Thursday, May 15, 2014

Harajuku: Center of Fashion and Culture.


I'm wearing:

1. Biker vest in black, from Forever 21.
2. Blue polka dot sweatshirt, from TOPTEN10 Korea.
3. Super skinny jeans in black, from Asos.
4. Blue suede Mortimer boots, from Frank Wright Shoes.
5. Mermaid necklace, from Asos.
6. Rings, from H&M.
On day 2 of my trip to Tokyo, I fulfilled a dream of mine and visited Harajuku a.k.a. "The fashion and culture district". I love the artistic areas of a city and Harajuku quickly became my favorite part of Tokyo. It has a great balance between the old Japan and the new one because to reach the fashion area you have to cross the Meiji Shrine. It was a beautiful thing to see. Detailed photos of Harajuku will come soon, they're just too many to fit in this post but I promise they'll arrive.

After crossing the shrine, I found Takeshita street, a pretty crowded place with a bunch of small boutiques and tons of crepes and kebab stands. Weird, huh? Takeshita is great for accessory shopping and "Lolita-themed" garments. When that street is done, you will find the main avenue where stores like H&M or Forever 21 are located. The sales on those were insanely good! Even with that, my favorite part of Harajuku has to be the small alleyways that are around this area of clothing stores.

I shot the photos outside the best second hand store I've ever seen: RAGTAG. It's amazing. I got some gold glitter Converse that, I truly feel, were new for 30-35 dollars. And every store display looks so cool. I don't know, it feels kind of old compared to the flashy main street but I loved its charm. I couldn't find any other place that felt as cool and authentic as this side of Harajuku. I could live there, seriously. Not speaking Japanese wouldn't matter, I fell in love with this place. 

// En mi segundo día en Tokyo, cumplí un sueño y visité Harajuku, el distrito de moda y cultura. Amo las áreas artísticas en las ciudades y Harajuku pronto se convirtió en mi zona favorita de Tokyo. Posee un gran balance entre el viejo y nuevo Japón porque para llegar al área de moda tienes que cruzar el Meiji Shrine. Fue algo muy hermoso. Fotos de Harajuku a detalle vendrán pronto, es que son muchísimas como para caber en este post, pero prometo que llegarán.

Tras cruzar el santuario, encontré la calle Takeshita, muy concurrida con muchas boutiques chiquitas y varios puestos de crepas y kebabs. Raro ¿no? Takeshita es una maravilla para encontrar accesorios y piezas como de Lolita. Cuando esa calle se acaba, encontrarán la avenida principal donde están tiendas como Forever 21 o H&M. Las rebajas ahí estaban súper buenas. Pero con todo y eso, mi parte favorita de Harajuku tiene que ser lo aledaño a esta área de tiendas de ropa.

Tomé las fotos afuera de la mejor tienda de segunda mano que he visto: RAGTAG. Es asombrosa. Compré unos Converse dorados que, en serio siento, estaban nuevos por 30-35 dólares. Y la fachada de todas las tiendas se ve bien padre. No sé, se siente viejo comparado con la avenida principal tan escandalosa pero amé su encanto. No pude encontrar otro lugar que se sintiera tan cool y genuino como este lado de Harajuku. Podría vivir ahí, en serio, no hablar japonés no importa.  Me enamoré de este lugar.
Harakuju, my love, I can't wait to see you again.
Love always, 
Hen.

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4 comments:

  1. Takeshitadoori is one of my favourite places on earth! I'm glad you liked it too :D

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    1. Yes! Takehista was really cool and edgy. I loved it.

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  2. Ohhh me dieron ganas de ir a esa tienda !! De seguro hay tantas cosas padres y baratas :D

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    1. El tercer piso es de muebles, te juro que me quería traer un comedor )':

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