Japan's Hidden Cool

Starting in October, JAPANESE STREETS will start a new series of articles introducing some of the coolest places to visit in Japan. Find out where they are and what shops and restaurants are recommended.

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It is difficult to know where to go when you visit a new place anywhere in the world, but Japan poses some special problems. First, there is the language problem if you don’t speak Japanese. Then, the best places tend to be kind of for insiders only, tucked away in hard to find locations.

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JAPANESE STREETS will show you some of the coolest places in Japan and how to find them. We will focus on a particular area and pick up some of that area’s best shops, restaurants and hang-outs.

Next time you go on a trip or just a day out, check with JAPANESE STREETS first.

Some of the places we will cover over the months following October:


Harajuku – Tokyo’s most famous hang-out for street fashion and urban culture.

Nakano Broadway – A barely known hang-out with stores selling anything from manga to figures, from cosplay costumes to old movie posters.


Nakazaki-cho – In the back streets of Osaka’s Kita district are many dozens of tiny stores and hang-outs hidden away in restored wooden houses and post-war apartment buildings. Underground culture at its very best.

Amerika Mura – Osaka’s equivalent of Harajuku.

Minami Horie – The place to go shopping when you have graduated from Amerika Mura.


We are a very tiny crew at JAPANESE STREETS! Help us by telling us about your favorite spots for shopping, eating, drinking.

Or even better, become a guest contributor. Send us your idea for the above mentioned areas. If your article is published, it will feature your name and your bio. There is no financial compensation, but you will help to make JAPANESE STREETS an even better site to visit, and you’ll get some great exposure in the process.

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Kjeld Duits About the Author

Inspired by the stunningly creative street fashion that exploded on the streets of Tokyo and Osaka in the late 1990’s, photo-journalist Kjeld Duits launched JAPANESE STREETS in 2002. This makes JS one of the first fashion blogs on the net, and the very first to cover Japanese street fashion.

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Comment (日本語もOK)

i’d love too help!!! but lol idk what the names are of all the places i went T___T

Sep 23, 2009 (4753 days ago)

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