Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Japan has some interesting cultures, one of them I like in particular, and that is Harajuku. Because it is a free expression of the way young teenagers in Tokyo like to dress themselves. Very colorful and interesting to watch.
Harajuku (原宿 "meadow lodging") is the common name for the area around Harajuku Station on the Yamanote Line in the Shibuya ward of Tokyo, Japan. The area is known internationally for its youth style and fashion. Harajuku street style is promoted in Japanese and international publications such as Fruits.
The term "Harajuku Girls" has been used by English-language media to describe teenagers dressed in any fashion style who are in the area of Harajuku. These girls may be members of various sub-cultures including Gothic Lolita, Ganguro, Gyaru, and Kogal. They may also be dressed as characters from an anime, movie, or manga (known as cosplay).
The focal point of Harajuku's teenage culture is Takeshita Dori (Takeshita Street) and its side streets, which are lined by many trendy shops, fashion boutiques, used clothes stores, crepe stands and fast food outlets geared towards the fashion and trend conscious teens.
In order to experience the teenage culture at its most extreme, visit Harajuku on a Sunday, when many young people gather around Harajuku Station and engage in cosplay ("costume play"), dressed up in crazy costumes to resemble anime characters, punk musicians, etc.
Gwen Stefanie also picked up on this group of people and wrote a song about it, and asked 4 Harajuku girls to perform with her on her tour.
Harajuku girls are the new Geisha's, check out this link http://www.flickr.com/photos/ajpscs/ for more pictures of Harajuku girls by this amazing photographer from Tokyo, Japan.