Monday, July 11, 2005


Harajuku is a shopping area not too far from Shinjuku. It includes the Meiji Shrine and Yoyogi Park. On Sundays, Harajuku is famous for having all sorts of dressed-up delinquents parade around and do their shopping. Harajuku has several famous streets - Takeshita-dori is a very narrow street which is popular with the teens and has many odd stores, include some costume shops. Omotesando and Meiji-dori are wide avenues with more upscale shops as well as Kiddy Land (another one of the dangerous places for my wallet to go to) and the Oriental Bazaar (a great place for souvenir shopping.)

Cruising Omotesando in a purple Crown Royal? Seems more like an American activity.

Most of the, um, interestingly dressed people were on Takeshita-dori, along with a few shops that Liberace would've loved. We saw lots of teens, some in school uniforms, many in punk outfits. Others showed their sense of style in other ways. The "Gothic Lolita" look is apparently big right now for rebellious teens - at least rebellious teens showing up in this area. Oddly though, while it may look like they're being fairly individual, they're still all conforming to standards for that particular style. I've also heard that dressing up in costumes, usually from Japanese animation, is also popular, but we didn't see any.


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