Takeshita dori : street fashion in Harajuku   竹下通り

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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.

Between 100 and 500 yen, you should find your happiness for almost nothing Daiso Harajuku.

With everything costing between 100 and 500 yen, you should find happiness for almost nothing at Daiso Harajuku.

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 Perpetual Carnival

Takeshita dori: over 300 meters of visual delirium, colorful crowds, costumes, make-up, bleached or dyed hair; Vintage boutiques, avant-garde or cosplay. This small street located in Harajuku showcases Japanese youth's crazy and unconventional trends. Visiting Takeshita Street has become a must. For an even more intense experience, go there on weekends!

Pedestrians on show 

In the heart of the trendy Harajuku, within walking distance of the great Shinto Meiji-Jingu shrine, right in front of JR Harajuku Station, the famous pedestrian street Takeshita Dori has been attracting for over 30 years Japanese teens who like to walk around in eccentric outfits. You will encounter girls hugging their teddy bears in their arms while renewing their wardrobe, as well as  lolitas, goths, vampires, young men dressed as girls and vice versa, maids and brides, and many more characters. Here, extravagance is key.

Over 100 shops

In terms of shops, the choice is eclectic. Gothic clothing, rock, hip-hop, or "retro-punk" through to the inevitable school uniforms, Takeshita dori is the paradise for cosplay (wearing costumes). For street fashionistas, Wego is a must. For one low price, you can buy the whole panoply of a "Harajuku" Japanese teenager. Even if this is not your style, go for the atmosphere. Here you are in the heart of street fashion!

Fashions come and go, but the ACDC Rag shop remains. The singers of the famous group AKB48 go there to shop; or better yet, they sometimes sell their concert outfits. The hope contains everything you need for cosplay, gothic lolita outfits to punk style or kawaii (cute).

Finally, another must: the Milk store has been a delight for Lolitas for nearly 45 years. A must see!

Accessoires galore 

Accessories and jewelry, trinkets, plush characters and other goodies can be purchased at very low price in the temple of gadget: The World Connection. The idols (fashionable singers) fill the  shops with their pictures and all kinds of derivatives. Finally, in a mixture of typical Japanese style, it is next to the most eccentric shops and the trendiest store that you will find Daiso, the 100 yen shop, which can be found in many other neighborhoods or suburbs.

Cafes and fast food welcome the thirsty or hungry visitors but are a reflection of the street: crowded. The famous Marion Crepes, in Harajuky since 1976, has itself become iconic, and is never empty.

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