Harajuku Fashion Photo Essay, Takeshita Dori

June 8th, 2012By Category: Photography, Shopping

A walk on Takeshita Dori represents a unique experience, even if you’re not interested in shopping or in Japanese fashion trends.


Takeshita Street, Harajuku

Takeshita Dori Entrance


Located right across the Harajuku Station, Takeshita Dori, a narrow street just 400 meters long, represents the main attraction for the Harajuku fashion consumers.


Takeshita Street, Harajuku

Takeshita Dori Entrance

Packed with clothing and accessories stores, coffee shops, fast food restaurants and crepe shops (which you must taste), this is one of my favorite places for street photo. The street is always crowded with young people…


Takeshita Street, Harajuku

Takeshita Dori Entrance


… dressed in a wide variety of styles, from school uniforms…


Takeshita Street, Harajuku

… or casual…


Takeshita Street, Harajuku


… to the Lolita fashion style…


Takeshita Street, Harajuku


… or to Gyaru style…


Takeshita Street, Harajuku


A wide variety of goods stores are also filling the area: one of the biggest “100 Yen Shops”Daiso Harajuku


Takeshita Street, Harajuku

Harajuku Fashion Shop – Daiso Harajuku


… other big chains like Body Shop and Jeans Mate


Takeshita Street, Harajuku

Harajuku Fashion Shop – Jeans Mate


… clothing stores…


Takeshita Street, Harajuku

Harajuku Fashion Shop – Elleme


… and footwear shops…


Takeshita Street, Harajuku


… stocking stores…


Takeshita Street, Harajuku


… and accessory stores…


Takeshita Street, Harajuku


Of course, you’ll often meet the “sign walkers“, some of them shouting their offers on megaphones…


Takeshita Street, Harajuku


… or just quietly displaying the boards…


Takeshita Street, Harajuku


However, you cannot notice some suspicious-looking foreigners, distributing flyers or even accosting you and trying to persuade you to follow them… which made me feel a little unsafe…


Takeshita Street, Harajuku


In case you’re wondering why I don’t have photos from inside the stores, well, this is always forbidden and there are a lot of “don’t take photograph” signs at the entrances:


Takeshita Street, Harajuku

The main attractions on Takeshita Dori are, obviously, the typical Harajuku fashion and accessory stores: Lolita, Punk, Gothic or Hip Hop.

Liz Lisa is one of the most popular Himegyaru style shops, for girls dressing like “princesses”…


Takeshita Street, Harajuku

Harajuku Fashion Shop – Liz Lisa


… wearing white and pink garments:


Takeshita Street, Harajuku

Harajuku Fashion Shop – Liz Lisa


Nudy Boy, a boutique with Punk/Rock clothing…


Takeshita Street, Harajuku

Harajuku Fashion Shop – Nudy Boy


Casual wear or Hip Hop shops:


Takeshita Street, Harajuku

Harajuku Fashion Shop


Takeshita Street, Harajuku

Harajuku Fashion Shop


Jimsinn, with Rock/Punk/Gothic clothes and accessories…


Takeshita Street, Harajuku

Harajuku Fashion Shop – Jimsinn


Porta Portese, with a Gothic Lolita socks section:


Takeshita Street, Harajuku

Harajuku Fashion Shop – Porta Portese


You must also visit the two big secondhand stores specialized in the Gothic Lolita style:Brand X:


Takeshita Street, Harajuku

Harajuku Fashion Shop – Brand X


… and Closet Child:


Takeshita Street, Harajuku

Harajuku Fashion Shop – Closet Child


… and also the ACDC RAG Store:


Takeshita Street, Harajuku

Harajuku Fashion Shop – ACDC RAG


Finally, you cannot miss the flamboyant clothing from Takenoko:


Takeshita Street, Harajuku

Harajuku Fashion Shop – Takenoko


… made from lace or leather and decorated with feathers and sparkles…


Takeshita Street, Harajuku

Harajuku Fashion Shop – Takenoko


… I will return…


Takeshita Street, Harajuku

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Muza-chan

Muza-chan (real name Lili), is a Romanian travel writer and photographer, living in Bucharest and frequently visiting Japan. She publishes daily photos from Japan, with insights and comments about the areas she visited. She also writes about Japan travel, culture and traditions and her hobbies include pop-culture, music and cuisine. 

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  • http://zoomingjapan.com/ zoomingjapan

    Harajuku is one of my favorite places in Tokyo.
    I don’t get to go to Tokyo very often, I just live too far away from there, but whenever I go, I make sure to stop by in Harajuku.

    Harajuku is also great for fans of Johnnys (J. Entertainment) as there are millions of small shops selling posters, photos, keychains and more. There’s also an official Johnnys Shop.

    The crépes you can buy there are so delicious, too! Highly recommended!

  • http://japan-australia.blogspot.com/ Japan Australia

    A must see in Tokyo is Harajuku and Takeshita Dori for its street shopping, fashion and culture. It is great just for people watching and enjoying some of the atmosphere of Tokyo.

  • http://doyoulikethatsong.tumblr.com/ Adrien

    One of the first place I’ve been to when I arrived in Japan! Everybody coming to Tokyo should go there (and try a crepe!) the street has the kind of atmosphere you only find in Tokyo!

  • http://twitter.com/silverstar22b Dr. Frank Simon 

    This is @silverstar22b:disqus 

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    Let me know if you need any help for your blog photographs. I know a few tricks :)

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