日本での一年間

January 10, 2011

Yamanote Line Project (Part 17) - Harajuku Station

Filed under: Domestic, Tokyo places, Trips, Yamanote-Sen — Tags: , , — myyearinjapan @ 12:01 am

Harajuku is Tokyo’s fashion capital. Around the Harajuku area, you can find people dressed as gothic lolitas, people cosplaying, and every style of fashion in between. On Sundays youth from around Tokyo swarm the area near the station in front of Yoyogi park to show off their interesting clothes.

Harajuku station

Sign for Harajuku station

station building

Harajuku station building

fashion

Fall + fashion = Fall Fashion

Takeshita dori

The entrance to Takeshita-dori, one of Harajuku's main drags, several blocks of interesting clothing shops, a couple fast food joints, several crepe stands and one 3 story 100 yen shop. Almost always crowded beyond belief. I guess I came by during a rare moment of relative emptiness.

1995 yen

Everything at this store seems to cost 1995 yen, or about $20. Is that cheap? expensive?

store

One of those Harajuku styles. What should I call this? The most famous style is Gothic Lolita style, but there's a wide variety of styles you can buy in Harajuku.

fur

Fur is totally in this season. Fur lined jackets, boots and even fur-lined scarves are all over the place.

AU Design Store

At the end if Takeshita-dori is this big building, the au Design Store. au is one of the major 3 cell phone companies in Japan. Their mascot is the little white squirrel in the bottom right corner of the picture. They recently came out with an Android smartphone that Lady Gaga was helping them advertise. The had a lottery kind of thing that you could enter if you went to all 4 floors and got a stamp from each one. When I handed them my stamped paper, they picked out a card and I lost, so I got tissues as a consolation prize. At least it was something useful.

god sign

I have no Idea what this store is selling, but they got my attention. "Are you god?" " No way! I'm a manager!"

H&M

I remember when this H&M opened in Fall 2008. It was a big deal. Lines around the block and everything.

Forever 21

I remember when this Forever 21 opened in Spring 2009. It was a big deal, lines around the block and everything.

Gap

Another major chain store! Not sure when this one opened, but it must have been summer 2009 or later because I don't rememeber it.

condomania

Everyone's favorite condom store. But about 75% of the condoms are joke products and are labeled not suitable for preventing pregnancy or STDs.

KiddyLand

The old Kiddy Land was shut down for good. NOOOOOO! Where will I buy toys??

kiddy

Turns out Kiddy Land was just moved a few blocks away. phew. I can breathe now. Look at all these glorious Rilakkuma goods.

Calvin Klein

A minimalist Calvin Klein store on Omotesando, Harajuku's other main drag. It's only one block away from Takeshita-dori, but it is much, much more high end, with plenty of Prada and Louis Vuitton kind of stores.

Chicago

Chicago! I'm back home!

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1 Comment »

  1. […] I finished the other half of the Yamanote line going counter clockwise from Shinjuku to Yoyogi, Harajuku, Shibuya, Ebisu, Meguro, Gotanda, Osaki, Shinagawa, Tamachi, Hamamatsucho, Shinbashi, Yurakucho, […]

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