TURNING JAPANESE: New Yorkers who missed out on Japan Fashion Week last September got a second chance to see the spring collections on Tuesday night when 13 designers, down from over 40, presented an encore showcase to a packed house at the Altman Building. Standouts included Hokuto Katsui and Nao Yagi’s techy streetwear for Mintdesign, Hidenobu Yasui’s mannish tailoring and Hiroyuki Horihata and Makiko Sekiguchi’s romantic take on traditional Japanese garb for Matohu. “We’re doing this to drum up interest with buyers to go to Tokyo in March for the [fall 2009] shows,” said Masahiko Miyake, director of Japan Fashion Week Organization and chairman of Sanei-International Corp., through a translator. He added that a second initiative, the Shinmai Creator’s Project, will allow for five up-and-coming designers, including Manhattan’s own Nima Taherzadeh, to exhibit during the next JFW. And that’s not all: The evening’s 13 labels were also getting their own retail displays in New York this week. Participating stores include Opening Ceremony, Destination N.Y., Theory, Aloha Rag, 45rpm and Tribeca Issey Miyake.