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Harajuku Fashion

Harajuku has become world famous as Japan’s center of street fashion. This square mile area is jam-packed with boutiques, fashion malls and chains. Every single day of the year, tens of thousands of people come here to shop, hang out, and see what the latest trends are.

The area was originally a small village inhabited by low level samurai. Harajuku’s start as a center of fashion and youth culture came after WWII. US Army barracks, called Washington Heights, were built here. Shops that catered to the military families followed. This attracted young people curious about Western culture.

In 1964, the Olympic Games came to Tokyo. Washington Heights became the Olympic Village housing the athletes. People from all over Japan came to Harajuku for a chance to meet the athletes. The crowds of young people persuaded young creators to set up shop here.

In 1978, the Laforet fashion mall was opened. It quickly became Harajuku’s main attraction. Harajuku had now become THE place for fashion businesses to be. It changed from being a place, into being a concept. Harajuku stood for energy, change, newness.

Trends come and go at lightning speed in Harajuku. Decora, Goth-Loli, Cyber-Punk, Mori Girl, the list is endless. Many happen at the same time, and influence each other. Often it’s impossible to determine what gave birth to what. This disconnect and freedom is possible because there is no social message. Harajuku fashion is about fun. It is fashion in its purest form.

At JAPANESE STREETS we cover many types of Japanese fashion, including Japanese fashion shows. But our main focus is Harajuku fashion. Have a look at some of our recent Harajuku fashion photos

STUDENT, 19

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Tuesday June 16, 2015
MiniMocha24: I own that sweatshirt!

LAB ASSISTANT, 25

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Monday June 15, 2015
Kjeld Duits: @Michael: Glad you like this look.
Michael: Absolutely beautiful. The soul comes out from her eyes. Such a deep and intelligent soul and a deep and passionate woman. The face/head mask piece is amazing and reminiscent of the Ninja assassins of old feudal Japan. The perfect model and perfect out fit on her. Yuka, you have my heart.
Kjeld Duits: @bigm: That’s a great word to describe Yuka’s look!
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