Harajuku & Osaka Trends

As most of you have already noticed, we uploaded over 170 photos of street fashion in Tokyo’s Harajuku and Osaka’s Nakazaki-cho in September.

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I never shot in Nakazaki-cho before, so this is a nice change. The area has a lot of small stores and restaurants owned by designers and creative types.

The area is a maze of narrow alleyways with an old downtown atmosphere that you barely find anymore in Japan’s big cities these days. Hidden away in cramped wooden townhouses and old post-war apartment buildings it attracts a wide variety of people searching for something different.

Naturally, this is reflected in the clothing.

One of my favorite finds was a kimono seamstress (see photo) with a wonderful hairdo who was wearing a t-shirt by Rna, wide spreading pants by Sou Sou and distinct modern zori (traditional shoewear). Around her neck she wore a bow tie and an eye-catching square plastic necklace by QFD. I just totally fell in love with her outfit.

Emi shot in Harajuku in September, and ran into the same woman she photographed last month. If you saw her photo before, you will recognize her immediately. Her hair style is magnificent. This time, too, she showed much originality in her fashion style. Emi, as usual, found many other wonderful people, too.

Have a look in the photo section now!

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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I saw them, and posted my comments. I really like some of them. :)

Oct 1, 2009 (4612 days ago)

Thanks, wowchicken. I am running a bit behind with the articles…

Oct 1, 2009 (4612 days ago)

OMG i <3 Japan even tho im not japanese but im writin an article 4 my school and this site is perfect!!!! GO TOKYO!

Dec 17, 2009 (4535 days ago)

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