Harajuku

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Never heard of it before? Let me tell you about it.
The girl’s hair on the left is freaking cool!

Here goes nothing! Harajuku is known as Tokyo’s teenager town. It is a entire district catering for the young and trendy Tokyoite. The precinct is jam packed with hundreds of small boutiques, cafes, stores and restaurants all focusing on the youth market. Harajuku is one of the best places in Tokyo to people watch you will see just about everthing from Goths, to Punks to adult girls in school uniforms and guys in cowboy suits.You could describe the fashion as ridiculous, crazy or disgusting but you cant disagree its fun and cool at the same time. For the young and fashionable teenager, spending time in Harajuku (原宿) on the weekends is practically a necessity. Even older folks will want to visit the area, though, to see Meiji Jingu shrine, Yoyogi Park or go shopping in Omotesando or Takeshita-dori. Harajuku is within the special ward of Shibuya. Heres a map of Shinjuku showing where Harajuku is located.

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Takeshita-dori is a narrow street packed with young fashionable people and lined with fashion boutiques and cafes. This is definitely the place to be seen if you are young Tokyoite, but well worth visiting as a tourist. Takeshita-dori represents the cutting edge of fashion in Tokyo where you can see all the latest in Japanese street fashion and then buy in the boutiques. Takeshita-dori is opposite the exit to Harajuku station.

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If it’s Harajuku’s youth culture you want to see, don’t even bother unless it’s the weekend and preferably a Sunday. The bridge across the train tracks from Harajuku station to Yoyogi Park is full of Gothic Lolita or GothLoli. The costumes are very outstanding and you can’t miss them. It is funny to see the surprise of the western tourists heading to Yoyogi Park and Meiji Jingu who clearly had not read their guide books fully on Harajuku. You can hear their comments that make it very clear they just don’t understand what is going on. Essentially the youth who have dressed up are just hanging out with friends, many of them come with the hope of being snapped by one of the many magazine photographers who mingle in the crowd.

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What kind of fashion can you actually find in Harajuku?

  • Gothic Lolita involves wearing gothic, feminine and elegant clothes, to the extent that you look like a living Victorian doll.
  • Japanese punks, inspired by the punk movement that began in London in the 70s, magnify rebelliousness with over-the-top clothes, accessories, makeup, and piercings.
  • Cosplay entails dressing up like your favorite cartoon/anime or computer game character.
  • Decora style favors bright colors, flamboyance and accessories from head to toe. You decorate yourself with plastic toys and jewelry, and it’s not uncommon to have so many that you can hear them click together when the person moves.
  • Kawaii (literally translating from Japanese to “cute”) places an emphasis on childlike playfulness–anime characters, ruffles, pastel colors, toys, and so on.
  • Wamono refers to mixing traditional Japanese attire with Western fashion

And here are some pictures of the fashions in Harajuku. =)

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The blue outfit girl looks cool!

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Pink hair girl looks cool and scary.

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Colours of Harajuku.

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Gotta say that this girl’s hair is cool!!

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Now thats what i call kawaii!

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My opinion says that among all the pictures,
This girl wins!!

Well i guess thats all. If i missed out anything, i’m sorry as i don’t live in Japan and never been to Harajuku before. If only i can afford to go to Japan. I will definitely visit Harajuku! So dear readers, if any of you all are going to Japan, take my advice and visit this cool place. Lastly heres some guidelines that teaches you how to dress Harajuku Style. I don’t know much about it since i found it while surfing the internet but its by wikiHow so you might as well just read it if you are interested. Its quite interesting though. Credits of the pictures goes to JapanForum. And so i hope all of you enjoy reading this post.

38 Responses to “Harajuku”


  1. 1 Setsuna-san March 21, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    I visited Harajuku and didn’t like it at all. the Meiji shrine on the other end of that bridge was much better.

  2. 2 Rokku March 21, 2008 at 9:10 pm

    Nice, but don`t think i will like it there

  3. 3 Shin March 21, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    I spent too much time at the shrine and by the time I got there, everyone had dispersed .-.

  4. 4 AS March 22, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    The last girl is definitely cute. Harajuku is somewhere everyone should go to check out the latest fashion with the younger generation as well as Shinjuku, if anything you will get a kick out of all the costumes.

  5. 5 wy March 22, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    http://yenchuan204.blogspot.com/

    AUGUS U SEE THESE DOLLS FUCKING CUTE! :D

    and i saw 3 girls dressed like that , lolita in sg~

  6. 6 gordon March 23, 2008 at 11:22 am

    the last girl is kinda cute. and look at the height of her platform shoes she’s wearing! O_O

  7. 7 Lustrous Realm March 23, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    awww singapore’s cant even compare to them…

  8. 8 Hangmen March 23, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    Too bad I didn’t go to Harajuku when I was in Japan last February. Perhaps one day, once I get a stable job, I’d want to visit Japan again.

    PS: update my link in your blogroll. I moved on to a new site.

  9. 9 Squee March 23, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    I’m a big fan of Japanese youth fashion but am kinda sad that it’s still very much underground here in Singapore T_T I get weird looks quite often when I go out sometimes…
    Hope I can take some photos like those you posted when I’m in Harajuku

  10. 10 dice March 24, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    Wow nice research you have there! I love all their hair! It’s no wonder Gatsby and Uno sells like hotcakes! LOL I was told majority of the cosplayers only come out on Sunday mornings though.

  11. 11 choo23 March 25, 2008 at 6:45 am

    @Setsuna-san. owh >< man! i would like to visit there someday.
    @Rokku. Why not? the fashion is cool.
    @Shin. LOL ahaha time management =P
    @AS. yeap totally agree with you
    @wy. hmm okok la. seen those kind of dolls b4
    @gordon. LOL yea insane eh?
    @Lustrous Realm. LOL LOL Singapore oso got mah, just not that many.
    @Hangmen. ahaha changed your link. man i never been to japan even once T_T
    @Squee. I know what you mean! but at least theres still some people who dare to wear those fashion in singapore.
    @Dice. thanks ^^. Yeap their hair are totally awesome! Gatsby! i use that too =P. Is it? cool another new information. Thanks again

  12. 12 yogrit March 31, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    Ganguro (even though it isnt mentioned here)Is definitely an awesomely weird fashion!

    Check it out!

  13. 13 Linda LifeLess May 21, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    harajuku is so rad i love the way they look its so gorgeous!!!!!1

  14. 14 amelia May 26, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    why does this website say bakaaaa?
    baka means idiot!

  15. 15 marikodiclonius June 19, 2008 at 8:45 am

    dude..O.O i love it!! all of it! but then again i am a big lover of japan. your info could be useful in the future!!! love it! ^.^

  16. 16 Almotanabe16 June 19, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    Nice pic’s

    lol thanx Alot man

  17. 17 YESIKA June 26, 2008 at 8:18 am

    MW ENCANTA ESA moda ES LA MEJOR VAMOSSS TOKIO OJALA Las aerican no se copie

  18. 19 roff January 6, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    mothafuckuz think its halloween evryday?

  19. 21 Афанасий February 9, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    Любопытно! Все бы так писали :)

  20. 22 paulo March 8, 2009 at 12:15 am

    los conchesumadres feo
    dan miedo esos weones

  21. 23 Jathanielxx November 7, 2009 at 10:37 am

    I love Harajuku. <3 Granted I've only been there once, but it is insanely creative.

  22. 24 Kaidaten November 30, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    i find most of them attractive… in a bad way. @w@

  23. 25 Technicolor Pancakes January 5, 2010 at 8:04 am

    Just wanted to let you know that a lot of the people in the photographs that you refer to as girls, are actually boys…

  24. 26 Руслан April 16, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Достаточно спорно, но как вариант имеет право на существование

  25. 27 Arls September 21, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    Hi there,
    I would love to paint one of your photographs? I dont know if copyright laws apply with paintings as it is a loose interpretation, however I would love to have your blessings so I know I am being completely kosher.
    Please let me know,
    Thanks and regards,
    Alia Leadabrand (australia)

  26. 28 zhein91 October 20, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    _i saw a partner harajuku’s i like the art of there fashion. tNX

  27. 29 sklep calivita January 11, 2011 at 3:58 am

    Nice!! Great Ifo. Great People. Great Blog. Thank you for all the great sharing that is being done here

  28. 30 wpolscemamymocneseo January 12, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    I always insisting my dad that not all headlines posted online are original but this post can be an exceptional to my rule.

  29. 31 Lynn Nishiguchi January 18, 2011 at 8:37 am

    You are awesome! Awesome article once again. I found this blog the other dayback on google and been keeping up with this amazing content ever since. You’ve got some killer ideas and I enjoy the info. Keep it going!

  30. 32 Domingo Keane March 27, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Hey, good post. Can you tell me what theme you’re using? I would like to use the theme for my insurance web-site. Thanks again for the information and keep up the seriously good work. I will probably be returning and will check your further posts.

  31. 33 CosplayCostumes May 19, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    I have been looking forever to find something like this! Great idea and I must say, it works great.

  32. 34 marjoleine November 28, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    Very nice!! Greetz from Marjoleine, 48 years, The Netherlands

  33. 35 Tsubaki July 12, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Most of these were cosplaying JRockers. Like the pictures of the pink and blur girl are Kaoru and Toshiya from Dir En Grey. 2 below that is Kyo, theres also 3 pics of Ruki from the GazettE and Uruha too.


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