Japan is a country that celebrates the beauty in juxtapositions, from Tokyo’s bustling metropolis to Kyoto’s picturesque temples to the iconic vista of Mount Fuji.
Ancient traditions and modern innovations harmoniously thrive in the land of cherry blossoms. Serene temples pepper the bustling streets of this beautiful destination. But once you move to another place, you'll be surprised by another vibrant atmosphere, totally detached from the old world but respecting its value.
Just like Harajuku's youthful and quirky neighborhood, this neighborhood in the Shibuya ward of Tokyo is one of the best places to live in Japan for foreigners. There are many specialty shops, cafes, and galleries that anyone young or young at heart will enjoy.
Harajuku has inspired many fashion trends around the world. And this is celebrated in the neighborhood regularly. The 'Harajuku Fashion Walk' shows off the latest styles and trends every Sunday on the streets of this eclectic town. Many tourists flock to the streets to witness and participate in the unique fashion on display. It's an outstanding representation of Japan's creativity, uniqueness, and vibrance.
The fashion scene in Harajuku is a mix of various styles, from Lolita and Gothic to vintage and punk. But the foremost word that stands out is kawaii, which means adorable in Japanese. This popular subculture emphasizes bright colors, a childlike and playful aesthetic, cartoonish accessories, and oversized clothing.
Accessories and makeup also showcase the Kawaii style. You'll see many Japanese girls donning makeup in pastel colors, glitter, and faux eyelashes to create a youthful and playful look. Kawaii is not limited to fashion. It has influenced other aspects of Japanese culture, including music, television, and advertising.
Our girl Deborah Arantes gave us plenty of reasons why 2020 is the reason to visit Japan. (Not convinced? Check out her story here). So, if that’s inspired you to book a flight to the ‘land of the rising sun’ this year, then you’ve definitely got to start planning your wardrobe choices ASAP.
Whether you’re experimenting with Harajuku style or dabbling into something a bit more anime-inspired; here’s everything you need to add a bit of Japanese flair to your travel ensemble.
- Red Gabrielle dress by Three Graces London available at threegraceslondon.com
- Black patent boots Polido sandals by Toga available at toga.jp
- Catherine Prevost Red turtle earrings by Atelier Swarovski available at swarovski.com
- Pink Connex luggage by Victorinox available at victorinox.com
- Lorna Barette by LoveShackFancy LoveShackFancy available at loveshackfancy.com
- Blake sunglasses by Ace & Tate aceandtate.com
- Green checked twill blazer by Tibi available at tibi.com
- Green Checked Twill shorts by Tibi available at tibi.com
- Yellow Queenie Submarine bag by Lulu Guinness available at luluguinness.com
- Printed Dress by Rosetta Getty available at rosettagetty.com
- Yellow Gold Baroque Pearl Earrings by Annoushka available at annoushka.com
- Tigris Stacking Ring by Atelier Swarovski available at swarovski.com
- White trainers by VEJA available at veja-store.com
- Navy blue and black handprinted bag by LOBOS available at lobos.it