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The Harajuku Station on the Yamanote contrast with the surrounding eccentricity.

The Harajuku Station on the Yamanote contrast with the surrounding eccentricity.

The crowded alleys of Harajuku shelter a displaced culture where the only limit is imagination.

The crowded alleys of Harajuku shelter a displaced culture where the only limit is imagination.

The trendy Harajuku is the birthplace of the most unlikely fashion trends.

The trendy Harajuku is the birthplace of the most unlikely fashion trends.

A laboratory for future fashions

Frequented by youngster with increasingly fantastic clothing, Harajuku crystallizes an unbearable lightness of being.

The Harajuku faithful want to carry an offbeat clothing and musical culture. They continue to believe the delusion that they are unique. In the 1990s Harajuku was the rallying point of the young Japanese people who rejected the mass consumption and standardization of an unbridled globalization. Their purpose was more the search for some expensive items than contestation.

Good dandyism 

In this area, a youth in search of a style come together. Adolescents put their school uniforms in the closet - pleated skirt, navy jacket, white socks and loafers - in exchange for a truly mini miniskirt, a pair of low mules and a brightly colored t-shirt. Here, under thirties dress like their manga heroines. Some, who look like porcelain dolls, have opted for neo-retro. Others, the Gothuloli, half Gothic, half Lolita, are predominant with their lace and black clothes, while falsely rebel boys with gelled quiifs swagger in their 100% rockabilly outfits. Not fooled, trend spotter working for designers lacking inspiration, roam Harajuku looking for what could be tomorrow's fashion. The population transgresses by having fun. The stores are full of original products, even the 100 yen shop and the cafes attract eccentrics. That's Tokyo!

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