One of the main places that I told myself I’d visit when I came to Japan was Harajuku Street. I’ve seen so many videos of the crowded, “jam packed” alleyway-like street that was filled with so many different types of styles and fashion; and it was a place that I had to go to. Although I am definitely not a morning person–sleeping until 2/3 pm makes me happy– I was so so sooo excited to be able to visit it on my first official full day in Japan that I literally jumped out of bed at 6 am to get ready to head down to Harajuku Street by 8 or 9. But by the time we got there, we didn’t realize that all of the stores and shops didn’t actually open until 10/11 am (the one time I wake up early, nothing’s open. Go figure). So in the meantime, we walked around the area, taking pictures of anything and everything that was aesthetically pleasing to our eyes in an attempt to kill some time. 11 am rolls around and not going to lie, at first I was a bit disappointed with what I saw. I was expecting Harajuku Street to be super crowded that I would barely be able to move a muscle. But instead, I was able to leisurely move around and not have to worry about bumping into anyone or anything. Now don’t get me wrong, regardless of the videos that I saw, Harajuku street was nonetheless beautiful–it just wasn’t what I thought it’d be. But after walking around some more, I realized that there was a huge mistake that everyone in the videos failed to mention, and that was that the, “hustle and bustle” area wasn’t Harajuku Street, it was actually Takeshita Street. Takeshita Street was the alleyway that everyone took videos and photos in, and it was the area that was filled to the very brim with people of all different types of fashion looks and styles. Harajuku Street is where you would go to catch a breather from the “hustle bustle” of Takeshita Street; while fawning over all of the high-priced, big ticket clothing stores such as Adidas, Bape, and so on. And although both streets are great, I think it just comes down to your own personal preference–and price range–as to how much you want to spend on clothing; and for me, Takeshita Street was the place to be.
(Side note: I’ve always been a huge fan of street art, and Harajuku Street definitely gave me my fill of it, so if you’re ever in Japan and want to see some hella nice street art, head over to Harajuku Street-you can thank me later)
When you go to Harajuku, everyone says that you have to–and I mean have to–stop by Kiddyland, the Line Store, and try some of the famous Harajuku Crepes, and after going to all three places, let me tell you, they did not disappoint. Having went to Okinawa two times in the past through an exchange program and meeting over 50 of the sweetest classmates that a girl could ask for, Line has definitely become one of my most used messaging apps; and to go to a store that is filled with anything Line related?? Let’s just say r.i.p. to my wallet now. Not only did they have so many cute Line products, but they also had the Line mascots!! There were also some on the side too, so it looks like they switch out the characters every so often, so maybe I’ll come back to see if the character setup is different. And as for Kiddyland and the crepes, welp you’ll just have to experience it for yourself when you come to Japan ^^
Also, since I took majority of my photos in front of the Line Store–there were Line mascot stickers on the windows I just couldn’t resist–might as well do an ootd now
- White crisscross bralette: Ross
- Pink palm tree tank top: Forever21
- Army colored jacket: Jeans Warehouse
- Shorts: American Eagle
- Shoes: AliExpress
Harajuku, as touristy as this area is, had so many little add-ons here and there that made everything feel that much more “extra” (in a good way) and because of that I just couldn’t help but take pictures of everything I saw (the locals were probably judging me the whole time lmfao).
((Hand cut candy!!))
And last but not least, can we just take a moment for the Harajuku clock because like!!! Not only was it super bright and colorful, but it actually had mini clocks that showed accurate timezones from around the world. In my opinion, the clock perfectly embodies everything that is Harajuku, with the main point being to feel free to express yourself, and make sure that whatever way you decide to do this, make sure that you’re happy while you’re doing it. I think that’s why everyone likes to go all out for Takeshita/Harajuku Street, not because they all have this “dress to impress” attitude, but because they have this, “I can dress in whatever way makes me happy, and people won’t judge me for it” type of attitude; and I think that’s why I loved Harajuku so much. Not because it’s a great spot for new clothes and accessories (which it is too but not the point right now lol), but because I get to see so many different types of styles and fashion on people who genuinely look like they’re enjoying themselves and having a good time. Even though there’s only so much of Harajuku that you can explore in one day, this is definitely going to be a place that I’m going to come back to.
Until next time,