskers, and some very light hints of fading on the knees. My mind was blown, seeing a 6 year old pair. The denim did not look well worn so to speak(despite the stitching suggesting others) but it developed kind of like a patina that you see on well worn shoes. I'm pretty excited, and actually kind of happy that I'll have some jeans that'll probably last a lifetime.
I asked him how they do the hand distressed models, and he said that they take a few measurements (like where your knee hits the floor when kneeling) and then distress from there; he noted that the contrast and everything was from a bleaching agent they use and not to expect jomons to actually fade like that.
anyway, semi-unrelated he showed off his natural indigo western shirt which was supersex. he told me it was 1k, and that they're getting some this winter. K now, all I need to do is win the lotto or something.