原宿の買い物 – Shopping in Harajuku

Harajuku, also known as Japan’s fashion capital and the home of lolita fashion, is a popular tourist attraction that is worth checking out even if you’re not into clothing.  Uniquely themed specialty shops (ranging from clothing to vape to condom stores) line the busy streets and there are souvenir vendors and restaurants galore.  There are also popular foreign stores like Forever 21 and H&M which made shopping there feel like home.  I started out by exploring the central Takeshita Street and hitting up the popular accessory stores WEGO (which has several Harajuku locations) and Paris Kids (which, despite the name, attracted women of all ages due to there 384 yen accessory price).  I also stopped by several makeup stores and was happily surprised to see they carried MAC and Nyx brands.  Crepe shops are on nearly every corner of the block here.  I treated myself to a chocolate whipped cream one and happily made my way to Omotesando (which had higher-end boutiques).

On the way there, I saw an endless about of hilarious mannequins (donning rabbit heads and mismatched accessories) and stopped at the popular lolita store Bodyline to purchase a new frilly pink coat.  I also found a second hand lolita building that sold lolita, punk, and goth accessories.  I definitely want to come back when I have more money and room in my suitcase!  Harajuku is worth seeing just for the humor and crazy fashions alone.  There is a heavy western culture influence and some of the shops even have 90s theme toy montages (like Furby’s, Trollz, and Barbie dolls).  Being there instantly took me back to my childhood.  I love how it combines so many styles and has stores that fit different budgets.  If you shop second hand, you can actually end up saving a lot of money and have a cool collection of accessories as an added bonus.  Like Gwen Stefani, I too am a Harajuku girl!

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