Harajuku

Not for the faint-hearted, Harajuku lies between Shibuya and Yoyogi in the japanese metropolis, Tokyo. On any day of the week you will find the small area full of people either shopping, eating or just hanging around looking painfully cool. Packed with expensive and exclusive boutiques as well as more affordable shops this is the place to come if you want to be “seen”.

Not for the faint-hearted, Harajuku lies between Shibuya and Yoyogi in the japanese metropolis, Tokyo. On any day of the week you will find the small area full of people either shopping, eating or just hanging around looking painfully cool. Packed with expensive and exclusive boutiques as well as more affordable shops this is the place to come if you want to be “seen”.

A paradise for watchers, just take a seat in one of the numerous cafes and watch the whole world go by (and drink some bloody good coffee too), after that fight down “Takeshta Dori” and shop till you drop. If you have come to see the people, the best day to visit is any Sunday (unless it`s raining). Get off in the Omotesando station and turn right. Keep walking until you get to Yoyogi Bridge (in front of the Meiji Shrine – you can`t miss it !) and get your LCA ready, because what you will be greeted with is a procession of amazingly dressed people, each and everyone grazier than other. Kids and young people from all over the city come and dress up as their favorite Anime character, KOS-play star or just as an animal they like. Most of them do not mind being photographed and will quite happily pose for the camera but it is always better to ask first. Thats the downside that most of the Tokyo guidebooks recommend, so usually the area is full of tourists. To avoid bigger crowds the best time to go is around 2 pm. Make sure you pack lots of film – it`s a cross-processing dream!

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2008-05-09 #places #culture #nightlife #shop #location

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