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Freaky Fashion & Cosplay At Funky Stores In Harajuku

Freaky Fashion & Cosplay At Funky Stores In Harajuku

on Apr. 15, 2007 by

An oasis for every fashion and cosplay lover, Harajuku is a funky little district in the heart of Tokyo where art meets fashion, this is a must-see when visiting Japan.

entrance to the famous Takeshita Dori shopping street in Harajuku in Harajuku, Tokyo, JapanTakeshita Dori fashion street in Harajuku in Harajuku, Tokyo, Japancostumes at a store on Takeshita Dori in Harajuku in Harajuku, Tokyo, JapanGothic Lolita and Victorian Lolita girls sitting on a bench eating a crepe in Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan

After years of planning my dream was finally coming true. I was finally going to meet the crazy Japanese cosplayers, the amazing Harajuku stores and experience the Harajuku lifestyle first hand.

not too happy shop promoter in Harajuku in Harajuku, Tokyo, Japantraffic in Harajuku in Harajuku, Tokyo, JapanYoyogi National Gymnasium in Harajuku in Harajuku, Tokyo, JapanGoth kids on Jingu bridge in Harajuku in Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan

I tried to take as many pictures and videos as I possibly could. It surprised me that SoftBank, a big cell phone provider in Japan, was using Cameron Diaz as their company face. She was literally on posters all over the city.

cute Japanese girls in a fashion store in Harajuku making peace signs in Harajuku, Tokyo, Japancute Japanese girls in a fashion store in Harajuku making peace signs

People around the city were so happy and cheerful which truly made it a happy fun paradise, any Anime fan can appreciate its beauty.

colorful cosplay kids in Harajuku wearing pink outfits in Harajuku, Tokyo, Japanjapanese school kids in a crowded shopping day on Takeshita Street in Harajuku in Harajuku, Tokyo, Japangirls promoting wearing safty belts on Jingu bridge in Harajuku, Tokyo, JapanAccessorize London store in Harajuku, Japan in Harajuku, Tokyo, JapanJapanese girl wearing white shades on Jingu bridge in Harajuku, Tokyo, JapanGothic lolita cosplay with a doll in Harajuku, Tokyo, Japancolorful cosplay in Harajuku in Harajuku, Tokyo, JapanHarajuku entrance gate near the Takeshita shopping street in Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan

I also noticed a lot of girls holding up signs saying: "FREE HUGS", a little strange with all the old men walking around. Gothic Lolita cosplay seemed to be primarily present on the Yoyogi park premises last Sunday.

cosplay on Jingu bridge near Yoyogi park in Harajuku, Tokyo, Japancosplay on Jingu bridge near Yoyogi park

Every Sunday, young people dressed in a variety of styles including gothic lolita, visual kei, and decora, as well as cosplayers spend the day on Jingu Bridge in Harajuku socializing. The fashion styles of these youths rarely conform to one particular style and are usually a mesh of many.

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Most young people gather on Jingu Bridge, which is a pedestrian bridge that connects Harajuku to the neighboring Meiji Shrine area.

Yukata picture on Jingu bridge with Japanese cosplayers in Harajuku, Tokyo, JapanYukata picture on Jingu bridge with Japanese cosplayers

Harajuku is also a fashion capital of the world, renowned for its unique street fashion. Harajuku street style is promoted in Japanese and international publications such as Kera, Tune, Gothic & Lolita Bible and Fruits.

the famous Takenoko fashion store on Takeshita dori street in Harajuku, Japan in Harajuku, Tokyo, JapanGothic Lolita dress for sale 4980 YEN which is about 60 dollars CAD on Takeshita dori in Harajuku in Harajuku, Tokyo, Japangoth cosplay with chains and leather in Harajuku in Harajuku, Tokyo, Japancrowded shopping street in Harajuku, Tokyo, JapanTralala promo poster in Harajuku in Harajuku, Tokyo, Japanfashion store on Takeshita dori in Harajuku, Tokyo, Japandark goth clothing shop in harajuku in Harajuku, Tokyo, Japanpromo of Spiderman 3 movie on the KDDI building in Harajuku in Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan

Many prominent designers and fashion ideas have sprung from Harajuku and incorporated themselves into other fashions throughout the world. Harajuku is also a large shopping district that includes international brands, its own brands, and shops selling clothes young people can afford.

road construction in Harajuku in Harajuku, Tokyo, Japanroad construction in Harajuku

More information about this district can be found on the Japan Guide.

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