Harajuku is the cool-kid mecca of Tokyo… if you took Melrose and So-Ho, gave them each a hit of acid and encouraged them to mate, the resulting offspring would be Harajuku.
Why don't you take a peek?
Hands down this was Attack of the Blog’s favorite shopping area of Japan. It’s technically part of Shibuya, Japan’s fashion epicenter, but is considered its district by locals as it has such a “distinct” flavor. Whereas Shibuya has all the big chain stores, Harajuku brings hundreds of small, to-cool-for-school shops to the table. Whether your flavor is hip-hop, Lolita Goth (which is huge there) or skate-punk, Harajuku has the threads and ridiculous shoe options for you.
There’s a bridge that goes over the train tracks from Harajuku to the Meiji Shrine we covered yesterday where all the cosplayers come out to play. Many are more Lolita Goths (sort of a combination of Japanese schoolgirl and standard all-black American goth scene) than cosplayers, but at times it’s a bit hard to tell the difference. Unfortunately they all seem to get along and don’t bust out into a Westside Story singing/ dancing gang war, which would be awesome.
The boys and girls of Harajuku are world renowned for their “style”. This belongs in quotes, because honestly, while some of them actually look pretty cool, many look like their outfits are chosen by some random anti-matching algorithm that guarantees that they’ll include at least several items of clashing plaid, rainbow colors and silly accessories. Either way they’re fun to look at.
We’ll bring you more from Harajuku later this week. Until then, click here for our fine Harajuku Photogallery.